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Today, Willie Nelson had some words for the new Attorney General under the Trump administration, Jeff Sessions, about his stance on marijuana in a new interview with Rolling Stone. Attorney General Sessions has made it pretty clear his feelings toward drug use, previously advocating for harsher sentences for drug use across the board including that of marijuana, recreational and medicinal. Sessions stance is at odds with the majority of Americans, with a CBS poll from April showing that 61 percent of Americans favor full legalization—a record high—and that 71 percent feel that the federal government should not interfere with states that have independently legalized the drug. A Quinnipiac poll released around the same time put those numbers at 60 percent and 73 percent, respectively. The CBS poll also noted that an absurdly high 94 percent of respondents felt that people should be able to access medicinal marijuana if a doctor prescribes, while the Quinnipiac poll rang in support at 88 percent.Snoop Dogg’s Christmas Present To Willie Nelson Was Dank AFAs an outspoken advocate for marijuana, in Willie Nelson’s interview, the musician pushes back on Sessions statement that smoking pot is “only slightly less awful” than heroin. After being prompted on his thoughts on Sessions’ (absurd) statement, Nelson stated this: “I wonder if he’s tried both of them. I don’t think you can really make a statement like that unless you tried it all. So I’d like to suggest to Jeff to try it and then let me know later if he thinks he’s still telling the truth!”Virginia Governor “Didn’t Know” He Was Posing Next To Willie Nelson’s WeedNelson also touched on Trump’s presidency and the differences in impact across being a politician versus a musician. On Trump, Nelson noted that he knew Donald Trump back when the President “owned some casinos” and that “he always paid me. I had no problems at all. I think he’s stepped into a different world.” When asked if he would run for office, Nelson stated that “you can do more with music than you can with arguments and politics. I think a song will reach more people than any other thing.”Willie Nelson Brings Super Troopers On Stage For Hilarious Collaboration In BostonWhile Nelson seems quite grounded in the interview, people should not get their hopes up for having the legendary musician in The White House. He noted that fans tell him to run for office all the time and that he’s “come close a couple times,” though he’s always “sobered up” before making the plunge. You can read Willie Nelson’s full interview with Rolling Stone’s Patrick Doyle here.
The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) announces that Rachel Lee, President of Armistead Caregiver Services, Diana Jones, owner of Double Entry Bookkeeping, and Rhonda Freed, owner of So You Want to Do What?, will become the organizations new chapter coordinators for the Northern Vermont Chapters.The Women’s Business Owners Network (WBON) is an association of over 140 women business owners from Vermont and New Hampshire who support one another in the pursuit of business and personal success. WBON has monthly chapter meetings in Burlington, Brattleboro, the Upper Valley, Rutland, and Montpelier, as well as conferences and social events throughout the year.For more information, go to www.wbon.org(link is external) or call 802-363-WBON.
GREEN MOUNTAIN POWER’S CEO STRONGLY ENDORSESTHE CALL FOR A DEEPER, EXPANDED RELATIONSHIPBETWEEN VERMONT AND QUEBECBAR HARBOR, ME – September 16, 2008 – Mary Powell, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power, issued the following statement from the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers 32nd Annual Conference:”We are thrilled that Governor Douglas and Premier Charest have embraced the concept of a broader and deeper geo-political relationship between Vermont and Quebec.”This is entirely consistent with Green Mountain Power’s stated strategy for our customers’ energy future.”Our energy strategy is focused on ramping down our nuclear dependence and ramping up the use of renewable energy through the development of in-state renewable energy projects as well as renewable energy purchased from others. At the same time, as part of its energy diversity plan for the future, Green Mountain Power intends to increase its energy and power purchases from Hydro Quebec. This will allow the system power back up that is essential for intermittent renewable energy resources to be used in Vermont.”We strongly support a broader and deeper geo-political relationship with Quebec, whereby its near zero emission and highly reliable system power will become the backbone of our goal to achieve a clean, green and economic energy future for our customers and for Vermont.”We look forward to the meeting on October 6th in the Northeast Kingdom at which Governor Douglas and Quebec Premier Charest will discuss strengthening cross-boarder economic activity that will contribute to the long-term economic and environmental security of Vermont and Quebec.”Green Mountain Power looks forward to working with these two leaders on this very important question of how to secure our collective low carbon energy future.”About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.biz(link is external)) is an electric utility owned by Northern New England Energy Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gaz Métro, a leading Québec energy company with a long history of investment in Vermont. Green Mountain Power transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves approximately 94,000 customers.– 30 —
Study: California pension funds have lost billions on backward-looking energy investments FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Chief Investment Officer:A new study shows that the two largest pension funds in the U.S.—the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)—as well as the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association, combined missed out on $19 billion in investment returns over the last decade by investing in fossil fuel stocks.The study is the latest salvo by environmentalists in their battle to convince the large pension funds to divest their portfolios of the stocks of oil and gas companies, something the pension systems refuse to do.It found that the $380 billion CalPERS would have generated an estimated additional $11.9 billion in investment returns had the funds divested of fossil fuel stocks a decade ago. CalPERS is the largest US pension system by assets under management; CalSTRS is No. 2.The study found that the missed returns for CalSTRS were also substantial. The $238 billion system would have gained an additional $5.5 billion during the 10-year period.The third system, the $45 billion Colorado PERA, missed an estimated $1.77 billion during the 10-year period, the report found.The study highlights “that large fossil fuel companies pulled down overall performance, while technology, health care, retail, and entertainment boosted performance, the groups said.More: Green Coalition: Pension Plans Miss Billions by Not Divesting from Fossil Fuels
By Dialogo February 13, 2014 Connection to ‘Megateo’ The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutes war criminals and perpetrators of human rights violations. In 2013, the ICC issued a report warning about the “power of Los Urabeños,” which is Colombia’s largest organized crime group. Los Urabeños “is organized enough to become involved in a non-international armed conflict,” according to the report. Los Urabeños is led by Dayro Antonio Úsuga David, who is known as “Otoniel.” Los Urabeños is a paramilitary-style group of drug traffickers based in north-central Colombia. The group is comprised primarily of members of the now-defunct United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC). Some of the group’s members were once affiliated with the Medellin Cartel. The organized crime group operates in 17 departments. It also controls drug trafficking routes in the Choco-Darién region, Gulf of Morrosquillo, the mountains of Perijá, the Paramillo Massif, and in large cities like Bogota and Medellín. Los Urabeños are a legacy of the Medellín Cartel, who have gained entry to Buenaventura, historic territory of the Norte del Valle Cartel, said Duncan. Los Urabeños has expanded and consolidated its power in different regions by recruiting new members and forging alliances with local street gangs, Duncan said. Street gangs work for Los Urabeños as informants, and engage in such criminal enterprises as homicide, extortion, prostitution, money-laundering, and micro-trafficking in densely populated urban areas. Security operations International weapons trafficking Colombian National Police (PNC) recently arrested Gustavo Velásquez Rodríguez, who is suspected of being the primary arms supplier for the organized crime group Los Urabeños. Velásquez is known as “The Lord of War” and “Strong Hand.” National Police agents captured The Lord of War on Jan. 18, 2014, in Medellin. In addition to illegally possessing weapons, authorities accuse The Lord of War with murder and involvement with organized crime. Police did not provide details of the arrest because of ongoing criminal investigations. Before he was captured, The Lord of War was the main supplier of long-range weapons for Los Urabeños, one of the largest organized crime groups in Colombia. The Lord of War also allegedly supplied illegal weapons to Víctor Ramón Navarro, a drug trafficker who is affiliated with the Popular Liberation Army (EPL), according to a statement from the PNC. Navarro is also known as “Megateo.” Los Urabeños The Lord of War is believed to have been the primary weapons supplier to Megateo, who is one of the top leaders of the EPL, authorities said. The Lord of War allegedly supplied weapons to Megateo through Fraydeman Rincón, an organized crime operative who is also known as “Ricardo Boquete.” Megateo is wanted for murder, illegal possession of firearms, and organized crime activity, authorities said. The capture of The Lord of War should lead to a significant reduction in violence in the Urabá and the Catatumbo regions, authorities said. The Lord of War “isn’t just anyone. He is an arms dealer, a key figure for a criminal organization. Someone like that cannot be replaced spontaneously,” said Gustavo Duncan, a security analyst at the University of the Andes. “His arrest is a victory for the authorities, but does not put an end to drug trafficking.” Velásquez Rodríguez is not the first arms dealer to be known as The Lord of War. In 2008, authorities in Bangkok arrested Viktor Bout, a former Russian Army lieutenant who was believed to be the biggest international arms dealer in the world. Bout was known as “The Lord of War” and the “Merchant of Death.” In 2010, the Thai government extradited Bout to the United States, where he is now serving a 25-year prison sentence for providing firearms to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Lord of War, 44, has contacts with arms manufacturers in Israel and Russia, authorities said. He allegedly purchased high-powered weapons from the manufacturers, had them transported to Colombia, and sold them to Los Urabeños, the drug trafficking group led by Megateo, and other organized crime groups. The Lord of War allegedly supplied AK-47 rifles, Benelli shotguns, and Barrett rifles with telescopic sights to organized crime groups. The Lord of War allegedly arranged for weapons to be transported into Colombia through the provinces of Norte de Santander and La Guajira. . The Lord of War allegedly supplied weapons to Los Urabeños through a contact who is known as “Albeiro” or “Lobo,” authorities said. Authorities believe Albeiro has assumed a greater role in the operations of the organized crime group since the November 2013 capture in Madrid of Carlos Andrés Palencia González, a high-ranking Los Urabeños leader. Colombian police worked with Spanish security forces to locate and capture Palencia González, who is also known as “El Visaje.” El Visaje is suspected of murdering a police officer, extortion, and drug trafficking. In 2009, El Visaje was serving a prison sentence when he escaped as he was being transported to court for a hearing. He remained a fugitive until November by using a second identity, authorities siad. In 2013, security forces seized about 550 weapons from Los Urabeños, authorities said. The weapons were seized in different security operations which were carried out in various regions. Between June 2006 and June 2012, security forces detained more than 12,000 members of Los Urabeños and Los Rastrojos, another large Colombian organized crime group which engages in drug trafficking and extortion. In addition to the arrests, security forces seized more than 6,000 firearms and more than 90 tons of drugs. Los Urabeños has ties to the Sinaloa Cartel, the Mexican transnational criminal organization which is led by the fugitive drug lord, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán. Los Urabeños has about 1,200 hard-core members. Los Urabeños have fought with the FARC for control of territory in the Colombian Eastern Plains, according to published reports. Colombian security forces must remain vigilant in their battle with Los Urabeños, according to Duncan. “The government has an obligation to repress these criminal organizations. The State’s response must be relentless, just as they did with Pablo Escobar, the Cali Cartel, and the paramilitaries,” Duncan said. “The Army has the technology, intelligence, machinery, and control of airspace to conduct an intense government persecution operation when a criminal organization expands and acquires power.” “The government has an obligation to repress these criminal organizations. The State’s response must be relentless, just as they did with Pablo Escobar, the Cali Cartel, and the paramilitaries,” Duncan said. Colombian security forces should strengthen their presence in villages that have served as a recruiting base for organized crime groups, Duncan said.
Are your card processing contracts coming up for renewal in the next 18-24 months? Then it’s time to consider bringing in an expert negotiator to score you lower fees, secure improved terms, and acquire new services that can help you better serve the single largest market out there today: Millennials.The Power of the MillennialsWe hear a lot about the power of Millennials, and for good reason—born approximately between 1982 and 2002, they’re the largest generation in American history and in our workforce. Millennials represent your credit union’s largest potential member base … are you keeping up with their desire and demand to bank, purchase, and receive alerts via mobile devices—also known as the “digital wallet”? Millennials’ affinity for and reliance on technology make for some astounding realities for credit unions:One in three Millennials are open to switching to another financial institution within the next 90 daysMillennials are three times more likely to open a new account using their phones versus in person23% of Millennials cite lack of a mobile app as the main barrier to financial institution engagement94% of Millennial consumers actively use online banking — many via their smartphones and often never setting foot inside a branch If your credit union doesn’t currently offer digital wallet access for members, you’re simply not meeting the needs of a large and influential segment of the population.Digital Wallet is Waiting for YouSelecting digital wallet services can seem daunting, but they are actually right under your nose, waiting for you.When you negotiate card processing agreements, digital wallet services are often part of the sales pitch. But, for one reason or another many credit unions aren’t quite ready to take advantage of the offers—not enough awareness of the importance of offering digital wallet, not enough in-house experience with the services, not enough funds available, etc. That’s where having trusted advice can make an even more significant impact. Often without realizing it there could be many other missed opportunities if you aren’t fully prepared or able to put it in focus when tackling complex contract negotiations like card processing, internet banking, core processing or card brand agreements. Once you have digital wallet up and running, you’ll see the interest it garners from tech-savvy members and be relieved not to have been left behind as this new way of banking rapidly turns traditional banking on its head. As a bonus, you’ll likely see an increase in revenue from greater card usage when you open up digital payment platforms.Everything to GainWhen you start thinking like a Millennial and serving them on their terms, you’re not only positioning yourself as a forward-thinking credit union—you’re making it easier for your members to engage with you and utilize your services. And that’s always a worthy objective that pays off in so many ways. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kelly Flynn Kelly has over 15 years of sales and management experience helping financial institutions of all sizes. She leads a team whose charter is to optimize the value of every contract … Web: www.JMFA.com Details
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Unai Emery is keen to bolster his Arsenal squad this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are preparing an improved offer for Wilfried Zaha but will target Yacine Brahimi if they are unable to sign the Crystal Palace winger, according to reports.The Gunners submitted a £40m bid for Zaha earlier this week but saw the offer immediately dismissed, with Palace valuing the player at double that amount.Zaha, who has been Palace’s key player over the past four seasons, is keen to join Arsenal this summer despite the Gunners’ failure to secure Champions League football last term.The Evening Standard say Arsenal are preparing to go back to Palace with an improved bid and still view Zaha as their priority target, but may need to offer multiple players to the Eagles to tempt them into a deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityIf Arsenal fail to secure a deal for Zaha, the Gunners will reportedly turn their attentions to Porto and Algeria star Brahimi.The 29-year-old, who netted 13 goals in 49 matches last term, is available on a free transfer but is said to be hoping to land a £3m signing-on fee.Zaha was asked about the speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal this week and said: ‘I don’t know we’ll see in the future.‘I have no comment on it the only thing that’s on my mind now is trying to win this cup. I’m fixated on is how far we go in the tournament.’ Arsenal could look to sign Yacine Brahimi from Porto (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery endured a mixed first season as Arsenal boss, with his team suffering a drastic dip in form to drop to fifth in the Premier League.They progressed to the Europa League final but were beaten by London rivals Chelsea and Emery is keen to bolster his squad with a number of new additions.Arsenal are also being linked with moves for Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser and Dalian Yifang star Yannick Carrasco, while they are said to have entered the race to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City.Both Manchester United and Man City have expressed interest in Maguire this summer but Arsenal are also keen on the £80-rated England defender.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Jul 2019 11:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares The Gunners will return to Crystal Palace with a second bid for Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty) Advertisement Arsenal prepare second Wilfried Zaha bid as Unai Emery eyes free Yacine Brahimi transfer Comment Advertisement
Gary and Lucy Beikoff with daughters Pippa, 6, and Sasha, 9, at the house they have just sold in Hendra. Picture: Peter Wallis.IT HAS often been referred to as the poor cousin of Ascot and Hamilton, but Hendra has emerged from the shadows to become one of Brisbane’s most expensive suburbs.The suburb in the city’s inner north didn’t make it into the top 10 biggest home sales of the past year, but it is on the radar to break records in the near future with its median house price now $1.05 million.A new Queenslander-style home at 37 Mansion Road sold in the middle of COVID-19 restrictions for $2.2 million — the highest price achieved for a home in Hendra so far this year. This house at 37 Mansion Rd, Hendra, has sold for $2.2m.Owners Gary and Lucy Beikoff said they bought the site in Hendra in 2018 because they liked the large blocks of land in the suburb and its proximity to the city.“We like it because it still has a lot of large blocks and hasn’t been carved up as much as Ascot was in earlier decades,” Mrs Beikoff said. “There are still lots of original houses and tree-lined streets. It’s a really friendly, family-oriented suburb. “There are pockets of Hendra which haven’t been tapped into yet, with some beautiful houses still to be renovated. “I think once people realise how nice it is living in in Hendra, you’ll see it has so much more potential.” Mrs Beikoff said they removed an old duplex on the 680 sqm block and built a brand new Hamptons-inspired house.“We wanted it to be in keeping with the suburb — to tie in with the houses around us,” she said. “We wanted people to look at it and think it was an original house.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoThe kitchen in the house at 37 Mansion Rd, Hendra, which has recently sold.Selling agent Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm said Hendra was poised for “exceptional growth”, particularly with the completion of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade. “We are seeing massive growth in Hendra,” Ms Rudolph said. She said serious buyers saw Brisbane as a safe bet during the uncertainty of a pandemic.“They are getting in and buying now with confidence as they see less competition from interstate and overseas buyers who would like to be here, but are locked out of buying due the restrictions,” Ms Rudolph said. “They have great faith in our Queensland economy and are making bold decisions with great confidence.“I believe that our market is well poised for continued growth due to the fundamentals of our economy and the liveability of our beautiful city.”