first_imgBeijing (AP) — China is building a coronavirus quarantine center with more than 4,000 rooms in a northern city at a speed that’s rarely seen in other countries. Each room is equipped with an air conditioner, television and Wi-Fi. China has sent construction workers and materials from all over the country to help build the project, as the government often does when it is dealing with natural disasters or other crises. China has largely curbed the domestic spread of the coronavirus, but is battling outbreaks this winter in its frigid north. The National Health Commission reported 145 new cases on Monday.last_img read more

first_img Joshua Henry View Comments Related Shows Star Files Violet Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 Colin Donnell Sutton Foster Tony winner Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell and Joshua Henry stopped by The View on May 20 to perform “All to Pieces” from Violet, now nominated for four Tony Awards (for Foster, Henry, director Leigh Silverman and Revival of a Musical). The tuner tells the story of a woman who makes a bus trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma in the hope that a televangelist can heal her disfigured face, forming an unlikely bond with two soldiers along the way. As Violet sings, we “love her all, love her all, love her all to pieces!” Take a look at the clip below, and check out Violet at the American Airlines Theatre.last_img read more

first_imgPILS creates Parents’ Attorneys Committee PILS creates Parents’ Attorneys Committee Amy K. Brown Assistant Editor Attorneys for parents entrenched in the dependency courts have a collective new voice, thanks to the Public Interest Law Section.More than 300 attorneys — some court appointed, some private — who work on behalf of parents caught in the dependency system have joined PILS as its sixth section committee, as approved by the section’s executive council in September.“PILS is excited to give this group of attorneys who don’t have a voice within the Bar or the legislature a voice within our section,” said Gerry Glynn, the section’s chair. “PILS has always been the section that has addressed the views within the dependency system that these lawyers practice everyday.”Committee members like Debra Salisbury agree.“PILS is such a good fit because we’re concerned about public interest law,” she said.And many of the other issues PILS covers — Social Security disability, children’s rights — are issues parents’ attorneys deal with on a regular basis, she added.“I think it’s a chance for the attorneys to be more unified in their approach to the practice and to have more support,” Salisbury said. “I think we’ve all functioned as isolated entities throughout the state, other than within our local peer groups.”Presenting a unified front is terribly important now, said Salisbury. Parents’ attorneys historically have not been involved with legislative or statutory changes — those have been made almost solely by the Department of Children and Families.“There’s really never been a unified effort by parents’ attorneys to protect parental rights,” she said. “There have been a lot of significant changes in the statute in the last several years. Parents really need a voice both through representation in court and through the legislative process.”Revision 7 changes, which require the state to pick up the lion’s share of court system funding by 2004, will also affect parents’ attorneys.“Due to the many changes that will occur in the court system because of Article V revisions, the funding for the attorneys in this work of representing parents who are threatened with losing their children is in question — in doubt,” said Glynn. “We don’t know how this type of representation will be funded or how these attorneys will be organized.”Like many other functions of the court outside of the “essential elements,” parents’ attorneys are at risk of being underfunded and passed to different entities within the system. Salisbury and Glynn hope that regular meetings and an organized, statewide advocacy effort will help protect their interests and the rights of parents in the dependency system.PILS is also working to provide its newest members with training, CLE programs, mentoring for younger attorneys, and amicus brief support for important cases, Glynn said.“We will support them in whatever they do,” he added.To join the Parents’ Attorneys Committee of the Public Interest Law Section, contact PILS Administrator Debby Beck at (850)561-5650 or PILS also provides a listserv for its members, which can be joined by contacting Glynn at (407) 275-4451 or October 15, 2002 Assistant Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Cheers filled the Long Beach ice rink Thursday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he vetoed Port Ambrose, the controversial Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal that would have been built 20 miles offshore.The governor cited security, economic and environmental concerns that activists, fishermen and local lawmakers similarly expressed at public hearings over the past two years, when Liberty Natural Gas first proposed the plan.“When you put all those pieces together, the reward is not worth the risk,” Cuomo said before signing his veto letter to the U.S. Maritime Administration as the crowd looked on.The announcement came a week after the four final hearings—two in Long Beach, two more in New Jersey—on the proposed deepwater port that would have enabled LNG supertankers to make up to 45 deliveries annually.In citing security concerns, Cuomo said both terrorism and natural disasters were considered. He reflected on his time in Long Beach after Sandy three years ago while noting the likelihood of another hurricane hitting the region. He also said terrorists have cited LNG as a target.The biggest environmental concern—aside from the possibility of a spill—was the terminal encroaching on the same area where an offshore wind farm has been proposed. That debate was among the hot topics at the public hearings last week, with proponents and opponents differing on just how much the port would impose upon the windfarm.“There was no thought to how the two plans could coexist,” Cuomo said.Before Port Ambrose, Liberty Natural Gas has unsuccessfully tried to build another offshore LNG port closer to New Jersey. This time, the proposal was moved closer to New York, but it was close enough to New Jersey that Gov. Chris Christie also had veto power. Both governors had until the end of the year to nix the plan.Among those who issued statements supporting Cuomo’s veto were U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), anti-fracking activist actor Mark Ruffalo and a slew of nonprofit environmental groups, including the Surfrider Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council as well as Food and Water Watch and Frack Action.last_img read more

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Never has the payments marketplace been so crowded. Thanks to new technologies and new competitors, consumers have so many payment options that card issuers are jockeying for position at the top of the wallet – or front of the phone.To keep your card portfolio strong, it’s critical to develop and nurture active cardholder relationships. With targeted campaigns based on your data, market trends and consumer behaviors, you can encourage your cardholders to spend more – and more often – with your card.Get to Know Your CardholdersA good analytics tool can help you extract useful information from the data you already have. How many of your cardholders use mobile payments? Do you know how many are conducting EMV transactions? A good tool will help you better understand your portfolio, such as total usage per cardholder and which channels they use most.Once you know who your cardholders are and how they use your card, you can build a strategy to encourage them to reach for your card first. A knowledgeable consultant can help you navigate trends and benchmark performance against your peers as well as the industry in general. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgCredit unions have long prided themselves on their mission to provide the highest quality offerings to their members. Nowhere has this philosophy been more clear-cut than in credit unions’ commitment to maintain lower fees as compared to the much higher penalties typically imposed by larger, national financial institutions.Lower overdraft fees have been a source of member-centric differentiation in recent years. Credit unions have led the financial services industry in providing their members with a variety of choices regarding their overdraft solutions, from Courtesy Pay (opt-in), overdraft lines of credit, transfers from savings, and transfers from credit cards. Members can typically select one or all of these services while also having the option to “opt-out” from all of them. This past fall, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) signaled its intention to once again pursue Overdraft Prerule 3170-AA42 on the list of regulations it intends to target in 2017. These proposed changes take a one-size-fits-all approach by including credit unions in the mix of banks. The entire industry, however, should be vigilant in protecting credit unions’ abilities to provide overdraft services to members. Credit union trade associations like CUNA and NAFCU are working diligently to minimize any future regulatory burdens imposed by the CFPB so that credit unions can continue to offer value-added overdraft programs to their members. Vital to that effort will be helping the CFPB understand how — and to what degree — credit unions differ from other financial institutions in the philosophy behind their current overdraft procedures, policies and fee structures. Four forward-looking actionable steps credit unions can initiate to serve their members even more effectively through flexible, member-friendly overdraft programs include:Position your overdraft program as a value-added solution: In all external communications — as well as in-house strategic thinking — communicate the mindset that your overdraft program is another valuable component of your credit union’s overall checking continuum. To that end, review current overdraft policies, disclosures and opt-in agreements for clarity, completeness and user-friendliness. Make sure your website has easy-to-locate, dedicated pages that explain your credit union’s overdraft program, including how it works, how to opt-in or out, and the fees associated with your policies, all reinforced by readily accessible FAQs. In addition:Make the same information available at your branches, contact center and website, on both desktop and mobile.Provide your members with contact information and phone numbers to use when they have questions.Train your member-facing staff to have a thorough understanding of your overdraft programs and how they work.Clearly disclose the features of your overdraft program: The CFPB recommends that financial institutions “provide account holders with clear, comprehensive terms and pricing information for all available overdraft options.”This translates to spelling out the features of your overdraft program in comprehensive but simple ways. Taking the lead in helping members understand your credit union’s overdraft policies may also result in the additional benefit of helping protect your credit union from potential legal action that could stem from the CFPB’s aggressive prosecution of institutions whose policies it thinks contain unclear or misleading overdraft information.Utilize the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Model Disclosure Box for Checking Accounts: One of the simplest ways to guarantee clarity for your members is to consider utilizing the Pew disclosure box format.   Pew’s sample creates a one-page summary of the fees associated with checking accounts that includes overdraft options for consumers with debit cards, card processing policies in place and a dispute resolution agreement. It is already approved by Pew and the CFPB, making it a no-brainer for most of the banks and a handful of credit unions that have already adopted it.Contact members if they are overdrawn: Another way credit unions can help members minimize overdraft fees is by personally contacting them if they are overdrawn, especially if it has been longer than a few days. Your member may be chagrinned at first, but will likely be grateful that you have taken the time to call a one-time error to their attention. However, it is equally important to reach out to continuously “heavy overdrafters” to understand what is causing their situation. This group is also likely to be pleased by the individual attention, and the discussion may create an opportunity to educate these members on other options to help them better manage their checking accounts.Personally working with members who may need alternative solutions and ensuring the credit union industry remains committed to monitoring and managing its programs with members’ best financial interests at heart will ultimately provide relief and support. Credit unions can serve as educators and role models for the industry by making proactive changes to provide transparency and clarity of their overdraft programs. 87SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kari Anne Arnosk Kari Anne Arnosk is Director of Debit Consulting at Advisors Plus where she works with credit union clients to create the most effective strategies for maximizing their checking and debit … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgThe home at 101 Sugars Rd, Bellbowrie.The downstairs now has new timber floors and there are all new carpets upstairs. Mr Baker said they had installed an outdoor entertainment area and fixed up the swimming pool.They removed all pavers around the home and concreted those areas and cleared up the back paddocks.“The master bedroom is ridiculously large, so we have our home office and a full desk each set up in there, we will miss the big bedroom and outdoor patio.” The home at 101 Sugars Rd, Bellbowrie.It is on a total of 2.06ha of reasonably flat land. The home is owned by Matthew and Cassie Baker who bought it about two years ago.Mr Baker said they had bought it with plans to carry out a major renovation and live in it as their family home.But they are selling now to pursue another work opportunity.Mr Baker said it was in reasonably poor condition when they bought it, but they could see it had potential. The home at 101 Sugars Rd, Bellbowrie.THIS rural retreat at 101 Sugars Road, Bellbowrie, has everything you would expect for resort-style living.There’s a swimming pool, full-sized tennis court, acres of land and paddocks suitable for horses.Inside is a combustion stove and fire place. The kitchen has stone benchtops and an Ilve 900m cooker and there is an outdoor entertainment area.center_img The home at 101 Sugars Rd, Bellbowrie.The main bedroom has a walk in robe and an adjoining room which would be suitable for use as an office or a nursery.Outside is accommodation for two cars and entry to the property is via an electric gate.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The property has town water and there is also a dam and a vegetable garden.While it is in a semirural setting the property is only a 10 minute walk from the bus stop to the Brisbane CBD.last_img read more

first_imgNoah Kean 26, and his partner Eden, 24, found it difficult to save for a house but are finally in their own property. First homebuyers have surged since changes to grants across QLD, NSW and Victoria. Picture: Richard DobsonONE in five Queensland buyers were first homeowners in January, with the state pulling above national average and leading the east coast. Latest housing finance figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics found first homebuyer levels were now at a five-year high — led by high levels in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.Housing Industry Association economist Shane Garrett said nationally 18 per cent of January property buyers were first homeowners.“This is the highest monthly share in over five years.” New build numbers have been helped along by first time buyers.Mr Garrett said the pick-up was also down to intervention by both the New South Wales and Victoria whose FHB grants were increase last year and more stamp duty concessions put in.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“The experience of the past year proves that governments can play a very positive role in bringing home ownership within much closer reach for younger Australians.” FIRST HOMEBUYER PARTICIPATION RATE: Northern Territory 26.8 per centWestern Australia 25.2 per cent Queensland 20.5 per centVictoria 19.1 per centACT 18.1 per centNew South Wales 13.9 per centTasmania 14.5 per centSouth Australia 13.1 per cent (Source: ABS/HIA, January 2018)last_img read more

first_imgLeading Dutch asset managers APG and PGGM have successfully completed a prototype of a blockchain-driven pension administration system.With their prototype, the companies have provided the first concrete use of blockchain technology within the pensions sector.Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, is a form of distributed ledger technology designed to securely process and store digital transactions.Further research into the method must produce a more flexible and transparent administration system with significantly lower costs, the APG and PGGM said in a joint statement. The prototype involved the administration of a virtual defined benefit scheme with 10,000 participants, under arrangements similar to APG’s company pension scheme. A virtual employer then fed salary data and information regarding life events, such as a wedding and a divorce, into the system.The providers said the next step would be to add elements such as an administration of benefits and contributions, and subsequently run the entire administration of the APG scheme on the blockchain in parallel to its current system.APG and PGGM – asset managers and pension providers for the €389bn civil service scheme ABP and the €187bn healthcare scheme PFZW, respectively – said their prototype was designed to lead to a new kind of pensions administration, providing access for the pension fund, its sponsor, participants and the supervisor.The various players would have their own key to access and rework the data that are relevant to them.Among the benefits of the blockchain is that data don’t have to be passed on and copied between players.“Individual data have been stored several times and in different places, and also in different systems in case somebody has several pensions,” explained Hidde Terpoorten, who heads APG’s blockchain project.The blockchain technology is designed to be more efficient and to generate less errors than existing methods of pension scheme administration.“Every adjustment will be stored separately and the history of transactions can’t be changed. As a consequence, it will always be possible to trace errors,” said Marjolijn Pouw, innovation manager at PGGM.APG and PGGM said they didn’t know when the technology could take over the real administration, as it was still in its early stages.The transfer of financial value, such as premiums and benefits through the blockchain, however, is still very far off to APG.“The Dutch legal conditions are not available for this,” said Terpoorten.He said that investment administration could be a promising additional implementation of blockchain technology.The blockchain research is being conducted jointly by APG and PGGM and carried out by a 10-strong team, which co-operates with internal staff as well as external developers.last_img read more

first_img Palace co-owner Parish confirmed Warnock will have licence to strengthen the Eagles’ squad when the transfer window reopens, despite a raft of September arrivals. Warnock launched his second spell as Palace boss by setting a £7million club transfer record to bring in Scotland midfielder James McArthur from Wigan. Parish will also let Warnock loose in January’s market, but warned the club will not abandon the prudent principals that have underpinned their top-flight return. “There’s money available – if we get the right targets,” said Parish. “But sometimes you don’t have to spend money. “It’s almost now like there’s a league table of who’s spent what. People believe that’s how the real league table is going to finish. “We will look at opportunities where we can strengthen our football club. “We’re not going to sign players and Neil won’t sign players that he doesn’t think are better than anybody we’ve got. That would upset the apple cart. “That’s not easy, signing players that are better than what you’ve got and then your academy kids coming through, it’s not easy. “We’ve built this club by taking people fundamentally that no one else wanted. “The core group that are performing in the Premier League, for whatever reason have been undervalued.” Press Association Parish believes mainstays like Jason Puncheon and summer recruit Martin Kelly from Liverpool prove Palace’s ability to help top-flight strays find a Premier League home in south London. The Palace chairman admitted even he was caught out by football’s inflated transfer market when ex-manager Tony Pulis championed the arrival of defender Scott Dann. “Scott Dann is a fantastic player. He’s a much, much better player than I thought he was, I must admit,” said Parish. “Credit to Tony Pulis: he always liked him when he was at Birmingham. “There’s value in the market place everywhere if you look at it. Maybe sometimes you have to find it. “That’s the difference: we have to find it. It’s a very imperfect transfer market. “If you’re not playing for six to eight months or happen to be playing in a bad side, you just get forgotten about and nobody wants you. “It doesn’t mean you’re a bad player. We’ve had to look at value from the first point when I came into the club. “We know right now there’s a certain type of player. If you look at someone like Martin Kelly, he has an England cap, he’s been through some injuries like a lot of younger players do. “He hasn’t been playing regularly for Liverpool and England but you don’t suddenly become a bad player overnight. “We figure that it’s a risk worth taking. We can’t go and pay £5-10million for players in those types of positions.” Midfielder Puncheon’s public spat with Warnock last term could have destabilised the new manager’s eve-of-season arrival. Warnock criticised Puncheon’s missed penalty against Tottenham, with the pair trading public insults and landing in hot disciplinary water. Parish praised them for settling their “stupid differences”, with ex-Southampton midfielder Puncheon maintaining his impressive Palace form. “They’re two grown ups, they had a chat and went out to dinner and they’ve sorted themselves out,” said Parish. “Every single person that meets Neil realises that he’s not that person people think he is. “It’s all behind us and Jason has been absolutely amazing for our football club. “When you watch what he does week in, week out, how hard he works for the team, that hasn’t changed one bit. “Any stupid differences they’ve had have all been settled, so it’s absolutely fine and credit to both of them really.” Steve Parish will hand manager Neil Warnock a January transfer kitty, but still expects Crystal Palace to turn other club’s cast-offs into Premier League success stories. last_img read more