USU’s Quin Ficklin Named To Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List

first_img Tags: Phil Steele/Quin Ficklin/Rimington Trophy/Sean Krepsz/USU Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Wednesday, Utah State senior center Quin Ficklin was named to the Spring Watch List for the 2018 Dave Rimington Trophy, per an announcement by the Rimington Trophy committee.This trophy is annually presented to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A (FBS) football.Ficklin is in rarefied air as the only other Mountain West Conference center to be nominated for the award is Nevada’s Sean Krepsz.The winner of this award will be honored at the Rimington Trophy presentation at the Rococo Theater of Lincoln, Neb. January 12, 2019.The Mesa, Ariz. native is only the fifth Aggie in program history to be nominated for this award, including Austin Stephens (2015-2016), Tyler Larsen (2011, 2012, 2013), Ryan Tonnemacher (2007) and Brent DeLadurantey (2005).Ficklin is a 6’2″ 290-pounder and earned third-team all-Mountain West honors from prestigious college football expert Phil Steele’s magazine as well as honorable mention all-conference honors from the league’s coaches after dutifully starting all 13 games at center in 2017 for the Aggies.In 2017, his overall grade performance was 93 percent, ranking him first on the team and he played 911 snaps, ranking him first on the team among offensive linemen.For the season, he graded out at 96 percent in effort, 89 percent in assignment and 82 percent in technique, allowing only one sack on the season. Furthermore, he recorded a team-best 56 knockdowns in 2017, including a season-high 11 in a 28-23 loss to Wyoming.The Aggies return 18 starters (9 on both offense and defense) and 50 letter-winners from last season’s 6-7 squad.The season starts August 31 at Michigan State with the Aggies’ home opener coming September 8 against New Mexico State. Written by May 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU’s Quin Ficklin Named To Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List Brad Jameslast_img read more

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USS TAYLOR Provides Assistance to Drifting Dhow NAHDA

first_img USS TAYLOR Provides Assistance to Drifting Dhow NAHDA May 29, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Taylor Last Saturday, 19 May, USS TAYLOR detected a drifting dhow with no propulsion while patrolling off the Horn of Africa in support of NATO’s counter piracy Operation Ocean Shield. The dhow named NAHDA was found by USS TAYLOR right at the entrance of the Gulf of Aden. After sending a team onboard NAHDA, it was established that both propulsion and communications were beyond repair. USS TAYLOR decided to provide assistance to NAHDA by towing her back to Yemen.NAHDA was sailing from Socotra Island to Shihir, Yemen with three tons of fish on board. Her master reported that he had been experiencing engine and transmission problems since earlier in the morning. USS TAYLOR’s team boarded the drifting dhow to provide assistance and was able to confirm that all nine crewmembers were safe.On the morning of 20 May, USS TAYLOR began to tow NAHDA back to Yemeni territorial waters. The following morning, NAHDA and her crew were handed over to another Yemeni merchant vessel which towed her all the way back to the coast.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 29, 2012; Image: NATO View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Drifting View post tag: Dhowcenter_img View post tag: NAHDA View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS View post tag: Assistance View post tag: provides View post tag: to Back to overview,Home naval-today USS TAYLOR Provides Assistance to Drifting Dhow NAHDA last_img read more

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LINK TO MAYOR WINNECKE 2018 BUDGET PRESENTATION HANDOUT

first_imgAT LARGE DR. H. DAN ADAMS(H) 812-425-4220(C) 812-459-4221 [email protected] LARGE MICHELLE MERCER(C) [email protected] LARGE JONATHAN WEAVER(H) [email protected] CLERKLAURA WINDHORSTCivic Center Complex Room 314 1 NW MLK, Jr. Blvd. 47708 (W) 812-436-4992 [email protected] COUNCIL ATTORNEY JOSHUA CLAYBOURN221 N.W. Fifth St 47708 P.O. Box 1507 47706 (W) 812-463-5277 (C) or [email protected] FOOTNOTE: This contact lists was provided to the City County Observer by CITY CLERK LAURA WINDHORST WARD 1 DAN MCGINN-FINANCE CHAIRMEN Attached below is the link to the handout that Mayor Winnecke gave to City Council members concerning the 2018 city budget.2018BudgetPresentationIf you have any questions or concerns pertaining to Mayor Winnecke’s 2018 budget requests please feel free to contract the following City of Evansville City officials listed below.CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFORMATION FOR 2017 (H) [email protected] 2 MISSY MOSBY-PRESIDENT(C) [email protected] 3 JOHN HAYDEN(C) [email protected] CONSTANCEROBINSON(C) 812-204-3869(H) [email protected] 5 JUSTIN ELPERS-VICE CHAIRMAN(C) [email protected] 6 JIM BRINKMEYER(C) 812-480-6909 [email protected] ADMINISTRATION SAFETY & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEEChair: Jim Brinkmeyer Members: All Members of CouncilFINANCE COMMITTEEChair: Dan McGinnMembers: All Members of CouncilPUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEEChair: Jonathan WeaverMembers: All Members of Council 8 17 Mayor Winnecke 2018BudgetPresentationFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Bread battle

first_imgThe food exhibition SIGEP will take place at Rimini Fiera in Italy from 26-30 January 2008.Last year it attracted over 90,000 visitors, from 121 countries. Just over 40% of these were ice-cream makers, a third were confectioners and 10% were bakers.This year SIGEP will showcase a range of competitions, pitting bakers from different countries against each other.Both the Senior and Junior Bread Baking Championships will take place over five days. Eight teams will compete for the Senior cup in front of a live audience, baking a range of innovative bread, a leavened bakery cake, and an artistic item.See [http://www.sigep.it/en]last_img read more

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‘Talk’ It Out.

first_img‘Listen,’ TooIf you “ask” your plants, then listen to them. Once your plants have told you what they need, respond! And ask yourself: Are you happy where you are? No? What do you need?What’s bugging you?Are you a Georgia plant, or do you wish you were back North (or down in Miami, or under the Big Sky, or over in Seattle)?Are you feeling a bit moldy, or are you thirsty all the time? Do you need sunscreen, or are you yearning for the light?Are your feet comfy, or is the ground just too hard? Will you face the same gardening problems you had last year? Probably so: water shortages, heat, diseases, insects and those ever-present weeds.To counteract all of these problems, ask the plants what they think. They will answer you. Responsible GardenerBe a responsible gardener. Talk to your plants. Walk through your landscape and question them. Allow their input. Observe closely what they have to say.They usually indicate readily the state of things down in the garden. Do I have the right plant? If it’s a tomato plant and I’ve had problems with nematodes in the past, do I have a tomato resistant to nematodes? One that is resistant to diseases? Did I buy a really healthy transplant? Am I trying to grow a plant that is not adapted to Georgia conditions?Do I have it in the right place? Do I have a plant growing under shady conditions that needs 8 hours of sun? Do I have a rosemary herb that needs well-drained soil planted in a heavy clay area that stays wet? Is there enough air movement to dry the foliage quickly to keep disease down?Do I have it under the right conditions? Did I test my soil for pH and fertility? Have I underlimed or overfertilized? Is the plant in a place in the landscape where it will get too much water from irrigation or not enough?last_img read more

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Colombian Army and Police capture alleged Clan Úsuga leader ‘Moña’

first_imgBy Dialogo September 29, 2014 On September 16, PNC anti-narcotics agents, working in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, arrested the Clan Úsuga’s lawyer, Luis Felipe Zapata Córdoba, who is also known as “Pipe” or “El Hijo.” U.S. federal prosecutors allege Pipe has engaged in drug trafficking, and seek to have Pipe extradited to the United States. PNC agents also captured five alleged Clan Úsuga operatives who are suspected of using cargo ships to transport large amounts of drugs from Colombia to the Caribbean and then to Mexico and the U.S. On August 30, PNC agents captured 48 alleged Clan Úsuga operatives in Buenaventura. One of the suspects, Eber Alegría, who is also known as “Liso Negro,” is suspected of being a regional leader for the organized crime group. The other 47 alleged operatives are suspected of extortion and homicide. On August 15, PNC agents dismantled an alleged Clan Úsuga cell which operated in the department of Sucre. PNC agents captured five suspects who allegedly engaged in drug trafficking and assassinations. “Moña” – allegedly a high-ranking leader of the Clan Úsuga – has finally been captured. The Judicial Police and troops with the Presidential Guard Battalion of the National Army, Thirteenth Brigade arrested the 36-year-old man August 19 in Bosa, south of Bogotá. The arrest followed an intelligence operation that extended over several months, conducted by the Army in cooperation with the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) of the Attorney General’s Office. Extortion, kidnapping, and drug trafficking The recent captures of so many alleged Clan Úsuga operatives, including the arrest of Moña, represents a “serious blow” to the organized crime group, according to Frederick Masé, director of the Center for Research and Special Projects at the Externado de Colombia University. “The fight against organized crime must range from exerting control, suppression, and prevention to a greater presence on the ground,” Masé said. In a municipality in Sucre in San Antonio de Palmito they captured the soldier using an alias known to be a member of the Usuga clan with a circular from Interpol in the company of the treasurer of that municipality who had been harboring him at his ranch three months agocenter_img When security forces captured him, Moña was seeking to working to increase the number of drug trafficking routes the Clan Úsuga uses. And that’s just the start of his alleged crimes. Army officials suspect that Moña was in charge of a criminal network comprised of at least 14 Clan Úsuga operatives who collected ransom and extortion payments and committed assassinations in eastern Colombia. From 2003 to 2005, Moña was also active in the Héroes de Tolová Bloc, where he became the top lieutenant of Diego Fernando Murillo Bejarano, who is also known as “Don Berna” or “Adolfo Paz.” Don Berna was one of the top leaders of the now-defunct United Self-Defenses of Colombia. Colombian security forces captured Don Berna, and in 2008 they extradited him to the United States. There, he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, and in April 2009 was sentenced to 31 years in prison. A serious blow Moña’s capture is the most recent strike by Colombian security forces against the Clan Úsuga – but it isn’t the first. In just the last few months, Army and PNC agents have scored significant victories against the organized crime group: last_img read more

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Are credit unions phishing for members?

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Henry Meier As General Counsel for the New York Credit Union Association, Henry is actively involved in all legislative, regulatory and legal issues impacting New York credit unions. Whether he’s joining … Web: www.nycua.org Details I’ve had a tough time writing a blog for CUInsight this month.My writer’s block is due largely to the difficult time I’ve had deciding why a new book by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller, Phishing For Phools, the culmination of a five year collaboration between two of the country’s most prominent economists, bothers me so much.They are out to show that “free markets make people free to choose, but they also make them free to phish and free to be phished. Ignorance of these truths is a recipe for disaster.” To the authors, policy makers have for too long ignored the consequences of our phishing economy. They contend that the free market equilibrium generates a supply of phishes for any human weakness. “Our real GDP can go up five and a half fold again and then do it again; we will still be in the same predicament.”On the one hand, it’s ridiculous not to acknowledge that businesses specialize in creating demand for things that a wholly rational population wouldn’t want. (Why else are companies willing to spend billions of dollars on advertising?) Where I part ways with the authors – I’m sure they are devastated – is the degree to which this manipulation fundamentally alters economic realities and that Government can and should guard against the inevitable excesses. In fact, many pernicious implications flow from their assumptions.Lest you think this is an esoteric tirade, remember that the reason why you are being regulated by the CFPB and the reason why you are implementing radical changes to your mortgage lending procedures is because there are men and women of good will who believe that the mortgage meltdown wouldn’t have happened, or at least wouldn’t have been quite so bad, had the American public been told the  facts of financial life before it went on that that fateful date with the unscrupulous mortgage lender out to show it a good time.I hope they are right. My guess is we have spent a lot of time, effort and money treating a symptom of a disease called “Too Big to Fail.”Why does their thesis bother me so much? Because it presupposes that a group of elites knows better than the general public what is in the general public’s best interest. For example, some people argue that we should outlaw courtesy pay because a rational person wouldn’t consistently pay a $20 fee to cover the cost of a $5 latte. Really? Some people are willing to pay for the convenience of not balancing their checkbooks. Besides a rational person would gladly pay a $20 fee to keep a mortgage check from bouncing. Are these people being phished or simply making a choice with which some people disagree?By the way, how are we supposed to determine what people actually need as opposed to what they want? When the IPad came out I wanted one but I certainly didn’t need one. Now a tablet is an essential tool I use on a daily basis. The line between needs and wants isn’t always all that clear  After all, when it comes right down to it, all we need is a loin cloth, a cave, a fire, water and some meat. Phishing has played an essential part of human progress since the Stone Age and the result isn’t always bad.The book demonstrates how behavioral economics, taken to the extreme, becomes a convenient excuse for avoiding difficult questions.  How much more comforting it is to think that complicated issues, ranging from surging inequality and the mortgage meltdown to our dysfunctional politics, can be explained away as nothing more than the inevitable byproducts of phishing. The American public is just too gullible to be held accountable for its economic and political choices.  But for Phishing it would choose the “right” candidates- presumably the politicians for whom the authors voted.Nevertheless I’m ambivalent about what the authors and others who have tackled the subject have to say. Credit unions exist and prosper in large part because people feel that they are being phished by commercial lenders. I believe that with its not-for-profit status comes an obligation to go the extra mile to treat people fairly, even if that means making less profit.But I also believe that the final decision about what products to use and what financing to arrange has to remain with the member. As one of the greatest observers of the American public allegedly said “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Let’s not work from the assumption that people can’t be trusted to make their own choices and be held accountable for them.Call me a helpless idealist, but I do think that people, in the aggregate, do a better job of deciding what they need than Government does. Or to paraphrase another one of my political heroes “capitalism is the worst economic system except compared to all others.”last_img read more

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4 things credit unions need to know about strategic mergers & acquisitions

first_imgAs the world adjusts to the new normal, some organizations are struggling to adapt whereas others are thriving. Credit unions are no different. COVID-19 has caused disruption to the normal credit union operations and has economically impacted many members and employees. Credit unions are weathering this pandemic by caring for the needs of their members and by embracing digital banking and additional lending technology. Many credit union leaders are exploring creative ways to grow and are taking a closer look at strategic mergers and acquisitions (M&A).Strategic external growth options, specifically acquisitions, are different from credit union consolidations or mergers, many of which are driven primarily by cost-savings that result from combining the two entities. Strategic acquisitions focus on long-term growth and can involve acquiring, partnering with or investing in a CUSO or another organization (from outside of the credit union market). Strategic M&A is an important tool that can generate non-interest income and allow credit unions to create unique value for their members. A recent white paper published by NACUSO has shown that CUs with CUSOs outperform their peers in Return on Assets.Here are four tips for credit unions considering growth through strategic M&A.Develop a strategy – Preparing for external, or inorganic, growth opportunities should be a part of every strategic plan. Your overall growth strategy should be the primary driver and guide for your acquisition. While this is a simple principle, it can sometimes be forgotten in the excitement of the deal. It is important to focus on the best interests of the members and key stakeholders. While strategic acquisition can be a powerful and rapid tool for growth, investing in or buying the wrong organization (not aligned with the overall organizational strategy) can be an expensive mistake!Use a demand-driven approach – For many credit union leaders with limited time and resources, determining which ideas to pursue can be a challenge. One of the most effective ways to evaluate and discover the best opportunities for growth is to be demand-driven. This means evaluating opportunities based on the needs and wants of your members today and in the future. Credit unions should select and prioritize their top markets (or products or services) before researching individual organizations to partner with or acquire. In order to increase your likelihood of success, we strongly recommend selecting a market prior to identifying acquisition targets or potential partners.Establish criteria with measurable objectives – Developing criteria will establish a benchmark for evaluation and enable you to select the best partner for growth. There are more and more credit unions seeking out collaborations and CUSOs to quickly fill voids in expertise. There is a growing emphasis on shared services and partnerships as credit unions recognize that they can’t – and shouldn’t – handle everything internally to maximize resources and efficiency. Criteria should be aligned with your overall strategy and can include metrics like growth rate, size, geography, members, or key players/expertise. We suggest picking six criteria – too few and you won’t cover all necessary aspects, and too many will cause you to lose focus. Begin your research at a high level and then progressively zero in on individual market segments and prospects you find attractive as you gather more information. Use your criteria to make objective decisions based on facts rather than relying on intuition alone.Expand beyond your “usual suspects” – There’s nothing wrong with pursuing “usual suspects,” or organizations that are already known, but they should not be your only source of candidates. Turning to these organizations alone may mean you are ignoring a whole host of opportunities that could be strategically valuable partners. Conducting market research in a targeted area will likely help you identify fresh prospects that you didn’t even know about.Strategic M&A is a valuable tool that every credit union leader should consider. Especially in today’s environment, the right acquisition or partnership can swiftly help your credit union meet the changing needs of your members and drive long-term growth. The goal is not to survive, but to thrive. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Dearing John Dearing is a managing director at Capstone, a leading advisory firm focused on helping credit unions and CUSOs grow through proactive strategic growth programs and mergers and acquisitions. He … Web: www.CapstoneStrategic.com Detailslast_img read more

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Woolnut Leather Sleeve for MacBook has a soft wool interior and a slip-in design » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – The Woolnut Leather Sleeve for MacBook is seriously luxurious. With a leather outer material and a wool interior, its soft design lets you easily slip in your laptop. Plus, the Scandinavian vegetable-tanned full-grain leather develops a beautiful patina over time. And the 100% natural wool felt from Germany is of the highest quality. Made specifically for each MacBook model, this case provides a tight, snug fit around your computer. With a minimal and timeless Swedish design, this leather MacBook sleeve will go with any outfit and blend with all your accessories. Additionally, it lets you conveniently charge your MacBook while it’s safe inside. Finally, when you take out your computer to use it, simply place this leather sleeve underneath it for a supportive pad.last_img read more

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In Israel, Pompeo discusses West Bank and coronavirus with Netanyahu

first_imgBut appearing to dismiss reports that annexation talks were the purpose of Pompeo’s visit, a senior State Department official said: “I do think that we should dispel the notion that we flew halfway around the world to talk about annexation.”The Palestinians have rejected Trump’s plan, under which the vast majority of West Bank settlements would be incorporated into “contiguous Israeli territory”.The plan envisages a Palestinian state under near-complete Israeli security control, made up of stretches of land in the West Bank, as well as the Gaza Strip on the Mediterranean coast and two expanses of territory in Israel’s southern Negev desert.In televised remarks on Wednesday night, President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians would review their peace accords with Israel and agreements with the United States should Israel annex West Bank land.”We will hold the American and Israeli governments responsible for all the consequences,” Abbas said.Violence The Palestinians deem Israel’s settlements illegal under international law, as do most world powers. Israel and the Trump administration dispute that view.With Palestinian leaders warning that annexation could imperil the already limited cooperation between the sides, there has been a spike in violence in the West Bank.On Wednesday, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager during a raid near the city of Hebron, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The Israeli military said Palestinians had thrown rocks and fire-bombs at the soldiers, slightly injuring one of them.A day earlier, a Palestinian rock-thrower killed an Israeli soldier who was taking part in an arrest raid near Jenin city.The Palestinians have tried to rally European states to oppose any Israeli annexation, as France pushes for the European Union to consider punitive economic measures should Israel declare sovereignty in the West Bank.Arab countries have cautioned against Israeli annexation, including Jordan and Egypt, Israel’s neighbors and the only two Arab countries to sign peace treaties with it.Friction over China Trump and his senior officials have engaged in a war of words with China over the coronavirus crisis and Pompeo did so again on Wednesday.Addressing Netanyahu at the start of their three-hour meeting, Pompeo said: “You’re a great partner, you share information – unlike some other countries that try and obfuscate and hide that information – and we’ll talk about that country, too.”Pompeo did not name China and did not give specific examples of Israeli cooperation in the fight against coronavirus.Israeli business ties with China are an irritant in Netanyahu’s usually close relationship with the Trump administration.The United States has previously cautioned Israel against potential security threats from Chinese investment in its economy, prompting the Netanyahu government to set up a committee last October to vet such projects.US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus briefly summed up the Pompeo-Netanyahu meeting as a discussion of “our nations’ ongoing efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and counter Iran’s destabilizing influence in the region, as well as the steadfast US commitment to Israel’s security.”Trump’s pro-Israel moves have been widely seen as an effort to bolster his appeal to evangelical Christian voters, an important part of his political base that he is counting on to help him win re-election in November.  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Wednesday of the complexities of Israel’s planned de facto annexation of the occupied West Bank, saying after talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the move must be done in accordance with a US peace plan.During a one-day visit to Israel, Pompeo took another swipe at China over what he said was Beijing’s lack of transparency about the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Wuhan late last year. China rejects allegations by US President Donald Trump’s administration that it withheld information about the virus.Pompeo held talks with Netanyahu and his political rival turned designated coalition partner Benny Gantz, a day before the inauguration of their new government. Topics :center_img The new government plans in July to begin debating extending sovereignty to Israeli settlements and the strategic Jordan Valley in the West Bank, territory Israel captured in a 1967 war and that Palestinians seek for a future state.In an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper, where he was quoted in Hebrew, Pompeo said the West Bank territorial moves were an Israeli decision that Netanyahu and Gantz have a right to make.But Pompeo noted the issue was complex and required coordination with Washington, which has formed a joint team with Israel to map out new territorial lines in the West Bank in accordance with Trump’s Middle East plan.He said he and the Israeli leaders also talked “about many other issues related to it – how to deal with all parties involved, and how to make sure the move is done properly” under Trump’s plan.last_img read more

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