Credit unions: Ask lawmakers to join call for 18-month exam cycle

first_imgCredit unions are encouraged to contact their members of Congress and ask them to sign a letter today that urges NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz for a return to an extended, 18-month exam cycle for well-run credit unions.The letter, initiated by House Financial Services Committee members Frank Guinta, R-N.H., and Rubén Hinojosa, D- Texas, started circulating through the House last week for signatures.NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler encouraged more signatures in a message to the House Financial Services Committee yesterday. “Lengthening the cycle will provide well-run credit unions with immediate regulatory burden relief,” Thaler wrote. “It will also ensure NCUA resources are used for credit unions that are facing challenges and need more oversight.” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Prediction of state’s tax take lowered by $360 million

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa lawmakers will have to pare down the state spending plans they were drafting before the pandemic hit.The state Revenue Estimating Conference met Friday and lowered its estimate of state tax collections. The governor’s budget director and a division chief from the Legislative Services Agency were more optimistic about an economic recovery than Clear Lake CPA David Underwood. He’s the third member of the panel.“I don’t think we have reached a bottom,” Underwood said. “We certainly could climb out and fall back rather quickly.”Underwood argued to set a far lower estimate of state tax collections.“I think most of the businesses that we’re hoping are going to reopen — a lot of those won’t,” Underwood said.But, in the end, the group agreed to slice $360 million off its earlier prediction of next year’s state tax collections. Holly Lyons of the Legislative Services Agency said the real economic consequences of the pandemic are still unknown and that’s why she resisted a deeper reduction.“I’m a little concerned about the message that we send,” Lyons said. “There’s enough fear and trepidation now out there.”Dave Roederer, the governor’s budget director, said he believes the economic setbacks of the past 12 weeks are temporary, not permanent.“While bruised and somewhat battered, our fundamentals are still strong in this state,” Roederer said. “…Is everything rosy? Of course not.”But Roederer said he believes “most if not all” the Iowans who’ve lost their jobs will be able to go back to work.”The three-member panel predicts overall state tax revenue in the next fiscal year will be just eight-tenths of a percent below this year’s total. The group shaved $150 million off their estimate of the state’s tax take in this fiscal year, but it will not require emergency state budget cuts in the next month. The current state budget has an unspent cushion of nearly $400 million to dip into to cover that.last_img read more

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Saint Martin’s Faculty Member Travels to Finland, Studies Roots of NW…

first_imgSubmitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySt, Martin’s assistant professor Aaron Goings traveled on a Fulbright Scholarship to Finland.Aaron Goings, Ph.D., an assistant professor of history at Saint Martin’s and a specialist in labor history, will spend the 2014-15 academic year in Finland as a Fulbright Scholar. He will teach and conduct research while he is based at the department of history and ethnology at the University of Jyvaskyla.The Fulbright Program is the premier international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and those of other countries.Participants for the program, which operates in more than 155 countries worldwide, are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.As part of Goings’ studies, he will continue to research Finnish immigrants who settled in the lumber regions of Southwest Washington, Northwest Oregon and along Puget Sound. He plans to concentrate on immigrants of the 1920s and ’30s who were involved in the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), commonly known as “Wobblies.”“Finnish Americans were the largest group in several radical movements during the first half of the 20th Century, yet few historians have placed Finns at the center of the history of these movements,” he says.“My year in Finland will allow me to devote considerable time to study the working lives and labor struggles of Finnish American unionists and radicals, particularly those men and women who settled in Western Washington.Goings, who graduated with a degree in political science from Saint Martin’s, earned his master’s degree in history in 2005 from Central Washington University. He completed his doctorate in history in 2011 at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.His interest in labor unions goes back to his roots in his hometown of Aberdeen, Wash; his scholarly study of unions, dates to his undergraduate years at Saint Martin’s, where he became the first recipient of the University’s Father Jerome Toner, O.S.B., Award for outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of social justice and labor issues.Along with fellow labor historian Gary Kaunonen, Goings is co-author of the book, “Community in Conflict: A Working-Class History of the 1913-14 Michigan Copper Strike and the Italian Hall Tragedy,” published in 2013 by Michigan State University Press. They received a State History Award from the Historical Society of Michigan for their scholarly work on the project.At Saint Martin’s, Goings teaches courses on labor studies, as well as U.S., women’s, world and Latin American history survey courses. This past spring, he team-taught a course entitled “Working Class Literature.”  He also is director of the University’s Pacific Northwest Social Action Speaker Series that works to raise awareness of the area’s rich history, especially that of its social justice movements. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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City of Olympia Offering Free Storm Debris Drop Off This Weekend

first_imgFacebook222Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaTo support residents as they clean out broken tree limbs and other plant debris from the recent snowstorm, the City of Olympia will be offering two locations to drop off vegetation debris for free on Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24.“The City Council and City staff recognize that the recent storm hit our citizens hard,” said Steve Hall, Olympia City Manager. “We hope providing these collection sites will ease the cleanup for residents and speed the storm recovery for the City.”The City is offering this free service to Olympia residents only.  Staff will request proof of Olympia residency before accepting debris, so residents should bring their driver’s license or their utility bill to either of the locations.Both locations will be accepting debris from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:Westside Location – Dirt Works:  Alta Street off of Capital Mall Drive (behind Yauger Park)Eastside Location – City of Olympia Yardwaste Drop Off Site: 1000 10th SE Olympia, WA. 98501For more information, contact Public Works at 360.753.8333.Featured photo credit: Diane Waistelast_img read more

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Westport Winery: Duckleberry Grunt Earns Best of Class at Savor NW

first_imgFacebook31Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s Duckleberry Grunt earned Best of Class at the 2019 Savor NW wine competition held in February in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This delicious blend of Gewurztraminer and blueberries features grapes harvested at Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine is dedicated to Grays Harbor Ducks Unlimited. The duck sculpture created by Westport carver Vern Jones is located in the winery’s Fragrance Garden. The label features original art by Oregon painter Jill Neal of Bigfoot’s Wife.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryThe winery’s Lighthouse dry Riesling earned a gold medal at this event. It is crafted from Red Willow Vineyard grapes as well. The label features a watercolor by Darryl Easter of the winery’s iconic symbol, their 40-foot lighthouse that is a one-quarter scale replica of the Grays Harbor Lighthouse. This wine benefits the Westport Maritime Museum and the Grays Harbor Lighthouse Restoration project. The winery’s lighthouse was designed by Westport engineer Tricia Rogers and built by Humphrey Construction in 2008.Both of these wines will be featured at the famed Cannon Beach Wine Walk on March 7 and 8. Westport representatives will be hosted by Dragonfire Gallery. Additionally, all Westport’s wines are available for tasting in their tasting rooms in Seaside, Oregon and Aberdeen, Washington.Silver medals were awarded to Maritime sparkling Riesling, Bog Berry Blush cranberry Gewurztraminer, Little Wild blackberry Riesling, Dawn Patrol raspberry Riesling, Charterboat Chick’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Mermaid Merlot, Jetty Cat Red, Going Coastal sparkling Gewurztraminer, Captain Gray Gewurztraminer, and Fleur de Lis Pinot GrisWestport Winery Seaside received the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11am to 6pm. For more information on the Oregon operation guests can visit their website at www.westportwinery.com. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

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Wildlife Commission collects jaguar from Lima Sands

first_img…says persons can be fined $2M for trapping protected animalsThe Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission has confirmed that it took possession of the young female jaguar which was being held at Lima Sands, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). The jaguar was captured by a Lima Sands resident, Marvin Calvan, on May 22, 2019.The young female jaguar which was captured by residents of Lima SandsThe official who spoke with Guyana Times on Tuesday confirmed that the country’s national animal was collected by the Commission. In a subsequent statement to the media the Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission (GWCMC) stated that the GWCMC took custody of the jaguar after consultation with Calvan and his sister. The Commission noted that the jaguar was moved to a cage and the trap was removed and destroyed. The Commission noted that a sample of blood was taken from the animal which has since been released. GWCMC used the opportunity to remind the public that under Regulation 4 (7) of the Wildlife Conservation Management and Sustainable Use Regulation 2019, the jaguar is a protected species. Additionally, the Commission also stated that Under Section 69 of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2016, it is an offence to have wildlife in possession or to display to the public without the necessary authorisation. Any person who violates this will be liable to pay a fine of $750,000 to $2 million and face imprisonment of up to three years.According to the Commission, communities with wildlife-related issues should report these to them so that the appropriate means can be developed to ensure mutual existence between the animal(s) and residents. The GWCMC also warned that persons should not trap big cats – such as jaguars – during conflict situations.Questions about the whereabouts of the jaguar came into disrepute after the State-owned newspaper published an article in which it posited that imposters might have collected the animal.Meanwhile, Calvan had told Guyana Times that he took special care to ensure that the animal was not harmed. He explained that it was necessary to capture the jaguar as it was eating the livestock of farmers in the community.According to the Regional Democratic Council of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), the trap consists of two sections with a small area to hold the bait, which was a live dog; the other section traps the beast.Between the two compartments is a trap door, which is held opened by twine. It is triggered shut when the animal enters the cage to approach the dog.“When the oversized cat steps on this twine, the door falls shut, locking the cat inside and cannot be pushed open from the inside. All this time the bait dog is safely in its compartment,” the Regional Administration explained in a Facebook post.However, the post sparked much outrage on social media, after it was revealed that the owner was charging persons to see the animal, which was said to be in distress. The Regional Executive Officer (REO), Denis Jaikarran, also paid to see the jaguar in a cage. Adults were being charged $100 while children, $60.The Guyana Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Panthera Corporation, aimed at conserving jaguars.Founded in 2006, Panthera is an organisation devoted exclusively to preserving wild cats and their critical role in the world’s ecosystems.The jaguar is the third-largest feline in the world, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere.Globally, jaguar populations are on the decline mainly due to the loss of habitat and conflict with people. As a result, these animals are listed as a “near threatened” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The jaguar is protected by the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2016 which states that the collecting, holding in captivity, hunting, killing, or otherwise molesting “protected” species is prohibited.Only recently, the Government was forced to launch an investigation into the alleged killing of a jaguar during a hunting expedition in Guyana.A photo of the dead jaguar began circulating on social media and had sparked debates about the need to protect this endangered species of animal.last_img read more

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5 things to watch for Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament

2. Do the Buckeyes have a second scorer? Do they even need one?Since Thomas left for the NBA Draft at the end of last season, OSU has been looking to fill the hole he left behind. Junior forward LaQuinton Ross is the predominant scorer for the team, leading the Buckeyes with 15.4 points per game. But Matta’s squad has seen numerous players step up — only to falter — as the second guy. Everyone ­— from senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. to junior forward Sam Thompson and junior guard Shannon Scott — have at times looked like the player OSU can look to for points. Scott most recently put up 18 points in a loss against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, but perhaps the Buckeyes don’t need someone to step up on a consistent basis. Were it not for a missed 3-pointer by Craft, OSU would have had an opportunity to advance to the Big Ten title game against Michigan State, a team it beat a week earlier. If OSU has won 25 games this season with a rotation of players scoring behind Ross, what is to say they need a second strong shooter now? If OSU does make a deep run in the Big Dance, do not be shocked to see different names at the top of the scoring sheet following each game. 5. Buckeye post playIt’s no secret that OSU hasn’t looked for much from its postgame all season. Junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald combine to average just 10.1 points per game, a far cry from what Sullinger used to do two years ago. But Williams, the starter, found himself on the bench during the important moments of the loss to the Wolverines Saturday in favor of McDonald. Matta is known for sticking with a hot lineup when his team needs a boost, so it will be interesting to see which player comes to play in the tournament. Winning in the postseason is very difficult without a solid low post game, so for OSU to have a chance, one of (or both) players will need to step up. OSU coach Thad Matta encourages his players during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Lantern sports editors share their insight on what fans should know about Thursday’s matchup against Dayton in the second round of the NCAA tournament. 1. Does Thad Matta extend his streak of Sweet Sixteens to five?Even with the departure of players like Evan Turner, Jon Diebler, William Buford, Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, coach Thad Matta has helped the Buckeyes sustain a consistent level of success in the NCAA Tournament. In each of the last four years, Matta has led OSU to at least the Sweet Sixteen — twice advancing even deeper into the Big Dance — the only coach in the country to do so. But this season might prove one of the tougher challenges for Matta. With Dayton in the second round providing a stiff challenge with talented 3-point shooters, OSU will likely have to fight to win their first game. But it is in the next round that looms perhaps the bigger challenge. No. 3-seed Syracuse, who started the season 25-0 before losing five of its final seven games, is heavily favored to advance past No. 14-seed Western Michigan in the second round, and sports a zone defense that is likely to be difficult for OSU to handle. The Buckeyes have struggled at times this season against a zone, and perhaps no one runs the zone better than Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Not the easiest road for a team that is 208th in the country in points per game. 3. Defense wins championshipsAll the talk of OSU’s below-average offense this season leads to one thing seeming to get ignored: the Buckeyes still have a phenomenal defense. On the season, OSU is 12th in the country in average points allowed per game with just 59.8, and is led by two players who were named to the Big Ten all-defensive team. Craft in particular — who was named Big Ten defensive player of the year for the second time in three years and is the conference’s all-time leader in steals — will be the rock for a defense that will hope to cover the holes created by offensive issues. It is often said that offense sells tickets and defense wins championships. If that is the case, OSU must like its chances to make a run. Although, if the Buckeyes allow more than 70 points to their opponent — second-round matchup Dayton is averaging 73.4 this year — Matta’s squad might be in danger. This season, OSU has only allowed 70 or more points six times, going 0-6 in those games. The Buckeyes are good on defense, but it might not be enough this year. 4. A proper senior sendoffAll season long, players like Thompson and Scott have had nothing but good things to say about the two Buckeye seniors in Craft and Smith Jr. Both were the fastest players in program history to 100 wins, doing so Nov. 29 with a 99-64 win against North Florida in their 119th game for the Scarlet and Gray. After falling to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, Craft and Smith Jr. — along with the rest of the roster — watched Selection Sunday in Columbus for the first time in their careers. The team is a No. 6 seed in the Big Dance, the first time its been lower than a No. 2 in the guards’ careers. But sending the two seniors off properly is sure to be on the rest of the team’s mind heading into the second round game against Dayton. An early exit surely will put a dent on their illustrious careers. read more

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Gerrard urges Rooney to move to MLS

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard has urged his former England teammate Wayne Rooney to go ahead with his move to the MLS this summerThe England and Manchester United record goalscorer has been strongly linked with a move to America this summer after arriving in Washington last month to discuss a prospective transfer to DC United.Gerrard, who himself played for LA Galaxy between 2015 and 2016, has encouraged Rooney to make the move from Everton to the MLS at this stage of his career.“I hope he does, I hope he makes it. I enjoyed my time at the MLS and enjoyed the life experience,” said Gerrard, as stated on the Daily Star.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“I think where Wayne is now in his career I think it would be great for him and his family to go and settle in an incredible state and see a lot of America.“It is certainly a life experience I’ll never forget and I hope he goes and has the same. The league is a good league, the players are fit and mobile and it is competitive and I enjoyed it at that stage of my career.”After sealing a return to his boyhood club Everton last summer, Rooney ended the 2017/18 season as the club’s top scorer with 10 Premier League goals.last_img read more

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TCIG to dole out dollars for emergency and replacement equipment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 7, 2017 – Grand Turk – Cabinet meeting revealed that government is prepared to buy special equipment for the Ministry of Finance and replacement equipment for the DDME.   Governor Dr. John Freeman in the meeting last Friday was advised that he should approve funding for the purchase of two generators and two mobile satellite internet systems to enable the Ministry of Finance to continue to operate in critical areas of business in the event of a disaster.His Excellency the Governor was also advised to approve emergency funding for the replacement of equipment stolen from the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME).   In a theft Minister Delroy Williams labeled, ‘disheartening and outrageous’; the crooks got away with Digicel smart phones, radios, CPUs, computer monitors, 60” smart TV and satellite phones.The items were called critical to the full and proper functioning of the DDME, especially during the hurricane season which runs June 1st through November 30th.#MagneticMediaNews#DDME#newemergencyequipmentforDDME Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #newemergencyequipmentforDDME, DDME TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially openedlast_img read more

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