Challenges to lenders making loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) persist, CUNA, the American Association of Credit Union Leagues and state Leagues wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Tuesday. The PPP is a Small Business Administration product designed to help small businesses meet costs during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.CUNA, AACUL and the Leagues wrote to Mnuchin April 3, the day the PPP became active, with concerns over the compressed timeline for implementation and publishing of guidelines, and today’s letter notes that challenges still remain for credit unions to fully participate in the program and serve member businesses.“We hope that you will give all due consideration to these recommendations as equal and fair access for all credit unions is critical to the success of the program,” the letter reads. “Credit unions are eager to work with you to ensure that the PPP is successful, and we hope that you find these comments constructive.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Central Java and West Java have seen nearly 20,000 COVID-19 cases each.Indonesia now has the second-highest number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia. The Philippines has the highest, with 283,460 cases as of Saturday, according to worldometers.info.Indonesia currently has the 23rd-highest number of cases of any country in the world.Read also: Minister Luhut wants stricter health protocols in place during ‘critical time’ Indonesia registered a record high of 4,168 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the country’s total to 240,687 cases with 9,448 fatalities.A number of provinces in Java, particularly Jakarta and East Java, have become the nation’s hotbeds of contagion.Jakarta added 988 confirmed cases on Saturday, bringing the city’s total to 60,828 cases, a quarter of the country’s cases, with 1,527 fatalities. East Java has reported a total of 40,372 cases and 2,942 deaths. The government recently decided to implement stricter health protocols in an attempt to curb the transmission of the virus and has assigned the military and the police to enforce the protocols. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said on Friday that such measures would be in place for the coming months until the country was able to vaccinate residents en masse, which he expected to happen in December.There is no proven vaccine for COVID-19.The minister said he was confident that the country would be able to control the health crisis from December onward as he claimed it would start to vaccinate tens of millions of citizens at that time. Indonesia has reportedly secured 300 million doses of COVID-19 candidate vaccines from foreign pharmaceutical companies, including China’s Sinovac Biotech. Topics :
Image source: BoskalisBoskalis is changing the map of the Netherlands in the Markermeer lake, where nature is getting a boost with an archipelago of five new islands. First and foremost the Marker Wadden will become a paradise for birds, but also a recreational area for nature lovers, said Boskalis in its announcement.“It’s not the first time Boskalis has changed the map of the Netherlands: we also did so when we built the Maasvlakte 2 industrial area,” said project manager Jeroen van der Klooster. “It is this aspect that captures the imagination of many of our colleagues.”The Markermeer lake was formed in 1976 when the Houtrib dike between Enkhuizen and Lelystad was completed.Boskalis is currently working on a separate project to reinforce the dike. The Houtrib dike was constructed as part of a plan to reclaim the Markermeer lake, a plan which was ultimately shelved.“Construction of the dike had a major impact on the underwater environment of the lake,” added project adviser Liselotte van Dijk. “Large quantities of sediment have settled like a blanket on the bottom of the Markermeer lake, and its shoreline consists of stone edging. This led to a dramatic decline in fish and bird populations. With the construction of the Market Wadden our client, Stichting Natuurmonumenten, wants to restore the ecological balance.”The main outlines of the five islands are now in place and the first island is largely complete, attracting national and international interest.
Agriculture Assistant Secretary Rene Famoso (seated, 2nd from left) and representatives of the National Organic Agriculture Program and Agriculture Training Institute pose with the awardees from Negros Occidental, including integrated and organic farmer Jesus Antonio Orbida (standing, 3rd from left), during the 2019 Regional Organic Agriculture Achievers’ Awards held in Iloilo City on Sept. 17. CHECCS OSMEÑA-ORBIDA VIA PNA The organic agriculture achievers’ awardrecognizes organic agriculture development initiatives in the country. Victorias City was also named asoutstanding city; Binalbagan-based farmer Jesus Antonio Orbida, outstandingsmall farmer in the individual category; Elpedio Dayuday, outstanding localgovernment unit agricultural extension worker; Corazon Galon, outstandingprovincial focal person; and Sag-ang and Coffee Growers Association of LaCastellana, outstanding group. Data from the Office of the ProvincialAgriculturist showed that at least 17,000 organic farming practitioners in theprovince plant various crops on 16,000 hectares of farmlands. BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental has been recognized as outstandingprovince in this year’s Regional Organic Agriculture Achievers’ Awards of theDepartment of Agriculture in Western Visayas. The province led the six Negrenserecipients during the awards program that was graced by Agriculture assistant secretaryRene Famoso at the Casa Real in Iloilo City. “This award recognizes all oursacrifices and shows that we’re doing the right thing despite the odds,” saidOrbida, who is also among the finalists in the same category for the NationalOrganic Agriculture Achievers’ Awards (NOAAA) this coming November. Last year, Orbida was recognized by theprovincial government of Negros Occidental for coconut and integrated farmingduring the 2nd Food Production Heroes Assembly. Meanwhile, at the national level,members of the NOAAA’s national technical committee have already conducted thefield validation for Orbida, who is one of the three finalists in the smallfarmer category this year. The team evaluated Orbida in his farm in Barangay Enclaro,Binalbagan town on Aug. 27. “Just keep on implementing organicfarming for we still have a long way to go,” Masculino said. Provincial agriculturist JaphetMasculino on Wednesday lauded the winners for helping sustain the province’sorganic agriculture development. His association, PeacePond FarmersAssociation, also bagged the 2018 Outstanding Farmer of the Philippines goldaward for agriculture initiatives category. (With a report from PNA/PN)
Baresville, In. — A recent report from the personal finance website WalletHub ranks the neediest cities in the country and Cleveland, Ohio checked in at #2. The 14th neediest city in the in Indianapolis and the most needy city in the nation is Detroit, Michigan.A link to the complete report is here.
Statewide—Plan to spend the upcoming weekend, Oct. 25-27, at a Halloween event — or two — or three —at a DNR property.Options include events with names like Spooktacular, Un-BOO-Lievable Happenings, Owl-o-ween, Fall-o-ween, Hoots and Howls, and Hall-o-Wheelin. State park properties hosting such events the coming weekend include Chain O’Lakes, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Mounds, O’Bannon Woods, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Shades, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, and Versailles as well as Brookville and Cecil M. Harden (Raccoon State Recreation Area [SRA]), Hardy, and Monroe lakes You’ll also find Halloween-themed events at Forestry-managed Starve Hollow SRA, as well as the Division of Outdoor Recreation’s Redbird SRA for off-road vehicles (ORVs).For details regarding a Halloween event near you or one that’s well worth a road trip, click here, under “Fall Festivals at a Glance.” You can come for one activity, stay for a day, or spend the entire weekend at most events.
The SLS 7th Grade Boys basketball team took on St. Michaels on Tuesday, December 3rd. The Cardinals played some good defense staying within range at the half. Despite never giving up the Cardinals were defeated by St. Michaels. Scoring for the Cardinals were Adam Meer, Christian Mack, Suly Hill, and Sam Laloge. Collecting rebounds for the Cardinals were Sam Laloge, Max Amberger, Christian Mack, Henry Wanstrath, Adam Meer, and Zavier Tekulve. The Cardinals next game is Thursday, December 5th versus Franklin County at home. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.St. Louis 8th Grade Boys improved their record to 6 and 5 with a win over St. Michael’s 47 to 29. Scoring came from across the entire roster – Ritter led the effort with 12 points, Conway had 10, Miles 9, Meyer 6, Lohmueller 4, Flaspohler, Wieler, and Grote each added 2. The Cardinals face Franklin County this Thursday at home. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Chad Miles with Jenny Miles.
Authorities with the Transportation Security Administration say their security officers found a loaded handgun in a flight attendant’s carry-on bag last week at a Florida airport.According to The Orlando Sentinel, officers arrested 28-year-old Joseph Brozyna on Thursday, charging him with carrying a concealed firearm in a prohibited place.The police reports states that the Frontier Airlines flight attendant was passing through security at Orlando International Airport when TSA agents discovered the .40-caliber pistol.Brozyna acknowledged that the gun was his, and told police that he recently had been on a road trip with the gun in the bag, and forgot to remove it.However, a search revealed that his concealed carry permit was suspended.Frontier Airlines has suspended the flight attendant while it investigates the matter.A statement from the airline reads, “The safety and security of all passengers and crew members are uncompromising priorities at Frontier Airlines and we have a zero tolerance policy for any violation of law or security protocols.”
March 12, 2020 Associated Press AP source: Second NBA player from Utah Jazz — Donovan Mitchell — tests positive for coronavirus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AP source: Second NBA player from Utah Jazz — Donovan Mitchell — tests positive for coronavirus.
Hill started 25 of 30 games for the Bruins under first-year coach Mick Cronin last season, averaging 9 points and a team-leading 6.9 rebounds.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The move is hardly a surprise considering the way Trubisky struggled in his third season since the Bears drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick. His 2019 statistics sagged across the board from the previous season as he finished with 3,138 yards passing, a 63.2% completion rate, 17 touchdowns and an 83 quarterback rating.General manager Ryan Pace largely staked his reputation to Trubisky when he traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft him ahead of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Houston’s Deshaun Watson.The Bears acquired 2018 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles from Jacksonville in March and plan to hold an open competition for the starting job.In other NFL news:— The Chiefs have agreed to a contract with defensive end Taco Charlton, the 28th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Charlton flamed out in Dallas and Miami, but his athleticism is a perfect match for coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. The 25-year-old made seven starts for the Cowboys before sustaining a shoulder injury. He was waived just two weeks into last season and was let go by the Dolphins on Thursday. Nadal won the second division, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a sweep of the two events.Charlatan led all the way in a race pushed back three weeks to help fill a void when the Kentucky Derby was postponed until September due to the coronavirus pandemic. Twenty-one 3-year-olds ran in two divisions of the Derby at Oaklawn, each worth $500,000.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BORDER WARKansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football setKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSecretariat wins Kentucky Derby…againUNDATED (AP) — Secretariat has won a virtual Kentucky Derby against 12 fellow Triple Crown winners, 47 years after the chestnut colt won the real race at Churchill Downs.Secretariat was the 7-2 favorite, although there was no wagering. Instead, fans selecting the winning horse online were entered to win a VIP experience at the Derby this fall.Saturday’s 1 1/4-mile race featured computer-generated imagery and was held the same day the 146th Derby had been scheduled until it was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Derby has been re-set for Sept. 5. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSCowboys land Dalton…Bears pass on Trubisky optionUNDATED (AP) — One veteran NFL quarterback has found a new team, while another appears to have worn out his welcome. May 2, 2020 Associated Press — The NCAA’s chief medical officer says widespread testing for coronavirus will be crucial to having college sports in the fall, especially contact sports such as football and basketball. Dr. Brian Hainline expressed cautious optimism in an interview with The Associated Press. The NCAA unveiled a three-phase recommended plan for getting sports up and running on campuses this fall. They all depend on schools having students back on campus.— Cycling’s European Road Championships have been postponed until next year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The championships were scheduled to take place Sept. 9-13 in Trentino, Italy, but the European Cycling Union says the “uncertainty of the current health crisis” means there are not enough guarantees “for organizing an event of such magnitude.” The championship will move to either Sept. 1-5 or 8-12 in 2021. The International Cycling Union is expected to announce which dates when it publishes next year’s calendar in the coming months.HORSE RACING-ARKANSAS DERBYCharlatan takes first division of Arkansas DerbyHOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP)— Charlatan romped in the first division of the Arkansas Derby, outlasting Basin and Gouverneur Morris. The former Big 12 rivals have agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but it has been on hiatus since Missouri departed for the Southeastern Conference. The schools recently announced a six-game series in men’s basketball beginning with the upcoming season that includes two games on each campus and two in Kansas City, Missouri.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-UCLA-HILLUCLA’s Jalen Hill withdraws name from NBA draftLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Hill is staying at UCLA for his redshirt junior season. A team spokesman says Hill has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft. Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press the Dallas Cowboys have signed Andy Dalton to a one-year deal, two days after he was released by the Bengals. The contract guarantees the former Cincinnati starter $3 million and could be worth up to $7 million, although he is expected to serve as Dak Prescott’s backup.The Houston native led TCU to an undefeated season that included a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin during the 2010 campaign. He led the Bengals to five playoff berths in his nine seasons with the team but was never able to win a playoff game.Dalton owns most of Cincinnati’s passing records and started 13 games for the Bengals last season.Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears are indicating they are running out of patience with Mitchell Trubisky.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Bears have declined their fifth-year option on the quarterback for the 2021 season. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Brighton has become the first English Premier League club to publicly oppose plans to try to restart the season in neutral stadiums during the coronavirus pandemic. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says the league’s integrity would be damaged if teams couldn’t play at home. The Premier League sees using only up to half of the 20 stadiums as the most viable way of completing the season, which was suspended almost two months ago. West Ham vice chair Karren Brady says “no one wants” neutral stadiums but government and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority would have to approve the locations of games.— Cologne’s players are continuing to train despite three positive tests for coronavirus that have unsettled the German soccer league’s restart plans. The squad is currently training in small groups. Players and staff around the league began giving samples Thursday as part of a testing process designed to enable teams to return to full training and then to games later this month. Cologne said Friday that three people had tested positive but didn’t name them or say whether they were players.— Scott McLaughlin has won his second IndyCar iRace in a wild finish that saw most of the leaders crash as they rushed toward the checkered flag. Formula One driver Lando Norris was headed for what appeared a 1-2-3 podium sweep for the Arrow McLaren SP entries on the final lap. But Norris ran into the back of Simon Pagenaud and the defending Indy 500 champion, to take himself out of contention. Conor Daly finished second and was followed by Santino Ferrucci, who figured there would be a lot of angry drivers after the 175-mile race.— Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. Despite the first 10 races having been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the targeted start date is July 5 in Austria. F1 still hopes to hold 15 to 18 of the 22 scheduled Grand Prix races. One way to make up for lost time would be to have consecutive weekends on one circuit, like the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Its location in the mountains makes it naturally isolated.