Watch Lenny Kravitz Honor Prince In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Performance

first_imgLast night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hosted their annual ceremony at Barclay’s Center, where legendary acts like Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, and Tupac Shakur were inducted into the prestigious club. Of course, as usual, the hours-long event featured a dazzling lineup of live performances, reunions, and tributes. The majority of the evening’s live sets centered around the artists being inducted this year, but one of the more memorable performances focused on a legendary artist who is no longer with us.Honoring the untimely passing of rock superstar Prince in early 2016, Lenny Kravitz delivered electrifying renditions of two of the Purple One’s most popular tunes, “When Doves Cry” and “The Cross.” Kravitz was backed by Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, who imbued the songs with a celebratory energy. After leading “When Doves Cry” with a tambourine in hand, Kravitz strapped on his guitar for 1987 Sign O’ The Times single “The Cross,” which built to a joyous gospel peak. You can watch fan-shot footage of Lenny Kravitz’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Prince tribute below, courtesy of Youtube user MarchofTheRashbaum:Kravitz was one of many artists to speak about Prince’s influence on them and their work in the wake of his death at the age of 57 last April. In a conversation with Rolling Stone, he explained, “[Prince’s 1980 album Dirty Mind] was a pivotal moment for me. Just seeing the album cover opened up my imagination. Here was an African-American cat, skin color like mine was, playing the guitar like I wanted to play… he had a very deep impact on me. I was able to see where I could go. The music, the vibe, the color, the hair, the band members, everything, was amazing to me.”You can check out our full recap of the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony here.[h/t – Rolling Stone][cover photo via Mike Coppola/Getty Images]last_img read more

Border checks stopped at N Ireland ports after threats

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Authorities in Northern Ireland have suspended checks on animal products and withdrawn workers from two ports after threats against border staff. The Northern Ireland government said it stopped inspections at Belfast and Larne ports “in the interests of the wellbeing of staff.” Graffiti recently appeared in the Larne area that described port staff as “targets.” Britain’s departure from the EU has brought checks on some British goods going to Northern Ireland because it shares a border with EU member Ireland. Many in Northern Ireland’s pro-British Unionist community oppose the new rules. Police said evidence suggests the threats against border staff are the work of “a number of individuals and small groups.”last_img

Baraka Bouts holds first-ever run-a-thon fundraiser, looks forward to Baraka-thon

first_imgThe week of Oct. 5 was a fun-filled and meaningful one for Baraka Bouts, the Notre Dame women’s boxing club, as the team held its first ever run-a-thon fundraiser. The five-day event raised money to support the Holy Cross Missions in East Africa. Courtesy of Meghan Guilfoile Notre Dame’s women’s boxing team, Baraka Bouts, fundraised over $13,000 during their run-a-thon last week.For the first time in the club’s 18 years of fundraising, Baraka Bouts will be unable to host its usual boxing tournament due to the no-contact rules prohibiting sparring. However, this has not stopped them from staying active, coming together as a team and carrying out their mission.The club has raised over $46,500, leaving them in sight of their $50,000 semester-long goal. The run-a-thon raised $13,490 of the current total, which served to jumpstart this year’s fundraising efforts. Over the course of five days, members of the team ran a total of 1,413 miles, bringing in donations from generous sponsors, family members and friends.The 2020 proceeds will go towards the construction of a new science laboratory at Holy Cross’ St. Joseph’s Hill Secondary School in Kyembogo, Uganda. In addition, funds will be directed towards COVID-19 relief that facilitates the safe return of the school’s students to campus.As a result of COVID-19, the Ugandan economy took a particularly hard hit, which directly affected many of the students and families of St. Joseph’s Hill. Consequently, it is more important now than ever for the club to raise money for the students in Uganda, junior boxer Nora Tucker explained.“Given that our lives back here at school are fairly normal, we feel that it is especially important this year to make sure we can do everything we can to fundraise,” Tucker said. “Obviously, our biggest fundraiser, which is a three-round tournament, is not taking place in its normal form this year, so that was when the captains and coaches came up with the idea of the run-a-thon as a way to do a more unconventional way of fundraising for the club.”Spearheaded by senior captains Erin Doyle and Bailey Baumbick, the run-a-thon also served as a way to keep the team spirit alive. Doyle said while the team cannot currently engage in direct physical contact, the competitive aspect of the club is still prevalent.“I’m a competitive person and I think all of us are, so getting to push yourself everyday with boxing or with running is fun and gets you out of bed every morning,” Doyle said. “The run-a-thon really encapsulated that, but more importantly it’s just really fun to be a part of a club that everyone is so excited to show up for everyday and push themselves.”Baraka Bouts plans to hold another event in two weeks in lieu of their typical tournament, the “Baraka-thon,” which will consist of a series of different workout challenges such as plank-offs and push-up contests.The club is also making use of new, emerging technology to enhance the solo boxing experience, explained senior captain and club president Meghan Guilfoile.“We will actually be using a virtual reality system so that girls can box without having to have contact,” Guilfoile said. “Each girl will have a headset on, [for] the virtual reality, and can box each other through the headset.”This technology has allowed the team to mimic the competitive environment they are used to sparring in, which is a part of Baraka Bouts many have missed this season.“We’re pretty lucky that we have been able to basically do the impossible in a season like this,” Guilfoile said, in terms of practicing with virtual reality and in terms of fundraising. “To be helping others during this time makes everyone feel better, which is definitely my favorite part about the club.”For Baumbick, merely getting outside and being around other people, albeit socially distanced, is what makes Baraka Bouts a special experience.“It’s just been phenomenal to see the amount of participation despite COVID and despite the fact that we are under all these restrictions,” she said. “My favorite part of the club is the ability to be altogether, to test yourself and to push the limits of your human body.”In addition to the events the club plans to hold, Baraka Bouts boxing coach Mike Gelchion has started a new podcast series called “In the Corner.” Gelchion hosts former and current boxers who reflect on their experiences and favorite memories with the club. The podcast aims to bring past and present members of the Baraka Bouts community closer together during the pandemic.The podcast’s sixth and most recent episode included an interview with Guilfoile and discussed in depth the club’s commitment to fundraising for the Holy Cross Missions in Uganda.Guilfoile described her experience of actually getting to travel to Uganda and meet the students the club raises money for every year.“My whole perspective changed. It really helped me remember why we actually have the tournament and who we are really fighting for,” she in the podcast interview. “I’m so blessed to be able to have seen exactly what that money is going towards with those students.”Tags: Baraka Bouts, Baraka Bouts 2020, Boxing, COVID-19, In the Corner, run-a-tonlast_img read more

Appalachian Legends

first_imgMothman and the Flatwoods Monster. Bigfoot, Brown Mountain Lights, and the Bell Witch. Are these mysteries folklore or fact?It’s not surprising that a 480-million-year-old mountain range would inspire legends of unexplained animals darting through the darkened forest or strange and ghostly apparitions appearing in the night sky.For generations, myths and superstitions have been passed down through the oral traditions of native tribes and early settlers, gaining a foothold in our Appalachian culture. Some scholars believe that the danger and isolation of early mountain life gave birth to many of the legends that still exist today, banging around in our brains and compelling us to take an extra look over our shoulder should we find ourselves alone in a dusky forest or a creaky old cabin.Michael Rivers, lead investigator of the Smoky Mountain Ghost Trackers and an author who has written extensively about Appalachian folklore, says that the Appalachian Mountains are ripe with paranormal activity. Though it’s hard to say why stories of unexplained phenomena pop up in these mountains, Rivers says that fear can easily get the best of people. “Your psyche has a tendency to get away from you,” says Rivers. “If you hear things that go bump in the night and you swear you don’t have a pipe rattling or anything like that, you think it’s a spirit,” he says. “Or you happen to catch something out of the corner of your eye and you swear it’s a ghost. It’s not that you’re crazy. It’s just that your imagination and your emotions can fool you.”Whether our collective imaginations are running wild or we’re really sensing something otherworldly, stories of ghosts, UFOs, terrifying man-sized animals, and other hair-raising tales abound in these Blue Ridge Mountains. We took a look at six of the most popular legends in our region. Dive deeper at your own risk.Illustration by Craig Snodgrass. @snodgrassartBigfootImagine you’re deep in the woods when you spot a sudden movement through the trees. The animal—or whatever it is—is large and covered in dark fur. Is it a bear? You stand frozen in place, eyes locked to that shadowy spot in the woods, waiting for the animal to move. Your heart pounds in your chest and you realize, jarringly, that the sounds of the forest have died. On the ground, there’s an imprint—like a human foot but much larger, nearly two feet long and eight inches wide. Suddenly, you’re certain of what you saw, and it definitely wasn’t a black bear.Known around the world as Sasquatch or Yeti and locally as Wood Booger or Boojum, Bigfoot is an ape-like creature that conceals itself in the deep, dark forest, leaving behind footprints so large they could not belong to any man.The tale of Bigfoot has been traced back to the European Wild Man, a mythical figure that had hair all over his body and lived like a beast. The Wild Man can be found in literature as early as the second century BC. Stories of Bigfoot also abound in Native American oral tradition, and the unexplained ape has been studied by scientists and scrutinized on the Internet. Jane Goodall has even weighed in on Bigfoot’s existence, telling reporters that she wants to believe that Bigfoot is real.There’s no doubt about Bigfoot’s existence in Phil Smith’s eyes. Smith of Gate City, Virginia, is co-founder of the Blue Ridge Monsters and Legends Facebook Group where members come to share their stories of unexplained encounters with the hairy bi-pedal. When Smith was a boy, he says he had his own run-in with Bigfoot.Smith says that one cold November night he was riding his bike home after dark when he heard a friend run up behind him. “He was out of breath and anxious,” remembers Smith. “He said, something is following me. When I move, it moves. When I stop, it stops.” Spooked, Smith took a shortcut home through his grandparent’s backyard. As he rode past the grapevines, he heard something moving through the brush behind him. He turned to look. “I had to,” he says, and there beside the grapevines was a seven-foot creature. “It was leaning forward making a hump where its neck and back join,” says Smith. “The moonlight was shining through its hair. It didn’t make a sound. Needless to say, I made a hasty departure home.”Illustration by Craig Snodgrass. @snodgrassartThe Brown Mountain LightsIn the dark skies above Brown Mountain, North Carolina, eerie ghost lights have been spotted in the night sky for over a century. To many eyewitnesses, the lights appear as glowing orbs that hover in the sky above the mountain before suddenly disappearing or soundlessly exploding. The first reported sighting of the Brown Mountain Lights was in 1913 by a fisherman who claimed to see odd red lights dancing above the horizon. Sightings continued, and in 1922 the U.S. Geological Society investigated, determining that the Brown Mountain Lights were really just the headlights of cars or passing trains. But a major flood in 1916 changed that theory. The raging waters washed out roads and bridges and took out power for several weeks—but the Brown Mountain Lights were still spotted in the night sky.Bluegrass songs claim that the lights are the ghost of a slave searching for his lost master. An episode of the X Files reasons that the lights are caused by UFOs. Popular Native American folklore says that a bloody battle between the Cherokee and Catawba tribes took place on the mountain. Many lives were lost. The lights, claim the legend, are the ghosts of grieving women still searching the mountainside for the bodies of fallen warriors.But not every story of the Brown Mountain Lights is steeped in superstition. In July 2016 the Charlotte Observer reported that Forest Service officers had reported close-up encounters on the mountain with beach ball sized orbs that floated by and then vanished. And in August 2016, local TV station WLOS reported that scientists from Appalachian State University believed to have captured images of the Brown Mountain Lights on two digital video cameras. Though scientists have not been able to determine what causes the lights, ball lightning and naturally occurring mountain gases are two widely accepted theories.If you want to find out for yourself, the best time to see the Brown Mountain Lights is September through early November. The lights can be observed on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Brown Mountain Light Overlook located at milepost 310 or the Green Mountain Overlook at milepost 301. The City of Morganton, North Carolina even recently helped to improve the Brown Mountain Overlook on North Carolina Highway 181 for the purpose of attracting curious visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the ghost lights.Illustration by Craig Snodgrass. @snodgrassartMothmanBack in 1966, Point Pleasant, West Virginia—located at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers—was a sleepy town of a couple thousand people. But it was rocked by an unidentifiable visitor on November 12, 1966, when gravediggers at a cemetery in Clendenin, West Virginia, about 80 miles from Point Pleasant, claimed to see a man with wings lift off from a tree and fly over their heads. Three days later, two young couples were driving together near an abandoned World War II TNT plant about five miles north of Point Pleasant when they saw a “large flying man with 10-foot wings,” and eyes that “glowed red.” They tried to flee the unidentified animal, speeding down the road at a reported 100 miles per hour, but the creature followed them back to Point Pleasant city limits. They were so spooked by their experience that they went directly to the police. Newspapers dubbed the creature Mothman. The national press picked up the story, and Mothman became a sensation.Over the following week, there were at least 8 more reported sightings in and around Point Pleasant of a man-like bird with large wings. One such account came from volunteer firefighters Captain Paul Yoder and Benjamin Enochs. According to the Gettysburg Times, Yoder and Enochs claimed to have seen a “very large bird with large red eyes.”Others refuted the sightings, believing that residents of Point Pleasant were actually seeing a sandhill crane that had wandered out of its normal migration route. “There were hundreds of eyewitnesses,” says Jeff Wamsley, owner of Point Pleasant’s Mothman Museum. Born and raised in town, Wamsley was only five years old when the Mothman showed up and began terrorizing his neighbors.Over the following year, the oddities continued. Reports of UFOs and suspicious men in black began streaming in to the Point Pleasant authorities. And the Mothman sightings continued.Then, ten days before Christmas in 1967, tragedy struck. While the Silver Bridge that connected Point Pleasant to Gallipolis, Ohio was teeming with rush-hour traffic, the bridge collapsed, killing 46 people. Reportedly, some claimed to have seen the Mothman at the bridge shortly before its collapse and believed its presence was a harbinger of doom.“The fact that the UFO sightings, men in black presence, and the Silver Bridge disaster all happened during the Mothman sightings intrigues many people,” says Wamsley. “It’s a fascinating turn of events for a small town like Point Pleasant.”For his part, Wamsley does believe that the people of Point Pleasant encountered something out of the ordinary. “I just don’t believe that many people could have made up the same story,” says Wamsley, “but what it was they saw, I don’t believe will ever be truly explained or solved.”Illustration by Craig Snodgrass. @snodgrassartThe Moon-Eyed PeopleAccording to Cherokee legend, long ago, before the Cherokee moved into the Smokies, there was a race of small, bearded white men who lived in the mountains. According to author Julia Montgomery Street, whose tale of this mysterious race is displayed in the Cherokee County Historical Museum, the men “possessed all the land from the Little Tennessee River to Kentucky, with a line of fortification from one end of their domain to the other.” The men, who lived in rounded log cabins, had large blue eyes and fair white skin and were sun-blind during the day, emerging from their homes only at night to hunt, fish, wage war and build their fortifications. Because they could only see in the dark, the Cherokee called them the Moon-Eyed People. Some believe they were descendants of a small group of Welshmen who came to America long before the Spanish and settled in the Smoky Mountains around 1170. As the legend goes, the Moon-Eyed People eventually abandoned their home—or were driven from it—and traveled west, never to be seen again.Wanda Stalcup is the Director of the Cherokee County Historical Museum in Murphy, N.C. The museum is home to a statue that was found at the confluence of the Valley and Hiwassee Rivers in the early 1800’s. The soapstone statue is 37-inches tall and weighs 300 pounds. Many believe it is a depiction of the Moon-Eyed People.“Everyone has their own opinion,” about the statue, says Stalcup. “[The statue depicts] twins, but they’re short like the Moon-Eyed People with little round flat faces.” Some believe that the statue represents the two rivers and others believe it is a man and a woman. “When the archaeologists came and looked at [the statue] they said they’d never seen anything to compare it to,” says Stalcup. “One reason is because they are standing, not sitting or kneeling. They think it might even be pre-Cherokee.”Whether a small, blue-eyed race of sun-blind white men once inhabited the Blue Ridge long before the Europeans are known to have discovered America remains unknown, but the legend continues to live on.Illustration by Craig Snodgrass. @snodgrassartThe Bell Witch HauntingJohn and Lucy Bell were farmers who settled in Adams, Tennessee around 1803. They lived peacefully on their land until 1817, when the family began experiencing odd and unexplainable occurrences in their home. “They began hearing noises such as scratching, knocks on the walls, and chains being dragged across the floor,” says Pat Fitzhugh, an author and historian who has written two books about the events that occurred on the Bell farm. Over time, the noises became more intense and more frequent. Then, the Bell’s two daughters began complaining of something trying to pull at their bedcovers and pinch them while they slept.For over a year, the Bells remained silent about the strange events taking place in their home, worried about what the members of their church might think. But the harassment wouldn’t stop, and John Bell finally confided to one of his neighbors about the strange incidents in his home. His neighbor came over and experienced the same kind of disturbances. “Before long, people all over the east and southeast knew about it,” says Fitzhugh.People soon began traveling to the Bell farm to experience the supernatural phenomenon for themselves. Some came as curiosity seekers and some as skeptics trying to debunk what the Bells were experiencing. “Over time it seems this thing, whatever it was, fed off of attention and people’s fears,” says Fitzhugh. It eventually developed a whispering voice and within a year it could speak. “People have written down and passed through the generations accounts of what this thing allegedly said,” says Fitzhugh. “It liked to argue religion and make fun of people, except for Mrs. Bell. It stated its purpose was to kill John Bell.”The poltergeist received the name Kate after it claimed to be the witch of a local lady named Kate Batts. When John Bell died on December 20, 1980, Kate took credit, insisting she had poisoned him because he was a bad man. After John Bell’s death, things began to return to normal on the Bell farm until Betsy Bell, the Bell’s youngest daughter, became engaged to a local man named Joshua Gardner. “Kate re-avowed her scorn and disapproval about Betsy Bell’s upcoming marriage,” says Fitzhugh. “She talked Betsy into breaking off the engagement with Joshua.” A short time later, the poltergeist said she was going to leave but promised to return in seven years.Seven years later Kate did return, visiting John Bell Jr. who was not living at the Bell farm at the time. “They allegedly talked for three nights about the past, the present, and the future,” explains Fitzhugh. After that, the Bell Witch bid farewell and promised to return in 107 years. “That would have been in 1935. Some said she returned and some said she didn’t,” says Fitzhugh.The real story behind the tale of the Bell Witch has never been uncovered. “Some thought it was an act of the supernatural,” says Fitzhugh. “Skeptics accused the Bell family of doing it by knowing how to act and using ventriloquism. Some thought they did it for money, but the Bell family never charged a cent to anyone staying over in their home.”Though Fitzhugh has considered many theories, he says he can’t say one way or another what the Bell Witch truly was. “When you look at how long the story has endured and how many people have put forth theories—doctors, lawyers and preachers back in the day signed eyewitness manuscripts saying they witnessed these things,” says Fitzhugh. “It makes it more than just your standard folktale.”Illustration by Craig Snodgrass. @snodgrassartThe Flatwoods MonsterIn the late days of summer, 1952, two brothers named Edward and Fred May of Flatwoods, West Virginia, rushed home to tell their mother, Cathleen May, that they’d seen something unexplainable. While playing football at the playground of the Flatwoods school, they’d witnessed a bright UFO streak across the sky and land on the property of a local farmer.Intrigued, May, her sons, and some other local boys, headed out to the farm. It was nearing dusk when they saw an unidentified object in the woods. “They saw an odd-shaped thing that appeared to be glowing red with smoke and steam coming off of it,” says Andrew Smith, Executive Director of the Braxton County CVB and curator of the Flatwoods Monster Museum. 17-year-old Eugene Lemon, a National Guardsman who’d also tagged along on the adventure, said he saw a pulsing light and pointed his flashlight toward it, revealing a pair of bright eyes in a tree and a “10-foot monster with a blood-red face and a green body that seemed to glow.” The monster then hissed and floated towards the group, causing Lemon to scream and drop his flashlight. According to newspaper reports, “several of the party fainted and vomited for several hours after returning to town.” Later, Mrs. May was quoted as saying that the monster “looked worse than Frankenstein.”The group turned and ran down the hill, immediately reporting what they saw to the local sheriff.  An hour later, several men armed with shotguns returned to the scene with Lemon. They were met with a horrible smell and, according to local reports, saw “slight heat waves in the air.” “Authorities didn’t find much,” says Smith. “What was found was gathered and sent to Washington D.C. and never seen again.”Smith says that what makes the Flatwoods Monster so interesting is that there weren’t many UFO sightings back in the 1950s. The Flatwoods incident was only the second or third of its kind—and probably the first with so many witnesses. “It made national headlines,” says Smith.Today, on the main road into town, there is a sign that reads “Welcome to Flatwoods: Home of the Green Monster.” The UFO sighting—or whatever that was—is in the past but not forgotten. “There’s not a consensus,” on what happened in Flatwoods that evening, says Smith. “You have your UFO true believers and skeptics who think it was a misidentified barn owl,” Smith explains. “If I had to pick one I’d say that the most commonly held thought is that the monster is a fun and interesting bit of folklore,” says Smith. “Having to decide whether it’s real or fake takes all the fun out of it.”last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Bob Trunzo – Pushing and driving change (#32)

first_imgWelcome to episode 32 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of On this episode, Randy is chatting with Bob Trunzo the president and CEO of CUNA Mutual Group. Learn about the pace of change in financial services, agile technology, and why risks are important to take.Bob and Randy start the conversation off discussing how credit unions need to adapt to stay relevant. Bob shares his thoughts on digital innovation and why keeping up with the technology is imperative for credit union survival. Technology saves the credit union and the members time and money which is what will keep both happy.Bob also chats about the role of CUNA Mutual Group in setting an example for changes in thoughts and actions around inclusion and diversity. Credit unions need to look, feel, and act like their members to keep those members. It doesn’t matter where you come from, it only matters that you have a heart for service and a drive for excellence.Learn more about Bob in the life and leadership hacks and rapid-fire questions as well. He shares his yearly notecard ritual, his Peloton obsession, and the book that he’s read over and over again. You won’t want to miss this conversation. It’s fast-paced and enlightening.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher How to find Bob:Robert TrunzoPresident and CEO, CUNA Mutual [email protected] LinkedIn Show notes from this episode:Company mentioned: CUNA Mutual GroupCheck out the recent posts in the Community from CUNA Mutual Group here.Shout-out: Chuck and our friends at PSCU who had Bob out as a keynote at PSCU Member Forum this year.Article mentioned: Digital disruption is rocking the insurance worldThe online CUNA Mutual Group Discovery Conference is celebrating 10 years. Check it out August 15th. Register here, it’s free.Book mentioned: Finding My Virginity by Richard BransonOne of the ways CUNA Mutual Group is discovering the technology of the future: CMFG VenturesRecent press: CMFG Ventures and Filene Research Institute partner to launch new FinTech Catalyst Incubator Want to learn more on how humans and machines will transform the credit union industry? Check this out.Campaign mentioned: TruStage Insurance ProgramCUNA Mutual Group internship program mentioned.Bob may have sold me on getting one: PelotonAlbums mentioned: That’s the Way of the World by Earth, Wind & FireBook mentioned: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeShout out: Lee Iacocca & Steve JobsPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Chuck Fagan, Jill Nowacki (Ep. 4 & Ep. 18)You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[00:30] – Welcome back to the show and learn about this episode’s guest, Bob Trunzo.[02:14] – First up Bob chats about how he has helped CUNA Mutual Group move into the digital age.[04:15] – Bob shares his thoughts on the biggest challenges facing credit unions today.[06:39] – Bob describes CUNA Mutual Group today and it’s not your mom and dad’s company.[09:41] – How does CUNA Mutual Group stay agile?[11:20] – What causes Bob to pull the plug on opportunities when they don’t pan out?[13:14] – Bob comments on diversity and inclusion and why it is an important focus for CUNA Mutual Group.[17:06] – How do they keep the culture positive at CUNA Mutual Group with all the transitions and changes?[18:18] – Any credit union behaviors or beliefs that need to change to stay relevant?[19:47] – What keeps Bob excited about where the industry is going?[20:42] – Bob shares his inspiration for taking the job as president and CEO of CUNA Mutual Group and how it has changed over the years.[23:16] – Does Bob feel he’s changed as a leader?[25:53] – What does say so often that his team can finish his sentence?[26:37] – Bob thinks a mistake young leaders make is not making a decision.[27:38] – Why Bob’s Miller Park Stadium project was such a memorable failure in his career.[29:21] – How does Bob push through when he runs into a wall on a project?[30:30] – Bob shares what he does to recharge.[31:55] – Enter the start of the rapid-fire questions: flirting and coffee are the first topics of discussion.[32:36] – Bob’s favorite album and the book everyone should read.[33:37] – What has become more and less important to Bob over the years?[35:08] – Hear who Bob thinks of when he hears the word success.[35:56] – Bob shares his final thoughts. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

CUNA backs bill to establish $2B CDFI Crisis Fund

first_img continue reading » Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced a bill Tuesday that would create a $2 billion Community Development Institutions (CDFI) crisis fund to help with pandemic recovery. CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle expressed support for the bill, which is co-sponsored by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).“The pandemic and ensuing economic crisis has had a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities and the policy response needs to recognize that more needs to be done to help these communities recover,” Nussle said. “Sen. Schatz’s legislation to create a CDFI Crisis Fund will ensure that CDFI credit unions can get much needed resources to our most vulnerable communities, reducing the pain experienced as the result of any number of disasters.”Nussle wrote a letter of support for the bill Tuesday.The bill’s $2 billion CDFI Crisis Fund would serve as a complement to the Treasury’s CDFI Fund. It would be refilled as funds are deployed each year, and can be activated nationally or state-wide through two automatic triggers: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cornell University to limit spectators at sporting events amid COVID19 threat

first_imgThe university is limiting student athletes’s guests to three visitors at venues. This limitation is in effect for Cornell’s University’s athletes and athletes from visiting universities. In addition to this, the school will also be limiting attendance to 100 unless the number of athletes participating in the event exceed that number. No other spectators will be permitted into the venue. Media and game-day personnel are unaffected by the ban. (WBNG) — Cornell University is taking extra precautions at its sporting events in wake of the coronavirus. Cornell University says the situation is subject to change based on “ongoing reviewing” of the coronavirus. For more on the coronavirus, click here. These rules will affect the weekend’s NCAA women’s hockey tournament game, men’s hockey game, ECAC Hockey playoff series, polo team’s Northeast Region tournament and the men’s and women’s lacrosse contest.last_img read more

Federal judge rules acting DHS head Chad Wolf unlawfully appointed, invalidates DACA suspension

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – Judge Nicholas Garaufis said court conferences would be held to work out details of his ruling.He concluded, “Wolf was not lawfully serving as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security under the HSA [Homeland Security Act] when he issued the Wolf Memorandum” that suspended DACA.Karen Tumlin, a lawyer in the case and director of the Los Angeles-based Justice Action Center, said the ruling means, “the effort in the Wolf memo to gut the DACA program is overturned.”- Advertisement – She said the ruling applies to more than a million people, including more recent applicants and those seeking two-year renewals for protection under DACA.“This is really a hopeful day for a lot of young people across the country,” Tumlin said.RecommendedIndependent filmmakers have found ways to navigate the pandemic and get audiences to filmsCovid surge spurs North Dakota’s 1st mask mandate, New Mexico, Oregon partial lockdownsAlthough President Donald Trump formally nominated Wolf for the job in summer, Wolf has yet to get a full vote in the Senate, keeping his role as “acting.” Garaufis cited the Government Accountability Office, which wrote in a report to Congress in August that Wolf was the beneficiary of an “invalid order of succession.”The judge described an illegitimate shuffling of leadership chairs at the Department of Homeland Security, the agency responsible for immigration enforcement, for the predicament of Wolf’s leadership and that of his predecessor, Kevin McAleenan.“Based on the plain text of the operative order of succession,” Garaufis wrote in the Saturday ruling, “neither Mr. McAleenan nor, in turn, Mr. Wolf, possessed statutory authority to serve as Acting Secretary. Therefore the Wolf Memorandum was not an exercise of legal authority.”The ruling is part of an ongoing case with DACA recipient Martín Jonathan Batalla Vidal serving as the lead plaintiff in a six-plaintiff case against Wolf and the Department of Homeland Security. The suit initially challenged the state of Texas’ attempt to thwart DACA.On Saturday the National Immigration Law Center responded to the ruling on Twitter: “VICTORY!”center_img Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf looks up during the launch of a new initiative to combat online child sexual exploitation during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., March 5, 2020.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters A federal judge in New York City on Saturday said Chad Wolf has not been acting lawfully as the chief of Homeland Security and that, as such, his suspension of protections for a class of migrants brought to the United States illegally as children is invalid.The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the Trump administration wrongly tried to shut down protections under the Obama-era legislation known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. On July 28, Wolf nonetheless suspended DACA pending review.Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Public health worker shortage could imperil terrorism preparedness

first_img Those trends are occurring during some of the deepest state budget cuts in 60 years. Paradoxically, the decrease in employees comes at a time when public health is widely acknowledged to have a key role in addressing the threats of terrorism and emerging infectious diseases. “The events of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks brought the role and responsibility of the public health workforce in emergency response efforts to the forefront in public understanding,” said ASTHO President-Elect Richard A. Raymond, MD, in an ASTHO press release. “We can only be prepared if we have an experienced workforce that is qualified to carry out our mission.” The absence of employees is most keenly felt in public health nursing, epidemiology, laboratory science, and environmental health, the association found. The report, “State Public Health Employee Worker Shortage Report: A Civil Service Recruitment and Retention Crisis,” drew results from a 2003 survey of senior state and territorial health officials done in conjunction with the Council of State Governments and the National Association of State Personnel Executives. All states, territories, and the District of Columbia were invited to participate; 37 responded. More than 50% of the responding states reported they lacked qualified public health employees or employees who were willing to relocate to fill preparedness gaps. In addition, several state public health agencies reported they could lose over 40% of their workforce through retirement by 2006. Employees quit over low salaries, minimal advancement opportunities, and attractive private-sector job offers and career changes. Some prospective employees are dissuaded because fields such as epidemiology require many years of study and training, the report said. America’s growing shortage of qualified public health workers could undermine terrorism preparedness, according to a recent report from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). A lack of public health laboratory personnel highlights the challenge of emergency preparedness. For example, 13 states responding to the survey had no doctoral-level molecular scientist; 23 states had one. Most officials questioned said that ensuring emergency preparedness demands two doctoral-level molecular scientists on staff. Jun 22, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The possibility of a smallpox outbreak highlights a key threat to America’s public health system: What if a person needs a vaccine but there is no nurse to give the shot? Amy Becker is a full-time reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a freelance reporter for CIDRAP. She will enter the University of Minnesota’s graduate program in public health administration and policy in fall 2004. To counter the decline in workforce numbers, states are considering or trying a broad range of incentives, including offering higher pay, allowing flexible scheduling and telecommuting, providing professional training, conducting outreach campaigns to educate students about the field, and connecting employees to leadership institutes. Some states are rehiring retired employees to prevent further erosion of institutional knowledge. The role of these scientists is crucial, Steib explained. They are the front-line people who can tell one anthrax strain from another or determine whether foodborne illnesses in different states are linked. Federal funds are available to help pay workers, but departments still can’t find employees, she added. Experts are also considering using loan-forgiveness legislation, grants, and scholarships modeled on programs that allow doctors to get financial assistance in exchange for working in a specific area. Offering financial incentives might offset some of the losses detailed in the report, Steib said. “We’ve got more job openings and no people to fill them. And it’s going to get worse,” Paula A. Steib, ASTHO communications director, told CIDRAP News in summarizing the findings. The report found that the public health workforce is aging rapidly, with an average age of nearly 47; retiring at an expected average rate of 24% in the next 5 years; stretching to cover job vacancies of up to 20% in some states; and leaving public health jobs at a high rate (average, 14% per year among the 28 states responding to this question).last_img read more

Last year, a record turnover was achieved on Croatian motorways

first_imgThe A6 motorway generated HRK 879,7 million in revenue last year, 4,7 percent more. Dalmatina and A1 are in third place, with revenues of HRK 710,2 million, an increase of 5,3 percent. On the motorways under the jurisdiction of the state companies Hrvatske autoceste (HAC) and Autoceste Rijeka – Zagreb (ARZ), a total of HRK 2,87 billion was collected from VAT in the past year, excluding VAT, 6% or 160 million more than in 2017, writes Individually by months, the highest toll revenue was realized in August, amounting to HRK 450,7 million. In that month, the record holder for toll collection was the A6 with revenues of HRK 155,7 million. It is followed by A1 with toll revenues in that month in the amount of 134 million kuna. On the A1, the very great sensuality of traffic is still visible. Thus, for example, 524 thousand vehicles passed that highway in January, while in the peak season in August, that number exceeds two million. The summer, 10 percent higher toll tariff last year took effect on June 15 and was in effect until September 15. According to HAC data, the growth of toll revenues was accompanied by an increase in traffic, so last year there were 58,56 million vehicles on their highways, five percent more than in 2017. They also recorded an increase in traffic and tolls on all highways. And the most significant revenue in 2018 was generated on the A3 motorway – HRK 946,9 million without VAT. Last year, a total of 17,8 million vehicles passed through this highway, almost a million more than in 2017. last_img read more