MED5 FCU kick-starts community mask initiative

first_img continue reading » A South Dakota credit union CEO has leveraged a single donation into a community effort to provide supplies for frontline workers battling the coronavirus (COVID-19).Pam Brown-Graff was watching the local evening news April 5 when she saw a segment highlighting the need for protective medical masks to protect workers at facilities including Monument Health, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Rapid City, S.D.That evening, Brown-Graff, CEO of $79 million asset MED5 Federal Credit Union in Rapid City, pledged $2,000 on behalf of the credit union to support crafters who were making masks for the local community.“Before we became a community charter, we were a medical credit union, so it really hit home with me,” Brown-Graff says. CUNA photocenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

2021 state budget to include extra spending for COVID-19 mitigation

first_imgTopics : The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected that the country’s unemployment rate will rise to 7.5 percent this year from 5.3 percent in 2019, as the pandemic upends supply chains and forces companies to lay off employees, while also crushing demand for goods as consumers stay at home.Given the situation, senior economist Chatib Basri said the government should design a different kind of social safety net that could protect those who were vulnerable to the impacts, particularly those in the lower to middle class.“The government should not only focus on giving a social safety net to those below the poverty line. They should also focus on the people in the lower-middle class who lost their jobs because of the pandemic,” he said. The Health Ministry has approved large-scale social restriction (PSBB) policies for at least 16 cities and regencies across Indonesia in order to curb the spread of the pneumonia-like illness. As a result, citizens are forced to stay at home, with some left without pay or even losing their jobs altogether.He suggested that the government utilize its newly launched preemployment card program to determine which of those people needed a social safety net, as well as focus on disbursing cash transfers and other social aid to people in urban areas.“Urban areas are feeling the hardest impact of this pandemic and around 55 percent of the population lives there, making food demand higher in those areas,” he said.As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic would be more severe than any other crisis that has hit Indonesia in the past,  Chatib warned that the government should be more careful in stimulating the economy. The government will allocate another financial package for the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2021 state budget, which is currently being drafted by the Finance Ministry.Finance Ministry budgeting director general Askolani said on Tuesday that spending on the handling of COVID-19 next year would be the continuation of the government’s extra-spending allocated this year.“The program to cope with the impact of COVID-19  is not only intended for this year but also for 2021 and 2022. So, more spending for COVID-19 will also be included in the 2021 state budget,” he said during a teleconference.center_img President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on March 31 that would enable the government to widen the state budget deficit threshold to about 5 percent of the GDP from 3 percent at present. With the higher deficit threshold, the government could increase its expenditure to cope with the impacts of COVID-19.As earlier reported, the government has allocated extra spending of Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.6 billion) for the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the total funds, about Rp 75 trillion will be spent on the health sector, Rp 110 trillion on social protection, Rp 70 trillion on tax incentives and Rp 150 trillion on the economic recovery program.The impacts of ongoing COVID-19 emergency measures, such as the partial lockdown imposed by the government to halt the disease’s spread, has crippled almost all sectors of the economy. In response, the government has cut down its GDP growth estimate to 2.3 percent this year, the lowest in 21 years, from the initial estimate of 5.3 percent. In the worst-case scenario, the country’s GDP growth may decline to 0.4 percent.The government has also estimated that up to 3.78 million Indonesians would fall into poverty and 5.2 million lose their jobs.last_img read more

Koeman patient in keeper search

first_img Press Association Forster underwent knee surgery after falling awkwardly in the 2-0 victory over Burnley a week ago and estimates for his comeback have ranged from four to 12 months. Koeman is reluctant to give a more precise time frame for the England international and views Kelvin Davis as a capable deputy, although he admits he may be forced to bolster his goalkeeping options if Forster’s recovery is delayed. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman will wait for a more accurate date for Fraser Forster’s return before deciding whether an additional goalkeeper must be signed in the summer.center_img “Fraser is down, of course. I spoke to him last week,” Koeman said at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Everton. “The operation he had last week went okay, but he will be out for a long time – at least for this season. We have to wait to see how long he will be out for, it’s difficult at this moment. “Fraser is a fantastic goalkeeper. He was and is the number one for us. But as for every player you need good substitutes for each position. “Kelvin Davis is a very experienced goalkeeper who played very well against Burnley. “He made some fantastic saves and has a lot of experience, which is important for our last eight games of the season. “We have to make a decision on the goalkeepers at the end of the season and if Fraser is out for a longer time, a new goalkeeper is an option.” Striker Jay Rodriguez has been missing for a year to rehabilitate his own knee complaint and Koeman has revealed that he could be back before the end of the season. “Jay has been training with the group and should be ready to play in four or five weeks,” Koeman said. Midfielder Steven Davis is a doubt to face Everton because of a groin injury he sustained on international duty for Northern Ireland. last_img read more

Lotteriinspektionen secures extra budget ahead of Swedish licensing window opening

first_img StumbleUpon Share Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Related Articles LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Submit Sweden’s national gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen has confirmed that it has secured an additional SEK 19 million (€1.8 million) in operating budget to expand its resources ahead of Sweden opening its newly licensed market on 1 January 2019.The update sees Lotteriinspektionen total year budget increased 37% to SEK 70 million (€6.7 million).This April the Swedish government, published its revamped national gambling policy framework, updating industry stakeholders on pending policy, taxes and licensing procedures which will be attached to Sweden’s revamped gambling market.The majority of tier1 online gambling operators have previously disclosed that they will move to enter the licensed Swedish market.Entering 2018, Camilla Rosenberg the Director General of Lotteriinspektionen warned Swedish parliament that her organisation faced a ‘tough timetable’ to meet the 1 January 2019 ‘opening market’ target date.Rosenberg further pointed out that Lotteriinspektionen would need an IT system and headcount increase to meet the licensing demands of it new market applicants.last_img read more

Heisler: NBA wonders where all its players went

first_imgYes, the NBA has Trouble with a capital T and that stands for “Tank,” as in “losing intentionally to get a better draft slot.”How about that torrid race between the Lakers and Suns for the second-worst record?The Lakers have won two games since the All-Star break … and that was one too many since it came in Phoenix, leaving them with a half-game lead going into the weekend.Not that it’s just the bad teams. The NBA also has trouble with a capital R, which stands for “Rest,” as in “LeBron is resting tonight. No matter how much you paid, he’s saving himself for the playoffs.” As for enforcement, good luck. As long as the Cavaliers give the proper notice, LeBron James can take all 82 games off, rather than six of them … controversial though each might be.Take the Dec. 14 game in Memphis when James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, all healthy, didn’t even make the one-game trip. A security systems salesman named Justin Morris told USA Today that he spent $600 on two lower-bowl tickets to take his son, Canon, who was turning 18, to see LeBron, whom “he absolutely adores.”“People plan and spend a lot of money and sacrifice to pay for tickets,” Justin said. “… Canon is still enjoying the game – he is being really good about it – but it’s hard not to feel bad for the kid.”In justice of a sort, between injuries and rest, the Cavaliers have run completely out of momentum and fell out of first place in the NBA’s Little East Conference, trailing Boston, a glorified rebuilding program.If there’s increased concern – on the team level – about players’ health across sports, it’s a special problem for the NBA.With 16 NFL games, healthy players don’t sit out. With 162 baseball games and cheaper tickets … if only relative to other leagues (the Dodgers average is $60, according to Barry’s Tickets) … fans understand that players will rest.In an 82-game NBA season, fatigue and injury issues are indeed issues … but with prices ranging up to $3,600 for courtside seats at some Knicks games – at least they’re elite in something – the league promises marquee events it often doesn’t deliver.If the furor won’t change anything, it embarrasses those sitting out like Kevin Durant, who would almost certainly be playing if the playoffs had started.KD suffered a sprained knee and a bone bruise Feb. 28. Suggesting the Warriors’ alarm, they called it “a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise,” which sounded more ominous, noting KD wouldn’t even be reevaluated for a month.Ten days before he was supposed to be re-examined, KD was on the floor, getting shots up, reportedly targeting an April 8 return … in time to tune up for the playoffs.Durant noted the alarm is really over five stars: himself, LeBron, Steph Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook – which should be three since Westbrook and Harden have played every game.Worse, Durant noted, “Players, if anything, need a mental break sometimes. And sorry, they’re human.”Presumably, players were super-human in the 1961-62 season when Wilt Chamberlain averaged 48.5 minutes, counting overtimes … or 1970-71 when John Havlicek averaged 45.1.This is really about norms. The season has always been grueling. Once, players expected to stay out there and staggered to the finish line together. Now they think they have to rest up for when the games mean the most.Here’s how much things have changed.In the 1986-87 season I did a feature on the Celtics, having noted the aging team had four players in the top 10 in average minutes.I asked Coach K.C. Jones why he played them so much. He said it was important to get a top playoff seed.Isn’t it a problem, I asked, if your team is tired at the end?No, said K.C., repeating himself patiently as if explaining to a child, it’s important to get a top playoff seed.The Celtics finished No. 1 in the East but were out on their feet when the Lakers polished them off in the Finals, 4-2. Kevin McHale actually played with a stress fracture in one foot, which he suffered in mid-March but never came out, waiting until after the season to undergo surgery.That was then. This is now.The Suns just shut down center Tyson Chandler at the All-Star break, not because he was hurt, said Coach Earl Watson, but to “start putting together a clear, transparent, solid vision of our group.”Timofey Mozgov had played in two games since the break before Ivica Zubac sprained his ankle Thursday and was shut down for the season.Not that Lakers and Suns fans mind. Neither would complain if their teams suited up the ballboys.With all the reasons to sit players, including coaches thumbing their nose at the league office, the Regular Season Marquee Game is an endangered species.Golden State and San Antonio had one last week. The visiting Warriors wiped out an early 22-point deficit and won by 12, causing great rejoicing and depression and proving … nothing, actually.You see the problem. Also with a capital I, which stands for “Injured,” as in “KD may miss the rest of the regular season but will, of course, be back for the playoffs.”Add it up and the odds of buying a ticket then not seeing your fave are going up annually, a drawback indeed with the average ticket price at $50 (or $130 for a Lakers home game).Commissioner Adam Silver, alarmed as head of an enterprise hoping to remain true to fans … as opposed to bilking suckers … just sent out a memo, calling it “an extremely significant issue for our league,” asking owners to become involved in the decisions, promising “significant penalties” for teams that don’t follow the rules about advance notice.Unfortunately, that only encapsulated the problem in a nutshell.The owners are no more inclined to make their stars play. The league office can’t tell whether or not a player is dinged up and needs a night off.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Commissioner Juyle Commends SRC

first_imgThe Commissioner of Cinta Township in Gibi District, Upper Margibi County, William Julye, has commended the management of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) for living up to its corporate social responsibility. According to him, in the face of the numerous challenges, the SRC is honoring its “Corporate Social Responsibility by undertaking development initiatives, such as the construction of roads, bridges, schools, community latrines, hand pumps, renovation and furnishing of public schools, distribution of rice and cash as gifts to community members within the concession area.He also condemned in the strongest term, the most recent violent activity carried out against the SRC allegedly by some unnamed citizens, which he described as “uncivilized to instill fear in the minds of investors.”He said it was not right, and as such, has the propensity to scare away investors in the country.Commissioner Julye said as Commissioner of Cinta Township, he plays the role of a “mother of twins” and as such will not say or do anything that will exacerbate or sour the relationship between his citizens and the management of the SRC. Meanwhile, Commissioner Juyle has denied recent media reports linking him to a purported statement that accuses SRC Management of “harassing and intimidating residents of the township over land issues in his area.”According to Commissioner Julye, although he granted an interview to a reporter, he vehemently denied telling any reporter that the SRC does not have a genuine concession agreement with the Government of Liberia. His SRC’s denial was contained in a statement he issued over the weekend, and quoted by Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County correspondent, Richard Baysah. “I did not say the SRC Management used any law enforcement officer, or court constables to harass, and intimidate citizens under my administration, or used bulldozers to clear their farm land to expand the plantation,” he said.It may be recalled that on March 5, two local dailies reported that “Citizens Demand Proof for Land, as SRC expands plantation,” quoting Commissioner Julye accusing the SRC of using bulldozers to clear farm lands belonging to locals and plant rubber under its expansion program. Commissioner Juyle categorically denied the accusation during an interview with reporters over the weekend and said there has been an existing concession agreement dating as far back as the mid-1950s between the management and the Liberian Government. He remembered how his parents had worked with the SRC since the agreement came into being and up to present his mother receives a pension from the management.For its part, SRC management maintained that it has operated within the confines of its August 1, 1959, concession agreement with the Liberian Government.According to the management, it has paid due compensation for crops destroyed over the years in the process of developing the undeveloped portion of its concession land granted by the government.It denied ever acquiring additional lands from private individuals, or groups, and that the entire surface area of its concession granted by the GOL is 21,080 acres.SRC management further maintained that in view of the Ministry of Agriculture’s August 20, 2012, price list for economic crop damaged during development projects, and such damage to crops being inherent in its new development operations in undeveloped portions of its concession area encroached on by local residents, it is constrained to halt all of its intended new development activities until such matter is peacefully settled.At the moment, SRC is only felling non-productive rubber trees and replanting on the same land, and emphatically rejected contrary allegations of encroachment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rep Wozniak Republican lawmakers unveil new caucus Action Plan

first_img20Feb Rep. Wozniak, Republican lawmakers unveil new caucus Action Plan State Rep. Doug Wozniak, of Shelby Township, this week joined his colleagues for a press conference outlining key principles and priorities that will guide House Republican legislation for the 2019-2020 legislative term.Wozniak underscored the continued commitment within the plan to reduce car insurance rates for all drivers, invest in our state’s roadways and stand up for the most vulnerable people in Michigan.“We’re at a crossroads where what we accomplish and prioritize now dictates how prosperous our state’s future can be,” Wozniak said. “We’re not only committed to paving roads here in Michigan, we’re also committed to continuing the economic comeback we’ve been experiencing over the past several years. This action plan leads the way for all Michiganders to live, work and raise their families.”The action plan also focuses on the following issues in the next two years:Building Michigan’s future through improved infrastructure, including public water systems;Protecting constitutional rights and religious freedoms;Meaningful criminal justice reform, such as protecting private property rights through changes to civil asset forfeiture, while upholding the rule of law; andPutting more hard-earned money back into the pockets of Michigan taxpayers.Since 2011, House Republicans have publicly outlined their priorities to improve government transparency and accountability. The entire action plan is available to the public at Categories: Wozniak Newslast_img read more

The BBC is considering asking pensioners to waive

first_imgThe BBC is considering asking pensioners to waive their right to not paying the licence fee and make a voluntary contribution.The UK pubcaster agreed last year to foot the bill for the over-75s licence fee from 2020 at an estimated annual cost of £650 million.It is now thought to want celebrities including Helen Mirren and Michael Parkinson to front a campaign designed to persuade older viewers to make a contribution.The BBC is preparing a report on ways to attract voluntary contributions, with the findings to be released later this year. The campaign for said contributions would likely then start in 2017.A debate over the BBC licence fee is continuing. It was thought to have been settled last year, with the Corporation footing the bill for over-75s in return for an inflation-linked fee. Government officials, however, subsequently made clear that the final settlement has yet to be reached.last_img read more

​Spoken Word Stage 1030 am Steve Hobbs 1130 a

first_img​Spoken Word Stage10:30 a.m. Steve Hobbs11:30 a.m. Improbable Fictions12:30 p.m. A Celebration of Alabama Writers1:30 p.m. Steve Hobbs2:30 p.m. Alabama Student Association for Poetry Sunday, Oct. 21: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Parking: The festival coordinators recommend parking in the Historic Downtown Northport area and taking the Kentuck Festival Arts Shuttle, which will continuously run throughout the day.Kentuck Festival of Arts Restrictions: NO pets. Service dogs must be checked in at the front gate.NO weapons of any kind.NO scooters, skateboards or bicycles. Below is more information about the event, what is and is not allowed, and how to prepare for the weekend.Festival hours are:Saturday, Oct. 20: 9 a.m. (gates open) to 5 p.m.Early Bird shopping (earned through becoming a Benefactor VIP) is 8-9 a.m. The 47th annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts will be held this weekend, Oct. 20-21. Every year, over 10,000 people travel to Tuscaloosa to see over 270 artists, hear live music and spoken word, participate in children’s activities, learn from folk and contemporary craft demonstrations, and dine from local food trucks and craft breweries.The Kentuck Festival of the Arts has gained national traction in its 47 years of operation. This year, in fact, the festival was voted fifth-best craft show in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine. More than 270 artists from 29 states in the U.S. will be in attendance this weekend. Alabama houses 78 of those artists, who represent 29 counties.Purchase regular tickets here.Purchase VIP tickets here.To learn about how you can house an artist for the weekend, click here.Tickets are still available for the event. Single day tickets are $10 and weekend passes are $15. Children 12 and under get in for free. Patrons can purchase tickets online, in the Gallery Shop at 503 Main Ave. in Northport, or at the gate on the day of the event.This year, Kentuck will feature VIP benefits for those who want to experience the festival from a whole new standpoint. VIPs can receive perks like attending the North River Yacht Club VIP Party, receiving free tickets to events around the festival and accessing the VIP tent.Below, check out the lineup for music and spoken word acts throughout the weekend.​Download a map and list of artists here.Download the music lineup here.Saturday, Oct. 20Brother Ben Music Stage9:30-10:30 a.m. North Alabama Irish Music Session11 a.m.-12 p.m. Men of Prayze12:30-1:45 p.m. Tristen2:15-3:30 p.m. Michaela Anne4-5 p.m. The Blue Cats Sunday, Oct. 21Brother Ben Music Stage10-11 a.m. Cottonmouth Creek11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Suitcase Junket1-2:15 p.m. Eilen Jewell2:45-4 p.m. Trogone Band Spoken Word Stage10:30 a.m. Steve Hobbs11:30 a.m. Improbable Fictions12:30 p.m. A Celebration of Alabama Writers1:30 p.m. Steve Hobbs2:30 p.m. Alabama Student Association for Poetry Hear Kentuck executive director Amy Echols talk to WVUA 23’s Lynn Brooks about this year’s festival on our Oct. 15 Chamber Chat.Follow Kentuck on:FacebookTwitterInstagramlast_img read more