February 2, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Baseball Completes 3-0 Sweep of Cal State San-Marcos Sunday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN MARCOS, Calif.-Jake Engel homered and had a pair of RBI as the Dixie State Trailblazers blanked Cal State San Marcos 7-0 Sunday at CSUSM Baseball Field in non-conference college baseball action.Kaden Hollow added two more RBI for the Trailblazers, who improved to 3-0 on the season in completing the sweep of the Cougars.Tevita Gerber earned the win on the mound for Dixie State, netting six strikeouts in six innings of work.The Trailblazers return to action Friday and Saturday at Los Angeles against Northwest Nazarene on the campus of Cal State-Los Angeles.Dixie State will then be the guests of the Golden Eagles Saturday and Sunday. Written by Tags: Dixie baseball Brad James
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Manor Bakeries has stemmed the decline in sales of its Mr Kipling brand, but sales of its other main cake brands continue to fall, latest TNS data suggests.The data highlights the increasing strength of supermarket own-label alternatives, with all the supermarkets growing market share on own-label cakes over the year. Overall, Manor Bakeries sales were down by 3.2% in value to £178.6 million, mainly due to shoppers buying less often, according to TNS. That meant it lost its position as the number one cake manufacturer in the UK in 2005, with Tesco private-label the dominant ambient brand. The TNS cake market overview, covering the 52 weeks to January 2006, shows sales of Mr Kipling branded cakes were up 0.1% to £107.6m. Performance of its two other main cake brands was less positive. Cadbury cake sales were down 9.2% in value to £46.9m and Lyons’ cakes sales were down 5.2% to £22.7m.Meanwhile, United Biscuits McVities’ cakes brand also suffered over the year, with sales down 4.7% to £50.6m.As the ambient cakes brands suffered, the big food retailers grew market share of private-label alternatives. Tesco’s market share of its private-label cakes went up 7% to 16.4% over the year, a share worth £188.5m. Sainsbury’s private-label sales went up 7.5% to 9.9%, a share worth £113.8m. Marks & Spencer’s ambient cake sales were up 3.9% to 7.1%. Asda’s share went up 3.7% to a 7.2% share, worth £83.3m. And Morrisons saw a 6.4% rise to 6.7% or £77m. By comparison, Cadbury’s cakes market share was down to 4.1%, Mr Kipling’s was 9.3%, and Lyons was 2%. McVities cakes had a 4.4% market share in 2005.The data also highlights growth in sales of slab cakes, cut cakes and small pies over the year. Small cakes, such as French fancies, had the biggest market share overall. Muffins saw the greatest sales decline over the year, with market share falling 5% to 4.7%.
Taking place in St. Petersburg and Boca Raton on consecutive nights, January 14-15, the Sunshine Music Festival has put together a great lineup for their initial announcement. Headlining the event will be host band Tedeschi Trucks Band, who return to the local Florida event to give what is sure to be a soulful performance.Joining them on the lineup are a number of incredible musicians, including Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Bruce Hornsby, Mavis Staples, Dave Mason, Railroad Earth, North Mississippi Allstars, and Greyhounds. The full festival takes place over two days in two venues, including Vinoy Park in St. Pete on January 14th and Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton on the 15th.Tickets go on sale September 26th, and more information can be found here. The full lineup poster is copied below.
Load remaining images Phish finished their instant-classic Baker’s Dozen residency last night, and there’s a lot to digest. The band completed their thirteen-show run without repeating a single song, a remarkable feat that sets the bar extremely high for any other major touring bands out there looking to do something special for their fanbase. The finale at Madison Square Garden was light on donut references–the night’s theme was “Glazed”–and, after thirteen shows of no repeats, featured a somewhat predictable set list. Nonetheless, the band dropped another jaw-dropping show that was filled with the amazing jams, epic bust outs, and the loose, focused playing that only Phish can provide.The band set the tone for the evening right out of the gates by dropping “Dogs Stole Things” into the show-opening slot. This marked only the fourth performance of the song since the band reformed in 2009. After finishing the dark and bluesy number, Phish worked their way through a somewhat sloppy version of “Rift.” The band synced up and built the song to its natural climax, which built the energy in the room tremendously. A weird and dark version of the rarity “Ha Ha Ha” was up next, drawing huge roars from the excited audience.A funky “Camel Walk” batted clean-up, and it was a home run edition of the song, with a nice, patient, funky groove that permeated throughout the track. Phish nailed the song’s composed section and left the audience satisfied with a spot-on version of the fan-favorite. The band followed that up with Mike Gordon‘s “Crazy Sometimes,” which was well-played and contained a nice Led Zeppelin-esque jam. This acted as a pre-cursor to the madness of “Saw It Again,” which whipped the crowd into a complete frenzy, especially after a howling sample from the Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House Halloween set during the song’s huge build. “Sanity,” another cherished rarity from the band’s early days, followed the madness of “Saw It Again.” “Sanity” also featured a quote from “The Very Long Fuse,” tying the segment of the show together with Halloween samples.After a quick version of “Bouncing Around the Room,” Phish debuted “Most Events Aren’t Planned,” a Page-led synth-rocker from his Vida Blue days. Page hasn’t toured Vida Blue in many years, so fans were totally caught off guard by this bust out. The band locked in for an awesome and driving jam on this track, and it was easily the musical highlight of set one. A heartfelt version of “Bug” followed, and you could hear the echoes throughout the arena as the crowd yelled the song’s chorus into the skies. Page McConnell then got a chance to ham it up, as the band performed their first version of the Joy rarity “I’ve Been Around” since 2014. Page provided a nice joke during the song’s intro, telling the crowd “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty glazed,” which got a huge response from the audience and elicited a nice laugh from Trey Anastasio, who just couldn’t hold it in any longer.It seemed like “I’ve Been Around” would close the set as it did at 7/27/14‘s Merriweather Tweezerfest, as Anastasio took his guitar off post-song, but it was a fake-out, as he actually switched to a different guitar and launched into an uproarious version of “Izabella” by Jimi Hendrix. “Izabella” is the holy grail for many Phish fans, having entered the band’s rotation in 1997 and abruptly disappeared after it appeared in the second set on July 31st, 1998 at the Polaris Amphitheater in Columbus, OH. This version of the song featured some huge moments, with Anastasio machine-gunning his way to glory several times, remaining laser-focused even as he kicked a balloon that had floated on to the stage. After a 574-show gap, “Izabella” finally returned, stunning the crowd just in time for set break.The band returned to the stage earlier than usual on night thirteen, signaling an improv-laden second set, a long encore, or both. Phish announced their intentions quickly, with a glorious second-set-opening “Simple.” Many fans had predicted “Simple” as a thin reference to the night’s “Glazed” theme, which many considered a “simple” choice of donut. I’m not sure if this was a reference to the theme or just one of the two remaining major jam vehicles–“You Enjoy Myself” being the other–but I am sure that this was a remarkable version of “Simple.” The song’s jam kicked off with an ambient, rhythmic groove, with Anastasio using plenty of echo to help drive the spacey improvisation. The band continued to utilize a sci-fi vibe in their jams, with McConnell employing some wild synth wobbles while lighting designer Chris Kuroda matched the atmosphere with his moving and customizable light rig. After a brief moment that incorporated the rhythm of Queen‘s “Under Pressure,” the band linked up for a jangly moment of blissful playing before McConnell took over on electric piano, and the jam progressed into a funky space reminiscent of “2001.” Phish continued to improvise, building up a patient, major key jam into a massive peak, followed by a huge sustain from Anastasio that drove the crowd wild.The band finally relented, dissolving into some ambient noodling before transitioning into Anastasio’s track “Come Together,” which continues to share no affiliation with the classic Beatles song of the same name (and has even started to be listed as “Rise/Come Together” on LivePhish to help differentiate the songs). After making quick work of the uplifting Anastasio track, Phish started up David Bowie‘s “Starman” from their 2016 Halloween cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The real meat of set two, however, came when the band finally delivered the Baker’s Dozen version of “You Enjoy Myself.” The audience went bonkers for “YEM,” and they showed their enthusiasm with the biggest and most aggressive glow stick war of the residency. You could feel the Garden shake as Phish ran through the composed section of “YEM,” with the MSG crowd letting loose for presumably the final time.When it came time for the song’s jam, the band were sublime, firing on all cylinders as Jon Fishman demolished the drums, delivering a pulsating groove and some great work on the ride cymbal, before McConnell took over with a blissful organ solo while the band worked their way towards a big peak. Anastasio took off his guitar, usually a sign that the “YEM” vocal jam is coming, but, after two bars of bass solo from Gordon, Anastasio couldn’t help it, and he picked his guitar back up to add some rhythmic effects to Gordon’s solo, which launched the band towards a tease of “Izabella,” another sci-fi-esque ambient section, and, finally, the song’s typical, bizarre vocal jam.It seemed like the band would cap things off with “You Enjoy Myself,” but a clearly excited Anastasio turned to McConnell and directed him to start up “Loving Cup” by The Rolling Stones. The song was met with a rapturous response and gave the audience one more chance to go nuts as the band rocked the beloved cover. When the dust had settled, Phish had completed a rare five-song second set to close out the final frame of the Baker’s Dozen. The band took an extra long time taking bows and receiving gifts from the crowd before walking off stage for the final encore break of the run.During the break, a folded-up banner was lowered from the ceiling, prompting fans to expect some sort of bizarre, Phishy surprise. However, after it touched the ground, MSG staffers unrolled the mystery to reveal a Baker’s Dozen-themed Phish banner, which sent the crowd into a frenzy. The banner hung in the middle of the room for a few minutes, while Phish returned to the stage to take some pictures in front of it before it was raised to the ceiling. As a native New Yorker who grew up going to Knicks and Rangers games and has seen countless concerts at Madison Square Garden, it was mind-blowing to see Phish’s name go up into the rafters to join New York legends like Ewing, Reed, Frazier, Messier, Leetch, and Gilbert. There were some tears in the audience (or maybe it was just me) as that banner was triumphantly raised into the sky. After Mayor DeBlasio declared Sunday “Phish Day” in NYC and Madison Square Garden showed off a new Phish plaque that will hang backstage, it’s safe to say that Sunday was one of the most important days in Phish history.For the encore, Phish busted out “On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson for the first time since Dick’s 2013. The song fit the thematic conclusion of the residency’s final show, but this version saw both McConnell and Anastasio forget full segments of the lyrics, seemingly choked up by the massive moment. The emotion behind the song choice worked out, though, and the sentiment rang heart-warmingly true: “The life I love is making music with my friends.”Eventually, the band dropped into a funky groove, with McConnell leaving his piano to take center stage. Page addressed the audience, telling them “all week long, people have been asking me…’Is this Lawn Boy?‘….It is.” The band then dropped into a funky, double-time version of the final verse of “Lawn Boy,” to the delight of the crowd. Fishman and Gordon then delivered a few bars of the intro to “Weekapaug Groove,” which had already been played in the Baker’s Dozen run, thoroughly confused the crowd in the process–they’ve gotten through 26 full sets and they’re going to repeat a song during the final encore!? However, it was just one more fake-out from Phish, as Anastasio started up the dramatic intro to “Tweezer Reprise,” completing the “Tweezer” sandwich that started on night one.When the song was finished, Phish walked off stage and the lights went up. The band chose to play “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel as the walkout music, a fitting choice as Phish now joins the Piano Man on the rafters of Madison Square Garden, forever immortalized as one of the venue’s most cherished acts.Phish now begins takes a well-deserved three-week break before returning to the road for their annual Labor Day weekend run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.Hot Takes: Repeat Watch: 13 shows. 26 sets. 237 songs. Zero repeats…and it’s still “Lawn Boy.” Legendary.Today’s Donut: “Glazed” [“I’ve Been Around.”]We Tired Yet?: Goodnight.SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 13 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/6/17SET 1: Dogs Stole Things, Rift, Ha Ha Ha, Camel Walk, Crazy Sometimes > Saw It Again > Sanity > Bouncing Around the Room, Most Events Aren’t Planned, Bug, I Been Around, IzabellaSET 2: Simple > Come Together > Starman, You Enjoy Myself, Loving CupENCORE: On the Road Again > Lawn Boy Reprise > Tweezer Reprise Phish debut.Check out the gallery below by Christian Stewart.
In our solar system, only one planet is blessed with an ocean: Earth. Our home world is a rare, blue jewel compared with the deserts of Mercury, Venus, and Mars. But what if our sun had not one but two habitable ocean worlds?Astronomers have found such a planetary system orbiting the star Kepler-62. This five-planet system has two worlds in the habitable zone — the distance from their star at which they receive enough light and warmth that liquid water could theoretically exist on their surfaces. Modeling by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) suggests that both planets are water worlds, their surfaces completely covered by a global ocean with no land in sight.“These planets are unlike anything in our solar system. They have endless oceans,” said lead author Lisa Kaltenegger of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and the CfA. “There may be life there, but could it be technology-based like ours? Life on these worlds would be under water with no easy access to metals, to electricity, or fire for metallurgy.Nonetheless, these worlds will still be beautiful, blue planets circling an orange star — and maybe life’s inventiveness to get to a technology stage will surprise us.”Kepler-62 is a type K star slightly smaller and cooler than our sun. The two water worlds, designated Kepler-62e and -62f, orbit the star every 122 and 267 days, respectively.They were found by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, which detects planets that transit, or cross the face of, their host star. Measuring a transit tells astronomers the size of the planet relative to its star.Kepler-62e is 60 percent larger than Earth, while Kepler-62f is about 40 percent larger, making both of them “super-Earths.” They are too small for their masses to be measured, but astronomers expect them to be composed of rock and water, without a significant gaseous envelope.As the warmer of the two worlds, Kepler-62e would have a bit more clouds than Earth, according to computer models. More distant Kepler-62f would need the greenhouse effect from plenty of carbon dioxide to warm it enough to host an ocean. Otherwise, it might become an ice-covered snowball.“Kepler-62e probably has a very cloudy sky and is warm and humid all the way to the polar regions. Kepler-62f would be cooler, but still potentially life-friendly,” said Harvard astronomer and co-author Dimitar Sasselov.“The good news is — the two would exhibit distinctly different colors and make our search for signatures of life easier on such planets in the near future,” he added.The discovery raises the intriguing possibility that some star in our galaxy might be circled by two Earth-like worlds — planets with oceans and continents, where technologically advanced life could develop.“Imagine looking through a telescope to see another world with life just a few million miles from your own. Or, having the capability to travel between them on a regular basis. I can’t think of a more powerful motivation to become a space-faring society,” said Sasselov.Kaltenegger and Sasselov’s research has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal.
Harvard University launched the initial development phase of a new regional innovation hub on Thursday with the filing of regulatory plans for the Enterprise Research Campus (ERC) in Allston.Harvard’s vision for the ERC involves myriad uses, including as a location for private businesses, nonprofit organizations, incubators, startups, and social enterprises pursuing opportunities for applied research and entrepreneurship.The plan also envisions the ERC as a home to both residential units and a hotel and conference area. The area is intended to generate and implement new and innovative ideas to improve the world in practical and tangible ways, and to foster new levels of collaboration among students and faculty, academic communities and their counterparts in the private sector, entrepreneurs and investors, and local companies and global entities.The University, which filed a detailed Planned Development Area (PDA) Master Plan with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, says the ERC presents an unparalleled opportunity to enhance the power of collaboration among the area’s academic institutions, hospitals, and research-based industries, and to profoundly impact the regional economy.The 36-acre site is across the street from Harvard Business School (HBS), the i-lab, the Launch Lab, and the Life Lab, and will be near the new Artlab, which is in the permitting process. The site is also adjacent to the new Science and Engineering Complex that will house the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.“The Enterprise Research Campus holds the promise to bolster the remarkable strengths of Harvard and the Greater Boston region in the life sciences and in areas such as bioengineering, imaging, and robotics,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “Bringing those strengths together at the center of one of the most innovative research areas in the country will help generate new insights that will improve the world in practical and tangible ways, and inspire collaboration and creativity that will launch some of the most extraordinary ideas, careers, and companies of the century.”In Harvard’s 2013 Institutional Master Plan, the ERC was described as an area that would “include flexible and adaptable facilities that can accommodate changing research requirements and paradigms” under principles that sought to “create a dynamic blend of activity that will make the area a sought-after destination — a place where companies want to locate, and a place where people want to work.”Conceptual plans for the first development phase, located within a 14-acre site on Western Avenue, include office or lab space, market-rate rental housing, and hotel and conference space.The University operated under a core set of guiding principles when considering the planning framework for both the broader 36-acre ERC area and the initial 14-acre PDA Master Plan area. It envisioned creating a livable urban district with a synergistic mix of uses, an active and vibrant area with open and green spaces. The development master plan considers the near-future transportation infrastructure, storm water and utility connections, and the public, civic, and green space amenities to accommodate existing development realities and ensure environmental sustainability and resilience, while building in the flexibility to respond to future development needs.While the PDA Master Plan regulatory filing is under review, no specific development projects are included for regulatory approval. Over time, Harvard plans to attract development partners that would interact across fields, disciplines, and institutions.“The ERC will build on Harvard’s strengths in business, science and engineering, medicine, design, law, and the liberal arts,” said Katie Lapp, Harvard’s executive vice president. “It will benefit from being close to neighboring universities and institutes, as well as the city’s world-renowned hospitals. Additionally, it will include a broad mix of exciting uses, including new spaces to live, work, play, research, adapt, innovate, and collaborate.”The filing is an initial step to set in place the regulatory and planning framework for future development opportunities at the ERC.Plans for the first development phase, located on a 14-acre site next to Western Avenue, include approximately 400,000 square feet of office or lab space, 250,000 square feet of market-rate rental housing, and 250,000 square feet of hotel and conference space. The initial plans were presented to the Allston community last week at a meeting led by the newly convened Impact Advisory Group.The ERC planning document includes details about possibilities for the future sequence of development. Harvard will seek private developers that can lead specific project proposals.Thursday’s filing caps a 17-year process to assemble the land on which the ERC will sit. Beginning in 2000, Harvard took steps to purchase the underlying rights to the land, to work with CSX, a railway and real estate firm, to relocate its operations west of the city, to ensure that the land was fully remediated, and to begin planning for the 14-acre parcel.The ERC site is part of an approximately 100-acre area that is divided by Cambridge Street. Harvard will transition additional land parcels over time into developable parcels.South of Cambridge Street, the state plans to embark on a transportation project that will create an urban street grid, straighten a section of the Massachusetts Turnpike, remove structural impediments to movement, establish West Station as a transportation node, and unlock new development opportunities by connecting traffic grids. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation filed a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project last week.Harvard’s PDA Master Plan filing starts a public review process guided by an advisory group of local residents and business owners, and a 45-day comment period in which members of the community can offer suggestions and feedback, and can participate in public meetings to review the ERC filing. At the conclusion of the comment period, the Boston Planning and Development Agency will consider approving the PDA Master Plan, an initial step to establish the baseline zoning for the 900,000-square-foot development program laid out in this filing.
Governor Shumlin was joined by business leaders and individual Vermonters today to thank them for their generous donations to the Irene recovery efforts. ‘These donors have stepped forward to provide well over one million dollars towards Vermont’s recovery,’ said Governor Shumlin. ‘This assistance will provide both short and long term recovery opportunities to Vermonters who need help getting back on their feet.’ The state of Vermont recognizes the importance of all donations, large and small. Governor Shumlin was joined today by Edmunds Elementary School Principal Dr. Shelly Mathias and students Emma Goodwin and Aviva Strong, who raised 51 dollars for Rochester Elementary School by singing on their block for two days and holding a bake sale. Moretown Elementary School students provided childcare assistance, walked with donation jars throughout town and worked as task runners during emergency response. Ethan Beard, Seth Beard, Shane Fekert, Cole Fekert, Tyler Tierson, Bergen Alison, Josie Alison, and Mary Harris came today and the Governor thanked them for their hard work. Donations received from ‘Corporate Angels’ around the country provide housing, food assistance and case management, along with a full-range of resources for people who were impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. ‘I am pleased to see the outpouring of financial support from large corporations, small businesses and individuals who want to see Vermont rebuild,’ said Governor Shumlin. ‘I hope still that others who haven’t come forward will be generous in helping us recover.’ Governor Shumlin thanked the ‘Corporate Angels’ and children who joined him at the press conference as well as the thousands of other businesses and individuals throughout Vermont and the country who have generously donated to the disaster relief. The ‘Corporate Angels’ who joined Governor Shumlin today are: · Vermont Public Radio President Robin Turnau, who raised $627,000 from a one-day fundraiser.· Green Mountain Coffee Roaster President and CEO Larry Blanford, for their $250,000 donation.· Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont President and CEO Don George, for their $150,000 donation.· National Life President and CEO Mehran Assadi, for their $120,000donation.· President and CEO of Subaru of New England Ernie Boch Jr., for his $100,000 donation.· Northfield Savings Bank President and CEO Thomas Pelletier, for their $100,000 donation.· IGG Software Inc. President Dr. Ian Gillespie, for their $30,000 donation.· Coca-Cola, for their $25,000 donation. People who are still interested in donating to assist in Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts can call 1-800-VERMONT to donate to either the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund and the Vermont ‘ New Hampshire Red Cross Chapter.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jonathan LayWe recently delivered our findings and recommendations to a financial institution along with their Digital Marketing Blueprint. In our discovery phase, we performed a website assessment, which included usability tests.After these tests were completed, we found that 80% of the users “did not trust this website” as it “felt busy, cluttered, confusing and outdated.” Furthermore, just 48% stated they would refer the website to their friends or family members. Yes, that’s nearly half of all respondents.While it is clear the financial institution does in fact need a new website, we also uncovered a deeper issue related to the emotional side of storytelling. Every single ad on the website promoted the financial institution’s “great rates and service.”These kinds of undifferentiated broadcast offers are directed to the left side of a consumer’s brain, which is responsible for analytic processing and reason.However, it was clear from the consumers’ feedback that the story being told by the financial institution was being emotionally driven from the right side of their brain. And this story did not make them feel good. continue reading »
35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: www.ongoingoperations.com Details Major cybersecurity hacks are all too common, which is why I feel compelled yell as loudly as I can to Credit Union CEOs, “Patch! Patch again, and patch some more!” There are 6000 Credit Unions with about 100M consumers’ information. Alone, Equifax had that much data at risk, and they blew it. While, of course, we are smaller organizations and our targets aren’t as big, we will continue to see major hacks and breaches. Plus, hackers will eventually target smaller targets as big targets get stronger. Most cyber experts agree that the number one thing you can do to protect yourself and your Credit Union is patching. So it begs the question: Why don’t we?There are four major cultural reasons in technology and Credit Unions that cause the unpatched phenomena, and it is up to the CEO to alter this playbook!1.Conflicting Priorities – One of the largest goals of any IT person is maintaining uptime. However, this goal generally counters best practices in security. The most common question Ongoing Operations gets about its patching practices is, “How do you make sure that patching doesn’t break something?” The reality is software patches that “break things” are uncommon. Of course, when they do, it is painful for all involved since a bad patch can destroy key incentives around uptime. Frankly, this is a red herring. Uptime is absolutely important but NOT as important as security. Go ahead and tell your IT person that it is ok to patch first and patch everything. It’s in your best interest to accept some downtime in the process. Think of it this way, if you don’t patch the small leaks, they eventually become big leaks and require expensive replacements. Footnote: Before beginning your aggressive patching initiative, you MUST make sure you have good backups! If you don’t or you’re not sure, check first take care of that issue immediately. Then, patch away!Lack of Visibility – The CEO needs to take responsibility and push to have full transparency into the patching process. This issue has more liability than HR issues but most Credit Union CEOs refuse to learn the process and impacts of patching (and not patching) the way they understand HR laws. Get to know your Credit Unions patching methodology, help your teams simplify it, and push to know its status at all times. Boredom Avoidance – Let’s face it. Patching hundreds of workstations, printers, firewalls, routers, servers, etc. is pretty monotonous. Find a tool (like Ongoing Operations’ CU Control) product and automate the heck out of the patching process. Make this equivalent to counting teller drawers and cash vaults and involve your supervisory committee. Don’t allow old vulnerabilities to linger. This can be an efficient and painless process, but you have to put in a little work on the front end. The Lowest Common Denominator Effect – The last major issue really comes down to the company you keep. Essentially, if you have subpar software providers who take a while to patch their stuff, this can trigger downstream issues for the Credit Union. If there is an untested or incompatible version from a key vendor, then the Credit Union is left to wait until the software provider gets their act together. Unfortunately, when it comes to patching procrastination, this is the most common reason and pain point. We highly recommend instituting a good dashboard or scorecard for your Credit Union’s patching, and also one that maps out the dependencies and performance of your key software providers.I’m encouraging you to establish the necessary precautions for your Credit Union’s safety through patching. The reasons above are the barriers, but you need to push through those because, ultimately, it’s just like locking the doors of your house every night. It’s not hard, and forgetting to do it may result in grave consequences. So, patch your damn stuff and improve your odds that you won’t wind up in Equifax CEO’s shoes.