Will the monkey ever get off our back?

first_imgI was perusing the credit union web the other day, and I found an interesting article out on NACUSO.org. It was a summary of a survey done by CU Service Network back in 2016. The survey was given to 60 credit union CEOs whose assets ranged from 30 million to 1.6 billion. These CEOs were asked about their credit unions top issues and burdens. I will give you three guesses on what they said was the top issue…go ahead…If you guessed the weather, you were off by just a bit; it was actually compliance. 93% of the CEOs surveyed said they are concerned about meeting all of their compliance requirements. This is just a shot in the dark, but I am guessing this would be a pretty standard response if you asked any other CEO this same question.Trust me guys and gals, I get it. It is my job to dive in and dissect this stuff every day, and I have to admit that there are days it seems like a never ending jungle of information. Unfortunately for those of you that feel like you are lost in the jungle, it doesn’t look like that rescue helo is coming anytime soon. But just because the rescue squad might not be coming, doesn’t mean we can’t Bear Grylls our way out of this forest. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Biden defeats Trump in Nevada.

first_imgJoseph R. Biden Jr. won the state of Nevada on Saturday, according to The New York Times, defeating President Trump by two percentage points.The country had anxiously awaited the results in the battleground state for days, viewing it as a potential tipping point. But when they finally came, the moment was somewhat anticlimactic: Mr. Biden had already been declared the winner of the presidential race roughly an hour earlier, after Pennsylvania was called for him.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In Nevada, where Hillary Clinton beat Mr. Trump by 2.4 percentage points in 2016, Democrats control the governor’s office and legislature, both Senate seats and all but one House seat. It was not widely expected to be a battleground state in the presidential election.- Advertisement – Still, that Mr. Biden has clinched Nevada’s six electoral votes adds to his lead in the Electoral College.The Trump campaign had identified Nevada, which allows any losing candidate to request a recount, as one of the battleground states where it hopes to use the courts and procedural maneuvers to stave off defeat. Less than 24 hours before Election Day, a Nevada judge rejected a lawsuit filed by Republicans who had tried to stop early vote counting in Clark County. But while recent polls consistently showed Mr. Biden ahead of Mr. Trump in Nevada, Democrats worried that some of their base working-class voters, many of whom lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, might not show up at the polls because of they would be focused on immediate concerns, like feeding their families. The state has reported more than 107,000 coronavirus cases.last_img read more

East Java begins contact tracing for six confirmed COVID-19 cases

first_imgTopics : East Java’s COVID-19 task force will begin contact tracing for six people in Surabaya who tested positive for the virus, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said on Tuesday.Khofifah said the task force, backed by a team of 30 physicians with expertise in infectious diseases, would soon begin the process for the six people, all residents of the provincial capital.”We, together with the team of experts, will trace where and with whom they made contact in the days before the test results of their samples came out positive,” Khofifah told reporters on Tuesday evening after meeting with East Java businesspeople at the Grahadi Building in Surabaya. “How this virus has spread has just been unpredictable.” He said the hospitals were in Surabaya, Malang, Sidoarjo, Pasuruan, Tulungagung and Banyuwangi.He also said that, in Surabaya alone, the number of isolation ward rooms at several of the 44 referral hospitals in the province was capped at 132.As of Wednesday afternoon, Indonesia reported 227 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths.center_img She said the task force created a “contact tracing map” for the six patients but refused to release it to the public, saying it could trigger anxiety among communities living in areas the patients previously visited.Read also: Indonesia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases may spike in upcoming days, govt warnsThe patients were in stable condition, she said, adding that some of them went to the hospital on their own initiative and asked for the COVID-19 test. Earlier on Tuesday morning, East Java COVID-19 mitigation task force head Heru Tjahjono said 26 patients under surveillance and 15 potential COVID-19-positive patients were being cared for at isolation wards at 22 hospitals in the province.last_img read more

Trump fires intelligence official who had key impeachment role

first_imgTopics : President Donald Trump announced Friday he was firing a senior intelligence official who had a central role in the complaint last August that sparked the impeachment trial of the US leader.In a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Trump said he had lost confidence in Michael Atkinson, the independent inspector general of the broad US intelligence community.Atkinson reviewed and transmitted an anonymous whistle-blower’s complaint in August that alleged that Trump had sought personal political favours from Ukraine in violation of US law.The complaint became the basis for Trump’s impeachment, which saw him put through a historic trial for removal in the Senate in January. The president was charged with holding up official military aid to Ukraine in exchange for Kiev helping to smear his expected 2020 election foe, Democrat Joe Biden.After deciding the complaint had merit, Atkinson, a 55-year-old veteran government attorney, forwarded it to the Justice Department and to Congress, setting off the impeachment investigation.Atkinson then testified in a closed hearing of the House Intelligence Committee investigating the allegations, at a time when the White House sought to prevent other administration officials from giving evidence.Ultimately Trump was voted not guilty by the Republican-controlled Senate in early February.He then embarked on a campaign to force from office a number of officials in the White House, State Department and Pentagon who cooperated with the probe. Atkinson, who Trump appointed to his post in 2018, was long understood to be in the president’s sights.”It is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general,” Trump wrote in the letter to the two top senators on the Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr and Mark Warner.”This is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general,” he said, without explaining why.Warner, a Democrat, blasted Trump for what he called “ongoing attempts to politicize the nation’s intelligence agencies.””In the midst of a national emergency, it is unconscionable that the president is once again attempting to undermine the integrity of the intelligence community by firing yet another an intelligence official simply for doing his job,” he wrote.”The work of the intelligence community has never been about loyalty to a single individual; it’s about keeping us all safe from those who wish to do our country harm.”last_img read more

Facebook closes political ads loophole ahead of US presidential election

first_imgTopics : Zuckerberg has touted transparency tools in response, arguing that voters should be able to examine statements from would-be political leaders unimpeded.In a USA Today op-ed on Tuesday, he pledged to display a Voting Information Center at the top of US users’ news feeds. He also said the company would aim to help 4 million people register to vote, double its goal for 2016. “Previously the thinking here was that these were organic posts, and so these posts did not necessarily need to contain information about ads,” said Sarah Schiff, a Facebook product manager overseeing the change.After receiving feedback, Schiff said, the company now considers it important to disclose if a post “was at one point an ad.”Facebook introduced a similar labeling approach for state news media earlier this month, but that label also sometimes drops off with sharing and does not appear when users post their own links to those outlets.The company is facing demands to do more to combat false viral information before the Nov. 3 presidential election, including by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who last week called on Zuckerberg to reverse his decision to exempt political ads from fact-checking.center_img Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would affix labels to political ads shared by users on their own feeds, closing what critics have said for years was a glaring loophole in the company’s election transparency measures.The world’s biggest social network has attached a “paid for by” disclaimer to political ads since 2018, after facing a backlash for failing to stop Russia from using its platforms to influence the 2016 US presidential election.But the label disappeared once people shared the ads to their own feeds, which critics said undermined its utility and allowed misinformation to continue spreading unchecked.last_img read more

Brisbane architecturally designed homes go under the hammer this weekend

first_imgThe home at 2/35 Victoria St, Kelvin Grove, is built with sustainable living in mind.The cottage at 2/35 Victoria St, Kelvin Grove was built over a number of years by an environmental engineer and thoughtfully designed to make the most of the natural elements, according to Harcourts Solutions licensed real estate agent Bridget Gabites.“The owner collected the timber, and it’s all been designed to make sure it stays cool in summer and warm in the winter by keeping windows away from the western side,” Ms Gabites said.“There are solar panels that almost provides all the electricity for the home and there is a water tank outside.” The cottage was designed to make the most of a small block.Ms Gabites said blocks in Kelvin Grove were traditionally small and the vendor had maximised the space available through the minimalist style of the house. The home is open-plan living.The Queenslander had an architecturally designed renovation and extension which was completed about a decade ago, so while the front of the home remains in traditional fashion, the rest of the residence is ultra-modern. The home was architecturally designed by the owner’s son in 1969.The retro-chic home is back in style and has garnered the attention of buyers, many of whom want to preserve the property.“The majority have been looking to maintain the style and have come just for the architecture, while the others have come for the area,” Mr Morgan said.The home will go to auction on July 7, midday. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoThe home at 35 Kanofski St, Chermside West, will go to auction for the first time in nearly 50 years.Further north at Chermside West, a home is set to change hands for the first time in almost 50 years. The backyard of 42 Beeston St, Teneriffe.Backing onto Teneriffe Park, the home at 42 Beeston St, Teneriffe sits on what is an almost unheard of 911sq m. The home flows through from inside to outside.The five bedroom, four bedroom home had undercover lockup accommodation for five cars.“When you have older children and they start to get cars, you can fit all of their cars, plus your own cars undercover in the garage,” Mr Lancashire said.The home will go to auction on July 7, at 11am.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02 Retro-chic is back! This home has drawn attention for its architecture.Ray White Chermside sales consultant Matt Morgan said the 35 Kanofski St property had been architecturally designed by the vendors son, who built and moved into the home in 1969.“The most common word I’ve heard is ‘timeless’,” Mr Morgan said.“A lot of people who have come here have said the house is better than the photos.” The bedrooms are large.The slice of prime property will go to auction on Saturday and Ray White New Farm sales principal Matt Lancashire said a block of that size at an inner-city location was rare.“In New Farm and Teneriffe anything over 600sq m is considered inner city acreage,” Mr Lancashire said.“There are only a limited amount of blocks in the area above 800sq m and this is one of them.” The master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in robe.The unique property had been popular among potential buyers with 70 groups through at inspections.“Our average amount of buyers through is about 30 to 40,” Ms Gabites said.“Proof is in the pudding that buyers are looking for something very unique and special.”The home will go under the hammer on July 7, at 10.30am. The cottage at 2/35 Victoria St, Kelvin Grove, is set to go to auction on Saturday.ARCHITECTURALLY designed homes are the flavour of the week with a number of them going under the hammer around the city this weekend.There is everything from an ecologically sustainable home, a modern mansion, and a 1960s stunner which will hit the market for the first time in almost 50 years.last_img read more

‘Citizen of the Year’ Winner, Bruce Anschuetz “Thankful” Over Award

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe 2017 Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce has a new ‘Citizen of the Year.’ Over 400 people were in attendance at the Aplex to celebrate a night connecting the community.Important figures including Mayor Matt Waligora, and Senator Jim Stamas were in attendance for Thursday night’s presentation.The ‘Citizen of the Year’ winner went to, Bruce Anschuetz of Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet.During his speech, Anschuetz told the audience that he was ‘shocked, and thankful.’ He even talked about his wife’s battle with ALS and his journey of moving to Alpena.Anschuetz said that he was mostly shocked that his family kept the award a secret for so long.“I couldn’t have been more shocked. My daughter, I can’t believe she didn’t tell me. My one daughter is from Kalamazoo, and my two granddaughters, when I seen them, I said, ‘I can’t believe my family and I are together tonight,” he said with excitement.Anschuetz added that he loves giving back to his community, and hopes to continue to serve Alpena well.Other awards that night included:7th Annual Culture Change Agent Award – Winner Mary Beth Stutzman6th Annual Up and Coming Award – Winner Harborside Cycle & Sport2nd Annual Ambassador of the Year Award – Winner JoAnn Dehring7th Annual Outstanding Customer Service Award – Winner The Drug Store7th Annual Business of the Year Award – Winner Omega Electric & Sign CompanyCitizen of the Year – Winner Bruce Anschuetz1st Annual Connecting the Classroom and Business Award – Elly DiamondMidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena 22nd Annual Health Leadership Award – Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union and City of AlpenaAlpena Community College’s 21st Annual Northeast Michigan Workforce Development Award – ESI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, alpena chamber of commerce, Bruce Anschuetz, citizen of the year awardContinue ReadingPrevious Norway Party Store Kicking Off Upcoming Ice Fishing & Chili Cook-Off With Fireworks in Memory of 2 Time Winner, Justin WieschowckiNext Students Pitch in and Volunteer at the Foster Closet of Michigan Alpena Branchlast_img read more

Rugby cranes to camp in Cape Town ahead of world cup 7s

first_img“She handles the team for about 10 days depending on the training block. Kruyt is also a strength and conditioning expert, ” added Olinga.Uganda together with South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe will represent the African continent at the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s. The Rugby Cranes will open their campaign against Samoa in the preliminary round on July 20th at the AT&T Park in San Francisco, USA.After failing to impress at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, the Rugby Cranes are hoping to put-up an impressive show at the World Cup 7s.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Rugby Cranes will camp in Cape Town, South Africa ahead of the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s.Ramzy Olinga, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) told URN on Wednesday that the team will have 10 days of training at the Stellenbosch High Performance Centre in Cape Town.“This is one of the best rugby training camps in the world used by the top teams. We are confident it will help our team prepare better as we get closer to the World Cup,” added Olinga. The Rugby World Cup 7s will take place in California, USA July 20-22.Uganda qualified for the Rugby World Cup last year after beating Zimbabwe 22-10 to retain the Africa 7s Rugby Cup. New Zealand are the reigning World Cup champions.Olinga said the team under the watchful eyes of Tolbert Onyango has intensified the training programme. “The follows a strict training block with most of the sessions taking place between 5-7am,” added Olinga. He said they have also hired a high performance coach, Ninette Kruyt from South Africa to help the team.last_img read more

Sarri admits new striker needed as Chelsea frustrated by Saints

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Maurizio Sarri admitted Chelsea need attacking reinforcements after they wasted a chance to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four with a 0-0 draw against struggling Southampton on Wednesday.Sarri’s team remain in fourth place, but they are now just three points ahead of fifth placed Arsenal in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.It was a frustrating evening for Chelsea, who dominated possession but lacked any cutting edge, maintaining a worrying sequence for Sarri.His side failed to score for the third time in their last five Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, raising more questions about Chelsea’s need for a top-class striker in the January transfer window.“The club knows my opinion. I think we need something else for our characteristics,” Sarri said when asked if he would consider recalling on loan forwards Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham.Quizzed on the possibility of signing a new forward, he made it clear the responsibility lies with owner Roman Abramovich as he said: “It depends on the board, not on me.“I have to think of my responsibility with the training. I have to try to improve my players in the offensive phase.“We played a good match for 80 metres, then we were in trouble in the last 20 metres.“We have to try to solve the problem. We were in control of every match recently, but it was not easy to score the first goal.”With Olivier Giroud sidelined after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday’s win at Crystal Palace, Sarri opted to recall misfiring striker Alvaro Morata.Morata has played so badly this season that Sarri had used Belgian winger Eden Hazard in the central forward’s role recently rather than turn to the Spaniard, who had managed only seven goals this term and none in the league since November 4. But, once again, former Real Madrid star Morata looked completely bereft of touch and confidence.It was no surprise Morata wasted a golden opportunity to open the scoring when he met Cesar Azpilicueta’s long pass with a tame header straight at 22-year-old Angus Gunn — the son of ex-Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn.Having announced the signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic earlier in the day, Chelsea are planning ahead following a season of inconsistent displays from Willian and Pedro on the right flank.United States international Pulisic will return to Dortmund on loan before completing his move to Chelsea in the close-season.For the moment, Sarri continues to use Willian, but the Brazilian’s bid to prove his worth was ruined when he was forced off with an injury late in the first half.– Mounting frustration –Hazard hinted several times that he preferred to play wide rather than up front during Sarri’s experiment with the Belgian as a ‘false nine’.Looking more vibrant back in his favoured role, Hazard made a fine run that opened up the Southampton defence, yet his fierce drive was well saved by Gunn, making his Premier League debut after his close-season move from Manchester City.But Hazard couldn’t do it all on his own and, while successive away wins at Watford and Palace made it a happy Christmas for Chelsea, their first home game of the new year was a lot like their last in 2018.Despite dominating against Leicester, Sarri’s team were beaten 1-0 as they paid the price for lacking the incisive passing and movement needed to break down the visitors’ obdurate defence.It was exactly the same story against Southampton.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more


first_imgBILL NEAL :10 I am sure by now you all know THAT I AM A LIFETIME MEMBER OF THE “KNOW-IT-ALL-CLUB”… Paid in full. Founded in who knows when, by our esteemed, fearless and still kickin’ leader Eddie “E.J.” Jeffries. That being said, we have a creedo… (we being me, Eddie, Dwight Law, Zik, Mike Booker and my dad. A small, but powerful group to be sure)…Anyway, the creedo is this, “We know everything about everything and what we don’t know, we make up!” But here’s one thing I do know and this ladies and gentlemen you can take to the bank. STAY-YOUR-ASS-OUT-OF-FLORIDA-CAUSE-THEY-ARE-ALLOWED-TO-KILL-BLACK-PEOPLE-THERE-AND-NOT-HAVE-TO-GO-TO-JAIL!! No really, it’s true and it’s the law.:09 I know, I can’t believe it either. Steelers training camp starts in two weeks. Let’s go get that ring coach Mike…you know how we do.:08 Old School Reminder. Y’all remember how everybody said Larry Bird can’t hoop and that John Travolta couldn’t dance? Well everybody, including Stevie Wonder, knows Larry Bird could ball with the best of them. And here’s a memory lane flashback for ya. Go pull out your “Saturday Night Fever” VHS Tape..yes you do…yes you do…It’s in the box with your “Three Piece White Suit” you used to wear to the Pyramid. Pop it in and be reminded that White boy could dance, I mean really dance and the music was all that. Oh-Shut-Up-Please, you did so!:07 Jay-Z is now a sports agent. That means 90 percent of all other agents are now out of business.:06 If you want to have a really good time and meet your civic obligations at the same time, go by Mellon Park most evenings and watch and support the future stars on the basketball court. The good people from Ozanam showcase the area’s top youth hoopers. And of course it’s all done in the memory of the late great Karl Kohlman, who did more for basketball in western Pennsylvania than all of us put together. And over on the diamond, next to where Reizenstein used to be, you can see some great little league baseball action.last_img read more