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LOCKN’s Insane Thursday Lineup Sets The Stage For A Stellar Weekend

first_imgWhile most music festivals are three-day affairs taking place across Friday through Sunday, many of these festivals use a Thursday-night pre-party to get things started a little early. Most of the time, a band or two kicks off the festivities the night before the festival proper starts, specifically targeting patrons who arrive early and are looking to get that extra night of music and camaraderie in. This year, the Thursday night LOCKN’ “Jamwich” line-up is the stuff of dreams, sporting an enviable and unmissable lineup unrivaled by many festivals’ Friday or Saturday lineups. Both The String Cheese Incident and Umphrey’s McGee will be on tap at LOCKN’ on Thursday to perform two “interlocking” sets followed by trance-fusion titans The Disco Biscuits who will play what is sure to be a most epic of late-night throwdowns. LOCKN’ takes place August 24th through 27th in Arrington, Virginia (purchase tickets here).Other acts slated to perform on Thursday include Grahame Lesh and Midnight North, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Nicole Atkins Band, Kendall Street Company, and more. That’s a pretty full Thursday bill, if we’re being completely honest with ourselves. In addition to the draw of its expansive Thursday lineup, the festival has made some site upgrades that will help to ensure an even better experience than past years. Upgrades include the relocation of the main stage area making for easier and efficient access in and out of the festival arena, additional shade and misting tents, and the expansion Garcia’s Forest with a replica of The Porch at Terrapin Station, which will host various sets and activities throughout the weekend.With the recent events that transpired this past weekend in nearby Charlottesville, festival co-producer Peter Shapiro elaborated on how the festival’s message of love, unity, and community can help spark the beginning stages of healing (read the entire interview here):“I’ve been thinking about that all day, and speaking with Dave Frey, my partner who lives down in the Charlottesville area, about the best way to do this right. It’s not easy. But one thing I know is that people need to heal right now, and music helps do that more than just about anything else. As does 20,000 people coming together to share in a one-of-a-kind experience. The reason that I think we all love going to shows — especially big shows with a lot of people, and improvisational bands — is that there’s an energy in the air, something you can feel and the musicians also are feeding off it. Its a self-perpetuating cycle, as Carlos Santana famously said back in the day, ‘the fans are like flowers and the musicians are like a hose.’ And hopefully this time, the audience will feed off it even more. There will be a lot of people in the audience who need healing, especially because a lot of them are Charlottesville and Virginia locals, and this is the next large-scale gathering in the area. If there was ever a time for a forest to be named after Jerry Garcia and to have his music playing in the trees all day and night, it’s now. Hopefully Jerry’s voice will help soothe things a bit too.”The rest of the festival lineup over the course of the weekend includes a special set from Phil Lesh with special guest Bob Weir and The Terrapin Family Band with Nicki Bluhm (performing Terrapin Station), Gov’t Mule with Ann Wilson of Heart, Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, (Phil Lesh & Friends with moe.), The Revivalists, Jim James (solo), John Butler Trio, Greensky Bluegrass, JJ Grey & Mofro, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, TAUK, The Marcus King Band, and more on the lineup that goes on and on.Tickets for LOCKN’ are still available and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information leading up to the festival, join the Facebook Event page.[Cover photo courtesy of Dave Vann]last_img read more

Surprising stats that prove check fraud should not be ignored

first_img 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Preston Packer Preston Packer is the Director of Sales & Marketing for FLEX. Preston has been with FLEX since 2000 and has worked in various sales management roles over that time. Preston’… Web: Details Cash may be king, but for many purchases, cash is just not reasonable or possible. And while payment cards and ACH are popular alternatives, the assumption that paper checks are dead is a risky one to make. The overall usage of checks during the past decade have declined, but not at an accelerating rate. (1) In fact, in the US, paper checks are not going away anytime soon, especially in business transactions, where 51 percent of B2B payments are still made by check.(2) Despite the continual decline, checks today are the payment method most often targeted by fraud. This is why your credit union cannot ignore making improvements to the security of your paper check handling and processing.71 percent of companies experience check fraudAccording to the 2016 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, 71 percent of companies experienced actual or attempted check fraud in 2015. Since check usage itself is down, this number also represents a decline in check fraud, down from 77 percent in 2014. Forty-four percent of organizations that experienced check fraud in 2015 suffered between one and five incidents; whereas 22 percent were subject to between six and ten incidents.If you belong to the camp that checks are disappearing and fraud isn’t a concern, keep in mind that check fraud has not declined at the same rate as check use. The same study found that while check fraud may be slightly down, the fraudsters are getting better at what they do. Since checks have been around for so long, these defrauders are familiar with checks and are able to commit check fraud with relative ease with the help of sophisticated equipment. Checks are physical items that can be altered fairly easily and modern technological equipment aids counterfeiting. For this reason, check fraud accounted for the largest dollar amount of loss of any type of fraud in 2015.Putting Protective Measures in PlaceThere are effective protective measures credit unions can offer to assist in preventing fraud at the frontline or from within member accounts. The previously mentioned AFP study uncovered that a majority of companies were targets for check fraud one to five times in 2015, and twenty-one percent were attacked more than 21 times. This suggests that fraudsters “cast a wide net” in hopes to find vulnerabilities, and once found, will repeatedly attack the same credit union, business or individual.Member education and employee training is a great first step to preventing fraud. Especially since credit union members may believe that check fraud is less likely to occur than mobile payments fraud. However, forty-two percent of AFP study respondents reported an increase in check fraud attempts in 2015.Integrating technologies that process paper checks is another step to preventing check fraud. This would mean, for instance, combining systems that aggregate check deposits – the teller line and remote deposit capture channels for instance. Having integrated systems will automatically detect duplicates (dedupe) in real-time and remove them from the processing system. This would be in addition to a “For Mobile Deposit Only” and “VOID” programs, that are already most likely in place at your credit union.Combining technologies might be the most effective way to prevent check fraud. Most credit unions employ some type of check-21 processing system, whether it be teller or branch capture. Adding a fraud detection service to the check-21 process will help validate accounts and/or funds availability. Integrated fraud detection combined with teller capture check-21 can increase the speed of transactions and protect credit unions from the trend of fraud in the processing of checks, even as checks begin to disappear.Sources: read more

UK admits ‘serious’ cancer screening failure for 450,000 women

first_img 3 Views   no discussions LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain on Wednesday admitted that a “serious failure” in its breast cancer screening programme over nearly a decade led to 450,000 women missing out on invitations to their final tests — and may have shortened the lives of up to 270 of them.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt apologised to parliament for the failure, blaming it on “a computer algorithm failure”.Women in England between the ages of 50 and 70 are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every three years by the state-run National Health Service.But between 2009 and the start of 2018, an estimated 450,000 women did not receive their final invitation, which should have been sent between their 68th and 71st birthdays.Hunt ordered an independent review to establish the clinical impact, but said that it was “not clear whether any delay in diagnosis resulted in harm or death”.However, he added that “there may be between 135 and 270 women who had their lives shortened as a result”.Emma Greenwood, Cancer Research UK’s director of policy, said: “It’s very concerning to learn that so many women have not received an invitation to screening over a prolonged period of time.” Share Sharing is caring! HealthInternationalLifestylePrint UK admits ‘serious’ cancer screening failure for 450,000 women by: – May 2, 2018center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Swiss court begins probe of FIFA President

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Germany still winless in UEFA Nations League after drawing with Switzerland Criminal proceedings against Fifa president Gianni Infantino have begun in Switzerland over meetings he held with the country’s attorney general.A special federal public prosecutor, Stefan Keller, was appointed last month to examine complaints made in relation to the meetings in 2016 and 2017 involving Infantino, attorney general Michael Lauber and the chief public prosecutor for the Upper Valais region, Rinaldo Arnold. Keller has now opened criminal proceedings against Infantino and Arnold, and has sought approval from the Swiss parliament to do the same against Lauber, who must have immunity from prosecution lifted before proceedings against him can be opened.He has concluded that “there are indications of criminal conduct” in relation to the meetings.Infantino and Fifa say they will co-operate fully with the investigation, with Infantino insisting he was trying to assist Lauber with the attorney general’s investigation into historic corruption.The Fifa president was asked about the meetings with Lauber at the world governing body’s Council meeting in June, and said: “To meet with the Attorney General of Switzerland is perfectly legitimate and it’s perfectly legal.“It’s no violation of anything. “On the contrary, it is also part of the fiduciary duties of the president of Fifa.”The first meetings with Lauber occurred in 2016, just after Infantino had been elected as president and in the aftermath of the corruption scandal which engulfed Fifa under Infantino’s predecessor Sepp Blatter.Lauber’s office was investigating that scandal, in which Fifa was being treated as a victim rather than a suspect.Infantino said there was a “mountain of questions” regarding those investigations, and added in June: “It’s legitimate to offer to contribute to the Swiss attorney general about the clarification of these events, hoping that those who have done criminal acts and damaged Fifa will be held to account for that.”Tags: courtsFIFALegal actionLegal MattersPresident Gianni InfantinoprobeSwitzerlandlast_img read more

N Ireland start delights Wright

first_img Press Association “The beauty of this campaign is that third place gets you a play-off game and presumably not against a big nation. “But the start has given them the best opportunity in years and that is down to Michael and the players. “But being Northern Ireland we won’t get too ahead of ourselves and we can’t get ahead of ourselves. “We have tough games coming up.” Wright stepped down as O’Neill’s goalkeeping coach in the summer of 2013 after he was appointed St Johnstone manager but he could not be happier for his former boss and his players. “It has been a brilliant start for Michael and the lads,” the former Northern Ireland keeper told Press Association Sport. “You could not ask for a better start. “I am pleased for him and the players because I know the job he does and the difficult circumstances the job brings. “They have had to take a few defeats on the chin to get where they are now. “But I know, through working with him, that he has the backing of the players. “And I know from speaking to him that he has the belief in the players that it would turn for him and they could get the type of results they are getting at the minute. “Three out of three has given them a platform and if they can maintain that form, they will qualify for the Euros for the first time. Tommy Wright has praised Michael O’Neill for working through adversity with Northern Ireland to have the country dreaming of Euro 2016. Hopes of a first appearance in the finals of a European Championship took another step closer to being fulfilled on Tuesday night with a 2-0 victory in Greece. Goals from Jamie Ward and Kyle Lafferty gave O’Neill’s side their third successive Group F victory – Northern Ireland’s best ever start to any World Cup or European qualifying campaign – to keep them top of the table with nine points. last_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini believes Manchester City are in a competitive position

first_img Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is happy with his side’s positioning halfway through the title race. Promoted Watford have been one of the season’s surprise packages and go into the game against City at Vicarage Road just two points off fifth place. Pellegrini said: “Maybe at the beginning of the season it can be a surprise, the same as Leicester, but when you play 19 games, half of the season, and you are still talking about Watford or Leicester, they continue playing in a good way, it is because they have important players in a good moment of high performance and managers that are doing very well their job.” City’s clean sheet against Leicester was their first this season without injured captain Vincent Kompany, who could be out for another month with calf trouble. Left-back Gael Clichy and midfielders Fernando and Fabian Delph are back in contention. But Pellegrini does not think that matters as none of the leading contenders have been able to find consistency. The Chilean said: “Of course we are in a good position. Always the best position is to be top of the table but I think that this is a special season in the Premier League. “With the amount of points we have at this moment, it is not good to fight for the title in a normal season, but we are now just three points behind the leaders. I hope we are going to complete with a very good second part of the season.” To get their challenge firing City need to address their away form. Pellegrini’s men have won just three of their nine games on the road and the last of them was on September 12. Yaya Toure’s late consolation in the 2-1 loss at Arsenal on December 21 was also their only goal in their last five away games. But Pellegrini saw positives in Tuesday’s goalless draw at second-placed Leicester and the team will look to build on that as they travel to Watford on Saturday. He said: “If we didn’t win the last games that we played away, it is because we must improve. “But it was good to have a clean sheet and for me the best thing from that game was continuing to playing the same way we did in the last two games. “We didn’t win against Arsenal but I don’t think we played a bad game and we played very well against Sunderland. I think we also played very well against Leicester. Maybe we have to finish a little bit more but I think we are in the correct way.” City are third in the Barclays Premier League after 19 games, three points behind leaders Arsenal. City have already been beaten five times and, with 36 points, are well down on their tallies at the equivalent stages of their title-winning campaigns of 2011-12 (45) and 2013-14 (41). last_img read more

South Florida Video Gamer Has Guinness World Records Restored

first_imgBilly Mitchell has regained his title as the “King of Kong.”The Weston resident had his Donkey Kong and Pac-Man records reinstated by Guinness World Records on Thursday, two years after they were taken away, due to allegations that he cheated.“In the light of compelling new evidence received by Guinness World Records, the Records Management Team has decided to reverse decisions made in April 2018 in regards to videogame high scores achieved by Billy Mitchell between 1982 and 2010,” Guinness said in a news release.The reinstated records include the first perfect score in Pac-Man, which Mitchell achieved in in July 1999, in addition to four Donkey Kong high scores recorded in 1982, 2005, 2007 and 2010.“Yes, it was devastating, to think that you could have all that and somebody could simply come up and rob you of it,” Mitchell said in an interview with Miami television station WPLG.He was featured in the 2007 documentary, “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.”The cheating accusations questioned whether Mitchell had used emulation software instead of the original video game hardware to set records.Twin Galaxies, the company that tracks video game world records, removed Mitchell’s scores, banned him from submitting results in the future, and notified Guinness in April of 2018.Mitchell denied the claims and appealed Guinness’ initial ruling that disqualified his scores.Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, says the appeal process included reexamining evidence and soliciting new eyewitness testimony.“In the end, we found that there just wasn’t sufficient evidence to support the disqualification across the board,” Glenday explains in a video message posted on Guinness’ YouTube page.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger Confident Over Alexis Sanchez’s Future

first_img“So it is not necessarily the last year of his contract at Arsenal Football Club.” he concluded.Sanchez is not on tour with Arsenal, he his currently on extended break following his involvement in the Confederations Cup with Chile. RelatedSanchez “Will Stay And He Will Respect That” – WengerAugust 3, 2017In “England”Sanchez To Become Highest Paid Premier League Player With £300,000 Per Week New Arsenal DealAugust 11, 2017In “England””Let Alexis Sanchez Go, Get The Money & Move On” – Arsenal LegendJuly 28, 2017In “England” Arsene Wenger has expressed his confidence over Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal future, says the Chilean is a “great lover of the club.”, and could sign a new contract with the Gunners.With one year left on his contract, the 28-year-old forward has not told Wenger he wants to leave the club despite reported interest from Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.Speaking to the press shortly after Arsenal arrived Sydney for their 2017 pre-season tour, Wenger explained: “The players have contracts and we expect them to respect their contracts. That’s what we want,”“The easiest way to manage the players in the final year of their contracts is it’s in his interest to do as well as he can,”“Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be in his final year of his contract next season because he can extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season.”last_img read more

NYX appoints Charles St Aubyn as Group Talent Acquisition Director

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Scientific Games pursues further $1 billion debt note March 6, 2019 Submit Share Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 SG Digital calls for Stockholm Tech & Talent expansion May 22, 2018 Share Charles St AubynUpdating the market, Toronto TSX-listed gambling technology provider NYX Gaming Group has informed that it has appointed Charles St Aubyn as Group Director of Talent Acquisition.St Aubyn joins from US business software solutions provider JDA Software, where he most recently held the position of Director of Talent Management for EMEA (2015-2017).An experienced executive in Talent Acquisition for technology led sectors, St Aubyn will lead NYX’s in-house recruitment teams as the company undertakes a global recruitment drive for its multi-product and multi-market operations.In his new role, St Aubyn will deliver the NYX Gaming Group’s talent acquisition strategy to meet the demands of our customers and support our continued growth.Doreena Ross, Chief Human Resources Officer at NYX Gaming Group, commented on the executive appointment: “We are thrilled to welcome Charles to NYX Gaming Group. He will be responsible for attracting and retaining key talent to drive our competitive advantage, and Charles’ appointment will support our aggressive growth model.”“Following the integration between two of the leading players in the gaming industry, we continue to develop a company culture that inspires individuals, encourages innovation and drives results.”St Aubyn commented on joining NYX Gaming: “It’s an amazing challenge and I’m looking forward to help provide the exceptional talent we need to achieve our ambitions.”last_img read more