NFL set to release schedule for upcoming season

first_imgMay 4, 2020 /Sports News – National NFL set to release schedule for upcoming season Written by Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) — The NFL is moving full steam ahead with its plans for the upcoming season.The league plans to start play on time and is slated to release its schedule for the 2020 season this week.However, things will look different when players return to the field and fans head to stadiums across the country.ABC News’ Victor Oquendo explains some of the changes you can expect to see in the video below:Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Why do we care about the international credit union community?

first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Branch Dr. Brian Branch, president and CEO of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), was appointed in 2011. Dr. Branch has worked at WOCCU since 1990 and has been engaged in … Web: www.woccu.org Details We build, champion, defend and grow a global credit union community that improves lives. Why do we care?Credit unions improve lives. Credit unions provide many with their first access to financial services. In country after country, we have seen how credit unions help people provide better food and shelter for their families. In places like Ethiopia, credit unions provide food security through simultaneous access to better irrigation and finance for crops. This builds a sustainable cycle of crop harvest, savings and financing for the next crop so that families can withstand periodic droughts. We also see how credit unions help their members educate their children to achieve a better life.Credit unions empower and champion the common person. Credit unions provide people with financial dignity. This is why we work to introduce democracy through credit union grassroots operations in Cuba.Credit unions provide people access to financial services when and where no other institution will. In the conflict areas of Ukraine, credit unions are the only remaining institutions that offer families financing for small enterprises and employment. Credit unions serve small account holders and make the small loans that other institutions do not.Credit unions offer a fairer price for services. Credit unions put members’ benefits before the profit of the institution. Credit unions provide a competitive alternative to other financial institutions, which charge higher prices and extract profit from consumers. This alternative keeps prices down and allows members to retain greater consumer surplus themselves.We already do these things in our own country. If we just keep doing this at home, we are doing good work. So, why do we care about the international credit union community?Supporting credit unions’ ability to provide these services worldwide allows us to improve lives of the poor, marginalized and underserved. This makes for a better and safer world. It is the right thing to do, but how does it help us at home?Many of us have family ties or heritage across borders. Credit unions help family members financially connect abroad and strengthen remittance ties. These ties have been very important to credit union development in Poland, Mexico and Cuba.To strengthen the positive image and to champion the credit union model, we point to local credit unions’ efforts to improve lives around the world. We highlight the contributions, volunteer work and hospitality that our own credit unions provide to credit unions serving the poor, establishing access for those who never had access before, and strengthening their operations. When we champion credit unions’ work—locally and internationally—to empower members, support their communities and support democracy, we raise public visibility and support among policy makers.Today, international standard setters often affect local regulation and legislation. International standard setters are more open to consider standards less damaging and more friendly to credit unions when we communicate credit unions’ role in financial inclusion worldwide—providing the underserved access to financial services. International standard setters are more inclined to be supportive when we stand from a position of strength. The international exchange of best practices, training, technical assistance and management systems builds a safe and secure international credit union system that protects each country’s brand quality and safety and soundness in the eyes of international standard setters and national regulators. International standard setters are more likely to respond to constituents of scale—both in terms of numbers and inter-connectedness. The growth of the global credit union system through Vision 2020 and the networking of the international system through the World Council give international standard setters a consistent channel to vet their emerging standards and to gather input from our 105-country credit union community.Why do we care about the international credit union community? We care because we belong to something larger than ourselves. We care because we want to support and participate in the good work that credit unions do around the world to improve lives. We also care because the international credit union system helps us achieve better local and international policy framework for all our institutions.last_img read more

Lakers’ Anthony Davis has no regrets on trade request: ‘I’m a grown man’

first_img Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles an ‘unlikely destination’ for JR Smith “I see a lot of people that say ‘wait’ or ‘you should have did it this way, that way.’ But for me, I’ve been in the league long enough. I’m a grown man. I know what I want. And so I thought doing it at that time was definitely going to be beneficial for myself and for the organization to get the best package available, so that way the organization is still set.”Davis went on to say he wanted to have complete control over his situation, and didn’t want other people’s opinions to affect his career. Troy Daniels says he was recruited to Lakers by Anthony Davis Lakers star Anthony Davis doesn’t have any regrets about his trade request and departure from the Pelicans. After he officially was introduced as a Laker following the Pelicans agreement to trade him in June, the six-time All-Star opened up about the months leading up to his trade after he requested to be moved in January. The Pelicans worked to deal him before the deadline in February, but failed to find a destination as talks with the Lakers fell apart.  NBA 2019-20 win-total projections: Bucks, Clippers lead the way When asked if he wished he did it any differently, Davis said: “No. I wish I did it the way I did it.””I’m a person who’s very upfront and honest,” he told ESPN. “You know, I want to tell you what it is. I love the city of New Orleans, but from a professional standpoint and occupation in basketball, I felt like it was time for me to move on. Related News “Because I allowed people to tell me what to do and advise me to do this or that. And now, by me being able to take control of my career, any decision that I make, you know — I can sleep at night. I’m good. That was the biggest thing for me. I was having a lot of regrets and thinking, I should have done it my way. Or, I should have done this differently. But now it’s like, when I do it my way — I’m able to sleep at night and not care what other people’s opinions are.”Since the addition of Davis, the Lakers have made big changes to their roster during free agency to complement both him and LeBron James. Davis revealed that general manager Rob Pelinka called “every 30 to 45 minutes” during the free-agent period to get his input on players.”Sometimes I had to tell him, like, ‘Rob, I’m in the movies.’ He’d be like, ‘All right, well, call me as soon as you get out,'” Davis said. “But we’re trying to put the best team around us, and I think he did a great job of doing it.”last_img read more

2020 NFL Draft: Auburn’s Derrick Brown proves structure, senior year can still pay off

first_img“When you think of military, you think of structure, and that’s how my dad lives his life,” Brown told SN. “Day in and day out, he stuck with the same routine. He held us accountable, and he and my mom always wanted to know what was going on with school.”That’s where it all started,” he said. “He coached me so hard in the classroom that it translated over to the field.”BENDER: Antonio Gandy-Golden is an NFL Draft sleeper worth paying attention toThat continues in the present. Brown is staying with his parents and prepping for the NFL Draft in Sugar Hill, Ga., in the middle of a quarantine because of the outbreak of COVID-19. Brown still is being held to the same routine he grew up with. For a potential top-10 pick, that means finding creative ways to work out. For example, Brown bought buckets and filled them with sand to use for weight training.Coming from a military family, @USAA and I understand service and sacrifice. Nothing is given to you. You have to earn everything. #NFLDraft #SaluteToService #NFLPartner pic.twitter.com/SQ9fSfwK4f— Derrick Brown (@DerrickBrownAU5) April 20, 2020″It’s not the most ideal thing to do, but you have to find a way to get it done,” Brown said. “The foundation is what I rely on. It may be tough times right now, but you have to do what you have to do, especially with my son. You might say you are more prepared for it because of that.”Brown is making the best of an extraordinary situation, but his outlook took a different shape with the birth of his son Kai in 2019. Brown had 48 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss for Auburn that season, but it was secondary to the lessons he leaned on his father for off the field.”When I became a father, that was the biggest thing I went through since being here on this Earth,” Brown said. “At the time I found out it was a scary thing; but having my dad in my corner and being able to reach out to him helped. Nobody can you teach how to be a man but the man that raised you. Those things helped me carry on in life and put what’s important first.”Brown returned for his senior season and piled up 54 tackles, four sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, helping Auburn beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl — “the best way to go out at Jordan-Hare.”All those memories are there, but Brown is most proud of the academic accomplishment.”I got to walk away with my degree in hand,” Brown said. “That’s something that is going to be with me the rest of my life. It was about getting to be there with my son and walking away with my degree.”BENDER: Kristian Fulton wants to continue LSU tradition of being ‘best corner’ in NFL Draft Auburn’s Derrick Brown would have been a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. On the field, there wasn’t much the 6-5, 318-pound defensive tackle had to prove.Brown, however, had other responsibilities in mind — ones that were taught by his father James — who served four years in the U.S. Army and four more in the National Guard — and his mother Martha. Brown, who partnered with USAA ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, shared some of those lessons with Sporting News. Brown will be home for Thursday’s NFL Draft, and it’s a moment he will enjoy with his family. All that structure and routine in a military family paid off.”We didn’t get to go to Vegas, but you have to adjust on the fly,” he said. “That’s something we can’t control. Just sitting here and thinking about it, the whole ultimate goal was to be able to make it with my family. I’m still going to be able to do that, and that is what means most to me.”Brown partnered with USAA, the NFL’s Official Salute to Service partner, to share his story about growing up in a military family and how that prepared him for success on the field. “That was cool that they would even look to me, let me be a part of this and let me tell my story,” Brown said. “The military is something special to me and family.”last_img read more

Samuel Little: Most Prolific Serial Killer in US History

first_imgThe FBI confirming that Samuel Little is the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. Little, who’s 79, has confessed to 93 murders including several in South Florida.Little has a photographic memory and has drawn the faces of all of his victims, many of whom have not been identified. The FBI says Little killed more than Bundy, Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy combined. Five years after analysts with the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) began linking cases to convicted murderer Samuel Little—and nearly 18 months after a Texas Ranger began to elicit from him a breathtaking number of confessions—the FBI has confirmed Little to be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.Little has confessed to 93 murders, and FBI crime analysts believe all of his confessions are credible. Law enforcement has been able to verify 50 confessions, with many more pending final confirmation.Little says he strangled his 93 victims between 1970 and 2005. Many of his victims’ deaths, however, were originally ruled overdoses or attributed to accidental or undetermined causes. Some bodies were never found.“For many years, Samuel Little believed he would not be caught because he thought no one was accounting for his victims,” said ViCAP Crime Analyst Christie Palazzolo. “Even though he is already in prison, the FBI believes it is important to seek justice for each victim—to close every case possible.”The FBI is asking for the public’s help in matching the remaining unconfirmed confessions. ViCAP, with the support of the Texas Rangers, has provided additional information and details about five cases in hopes that someone may remember a detail that could further the investigation.If you have any information linked to Little’s confessions, please contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit at tip online at tips.fbi.gov.I will be focusing more on this prolific serial killer in my Florida True Crime podcast Full Rigor in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Campaigns Fueled by Army of Volunteers

first_imgBy John BurtonThey are the ones who carry the water, figuratively speaking, and do much of the heavy lifting – often quite literally – during the autumn political season. Whether Republican or Democrat, volunteers are the true believers, giving of their time and effort for party and politician, hopefully putting them on the path to office.“We could not run countywide campaigns without them,” Vin Gopal, the Monmouth County Democratic Committee chairman, acknowledged about the efforts provided by the group of people who provide support for the candidates and party.“You can just feel their passion,” said Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman, as he surveyed the work they were doing at his county headquarters in Colts Neck this week. “The volunteers, they’re the heartbeat of the organization,” said Golden, who is also the incumbent Monmouth County sheriff and seeking re-election this year.“As someone who started as a volunteer,” said Vincent Solomeno, the Democrat running for county surrogate this year, “I know volunteers are the engine that drives the campaign.”Solomeno said his grandmother volunteers daily at Democratic headquarters in Hazlet working for his campaign and the slate of candidates in this year’s election.Ellen Ramey, a retired Belmar resident, said during campaign season she spends her days – all day – at the Democratic campaign headquarters on Belmar’s 10th Avenue. “I come at 8:30 in the morning and I don’t go home until 8 o’clock,” she said. Recently her days have been taken up working the phone banks, calling prospective voters, encouraging them to consider the Democrats.Ramey conceded working the phones can be tough. “Some folks are just plain nasty,” she said.But she continues to do what is needed, in part because “it’s fun,” and more importantly, “I know it’s all for the better,” of her community and county, she said.“It is kind of weird when you call someone and they tell you they don’t like you or worse,” said Lauren Albrecht, Wall, who was offering her time and energy for Democrats, too. “But I get over that pretty quickly.”“They can make a huge difference in a campaign, especially on the county and local level,” said Thomas Szymanski, the county Republicans’ executive director. Szymanski told of how volunteers last year provided support in the Red Bank Borough Council election, putting out the candidates’ message to residents. The Republican candidate won by literally a couple of votes, securing the first GOP victory in Red Bank in more than a generation.“Suffice it to say,” Szymanski said, without those volunteers we wouldn’t have had a Republican majority in Red Bank this year.”The county GOP organization has more than 250 volunteers this campaign season, with the presidential election responsible for an “uptick” in the number this year, he said.They range in age from 16 – many are students from nearby Colts Neck High School and part of an internship program – to “well into their 80s” Szymanski said.“Some just want to learn about the process,” and others are here to support individual candidates or the party, he said. Many of them return year after year. “The key is building an environment that they want to be part of,” he said, “and feel they want to make some kind of difference.”Jill Zakerowski, whose husband is the local GOP municipal chair, was on hand this Tuesday evening preparing mailers to be delivered to voters’ homes. She was here, she said, to support the GOP slate of candidates in her hometown of Neptune City Borough. “I know these people a long time,” she said, “and I’m here to keep them in our government, to keep it a great town.”Gopal said the county Democrats get “hundreds” of volunteers, without being able to get more specific, from “diverse” age groups. There are also usually 20 to 30 college student interns who get class credit for participating in the organization’s activities. “It’s great to see the enthusiasm that’s out there,” from all of those offering their support, regardless of age or background, Gopal added.These people who give up their evenings and weekends usually find themselves among others working a bank of phones, working from a brief script and hoping not to alienate any who pick up the call. Barbara Shafer, a Neptune City borough councilwoman, explained “You have to know when not to go to the door, when not to call. Don’t knock on the door during football games; don’t call during dinner hour.”Others will go out and knock on doors in neighborhoods around the county, offering campaign literature and maybe working directly with candidates as they look to engage voters. Still others, Szymanski explained, work on data collection for the professionals to analyze. Gopal said volunteers also help with social media postings, getting the message out.“It really does go back to that old saying, ‘All politics is local,’ ” observed Golden.And for their efforts they may get a T-shirt, lukewarm Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and doughnuts and maybe pizza and soda. But the reward is more than that, many of the volunteers stressed.“With the exception of my family and work, this is by far the most rewarding thing I can do with my time,” said Albrecht. She serves as the Monmouth County chair of the LGBTQ Caucus and offered a full-throated support for Hillary Clinton. “I’m willing to do whatever needs to be done,” to advance the party’s success on Nov. 8. “Fundraising, phone calls, whatever.”Gopal was joined Sunday by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Murphy, Middletown, and the party’s candidates for freeholder, sheriff and surrogate for a pep rally-style event at the Belmar location, pumping everybody up before canvassing in Belmar for the candidates.“We don’t take anything that they do for granted,” Murphy said of the group. “These are people who help make a difference, who bleed the same issues as we do. These are people who make a difference,” he said.Elijah Nishiura, Red Bank, while only a gentle 17, is already a three-year veteran of campaigning, working locally and on the county level. “This is about directly affecting public policy for a lot of people,” Nishiura said of his work. “I want to do what I can.”Besides, he acknowledged, it’s a good training ground when he pursues elected office himself in the future. “I definitely want to continue to be involved.”At Republican headquarters, just after work as it was getting dark on Tuesday, about 25 people, many from Neptune City, rolled up their sleeves and stuffed envelopes and made phone calls. “It’s a busy place,” observed Golden.“They are supportive not only in the physical tasks but the mental tasks. They bring moral support,” said Neptune City Mayor Robert Brown about those doing yeoman’s work. “They really do care.”Neptune City’s Tamara Tallman was working to get her son Alex Tallman elected to borough council and because “I’ve always been a huge supporter of the Republican party.”Interestingly, she’s found people have been more inclined to talk about local elections. “People are mum on the presidential election,” she’s noticed.She plans on continuing working through Election Day. “I’m happy to give what I can.”Matt Filosa, Old Bridge, on the Monmouth/Middlesex county border, has worked for the county GOP for nine years as a volunteer. “I think it’s important that people who have the right values and common sense ideas get elected,” he explained.Now it’s down to the wire. “This weekend we’ll be rocking,” at headquarters and in the communities, Golden maintained.On the Democratic side, volunteer Prasad Atluri, Marlboro, promised “We’ll do as much as we can.”last_img read more

Manuel suggested for top IMF job

first_imgProfessor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and former IMF chief economist, Simon Johnson, told Fin24 Manuel was hotly-tipped as a possible successor. He said if the Brics group of emerging countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) agreed on a candidate, that person could become a front-runner to head the IMF. On Tuesday, Fin24 reported that National Planning Commission head Trevor Manuel could emerge as a candidate to replace International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Although Strauss-Kahn had not formally stepped down, he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel cleaner in New York. The only way that could happen, was if it reflected the interests of “all countries”. He said there were candidates from several developing countries who were “credible” and “eminently suitable” to run the organisation.center_img “South Africa calls for a candidate from a developing country to be given the opportunity to be the managing director of the IMF. Such a candidate will bring a new perspective that will ensure that the interests of all countries, both developed and developing, are fully reflected in the operations and policies of the IMF.” “Institutions such as the IMF must reform so that they can become credible,” Gordhan said in a statement. 20 May 2011The International Monetary Fund’s new managing director should come from a developing country, South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday.last_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Getting a Hand Drawn Effect

first_imgLearn to simulate hand drawn animation in this After Effects tutorial.Sometimes sleeker isn’t necessarily better. If the style of your projects calls for an organic, hand drawn look check out the following After Effects video tutorial by Daniel Brodesky for LesterBanks.com. The tutorial covers the fundamentals of animating in After Effects, including:The Roughen Edges effectFractal NoiseTransfer ModesShape Paths Hand drawn doesn’t have to mean amateur or rudimentary. When purposefully designed and executed, this animation style can give your project an organic or whimsical look.This video was first shared on LesterBanks.com – an awesome online resource for the latest tutorials and inspiration on motion graphics and animation.If you enjoy the look and feel of hand-drawn animation than I highly recommend checking out our interview with motion designer Cento Lodigiani. He helped create a visual guide to the 12 principles of animation created by the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.Know of any other ways to create a hand-drawn look in After Effects? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

SEC Unveils New Conference Tag Line At Media Days

first_imgThe SEC's logo with a grey background.SEC Media Days kicked off this afternoon, and while most of the news is geared towards the individual members teams, coaches, and players in attendance, the league made an announcement as well. The SEC unveiled a new conference tag line at the event: “It Just Means More.”New tag line for the SEC: pic.twitter.com/GjkD1oS4hz— Chuck Dunlap (@SEC_Chuck) July 11, 2016 For football fans in SEC country, the slogan definitely rings true. People say that college football is a religion in the Southeast. It’s not too far off.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

QuickList August inflation rate for selected Canadian cities

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.4 per cent in August, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 1.2 per cent (1.0)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 2.2 (1.6)— Halifax: 1.0 (0.9)— Saint John, N.B.: 1.8 (1.5)— Quebec: 1.1 (1.0)— Montreal: 1.3 (1.1)— Ottawa: 1.3 (1.0)— Toronto: 2.1 (2.0)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1.1 (0.9)— Winnipeg: 0.9 (0.8)— Regina: 1.8 (0.8)— Saskatoon: 1.9 (1.0)— Edmonton: 1.1 (1.1)— Calgary: 1.2 (1.3)— Vancouver: 2.4 (1.9)— Victoria: 1.8 (1.8)last_img read more