It’s no secret that the McCoury family is committed to enacting change. The group started the DelFest Foundation, an offshoot of their annual festival that awards grants to local charities eager to make a difference. But, the McCourys do things differently.If you get approved for a grant, don’t expect a check in the mail. This year, the McCourys are delivering money to the foundations themselves. “We want to put a face on what we do by showing up here more than once or twice a year,” said Ronnie McCoury, in an interview with the Cumberland Times-News. “It’s nice to see where your money is going. I trust our foundation. They’re the ones that keep us abreast on where we can put our money and give back, but I just wanted to see it —plain and simple.”Earlier this week, McCoury personally visited the Cumberland City Reach Church, which serves as a center to combat the growing opioid addiction crisis facing America.“I do have a friend I grew up with who’s son passed from a heroin addiction,” McCoury said. “I had been gone so long I didn’t know his son, but it’s a sad thing. I’m 49, we graduated in 1985, and there were other things that kids got into but nothing this hard, and where we grew up there’s a big epidemic, and to hear how back it is here…”Church member David Smith was on hand to receive the check, and was also quoted in the feature article. “It’s a festival that just wanted to give back to the community and that’s how a lot of people here started. They just wanted to give back. DelFest and City Reach definitely have the same heart when it comes to the community.”Thank you to the McCoury family for your dedication to these important causes![H/T Cumberland Times-News]
Returning to Princeton, British Columbia for the second straight year, the Element Music Festival will bring some serious music from August 3rd to the 6th of 2017. The festival has just revealed their lineup, with six sets of The String Cheese Incident and five sets of Garaj Mahal topping the bill!The beautiful event boasts tremendous outdoor space, providing a whimsical festival experience nestled where the mountains meet the sky. With music from String Cheese all weekend long, and the return of Garaj Mahal, there’s no shortage of great music options. The lineup also features Five Alarm Funk, Genetics, Brickhouse and Big Easy Funk Ensemble!You can see Element Music Festival’s announcement in the artwork below, and head to the official website for tickets and more information.
Institutional Investors Warn Industry That ANWR Development Is a ‘High-Risk Gamble’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Investors managing more than $2.5 trillion have warned oil firms and banks to shun moves by the US president, Donald Trump, to open the Arctic national wildlife refuge (ANWR) to drilling.Companies extracting oil and gas from the wilderness area in Alaska would face “enormous reputational risk and public backlash”, the investors say in a letter sent on Monday to 100 fossil fuel companies and the banks that finance them. Exploiting the area would also be an “irresponsible business decision,” the group argues, as global action on climate change will reduce oil demand and mean such projects have a high risk of losing money. An accompanying letter from the indigenous Gwich’in people say it would be “deeply unethical” to destroy their homelands.The 19 million-acre refuge is one of wildest places left on Earth and the largest area of publicly owned land in the United States. It is home to a huge range of animals, including polar bears, snowy owls and the porcupine caribou on which the Gwich’in rely for food. In April, the Trump administration began the process of opening the ANWR for oil and gas drilling, the first such move since 1980. Significant oil and gas reserves are thought to lie under the ANWR coastal plain and Prudhoe Bay, a major oil center, lies close to the refuge’s western boundary.“Drilling in the ANWR is an exceedingly high-risk gamble that companies and investors should avoid,” said New York state comptroller, Thomas P DiNapoli, trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, one of the investors that signed the letter. “A global low-carbon economy is emerging, driven by the growing opportunities for cleaner energy. We want the companies [we invest in] to help build that future, not destroy one of America’s last truly wild places.”“There is no longer any doubt that climate change poses an acute risk not only to our collective way of life, but also to investments made in outdated and highly precarious forms of energy,” said Thibaud Clisson at BNP Paribas Asset Management, another signatory.More: Investors Urge Fossil Fuel Firms To Shun Trump’s Arctic Drilling Plans read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ashley Murray, 16, went missing Feb. 25. Police are conducting an extensive investigation into her disappearance.Authorities from local and state agencies are continuing the search for a Peconic teenager who went missing nearly one week ago, and have searched more than 25 “geographical areas of interest” in Southold Town alone while interviewing nearly three-dozen close friends and family members, Town of Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said.Sixteen-year-old Ashley Murray’s disappearance has spawned a massive search and has included assets from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Suffolk County police, New York State police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Flatley noted.Murray was last seen leaving her home at 8 a.m. Monday, police said.“It became evident that Ashley was truly missing and may have left her home with intentions of harming herself,” Flatley said in a statement Friday.In an interview Saturday, the police chief told the Press that “there has not been any significant progress in finding her at this point,” but noted that the department is still tracking down all leads.Several local news outlets have reported that Murray may have left behind a suicide note before disappearing. But her brother, Jaime Cradehl, told NBC New York that he doesn’t believe Murray went through with it.“We think this is more of an attention grabber, a cry for help,” he said.Flatley wouldn’t confirm the discovery of a suicide note but said there was information that made it “imperative to find her and [it’s] the reason why we carried her as a missing person immediately.”“Obviously there was enough there to make us alarmed and feel like we [needed] to go in that direction right away,” he added.Authorities immediately deployed a K-9 unit, dive team and marine unit, Flatley said. Suffolk County police’s aviation unit was also deployed while officers on the ground conducted a physical search of neighboring areas.Police acted quick because Murray’s “residence is very close to a network of creeks and bays within the North Fork of Long Island,” Flatley said, adding that K-9 units were dispersed to search vacant areas of interest.As of Saturday, investigators have interviewed close to 35 family, friends, acquaintances throughout the state, including a relative that lives in upstate New York, Flatley said. Police also searched more than 25 geographical areas of interest within the Town of Southold.Also on Saturday, Murray’s family released a statement to North Fork Patch that read:We would like to sincerely thank the community and everyone involved in the efforts to find Ashley and return her safely, and also those who have taken up the heartfelt tasks of supporting the family during this difficult time.We also appreciate all news reporters, news teams and informants for their help and would like to extend both our genuine thanks for helping to spread the word in our search for Ashley, as well as our request for privacy at this point.Murray’s missing person flyer says she was last seen wearing a black and gray hooded sweatshirt, red sweatpants and black boots. Murray also wears hearing aids in both ears, police said.She is described as white, 5-feet, 4-inches tall, 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.Murray’s friends and family are also doing their part and have organized their own search with the help of volunteers.Investigators are encouraging anyone with information about Murray’s disappearance to contact Southold police at 631-765-2600.The police chief said the search gets “very difficult” as the days go on. The “possibilities are almost endless as to where she could be,” he added, “where she could’ve gone, who she could’ve met with…it’s frustrating because it’s very difficult. But its something we have to keep doing until she’s either accounted for somewhere or until we find her.” read more
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Some advisors are cultivating millennial clients now to retain them as their portfolios grow.by: Joanne CleaverLet’s be clear: Garrett Prom isn’t a wealth manager.The Austin, Texas, fee-based financial advisor is investing in clients who are in their 20s, 30s and early 40s, with the expectation that providing holistic financial planning now will result in loyalty as their portfolios grow. In a way, millennials are annuities for his relatively new advisory practice.In November, Prom met with a couple in their mid-20s. They’d saved $50,000 – not enough for a wealth advisor to sneeze at, but a sizable sum for two young people. They needed to figure out how much to shift into a retirement account (Prom recommended a Roth IRA), how much to devote to a new car and how much to seed the down payment for the house they’d like to buy within a couple of years.Prom spent four hours helping them map out earning, saving and spending goals keyed to near-term life milestones. He opened his conversation by telling them upfront how his fee structure works. And he expects that they, like other clients, will enthusiastically refer him in the analog version of social networking: word-of-mouth.Prom’s approach hits on many of the cylinders experts say are key to winning millennial clients. Meanwhile, traditional financial marketing is missing the mark, researchers and marketing experts say. This matters because millennials have been handed a daunting set of financial circumstances: underemployment or unemployment, high student debt, a slow-growth economy and fewer chances for traditional career advancement. Having witnessed the financial meltdown of 2008 and the devastation of many older family members’ retirement, home equity and hopes, millennials are wary. continue reading » read more
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Everything is different today in financial services.That means your credit union.For the past decade, many credit union executives smiling agreed that they needed to make changes to keep pace with the mega banks—but times have been good and talk was cheap. Almost all clung to their traditional, branch-centric financial services practices.The branch is king, long live the branch!Except no more.In many states, branches have been closed for months.
That responsibility might fall to Williams, who signed with the Lakers to a three-year, $21 million deal after winning Sixth Man of the Year honors last season in Toronto by averaging 15.5 points per game. Yet, the Raptors declined to retain Williams, who is expected to ease Kobe Bryant’s workload. “No idea. That’s in the past. I enjoyed my time there,” said Williams, who expressed gratitude to Toronto for acquiring him in 2014 after he suffered a right knee injury a year earlier in Atlanta. “I look forward to having a very successful career here with the Lakers.”Moments earlier, Williams had admired the 10 Lakers’ NBA championship trophies that sit in Jeanie Buss’ office. That trails only the Boston Celtics, for whom Bass played the past four seasons.“All I’ve thought about is me playing in purple and gold when I was in college,” said Bass, a 10-year NBA veteran who played at LSU. “My plan is to be a two-way presence on both ends of the court and to help my teammates in any way I can.”The Lakers hoped their offseason rebuilding hinged on acquiring LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Monroe or DeAndre Jordan. But Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak sounded optimistic the team’s fallback plan could still bolster a young roster that features D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. The three men entered the Lakers’ practice facility on Wednesday coming from both different teams and positions.But after donning their new Lakers jerseys, center Roy Hibbert, guard Lou Williams and forward Brandon Bass all said they hope for a “fresh start.”The Lakers acquired Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers for a second-round pick, his credentials as a two-time NBA All-Star diminishing amid Indiana’s quest to have a faster-paced team. He has averaged only 11.1 points per game through his seven-year NBA career. But Hibbert’s arrival here could play a large part in bolstering a Lakers defense that ranked 29th out of 30 NBA teams last season.“My job is to make sure I clog up the paint,” said Hibbert, who waived a portion of his $2.8 million trade kicker to join the Lakers. “Whatever else I get on the offensive end is candy.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We’re going to do our best to win as many games as possible. It’s very, very difficult to do that with all young players,” Kupchak said. “So part of what we tried to do was surround our young players with some veteran players that would be good mentors and also give us a chance to win a bunch of games.”That also depends on Bryant, who is expected to return for his 20th season recovered from a right shoulder injury that limited him last season to 35 games. Hibbert, Williams and Bass indicated Bryant has not talked with them since they joined the Lakers two weeks ago. Still, Bass pinned his interest in the Lakers partly on Bryant, calling it “a great opportunity to play with one of the greatest to ever play the game.”The players offered more clarity on other issues.The Lakers plan to keep Nick Young after unsuccessful trade attempts this offseason amid his inconsistency and personality clashes with coach Byron Scott. Kupchak and Young also recently met, according to league sources. But when Williams and Young play together, how will they determine who shoots?“Whoever has it,” Williams joked before turning serious. “The most important thing is to not pin Nick and I against each other. We both like to score the basketball, that’s been one of our strong suits … But once we’re on the court, I like to play team basketball.”Bass faced a limited role under Scott in New Orleans (2005-07), but admitted that motivated him to work harder. This time around, Bass will compete with Randle for the starting power forward spot. “I expect it to go well,” Bass said of his second stint with Scott. “I’m just going to do what I do, and hopefully I can help (Randle) in some type of way.” read more
Football is returning but it already looks very different because of the coronavirus pandemic. The impact on how clubs do transfer business will be considerable tooParis, France | AFP | Around Europe, football is waking up from the coronavirus shutdown, but it is different to before for players and supporters and it is changing behind the scenes too.While the German Bundesliga returns in stadiums devoid of fans, the sport is preparing for an economic crisis which will impact all levels of the game.That will be particularly visible in the transfer market, where it has become the norm to see leading clubs splash out 100 million-euro fees.Damien Comolli has observed events from afar having left his role at Turkish club Fenerbahce in January.The ex-Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur sporting director told AFP he foresees fees dropping by “between 30 and 50 percent compared to the usual prices, and a reduction of 70-75 percent in terms of activity.”In particular, the loss to clubs from matchday revenue as a result of games being played behind closed doors will impact budgets.When it comes to signing players, those in charge of recruitment at clubs have also simply not been able to do their jobs.– Time to take stock –“The biggest part of my job is following up on targets for the next transfer windows,” says Martyn Glover, head of scouting and recruitment at English Premier League side Southampton.Scouts usually spend much of their time clocking up road and air miles to watch prospective signings in action.“I would expect to be abroad every week at some point,” says Glover, who previously worked at Everton.“I might fly to Paris to watch PSG and then the next day to Germany to watch somebody else. My week would probably be three or four live games of football.”Robert McKenzie has a similar a role at Belgian second-tier outfit Leuven, who in 2017 were taken over by King Power, the Thai owners of Leicester City.Usually he would be on the road watching up to 20 games a month, eyeing up targets.“The current situation obviously has significant implications for what has historically been the most important part of the process: the assessment of players in live games,” he tells AFP. “I do often think to myself when will be the next time I’m actually sat in a football stadium watching a game? Who knows!”However, he acknowledges that the shutdown has afforded him the luxury of time to take stock and assess options.In contrast, Newcastle United made headlines when their head of recruitment, Steve Nickson, was placed on furlough along with the whole scouting department, stopping a crucial section of the club from functioning.In any case, how can a Premier League club plan for the summer window without knowing if they will still be a top-flight club next season, or if this season will restart, with all the financial consequences?“There are too many imponderables,” says Glover.“We are not a club who might spend 80 million on a player anyway.“I am sure there will be some opportunities that present themselves by the nature of what has happened, both at home and abroad, but the hardest part is the finances.”– A different approach –Glover admits the way his job is done could change forever. Comolli helped introduce data use and analytics into English football and believes that approach will become more widespread.“Maybe more and more clubs will use data and statistics instead of live scouting and maybe clubs will also investigate more the player himself, their families, the way they live.“If I had one chance to go and watch a player live or one chance to meet him and his family, I would take the opportunity to go and meet him.”He believes those clubs who already placed the emphasis on video scouting and data can emerge from the crisis with their teams unscathed.Even clubs lower down may emerge stronger. That includes Leuven, although they must await the outcome of a play-off in August to see which division they will be in next season.“I think there may be opportunities that arise for us as a club as a result of the current situation which were previously thought not possible,” insists McKenzie.Share on: WhatsApp read more
23 Jan 2015 Players selected for Nations Cup teams Two teams will represent England Golf in the Nations Cup event at next week’s Portuguese women’s amateur championship. Gemma Clews of Cheshire (image © Leaderboard Photography), India Clyburn of Lincolnshire and Inci Mehmet of Surrey will combine for one team; while the other is composed of Lianna Bailey of Leicestershire, Hollie Muse of Lancashire and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire. The 72-hole championship will be played at the Montado Golf Resort from 28-31 January, with the Nations Cup being contested over the first 54 holes. The best two scores will count towards the team total in each of the three rounds. The players Lianna Bailey, 18, (Kirby Muxloe) produced a string of consistently high results during the 2014 season including top ten finishes in both the English girls’ open championship and the British women’s stroke play. She also shared 15th place in the St Rule Trophy and 18th in the English women’s amateur championship. Gemma Clews, 20, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) was in England’s winning team at the ladies’ Home Internationals and won two scratch events last season: the Pleasington Putter and the inaugural Delamere Comboy Trophy. She was third in the Welsh open stroke play, sixth in the English amateur and 12th in the British stroke play. India Clyburn, 18, (Woodhall Spa) won the 2014 England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit, sponsored by Ascot Golf, in her last season as a junior. Her individual successes included winning the English girls’ championship, the Scottish junior open, the girls’ title at the Daily Telegraph junior championship and the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy. She was in England’s winning teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals – winning all six of her matches at the girls’ event. Inci Mehmet, 18, (Royal Mid Surrey) was also a member of the team which won the girls’ Home Internationals for the seventh successive year. She was runner-up at the English women’s amateur championship and has amassed a series of other good results last season, including fourth place in the Portuguese championship, fifth in the Irish open stroke play and fourth in the Critchley Salver. She and her partner were runners-up in the Sunningdale foursomes. Hollie Muse, 15, (West Lancashire), helped England win both the women’s and girls’ Home Internationals last year. She won the girls’ title at the North of England U16 championship and was runner-up in the English U15 girls’ and in the girls’ event at the Fairhaven Trophies. She is the youngest-ever Lancashire ladies’ champion, winning the title as a 14-year-old. Bethan Popel, 19, (Long Ashton) was also a member of the winning team at the women’s Home Internationals and helped England win the Nations Cup at the St Rule Trophy. Her other good results last season included fifth place in the English amateur, seventh place in the women’s Welsh stroke play, 12th place in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play and 11th in the Portuguese amateur. read more
SUBHEAD: The Links Golf SocietyWednesday, Feb. 1, Links Cup/StablefordA Flight1st Bob Watson (8) 38pts2nd Maurice Roberts (12) 37pts B Flight1st Bent Larsen (36) 42pts2nd Michael Pallesen (28) 40pts3rd Michael Brett (19) 39pts4th Phil Mitchel (21) 39pts The Links Cup always attracts plenty of golfers for the occasion. This event held at Silky Oak lived up to its reputation as a crowd puller, with 43 golfers teeing it up off 2 tees. Handicaps 0-17 were allocated the longer yellow tees and 18+ went from the white tees.Silky Oak is well known for some long water carries. Not impossible, but daunting off the yellow tees, even for some “long hitters”. And a couple did come to grief. This course is in very good condition and somewhere between a joy and a challenge to play. The greens seem to be a “work in progress”, not slick, not smooth and then some different from the one before. Let’s hope work is progressing and the management is not intending to keep them this way.Bob Watson (left) with Bent Larsen.Some very talented golfers were able to manage their games well as some excellent scores were turned in. Even though prizes were awarded to 4 places in each of the 2 flights, sadly more good scores didn’t make it to the podium.They say “beware the wounded golfer” don’t they? Bob Watson has been getting treatment and taking pills for a shoulder problem for some time. After this round it seems the therapy has worked. Playing off c/h 8 he scored 38 points (that’s 78 gross) to take out A Flight.Following closely behind was Maurice Roberts (c/h 12) with 37 points, Canadian visitor Gordon Uvinali (c/h14) played to handicap for third and Keith Norman(c/h15) completed the podium.B Flight produced some big scores. Bent Larsen used his c/h 36 to great advantage to take first prize with an excellent 42 points. Visiting Danish player Michael Pallesen (c/h28) claimed the silver on 40 points while Michael Brett and Phil Mitchel fought it out for third place on 39 points, with Michael winning the count back.But the day was not yet over. The Links Cup is well known for prizes and with thanks to our sponsors Touch Agogo in LK Metro, Tommy Marshall Grips, the guys and girls at Links Bar and helpers on the day, every hole had a prize attached.The usual near pins and long putts were there, along with ‘closest to pin in 4 shots’ (or less) on a par-5, ‘closest to pin in 2 shots’ on a par-4, and ‘closest to the beer keg’ on the 18th fairway. There were 18 prizes to shoot for and our only lady golfer today, New Satita (c/h 21), picked up 4 of them. A happy day for her!So many people came back to Links Bar, Phil Davies had to fire up the microphone to make all the presentations. A terrific feature noted was that every winner was present to receive their prize.Friday winner Len Jones.Friday, Feb. 3, Mt. Shadow – Stableford1st Len Jones (28) 37pts2nd Lee Rodman (10) 34pts3rd Soren Kuster (18) 31pts Mountain Shadow is a good, if difficult golf course. Certainly it has you thinking. At one time not so long ago it was held up as an example to its sister course Crystal Bay, which had fallen in quality (particularly the greens). Now the boot appears to be on the other foot and Mountain Shadow is falling behind (maybe the green-keeper changed courses). The rough is rough, the greens need work and the clubhouse and locker room are looking tired. The course is apparently up for sale, so hopefully someone will spend some time and money and bring it back to its former glory.What about our golfers today? There were 15 of them after 4 Canadians got lost after breakfast and missed the bus.Golf is a game where one or two in a group can have a day when scoring is not so good. But everyone on the same day? The one shining light was Len Jones who was the only player to better handicap, scoring a steady 37 points off his c/h 28.Visiting from the UK, Lee Rodman (c/h10) was excited to get second place with 34 points and filling third spot was Danish visitor Soren Kuster (c/h 18) with 31 points.We had four ‘2’s today and excitable Lee provided one of them. He wished to spread his good fortune with everyone in his range of vision so it was drinks for all. Good onya Lee! 3rd Gordon Uvanile (14) 36pts4th Keith Norman (15) 35pts read more