NAFCU remains vigilant in protecting the credit union tax exemption as the White House prepares a stronger push for tax reform legislation – likely this week – according to reports.Reuters, covering a report from The Financial Times on Friday, reported that President Donald Trump would begin his efforts with a speech Wednesday in Missouri, according to National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.Also last week, Politico quoted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying that a focus on tax reform is a big priority for the Trump administration and that action would “probably” start this week and carry into the fall. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
CUNA was recognized Thursday for its grassroots success in getting tens of thousands of messages to legislators in support of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155). CUNA’s grassroots engagement with credit union leaders, which started at the 2018 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, resulted in more than 50,000 messages sent to Congress, and the bill being signed into law in May.CUNA engaged Phone2Action at CUNA GAC, getting credit union leaders to use a new technology to send messages of support for S. 2155. Phone2Action congratulated CUNA Thursday for its S. 2155 success in its digital advocacy update, The Bolt.The thousands of messages were sent to legislators prior to the Senate and House passage of the bill, and resulted in more face-to-face engagement between credit unions and legislators than any other campaign CUNA has undertaken. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Do you know why your employees stay in their roles? Do you know what supports their continued engagement in their work?If you begin answering this question with the words “I think …,” you may want to read on. As leaders, we make a lot of assumptions as to why our staff stay in their roles and many times are surprised when they leave. If staff continue to do their work, we can be lulled into a false sense of security, believing they are happy and content. However, this is not the same as engaged and motivated. Therefore, we need to be more proactive about knowing what our staff enjoy doing, what keeps them wanting to come to work each day and what they need to continue to grow. We can find out all these things by conducting stay interviews.Stay interviews are becoming more common, and many organizations have developed formal programs. However, whether your credit union has implemented a formal process or not, this is something you can do with your staff. Let’s look at stay interviews and how you can use them to be more proactive in knowing, and therefore retaining, your staff. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted for allegedly raping a woman in Hempstead two weeks ago.Special Victims Squad detectives issued a wanted poster on June 10 for Bayron Maldonado, who investigators alleged was “unlawfully present in an apartment” on Jerusalem Avenue when he allegedly raped and sodomized a female victim at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, June 2.Maldonado is described as 5-feet, 4-inches tall, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He is known to drive a 2004 Ford, Econoline Van, with New York license plate No. GXC-5792.His current whereabouts are unknown. Authorities said that the suspect should be considered dangerous.Detectives ask anyone with information on his location to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477) or Special Victims Squad detectives at 516-573-4022.
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State-owned energy giant Pertamina has begun constructing three oil and gas rigs worth US$105 million in the gas-rich offshore Mahakam Block to boost domestic production.Pertamina, through upstream subsidiary PT Pertamina Hulu Mahakam (PHM), signed a deal with engineering contractor PT Meindo Elang Indah on July 27 to have the rigs built by the fourth quarter of 2021.“At its peak, these three rigs will contribute up to 120 mmscfd [million metric standard cubic feet per day],” said PHM president director Danar Dodjoadhi on July 29. PHM, Indonesia’s fourth-most productive gas company, produced 624 mmscfd in the first half of the year. It expects the three rigs to provide 20 percent of its total production by 2024. Pertamina’s investment in the Mahakam Block in East Kalimantan is part of Indonesia’s larger aim of doubling gas production to 12,300 mmscfd by 2030 and becoming a major gas exporter in the Asia-Pacific region.Developing the aging block further is, however, a very costly undertaking as its reserves are confined in thousands of small, isolated, underground pockets. This means that PHM will periodically have to drill new wells to maintain production levels.Meindo Elang Indah will build one rig called “Jumelai” in the South Mahakam Field and two other rigs called “North Sisi” and “North Nubi” in the Sisi Nubi Field.Gas from the three rigs will be channeled to Pertamina’s Refinery Unit V in Balikpapan.The project, at its peak, will require between 900 and 1,000 workers. The rigs are also expected to have a 51.2 percent local content (TKDN) requirement, said Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Task Force (SKK Migas) official Sulistya Hastuti Wahyu.“We extend our appreciation to PHM for completing this tender on time, within 88 days,” he said.Topics :
Wilfried Zaha informs Crystal Palace he wants to leave to join a Champions League club Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 May 2019 11:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link62Shares Wilfried Zaha is looking to leave Crystal Palace this summer (Picture: Getty)Wilfried Zaha has informed Crystal Palace that he wants to leave the club this summer in order to fulfil his ambition of playing in the Champions League next season.According to the Daily Mail, the 26-year-old met Palace’s chairman Steve Parish directly following the conclusion of the Premier League season to express his desire to move on.A host of clubs have been linked with the Ivory Coast international over the past couple of seasons including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Spurs and Borussia Dortmund.Palace will be extremely reluctant to part with their talisman, particularly after he agreed a five-year deal worth a club-record £130,000 per week last summer, but are braced for offers.ADVERTISEMENT Crystal Palace value Zaha at £80m (Picture: Getty)Given the length remaining on Zaha’s deal at Selhurst Park and his importance to Roy Hodgson’s side, Palace have priced Zaha at £80m and plan to reinvest that in two or three players.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Mail report also suggests that if Zaha is allowed to leave Palace, there would be a knock-on effect on Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s future, with the right-back thought to be of interest to Manchester United.If Zaha leaves, Palace are unlikely to sanction the sale of Wan-Bissaka as well unless they receive a huge fee.‘I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast,’ Zaha told the Daily Mail last month.‘I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityZaha’s desire to play in the Champions League could rule out a return to Old Trafford where he endured a disappointing period in his career previously, as well as potentially Arsenal who need to beat Chelsea in the Europa League final to qualify.In terms of goals, this season was Zaha’s best in the Premier League as he scored ten in 34 appearances while also registering five assists.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Advertisement Comment
Liquor Reform, The Blog There’s been a lot of talk about wine in grocery stores and beer at gas stations since Governor Wolf signed the most significant liquor reform bill since Prohibition.These are huge reforms and wins for consumers and will make purchasing wine and beer much more convenient for Pennsylvanians. But what you may not know is that the law also provides for any Pennsylvania resident to ship wine from anywhere in the world to their home.This puts the consumer first and breaks down barriers to getting wine from a variety of new sources. Consumers can direct ship up to 36 cases containing at most 9 liters of wine each per calendar year.Here’s how the Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported the change:“For the state’s most devoted wine lovers, a much bigger deal is the adoption of direct-to-consumer shipping from winemakers nationwide – putting Pennsylvania in line with 43 other states that give residents access to wine clubs from obscure West Coast wineries.”Jeremy Benson, executive director of Free the Grapes!, a California group that has been advocating for direct shipping nationally since 1998, welcomed the shift in Pennsylvania.“It’s a populous state. It is a state with a lot of wine lovers in it, and it is the last of the large states that has continued to effectively bar winery direct shipping,” he said. “For all those reasons, it is a very, very important win for consumers.””It’s true: this is a big win for consumers, especially wine lovers.But, wait! There are even more changes that benefit consumers and Pennsylvania businesses outside grocery stores. Here’s a few other changes you should like:Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits stores can now offer coupons and customer loyalty programs, including buy-one-get-one and seasonal promotions;Bars and breweries can now operate a “mug club” which could mean big discounts on beer for members;Pennsylvania-based breweries, wineries and distilleries can sell each other’s products for consumption; andBreweries, wineries and distilleries can now more easily offer tastings and sell products at farmers markets and other food and beverage fairs. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary BLOG: Want Wine? Ship it to Your House Under New Liquor Reform Bill. June 14, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Eco Tankers, a joint venture of Venice Shipping and Logistics and d’Amico International Shipping, has signed a memorandum of agreement to sell an MR product tanker.Under the deal, the joint venture’s 49,990 dwt MT High Sun would be disposed for a consideration of USD 28.7 million. The unit was built in 2014 by South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo.d’Amico, that holds a 33% participation in the JV, said that the transaction would result in a profit on disposal and allows Eco Tankers to generate around USD 12.8 million in cash, net of commissions and the reimbursement of the vessel’s existing loan.“The sale price confirms the market’s improving fundamentals, with prices and time-charter rates for eco MR vessels on an upward trend over the last eighteen months,” Paolo d’Amico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico International Shipping, said.As of today, d’Amico’s fleet comprises 49.5 double-hulled product tankers, of which 23 owned, 17.5 chartered-in and 9 bareboat chartered-in.
NZ Herald 6 August 2020The “wild west” vaping industry has three months to get its house in order after a new law banning advertising and restricting flavours has finally passed under urgency.It’s taken 620 days to get the law over the line after Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa promised to regulate the industry in November 2018.It wasn’t until this year she introduced the bill, which was voted through the House late last night – just before the final sitting day in this term of government.Salesa blamed the delays on it being a “complex bill”, and said it was the most significant change to the Smokefree Act.“It has taken a while.”The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Vaping Amendment Bill will come into effect in three months’ time, in November.It has broadly been welcomed but some fear it is too restrictive and could result in people using vaping as a smoking-cessation tool to turn back to cigarettes.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12354092