A More Agile You

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Grow your credit union

first_imgIn August and early September, CUES surveyed members about their credit union growth strategies. In phone interviews with 262 CEOs and chief financial officers, we asked, “Regarding your credit union’s strategic direction over the next four years, how important do you think the following objectives will be to growth?”Here’s what you said: continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

The giving tree: Floyd Bell Elementary gifts warmth to students

first_imgThroughout the winter the giving tree gets replenished. The “Bell Giving Tree” is stationed in the school lobby. A community member also donated 275 items she knitted herself. Faculty and staff have donated hats, gloves and scarves throughout the winter for children to take for free. WINDSOR (WBNG) — Students are getting access to free winter gear at Floyd Bell Elementary School in the Windsor School District. School counselor Lori Fisher says the giving tree not only helps students but teaches something. “We love having the tree because it helps kids have what they need to get outside, play, exercise and also let’s us be role models for the kids,” Lori Fisher. “Kindness and giving. It let’s us be role models for them in that way too.”last_img read more

Cancer in Nigeria: ‘My wife would still be alive had she got treatment’

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Retired footy star Sam Thaiday dreams of a beach lifestyle

first_imgSam and Rachel Thaiday dream of living by the beach one day.Retired rugby league star Sam Thaiday and his wife Rachel would one day love to swap their rural lifestyle for one by the beach. The duo currently live happily on nearly 1.5 acres in Samford Village, but they have spoken of their dream move to a home with ocean views.“We purchased this home at the right time and as our little family was expanding,” Mrs Thaiday told The Sunday Mail.Mrs Thaiday said their first home was purchased in Northgate for $620,000. “It was a Queenslander on a great block size of 850sq m with potential to develop,” Mrs Thaiday said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThaiday, a retired forward had a stellar career since joining the Broncos in 2003, playing 294 NRL games with the Brisbane club.He was a Bronco for 16 seasons, and played for Queensland and Australia.While their Samford lifestyle currently suits their young family, the Thaidays dream of one day being able to live by the beach with their family.“Our dream home would be a gorgeous big new-age Queenslander with a wrap around veranda with all the modern perks in it somewhere with a little land and beach close by,” Mrs Thaiday said.“The Sunshine Coast region is where we tend to always go back to when looking at buying more property.” But if money was no option for the retired footy star and his wife, their ultimate dream would be to have a house in each climate for every season.“New York is where we would buy first, overlooking Central Park,” Mrs Thaiday said.last_img read more

UEFA president considering future ‘final eight’ format for Champions League

first_imgUEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the single-game knockout format, used in the Champions League this year from the quarter-final onwards, has produced more exciting football than the usual two-legged games and could be revisited in the future. The format was changed in order to allow the competition to be completed in a shorter time-span after the Covid-19 pandemic halted play for several months across Europe in March. Eight clubs headed to Lisbon and the final will be contested later on Sunday, pitting Bayern Munich against Paris St Germain. “We were forced to do it but in the end, we see that we found out something new. So we will think about it in the future for sure,” Ceferin told Reuters in an interview. The UEFA president said that without a second-leg to fall back on, teams have been forced to go for goals. “(There has been) not so many tactics. If it is one match if one team scores then the other has to score as soon as possible. If it is a two-legged system then there is still time to win the next match,” he said. “More exciting matches for sure but of course we also have to think about the fact that we have fewer matches and broadcasters (can) say ‘you don’t have as many matches as before, this is different’ so we will have to discuss when this crazy situation ends.” The ‘final eight’ tournament took place without fans in stadiums and the prospect of supporters from eight clubs descending on one city could cause security issues among other logistical problems. The current format is locked in place contractually until 2024/2025 but discussions are due to begin later this year on the structure for the competition for the next phase. The tournament was played over 11 days and clearing space in the congested international calendar would be another obstacle to overcome but Ceferin is clearly intrigued by the possibilities. “Look for sure it is a very interesting format. Now, I doubt as much as the calendar is now, that we could do a final eight (tournament), because it would take too much time. But a format with one match and a system like it is now, I think it would be much more exciting than the format that was before,” he said. read also:Real Madrid reach first ever UEFA Youth League final “If we would play this system then, but we haven’t discussed with anyone its just an idea, we would play in one city. If you play in one city, you can have a week of football or something like that. But it is far too early to think about it. As well as the Champions League, UEFA has also held a similar tournament to complete the Europa League season and has held the finales to the UEFA Youth League and the UEFA Women’s Champions League. “It was not an easy task, trust me. We are the only organisation in the world which organises international events (with) four events in four countries, which has been an extreme challenge for us,” he said. Over 12,000 Covid-19 tests have been carried on players and staff at the UEFA tournaments. “The most challenging was everything connected to health and this virus which is spreading all around the world. We try to control everybody, to be locked to be, separated from the rest of the world, but it is a huge challenge.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemSan Francisco Runner Makes Art With GPS-Tracking11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanescenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Monk: It’s not over yet

first_img He said: “Look, I’m not going to make it up, of course the boys were delighted. But I think they realise we are not safe, we are not mathematically safe. “It’s not the point for us, the point is that we perform well in these last games and we finish the season strongly because it’s been a poor season for us for the standards that we have set and we are not happy with it. “We are not happy at all with our league position, we are not happy with the way we have been so inconsistent this season and we want to put things right. “This goes some way towards doing it, but we have got three other games to make sure that we really finish strongly and send a message for next season.” The win was just Swansea’s second in 10 attempts since their 3-0 derby victory over Cardiff in February, and they had to come from behind to claim it. Newcastle ended their wait for a goal after six hours and 23 minutes when striker Shola Ameobi fired them into a 23rd-minute lead, somewhat against the run of play. However, they succumbed in stoppage time at the end of either half to allow the points to slip from their grasp. Bony did the damage on each occasion, firstly heading home Ben Davies’ corner and then converting from the spot – his 22nd goal of the season – after substitute Marvin Emnes had been tripped by Cheick Tiote. Swansea boss Garry Monk warned his players their Barclays Premier League status is not yet secure despite a last-gasp 2-1 victory at Newcastle. Monk said: “He’s been great, Bony. Obviously with Michu having an indifferent season with niggly injuries, Bony has stepped up to the plate and you can’t complain at someone who gets 20-plus goals in a season in his first season here. “It’s not just that, he’s a massive character in our changing room, he works so hard every day, he pushes everyone else. If he doesn’t score, he’s a strength, he’s a presence up front and he can be a handful without scoring goals. “It’s even better when he does add goals to it, so he deserves all the credit. He’s been brilliant for us and he can only get better.” For Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, it proved another miserable afternoon at St James’ Park as his side succumbed to a seventh home defeat in nine games and a fifth successive reverse for the first time in the Premier League era. The 52-year-old, who has found himself under intense pressure in recent weeks, also had to contend with the loss of strikers Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong to injury before half-time. He said: “I am low for the team and I am low for my staff. Sometimes I can sit here and say we deserved to be beaten, and in three or four of those games that we had before this, I have had to say that. “But not today, I didn’t think we deserved to be beaten today.” Pardew watched the game from the stands as he completed his touchline ban with the Magpies having won just one of the seven fixtures they have played in his absence and in severe danger of missing out on their target of finishing in the top 10. He said: “We have had some tough games and some problems with injuries which have been manifested in the situation in which we find ourselves today. “But I am not going to hide away from my responsibility, and I haven’t, and I am not going to hide from the responsibility I have to the team because I have to pick them up after that, as you can imagine. “At half-time, it wasn’t easy – we conceded in the last minute, and we conceded a really cruel blow today. Regardless of what you think of how the game went, that was a cruel blow to concede a goal in that manner.” Wilfried Bony’s double, the second of them from the penalty spot in injury-time, took the Welshmen to 36 points, six clear of the bottom three with three games remaining. However, Monk is refusing to accept that the job is complete. Press Associationlast_img read more

High school volleyball roundup

first_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Biocenter_img Sammy Mason of the Ellsworth Eagles had a strong performancewith nine kills and 11 assists in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Bucksporton Thursday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island Trojans will enjoy a first-round bye and the Ellsworth Eagles will host Kennebunk in a preliminary playoff today (Thursday) at 4:15 p.m. as the state high school volleyball tournament gets under way.The 13-1 Trojans finished the regular season ranked second in the Class A standings after posting 3-0 wins this week over Cony and Calais.The 7-6 Eagles also closed on a winning note, downing Bucksport 3-1 and Cony 3-0, and will go into the playoffs ranked seventh.Bucksport’s Golden Bucks also will see playoff action in Class B. The Bucks finished their season with a record of 6-8 and a fifth place ranking, and will travel to Baileyville to face fourth-seeded Woodland Friday at 5 p.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe 3-11 Sumner Tigers finished in eighth place and out of the Class B playoff picture.Ellsworth 3, Bucksport 1On Thursday, the Eagles opened with a 25-13 win, dropped the second game 25-20 and then posted 25-21 and 25-18 wins over the Golden Bucks in Ellsworth.For the Eagles, Sarah Shelton had a big game with three aces, 20 kills and 12 assists. Sammy Mason had two aces, nine kills and 11 assists, and Delaney Sargent had six aces and two kills.For Bucksport, Holly Judkins had three aces and 10 digs; Natalie Gray had an ace, a kill and three digs; Chloe Stubbs had three aces, a kill and four digs; and Renne Lamb had two aces and a kill. For photos from the Bucksport, Ellsworth game, click here.Ellsworth 3, Cony 0On Saturday in Ellsworth, the Eagles rolled over the Cony Rams by game scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-6.Shelton had 15 kills, four assists and three aces; Mason had six kills, 11 assists and seven aces; Maddie Dow had three kills, two aces and an assist; and Jenna Haslam had two aces and five digs.MDI 3, Calais 0On Friday in Bar Harbor, the Trojans dominated the Blue Devils with game scores of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-14.For MDI, Helena Munson had four aces, three kills, an assist and a dig; Sarah Phelps had five aces, six kills and a dig; Kayla Ray had five aces and a kill; Elise Robertson had two aces, six kills, two blocks and a dig; and Camilla Thomassen-Tai had an ace, six kills, an assist and a dig.MDI 3, Cony 0With a 3-0 sweep of Cony in Augusta Monday night, the Trojans completed their regular season.Game scores against Cony were 25-19, 25-12 and 25-20.Phelps had 11 kills in the match. Robertson contributed six kills and five aces, and Riley Mooers had 15 assists.Woodland 3, Sumner 0On Thursday in Sullivan, the Woodland Dragons downed the Tigers by game scores of 25-14, 25-13 and 25-15.For the Tigers, Amie O’Hara had two aces, a kill and eight digs; Tianah Johnson had an ace and eight digs; Julia Tardy had three kills and 12 digs; and Maria Cormier had five digs.Machias 3, Sumner 0On Friday in Machias, the host Bulldogs rolled over the Tigers by game scores of 25-19, 25-13 and 25-12. Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

The real Serena finally shows up at Wimbledon

first_imgBy Pritha SarkarLONDON, England (Reuters) – A loud and brash Red Arrows flypast over Wimbledon’s Court One provided a timely distraction yesterday that allowed the real Serena Williams to finally show up at the All England Club this year.Before the unexpected interruption, there definitely seemed to be something amiss.The impostor who had turned up this week looked like Serena and sounded like Serena but she definitely did not play like a champion who owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles.How else would one explain the American dropping a set against a 133rd-ranked qualifier in the second round or squandering three break points from 0-40 up against Germany’s Julia Goerges yesterday? But once the plumes of smoke left behind by the Red Arrows had painted the overcast sky a patriotic red, white and blue, the seven-time Wimbledon champion’s competitive fires burned brightly and she screamed to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Goerges to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the 16th time.“It’s been an arduous year for me so every match I’m hoping to improve. Every time I go out there I try,” said the 37-year old, whose build-up to the grasscourt major had been hampered by a knee injury. “I’m getting a really late start (in all of my matches here so far, but) all that matters is that I am still here.”And being in the fourth-round mix means that it is still game on for that record 24th Grand Slam title that has proved elusive over the past year – when final appearances at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows both proved to be lost causes.Life certainly should not have been so difficult for Williams against her first two opponents this week – 161st ranked Giulia Gatto-Monticone or Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan – considering they were both little-known qualifiers. Against Goerges, she should have been confident of victory since the German had failed to take a set off Williams in four previous meetings – including last year’s semi-final here.But when Goerges soaked up everything Williams could throw at her to fight back from 0-40 down to hold her serve in the second game of the opening set, it seemed this might be another long day. But Williams could not really afford to dilly-dally around court too long yesterday considering this match was just a dress rehearsal for a more pressing engagement she had later in the day – to partner Britain’s most famous tennis son Andy Murray in the mixed doubles.As if on cue, the Red Arrows shot through the sky just as Goerges was about to begin serving in the sixth game. While the crowd looked skywards, Williams only had Goerges in her sights and cut the German down by immediately breaking for a 4-2 lead.last_img read more

Nikias addresses university tuition rates

first_imgStriking a balance between lowering tuition costs and increasing availability of financial aid, President C. L. Max Nikias recently spoke with university staff and faculty about what it entails to financially support as a “premier research university.”In both his annual address to faculty in Town & Gown on Feb. 11 and his address to staff in Bovard Auditorium on Feb. 19, Nikias defended USC’s position as a world-renowned research university.At the address to faculty, Nikias responded to the criticism research universities have recently received from the media regarding the cost and value of higher education.He listed some complaints that have been expressed about America’s top universities. These complaints included the tuition rates rising faster than inflation, student debt increasing to $1 trillion, a college degree not helping young Americans in the job market, and top research universities being “bastions of privilege and hypocrisy,” according to NikiasNikias responded to these charges, saying that universities have to strike a delicate balance between cost and curriculum.“Many of [the complaints] are true. We owe it to ourselves and to our nation to examine ourselves honestly,” Nikias said. “However, we should also ask, ‘Are we focusing too much on the cost, rather [than] on the value that a college delivers?’”He also addressed the distinction between the United States’ top research universities and other higher education institutions.“Today, there are some 4,000 colleges and universities across the nation,” Nikias said. “These include two-year colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and an increasing number of for-profit and online schools. Of these 4,000 schools, about 50 operate as America’s premier research universities.”Nikias said that the 50 top research universities are “the envy of the world” because they inspire admiration worldwide, and rather than just teaching existing knowledge, these universities create new knowledge driving innovation and academic excellence.Nikias also defended the choices made by leading research universities such as USC.He acknowledged that even though USC’s tuition has doubled since 1984, the university’s student aid budget has quadrupled to $300 million per year — the largest in the nation.“If USC eliminated all financial aid tomorrow, we could reduce the sticker price by a third,” Nikias said. “But this would squeeze out America’s middle class.”Vittorio Masina, a freshman in the World Bachelor in Business program, said USC’s financial aid program is a vital component in the university.“The fundamental goal of the financial aid program is to make the world-class education USC offers affordable to virtually anybody,” he said. “Abolishing all forms of financial aid — which is identical to giving a 1/3 tuition financial aid to everybody — doesn’t accomplish it. The current system individually evaluates each student, and assign scholarships tailored on needs and merit. I wouldn’t be here without USC financial aid system. I couldn’t afford it even with the 1/3 tuition decrease.”With the new information technology expenses going from almost zero to millions annually, college costs have risen. Cost has also gone up as a result of physical infrastructure expenses.Nikias argued that student loans are the main contributor to the America’s $1.1 trillion student debt crisis.“It represents a small fraction of total household debt for Americans, which is about $12 trillion today,” Nikias said.He said the debt amount has little to do with the value of education at these top tier universities. Citing Massachusetts Institution of Technology economist David Autor, Nikias said that these research universities provide monumental return on investment when measured against a lifetime income.Nikias also talked about how top research universities are raising a good portion of necessary resources through philanthropic efforts.“Our ambitions to improve the academic quality of our faculty and student body, and the overall residential experience, have indeed enabled us to flourish even in midst of a recession,” Nikias said.He cited the $6 billion fundraising campaign USC launched in 2011, and how USC surpassed the $4 billion mark in only four and a half years as evidence of the university’s ability to thrive even in difficult economic circumstances.The U.S. Department of Education proposed a rating system for American colleges and universities that Nikias felt was not an accurate reflection of excellence of American universities. The rating would measure three areas: access, affordability and outcomes.“None of these metrics reflect academic value or academic excellence,” Nikias said.He argued that a rating system such as the one proposed by the Department of Education ignore academic excellence. He continued, “[It] may incentivize the wrong things. And it may shut out many qualified students from the best schools.”Harshini Chengareddy, a freshman majoring in global health, said that financial aid should remain a priority for the university.“Different rankings measure different things; and in this case, if the depth wants to include affordability, they have the right to since that is a big issue for many students,” she said. “I don’t think it necessarily means USC will be ranked low; however, considering the amount of financial aid we offer [is] more than any other college in the country.”Nikias concluded by stressing that while USC can improve in many areas, its rise as an “academic powerhouse” is attributed to “our faculty, our staff and our community [championing] timeless academic values that make education one of the society’s most crucial enterprises.”last_img read more