Trump nominates Harper to NCUA Board

first_imgPresident Donald Trump today nominated Todd Harper to the NCUA Board. Harper previously served as the director of public and congressional affairs and chief policy advisor to the chairman at the NCUA; he is being nominated to fill a six-year term that will expire in 2021.“NAFCU is consistently engaged with the NCUA Board, and we look forward to working with Todd Harper should he be confirmed to ensure a positive regulatory environment for credit unions,” NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said. “As a former policy advisor at the NCUA, Mr. Harper possesses a strong understanding of the credit union industry and its unique mission that puts people over profit. NAFCU is committed to ensuring the NCUA remains a strong, independent regulator for credit unions, and we will continue to advocate for the agency to be the primary regulator of credit unions.”Prior to working at the NCUA, Harper served as staff director for the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also contributed to the efforts after the financial crisis to enact the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Kidnapped teenager reunites with family after 11 years with help of Google Maps

first_imgThe reunion marked a happy ending to a tumultuous decade for Ervan, which started when he was separated from his family in Jakarta when he was 5 years old.He was walking to return a handheld electronic game to a rental place when he encountered a street performer. The performer said that he would escort Ervan back home, but instead kidnapped the child and made him perform along with him.“I lived on the streets for around two years,” Ervan said.He said that he was taken to Surakarta for a month before they returned to Jakarta. When they reached Bogor, West Java, the performer fled when he heard the sirens of the local Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), leaving Ervan alone at a mosque.The local neighborhood unit (RT) head took him in but died a few months after.“One of his grandchildren wanted to take care of me and took me in as a foster child,” he said. After seven months in the care of the RT head’s grandchild, Ervan was taken in by a social worker from the Bogor Integrated Care Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children (P2TP2A) and was educated at a pesantren (Islamic Boarding School) for eight years before finally being reunited with his family. (ami)Topics : He gave the address of the market and gave it to a social worker at the rehabilitation center who then contacted their counterparts in Surakarta, Wonogiri and other regions in Central Java before contacting the ones in Sragen.Ervan then received a package of family photos of him when he was younger in Sragen, which he recognized.“I still remembered the faces of my father, my mother and my siblings,” he said.The center then contacted social workers in Sragen, who soon picked up Ervan and brought him home. A 17-year-old teenager from Sragen, Central Java who was kidnapped when he was a young child has been reunited with his family after 11 years apart, all thanks to Google Maps.Ervan Wahyu Anjasworo was attending a work training session at a rehabilitation center for juveniles who have had dealings with the law in Cileungsi district, Bogor regency, West Java, in September when he decided to play around with Google Maps to look for a traditional market that his grandmother used to bring him to.“At first I started to search for Solo [Surakarta, Central Java], then I saw that near Solo, there was Wonogiri, Boyolali and Sragen,” Ervan said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com “I looked at them one by one [on Street View] until I found the Gonggang traditional market in Sragen, which I remembered [from childhood].”last_img read more

Kronenbourg prepares to send Cantona the star to space

first_imgAstronautical adverts are having a moment: Pepsi has one starring Paul Rudd and Michael Peña, now Kronenbourg is sending its own star into space – Eric Cantona. Cantona is shown giving a press conference (at ‘ALSASA’) in which he explains that since everyone in Alsace knows Kronenbourg is the ‘taste supreme in the world’, it’s time to up the game and prove it on a universal level. It’s not clear how this will work – which may be the reason for Cantona’s gallic shrug to camera. The ad plays to his deadpan strengths, finding space for a gnomic classic: ‘today’s laurels are tomorrow’s compost’.A series of funny follow-ups show Cantona in training, giving more time to the badly-dressed misfits apparently running the mission. But how will Kronenbourg conclude the campaign?last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Clean Up and Renew Three Former Industrial Sites

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Clean Up and Renew Three Former Industrial Sites July 31, 2020center_img Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced three new projects funded by the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) that will clean up former industrial sites in Berks, Bucks, and Montgomery counties to prepare them for use as residential properties, open space for park systems, and manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, call centers, and for small business space in general.“Investing in bringing new life to old and unutilized properties creates clean and safe spaces for surrounding communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects will result in new opportunities like housing options, space for future outdoor recreational activities, and new jobs for these three counties.”The ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation carried out by eligible applicants who did not cause or contribute to the contamination. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.The three approved projectsBerks CountyThe Redevelopment Authority of the City of Reading was granted $878,612 for environmental remediation of the former Buttonwood Gateway site in Reading. The authority is partnering with the Delaware Valley Development Company (DVDC) to revitalize a long-blighted property by constructing 28 interlocking townhomes with integral parking garages, 12 walk-up apartments, and six three-bedroom townhomes, all with individual entrances and on-site parking. ISRP funds will be used to excavate the soil to an off-site disposal facility; place a cap to eliminate direct contact with soil; install monitory wells and three separate phase liquid recovery wells; conduct quarterly groundwater sampling, soil sampling, and separate phase liquid sampling; liquid waste characterization and disposal; drum disposal; soil vapor reporting; inspections; well abandonment; and reporting.Bucks CountyThe Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks (RDA) was granted $87,600 for an assessment at the former Bensalem Drum Dump Site. The site includes six blighted acres. A Phase I Assessment was completed in 2017 and revealed concentrations of several heavy metals including lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), perchloroethylene (PCE), and trichloroethylene (TCE). A Phase II Assessment was recently completed through a Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (GTRP) grant. The RDA will continue assessing the site which is intended to be preserved as open space and incorporated into Bensalem Township’s municipal park system. ISRP funds will be used for soil investigation, groundwater sampling and analysis activities, groundwater monitoring wells, groundwater monitoring well survey activities, sub-slab soil gas sampling and analysis activities, aquifer testing, fate and transport modeling, Act 2 remedial investigation reports, and Act 2 procedural requirements.Montgomery CountyThe Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery was granted $76,582 for an assessment of the former Pottstown Plating Works property. The site is 3.89 acres and contains a two-story, 46,500-square-foot vacant building. The assessment will include soil samples, ground water samples, vapor intrusion evaluation, and reporting. The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery is working with 215 South Washington Street, LLC, to assess and remediate the site for use for light manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, call center, and general small business. The project is anticipated to create between 20 and 75 new jobs.For more information about the Industrial Site Reuse program or DCED, visit the DCED Website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

EC to propose legislation ‘clarifying’ investor duties on sustainability

first_imgThe action plan is designed to create a sustainable economy and achieve social and environmental goalsThis, according to the Commission, meant the investors might disregard or underestimate the long-term effects sustainability factors might have on the performance of their investments.It also said there was also a lack of transparency on how investors considered sustainability factors in their investment decision-making processes, which meant “their clients may not get the full information they need to inform their investment decisions”.The Commission cited the “unpredictable consequences of climate change and resource depletion” and the need for some €180bn of annual additional investment to achieve the EU’s climate change under the Paris agreement.This was why it was “setting out a roadmap to boost the role of finance in achieving a well-performing economy that delivers on environmental and social goals as well”.Presenting the sustainable finance action plan and other Capital Markets Union (CMU) measures today, Valdis Dombrovskis, vice-president responsible for financial stability, financial services and CMU, said the European Parliament and Council should now “accelerate” their work.He referred to getting the measures “across the finish line” before the next European Parliament elections, which are set for late May.Something for everyone? It wanted to clarify investors’ duties “to make sure they consider, in an appropriate manner, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in their investment decision process and are more transparent towards their clients”, it said.The Commission also cited the outcome of a consultation it carried out in 2016, saying this “suggested that institutional investors and asset managers do not necessarily consider sustainability factors and risks within their financial decision-making but tend to focus rather on financial factors and risks with a primary aim to maximise returns in the short-term”. The European Commission will put forward a legislative proposal to “clarify” investors’ duties regarding sustainability in May, it announced today.The measure is one of several key actions that form a keenly anticipated and wide-ranging action plan on sustainable finance from the EU executive.The plans are keeping with recommendations made by the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) that has been advising the Commission. Action on investor duties was recommended by the HLEG, with the Commission already having consulted on this last year. Today the Commission said institutional investors’ and asset managers’ duties on sustainability needed to be clarified because existing EU rules were not always clear or consistent. center_img Valdis DombrovskisIn line with the HLEG’s final report, the Commission’s plan contains actions addressing a range of actors in the financial system. Dombrovskis today spoke about changing “culture and incentives” across the investment chain.Besides the measure on investors’ duties, other actions in the plan include:Establishing an EU taxonomy, or classification systemEssentially the lynchpin of the action plan, this is about definiing what are environmentally and socially sustainable activities and identifying areas in which investment could make the biggest impact “so that capital flows toward activities that contribute to sustainable development”. The Commission will present a legislative proposal on the principles and scope of an EU taxonomy in May.Such a system would protect investors by “by avoiding risks of green-washing”, according to the Commission. It has published a call for applications from “technical experts” to form a group that will help prepare such a taxonomy, in addition to other tasks.Creating standards and labels for green financial products such as green bondsThese would be based on the above taxonomy and “allow investors to identify investments that comply with green or low-carbon criteria”.Tackling corporate reportingThe Commission said it would reinforce existing reporting requirements for issuers with regards to sustainability information. It would also amend guidelines on non-financial reporting and promote best practices, but said legislative changes may be required.Introducing sustainability and capital requirementsThe Commission previously mentioned reducing capital charges for banks if they financed sustainable activities or projects, but this idea of a “green supporting factor” met with strong opposition from some stakeholders who said it could weaken banks and potentially affect financial stability.Under the final action plan, the Commission said it would “explore the feasibility” of recalibrating capital requirements for banks for sustainable investments when justified from a risk and financial stability perspective.last_img read more

Watch: ‘Barely the size of my hand’ – Parents create moving video collage for miracle baby Clara born 23 weeks premature

first_imgTVNZ One News 4 September 2017Family First Comment: Yes folks – it is a human being!! But not according to Labour or Greens or ACT.“Doctors had warned her parents that she would face a raft of struggles. Little Clara is now six months old and weighs nine pounds.”WATCH & READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/watch-barely-size-my-hand-parents-create-moving-video-collage-miracle-baby-clara-born-23-weeks-prematurelast_img

100-day countdown to Dinagyang 2020 begins

first_img“Their short performance will give everyone an idea what a360-degree performance is going to be during the Dinagyang 2020,” saidDivinagracia yesterday. Guests from Manila attending the MICE event such as Sen. FranklinDrilon, Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and former senator Bam Aquinowill also witness the kick-off of the Dinagyang countdown, according to CityTourism Office head Junel Divinagracia. Peñaflorida said the tribes’ choreography mush be such that theirperformances should face not only the grandstand but also the river. Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word for revelry or merrymaking. Thefestival is Iloilo City’s version of the Ati-atihan celebrations widelyobserved not only in Panay Island but also in other parts of the country. Itmay not be as ancient as the one in Kalibo, Aklan but it is known more for itsparticipants’ impressive choreography and striking costumes that reflect theingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry of the Ilonggos. Each tribe will get a subsidy of P1.4 million. “We will take advantage of the river, a potential area foradditional seats from where more spectators could watch the presentations. Thejudges will be posted in all angles,” said Peñaflorida. A ceremony led by Mayor Jerry Treñas will be held at Festive WalkMall, Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao district after the 10 a.m. officiallaunching of the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibits) campaignat the Iloilo Convention Center. Eight tribes have so far confirmed to join the Dinagyang tribescompetition on Jan. 26, 2020. These competing groups are the following:* Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School (NHS)* Tribu Barriohanon of Bo. Obrero NHS* Tribu Dagatnon of Ramon Avanceña Memorial NHS* Tribu Salognon of Jaro NHS* Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni NHS* Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz NHS* Tribu Binhi of Melchor L. Nava NHS* Tribu Hugponganon of Tiu Cho Teg-Ana Ros Foundation Integrated School ILOILO City – Today starts the 100-day countdown to DinagyangFestival 2020. center_img DINAGYANG 2020 will be more experiential, according to the Iloilo City government. The festival is the city’s version of Ati-atihan celebrations widely observed not only in Panay Island but also in other parts of the country. It may not be as ancient as the one in Kalibo, Aklan but it is known more for its participants’ impressive choreography. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The main performance area is the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand onMuelle Loney Street facing the Iloilo River. Contesting tribes would be required to choreograph theirpresentations in such a way that the dancers face the spectators from allangles during their performances. He also said tribe subsidies would be released by the citygovernment beginning this month. Dinagyang Festival 2020’s theme is “Perfect Vision: Celebratingthe Ilonggo Spirit in Honor of Senior Sto. Niño.”/PN IFFI president Atty. Joebert Peñaflorida said more tribes arewelcome to participate. Three winning tribes from this year’s edition of the festival(Ilonganon, Paghidaet and Panayanon) will perform at the countdown kick-off ceremony.last_img read more

DRUG WAR IN REGION 6: 105 HIGH-VALUE TARGETS THIS 2020

first_imgBolivar has a pending arrest warrantfor violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. “The goal is to sustain the gains ofthe PRO-6 in the revitalized campaign against illegal drugs, targeting theremaining drug personalities and groups in Panay and Negros islands, and theseinclude Bolivar,” said Malong. It is better for these targets tosurrender peacefully than resist the arresting policemen and die, saidPhilippine National Police acting director Police Lieutenant General ArchieFrancisco Gamboa during a visit to the PRO-6 on Christmas Eve. The Bolivar drug group operates mainlyin central and northern Iloilo province and parts of nearby Capiz. It is alsointo robbery and gun-for-hire services, according to the PRO-6’s Regional DrugEnforcement Unit. The goal, said Gamboa, is to arrestand jail the drug traffickers. Police units across the region arehunting him down, said Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, spokesperson ofthe Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6).  The No. 1 target remains to be ErnestoBolivar, a resident of Barangay Guinacas, Pototan, Iloilo who has been inhiding since 2017. “With the cooperation of all policemen,the community and media, there’s no reason why we could not improve ourrating,” Pamuspusan said. To avoid detection, sources said,Bolivar has tapped the services of personalities whom the police are notfamiliar with. Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, spokesperson of the PRO-6. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Of the 30 drug suspects killed inpolice operations, Iloilo City had the most number at nine, followed byIloilo province (eight), Bacolod City (five), Negros Occidental (four), Antique(two) and one each in Antique and Capiz. For the 2020 targets, Malong did notdiscount the possibility that the number (150) could still change. Certainly, he said, a lacklusterperformance would cost a police official his post. But will the PRO-6 under Pamuspusanfinally succeed in arresting top drug suspect Bolivar?  PRO-6 was rated No. 6 among thecountry’s regional police offices from January to September 2019.center_img Sources further told Panay NewsBolivar has lots of money to buy protection from policemen and even businessmen. ILOILO City – This 2020 the PhilippineNational Police in Western Visayas aims to get the 105 remaining high-valuedrug targets it failed to neutralize in 2019. Included in these targets areelected public officials serving as drug protectors. Three PRO-6 directors beforePamuspusan tried but all failed to find Bolivar, 41, who became the region’stop drug target after the death in September 2017 of drug lord RichardPrevendido. They were Police Brigadier Generals Cesar Hawthorne Binag, JoseGentiles and John Bulalacao. Bolivar’s arrest and the campaignagainst illegal drugs remains a PRO-6 priority, according to Pamuspusan. Police data obtain by Panay News showed that in 2019 a totalof 922 high-value drug targets in Western Visayas were arrested, 100 could nolonger be located, 30 were killed in police operations, and 444 voluntarilysurrendered. According to Gamboa, he was satisfiedof the PRO-6’s performance under the leadership of Police Brigadier GeneralRene Pamuspusan. Malong said they were verifyingreports about the alleged protectors of Bolivar. Although he managed to escape frompolicemen trying to entrap him in a buy-bust operation at his house in BarangayGuinacas, Pototan on Nov. 9, 2016, he was charged. How effective the antidrug campaign iswill be part of the evaluation on regional police directors and other policeofficials, said Gamboa. Bolivar was believed to be a minion ofPrevendido and stepped up drug trafficking activities after his boss died in ashootout with policemen on Sept. 1, 2017 in Barangay Balabago, Jaro districthere. Of the 105 drug targets, 50 are inNegros Occidental, 32 in Bacolod City, 11 in Iloilo province, four in Capiz,three each in Antique and Iloilo City, and one each in Guimaras and in Aklan. “Basimay madugang or maymabuhin,” said Malong. The provincial government of Iloilo isdangling a P500,000 monetary reward to whoever could give information leadingto the arrest of Bolivar./PNlast_img read more

Ten-man City tame Tigers

first_img David Silva struck a superb long-range opener just four minutes after Kompany was shown a straight red card by referee Lee Mason for hauling down Nikica Jelavic who was through on goal. And after the visitors were forced to withstand fierce second-half pressure including a pair of penalty shouts involving substitute George Boyd, they sealed their return to second place when Silva sent through Edin Dzeko to make it two in the final minute. The home side’s frustration was evident in Elmohamady’s clumsy high challenge on Silva shortly afterwards, for which the Egyptian deservedly earned a booking from referee Mason, and it could have been more. David Meyler had the ball in the net in the 36th minute but was ruled offside, then Jake Livermore came close two minutes from the break with a low drive which flashed inches wide of a stretching Hart’s right-hand post. Hull continued to push in the early stages of the second half, a shot on the turn from Long stinging Hart’s hands and a free-kick from half-time substitute Sone Aluko wriggling under Toure and giving Jelavic a shooting chance. Meyler also tested with a header from a Huddlestone free-kick after Zabaleta was booked for a scything challenge on Meyler. Boyd, a replacement for Meyler, posed the City back-line a few problems and Javi Garcia had to be alert to pluck the substitute’s deep cross away from danger in the 67th minute. Two minutes later Boyd had a big penalty shout waved away by Mason after going through on goal and to appearing to trip over the out-stretched leg of Hart. As the frustration levels increased, Hart was given a stern telling-off by Mason for his angry reaction and moments later Boyd had another penalty appeal waved away after falling under Fernandinho’s challenge in the box. Fernandinho missed a good chance to double City’s lead in the 71st minute and McGregor pulled off a fine save to deny Dzeko three minutes from time. Dzeko finally got on the scoresheet in the last minute when Silva’s neat ball sent him through on goal and the Bosnian calmly slid City’s second past McGregor. It had been a far from straight-forward afternoon for City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who made two changes to the side beaten in Barcelona in midweek, including the expected absence of hamstring-injury victim Sergio Aguero. Heading into the game on the back of two successive defeats, City certainly looked skittish in the early stages, a first-minute Tom Huddlestone free-kick skimming the head of Ahmed Elmohamady in the box, then Jelavic cutting in the box past Martin Demichelis before Gael Clichy booted clear. It might have got worse for the visitors in the seventh minute, when Shane Long burst clear onto a Jelavic through-ball only to be pegged back for a marginal offside. And it did get worse three minutes later, when Kompany was dismissed for hauling down Jelavic as the Croatian looked to go clean through on goal. But the visitors did not take long to respond in style, Yaya Toure feeding Silva who curled his left-foot opener past Allan McGregor with 14 minutes on the clock. Hull shrugged off the setback and responded well, Long’s cross towards Jelavic made safe by a strong intervention from Demichelis, then a ball from the opposite flank by Elmohamady plucked from the air by Joe Hart. Mindful of their numerical disadvantage City seemed happy to contain their opponents and take their chances on the counter-attack, and it almost led to Pellegrini’s men increasing their lead just past the half-hour mark. Pablo Zabaleta let fly with a rising volley from the right side of the box which hit the underside of McGregor’s bar and bounced down not far from the goal-line before being headed away by Tigers captain Curtis Davies. Manchester City shrugged off the 10th minute sending-off of captain Vincent Kompany as they dredged up a 2-0 win at Hull to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Press Associationlast_img read more

Parish ‘not let down by Pulis’

first_imgCrystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish does not feel let down by former boss Tony Pulis but expects to see him working again soon. Pulis stunned Palace by asking to leave his role as manager just two days before the season started, with Parish agreeing to his request. Former Stoke boss Pulis – who guided Palace to a miraculous escape last season – was reportedly unhappy with the way the club had done their transfer business in the summer. But although Parish is sad to see the Welshman move on, he is adamant he did the right thing by not stopping him from walking. “I can’t explain it, I’d love to be able to tell you everything that went wrong,” he told Match of the Day. “There was a good transfer budget agreed, there was a lack of targets that I think the manager felt was good enough in the window and it came to a point where he felt he didn’t want to carry on. “I can’t have people at the football club who aren’t 100 per cent committed to what we’re trying to do, so reluctantly I agreed to let him out of his contract. “I can’t be let down for what he achieved for us. He doesn’t owe us but we don’t owe him. He did a fantastic job for us but we are what we are. I got this club from administration to where we are now by taking decisions to create a positive environment. “If people don’t feel they can work in that environment then it’s fine for them to move on.” Caretaker boss Keith Millen is keen to be considered as a possible replacement for Pulis and Parish added that he is looking for someone with experience and who can start ahead of the end of the transfer window. Parish indicated the board are looking for someone with experience and who can start ahead of the end of the transfer window – with the likes of former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay, Tim Sherwood, who left Tottenham earlier in the summer, and ex-Celtic manager Neil Lennon among the reported candidates. And captain Mile Jedinak hopes the club act quickly to appoint a successor. He said: “We all know how important it is to get a manager instated at the football club. “For us it would be ideal (to be a quick appointment), but it is not up to us. “I am sure the guys above and powers at be know what they are doing and hopefully will get something ready for us in the not too distance future.” Press Associationlast_img read more