Camera Gear to Help You Capture the Perfect Outdoor Moments

first_imgYears of experience and a pocket full of cash are no longer necessary for taking and sharing stellar photos and videos of your outdoor moments. For those looking to branch out a bit from the generic selfies and snapchats on smartphones, here are a few different ways to get quality images to commemorate  memories made outside.With smartphones being a widely owned product, cameras as well as their features have improved, making it possible to shoot sweet nature pictures and even action shots. There is much more that can be achieved with simple and inexpensive phone add ons.Cell phone tripods can secure your phone in one spot for an extended amount of time. Doing this in just the right spot could capture gorgeous time lapses from start to finish sunsets to inches of snow appearing to fall in just seconds. Beyond time lapses, certain mini tripods are made from a flexible material that gives you the versatility to attach it to hanging tree limbs and other non flat surfaces. This way, you can set it up in nearly any environment, set a timer, and get in position for a masterpiece. When hiking, biking, or doing any other recreational activity, there is no guarantee that you will have someone else passing through when the perfect photo op occurs. For just $5-10, you can take one of these lightweight, small to pack tripods along with you to ensure you have a way to capture any moment in any environment.External smartphone lenses are small, yet effective in advancing the capabilities of your tiny smartphone camera. Additional lenses come in a variety of effects such as wide angle, magna, and fish-eye lenses. With a small plastic clip-on, these lenses get positioned right on top of your existing camera lens to make your photos more dynamic, close up, or zoomed even farther out to perhaps get a photo of a larger landscape. Waterproof cameras are a great resource to have if you want to take underwater footage or if you plan on taking photos while out paddling and you don’t want to risk your cell phone getting wet. Waterproof cameras range from convenient store disposable ones around $10 to the more expensive options of a handheld digital camera or GoPro. GoPros can seem daunting to buy when you are looking at their retail price in-store and for the latest model. Luckily, there are plenty of apps and online avenues to buy used or older generations of the camera. With newest generations costing around $400, it is possible to find one for $100 or just under if you search for used options. Don’t be too intimidated by putting a little money into your photography experience as waterproof cameras will prove to be worth it as they take incredible shots in any type of environment or weather conditions, are lightweight, and like with GoPro, you have the ability to use mounts to attach it to the front of a SUP board, a whitewater kayak, on top of a snowboard, on helmets of climbers, and many more options.DSLR Cameras are on the pricier end of the photography spectrum, but yield some of the best results in the field. Made from well-known brands like Nikon, Cannon, and Sony these cameras are a bit heavier to cary, don’t have a waterproof capacity, but give photo enthusiasts a platform to line up the perfect shot from a variety of zoom lenses to snap quick and high definition photos on a wide variety of adventures. Experienced photographers tend to shoot with DSLRs as they have many different adjustments such lighting, focus, and shutter speed.From the lens of a smartphone to the twisting of a monster zoom lens, outdoor photography does not have to be complicated or past your price point to be better and more advanced. Next time you plan an adventure, think about the scenery and environment and what equipment could maximize the potential of your photography.last_img read more

US Trains Mexican Marines in Drug War

first_imgBy Dialogo December 07, 2010 The United States is supplying intelligence and crucial training to elite units of Mexican marines who are engaged in an operation against drug cartels, The Washington Post reported. Citing unnamed diplomats and law enforcement officials, the newspaper said the effort includes more information-sharing and training than previously known. A wave of suspected drug-related violence has left more than 28,000 dead across Mexico since 2006, according to official figures. More than 2,700 people have been killed this year alone in Ciudad Juarez, a city of some 1.3 million. More than 50 killings in the border city in the past two years were of US citizens. The US assistance has enabled the Mexican marines to carry out the kind of rapid-strike operations undertaken by US forces against Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, the report said. Based in the US embassy in Mexico City and in consulates along the US-Mexican border, for example in Matamoros, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration deliver “intelligence packages” about the location of drug bosses to the Mexican marines, The Post said. The marines then go into action, sometimes capturing, sometimes killing their targets in spectacular urban firefights often within hours, the paper noted. Mexican officials deny that the US military is training Mexican marines, and the Pentagon declines to discuss the training, The Post said. But US officials and recently leaked diplomatic cables confirm that the US military is conducting urban-combat and counterinsurgency instruction in Mexico and the United States, the report pointed out.last_img read more

Call it what you will, but your credit union is the PFM

first_imgTo be very honest, I do not know where the term personal financial management (PFM) came from. Nor do I know why some companies are labeled PFM companies. From my point of view, personal financial management is something that people do, personally, to manage their  finances.  To say that a banking technology company is a “PFM vendor”, seems short sighted, because in my mind, the ultimate PFM provider is a credit union, not a vendor. At the core of any credit union is the desire to provide the member with solutions and resources that allow for sound financial management. Yes, it’s personal.There are fintech companies that focus heavily on leveraging technology to enhance the online banking experience using data, product and experience to build an environment that provides users more financial tools and relevance. Some of these companies partner with core and online banking providers with strong integrations, with the intent of differentiating their platforms and making them more robust, across all channels. I believe they also have a goal to empower credit unions to do more with data so the credit unions themselves, can compete and live up to their promise of being financial advocates. You can not be a financial advocate unless you actively provide a variety of financial management solutions. “Great” loan rates and a free checking, don’t make your credit union a financial advocate; they make it a commodity.The financial services industry is starting to come to the realization that in order to survive, they must open their architectures. This is putting healthy pressure on core providers to review and enhance their digital ecosystems. Not too long ago, many argued that neobanks would holistically disrupt existing banking models. Perhaps this was an awakening, but the demise of the banking industry is not likely to happen soon. What is happening, is that banks and bank technology providers are increasing innovation and enriching services by using other organizations’ technology or platforms, via solutions such as APIs. All improves a credit union’s ability to be the ultimate personal financial manager of their member households.So-called PFM providers or vendors, at least those that integrate with retail banking platforms, have morphed into financial technology providers that specialize in data collection, analysis, management and usage, with the intent of helping you, the credit unions, provide richer personal financial experiences. Budgeting tools, graphs and the sorts, are not going to you drive your success and help you grow your credit union, unless you approach things from a broader strategic position. You’re going to need data and must find better ways to leverage it, to better predict member needs, while supporting the age old notion that convenience and accessibility remain of paramount importance to the member experience. Digital banking is ripe for disruption and finally evolving as more tools are added, better data leveraged and mobile coming to the strategic forefront.Some Fintech companies, a couple of which had their roots in SaaS consumer budgeting solutions, are now digital financial management providers, working closely with online banking providers and cores to evolve the member experience so you can become the preferred financial provider and the ultimate personal financial manager. They are bringing data-driven user experiences to digital banking and empowering you to compete in new and exciting ways so you can truly become your members financial advocate.I’m no fan of the acronyms (like PFM, PFE) used today, so I’ll end with this. Credit union members need online or digital financial management and online banking is morphing into just this. This shift will help your credit union in many ways, the least of which is to become the true personal financial manager your members want and need. 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: https://www.strategycorps.com Detailslast_img read more

Status quo is not an option: An interview with Gary Vaynerchuk

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Upon meeting Gary Vaynerchuk in person for the first time at this year’s Financial Brand Forum, I was immediately struck by his energy, enthusiasm and gratitude. Having followed Gary on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other channels, this wasn’t a complete surprise, but you need to see him in person to realize that his level of engagement and passion for what he does and communicates is no act for social media. He is a huge believer in the value of hard work, testing new ideas, helping others succeed and disrupting oneself.He is also a social marketing machine, continuously on his smartphone, generating a never-ending barrage of great content of video, audio, and blog material every day. At the Financial Brand Forum, he even had his personal videographer with him, capturing every moment of the day for future distribution. Despite his amazingly busy schedule, however, he never is too busy to engage with one of his fans — who, like me, are somewhat awestruck by his message and presence. He is genuine, grateful for his followers, and never turns down a request for a selfie.Gary’s opening keynote presentation at this year’s Financial Brand Forum was direct, insightful and without compromise. His message of using social media marketing to improve results in an increasingly digital world was well received by the audience in excess of 2,000. His ability to combine his personal story with industry insights and humor was entertaining as well as educational. While not being hesitant to call out marketers in the audience for being late in the use of social media marketing, he provided inspiration that it is not too late to get on the bandwagon. continue reading »last_img read more

Do right by your data and your data will do right by you

first_imgApart from a credit union’s members, the member data it stores in multiple systems and databases represent its next most valuable asset. But some credit unions may struggle to successfully find, manage and leverage the value of the vast amount of data they store. Organizations face impacts today that were not imagined in prior strategic planning cycles. Credit unions now see great value in raising the priority of proper data management in their business strategies.Your data must be trustworthy. This is important in normal times, but even more so in periods of unusually high stress. Credit unions have turned to data as the resource for mobilizing their efforts to ease members’ anxieties.Four Steps to Data Management MaturityA formalized data management practice helps credit unions apply a higher level of discipline to the business of keeping their data in good order. Credit unions can benefit from a consultation with a data management specialist who can apply a proven four-step process to assess a credit union’s data management maturity level: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Expenses need to be cut, but not in my department

first_imgWe’re all aware that 2021 could be a lean year for earnings, given that loan losses are expected to increase, the low rate environment is expected to continue, and the unknowns seem to outnumber the knowns for the pandemic and the economy.Many organizations are in expense control or cost-cutting mode. One of the challenges, beyond the obvious, is how to get your team on board with the decisions that are being made. Making equal cuts across departments might seem like the best way to avoid “being unfair,” but it’s rarely the best path for the organization as a whole.Strategy and reality are the filters. When making tough decisions, your strategy must be paramount. Think long and hard about any cuts that could chip away at your business model, the ability to generate income, acquire members, cross-sell or the member experience. As you consider, ask how long these decisions will have an impact, and what they might do to your competitive position in the future. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Long Islanders Rally as Thousands Protest Police Killings in NYC, D.C.

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ten days after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man, thousands took to the streets across the country demanding justice for Eric Garner as well as others killed by police. In Washington D.C., demonstrators marched down historic Pennsylvania Avenue, holding signs that read “Black Lives Matter” while pleading for change in America’s justice system. Tens of thousands were also expected to descend on New York City for what could turn out to be the largest demonstration in Manhattan since the Staten Island grand jury voted against indicting the NYPD officer involved in Garner’s death. Long Islanders were also eager to let their voices be heard. About a dozen people marched peacefully in Islip from Brookwood Hall Park to Town Hall as Suffolk County police cruisers followed along. A separate rally was also held in Hempstead. “We need more peace!” chanted the Islip demonstrators, led by Rev. Bryan Greaves of Holy Church of Christ in Central Islip. “Increase the peace.” Standing on the steps of town hall, Greaves said, “today we are here for tomorrow.” The rally, he said, was meant to instill respect and peace in the community. Speaking of future generations, Greaves said, “We have a responsibility to do something to ensure their safety.” Bishop Donald Hudson of Common Ground Church in Central Islip called for federal investigators to bring charges against the officers involved in the deaths of Garner and 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., so “we can see justice and peace.” Hudson echoed comments made by Greaves, saying, “let’s make sure that we join hand-in-hand with peace. “It’s about right versus wrong,” he said, not race. Marching in Islip was Rochelle Allen, who said she came out to “show the community, law enforcement, everyone in our community that we stand together.” She also wanted to show her support for families of those who died in recent confrontations with police. “It’s important that we raise awareness and show people that we can spread peace,” Allen said, “and we can spread love and things don’t have to be the way they are.”Her mother Shirley Bennett-Allen called for change. “It’s time for us to stop all this foolishness, on both sides; as far as the cops are concerned, as far as the young men are concerned,” she said. “And when you see people acting out, we have to understand that these children know that we’re not going to try to glorify them…like there’s no fault in anything they’ve done,” she added. “But nobody deserved to die, especially if the child didn’t have a gun.”The non-indictment in the Garner case came just days after a grand jury in Ferguson decided against charging police officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s death. The decision in the Garner case was even more surprising, demonstrators have said, because the entire confrontation was caught on cell phone video. While Missouri laws allowed the prosecutor in that case to release details of the grand jury proceedings, which are secret, New York State law largely prevents the release of grand jury information. The New York Civil Liberties union on Friday sent a formal request to the judge who oversaw the Garner grand jury case asking for the public release of transcripts from the proceedings. The group also asked that any information that could lead to the identification of jurors or witnesses be redacted. “The failure to indict the officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner after the incident was clearly recorded on video has severely damaged the ability of much of the public to trust the criminal justice system and has left many wondering if black lives even matter,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. NYPD supporters plan to hold their own rally Friday at 5 p.m., according to a Facebook page called “Thank you NYPD.”last_img read more

Charlie Nicholas fires warning to Mikel Arteta over use of Arsenal youngsters

first_imgArteta is keen on fielding plenty of young players for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Charlie Nicholas has warned Mikel Arteta to avoid overusing Arsenal’s young prospects like Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.The Spanish coach has emphasised the importance of giving game time to young players and even cut short Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell at Leeds United to put him straight into the Gunners first team.Experienced heads like Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mohamed Elneny have been shipped out on loan to make space for the next generation.But given the financial impact the coronavirus crisis is likely to have on available funds for new signings, Arsenal legend Nicholas is concerned about the youngsters being given too much responsibility.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We’re hanging onto some of the real good talents that we have as youngsters, you know Saka for instance, Martinelli,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.‘These type of players that we’ve got, we think they can do a job in the first team now, but we don’t know for how long and how consistent they can be.‘Of course, the one thing we know as ex-players is you need to get the balance of the youngsters and the guys that are more experienced correct.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 4 Jun 2020 12:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Charlie Nicholas fires warning to Mikel Arteta over use of Arsenal youngsters Advertisement Saka has had an incredible debut season for the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)Many Premier League clubs are likely to prioritise the signing of free agents, loan deals and swaps in the next window.One player that has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates is Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser, but the Scotland international is reportedly no longer a ‘priority’ for the Gunners.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalIn terms of outgoings, top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is yet to agree to an extension on his current deal which expires next summer.Nicholas believes the club may be better off selling him at the end of the season rather than losing him on a free transfer next year.‘If Aubameyang decides that a big club come in and he wants to go, because surely by now Arsenal know whether he’s going to sign a contract or not,’ he added.‘So, if you can get decent money you sell him, it’ll be hard to take but you have to get on with it.’MORE: Pep Guardiola contacts former Arsenal flop as Man City prepare €50m bidMORE: Chelsea’s chances of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal rated by Craig BurleyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang supported Man Utd as a child because of two stars

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed he supported Man Utd in his youth (Picture: Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has risked the ire of Arsenal fans by admitting he supported Manchester United as a kid, being particularly enamoured by Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole.The 31-year-old is the subject of much speculation right now as his Arsenal future is discussed. The prolific striker has been offered a mammoth new deal with the Gunners, with his current contract expiring next year, and while he is yet to sign anything, it is thought that an agreement is close.While he may well remain at the Emirates, it was actually his dream to play for Manchester United while he was growing up, inspired by the strike partnership of Cole and Yorke, which tore up defences before and after the turn of the millennium.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked by Stadium Astro the first team he supported, Aubameyang said: ‘Manchester United, when I was a kid.‘I remember the duo, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke. The team was sick at that time, I think this was the first team I supported.’ Advertisement Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole helped Manchester United to the famous treble in 1999 (Picture:: Getty Images)Arsenal fans might not be delighted to hear their captain was a Red Devils fan as a kid, but it was not a Manchester United player he looked up to most when learning the game.The Gabon international instead took inspiration from the Brazil, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid icon Ronaldo, who Aubameyang says changed the game for strikers.‘Ronaldo, the Brazilian one,’ said Aubameyang of his football icon. ‘For me he changed the game.‘How to play football for a striker, I remember he was playing like crazy, he can do everything.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Fast, very strong, so good with the feet, so quick, he had everything. He could score a goal with the head, he could do everything.’Arsenal are keen to get Aubameyang’s contract situation sorted as soon as possible, having offered their captain a deal until 2023 and a significant increase on his current £200,000-a-week wages.The former Borussia Dortmund man scored 29 goals in all competitions last season, taking his Gunners tally to a superb 70 goals in 109 games.MORE: Arsenal ‘showing the most interest’ in Real Madrid outcast James RodriguezMORE: Arsenal planning £100m summer spending spree on three key transfer targetsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang supported Man Utd as a child because of two stars Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 8 Aug 2020 12:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShareslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges Swift Passage of Campus Safety Legislation

first_img September 06, 2018 It’s On Us PA,  Press Release,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – With the Trump administration proposing to weaken campus rules for responding to sexual violence, Governor Tom Wolf today renewed his call for the General Assembly to swiftly pass a package of bipartisan bills that would help protect students at Pennsylvania’s K-12 schools and our colleges and universities.“The federal government may be turning its back on these survivor/victims, but Pennsylvania must continue to make progress,” said Governor Wolf. “One year ago, I stood with hundreds of students and bipartisan legislators to support these bills. Given what’s at stake, it should be commonsense to pass this legislation to make schools and campuses safer.”Under Governor Wolf, Pennsylvania launched “It’s On Us PA” in 2016 to combat sexual assault in schools and on campuses, becoming the first state in the nation to join the national campaign. The governor has secured $3 million, $1 million in each of the last three state budgets, to provide grants to colleges and universities, reaching tens of thousands of students and professional staff to develop evidence-based prevention, reporting, and response systems to address campus sexual assault.The first six weeks of the fall semester until about the Thanksgiving break are often referred to as the “red zone” when sexual assaults on college campuses often spike. First year students are especially vulnerable.“Now—during a period when so many survivors have been empowered by the #metoo movement to share their experiences of sexual abuse—is not a time to take a step backwards in how we protect our loved ones at schools and campuses across the Commonwealth,” PCAR CEO Karen Baker said. “We know that sexual harassment, abuse and assault are serious and widespread problems and what we say and do about them matters. It’s time to send a loud message to our state legislators. Urge them to support the bi-partisan package of bills presented by Gov. Wolf to help to create schools and campuses that protect our children and take seriously any reports of sexual misconduct.”The governor urged passage of the following bipartisan bills:Amnesty for students who report domestic violence or sexual assault: requires postsecondary schools to have policies to protect the students from discipline for violating other school policies, such as drug and alcohol use. (HB1757 sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Dean and SB 871 sponsored by Senator Judy Schwank)Online, anonymous reporting of sexual misconduct: requires postsecondary schools to create the reporting option for students. (SB 874 sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker and HB 1756 sponsored by Rep. Dan Frankel)Affirmative consent standards: requires postsecondary institutions adopt standards for responding to allegations of sexual violence and expand K-12 health education standards to explicitly address areas of consent and healthy relationships in middle and high school. (HB 1755 sponsored by Rep. Mary Jo Daley)Comprehensive anti-violence and anti-harassment policies: consolidate existing requirements for K-12 schools around bullying, harassment, and violence, requiring districts to implement anonymous reporting systems and report statistics to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. (SB 872 sponsored by Sen. Art Haywood and HB 1754 sponsored by Rep. Dan Miller)Expand the Office for Safe Schools: requires the office within PDE to provide resources and support to postsecondary as well as K-12 institutions. The Office will award grants, monitor and assist with compliance with federal laws, and offer training and resources to educational institutions. (SB 870 sponsored by Sen. Vincent Hughes and HB 1752 sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback)Annual report card on sexual violence and harassment: requires school entities and postsecondary institutions to submit information on sexual violence and harassment incidents that occur at the institution and requiring PDE to publish annual report cards. (HB 1753 sponsored by Rep. Brian Sims)All of the bills remain in the House or Senate Education Committees. Governor Wolf Urges Swift Passage of Campus Safety Legislationcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more