Cheer Yourself Up By Watching This Mini Tornado Send Tents Flying At Bonnaroo

first_imgThe Boy Scouts’ well-known motto is “Always be prepared.” Even if you’re not an Eagle Scout, this is probably a good motto to live by. As such, a good rule of car camping (and really all camping) is to make sure to stake down and secure your tent, even when you think that you don’t need to. This is a lesson that some prior attendees at Bonnaroo learned the hard way, as evidenced by this new video via Silly Hippy posted on June 5th ahead of this year’s festival start date. Dubbed the “Bonnaroo tornado,” a new video shows a number of tents and sunshades being sent skyward and scattered across part of the campground, leaving festival-goers scrambling as they chase after their soaring shelters. As it turns out, sometimes weather conditions change, and even if it’s not particularly windy when you’re setting up your tent at a festival, it could get windier later during the weekend.Bonnaroo Attendee Arrested For Elaborate “Fake Drug” Dealing Scheme Claims He’s “Doing God’s Work”With this year’s Bonnaroo kicking off this weekend in Manchester, Tennessee, we can only hope that this year’s festival crowd got the memo. Enjoy the video below.last_img read more

Broadway’s Les Miserables Announces Closing Date

first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Les Miserables At the end of the run, there’s another day dawning. The Broadway revival of Les Miserables will shutter on September 4, 2016. The production began previews on March 1, 2014 and officially opened on March 23. At the time of closing, the musical will have played 1,026 performances at the Imperial Theatre. The tuner currently stars Alfie Boe, who will play the role of Jean Valjean through February 28. He will be succeeded by John Owen-Jones, who is currently headlining London’s Phantom, from March 1 for the duration of the show’s Broadway run.Owen-Jones, at 26, became the youngest actor ever to play the role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miz. He is one of a handful of actors to have played the role of Valjean both in the West End and on Broadway (in 2007) and he reprised the role for the 25th Anniversary new production of Les Miz in its UK tour in 2010. Jones is London’s longest-running Phantom with nearly 2,000 performances in the role.Directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor, the current cast of the reimagined production includes Tony Award nominee Will Swenson as Javert (subbing for Earl Carpenter), Tony Award nominee Montego Glover as Fantine, Tony Award and Olivier Award nominee Gavin Lee as Thenardier, Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alex Finke as Cosette and Wallace Smith as Enjolras. Hayden Tee from the Australian production assumes the role of Javert on January 29.Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, an original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and additional material by James Fenton. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1987 and was revived previously in 2006.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.last_img read more

Every National Park Map Now Digitized for Your Convenience

first_imgSummer is here and America’s national parks are brimming with visitors. If you’re currently one of them or plan to be soon, you’ll want to be aware of this awesome new resource.Matt Holly is a lifelong national park enthusiast and current NPS employee who resides in Colorado. During the 2013 government shutdown he found himself temporarily unemployed and decided to put his unexpected free time to good use by cataloging a bunch of NPS maps online.Despite his initial lack of knowledge about website development Holly managed to pull off the feat, and the end result is amazing.Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 11.56.50 AMIf you’ve ever been to a national park you probably know the drill. You arrive at the entrance booth, hand the ranger your money, and receive a brochure-like map that highlights hikes and other must-visit sites along the park’s main thoroughfares.Now, thanks to Holly, you no longer have to wait for the entrance gate experience to start mapping out your next NPS adventure.His site also helps those who may have misplaced a map during a previous national park experience and want to reclaim the souvenir.“Receiving that map means I am now in a crown jewel; I am experiencing the best of what America has to offer and what this nation most values,” Holly told National Parks Traveler. “There’s a sense of pride and ownership that goes with the map the ranger hands over.”glacier-mapHolly, who discovered his affinity for maps and national parks during childhood trips to Yellowstone, has currently digitized NPS maps of all 59 national parks—and several other NPS units—along with Google-based interactive maps of each.Check out his site here.Related Articles:last_img read more

Why a credit union might be the smartest choice you’ve ever made

first_imgby: Rachel ProssI think all of us can look back on an “AHA!” moment when something really resonated or finally clicked. For me, that moment came in the days following an armed robbery at work. It was the fall of 2010, and I was a very green credit union CEO. My credit union, a relatively small financial cooperative of about fifteen million dollars in assets, had a whopping seven employees. Having a masked man point a gun at your face is one kind of “aha” moment for some people. It certainly was for many of my employees–some of whom called in sick, one who quit completely and never looked back, and some who took leaves of absence. When it came time to reopen the building, I was desperately short staffed. I picked up the phone and called a much larger credit union about two hours away that happened to use the same data processor as mine. Feeling a little frantic, I asked the CEO if he could spare one or two employees for me to borrow for a week or so, because I knew they could operate our computer system. I offered to pay salary, travel, food, and lodging. That CEO didn’t know me at all, but he immediately sent me FIVE employees. He wouldn’t let me pay a dime. He had my back, because I was a “credit unioner,” and credit unioners are family. That was my “aha” moment. That’s when I knew I had found an industry that I would be a part of for life.I’m often asked, “What’s the difference between a credit union and a bank?” For me, one of the best ways I’ve ever heard it explained is that credit unions are the not-for-profit balance to the credit structure of the United States. They’re member-owned financial cooperatives, meaning that earnings are returned to the members in the form of better rates on loans, higher yields on deposits, and fewer and lower fees. Our boards are elected by and for the members. Since credit unions don’t have stockholders, they exist solely to serve members. That’s it. No matter how small or big a credit union is, that fundamental cooperative structure remains the same. It’s pretty awesome, and it’s really the essence of “people helping people.” Imagine what the U.S. economy would be like without a not-for-profit balance and competitive presence in the financial services marketplace to help keep rates and fees in check. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Metsger writes Guinta on extended exam cycle plans

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA Board Chairman Rick Metsger on Wednesday sent a letter to Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., outlining the agency’s broad regulatory goals for exam cycles for well-run, healthy credit unions starting in 2017.“We thank Chairman Metsger for his leadership on this issue and for engaging with lawmakers,” said NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler. “Offering well-run credit unions extended exam cycles would be a positive step toward providing the industry with some relief. While we would like immediate change, we look forward to working with NCUA to achieve exam improvements as soon as possible for all credit unions.”In his letter, Metsger outlined his announcement last month of the steps the agency is taking to remove the requirement that every federal credit union and all federally insured, state-chartered credit unions with more than $250 million in assets be examined each calendar year. He told Guinta that he hopes to have the board vote on this change in the next two months. continue reading »last_img read more

Be not afraid of change, for you must be notified in advance

first_img continue reading » It is a common claim that human nature favors consistency. We, as humans, do not like change. For those like me, who are compulsive planners, this is truer than for those who like to “go with the flow.” As sudden change is unavoidable, managing it becomes a necessary life skill. However, where information can be provided in advance, the sooner you get that information, the easier it is to plan accordingly. That way, you don’t end up surprised like this kid:It appears the federal regulators also subscribe to “the sooner, the better” theory of life and a key consumer protection contained in several of the federal financial regulations is that consumers must get advance notice of certain changes. One of the many, many, many changes implemented by the CARD Act was expanding the types of changes that trigger advance notice for credit card accounts. I’ve blogged before on what some of these changes are, but, there are also a number of exceptions to the rule. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Travel Diary: Port Washington’s Waterside Wonders

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantWinter is coming. Yes, this is inevitable. Yet before the plummeting temperatures, blustery winds and menacing snow (hopefully not too much) transform our beautiful island into a frozen winter wonderland, there’s still enough time to eke out one or two more road trips down to the gorgeous, soothing waters bordering our coastline. There’s still one or two last chances to stare out at those precious waves—whether the ocean, harbor, or Long Island Sound—before those whirling winds whip along the shore, sending chills up your spine and cooling that giant pumpkin latte in your hand faster than you can say “Vaaa-Room.”The North Shore hamlet of Port Washington, with its colorful history, myriad parks, shops and restaurants, and endless, breathtaking romantic waterside views, makes just the perfect destination.You’ll want to roll into this majestic community in style, however. A 2015 MINI Cooper from NY Auto Giant, therefore, is exactly what the doctor ordered!Visit NY Auto Giant and drive home your 2015 MINI Cooper today!As you cruise into town in your cute, stylish ride, you’ll undoubtedly be interested in learning some history about this special, special gem. Port Washington’s modern-day origins date back to the 1600s, when more than a dozen English families purchased this precious land from the Matinecock Indians. During the 1800s, shellfishing and sand-mining became important industries here, with millions of yards of the area’s sand eventually used to form the concrete comprising some of the most iconic and well-known buildings in New York City, including the Chrysler and Empire State Building!If you’re a fan of literature, you’ll be excited to know that Port Washington is also represented within the East Egg area of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby.First order of business is caffeine, of course. Luckily, besides the aforementioned wonders awaiting you and your loved ones here at “The Portler,” as some call it, this community is absolutely loaded with java-licious cafes and bakeries to get your heart a-pumpin’!Swing by COFFEED, a nonprofit micro-roaster that supports numerous charities and employs locals with disabilities, as well as serving some of the most exotic blends around. You simply can’t go wrong with the Ethiopian! Saint Honore Pastry Shop is also worth a visit—this place rocks not only the joe, but cakes, cookies, and cupcakes galore!Sip those lattes while you stroll Main Street and peruse its many stellar shops and storefronts, including Wright Music, Painting With Flowers, and The Dolphin Bookshop—the latter an independent bookstore that’s been feeding the minds and caffeine urges of patrons since 1946. You’re going to want some great food on your day adventure, and Port Washington is replete with high-quality restaurants serving some of the most delectable dishes around. Dating back to 1905, Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille offers hungry locals and travelers premium seafood as well as absolutely breathtaking views of Manhasset Bay, the New York City skyline and Long Island Sound. DiMaggio’s is another prime choice for eats and memories. Since 1978 this trattoria and bar has been delighting hungry patrons with traditional Old World cuisine comprising only the freshest ingredients and made-to-order dishes that will leave your lips a-lickin’ for weeks. Roasted rabbit, ossobucco, stuffed zucchini blossoms are just a few of its many culinary masterpieces that make this a must-stop spot on any Port Washington road trip. So is Ayhan’s Mediterranean Marketplace & Café, serving so many joyous Greek delights—stuffed grape leaves, chicken souvlaki, lamb burgers—you’ll be dreaming of that ancient land and its irresistible cuisine for a long, long time afterward. [Note: Ayhan’s sells Feta Cigars—warm, mouthwatering oozing Feta tightly wrapped into a stogie with crisp phyllo dough—the name says it all!] The place is right next door to Ayhan’s Shish (Fish) Kebab, too!Ice cream goes great with Feta (as does pretty much everything), so grab a cone and sundae with all your favorite toppings at Sweet Treats On The Wharf before heading over to a comfy bench along the waterfront. Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto Giant!You and your loved one might just be in for yet another special treat on this uber-special road trip bonanza:Several gorgeous, enigmatic sea creatures have recently been spotted swimming and frolicking amongst Port Washington’s idyllic surrounding waters. Humpback whales as well as a giddy pod of Belugas have been enjoying the ever-improving depths of the Bay and Sound—providing local residents and adventure-seeking boaters the rare, moving experience of witnessing these extraordinary beauties up close and personal!You never know what adventures await you in this remarkable, idyllic community, so head down to NY Auto Giant’s Massapequa Nissan to drive home your very own 2015 MINI Cooper today and roll through Port Washington, and any other town, in style!last_img read more

Nordic roundup: Varma poised to remain Finland’s largest pension fund

first_img“As a pension investor, we have seen the post-financial-crisis recovery in the markets for a long time now, but so far it has mainly only affected the investment markets,” he said.“The upswing has finally also reached Finland’s economy,” Murto said.Varma reported that its investments returned 4.7% in the first half, compared with a 0.3% loss in the same period last year.Keva cashflows turn negative Meanwhile, equities were the strongest-performing assets in the portfolio of Finnish local government pension fund Keva in the first half of this year, but the fund’s CIO warned that the long bull market might have negative consequences.The overall investment return was 3.7% in the January-to-June period — up from 0.9% in the same period last year, according to unaudited interim figures from the pension fund.Listed equities and equity funds produced a 7.4% return, fixed income investments returned 1.1% and real estate generated 2.6%, Keva said.Ari Huotari, Keva’s CIO said: “The first half of 2017 was like a continuation of last year, with equity markets continuing to rise to reach all-time highs in many markets.“However, it needs to be pointed out that the prolonged rise of many asset categories, especially the riskier ones, has also increased concern as to future development,” he said.Keva chief executive Timo Kietäväinen described this year as a remarkable one for the pension fund, as it was the first time that the amount of pensions paid out had exceeded the employer and employee contributions paid in.In rounded figures, the pension fund reported that contribution income during the first half had come to €2.5bn while €2.5bn had been paid out in the same period in pensions.Industriens Pension returns 3.7%Elsewhere in the Nordic region, Danish labour-market pension fund Industriens Pension reported its investments had yielded a 3.7% return overall, driven in particular by listed Danish and foreign equities. Karsten Kjellerup Kjelsen, CIO at the pension fund, said: “The financial markets were marked by some nice economic growth globally, and central banks continued their easy monetary policy.“This created good demand for shares and similar risk assets, among which emerging markets and Danish equities did particularly well,” he said.Danish listed equities were the strongest performing asset class for Industriens Pension, making up just over a tenth of its portfolio and returning 6.8% before tax in the period.Foreign listed shares, which account for nearly 30% of the portfolio, produced 7.8%.However, gilt-edged bonds, which make up 27% of assets, returned just 0.2% in the six-month period.Industriens Pension’s total investments grew to DKK157bn (€21bn) at the end of June from DKK150bn at the end of 2016. Finnish pensions insurance company Varma would still be the country’s biggest pension fund if the upcoming merger of its rival Ilmarinen with Etera were complete, according to figures Varma released for the first half of the year.According to results for January to June 2017, the market value of Varma’s investment portfolio reached a new record of €45.0bn at the end of June, just topping the combination of total assets reported for the same period recently by Ilmarinen and Etera, which were €38.5bn and €5.9bn respectively.Ilmarinen, Finland’s second largest private sector earnings-related pension provider, and smaller pensions insurer Etera announced in late June that their boards had approved a merger which is set to complete in January.Varma’s chief executive Risto Murto said domestic economic growth had been brisk in the reporting period.last_img read more

EU trade pact brings both setbacks and opportunities

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 37 Views   no discussions NewsRegional EU trade pact brings both setbacks and opportunities by: – June 1, 2011 Dr. Warren Smith PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (By Peter Richards) -In his first address to the board of governors of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Warren Smith, the new president of the region’s premier lending financial institution, warned of insecurities engulfing Caribbean economies.He told the governors meeting here last week that the situation has been worsened by structural weaknesses and extreme vulnerability linked to Caribbean countries’ small size, openness, narrowness of the production base and proneness to potentially devastating natural disasters. “The economic structure has been further undermined and industry competitiveness challenged by volatile oil prices since the 1970s and the deeper integration of Caribbean economies into the international financial and economic systems through globalisation,” he said. Into this mix, Smith adds the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that was signed in 2008 between the European Union (EU) and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries, consisting of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping and the Dominican Republic. He said the EPA signaled the end of unreciprocated preferential access by Caribbean exports into the EU market, resulting in new insecurities being created as agriculture production, farm incomes and employment declined. Small farmers, especially in banana and sugar producing countries, have become displaced and poverty levels rose dramatically, more so in rural communities. “If you look at countries in the Eastern Caribbean like St. Lucia, Dominica, their banana industries have been adversely affected so that there is, if you will, a first round fallout from that (EPA) development,” Smith told IPS. He believes that the region should not sit idly by, “but what we should do is to recognise that even in the face of those sets backs what the EPA has done is to open up a whole new world of opportunities”. He wants the region to focus on being much more innovative while recognising that accords, such as the EPA, are an irreversible process in a changing global environment. “It is Europe tomorrow, it is going to be another region the next day and so on, so that we have to become accustomed to that reality and position ourselves to deal with it,” Smith told IPS, adding that as the 2008 global economic and financial recession unfolded, and the Caribbean experienced its impact, vulnerability increased. Jamaica’s Finance Minister Audley Shaw said the EPA is “a sort of indication of what trading is likely to be in the future” and “what this must signal to us is that we have to prepare ourselves for significantly higher levels of productivity and higher levels of product differentiation… so that we can benefit from comparative advantage in the arena of trading with Europe and ultimately in the arena of global trade.” He told IPS that most of the measures contained in the EPA are consistent with the new policies being pursued in Jamaica, where productivity has been in decline and where economic growth levels – “marginal at best” – has been at less than one percent for the last 14 years. “We just have to go and recognise that for EPA to be successful all of us in terms of our ability to export…must understand that we have to build capacity, build output levels and productivity and efficiency levels,” he said, adding “we have signed the agreement already, the horse kind of gone through the gate already”. Trinidad and Tobago’s new economic and planning minister, Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, has also endorsed the need for more innovation as a means of enhancing competitiveness leading to improved productivity. “A major factor in productivity is the skills and competencies of the workforce. Human capital, therefore, is the essence of productivity, competitiveness, innovation, diversification, the migration of industries upward in the value chain, entrepreneurship, new business creation, wealth generation and sustainable development,” he said. Tewarie said that the EPA would be useless to CARICOM countries “unless we have industries that can take advantage of the EPA to access the markets of Europe”. “So what it demands of us is industries that have export capability on a competitive enough basis to penetrate the market,” he told IPS. “If you see the EPA as a challenge or a difficulty it will always be so, but if you see Europe as a market made possible by the EPA then there are requirements that are necessary to be met in order to access that market and a lot of this has to do with how you see things, view the world and how you view your own requirement and responsibilities in the world.” The CDB has received a 10 million pound (16.5-million-dollar) grant from the British government which it has out into a trust fund that Smith says operates along the line of “aid for trade”. “We use those funds to help Caribbean institutions and Caribbean companies to position themselves better to be able to access the European market and we are in discussions with CARIFORUM to get another round of similar resources to do a similar type of thing,” he said. Tewarie notes that it has been two years since the signing of the EPA, and with only eight more years before the region has to allow for duty-free access of European goods into the Caribbean, it is necessary for initiatives such as the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) to be far advanced. “What is required of us is really diligent and highly focus preparation and in that regard the pace of achievement of the CSME which is really a single economic space needs to be quicken,” he said, noting “notwithstanding that there is nothing that prevents a particular company or a cluster of companies across the region in cooperation from accessing the European markets”. CARICOM leaders who met in Guyana for a two-day retreat last weekend noted that the move towards the single economy, first mooted for 2015, would “longer than anticipated” and “it may be best to pause and consolidate the gains of the single market before taking any further action on certain specific elements” of the initiative. 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Nzonzi to choose Rennes over West Ham, Aston Villa

first_img The former Stoke midfielder has been afforded a chance to return to England with West Ham United and Aston Villa. Read Also:West Ham bid for Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi However,Footmercatosays Nzonzi prefers a move to his native France with Rennes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Steven Nzonzi is set to ignore interest from the Premier League to join Rennes. Loading… The World Cup winner joined Roma from Sevilla for £22m in 2018. But he joined Galatasaray on loan this past summer and has not made an appearance since December.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCare To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more