Tags: Snow Women’s Soccer November 24, 2019 /Sports News – Local Snow Women’s Soccer Season Ends At NJCAA Tournament Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMELBOURNE, Fla.-In Snow’s first-ever appearance at the NJCAA National Championship Tournament, the Badgers went 0-2 in pool play, and failed to advance to bracket play. Despite the results, the Badgers finished the season 13-3-0 on the season.In the Lady Badgers’ first game of the tournament, the team controlled the ball for much of the game and out-shot Seminole State, 12-4. However, the Raiders scored what would be the game-winning goal at the 63:00 mark to hand Snow its first loss of the tournament.On Thursday, Snow gave Tyler a run for their money. The Lady Apache’s scored during the first minute; however, Snow tied things up at the 20:00 mark on a Sydney Bushman penalty kick. Tyler pulled ahead 2-1 just three minutes later. Kate Scirmer tied things up at 2-2 with 18 minutes left in the game; however Tyler clinched the game with a goal at the 81:00 mark.Tyler took a 3-2 victory and would go on to win the 2019 NJCAA National Championship with a 4-1 win over Monroe College. Brad James
Umphrey’s McGee made themselves right at home in the churchlike Atlanta venue The Tabernacle, spending three days treating fans to their potent brand of rock and roll jamming. Umphrey’s put down great performances on the first two nights, including a big opening night and a surprise Tool cover on night two, but kept mostly fixed on original music for their grand finale.Longtime favorites like “No Diablo” and “Second Self” highlighted the show’s first set, as well as the second-ever performance of the band’s newest song “Cut Off,” which debuted on New Year’s Eve. The first set closed with an extended take on “Utopian Fir,” only setting the mood for more improvisational prowess in the second half.After opening with “Bright Lights, Big City,” the band dished out both parts of their “Cemetery Walk” composition, playing them back to back for the first time since early 2016. They then brought out a cover of “The Song Remains The Same,” rocking the Led Zeppelin tune with an unmistakeable ease. They would ultimately close out the set with a big “1348” sandwich that incorporated “In The Kitchen” and “Higgins” before returning to “1348.” The show ultimately closed out with a performance of “Pay The Snucka,” a great encore to a rocking show.Listen to the full audio from last night’s performance below, courtesy of taper Dillon Fries, as well as the full setlist from All Things Umphrey’s.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 1/15/17Set 1: Rocker Part 2, No Diablo, Kabump > 2nd Self, #5, Cut Off, Utopian FirSet 2: Bright Lights, Big City, Cemetery Walk > Cemetery Walk II, The Song Remains the Same, 1348 > In The Kitchen > Higgins > 1348Encore: Pay the Snucka with The Spirit of Radio (Rush) tease[Cover image by Phierce Photo]
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.
Some of the songs on Christian Lopez’s recently released debut album, Onward, were written when he was only 14. Wise beyond his years, but still fresh-faced now at 20, the West Virginia-based tunesmith is quickly emerging as Americana’s next great artist behind an authentic sound that’s steeped in lyrical honesty.To make his new album, Lopez traveled to Nashville and worked with one of the hottest roots-revival producers in town, Dave Cobb, who helmed Jason Isbell’s Southeastern and Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Lopez isn’t as edgy as the two aforementioned songwriters, but he clearly has a dusty soul, channeling his Appalachian heart through a clear pop-minded voice.“The music is still changing,” Lopez says when asked about his sound. “I don’t try to confine it, but right now if it’s falling into that Americana world, I’m happy to be there.”Lopez grew up in Shepherdstown, inspired by the surroundings of West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, specifically the Potomac River. Musical influence first came from his dad’s record collection, which favored the classic rock of AC/DC and Pink Floyd, but as Lopez got older he started digging country icons Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and then young revivalists like the Avett Brothers and Trampled by Turtles.In high school he got an acoustic guitar and started writing songs, eventually developing the courage to sing them at open-mic nights at local spots like the Blue Moon Café. Lopez tried to tangle with the industry machine, twice becoming a Hollywood finalist on American Idol, but he’s since realized he’s more suited more for the grassroots scene, gigging incessantly with his namesake band.He’s opened for Zac Brown Band and Dave Matthews Band, but as a headliner Lopez is still working his way through clubs and bars. He’s particularly looking forward to the chance to make new fans during the band’s three sets at FloydFest later this month.“We’re working towards a lot of goals, and that keeps us going,” Lopez says. “We’ve got a lot of hope, and gas in the tank. That’s all we need.”Lopez penned all the songs on Onward, except for a twangy version of the traditional “Oh Those Tombs,” which was made popular by Hank Williams. His originals move between introspective country on the “The Man I Was Before,” the weary front-porch ballad “Seven Years,” and the breezy modern rock of “Will I See You Again” and “Pick Me Up.”“They’re songs that I’ve had with me my whole life,” Lopez says. “They were written from the time I was 14 to the months before we went to record, so they’re personal to me. In the studio we tried to capture the first reaction from everybody’s first listen. That’s something Dave (Cobb) likes to do. The first or second take is your body, your mind, and your heart’s first reaction to the music. Whatever comes out is the way it should be.”This summer Lopez will be mostly living in his motorhome, touring with the band through August, playing shows as far west as California. Despite his new cred in Music City, he says whenever he gets a break, it’s always taken back home in West Virginia.“Everybody in Nashville asks me, ‘When are you going to move down here?’” Lopez says. “I won’t ever leave West Virginia. It’s a great place to call home—good people, good food, good music—everything you could ask for.”—West Virginia’s Christian Lopez Delivers a Tight Twangy DebutCol. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit is reuniting for a full tour.The short-lived underground favorite came out of Atlanta at the tail end of the ‘80s with an exploratory rock sound that blended jazz chops with an outer-limits attitude. With Hampton as the ringleader, the outfit featured a list of all-star players who have gone on to bigger success, including bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), guitarist Jimmy Herring (The Dead, Widespread Panic), and drummer Jeff Sipe (Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams).The band started with weekly gigs at Atlanta’s Five Points Pub and went on to play large amphitheaters with Phish, Widespread Panic, and Blues Traveler on the H.O.R.D.E. tour at the dawn of the second-generation jam band explosion. While many feel ARU was the best of the bunch, the group disbanded in the mid-’90s before reaching its full potential. While reunion shows have popped up over the years, the band is finally getting back together for a full tour, starting in Colorado at the end of this month and heading to its native South for a bunch of dates in early August.aquariumrescueunit.com
By Eugenia Sagastume / Voice of America November 20, 2019 Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei said that some of the main insecurity problems the Central American nation face are due to narcotrafficking, and Venezuela is a “narco-state” that contributes to drug shipments into Guatemalan territory.Giammattei spoke at a press conference upon arriving in Guatemala from Venezuela, after being expelled from the country on October 12. He added that 80 percent of drugs crossing into Guatemala and a large part of Central American territories come from Venezuela by air and through the country’s seaports.In his statement, he recounted his trip to Venezuela, where he said he was escorted by units of the Bolivarian National Guard from the moment he got off the plane and taken to migratory authorities to board a departing flight.“That’s how dictatorships operate: one, by telling lies, just as they have been doing, and two, trying to justify their actions by saying that we had to request permission from a man [Nicolás Maduro] we do not recognize as the president of Venezuela,” he said.Giammattei’s attempt to use his Italian passport to enter Venezuela also caused controversy. He said that after requesting advice from the Venezuelan Embassy, he decided to submit his Italian ID to avoid procedures that would take at least two months to complete.In a press release, the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs deplored and condemned the incident, and “called for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to respect the rights of any Guatemalan citizen who is in or attempting to enter Venezuela.”Giammattei urged member nations of the Organization of American States to unite as a humanitarian effort and ask Maduro to release all political prisoners, as well as to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. He also reaffirmed his support for Interim President Juan Guaidó: “President Guaidó, you are not alone! Guatemala is vigilant and alert.”He concluded with a warning message to Maduro: “We’ll see after January 14 , when I am president with a diplomatic passport, if the Maduro government denies me entry to Venezuela to express my solidarity to the Venezuelan people and to the legitimate government of Venezuela.”
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Keith Brannan Keith Brannan is CMO for Kasasa, a provider of branded, community-powered banking products. For more information on Kasasa, visit www.kasasa.com, or visit them on Twitter @Kasasa, @KasasaNews, Facebook, … Web: https://www.kasasa.com Details At its core, customer-centric marketing is about creating satisfied customers and enhancing your brand. Traditional methods that once worked are becoming outdated, requiring us to keep up with technology and accommodate the impact it’s having on consumers and their journey.As you start down the necessary path to modernizing your marketing, keep these five key steps in mind:1. Understand your consumerTechnology has led to a rapid evolution in customer behavior. People used to choose their financial institution by convenient location, and their account by what was offered there. Now people go online to research products, which expands their choices and consideration set.And this change of behavior isn’t just in millennials. Older demographics are also changing their behavior. Think about grandmothers who open savings accounts for grandchildren. These highly educated, active, retired women with time, energy, and money to spend on grandkids are now turning to the internet first. The average grandmother researches online, “Facebooks” her friends for their opinions, develops a short list, and then goes to a bank website.1To continue to connect with consumers, our methods have to evolve as consumer behavior evolves. Today’s consumers – age 18 through 80 – are savvier, more informed, and shopping product first. Our differentiation can still be positive service and a strong community presence. But first we have to compete by offering innovative products consumers expect.2. Target effectively using dataConsumer control of the decision-making process is so high, without effective targeting your message is lost in the digital clutter. Identifying your ideal account holders through marketing segmentation and buyer personas allows you to deliver what they want in the right channels at the right time. Targeting lets you focus your communication.It takes time and resources to create comprehensive consumer insights – BancVue has spent over $4.3 million in consumer research – but this investment is invaluable. Using technology and research to target consumers ensures you don’t waste money connecting with the wrong people who aren’t interested.Data enables you to craft more effective advertising, reach the right consumers at critical moments, and engage them with the right message. The “one marketing message works for everyone” days are over. People are bombarded with advertising communication. A correctly targeted and tailored message cuts through the noise, making a lasting impression and personal connection.3. Engage across multiple channelsConsumers aren’t interacting in only one communication channel. Once you’ve targeted your ideal prospects, you need to ensure that your messaging is crisp and consistent across all touchpoints. Consumers have a limited digital attention span, so your marketing needs to be attention getting, clear, and prompt them to take the next step.Just as you wouldn’t have broken windows or peeling wallpaper in a branch, you need to put your best foot forward online. Your digital presence is competing with the megabanks, so it needs to be just as polished and visually appealing. Consumers expect more and quickly dismiss ads and websites with poor graphics or confusing UX.With new technology and an increased focus on digital, it’s easy to forget the importance of the in-branch experience. Though 88% of people go online first for research,2 75% of recent bank switchers opened their new account at a physical branch location.3Once consumers have chosen you for your product, they have perceptions about your brand that need to be fulfilled when they come in-branch. Community financial institutions are perceived to deliver positive service and to care about their account holders. Their in-branch experience will reinforce their feelings about your brand.4. Fulfill your brand promiseBranding is more than a logo or marketing materials. It begins with identifying what your brand represents and your benefit to your account holder. It takes deep introspection and research to really know your consumer and recognize the true benefits you deliver. Once you understand the promise your brand is making to consumers, think about how you deliver on this promise.Consumer experiences shape their perception of you, and your marketing interactions are a big part of the consumer experience. Align your company actions to connect emotionally, build trust and relationships, engage consumers and help them make informed decisions. Map out your interactions and advertising touches and determine if they are effectively delivering a positive experience.5. Measure results and change accordinglyTechnology has created useful tools to help you gather analytics and determine if your efforts were successful. The inherent trackability of digital marketing allows you to evaluate ROI and spend smarter in your next marketing efforts. Keeping track of metrics lets you continually revisit your consumer targeting and maximize your effectiveness. At BancVue, we use analytics to develop best practices and inform our communication channel choices. With better results measurement, you gain better understanding of your account holders and prospects, you stay on top of trends as consumers migrate between different digital channels, and you refine your message as you receive feedback.Effective modern marketing is constantly evolving to create a better consumer journey. It’s a complex challenge that requires a full-circle strategy encompassing innovative products, data and metrics, targeted world-class marketing materials, and experiences that exceed customer expectations. A tall order for sure; which is why we continually refine Kasasa with a multi-faceted approach to inspire and excite consumers. If we stand still and use a one-dimensional strategy, the consumer tunes us out and chooses a megabank. 1 Winters, Phil. Customer Impact Agenda. 20142“CA Web Stress Index”, 20093 AOL & Oliver Wyman, “Making the Switch: Checking Account Path to Purchase,” June 2014
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Earlier this year, NAFCU’s management team gathered to hammer out what we wanted to be as a team.Part of the process involved discovering our team values. The things we would stand for, and the bar we would set for expectations.Relatively quickly, I think, we centered on three values.The exercise really has done a lot for us.Those three values are very general. But they can answer almost every question that comes along.Just a few weeks ago, I handed something to Dan. After looking at it, he asked a simple question.Is this what “excellent” looks like? continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A person was killed when they crashed their SUV head-on into another truck in East Moriches on Friday night.Suffolk County police said the person was driving a Jeep Liberty westbound on Montauk Highway when they crossed over the double yellow line into oncoming traffic and collided with an eastbound Ford pickup truck at 8:40 p.m. The Jeep burst into flames and could not be separated from the Ford, police said. The driver of the Jeep was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has not been identified.The 24-year-old East Moriches man driving the other truck and his 6-month-old daughter escaped the flames and were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue. The baby was not injured and her father suffered minor injuries.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicles and are continuing the investigation.
Jul 28 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2004/ucm108333.htm The FDA recommends that caregivers carefully examine all food product packaging, including anti-tampering devices such as lid safety buttons. (See link below for more information.) A man identified as a possible witness in the case spoke briefly with police in late July. The FBI and the Orange County District Attorney’s office were investigating the incidents as cases of food tampering. The AP quoted two federal law enforcement officials as saying there was no evidence of any widespread ricin contamination of baby food. The tampering incident caused no illness and apparently was confined to the Irvine, Calif., area, the FDA said in a Jul 28 news release. FDA analysis of the two jars of Gerber Banana Yogurt showed only castor beans. Ricin can be extracted from castor beans—which come from a widely available ornamental plant—and purified to a powerful poison. However, the material found in the baby food was far less toxic than purified ricin, the FDA said. See also: FDA information on detecting food tamperinghttp://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodDefense/ucm079231.pdf The Associated Press (AP) reported Jul 29 that a man contacted Irvine police on Jun 16 to tell them he had found a note inside a jar of baby food, warning that it had been contaminated. A similar case had been reported by an Irvine couple on May 31, police said. A note was also found inside that jar. Aug 3, 2004 (CIDRAP NEWS) – Two baby food jars in California were found to contain the remains of ground-up castor beans but not purified ricin, the deadly poison derived from castor beans, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week. A 9-month-old girl and a 1-year-old boy ate small amounts of the food but had no symptoms, Dr. David Acheson, chief medical officer with the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told the AP. Gerber Products Co. released a statement Jul 28 saying the company had been told the product tampering did not occur at its facilities and that the company was not a target. Nonetheless, the company removed the Banana Yogurt from all southern California stores, not just the Ralph’s grocery in Irvine where the two tampered jars were bought, according to a Reuters report.
Two Indonesian sport associations have decided to boost their athletes fighting spirit through exhibition tournaments despite the country’s increasing number of COVID-19 cases.The Indonesian Tennis Association (Pelti) and Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) have tailored the tournaments to be part of their preparations for future local and international events, including the Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed to July to August next year due to the outbreak.Pelti recently concluded a three-week tournament for its women’s squad, with all of its players competing in singles and doubles’ matches with a round-robin format. Topics : The competing players were 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medalists Aldila Sutjiadi, Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies, as well as juniors Priska Madelyn Nugroho, Janice Tjen and Rifanty Dwi Kahfiany.Aldila, who ranks 378th in the Women Tennis Association (WTA), won the singles category, defeating Jessy in a July 1 final. After the tournament, Aldila acknowledged that she was still unsure about competing in the near future because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She added that one tournament was scheduled to take place in Thailand in August, but she was hesitant about attending.Australian Open junior girls doubles champion Priska was grateful for the tournament, saying that the three-week event had allowed her to practice her skills with the racket. “It feels great to be back playing matches and feeling that exciting atmosphere again,” Priska wrote on her Instagram account after completing the three-week simulation tournament. Veteran player Christopher Rungkat claimed victory of the men’s singles category after defeating Rifqi Fitriadi 7-5, 6-4. The men’s doubles victory was secured by the Rifqi Triadi and M Gunawan pair.All the men’s and women’s simulation tournaments were held at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta. Though it was open to the public, the tournament did not attract many spectators to the arena.Unlike Pelti, which decided to hold the tournament at the GBK’s tennis stadium, the PBSI organized a simulation tournament at its training camp in Cipayung, East Jakarta, which closed its doors to the public at the beginning of the pandemic in March.The month-long tournament, sponsored by homegrown streaming services Mola TV, started in late June with the men’s doubles being the first category to be contested. As of the second week of July, the Mola TV PBSI Home tournament has featured games from three categories, namely men’s doubles, mixed doubles and men’s singles. The women’s doubles and women’s singles games will be held next week.In the men’s doubles category, players were not paired up with their usual partners on the court but with new players, with veterans and juniors paired together for the first time. Fajar Alfian — who is usually paired with Muhammad Rian Ardianto — and his junior partner Yeremia Erich Yoche cane out as winners.Meanwhile, 2020 All England champions Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti were still too strong for their compatriots as they won the final against Akbar Bintang Cahyono and Winny Oktavina Kandauw.Meanwhile, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting defeated Shesar Hiren Rustavito in the men’s singles final. PBSI secretary general Achmad Budiharto said the exhibition tournament was a chance for coaches to study their player’s current condition in terms of physical and technical readiness. “This could be an evaluation for them, so they can be ready for a real tournament,” he said as quoted by badmintonindonesia.org. “The players felt the benefits of this tournament. Many of them previously thought that a home tournament would be like a regular match amid their daily training, but they were quite surprised as we designed the competition to have the atmosphere of a real tournament.”International badminton competitions are scheduled to start in early September with the Taiwan Open as the first major tournament to take place after the pandemic-induced hiatus.