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Festival Recap: Arise 2018 + Sustainability Efforts

first_imgBy far one of the most eco-friendly events we attend throughout the festival season, Arise Festival sets a standard for conscientious gathering.“ARISE is renowned for bold and progressive “global cooling” initiatives, such as a long-held commitment to planting one tree with every ticket sold, staging a pre-festival permaculture training, local sourcing, an organic farmer’s market in the campground, and a leave-no-trace ethos.”We experienced all of these initiatives first hand while at the festival. It’s not easy to put on such a large scale event and keep your environmental impact low. We wanted to highlight these efforts below so perhaps other festivals can follow suit and continue to ‘green’ their events.Planting one tree with every ticket soldArise partners with Trees, Water & People each year to plant one tree for every ticket to the festival sold. TWP is a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 by Stuart Conway and Richard Fox. They encourage local people to play active roles in protecting, conserving and managing their natural resources for long-term well-being.Pre-Festival Permaculture TrainingA host of extremely experienced and knowledgeable experts guide participants through three days of permaculture education. In the three days prior to the festival, attendees attend workshops that focus on “regenerating ecology and exploring community building through action-oriented organizing.” You can learn about Natural Building, Rainwater Harvesting, Earthworks, and Forest Gardening for the first two days, then put your knowledge into action with the Permaculture Action Day. This is a great way to kick off your festival!Local SourcingLocal sourcing is a form of acquiring goods needed for a business (or festival) from the area directly around the enterprise. With Arise being on Sunrise Ranch, it was a wonderful idea for them to utilize this method of sourcing. Although, I’m sure there are plenty of items (wristbands, lighting equipment etc.) that make local sourcing harder for the festival. Congrats to Arise creators for sticking to their guns and supporting the Colorado economy.Organic Famers Market in the CampgroundOh, what a wonderful way to restock on vegetables and produce throughout the festival. You could purchase fresh food right in the campground, from the land you were currently camping on. This is unique to this festival. So far, we haven’t been to another that sells produce directly from the lands the festival is held on. Leave-No-Trace EthosArise Festival paired with Zero Hero, a Colorado-based recycling and composting company, to keep the event LNT friendly. Zero Hero makes recycling, trash management, and composting achievable and easy. You may have seen their three option “trash, recycle, compost” pop-ups at recent events.These weren’t the only things Arise did to keep the event green. Check out the list from their site for more acts of greenness. We had a wonderful time at Arise. We are happy to see that even as the event grows, they aren’t shying away from keeping it eco-conscious. In fact, they are emphasizing it even more. We hope to bring some of the practices we saw at Arise to other festivals we attend along the tour.Up next we have Mountain Town Music Festival at Keystone. It will be a day of all things Colorado. Warm summer days, free live music from national acts and the harvest season for our colorful state. See you there!There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors that make this happen: Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to winlast_img read more

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Brazilian President Praises Military World Games

first_imgBy Dialogo July 19, 2011 “In addition to the military’s premier sporting event, (the 5th Military World Games) it is also the third largest sporting event in the world after the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. Therefore, they serve as preparation for the World Cup and the Olympics.” That’s what Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, said in her weekly radio show “Coffee with the President.” The Games, which are taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24, has the participation of more than 100 countries and 6,000 athletes, and is organized by the International Military Sports Council (CISM). The president of Brazil commended the joint work of civil and military societies.last_img


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Panama: North Korea ship’s arms violated United Nations sanctions

first_img PANAMA CITY, Panama – The undeclared shipment of Cuban weapons found on a North Korean ship are a violation of United Nations (UN) sanctions against arms transfers to Pyongyang, Panamanian officials said on Aug. 28, citing a UN report. Panama’s Public Safety Ministry said in a prepared statement that according to a draft report by UN experts sent to Panama after the ship was seized in July, the cargo “undoubtedly violates sanctions of the UN, which supports the course of action Panama took.” The statement was the first information released about the mission of the experts, who completed their inspections two weeks ago. They were led by Briton David Martin Uden, a former ambassador to South Korea. North Korea is under UN sanctions regarding its controversial nuclear program, which bar the transport of all weapons to and from the isolated state apart from the import of small arms. North Korea carried out a third nuclear weapons test in February, triggering even tighter UN sanctions. The ship, the Chong Chon Gang, was intercepted on July 10 as it tried to enter the Panama Canal on suspicion it was carrying drugs. Authorities uncovered 25 containers of military hardware, including two MiG-21 fighter jets, air defense systems, missiles and command and control vehicles. Both Cuban and North Korean officials said they were Cuban arms being shipped to North Korea for refurbishment under a legitimate contract. But officials from both nations didn’t explain why the items were buried under more than 200,000 sacks of sugar inside the ship. The United Nations has yet to state publicly how it will proceed. The Public Safety Ministry released its prepared statement after a group of North Korean diplomats visited the ship’s 35 crew members, who are being detained at a former military base on charges of arms trafficking. The crew members face up to 12 years in prison if convicted. Five percent of the world’s commerce travels through the nearly century-old Panama Canal, with that expected to increase following the completion of a major expansion project. [AFP (Panama), 28/08/2013; La Prensa (Panama), 28/08/2013] By Dialogo August 29, 2013last_img read more


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Prudent lending practices for a hurry-up world

first_imgThe culture of instant gratification contributes to, and complicates, the growing problem of fraud. While technology allows loan approval in seconds, it also fuels the fastest-growing type of fraud: online loan application fraud.Loan application fraud occurs when a prospective borrower provides false or misleading information on a loan application. Common examples of loan application fraud include applicants using someone else’s identity to secure a loan or misrepresenting income or assets to obtain loan approval. In the case of identity theft, once a fraudster gains access to loan proceeds, he or she disappears with the money in hand.Synthetic fraud, which involves the creation of fake identification, is one of the most difficult types of account or loan fraud to perpetrate and detect.“The abundance of identity data available for purchase—including fake names, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and even birth certificates—exacerbates the problem,” says Jim Bullard, CUNA Mutual Group senior consultant for risk and compliance solutions. “In addition, large data breaches like those involving Equifax and Yahoo increase the amount of personally identifiable information available to create synthetic identities.” 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more


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Credit union tax status is ‘crucial’ part of financial system

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The importance of not-for-profit financial cooperatives is as significant today as it’s ever been, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote Tuesday for a hearing discussing the proposed Treasury Department budget for FY2021.“Credit unions are Americans’ best option for financial services, and the credit union tax status represents one of the best investments that the government makes in its citizens. We urge Congress to retain and reaffirm the credit union tax status…Credit unions provide accessible and affordable basic financial services to people of all means and encourage the equitable distribution of capital across all individuals, families, communities and small businesses,” the letter reads. “Credit unions infuse financial market competition with multiple and differentiated competitive business models. They help keep financial services accessible – and affordable – for all consumers, whether they are members of a credit union or not.”Credit unions annually provide $18.9 billion in total financial benefit to consumers across the country through higher savings and returns, lower loan rates, and fewer fees, benefits that extend to members and non-members.last_img read more


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Congress panel calls on Amazon chief Bezos to testify

first_img“Although we expect that you will testify on a voluntary basis, we reserve the right to resort to compulsory process if necessary,” said the committee, which said it had additional questions for Bezos about e-commerce competition.The Judiciary Committee specifically cited a Wall Street Journal report from April 23, based on interviews with former and current employees as well as internal company documents, which claimed Amazon used sensitive information from private sellers for its own competitive advantage.”If the reporting in the Wall Street Journal article is accurate, then statements Amazon made to the committee about the company’s business practices appear to be misleading, and possibly criminally false or perjurious,” the panel wrote.While testifying before a subcommittee last year, Amazon general counsel Nate Sutton said the company did not use seller data to compete with them, the letter noted.”As we told the Wall Street Journal and explained in our testimony, we strictly prohibit employees from using non-public, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch,” an Amazon spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry.”While we don’t believe these claims made in the Journal story are accurate, we take these allegations very seriously and have launched an internal investigation.”The request for Bezos to testify came as Amazon shares skidded in the wake of the company cautioning that second quarter earnings would be wiped out by expenses related to COVID-19 as it works to keep up with surging demand at a time when many brick-and-mortar stores are closed.Topics : A US congressional panel on Friday called on Amazon chief Jeff Bezos to testify about allegations the online giant used sensitive data from third-party sellers on its platform to develop competing products.In a letter to Bezos, the House Judiciary Committee said the claim, if true, would contradict sworn testimony by Amazon’s general counsel last year.”We expect you, as chief executive Officer of Amazon, to testify before the committee,” read the letter signed by its chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democratic congressman from New York, and others.last_img read more


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Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool

first_img Betfair Exchange Odds Liverpool – 2/11, Draw – 15/2, West Ham – 19/1 Comment Wolves vs NorwichI really believe that Norwich were unlucky against Liverpool, they had a couple of good chances to score but that’s difference between good clubs and bad clubs, you have to take your opportunities when you have them. Wolves have looked impressive and they are playing some good football, I can see them taking the win at home.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1 Chelsea vs Spurs represents the box office Premier League fixture this weekend (Picture: REX / Metro)It was a mixed week for our teams in European competition but the focus quickly switches back to domestic action with a huge London derby in the early kick-off at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea have surrendered their huge advantage over Spurs in the race for the top four following a worrying run of results but it’s far from plain sailing for Jose Mourinho either with Heung-min Son’s elbow injury adding to a mounting injury list.Elsewhere, Arsenal and Manchester United both have home games to contend with less than 48 hours after their Europa League matches, while Manchester City travel to Leicester.AdvertisementAdvertisementAt the opposite end of the table Aston Villa travel to Southampton, while West Ham will no doubt focus on damage limitations when they head to Anfield on Monday.ADVERTISEMENTAs ever, Betfair ambassador Dimitar Berbatov previews the action for Metro.co.uk…Chelsea vs Tottenham Jamie Vardy will be hoping to end his eight-game goalscoring drought (Picture: Getty)I can see a surprise coming in this one. Man City have had a big week off the pitch, and on the pitch they beat West Ham on Wednesday and they have a huge game coming up against Real Madrid. With so much going on, there is a chance their minds could be elsewhere. I can see Leicester taking advantage of City’s situation.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-1 Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge with his Spurs side hunting down fourth place (Picture: Getty)Chelsea are in a bit of a slump at the moment, Spurs have their problems as well, especially now that they are also without Son through injury – they are missing some big players. I don’t think Chelsea can afford any more slip ups, the race for the top four is really tight, but I can see this one being a draw.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-2 Arsenal vs Everton Southampton vs Aston VillaAston Villa will be disappointed to come away from Spurs last weekend without a point, but at the same time they have to tighten up defensively, they have a good attack but they’re not so solid. I think Southampton will exploit this and come away with the win.AdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 2-1Betfair Exchange – Southampton vs Aston Villa Leicester vs Man City Burnley vs BournemouthI cannot believe that last time out Burnley beat Southampton, I really though they would struggle but they always have a way of proving me wrong. It is important for them to keep up momentum, and at Turf Moor they can definitely get a result against Bournemouth, but, if they let me down again they will have problems!Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1 Liverpool vs West HamI’m really looking forward to seeing how Liverpool will react after their defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Everything we have seen from them so far tells me that this game will just be business as usual for them but West Ham could see this as an opportunity to kick them whilst they are down. I still think Liverpool will be too strong for them and Klopp has proven that he knows how to manage his team, so he will definitely get them up for this one.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-1 Betfair Exchange Odds Arsenal – 11/10, Draw – 11/4, Everton – 14/5 Crystal Palace vs NewcastleFor me, Newcastle are in danger. The way they played against Arsenal was worrying, their approach is something that I don’t like and if they continue in that way they will be in real trouble. They have a tough trip to London and no doubt the Crystal Palace fans will be right behind their team, so I will go for the home side on this one.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0 Betfair Exchange Odds Southampton – 4/6, Draw – 100/30, Aston Villa – 9/2 Betfair Exchange Odds Wolves – 8/15, Draw – 7/2, Norwich – 6/1 Betfair Exchange Odds Burnley – 6/5, Draw – 12/5, Bournemouth – 14/5 Sheffield United vs BrightonMy favourite team at the moment, Sheffield United! There has been a lot of talk about the prospect of them getting a spot in the Champions League should Man City’s ban stand and they finish fifth – that would be amazing, and even if it may sound a bit strange, they deserve it – the way they play is so refreshing for a promoted side. They have to continue pushing and putting the pressure on the teams around them because not only fifth but top four is still a real possibility for them, I can see them getting the win against Brighton.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-0 Man United vs WatfordThey can take a lot of confidence from the way they played against Chelsea, they have to put to bed the draw against Bruges because now they need to focus on the race for the top four. Their new players are integrating into the team nicely, and they have a big opportunity to put on a strong performance in front of the home crowd at Old Trafford – they need to win it, otherwise it makes Monday’s win pointless.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0 Dimitar BerbatovFriday 21 Feb 2020 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Betfair Exchange Odds Leicester – 7/2, Draw – 100/30, Man City – 4/5 Betfair Exchange Odds Crystal Palace – Evens, Draw – 12/5, Newcastle – 7/2 Mikel Arteta’s side have kept three consecutive clean sheets (Picture: Getty)Arsenal continue to get better and better under Arteta, the way they play, their confidence, their play with the ball on the ground and passing. They really turned on the style against Newcastle and I can see them continuing this against Everton. Although, it has to be said, Everton have turned a corner under Ancelotti and are looking a lot better.AdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 3-2 Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool Betfair Exchange Odds Chelsea – 4/5, Draw – 3/1,  Spurs – 4/1 For more from Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov head to www.betfair.com/berbatov and to find out more about the new Betfair Exchange ‘How to Hub’ head to www.betfair.com/howtoexchangeMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Betfair Exchange Odds Sheffield United – Evens, Draw – 12/5, Brighton – 7/2 Betfair Exchange Odds Man United – 5/8, Draw – 3/1, Watford – 11/2 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


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Buyers swap penthouse for suburban luxury in big Brisbane sale

first_imgThis home at 96 Central Ave, St Lucia, has sold for $2.225 million.THE buyers of a luxury residence with suspended walls and floors in Brisbane’s west have swapped city apartment living for a suburban paradise.A young couple starting a family have paid $2.225 million for a two-level home in leafy St Lucia after years of living in a CBD penthouse.The house was the biggest sale of the week in Queensland, according to CoreLogic.The pool at 96 Central Ave, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.auThey should have done a house swap with the vendors of 96 Central Avenue, as they decided to sell to move to the city.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream Home: Carlton North01:38 Related videos 01:38Dream Home: Carlton North02:10Dream Home: Manly00:45Dream Architecture: Mandalay House02:17Dream Home: Box Hill North02:08Dream Home: Buderim00:27Masterpiece home Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige, who negotiated the sale, said prestige properties in blue chip suburbs like St Lucia were hard to come by.The view from 96 Central Ave, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au“The problem we’ve got is there’s not a lot of quality properties upwards of $2 million on the market at the moment so when they do come up, they tend to be sold,” Mr Adcock said.The house is designed to impress with its suspended concrete floors and walls and a central staircase within an enclosed atrium surrounded by floor to ceiling glass walls and clerestory windows.Other features include marble floors, a massive entertaining balcony with breathtaking views and a master suite with an ensuite that looks like something out of a deluxe day spa.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoInside 96 Central Ave, St Lucia, which has sold for $2.225 million.Another big sale this week was 62 Harris Street, Hawthorne.The charming Queenslander on 690 sqm in one of Hawthorne’s best streets fetched $2.04 million.It was marketed by Place Bulimba.This house at 62 Harris St, Hawthorne, has sold for $2.04 million.The house is a fusion of old and new, with VJ walls, polished timber floors and ornate features blending with recent contemporary additions.The third biggest sale was a two-storey home at Yeronga, which sold under the hammer on Saturday for $2.025 million.The five-bedroom, four-bathroom property at 45 Orsova Rd was marketed by Ray White Bulimba.This property at 45 Orsova Rd, Yeronga, sold at auction for $2.025 million.And a family home at 56 Brook Street, Windsor, also sold at auction at the weekend for $1.85 million.The near-new big family home has six bedrooms, with the six being a fully contained granny flat.It was marketed by McGrath Estate Agents.This property at 56 Brook St, Windsor, sold at auction for $1.85 million.Follow Liz Tilley on Twitter at @liztilley84last_img read more


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UK pensions industry cautiously welcomes charge-cap proposal

first_imgThe UK government has seen a mixed response from the pensions industry, as it remains divided on the impact of a proposed 75 basis point cap on the default fund charge in auto-enrolment schemes.Yesterday, Steve Webb, the pensions minister, confirmed the government would look to impose the cap by April next year.The government chose the strictest proposal of the ones announced to the industry last year, for consultation.In what Webb described as a “full-frontal assault” on high charges, he moved against lobbying by the insurance industry, and the recommendation of the Office of Fair Trading. Government opposition MPs were forced to welcome the cap in defined contribution (DC) schemes, while accusing the government of stealing Labour policies.Gregg McClymont, Labour spokesman for pensions, said the policy was Labour’s “lock, stock and barrel”, but the delay until 2015 was a huge concession.“Who has ever heard of a ‘full-frontal assault’ [on high charges] that comes with a 12-month notice period?” he asked.The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) welcomed the focus on value for money but warned against assumptions that a cap would do this.Joanne Segars, chief executive at the lobby group, said appropriate default funds, good governance and communications were also necessary.The government also announced transparency requirements on fees, and for non-trust DC schemes to implement independent governance committees.“[The committees requirement] does not go far enough and risks not being aligned with the long-term interests of scheme members,” Segars added.The state-sponsored DC provider, the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), said the cap was confirmation of a good value benchmark for employers.Tim Jones, chief executive at the fund, said: “These arrangements will provide welcome clarity for consumers and employers on what good value means.“We also welcome the moves to provide greater transparency on the other charges made by pension schemes, particularly in relation to investment.”However, the People’s Pension, a not-for-profit DC master trust, accused the government of creating additional confusion over cleaning up pensions.“The government’s proposals for accommodating front loading charging structures risks causing a mass upheaval in the pensions market,” said Darren Philp, head of policy and the scheme.“A contribution charge of 2.5%, combined with an AMC of 0.4%, is not in any member’s best interest.”Warnings also came from Towers Watson, which said the cap would improve the perception of DC schemes but not the reality.John Ball, head of pensions, said large employers would already be paying less than the cap.He also pointed out that the cap did not account for distribution costs, or where trustees chose a higher risk/return payoff.“If a charge cap makes any difference to these schemes, it may even increase charges very slightly – for example, because information will have to be collected in different ways or because pension providers must hold more capital,” he said.“0.75% is far too much to be paying for a basic product.”Further disapproval came from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Investment Management Association (IMA).Otto Thorensen, director general at the ABI, said that, with charges at their lowest levels ever, he did not agree with the cap.“In this context, the decision to phase in the implementation of these changes is helpful,” he said.The IMA, which represents providers of default funds, said a cap would not be the best way to achieve scheme quality.Jonathan Lipkin, director of public policy, said: “The main focus should be on improving governance structures and standards across the DC environment.”last_img read more


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Promotion of depression, suicide, drug use given green light

first_img3News 3 February 2015Notorious metal group Mayhem has been added to the Auckland’s Westfest 2015 line-up.The band is considered one of the most important in the influential Norwegian black metal scene, gaining notoriety early in their career with violent stage shows, a former singer committing suicide and a former bass player being found guilty of murder and church burnings.When Mayhem played in New Zealand in 2010, they were interviewed by David Farrier, and vocalist Attila Csihar told him: “To come to a Mayhem show is a healthy way to release anger and depression.”At the time, Bob McCoskrie of Family First NZ told 3 News: “Any band that glorifies issues such as drug use, suicide, and negative behaviours associated with Satanism should be given a wide berth.“We would ask that the censorship board do a pre-approval of their performance and lyrics to ensure they’re not breaking the law in encouraging illegal activity and containing offensive material.”http://www.3news.co.nz/entertainment/mayhem-joins-westfest-line-up-2015020314#axzz3QebebCoelast_img read more