State Leaders Once Again Allowing Fans At Saturday’s Buffalo Bills Playoff Game

first_imgFile image by Idibri / CC BY 2.0 ORCHARD PARK – Buffalo Bills fans will once again be able to cheer on the team in-person at the AFC Divisional Playoffs in Orchard Park on Saturday.This after New York State leaders announced on Monday the past weekend’s venture to allow fans at Bills Stadium was a success.Guidelines will remain the same this weekend, with around 6,700 fans allowed to attend after testing negative for COVID-19.The fans will have to adhere to public health precautions, like wearing a mask and social distancing. Contact tracing will also be conducted after the game and tailgating is prohibited.The Buffalo Bills won their first playoff game in 25 years after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 27-24.They will now face the Baltimore Ravens at Bills Stadium this Saturday at 8:15 p.m. 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)last_img read more

Watch Jeremy Jordan’s Smashing Performance in Honor of a Young Musician on the Today Show

first_img View Comments Star Files Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan stopped by the Today Show’s fourth hour to sing an encouraging ballad to young musician Ken Conklin January 16. The Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb hosted hour produces a weekly segment: Everyone Has A Story, that features a winner who submits a letter honoring someone close to them who has overcome a major struggle in their life. Smash star Jordan was in attendance to perform an original song by Gifford and David Friedman entitled, “Was I A Trouper, Mom?” written specifically for Conklin. The 25-year-old suffers from a rare autoimmune disorder that does not allow him to produce enough antibodies to fight disease. The singer-songwriter has had further health troubles but continues to find solace in his music. Grab the tissues and check out the video below of a dreamy Jordan (in great voice from 4:15 in) belting out the tune in honor of the Conklin family and Ken’s musical ambitions!center_img Jeremy Jordanlast_img read more

1984 Will Shutter in London’s West End

first_imgThe West End transfer of the Almeida Theatre hit 1984 will close on August 23. Based on George Orwell’s classic 1949 novel and adapted and co-directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, the show officially opened on May 8 at the Playhouse Theatre. April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. 1984 has design by Chloe Lamford, lighting design by Natasha Chivers, sound design by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Agroforestry conference

first_imgConference presenters will include experts from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Odum School of Ecology and Fort Valley State University, as well as many other U.S. and Canadian universities.Session presentations will focus on conference themes, including agroforestry education and certification, bioenergy, environmental quality, production systems, social and cultural considerations, and economics, policy and marketing. There will also be a technical workshop focused on tools for landowners and professionals. Participants will be able to view poster presentations and attend both pre- and post-conference field tours and trips to local production sites. Agricultural producers, natural resource professionals and forest and farm landowners should mark their calendars now for the 12th North American Agroforestry Conference set for June 4-9, 2011 at the Georgia Center on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Ga.The conference will focus on sustainable rural land management and the integration of trees with crop and/or livestock production. Dennis Garrity, director general of the World Agroforestry Centre, and Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, will be featured speakers during the opening plenary session. Watch the session live by logging onto www.ustream.tv/channel/agroforestry. The event is sponsored by the Association for Temperate Agroforestry, Georgia Organics, Southern Regional Extension Forestry and the United States Forest Service with support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.For more information on the agroforestry conference, see the website http://hosting.caes.uga.edu/2011NAAC/.last_img read more

US Senate panel passes transportation bill, would help Vermont

first_imgA Senate panel today approved and sent to the full Senate a two-year transportation funding bill to repair crumbling roads, bridges and railroads and fund other transportation projects. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a member of the Environment and Public Works committee, voted for the measure that included provisions he added to help Vermont. Sanders said the bill would boost Vermont’s overall share of highway funds and increase the state’s return on the federal gasoline taxes that Vermonters pay. ‘I am very pleased that under this bill Vermont will get back more than before for each dollar Vermonters spend in federal gas taxes.’ A Sanders amendment would lift a $100 million per state cap on an emergency road fund for states recovering from extreme natural disasters like Tropical Storm Irene. Under his provision, the Federal Highway Administration emergency relief program could cover up to 100 percent of the cost of road repairs. ‘When disasters strike on the scale of an Irene, the federal government needs to be there for states like Vermont,’ Sanders said. He also worked on an amendment to require the US Department of Transportation to improve nationwide access to electric charging stations for motorists who drive pollution-cutting hybrid vehicles. Working with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), another Sanders provision in the bill would improve the movement of freight trains across the United States border with Canada. Overall, the bill would give states more flexibility in choosing what kinds of projects best meet their needs. It also would streamline 90 separate highway programs, increase funding for a federal transportation loan guarantee program from $122 million a year to $1 billion a year, while reducing the share of money states have to contribute to projects. Sanders called the measure a much-needed step forward but said Congress should invest even more to rebuild the country’s crumbling infrastructure and create good-paying construction jobs. ‘I see the need every time I go home,’ Sanders told colleagues on the committee before the vote. ‘Just under a third of Vermont’s bridges are considered ‘structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.’  And 36 percent of our federal-aid roads are in need of major repairs.  And that was before  Tropical Strom Irene caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.’last_img read more

How to use non obvious trends in strategic planning

first_imgWhen conducting your strategic planning session, you spend time examining trends. What are big picture issues that are going to affect financial institutions in the coming years? What new patterns are emerging with consumers? Tools used for understanding these trends include CUNA’s Environmental Scan, Forrester Research reports, and reams of articles from The Financial Brand. We even provide our planning clients with an “M-Scan” report that provides details about what growing credit unions and banks are doing to succeed.But rather than just the studying the obvious movements in our industry (mobile banking, the digital revolution, etc.) what if you looked for non-obvious trends?That is exactly what Rohit Bhargava does with his latest book, Non-Obvious. The subtitle—How To Think Different, Curate Ideas and Predict the Future—summarizes what he tries to accomplish in a thought provoking read. The book is divided into three parts: how to curate trends, 15 non-obvious trends he currently analyzes, and how to turn trends into actions. He defines a non-obvious trend as “an idea that describes the accelerating present in a new, unique way.”Below are a few on the non-obvious trends Bhargava identified and how banks and credit unions can apply them. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cause marketing is the glass slipper to credit unions’ Cinderella

first_imgMillennials (myself included – yay for only being 21!) have become the darlings of the business world, captivating marketers and companies alike. We’re kind of like that 12-point buck every hunter dreams about, but can’t quite get. This, however, rarely stops a good hunter from trying. While I’ve never hunted, you tend to learn a thing or two when you live in Clemson for long enough, and I do know that you shouldn’t stop trying to attain something even though it seems impossible. Credit Unions shouldn’t quell their desire to gain our loyalty. So, how can you entice my coveted generation using traditional and digital marketing tactics? Cause marketing ­– plain and simple.Call millennials what you will – *cough*selfish*cough* – social responsibility has taken a front seat in our concerns and decision-making processes when it comes to purchasing. Credit Unions were MADE for cause marketing and social responsibility. It quite literally is your niche. The credit union tenants hit every basic point that drives the millennial interest. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Disney’s Online Store, ShopDisney, Is ‘Coming Soon’ to India

first_imgDisney India is gearing up to launch its own online store at ShopDisney.in, which will offer products from all of its biggest brands: Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and Disney itself. But there are no details on what products will be offered. It’s unclear if this will merely offer everything Disney India currently sells elsewhere but now in-house, or whether this will expand Disney’s offerings and turn it into the long-awaited India equivalent of ShopDisney.com. Disney India had no comment.As of now, official Disney merchandise is available on several third-party platforms, including Ajio, Amazon, Bewakoof, FirstCry, Lifestyle, Max, Pantaloons, Reliance Digital, The Souled Store, and WYO. But the products are largely limited to clothing, with the exception of Reliance Digital (Disney-branded headphones) and First Cry (Disney-branded utensils, room décor, school supplies, and travel bags).- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Internationally, ShopDisney is a lot more extensive, offering action figures, jewellery, jigsaw puzzles, plush toys, ornaments, personalised gifts, play sets (Lego or otherwise), remote-controlled cars and trains, snowglobes, talking dolls, and watches among a lot more. If the latter happens, you could be looking at a lot more of Baby Yoda in your life, something we can all use in 2020.If you visit Disney India’s online store — at ShopDisney.in — you’ll see that it is “coming soon”. It’s a little surprising that Disney has missed the all-important Diwali period, though.Whatever happens, Disney will be the first major Hollywood studio to sell its products directly to Indian consumers. This comes soon after Apple opened its online store in the country.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Stara Sušica becomes the “home” of the center of large carnivores

first_imgStara Sušica, a place in the Municipality of Ravna Gora, should soon get a Visitor Center about large carnivores. Find out more about the project HERE The idea of ​​the Center was launched in 2014, and it was conceived as an object that would present visitors in an interesting and innovative way the values ​​of the preserved Gorski Kotar region where bears, wolves and lynx live. Photo: JU Nature As part of the project in Gorski kotar in Stara Sušica, a visitor center called the Great Beast will be built with the aim of valorizing natural heritage and protected animal species in the promotion and branding of Gorski kotar. The Visitor Center on large carnivores and the design of interesting year-round tourist and educational facilities will improve the conditions for preservation and sustainable management of cultural heritage and increase the tourist attractiveness of Gorski kotar, but also develop awareness of the importance of biodiversity conservation.center_img The goal is to stimulate the local economy by putting the Center into operation, but also to increase the number of visitors, prolong the tourist season, create new jobs and motivate the local population to economic activity, ie food production, accommodation services, souvenirs, opening restaurants. local specialties and the like. This would make the whole destination more recognizable and attractive to visitors. By the way, Gorski kotar is one of the few areas in Europe where all three large carnivores still live: the brown bear, the gray wolf and the Eurasian lynx. A visitor center about large carnivores will be built on the site of today’s dilapidated building near the well-known Frankopan castle in Stara Sušica, where school children have been coming for decades to teach in nature. The total value of the project is around 8,1 million kuna, and the European Union will co-finance it in the amount of 5 million kuna. The center is scheduled to be finalized in early September 2020. At the end of 2015, the project was positively assessed by the commission of the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, which in 2016 financed a feasibility study, terms of reference, project documentation for interior design and its visual and graphic identity and preparation of applications for EU structural funds. The main activities of the project are the reconstruction of the building of the future Center, arranging a permanent exhibition on large carnivores, making an action and marketing plan, making indigenous souvenirs and educational and promotional materials, Gorski kotar bestiary, etc. Also, the Center will hold workshops for children on large beasts, tracking, storytelling, etc.last_img read more

Demand for land in the Hinterland powers on with more releases

first_imgHarmony estate in Palmview on the Sunshine Coast is in hot demand as the coastal land market continues to power on.BUYERS are on the hunt for affordable land options with Palmview’s largest masterplanned community fast-tracking its next release to meet demand.AVID Property Group Queensland general manger Bruce Harper said they had just released an extra 91 land lots at Harmony, to meet demand for the sought-after lots.The $3 billion project is set on 378ha and will deliver more than 4,800 homes for 12,000 future residents.“Residential property demand is surging in the region and as prices continue to rise, buyers are increasingly looking for affordable land options,” Mr Harper said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“With new land lots starting from $218,400, the masterplanned community is catering to a wide range of buyers and delivering affordable land lots in the heart of the Sunshine Coast.“Its proximity to established amenities — including the University of the Sunshine Coast, the new Kawana healthcare precinct, shopping precincts at Sippy Downs and Kawana, and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital — make it an attractive option for buyers.”Median land prices on the Sunshine Coast rose by almost 5 per cent from 2015 to 2016, with the demand for affordable land options continuing to grow.“As one of Australia’s premier lifestyle destinations, there’s no wonder buyers are flocking to the area with its pristine beaches and beautiful hinterland right at your doorstep,” Mr Harper said. “A number of major infrastructure projects currently underway are also contributing to the job growth and economic development in the region.”Harmony has achieved a significant number of milestones since its official launch last year including becoming the first ‘6 Leaf’ EnviroDevelopment masterplanned community to be certified in South East Queensland by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).last_img read more