AC/DC fans have had a rough go of things as of late, as the band has lost a handful of their core members over the last few years.First it was founding member, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who was unfortunately diagnosed with dementia back in 2014. Then it was drummer Phil Rudd, who was arrested in New Zealand over murder threats. Most recently it was lead singer Brian Johnson, who’s hearing issues had progressed to the point where touring was impossible for him. Now, it seems that bassist Cliff Williams is the next to leave the group. Unlike the afore mentioned trio of musicians, Williams came to the decision on his own free will, saying, “It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording… Losing Malcolm [Young], the thing with Phil [Rudd] and now with Brian [Johnson], it’s a changed animal. I feel in my gut it’s the right thing.”The quote comes in an interview with Gulfshore Life, where Williams says, “When you start out, you kind of hope for success… That’s what you are working for. But you never really know. It’s been surreal, really.” The bassist has been with AC/DC since 1978, recording a total of 11 consecutive albums with them. With his departure, only Angus Young remains at the band’s core.With this news, it seems that AC/DC’s Rock or Bust tour may be their last ever. We salute you.
The lineup for the 2017 Wanee Music Festival is in! Taking place from April 20-22 at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, the festival has packed their lineup with a ton of jam scene favorites, including headliners Bob Weir, Widespread Panic and the Trey Anastasio Band.The performing artist lineup appeared on the Wanee website today, and features over a dozen exciting entries. Gov’t Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, JJ Grey & Mofro, Les Brers (ft. Butch Trucks & Jaimoe), Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Leftover Salmon (performing the music of Neil Young), The Greyboy Allstars, Blackberry Smoke, Matisyahu, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Papadosio, Turkuaz, Pink Talking Fu – Music of David Bowie & Prince, DJ Logic, Kung Fu, Pink Talking Fish, Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio, The Marcus King Band, The Yeti Trio and Brothers and Sister Band are all featured on the 2017 lineup.You can head to the Wanee website for tickets and more information about their exciting festival!Update: It appears that the artist lineup posted on the Wanee website was actually an accidental leak, and has since been removed.
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia researchers will soon begin studying Georgia farm families to find out the best ways to keep children safer when they grow up on farms. They’re looking for families to participate.The three-year project is called AgTeen. Researchers from the UGA colleges of Family and Consumer Sciences and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will study the safety habits of Georgia farm families who grow peanuts and cotton.”We’ve chosen cotton and peanut crops due to the fact few safety guidelines have been developed for the equipment specific to these crops,” said project head Zolinda Stoneman, director of the UGA Institute on Human Development and Disability.Georgia grows half of the U.S. peanut crop each year and is one of the largest cotton-producing states.In most family businesses, children live away from the work place. But children raised by farmers typically live on the farm. They’re more easily exposed to farming hazards.Farming is one of the most deadly jobs in the United States. For young workers, it accounted for 42 percent of all work-related deaths between 1992 and 2000, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. More than 100 children are killed and 26,000 seriously injured in U.S. farm-related accidents each year.The study will begin in January. Families will be divided into three groups. Over the year, each will be given farm safety lessons at home. They’ll be expected to do family activity lessons and mail completed written materials to the research team.The researchers want Georgia farm families with both male and female heads of households and at least one child 10 to 19 years old. The farm needs to grow cotton, peanuts or both during the study. Families will be paid for their time.The study will be used to develop educational programs to keep all farm children safer in the future.To find out more about the study or to participate, call (877) 524-6264. Or visit the Web site (www.agteen.com).A $1.1 million grant from NIOSH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will fund the study for three years.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Juan Mendez-DePazAn alleged real-life Hamburglar is accused of walking up to a McDonald’s drive thru in Riverside and threatening to shoot a worker inside if the victim didn’t hand over hamburgers with a side of cash.New York State police said they arrested Juan Mendez-DePaz in the parking lot and charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.Police said the 33-year-old Flanders man, who was donning a cowboy hat at the time, reached in his vest after telling the worker that he was armed with a pair of guns shortly after midnight Saturday.The worker shut the window and called 911. The suspect allegedly flashed a large knife on his hip and briefly struggled with Troopers before being taken into custody, police said.Mendez-DePaz will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.
107SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Shared branching began with an undeniable idea: Individually, credit unions couldn’t provide competitive branch networks. But together, they could. Back in the 1970s and 80s, when shared branching took root, locations were everything – and the economic advantages to cooperative branching were easy to see.Fast forward to 2018. In an era when digital banking and mobile payments are becoming the norm, are the advantages of shared branching still obvious? “If anything, it should be more valuable than ever to participate in a shared branching network,” says Shazia Manus, Chief Product and Strategy Officer at CO-OP Financial Services. “Seventy percent of consumers – including Millennials – choose their financial services provider based on branch proximity.” About 1,800 credit unions nationwide participate in CO-OP Shared Branch, forming the second largest branch network in the country – ahead of Bank of America and Chase, and second only to Wells Fargo. Shared branching represents a unique competitive opportunity for credit unions, even as they invest, rightly, in digital transformation efforts that de-emphasize in-person transactions at the branch. “Shared branching offers credit unions the unique ability to provide expansive branch access without expanding their individual branch operations,” says Manus. “Branch economics continue to challenge the financial services industry as a whole. Through this cooperative network, credit unions have a solution that is a true differentiator.”A National Credit Union Branch Network for TodayCO-OP Shared Branch is currently undergoing a revamping and updating that will include technology and service upgrades to integrate the network more seamlessly into the CO-OP ecosystem. Among the benefits will be a streamlined client experience, and improved data analytics and reporting. Fraud detection based on machine learning will provide a significant boost in security. And new approaches to self-service technology and innovation will encourage new ideas from both inside and outside the industry.“We’re also listening to our shared branch clients and responding to their concerns,” says Manus. “Right now, we’re hearing that credit unions that attract a lot of shared branch traffic are worried about being able to serve their own members effectively. So we’re looking at our structure and service guidelines to see how we can ensure that participation is sustainable for everyone.”CO-OP’s shared branching transformation is part of the company’s larger effort to create a unified ecosystem that includes credit and debit processing, ATM network, call center and shared branching – as well as new initiatives that will aggregate data, promote new business intelligence tools, deploy new security technology and unveil a new client experience. The goal is for the totality of CO-OP’s networks, products and services to work together as a seamless whole, to create a better experience for clients and their members, and to facilitate continuous innovation going forward.Shared Branch Saving the Day“We see many ways to bring CO-OP Shared Branch into a new era,” says Manus. “From upgrading our basic technology to the addition of machine learning tools, we’re investing our resources and a great deal of thought in the future of shared branching.”This investment is motivated by the ongoing relevance of shared branching, in spite of the many changes that banking has undergone. “The move toward mobile and digital transactions isn’t lowering consumer expectations around branch access,” says Manus. “It’s creating the expectation that anytime, anywhere access should be a given.” This expectation held true even during 2017’s hurricanes, floods and wildfires. “We heard story after story of people whose shared branch access saved the day,” Manus says. “Members were able to access their credit union accounts and get help from credit union employees, even when their own local branch was unavailable.”That value – of people helping people and credit unions helping credit unions – is the heart of shared branching. And while CO-OP is undertaking substantial changes to upgrade the shared branch experience, the core concept behind the network remains constant: Credit unions can compete and grow by working together.To learn more about CO-OP Shared Branch and how it can help your credit union transform and grow, contact your CO-OP representative or email us at [email protected]
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Recent volatility notwithstanding, the economy is hot, driving credit union growth and increased real estate activity in branch network evolution and headquarters occupancy strategies. Commercial realtors are a key partner in these exciting, expensive and risk-laden endeavors.Like all consultants, realtors can be an extremely valuable partner. At the other end of the scale, they can cost you millions in poor advice and negative impact on branch and headquarters productivity.Be sure to vet realtors before you engage their services. Once, when I was helping a credit union in Nevada develop a strategic 10- and 20-year headquarters occupancy strategy, I asked a realtor to provide a list of eight to 10 buildings that would support our long-range plan. He came back with only four, all at the top of the market. My own researched showed many more options. When I asked if he or his associates were involved in any of the properties or if he represented them on the sales side, I learned that he represented all four—one was owned by his brother, he was a partner in two and his boss owned the fourth. We found a new realtor.
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By presenting young Malvasia, we want to show professionals in enogastronomy the potential of the harvest and make it easier for them to decide whether to buy or reserve young wines. Winemakers present their young wines, most often still unclear, like must, and experts try to conclude on the basis of tasting what kind of wine will be in its maturity. For the ninth time, the Vinistra Association, in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, is organizing En primeur – a tasting of young Istrian Malvasia, which is being held at the Esplanade Hotel in Zagreb. This year, a record 67 winemakers presented themselves, which is another proof of how the wine scene is developing quickly and proactively in Croatia. “The Wine Law, which came into force last year, has ensured that winemakers and four regional wine organizations play a key role in wine branding and protection, but wine promotion requires stronger financial support from the state. “, said Dragan Kovačević, Vice President for Agriculture and Tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, at the opening of En primeura – tasting of young wines of the Istrian Malvasia variety. “If one Austria allocates more than 8 million euros a year for the marketing of its wines, then, according to its capabilities, Croatia also needs it, because for us wine is not only a food and potentially important export product. Wine also plays a strong role in the tourist offer and contributes to the branding of Croatia as an enogastro tourist destination. That is why the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, together with our winemakers, has started talks with the Ministry of Agriculture in order to meet all formal preconditions and to make the financing of regional winemakers’ organizations and national wine promotion an item in the state budget for 2021.”, Concludes Kovacevic. Krunoslav Karalić, Assistant Minister of Agriculture, points out that the wine sector is one in which, according to data for 2018, there are positive trends, a decrease in wine imports and an increase in the value of wine exports. “We will do everything we can to keep these trends going. This sector is also an example of excellent cooperation between the ministry and the producers with whom we have drafted the new Wine Act. Promotion and marketing were enabled, as well as the traceability of wine, and winemakers were saved 12 million kuna by abolishing stamps and fees for placing wine on the market. At the beginning of 2019, a new National Program for Assistance to the Wine Sector entered into force, which provided HRK 11 million per year for promotion and information in the European Union and third countries, as well as for investment in wineries, restructuring and conversion of vineyards.”, Karalic emphasized. Marko Miklaušić, president of the Bregovita Hrvatska winemakers’ association, points out that he is pleased to present the wines of his region. “God has given us to harvest every year and make good wines. The constant growth of the number of winemakers and regions participating in this event speaks in favor of the importance of young harvest tastings and such events, and certainly contributes to the development of wine culture in our region.”, Said Miklausic. Photo: HGK Nikola Benvenuti, president of the association of Istrian winegrowers Vinistra, points out that En primeur, organized by the association Vinistra, is traditionally organized around Valentine’s Day, in February. “This year, in the Zagreb hotel Esplanade, in addition to the premiere tasting of young wines of the Istrian Malvasia variety, young Žlahtina and autochthonous varieties of hilly Croatia, vintage 2019, will also be tasted. It is a pleasure to see that a record 67 winemakers presented themselves this year”, Benvenuti points out. In addition to Istrian Malvasia, young žlahtina from the island of Krk and the Croatian Littoral, as well as autochthonous varieties from hilly Croatia, are also presented. Cover photo: Pixabay.com
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The companies plan to use the Topaz Tiamat for this project. Jostein Alendal, CEO of Reach, said: “We are pleased to be awarded a sizeable contract in these uncertain times, which also comes from a new client for us. Our history of quality execution is proving to be an asset in a time where clients can not afford mistakes to be made.” Reach Subsea has secured a contract from a new tier 1 client involving 50 project days of survey and construction support in the North Sea. The project will be executed together with its cooperation partner MMT Sweden during the summer season. Reach now has approximately 800 project days for 2020 execution, and about 250 project days for 2021 execution.