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Shelby relief bill to advance to full Senate

first_imgThe “Financial Regulatory Improvement Act,” a NAFCU-backed regulatory relief bill authored by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., was approved by the committee in a party-line vote of 12-10 after mark-up on Thursday.The package, which Shelby first released last week, includes several NAFCU-backed provisions for credit union relief and transparency at NCUA. The bill would require public NCUA budget hearings and require the agency to study the impact of its risk-based capital proposal on mortgage servicing assets.Before the final committee vote, panel members approved an amendment from Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., to raise the asset threshold for institutions subject to CFPB examinations from $10 billion to $50 billion. NAFCU supports this amendment, although the association has always advocated the exemption of all credit unions from CFPB regulation. Also added was a NAFCU-backed amendment from Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, to bar federal financial institution regulators, including NCUA, from participating in the Justice Department’s Operation Choke Point initiative.A substitute amendment to the bill from Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, released Tuesday, was rejected along party lines, with 10 voting aye and 12 nay. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Gerontology school holds fundraiser for students

first_imgThe Andrus Volunteers of Gerontology Center held a garage sale fundraiser Wednesday morning to raise money for students in the USC Davis School of Gerontology.Workers at the Andrus volunteer center brought various items to sell at low prices, said Linda Broder, coordinator at the center. Overall, the event raised about $500.The money will go toward funding goody bags for gerontology students. The goody bags are given out during the weeks of final exams.“We have a variety of different treats in there,” Broder said. “We’ll prepare them and in two days they disappear.”The fundraiser is held about every other year, Broder said. In the past, the money has gone into a scholarship endowment fund and  toward free lunches for the students.“It goes in some ways to benefit the students,” Broder said.The sale, held in the Cedar Courtyard of the Andrus Gerontology Center, featured items such as a vintage camera, picture frames, jewelry, a Schwinn bicycle, headphones and more.“It was pretty well sold out,” Broder said.last_img read more

Ghana Premier League matches to proceed despite Coronavirus fears

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) says the Premier League will continue as planned despite the increasing concerns over the spread of coronavirus across the  worldAlthough Ghana has not officially recorded any case of COVID-19, all three bordering neighbours have confirmed cases of the disease. ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace RelatedPosts Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation Tags: CoronavirusGhana Football Association In an official statement released on the GFA’s website, the Association says it is “monitoring the evolvement of the Coronavirus around the world and particularly in Africa.”The GFA added that it was working with the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health on precautionary measures against the disease and cautioned the public to report suspected cases to nearby hospitals.Sporting activities over the globe have been affected by the spread of the virus since China recorded its first case in December 2019.Due to the rapid spread of the disease, which the WHO has upgraded to pandemic status, league games in Italy, Spain, and Denmark have all been suspended.Juventus’ Italian defender Rugani tested positive for the disease on Thursday.China, Argentina have stopped all sporting activities.Champions League matches in affected countries have also been played behind closed doors.The NBA has also had to suspend its schedule after a player for the Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert, tested positive.Read the full statement from the GFA below:The Ghana Football Association wishes to inform stakeholders and the entire football fraternity that the GFA is closely monitoring the evolvement of the Coronavirus around the world and particularly in Africa.As espoused by His Excellency the President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, we each have a responsibility to ensure Ghana is safe. The President assured the country that the Government is taking steps to handle any adverse impacts the outbreak could have on the country. This statement is very encouraging and assuring.The GFA has therefore decided to maintain the schedule of all competitions as we continue to liaise with the Government, the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health and follow all national health protocols on the matter.The GFA has also taken notice of the statement from the Confederation of African Football on the virus.The GFA will continue to support government efforts by appealing to all participants of football, media and the general public to report suspected cases to nearby health centres and hospitals or call hotlines 0558439868/0509497700 for prompt action as directed by Government.last_img read more

Perplexed Pitt left to ponder again

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—Another tremendous regular season, another failed postseason for Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and the Panthers. A No. 1 seed for the second time in three seasons, Pitt lost two of its last three games, with only a victory over a No. 16 seed to show for its postseason run.The Panthers, with three senior leaders showing the way, went 28-6 and won the Big East regular-season title with a 15-3 mark. They advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 10th consecutive time. But a Final Four in this new era of Pitt Basketball still eludes them.“It’s very tough. I thought this was the year,” Pitt junior guard Ashton Gibbs said. “I was confident. It’s tough for it to end like this.”A week after losing to UConn 76-74 in the Big East tournament, the Panthers opened up the NCAA convincingly enough with a 74-51 victory over N.C. Asheville. On Saturday, though, their season came to a stunning end, with a 71-70 loss to Butler.“We’ve had a few losses this year, not a lot, but they’ve all been disappointing. This is a disappointing loss for us,” Dixon said. “We got down and made a number of plays to put ourselves in position, had a lead, and just were not able to close it.”And that’s become quite a March epidemic for the Panthers. Last year, they lost to Xavier 71-68 in the second round. In 2008, they lost to Michigan State 65-54, also in the second round. And in this 10-year run, the furthest they’ve made it is the Elite Eight, where they lost to Villanova 78-76 in 2009.“Well, I think everybody remembers the losses. We’ve won a number of the games in the tournament as well,” Dixon said. “I think we’ve been consistently good every year, so everybody looks to us. Other teams have had dropoffs in the regular season, and people get written off. But I think we’re about as consistent as anybody in the country.”That’s certainly true in the regular season. In the past 10 years, Pitt has been ranked for at least 10 weeks of every season, and was ranked in 20 weeks twice. The Panthers were the No. 1 team in the nation at times in both 2009 and this year. And in that same run of 10 years, the Panthers have played in seven Big East championship games, winning two of them.“Anytime we’ve lost in the tournament, there’s been no good losses,” Dixon said. “We just gotta keep working harder and keep having great years and keep putting ourselves in the position that we’re in. We just gotta keep doing that. That’s what we’ll do and that’s what we have done. And teams would love to be in our situation.”Which is true. But this loss signaled the end of the road for senior forward Gilbert Brown, center Gary McGhee, and guard Brad Wanamaker.“A loss is a loss, regardless of the outcome,” Brown said. “It comes down to the plays that we didn’t make in the game, whether it be on buzzer-beater or the free throw at the end. It hurts all same. And it hurts even more because it’s our last game. We know we’ll never be able to put the jersey on again and go out there and play with our teammates. Everybody on the team is like family, so this being the last game is really an emotional blow to us.”But, indeed, successful programs are built for the long term, and that’s what Pitt will cling to this offseason. Next year’s recruiting class, after all, will include Khem Birch, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound center from Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts. He is rated as the nation’s top center by many recruiting services and is No. 11 overall on ESPN’s Top 100.“Nothing really surprises me as far as what can happen,” Dixon said. “You gotta be prepared for everything.”It’s time to start preparing for next season.last_img read more