first_imgIf you like adventuremobiles, inspiring stories, and local vibes, you belong at the 5Point Adventure Film Festival‘s kickoff party and van life rally! Festivities begin at the Salvage Station around 2:45 p.m. with the French Broad Litter Floatilla. Blue Ridge Outdoors and 5Point are partnering with the Live Outside and Play team, as well as ENO, MountainTrue, and NRS to get out and give back to the French Broad River (and we need you!).Join us at the Salvage Station, our takeout and the later site of the van life rally (begins at 5pm — come check out the Live Outside and Play van!). BYOB (bring your own boat) or RSVP now for a spot on one of the Southern Raft Supply‘s six rafts. We’ll be carpooling to the put-in at Hominy Creek. Participants should come prepared to get down and dirty—gloves, long pants/sleeves, and close-toed shoes are recommended.litterfloatillaPrizes will be awarded at the Salvage Station for “most litter collected,” “strangest piece of trash,” and the overall “Trash-to-Treasure.” Come, bring a friend, and the spirit of adventure! We’ll be hanging at the Salvage Station afterwards giving tours of the Live Outside and Play van. It’s going to be an awesome night!Email adam@blueridgeoutdoors.com with any questions or to RSVP your spot on a raft!last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo April 27, 2012 A Colombian drug lord extradited to the United States for trial was sentenced on April 25 to 40 years in prison, prosecutors said. A federal jury in New York state found Carlos Patiño Restrepo, alias Patemuro, guilty of three U.S. drug charges on April 5. Judge Leonard Wexler also fined Patiño Restrepo $5 million. Prosecutors said Patiño, 48, worked with the Norte del Valle cartel and sent dozens of tons of cocaine to the lucrative U.S. market in the 1990s until shortly before his arrest in Colombia in 2007. “Patiño controlled the area near Viterbo, Colombia, through bribes to Colombian police and ties to paramilitary groups, such as the Auto Defensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,” prosecutors said in a statement. “In particular, Patiño financed entire regiments, or ‘blocks,’ of the AUC to guard the jungle processing labs where the cocaine was manufactured and safeguard the routes used to transport the narcotics out of the country.” He “ran his cocaine empire with an iron fist, using a terrorist organization for protection and killing of those who stood in his way,” the statement added.last_img read more

first_img continue reading » At first glance, it would seem that financial institutions would benefit from a rising rate environment. More specifically, a steepening of the yield curve should benefit a financial institution that is using short-term liabilities and loaning out long for funding. Under the current economic landscape, both short- and longer-term rates have been artificially suppressed to extremely low levels. Rate increases are resulting in a flattening of the yield curve, which has the potential to zap net interest margin.A variety of factors affect actual interest rate risk. For example, depending on the type of asset, average duration coupled with the type of funding will have a direct effect on interest rate risk. Other factors, such as interest rate hedges and changes in non-interest components, are also part of the equation.Another key factor in interest rate risk in a rising-rate environment is “institutional depositors.” More credit unions now serve these large groups, such as school districts or municipalities. These groups can be a significant source of a CU’s deposit funding. The typical institutional depositor utilizes a demand deposit account for day-to-day operational needs and will venture into a money market deposit account and term CD structures for reserve funds not actively being deployed. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img continue reading » While growing up, I had the opportunity to participate in The Boy Scouts of America. I gleaned a lot from scouting beyond camping hijinks and how to tie knots. One of the most important lessons came from a leader who constantly chided us with the adage, “It’s hard to solve a problem until you know what it is.”Members rely on their credit union to help them identify ways to achieve financial prosperity. In turn, credit unions serve as the gateway to loans and other financial vehicles that keep members’ lives moving.But if members don’t qualify for these loans due to a poor credit score—especially when a low score is combined with minimal understanding of how to improve it—both the member and their credit union miss out on opportunities.Sixty-four percent of U.S. consumers believe it is important or very important to know their credit score. However, only 39% say they know their credit score, 48% say they know the general range of their score, and 13% do not know their score at all. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThat Croatian destinations are becoming increasingly popular among French travel enthusiasts is confirmed by the tourist traffic realized so far this year.Namely, French tourists have so far made about 450.000 arrivals and 1,7 million overnight stays, which compared to the same period last year represents a growth of 6 percent in arrivals and overnight stays, according to the CNTB.Croatia’s excellent position in this market is confirmed by a large number of media publications in the most relevant French media. This is proved by the cover and a large report of 48 pages about Croatia, which was published in a prestigious magazine specializing in travel “GEO“. It is a monthly that in the August issue brings a large report on the Croatian islands of Vis, Hvar, Cres, Brač, Korčula, Mljet, Zlarin and Dugi otok. Croatian islands are described as places that offer the authenticity of destinations with preserved nature, which is a very popular trend among French travel lovers. The circulation of this magazine is more than 250.000 copies, and it is estimated that it is followed by about five million readers.  “Numerous interesting and attractive articles have been published in the French media in recent weeks, focusing on almost all Croatian regions. We are especially pleased with the turn of the French media and the attention they pay to parts of Croatia that have not been in focus so far, such as Istria. Thus, recently in the central information daily Rovinj was recommended as an ideal holiday destination”, she stated Director of the CNTB Representation in Paris Danijela Mihalić Đurica. Croatia Island Trophy in October on Brač, Hvar and VisFrom October 14 to 17, a large humanitarian sports event Croatia Island Trophy will be held on the islands in the Split-Dalmatia County, ie on Brač, Hvar and Vis, with the participation of 150 people from French public life. This RAID ADVENTURE sports event is intended exclusively for women and it is a wish that it be held regularly in Croatia in the coming years. The concept includes female competitors participating in sports activities such as running, rowing, hiking and cycling. The ambassador of the event is the former First Lady of France, Valerie Trierweiler, who is also an active participant in Raid Adventure, an organization that forwards part of the funds raised to the international association KEEP A BREAST whose main purpose is breast cancer prevention globally.last_img read more

first_imgThe representative of GSTC Pappas presented the methodology for measuring sustainability, emphasizing that the active cooperation of all involved actors in Dubrovnik tourism is extremely important for this phase. Over the next seven days, a number of workshops, focus groups and individual interviews are planned, and Pappas invited all interested to give their comments, ideas, suggestions and ask questions, discuss problems and opportunities. Based on these consultations and policy analysis, the GSTC will evaluate the current performance of the destination by applying the prescribed criteria and indicators. The introductory speech was given by Mayor Franković, who stressed the importance of sustainable tourism in the context of the city project Respect the City, which the city administration has been implementing since 2017. As a key element of city management and Dubrovnik tourism, he pointed out the cooperation with the Dubrovnik Port Authority by regulating the simultaneous number of cruisers, managing the number of one-day excursions to the old town using online vouchers for buses and informing stationary guests using smart city tools. In addition to presenting the existing measures, he announced future moves that will be introduced gradually, with the aim of making Dubrovnik an even better place to live and consequently for tourists. Yesterday, Lazareti hosted an initial meeting between GSTC Council member and Mediterranean Director Ioannis Pappas and the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković, his associates and a wide range of stakeholders in Dubrovnik tourism: city councilors, directors of utility companies, representatives of travel agencies, police, associations and organizations. related to tourism and others. Upon completion of the analysis, the Dubrovnik public will be presented with an evaluation of activities so far, and the city administration will receive concrete practical guidelines for improving results in the most important areas of destination sustainability: destination management, local economy benefits, life and cultural well-being. The project is sponsored by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a partner of the City of Dubrovnik and a signatory to the Agreement on Cooperation in the Preservation and Protection of the Cultural Heritage of Dubrovnik. The City of Dubrovnik is one of the 30 world destinations for which GSTC will conduct a Destination Assessment and the only destination whose measurement is sponsored by CLIA.center_img The City of Dubrovnik has started the active second phase of the destination sustainability measurement project, which is being implemented for the city administration by the Global Council for Sustainable Tourism (GSTC). The Destination Assessment Report for Dubrovnik is carried out by this body based on the criteria for sustainable tourism and destination management established by the United Nations, and is estimated to be completed in January 2020. on a key document that will define the current level of sustainability and which will define further steps in destination management with a view to achieving sustainable tourism. Source / photo: City of Dubrovnik; Pixabaylast_img read more

first_imgFlamengo defender, Pablo Mari’s move to Arsenal is in danger of falling through. Arsenal target Pablo Mari The Daily Mailsays Mari’s proposed move from Flamengo to Arsenal is in danger of collapsingbecause a late hitch has seen negotiations between the two teams stall. The 26-year-old centre back travelled to London along with Gunners technical director Edu, completing a medical on Saturday, and it appeared there would be no issues with a deal being  finalised.Advertisement Loading… But Mari has now flown back to Rio de Janeiro, with suggestions that an agreement has not yet been  met between Flamengo and Arsenal over a transfer fee, which was expected to be around £7m. Read Also:Pablo Mari arrives in London ahead of Arsenal transfer It is believed the Gunners are keen on a loan deal with an option to purchase the player in the  summer, but Flamengo would prefer a permanent deal and money up front straight away. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

first_img However, the veteran wants a three-year package, while Chelsea famously are reluctant to offer more than a 12-month extension to players in their thirties. But both Willian and the Blues are keen to get the situation resolved before the end of the season. Read Also:Juventus considering summer transfer swoop for Chelsea contract rebel Willian That’s even though the arrival of Ziyech will put the South American’s position under threat. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Independent says despite Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech’s pending arrival this summer, the transfer will not impact Willian. The Brazilian wide-man, 31, is out of contract in June and wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian Chelsea chiefs working on securing Willian to new deallast_img read more

first_imgBricen James became the first Oregon driver to earn a regional crown in any division in 2019, topping point standings for the Shaw Race Cars Western Region. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) A long-time go-kart competitor, James raced for Jerry Schram and celebrated his 21st birthday late this season, just his third full year in a Modified. HIS SPONSORS: Schram Excavating of Vancouver, Wash; James Gang Pizza and Crockers Cars, both of Lebanon; AM-1 Roofing of Redmond; JK Pickle Trucking of Sisters; and Go Plumbing and Heating of Stayton. HIS CREW: Father Charlie, Todd Miller and Patrick Held. He’d qualified for three of the first five Arizona Modified Tour shows in February before wrecking his 2017 Rage Chassis in the Feb. 15 event at USA Raceway. He totaled a dozen feature wins, repeating as the state champion while earning his career first track title at Willamette Speedway. The 1/3-mile clay oval at Lebanon is James’ home track, located a convenient five minutes from home and just 10 minutes from his workplace. Starts 41            Wins 12         Additional Top Five’s 18 James had three top five finishes during the Shootout, then promptly won nine of his next 12 starts. “The competition in Arizona made us realize we had to get better,” James said. “We got a new car (a 2019 Rage) and it took us a little while to get used to it, but we learned from the guys who came to town for Speed Week (the Wild West Shootout) and things took off.” James finished the season with eight wins at that venue and another four at Cottage Grove Speedway, where he was fourth in the points race. “We didn’t know if it was possible with the number of races we have in Oregon,” said James, who made 35 of his 41 starts this season in his home state. “We looked back at last year when we won the E3 Spark Plugs State championship and finished 10th nationally. We told ourselves we could do this and raced as much as we could.” From Albany, James became the first Oregon driver to win an IMCA regional championship, pacing Shaw Race Cars Western point standings. ALBANY, Ore. – Top-flight competition early in the season in sunny Arizona showed Bricen James how much he needed to step up his IMCA Modified game. His $2,600 checkers at Cottage Grove Speedway’s Aug. 24 Mark Howard Memorial made for a career best payday and put James on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “We had a blast after Speed Week. We were so consistent. Everything went so well and we had a lot of fun,” he said. The same caliber of competition closer to home in June helped him with the fine tuning that led to a history-making season.last_img read more