Senate To Vote To Avoid Shutdown

first_imgPixabay / CC BY-SA 3.0 / Bjoertvedt / Wikipedia WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate is set to vote Tuesday evening to advance a stop-gap spending measure to avoid a government shutdown.The vote to limit debate will pave the way for a final vote to pass the spending bill Wednesday.The timeline sets up a final passage just hours before government funding is set to expire at midnight unless leaders agree to an earlier timeframe.The bill would keep the government funded through December 11. It passed the House last week by a wide margin and is expected to pass the Senate.The continuing resolution came out of bipartisan negotiations and a deal between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.Once signed into law, it removes the threat of a shutdown before the November Presidential Election.However, there could be a funding fight and potential shutdown after the election and just before the start of a new Congress. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Hiker from Viral Spinning Gurney Video Sues

first_imgTwo hikers are dead and one injured after falling near Delicate Arch on Friday morning. According to a statement from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office in Moab, Utah, three people fell into the lower bowl area below the arch. The fall killed a 60-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man. A 30-year-old man was airlifted to the hospital. All three hikers were from California. Hiker whose rescue gurney spun out of control sues for $2 million Back in 2010, Gergen was involved in a serious climbing accident when a large boulder fell on her as she attempted to climb a 13,000-foot peak in Wyoming. The rock shattered her leg and caused her to develop blood clots and a massive bilateral pulmonary embolism. Though her leg never full recovered, she’s climbed 2,342 ranked U.S. peaks since then.  Colorado woman is the first to climb all 846 peaks above 13,000 feet A hiker who was airlifted to safety is suing the City of Phoenix for $2 million after the gurney carrying her spun out of control. Katalin Metro, 74, tripped while hiking back in June. The fall caused her to become disoriented and emergency services were called to her rescue. Metro was loaded into a gurney and lifted into a helicopter but as it rose through the air the gurney began to spin out of control. The video of the spinning gurney quickly went viral.  According to court documents, Metro claims that she told first responders she did not want to be lifted into the helicopter. She says that she suffered physical, emotional and psychological injuries as a result of the traumatic ride. Two hikers dead after fall at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park A Denver woman has just bagged a major accomplishment. Teresa Gergen, 55, is the first person to climb all 846 peaks above 13,000 feet in every state except for Alaska. Gergen has also climbed all of Colorado’s 2,311 peaks over 10,000 feet and has reached the summit of mountains in Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico and Nepal. The cause of the fall is not yet known, though it had rained in the area. The accident temporarily closed the Delicate Arch Trail, but it later reopened. Park officials have warned hikers that winter conditions are leading to slippery trails and hiking with caution is advised.last_img read more

New credit union loan program resonates with Hispanic community

first_imgby: Miriam De Dios, CEO, CooperaRecognizing that nearly 40 percent of California’s residents identify themselves as Hispanic, Vacaville, California-based Travis Credit Union has been working diligently to effectively address that need.In 2014, Travis CU formed a panel to improve its outreach to local Latino communities. Travis CU’s Hispanic Advisory Committee has since generated outreach efforts resulting in valuable insights into the cultural and financial needs of this largely underserved demographic.Additionally, the credit union created a modern version of a Mexican lending circle known as a tanda. In the New Era Tanda Loan Program, rather than making monthly cash payments to a group leader who safeguards the money as with a traditional tanda, participants pay off a group loan they can only access after the last payment is made. It’s essentially a savings account that builds credit.Travis CU’s Tanda Loan initiative has enjoyed great success, especially as it relates to Travis CU’s strategic intention to grow Hispanic membership. Five out of the six individuals originally participating in the program are still Travis CU members today, and three of those have become credit cardholders. The tanda has also helped build an understanding of how credit works and how new members can build their own credit histories. Additionally, the program has taught participants financial skills such as how to balance a checkbook and how to use direct deposit, online banking and bill pay. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

4 components influencing future of payments

first_imgImagine this: The year is 2020. You’ve just got your morning cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop. Now, it’s time to pay. You reach for your…what? With a diverse payments landscape, including plastic, cash and digital, consumers have numerous options. In another four years, who knows what new technology could be introduced to the mix. Already, there’s the possibility of virtual reality payments.When those of us in financial services consider the future of payments, it is important to address the following four components. Each of these components has a significant impact on how consumers will pay in the coming months and years.Generation of the consumer – Currently in the U.S., we have six generations of consumers. Each has their own preferences for how they want to pay. Millennials often prefer mobile payments, while older generations tend to opt for more traditional payment forms like credit cards or cash. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The project of upgrading the port of Crikvenica worth 33 million kuna was presented

first_imgGood transport connection of the island with the mainland is indispensable for the development of the island and quality living conditions of the local population, is the conclusion of today’s presentation of the project to upgrade the port open to public transport Crikvenica. Minister Oleg Butković pointed out that investment projects in port infrastructure have not only functional and economic significance, but also wider social significance for the local community. The director of the Crikvenica County Port Authority, Mario Kružić, pointed out the numerous benefits of the project for the entire port infrastructure of the city. “I am proud that the Crikvenica County Port is part of this important project. By achieving the investment cycle, we will contribute to the further development of the local economy and tourism by connecting the island of Krk to a wider transport network, but also to a significant improvement in the quality of life of our fellow citizens.”. The works covered by the project include investments in the security of the port and the improvement of the reception of vessels in the port. After the completion of works in the summer of 2020, Crikvenica will get a new western breakwater to protect vessels during storms, then a T-pier in the extension of the small palace and a new anchor system, installed water supply, hydrants and electrical installations. A few hundred meters of new piers and breakwaters will also provide a greater number of berths for vessels in the port. The adoption of the State Aid Program for the Development of Ports Open to Public Transport opened the possibility of co-financing projects with grants from EU funds, in which the Crkvenica County Port Authority recognized the possibility of improving the connection of the island of Krk with the mainland and better living conditions. “This project is part of the largest investment in maritime property in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, which we can really be proud of. I am glad that by working together we can contribute to the development of our islands”, Said the County Prefect of Primorje-Gorski Kotar Zlatko Komadina. ZLU Crikvenica is a great example to other port authorities on how to make the most of the opportunities provided by the European Union in financing projects. Namely, out of the total value of the project of almost HRK 33 million, as much as HRK 28 million was co-financed by the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion, which reduced the burden on the state budget to a minimum.last_img read more

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Rio Ferdinand slams Alexandre Lacazette and blames Arsenal striker for Brighton equaliser

first_img Comment ‘In the end it’s a very good ball but Lacazette’s got to get out there and be brave and defend the cross properly. He’s got his hands behind his back. I don’t like defending like that in the box. Get out there (with your) full body.‘Dunk puts his body on the line, gets the final touch and gets it over the line.Mikel Arteta will look at that and think from a set-piece perspective we’ve got to do better than that.’After an encouraging start to his tenure, Arteta has now suffered back-to-back defeats and faces and with Champions League qualification now nothing but a pipe dream he faces a monumental rebuilding job with limited funds.‘On the task facing the Arsenal manager, Ferdinand added: ‘I think the recruitment needs looking at definitely, they are working on that and have got people in place. But it’s just you look there and are they the right characters? ‘Is that a team you see when they are in the trenches you’d want to be in among that lot to go and fight for a result you need a result?More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘You’ve got eight cup finals until the end of the season to go and get a respectable league position for Arsenal football club. I don’t feel that. It’s going to be very difficult.‘Mikel Arteta and his staff, you can see there’s a freshness and ideas and he’s got his philosophy but we need to give him time to actually go into the transfer market and get some players who he would see as mirroring his philosophy, not just in terms of how he wants to play but also as personalities as well.‘You want to galvanise a football club it not’s just about football ability sometimes all the players. They need good strong characters and they haven’t got that.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Rio Ferdinand loved Neal Maupay’s comments about ‘smug’ Arsenal playersMORE: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta speaks out on Bernd Leno injuryFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. “We have to try to lift the players. A lot of things they’ve done really well but we don’t compete at this level. You cannot give the goals that we give away.”Mikel Arteta sums up his feelings following Arsenal’s late defeat to Brighton…🎙 @lynseyhipgrave1 #PLReturns— The Premier League is BACK on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 20, 2020 Rio Ferdinand criticised Alexandre Lacazette for his role in Brighton’s equaliser against Arsenal (Picture: PA / BT Sport)Rio Ferdinand believes a lack of forceful characters within the Arsenal squad will continue to undermine Mikel Arteta and singled out Alexandre Lacazette for showing a lack of bravery in the build-up to Brighton’s equaliser. The Gunners appeared destined to bounce back from Wednesday’s chastening defeat at Manchester City when Nicolas Pepe fired them ahead midway through the second half. But a typical lapse in concentration from a set-piece allowed Graham Potter’s strugglers a route back into the contest and Neal Maupey, who was earlier involved in an incident which left Bernd Leno nursing a serious knee injury, compounded Arsenal’s misery with an injury-time winner. AdvertisementAdvertisementLewis Dunk was the Brighton beneficiary when Arsenal switched off from a corner in the 75th minute, and although Ferdinand felt Bukayo Saka was partially at fault, the former Manchester United star apportioned most of the blame to Lacazette.ADVERTISEMENTHe told BT Sport: ‘Here, the defending from Arsenal’s point of view is very slack. One player goes out to play against two, we see it straight away. You’ve got to get people out. Saka at the back is a bit laboured, he’s got to get out in line with the defending line here. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Rio Ferdinand slams Alexandre Lacazette and blames Arsenal striker for Brighton equaliser Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Jun 2020 7:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShareslast_img read more

Experts champion investment in emerging markets as way to cut risk

first_imgInvestment in emerging markets, rather than being an inherently high-risk way to invest as it is sometimes perceived, is a means for pension funds and other big investors to reduce their overall portfolio risk, experts in the field told a conference.Jerome Booth, chairman of New Sparta Holdings and a specialist on emerging market investment, told the IPE Conference & Awards in Barcelona: “People should be investing in emerging markets to reduce risk.”Addressing concerns that falling commodity prices could hit emerging market economies, Booth countered that many of these markets were commodity importers.“Political risk is not an emerging market phenomenon – corruption is not an emerging market phenomenon,” he added. “The real difference is that the risk is perceived, whereas, in the developed world, there’s also risk that isn’t perceived, and that’s the problem.”He said he did not expect an exit of investors from these markets.“I can’t think of a single scenario where money would leave emerging markets or the bulk of them, and go to the West,” he said.He said this was because he could not think of a single event that was not going to affect the West at least as severely as the emerging countries.“The chance of Brazil defaulting on its sovereign debt is next to zero,” he said. “There are countries in Europe where there are higher chances of that happening.”Mohammed Hanif, chief executive and CIO of emerging market specialist Insparo Asset Management, said that, in the long term, investors could not afford to ignore emerging markets.“It is a fact it is more than 50% of the world’s GDP, and it’s growing,” he said.“That shift is taking place, but, in the meantime, it’s not going to be a straight line.”He said short-term aberrations did take place in emerging markets and that these were opportunities for investment, adding that there was no doubt these markets had suffered from cuts in commodities prices.“There is another side to that,” he said. “We could talk about energy prices and oil prices – that’s a drag on consumption, so (…) consumption could increase as a result of lower energy prices in emerging markets that have a young demographic.”Hanif argued that emerging markets were not in a financial crisis, so there was no collapse in growth due to this. “What we are seeing is the challenge of weaker growth,” he said.Booth argued that emerging markets gave investors a fundamental diversification from what was going on in the rest of the world.last_img read more

Perfection for Ash Barty to come home to

first_imgIt also has a resort-style pool to kick back in.“Along with a double carport and double garage there is also a fully powered four bay shed with awning. The property is fully fenced with an electric entry gate, complete with a bore, rain water tanks, vegetable gardens and horse stables.”Barty would have so much room she could probably put in a cricket pitch too if she wanted to as well. ‘Saddest house in the street’ Noe peaceful spot to watch the action on court. Not a bad spot for a tennis club house. The home also has a pool.One of the star features was the “recently resurfaced full-sized tennis court with lights, plus court-side pavilion with sink”.“The full-sized tennis court will be a hit with your active family, and you can watch all the action in comfort from the court-side entertainer’s pavilion,” was how the agent described it.“There’s also plenty of opportunity for further development (STCA) on the enormous rear lawn with street access.” The 1.08 hectare property has “open usable paddocks, stunning swimming pool, tennis court, gardens and lush lawns” was how agent Benjamin Smith of Brisbane Real Estate Indooroopilly listed it. The tennis court surrounded by greenery. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago513 Hawkesbury Road, Anstead, Qld 4070Closer to Barty’s current hometown of Ipswich was a large 2.35 hectare estate in Anstead at 513 Hawkesbury Road. The five bedroom, three bathroom, eight car space property was open for offers, and comes with an array of features including pool and tennis court that make it the ultimate escape for a star. MORE: ‘Granny Hilton’ for sale 203 SUGARS ROAD, ANSTEAD, QLDOne of the best million-plus value buys on the market right now for Barty may well be 203 Sugars Road — also in Anstead. Beach house sells in days Ash Barty is now ranked number two in the tennis world after her amazing push to win the French Open 2019. Picture: AP Photo/Rick Rycroft.Ash Barty, now world number two in tennis at just 23, deserves every bit of the accolade she’s getting, so we’ve turned assistant to line up a few options for her to come home to.Barty won $3.7m after taking out the French Open over the weekend, and is now the highest ranking Australian woman in the tennis world since Evonne Goolagong in the 70s.The Ipswich-born woman has won over $14m in her tennis career, but if she want to put latest winnings to good use in real estate, here are some dream homes worthy of a champion. 246 Maundrell Terrace, Aspley, Qld 4034On Brisbane’s northside, five minutes from Westfield Chermside, is what could be the perfect hide-out for the tennis pro.The 0.55 hectare property at 246 Maundrell Terrace in Aspley is open for expressions of interest, and it has dual street access — so loads of potential for the future.Agent Jay Wu of Ray White Bridgeman Downs listed it as a “five-star residence” that was “head and shoulders above anything else”. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and parking for five vehicles. A grand entrance but very homely too.“When work is over, the patio and pool are the place to be — enjoy quality family time or entertain in style,” was how agent Zac Ryan of Place Graceville described it in the listing.“The tennis court on the opposite side of the home gives you space to enjoy a game or for the kids to play.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The property also has fully fenced paddocks for horses or livestock.“This is a home and a lifestyle that is envied by many and an incredible opportunity to enjoy acreage living with transport, schools and shops at your fingertips.”It even has a wet bar for those celebrations, a large outdoor entertainment area with all weather pergola and the tennis court is floodlit — so no excuses not to get out there and hit a few balls. * For more houses with tennis courts listed for sale in the Greater Brisbane region, click here.last_img read more

Final Yamal LNG carrier for MOL and Cosco set for delivery

first_imgLNG Megrez has an overall length of 290 meters featuring two WinGD’s dual-fuel engines and GTT’s No96 membrane cargo containment system. The 174,000-cbm LNG Megrez is finalising its gas trials after it left Hudong’s Shanghai yard on September 8. Dubhe’s cargo landed at Spain’s Bilbao and its AIS data shows that is again heading to Sabetta while Merak delivered the shipment to the Dutch Gate terminal. However, shipping data shows that both LNG Dubhe and LNG Merak have in August directly loaded the fuel at the Arctic plant. Offshore Energy understands that the owners will officially name the vessel during the second part of next month. To remind, Hudong delivered the third vessel in this batch, LNG Phecda, last month. These Yamal carriers have not been designed to directly load chilled fuel at Novatek’s 16.5 mtpa LNG plant in the Russian Arctic. The plan for them included taking transshipped LNG at European terminals, previously delivered by ice-class carriers, for onward distribution mainly to Asia. They don’t have ice-breaking capability such as the ARC7 carriers that serve the plant in Sabetta. China’s Hudong-Zhonghua is to deliver the fourth and final conventional Yamal LNG carrier to a joint venture consisting of compatriot Cosco Shipping and Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. Image: Hudong-Zhonghua This move is probably related to rapid ice melting in the Russian Arctic waters which already enabled Novatek to do some firsts with its ARC7 carriers. Conventional carriers loading directly at Yamal The yard handed over the first carrier of the quartet, LNG Dubhe, in October 2019 followed by the second vessel, LNG Merak, in January this year. This includes the Russian independent producer sending the first LNG cargo eastbound via the Northern Sea Route already in May, almost two months ahead than the last year as melting sea ice opens the Arctic to navigation.last_img read more