Over the weekend, festival fans flocked to the Candler Park Music Festival for two rhythm filled days of music in Atlanta, Georgia. With Joe Russo’s Almost Dead making their second-ever headlining performance in the ATL, alongside performances from Railroad Earth, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Marcus King Band, The Motet, Matisyahu, Lake Street Dive, Ripe, Chelsea Shag, and Webster, this year’s turnout was definitely the best yet.Add to that over 20+ local food trucks and vendors, craft ales from event sponsor Terrapin Beer Co., and you had the makings of a real good time. Did we mention the charitable arm of the festival? The 5k run through Candler Park benefited Atlanta ContactPoint, a local 501c(3) nonprofit organization established in 2012 to engage children and adults through the power of play.Photographer Emily Butler was there to capture the magic, which you can see in the gallery below:Candler Park Music Fest 2017 | Atlanta, GA | Photos by Emily Butler Photo: Emily Butler Photography Load remaining images
Beck has added more U.S. dates to his 2018 world tour this spring. The multi-talented artist will return to the road between late April and early May in continuing support of his 13th LP, Colors (2017), his first album since “Album of the Year” GRAMMY-winning set, Morning Phase (2014). Beck will make stops at The Pavilion in Irving, TX; The Anthem in Washington D.C.; Charlotte Metro Credit Amphitheater in Charlotte, NC; The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA; Concert Hall at the BJCC in Birmingham, AL, and Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN.Beck also has two U.S. music festival dates on the books so far for this year, including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, where his set will serve as a long-awaited makeup for his scheduled 2016 Jazz Fest performance which was canceled due to inclement weather, and Houston’s In Bloom Music Festival, which he will headline along with Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age, and Martin Garrix.Head to Beck’s website for more information or to purchase tickets for any of the shows on the tour. You can see a full list of upcoming Beck tour dates below.Upcoming Beck 2018 Tour Dates:02/24 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney City Limits02/26 – Canberra, AU @ Royal Theatre02/28 – Melbourne, AU @ Margaret Court Arena03/03 – Auckland, NZ @ Auckland City Limits03/23 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion03/24 – Houston, TX @ In Bloom Music Festival04/07 – Toluca, MX @ Ceremonia Festival04/27 – Washington, DC @ Anthem04/29 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Amphitheater04/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle05/04 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest05/05 – Birmingham, AL @ Concert Hall at the BJCC05/06 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater05/23 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena05/25 – Belfast, IE @ BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend05/27 – London, UK @ All Points East06/01 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not a Love Song06/02 – Paris, FR @ We Love Green06/04 – Tilburg, NL @ 01306/05 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique06/09 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival06/11 – Stockholm, SE @ Grona Lund08/18 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic08/19 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic[Cover photo: Beck Facebook]
On Monday night, 78 women will take to the ring to raise money for Holy Cross missions in Uganda in the 11th annual Baraka Bouts. Nine captains lead these students in their boxing training and fundraising efforts while serving as mentors and leaders for the novice boxers. Senior captain Anna Carmack said she joined the women’s boxing team her freshman year at Notre Dame, not knowing she would love the sport so much. “I was very hesitant. I had never done anything like boxing before, but I decided to give a shot,” she said. “I ended up loving it, and I was pretty good at it, as well.” Few women join the boxing team with previous boxing experience, so the captains are responsible for teaching the basics of the sport, Carmack said. “We’re doing all the instruction. We have coaches who help us a ton, but a lot of the instruction does come down to us,” she said. “We’re teaching the girls how to stand, how to punch, how to move. “The first few weeks are purely workouts and instruction. You’re not going to be in the ring; you aren’t going to be throwing punches [because] you first have to learn how to stand.” Carmack said the captains help run eight practices per week, and team members must attend at least four of them. “It would be a lot for us to try to be at all eight, so we can spread it out and at least have four or five of us at each practice,” she said. “We also divide up the big roles, like being in charge of merchandise and programs.’ The primary goal of Baraka Bouts is fundraising for the Holy Cross missions, Carmack said. “Each girl has to raise $350 to participate because the whole point is to raise money for the Holy Cross missions in Uganda,” she said. “One hundred dollars has to be through ticket sales, and the rest can be personal donation, donations from friends or family or ads in the program.” Senior captain Anna Heffron said she visited one of the schools supported by a Holy Cross mission in Uganda this summer. “I was actually working with a different organization, a palliative care group, but I was quite close to Lakeview [Secondary School],” she said. “It was amazing, and the kids were so great. They were so friendly and welcoming and enthusiastic.” Heffron said the funds raised by Baraka Bouts often pay for tuition for children from poorer families. “Fifty dollars will pay for tuition and room and board for an entire semester,” she said. “Additionally, at the school I visited, they were having problems with building integrity. They have to build a new dormitory … so a lot of what we raise will go toward supporting that [project].” Heffron said the Baraka Bouts captains try to instill the Holy Cross spirit in their boxers. “We teach the mind and the body and the heart,” she said. “There’s a point where the motto ‘Strong bodies fight so that weak bodies may be nourished’ clicks, and where the mission of the club clicks.”You have a strong, healthy body, and it’s so easy to raise money through Baraka Bouts and women’s boxing. It makes such a huge difference. If you get five people to come to the tournament, that’s $50, and that just paid for a kid’s schooling for an entire semester.” Junior captain Tori White said she enjoys seeing the girls develop their skills throughout the season. “They want to improve, and they want to do well,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun just watching the growth and the passion that girls develop for it.” Carmack said she is proud of everyone’s progress. “We get these girls who have come so far, and I don’t think they realize all the time, until you stop them,” Carmack said. “Then you say, ‘Remember, you didn’t even know where your feet went or what to do with your hands. And now you’re going to go in there and be fighting, and you’re going to have people cheering you on.’” Even after three years on the team, White said she is still nervous for the bouts. “As captains, we can also be in their corners, too, and coach them through their fights,” White said. “So you can’t really be freaking out about your fight when you are in someone else’s corner. Part of being a captain is putting your own worries on the backburner.” White said she always tries to keep the fundraising mission of the women’s boxing team in mind. “You get to learn a new sport, but you are also doing it for a really good cause,” she said. “Girls can get upset about losing, or they don’t think they fought well, but they’ve raised $350, and that’s going to make such a big difference in kids’ lives. “That’s the really fulfilling part, and it’s powerful to know that you can make that much of a difference and enjoy doing [it], to.” Contact Catherine Owers at [email protected]
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File ImageCARROLL – An annual community garage and yard sale event in the Town of Carroll is scheduled to take place in August.Russell Payne, the Town of Carroll Supervisor, says residents in the town and surrounding area’s are invited to participate in the community wide event on Friday, August 7, Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9.Participates are asked to register by emailing [email protected], calling (716) 569-6325 or by filling out and mailing the attached form below to PO Box 48 Frewsburg, NY 14738.Maps will be available on Friday and Saturday of the event at the VSK Emporium, Frewsburg Fire Department, Myers Library and the Town Hall. Earlier this month, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced garage sales, which were previously not allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are now allowed.Social distancing guidelines are still in effect and sale organizers are required to provide hand sanitizer to customers, according to Hochul.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info
Carmen is reincarnated once more! An updated version of Carmen Jones, the Broadway musical adapted from Georges Bizet’s iconic opera, is receiving a makeover in Havana, Cuba, under the title Carmen Jones—El Amor Cubano. According to NBC News, the show will play four performances later this month and director Christopher Renshaw reveals in the video below that he would like to take this production to London or Broadway. View Comments The new production brings the tragic story to a cigar factory in pre-Revolutionary Cuba. Along with Tony nominee Renshaw, the production’s creative team includes choreography by Rocian Chavez and a Spanish book and lyrics penned by playwright Norge Espinosa. The cast is led by Luna Manzanares as the titular fiery diva. Carmen Jones premiered on Broadway in 1943. While Bizet’s music remained primarily intact, the Broadway production featured English lyrics and an updated book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and new orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett. The setting was moved to a World War II-era African American community in a Southern town. Bizet’s arias were transformed into new, theatrical takes; the musical numbers include “Dat’s Love,” “Stan’ Up and Fight,” and “Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum.” A film adaptation was made in 1954.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 Our Lady of Kibeho is based on real events. Set in 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until the impossible starts happening again and again. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond. The cast also includes Jade Eshete, Danaya Esperanza, Niles Fitch, Kambi Gathesha, Brent Jennings, Joaquina Kalukango, Mandi Masden, Owiso Odera, Nneka Okafor, Stacey Sargeant, T. Ryder Smith, Irungu Mutu, Angel Uwamahoro and Bowman Wright. Related Shows The world premiere of Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho has extended through December 14 off-Broadway; it had previously been set to close on December 7. Directed by Michael Greif and starring Starla Benford, the production officially opened on November 16 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. View Comments Our Lady of Kibeho
View Comments Shaun Dooley & Emily Bruni Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch) and Emily Bruni (Peep Show) will star in a West End season of Steven Berkoff one-act plays. Directed by Nigel Harman, Lunch and The Bow of Ulysses will play a limited engagement at Trafalgar Studios from October 6 through November 5. Opening night is set for October 10.Lunch (1983) and its sequel The Bow of Ulysses (2002) are two of Berkoff’s finest small pieces, examining the relationship between a couple when they first meet and have, what appears to be, an abortive one-night-stand; and how they are years later after two decades of marriage.The production will feature design by Lee Newby, lighting by Joshua Carr, movement by Alistair David and sound by Ben and Max Ringham.
Allied Member of the Year: David Grimm, Champlain Valley Expo, Essex JunctionThis award is designed for an individual who is a leader in offering a service that supports and promotes the hospitality industry in Vermont. In its growth from a 10-day fairground to a year-round event management company, David Grimm has quietly executed a visionary plan for the Champlain Valley Expo. His leadership has resulted in large regional events, filling area hotel beds and restaurant tables; through his management style, he insured success by guiding Expo staff through a tremendous transition in which he developed all new departments and managers. For more information on the Gala and registration details, please call the Vermont Chamber of Commerce at 802-223-3443 or Click Here. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is Vermont’s largest state-wide private, not-for-profit business organization representing nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of five Vermont Chamber Hospitality Awards: Borden Avery Innkeeper of the Year: Brett Loehr, Linchris Hotel Corp B & B Innkeepers of the Year: Frank & Julie Hanes, Inn at ManchesterChef of the Year: Chef Tom Bivins, New England Culinary InstituteRestaurateurs of the Year: Michael & Laura Kloeti, Michael’s on the Hill in WaterburyAllied Member of the Year: David Grimm, Champlain Valley ExpositionThese individuals, recognized for their exceptional dedication and commitment to high standards in Vermont’s tourism industry, will be honored at the black tie-optional Vermont Hospitality Gala, on November 15 at the Woodstock Inn. Presented to address the industry’s desire for a premier evening social event celebrating Vermont’s tourism economy, the fifth annual Hospitality Gala venue is also significant. Vermont Chamber President Betsy Bishop noted, ‘The Woodstock Inn will host the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Gala not only because it is a great destination, but also because the Woodstock region symbolizes the resilience, strength, and culture of support within our industry in the wake of Irene.’Bishop continued, ‘The Vermont tourism industry is a vast network of partnerships. We are delighted to honor our award winners, as together we advance tourism in Vermont.’ Below is more detail about each winner and the awards.Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the Year: Brett Loehr, Linchris Hotel Corp., StatewideThis award is the Vermont hospitality industry’s most prestigious award, designed for individuals who have held long time, high profile positions in the state’s tourism industry. Brett’s aggressive and broad-based destination campaign supporting Vermont as a whole has spanned more than a decade. He has been instrumental in lifting the Vermont brand through consumer and industry outreach in the Green Mountain State’s metro drive markets. Having started his career 29 years ago as a bell boy, his commitment to safety and skills training, department cross training, and promoting from within is exemplary, instilling professionalism, motivation, and ethics in all areas of his supervision.B&B Innkeeper of the Year: Frank & Julie Hanes, Inn at Manchester, Manchester This award is designed for individuals who continue to demonstrate excellence in the operation and management of a smaller Vermont bed & breakfast or inn. Frank & Julie are masters at developing relationships with customers, with a ‘can do’ attitude that not only provides leadership for staff, but inspires customer loyalty. They are active in legislative activities on behalf of B&Bs, and give their time to community interests and non-profits, particularly in support of the arts in Vermont.Chef of the Year: Tom Bivins, New England Culinary Institute (NECI), MontpelierThis award recognizes an individual with a proven history of supporting Vermont’s agricultural economy through the use of local food and products. The winner of the Vermont Chamber Chef of the Year Award also is the Vermont Chef Delegate to the New England Food Show, held annually in Boston. Chef Tom Bivins’ commitment extends from his own small scale farming ventures and purchasing decisions, to his leadership and advocacy on behalf of Vermont local food movements. Through his position at NECI, Chef Bivins has instilled sustainable practices into NECI’s curriculum, as well as been integral to developing future chefs through his own student and peer mentoring activities.Restaurateur of the Year: Laura & Michael Kloeti, Michael’s On The Hill, Waterbury CenterThis award honors restaurateurs who continue to demonstrate excellence in the operation and management of a restaurant in Vermont. Annually, Laura and Michael Kloeti raise the bar in terms of product, reputation, revenue, and community engagement. They are icons on a statewide level in a number of different forums, through their restaurant’s leadership in charitable endeavors, environmental stewardship, culinary tourism, and support of local agriculture and the ‘farm to table’ movement.
Close to 100 false killer whales were killed early last week after a large pod trapped itself in a mangrove forest off the coast of Florida’s Everglade National Park. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that false killer whales are currently not an endangered species, however, its Hawaiian population has recently come under threat of extinction.NOAA, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Mote Marine Laboratory collaborated in an effort to rescue the whales. Rescuers on boats attempted to herd some of the dolphins from shallow muddy water to deeper clearer water.Sadly, many of the marine mammals were too immersed within the mangroves and therefore unreachable to the rescuers. Overall, 88 false killer whales are believed to be dead, making this the largest stranding of the species in U.S. history. Scientists are still unsure of what led these whales to swim so close to shore.False killer whales are a part of the dolphin family. They closely resemble their namesake, the killer whale, except for their all-black skin pattern.
Debit Denial Tracking The use of paper checks continues to decline, while payments by debit card are on a steep upward trajectory. It is no surprise then that a significant amount of overdrafts today are the result of debit card and ATM transactions. Of course, in order to provide overdraft services and charge an overdraft fee for these types of transactions, your institution must have obtained an affirmative Reg. E opt-in decision from the accountholder. Unfortunately, when the Reg E opt-in rule was implemented in 2010, most institutions relied on a one-time communication to existing accountholders. If an accountholder did not contact the institution to opt in, then very likely the institution performed no follow-up to receive decision (either an opt out or opt in).Your overdraft program must be able to track these ATM/debit card transactions denied for reasons of NSF and match them to specific accountholders. With this data in hand, you can communicate to these individuals about the ‘debit denial’ event as well as their options for overdraft coverage. However, this type of dynamic communication—that is triggered by a specific event—can only happen if your overdraft software accommodates it.Dynamic CommunicationDynamic communication allows your institution to customize the timing and message to accountholders (by phone call, email or letter) to achieve optimal results. For instance, contacting a person has not made a Reg E decision, but who has just experienced a debit denial can increase Reg E opt-ins and, therefore, income opportunities. Likewise, sending a 10-day collection letter to an accountholder who historically repays his overdrafts within a 15-day period is impersonal. Tailoring collection communications based on dynamic factors can reduce communication expenses anywhere from 20% to 40%.Dynamic Detailed ReportsOptimizing your overdraft program is reliant on the data it produces. And there is no better way to analyze the data than thorough the use of automated reports designed for various levels in your organization. In fact, regulators state clearly that management “should exercise appropriate oversight through receipt and review of regular reports.”Your overdraft system should produce reports that monitor overall program performance, overdraft limits and excessive overdrafts, among others, in order to make appropriate plan adjustments. The overdraft software should include capabilities to create ad hoc queries to meet custom information needs, and an executive desktop summary for overall monitoring.Dedication to ComplianceIt goes without saying that providing overdraft protection is one of the most highly scrutinized business practices in the financial industry. As a result, your overdraft program must be, first and foremost, compliance-driven.Overdraft providers/programs that place a premium on compliance, provide:Expertise with regard to regulations and the ever-changing landscape.An established set of best practices that adhere to all overdraft regulations.Compliance updatesAnnual review of program performance including recommendations for enhanced performance and complianceChoose an overdraft protection program that can successfully help you manage overdrafts to manage risk and provide world-class service to your accountholders. Overdraft protection programs may be the source of trepidation for some financial institutions, but the fact is, overdrafts are not going away and consumers have spoken: they want short-term liquidity options, including overdraft protection.If your financial institution strives to provide (or already provides) overdraft protection for those consumers who choose to access it, make sure the program includes these ‘five Ds’ of a compliant, customer-focused service:Dynamic Overdraft LimitsAssigning fixed overdraft limits—where all accountholders of a particular account type receive the same limit—is a thing of the past. Or at least they should be, if you listen to regulators who want financial institutions to: monitor “the individual credit worthiness of accountholders” to identify risks and detect “potential changes to repayment capacity with respect to the overdraft product.”Using dynamic overdraft limits addresses these directives by establishing limits based on an accountholder’s ability to repay a potential overdraft. As the potential ability changes on a daily basis, so does the limit.Automatically calculating and customizing overdraft limits allows the financial institution to:Approve/pay more overdrafts for those who can afford it (while pulling back for those who cannot)Incur less risk with fewer charge-offsSave time making fewer pay/return decisionsGuard against disparate or unfair ad hoc decisioning 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Harper Jeffrey Harper brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his position as president of BSG Financial Group. where he heads up the Sales and Marketing divisions of the … Web: www.bsgfinancial.com Details