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CFPB leadership fight goes to federal court

first_imgThe leadership of the CFPB was in the hands of a federal court Monday, after the agency’s deputy director filed suit challenging President Trump’s right to appoint an interim director.Leandra English filed the suit contending that she, and not Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney should be running the agency after CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s resignation Friday.However, the White House Monday morning released a photo of Mulvaney in the director’s office.The confusion began Friday afternoon, when Cordray appointed English deputy director and then resigned. He and English contend that Dodd-Frank allowed the director to designate an acting director when the director is absent or unavailable. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How vulnerable is your credit union?

first_imgIf it seems like I’m getting a little obsessed about cybersecurity it’s because it’s a good thing to get obsessed about. The reality is your credit union, no matter how big or small, is being attacked every day and if you’re not constantly adjusting to a latest hacker techniques you are putting your members at risk.But there’s no need to just take my word for it. In its most recent National Credit Union report, the NCUA is highlighting the need for all federally insured credit unions to have a “vulnerability management process” as part of their obligations under Part 748 to prevent and deter cyber breaches. When regulators start highlighting a specific issue, you can bet your examiner will as well.So what is a vulnerability management process? NCUA provides a real basic definition. It defines a vulnerability “weakness of an information technology asset or group of assets that can be exploited by one or more threats.” A vulnerability management process is a process used by your credit unions to detect and mitigate such threats. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Relationship building during the pandemic

first_img continue reading » We are living in some very uncertain times; things are literally changing from minute to minute in our world due to the coronavirus pandemic. It can often feel as though you are not sure which way is up and which way is down. As a professional relationship builder, I have experienced this feeling nearly every single day in recent months.Before the COVID-19 uncertainty began, the way we interacted with our partners was the way we always had; face-to-face meetings to include annual partnership reviews, product presentations, and business dinners. On March 13, 2020, the way I was able to visit with my partners changed, and I will never forget it. It was a Friday, and of course, we all know the myths surrounding Friday the 13th: don’t walk under a ladder, stay away from black cats, etc., am I right? That should have been a sign for me that something was coming because it was shortly after when our state shut down and government officials released the Stay Home, Work Safe order. Little did I know that would be my last day in my physical office, and would have a drastic impact on how I interacted with my business partners going forward. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared of the new normal, but I couldn’t think about that. I needed to figure out how I could help.Focused on HelpingOur financial institution business partners had to begin focusing 100% on how they were responding to the pandemic, including moving employees to home offices and learning how to take care of their account holders with closed lobbies and branches. Their plates were full, to say the least. So the question I had as a trusted business partner was, what could I do to help? How could I let them know they could count on me even if they did not know what that might mean at the moment? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Packaging, not yield, may be problem for nasal-spray H1N1 vaccine

first_imgJul 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – While most vaccine manufacturers have reaped below-average crops of H1N1 influenza vaccine virus from the eggs in which they’re grown, MedImmune Inc. has a different problem: high virus yields, but a potential shortage of the devices used to spray the vaccine into the nose.The company has produced more than 20 million bulk doses of the vaccine, well above the 12.8 million ordered so far by the US government, and has the capacity to make 205 million bulk doses, said Ben Machielse, executive vice president of operations, in an interview this week.But he said the company has the capability to put only 41 million doses in sprayers, so it is looking into the possibility of using droppers instead—an option that would require additional regulatory review but may permit making more vaccine available sooner. The Maryland-based company, part of AstraZeneca, makes the seasonal vaccine FluMist, which uses a live but weakened virus.The other manufacturers that have H1N1 vaccine orders from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—Sanofi Pasteur, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and CSL Biotherapies—have reported that their virus yields so far have been half or less of what they usually get when growing seasonal flu vaccines. (Yesterday an HHS official said yields have improved somewhat, but gave no details.)What the low yields mean for production expectations has been unclear. Three of the manufacturers (Sanofi, Novartis, and GSK), when contacted recently by CIDRAP News, declined to say how many doses they expect to make or how many have been ordered by HHS. A Bloomberg News report yesterday, citing Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Novartis is responsible for 45% percent of the supply, while Sanofi will provide 26% and CSL will make 19%.Meanwhile, MedImmune is getting yields as good as or better than it reaps with seasonal vaccine, according to Machielse. “Given the fact that you need a very, very small dose of FluMist, we get a yield of about 80 doses per egg for this strain, and normally the seasonal strain has a yield of 60 to 100 doses per egg,” he said.MedImmune’s better yields may have to do with the fact that the company is using a different seed strain of H1N1, according to Machielse. The injectable-vaccine makers reportedly have been working with a strain developed at New York Medical College. He said MedImmune developed its own strain, combining genes from a wild-type H1N1 virus with the “backbone” genes of the virus used in FluMist.Machielse said HHS officials have expressed interest in ordering additional MedImmune doses beyond the initial 12.8 million but haven’t done so yet. In anticipation of a possible need to supply more doses than it has sprayers for, the company is looking into the dropper option.”The initial clinical development of FluMist was based on dropper administration, so we have a lot of clinical data on dropper administration,” he said. “We’ve contacted BARDA [HHS’s Biological Advanced Research and Development Agency], FDA [the Food and Drug Administration], and the National Vaccine Program Office, and they’re working with us to define a regulatory pathway to get a dropper device approved as soon as possible. We have a rough outline of what needs to be done, and we’re now in discussion with FDA to fine-tune it.”He said the company has told federal officials it could potentially have multidose droppers of its vaccine ready starting in early October. “We are currently working through all the details with suppliers, FDA, and BARDA to see what needs to be done to get to that point, but there are no guarantees because there are many parties involved,” he added.William Schaffner, MD, an immunization expert and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, said increased availability of MedImmune’s vaccine could help in the effort to immunize children against the new virus. Yesterday the CDC’s immunization advisory committee recommended vaccination for young people from 6 months through 24 years old, along with several other groups.”As a company they’ve really focused on children, so there’s a real potential this could be used widely not only in pediatricians’ offices, but if there are a number of school-based flu immunization programs, FluMist is vastly better than injectable vaccine in a school-based program,” Schaffner said.He said the vaccine, being needle-free, is much easier to administer in large numbers than injectable vaccines.The seasonal version of FluMist is considerably more expensive than injectable flu vaccines. But Schaffner noted that the H1N1 vaccines are being purchased by the federal government, so the cost for recipients or their insurers will mainly be the administrative expense.The administrative costs may be a barrier to school-based immunization programs, which are typically run by local health departments and take “a fair amount of preparation,” Schaffner added.As for possible adult use of MedImmune’s H1N1 vaccine, Schaffner noted that seasonal FluMist has not been used very widely in adults. It is approved for healthy people from ages 2 through 49.”People who have underlying illnesses can’t take FluMist,” Schaffner said. That would appear to rule out one of the groups the CDC committee targeted for H1N1 vaccination: those between 25 and 64 who have chronic medical conditions.last_img read more

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An initiative has been launched to brand Slavonia as a tourist destination

first_imgSlavonia should be branded as one tourist product, ie the Slavonia brand, and not five separate tourist products.We currently have five Slavonian county tourist boards (Brod-Posavina, Vukovar-Srijem, Osijek-Baranja, Požega-Slavonia, Virovitica-Podravina counties), each of which tells its own story, without such an important synergy. Osijek-Baranja or Brod-Posavina County means absolutely nothing to foreign tourists, but as a tourist brand Slavonia, certainly yes.Perhaps the best plastic example of the need for branding is when we talk about the development of cycling tourism, where the average cyclist travels 30 to 50 kilometers a day without problems, and thus passes without being aware of one county to another, and we do not have a single cycling tourism map. tourist product. It is on this track that the initiative was finally launched to put the whole of Slavonia under one tourist story – Slavonia as one tourist destination, one tourist brand. At the initiative of Osijek-Baranja County Prefect Ivan Anušić, representatives of all five Slavonian counties met in Osijek. It was an initial meeting to determine whether all counties are ready to act together and create such a brand, which was fully confirmed, and to agree on further activities.The immediate reason for the association of the five Slavonian counties in creating the brand was also stimulated by the possibility of using the funds of the Croatian Tourist Board, which in the financial plan for this year envisages directing one million kuna for branding. In addition, the Osijek-Baranja County has established an Administrative Department for Continental Tourism this year, whose basic goal is to grow large tourism potentials into real projects, which could be developed even more successfully by a common approach of five Slavonian counties.There have been similar attempts, but they have always remained on the initial initiative and individual projects, and the meeting confirmed that there is now political will and financial potential, but also initial data and activities to lead the tourism development of Slavonia on models similar to Bavaria, Tyrol and other developed tourist destinations. As they point out from Osijek-Baranja County, the participants of the meeting agree that the knowledge of the University of Osijek should be used for branding Slavonia, especially research and works of professors of the Faculty of Economics in Osijek, with whom a working meeting will be organized soon. At the same time, a meeting with the leaders of the Croatian Tourist Board will be requested, at which the representatives of all five counties will present a joint proposal and ask for the support of the umbrella tourist organization of Croatia.Photo: Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist BoardThe meeting also pointed out a number of details that need to be systematized in order for the initiative to receive concrete frameworks and focus on the essence. It is necessary to determine the content and how it wants to be branded, whether the tourist brand of the region or food production of the region is created, which contents to present and how, what actually makes the identity of the region and what currently recognizes the area of ​​Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem, as natural and historical resources to rise from “dead capital” to tempting tourist facilities, how to expand the recognition of food and drink to other facilities, and at the same time mitigate or change the bad image left by abandoned and devastated buildings, how to reposition Osijek Airport, how to use good results hunting and fishing tourism, cycling tourism, how to improve accommodation capacities, develop camps, how to get closer to tourist agencies…Slavonia can and must attract millions of tourists a yearOne of the theses that has been constantly receding for years is that continental tourism cannot attract millions of guests. A thesis that has no foundations or arguments, in fact, the reality is absolutely the opposite – continental tourism can and must attract millions of tourists.Personally, I think that Slavonia has at least seven days of dense and rich tourist content that it can offer to tourists, and we can easily create 14 days of experiences, emotions and stories. And it has authentic content with different motives for coming. Most importantly, there is finally political will, without which synergy is impossible, even if it has nothing to do with politics, but it is a market issue. As I learned unofficially, the atmosphere at the meeting was unusually positive and all parties are ready to connect, ie so important and necessary synergy.We should look to the examples of Tuscany, Provence or Bavaria, as well as Switzerland and Austria, which are perfectly combined with various tourist products based not on the regions, and not on each tourist destination separately. Tourism is the first that knows no borders, and especially foreign tourists who come to us and are not really interested or feel the invisible borders of cities and counties, tourists are destined for Croatia and then Dalmatia, Istria, Slavonia, etc.…The system of tourist boards should definitely be changed because as it is currently inefficient, counter productive and ultimately there is no synergy of all in the tourist destination. How and in what direction it is for constructive discussion, but it is certainly more than clear how we must turn to development based through the concept of destination management company in accordance with all the trends of the 21st century.It is for this reason that I launched the Initiative to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia, because Slavonia has all the potentials and resources and the most important and most valuable authentic experiences and stories. And without synergy there is no future.Austria makes a living from summer tourism !?Photo: FB Kopački RitIn Switzerland, tourism revenues amount to a staggering 28 billion Swiss francs. That is three and a half times more than the tourist income of Croatia.Interesting how Austria during the summer make more nights than in winter. In the winter months of 2015, 17 million tourists visited Austria with 64,5 million overnight stays, and in the summer, as many as 20 million arrived with 67,2 million overnight stays. Of the total income from tourism, Austria earns 22,7 billion euros, of which 12,7 billion in the winter, which is slightly more than in the summer months because guests with higher purchasing power come.Switzerland and Austria do not have the sea, but they know how to make money from tourism. Why can Austria, in the summer months alone, be visited by 20 million tourists, and continental Croatia in 10 months by at least 5 million? Perhaps the better question is can the Adriatic accommodate more guests? Personally, I think it can’t do much, only through the extension of the season we’ve been struggling with for years. But here is a hypothesis and solution on how to extend the tourist season, make more arrivals and ultimately earn more from tourism. The solution is continental tourism!Continental tourism can have a tourist season of 12 months in which we can generate income as well as three months of sea tourism. In fact, I’m sure we can earn even more. The only problem is that we only have stories, and we don’t have content and infrastructure – again, there are tons and no pictures. Yes, it cannot today, it cannot tomorrow, nor in three years, but surely the potential of continental tourism can be turned into a rich resource in five or more years. It all starts with one passionate idea and vision. Of course only if we want to.And obviously the time has come for synergy and connection, the first step has been taken.The whole story should involve as many different experts, people with practical knowledge and experience, as well as smartly looking at the bigger picture, not narrow interests, to arrange a quality and long-term platform and development strategy. The first step is here, now it remains for everyone to unite with one goal, and that is long-term, sustainable and quality tourism development in Slavonia. Under this, one should have a brave vision, concrete goals and not fall into the trap of the tourism industry, but maximally encourage the local economy, because that is the very essence of tourism.Opportunities are all around us, and if Slavonia does not move on its own and fight for its place under the “sun”, no one will help it. Slavonians, like anyone else, must be the first to take this proactive step forward because if they sit and wait for “something”, there will be nothing from development.And it is precisely in tourism that Slavonia is a great opportunity. It’s all up to ourselves.Related news:THE GREAT DISCOVERY OF MATHEMATICIANS! DISTANCE BETWEEN SPLIT AND OSIJEK IS THE SAME IN BOTH DIRECTIONSlast_img read more

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PREMIUMMaluku indigenous people oppose mining activities on their customary land

first_imgLinkedin Topics : Log in with your social account Dozens of Taniwel indigenous people in West Seram regency, Maluku, took to the streets on Monday to demand the authorities revoke the mining operation permit (IUP) granted to marble mining company PT Gunung Makmur Indah. The permit will reportedly allow the company to “explore” around 2,400 hectares of land in Taniwel district, which is considered by the indigenous group as their ulayat (collectively owned) land.The group — which held two separate protests in front of the Maluku Regional Legislative Council building and the Maluku administration’s office on Monday — said they never granted permission for any parties to conduct what they called environmentally harmful activities on their ulayat land, and thus regarded the permit issuance as “legally flawed”.“We demand the Maluku administration respect the rights and sovereignty of Taniwel i… Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Google mining customary-land indigenous-people Malukulast_img read more

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Dirty Sock Contest to highlight Earth Day 2012

first_imgPhoto credit: angelprojects.co.zaRoseau, Dominica – (April 18, 2012) – Dominica will the join the rest of the world in observing Earth Day, on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s Environment.This year the day is celebrated under the theme ‘Mobilize the Earth’; On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. This year, as part of planned activities to observe the day, the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) has planned a Dirty Sock Contest for Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Bayfront, Roseau.Certified taxi operators will be randomly selected to participate in the said event. Participants will be given a clean, new white sock to place over their vehicle’s emission pipe. The vehicles will then be switched on and left to idle for 30 seconds. By taking the sock off of the emission pipe and turning it inside out, participants will be able to see what their automobile emits into the air and its effects on air quality.The DDA is hopeful that the knowledge obtained from this activity will stimulate awareness among the general public on how the environment is affected on a daily basis by our actions and how we can reduce our carbon footprint and help clean up our world. The DDA encourages all to incorporate the following sustainable practices in their daily activities;• “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle”• Buy locally• Turn off Electronics when not in useLighting – Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) have that cool curly shape and save more than 2/3rds of the energy of a regular incandescent. Each bulb can save $40 or more over its lifetime. Read the box or instructions for safe disposal.• Carpool.Press release 14 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dirty Sock Contest to highlight Earth Day 2012 by: – April 18, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

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Igbaras man hangs self

first_imgEstoesta’s lifeless body was discoveredhanging from a tree with a nylon rope tied around his neck around 12:30 p.m. onMonday, the police added. Officers of the Igbaras municipal policestation have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN The lifeless body of 38-year-old Arnaldo Estoesta of Barangay Jovellar, Igbaras, Iloilo. JOAN JOAN EGDANE The 38-year-old resident ArnaldoEstoesta was believed to have committed suicide, police said. ILOILO City – He was found dead hangingfrom a tree in Sitio Pasong, Barangay Jovellar, Igbaras, Iloilo. last_img read more

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Artillery fire kills 9 in Syria

first_imgThe school in Sarmin was run by the United Kingdom-based humanitarian organization Syria Relief. It was sheltering displaced people when cluster munitions hit the school on Wednesday, according to authorities. AFP SYRIA – The Syrian governmentartillery fire has killed nine people, including five children, inopposition-held Idlib province on Wednesday, responders said.  Over 370,000 people have been killedsince an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011,according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The monitoringgroup documented 11,215 deaths during 2019.(BBC) The school was run by the UnitedKingdom (UK)-based humanitarian organization Syria Relief, which said two ofthe children who died were six years old. The others were nine, 11 and 13, itadded.    center_img Around 284,000 people have fled theirhomes, mostly in southern Idlib, as a result of the hostilities since Dec. 1,the United Nations said.    Sixteen others were injured whencluster munitions hit a school in Sarmin which was sheltering displaced people,according to the White Helmets.last_img read more

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