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What in the world is a #Hashtag

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Details My parents still don’t understand the concept of a hashtag. If you’re reading this article, it’s possible you don’t, either. That’s ok, since I believe a lot of people are in the dark, yet feel if they asked, people would think them Luddites.Hashtags, written like #this, have only loose historical comparison (if you think of one, please comment below!). On one side, they are catchphrases akin to what you’d see on protest signage or hear repeated at a rally. “Black Lives Matter” or “Yes We Can” are contemporary examples. Upon hearing or reading those phrases, you know exactly the issues being discussed. Those using them become virtual participants in a local, regional, or global exchange.The other side of hashtags is what technology brings. On numerous social media services, from Instagram or Twitter to Snapchat or Facebook, you can add a “tag” to any post. In essence, that means you’re writing a phrase or word with the hash character attached (Ex. #myhashtagexample). It has no spaces, even if there are separate words. Here’s the cool part. When used on compatible services, they become links automatically. If you or anyone else clicks that link, they are brought to a page showing everyone else’s posts using that same hashtag phrase. Nowadays, these pages refresh real-time, meaning, new entries appear as they are written.This special page with everyone’s “tagged” posts (or pictures, videos, links, etc.) can be bookmarked (it’s called a Saved Search) for later access or followed by others with a shared interest. Ever notice the little hashtag at the bottom corner of TV shows or news segments? I remember for the show 24, the tag was #JackIsBack. Breaking news stories may have #electionday14 or similar. If enough people use the tag in a region or within a timeframe, it can be considered a “Trending Topic”. This means the social media sites will further spread it to others to show the “heartbeat” of society at that very moment.Credit Unions use them as well! I’ve been seeing one institution (Affinity FCU, no affiliation) promote a campaign comparing big banks to “Fat Cats”. They make sure to write #FatCatFree on every tweet, image, or video shared to unify them together into a single promotion.For this blog, every post relating to a new entry or just something I feel would be of interest to readers is tagged with #cugeek. Search #cugeek on Twitter and you’ll easily pull up each related post, past, present, and future, as they arrive.Technology can sometimes be overwhelming. Hashtags came into mainstream use so quickly I worry many people didn’t have a chance to understand what they were seeing. I hope this entry helps make sense of this new phenomenon. #hashtagthisyoungpeoplelast_img read more

Aberdeen continues spree with fund-of-funds manager purchase

first_imgIt will also require the approval of listed firms Advanced Developing Markets Funds and Advance Frontier Markets Fund, to which AEC is an investment manager.The £409m manager was started by 1996 and primarily focuses on allocating to investment managers and funds in emerging and frontier markets.It adds four investment professionals to Aberdeen’s business.AEC operates both open and closed funds and will add £8.5bn to Aberdeen’s closed fund business, the company said.Martin Gilbert, chief executive at Aberdeen, said AEC added to the range of alternatives offered by the company.“AEC investors will benefit from the management team’s being part of a larger, independent asset manager and the ability to draw on the group’s established distribution and operational expertise in regard to closed-end funds,” he said.Aberdeen recently purchased Flag Capital Management, a private equity manager, in addition to completing the full purchase of its private equity joint venture with SVG Capital.It has also entered an agreement to buy Arden Asset Management, a US hedge fund manager, which it said would expand its distribution in the region and build its hedge fund and alternatives capabilities. Aberdeen Asset Management is set to acquire Advanced Emerging Capital (AEC), a London-based emerging and frontier market fund-of-funds business.The £307bn (€418bn) asset manager will add AEC into its alternatives business.The news follows recent acquisitions boosting Aberdeen’s hedge fund capabilities in the US and private equity.The AEC deal is set to be completed by the end of 2015, subject to regulatory approval.last_img read more

Construction to affect routes to four State Park properties

first_imgBrookville, In. — Four big construction projects starting this month will affect guests traveling to Brown County State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Hardy Lake and Brookville Lake for part or all of the summer season.The project affecting Brown County State Park could start as early as next week.The most current information about alternative routes can be obtained at stateparks.IN.gov/7881.htm or by calling the respective property office, as listed below, before traveling.The projects include:BROOKVILLE LAKE: Fairfield Causeway Road will be closed from April-October, for major reconstruction. Access to Mounds State Recreation Area is still from State Road 101. Quakertown SRA can be accessed from S.R. 101 on Dunlapsville Road. At least one pier of the Fairfield Causeway bridge is expected to remain open to boat traffic during the project. Call 765-647-2657 before visiting.BROWN COUNTY: The north entrance into Brown County State Park, 2 miles east of Nashville, on State Road 46, will be closed from April 8 – May 9, while repairs are made to the park’s historic Ramp Creek Covered Bridge. During the time that the bridge is under repair, park visitors must use the park’s west entrance 2 miles south of Nashville on S.R. 46. Horse campers can continue to use the south entrance into the equestrian campground. Call 812-988-6406 before visiting. NOTE: The bridge is the only surviving “double barreled” covered bridge in Indiana, and one of only six in the nation. It is also the oldest surviving covered bridge in Indiana. Originally built in Putnam County in 1838, it was moved to its present location, spanning the north fork of Salt Creek, by the Indiana State Highway Commission in 1932.CLIFTY FALLS: Beginning in early April, State Road 256 from Austin to Hardy Lake Road will be closed for a road-widening project. This is the primary access to Clifty Falls off I-65 for guests traveling from the north. This project will continue through the summer. From I-65, guests should take the Scottsburg exit (S.R.56), and head east toward Madison, then take S.R. 56 east all the way into Madison to access the park. An alternative route is to take S.R. 56 to S.R. 203 north to reach S.R. 256, then head east to Clifty Falls State Park. Call 812-273-8885 before visiting.HARDY LAKE: Beginning in early April, State Road 256 from Austin to Hardy Lake Road will be closed for a road-widening project. This is the primary access to Hardy Lake off I-65 for guests traveling from the north. This project will continue through the summer. From I-65, guests should take the Scottsburg exit, and head east toward Madison, then head north on S.R. 203, crossing over S.R.256, and continue north on Hardy Lake Road to the property. Call 812-794-3800 before visiting.A map of INDOT’s Next Level Roads current and future construction projects is at https://www.in.gov/indot/To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.last_img read more

Wisconsin finally nets victory over Wayne State

first_imgBrooke Ammerman one-upped a hat trick, scoring four times against Wayne State on Friday night.[/media-credit]It was a scoring frenzy as the Wisconsin women’s hockey team downed the Wayne State Warriors 6-2 at the Kohl Center Friday afternoon. Finally, the Badgers outplayed an inferior opponent, almost doubling the Warriors shots-on-goal (38 to 20) and dominating puck possession.With the return of freshman forward Brianna Decker and junior defender Malee Windmeier, the Badgers seemed to skate with more confidence and kept things simpler throughout the game.Right from the start of the game it was all Badgers. Forty-two seconds in, UW sophomore forward Brooke Ammerman found the back of the net off an assist from Decker.“I hopped off the bench and the girl tried to pass across the ice,” Decker said of the goal. “I read that play. I ended up putting my stick back behind me and it hit the stick and [Ammerman] walked in and shot in the goal.”It did not take too long for Wayne State to retaliate. The Warriors took advantage of their first power play as forward Katrina Protopapas evened things up at 1-1 in the sixth minute. The Badgers bounced back, however, as Windmeier slipped the puck between Warriors goalie Lindsey Park’s legs on a shorthanded goal in the 16th minute of the first period.Head coach Tracey DeKeyser was pleased to see the shorthanded goal and noted Windmeier’s ability to make those exciting plays.“[Windmeier] is getting stronger, and you know that’s what [she] can do. She’s really perceptive, and she basically undressed that play all the way,” DeKeyser said.In the second period, the Badgers continued to outplay the Warriors, only allowing two shots on goal to 14 of their own. Wisconsin also utilized its third power play, as Ammerman knocked in her second goal of the game, putting the team ahead 3-1 in the 15th minute of the period.But Ammerman was not the only Badger to get a power-play goal. Decker also benefited from the man advantage, as she scored a goal in her first game back, 12 minutes into the third period off an assist from freshman defender Saige Pacholok.Pacholok noted the strong energy Decker brings to the team and her ability to bring the energy everywhere, particularly during this weekend series.“She’s brings a positive attitude to the bench and in game play on the ice, too,” Pacholok said. “She’s a clutch player — she really brings energy everywhere. It was really good to have her back.”Wayne State was not ready to let Wisconsin walk away with the win, though. Two minutes after Decker’s goal, Warriors forward Julie Ingratta slid in Wayne State’s second goal past Badgers goalie Alannah McCready, showing the Badgers they still had some fight in them.But Wisconsin was quick to shut them down. Again, just two minutes later, Ammerman knocked in her third goal of the game off assists from Pacholok and junior forward Mallory Deluce. Not only did Ammerman get a hat trick in the game, she went one goal further. With eight seconds left in the game, Ammerman found the back of the net for a fourth time off assists from Pacholok and freshman forward Breann Frykas, securing the 6-2 Wisconsin victory.“Brooke can finish,” DeKeyser said. “[She] had different linemates today, and that helps in terms of just trying something new and going to net. Both her and Decker are very good offensive threats, and so I think that 1-2 punch was the difference for our group today.”Ammerman mostly attributed her successful day to being in the right place at the right time.“I was just around the net — I got lucky the puck was coming to my stick. That first goal was nice to have by Decker, and the rest were just in front of the net and being in the right place at the right time.” Ammerman said.Overall, the team looked stronger and more dynamic. The Badgers had been having issues with scoring on their power plays, but profited off 2-of-5 opportunities in the game. The team also looked more confident and took control of the entire game as a whole.“I think we’re just coming together more as a team,” McCready said. “We have Decker back — it’s a good uplifter for the team. We’re finally starting to come together again and get things rolling and start playing how we know we can play with the talent that we have.”last_img read more