The Hip Abduction Announce 2016 Summer Tour Dates

first_imgRockers The Hip Abduction have announced a string of summer tour dates that kick-off in June and take the band through the Mid-West this July, before returning back to the Big Apple this August. The dates come on the heels of their latest album release, Gold Under the Glow, and will include two shows supporting ALO.The Hip Abduction’s unique emphasis of African stringed instruments (kora, ngoni), blended with tropical, dub-reggae bass lines and funky afro-beat percussion is catching the attention of critics and festivals nationwide. With appearances at Shaky Knees, Purple Hatter’s Ball, Deep Roots Mountain Revival, FloydFest and more, there’s no excuse to miss them!You can check out the tour schedule below, and head to their website for details.The Hip Abduction Tour Dates05/06/16 – Calico Room – Wilmington, NC05/07/16 – NC Brewers & Music Festival – Huntersville, NC05/11/16 – WNRN Presents at The Broadberry – Richmond, VA05/12/16 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC05/13/16 – Gottrocks – Greenville, SC05/14/16 – Shaky Knees Music Festival – Atlanta, GA05/27/16 – The Pourhouse – Charleston, SC ^05/28/16 – Mountain Sports Fest – Asheville, NC06/02/16 – WRLT Thunderground Session – Nashville, TN06/04/16 – Barrel House South – Savannah, GA06/17/16 – Summer Sounds Concert Series – Cedarburg, WI06/18/16 – Purple Hatters Ball – Live Oak, FL06/23/16 – Panama City Beach Concert Series – Panama City Beach, FL07/09/16 – Rock N Bowl – New Orleans, LA07/13/16 – Crested Butte Mountain Resort – Crested Butte, CO07/14/16 – Ridgeway Concert Series – Ridgeway, CO07/15/16 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO07/16/16 – The Denver Deluxe – Denver, CO07/20/16 – Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS07/22/16 – Levitt Shell – Memphis, TN07/29-30/16 – FloydFest – Floyd, VA08/05/16 – Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL08/06/16 – RTEAM Summer Concert Series – Jacksonville, FL08/18/16 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY*08/19/16 – Hamilton – Washington, DC*08/20/16 – Snowshoe Summer Concert Series – Snowshoe, WV08/25/16 – Anchor’s Bend Beach Stage – Asbury Park, NJ09/01/16 – US National Whitewater Center – Charlotte, NC09/03/16 – Front Porch Fest – Stuart, VA09/15/16 – Rhythm & Brews Series – Hendersonville, NC09/17/16 – Deep Roots Mountain Revival – Masontown, WV* with ALO^ with Passafirelast_img read more

Delayed Harvest Moon

first_imgBrook Trout. North Fork, Mormons River. Tricked him with a size 14 Royal Wolff on a 3-weight. Fall.Fall is great. The weather is cool, the leaves pop off like a Ke$ha show, pumpkin gets infused into everything, Christmas is just around the corner. The list goes on. Although I have nearly run over people, literally, on a couple pre-work jogs in the dark – they would have been fine, I don’t go that fast – the fall season is one I look forward to, not just due to the reasons stated a second ago, but because of something I like to call Delayed Harvest. Ok, everyone calls it that, but that doesn’t change anything.Delayed Harvest is a trout stocking program that restricts streams and rivers to artificial lures and catch and release only from October through May-ish, when the water is sufficiently cold enough to support a healthy trout habitat. These types of restrictions give fly fishermen, and sport fishermen in general, a leg up on the angling competition by keeping the fish in the river during prime conditions. Most states on the Atlantic have some sort of Delayed Harvest program that varies in dates depending on water temperature and how much the water gets fished. During the summer months here in central Virginia, it gets TOO DAMN HOT for trout to survive through July and August – it’s pretty tough for us humans, also – so after the specified date, you can keep a daily limit.I have been obsessed with fishing as of late; my jones being stoked by numerous sources, but obviously the internet has a lot to do with it – that internet is crazy. Fly fishing videos have been pouring into the ether like ski porn in the 00’s or regular porn in the 90’s, and it is good. Finally, some fishermen have put down the rod for a hot second to film some bros catching pigs in HD. This is what time it is, so get on board.Unfortunately, we’re two weeks into the season and I have yet to wet a line. Disappointing? Yes. Pathetic? Yes. Soul Crushing? …Almost.I love trout fishing, like, a lot, but I did get some  great smallie fishing in this summer. Nothing beats chucking big poppers with a 7-weight in a big river. Smallmouth bass act very similar to big brown trout: coming up from deep pools, a deceptively small strike/slurp, and big runs to go with their big girth. Plus you can splash around in warm water, which is nice. But warm water fish are pretty dumb, and easy to fool. Trout, even stocked trout, are much more discerning when considering their next meal. This is the art and beauty of fly fishing, why we make it so hard on ourselves, and why it is such and all-consuming endeavor. 1 2last_img read more

Scientists Plan March on Washington

first_imgScientists are organizing a march on Washington D.C. following the historic women’s march on January 21st that took place in cities around the world. “This will be a starting point to take a stand for science in politics,”  say the organizers on their site.The idea of such a rally was first suggested on the website Reddit by a user, saying “There needs to be a scientists’ march on Washington.” The comment rapidly snowballed into a movement. A Facebook group for the scientists’ march grew to 350,000 within 24 hours.An official date will be announced soon. “Scientists worldwide have been alarmed by the clear anti-science actions taken by the Trump administration,” said one of the organizers in an email. “It has been less than a week, and there have already been funding freezes and efforts to restrict scientists from communicating their findings from tax-funded research with the public. These actions cannot be allowed to stand as policy.”Organizers say that the march is a non-partisan protest that addresses issues related to government funding for scientists, government transparency, and climate change.Non-scientists are also invited to join the march. You can learn more about the march and the movement here.last_img read more

Report: MTA Worker from LI Took Generator Home For Sandy

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An MTA worker from Levittown is reportedly paying the consequences for allegedly taking home a generator amid the Hurricane Sandy blackout that consumed most of Long Island.Gregory Lombardi was demoted from assistant chief mechanical officer to supervisor and had his salary slashed in half after the Metropolitan Transit Authority investigated the incident, the New York Daily News reported, citing unnamed sources.A spokesman for the agency would only confirm that Lombardi was demoted sometime last week.Lombardi’s $165,000 salary was knocked down to $83,000 a year following the investigation, and two other workers who helped him also faced disciplinary actions, according to the report.The two unnamed transit workers helped Lombardi load the MTA’s generator onto a truck before Lombardi transported it home, the paper reported.Another Long Islander, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency management chief, got the ax last year after it came to light that he instructed government workers to clear a tree from his Suffolk County home after Sandy.last_img read more

Credit and debit cards to the rescue: Aiding members in times of disaster

first_imgNo one out there can be completely prepared for various types of natural disasters that may impact us at one point or another. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have reminded us of that. The unknowns and uncontrollables – severity of impact, power, availability of fuel and household goods, necessity to travel and medical attention, just to name a few – can wreak havoc for even the best-prepared individuals and businesses.In the credit union space, there is one universal certainty in these situations: the need for members to access cash and credit frequently, and in amounts that are likely higher than their usual needs. Other variables further complicate the situation: many of these members may be displaced from their homes, without power or access to regular mail delivery, or just plain digging out from damage.As part of any credit union’s playbook for preparing to deal with disaster-related events, consideration should be given to how to help members in the most immediate way possible: by making it easier to access and use cash, debit and credit cards in an emergency situation.  Below is a list of options to consider as part of your credit union’s disaster preparedness planning. While each comes with an associated cost, the benefits of providing such a valuable service far outweigh the costs not only during times of need but in the goodwill and loyalty generated among thankful members that extend far beyond the immediate crisis.Enable no-fee skip pay programs for qualified credit card accounts (and other consumer loans like auto and unsecured personal loans)Waive any replacement card and rush fees for both debit and credit cardsTemporary (or permanent) credit line increases – including any separate cash advance limitWaiver of any credit card cash advance or balance transfer feesSuspension of credit card late and return check feesIncrease any daily withdrawal, transactional and dollar volume limits for both credit and debit cardsSuspend non-credit union ATM fees and refund surcharges assessed by other financial institutionsIf a widespread ATM outage exists, message members to remind them of the availability of surcharge-free networks (if applicable), credit union shared branching locations (if you are evacuating) and getting cash back at retail merchantsFully stock ATMs with cash (versus partial stock) and temporarily utilize a higher denomination of currency ($20 bills versus multiple denominations)If you have domestic geographic limitations of card use or fraud controls based on domestic geography, consider loosening or removing themProtect members’ credit scores by providing disaster codes and comments when reporting credit data to a credit bureau; establish hardship and collection plans that can include interest rate decreases, re-aging and no payment required programs for up to 90 days, where viable, and determine if holding some accounts for charge-off based on circumstances is warrantedInclude debit and credit card changes/actions as part of any key member communications; additional communications or linkage can be provided by way of email, social media, statement messages, and text messagingRelated digital services that can be promoted include E-statements, online/mobile banking, bill pay, online cash advances (where available) and adding authorized users for credit cardsCredit unions should consider establishing a relationship with a third-party partner that offers call center support services. Cardholder calls can be routed to these partners during situations in which credit union facilities are non-operational or key credit union personnel are unavailable. PSCU provides comprehensive 24/7/365 member support through multiple call centers located throughout the United States. Swiftness and accuracy in implementing changes are essential to avoid further disruption. Quick decisions must be made about the extent, duration and temporary nature of any interventions. These options provide credit unions with the means to take quick action to address one of the most important needs of members in a time of crisis: urgent, easy and fair access to cash and credit. 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chris Joy Chris Joy is a Principal Consultant with the Credit Card practice at PSCU’s Advisors Plus. Together, PSCU and Advisors Plus’ products, financial services solutions and service model collectively support … Web: www.pscu.com Detailslast_img read more

U.S. mobile fraud attacks up 44% in first half of 2018, report finds

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Fraud attacks on mobile transactions rose 44% in the United States and 24% globally year over year for the first half of 2018, and a third of all fraud now targets mobile channels, according to a new analysis from cybersecurity company ThreatMetrix.The San Jose, Calif.-based firm’s study of 17.6 billion digital transactions during the first six months of the year also found that financial institutions were hit with 81 million cybercrime attacks, including 27 million that targeted the mobile channel.Most digital transactions now mobileMore than half (58%) of all digital transactions — including account creations, logins and payments — now originate from mobile devices, ThreatMetrix said.last_img read more

Fitness tips to avoid the ‘quarantine 15’

first_imgJenna also suggested affordable ways to implement cardio into your routine. Jenna Moore is Binghamton University’s Director of Fitness and Wellness for Campus Recreational Services, and owner of Jam Fitness – a fitness studio in Vestal. In addition to the regular classes, the team has added new classes, including Zumba for kids and recovery/stress relief yoga classes. (WBNG) — Getting into a fitness routine can be difficult in general, but during quarantine it may be even more challenging. “There’s a lot of things around the house, you’d be surprised will work just as well as hand weights. If you’re looking for lighter hand weights, grab two water bottles or two cans of beans out of your pantry,” she says. The fitness industry has had to adapt amid the coronavirus pandemic, meaning your workouts may look different. “There’s so many options right now to stay physically active from the convenience of your home while maintaining social distancing,” she says. No matter which way you choose to stay active, it comes back to finding a balance between mental and physical health. If you cannot access online classes, Jenna shared other ways to get on your feet at home. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.center_img With technology readily at our hands, you can also turn workouts into a friendly competition with your friends, through social media or Fitbits or Apple watches. “Tagging ten of your friends and saying you know I challenge you to ten pushups. That’s the accountability piece. It’s like okay I got tagged, I have to do it,” Moore says. Moore says every fitness trainer in the studio has decided to teach routines online. Jenna also said if you want something heavier, using a bag of flour or loading a backpack with books will do the trick. Jam Fitness has turned to virtual classes as a way to keep the Jam family together. “We’re really excited they have this as part of their routine still intact and can connect with their fitness friends,” says Moore. “If you’re looking for cardio to do at home, purchase a jump rope for less than ten dollars. Grab a resistance band anywhere from for $10 to $25,” she says. “People always ask me what is the best workout to do, and my answer will always be, whether you’re in quarantine or not, is the workout you like to do that keeps you consistent and showing up,” Moore says.last_img read more

Germany and Sweden removed from UK quarantine safe list | News

first_imgPassengers arriving in the UK from Germany and Sweden will need to self-isolate for two weeks before then following domestic rules after changes in government Covid-19 restrictions. Arrivals from the two countries will need to self-isolate from 04:00 on Saturday. – Advertisement – Germany and Sweden have been removed from the travel corridor list following an increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus. Data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England has indicated a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus in both destinations, leading to ministers removing these from the current list of travel corridors.There has been a consistent increase in Covid-19 cases per 100,000 of the population in Germany over the past four weeks, with a 75 per cent increase in total cases over this time period.- Advertisement – This means people can no longer travel to take holidays, or travel internationally – unless for work or other legally permitted reasons. The FCDO has updated its travel advice to reflect this.DenmarkAt the same time, Denmark has been immediately added to the quarantine list, with passengers arriving from the country expected to stay at home for two weeks from today. “I understand that this will be concerning for both people currently in Denmark and the wider UK public, which is why we have moved quickly to protect our country and prevent the spread of the virus to the UK,” explained minister for transport, Grant Shapps. “Health authorities in Denmark have reported widespread outbreaks of coronavirus (Covid-19) in mink farms, with a variant strain of the virus spreading to some local communities. “The chief medical officer has therefore recommended that, as precautionary measure, all those returning from Denmark should self-isolate for 14 days.” NewerMiami Beach leads 2020 North America World Travel Awards winners – Advertisement – In Sweden, new cases per week have increased by 34 per cent over the same time period.People currently in Germany and Sweden are encouraged to finish their trip as usual, following the local rules and checking the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice pages for further information.In England, everyone must currently stay at home, and may leave only for a very limited set of reasons, including for work or education. – Advertisement – OlderFood District to open at the Pointe next weeklast_img read more

400 million social media users are set to lose their anonymity in India

first_imgFacebook, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok will have to reveal users’ identities if Indian government agencies ask them to, according to the country’s controversial new rules for social media companies and messaging apps expected to be published later this month.The requirement comes as governments around the world are trying to hold social media companies more accountable for the content that circulates on their platforms, whether it’s fake news, child porn, racist invective or terrorism-related content. India’s new guidelines go further than most other countries’ by requiring blanket cooperation with government inquiries, no warrant or judicial order required.India proposed these guidelines in Dec. 2018 and asked for public comment. The Internet and Mobile Association of India, a trade group that counts Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google among its members, responded that the requirements “would be a violation of the right to privacy recognized by the Supreme Court.” Law enforcement agencies around the world have been frustrated by tech companies that have refused to identify users, unlock devices or generally cooperate with government investigations, particularly in cases relating to terrorism.In India, where the internet — and fake news — are still relatively new phenomenon, a false report of rampant child abduction and organ harvesting circulated widely via WhatsApp, leading to mob violence and over three dozen fatal lynchings in 2017 and 2018.WhatsApp refused a request from the government to reveal the origins of the rumors, citing its promise of privacy and end-to-end encryption for its 400 million Indian users. It instead offered to fund research into preventing the spread of fake news and mounted a public education campaign in the country, its biggest global market.WhatsApp will “not compromise on security because that would make people less safe,” it said in a statement Wednesday, adding its global user base had reached over 2 billion. “For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues — without sacrificing privacy.”At the same time, tech companies and civil rights groups say the new rules are an invitation to abuse and censorship, as well as a burdensome requirement on new and growing companies.In an open letter to India’s IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, executives from Mozilla Corp., GitHub Inc. and Cloudflare Inc. said the guidelines could lead to “automated censorship” and “increase surveillance.“ In order to be able to trace the originator of content, platforms would basically be required to surveil their users, undermine encryption, and harm the fundamental right to privacy of Indian users, they said.Companies such as Mozilla or Wikipedia wouldn’t fall under the new rules, the government official said. Browsers, operating systems, and online repositories of knowledge, software development platforms, are all exempt. Only social media platforms and messaging apps will be covered.Topics : But the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is expected to publish the new rules later this month without major changes, according to a government official familiar with the matter.“The guidelines for intermediaries are under process,” said N.N. Kaul, the media adviser to the minister of electronics & information technology. “We cannot comment on the guidelines or changes till they are published.”The provisions in the earlier draft had required platforms such as Google’s YouTube or ByteDance Inc.’s TikTok, Facebook or its Instagram and WhatsApp apps, to help the government trace the origins of a post within 72 hours of a request. The companies would also have to preserve their records for at least 180 days to aid government investigators, establish a brick-and-mortar operation within India and appoint both a grievance officer to deal with user complaints and a government liaison. The Ministry is still finalizing the language and content.The rules cover all social media and messaging apps with more than 5 million users. India, with 1.3 billion people, has about 500 million internet users. It isn’t clear whether the identities of foreign users would be subject to the Indian government’s inquiries.last_img read more

Ireland’s largest defined benefit schemes still ‘under pressure’

first_imgFigures came from annual accounts and other publicly available information.The highest deficit – €1.3bn – was recorded by drinks conglomerate Diageo.The Bank of Ireland had a €1.2bn deficit, and Allied Irish Bank (AIB) €789m.In aggregate, the companies analysed paid substantial contributions – €1.8bn, up from €1.2bn in 2011 – to their pension schemes in 2012, although €830m of the total was paid by AIB.However, these companies are coming under pressure from trustees and government to increase contributions further.During 2012, most companies paid contributions in excess of the cost of benefits accrued, in order to reduce deficits.AIB and alcoholic drinks manufacturer C&C Group made contributions of more than eight times the cost of benefit accrual.At 31 December 2012, only one company – Kingspan, a provider of sustainable building products and environmental buildings management – reported funding levels of more than 100% (Kingspan’s was 104%).On average, however, funding levels for schemes fell during calendar year 2012, from 86% to 82%.The total pensions liability as a percentage of market capitalisation increased slightly, from 33% at end-2011 to 36% at end-2012.However, some companies’ liabilities remain higher than their market capitalisation, including packaging company Smurfit Kappa (116%), convenience food manufacturer Greencore (150%) and Bank of Ireland (181%).But trustees are still employing strategies to reduce risk, such as reducing exposure to equities.The average equity allocation for those pension schemes analysed fell from a high of 58% in 2010 to 49% in 2012.But LCPI said this is still significantly higher than pension schemes in other jurisdictions – for example, UK schemes on average hold 36% of their assets in equities.The consultancy said regulatory demands were putting more pressure than ever before on trustees, such as the introduction of risk reserves, and the reintroduction by the Pensions Board of the deadline for submitting funding proposals.Conor Daly, partner at LCPI, said this week’s announcement of the government’s intention to change the order of priority of pension beneficiaries opens up the prospect of pensions in payment being reduced in future restructuring plans.“It is apparent now that being a member of a DB scheme no longer guarantees a pension,” he said.“While providing some equity for members not yet retired, recent ministerial announcements have opened the worrying prospect of pensions in payment coming under pressure under future restructuring.”He added: “We foresee many more closures and restructures of these schemes over the next 12 months.” Ireland’s biggest defined benefit (DB) pension schemes remain under pressure despite some recent falls in deficits, according to a survey from Lane Clark & Peacock Ireland (LCPI).The survey found that falling euro corporate bond yields increased pension liabilities over the year to 31 December 2012 to €5.7bn, although LCPI said a recovery in these yields and positive market returns throughout 2013 reduced these deficits substantially, to around €2.8bn as at 30 September 2013.The survey covers 17 of the largest companies, by market capitalisation, listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and other exchanges, which have DB pension arrangements in Ireland.It also covers 13 semi-state or state-controlled companies with DB pension schemes.last_img read more