Sunday Times ends Oxford Literary Festival sponsorship

first_imgIn a move that may prove controversial with its literature fan subscribers, The Sunday Times has decided not to continue its nearly ten-year sponsorship of the Oxford Literary Festival.After disagreements with its sister paper The Times over the coverage of last year’s Festival, The Sunday Times has pulled both its financial backing and its name from this year’s Oxford Literary Festival. The Festival takes place every March and is known for attracting novelists, poets, journalists, and academics from all corners of the globe.The Times and The Sunday Times appear to have reconciled by agreeing to co-sponsor the Cheltenham Literary Festival, but the Oxford Festival has been left high and dry without a major newspaper sponsor until further notice. Fortunately for the local and international literary communities, the Oxford Literary Festival still retains over forty sponsors, including major corporate backers like Amazon, the Folio Society, and the Ashmoleon.“It’s disappointing that such a distinguished newspaper, with a track record for producing consistently high quality cultural coverage, would place corporate interests above long-term values in promoting access to the arts,” said Will Humphries, a postgraduate English student. “The people who will suffer from this decision are not only the paper’s loyal readers, but the writers and academics for whom this institution is a valuable forum for their work.”An undergraduate English student and former Times intern added, “I’d say this is typical of the paper, but this is really pretty shit.”Despite this setback, the Oxford Literary Festival is still set to go ahead between the 22nd and 30th of March next year. Speakers will include philosopher A.C. Grayling and Alex Rider author Anthony Horowitz.last_img read more


first_img  On Tuesday, June 6, AT&T Indiana will announce a significant AT&T Aspire contribution to the Public Education Foundation of Evansville, Inc., supporting local students who are training to be nursing assistants.AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire drives innovation in education – through technology, social innovation and relationships – to ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond State Rep. Ryan HatfieldPublic Education Foundation of Evansville, Inc., Executive Director Amy Walke Academy for Innovative Studies First Avenue Principal Kristine EicholzCertified Nursing Assistant Graduate Macayla Momon AT&T Indiana President Bill SoardsTuesday – June 6,  2 p.m.         Public Education Foundation (PEF) of Evansville, Inc.100 NW Second St. (Old Post Office) FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Long & Foster’s Welcomes Claudia Marinescu

first_imgClaudia MarinescuLong & Foster Real Estate welcomes Claudia Marinescu to its Ocean City office.A real estate salesperson and consultant since 2004, Marinescu brings to her new position a wealth of knowledge of the intricacies of real estate transactions, superior negotiating skills and a commitment to providing her clients with exceptional service and support.“We are very excited and fortunate to have Claudia join our team of highly trained professionals,” said Kevin Redmond, branch manager of the Ocean City office. “The combination of Long & Foster and Claudia’s unique skills and knowledge will no doubt provide the highest level of service to local buyers and sellers.”Marinescu earned her real estate broker license in 2009 and received her Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designations. During her career, she has been recognized numerous times for her real estate services, including receiving the Circle of Excellence Award and a prestigious club award from her former franchise brokerage.“I have moved and relocated so many times in my life that I do know every bliss and anguish of this process,” she said. “In every aspect of the real estate transaction, I work from my heart and strive to serve my clients’ best interest with professionalism.”Coming from a European background, Marinescu graduated from the University of Bucharest in Romania with a master’s degree in education, specializing in geography and English. Outside of real estate, Marinescu has a great passion for film, theater, spirituality, literature and the study of religions.For more information, visit— News release from Long & Foster’slast_img read more

Biker’s Cross-Country Journey Ends in Triumph at Shore

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIMatt DiNote was overcome by emotion as soon as he arrived in Sea Isle City, the culmination of an arduous, 4,400-mile, cross-country journey powered by his legs and inspired by the love for his brother.“Oh, my God,” he said softly as he bowed his head and wiped away tears while sitting on his bike Saturday evening.Minutes later, he and his brother, Michael, embraced each other during a tender moment that brought more tears flowing down the cheeks of family members and well-wishers who had welcomed Matt back to Sea Isle with cheers and applause.Matt embarked on his cross-country journey on Aug. 30 in San Diego to raise money for Eden Autism Services, a nonprofit organization based in Princeton, N.J., that provides education and therapy for children and adults who have autism.His inspiration for the trip was his brother, Michael, 25, who has autism and Down’s syndrome.“I’ve realized I wouldn’t be doing this if it weren’t for a lot of the people I’ve met in my life, one in particular. I’m lucky enough to call Mikey my brother, and if it weren’t for him, I’m not sure where I’d be in this life,” Matt wrote in his blog chronicling the trip.Matt DiNote shares a hug with his brother, Michael, who inspired his fundraising trip for autism awareness.Matt ceremoniously dipped his back bike tire in the Pacific Ocean when he set out from California in August. In a triumphant touch to end the trip on Saturday, he walked his bike out on the beach at 65th Street in Sea Isle and dipped his front tire in the Atlantic Ocean just before nightfall.“I feel good. I feel happy. But it will be nice to get some rest,” he said in an interview on the beach.His father and mother, Lenny and Patti DiNote, joined with Michael to give Matt their hugs.While standing on the beach, Lenny DiNote held up a ceremonial oversized check in the amount of $16,538 to indicate how much money Matt had raised for Eden Autism Services during his trip.“We are very emotional,” Patti DiNote said of the family’s feelings for Matt.“Very proud,” Lenny DiNote added.Matt is joined by his parents, Lenny and Patti DiNote, and his brother, Michael, during the presentation of a ceremonial $16,538 check that indicates the amount of money he raised during the trip.Matt, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Sept. 22 when he was out on the road, has strong ties to Sea Isle. Although his family’s primary residence is in Voorhees, Camden County, they have had a summer home at 65th Street and Landis Avenue in Sea Isle since the early 1980s.They also have owned a vacation home in Ocean City since 1976. The Ocean City home at 51st Street and West Avenue is where Lenny DiNote grew up and where his father, Frank DiNote, still lives.Matt also has two other brothers, Chris and Nick. Over the years, Lenny DiNote and his sons have worked at Kix-McNutley’s, the Sea Isle bar and nightclub owned by Mayor Leonard Desiderio. Lenny DiNote continues to work as a summer bartender at Kix.It was at Kix that Desiderio gave Matt the nickname “Matt the Hat” because of the old plaid fedora that he always wore at that time. He used the moniker “Matt the Travelin’ Hat” for his blog.“The Hat is back home,” Matt’s father exclaimed on the beach.Desiderio was among the well-wishers who greeted Matt when he arrived in town over the Sea Isle Boulevard bridge. Matt was accompanied by a police and fire department escort as he biked along Landis Avenue for the final mile of his trip to the beach at 65th Street.“We are so happy to have you back home,” Desiderio said during a celebration on the beach that included the mayor presenting Matt with a Sea Isle-themed T-shirt and a ceremonial key to the city.“What you have done is really amazing,” Desiderio said of Matt’s fundraising efforts for autism awareness.Mayor Leonard Desiderio presents Matt with a Sea Isle-themed T-shirt and a ceremonial key to the city.The trip proved to be a daunting mental and physical challenge. On the very first day out of San Diego, Matt and his girlfriend, Aslyn Mayhew, ran over a patch of thorns and suffered three flat tires. Other problems with his bike followed, forcing him to head back to San Diego for repairs. Aslyn was with him for the first day, but Matt pressed on solo for the rest of the journey.From California, he followed the southern route across country to avoid mountains and highways. He arrived on the East Coast in St. Augustine, Florida, on Nov. 25.After a short break for Thanksgiving, he hit the road again for a final, nearly 1,500-mile push to Sea Isle. His arrival in Sea Isle at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday was filled with joy.“When I got here, I just let my emotions flow. They just took over,” he said. “It was happy tears that that I was wiping from my eyes.”His cross-country trip came about after his original plans to join the Peace Corps this year were interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.Matt finishes the last mile of his cross-country journey accompanied by a police and fire department escort along Landis Avenue.Matt, a musician, is known for his free-spirited personality, or, as his father says, “The wanderer, the adventurer, that kind of guy.”“He’s one of the guys who go to the moon in a rocket, ride their bike across country, or jump out of a perfectly good airplane with a parachute,” Lenny DiNote said of Matt in an earlier interview.Matt initially set a fundraising goal of $10,000, but attained that amount even before he pedaled his first mile. Later, he upped his fundraising goal to $15,000, but surpassed that figure as well.His comments in an interview Saturday, though, suggested that his fundraising efforts on his bike may not be done, after all.“There’s something inside of me that says maybe it’s not all over. I might be back on the bike again tomorrow,” he said.Followed by family members and well-wishers, Matt walks his bike out on the beach at 65th Street. Matt DiNote ceremoniously dips the front tire of his bike in the Atlantic Ocean to complete his cross-country journey that began in California in August.last_img read more

Instagram Takeover: Kristina Love

first_imgBRO: If you had to choose one destination to shoot in for the rest of your life what would it be?KL: That’s too hard to answer! The truth is I carry my gear with me everywhere because I am amazed at the beauty that surrounds me daily. Sometimes it’s just a simple moment revealing itself in an ordinary setting.BRO: Do you have a favorite outdoor pursuit?KL: Wildlife photography is my favorite pursuit. I love witnessing intimate moments with wildlife and being able to share that through a photo. I also enjoy hiking, camping and scenic drives. BRO: Where are you from and where do you take most of your photos?KL: I have lived in Lynchburg, VA for 14 years and take most of my photos along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Roanoke to Amherst County, Virginia.BRO: How did you get your start in outdoor photography.KL: A few years ago I started taking pictures with my cheap phone while hiking and camping and although I loved doing that, I just wasn’t satisfied with the quality of the images.I wanted to better capture and share the magical moments and emotions I experienced outdoors in such a beautiful environment, so I researched cameras and jumped into the deep end of the photography pool.BRO: What kind of equipment do you shoot with?KL: I shoot with a Nikon D810 and Nikkor 12-24 and Nikkor 80-400 lenses.BRO: What is your favorite season for outdoor photography?KL: While I have to say Summer is my favorite season with it’s lushness and extended light, I truly appreciate the beauty of each season. Plus photography gets me out in the cold dark winter when I would otherwise hibernate!BRO: Do you have a favorite hike in your neck of the woods?KL: My favorite hike is a relatively easy climb of Cole/Cold Mountain in Amherst County. It’s part of the Appalachian Trail and I catch the trailhead at the Mount Pleasant Scenic area off RT 60 in Amherst, Va. It’s a magical place with magnificent scenery. With sunrise and sunset views, it just never fails to take my breath away! I highly recommend it.BRO: What advice would you give photographers who are just starting out?KL: I’ve been shooting for just 2 years, so I feel like I am still just starting out, but what helped me in the very beginning when I was completely clueless was working with other photographers and asking tons of questions and reading and watching tutorials online. There is a ton of information available out there. I’m very grateful for the advice, assistance and support of fellow photographers. This month’s Instagram Takeover features Virginia-based photographer Kristina Love AKA @renegadelovekristina.Like most of the photographers featured in our Instagram Takeovers, Kristina draws her inspiration from time spent exploring the Blue Ridge Mountain region. Because she has spent so much of her life in the Virginia Blue Ridge, she brings a long-held and unique perspective to our daily Instagram feed that we’ve come to look forward to.Check out some of Kristina’s work below along with a short Q & A in which she shares some insight about how she got her start in photography, favorite hikes and outdoor pursuits and some valuable tips for beginning photogs.And don’t forget to give her a follow on Instagram for your own daily dose of Blue Ridge eye candy.last_img read more

Supreme Court rules gas pipeline can cross Appalachian Trail

first_imgThe Appalachian Trail Conservancy said in a statement that the ruling is understood to keep in place the Cooperative Management System that trail volunteers, professionals, and agency partners have collaborated under for decades. “It is through this Cooperative Management System that we ensure the Trail has the resources and expertise required to protect the A.T. forever and for all to enjoy,” the organization said. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were the dissenting votes, arguing that the National Trails System Act gives the Park Service authority to manage the trail’s surface and the ground below it.  The country’s highest court was asked to decide whether the Mineral Leasing Act, which allows for the leasing of public lands for energy projects, applies to lands in the National Park System, and whether the trail is considered land within the system. In a landmark ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline can cross the Appalachian Trail.  Monday’s 7-2 ruling overturned the lower court’s decision, stating that the National Park Service controls just an easement to the Appalachian Trail and does not have the authority to block the pipeline. center_img In a statement, President and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association, Theresa Pierno, expressed disappointment at the ruling. “Dominion Energy is on the verge of building a pipeline underneath the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and today’s Supreme Court ruling only makes it easier for them,” she said. “This ruling flies in the face of underlying federal laws intended to protect parks from this exact kind of threat. Federal agencies are prohibited by law from granting pipeline crossing across lands in the National Park System.”  The case, titled United States Forest Service et. al. vs. Cowpasture River Preservation Association, reached the Supreme Court after a unanimous 4th U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Forest Service did not have the authority to permit construction across the Appalachian Trail, which is managed by the National Park Service.  Shenandoah National Park, USA – Photo by A Smith from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Maduro Hands Over Control of Urban Areas to Illegal Armed Groups

first_imgBy Diálogo September 25, 2020 As the political crisis and the coronavirus pandemic worsen, the regime of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro has ceded control of different urban areas in Caracas and the country’s inland to the so-called “illegally armed colectivos.”At the entrance to the 23 de Enero parish, barely half a kilometer from the Miraflores Presidential Palace, these groups have taken on the mission of controlling the passage of passersby and vehicles.According to several human rights nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), such as the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict (OVSC, in Spanish), repression worsened during the first half of 2020 with the enforcement of social confinement measures, in which illegally armed colectivos have played a key part, together with the Special Action Force (FAES, in Spanish) of the National Police and the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB, in Spanish),. These groups have played a leading role in repressing 221 protests from January to June of this year, the OVSC said.At the same time, the OVSC indicates, illegally armed colectivos have taken part in acts of selective violence and threats against political dissent through the so-called Operation Bolivarian Fury that Maduro launched in late March.“Fifty-seven people were victims of harassment, including vandalism to the facade of their homes with threatening messages,” the Venezuelan human rights NGO Provea reported.On its Twitter account, Provea said that in the first month of the state of emergency, which was declared on March 13, there were 34 arbitrary detentions, 10 of which were journalists.Although there is no accurate estimate of the number of illegally armed colectivos operating in the country, a Provea report from April 2019 says that there might be at least 70 groups. Initially, these groups were only seen intermittently in big cities, such as Caracas, Barquisimeto, and Mérida.“Their job is to repress political dissent, which is less politically costly for the regime than when security forces do it. Since they wear civilian clothes, it looks like a conflict between the people, and that has a lower cost,” said Marino Alvarado, Dissemination and Research coordinator at Provea.For Alvarado, the illegally armed colectivos are going through a process of “assimilation” to be accepted within the structure of the Bolivarian National Armed Force. That, he said, would explain the active participation of these groups in all civil-military exercises conducted since late 2019.These groups, he said, have turned into key actors within the “prolonged people’s war” practice, which proposes converting the regular army into a sort of guerrilla force, combined with “people’s power structures.”“This is why [illegally armed] colectivos not only have benefited in recent years, but the Armed Force was also obligated to admit, train, and arm them,” he said.last_img read more

22 stupid things you’re doing with your credit card

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit cards are often vilified for the enticing ease with which you can get them, and the high interest rates you sometimes pay. However, in some cases you really do bring your problems on yourself. While the best credit cards can offer helpful rewards and provide you with a valuable financial tool, their misuse can end in heartache and large amounts of debt. Even the smartest among us are guilty of some of these stupid credit card mistakes.1. Applying for lots of credit cards at onceOne recipe for disaster is applying for multiple cards at the same time.Lots of applications for credit can be a red flag and damage your credit score. Why? Opening several credit accounts in a short amount of time represents a greater risk, especially for people who don’t have a lengthy credit history. Hits to your credit score can limit your ability to get good rates on home and auto loans down the road. Instead of applying for every card you see, comparison shop for credit cards, and choose a card that is likely to suit your needs. When you get that card, use it responsibly before you consider applying for another credit card.2. Co-signing someone else’s credit cardThe Credit CARD Act means that your children can’t get credit cards without adequate income until they are 21 — unless they have a co-signer. Or you might have a friend or relative who wants you to co-sign. This is usually a big mistake — not only are you responsible for the balance they run up, but your credit score could also take a plunge if the balance is enough to increase your credit utilization percentage or if they’re late paying the credit card bill. continue reading »last_img read more

The millennial lending crisis

first_imgIn a comprehensive research report, Raddon Financial Group explores the attitudes and behaviors of younger consumers with respect to financial services to help determine how banks and credit unions can best meet the evolving needs of this critical segment. The study compares Millennials’ behavior and attitudes against those of Gen X and Baby Boomers, with a heavy emphasis on lending.The Pain, Impact and Cost of Student Loans Is RealToday, the amount of student-loan indebtedness carried by US consumers is simply staggering. Raddon says the volume of student loans has skyrocketed since 2004, and is now second only to total home mortgage loan indebtedness.While 15% of all consumers have a student loan, six out of ten of those (57%) are Millennials. In Raddon’s study, 36% of Millennials said they currently carry student loan debts, creating a tremendous financial burden for them. One-half (52%) feel their student loan debt has prevented- or will prevent them from fulfilling their personal and financial goals — e.g., saving for retirement, taking a vacation, investing funds to build personal wealth, purchasing a home, or buying a car. Millennials with student loans are also much less likely to form their own households. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Lucy Ito – Organizational interest (#96)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 96 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by Trellance transforming data into actionable insight for credit unions from coast to coast.My guest on today’s show is Lucy Ito, the President, and CEO of NASCUS, The National Associate of State Credit Union Supervisors. We talk about credit unions and the relationship with regulators because of Lucy’s interesting seat at the table and perspective on it all. She brings leaders together from both sides and has them at the same table. We talk about leadership lessons learned, staying connected in remote environments, and even Lucy’s quest to make the perfect granola.Lucy shares how her team has maintained and enhanced their camaraderie in the virtual setting and how she has grown as a leader during the pandemic. She also discusses the nuances of leadership and remote onboarding while navigating through changes in credit union regulations in a global crisis. Lucy believes that credit unions have to adjust to consumers’ expectations to stay competitive in financial services. Lucy shares what she will be proud her team has accomplished a year from now.When asked about leadership, Lucy shares what inspired her to take the position at NASCUS and how that inspiration has changed with gained experiences. Lucy believes that she has a collaborative leadership style, but she is also hands-off with her team allowing them to develop their decision-making skills. Lucy loves to cook when she has time to relax and recharge, and she has taken time in the last few months to perfect her granola recipe.We finish up with the rapid-fire questions, and we learn that Lucy wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice when she grew up and listening to NPR every morning keeps her informed. Time with family has become more important, and worrying about what people think has become less. Enjoy my conversation with Lucy Ito!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Lucy:Lucy Ito, the President and CEO of NASCUS [email protected] notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at Trellance, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the outstanding work that Lucy and her team at NASCUS are doing here.Shout-out: Dave ChatfieldShout-out: Bill CheneyShout-out: Lauren CulpShout-out: Diana DykstraShout-out: Lucy’s husbandShout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: Lynette SmithShout-out: James WilemanShout out: World Council of Credit UnionsShout out: California/Nevada Credit Union LeagueAlbum mentioned: The Crane Wife by The DecemberistsBook mentioned: The Cuisine of California by Diane Rossen WorthingtonBook mentioned: The Nursery Crimes Series by Jasper FfordePrevious guests mentioned in this episode: James Wileman, Bill Cheney, Lauren Culp, Diana Dykstra, Lynette Smith, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82) In This Episode:[01:43] – Welcome to the show, Lucy![02:23] – Lucy shares how she stays connected with her team working remotely.[04:28] – Listen as Lucy speaks about how she has grown as a leader during the pandemic.[06:45] – Lucy discusses what concerns are on the mind of state regulators around this crisis.[08:58] – Are there big changes in the way credit unions are serving the members?[10:10] – Lucy believes that credit unions have to adjust to consumers’ expectations to stay competitive in financial services.[13:33] – In a year, what will you be proud that your team at NASCUS has accomplished?[16:10] – Lucy shares what inspired her to take the job as President and CEO of NASCUS.[18:10] – Has the inspiration changed with time on the job?[20:42] – Lucy believes that her leadership style is collaborative and hands-off with her team.[21:40] – Family first is what her team has heard her say over and over.[22:29] – Lucy says that she always could make hard decisions. She always puts the organization’s wishes above her own.[23:06] – A single leader doesn’t have all the answers![23:58] – Lucy says that a mistake she sees new leaders make is trying to be self-sufficient.[24:43] – A piece of advice she has received and uses all the time is to do the right thing, even if no one is looking.[25:30] – How has your mentor network helped you in your career?[27:13] – Lucy likes to cook to relax and recharge.[28:59] – Listen as Lucy shares how she was in high school.[29:42] – Lucy wanted to be a supreme court justice when she grew up.[31:10] – Listening to NPR every morning is one of her morning routines.[31:33] – What is the best album of all time?[32:26] – What is the book you have gifted more than any other?[33:51] – Time with family has become more important, and worry about what other people think has become less important.[34:30] – Lucy shares some final thoughts with the listeners.[35:16] – Thank you for being on the show! 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more