CUNA continues engagement as CHOICE markup proceeds

first_imgThe markup of Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Texas) Financial CHOICE Act continued Wednesday with votes on a number of amendments, most of which did not pass. During discussions, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) cited a credit union member who wrote to her about the importance of regulatory relief for credit unions.Wagner quoted an employee of First Community CU, Chesterfield, Mo., who said she was unable to meet the mortgage needs of a longtime member looking to purchase a new house.“[The credit union] wrote to me and wants to know why they can’t give, under CFPB rules, a loan to a member in good standing, with credit that was perfect, a home mortgage loan?” said Wagner, who chairs the House Financial Services subcommittee on oversight and investigations.The committee considered, but ultimately voted down, an amendment that would remove language from the CHOICE Act that would repeal the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule.CUNA backs repeal of the rule, as it has concerns about the possible impact on credit union members’ ability to receive services to invest and save. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

France confirms first case of ruinous tomato virus

first_imgTomato plants in France’s far-west Finistere region have been contaminated with a destructive virus that can lead to whole crops being wasted, the agriculture ministry said on Monday.A farm had been isolated and greenhouses full of tomatoes would be destroyed, as there is no known treatment, it said.The tomato brown rugose fruit virus, known as ToBRFV, leads to rough discoloured patches on the fruit that render it unsellable — and officials warned earlier that its spread would have “major economic consequences” for farmers. The virus, which is not harmful to humans, was first reported in 2014 at greenhouses in Israel before it spread to Europe and America.”We have received the results from the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety of the samples from the Finistere and… they have been contaminated by the virus,” the ministry said.  Growers in Spain and Italy — the EU’s biggest tomato producers — have been affected, as have some in the US and Mexico, and Britain announced its first cases last July.Germany managed to eradicate an outbreak in several greenhouses by ripping out the plants and destroying them, and then treating the soil with disinfectants.France promised in early February to carry out hundreds of checks on plants and seeds, on top of regular inspections.Topics :last_img read more

Would you trade your Gold Coast home for one in the Whitsundays?

first_imgThe Burleigh Heads home was built on a narrow block.Architect Paul Uhlmann designed the three-level home.The timber property has ocean views from every level, and a special feature on each deck including a firepit, outdoor tub and pool. Each deck has a special feature.Ed Cherry of Sophie Carter Exclusive Properties is marketing the property through an expressions of interest campaign and said there was an offer on the table for Ms Naumoski to swap her Gold Coast residence for a Whitsundays property. The residence is designed to look like it’s floating out of the cliff.“I saw the block 18 months ago when I was hunting for a place to build my dream home,” the mother-of-two told the Gold Coast Bulletin when she showcased the property in August.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe narrow block was previously home to a blue fibro shack; it took eight months for Gold Coast builder Nick McDonald’s team to construct the palatial stilt structure in its place. 45 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads is on the market.THE owner of the Gold Coast’s first ‘floating house’ has knocked back an offer to swap her Burleigh Heads property for one in the Whitsundays.Cleverly designed to seemingly float out of the cliff, the “dream” property at 45 Hill Ave was built for Rosetta Naumoski, who bought the 405sq m block for $879,000.center_img Homeowner Rose Naumoski at her spectacular Burleigh Heads home with builder Nick McDonald. Picture Glenn Hampson Would you swap a home on the Gold Coast for one here?“There were two offers presented, the other was for a normal sale from a yacht broker from Monaco,” Mr Cherry said.“But the property is definitely back on the market.”last_img read more

The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) Launched in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

first_img Share Share LocalNews The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) Launched in St. Vincent and the Grenadines by: – July 1, 2011 By: Dr. Julian (Jules) FerdinandPhoto credit:“As an investment, Early Childhood Development programmes boast the highest rate of return on investment.”Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) brochure.The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) was launched at the Prime Minister’s Residence on Monday, June 27th, 2011.  Approximately one hundred private and public sector representatives from throughout the CARICOM region attended the event. Dr. Morella Joseph, the Programme Manager, Human Resource Development, at the Caribbean Community Secretariat, delivered the opening prayer.  Following this, the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Band played the national anthem.  The audience then heard remarks from the FDCC’s Chairman, Dr. Didacus Jules; the Executive Director at the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Mrs. Lisa Jordan; and Mr. Tom Olsen, Resident Resident Representative at UNICEF’s Eastern Caribbean office.  The Honourable Frederick Stephenson, Minister of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Youth, Sports and Culture of St. Vincent and the Grenadines delivered the feature address.  Dr. Julian Ferdinand, an FDCC Director, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s activities and Mr. Milton Lawrence, FDCC’s Deputy Chairman, delivered the vote of thanks.Earlier in the day, many of the attendees had participated in a regional forum for health, education, social development and parenting support agencies that was held at the conference room of the National Insurance Service in Kingstown.  The forum’s focus is “Supporting the development of children zero to three – particularly the most vulnerable”.  The forum was sponsored by the Caribbean Community in partnership with the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) Programme and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with support from UNICEF, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Parenting Partners Caribbean (PPC) and the University of the West Indies, and runs from June 27th to June 30th. Several of the evening’s speakers referred to Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan’s presentation during the morning session at the forum.  Professor Samms-Vaughan is the Professor of Child Health, Development and Behaviour at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.  Her presentation was entitled “Scientific evidence for the critical importance of supporting development of children zero to three, particularly the most vulnerable”.  During this presentation she   showed, among other things, how the cognitive and social development of the infant can be impaired as a result of lack of “positive stimulation” in their early environment.  Her address provided ample evidence of the need for regional governments, the private sector and non-government organisations to intensify the collaborative approach in providing social safety nets for children at risk.  She noted that “every child deserves a good life”.  Her clarion call for support initiatives reinforces the wisdom in establishing the FDCC.In his remarks, Dr. Didacus Jules noted that widespread poverty in different Caribbean countries places many children at risk for development delays.  He noted that this is evidenced by lowered health status, problems with school readiness, cognitive delays, and socio-emotional problems during childhood.  He indicated that these problems often persist into adolescence where the negative outcomes are even more pronounced.  It is indicated that children from poor households show greater likelihood to drop out of school, become pregnant and engage in crime than those from a more privileged economic background.  He noted that recent empirical evidence from research conducted in Jamaica, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis, confirm that children growing up in socially and economically disadvantaged communities, where they are exposed to the deleterious effects of poor or inadequate care environments, require the intervention work that the FDCC is committed to championing.In his presentation, Dr. Jules noted that the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI), which was established by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation in 2002, continues to do outstanding work in addressing issues relevant to poor parenting practices and inadequate cognitive stimulation of young children; especially those in the zero to three year cohort who live under difficult social and economic circumstances. He highlighted the significant positive impact of the Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP).  This initiative was started in Jamaica and introduced as a model in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  The RCP is an informal early childhood education programme that seeks to reach children birth to three years old who do not have access to any formal early childhood education.  The caregivers regularly visit home communities where they involve children in play activities that support their motor, perceptual, emotional and cognitive development.  In addition, the caregivers provide parents with suggestions about how best to promote children’s health, hygiene and safety.  The training in parental skills development is intensified when they hold regular parent education workshops aimed at highlighting parenting knowledge and skills.  To ensure the continuity of these noble initiatives, the CCSI has now transitioned to the FDCC; an institutional entity, a regional private foundation, where the private sector, NGOs and academia can supplement government’s role to provide quality early childhood development support services – in the interest of all our children; committed to giving our children the foundation they deserve en route to a more accomplished life.Persons desiring more information on the FDCC can visit its website at comments, criticisms & suggestions to Sharing is caring!center_img 95 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

Crock Pot Apple Pie Amaranth Porridge

first_imgYield: 8 Serving Size: 1/2 cupIngredients5 medium apples (sweet or tart), cored and cut into 1 inch cubes15 large dates, pitted1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg1 Tablespoon vanilla extractJuice of 1 orange (about 4 Tablespoons)2 cups amaranth1 cup milk2 1/2 cups waterPossible toppings:chopped nutsraisinshoneydried cranberriesInstructionsAdd all of the ingredients in the order listed to your crock pot, except for the toppings.Cook over low heat overnight, at least 8 hours.Serve warm with your favorite toppings.last_img

Carter, Nichols collect Stock Car qualifying checkers

first_imgCayden Carter won the first of two Stock Car qualifying features during the Wednesday night IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s program at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Cayden Carter and Mike Nichols will both look to add to already impres­sive lists of accomplishments on championship night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nation­als fueled by Casey’s.Both were winners of qualifying features Wednesday at Boone Speedway. Carter, from Os­kaloosa, later ran fourth in his Modified qualifier and will start two main events on Saturday while a Super Nationals crown would be the final jewel in the crown for Nichols, from Harlan and a six-time national champion and the division leader with 450-plus career victories.They’ll square off in a game of Rochambeau on Thursday to decide which starts on the pole.“This is what we’ve worked for for the past two weeks,” said Carter, who will make his bid to start a third main event at the same Super Nationals when the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models comes to town on Thursday. “We were pretty confident we could get both cars in. We just didn’t know if we could do it on the same night.”“The only way we could top tonight is to win one on Saturday,” added Carter, who piloted Damon Murty’s back-up ride to the checkers. “It’s nice to be in both main events. Both cars were very well pre­pared.”Top four finishers in each of two qualifiers advance to the big show. Carter led all 25 laps of the first feature, winning handily ahead of Travis Barker of Sioux City, Justin Temeyer of Independ­ence and 2013 Super Nationals champion Brandon Czarapata from Pulaski, Wis.2015 champion Dustin Larson of Rushmore, Minn., 2009 and 2012 king Donavon Smith of Lake City and the 23rd starting Murty, from Chelsea, completed the top four behind Nichols.Nichols enjoyed a couple turns up front in the second qualifier. He passed Trent Murphy for the point on six, lost the lead to Larson on the 10th circuit, then got it back for good following a restart  on lap 15.Two more yellows interrupted the race but there was no catching Nichols before the checkers flew.The eight qualifiers from Wednesday will have a combined 70 Stock Car main event appearances be­tween them.Nichols is in the big dance for the 13th time, Czarapata and Murty both for the 12th, Temeyer and Smith both for the 11th, Larson for his sixth, Barker for his third and Carter for his second.Murty is a three-time runner-up while Nichols has been second each of the last two years. Temeyer is another multi-division qualifier, finishing third in both Stock Car and Northern SportMod main events in 2006.1st qualifying feature – 1. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 2. Travis Barker, Sioux City; 3. Justin Temeyer, Independence; 4. Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; 5. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.; 6. John Oliver Jr., Danville; 7. Randy Brands, Boyden; 8. Kevin Bruck, Dunlap; 9. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 10. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 11. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 12. Bob Rebstock, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 13. Dustin Matlock, Oklahoma City, Okla.; 14. Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.; 15. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 16. Jeff McCollum, Mankato, Minn.; 17. Derek Moede, Casco, Wis.; 18. Mel Elsberry, Orange City; 19. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis.; 20. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis.; 21. Jason VanSickel, Webster City; 22. Mark Smith, Hennessey, Okla.; 23. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; 24. Greg Keuhn, Trenton, Mo.; 25. Michael Bilyeu, Indianola; 26. Jerry Schip­per, Dike; 27. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; 28. Todd Gereau, Sioux City; 29. Brad Whitney, Trenton, Mo.; 30. Chad Shaw, Trimble, Mo.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan; 2. Dustin Larson, Rushmore, Minn.; 3. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 4. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 5. Ned Kalis, Wells, Minn.; 6. Trent Murphy, Jeffer­son; 7. Devin Smith, Lake City; 8. Bryan Rigsby, Topeka, Kan.; 9. Sterling Sorensen, Portsmouth; 10. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 11. Jake Nelson, Williston, N.D.; 12. Dusty Springer, Colby, Kan.; 13. Tommy Fose, Delphos, Kan.; 14. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan; 15. Jason Schoenberger, Rus­sell, Kan.; 16. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas; 17. David Smith, Lake City; 18. Scott Rein­hardt, Baileys Harbor, Wis.; 19. Michael Murphy, Jefferson; 20. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 21. Wayne Gifford, Boone; 22. Todd Inman, Altoona; 23. Jared Dirks, Rowan; 24. Lavern Carey, Io­nia; 25. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 26. Kellie Schmit, Britt; 27. Kyle Everts, Holland; 28. Craig Graham, Webster City; 29. Brandon Pruitt, Stuart; 30. Shay Curtin, Cresco.last_img read more

33rd annual Crop Hunger Walk announced

first_imgPenntown, IN —Ripley County churches have partnered with Church World Services for the past 32 years to bring the Crop Hunger Walk to Ripley County, and this year they will continue that tradition even in the midst of this pandemic because hunger does not go away just because of a pandemic. The 33rd Ripley County Crop Hunger Walk will take place this year on October 4 at St. John’s UCC, Penntown. Registration will begin at 1:30 pm with the walk taking place at 2 pm.Registration tables will be placed outside weather permitting. Organizers ask that only one person representing each group or organization register everyone in their group. Masks are required inside the buildings for registration if needed due to weather, and when using restrooms.Participants may either join the walk on Oct. 4 at St. John’s Penntown walking either the “Golden Mile” or the 10k walk or you may want to do a virtual walk, where you walk on your own in a place of your choosing.Registration packets will be available for a local church or organization’s representative to pick up and distribute to those interested in walking on August 25 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the St. John’s UCC Penntown church hall. If you are unable to pick up a packet at this time please contact Trisha Freyer, Chairperson, at or on her cell phone 513-545-2670 to arrange a time to pick one up.last_img read more

NFF, Lagos SWAN lament as Ukaigwe dies

first_imgRelatedPosts Sweden pounce on sloppy England to clinch third-place at Women’s World Cup FIFA Women’s World Cup: Netherlands sets up US final  FIFA WWC: US reach World Cup final with dramatic win over England Nigerian Football was again thrown into a state of mourning on Tuesday after news broke of the death of leading women football promoter and administrator, Henrietta Ukaigwe.Ukaigwe, a member of the Board of the Nigeria Women Football League, has for several decades been at the vanguard of promoting the game of women’s football in Nigeria and even beyond these shores, playing a key role in the wide traction gained by the game from the 1990s as Nigeria’s Super Falcons relentlessly dominated the African game and became a permanent fixture in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Imo State-born journalist was at the head of a crop of women’s football-passionate reporters and stakeholders who birthed the Female Football Interest Group, comprising a number of individuals who actively promoted and energetically projected the women’s game and made it an item of consequence in the media and public space across the nation from the nineties.In a similar vein, the Sports Writers Association of the Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter has expressed deep shock over the demise of its former Vice Chairman.Lagos SWAN Chairman, Debo Oshundun, in a statement on Tuesday said the news of her death came as a rude shock.“Sports journalism will miss ‘Worldwide’ as she is fondly called by friends and her colleagues,” said Oshundun.Late Ukaigwe breathe her last in Lagos on Tuesday after a brief illness. Tags: FIFA Women’s World CupHenrietta Ukaigwelast_img read more

DEFY gymnasts qualify for Regionals

first_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img ELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA gymnastics team took to the mats at Springers Gymnastics Center on Sunday for the final home competition of the season.Eighteen of the 26 DEFY gymnasts who competed in a dual meet with the Old Town and Orono YMCAs qualified for the YMCA Regional Championships, which will take place in Amherst, Mass., in May.“We had an incredible meet,” said DEFY coach Doug Springer. “We keep seeing the girls getting better and better, which of course, is what you want to see as the season goes on.”Six DEFY gymnasts placed first all-around: Aliyah Washburn and Molly Jennings at Level 3; Lily James at Level 4; Syra Gutow at Level 5; Gilly Rice at Level 7; and Mary Lou Ross at Excel Platinum.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We really try to have the girls peak at the state meet, and we’re right on track,” Springer said. “This meet with Old Town was great because Old Town has such a strong program. It was good to have the girls see some of their toughest competition.”Twenty-four DEFY gymnasts won individual events: Aliyah Washburn, first on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise; Kaela Springer and Violet Davis, first on vault; Molly Jennings, first on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise; Lily James, first on vault and balance beam; Ellie Kane and Elena Springer, first on vault; Megynn Lord, first on balance beam; Riley Crowley, first on uneven bars; Syra Gutow, first on vault, uneven bars and balance beam; Grace Morey, first on floor exercise; Paige Butler, first on uneven bars; Rachel Whitmore, first on vault; Jialan Deal, first on balance beam; and Mary Lou Ross, first on balance beam and floor exercise.“Coming off the mini-state meet we had two weeks ago, this was an even better reminder that we still have work to do,” Springer said. “It was great to see our girls focus on those problem areas we’ve addressed in the gym.”Down East Family YMCA gymnast Syra Gutow hits 180 degrees on her switch-leap at Sunday’s dual-meet with Old Town and Orono at Springers Gymnastics Center in Ellsworth. Gutow won her Level 5 age group. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSMeet Results:Level 3: ages 8-9Aliyah Washburn – 2nd VT, 1st UB, 1st BB, 1st FX, 1st AAKaela Springer – 1st VT, 2nd UB, 3rd BB, 2nd FX, 2nd AAViolet Davis – 1st VT, 2nd BB, 3rd, FX, 3rd AAEliza Levin – 3rd UB, 4th AALevel 3: ages 10-12Molly Jennings – 1st on VT, UB, BB, FX, and AANina Rozeff – 2nd VT, 4th AAJolie Deal – 3rd BB, 5th AAKasey Jordan – 6th AALevel 4: ages 8-9Lily James – 1st VT, 3rd UB, 1st BB, 3rd FX, 1st AAGenevieve Muise – 3rd VT, 2nd FX, 4th AAMercedes Ulichny – 2nd BB, 5th AAKiera Springer – 9th AA Level 4: ages 10-12Ellie Kane – 1st VT, 3rd UB, 3rd BB, 2nd AAMegynn Lord – 3rd VT, 1st BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AAElena Springer – 1st VT, 2nd UB, 3rd FX, 3rd AA Level 5: ages 8-10Riley Crowley – 3rd VT, 1st UB, 2nd BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AA Level 5: ages 11+Syra Gutow – 1st VT, UB, BB, 2nd Fx, 1st AAKajsa Brown-Morison – 3rd, VT, 3rd UB, 3rd BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AA Level 7Gilly Rice – 1st VT, UB, BB, FX, AAExcel SilverGrace Morey – 2nd VT, 3rd BB, 1st FX, 2nd AAPaige Butler – 3rd VT, 1st UB, 3rd BB, 3rd AARachel Whitmore – 1st VT, 3rd FX, 4th AABrooke Davis – 2nd BB, 6th AAExcel GoldJialan Deal- 2nd VT, 2nd UB, 1st BB, 2nd FX, 2nd AADezirae Zaman – 3rd VT, 3rd UB, 3rd BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AAExcel PlatinumMary Lou Ross – 3rd VT, 3rd UB, 1st BB, 1st FX, 1st AA Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Biolast_img read more

Badgers to host Lady Northern

first_imgComing off one of its best performances in school history, the Wisconsin women’s golf team is set to host its first home tournament this season, as all 11 Big Ten schools will compete in the Lady Northern Invitational at University Ridge this weekend.While four additional teams will participate in the tournament, this weekend’s results will be an early indication of which are the top teams in the Big Ten.The Badgers first tournament of the season — the Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 13 — was heralded by head coach Todd Oehrlein as “a great success.”“I thought we had an excellent weekend,” Oehrlein said. “We set a number of scoring records, had very balanced, consistent scores and, overall, it was a great start to the season.”UW carried Oehrlein’s feelings, as the Badgers strung together three consecutive sub-300 rounds for the first time in school history, spurring them to a sixth-place finish out of a nationally competitive 18-team field.Along with the 54-hole, school-record 878 stroke total, sophomore Jessie Gerry finished tied for seventh place with a 2-under-par 214. The mark topped her own 54-hole school record she set as a freshman last September when she won the Badger Golf Invitational.According to Oehrlein, the team’s success at the Cougar Classic was no fluke but was rather a result of what he attributes to an “outstanding offseason.”“I think the players worked hard this summer,” Oehrlein said. “You know, they played a lot, got themselves in a bunch of good, competitive events and we even had two girls qualify for amateur nationals.”Oehrlein is excited about the balance his squad brings to the golf course this year, and according to Monday’s press conference, that balance leads him to believe this team is “potentially the best” he’s ever had.A key member of the team is veteran leader Kelsey Verbeten, a senior who was one of the two women’s amateur qualifiers from the 2008-09 season. She brings the fifth-best scoring average in school history into a season full of goals and expectations.“I thought my offseason was pretty productive,” Verbeten said about her fall preparation. “I stayed injury-free, worked on a few swing changes and played in quite a few events with some good finishes.”While the Badgers have started strong this year, Verbeten is excited for the team to finally match up against Big Ten opponents this weekend.“Basically, I think we just want to go out and put together three good rounds,” she said. “We’ve played well so far, and, hopefully, we will be able to carry that momentum through this weekend.”Verbeten leads a group of returning scorers, including the top five from last year’s event. The Badgers have a veteran group this year as Verbeten and four other seniors add to a handful of talented underclassmen.The Badgers will play host at the Big Ten Championship later this season and are thrilled to be playing at home on their new-and-improved course on Sunday as a preview for the conference championship. The team hopes to keep the ball rolling through this weekend and is looking to come out confident and satisfied with the tournament.Until the rainy weather comes in in the next two days, the local University Ridge Course is in peak condition, which brings additional excitement to the event.The players are set to tee off at 8:30 on Sunday morning with the weather calling for blue skies and 75-degree weather.last_img read more