On Friday, December 8th, The Del McCoury Band kicked off their tour-closing two-night run at Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom. The energy in the room was especially amplified considering this tour marked Del’s longest in almost twenty years.Local act Meadow Mountain kicked off the night with rowdy boot-stomping originals played with the traditional bluegrass lineup of mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and bass. The Denver boys invited incredibly talented vocalist Grace Clark to join them for a number of their songs including “Careless Heart”, with her added vocals tying the band’s sound together beautifully. Banjo player Sam Armstrong humbly expressed how “uncomfortably excited” he was to be opening for the legendary Del McCoury, and Meadow Mountain proved themselves to be deserving of such an honor.The Del McCoury Band took the stage promptly at 10 pm in front of a packed house, opening their set with a crowd-pleasing new original as they often do. Next up was “Count Me Out”, a tale of love gone awry from 2007’s Del And The Boys, which featured Del, mandolin player Ronnie McCoury, and fiddle player Jason Carter harmonizing around the center mic. Del then graciously thanked the enthusiastic audience, expressing how happy he and his band were to be finishing their tour in Denver. A fiery instrumental followed, with the five musicians trading off runs, before Ronnie took lead vocals on the next number, slowing things down a bit with a sweet love song, while Del left the stage to change a broken string.In classic good humor, Del returned with a joke about that D-string having been on his guitar since the 1930s before launching into another rousing instrumental. Staple “Nashville Cats” featured the quintet all harmonizing around the center mic in classic bluegrass form, inspiring a whole crowd singalong which prompted Del to remark that the crowd “was in tune and everything!” Del then opened the show up to requests, saying that while they had lots of good murder ballads to sing, they were slacking on love songs. The band then played the influential Del original “Beauty of My Dreams” and a quick and lively “Ashville Turnaround”, which gave bassist Alan Bartram a chance to showcase his skills.After briefly scanning the crowd for requests, Del dedicated “Hey, Hey Bartender” to the Cervantes’ bar staff and played an incredible rendition that had Del impressively hitting the upper register of his voice. Jason Carter then debuted an original of his own before slowing things down with the old song “Learnin’ the Blues”. Appropriately for this point in the evening, the band launched into “Don’t Stop the Music”, which flowed into a roaring instrumental before again slowing the set down with “Blue Darlin’”.A major highlight of the night was Del introducing his grandson and Ronnie’s son Evan McCoury, who sat in on guitar for the remainder of the set, making for a heartwarming multigenerational bluegrass performance. Jerry Lee Lewis original “What Made Milwaukee Famous” flowed into a ripping instrumental with Ronnie and Evan trading off blisteringly quick solos. With time for one more number, Del beckoned the crowd to sing along, strumming the opening chord and giving the crowd the lyrics to the chorus as he closed his set with “I Need More Time”. With that, Del concluded his ninety-minute set giving the stage to his band, The Travelin’ McCourys, who kept the bluegrass going late into the evening.Setlist: Del McCoury Band | Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO | 12/8/2017Set: New Song, Count Me Out, Instrumental, New Song, Instrumental, Nashville Cats, Beauty of My Dreams, Ashville Turnaround, Hey Hey Bartender, New Song, Learnin’ the Blues, Don’t Stop the Music, Blue Darlin’, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Instrumental, I Need More Time
Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper totally has his Broadway.com Audience Choice Award sitting in a well-lit glass case for all to see in his living room! After winning the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for American Hustle, the soon-to-be Broadway bound Cooper said the only other award he’s won is a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award. Woo! He picked up the honor for his role opposite Julia Roberts for Three Days of Rain back in 2006. And we don’t have long to wait to see if he’ll win another as he’s heading back to the Main Stem in The Elephant Man. He also made it known that he got his SAG card from a Spanish telecommunications commercial…so now we have to imagine Bradley Cooper, hottest man alive, speaking Spanish, looking beautiful and try not to cry from happiness. Congrats Bradley on your SAG award, and break a leg on Broadway! View Comments Star Files Bradley Cooper
The arrest of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert on charges of violating the Bank Secrecy Act and lying to the FBI about it is the latest example of how financial privacy is an oxymoron. Simply put, since it originally passed the Bank Secrecy Act in 1970, Congress has gone too far in opening up your members’ accounts to the investigative eyes of the government. Recently Congress scaled back the power of the government to engage in the bulk collection of phone metadata, concluding that the threat to our civil liberties outweighed the security benefits of warehousing this information. I hope that similar changes will one day be made to bank regulations in general, and the BSA in particular. Congress and regulators have gone too far in authorizing fishing expeditions into the financial dealings of Americans.The former speaker is charged with purposefully structuring cash transactions to avoid the $10,000 Currency Transaction Reporting requirement. There is no suggestion that the cash was dirty money derived from criminal activity. Instead it is alleged that he wanted to hide payments being made to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct with a high school student. Why this bothers me was summed up nicely by this quote by Barry Pollak, a white-collar criminal defense lawyer at the law firm Miller & Chevalier, in the National Law Journal:“In most cases, the government alleges that the reason the defendant engaged in structuring was to hide criminal conduct. What is extraordinary in this case is that the premise may be that what Speaker Hastert was trying to hide was that he was the victim of extortion.”According to the article, structuring charges are on the rise.Prosecutors and regulators have seized so much authority to examine account activity in the name of ferreting out potentially criminal conduct that it is increasingly common for financial institutions to face greater scrutiny than the criminals whose misconduct they are allegedly facilitating. For example, New York pressured banks and credit unions not to facilitate lawful ACH transactions to third party financial institutions providing pay day loans in localities where such loans are legal. And the Justice Department’s “Operation Chokepoint” is based on—in the words of the Department’s blog—“a recognition that choking off access to consumers’ bank accounts could stop numerous fraud schemes at one time and protect more people from being victimized.” Considering that an estimated 90 percent of the currency in U.S. cities contains traces of cocaine, this is a mandate without limit.The scope of these account oversight powers is all the more daunting when one considers that only a handful of the largest banks have the deep pockets and hundreds of millions of dollars necessary to contest regulatory and criminal investigations. As a result, regulators act as judge and jury while the largest BSA transgressors carry on with impunity. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network thought it was appropriate to issue a report scrutinizing the activity of credit unions, apparently without even giving NCUA board Chairman Debbie Matz a heads-up. Now that this secret report has been front page news, these credit unions are essentially guilty until proven innocent. In contrast, if a similar report was produced about the nation’s largest banks, 50 lobbyists and lawyers would have commented on its earliest drafts.Despite their enormous power, regulators face few constraints investigating financial activities. For example, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may request information otherwise subject to the attorney-client privilege and attorney work product protection. When the Bureau wanted to know the order in which financial institutions honor checks, it simply demanded the information from their payment processors..There is a time and a place for Suspicious Activity Reports, regulatory fines and criminal investigations, but the original intent of the BSA and its regulations has been torn from its moorings. When the enforcement of regulations becomes uncoupled from the criminal activity they were designed to deter, something is seriously wrong. Eliot Spitzer’s arrogance made him a convenient target of ridicule, but does the government need a SAR to investigate if someone paid for a prostitute?Of course consumers want to be protected against terrorists, but they also want to live their lives free of prying eyes. How many consumers really know that their financial institution is essentially required to spy on them?The country would be a better place if:The scope of the BSA and its regulations were limited to specific crimes, such as facilitating terrorist financing. Once it was determined that a SAR was not related to any of these specified crimes, it would be destroyed and any evidence gathered as a result of the SAR investigation would not be admissible in a criminal prosecution.Members were told when they have been subject to a SAR. This would put them and other members on notice that their bank privacy has limits and would foster an honest debate about how much financial privacy Americans expect versus how much they actually have.Prosecutors had to prove that structuring was done to facilitate criminal activity. Structuring itself shouldn’t be a crime unless it is being done to cover-up criminal activity.Attorney client privileges for credit unions and banks were extended to regulatory inquiries. All businesses need a zone of privacy in which they can assess their practices.Would these changes make it more difficult to investigate certain crimes? Yes. But prosecutors could still subpoena individual accounts whenever they have evidence of wrongdoing.Would these changes make us less safe? No, because they would allow regulators and law enforcement officials to concentrate on the type of large scale crimes that truly need systemic investigations.Would they reduce the regulatory burden? Maybe.Would they make us a freer country? Absolutely. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Henry Meier As General Counsel for the New York Credit Union Association, Henry is actively involved in all legislative, regulatory and legal issues impacting New York credit unions. Whether he’s joining … Web: www.nycua.org Details
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Florida and Alabama credit union members of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions overwhelmingly voted in favor of merging with the Georgia Credit Union League during LSCU’s annual business meeting in Orlando on Thursday.The final vote count was 60 in favor, one against, LSCU President/CEO Patrick LaPine said.To comply with the state’s non-profit laws and regulations, the final vote count of Georgia’s credit unions could not be publicly released during a Thursday press conference, but GCUL President/CEO Mike Mercer said he feels “very confident” that the merger vote will pass by a wide margin as well.“We encountered, what I would call, very constructive support from credit unions everywhere, that this (merger) represented a good approach for the future, a way to generate additional value for credit unions,” Mercer said. continue reading »
We are happy to speak with any of the CUInsight community if you have any questions. There’s no commitment or charge. Protecting the CU ecosystem is critical for all of us. Let’s work together to raise our security posture and not let our members be impacted. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tim Foley Tim’s role is to design and deliver creative alliances, marketing & sales strategies to find the organizations that know technology is driving them and are ready to transform. Web: www.thinkstack.co Details Ransomware has dominated recent headlines.Many government systems, businesses and schools have been affected.As a company based in Baltimore who serves the CU industry, we are all too familiar with the impact Ransomware has had on Baltimore City and now reports are saying CUNA has been a victim of an attack. What we have learned, is that ransomware can be crippling. Ransomware can shut down operations, it can be used to exfiltrate data but the biggest impact can be felt in the loss of business control and reputation.Our team has been deployed during ransomware events and we have first-hand knowledge of what it feels like to live through it.In a word…. Helpless.Imagine walking to your building tomorrow and finding the doors locked, then imagine that you can’t open them unless you pay, then you have no idea if the door will open, what they may have done to your office when inside or even if they are gone for good after you clean up!It’s not good and many organizations never recover.Another disturbing trend we have seen, is that the hackers will target industries strategically. If the reports we are seeing proved to be correct, hitting CUNA could signal the beginning of a targeted approach. This will not include just CU’s but all of our industry’s partners – the whole ecosystem.What can you do?Here is the good news about ransomware – It is one of the more avoidable threats, if you can do the fundamentals well, you can put protections in place.There are many advanced defense strategies and tools but make sure you are doing the basics first, here is a quick list that you can use to make sure your CU is protected:Patching and updating. Most of the recent ransomware threats have leveraged Microsoft OS vulnerabilities. This highlights the criticality of consistent updating of your network systems. This includes all operating systems, third party software, and network devices. This should happen daily or weekly and you should have reports that prove the updates were applied correctly. Use monthly vulnerability scanning as a check and balance.Network architecture. The specific architecture for each network will vary, but some principles you should look for include: network segmentation and least privileged access and resiliency. Ask your team how well provisioned those principles are in your network.Security tools. While some advanced tools exist, at a minimum make sure you have next generation antivirus, anti-malware, UTM firewalls, behavior analytics and SEIM in place.Backup and recovery. This is the best way to combat ransomware. Ensure that your backups are sent offsite, off network and make sure you have a recovery solution that can launch and run your business operations quickly.Managed detection and response. Have a team or vendor who is providing 24/7 monitoring and detection of your systems. Threats come in many different flavors and no one tool can protect you from everything. Looking for anomalies will help you identify and quarantine potential threats.Vendor management. Understand the scope of your vendors’ cyber programs. Not just to keep your systems and member data safe, but also to ensure they are protected. Imagine if a critical vendor were hit by Ransomware and their systems were down. While it may not impact your systems, it will certainly impact your members.Mapping. Understand what data you have, how you get it, where it’s stored and how it’s used. You can’t govern and protect what you don’t understand. Creating visuals of these business processes and data flows can aid your understanding.Training and testing. Users are still your greatest threat, make sure your users and members are trained what to look for. Then test your systems and people frequently. A cyber event will happen. It’s not preventable, so be prepared to respond.
Employees tend to marijuana plants at the Aurora Cannabis Inc. facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.Jason Franson | Bloomberg | Getty Images Five states legalized some form of marijuana use on Tuesday, including Arizona, New Jersey and Mississippi, according to NBC News. Voters in Oregon also chose to remove jail time as a punishment for small possession of some other drugs, including cocaine.- Advertisement – Traders may also be betting that Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who took the lead in Pennsylvania on Friday even as the presidential election remained uncalled by NBC News, would be more willing to legalize marijuana on a federal level. Biden said during the campaign that he supported decriminalization but did not endorse full legalization.The spike for pot stocks follows a dramatic decline for much of the year. Even with Friday’s jump, Aurora shares have lost roughly 60% of their value this year. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Cannabis stocks continued their post-election rally on Friday after American voters in several states approved expanded use of marijuana.Aurora Cannabis led the way with a furious climb of more than 68% on Friday, bringing the stock’s gain since Election Day to over 115%. Tilray and Canopy Growth surged by roughly 33% and 13%, respectively, on Friday.
Bay of Plenty Times 16 July 2012Government agencies are failing those who need help most, a children’s advocate says. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie, who is based in the Western Bay, believes “at risk” families can not access the support they need, resulting in violence in the home. The call comes in response to a Bay of Plenty Times Weekend story about convicted child abuser Reuben Anthony Major. Major pleaded guilty to five representative counts of assault on a child aged under 14, in the Tauranga District Court on Friday. “I think there’s a huge lack of access to support for parents and too often the response is after-the-fact,” Mr McCoskrie said. “We’ve stretched our resources so far, CYFs are overloaded and they’re not able to deal with cases like this that deserve more attention, and they go under the radar.”http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/call-for-action-on-family-violence/1454274/Man guilty of unspeakable abuseBay of Plenty TimesA Bay man repeatedly beat five children in his home – including kicking them with steel-capped boots and using a plastic pipe – in a reign of terror lasting two years. …He described a home environment involving violence, drug use, drunkenness and verbal abuse.http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/man-guilty-of-unspeakable-abuse/1454296/
Jarabe was peeing when he fell fromthe ship and drowned, said Maestral. The fall and drowning of Mark GilJarabe, 29, of Vasquez Street, Surigao City before dawn on Saturday was caughtby a nearby closed circuit television camera. Around 12:55 a.m. on Saturday, M/V Yohan operations manager Joel Retesaalerted the police; he was anxious because had not seen Jarabe return to theirship. The camera caught Jarabe returning tothe ship; he later went out to pee. Jarabe’s body was found hours aftercolleagues reported him missing to the police. “The security camera footage showedthere was no foul play in this case. Jarabe accidentally fell into the water.He was obviously drunk,” stressed Maestral./PN ILOILO City – The chief engineer of aship serving the Guimaras-Iloilo route and vice versa died. He fell from theship docked at the wharf in Buenavista, Guimaras and drowned. According to Police Colonel HectorMaestral, Guimaras police director, Jarabe was the chief engineer of M/V Yohan. He went on a drinking bingewith porters late Friday night. As part of the initial investigation,the police reviewed the recording of the security camera of a nearby localtourism office.
Tan said the government must intensifycontact tracing efforts and be aggressive in addressing the stigma that hascaused front-liners, patients, and their families to be discriminated against. The COVID laboratory czar shallfacilitate the timely release of results to allow local government units andhospitals to immediately containing the infection, and he/she must report tothe public the updated inventory of test kits to resolve panic. Quezon’S Rep. Angelina Tan, anotherchairperson of the DCC health cluster, cited the importance of bridging thegaps in the current information dissemination system. Tan also proposed the creation of a“War Council” to provide further assistance to the DOH as it addresses thecrisis. The council shall consist of representatives from the government, theprivate sector, and the academe. Garin also pushed for the continuityof other public health programs apart from efforts against the virus,considering that there has been increasing mortality among non-COVID-19patients. Garin, who co-chairs the House ofRepresentatives’ Defeat COVID-19 Committee health cluster, made the proposalduring an April 16 virtual meeting. ILOILO – Former Department of Healthsecretary and now congresswoman Janette Garin (1st District) is proposing theappointment of a laboratory czar to oversee the country’s testing for coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). “We see in this situation what kind of healthcare system we have.We could have responded better, but we still have time,” Tan said. A medical doctor by profession, shestressed the need for timely test results and simplified laboratory operations,noting that a laboratory czar should be installed so that all COVID-19laboratories are aligned and are maximized to their full capacity. Tan urged the Department of theInterior and Local Government (DILG) to aid the Department of Health (DOH) incascading accurate and latest updates for Filipino families to understand thatthe fight against Covid-19 “begins at home.” “In a pandemic, we target reducedmorbidity and mortality. We look for the virus, isolate, and make it extinct.But we continuously take care of our people, remembering that other illnesseskill. Public health is complicated, but if united, we are more capacitated,”she said. She added: “I believe we still havetime to fix the healthcare system. We really need to invest in health.Together, let us fight COVID-19 and heal as one.” (PNA/PN)
Blake Wilder, an Ellsworth High School graduate and former resident of Lamoine, is competing in a national woodsman event this weekend in New York City.PHOTO BY MEGAN MIVILLELAMOINE — Blake Wilder doesn’t look anything like the big, bearded, burly Paul Bunyan of lumberjack folklore, but he is every bit as talented.Currently ranked the best male woodsman competitor in the Northeast, Wilder will compete nationally June 20 at the Stihl Timbersports Series National Championship in Central Park in New York City.“The smaller you are, the more technique you have to have,” said Wilder, who is a lean 6 feet and 160 pounds.The former Lamoine resident and recent graduate of Unity College qualified for the event after winning the Northeast Regional Stihl Challenge at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWilder never knew anything about the woodsman competitions until he enrolled at Unity.“I just picked up an ax and found out I was good at it,” he said. “It’s a tradition that not many people get to experience. It gives one the experience of what lumberjacks had to go through.”At their peak in 1906, there were 500,000 lumberjacks using hand tools — the ax and cross cut saw — to fell trees. Over time, mechanized equipment replaced traditional lumberjack skills.PHOTO BY MEGAN MIVILLEBut the perennial competitions in the old lumber camps to see who was the best have evolved into today’s lumberjack competitions.“That’s where it really all started,” said Wilder, who worked two summers for Tina Scheer at her Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton.A 2011 graduate of Ellsworth High School, Wilder was captain of the football team, ran cross-country and wrestled.He graduated from Unity this year and is currently working full time with the Fairfield Police Department.In New York this weekend, Wilder will face five competitors from across the country.Their collegiate event will be held in the same place and on the same day as the professional level event.There are four contests: the Underhand Chop, where competitors stand on a piece of wood and chop it beneath their feet; the Standing Block, which replicates chopping down a tree; the Single Buck Saw, which is a 6-foot-long saw operated by one man, and the Stock Saw.“The Stock Saw is literally a saw pulled off a shelf and given to us,” Wilder said. “We have 4 inches within which we have to make two cuts.”Competitors wear chain mail socks over their socks and in their sneakers, which Wilder said makes it more likely to break a foot rather than cut it.Wilder said there are strategies involved in each event, such as certain patterns and chopping one side first and then the other.Competitors bring their own ax and single buck saw. Other equipment is provided by the organizers of the competition.The high carbon steel ax Wilder uses is made by Tuatahi of Australia and New Zealand.“No one else seems to know the proper mixture of metals,” Wilder said.To demonstrate the ax’s quality, Wilder shaved the hair off one arm with his ax.He plans to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in August. His ultimate goal is to become involved in conservation law. Latest Posts Jacqueline WeaverReporter at The Ellsworth AmericanJacqueline’s beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine [email protected] Blurred lines – September 4, 2019 Latest posts by Jacqueline Weaver (see all) Bio Quimby makes plans to revive Ocean Wood Campground – September 6, 2019 In fashion – October 9, 2019