New CUNA Chair Staatz credits advocacy strength to ‘interdependence’

first_imgThe Credit Union National Association’s new board chair, Rod Staatz, chose to extol the strength of CUNA-state credit union league “interdependence” in his first official address to CUNA members.“We are stronger together. Our successes are and will be due to all of us working together: CUNA, the leagues, credit unions. All of us need to be involved in advocacy.”CUNA has circulated draft bylaw changes to its membership. A key issue addressed in the restated bylaws addresses choice regarding membership in CUNA.Addressing the Tuesday afternoon General Session of the 2016 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, Staatz told his audience of credit union advocates, “The CUNA-league purpose must be to support, protect, and advance the movement so credit unions grow and succeed in being America’s best financial partners.” continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Troubled Olympic flame diverted to Tokyo museum

first_imgTopics : The Olympic flame will go on display at a Tokyo museum in September, organizers said Monday, after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to scrap the torch relay and put the Games on hold.The flame, which arrived in Japan for the nationwide relay in March, will be available for public viewing from September 1 to November 1 at Tokyo’s Olympic museum, officials said.The symbolic flame, lit in an elaborate ceremony at the ancient Greek site of Olympia, has been mired in uncertainty since the historic decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games by a year. But just after one week, it was removed from public view as coronavirus cases climbed in the country.The flame is destined to light the Olympic cauldron when the delayed Games open on July 23, 2021. However, top officials have spoken openly about the possibility of cancelling them altogether as the pandemic continues to rage.center_img It has had a troubled journey so far, after even the lighting ceremony was held without spectators to avoid the spread of the virus.The Greek leg of the torch relay was then cancelled when large crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit a cauldron in the town of Sparta.The flame arrived to a muted welcome ceremony in northern Japan with a few dozen officials and guests, after plans to invite 200 schoolchildren were abandoned.When the torch relay was axed, the flame was put on display in Fukushima prefecture — an area devastated by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear meltdown.last_img read more

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Izet Hajrović Signed for Four Years in Werder

first_imgThe Bosnian football player Izet Hajrović is new player of German football club Werder Bremen. After leaving Galatasaray, a twenty-year old Hajrović signed a four year long contract with German Bundesleague Bremen, announced “Goal”. (Source: Fena)center_img On Wednesday Hajrović passed a medical examination.“We are happy for the arrival of a player who is quick and who has good maneuvering”, said sports director of the club, Thomas Eichin.last_img

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Yahoo Uses Windows Azure To Build Flickr App for Windows Phone 7 and Tablets

first_imgAccording to Microsoft:Windows Azure Storage is used to manage the synchronization of data. By exposing the interface to this new functionality using RESTful services, Flickr can readily extend this functionality across a diversity of other platforms and devices.The Flickr app built on Azure shows that the true opportunity in the cloud is in how multiple cloud environments can be accessed to create a rich experience for people across connected devices. By leveraging Azure, Yahoo has the benefit of the Azure platform, an environment for app development that has gained a fair degree of credibility.For Microsoft, it’s a clear win. Flickr is one of the most popular photo services in the world. It provides a blue chip capability for people who use Windows 7 or Windows Phone 7 devices. As Microsoft pushes deeper into the mobile and tablet markets, Azure could prove to be a welcome asset for attracting additional high-profile Web properties to its platform.The Flickr app will be available Jan. 31. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#cloud computing alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Here’s a twist. Yahoo is launching a native Flickr app for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 later this month that leverages Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.The app connects Flickr data with Windows Azure via an API. Using Windows Azure, Yahoo is able to optimize the images for the Windows 7 environments and on the Windows Phone 7 devices. For example, let’s say someone is using the Flickr app on a Windows 7 tablet device and decides to view one of their albums. The app makes a call to Windows Azure, which computes the context for the way the image should be viewed on the device.On a Windows Phone 7 device, the Flickr app shows images in its “live” tiles interface. These are flat, square tiles on the device. They represent your email inboxes, phone calls and apps among other things. Flickr images appear in the tiles. Or for instance, you can tap on a tile to get a map via Bing and then swipe to view a comments section.The native Flickr app, built by Yahoo on .Net, demonstrates how multiple cloud platforms can be used to provide experiences for the user across multiple devices.“Flickr is synonymous with the cloud,” said Marcus Spiering, a product manager at Yahoo responsible for Flickr mobile products. “We store the image data, which is massive. What we don’t have is a synchronized, connected device experience.”He said technically it would be possible to offer the service directly from Yahoo instead of using Windows Azure but they wanted to get the app out fast. And they wanted to build an experience that was engaging for the user across multiple, connected devices. “Azure allowed us to build an app quickly and do it with quality,” Spiering said.The complexity arises in how the data and metadata gets handled. Azure provides that capability. In addition, Azure also serves as the platform for development, testing and deployment, plus has the capability to add new features to the Flickr app. Related Posts last_img read more

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Reeling from the California Wildfires

first_imgThe region will struggle for yearsAs firefighters struggle to contain the conflagrations in the wine country north of San Francisco, it is clear that the region, an economic powerhouse for California, will continue to suffer long after the flames are extinguished and the human toll has been counted.The disaster is expected to ravage the housing markets of this highly prosperous region, with slashed prices, scarce availability, and wrecked infrastructure — all factors that will need to be taken into account as displaced homeowners decide whether to return and rebuild, or leave the area for good. The multibillion-dollar tourist industry, and the jobs it provides, is also at risk. It’s likely to take up to a decade to rebuild the homes, businesses, and essential services such as schools residents will need should they choose to return.Wildfires are common in California, as well as the Western states of Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, in late summer and fall. But those burning in Northern California are unusual, says Tom Jeffery, a senior hazard scientist at CoreLogic, a real estate information company.“When you have a wildfire occur in an area that’s uninhabited, it can be a good thing for the environment. You have to have fires to have certain plants [like certain pine species] to reproduce,” he says. “[But] whenever you have homes exposed to it, then you have a potential disaster.”The median home price in Napa County was a whopping $876,200 on September 1, according to realtor.com data. In neighboring Sonoma County, the median home price was $750,000. But that was before the fires.More than 172,000 homes are now at risk of going up in flames in the Napa and Santa Rosa metropolitan areas, which are usually not prone to wildfires, according to an analysis from CoreLogic. (Napa is the name of a town as well as of the surrounding county.) It will cost an estimated $65 billion or more to rebuild them. An existing housing crisis won’t helpPlus, they’ll have to find a place to live while they rebuild — which won’t be an easy feat.“We had a housing crisis before the fire,” says Santa Rosa-based Realtor Daphne Peterson, of Keller Williams Realty. “We’re in a very high-cost area. Our vacancy rate was about 1%. Now we’ve lost about 1,500 to 2,000 homes. We have no place for people to stay.”Homeowners who decide to sell won’t have it easy, either. Those whose homes survived should expect the properties to sell at a 10% to 35% discount. That’s because it’s not as desirable to live near burnt-out houses or with fewer services and businesses nearby.“People don’t buy a house,” Bell says. “They buy a neighborhood.”Meanwhile, properties whose homes were charred or destroyed altogether could see discounts as high as 60%, he says. Sellers should expect an army of investors, a combination of home flippers and landlords, to swoop in.But the price breaks won’t last forever. These will likely dissipate after about five years, he says.“I know that it will all come back,” says Sonoma-area Realtor David Kerr, of Terra Firma Global Partners. “People in the North Bay are resilient. They will get through this.” But he worries about the farmhands at the vineyards and the other residents or workers who aren’t quite so well off. “It’s not going to be easy for [everybody].” RELATED ARTICLES But despite their devastating losses, Lee and his wife know they were lucky.Forty-two people have died in the wildfires burning through seven counties, including the famed wine-producing areas of Napa and Sonoma, as of October 18, according to The Los Angeles Times. About 3,500 homes and buildings have been incinerated by the blazes, which have ravaged about 170,000 acres, mostly in Northern California. (That’s larger than the island of Manhattan.) The causes of the fires have not yet been established. Clare Trapasso is senior news editor at realtor.com. Reprinted from realtor.com. By Clare Trapasso, realtor.com. Q&A: Rainscreens, Wildfire Hazard and Other Unintended Consequences Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a Disaster A “charred-to-the-ground moonscape”Californians are just beginning to come to grips with the scope of the disaster.“Multiple neighborhoods are burnt out,” says Randall Bell, CEO of the national real estate appraisal firm Landmark Research Group, based in Laguna Beach, California, which has assessed areas damaged by wildfires. “It’s street upon street of just charred-to-the-ground moonscape. All you see are chimneys and foundations. It’s a sad sight — and you see hundreds of them.”What will happen to the housing markets once the wildfires are extinguished?Only about a quarter to half of the original residents whose homes were reduced to ash are likely to return and rebuild, Bell predicts.“Emotionally they’re overwhelmed. Financially, they’re overwhelmed,” he says. “When these fires come through, they don’t just burn houses. They burn stores, restaurants, the churches, the schools. They burn everything. You may rebuild a house, but where’s your infrastructure?”Lee, the real estate agent whose Santa Rosa home burned down, doesn’t plan to rebuild. He and his wife plan to move to Kentucky, Tennessee, or North Carolina, where they have friends who might be able to find him work.“I’ve started an insurance claim and hopefully I’ll do well. … [But] I’m a real estate agent and there’s nothing to sell anymore,” he says. “I’m starting over from scratch at 63 with achy joints and an achy back.”Even homeowners with insurance premiums may not get enough money to rebuild their entire homes to what they were before, Bell says. That’s because the price of construction is likely to skyrocket with the extra demand for construction workers, for which there is currently a national shortage compounded by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and building materials. Some will get loans, others will tap into their savings.Those who do rebuild are in for the long haul. The area is expected to recover only about 10% to 15% each year, according to Bell. That means it’s likely to take five to 10 years before homes, businesses (including employment and tourism), and the local infrastructure is back to normal. Late Sunday evening, Russel Lee was relaxing on his deck in Santa Rosa, California, drinking a glass of wine. Then he smelled the smoke. He checked the local police scanner app on his phone and learned that wildfires blazing out of control were moving in on his four-bedroom townhouse in Northern California’s Sonoma County.The 63-year-old real estate agent and his wife, an artist, dug out their three cat carriers and frantically began packing some clothes, valuables, and important paperwork. At around 1 a.m., the police came banging on the door, yelling: “Get out now!” The Lees made it to a makeshift emergency shelter at the local veterans center, along with some folks who hadn’t had time to change out of their bathrobes and slippers before fleeing.Their home was burned to rubble, and they lost nearly everything — including one of their beloved cats, Alya, who refused to get into her carrier in time. His wife’s artwork, much of which she had already sold online, was all destroyed along with the antique furniture that had been in his family for generations. 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10 months ago​Burnley boss Dyche to stick with back-three against Arsenal

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Burnley boss Dyche to stick with back-three against Arsenalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Dyche has admitted that he will continue with a back three for Burnley’s upcoming clash against Arsenal.The Clarets changed up their formation against Spurs at Wembley, but lost 1-0 to a stoppage time goal from Christian Eriksen.They were solid defensively and may continue the same setup against the Gunners this weekend.”I think it’s something we would consider again, we didn’t just do it for a gimmick, we did it because we thought it could be effective,” said Dyche to the Lancashire Telegraph. “In many ways, it was. The hardship when you come to these places is then being effective on the attacking side – how many times can you get that real moment of truth to open them up?”We had a few, but it is difficult. We limited them by their standards.”They are a top side and I think we’ve delivered a performance that has made it very tight, and they have had to work incredibly hard to get something from the game.” last_img read more

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How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

first_imgU.S. stocks couldn’t hang on to a big gain Wednesday, but they still finished broadly higher as technology and health care companies rose. That helped reverse some of the market’s big losses from the week before.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index rose 14.29 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,651.07.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 157.03 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 24,527.27.The Nasdaq composite jumped 66.48 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 7,098.31.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 15.19 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 1,455.32.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 17.99 points, or 0.7 per cent.The Dow is up 138.32 points, or 0.6 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 129.06 points, or 1.9 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 7.23 points, or 0.5 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 22.54 points, or 0.8 per cent.The Dow is down 191.95 points, or 0.8 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 194.92 points, or 2.8 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 80.19 points, or 5.2 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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IBM chief Rometty says Indians lack skillsets to be employed

first_imgMumbai: Global tech major IBM chief Ginni Rometty has said Indians lack the required skillsets even as new-age jobs galore, and exhorted all to look at education beyond obtaining/giving away degrees. The USD 180-billion domestic software industry directly employs over 4 million. In remarks that come amid similar concerns voiced by other tech leaders domestically, Rometty, the chairman, president and chief executive of IBM, said this is a global problem and not just limited to Indian shores. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “In India, you have the same issues. Open jobs, (but) no matching skillsets,” she said, speaking at a company conference here Wednesday. “You have got to believe in a few different things than I think you believed in the past. One is to believe that skills are perhaps more important than a degree,” Rometty said, amid reports of huge unemployment among qualified engineers who when employed at the entry level are paid much lower than those semi-skilled with experience. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs There have been reports that nearly three-fourths of the millions of engineers and B-school graduates are not simply not employable at all, speaking volumes about the quality of both the academics as well as the admission process in the country’s education systems. According to private economic think tank CMIE data, as of February, there were as many as 31.2 million youth actively looking for jobs. This is in a country where over 60 percent of the 1.35 billion population are under 35. “It can be that you can have folks with less than a university degree, but participate well in this industry,” Rometty said. Contrary to perceptions of jobs being in short supply, she said there are jobs aplenty and an equivalent number of people looking for them, but the skillsets are not matching, which is the real problem. She said businesses and governments have to work together to solve the issue at hand, underlining that we cannot have a world of the haves and the have-nots in this new world where certain people know how to work in the new technology-led era and the vast majority of others do not. Posing a question on whether tech will kill jobs, she said the nature of jobs will undergo a change and also spoke about her company’s social sector projects, especially those aimed at educating women. Two years ago, the head of a leading European tech player had alluded to similar concerns as Rometty. He had said over 65 percent of the Indian IT staff is “just not re-trainable”, and had taken potshots at the Indian education system also he blamed the tech companies for not doing enough. “For some unknown reasons, we call it a knowledge- driven industry. If you have that kind of talent, and then making them learn the existing technology itself is such a huge challenge,” he had wondered.last_img read more

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Killing Eve scores top honours at BAFTA TV Awards

first_imgLondon: ‘Killing Eve’ emerged the biggest winner at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, scooping the trophies of best drama series and best leading actor for Jodie Comer. According to BAFTA official website, the hit show also took home the best supporting actor for Fiona Shaw. This was the first BAFTA victory for Comer, who essays Villanelle / Oksana Astankova, a psychopathic, skilled assassin who becomes obsessed with the MI5 officer who is tracking Eve, essayed by Sandra Oh. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerShaw said since she starred in the show “people have started to suspect I am a spy.” She plays Carolyn Martens, head of the Russia Section at intelligence agency MI6. The BAFTA TV Award for best mini-series went to ‘Patrick Melrose’, beating out a fair competitor in ‘A Very English Scandal’. Avengers: Endgame star Benedict Cumberbatch bagged the best leading actor award for his performance in ‘Patrick Melrose’. Hugh Grant from ‘A Very English Scandal’ was a frontrunner for the win. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up”I’m very used to being the bridesmaid,” quipped Cumberbatch, who won the trophy from his seventh BAFTA TV Award nod. The actor plays the title role in the show of a wealthy Englishman attempting to overcome his addictions and demons rooted in abuse by his cruel father and negligent mother. He also thanked author Edward St Aubyn, on whose semi-biographical novels the mini-series is based, for his “wit and courage”. It was Grant’s co-star Ben Whishaw who tasted success yet another time at the BAFTAs, winning the best supporting actor honour. Whishaw continues his winning streak from Golden Globes 2019 in the category. This marks his second BAFTA TV Award after winning one in the leading actor category in 2013 for ‘The Hollow Crown: Richard II’.last_img read more

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Nnamdi Asomugha Ate in His Car Instead of With

Nnamdi Asomugha, the shut-down cornerback who was supposed to galvanize the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense, used to eat  lunch in his car during practices instead of dining with his teammates last season, according to a report on WIP Radio in Philadelphia.WIP Radio’s Hollis Thomas, who played for the Eagles from 1996 to 2005, cited unnamed sources in making the report. Thomas said the source told him that Asomugha called it “me time” and chose to eat in his car over eating with other players.It was an example of how detached the Pro Bowl player was to his team. Meanwhile, the Eagles have asked Asomugha, 31,  to restructure his contract scheduled to pay him $15 million in 2013, $4 million of which is guaranteed. If he does not agree to a restructuring the team will cut him, according to ESPN.The sides met Friday in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine.A three-time Pro Bowler with the Raiders from 2003 to 2010, Asomugha has been a major disappointment with the Eagles since signing a five-year, $60 million contract in 2011. Philadelphia thought it was assembling an all-star team that would compete for the Super Bowl, but the Eagles finished 8-8 in 2011 and 4-12 last season, leading to the firing of longtime coach Andy Reid.Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, another member of the Eagles’ 2011 free-agent class that bombed, was released Monday. read more

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