first_imgLettuce is currently on an extensive winter tour, giving them imperative opportunities to take in their diverse surroundings and turn them into the mix of sound and inspiration they are so well loved for. When Adam Deitch (drums), Jesus Coomes (bass), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (guitar), Neal Evans (keys), Nigel Hall (keys, vocals) and The Shady Horns’ saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom are on the same stage, great, firing things happen – such as been the case for the last 25 years! Their excellence was furthered this weekend in Seattle, Washington when the funk powerhouse hit Showbox Presents with their show-stopping live set.The career-spanning setlist saw deep cuts like “Kron Dutch,” “Ghost of Jupiter,” with special guest Skerik, “Lettsanity,” “Madison Square,” and more in addition to their 2015 Crush favorites “Get Greazy,” “Force,” and “Phyllis.” The set also included several unreleased tracks like “Requiem,” “Morning Mr Shmink,” “Purple Cabbage,” and more from their ever-expansive catalogue of psychedelic funk and electronic grooves. Thanks to taper Eytan, you can relive the wonders of Lettuce in Seattle below with full show audio:Setlist: Lettuce | Seattle, Washington | Showbox Presents | 3/9/17Requiem > Get Greazy, Morning Mr Shmink, The New Real, Kron Dutch, Ready To Live, Chief, Purple Cabbage, Ghost Of Jupiter (Skerik), Lettsanity, Shmink Dabby Kane, Madison Square, Gogo (Juicy) > Dr. Digglesworth, S.L.A.P.E: Force -> PhyllisFor fans of Lettuce, you can catch them at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31 & April 1, 2017 in St. Augustine, FL alongside Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, The Motet, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, along with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. The guys will also be leading several artist excursions, like sailing, mini-golf, and even a ping pong tournament to raise money for charity! Head here for more information.last_img read more

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.When Gabrielle Scrimshaw held her nephew Ethan for the first time, hours after his birth in 2006, she was touched by an overwhelming feeling of love but also by a sudden resolve.Growing up a Dene in north central Canada, one of the 600 aboriginal groups of Canada’s First Nations, Scrimshaw knew firsthand the challenges that mark the lives of Indigenous peoples.“I realized that because Ethan was born First Nations, he’d have to face a potentially challenging life,” Scrimshaw recalled on a sunny afternoon near the Charles River. “I also realized that he didn’t have a say in the world he was about to grow up in, and I decided that I was going to do everything I could to make his life better.”Over the past decade, Scrimshaw has been doing that and more. A Gleitsman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Scrimshaw is completing a Master in Public Administration. Last year, she earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.Scrimshaw grew up in a town of 800 people in Saskatchewan, home to the Hatchet Lake First Nation, of which Dene people are part. When her nephew was born, she had just been accepted to the University of Saskatchewan, becoming the first in her family to go to college. To celebrate, her father took her to the only diner in town, where she “had the best BLT sandwich” ever, she said. She and her two sisters were raised by her father.And so Scrimshaw started down an unfamiliar path for Indigenous peoples in Canada, home to more than 1.5 million aboriginal people, divided among First Nations people, Métis, and Inuit. Together they represent 5 percent of Canada’s population, but a much greater percentage of the country’s poor and unemployed.From the moment Scrimshaw went to college, she was determined to forge her own trajectory. She graduated with a bachelor’s in marketing and traveled to 18 countries in four years, meeting indigenous peoples around the world and discovering their common history of colonization, discrimination, and forced assimilation. She still feels outrage at the injustices committed against native peoples all over the world, but she prefers to focus on being inspired by their shared strength and resilience.“As Indigenous peoples, we’ve faced similar circumstances of being colonized and having governments trying to forcefully remove us and erase our cultures, languages and existence, all of which has led Indigenous peoples to being at the bottom of every social and economic indicator,” said Scrimshaw. “And despite all of that, and the efforts of governments to exterminate Indigenous peoples, we’re still here. That’s where my inspiration and my sustaining force now come from.”But it was after Scrimshaw moved to Toronto to work in finance that she became an activist. Working in a bank, Scrimshaw realized there were other Indigenous people who were “quietly succeeding,” and she co-founded the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada to offer a network and support and keep their cultures alive.As the group grew, it became a platform to fight against stereotypes and racist assumptions, said Scrimshaw. “I started to stand up a little bit taller and speak a little bit louder about the things I knew to be true about Indigenous peoples,” she said. “I knew Indigenous peoples to be beautiful and strong, more than just statistics flashing on the news about poverty, suicide, and substance abuse.”More than half the native populations in Canada and the United States is under 30, and Scrimshaw finds reasons to be hopeful. “If we don’t invest in them, there will be tremendous economic costs,” she said, “but if we give people the same opportunities in health care, education, etc., as [we do] the rest of Canadian citizens, we can be the inclusive country that Canada so aspires to be.”Named “three young aboriginal Canadians to watch” by the Huffington Post, Scrimshaw prides herself on her upbringing and culture. At the Kennedy School, she enjoys regaling classmates with childhood stories of growing up on the Canadian prairie, attending powwows in the summer, having a freezer full of wild meats from deer to caribou to moose, and learning how to skin a bear when she was 12.Scrimshaw’s mother, like many Indigenous children in Canada until the mid-1970s, was forced to attend a federally run Indian residential school on the way to assimilation. In 2008, the Canadian government apologized for the harm it inflicted on thousands of people by separating children from their families and allowing horrific abuses to occur in the residential schools.As the person in the middle of three generations, between her mother and her nephew, Scrimshaw sees herself as the one responsible to make sure her nephew’s future is better than hers and her mother’s.“In the Indigenous communities, our Elders always remind us to think about how our decisions are going to affect the seventh generation,” said Scrimshaw. “This is not a short-term project. It’s a generational thing. When I think about the work I do, I have to think about my kids, my grandkids, and my great-grandkids.”Scrimshaw plans to start an investment firm to invest in tribal businesses and Indigenous entrepreneurs, which could function as a bridge between Indigenous communities and corporate Canada.Scrimshaw toyed with working in advocacy or technology, but her time at the Kennedy School strengthened her resolve to invest herself in Indigenous economic development. She said a story told her by an Indigenous Elder helped her see what her mission in the world was. In the story, a young boy is having a hard time following his father as they both trudge through snow. Finally the boy tells his father that it would be much easier if he could step in his father’s footprints. The Elder told Scrimshaw that everything she has done were footprints and that she had to make sure they were the right ones for people to follow.Scrimshaw is certain she wants to leave footprints for her nephew to step in, and for future generations of Indigenous children to have footprints that give them pride in their cultures and belief in an equal opportunity to succeed in life.“There is Ethan, but there are so many Indigenous kids living and facing the same circumstances, and those circumstances are not ones they chose for themselves, or what their families chose,” Scrimshaw said. “My goal is to help empower my community with the tools, assets, network, and capabilities that I now have to do right for my community.”last_img read more

first_imgThe ALS Association of Northern New EnglandHires Larry Lewack as Executive DirectorLarry Lewack has been hired as Executive Director by the local chapter of the ALS Association. A long-time Burlington resident, Mr. Lewack brings fourteen years of non-profit management experience to this leadership role. His prior nonprofit roles include three years as Director of Barrier Free Justice Vermont, which serves victims of crime with disabilities. Before that, he was Coordinator of the Community Network for Children, Youth & Families, which works to improve supports to victims of child abuse and their families.In his new role, Mr. Lewack will be working with a volunteer Board and staff based in all three northern New England states (Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine). The chapters main office, at the Champlain Mill in Winooski, also serves as home base for staff members Tonia Zampieri and Sharon Teixeira, both of Essex Junction, who support the chapters fundraising and finance functions, respectively. The chapter also has patient services staff based in New Hampshire and Maine, and works closely with medical providers at ALS clinics at both Fletcher Allen and Dartmouth Hitchcock hospitals.The mission of the ALS Association, Northern New England chapter is to provide patient services and increased public awareness to residents of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont about the disease of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrigs Disease). The chapter links ALS patients, caregivers and family members with needed equipment, personal support and community-based services designed to improve the patients quality of life, and bring help and hope to all those affected by this disease.ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a fatal neuromuscular disease with no known cause or cure. Nerve cells within the brain and spinal cord are attacked and killed, eventually inhibiting all ability to move. The average lifespan is two to five years from diagnosis. However, many people succumb to the disease in less than two years. ALS is characterized by the loss of voluntary and autonomic muscle movement and use, eventually making it impossible for people to move, swallow, speak or (eventually) breathe on their own. A persons senses and intellect after diagnosis with ALS remain sharp, however.For more information on how to help, please call 802-862-8882 or visit: www.alsanne.org(link is external).last_img read more

first_imgThe Vermont Working Landscape Partnership will release its Investing in our Farm & Forest Future Action Plan and announce the launch of a campaign to implement the 5-point platform outlined in the Action Plan. The “Action Plan” will be made public on Tuesday, October 18, at 10 am at the Jericho Settlers Farm. Confirmed speakers include Paul Costello, Executive Director of Vermont Council on Rural Development; Marie Audet, Blue Spruce Farm; Krista Alexander, Jericho Settlers Farm, Roger Allbee, former Secretary of Agriculture; and Peter Condaxis, Rygate Associates.Called “Investing in our Farm and Forest Future,” it is the final report of the Vermont Working Landscape Partnership. It offers five recommendations to help reinvigorate the state’s rural economy:â ¢ Build a major campaign to celebrate the distinctiveness of the working landscape that is Vermont.â ¢ Target strategic investment through a Vermont Agriculture and Forest Products Development Fund.â ¢ Designate and support ‘Working Lands.’â ¢ Develop tax revenue to support working landscape enterprise development and conservation.â ¢ Create a State Planning Office and activate the Development Cabinet.The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) launched this broad-based partnership as a way to focus efforts to keep our farm and forest economy healthy and prosperous. Click HERE to read it online.last_img read more

first_imgMake 2015 the year you stick to your New Year’s resolutions!This year conquer that race you’ve been eying or organize the over-nighter you’ve been fantasizing about.Take advantage of these sleepy days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve that provide the perfect opportunity to create the year of your dreams. Mix a hot toddy, grab a pen and follow these three tips to make this year’s resolutions stick!1. Own It. Setting aside quiet time allows you to think about what you really want to accomplish or change this year. Waiting to the last minute leaves us grasping for ideas and too often we resolve to do things we think we should want, but the goals don’t actually align with our values or lifestyle.Be specific about your goals. Don’t merely write that you’ll work out more often in the coming year, but add when you’ll find time in your schedule. Add whether your route to fitness will be at the gym or outside. Create a series of smaller steps that you can take to reach your goal.Next, arrange your life to support your goals. If you need equipment or a gym membership to make your goal happen, now is the time. Consider other obligations and talk with your partner about how you can support one another’s goals in 2015, whether it means swapping chores or hitting the gym together on date night.2. Share Them. Telling friends and family about your resolutions can help your stick-to-it-ness. Enlist your friends most likely to hold you accountable, thing of the coach- and cheerleader-types you know. Skip the naysayers.Better yet, find others who share your New Year’s resolutions and motivate each other. If you’re goal it to hit the gym more often, the group dynamic of workout classes provide a community of accountability. Whatever your goal, the more you talk about it, the more likely you are to find someone who made the same one. Sharing the journey enhances the ups and minimizes the downs.It’s not enough to tell your family and friends your resolutions at the start of the year. According to research from the Dominican University of California, while those who told friends and family about their goals did better than those who didn’t, people who emailed others weekly progress updates did even better.3. Get Over It. Make a vow to do the best you can under the circumstances and forgive yourself for the occasional slip-up. Don’t beat yourself up, because nobody is perfect and the minor misses are an expected part of the process. Perfection leads to the all-or-nothing view of the world, which can end with goal-setters to abandon their goals altogether. Better to acknowledge your mistakes, dust yourself off, and reset your sights on your 2015 goals.Make your goals something you intensely want and capture that emotion in a way you can tap into when temptation leads you astray. Write down your goals and post them in a place where you’ll see it often, whether that’s by your mirror, refrigerator or computer. Follow these three tips and you’re sure to make 2015 the year you do keep your resolutions.Cheers to a year of becoming the best you yet!~ Mountain Mamalast_img read more

first_imgPre-funding employee benefits can help offset rising costs and add to your bottom line. Employee benefits costs have increased an average of 22 percent over the last five years, according to Kaiser/HRET’s annual employee benefits survey. Meanwhile, interest margins for credit unions have declined 13 percent in the last five years, according to NCUA.“You’ve got to pass those costs on to someone, but the last thing we want to do as credit unions is pass those costs on to our employees,” said Scott Albraccio in the CUES Webinar “Pre-Funding Employee Benefits to Help the Bottom Line.”“When you look at total employee benefit pre-funding, you may not be able to entirely offset the increases, but you’re definitely going to be able to decrease some of the expense to employees,” continued Albraccio, executive benefits sales manager for CUES Supplier member and partner CUNA Mutual Group, Madison, Wis.Total benefits pre-funding helps credit unions take advantage of NCUA regulation 701.19, which allows CUs to purchase investments that would otherwise be impermissible, as long as they’re directly related to the credit union’s obligation or potential obligation to fund employee benefit plans. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If your credit union is in the market for a new email vendor, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which features are must-haves and which are nice-to-haves.According to Ray Parenteau, founder/president of ClickRSVP, a Milford, Mass., a feature that should be considered standard is the ability to let members specify their email preferences while still remaining subscribed to the overall email program. This can be achieved through providing multiple content tracks.“If a credit union offers only one content option, members who opt out are basically removing themselves from all future email marketing,” he explains. With tracks, a member might opt out of messages about car loans but still get messages about home equity promotions.Basic automation is another helpful feature, enabling automatic responding to certain types of member actions, like clicking on a link or requesting information, he says. For example, if a member clicks a link for more information about car loans, the CU could auto-send an email about its products. And of course, security features assuring internal stakeholders and customers that data/personal information is protected is essential. continue reading »last_img read more

first_img continue reading » You spend thousands and thousands of dollars to promote your financial institution every year. So does every other financial institution in your market. How does your marketing make an impact and stand out among the rest of the marketing noise? Or does it?We receive quite a bit of “marketing noise” in our mailbox daily. My husband’s job is to weed through it and immediately trash everything that’s irrelevant. Sometimes he falls prey to those envelopes with messages like “Important documents inside.” Everything else tends to look the same – except for an oversized postcard I received from Chewy.com last week.On the front, the postcard says, “Greetings from Florida,” and shows a cute cartoon dog with a surfboard. On the back is a note, hand written in two different ink colors. It reads, “Hi Colleen, Welcome to Chewy! I hope your pup is enjoying the Outward Hound dog toy. We’re here 24/7 to lend a Paw. Takiyah.” 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Meadows is only the latest in a string of people to contract the virus in the past seven weeks, including Mr. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, a half-dozen aides to the president and five aides to Vice President Mike Pence, including his chief of staff, Marc Short. Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff who abided by President Trump’s efforts to play down the coronavirus throughout the summer, has contracted the virus himself, a senior administration official said on Friday night.Mr. Meadows tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, after the election, the official said, and he told a small group of advisers. The diagnosis was earlier reported by Bloomberg News. A second White House aide has also tested positive for the virus, according to a person familiar with the diagnosis.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 24, 2018 Governor Wolf Renews Call-to-Action to Support Victims of Crime and Abusecenter_img It’s On Us PA,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Following the return of the legislature, Governor Tom Wolf today renewed his call-to-action for the General Assembly to prioritize and deliver to his desk various outstanding and stalled legislative reforms to empower, protect, and support victims of crime, abuse, and harassment.“The time is right to take action and to pass these critical reforms,” said Governor Wolf. “We can right this wrong by eliminating the statute of limitations for the future, strengthening systems for the abused, and providing victims with the window for real justice in our legal system.”During the current legislative session, Governor Wolf has publicly supported and urged passage of dozens of bills to protect, empower and support victims and reduce crime.These proposals include:Child Sexual Abuse: Governor Wolf has urged action on the four recommendations of the statewide grand jury into clergy sexual abuse that would eliminate the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse and allow for survivors of child sexual abuse to file civil claims against their abusers and the institutions that enabled them.Domestic Violence: Since 2017, Governor Wolf has pushed for a package of bipartisan Senate bills to combat domestic violence and protect survivors. Only one bill has reached his desk.Sexual Assault: Governor Wolf unveiled a bipartisan “It’s On Us” legislative package in September 2017. These bills would focus on empowering and protecting victims of sexual assault, especially on college and high school campuses.Gun Violence: Governor Wolf has supported many bills to reduce violence and protect individuals from becoming victims of gun crimes, including taking guns more swiftly from domestic abusers and creating a new red-flag emergency order to keep guns away from dangerous individuals.Sexual Harassment: Governor Wolf and legislative Democrats introduced nearly two dozen bills to combat sexual harassment and improve treatment of victims. None of them received a vote with House Republicans who opted instead to further study the issue.Hate Crimes and Discrimination: Members of the LGBTQ community in Pennsylvania lack protections from discrimination and hate crimes, which means victims have inadequate recourse in the face of violence and discrimination. Governor Wolf has supported these changes since taking office.Human Trafficking: Governor Wolf supports Senator Greenleaf’s SB 554, Safe Harbor legislation to protect the child victims of human trafficking from being prosecuted for crimes they were forced to commit. The bill awaits action in the House.Hazing: Governor Wolf has long-supported the Pennsylvania Timothy J. Piazza Law to give law enforcement the tools they need to hold people accountable and we must ensure schools have proper safeguards to protect students and curb these practices. The bill awaits action in the House.“Pennsylvania has already shown that it is at the forefront of the states willing to take these issues seriously. Now is the time for Pennsylvania to take real actions,” Governor Wolf said.This evening Governor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf will join with Attorney General Josh Shapiro and victims at the Capitol Building to rally in support of the grand jury recommendations and to call on the General Assembly to advance several outstanding bills that support victims of crime and abuse.last_img read more