Full Audio Of The Motet’s ‘Mixtape 77’ Set At High Sierra Has Emerged [Listen]

first_imgFans of the funk band The Motet will surely be aware of their prized “Mixtape” sets. The tradition started for Halloween performance, where the band would pick a single year and funkify any songs released during that twelve month span. Naturally, festivals wanted in on the Mixtapes, and The Motet weren’t ones to hold back on the jams. Thus, the band brought out a special Mixtape ’77 for the beloved High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA.Performing on Saturday July 2nd, the band opened their set with a crazy version of The Brothers Johnson’s “Brother Man,” before funking into P-Funk’s “Flash Light.” Covers by Johnny Guitar Watson, Cameo, Earth Wind & Fire, The Meters, Thelma Houston, Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan, Parliament, L.T.D., Fela Kuti, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Con Funk Shun all made appearances during this incredible performance.Thanks to the band, we have full audio of this funked out set. Tune in below!You can see the full setlist belowSetlist: The Motet’s Mixtape ’77 at High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy, CA – 7/2/16Set: Brother Man > Flash Light, A Real Mother For Ya, Still Feels Good, Serpentine, Don’t Leave Me This Way, Funkify Your Life, Got To Give It Up, Peg > Bop Gun > (Everytime I Turn Around) Back In Love Again, Expensive Shit, As, JupiterEncore: Movin Out > Ffunlast_img read more

Watch Turkuaz Perform “Monkey Fingers” On Jam Cruise [Pro-Shot]

first_imgThere’s nothing quite like seeing your favorite bands on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by friends and family. The intimacy of the boat provides for a spectacular backdrop for the artists and bands to really let loose and perform within their own dream-like setting. As part of their weekly video series, Jam Cruise has shared pro-shot video of Turkuaz playing their original song “Monkey Fingers” from the Pool Deck.It’s never a bad time to sit back, relax, and pretend you’re on the boat. Enjoy!Turkuaz will perform a very special Phish Baker’s Dozen late night show at Irving Plaza on Tuesday, July 25th. Now, the band will bring their tour-tested live show back to NYC for an intimate post-Phish late night performance for the ages. See below for full info on this funky late night show with Turkuaz!7.25: Turkuaz @ Irving Plaza* [Tickets]CEG & L4LM Pres. A Phish After-Party with…TurkuazVenue: Irving PlazaTuesday, July 25, 2017Doors: 11:00pmShow: 11:59pmTickets: $26 advance GA / $28 day of show GA / $45 VIP**Buy Tickets**last_img read more

Audra McDonald & Will Swenson Expecting a Broadway Baby

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 24, 2016 Shuffle Along View Comments There’s going to be a new addition to Eggfartopia! Shuffle Along headliner Audra McDonald and her hubby Will Swenson are expecting a baby. As a result, the six-time Tony winner’s West End debut this summer in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will be postponed. McDonald will begin her maternity leave from Shuffle Along on July 24, with Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens stepping into the role of Lottie Gee.“Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy?” said McDonald in a statement. Will and I are completely surprised—and elated—to be expecting a new addition to our family. I am so very grateful to everyone in New York and London for allowing me to rearrange my schedule to accommodate this little miracle. While I’m disappointed I have to postpone my West End debut in Lady Day, I’m glad I’ll be able to spend a little more time in Shuffle Along this summer and will look forward to setting up a 1920s-themed nursery in my dressing room when I return to the show.”The couple married in 2012. While this is their first child together, McDonald is mom to a daughter, Zoe, and he is dad to two sons, Bridger and Sawyer, from their previous marriages.McDonald won her history-making sixth Tony in 2014 for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day, a role she recently reprised on screen for HBO. She also garnered Tonys for her work in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, Master Class and Carousel. Upcoming screen credits include the live-action Beauty and the Beast and film adaptation of Hello Again. Swenson received a Tony nomination for Hair. His additional Broadway credits include Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, 110 in the Shade, Lestate and Brooklyn: the Musical. He will star in The Pirates of Penzance this summer as part of Barrington Stage Company’s 2016 season.Congratulations from all of us here at Broadway.com to the entire McDonald-Swenson clan! The McDonald-Swenson family; photo by Bruce Glikas Audra McDonald & Will Swenson(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

Goal Accomplished

first_imgAt 54, Becky Griffin was the oldest University of Georgia student on the Griffin campus to be awarded a degree this fall, but that fact only fueled her drive to succeed.After putting her graduate studies on hold for 30 years, Griffin juggled a full-time job and put thousands of miles on her car to complete her master’s degree. The mother of two adult daughters, both of whom are UGA graduates, Griffin was encouraged to finish her degree by Kris Braman, a former UGA Griffin researcher who now heads the UGA Department of Entomology.“Deciding to go back to school after 30 years was a huge decision. When I told Dr. Kris Braman why I didn’t have a master’s degree, she said, ‘Well, we need to fix that.’ She encouraged me to apply, helped me map out a plan and served as my major professor throughout this process. She was the first person on my team,” Griffin said.Serving as the student speaker at the UGA-Griffin fall graduation celebration on Dec. 13, Griffin credited the members of her personal and academic support system for helping her finish her master’s degree in plant protection and pest management with an emphasis in entomology.“Getting through college is a team effort. Every graduate here is the result of a team and I am proud of all of us,” she said. “The University of Georgia is one of the top colleges in the nation, and being a graduate of this university is something I don’t take lightly.”Griffin said she was encouraged by “Team Griffin,” her affectionate term for her supporters, including her husband, Millard; her daughters, Allison and Mady; Braman and a host of others.“Allison sent me a finals care package, something I did for her when she was in college,” said Griffin, proudly informing the crowd that Allison is a double Dawg with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UGA. Both of Griffin’s daughters were residents in the same dorm she lived in when she first attended UGA. “Mady and Allison sent me flowers, proofread papers and listened to way too many entomological facts.”A resident of Holly Springs, Griffin travels across the state as community and school garden coordinator for UGA Cooperative Extension. While pursuing her master’s degree, there were days when she left home at 4:30 a.m. in order to attend a lab on the UGA Tifton campus.“I’ve listened to lectures from McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A restaurants while traveling for my job,” she said. “The Atlanta Food Bank even set aside a room for me, so I could listen to lectures before work meetings.”When she returned to classes, Griffin showed up with a spiral notebook, pencil and index cards in hand. The other students quickly explained to her that she could do all of her work online.“As an older person, I soon found myself giving the younger students advice and even job recommendations. My fellow students are amazing. They have enriched my life and I have learned from them,” Griffin said.Griffin valued the experience of learning from UGA researchers who are leading experts in their fields, such as UGA entomologist David Buntin, who explained how hessian flies affect grain crops, a lesson based on his own research.“This is why you want to go to UGA. You don’t sit in a classroom learning about (other experts’) research; you are learning from the person who is doing the research,” Griffin said.Griffin’s UGA CAES colleagues were also there to help, she said, recalling a day when UGA turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz spent hours tutoring her on a math problem.“He was a part of my team,” she said. “And, when I was at a farmers’ conference and pulled out my textbook to try to understand how to calibrate a sprayer, several of my farmer friends stepped up to explain it to me. They had no idea they were on Team Griffin.”Teary-eyed, Griffin told the graduates that all the effort to earn her degree was worth it when she was finally able to walk under the arch and ring the chapel bell.“We are all so much more capable then we think we are, but we need a team to do it,” she said.Marie Green Broder, chief assistant district attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, served as guest speaker for the UGA-Griffin event.Also a UGA alum, Broder told graduates their UGA degrees will be tools that they will use throughout their careers. Recounting a time when she, the youngest person in her office, was asked to step into a leadership role, Broder encouraged graduates to go out into the world and be leaders.“For those of you who are entering the field of agriculture, you will have a remarkable chance to impact one of the biggest industries in the state, and one that desperately needs help,” said Broder, whose family includes cattle farmers. “The farming population is aging quickly. Agriculture in Georgia needs young, vibrant minds and voices. Answer the call and lead this industry into the next generation. Society desperately needs real voices with conviction and passion.”For more about degree programs offered at UGA-Griffin, visit www.uga.edu/griffin.last_img read more

Otter Creek Awnings returns to Vermont ownerhsip

first_imgOTTER CREEK AWNINGSRETURNS TO VERMONT OWNERSHIP Otter Creek Awnings, started in a Middlebury basement in 1976, is now owned once again by a Vermonter. Todd Warren of Essex purchased Otter Creek in late August, returning the company known for Vermont values home to its roots. Warren, a Johnson State College graduate born in Burlington, Vermont, joined Otter Creek in 1997 as Director of Sales and Marketing and has served as company President since 2001.”It feels wonderful for everyone involved, and it is truly a great thing for our employees and the customers we serve. We’ve always conducted ourselves as a local company. Our heritage, our customers and our staff have always been local. We will continue to work to enhance the feeling and the experience of working with a Vermont company whose number one priority is customer satisfaction,” Warren said.Under his leadership, Otter Creek has seen over 200% growth in revenue and as a result of his work at Otter Creek and in the community, Warren was recognized as the 2007 Associate of the Year for the Home Builder’s and Remodeler’s Association of Northern Vermont. “Too often small companies become part of a larger corporation; this time, we’re fortunate to reverse the scenario and bring Otter Creek back into the hands of local ownership.”last_img read more

Experts see growing stranded asset threat for China’s continued coal plant financing

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享South China Morning Post:China risks being left behind as South Korea and Japan signal a shift away from financing overseas coal power in response to growing criticism over their support for the dirty fossil fuel.The three countries are the top global lenders for coal energy infrastructure, bankrolling projects beyond their borders through export credit agencies and developing new markets to export coal plant technology. But there are signs that Japan and South Korea may be preparing to scale back official support amid mounting pressure from the public and investors on environmental grounds.Japan announced last month that it would tighten funding criteria for foreign coal-fired power plants, and next month South Korean lawmakers will debate several bills aimed at banning overseas coal investment as part of a post-coronavirus “Green New Deal”.“This is profoundly serious, because it is an acceleration of a trend that is already established in global financial markets,” said Melissa Brown, the director of energy finance studies, Asia, at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “It has a very strong economic foundation, which is that – based on virtually all of the coherent and credible evidence we have today – coal-fired power facilities that are brought into service in the next five years are extremely unlikely to have a productive, profitable economic life.”China has an outsize impact on development financing for coal. From 2000-2019, its two global policy banks – the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China – issued loans totaling US$51.8 billion for coal energy projects around the world, according to the Global Development Policy Centre at Boston University.In comparison, Japan spent US$26 billion financing 36 overseas coal-fired power plants between January 2003 and April 2019, the Japan Centre for a Sustainable Environment and Society estimated. South Korean public financial institutions, meanwhile, supported 24 overseas coal projects with US$10 billion from 2008 to 2018, according to Solutions for Our Climate (SFOC), a Seoul-based non-profit organisation.[Harry Pearl]More: China slow to curb coal financing as Japan, South Korea ‘accept new reality’ on phasing out fossil fuels Experts see growing stranded asset threat for China’s continued coal plant financinglast_img read more

Ecuador to Extradite FARC Leader to Colombia

first_img “President of CNJ (Carlos Ramírez) passed ruling granting extradition of Jhon Faber Capera or Wilson Tapiero alias ‘Dumar’ to Colombia,” the Court posted on Twitter. By Dialogo June 03, 2013 The institution specified that “Faber Capera was wanted by Colombia for alleged insurrection and terrorism charges, as an armed member of the FARC.” The defendant’s lawyer, Ernesto García, then told the press that the “extradition would not proceed,” and it had to be authorized by Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa. During the trial, representatives of the Colombian prosecution requested Capera Tique’s extradition. The Colombian government is going through a peace negotiation process with the FARC in Cuba, in order to put an end to the violent armed conflict that has been going on for almost 50 years. Both parties announced on May 26 that an agreement on the agrarian issue, the first of five points in the agenda, had been reached. center_img The Ecuadorean Supreme Court of Justice (CNJ) reported on May 30 that it had ordered the extradition to Colombia Jhon Faber Capera Tique, aka “Dumar”, who was considered by Bogotá to be the commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and whose extradition had been requested by his country. The head of the Colombian Prosecution’s International Affairs, Francisco Echeverri, stated that “there is no question. His identity has been scientifically proven; “Dumar’s” fingerprints have been collated.” On May 21, the CNJ addressed the case of “Dumar”, who was arrested with three other people on May 7, 2012, in an Amazon area called General Farfán, on the border with Colombia, on charges of illegal possession of firearms. With 8,000 combatants, the FARC are the main guerrilla group operating in Colombia, and the oldest in Latin America.last_img read more

Fighting the Good Fight

first_img June 15, 2006 Regular News Fighting the Good Fight Fighting the Good Fightcenter_img Okaloosa County Judge Patt Maney almost paid the ultimate price trying to rebuild Afghanistan, a country struggling to rebound after decades of war, fanatical Taliban rule, and pervasive poverty. Maney’s goal is to return to the bench in July Jan Pudlow Senior Editor The riverbed was a crude road for the armored sport utility vehicle traveling near Paghman, in the mountains above Kabul, Afghanistan.Spotting a little dip ahead, the driver slowed down and tapped the brakes. At that very moment, an improvised explosive device blasted off the bumper, fender, and hood, and lifted the vehicle from the ground.A fraction of a second later, just another four feet, and driver and his three passengers could have been killed.Inside the SUV sat a shaken Patt Maney — an Okaloosa County judge, better known as Brig. Gen. Maney in the U.S. Army Reserves on this August 21, 2005, mission to find a source of potable water.As senior officer, it was Maney’s call whether to exit the vehicle. If they stayed, he knew they could be sitting ducks for a rocket. If they exited, they could be targets for ground fire.“It was a weighty decision. We didn’t know where the bad guys were or if terrorists would fire at the disabled vehicle,” recalled Maney.“Fortunately, they didn’t fire. It was simply an ambush.”Fueled by adrenalin, and not even aware he was bleeding, Maney said, they “dumped out” and climbed into another SUV, went back to Kabul to advise the British Army Patrol what had happened, and then hightailed it to the U.S. Embassy. The same day, a roadside bomb attack killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded three others in southern Afghanistan.After evacuating to a German Army Field Hospital, where he spent several days in intensive care, Maney was “Medevaced” to Washington, D.C., on September 10, to mend his head, neck, and back injuries, that included a concussion, bulging disc, chronic fatigue and pain, urinary problems, loss of balance, and 23 cracked teeth requiring dental implants.From his government quarters near the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where his friends include young soldiers who lost limbs, he continues out-patient treatment that includes daily physical and pool therapy, weekly acupuncture and craniosacral therapy, and vestibular therapy five days a week. Walter Reed, where nearly 19,000 wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated, has a special program for blast victims who suffer head injuries. As he prepares for yet another surgery, 57-year-old Maney talked about the camaraderie of amputees with amazing positive spirits, the world-class care of his medical team, and his hope to return to his judicial job in Okaloosa County in July.Detailing his Afghan experience, he highlighted the inauguration of President Hamid Karzai and meeting the former king, Zahir Shah, who gave Maney an award for service to his country.If he had it to do over again, would he agree to do this dangerous work in Afghanistan, a country struggling to rebound after decades of war, fanatical Taliban rule, and pervasive poverty?“Absolutely,” Maney answered without hesitation. “I really believe that the future of the U.S. as we know it, and the future of the West as we know it, are at stake. An added bonus is that we are giving opportunities of peace and prosperity and liberty to 25 million in Afghanistan. That’s not a bad day’s work.”Delivering ballots by mule, a new president’s inauguration C.J. Roark, a friend and judge in neighboring Escambia County, calls Maney “a very dedicated, patriotic person. He’s the kind of person who without hesitation would give his life for his country.”Judge Maney downplays the danger of his second job in the Army Reserve, likening it to knowing it’s possible, but not likely, to be killed in a shooting in a courtroom or getting in a car wreck on the way to work.Maney joined the Army Reserve after receiving his bachelor’s degree and before entering law school.“In the beginning, it was part of my military obligation going through ROTC during the Vietnam War,” Maney said. “A lot of people served their obligation and got out. I enjoyed it, found it meaningful, and stayed.”Eventually, Maney became known as a “post-conflict civil affairs specialist” and served in Panama, Haiti, and Bosnia. Because of that experience, he was recruited to be an advisor to the U.S. ambassador and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Group, made up of U.S. business leaders and government officials helping rebuild the country.Part of his 17 months in Kabul was spent working on elections in Afghanistan, including delivering ballots by mule to remote areas.Because of his legal background, he got the rare opportunity to draft an analysis of presidential election law in Afghanistan.A new constitution ratified in August 2004 established Afghanistan as an Islamic Republic government with a president and bicameral legislature. Karzai, who served as provisional head of state after the Taliban were ousted, won the country’s first presidential election in October 2004 and the new parliament first convened in December 2005.One of Maney’s greatest experiences in Afghanistan was the excitement of witnessing the inauguration of President Karsai.“I was the only international representative to serve on the steering committee,” Maney said. “It was a thrill.”On inauguration day, the newly renovated palace was abuzz with Afghans donning native dress and turbans. Palace guards stood at attention in red dress coats holding polished rifles.Because of conservative Pashtun customs, Karzai’s wife, though a physician, could not be seen in public and was stuck in the residence on palace grounds to watch the proceedings.Maney, dressed in a coat and tie and hooked up to a radio, was in charge of making sure events moved along as planned.“There was real excitement and the sense of accomplishment of seeing history unfold and a major foreign policy goal of the United States attained,” Maney said.Another of what Maney calls a “must-tell moment” was “an exciting, but humbling day,” on September 6, 2005, nearly two weeks after the blast in the riverbed, when Maney was honored with a long list of medals.In the morning, he received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Combat Action Badge from LTG Karl Eikenberry, the Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan commander, and U.S. Ambassador Ron Neumann.That afternoon at the palace, the former king, 91-year-old Zahir Shah, who was only 19 when he ascended the throne when his father was assassinated and lived in exile in Italy after he was deposed, presented Maney with the National Medal of Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan, the highest Afghan military award for service, named for an Afghan hero of the Second Afghan War when Afghanistan won its independence from Britain.Maney made the news on Afghan TV.Later that evening, Neumann gave Maney the State Departement’s Meritorious Honor Award certificate and the medal was later presented in Washington by Ambassador Maureen Quinn, an unusual honor, Maney said, because he was a Department of Defense employee.The following day, the minister of defense, Gen. Rahim Wardak, hosted a going-away reception in Maney’s honor.“Heady things for a Southern boy,” Maney said in an e-mail to his wife, Caroline, and friends on that red-letter day.He was also pleased to receive a proclamation from Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente, thanking him for his service. And Gov. Jeb Bush stopped by to visit Maney at his outpatient quarters in April, before traveling to the Middle East.When Maney explains the great satisfaction he receives from his other career as a nation-builder, he recalls one moment during a freezing, snowy winter at a refugee camp in Afghanistan.One of the elementary schools back home in Ft. Walton Beach had responded to his plea to donate clothes and toys and vitamins.Maney took the goods to be delivered through the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies. The Afghan families and their children lined up in an orderly fashion to receive one randomly dispersed toy each, a Frisbee here, a rubber ball there.“You see such smiles of excitement and real simple joy,” Maney said.Elections, economics, and education Maney believes in President Bush’s words spoken October 7, 2001, in his first address after September 11, 2001, announcing military strikes against terrorist training camps in Afghanistan: “We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.”He calculates it has been 1,739 days since terrorists attacked America to the June 15 date of this issue of the Bar News, and, as he says, “the hunt for terrorists goes on.”He agrees it would be “a major step forward if we can capture or kill Osama bin Laden,” but he isn’t surprised the Al Qaeda leader has eluded capture.“It is hard to find one person if they are willing to live a Spartan existence,” said Maney, giving the example of Eric Rudolph, the abortion clinic bomber who hid out in the North Carolina mountains for more than five years before police finally found him.“It won’t mean the war on terror is over if we capture those people. It’s a long struggle,” Maney said.The Afghan people, Maney said, “are very appreciative that we helped throw out the Taliban, but they are eager and impatient to make progress.”Maney’s job in Afghanistan was reconstruction: help oversee historic elections, rebuild the legal system, and provide economic opportunities, because, as he said: “It’s hard to have democracy when everybody is hungry.”On the day of the blast that ended his mission, Maney was checking out two sites as possible sources of potable water in a country without a water purification or distribution system.Rather than fly in bottled water for U.S. and coalition forces, the idea was to encourage Afghan entrepreneurs to go into the bottled water business, with the U.S. as the first customer to jumpstart the enterprise. “The real race is if we can get enough done to satisfy people while the Afghan systems mature,” Maney said.One of the U.S. foreign policy goals is to provide greater opportunities for Afghan women, Maney said, while being careful not to ridicule religious and cultural customs that keep them separate and unequal.Improving the status of women, he said, can be accomplished by improving their health care. For example, in Badaksahm, in the northeast corner of Afghanistan up in the Himalayas bordering China, Maney said, is the highest maternal mortality rate in the world.In Afghanistan, where the life expectancy is only 46 years, every 30 minutes a woman dies in childbirth, and one in five children dies before the age of 4. Just doing something as simple as adding folic acid to diets of pregnant women would make a big difference, Maney said.The U.S. has built 300 schools in Afghanistan, Maney said, encouraging opportunities for women who have not had the chance to be educated for 26 years.“Changing the income dynamic changes how women are viewed,” Maney said.He told about a California woman who traveled to Kabul to teach women how to become hairdressers, giving them hair supplies so they can start their own businesses, even if it is just a humble salon out of their own home because of the culture’s restrictions on women to be out and about.“What she has found is the women are able to increase the family’s income 400 percent,” Maney said. “What that does, when the wife suddenly brings in 400 times the income into the household, the male is more inclined to respect the women for what they can contribute.”Maney has ideas for ways Florida could help Afghans from something as simple as offering scholarships at state colleges to using the successes of Florida’s forest industry to teach Afghans how to grow a “real, sustained timber industry.”“I am optimistic,” Maney said. “I think Afghanistan enjoys not only international support, but broad bi-partisan support in the U.S. The challenge is providing enough assistance, on an international level, to make enough progress in the daily lives of people so they can see there really is hope. Some of these issues are going to take a generation to solve.”last_img read more

Are credit union hot sites dead!?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: www.ongoingoperations.com Details When Ongoing Operations got started, we were a collaborative project by 7 Washington DC area credit unions to establish a better hot site location with guaranteed recovery options.  Very quickly that evolved to needing to provide early Data Vaulting options, quick connectivity failover options and Business Continuity Plans.   However, fast forward 8 years and hundreds of recoveries later and I would argue the traditional credit union hot site is dead!Ultimately, it has been a slow death.  Each year, the technology has improved and the options for virtual recoveries increased. Today, it seems silly that anyone would purchase an entire second set of infrastructure.   There are three main technologies that have created this transition.  The first is virtualization, the second is BGP routing, and the third is software based replication tools.  Collectively they are enabling credit unions large and small to achieve super-fast recovery times without the traditional headaches.VMWare was created in 1998 and quickly has come to dominate the virtualization world. In the old days, you had to have two of each system so that when you restored your systems they would boot up correctly.  Virtualization changed all of this and is now so ubiquitous that other than one or two credit unions (and they aren’t OGO Clients), every credit union is using VMWare or Microsoft’s Virtualization software.  This software allows you to A) decouple of the physical hardware dependency, B) run multiple servers on the same piece of hardware, C) enabled cloud computing – eventually leading to not needing to have a dedicated hot site.The second technology is the creation of BGP routing protocol – the most current version came about in 2006 but earlier versions date back to the early internet days in 1994.   BGP routing enables your network to be setup to auto failover between several options. BGP is key element as over the past 10 years credit unions have moved from legacy T1 lines and Frame Relay circuits to VPN connections for Credit Card, Debit Card, ATM and Online Banking processing.  The ability to leverage the internet, BGP, and VPNs mean it is now possible to reroute all of your third party connections in seconds and without manual intervention.  This creates high-uptime at your production site and enables you to failover to your cloud backup site quickly.Lastly, there are three main tools out that leverage Virtualization for recovery purposes.  These include: 1) VM Wares SRM, or site recovery manager 2) A software product called Veeam, and 3) A company called Zerto which is the main technology behind Ongoing Operations Replicator.   There are probably another hundred but in our experience those are the best day in day out.   Our preference is for Zerto as it provides a security framework that enables the service provider (OGO in this case) to not add to the credit union’s IT Security Risk.Put all of these together and mix in some virtual desktop and VoIP based phones and not only can you recover your data quickly, efficiently, securely and offsite but you can also provide work from home tools that support your credit union employees.  Ultimately, we think Hot Sites still have a little life yet, especially for bigger, more complex environments and most importantly the folks that want to control every aspect themselves and not rely on anyone.  For those guys – credit union hot sites aren’t going anywhere!last_img read more

Senate bill would remove outdated CU board duties

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) introduced a credit union governance modernization bill Tuesday, the result of direct engagement between the legislators, CUNA and the Carolinas Credit Union League. This is the second similar bill released this week, as CUNA and the Leagues seek modernizations of the Federal Credit Union Act that would allow credit unions to better serve members, families and communities.“By helping to bring credit union governance into the 21st century, Sens. Burr and Tillis are strengthening consumers’ access to Main Street financial partners that are dedicated to empowering their financial well-being,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle.Specifically, the Credit Union Fairness Act (S. 3326) would remove outdated duties for credit union boards and remove the requirement for credit unions to provide NCUA with the names of its loan officers from the Federal Credit Union Act.last_img read more