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_imgGrow or die. We hear this quite often. But what does it really mean? The game has changed. Credit unions are no longer just competing against other financial institutions. Non-traditional competitors are taking away non-interest income, especially sources such as interchange income. At the same time, non-traditional competitors, such as Lending Club and Sofi, are attacking margins by changing consumers’ definition of banking from a “one-stop-shop” of financial services to de-bundled boutique product offerings.With serious threats to relevancy, the “grow or die” statement needs to be deeply considered. It is critically important for decision-makers to have clarity on what they mean by growth. What gets measured gets attention – meaning strategic focus and financial resources.Growth comes in many forms:  Growth in assets, deposits, loans, membership, revenue, etc.Growth in assets, deposits or membership does not necessarily translate into growth in revenue, income, or growth in members that contribute, or are highly likely to contribute, to the cooperative. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgEngland 2 Wales 1Germany 0 Poland 0Lens, France | AFP |England beat Wales 2-1 in their second Euro 2016 Group B game in Lens on Thursday. Here AFP Sports looks at five things we learnt from the match.Sturridge, Vardy should be startingEngland did not entirely convince in a 4-3-3 formation against Russia in their opening game in Marseille, but manager Roy Hodgson opted against making any changes at kick-off in Lens, whether tactical or in terms of personnel. Again Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling started either side of Harry Kane up front but Sterling missed a great early chance to put England in front and Gareth Bale showed him how it should be done.Hodgson swallowed his pride and acted quickly to change things around at the break with the introductions of Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge in place of Kane and Sterling. Within 10 minutes those changes had paid off as Sturridge helped set up the equaliser for Vardy. England switched back to a front three for the closing stages after Marcus Rashford came on, but Sturridge came up with the last-gasp winner. Sturridge and Vardy have surely earned starting berths now for the final group game against Slovakia. **********Football: England super-sub Vardy hoping for starting berthEngland striker Jamie Vardy hopes he has done enough to win a starting role after coming off the bench to score as Roy Hodgson’s men beat Wales 2-1 on Thursday.Hero of Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League triumph, Vardy was an unused substitute in England’s opening 1-1 draw against Russia, but made his mark to equalise after Gareth Bale gave Wales a 1-0 lead before Daniel Sturridge scored a stoppage-time winner.“I think everyone wants to be a part and play in the starting line up,” Vardy told the BBC.“It is a team game, there are 23 of us, so to come off the bench you want to make an impact and thankfully I did that today.”Vardy is hoping to start when England face Slovakia on Monday in their final Group B game.“Hopefully we will get another win to top the group. I will be trying my hardest in training, so we will find out (if I start) in the next game.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 What a few months it has been for Manchester United’s teenage striker Marcus Rashford. And after the new contract at Old Trafford and the call-up to the England squad for the Euros, on Thursday he claimed a new record. His second-half introduction in place of Adam Lallana allowed him, at 18 years and 228 days, to become England’s youngest ever player at a major tournament, beating Wayne Rooney’s previous mark set at Euro 2004.Brych likes to let game flow“Don’t be surprised if someone sees red,” warned England’s former World Cup referee Graham Poll in a column in the Daily Mail newspaper ahead of the game. But the German official was anything but card-happy as he opted to let the match flow. That created moments of controversy, as England had two penalty appeals waved away in the first half. First there was a Ben Davies push in the back of Dele Alli, and then a blatant handball by the same Wales player in the six-yard box as he grappled with Harry Kane. Had England not come from behind to claim the win they may have looked back at those calls with greater regret.England ‘keepers still don’t like major tournamentsJoe Hart may be the most relieved of all the England players at the final result. Daniel Sturridge’s winner means he will take the headlines rather than the Manchester City goalkeeper. Hart was undone by Gareth Bale’s free-kick that put Wales in front. It was a great strike by Bale but Hart could only help it on its way in. On Twitter, former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, a European Championship winner with Denmark back in 1992, led the criticism of Hart. “Re Bale goal look at the wall,” he wrote. “That’s the biggest mistake by Hart, dont put one up. If he doesn’t he can start in the MIDDLE of the goal. So even if the ball is all over the place he can move quicker. Also the wall becomes a target only 10y (yards) away, gives better aim for Bale.” It was no David Seaman in 2002 or Robert Green in 2010, but it was a moment to forget for Hart all the same.center_img Bale confirms he’s the best of BritishGareth Bale made headlines off the field in the build-up to the game, irking the England camp by claiming none of their players would get in the Wales team. If England refused to be drawn into a war of words, few would doubt that Real Madrid star Bale is currently the leading British player. He was disappointingly quiet for much of Thursday’s game but his free-kick from fully 35 yards that put Wales in front shortly before half-time was a brilliant strike. His 21st goal for his country, it came at the same end of the same ground where David Beckham dispatched a stunning free-kick as England beat Colombia 2-0 at the 1998 World Cup.Rashford star keeps on risinglast_img read more

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – Citing the concerns of residents about the cost of replacing facilities lost in Super Storm Sandy and the existing Borough Hall, the Borough Council at its meeting on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that if the bond issue on the Sept. 27 referendum to finance the proposal passes, the town will “immediately engage a review architect to assess the current plans for the facilities and make recommendations for cost savings and economies.”The resolution also said that the mayor and council will establish a “not to exceed” amount to be spent on the proposed facilities that would be based on what the review architect recommends and “continued input from the Mayor, Council and professional staff.”The resolution said that “after a number of public meetings, the Mayor and Council have heard and considered the valid concerns regarding the cost of the proposed facilities and wish to acknowledge those concerns.”Last month, residents packed the former gym in the Borough Hall for a meeting that lasted almost four hours to argue both for and against the bond issue, which is part of a package that includes insurance payments and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds that will pay to replace the firehouse, police headquarters and library that were destroyed in Sandy and the existing Borough Hall, which borough officials say should also be replaced.At that meeting Councilman John Lamia, Jr., who voted against the bond issues, said “the cap was too high” and before approving a project you “first figure how much money you have.”But Councilman Charles Rooney, III, said the plan was a chance to make history in the town. He reminded the crowd that four years ago after Sandy, residents had met at the Rumson-Fair Haven High School “trying to figure out when we were going to come home.”The bond issue was approved by the council in June with Lamia and Jack Keeler, who also said the cost was too high, voting against it.A referendum on the bonds was required because a petition was signed by more than 15 percent of the registered voters who had voted in the last election in which candidates for the state Assembly were on the ballot.There will be three questions on the referendum ballot, although only two buildings will be constructed.One building will replace the library and beach building and the other will be a municipal complex for the fire house, police department/first aid and borough administrative functions and records.The maximum to be bonded as listed on the ballot is $5,761,750, with $1,486,750 to be paid for from the beach facility funds, and the rest by taxes.In a previous meeting, Councilman Brian Kelly said that the repayment of the bonds would amount to a tax increase of around a two cents per hundred dollar valuation to residents, after factoring in revenues from the new metered parking in town and the savings from not having to pay for rented space.last_img read more

first_imgSEATTLE — Throughout the chaos that ensued inside the A’s clubhouse for the playoff-clincher. The Budweisers that were being sprayed around like water guns. The champagne that bounced off the plastic curtains. A few A’s players decided to take a break from all that for a more intimate special moment.Blake Treinen gathered teammates Matt Olson and Ryan Buchter, along with bench coach Ryan Christenson, and led them through the tunnel from the clubhouse up the dugout stairs and onto the grass at …last_img read more

first_img20 August 2012President Jacob Zuma has appointed an inter-ministerial committee on the Marikana tragedy, to be led by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane.The committee will coordinate and lead all support for the families and relatives of those killed during last week’s violence in Marikana, the Presidency said on Monday. This will include the identification of family members, counselling and burials.The committee was expected to hold its first meeting and visit to Marikana on Monday.Forty-four people, including two police officers and 34 mine workers, were killed and scores injured in violent clashes in the mining town of Marikana outside Rustenburg, North West province last week.Zuma has declared this week a period of mourning for those killed. From Monday to Sunday, flags will fly at half-mast at all flag stations in South Africa and missions outside the country. On Thursday, memorial services will be held across the country to mourn and promote a violence-free society.Zuma has also called on faith-based organisations to work with the government to assist the affected families.The inter-ministerial committee will include North West Premier Thandi Modise and a raft of Cabinet ministers: Susan Shabangu (mineral resources), Nathi Mthethwa (police), Bathabile Dlamini (social development), Richard Baloyi (cooperative governance and traditional affairs), Mildred Oliphant (labour), Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (defence and military veterans), Aaron Motsoaledi (health), Siyabonga Cwele (state security) and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (home affairs).Lonmin to pay for children’s educationMeanwhile, mining company Lonmin has committed to providing funding for the education of the children of all employees who lost their lives during last week’s tragedy.“This funding will cover education costs from primary school to university,” the company announced on Friday.Lonmin chief financial officer Simon Scott express the company’s “sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those employees who have lost their lives, not only in the events of Thursday but also in the days leading up to it, and of course to the families and colleagues of the two South African Police Service officers who died trying to protect others.“We are committed to supporting all the families that lost loved ones during this tragic week,” Scott said in a statement.“We have established a help desk at Lonmin’s Andrew Saffy Hospital which will help families with the identification of bodies, assist with all the burial arrangements and offer bereavement counseling.”Source: read more

first_img The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging the public to help in the conservation of the American Crocodile species in Jamaica.The American Crocodile, the largest native reptile in the country, has come under increasing population threat from habitat loss and poaching.To help stem the problem, NEPA has embarked on a ‘Croc-Wise’ educational outreach targeting communities and schools around crocodile habitats to develop an appreciation for the reptile in youth and community members.The last stop of the ‘Croc-Wise’ outreach was in Black River, St. Elizabeth, on December 6. The Black River Lower Morass is the largest wetland in the island and a well-known crocodile habitat that generates many reported cases of human-crocodile interactions.“As our population is growing, more and more communities are encroaching into wetland habitats, which is causing a disturbance, and it is resulting in conflict. A lot of people have a view that ‘we need to kill it before it kills us’, so when people run into crocodiles they do not have the most suitable reactions. Operators along the river and residents have expressed their concern about crocodile poaching in Black River and the surrounding areas,” said Fauna Environmental Officer in the Ecosystems Management Branch at NEPA, Treya Picking.Ms. Picking told JIS News that the American Crocodile “is one of the shiest species of crocodiles”.“They are more likely to flee at the sight of humans than attack, but like any wild animal, they will become defensive and aggressive when they feel threatened. The best approach you can take is to be extremely cautious in a crocodile habitat and just to respect their habitat or space,” she said.When a crocodile is sighted, the public is being encouraged to contact NEPA at 876-754-7540 or the nearest police, instead of taking matters into their own hands. Attracting a crowd, throwing rocks or trying to get the reptile to move will cause it to feel stressed and retaliate, which can be extremely dangerous. Do not dump in wetlands, gullies or other waterways as food waste will attract crocodiles. NEPA also advises the public not to feed crocodiles under any circumstance.The crocodile, which is featured in multiple ways in Jamaican culture, also plays an important role in the environment.“In terms of environmental importance, it’s our apex predator. They control the balance in the ecosystem, so if you remove the top predator it will have a very negative effect. It would affect the fish stock and the quality of the wetland habitat. People really do need to stop poaching, as it is having very negative effects on the population, and if trends continue it could lead to the extinction of the species in Jamaica, which we would not want at all,” Ms. Picking told JIS News.NEPA’s educational outreach recently received a boost through the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) video, ‘Lord of the Wetlands, Changing Seas’, which featured the crocodile conservation efforts of NEPA and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).Crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, which makes it an offence for anyone to kill or have in their possession the whole or any part of the crocodile. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging the public to help in the conservation of the American Crocodile species in Jamaica. Story Highlights To help stem the problem, NEPA has embarked on a ‘Croc-Wise’ educational outreach targeting communities and schools around crocodile habitats to develop an appreciation for the reptile in youth and community members. The American Crocodile, the largest native reptile in the country, has come under increasing population threat from habitat loss and poaching. last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 13, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Education yesterday announced that three national examinations have been rescheduled due to their clash with the May 10 date for the 2017 general elections.  The Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) subject papers for Graphical Communication and Music will now be held on June 7, and the Grade Level Assessment Test (GLAT) has been rescheduled to May 15 to May 19.A notice was sent out yesterday to principals and examination supervisors at government and private schools yesterday, and apologised for any inconvenience caused by the date change.  The Graphical Communication Paper 2 will start at 9am, and the Music paper is slated for 1pm on Wednesday, June 7.  The GLAT exam will begin on May 15, and testing will end on May 18 for Grade 3 students, and on May 19 for Grade 6 students.Yesterday, Education director Lionel Sands noted that schools across the country are making good progress on recovering time lost during school closures in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew last October.  Mr Sands said: “We’ve done quite a bit to catch up on days lost as a consequence of extra time teachers have been putting in. We’ve not fully caught up but we are catching up, so by the end of the school year we would have caught up.  He continued: “I certainly wish to express my deep gratitude to the teachers who have been so good at helping us recovering days we lost as a consequence of the storm, giving up time during lunch break, after school, some even on weekends.”Story by: Sheri-kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#examsrescheduled#BahamasGeneralElections Long lines for Registration, Department ready for influx Constitutional requirement on General Elections explained Bahamas House of Assembly reconvenes, Election Date to be announced Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections, #examsrescheduled, #magneticmedianews Recommended for youlast_img read more