NAFCU on the Hill for cyber hearings, more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU lobbyists will be closely monitoring Congress this week for legislative developments of note – including two hearings focused on cyber security issues – for any potential impact on credit unions and their members.Tomorrow, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations takes a look at global cybersecurity issues. The panel will be looking specifically at potential impact on the financial services sector.Also on Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on the violation of federal government employee data resulting from the hack into Office of Personnel Management records. This incident, discovered in April, is said to possibly affect the sensitive data of 4 million persons or more.NAFCU has encouraged lawmakers to approach cyber and data security together to ensure individuals’ personal and financial data are as safe as possible. continue reading »last_img read more

CLIA: Cruise lines extend suspension of operations from US ports until mid-September

first_imgRoyal Caribbean Cruises, another cruise line giant, recently announced major job cuts amid the impact of the coronavirus on its business, targeting over 5,000 US employees. In late March, the cruise company also secured a $2.2 billion loan to boost its liquidity position. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, said that its ocean-going cruise line members will voluntarily extend the suspension of cruise operations from US ports until 15 September 2020. Posted: 6 months ago CLIA: 500 Cruises Impacted by Suspension of US Cruise Operations To tackle the public health crisis, CLIA cruise line members first suspended operations in March this year. The association initially estimated that the 30-day suspension would affect 500 cruises and 1.2 million passengers. As explained, the additional time will allow CLIA to consult with the CDC on measures that would be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations. “The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24 July, and although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States.” Image Courtesy: Carnival Corporationcenter_img Posted: 6 months ago “CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary,” the association added. As a result of the suspension, many cruise lines are now dealing with financial problems. Last week, Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, posted a U.S. GAAP net loss of $4.4 billion for the second quarter of 2020 as the many of its ships remain in prolonged layups. The company also revealed it would start selling vessels in order to reduce costs and improve liquidity. The voluntary suspension until 15 September applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied — vessels with capacity to carry 250 persons or more. “Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations,” the association said in a statement. In 2018, the cruise industry supported over 421,000 jobs in the United States, with every 30 cruisers from U.S. ports supporting one American job, according to CLIA. Each day of the suspension of cruise operations in the U.S. results in a total loss of approximately $110 million in economic activity and up to 800 American jobs.last_img read more

NASA plans to turn human waste into food for astronauts in…

first_imgNASA has given researchers $200,000 to turn human poop into food”Human waste” is this the food of the future? This is what scientists are looking to….turning human waste into food that  can help astronauts sustain on deeper space missions, including Mars.The US space agency has allocated researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina US$200,000 a year for up to three years to figure out how to recycle human faeces into synthetic food that could sustain astronauts during extended journeys or on a Martian colony.The researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina will receive $200,000 (roughly Rs. 1.4 crores) a year for up to three years to achieve this task, the US space agency said in a statement.Using urine and breathed-out carbon dioxide as the building blocks to create useful aboard items, the team is genetically engineering yeast to produce things that astronauts may need.“A particular strain of yeast can be genetically manipulated to create polymers, or plastics, used for 3D printing, as well as Omega 3s, which lower heart disease risk, and protect skin and hair,” Mark Blenner, professor at Clemson, was quoted as saying in a Quartz report.Nitrogen is needed to grow the yeast and is abundant in human urine.Yeast also feeds on fatty acids which certain algae can create out of carbon.Blenner’s system would grow yeast that could take those lipids and nitrogen and turn them into plastics and Omega 3s.International Space Station The grant was one of eight given to universities around the US, all of which focus on “innovative, early stage technologies that will address high-priority needs of America’s space program”, Nasa said.“These early career researchers will provide fuel for Nasa’s innovation engine,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for Nasa’s Space Technology Mission Directorate.Earlier this month, the six astronauts currently living on the International Space Station (ISS) became the first people to eat food grown at the Veggie plant growth system aboard the orbiting laboratory in space.The fresh “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce that accompanied the crew’s usual freeze-dried fare, however, is far from the first crop grown on a space station.As the space agency eyes deep-space missions like a trip to an asteroid or Mars, space farming becomes less of a novelty and more of a necessity.Plants will be an integral part of any life-support system for extended missions, providing food and oxygen and processing waste.Significant further advances will be necessary, and each of them promises to bring new innovations to agriculture here on the Earth.Nasa is planning to land humans on Mars by 2030 and is investing in ideas to figure out ways for astronauts to be more self-sufficient on long-term space missions.last_img read more

Measles outbreak prompts plea to vaccinate children

first_img Tweet Share 38 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img HealthLifestyle Measles outbreak prompts plea to vaccinate children by: – May 27, 2011 By Philippa RoxbyHealth reporter, BBC NewsParents in England and Wales are being urged to have their children vaccinated after a tenfold rise in measles cases in the first four months of the year.The Health Protection Agency reported 334 cases compared with 33 in the similar period last year.The outbreak is thought to be linked to an epidemic in France, where 7,000 cases have been reported since January – more than in the whole of 2010.The HPA says it is “crucial” that those at risk are fully immunised.It says the latest cases are mainly among unvaccinated people under 25 years old and are centred on “small clusters in universities, schools or families or associated with travel abroad”.Worst-hit are London and the South East, with 104 and 102 confirmed cases respectively in the first quarter of this year.Recently the Health Protection Agency sent out letters to some primary schools and further education colleges in London warning of the risks of taking children who are not fully immunised to mainland Europe.‘Potentially dangerous’Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at the Health Protection Agency, warned parents and young adults of the importance of immunisation.“Although MMR coverage has improved over the last few years, we cannot stress enough that measles is serious and in some cases it can be fatal.“Measles is a highly infectious and potentially dangerous illness which spreads very easily.“Whether you stay here in the UK or travel abroad, it is crucial that individuals who may be at risk are fully immunised.”In the UK, two doses of the MMR vaccine are usually given, the first at around 12 months and the second around the time of starting school.The HPA advises parents to contact their GP as soon as possible if their child is over a year old and has never had the MMR jab.Two doses of the MMR vaccine are required to provide the greatest protection against measles.HPA figures show that the number of toddlers getting the MMR vaccination is climbing steadily, but is still far from the 95% uptake rate needed to stop the spread of the disease in the community.In December 2010, 89.4% of two-year-old children in the UK had received their first dose of the MMR vaccine.For five-year-olds, the uptake rate had risen to 92.8%.The vaccination rate had been well below 95% for several years, ever since The Lancet published controversial research about the MMR vaccine in 1998.The study has since been discredited, but confidence in the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine has been slow to return.In Scotland, there have been 12 confirmed cases of measles between January and April, compared with no cases at all for the same time last year.Since the start of 2011 Northern Ireland has had one confirmed case of measles.In France, the figure of 7,000 cases so far this year already exceeds the 5,090 recorded in the whole of 2010.The World Health Organization said France was taking immediate steps to control the outbreaks by vaccinating infants at nine months and offering the vaccine to all unimmunised or under-immunised people over that age.Other European countries reporting an increase in cases of measles are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Romania, the Russian Federation, Sweden and Switzerland.BBC News Sharelast_img read more

Arneson, Krogh have adversaries’ numbers at Jamestown Stampede

first_imgCasey Arneson scored the $2,000 IMCA Modified victory Saturday at Jamestown Speedway’s Stampede special. (Photo by Mike Spieker,, N.D. (Sept. 22) – Numerologists in the grandstand had to enjoy the outcome of IMCA Modified and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main events Saturday at Jamestown Speedway’s Stampede.Casey Arneson, driving the number 2 car, topped the $2,000 to win Modified main event while Luke Krogh rode the number 47 Northern SportMod entry to the winner’s circle at the 47th annual event.Arneson had top-three finishes in two previous starts at Jamestown. He caught Dave Shipley for the lead on the 10th of 25 circuits and then outran Allen Kent in the race for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying checkers.“It was pretty surreal. I’ve never dreamed of being able to do this,” he said. “My car is number 2, it was Sept. 22 and the only time I looked at a clock during the day, it was 2:22. And I drew two.Shipley, Trent Grager and Dale Mathison completed the top five.Krogh started from the pole put was but back to third after track officials ruled he jumped the initial start.He had the lead back halfway through the 20-lap contest, used slower traffic to his advantage and stayed in front to the $1,000 win.Luke Krogh led a fleet field of Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods to the $1,000 Stampede checkers Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. (Photo by Mike Spieker,“Last year I won my heat, started outside pole and had no luck,” said Krogh, ninth when the division made its Stampede debut in 2017. “We had pretty dang good results this year.”“I’m pretty lucky that I’ll have my name on the sweatshirt next year,” he added. “That’s a big deal.”Kelly Jacobson, defending race winner Robby Rosselli, Chad Strachen and Justin Medler were next across the stripe.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Casey Arneson; 2. Allen Kent; 3. Dave Shipley; 4. Trent Grager; 5. Dale Mathison; 6. John Corell; 7. Marlyn Seidler; 8. Tracy Domagala; 9. Robert Hellebust; 10. Dylan Goplen; 11. Josh Eberhardt; 12. John Nord; 13. Eric Edwards; 14. Quentin Kinzley; 15. Jeremy Keller; 16. Tim Thomas; 17. Jarrett Carter; 18. Travis Ulmer; 19. Wayne Johnson; 20. Rusty Kollman; 21. Jeremy Forester; 22. Travis Davis; 23. Jamie Trautner; 24. Randy Klein. Northern SportMods – 1. Luke Krogh; 2. Kelly Jacobson; 3. Robby Rosselli; 4. Chad Strachen; 5. Justin Medler; 6. David Siercks; 7. Dan Dowling; 8. Philip Keller; 9. Ryan Restad; 10. Kevin Eklund; 11. Reile Sailer; 12. Zach Frederick; 13. Josh Carson; 14. Kyle Krogh; 15. Matthew Clark; 16. Brennan Urbach; 17. Joshua Moulton; 18. Chris VanMil; 19. Taylor Grove; 20. Kyle Keller; 21. Billy Michaelsohn; 22. Scott Jacobson; 23. Brian Schaffer; 24. Evan Morast; 25. Brandon Tendeland.last_img read more

City slip up in South Africa

first_img Press Association Brian Kidd took charge of City on Thursday night as recently-appointed manager Manuel Pellegrini flew home to Chile for family reasons. The Blues produced a much better performance than Sunday’s 2-0 loss to SuperSport in his absence but still suffered defeat. AmaZulu took a 20th-minute lead through Bongani Ndulula in Durban, only for James Milner to level six minutes later. City dominated proceedings but were made to pay for their futility in front of goal in the dying seconds of the match. Abdul Razak conceded a penalty and Carlington Nyadombo dispatched the spot-kick with just seconds remaining to condemn City side to a second pre-season loss in South Africa. Earlier in the evening, West Brom fell to a 2-1 defeat in Austria to Bundesliga side Hannover. Former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf put the German club ahead in the 28th minute when he made the most of an underhit Ben Foster pass. Mark Robsenberg, partnering new signing Nicolas Anelka in attack, drew Albion level four minutes from the break, only for a Christian Pander shot to deflect in off Craig Dawson for the winner. Elsewhere, a Tottenham XI secured a comfortable 4-0 win over Kingstonian at Kingsmeadow. Kenny McEvoy and Jonathan Obika put Spurs up by half-time, before former Aston Villa loanee Simon Dawkins netted in the 58th minute and Cristian Ceballos struck home via a possible deflection off Shaquile Coulthirst. Manchester United XI were also in action, overcoming Airtricity First Division opponents Waterford United 2-1 in Ireland. Managed by Nicky Butt, United went ahead through James Wilson and Jack Barmby, before Conor Whittle pulled one back with a fine long-range effort. center_img A late penalty condemned Manchester City to a second successive defeat in South Africa, with AmaZulu celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday with a 2-1 win.last_img read more

United slip down earnings table

first_imgThe gloom surrounding Manchester United’s current predicament may deepen further after the club dropped out of the top three of Europe’s top-earning clubs for the first time. Bayern are third with earnings of 431.2m euro (£369.6m), then Manchester United with 423.8m euro (£363.2m) and PSG are not far behind on 398.8m euro (£341.8m). Manchester City are sixth with 316.2m euro £271m, then Chelsea 303.4m euro (£260m) and Arsenal 284.3m euro (£243.6m). Liverpool have dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 1999 – the Reds are in 12th spot with revenue of 240.6m euro (£206m) behind Juventus, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund, while Tottenham are in 14th place with earnings of 172m euro (£147.4m) Jones, however, believes the effect of the new Premier League TV deal, which will be reflected in next year’s money table, will see Liverpool restored to the top 10 with Everton, Newcastle and even West Ham pushing for places in the top 20 in Europe. The Money League also illustrates how clubs which are taken over by super-rich owners can swiftly see huge increases in revenue. In 2009, Manchester City and PSG were 20th and 21st in the table but have seen significant growth, notably in terms of commercial income. Both clubs have benefited from major sponsorship deals related to their owners – and PSG’s with the Qatar Tourism Authority which will net the French club £160m annually until 2016 has eclipsed City’s £400m-plus Etihad deal which is over 10 years. All such related sponsorship deals will be studied by UEFA as part of the European governing body’s financial fair play rules to ensure they are of ‘fair market value’. The table has also recorded an astonishing rise in income by the Qatari-owned French club Paris St Germain, with earnings rocketing by a record 81 per cent to see the team rise from 10th to fifth in the table ahead of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. But it will be United’s fall that will concern the club’s shareholders the most, especially since shares on the New York stock exchange are down just above the 15-dollar mark from an annual high of more than 19 dollars. Analysts at Deloitte, however, believe United will reclaim third spot from Bayern next year and are in good financial shape – though failure to qualify for the Champions League will affect the finances in the longer term. Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at Deloitte, said: “It is the first time Manchester United have dropped out of the top three but Bayern had an exceptional year. “Next year United will have the Chevrolet deal plus other new commercial deals in their figures, and the new Premier League TV deal so we are confident they will be back in the top three. “The longer term depends in part what happens on the pitch and if they do not qualify for next season’s Champions League that is probably worth 50million euros [£41m] directly in terms of money from TV and attendances at Old Trafford.” Jones also believes United’s financial performance remains “very high” and that the club will remain attractive to investors. Real Madrid top the Money League for the ninth consecutive year, with total revenue of 518.9m euro (£444.7m), followed by Barcelona with 482.6m euro (£413.6m) – the Spanish clubs benefit financially from being able to negotiate their own TV deals. United, 14 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal and knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night on penalties by Sunderland, are now fourth in the Deloitte Football Money League behind leaders Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich based on income from the 2012/13 season. The money table has been compiled by Deloitte since 1997, and for the first eight years United were the biggest-earning club in the world only to be overtaken by first Real Madrid, then Barcelona and now Bayern, thanks in part to the German side’s remarkable treble-winning season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Former IOC executive must stay in Brazil after release from prison

first_img(REUTERS) – The former head of the European Olympic Committee (EOC), Ireland’s Patrick Hickey, left prison in Rio de Janeiro yesterday vowing to clear his name as an investigation continues into charges he took part in a ring to illegally sell tickets to the Games.A Rio court on Monday ordered the release of the 71-year-old, who was also the head of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), but said he must remain in Brazil and had his passport taken away.Hickey had been held in Rio’s Bangu 10 maximum security prison since his arrest on August 10 in a luxury beachfront hotel during the Games.“I will now stay in Rio and my lawyers will proceed to have the charges laid against me set aside as there is no substantive proof of any wrongdoing on my part,” Hickey said in a statement.The ticketing scheme, according to Rio police, allegedly involved the funnelling of Olympic tickets intended for use by the Irish committee and not authorised for resale to THG Sports, an international sports hospitality company.Hickey has stepped aside from his Olympic positions during the investigation. On Saturday, a court authorised the release of Kevin James Mallon, another Irishman and THG director, who was arrested days before Hickey and was being held in the same prison. He left custody late on Saturday but is also not allowed to leave Brazil, his lawyer told Reuters.Police have said they have ample evidence of crimes committed by both men and other suspects in the case, but a full investigation and further court proceedings to determine their guilt or innocence could take months.last_img read more

Sports Development, Peace Bond for World Unity, Says Oghomienor

first_img“For us in our organisation, we are driven by innovation that swings on the hinges of true human charity and spirit, grassroots sports development and youth development and re-orientation. Our sustaining mantra is, we excellently can, and with the help of God and you all our esteemed stakeholders we try to be the best we can.Keep par with global trends, without the breaching of our vision to help others live their dream. Like now, among other things we are doing, the Academy is sending our children exercises to do at home during this period. And we appeal to parents to give them their support during this off the field break and beyond. And from the pushing forward of so many global and local sporting activities and events, shows its positive impact on humanity as a whole. And the trends has shown that, sports is a good engineer for development, peace and unity,” Oghomienor said.In addition, Oghomienor, revealed that the period avail parents, especially men with the opportunity to be fully involved in the academics, sports exercises, training and the upbringing of the children. Checking the children academic work, encouraging and helping during their exercise periods, paying attention to their interests, sharing in their challenges where there is any. Doing simple press-ups and other forms of exercise help strengthen the human body. Knowing full well that, a healthy, peaceful and united family is a strong bond and pillar for a developed, peaceful and progressively functional and united society.“This is a wonderful opportunity for parents especially men, who strive to provide for their family to make up, by strengthening the bond of love and family, which we believe is the most reliable anchor for a loving and peaceful world where we are all stakeholders. You can see it is obvious that this April, we are not going for our annual Barca Academy World tournament, which our children won a trophy in the last outing. We are very well prepared, we are looking forward to winning more laurels. What is affecting Spain, is touching us here, because humanity is one. In the Barca Academy worldwide children are taught to see themselves as one family. Thus, every child in the system knows that playing a game is not all about winning, and so is the human life,” he explained.He stressed the need and the importance of all stakeholders to make a considerable effort to pay attention to government directives, and continue to work assiduously in their own little way to bring health, development and peace to the world in the soonest possible time, so that all nations can strive in their best.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As the sporting world during the week marked the day for Sports Development and Peace in low key to flow with the universal mood of the times, many stakeholders, though commending the proactive and smart approach of various sports associations and bodies across the world to tame the recent global health challenge, use the opportunity to call on good spirited individuals, organisations and government to look inward, drive innovation, create enabling and supporting technological environment, inspire individual industry, encourage and support sound research projects, develop and put in place sustainable structures that will ginger effective development and endurable peace, believe to be the bond of love and unity of the entire human community.One of the stakeholders, Leslie Oghomienor, a frontline sports administrator and the promoter of the elite Barca Academy Group Nigeria, at a teleconference stakeholders roundtable meeting said research statistics have shown that, countries with high GDPs and viable economic indices are nations with high education, health and development index.He further stated that many countries are not affected, and are enjoying evenly spread development, sound national health, relative internal peace, progress and unity. These communities abound across the world. Many strongly believe that, Nigeria has, in all its ramifications, what it takes to be a humane superpower. The national leadership and the full cooperation of those who at the front of the crisis shows that as a nation we have the capacity in all departments of human endeavours to excellently excel.last_img read more

Journalist shares the importance of language

first_imgEsmeralda Bermudez, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, told students speaking two languages made her feel powerful growing up in the United States after immigrating from El Salvador. (Julia Rosher | Daily Trojan)In April, Los Angeles Times reporter Esmeralda Bermudez was confronted by a women for speaking Spanish to her daughter at the park. “You’re confusing the poor girl,” the woman told her.The alumna and journalist returned to campus Wednesday to speak about discrimination and the importance of language and culture. Nearly 30 students attended the event at Mark Taper Hall of Humanities.“You would’ve seen when I left the park, I was in tears and later that night and for about two weeks, I was in tears,” Bermudez said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “I just couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t understand why, I just knew that I had this anger.” What the woman who confronted her that day did not know, Bermudez said, is that her daughter is trilingual and learning a fourth language. Bermudez is raising her daughter to speak English, Spanish and Armenian. The five-year-old is also learning French. The journalist said the incident brought back feelings of inferiority and insecurity from her past when she immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. “She made me feel like an outsider,” Bermudez said. “I instantly felt she was superior. Everything about me, from my dresses to my heavy, heavy accent did not belong and was not American.”Bermudez explained she wanted to ensure her daughter had a strong foundation in language since she grew up not speaking English fluently. Despite her insecurities, Bermudez now considers language her “superpower.” “It made me feel 10 feet tall speaking two languages because I was a resource for my family,” Bermudez said. She also said language became “a window to a whole other culture” when she married her Armenian husband.Bermudez initially tweeted about her experience at the park, which has now garnered nearly 400,000 likes. When it first began to go viral, her editor encouraged her to write about the experience for the L.A. Times.Bermudez said she is inspired to share her story to motivate others to stand up for themselves and speak out. “Let people know that you have a voice, whatever it is,” Bermudez said. “No one should make you feel like you’re not whole as a human being.”last_img read more