In the channel industry, CRN’s Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs begins with 32 of the industry’s most influential Channel Chiefs. It ends with one. Following the same format and schedule as the much-anticipated collegiate tournament, each channel chief will compete for bragging rights during CRN’s Channel Madness.CRN’s fourth annual Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs pits some of the channel’s best-known executives against each other in head-to-head battles where CRN readers vote to determine the victors. 32 of the channel industry’s most influential channel executives compete for the single title of favorite channel chief. The winners will make their way, round by round, through a bracket, moving closer and closer to the championship match, where bragging rights are at stake.Voting in Round 1 Is Live Now!Please take a moment to vote for your favorite channel chiefs. Dell EMC’s Joyce Mullen, President, Global Channel, OEM and IoT is among the 32 Channel Chiefs chosen to participate in the 2018 CRN Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs. She is joined by Dell Technologies executives Frank Rauch of VMware and Faraz Siraj of RSA.HOW TO VOTE:Visit CRN.com/madness and click the “Vote Now” buttonBe sure to vote before Round 1 voting closes on March 21 at Noon ESTSPREAD THE WORD:Tweet out your thoughts using #CRNChannelMadness and #DellEMC—make sure to @DellEMCPartnersOr download the bracket, choose your favorite chiefs, snap a picture and share it on social media using the hashtags aboveThe winners of Round 1 will be announced on March 22 when Round 2 voting begins.Good luck to all of the Channel Chiefs, and may the best chief win!
Two very special guests stopped by for dinner at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre: Two-time Tony nominee Debbie Allen and Tony winner Phylicia Rashad! The duo took a field trip on September 7 to see the new revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s acclaimed comedy You Can’t Take It With You, starring James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Ashley, Kristine Nielsen, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford and Byron Jennings. After watching the hilarity unfold onstage, Rashad and Allen stopped backstage to greet their pals Jones (above) and Ashley (below) and get a behind-the-scenes tour. Check out these shots of the stars hanging out backstage, then see You Can’t Take It With You, opening September 28. Kristine Nielsen Related Shows You Can’t Take It With You Elizabeth Ashley View All (4) View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 James Earl Jones Annaleigh Ashford
Winning national championships is becoming routine for the Tift County, Georgia, 4-H Poultry Judging Team.For the fourth time in six years, the team emerged victorious at national competition, held in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov. 19. The team of Caroline Dunn, Justin Harper, Karen Ouano and Nicole Taylor bested teams from 15 other states to secure the national title.“Of course it’s amazing. It’s the most amazing feeling to see the looks on their faces, because on Thursday, when the contest was over, it was doom and gloom. It was a very gloomy afternoon because they didn’t feel very good about the contest,” said Ashley Davis, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent in Tift County and the team’s coach. “They worked so hard for this day. When it’s finally over, they’re relieved, yet so nervous.”This year’s win was especially gratifying for the Tift County team after last year’s disappointing finish. Tift County finished third in the state, which didn’t allow the team to compete at the national level. That served as motivation for this year’s team of Georgia 4-H’ers.“Last year’s third-place finish sparked a little flame inside of them, I think. They really wanted it,” Davis said. “Tift County has always been very competitive at area, state and national (contests).”Tift County won consecutive national championships in 2010 and 2011, and again in 2013. This year’s victory is particularly rewarding considering the limited poultry background of three of the four team members. The knowledge and experience the team attained during the year came from many practice sessions and 4-H competitions.“It’s a learned activity. It’s something that they’ve worked so hard at, although they don’t live everyday life on a chicken farm,” Davis said.This year’s national championship contest pitted Tift County against teams from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Poultry judging involves judging live birds, ranking them in order of best producer to worst producer and providing reasons for the ranking. There are also egg candling events at which students examine and judge eggs by grading them. Other competitions involve correctly identifying the different parts of a bird and preparing the bird for cooking.Tift County was the only team to have all four members place in the top 10 individually.As team members will attest, the secret to this year’s success was the element of fun that Davis and her assistant, Leah Woodall, AmeriCorps community specialist, provided during practices and last week’s trip.“They allowed us to have fun while doing the competition. It wasn’t a horrible thing to have to come to poultry judging practice. It’s not something that you dreaded,” said Dunn, now a freshman at UGA.“It just added to the relaxation, because if you get so tense, you won’t be able to truly focus,” said Harper, a high school junior.While in Kentucky, the team visited Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Louisville Slugger Museum. When they returned home to Tift County, the team was escorted back into Tifton by the Tift County Sheriff’s Office in recognition of their win.“From the time we left on Monday until the time we got back on Friday night, it was all about fun. It was a fun and exciting week,” Davis said.The focus now turns to next spring, when poultry judging season begins. Tift County will have new Georgia 4-H team members with the same mission: winning a national title. As for this year’s four Tift County poultry judging students, “They can say they are national champions. Period,” Davis said.
My cousin, Chris Butler, professional cyclist and clean athleteNo one can deny it has been a heavy week for the cycling community. Without going into too much detail 7-time winner of the Tour de France Lance Armstrong came out and admitted to doping. This basically negates his wins throughout his career because he cheated to achieve his results.As a passionate cyclist I can’t say this doesn’t hurt a little bit. I myself own Lance’s books about beating cancer and going on to win the greatest race in the world. Hell they have even inspired me when I first came into the sport. It was a picture perfect story about an underdog, and who doesn’t love a tale like that. The whole situation now is getting more media attention than say the wars in the middle east, starvation, child labor, and oh about a million other more noteworthy issues.A few of my non cyclist family members and friends have asked my opinion on the whole debacle, and to tell you the truth I have never been more proud to be a cyclist. Instead of focusing on Lance I think about all the wonderful people and events in the cycling community that inspire me on a daily basis.I look at the parents teaching their child to ride a bike, I think about the Northend Greeenway project in Harrisonburg that would make bike commuting safer and more accessible, I think about Ernest Gagnon who is using cycling as a means to become healthier and who is a true hero to us all, I think about the Long Brothers who just won the Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year, just to name a few. Side note be sure to watch the video at the bottom of this post about the Long Brothers, they can teach us all quite a few important things, just be sure to have the tissues handy.When people say everyone dopes in professional cycling I fiercely defend the clean athletes I call friends and family. I am friends with Ben King, professional cyclist, and I have full belief he is clean. My cousin Chris Butler has raced with BMC and is now with Champion Systems, and I know he is clean. My friend Curtis Winsor just finished his first season as a pro cyclist and I know his own two legs have taken him this far. I could keep naming them off like Cheryl Sornson, Jeremiah Bishop, Nick Waite, Sue Haywood, Sam Koerber, and many more.Instead of focusing on the negative this week in cycling, think about all the good in cycling. I am asking everyone to keep the faith. Cycling has improved my life, made me a better person, and given me the best friends in the world. So when you throw a leg over your favorite two wheeled machine this weekend, be sure to smile because there is far more good in the cycling world then bad, and that’s something to be proud to be a part of.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) is urging leaders of Congress to raise the member business lending (MBL) cap under the Federal Credit Union Act.Currently, credit unions have a 12.25% asset cap on small business lending, with loans of only $50,000 or less exempt from this cap.According to NAFCU Executive VP Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt: “Passed in 1998, these arbitrary thresholds are severely outdated and have not increased with inflation.” NAFCU supports legislation that would provide credit unions relief from the cap, including the “Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act”, the “Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act,” and the “Small Business Lending Enhancement Act.”While the lending cap has certainly hindered small business lending by credit unions and should be raised, the reality is that many of them are below the cap. What has prevented credit unions from becoming larger players in the small business credit marketplace is their insistence on conducting business as if it were 1976, not 2016. continue reading »
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Stateside coverage of one of the year’s most intriguing payments stories has been surprisingly muted.In July, Wal-Mart stopped accepting Visa cards in its three stores in Thunder Bay, Ontario, a city of nearly 110,000 just north of the Minnesota border.After an initial flurry of stories, the tempest died down and it seemed the parties might take their spat behind closed doors and achieve a quiet détente.No such luck: In September, Wal-Mart announced plans to extend the action to its 16 Manitoba stores.Wal-Mart has never been shy about its campaign to lower acceptance costs. After all, a key driver of the Wal-Mart Pay mobile app is the company’s desire to steer point-of-sale transactions to low-cost automated clearinghouse rails.Merchant complaints over high interchange fees date back decades. But until recently, when push came to shove, retailers prioritized completing the transaction in whatever fashion the consumer preferred. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Aries – Mars in Sagittarius – don’t be too sensitive to remarks made by a good pal. You’re probably reading meaning into that person’s words. Your vivid imagination is better used this month in visualizing goals, improving skills and getting to know yourself better. Meditate. Number 7 is lucky for you.Taurus – Venus in Libra – you’ll be impressionable to the moods and needs of a loved one. Keep calm, cool and collected. Give logic equal time. A nostalgic type of entertainment will be enjoyed; former pleasures may be revived. Spend time with Cancer and Capricorn people.Gemini – Mercury in Virgo – now that you have the facts you need, its time to organize them. Focus on personal business and paperwork that requires detailed scrutiny. Don’t delegate tasks; someone you have in mind cannot handle them as you would. Be disciplined. Play it safe with number 4.Cancer – Moon in Pisces – this month’s accent is on money, possessions and purchases. Exciting news comes your way about a wonderful bargain. You may have to change plans at the last moment in order to take advantage of this sale. Someone of the opposite sex shows affection by assisting you with this.Leo – the Sun in Virgo – your domestic surroundings are highlighted. A parent or parental figure is touchy and needs reassuring. The money situation will be eased and a gift to help you in your work will be provided. Show relatives and neighbors your appreciation for recent help. Include a Libra.Virgo – Mercury in your sign – you’ll learn the inside story about a Pisces associate. Be sensitive to the words and feelings of others; you’ll be able to calm your fears and bring peace of mind to a loved one. Artistic expression is also encouraged. Your imagination works overtime.Libra – Venus in your sign – a serious commitment is on the agenda. You’ll see where you are going and who you want to take along. Someone who is reliable, ambitious and a long time associate plays an important role. If you make promises, be sure you are ready to honor those promises.Scorpio – Pluto in Capricorn – beautify your surroundings, make room for new acquisitions. A special celebration is called for to show your appreciation. Treat others, especially relatives, to a gourmet dinner or other festive occasion. Taurus is in the picture. The lucky number is 6.Sagittarius – Jupiter in Libra – you surge into a high lunar cycle. The accent is on going places, doing things and meeting someone who has just returned from a long journey. A question will be answered; be bold in going after the information you need. Your personal popularity is heightened.Capricorn – Saturn in Sagittarius – a brief trip in your local area adds to your prestige. You’ll meet someone with real clout who can help you climb the ladder of success. A signed and sealed agreement can be reached. Your romantic partner will begin to see you in a new light. The lucky number is 8.Aquarius – Uranus in Aries – a universal, big-hearted viewpoint is needed. Your hopes and wishes may have to give way to the good of all concerned. A relationship – or some phase of it – is concluding, but this is no cause for gloom. View the larger picture. Count on number 9 this month.Pisces – Neptune in your sign – a romantic aura surrounds your home base. Personal magnetism is increased; renewed vitality makes you glow with sex appeal. A new start can be made in a dramatic manner. A Leo will be involved; so will be your marital status. Number 1 is lucky for you this month.IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.PsychicDeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. PsychicDeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: http://www.astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Original-Long-Island-Psychic-Fair
At the congress fair “Conventa 2018”, which is being held in Ljubljana from January 23 to 25, Kongres magazine awarded Dubrovnik the “Meeting Star Award” in the category of destination that can accommodate up to 1200 participants.Gorazd Čad, editor-in-chief of Kongres magazine and co-founder of “Convente”, presented a great recognition and award to the director of the Tourist Board, Romani Vlašić, and pointed out that the interest in Dubrovnik is growing every year. They also point out that this year’s Conventa has hosted the largest number of buyers so far, especially from the United States, who have shown great interest in Dubrovnik, one of the leading international destinations in Southeast Europe.Prizes were awarded in four categories, and in addition to Dubrovnik, Vienna, Ljubljana and Kranjska gora received prizes in the other three categories.Kongres magazine is one of the leading media in the congress industry, and gathers and distributes knowledge related to the organization of meetings of the world’s best experts, and they predict that about 4.000 meetings will be held at the fair.
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A Russian institute developing one of the country’s potential coronavirus vaccines hopes to start its final stage testing in a small section of the general public in mid-August, the RIA news agency cited the institute’s director as saying on Monday.Globally, of 19 experimental COVID-19 vaccines in human trials, only two are in final Phase III trials – one by China’s Sinopharm and another by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. China’s Sinovac Biotech is set to become the third later this month.Early results from the first small-scale human trial of the vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow has shown it to be safe for use, according to a separate RIA report on Sunday. “Around 14-15 August, I hope, the small amount of vaccine that we should be able to produce will enter public circulation,” Alexander Ginsburg, the institute’s director, was quoted as saying.This will be equivalent to a Phase III trial, since people getting the vaccine will remain under supervision, RIA reported, citing Ginsburg.Phase I and Phase II trials typically test the safety of a drug before it enters Phase III trials that test its efficacy on a bigger group of volunteers.Human trials of the Gamaleya Institute’s vaccine began on June 18, with nine volunteers receiving one dose, and another nine testing the prospective booster dose.The group did not experience any significant side effects and is due to be released from hospital on Wednesday, RIA reported on Sunday, citing a director at the Sechenov University in Moscow where the trial took place.”Data currently available… shows the volunteers to have developed an immune response to the coronavirus vaccine,” the defense ministry, involved in the trials, was cited by RIA as saying on Monday. Another 20 volunteers were administered the vaccine at a military hospital on June 23. Topics :