Storm Chasers Edge Bees

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Omaha, NE)  —  The Bees fell to the Storm Chasers 5-4 last night in a rain-shortened game in Omaha.The Bees scored three times in the second inning but couldn’t keep pace.  The series continues tonight in Omaha. Written by Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees Robert Lovell August 7, 2018 /Sports News – Local Storm Chasers Edge Beeslast_img

IS IT TRUE JANUARY 2, 2019

first_imgAny comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that a highly respected and well-known community leader is considering running for the 1st Ward City Council seat in this upcoming city election as a Democrat?  …that Ben Trockman is well educated, well spoken, intelligent and extremely well liked?   …Ben is from a highly respected political family?  …we predict if Ben Trockman runs for the First Ward City Council seat he has a very good chance of being the first Democrat to win that seat since the late and great Paul Hatfield did it 50 years ago?  …we are told if he decides to run for this City Council seat he will do an incredible job?IS IT TRUE we were just told that former Republican primary candidate for County Commissioner Steve Hammer has just accepted a prestigious appointment as a Field Representative with the newly elected United States Senator Mike Braun staff?  … it’s a well-known fact that Mr.Hammer  was a tremendous help the “Braun For The United States Senate” campaign in Vanderburgh County?  …it was obvious that Senator Mike Braun made a wise choice in seeking Steve Hammers advice and guidance during the primary and general elections?IS IT TRUE we would like to congratulate those in charge of planning the Inauguration for elected officials of Vanderburgh County yesterday?…that Vanderburgh County Councilwoman Stephanie Terry rocked the house when she sang the National Anthem at this event?  …that County Commissioner Ben Shoulders did a masterful job as Master of Ceremony for this event?IS IT TRUE that D’Angelo Tayor will be announced on January 14, 2019, that he shall be a candidate for the City council?  …he is expected to officially file for this seat at 11:00 at the Civic Center?  …that Mr. Tayor shall run for the 2nd Ward City Council seat as a Democrat? …we are told that Mr. Tayor is expected to run an aggressive and issue-based campaign?  …his Democratic primary opponent shall be the political savvy Missy Mosby?  …we expect the 2nd Ward City Council primary race to be a real political barnburner?IS IT TRUE we are pleased to hear that Ben Shoulders will be elected as the new President of the Vanderburgh County Commission?  …we believe that Mr. Shoulders is up to the task of leading this most powerful governmental board in Vanderburgh County?IS IT TRUE we are told that the law firm of Jones and Wallace shall be appointed to be the next Vanderburgh County Commission, legal counsel?  …we feel this is a wise choice because this firm was former Mayor Weinzapfel legal counsel and did a credible job representing him?IS IT TRUE that people are getting sick and tired of the political promises and games of our elected and appointed officials?IS IT TRUE that some people feel the local political environment is becoming ripe for the masses to protest in a positive, creative and non-violent way against the wasteful spending habits of local elected and appointed on public works projects.IS IT TRUE that some people feel that Its time to challenge the out of control nepotism and political patronage practices at the Civic Center?IS IT TRUE that many of our working poor are facing another day working at a minimum wage job without benefits?IS IT TRUE that some of our local elementary schools continue to post F grades while our extremely well paid  EVSC Administrators create new slogans and workshops in an attempt to attack this unacceptable problem without measurable results?IS IT TRUE during the last several years the Evansville DMD have been purchasing vacant lots and dilapidated property on North Main way over assessed value?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville DMD also has given hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars of  “Facade Grants” to area businesses like it was Halloween candy?IS IT TRUE we are told that many people are you fed up with the practice of out of town firms that donate money to elected officials campaigns are awarded contracts without submitting a competitive bid?IS IT TRUE we are told that several local taxpayers don’t agree with the decision of the Mayor and City Council giving the Developer of the Downtown Hotel over $20 million dollars without having any ownership?IS IT TRUE we are told that many people are also upset that the Mayor and City Council members committed $57 million dollars to the I U Medical School while the State only put in $25 million towards this project?  …that the City of Evansville has no ownership in this project?IS IT TRUE we wonder if you are concerned that around 2,000 IVY Tech medical students have been left out of the downtown I U Medical School project?IS IT TRUE we wonder if of the candidates running  for City Council will demand that the City Controller make public how much the City of Evansville has paid to help subsidized the Evansville Thunderbolts?IS IT TRUE we wonder if you feel that its time that our elected officials become “Good Stewards of the Public Trust?IS IT TRUE that Tropicana-Evansville threw one heck of a party for their patrons on New Year’s Eve?  …we were overwhelmed with the many thousands of people that celebrated their New Years at Tropicana-Evansville? …that this event was a big boost to local economic development?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Are you expecting a prosperous New Year?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.last_img read more

THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHILE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

first_imgTHE MOST FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS BY GAIL RIECKENI’m asked many times on the campaign trail, “Gail, what would you do differently than Mayor Winnecke?”  I always say it comes down to priorities, especially as it relates to fiscal responsibility and the city budget.  It is the Mayor’s responsibility to spend our tax dollars wisely, to practice smart, fiscal policy and to make sure there is an open, transparent budgeting process that produces a city budget that reflects our citizens’ needs and priorities.Mayor Winnecke hasn’t done that.  Too often, he has bowed to the desires of our bureaucracy, the special interests or a few well-connected developers and led us into bad deals and a weakened fiscal outlook.  As Mayor, I’d have a different approach.  My budget priorities would reflect our city’s greatest needs:  fighting crime, fixing roads and sidewalks, attacking blight and attracting new businesses and investment to Evansville.  And I’d do it with a highly disciplined fiscal policy, where projects are fully and openly vetting before tax dollars are committed, and a responsible budget surplus will be rebuilt to ensure that all of Evansville’s future needs could be met and giving our youth hope for a brighter future in Evansville.Specifically, this is what I would do as Mayor:Debt and Covering Expenses: Over the course of the Mayor’s term, our city’s debt has grown to over half a billion dollars. He spends money the city doesn’t have, tapping into the city’s reserve funds with no plan to increase revenue or reduce expenses. This debt can eventually have a negative effect on the city’s finances. As Mayor, I would create a spending plan prioritizing the needs of the city and not just the special interests. I would make sure we know where ever dollar is being spent and that we keep a strict budget, ensuring that we lower the debt and create a prosperous city for years to come. The first challenge will be to have a thorough audit, so that we will know exactly where we stand financially, and can develop a plan to improve our financial standing.Stopping Tax dollar giveaways: Over the last four years, the Mayor has been spending taxpayer dollars recklessly. He pledged $5 million to Earth Care Energy, which then went out of business. He has committed the city to give $20 million to a private developer to build a convention hotel and when the design was cut back, the city’s costs were not cut back with it. As Mayor, I will be studious in the vetting process, and spend our Tax Dollars the same way I do with my own family’s money. We need to plan ahead, and spend cautiously and carefully.Fixing the budget and creating a more transparency government: The Mayor’s inability to manage a budget has caused the city to increase its debt to half a billion dollars with no plan to cut spending or increase revenue to eliminate it. He has done all of this behind closed doors. I would get the city’s finances under control. I would create a spending plan and work to decrease the debt by decreasing spending. I would ensure that, as local law requires, all Evansville Board and Commission Meetings are broadcast for public viewing, whether it is on TV or live streamed online, as well as video saved for future reference. And finally, I would make sure all public reports are posted on the city’s website in reasonable style and for easy access by the public. Our friends in South Bend have a website which allows anyone to see a check register for the city. Their database helps create true accountability by allowing all citizens to see what we are spending and who we are spending it with.Creating Jobs and Eliminating Blight: With the city’s finances in peril, we need to help existing businesses expand and bring new businesses to our city. I would do this with an Evansville First policy, which would help local small businesses compete for city contracts by stressing contracting with local businesses for goods and services. I would work to attract new businesses to Evansville by offering tax incentives to businesses that want to locate to Evansville and incentives that are published and fairly applied without personal likes and dislikes. By tearing down blighted houses or rehabilitating them, we will also create construction jobs for both the deconstruction of blighted houses and the construction of new homes or businesses, while at the same time creating more attractive neighborhoods that will entice new businesses to move there and existing businesses to expand.Providing Police and Firefighters with what they need: Under the Mayor’s administration, crime is on the rise. The crime rate has gone up each year under his administration, up 13% in 2012, 1% in 2013, and 28% in 2014. There has also been a lack of funding within the fire department, where equipment such as air packs and trucks are in disrepair, and what is working is in short supply. As Mayor, I will prioritize community policing, allowing officers to build trusting relationships with the community, support the efforts to expand the safe places program to help police get dependable information on crimes, and select a police chief whose leadership will raise morale and set a high standard of operations. As Mayor, I will work to reinstate policies that recognize the importance of firefighters as a family unit who must know the territory they are working. I will select a fire chief who will raise the morale within the department and set a high standard of operations. I will work to ensure that not only do we have the best trained police and firefighters possible, but that these heroes of Evansville, who put their lives on the line each day, have safe and functioning equipment, as well as backup equipment. No Evansville family should lose their home simply because they were sent the backup fire truck that was not adequately equipped or maintained as some are now.Fixing our Sidewalks and Roads: Simply put, our roads and sidewalks are falling apart. There are potholes everywhere and sinkholes are forming at many locations, such as on E. Delaware Street. Sidewalks are cracking and deteriorating and are unsafe to walk on, especially for seniors and the disabled. And that is where there are sidewalks. The mismanagement of city funds during the Mayor’s time in office has led the city to not having the funds to perform the simple tasks needed to improve quality of life in the city by repairing our sidewalks and roads. As Mayor, I will work to fix our crumbling roads and sidewalks and not just during an election year. We need to prioritize the needs of the entire city when spending tax dollars and fixing sidewalks and road should be near the top of that list. No one should ever feel like they are going to damage their car or hurt themselves just by driving to their kids to school or walking to visit a friend.The next Mayor of Evansville has to set priorities based on the issues that affect the entire city, not just special interests. A lack of transparency and wasteful spending has shrunken our city’s reserves, increased our debts, and has put our bond rating at risk, hindering our ability to make needed repairs to sidewalks and roads, combat blight and to upgrade and replace equipment for our police and firefighters. As Mayor, looking out for the people of Evansville will be my first priority. I will spend every day fighting for the people of Evansville and working to make our wonderful city stronger.SincerelyGail Riecken Mayoral CandidateFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Cupcake Week hits Facebook

first_imgWith preparations for National Cupcake Week (NCW) now under way, why not get involved by linking to our official NCW Facebook page? You’re welcome to post pictures of your outlandishly impressive cupcake creations, recipe suggestions, cupcake-themed shop fronts or messages of support. National Cupcake Week is set to take place 14-19 September, 2009. Find the page at: tinyurl.com/cljdbalast_img

STS9 Rejoins Planet Earth For 20th Red Rocks Performance [Review/Video/Pics]

first_imgAs the mission control board communicated to those in attendance the successful re-entry of STS9 into Earth’s atmosphere, each band member walked out on the stage Friday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre donning a space helmet for what would be the group’s 20th performance at the legendary Colorado venue. No small feat, and something that was clearly not lost on the gentlemen and lady of STS9.As the band went into a first-time played “Supercluster”, the opening track from their recent release The Universe Inside, led by Alana Rocklin‘s uber-funky bass bombs, you could tell the band was locked in from the first note. “Out of this World” finished the album’s 1-2 punch, with guitarist Hunter Brown experiencing some minor technical difficulties. Zach Velmer and company then took it way back to 1999 with a beautifully played “Frequencies 2 – 3”, which was part of the live Brown Album when the band simply went by Sector 9.Special guest vocalist Maureen Murphy was a fitting addition to the show, as the singer joined STS9 on a cover of The Isley Brothers‘ “Between The Sheets”, with many in the crowd singing the chorus to Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Big Poppa”, bringing some of that East Coast flavor to the mountains. That led into an Artifact-era gem in “ReEmergence”, which witnessed some deft tickling of the ivories by keyboardist David Phipps, before segueing back into the final notes of “Between The Sheets”. “Vibyl” saw STS9 drop into a downtempo glitchy jam of Grandmaster Flash‘s “The Message”, before ending the set proper with “New Dawn, New Day” and the echoing melodic tones of Brown’s guitar creating a dreamscape that would lead into set break.“Simulator” opened the second set, and saw Saxton Waller‘s light show take things to a whole other level, with an array of beautiful colors creating something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. All the stage needed was a monolith, and anybody would have been fooled into thinking they were in the middle of a Kubrick mind-fuck. Another old-school joint in “Grow” was straight out of a smooth jazz handbook, taking you on the greatest elevator ride of your life.We saw two more debuts from The Universe Inside sandwiched in between “The Rabble” and “Blu Mood”with “Elsewhere” and “Sun, Moon and Stars”, the latter of which featured Murphy on vocals once again, taking the STS9-nauts into a realm ruled by futuristic disco funk. Needless to say, “MOD > Modular Improv > MOD was straight filth that had people getting down and slapping the floor.New(ish) number “World Go Round”, which appears on Universe and has been in the live rotation for a couple of years now, ended the second set, leaving mouths agape to be picked up at a later time. For the encore, Artifact number “Better Day” led into the debut of “Light Years” to put a rather tasteful, ethereal touch to the end of what was a truly memorable 20th Red Rocks performance for STS9. Congratulations to the band on such an incredible accomplishment!The group will conclude their two-night stand at the Rocks tonight. Check out full video of the show, courtesy of J Mar:[all photos courtesy of Aaron Bradley Photo]Setlist: STS9 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 9/9/16SET I:Supercluster(*#) –Out of this World(*%) –Frequencies 2 – 3To The WorldMarchGobnugget –Between the Sheets($&) –Reemergence –Between the SheetsVibyl(@)New Dawn, New DaySET II:Simulator –GrowThe Rabble –Call Jam –The RabbleElsewhere(*)Sun, Moon and Stars($*)Blu Mood –MOD –Modular Improv –MODWorld Go RoundENCORE:Better Day($!)Light Years(*)Show Notes:* = first time played# = band wearing space helmets% = HB technical difficulties throughout song$ = w/ Maureen Murphy on vocals& = Isley Brothers [email protected] = extended jam of Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message”? = Modular Jam! = Alana on Stand Up Basslast_img read more

Robert Randolph And The Family Band Testify That They’ve “Got Soul” At Gramercy Theatre [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Robert Randolph and the Family Band | Gramercy Theatre | New York, NY | 4/26/17 | Photos by Stephen Olker Last night, Robert Randolph and the Family Band continued their current tour behind their newly released album Got Soul with a gig at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. Randolph, a noted master of the “sacred steel” guitar, turned the concert hall into the Church of Soul and the crowd into his congregation as he played preacher–conducting the ceremony with searing rock riffs and compelling his talented bandmates to testify! Dressed in a sharp silver-lapelled suit jacket, Randolph led the evening’s skilled Family Band lineup through a fiery performance. The evening was heavy on tried-and-true rock-and-roll covers and newer material from Got Soul, in addition to a show-closing selection from the band’s 2002 debut live album Live At The Wetlands.The set had a loose, improvisational feel, and for good reason: second guitarist Dean James, who led the band on vocals through a cover of The Band‘s “Up On Cripple Creek,” was a temporary addition to the lineup—Randolph found the guitarist via Instagram and invited him out to play some dates. Robert’s cousin “Little” Steve Ladson, who played an excellent performance on guitar (and sang a cover of Bill Withers‘ “Use Me Up”), usually serves as the band’s bassist. He and Rayfield “Ray Ray” Holloman, the band’s regular guitarist, swapped roles for the night—just for fun, it would appear—and both played so well that the uninitiated likely couldn’t tell that anything was amiss. Keyboardist Kasey Squares and vocalist Lanesha Randolph turned in top-notch performances as well, each adding texture to the electric exhibition. Randolph even welcomed an energetic three-piece horn section (two trombones, one sax) to join him for a pair of Got Soul originals. Randolph’s enthusiasm and his pleas for “somethin’ funky” from the brass-men were so contagious that all three were jumping and dancing by the end of the sit-in.As always, Randolph brimmed with rockstar mystique and charismatic swagger—playing through a broken string like he didn’t even miss it, standing on his chair, and wrestling with his signature instrument. The soul flowed through him like electricity through holy water. Along with the Band and Withers covers, Randolph and company delivered an instrumental run through Black Sabbath classic “War Pigs” and a particularly lovely solo jam on Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely,” after the rest of the band had left the stage one by one for the show’s end.However, while the covers were fun, the band showed their true powers through their original material, with tunes like “I Want It” and “Got Soul” exuding the raw, emotional, joyous, guitar-fuzz cacophony for which Randolph has become widely known. The show ended with Randolph preaching instructions to the crowd as he played his final notes: “Somebody feel wonderful in here!” And as if by magic—or the grace of soul—the crowd heard him, and abided.Check out a gallery of photos from the performance below, courtesy of photographer Stephen Olker. You can also watch Live For Live Music‘s Facebook Live Got Soul Digital Release Party with Robert Randolph below, featuring live fan Q&A, an impromptu “Voodoo Child” jam with album songwriting collaborator Eric Krasno, and a live performance of Got Soul single “I Want It.”Robert Randolph and the Family Band continue their Got Soul Tour this weekend with performances at Hopewell, VA’s Beacon Theatre tonight, Southside Arts and Music Fest in Bethlehem, PA tomorrow (Friday, April 28th), and Portland, ME’s Aura on Saturday (April 29th). For a full list of upcoming shows, or to purchase tickets, head Randolph’s website.last_img read more

Septic systems

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaLike hot water and electricity, your home septic system is one ofthose things you may not think about every day. That is, until itstops working. Then it’s all you think about.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist Kent McVaysays an easy way to prevent septic system problems is to haveyour system inspected every few years. Training the state’s installers”Septic system installation used to be as simple as knowing a guywith a backhoe,” McVay said. “Now, installation is much moreprofessional. And the state requires installers to attend whatamounts to one day of training every two years to earn eighthours of continuing education credits.”UGA specialists, engineers, state environmentalists and industryconsultants teach with both classroom and hands-on field trainingin the UGA program.About 4,000 Georgians are employed as installers. Another 400soil scientists and engineers work in the field, McVay said.With 70 percent to 80 percent of new home construction using on-site septic systems, McVay says septic system installation should be regulated because improper installation can severely impact public health.”The soils in Georgia are capable of taking careof this waste,” he said. “But the systems need to be installedcorrectly.”For a list of upcoming trainings, call McVay at (770) 233-5506or email him at [email protected] Pay now or pay laterIf you haven’t had your home septic system inspected in fiveyears, McVay recommends making an appointment with a septic tankpumper.”You may not want to spent the $200 or $300 for the inspectionand pumping now,” he said, “but it’s a lot cheaper than diggingup your lawn and installing new drain fields because youneglected your system.”McVay recently joined the UGA faculty in Griffin, Ga., asdirector of the university’s wastewater management educationprogram. He teaches proper septic system installation proceduresto installers across the state and at on-site training centers inGriffin and Hazlehurst.Each site demonstrates various types of septic system designs.The sites and the training program are funded by the GeorgiaDepartment of Human Resources, with support from the GeorgiaOnsite Wastewater Association.center_img An ounce of prevention”It’s not a pleasant topic, but it’s something that has to bedealt with,” McVay said. “The easy way to remember it’s time tohave your septic system cleaned is to have it done every electionyear.”To help extend the life of your home septic system, McVay offersthese tips:* Minimize water usage. “Your system can handle only so muchwater at a time,” he said. “Keep that in mind when you’re washingclothes, taking showers and running the dishwasher.”* Don’t use a garbage disposer. “If you’re on a home septicsystem, compost your kitchen scraps,” McVay said. “This canreduce the organic load by as much as 50 percent and help yourhome garden, too.”* Reduce harsh chemical usage. “Don’t use chlorine bleach toclean everything in your home,” he said. “Moderate use is okay,but excessive use kills the useful bacteria that are working tobreak down bacteria in your septic system.”last_img read more

Vermont Foodbank launches “Nothing Can End Hunger” campaign in Vermont

first_imgThe Vermont Foodbank is asking the community to ‘do nothing’ about ending hunger through an innovative initiative that highlights the despair of having nothing to eat with the launch of the ‘Nothing Can End Hunger’ campaign.Beginning today through September 30, Vermont residents will have the opportunity to purchase cans of ‘nothing’ ‘ empty cans with slots for collections ‘ at all participating Hannaford locations throughout Vermont for $2.99 each. All proceeds collected will go directly to support the Vermont Foodbank.Governor Peter Shumlin joined representatives from the Vermont Foodbank and campaign underwriters Citizens Bank and Hannaford Supermarkets at the Hannaford store in South Burlington today to launch the initiative.‘I appreciate the commitment of these businesses to lead Vermont’s fight against hunger in our state through the ‘Nothing Can End Hunger’ campaign,’ said Gov. Shumlin. ‘Coming off the national recession, the demand for food assistance here at home and across the country is huge. No one should go hungry. I am confident we can raise at least $40,000 to enable the Vermont Foodbank to ensure every Vermonter has access to nutritious meals.’Vermont is the ninth hungriest state in the country with 14 percent of all households experiencing food insecurity. Proceeds from the sale of each ‘nothing’ can will help provide 18 nourishing meals for a local family in need.‘The charitable food system is feeding more Vermonters than ever before. Cuts to the federal nutrition safety net, high unemployment and food and housing costs mean more Vermont residents are making a choice between food and other necessities,’ said John Sayles, Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Foodbank. ‘At the Vermont Foodbank, we turn nothing into a commodity to help the hungry year round. We commend Citizens Bank and Hannaford Supermarkets for partnering with us on this campaign to end hunger within our communities.’The ‘Nothing Can End Hunger’ campaign is supported and underwritten by Citizens Bank and Hannaford Supermarkets.‘The idea that nothing can end hunger in Vermont reflects the depth and intensity of the problem. At Hannaford, we are deeply committed to helping reduce hunger throughout the communities in which we serve and operate,’ said Hannaford Supermarkets Vermont District Manager Andy Willette. ‘We encourage our shoppers to do a little bit of nothing to assist the Vermont Foodbank. It is more important now than ever to lend our support to the organizations who share in our mission to combat hunger.’”Investing in our community is a core value at Citizens. When we learned about this campaign, we immediately thought it was an innovative and exciting way to approach hunger awareness and we wanted to be a part of it,” said Joe Carelli, President, Citizens Bank, Vermont. ‘Regardless of your ability to give – whether it’s a financial gift, donating your time to volunteer, or helping to promote awareness – any and all support makes a difference. I am proud to say we can all do something about nothing.”‘Nothing Can’ purchasers are also invited to use the empty can to collect donations from friends, colleagues and associates for the Vermont Foodbank. Filled cans can be returned at any participating Hannaford location. Hannaford Supermarkets will match all additional donations received through the return process.The Vermont Foodbank also accepts donations online at www.vtfoodbank.org(link is external). A $25 donation to the Vermont Foodbank will help provide a family of four with groceries for nearly two weeks.About the Vermont FoodbankThe Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of more than 280 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2010, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 7.6 million pounds of food to as many as 86,000 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation. To learn more about hunger in your community and to take action against hunger and poverty in Vermont, visit us on the web at www.vtfoodbank.org(link is external)About Citizens BankCitizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 24 branches and 46 ATMs in Vermont. RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $132 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s website is citizensbank.com. About Hannaford SupermarketsHannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 178 stores and employs 27,000 associates in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Most Hannaford locations have full-service pharmacies and all stores feature Guiding Stars, the nation’s first storewide nutrition navigation system. For more information, visit the all-new www.hannaford.com(link is external).last_img read more

Payments predictions for 2018

first_img continue reading » As hard as it is to believe, it’s once again time to start in on all our New Year’s resolutions. But first, we wanted to step back and share our predictions for 2018. The thought leaders of Trellance gazed deeply into their crystal balls and came up with their vision for what might happen in this new year, and the implications for the credit union community.Mike Chenderlin, Senior Portfolio ConsultantTo say fraud will increase is not even a small stretch as far as predictions. But 2018 will bring much more complex and evolved forms of fraud to credit unions, in the form of account take-overs, false account openings and synthetic fraud. All ways in which criminals can make money, but which existing fraud detection systems won’t notice. The existence of all the breached Equifax profiles on the dark web just makes this that much easier for fraudsters to open an account, obtain a credit card and a loan, and walk away with the proceeds, leaving the credit union with the liability.Implications for credit unions: Many credit unions are dipping their toes into the online and mobile loan origination waters, which is the preferred method for fraudsters to commit crimes remotely. Additional scrutiny needs to be placed on new members and new loans acquired through online channels. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Financial literacy in a post-COVID world

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Recently, I read Annamaria Lusardi’s article in Forbes about the importance of financial literacy in light of the COVID-19 economic recession.I’ve felt the devastating financial consequences of the pandemic in my own community: An eerily empty downtown. Jobs harder to come by. Dozens of restaurants closed for good.In the midst of this nationwide hardship, Lusardi (herself an economist and personal finance professor) and a team of co-authors set out to review the research and answer the question: Could building financial literacy really build financial resilience for American families? Or, more simply: does financial literacy work?Her team’s findings confirm what the team at Zogo already believed to be true: that financial education makes a difference — a great difference — in people’s lives. This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more