Watch the Broadway Community Perform for Orlando

first_img View Comments Broadway’s brightest perform for Orlando on ‘Maya & Marty’ Spectacular things happen when humans come together to spread “love, sweet love,” and the Broadway community is living proof. Following the Orlando tragedy, the Great White Way’s brightest assembled to create a powerful benefit single, “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Broadway faves like Waitress’ Jessie Mueller, Shuffle Along’s Billy Porter and many more recently took the stage on NBC’s Maya & Marty. The world seems to be answering back with a resounding “Yes”; the single has peaked at number one on the iTunes Top Songs chart. Snag your copy of the single here, and watch the performance below!last_img read more

Nature Golf.

first_imgLocal legend has it that a Choctaw maiden named Cateechee warnedsettlers of an impending Cherokee invasion. The Cherokees thenchased the young woman, papoose in tow, into hiding on a ledgeunderneath a waterfall, where she later escaped.Many golfers can now find refuge from everyday hassles at thenew golf course that bears the maiden’s name.Cateechee is no ordinary golf course.The public course just outside Hartwell, Ga., is only the 14thgolf course in the world to earn the Audubon Cooperative SanctuaryProgram’s “Signature Status” stamp of environmentalapproval.”Wewant to reach people where they live, work and play,” saidRonald G. Dodson, president and chairman of the board of AudubonInternational, Audubon Society of New York State, Inc., at thededication ceremony June 28.”Some people wonder why the Audubon Society is involvedin golf,” he said, “because they see golf as a creatorof environmental problems. We created this signature program towork on making golf courses with sustainability and environmentalcompatibility. And, we don’t give it out like candy. You haveto work for it.”An existing golf course can’t be retrofitted to the profileof the Audubon Signature Program. It has to be part of the planfrom the beginning.Cateechee found a partner in planning at the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”They called us looking for a water-monitoring program,”said Bill Segars, the UGA water quality coordinator. “Inour research, we came across the Audubon Signature Program. Weliked their guidelines and decided to go with that program.”The program is designed to encourage landowners to assess anddevelop strategies for a variety of natural resources issues duringplanning and construction.It focuses on six environmental areas:* Wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement.* Water conservation.* Water quality management and monitoring.* Integrated pest management.* Energy efficiency.* Waste reduction and management.Part of the monitoring plan UGA helped develop for Cateecheewill also save the City of Hartwell big bucks.”They will be using wastewater from the city,” Segarssaid. “The city’s facilities have reached their capacity,and city officials were facing having to build a new wastewatertreatment plant or find a way to go to land application. Thisis their answer.”About 15 other Georgia golf courses use wastewater for irrigation.Once construction on an Audubon Signature course is completed,the landowner must follow a natural resource management plan.Annual reports are required, and biennial audits are conducted.If the plan is not strictly followed, the golf course risks losingits designation. Several have.Cateechee is the first golf club in Georgia to earn the designation.There are only four others in the Southeast.Dodson said the Audubon program believes golf courses are adoptingmany of these principles because they make good economic sense.”You don’t want to buy and use more products than youhave to,” he said. “Our program simply gives recognitionto those who have chosen to do it right.””Our participation in the Audubon Program is based onthe premises that our golf course is an asset to the communityand that golf courses make good wildlife sanctuaries,” saidBuck Workman, Cateechee’s superintendent. “We did as littleplanting as we could for the greens and fairways and just leftthe rest for nature to do its thing.”Segars said the university plans to take what they have learnedfrom this project and help Georgia’s golf courses become moreenvironmentally friendly.last_img read more

Six cyber-enhancing technologies you should know

first_imgby: John CarlsonCybersecurity threats cannot be addressed by just educating consumers and businesses. The government and the private sector must also implement technologies and tools that, collectively and in combination, can mitigate our cybersecurity risks. This is happening in an environment of rapid change, which also means that as the velocity and sophistication of cyber attacks increases, those who defend against these attacks must be equally adaptable.Fortunately, positive advances are being made, including these six promising technologies and developments that can enhance cybersecurity:Chips. Adopting chip-based technologies in payment cards that would replace those magnetic stripes could go a long way in eliminating counterfeiting and reducing the damage from breaches at merchants. Also, chips in the form of secure elements embedded in mobile phones are critical in order to store sensitive information, such as encryption keys.Tokenization. Tokenization makes stolen data useless by substituting sensitive data, such as an account number, with a non-sensitive equivalent that has no exploitable value. Expanding the use of tokenization could make breached data unusable for perpetuating fraud.Encryption. Encryption technologies encode information in ways that only authorized parties can read, and usually requires a decryption key to recover the contents of the encrypted text. Expanding use of this tool could help protect more sensitive information, even if the information is stolen. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

New RBC rule will affect a few credit unions but protect all

first_imgAt its January 2015 meeting, NCUA’s Board voted to propose a revised risk-based capital rule, part of a broad regulatory reform effort the agency launched in response to the financial crisis. The revised proposed rule would directly affect a small number of credit unions, but its benefit will be shared by all of them.As it does with any new rulemaking, NCUA carefully weighed the benefits the rule would achieve against the potential costs to the system in terms of time and resources and the potential regulatory burden in terms of reporting and capital requirements.The benefits side of that equation is undeniable. If this proposal had been in place in 2007, losses to the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund would have been substantially lower than the $750 million lost due to consumer credit union failures. Many of those failures might have been prevented.The agency has worked with stakeholders to keep the cost side of the equation in check. In fact, the unprecedented amount of feedback the agency received on its original RBC proposal helped identify opportunities to make our approach more targeted to outliers with outsized risk and more precise in its measurement of that risk.Scope: Expanded, but TargetedOn the whole, the credit union system is very strongly capitalized today, but there are a few outliers—credit unions that don’t hold capital commensurate with the risk in their portfolios—that pose higher risk to the Share Insurance Fund. The current RBC rule requires only two of these credit unions to hold additional capital.The revised proposed RBC rule would apply to credit unions with more than $100 million in assets, about 22 percent of all federally insured credit unions. These credit unions hold 89 percent of system assets, and are involved in one or more complex activities.Seventy-eight percent of credit unions would be exempt from any regulatory burden associated with complying with the revised proposed rule, but all credit unions will continue to comply with the existing seven percent net worth ratio requirement.Measurement: More Detailed, but More PreciseNCUA’s revised proposed rule includes risk-weight factors that have been carefully calibrated for credit unions. In most cases, NCUA’s risk weights are comparable to those developed for banks, but some are notably lower to reflect the unique make-up and performance of the credit union system. The agency has tailored risk weights in the revised proposed rule to identify credit unions that fall well outside industry norms with respect to their real estate and commercial loan concentrations.Stakeholders favored more calibrated risk weights as well, and NCUA would need to make extensive changes to the Call Report over the next several years to allow the agency to gather more granular data.Remedy: Options for Managing RiskThe revised proposal sets the risk-based capital threshold for “well-capitalized” at 10 percent instead of 10.5 percent as originally proposed. Credit unions that fall below this threshold will have options for addressing their portfolio risk to return to being “well-capitalized:”Strategically reducing risk.Holding more capital.Doing some combination of both.Based on estimates from Call Report data, only 27 credit unions would face this decision. Those that do can pick the option that best serves their interests and operations.In developing this approach, NCUA considered the need to protect the system’s safety and soundness and the importance of providing a sound framework for future growth. This approach doesn’t constrain growth; it helps credit unions manage it. The agency expects the revised proposed RBC requirements would have no adverse impact on credit union lending, as 98 percent of credit unions will remain well-capitalized under the revised proposal, holding an average risk-based capital ratio exceeding 19 percent.Protecting the safety and soundness of a $1 trillion system and positioning that system to withstand future challenges are ambitious goals that require a certain commitment. The 27 outlier credit unions that would be directly impacted by the rule tend to be credit unions with lower than average capital, but which take higher than average risks. The revised proposed RBC rule helps us meet the goal of protecting the system, and is targeted and efficient enough to control the cost. As we know, the cost of doing nothing or getting it wrong can be too great.NCUA has provided many materials to help credit unions and other stakeholders understand the impact of the revised proposed RBC rule, including a downloadable RBC Estimator that will help credit unions determine their risk-based capital ratios confidentially. These materials are available on NCUA’s Risk-Based Capital Resources page. The revised proposed rule is open for a 90-day comment period and the agency looks forward to continuing the dialogue on this important issue. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Larry Fazio Larry Fazio graduated from Lewis University with a degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and has a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from George Washington University…. Web: www.ncua.gov Detailslast_img read more

CUNA: CECL ‘inappropriate’ for CUs, future relief needed

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Application of the current expected credit losses (CECL) standard to credit unions continues to be inappropriate, CUNA wrote to the House Financial Services subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit Tuesday. The subcommittee conducted a hearing Tuesday on the impact of the standard, which was set forth by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).“CECL is intended to address delayed recognition of credit losses resulting in insufficient funding of the allowance accounts of certain covered entities. However, underfunding of allowance accounts has not generally been an issue for credit unions,” the letter reads. “Further, the typical user of a credit union’s financial statements is not a public investor—such as with large, public banks—but instead is the credit union’s prudential regulator, the NCUA.”CECL was adopted in 2016, uses an “expected loss” measurement for the recognition of credit losses. FASB recently finalized a CUNA-backed delay in implementation to give credit unions and other entities more time to come into compliance.last_img read more

Tighten up language on bullying laws

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn regards to Sen. James Tedisco’s Nov. 19 guest column [“Notify parents when their children are bullied”] on bullying in our schools, why not write something like, “mandatory reporting with complete enforcement” into the first law and then maybe some of that 31 percent of unreported bullying cases in our schools may go down and the second law need not be written.Words in a law like, “make a reasonable” and “good faith effort” don’t seem to cut it from a legal stand point.This opens the law up for everyone’s own interpretation on how to proceed next, including people managing schools.Why all this vagueness and contradiction in these bullying laws? Let’s do better to help children being bullied.Paul W. TrinciMaltaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

S. Korea’s Daewoong Pharma gets India nod to test anti-parasite drug for COVID-19

first_imgSouth Korea’s Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said on Tuesday it received Indian regulatory approval to test its anti-parasitic niclosamide drug to treat COVID-19 patients in an early-stage human trial.The phase 1 trial, approved by India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), will involve around 30 healthy participants to test safety and kickstart this month, Daewoong said in a statement.The South Korean drugmaker is testing the drug in partnership with New Delhi-based Mankind Pharma Ltd, which will continue the second and third phases of trials in India on mild and severe coronavirus patients. Topics : Drugmakers worldwide are scrambling to develop treatments for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, which has killed nearly 739,000 people globally since it first emerged late last year in China.The trial results from India will be used for export permits in Europe and the United States, said Daewoong. The company is also waiting for a separate phase 1 trial approval from South Korea, Nathan Kim, vice-president at Daewoong’s communications office, told Reuters.Daewoong had said its anti-viral drug had completely eliminated the novel coronavirus from animals’ lungs during pre-clinical testing.last_img read more

Hermit Park a drawcard for buyers

first_img73 Armstrong St, Hermit ParkMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I’ve got 61 inspections registered in my system for 73 Armstrong St,” he said. “People just love that North Queensland feel that Hermit Park has and you’ve also got Hermit Park State School which everyone wants to send their kids to.” During the recent decline in real estate prices across Townsville, suburbs such as Hermit Park have been bucking the trend.It has emerged as one of Townsville’s fastest-selling suburbs thanks to large lots and classic Queenslander-style houses perfect for renovation and upgrading. According to historians, Hermit Park originated from the name of the home of one of its most colourful residents, Leopold Ferdinand Sachs, a banker known to hold great parties at his home at the end of The Avenue, Hermit Park. 73 Armstrong St, Hermit ParkHERMIT Park’s proximity to the city, large blocks, good schools and traditional style houses continues to draw buyers.The suburb’s median house price has risen 4.7 per cent in the past three months to $342,500 while rental yields remain healthy at 4.9 per cent for houses and 7.4 per cent for units.Dean Dank from Explore Property Townsville sold 73 Armstrong St this month for $690,000.He said it was snapped up by a local family who liked the location close to the city, the home’s traditional Queenslander style and the size of the property.“They liked it because it was legal height underneath and it had heaps of rooms with two bedrooms upstairs and a study, three bedrooms downstairs, living areas on both levels, a deck and a veranda,” he said.Mr Dank said Hermit Park houses always attracted plenty of interest and had good attendance at open homes. 73 Armstrong St, Hermit ParkBy the 1880s, Hermit Park had become a place where well-to-do residents of Townsville moved to get away from the city, building large, elegant Queenslanders which are still sought after today. In 1902, St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Queens Rd was built. During the 1920s, St Joseph’s Catholic School opened in Norris St and Hermit Park State Primary School opened in 1924. In 1949, the Regent and Rising Sun Cinemas opened in Charters Towers Rd.By the 1970s, Hermit Park was classified as a low socio-economic area, but by the 2001 Census, its residents’ income equalled Townsville’s average wage and was higher than most of the western suburbs. Today Hermit Park is well placed to be one of the city’s premium suburbs and is only 5km from the CBD.last_img read more

Christian nursing home forced to allow assisted suicide

first_imgCathNews 27 October 2016Family First Comment: Disturbing development.The nursing home, which is run by the Salvation Army, the UK-based Christian charity, lost a legal challenge to new assisted suicide rules.The regulations, introduced about a year ago, compel charities caring for the sick and elderly to offer assisted suicide when a patient or resident requests it.The nursing home objected on the grounds that the law violated the core religious beliefs of the Salvation Army and that it represented an affront to freedom of conscience.But the Federal Court rejected the complaint of the home, which is situated in the canton of Neuchatel, and ruled that individuals have the right to decide how and when they would like to end their lives.According to a report on Swiss Radio In English, the judges said the only way the home could avoid its legal obligations to permit assisted suicide was to surrender its charitable status.This would put the home outside of State control but it would also involve the loss of State subsidies.http://cathnews.com/cathnews/27387-christian-nursing-home-forced-to-allow-assisted-suicide-or-lose-charity-statusKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Wolla completes Canyon Winter Challenge sweep

first_imgBy Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (Jan 29) – North Dakota driver Jason Wolla, known by fans as “The Big Show,” put on an impressive show as he swept the weekend Winter Challenge IMCA Modified features at Canyon Speedway Park.Wolla’s second win of the weekend on Sunday came with 33 IMCA Modifieds checked in. He drew the outside front row and once the green flag dropped he never looked back for the $1,000 victory.The battle for second and third heated up for most of the race between local drivers Brian Schultz, Jason Noll and Garrett Funk. As Wolla approached lapped traffic, a late caution closed the almost straightaway lead he had built and Schultz took advantage.Wolla slipped up in turns one and two on the final lap where Schultz peeked to the inside, but in the end the move proved futile as Wolla sped away into the last turn, eventually taking the checkered flag and sweeping the weekend. Schultz was second with Funk, Noll and Garth Dushanek rounding out the top five.J.C. Parmeley made an impressive late pass on Jason George to take home the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event. Tony Hill redeemed himself from a tough Saturday by taking the Sunday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers and Steve Soboski swept the weekend in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks in unconventional fashion.It looked as though another sweep was ready to take place in Northern SportMod action. Saturday winner Jason George led the majority of the race in. A late restart with less than five to go gave Parmeley a chance, but the pass could not be completed.Parmeley was given another chance just a couple laps later and this time he took advantage, going around the outside of George in turn one. The second try stuck and Parmeley was able to get away from George to take the win with Austin Kiefer, Chris Toth and David Jones filling in the top five.Hill came back with a vengeance on Sunday afternoon after a rough outing on day number one at Peoria. Bo Partain led during the early portion of the race after starting on the pole position but fifth starting Hill charged his way through and took the lead around the halfway point.Partain later spun in an incident in turn four, leaving the door open for Troy Jerovetz to challenge the race leader. Jerovetz could not quite keep up as the top two sped away from the field, leaving the Cortez, Colo., driver to take the $500 payday ahead of Jerovetz, Race Fisher, Aaron Spangler and local driver George Fronsman.The most interesting finish to the day came in the Hobby Stocks as Soboski was awarded the win, although he did not cross the finish line first. Soboski was sent to the back with Joe Vlasity after contact sent Vlasity around early in the race.The remainder of the race had all eyes on Soboski and Vlasity as they charged through the field. Bret Bierman led the majority of the race but on the final lap Vlasity found himself within a car length of Bierman and took his shot. Vlasity drove in too deep in turn three, making contact with Bierman and sending the leader around while collecting Don Berner in the incident.Vlasity crossed the line first but was put to the back for rough driving, giving the win to Soboski. Confusion came as officials initially wanted to award Bierman the win, but Bierman never crossed the line so the win went to Soboski.Merle Zachrison, Dean Zachrison, Bret Bierman and Don Berner were the remainder of the top five.Hobby Stocks are on the card again during the Steve Stroud Memorial program on Feb. 11.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jason Wolla; 2. Brian Schultz; 3. Garrett Funk; 4. Jason Noll; 5. Garth Dushanek; 6. Ronnie Wallace; 7. Leland Hibdon; 8. Mike Strobl; 9. Ethan Dotson; 10. Cody Laney; 11. Spencer Wilson; 12. Ryan Roath; 13. Tim Ward; 14. Guy Norton; 15. Colin Winebarger; 16. Mark Stewart; 17. Steve Stultz; 18. Bubba Stafford; 19. Troy Gemmill; 20. Scott Sluka; 21. Trevor Miller; 22. Grey Ferrando; 23. Kelsie Foley; 24. Lance Mari; 25. John Parmeley.Heat winners were Funk, Foley, Dushanek, Noll and Mari. Wilson won the “B” feature.Stock Cars – 1. Tony Hill; 2. Troy Jerovetz; 3. Race Fisher; 4. Aaron Spangler; 5. George Fronsman; 6. Cody Center; 7. Eric Lloyd; 8. Larry Brigner; 9. Chaz Baca Jr.; 10. Vance Honea; 11. Steven Kihle; 12. Tate Johnson; 13. Jason Jensen; 14. Bo Partain; 15. Lonnie Foss.Heat winners were Jensen, Spangler and Hill.Hobby Stocks – 1. Steve Soboski; 2. Merle Zachrison; 3. Dean Zachrison; 4. Bret Bierman; 5. Don Berner; 6. Cory Parent; 7. Susie Mikkelson; 8. Kurt Kesselring; 9. Michael Soboski 10. Aaron Collier; 11. Bret Larned; 12. Joe Vlasity; 13. Paul O’Connor; 14. Bradley Stafford.Heat winners were Parent and Vlasity.Northern SportMods – 1. J.C. Parmeley; 2. Jason George; 3. Austin Kiefer; 4. Chris Toth; 5. David Jones; 6. Chris Caldwell; 7. Kenny Wyman Jr.; 8. Bill Miller; 9. Tommy Wyman; 10. Dylan Ickes; 11. Dennis Gates; 12. Lupe Gomez; 13. Chuck Black; 14. Steve Duffy; 15. Nick Langer; 16. David Ruth; 17. Bill Ferguson; 18. David Harrington.Heat winners were George and Gomez.last_img read more