Happy Mother’s Day

first_imgMGN ImageJAMESTOWN – Today is Mother’s Day, a big day to celebrate moms and all they do for us.In the United States, Anna Jarvis created the day in 1908 to honor her mother. It later became an official holiday in 1914.This year, people who have living mothers might not be able to see them. But, there are plenty of ways to celebrate, like a virtual celebration, or a vehicle parade.Try a simple virtual meeting where the family could gather online to hear mom tell stories about her childhood. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

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Likely Outcome of Global Climate Accord? Carbon Regulation

first_imgLikely Outcome of Global Climate Accord? Carbon Regulation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christopher Coats for SNL:According to a Moody’s report from April 22, the signing of the agreement will lead to “an accelerated adoption of carbon regulation and other greenhouse gas emission measures, with increasing credit implications for many rated sectors.”The rating agency cited coal mining and coal terminals as the sectors with the second and third highest credit exposure to those carbon regulations expected to increase with the signing of the agreement, coming in behind only unregulated utilities and power companies.“We identified three sectors — unregulated power generation, coal mining and coal terminals — with very high credit exposure to carbon regulations, and a further 11 sectors with high credit exposure and or ‘high’ to ‘very high’ exposure to carbon emissions risk,” Moody’s wrote. “Combined, these 14 sectors account for approximately $3.2 trillion of rated debt.”For coal mining and terminals, this increased pressure will only serve to add to the challenges already facing U.S. firms, most notably the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan, “finalized in 2015, which will lock the coal industry into decline over the next decade.”In addition to the policies expected to accelerate under the Paris agreement, Moody’s also cited the “significant uncertainty over the future trajectory of the implementation of policies” as a reason for further concern.Full article ($): Paris climate pact to add to coal’s troubles, increase credit risk, says Moody’slast_img read more

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U.S. and Chilean Special Forces Poised for Regional Challenges

first_imgBy Felipe Lagos/Diálogo January 11, 2018 For almost three weeks, the U.S. Gulf Coast took center stage in a special operations training that included hundreds of U.S. and Chilean troops. Special forces from both countries carried out air, land, and sea maneuvers in mock situations. The Northern Star 17 exercise included more than 70 U.S. and 88 Chilean special forces troops. U.S. participation included personnel from Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), Marine Corps Special Operations Command, and the U.S. Army’s 7th and 20th Special Forces Groups. Chile attended with troops from the Army, Navy, and Air Force Special Operations Brigade as well as delegates from the Joint Chiefs of Staff (EMCO, in Spanish). “U.S. and Chilean Special Operations Forces have a long shared history of military cooperation and training,” U.S. Army Colonel Marshall Ecklund, deputy commander of SOCSOUTH told Diálogo. “This annual exchange has become a symbol of the degree of cooperation between U.S. and Chilean Special Operations Forces.” The exercise—second to happen on U.S. soil—took place from October 18th–November 3rd, 2017, in several training camps, including Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, the National Guard Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTR), and NASA’s Stennis Space Center, on the Mississippi coast. Northern Star seeks to increase the interoperability capacities of both countries’ special operations units. Mutual benefits “It’s of the utmost importance to know and work with foreign forces,” Chilean Air Force Major Daniel Román told Diálogo. “In their different spheres of action, they all have experiences that can benefit our operations in the operational, logistics and administrative areas.” During training, troops exchanged tactics, techniques, and procedures. The combined training included planning, communications, reconnaissance, light weapons, urban warfare, hand-to-hand combat, small-unit air and tactical operations, among others. “Northern Star provides an opportunity to learn and understand potential challenges in the security environment, cultivate a friendly partner network, and increase military interoperability,” SOCSOUTH’s Public Affairs Office told Diálogo. “[It’s] essential to cooperative responses and solutions when confronting common threats.” Service members participated in a series of mock situations simulating detailed planning as well as application and execution of the mission. “The construct of the joint and combined scenario allows the combined special operations forces elements to integrate unique tactics, techniques, and procedures to neutralize a threat,” explained SOCSOUTH’s Public Affairs Office. “This is followed by a process that includes observation, review, and discussion to identify opportunities to improve tactical and technical proficiency and achieve a higher degree of interoperability.” Northern Star optimizes both countries’ special forces training to respond to regional threats. According to SOCSOUTH’s Public Affairs Office, “Northern Star dramatically improves combined efforts to confront internal and external threats, and better postures our forces for crisis response at the tactical level.” “Definitely, these exercises provide experience-based tools that help obtain better results in the effective use of the forces,” added Maj. Román. “Training troops should always be focused on simulating actions in a controlled environment, under the most real possible conditions, even more so considering the assimilation of experiences by forces that have been used in combat.” Evolution of the exercise The Northern Star joint exercise originated from the Southern Star exercise, held jointly in Chile since 2007 by EMCO and SOCSOUTH. In 2009, the exercise counted with greater international participation, including troops from Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay—the first time these countries joined the U.S.-Chile training. In 2015, the exercise took place for the first time in the United States under the name Northern Star; since then, it’s implemented every other year. “The training venue provides an opportunity to integrate Northern Star into a unique joint training environment with dedicated training areas, assets, and equipment,” said SOCSOUTH’s Public Affairs Office. “[This] provides special operations forces the opportunity to validate interoperability with Chilean partners in various air, land, and sea training scenarios.” In August 2018, Chile will host the Southern Star combined U.S.-Chile exercise. “Northern Star is a valuable tool for increasing mutual understanding and trust, and [to] help us achieve a higher level interoperability during combined operations,” concluded Col. Ecklund. “We are inspired by our Chilean partners’ dedication and unwavering commitment to strengthening relations and promoting the exchange of ideas. We look forward to deepening our collaboration through future training exchanges that are vital to maintaining the ready and relevant special operations forces that is required to protect our mutually shared interests.”last_img read more

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Looking for growth? Lead with mobile

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anne Legg Anne Legg, founder and principal of THRIVETM Strategic Services THRIVE works with credit unions to develop transformational business strategies from their business insights to grow in a competitive, highly regulated … Web: https://www.anneleggthrive.com Details For a while now, credit unions have been starting the member journey with a loan relationship to achieve growth, while positioning the delivery channels as secondary. It makes perfect sense given the structure of the business model.However, the world of personal finance is changing. Today the delivery channel experience is now primary. In many cases, members engage in mobile first before they ever enter a physical retail structure. Members want control over their finances, delivered in the form of effortless, instant interactions that don’t interrupt their lives. In this environment, credit unions must understand the needs of this new member and remain focused on enabling the control, convenience and speed that they demand.A recent Fiserv Consumer Trends Survey found that Increases in mobile phone ownership are also driving increases in mobile banking usage, with 48% of smartphone-owning households using mobile banking.Specifically:8 of 10 of U.S. households (86 million) with Internet access now use online bankingOf these households who access their accounts via online banking an average of 10 per month with 24% of them accessing their accounts daily!While this data may not be startling to some, what is interesting is the graph below which indicates members who use digital banking (defined as online banking, mobile and electronic payments) are more likely to use other revenue-generating services.Source: Fiserv Consumer Trends Survey 2015A word of caution to those getting ready to push their mobile and digital offerings to their members. Make certain that they deliver a 360-degree experience to your member that is Immediate, convenient and easy to use. This is a standard expectation, not the exception.If your offering delivers, then lead with lead with your mobile/digital and the loans will follow.last_img read more

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Owego holds village cleanup day

first_imgSponsored by Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding, the event focused on several areas of town in need of a little TLC. “You should always give back to your community for everything that everyone does for each other and I think Owego is a great small town that really comes together during these rough times,” she said. Those areas included Marvin Park, parking lots along Lake Street, and the future site of Owego’s Art Park on North Ave. Owego Mayor Mike Baratta told 12 News he hopes to make cleanup day an annual event. Participants were split up into small groups to encourage social distancing. OWEGO (WBNG) — It was clean-up day in the Village of Owego Saturday with dozens of volunteers spending the day raking, trimming bushes, and cleaning up trash around town. One of those groups was Girl Scout Troop 40925, and Girl Scout Mariah Salter said she was there to help beautify the village she calls home. last_img read more

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The magic that comes and goes – the Sand Festival in Nin

first_imgOrganized by the Tourist Board of the City of Nin on August 12, 2017, it will be held on beautiful sandy beaches that are a feature of the destination Nin, and where the abundance of sand provides unavoidable inspiration on the theme of sand sculptures. The long natural sandy beaches of Nina are one of its trademarks and an impressive image that is remembered by all who have been here at least once.The total length of Nin’s beaches is as much as 8000 meters, and the longest and most famous among them is the 3-kilometer-long, sandy Queen’s Beach. On the beach with the legend or the Queen’s beach there is a baby beach, and next to it an open-air climate and thalassotherapy clinic with healing mud, where treatment and rehabilitation with peloid therapy has been successfully carried out for 50 years. The sand sculptures are made from 7 am to 11 am in two locations, on Kraljičina Beach and Ždrijac Beach.An additional charm is given by the selection of the best sculptures in which artists, residents and tourists participate. Therefore, interested participants are invited to bring the necessary tools, arm themselves with a cheerful mood and visit the Queen’s Beach and Ždrijac Beach on August 12 and be part of the magic that arises and disappears, have fun, build sand sculptures and win prizes.With the guidance of a sculptor mentor on the beaches, the goal is for visitors to build familiar motifs from Nin’s rich heritage such as recognizable churches or something of their own idea. The festival is conceived as a unique exhibition of various creations of children’s imagination and all adults who have preserved children’s view of the world.The Sand Festival, so logical and phenomenal, is certainly a great and special tourist content for all tourists.last_img read more

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Governor Tom Wolf Orders Pennsylvania Flags at Half-staff

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg and at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania facilities statewide to fly at half-staff to honor the victims and all passengers of Amtrak Train 188.State flags shall remain at half-staff until sundown on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Governor Wolf invited all Pennsylvanians to participate in this tribute.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # # SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Tom Wolf Orders Pennsylvania Flags at Half-staffcenter_img May 13, 2015last_img

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Brisbane prices at bottom of property price cycle

first_imgHerron Todd White National Property Clock: Houses; August 2019. Source: HWT.Brisbane, Ipswich, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Toowoomba were at the bottom of the market pricewise for houses, according to the HWT property clock, while Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville and the Whitsundays were at the start of recovery in prices. Emerald was a rising market, while the Sunshine Coast was at its peak for prices and the Gold Coast was a declining market.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoUnits in St. Lucia, Brisbane, have the allure of being in a university suburb. Picture: Liam Kidston.Herron Todd White Brisbane managing director Gavin Hulcombe told The Courier-Mail there was impetus for Brisbane price rises given the Queensland capital had been “bouncing along the bottom for some time now”.“I think it will be steady rise but my suspicion is in a couple of years’ time we might look back and think it (now) probably wasn’t a bad time to buy. Some areas are likely to perform better than others,” he said. MORE: Own your own cop shop Ugly duckling headlines auction day Riverfront homes or those with river views were among those with strong fundamentals for growth.Brisbane has been labelled the “capital city poster child” with strong fundamentals as the market prepares for an upswing off the bottom of the price cycle.This as the latest national property clock by valuation advisory firm Herron Todd White showed the Queensland capital was at its lowest price level in the latest cycle, which has seen a rise in interest from buyers priced out elsewhere. Own home is architect’s grandest design yetcenter_img “The old rule of property economics has broadly applied — if all else is equal, then the closer a suburb is to the CBD, the more valuable its land per square metre,” it said.But other fundamentals were working for Brisbane properties including proximity to the river “especially if you have a frontage or a view” and school zones had “certainly become a key draw card too”.Plus, it said, “cafe hubs are excellent indicators of desirable suburbs”, with many lifestyle buyers looking to be “within five minute’s walk of a decent cuppa”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Herron Todd White National Property Clock: Units; August 2019. Source: HWT.The property clock showed that for units Brisbane was at the bottom of the price cycle, along with Ipswich, Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and the Whitsundays. Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone and Townsville were already seeing unit prices start to recover (rise), while the Sunshine Coast was at its peak and the Gold Coast was declining.The latest HWT report said “Brisbane is the capital city poster child of how property fundamentals drive values”.Brisbane was labelled as having “plenty of property with the right fundamentals to attract all buyer types” and was “regarded as relatively affordable by large capital city standards” with multiple drivers of real estate values. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Homes with parking for the planelast_img read more

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International friendly: Super Eagles to battle Brazil

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Three-time African champions, Super Eagles, will play Brazil in a friendly in Singapore on October 13, the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed. Nigeria and Brazil will tango in a much-anticipated encounter at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore, 23 years after Nigeria, on their way to winning Africa’s first Olympic football gold, spanked the Selecao in the semifinals at the Athens Stadium in the State of Georgia, USA. Efforts to match the two teams in a friendly after that spectacular game came to nought for several years until the organizers of the 8th All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted in 2003 flew the Brazilians to Abuja in June of that year. Brazil won 3-0. There has been no competitive tie between both countries senior teams since that memorable U23 match in Georgia. Next month’s session will test the character of the African champions who are somewhat building a new team after a rash of retirements and injuries to key players. That newbreed came close to shocking Ukraine in a friendly match in Dnipro a week ago, before bungling a two-goal lead to stalemate at 2-2. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said: “We are happy to have sealed this encounter with Brazil, the five-time champions of the world. It is not everyday that you get to Brazil, and I think it is very good for our young team. “The Nigeria Football Federation must also commend Eurodata Sport, our FIFA-licensed Match Agent, for pulling this off. Having said that, the focus now is on getting an African team for the Super Eagles as a second match for the FIFA window in October, ahead of their 2021 AFCON qualifying matches in November.” The Super Eagles have two 2021 AFCON qualifying dates in November. After hosting the Squirrels of Benin Republic on November 14, they will fly to Maseru for a Day Two encounter with the Crocodiles of Lesotho on November 19.Tags: BrazilMohammed SanusiOlympic GamesSuper Eagleslast_img read more

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Hill joins Cottagers staff

first_img Meulensteen, a former first-team coach at United under Sir Alex Ferguson until the Scot retired in May, was appointed Cottagers boss on Sunday night after Martin Jol was sacked. Fulham have confirmed that Jol’s brother Cornelis, who worked as football operations manager, plus coaches Michael Lindeman and Billy McKinlay have also left the club. Kit Symons, who is the current development team manager, will also be assisting with first-team training. Fulham have appointed former Manchester United academy coach Jonathan Hill to work alongside new manager Rene Meulensteen. Jol paid the price for six consecutive defeats when he was fired after two-and-a-half years at the club, and with Fulham 18th in the league table. Fulham said in a statement: “Fulham Football Club would like to welcome Jonathan Hill, appointed as first-team coach to work with Rene Meulensteen. “Jonathan Hill worked at Manchester United for 10 years as academy youth coach prior to joining the Jordanian Football Association as technical director in 2009 where he was responsible for all of the national youth teams from Under-8s to Under-20s. More recently, Jonathan has coached at both Manchester City and Tromso FC. “Michael Lindeman, Billy McKinlay and Cornelis Jol have left the club and we would like to thank them for their service and wish them well for the future.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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