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Pittsburgh synagogue shooting evidence of increased anti-Semitism in US: ADL

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In August 2017, white supremacists and alt-right protesters shouted “Jews will not replace us” as they marched on the campus of the University of Virginia.The school that Thomas Jefferson founded had become the scene of anti-Semitic chants.In that same year, the Anti-Defamation League reported a 57 percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents.For the first time since 2010, there was an anti-Semitic incident in every state – New York had the most with 380, the ADL said.In total, according to the ADL, there were 1,986 incidents in 2017, 1,267 in 2016 and 941 in 2015.These anti-Semitic incidents came to a head when authorities say Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh just before 10 a.m. this past Saturday morning and killed 11 people.“This is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States,” the ADL said in a statement.Jewish leaders decried the attack and saw it as more evidence hate is growing in the country.“I think this is another example of hate in our country that just doesn’t go away. I’m afraid we’re going down the wrong path. Hate has to stop,” Rabbi Hazzan Jeffery Meyers the Rabbi at the Tree of Life synagogue told WVPI-TV, an ABC station in Pittsburgh.John Cohen, an ABC News contributor and former Department of Homeland Security acting undersecretary, said that in “this threat environment,” politicians should use caution about what they say – because their words matter.“The words they use can actually inspire violence by those who are prone to violence and who are simply searching for a cause to justify it,” Cohen said.That hate, the numbers show, has been increasing steadily the past few years.The FBI has reported, in its most complete numbers, that hate crimes across the board were up 4 percent and showed patterns of increase.In 2016, there were 6,121 hate crimes, up from 5,850 in 2015.Further, a report released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino found that hate crimes in the largest U.S. cities rose 12.5 percent in 2017 – making it the fourth year in a row that hate crimes have increased.Los Angeles, followed by Phoenix, Arizona had the most hate crimes by city, according to the study.Last year, the FBI and Homeland Security officials repeatedly issued intelligence bulletins to police around the country warning that quote “lone actors and small cells within the white supremacist movement likely will continue to pose a threat of lethal violence.”The bulletins noted that the violence will often be “spontaneous” and “opportunistic,” limiting “prevention by law enforcement.”Police across the country are stepping up patrols around synagogues in the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Watch Mavis Staples Replace Confederate Monuments In Her Beautiful New Music Video

first_imgMavis Staples gives us a glimpse of the way things could be in a gorgeous new video for the title track from her Jeff Tweedy-produced 2017 album, If All I Was Was Black. Filmed in New Orleans, the video finds the legendary singer watching from a restaurant as a statue of an African-American woman is unveiled where a monument to Confederate leader Jefferson Davis once stood.Mavis Staples – “If All I Was Was Black”Staples’ latest offering comes nearly 10 months after the City of New Orleans removed statues of Davis, Confederate general Robert E. Lee, and Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard (along with a plaque celebrating a post-Civil War white supremacist uprising) following a vote by the City Council. The Zac Manuel-directed piece includes shots of what used to be the bases of those three statues as well as an empty platform that hosted Durham, NC’s memorial for Confederate soldiers until protestors toppled it this past August.If All I Was Was Black may be the most recent politically-charged release from Staples, but it’s far from her first. As a member of her family band The Staples Singers, Mavis achieved international fame with a series of socially-conscious tunes that delivered a hopeful message in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. The group regularly sang at civil rights marches during the 1960s and even performed for Martin Luther King Jr., who was particularly fond of their song “Why (Am I Treated So Bad)”. “That’s the only way I know to get to the people, is through a song,” Staples told Rolling Stone last year. “I’ve lived the life I’ve sang about and I just want to make it better. Music is powerful. Music is power. It can bring us all together as a people, and that’s what I hope to do.”last_img read more

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Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, More

first_imgGrand Targhee Bluegrass Festival has announced the lineup for their 32nd annual event, set to go down on August 9th-11th at Alta, WY’s Grand Targhee Resort.Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, and The Infamous Stringdusters sit at the top of the impressive bill. Attendees will also be treated to performances from Sam Bush Band, Del McCoury Band, Mark O’Connor Band, David Bromberg Quintet, The Travelin’ McCourys, Tommy Emmanuel & Jerry Douglas, The Lil Smokies, Jeff Austin Band, Town Mountain, and Laney Lou and The Bird Dogs. Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven will serve as the three-day event’s artist-at-large.Started in 1988, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival is the grand daddy of bluegrass festivals in the Northern Rockies, combining great bluegrass with the ultimate mountain lifestyle. During the week leading up to the festival, many of the stage performers and artists play host to a very unique camp and music teaching experience by attending the Targhee Music Camp.Tickets for the 32nd annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival will on on sale soon, although the exact on-sale time has yet to be announced.Head here for more information on Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival’s 2019 event.last_img read more

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Extend Your Storage Offerings with the New Dell EMC ECS EX-Series

first_imgEX3000: Packing up to 8.6 PB in a single rack, the EX3000 is designed to support organizations with a large data footprint. This makes it the ideal solution for archiving warm and cold data, building internal cloud-storage portals, and supporting large cloud-native apps as well as Internet of Things (IoT) or analytics initiatives. Due to its superior storage density (almost 50% higher than previous ECS platforms), the EX3000 is a great fit for datacentre consolidation efforts. EX-Series offers you the flexibility to grow your business based on your customer needs. You can now offer your customers:Jump on this opportunity to extend the storage offerings you sell your customers today and reap the benefits! As the digital economy extends its reach, organizations are beginning to appreciate the value of data. Data is playing an increasingly important role in determining whether organizations will thrive in a digital-first world or not. According to IDC’s prediction, worldwide spending on digital transformation technologies is growing at 18.1% through 2021 to more than $1.8 trillion¹. To truly unlock the value of data, however, your customers need a fundamentally different approach to IT, as traditional infrastructure was not built to handle the magnitude of data. This is precisely why we built Dell EMC ECS, the modern object-storage platform that brings cloud scale and economics to our customers’ datacenters.We are introducing the new ECS EX-Series platform, the next-generation ECS hardware that can help open up new sales opportunities for you to up-sell support and consultancy services.A data storage platform for now – and for the futureECS brings public cloud-like scalability and flexibility that can meet your customers’ data storage needs of today and tomorrow. The EX-Series release consists of two brand new offerings: EX300: With a minimum starting capacity of just 60TB (83% lower than previous ECS platforms), the EX300 is the perfect storage platform for cloud-native initiatives, such as apps built using Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF). The EX300 is also well suited for modernizing Dell EMC Centera environments. Watch the ECS Introduction Video, go to the ECS Website for more ECS resources and visit the Partner Portal for more partner-specific resources. 1.     Greater Flexibility: The EX-series provides organizations with unparalleled flexibility in starting with just the capacity they need, and growing as their needs change in the future.2.     Centera Modernization: With a minimum starting capacity of 60TB, the EX-series can help your customers accelerate Centera modernization efforts. Thanks to its native support of the CAS API, ECS supports seamless migration from Centera. It also honours governance, compliance and retention features that Centera customers rely on.3.    Future-Proof: The new EX-series provides open-standard based switches with up to 100GbE I/O per port connectivity and the ability to tune performance requirements.4.     Storage for Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF): ECS enables developers to provision storage, providing a flexible, API accessible and persistent object storage system for PCF apps. Partner benefitslast_img read more

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Cattaraugus County Healthcare Worker Contracts COVID-19

first_imgLITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Health Department was notified of its 30th confirmed case of COVID-19 on Monday.Officials say the case involves a female healthcare worker who resides in the northeastern part of the county.“She developed what she thought was a sinus infection and loss of taste and smell and was tested for COVID-19 on April 17,” said health officials. “The results of her test on April 18 indicated that she was positive for COVID-19.”The healthcare worker is now resting at home and under quarantine with her family. “She and her family will be assessed for any medical support that we can provide and we will monitor their symptoms closely,” furthered officials. “The department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for those individuals that they have been in contact with and the places that they have visited.”So far, 12 people have recovered from the virus and 18 cases remain active in Cattaraugus County.Related: No New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Chautauqua County Monday Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Is your credit union out of good ideas?

first_imgLately it seems like Hollywood and television have run out of good, new ideas for entertainment. Many movies and programs coming out are sequels, reboots and “reimaginings” (whatever that is). For a recent example, look no further than the re-whatever of The X-Files on Fox.Admittedly, some of these sequels and reboots are a lot of fun. For example, I think some of the updated Star Trek franchise films are at least as good, if not better, than the originals. On the flipside, for every good sequel or remake you get, there’s always going to be a Jaws: The Revenge or Godzilla (1998).I receive a number of credit union newsletters and can say with certainty that too many of them have the same information (i.e.: the same promotion every spring, the same information listed every fall). Is your bank or credit union out of good ideas? This applies to a number of areas, including consumer service, marketing, the brand and operations. If your financial institution finds itself in an idea rut, consider the following kickstarters to find new inspiration.Break out of the financial institution silo. We are all guilty of focusing solely on the task at hand, daily operations, etc. Over time, this limits our vision and blunts focus. Look outside the world of banks and credit unions. Scan blogs, financial news websites and periodicals. Banks and credit unions must learn to think of themselves as retailers, so it makes sense that we look to the retail world for inspiration and new blood. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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NAFCU rep testifies Thursday on SBA’s 504 loan program

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Natasha Merz, vice president of commercial lending for Langley Federal Credit Union (Newport News, Va.), is slated to testify on behalf of NAFCU before a House Small Business subcommittee Thursday on the Small Business Administration’s 504/CDC Loan Program.The hearing, by the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern.SBA’s 504 program is for SBA-certified and regulated community development corporations, which can get loan funding from depository institutions.In 2015, NAFCU signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the SBA aimed at getting more credit unions to increase their lending to member small businesses through SBA micro loan programs.In March, NAFCU witness Sonya McDonald, executive vice president and chief lending officer at Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, testified before a House Small Business subcommittee on the SBA’s 7(a) loan program. continue reading »last_img read more

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Webinar: Advancing women leaders in the CU industry

first_imgNAFCU is offering a webinar April 4 to help further the role of women leaders in the credit union system. By reviewing the challenges that face women leaders, attendees will identify ways to address these issues.Erin Coleman from the Filene Research Institute will lead the webinar and share research reflecting that women who want to take on more leadership are often held back due to various personal, professional and cultural barriers.In addition to reviewing the challenges that face women in leadership, the webinar will:educate attendees on the cross-industry efforts underway to amplify the inclusion of women in leadership positions; continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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Compliance: OFAC publishes framework for compliance commitments

first_imgThe Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published A Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments last week to provide guidance on the essential components of an effective sanctions compliance program (SCP).A recent CUNA CompBlog post delves into the framework.Essential SCP components include:Management commitment;Risk assessment;Internal controls;Testing and auditing; andTraining.The 12-page document outlines how OFAC may incorporate these components into its evaluation of apparent violations and resolution of investigations resulting in settlements. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img

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How to avoid becoming irrelevant in the new decade

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At the beginning of the previous decade, I was working as a strategic consultant for a large marketing services organization serving the financial services industry. I was 55 years old, and concerned that the way banks and credit unions were going to connect with consumers would change drastically, moving from direct mail to digital communications. Just as concerning was the prospect of clients assuming I was too old to keep pace with these changes relatively late in my career.Rather than being complacent and continuing with “business as usual,” I decided that I needed to embrace the marketplace changes that were inevitable, take personal risks, and disrupt my career that had been quite successful for more than 30 years. I decided that I needed to learn new skills and build a personal brand that would show that I was still relevant to clients, prospects and peers.This is the same crossroads that every financial institution executive and manager faces today. Will people who have built successful careers for decades be able to adjust for the massive changes taking place? Or will they hope that change will not impact them, or that they will retire before they are forced to change or asked to leave the organization?last_img read more