With most of the international world still reeling from the news of Prince’s passing last week, full video has surfaced of a particularly rocking Prince and the Revolution performance from Syracuse’s Carrier Dome on March 30th, 1985. Packing out the near 50,000 seat arena, even back in ’85, Prince was already an international star, coming off the heels of Purple Rain (both the album and film) the year prior.Prince Has Passed AwayA review of the show from Syracuse Herald American the day after reads, “As the Unitel cameras followed, on stage, it was sheer Prince: The crafty dance moves – pirouettes, body slams, full splits – reminiscent of rhythm-and-blues-funk greats James Brown or Sly Stone, the look of ’50s rocker Little Richard, the Jimi Hendrix-style guitar playing but the roaring ’80s music that is definitely Prince.”This is truly Prince at his prime, wailing on the guitar and bursting with enthusiasm in every note. Enjoy full video of the show below, and you can navigate between songs by clicking the icon in the top-left corner:Setlist: Prince at Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY – 3/30/85Let’s Go CrazyDelirious1999Little Red CorvetteTake Me With U Do Me, Baby Irresistible Bitch Possessed How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore Let’s Pretend We’re Married International Lover God Computer Blue Darling Nikki The Beautiful Ones When Doves CryEncore: I Would Die 4 U Baby I’m a StarEncore 2: Purple Rain
The International Criminal Court is saving civilian lives in multiple countries, according to research that provides the first quantitative evidence.The study by professors at Harvard University and Texas A&M, which will be featured in the summer issue of the journal International Organization, has drawn widespread attention from people on either side of a polarized debate about the ICC’s role in international justice.Vocal critics have long claimed the ICC is an ineffective obstacle to peace processes while enthusiasts believe it useful in advancing global peace and security. The underlying question: is the ICC irreparably flawed or an institution worth investing in?Now researchers Beth Simmons and Hyeran Jo have contributed a systematic study that can impartially inform this pressing debate in international affairs.The academics tracked the ICC’s actions over time, global ratification patterns, and domestic legal reforms. They analyzed whether those factors reduced civilian killing patterns in about 100 countries with prior experience of civil war. Their findings suggest the ICC has a clear deterrent impact and helps prevent atrocities worldwide.“There is now some reason to think the ICC saves some lives — but the ICC is also deeply embedded in the world of politics and faces challenges in securing state support and capturing criminals,” said Simmons, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University and former director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Handling leftoversWhen it’s done, never put grilled food back on the dish it camefrom. “If you put meat or poultry back onto plates with rawjuices,” she said, “you can put bacteria right back on the foodsyou just cooked.”Grilled food never tastes better than when it’s hot, right offthe grill. It’s never safer, either.”As with any food, don’t eat grilled foods that have been left atroom temperature for more than two hours,” Harrison said. “If thefood is outside on a hot day (85 or warmer), one hour is a saferrule.”If foods have sat outside on buffet tables with lots of chancesfor contamination to occur,” she said, “it’s best to throwleftovers away.”Safe grilling tipsTo make sure your outdoor grilling project is safe, follow these tips:* Be careful lighting the fire. Never use gasoline, fuel oil orkerosene. (They’re dangerous, and their smoke leaves an oilyaftertaste on the food.)* Keep clothes close. Roll up shirt sleeves, tuck shirts in andavoid wearing loose, flowing skirts or scarves. Keep long hairrestricted, too.* Use long-handled utensils and potholders. Keep cookware handlesturned to one side away from the heat. Keep a water spray bottleor hose close by.* Be sure the fire is completely out before you leave it.(April Reese is a writer with the University of Georgia Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Follow these stepsSteps for safe grilling1. Start with clean hands, utensils, dishes and work surfaces.”If you’re grilling away from home, take some disposable handwipes along,” Harrison said.2. Keep any meats refrigerated or in a cooler with ice until thegrill is hot.3. Marinate raw meat, fish and poultry in the refrigerator orcooler, not on the counter.4. Once you put it on the grill, cook meat and poultrythoroughly. “Use a meat thermometer to know for sure when foodsare safely cooked,” she said.Cook cuts of beef like roasts to an internal temperature of atleast 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium rare, 160 for medium and170 for well done. “Be aware that meat cooked to 145 degreesstill carries some bacterial risk,” she said. Cook whole poultryto 180 degrees.Whatever you do, don’t undercook hamburgers. “To be sure youdestroy bacteria, cook meat patties to at least 160 degrees andground poultry to 165 degrees,” Harrison said.Some outdoor chefs like to speed grilling time by partiallyprecooking meat or poultry. That’s OK if the food goes right fromthe microwave or range to the grill, she said. But interruptedcooking is risky business. By April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaThe choice of chicken, ribs, burgers or steaks isn’t the mostimportant preparation for your backyard cookout. Not the way JudyHarrison sees it.”Put safety first,” says Harrison, a foods specialist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”Safe food handling is always important. But during the summergrilling season, we need to be even more aware of food handlingpractices.”People cooking in the backyard or at a picnic site may not alwaysbe as good at hand-washing and personal hygiene as they are inthe kitchen, she said.But keeping hands, dishes and utensils clean is critical whengrilling. Bacteria thrive on hot days, and this can lead tofood-borne illness.Foodborne illness is no picnic”Nothing can spoil summer fun like a case of food-borne illness,”Harrison said.Symptoms can range from diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain andfever to long-term health problems such as arthritic conditions,heart complications and central nervous system or kidneydisorders. Some cases can kill.Anyone can get sick from the backyard grill or whenever food ismishandled, Harrison said. Infants, young children, pregnantwomen and the elderly are especially susceptible to complicationsof food-borne illness. So are people whose immune systems areweakened by AIDS, liver disease or cancer treatment.”Fortunately, food-borne illness is preventable,” she said. “Youjust have to pay attention to food safety rules.”
By Kristen PlankUniversity of Georgia“It has been almost 10 years since natural gas has been deregulated,” said Cynthia Johnson, director of public affairs with the Georgia Public Service Commission. “But when asking consumers who their natural gas provider is, the answer is almost always the same: Atlanta Gas Light Company.”That’s a problem, because AGL isn’t a provider. When problems arise, consumers need their natural gas marketers. This is where University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents come in handy.The UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences was granted a $1.9-million grant to educate Georgians on using natural gas in their homes.“The grant was funded by Atlanta Gas Light Company, which is also working with the Georgia Public Service Commission,” said FACS associate dean Jorge Atiles. “It’s really designed to help consumers in choosing a gas marketer, understanding their bills and knowing exactly what they’re buying.”Ten UGA Extension county FACS agents will be teaching consumers about safety practices, gas maintenance and preventing unnecessary disconnections in service. “The agents are spread all over the state,” Atiles said.The information is aimed at everyone who uses natural gas. High-income, low-income and everyone in-between will have access to the educators.For Johnson, this is great news, since she deals with consumers daily.The relationship among UGA, AGL and the Georgia PSC is a “perfect partnership,” Johnson said. The grant money will enable more consumers to gain information in more effective ways.“Typically, information about natural gas is printed in newspaper ads and on billboards and buses,” she said. “But people can walk by those without really noticing them. But the commission gave explicit instructions on what educators’ initiatives should look like.”The grant will allow more face-to-face contact with consumers, she said, “from large gatherings with agents to one-on-one communication with households.”“We’re taking a multilayer approach now,” Atiles said.The information on how to help consumers with natural gas problems will still go out through the media and through UGA Extension offices. Atiles said they’re trying to get gas marketers to reach out more to their customers.None of this is lost on Johnson, who said many people don’t know other options are available.“We have elderly consumers on fixed $8,000 annual incomes with gas bills that can be more than $300 a month,” she said. “They don’t realize they’re eligible for discounts or that they can choose a provider with a lower rate.”She points to other consumers who get disconnected after a late payment. “Once they finally pay the bill,” she said, “they find out they have a $200 bill for reactivation and reconnection.”Many people don’t realize they have a right by law to set up a reasonable payment schedule so they can afford their bills, Johnson said.“This grant with UGA will help us get these consumers educated (on their options),” Johnson said.(Kristen Plank is a student writer for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Jane C Graiko of Essex Junction, Vermont, is the winner of the 2010 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Prize awarded annually by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life magazine.Graiko’s winning story, titled “Heart Sounds,” is a first person account of a woman in a coma, struggling to understand her situation through brief periods of perception. “My head throbs, neck aches, toes tingle. My fingers feel solid and unbending like lower branches on a 60-year-old oak. Bits and pieces of conversations float around me and I discern that I — builder of rock walls, planter of vegetable gardens, and gatherer of winter’s wood — have for days or weeks been considered touch and go. But what did I touch and where did I go?”The reader slowly learns what has happened through her confused memories of a car, a deer and walking in the woods, with a disastrous result.Mary Hegarty Nowlan, one of the judges and editor of Vermont Life, commented, “Ms. Graiko’s submission was selected as the winner because it was a very moving tale not only of a woman’s struggle to emerge from a coma, but ultimately of the love between a grandmother and granddaughter. Ms. Graiko’s creative approach to telling her story caught the attention of all the judges.”At the University of Vermont, where she has worked since 1986, Graiko coordinates an academic-based scholarship program for first generation college students with limited financial resources. She has been writing since age 10 and has extensive non-fiction credits, but this is her first published fiction. Graiko began her career as a reporter for the Syracuse Post Standard and also worked for Stone & Webster, writing newsletters and press releases. Graiko began her life in Rhode Island, but has lived in Vermont longer than any other place.”Heart Sounds” appears in the fall issue of Vermont Life, which is now available in bookstores and on newsstands.Graiko will receive a $1,500 prize for the short story. The literary prize is named for the late Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., a Vermont historian and writer and long-time member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors.This is the 21st year that the Ralph Nading Hill Literary Prize has encouraged writers in Vermont and it is now considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes. Entries may include essays, short stories and poetry.The selection was made by an independent panel of judges: Mary Hegarty Nowlan, editor of Vermont Life; Tom Slayton, past editor of Vermont Life; Tony Marro, retired executive editor of Newsday; Alison Freeland, a 1994 winner of the Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., award for her story, “Shadbush”; Brian Vachon, retired vice president of communications at National Life of Vermont and a former Vermont Life editor; and Steve Terry, retired Green Mountain Power senior executive.The deadline for entries for this year’s contest is November 15, 2010. The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and college students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers. The focus of the work must be “Vermont — Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long. Staff of Vermont Life or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible. Send entries to the Corporate Relations Department of Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446.Source: GMP. 9.19.2010
Cows with a Sweet Tooth: Mayfield, Ky. The price of corn is too high for many farmers. To combat the cost, Joseph Watson of United Livestock Commodities has decided to feed his 1,400 cattle chocolate in an effort to help them gain weight. Watson gets second-hand candy at a discounted rate and gives it to the animals with a nutrient mix. In related news, the price of chocolate milk has suddenly decreased.Virginia Asks for Acorns: Richmond, Va. Good people of the Commonwealth, your Department of Forestry needs a favor. Officials are asking residents around Virginia to collect acorns in an effort to preserve native trees. Early October is an optimal time to the pick up ‘corns of the 11 needed species, including Allegheny Chinkapin, White Oak, Northern Red Oak, and Chinese Walnut. Requests of those willing to help include not storing the acorns in plastic bags and not storing the same species together. Collected acorns can be dropped off at the nearest DOF office.Supersized South: Jackson, Miss. The South continued its dominance in the waistline wars. When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released its state rankings for the country’s highest obesity rates, Mississippi took the top spot for the sixth straight year. West Virginia, Alabama, and Kentucky also cracked the top 10.Make a Grown Man Cry: Gastonia, N.C.First the good news: no one was seriously injured when a car smashed into a tractor trailer on I-85 in late August. The bad news: the truck was carrying 43,000 pounds of beer, which spilled all over the highway.Food to Trash: Washington, D.C.Forty percent of the food in America ends up in the trash. The astounding figure was released in a late August report by the Natural Resources Defense Council that shines a light on domestic food waste. Food has now overtaken paper as the biggest occupier of our landfills. Edibles being tossed by farms, restaurants, households, manufacturers, and grocery stores adds up to $165 billion a year.Beyond the Blue RidgeRUI: Rafting Under the Influence: Fairbanks, AlaskaNext time you float down your favorite backyard river with a cooler full of suds, think of William Modene. The 32-year-old was arrested for DUI after floating down Alaska’s Chena River with a hearty buzz. Authorities responded to calls about a rafter acting intoxicated, and when they pulled Modene from his raft, his breathalizer test spiked to .313—four times the legal limit.MTB Worlds Cancelled: Alberta, CanadaThe 24-hour Mountain Bike World Championships, which was supposed to take place in mid-September, was cancelled due to an insufficient number of entrants. The race, which propelled regional hero and mountain biking endurance pioneer Chris Eatough to fame, was initially scheduled to make a debut in Canmore, Alberta. Eatough won six straight championships at the event that dates back to 1998. His just-short attempt at a seventh was documented in the gritty independent documentary Go Solo.Glacier National Park Needs a New Name: West Glacier, MontanaIs Glacier on your park bucket list? You should probably get there sooner than later. Scientists are predicting the park’s namesake could be gone by 2020 at the rate they are disappearing, thanks to climate change. The park even earned a place on Frommer’s “500 Places to See Before They Disappear.”
A rising number of 20-somethings don’t have credit cards, and they want a different kind of relationship with financial advisors, too.by: Kimberly PalmerMore than one-third of 18- to 29-year-olds have never had a credit card, according to a survey of 1,000 adults released last month by CreditCards.com. Thanks to the 2009 Card Act, which put strict limits on how credit cards are marketed and issued to young people, as well as the Great Recession, which seems to have made young adults more hesitant to take on debt, credit cards are no longer a wallet staple.“For college students, it’s a whole lot harder to get a credit card than it used to be,” says Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst for CreditCards.com and U.S. News Money blogger. When he was in college 25 years ago, he recalls credit card offers all over campus. “There were tables offering Frisbees and T-shirts for signing up, and that just isn’t happening anymore because of the Credit Card Act,” he says. Now, he adds, college students stick with debit or prepaid cards instead.Those shifting credit card habits are just the beginning of what makes millennials different when it comes to money. Financial experts who work with millennials also say they’re looking for a different type of relationships with financial advisors, including more virtual communication via Skype calls or even social media. They also want to understand their investments and make sure they’re keeping fees to a minimum, which differs from the more hands-off approach favored by their parents’ generation.“Millennials are skeptical toward the financial industry. They lived through the Great Recession and are distrustful of Wall Street, but at the same time, they are engaged in their finances and want to manage their money,” says Silviya Simeonova, a senior analyst at Corporate Insight, a consulting and research firm. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
A new mobile app gives consumers the opportunity to become members of USALLIANCE Financial and fund their new accounts in just minutes, transforming what has traditionally been a cumbersome process.The enrollment option, which is included as a feature of the credit union’s Apple and Android standard apps, guides prospective members to scan the barcode of their driver’s license. That simple step serves to prepopulate the enrollment application, reduces keystrokes, aids in verifying their identity, and provides key information for qualifying them for membership, notes CUES member Kristi Kenworthy, AVP/e-commerce for the $1 billion+ Rye, N.Y., credit union serving 80,000 members throughout the Northeast.The mobile enrollment process also employs GPS to compare applicants’ physical locations to the address on their driver’s license, adding another layer of security. The native app, developed in partnership with GRO Solutions, Atlanta, offers “a slick user experience with a focus on making it easy, quick, and secure,” Kenworthy says.The onboarding app is also installed on iPads used in new member enrollment at USALLIANCE Financial’s 22 branches, which creates “an opportunity for employees to provide a better member experience,” says VP/Marketing Tori Burton, also a CUES member. “They tell new members, ‘We can open your account in less than three minutes,’ and they also let members know the process is so intuitive they can open additional accounts in the future from their phones.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mansel Guerry Mansel Guerry is President and CEO of CU24, operator of the country’s largest credit union-owned POS and surcharge-free ATM networks, and also provides a range of other services to … Web: www.cu24.com Details Lately, I’ve found myself thinking about my mother a bit more than usual. Happens every year around this time.It’s funny: most of the time I spent growing up, I didn’t think my mother knew anything! But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize: the woman’s a genius!I’m sure many of you feel the same way (about your mothers, that is). And, the thing I realize more and more is that so many of the lessons I learned from my mother are directly applicable to the credit union movement; makes perfect sense since us CUSOs are like family.Here are three biggies:COUNT TO TEN BEFORE YOU SPEAKAs a kid, I thought I had all the answers and was always ready to give them. This little trick taught me not only to think before I speak, but that the first answer isn’t always the best one. The credit union movement is going through rapid changes in this fast-paced age, and with those changes come challenges. Though the natural inclination is to act quickly, we should be careful not to accept the first answer that comes along, but to find the one that works best for our Credit Unions and their members.HOMEWORK COMES FIRSTGrowing up, I tried pretty much anything and everything to avoid doing homework. After all, I had friends to hang out with, TV shows to watch…heck, I’d even mow the lawn if it got me out of cracking the books. But my mother wouldn’t have it. She knew that setting aside a couple of hours to make sure I absorbed what I’d learned at school that day, while preparing for the next day, made a huge difference. Boy, does that theory hold up today. Our 9-5 is filled with meetings, phonecalls, emails, and the like. Taking some time “after hours” to lock in the lessons from the day and think about how to apply them to tomorrow, is invaluable.STAND UP STRAIGHTI’ve always been a pretty tall guy and I hit my growth spurt before most of my friends. As such, I slouched. It wasn’t that I was ashamed of my height; I was merely self-conscious. Mom made me realize that rather than embrace this special part of me, I was actually drawing negative attention to a positive attribute. We need to stand up straight. Ours is a movement rooted in service, based on the noble ideas of giving people an opportunity to manage, save, and have a say in their money. During this time when our target market is clamoring for support, for a voice, and for opportunity, we must embrace who we are, proudly tout our values and beliefs, and welcome everyone into our fine, benevolent Credit Union way of life.Happy Mother’s Day!
Bahlil, however, admitted that the bill might not have any significant impact on investment this year, adding that the effects were expected to be felt next year. The government expects to attract Rp 817.2 trillion (US$55.4 billion) in investment this year.“We estimate that growth [in investment next year] could be 2 to 3 percent higher than normal growth. But, we need to adjust the data to take into account [the impacts of] COVID-19,” said Bahlil.Investment increased 12.2 percent year-on-year (yoy) in 2019, much higher than the 4.1 percent recorded in 2018.BKPM reported in late July that Rp 191.9 trillion in investment had been recorded in the second quarter of this year, 4.3 percent lower than the same period last year. Domestic investment fell 1.4 percent yoy and foreign direct investment fell 6.9 percent yoy.However, Bahlil said his office estimated the investment figures in the July-September period would be better than the figures in the April-June period.Topics : The government is trying to revise 79 prevailing laws and more than 1,200 articles with the omnibus bill. The bill, which is more than 1,000 pages long and contains 174 articles in 15 chapters, has faced backlash from labor unions, observers and NGOs that argue it will jeopardize labor rights and weaken environmental protection, among other issues.Read also: Omnibus bill could hurt labor, environmental protections: World BankLawmakers are expected to discuss issues related to the employment provisions in the bill this month to accommodate proposed revisions on wages, severance pay, layoffs and social security, among other things, that were submitted by 18 labor unions in August.The government expects the bill to address many overlapping regulations and help attract investment to support economic growth and create jobs. The government has begun preparing regulations so the omnibus bill on job creation can be implemented within a month after being passed into law, expected to be in October, an official has said.Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadalia said Tuesday the government had been preparing the implementing regulations for the articles in the bill that had been agreed upon by lawmakers.“We have prepared the concepts of the government regulations,” Bahlil said in a virtual presser on Tuesday. “They will only need some adjustments if there are any changes to the articles.”