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Five of rugby’s talking points from May

first_imgThe eligibility conundrum, Wales’ needs for a ‘hitout’, Saracens’ incredible season and the difficulty of adapting to Sevens all covered TAGS: HighlightSaracens Reverse pass: Sonny Bill Williams is a master of the offload League caps need to be included in union eligibilityMay saw Ben Te’o selected for the England squad. A decision which saw a few rolled eyes when it shouldn’t have, as his mother is English. However, the Te’o issue did highlight the need for rugby league representative caps to be taken into account when assessing union eligibility. Twenty years ago it didn’t matter if you had played league before union, the codes only crossed one way. In fact, if you were a Welsh player who ‘went North’ to play league, you essentially walked in Cersei Lannister’s shameful footsteps as you crossed the border – except you were pelted with pints of Allbright and brick hard Welsh cakes.In demand: Ben Te’o has attracted the attentions of Ireland, Australia and EnglandHowever, with the modern codes closer than ever and ‘code hopping’ becoming a legitimate career option for so many players, the need for the acknowledgement of representative caps between both codes needs is pressing. It does seem wrong that, in the case of Te’o, a player can represent one country in league and another in union. The issue needs sorting before another league convert hops over.Wales needed the England fixture on many levelsWales playing a pre tour fixture against England, in May, received a raft of criticism. Most of it hugely unjust. The playing benefits were obvious. Rolling up in New Zealand for a three-test tour, which is the equivalent of three World Cup finals in a row, without playing a warm-up match would have been stupid beyond belief. However, most of the criticism for organising the fixture focused on the notion that the game was a cynical money spinner.Hard to turn down: Wales’ invitation to Twickenham was difficult to refuseBut so what if it was? Welsh rugby is one of the poorest relations of European top table. The type of relation whose house is full of tatty furniture and desperately looking at a payday loan to buy some new stuff. In case you haven’t noticed, whilst the Top 14 and English clubs are buying new 50-inch LED TV’s and plush Italian leather sofas, Wales is still staring at a 32-inch Hitachi whilst slumped on a fag burned beanbag. If Welsh rugby wants to retain/return their star players and lure some southern hemisphere giants, then it needs as many cynical money spinners as it can get.You can’t just ‘have a go’ at SevensThere are many things in life that you simply can’t ‘have a go at’; brain surgery, air traffic control and controlled demolitions heading the list. However, having watched Jarryd Hayne playing in London, we can now add elite sevens to the list. Hayne had an eye opener, in London, to the point where his eye lashes became his fringe. He was frequently caught out of position, missed simple tackles and struggled enormously handling the twitchy, unstructured passing on which sevens is built. Hayne’s struggle should come as no surprise.In the public eye: Jarryd Hayne’s switch to Sevens has made headlines around the worldIt has taken Sonny Bill Williams months to learn sevens, and SBW had been playing union for the past four seasons – Hayne had been knocking around with American Footballers for 12 months prior. If this build up to the Rio Olympics has taught us one thing, it is that sevens, as a discipline, is hugely different from 15s – and to think that 15s players can merely turn up and dominate devalues both sevens and its players.The miracle ‘reverse’ offload isn’t as dangerous as it lookscenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS If you’ve recently watched any rugby, live or in a pub, you’ll be familiar with supporters shrieking at the first sight of a player offloading the ball, using the ‘back of the hand’; a sort of reverse offload if you will. May’s dry weather saw a noticeable increase in this type of offload and its execution immediately makes supporters think that an unnecessary risk is being taken with possession.Big Ben: Racing Metro’s Ben Tameifuna Ben offloads the ball against Saints in the Champions CupBut the reverse one handed offload is far safer than a standard one hand offload, and with Wales, England and Australia playing the big three Southern Hemisphere sides next weekend, it’s a style of offload that you will witness five to ten times a game. Whereas a standard offload has just one contact point – the ball and the players hand (ie the palm of the hand), the reverse offload has three contact points; one between the palm of the hand, the other at the join of the hand and wrist and another on the upper part of the fore arm. For the perfect example keep an eye on Damien McKenzie as he executes that type of offload roughly every 0.45 seconds.Saracens. To be ‘hated’, you have to be awesome.To be generally hated by the masses, in any sport, you have to have reached a certain level of excellence and domination. Few supporters ‘hate’ average teams. For instance, generally, no one hates London Irish, or Watford FC, they simply haven’t won the amount of trophies required to whip up the necessary levels of negativity that ring the hatred bell. However, in May, Saracens reached that level of domination and now have the general ‘hate’ rating which Manchester United reached in the mid noughties.Domestic domination: Saracens excellence is not enjoyed about many outside their circleSaracens were awesome in May and absolutely dominated all whom they played. Their destruction of Leicester Tigers and Exeter Chiefs in the finals of the Aviva was particularly memorable. They were essentially playing 23-man test rugby against club teams. Even the mighty Racing 92 squad were made to look like a Pro D2 team when put under Saracen’s relentless test level set piece, defensive line and goal kicking. Whether you love to hate them, or hate to love them, Saracens were the best team in Europe this season and by some distance.last_img read more

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‘Espadas en Azadones’

first_img‘Espadas en Azadones’ El ‘Huerto de la Paz’ de Indianápolis busca restaurar y nutrir a la comunidad Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Voluntarios de iglesia episcopal de San Albano trabajan, a principios de junio, en torno a cruces conmemorativas en el trasplante de posturas de tomate. Foto de Mike Scime/San Albano.Nota de la redacción: Esta es el último artículo de una serie sobre congregaciones de la Iglesia Episcopal que participan en iniciativas de agricultura comunitaria.  Otros artículos de la serie pueden encontrarse aquí.[Episcopal News Service] Es difícil obviar el ministerio que está creciendo en el exterior de la iglesia episcopal de San Albano [St. Alban’s Episcopal Church] en Indianápolis.Al pasar la calle 46 rumbo a la avenida Anderson, cualquier transeúnte —bien comido o hambriento, devoto o espiritualmente inseguro, esté luchando por recuperarse o sea propenso a la violencia— se ve confrontado por un espectáculo sombrío y esperanzador a un tiempo: docenas de cruces blancas se levantan en conmemoración a los muertos, al tiempo que se ven rodeadas por la abundancia de la Tierra de Dios, cultivos que terminarán por proporcionarles alimentos frescos a un barrio que tiene gran necesidad de ellos.Cada cruz plantada en ese campo lateral de la iglesia representa una de las víctimas asesinadas de la ciudad. En algunos casos, las cruces mismas se han convertido en herramientas del hortelano, sosteniendo enredaderas de guisantes y hierbas más altas, como el eneldo. El objetivo de la iglesia, con ayuda de una subvención de la Ofrenda Unida de Gracias, o UTO por su sigla en inglés, es cosechar 10.000 libras de productos de este antiguo terreno de béisbol para fines de la temporada de cultivo y distribuirlas entre varias despensas de víveres locales.Cruces blancas que representan las víctimas de asesinato en la ciudad se ven en julio en medio de plantaciones de maíz y otros cultivos en el huerto exterior de la iglesia episcopal de San Albano en Indianápolis. Foto de Mike Scime/San Albano.“De manera que uno tiene esta imagen de la resurrección; donde había un terreno baldío representativo de la muerte, ahora se está volviendo algo que vive… algo que va a beneficiar a la comunidad que ha sufrido por los asesinatos”, dijo el Rdo. Mike Scime, diácono de San Albano y codirector del huerto.El programa agrícola ha suscitado indagaciones de otras congregaciones en Indianápolis y más allá, en tanto los organizadores tienen la mirada puesta en el objetivo a largo plazo de mejorar las opciones nutricionales y de compra de víveres de los vecinos de la iglesia.Este ministerio ha tomado años en crearse, y su nombre, que evoca un pasaje de Miqueas, apunta a múltiples influencias y misiones: Huerto de la Paz ‘Espadas en Azadones’.El proyecto intenta mostrar que, con ayuda de Dios, la “esterilidad causada por la violencia” puede transformarse “en alimento dador de vida” para los vecinos más pobres de la iglesia.La violencia era una historia recurrente en 2014 y de nuevo en 2015 en Indianápolis. Luego de más de 130 homicidios en 2014, la ciudad alcanzó un nuevo récord siniestro el año pasado con 144 homicidios, entre ellos el caso de un niño de 10 años muerto por un pariente en un oficio de recordación y otro caso que conllevó el descubrimiento de cuatro personas muertas en una casa que había sido blanco de un allanamiento delictivo.San Albano está localizada en la parte este de Indianápolis, donde ha tenido lugar un gran número de asesinatos. Los miembros de la congregación provienen de un área geográfica mucho más grande, pero en el barrio en torno a la iglesia, es difícil encontrar productos frescos, dijo Sarah Archer, miembro de San Albano, quien ayudó a crear la iniciativa Espadas en Azadones.“Nuestro barrio es lo que se llama a falta de una definición mejor un ‘desierto alimentario’, que la Administración de Alimentos y Fármacos (FDA por su sigla en inglés) define como un área donde las tiendas de víveres se encuentran a unos dos kilómetros de distancia de la mayoría de las viviendas, y en la que los residentes terminan por comprar toda clase de alimentos en tiendas mixtas, que casi nunca venden productos fresco, dijo Archer, miembro de la junta parroquial y subdirectora del proyecto.Además de una misión meritoria, la iglesia cuenta con un recurso clave: tres terrenos de béisbol sin usar.El ministerio de béisbol de la iglesia había terminado hace varios años, y los líderes de la congregación llevaban mucho tiempo debatiendo qué hacer con los terrenos. Plantar un huerto de frutales demoraría mucho en producir. También se discutió la creación de un huerto donde los miembros de la comunidad pudieran alquilar parcelas, pero ese plan conllevaría dificultades administrativas.“Sabíamos que teníamos que encontrarle otro uso a esa propiedad”, dijo Scime, y el repunte de la violencia condujo al comienzo de un plan. “Algunas personas querían hacer algo que atrajera la atención de la comunidad al número de asesinatos”.Una respuesta a la violencia se incorporó en la decisión de la iglesia de tomarse el trabajo de cultivar el terreno, y Scime y otros líderes de la iglesia vieron sus énfasis de justicia, paz y comunidad  coincidir con la misión del programa de la Iglesia Episcopal subvencionado por la UTO.En mayo, las cruces de recordación se usan para conectar cordeles que sostienen los brotes de guisantes en el huerto de la iglesia episcopal de San Albano ‘Espadas para Azadones’. Foto de Mike Scime/San Albano.“El huerto nos dio una oportunidad de hacer también algo positivo en la comunidad donde reuniríamos a personas de todo el barrio y de todas las procedencias […] en beneficio de la comunidad donde estaban ocurriendo los asesinatos”, dijo Scime.San Albano comenzó a trazar planes para cultivar uno de los terrenos de béisbol de 400 metros cuadrados. En diciembre de 2014, Scime, con ayuda de Archer, presentó una solicitud para una subvención de la UTO de alrededor de $16.000 que, al combinarse con otras subvenciones y donaciones, se usaría para comprar equipo, contratar un administrador y mantener el huerto activo y próspero.Si bien la iglesia esperó hasta el año pasado para tomar una decisión relativa a la solicitud de la subvención de la UTO, se plantaron melones en aproximadamente el 30 por ciento del terreno para probar la calidad del suelo. Resultó adecuada, y todo el cambo se labró a fin de prepararlo para la siembra la primavera siguiente.Después de que aprobaran la subvención de la UTO, la iglesia celebró una ceremonia en diciembre pasado para dedicar el Huerto de la Paz. Asistieron unas cien personas, entre ellas el jefe de la policía municipal y representantes de las despensas de alimentos asociadas con la iglesia.Para entonces, Indianápolis se encaminaba a superar su propio récord de 1998 de 143 asesinatos, y las cruces blancas que representaban las víctimas muertas en 2015 llenaban el terreno baldío de la iglesia.“Una vez que se plantaran todas las cruces, para fines de diciembre, y mirar a través de ese campo de cruces llamaba poderosamente la atención”, dijo Archer, que trabaja como enfermera de salud pública.En la primavera, la iglesia utilizó el dinero de la subvención para contratar a Tate Nielsen como director del huerto a jornada completa para la temporada de crecimiento de 2016. Él desarrolló un plan para unos 20 cultivos, entre ellos tomates, lechugas, zanahorias, cebollas, calabacines, melones, maíz y frijoles. Los cultivos mismos se convirtieron en un anuncio publicitario para el ministerio que se llevaba a cabo.“Queríamos hacerlo visualmente atractivo para que la gente se asomara y se sorprendiera de lo que pasaba y realmente se comprometiera con el huerto”, explicó Nielsen.A mediados de julio, ya se habían cosechado 544 kilogramos de productos frescos, lechugas en su mayoría. Cuando los cultivos más pesados se recojan más tarde en la estación, la granja espera alcanzar su meta de 4.535 kilogramos para donar a las despensas de víveres locales, dijo él.Al mismo tiempo, el huerto ya suscitado el apoyo de muchas partes, y cuenta con 43 voluntarios que han puesto en total más de 320 horas de trabajo para llevar el alimento desde la semilla hasta la mesa.La iglesia ya está planificando para el próximo año. Llevó aproximadamente $25.000 iniciar la plantación del huerto, pero el costo anual se calcula en $15.000 —el empleo de Nielsen es sólo temporero, y el huerto se espera que continúe el año próximo con solamente un administrador de media jornada. Antes de decidir qué se plantará el año próximo, se están entrevistando a más de 100 despensas de víveres para determinar qué tipos de productos prefieren, dijo Archer.Más adelante en el futuro, la iglesia espera colaborar con otras organizaciones locales para animar a más compañías de productos alimentarios a abrir tiendas de víveres en éste y otros barrios de Indianápolis a fin de abordar el problema de los desiertos de alimentos.En el ínterin, la violencia ha continuado en 2016 —“hay 71 cruces en nuestro huerto”, dijo Scime un lunes por la mañana de este mes—, aunque Indianápolis no se encamina a igualar el récord de muertes del año pasado. En presencia de esa violencia, las esperanzas de San Albano es la de ser un “faro de luz”, dijo Scime, en tanto progresa con su ministerio agrícola.No podría haber sucedido sin el apoyo del programa de la UTO, añadió Scime. “Tenemos un compromiso y una creencia firmes de que su inversión inicial aquí resultará en algo que se prolongará en el futuro”.— David Paulsen es un escritor independiente radicado en Milwaukee, Wisconsin, y miembro de la iglesia episcopal de la Trinidad [Trinity Episcopal Church] in Wauwatosa. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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DS News Webcast: Friday 8/29/2014

first_imgHome / Featured / DS News Webcast: Friday 8/29/2014 DS News Webcast: Friday 8/29/2014 Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save 2014-08-28 Jordan Funderburk Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Jordan Funderburk Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago August 28, 2014 569 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Fewer charge-offs for mortgages have resulted in the smallest losses for banks on loans since before the recession, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Quarterly Banking Report for the second quarter of 2014 released on Thursday. For the second quarter, FDIC-insured banks charged off a net total of $9.9 billion, the lowest amount for any quarter since the second quarter of 2007. The total is down from $14.1 billion since the same period last year. The amount banks charged off for mortgages on 1.4 family homes plummeted by 75 percent since 2013, a big reason for the overall decline.Banks loan losses decreased year-over-year for the 16th consecutive quarter. Except for auto loans, which saw a 10.4 percent increase in net loan charge-offs, all other major loan categories saw year-over-year dropoffs in the amount charged off in the second quarter. Only 6.8 percent of FDIC-insured banks were unprofitable in the second quarter of 2014, which is the smallest percentage in eight years. Analysts see the dropoff in bank loan losses as a sign that both borrowers and lenders are economically healthier, which is a possible indicator that the overall economy is improving.Michigan-based Flagstar Bancorp announced that it has filed a Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in order to notify its investors that the bank is currently trying to work out a settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding alleged violations of consumer financial laws. The alleged violations on the part of Flagstar Bank date back to 2011. The CFPB has made civil investigative demands regarding the bank’s mitigation loss and default service practices, and in response the bank has provided the CFPB with information and documents relating to those practices. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Featured, Media, Webcasts Previous: Title Insurance Premiums Fall by 16 Percent in Q2 Next: Mortgage Industry Convenes in Dallas at Five Star Conference Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

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Comedy writer shares faith journey

first_imgWriter, producer and story editor Tom Leopold served up his reflections on faith with a side of comedy during his one-man show, “A Comedy Writer Finds God,” on Thursday night at Saint Mary’s. Leopold, who has worked with shows like “Will and Grace,” “Cheers,” “Seinfeld” and “The Chevy Chase Show,” converted from Judaism to Catholicism a few years ago. At the beginning of the show, Leopold explained the title of his program. “God was fine, He wasn’t lost,” he said. “I may have been a little bit, but He was fine.” The performance included an array of jokes about his life growing up but also some commentary on how he got to where he is today. The show told the story about his personal journey to faith and finding his place in the world with God by his side. “That’s the great thing about having faith and religion – feeling like you belong,” he said. Leopold grew up in a Jewish family in Miami but never really gave much thought to God as a child or even as an adult. He said when he got married and had his two daughters, he still had not truly considered why or how he had been so fortunate. “I knew [my family] was blessed,” he said. “I never stopped to think by who, I just knew that we were lucky.” Leopold said his religious experiences began to change a few years ago when his youngest daughter became deathly ill and had to be hospitalized.   After the family experienced a particularly difficult Christmas Eve away from her while she underwent treatment, he said he felt “so sad that I could break” and decided to pray to God for a sign. “I didn’t know how to do it, but I actually started to pray,” he said. “For the first time in my life, I was praying.” Through a series of events, conversations and experiences, Leopold said he seriously considered converting to Catholicism. He said he found himself at this new point in his life, and it was a welcome and necessary change. “Religion is a leap of faith,” he said. “After everything I had been through and that had happened to me, I was ready to leap.” Tonight’s performance concluded Leopold and comedian Bill Persky’s two-day visit to the College. Persky, a five-time Emmy award winning writer, director and producer, is best known for his work on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Kate and Allie,” “That Girl,” “Who’s the Boss” and “The Cosby Show.” Persky introduced Leopold during Thursday’s performance, and he said the headliner was a man very dear to him. During the trip, the comedic pair met with students for meals, taught private master classes and gave workshops. The duo also worked closely with English, theatre and communication students for discussion panels. This was Persky’s second visit to Saint Mary’s in just six months and Leopold’s first visit to the College. Persky said he was very excited to be back at Saint Mary’s.  “It feels like coming back home,” he said. “We’ve spent a lot of time with the students here and they give you hope for the future. The young women at this school are so delightful.” Senior Rose Franzen was on of the students able to eat lunch with Leopold and Persky during their visit. She also attended the various workshops, master classes and Leopold’s one-man show. Franzen said she especially enjoyed Thursday evening’s performance for its inclusion of faith and God into the world of humor and laughter. “I thought [the performance] was really great,” she said. “I loved how he wove his comedy into his religious experience. Like he said – it’s not perfect, it’s him.”last_img read more

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Holy Cross students share power-outage experience

first_imgHoly Cross evacuated students from the College’s residence halls after power went out across campus at about 6:25 a.m. the morning of Jan. 30. An alert was sent out to the community stating that residents would have to evacuate the dorms and board Notre Dame Transpo buses to North Dining Hall.Holy Cross senior Noemi de La Torre said she did not realize the power was not working until she was forced to leave campus.“Moving to Notre Dame when the power went out was kind of overwhelming. I wasn’t awake when the evacuation was initially notified, so when the girls in my dorm woke me up, I kind of freaked out. I didn’t know what to expect in an evacuation, so I grabbed some random things from my room, shoved them in my backpack, put on a few layers of clothes and got on the bus,” de La Torre said.Residence Assistants (RAs) had the responsibility of escorting other students onto the shuttles. Holy Cross junior and RA I.C. Young said that he was awake before the start of the evacuation and noticed the temperature change right away.“I got a text from [Residence Life],” Young said. “I’m an early riser, so I was up at 8 a.m. on my own, but all the RAs were sent a text warning us that we have lost power and will be evacuating if things didn’t change soon. Plus it was freezing so I knew the heat was off.”Freshman Leonardo Ocampo, a freshman at Holy Cross, said the staff tried to make students feel safe during the evacuation.“The process of moving from Holy Cross to Notre Dame was incredibly organized and fast. I was able to get dressed and head down stairs where I was escorted to a bus. It’s certainly an inconvenience getting woken up by your RA pounding at your door because the power is out, but the whole situation was an emergency evacuation, so on those terms it went as smooth as possible,” Ocampo said. “I feel safe knowing that in a case of another unfortunate accident [Holy Cross] has an efficient plan.”Students found different ways to pass time in North Dinning Hall as they waited for power to be restored on campus. De La Torre said she became friends with another student during this time.“My friends went home for the weekend, so I sat at a table with a guy that I had seen around campus that was friends with my friends and talked to him,” de La Torre said. “We got stuck together through the entire evacuation and got to know each other. When we realized we were going to be at Notre Dame for a while, we ate some breakfast and watched Netflix until the evacuation ended.”As a Texas native, de La Torre said she found the extreme weather unfamiliar.“The experience was overwhelming … I had never experienced weather bad enough to cause an evacuation, I had no idea what to bring or how long we were going to be gone, so it was kind of scary,” she added.Power was restored to campus around noon and students returned to their residence halls by 1:30 p.m.Tags: Holy Cross, Polar Vortex, power outagelast_img read more

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Westhampton Woman Dead After Being Pinned Under Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 50-year-old Westhampton woman died after being pinned under her vehicle in Center Moriches over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Jennifer Feuerman was found lying on the ground in front of a home on Bowditch Lane at 7:12 p.m. Saturday.Investigators believe that she had exited her Mercedes while it was still running and in gear when the car backed over her and pinned her under the driver’s side door, authorities said.She was pronounced dead at the scene.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident to call them at 631-852-8752.last_img read more

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3 reasons to put away those credit cards for good

first_imgCredit cards can be a valuable tool, but if not used properly, they can become a huge problem. Sometimes, you’re better off pretending that card doesn’t exist. Here are 3 reasons to leave that credit card at home.They make budgeting more of a hassleCold, hard cash. It’s something we all enjoy having a handful of. When you’ve got cash in hand, it makes it really easy to see how much you have and how much you can spend. All of my monthly bills are set up to auto-draft, and for everything else, I use cash. When you’re using a credit card, it’s so easy to lose track of your budget and overspend. You can’t do that with cash.They can cause debtIf you can be disciplined enough to pay off every cent you charge, each month, then a credit card can be a valuable tool. Most people aren’t that disciplined. For most, that credit card will only lead to debt. Once debt gets on top of you, it’s difficult to find your way out. If you’re using cash, you’ll stay out of debt and be able to slowly crawl out from underneath any debt you’ve already acquired.Less chance for fraudI’ve had fraudulent charges on my account a couple of times. Nobody has ever stolen cash from me. You of course can be robbed, but at least with cash a criminal has less opportunities. By using your credit card, cyber thieves have many more chances to capture your personal information and rob you blind. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Garnar lifts unnecessary travel order

first_img(WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced that he lifted unnecessary travel order on Friday. County Executive Garnar said the order has been in place since Tuesday, March 17. While the order has been lifted, Garnar is advising residents to stay at home as much as possible.  Garnar also talked about the reopening plan. He said he is confident the plan will be ready in 10 days.  Additionally, Garnar says all visitors entering the county buildings that are still open must wear a face mask or cover.  For more information visit the Broome County coronavirus website.last_img read more

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Published results of the research “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia – TOMAS Summer 2017.”

first_imgToday, the results of the research are in the Ministry of Tourism “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia – TOMAS Summer 2017.” presented by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, the Director of the Main Office of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić and the project manager “TOMAS Summer 2017″ at the Institute of Tourism, Zrinka Marušić.The research was conducted by the Institute of Tourism from July to October 2017 in seven coastal counties, covering 67 major places along the coast and on islands on a sample of 5.950 respondents from 18 emitting markets. Through this research, data on the socio-demographic structure of guests, characteristics of travel and stay in the destination, consumption and guest satisfaction with our tourist offer were collected and analyzed.”Through this research, we gained insight into the opinions of guests about our tourism products, the motivation of their arrival and their consumption, which is extremely important to us for the preparation of future programs and activities. I am extremely glad that these results confirmed that our activities so far have contributed to positive steps in the development of Croatian tourism, that guest consumption is increasing and that Croatia is not only recognized as a destination of sun and sea but also of great importance gastronomy, active vacation and other selective forms of tourism. This research is a good indicator of how the perception and attitudes of tourists are changing very quickly and that is why it is necessary to continuously improve and adapt to market needs in order to ensure long-term success in tourism.”Minister Cappelli pointed out.”The obtained research results will be used in further design and implementation of key activities related to strengthening the national tourist brand of the country, and we received quality information that will be extremely useful to us in the Croatian National Tourist Board, but also to colleagues from the tourist board system. , marketing and PR activities. Insight into the motivation, attitudes, demand, but also possible criticism of our guests allow us to more precisely and concretely create and direct our promotional activities to precisely targeted guests in accordance with their preferences. These results show how fast the trends in tourism are changing and how important it is to follow these dynamics in order to maintain a competitive position on the world tourist map.”, Said director Staničić, noting that today the basic sources of information are the Internet and social networks, as well as special modern digital projects in which Croatia does not lag behind but imposes trends, which is confirmed by the award-winning eVisitor system.”The results of the TOMAS research and the resulting trends clearly indicate the importance of continuous monitoring of guest profiles, their consumption and satisfaction in order to, on the one hand, monitor the effects of their activities, and on the other hand identify potential challenges in time and really manage tourism development in Croatia.. “Believes the director of the Institute of Tourism Damir Krešić.Compared to 2014, the average daily consumption of tourists increased by 19 percent The results of the survey conducted in 2017 showed visible changes in the attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia compared to 2014, when this survey was last conducted. The average daily consumption of tourists according to the survey is 79 euros per person per night which represents a growth of about 19 percent compared to 2014 when it was 66 euros. In the structure of average daily expenditures, 49 percent refers to the accommodation service, 17 percent to the food and beverage service outside the accommodation service, and 34 percent to all other services. While expenditures on accommodation increased by about 7 percent, expenditures on all other services increased by 33 percent, ie the importance of non-accommodation consumption increased. On average, guests from the USA (158 euros), Great Britain (139 euros), Spain (126 euros), Russia (121 euros) and guests from Scandinavian countries (119 euros) spent the most.When it comes to guest structure, research results show how it is average age of tourists visiting Croatia 41,5 years, of which 54 percent are tourists aged 30 to 49, 19 percent are younger than 30, and 27 percent are older than 50. Compared to 2014, the share of tourists with a monthly household income of more than 3.000 euros has increased significantly (from 26 percent in 2014 to 40 percent in 2017). Most guests come accompanied by a partner (48 percent), followed by arrival in the family circle (38 percent) and then with friends (10 percent), and this is also the first time since the research that arrival with a partner has become the most common form of arrival when it comes to escorts.The share of ‘new’ guests has increased significantly, ie those visiting Croatia for the first time (from 18 percent in 2014 to 33 percent in 2017) It is still the most common means of arrival in Croatia by car (78 percent) ), but aircraft use is growing (from 11 percent in 2014 to 15 percent in 2017), and the share of bus arrivals is falling (from 7 percent to 4 percent).Enogastronomy, sports, health and other forms of tourism are increasingly important motives for the arrival of guestsAlthough vacation at sea (passive vacation) motivates more than half of all guests (55 percent) to come to Croatia, its importance has significantly decreased compared to 2014 (from 75 percent to 55 percent), while on the other hand increasing importance when choosing Croatia as a destination, they have gastronomy and motives related to active holidays. Experience and experiences (31 percent), gastronomy (29 percent), getting to know natural beauties (26 percent), entertainment (24 percent), sports and recreation (20 percent) and a number of other motives such as wellness (8 percent) appear as a motive for coming. percent), health reasons (7 percent), etc.The main source of information is the Internet, on which 44 percent of guests rely (44 percent in 2017 compared to 30 percent in 2014). The Internet is followed by the media through which information is collected by 25 percent of tourists, recommendations from relatives and friends (24 percent) and previous stay (18 percent). Every second guest book accommodation directly with the accommodation facility, and 38 percent use the services of a travel agency when booking accommodation. Also, the share of guests who book accommodation in advance increases; the share of guests who use the services of a travel agency increased by 12 percentage points, and by 8 percentage points of those who book accommodation directly with the accommodation facility. The share of those who book accommodation more than three months before departure is growing.Croatia is ahead of the competition in the quality of accommodation and catering offer, the beauty of the landscape and cleanliness and safetyAccording to the respondents, the best rated elements of Croatia’s offer are the beauty of nature and landscape, the kindness of the staff in the accommodation facility, personal safety, the convenience of spending a family vacation and the atmosphere (‘atmosphere’). At the same time, these aspects of the offer, along with the quality of the accommodation and catering offer, are elements by which the respondents gave better marks to Croatia than to competing destinations such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey, France, Greece, Slovenia, Montenegro.Attachment:PRESENTATION TOMAS SUMMER 2017 ENTIRE RESEARCH TOMAS SUMMER 2017last_img read more

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Notice of Show Cancellation: Chris Perondi’s STUNT DOG EXPERIENCE

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsDue to routing complications arising from COVID-19, Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience has cancelled the Washington State leg of their tour. The March 22 performances at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts have both been cancelled. We hope to welcome them back to Washington State soon once their tour resumes.All other shows for the 19-20 season are moving forward as scheduled and we welcome patrons to the theater. If there are any future updates we will communicate through direct email to our patrons as well as keep our community updated through social media.We apologize for any inconvenience and want to thank you for supporting the arts in our region.The Health and safety of our patrons is always a top priority. We are closely monitoring the recent outbreak of COVID-19, and are committed to keeping the community informed about actions we are taking to prevent its spread.Increased sanitation practices have been implemented for all areas of the theater. This includes frequent disinfecting of high-use areas such as theater seats, restrooms, door handles, hand rails, and elevator buttons. Hand sanitizer will be available at main entrances to the lobby and theater spaces. We also encourage staff, volunteers, and patrons to stay home if they are unwell.At this time, we will continue with all other performances as scheduled.For more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.last_img read more