The 32nd Old Settler’s Music Festival has announced its return, going down April 11th through 14th, 2019. For the second year in a row, the spring event will take place in its new home of Tilmon, Southeast of Lockhart, TX—conveniently located less than an hour from Austin and San Antonio and approximately two hours from Houston. Additionally, the festival has teamed up with independent Texas concert promoter Kessler Presents for the first time.The upcoming Old Settler’s Music Festival will be headlined by Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, who will perform an intimate acoustic set. The lineup is rounded out by Del McCoury Band, Galatic, Hayes Carll, Wild Child, Penny And Sparrow, ShinyRibs, Texas supergroup Los Legends (feat. Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, Rick Trevino, Y Amigos), Amanda Shires, Mandolin Orange, and more.With a diverse group of activities for all festival-goers, Old Settler’s Music Festival will again offer camping (which often includes impromptu jam sessions); Camp ShhhTimes, a completely unplugged late-night listening area; a youth talent competition; a juried arts and crafts fair; and many kid-friendly activities.Additional artists will be announced soon. Early Bird tickets to the festival have already sold out, and advance tickets are available now on the event website.
New President & CEO Appointed to Run BMHBarry G. Beeman has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Southern Vermont Health Services Corporation. He will be coming to Brattleboro this summer. Beeman has roots in New England, and he and his wife, a nurse, are very happy to be coming to Vermont, where they have family.Beeman comes to BMH with a total of twenty-three years of healthcare administrative experience including as President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Human Resources at three previous hospitals.Beeman most recently held the position of President/CEO of Atlantic General Hospital/Health System in Berlin, Maryland, a community hospital and health system with similarities to BMH, also located in a rural area. While there he coordinated major expansion projects to include new emergency and outpatient centers and expanded surgical and diagnostic services. He also provided leadership direction successfully positioning the hospital organizationally and financially. As CEO of Atlantic General, Beeman was an active leader in representing the hospital/health system in the community, resulting in successful appeals and development campaigns.Before going to Atlantic General in 1998, Beeman was President and CEO of Eastern Connecticut Health Network in Manchester, Connecticut. There he managed the performance of a network of two acute care hospitals, long-term care facility, home care agency, and two wellness centers. Before that he served at Rockville General Hospital for thirteen years in various capacities, the last four years of which as President and CEO.Beeman received a masters degree in healthcare management from Rensselaer at Hartford Graduate Center (CT), and obtained his bachelor of science in psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.His professional affiliations include memberships in the American College of Healthcare Executives and in the American College of Healthcare Administrators. He is a member of the CEO Circle, and is currently a member of the Maryland Hospital Association in addition to various other entities in Maryland such as Chambers of Commerce in several areas of the state. He is past president of his residential community in Maryland.Beeman is married to Kathy Banning, a registered nurse who trained at the Thompson School for Nurses here in Brattleboro. They have one grown daughter, Alicyn. Beeman lists as his interests, in addition to people in general, golf and other outdoor activities and going to the movies.Catherine Coonan, chairperson of the SVHSC board of trustees, says she is very pleased that Barry Beeman has accepted the position of leading our wonderful hospital. I feel confident that his background, leadership skills, and relationships with people both in the hospital and out in the community will benefit Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
Investors plan to use Repsol’s net zero carbon commitment to pressure rest of oil and gas sector FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Investors cheered Spanish group Repsol’s pledge to slash net carbon emissions to zero by mid-century, saying they hope it will pile pressure on rival oil and gas companies to follow suit in the fight against climate change.The world’s top oil and gas companies are under heavy pressure, not only from environmental groups but also from institutional investors, to fall in line with targets set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit global warming.Repsol on Monday became the first leading energy firm to commit to a net-zero emission target, outdoing Royal Dutch Shell that had set out an ambition to halve emissions by 2050.“It is clear that this is a very significant commitment from Repsol that raises the bar across the oil and gas sector,” said Adam Matthews, Director for Ethics and Engagement at the Church of England Pensions Board, who co-led discussion between a major group of investors with Shell on a climate resolution last year.“We have been pressing fossil fuel companies to commit to align with a net zero emissions pathway by 2050 for some time. It is good to see Repsol showing this leadership, including clear milestones along the way,” said Natasha Landell-Mills, head of stewardship, Sarasin & Partners. “In the end, shareholders need to know their companies are looking forward, not back, when it comes to the energy transition.” Sarasin & Partners manages 14.3 billion pounds ($18.35 billion) in assets.Repsol’s targets encompass 95% of all its emissions, including from fuels sold to clients. It also wrote down 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) in the value of its oil and gas assets to reflect its lower oil and gas price outlook. Repsol said it would sharply increase its low-carbon power generation capacity by 2030, partly by expanding its renewables business. [Ron Bousso, Simon Jessop]More: Investors urge Big Oil to follow ‘poster child’ Repsol’s climate pledge
Myself and a few Charlottesville Area Trail Runners members at the top of Turks MountainIt is upon us. No man, woman, child, or beast can escape its clutches. To try to resist is futile. Just accept your fate. That’s right, its winter.As a cyclist, this time of the year is what I am supposed to look forward to the least. Who cares that this dreadful season includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, if I can’t ride my bike what is the point.Lucky for me, this is hardly my take on winter, as I revert back to my high school roots and get my run on. That’s right, the bikes are put up in storage and I lace up my kicks and hit the trail. Trail running to me is like a day on the bike, one big adventure. My backyard has miles and miles of trail that are closed to bikes, so long distance trail running allows me to explore these sweet stretches of singletrack.I know what you’re thinking, running is boring, I don’t have anyone to run with, and there is no way that running a downhill can be as fun as biking one. You’re wrong about running being boring. Hit up some technical trails, and you will be picking lines just like on a bike. You’re wrong when you say you have no one to run with. I looked up local running groups in Charlottesville, where I live, and now have an amazing network of people to run with. Lastly, I agree that running a downhill is not as fun as hitting it on two wheels but hey you can’t win it all.The beauty of running is how simple it is. You need some active clothing, a pair of shoes, and you’re good to go. Also, during the winter you can keep warmer and don’t have to struggle taking 15 different layers like on bike rides. The best thing about trail running is if you feel tired, then just hike. After all you’re in the woods and you’re allowed to slow down and enjoy it.While I do enjoy longer mileage, any distance can be fun. It will help you keep off the winter weight, make these cold days pass quicker, and get you out in nature.Lace those shoes up, and hope to see you on the trail!
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York That was no way to celebrate the first day of spring. Long Island saw as much as 7 inches of snow in some areas as a winter storm moved into the area Friday and lingered through the night and into the early morning hours, with some flurries still visible after sunrise. Seven inches was recorded in Rocky Point and almost a dozen other communities in Suffolk County measured more than 6 inches, according to unofficial snowfall totals published by the National Weather Service in Upton. There appeared to be less accumulation in Nassau County. Merrick recorded 5.9 inches, and a number of other neighborhoods from the South Shore to the North Shore counted more than 5 inches. Snowfall totals mostly ranged from 4 to 7 inches; forecasters had predicted 3 to 6 inches of accumulation. Here’s how the rest of the weekend is expected to shape out: There’s a slight chance of rain showers after 5 p.m. on Saturday, with the thermometer reaching a high of 41—potentially helping melt most, if not all, of the white stuff that fell. The wind chill will make it feel more like 30 degrees, forecasters said. Strong gusts predicted for the evening will drop the temperature into the low 30s. Sunday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 36—not warm enough for Long Islanders still reeling from the record-breaking winter that just came to an end. Now, let’s all hope that this latest storm was winter’s final hurrah.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In today’s ultra-competitive credit/debit landscape, the benefits offered can make a substantial difference in a consumer’s mind. Like many other aspects involved in the buying experience, rewards programs are quickly evolving to meet escalating consumer expectations.This past week, we had the opportunity to talk with Andrew Gates, Loyalty Consultant with CO-OP, about how CO-OP Member Rewards is staying a step ahead of the competition to offer members a uniquely gratifying experience. Here are his valuable insights from our discussion.Q. How does Member Rewards differ from a typical credit/debit loyalty program?A. We are making it easier than ever for members to earn points, without adding cost for the credit union. Where CO-OP makes a big effort is primarily in the merchant-funded space. It is safe to say that we have the most robust merchant-funded rewards program in the industry. In terms of national online products, CO-OP is leading the way with the soon to be released browser plugin, which allows a member to get their rewards from the merchant they are buying from without going through a third party or a rewards website. It makes things more convenient for the member because the logo of the program shows up everywhere they can earn bonus points, including search results in Google, Bing and Yahoo searches. continue reading »
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Thursday voted to approve its default call-blocking order, which includes a CUNA-supported mechanism for challenging erroneous call blocking. CUNA is concerned the order will lead to credit unions being unable to reach members with important information with members unaware the calls have been blocked.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday that the proposal had been modified in response to feedback to include a “safety valve” to allow legitimate callers to file complaints with voice carriers over erroneously blocked calls, which CUNA called for in its comment letter.“Today’s ruling would not have been possible without the 360-degree advocacy of the CUNA/League system,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA chief advocacy officer. “Over the last few months, CUNA, Leagues and credit unions worked directly with the FCC, Congress, the CFPB and NCUA to ensure that any approach to stem robocalls protects credit unions’ ability to contact members and protect their financial health and security. This is how we approach every issue, and it has proven successful time and time again.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Thessy Kouzoukas and Georgio Batsinilas at home with dog Bobbi and daughter Zani. Picture: Tara Croser.BRISBANE power couple Thessy and George Batsinilas have found their forever home after years of house hunting.The co-founder of fashion label to the stars, Sabo Skirt, took to social media to announce she and her husband were the winning bidders at auction for a home in the city’s south, which they plan to knock down and build a brand new house on.And in a sweet twist, the property is right next door to the home of Thessy’s best friend, Sabo Skirt co-owner and sister-in-law, Yiota Kouzoukas. RELATED: Home fetches almost $1m for charity at auction Thessy and Georgio on their wedding day with their daughter Zani. Image supplied.Sabo Skirt’s designs are favoured by celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Ariana Grande and Kylie Jenner.Global style queen Jennifer Lopez was recently spotted wearing one of the brand’s playsuits during a Saint-Tropez getaway with her fiance, Alex Rodriguez. Jennifer Lopez wearing the Elsa Playsuit by Brisbane label Sabo Skirt in Saint-Tropez with Alex Rodriguez. Photo: Instagram/@jlo. Sabo Skirt co-founders Thessy Batsinilas and Yiota Kouzoukas. Picture: Peter Wallis.Batsinilas, also known as Thessy K, told her 156,000 Instagram followers that the couple had been hunting for a house for the past two years.“We have lost so many auctions and had never been the highest offer and we would always be so disappointed,” she said.“Today we WON!! Our forever block that we can build a house of (sic) full of love and create memories.”Records show they bought the property for $1.14 million.The existing home is on an elevated, 600 sqm block, with the back deck offering spectacular city views. The views from the back deck of the house Sabo Skirt co-owner Thessy K has bought. Image: CoreLogic.George Batsinilas is the co-owner of the gym and online fitness business, FitazFk.The pair recently tied the knot in a rustic outdoor ceremony on the Greek island of Kythira.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThessy walked down an aisle set out in the middle of a field behind her 11-month-old daughter Zani and in front of 193 guests. MORE: Tenants secure their great Aussie dream home
NZ Herald 26 September 2014A new antenatal screening test has not had the high uptake expected, a study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal reveals.Only 51 per cent of pregnant women surveyed had undertaken the new screening test for Down syndrome and other chromosomal anomalies in their first trimester.The new test, introduced in 2010, involves a blood test and an ultrasound scan, rather than just an ultrasound.The research was conducted in Canterbury between February 2009 and January 2010, before the new screening test was in place, and between May 2010 and April 2011, after it was introduced.The data showed only 51 per cent of women had undertaken the new screening test after it was introduced.The study’s authors – among them obstetricians, gynaecologists and midwives at Canterbury DHB – said they had expected a higher rate of uptake.“We anticipated that there would be a high uptake of screening by women in Canterbury,” the report said.“This study does not assess the reason for the low level of uptake; for example whether women are informed and chose not to undertake the screen or whether they are not aware of this offer.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11331610
Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo plundered four goals as Benfica were swept aside 5-1 in the Emirates Cup on Saturday. The France Under-21 striker did not manage to find the net in any of his 14 appearances last season, having joined from Auxerre on a free transfer but seeing his progress hampered by a back problem. As £30million summer signing Alexis Sanchez watched from the bench, Sanogo produced a clinical display as he bagged a first-half hat-trick while Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell, back from a loan spell at Olympiacos, also impressed, scoring his first goal in an Arsenal shirt to suggest manager Arsene Wenger already has plenty of attacking options rather than needing to spend big again. Wenger had named a mixed side, which included teenager Calum Chambers, the £16million signing from Southampton, lining up in defence along with Spanish youngster Hector Bellerin, while the likes of Sanchez, France full-back Mathieu Debuchy – purchased from Newcastle – and England midfielder Jack Wilshere were on the bench. Arsenal’s German World Cup winning trio Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil are not scheduled to be involved until after the FA Community Shield against Manchester City at Wembley next weekend, with Crystal Palace the first opponents when the action starts for real at 5:30pm on August 16. On Saturday, Benfica made a bright start, Nicolas Gaitan floating a shot onto the top of the crossbar with reserve goalkeeper Damian Martinez beaten. Campbell spooned a volley wide from Ramsey’s chipped through ball and then Sanogo stabbed a low cross from Bellerin past the near post. Sanogo, however, did find his range on 26 minutes, flicking the ball past Moraes Artur after Ramsey had spun into the Benfica half and swept down the right flank. Benfica rallied briefly, but were 2-0 down on 40 minutes. This time it was 19-year-old right-back Bellerin, on loan at Watford for a spell last season, who scampered away, before exchanging a neat one-two with Sanogo. He then picked out Campbell arriving at pace into the left side of the penalty area, and he drilled a fine left-foot volley into the bottom corner. Arsenal extended their lead on the stroke of half-time, with Sanogo knocking in a pass from Campbell as the Benfica defence pushed up and called for offside. Sanogo completed his hat-trick in first-half stoppage time, hooking the ball home from Kieran Gibbs’ left-wing cross. The former Auxerre forward – whose career in France was interrupted by a broken leg – chalked up his fourth at the start of the second half, slotting past Artur after Ramsey’s shot was saved. Following substitutions by both teams, Benfica netted a consolation goal on 61 minutes, Gaitan heading in after Arsenal failed to deal with a long throw. Chile forward Sanchez, signed from Barcelona, was introduced to rapturous applause when he replaced Campbell with 15 minutes left. Benfica captain Maxi Pereira struck the post, as did Arsenal substitute Francis Coquelin late on from Sanchez’s cut-back as the closing stages were played out at a low tempo. In the earlier kick-off, Monaco twice came from behind to draw 2-2 against Valencia. C olombia striker Falcao, who missed the World Cup because of a serious knee injury, made an appearance off the bench for Monaco in the closing stages, his first since January. Press Association