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The 15th Annual Northwest String Summit Provided Music And Magic For All

first_imgFor a full gallery of Rex Thomson’s photos from the Northwest String Summit, check out the gallery below: Yonder Mountain String Band has become the institution it is for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, naturally, is the music. Playing a brand of take-no-prisoners aggression that followed in the likes of John Hartford, The New Grass Revival and of course, Leftover Salmon, won them a legion of adherents that saw them as a bridge between the staid bluegrass of the previous generations and the spirit of the new. But that wasn’t all that got them there. It takes a village it’s said, but it Yonder’s case it took Kinfolk. With a laid back atmosphere and a cap of three thousand attendees, the Northwest String Summit has made a name for itself as one of the most kid friendly festival in the country. A robust children’s area, in addition to the natural splendor, features a lake, paddle boats, numerous trails and fields to run wild in Horning’s Hideout. It is the perfect place for families to enjoy some fun in the sun and dancing in the dirt together. This year, the Kids Parade brought all the little ones in attendance together to come down and enjoy the set by MarchFourth!, quite possibly THE most perfect band to please all ages. After returning to the concert bowl all smiles and positive vibrations, the crowd was treated to a volatile set of spitfire bluegrass by the Steep Canyon Rangers, with fiddler Nicky Sanders leading the way with some fierce and fleet fingerings.Onto this primed powder keg of party potential, a final match was tossed, transforming the weekend into a blazing inferno of the heart of festival spirits himself, Vince Herman and Leftover Salmon. Pastor Tim brought Salmon to the stage, rightly giving them their due as forerunners and trailblazers. Leftover played their usual high energy set, with the crackling ball of energy incarnate that is Vince Herman bouncing around the stage, and welcoming out Larry Keel and Steep Canyon’s Sander’s for a good old-fashioned pickin’ party. Load remaining images As often happens when this many friends and like minded people gather, love can fill the air. Ali and Casey of Feather Flies were back., still crazy in love and ready for another memorable festival after their magical wedding ceremony last year. Check out our wedding present to the lovely couple, a fun video of the ceremony and their serenade by Elephant Revival, below:This year, another love was taking the next step as an unsuspecting girlfriend was lured onstage only to be surprised with a proposal! The couple met at the Northwest String Summit five years ago, and after her immediate “YES!” they’ll have another reason to be thankful for the Summit’s existence!The gentleman cheering in the back is Pastor Tim, who acts as festival emcee. Besides being genuinely happy for the couple, one can also assume he is looking forward to some potential clients for his hitchin’ services sometime at some future Summit.Singer-songwriter Brad Parsons brought his collection of originals and a smattering of buds to the Troubadour Stage, including Fruition‘s Jay Cobb Anderson. Greensky Bluegrass took their second set on the main stage as an opportunity to focus on their newest material, with “Demons” and “Windshield” from their most recent album, as well as sharing two new songs from their forthcoming album…promised “Sometime soon.” If the Dave Bruzza and Paul Hoffman led new tunes are any indication, Greensky may have another classic on their hands.Yonder posted video of their tour bus rehearsals online while festival attendees who were in the wi-fi free confines of the grounds were left to anxiously wait for the night to come and Yonder to take the stage, blissfully unaware of the insanity to come. Check out the rehearsal video below:After a teasing intro about the uproar Bob Dylan touched off when he went electric, the band eased the crowd into the concept with some of their more traditional wares before slowly switching to new-fangled “Electrified Geetars” and bringing out guest keyboardist Asher Fulero and drummer Jay Elliott helped create an inspired set that featured a tribute to Pink Floyd’s classic album, Animals. If the shell shocked audience’s seemingly never ending cheers were any indication, it’s safe to say the electrical experiment was a rousing success. For its fifteenth year anniversary, the Northwest String Summit brought plenty of incredible bluegrass, with a smattering of gospel, funk and a whole lot of love. Horning’s Hideout is one of the best kept secrets in the music scene, a nature preserve that can hold one or two small scale music events per year. Those lucky enough to attend one of these gatherings, such as the Yonder Mountain String Band-hosted Strummit, will quickly tell you that it’s a place like no other. From the scenic pine lined natural concert bowl with the lake so stocked with fish that osprey continually delight onlookers with their precision dives and daring catches, it is one of the most perfect blends of nature and function in the concert world.Though the festival purposefully holds back attendance to keep the balance between man and environment, that doesn’t limit the experience at all. An inventive use of the touring edition of the famed Further bus doubles as a “Tweener” stage for smaller acts to play, while main stage production crews tear down and rebuild the headliners’ gear. The top of the bus shows a scenic view for the players and gives fans a colorful reason to look up in the sky. Though it seems a role slightly more suited to Pastor Tim, the emcee deferred to Keller Williams for the Sunday inspiration set. Keller brought out Stu Allen and lifted the spirits with his funky, soulful renditions of Grateful Dead songs and staples. It was the perfect way to spend a perfect, seventy degree day in the overcast but still breathtaking Pacific northwest. Every year the festival raises money for the St.Baldricks Day Foundation and gets pink and “Frilli for Lilli” in honor of a young fan taken tragically early by the terrible disease. This year husband and wife Brian and Shari Band volunteered to not only get shaved, but to let their daughters Willow and River do the shaving. Brian joked that thanks to his always having his long hair and beard that the two had never really been face to face. While Dave Johnston provided some twangy trimming music, the couple got clean cut for a great cause and a cheering audience.center_img The main stage took of running Friday with Cabinet, Della Mae and The Infamous Stringdusters going back to back to back and building in intensity, as if passing off an ever brightening torch. Though, as all festivals are, it was a little bittersweet to see the final act on the main stage begin. Fortunately, the final proceedings were a little more upbeat than usual, as it was Adam Aijala‘s birthday! He got a rousing cheer and an off-key “Happy Birthday” serenade from the fans, before the band gave their devout followers one last reason to tear up the grass carpet with their dancing moves and a perfect moon rise over the towering pines.The remaining fans took a few moments to hug old friends and new as the last songs played, and made plans to go and catch the special late night party being hosted by Fruition. Memories made, magical music experienced and spirits recharged, physically weary but emotionally charged and dust covered fans went separate ways, promising to see each other next year. With the Northwest String Summit hitting its fifteenth year with no signs of stopping, it’s a safe bet that they’ll be repeating those words for many, many years to come. After that rousing call-to-arms, the crowd came out if force for Even Keel, a Larry Keel led super jam with Anders Beck from Greensky, Sanders and band-mate mandolin player Mike Guggino, along with Danny Barnes on banjo, Scott Law on guitar and of course, Larry’s wife and birthday weekend girl Jenny Keel on the bass. Any lingering aches were quickly shaken off, and the boots scooted up a mighty cloud of dust over the concert bowl. Larry made sure each player got a chance to shine and even remembered to come thundering in with his massive baritone and quake inducing flat picking virtuosity. “Kinfolk” is more than just a name for Yonder’s nation of fans, it’s a description of the relationship that has developed between the band and their fans. As important as any show, the chance to spend a few minutes mingling with their more diehard fans is a much anticipated part of every Summit with the annual “Kinfolk Meet And Greet.” The band works the crowd, sharing and listening to stories of shows past and future, listening to requests and posing for pictures sure to become cherished memories. Yonder is a band that clearly knows what is most important in life…the ties and love that binds. Sunday got off to a slow moving start, with the late night festivities from Keller Williams and Shook Twins keeping folks going until sunrise. Social activist Ben Sollee brought his tongue in cheek message of hope and activism to the stage, his impressive chops firing up the early risers. ..or off! As they finished their set the band came out and led the gathered masses on a rip roaring parade around the concert bowl and through the vending area to the delight of everyone. The gathered crowd was in for a true treat, a spectacle of sights and sounds tailor made to delight audiences from around the world. Perfectly merging the artistic spirit of Portland with the musical spectacle of New Orleans, MarchFourth! put on one of the most complete shows of any band on any stage. From rocking big band jam tunes, choreography and feats of strength that need to be seen to be believed, MarchFourth! entertains on every level every second they are on the stage. That said… it is the music that is the reason for the season, and Friday night it was at last time for Yonder to get their hosting duties under way. The line up has long since moved past any fluctuations and has solidified into a formidable hydra. Perennial emcee Pastor Tim welcomed the band with his usual zeal, announcing that, according to not-so-scientific accounting, this was Yonder’s fiftieth set at a String Summit, an auspicious occasion if ever there was one. The table was set, the fans were hungry and the time was finally here to dig in.Allie Kral soothes and seethes with each passing bow of her fiddle, while bassist Ben Kaufmann has never sounded punchier or more comfortable on the mic, be it in his often self-effacing banter and his singing. Banjo player Dave Johnston rolls and plucks with a sharp and kinetic style that punctuates and drives much like mandolin player Jake Jolliff. Jolliff shows a fret board dexterity that seems to grow with each passing day, matching his partner in crime, guitarist Adam Aijala, whose laconic demeanor belies his playing intensity.last_img read more

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Custodian reflects on life, work

first_imgBrian Hubbard is not your average Joe.He wakes up before dawn, puts on a pair of blue jeans and a T-shirt — the Notre Dame 2018 Shirt is his favorite — and makes his way to Rockne Memorial to begin a shift that starts at 4 a.m. and ends at noon. He signs in, picks up his supplies and embraces his role as a custodian.Taller than average, he has a sunny disposition and is usually whistling tunes. He is observant, knows those who frequent his work sites and is eager to strike up a conversation or humor a stressed student.Though people on campus might see Hubbard wiping down the tables or throwing away the trash, beyond his run-of-the-mill facade lies a story of basketball championships and altruism.Born in 1962, Hubbard is a South Bend native who attended LaSalle High School, where he played basketball. His love for the sport stems from his family, as his uncle taught him soccer, baseball, football and basketball from a very early age. However, he became enamored with shooting hoops, eventually making it to the state all-star high school team.Hubbard said this chapter in his life taught him several lessons that significantly impacted him, and credits his coach with building his character.“I had a coach by the name of George Griffith, who, at the end of my senior year told me … ‘You guys are not working hard,’” Hubbard said. “He said, ‘If you don’t work hard and start working hard, I’m going to cut you.’ I said, ‘Wait a minute,’ and I believed him because I’d seen him cut players. So basically, I give a lot to him because he made me work.”This incident opened Hubbard’s eyes, he said, and he started working hard until he made the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame and became part of the Indiana All-Star team in 1980. Hubbard also received a scholarship to play for Valparaiso. He fondly looks back to his time at “Valpo” and, when prompted to talk about his experience there, grabs his phone to show a photo of him playing against Notre Dame. Though his team lost the game against the Irish, he cherishes the memory of playing against John Paxson, who went on to play for the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan.“That’s one of the things I go back and look at sometimes because it means a lot to me,” Hubbard said. “This was a team I grew up watching and grew up admiring, and to come home and play against them in my first year of my college career was like a dream come true.”After studying at Valparaiso for two years, Hubbard decided to take a break and started working on-call at the University of Chicago hospital. In his free time, he would watch basketball games. Through this hobby, Hubbard suddenly had a revelation that would change his path in life.“I was working at home and watching TV, and I’m looking at a game, and I said, ‘I had 20 on that guy,’” he said. “I’m looking at another game, and I had 25 on that guy. So I said, ‘What am I doing here?’ So I made some phone calls and 10 schools came to look at me.”After 10 different coaches arrived with scholarship offers, Hubbard decided to attend Western New Mexico University. By doing so, Hubbard had the opportunity to play abroad in Glasgow, Scotland.After returning from Scotland and realizing he wanted to start working again, Hubbard decided to renew his career at the University of Chicago hospital because of his desire to help people. There, he was an emergency room clerk, helicopter dispatcher and clerk supervisor.“Working at the hospital, I get the gratification of helping folks, of being there for people,” Hubbard said of this job.After roughly two decades of devoting himself to assisting those in need, Hubbard found himself unemployed.Undiscouraged, though, he decided to come home to look for a job, eventually attaining one at Notre Dame’s Center for Culinary Excellence in 2016. After some months there, he transferred to Building Services and became one of the chattiest custodians at Hesburgh Library. Though he worked late hours, Hubbard enjoyed working at the library. Being able to meet new people and crack jokes to make them smile, he said, was the most rewarding part of the job for him.“I’m a people person,” Hubbard said. “ … I do like what I’m doing, and I’m around good people, friendly people. I like the atmosphere, and I’m also still helping folks.”After various months of cultivating relationships with students and wiping down messes at the library, Hubbard was transferred to Knute Rockne Memorial Gymnasium. He dislikes that it is quite a bit lonelier than his job at Hesburgh, but appreciates that he is still able to work from 4 a.m. to noon. Though he has to wake up early, he said this shift enables him to spend the rest of the day as he wishes.Though he admits to occasionally sleeping and taking some time to watch basketball games, Hubbard usually spends the day working on his upcoming grand project: getting his nonprofit off the ground.The Cast the Family Spirit Picnic, an annual festival which will take place in the summer, is Hubbard’s attempt to unify the South Bend community.“It is for every and anybody that’s breathing,” he said. “It is not an African American thing. This is not a white thing. It’s not a Jewish thing, not an Asian thing. … It’s an everybody thing. I’m trying to bring more unity into our community because, you know, there’s a lot of negative and bad things going on, not only here but all over the country. I don’t think there’s enough activity — diverse activities — going on in South Bend, and that’s what made me come up with this.”Through his nonprofit, Hubbard has coordinated other events in the past aiming to bring back the tight-knit spirit that characterized the South Bend of his childhood. On this occasion, he promises to deliver a nice time, when all citizens — regardless of their race, status or ideology — can come together while listening to music and eating as a family.Hubbard sees a substantial number of students on the sites were he works and makes the effort to put a name and a story to the hundreds of faces that surround him.“If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’ll be here,” he said.Tags: basketball, building services, Hall of Fame, Hesburgh Library, Rockne Memoriallast_img read more

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Nebraska public utility plans big solar expansion, coal-to-gas conversions in next five years

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Senior management with the Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska recommended that the utility build between 400 MW and 600 MW of utility-grade solar — a capacity addition that would exponentially increase the state’s solar capacity — with natural gas for backup generation.Solar capacity additions of that magnitude likely would catapult Nebraska considerably higher in the national rankings. As of the close of the second quarter, Nebraska had 45.23 MW of installed solar capacity, ranking it 44th of all U.S. states, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. By comparison, Pennsylvania ranked 22nd, with 452.24 MW of installed solar capacity. The proposal from the Omaha Public Power District, or OPPD, also includes replacing some of the utility’s retiring coal capacity with natural gas. The utility further said it may add voltage-support devices as necessary.At the OPPD’s North Omaha Generating Station, three previously coal-fired units already have been converted to natural gas. Those three units will no longer be operational by 2024, before which point the remaining two units at the facility will be converted to natural gas.“The recommendation of our team comes after thoughtful and careful analysis of available technologies, affordability of options and what solutions might best fit our needs,” OPPD President and CEO Tim Burke said in a statement.As a result of that analysis, the OPPD ruled out certain technologies such as combined cycle, wind turbine, and new nuclear or coal baseload over concerns of “significant cost premiums, comparative ineffectiveness, or failing to meet technical or resiliency requirements,” Mary Fisher, the OPPD’s vice president of energy production and nuclear decommissioning, said in a presentation.More ($): Neb. public power utility looks to increase solar capacity by up to 600 MW Nebraska public utility plans big solar expansion, coal-to-gas conversions in next five yearslast_img read more

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5 ways to enhance your online member support (without busting your budget)

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If there’s one thing we’ve heard over and over from our credit union community, it’s that members are reaching out for support and using digital banking tools more than ever. Your 2021 plan will likely take these trends into account, but you don’t have to wait until next year.No matter how much your head swims when you hear the phrase “digital transformation” or how wide the chasm is between where you are and where you think you “should” be, there is always low-hanging fruit that can help you incrementally improve your members’ digital experience.Here are five of the most popularly requested client projects in the first half of 2020. They all share a common goal of helping members get information or complete tasks online, without having to visit a branch or even dial a phone number:1. Secure form integrationWe’ve noticed that PDF form downloads have been up across many client sites, and I think all of us can agree that PDFs are kind of a pain. Integrating with a secure form solution offers a much more seamless user experience. continue reading »last_img read more

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Tesla valuation doesn’t reflect ‘real world’ business

first_imgToyoda noted that his company makes and sells a much higher volume and variety of cars than Tesla, referring to 100 million Toyota vehicles out on the road owned by individual, fleet and other customers today. Toyota expects to sell about 7.5 million vehicles during its 2021 fiscal year, which kicked off Apr. 1, 2020.Tesla expects to sell 500,000 electric vehicles in 2020.Toyoda called Toyota’s offering a “full menu lineup,” referring to the company’s mix of internal combustion engine, hybrid, pure battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles.Toyota popularized hybrid electric vehicles with its Prius line, which started selling in 1997. It also made a very limited number of battery electric RAV-4’s, including a second generation electric RAV-4 which it produced in a partnership with Tesla.But Toyota didn’t commit to making a high volume of pure battery-powered electric vehicles until late last year. That’s when the company announced a joint venture with one of Tesla’s biggest competitors on the global stage, battery turned electric vehicle producers BYD in China.Although Toyota’s profits fell in its most recent quarter, the company has seen 3% higher sales growth than the broader autos industry, which is recovering after the pandemic dampened sales in China through the first half of the calendar year.With signs of a recovery on the horizon, Toyota also more than doubled its full-year forecast. The company now expects to generate an operating profit of 1.3 trillion yen, or about $12.6 billion, for the year through March 2021. (It previously expected a 500 billion yen profit.) During a Toyota Motors earnings call on Friday, executives answered questions about how they plan to compete in the expanding field of electric vehicles, and took a potshot at Tesla’s sky-high valuation.Toyota President Akio Toyoda acknowledged that Tesla’s valuation of around $400 billion is sky high, exceeding that of all seven Japanese automakers combined.He also said Toyota could learn from Tesla’s success with investors, and its business model, which includes revenue from electric vehicles, regulatory credits, software and renewable energy products. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img But, the exec went on to compare Tesla’s business to a restaurant still promoting its recipes, while Toyota is more like a restaurant already serving a huge number of customers.“I am hesitant to say this — Tesla’s business, if you want to use the analogy, is like that of a kitchen and a chef,” Toyoda said. “They have not created a real business in the real world yet. They are trying to trade recipes. The chef is saying ‘Our recipe is going to become the standard of the world in the future!’ At Toyota, we have a real kitchen and a real chef too, and are creating the dishes already. There are customers, who are very picky about what they like to eat, sitting in front of us, and eating our dishes already.”- Advertisement – The logo of Toyota Motor is displayed at a company’s car showroom in Tokyo on February 6, 2019.Kazuhiro Nogi | AFP | Getty Imageslast_img read more

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FA Cup first round: Colchester, Port Vale, Swindon among EFL casualties | Football News

first_imgRuthless Bradford cruised into the second round of the FA Cup after thrashing non-league Tonbridge Angels 7-0.Defender Anthony O’Connor gave the League Two a sixth-minute lead with a close-range header from Connor Wood’s left-wing cross before Billy Clarke bent a superb free-kick from 25 yards over the defensive wall after he had been fouled. Clarke got his second just before the break when he headed another excellent cross by Wood past Jon Henly.The visitors stretched their lead in the 55th minute when Clayton Donaldson swept home a low cross from Callum Cook. Cook hit the post before finding Austin Samuels, who is on loan from Wolves, and the substitute scored his first senior goal with a composed finish after 68 minutes.Harry Pritchard made it 6-0 in the 84th minute after good work by Samuels before Wood got Bradford’s seventh from close range in stoppage time.Dominic Samuel inspired Gillingham to a memorable FA Cup comeback as the League One side came from 2-0 down to beat National League Woking 3-2 at Priestfield.The semi-professional visitors took the lead midway through the first half when former Wycombe midfielder Max Kretzschmar spectacularly fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.Sitting 44 places higher than the Surrey club in the league pyramid, Charlton loanee Josh Davison appeared to put the Cards on the verge of the second round for the fourth time in five years when he pounced on a loose ball to double their advantage early in the second half.However, the deficit was halved just four minutes later as Samuel met Jordan Graham’s cross to head past Ross before the Gills fortuitously equalised on 68 minutes – Declan Drysdale’s header hitting the bar and deflecting off an unaware Samuel into the net.Substitute Vadaine Oliver completed the quickfire turnaround 11 minutes from time as he met another Graham delivery to head past the helpless Ross, and only the woodwork denied Kyle Dempsey a fourth late on. National League South side Concord Rangers agonisingly missed out on reaching the second round for the first time in their history after they were defeated by Stevenage on penalties following a thrilling 2-2 draw.Exeter squeezed through to the second round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory but they were made to work hard for their win by AFC Fylde. Alfie May scored twice as Cheltenham overcame the spirited challenge of South Shields with a 3-1 win.Dagenham and Redbridge knocked out Grimsby with a 3-1 victory as Stockport saw off the challenge of Rochdale with a 2-1 win. Bristol Rovers also won by the same scoreline against Walsall.Lincoln were big winners against Forest Green, beating them 6-2, as were Doncaster, who beat FC United of Manchester 5-1. Richie Wellens needed extra time to nab his first win as Salford City manager, eventually winning 2-0 against Hartlepool after a 0-0 draw in normal time.Portsmouth also won in extra time, beating Ipswich 3-2 at Portman Road, while Crewe were also 3-2 winners against Bolton. Shrewsbury beat Cambridge 2-0 while Plymouth beat in-form Charlton 1-0 at The Valley.Newport were 2-1 winners away at Leyton Orient, as were Peterborough at Oxford United. Mansfield also won on their travels, beating Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light, while Hull won 2-0 at home to Fleetwood. Tranmere also won their fixture 2-1 against Accrington.Academy product Gabby Rogers struck the winner in stoppage time of extra-time as Yeovil progressed with a 1-0 victory at 10-man Bromley.Rogers volleyed in his first senior goal just when it seemed penalties would decide this crazy cup tie. Bromley were reduced to 10 men in the 68th minute as Harry Forster was shown a straight red card for a poor challenge on Luke Wilkinson.National League North side Brackley Town needed penalties to see off a spirited Bishop’s Stortford after the Isthmian League side fought back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in regular time.Elliott Ronto’s timely drive fired Canvey Island into the second round for the first time in 19 years in a 2-1 win at Banbury United. The winner came three minutes after the higher-ranked hosts, who had hit the woodwork twice late in the first half, had levelled the tie.FA Cup first round factsBradford’s 7-0 win at Tonbridge was their biggest ever competitive away win as a Football League side, while it was the first time they’ve scored 7+ in an away match since October 1928 (8-2 vs Ashington in Third Division North).Following their 4-1 win against Skelmersdale on Friday night, Harrogate Town have reached the second round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2012-13.King’s Lynn earned their first FA Cup win against Football League opposition since beating Coventry 2-1 in November 1961.Sunderland have been eliminated from the FA Cup at the first round stage in consecutive seasons, having last been eliminated at this round in 1923-24.Lincoln City scored 6+ goals in an FA Cup match (excluding qualifying rounds) for the first time December 1976 (6-0 vs Nuneaton Borough).Dagenham and Redbridge picked up their first FA Cup victory as a non-league side since January 2003 (2-0 vs Plymouth, excluding qualifying rounds).Canvey Island have reached the FA Cup second round for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign.Charlton have lost their last three FA Cup home matches, as many as they had in their previous 19 at the Valley.FA Cup dates The full schedule for this season’s FA Cup has been confirmed, with the final due to take place on Saturday May 15, 2021.Replays have been scrapped – for this season only – to ease pressure on the football schedule.November 28: Second roundJanuary 9 2021: Third roundJanuary 23 2021: Fourth roundFebruary 10 2021: Fifth roundMarch 20 2021: Quarter-finalsApril 17 2021: Semi-finalsMay 15 2021: Final Sixty-five places separated the sides before kick-off but Campbell’s double put the team who are 15th in the National League North in the draw for the second round for the first time since 2007.National League side Boreham Wood shocked League Two Southend, winning 4-3 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.Boreham Wood seemed set for a comfortable victory when Jamal Fyfield headed them in front after just eight minutes. Luke Garrard’s side doubled their lead in the 51st minute with Mark Ricketts firing home.But the Shrimpers, who are bottom of League Two without a victory to their name, got back in the game in the 59th minute with Brandon Goodship scoring from a narrow angle. Substitute Terrell Egbri brought Southend back level three minutes later with a close-range finish.The Wood regained the lead three minutes into extra-time with Kabongo Tshimanga scoring from the spot and Southend equalised seven minutes later with an excellent effort from James Olayinka.But Boreham held on and secured victory on penalties despite seeing their first spot-kick, from Shaquile Coulthirst, saved by Mark Oxley. Southend substitute Matt Rush saw his effort kept out by Nathan Ashmore before skipper Jason Demetriou fired wide of the left post to see the non-league side progress. Colchester equalised in the 64th minute when Harry Pell found the net after Noah Chilvers’ long-range effort had only been parried by Marine keeper Bayleigh Passant and not cleared.Passant denied Josh Bohui and Michael Folivi had an effort cleared off the line as it went to penalties and, after Bohui’s effort went wide, Howard converted to send Marine into ecstasy.Substitute Sonny Carey’s late winner sent National League side King’s Lynn into the second round for the first time in their history as they recorded a 1-0 shock victory against League Two Port Vale.- Advertisement – Adam Campbell scored twice as non-league Darlington caused a first-round upset by winning 2-1 at managerless Swindon.- Advertisement – The game looked to be heading for extra-time when teenager Carey pounced in the 82nd minute after latching on to a pass from Adam Marriott.Another youngster, goalkeeper Archie Mair, had pulled off a number of stunning saves to deny Vale, who were left cursing their missed opportunities. – Advertisement – Bishop's Stortford lost on penalties in their FA Cup first round tieImage:Bishop’s Stortford lost on penalties in their FA Cup first round tie Exeter beat AFC Fylde in their encounterImage:Exeter beat AFC Fylde in their encounter Braford were big winners in the FA Cup first roundImage:Braford were big winners in the FA Cup first round Michael Howard scored the all-important spot-kick as non-league Marine stunned Sky Bet League Two side Colchester by knocking them out of the FA Cup 5-3 on penalties, after the first-round tie had finished 1-1.Marine, of Northern Premier League Division One North West, took a shock 21st-minute lead when Anthony Miley followed up to score from close range after Josh Hmami’s free-kick had rattled a post.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Man City 1-1 Liverpool: Pep Guardiola’s side will now find it ‘very difficult’ to win Premier League, says Roy Keane | Football News

first_img“I think no team this season has looked anywhere near their best. It’s a strange season, the lack of pre-season, City were still in Europe and their season was prolonged last season…“But I would say in these early stages there are probably more signs of Liverpool getting back to their best of last season than there has of City.“I think of the first half hour here, and the Chelsea game, and Arsenal, and Everton. Whereas Man City, there’s just been a couple of real performances and you’re sort of just waiting to see City really click and get back to where they have been in the past.“Or is this City team that won the league with 100 points sort of slightly on the decline, and maybe they won’t get those points again?“I don’t think any team is going to get the points we saw in the last couple of years and that’s what gives everyone in this league a shout.” 1:33 “I know there were other positions they wanted to fill, a centre-half I suppose was a priority. They’ve got nobody but themselves to blame for being short on strikers. You have to have strength in depth – particularly if you’re expected to challenge for all the major trophies. I don’t see City winning the league this year.”Striker Gabriel Jesus was on target for City against Liverpool but Keane believes it is Aguero who is the key frontman for Guardiola, and says the Argentina international’s fitness concerns are a major issue.- Advertisement – In these early stages there are probably more signs of Liverpool getting back to their best of last season than there has of City.Jamie Carragher Roy Keane gives an amusing response when asked if he would rather have played for Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola “I think the big worry for City is they’re always brilliant to watch and they control most games but that lack of goal threat, lack of goals they’ve got in the team,” said Keane.“They’ve got Aguero to come back but when he came back from his last injury he looked like he was carrying a bit of weight. You’re thinking, ‘has he still got that hunger and desire?’ And Jesus, you can’t hang your hat on him.” Roy Keane believes Manchester City lack the firepower needed to win the Premier League this season, after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s side were a distant second to the Reds last season and eight games into the 2020/21 campaign they already trail Liverpool by five points, sitting 11th in the table, six off early leaders Leicester City.- Advertisement – “City, when you look at their squad, and the players they’ve lost, but also to go into the season where they’re expected to challenge for every competition they’re in, to have two strikers – and Aguero being 32, having one or two problems – and then just hanging your hat on one striker, they’d have to be critical of themselves, why they didn’t strengthen in the summer with a striker. You have to have strength in depth – particularly if you’re expected to challenge for all the major trophies. I don’t see City winning the league this year.Roy Keane – Advertisement – Interestingly, Man City have scored 17 goals fewer than they had at the same stage of last season, and Keane believes with Sergio Aguero struggling with injuries, they aren’t able to make their dominance count in matches – and criticised them for not investing in a striker in the summer.“I think it’s going to be very difficult for City to win the league this year,” he told Sky Sports.“There was no way they were going to keep up what they’ve done over the last two or three years, the same for Liverpool.- Advertisement – Carra: Liverpool look more likely than CityJamie Carragher, meanwhile, pointed out there have been more examples of Liverpool looking on track to return to their best levels this season than City – with the first 30 minutes of the clash at the Etihad an example, when the visitors were on top.However, he also believes the demands of this condensed season make it challenging for all clubs and the astronomical points hauls we’ve seen in recent years from Liverpool and City could be out of reach anyway, opening the door for other challengers.“I think last season, the big debate was – ‘was that almost like a blip for City? The points they got. And not just City, Pep Guardiola as a manager’,” said Carragher.“Every season he’s had with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City, almost, he’s got 90+ points in every one. It was a big drop off last season.“You’re thinking again this season, ‘is that just a freak and City will go back?’last_img read more

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Valamar Riviera achieved double-digit revenue and operating profit growth in the first three quarters

first_imgIn the first nine months of 2018, Valamar Riviera achieved double-digit growth in business results.Total consolidated revenues reached HRK 1.921 million, which is an increase of 10 percent compared to the same period last year, primarily as a result of intensive investment in high quality accommodation facilities in the past period and exceptional business development in the pre-season. After several years of increased demand for Croatia, there was a stagnation in the growth of tourist demand in the summer season. Despite the unfavorable  In the first nine months of 2018, Valamar realized more than 6 million overnight stays for the first time, which is an increase of 4% compared to the same period last year, while the average price grew by 5%. The highest sales growth was achieved in high-quality accommodation facilities in which previously invested and in the first six  months as a result of the successful development of tourist products aimed at guests outside the main tourist season.    At the level of the business year, Valamar Riviera expects to achieve between 2018 million in 1.960  and HRK 1.980 million of operating revenues, ie an increase of 10 to 11 percent compared to last year. Revenue growth will be accompanied by growth in consolidated operating profit (EBITDA), which will reach between HRK 690 and 700 million annually, which is an increase of 14 to 16 percent compared to 2017. Valamar has increased operational efficiency with a simultaneous increase in salaries of over 11% and the introduction of a minimum net income of HRK 5.000,  thus intensifying investments in human resources, which were recognized as the biggest challenge for growth and development in the coming years. “In the past three years, as a result of the development strategy, we have invested about 2,4  billion in the development and expansion of the portfolio, created as many as 2300 new jobs, significantly increased wages and improved working conditions. This year we have successfully finalized the process of taking over the company Hoteli Makarska dd in Croatia and  the first Valamar hotel in Austria. We believe that we have laid a good foundation for continued investment in business growth and development. “, pointed out Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera.According to the previous consent of the Supervisory Board, Valamar plans to realize investments in the amount of HRK 2019 million in 752, which is a continuation of the company’s investment strategy in repositioning the portfolio according to high value-added offers and services.last_img read more

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New York to mark 9/11 anniversary amid the coronavirus pandemic

first_imgOffices empty until 2021? Gale Brewer, president of borough of Manhattan, recognizes that the island renowned for its hustle and energy now faces an array of problems.Some of these stem directly from the coronavirus pandemic: almost all the white collar workers, such as bankers, traders and insurance employees, have been working from home since March. This has emptied Manhattan’s business hubs, leaving thousands of small stores and restaurants without customers.Boris Tulchinskiy, a 26-year-old software engineer, misses Manhattan but expects to “keep working from home” in neighboring New Jersey until July 2021.If the more than 60 million tourists who visit New York every year have gone, so too have New Yorkers, fleeing the city by the thousands. At least 35,000 people have moved out of Manhattan, judging by requests for absentee ballots for November’s presidential elections, Brewer said.Many businesses are now shuttered: between 2017 and 2020, the number of vacant commercial spaces has almost doubled, up by 78 percent, she said.Homeless people are now more visible due to the closure of numerous shelters for health reasons, and the transfer of almost 13,000 to live in less contagious conditions in Manhattan’s vacant hotels.The rise in homicides and shootings — up 47 percent and 166 percent in August, compared with the previous year — is one of the more striking aspects of the crisis hitting the city.Even if it is still far below the endemic levels of crime that plagued the city in the 1970s and 80s, New York, which prided itself on being one of the world’s safest cities, has now slipped back to 2012 crime levels, the New York Times reported. With crime on the rise, shops and apartments increasingly vacant and homeless people on the sidewalks, New York on Friday will mark the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and a bitter fight with the White House.The city will hold its annual ceremony in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the bloodiest terrorist attack in US history, punctuated by a minute’s silence at the exact moments that Al-Qaeda jihadists crashed two hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center towers.Instead of reading out the roll call of the dead, this year the families of victims have recorded themselves. But they will still be present at the “Ground Zero” memorial.  The site museum will also open for the first time since the novel coronavirus brought the city to a standstill in March. Almost two decades after the attacks, September 11 remains synonymous with New York’s heroism and resilience. City leaders have emphasized the latter in the past months as the-19 infection rate — which killed 23,00 people here, the early epicenter of the disease in the United States — has been lowered to under one percent.New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday reminded New Yorkers that their resilience is likely to be tested once again by the social and economic “after-effects” of the pandemic. Trump wants to ‘kill New York’ “I can’t tell you how many phone calls I get from people especially in New York City, who are literally worried about the degradation of New York City,” governor Cuomo said Tuesday.Even as the city shows signs of revival — which include museums reopening in late August and restaurants welcoming diners inside in late September — its full recovery could take up to three years, Brewer said, citing the estimates of realtors.In the meantime, and less than two months from one of the most bitterly fought presidential contests in history, the crisis has become the focus of a dispute with Republican President Donald Trump.The native New Yorker, who made his name in real estate, insists that the rise in crime in the Democratic bastion is due to the incompetence of its leaders. On Tuesday he once again accused the mayor and the governor of “destroying” the city.New York officials in turn slammed Trump’s refusal to free up billions in emergency federal funds to help the city through the worst of the crisis.”Trump is actively trying to kill New York City. It is personal. I think it’s psychological,” Cuomo said. “He is trying to kill New York City.” Topics :last_img read more

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Forestdale rentals prove few and far between

first_img17 Nottingham Ct, Forestdale is one of the few rentals in the suburb currently on the market.WHEN it comes to renting a house in the Albert and Logan region, Forestdale and Park Ridge South would cost you the most.The suburbs have a median asking rent of $550, according to data from CoreLogic, the two highest median rents in the region.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe high prices in Forestdale could be due to not many vacant homes sitting in the rental pool.Just 6.3 per cent of the suburb’s homes are currently rented out, with the vast majority of residents owning their homes outright or paying off mortgages. The majority of homes in the suburb are also on larger blocks, which traditionally are more popular with owner-occupiers. Park Ridge South also has a lot of large acreage properties. Median house rents were the cheapest in Logan Central at just $320 a week, followed by Kingston at $325 a week. Logan Central also had the second highest proportion of renters at 56.8 per cent.Loganlea was also a very popular suburb for rentals with 57.4 per cent of homes in the suburb currently rented out, which is the highest proportion across the Albert and Logan region.last_img read more