Phil Lesh of Grateful Dead-fame celebrated the start of Passover on Monday at his iconic venue Terrapin Crossroads. The venue is hosting a two-night of celebration, last night and tonight, for the Jewish holiday, where participants are invited to share in a traditional meal and seder, and an intimate musical performance featuring Phil Lesh, Dan ‘Lebo’ Lebowitz, Ross James, Scott Guberman & Ezra Lipp with Jeannette Ferber.Honoring the special tradition, on Monday evening, Phil read from Terrapin Crossroads’ custom Terrapin Nation Haggadah and recounted the story of the Passover. You can watch a video of his telling below, courtesy of MarkoVision Films. [H/T Relix]
One of the most talked about moments of Tuesday’s BET Hip Hop Awards was Detroit rapper Eminem’s controversial freestyle rap that took aim at President Donald Trump. Soon after its airing, the four-and-a-half-minute clip went viral, taking over news and social media, racking up millions of hits across the web, and eliciting responses from a whole slew of celebrities ranging from LeBron James, Ellen Degeneres, T-Pain, and more. In the rap cypher, Eminem runs down a list of criticisms of Donald Trump, briefly touching on issues such as immigration, corruption, hypocrisy, white supremacy, the NFL, gun control, environmental disasters, and much more during the short clip.Eminem Takes Aim At Donald Trump In Fiery Freestyle From The BET Hip Hop Awards [Video/Lyrics]Predictably, in the nights since its initial broadcast on Tuesday, a number of TV personality have riffed off Eminem’s freestyle rap from the BET Hip Hop Awards, with late-night TV hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers each offering their own comedic responses to the video. On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the show produced a scripted skit showing a couple trying to leave a parking garage and being blocked by the rapper, with the oblivious duo confusing him for Macklemore. Jimmy Fallon aired a hilarious imagining of Trump’s freestyle response, while, in reference to Eminem’s ultimatum to his Trump-supporting fans, Meyers offered his own ultimatum to his own viewers, jokingly quipping, “Do you support [Trump] or do you support this show… that constantly mocks and denigrates everything about him?”You can check out these late-night TV hosts’ parodies of Eminem’s freestyle rap directed toward Donald Trump below, plus check out the original freestyle rap cypher that aired during the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night.Stephen Colbert Seth Meyers Eminem’s Anti-Trump Rap Cypher Jimmy Fallon
Back in 1985, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp joined forces and organized the first-ever Farm Aid, with Dave Matthews joining the organization in 2001. The long-running nonprofit concert series seeks to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to support farming families, and since its inception has raised more than $50 million dollars. Following the highly successful 2017 edition of the event, today, Farm Aid has revealed its initial lineup and venue for 2018.This year, the 33rd-annual edition of Farm Aid will be held at Hartford, Connecticut’s Xfinity Theatre on September 22nd. In addition to festival staples Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews (who will perform with frequent collaborator Tim Reynolds), Farm Aid will also see performances by Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, and Particle Kid. The festival is also slated to announce additional performers later in the year.“Family farmers are the backbone of our country,” Farm Aid President and founder Willie Nelson said in a press release. “But today, they are endangered. Whether we live in cities like Hartford or the rural areas of New England, each of us has the power to create positive, lasting change in our farm and food system and strengthen farm families to help them stay on the land for generations to come.”Tickets for Farm Aid go on sale on Friday, June 29th, at 10 a.m. (ET) online here and via phone at (800) 745-3000. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be also be sold, with their sale beginning on Tuesday, June 26th, at 10 a.m. here. For more information on Farm Aid 2018, head to the event’s website here. Farm Aid 2018 Initial Lineup:– Willie Nelson– John Mellencamp– Neil Young– Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band)– Chris Stapleton– Sturgill Simpson– Kacey Musgraves– Margo Price– Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats– Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real– Particle KidView Full Lineup
Thousands of miles apart, 2018 Notre Dame graduate Caitlyn Booms and senior Katie Gallagher arrived at the same conclusion: Notre Dame needed a supportive club for women pursuing mathematics.Gallagher, co-president of the Women in Math club, studied abroad last year at Oxford University, where her classes were dominated by males. After finding support in the Mirzakhani Society, an association that promoted women studying math at Oxford, Gallagher was inspired to create a similar club at Notre Dame.Back on campus, Booms had also been considering the importance of having a support system for women studying math for the past few years. “Throughout my undergrad career, I participated in several programs outside of Notre Dame, including a conference for women interested in math grad school, the Budapest Semesters in Math program and a Research Experience for Undergrads (REU), where I met several other women studying math,” Booms said in a Facebook message. “These experiences made me realize the importance of having other female math students to work with and be friends with, and they made it clear to me that Notre Dame was lacking such a community.”The two came into contact and discussed ideas over winter break, and Booms initiated the club last spring while Gallagher finished the year at Oxford, Gallagher said.Since Booms graduated, Gallagher and senior Arianna Blanco became more involved, and the club has grown.“We are currently applying to become a chapter in the Association for Women in Mathematics, AWM, with the help of a few faculty members,” Gallagher said.Senior Kristine Anderson, social chair of the club, said they are holding academic and social events to help connect women interested in math.“We have biweekly Sip ’N Solves, which is a homework-based event where girls can get together and do homework,” Anderson said. “It’s a good way to find someone in math classes you’re in, and upperclassmen are there to help give advice for classes they have already taken.”Anderson said they are also planning on holding a research and internship panel for women who have been involved with math research or internships to discuss what they have done with other girls who are interested. She said math is a versatile field with applications in research, business, economics and politics, and women should consider the various opportunities math can provide.“As far as social events, we’re doing a board game day. … We’ll have some sort of fall event, and we will host a pizza party later on,” Gallagher said.Gallagher said these events will help girls in math learn more about opportunities available to them, and they will give Notre Dame women in math a better support system, which is what Booms had hoped for the club.“I think it’s really important for women in math to have a strong community and to be supportive of each other, primarily because it is a field that is still largely male dominated and discrimination and bias against women still exists,” Booms said. “Having a support group of women in your same position can be extremely encouraging and can make women feel more comfortable and capable.”She said she hopes the club can help women in math feel less alone.“Mathematics can be quite a difficult subject to study, and it is easy to doubt one’s ability to be successful,” Booms said. “Having a Women in Math group where you can discuss these feelings and be uplifted and supported by other women can be crucial in ensuring that women studying math at Notre Dame are not only successful, but as happy and confident as well.”Tags: association for women in mathematics, club, women in math
National Survey Shows Vermont High School Students Struggle with Financial Literacy MONTPELIER, Vt.Vermont high school seniors scored slightly above the national average in the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy 2008 survey. However, the overall score for Vermont students was 50.3 percenta failing grade. Nationally, high school seniors answered only 48.3 percent of the questions correctly. The results we share today will provide us with an important baseline of information from which to judge future progress of Vermont students in grasping financial concepts, said State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding at a State House press conference in Montpelier. For the first time in the eleven-year history of the Jump$tart national survey, Vermont received state-specific data on how its students performed on the test. Students from high schools geographically located across the state participated in the biennial survey. Nationwide, 6,856 high school seniors from 40 states participated in the survey. The 2008 average national score was lower than results for the 2006 survey in which students correctly answered 52.4 percent of the questions. While the average score on the 2008 survey of Vermont students was a failing grade, 29 percent of the students did achieve a passing grade of greater than 60 percent. Three percent of that group scored 75 percent or higher. We appreciated the participation by the Vermont schools in the 2008 survey, said Gregg Mousley, President of the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition. In past surveys, we were not able to garner enough school participation to allow researchers to compile meaningful results. We hope these survey results will enable us to more actively engage schools, teachers and parents in teaching financial concepts to our youth. The 31-question survey tests student knowledge in five subject areas: income, money management, savings, spending and debt. Vermont students scored highest in the income category of questions with an average score of 59.4 percent. The national average was 55.9 percent. Questions in this category include asking students to assess factors that will impact their future earning potential and questions related to taxes and household income. Vermont students correctly answered 53.7 percent of questions pertaining to spending issues. Types of knowledge tested in this category include correctly identifying financial instruments associated with spending purchases and outcomes associated with spending decisions. The national average for this category was 50.6 percent. On questions regarding debt, Vermont students correctly answered 46.8 percent. The national average was 44 percent. In this category, students were asked to evaluate credit card agreements and finance charges. Students also were tested on their knowledge of what to do if they are behind on a debt payment. Questions related to general money management were correctly responded to 43.6 percent of the time by Vermont students, compared with the national average of 40.7 percent. Questions in this category ranged from general budgeting topics to insurance. Vermont students scored lower than the national average on questions related to savings. While the national average was 43.2 percent, Vermont students answered just 41.8 percent of the questions correctly. Savings questions included such topics as saving for emergencies, retirement income, and what types of investment opportunities tend to offer the highest growth over periods of time. The survey demonstrates that graduating high school seniors continue to struggle with financial literacy basics, said Lewis Mandell, Ph.D., professor of finance and managerial economics at SUNY Buffalo School of Management. Mandell conducts the survey for Jump$tart and the Merrill Lynch Foundation which funded the 2008 survey. Perceptions of current economic conditions, particularly the housing market, may have contributed to the decreases in scores. The national Jump$tart Coalition also released results of a first-ever college students survey. Results indicated higher scores for college students than their high school peers, with 62 percent of the questions answered correctly. Scores among college students increased with their rank in school. The college survey was administered to 1,030 full-time students nationwide. It is unknown whether any Vermont students participated in the college test. The Jump$tart Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the financial literacy of kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, and educational resources. The State Treasurers Office has partnered with Vermont Jump$tart as part of a recent financial literacy initiative. Both groups have financial literacy resources posted on their web sites. The Vermont Jump$tart web site is www.vtjumpstart.org(link is external). The Treasurers financial literacy web resources are located at www.MoneyEd.Vermont.gov(link is external).
That’s often true in life, but particularly so when we’re talking about debt. Simplistic, one-size-fits-all answers actually suit relatively few real people.At one extreme are those who curse debt as a four-letter word and vow to avoid it entirely. At the other are those who revel in the notion of using “other people’s money” as much as possible.In the middle live the rest of us, who understand that debt can be a tool to build wealth or destroy it, depending on how we wield it:Student loans can dramatically boost our earning power or strap us to a lifetime of payments that crowd out other goals, including buying a home, having kids and saving for retirement.Mortgages can help us build equity for the future or drag us down into foreclosure. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
I recently stumbled upon Hubspot’s Blog, The 9 Habits of Insanely Likable and Charismatic People, (great read by the way) and it got me thinking about Credit Unions, and why we have such a passion for the CU mission.Being likable isn’t something you can fake or force.. it comes naturally and has to be authentic. Here are just a few likable habits and how Credit Unions display these behaviors to their members and community!1. They are humble.Credit Unions are always willing to help anyone in need. They are looking out for their members and their best interests. Their focus is outward and they truly care about contributing to their community.When you think Credit Union you don’t think pushy sales people and expensive services. Credit Unions will listen to your questions and concerns and offer you a personalized solution. No matter what your situation is there is a Credit Union in your area that would love to help. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the plan Sunday at Saranac Lake. He said fees will be waived March 14 and 15 for Canadian and other out-of-state visitors with registered, insured vehicles. The state’s committed $4.2 million in grants for trail maintenance across the state, funded by snowmobile registration fees. New York State Snowmobile Association President Rosanne Warner said a lack of snow has made it tough to get the state’s more than 10,000 miles of trails ready this season. NEW YORK (AP) — New York is courting winter tourists with a fee-free weekend for out-of-state snowmobilers.
Aug 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese officials said yesterday that the death of a 15-year-old boy last week was caused by H5N1 avian influenza, according to news services.The teenager died Aug 3 while being transferred from a hospital in his home province of Thanh Hoa to Hanoi, 95 miles to the north, according to an Associated Press (AP) report.Test results the next day showed the boy had avian flu, said Nguyen Huy Nga, director of Vietnam’s Preventive Medicine Department, the AP reported. Nga said the boy had had contact with ducklings bought from a local market.The boy’s illness marked Vietnam’s seventh human H5N1 case and fourth death from the disease this year, according to the AP and other news services. The country has had a total of 100 cases with 46 deaths since 2003.Five cases reported by Vietnamese officials have not yet been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), whose current avian flu tally for Vietnam is 95 cases with 42 deaths. Overall, the WHO has logged 319 cases and 192 deaths.In an Aug 6 news briefing, a WHO official said Vietnam has been trying to ship samples from avian flu patients to the WHO but has run into delays because of its own and other countries’ rules governing shipment of biological materials.Vietnam was hit hard by human H5N1 cases in 2004 and 2005, but after November 2005 the country had no more cases until late May of this year, when a 30-year-old man from Vinh Phuc province tested positive for the virus.
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