Video of the Day – Oh the agony!!!

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Today’s offering is, well agony for the almost try-scorers as this video looks at some of those unfortunate players who blew it (hilariously in some cases) with the try line at their mercy. Some deserved the agony as they were showboating and for others, well you can’t do anything but sympathise and hope it never happens to you!!!last_img

Berger, Chairman Shelby meet on credit union regulatory relief

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger met Tuesday with Senate Banking Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., to discuss regulatory relief and other top issues for credit unions.NAFCU is closely monitoring discussions in both the House and Senate on regulatory relief. It is pushing for action on measures such as those contained in S. 1484, authored by Shelby and passed by the Senate Banking Committee this May. The bill includes a requirement for public NCUA budget hearings, statutory relief from annual privacy notice requirements and granting of safe harbor qualified-mortgage status for certain loans held in portfolio.“We appreciate Chairman Shelby’s leadership in pushing for credit union regulatory relief,” said Berger. “NAFCU remains committed to working with lawmakers to secure meaningful relief and ensure a favorable regulatory environment for credit unions.”S. 1484 would also require NCUA to study the impact of RBC2 on mortgage servicing assets; require the Federal Housing Finance Agency to withdraw its proposed rule revising Federal Home Loan Bank membership requirements while GAO studies the issue; and grant credit unions parity with community banks in the definition of community financial institution under the Federal Home Loan Bank Act. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Creating a more inclusive industry: Lessons for credit unions

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In its 2017 Diversity Report, Financial Solutions Lab (FinLab) provided an update on its efforts to create a more inclusive financial services industry. Managed by the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) with founding partner JPMorgan Chase & Co., FinLab seeks to identify, test and bring to scale promising innovations to improve financial health in America. The program is dedicated to supporting and encouraging diversity within the early-stage fintech space.“As an investor and supporter of early-stage startups, we believe that diverse teams simply build better products,” writes CFSI FinLab Senior Manager Maria Lajewski in the report. “By having a more comprehensive understanding of the market, diverse teams are more likely to build products that address the needs of a broad swath of consumers, including those who are historically underserved. And it’s those companies that are much more likely to grow and scale to reach millions of customers.”Below are a couple interesting findings Lajewski shares in the report: continue reading »last_img read more

Obama to Send Special Forces to Syria in Unauthorized War

first_imgWhatever their mission is, the US military escalation is startling, especially when you consider that Congress has largely abdicated its duties by failing to pass war authorization with regards to Syria. Simply put, Congress, the only branch of government with constitutional power to approve war, has not found the political will to do so—leaving the Obama administration with no choice but to use war authorization from 2001 to justify its bombing campaign and subsequent troop build. Authorization approved by Congress in 2002, known as the Iraq AUMF, is also being utilized to defend the legality of military operations.Obama in February proposed his own AUMF that would remain in effect for three years, but Congress has yet to vote on it. In June, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) proposed an amendment that would’ve forced an AUMF vote, but that measure failed.“If this is worth fighting ISIS, and I believe it is, it’s worth having Congress do its job,” Schiff said in June. Two members of the House of Representatives reacted to Friday’s news by calling for Congress to act on Obama’s AUMF. View image | gettyimages.comDespite authoring its own AUMF, the White House is of the belief that the 2001 AUMF passed soon after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks gives the executive branch wide latitude to conduct military operations in the Middle East and Africa. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After more than a year of combating the so-called Islamic State through the air, the Obama administration, in a swift policy change, announced Friday that US special forces will be deployed to Syria to advise moderate forces fighting the brutal militant group.That means boots on the ground—in Syria.Until now, the Obama administration has publicly said it opposed sending troops into Syria. In June, the White House announced 450 additional US troops would be deployed to Iraq, also in an advisory position. Like in Iraq, the several dozen US special forces being deployed are not expected to directly engage with IS, according to reports.Almost immediately, social media users dug up comments made by President Obama with regards to Syria in which he proclaimed that he would not put troops on the ground in the war-torn country, where nearly a quarter of million people have died since the conflict began in 2011, according to reports. center_img The 2001 AUMF gave then President George W. Bush authorization to strike al Qaeda for orchestrating the 9/11 attacks. The same AUMF has been cited to justify drone strikes, including an aerial attack in Yemen that killed a US citizen who became a radical cleric. For years, civil liberties groups have criticized the 2001 AUMF as overbroad.Even Obama publicly discussed overhauling the 2001 war authorization.In his remarks in May 2013 at the National Defense University in Washington D.C., Obama said he’d “engage Congress about the existing Authorization to Use Military Force, or AUMF, to determine how we can continue to fight terrorism without keeping America on a perpetual wartime footing.” And his own national security advisor, Susan Rice, wrote a letter to then Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) calling the 2002 AUMF “outdated.”With bombing campaigns in more than one country and now with the announcement that US special forces are headed to Syria to assist moderate forces, it’s hard to argue that the US is not at war with ISIS—a war that has yet to be authorized.last_img read more

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Mertesacker eager to make amends

first_img Lukas Podolski has, though, seen his first-team chances limited, and the German international hinted he might force the issue when the transfer window opens again in January. Speaking to RTL television, Podolski said: “I am a full-blooded player, a street player and I love competition. “If I don’t have this competition every weekend then a change must occur.” UEFA, meanwhile, will wait for the complete report of the match delegate for the Champions League Group D tie at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night before deciding what course of action to follow. Galatasaray fans, whom had earlier caused disturbances in the local area before kick-off, threw several flares onto the pitch towards the end of the first half, when they were 2-0 down, which caused Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi to halt the game, with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and captain Wesley Sneijder among those helping to restore order as riot police moved around the perimeter. Metropolitan Police confirmed there had been six arrests as part of their operation for the European game, two of which were for entering the ground with flares. UEFA view it as the home side’s responsibility to search supporters for any illegal items before they come into the stadium, while the governing body could sanction Galatasaray for failing to control their own fans. Arsene Wenger’s 18th anniversary was marked in style with a hat-trick from England forward Danny Welbeck as Galatasaray were taken apart 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium, during which there was a first-half stoppage for flares thrown by the away fans to be cleared off the pitch and could lead to sanctions from UEFA. The result puts Arsenal back on course for qualification out of Champions League Group D and was in stark contrast to that which came in Wenger’s 1,000th match as Arsenal manager last season, when the Gunners were blown away 6-0 at Stamford Bridge during March. German defender Mertesacker – who led the side against Galatasaray and will do again at the weekend with skipper Mikel Arteta sidelined by a calf problem – maintains this time around, things will be different. “Obviously (it is a) good lift (before the Chelsea game). We have got good confidence at the moment and will try to implement that into the game on Sunday,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “We know we can do better than the two consecutive seasons (at Chelsea) before and I think we will try new things on Sunday to get a better result than last year.” Arsenal will, though, be hoping for more of the same from Welbeck, the £16million deadline signing from Manchester United producing a clinical display to complete a first career hat-trick. “He is the main threat at the moment, especially on the counter-attack,” said Mertesacker of the 23-year-old, who along with Gibbs, midfielder Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been named in the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers. “We have players who can put him in the right situations and that is what we need to find ourselves. “It took a bit of time, but I think now we are on (the) spot and we see what it takes to be a team and to be fully integrated.” With France forward Olivier Giroud recovering from a fractured fibia, Welbeck is likely to lead the Arsenal line into the new year, by which time it is hoped Theo Walcott will be back in full swing after the seriuos knee injury which ruled him out of the World Cup. Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker has warned Chelsea the Gunners are ready to “try new things” when they head to the Barclays Premier League leaders on Sunday boosted by their European success. Press Associationlast_img read more