The Big Blues Bender will return to the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, from September 7-10. This year’s lineup includes Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Tab Benoit, Walter Trout, and Anders Osborne along with Shemekia Copeland, David Bromberg, Doyle Bramhall II, Curtis Salgado, Eric Gales, Mike Zito, and so many more.Artists at large for the 2017 installment include Jason Ricci, Nick Schnebelen, Billy Price, Sari Schorr, Anne Harris, Michael Ledbetter and Monster Mike Welch. Check out the full lineup announcement video below:For more information about tickets and travel information, head to the festival’s website.Full lineup:
At NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus last month, NCUA Board Chairman Rodney Hood announced that the agency has the authority to phase in the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) current expected credit loss (CECL) standard. NCUA Board Member J. Mark McWatters – in a new op-ed – provides further clarifications to this and other recent developments that will help credit unions in their CECL transition.NAFCU has shared its concerns about the CECL standard – from its implementation burdens to its impact on credit unions’ capital – since the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued the standard in 2016. NAFCU’s advocacy has obtained relief for credit unions; FASB is currently considering an additional one-year delay of CECL for credit unions.McWatters, in the Credit Union Journal op-ed, explains that “the NCUA’s general counsel determined the NCUA board has the authority to phase in the day-one adverse effects on regulatory capital that may result from the adoption of CECL.” Similar to recent relief given to banks, McWatters says he would support – and hopes the NCUA soon acts on – a rule that would phase in CECL’s impact on credit unions’ net-worth ratios over three years. NCUA headquarters continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
England manager Roy Hodgson handed five Tottenham players their major finals debut for the match, leaving Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy on the bench.England had to battle with the injury-depleted Russians to get ahead in the 77th minute however. England won a free kick on the edge of the area when Russian left-back Georgi Shchennikov impeded Spurs midfielder Dele Alli.After Harry Kane’s dummy run, Gary Cahill created a hole in the defensive wall and Dier stepped up to fire into the top corner of the net.It was England’s first free kick goal in a major tournament since David Beckham scored against Ecuador in 2006.But Russia refused to throw in the towel and when they broke clear on the left, Berezutski did well to rise above Danny Rose to leave Hart, and England stunned.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Russia captain Vasili Berezutski headed a last-gasp leveller against England yesterday to steal a 1-1 draw in a European Championship match in Marseille, France, marred by a third day of fan violence.England seemed to be heading for victory when midfielder Eric Dier fired in a 20 metre free kick past Russia’s veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. But three minutes from the final whistle in the Group B match, Joe Hart and his defence took their eye off the ball. Berezutski rose to meet a cross and sent a looping header into the net.England players walked off disconsolate while there was more violence in the Stade Velodrome as fans left, adding to the 31 injured in street battles in the Marseille port district earlier.“It’s very disappointing,” said Dier. “We gave away a draw. We just didn’t see it out the right way. We have to pick ourselves up and go again.”
In a 2018 study conducted by the NCAA to find the estimated probability of competing in professional athletics, it was found merely 1.6% of all Division I football players in the United States have the chance to make it to the NFL. Even for a football program as successful as Wisconsin’s, many Badgers will enter into post-college life as something other than a professional athlete. Many media personalities, bloggers or reporters will use this statistic to boost their claim that student athletes should be compensated for their play. The harsh reality of this realization is the vast majority — approximately 99.4 percent — of Division I and II football players will not be able to pursue a career in the sport they love and have committed countless hours to. Football: 2020 recruiting class best for Badgers since 2001While Wisconsin has been one of the most dominant teams in college football over the past ten years, their biggest Read…The University of Wisconsin boasts one of the top football programs in the nation, yet this harrowing statistic is still true even in Madison. While players such as Jonathan Taylor, Zach Baun and Tyler Biadasz have begun to look to the National Football League for their career prospects, many other Badger seniors have begun to construct their future lives outside of the two white lines. In a number of heartfelt tweets posted to Wisconsin football’s Twitter account Dec. 13, the program took time to recognize their many unsung heroes who have propelled Wisconsin to the forefront of the college football world within the past four years. One of these players, offensive lineman David Moorman, earned Academic All Big-Ten Honors in both 2016 and 2018. The Northville, Michigan native is majoring in Communication Arts and is going to pursue a career in software sales. When asked him how being a Badger has shaped him, Moorman looked back very fondly on his experience as a Badger and praised both the professional and personal skills these past four years have given him. “Being a Badger has not only made me a better person, but has also taught me skills like resiliency, toughness, and most importantly how to be a good teammate and friend,” Moorman declared. What Moorman honed in on is an idea many casual fans of college athletics are completely unaware of. Specifically, the immense levels of discipline and organization required to excel in college athletics as well as furthering one’s education. Not only does a student athlete have to be in peak physical and mental shape to perform on game day, but they also must remain eligible by maintaining good grades within the classroom. Football: How 2020 Badgers need to build off 2019 successThe 2019 University of Wisconsin football team finished their year off with a bad taste in their mouth after losing Read…Another senior who relayed a very similar sentiment to Moorman’s is David Pfaff, a six-foot-two defensive end from Mequon, Wisconsin. After UW, Pfaff plans on working in the nonprofit sector for organizations such as Team Rubicon or American Family Insurance. “Being a Badger has shown me how much I can endure and challenge myself,” the Homestead High School alumni said. “It has taught me how to be a better man, friend, brother, and teammate. Most importantly, it has shown me the same love that I have given it these past five years.”Another member of the 2019 graduating class of Badgers is safety Eric Burrell, whose solid season filled the holes sophomore Scott Nelson left when he announced his season-ending leg injury earlier this year. Burrell was a crucial member of the Badger defense who ranked as one of the top in the nation. The Severn, Maryland native recorded 34 solo tackles, two forced fumbles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups in his final season with the Badgers. Burrell, who is a personal finance major, plans on attending graduate school at UW in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Program. “Being a Badger has shown me how to create lasting, meaningful relationships,” Burrell said. “The people I have met here will continue to be in my life long after I leave Madison. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to be a Badger!”Football: Look at Jonathan Taylor’s draft stock before NFL DraftRunning back Jonathan Taylor has been a crucial piece of Wisconsin’s offense for the past three seasons, making the decision Read…There is little doubt each player mentioned is an incredibly talented football player. Simply making it on and contributing to the Badgers is an extremely impressive feat to have accomplished. Yet, not everyone will make it to the league. Instead, many will build upon their experience as a Badger both in the classroom and on the field to make a positive impact on their communities. No matter what the graduating seniors plan on doing with their future careers, it is quite clear the time they spent in Madison shaped them into becoming the best person they could possibly be, both personally and professionally. The memories and lessons they learned here will last them a lifetime, and the state of Wisconsin and Badger fans worldwide thank them for the many exciting moments they have delivered to them over the past three years.