Scoreboard roundup — 2/27/20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONPhiladelphia 115, New York 106Indiana 106, Portland 100Oklahoma City 112, Sacramento 108L.A. Lakers 116, Golden State 86NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEToronto 5, Florida 3NY Rangers 5, Montreal 2Chicago 5, Tampa Bay 2Minnesota 7, Detroit 1Ottawa 5, Vancouver 2Boston 4, Dallas 3Winnipeg 3, Washington 0St. Louis 3, NY Islanders 2 (OT)Nashville 4, Calgary 3 (OT)New Jersey 3, San Jose 2 (OT)TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLGonzaga 94, San Diego 59Wisconsin 81, Michigan 74California 76, Colorado 62Ohio St. 75 Nebraska 54Oregon 69, Oregon St. 54Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. February 28, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 2/27/20 Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

BREAKING: University releases new guidance for exams and the upcoming term

first_imgNew provisions have also been confirmed for students taking exams this year. The University stated that they would not be introducing a blanket ‘no detriment’ policy, in line with the Russell Group’s previous statement. Williams echoed the Russell Group’s statement in his email, saying that a “formulaic policy for all students is not the right approach, and that a more considered and tailored solution is required.” For finalists, the University will instead be introducing a rescaling policy across courses, comparing cohort achievement to marks in pre-pandemic years and scaling where necessary. The University will also be implementing an enhanced Mitigating Circumstances process, similar to last year’s, allowing students to set out the disruption they have experienced during the pandemic without a need for independent medical evidence.  In an email sent to all students today, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), Martin Williams, confirmed that “formal teaching is very likely to remain online for most students, unless there is a significant change in Government policy”, describing this as a “difficult decision.” He also noted that “some students on a small number of additional courses will be invited to return in time for University in-person practical teaching to begin in Week 5 of Hilary term, where this is vital for them to complete the year”. These students should expect to hear from their departments early next week. Williams stated that the University “will also offer improved support and guidance for both students and examiners, to ensure MCEs are handled with empathy and consistency,” and encouraged students to keep a record of any disruption they face so that it can be considered during the MCE process.  This comes after the SU launched their ‘Fair Outcomes for Students’ campaign, pushing for further action from the university to aid final year students. The SU called for a safety net policy, including rescaling and possible re-weighting of marks, alongside an enhanced mitigating circumstances policy. The Russell Group University newspapers recently published a joint editorial calling for a safety net policy, and urging Russell Group Universities “to act compassionately and responsibly.” Provisions have also been put in place for those with coursework deadlines. Students will now be able to submit an explanatory statement with their coursework if they feel they have been impacted by lack of access to resources, which will be considered at the marking stage rather than after marking by the exam board.  Regarding a return to university later in the year, Williams stated that:  “At this stage, we anticipate that we will be able to welcome students back to Oxford in Trinity term.” The University is currently working on options for “teaching and wider student life,” such as whether catch-up in-person work will be required for small numbers of students. An update will be provided by the University around the middle of term.  Williams also noted that “the libraries are working to maximise the range of resources and support available to everyone through these means.” For students currently in Oxford, the Old Bodleian will be offering access to study spaces, and Williams anticipates that opening hours and spaces will be expanded as the term progresses. Staff at the Bodleian previously spoke to Cherwell, claiming that keeping reading rooms open is not “safe or sustainable.”last_img read more

Letter to Editor: Don’t Talk About Supporting Local Businesses, Do It

first_imgThe 1000 block of Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, marks one end of Asbury Avenue’s diverse retail district.I am writing this letter in response to a lot of the comments I have seen in various stories on OCNJ Daily. I keep seeing comments from readers saying more locals need to start patronizing our businesses. I keep seeing comments from readers saying locals need to go out to eat more on the island. To shop more on the island. To use the services more on the island.Personally, I would like to see the talk end and the action begin!I use every resource in Ocean City I can. I try to patronize an Ocean City business before searching off-island. It’s to the point where the only recurring purchases I know I have to make off-island are golf balls (I’m good at finding water hazards and the woods but bad at finding my ball in them, so this is quite the recurring purchase for me).I don’t talk about supporting our businesses, I patronize them.But I’ll raise my own commitment. In order to support our local businesses, I pledge to go out, sit down and enjoy a meal in an Ocean City restaurant every other Friday, starting this Friday.And it is my hope that others will do the same, to patronize our local businesses. Perhaps by joining me in continuing to shop in town whenever possible and dining at our local restaurants.Ed SheppardOcean Citylast_img read more

Apple of your eye savings

first_imgHarvard’s Technology Products and Services announces a valentine promotion. For great savings and to enter a raffle, visit the online shopping site at and select the store that is for you (Shop for Yourself or Shop for a Department), select the “Shop Now” link, and log in with your HUID and PIN or the Campus Computer Store. Promotion prices now through February 14. Raffle entry for personal purchasers only.last_img

China envoy urges EU to develop its ‘strategic autonomy’

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — China’s European Union envoy is urging the 27-nation bloc to deepen its ties with his country even further and says he hopes the EU’s desire for “strategic autonomy” will guide its foreign policy in the future. The EU is China’s biggest trading partner and they are also economic competitors. But Chinese Ambassador Zhang Ming said Wednesday that China-EU ties have “stood the test of time.” The term “strategic autonomy” has sown confusion over Europe’s intentions. Some see it as a by-word for acting independently from the United States, others for greater trade protectionism or even for breaking away from the NATO military alliance. EU foreign ministers are still trying to establish exactly what it means.last_img read more

NAFCU at hearings on Fed policy, FHA oversight, patents

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU will be on Capitol Hill this week monitoring hearings on Federal Reserve monetary policy, Federal Housing Administration oversight and patent reform.Tomorrow, Fed Chair Janet Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking Committee, detailing the Fed’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report. Yellen will discuss the same report before the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday.This will be Yellen’s first time before the Senate Banking Committee since leadership shifted to Republicans. Both the Senate Banking and House Financial Services hearings with the Fed chair are expected to draw questions from lawmakers about the Fed’s policies, including a timeline for raising interest rates. The Fed so far has maintained it can be “patient” on interest rates and has said it will maintain its existing policy of reinvesting its principle payments from agency debt and rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction.On Wednesday, Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will testify on the agency’s budget before the House Small Business Committee, and discuss whether the budget meets the needs of small businesses. continue reading »last_img read more

8 winning strategies for a successful credit union rewards program

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Kerry Jennifer Kerry is Vice President, Credit Card Services, for CO-OP Financial Services, a financial technology provider to credit unions based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (www.co-opfs.org). Kerry can be … Web: www.co-opfs.org Details Loyalty programs are landing all around us – and some are more engaging to consumers than others. While rewards offerings themselves can vary widely from program to program, according to Andrew Gates, CEO of Azigo, Inc., there are a number of proven best practices every credit union should follow.Implementing these strategies will keep your program on point, helping you realize the member enthusiasm, engagement and long-term loyalty your credit union is seeking. Get in the GameResearch by Rosetta reveals that engaged consumers buy 90 percent more frequently and spend 60 percent more per transaction. They also bring three times the value to a brand over the course of one year.Plus, Gates adds, not having an effective loyalty program can put your entire card portfolio at risk. “Rewards cards are the industry standard, and the competition in this market is fierce,” he said. “You simply have to offer cardholders rewards in order to keep them from being lured away by competitors left and right.” It’s David Vs. Goliath – Think Like DavidWhile the credit industry is dominated by the likes of Chase and Bank of America, Gates reminds credit unions that big banks don’t have all the advantages.“David beat Goliath by leveraging his strengths,” said Gates. “For credit unions, this means cultivating your community ties.”He advises credit unions to get local businesses involved in their loyalty programs. “Even if you don’t have a merchant-funded platform, there are ways to give local merchants access to your base that bring value to your members – and that drive card usage,” said Gates. “Promotions and events involving them that offer exclusive discounts to member cardholders can set you apart and also pave the way to future marketing opportunities.” Enroll, Reward and Consult EmployeesGates notes that program engagement – and assessment – should always start with your own employees.“Make sure your employees carry your credit card, or at least have access to points through an employee incentive program,” he said, adding that the best program feedback – and new ideas – frequently come from within.“So many times, we go into a room full of executives, and they start talking about what the program should look like, and what it should offer,” said Gates. “To get an accurate read on what works and what doesn’t, you need to venture outside the think tank and boardroom.”He encourages credit unions to have employees report on their experiences with the program. “Find out what they like and dislike about other programs as well,” said Gates. “Their insights are valuable and just might surprise you.” Keep It SimpleAccording to Gates, many times when a program is first introduced, members are given clear guidelines on what a “point” equals.“They know, for example, that they get one point for every dollar spent on their credit or one point for every two on debit transactions,” he said. “Then the impulse is to add complexity with things like double points for dining out and triple points for travel.”Gates advises credit unions to make it interesting and have special promotions along these lines, but to keep the program relatively simple and straight forward.“Seasonal promotions, such as summer travel vouchers and holiday spend incentives, ignite member engagement because they are so easy to remember,” he said. “Keep in mind that your goal is to say ‘thank you’ – you are not trying to trick anyone.” Your Best Members Deserve Better RewardsGates encourages credit unions to give their most engaged members more opportunities to earn points. “All members are not created equal,” he said. “Members that have multiple accounts and use your cards the most should receive additional rewards. And you can always set up two rewards programs. The airlines have their programs organized in tiers, and they have been very successful with that strategy.” Offer a Mobile AppGates advises credit unions to make every effort to introduce a mobile app along with the program. “It goes without saying that your members are constantly on their smartphones,” he said. “You can always advance your mobile technology over time to enhance the member experience.” Success Takes Marketing, Marketing, and More Marketing“I can’t emphasize this point enough,” said Gates. “The biggest mistake credit unions make is that they put points on a credit card and think they have a loyalty program. The loyalty program needs your staff, and particularly your marketing department, to rally around it on an ongoing basis.” Be the Kind of Organization That Inspires Member LoyaltyAccording to Accenture, 81% of consumers admit that it is frustrating to deal with a company that does not make it easy to do business with them.“Be in the member service business at all times,” said Gates. “Make sure every connection you have with members is worthy of their loyalty – and then your rewards program becomes icing on the cake.”He continued, “Ultimately, the best way to reward members for their loyalty is to give them your time, expertise and attention, and to help them realize their financial goals and dreams.”last_img read more

14 disabled non-commissioned officers to join police inspector school

first_imgFourteen non-commissioned police officers with disabilities have passed selection tests to join the police inspector school, the National Police announced on Thursday. The police’s Education and Training Agency head, Com. Gen. Arief Sulistyanto, said the 14 officers had acquired their disabilities after getting injured while carrying out their respective duties on the field. He said National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis had given dispensation for the disabled officers during their training and education at the police inspector school. The police’s education and training agency has prepared special programs and supporting facilities, including wheelchairs, barracks with facilities for their special needs as well as assistant officers to help the disabled non-commissioned officers with their training, Arief said. “This is to motivate both students who have special needs and regular students,” Arief said in a statement on Thursday. “If those who acquired disabilities while carrying out their duties are able [to perform], then the normal ones should be able to show more endurance,” he added. The police inspector school in Sukabumi, West Java, will host 1,600 senior non-commissioned officers for seven months. These people have passed selection tests initially taken by 23,600 non-commissioned officers who had been on duty for at least 15 years. (gis)Topics :last_img read more

Nightclubs torn between income and public health

first_imgThree months ago, professional DJ Ganarjito Abirowo was still performing at multiple nightclubs in Jakarta. Under the stage name of Jidho, he used to perform five nights a week, making a name for himself as a sought-after DJ in the capital.However, the coronavirus pandemic has turned his life upside down.As nightclubs went into a temporary shutdown after Jakarta imposed the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in April, Jidho has not only been unable to channel his passion for music, but he also experienced a financial downturn. “Still, we need certainty from the Jakarta administration on when nightclubs can operate again. I am more concerned about those who rely on the nightlife sector to make ends meet, such as bartenders and waiters,” Jidho told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.“I hope nightclubs can reopen again next month [July], as I heard that many [patients] have recovered from the disease.”Bergas Kampana Haryadita, a DJ who goes by the name Bergas, said his revenue had fallen ever since the PSBB was in place. He urged the city administration to set a specific time for nightclubs to resume operation and detailed health protocols for nightclub visitors and workers to protect them.Claiming to have lowered coronavirus transmission rates, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has allowed offices, shops, restaurants, factories and other public places to gradually resume activities starting this month, but only at half capacity. It remains unclear when nightlife establishments like nightclubs, bars and massage parlors will reopen and under what restrictions.Read also: ‘Transitional PSBB’: A deciding chapter for Jakarta’s new normalJakarta Association of Entertainment Entrepreneurs (Asphija) chief Hana Suryani said such certainty was needed so that entertainment businesses could prepare scenarios to cushion the COVID-19 impact on their finances and prepare their future operation, like the recruitment of new employees. It would also give them more time for furloughed workers, especially those living outside of the capital, to go back to Jakarta, she said.“We need to save our businesses from enduring greater losses due to the epidemic. Do not get me wrong. We do not urge the administration to allow us to reopen our business as quickly as possible; all we need is certainty,” she said.She estimated trillions of rupiah in losses in the last three months.The association is now in cooperation with the Jakarta Tourism Agency to set a list of health protocols that would be mandatory for every leisure establishment.The association had suggested that the city administration include physical distancing among customers and body temperature checks in the protocols, but Hana asked the administration not to limit operational hours of the entertainment places in order for businesses to offset losses sustained during the last three months.“According to my experience, customers always come after 9 p.m. So if the administration asks us to close our businesses at 10 p.m., for example, we won’t be able to receive a healthy amount of profit,” Hana said.Read also: Jakarta discusses ‘new normal’ possibilities for nightclubs, massage parlorsJakarta Tourism Agency head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia had no definite answer as to when entertainment places may resume operations, saying only that he had scheduled a meeting with representatives of the leisure industry for Friday to discuss the eventual implementation of a new normal paradigm in the industry.Griffith University’s epidemiologist Dicky Budiman said reopening nightclubs and other nightlife entertainment establishments early would be a risky, unnecessary move, considering that any virus would easily spread indoors and that the nightlife entertainment was categorized as nonessential business in the city during the pandemic.Nightclub visitors would also be at risk of neglecting health protocol due to alcohol intoxication if they consumed alcoholic beverages, he said.He cited a recent incident in South Korea, which had COVID-19 cases bounced back in mid-May with a fresh infection cluster in Itaewon, a popular nightlife district in Seoul.“If the Jakarta administration insists on reopening nightclubs, they should at least not allow those located in COVID-19 red zones to resume operation. The administration should also actively trace the visitors,” Dicky said.Frequent clubgoer Cintya Agita said she would not immediately head to nightclubs once the administration allows them to reopen. “Probably I will wait for the ‘success story’ of the protocols. If there are no cases linked to nightclubs, I might consider visiting them only once a month.”Topics : His monthly revenue had plunged by roughly Rp 50 million (US$3,571) in the last two months, he said, without revealing his earnings now. The situation has forced him to start a culinary business offering home delivery to stay afloat.But Jidho was well aware that putting nightclubs on a temporary hiatus was important to help reduce the COVID-19 spread in the capital.The nightlife industry is caught between a rock and a hard place. They are aware that reopening entertainment places during the ongoing epidemic would increase the risk of new infections in the city, the epicenter of the outbreak in Indonesia, but many working in the industry are losing income.They now urged the Jakarta administration to provide certainty on whether they can resume business to offset their losses after around two months of PSBB, especially since the city has decided to ease restrictions starting on June 5.last_img read more

New visa requirements to enter Guyana

first_imgNewsRegional New visa requirements to enter Guyana by: – February 6, 2012 37 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! Visitors to Guyana will now be allowed a maximum of a three-month stay in the country and required to pay US$25 for each month in the country.GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday February 6, 2012 – All travellers to Guyana will be issued with a visa on arrival.These new procedures following a Cabinet will now see four categories of visas for people entering the country. Those are visitor, employment, student and business.Speaking during a recent Press conference, Guyana’s Home Affairs minister, Clement Rohee explained visitors to Guyana will now be allowed a maximum of a three-month stay in the country and required to pay US$25 for each month in the country.Employers bringing someone to Guyana to work now have to pay US$140 for a three-year employment visa and a similar sum for every renewal, while student visas will also cost US$140 for a three-year period, and a similar amount for renewal.However, all those entering Guyana for business will also pay US$140 for an business visa which will be valid for up to five years, and a similar sum for its renewal.Speaking during a Press conference recently, Rohee said Guyana had several reciprocal agreements that allowed certain categories of visitors to enter the country without visas.However, he said cited global trends and the need for Guyana to accelerate its development and liberalise its immigration policies as the recent for the change that took effect in May 2011.These global trends include the demands of globalization, initiatives like the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, and social issues like the Trafficking In Persons, drugs, fugitives from other countries and terrorists.Initial reports indicate that the new policy has been working smoothly with authorized embassies and consulates abroad being allowed to issue the visas under specified conditions. Those conditions are listed on the Ministries’ of Home and Foreign Affairs, and the Guyana Police Force’s websites.Caribbean 360 News Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more