Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon

first_imgScenery, charity, camaraderie, rewards, celebration and music: these words best describe the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon, which takes place on June 4th in Loudoun County at bucolic Doukenie Winery.There’s no better way to get to know wine country than running through its very roots and then learning about the wines first-hand at a post-race celebration shared by other runners and guests. From the very start you’ll feel the energy and passion from the runners, volunteers, and your many hosts who always strive to put their best foot forward. The focus here is on quality, not quantity. The Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon all has a limited field, ensuring our participants and their guests encounter a stress-free environment while enjoying wine country ambience and a thrilling race day experience. You’ll make new friends and hopefully feel like you’re part of the Destination Races family. Its not an experience you can put into words, you need to take the journey, and all great experiences are best shared with friends and family.unnamed (3)Destination Races partners with tourism related businesses of the host region to showcase the local bounty, creating a wine, culinary and fitness themed “runcation”. The race is the focal point of the weekend, while other complimentary activities and events allow runners and their guests a chance to explore the area and experience wine country hospitality at its finest.The Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon is not just a running race, it’s a destination lifestyle experience. Destination Races, in partnership with Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports, produce the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon. Loudoun County plays host to this popular event located in and around historic Leesburg, VA, one hour west of Washington DC.unnamedThe race starts and finishes at Doukenie Winery, the perfect venue for hosting the post-race Wine & Music Festival, Presented by Visit Loudoun. This scenic, tree-laden course runs north of the winery on historic byways, passing vineyards, farms, ranches and estates along the way. The experience includes a unique Wine and Music Festival and wine tasting, all in a one-of-a-kind setting.  To register or more information click here.[divider]More From BlueRidgeoutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more

5 major retail banking challenges in 2018 (and how to overcome them)

first_imgChallenge #1 – Wrangling The Rising Interest Rate EnvironmentIn a perfect world, financial institutions would enjoy a stable, predictable interest rate environment. You’d have a high concentration of core deposits and reasonable costs to acquire more of them.In the real world, the Federal Reserve has undertaken a policy of quantitative easing a number of times over the past decade. Now, as the Fed tries to reduce the size of its balance sheet and unwind some of those activities, it’s clear that rates will continue to rise. In 2017, the Fed raised interest rates in March, June and again in December. As the economy continues to strengthen, the Fed said it is planning three more rate increases in 2018.How to overcome this challenge: Now is the time to acquire low-cost deposits, anchored with checking accounts. It can take time to translate low-cost deposits into service relationships that are sticky and profitable — with active debit cards, checks, direct deposit and mobile banking, for example. So don’t wait… start now. 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Tips to manage the threat of COVID-19 related phishing attacks

first_imgCriminals are leveraging fear over the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to scam your financial institutions and consumers. By disguising themselves as a group or organization seeking financial support to help individuals or communities in need at this time. More and more of these phishing attacks are being reported, and it is important your staff and consumers know what to look for and what to do to protect themselves from giving out private information to these criminals.These scams are being sent out through various communication channels – text messages, phone calls, and emails – and contain requests for personal or financial information, such as a card number, account number, and online banking information. The aim is to leverage this stolen information to fraudulently open a new account, either in branch or online, under your accountholder’s name.With COVID-19, most organizations and individuals are facing interrupted environments and priorities at work and in our day-to-day lives, and criminals are taking full advantage. Help arm your employees and accountholders with tools and information to keep their guard up during this complicated time, so they don’t have the added stress of being hit with one of these malicious attacks. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Near new home with man cave and space for family

first_imgThe main bedroom has built-in make-up space.“The set-back position of this home offers peace and privacy,” Ms Hempenstall said.“There is simply nothing to do on this stunning home, but to move in and start enjoying the good life.“A stunning home for her and awesome shed for him, perfectly positioned in the heart of leafy Tanah Merah.”The home is a short stroll from the Hyperdome and public transport, and is close to schools. The living areas open to the outdoor entertaining space.“The stylish kitchen boasts quality, stainless-steel appliances including double ovens, Caesarstone benchtops and a butler’s pantry,” Ms Hempenstall said. “A separate media room is located downstairs with an adjacent powder room, while upstairs, you will discover the third living area — the ideal kids’ TV room or playroom.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The outdoor area and three-bay shed.Also upstairs, the master bedroom has a make-up area, walk-in robe, split-system airconditioning and an ensuite with dual basins.The remaining bedrooms are all spacious.The home has a double lockup garage and second driveway that leads to a three-bay barn shed. A one-year-old, two-storey home by an award-winning builder is new to the market in Tanah Merah. Belle Property Cornubia marketing agent Kati Hempenstall said the near new property at 32B Tanah Merah Ave, built by Hallmark Homes, was a perfect alternative to building.“The mood of this home is casual elegance, where entertaining in style comes with ease and convenience,” Ms Hempenstall said. The main living hub is on the ground floor with an open-plan living room, dining area and kitchen leading to the covered outdoor entertaining area. last_img read more

UK offers 123 offshore licenses to 61 oil & gas companies

first_imgUK’s regulator Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has offered for award 123 licenses over 229 blocks or part-blocks to 61 companies in the 30th Offshore Licensing Round.The 30th Offshore Licensing Round was launched on July 25, 2017 and closed for applications on November 21, 2017.Following the announcement of the awards on Wednesday, OGA said that these awards act as a strong platform for future exploration and production across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and can help transform exploration activity levels.The OGA also said that, in response to strong interest, it has made available huge areas of acreage; a total of 26,659 km2 has been offered for award and if the offers are taken up, the additional area under license will be an increase of 50% on existing acreage held.The OGA expects this round to lead very quickly to activity, providing a welcome boost to exploration. The new work program commitments include eight firm exploration/appraisal wells, nine firm new-shoot 3D seismic surveys and 14 licenses progressing straight to field development planning (second term licenses).The round may help to unlock around a dozen undeveloped discoveries containing a central estimate of 320 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of resource in undeveloped oil and gas discoveries which were previously stranded but can now be progressed through further appraisal to field development.It is estimated the UKCS currently has around 1.5 billion boe (Woodmac) of resource in potentially commercial undeveloped discoveries, many of which were previously considered to be too small or technically challenging. The 30th round alone effectively provides line of sight to the progression of 20% of these untapped reserves.In addition, using industry’s resource estimates, around 3.6 billion boe (mean-risked volume potential) of exploration prospectivity will be progressed by the new licensees.Awards have been offered to a broad spectrum of companies; some super-majors are expanding their footprint and new entrant companies have been attracted to invest in the UKCS for the first time, with capital investment coming from an equally diverse array of sources. Dr Andy Samuel, Chief Executive at the OGA said: ‘The UKCS is back. Big questions facing the basin have been answered in this round. Exploration is very much alive with lots of prospects generated and new wells to be drilled. The results show a great diversity of active players from super-majors to new entrants, and the hard work promoting undeveloped discoveries is starting to pay off. I’m looking to industry to rapidly press ahead with these activities and maximize recovery from these great opportunities.“Together we are building on the good momentum and collective efforts of industry, OGA and government over the last three years, with four projects already sanctioned this year and a healthy pipeline of 50 projects under consideration.”The OGA noted it provided a number of incentives to support the round and stimulate interest, including: the new, flexible Innovate Licence; an extended 120-day application period; technology forum held in conjunction the Oil and Gas Technology Centre; and a suite of new data and analyses, including digital maps, prospect and discovery reports, plus well and seismic data.Gunther Newcombe, Operations Director at the OGA said: “After a period of low exploration activity, support from the OGA and government has helped kick-off a revival in activity, as demonstrated by industry’s renewed interest through this license round. It was particularly pleasing to see many companies identifying new prospects through the application of the latest seismic processing technologies and modern 3D surveys. We believe that the basin will continue to be renewed in the years to come, and look forward to working with the new license holders to progress their resources into near-term production.”Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “It’s great see so many companies submitting applications as this demonstrates another vote of confidence in exploring for oil and gas on the UK Continental Shelf. We now need these opportunities to be pursued with a sense of urgency to help unlock activity for our hard-pressed supply chain and ensure we start to mitigate the potential drop off in production post 2020.“I’m optimistic that this can happen given that much of the acreage lies within reach of existing infrastructure, our development costs have reduced, our commercial behaviours are improving and our basin continues to be one of the most fiscally competitive in the world.”Chris Pearson, Small Pools Solution Centre Manager, Oil & Gas Technology Centre, added: “The outcome of the 30th Licencing Round is very promising. We are focused on significantly reducing the life-cycle cost of field developments across the UKCS, aided by the development and deployment of new technologies. We look forward to working with the successful applicants to help unlock the potential of the undeveloped discoveries, and use the learnings to drive international growth and export opportunities.”Attention will now turn to the 31st Round, scheduled to be launched in summer 2018, which will provide high-impact exploration opportunities in under-explored and frontier areas of the UKCS. To support the next licensing round, the OGA has already released the results of the 2016 Government-Funded Seismic Programme. Almost 19,000 km of newly-acquired broadband seismic data are now freely available to download, together with approximately 23,000 km of reprocessed legacy seismic data and well data packages.The round will cover large areas including the East Shetland Platform, North West Scotland, South West Britain and the Mid North Sea High. The seismic data are accompanied by new geotechnical studies commissioned by the OGA to investigate the key subsurface uncertainties in these areas. ‘The UKCS is back’last_img read more

NO THREAT TO LAND: Tropical Storm Chantal Develops in North Atlantic

first_img#Chantal has formed in the North Atlantic, south of Newfoundland. It is the 3rd named storm of the 2019 #hurricane season. The Atlantic went from July 15 – August 19 with 0 named storms – the first hurricane season to do so since 1982. pic.twitter.com/NKcwsLE59O— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) August 21, 2019 Chantal has developed…in the North Atlantic…she is the third named storm of this year’s hurricane season.Tropical Storm Chantal is about 485 miles southeast of Nova Scotia in Canada. Tropical Storm #Chantal Advisory 1: Tropical Storm Chantal Forms Over the Far North Atlantic. https://t.co/VqHn0u1vgc— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 21, 2019 There’s no threat to land. Forecasters expect the storm to stay out at sea.last_img

Former Glamorgan legend Alan Jones awarded England Test cap

first_imgLondon: Former Glamorgan batsman Alan Jones was on Wednesday awarded an England Test cap, 50 years to the day since he made his only appearance for England in the first match of the 1970 series against the Rest of the World XI. At the time the matches in the series were classed as Tests but were subsequently downgraded by the International Cricket Council (ICC), meaning Jones’s status as an England international was lost. However, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has awarded Jones with cap number 696 – the next available number, following Zak Crawley’s debut in November 2019 – through a virtual ceremony this morning, said ECB in a media release. ECB Chair Colin Graves said: “Alan’s achievements on and off the cricket field are something to be celebrated, so I’m delighted that we can mark the 50th anniversary of his England appearance in this way. “While the record books may not show Alan as a capped international cricketer, the ECB wanted to recognise his England appearance and celebrate his remarkable career as a player, coach and administrator by awarding him England cap number 696. Jones holds the record for scoring the most runs in first-class cricket without playing in an official Test match, with his tally of 36,049 ranking 35th highest of all time. He was a key part of Glamorgan’s title-winning side of 1969 and was named among Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year in 1978. He captained the county for two seasons in the late 70s, leading his side to the Gillette Cup final in 1977. England Test captain Joe Root said: “Hearing and reading about Alan’s achievements in cricket has been inspiring, so it’s a great honour to have been part of his celebration today. Being selected to represent your country is a huge moment in any cricketer’s career, and while Alan’s time in the team was brief, I hope he has retained fond memories of the match over the last 50 years.” Following his 26-year playing career, in which he also made appearances for Natal, Northern Transvaal and Western Australia, Jones later coached Glamorgan to glory in the AXA Equity & Law League in 1993 and was Director of Cricket when the Welsh side won the County Championship in 1997. His Glamorgan connection continued when he was named President in 2016, holding the position until 2019. IANSAlso watch: In an Exclusive Conversation with Krishnaraaz only on The Sentinel Assamlast_img read more

IKO appoints karateka Jeffrey Wong as VP for dojo development

first_imgSEVENTH Dan Black Belt karateka Jeffrey Wong has been appointed as the vice-president of Dojo Development in the International Karate-Do Organisation (IKO), which has officially established a branch in Guyana.IKO-Guyana, whose headquarters is in the USA, will soon be developing affiliated dojos across the country with the Guyanese playing a pivotal role.Wong, who is a Shihan (expert or senior instructor), will mark 50 years in Shotokan karate early next year. As the VP, he will be tasked with overseeing the development and growth of the IKO in Guyana and will help to maintain its traditional standards of Shotokan karate.According to a release from the recently established body, eighth Dan Black Belt Shihan Adrian Ellis, who is president of the IKO, made the announcement. Shihan Ellis noted how honoured the IKO was to have someone with Sensei Wong’s experience and expertise as a member of its organisation.  In the release, Wong was referred to as “someone whose tremendous skill and knowledge have influenced a large number of martial artists in Guyana, particularly young karatekas and whose love and passion for Shotokan karate will be great for their organisation and for the people of Guyana”.In accepting the important position for karate in Guyana and beyond, Shihan Wong indicated that his focus shall be to concentrate on the training facilities of the IKO in Guyana which must be top class and consistent with the mission of the IKO with all of the necessary amenities.The release noted that Wong stated that his intention is to “see IKO-Guyana invest in good training infrastructure across the country and not to make the habitual mistake of concentrating only on Georgetown”. The seventh Dan added that improvement in the art of karate is a process but it can be done with the right instructors and the right dojo environment.The IKO is a member of the World Karate Martial Arts Organisation, the (WKMO), which has member associations in more than 60 countries practising all styles of martial arts.The WKMO, which is headquartered in Switzerland, coordinates and undertakes World Cup Championships, World Championships, Continental Championships, high-level technical seminars, referee and judge’s certification.last_img read more

Nassib invited to play in 2013 Senior Bowl

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman After a record-breaking season as Syracuse’s quarterback, Ryan Nassib has been invited to the 2013 Senior Bowl.The game, which will take place on Jan. 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., is a showcase of the top seniors in college football. Nassib, who’s projected to go in the early rounds of the NFL Draft in April, will be playing against some of the premier players he’ll be seeing at the next level of football.The North and South teams are coached the by the full coaching staffs of two NFL teams.Nassib is the 52nd player from Syracuse to play in the Senior Bowl. Other Orange quarterbacks who played in the game are Donovan McNabb, Marvin Graves and Don McPherson.Nassib has SU’s single-season record for passing yards with 3,749, and the career record for passing yards with 9,190. He also has the single-season record for completions with 294, and the career record for completions with 791.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis 26 touchdown passes in 2012 and 3,891 yards of total offense were also Syracuse single-season records.Nassib led the Big East with 288.4 yards per game, and that was also good for 17th in the nation. Commentslast_img read more

Industry Report: New channels for BtoBet’s ‘player-centric’ Neuron 3 platform

first_img Share BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 Related Articles BtoBet has targeted “integration of a digitally wider channel spectrum” through Neuron 3 – a ‘player-centric’ platform supporting mobile, desktop, retail, social media and TV betting.The igaming and sportsbook provider believes that new single-solution platforms such as Neuron 3, which will be officially unveiled at ICE London, will reshape an industry “stuck in a phase where most larger bookmakers still base their business on in-house legacy technology without properly taking the whole player journey, and their potential customers’ needs into account”.The metamorphosis towards BtoBet’s player-centric approach, said the company, has been helped by advances in technology but cautioned that data and technology alone will not give you the essential answers “if you are not asking the right questions”.As well as the more inevitable focus on smartphone and desktop betting experiences, Neuron 3 includes a revamped Retail Agent including a rapid registration system to transform anonymous to non-anonymous players. It also supports SMS betting, a key component in emerging markets where internet access can be more costly, as well as social media betting via iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Twitter and Telegram, and TV entertainment betting, which allows the player to watch a match (or more than one concurrently) and bet at the same time.This joined up approach, explained BtoBet CEO Alessandro Fried, is all about “delivering a new omnichannel perspective and filling the gaps in the player journey by providing its operators with the technology to develop their betting experience in the way they want” – whether the core focus is mobile, desktop, retail, SMS, social media or TV.Today’s BtoBet industry report read: “The knowledge, data and technological acumen that operators need to have at their disposal to succeed in the iGaming industry is vast.“Transaction data, social data, demonstrated behavioral data, geolocation data, business and player management tools, APIs for a seamless content and channel integration … the list is substantial.“All this presents endless opportunities to uncover patterns of customer behavior, channel preferences so you can personalize your propositions, your channels, your communications and the experiences you offer to your customers.“This is what Neuron 3 encapsulates at its core technology. All the tools readily available enabling the bookmaker to focus entirely his resources on how to best develop his own user experience based on his own vision according to his target players’ requirements and preferences.”‘How to successfully achieve a player-centric betting ecosystem’ – click HERE to download. Submit Share BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020last_img read more