Snowta NYE Is Set To Take Minneapolis By Storm

first_imgOn December 31st at Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis, MN, a brand new musical event is set to change how the Twin Cities celebrate New Year’s Eve forever. The inaugural SnowtaNYE is an experiential multi-stage indoor music festival featuring heavy hitters like Big Gigantic, Tipper, Infected Mushroom (DJ Set), Waka Flocka Flame, Prof, Hippie Sabotage, Bobby Raps and DJ Abilities, as well as an audience of passionate music fans making the pilgrimage from 30+ different states! The event’s performances will be spread across two massive convention halls, as well as a third stage and VIP lounge.According to festival organizers, “This is the first event of it’s scale & complexity for both the Minneapolis Convention Center and the state of Minnesota in general. We are creating a 21st century festival experience complete with everything from carnival rides to VR demos. A massive multi-genre music lineup coexisting with a fully immersive and interactive environment is definitely where the future lies for these types of events.”While the exciting artist lineup is the event’s focal point, the SnowtaNYE organizers have much more than music in store for the fans. The event’s attendees will be able to enjoy an indoor ferris wheel, a giant slide, a skateboard demo from Cal Surf & 3rd Lair, pop-up art galleries, virtual reality demos, and so much more. Finally, the event will reach its climax as the clock strikes 12, with the largest, most involved New Year’s countdown production in Minnesota history. “The production for the countdown to midnight is going to be incredible… I can’t say much on it, but it will definitely far exceed anything Minneapolis or most of the Midwest has witnessed at an indoor festival.. lots of surprises!”, they go on to explain.For all those people who are not content with one night of celebrating the onset of 2017, the festival will also include two separate pre-parties at two brand new Minneapolis music venues on the night of December 30th, with DRAM heading up the bill at Music Hall MPLS and Michal Menert and Desert Dwellers leading the lineup at The Lex.SnowtaNYE represents a significant budding alliance between two major players in the Minneapolis music scene–TC Presents, one of the city’s leading EDM promoters, and Rhymesayers Entertainment, who bring their hip-hop flavor to the party.You can win tickets to the event–and check out this exciting preview video–by checking out SnowtaNYE’s Facebook contest below:For more information, or to purchase tickets to this sure-to-be magical event, head to SnowtaNYE’s website.last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass & Fruition Close Out Tour Together With One Last Major Collaboration [Gallery]

first_imgFor the past few weeks, Greensky Bluegrass has welcomed fellow folk musicians Fruition on tour. The two bands each put on impressively soulful sets individually, and have been collaborating at a majority of their double-billed shows. That run ended last night at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL, with Fruition delivering a strong opening set before handing the stage over to Greensky.Greensky would return the favor in the middle of their first set, as they welcomed out Fruition’s Jay Cobb Anderson for a rendition of “Fixin’ To Ruin.” Fellow Fruitioners Kellen Asebrook and Mimi Naja came out next, lending a hand on “Jaywalking” and “Death Comes Knocking” to set The Vic ablaze! After the collaborative fun, Greensky closed out the first set with a fiery take on “Living Over.”Set two featured more great Greensky jams, including an opening “Take Cover” that included a performance of “Go Cubs Go.” The Cubs anthem was first played by Greensky after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016, and was certainly brought out in honor of the team’s hometown. They also covered Prince and Pink Floyd in the second set, closing things out with a major medley that included “Time” into “Leap Year” into “Breathe Reprise” into “Leap Year” again! The night closed with a tease-heavy rendition of “Don’t Lie” as an encore, with the band teasing all of the songs from the first set, in order!Check out some video highlights below, as well as the setlist and a full gallery from Phierce Photo. Greensky will resume touring next Friday, February 17th, with a performance opening for Umphrey’s McGee in Asheville, NC. Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | The Vic Theatre | Chicago, IL | 2/11/17Set 1:DemonsCry HolyWhile WaitingKerosene (1)Past my PrimeFixin to ruin (2)Jaywalking (3)Death Comes Knockin (3)Living OverSet 2Take Cover >Go Cubs Go >Take CoverBurn ThemThe Four (4) >Hold On >When Doves Cry (1)Wings for Wheels (5)Old Barns (5) (6)Clinch Mountain Backstep >Time (7) >Leap Year >Breathe >Leap YearEncoreDon’t Lie (8) (9) (10) (11) (1)(1) – w/ Reuben’s train tease(2) – w/Jay Cobb Anderson(3) – w/ Jay Cobb Anderson, Mimi Naja, Kellen Asebrook(4) – foxy lady tease(5) – w/ Kellen Asebrook(6) – New Barns arrangement(7) – Demons tease(8) – Teased all first set songs in order(9) – Norwegian wood tease(10) – 1999 tease(11) – I’m a little tea pot tease[Setlist compiled by Andrew Sturtz of Camp Greensky] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Chris Robinson’s Mysterious New Project, As The Crow Flies, Announces Debut Lineup & Tour Dates

first_imgChris Robinson‘s mysterious new project, As The Crow Flies, has officially unveiled itself today with the band lineup and tour announcement. Singing songs from The Black Crowes‘ songbook, the band will feature Crowes guitarist Audley Freed and bassist Andy Hess, Chris Robinson Brotherhood drummer Tony Leone and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, as well as guitarist Marcus King. The new band will hit the road with a 15+ date tour in April and May across the nation, including Wanee Music Festival at Spirit of Suwannee in Live Oak, FL.Today, in an interview with Rolling Stone, he explains the change of heart and what to expect of the setlists. “We’ve discussed a few covers, but pretty much I want to just concentrate on the main Black Crowes albums, the songs that people will know. I’m not flogging away in the Black Crowes anymore, so there’s a celebratory element to it. If I haven’t sang ‘She Talks to Angels’ for five years, I’m going to have fun singing it every night for a few weeks. I have this thing called the CRB that is my wild imagination, my adventure and everything is there. Like I said, we have three weeks off. The other guys in the CRB are busy, so it just was a perfect time.”Robinson puts an end date on As The Crow Flies for May 14th, suggesting this will be their only tour together as a band before returning his full attention to the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. While it’s been over four years since the Black Crowes broke up, Chris Robinson has spent the last couple of years forming and touring with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, creating new music, and throwing shade at his brother and former bandmate Rich Robinson (whom he hasn’t spoken to in five years) for The Magpie Salute, which Chris called “a Black Crowes tribute band” in an interview with Howard Stern.You can read the full Rolling Stones interview with Chris Robinson, in which he discusses the formation of As The Crow Flies, his relationship with brother, and more here. Check out the full tour dates for As The Crow Flies below, and catch them live while you can!As The Crow Flies Tour DatesApril 17 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol TheatreApril 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric FactoryApril 21 – Live Oak, FL @ Wanee Music FestivalApril 22 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City BirminghamApril 24 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia HallApril 25 – Lexington, KY @ Machester Music HallApril 26 – Chattanooga, TN @ The SignalApril 28 – New Orleans, LA @ The Joy TheaterApril 29 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman AuditoriumMay 1 – St. Louis, MO @ The PageantMay 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The TrumanMay 6 – Denver, CO @ Ogden TheatreMay 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn BowlMay 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The WilternMay 11 – Oakland, CA @ Fox TheaterMay 12 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Montbleu Resort & CasinoMay 13 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroomlast_img read more

Janelle Monáe And Zoë Kravitz Team Up In New Video For “Screwed” [Watch]

first_imgEver have one of the late and crazy nights only to wake up amongst your friends on a rooftop under the surveillance of security drones? That’s just the case for Janelle Monáe and company in her new music video for “Screwed”, which was shared on Monday and features a cameo from the track’s guest vocalist, Zoë Kravitz. The song initially appeared on Monáe’s 2018 Grammy-nominated studio album, Dirty Computer, with Kravitz using those musical skills of hers to help her friend on backing vocals.The video opens up with Monáe and her friends waking from what looked to be a long night of fun, only to realize that an aerial security drone is hovering above them like a robotic creep. They quickly scatter and venture their way through a mix of different settings, including an underground rave and a makeshift art installation. The video also makes sure to include video footage of current social issues, including protests, the Statue of Liberty, a young woman wearing a Hijab, and drought-stricken landscapes.Related: Janelle Monáe Releases Bob Marley Cover For ‘Spotify Singles’ SeriesActress Tessa Thompson also makes a cameo in the video, although her’s isn’t necessarily as loose and fun as the overall theme. Her character is actually kidnapped by the mysterious security force towards the end of the video. Her fictional safety and whereabouts remain a mystery.Janelle Monáe – “Screwed” (feat. Zoë Kravitz) – Official Video[Video: Janelle Monáe]The music video is actually part of Monáe’s larger film project themed around the album, titled, Dirty Computer – An Emotion Picture. The 46-minute project is also on YouTube and can be watched in full here.Monáe made headlines last week when her name was included in Coachella‘s 2019 lineup announcement along with Tame Impala, Childish Gambino, and Ariana Grande. Monáe is also rumored to appear on the 2019 Bonnaroo lineup when it’s announced later this week.last_img read more

CVPS and GMP sign wind contracts

first_imgContinuing efforts to ensure a clean, low-carbon energy supply, Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) and Green Mountain Power announced today that they have signed contracts to purchase additional wind power from a New Hampshire wind project. The new contracts will add about 27 megawatts of capacity to the Vermont utilities’ portfolios.”Vermonters have clearly stated their desire for clean, low-emission, renewable energy if it can be obtained at an affordable cost, and this contract meets all of those criteria,” CVPS President Bob Young and GMP President Mary Powell said in a joint statement.CVPS’s contract, its third recent wind contract, is for 20 percent of the output of Noble Environmental Power’s planned 99-megawatt Granite Reliable Power Windpark in Coos County, N.H., for 15 years starting in November 2012. CVPS had previously executed a contract for 30.3 percent of the output of the Granite Reliable project in February, and plans to execute another, subject to approval by the Vermont Public Service Board, for two-thirds of the output of Iberdrola Renewables’ planned Deerfield Wind Project in Readsboro and Searsburg, Vt. The Vermont Public Service Board approved the first Granite Reliable contract earlier this year, and the Deerfield contract is currently under review.Green Mountain Power’s contract is for seven percent of the Granite Reliable project for 20 years, starting in November 2012. GMP previously executed a contract for 25 percent of the output in February. GMP has a longstanding commitment to wind. It owns and operates the six-megawatt Searsburg wind plant and is proposing to build up to 63 megawatts of wind in Lowell, Vt.”Our customers have long enjoyed arguably the cleanest power supply in the nation, and these contracts will help us retain a very clean portfolio,” Young and Powell said. “These new contracts are very competitive with other wind offerings we’ve seen in the marketplace. That’s especially important given the increasing cost pressures local utilities face for the bills for regional transmission improvements and system upgrades to maintain and improve New England’s reliability in the coming years.”To protect negotiating position in ongoing talks with other power suppliers, the utilities did not disclose the price, though regulators will fully vet the contract proposals.The utilities have been crafting new power portfolios in anticipation of the end of major contracts with Hydro-Quebec and Vermont Yankee, which supply roughly two-thirds of the power needed to serve customers. CVPS and GMP recently signed a major new contract with Hydro-Quebec and announced several other efforts to replenish their portfolios.”We continue to examine the market and look for opportunities to diversify our power portfolio while honoring our legacy of environmentally based power choices,” the utilities said. “While new renewable sources are more expensive than our existing non-renewable power sources, these contracts are the most attractive options for meeting Vermont’s goal of using new renewable power to meet 5 percent and 20 percent of customer demand by 2013 and 2017, respectively. Today’s contracts, in particular, represent a solid value for customers.”Young and Powell said that among the factors considered when adding to the companies’ portfolio are Vermont’s renewable power content goals, price and price stability, fuel diversity, environmental attributes, reliability and the public preferences that were determined through the state’s public outreach process.CVPS, Vermont’s largest electric utility, serves more than 159,000 customers across Vermont. The company is recognized by Forbes as one of the most trustworthy companies in America.Green Mountain Power serves more than 95,000 Vermont customers and was recently named a finalist in the Platts Global Energy Awards for green energy initiatives.Source: CVPS & GMP. RUTLAND, VT — (Marketwire) — 10/21/2010 —last_img read more

A River Runs Through It | Cancer Survivors Tackle Whitewater

first_imgCancer takes so much from so many.This ultimate malady is completely indiscriminate- it cares not about age, hygiene, diet, sex, race, wealth, or beauty. There is often no rhyme or reason to its choice in victims, and it is absolutely prolific. In the US in 2015, 1,660,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed, and 590,000 Americans will die from the disease. That is a massive metropolitan city each year, snuffed out. Even scarier is the fact that these statistics are going nowhere but up. Modern technology, with all its advances, is completely outgunned by this insidious force.Cancer has taken a lot from me. When I was 11 years old, my Uncle Derek was diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma, and was given seven months to live. In spite of the fact that he had a newborn daughter and wife at home, he gave me a life-altering final gift- two unforgettable weekends whitewater kayaking on the Ottawa River in Canada. On the river, he was a strong, confident superhero, doing things I never thought possible. But at the end of the day and away from my sight, he was receiving blood transfusions to have the strength to paddle. I didn’t think it was possible, but he passed away that November.My family’s relationship with cancer unfortunately didn’t end with Derek. My Opa (grandfather) died of the disease shortly before my birth. Another uncle was recently diagnosed, and just a year ago I sat in the hospital waiting room while my dad underwent testicular surgery. I also had my own scare with the disease when I found a 10 mm tumor (which turned out to be benign) in my brain.I first heard about First Descents when I was 16. A world-class kayaker named Brad Ludden founded this organization to give young cancer survivors healing and confidence through outdoor sport. He believed in the holistic idea that community, good food, and rewarding experiences could combat the disease just as drugs and surgery do. The moment I saw this organization, I knew I wanted to get involved.I am finally realizing that goal!Today I start a week-long kayaking program in Hood River, Oregon serving in the volunteer role of Camp Photographer. Our home base for the week is as idyllic as they come… the Panorama Lodge overlooks rolling vineyards and the monolith of Mount Hood, an 8,000 foot cone volcano. The owner of this lodge lost her husband to cancer, and makes it possible for First Descents to use the house for four weeks every year.As the participants arrive, the staff encourages each person to find a nickname, and engages the group to help. Some great ones come out of the woodwork immediately… Mr. Myagi, Grasshopper, Calypso, JMo, Magic, MIA. After a bit of discussion, we land on “Flow” for me. I think I can get used to that… I am always seeking flow on the river, and definitely love to hit the dance flo!Nicknames represent a powerful tradition at First Descents. For so long, these young adults have been defined by cancer. They are in the prime of their lives, and cancer throws everything into chaos. Instead of developing careers, meeting life partners, and buying homes, they suffocate under a mountain of medical debt and are unsure if the treatments will even work. Life-altering procedures that permanently change their bodies occur. But this week isn’t part of that life, and they aren’t the same people here. It’s time to simply live… without medical bills, pain, or pity. It’s a rebirth into a new world alongside people who understand. And we don’t know each other’s real names.After dinner and an equipment orientation, we reconvene on the porch of the Panorama for the evening tradition of “campfire.” The flanks of Mount Hood light up with warm alpenglow in the background, and we sit in a circle. Patch, one of our lead staff, opens with the question, “why are you here?” Our group’s bond begins to form as the stories and perspectives surface. Some of us are in remission, some are terminal, some have just had traumatic surgeries, and others have had cancer virtually their entire lives. Almost all of the volunteers and lead staff have powerful histories with the disease, and some have been ravaged by chemo themselves. A short silence follows each person’s words, and then we all acknowledge their contribution by quietly snapping our fingers.The next day is an important one. Participants will have their first upside down experience in a kayak! After a delicious breakfast by professional chefs Newbie and Hashtag, we are on our way to the Hood River Event Site with Taylor Swift thumping through the speakers.The Event Site is a wonder of outdoor sport. In the summertime, flags thwack violently sideways from the warm wind ripping through the Columbia River Gorge. Boards and sails litter the park as kiteboarders and windsurfers prepare to get their fix of this world-famous wind, and over 100 bright kites fly over the water in all directions. It is an overwhelming setting, but our group stays cool and listens carefully to kayak instructors Pika, Potatoe, Roots, and Smooth as they begin their kayak instruction for the week. Much to our amusement, Pika is picked up in her kayak on dry land, flips upside down, and falls out of her boat to demonstrate how to safely exit underwater.Before they know it, the participants are sitting on the beach in their boats. Like lemmings, they are pulled out one by one onto the water, and calmly instructed on how to escape from their kayaks when upside down. The faces are priceless as they grapple with claustrophobia and the very normal human fear of drowning. Magic provides the day’s highlight as he specifically requests Patch to pull him out into the water. In spite of clear visual terror, Magic steels up, flips over, and kicks his way out of the boat. As soon as he breaks the surface, his response is equal parts shock and celebration! Battling cancer since the age of 12, Magic has just overcome a huge milestone… the first of many this week.At campfire that night, we reflect on the day of flipping over, flopping like fish out of our boats, and then playing group games in our kayaks to develop boat control and skills. Morning makes a powerful statement when she says, “I’ve been afraid for a long, long time. I’m afraid of cancer, afraid of the treatment, afraid for my children’s future. I’ve been afraid so much in my life… I’m done being afraid. I’m ready to hit these rapids.”The next few days will be spent on the Klickitat River on the Washington side of the Columbia. As we pile out of the vans, Patch leads the group in one of the greatest FD traditions… the dance party warm up! Top 40 Pop blasts from the speakers, and we all take turns showcasing our dance moves for the group to copy.I am starting to learn how awesome it is to be Camp Photographer. It is my job to capture a lifetime experience for these participants. I get free range to do this… I am not limited to any particular group or place. I am with these incredible people for the entire week… eating all meals with them, staying in the Panorama, and having the opportunity to connect with each individual. I use my GoPro, DSLR, and drone, and as the week goes on, I become more and more passionate. Each day, I can feel a rising adrenaline rush inside that I’ve felt very few times in my life.On the river, everyone steps up their games. The participants are engaged and attentive, and the instructors are calmly drawing on decades of kayaking experience to pass on their knowledge. After some practice eddy turns, the groups are yipping and hollering through their first whitewater rapids! Each participant has a different style… some like to charge through the waves full speed with a look of determination in their eyes, and others prefer the more relaxing approach, floating sideways and “rafting up” by grabbing instructor boats. But it’s evident that everyone has entered this experience with open hearts, and is allowing the beauty and power of the river to cleanse their spirits and their bodies. Our ride home is quiet as the afterglow of sunshine, laughter, and sore muscles sets in.Every night for me is challenging… I grapple with balancing the group activities of yoga, dinner, and campfire with my work of importing, labeling, and editing photos and videos. I cannot seem to rip myself away from spending time with these individuals who are quickly becoming lifetime friends. I have yet to go to sleep before 1:30 AM, and wake up after 6:30 AM.As the week goes on, I can’t believe how courageous the participants are. They trust their guides fully to deliver them through these hectic environments. Whether they are in a raft plummeting off of 10 foot Husum Falls or in their own kayaks crashing through waves, the joy of being in the present moment and sucking the marrow out of life overcomes any fear that they have. The motto of First Descents is “Out Living It,” and that is exactly what they’re doing. The energy and camaraderie in the group is indescribable. I smile as I hear plans being set for future meetups around the country.Magic and I are developing an incredible bond. He’s 23 years old, and his background as a Latter Day Saint means that he hasn’t been exposed to many of the things that the rest of us are used to. He is starting to look to me as somewhat of an older brother, and I am trying to gently and supportively push him out of his comfort zone. He is making incredible strides, busting out dance moves with the girls, and pushing his body on the river so far beyond anything that he’s experienced in the past. While I am editing late one night, Magic gives me an incredible gift- a small travel Bible to keep with me during kayaking competitions. The beauty and energy of this week is compounding and my heart feels like it’s about to burst.On the last paddling day, we pull over on a rock beach just below a large rapid. Patch gathers the group and tells us that we all carry things with us that shape who we are as human beings. Some of these things are positive and bring us joy, happiness, love, and fulfillment, while everyone has aspects of themselves that they’d prefer to let go of. Patch asks us each to find one river rock that we really like, and another one that we’re not crazy about. We are given markers and asked to list all of the best, most beautiful aspects of our lives on the positive rock, and the things that we’d prefer to let go of on the other rock.After a 20 minute period of sitting and listening to the river in silent reflection, the participants bring their rocks to the river’s edge. On Patch’s queue, they hold the positive rock over their hearts with their left hand, and all at once send the negative rocks sailing out into the river with all their might. Some yell triumphantly while others look into the distance silently. It feels to me like a permanent bond has just been sealed between all of us… we may not see each other very often in the future, but I know we’ll all be there for one another as the adventure of life continues to unfold.Downstream, we tackle the biggest rapid of the river, a chaotic class III. The participants summon all of their skills and confidence from the past week, and charge into the rapid! After the celebrations have occurred and the swimmers have been rescued, we float downstream towards the takeout. Magic paddles up to me and asks, “Flow, do you want to see my rock?” I respond, “I’d love to Magic.” As I look at the beautiful intricacies of the rock and his own handwriting and illustration, I notice that everything surrounds a few central words- “Child of God.”Cancer has taken so much from all of us, but just like the FD participants, I get to conduct my own daily rock ceremony. I alone have the choice to keep all that brings me joy and happiness, and let go of any pain, sadness, and hatred. Cancer has permanently changed me, my friends, and my family, but as humans we have the opportunity to rise and convert negative energy into positive.Without Uncle Derek’s paddling legacy, I wouldn’t have been turned on to a sport that has given me so much self-confidence and a network of incredible friends. I never would have become a professional kayaker, writer, or drone videographer. I never would have moved to my hometown or met my beautiful bride. And I never would have taken the time to experience one of the best weeks of my life with these new friends. While I came to help them, they have given me so much more in return. I come out of this with a resolve never to pass up an opportunity to tell someone that I love them, and a deep desire to live life to the fullest. The effects of this week will reverberate and direct me forever.Cancer takes so much from us, but if we choose to, we can take even more back. Love and life will always win in the end.last_img read more

Drug-Trafficking Organization Tied to Mexico, Dismantled in Colombia

first_img A total of 34 members of a drug-trafficking organization linked to Mexican drug boss Joaquín Guzmán, alias “el Chapo,” were arrested on February 25, following an investigation that lasted several months and enabled the seizure of ten tons of drugs, Colombian authorities announced. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón announced that the operation enabled “the arrest of 34 individuals with extradition orders pending.” “This organization has been neutralized, with the prior seizure of ten tons of cocaine and 16 planes over the last few months, and the full identification of their contacts, particularly around (Joaquín Guzmán) alias ‘el Chapo,’” the director of the police, General Oscar Naranjo, pointed out. The police commander highlighted the fact that “this is the largest number of individuals arrested for purposes of extradition in the history of the country.” Along those lines, he said that those arrested are sought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, in Miami, and are responsible for amassing around 90 percent of the cocaine produced in southeastern Colombia, destined for the United States and Mexico. Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán is the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, which dominates the Mexican states of Culiacán and Sinaloa. Forbes magazine considers 54-year-old “el Chapo,” the planet’s most powerful criminal and its most wanted man following the death of Osama bin Laden, the former leader of al-Qaida. His criminal organization, with tentacles in 48 countries, was consolidated following his 2001 escape from a Mexican prison in a laundry cart. According to the UN, the Sinaloa cartel moves a third of the over 600 tons of cocaine that enter the United States each year. By Dialogo February 29, 2012last_img read more

3 ways to make your job more enjoyable

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details We’ve all had that one job we hated and hopefully we’ve also all had jobs that we loved. If you’re not in love with your current position, here are some ways you can make it more enjoyable, and for those that do like your job, here are a few tips that will hopefully make you enjoy it even more.The struggle is real: We all have peaks and valleys when it comes to our energy levels. You may be at your best first thing in the morning or you might be more like the walking dead. Arrange your tasks so that you can deal with the difficult things at a time when you’re up for the challenge. At low energy times, handle the easy stuff that you’ve done a million times. The easier it is to get stuff done, the more you’re going to like doing it.Stop trying to cure symptoms: If there is something about your job that’s bothering you, figure out if it’s a symptom or a virus. When there are problems in your workplace, they could be random and unrelated, or they could be symptoms of a larger issue. Instead of having to waste time and energy curing every small issue, find the root problem (a person, a process…) and fix it first.Find things to love: So maybe you don’t love your job. But there’s got to be something you like about your workplace. Maybe you love the respect your job commands, maybe you love interacting with people, or maybe you love something as simple as your 401k. Your job may not be perfect, but hopefully you can find ways to make it more enjoyable.last_img read more

What’s your attitude size?

first_imgI love credit unions because we often have our own “special lingo” talking about our services and our members.  A standard for categorizing in almost every way is asset size, but I have recently begun to buck that theory.  It’s not your asset size that determines your capacity or your success, it’s your ATTITUDE size that matters.The most enjoyable credit union I worked for was a $37 million credit union.  I will never forget what my (future) boss said during the interview.  “We’re a $37 million credit union that acts like a $300 million credit union.”  And it absolutely did.  I hear so many credit unions say “we’re small” and “we can’t do that” when beginning any conversation about things they want to do.  Don’t get me wrong – there are a LOT of limitations and strains on small credit unions, including capital, human resources, and budget.  The small credit unions that are really successful are ones that may be small, but they have swagger and moxie.  They don’t care so much about their asset size and they truly believe that they are the best financial services provider out there for their members and the community(ies) they serve.  They succeed because they’ve gotten good at telling their story and showing their difference.Most importantly, this attitude drives their strategy and their decisions as they are committed to doing whatever they possibly can to serve their members, be a great employer, and compete in their financial services market.  It’s your attitude size that matters. 82SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Detailslast_img read more

NAFCU’s cybersecurity resources help CUs navigate changing times

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last week, Equifax reached a settlement for their massive data breach that affected an estimated 147 million Americans. The company has agreed to pay $700 million for claims tied to the breach, but the topics of data and cybersecurity remain unsettled overall. Institutions, including credit unions, must continue to ensure the safety of their members’ data on an ongoing basis, as threats remain prevalent.NAFCU has long been active with lawmakers on the issues of data and cybersecurity. In 2013, the association’s advocacy efforts approached the massive 2013 Target data breach head-on, calling for a legislative solution to reform the nation’s data security system. And earlier this year, NAFCU’s Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt reiterated the association’s call for a national data security standard for entities that collect and store consumers’ personal and financial information ahead of a hearing to examine ways to improve the credit reporting system.NAFCU is also engaged with the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), which brings together private and public stakeholders to develop critical infrastructure strategies and initiatives. Last week, NAFCU’s Senior Counsel for Research and Policy, Andrew Morris, attended a joint meeting with the FSSCC and the Financial and Banking Infrastructure Committee. The meeting included discussion of a potential framework for promoting sector-specific operational resilience, insights regarding global cybersecurity threats, and potential approaches for enhancing supply chain transparency.last_img read more