first_imgMembers of the women’s boxing program, Baraka Bouts, directed their physical and mental toughness toward raising funds for East African Holy Cross Missions this past weekend in their signature event, the Power 24 Hour. With the hope of raising more funds and increasing awareness of the club and charity, the team changed and intensified the structure of this year’s event, senior captain Jen Coe said. “For a few years now, we’ve had a ‘power-hour’ where the boxers are split into two teams and try to beat each other in the number of pushups, sit-ups and jumping jacks that could be completed in the hours,” she said. “We wanted to double the amount of money raised, so we spread it over an entire day in the hopes of garnering more funds and raising more awareness about our club, the tournament and the Holy Cross missions.” The longer time period allowed the boxers to test their creativity and come up with unique approaches to their workout, senior captain Carleigh Moore said. “At one point we were doing push-ups for every dollar raised,” Moore said. “It was a great way to get in shape for the Bouts all in the name of a great cause.” Coe said there was an advantage to working out in one-hour shifts over the previous structure of one 24-hour period. “Since everyone had a one-hour shift, the energy was kept high as people were rotating in and out, then coming back later to visit and cheer their fellow team-members on,” she said. “We were working out for a good cause, so it wasn’t hard to keep up the spirit.” While the team has not yet totaled the funds raised from the Power 24 Hour, both Coe and Moore said they are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support. “The response was incredible. Students, faculty, alumni and fans were so generous and receptive to our cause,” Moore said. “Thank you to everyone who donated to help us support the efforts of the Holy Cross Missions in Uganda.” The women’s boxing team will fight in the Baraka Bouts tournament in the beginning of November to raise additional funds, which will benefit two secondary schools in Kasese and Jinja, Uganda. The women’s boxing team is changing the structure of the Baraka Bouts tournament this year as well, Moore said. “For the first time, women’s boxing will be holding a two-day tournament,” she said. “Our vision for this year’s season has been double the bouts, double the donations.” This year’s Baraka Bouts event will take place on Monday, Nov. 7, and Thursday, Nov. 10. Tickets for entry on both nights can be pre-purchased from any Baraka Bouts participant for $10 until the night of the tournament.last_img read more

first_imgLocated on the banks of the mighty French Broad River, just 10 miles from its headwaters, one of Brevard’s best-kept secrets is becoming less of a secret. The East Fork Farm is developing its already stunning spread, just a bit further, helping provide even more incredible experiences for their guests.east-fork-farm-quailThe East Fork Farm is a legit, hard-working organic farm that grows vegetables and raises a variety of game birds.However, they recently joined forces with Adventure Camp Guru, a referral and guide service for folks searching for summertime adventures. Through fresh, local food and breathtaking adventures, The East Fork Farm hopes to become the “must-do experience” for families visiting the area.“Every time I step foot on the property, I feel this instant sense of calm,” said Adam Perkins, a recent visitor to the farm. “It truly is a unique place to come and unwind. I’m able to come out here and really dial into the adventure of nature without the distractions of home.”While the property is already one of a kind, East Fork Farm is looking to expand operations by including a cozy bunkhouse and bathhouse, and developing off-grid camping shelters along the river.east-fork-farm-troutAdditionally, the farm will offer limited amounts of CSA shares next year. “We wanted to grow and expand while also giving back to the people that chose to support our dream,” manager Emily Hughes said. The farm has uniquely come up with a simple way to support their growth while also being beneficial to the donor.You can go online and purchase an incentive for various adventures, or even a catered night’s stay on the property.The farm will customize the experience based on each person’s goals and interests. The East Fork Farm will mail a beautifully presented voucher direct to the donor’s door. Vouchers can be purchased for tours to stunning waterfalls complete with farm to “picnic blanket” lunches or, for the more adventurous, a three-day canoe trip down the French Broad River ending with a feast at the farm.“It’s important to us that you feel great about investing in this business. Your contribution will be vital to our success,” Hughes said.When people invest in local enterprises like The East Fork Farm, they not only receive a unique, local experience, but they also enrich the community around them. According to research, every dollar spent at independent businesses yield three times more money to the local economy than the one spent at chains.With the holidays fast approaching, The East Fork Farm is excited about providing meaningful, mutually beneficial gifts for people looking to explore Transylvania County. Vouchers can be purchased directly from their online campaign at smallknot.com. Visit their website East Fork Farm Life.com.–Reporting for BRO by Jeanie Slade, a longtime resident of the WNC area and an avid outdoorswoman who enjoys exploring her beautiful backyard counties. To find more of her work, check out her LinkedIn page.east-fork-farm-fieldlast_img read more

first_imgDebra Schwartz and Robert Fisher have won at-large seats and Gary Easterling secured the Region I director seat running unopposed on NAFCU’s Board of Directors in voting that closed Monday. All three will be begin their new terms following the close of the NAFCU Annual Business Meeting, set for June 23, 2015 in Montreal.Schwartz, president and CEO of Mission Federal Credit Union (San Diego, Calif.); Fisher, president and CEO of Grow Financial Federal Credit Union (Tampa, Fla.); and Easterling, CEO of United Federal Credit Union (St. Joseph, Mich.); were all elected to three-year terms.“Interest in NAFCU’s board continues to grow each election cycle and we thank all of the candidates for serving their association and our industry,” said Ed Templeton, NAFCU chair and president and CEO of SRP Federal Credit Union. “NAFCU’s continued focus on being the best in advocacy, education and compliance clearly resonates with credit unions.”Also serving on the NAFCU board are:Richard Harris, president and CEO of Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union (La Canada, Calif.) and board vice chairman; continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgWhen making a large purchase such as a car or a new home, your credit score can have a HUGE effect on getting approved for a loan and the kind of interest rate you be able to qualify for. If your credit score isn’t the best, it’s time to change that now. Here are 3 super simple ways you can raise your credit score in no time.Don’t miss a payment: This is the number one thing that credit bureaus look at when determining your credit score. Your payment history makes up 35% of your FICO score. If you have trouble remembering to pay your credit card on time, set a reminder on your phone or auto schedule your payment.Reduce your debt: Even if you’re making regular payments on your credit card, the goal is to get it paid off. If you’re keeping a balance from month to month, you’re getting charged more interest than you should be. Try and pay off your balance each month, and if that’s not possible, make your balance as low as you can. You should aim to keep your credit utilization under 30%.Raise your credit limit: This is more of a trick than a solution, but it can work for you. If you’ve used $950 on a $1,000 limit, try getting that limit raised to $2,000. Now you’ve got a card that’s only 50% utilized as opposed to one that’s nearly maxed out. 57SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

first_imgMuch of Silver’s book is a description of the UK’s financial system covering equity and bond markets, the major institutional investor bases of pension funds and insurance companies, and the role of intermediaries in the form of banks and asset managers. He argues that, ultimately, savings are not being channelled by companies into productive investments, while banks are channelling their loans predominantly into property, giving rise to property bubbles in the UK.The price of all financial assets has been boosted by a steady decline in interest rates, while the price of individual companies’ shares has been boosted by share buy-backs, reduced investment and reduced staff costs.The financial framework is, as Silver describes, based around a few key theories, namely: the Capital Asset Pricing Model, which postulates relationships between risk and return; the Efficient Market Hypothesis, which argues that securities are usually fairly priced reflecting information available; and the Black-Scholes option pricing model, the most widely used general model for pricing options.But, says Silver, the financial system operates on a set of norms which equate all human values with financial value, and measures value as the market price. This is proving catastrophic for the economy, society and the planet.Financiers, says Silver, work in “Potemkin markets”, where every aspect is dominated by government. Financial markets are largely the creation of governments, they fulfil certain services for governments and they run in a way specified by governments.The problem is that, while governments encourage people to save for a pension to reduce the fiscal burden arising from an ageing population, it is not working because they have only managed to persuade the rich people to save – the very section of society who would not be a burden when they retire as they can afford to look after themselves.This, says Silver, is the result of the savings glut caused by governments encouraging people to save in combination with the actions of central banks in trying to repair the damage caused by the same savings being mismanaged. Interest rates have been driven to close to zero, making pensions unaffordable. Given the high charges of the finance industry, Silver argues that it is people who do not save for a pension who are the sensible ones.Silver’s key argument is that the current financial system is a by-product of financial intermediaries allocating capital to maximise their own revenues, with no guarantee that this will be in the best interests of society or the economy – in fact, it is likely that it will not be.Silver certainly raises many issues which should be debated more widely and are at the heart of many government policies. The problem with his book, however, is that the final chapters suggesting ways forward appear to be a random collection of ideas. They range through Scandinavian-style pension models, introducing a financial transaction tax or Tobin tax, finding alternatives to fractional reserve banking, better accounting of externalities, and ideas such as impact investing.I am reminded of Winston Churchill’s assertion that “democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried”. Silver has certainly pointed out very many valid flaws in the Anglo-Saxon financial framework which need to be addressed. But he has not come out with a coherent description of anything better. Nick Silver, in his recently released book Finance, Society and Sustainability, argues that the financial framework behind the Anglo-Saxon economies of the US and the UK in particular is the construct of flawed economic theories which purport to efficiently allocate society’s capital.Instead, says Silver, the finance sector allocates savings and investments to maximise its own revenues, with a resulting collateral damage to the economy, society and the environment.John Kay led a review of the UK equity markets and long-term decision making, published in 2012. One conclusion was that UK equity markets were no longer a significant source of funding for new investment by UK companies.Silver argues that this means asset managers who dominate the market are not actually doing the job they are supposed to be doing – yet the people who work in this field are highly paid not to do their job. His book then attempts to explain how this has happened.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s BHP, formerly known as BHP Billiton, has entered into a new gas supply agreement with its compatriot AGL Energy for the supply of natural gas from BHP’s Gippsland Basin, off Victoria. AGL said on Thursday that the gas supply agreement with BHP Billiton Petroleum (Bass Strait) was for 78 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas from the Gippsland Basin, Victoria.The GSA is for a period of 3.25 years, starting in April 2020, and it will support AGL’s continued supply of its New South Wales and Victorian gas customers, the company said.BHP, along with its JV partner and operator ExxonMobil, has produced oil and gas from Bass Strait over the past 40 years. The Bass Strait operations are located between 25 and 80 kilometers off the southeastern coast of Australia.According to ExxonMobil, there are now 23 offshore platforms and installations in Bass Strait which feed a network of 600km of underwater pipelines.More recently, the Kipper gas field under the Kipper Unit Joint Venture (operated by Esso Australia) has brought online additional gas and liquids production that are processed via the existing Gippsland Basin Joint Venture facilities.The Kipper Tuna Turrum (KTT) project encompasses three fields in Bass Strait that hold an estimated 1.6 trillion cubic feet of gas, plus 110 million barrels of oil and gas liquids.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! 49 Views   one comment Share Tweet Tourism Minister Hon. Ian DouglasDominica’s Tourism Minister Ian Douglas has announced that there is need for a review of the island’s Tourism Policy and Master Plan.The Tourism Policy is a projection on how tourism can contribute to Dominica’s social, economic and cultural needs for a four year period while the Tourism Master Plan outlines an operational plan for the development of tourism for the period 2005 – 2015. Mr. Douglas told a press conference last week that the Tourism Master Plan was developed before 2005 and in light of “some major global cataclysmic issues “ which have occurred there is critical need for a review of the plan.According to Douglas, these cataclysmic issues have severally affected the “source markets” such as the United States and Europe.He further explained; “When we created the master plan back in 2004/2005 we never anticipated that the world would have had to deal with that financial crisis”.The effect of that crisis is that several of these countries are facing bankruptcy therefore their citizens who would ordinarily visit the Caribbean on vacation are not able to do so.“The world financial crisis have caused countries, major source markets like the US and Europe to be cash strapped and so we hear Greece and Spain and these countries literally facing bankruptcy so if these countries are in that situation then their citizens really have less money to spend on a holiday cruise. If persons in the US are losing their homes then the last thing that they will think about is to buy a cruise or to go on a holiday and so all those issues have affected the plan.”Another factor which has impacted on the Tourism Master Plan is the collapse of the Matthieu Dam into the Layou River in July of 2011 which caused severe flooding in that area. The implementation of some plans; a Biopark in Layou, has been affected by the environmental impact of the flooding.The Ministry therefore has to therefore rethink and re-strategizing the tourism policy and master plan.“We have to rethink the master plan we have to re-strategize, we have to go back to the drawing board and that’s what we’ve been doing; looking at the master plan, reviewing the tourism policy in light of the present global challenges.”This review will include a critical assessment with a view to identifying the project areas which have been completed and those that are still outstanding and a determination will be made as to the manner in which the outstanding projects are carried forward.Mr. Douglas also noted that the Ministry will receive assistance from the European Union which he says has been one of their major partners.The review is expected to commence in the 4th quarter of the financial year.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img LocalNews Dominica to review its Tourism Policy and Master Plan by: – February 29, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more

first_imgILOILO City –Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district has beenaccredited by the Department of Health (DOH) as testing center for possiblecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the region. She also thankedSen. Christopher “Bong” Go for the assistance and likewise commended andthanked the health frontliners for delivering selfless public service despitethe risks. Working from homeas she is on a self-imposed quarantine, Baronda coordinated for the transportof specimen samples by her Congressional Office staff from Villamor Airbase tothe Research Institute for Tropical Medicine on Wednesday. The samples wereflown by Philippine Air Force from Iloilo City as well as Tacloban and Cebucities. Cong. Julienne Baronda. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Baronda vowed to“not stop working with the DOH Central Office and the Center for Health Development-6to make sure that Ilonggos get the health service they need in these tryingtimes.” “I thank theDepartment of Health for positively responding. WVMC is now the COVID-19Testing Center in Region 6,” Baronda said in a press statement yesterday afterreceiving the DOH letter about the accreditation dated March 18 and signed byAssistant Health Secretary Kenneth Ronquillo. “Let us continueto unite in prayer as we battle this crisis. With our God behind us, we willtriumph,” she said. Baronda, whocontinues to be healthy and has not shown any COVID-19 symptom while enteringher second week of self-quarantine, asked “everyone to cooperate and heed themeasures that our national and local governments are doing for everyone’swelfare. I ask our dear Ilonggos to abide by the Enhanced Community Quarantinewhich Mayor Jerry Treñas is implementing.”  The HouseAssistant Majority Floor Leader requested for the accreditation because she didnot want delays in the testing of possible COVID-19 patients. Her staff alsoclaimed swab supplies and personal protective gears from the DOH Central Officeon Thursday and brought these to the Batangas Port and Manila ports,respectively, to be shipped to Iloilo City through 2Go and Philippine CoastGuard vessels.  “Under theDOH’s updated decision tool, only the elderly, those with underlying medicalconditions and those with ailments which have progressed to ‘severe tocritical’ would be tested for the COVID-19 virus,” Treñas said. Yesterday, Mayor Treñasannounced that a DOH-accredited medical technologist would test persons underinvestigation (PUIs) here today, March 21. During thecommittee hearing of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Health on March11, Baronda verbally manifested her request to Health Secretary Francisco DuqueIII for the accreditation of WVMC as testing center for suspected COVID-19cases. She also handed a written request to the DOH chief. DOH is alsoworking on several laboratories in Iloilo to “try to accredit medicaltechnologists and centers to read the tests,” he added./PN Baronda imploredeveryone to pray.  WVMC is now linedup “for capacitating through proficiency testing and training of laboratorypersonnel. DOH expects to activate key hospitals and medical centers, likeWVMC, after it is done activating ‘sub-national laboratories’ (SNLs) as itadopts the so-called ‘highest-value strategy’ in attending to the COVID-19threat,” Baronda shared the good news. Rep. Julienne“Jam-jam” Baronda of the Lone District of Iloilo expressed gratitude to the DOHfor granting her request for such accreditation. “Time is of theessence. We don’t want delays in getting the results from Manila, so that earlyon we already asked that WVMC be made to do the test. We don’t wantinterventions delayed because the diagnosis is hanging. The disease managementshould start the soonest so that those infected have better chances ofrecovery,” she told Panay News.  The citygovernment expects 100 test kits for coronavirus disease to arrive any timefrom Manila. Baronda vowed tocontinue communicating and coordinating with the DOH and other nationalgovernment agencies “so that WVMC personnel are trained at the ResearchInstitute for Tropical Medicine at the soonest opportunity possible.” He said hereceived a call from Health secretary Francisco Duque about this.last_img read more

first_img Fitzpatrick said: “I’m young but it doesn’t mean anything. Paddy and Michael have helped me big time and you will see the best from me on Saturday night.” Michaela Walsh moved through to face Olympic champion Nicola Adams in the women’s flyweight final. The Belfast 21-year-old came through against tough Indian Pinki Rani, edging the final two rounds with her cleaner, counter-punching style in order to make sure on the scorecards. Walsh said: “Months ago I said my dream was to fight Nicola Adams in the Commonwealth final and when I go to bed tonight I will dream of that gold medal hanging round my neck. “I know if I perform to the best of my ability I can beat her. She is the golden girl and I’m only a baby but in the ring it’s a different story.” Northern Ireland light-welterweight Sean Duffy was outpointed by Junias Jonas and light-heavyweight Sean McGlinchy also lost on points to David Nyika of New Zealand. Welterweight Steven Donnelly looked unlucky to drop a split decision to Mandeep Jangra of India, and middleweight Connor Coyle was beaten by India’s Vijender (crrct) at middleweight. Alannah Audley-Murphy was outpointed by Australia’s Shelley Watts in the women’s lightweight division, leaving Northern Ireland with four finalists and five definite bronze medals. Barnes breezed into his second consecutive light-flyweight final with a unanimous decision win over Uganda’s Fazil Kaggwa. But earlier in the day he watched his friend Michael Conlan scrape through against Welshman Sean McGoldrick on a technical decision after sustaining a bad cut over his right eye from an accidental headbutt. Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes believes the sport’s world governing body will vote to bring back headguards after a Commonwealth Games campaign marred by a series of high-profile cuts. And Northern Ireland lightweight Joe Fitzpatrick also required treatment to a gash beneath his left eye after a straightforward win over Michael Alexander of Trinidad. Conlan in particular now faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday’s bantamweight final against England’s Qais Ashfaq, and Barnes believes a U-turn on the decision is inevitable. Barnes said: “I think headguards will be back. It’s great to see them off because it’s better to watch, but it’s impossible to fight so many times in so few days without headguards on – it’s ridiculous.” Conlan, who also suffered a cut to the top of his head in his first round win over Matthew Martin, is convinced he will be able to compete in the final. “I felt the cut straight away but it was cleaned up well by the doctor and I will be in the ring tomorrow,” Conlan said. “I’ve never been cut on the face or the head in my life until this tournament so it’s a bit unfortunate, but I’ve had it glued and it will be okay. “I was happy with the way I boxed before it was stopped and I am just happy to be in the final. Tomorrow is going to be a golden day.” The 19-year-old Fitzpatrick produced another composed performance to see off Alexander and book a final against Scotland’s Charlie Flynn. Press Associationlast_img read more