Trail Mix – John Mark Nelson

first_imgMinneapolis songwriter John Mark Nelson returns with his fourth record this month.Just prior to my twenty-second birthday, I had written zero songs.None.Now, two decades later, I am rapidly approaching my forty-third birthday and my total number of songs written remains unchanged, still firmly fixed at zero. The title of “prolific songwriter” will never be granted unto me.The same cannot be said, though, of Minneapolis based troubadour John Mark Nelson.Nelson, just two months shy of turning twenty-two, last week released I’m Not Afraid, his fourth record.That is a prodigious amount of recording for such a relatively young guy. While I have yet to delve deeper into his earlier releases, Nelson’s work on I’m Not Afraid sparkles and offers solid evidence supporting the quality of his songcraft. I was immediately struck by the synth pop vibe on “Dream Last Night,” which is featured on this month’s Trail Mix, and the somber, contemplative nature of the title track.I finished my first listen of this new record wanting more.I had the good fortune to chat with John Mark Nelson about the new record, working with Trampled By Turtles front man Dave Simonett and his new label, and beard grooming.BRO – This is your fourth record and you haven’t yet reached your twenty second birthday. You starting to feel like an old hand at this record releasing thing?JMN – I feel incredibly lucky to be coming down the home stretch on my fourth record. There have been so many people that have encouraged and inspired me along the way, and I never could have done it without their support. Every record feels more like a gift than a reason to be prideful or happy with myself. I just feel really grateful and humble.BRO – Your new record is the first release on Dave Simonett’s new label. Can you describe the level of camaraderie amongst Minneapolis musicians?JMN – The Twin Cities have a really fantastic music community. It’s a very nurturing and encouraging scene to get your start in. There are so many people here that I admire and who have been so kind and supportive of what I do. A lot of music communities can be competition based and more hostile. But the Twin Cities have managed to move beyond that and become a really powerful and growing force on the national music scene.BRO – We are featuring “Dream Last Night” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?JMN – “Dream Last Night” is a song about taking a good look at yourself and realizing that who you thought you were, and who you actually are, are two separate people. The song wrestles with personal failures, expectations that never get realized, and learning to find hope in spite of those things.BRO – The University of Minnesota once described you as having a beard that would make a hipster boy jealous. That’s high praise. Your best bit of beard grooming advice?JMN – I don’t really have any specific tricks or secrets. I have heard a lot of people talk about various oils, trimmers, and other tools. Just let it grow, and when it gets gross, trim it. Works every time.BRO – You titled the new record I’m Not Afraid. Got any childhood fears you want to confess to? The dark? Spiders? Clowns?JMN – I have always been pretty terrified of the ocean. That was true in childhood and remains true today. You just never know what could be down there.John Mark Nelson celebrated the release of I’m Not Afraid last week with a release party in his hometown of Minneapolis. This week finds him in Duluth, Minnesota, on Thursday, and in Grand Marais, Minnesota, on Friday for a taping of NPR’s Mountain Stage program.For more information on tour dates and the new record, please point your browser towards John Mark Nelson’s website.Also, be sure to check out “Dream Last Night” on this month’s Trail Mix.Photo by Nick Fay.last_img read more

Mountain Mama: A Young Paddler’s Dream

first_imgSome of the best parts of kayaking happen on the way to the river. Take this past Saturday as we drove to the Cheoah, located on edge of the Smoky Mountains. We stopped by to support a seven-year old continue developing as a paddler and left inspired by her determination.“Stop here,” Amy said, pointing to the turn for Werloom Honey located just outside of Robbinsville. “There’s a seven-year old selling lemonade to raise money to buy a new kayak.”We lined up to buy cups of lemonade from Abby who has been paddling for a year.Abby told us why she wants a new boat. “I took my Fun 1 out and couldn’t fit into it anymore, my knees wouldn’t cram in there.”13528111_10153690180716299_5299062171466075942_oAbby decided to set up a lemonade stand for paddlers coming to town for the Cheoah release. She’ll use the money earned, along with the proceeds from selling her current boat, to purchase her dream kayak – a pink Dagger Axiom.Abby participates in the Kids Club, run by the Nantahala Racing Club. They meet once a week on Thursday afternoons to paddle. They work on skills ranging from stroke technique and t-rescues to peel outs and eddy turns. “What’s your favorite river?” Amy asked.“Hmm,” Abby took a minute to think about it. “The Little Tennessee. I like paddling the Tuck too.”Abby told me she got up early to get her stand ready. We stopped by at 11:30 on our way to the river and when we drove by five hours later, Abby was still out in the hot sun selling lemonade to paddlers.13528462_10153690180911299_157463508397735457_oHer dad told us that he’s making sure she keeps it tame for right now, and doesn’t want her to paddle anything too hard, although she has paddled portions of the Cheoah on non-release days. For safety reasons, Abby paddles without a sprayskirt, although sometimes her kayak fills up with water.Rhett Flowers bought a round for everyone. “I seldom see adults with such clear dreams and the tenacity to achieve their goals that was immediately evident when I met Abby.”Abby was so excited to have paddlers stop and talk with her, and was blown away that some people would stop by and giver her money without even wanting lemonade. She ended up making just shy of a hundred bucks. We thanked Abby and said good-bye, leaving with lemonade and filled with hope for a girl, a kayak, and the possibilities that await her downstream.last_img read more

Sinaloa Cartel Branch Head Detained in Ecuador

first_imgBy Dialogo January 07, 2011 The alleged leader of an armed branch of the Mexican Sinaloa cartel in Ecuador is being detained following anti-drug operations in the Andean province of Loja (in southern Ecuador, on the border with Peru), the public prosecutor in the port of Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador), Antonio Gagliardo, indicated on 5 January. “The chief boss considered to be from Ecuador is being detained; he’s being detained under orders from the law-enforcement authorities,” Gagliardo told the press, without specifying the identity of the alleged gang leader or when he was arrested. He added that the Ecuadorean authorities have carried out operations against the organization in Loja. Gagliardo spoke after the Peruvian public prosecutor’s office reported that the Sinaloa cartel is financing two armed gangs along the border between Peru and Ecuador dedicated to producing and marketing cocaine. Meanwhile, Patricio Cueva, the Loja public prosecutor, indicated that the agency has opened “an official investigation into several suspects, including two individuals native to (the locality of) Cariamanga, in Loja, with the surname Briceño.” A source in the Fourth Organized-Crime Division of the Peruvian Public Prosecutor’s Office, who requested not to be named for reasons of security, told AFP that the criminal organization is led in Ecuador by the Colombian Rubén Castro Gómez, known as ‘Gordo’ [‘Fat’], operating out of Guayaquil and Cariamanga. In Peru the organization’s coordinator is another Colombian, William Samboni Macías, alias ‘Calilla,’ who is believed to have his base of operations in the locality of Ayabaca (in northern Peru), on the border with Ecuador, according to the source, who investigated the case and filed proceedings with a court. The source indicated that the investigation by the Peruvian public prosecutor’s office took place in the last quarter of 2010, in conjunction with the anti-drug public prosecutor’s office in Guayaquil.last_img read more

Banker rule FAQs: Regulation O and notice of branch closures

first_imgMany credit union staff are former bank employees. We forgive them for this because we’ve all made mistakes in our past.The vast majority of substantive banking experience can be very helpful inside a credit union… most consumer regulations and many consumer financial industry standards are the same. However, there are two minor rules that apply to many banks that the NAFCU Compliance Team gets inquiries about regularly: Regulation O and Notices of Branch Closures.Regulation OGenerally speaking, Regulation O (12 CFR Part 215) creates internal controls around insider loans, including additional due diligence, board responsibilities and aggregate limits. According to NCUA, the rule relies on public disclosure by banks as publicly traded institutions to deter improper insider commercial lending activities.Regulation O actually does not apply to credit unions. Regulation O defines its scope as governing “extensions of credit made by a member bank to an executive officer, director, or principal shareholder of the member bank…” 12 CFR §215.1(b). A member bank is defined as any banking institution that is a member of the Federal Reserve System. See, 12 CFR §215.2(j). Since credit unions are not members of the Federal Reserve System, the requirements of Regulation O do not apply to them. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

How is your member experience during COVID-19?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a short period of time, COVID-19 has overwhelmed the lives and livelihoods of people around the world. For credit unions and their members, it has also forced a rethinking of what member experience means in a virtual environment. The accelerated and unexpected shift away from in-person options has uncovered new pain points and challenges in the digital journey. Credit unions that are unable to address these challenges quickly and efficiently in the days and weeks ahead will struggle, so it’s more important than ever to enhance the member experience.In an interactive live webinar hosted by CUInsight and presented by SoGoSurvey, CRO and member experience expert Haris Azmi will:Identify credit union pain points in member experienceIllustrate short-term solutions to implement nowProvide strategies for long-term results and continued successThe webinar will include a Q&A session to ensure you leave with everything you need to navigate superior member experience during these uncertain times. Click here to join us on Wednesday August 5th, at 1 PM EDT.last_img read more

Getting fresh air during the pandemic, are parks still an option?

first_img“I think it’s very important to get outdoors, get the fresh air, move your bodies. Especially as things are all closed down around us. I think the parks can offer a great outlet to the community,” said Florance. “Yeah absolutely, just got a puppy so coming out to enjoy the nice weather, get out of the house for a little bit,” said Vestal resident Brittany Youngs. As long as further restrictions aren’t implemented, Broome County park officials hope to keep the parks open. While most of the park space is all open, officials are making sure public spaces in the parks are cleaned and following CDC guidelines. We each have to do our part to help the community during this time, and officials hope the parks can be of some help as everyone tries to stay healthy. (WBNG) — The sun was shining early on Wednesday, and plenty of people were trying to get some fresh air while still practicing social distancing.center_img Having this option to get out of the house, exercise, and just get some mental relief during such a stressful time is what some residents need. “It’s really important. I mean, we exercise daily anyway, but especially now being cooped up in the house, not being able to see friends and family, it’s really important to get out there and stay healthy both mentally and physically,” said Vestal resident Amanda Policare. “The parks are still open and we are encouraging people to utilize the parks. We have thousands of acres of space for people to spread out and still enjoy the parks during this time,” said Broome County Parks Recreation and Youth Services Coordinator Amanda Florance. “We’re following those protocols along with staying in communication with the Broome County Emergency Services and the Health Department as well,” said Florance.last_img read more

Marvin Park pool opens at half capacity for the summer

first_imgOWEGO (WBNG) — Just in time for the 4th of July weekend, Tioga county residents can now dive into summer. “I think this is huge for the community. A lot of kids and families come down here and this is the way they cool off and half fun, so with everything kind of being closed down this is something fun to do, and it’s free,” Baratta told 12 News. Baratta said he and the other village officials were happy to be able to offer something this summer to county residents. “One of the requirements is everybody has to sign in in case somebody gets sick and ends up reporting it to somebody they were here, we have a list of people that we can give to the health department so they can contact them,” said Village of Owego Mayor Mike Baratta. “Other than that, basic social distancing kind of stuff.” The Marvin Park Pool officially opened Thursday with village of Owego officials making a splash as they opened the pool despite the ongoing pandemic. The pool will be open from noon to 8 p.m. daily, but will be closed for an hour of that time so it can be cleaned. The pool will only be open to Tioga County residents this summer, along with other new regulations to keep everyone safe.last_img read more

Minister tells Telkom to focus on data center, quips over Telkomsel’s 70% revenue contribution

first_imgState-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has criticized publicly listed state telecommunications giant Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) for being financially reliant on its subsidiary, cellular operator Telkomsel, for its revenue.Erick said on Wednesday that Telkomsel earnings made up nearly 70 percent of Telkom’s overall earnings. Thus, he wanted Telkom to change its core business and be less dependent on the subsidiary by focusing on areas such as big data and cloud computing.”It’s better to not have Telkom at all [with current conditions] and directly make Telkomsel a state-owned firm. Then, their dividends [earnings for the government] are clearer,” Erick said during the launch of a state-owned enterprises internship program in Jakarta. Telkom currently runs data centers operated by its subsidiary PT Sigma Cipta Caraka or Telkomsigma. The company has more than 283 clients, mostly from the banking and financial service sectors. According to Harry, the new data centers will also be operated by Telkomsigma.Read also: Telkom to invest around Rp 1 trillion in cloud data centers next yearTelkom chief financial officer Harry Mozarta Zen said in October the company planned to invest around Rp 1 trillion in additional data centers in the country as a facilitator for clients with big data needs. Construction will only commence this year but Telkom is already acquiring plots of land.“A data center will only be constructed if there is enough demand from our clients. If we had planned to construct a specific amount of centers and it turns out the demand is higher than expected, it is possible for us to build more centers to accommodate as many clients as possible,” Harry told The Jakarta Post.Read also: Telkom pockets $1.1b profit in Q3 as data business soars Despite the lagging progress in its data management business, Telkom booked Rp 102 trillion in revenue between January and September of 2019, a 3.5 percent increase from the same period a year before. Telkomsel booked Rp 68.3 trillion or 67 percent of the revenue in that period.As for net profit, Telkom saw a 15.6 percent increase to Rp 16.45 trillion while Telkomsel alone booked Rp 19.2 trillion net profit, a 5 percent increase. Topics :center_img Erick envisioned Telkom’s cloud and data center business as being competitive with that of Alibaba Cloud, a subsidiary of Chinese tech behemoth Alibaba Group, especially in the domestic market.“In the past I experienced firsthand during the Asian Games how I was [forced] to use Alicloud. I didn’t want to, why could that not be served by Telkom?” he wondered, expecting Telkom to fix its business lines to be on par with foreign technology and telecommunications operators.“We also don’t want Telkom to just rely on Telkomsel. [They should] explore new business opportunities,” Erick concluded.Alibaba Cloud opened its second data center in the country last year, 10 months after launching its first. US tech giant Google has also announced that it was planning to open a Google Cloud Region data center in Indonesia this year, configuring big data using its cloud system while serving clients throughout Southeast Asia.last_img read more

Preparations Underway for the Lavna Terminal Main Works

first_imgOversite excavation is underway at the construction site of Lavna coal terminal (western coast of the Kola Bay) as part of preparations for the main phase of construction works, Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot) posted on its official Instagram profile.The news, also reported by PortNews, said that cleaning-up is being conducted for construction of a berth intended for ships of Marine Rescue Service.According to Rosmorrechflot, the construction phase at the project site is now entering a new phase with ongoing vertical arrangements of the ground that will pave the way for the main part of construction works.Construction of a coal port in Lavna, Murmansk Region, foresees dredging of more than 1 million cbm.The coal transshipment facility Lavna will be one of the most advanced sea terminals in Russia. A deep-water berth of 660 meters in length will be able to accommodate two large bulk carriers with deadweight of 20 to 150,000 tonnes.last_img read more

Quarantine Experience: Toni Kroos shifts to in-door modeling

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All Time7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Of The Most Successful Female Racers To Know About5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks “I’m not bored, as I’m sure you can imagine with three kids. Being at home is never boring with the children around. “Whatever way you want to look at it, the main thing is that we are all fine.” Kroos went on to tell of how he’s been doing some modeling for his wife. “Here at home I’ve been trying out a few different hairstyles but I only do it for my wife,” the German playmaker added. He revealed that he’s been on a noodle-heavy diet because of his children and joked: “I have a lot of toilet paper here at home”. On a more serious note, when asked about the possible rearrangement of the Euros, Kroos made clear his primary concern was combatting the virus. Read AlsoLockdown: Table tennis to the rescue for Gini Wijnaldum “When the tournament is played is the least of our worries at the moment,” he said. “For now, the most important thing is getting rid of this invisible enemy and for our lives to return to normality.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Real Madrid ace Toni Kroos has revealed that he has ventured into in-door modeling with his wife as part of activities to keep busy in the forced isolation occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. Toni Kroos is in self-isolation with his family in Madrid, as is now the norm for footballers across Europe. La Liga was suspended last week with Real Madrid two points behind leaders and bitter rivals Barcelona. Kroos, like his teammates, is unsure of when to expect the 2019/20 league campaign to resume or indeed if it will at all. Speaking to the German TV show Late Night Berlin, the 30-year-old midfielder reassured viewers that he was coping well and that boredom wasn’t an option. “We’re in good shape”, he told the TV show (via AS). Toni kroos and wife JessicaAdvertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more