RAQ is BAQ! The Burlington-native jam-rock quartet have announced that they will officially hit the road starting on October 31st for a five-night east coast Halloween Run supported by up-and-coming CT jammers Goose. The band, comprised of keyboardist Todd Stoops, bassist Jay Burwick, guitarist Chris Michetti, and recently-added drummer Scotty Zwang will kick off the run with an All Hallows Eve performance at Washington, D.C.’s Gypsy Sally’s before traveling to Harrisburg, PA, Stanhope, NJ, Albany, NY and, finally, Hartford, CT.RAQ has been touring as a four piece band for over a decade, though RAQ tour dates have been few and far between in recent years as the band members focused on a variety of other projects. Late last year, ahead of a rare three-night reunion run in the Northeast, the band announced the addition of Zwang on drums, a veteran of a variety of acts including Greenhouse Lounge, Sonic Spank, Dopapod. Since then, the band has played a handful of shows, but busy band member schedules have restricted the scope of the band’s touring.Their first reunion shows last year left little doubt that the band still delivers tremendously, prompting older fans wishing the band was still full time and the younger generation wondering what they have missed. RAQ is currently working on a new album (their first since 2006’s Ton These), and their 5-night Halloween jaunt matches their longest run in years, sparking excitement among fans for what many hope to be a renewed focus on the project from its ever-busy members.You can see the full list of RAQ’s Halloween Run shows below. You can purchase tickets to each of the shows, through the venue websites.RAQ 2017 Halloween Run Tour DatesOctober 31 Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’sNovember 1 Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope HouseNovember 2 Harrisburg, PA – Appalachian Brewing Co.November 3 Albany, NY – The HollowNovember 4 Hartford, CT – Arch Street Tavern
David Valek scored a hat trick, and Alex Killorn added two goals and two assists to lead the Harvard men’s hockey team to an 8-2 win against rival Yale on Sunday in the deciding game of an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series.The Crimson will go up against Cornell in the semifinals on March 16 in Atlantic City, N.J. The last time Harvard made it to the ECAC semifinals was in 2008 when the Crimson lost to Princeton in the championship game.To view video highlights from the Sunday’s game, visit GoCrimson.com.
A water garden filled with plants, brightly colored koi and goldfish doesn’t have to break the bank. A University of Georgia expert offers tips on creating a water garden on a budget, but says you’re still going to have to pay sweat equity. “When it comes to pumps, always buy a bigger pump than you think you need,” he said. “To properly maintain a water garden, you should be doing something in there every week,” he said. “It may be grooming or pruning plants or it could be cleaning the filter.” • Instead of buying plants, find a friend who has a water garden and ask her to share a few plants.Get plants from other water gardeners • To make inexpensive floating pots, place the pots in circles made from the foam noodles commonly used in swimming pools. Close the ends with a small piece of plastic tubing the size of the hole in the end of the noodle, he said. “I know these are strong because they hold me up in the swimming pool when I play with my grandkids,” Johnson said. “An oil pan costs about $3 and the noodle is around $2, so for $5 you can create a unique floating plant island.” For those who’d like to install a water garden but can only do so on a tight budget, Johnson offers a few tips: For more information on the UGA Research and Education Garden, visit www.ugagarden.com. Once your garden is installed, then you really begin paying – in sweat equity, Johnson said. When cleaning the pond filter, use water from the pond to help maintain the active beneficial bacteria growing there. Johnson may offer money-saving tips when it comes to pots, soil and plants, but he stands firm when it comes to buying a water garden liner. He only recommends Permalon or EPDM rubber liners.Don’t cut corners on pond’s liner If you don’t prune throughout the year, Johnson says you must at least do a once-a-year pruning or your garden will quickly grow out of control. Water gardens should be at least 24 inches deep and the bottom should be lined with 2 inches of sand to protect the liner or underlayment. Lay the liner in place and anchor it with rocks. Next, add the pump and filter system, what Johnson calls the final and most important aspects. When selecting plants, Johnson recommends hardy lilies, ornamental sweet potatoes, creeping jenny and impatiens. “Most water gardens contain more plants than they need,” he said. “And your friends most likely need to thin out their garden so you’d probably be helping them out.” Remove entire stems of spent water lilies and dispose of faded leaves, which are signs of disease. Dead plant material will sink to the bottom of the pond, feed the algae and turn your pond water pea green, he said. Johnson suggests investing in a pair of wading boots or surf shoes to wear when working inside your water garden.Don’t toss excess plants in ponds, rivers “Most water garden plants are very invasive and you’ll be hurting far more than helping,” he said. When pruning water garden plants, he recommends sharing excess plants with other water gardeners. Do not dump them in the neighborhood pond thinking you are helping the environment. Horticulturist Tony Johnson is responsible for three water gardens at the UGA Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Ga. An award-winning landscape designer, he has installed water gardens for more than 25 years.Money-savings tips Adding a few fish will keep the mosquito larvae population down and provide visual entertainment. You can often get these from friends, too.Tending the garden is a must • Don’t buy expensive water garden potting mixes. Plant water garden plants in regular potting mix combined with unscented cat litter. “Don’t try to save money by buying roofing material or a swimming pool liner,” he said. “They contain chemicals that can kill your fish. And, a blue pool liner will reflect sunlight, and light equals more algae.” • Instead of buying pots designed for water gardens, improvise. Create water garden pots by drilling holes in the bottom of a new oil pan or plastic trash can lid.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA announced Wednesday that it added a search function to its CUSO registry to allow stakeholders to sort the nearly 900 organizations in the database.The search function will allow users to sort CUSOs by name, city, state, zip code, registry number or services. Users can also export the data into Excel, CVS and PDF formats.The CUSO Registry is part of NCUA’s updated credit union service organization rule approved by the agency board in November 2013. continue reading »
continue reading » Brookfield, Wis. Fiserv, launched its Instant Issue Advantage wireless tablet solution, putting instantly issued and activated cards in the hands of verified financial institution cardholders to begin using right away.Instant Issue Advantage wireless tablet technology enables a teller, such as those at the $159-million Rochester, Minn.-based First Alliance Credit Union, to greet and verify member identity in the lobby. The credit union then provides them with a tablet to access information and instantly receive a permanent MasterCard branded EMV debit card.Members opening accounts, or those in need of replacement cards, have access to a new card immediately. This has proven beneficial in attracting younger members and strengthening loyalty to the credit union. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Martin Kayongo-Mutumba’s defence-splitting pass put the Nigerian clean through on goal midway through the first half but Igboananike could only fire straight at United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. Robin van Persie should have put United ahead soon after, but his point-blank shot was straight at AIK goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos. United’s defence was opened up once again although to their credit, they forced Igboananike wide of goal and is denied once again by Lindegaard, who was replaced at half-time by Ben Amos. One of the substitute’s first tasks was to pick the ball out of the back of the net after Quaison turned his marker and sumptuously fired into the helpless Englishman’s top corner in the 49th minute. David Moyes’ men have been a little below-par in the pre-season matches thus far, with two wins from five matches, although they responded strongly, with Nemanja Vidic heading down into the pitch and off the crossbar from Ryan Giggs’ corner. And the visitors were level in the 68th minute after Zaha’s low cross on the right side of the penalty area was comfortably slotted home by Henriquez at the far post. United continued to dominate proceedings although Van Persie, celebrating his 30th birthday, wasted a golden opportunity to seal victory late on when his free header went wide. Manager Moyes was slightly frustrated by the result but was happy with the workout, as well as seeing star striker Van Persie and club captain Vidic play for the full 90 minutes. Henriquez, who spent the latter half of last season on loan with Wigan, tapped into an empty net from Wilfried Zaha’s cross to cancel out Robin Quaison’s superb strike just after half-time. It had been an even match prior to the opener – with AIK striker Kennedy Igboananike wasting several chances in particular – although United dominated after falling behind. “He (Vidic) was probably the big thing tonight to get him through – and Robin as well for 90 minutes. We wanted to make sure he had 90 minutes under his belt,” the former Everton boss told MUTV. “It was a tough enough workout for us, they played some good stuff for a period, but if we’d have taken our chances, I think we’d have won the game.” Meanwhile, record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel netted his first Norwich goal in a 1-1 friendly draw against Champions League hopefuls Real Sociedad at Carrow Road. The £8million summer transfer from Sporting Lisbon turned the ball home from close range following a header from fellow new recruit Leroy Fer at a corner after 11 minutes. Manager Chris Hughton, who had midfielder Bradley Johnson back from a knee injury but rested England goalkeeper John Ruddy, saw his side enjoy the best of the first half. Norwich looked lively again after the restart, however the Spaniards, who finished fourth in the Primera Division last season, slowly got into the match and it was no surprise when former Arsenal man Carlos Vela equalised after 65 minutes with a neat finish from just inside the Norwich penalty area. Charles Green made his return to Ibrox as Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw in a pre-season friendly against Newcastle United. A Lee McCulloch penalty with five minutes on the clock gave Rangers an early lead, which was cancelled out in the final minute by Newcastle substitute Shola Ameobi. Summer signing Nicolas Anelka bagged a hat-trick as West Brom thumped League of Ireland Premier side Cork City 6-0. The Frenchman netted in the 25th, 47th and 63rd minutes to take his tally to six goals in as many pre-season matches for his new side. Graham Dorrans scored twice, netting just before half-time and in the 77th minute, while Shane Long was also on the scoresheet, notching just after the interval. Hull’s pre-season tour to Germany ended with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Eintracht Braunschweig. Swiss forward Orhan Ademi opened the scoring eight minutes after half-time when he slotted home from Mirko Boland’s right-wing cross. Substitute Gianluca Korte sealed victory five minutes from time when he headed past Tigers goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic following Benjamin Kessel’s cross. West Ham were also beaten in Portimao, going down 1-0 to Portuguese outfit Braga in the Guadiana Tournament. Rafa scored the only goal of the game in the 63rd minute, reacting quickest after Yazalde had seen his shot palmed away by Hammers goalkeeper Adrian. Everton’s third and final game of their United States tour ended in a 1-0 defeat against Valencia. Michel Herrero’s second-half strike proved decisive at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, condemning the Toffees to a sixth-place finish at the eight-team International Champions Cup. Despite the defeat, manager Roberto Martinez felt the trip had proved valuable. “The weather was extreme. The humidity in Miami made it a difficult exercise,” said the Spaniard, who handed a first start to teenager Gerard Deulofeu following his loan switch from Barcelona. “The first goal was going to be essential today. It allowed the other team to get the ball and keep it a bit easier and we got a bit frustrated towards the end.” He continued on www.evertonfc.com: “We played Real Madrid and Juventus and Valencia and it has been an important workout and it has been great for me to get a lot of information on partnerships and individuals in view of the start of the season. From that point of view it has been real success.” Substitute Angelo Henriquez spared a strong Manchester United side’s blushes with an equaliser in the Premier League champions’ 1-1 friendly draw with AIK in Stockholm. Press Association
David Moyes is convinced Wayne Rooney can smash Manchester United’s goalscoring record. However, whilst Moyes is convinced Rooney can extend his career well into his thirties due to his ability to operate in midfield, he doubts whether he – or anyone else – will get close to Ryan Giggs’ tally of 952 appearances. “Wayne is a boy who will play for a long time,” said Moyes. “He can go far in terms of numbers because as he gets older he is adaptable and such a good football player. “Maybe if he gets older and loses a bit of his pace he can always drop a bit deeper and play deeper. “Whether he reaches Giggs’ total is a different thing thing because that is nearly inhuman.” Rooney is set to make the 500th club appearance of his career when United take on Aston Villa on Sunday. It will also give the 28-year-old a chance to edge further up United’s scoring charts. Currently on 207, Rooney needs four more to catch Jack Rowley, who is in third spot. After that it is Denis Law (237) before finally Sir Bobby Charlton, who scored 249 times in a 17-year career with the Old Trafford outfit. “There are some big targets ahead for Wayne,” said Moyes. “Can he break Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record? “There are some fantastic legends around this club and Wayne has got a chance to be one of them. “He already is with what he does but I am talking real top status. “Those targets are not too far away if he keeps playing the way he is now. “If he does I am sure he will get there because he is that good.” Press Association
Indeed, the winger almost snatched what would have been a somewhat fortunate victory when his close-range header was scrambled away by goalkeeper Tim Krul in the dying moments of a match which had earlier seen Newcastle denied by the woodwork on three separate occasions. Martin, 28, understands the frustrations of both those in the stands and the players on the pitch as Chris Hughton’s men struggle for consistency to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone. “It was the whole stadium. I felt it, the fans were getting tense,” Martin said on Canaries Player. “Sometimes it is hard for players, especially for Snods, who is on free-kicks and corners. For him to be bang on the money all of the time is tough. “I feel for him because if it is not on the money, then people do criticise him. “Snods is a winner, he really cares and is a great lad. Sometimes that frustration does boil over, he gets angry. “Sometimes it can overstep the mark of what people want to see, but it is an intense game and there is a lot of pressure on things, passions are high and people find it difficult to control themselves. “He means nothing by it, he has apologised at the end and I felt for him when there were a few sarcastic cheers as he put a cross over for a corner and that is not doing anyone any good. Norwich club captain Russell Martin has urged the Carrow Road boo-boys to lay off Robert Snodgrass. “But the fans were chanting his name at the end, they were great, he apologised and we move on. “As a football club we are well known for sticking together, the managers, fans and players, so nothing is going to change there.” Canaries boss Hughton was made aware of the incident, and is set to gather some more information before deciding on whether any internal disciplinary measures are needed. Norwich really should have been made to pay for a poor first-half display when they had no answer to Newcastle’s interchange in a group looking to start life without Paris St Germain-bound Yohan Cabaye. Remy’s close-range shot was saved by John Ruddy, before Norwich midfielder Johnson kicked a cross onto the post. France forward Remy then hit the outside of the other upright, before his second half free-kick crashed against the crossbar. Norwich eventually improved in the final 20 minutes as Krul tipped a close-range shot from Gary Hooper up onto the woodwork before then blocking Snodgrass’ header at the death. “We knew we did not play the best and got away with it at half-time, but the positive you take out of it is that it is a clean sheet and could be a big point for us,” said Martin. While Norwich continue to look over their shoulders, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hopes his side can press on in their long-term quest to secure Champions League football once again. “It was one of those nights where their goal was charmed. We had chance after chance come, but I am very pleased with the performance because we were outstanding,” Pardew told nufcTV. Press Association The Scotland midfielder was involved in a heated exchange with some home supporters in the City Stand towards the end of the first half during Tuesday night’s goalless draw against Newcastle, when both sides finished with 10 men following the double sending off of Loic Remy and Bradley Johnson. Snodgrass later made a point of signalling an apology when he tracked back down the flank towards the same section of Canaries fans during the second half.
Press Association The Barclays Premier League champions were hit with sanctions from UEFA for breaching financial fair play rules in May, and when asked about the Lampard deal, Wenger said: ”Is it a way to get around the fair-play? I don’t know.” The Frenchman has also subsequently suggested that Sagna’s move to City this summer after his Arsenal contract finished was “agreed a long time ago”. But asked on Friday if he was happy that everything as far as the Lampard and Sagna deals had been done correctly, Pellegrini said: “I think so.” The Chilean added that he was “surprised” by Wenger’s comments, adding: “I think as managers we have enough problems with our own teams to be talking about other teams. “The only thing I can say is that we have important restrictions about the amount of money we can spend, and Frank Lampard was a free player – we didn’t spend any money in bringing him from New York City to Manchester City.” Pellegrini is baffled by any negative reaction there has been to Lampard’s move, including from Chelsea fans upset to see him at a Premier League rival after 13 years at Stamford Bridge. “I don’t understand the reaction of Chelsea fans who say he is a traitor,” Pellegrini said. “The problem was not that Frank Lampard did not want to sign another contract with Chelsea – Chelsea didn’t want him any more. Over the last few days Wenger, whose Arsenal side play City at Wembley on Sunday in the Community Shield, has questioned both signings. Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard has headed to the Etihad Stadium on loan until January from New York City FC – Manchester City’s American sister outfit, who the 36-year-old England international signed for earlier this summer. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has stressed that he believes the club’s summer deals for Frank Lampard and Bacary Sagna were conducted correctly in response to recent comments from Arsene Wenger. “He is a competitive player, he will be important for our team and we didn’t spend any money on him, so the rules of financial fair play don’t have any relation with Lampard.” Neither Lampard nor Sagna will be part of the squad for Sunday’s game – among eight City players that are set to miss out. That also includes Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho and skipper Vincent Kompany, all of whom – like Sagna – were involved in the knockout rounds of the World Cup. Meanwhile, Alvaro Negredo is recovering from a foot injury. But there could be debuts for two other new signings City have made this summer in goalkeeper Willy Caballero and midfielder Fernando. City are also expected to wrap up a deal for Porto’s France defender Eliaquim Mangala, but Pellegrini was giving little away on that front on Friday. “I always say the same answer – when things are finished, we can talk about that,” he said. “For the moment, Mangala is not our player.”
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after it was confirmed he sustained knee ligament damage in his side’s comeback victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Vertonghen, an ever-present for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season, fell awkwardly following a challenge by Connor Wickham and was later substituted. The defender left Selhurst Park on crutches and, after undergoing a scan, has now been ruled out for the foreseeable future. “Further assessment & scans have confirmed that @Jan_Vertonghen sustained damage to his medial collateral ligament in his knee at Palace,” Tottenham tweeted. “Our medical staff will continue to monitor his progress during his rehabilitation to determine when he will be ready to return to training.” Wickham, who appeared to catch Vertonghen in the face with his elbow, was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for the incident which was missed by referee Martin Atkinson. Vertonghen’s injury will come as a blow to Tottenham who are chasing their first league title since 1961. Following their 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park, Pochettino’s side are fourth in the table, five points adrift of leaders Leicester. Tottenham travel to Colchester in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday before league games against Norwich, Watford and Manchester City. Press Association