Now’s your chance to put all those snowsports skills you’ve been honing all winter to the test! On Saturday, February 28, Snowshoe Mountain Resort will host the WV Open Ski and Snowboard Competition.This annual slopestyle competition gathers skiers and boarders from throughout the region to compete for the Best in West Virginia title. Anyone can participate in the event, no matter your level, so don’t be afraid to come try your hand!The WV Open will feature four categories: Men’s Ski, Men’s Snowboard, Women’s Ski and Snowboard, and Youth 11 and Under Ski and Snowboard. The competition will begin on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. at the Mountaineer terrain park, with registration available from 10 to 2 and practice from 2 to 5. Afterwards, an awards ceremony will take place on the Mountaineer deck to honor the winners and celebrate a successful season.Pre-registration is available for $30 online, and day-of for $35. All participants must also hold a lift ticket, but registered competitors can purchase one for a discount at $45.There’s still plenty of snow on the mountain, so come enjoy it while it lasts at the 2015 WV Open!
34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When an advocacy army of nearly 5,000 credit union activists left the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) Wednesday, they took with them a strong message and delivered it with a powerful voice.“I want you to talk about the credit union difference because it makes a difference,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, sending the advocates off to their Capitol Hill visits. He also advised attendees not to stop with this week’s advocacy efforts—and to remember their activist role the other 51 weeks of the year.A #CUdifference campaign, launched by Nussle at CUNA GAC, has inspired credit union members, staff and other advocates to share their stories–in 15-second video snippets–across all social media platforms.And, in case you missed it, daily videos–a new feature of CUNA GAC coverage–captured the energy and enormity of the credit union movement’s premier event. See them here: continue reading »
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As more POS terminals are being upgraded to EMV chip-ready, and more credit unions are getting chip cards in the hands of their members, questions regarding fallback transactions are being generated.What is a fallback transaction?Simply stated, a fallback transaction occurs when a chip card is presented to a chip enabled terminal (“chip-on-chip”), but the transaction is conducted as a swipe, usually due to the terminal unable to read the chip on the card. This could be due to a defective or scratched chip, a terminal or network incorrectly configured or with a chip reader that is defective (all legitimate reasons for fallback), or a chip intentionally damaged so it cannot be read, on a counterfeit card encoded with magnetic data stolen from a chip card.When a terminal is properly configured, the process flow would be:The cardholder inserts the card (either because they initially knew to do so, or were directed by the terminal) butIn this case, the terminal is not able to communicate with the chip on the card.After the terminal retries to read the chip (a pre-configured number of retries), the terminal will display a CHIP ERROR; USE MAG STRIPE message to the cardholder (sometimes reworded for cardholder display).The cardholder swipes the card, and the transaction is sent to the issuer for authorization. continue reading »
The European Union’s cultural heritage awards were presented in Berlin last weekend. The winners of the awards were announced in May by the European Commission and the leading European heritage network – Europa Nostra. Among the 29 winners of this prestigious award from as many as 17 European Union countries who excelled in conservation, research, dedicated work, education, training and raising awareness of cultural heritage, there was an authentic Croatian story. Namely, it is the Museum of the Sinj Alka.Europa Nostra was founded in 1963 as a pan-European association of civil society organizations operating in more than 40 European countries. The organization’s goal is to save endangered European monuments, places and landscapes, supported by a wide network of public institutions, private companies and individuals. Today, Europa Nostra is considered the voice of civil society dedicated to preserving and promoting Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Its current president is the world-famous opera singer and conductor Placido Domingo, and the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, or the Europa Nostra Prize, which he has led since launching in 2002, contributes to the design and implementation of European heritage strategies and policies.Launched by the European Commission, the award aims to highlight and promote excellent examples in heritage conservation, research, management, volunteering, education and communication. The award, which seeks greater recognition of cultural heritage as a strategic resource of the European economy and society, is also supported by an EU program called “Creative Europe”.In a 16-year tradition, a total of 2.883 applications were submitted, and in the meantime, as many as 485 projects from 34 countries were awarded. Spain leads in the number of awards, first on the list with as many as 64; it is followed by the United Kingdom with 60 awards, while Italy is in third place with 41 awards.The EU Cultural Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award has strengthened the capacity of the European heritage heritage sector, and by highlighting best conservation practices, has encouraged a number of cross-border knowledge exchanges by connecting participants into a large network of contacts. On the other hand, for the winners, this prestigious award brings greater international recognition, opens up new funding opportunities and increases the number of visitors, while at the same time raising awareness of the common heritage and European identity. Also, the award is a key tool for promoting European heritage, especially in this, 2018, which has been declared the European Year of Cultural Heritage.In the spirit of the current European Year, it seeks to understand the past in order to create a stable starting point for a common future. The focus is on the interpretation of cultural heritage in the context of building a stronger society, job creation and prosperity, the importance of heritage in building relationships with the rest of the world and how, precisely because of these benefits, ultimately protect it. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage people to explore Europe’s cultural heritage, then to protect and recognize its unique value and to reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in the lives of Europeans.This year’s awards ceremony took place as part of the European summit on cultural heritage. The meeting, entitled “Heritage Exchange – Exchange of Values”, was organized by Europa Nostra, the German Cultural Heritage Committee and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation with the aim of promoting the European Agenda and the Cultural Heritage Action Plan as a permanent legacy. .to June 18th. The European Heritage Award Ceremony, held on 24 June at the Berlin Congress Center, was hosted by European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and Placido Domingo, while the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Germany was attended by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank- Walter Steinmeier. An independent jury selected the best of the 22 entries, including successful and award-winning projects to restore a Byzantine church in Greece, develop a new method of preserving the heritage of European historic houses, establish a cultural education program in Finland related to cultural heritage and others.But among all the commendable European projects, there was one domestic one.The Sinj Alka Museum was opened on its 300th anniversary, in 2015, five years after the Sinj Alka was inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. The museum is dedicated to the annual knights’ tournament which is held in Sinj every August, and with the opening of this Museum, the alka becomes available throughout the year and provides a newer and more complete insight into the history and significance of this custom. The museum is intended for all age groups, and through an interactive and multimedia exhibition space it strives to provide as detailed information as possible about various elements of the competition, rules and history. Numerous educational workshops and lectures are organized in the Museum, while the visitor is provided with an insight into the digital archive, which includes videos from the competition and the procession.However, what needs to be emphasized, and what the jury did not miss, is that this Museum with its work and activities in a tangible and visible way contributes to the development and improvement of tourist infrastructure of Sinj, as well as the preservation of this intangible heritage.”This award is of exceptional importance to us and we are extremely honored that it was won by the Museum of the Sinj Alka in such a strong competition. We received the award in one of the seven categories offered, namely Education, training and awareness raising. Every award and recognition for work, including this one, is a valuable promotion of the Museum and the City, as well as the entire Republic of Croatia in the wider European and world context. I believe that it will have a positive impact on the work of the Museum, but also on the tourism of Sinj, which is an excellent introduction to the upcoming 303rd Sinj Alka.”, Said the head of the Sinjska Alka Museum, Boris Filipović Grčić.The Sinj Alka Museum was initiated and financed by the Sinj Knights of Alka, and is co-financed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and local and regional self-governments. You can follow the work of the Museum on the official one website i Facebook profile.