Sorpresas de los Globos: Kate Hudson nominada, Spike Lee no

first_imgLo único predecible de los Globos de Oro es su imprevisibilidad, y la Associación de la Prensa Extranjera de Hollywood exageró este año en que se las nominaciones se anunciaron incluso antes de que cerrara el periodo de elegibilidad. Desde una película con Kate Hudson de la que nadie ha escuchado hasta la incómoda omisión de Spike Lee, aquí algunas de las mayores sorpresas y desaires en la lista de candidatos publicada el miércoles.last_img

Announcing Project Flame Out

first_imgWildfires are still burning on more than 45,000 acres in Western North Carolina.In order to mobilize donation efforts, several shops are selling the items firefighters are requesting at discounts to customers buying for the firefighters, along with collection bins. These items will be distributed to firefighters by local fire stations.Posters are in the process of being made, and we’ll be announcing the stores opting to participate here.flameout-4As of this posting, The Hub in Pisgah Forest and D.D. Bullwinkle’s in Brevard, North Carolina are participating.If your business would like to participate, please contact Ky Delaney kydelaneywriting@gmail.com as soon as possible so that your shop name can be included in the press release.Also, if anyone is interesting in volunteering with the logistics of this process, including approaching local businesses to see if they are interested in participating, distribution posters/bins to stores, and picking up goods to take to the fire stations, that would be excellent and most appreciated!Click here for more info about donating to the wildfire cause in Western North Carolina.last_img read more

The Truth About Cuba’s Medical Missions

first_imgBy ShareAmerica May 05, 2020 With the global pandemic, Cuba is once again promoting its medical missions to other governments facing a shortage of medical professionals. But those governments, while desperate for help, should know what they are getting into.Abusive conditions are the reality for many of the 34,000–50,000 Cuban medical workers in more than 60 countries. According to the Cuban government, it makes an estimated $7 billion annually by exporting professional services, including these medical missions. This is not assistance — it is a for-profit activity of the Cuban regime. It’s the regime’s top revenue source.“I have come to know the Cuban medical mission […] as a mechanism through which the Cuban regime violates the internationally defined human and labor rights standards of its own people, while simultaneously sowing political and social discord throughout the world,” U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cuba and Venezuela Carrie Filipetti said at a December 2019 Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation event hosted by the Organization of American States.According to witness testimony of Cuban doctors who have escaped, many Cuban doctors — often under pressure — double as foreign agents who incite violence and involve themselves in political coercion, Filipetti said. In recent years, Cuban doctors have:Threatened to withhold treatment from Venezuelan patients if they didn’t vote for Maduro.Been connected to inciting violent protests in Bolivia.Falsified data for the political and economic benefit of Maduro’s regime.That, Filipetti said, is why Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador — among other nations — have stopped using Cuban doctors.Testimony from some of the doctors who escaped cite various forms of abuse: threats against doctors leaving the program, non-payment of wages, restricted movements, and confiscated passports.According to U.S. State Department data confirmed by the doctors themselves, the Cuban government typically pockets 75-90 percent of these doctors’ salaries. A pending 2018 class-action lawsuit by a group of Cuban health workers alleges they worked under threat of harsh economic, personal, and legal repercussions.U.S. State Department officials in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs believe that if a country plans to host Cuban doctors, its government should first ask a few simple questions: Are doctors paid directly? Is their pay confiscated? Are doctors guaranteed to retain their passports? Are they free to travel? Are their families allowed to visit? The agreements should be transparent and open to the public to ensure the doctors’ rights are protected.Host country governments should insist that money paid for the Cuban medical workers actually is paid to the workers directly, rather than filling the coffers of the regime. Host governments could also help dispel some of the concerns circling the controversial Cuban program by making the terms of all arrangements for medical assistance public.Host countries should also demand that Cuban doctors meet local medical qualifications. Do the Cuban doctors have the same credentials as those who went to a local medical school?Finally, the Cuban government pays its doctors a fraction of the salary of host country doctors often resulting in unemployment among local doctors and nurses, according to the U.S. State Department, which asks why local medical practitioners don’t have opportunities to earn an honest living and help their fellow citizens.Medical workers are a precious resource — now more than ever — and should be treated fairly.last_img read more

3 reasons to fall in love with credit unions

first_imgOctober brings some of my favorite things: pumpkins, fall foliage, the World Series, key college football matchups (since the Big 10 doesn’t play any real games until mid-season), and the annual International Credit Union Day® (ICU), which translates into a month long fete. It is a time to celebrate credit unions, their unique achievements and – most importantly – their members.ICU has been widely recognized since 1948 (yes, the year the Cleveland Indians last won the World Series). Thankfully, this is an annual celebration, not one that takes decades upon decades to come around. So let’s take a look at what credit unions are celebrating this year. Credit unions embrace their uniqueness Since the opening of the first U.S. credit union in 1909, credit unions have prided themselves on providing financial services for people left unserved or underserved by traditional financial institutions. Today, consumers have a cornucopia of banking options, but that has not slowed down the credit union stride.Instead, credit unions have capitalized on their distinctions – and the credit union difference is notable.Earlier this month, we participated in a unique credit union event, the CU Water Cooler Symposium. Just as credit unions are not your typical financial institution, the #CUWCS is not your typical industry conference. Hosted in an Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City, the event fostered conversations and insights about credit union culture, marketing insights, and technology trends.This different approach to industry events – which embodies the entire credit union movement – has proven to be successful and enriching for attendees.Credit unions are on topToday, the credit union movement is stronger than ever. Membership is growing, reaching over 101 million this past summer in the U.S.These members are directing more and more savings to credit unions. In fact, credit unions broke deposit records and loan originations reached an all-time high during second quarter 2015, further positioning them on top of a large financial savings haystack.Credit unions invest in their members through technologyJust like Midwestern home owners invest in leaf blowers to make their lives easier each fall, credit unions leverage technology to make life easier for their employees and banking experiences superior for their members.They capitalize on innovative technology like enterprise content management (ECM) to improve member service and reduce operating costs. By using ECM to capture information electronically and automatically route it through processes, notifying key stakeholders along the way, credit unions increase the speed and accuracy of important processes like member onboarding, loan application reviews, and wire transfers. With a true focus on members, credit unions take advantage of things like fast and accurate service; dividend payouts; and innovative, easy to use services and products.To me, ICU Day is significant because it helps share an important message about credit unions: they’re not a lesser banking alternative. They’re longstanding, proud, and innovative financial institutions that quickly adopt technology to ensure they provide the best member service possible.This autumn, I encourage you to raise your pumpkin spiced latte to our strong and vibrant credit union industry! 614SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: www.onbase.com Detailslast_img read more

Wedding bell blues: Coronavirus crashes party for couples, planners

first_imgThe Roman villa is booked, the guests are invited and their hotel rooms reserved. The gown is purchased and deposits for the honeymoon in Africa are paid.Now Dan Salganik, a partner at a digital marketing agency in Chicago, is not so sure he is still going to get married in Italy in June.He didn’t get cold feet. But an uninvited guest – the coronavirus – has thrown cold water on his best laid plans and those of many other couples around the world. “First, we thought about cancelling and doing something local in Los Angeles. But after talking to our wedding planner and venue, it really wasn’t an option because we had paid the majority of our deposits to all,” Shale said.”We’re still praying and hoping that this crisis does end by October hopefully. Otherwise, we don’t know what to do,” she said.The crisis has pummeled the multi-billion-dollar wedding planning industry and ancillaries like photographers, video crews, florists, cake bakers, jewelers, musicians, and limousine services.”Everything has ground to a halt,” said Tiziana Marra, a wedding planner in central Italy. “Our restaurant business has stopped and we’re having to fire people”.”The two big weddings we were planning we’ve moved to a later date. One set for March has been put back to June while one for May has been put back to September,” she said.Bringing it back home American couples who were thinking of weddings abroad are thinking again. Some say even if the coronavirus crisis should taper off, they don’t want to impose potentially risky travel on older family members and guests.”A lot of them who potentially had weddings in Italy or in France or in Europe, are bringing them back home,” said Lauren Grech, CEO & co-founder of LLG Events, a New York-based company specializing in luxury destination weddings.She said some venues in the United States were reducing their rates to help couples cope.As outbreaks spread in the United States, couples are discussing “virtual weddings” so elderly family members could stay behind and follow the ceremony online.”There is a lot of concern about the safety of guests,” Grech said.Cancellations of venues can be costly, with losses of up to 75 percent of deposits paid to a venue. So wedding planners are encouraging couples to lean towards postponing.The coronavirus also has prompted a surge in interest in wedding cancellation insurance. Steve Lauro, vice president of Aon’s WedSafe Program, says the company has seen a 100% spike in inquiries.If future husbands and wives bought their policies before the outbreak, they may be able to recover some losses. But not any more.”Coronavirus is now considered a known risk, and as such, couples will likely be hard pressed to now go out and find a policy to cover this specific risk,” Lauro said.The outbreak has prompted couples – some of whom would lose sleep over details such as the size and color of napkins – to put things into a bigger perspective.”[Things] that seemed like such a big deal, don’t seem like such a big deal any more,” said Perry Goldman, a New York-based director at Montieth and Company consultants who, before recent restrictions in New York, had been planning his wedding in Brooklyn at the end of March.”Because this is actually a really big deal,” he said.  Topics :center_img “I am probably at that point where I have to start re-thinking things,” he said.Seaside towns, rolling countryside, frescoed palazzos and churches oozing art and history have made Italy one of the world’s top destinations for weddings.But the coronavirus crisis has hit Italy hardest in Europe and extended beyond its shores, hurting the hospitality and tourism industries at home as well as the wedding planning industry from Milan to Minnesota.Melanee Shale and Raphe Wolfgang, both from Los Angeles, were supposed to have their wedding feast at a winery in the Umbrian town of Orvieto on April 18. The virus forced them to postpone to October 3.last_img read more

30 providers exiting UK DC provision as new law enforced

first_imgNicola Parish, executive director, TPRTrustees of master trust schemes were responsible for reviewing TPR’s new guidance and code of practice to ensure they were ready for authorisation, Parish added.Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at Barnett Waddingham, said: “Some master trusts are too small to be economically viable, while in other cases there have been claims of malpractice.“We should welcome, therefore, a new regime which seeks to stabilise a market that may be dangerously out of control and hope and expect TPR will be able to weed out all schemes that fall short of the minimum standards required.”Joel Eytle, pensions legal director at DLA Piper, added that the new regime would place “a much more active and onerous obligation” on TPR to oversee master trusts and ensure ongoing compliance with the new law.“The concerns are whether the regulator will have sufficient resources to effectively police the regime, and whether the obligations on master trusts will prove too onerous and deter entrants to the market,” he said.“It will also be important for traditional multi-employer schemes with participating employers who are not in the same corporate group to take legal advice on whether they would be classified as a master trust, as this would mean that they would now need to be authorised under the new legislation.”ConsolidationSharon Bellingham, senior consultant at Hymans Robertson, said the authorisation regime would drive consolidation among DC master trusts.She said: “Looking ahead, it’s pretty interesting to think about [how] the market might look like 12 months from now – survival of the fittest and most committed, who might ship out ahead of the new authorisation regime and who might try but not make it.“It doesn’t take much crystal ball gazing to see that the consolidation already happening will gain pace.“It’s absolutely key to ensure that individuals are protected at all times and it’s also important to avoid chaotic market exits that may dilute confidence in the master trust brand.  What we’ve seen so far has been controlled and measured, which is exactly how it should be.”In April, the People’s Pension – one of the UK’s biggest master trusts with more than 4m members – acquired Your Workplace Pension, a £20m (€22.5m) DC fund.The same month, the Salvus Master Trust acquired the smaller Complete Master Trust, boosting its assets above £100m. Multi-employer defined contribution schemes in the UK must apply for authorisation from the country’s regulator from today under a new law brought in last year.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) said 30 such schemes – known as master trusts – had either stopped their services or were in the process of doing so as they were unable to comply with the stringent new rules.That left 58 providers – including funds such as NEST, the People’s Pension and NOW: Pensions – with a six-month window to apply for authorisation.Each master trust must prove they have “fit and proper” staff, sufficient financial reserves and “robust” systems, processes and protections. Nicola Parish, executive director for frontline regulation at TPR, said: “The success of automatic enrolment has led to rapid growth in master trusts. Authorisation and supervision is vital to ensure 10m savers can have confidence that their retirement savings are safe.”last_img read more

Warming Temps Create Flood Waters -State Police Offer Safe Driving Tips

first_imgWith all the snow we have on the ground now melting, and with rain forecast for later in the week, you can bet Hoosier motorists will be experiencing water covered roadways. The Indiana State Police have listed some safety tips below in case you encounter high water conditions.•Always carry a cell phone and charger.•Pay attention to local media reports and heed warnings issued by the National Weather Service.•Never drive around barricades at water crossings.•Be especially careful at night or early morning as it can be difficult to see water and it’s depth across the roadway.•Reduce your speed in rain and NEVER enter flowing water. Driving through water creates less tire contact with the road surface (hydroplaning) and increases your chance of crashing.•Driving through water affects your brakes reducing their effectiveness until they dry out.•If you end up in water, immediately exit your vehicle through a window and climb on top of your car. Call 9-1-1 from there and wait for help to arrive. Ride the top like a boat, as vehicles will often float for several minutes.•Be aware that road erosion can occur anytime there is running or standing water on a roadway.•Remember it only takes six inches of water to reach the bottoms of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.If you find yourself stranded in water, act fast. Get yourself and everyone in your vehicle out of their seatbelt and out a window onto the roof of the car. Make sure you’re a survivor, NOT a victim.last_img read more

Shryock scores IMCA Modified feature win at Boone

first_imgAfter a call back on the initial start of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main, the race went green to checkers. Dusty Lynch reeled in leader Robert Moore and held that lead the rest of the way to the checkers and the win. Kelly Shryock raced to the IMCA Modified feature win at Boone Speedway on Saturday night. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) By Joyce Eisele Nagle made the move around Randy Havlik in the closing laps as they finished second and third, respectively. Winebarger would take fourth place and fellow Oregonian Grey Ferrando took fifth.The 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature was a nail biter right down to the final mo­ments.  Devin Smith finally broke from the pack and began to catch up with frontrunners Justin Nehring and Jay Schmidt.  He did so with just a few laps remaining, and with the help of a lapped car on the final circuit, dove low and stuck it to sneak around both Nehring and Schmidt and beat both to the checkers. Shryock had to fend off some tough competition close behind him much of the race as Randy Havlik, Paul Nagle and Collen Winebarger jousted for position. Eric Knutson made a charge through the pack of IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks after starting 11th and grabbed the lead on lap ten of the 15-lap event.  Dylan Nelson took several peeks in the clos­ing laps for a way around Knutson, but fell short and had to settle for second. BOONE, Iowa (July 18) – Kelly Shryock stated in victory lane that it had been a long time coming to get a feature win at Boone Speedway, but at the end of Saturday’s 20-lap feature for IMCA Modifieds, that is just what he did.  last_img read more

Coronavirus: Premier League ban players, match officials from handshakes

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ The Premier League has banned players and match officials from shaking hands from this weekend until further notice on medical advice. Teams and officials will still participate in the pre-match walk-outs but have been advised against the tradition of shaking hands. A statement from the Premier League said: “The Premier League fair-play handshake will not take place between players and match officials from this weekend until further notice based on medical advice. “Coronavirus is a spread via droplets from nose and mouth and can be transmitted onto the hands and passed on via handshake. “Club and Match Officials will still perform the rest of the traditional walk-out protocol ahead of each fixture. “On entering the field of play, the two teams will continue to line up, accompanied by the Premier League music, then players from the home team will walk past their opposition without shaking their hands.” The Premier League has already written to its 20 clubs, advising on the latest contingency plans to deal with the spread of coronavirus. League officials are liaising daily with the government’s public health experts to provide up-to-the-minute advice on how best to counteract the spread of the virus. Fixtures lists and kick-off times remain unaffected as it stands.Tags: CoronavirusHandshakesMedical advicePremier Leaguelast_img read more

National : Former SU lacrosse captain Plunket starts up program at Division III Albright College

first_img Comments While most lacrosse coaches are at practice, Jake Plunket is holed up in his office. His longest days are spent making phone calls and sending emails to recruits for 14 hours. And when he does leave the office, his work goes with him.‘Sometimes I’ll go home for what I think is going to be an early night,’ Plunket said. ‘I get home at 6:30 p.m., and I end up making calls until 10 o’clock at night just in a blink.’Plunket was hired as the first head coach of the brand new men’s lacrosse program at Albright College in Reading, Pa., in October. The head coach — a former Syracuse lacrosse player from 2002-05 — has been working the phones all year, trying to fill out his roster to begin play in Division III in the spring of 2012.Albright received a $1 million donation from the John K. Roessner III Trust in July to fund a new practice facility and the operational costs of the first three years of the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs.Rick Ferry, Albright’s co-director of athletics, said the school wanted to add lacrosse for more than eight years. Many prospective students asked about lacrosse, but the school didn’t have the field space or locker rooms to support new programs, Ferry said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We could say, ‘Well, we have club lacrosse,” Ferry said. ‘If you’re a competitive athlete, you want the varsity level. We didn’t have that to offer.’The lacrosse programs will help attract students who can afford the private school’s tuition, Ferry said. In time, he expects lacrosse to become a ‘high-profile’ sport that regularly competes for championships.To achieve that goal, Ferry had to bring in a high-profile coach. Plunket played on two national championship teams at Syracuse and served as the team captain his senior year. He also played Major League Lacrosse for the Rochester Rattlers from 2007-08.Plunket graduated from Syracuse in 2005 and went to SUNY Cortland that fall for his master’s degree. He planned to be a gym teacher after graduate school, but his plans changed during his first semester. His gym teacher from elementary school, Rich Barnes, then the head coach at Cortland, offered Plunket an assistant coaching job.After helping the team win the 2006 Division III national championship in his first year, he was hooked.‘It got to the point where it’s like, ‘Do I want to be a teacher, or do I want to be a coach?” Plunket said. ‘I jumped at the opportunity to coach, and it’s something I’ve never looked back from.’Plunket spent two more years at Cortland before taking an assistant coaching job at Division III Hampden-Sydney in Virginia for the past two seasons.Ferry said other candidates had more experience than Plunket’s five years — all as an assistant — but his energetic personality and reputation as a tireless worker convinced Ferry to hire him.‘This is a guy that could go out everywhere and anywhere and sell the program and get us on the map,’ Ferry said. ‘That high-energy approach, along with the Syracuse pedigree, I don’t know that guys like that are falling off trees for startup programs.’Plunket wants to pass that Syracuse pedigree onto his players at Albright. He said he wants his program to have the same Division I mentality.The head coach said his team will have fall season and offseason workouts in the weight room every day. Plunket also wants his team to play with the same ‘free style’ SU head coach John Desko encouraged while Plunket was in college.‘You go there, and you’re not put into a certain mold,’ Plunket said. ‘I want to do that as a coach. I’m not going to get on them every time they make a mistake.’His Syracuse connections were crucial in landing Cortland High School senior attack Phil Potter. When Plunket was still playing at Syracuse, he coached Potter at some lacrosse camps in Homer, N.Y. Potter said he remembered Plunket when he received an email from the coach last fall.Plunket wanted Potter to join him at Albright. Potter, though, was being recruited by Division I programs Providence and Binghamton and Division II powerhouse Le Moyne.But he chose Albright because of Plunket.‘Knowing Coach Plunket, he’s one of the best lacrosse players in the world,’ Potter said. ‘When I went and met him for the visit, that really made my decision clear.’Plunket still has work to do. He said he currently has about 10 commitments for next season. And he knows tough times are ahead with a team of first-year players. With road trips planned for recruiting and scouting this spring, Plunket will have the chance to get out of his office, too.But also waiting there is his motivation to succeed. A commemorative Wheaties box featuring his 2004 Syracuse national championship team sits on a shelf across from his desk. To the left of that is a 2007 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship trophy from Cortland’s national runner-up finish that season.‘It lights a fire in me to want to bring the right players in,’ Plunket said. ‘To bring it from the bottom and keep improving and finally one day being at the top level.’rjgery@syr.edu Published on March 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more