Naval Drills Unrelated to Tensions, China Says

first_img Naval Drills Unrelated to Tensions, China Says China has said a series of recent naval drills are “routine” and unrelated to simmering tensions in the South China Sea involving a range of…(channelnewsasia)[mappress]Source: channelnewsasia, June  30, 2011; View post tag: china Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Unrelated View post tag: Drills View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: says Back to overview,Home naval-today Naval Drills Unrelated to Tensions, China Says View post tag: Navy June 30, 2011 View post tag: Tensions Share this articlelast_img read more

Honesty is this bakery’s policy

first_imgWhile the national news is full of gloomy tales of dodgy dealing and bankers’ greed, here’s a form of transaction they’d do well to learn: honesty. Honesty Coffee Shop in the Philippines has no sales staff and relies on its customers to pay up after choosing from a product list next to a box and a sign reading ’Please Pay Here’. Would it catch on in the UK? Well, it worked for WH Smith when it introduced an honesty box for newspapers, and it certainly cuts down on staff overheads…But it’s unlikely to challenge Starbucks any time soon: UK consumers might baulk at the drinks, served from a thermos bottle and packets of coffee. Then there’s the question of crime. Local mayor Ramon Elizondo is quoted in the Filipino press as saying the only crime committed there is “drunkenness and unruly behaviour under the influence of gin”. Not so dissimilar to the UK, then.last_img read more

Metro Homicide invesigators asking for Central Park shooting witnesses to come forward

first_img By Jon Zimney – December 29, 2020 0 265 (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Investigators with the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit are, again, pleading for anybody with information about the deadly shooting in Central Park in Mishawaka, earlier this month, to step forward.An 18-year-old Osceola man who was shot died after days of being on life support. A 17-year-old boy from Mishawaka who was shot sustained non-life-threatening injuries.The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit released the following statement:The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) continues to actively investigate the homicide that occurred on December 15, 2020, in Central Park, Mishawaka. We have interviewed numerous people and continue to do so. We believe that there are several people who were, at the very least, witnesses to this shooting.Through our investigation efforts we have pieced together some of the circumstances surrounding the event. We need those who have not yet come forward as of this date to do so immediately. Please call CMHU at 574-235-5009 or 574-235-9292 or 574-876-6775. This remains an open and active investigation and will continue to be until resolved. WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest Previous articleWarsaw Man Facing Intimidation Charge After Alleged ThreatsNext articleBerrien County Sheriff’s Office receives donations to help purchase high-tech drone Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Google+ Metro Homicide invesigators asking for Central Park shooting witnesses to come forward Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

History of a Bell: The White School House bell now at Wilton church

first_imgDonald Hamlin and Joanne Douglas ringing the transplanted bell at Calvary Hill Baptist Church.By Bernadette HarvellWILTON – Donated at the end of the 19th Century, a bell that has tolled from atop a school and later a grange has found a new, permanent home at a local church.According to The District Schools of Wilton, Maine 1803 -1890, the White School House was an original school of School House District No. 6, located on property on the Weld Road and owned by Lawrence and Marcella Farrington. Pupils that attended class in the White School House during the winter term of 1865 later arranged to purchase the bell, raising the necessary sum of $26.50. The bell was first used on June 29, 1897.Later, several local districts were combined into a larger one and the building was no longer used as a school. In 1948, the Franklin Grange purchased the building for use as its grange hall, closing in the bell tower. Later that century, “Pride in Maine and Community Service” contests in 1984-85 inspired a local project to restore the bell for use by the grange and the community.The school house during the Old Scholar Reunion of 1897.The bell was last used during this time. The Franklin Grange followed the steps of the White School House, closing its doors in 2006. The bell was donated to the Wilton Historical Society before the building was sold.The bell was of interest to two men: Willard Douglas and Donald Hamlin. Douglas’ grandfather, Chester P. Hamlin, and Hamlin’s grandfather, Dana E. Hamlin, were brothers that had both attended the White School House. Their descendants wanted the bell to somehow be preserved, and both attended Calvary Hill Baptist Church.The historical society agreed to donate the bell to Calvary Hill Baptist Church. John Becker, Kimball and Cindy Farrington, Calvary Hill Baptist Church members, along with others, worked to transport the bell and build a place for it. Willard Douglas since passed away, but his wife, Joanne continued to attend Calvary Hill Baptist Church, as did Donald Hamlin.During a ceremony in November the bell was dedicated in the honor of Willard and Donald’s grandparents. Donald Hamlin spoke about the history of the bell and he and Douglas’ wife, Joanne, were the first to ring the bell at its new location.Hazel and Lincoln Flagg were present as representatives of the Grange. Lincoln Flagg was a Grange member for 50 years.Joanne Douglas tests out the bell.last_img read more

Checkup for finance ministers

first_imgA Harvard program to improve health care delivery around the world is increasing its focus on the leaders and decision-makers who ensure that local health clinics are properly supplied and fully staffed.Nine finance ministers from developing nations spent four days at Harvard’s Loeb House to discuss the importance of health to a nation’s economic performance and how to design health care systems that are both efficient and effective.Michael Sinclair, executive director of the Ministerial Leadership in Health Program, said there is often internal tension between health and finance leaders because their aims are at odds — at least on the surface. While health ministers are concerned with implementing programs that reduce disease and save lives, finance ministers want to ensure scarce government funds go where they’re most needed and are often beset by competing priorities from different government agencies.The program Sinclair leads helps finance ministers understand the common ground they share with health ministers: ensuring health programs are well designed, well executed, and provide the biggest health boost for the buck. Waste reduction is particularly important, he said, because some estimates say as much as 40 percent of health spending is squandered each year through corruption, theft, and inefficiency.It can be difficult to predict a health system’s burdens from year to year, Sinclair said, because natural disasters and disease outbreaks can upset even the most carefully designed plans.“The budget drives everything in health. It does in all other sectors, but most particularly in health,” Sinclair said. “We’re trying to align the two.”The Ministerial Leadership in Health Program, sponsored jointly by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School, is conducted in a workshop setting that draws on the personal knowledge and experience of participants. This month’s gathering was attended by finance ministers from Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guyana, and the Bahamas. A similar event for health ministers is scheduled for June.Ministers were paired with experienced partners — many were former ministers themselves — who facilitated goal-setting and the initial drafting of possible programs to reach those goals. Ministers heard case studies of successful programs in Turkey and Malaysia, as well as the potential effects of specific initiatives, such as universal health coverage, tobacco control, and public-private partnerships.The event included sessions on leadership — learning from mistakes, priority setting, and budgeting. Rifat Atun, a professor of global health systems at the Harvard Chan School and faculty chair of the program, said that it emphasizes links between economic growth, poverty reduction, and health. One of the program’s strengths, he said, is that it allows ministers to step back from the often frantic day-to-day business of government to get a larger perspective.“There’s a very good sharing of experience, sharing of perspective,” Atun said. “They’re thinking about action, which is very useful.”Rosine Coulibaly, Burkina Faso’s minister of economy, finance, and development, has been on the job for only three months. She said the sessions helped her understand the particulars of the health sector and highlighted possible policy tools.“I think it is very, very useful,” Coulibaly said.With the Bahamas about to embark on an ambitious health-care expansion, Michael Halkitis, its minister of state for finance, was hoping for insights from his counterparts that might smooth the process.“It’s been very helpful … to hear the experiences of ministers from other parts of the world,” Halkitis said. “What you learn is that a lot of the problems are common. The bottom line is we’re basically all in the same boat.”last_img read more

Obama to America: ‘I Hear You’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York How successful President Barack Obama will be at advancing his agenda over the final two years of his presidency may come down to a conversation over a glass of Kentucky bourbon with the same man who publicly vowed to undermine his presidency at its outset. Obama joked during a post-midterm Election press conference at the White House Wednesday that he might share a drink with soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) after Republicans reclaimed the U.S. Senate in what turned out to be such an embarrassing showing by Democrats Tuesday that some pundits called it a “shellacking.” If that outcome wasn’t bad enough for Obama, Republicans also added more seats to the House of Representatives, which they already firmly controlled.The president refused to analyze his party’s brutal defeat Tuesday or reflect on his inability to inspire more Democrats to vote. Instead he spoke broadly about the direction the country is headed and expressed his eagerness to sit down with the new Republican majority to examine their agenda before this Congress goes home for the holidays. He discussed a few of his priorities, most notably taking potential executive actions on immigration reform if Congress refuses to act. He also said he’d reach out to Capitol Hill about funding to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa, passing a budget without the drama that has come to characterize this current Congress, and obtaining a new Authorization to Use Military Force bill specifically for the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. (The Obama Administration has used previous versions of AUMF to justify its war on ISIS, and some have questioned its constitutionality.) “I look forward to finishing up this Congress’ business, and then working together for the next two years to advance America’s business,” Obama said. He refused to acknowledge that the country’s emphatic rebuke of Democrats on Election Day was the product of any of his perceived missteps. Rather, as he put it, it was the result of people’s long-festering dissatisfaction with Washington D.C. over the last several years. “What stands out to me, though, is that the American people sent a message, one that they’ve sent for several elections now,” he said in his opening remarks. “They expect the people they elect to work as hard as they do. They expect us to focus on their ambitions and not ours. They want us to get the job done. All of us in both parties have a responsibility to address that sentiment.” Speaking to the Americans who voted Tuesday, he said: “I hear you.” To the estimated two-thirds of the electorate who didn’t feel compelled to come out to the polls, Obama said: “I hear you, too.” Obama, as is the norm with him, kept his professorial cool despite attempts by reporters to provoke him. He kept things close to the vest, and it’s unclear if his message to voters signaled any potential pivot from his longstanding policies or was his way of acknowledging the whooping his party had gotten and that he was trying to move on. While many political observers predicted a strong GOP showing Tuesday, the ease in which they seized control of the Senate came as a surprise. Republicans picked up at least seven seats; they only needed six for a majority. They did, however, fall short of the 60 votes needed to override a filibuster. For much of the campaign, Republicans characterized the election as a referendum on Obama’s agenda, mostly Obamacare, and his handling of crises that emerged over the last year: the threat from ISIS, the spread of Ebola, the influx of young immigrants coming over the Mexican border, and the Veterans Affairs scandal. Once that message gained momentum, aided by Obama’s admission that his policies were indeed on the ballot, Democrats were unable to turn the tide. “Every election is a moment for reflection,” Obama said. The president didn’t have much to gloat about, but he did tout the passage of a minimum wage increase in five states. If there were any other positive gains Tuesday, Obama didn’t mention any. Obama spent much of the hour-long press conference trying to strike an optimistic tone. He talked glowingly about hard-working Americans and how his job is too important for him to back down now because jobless Americans and college graduates drowning in student loan debt need someone on their side. “Maybe I’m just getting older,” he said, discussing the impact of the election. “But it doesn’t make me mopey.”last_img read more

Six keys to making more loans at a lower cost

first_imgUsually when you get free advice, it’s worth about what you pay for it. Today is an exception. Here are the six most valuable components of a credit union lending program you need to align to make more consumer loans at a lower cost:People. Do you have trained sales people capable of identifying needs or are they merely order-takers?Compensation. Does your compensation structure motivation appropriate behavior and results?Risk tolerance. Are your underwriting practices not too tight, not too loose, but just right?Operations. Are your policies member-focused or written for examiners, perhaps inhibiting your ability to make loans?Delivery channels. Are you structured solely around branch lending or have you evolved your delivery channels to keep pace with online and mobile options?Technology. Are you leveraging today’s latest technology to deliver a seamless application process, underwriting, closing and servicing?I intentionally listed “people” first. Nothing can substitute for a confident, expert lender capable of conducting a quality loan interview. Conversation is paramount, not filling in the application blanks. A solid interview reveals important information to help structure a loan properly and often unearths additional member needs. Also, you build trust and can boost member satisfaction. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

9 affluent card best practices

first_img continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While the majority of credit union members may not be considered part of the “mass affluent,” what Visa and Mastercard define as those earning $100,000 and up, most CUs have pockets of wealthy members, says Kenton Potterton, VP/solutions and consulting at CUES Supplier member PSCU, St. Petersburg, Fla.These may be some of your best members, those who have larger mortgages, business loans or are using your credit union as their primary financial institution.If you are looking to attract the affluent to your credit union’s card programs or entice current wealthy members to do more with you, try these nine tips:Be selective: Know who it is you’re trying to attract.Be thoughtful in your product design and appeal.Expect this segment to ask, “What’s in it for me?”last_img read more

Celebrity send-off: Binghamton University hosts special guests to congratulate new graduates

first_imgFor 2020 graduate, Abbey Lane, hearing from two successful alumni from both theater and English meant a lot to her since, her major was English and she was very involved with the university’s theater program. When Binghamton University seniors couldn’t revel in their joy of graduating, walking to the get the diploma, and celebrating with friends and family, they felt like the best parts were taken away from them. BU posted a video on its Twitter page of Courtney saying, “Congratulations! I just want to remind you that you guys are Bearcats. You’re half bear and half cat… and unstoppable.” (WBNG) — Binghamton University alumni and now celebrities, were able to give a message of perseverance to graduates in a virtual champagne send-off. “My friends and I were a little worried that we weren’t going to feel like we graduated at all because the semester got taken away prematurely,” said Lane. “But with the champagne send-off and having notable alumni there. it made us feel celebrated and hope to the future and that one day we might be those successful alumni at the champagne send-off.”center_img Two of them were singer-songwriter, Ingrid Michaelson, who went to BU for theater. The other is actress, Stephanie Courtney, who plays Flo in the Progressive Insurance commercials. She graduated from BU in 1992 after majoring in English. To help recognize their hard work and make them feel special, Binghamton University organized a virtual champagne send-off with special guests. Binghamton University’s graduation has been postponed for now.last_img read more

Customer-led strategy rings the till for C&RP

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