Back in August, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh returned to LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia. Despite the festival’s somewhat short, five-year history, Lesh has consistently been a repeat offender at the music and camping event, formerly performing with Furthur, a number of different Phil Lesh & Friends lineups, and more throughout the years. For one of his first appearances at LOCKN’, on Friday, August 25th, Phil performed a special set with the Terrapin Family Band, the young group of musicians featuring multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby, guitarists Grahame Lesh and Ross James, and Alex Koford that Lesh has more or less chosen in recent months as his backing band of choice.Phil.moe. Welcomes Bob Weir, Grahame Lesh, Members Of The Revivalists, More At LOCKN’ [Audio]LOCKN’ Shares Pro-Shot Videos From Gov’t Mule’s Led Zeppelin Collaborations With Ann WilsonPhil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band’s Friday LOCKN’ performance was divided into two sets, with a set by Gov’t Mule sandwiched squarely in between. Unsurprisingly given LOCKN’ immense lineup, across these two Phil Lesh sets, a number of friends stopped by, including Lesh’s Grateful Dead bandmate Bob Weir, frequent collaborator at Lesh’s venue Terrapin Crossroads and vocalist Nicki Bluhm, and a visit by Gov’t Mule’s frontman, legendary guitarist Warren Haynes.Watch Bob Weir And Phil Lesh Welcome Joe Russo, Grahame Lesh, And Elliott Peck At LOCKN’ VIP SetLast night, the festival released new pro-shot video of Warren Haynes’ tremendous collaboration with Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band. Haynes came out to join the band for renditions of “St. Stephen” and “New Minglewood Blues”, with the latter earning much chatter for its unrestrained energy and dynamic improvisation. You can watch Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, and the Terrapin Family Band team up on “New Minglewood Blues” at LOCKN’ below, courtesy of Relix.“New Minglewood Blues” [Video: Relix]
The Marcus King Band officially made their debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday night. The high-profile appearance marks the young band’s second-ever late-night TV performance following their spot on CONAN last summer.The South Carolina-native outfit’s The Late Show performance was filmed at the show’s iconic Ed Sullivan Theater, where The Beatles first touched down in the U.S. back in 1964, on Wednesday, marking the latest step in Marcus King and company’s gradual global takeover. The performance comes as the band continues to tour in support of their 2018 album, Carolina Confessions. Watch The Marcus King Bang perform “Goodbye Carolina” on The Late Show below:“Goodbye Carolina”Next up, The Marcus King Band will head out for a run of March dates in the northeast and Florida before making their way across the globe for stretches of shows in Asia and Australia in April. For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head over to the band’s website here.
Less than four years ago, the University of Georgia’s Franklin West, an assistant professor, and Steven Stice, director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center, contacted Zoo Atlanta about the possibility of producing a bank of stem cells from two species in danger of extinction: the Sumatran tiger and the clouded leopard. Their biggest hurdle now is funding, and they’re using UGA’s new crowdfunding initiative, known as the GeorgiaFunder, to collect resources for their project.Wild animals such as the Sumatran tiger and clouded leopard are threatened as a result of climate change, habitat loss and other consequences of human activities, as well as poaching and urban development. It is estimated that between 500-600 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild, and the actual number may be as low as 400. Stem cell technology provides hope for these endangered species. Using a novel stem cell technology pioneered by West and Stice, stem cells can be generated from skin cells. These cells can then be turned into sperm for artificial insemination in zoo breeding programs. “The stem cell technology that we will use is minimally invasive, requiring only a small skin sample,” West said. “However, the implications of this potential breakthrough are considerable.”West and Stice are working with cells they collected from the deceased Jalal, a male Sumatran tiger, and Moby, a male clouded leopard, who both lived at Zoo Atlanta. Jalal and his mate, Sekayu, parented Chelsea and Kavi, two Sumatran tigers currently living at the zoo. Traditional methods in which tiger and leopard sperm is collected and banked are limited. This new approach offers several advantages: Stem cells can be generated from recently deceased and dying animals and can theoretically last forever. As endangered species become extinct, this so-called frozen zoo will provide an inexhaustible source of undeveloped stem cells. “Our long-term goal is to produce stem-cell-derived sperm capable of being easily stored and producing offspring,” West said.West and Stice started the project because of their love of science and passion for wildlife conservation, West said. They’re using GeorgiaFunder to raise support. GeorgiaFunder projects advance innovation, teaching, service and learning at UGA. All gifts to featured projects are part of the annual Georgia Fund campaign, and GeorgiaFunder is simply a platform to allow donors to choose where their dollars make a direct impact at UGA. To learn more about the “Save the Endangered Species” project or to give, see t.uga.edu/177. To learn more about the GeorgiaFunder, see dar.uga.edu/funder.
An alarm on my tent-mate’s phone buzzes and we stir in our cozy sleeping bags. “I’ll start the coffee if you pack the tent,” one of them says, and the other nods. We warm up gradually as we shuffle through our morning tasks at the Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides basecamp – getting dressed (probably in the same clothes as yesterday), double checking our backpacks for sunscreen and belay devices, filling our water bottles and scarfing some oatmeal in the open-air kitchen, before finally meeting our two instructors and other classmates on the deck to check ropes and stretch. Across the road and beyond the trees, the contours of Seneca Rocks are unmistakable, starkly outlined against the pale morning sky. The familiar sandstone summits are beautiful no matter the weather, and my phone is cluttered with images of it gleaming in sunlight, accompanied by fluffy clouds, and partially obscured by fog. I drain my coffee mug, shoulder my backpack, and smile. The side of a mountain may not resemble any other classroom, but for my fellow ASI classmates and me, it’s just another school day. My classmates and I will start our day by crossing the river and hiking a rugged jeep road, before turning off and making our way up a gruelingapproach of knee-high stone steps, affectionately called (and sometimes not so affectionately) the “thigh master.” Our day will primarily consist of multi-pitch climbing, tying knots, cleaning pro gear behind our instructors, and continuously calling “on belay!” At the end of the day, we’ll come back down to the kitchen deck to organize our gear once again and compare bruises before cooking dinner together. Just another typical school day, right?I first learned about Garrett College and the Adventure Sports Institute (ASI) from an article about outdoor schools in Blue Ridge Outdoors. Though much smaller than a typical institution (Garrett has about 800 students, and the ASI has between 30 and 40), the two-year program provides all the necessary skill courses and certifications for a career in the outdoor industry, and culminates in an associate’s degree which can be completed at several nearby universities – specifically Frostburg and West Virginia University. Favorably situated near Deep Creek, Maryland, ASI students can learn many of their outdoor skills within a few hours’ drive of campus at beautiful locations including Coopers Rocks State Forest, the Youghiogheny River, Big Bear Lake, White Grass ski area, Herrington Manor State Park, and of course, Seneca Rocks. The program provides all the necessary equipment, and certification fees are included in the semester’s course cost.After taking two years off from school and working at three youth camps, the prospect of earning a degree early and spending more class time outdoors than in was extremely attractive. I come from a fairly adventurous and active family, and could easily see myself entering a future career in the outdoor industry. I visited the Institute and was immediately smitten with their well-stocked equipment center (beautiful bikes everywhere!) and enthusiastic faculty. Within two semesters at the ASI, I donned cross country skis for the first time, performed litter-lowers on the face of Seneca, sketched myself out on the Via Feratta, managed to keep up during mountain biking class, rafted class three rapids at the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI), and earned my Wilderness First Responder certification after eight days of scenarios in temperatures under 15°F (I can’t feel my fingers, but I can splint a fractured femur with a small sapling). My spring semester culminated in a four-day backpacking trip as part of a Leave No Trace Master Educator course in the Canaan wilderness of West Virginia. We braved three days of constant rain and trails flooded with shin-deep water, but those few days in the woods with my friends were probably my favorite from that whole semester.After an experience on a camp challenge course helped end my childhood anxiety, I became intensely aware of the life-changing power of outdoor and experiential education. However, I never expected I would go to a real outdoor school with real outdoor people. I never guessed that I could spend a few semesters climbing rocks and riding a bike through mud puddles, and then get a degree for it. But of course it’s more than that. I’m learning how to lead people safely in the outdoors and share with them why adventures are so important and life-changing. I’m building relationships and community with students who share my passion of the outdoors, sustainability, and defying the unemployed dirt bag stereotype. I’m learning to trust my instructors and my equipment and, perhaps most importantly, my own skills. If all goes according to my plans and hopes, maybe dangling from a cliff won’t be just another school day – it will be just another work day. Rock on!
A federal judge has dismissed nearly all of a lawsuit against Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) and US Bancorp (USB.N) that held them liable for losses on roughly $6.8 billion in toxic mortgage securities that helped sink five federal credit unions.In a decision made public early Friday morning, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan rejected claims by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) that the banks failed in their roles as trustees for 98 residential mortgage-backed securities trusts.Forrest said the NCUA lacked standing to sue over 89 trusts because the right to sue had been previously assigned, leaving the regulator with only an interest in payment streams.The judge also dismissed claims that the banks breached their fiduciary duties or acted in bad faith with the other nine trusts. The only surviving claims are those of breach of contract on the nine trusts, which the banks did not seek to dismiss.NCUA spokesman John Fairbanks said the regulator is reviewing the decision.Bank of America spokesman Lawrence Grayson and US Bancorp spokesman Dana Ripley declined to comment.The lawsuit is one of many in which the NCUA has sought to recoup losses on mortgage securities bought before the financial crisis, and which led to the 2009 and 2010 failures of the Constitution Corporate, Members United Corporate, Southwest Corporate, U.S. Central and Western Corporate credit unions. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » When newly minted board chair Russ Siemens realized how much information was available on CUES’ website, he knew he would need an organized approach to sift through the offerings.Siemens, who was appointed chair at SaskCentral, Regina, Saskatchewan, in March 2015, has also been on the board at $1.9 billion Innovation CU, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, since its inception 10 years ago. He felt further education was required to fulfill his new duties, but where to start?“I began by reaching out to our CUES Canada support person, [VP/sales and member relations] Leiha Fiddler, and she guided me to the appropriate resources and the CUES Learning Tracker,” recalls Siemens. SaskCentral and Innovation CU are both members of CUES’ Center for Credit Union Board Excellence, giving Siemens access to resources tailored for directors.Once pointed to CCUBE, Siemens discovered learning plans, tools that group content under topics important to directors and chairs, such as CEO relations, risk management and strategy. CUES Learning Tracker automatically tracked his learning activities and allowed him to report on his progress. If he attends CUES learning events, such as the Board Chair Development Seminar, they’ll show up in the tracker, too. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The coronavirus has forced credit unions across the country to dramatically change how they do business and serve members. At the onset of the pandemic in the United States, branches closed in nearly every state, and credit unions across the country focused on retaining service levels through digital channels.Now, leaders are reflecting on what they learned during that scramble to respond. What surprised them? Will new insights inform future strategies and tactics? Are there any new must-haves?Here, credit unions with varying delivery models talk about takeaways and lessons learned from a pandemic that is far from over.Aspire Federal Credit UnionTom O’Shea has been president and CEO of Aspire Federal Credit Union ($137.1M, Clark, NJ) for the past 15 years. The New Jersey credit union has been essentially branchless since 2014 and closed its member service center in mid-March. That two-desk operation handled new accounts, lending, and special requests and will remain closed unless member needs dictate otherwise, O’Shea says. Image: TomO’Shea_Aspire Caption: Tom O’Shea, President and CEO, Aspire FCU
State Police say the driver of the vehicle was travelling north when they crossed into the opposite lane. The car landed on its roof and caught fire. 2:20 P.M. UPDATE Greene Fire, New York State Police and Chenango Fire are on the scene. Dispatchers say a single vehicle rolled over and caught fire. They say an individual is entrapped in the vehicle. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. (WBNG) — Emergency crews are shutting down State Highway 12 following a one car crash Monday morning. —– The name of the driver was not released. For the most up to date information, go to 511NY’s website by clicking here. Troopers say they are investigating what caused the drive to cross into the wrong lane. (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department has confirmed with 12 News that the car crash on State Highway 12 Monday morning was fatal. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further information.
Real Madrid’s La Liga title bid took a dent after Zinedine Zidane’s leader was held to a 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday, denied all three points by a late strike from Santi Mina.Mina latched on to a classy through ball from former Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez and produced a clinical low finish to equalize in the 85th minute, trimming Real’s lead over Barcelona to one point.Celta took an early lead through Russian striker Fedor Smolov and Real struggled to respond, leading to the home fans booing its players off the pitch when the halftime whistle was blown. But the league leader came out stronger after the break and Toni Kroos leveled in the 52nd minute, shortly after Real captain Sergio Ramos had a goal ruled out for offside.Ramos then scored from the penalty spot to put Zidane’s side in front in the 65th minute after Eden Hazard, making his first outing in almost three months after recovering from an ankle injury, was tripped by Celta keeper Ruben Blanco.”Dropping two points at home hurts me a lot,” Zidane told reporters.”Celta is a good team that doesn’t deserve to be near the bottom of the league but it’s painful to lose the two points after we made such a big effort.” Real forward Gareth Bale meanwhile avoided a possible red card for a wild tackle on Celta’s Rafinha, escaping with only a booking.The draw ended a five-game winning streak in the league for the leaders and left them on 53 points after 24 games, one ahead of second-placed Barcelona who beats Getafe 2-1 at home on Saturday.Celta, who had lost on its last seven league visits to the Santiago Bernabeu, climbed out of the relegation zone into 17th place in the standings.”I’m happy with my performance, not so happy with the draw but I think we can do better in our next game,” said Hazard.”When you are winning 2-1 you should win the game. They are good players but they came here just to defend, they had only two chances and scored two goals.”Topics :
Topics : Hakam Ibrahim was seven when, like most Sudanese girls, she became a victim of female genital mutilation — an age-old practice decried as horrific that the post-revolution government is now banning.A mother-of-four in her 40s, Ibrahim vividly recalls the traumatic experience of what remains a widespread ritual in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia despite a concerted human rights campaign to end it.The night before it happened, Ibrahim remembers, women from her neighborhood in the capital Khartoum were singing and ululating as they drew ceremonial henna tattoos on her hands. Political upheaval In neighboring Egypt, as in several other countries, genital cutting is now prohibited. A 2008 law punishes it with up to seven years in prison.Sudan’s anti-FGM advocates came close to a ban in 2015 when a bill was discussed in parliament but then shot down by Bashir who caved in to pressure from some Islamic clerics.Yet many religious leaders have spoken out against genital cutting over the years.”Criminalizing FGM does not contradict religion, and there is no [religious] text that permits female circumcision,” said 28-year-old rights activist Sherine Abu Bakr.”It is a practice that should be fought, especially with the change happening in the country.” Sudan has been shaken by political upheaval — most notably the April 2019 military ouster of Bashir following mass protests against his 30-year-rule, and the dismantling of his ruling Islamist party. A transitional administration including a civilian-majority ruling body has since August taken the reins to steer the country through a mountain of social, economic and political challenges.”While we are very happy with the amendments, the law alone is not enough,” said Manal Abdel Halim of the Salima initiative fighting FGM in Sudan.”We still need more community awareness campaigns,” she added.Badreddin also believes punishments should be extended to family members who pressure their female relatives into undergoing the operations.Ibrahim agreed. “I hope that the amendments help people realize that people should keep their girls in the good physical condition in which they were born,” she said. ‘Rights violation’ Last week, Sudan’s cabinet approved amendments to the criminal code that would punish those who perform the operation with up to three years in prison and a fine.It is expected to soon be ratified by Sudan’s transitional authorities.The watershed move is part of reforms that have come since the ouster more than a year ago of strongman Omar al-Bashir after mass demonstrations in which women took a leading role.”It is a very important step for Sudanese women and shows that we have come a long way,” said women’s rights activist Zeinab Badreddin.The United Nations Children’s Fund also welcomed the landmark decision.”This practice is not only a violation of every girl child’s rights, it is harmful and has serious consequences for a girl’s physical and mental health,” said Abdullah Fadil, the UNICEF Representative in Khartoum.The UN says FGM is widespread in many countries across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, affecting the lives of millions of girls and women.In Sudan, rights campaigners say the custom has over the past three decades spread to remote regions where it was previously not practiced, including Sudan’s Nuba mountains. In its most brutal form, it involves the removal of the labia and clitoris, often in unsanitary conditions and without anesthesia.The wound is then sewn shut, often causing cysts and infections and leaving women to suffer severe pain during sex and childbirth complications later in life.Rights groups have for years decried as barbaric the practice which can lead to myriad physical, psychological and sexual complications and, in the most tragic cases, death. On the day itself, she was taken to a small room where a woman in a white robe performed the operation to remove Ibrahim’s external genitalia.”I was put on a bed and felt excruciating pain jolting through my body,” she told AFP. “The pain lasted an entire week.”The practice has long been viewed, especially in rural communities, as a “rite of passage” for girls and a way to preserve their chastity.In Sudan nearly nine out of 10 girls fall victim to what is known as FGM or genital cutting, according to the United Nations.