Journalist John Harwood named new Nieman board chair

first_imgJohn Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times, has been tapped to lead the Nieman Foundation’s Advisory Board. A Nieman Fellow in the class of 1990, he has served on the board since 2006.Harwood takes the reins from William O. Wheatley Jr., NF ’77, who finished his term as head of Nieman’s advisory board last year. The board, composed of leading journalists, Harvard advisors and media specialists, serves in a consultative role on issues related to the foundation’s work and future prospects.Harwood’s work for The New York Times includes reporting and writing for the regular politics and government blog “The Caucus.” He was previously the political editor and chief political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, where he also covered Congress and the White House. He is a regular contributor to NBC’s Nightly News and “Washington Week” on PBS.last_img read more

Hey, Tevye! First Peek at Danny Burstein as Everyone’s Favorite Milkman in Fiddler on the Roof

first_img View Comments Related Shows Star Files Danny Burstein Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 He won’t hit the stage of the Broadway Theatre until November 20, but Danny Burstein is ready to show off his newest onstage look, as everyone’s favorite milkman Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. The five-time (!) Tony Award nominee shared this dressing room snap in costume on Instagram during a break from the musical’s tech period on November 12. “Still smiling,” he wrote in the photo’s caption. So are we, Danny, so are we! For more on this beloved Broadway baby, check out our recent video interview with Burstein below. Fiddler on the Rooflast_img

Vermont joins NY and CT in lawsuit against NRC over long-term, on-site storage of spent nuclear fuel

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Citing the need for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to evaluate environmental risks associated with long-term onsite storage of spent nuclear fuel at locations such as the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, Attorney General William Sorrell joined New York and Connecticut today in the filing of a lawsuit against the NRC in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.The lawsuit challenges two decisions by the NRC ‘ the ‘Temporary Storage Rule’ and its accompanying ‘Waste Confidence Decision Update.’‘The public has a right to know how long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel will affect the environment, particularly when it is occurring at nuclear power plants that were never designed to be long-term storage facilities of spent nuclear fuel,’ said Attorney General Sorrell. ‘Calling this a ‘temporary’ storage rule does not reflect reality when the rule allows spent nuclear fuel to be stored within Vermont’s borders for several generations to come,” he added.The NRC rules claim that there would be ‘no significant impact’ on the environment, despite allowing spent nuclear fuel to be stored onsite at power plants such as the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station for as long as 60 years after the plants cease operating. The NRC rules assert that the environmental analysis is unnecessary because the NRC is confident that spent nuclear fuel can be stored safely at Vermont Yankee until 2072 (60 years from the end of the current license), or, if the plant is relicensed, until 2092. The lawsuit challenges the enactment of these rules.Governor Peter Shumlin voiced his support for today’s action: ‘The continued storage of spent nuclear fuel on the banks of the Connecticut River, without any real plan for long-term disposal, is unacceptable. We strongly disagree with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s process and rule regarding nuclear waste management and fully support the Attorney General’s efforts on behalf of Vermonters.’The suit asks the court to vacate the new rules and send the matter back to the NRC for a site-specific analysis of potential environmental impacts associated with onsite storage of spent nuclear fuel. Source: Vermont Attorney General. 2.15.2011last_img read more

Massanutten: The Ultimate Mountain Adventure

first_img It’s Always Summer at the Massanutten Indoor WaterPark Located on 6,000 acres in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Massanutten Resort offers outdoor enthusiasts a nearly-endless supply of activities year-round. Here are just a few of our favorites: Hours and rates for the Massanutten WaterPark vary depending on age and season, but children 2 and under are always free! Plus, you can see full hours and rates online at massanuttenwaterpark.com Start planning your next adventure at www.massresort.com/specials. Want to see the mountains from a totally different perspective? Consider signing up for an exhilarating Canopy Tour at the Family Adventure Park. This 90-minute journey through the forest will take you across the Burma bridge, hanging vines, and four different zip lines that range in length from 90 to 470 feet. If you’re looking for quick, heart-pumping action, fly alongside a friend on the 800’ Mega-Zip dual racer zip line! Or, if you have the little ones with you, the Kids’ Adventure Course is perfect for those 12 and under who still want to experience all the action. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, Massanutten’s Outdoor WaterPark welcomes all water and sun lovers to catch a wave at the White Caps Wave Pool, play water hoops, or race down the Rockingham Racer head-first, downhill water slide. For the ultimate relaxation, rent a private Cabana for the day; complete with a ceiling fan, Wi-Fi, four lounge chairs, two towels, as well as dedicated service from the newly expanded Chill Grill. All that hiking, mountain biking, rappelling, and ziplining is sure to build up your appetite. Luckily, Massanutten has one of the best dining scenes in the Valley. With three top-notch restaurants to choose from, you’ll never want for great food and drink when visiting Massanutten. Campfire Grill is Massanutten’s newest on-mountain dining location inspired by the Shenandoah National Park. Camp stove chili, chicken dumplings, campfire pouches, and skillets are just a few classic campfire dishes. Just make sure to save room for the s’mores! Massanutten hosts four annual festivals on their ski slopes, two of which occur during the warmer months. Whether you’re looking to jam out at the ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival on May 25 or watch the fireworks with the whole family at Summer Jam on July 3, Massanutten is the place to be! Test Gravity at the Massanutten Bike Park The Shenandoah Valley has become a hotspot for downhill mountain biking and the Massanutten Bike Park is one of the best in the area. With two chairlifts that service a network of gravity-fed trails, Massanutten offers a great mix of purpose built trails tailor-made for beginner, intermediate, and expert riders.center_img Surf the Earth on a Golf Board If adrenaline pumping action is what you desire, Massanutten’s Ridge Climbing & Rappelling Excursion is just for you! Experience the thrill of a 38ft and 58ft rappel, assisted by your guide. Stop for beverages and a quick snack at the scenic overlook before reaching for new heights during a rock climbing portion. Conquer your fears and blaze your own trail on two different Class 5 climbing routes, with difficulty ratings from 5.6-5.8 to match your climbing experience and fitness level. Professionally trained guides assist you during each activity, so no experience is necessary. Ridge Climbing & Rappelling Excursion Open year-round, Massanutten’s climate-controlled, Indoor WaterPark entertainment complex features 8 water slides, an adventure river, hot tubs, and water play structure with countless interactive elements and a 528-gallon dumping bucket. A highlight for thrill-seekers is the state’s first and largest FlowRider surf simulator! If you’re visiting with the little ones, make sure to visit the Frog Pond, a shallow pool with sprinklers, swings, and a giant frog’s tongue that babies and toddlers love sliding down! Massanutten Resort is home to two high caliber golf courses: Woodstone Meadows Golf Course and Mountain Greens Golf Course. If you’re headed onto the greens, be sure to ask about the newGolfBoards. Golfers of all ages can now “Surf the Earth” from shot-to-shot in a way that feels like snowboarding or surfing. Soar Through The Canopy Attend a Festival Fuel Up at Campfire Grill last_img read more

Holiday shopping season sees spending increase

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jeff FalkRetailers enjoyed a slight increase in sales at the start of the 2014 holiday shopping season. A recent report looked at spending data from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, and found a year-over-year dollar volume growth of 5 percent during the five-day period. That’s a little less than 2013’s 7-percent year-over-year increase during the same timeframe. Likewise, retail transactions saw a 5-percent growth, down from 6 percent the previous year. Some experts believe earlier Black Friday store openings, along with an amped-up advertising effort, helped fuel the spending increase.Winter weather slowed sales in the South and Northeast, with Kentucky and Maine showing the least sales growth nationwide. Western states saw the most significant growth with Utah boasting a 15-percent increase and Oregon enjoying an 11-percent uptick.Building materials, electronics/appliances and furniture stores led the charge in overall dollar volume growth with increases of 10.4 percent, 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Even so, heavy discounts on electronics and appliances led to a decrease in average ticket totals, with this category seeing a year-over-year drop from $149 to $131 in average ticket value. Clothing and accessories saw the greatest decline in year-over-year spending growth, falling from 9 percent in 2013 to 3 percent in 2014. continue reading »last_img read more

Questions lurk over Navy Federal and CFPB

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The CFPB consent order that cited the $77 billion Navy Federal Credit Union Tuesday with deceptive debt collection practices is raising questions about the world’s largest cooperative and the CFPB’s enforcement actions.The Vienna, Va.-based credit union was ordered to pay affected members $23 million and a $5.5 million civil penalty.“I think that questions need to be asked about [Navy Federal’s] incentive structure,” Keith Leggett, retired SVP and senior economist for the American Bankers Association, said. “What was the incentive structure? Were employees’ compensation tied to debt collection? And then you have to ask did this cause employees to overstep and engage in unethical behaviors and was there some direction by managers in the collection department?”He also questioned how long these debt collections practices were going on because the CFPB investigation looked at the credit union’s internal operations from January 2013 to July 2015.In addition, what is also unknown is how and why these debt collection practices were initiated, and when Navy Federal’s top executive team became aware of them. continue reading »last_img read more

5 ‘core’ considerations

first_imgFor credit unions, the core banking platform is the primary system of record for members and accounts, and arguably the most important technology choice. The right core strategy starts with understanding future expectations, current needs and what solutions are geared to your business model. Here are five things to consider when making your decision.How does your core system affect your member experience?Credit union members can have high expectations for personalized attention and customer service. Often, that’s the very reason they chose to establish a relationship with your institution. When your employees serve your members, what does the experience look like? When they look a member up in the system, do they pull up an account or an account holder? If your core is able to provide a snapshot of the account holder, every employee who interacts with a member has a holistic view of that member. This means your staff aren’t offering products and services that a member already has, or taking a long time to access the information they need to provide superior service. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Skadoosh! Awakening your inner dragon warrior

first_img 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joshua W. Poole Joshua W. Poole began his credit union career as a part-time teller, shortly after graduating from high school in 1999.  He has a passion for leadership and change management, and … Web: https://www.brecofcu.com Details The movie ended, adrenaline was pumping.  From the corner of my eye, a mere silhouette of something tiny, yet extremely swift, was rapidly advancing toward me.  I barely had time to react before a fury of fists and feet rained wrath upon me, resulting in what one could only describe as an embarrassing display of a grown man receiving a beating from a surprisingly strong 5-year old girl. As she pinned me to the ground, she asked a question that I’ll never forget, “Daddy, can I be the Dragon Warrior?”  I was pierced by the sincerity of my little girl’s simple, yet powerful question.  In essence she was asking, “Can I become more than what I currently am?”  You see, all of us battle with that question at some point in our lives as we struggle to understand who or what we are.  The Dragon Warrior himself was no exception.  Eventually, his fighting skills became the stuff of legend, but Po’s pure awesomeness sprang from much more than his abilities on the battlefield.  It was his story; the story of a noodle shop nobody…a seemingly insignificant panda who would one day become the protector of China, thanks to a belief instilled in his soul that greatness can come from anyone or anywhere.  Simply put, each individual has the power to change the world, regardless of station or supposed influence.  Here are three lessons to help you awaken your inner Dragon Warrior, and change your world.        THERE IS NO SECRET INGREDIENTOne of the life’s greatest truths is that a simple belief can not only inspire you to change your world, but light a fire in others, so that they change it with you.  Whether you’re looking to change yourself, your team, or an entire organization, belief is contagious and it spreads like wildfire.  We sometimes erroneously search for a particular skill set, while neglecting attitude.  While certain skills are imperative to be successful, as evidenced by Po’s mastery of Kung Fu, it was not until that fateful moment as he peered into his own reflection upon the Dragon Scroll that true change was born.  The words of his father finally made perfect and absolute sense; “There is no secret ingredient.  To make something special, you just have to believe it’s special.”  In that moment, there were no sudden surges of power within his body…just his simple reflection that illuminated his soul to believe that he indeed was the Dragon Warrior.  A true change in attitude is what leads to lasting and sustainable success.   It’s that simple.        JUST BE YOU“How do I become like you?” Po’s innocent question to his master reflected not only his own personal journey of self-discovery, but self-doubt, as he struggled to learn the secrets of Kung Fu.  He desperately sought to become someone else, believing that was the only way he would ever succeed.  On your own journey of self-discovery, you may mistakenly embrace the belief that you’re not good enough until you’ve become someone else.  Perhaps that someone is on your team, someone you lead, or someone who leads you.  Consequentially, you will no doubt experience moments of self-doubt, and may find yourself spending a lifetime imitating others, only to discover that you’ve never attained your true potential.  To Po’s question the wise Shifu responded, “I’m not trying to teach you to be me.  I’m trying to teach you to be you.”  You won’t always do things as others would do them.  Embrace your own diversity, and allow others the same privilege.  Comparison can become a deadly poison that robs you of your confidence and destroys who you were meant to be.  There is a wise saying, “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it.  It just blooms.”              VALUE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OTHERSThough he was the Dragon Warrior, Po realized that without the Furious Five or his fellow Pandas, he was nothing.  No matter what secrets he mastered, or how powerful he became, they were his heroes.  He never ceased to be inspired by them, and it was his unwavering devotion, respect, and honor for them that led to his truly mastering of Chi, which ultimately led to Kai’s demise.  Awakening your inner Dragon Warrior, and thus your destiny for success, is not possible until you recognize and value the contribution of others.  Do you see those with whom you work as heroes?  Do you allow them to inspire you?  If the answer is no, consider amending your attitude.  As you reflect on transformations that may need to occur, personal change may well be one of your most difficult.  It’s not always easy, and may even stretch you, but ferociously seek help from others.  We all have something to learn from one another and though the journey is sure to be demanding, Master Oogway said it best, “If you only do what you can do, you’ll never do anything more.”  So to my beautiful daughter I say, “You can be anything your heart desires.  Just never lose sight of who you are and what you’re destined to become.”last_img read more

Binghamton commits $650,000 to community programs, police training, more

first_imgInitiatives receiving the funding include: In addition to this, Mayor David says he has taken the Obama Foundation Pledge to review the Binghamton Police Department’s use of force policies. $500,00 to upgrades to Columbus Park to add play features geared toward older children (ages 10 to 14) and upgrades to the picnic area$100,000 to Binghamton Police Department for training$50,000 to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier in partnership with the Bingamton Police Department to provide help for people in a mental and emotional crisis The Change Coalition is made up of activists, faith leaders, Black business leaders, representatives of the Broome-Tioga NAACP and MLK Commission and non-profits. Mayor David says the coalition is the beginning of what should bring positive changes to the community.center_img The announcement follows the discussions with local community group, The Change Coalition, following death of George Floyd. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced Thursday the city will make additional investments in the police department and community programs as part of a $650,000 commitment. “In our conversations, we quickly found consensus on several key issues, including youth opportunities and police department resources regarding mental health,” he said. “Many of these residents have since formed the Change Coalition, bringing more key voices to the table. In just one meeting with the broader coalition, we identified three steps the City could commit to right away.”last_img read more

Belgian virus cases in intensive care double in month

first_imgTopics : The number of coronavirus patients admitted to Belgium’s intensive care units has doubled in a month and the epidemic is spreading “intensively”, health officials warned on Monday.Belgium suffered one of the highest per capita rates of infection at the height of COVID-19’s progress through Europe but began easing lockdown measures in May after the disease peaked.Now, cases are climbing once again and the country of 11 million has postponed plans to further ease anti-virus measures, while imposing tougher controls in the port city of Antwerp. Most of the new wave of infections are among young adults, but nevertheless, Jacobs said, “The number of people admitted to intensive care has doubled since the beginning of July.”Separately, the economic damage caused by the epidemic continued to cut a swathe through Belgium’s cultural sector, with the historic Ancienne Belgique music hall letting go 200 “external workers”, freelance contractors.The theatre has not hosted a live concert since March and under current anti-virus rules when it reopens in September its 1,000-seater hall will be limited to 100 suitably distanced ticket-holders.”That’s not workable for us,” interim director Marc Vrebos said, explaining the hall had written to security, cleaning, technical and hospitality workers to warn them not to count on getting new shifts.center_img “We can see that the virus is circulating intensively in our territory. The numbers continue to rise,” federal virus taskforce spokeswoman Frederique Jacobs said. “There are no less than 13 municipalities in which more than 100 people per 100,000 inhabitants have tested positive, that’s one person in 1,000 infected as of last week.”On average 2.7 people died of COVID-19 every day in Belgium in the last week of July, up by about a third from two in the previous seven days. At least 9,845 have died since the epidemic arrived.The rate of daily new cases climbed 68 percent between the two weeks, and the daily number of hospitalizations by more than a third. In total 69,849 cases have been detected in the country, although most recover. last_img read more