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Alabama Credit Union to Again Provide Free Admission to Charger Park Events, Volleyball Games – UAH Athletics

Alabama Credit Union to Again Provide Free Admission to Charger Park Events, Volleyball Games - UAH Athletics

HUNTSVILLE | The University of Alabama in Huntsville Department of Athletics announced on Monday that thanks to a continued generous corporate commitment from Alabama Credit Union, admission to all UAH regular season events at Charger Park along with volleyball games at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall will be free for all spectators.
 
This is the second straight year UAH has partnered with ACU to provide free admission to all spectators for volleyball and at Charger Park.
 
The first opportunities for Charger fans to take advantage of this special offer for the 2022-23 academic year come this week as women’s soccer opens up the home slate on Thursday at Charger Park followed by the men’s soccer home-opener on Sunday.
 
Women’s soccer welcomes Trevecca Nazarene at 5 p.m. on Thursday, followed by the men’s game on Sunday against North Georgia at 2 p.m. at Charger Park. Volleyball’s first home action will also be the beginning of Gulf South Conference play on Sept. 16 against West Alabama at 6 p.m.
 
About Alabama Credit Union
 
Founded in 1956 by people who wanted a cooperative approach to banking, Alabama Credit Union remains a people-driven organization that exists to serve its members, support its employees and their families, and enhance the communities we serve.
 
We are part of the communities we serve; we work and live where our members work and live and take pride in being “real people who offer real help”. We are here to give our members a hand, make life easier, and share money know-how tips to achieve their goals. “Good enough” isn’t how we do things—at Alabama Credit Union we get it right. We offer everyday banking and “loans for real life” with rates and service that make our members smile. At Alabama Credit Union it is not just about the bottom line—we know that taking care of business means taking care of people.

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Weyburn Credit Union gives big in first in-person event since 2019

The Weyburn Credit Union gave away $59, 435 in community fund grants last night at a nostalgia-themed Community Reconnect and Celebrate event, which included a family dance with music by the Bromantics, and plenty of food such as mini donuts, pink popcorn and snow cones. There was even a cash cage with a draw to see who would catch the cash. 

Colour My World Childcare received $2,500 for new outdoor art stations. 

The Goodwater Community Centre received $2,500 to top off their $16,000 budget to complete some renovations at the centre, including paint, new LED fixtures in the rink and lobby, plans for new flooring and trim. 

The Lang Volunteer Fire Department received $5,000 to go toward a new fire truck they purchased to replace the mid-1970s model they’ve been using. 

The Prairie Memories Museum in Fillmore received $2,500 to upgrade their washroom facilities to make them wheelchair accessible.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority received $5,000 to purchase a new step recumbent cross trainer to encourage health and fitness programming at the Weyburn Credit Union Spark Centre. 

The Family Place received $6,395 to go toward their new building. 

The Weyburn Curling Club received $5,000 for new curling brooms. 

The Weyburn Humane Society received $10,000 to help out with their $20,000 goal to repair or replace the existing animal shelter.

The Yellow Grass Volunteer Fire Department received $20,000 for an addition to their Fire Hall.

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Gabrielle Union says her PTSD can turn the Met Gala and other events into ‘pure agony’

Gabrielle Union says her PTSD can turn the Met Gala and other events into 'pure agony'
  • Gabrielle Union opened up about her PTSD and anxiety in an Instagram post on Tuesday. 
  • Union, 49, wrote her anxiety gets so bad it “shrinks” her life and makes events “pure agony.” 
  • Union is a sexual assault survivor who’s previously spoken about her experience. 

Gabrielle Union opened up about how her PTSD can make attending events “pure agony.” 

On Tuesday, the “Being Mary Jane” actress shared an Instagram post where she reflected on living with anxiety and panic attacks. The post included a short video of Union, 49, at the 2022 Met Gala with the phrases “me,” “my anxiety,” and “my triggers.” In May, Union attended the 2022 Met Gala alongside her husband, Dwyane Wade, wearing a shimmering Versace gown. 

A post shared by Gabrielle Union-Wade (@gabunion)

Union, 49, is a sexual assault survivor who’s spoken publicly about the incident and her experience.

“As a rape survivor, I have battled PTSD for 30 years. Living with anxiety and panic attacks all these years has never been easy,” Union wrote in the post. “There’s times the anxiety is so bad it shrinks my life.”

People can develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, according to the National Center for PTSD. Traumatic events, like sexual assault, can cause repeated thoughts of the assault, nightmares, and avoidance of thoughts, feelings, and situations related to the assault. For some, the stress is so severe it interrupts their daily activities.

According to The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), “the likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual violence.” The nonprofit organization also reported that around 70% of sexual assault victims “experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.”

Union continued, writing that everyday actions like leaving the house or making a left turn at an uncontrolled light can fill her with “terror.” 

“Anxiety can turn my anticipation about a party or fun event I’ve been excited about attending (Met Ball) into pure agony,” she wrote. “When we tell y’all what we are experiencing, please believe us the 1st time we mention it. No, it’s not like being nervous and everyone experiences and deals with anxiety differently, and that’s OK.” 

Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union at the 2022 Met Gala

Gabrielle Union said her PTSD can make events like the Met Gala “pure agony.”

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Union concluded by saying she doesn’t need anyone to “fix” her, but shared the post in hopes that “everyone living with anxiety knows they aren’t alone or ‘being extra.'”

Representatives for Union did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Union spoke in detail about her sexual assault in an excerpt from her 2017 memoir, “We’re Going to Need More Wine.” Glamour shared an excerpt of the memoir, in which Union said she was held at gunpoint at 19 by a man attempting to rob the Payless store she worked at.

“Twenty-four years later, fear still influences everything I do. I saw the devil up close, remember,” Union wrote. “You can figure out how to move through the world, but the idea of peace? In your soul? It doesn’t exist. I’m selective about who I allow into my life. I can spot people who make me feel anxious or fearful, and they are not welcome.”

In 2016, Union spoke out against director Nate Parker after he was accused of sexual assault. Union appeared in his film, “Birth of a Nation,” and responded in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.

Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade 2022 Met Gala

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade at the 2022 Met Gala.

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“I took this role because I related to the experience,” Union, whose character in the film experiences sexual assault, wrote. “I also wanted to give a voice to my character, who remains silent throughout the film.”

But following the allegations, Union said she couldn’t “take the allegations lightly.” 

“On that night, 17-odd years ago, did Nate have his date’s consent? It’s very possible he thought he did,” she wrote. 

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Union County Free Shredding Events – New Providence

Union County Free Shredding Events – New Providence

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to the next free paper shredding events sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners during the month of June.

“The free shredding service makes it easy and convenient for Union County residents to dispose of sensitive documents while also supporting our countywide recycling efforts, and we encourage everyone to participate in our 2022 recycling programs,” said Commissioner Board Chair Rebecca Williams.

Each shredding event begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, but may finish earlier if the shredding trucks fill up to capacity.

The locations for June are:

  • Wednesday, June 1: Clark Public Works Facility (behind the Police Station), 315 Westfield Avenue, Clark
  • Saturday, June 11: Union County College, Parking Lots 5A and 5B, 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford
  • Saturday, June 25: Union County Vo-Tech, West Hall/Police Academy Parking Lot, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains

Participants are reminded pre-shredded, damp, or wet paper will not be accepted. Bindings, large plastic or metal clips, and other paraphernalia should be removed.

These events are drive-up only and contact-free. Drivers must remain in their cars while staff unloads their papers, which are shredded on site in a mobile shredding truck.

Union County’s free shedding events are intended for personal, sensitive documents only. Residents can recycle magazines, junk mail and other waste paper with their municipal recycling program. For information, contact the municipal recycling coordinator.

For the complete 2022 paper shredding schedule and information on all recycling programs hosted by Union County, visit ucnj.org/recycle or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

For the latest news and updates on all municipal and countywide recycling programs in Union County, download the free Recycle Coach app. More information is available at ucnj.org/recycling/recycle-coach-app.

Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are available at ucnj.org/green-connection.

The mobile paper shredding program is paid for through Recycling Enhancement Act Grant funds, which are applied for by Union County and received from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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StartUP SSM, Nothern Credit Union partner to host Startup Talks events

StartUP SSM, Nothern Credit Union partner to host Startup Talks events

Event to take place May 4 at 6 p.m. in the Steamfitters Lounge

StartUP Sault Ste. Marie and Northern Credit Union are partnering up to host Startup Talks events, celebrating and hearing from some of Sault Ste. Marie’s top entrepreneurs. 

The next event is set to take place May 4 at 6 p.m. in the Steamfitters Lounge (in the Machine Shop), where local entrepreneur and investor Kevin Rusnell, CEO of Dig Inc. and co-owner of Peace restaurant will “talk about his entrepreneurial journey since the age of 12, including his early roots in web design, and computer camps for kids and how he moved on to digital web analytics, becoming CEO and majority shareholder of Dig Inc.,” a news release issued today states. 

Seating for this in-person event is limited. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

For more information, see the full release below. 

StartUP Sault Ste. Marie is thrilled to team up with Northern Credit Union to host Startup Talks events to celebrate and hear the entrepreneurial journeys of some of Sault Ste. Marie’s top entrepreneurs. Past entrepreneurs featured have included Jeff Elgie, CEO of Village Media and Joe Ruscio, President of Joe Ruscio Professional Corporation.

Join us on May 4 at 6 p.m. in the Steamfitters Lounge (in the Machine Shop), where our featured guest will be local entrepreneur and investor Kevin Rusnell, CEO of Dig Inc. and co-owner of Peace restaurant.

Kevin will talk about his entrepreneurial journey since the age of 12, including his early roots in web design, and computer camps for kids and how he moved on to digital web analytics, becoming CEO and majority shareholder of Dig Inc. Kevin is involved with several other local ventures and most recently, as co-owner, opened Sault Ste. Marie’s newest restaurant.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

“The Sault has so many successful entrepreneurs and innovators, but we rarely find out firsthand, the steps they took to achieve success and the challenges they overcame to get here,” states Nevin Buconjic, president, StartUP Sault. “Startup Talks is our platform to learn more about local entrepreneurs and hear their stories directly. It is important and enlightening to hear the journeys of successful entrepreneurs. We are excited to hear Kevin’s story and celebrate local success.”

Seating for this in-person event is limited. Tickets are $5.00 and includes coffee, tea and snacks. Cash bar will be available.

Tickets can be purchased at the following link.

This event is also part of the inaugural Sault Startup Week in cooperation with the Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, Northern Ontario Angels and more.

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Union Game Night | UW–Madison Events Calendar

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Union Game Night brought to you by the WUD Games Committee! Each week we select a different game to “feature” and make copies of said game available for people to play. Additionally we have all of our games that have been featured in the past available for people to play FOR FREE! All we require is a wisc card or union card to be presented upon checkout.  Our mission is to create an open and welcoming space for everyone through games—from video games to board games to tabletop games.

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Union County Offers First Scrap Metal Recycling Events of 2022 on Thursday, April 7 and Saturday, April 16 – County of Union, New Jersey

Union County Offers First Scrap Metal Recycling Events of 2022 on Thursday, April 7 and Saturday, April 16 – County of Union, New Jersey

Union County, NJ – March 15, 2022 — The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that Union County’s free drop-off recycling program for scrap metal begins this year on Thursday, April 7. A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, are accepted at two countywide collection sites in Cranford and Rahway twice a month from April to November.

“We encourage everyone to check their homes and yards for broken or unwanted metal items, and bring them to our collection sites. It’s an easy, effective way to help conserve valuable resources,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams.

Scrap metal will be accepted Thursday, April 7 and Saturday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at two drop-off centers:

  • Cranford:  Emergency Services Building, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard
  • Rahway: Rahway River Park (follow Park Drive, Rahway off St. Georges Avenue to service yard across from swimming pool)

Residents from any Union County municipality may use either of these sites.

Acceptable items for recycling include air conditioners, aluminum scrap, aluminum siding, bicycles, brass, copper, dishwashers, electric fans, fencing (chain/wire), freezers, gutters, irons, lawn furniture, metal cabinets, metal sheds, microwaves, pots and pans, railings, refrigerators, stoves, tire rims, toasters, washers and dryers, window frames (no glass), and wire hangers.

The scrap metal collection sites are drive-through only. Residents must remain in their vehicle at all times. Items for drop-off should be placed in the trunk or cargo area where they are easily reached by staff.

The next scrap metal events will take place on Thursday, May 5 and Saturday, May 21.

For more information, upcoming dates and directions to all Union County recycling programs and locations, visit the Bureau of Recycling and Planning website at ucnj.org/recycle or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

To stay up to date with all Union County and local recycling programs in a convenient mobile format, download the free Recycle Coach app.

Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are available at The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

Connect with Union County on social media.

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Wild turn of events leads to ‘gutsy’ Philadelphia Union win in Montreal

Wild turn of events leads to ‘gutsy’ Philadelphia Union win in Montreal

In the 50th minute, all looked lost for the Philadelphia Union.

Just as they had early on in their previous match against Minnesota United, the Union looked disjointed to start out. They looked like a team still ironing out the kinks, shaking off the rust, and whatever other cliche that applies. Already down 1-0 after an unlucky goal off of a deflection in the 32nd minute, Djordje Mihalovic looked to provide the dagger in the 50th.

Mihalovic waltzed right down the middle of the Union defense after a turnover to put the hosts up 2-0. Frustrated Union fans quickly looked for consolation in the loss, the team not looking likely to muster a comeback at the moment. The fanbase’s collective braintrust came to a halt as VAR overruled the goal due to a prior foul. The match from here? Pure chaos.

“That goal that got called back that changed everything, because I think we’re going down to zero, that would suck the air out of us, I think it would have been a lot tougher to come back into the game,” Alejandro Bedoya said post-game. “But, you know, obviously, that gave us a bit of more belief, and gave us a little bit more motivation to get going, because we thought we started that second half a little bit… not so good.”

Just two minutes later Bedoya tied the match back up. Sloppy play in the Montreal box led to a turnover, and the Union captain did not miss his chance. Just a minute later after nearly drawing a foul, Daniel Gazdag scored his first of the season to put the Union up. Just mere minutes after looking to be out of the contest, the Union now had the lead on the road!

“A very gutsy Philadelphia Union type of win.” head coach Jim Curtin said after the match. “Credit to the guys for sticking to things. I thought there was probably a fifteen-minute period there in the second half where we really looked like us, which made me happy… Obviously, we got two goals during that period.”

It took them a while, and it wasn’t for a full match, but there was that window in the second half where the Union looked like the squad advertised during the offseason… one of the top teams in the league. They pressed well and showed some good chemistry. Even after falling to ten men after Julian Carranza was sent off following a second yellow card in the 71st minute, the Union were able to stick together and see out the road victory.

Earlier in the day, fans were trying to find positives in a road loss early in the season, positive points in a loss that wasn’t the end of the world. Despite not playing their best, the Union managed to earn some key points away early in the season. This is the team’s first road win since their 2-1 triumph in Cincinnati last October.

Yes, there are still kinks to be ironed out. Of course, the team needs to come together a bit better. The Union definitely needs to put together a more consistent performance over 90 minutes than they have so far this season. But, two games in Philadelphia are still unbeaten and trending in the right direction.

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Amid fast-changing events, Biden looks ahead in State of the Union – The Boston Globe

Amid fast-changing events, Biden looks ahead in State of the Union - The Boston Globe

Opening his speech with praise for Ukraine and for the worldwide effort to isolate and punish Russia for an invasion that threatens the global order, Biden promised pain for Russia and Putin and sought to comfort Americans rattled by the sudden instability and the cost it could impose.

“I want you to know we are going to be OK,” Biden said, offering words that drew members of both parties in the nation’s normally divided Congress to their feet.

“In the battle between democracy and autocracy,” he said, “democracies are rising to the moment, and the world is clearly choosing the side of peace and security.”

It was an upbeat — albeit weighty — opening to a speech that has had to be rewritten as history unfolds by the day, delivered by a president who is fighting low approval ratings and eager for a reset. Biden touted the US role in uniting European and other countries in their efforts to economically isolate Russia, and announced tough new measures to ban Russian planes from US airspace and setting Justice Department prosecutors after Russian oligarchs.

The crisis is overshadowing Biden’s legislative agenda as well as the country’s more recent progress fighting COVID-19. Still, aware his party needs a winning message to carry it uphill through the midterm elections, Biden sought to rebut Republican criticisms on crime and policing while casting his administration’s key legislative accomplishments — an economic stimulus bill supported only by Democrats and a bipartisan infrastructure bill — as a balm for the economy, even as he acknowledged Americans’ pain over rising prices.

“And with all the bright spots in our economy, record job growth and higher wages, too many families are struggling to keep up with the bills,” said Biden, forced to reckon with the problem that polls suggest has kept his approval ratings underwater for months. “Inflation is robbing them of gains they might otherwise feel.”

Biden’s speech, which was initially meant to focus on his plans for the economy and progress in fighting COVID-19, was instead split between the international crisis and a renewed pitch for his domestic agenda. On COVID-19, the president promised a cautious return to normal and asked people to set aside partisan divisions over the “God-awful disease.”

“I know you’re tired, frustrated, and exhausted . . . but I also know this,” Biden said. “Because of the progress we’ve made, because of your resilience and the tools we have been provided by this Congress, tonight I can say we are moving forward safely, back to more normal routines.”

“Thanks to the progress we have made this past year,” he added, “COVID-19 need no longer control our lives.”

In some ways, the crowd in front of him told the story of the lightning-fast change coursing through the country. The assembled group of lawmakers and administration officials on the House floor was mostly maskless, an unusually normal sight that reflects the administration’s effort to find a way to live with COVID Some of the assembled lawmakers wore yellow and blue — the colors of the Ukrainian flag — as a sign of support for a nation under assault on the other side of the globe. Justice Stephen Breyer stood somberly in his black robes, his presence a reminder of his impending retirement, which offers Biden a chance for a big political win, after he nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first Black woman on the court.

But the scene also revealed the scale of the obstacles he faces as renewed his pitch for his stalled legislative agenda. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat who frustrated Biden’s plans to enact a sweeping social spending bill and reform of the filibuster so he could enact new voting rights protections, sat with Republicans instead of members of his own party. And Republicans booed Biden when he spoke of his economic agenda, breaking the earlier bipartisan camaraderie around Ukraine.

Biden, who spent much of 2021 locked in protracted negotiations with Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, another moderate Democrat, offered up parts of the social spending bill they had sunk as an answer to the problem of inflation. He called on lawmakers to lower prescription drug prices, cut energy costs by combating climate change, cut child care costs, and make the tax system fairer.

“I think I have a better idea to fight inflation: Lower your costs, not your wages,” Biden said.

But it is no clearer now than it was in recent months how Biden will get those measures through Congress.

His approval rating in some polls has plummeted below 40 percent since last summer as COVID cases surged again,and he’s faltered in two areas touted as his strengths: foreign policy and congressional deal-making.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released over the weekend showed the depths of Biden’s troubles. His overall approval rating reached a new low of 37 percent. Just 36 percent of Americans said they thought Biden was a strong leader and only 40 percent said he had the mental sharpness to be an effective president.

But the poll also indicated an opportunity for him in the Ukraine crisis. Two-thirds of respondents said they supported economic sanctions against Russia by the United States and its European allies. And eight in 10 said they viewed Russia as unfriendly or an enemy to the United States.

Biden, who spent decades on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, seemed most confident and at ease while rallying the lawmakers and officials in front of him against Russia and in support of Ukraine and his country’s alliances.

“Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson, when dictators do not pay a price for their aggression they cause more chaos,” Biden said. “They keep moving, And the costs and the threats to America and the world keep rising.”

He said that he had spent “countless hours” unifying European allies and sharing US intelligence about Russia’s plans, and that global action had left Putin as isolated as he has ever been.

But he was also careful — as he has been for months — to emphasize his reluctance to send American troops to Putin’s ground war or to start any other military engagement in Ukraine.

“Let me be clear, our forces are not engaged and will not engage in the conflict with Russian forces in Ukraine,” Biden said.

The speech comes as Democrats search for a message they hope will hold off Republican gains in this year’s midterm elections. Biden called for new investments in crime prevention and community policing — likely seeking to rebut Republicans who say his party is soft on crime.

“The answer is not to defund the police,” Biden said. “It’s to fund the police, fund them, fund them, fund them with the resources and training, resources and training they need to protect our communities.”

In the Republican rebuttal to Biden’s speech, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds criticized the president over his handling of the economy. “The Biden administration believes inflation is a ‘high class problem,’” she said. “I can tell you it’s an everybody problem.”

In his speech, Biden also laid out a litany of other priorities, including confirming Jackson to the Supreme Court, and passing the same voting rights legislation that Manchin and Sinema effectively killed.

Biden also offered up a “unity agenda” to combat the opioid epidemic, address mental health problems, help veterans, and beat cancer. The latter piece of that agenda sparked a Republican lawmaker to yell out at Biden, blaming him for the deaths of 13 service members during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Biden ended his speech on a hopeful note. “We are stronger today than we were a year ago,” he said. “And we will be stronger a year from now than we are today.”

Jim Puzzanghera of the Globe staff contributed to this report.


Jess Bidgood can be reached at Jess.Bidgood@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @jessbidgood.