Take a different tack on leadership

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr By its nature, the military isn’t a democracy. But when he took command of the U.S.S. Benfold in 1997 at age 36, Mike Abrashoff departed from the norm by ensuring every crew member had a voice.The prime example of his grassroots leadership philosophy is the “after action reviews” that Abrashoff—who delivered a keynote address at the CUNA CFO Council Conference Sunday in Anaheim, Calif.—regularly held on the destroyer’s bridge.There, representatives of various areas of the ship gathered to critique recent performance using three ground rules:Everyone checks their ego at the door.No one faces retribution for what they say.Anyone can respectfully challenge anyone else. continue reading »last_img read more

CUs see secondary mortgage market protections in new housing plan

first_imgA new housing finance reform discussion draft – unveiled Thursday by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Rep. John Delaney, D-Md. – would preserve a NAFCU-sought government guarantee to the secondary mortgage market and create more lending opportunities for small lenders.“We support the overarching goal of Chairman Hensarling and Rep. Delaney’s GSE reform draft to create a level playing field in the single-family mortgage market,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “As Congress gears up for housing finance reform and considers this legislation and other approaches, it is important that vibrant competition remains throughout the system and that credit unions maintain unfettered access to the secondary mortgage market and fair pricing based on loan quality, not quantity.”The draft bill, the Bipartisan Housing Finance Reform Act, would repeal the government-sponsored enterprises’ (GSEs) charters and would instead use Ginnie Mae as the provider of the explicit government guarantee on mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Currently, Ginnie Mae backs payments of principal and interest to those that invest in the Federal Housing Administration and other government-insured loans. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

How, why 1 CU has priced its checking account

first_img continue reading » In a move to bring in new members and deepen relationships with existing account holders, one credit union is paying 5% APY on checking.But to get that very attractive rate, consumers have to use their debit and credit card, a unique twist to high-rate checking products.The decision by the $754-million Vibrant Credit Union runs counter to many CU high-rate checking programs today that are simply tied to debit swipes.While the new Moneymaker Checking requires members to make 12 debit swipes per month—a typical transaction amount to receive the high rate—it also requires account-holders to spend more than $1,000 on their credit Vibrant card monthly to get the 5%. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

High street reservations

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Ecuador stores coronavirus victims in giant fridges as morgues fill up

first_imgAt Guayaquil’s Teodoro Maldonado Carbo hospital on Saturday, medical workers wearing protective gear removed bodies wrapped in plastic from a storage room and used a pallet to wheel them to one container, according to a Reuters photographer.”This pandemic is overcoming the capacity of our hospital services,” the hospital said in a statement on Friday.The hospital on Sunday confirmed that it had set up a refrigerated container to hold the bodies of those who died amid the pandemic, adding that the arrangement was being operated in accordance with World Health Organization protocols.The Ecuadorean Institute of Social Security, which runs Teodoro Maldonado Carbo, said on Saturday on Twitter that it had disinfected all areas of the hospital to guarantee the safety of patients and medical professionals.On Saturday, Ecuador’s government said it would activate a new digital system that would allow families to find out where their dead relatives were buried.Moreno said the government expected the total number of deaths in Guayaquil’s surrounding province to reach up to 3,500, and said a “special camp” was being built to bury the dead.  Ecuador’s government has begun storing the bodies of victims of the coronavirus in giant refrigerated containers as hundreds of deaths in the city of Guayaquil, the center of the country’s outbreak, have already filled morgues and hospitals.Ecuador has confirmed 318 deaths from the virus, one of the highest tallies in Latin America. But President Lenin Moreno said this week that the real figure was higher as authorities were collecting more than 100 bodies a day, many from relatives’ homes as a strict quarantine prevented them from being buried.The government has installed three containers, the largest about 12 meters (40 ft) long, at public hospitals to preserve bodies until graves were prepared, according to Guayaquil’s mayor, Cynthia Viteri. So far 150 victims have been buried in a private cemetery in the port city. Topics :last_img read more

Prosecutors seek up to 16 years for Wiranto’s assailants

first_imgProsecutors at the West Jakarta District Court are seeking between seven and 16 years’ imprisonment for three individuals over their alleged involvement in the stabbing of then-coordinating political, legal and security affairs Minister Wiranto in Banten province last October.Prosecutors demanded a 16-year prison sentence for Syahrial Alamsyah, aka Abu Rara, 12 years for his wife Fitri Diana and seven years for Samsudin during a hearing on June 11.“The defendants’ lawyers are set to read their defense plea on Thursday, which will then be followed by the verdict hearing,” West Jakarta District Court spokesperson Eko Aryanto said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com. Prosecutors indicted Syahrial for allegedly launching a premeditated attack against Wiranto in Pandeglang, Banten, on Oct. 10, 2019. Read also: Victim Protection Agency requests Rp 65m to compensate ex-minister for stabbing incidentProsecutor Herry said the defendant had been concerned that he would be placed on the police’s most-wanted list for being affiliated with Islamic State group-linked homegrown militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), driving him to retaliate against authorities.“[The defendant] felt that his life would have been useless if he hadn’t carried out a jihad in form of an assault against authorities,” Herry said during the hearing. One day before the attack, Fitria heard helicopters flying over their rented house in Pandeglang and thought that the authorities had been actively hunting them down.After finding out that Wiranto was set to visit the region the following day, Syahrial persuaded his wife and child to plan an attack on the state official.On Oct. 10, Syahrial went to Menes Square and proceeded to stab Wiranto in the abdomen with a sharp weapon. Meanwhile, Fitria attacked from behind and injured one of the minister’s adjutants.Wiranto was rushed to Berkah Pandeglang General Hospital after the assault. He sustained two stab wounds on the lower parts of his abdomen. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

New research shows Quebec daycare harms children

first_imgIMFC 22 September 2015A new study released September 21, 2015, shows that Quebec’s daycare system has negative effects on children. The longitudinal assessment was done by heavyweight academics. It uses four different, reliable data sets including data from Statistics Canada. Their findings confirm previous research showing that universal daycare poses a threat to the emotional development of children.Here are the five need-to-know points about the new research:1. Negative behaviours increaseChildren in Quebec’s daycare program had “worse health, lower life satisfaction and higher crime rates later in life.”  The authors write: “The negative impact of the Quebec program on the non-cognitive outcomes of young children appears to persist and grow as they reach school ages.”2. Health and life satisfaction decreaseNot only do negative behaviours increase, but self-reported measure of health and life satisfaction decrease in contrast with children who were not exposed to the program. The authors note that, “Overall, these results give strong indications of a worsening of both health and life satisfaction among those older youths exposed to the Quebec child care program.”3. Academics do not improve“Overall there is no strong evidence in these estimates that the Quebec Family Plan had a lasting impact on children’s cognitive development.” Canadians have been led to believe that early learning boosts academics. However, wherever modest boosts are found, they fade. This remains true of full-day kindergarten programs as well.4. Targeted child interventions cannot be replicated in universal programs Perry Preschool was a study done in the 1960s in the United States. It was a small scale, expensive and targeted program for disadvantaged children and their mothers. It showed benefits for those children as a result of intensive effort, including intervention with parents.5. Attachment research is part of the reason why—but it is overlooked Canadian researchers, Dr. Gabor Mate and Dr. Gordon Neufeld together wrote an important book. Hold on to your Kids: Why parents need to matter more than peers describes what good attachment between parents and children looks like. It also describes the attachment void children in North America experience today as a matter of routine.http://www.imfcanada.org/issues/new-research-shows-quebec-daycare-harms-childrenlast_img read more

HIV protection gel ‘a step closer’

first_imgGels containing drugs have had mixed results in stopping HIV infectionA gel that can be used by women after sex to protect against HIV is a step closer, according to researchers.Drugs applied three hours after infection could protect female monkeys from a type of HIV, US scientists said.The findings, published in Science Translational Medicine, could lead to new ways to fight HIV, which is continuing to spread globally.Experts say large clinical trials would be needed to test any new treatment, and condoms remain the best defence.Vaginal gels containing HIV medicines have had mixed success in human clinical trials.In the latest research, a US team took a different approach, testing a new HIV treatment in monkeys that has the potential to work after HIV exposure.They found the gel protected five out of six monkeys from an animal-human laboratory strain of HIV when applied shortly before or three hours after infection.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, which led the study, say it is a “proof of concept” in an animal model.Dr Charles Dobard, of the division of HIV/Aids prevention, told BBC News: “It’s a promising after-sex vaginal gel to prevent HIV infection.“Studies still need to be done to look at the window [of opportunity] – is it six, eight, 24 hours?”The gel was tested on female pig-tailed macaque monkeysTubes of chimp blood infected with an animal HIV virusSo far, tests have been carried out in only a small number of monkeys infected with a combination of HIV and a related monkey virus.Experts say there are several obstacles before any new human treatment can become a reality.Dr Andrew Freedman, reader and consultant in infectious diseases at Cardiff University School of Medicine, said the gel contained a different class of anti-HIV drug, which attacks the virus at a later stage in infection, potentially allowing it to be used after exposure to infection.“This is proof of concept that such a topically applied gel, applied post-coitally, might be effective in preventing HIV transmission in humans,” he said.However, he said caution was needed as the study involved only a few monkeys and it had failed to prevent infection in one of the six.“Much larger human trials would be required before such a gel could be licensed for routine use,” he added.Jason Warriner, clinical director at the OTerrence Higgins Trust, said having a gel that could be applied after sex would be “another small step forward, particularly in countries where high HIV rates and cultural barriers to condom use have created the perfect storm”.But he said no microbicide had yet been found that offered full protection against HIV.“In the UK, condoms remain our best defence against the virus,” he added.By Helen BriggsBBC News Share 60 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle HIV protection gel ‘a step closer’ by: – March 13, 2014 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Organizer of Kweyol Bod La Me wants greater police presence at the event

first_img Share LocalNews Organizer of Kweyol Bod La Me wants greater police presence at the event by: – November 1, 2011 Sharing is caring! 30 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Kweyol Bod La Me 2011An organizer of a popular independence event is calling for greater police presence during the staging of the activity. Kweyol Bod La Me which went into its ninth year on Sunday had to be called off when a fight broke out after one man with a bike decided that he was going to smoke the area using the tire of his bike. Disappointed Kweyol Bod La Me organizer Evadney St Ville says while the event includes performances of live bands it is also an event to help market the island. She says more police officers need to be deployed at event such as these. “Unfortunately about quarter to 12, this one guy tried to hijack the event by coming in with his motorcycle in a no entry restricted area, burning tires while the cultural group was on stage. At the time of the incident, there were no police officers present and that is what upset me the most. Here it is that the teenagers and others are trying to enjoy themselves and one guy decided to come and hijack the event and no police. It is shameful. I called the police for assistance and they didn’t come on time. I think that guy should be ashamed of himself. To the persons who got injured, I am sorry. The police failed us at the event and the patrons. Even when they were there, it was unfortunate that they allowed the young officers who just graduated to do the job,” she explained.She says this incident was a major setback for both the vendors and patrons.However St. Ville who has already started planning for next year says the 10th edition will be bigger and better. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Gianluigi Buffon agrees new Juventus deal – Report

first_img Promoted ContentBear Cubs ‘Dancing’ In Forest Delight The InternetThe Untold Truth Of Sasha ObamaYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldThese Maisie Williams Facts Are Bound To Shock You9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like Them20+ Albino Animals That Are Very Rare And Unique7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year The handshake will have to wait for now, but Gianluigi Buffon and President Andrea Agnelli have, according to Tuttosport, agreed to renew the veteran’s contract with Juventus until 2021.Advertisement The newspaper reveals that the 42-year-old goalkeeper will extend his stay until 2021 after agreeing with the President over the phone last week.Buffon has decided to sign a new deal under the same conditions as the current deal, to prolong his career with another year and play on at least until 43.For now, the coronavirus pandemic prevents the deal to be concluded, but the report claims Buffon will pen the new contract when the first chance presents itself and will allegedly repeat the same meetings with President Agnelli and sporting director Fabio Paratici next year. Read Also: Gabi Fernandez ready for Atletico Madrid returnTuttosport writes ‘the hypothesis of seeing Buffon in goal at 44, in short, is not to be excluded’ after having played seven games in Serie A this term and 11 in total across all competitions.The 42-year-old has kept three clean sheets in the process and conceded nine goals before the forced break in March.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more