The iconic Woodstock Festival is due for a 50th-anniversary celebration in 2019, and it seems as though moves are being made by both the tentative festival grounds and the state of New York. As reported by The Poughkeepsie Journal, the not-for-profit Bethel Woods Center for the Arts—a 2,000-acre site that includes Woodstock’s original grounds in 1969—recently received $689,063 for a three-day festival from New York’s Regional Economic Development Council. This money comes in addition to $28,225, which will be used for on-site improvements, including a stage, sound towers, performers’ bridge, and scenic overlook on the famous festival grounds.Woodstock Site Added To National Register Of Historic PlacesThe state’s interest in helping ensure the success of such an event is bolstered by the economic growth and tourism it would bring to the area. However, as JamBase points out, it is still unclear whether Michael Lang—one of the leading organizers of the original Woodstock festival, Woodstock ’94, and the disastrous Woodstock ’99—will be involved. Given Woodstock ’99 primary reputation for the widespread accounts of violence and fire throughout the event, New York throwing money at improving infrastructure for a potential anniversary festival would be unsurprising and could be read as a means to ensure Woodstock ’19 doesn’t involve a similar fate.[H/T JamBase]
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House Financial Services Committee will mark-up more than a dozen bills tomorrow, including one that would stop the NCUA’s risk-based capital rule (RBC) from going into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Last week, a NAFCU witness testified before a House panel on the negative impact the rule will likely have on the credit union industry.The Common Sense Credit Union Capital Relief Act of 2017 (H.R. 4464) was recently introduced by committee member Bill Posey, R-Fla. NAFCU witness Brian Ducharme, president and CEO of MIT Federal Credit Union (Cambridge, Mass.), focused his comments before a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing last week on this bill.Over the past three years, NAFCU has consistently opposed the NCUA’s RBC rulemaking and urged its withdrawal because of the adverse effects it would have on the credit union industry – particularly as a result of regulatory burdens and costs. NCUA Chairman J. Mark McWatters has indicated that revisiting this rulemaking is on his list of priorities for this year. continue reading »
Leicester are third after six wins and one loss in their opening 11 games ahead of Saturday’s clash with Watford at the King Power Stadium, with Vardy’s goals key. The forward has netted in eight consecutive games, nearing Ruud van Nistelrooy’s mark of scoring in 10 successive matches, but Ranieri insists Vardy will always put the team first. England manager Roy Hodgson fielded Vardy on the left wing for England in Lithuania last month and has again named the former Fleetwood striker in his squad for this month’s friendlies with Spain and France. Ranieri reckons the 28-year-old is happy to play wherever he is told to, although the Italian likes to give him freedom to play anywhere. “Jamie is an intelligent player. What Roy Hodgson asks of him, he tries to do the best for the team, for the England squad. He’s not selfish,” Ranieri said. “In my opinion he has to be free. When he’s free, he’s amazing. “But we play with two strikers, not with one striker. I am not Roy. I respect him, his shape. For me in my team he plays free, forward.” Ranieri has not discussed Van Nistelrooy’s goalscoring landmark with Vardy, insisting the team is what matters. “I never speak about it,” the former Chelsea boss said. “I never speak about a goal, a goal, a goal. Never. It’s not important now. Press Association “At the top there is a team and after the performance of each player. “The team helps you to play better, to score the goals.” Vardy is full of quality and pace. Ranieri added: “Everything he tries to do, he does at 100mph and it’s difficult. “Also you can make mistakes but in this moment he’s in great form. Everything he does, he does well. That must continue in this way.” Vardy’s fellow forward Riyad Mahrez has impressed too and there was speculation this week linking the Algerian with Manchester United. Ranieri welcomed the link, but hopes Mahrez will remain and develop with the Foxes, having in August signed a new deal until 2019. “That is good, because that means we have very good players,” Ranieri said of the speculation. “It’s good one week it’s Vardy, one week it’s Riyad. Another week I don’t know who. “But this is only speculation. Riyad is happy with us, he renewed his contract. “We want to grow up and then he will stay with us, as well as Jamie Vardy.” Asked if the speculation could impact on his player, Ranieri said: “It’s normal a lot of big clubs are asking for you. If (it affects you), you aren’t a big talent.” Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores succeeded Ranieri as Valencia boss 10 years ago. Asked about revenge, a smiling and joking Ranieri said: “Yes, big revenge. I want to kill him.” He added: “He’s a nice man. It’s football. Why revenge? Why with Quique? I was sacked.” Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri believes free-spirit Jamie Vardy will do what is best for Leicester and for England, even if that means playing on the left for his country and missing out on a Premier League goalscoring record with the Foxes.
Sydney: Cricket Australia (CA) has been accused of creating a “win-at-all-costs” environment which led to a recent cheating scandal and the reputation of one of the country’s most loved sports being damaged.An independent review released on Monday called CA “arrogant and controlling” and suggested that steps be taken to make sure that the ethics of the game are being upheld by the governing body, report Xinhua news agency.In March, three players including captain, Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner received 12-month bans for ball tampering during a test match against South Africa.The incident was a blow for fans already disillusioned by recent poor behavior which differs greatly from that of a game historically defined by its sportsmanship and led many to question the state of play.For this review, players were interviewed and surveys were conducted, with anonymous respondents directing criticism at CA.“CA does not handle situations well when it goes against them — they revert to bully tactics or worse, ostracising,” a survey respondent said.“The core complaint is that the organization does not respect anyone other than its own,” the review stated.Additionally, the report recommended that player behavior is considered during team selection, stating that “selectors be required to take account of a player’s character as well as their skills as a cricketer when making a selection.”Smith and Warner are two of the top performers on the team with Smith considered among the greatest batsmen of all time, however, even before the ball tampering scandal the pair had a reputation for leading a volatile team.Following the release, players responded by revealing a “pact” which they hope will give those at all levels of Australian cricket words of guidance during the upcoming summer — a season which for many is defined by the sport.The pact says, “we recognize how lucky we are to play this great game. We respect the game and all of its traditions. We want to make all Australians proud.” IANS