Stunning Photos Capture The Beauty Of EDC Orlando [A Gallery]

first_imgElectric Daisy Carnival made its way to Orlando, FL earlier this month, boasting a stunning celebration of electronic music from around the globe. EDC Orlando welcomed a lineup that featured Bassnectar, The Chainsmokers, Porter Robinson and so many more. Of course, a major facet of EDC is the visual production, with incredible displays that are unparalleled.Fortunately, photographer Lauren Sea Photo & Design was on hand to capture this festival for us. Check out her work below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Families of Texas couple killed in drug raid sue city, cops

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — The families of a couple killed in a 2019 drug raid by Houston police are alleging in newly filed lawsuits that the deaths of their loved ones were the tragic result of a narcotics unit that for years was rife with corruption and no accountability and now has many of its members under indictment. Relatives of Dennis Tuttle and his wife, Rhogena Nicholas, said on Thursday that filing the federal civil rights lawsuits is the only way they will get answers from police and city officials about how the couple was killed. Mayor Sylvester Turner says the overwhelming number of Houston police officers are doing an “outstanding job.”last_img read more

Vanessa Hudgens, Corey Cott & the Cast of Gigi Begin Previews

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 Say a prayer for them tonight! The Vanessa Hudgens-led Gigi begins previews on the Great White Way on March 19. The Eric Schaeffer-helmed tuner, adapted by Heidi Thomas, also stars Corey Cott, Howard McGillin, Steffanie Leigh, Victoria Clark and Dee Hoty. Opening night is scheduled for April 8 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Check out Gigi’s stars talking about the revival in Broadway.com’s video below. View Comments The cast also includes Cameron Adams, Kathryn Boswell, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Alison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Manny Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Richard White, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater. Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway with Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Set during the turn of the 20th century, Gigi tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris who is groomed (in the custom of her family) to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love. The show features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more. Related Shows Gigilast_img read more

Local Businessman appointed to Board of Advisors of national HVAC group

first_imgDavid Nichols, Vice President of Climate Systems, Inc. in Williston, has been appointed to a second two-year term on the Board of Advisors of The Unified Group, a national network of 45 pre-eminent heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC).Headquartered in Chicago, The Unified Group is composed of independent HVAC contractors who share a commitment to remaining independent, while providing quality service to clients. The Board of Advisors oversees The Unified Group’s five major business areas including purchasing, business opportunities, membership, training and marketing. Participation in The Unified Group is limited to one member company per geographic area, and companies must have demonstrated a commitment to providing quality service to their clients.Climate Systems, Inc. is a locally-owned , full service and installation heating, ventilatin, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanical contractor dedicated to customer satisfaction.last_img read more

Kilawatt Technologies Becomes Member of the U.S Green Building Council

first_imgShelburne, VT-August 21, 2008- Kilawatt Technologies is pleased to announce that the company has joined the U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is an international non-profit organization working to advance buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. USGBCs vision is to promote the Triple Bottom Line and pursues solutions that strengthen a healthy and dynamic balance between environmental, social and economic prosperity.Over the past few years, Kilawatt Technologies has seen a dramatic increase in the number of companies and organizations wanting their existing buildings to achieve certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED certification applies to both new and existing buildings and focusing on the greening of existing commercial buildings would have a dramatic impact in cutting energy consumption and reducing harmful greenhouse gases. Currently, there are over 4.5 million commercial buildings in the United States, accounting for more than 60 percent of the nation’s electricity consumption.Kilawatt Technologies has developed a series of innovative conservation information products based on the company’s EnerSuite software that support organizations interested in achieving LEED certification. The company helps businesses conserve energy, lower costs and reduce greenhouse gases in large commercial and industrial buildings. For more information about Kilawatt Technologies, please call 802.985.2285 or visit www.kilawatt.com(link is external).####last_img read more

Nicaraguan and Honduran Presidents to Strengthen Security and Trade

first_imgBy Dialogo February 27, 2012 On February 23 in Managua, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, agreed to strengthen trade and security cooperation in order to confront the organized crime that has made Honduras one of the most violent countries in the world. Following a meeting lasting almost four hours, the presidents agreed to carry out coordinated actions “in response to the serious threat” of organized crime and drug trafficking, which uses Central America as a transit corridor for drugs moving from South America to the United States. Honduras has a homicide rate of 82 per 100,000 inhabitants, making it one of the most violent countries in the world, while Nicaragua, together with Costa Rica, is among the Central American countries least affected by organized crime, although the figures are on the increase. The presidents also decided to strengthen trade and implement joint programs that can make it possible to combat extreme poverty in border towns, according to a joint statement read by Ortega. In addition, they decided to reopen discussion on cooperation agreements for development in the Gulf of Fonseca, on the Pacific Ocean, which they also share with El Salvador, for which reason they want to meet with Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes in the near future. Lobo arrived in Managua with Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales, Social Development Minister Hilda Hernández, and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Melvin Redondo. Honduras and Nicaragua are two of the poorest countries in the Americas, after Haiti, and “we have to support one another mutually,” Ortega indicated.last_img read more

2 Men Arrested for Hempstead Shooting, Robbery Try

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men have been arrested for shooting a driver they were trying to rob a driver in Hempstead this week, Nassau County police said.Brian Tonery, 22, of Deer Park and Corey S. Heard, 25, of Hempstead were charged with attempted robbery. Heard was additionally  charged with attempted second-degree murder, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.Police said the men walked up to a 24-year-old man in his Honda at the corner of Nassau Parkway and Allen Street, tried to grab his keys and then Heard shot the victim when the victim put the vehicle in drive on Monday evening.The victim was treated for a non life threatening gun shot wound at an area hospital.Tonery and Heard will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

The line on credit

first_imgBelieve it or not the line on credit is that in order to accrue it, you have to use it but not to the extent some would think. The debt-averse have a hard time comprehending this theory and the often bandied about notion that credit cards are a necessary tool for building credit, but credit experts help unpack this theory.According to Jerry Haftmann, CEO and Founder of Pennsylvania-based Universal Credit Services, having a major credit card or two is necessary for establishing credit, especially for young people. How you use the plastic is another matter.Consider Pete, a fictional young college graduate. Pete was about to start a new job with a decent salary and he wanted to buy a car. The problem was that Pete could not get an auto loan without a co-signer because he had never established credit. His only debt was the student loan he acquired on his own, but it was a government backed loan, which essentially meant he was not granted the loan directly. Pete had never had a credit card either, only a Visa debit card connected to his credit union checking account.The bottom line was that Pete had no history of managing credit; therefore, he could not qualify for a loan. So, the proud, independent college grad applied for a major credit card. To his surprise, Pete’s application was rejected.“First time credit applicants usually have an easier time getting a line of credit with a department store,” said Haftmann.Eager for repeat customers, department and chain store requirements tend to be a bit more lax when it comes to doling out credit cards. Having a store credit card with a small line of credit enabled Pete to get a major credit card within a few months. The savvy college grad did his homework and learned to optimize his score by keeping his utilization low. In other words, he used the card to charge purchases but never used the full line of available credit. Pete was also careful to pay his credit card bill completely each month so as to avoid paying the interest fee.“Credit utilization is the ratio between your balance and your line of credit,” explained Christopher Palermo, SVP Business Development at Universal Credit Services. Some claim 30% is the ideal utilization percentage but that’s a fallacy. There is no broad or general percentage that applies to everyone because utilization ranges rely on a number of factors and vary from person to person. “Basically, the lower the percentage of use, the better for the score,” Palermo said.In our scenario, Conscientious Pete charged purchases responsibly and was able to establish credit in a relatively short amount of time. Just a year after graduating college, he had a store credit card, a major credit card, and an auto loan with relatively low interest because he was able to save money and pay cash for 50% of the cost of his car.Pete shared his experience with friends and even taught his parents a lesson. When he revealed plans to borrow half the purchase price of his car, they offered to loan him the other half interest free. The offer was tempting, but Considerate Pete did not want his parents to create a situation where they would have little or no liquidity, even if it was temporary. Also, Pete had his sights set on being a homeowner before his 25th birthday, and thought a loan would further increase his chances of borrowing a greater sum of money when the time was right.There are hundreds of scoring models and they vary from loan to loan. The scores lenders use to determine mortgage eligibility may differ from that used for an auto loan. “Sites like Credit Karma don’t tell the whole story,” said Haftmann. “They show consumer scores that are usually higher than what the credit bureaus report. The consumer score you get from free websites is based on the aggregate of how you pay bills. But a mortgage score weighs how you pay bills differently.”Haftmann said a mortgage lender will first look at how student loans are paid. If the borrower has another mortgage, the way that is paid would be considered next, followed by auto loans, credit cards, and utility bills. Tardy utility bills that end up with a collection agency, however, quickly will crash a credit score.Regarding Pete’s parents and liquidity, Pete knew his parents were debt-averse but he also knew it was a good idea to have cash available. According to wealth manager and author Thomas Anderson, many people do not have enough liquid cash reserves. In a 2013 interview, Anderson told Bloomberg’s Ben Steverman 15-35% is an optimal asset range (Steverman, The Dangers of Being Debt-Averse. Really. Bloomberg.com/news).Despite conventional wisdom, Pete was smart to avoid credit card interest fees by not carrying a balance from month to month. Palermo said it’s a myth that paying credit card balances hurts credit scores. “Paying off balances is always a good idea and never has a negative effect, only different degrees of positive effects,” he said. Credit scores fluctuate daily, and “Paying off a credit card, and then closing the account will instantly reduce the amount of credit available, which could be bad based on the total amount of credit one can access.”Another myth Palermo debunks is that closing stagnant credit card accounts is good. “It’s never good to close credit accounts,” said Palermo. “Every time you close an old account, you erase a bit of your credit history. Even if you don’t use the account, it appears on your report as a line of credit and the amount of years you have that line of credit is factored into your score.” Palermo said credit utilization accounts for 30% of a credit report and payment history comprises another 35%. Closing a credit card account affects usage availability. By the same token, it is important to keep track of every account opened in case of identity theft.Unfortunately, Posterchild Pete is the exception rather than the rule. Most Americans carry too much debt. According to ValuePenguin.com, more than 38% of Americans carry credit card debt. The popular personal finance site NerdWallet.com reports that figure could be double given the stigma around such debt and reluctance by many to admit to it (El Issa, Erin. 2015 American Household Credit Card Debt Study. NerdWallet.com). In 2015, 39% of Millennials carried credit card debt and even more of their predecessors, 44% of Gen Xers, carried credit card debt (Gonzalez, Jamie and Holmes, Tamara E. Credit card debt statistics. CreditCards.com).Key TakeawaysWebsites that offer free credit scores provide consumer scores, which are usually higher than scores used to determine loan eligibilityHaving a credit card or two is a solid way to establish credit, provided the account holder uses credit responsiblyDebit or check cards do not affect credit scoresPaying off credit card balances will NOT negatively impact credit scores but maxing out credit cards WILL negatively impact credit scoresClosing credit card accounts will negatively impact credit scoresWhen it comes to getting a loan, Palermo said, “Having no credit is just as bad as having bad credit.” 44SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. 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NAFCU: NCUA’s TCCUSF closure proposal not in best interest of CUs

first_imgNAFCU reiterated its opposition to the NCUA’s proposed raising of the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund’s normal operating level and the merging of the stabilization fund into the NCUSIF in its official comment letter sent to the agency Monday.“Although there could conceivably be short-term benefits to merging the Stabilization Fund with the SIF, NAFCU strongly believes such a move at this time would not be in the best interest of credit unions,” wrote NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “Therefore, NAFCU and our members: (1) stand in opposition to NCUA’s proposal to merge the funds at this time; (2) strongly oppose any increase to the NOL; and (3) advocate that the agency is not required to charge a premium in 2017.”The NCUA proposal, issued in July, would raise the NCUSIF’s normal operating level from 1.3 percent to 1.39 percent. The NAFCU Board of Directors along with two member-filled committees – the Regulatory and NCUSIF Committees – unanimously oppose this proposal. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Local schools prepare plans to teach students at home

first_imgChenango Valley Central School District is facing similar challenges with the digital divide. Windsor CSD has put together materials, including laptops, to send home with students. Families are able to pick up the materials, but if they are unable to, the school district will be delivering supplies via school bus. “It’s so hard to know what the future holds, I think like everywhere else, we just don’t know at this point what that will look like,” said Andrews. For those without access to internet at home, Windsor Central School District says they have a solution. “Google Arts and Culture is offering tons of resources on their website, they just hit 1,200 museums that are doing free tours. It’s a great resource for them to occupy their time while enriching the learning we were doing here in the room,” said Matthew Wilson, an art teacher at Chenango Valley High School. (WBNG) — As schools close both across the country and in the Southern Tier, school districts are working around the clock to create plans for students to learn from home. “We’re utilizing our various technology platforms we have in place, Schoology, Google Classroom, Pear Deck,” said Windsor Central School District Superintendent Jason Andrews. center_img Even with all these plans in place, school officials say they’re re-assessing the situation on a daily basis. “Our staff made phone calls home to each family to assess their connectivity as well as their ability to access computers. As a result of completing those calls, we also have alternative assignments and activities that don’t require internet access,” said Andrews. For subjects that can be difficult to teach online, one art teacher is getting creative with his curriculum. “We made sure we were connecting them with the free resources, because we do have local companies that are offering free internet for a period of time, so we’re giving them that connection, but we also made sure we are providing hard copies,” said Chenango Valley CSD Assistant Superintendent Michelle Feyerabend. Local school officials are facing a challenge they say they’ve never seen before, and they’ve had to devise new ways of bringing the classroom to your home. last_img read more