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first_imgMay 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Women’s Basketball Promotes Assistant Coach Brad James Tags: Emily Potter/Gavin Petersen/Lynne Roberts/Megan Huff/Pac 12/Pacific Tigers/Utah Women’s Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Monday, University of Utah women’s basketball head coach Lynne Roberts  confirmed the promotion of assistant head coach Gavin Petersen to associate head coach.Roberts extolled Petersen, saying “[Gavin] is a star in this profession and he plays such a significant role in our program.”Petersen has 16 years of Division I coaching experience and has spent four seasons with the Utes.  In Salt Lake City, Petersen has been part of a staff that has led the Utes to three consecutive postseason appearances and a pair of 18-win seasons.Petersen, a native of Honolulu, stated he feels privileged to be part of the Utes’ program and he is “humbled by this promotion.”Petersen has been instrumental in helping the Utes finish in the top half of the Pac-12 in field goal percentage defense the past two seasons as well as in the top three in defensive rebounds per game the past three seasons.During his tenure in Salt Lake City, Petersen has helped the Utes develop some of the top post players in the conference, including three-time all-Pac-12 selection Emily Potter and all-Pac-12 2018 1st team selection Megan Huff.This past season, the Utes were #30 in the NCAA (out of 351 Division I schools) in rebounding margin while Potter and Huff were each in the top 10 in the Pac-12 in rebounds per game.Prior to coming to the Utah women’s basketball program, Petersen spent two seasons at the University of the Pacific under Roberts, helping the Tigers to consecutive WNIT berths. He has also served as an assistant at Hawaii, Idaho and Idaho State, helping eight teams he coached reach the postseason.last_img read more


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first_img View post tag: HTMS Taksin View post tag: HTMS Krabi US Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) met up with Royal Thai Navy patrol vessel HTMS Krabi (OPV 551) and frigate HTMS Taksin (FFG 422) for a cooperative deployment in the East China Sea on Oct. 9.The event focused on navigation, communication and ship handling skills, improving interoperability between US Navy and RTN forces.“This cooperative deployment is an opportunity for Antietam to exercise warfare skills with our Thai allies,” said Capt. George Kessler, Antietam’s commanding officer. “Joining our allies for this event benefits all ships at sea that depend on maritime security in the 7th Fleet area of operations.”The at-sea serials are part of a longstanding naval partnership that includes exercises like Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), Cobra Gold and Guardian Sea, as well as staff talks and port visits throughout the year.“Participating in a cooperative deployment like this is a great experience for our sailors to hone their navigational skills alongside our Thai counterparts on the open seas,” said Cmdr. Jeremy Watkins, Antietam’s executive officer. “It’s truly an invaluable opportunity for us to improve interoperability with our allies in such a critical area of the world.”“Engaging in this experience with the Royal Thai Navy presents new opportunities to get better at what we do,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Chase Collier. “It brings out our ship’s capabilities and assists in training sailors on small, surface action group operations.”Antietam is in the US 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Pacific. View post tag: USS Antietam View post tag: Royal Thai Navycenter_img View post tag: US Navy Photo: USS Antietam, HTMS Krabi and HTMS Taksin (FFG 422) conduct a tactical maneuvering during a cooperative deployment. Photo: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more


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first_img View Comments Finding Neverland Related Shows Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. New Release Dates for The Visit & Neverland RecordingsTwo Broadway musicals from this past season will release their cast recordings a bit later than expected. The album of Kander and Ebb’s The Visit, which was originally scheduled to drop on June 26, is available digitally now and will be in stores on July 10. Meanwhile, the Finding Neverland cast album, initially set for a June 23, will be available digitally and in stores on July 17. To hold you over, check out this clip from Yahoo! of Matthew Morrison and Aidan Gemme recording “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” in the studio.center_img Cast Set for Goodspeed’s My ParisBroadway alums Bobby Steggert, Mara Davi, Donna English and Tony winner John Glover will star in the previously reported world premiere of My Paris. The new musical features English lyrics and arrangements by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer winner Alfred Uhry. Performances will begin on July 23 at the Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Connecticut. The cast will also include Greg Hildreth, John Riddle and Paul Castree. The show follows Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Steggert), a nineteenth-century French painter who captured the spark of Montmarte, Le Can-Can and Le Moulin Rouge. Tony winner Kathleen Marshall will direct and choreogrpah.Broadway & Comedy Icon Jack Carter Dead at 93Jack Carter, the comedy legend who hosted the first televised Tony Awards in 1956, died on June 28 of respiratory failure. He was 93 years old. Carter made his Broadway debut in Call Me Mister before going on to host the variety show Cavalcade of Stars and his own NBC series The Jack Carter Show. He also appeared on Broadway in Mr. Wonderful and Top Banana. He is survived by his wife Roxanne, sons Michael and Chase, daughter Wendy and grandchildren Jake and Ava.Mary Louise Wilson Releases MemoirTony winner Mary Louise Wilson has released her memoir, My First Hundred Years in Show Business. The On the Twentieth Century star chronicles her life from childhood in New Orleans to moving to New York to performances in Grey Gardens, Cabaret and more, with countless gigs in between. Earlier this year, the documentary She’s the Best Thing In It, which follows Wilson as she mentors younger acting students, premiered at South by Southwest. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016last_img read more


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first_imgFor instance, at 6:30 a.m. on June 6, Eduardo Rivera, a 30-year-old who works for a food company, and his 5-year-old daughter, Samantha, were among dozens of Salvadorans waiting in front of the HMC for a chance to get on the list to have a life-changing surgery. Samantha was born in 2010 with a cleft lip and palate, and during the 2013 sessions, surgeons closed the cleft. Now, she’s hoping to have surgery to complete the correction of her lip deformity. El Salvador’s Armed Forces (FAES), together with the Cuscatlán Rotary Club (CRC) and surgeons from the Austin Smiles Foundation in the United States, are performing reconstructive surgeries at no charge for low-income Salvadorans with a cleft lip or palate. Many of the patients who end up thanking the FAES, the CRC and the Austin Smiles Foundation are kids. Facial deformities are caused when expectant mothers ingest certain medications without a prescription during the first months of their pregnancy, or if the expectant mother is suffering from severe malnutrition, said Dr. Roberto Pineda Nieto, the Austin Smiles Foundation’s coordinator for El Salvador. The CRC supports the patients during the selection process by collecting their medical histories and, after the surgery, providing financial assistance for food and medication. Restoring smiles By Dialogo July 21, 2015 Well, it does my heart good to know there are people ready to help. I would like to know when they will be coming again to El Salvador. “I am very grateful to everyone involved in this project because they have definitely given my daughter the chance to have a better life,” Rivera said. “I am coming now, trusting to faith, that they will be able to help her again.” “The hospital is always looking for ways to support the poorest among us in this country, and in neighboring countries; those who would find it impossible to pay for surgery like this,” said Colonel José Francisco Samayoa, HMC’s director. “That is why we place all of our facilities at their disposal: to provide free, top-quality treatment.” Nathaly Cáceres, 4, was also selected by physicians to correct a facial deformity. Nathaly’s mother, Ana Mercedes de Cáceres, a 29-year-old secretary at an insurance company in San Salvador, was brought to tears by the treatment her daughter received. center_img “People who suffer from this sort of deformity need to have at least four operations: closing the lip three months after birth, closing the palate between two and three years, corrections to the lip and the nasal ala after the age of 11 and, finally, speech evaluations to see whether surgery is necessary on the velopharyngeal flap,” Dr. Pineda Nieto added. A better quality of life “This year, we performed mandibular surgeries for several adolescents who had prior surgeries in earlier sessions but who still needed corrections to other aspects of the initial deformity,” said Lieutenant Colonel Carmen Monti, a pediatrician and chief of HMC’s Pediatrics Department. “We are very happy, because now they have beautiful smiles and a better quality of life.” “On my salary, we never would have been able to pay for this kind of surgery [some $6,000], and I was afraid that my daughter would grow up with a deformed face,” she said after Nathaly was selected. “Now, I have hope. This is only a short time in her life, and she will have the smile she deserves.” The Hospital Militar Central (HMC) in San Salvador hosts this effort twice a year. Since 1992, pediatricians, technicians and Military support personnel at the hospital have worked with the Foundation’s plastic surgeons to treat more than 75 patients per session. On June 8, medical workers wheeled Samantha into the operating room, and she is currently under medical observation to evaluate the surgery’s results. To date, the cooperative effort has rebuilt more than 2,400 smiles for children and adults in El Salvador; most patients are from El Salvador, though some are from other Central American nations, such as Honduras and Guatemala. Session 39 was held from June 7 to 12, when physicians not only performed surgeries to reconstruct cleft lips and palates, but also procedures to completely eliminate congenital deformities of the mandible. “This is possible thanks to all of the logistical and medical support given to us by the specialists at the Hospital Militar and the Foundation,” said Dr. Víctor Silhy, a CRC representative. “We work as a team, and the patients thank us with a new smile.” last_img read more


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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 65-year-old former investment manager from Nesconset was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison for defrauding lenders out of $93 million by hiding the poor fiscal health of his company.John Murphy, the former chief executive officer of Suffolk County-based Oak Rock Financial, had pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2013 at Central Islip federal court.“By making fraudulent representations with respect to Oak Rock’s financial position, Murphy caused financial institutions and private investors to suffer millions of dollars in losses,” said Kelly Currie, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said Murphy, who was compensated $600,000 a year, misled banks by providing them with false documentation to make it appear that the company was making up to date payments on loans that were actually in default in 2009.last_img read more


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first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kelly Flynn Kelly has over 15 years of sales and management experience helping financial institutions of all sizes. She leads a team whose charter is to optimize the value of every contract … Web: www.JMFA.com Details Although the initial deadline for migrating credit and debit cards in the U.S. to EuroPay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) card security standards passed on October 1, 2015, no one expects the full migration to be completed until 2017. That’s good news for many financial institutions because according to early industry observations, a majority of banks and credit unions around the country failed to meet the target date.A recent study by CU Times reports that 78 percent of credit unions missed the October 1 EMV migration deadline. However, almost half (46.4 percent) reported they are close to completing the transition. Credit union leaders that I have spoken to since the deadline point to the price of reissuing member cards and related processing costs, as well as the time involved to manage the process, as the main barriers to completing the transition.EMV migration isn’t the only reason to review existing credit/debit card service contractsLikewise, uncertainty regarding what the fraud liability shift possibly represents for their business has made the decision to begin the EMV migration process difficult for many financial institutions. However, there are substantial cost-savings and improved service benefits to gain by taking a look at your current debit and credit card provider and processing contracts regardless of whether or not you have completed the transition to the improved fraud protection technology.If you are in the process of migrating to EMV cards for your members, are you satisfied with how your current card brand provider is handling the transition? If the current strategy calls for issuing new member cards as they expire, did you know that some card providers offer incentives for mass migration? This can translate into substantial savings and streamline the process of upgrading to more secure technology. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to educate all existing card holders at once – which will save time for your member-facing staff.And, newer services – such as the ability to turn a credit card or debit card off from a mobile app – can help to alleviate members’ security concerns if they have misplaced their card or fear fraudulent activity.Also, if you haven’t taken a look at your card processing contracts to make sure you were getting the best possible rates and contract terms, you might be surprised to learn that you are paying more for your card processing than your competitors. Think about what improvements you could make or new services you could offer if you could reduce these on-going expenses. Remember, your processing vendor most likely won’t offer better pricing or service terms if you don’t ask.It’s not too late to migrateAbout four percent of credit unions don’t plan to convert to EMV at all, according to the CU Times survey. However, as more and more retailers get on board, the impact of potential card fraud liability could be costly for any institution that does not take advantage of the card-present protection that EMV offers.If your institution has been taking a wait-and-see stance on converting to EMV technology, now is a good time to learn more about the potential incentives, savings and service improvements that a review of your existing card brand and processing contracts can offer.Don’t leave potential savings on the tableEither way, it’s important to also make sure you are getting good value and quality service from your existing card brand and processing vendor. An expert contract negotiator can take a look at your existing contracts to uncover potential incentives, savings and improved service opportunities, and renegotiate with your existing vendor to improve contract costs and terms. Or, open up a dialogue with competitors to find savings and better service opportunities.Having a professional take the lead on the process will save your credit union time, provide contract review and negotiations expertise that you may not have in-house, and give you optimal savings and service improvements based on industry knowledge and experience from working with similar institutions. The result will be a win-win for your credit union and your members.last_img read more


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first_imgWhile everyone is hearing about “record” sales by vehicle manufacturers, everything is not a bed of roses for those making loans on these vehicles. Even though new vehicle financing was up 86.3% in Q1 2016 compared to 84.9% a year ago, margins are still squeezed to razor thin levels, and the competition vying for this finite market is getting even more aggressive. As most lenders know by now, the auto lending pool of competition no longer only includes credit unions, banks, and dealers. Insurance companies, ‘buy here, pay here’ car lots, and online retailers makes the auto lending business that much more competitive for credit unions.In order to compete with dealers, we see lenders lowering their credit criteria in order to win business. In addition, since auto prices have continued to climb, we are seeing a reversal to the days of extended loan terms on these vehicles to make the payment more affordable for the consumer. Likewise, consumers are staying in their vehicles longer. In fact, according to CNBC, in 2006, car owners traded in their vehicles after approximately 4.3 years. In 2016, that number jumped to 6.5 years.On another note, as gasoline prices continue to remain low, consumers are more attracted to larger vehicles, and the sticker price on those vehicles certainly isn’t going down. Just take a trip to your local Ford dealership and look at the cost of a nicely appointed F150.Low gas prices driving consumer demand for higher-priced vehicles may be good for the economy in the short term, but in the long term it could become a problem for lenders. If the economy continues its slow recovery, you might start seeing an increase in delinquencies. According to Experian’s State of the Automotive Finance Market, some credit unions already have been seeing this, as 60-day delinquencies rose to 0.42% in Q1 2016 from 0.35% in Q1 2015.Reduced used car prices and longer loan terms have been decimating the GAP market for the last 18 months, causing extremely high losses. This cost will ultimately flow down to lenders and dealers. Coupled with that, any spike in gas prices will drive people into more economical vehicles, further declining GAP performance.Many people, me included, were very hopeful for 2016, and in some areas that hope remains. However, it’s hard to ignore that a lot of challenges exist—both known and unknown. How will regulatory pressures impact lenders? How will the economy perform? Where are gas prices heading and how will those prices affect every other area of the economy? How will the outcome of the presidential election impact consumers and businesses in the short- and long-term? A crystal ball would be nice, but in its absence, we all just need to be diligent, find creative and efficient ways to reduce risk and generate income, and prepare ourselves to quickly react to however the chips may fall.In an effort to help our clients find creative ways to stand out in an increasingly competitive auto lending market, we developed our recent ebook, Stand Out from the Auto Lending Crowd. Get your free copy today! 77SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Hein As CEO for SWBC’s Financial Institution Group, Mark Hein manages the day-to-day operations and sets the strategic direction for the division. He is committed to continuous product training, increasing … Web: www.swbc.com Detailslast_img read more


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first_imgIf the signs of spring are signaling you to change, update and grow within your career or community, those same tenets can also bring new value to your organization and its clients. When many of our clients in the past have sought a refreshing and positive re-direction, they’ve succeeded by implementing a fully-disclosed overdraft protection program for their members.ChangeSince overdraft programs are relatively common, change may result more from a supplier perspective than a have vs. have-not program perspective. Ask yourself or your management team some basic questions as you evaluate or seek to improve your operational performance: In terms of revenue, are our program results sluggish, even flat or behind recent years? If so, is it due to decreased use from account holders? And, when considering changes to overall account growth, has there been a decline in fee income per account? Have we been proactive in addressing potential compliance issues? And, how are doing when it comes to interpreting rule changes correctly?Have we settled for a legacy service that was installed years ago? What types of enhancements have been made to track program use and identify areas that may need attention?Are charge-offs on the upswing? If so, is it because members aren’t educated well on how to use the program responsibly? Or, is it because staff is not effectively managing the program?Could our provider easily sell off their software, or, be at risk by not providing a broad array of services? If yes, could we be subject to changes beyond our control or not be receiving proper support?If you find yourself saying yes to any of the above, perhaps it’s time to consider making a change to your current program—or, better yet a new provider.UpdateImplementing changes that bring a fully-disclosed overdraft protection service current is especially beneficial in a climate of political change that can potentially impact regulations. Many organizations have self-managed their programs for years without incident. However, even the most dogged followers can be challenged to maintain compliance, whether changes in the recent past are repealed or repeated to any degree.Regulatory changes often impact processes and procedures, associates, training and members. Accordingly, it’s valuable to employ a program with in-field managers that can assist with both software and soft-skill solutions to improve the way you do business.Whether it’s related to providing compliance guidance and support, maximizing efficiencies or identifying ways to recover lost revenue, a fresh approach can make all the difference. And, having representatives who are responsive and can train or explain changes to your staff can ultimately help provide a seamless experience to your members. And when members feel informed, the likelihood of service utilization and retention is maintained.GrowOrganizations that have committed to providing a consumer-friendly and fully-disclosed overdraft solution often experience renewed internal energy and goal attainment. Staff can take pride in an understandable program that helps solve members’ problems, and those members benefit from a resource that helps resolve a short-term need, cash-flow interruption or checking account error. Aspirational growth is multi-dimensional and should consider:Revenue Non-interest incomeStaff and member satisfactionReg E opt-in ratesInstitutional confidence resulting from a provider’s compliance guarantee or results-driven compensationIf improvements in these areas can benefit your credit union, perhaps it’s time to find an overdraft program provider, one who is stable, innovative, active and connected in their industry, committed to client and member understanding, and has a strong legacy with a complementary service offering.After all, while overdraft protection plans are decades old, they remind us that—like a change in seasons—what is old can be new again. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Richard Miller Richard joined JMFA after a 23-year career in banking, providing JMFA and our clients with a broad base of management experience in community banking, from chief lending officer to president … Web: www.jmfa.com Detailslast_img read more


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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA headquarters continue reading »center_img Rodney Hood was named chairman of the NCUA Board today as he was sworn into office. He replaces J. Mark McWatters, who will remain on the board; McWatters’ term is set to expire in August. NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger offered his congratulations to Hood and thanked McWatters for his leadership over the past two years.“NAFCU congratulates Rodney Hood on being named NCUA Board chairman, and we look forward to working with him as he leads the agency,” said Berger. “With his previous experience serving on the NCUA Board and industry knowledge, Mr. Hood will be an asset to the agency as it tackles some of credit unions’ most pressing problems.“We also appreciate Mark McWatters’ efforts as chairman to bring about regulatory relief for the industry and transparency at the NCUA. We are confident the new NCUA Board will be a strong regulator for credit unions.”last_img read more


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first_imgWASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden called on Americans to come together and heal Saturday in his first speech since winning the presidency. “This is the time to heal in America,” he said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware that capped off a day of celebrations and impromptu parades nationwide. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We’ve won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket … and we’re seeing all over this nation, and in all cities in all parts of the country, indeed across the world, an outpouring of joy.” Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden addresses supporters at an election rally, after news media announced that Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020.Andrew Harnik | Reuters Biden said his first priority will be to bring the surging coronavirus pandemic under control. “On Monday, I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as Transition Advisors to help take the Biden-Harris COVID plan and convert it into an action blueprint that starts on January 20th, 2021.That plan will be built on a bedrock of science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern,” he said. “I will spare no effort — or commitment — to turn this pandemic around.”This is breaking news. Please check back for updates. Biden reached out to those voters who supported President Donald Trump, telling the crowd of supporters. “They are not our enemies. They’re Americans.” “I will work to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. I won’t see red states and blue states, I will always see the United States.”“Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end, here and now,” he said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


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