March 2

Melvin Seals And JGB Announce 2018 Spring Tour

first_imgMelvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band have announced an east coast Run For The Roses tour this March. The 20+ date tour includes three shows with support from Toubab Krewe, who recently announced a new album after a seven year gap, Terrapin Flyer, and The Travelin’ McCourys.The longtime JGB keyboardist continues to hold the torch of Jerry Garcia songs, and will bring the legendary songbook to The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey to start the spring voyage. From there, Melvin Seals and JGB will make stops at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME, The Rusty Nail in Stowe, VT, and The Flying Monkey in Plymouth, NH.The band will cross paths and share the stage with Toubab Krewe in Ardmore, PA at the Ardmore Music Hall, before continuing on to The Cabot Theater in Beverley, MA, The Haunt in Ithica, NY, and JCC in Rochester, NY. The grooves will continue in Pittsburgh, PA at the Rex Theater, Columbus, OH at the Woodlands Tavern, and Indianapolis, IN at the Vogue Theater, before meeting up with Terrapin Flyer at Park West in Chicago, IL.The very next night, Melvin Seals and JGB will share the stage with The Travelin’ McCourys at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO. The March tour will conclude with stops at Founders Brewery in grand Rapids, MI, Salvage Station in Asheville, NC, Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, NC, 5 Points Music Sanctuary in Roanoke, VA, Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes, NY, and Rock n Roll Resort in Kerhonkson, NY.You can buy tickets for all of Melvin and JGB’s upcoming tour dates via the band’s website here.last_img read more

January 26

Theology on Fire sheds light on depression

first_imgAs Mental Illness Awareness week approaches with the first seven days of October, Lorraine Cuddeback, a post-doctoral scholar in Notre Dame’s Theology Department, used her installation of Theology on Fire, “Responding to Depression: Theological Insights and Pastoral Practices,” to address the topic of depression.  Cuddeback specializes in the field of Catholic Social Tradition, which can be traced back to the Catholic Church of the early 20th century, and reflects on worldly matters such as poverty, labor and other social issues.  “ … What the Catholic Social Tradition does is offer a really helpful framework for addressing ethical issues such as mental illness and depression,” Cuddeback said, “ … Ideally, this would be an ongoing process.” Monica Villagomez Mendez | The Observer Lorraine Cuddeback discusses a pastoral and theological approach to depression, an illness which affects about 10 percent of the world’s population,.Cuddeback referred to the Pastoral Circle, a Catholic social justice tool invented in 1980, that bridges the experience of mental illness or depression to social analysis, theological reflection and pastoral action. After showing a short film titled “What is Depression?” from Helen M. Farrell’s 2015 TED Talk, Cuddeback launched into four points that covered the current understanding of depression in today’s Catholic community.“Depression is not rare; in fact, it’s actually pretty common,” Cuddeback said. She said an estimated 10 percent of the world population have suffered from depression, and that over the past ten years, that number has increased by about 15-20 percent in college-aged students.  These statistics only indicate people who have sought treatment for their diagnosed mental illnesses. Therefore, she said, the numbers could actually be much higher.“Depression is not just ‘feeling down,” Cuddeback said. “There’s a difference between feeling depressed or feeling upset about something and medical depression.” Mental illnesses like depression operate on a spectrum, which means that though symptoms might be present, clinical diagnosis only follows the crossing of a certain threshold, Cuddeback said.  To be medically diagnosed, the patient must display at least five of the possible symptoms of depression. Thoughts of self-harm automatically cross this threshold, despite the normal rule of five observed signs, Cuddeback said.“What’s really behind that is not just a number of symptoms, but recognizing that things start really interfering with your everyday life.  Your ability to take care of yourself: to sleep, to eat, to work,” she said. “Depression is not all just in someone’s head.  There is a real biological aspect to it.”Like any other illness, depression manifests itself in a constellation of symptoms, including chemical changes within the body.  Cuddeback said there is a false impression that because depression is a mental illness, it can be cured with sheer will power.  Depression takes on real, physical symptoms that must be taken into consideration, likening mental illness to a case of strep throat, she said.“No one says, ‘Just try to not have strep throat,’” Cuddeback said.Though this explanation seems simple enough, Cuddeback said today’s society still does not have a complete understanding of the nature of mental illness.“Depression is stigmatized,” she said. “People don’t take it seriously.” 44,193 people died by suicide within the last twelve months, Cuddeback said.  Research projects 41,070 deaths related to breast cancer by the end of this year.  While Cuddeback said she is a strong advocate for breast cancer research, she said sees a disparity in the disproportional amounts of publicity surrounding both conditions, given that suicide often results in a greater number of deaths. “We don’t talk about depression and suicide anywhere close to as often as we talk about breast cancer,” she said.The fact that mental illness and breast cancer share the same month of awareness makes the level of invisibility and societal stigma surrounding depression all the more glaringly obvious, Cuddeback said. By leaving our preconceptions and stereotypes of depression at the door, we can come to a better understanding through faith and reflection, she said.Despite the shortage of official documentation addressing a theological viewpoint on depression, Cuddeback referenced a passage from “The Catechism of the Catholic Church” and a letter from John Paul II.  According to “The Catechism,” a person afflicted with “grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardships, suffering, or torture,” is freed from responsibility, should they take their own life.  The letter from John Paul II emphasized mercy and the importance of creating structures that support people’s mental health.Cuddeback included the theological concept of “Imago Dei,” or the idea that men and women are created in the likeness of God, and stressed the connection between the human soul and the body.  She said as humans, we are sometimes tempted towards dualism, which forces us to prioritize either the body or the mind as the embodiment of the whole person.  Cuddeback said we must pay attention to both.  “We are the Imago Dei, the image of God. And that is an image that involves both spirit and flesh,” Cuddeback said.  “Care for the body is care for the soul, and in fact, caring for the soul is caring for the body.”When specialized treatment and self-care isn’t enough, Cuddeback said she suggests turning to the Psalms, specifically Psalms 44, 60, 74, 79, 80, 85 and 90.  These Psalms offer a form of prayer life amidst the darkness of depression, she said.“God does not want us to suffer, but God is with us in our suffering,” Cuddeback said. “God wants an abundant life for us.”Cuddeback said she would urge listeners to advocate for a more visible support system for those suffering, to keep the conversation on theology and mental illness open and to react appropriately to friends or relatives experiencing depression.“Being with someone who is suffering, with mental illness or otherwise, means that we must love and accept that person as she is, not as we hope her to be,” Cuddeback said.  “We can’t dictate what their journey looks like. We can love them.”Tags: Depression, mental illness awareness, Mental Illness Awareness Week, theology on firelast_img read more

January 17

Mapping invasive plants

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaWisteria along the roadside, privet so thick it chokes out everything, kudzu everywhere — where have you seen those things?Really.Some University of Georgia folks want to know.They’ve designed a way, too, for you to help give them a better idea where these and other exotic invasive plants are in the Southeast.”The current data on invasive plant species distribution in the Southeast is very incomplete,” said Chris Evans, an invasive species specialist with the University of Georgia Bugwood Network.Bugwood is a Web-based system used to collect, promote and distribute educational materials in entomology, forestry and natural resources.The folks there and in the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council collaborated to build the Web-based mapping system to get a clearer picture of just how much of the Southeast has been invaded. You can help them do it at can view current sightings of dozens of exotic invasive plants (some hostile, some not) on maps at the Web page. The site covers Georgia and eight other Southeastern states.If you want to help, you can register and learn how to identify an invasive plant, snap its picture and submit its location. The site uses Google Map to make it easy if you don’t have a Global Positioning System.The project began in May 2006. About 60 scouts are now registered to the site, Evans said. Each submission is reviewed. If it seems odd, an investigator will look into it.”We want to heighten awareness about invasive species and collect the data that can be valuable to land managers, researchers and policy makers,” Evans said. “It can also allow for a quicker response to a new invasive species.”Like other states, Georgia is home to hundreds of exotic plant species. Most of these are brought into the state on purpose to add panache or color to gardens and landscapes. “The vast majority of exotic species never become problems,” he said.But a handful can escape the yard and turn bothersome or deadly to native species in the wild. Commonly found invasive species are wisteria, privet, kudzu and mimosa.Some potential troublemakers to look out for in Georgia, Evans said, are the clump-forming cogongrass, the climbing vine Oriental bittersweet and the giant Salvinia, an aquatic fern.A half-dozen training sessions for the map project have been offered in North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The next session will be during the 9th Annual Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium March 20-22 in Athens, Ga.The Bugwood Network is a cooperative effort of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at UGA.last_img read more

December 20

Colombia and U.S. Seize 2,281 kg of Cocaine in the Caribbean

first_imgBy Dialogo August 28, 2012 A total of 2,281 kilograms of cocaine were confiscated in the Colombian Caribbean and in the proximity of the Dominican Republic, in two operations executed as part of the maritime interdiction agreement between Colombia and the United States, informed a military report on August 23 in Bogotá. According to the report, the confiscated drugs were transported in two boats that set sail from Colombian territory. The United States Coast Guard intercepted the first one, containing 1,181 kg of cocaine, very close to Providence Island. The other boat, contained 1,100 kg of the drug and four crewmembers on board, and was intercepted close to the Dominican Republic. The confiscated cocaine has a value close to $60 million in the international black market, indicated the report. The seized drugs are part of another 1,930 kg of cocaine confiscated this past week during two operations conducted close to the San Blas Islands (Panamá, in the Caribbean) and on the border of Costa Rica, emphasized the Colombian Navy.last_img read more

December 18

Suffolk Exec Vetoes County Ban on Drones With Cameras

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Citing infringement of constitutional rights, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone vetoed a bill that would have regulated camera-equipped drones and banned the increasingly popular radio-controlled devices from flying over beaches during summer.In his veto message to the Suffolk County Legislature, Bellone wrote that he found it “disturbing” that someone would want to record strangers in swimwear at the beach, but noted that it is “well-established” there is no right to privacy in public.“In attempting to create a zone of privacy where none ever existed, this legislation unconstitutionally infringes on one of our most cherished civil liberties—our right to free press and speech,” Bellone wrote Friday.The bill would have required camera-drone fliers to get written permission before using them over county buildings and would set a permitting process for such devices in parks—except for county contractors and members of the media with Suffolk County police-issued credentials. It also would have banned photo-drones from flying over county-run beaches from May 15 to Sept. 15, with violators facing up to $500 fines.The legislature had passed the bill by a vote of 15-2 with one abstention last month. One of the two bills co-sponsors, Suffolk County Legis. Thomas Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma), a former police officer, was disappointed in the veto. The other co-sponsor, Legis. Dr. William Spencer (D-Centerport), a pediatrician, said he would like to work with Bellone to fix the bill so that it will address public safety.Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) said Monday that a revised version of the bill is already in the works.“The county executive’s staff is working with Legislator Muratore to revise the bill to better address the public safety issue that drones present,” Gregory said in a statement. “I look forward to reviewing the amended version of the bill.”RELATED STORY: Long Island Drone Sightings Rise as Regulations Debate Takes OffAmol Sinha, director of the Suffolk County Chapter of New York Civil Liberties Union, had urged Bellone to veto the bill.“Existing and criminal court laws—such as trespassing, harassment, invasion of privacy, stalking and intentional infliction of emotional distress—can appropriately address any unlawful conduct that one can derive from drones,” Sinha said. “Suffolk County need not violate its residents’ constitutional rights because of the unknowns of emerging technology.”Bellone essentially agreed with Sinha’s statement that the legislature’s attempt to resolve the First Amendment issues by creating an exception for the media was flawed because the right to freely photograph in public isn’t limited to the media, it includes the public. The county executive signaled that he would be open to signing a revised version of the bill that focused on public safety rather than privacy.“It would not be beyond its authority for this legislature to enact such restrictions to further public safety in this county,” Bellone wrote. “A review of recent news articles relating to drones highlights the dangers posed by the unreasonable use of drones, and perhaps further regulation of drones is necessary to ensure our public safety, which, as always, is my top priority. But, the fundamental flaw with this legislation is embedded in its name, ‘A Local Law to Protect Privacy in Suffolk County.’ In other words, this legislation is unmistakable in its intent to protect privacy, rather than public safety.”The Press recently reported that authorities have received calls of at least 20 drones in Long Island skies in recent years, half of them in Suffolk, including one over a U.S. Coast Guard Station in June and another that scared a small plane pilot destined for Long Island MacArthur Airport last summer.The debate over how to regulate drones comes as the towns of Huntington and Hempstead as well as the Village of Saltaire all consider similar legislation. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to release new drone rules next year.last_img read more

December 18

Summer school is a valuable leadership tool

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: Details When the academic year ends, most kids don’t want to be sent off to summer school. As CEO of CUES, however, I have a completely different perspective on the opportunity this season affords.While I’ll definitely take in a few White Sox games over the next few months, I’m also planning to leverage my summer business travel for learning. I expect, for example, to have some uninterrupted hours to read and reflect in July on my flights to and from the World Council of Credit Unions meeting in Belfast, Ireland. My reading list includes Crucial Conversations, a book about fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization.Once I arrive in Ireland, this trip—like others I have planned in the next few months—will be a great opportunity for networking, and thinking about our industry and CUES’ role in it.If you’re as committed to continuous learning as I am, how will you deliver on it this summer? What’s on your reading list? What TED Talks have you been putting off watching?If you’re not like the kids and you think summer is a great time to be in class—around the corner from a great vacation spot—CUES has some good choices for you.For example, CUES’ Execu/Net will be held near Yosemite National Park, Aug. 28-31, at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, Fish Camp, Calif. There you can spend mornings attending high-level educational sessions and afternoons fly fishing!If you prefer to tie in urban vacations with your learning, choose from several lending and marketing schools the week of July 18 in Seattle; Strategic Innovation Institute I in late September at MIT near Boston; and Strategic Innovation Institute II starting July 31 at Stanford University near San Francisco.I hope you’ll let me know how you leverage this summer’s fun to also foster opportunities for professional development.last_img read more

December 18

Facility Solutions: A sound headquarters strategy

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Housing staff in high performance headquarters facilities is more critical today than ever. High performance is now defined in two ways: a work environment that motivates staff to perform at their highest level and truly live the credit union’s brand, and a real estate strategy that provides the lowest operating cost over the long term.The key to accomplishing these goals is to create a sound and creative real estate and occupancy strategy with these seven critical components:1. Consider the long term.Short-term branching strategies often favor leasing, which typically costs less than owning for the first seven years of a 10-year program. However, 20-year projections should be used for scenario development, as it provides a rational timeframe of occupancy use.Most financial institutions occupy the same headquarters for more than 10 years. Even when the credit union owns the building, short-term thinking can be dangerous. For example, a 10-year projection may show the need for a 50,000-square-foot building at a cost of $9 million. This looks realistic in terms of current assets. But what happens at the end of 10 years? Should the CU sell the building and relocate? Or, would it be better to have purchased sufficient land to accommodate future expansion (and sell it if it’s not needed), or construct a building to meet 20-year needs (and lease to others in the meantime). The financial significance will be illustrated later in this article. continue reading »last_img read more

December 17

Compliance: Effective dates for CFPB’s payday rule

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA’s Compliance team has received a number of questions regarding which provisions of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s short-term, small-dollar (payday) loan rule are delayed and which will become effective in August.In response, staff has created a CompBlog entry detailing the effective dates.The CFPB finalized the payday rule in November 2017, and it addresses two separate topics:Mandatory Underwriting Provisions, which cover the underwriting of payday loans, most notably an ability-to-repay determination requirement; andPayment Provisions, which establish requirements and limitations for lenders to attempt to withdraw payments from member accounts in ways that could deviate from what the borrower expects or result in excessive fees.A June 6 final rule from the CFPB delays the compliance date for most of the Mandatory Underwriting Provisions to Nov. 19, 2020 (they were originally set to go into effect Aug. 19 of this year).last_img read more

December 8

Boat rentals at Cole Park, Greenwood Park open for business this weekend

first_imgWhile Nathaniel Cole and Greenwood Parks are open for boating, Woidt says construction still has the boat launch at Dorchester Park closed for now. Expanding recreation opportunities has been a priority for the county according to Woidt, and despite beaches and playgrounds still being closed, boating seemed like the perfect next step in the reopening process. Dennis Shirshikov and Natalie Bakman came to Cole Park from the Village of Greene, eager to get their son, Michael, out on the water. “We’ve been at home for several months right now, cooped up with the baby,” Bakman said. “We can’t wait to get on the boat right now. He’s ready to go on a boat ride.” “Things like boating where can be done safely outside. You can socially distance, get away from other people and just enjoy the outdoors,” she said. “We’re asking that it’s with just your immediate family or household if you plan on renting a paddle boat or a rowboat,” she said. COLESVILLE (WBNG) — Broome County Parks announced this week that boat rentals would be reopening at Nathaniel Cole Park and Greenwood Park this weekend, and when Saturday afternoon hit, several families were ready. “We’re ready. We’re ready to get out on a boat and have fun,” Bakman said. center_img For Dennis Shirshikov and Natalie Bakman said that was just what they were looking for. Woidt said those safety protocols mean a new routine for staff at the boathouses, who will now sanitize seats and like jackets, as well as the touch points of the boats after each use. “We were told with Phase one that we were allowed to open boat rentals, we obviously took our time in developing safety protocols to keep it safe for all the patrons,” she said. Woidt said while staff will handle all the cleaning, the county has one request for boaters. Liz Woidt, director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services in the county, said the announcement came after careful planning by county officials. The county will announce when Dorchester Park will be open for boating in the near future.last_img read more

October 20

Derwent Valley pushes ahead with development programme

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