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  • Nussle points out hypocrisy of bank attacks on tax status, mergers

    first_imgThe latest bank attacks on credit unions have a new level of hypocrisy previously unseen in the financial services sector, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote in Credit Union JournalFriday. Responding to attacks on the tax status and emergency mergers by the big banks, Nussle pointed out the $21 billion windfall banks saw in 2018, and the recently announced merger that would create the sixth largest bank in the country.Bloomberg reported this week that major U.S. banks saw a $21 billion decrease in their tax bills for 2018 due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.“Big banks didn’t invest that money in their own people. Instead they cut around 4,300 jobs last year. The ratio of bank personnel costs to bank revenue declined, as bank employees helped make more money for shareholders but got a smaller part of it. Banks didn’t invest it into communities. Lending growth was 1.3% slower than the previous year,” Nussle wrote. “The real winner of the bank tax windfall seems to be shareholders who got a $28 billion increase in dividends and stock buybacks in 2018. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Ireland steadfast over Sexton

    first_imgIrish rugby chiefs have reacted angrily to claims throwing Johnny Sexton into RBS 6 Nations action against France after a 12-week concussion lay-off could prove “a big mistake”. Press Association Ireland have not previously made public the fact that they chose not to select Sexton for their first-round clash in Rome, which Joe Schmidt’s side won 26-3 last weekend. The intimation was that Sexton was simply not available as he completed the final week of his three-month absence. This statement claims otherwise, and is designed to assert the IRFU’s right to field Sexton this weekend, and prove an extra level of sensitivity to their approach. France spent the early part of the week volunteering their determination to throw the kitchen sink, as well as tree-trunk centre Mathieu Bastareaud, straight down Sexton’s channel at the Aviva Stadium. Captain Thierry Dusautoir and assistant coach Yannick Bru attempted to downplay such tactics in Friday’s press conference in Dublin however – and Ireland’s frustrations with outside commentary may just account for some of that carefully-orchestrated backward step. When Ireland’s scrum coach Greg Feek and Paul O’Connell addressed 47-cap Sexton’s return on Friday lunchtime, both men hailed his physical condition and mental fortitude. Feek believes it is “a credit” to Sexton that he is fully fit and itching for a Test return after his absence. “Johnny’s selected, he’s been keen to play and he’s fine,” said Feek. “We’ve got brilliant medical staff and strength and conditioning staff, and we all work together on that process. “Then the players themselves are involved in that. “When is the right time? What is the right game? That’s the big question-mark. “We felt this was it. He did everything he needed to do, so it’s a credit to the player to be available at this point as well.” Ireland captain Paul O’Connell hailed Sexton as “an incredible player”, who will cope with whatever France throw at him on Saturday. “Johnny’s a really good professional, he enjoys his training,” said O’Connell. “While he wasn’t able to train very hard in his earlier days of being out, he’s treated the break as a bit of a mini pre-season as well. “He’s been able to look after his hamstring and get a bit of weights done, and relax the mind a bit. “It’s great to have him back in the side: he’s an incredible player, and he’s very aware of how Joe (Schmidt) wants things done having worked under him for a long time. “I played in a team with Ronan O’Gara for many years where teams knew how important he was to us and always attacked the 10 channel. “It’s every team’s focus to attack the 10 channel, it’s where a team’s playmaker is and it’s part and parcel of the game. “France can attack us anywhere and attacking the 10 channel is nothing new.” Former France international Laurent Benezech has questioned Ireland’s decision to start Sexton against Les Bleus in Dublin on Saturday, following his three-month stand-down for suffering four concussions in one year. Ireland have defended the decision to select the Racing Metro fly-half all week, but were moved to issue a pointed statement on Friday night, “to clarify some facts”. Ireland have revealed for the first time that Sexton could have played against Italy last weekend – and by inference are aiming to highlight their careful handling of the British and Irish Lions fly-half. “Player welfare is the primary concern of the Ireland medical and management team,” reads the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) statement. “All of the medical experts directly involved in the management of Johnny Sexton are satisfied that he is fit to return to the field of play.” Irish bosses branded Benezech’s comments as “disappointing and inaccurate commentary”, explaining Sexton has remained free of any concussion symptoms for the last two months of his enforced three-month absence. Former France star Benezech told the Irish Times: “Ireland is in trouble as playing Sexton after what happened to him is a big mistake.” Sexton was stood down from action by independent neurologists instructed by the French Top 14’s governing body, and the IRFU has acceded to those wishes throughout his 12-week break from action. The IRFU statement continued: “Johnny was cleared to play on Thursday, February 5 by independent neurologists in France and Ireland, the FFR concussion review committee, the Racing Metro medical team, the Ireland medical team.” Ireland’s statement is a step rendered all the more unusual given the detail within it was not revealed or volunteered in a Friday lunchtime press conference, despite much discussion of Sexton’s situation. last_img read more

  • ABA League: Igokea defeated Zadar

    first_imgBasketball players of Igokea from Aleksandrovac near Laktaši defeated Croatian basketball club Zadar with 90:75 in the match of 21st round of ABA League.The most efficient player of Igokea was Edwards with 15 points, Jorović 14, and Joksimović 10 points.In the team of Zadar, the most efficient player is Kastropil with 19 points.With this victory, Igokea kept the leader position at the scoreboard of ABA League.Scoreboard:1. Igokea 21 16 5 1611:1470 372. Crvena zvezda 21 15 6 1715:1521 363. Budućnost 21 13 8 1521:1435 344. Radnički 21 13 8 1695:1617 345. Partizan 21 13 8 1537:1484 346. Cedevita 21 12 9 1568:1551 337. Union Olimpija 21 11 10 1616:1604 328. MZT Skopje 21 11 10 1544:1568 329. Krka 21 9 12 1459:1546 3010. Cibona 21 7 14 1607:1620 2811. Široki Brijeg 21 7 14 1534:1575 2812. Zadar 21 7 14 1560:1630 2813. Split 21 7 14 1469:1599 2814. Szolnoki Olaj 21 6 15 1490:1706 27last_img read more

  • Clear Lake council sets pubic hearing for approving second phase of City Beach Enhancement Project

    first_imgView City Beach presentation at this link CLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council this week set the date for a public hearing on the second phase of the City Beach Enhancement Project. The project, estimated at $1.2 million, features the construction of a splash pad, a new restroom facility, a sun shade shelter area, as well as landscaping and lighting improvements. Jason Blome of RDG Planning & Design says the new splash pad would have three different zones, with one zone being more geared to toddlers.  “It has a variety of play opportunities with a foaming geyser-gusher, kind of smaller jets that aren’t quite as intimidating for the smaller kids. They can sit down and really get integrated into those splash pad features. There’s also vertical features in this particular zone for the young kids. We’ve got a fish, a frog, a really large leaf component, and a little waterfall-volcano type element in that area.”Blome says the other two zones will also incorporate lighting into the splash pad.  “A lot of the components in zone two and three also have LED lighting, so at night those features would be lit up. One of the strategic reasons for these locations is they are right along the beach in the walkway, and they’re kind of a nice forefront to the restroom building that will have some art features incorporated onto the facade of that building as well. Also in the fringes of these areas are some smaller bubblers for the young kids as well.” Blome says the sun shade shelter will be a nice added feature for adults watching their children enjoy the splash pad.  “Another architectural component to the site is the shade canopy that is located directly to and parallel with the water treatment plant. It provides shade respite for the parents, good for flexible type use, adjacent to the splash pad area.” Councilman Mike Callanan was part of a committee of councilmen, city staff and community organizations that’s been working with RDG on the project. He says the plan has exceeded his expectations of improving the area.  “From a personal standpoint, it’s got the wow factor, and I think the locals, as well as people visiting our beautiful community, are going to find it as a very wonderful thing for the city of Clear Lake.” The public hearing and award of contract for the second phase of the City Beach improvements will be held at the council’s January 6th meeting. last_img read more

  • Love sweat and humility atop Chirripó

    first_imgFrom the print editionThere is a moment in every mountain ascent when the question must be asked: “Why am I doing this?”Sure, glory and bragging rights await at the summit. But while facing things like frostbite or hypothermia, with kilometers left to go, I have to think that even the world’s best mountaineers wonder why they chose physical anguish over a day of poolside margaritas. I didn’t experience frostbite or overcome acute mountain sickness while scaling Cerro Chirripó, Costa Rica’s tallest mountain. But I’d be lying if I said every moment was characterized by ebullience and an improved sense of self-worth. Take kilometer eight, for example, about a third of the way up our 21-km journey, where terrain difficulty level spiked. Kilometer seven was tough, but on the inclined, rocky staircase that is km eight, I came to the humble realization that my girlfriend was the better climber. Much better. On several occasions, she ascended tens of meters ahead of me and then waited, looking down at her sweaty hulk of a boyfriend as his lungs heaved and he made excuses about the weight of his bag, a whopping 4 kilograms heavier than hers. Though she was patient at first, it was soon evident that I could not keep up. Like the final scene from “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” when the wounded protagonist urges his lover to push on and leave him behind as the enemy draws near, I told my girlfriend to carry on without me.  “Forget me not!” I shouted. “I will forever live in your heart!” Well, maybe not that dramatic, but you get the point. Fortunately for me, kilometers 9 through 13 are flatter and smoother. The vegetation and climate shift, too, with skeletons of leafless trees lining the path as the mountain air chills. Kilometer 13, the final ascent before reaching base camp at kilometer 14, is known as the “hill of regrets” (cuesta de arrepentidos). The name is apt, but you make it.Almost all hikers that brave Chirripó do. It’s undeniably challenging, much more so than I expected, but hundreds of people of all ages, sizes and shapes reach the 3,820-meter (12,532-feet) peak every year. One septuagenarian couple in my group was climbing Chirripó for the 55th time. If they could do it at more than double my age, and I could not, my already waning confidence (due to my girlfriend’s mountain dominance) would have been decimated.   The magic mountain Indigenous groups who lived in the shadow of Chirripó allegedly referred to the peak as “the magic mountain.” On a clear day at the summit, it is said that you can see both the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Momentarily, you are hovering above Costa Rica, looking down at the layers of rolling mountains as they descend towards the sea. The mountain’s magic, as I interpreted it, is its geographical distinction from the rest of tropical Costa Rica. Jagged mountain formations, thin cold air, oak forests and fern groves are not traditionally associated with this country, where surfboard shorts significantly outnumber winter parkas.  Formed by glaciers that melted tens of thousands of years ago, the park’s ashen rock cliffs spiral and jut from the earth above small lakes and marshes in the valleys below. Clouds frequently roll through and cover the peaks. At night, stars glow just beyond the mountains. And if you watch the sky for a few minutes in the early morning, you’re likely to see stars cascade across the atmosphere.   Once you hit base camp, the bulk of the climb is behind you. Cerro Chirripó’s summit is an additional two-km ascent, preceded by a four- to five-km hike across the Valle de los Conejos (Rabbit Valley). The final trek up to the peak is difficult, requiring some all-fours hand-and-foot climbing up the side of the ridge, but once you’ve gone that far, turning back is no longer a viable option. Plus, there’s a log book at the summit to write your name, securing your place in the illustrious society of Central American mountaineering legends. If that isn’t motivation to finish, I don’t know what is.Most hikers summit Chirripó in two days. A first-day, 14-km hike to the albergue, or base camp, is the first step. After a night at the base camp, with Spartan barracks, cold water and a kitchen for guests to prepare meals, most set out early the following day to scale the peak in the morning hours before heading back down to the small towns outside Pérez Zeledón, the region’s largest city. Descent and vengeance Our group, organized by the Tropical Studies Organization at the University of Costa Rica, stayed two nights at camp before heading back to civilization. The downward trek is less grueling, though twisting an ankle on a slippery rock is a common fate of the weary hiker. On the way down, motivated by the thought of a celebratory beer or two, I accelerated my pace during the final few kilometers. At the base of the trail, I waited for my girlfriend to catch up. As she neared, a fellow hiker asked her where I’d run off to. “I beat him on the way up,” she said. “I think he wanted to beat me on the way down so I let him go ahead. He needs that sort of thing for his ego.” Regardless of her alleged forfeit, the ego was in good shape. Forty-five kilometers in three days put my feet atop Costa Rica’s most daunting peak, all the while carrying double the weight of my girlfriend’s diminutive frame. Poolside margarita time. Going thereChirripó National Park is in southern Costa Rica along the Talamanca mountain range. Tracopa line buses run from San José to San Isidro de El General, also known as Pérez Zeledón. From there, it’s an additional 30-minute ride east to the entrance in San Gerardo de Rivas. Shuttles and tour operators also run direct trips and hiking excursions. Park reservations are required, and can be made by calling 2742-5083 or sending an e-mail to [email protected] Entrance fee is $8 for nationals and $15 for international visitors. The park is closed most of October and November. Reservations for Dec.-May can be arranged beginning Nov. 1. The dorm in the park costs $10/night. A group of porters, known as the Asociación de Arrieros, Guías y Porteadores, can be hired to haul gear up to the dorm. Each kilo carried costs ₡1,500 ($3). Facebook Comments Adam Williams No related posts. Can journalist Adam Williams come to terms with the fact that his girlfriend, Yessenia Soto, is the better climber?last_img read more