• MLS shutting down, Inter Miami owner says

    first_img Associated Press March 12, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local MLS shutting down, Inter Miami owner says Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMajor League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tags: Inter Miami/MLS/Real Salt Lakelast_img read more

  • Utah governor defends support for NBA minority scholarship

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s governor has defended his position to support a minority scholarship program sponsored by the Utah Jazz despite criticism from some who have called the program racist. FOX13 reported Monday that Republican Gov. Spencer Cox on a radio show last week was asked about an initiative started under Jazz owner Ryan Smith for the team to offer a four-year scholarship to an underrepresented or minority student for each of the team’s wins this season. Cox told a caller that he did not think the program was racist and later reinforced his comments on Twitter. He was supported by retired NBA legend Dwyane Wade. Written by April 21, 2021 /Local News, Sports News – Local Utah governor defends support for NBA minority scholarship Tags: Dwyan Wade/Qualtrics/Scholarship/Spencer Cox/Utah Jazz Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Busan, Korea Welcomes USS Cape St. George

    first_img Share this article Busan, Korea Welcomes USS Cape St. George Authorities View post tag: Korea View post tag: asia View post tag: Naval The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a port visit Nov. 21.The ship, homeported in San Diego, is currently on a routine deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.Capt. Michael P. Doran, commanding officer of Cape St. George, said:Cape’s officers and crew have enjoyed a successful 7th fleet deployment thus far supporting the Navy’s forward presence mission.Our port visit to Korea gives [the ship] and her Sailors an opportunity to help strengthen our alliances with the Republic of Korea and their navy, and positively contribute to regional security and stability.While in Busan, Cape St. George Sailors intend to learn about Korea’s culture and explore sites around the greater Busan region. In addition, Cape St. George Sailors will participate in three community relations projects around the city of Busan. During these projects, U.S. Sailors will meet with students for cultural exchanges.Cape St. George and its two embarked MH-60R Seahawk helicopters carry out independent operations or with an associated carrier strike group. As a multi-mission platform, the ship is currently supporting 7th Fleet as it maintains a routine presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region in order to promote security and peace, and develop partnerships with partners and allies.[mappress mapid=”14515″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Busan, Korea Welcomes USS Cape St. George View post tag: welcomes View post tag: Navy View post tag: Busan View post tag: americas View post tag: USS Cape St. George November 21, 2014last_img read more



  • LaPorte County woman arrested in connection with suspected child abuse

    first_imgIndianaLocalNews (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) LAPORTE, Ind. — In December a mother received a call that her 5-year-old daughter was being airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.Jorden Minix was at work when she got the call from Child Protective Services, who said her daughter Emersyn Smith had suffered major head trauma and they weren’t sure if she was going to live.Minix told the Times of Northwest Indiana that she drove three hours to Indianapolis and learned that her daughter needed emergency brain surgery.Smith’s stepmother was accused of causing the injuries. Smith had been at her father’s and stepmother’s LaPorte County home.Rebecca Renee Smith said the girl fell in the bathroom and hit her head, but doctors said her injuries were from physical abuse. She was hospitalized for four days and had to get staples across her head after surgery, Minix said.Minix said the doctor told her that her daughter’s brain was as if someone had shaken a bowl of Jello. Her other daughter, 3-year-old Ava Smith, witnessed her sister being injured.Emersyn’s vision was affected, and she cannot play sports or go on a trampoline.Rebecca Smith was charged with aggravated battery, and battery with serious bodily injury to a person under 14-years-old, said court reportsA warrant was issued on May 31 and Rebecca Smith was arrested on June 4.Her case hearing is scheduled for July 31. Facebook LaPorte County woman arrested in connection with suspected child abuse WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By Network Indiana – June 11, 2020 0 1051 Twitter Previous articleSome Elkhart County officials favor delaying entry into Phase 4Next articleMichigan recycling returns on Monday Network Indianalast_img read more

  • Indiana senators explore classroom learning loss from pandemic

    first_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews By Network Indiana – January 1, 2021 0 42 Twitter Google+ Previous articleSouth Bend Fire Department issues safety reminder regarding NYE fireworksNext article2020 was “the year” for many high tech companies Network Indiana WhatsApp Indiana senators explore classroom learning loss from pandemic Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp (File Photo/Federated Media) Senators want to know how much ground Indiana students have lost by learning from home during the coronavirus pandemic.Legislators are moving quickly to ensure schools aren’t penalized financially for moving classes online. But Senate Education Chairman Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) has added a requirement that schools gather data on how many days they spent in virtual or hybrid classes, where they see students falling behind, and how to fix it.Raatz notes there’s a general consensus that moving classes online has caused learning losses, especially for students who don’t have reliable Internet access. House Republicans have their own bill to create a one-time grant fund for summer school to get students caught up. But Raatz says the state needs concrete data on those losses.Raatz’s resolution calls on schools to break down learning gaps by grade level, with particular attention to reading and math in the lower grades.The House has already passed its own bill ensuring schools receive full funding even if they moved to virtual classes during the pandemic. Current law could have cut funding by 15-percent if schools held more than half their classes online. The Senate will vote on its version, including the learning-loss study, next month.Senate Appropriations Chairman Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) cast one of two votes against sending the bill to the floor. He says the shift to e-learning has hurt students, and says he’s concerned fixing the funding penalty will give schools an incentive to do more of it.last_img read more

  • Watch The Strokes Perform ‘Threat of Joy’ On Jimmy Kimmel Live

    first_imgJimmy Kimmel has some great musical guests this week! After a huge performance by Prophets of Rage, Kimmel had The Strokes on his show last night. Plugging their new EP Future Present Past, the band played their single “Threat of Joy” to a euphoric audience. The band is super tight, with Julian Casablancas‘ crooning vocals perfectly matching the melodic new tune.Watch the full video below.last_img

  • Protect your credit union and members from coronavirus scammers

    first_imgFinally, your institution’s brand might be used in an “alert” to customers stating that their account has been temporarily suspended. The victim will receive a link that looks like their official login screen, encouraging them to login with their banking username and password. In reality, this screen allows criminals to collect the victim’s personal financial information.How Can Institutions Protect Themselves and Their Customers From COVID-19 Scams?While it’s true that the frequency of coronavirus scams is likely to accelerate with the virus itself, it is up to financial institutions to take the necessary steps to thwart them. It is important to understand that these scams aren’t just a nuisance to your customers; they affect your profits and reputation as well. Use these best practices to ensure your organization and customers stay safe: Identify Vulnerabilities: Organizations must first outline internal vulnerabilities. Based upon an institution’s business model, where do points of entry for scammers exist? Are their customers who are particularly vulnerable to falling victim to scammers? Financial institutions must build controls around the vulnerabilities in their model. Next, they must conduct heightened due diligence on new products and clients, taking extra care with customers who claim to have additional cash flow (both incoming and outgoing) due to the pandemic. Now may be a good time to confirm the adequacy of transaction monitoring systems as well.  Customer and Employee Education: Education of staff and customers is critical. Once an organization determines where and how scams can occur, it should inform its staff about red flags and what to look for. Many of these scams are tried and true. Therefore, an institution may simply need to swap out the natural disaster language with pandemic language. This should be added to discussions around the functioning of advance fee schemes. It is also helpful to train staff and customers to maintain healthy skepticism surrounding new companies addressing the pandemic. This can be accomplished with customers through messaging about protecting themselves from scams as well as addressing proper cleanliness practices. Institutions can also list educational tips on their website. As with most issues, knowledge is power. Stay Calm and Informed: Financial institutions should also stay current on the evolving pandemic and exercise appropriate caution. Although it can be difficult to wade through the ongoing media onslaught, they must remain informed about news in their communities. Keeping an eye on what is happening empowers organizations to determine paths to legitimate support networks. For example, a random email or fundraising phone call could likely be linked to a scam. By contrast, the local school board raising funds to provide free lunches during school closures is likely legitimate.   17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Becki LaPorte Becki LaPorte serves as compliance director for CSI’s Regulatory Compliance Group. She has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including compliance, conducting investigations, developing and … Web: Details Partner Up: Partnering with financial crime professionals in one’s network will lead to more success. Even institution leaders who feel they have seen it all likely haven’t in this case. Opening a dialogue with professional social media contacts, professional organization colleagues or even other community businesses (e.g., the local chamber of commerce or Rotary partners) can be a helpful method to learn best practices.  Keeping that ongoing dialogue, along with education and partnership, are great ways to prevent and detect scams. As financial institutions discuss this pandemic, they must remember to look at it through professional eyes and ensure they protect employees and customers. Doing so during these times of stress and misinformation can help them best prevent coronavirus scams.center_img Similarly, another common scam supposedly places victims on a list “leading to incarceration,” e.g. a bogus FBI or IRS list. It should come as no surprise that paying fees will get that victim off the list. Financial crime experts could fill libraries with scams they have encountered and victims that have been harmed. In addition, there are likely shell companies already created with agents telling potential victims that they are working to find a virus cure and are just waiting on FDA approval or something similar that sounds “official.” They claim that a person can get in on the ground floor and invest with these companies. From there, the company would send some restricted stock to make the person wealthy. Really, they are probably orchestrating a Ponzi scheme or boiler room and perpetrating fraud. In the past weeks, COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) has affected nearly every aspect of day-to-day life. To combat the pandemic, businesses have already taken many steps. Most have needed to work toward constant cleanliness and reassure customers through email. The travel industry has offered incentives for customers to keep traveling, while constantly providing updates on the virus. Business emails, news programs, social media and even grocery store small talk cannot avoid the topic. As such, people around the world have given and received information and advice on almost every facet of the virus, from preventative measures and latest cancellations to the status of toilet paper at Costco. Sometimes it seems as if there is as much misinformation as there is information. While most of us do our best to filter through the advice they find helpful or ludicrous, that general sense of public unease and concern offers an opportunity for scammers to shine. Financial institutions must consider whether they are inoculating themselves for the onslaught of crime designed to take advantage of the confusion. The Virus of Coronavirus Scams Financial institutions might think that COVID-19 is out of their control or focus. But amid the chaos and confusion, it is the duty of all financial institutions to protect customers from the scams that have likely already started.Scammers are opportunistic. They feed on panic and fear. For instance, scams flourish right after natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes) and scammers will pull on victims’ heart strings to encourage them to donate to a “worthy cause.” In reality, that money does not support victims, but rather the scammers and their network. Scammers command a sense of urgency and panic to extort money from countless individuals. Common COVID-19 Cons Scammers host an arsenal of fraud tactics during times like these, but here are a few common cons that your institution should be aware of:Fraudsters might claim a relative or friend is stuck in a foreign country and can only get home if one immediately wires funds to a random account. According to the fraudulent claim, without those funds the person will be incarcerated in a foreign prison. last_img read more

  • Use proper language on immigration

    first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThank you for sharing Jon Lemelin’s March 3 letter, “Congress: Do more to protect Dreamers.” I share Jon’s conviction and was inspired last year after meeting with a group of New York Dreamers myself. They’re students, teachers, nurses, doctors and fill the ranks of countless other valued professions. Hundreds have enrolled to serve in our armed forces. They were brought to this country as kids and they grew up here, went to school here, made friends and forged their identities here. As with any other group facing policy challenges, how we talk about them matters.Dreamers are Americans in every way but their paperwork. If we want safer communities with stronger economies. We shouldn’t be spending our precious government resources ripping productive families apart. They aren’t “illegals,” as some have said. Actions are judged legal or illegal, not humans.This isn’t the only euphemism thrown around in the immigration debate. Local municipalities are dubbed “sanctuary cities” if they dare to refuse a zealous federal government demanding to deputize every municipal police officer and department to become de-facto deportation officers. Our police officers are on the job to protect and serve our communities, not to act as storm troopers rounding up peaceful, hard-working individuals. In fact, we have seen such a role strain police relations and make community policing less effective.Most recently I have heard the term “chain migration” used as a euphemism for family migration policies, sometimes referred to as “family reunification.” As Jon expresses in his letter, families are not chains. They are blessings and one of the best tools we have to ensure productive stable immigration system.If we want to solve the challenges in our immigration system, we need first to be clear, fair and honest in our language. As we search for bipartisan action, we should focus on real demonstrated threats, not ones that are trumped up and used to distract us. And in all such endeavors, we must set prejudice aside.Rep. Paul TonkoAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

  • Townsville’s finest waterfront property on market for first time

    first_img7 Norfolk Place, DouglasA spacious master bedroom has breathtaking views up and down the river and also features large walk-in robe and luxurious ensuite with floor to ceiling porcelain tiles. Stepping out, the property features a sparkling in-ground pool with automatic irrigation to maintain water levels.There’s a huge triple bay garage with built-in storage and a large driveway with off-street parking for six vehicles. 7 Norfolk Place, DouglasMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Located on the bank of Ross River, the home is filled with modern comforts and quality designs.Approximately 500 sq m of high-end executive living with uninterrupted water views, the large home with solid concrete floors has unrivalled street appeal from every angle. Its spacious kitchen with a 7.5m solid granite island bench top is the heart of the home. There is plenty of storage with built-in Liebherr wine fridge which has room for 100 plus bottles.The property’s three spacious separate living zones and five double-sized bedrooms offer plenty of space for the entire family. 7 Norfolk Place, Douglas“I think it’s a real entertainment home as there’s a lot of room that would suit families or couples,” Mr Patchell said.“It’s an impressive home and ideal for people who love to entertain or for those looking for a home in a prime location as you have the university and hospital just down the road.“I would definitely call it a dream home. I even had people knock on the front door asking if they could have a look around because they were so impressed by the design.” 7 Norfolk Place, Douglas To top it all off, the home is solar powered by a huge 6KW unit which has the ability to add to an existing solar inverter, keeping power down prices all year round.“The home has been designed so that, wherever you are in the home, you can sit back and enjoy the views of the river and the trees,” Mr Patchell said.“In the morning you can hear the birds chirping from the bedroom and there’s a natural breeze coming from the river all day round.” BOTH breathtaking and prestigious, Townsville’s finest waterfront property offers extraordinary river views in both directions. The Douglas home was designed by owners Peter and Marissa Patchell, who have lived in the stunning architectural residence for 11 years.Mr Patchell, an architectural draftsman by trade, bought the land in 2003 to design and construct what he calls his “dream home” which later won him the Delfin Lend Lease grand Master Awards for Northern Australia.last_img read more