USA: Guantanmo Raises Thousands to Benefit Combined Federal Campaign

first_img View post tag: Naval USA: Guantanmo Raises Thousands to Benefit Combined Federal Campaign Training & Education January 18, 2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) representatives at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, finalized total contributions raised for this year’s fund drive Jan. 15.Through a combined effort, the installation donated a total of $33,380 toward charities and support organizations associated with CFC.“CFC allows all military and Department of Defense (DoD) employees to give donations to the charities of their choice,” said Chief Gunner’s Mate Derrick Abson, NS Guantanamo Bay CFC Overseas community area project officer. “It allows us to help those in need. It allows us to support organizations that find cures for diseases, feed the hungry, house those displaced by disaster, and support our veterans and many other worthy causes.”The 2012 CFC began Sept. 17 and ended Dec. 13. More than 30 representatives from the installation’s U.S. Naval Hospital, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, and numerous tenant commands assisted with collecting donations from charitable community members.“This year’s goal was to surpass last year’s total which was $28,000, and together we did it,” said Abson. “For a base this size, $33,380 is a great dollar amount raised. With our contact rate of 100 percent, the word really got out and people were stepping to the plate and donating. With the assistance and hard work of the CFC representatives, we were able to surpass our goal by $5,000.”According to Abson, the 2012 campaign was successful due to the base’s CFC team contributing hundreds of hours engaging personnel and spreading the word to potential donors.“It was a huge accomplishment to achieve 100 percent contact,” said Abson. “CFC gave us the opportunity to do our part by donating to the less fortunate. Granted, times are hard for lots of us, but for those that could give, they gave and that says a lot about our nation.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 18, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Thousands View post tag: Campaign View post tag: Defense View post tag: to View post tag: Defence View post tag: benefit View post tag: Guantanmo View post tag: combined View post tag: Raises View post tag: FEDERAL Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Guantanmo Raises Thousands to Benefit Combined Federal Campaign Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Wayne E. Meyer Changes Command

first_img September 2, 2013 View post tag: € View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Wayne E. Meyer Changes Command USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) held a change of command ceremony in the ship’s homeport of San Diego, Aug. 30.During the ceremony, Cmdr. William H. Baxter turned over command of the guided missile destroyer to Cmdr. Randy J. Van Rossum, who has previously served as the ship’s executive officer.The ceremony marked the end of a very successful 18-month command tour for Baxter. He is credited with leading Wayne E. Meyer through an intensive training cycle and ensured the ship is prepared for an upcoming deployment.“It has been an absolute pleasure serving our nation’s finest as their captain,” Baxter told the crew during the ceremony. “The crew has performed admirably and has promptly and professionally answered the call every time.”Baxter said he was extremely grateful to the ship’s crew, chief petty officers mess and wardroom. His next assignment will be as the head surface warfare junior officer detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, Tenn.Van Rossum is a 1995 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was commissioned an ensign through officer candidate school and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola University.As part of the executive officer-commanding officer fleet-up program, Van Rossum first reported to Wayne E. Meyer in July 2012.[mappress]Press Release, September 02, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Wayne View post tag: Meyer Share this article View post tag: Defense View post tag: Command View post tag: USS View post tag: changes View post tag: Naval USS Wayne E. Meyer Changes Command View post tag: Defence Training & Educationlast_img read more

Bruce Hornsby Offers Full Stream Of New Album, ‘Rehab Reunion’ [Listen]

first_imgGrammy award winner and road warrior Bruce Hornsby is getting ready to release his latest album with his band, The Noisemakers, on June 17th. The LP, titled Rehab Reunion, finds Hornsby sans piano, instead choosing to play the dulcimer on the entire 10-song album, which is now being shared via stream on NPR’s First Listen program.Hornsby is backed by organist J.T. Thomas, guitarist Gibb Droll, bassist J.V. Collier, mandolin/fiddle player Ross Holmes, and drummer Sonny Emory. Rehab Reunion also features special guest spots from Mavis Staples and Justin Vernon. Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers will hit the road this summer, with stops at The Space in Westbury, NY on August 31st, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Sept. 8th, and more (for a full list of tour dates, click HERE).Take a listen to Rehab Reunion below, courtesy of NPR’s First Listen:Rehab Reunion Tracklist:1. Over the Rise2. Soon Enough3. M.I.A. in M.I.A.M.I.4. Tipping5. Rehab Reunion6. Hey Kafka7. Tropical Cashmere Sweater8. T.S.A. Man9. Valley Road10. Celestial Road feat. Mavis Stapleslast_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee’s Kris Myers & Moe.’s Chuck Garvey Talk All Things Summer Camp Music Festival [Interview]

first_imgNow that May is upon us and the weather’s warming up, music fans’ thoughts have shifted toward the coming summer festival season. As always, Summer Camp Music Festival will take place in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Day weekend, May 24th–26th (with a pre-party on May 23rd), to help kick off our favorite time of year.In addition to three days of performances from host bands moe. and Umphrey’s McGee, this year’s Summer Camp will feature sets from a diverse selection of top-tier rock, jam, funk, electronic, reggae, and hip-hop acts, including Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Big Gigantic, STS9, Zeds Dead, Rebelution, Chromeo (Live), Oteil & Friends, Gramatik, Flux Pavilion, Lotus, Trampled By Turtles, Blues Traveler, Toots and The Maytals, and a rare reunion of Black Star, the lauded duo comprised of Yasin Bey (a.k.a Mos Def) and Talib Kweli, among many others.With Summer Camp right around the corner, Live For Live Music talked to moe. guitarist Chuck Garvey and Umphrey’s McGee drummer Kris Myers about how the two bands came together in the very beginning, their favorite musical memories from the festival, bands they would like to see make their Summer Camp debuts, and more.Live For Live Music: Can you talk about what brought moe. and Umphrey’s McGee together in the beginning?Chuck Garvey (moe.): Ian Goldberg is the link. We played at the Canopy Club in Champaign (where he promoted shows), as well as starting our yearly visits to Chillicothe, Illinois and the Summer Camp Music Festival that we all know and love. Umphrey’s followed a similar path and Ian knew they would be great at SCAMP.Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee): After I joined Umphrey’s in 2003, it seemed that there was already an established relationship with moe. There may have been an invite from Al [Schnier] to have Brendan [Bayliss] sit in with moe. at one of the Bonnaroos (not sure what year). I couldn’t tell you when UM befriended moe., but I know that there was already a genuine respect for each other.They have always been extremely supportive of us and we found that there was a genuine friendship throughout. They never seemed to have any problems with having us as part of any of their touring and festival plays, and we’ve felt a team-like ethos with them throughout our career.L4LM: Was the original vision to have an all-inclusive festival with various genres, or did the electronic involvement become more present as the EDM scene got bigger?CG: The original weekends were jam band-centric with Leftover Salmon, Galactic, Gov’t Mule, The String Cheese Incident, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and more on the lineup. Over time, the festival grew and diversified as the scene did. Bluegrass, EDM, Psychedelic Improv, laptops, and Gypsy punks all became a part of the scene.KM: I would say yes to both of those questions. In the early 2000s, there were only a few artists who had electronic elements, as well as live elements of improvisation. Bands that come to mind are Particle, The New Deal, Benevento Russo Duo, and Future Rock. Most of the artists were some of the 2nd-3rd wave jam bands of the 90’s culture such as Keller Williams, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Leftover Salmon, moe., Jazz Mandolin Project, Oteil & the Peacemakers, and more.At that time (2003-2008-ish), the term “EDM” wasn’t even coined until the late 2000s (2010 perhaps), when the American music industry started to push that term to the masses in order to push a re-birth of the club and rave culture. EDM was glorifying the DJ in a live setting, and Summer Camp was one of those festivals that felt no other choice but to include it in the mix, due to its commanding popularity.L4LM: What do you look forward to every year at Summer Camp?CG: Seeing a bunch of friends and bands that I don’t get to see all year! Also, getting that feeling of kicking off a new summer festival season with moderate amounts of throwing down.KM: I like the communal aspect of the festival. After all these years of playing festivals all over the world, Summer Camp has always been a symbol of my roots, family members, and home friendships, all of which happen to be at Summer Camp throughout the ages. This is a unique and amazing aspect of Summer Camp that I look forward to every year.L4LM: Umphrey’s and moe. have both been an integral part of the scene for over 20 years. What bands have you discovered through Summer Camp that you’ve gone on to play or collaborate with?KM: I wasn’t familiar with Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, Jazz Mandolin Project, Oteil & the Peacemakers, Victor Wooten Band, or Future Rock until I first saw them at Summer Camp. I was already familiar with everyone else on the lineup. We collaborated with moe. pretty frequently, as well as The Disco Biscuits, The New Deal, Keller Williams, Yonder Mountain String Band, Les Claypool, and various other artists.CG: The amazing list of collaborations and sit-ins (it’s a long list) makes me proud to be a part of this every year. I feel like half of the musicians I know, I met through Summer Camp! There have been times where I have discovered an artist and listened to them for years but finally got to see them live at SCAMP. A perfect example of this is Andrew Bird or White Denim. I guess all the talented, interesting people come to Summer Camp sooner or later!L4LM: Looking back, what are some of your favorite memories of the festival?KM: In 2008, I enjoyed joining up with Vinnie Amico, Stephen Perkins, and Andy Farag to present a small drum masterclass in the small church on site. I also enjoyed the late-night shows in the Barn (after they finally installed proper air conditioning) and side projects including Drop Q, Digital Tape Machine, and Dookie.CG: Some of the crazy production stuff that our crew has unleashed on unsuspecting crowds here, including lasers, smoke, mechanized lighting, and surround sound. One year they built towers that Al (Schnier) and I climbed, allowing us to pull off extreme guitar moves à la your favorite hair metal band.We have had some great collaborations with Melvin Seals, Keller Williams, Ivan Neville, Umphrey’s McGee, and Warren Haynes, that we have been lucky to share with thousands and thousands of people.L4LM: Describe Summer Camp in one word.CG: Musicpartyfuncampawesometastic.KM: Bliss L4LM: Of course, sit-ins have occurred, and Umphrey’s and moe. have covered each other’s material. Has the idea of collaborating more throughout a full show ever been discussed?CG: Yes!KM: Yes, I believe so, but the reality of the situation is that we can only collaborate so much due to time constraints.L4LM: Are there any bands that you would still like to see make their Summer Camp debut?KM: I have always thought it would be great to see Oz Noy break into the jam culture. He’s a world-class artist with a world class band, and his newest project is very deeply rooted in grooves. It reminds me of John Scofield’s Überjam back in the day.CG: Jeff Beck.L4LM: What artists are a MUST-SEE for Summer Camp attendees this year?KM: Toots & the Maytals, Chromeo, Yasiin Bey and Talib Kwali in Blackstar, Here Come the Mummies, Manic Focus, Break Science, Cory Wong, and Doom Flamingo!CG: Trampled By Turtles, Blues Traveler, Toots and The Maytals, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Cory Wong. You’d best get your dance card straight now, ‘cause there’s a lot to choose from!L4LM: What’s one thing you couldn’t live without over the weekend at Summer Camp?KM: A bandana for covering your face and mouth from the “elements”, including dirt and bugs.CG: One of the fabulous Bloody Marys that always seem to materialize backstage. “Virgin” or “secular”, they make a great day even better.Three-day passes and Sunday 1-Day tickets to Summer Camp Music Festival are on sale now via the event’s website, so grab them before it’s too late!last_img read more

Vermont Jobless rate jumps up half point

first_imgVERMONT’S JOB GROWTH REMAINS SLOW, BUT POSITIVE. UNEMPLOYMENT AT 4.9% IN MAY.Montpelier — The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2008 was 4.9 percent, up five-tenths of a point from the revised April rate of 4.4% and up 1.1 points from a year ago.”Vermont’s continued job growth is insufficient to hold down our growing unemployment rate,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. “This is to be expected in a national environment where unemployment is growing rapidly and the national economy continues to shed jobs. In addition, the seasonal transition in Vermont’s labor market from April to May can be quite volatile depending on weather. This can lead to rapidly changing labor statistics. We should have a better picture of the State’s labor market in the June numbers.”Vermont’s observed seasonally adjusted monthly changes in unemployment levels and unemployment rate are statistically different from April values. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 5.5 percent, up a similar five-tenths of a point from April 2008. Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.8 percent in Hartford to 6.4 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 4.6 percent, down four-tenths of a point from April 2008.Jobs Data (Vermont’s job count estimates are produced from a statewide survey of business establishments conducted under the Current Employment Survey (CES) – a cooperative effort with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.)Seasonally adjusted job levels grew by 1,200 or 0.4% over April, but remain flat over the year. Most of the growth came from the construction sector: +900 jobs or 6.1% but the sector remains down considerably on an annual basis (-600 jobs / -3.5%). We see the monthly gain as due to a slow start in April rather than a strong May. For similar reasons the Accommodations and Food Services sector shows a strong monthly decline (-600 jobs / -2.0%) What was bad weather for construction kept the ski resorts operating longer in April – thus the decline in May looked worse than is typically expected.Before seasonal adjustment, Total Non-Farm jobs grew seasonally by 4,500 jobs 1.5% from April to May.. Annual unadjusted job growth remains sluggish at +0.1%. Seasonal job gains were seen in construction (+2,400 / 16.4%), but the segment remains in decline showing a 650 job annual loss or -3.7%. Retail Trade jobs grew by 700 in May, but this seasonal boost was not enough to overcome annual job losses of 200 or -0.5%. Professional & Business services grew by 500 over the month and 150 or 0.7% over the year. Arts Entertainment & Recreation grew 700 jobs over the month offsetting a 700 job loss in Accommodations & Food Services. Local Government Education gained jobs in May, but this is almost certainly a school vacation scheduling issue.last_img read more

Who Will Invest in Clean Energy? Big Money Will

first_imgWho Will Invest in Clean Energy? Big Money Will FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg New Energy Finance:People who invest in the world’s energy systems often want to know how many trillions of dollars will be needed to finance renewable energy and natural gas. One way to find the answer is to look at what those who have already invested trillions of dollars want to happen as the world transitions to a lower-carbon power system and electrifies transportation.A look at the numbers shows that the first thing they want is scale. The 10 largest institutional asset managers each manage more than $1 trillion; the largest, BlackRock Inc., manages nearly $6 trillion. Trillions of dollars of investor supply naturally need trillions of dollars of asset and company demand.Fortunately for energy, it has such a demand. Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that zero-carbon power generation will attract almost $9 trillion in investment between now and 2040.Increasingly, the suppliers of that institutionally managed money want to know how their portfolios will affect climate change. Earlier this year, David Fickling took a smart look at the largest asset managers and found that most of the 20 biggest ones back shareholder resolutions on climate and sustainability. Such resolutions are becoming far more common, too: This year, investors have filed 189 climate and sustainability resolutions with U.S.-listed companies — as many as in the previous five years combined, according to Ceres’ climate and sustainability resolutions database.And then there’s yield. Investors are still piling into U.S. energy high-yield debt, which mostly funds oil and gas exploration and production. As Liam Denning noted in August, even this risky part of the energy bond market still yields in the range of only 6 to 7 percent.A decade ago, the yield from U.S. energy fixed income would have been comfortably investment-grade, according to the International Monetary Fund’s October Global Financial Stability Report. In 2007, all but a very small proportion of corporate debt yielded more than 4 percent, and not a dime of securitized or collateralized debt yielded below 4 percent. Ten years ago, “only” $3.4 trillion of investment-grade fixed income yielded below 4 percent.Things look rather different now. According to the IMF, there is now just under $40 trillion of investment-grade fixed income yielding below 4 percent, including more than $5 trillion with a negative yield.This yield distribution, then, is what anything needs to beat to be considered “high yield.” 2007’s investment-grade yield is today’s risky yield; today’s low-risk yield is barely any yield at all, and could even be a negative yield.There’s plenty of money out there to create renewable technologies, and its institutional investors want more than lower-carbon investment strategies. They also are seeking to beat very low investment-grade yields.In 2007, when renewable technologies were expensive compared with conventional energy, and when shale gas just a glimmer in the eye of the U.S. oil patch, there may have been a funding gap. Today, we’re dealing with something more addressable: a simple matter of allocation. Trillions of dollars are needed; trillions of dollars exist. It’s just a matter of aligning supply and demand.More: Who Will Fund Clean Energy?last_img read more

Mountain Mama: Q & A with Skiing and Boating Mama Biz Allen

first_imgElizabeth Allen is a local legend in Western North Carolina, but you probably don’t recognize the name. Everyone has been calling her Biz since she was two years old, short for busy, because she never sits still. She’s out on the slopes or rivers with her boys, sharing her passion for the outdoors with everyone she meets.The trait I admire most about Biz is her ability to see struggles as gifts that allow us to reach and grow until we realize our greatest potential.“When I first became a single parent, I thought my worst nightmare had become my reality. When you’re doing it alone, you have to reach out and incorporate all available resources. We are surrounded by all of these people with amazing gifts to share and a desire to be involved in my boys’ lives. If I had never been a single parent, our community would be much smaller now. Single parenting has been the greatest gift for my family.”What motivates you to get outside with your kids?Being confined by four walls makes me break out in hives, I swear I have an allergic reaction to being stuck indoors. My best guess is that I was a homeless person in a previous life.Getting outside isn’t just a preferred option. It’s a requirement for me. I am most alive when connected to the Earth. If we want to not merely survive our lives, but truly live, we must be connected with out natural world and I want to pass these values on to my boys, who will be fifteen and seventeen-years old at the end of January.Did you grow up playing outside?My parents weren’t into the outdoors so it wasn’t something nurtured in my childhood. It took a long time for me to incorporate adventure sports into my lifestyle. I was in college at Mars Hill and a few of my girlfriends worked at the Wolf and taught  kids how to ski, so I started skiing with them and then worked there.That winter I met a lot of people in the boating community and they said, “Come out and be a raft guide.”“Why would I do that?” I asked.“The parties are awesome,” they said. So I showed up the next spring and I was terrible at it. After training season, the senior guide told me that everyone enjoyed hanging out with me and I should stay and work doing odd chores. I lived in a parking lot that summer with thirty other people and had the time of my life, sleeping on the top of buses and hanging out around the fire every night. We became a big family.The following spring I went back and the same senior guide said, “We aren’t getting off the water until you nail it.”There were tears until it finally clicked. I got enough of the basics down and stayed that season as a raft guide.Spending time on the slopes or rivers comes easy for my kids because it’s all they know, it’s the normal way to live. Because we went outside as a family, the boys are acclimated to the outdoors.When did you start taking your kids to the slopes?I started taking them skiing when they were two.  And then I swore I’d never teach them anything else. There was a lot of screaming and not enough drinking. Once they learned how to ski, they didn’t want to hang out with me so I’d dress them up in super bright colors and sent them out. I knew all the ski patrollers and told them, “Keep an eye on them, spank them if they do anything bad.”When I became a single mom, I struggled to keep the love for skiing alive in my boys’ hearts and I believed that being on the snow was a tool to give them a deeper understanding of themselves. Two brothers stepped up and sponsored my boys for years by providing ski passes to Wolf Laurel. Those were pivotal years – those seasons gave my boys a snow family.How did your boys start spending time on the river?When my boys were young, I stayed at home with them. After being in such a social environment working on the slopes and with a rafting outfitter, all that solitude left me on the brink of insanity.At that time, I paddled an Avon Scout, I slapped life jackets on them and piled toys on the floor. I bought them giant squirt guns and paddles that didn’t reach the water, so my boat became a giant playpen. We started a game of picking up litter. I’d pay them a quarter for anything Styrofoam or can. The boys would ask to stop at these thrash-covered beaches. Now the boys do river clean ups on their own. Looking back, it was a genius way of installing the value of cleaning up the environment, but I can’t take any credit, it was completely unintentional.How have your boys benefitted from adventuring?All those guys on the river have become uncles, and now have a mentoring relationship with my boys. Now if I need my boys to know something, I’ll have a friend tell them. Information that comes from other trusted adults is more powerful than hearing something from mom.Others often compliment my boys because they are self-sufficient in the outdoors. They can pack their own gear and carry their own boats. Safety considerations are automatic for them. And an added bonus is that they can hold a conversation with adults – they’ve had to – they’ve been in ski lodges and riding the lifts with grown-ups. They’ve around in parking lots as we figured out shuttle logistics and spent lots of time on the river with adults.Has it ever been difficult to pursue your own outdoor interests after having kids?My boating friends pulled a permit for the Grand Canyon, which is a month-long wilderness trip. At the time, my oldest was just starting kindergarten and I had to miss his first day. I was still married and my boys’ father supported my decision to go. The boy’s grandparents help out too.I got a lot of flack. People said, “How can you leave your kids for a whole month?” They had no problem asking, “Don’t you worry about missing out on their lives when they need you?”That scrutiny was difficult – other people expressed their disappointment with how I lived my life.I knew I had to go. The first there days were the hardest and I cried, especially at night. I was the only female paddling an oar boat and the guys had a bet that I’d flip.The empowerment from sitting at the helm of an oar rig and push through some of the biggest fear I’d ever experienced changed me. I kept my boat upright through all the shit. We all roll through life with a shred of doubt about what we’re capable of. The Canyon removed my doubt about what I could do.What advice do you have for other parents, especially single parents?Letting your kids see you fail is an incredible gift. My kids have seen me struggle. They see me get out there and fall down and watch all the peaks and valleys that come with that.If they never saw me cry, they might not know that people cry when they are disappointed and that it’s okay to struggle. Most adventure sports require us to struggle in order to succeed – there’s a level of discomfort involved when first learning how to stand on skis or roll a kayak or even tie a knot.The secret is embracing, not choking, on the idea of being a single parent. When I first became a single parent, I thought my worst nightmare had become my reality. When you’re doing it alone, you have to reach out and incorporate all available resources. We are surrounded by all of these people with amazing gifts to share and a desire to be involved in my boys’ lives. If I had never been a single parent, our community would be much smaller now. Single parenting has been the greatest gift for my family.last_img read more

Successfully implementing a board portal

first_img continue reading » Credit union executives who have implemented a board portal say the success of the implementation will depend on choosing a system that meets your organization’s unique objectives.For example, Interra Credit Union wanted to support a cloud-based environment and the CU’s workflow systems.“Our credit union is virtually paperless,” says CUES member Amy Sink, CEO of $1.2 billion Interra CU, Goshen, Ind. “Our board portal (CUES Supplier member Passageways, LaFayette, Ind.) fits our cloud-based strategy; it eliminates paperwork and cumbersome emails, and stores data securely in one place.”“If we need to download the information to a hard drive, we do have that flexibility through our core service provider,” she adds. “But everything in our IT system today is cloud-based.” 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more