When are you finally going to move up here and leave that humid swamp hole (Florida) behind?Haha, it’s not all that bad at all. In fact, there are a lot of trails and parks that are very nice. Summers are brutal though—you got that right. But I’m working hard on making something happen. I love to build and make stuff, so the idea of crafting something from scratch or fixing up an ol’ home is in the air. Trying to make it happen sooner rather than later. It’s not everyday you run into someone with a Russian accent in these mountains. Tell us a little about where you’re from and where you live.My name is Roman Rusinov, I’m an émigré from small town in Siberia—yup, you heard it right. And yes, it gets cold, but not always. Funny enough, I currently reside in Orlando, Fla. which is quite opposite form the place I grew up. From weather to culture, it’s all different. Best trail to shoot waterfalls?I like smaller, tucked-away waterfalls. The one right off Butter Gap is one of my favorites.Do you think Putin would like to ride horses shirtless out here?Oh, the stereotypes…I sure hope not.What are you currently shooting with? Selfie Sticks?Whatever I have handy. Mostly it’s my iPhone and Fujifilm x-pro 2. Both are pretty light and easy enough to bring on the rides.Dream place to go shoot?British Columbia, hands down. There is something special happening over there.To keep up with Roman, give him a follow on his Instagram. He’s also an extremely talented web and graphic designer. Best trail to shoot a view?All of them really. They all have views. Even if it doesn’t have panoramic mountain ridges, you can find something interesting and unique inside the tree canopy. But if I’d pick one, perhaps the top of Laurel Mountain by the parkway. I met Roman over 10 years ago in Orlando, Florida. Since we first met, he’s always had a camera in his hand. Last year, we reconnected in a little town named Brevard, North Carolina (you’ve probably never heard of it), and we’ve been riding together since. He’s still living in Central Florida but comes up every month to take a break from the humidity to bike WNC’s legendary trails.During a recent trip to Asheville, I had the chance to sit down with Roman, ask him a couple of questions, and talk him into an Instagram Takeover for Blue Ridge Outdoors. So you come up here a lot to ride. How did you discover WNC?My introduction to the Blue Ridge mountains began in North Georgia. Then I visited Boone, NC and eventually made it to the Pisgah National Forest area and Brevard. It wasn’t too long ago either, in 2015. I got hooked right away, and me and my wife have been coming here quite often.
by: CHRISTINA PONTISSOToday we celebrate President’s Day a holiday mostly associated with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. A day in which most Americans take time to celebrate American history. Another thing to recognize today, is how much Washington and Lincoln were notable savvy money managers.Jacob Davidson of MONEY explains in his article, Money Lessons From the Presidents, how our early presidents saved their way to financial wealth.George Washington: Master of DiversificationGeorge Washington mastered the art of diversification. During the 18th century, Americans were making a profitable business to export tobacco to European buyers. Unfortunately, the bubble burst in the 1760s, leaving few, such as Jefferon, to modify their business tactic. “Washington was the first to figure out that you had to diversify,” explains Willard Sterne Randall, biographer of multiple founding fathers. “Only Washington figured out that you couldn’t rely on a single crop.”Washington turned his attention to wheat, he exported the highest quality overseas and sold the lowest quality of wheat domestically. In addition, when the value of land decreased Washington stopped buying new land and instead started renting out land he owned to others to make a profit. For example, he charged local fisherman to use his docks on the Chesapeake. Smart businessman! continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger on Thursday met with the Treasury Department’s Antonio Weiss to discuss the credit union perspective on housing finance reform, online marketplace lenders and credit score models.Weiss reiterated comments from his December 2015 speech to the Consumer Federation of America, where he noted “expanding a future housing finance system to include smaller institutions has benefits beyond safeguarding the economy. Community banks, credit unions, and local lenders are closer to many borrowers outside the purview of the largest lenders. They are in a unique position to assess and address the credit needs of their customer base.”During that speech, Weiss also indicated that the Obama administration stands behind a set of core principles for housing finance reform that include maintaining a level playing field for credit unions.Berger and NAFCU staff emphasized the importance of credit unions’ guaranteed access to the secondary market and fair pricing based on loan quality instead of volume. Berger noted: “NAFCU is confident that continued cooperation with Treasury will ensure housing finance reform that allows credit unions to continue to play their important role in the housing market.” continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » When the federal government shut down in 2012, Laura Eblen was only three months into her job at Mazuma Credit Union in Overland Park, Kan.But Eblen lived up to her then-title as “assistant vice president of awesomeness” when she developed a program on the fly to assist federal employees, who formed the core of the $588 million asset credit union’s membership.In less than a week, Eblen and the Mazuma team pulled together a zero-interest loan program to provide affected employees with replacement paychecks.“We rallied the front-line team behind a message: This is how we want to help our foundational membership,” she says. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Ms. Abrams has, at times, also run afoul of members of her own party, who criticized her blunt ambition and open desire to be Mr. Biden’s running mate. In the South, where Black politicians are close-knit and traditional, Ms. Abrams has also been a disruptive force. Her political vision can be at odds with the local Democratic establishment, and her shot to national prominence has ruffled feathers.The political payoff of Mr. Biden’s breakthrough in Georgia, however, may put those tensions to rest. The playbook she popularized took root — a combination of winning back metro suburbanites and registering new voters in Black, Latino, and Asian-American communities.Nse Ufot, the current chief executive of New Georgia Project, said electoral campaigns are often too shortsighted to do the long-term work of registering and educating new voters, regardless of party affiliation.- Advertisement – Not everyone is celebrating Ms. Abrams. Lee Morris, a Republican who serves as county commissioner in Fulton County, home to Atlanta, said he viewed Ms. Abrams, a fiery orator, as “divisive,” drawing a comparison between her and Mr. Trump.“Like President Trump’s allegations of cheating and corruption have fired up the right side, certainly her efforts have fired up the enthusiasm of folks to get out and vote,” Mr. Morris said in an interview Friday. That said, while Mr. Trump’s false claims of rigged elections and widespread cheating are baseless, Georgia has a long and documented history of voter suppression, particularly among voters of color.- Advertisement – “When you think about the transactional nature of electoral campaigns, I think they prioritize getting people who are already voters to vote for them,” Ms. Ufot said, adding that there was “not enough conversation about 100 million Americans who are eligible to vote who did not vote in 2016.”Astead Herndon contributed reporting. – Advertisement –
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Indianapolis, In. — Indiana drivers who were overcharged by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles could soon have an easier path to claim the last $3.3 million of a much larger class-action settlement.Officials a technical issue has prevented residents from receiving payments from the state attorney general’s unclaimed property division. The Indianapolis Star recently reported that Marion County judge Heather Welch directed the BMV to refund the money itself through credits or refund checks.The BMV has been sued twice for charging motorists too much for licenses, vehicle registrations and other services between 2002 and 2014. In settlements totaling $92 million, the BMV agreed to refund drivers between $1 and $50 each.
Latest Posts Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport softball team beat Central 4-2 in Thursday’s Class C quarterfinals.Julia Zavalza and Madysen Robichaud each drove in a run to propel the No. 2 Golden Bucks by the No. 7 Red Devils.Samantha Goode earned the win for Bucksport, allowing just five hits and three walks while striking out 13.Bucksport will face No. 3 Calais in Saturday’s semifinals.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth softball team lost its Class B quarterfinal game 10-1 at Old Town.Leah Stevens, Caitlin Bean and Shelby Cote each had a hit for No. 10 Ellsworth (8-10).No. 2 Old Town improved its record to 16-1.The Bucksport softball team celebrates after defeating Central 4-2 in Thursday’s Class C quarterfinals. Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Latest posts by (see all) Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 Bio
.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Michael Green III has either made or assisted on 43 percent of all Bryant field goals over the last three games. Green has 20 field goals and 12 assists in those games.STREAK STATS: Bryant has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 69.3 points while giving up 57.5.ASSIST RATIOS: The Pioneers have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Bulldogs. Bryant has 35 assists on 74 field goals (47.3 percent) over its past three outings while Sacred Heart has assists on 39 of 67 field goals (58.2 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Bryant has made 8.5 3-pointers per game as a team this year, which is second-best among NEC teams. Sacred Heart looks for road win vs Bryant February 22, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSacred Heart (16-12, 9-6) vs. Bryant (14-14, 6-9)Chace Athletic Center, Smithfield, Rhode Island; Sunday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Sacred Heart looks for its fourth straight win over Bryant at Chace Athletic Center. Bryant’s last win at home against the Pioneers came on March 4, 2015. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com