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House passes CUNA-backed bill to remove service barriers

first_imgThe House passed the CUNA-backed bill Monday that would prevent regulators from requesting termination of certain accounts without a material reason. The Financial Institution Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 2706) is consistent with CUNA’s bipartisan, pro-consumer Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation by removing barriers keeping credit unions from more effectively serving their members.“As member-owned financial institutions serving their communities, credit unions are in the best place to decide what members can be served, not a federal regulator,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “This common-sense piece of legislation is a reasonable approach to prevent fraud and maintain financial integrity while allowing credit unions to fully serve their members without fear of regulatory overreach.”Specifically, H.R. 2706 specifies that a federal banking agency may not request or order a depository institution to terminate a customer account unless: continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5 Men Posed as Cops in 7 Armed Home Invasions, DA Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Five men were arrested last month for allegedly impersonating police and tying up victims during seven armed home invasions over a year-long span on eastern Long Island, Suffolk County prosecutors said Wednesday.The suspects include three LI men and two upstate New York residents, who were all indicted on charges of conspiracy with various members of the group charged with burglary, robbery, criminal impersonation and other counts.“This crew donned business suits and wore gold fake police badges around their necks and identified themselves as detectives to the occupants of the targeted houses,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “Typically, they would get inside, brandish handguns and then restrain all occupants of the house with zip ties or duct tape as they ransacked the premises. The perpetrators often told the victims that they were being restrained “‘for their protection.’”Prosecutors said the quintet stole cash and jewelry from homes in Wyandanch, North Bay Shore, North Babylon, Deer Park, Mastic and two in Bay Shore. Investigators used wiretaps to intercept cell phone conversations between to catch the suspects, who were arrested on March 26, authorities said.The suspects were identified as Michael Stevens, of Valley Stream, Ramon Rodriguez, of Queens, Jonte Hatcher, of Newburgh—all three of whom are 31—Demetrius Williams, 27, of Wyandanch, and Mark Powers, 23, of Poughkeepsie.They will be arraigned Wednesday before Judge Richard Ambro at Suffolk County court in Riverhead.last_img read more

Report says avian flu entered Nigeria 3 times

first_imgJul 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Nigeria was the first African nation to report H5N1 avian influenza, and now scientists have found evidence that the virus was introduced into the country at least three separate times, possibly by migratory birds.Researchers compared the genetic makeup of H5N1 virus samples from three poultry farms: one in the north and two near Lagos in the southwest. The say their analysis of the samples, reported in the Jul 6 issue of Nature, shows three distinct genetic lineages.”We . . . find that three H5N1 lineages were independently introduced through routes that coincide with the flight paths of migratory birds, although independent trade imports cannot be excluded,” says the report by M. F. Ducatez of Luxembourg and eight colleagues from Luxembourg, Nigeria, and the Netherlands.The amino acid sequence at the cleavage site of the hemagglutinin protein of the two Lagos H5N1 strains matched that of strains found in Europe, Russia, and central Asia, the reports says.Further, analysis of the complete hemagglutinin gene of the two Lagos strains showed they most closely resembled strains from Astrakhan in Russia and from Egypt. The sample from northern Nigeria most closely matched a strain from Kurgan in Russia.Also, the virus from one of the Lagos area farms was more closely related to the northern Nigeria sample than to the virus from the other Lagos area farm, less than 50 kilometers away, the scientists report. The data ruled out a Southeast Asian origin for any of the viruses.”Our results indicate . . . that the viruses in the southwest [the Lagos area] were not introduced from the north, but that instead they all arrived independently, perhaps at inland waters and key bird areas or through unprotected trade,” the report says.Highly pathogenic H5N1 was first reported in Nigeria at a large commercial poultry farm in February. The authors note that the country is at particular risk because chickens are imported from all over the world without rigorous biosafety standards. Poultry farming is second only to oil production in Nigeria. They also believe the country is at increased risk because it has many bird sanctuaries along two flight paths that connect with southern Russia and Europe and with western Asia.The potential role of wild birds in spreading avian flu has been controversial. At a conference organized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in May, scientists agreed that wild birds have spread the virus to new areas in some cases, but said poultry trade has been the main transmission vehicle.The Nature authors say that the H5N1 virus has reached 14 of 31 Nigerian states. “It is difficult to see how the virus might still be contained without depopulation measures, combined with surveillance and large-scale vaccination,” they write.Authorities have expressed deep concern about the impact of avian influenza on Nigeria because many rural families depend on backyard poultry flocks for food and income. Also, efforts to contain avian influenza in Nigeria and other African nations must compete with other major public health concerns such as hunger, HIV, and malaria (see Feb 8 CIDRAP News article).Ducatez MF, Olinger CM, Owoade AA, et al. Avian flu: multiple introductions of H5N1 in Nigeria. Nature 2006 Jul 6;442(37) [Abstract]See also:Jun 1 FAO statement about results of conference on role of wild birds in spreading H5N1http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000312/index.htmlFeb 8, 2006, CIDRAP News article “Nigeria’s has Africa’s first H5N1 bird flu outbreak”last_img read more

Present your diving center for free on the main website of our tourism – Croatia.hr

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce collect data on diving centers in Croatia in order to publish data and promote diving tourism on the CNTB website.The diving subpage is part of the website www.croatia.hr, which is the official website of the Croatian National Tourist Board, and all information about diving centers will be published here: https://croatia.hr/hr-HR/dozivljaji/aktivni-odmor/ronjenje. Diving texts will also be updated to provide all the necessary information and interesting facts about diving in Croatia to potential clients.The deadline for completing the survey is the latest until May 28th.As this is a website that should be the first stop for foreign tourists, ie the official website of our tourism, it is certainly good and desirable to be present and listed as one of the diving centers in Croatia. The site generates a lot of traffic, ie visits, and especially because it is a free promotion, it is up to you to sign up.See all the details HERElast_img read more

Pandemic deaths could top 1.8 million even with tough response: study

first_imgTopics : The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe could hit 1.8 million worldwide this year even with swift and stringent measures to stop it, according to a study from Britain’s Imperial College published Thursday.Researchers estimate that tens of millions of lives could be saved if governments act fast to adopt strict public health measures, including testing, quarantining and broad social distancing. The latest report from Imperial College London, whose previous research spurred the British government to ramp up its efforts to curb the virus, comes as an AFP toll based on country data and World Health Organization figures showed global infections topping 500,000, including more than 22,000 deaths.  If the same measures were taken later — leading to 1.6 deaths per 100,000 of population per week — the estimated toll rises sharply to 10.45 million deaths and 2.4 billion people infected. “Our analysis highlights the challenging decisions faced by all governments in the coming weeks and months, but demonstrates the extent to which rapid, decisive and collective action now could save millions of lives,” the authors said. Estimates of mortality levels and healthcare demand were based on data from China and high-income countries, the report said, adding that variances in health systems could result in different patterns in low income countries. They stressed that the modeling mapped out “possible trajectories” for the pandemic and containment strategies, based on countries that have been affected early in the pandemic.”However, at the current time, it is not possible to predict with any certainty the exact number of cases for any given country or the precise mortality and disease burden that will result.”The report does not take into account the social and economic costs of the containment measures, “which will be high and may be disproportionately so in lower income settings”. It also warned that “suppression strategies will need to be maintained in some manner until vaccines or effective treatments become available to avoid the risk of later epidemics”.center_img The Imperial College modeling simulations are based on current data about the severity of the virus — its contagiousness and estimated mortality rate — as well as demographic and societal factors.In a sobering projection of what could have happened with no interventions at all, the study said that if left unchecked COVID-19 could have infected almost everyone on the planet this year  and killed 40 million people. The report then looks at different levels of response, from spontaneous social distancing to the tough lock down measures currently imposed in some worst-affected countries, and projects the potential health impacts across 202 countries. With strict containment measures imposed early enough — resulting in a rate of deaths of 0.2 per 100,000 of population per week — the modeling shows a death toll of 1.86 million people, with nearly 470 million infected this year. last_img read more

Europa League draw: Man Utd to face Astana and Arsenal get Eintracht Frankfurt

first_imgManchester United won the Europa League in 2017 (Picture: Getty)United, meanwhile, who won the Europa League in 2017 during Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge, will also face Partizan Belgrade and Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.After knocking out Torino in a two-legged play-off, Wolves have been drawn against Besiktas, Braga and Slovan Bratislava, while Scottish champions Celtic will face Lazio, Rennes and Cluj.Glasgow rivals Rangers, who beat Legia Warsaw in their play-off thanks to Alfredo Morelos’s late winner at Ibrox, will meet Porto, Feyernoord and Young Boys.Europa League Group Stage Draw in Full Group D Sporting LisbonPSVRosenborgLASK Linz Arsenal were beaten 4-1 in last season’s Europa League final against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have been drawn against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League group stages while Manchester United are set to face FC AstanaThe Bundesliga club reached the semi-final stage of the competition last season where they were beaten on a penalty shootout by eventual winners Chelsea, but their squad has been severely weakened following the summer sales of Luka Jovic to Real Madrid and Sebastian Haller to West Ham.Unai Emery’s side were battered by Chelsea in the final in Baku back in May and will be hoping to go one better and gain re-entry into the Champions League after a three-season absence.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s section will also include Standard Liege, who the Gunners last faced en route to European Cup Winners’ Cup glory in 1993, and Portuguese side Vitoria.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Group H CSKA MoscowLudogoretsEspanyolFerencvaros Group I WolfsburgGentSaint-EtienneOlexandriya Group E Lazio ItalyCeltic ScotlandRennes FranceCluj Group F ArsenalFrankfurtStandard LiegeVitoria SC Comment Group K BesiktasBragaWolvesSlovan Bratislava Group C BaselKrasnadorGetafeTrabzonspor More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorscenter_img Group G PortoBSC Young BoysFeyenoordRangers Group A SevillaAPOELQarabagDundelange Europa League draw: Man Utd to face Astana and Arsenal get Eintracht Frankfurt Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 30 Aug 2019 12:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Group L Man UtdAstanaPartizanAZ Alkmaar Group J AS RomaBorussia Monchengladbachİstanbul BasaksehirWolfsberger Group B Dynamo KievCopanhagenMalmoLugano Advertisementlast_img read more

Inside Broadbeach Island’s $2 billion expansion

first_imgBroadbeach Island, Gold Coast’s globally-renowned entertainment hub, is cementing itself as an enviable precinct to live in, thanks to ongoing support from the State Government and investment in high-quality residential property.Committed to increasing both domestic and international tourism to the region, the State Government recently gave the green light for a $370-million redevelopment of Gold Coast Airport, just a 30-minute drive south of Broadbeach. As part of the upgrade, Queensland Airports Limited plans to pave the way for future passenger growth.The expansion of Gold Coast Airport will support the growth of the region. Picture: Artist’s impression of The Star Gold Coast“Gold Coast Airport looks after 6.6 million passengers a year, and this will more than double by 2037. The existing terminal is currently operating beyond capacity. This expansion will not only help us meet demand, it will create an entry point to the city, befitting the nation’s leading tourism region,” said Chris Mills, chief executive of Queensland Airports Limited.The State Government has also announced support for The Star Entertainment Group’s $2-billion expansion on Broadbeach Island. The Star Gold Coast, in its current form, has already been acknowledged as one of Asia’s finest integrated resorts at the 2019 G2E Asia awards.The Star Residences Gold Coast – Stage 1, comprising 423 residential apartments, is now 92 per cent sold with construction well underway. Such is the demand for a piece of real estate in the burgeoning Broadbeach Island, The Star Entertainment Group has fast-tracked the development of its fourth hotel, recently opening expressions of interest.Picture: Artist’s impression of the 215-metre stage 2 tower.This highly-anticipated second stage of the mixed-use tower will include The Star Residences Stage 2, a five-star hotel, and is set to feature lagoon pools and a nightlife venue. Additional restaurants and bars are key attractions of the proposed 215-metre tower.Work could start as early as next year, with pre-sales for apartments within the tower already attracting interest from astute buyers both locally and overseas.The Star Entertainment Group’s chief executive officer and managing director, Matt Bekier, said plans to fast-track the new five-star hotel and apartments tower at The Star Gold Coast were the next step in delivering on the staged, fully approved masterplan for the property.“This latest hotel tower will further progress the internationally-competitive resort facilities we are offering to domestic and international tourists, along with restaurants, bars, a nightlife venue, a luxury day spa and wellness centre, and outdoor spaces that the local Gold Coast community as well as visitors to the city can enjoy and frequent,” he said.The five-star hotel and apartments are the next step for the fully approved masterplan. Picture: Artist’s impression of Epsilon – The Star Residences.“If our masterplan is rolled out in full, and there is so much more we would like to deliver, The Star Gold Coast will be the equal of the finest integrated resorts in the world and complement our $3.6-billion project at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.”As well as having access to new restaurant and bar precincts, residents of the new tower will also be able to take advantage of increased entertainment and retail, as well as resort facilities.Highly sought-after island living, with unobstructed water views and luxurious interiors, is available in one, two or three-bedroom apartments at The Star Gold Coast’s world-class integrated resort, prices start from $486,000.With demand for these limited release apartments expected to exceed supply, now is the time to register your interest.All renders supplied courtesy of The Star Residences.last_img read more

Gardasil will be the biggest scandal in medical history

first_imgHPV Vaccine.info.org 14 April 2014The former Merck doctor, French Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, was interviewed for the magazine Principe de Santé (Health Principles) in April this year, and in that interview he talks about his experiences in the pharmaceutical industry. After some tough years as a doctor in a hospital, Dr. Bernard Dalbergue quickly became seduced by the convenience of work in the pharmaceutical industry. Less yelling, pain and death. The latest fashion, fancy cars, money and embezzlement became part of his new life instead. Right up until his conscience, after 20 years in the pharmaceutical laboratories, woke him up and he wrote all his experiences in a book.In the interview Dr. Bernard Dalbergue talks about his surprise at how Marcia Angell, former head of the respected New England Journal of Medicine, left her job because she believed that the pharmaceutical industry manipulated the clinical research and controlled all the information that got to public attention. She, like many others, claimed that scientific studies that on the surface was described as objective and independent, was actually written by the pharmaceutical industry.In the interview he also explains that each year between 18,000-30,000 die in France directly as a result of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical products and the figure for the whole of the EU is about 200,000. He explains that there are no clinical studies that will document the safety of a product, like Merck is trying to tell people in the case of Gardasil, it is only after millions of doses have been distributed that you will see how dangerous a product is. Therefore, he says without hesitation: “Gardasil will be the biggest scandal in medical history,” and he adds: “The full extent of the Gardasil scandal needs to be assessed. Everyone knew when this vaccine was released on the American market that it would prove to be worthless. Diane Harper, a major opinion leader in the United States, was one of the first to blow the whistle, pointing out the fraud and scam of it all.”http://hpv-vaccine-info.org/gardasil-will-be-the-biggest-scandal-in-medical-history/last_img read more

Many Kiwi parents still consider smacking as acceptable

first_imgStuff co.nz 4 July 2017Family First Comment: No surprises. You can’t ban something that works.Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says there is no doubt the 2007 “anti-smacking” law change has worked to protect children.His comments come after a report showing a third of Kiwi kids are still smacked by their parents.Ten years on from the repeal of section 59 of the Crimes Act in 2007 – the “anti-smacking law” driven by MP Sue Bradford – which removed the defence of “reasonable force” for adults who smacked their children, a longitudinal study shows many parents still use physical discipline as a form of punishment.The University of Auckland’s study Growing up in New Zealand has released its Now We Are Four report which reveals worrying statistics happening behind closed doors in New Zealand homes.The report showed a third of mothers used smacking as a form of punishment and regularly shouted at their children. One in 10 parents said they frequently smacked their children.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/94166691/many-kiwi-parents-still-consider-smacking-as-an-acceptable-way-to-parentlast_img read more

East Central Alumni Swim Meet

first_imgThe 2nd Annual East Central Alumni Swim Meet will be taking place on Saturday, November 29th with Warm-ups at 9 AM and The Meet at 10.East Central Alumni Swim Meet NewsletterIf you are interested, you may contact Sean Guthrie attheguthrieclan@gmail.com.Courtesy of Event Coordinator Sean Guthrie.last_img