Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men have been arrested for allegedly burglarizing a 92-year-old woman’s Bellport home last week while posing as chimney cleaners amid a rash of similar distraction burglaries on Long Island, Suffolk County police said.Bruce Wimmer, 32, of Bohemia, and 28-year-old Michael Windland of Lake Ronkonkoma identified themselves as employees of a company called N.Y. Finest Home Improvements and said they were performing a chimney inspection at 2 p.m. Aug. 16, police said. Neither the county nor New York State has a record of such a business being licensed to perform home improvement in Suffolk or being incorporated in the state.“While one of the men distracted the resident, the other stole $130 cash from church envelopes and $35 cash from bank envelopes,” police said in a news release. They also stole some of the victim’s prescription drugs, police added.Read More: Utilties, Cops Warn of Distraction Burglaries, Collections ScamsThe men told the victim that she needed $3,000 worth of chimney work and offered to drive the victim to her bank to withdraw the money, police said. When the victim declined, the suspects made arrangements to do the work later. After the duo left, the victim called police, who determined that the work was unnecessary.Windland and Wimmer, who are both ex-cons, were each charged with burglary. Windland was additionally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.They will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.Fifth Squad detectives ask anyone else who feels they may have been a victim of this scam to call them at 631-854-8552.
Are you familiar with member journey mapping? It’s one of the hottest topics I encounter in my work with credit unions throughout North America. Member journey mapping is metaphorically putting yourself in your members’ shoes and walking through typical interactions with your organization. Along the way, you’ll observe what’s working and what isn’t. The goal is to improve the experience however, whenever and wherever a member engages with you.For a process that yields big rewards, it’s amazingly easy to implement. Here’s a simplified framework:Pull together a handful of people from across your organization (a.k.a. “subject matter experts”) who bring relevant experience to the table.Supply them with big paper, markers and sticky notes.Give them an assignment to walk through every step of the current approach to the top three to five member experiences that matter most (e.g., account opening, a loan application and problem resolution). continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Invited by the White House, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger yesterday observed President Donald Trump’s signing of the congressional joint resolution to overturn the CFPB’s final arbitration rule. The association was the only credit union trade group in attendance.“NAFCU strongly supports consumer protections, but credit unions were not the bad actors this rule was meant to target,” Berger said. “We appreciate President Trump and Congress for their leadership and listening to our concerns and working to ensure consumers and institutions have access to various forms of dispute resolution. NAFCU is honored to have been invited to the White House to watch the undoing of a rule that likely would have had negative effects on the credit union industry.”This year, NAFCU has testified on Capitol Hill eight times – more than any other financial trade group – and held multiple meetings at the White House and with cabinet officials to discuss issues of importance to credit unions.
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Fritz gave an inaugural speech in which he reflected on the efforts of USG throughout the past year, especially in continuing operations and working on projecting through the unforeseen challenges caused by the coronavirus. “Essentially, we had over a couple hundred applicants for our various different positions,” Fritz said. “I believe there were around 80 positions open this semester … We made our final decisions based on the calculated stipend amount that we were looking for in terms of hiring.” A resolution supporting the implementation of a permanent resource center for undocumented students was also presented. Representatives from Improving Dreams, Education, Access and Success, a student organization that focuses on increasing awareness of undocumented student issues that affect USC and its surrounding community, spoke on the necessity of establishing the resource center. The inauguration ceremony was held over Zoom and was attended by around 70 people, including President Carol Folt. According to Fritz, Folt was the first University president to attend a USG inauguration ceremony. The ceremony was also broadcasted live on the USG Facebook page. “There is an urgent need to establish a resource center that provides [immigration-related services], in addition to an appointed full-time [staff member],” IDEAS vice president Kimberly Alvarado said. “This pandemic has increased instability in the lives of the undocumented community … We are calling on USC to provide support for this underrepresented demographic.” “As we meet tonight, our university is experiencing an event unlike any other,” Fritz said. “I know many members of our community … face great uncertainty about the months ahead. To the members of our student body, we must offer ourselves and our resources as a source of unwavering support, wherever we can provide it … We can and we will work together through spirited teamwork and steadfast action to accomplish not only the improbable, but the impossible.” A resolution in support of incorporating the Native American Student Assembly was presented to the new Senate. Fritz said his mission is to prioritize students’ mental and physical health and their basic needs, create spaces for discussions of diversity and inclusion, hold administrators accountable to the promises they make to students and work to slow down the University’s environmental impact through divestment initiatives. He also hopes to lead USG in establishing working partnerships with other student organizations in order to expand their impact beyond just the organizations incorporated under USG. Following the inauguration ceremony, the 140th USG Senate held its first meeting. Fritz announced his appointment of new officers for the cabinet, as well as for the legislative, programming and communications branches. “We have been working for a very long time towards becoming an assembly, so I’m very happy and very pleased to be presenting … not just for that consideration, but to also bring into light the challenges Native American students face at USC in general,” Native American Student Union President Maracea Chase said. Undergraduate Student Government President Truman Fritz, Vice President Rose Ritch and the 140th Student Senate were inaugurated for the 2020-21 school year at the Senate meeting Tuesday. “USG must recognize that we need to expand our scope beyond our own organization,” Fritz said. “We will do this by building new partnerships, strengthening old ones and unifying student groups across USC through direct engagement. This year, we will lean into our devotion to making a difference and bring new and exciting ideas to the table by working with all stakeholders in our decision-making wherever we can.” The Senate will vote on the resolutions at the meeting next week.
14 Jul 2014 PowaKaddy support for England Golf women players PowaKaddy, the number one name in golf trolleys, has presented a fleet of its latest FW7 model to the women’s Performance and USA squads, as part of its support for England Golf’s elite amateurs. The trolleys, which combine the latest lightweight and super strength materials with a modern design, have been customised with all-white frames, which feature the England Golf logo. The presentation took place at St Enodoc Golf Club in Cornwall, on the practice day for the English women’s amateur championship, which gets underway tomorrow. Another fleet was presented to the England Golf men’s squad at the Brabazon Trophy at Seaton Carew in June. PowaKaddy are the official trolley supplier to England Golf and marketing manager Mei Tierney commented: “Our aim is to ensure that the best equipment is placed at the fingertips of the country’s elite amateurs and give them every chance to succeed. “Technology is a key part in the game at the highest level and I believe our top-of-the-range FW7 model will help the players to keep one step ahead of the competition.” Nigel Edwards, the England Golf Performance Director, remarked: “I am delighted that PowaKaddy are continuing to support us by providing equipment which will help our players produce their best performance “It is vital that players conserve as much energy as possible when playing 36-holes of competitive golf in a day. These trolleys will help them do that and that fitness benefit can give them a real edge. Caption: Members of the England women’s Performance and USA squads are pictured at the presentation of the new fleet of FW7 electric trolleys. From left: Olivia Winning (Rotherham), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor), Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro), Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’), Hayley Davis (Ferndown). (Image © Leaderboard Photography).
By Liz Sheehan and John Burton Correction Nov. 19: The story “Vast Majority Testifying Opposed to LNG Proposal” in the November 12-19 edition of The Two River Times incorrectly stated U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. appeared and commented at the public hearing. A representative of the congressman appeared and read his statement. EATONTOWN – The majority of those in attendance at the final two hearings about a controversial deepwater liquid gas (LNG) terminal that would be 24.9 miles off Long Branch, were opposed to the project citing environmental and security concerns and urged Gov. Chris Christie to veto it.Opponents, and a few proponents, who argued it would result in jobs and cheaper natural gas during peak months, gathered at the Sheraton Inn, Nov. 3 and 4 to speak at the hearings held by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Maritime Administration on Port Ambrose.Christie earlier refused permission for a similar proposal by the same development entity, Liberty Natural Gas, in 2011 and 2012, also citing environmental and security reasons. The public can continue to submit comments until Nov. 30 and then the governors have until Dec. 21 to make their feelings known, according to U.S. Coast Guard lawyer Curtis Borland.Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York, have the power to approve or cancel the proposed deepwater LNG terminal, which would also be 27.1 nautical miles from the entrance of New York Harbor. Cuomo’s office has not spoken publicly about the proposal.Among the 50-plus speakers on Wednesday, most who included public officials, including State Senator Jennifer Beck, (R-11) and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), environmental groups, religious groups and the public, were against the project. The few who favored it were from labor and business organizations that said having the gas import facility would supply additional supplies in peak demand in cold weather and summer months thus avoiding price swings for customers. They said the port would use state-of-the-art equipment and also best practices and ensure environmental and public safety. Cindy Zipf, the executive director of Clean Ocean Action, a Long Branch-based environmental group, in a statement about the proposed facility said, “Port Ambrose has been haunting our coast for seven long years and it is now time to put an end to this harmful, dangerous and unnecessary project. Hundreds of people have attended public hearings, tens of thousands have sent in public comments, and over 99% are in opposition. We are not buying what Liberty Natural Gas and their secret corporate backers in the Cayman Islands are selling. The consensus is clear, the project must end now.”On Thursday Zipf returned and added, “It’s like the tobacco industry denying tobacco is harmful. It’s like Exxon/Mobile denying climate change,” she said. “They both lie.”Over the course of several years, federal agencies have accepted roughly 80,000 public comments from the New York-New Jersey area and more than 90 percent have been opposed.The terminal would be used by LNG vessels to deliver liquid natural gas that would be vaporized on site and delivered to a buried subsea pipe 18.8 nautical mainline that would connect to an existing lateral, according to the Federal Register.From left to right: Cindy Zipf, director COA; Tim Dillingham, AmericanLittoral Society exec. director; Dina Long, Sea Bright mayor. Photo: Tina ColellaAt the Wednesday session of the hearings, Carl Cooper, Holmdel, said “inadequate attention had been given to security considerations at the proposed Port Ambrose beginning with the present lack of identification and security vetting of all Liberty Natural Gas principals.” On its website Liberty Natural Gas identifies itself as a developer for Port Ambrose and “as a portfolio company of a fund advised by West Face Capital, a Toronto, Canada based investment fund.” Cooper also said that Port Ambrose “would be a magnet for terrorist attacks, and security considerations for handling, mitigating and recovering from such attacks (or accidents) are inadequately treated in the FEIS (Final Environmental Impact Statement).”Many speakers who were against the proposal said they believed that it would be converted to a facility that could export natural gas since the prices for gas were so much lower in the U.S. since there was a large supply here because of fracking and it make no sense to ship in higher priced gas. A Reuters article from April, 2015 said that the CEO of Hoegh LNG, a company which Liberty Natural Gas said on its website is its partner in developing Port Ambrose and Port Meridian, (a deepwater port project in northwest England),” said “The plan is to buy the LNG in the United States which will be taken to “Port Meridian” by LNG vessels.” The LNG will be transferred “to a British pipeline and sold to consumers,” the CEO said. The article did not say from where in the U.S. the LNG would be shipped.John Toth, who represented the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance and the Jersey Shore Anglers Association, cited the 30-foot waves caused by Superstorm Sandy and questioned if the LNG port “could be adequately secured from the effect of this type of storm? If not, it will be tossed into the ocean with devastating economic effects on our entire region, including loss of life.” Toth said that fishing would be excluding “two miles from each docking buoy” of the port “eliminating the ability of fishing vessels to anchor in the affected area. Commercial and recreational fisherman will be excluded from these important fishing grounds.” He said that “gas itself presents challenges to issues of safety.’’“What if the gas lines from the LNG port to their shore locations rupture from some mechanical or pressure problem and spill into the ocean?” he asked. “The BP problem in the Gulf showed that repairs to mechanical systems in the sea can be problematic,” he said.Kari Martin, Oceanport, offered how she and her husband and children “enjoy the ocean” regularly and said “This project is destructive” noting the industrialization of the ocean.Among those who supported the plan was Daniel Ortega, who represented the labor group Engineers Labor Cooperative. He said the proposal to build and operate the facility would create many temporary construction jobs and create permanent positions. “This job will help protect the whole area,” he said. One speaker at the hearing held a different opinion. Araiya Casriel, 9, of Highlands, said “I am speaking on behalf of those who could not attend this meeting, the ocean creatures themselves. Imagine if a stranger come to your house while you were still in it and started to drop bombs on it. That is what it will feel like to them,” she said. “During construction, millions and millions of plankton, larvae, and fish eggs will be extracted, destroying the very base of the food chain. The sea floor will be demolished. Shellfish beds decades old, gone in days. The migration patterns of marine mammals will be disrupted. Some of the species that are endangered could die out, like the North Atlantic Right Whale.” She also said the Port Ambrose pipeline would cross a fault line “presenting a risk of an explosion…” Erika Casriel, Araiya’s mother said her daughter had written the presentation herself. The governors have until Dec. 21 to express their feeling on the proposal. according to Curtis Borland, a lawyer with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Get 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.SAN JOSE — Business picks up next Wednesday for the 49ers. And, most likely, for Reuben Foster.A couple miles up First Street and a couple hours before the 49ers hold their state-of-the-franchise address in San Jose, a judge plans to rule whether Foster must stand trial on felony charges of domestic violence and assault-weapon possession.Foster’s three-month saga from a domestic dispute gained more clarity with …
Hometown hero Greg Minnaar is only the third person in history to win a world championship on home soil. Photo: Darren Goddard / Gameplan Media By Brad Morgan9 September 2013It has been almost a week and I still get a buzz out of it. Just thinking back or watching YouTube videos brings a smile to my face. You see, I was there on Sunday, 1 September, when South Africa’s Greg Minnaar blasted his way to victory in the downhill at the 2013 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships in Pietermaritzburg.That victory made him a three-time world champion. He’s also a three-time runner-up in the World Championships. In addition, Minnaar has won the overall World Cup title three times and finished as runner-up four times. He has more World Cup podium finishes than anyone in history.All of those achievements put him in the conversation as one of South Africa’s greatest sportsmen ever.Other stars that come to mind include golf legend Gary Player; cricket all-rounder Jacques Kallis; batsmen Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards; rugby’s Danie Gerber, Naas Botha and Frik du Preez; swimmers Natalie du Toit and Penny Heyns; boxers “Baby Jake” Matlala and Vic Toweel; and footballers Ace Ntsoelengoe, Lucas Radebe and Kaizer Motaung.You can pick your favourite from whatever sport, but with a record like his, Minnaar has to be in the conversation.Two years ago, Greg Minnaar was a great of downhill racing. By winning two World Championships and finishing runner-up in the World Cup twice since, he has become a legend of the sport.France’s Nicolas Vouilloz is the only other man in the conversation when it comes to the greatest downhill racer of all time – although Australia’s Sam Hill is a narrow third. Vouilloz won the World Championships a record seven times and topped the World Cup standings five times. At first glance, this trumps Minnaar’s achievements, but Vouilloz was dominant mostly in the sport’s early days, when the competition was not as tough as it is today.It’s the old story of it being difficult comparing athletes from different eras. Take the example of Sir Donald Bradman, by common consensus the greatest cricketer of all time. His batting average of 99.94 is way ahead of the number two man on the list, Graeme Pollock, who averaged 60.97. Yet only a fool would believe Bradman could achieve such dominance in this day and age.It was Minnaar who brought to an end Vouilloz’s run of five World Championship downhill titles in six years back in 2003. It took him another nine years before he won a second rainbow-striped jersey, but in that time he narrowly missed out three times, when he finished second, and won three World Cup overall titles.To my mind, the way Minnaar wins reminds me of Roger Federer. The man from Pietermaritzburg is tall at 1.90m (6 foot 3), but he has a grace and technical brilliance, even in the pursuit of speed, that stands out and confirms his status as special.Read more on SouthAfrica.info: Minnaar: one of South Africa’s greats
Related Posts Over the last year, Facebook has become increasingly dominant in terms of being used as the user identity and login on third-party sites. Last summer, we reported that Facebook had dominated as the third-party login of choice, surpassing sites like Twitter, Google and Yahoo in all realms but one – news. News sites saw users logging in almost twice as often using Twitter.Now, it looks like another site is gaining ground in another realm. Career-centric social network LinkedIn is growing as the login of choice for business-to-business (B2B) sites, proving once again that users prefer certain identities for certain online activities. Gigya, a provider of tools for social sharing and third-party logins, took a look at the numbers and found that, since its last round-up of social logins in July 2010, LinkedIn has skyrocketed as the login of choice for B2B sites. According to Rachel Peterson, a spokesperson for the company, LinkedIn has seen increased use as a third-party login ever since it updated its profile API. The site has seen an increase from 3% to 20% in just over six months.“LinkedIn has a strong case that a single social graph through Facebook is not sufficient,” said Peterson. “Professionals want to apply different profile data to business oriented sites and share that content with a different group of people than their FB friends.”So, if you’re thinking of taking your site the way of eHow and forsaking all other logins for the one, true Facebook login, you might want to take a gander at the following graphic and see where your visitors lie. Maybe you should be working on that LinkedIn presence a bit more and Facebook a bit less. Tags:#Identity#Statistics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…