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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A driver was summonsed after he was involved in a crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist in the biker’s hometown of Port Jefferson Station on Monday evening, Suffolk County police said.Matthew Bock, 21, was riding a Yamaha southbound on Route 112 when he collided with a Toyota Camry driven by 66-year-old Anthony Tufariello of Copiague, who was making a left turn onto Sagamore Hills Drive at 9:15 p.m., police said.Bock was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.Tufariello was not injured but he was issued a ticket for driving with an expired registration.Sixth Squad detectives impounded both vehicles for safety checks, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Vardallas John A. Vardallas CAE, CUDE is Founder/CEO of The AmericanBoomeR Group, a Madison, Wisconsin based speaking/consulting firm. He is also Senior Faculty Advisor/Project Evaluator for SCMS and … Web: Details According to the Chinese Calendar 2018 is the Year of the DOG. The dog represents loyalty and generosity. The dog is an ethical and idealistic sign and the year which takes his name will make grow the grade of social awareness. So happiness and prosperity trends with the improving economy will be a harbinger for credit union leadership as we head into the New Year.With recent political, economic and regulatory changes to the American landscape, the new year bodes well for exceptional opportunity which credit unions should take full advantage. Overall many aspects of these changes have caused many of us to shift and use more new technology and innovation in dealing with our financial situations and engagement in serving members.There is good news these days. The stock market is at an all-time high and there is an upward GDP trend. Overall US credit union membership has hit 106 million plus. Loan growth is increasing. Net interest margins and operating expenses are improving. Inflation is relatively flat and the housing market is recovering.  Regulation is loosening and the national unemployment rate is the lowest in decades.2018 is the year for credit unions to really continue to step up and help members respond to new changes and challenges (student debt/rising interest rates/cyber security issues) to improve and add comfort to their financial lifestyle.I would offer these “Super 8 in 18” suggestions for setting a course to prosper in the New Year:Work the Back Yard. Focus on deepening relationships (more wallet share) with your current members. Get closer and really get to know your members. Offer one stop financial services shopping and don’t make your members jump through whoop s to do business. Continue to engage in community socially responsible causes showing the credit union difference.Review your Fee structures for market place adjustments. I am not suggesting we gouge our members, only that we alter fees based on the local marketplace. We still will be the best deal in town.Have a Collaboration, Partnership, Alliance and Merger Policy/Strategy.Train staff to cross serve/sell and wow members at every touch point opportunity 7x24x365. Embrace being a “Member- Centric” CU. All staff, volunteers, vendors and members should be advocates for your credit union.Use Good On-Boarding practices to Reconnect and Engage current and new members by offering incentives–(Buy local Groupon/ miles/reward programs/prepaid cards/cash back/free credit scores/reports) and concierge services to empower them to connect. Give members real reasons for being a member, not just a customer. Membership should have its privileges. Offer Certificate of Member Ownership/Toll Free 800 Member Care number.Embrace Innovation: Mobile/Tablet Technology and Social Media. Be Appilicious–Utilize innovative ideas to create “Apps for This and That” especially for Hispanic Members! Teach members to serve themselves via technology. A CU Alexa will join the Apple watch coming to members households and vehicles.Offer Suite of Services to help Different Demographic Members. Tax/Legal (Wills) Services/End of Life (Burial) loans/Long term Care for senior members. Look for Non-traditional/Lifestyle Products/Services that your members could really benefit. Set up Retirement Service Center programs to help boomers fund their Golden Years (Direct deposit SS Checks/Debit Card).Reach out to young adults and women via Micro Lending and Small Business Services.Stop asking Gen XYZ why they do that? Make it a strategic imperative to appeal to and attract more Youth and Young Adults. The under 30 Demographic is your next generation of lending business and lifelong members for your credit union. Find ways to help them ease their burden of student debt and offer financial counseling/programs.This is the time to not only to survive in the future but to thrive! Reach out and develop a different optimistic strategic mind set about growth focusing on maintaining our differentiation–why we do what we do versus what we do in our communities will distinguish us from the rest and help us prosper.Our Credit unions will need to step up, promote our purpose and focus on our commitment to members to stay ahead and not let this opportunistic financial services marketplace go to the dogs.Happy New Year!last_img read more

first_imgArsenal legend Thierry Henry a candidate to replace Quique Setien at Barcelona Advertisement Thierry Henry is currently the head coach of Montreal Impact (Picture: Getty)Barcelona have added Thierry Henry to their shortlist of contenders to succeed doomed head coach Quique Setien.The 61-year-old’s turbulent eight month reign is almost certain to come to an end in the next 48 hours with Barcelona set to hold an emergency board meeting on Monday following Friday night’s humiliating 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Maurici Pochettino is said to be the leading candidate, but his affiliation with Barcelona’s local rivals Espanyol means he is far from a unanimous choice. The former Tottenham boss has recently backtracked on comments he made 18 months ago, ruling out the possibility of managing Barcelona but he is far from a shoo-in for the job.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRonald Koeman, a former Barcelona player who has recently recovered from heart surgery, is under consideration, as is Max Allegri who has enjoyed a year-long sabbatical after leaving Juventus last summer. Quique Setien is set to be sacked by Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Legendary captain Xavi has regularly been linked with a return to the club but he is likely to resist the temptation of making an emotional return and remain at Al Sadd but his former team-mate Henry could be sounded out according to Sport. The Arsenal legend endured a wretched start to his managerial career, sacked after just six months with Monaco and is currently the head coach of MLS side Montreal Impact.Whoever takes the job, however, will be inheriting a dispirited side in disarray following a record breaking defeat, after which Gerard Pique conceded he may have played his final game for the club.He said: ‘Fresh blood is needed. We’ve have hit rock bottom now. We all need to reflect and see what’s best for Barca.‘Coaches and players follow one another, but it has been several years since we have been able to be competitive on a European level.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‘We all have to think internally and decide what is best for the club, for Barca. Tonight was unacceptable for Barcelona.‘It’s very hard to take but I hope it will be useful for something, for us to all think about it.‘The club needs changes. And I’m not talking at the level of the coach or the players, but structurally the club needs changes of all kinds.‘We must bring in new blood to change this dynamic, and if necessary, I would be the first to leave.’MORE: Video captures a broken Lionel Messi inside Barcelona dressing room against Bayern MunichMORE: Lionel Messi will consider quitting Barcelona after Bayern Munich embarrassment, believes Rio FerdinandFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 15 Aug 2020 7:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link239Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIt also manages a separate CHF4bn portfolio for seven closed pension funds with no active members.In this portfolio, the share of domestic bonds stood at 36% – twice as high as in the larger portfolio.A 2.9% return on domestic bonds helped the performance reach a positive 2.1% for 2015 for the retiree portfolio.This return was further aided by a large exposure to domestic real estate, which, at 20%, was almost three times that of the open portfolio.According to Publica, domestic real estate was the best-performing asset class in 2015 at 6.3%.The pension fund noted that, despite last year’s loss, it has still outperformed its benchmarks, Pictet’s BVG indices, by 20bps between 2000 and 2015, with a 2.9% average return.Meanwhile, Swiss companies saw their pension funding decline over the last year as discount rates fell and returns were only just positive, according to the quarterly Willis Towers Watson Swiss Pension Finance Watch.Year on year, funding levels came down from 96.5% to 94.8% after an even lower drop at the end of September to 92.4%.According to Willis Towers Watson, the fact the discount rate remained steady in the last quarter helped prevent a further decline in the funding level.This development was aided by the fact that the overall average return in Swiss company pension funds stood at approximately 1% at year-end.The consultancy’s calculations are based on the returns of Pictet’s BVG-40 pension index with a 40% equity exposure.Other Pictet BVG indices with different underlying asset allocations estimated a much lower return for 2015 at less than 0.5%. Publica, Switzerland’s largest public pension fund, has reported a 2.5% loss on its open portfolio for 2015.In a statement, it cited the negative impact of a 14% exposure to emerging market debt and equities, with director Dieter Stohler also pointing out that emerging market currencies devalued by approximately 11% against the Swiss franc over the period.He said the fund’s decision, however, to hedge developed-markets fully had boosted Publica’s overall return by 130 basis points.Publica manages the open portfolio – by far the largest component of the scheme, with more than CHF32bn (€26bn) in assets – on behalf of 14 other pension funds, including its own.last_img read more

first_imgThe Telegraph 2 February 2015Two elderly Scottish cousins who relied on each other to get by have undergone joint euthanasia because they feared being put in separate care homes.Stuart Henderson, 86, and Phyllis McConachie, 89, took their lives together in a Swiss clinic in November last year. Neither was terminally ill.The pair had lived together for 40 years and managed to look after each other in a sheltered housing complex.But, with Ms McConachie having injured her hip in a fall and with Mr Henderson’s onset dementia, the cousins worried they would be sent to different homes and separated.Their joint deaths have sparked outrage among anti-euthanasia campaigners, who have described their case as “the ultimate abandonment” due to a lack of patient-centred care in the UK.Mr Henderson and Ms McConachie travelled to Eternal Spirit – an assisted-dying organisation in Basel, Switzerland – where they were given lethal medication.They died holding hands on Nov 10. read more

first_imgMason Parris of Lawrenceburg has advanced to The Wrestling State Finals (220 #) with two victories.  Mason will defend his State Crown against Corbin Maddox of Daleville tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.Andrew Negangard of East Central will wrestle for 5th Place in (152#).  Jake Ruberg of Lawrenceburg will battle for 7th Place in (170 #).Way to go area Grapplers!last_img

first_img Press Association The Aidan O’Brien-trained Michaelmas was sent off an easy-to-back 11-10 favourite for a seven-runner race made up of unraced juveniles and looked likely to collect when travelling strongly at the top of the home straight. However, Focus On Venice knuckled down to his task admirably under Kevin Manning and with Michaelmas running green once coming under pressure, Jim Bolger’s youngster passed the post a head to the good. Focus On Venice resisted the late thrust of Michaelmas to claim the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Leopardstown.center_img Bolger said: “Kevin said it was very hard to keep straight with the wind – they are difficult conditions today, but he does seem to handle soft ground. “We’ll be stepping him up to seven furlongs and he’s a horse I can see going on to better things.” last_img read more

first_img Warnock had fallen out with Puncheon publicly after criticising the pacy midfielder’s missed penalty against Tottenham. Puncheon was all set to leave Palace in January, only for Warnock to be sacked in December and Pardew to subsequently take over after parting company with Newcastle. Pardew worked with Puncheon at Southampton, and admitted his delight that the 28-year-old had completed new Palace terms. “I don’t think he needs to repay anyone really,” said Pardew. “He came here and the mood was right for him and the club, but I think he’s found a home here, and a leadership. “You musn’t underestimate the influence he has over young players here. “Our academy, and I don’t have a problem saying it, is 80 per cent black. “We need some black players here setting the right example. “And Jason Puncheon, he’s fantastic, and they need to look up to him and see that you can reach the heights of the Premier League here.” Pardew hailed Puncheon as Palace’s top-performing player since he assumed the manager’s role in January. “Since I came in halfway through the season, Jason Puncheon has been the best player,” said Pardew. “He’s orchestrated our play, we’ve added and I’ve given him more responsibility than he’s ever had, in terms of a central role. “And he’s answered all those questions. “And he’s now made himself the intelligence of the team. “He’s very influential and very important.” Palace face Liverpool on Saturday, in Steven Gerrard’s final Anfield bow before joining LA Galaxy in the summer. Pardew was West Ham manager when Gerrard’s last-gasp long-range strike denied the Hammers FA Cup glory in the 2006 final. Liverpool salvaged a 3-3 draw at the death and went on to lift the cup on penalties, and Pardew still recalls Gerrard offering words of consolation before launching the celebrations. Pardew hailed Gerrard’s “mystique” that will cement his place in Anfield folkore. “I heard he said his best goal was the cup final goal against West Ham, for the equaliser,” said Pardew. “Nigel Reo-Coker just dropped off him at the death, and Steven smashed it into the bottom corner. “He’s done that consistently throughout his career, come up with an inspirational moment for Liverpool, and that’s why he’s loved. “And that’s why he has that tremendous mystique to his playing career. “He came up and consoled me after the cup final rather than celebrate, so that just shows the measure of the man.” Pardew also tipped former club Newcastle to beat the drop, backing under-fire boss John Carver to ease the Magpies to safety in their final two Premier League clashes. “No I don’t think they’ll go down,” said Pardew. “If someone had said to me when I left that with two games to go they couldn’t finish above us, I would have said you were completely mad. “It’s a strange scenario where they find themselves, and now the starting XI must produce at QPR, and they must produce at West Ham. “I’ve great confidence that they will, they’ve been through a few wars, so they are battle-weary and battle-ready, and hopefully they can show the fight in them to get over the line.” Press Association Palace boss Pardew has revealed former Southampton winger Puncheon has signed a four-year contract extension with the Croydon club. Defender Damien Delaney has also completed a one-year contract extension, as Palace start the process of retaining in-form stars like Puncheon, and in-demand Yannick Bolasie. Alan Pardew believes Jason Puncheon committing his long-term future to Crystal Palace will convince other top stars to stay on at Selhurst Park. Pardew has already slapped a £60million price tag on Democratic Republic of Congo winger Bolasie this term, and now believes Puncheon’s loyalty will help keep his squad together. “Yes it does help keep other players at the club,” said Pardew, after Puncheon committed to Palace until June 2019. “You need to keep your best technical players. “The level we are at, in terms of that 10 or 15 clubs below the very top teams, it’s difficult to get players of Punch’s ability. “So it’s very important for us to secure him, I’m very pleased about it. “He can play a number of roles and we can look forward to seeing more of him next year.” Puncheon flourished under Tony Pulis as Palace pulled away from a relegation fight to finish 11th last term, before the arrival of Neil Warnock threatened his future at the club at the start of the current campaign. Pulis walked out on the eve of the season after rows about transfer policy, with Warnock returning to Palace in a stop-gap capacity. last_img read more

first_img Ex-Lyon boss Garde has been heavily linked with the managerial vacancy at Villa Park but is reportedly keen to take with him two members of his old backroom staff. Those coaches, Bruno Genesio and Gerald Baticle, are still working at Lyon and the Ligue 1 club have said they will not be allowed to leave. Captain Micah Richards admits the next manager, whoever it is, must make an instant impact to turn around the club’s season. Richards told Sky Sports News: “The manager who comes in needs to be able to get us going straight away. “We haven’t got any time to settle in or blend in. We need to get going from the start. Whoever it is, whether it is Garde, lets hope they can do that. “If they speak French obviously it is going to be easier for them (the French players) to understand how they want to play. Let’s hope he speaks just as good English as French because we’re in England. When I went to Fiorentina I had to learn Italian and I had to try to adapt.” Press Association Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas told Le Progres: “Remi, I hope, will go to Aston Villa, he deserves a big English club. “But an assistant under contract cannot leave. And anyway, a deputy cannot ask that.” Villa are searching for their third manager in eight months after sacking Tim Sherwood on Sunday. Sherwood paid the price for a poor start to the season in which Villa won just one of their opening 10 Barclays Premier League games. They are bottom of the table and four points from the safety line ahead of Monday’s trip to Tottenham. Garde, a former Arsenal midfielder, has emerged as the front-runner for the position this week. The initial favourites, David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers, have drifted in the betting while there does not appear to have been significant movement concerning another potential candidate, former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson in recent days. Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is now out of the reckoning having agreed to take over at AEK Athens. Aston Villa’s hopes of bringing in Remi Garde as their next manager may have been hampered by the Frenchman’s former club Lyon.last_img read more

first_imgMoscow, July 9: Belgium winger Nacer Chadli has said Spanish coach Roberto Martinez deserved credit for the team’s success at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Under Martinez, Belgium won Group G ahead of England and impressively rallied back from a 0-2 deficit against Japan to make it a 3-2 win before defeating Brazil 2-1 in the quarterfinals, reports Efe.”Roberto Martinez started with a small club (Wigan), he did a very good job and went to Everton, and with his experience, style and way of thinking, we are here today, it’s because of him,” Chadli said in a press conference on Sunday ahead of the semifinal clash against France.Chadli said defeating Brazil gave the team a big boost, but confirmed the team would not get caught up in the hype.”The enthusiasm in Belgium after the Brazil-Belgium clash is just wonderful. But we have to be with our feet on the ground now,” the West Bromwich Albion player said.”If you can beat Brazil, you do not have to fear anyone. We respect everybody, but if we play with fear we will not be able to beat France,” Chadli said.Chadli praised France, calling it a team of high quality that masters the counter attack and paying special tribute to Kylian Mbappe.”Apart from (Argentine star Lionel) Messi, I have not seen (players) doing things like what Mbappe does at his age, but yet there is no anti-Mbappe plan as we have not spoken yet about how we are going to play,” Chadli said. IANSlast_img read more