Daily Dirt: Ski Porn Evolution, History of Skiing, Good and Bad from Team USA

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for December 16th, the day a group of white men dressed as Native Americans boarded a foreign vessel and chucked some boxes overboard in 1773. This hilarious prank became known as the Boston Tea Party.Ski Porn EvolutionLots of action, thin-to-nonexistent plot, zero character development, repetitive camera angles, formulaic procedure, predictable ending. They call it ski porn for a reason. Or, at least they used to. The modern era of accessibility, whether it be the internet, POV and HD cameras, time, or whatever, has opened the action sports video game to anyone and everyone with a smartphone. One quick glance around the internet reveals the bevy of amateur action that trumps the professionally made videos of 20, 10, even five years ago. The pros have worked hard to stay ahead of the game and over the past couple of seasons, production companies like Sherpa Cinemas and Sweetgrass have changed the concept of the traditional ski movie, injecting more style, more story, and more authenticity into the platform.Everyone has picked up on the change, and the need to change, including the New York Times, in a well-written piece on the industry and where the standard is heading.True History of SkiingThe birthplace of skiing is certainly under dispute as several nations claim to be the epicenter of epic, but there is now evidence that China may have been the first on the shred scene. Deep in Northwest China, the Tuvan people have been shredding for the past 4,000 years, according to this compelling NPR report. That isn’t the most interesting part of the story however; the most interesting part is the what they used their skis for. Long planks of red spruce with horse hair nailed to the bottom got them where they wanted to go, which is just uphill from elk. Once in position, they would launch downhill in pursuit of the animals, “chasing” them down the snow covered slope where they would eventually lasso them around the antlers and neck. Then they would hang on. That’s it, that’s the whole hunt. Eventually the toll of running full out through chest deep snow dragging a human Yeti cowboy would be too much and the elk would collapse from exhaustion. At which point the elk would become human Yeti cowboy food. At least in the old days. These days they  just let the elk go, at least when NPR reporters are around. Also: NEVER HEARD OF FROSTBITE?!?!!?! Get outta here.There is also a link to the very cool National Geographic story that the NPR piece is based on.Good News, Bad News for Team USAFirst, the bad news. Two of the biggest names in U.S., and world, skiing dropped goose eggs this weekend on the World Cup circuit. At the tour stop in Val d’Isere, France, both Ted Ligety and Bode Miller failed to make the finals of either the giant slalom or the slalom. Ligety fell after taking a gate too wide in qualifying and skidded out, the first time in five years he has not qualified for the final of a World Cup race. He has already won a couple of GS races this season, so this may be just an anomaly. Bode Miller “tripped over his skis” at the end of his qualifying GS run and fell, also not making the finals. Both racers chalked it up to difficult conditions and a difficult course.In women’s ski news, Lindsey Vonn come in fifth a couple of weekends ago at Lake Louis, Canada, her first competition since re-injuring her knee. She will not race a full schedule leading up to Sochi as the Olympics is her main concern.On a positive note, the U.S. Bobsled Team is catching fire at just the right time. They swept the World Cup podium each of the past two weeks.last_img read more

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Fostering credit union growth through Nativos Digitales

first_imgServing and understanding the nuances of the Hispanic marketplace has emerged in recent years as one of the credit union movement’s most successful growth strategies. While credit unions may most likely approach this strategy using their brick-and-mortar resources, I’ve experienced that using personal technology to reach the community’s nativos digitales must not be overlooked be an important tactic to consider.Nativos digitales is Spanish for “digital natives,” those younger generations who never knew life without personal technology at their disposal. Whether communicating with family and friends, shopping online or hailing an Uber, chances are these members are doing so on a cellphone or other personal device.Increasingly, the same holds true for financial service transactions across the entire cultural spectrum. In the case of nativos digitales, however, credit unions are realizing even greater returns.Institutions that successfully serve Hispanic members report a shift in the average age of those members to a younger demographic, one versed in personal technology. Since the future of credit unions rests on the shoulders of younger members, serving them in a way that’s preferable and convenient to their lifestyle is critical to continued credit union growth.U.S. credit unions have become very accustomed to technology, so it should be no surprise that some credit unions are using this technology to reach new segments of the population. Some even have effectively created virtual Spanish-speaking branches online, which operate as technological bridges between the credit union and Hispanic community it seeks to serve.Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, a Coopera client from Kern County, California, has been very successful in reaching its Hispanic membership by leveraging digital touchpoints. The $1.6 billion credit union uses technology to support its efforts to understand and embrace the local Hispanic community and its members.“We started marketing aggressively to Hispanics in January 2016 in partnership with Coopera,” says Michael George, senior vice president and chief marketing, innovation and advocacy officer. He added that the credit union was amazed that use of personal technology among Hispanics far exceeded that of other member groups.Kern Schools FCU’s experience is not unusual. Younger Hispanics almost universally prefer mobile devices such as cellphones, largely for the portability, cost, and immediacy—the way they understand the world. According to trends reported by the Pew Research Center, in fact, 80 percent of Hispanic men and women say they access the Internet via cellphone, tablet or other mobile device.  Of that group, usage among Hispanics age 18 to 29 tops out at 94 percent, with subsequent usage levels declining among older adult groups. “For us, mobile and online usage is up 40 percent among our membership,,” George says. “Our most recent Coopera study showed our Hispanic members are utilizing digital banking services at a slightly higher rate than our non-Hispanic members.”Kern Schools FCU’s mobile apps enable members to complete virtually any transaction the institution offers, from savings to checking to funds transfer to lending, including applying for mortgage loans. Since the services are offered online in both Spanish and English, the credit union also has seen an increasing number of new members across all demographic groups, although Hispanics lead the way.By working with Coopera , Kern Schools FCU has managed to tap into its nativos digitales and serve this segment in the way that is optimal for them. Many credit unions rely on their brick-and-mortar services to provide Hispanic outreach, but the digital channel should not be overlooked, as it may be your largest opportunity for driving growth among this young and tech-savvy audience. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Victor Miguel Corro Víctor Miguel Corro is the CEO of Coopera, a consulting firm that helps credit unions formulate strategies to serve the Hispanic market. Corro champions relevancy in a demographically dynamic … Web: www.cooperaconsulting.com Detailslast_img read more

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Cooperative capitalism as a community-catalyzing strategy for credit unions after election 2020

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jon Ungerland Jon Ungerland believes the core philosophy underlying credit unions is the plausible and sustainable model for preserving healthy financial institutions and promoting financially dignified and strong communities in the 21st … Web: www.dalandsolutions.com Details Here we are again, another presidential election cycle.What will this POTUS selection process mean for the global, national, and local economies?  How will politics impact our industry (banking and consumer financial service)? Along which lines will ideologues assemble to ‘battle back’ the ‘other’ side? What tax will this election cycle exact on our economic and social stability?Will local and democratic access to affordable free-market financial services flourish beyond this election? Will credit unions survive polemics and politicking of Election 2020?Maybe; but chances are improved if we as leaders and custodians of community financial services understand the terms and stakes of this upcoming election.If there was any doubt this year’s grand political show would feature ‘socialism’ vs ‘capitalism’ in the center ring of our political big top, the recent State of the Union (SOTU) confirmed the likelihood of this impending historic bout at the election box.Bernie seems to be pulling away from the pack in the Democratic primaries.Trump’s base seems solidified and energized following the impeachment acquittal and the oratory stimulation which saturated the SOTU.Given the results of every election stretching back to 2000, it seems reasonable to anticipate another deeply entrenched divide across our Union this November – 51% in favor of many people’s favorite color from our ‘vibrant’ two-color spectrum, 49% to everyone else’s preferred political hue.As I’ve suggested elsewhere, the stakes are high for our Union this time around.Risks are also considerable for commerce and corporations – especially community financial institutions.As the leaders of institutions which fuel the economic engines of local businesses and community commerce, we would do well to consider the probable fallout of an election cycle polemically and perilously electrified by rhetoric regarding topics like redistribution of wealth, wealthy Americans vs. working poor, the 1% vs. the 99%, billionaires vs. beleaguered blue collar communities, private management of utilities vs. state controlled services for all.Campaign speeches incessantly stumping on either side of all the above topics (and more) will almost certainly leave us with the following societal hangover symptoms:Nearly half the nation (or more) dissatisfied with ‘greedy bankers’ and ‘corrupt corporations.’The other half siding with policies and politicians favoring mega-banks and multi-national corporations as engines of innovation and US economic supremacy and stability.Many Americans contemplating a politicized dilemma of their financial future and flourishing juxtaposed to depressing levels of national debt or troublesome levels of taxation.An increased collective awareness of potential banking practices like negative interest rates, as a means of spurring furious consumerism and discouraging savings/accrual of capital.A potential fervor for increased governmental regulation (or even takeover/control) of critical sectors of our economy (banking, utilities, healthcare, etc.).Intrigue around the potential revitalization of rural and remote local communities (many served by credit unions) via spotlighting issues like increasing access to high-speed internet and other modern digital economy infrastructures.At some point in 2020, credit unions across America are likely to find themselves at the epicenters of communities riddled with and rattled by discord, discontent, and feelings of economic disparity, resentment and being disconnected from the technocratic and economic elite epicenters of America.As an industry, we’ve already squandered immense opportunity from a similar moment in history – the Occupy Wall Street movement and corresponding mainstream mania moment in 2008-2009.We can’t fail to anticipate the tidal surge of social energy swelling towards the tail end of this current election cycle.  We need to be prepared to deliver value of membership to a divided and energized consumer base.  The successful community financial institution in the post 2020 landscape will be the one positioned to strengthen local communities by tapping into the inherent pro-socialist qualities of our institutions emphasizing independent, locally owned/controlled, well-capitalized epicenters of community commerce.One thing sure to deserve escalated consideration and conversation will be whether our industry can preserve the term “Union” as part of our identity and title; or whether that term itself is likely to be dangerously divisive and polarized on the other side of November 2020 by nearly half the nation.Likewise, every leader in our industry would do well to anticipate problems clinging to the word “credit” as part of our value proposition or personality; especially given the already apparent leanings of much of a Millennial generation (the ascendant economic bloc in our nation) interested in governmental forgiveness of debt while diverting from borrowing and spending habits of prior generations.In two words, I would encourage our clients and community financial institutions across our nation to develop identities and strategies focused on Cooperative Capitalism.Communities and consumers across our nation will awake on Nov 4th 2020 (the day after Election Day), battered and beaten by polemical politicking; nearly half depressed about the future of their communal and personal lives. They’ll either encounter the same old rhetoric and problematic language from corporations, including credit unions and our tired language and identities, or they’ll be relieved to find local allies invested in collaborative flourishing for all in local economies and committed to sustainable capitalization and local commercial cooperation.At DaLand we believe the latter of the above options is the preferred and more meaningful possibility to pursue, which is why we’re tirelessly working on practical ways for your institution to use its data and communal presence to develop sustainable, relevant, and community enriching experiences for consumers and communities alike.We look forward to partnering with bold and purposeful institutions interested in building a less dystopian Community Ecosphere of Cooperative Capitalism!last_img read more

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NYSEG employees deliver gifts to families in need

first_imgEmployees then take a name tag and the wish list and go out shopping for that child. A partnership 30 years in the making, NYSEG is given a list of children ages infant to 17 and an accompanying wish list. “Its always very important to get back involved in the local community, everyone here that participates loves that working with the community and the communities they live in.” said Lori Cole the Coordinator for Gift Giving Tree at NYSEG. NYSEG provided gifts for 85 children in the community.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — NYSEG is once again collaborating with the Family and Children’s Society of Binghamton to deliver gifts to families in need. Today at the NYSEG headquarters, employees were loading up their cars with all the gifts to be delivered to the Family and Children’s Society.last_img read more

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The first open-air model of Karlovac’s Zvijezda was presented

first_imgThe model is the work of the Diminutive Studio and architect Marko Ambroš and academic sculptor Predrag Pavić, in consultation with experts from the Institute of Art History. It was cast in the Foundry of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. “We are sure that the model will contribute to a better understanding both by our younger fellow citizens who we want to grow up with a stronger sense of local pride, and by visitors to the city who often have problems with the perception of what is Zvijezda. Our local tour guides will be of great help in interpreting the city. We want this to be the beginning and an incentive for Karlovac to get another model because it has a rich history and content that deserves presentation and interpretation. ” pointed out Marina Burić, director of the Tourist Board of the city of Karlovac. The location is a natural link between two Karlovac tourist micro-destinations – Zvijezda and Korana, and connects the area of ​​Fogin’s beach and Aquatika with historical facilities in the old town. The space is adapted to accommodate a larger number of visitors and can serve as a starting point for the story of the Star.  It is a composite model that shows the condition of the fortress in accordance with the plan of the city and the fortress Karlovac from 1783, while the buildings are shown in 3D, whose importance still dominates the old town.  On Monday, July 13, on the occasion of Karlovac’s birthday, the Karlovac Tourist Board presented the first open-air model of Karlovac’s Zvijezda. center_img The model was ceremoniously unveiled by Karlovac tourist guides, and a park was chosen for the location of the model, in which the sculpture of Vjekoslav Karas, on a historical revelin, is one of the most important fortress elements used to defend the city. “The process of making the model took several months. We made it according to the original plans from the second half of the 18th century and according to the instructions of the Conservation Department in Karlovac. It was very interesting to create a work like this because we discovered the former defensive architecture which, when you start exploring it, looks very fairytale-like. ” pointed out the academic sculptor Predrag Pavić. The total value of the project is 310.000 kuna, and it lasted a year and a half. The model was financed by the City of Karlovac and the Tourist Board of the City of Karlovac.last_img read more

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Zinedine Zidane praises Gareth Bale after Real Madrid goal against Arsenal but still wants rid of the Welshman

first_imgGareth Bale remains a fringe figure at Real Madrid (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Zinedine Zidane had some kind words for Gareth Bale after the Welshman scored for Real Madrid against Arsenal on Tuesday night, but insists his future still remains elsewhere.Bale came on to score in a 2-2 draw with the Gunners in Maryland, before Real won the match on penalties.Zidane was impressed with the winger’s commitment and his display in the pre-season friendly, but it has done little to convince him that he should retain his services.The Real boss has made it very clear that he wants to sell the former Spurs man this summer, and he is sticking to his guns.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He put in a good performance and I’m pleased for him,’ said Zidane. ‘Nothing has changed, you know the situation.‘He played today, he wanted to and he did a good job.‘He wanted to be with us today; he trained normally and played the match. I make the decisions and he played one half.‘We’ll have to see what happens. He’s still here with us at this stage.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBale scored in the 56th minute for Real after coming on for Eden Hazard at half-time, halving his side’s deficit after Arsenal took a 2-0 lead through Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Marco Asensio levelled things up taking the match to penalties where Bale missed his spot-kick but Real won 3-2 after misses from Granit Xhaka, Nacho Monreal and Robbie Burton.Asensio went off injured in the second half, with a seemingly serious knee ligament injury, which could see him miss the entirety of the coming season.However, Zidane confirmed that the fitness problem would not change his opinion on Bale: ‘We are all touched by Marco’s injury and we are all hoping it is not as serious as it looks, but it has nothing to do with Bale’s position.’Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, who labelled Zidane a ‘disgrace’ insists his client could still have a future in Madrid and will not be pushed out of the club.‘There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club,’ Bale’s agent Barnett told Sky Sports. ‘Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club.’Gareth is a Real Madrid player and for now he’s staying as a Real Madrid player ‘If something comes along that suits us, then things could change and he could be gone in a day or a week. ‘Or he could still be a Real player in three years when his contract ends.’MORE: Lille respond to Manchester United offer for Liverpool transfer target Nicolas PepeMORE: Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Liverpool transfer plans amid Nicolas Pepe and Philippe Coutinho links Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 8:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Zinedine Zidane praises Gareth Bale after Real Madrid goal against Arsenal but still wants rid of the Welshmancenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Relax in outdoor spa or entertain in style

first_imgThe floorplan of 1 Lionheart Cres, Newport. The home at 1 Lionheart Cres, Newport.THIS executive home in the popular Newport Estate has a grand entrance, built-in bar, outdoor spa and plenty of space. Lorraine and Herbie Tucker built the home at 1 Lionheart Cres in 2009, the fourth they have built in the 31 years they have lived in Newport. “We entertain a lot so we built the home to be all about entertaining,” Mrs Tucker said. “The big kitchen is the central area and there is a massive dining area. There are also lots of different areas for everyone to have their own space — it’s a good home for families with teenagers or grown-up children.” The grand staircase at 1 Lionheart Cres, Newport.There is also a media room on this level along with a formal lounge room, family room, laundry and powder room. Upstairs, the master suite includes walk-in wardrobe, balcony and ensuite with dual basins, bath, shower and separate toilet. The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and there is an ensuite to the second bedroom. The dining room at 1 Lionheart Cres, Newport.The family bathroom has a separate bath and shower and there is also an office area on this level. The Tuckers are selling to downsize but they plan to stay in the Newport area. “It’s so relaxing in Newport and on the Peninsula in general,” Mrs Tucker said.“We both work in the city but when you drive across the bridge (on to the Peninsula), it’s like a piece of heaven.” The property is being marketed by Kevin Bostock of Waterfront Properties for $995,000. The kitchen at 1 Lionheart Cres, Newport.The home is spread across two levels with the front door opening to a grand entrance with statement staircase and void.On the ground floor there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with sliding doors that open to the patio. The kitchen has stone benchtops, butler’s pantry and stainless steel appliances and there is a built-in bar off the living area. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019last_img read more

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Lyon consider Barcelona director for technical secretary role

first_img Loading… Promoted Content6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? The former French international became embroiled in a row with Lionel Messi, after criticising the role of senior players following the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde. Read Also: Luis Suarez’s return hands Barcelona title advantage Messi firmly rejected Abidal’s claims, but the 40-year old’s standing at the club has been subsequently weakened. Barcelona also have club elections at the end of next season, with no guarantee Abidal will continue in his role. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img According to reports from RMC Sport, reported via Marca, Abidal is the first choice for CEO Jean-Michel Aulas, over of Paul Mitchell, Bruno Cheyrou and Loic Desire. The reports adds Abidal has the support of director, and former Lyon teammate Juninho Pernambucabo. Abidal could be tempted by a return to France, after a controversial few months in Catalonia.Advertisement Ligue 1 club Lyon are considering an approach for Barcelona’s Director of Football Eric Abidal, as their new technical secretary. Current secretary Florian Maurice will leave for Rennes this summer, with Lyon on the hunt for a replacement.last_img read more

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Shooting kills La Castellana local

first_imgAn empty shell of unknown firearm wasrecovered from the crime scene. Police also seized a knife from Hernandez.  The 28-year-old resident ChristianJade Hernandez died of a gunshot wound on the chest, a police report showed. Officers of the La Castellanamunicipal police station have yet to identify the suspect and the motive in theshooting./PN BACOLOD City – In Barangay Sag-ang, LaCastellana, Negros Occidental, a man was shot dead. An unidentified suspect shot Hernandezaround 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, the report added.last_img

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Iloilo City to help LGUs affected by Taal eruption

first_imgHe plans to course the financial helpto the provincial government of Batangas for downloading to local governmentsthat badly need help. “I instructed our City Disaster RiskReduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) head Donna Magno to make an assessmentand determine how much we could allot for this,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas. Part of the city government’s QuickResponse Fund may be utilized for this, he added, and he hoped to release thehelp before the Dinagyang Festival next week. Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – The city government willhelp local government units (LGUs) affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano inBatangas province. The city mayor said the citygovernment may also be sending masks to Batangas to protect people there frominhaling toxic fumes and ashes from Taal Volcano./PN “As we celebrate the DinagyangFestival in honor of Señor Santo Niño, we should never forget the people inBatangas and nearby provinces suffering due to the volcanic eruption,” said Treñas.“Let us help them.”last_img read more

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