Editorial: Trump bailout plan is ‘absurd’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Columbus Dispatch:President Donald Trump’s desire to prop up money-losing coal and nuclear plants is absurd enough on its face that one doesn’t need a lot of help arguing against it.Coal is losing its place to cleaner and cheaper natural gas. It is dirty and dangerous not only in the burning, but in the extraction. Nuclear energy has the potential to be extremely clean, but trying to make it safe renders it prohibitively expensive.The loss of coal-related jobs unquestionably has been painful for coal regions, and their anxiety is justified. Trump has exploited that anxiety and anger, winning support by making promises that are bad for the country and most likely can’t be delivered anyway.Those realities aren’t going to change; the only thing a coal bailout can accomplish, besides lining the pockets of wealthy coal owners, is saving a small number of jobs for a short time. It would do nothing to help develop jobs in alternative energy, tourism or other fields in which coal regions could build better futures.And it would come at the cost of leveling more mountaintops, fouling more streams and making more Americans sick.More: Editorial: Propping up coal, nuclear would be needless, destructive Editorial: Trump bailout plan is ‘absurd’last_img read more

7 Rescued Pets Looking for the Purrfect Home

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With so many cute cats and dogs available for adoption, it can be hard to choose the purrfect pet. Read about some of the most adorable animals available for adoption this week right here!Available for adoption at The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in WantaghCleo is a sweet love who was found as a stray in June and brought to a local animal hospital, who then called the shelter to pick her up. A beautiful and sweet 6-year-old pit mix, Cleo has been given the honor of the coveted office dog title. She spends her day in the shelters office as quiet as a mouse.When she is out of the crate, she is playful and a joy to be with and always up for a nice walk. She is also spayed, house trained and social with other dogs. Head on down to the shelter and scoop this sweat pea up today!If you are interested in adopting Cleo, call 516-785-5220, stop in for a visit at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email [email protected] for adoption at North Shore Animal League of America in Port Washington:MazelThree-year-old Mazel (reference # R165340) has been waiting to be discovered. Mazel is one smart cookie and knows the right human is worth waiting for. Mazel can feel overwhelmed by a busy setting, but she thrives with cat-experienced people who can understand her need for space, and they will be rewarded with loving head bumps too.Mazel loves to play and really loves catnip—it brings out her kitten crazies! Mazel’s ideal setting is a home with children 12 and up and no other pets. It’s in this peaceful setting that her true zest for life emerges. If you are looking to share your quiet home with a furry loved one, please email [email protected] for adoption at The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:TuxTux’s name says it all for this handsome little Tuxedo cat. Tux (reference #170565) has spent his whole kitten-hood living at the shelter which is really a shame, since Tux is described as playful, handsome and lovable. Tux would make a great addition to any family. Tux is up to date on all his vaccines, neutered and microchipped. Can you help grant Tux his wish for his very own family?NoseyNosey is the adorably cute kitty with amazing facial features. Nosey (reference #180003) is just 8 months old and was surrendered to the shelter when her owner couldn’t care for her any longer. Named Nosey for obvious reasons, Nosey is a gorgeous domestic short haired female tuxedo cat that is ready to find her new home where she can begin her new life.Nosey is spayed, up to date on all vaccines and microchipped. Why not head down to the shelter and adopt this cutie today?For more information about adopting Tux or Nosey, call the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at 516-677-5784.Available for adoption through Fur Friends in NeedThis volunteer-run and foster-based nonprofit animal rescue organization focuses on Monmouth County, NJ, and Staten Island. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home animals that are ailing, abused and abandoned. Their volunteers are amazing and so are their animals!RileyThis week they have Riley up for adoption. At just 5 months old, Riley would make the perfect pet for your home. She’s described as a great little girl whose good with kids, other cats and dogs too.TitoYou can also meet Tito. This handsome little fella is just 5 months old and described as a total lovebug. Did I mention he’s also great with kids, cats, and other dogs too?QueenieAnd check out Queenie! She was picked up as a stray, spayed and updated with all vaccinations. Queenie is 2 years old and great with kids, cats and dogs. She is described as a super sweet gal, so why not reach out for more info today?For more information about adopting Riley, Tito and Queenie, contact Fur Friends in Need at furfriendsinneed.com and mention Long Island Press.As always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!last_img read more

Credit union perspective part of CFPB arbitration field hearing

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The credit union perspective will be a part of Thursday’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) field hearing on arbitration. Kevin Hammar of Aldridge, Hammar, Wexler & Bradley, P.A. will be testifying on behalf of the Nevada Credit Union League.The hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (ET) in Albuquerque, N.M., will also feature remarks from CFPB Director Richard Cordray and Associate Director for External Affairs Zixta Martinez.Hammar will be on a panel with Paul Bland of Public Justice; Deepak Gupta of Gupta Wessler PLLC; Christine Hines of National Association of Consumer Advocates; Alan Kaplinsky of Ballard Spahr LLC; and Travis Norton of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.CUNA previously had a representative at an October field hearing on arbitration in Colorado. During that meeting, John Rudy, senior vice president/chief lending officer at Bellco CU, Greenwood Village, Colo., explained the nature of credit union-member relationships. continue reading »last_img read more

Municipal Credit Union streamlines, reduces cost of repos with CARS from State National

first_img 143SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Municipal Credit Union is a $2.7B, 425,000-member credit union with a $350- million auto loan portfolio.  The credit union primarily serves city, state and federal government employees living or working in and around New York City, as well as healthcare and education employees in the NYC metro area.A few years ago, its roughly 100 repossessions per month required the attention of four full-time employees. This group relied mostly on paper files, with very few digitized documents. Despite their best efforts, the process was cumbersome, inefficient and prone to human error.“It required a lot of man hours, because we had to be perfectionists about the way things were handled,” said John Parrinello, the credit union’s vice president of collections and loss prevention. “That was for the sake of our members and the sake of the auditors. We knew we needed a paperless solution.”Automating the Repossession ProcessWhen Parrinello was approached by State National Companies, his current collateral protection insurance (CPI) provider, to pilot its new CARS (Claims Advocacy & Recovery Services) program, it sounded too good to be true. CARS promised a totally outsourced, totally digital solution for the management of the entire repossession process.Greater Efficiency from Day One“The efficiency we gained through our use of the CARS program is amazing,” said Parrinello. “I went from four employees handling repossessions – including things like attending auto auctions – to just one. And that person’s job is simply managing our end of the CARS program.”Parrinello was quick to point out that he didn’t eliminate any staff. Instead, he was able to move the other three employees into new roles as collectors, where they can further benefit the credit union by helping reduce delinquencies.“We’ve virtually eliminated paper because absolutely everything is online,” added Parrinello. “We never have to worry about a document being misfiled because it’s all right there at our fingertips. If an auditor asks for a document, we just click a button.”Greater Efficiency Means Lower CostsAccording to Parrinello, the increased efficiencies of the CARS program have resulted in substantial savings compared to the old, manual method. “Beyond the staff reduction, picking up cars is much faster, and selling repossessed vehicles is much faster,” said Parrinello. “I don’t have to waste time sending employees to auctions, and we find that the sale amount is higher. All that adds up a significant reduction in repossession costs.”Municipal Credit Union also makes extensive use of the CARS online auction website, which is available to the public 24/7. “Anyone can go online in the middle of the night and make a bid if they want,” said Parrinello. If the bid meets the credit union’s minimum amount, the terms of the deal can be finalized with the new buyer the next business day. Parrinello added that the auction site is especially useful for disposing of high-end vehicles, because dealers from a broader geographical range often bid on highly sought-after vehicles.The Best, Then the RestParrinello said that since deploying the CARS program, he’s been approached by many vendors with competing solutions, and he’s looked at them all as a matter of due diligence. However, he has yet to find a solution that comes close to the CARS program in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. “The CARS program is simply better than all the others, by a long measure,” he concluded.The CARS program is available to all State National CPI customers. With more than 40 years’ experience in all aspects of CPI – claims, repossessions, skips and all related insurance issues – State National is positioned to remain the leader in this field. The CARS program can be seamlessly integrated with any lender’s existing processes. For an expanded version of this case study, please email [email protected]last_img read more

School shootings must stop

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOn Feb. 14, there was another school shooting in 2018, and I’m sick of us choosing inaction as a solution. I sent my two kids to the bus today with “I love you” and hope after we spent yesterday — again — talking about their contemporaries dying in a school.But hope is not a plan. I can’t spend today with my children thinking that I chose to do nothing to better their safety.My children are now statistically more likely to die at the hands of a shooter than they are likely to be abducted and killed by a serial predator. We’re selling our kids’ lives for gun manufacturers’ profit margin, and it’s time it stops.I know the pressure gun control brings elected officials. But I’m asking Sens. Gillibrand and Schumer: Can we remove legislative barriers to civil action against gun manufacturers? Can we make it illegal for gun manufacturers to lobby? Are there any other solutions that hit the the gun lobby finances?Please help. Some day it will be my kids, or yours. We owe them a solution for their safety. It’s #TimeToTalk.Paul SonnleitnerHopewell JunctionMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

The law made simple

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Granit Xhaka explains why Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock will shine for Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Phil HaighSunday 22 Sep 2019 3:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link399Shares Bukayo Saka made a big impact in the Arsenal first team against Frankfurt (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has lofty expectations for youngsters Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock, both of whom have broke into the first team this season.Both players started in the 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night in the Europa League and both got on the score sheet, with Saka also providing two defeats.Saka had not played in the Premier League this season ahead of his shining role in Germany, but has been immediately rewarded with a place in the starting XI against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.Xhaka was thrilled to see Saka’s performance against Frankfurt, and his fantastic goal, and has explained why there is ‘much more to come from him.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘What a way to score your first goal for Arsenal!’ Xhaka wrote in the Arsenal matchday programme. ‘I was straight over to his once I saw the ball hit the back of the net and we ran over to celebrate with the fans.‘I really like Bukayo as a player and as a person. He’s respectful, very hardworking and always willing to learn. When you’re young and breaking into the team, you absolutely must have that. If you don’t you can come unstuck really quickly.‘But Bukayo is grounded, he’s on a good path and I’m sure there’s much more to come from him.’ Granit Xhaka explains why Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock will shine for Arsenal Comment Willock opened the scoring against Frankfurt (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Willock, 20, has more experience than Saka and has already played in four Premier League games this season.Xhaka is impressed with how the midfielder has made an almost seamless switch from youth team football into the first team.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘What I like about Joe is how quickly he’s adapted to first team football,’ continued Xhaka.‘When you watch him and play alongside him you quickly forget just how young he still is. Nothing phases him, he just stays relaxed and gets on with what he needs to do.’MORE: Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he is to blame for Watford meltdown, not Sokratis PapastathopoulosMORE: Ian Wright says Arsenal’s young stars love working under new assistant Freddie Ljungberglast_img read more

Sokratis disagrees with Granit Xhaka over his reaction to Arsenal fans

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Sokratis disagrees with Granit Xhaka over his reaction to Arsenal fans Advertisement Sokratis says Granit Xhaka was wrong to react to Arsenal fans booing him (Sky)Sokratis Papastathopoulos admits Granit Xhaka was wrong to hit out at Arsenal fans during their 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Gunners captain was substituted in the 61st minute but was booed by the home fans as he walked off the pitch.Xhaka responded by cupping his ear towards the crowd and saying ‘f*** off’ before he took off his shirt and stormed down the tunnel.But Sokratis concedes that the Swiss midfielder should have not let his emotions get the better of him.ADVERTISEMENT Xhaka hit back at booing Arsenal fans as he left the pitch (Reuters)‘Of course Granit is the captain of the team,’ Sokratis told Sky Sports.‘I think the reaction from him was wrong.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But I think also that everything that happened we lose like a family.‘The next day we’re together, I don’t have to say any more about this.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Oct 2019 9:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more