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An appealing proposition

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA board unveiled proposed regulations yesterday which, taken as a whole, would create a more formal and uniform appellate process by which credit unions could appeal regulator determinations. Although these changes may not seem all that important, they are actually much needed reforms that are long overdue. Another proposal would mandate that members have more information before voting on voluntary mergers.Here is why you should care:First in the interest of full disclosure, as I started reading through these proposals last night after turning on game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, I fell asleep faster than an old man in a nursing home after taking his evening meds. As a result, I will be describing these in more detail in the coming weeks as I seek credit union feedback. But for this morning there is one specific aspect of the proposal that I want to highlight. continue reading »last_img read more

India, South Korea, Vietnam confirm H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgMay 9, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Authorities in India’s West Bengal state today confirmed a new H5N1 virus outbreak in the Darjeeling district, as agriculture officials in South Korea reported that the virus had struck birds in the eastern part of the country, pushing the number of recent outbreaks to 35.Rajesh Pande, a senior government official in Darjeeling, one of India’s primary tea-growing regions, said about 300 backyard poultry died last week near the town of Siliguri in the foothills of the Himalayas, according to a report from Reuters today.”Tests in a central laboratory confirmed the recent poultry deaths from the H5N1 strain of the virus,” he told Reuters.The outbreak in Darjeeling district brings the number of West Bengal districts that have been hit by the virus this year to 15. An extensive round of outbreaks in the state began in early January, prompting culling operations that destroyed about 4 million birds. Though officials announced in late February that the virus was under control, reports of sporadic outbreaks have continued.In early April veterinary officials announced that the H5N1 virus had spread to birds in Tripura state in far eastern India. West Bengal and Tripura both share borders with Bangladesh, which also reported several outbreaks earlier this year.Elsewhere, agriculture ministry officials in South Korea today confirmed that bird deaths in Chuncheon in the eastern part of the country were caused by the H5N1 virus, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. The report did not say how many birds were affected or if the outbreak struck a farm or backyard poultry.Officials said the latest confirmation raises the number of recent outbreaks in South Korea to 35, AFP reported.On May 7, the ministry confirmed that birds at an aviary in Seoul were infected with the H5N1 virus, according to another AFP report. The outbreak, in Gwangjin district in eastern Seoul, marked the first detection of H5N1 in the city.To prevent the spread of the virus, authorities culled 53 chickens, turkeys, and pheasants in the aviary, poultry at a nearby park, and birds at an amusement park in the southern part of the city, according to the AFP report.In early April the H5N1 virus reappeared in South after about a year’s hiatus. The outbreaks occurred first at farms in the southwest and then quickly spread to southern and eastern provinces.In other developments, animal health officials in Vietnam said H5N1 outbreaks have recently been confirmed near the southern city of Can Tho, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.The virus struck 1,131 poultry, mainly chickens, in a backyard poultry flock in a rural district, the Xinhua report said. Veterinary workers culled the remaining 829 birds at the site.Agriculture officials said the latest confirmation brings the number of areas currently experiencing outbreaks to three, Xinhua reported. The others are Son La province in northern Vietnam and Vinh Long province in the south.last_img read more

A simple example of how to directly raise the quality of a destination in family accommodation

first_imgWe know how important communication is in tourism, and especially in family accommodation where the hosts become the ambassadors of our tourism and the most important feature and what distinguishes the hosts from the landlords, is communication and attitude towards the guest. The hosts in the family accommodation greet the guests, hang out with them, give advice and have a different relationship with the guests than the classic renters who just give the key and see the guests in seven days when they leave. I would only add that such actions should be related to the hosts in the family accommodation who are in some quality label. In Istria we have Domus Bonus the label of the quality of family accommodation, which according to the data of the Tourist Board of Istria is in the phase of improvement and a new brand strategy is being prepared. Maybe then things like the one below would not happen to us, where we are ashamed. According to them, the picture published by the Facebook page Megatroll Split was taken at the Split airport, and shows a driver waiting for a guest with the name Kind regards. Simple, efficient and without a lot of intelligence. This raises the quality of the entire destination in the long run, because in addition to the fact that the hosts can communicate better with the guests, they can also recommend the best places. The registration fee for the course lasting 30 teaching hours was HRK 200,00 per student, while the remaining amount was paid to the full cost by the Tourist Board. Forty people successfully took the courses and completed them, and the goal of the education is to raise the quality of work with guests and their satisfaction and better tourist results. An excellent simple example of how to directly raise the quality of the destination and family accommodation comes to us from Rovinj. The Tourist Board of the city of Rovinj has moved to a new space Source: FB Megatroll Split Namely, the Tourist Board of Rovinj-Rovigno in cooperation with the Public Open University of Rovinj-Rovigno organized foreign language courses (Italian, German and English) adapted to private accommodation for Rovinj citizens – natural persons, who are registered as providers of catering services in the household to ensure better, more efficient and better communication with potential guests. Cover photo: The driver waiting for guests at Split airport, apparently just copied the last part of the email which obviously seemed to him like the name and surname of the guest who will land in Split and who needs to be picked up at the airport.center_img The previous location was replaced by the Rovinj Tourist Board with a newly renovated and modern office and a spacious attractive information point consisting of a reception area and an exhibition space where all promotional materials of the destination are on display for free choice, guests from the Rovinj Tourist Board and add: Of course, the basis is English, and other languages ​​in accordance with arrivals in a tourist destination or strategic development towards a new market. Any comment is redundant… Thus, each tourist community has the resources and can organize a free course for their hosts in family accommodation, of course only if they care about quality and strategic development. These are the basics and the first steps, without any cleverness, but again a rare occurrence in our destinations. As much as it can be fun to watch two people who don’t speak the same language try to understand each other with their hands and feet, yet don’t vote like a seagull on the cover, talk to your guests to understand you. Knowledge of the language, at least English, is the first prerequisite for tourism. “The new location of the office is special because in the past the bridge connected the island with the mainland, and the remains of the old city walls are now part of the space where the new office of the Tourist Board is located. The attractiveness of the busiest location is also defined by the fact that six streets and two squares merge on Trg na mostu, which will make the office more accessible to many guests and citizens. ” The design and decoration is signed by the architect and interior designer Antonio Balzareno from the Pula studio Fabrika doo, who decorated the bright and airy space with natural materials and decorated it with old historical photographs of Rovinj. Photo: Rovinj Tourist Board After several decades of business at the Pina Budicina Coast location, the Rovinj-Rovigno Tourist Board has moved to new premises, at Trg na mostu 2 (near the Rovinj-Rovigno City Museum). last_img read more

Cricket Australia faces cash crisis amid COVID-19 pandemic – reports

first_imgThe coronavirus has infected more than 6,500 people in Australia and killed 65, a Reuters tally shows.All sports in Australia have been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown but cricket was expected to weather the storm better than most given the season was all but completed by the time the restrictions came into force.The first of three matches in a one-day series against New Zealand was played behind closed doors at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 13 before the final two fixtures were postponed.Cricket Australia would have expected two big paydays this year when the country hosts the men’s Twenty20 World Cup in October and November before India arrive for a blockbuster four-test tour around the New Year.Any impact of the coronavirus shutdown on those events would clearly have a major financial impact on Cricket Australia.While, according to The Australian, national team coach Justin Langer was informed on Friday that he was now a part-time employee, the players have not yet concluded negotiations over any wage losses they might suffer.The players retained a revenue share model with Cricket Australia in their last negotiations over pay in 2017 and test captain Tim Paine said last month that he and his team mates were braced for cuts.Topics : No one at Cricket Australia was immediately available for comment on Saturday.On Thursday, Cricket Australia had said in a statement that the “impacts on the sports industry of the coronavirus pandemic are bigger than any one sport”.”We are conscious of the impact this will have on Australian Cricket and are working hard to manage that proactively.”We will continue to seek advice from medical experts and relevant government agencies to ensure the health and safety of our people, volunteers and communities, and to return to business as soon as possible.” Cricket Australia Chief Executive Kevin Roberts has told staff that the governing body faces a financial crisis and would not have been able to pay its bills at the end of August without layoffs, local media reported on Saturday.Cricket Australia announced plans to lay off almost 80 percent of staff on Thursday, putting them on 20 percent pay until June 30 when it is hoped more will be known about how long government curbs put in place to control the coronavirus will last.The Australian and The Age newspapers have reported that Cricket Australia’s financial reserves had been hit by a slump in the world’s stock markets caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

Franklin Co. Farm Bureau awarded for young farmers, education

first_imgFRENCH LICK, Ind. – Franklin County was among seven county Farm Bureaus recognized for outstanding achievement during Indiana Farm Bureau’s state convention this past weekend.The recognition was through INFB’s county recognition program. All 92 county Farm Bureaus participated in the program.The Franklin County young farmer program was awarded for its community outreach efforts. They support local food pantries, buy livestock for underprivileged families at the 4-H auction, support needy families at Christmas, sell ice cream at the county fair, host a truck and tractor pull each spring and purchased grain rescue tubes for local fire departments. They also have 2,500 fans on their Facebook page.The county also received an impact award for public relations and education. Franklin County purchased two grain rescue tubes, two grain evacuation augers, rescue harnesses and rigging for their local fire departments.  They also provided training for local farmers and volunteer firemen. A local youth had recently perished in a grain bin accident, so this training event was especially close to their hearts.Other counties receiving special recognition include Jefferson, Kosciusko, Marshall, Montgomery, Pike, Washington.last_img read more

Fairmont Raceway hosts 50th anniversary celebration program Friday

first_imgFAIRMONT, Minn. – Fairmont Raceway will host its 50th anniversary celebration race program on Friday, Aug. 14. The evening will be jam-packed with both racing and entertainment excitement. All are invited to join in the celebration.The grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps at 7 p.m. precede the 2015 hall of fame induction and anniversary race program.Spectator admission is $12 for adults and free for students.Track champions spanning the half-century of racing at Fairmont will be on hand and will meet and greet with fans prior to the races. Also featured will be Fairmont Raceway Hall of Fame members and past drivers.Providing musical entertainment and serving as the VIP trophy presenter will be Miss America 1977 Dorothy Benham.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts all run for shares of added purse money in the draw/redraw show.The Fairmont Eagles Club, Fairmont Body Shop and Pizza Ranch give $100 bonuses to the top 15 finishers in the Modified main. ADS Hancor, Rosens Diversified and Dennis and Kay Becker Farms give another seven $100 bonuses to random Modified finishers.Local NAPA Auto Parts Stores and Auto Care Centers give $100 bonuses to top 15 finishers in the Hobby Stock feature.A Legends race is also on the evening’s program.Hall of fame inductees are Dave Bjorge, Jim Edgington, Stacey Erickson, Sunny Morgan, Richard’s Auto Towing & Repair and Dan Kastner, and the Bob Shryock family.last_img read more

The Latest: No home fans for football at North Carolina

first_imgThe Latest: No home fans for football at North Carolina Roma has canceled its opening preseason training session as a precautionary measure after a third player tested positive for the coronavirus.Right back Bruno Peres says on Instagram he has tested positive. He adds that he’s well and has no symptoms.Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante and winger Carles Pérez previously tested positive.Two Roma youth team players also have COVID-19.The club says it will perform another round of virus tests on Saturday before deciding whether or not to go forward with training. Associated Press A player has tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of a women’s tennis tournament in Prague.Tournament director David Trunda says the unidentified player was isolating in her hotel room and will be re-tested. Trunda says the player didn’t meet any other participants in the tournament.All 150 players are tested on arrival and have to wait in their hotel rooms for the results.The event is for players who would have been at the U.S. Open qualifying tournament. It opens on Saturday.U.S. Open qualifying was canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. August 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham says the school will begin football and other fall sports without fans at home because of the pandemic. ___The International Judo Federation says it is restarting events which should feed into qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.International judo events started to be affected by the coronavirus in February when Chinese teams withdrew from competing in Europe. Cancellations began in March.The governing body says World Judo Tour events will be organized in Budapest, Hungary, in late-October and Tokyo in December.The IJF says the events “aim to offer qualification points for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.”center_img Some continental-level competitions are also planned later in 2020.___More AP sports: and Those attending will need to wear a mask until reaching their allocated seat and they will need to put it on again when leaving.The game will take place 100 years after then-German champion Nuremberg played Union in the first match at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei in Köpenick on Aug. 7, 1920.___An upcoming Formula One race in Italy could be open to 3,000 fans.Tuscany region president Enrico Rossi says local health authorities have approved limited spectators for the Tuscan Grand Prix on Sept. 13. In an open letter to fans Friday, Cunningham says the restriction will last through September for football, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross country. In addition, tailgating won’t be allowed on campus.“This decision … was the only way we could move forward with competition,” Cunningham says. “Our student-athletes want to play, and we must do so as safely as possible.Cunningham says the hope is to potentially allow some fans in October, though that would potentially come only after school officials and medical experts evaluate safety conditions. He also says school officials “remain hopeful that we will be able to safely cheer together in large groups again this season.”The school has canceled all in-person undergraduate classes in favor of online-only instruction after multiple coronavirus clusters on campus since students returned for the fall semester.___ Serie A is scheduled to start Sept. 19.___Union Berlin plans to celebrate its stadium’s 100th birthday by playing in front of supporters for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic broke.The Bundesliga club says it will host Nuremberg in a pre-season friendly on Sept. 5 and that up to 5,000 people can attend. Hygiene measures will apply.Tickets are only available to club members older than 12 and will be issued after a draw. Tickets will be personalized “in order to ensure legally-required tracking of visitors.” Rossi tells the Gazzetta dello Sport “the circuit contains three big tribunes that are well spaced apart so the limit of 1,000 people per the national rules on public events can reasonably be considered as the capacity limit for each tribune.”Official government approval is expected by Saturday.Fans will have their temperature taken upon arrival and be asked to observe social distancing procedures and wear masks if it is approved.The only spectators at the Italian GP in Monza a week earlier will be 250 specially invited health workers.___last_img read more

The Latest: Sky Blue FC won’t have fans at fall home games

first_imgSpecific information pertaining to ticket ordering and pricing, as well as parking, is expected to be released next week.__North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham says the school is imposing salary reductions and furloughs for coaches and full-time athletics staffers due to financial losses amid the coronavirus pandemic.In an open letter posted Thursday, Cunningham says the athletics department expects to lose between $30 million and $52 million in projected revenue. That will lead to salary reductions and furloughs running from Oct. 1 through the end of the fiscal year in June.Coaches and staff members making at least $200,000 will have a 20% reduction, while those making $100,000 to $200,000 will face a 10% cut. Those making less than $100,000 will have 15 days of furlough. The department had previously implemented cost controls such as 10% cuts to sports budgets, a spending freeze and leaving open positions unfilled. But Cunningham said reductions so far won’t cover projected losses, so the school is still evaluating additional steps “to address our financial challenges and prepare for the future.”___The Turkish soccer federation has reversed an earlier decision and now says league games will be played without spectators in the first half of the new season.The federation had planned to allow stadiums around the country to operate at a maximum of 30% of capacity from October.The federation says it is heeding the advice of Turkey’s scientific council to keep fans out of stadiums. Associated Press The Latest: Sky Blue FC won’t have fans at fall home games The club will play the Washington Spirit on Oct. 3 and wrap up against the Chicago Red Stars on Oct. 10. Both games are at the university, the current home for Red Bulls II.Sky Blue FC begins the fall series on Saturday, facing the Spirit in Leesburg, Virginia. Sky Blue will be at Chicago on Sept. 20.___William and Mary says it will cut seven of its 23 intercollegiate sports at the end of the 2021 academic year because of budget constraints related to the coronavirus pandemic.“The pandemic has made these budget constraints acute and has brought us to a point of reckoning,” the university said in a letter distributed Thursday and signed by university president Katherine Rowe, provost Peggy Agouris and athletic director Samantha K. Huge. The sports being cut are men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s indoor and outdoor track & field and women’s volleyball.The school says the cuts will impact 118 student-athletes and 13 coaches, and that all athletes who choose to do so will remain on scholarship and graduate as scheduled.___Florida will allow about 20% of its capacity at home games this season, meaning 17,000 fans will be in attendance in the Swamp.Face coverings will be mandated while entering, exiting and inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium unless eating or drinking. Tailgating will not be allowed, and the university will not allow several game-day traditions. The decision comes as the number of daily infections in the country have risen above 1,500 and COVID-19-related deaths have reached their highest since mid-May.___More AP sports: and September 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Sky Blue FC will play its two home NWSL fall series matches in October at Montclair State University without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Edghill participates in Finland Open Table Tennis Championship

first_imgGUYANESE Chelsea Edghill’s bid to participate at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo, Japan next year will see the sensational table tennis player having to go through a stringent qualification process. However, as part of her Olympic Qualification preparation, the country’s current National sportswoman-of-the-year will be participating in the Finland Open Table Tennis Championships.The championships, a ITTF-sanctioned world circuit event, served off yesterday and will conclude on December 9, and will include many players from Europe.Coming off her recent qualification and participation in the 2019 Pan American Games Lima, Peru, Edghill attended the championship in Finland with her coach Tony Rato of Portugal and will compete in women’s singles events.According to the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA), her participation represents the first time a player from Guyana will be participating in a Senior World circuit event.Meanwhile, GTTA in a release said following her participation in the Finland tournament, Edghill will travel to Romania to train and play in competitions before returning to Portugal to prepare for other key engagements.This tournament, GTTA noted, is also geared towards assessing the progress made in the implementation of several new elements of her game in high-level competitive environment and picking up valuable ranking points.“Part of her identified road map for Olympic training and possible qualification, based upon our limited budget, entails participation in the German and Portugal Open, continued training Portugal, training in China, participation in the Caribbean Championships leading up the continental qualification event to Tokyo 2020 competition in Teams, Singles and Mixed qualification and is scheduled for April 2020,” the GTTA added.Edghill, a former junior Olympian, and recent graduate from the Lindenwood University with a Degree in Chemistry, has an extensive resumé with several junior sports women’s titles.She is the national champion, Caribbean women’s U-21 champion, Caribbean women’s doubles champion, Caribbean women’s bronze medallist, several collegiate tournament wins, Caribbean Cadet and junior champion, Caribbean women’s team silver medallist 2018 and 2019, and is currently training and playing in Portugal under the tutelage and guidance of coach Tony Rato; Portugal’s junior coach and as a member of the Lusitania de Lourosa table tennis Club Portugal.“The GTTA would like to extend thanks to the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) for assisting Chelsea in her quest for possible Olympic qualification,” the release said.last_img read more

Tutor Center to offer online food ordering

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government and USC Hospitality are working to implement an online ordering system for USC restaurants by fall 2011.The program, which is being tested on the Health Sciences Campus, will allow students to order food online from the Ronald Tutor Campus Center restaurants and pick it up later.Tim Sae Koo, USG’s director of University Affairs, said this plan was initially proposed because USG saw people waiting a long time in line at the Campus Center.“Lines were going crazy, people were taking up to 20 or 30 minutes just to get food,” Sae Koo said.After that realization, USG conducted a survey of undergraduate students and was able to formulate a plan based on the responses.“According to the survey, everybody really wanted an online system like the one in Chipotle so they wouldn’t have to waste so much time standing in line,” Sae Koo said.Lauren Perez, a senior majoring in psychology, said she thinks this could help students who don’t have a lot of time to get food.“This would be really nice because sometimes there are students who work on campus or have classes close together, and they just don’t have very much time to grab food,” Perez said. “This would be an excellent new addition.”Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality, said this program would show the strengths of Hospitality.“Hospitality already has Lemonade and CPK, which show how we are ahead and above other universities,” Klinger said. “Online ordering is just another example of how progressive Hospitality is.”Klinger also said this would be an effort that originates right from within the school because computer science students will be the ones to create the online ordering system. Since most of the effort is student-generated, there will be minimal costs to introduce and maintain the program, according to Sae Koo.Sae Koo said this system would be open to anybody, not just students or faculty.“This is for anyone,” Sae Koo said. “Basically, the overall goal is to expedite lines to make everything easier and wait time shorter,”Hannah Goodman, a sophomore majoring in vocal arts performance, said this is a great idea in response to the problem of overcrowding at the Campus Center.“I think it’s great because there are busy hours where the restaurants at the Campus Center literally have lines out the door, and this would no doubt alleviate some of that wait time,” Goodman said.Although the plans for system have yet to be finalized, the tentative timeline has the program starting in the fall of 2011 and begin with the restaurants withthe highest traffic.“The program would start first where the lines are longest, which is CPK,” Sae Koo said. “They are probably not going to launch it at all the restaurants at one time, but will probably see if it works efficiently before expanding,”last_img read more