CUNA/League system to testify before Senate Banking Committee

first_imgRachel Pross, Chief Risk Officer at Maps Credit Union, Salem, Ore., will testify on CUNA’s behalf before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday during a hearing titled “Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives.”CUNA supports the ability of credit unions to serve cannabis-based businesses in states where it is legal but does not have a position on legalization or decriminalization of marijuana. In states where cannabis is legal for medicinal and recreational purposes, credit union members are engaged in this market but have difficulty accessing traditional banking services. The public safety risk continues to grow among credit unions and communities at large due to the lack of access to banking services.Pross testified before the House Financial Services Committee in February about the need for Congressional clarity on this matter.Last week, Fox Business published an op-ed co-authored by CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle on the need for a solution caused by this discrepancy in state and federal laws. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Annoying buzz for poachers

first_imgThe first resident of SA’s rhino orphanage is a five-month year old black rhino. The conservancy specially designed and built four high-care rooms and one intensive care chamber where sick calves can receive 24-hour attention. At the facility, limited human contact will be made as the rhinos need to adapt to the wild. Once the rhinos reach three years, they will be released into nature. The  orphanage will open at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the Waterberg area of Limpopo in September.(Images: Howzit msn)MEDIA CONTACTS• South African National Parks +27 12 426 5000Cadine PillayWhile one plan – aimed at giving the next generation of South Africa’s rhinos a fighting chance – takes shape in the northern province of Limpopo, in the Eastern Cape it is bees that are getting busy in the fight against poachers.A rhino orphanage that will open at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the Waterberg area of Limpopo in September is set to give orphaned calves a new lease on life.The centre’s first resident, a five-month old black rhino, is believed to have been recently abandoned by its mother and left in critical condition. The youngster does not have a name yet, and is responding well to its handlers, from whom it receives 24-hour attention.According to conservationist Karen Trendler, the orphanage forms a vital part of the Rhino Response Strategy National Rescue and Response network, and once completed, will care for between 25 and 30 rhinos that would probably have otherwise died.“The poaching crisis that is currently causing lots of problems in the country is producing a large number of casualties in the form of traumatised and often injured calves,” she said.The facility will include four high-care rooms and one intensive care chamber where sick calves will receive 24-hour attention and can be treated in an incubator.Limited human contactThe point of the centre is that there will be no human contact with the calves, except for their handlers. The unofficial motto is ‘no tourism, no commercialism’, which means that the facility will not be open to the public as the rhinos need to be protected. This way they will also have a better chance of survival so that they can hopefully be released back into the wild at a later stage.As the calves become older, they will be moved into bigger and bigger areas until the age of three. This is when they will be released into nature, where they will continue to receive limited human contact, so they can successfully adapt to the wild. The calves might also be donated to breeding programmes around the country.“These calves need very specific handling in order to recover from trauma,” explained Trendler.She added that it is only when they can go back to into the wild, and can breed and rear their young successfully, that they can contribute to the overall conservation effort.South Africa is home to a large portion of the world’s rhino population, and according to the latest figures from the Department of Environmental Affairs, 281 have been poached in the country since the start of this year, meaning the total at the end of the year is likely to exceed 2011’s figure of 448.A decade ago only a handful of rhinos were falling prey to crime, but over the years demand for their horn has grown tremendously, and efforts to curb poaching have not been as effective as authorities would have preferred.Rhino horn has been sought after for centuries, particularly in some Asian countries, where they are believed to have healing powers for certain diseases, hence the rise in poaching.Bees get busyAnother effort announced recently takes a different approach to that of the Entabeni centre. Grade 9 pupils Louise Poole and Jamie-Lee Stone from Kingswood College in Grahamstown have come up with a creative way to keep poachers at bay – by training honey bees to hopefully put them off their criminal acts for good.Their idea won the girls a prize at their region’s Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, an annual event that showcases inventions and scientific discoveries by pupils in 28 regions around the country, with the best presentations going on to the national finals.The two won scholarships to study at Rhodes University for a year to further enhance their pioneering project, as well as a prize in the Best Project by Females category. They will present their project at the national finals in October.A handful of bees have been trained so far to detect kudu horn, as rhino horn was impossible to obtain – but the principle is the same – and the insects learnt to associate the smell of the horn with sugar water within 15 minutes.“Bees have a powerful sense of smell,” explained Stone. “They could track a grain of salt in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”She added that it would be easy and cost-effective to transport bees to border posts, which are popular smuggling channels, where they could be used to detect smuggled rhino horn.The idea for the project took shape after a presentation at Kingswood by Dr William Fowlds on behalf of the Kariega Foundation, which lost one rhino named Themba in March. Another rhino, Thandi, survived a poaching incident around the same time. Fowlds told the pupils of Thandi’s brave fight for her life.last_img read more

Crowdsourcing the Preservation of U.S. War Papers

first_imgRelated Posts curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has joined forces with crowdsourcing document outfit Scripto , open source document transcription tool, to transcribe and share a piece of U.S. history thought to be lost. The project “Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800” seeks to transcribe and digitize copies of papers from a formative part of American history, previously thought to be lost to fire. Projects like these rarely suffer from a surfeit of funding, so using Scripto to coordinate a crowdsourced transcription has made the project possible. The collection consists of 45,000 documents consisting of hundreds of thousands of individual pages from the records of what later came to be known as the Department of Defense. Volunteers register to become a Transcription Associate and then can browse to select whichever document they wish to transcribe or search the collection if they have particular interests. In addition to making it financially feasible, letting the public take a hand in such a project has the benefit of bringing history close to the volunteer and turning that volunteer into an evangelist for the importance of history to contemporary life. Also, it gives the historians involved a sense, as the documents are transcribed, for what the public finds the most compelling. The project is funded by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission of the National Archives and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities.Truman building photo from Wikimedia Commons Tags:#crowdsourcing#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Rio champion Nurudinov DQ’d from London Olympics for doping

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nurudinov, from Uzbekistan, later won the 105-kilogram world title in 2013, Olympic gold in 2016 and the 2018 Asian Games title.He tested positive for the anabolic steroid oral turinabol in re-analysis of London samples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 27-year-old lifter now faces a ban from the International Weightlifting Federation, which provisionally suspended him in December.The 105-kilogram gold medalist in London, Oleksiy Torokhtiy of Ukraine, was also provisionally suspended in December. CAS did not announce a ruling in his case Monday. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments CAS also disqualified Mikalai Novikau of Belarus from the 85-kilogram class in London. Novikau, who originally placed eighth, tested positive for two anabolic steroids.The CAS anti-doping tribunal was created to judge cases on behalf of the IOC and sports governing bodies. Verdicts can be challenged at the separate and long-standing appeals division of sport’s highest court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next File – In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Ruslan Nurudinov, of Uzbekistan, center, holds his gold medal as he is joined by silver medalist Simon Martirosyan, of Armenia, left, and bronze medalist Alexandr Zaichikov, of Kazakhstan, right, during the medal ceremony for the men’s 105 kg weightlifting event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nurudinov has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping with an anabolic steroid. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its new anti-doping chamber stripped Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class. The 27-year-old lifter from Uzbekistan now faces a ban from the International Weightlifting Federation. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A weightlifting gold medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s new anti-doping tribunal stripped Ruslan Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class, the CAS said Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Thirdy Ravena, Sisi Rondina take center stage in Collegiate Press Corps Awards Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

10 months agoKenyon consortium to drop Newcastle takeover bid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kenyon consortium to drop Newcastle takeover bidby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon’s consortium is set to drop their takeover bid of Newcastle.The Sun says his offer is still £100million adrift of Mike Ashley’s asking price.Former Manchester United and Chelsea chief Kenyon has come up with a way of increasing the original £200m he and his consortium have at their disposal.But extraordinarily, for owner Ashley to get the £300m he wants, Newcastle would have to qualify for the Champions League in the next decade.Kenyon has been working with the American Rockerfeller Capital Management to raise extra cash but the additional £100m would depend on the club reaching certain goals.One of them would be to finish in the Prem top four within ten years.Ashley has rejected that suggestion, wanting all the money up front. last_img read more

US demand on autos for NAFTA Make huge changes immediately

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. – The United States is presenting a quadruple-whammy demand on auto manufacturing at the NAFTA negotiations, including a strict “Made In America” requirement with virtually no grace period to give car companies time to adjust.The proposal is viewed as a non-starter by virtually every party involved in automobile production: Canada, Mexico, U.S. industry and even labour groups were calling the proposal completely unattainable.It’s one of the biggest issues of the talks and it’s sure to provoke a backlash on multiple fronts.The U.S. negotiating team showed industry representatives their proposal to Canada and Mexico and it contained four ideas that would complicate auto production, several sources said Friday.First, it requires all cars to include 85 per cent North American content to avoid a tariff, up from the current 62.5 per cent; 50 per cent of a car’s content would have to come from the U.S.; and it would toughen the way content is calculated, with a list upgraded to include parts that didn’t exist in 1994 when NAFTA was originally implemented.A fourth irritant is the minuscule proposed phase-in period.Automakers would have one year to comply with the American-made quota and two years to comply with the overall North American content requirement under the proposal, which is a radical departure not only in substance but also in the timing of phase-in periods normally included in trade agreements.The demands are deemed so impractical the talk in the hallways at the conference site revolves around which of two objectives the Americans are trying to achieve: Sabotage the talks, or shock other parties into concessions.A Canadian auto-parts representative said he tends toward the latter.“My instinct is this is, ‘Art of the Deal,’” said Flavio Volpe. “There are those who think these are poison pills designed … to get the partners to leave the table.”The proposal came as the U.S. made its first significant move on dairy, a traditional sticking point with Canada. Several insiders said Friday the U.S. has asked Canada to scrap its special classifications benefiting domestic producers for things like diafiltered cheese-making products.The U.S. also wants a veto power over future Canadian classification changes.What’s already proposed would lead to changes in Canada’s supply-management system. The U.S. has not yet made any explicit request for a percentage of Canada’s protected dairy market. But that request could still come at any time.Earlier U.S. demands include a termination clause that would cancel NAFTA after five years, unless all parties agree to extend it, and a Buy American rule that would make it far more difficult for non-U.S. companies to bid for public projects.The auto proposal is so controversial, organizations that are normally rivals are allied against it. Volpe’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association says it could create a perverse incentive for producers to leave the continent.Their argument is that it’s far easier to ignore the NAFTA rules and simply pay the U.S. 2.5 per cent import tariff: “It’s not good for the Americans,” Volpe said. “It just doesn’t make sense from a business perspective.”The union representing Canadian auto workers agrees.Unifor’s Jerry Dias says the U.S. would never have the power to enforce the proposed changes because companies would just ignore it: “All this argument about 50 per cent, 70 per cent, 85 per cent, it means nothing as long as the U.S. has a 2.5 per cent tariff. It’s like the emperor with no clothes,” Dias said.“They can yell, scream, threaten, then people say, ‘Okay, here — I’ll pay the 2.5 per cent’.”He said it’s a moot point anyway because there’s no chance Canada or Mexico will ever agree to a NAFTA that looks like what the Americans are proposing.“Get it out of your head. That’s never gonna happen,” Dias said. “This is a deal that is going nowhere very quickly.”Scotiabank analysts agree the proposals would hurt their author.Car companies would have an incentive to move production away from the U.S., and Canada, either to Asia or Mexico, and pay a tariff rather than deal with the rules being proposed by the U.S., said its deputy chief economist.“If accepted, the U.S. (proposal) would be a pyrrhic victory,” said Brett House.House called the proposal a poor solution to a non-existent problem. Growth in auto employment since the Great Recession has skyrocketed in the U.S. to six per cent a year and he said North American content is on the rise in cars produced in Canada and Mexico, contrary to figures being floated by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.“There’s no problem here to address,” he said.One real problem, however, is stagnant wages: U.S. auto salaries have not seen an appreciable increase for years, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dias says that’s the problem everyone should be attacking — by increasing labour standards, especially in Mexico.last_img read more

BC Emergency Alerting System Test May 8 2019

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Alert Ready system will be tested in B.C. today, Wednesday, May 8 at 1:55 p.m.One of the ways the Province is supporting Emergency Preparedness Week is by participating in national public safety emergency notification system testing.The Alert Ready system will be tested in B.C. on Wednesday, May 8 at 1:55 p.m. During the test, an alert will be broadcast on radio and television stations, as well as on compatible wireless devices. This testing is designed to assess the system’s readiness for an actual emergency and identify any adjustments that need to be made. ‘This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia. This is ONLY a TEST. If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would now hear instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. For further information go to This is ONLY a TEST, no action is required.’Do not call 911 for additional information about the test. Using 911 for non-emergency calls could delay help for people experiencing real emergencies.For more information on the Alert Ready testing; CLICK HEREAlert Ready frequently asked questions; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Allegri We have to win the Champions League to raise the

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri admits the only way Juventus can raise the standard after winning numerous Italian League titles is by ending their Champions League hoodoo.The Bianconeri Coach and some of Juve stars opened up about their ambitions for the current campaign.“The team is doing very well and the history of Juve speaks clear: in the last seven years, there have been seven Serie A titles and two Champions League Finals,” Allegri told Football Italia.“Maintaining that level is increasingly difficult. If we want to raise the bar, even more, there’s only one thing to do: win the Champions League.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“There is a strong contender that we will certainly find at the end of the Champions League and that’s Barcelona,” continued Allegri.“We must be ready. From March onwards, it’s a different tournament where we also need a bit of luck, no injuries and everyone in good shape.“The Champions League is made up of incidents and moments, so we must be both smart and fortunate. Serie A remains the number one target and that is more like a cycling race decided over many stages. Then there’s the Coppa Italia.”last_img read more