Isaac Levinson Q&A

first_imgIsaac Levinson might be having the year of his life. The 22-year-old Atlanta-based kayaker is on the U.S. National Slalom team, competing in World Cup events in the two-person canoe category with an eye on the Olympics in 2012. Last year, he finished second in the two biggest Southeastern creek races, the Lord of the Fork and the Green River Narrows Race. He’s been training nonstop for his shot at the Olympics and is in the best shape of his life. This could be his year to take the coveted Green title. BRO talked with Levinson about his chances at the Green this year and what it’s like to be part of a dynamic canoe duo.You’re on the US National slalom team, but you also compete in creek races. Do you identify with any one form of boating over the other?No. I’m just trying to do everything at the best level I can. But I will say if I had to pick a favorite race, it would be the Green. I love the atmosphere, the other boaters, and the river itself. I put a lot into that race every year.Is it tough to switch gears from kayaking solo to paddling a C-2 with a partner?It’s interesting to take such an individual sport and turn it into a team effort. It’s fun to balance everything that’s involved with paddling with someone else. Somehow, it makes it more exciting. We’re not communiciating as much as you’d think. We’re not talking about every individual stroke. We’re just trying to keep a good feeling inside the boat. It’s a lot more physical than kayaking solo. If one person’s steering, then the other person has to pull harder with his strokes to carry the extra 130 pounds.Your C-2 partner is from Atlanta and there are quite a few Atlanta boaters on the U.S. team. That’s surprising.Atlanta has a solid slalom scene. The Chattahoochee is actually good slalom training. It’s just class III, but it’s consistent and convenient. Everyone thinks if you’re a good boater, you’re from North Carolina, but Atlanta has good boaters too.How does the U.S. stack up against the rest of the world in slalom right now?This is my first year on the national team, so it’s been interesting to see things play out on the World Cup. The competition level at slalom is so high. It’s the best of the best. We typically have someone finishing in the top 10, but we haven’t had any medals yet. It could happen though. 1 2last_img read more

McWatters: Longer exam cycle merits ‘thoughtful reflection’

first_imgNCUA Board Member J. Mark McWatters, in a Credit Union Journal op-ed on Friday, raised concerns about NCUA’s appearing to dismiss without consideration a recommendation made by NAFCU to return to an 18-month examination cycle for low-risk institutions.NCUA President and CEO Dan Berger made the recommendation in a letter last week to NCUA.“That NCUA would scuttle this request without debate among the board offices further evidences the lack of transparency and collegiality within the agency,” McWatters wrote. “As we all know, more than 70% of NCUA’s operating budget consists of examination and travel-related costs, and any reasonable suggestion regarding how to better manage the inexorable increase in these costs merits thoughtful reflection.”He continued, “NCUA seems to have forgotten that it’s not 2008, but, instead, 2015 and that the credit union community — in NCUA’s own assessment — is strong and resilient. That the top-tier of credit unions require full-tilt examination every 12 months is worthy of challenge and rigorous debate.” continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

2016 CUNA GAC interviews: PSCU’s Chuck Fagan proves you can go home, again…

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr PSCU President/CEO Chuck Fagan has experienced a few changes in the last year — one of which was returning to the helm of PSCU. We discuss this “return” along with card trends, what he was hearing at the show in regards to payments and card usage, and advice to CUs on how to keep pace with all the advancements in this quickly changing environment. continue reading »last_img

DORF and SuperUho: a great program for the 12th birthday

first_imgVINKOVCI, LAPIDARIUM OF THE CITY MUSEUM VINKOVCI // 23-25.8.23.8. (Thursday)20:30 Opening20:45 The Secret History of DORF powered by Pecha Kucha22:15 DJ Our thing24.8. (Friday)20:30 Pope, come back21:30 Veja22:00 Lost Time25.8. (Saturday)20:30 More than a barbershop (HR premiere)20:50 Hannah Williams in Tokyo (HR premiere)21:15 Louder than guns22:30 Announcement of winners and award ceremony PRIMOSTEN, SUPERUHO // 4-6.8.4.8. (Saturday)20:30 Opening20:35 Bunch of Kunst (HR premiere)22:00 Electric Dreams (HR premiere)23:00 Betty: They say I’m different (HR premiere)24:00 DJ Brown Sugar vs. VJ Klara Bilic5.8. (Sunday)19:30 Music-film quiz (powered by KlasikTV)20:30 LP film Laibach (HR premiere)21:30 Louder than guns23:00 The Secret History of DORF powered by Pecha Kucha24:00 DJ Per Le Cler vs. VJ Klara Bilic6.8. (Monday)20:30 Noise Potential – Connie Plank22:00 Invisible Hands (HR premiere)23:30 Spit’n’split (HR premiere) Today is the last day of the 21st Motovun Film Festival, but lovers of the art of moving images will not be deprived in August. Namely, the cooperation between SuperUh and the Vinkovci music documentary festival DORF continues again this year on Iskon’s festival beach in Primošten in the period from August 4 to 6, after which screenings will move to Vinkovci from August 23 to 25. The festival is held under the auspices of the Croatian Audiovisual Center, the City of Vinkovci and Vukovar-Srijem County, and the partners of the festival are Žedno Uho and the Vinkovci City Museum.A total of 8 films will be presented to the audience in Primošten, while the 12th DORF opens with a screening of a 2017 film by a guest from Great Britain, Phil Cox, about the cult funk megastar Betty Davis called “Betty – They Say I’m Different”. German director Christine Franz’s documentary “Bunch of Kunst” from 2017 will have its Croatian premiere, which is a kind of chronicle of the author’s experience during her multi-year tour with the British music duo Sleaford Mods. The third in the series of works “Music is the Art of the Hour” directed by Igor Zupe deals with the most important albums of Slovenian music, while in this sequel he deals with the first album of the Slovenian music group Laibach. “Electric Dreams” is the second Croatian premiere of director Dušan Moravec, a two-time DORF winner. The story, told in the production of RTV Slovenia, tells how “Yugoslav Jean-Michael Jarre” paved the way for many musicians with albums and music until the end of the 70’s.The film “Invisible Hands” by Marina Gioti and Georges Salameh from Greece talks about the project of musician Alan Bishop, bassist and vocalist of the cult Sun City Girls. This poetic documentary about a musical journey to Cairo was screened in 2017 at the Berlinale. One of the most interesting documentaries shown at DORF, was on the program of this year’s festival. It is a film “Spit’n’split” written by Jerome Vanderwattyne.In the accompanying program, the organizers announce the presentation of the exclusive “Secrets of the History of DORF” powered by PechaKucha presentation which was promoted in Zagreb in early June in the Summer Garden Vintage industrial bar as part of 4 warm up programs. Mato Škugor, Phil Cox, Vojo Šindolić, Varji Močnik, Martin Peranović and others gathered under the leadership of Marija Kovač told their story, in the concept of “20 pictures in 20 seconds”.After the screenings, DJ Brown Sugar will perform at the opening with his exceptional collection of retro hits of ex-YU funk and soul, and the evening after, DJ Per Le Cler from Šibenik will play behind the counter. Also, Klara Bilić from Zagreb is in charge of VJ-ing on the beach throughout the weekend.As part of the festival, a film and music quiz is being organized this year as well, and rich prizes for the best teams have been provided by Klasik TV. Finally, this year’s special DORF awards are dedicated to people from the world of literature. This year, the DORF Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to translator, poet and journalist Voja Šindolić, while the contribution for the contribution to the underground goes to the Koprivnica publisher “Šareni dućan”.Below is the schedule of events in Primosten and Vinkovci, and you can follow more details and news on the official website DORF i SuperUha.last_img read more

European rights court faults Russia over website blocking

first_imgEurope’s top rights court said Tuesday that Russian authorities had thwarted freedom of expression by blocking several websites in recent years, including some run by critics of President Vladimir Putin.In four separate cases, the judges ruled unanimously that moves by the telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor “had amounted to interference with the applicants’ right to impart information and the public’s right to receive it.”One of the cases was filed by Garry Kasparov, the former chess champion who has become one of Putin’s most vocal critics. His opposition website kasparov.ru was blocked in March 2014 after prosecutors accused it of promoting “mass disorder or extremist speech,” the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said.Five other applicants alleged unfair or indiscriminate moves to shut down their sites, including Daily Newspaper, a site critical of the government, and a website that explained how to bypass internet content filters.In each case, the court found, “the provisions of Russia’s Information Act used to block the websites had produced excessive and arbitrary effects.”It ordered Russia to pay each applicant 10,000 euros ($11,300) in damages.Kasparov had already won two cases against Russia at the ECHR in 2016, when judges condemned the government for unjustified arrests while attending opposition protests in 2007.Topics :last_img read more

Novavax to deliver 60 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccine candidate to UK for trial

first_imgThe Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies site in the UK is expected to produce about 180 million doses annually, it added.The United States and United Kingdom are leading a rush to strike deals with drugmakers to reserve supplies of experimental coronavirus vaccines, as the race to develop a safe and effective vaccine reaches the final stages of testing.There are currently no approved vaccines for COVID-19, with over 25 candidates being studied in humans.In an early-stage trial, Novavax’s vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373, has produced higher levels of antibodies in healthy volunteers after two doses than those found in recovered COVID-19 patients and the vaccine was “well tolerated” overall. Novavax would partner with Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies for manufacturing the antigen component of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the UK, it added.The company is also gearing up to deliver 100 million doses to the United States by January after it was awarded $1.6 billion to cover testing and manufacturing of its potential vaccine in the country.Novavax has received $2 billion in funding so far for its coronavirus vaccine, including $384 million from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).Novavax will supply the NVX-CoV2373 doses to the UK beginning as early as the first quarter of 2021, while phase 3 trial is expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, the company said. US drug developer Novavax Inc said on Friday the UK would buy 60 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373, for a phase 3 clinical trial in the country.The company and the UK government will collaborate for the trial to assess the efficacy of the vaccine in the UK population, Novavax said in a statement, but did not disclose any financial details of the agreement.The trial will be a study in about 9,000 adults between 18 years and 85 years of age.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Ethiopia is embarking on a journey of space exploration

first_imgEthiopia’s ambitious space program has been growing in recent years. Based in Addis Ababa, it’s the country’s first space programme, and has only been officially operational for the last few months.last_img

Tridents notch first win after Lamichhane, Walsh hurt Patriots

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Barbados Tridents crippled St Kitts and Nevis Patriots with spin, bringing them back down to earth with a 18-run defeat, to claim their first win of the Caribbean Premier League here Wednesday night.Playing at Warner Park just 24 hours after producing the highest-ever successful run chase in franchise cricket, the jaded Patriots found Tridents’ target of 187 too much to overcome, and subsided to 168 for nine off their 20 overs.Englishman Laurie Evans stroked 64 off 41 deliveries but no other Patriots top-order batsman passed 13 as leg-spinners Sandeep Lamichhane (3-22) and Hayden Walsh (2-33) scythed through the innings.Fast-bowling captain Jason Holder supported well with two for 37, claiming the wickets of in-form openers Devon Thomas (1) and Evin Lewis (12) cheaply.Rookie left-hander Leniko Boucher had earlier top-scored with 62 off 47 balls as Tridents did well to get up to 186 for two off 20 overs after being sent in.Former West Indies opener Johnson Charles gave the innings early impetus with 52 off 43 deliveries while South African star JP Duminy provided the late flourish with an unbeaten 43 off just 18 balls.Englishman Alex Hales never quite got going and eventually edged seamer Rayad Emrit behind for 18 at 28 for one in the fifth over.The 21-year-old Boucher then arrived to anchor two key stands, first putting on 85 for the second wicket with Charles before adding a further 73 in an unbroken third-wicket partnership with Duminy.Boucher smashed four fours and three sixes while Charles, dropped on eight by Shamarh Brooks at point off Emrit in the fifth over, counted four fours and three sixes.Boucher also survived a chance on 15 in the ninth over to notch his maiden T20 fifty off 39 deliveries and after losing Charles to a catch in the deep, joined forces with Duminy, who hit a pair of fours and four sixes, to ensure Tridents gathered 79 runs from the last five overs.In reply, Patriots stumbled early when Holder removed Thomas to a catch at the wicket in the second over and then had Lewis skying to cover in the fourth over.Wobbling on 28 for two, Patriots were steadied by Evans who posted 36 for the third wicket with Jason Mohammed (12) and a further 33 for the fourth with Brooks (13).But Man-of-the-Match Lamichhane turned the game on its head when he removed both Evans and Brooks in the 13th over, and then trapped captain Carlos Brathwaite lbw for one in his next over.In-between, Walsh bowled the dangerous Fabian Allen without scoring, as Patriots capitulated losing six wickets for 22 runs.Dominic Drakes’ created some fireworks late on, belting three fours and sixes in a 14-ball unbeaten 34 but his effort was too little too late.last_img read more

Wilson: Syracuse needs to clean up penalty problem before it comes back to bite

first_img Published on November 11, 2013 at 12:13 am Facebook Twitter Google+ COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland’s offense is bad. Really bad. Maybe Syracuse’s defense is really good, too, but without either starting wide receiver or either starting tackle, the Terrapins could only move the ball when the Orange was moving it for them.It took a Lewellyn Coker kick-catch interference, Julian Whigham pass interference and Robert Welsh facemask to bring UMD into field-goal range and its only three points of the day.“We shoot ourselves in the foot a lot with penalties,” quarterback Terrel Hunt said.Syracuse committed 12 penalties for 115 yards, or 25 fewer than it passed for. Maryland committed just two illegal formation penalties for 10. They only cost SU (5-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) those three points at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday in a 20-3 win over Maryland (5-4, 1-4), but for a team with solid defense and subpar offense, penalties will eventually come back to bite Syracuse.SU is the sixth most penalized team in the nation this year with 74 penalties for 619 yards. That’s a whole bunch of uncontrolled controllables.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, self-inflicted wounds singlehandedly ended the Orange’s impressive 113:22 shutout streak.Riley Dixon punted away in the third quarter and Coker set up too close to the Terps’ return man. Fifteen yards. Kick-catch interference.On the very next play, quarterback C.J. Brown lofted a pass down the right sideline to wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo. Whigham leapt backward and appeared to haul in an interception, but a flag came in. Fifteen yards. Pass interference.Without completing a single pass, Maryland moved the ball 30 yards.“Sometimes you get away with those things,” defensive backs coach Fred Reed said, “but on that one it was pretty clear that it was (pass interference).”Two plays later it was Welsh’s turn. He reached in to make a tackle on a second-down play. Flags flew. Fifteen yards. Facemask.Penalties have been a persistent problem for SU this season.For a hard-nosed nosed squad like the one that head coach Scott Shafer envisions, it’s a glaring concern. The Orange has been quick to buy in to Shafer and adopt his mentality and mannerisms, but the penalty situation is still a major work in progress.“Penalties get us upset,” linebacker Marquis Spruill said with a smile, “so we just pin our ears back, get on the ball and get ready to play.”Some of it has to do with all the overturn, especially on offense. SU has a new head coach and offensive coordinator. Syracuse has been through a quarterback change, has Ashton Broyld learning a new position and Brisly Estime’s role is growing.In a 13-0 win over Wake Forest a week ago, it led to a pair of illegal substitution penalties from Broyld. On Saturday, he committed a false start on the third play of the game. As a team, the Orange took four pre-snap penalties on the day.The penalties won’t hurt them against Florida State — Jameis Winston will do enough of that on his own — but Syracuse will, in all likelihood, need to win one of its last two games against comparable foes to qualify for a bowl game. One hundred-plus yards of penalties won’t help.During the Terrapins’ lone scoring drive, Syracuse piled up half that total. Three 15-yarders and an offside near the end of the drive gave Maryland its only points of the day. The Terps’ offense couldn’t do anything else, though, and Syracuse survived again.“Unfortunately, we haven’t done a good enough job taking care of the penalties, but it’s a great victory,” Shafer said. “Nothing like fixing something after a win.”David Wilson is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @DBWilson2. Commentslast_img read more

Boom! Lightning Strikes Washington Monument

first_imgLightning struck the Washington Monument during a thunderstorm in the city Thursday night and it was caught on a Washington, D.C. news station’s sky camera.The stormy weather came as protesters continued to call for an end to police brutality after the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white officer in police custody, continued to demonstrate near the White House.Many commenters compared the lightning symbolically to tensions between protesters and the White House.“It might be George Washington raining down brimstone and fire cos’ he’s angry about the state of the union,” one user wrote.last_img