On false prophets and credit unions

first_imgJohn Boehner isn’t going out quietly. Good for him.Appearing on CBS New’s Face the Nation, he admonished his Republican colleagues not to succumb to the rhetoric of false prophets. It speaks volumes about the wretched state of our political system in general and the so called Republican Party that the Speaker of the House will now be able to get more done in the month he has remaining in office than he has been able to do previously.For credit unions, this means that the next month is actually one of those rare windows in national politics when legislation is going to move. The problem is that none of the legislation likely to most benefit credit unions will be part of this rush to get things done. It just isn’t realistic to think that we can see Member Business Lending or Secondary Capital Reform. This is by no means a knock against CUNA or NAFCU, but simply a reflection of the reality that a political system paralyzed by ideological rigidity can only be jolted into action by the biggest players (such as the supporters of the Export-Import Bank) or deal with issues of so little consequence that no one bothers to oppose them (further reform of privacy notice requirements could fall into this category). continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indonesia haze: Why do forests keep burning?

first_imgALMOST every year, a smoky hazeblankets the South East Asian region – signaling the return of forest fires inIndonesia. What makes it so dangerous? For many in this region, grey skies and a lingering acrid smellare not unfamiliar, but 2019 has already brought with it some of the worst hazelevels in years. On Sept. 14, Pollutants Standards Index levels in Singapore wentbeyond the 100 mark for the first time in three years, though it’s yet to reachthe hazardous levels of 2015. What’s causing the haze? What is being done to stop it? The forest fireshave destroyed much of the natural habitat of Indonesia’s orangutans andreleased large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Anything between301 to 500 is considered hazardous. Besides irritating the respiratory tract and the eyes, pollutantsin the haze can cause serious long-term damage to health. The haze usually measures hundreds of kilometers across. It hasspread to Malaysia, Singapore, the south of Thailand and the Philippines,causing a significant deterioration in air quality. The problem has accelerated in recent years as more land has beencleared for expanding plantations for the lucrative palm oil trade. PM2.5 is considered the most dangerous as it can enter deeper intothe lungs. It has been associated with causing respiratory illnesses and lungdamage. In September 2015, Mr. Widodo said his country needed at least three years to tackle the haze as itwas “not a problem you can solve quickly.” But what causes these fires – and why do Indonesia’s forests burneach year? Why is it an issue? Almost four years later, the forests in Indonesia continue toburn. (BBC) Kalimantan ishome to many of the region’s orangutans. The Bornean orangutan, which is nativeto the island of Borneo, is critically endangered, according to theInternational Union for Conservation of Nature. On both indices, a reading above 100 is classified as unhealthyand anything above 300 is hazardous. But it’s inIndonesia where the impact is most felt. The country has for years promised to step up enforcement. UnderPresident Joko Widodo, it has named 10 corporations as suspects this year, andsaid it is investigating more than 100 individuals. According to Indonesia’s national disaster agency, there were328,724 hectares of land burnt this year from January to August alone. For many, it’s areminder of 2015, the country’s last major haze crisis. In 2015, the PSI level in Singapore was at 341 – schools wereforced to close and several fast-food chains suspended their delivery services. The indices used to measure air quality in the region usuallymeasure particulate matter (PM10), fine particulate matter (PM2.5), sulphurdioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone. What impact has it had on nature? Indonesia has been dumping millions of liters of water in affectedareas and has sent in the army to help fire fighters. They often spin out of control and spread into protected forestedareas. Many parts of Indonesia are burning. Many farmers take advantage of the conditions to clear vegetationfor palm oil, pulp and paper plantations using the slash-and-burn method. In Palangkaraya,the capital of central Kalimantan, the Air Quality Index reached 2000 on Sundaylast week, according to Greenpeace Indonesia. The burning usually peaks from July to October during Indonesia’sdry season. In Malaysia, hundreds of schools have been forced to close afterthe haze reached “very unhealthy levels” of 208 on the Air Pollutants Index inseveral districts. The 2015 crisiscost the country 16 billion dollars and caused more than 500,000 people tosuffer from respiratory ailments – a state of emergency was declared. The burnt land also becomes drier, which makes it more likely tocatch fire the next time there are slash-and-burn clearings. Among the most affected regions were Central, West and SouthKalimantan, Riau, Jambi and South Sumatra.last_img read more

Community Foundation of South Puget Sound Awards $110,000 to Thurston County…

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the The Community FoundationThe Community Foundation of South Puget Sound awarded $110,000 in grants to 22 Thurston County nonprofits during its fall 2013 grant round. Over the past year, The Foundation has awarded over $264,000 in grants to Thurston County groups. In addition grants of more than $126,000 were awarded in Lewis and Mason Counties.“The nonprofits receiving support help strengthen and sustain the quality of life in Thurston County,” notes Norma Schuiteman, executive director. “The variety of grantees demonstrates the broad range of causes we fund throughout our service area.”Included in this grant round is support for Ballet NW, Catholic Community Services Community Kitchen, CIELO, Community Youth Services, The Evergreen Foundation’s ‘Generations Rising’ program, the Family Education and Support Center, GRuB, Girl Scouts, Mercy Housing NW for Evergreen Vista Apartment residents, Morningside, Olympia Free Clinic, Olympia Union Gospel Mission, Olympia School District’s STEM Robotics competitive program, Olympia Symphony, South Sound Parent-to-Parent, Pizza Klatch programs to support LGBTQ youth, Rainier Therapeutic Riding serving wounded warriors, Rebuilding Together helping low-income residents stay in their homes, Rochester Organization for Families (ROOF); SafePlace, Scatter Creek Community Farm & Conservancy, and the South Sound Estuary Association.The Foundation’s next grant deadline is September 19, 2014. A new application and guidelines are being developed and will be available during mid-2014. For a more information on these grants, please visit our website.last_img read more

Forbes Ranked O Bee Credit Union as the top Credit Union…

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by O Bee Credit UnionFor the second straight year, O Bee Credit Union has been recognized as one of America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions. O Bee appears in Forbes’ ranking as the top Credit Union in Washington on its “America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions” list. Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to determine the Best-In-State Banks and Credit Unions in the United States.“Statista surveyed more than 25,000 customers in the U.S. for their opinions on their banking relationships. The banks and credit unions were rated on overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, and financial advice,” the Forbes article stated.“It is an honor to be on Forbes America’s Best-In-State Credit Union list for the second straight year”, said James Collins, O Bee’s CEO. “We are doing the right things for the community and our members.  It’s our unique position in the marketplace, our passion, and creativity from our staff that makes us an award-winning credit union.About O Bee Credit Union O Bee Credit Union (The Olympia Brewing Co. Employees and Families Credit Union) was started February 15, 1955, by Ted McGill, who worked in the bottle house of the brewery. This full-service not-for-profit credit union, owned by its members, has seven branches located in Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, Yelm, West Olympia, Point Ruston and Fern Hill in Tacoma. Membership is open to all Washington residents. Visit www.obee.com for more information about O Bee Credit Union.last_img read more

Half-time: FC Groningen 1 QPR 0

first_imgJoel Lynch was included in the starting line-up for QPR’s pre-season friendly against FC Groningen in the Netherlands, where the Dutch side lead at half-time.Summer signing Lynch, who did not feature in Friday’s game against PSV Eindhoven, lined up in a back four which also included young full-backs Darnell Furlong and Cole Kpekawa.Juninho Bacuna opened the scoring on 13 minutes when he slotted home the loose ball after keeper Matt Ingram did well to deny Tom van Weert, who had managed to sneak behind Steven Caulker.Rangers, demonstrating a pressing, high-tempo style boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been keen to introduce, have created some openings.But Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Tjaronn Chery were both unable to find a way past the goalkeeper after finding themselves through on goal.Rangers midfielder Chery, playing against his former side, then teed up Michael Petrasso with a clever pass and the winger fired low into the net but was offside.Petrasso picked up a knock and went off five minutes before the break.QPR: Ingram; Furlong, Caulker, Lynch, Kpekawa; Henry, Doughty; Petrasso (Kakay 40), Chery, El Khayati; Emmanuel-Thomas.Subs: Lumley, Onuoha, Hall, Polter, Borysiuk, Gladwin, Grego-Cox, Bidwell, Luongo, Prohouly, Shodipo.See also:The QPR youngsters trying to make their mark during pre-seasonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Nappy Run for disabled children’s rights

first_imgOn Sunday 3 November 2013, the third Nappy Run will take place at the Johannesburg Zoo.All proceeds will go towards nappies to be distributed to care centres across the country, providing much-needed incontinence care and comfort for disabled childrenThe run is a project between non-governmental organisations (NGO) the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA), and the National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy (NAPCP).The NGOs want to promote and protect the rights of people with physical disabilities. They believe that a society’s knowledge and understanding of disability issues is directly related to its response to disabled people’s needs and rights, and social inclusion.Their Nappy Run is specifically aimed at highlighting disabled children’s rights and circumstances, with its month-long awareness campaign themed “Children with disabilities, our future with abilities”.“I believe in uplifting the individual spirit through empowering a sense of self-belief and aspiring towards adventure. We all need support and encouragement on our journey and children with disabilities deserve all the same opportunities and dreams as the rest of us. If you can dream it, you can do it,” said extreme adventurer Riaan Manser, a 2013 Nappy Run ambassador.According to Unicef’s 2013 State of the World’s Children: Children with disabilities report, children with disabilities and their communities would benefit if society focussed on what those children could achieve, rather than what they could not.In 2012, more than 200 000 nappies were collected; this year the organisations hope to triple that number (Images: Nappy Run Facebook page)“As someone who loves to dance and sing, I am thankful of my ability for movement and expression every day. I chose to support the Nappy Run campaign for children with disabilities to help those children in our country who can’t always speak out for themselves,” says media personality Eloise Cupido, a Nappy Run ambassador.The run is an annual event established in 2011 following National Children’s Day on 2 November; in its first year, event participants collected 100 000 nappies.In 2012, more than 200 000 nappies were collected; this year the organisations hope to triple that number.SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: RUN DETAILSSupporters can add the Nappy Run supporter’s badge to their website, blog or email signature, tweet @NappyRun, join in the fun run, or organise their own. The organisations also need volunteers to run nappy drop-offs or become ambassadors in their professional capacity; they want to build long-term relationships with partners and ambassadors.Fun run participants can register online. The entrance fee is R50 per person and children younger than three enter for free. Registrations open at 7am and the race starts at 9am. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, or a cloth nappy creatively.All proceeds will go towards nappies to be distributed to care centres across the country, providing  much-needed incontinence care and comfort for disabled children.For more information visit their website.last_img read more

Farm Bureau priorities addressed in Ohio Senate budget

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers, consumers and the environment will benefit from Farm Bureau supported provisions in the just announced Senate budget bill.Among the items Farm Bureau members and staff advocated for are retention of the business income tax deduction; funding for multiple water quality initiatives; and necessary funding for Ohio State University and Central State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts and OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Farm Bureau also sought needed funding for multiple programs within the Ohio Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.Farm Bureau members called, texted and emailed Senators to express their views on the budget. The organization also offered formal testimony several times during the hearing process.“Our members spoke and our senators listened,” said Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp. “We’re pleased that our priorities were addressed in the Senate’s budget.”The two-year budget, which must now be reconciled with the House version and approved by Gov. Mike DeWine, comes at a crucial time for farmers and rural communities. The worst planting season and production outlook on record, already low commodity prices and market-disrupting international trade disputes have weakened Ohio’s largest industry.The business income tax deduction is especially important to farmers in the midst of an economic downturn.Ohio Farm Bureau First Vice President Bill Patterson, a produce grower and bakery operator, told senators during budget testimony that the tax deduction helps farmers by “allowing the good years to create a cushion. As a capital intensive business that typically requires yearly operating loans, the ability to save in good years due to policies like the business income tax deduction have allowed many farms to stay afloat as times have gotten tough.”The Senate budget also includes funding for Gov. DeWine’s proposed H2Ohio program, which will create additional tools for farmers who are working to adjust farming practices in ways that will improve water quality in Lake Erie and Ohio’s other waterways. The Senate budget also supports other water quality measures through specific agency and university programs.Other line-items Farm Bureau advocated for include ODA’s food safety, meat inspection, dairy, Ohio Proud and plant industry divisions, the Heidelberg Water Quality Lab and Ohio Sea Grant programs and education initiatives for career tech and industry-recognized credentials.Sharp said he was proud of the efforts of Farm Bureau members who reached out to their state senators. He encouraged members of the House-Senate conference committee to deliver to the governor a biennial budget that reflects the needs of rural Ohio. “Farmers and their communities are feeling the effects of a terrible farm economy,” he said. “We need lawmakers to respond accordingly.”last_img read more

“The Geocaching Year in Review” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

first_img2010 goes into the record books as a banner year for geocaching. The treasure hunting activity turned 10 years old. Geocaching is now  enjoyed by over five million people around the world and there are more than 1.2 million geocaches listed on Geocaching.com.But it’s not all about the numbers. There were geocaching adventures shared by friends and precious memories created on the geo-trail with family. Watch “The Geocaching Year in Review” to see what made 2010 a memorable for geocachers around the world and what milestones were reached by Geocaching.com. Groundspeak CEO/President/Co-Founder Jeremy Irish guides you through 2010 and shares a little but about what’s ahead for geocaching in 2011.2010: A year of personal bestsExplore more than 30 Geocaching.com Lost & Found videos in our gallery.  Share a video on “Basics of Hiding a Geocache,” watch a Travel Bug® move from cache to cache around the world and visit the highest and lowest geocaches in existence.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related”Basics of Hiding a Geocache” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoDecember 21, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching Year in ReviewJanuary 4, 2013In “Française”last_img read more

Google Me a “Facebook Killer”? Place Your Bets!

first_imgThe first whisperings about a new product begin and the headlines start talking about how such-and-such is a so-and-so “killer”. The iPad was a Kindle killer, Google Buzz a Twitter killer, and so on. Of course, very few things, if any, are actually killers of any sort, and one site is offering a new take on this idea: put your money where your mouth is.The latest (apparently confirmed) rumor to hit the blogosphere is Google’s in-development entry into social networking, Google Me, called the “Facebook Killer” by more than one blog. In response, sportsbook and betting site YouWager is offering odds on the latest potential “killer” to hit the blogosphere.According to the site, Google Me is on the way soon, will be immediately popular but will likely not, indeed, be the “Facebook Killer” it has been dubbed. See below for the odds (as of this posting) the site is giving on those particular scenarios:Will Google Me launch by Labor Day Weekend?No 75% (-300)Yes 31% (+200)Will Google Me solicit one million users within the first week of launch?Yes 67% (-200)No 50% (+100)Will Facebook go extinct by 2012?No 67% (-200)Yes 50% (+100)If you, like me, aren’t much of a gambler, then here’s an explanation of how the folks at YouWager came up with these numbers and what they mean:The odds are calculated by doing some research on the topic at hand, ie. Trends in the social networking space, popularity of Facebook and more, how far is in the development stages Google Me is, etc.. The percentage is merely the likelihood that the instance will occur. For example, for the first question, there’s a 75% chance that Google Me will launch by Labor Day weekend. Because the percentage is high, the pay out for betters is lower if that instance happens since the odds are high in the favor of the launch not happening. Do you still think Google Me is going to be the next “Facebook Killer”? If so, head on over to YouWager and make some quick bucks, then! Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts mike melansoncenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#Google#news#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Fajardo fine with sitting out 4th quarter as Beermen goes for speed

first_imgThat move from Beermen head coach Leo Austria, though, was actually one way of stopping the KaTropa.To counteract the power of TNT’s hulking 300-pounder Joshua Smith, Austria chose speed over strength and that meant sitting out Fajardo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut the reigning PBA MVP said he doesn’t mind sitting on the bench, as long as they walked away with the 111-102 and took a 3-2 series lead.“That’s okay with me, we won right? We just have to believe in coach’s system and of course we have to support coach,” said Fajardo, who finished nine points and five rebounds. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What resulted was San Miguel holding on in the fourth quarter after pounding TNT 36-18 in the third period.San Miguel also put up 23 points off TNT’s 24 turnovers and 28 points in transition.“The game sped up, that was the game plan, it worked and we won,” said Fajardo. “We’re happy but it doesn’t mean we’ll start celebrating because we still have to win on Sunday.”ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Knowing what went wrong in 1st half, Beermen were quick to adjust Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeague MVP June Mar Fajardo is usually a matchup problem for teams with his combination of size and speed.And yet on Friday in the crucial Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between San Miguel and TNT, Fajardo was on the bench for the pivotal fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more