NCUA releases proposed budget, comments due Dec. 11

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » NCUA’s proposed 2021–2022 budget is now available for review and comment. The proposed budget summary and detailed budget justification are available on the Budget and Supplementary Materials page of Comments must be emailed to NCUA at by Dec. 11.The agency will hold a public budget briefing on Wednesday, Dec. 2 beginning at 10 a.m. (ET).“CUNA is currently reviewing the details of the proposed budget with a focus on ensuring the methodology used to fund NCUA operations is consistent with fairness to state and federal credit unions and the Federal Credit Union Act,” said Elizabeth Eurgubian, CUNA deputy chief advocacy officer. “We look forward to submitting our comments for consideration and presenting at the agency’s virtual briefing and appreciate the opportunity from NCUA to do so.”The draft 2021 operating budget is $315.6 million, 0.1% lower than the 2020 budget. This post is currently collecting data…center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Fire Island Dune Rebuilding Plan Partly Underway

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Contractors are preparing to rebuild Sandy-flattened dunes on either end of Fire Island in time for summer, but communities in the barrier beach’s middle will remain vulnerable for a third hurricane season.Illinois-based Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation was awarded last month a $23-million contract to pump in 1 million cubic yards of the sand and rebuild 13-foot dunes from Robert Moses State Park in front of the Fire Island Lighthouse to the island’s westernmost hamlet, Kismet. Last fall, Dutra Dredging won a nearly $48-million contract to do similar work at Smith Point County Park on the island’s east end. Negotiations have yet to begin with the 41 property owners in the way of a new 15-foot dune planned for the third leg of the project—meaning that work wouldn’t begin until next fall, at the earliest.“We have just about all the surveys done,” Suffolk County Department of Public Works Commissioner Gil Anderson said of planning the third leg of the project, which he estimated may not start for another two years.The overall work is a part of a $207-million job known as the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet Stabilization Project, an interim plan meant to sure up FI with 7 million cubic yards of sand. That’s part of the $700-million Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point (FIMP) storm mitigation project slated to finally start a half century after being proposed. The larger 83-mile project and the first chunk dedicated to the 32-mile barrier island are funded by Sandy aid.FI, the largest of four barrier islands protecting the South Shore of Long Island from the Atlantic Ocean, was severely eroded during the October 2012 superstorm.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the first two beach-rebuilding contracts after the work was initially stalled when the Audubon Society sued to block the project on the grounds that it would harm the habitat of endangered piping plovers that live on FI. The Smith Point leg of the project includes about 100 acres of habitat enhancement for the birds.But, a similar interim beach replenishment project planned for Montauk has been called into question again by Suffolk County Legis. Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue), who represents the North Fork and was the only lawmaker to vote against that plan.“This is a project that one, is sure to fail and cause accelerated erosion to adjacent properties, and two, puts the maintenance on the shoulders of the taxpayers of the entire county,” Krupski wrote in a letter to Gil Anderson, the county’s public works commissioner.Krupski took issue with the Montauk leg of the interim project that uses geo-tubes—giant sand-filled bags that would be buried in the makeshift dune—and the fact that county taxpayers would be billed for half of the repair cost for beach damage after future storms until FIMP is finalized.Chris Gardner, a spokesman for the Army Corps, said a contract has yet to be awarded on the Montauk plan. Work on the east end of Fire Island is underway and the company tasked with replenishing the west end will begin in the coming weeks, he said. Both of those phases have a deadline of mid-April, when piping plover mating season begins.Once the soon-to-be completed surveys are completed in the third leg of the project, property owners will be contacted by Suffolk officials who will send documents requesting easements for most oceanfront property owners. Options for the 41—mostly in Ocean Bay Park and Davis Park—that are in the way of the new dune include relocating their structures away from the dune, taking a buyout or condemnation.A public hearing on the plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Van Nostrand Theatre at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.last_img read more

‘Myles the pig’ escapes from local auction, community helps him find a new home

first_imgErin Insigna from the Delaware Valley Humane Society says ‘Myles the pig’ mysteriously escaped from an auction house in Unadilla, where the pig would have been sold and slaughtered. “He like mushroom pizza… He loves crackers. Anything with carbs, he loves,” said Insigna. SIDNEY (WBNG) – Local animal activists say a runaway pig was saved by community members and will have a new loving home. Insigna says she then went outside to safely capture the pig, but Myles escaped. Insigna says Myles will be heading to Vermont to meet his new family next week. “I was sitting down with my daughter and we were having dinner and someone called me and they said ‘Erin, there’s a pig running down your sidewalk,'” said Insigna. “We had room. We had the means to take care of him short term. He was neutered today. He has been de-wormed,” said Insigna. The humane society then purchased the swine from the auction home for $10 and brought him to the shelter, normally meant for cats and dogs. “He was on the run for five days. He was covering a lot of miles, which is why his name was Myles. He did kind of stay kind of in the vicinity of Unadilla.” Insigna adds that now Myles will have a new home and family in the coming weeks. After days of searching, community volunteers were able to finally capture the swift swine. Now, three weeks after the pig was saved by the shelter, Insigna says Myles has become accustomed to living at the shelter and is even learning new tricks thanks to their kennel attendant, Erik Warren. “He’s actually going to be living his life in Vermont. We have a wonderful adopter who will be giving him a wonderful loving home and he will never be on someone’s dinner plate,” said Insigna.last_img read more

Call to change first home owner grant

first_imgKeyes & Co principal Damien Keyes says the Townsville property market will improve.WE were recently negotiating with a buyer on a five-year-old property when well-meaning friends whispered in his ear that he was missing out on $20,000 from the Government’s First Home Owner Grant by buying established, instead of building a new home. Now, in one sense, that is correct. By purchasing an established home the buyer did not qualify for the grant. However, when we broke down the numbers, outlining all costs associated with building in Townsville and compared them with the deal we were negotiating, the numbers told a different story. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020To buy a block of land and build a home similar to the one we were negotiating, the cost would have been $530,000. Deduct the $20,000 that the grant would have provided and the cost came to $510,000. Based on similar recent sales in the area the price of the home being negotiated was $460,000, representing a dollar saving of about $50,000, not to mention the time and hassle saved from going through the building/construction process!This case highlights the situation throughout most of regional Queensland – homes are so affordable that you can buy an established home for cheaper than you can build, at the moment. The State Government continues to ignore the REIQ’s recommendation to include established homes in the First Home Owner Grant eligibility criteria, at least in regional Queensland where the market needs as many buyers as possible.An additional point to consider is that a first homebuyer in regional Queensland won’t have to borrow as much when they buy a more affordable established home. This means they will have a buffer in the event that rates rise. This is an important consideration with a recent report suggesting a half a percentage point rise in interest rates could result in thousands of homeowners becoming mortgage-distressed.The grant is designed to help create jobs through the construction of new homes. However, as my anecdote illustrates, regional Queensland is not using the grant. Why would we? Established homes are cheaper and easier!As we head into a State election, it’s worth remembering that if the State Government was truly interested in helping young people get their foot on the property ladder they would help them no matter what type of home they wanted to buy – established or new.last_img read more

WADA asks CAS for public hearing on Russia doping case

first_img In December, WADA imposed a four-year ban on Russia over what it considers a state-sponsored doping scheme – prohibiting Russia from participating in such events as this year’s Tokyo Olympics. WADA says Russia “manipulated” data from an anti-doping laboratory in Moscow in the latest move in a long-running scandal that began with the 2015 revelation of long-term institutional doping involving senior Russian officials, secret agents and trafficked urine vials. Loading… Read Also: Accused cyclist Fuglsang contests link to banned doctor Under the sanctions, Russians would be allowed to compete in the Tokyo Olympics only if they can demonstrate they were not part of the doping network – the same situation Russian athletes faced at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. RUSADA disputed the WADA executive committee ban on December 27, setting the stage for WADA to send the case to CAS. WADA investigators retrieved data from the RUSADA Moscow laboratory last year, but in analyzing the data, WADA and independent investigators confirmed the data had been manipulated and some data had been deleted. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Monday it has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for a public hearing on its case for Russia’s exclusion from international sporting competitions. At stake in the hearing will be the fate of Russian athletes hoping to compete in such events as this year’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and 2022 football World Cup. WADA director general Olivier Niggli said Monday that WADA has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have a public hearing on its case to ban Russia from international sporting events for four years WADA director general Olivier Niggli said his group made the formal request for a public forum to resolve the dispute would ensure the world hears the case from both sides and understands how punishment, if any, is administered. “WADA’s investigations on Russia, and this latest case of non-compliance, have generated huge interest around the world,” Niggli said. “It is WADA’s view -– and that of many of our stakeholders –- that this dispute at CAS should be held in a public forum to ensure that everybody understands the process and hears the arguments.” WADA sent its case against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to CAS, the world’s highest sport court, last month. It will be a CAS panel that must decide whether to confirm the four-year ban WADA imposed on Russia last month after considering Russia’s case against the epic sanction.last_img read more

Bell, Struck get repeat wins at CJ Speedway

first_imgCOLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (May 27) – Adam Bell and Steven Struck were both repeat win­ners Friday at CJ Speedway.Shane Paris and Billy Faler led the Kauffman Electric IMCA Stock Car field to green. Paris took advantage of his starting spot to move out into the lead on lap one. A couple early cautions al­lowed Bell, who started sixth, and Kirk Kinsley, who started eighth, to quickly move toward the front and challenge Paris for the top spot.Bell slipped under Paris on lap four to grab the lead, leaving Paris to battle with Kinsley for the runner-up spot. Kinsley tried to get under Bell over the final few laps of the race but Bell was able to hold him off to capture his second win of the season at CJ. Kinsley was second and Paris third.The Louisa Communications IMCA Sport Compact feature saw John Whalen and Jake Benischek making up the front row with Benischek scored first on the opening circuit.Struck, who started 10th, and Bill Whalen Jr., who was scheduled to start 11th but had to go to the tail in a borrowed car, worked their way towards the front. Mechanical gremlins continue to haunt Benischek at CJ Speedway, as he slowed to a stop on lap seven.Struck inherited the lead and then held off Whalen to pick up his second win in a row and third overall of the season locally. Brendon Schultheis was third.last_img read more

Baggies may act on Berahino remarks

first_img The striker is in trouble after giving an unauthorised interview to Sky Sports News this week where he said he hoped to move “on to bigger things” if he helped the Baggies beat the drop. Tottenham and Liverpool were linked with the England Under-21 international but the Baggies did not receive any bids during the transfer window. Saido Berahino faces being disciplined by West Brom – but has not been put up for sale. Press Associationcenter_img Albion put contract talks on hold with the 14-goal top scorer late last year but have not transfer listed the hitman after his interview – although he faces the threat of disciplinary action – Press Association Sport understands. Berahino pleaded guilty to drink-driving in January and was banned from driving for 12 months after being stopped on the M6 in October. Despite this, boss Tony Pulis has praised Berahino’s attitude since the head coach arrived at the club last month and is likely to address the 21-year-old’s situation again at his press conference on Friday afternoon. The Baggies go to Burnley on Sunday in the Barclays Premier League, three points above the relegation zone. But it remains to be seen whether Berahino will be included for the trip to Turf Moor. Berahino told Sky Sports News HQ: “I’ve got to stay focused on what I’m doing right now, which is scoring the goals and keeping West Brom in the Premier League. “If I can keep them in the Premier League and score as many goals as I can, I’m pretty sure the fans wouldn’t mind me pushing on and going on to bigger things.” last_img read more

Queen reigns for Collins

first_imgMajestic Queen gave Curragh trainer Tracey Collins a notable British success in the Betfred Membership ‘Play Your Way’ Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield. William Buick produced the 16-1 shot to overtake long-time leader Fresles and scamper clear. New Providence, the 5-2 favourite, tried to claw her back but the five-year-old mare had enough in hand to lift this Group Three prize by two lengths. Evita Peron was three-quarters of a length away in third place. Collins said: “I said to William Buick to be positive on her as she was very well and in good form, and he gave her a lovely ride. “When she’s quiet I worry, but she was full of herself and I was glad to see that. “She had a super year last year and was very consistent and only put in one bad run. “The owners were going to have her covered and not bring her back, but they decided to bring her forward and hopefully she can go on to something else now. “She was heading for the Wokingham, but we are going to have to change those plans now. She’s in the Greenlands Stakes on Irish Guineas weekend.” Buick added: “She looked magnificent beforehand. Her trainer was very confident. She got there going well and she ended being well on top at the end.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Guyana NRA pays courtesy call on Minister Henry

first_imgTHE Guyana NRA Executive paid a courtesy call on Nicolette Henry, Minister within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, at her office on Friday last.The Executive members attending the meeting were:Hon. Secretary,Ryan Sampson;Treasurer Lt. Col (ret’d) Terrence Stuart;Asst. Secretary Treasurer,Hemant Narine and Committee Member,Lennox Braithwaite.The Minister was updated on the progress of the Association’s plans for the 150th Anniversary Championships in October.At the conclusion of the meeting,the Minister stated that her Ministry will be very willing to assist not only in monetary ways but in providing transportation and connections to the relevant authorities in tourism and even planning, as these are also important for hosting.Confirmation of shooters was received from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Jamaica, Bermuda, Canada, USA, Ireland, England and Falkland Islands.The shooting format to be used will be similar to what is used at Bisley,England for the Imperial Championships: three days of individual shooting from which the top seventy-two go forward on the fourth day and shoot at the 300, 500 and 600 yards ranges.The top 48 from those three ranges then move forward for the finals to shoot at the 900 and 1000 yds ranges.The Friday will be a rest/tour day when shooters and their family members will get to tour the Kaieture Falls, as the Guyana NRA continues to push Sports Tourism as part of the package to the participants and to let them see more of Guyana.The Saturday will be the Milex Long Range Championship,to be followed on Sunday by the WIFBSC Short Range Championship. Guyana is defending both titles,having been dominating the shooting sport over the last nine years.There will be a Presentation and dinner on the Sunday night where the Association’s Patron, His Excellency Brig. David Granger and Minister Henry are expected to be in attendance.The cost for hosting the championships is almost Gy$20M,with the ammunition cost taking about half of this amount while money is being spent on major rehabilitation works ongoing at the ranges.Last week the GDF hierarchy,lead by Brig. Patrick West,made an inspection of the works and was very impressed and pleased with the development that the Guyana NRA has completed. He reiterated his support and assistance for the completion of the ranges to meet international standards.The Association will soon be sending letters to the business community seeking assistance to offset some of the associated costs for the ongoing works as well as for the hosting of the Championship.last_img read more

‘Golden Jaguars’ could play more games in the AFC, says GFF president face Indonesia on November 25GUYANA’s senior Men’s national football team, popularly known as the ‘Golden Jaguars’, will make an historic maiden voyage to the continent of Asia, where they will face Indonesia on Saturday November 25.The game against Indonesia will be only the second time Guyana will be facing a team from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), having faced India twice – 1984 and 2011.However, Wayne Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), said that while the trip to the predominantly Muslim country is their first, it will not be their last.In fact, Forde said that the GFF will also be announcing another engagement against the team from the AFC shortly.“What you’re seeing is a strategic rolling out of our plan for our senior national programme” Forde told reporters, adding that his administration had spent a considerable amount of time in office building capacity and putting in place, plans for continued development at the youth level; both male and female with the setting up and rolling out of the Academy Training Centres (ATC) across the country.“The thing is, we will also, very soon, be announcing engagements as far as Africa and with the resumption of the Elite League, it will bring added incentives for our senior players” said Forde.Both Guyana and Indonesia are ranked at 165 in the world by the sport’s global governing body (FIFA) and Forde said that the GFF will continue to target countries around similar rankings, and, eventually, will face the more prominently ranked teams in other confederations.Meanwhile, Technical Director of the GFF, Ian Greenwood stated that the engagement against Indonesia “will be a fantastic opportunity for our players to experience a different type of play and a different type of opposition.”“The GFF Technical Department has been pushing our players to have adaptable skills and to function effectively in any environment, as we are looking to build in 2018 which will be a competitive year,” Greenwood added.Prior to their journey to Indonesia, Guyana will face Caribbean football powerhouse Trinidad and Tobago on November 14, an official FIFA date, at the Ato Boldon Stadium.Guyana’s head coach Wayne Dover pointed out that “these games are very important as they will allow for assessment of our team’s calibre and serve as platforms to expose our local talent.”Dover added, “Should we get a positive result, it will augur well for sponsorship, attract more local players to the fraternity and improve our Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) ranking. All this will serve to create a firm national team that can truly reflect a strong Guyana National Team.”last_img read more