Phish Follows The Lines Going South To A Great Second Night In Mexico [Videos/Recap]

first_imgPhish returned to the Barcelo Maya Beach, playing the second of three nights along the Mexican shores. The band continued their pace of strong performances, keeping the mood energetic as they wove in big jams, fan favorite songs, and an all-around effort to cater to the beach location.Wasting no time, the band opened up the show with the classic Trey Anastasio composition, “The Curtain With.” The song set the pace for a great first half, as Phish executed the technically challenging song with ease. The lyric “we follow the lines going South” certainly influenced the decision for Phish to play this relative rarity, as they also performed it in Mexico last year.Watch the official video of “The Curtain With” below, courtesy of LivePhish.They kept the energy up high with “AC/DC Bag,” before bringing out their first Big Boat song of the weekend, “Breath and Burning.” The choice was all too appropriate, considering that Trey wrote the song with inspiration from last year’s Mexico trip. A short but sweet “Poor Heart” followed, before a pair of Fuego tunes in “Halfway to the Moon” and “The Line” came next. The band kept up the 3.0 originals with the Mike Gordon original, “Waking Up Dead.” The funky number was played for only the fifth time, and it’s certainly finding its footing within Phish’s setlists.The set continued with the funk rocker “Tube,” a song that has been delightfully jammed out ever since the Chula Vista performance last summer. This was tight and groovy, a perfect dance-athon for the first set. Phish then pulled out the ballad “Fast Enough For You” for the first time in 33 shows, before bringing back “Ocelot” after its inclusion in the Madison Square Garden New Year’s performance. The real stand out of the first set was its finale, as Phish left the crowd speechless with a noteworthy version of “Chalk Dust Torture.” Where most first set “Chalk Dusts” are short and to the point, this was a patient, extended version that dropped into deep space before returning with its powerful ending. What a great end of the set!The band got right to work in set two with a cover of Talking Heads’ “Crosseyed And Painless.” The Jon Fishman-led song always indicates a big second set ahead, and this was no exception. The band locked into a great jam that mostly worked off the song’s driving melody. They continued the jamming by bringing out “Blaze On,” and the song’s island rhythm was a perfect fit for the shores of Barcelo Maya, keeping everyone smiling throughout the jammed out version.Watch the official video of “Crosseyed and Painless” below, courtesy of LivePhish.Right as “Blaze On” ended, Trey started up the chord progression for the fan favorite, “Meatstick.” The song has been played at the band’s last three multi-night runs now (Mexico, MSG, and Vegas), but its always a welcomed addition to any show. The band took their time throughout the song, giving this version a little more oomph with some tight funky improvising that teased “Crosseyed and Painless”. They followed that up with a lengthy “Winterqueen,” bringing the slower ballad for a cool down moment within the second half.The set continued with “Mercury,” a welcomed addition in the middle of the set. The song has been a favorite among fans since its 2015 debut, and it’s been nice seeing the band incorporate it into more of their shows despite not putting it on the newest album. This was a great “Mercury” that was played well, and jammed even better. The song’s final movement definitely has a lot of room to explore, and the band unleashed a funk-fueled dark jam to close out “Mercury.”Phish then brought some “Light” to Mexico, as they showered the beaches with the uplifting number. This was a great “Light” jam that mostly stayed in uplifting territory, as the band took the song for a 16-minute journey. They ended the set with “Wading In The Velvet Sea,” a nod from Page McConnell to the ocean-wading members of the audience.After a second set that mostly touched on nature themes (Blaze On, Winterqueen, Mercury, Light, and Velvet Sea), the band brought their show to a close with a cover of The Who’s “Drowned.” The band included some teases of “Crosseyed and Painless” in “Drowned” as well, as the band started singing the “Still waiting” refrain as they jammed out. With just a little more time, Phish brought out “Rocky Top” for a lighthearted finale.Phish’s last scheduled performance will occur tomorrow night, as they close out the three night run in Mexico. Check out the setlist, posted below. All photos taken on night one, and appear courtesy of Chad Smith.Setlist: Phish | Barcelo Maya Beach | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/14/17Set 1: The Curtain With, AC/DC Bag > Breath and Burning, Poor Heart, Halfway to the Moon, The Line, Waking Up Dead, Tube > Fast Enough for You, Ocelot > Chalk Dust TortureSet 2: Crosseyed and Painless > Blaze On > Meatstick > Winterqueen, Mercury > Light > Wading in the Velvet SeaEncore: Drownedlast_img read more

Pangborn community to move to new women’s dorm, older dorms to receive extensive renovations

first_imgThis July, incoming freshmen women will no longer have the possibility of being placed in Pangborn Hall.Lucy Du | The Observer In a plan announced Wednesday night by vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding, the Pangborn community — current residents and rector Sr. Mary Donnelly — will move into one of the two yet unnamed residence halls currently under construction on the east side of campus.Pangborn Hall itself, which Hoffmann Harding described as “functional and safe,” will be used as a “swing hall” for the foreseeable future to house dorm communities whose buildings undergo extensive, year-long renovations. The Walsh Hall community will reside in Pangborn for the 2016-2017 school year, followed by the Badin Hall community and then Morrissey Manor community the following academic year.In a letter to the University community Wednesday night, Hoffmann Harding said the move “will honor the personal relationships, traditions and strong sense of community that have been formed in Pangborn Hall and will continue to flourish among those same women in the new women’s residence hall.”Donnelly, who has served as the rector of Pangborn for eight years, said the move was new territory for her, but she hoped to preserve a number of aspects of the Pangborn community.“What I’m thinking at the moment is that we will take the traditions and the community — what makes Pangborn, Pangborn — into this new place,” she said. “ … I think it’s going to be a combination of retaining what has been and then developing new. So it’s going to be a new community in many ways. It’s less about the building — because Pangborn is not that aesthetically pleasing — it’s about what we do inside.“It’s about the community we build. All of that community and tradition will go with us, and then we have the opportunity to incorporate what has been perhaps with some new,” Donnelly said.In addition to the women currently living in Pangborn and freshmen from the class of 2020, Donnelly said another 60 or so women would be accepted as inter-hall transfers to the new dorm, which will house 225 women. She said this would be a factor in the creation of the new dorm identity.“I also recognize that there will be folks currently on campus who are not members of Pangborn who will also join the community,” Donnelly said. “How do we incorporate all of those folks, plus the freshmen who will come in, and build something? And we have great foundation to build from.In terms of hall staff, however, Donnelly said she and current hall staff would be hiring new RAs for the 2016-2017 school year primarily from the current Pangborn community. Hall government, too, will be elected from the current dorm community.Associate Vice President for Residential Life Heather Rakoczy Russell said the move was a “great opportunity” for the hall community.“I have the great privilege of working with [Donnelly] as her supervisor and I know her to be a very collaborative person, which is why I’m so excited that she will be the rector of this new community,” Rakoczy Russell said. “So I know there will be great listening to the women who will continue to be in this community, and what’s important to them.“But this is also a great opportunity for them to reinvent themselves. What’s the best of what has been, and what’s the next chapter? And because of Mary’s collaborative style, I know it will be a nice balance of those things,” Rakoczy Russell said.In terms of the Pangborn Hall building, Rakoczy Russell said using it as a swing hall will allow for updates to the other dorms that were previously unattainable.“[Using a swing hall is] certainly not a new concept in the field, but it’s a new concept for us here at Notre Dame,” she said. “It’s been a dream, truthfully. … Over the time that I’ve been involved in student affairs, we’ve done renovations over the summer. So the idea of having somewhere between 12 and perhaps even 15 months to do the project comprehensively in a way that would benefit the community all at once  I think is a tremendous opportunity and not one that we’ve had before.”These major renovations will be more significant than previous summer-long residence hall renovations, and will “seek to provide more improvements to the internal configurations of existing halls that facilitate the building of community (e.g., comparable social and study space) and modernize mechanical systems that impact the daily experience of students (e.g., consistency of heat, plumbing),” Hoffmann Harding said in the email.Additionally, typical summer renovations will continue in coming years, with Knott Hall scheduled to receive the first round of renovations in the summer of 2016. According to the email, 18 residence halls will undergo either minor or major renovations over the next decade.Unlike the new women’s residence hall, which will be filled with former Pangborn residents, the new men’s dorm, also set to open for the beginning of next school year, will be filled using the interhall transfer application and incoming freshmen, similar to the process by which Duncan and Ryan were filled when they opened. Fr. Matt Kuczora, the current rector of Carroll Hall, will move to new men’s hall, and Carroll will hire a new rector next year.According to an FAQ on the student affairs website, the new residence halls will be 71,000 gross square feet and the women’s hall will have 225 residents and the new men’s hall will have 221. The names for each hall have yet to be announced, but are scheduled to be revealed later this spring. The men’s hall will be the northern-most of the two buildings, and the women’s dorm will sit just northeast of Hesburgh Library.Student focus groups and listening sessions with rectors helped generate the designs for the two new dorms, and Rakoczy Russell said students talking about their ideal dorm largely described “Mod Quad on the inside and Alumni and Dillon on the outside.” The renovations to Walsh, Badin and Morrissey will largely depend on input from residents and leaders of those dorms in coming months and years, Hoffmann Harding said.According to the student affairs website, the new dorms will feature a variety of room sizes and layouts, divided into six sections, each of which will have a resident assistant in addition to the two assistant rectors and rector of each new hall. The first floors of each new dorm will be mostly dedicated to communal spaces, including a two-story floor lounge, reading room, study areas and a chapel. Upper floors will also include “pass-through” floor loungesBased on the focus group results, the women’s hall “will feature full kitchens adjoined to the floor lounge on every floor, whereas the men’s hall will feature one full kitchen and three kitchenettes adjoined to the floor lounges plus food sales in the basement,” the website states. Additionally, both new dorms will include a fitness room, laundry, vending, storage and an outdoor patio.Students who wish to learn more about the changes and share their thoughts can attend one of the upcoming information sessions with leaders from Student Affairs and Facilities Design & Operations. According to the Student Affairs website, these sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 19 at 9 p.m. in 101 DeBartolo Hall and Thursday, January 21 at 9 p.m. in Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library.Tags: badin hall, Construction, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Housing, Morrissey Hall, Pangborn Hall, residence halls, Walsh Halllast_img read more

Bow Hunting Season Starts Today In Western New York

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Rory Pollaro/WNYNewsNow.CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY — It’s the Super Bowl of archery hunting in the region, as bowhunting for deer and bear started Thursday morning for the western New York region.Thousands of bowhunters are expected to take to the woods and fields of the region in hopes of harvesting some venison or even bear meat during the relatively seasonal weather. But, for those who don’t bow hunt, rabbit and ruffed grouse season also kicked off in most of New York Thursday.Cottontail rabbit hunters can take up to, but no more than, six rabbits per day. Hunters can also take up to four ruffed grouse in a day, according to the DEC website.According to the latest figures available, there are a bit more than 156,000 licensed bow hunters in New York State, bringing in more than $2.35 million in revenue from licensing fees. Archery season runs to Nov. 20, with a late bow season to follow later in the year.Crossbow hunting in the Southern Zone runs Nov. 7 through Nov. 20.last_img read more

Asparagus month

first_imgBy Morgan RoanUniversity of GeorgiaMany vegetables sprout in May. One of these healthful treats is asparagus. And wouldn’t you know it? May is national asparagus month.”Georgia doesn’t grow much asparagus, probably because it’s too hot in the summer,” said George Boyhan, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “This crop is more prevalent in the Mid-Atlantic and upper Midwestern states.”Actually, asparagus is available year-round, but it’s freshest during the spring. Crops are harvested from late February to June, with April, ironically, the prime month.The stalks shoot up from the crown of the plant and grow into fern-like leaves when the shoots are allowed to develop. However, the edible stalks are harvested by hand before the actual fern leaves start growing.From the time the seeds are sown, it’s at least two years before the first asparagus stalks are harvested. “It is not until the third or fourth year that the plant will be at full production,” Boyhan said.”Large amounts cut during one year can affect the following year’s production rates, too,” he said, “making it harder for the plants to regenerate.”Asparagus crowns should be planted two to four weeks before the last spring frost. The plants grow through the summer and early fall, usually reaching about 3 feet tall, he said.Asparagus is propagated by seeds or crowns. The plants are either male or female. The male produces more stalks, but the female’s stalks are larger.Under ideal conditions, an asparagus spear can grow seven inches in 24 hours. “Each crown will send up spears for six to seven weeks during the spring and early summer,” Boyhan said.Since the plants have about a 15-year life cycle, asparagus is one of the few vegetables grown as a perennial.There are several types of asparagus.Green. Most American asparagus is green and can range from pencil thin to very thick. The larger the diameter of the stalk, the better the quality.White. White asparagus is mostly eaten in Europe and can be hard to come by in the United States. It’s white because of the way it’s grown. Dirt is piled around the stalks, depriving it of sunlight. Since sunlight is required to create chlorophyll, the stalks are white. These stalks are a little milder and more delicate.Violet or Purple. This variety is most commonly found in England and Italy. It has a very thick, substantial stalk.Wild. Asparagus grows wild in some areas, particularly in Europe. You’ll most likely have to hunt down your own, as it is rarely available fresh in markets except in Italy and the south of France.Whichever type you eat, asparagus is a low-calorie food with a variety of nutrients, said Connie Crawley, a UGA Extension Service nutrition and health specialist.”One-half cup or six spears of boiled asparagus contains only 22 calories,” she said. “It’s comparable to other vegetables with regard to nutritional value.”Asparagus is high in folic acid and a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C and thiamin. “It contains very low fat and no cholesterol,” Crawley said. “And it’s low in sodium.”(Morgan Roan is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Trail Mix – The Congress CD Release!

first_imgYou have to love a good homecoming.For The Congress, having returned home to Richmond after forming in Denver, that will never ring truer than tomorrow night, when the band celebrates the release of its new record, The Game, with a host of hometown friends, family, and fans at The Broadberry.The Game, the band’s second full length record, was self-produced and recorded in both Denver and Richmond. It sizzles with the band’s blend of psychedelic old school country soul.Having toured with the likes of Lake Street Dive, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and Hard Working Americans, The Congress is now set to make a run across the country on a headlining tour.Perhaps the most memorable stop on the run will be tomorrow’s release party. There is just nothing like pulling out all the stops for the hometown folks.I was happy to catch up with the band and pepper them with questions about life on the road.BRO – Best way to pass time in the van?TC – Turd Ferguson. Yes, Turd Ferguson. This is a trivia game we created a few years back using Trivial Pursuit cards from 1981 and 1984. Over the years, we have written an extensive “constitution” of sorts that outlines the rules of the game. We have spent days playing and have gone through four boxes of trivia cards. The game is temporarily stalled, as we haven’t purchased more cards, but Turd Ferguson will live on.BRO – Any preshow rituals?TC – We have an exercise we call “stirring the pot.” We link hands and make a circular motion while screaming nonsense louder and louder as the rotations get quicker. It’s pretty silly, but usually it gets us pumped up.BRO – After the show, I just want to . . . . TC –  . . . dance with somebody, somebody who loves me.BRO – Three items you would like to add to your rider, just to see if you could get them?TC – An O2 tank. We had one backstage at Red Rocks and it was awesome. A ping pong table, as we pride ourselves on being an exceptional ping pong band. And an M&Ms and Goldfish mixture, which makes for a surprisingly delicious combo.BRO – City you have played that made you think, “Yeah, I could live here.”TC – Seattle.BRO – Most interesting item ever tossed on stage?TC – Someone put a napkin filled with psychedelic mushrooms on stage in Jackson, Mississippi, a few weeks ago.BRO – One item you cannot hit the road without?TC – Pillow.  Crucial.BRO – One thing you never want to hear the sound technician say?TC – “This is my first day.”BRO – Lastly, how does it feel to be putting this record out in front of the hometown crowd?TC – Comfortable. It’s hard to say how this record will be received by the world, but we know that the home team in Virginia will always show support, as they do with all local bands. It will be a good boost of confidence before we hit the road.The Congress will be celebrating the release of their new record, The Game, tomorrow night at The Broadberry in Richmond. Trail Mix wants to give you and a friend the opportunity to check out the show for free!Take a shot at our trivia question down below. Email your answer to [email protected] Don’t drop you answer in the comments section here! A winner of two passes to tomorrow night’s show at The Broadberry will be chosen from all correct answers received by 8 A.M. tomorrow morning. Good luck!Question . . . . . . . How many people currently serve in the United States Congress?If you can’t make tomorrow night’s show, surf over to the band’s website to see when The Congress might be rocking a stage near you. Also, make sure you check out “The Game,” the title track from the new record, on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Cold Mountain fire is now considered controlled

first_imgOfficers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement instituted standard shark protocols and posted warning signs in the area warning those entering the waters to beware of the aggressive shark. People are advised to stay out of the ocean completely from Cove Park to Waipu’ilani Park in Kihei until authorities issue an all-clear. Cold Mountain fire is now considered controlled The Cold Mountain fire was first spotted at the summit of Cold Mountain in the early hours of November 21. The fire was initially measured at 50 acres but eventually grew to 220 acres. The fire forced the closure of all trails in the Shining Rock Wilderness area. Although the trails are now reopened, hikers are advised to use caution and to look out for certain hazards, such as falling trees that were hollowed out by the fire.  Photo by: Tim Reaves A manatee and her calf were rescued from the Savannah River near the Imperial Sugar plant last Friday. The duo had taken up residence near the plant’s warmwater discharge into the river in order to escape the river’s cooling waters, which can kill manatees. Scheduled maintenance at the plant over Thanksgiving weekend would have disrupted the warmwater discharge, but Imperial Sugar kept staff on-site to ensure the warm water kept flowing until rescuers could step in.  After a rainy weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the Cold Mountain fire, which began burning on November 21 in the Shining Rock Wilderness area, is under control. All of the trails in Shining Rock Wilderness area, including the trail that leads to the summit of Cold Mountain, are now open to the public.center_img Manatee and calf rescued from Savannah River Spending the holidays in Hawaii? Watch out for this aggressive shark A 57-year-old man was paddleboarding in Maui, Hawaii Tuesday morning when a 10-12-foot-long Tiger shark took a bite out of his SUP, deflating it while he was 200 yards from shore. Another paddle boarder happened to be nearby and allowed the stranded man to hop on his board. Both paddle boarders reported that the shark was acting “very aggressively” and followed the men to shore. The cow manatee and the calf were both netted and transported to SeaWorld in Florida where they will hopefully be released soon. Both were reported in good condition and the calf began nursing upon arrival at SeaWorld. The rescue came just days after another cow manatee and her calf were rescued from a tidal pond at a golf course on St. Simons Island. Those manatees were in poor condition from cold stress and the calf did not survive.last_img read more

Murals Discovered in México Will Help Study of Teotihuacán Culture

first_imgBy Dialogo June 15, 2009 MEXICO, June 11, 2009 (AFP) – Four cave murals dating from the classical period (200-650 A.D.) were discovered in the Mexican state of Querétaro, and could be useful in the study of the Teotihuacán civilization, which mysteriously disappeared before the year 650, the Institute of History and Anthropology (INAH) reported Thursday. During their excavations in March and April 2009 a group of Mexican anthropologists discovered “a set of architecture characterized by polychromatic murals in the Teotihuacan style,” the institution said. The site is “decorated with polychromatic murals in the Teotihuacan style, which would confirm the hypothesis of a close relationship between the inhabitants of El Rosario (Querétaro, center) and the metropolis in central Mexico,” he added. The murals are painted mainly in black, yellow, red, blue, green, aquamarine, and white. “Representations of curved obsidian knives and bleeding hearts stand out among the iconographic elements,” he said. Even though the site’s research is in progress, the anthropologists estimate that it was “founded by Teotihuacan groups since, probably, the first years of the rise of the metropolis.” Teotihuacán, a civilization that developed between the years 1 and 650 A.D., reached a population of 85,000 people and extended over 3,500 hectares in the high plain located in the center of the country before it mysteriously disappeared. Teotihuacán’s pyramids, or “The City of the Gods,” are located 50 km north of the Mexican capital, and constitute one of the country’s main tourist attractions.last_img read more

Argentina Increases Northern Border Security

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo October 23, 2018 About 400 troops of the Argentine Armed Forces deployed to the north of the country to strengthen the fight against transnational organized crime. Under Operation North Integration, service members deployed since September to collaborate with local police forces along the more than 3,000-kilometer border with Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay. Units of the Argentine Army provide logistics support with vehicles, radars, and communications equipment to counter drug, arms, and human trafficking and related crimes. Service members also provide humanitarian aid to the population with health campaigns and other activities, such as refurbishing schools. “The government was absent along vast stretches of the border, but we are here today to announce a military coordination program to reassure one another that we are taken care of,” Argentine President Mauricio Macri said during an official visit to Huacalera, Jujuy, to launch the operation. “We should be very happy with the level of commitment the [military and security forces] have to the work they carry out.” Military support The Army, through human capabilities and equipment, provides logistics support with helicopters, transport vehicles, communications materials, and drones, among others. The Argentine Air Force participates with its aircraft, patrolling the airspace with A-4AR Fightinghawk fighter-bombers. “In parallel, we carry out specific training activities, such as shooting exercises, patrols, and troop maneuvers onsite, in an effort to dissuade crime with the mere presence of military personnel,” said Argentine Army Colonel José María Colombo, head of the Communication and Press Department of the Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff. “This operation also has a social side, since we use the Armed Forces’ territorial capabilities to work in coordination with provincial governments and the Ministry of Health and Social Development to carry out community work.” In late September, as part of North Integration’s humanitarian efforts, Army medics and nurses carried out health campaigns in several communities of Jujuy province that border Bolivia. More than 400 people received medical assistance, while a dozen patients underwent surgery for gallbladder removal or hernia repair, among others. “This is the first time that a surgical team of the Argentine Army deploys in the country, marking a turning point in the history of modern military health,” Argentine Army Colonel Lucilo López Meyer, director of Assistance and Emergency of the Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Diálogo. “We did a total of 17 surgeries in four days with the proper equipment and supplies. The goal is to provide adequate medical assistance under quality standards.” The military also refurbished schools in mountainous and hard-to-reach areas of the provinces of Jujuy and Salta. Army personnel worked together with local electricians, plumbers, and carpenters to repair electric systems, replace classroom floors, update bathrooms, and paint walls. ​​​​​​​ Combined efforts North Integration is part of Protected Borders, a plan launched under the framework of the Argentine National Defense System reform Macri introduced July 23, 2018. The Armed Forces’ modernization process stipulates their use in support operations for national security, with the ability to intervene jointly with police forces. The plan seeks to combine efforts and improve security forces’ performance in remote, sparsely populated areas of the provinces of Jujuy, Salta, Formosa, Corrientes, and Misiones, which lack government presence due to the mountainous and jungle geography. Criminals use the porous borders in these areas for illicit activities, such as bringing in drugs. During his official visit to Jujuy, Macri said that authorities carried out more than 28,000 antidrug operations, seizing 400,000 kilograms of drugs since December 2015. Argentine Minister of Security Patricia Bullrich highlighted the efficiency of military support, pointing to the late September 2018 seizure of nearly 600 kg of cocaine and marihuana in the town of San Antonio de los Cobres, Salta province, thanks to joint efforts from elements of the Argentine Gendarmerie and the Armed Forces. “Narcotrafficking is a threat to national sovereignty within what are now called global threats. As such, it should be countered in compliance with legal principles in force,” Col. Colombo said. “We combat narcotrafficking by defending our national territory; namely, providing logistics support to the Argentine security forces: Gendarmerie, Coast Guard, and Federal Police—nothing more than determined by law.”last_img read more

How to make your credit union website ADA compliant

first_img1.4.5 Images of Text – Level AAIf the technologies being used can achieve the visual presentation, text is used to convey information rather than images of text except for the following:Customizable: The image of text can be visually customized to the user’s requirements;Essential: A particular presentation of text is essential to the information being conveyed. 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value – Level AFor all user interface components (including but not limited to: form elements, links and components generated by scripts), the name and role can be programmatically determined; states, properties, and values that can be set by the user can be programmatically set; and notification of changes to these items is available to user agents, including assistive technologies. 2.2.1 Timing Adjustable – Level AFor each time limit that is set by the content, at least one of the following is true:Turn off: The user is allowed to turn off the time limit before encountering it; orAdjust: The user is allowed to adjust the time limit before encountering it over a wide range that is at least ten times the length of the default setting; orExtend: The user is warned before time expires and given at least 20 seconds to extend the time limit with a simple action (for example, “press the space bar”), and the user is allowed to extend the time limit at least ten times; orReal-time Exception: The time limit is a required part of a real-time event (for example, an auction), and no alternative to the time limit is possible; orEssential Exception: The time limit is essential and extending it would invalidate the activity; or20 Hour Exception: The time limit is longer than 20 hours. 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award),, and others. He … Web: Details 1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded) – Level ACaptions are provided for all prerecorded audio content in synchronized media, except when the media is a media alternative for text and is clearly labeled as such. 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide – Level AFor moving, blinking, scrolling, or auto-updating information, all of the following are true:Moving, blinking, scrolling: For any moving, blinking or scrolling information that (1) starts automatically, (2) lasts more than five seconds, and (3) is presented in parallel with other content, there is a mechanism for the user to pause, stop, or hide it unless the movement, blinking, or scrolling is part of an activity where it is essential; andAuto-updating: For any auto-updating information that (1) starts automatically and (2) is presented in parallel with other content, there is a mechanism for the user to pause, stop, or hide it or to control the frequency of the update unless the auto-updating is part of an activity where it is essential. 1.2.4 Captions (Live) – Level AACaptions are provided for all live audio content in synchronized media. 3.1.1 Language of Page – Level AThe default human language of each Web page can be programmatically determined. 2.3.1 Three Flashes or Below Threshold – Level AWeb pages do not contain anything that flashes more than three times in any one second period, or the flash is below the general flash and red flash thresholds. 3.2.3 Consistent Navigation – Level AANavigational mechanisms that are repeated on multiple Web pages within a set of Web pages occur in the same relative order each time they are repeated, unless a change is initiated by the user. What does it mean?If you’re posting a video or audio information on your site, you need to provide more than one way to get the information across:Provide a written document that describes what’s said in audio recordingsProvide captions on both live and prerecorded video, as well as audio-only recordingsProvide audio-descriptions that describe the content of a videoWho can do it? If you commission someone to make a video or audio recording, you could ask them to satisfy the requirements above. Otherwise, if you make the content, then you’ll have to satisfy the requirements yourself, of course. Tip: If you upload a video to YouTube, YouTube’s software can create captions for the audio content.Guideline 1.3 – AdaptableCreate content that can be presented in different ways (for example simpler layout) without losing information or structure. What does it mean?None of your web pages should include anything that flashes more than three times in a one second period. Too many flashes can cause seizures for some individuals. Who can do it?Satisfying this guideline is a joint effort between you and your website developer. Your job is to not upload any fast-flashing video and your developer’s job is to not develop anything weird (sometimes it’s difficult for programmers to not be weird).Guideline 2.4 – NavigableProvide ways to help users navigate, find content, and determine where they are. What does it mean?This means that the information on your site needs to be presented clearly and simply, in a way that assistive technology programs can still interpret the order and structure of the content. You shouldn’t rely too heavily on shape, page orientation, or object size to organize your content. Instead, the text itself needs to show the structure and organization. There are several ways to make sure your content is accessible to assistive technology. These are some of the official recommendations: H34: Using a Unicode right-to-left mark (RLM) or left-to-right mark (LRM) to mix text direction inlineH56: Using the dir attribute on an inline element to resolve problems with nested directional runsC6: Positioning content based on structural markupC8: Using CSS letter-spacing to control spacing within a wordWho can do it? You might want some help from a website developer for this guideline, especially when it comes to assistive technology techniques. However, you need to make sure the content you provide is well-organized and includes text. Guideline 1.4 – DistinguishableMake it easier for users to see and hear content including separating foreground from background. 1.4.2 Audio Control – Level AIf any audio on a Web page plays automatically for more than 3 seconds, either a mechanism is available to pause or stop the audio, or a mechanism is available to control audio volume independently from the overall system volume level. 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) – Level AThe purpose of each link can be determined from the link text alone or from the link text together with its programmatically determined link context, except where the purpose of the link would be ambiguous to users in general. 1.2.3 Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded) – Level AAn alternative for time-based media or audio description of the prerecorded video content is provided for synchronized media, except when the media is a media alternative for text and is clearly labeled as such. 1.3.1 Info and Relationships – Level AInformation, structure, and relationships conveyed through presentation can be programmatically determined or are available in text. What does it mean?The point of this guideline it to make your credit union website design easy to navigate, even if you have disabilities:Users should also be able to skip blocks of content repeated again and again on each page. Specifically, your website should include “skip navigation” functionality so users navigating with a keyboard don’t have to tab through your entire navigation on every page before getting to the body content of the page.Your text content should be well-organized with titles, headings, and labels. When you press the tab button on your keyboard, you should be able to see the element that is selected. This is what is meant by “keyboard focus.” As you press tab, the order of elements selected by tabbing should make sense; the focus should not jump around the page illogically.Linked text should be clearly describe where the link is pointing. A common mistake is to make vague text, like “click here”, a link. Instead, place your link on text that actually describes what you’re linking to.In addition to your main navigation, provide a link to the sitemap in the footer of your website so there is more than one way to access every page.Who can do it?You can probably handle the text-related aspects of this guideline, but you may want help from a developer when it comes to “skip navigation” functionality and keyboard focus.Principle 3 – UnderstandableInformation and the operation of user interface must be understandable.Guideline 3.1 – ReadableInformation and the operation of user interface must be understandable. 3.1.2 Language of Parts – Level AAThe human language of each passage or phrase in the content can be programmatically determined except for proper names, technical terms, words of indeterminate language, and words or phrases that have become part of the vernacular of the immediately surrounding text. 2.4.3 Focus Order – Level AIf a Web page can be navigated sequentially and the navigation sequences affect meaning or operation, focusable components receive focus in an order that preserves meaning and operability. 2.1.2 No Keyboard Trap – Level AIf keyboard focus can be moved to a component of the page using a keyboard interface, then focus can be moved away from that component using only a keyboard interface, and, if it requires more than unmodified arrow or tab keys or other standard exit methods, the user is advised of the method for moving focus away. 1.2.5 Audio Description (Prerecorded) – Level AAAudio description is provided for all prerecorded video content in synchronized media. 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions – Level ALabels or instructions are provided when content requires user input. 1.4.4 Resize text – Level AAExcept for captions and images of text, text can be resized without assistive technology up to 200 percent without loss of content or functionality. What does it mean?Users should able to adjust or pause time-sensitive or moving content, such as sliders, video, audio, timed quizzes, or even long gifs. The most common offender of this guideline in the world of credit union website design is the auto-forwarding slider (aka promotion carousel). I venture to guess that most credit union websites have sliders on their homepages, which pains my soul because sliders are bad for marketing and accessibility. Hence, sliders are the bane of my existence.Who can do it? This guideline is best handled by a website developer. Guideline 2.3 – SeizuresDo not design content in a way that is known to cause seizures. What does it mean?Your HTML and CSS markup language must be neat and tidy. It should have start and end tags, properly nested elements, and no duplicate attributes. Also, the names and roles of components, states, properties, and values should be clearly identified so assistive technologies can interpret them.Who can do it?This guideline is best handled by a website developer who is proficient in HTML and CSS.Final TakeawaysWe’ve now discussed every requirement of website ADA compliance, Level AA. For even greater detail, read the entire WCAG 2.0 article on Sometimes, making a credit union website design ADA compliant requires a complete redesign. In that case, at a minimum you should find an credit union website design agency that is familiar with the WCAG 2.0 guidelines. Additionally, you might consider subscribing to an auditing software and getting a human audit at least once per year. Ultimately, if you take some steps toward greater ADA compliance, you’ll feel more peace of mind and less anxiety about a potential lawsuit. Happy compliance-ing. 1.2.1 Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded) – Level AFor prerecorded audio-only and prerecorded video-only media, the following are true, except when the audio or video is a media alternative for text and is clearly labeled as such:Prerecorded Audio-only: An alternative for time-based media is provided that presents equivalent information for prerecorded audio-only content.Prerecorded Video-only: Either an alternative for time-based media or an audio track is provided that presents equivalent information for prerecorded video-only content.center_img 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks – Level AA mechanism is available to bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple Web pages. 3.2.2 On Input – Level AChanging the setting of any user interface component does not automatically cause a change of context unless the user has been advised of the behavior before using the component. 3.3.4 Error Prevention (Legal, Financial, Data) – Level AAFor Web pages that cause legal commitments or financial transactions for the user to occur, that modify or delete user-controllable data in data storage systems, or that submit user test responses, at least one of the following is true:Reversible: Submissions are reversible.Checked: Data entered by the user is checked for input errors and the user is provided an opportunity to correct them.Confirmed: A mechanism is available for reviewing, confirming, and correcting information before finalizing the submission. What does it mean?Make sure the identify the language (e.g., English) of each web page in the HTML so the language can be determined by assistive technologies. Furthermore, if part of a page uses a different language (e.g., Espanol), then identify the new language in the HTML. Who can do it?This guideline is best handled by a website developer who is fluent in Klingon.Guideline 3.2 PredictableMake Web pages appear and operate in predictable ways. 1.1.1 Non-text Content – Level AAll non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose. 2.4.6 Headings and Labels – Level AAHeadings and labels describe topic or purpose. 3.3.3 Error Suggestion – Level AAIf an input error is automatically detected and suggestions for correction are known, then the suggestions are provided to the user, unless it would jeopardize the security or purpose of the content. Credit unions are getting sued because their websites aren’t accessible to people with disabilities. As a result, managers and marketers across the country are in a near panic about making their websites ADA compliant—and rightly so. This article shows you how to make your website compliant with ADA requirements. It walks you through each guideline and explains what needs to be done. Some things you can do yourself and others need to be handled by your website manager or developer.Disclaimer: Neither Derik Krauss nor BloomCU LLC are providing legal advice. For legal advice about ADA compliance, consult an attorney. This article does not replace the official WCAG 2.0 guidelines, nor does it provide an official or legal interpretation of the guidelines.Where do ADA website requirements come from?According to, “The Department [of Justice] is considering proposing WCAG 2.0 Level AA as the accessibility standard that would apply to Web sites and Web content.” The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 are a set of guidelines created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which is an international standards organization for the World Wide Web. Within WCAG 2.0, there are three levels of conformance: A (lowest), AA, and AAA (highest). This article focuses on AA compliance because that is the standard being considered by the Department of Justice.The RequirementsWCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines are based on four principles: a website must be Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust. For each principle, there are guidelines and specific requirements. Below, you will see the exact language of the guidelines and requirements, followed by an interpretation, then an explanation of who can do it.Principle 1 – PerceivableInformation and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.Guideline 1.1 – Text AlternativesProvide text alternatives for any non-text content so that it can be changed into other forms people need, such as large print, braille, speech, symbols or simpler language. 2.1.1 Keyboard – Level AAll functionality of the content is operable through a keyboard interface without requiring specific timings for individual keystrokes, except where the underlying function requires input that depends on the path of the user’s movement and not just the endpoints. 2.4.2 Page Titled – Level AWeb pages have titles that describe topic or purpose. 2.4.7 Focus Visible – Level AAAny keyboard operable user interface has a mode of operation where the keyboard focus indicator is visible. 3.2.1 On Focus – Level AWhen any component receives focus, it does not initiate a change of context. What does it mean?This guideline pertains mostly to web forms. If a user enters information into a form and there’s an input or validation error, then the website should tell the user there is an error, clearly explain it, suggest how to fix it. For example, let’s say a form requires an email address and a user doesn’t enter an email. The website should notify the user that, “An email address is required.” Lastly, if you are collecting information from a user for a legal or financial transaction, the transaction must be correctable or confirmable before submission or reversible after submission.Who can do it?Depending on the setup of your content management system, you can probably handle some of this guideline yourself. You might need help from your website developer, especially if you are making legal or financial transactions through the website. (Note: For most credit unions, their online banking systems are not technically connected to their websites; so you don’t need to worry about anything behind the online banking login when you’re working on the website’s ADA compliance.)Principle 4 – RobustContent must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.Guideline 4.1 – CompatibleMaximize compatibility with current and future user agents, including assistive technologies. 1.3.3 Sensory Characteristics – Level AInstructions provided for understanding and operating content do not rely solely on sensory characteristics of components such as shape, size, visual location, orientation, or sound. 3.2.4 Consistent Identification – Level AAComponents that have the same functionality within a set of Web pages are identified consistently. What does it mean?Don’t confuse people:Open a new window or tab from a link only when necessary Don’t scroll a user up or down a page without proper explanationDon’t significantly rearrange a page layout based on user interaction without an explanationKeep navigation elements in your header and footer consistent across all pagesDisplay functionality consistently across the websiteWho can do it?Satisfying this guideline is a joint effort between you and your website developer.Guideline 3.3. – Input AssistanceHelp users avoid and correct mistakes. 3.3.1 Error Identification – Level AIf an input error is automatically detected, the item that is in error is identified and the error is described to the user in text. 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) – Level AAThe visual presentation of text and images of text has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1, except for the following:Large Text: Large-scale text and images of large-scale text have a contrast ratio of at least 3:1;Incidental: Text or images of text that are part of an inactive user interface component, that are pure decoration, that are not visible to anyone, or that are part of a picture that contains significant other visual content, have no contrast requirement.Logotypes: Text that is part of a logo or brand name has no minimum contrast requirement. 4.1.1 Parsing – Level AIn content implemented using markup languages, elements have complete start and end tags, elements are nested according to their specifications, elements do not contain duplicate attributes, and any IDs are unique, except where the specifications allow these features. 1.3.2 Meaningful Sequence – Level AWhen the sequence in which content is presented affects its meaning, a correct reading sequence can be programmatically determined. What does it mean?There are several elements at play here. Site users should be able to resize text on your website up to 200 percent using a common browser (images of text and captions count as exceptions).Users should also be able to control the volume of any audio that plays for more than 3 seconds. You should also avoid using color alone to convey information, and make sure you are following the contrast guidelines in 1.4.3. Lastly, you need to use text itself, rather than images of text, whenever possible (your logo and other branding elements are exceptions). Who can do it? These requirements are best handled by website designers and developers, unless you have mad skills.Principle 2 – OperableUser interface components and navigation must be operable.Guideline 2.1 – Keyboard AccessibleMake all functionality available from a keyboard. What does it mean?You need to make sure than any non-text content (including videos, images, and captchas) has alternative text, if that non-text content is essential to understanding the message you are communicating. You do not need alt text or written explanations for images that are purely branding related, such as a picture of a piggy bank on your savings account page. But if you have a chart or graph or some other piece of content that conveys important information to the customer, then you must provide an explanation in text. Who can do it? Depending on the setup of your content management system, you can probably handle most of this guideline yourself. Still, you might need help from your website developer here and there.Navigation menu on, a credit union website design by BloomCU. Note how the icons are captioned with text. Guideline 1.2 – Time-based mediaProvide alternatives for time-based media. 1.4.1 Use of Color – Level AColor is not used as the only visual means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element. What does it mean?Some visitors will not be able to use a mouse to navigate your site. Instead, you’ll need to make sure that they can access all links and content using only a keyboard. Make sure keyboard strokes do not require specific timing (e.g. “Click here in 5 seconds!”). You should also make sure that if someone can get to a specific element on your site with a keyboard, then they can also navigate away from it using only a keyboard. Who can do it? This is another guideline that is best handled by a website developer. Guideline 2.2 – Enough TimeProvide users enough time to read and use content. 2.4.5 Multiple Ways – Level AAMore than one way is available to locate a Web page within a set of Web pages except where the Web Page is the result of, or a step in, a process.last_img read more

Pension fund for Dutch security sector leaves Syntrus Achmea for TKP

first_imgSPB, the €1.4bn sector scheme for private security in the Netherlands, will replace Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer as its provider with TKP Pensioen next year.The scheme said TKP, a subsidiary of insurer Aegon, was more advanced in collecting digital data from its affiliated employers than its current provider.The industry-wide schemes for IT (TrueBlue) and butchers (Slagers) also recently left Syntrus Achmea.Peter Priester, executive board member at SPB, said: “TKP offers more interaction with the employers, such as a monthly feedback about the provided details. “This is important because there are many mutations in our business, which is comparable with the temporary employment sector.”The security scheme had already pro forma cancelled its contract with Syntrus in 2015.“At the time,” Priester said, “we had questions about the continuity of Achmea’s service for industry-wide pension funds, following its decision to focus on the new general pension fund (APF) of its subsidiary Centraal Beheer.”He added that SPB, with the assistance of pensions adviser Sprenkels & Verschuren, had concluded that TKP was the most suitable provider because of its experience with digital processes.Earlier this year, the €533m scheme for the wheel and tyre sector (Banden en Wielen) parted ways with Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer, soon after the €2.1bn pension fund for the confectionary industry (Zoetwaren) also opted for another provider.In addition, Towers Watson cancelled its contract with Syntrus Achmea, claiming the provider had failed to set up a participant portal for its low-cost DC vehicle (PPI) in time.Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer argued that it had set up a new system allowing for less exceptions, with Centraal Beheer APF as its first user.Marco Simmers, spokesman for Syntrus Achmea, said: “We are discussing the pension plan with our customers while explaining the options to migrate to our new system.“We are aware some clients would opt for moving to another provider as a result of our strategic choice. Although we do regret this, it is part and parcel of entrepreneurship.”Syntrus Achmea is the provider for approximately 50 pension funds.last_img read more