ABC News(NEW YORK) — Heavy rain has fallen over much of the eastern half of the country the last few days, a pattern that will continue on Wednesday. Since the weekend, 5 to 10 inches of rain has prompted widespread flooding issues over an area stretching from the Central Plains through the Ohio River Valley. There were also 114 damaging storm reports Tuesday from west Texas through the Northeast, including three reported tornadoes in Kansas and Texas.The stationary front remains in place over the eastern U.S. prompting a continuing risk for widespread rains from the southern Gulf states through the Northeast.Flash flood watches remain in effect for a large portion of the Ohio River Valley and into the Mid-Atlantic region with more rain expected.A new storm system moving east will bring a threat for severe storms to Dallas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; and St. Louis. The threat includes tornadoes, damaging winds and huge hail.At least another 4 inches of rain is expected through the start of the weekend over some of the same areas already under flash flood watches.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
As with every event we attend, we will be repping our sponsors and their awesome gear! You can check out first hand what we use on the road to live outside and play, including gear from La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine. Nothing brings humans together like the great outdoors. This past weekend was our first time in Roanoke, Va. and our first time at the Roanoke Go Outside Festival (GO Fest). We rode our bikes, saw old friends, made new friends, ate plenty of tasty food, and soaked up everything that Roanoke and GO Fest have to offer. Long story short – We’ll be back.On Thursday we teamed up with Roanoke Mountain Adventures for a group mountain bike ride up to the top of Mill Mountain right in the heart of Roanoke. It was a rainy evening, but nobody seemed to notice. With the days getting shorter we were guided on a quick ten mile ride up to “The Star” and back to the RMA shop for a beer. HUGE thanks to RMA for showing us around and helping us out with some new decorations for our bikes. If you are in the Roanoke area make sure you visit their shop for guided trips, rentals and more.With 30,000 attendees and over 125 activities, GO Fest has been growing every year since it’s inception in 2011, and it’s easy to see why. There’s literally something for everyone. Bike demos from some of the best in the business? Yep. Free shuttles to the top of Mill Mountain? You know it. Lumber Jack Competitions? Absolutely. GO Fest not only celebrates the outdoor lifestyle but it encourages the crowd to get involved. Whether that means trying out a SUP for your first time, enjoying the children’s superhero race, tasting a beer from the local homebrew club, taking part in a fly fishing demo, or climbing the rock walls, the idea is to get out, be active, and have fun.Once the sun goes down at GO fest, the family-friendly festival starts to take on a different feel. The bands start jamming, the beer flows like wine, and the line for the silent disco starts to build. Suddenly you start to feel like you’ve stepped into a full-blown music festival. The festival offers onsite camping so people can get their groove on and not have to worry out venturing too far at the end of the night.With the central location of the festival, right off of the greenway, GO Fest also makes it easy to bike in and see the town. We made a habit of getting out before the festival started for the day, exploring a little bit, and grabbing some morning fuel.Even though GO Fest is one of the larger events that we attend in the fall, it still felt like a small community. Everyone seemed to know everyone. We got to hang out with all of our old vendor friends and we were happy to make some new ones as well. One of our favorite things about working festivals is making new friends with our neighbors. Big shoutout to crew under the Adidas tent who spent the weekend taking donations for the Access Fund and tolerating Roxy’s aggressive use of our megaphone during our daily raffles.We’ve said it before but one of our favorite parts of the job is getting to make new friends all across the country. When we started in the spring we couldn’t help but feel a little lonely out here thousands of miles away from home. Now, not a day goes by where we don’t run into one of our new friends. Up next we’re back in Fayetteville, West Virgina for Bridge Day. It’s our final festival of the year so if you are in the area stop by our booth on the bridge and say hey. We’d love to meet you!
By Erick Foronda July 17, 2019 The Bolivian combined counternarcotics force destroyed a total of 35,878 cocaine labs and 321 tons of the drug in 116,440 operations carried out in the last 10 years, the Bolivian government reported. Bolivian Vice Minister of Social Defense and Controlled Substances, Felipe Cáceres, delivered the report on May 26, in which the government offensives are estimated to have dealt a blow to narcotrafficking worth about $176 million.According to the report — the most thorough Bolivia has issued so far — the Bolivian Police’s Special Counternarcotics Force conducts daily operations with military units that provide logistics support, for example, in the handling of helicopters, small planes, boats, as well as in land transport. “This is a joint effort,” Cáceres said.According to former anti-drug czar and subject matter expert Ernesto Justiniano, who was also vice minister of Social Defense between 2002 and 2003, narcotrafficking is growing exponentially in Bolivia, and the government “is hiding information.”“I doubt any figure the government provides,” Justiniano told Diálogo. “I think they’re handling the situation from a political point of view, not a technical one, and there’s no one who can confirm the data.”According to an August 2018 report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), coca crops in Bolivia increased 6 percent between 2016 and 2017, from 23,100 to 24,500 hectares. In its 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the U.S. Department of State estimated the total coca cultivation to be 31,000 hectares.Both figures exceed the legal limits established by the Bolivian government. In March, 2017, Morales signed a law increasing the legal surface area of coca crops from 12,000 to 22,000 hectares.According to the UNODC report, up to 48 percent of the coca harvested in 2017 was used illegally. The Department of State report estimates that Bolivia produced about 249 tons of cocaine in 2017.In September 2018, the U.S. government designated Bolivia and Venezuela as countries that failed demonstrably to meet their obligations under international counter-drug agreements in the last 12 months. Bolivia’s designation was in part based on its lack of justification for the increase in coca production authorized under the new law.The UNODC report also states that almost 91 percent of coca crops in Chapare, Cochabamba department, is sold illegally. Bolivian President Evo Morales has been leading coca production unions in Chapare, a region with 931 trade unions and about 50,000 affiliates, for more than 30 years.“What happened is that they let the mice care for the cheese,” Justiniano said.Cáceres introduced the report to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development. All activities, he said, received support from the Regional Center of Counternarcotics Intelligence, based in Bolivia, with counts on the participation of neighboring countries, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Peru.The minister added that the government assigns an annual average of $50 million to fight narcotrafficking, and assigned $430 million to this endeavor in the last decade. Bolivia expelled the Drug Enforcement Administration from the country in 2008, and rejected any counternarcotics help from the U.S. government.“It may be difficult to have zero narcotrafficking, but we have zero tolerance for narcotrafficking. It’s a mission,” Morales told the press in early June.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » by: Nate WentzlaffThe credit union industry is ripe for a Big Data/Analytics harvest. All the member data is ready; it just needs effective analytics strategies to cultivate its value. In a previous blog, I discussed how credit unions must establish standard internal data sets. This is the foundation for excellence in analytics. As credit unions begin establishing their standard data sets, they must then extend these standards across the industry. Sharing best practices in data set design, and the analytics applications developed on top of them, will level the playing field when credit unions compete with big banksCooperative DataCooperation is a defining value of credit unions. Sharing best practices among the credit union industry is vital for the future of cooperative finance. One way this can be advanced is through data. Data is the raw material of information. As an industry, credit unions must rally around the data they are collectively gathering. Data is becoming the gold of the information economy and “whoever owns the gold makes the rules.” Credit unions must own their data (gold) and share best practices (rules) around how to most effectively store and share their data within the industry.Industry Standard Analytic Data Model (ADM)In order to develop a system to effectively share credit union data for cooperative analytics, there must be a common analytic data model (ADM). Since most credit unions rely on the underlying data structures found in their core and ancillary systems, there can be confusion between systems developed by various vendors. This confusion is multiplied across credit unions attempting to cooperate as an industry. In order to cooperate on analytics, a standard data model must be contrived. CUFX has been developing a system integration platform for the credit union industry, and a large group of credit unions have signed up to support these data standards. A standard ADM will allow credit unions to effectively compete with big banks that have large budgets dedicated to their proprietary analytics programs.
Brands are not just brochures and logos. They are feelings. They connect with consumers on an emotional level. Those emotions are very much tied to and often triggered by our senses – sight, smell, sound, taste and touch.Think about one of your favorite memories. Is there a certain scent or sound you associate with it? Does that memory pop up when you taste a certain food or see something special like a painting? Those are the same kind of sensory experiences you want consumers to have when they experience your brand.That’s not always easy in financial services, because we are not selling tangible goods. But there are other ways to tap into those senses. Umpqua Bank allows some of its business partners to display their goods in its branches. In San Francisco, one of its partners puts out chocolates. A credit union in the southern part of the country pays someone to spend 20 hours a week baking at one of its branches so consumers smell baked goods when they conduct their financial business.Our sense of smell is actually the most sensitive of the five senses, which means scent can have a powerful effect on consumer behavior. The human nose can distinguish more than 10,000 different odors, and studies have shown that 75% of emotions are triggered by smell. Scent is such a big deal in business that companies pay a lot of money for scent marketing. They brand their own scent. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
History teetered on repeating itself for the Wisconsin women’s tennis team this weekend, as it played host to Penn State and Indiana. A year ago to the week, the Badgers beat the Nittany Lions 4-3 in a lengthy road match before dropping 5-2 at the hands of the Hoosiers two days later.The setting seemed to make little difference, as Wisconsin disposed of Penn State 4-3 at home this year, with the Saturday match weighing in at a remarkable five and a half hours, before No. 26 Indiana dampened the weekend festivities with a 5-2 victory over the Badgers.”For us, I felt like Michigan [last Saturday] was a low. … We made some adjustments, we talked about it, and I feel like Michigan State [last Sunday], Penn State [Saturday] and [Indiana] today — three matches in a row — we’ve competed hard and we’ve fought hard,” head coach Patti Henderson said. “Indiana is very good, and we fought hard. … If we continue to compete like that, we’re very close.”Saturday’s win snapped an eight-game losing streak for a Badger squad that has been riddled by injury for the bulk of the spring season. But with Sunday’s defeat marking the ninth loss in 10 matches, once realistic hopes of the team making its third trip to the NCAA tournament in as many years began to fade.”It’s really hard to say. We still have Purdue, and we still have Iowa, and those two teams are ranked teams,” Henderson said. “I’d say it’s slim, but pride is a pretty big thing.”Sophomores Morgan Tuttle and Chelsea Nusslock did each claim their second individual victories in a trifecta of efforts over the weekend, with both having notched singles wins over Michigan State last weekend before the former athlete claimed a 6-4, 6-1 come-from-behind victory against Indiana’s Alba Berdala Sunday after the latter athlete proved Saturday’s hero with a victory-clinching 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-5 win over Penn State’s Andreea Niculescu.”It feels wonderful,” Tuttle said, “[e]specially coming back from behind and knowing that I can come back.”Notably, Saturday’s Hoosier win did mark the 300th career Big Ten win for coach Lin Loring, who has racked up some 674 total victories in 29 years at the helm of Indiana.”I’m most proud of our consistency. We only have 61 conference losses with those 300 wins, so it’s just year in and year out, we’ve been pretty competitive,” Loring said. “A lot of people get the credit. I’ve just been driving the ship for 29 years.”Meanwhile, this weekend looks to be the final frame in which the Badgers will be forced to compete sans team ace Caitlin Burke, who has been out of action since February with a rib injury she sustained in play against Notre Dame. When the Badgers travel to Iowa and Minnesota next week, Burke looks to be off the sidelines and back on the court.”I’m practicing [Monday] for the first time in a while, so we’ll see how my rib is feeling and go from there,” Burke said. “And if it’s feeling good, I’ll be playing this weekend.”
A few weeks after losing top recruit Seantrel Henderson to Miami, the USC football team gained one of the Hurricane’s biggest playmaking threats.Amid a number of players leaving the program, junior Thearon Collier decided to join the sanctioned Trojans. The wide receiver and punt returner will have to sit out this season because of NCAA transfer rules but looks to make signficant contributions next season.Collier provides USC with explosive talent both on offense and special teams. The 5-foot-9, 192-pound junior caught 44 passes for 574 yards and three touchdowns during his two seasons at Miami and also returned two punts for touchdowns last season, causing some people to compare him to another Hurricane returner, Devin Hester.But while his decision to join a program handcuffed by the NCAA is intriguing, the real story lies in Collier’s past — one that includes losing a father and a son, and an adolescence bolstered by football.Collier, 20, is older than his father ever was. In a tragic series of events, his father was murdered when he was 18 in a case of mistaken identity, according to the homicide detectives. Collier had yet to be born.As a result, Collier grew up in a single-mom household and took on a very reserved personality. He recounted an encounter with Miami coach Randy Shannon to The Miami Herald.“Every time I’d see Coach Shannon in the hallway I’d drop my head down,’’ Collier said. “He would say, ‘Put your head up.’ I came into his office a couple times but I was scared because I’m not used to opening up.”Collier said he’s since become more comfortable opening himself up to others, but his life hasn’t gotten any easier.Collier comes to the Trojans after being dismissed from the Miami team for unspecified reasons.Several publications in the area speculate that absences stemming from off-the-field incidents played a role in the decision. One of those incidences involved the death of his child at birth, which occurred earlier this spring.Despite the recent issues with Collier, USC coach Lane Kiffin is excited to welcome Collier to the team and provide him with a fresh start across the country.“After talking to him, talking to people at the University of Miami, we feel very confident he’ll come here, fit in, work extremely hard to go through this season,” Kiffin said to The Orange County Register. “He’s been through a lot. He’s had a very tough life so far. I’m glad we could give him an opportunity. Talking to a number of people, I think it’s very clear that this is something that’s very good for him, to get away from home, and start fresh. I know he’s excited to be here as well.”