continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced adjusted threshold amounts for several provisions in Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). The CFPB is required to calculate the dollar amounts for several provisions in Regulation Z annually.The final rule revises, as applicable, the dollar amounts for provisions implementing TILA and amendments to TILA, including under the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act of 1994 (HOEPA), and the Dodd-Frank Act.Adjustments are made based on the annual percentage change reflected in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in effect on June 1, 2019.
Coronavirus conspiracy theories are hampering frantic efforts to contain a steep spike in cases around the city of Melbourne, where more than 10,000 people have refused testing, Australian health authorities warned Friday.Health officials in the southern state of Victoria pled with the public to get themselves tested for COVID-19 and to ignore disinformation propagating online.Having dodged the worst ravages of the pandemic and eased most lockdown restrictions, Australia is now struggling to contain several clusters around its second-biggest city that are delivering dozens of new cases each day. “Disappointingly however we have had more than 10,000 people who have refused to be tested,” health minister Jenny Mikakos said.Officials were still analyzing the reasons given for refusing testing, but Mikakos said: “The report that I have received is that some people believe that coronavirus is a conspiracy, or that it won’t impact on them.”Describing the trend as “concerning” she said, “What I want to stress here is that coronavirus is a very contagious virus. It can go through your family very quickly.”She said a “testing blitz” was vital to trace, track and ultimately check the spread of the disease. In the last week, 160,000 tests have been carried out in the area and almost 100,000 doors have been knocked on, she said.Throughout the pandemic, falsehoods have spread quickly online across the world.One prominent Australian conspiracy theorist, with 250,000 followers on Instagram alone, has made false claims about “contaminated test kits”, while denying the pandemic exists.Similarly, AFP fact-checkers have debunked several spurious claims that testing is an excuse to implant Bill Gates-funded “microchips” or that tests do not work.’Back to square one’ Amid the deluge of disinformation, residents expressed deep unease about the impact of reinstated lockdowns. More than 300,000 people have been forced back into lockdown around Melbourne until July 29.”We’re feeling some insecurity and fear,” Melbourne resident Noman Rianz told AFP.On the eve of the restrictions coming into force this week, Carly Moore, mayor of the Hume neighborhood, said her community was devastated.”I wanted to cry, if I’m completely honest,” she said, clearly emotional.”We were starting to see some signs of hope, we were starting to get optimistic about what the future might look like and realistically, we’re right back to square one.”Australia has recorded more than 8,000 coronavirus cases and just over 100 deaths in a population of 25 million.The last two weeks have seen the emergence of about 700 of those cases, after a long lull. Topics :
January 09, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera joined more than 5,000 FFA members and guests today at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show for the state FFA’s Mid-Winter Convention, where the focus was on training the next generation of leaders in not only agriculture, but also in many other industries.“When FFA started in 1928, its founders were very wise, because they recognized that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting. It’s a science. It’s a business. And it’s an art,” Governor Wolf said. “Agriculture also is Pennsylvania’s largest enterprise, so the commonwealth has a vested interest in encouraging our brightest and best young people to consider careers in this broad-based field.”A minimum of 75,000 new and replacement jobs are anticipated in the agriculture and food industry within the next decade throughout the commonwealth with occupations ranging from traditional roles such as farmers, veterinarians, dairy herdsman, and agriculture equipment service technicians to non-traditional roles such as packaging machine operators, forklift drivers, industrial machinery technicians, and truck drivers.Pennsylvania’s more than 150 high school agriculture education programs continue to prepare students for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and beyond. The Economics and Statistics Administration – part of the U.S. Department of Commerce – reports that STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018.“The Department of Education is dedicated to preparing students for multiple career pathways, providing them with access to national academic standards and career development events related to agriculture and STEM,” Secretary Rivera said. “FFA serves as a partner, a resource, and a guiding light for students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, a mission that will benefit both students and communities in the commonwealth for years to come.”The Pennsylvania FFA Association makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. From its humble beginnings, FFA membership has reached more than 650,000 members nationwide.“As an FFA alumnus, I have come to understand the power of the blue corduroy jacket. But its impact is truly revealed after taking it off and taking that next step – taking advantage of the opportunities that are around you and embarking upon your future,” said Secretary Redding. “As I often say, it is an exciting time to be in agriculture–full of opportunities and challenges. One of those challenges is ensuring we have the next generation of leaders who are able to step up and lead our industry, and our commonwealth, into a future that will be defined by rapid change.”Today’s Mid-Winter Convention recognized the academic, leadership and field-based experiences of 357 Keystone Degree recipients, the highest honor earned at the state level. In addition, the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni Association awarded 467 first-year members their own official FFA jacket after completing a competitive application process.The National FFA Association, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, boasts more than 650,000 members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Pennsylvania is home to nearly 13,000 members.For more information about the Pennsylvania FFA Association visit, http://www.paffa.org/.The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 7-13 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and January 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from nearby Interstate 81.For more information about the 2017 show, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Highlights Importance of Career, Technical Education at PA FFA Mid-Winter Convention during 101st PA Farm Show
Oilfield technology firm Airborne Oil & Gas has started a qualification of a TCP riser for deepwater and dynamic applications for an operator in South America in collaboration with Subsea 7.The TCP riser qualification programme, believed to be a world first for fully bonded composite risers, aims to provide a disruptive new riser pipe technology for operators with international deepwater applications, Airborne explains.According to the company, its TCP riser design delivers the lowest cost solution for total installation in comparison to existing solutions.Henk de Boer, CTO with Airborne Oil & Gas, explained: “With our knowledge of materials and experience, we are able to work with the supply chain to develop the optimal material combination for each application, resulting in a fit-for-purpose approach. For this qualification in Brazil, we set out to develop a material that would allow operators to use a free hanging catenary configuration, to be installed by suitably available pipe-lay vessels.”Subsea 7, a minority shareholder in Airborne Oil & Gas, is involved in the qualification programme through providing global riser behaviour analysis, as well as installation analysis, for the TCP Riser.Ivan Cruz, technology manager at Subsea 7, added: “We believe that the TCP riser can become a compelling solution for future deepwater fields. The technology has a disruptive potential as a fundamentally simple pipe, and a straightforward solution that equally removes the need for buoyancy requirements. Working with Airborne Oil & Gas, the collaboration with Subsea 7 brings together both design and installation technology expertise for the provision of complete riser solutions for our clients.”
The Batesville Bulldogs JV baseball team competed in a double header against Madison JV last saturday. The box scores are attached. Game one:Early lead gives the Batesville Bulldogs JV victory over Madison 16-2The Batesville Bulldogs JV jumped out to an early lead on Madison and captured a 16-2 victory on Saturday.With six runs in the first three innings, the Batesville Bulldogs JV left no doubt about the eventual outcome.A groundout by Logan Mears during the first inning and an RBI single by Lane Oesterling, a three-run double by Kyle Siefert, and a groundout by Jayden Beal in the second inning fueled the Batesville Bulldogs JV’s offense early.Siefert racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Batesville Bulldogs JV.Anthony Butz‘s seven strikeouts helped the Batesville Bulldogs JV to the victory. Butz allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk over five innings.Game two:Early lead gives the Batesville Bulldogs JV victory over Madison 18-2The Batesville Bulldogs JV jumped out to an early lead on Madison and captured an 18-2 victory on Saturday.Five runs in the first three innings allowed the Batesville Bulldogs JV to put the game away early.An RBI double by Logan Mears and a groundout by Caleb Raab in the first inning helped the Batesville Bulldogs JV put some runs on the board early.Mears put himself in scoring position with two extra-base hits for the Batesville Bulldogs JV.Lane Oesterling got the win for the Batesville Bulldogs JV. He allowed one earned run over five innings. He struck out four, walked one and surrendered five hits.The Batesville Bulldogs JV’s Mears, Raab, Anthony Butz and Oesterling combined for eight hits and four RBIs.The Batesville Bulldogs JV piled on three more runs in the top of the third. The inning got off to a hot start when Raab singled, scoring Mears.The Batesville Bulldogs JV increased their lead with seven runs in the fourth. Mears kicked things off with a single, bringing home Christian Prickel.The Batesville Bulldogs JV added six more runs in the top of the fifth. Sam Wade started the inning with a single, scoring Andrew Deputy. That was followed up by Oesterling’s single, bringing home Wade.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ian Manlove.
JEFFERSON, S. D. (Aug. 17) – Five drivers raced to victory lane Sunday night at Raceway Park.Luke Jackson took the win in the KISS 107 FM IMCA Sport Compact feature. Jackson was chased to the end by Aaron Edwardson and point leader Ramsey Meyer.Lapped traffic came into play on the final lap of the MOPAR IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Making the right move and taking the win was Jake McClure followed by Ron Jensen and Andy Hoffman.Point leader Todd Boulware scored another win in the Skyline Casino IMCA Northern SportMod division. Boulware topped Darin Roepke and Karl Brewer in the final run down.Josh Ruschmann broke into victory lane for the first time this season in the Casey’s General Stores IMCA Stock Car feature. Trailing Ruschmann at the checkers were Jason Ward and Bo Lundquist.Bob Moore had the hot hand in the Jebro, Inc. IMCA Modified division, taking the win over Jason Schneiders and early leader Chris Mills.
Nick Marolf was the winner of the opening night event in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models on April 1 at 34 Raceway. (Photo by D&M Photography)WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (April 1) – Nick Marolf will have much memories of his second visit to 34 Raceway than he will of his first.Marolf passed Darrel DeFrance and led the last 30 times around the track in winning Saturday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series opener at West Burlington, earning $2,000 for his IMCA Late Model tour efforts.His one previous outing at 34 came at the Pepsi USA Nationals 17 years ago when his drive shaft broke during hot laps.“That was early in my career and we were just trying to make laps. That night was forgetful. I’d like to not remember it at all,” Marolf said. “We got lucky tonight with the redraw and got to start close to the front (third). I ran with Jay Johnson and then was able to pass Darrel in (turns) three and four for the lead.”While drivers swapped positions behind him, no one could find a way past Marolf before the checkers flew. DeFrance, competing in his 468th consecutive series event, ended as the runner-up and also won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.Chad Holladay, Matt Ryan and defending series champion Tyler Bruening completed the top five.Holladay earned hard charger honors, advancing a dozen positions. Luke Goedert was a plus 11 on the night and finished sixth.The winner of Saturday’s second heat, Marolf was leading that race when Andy Eckrich got upside down.His victory in the main event was the career second for Marolf, whose first tour win had come Sept. 14, 2012 at Farley Speedway.“We’ve led quite a few races since then but haven’t been able to capitalize,” he said. “It felt like it has been been so long since we won. Now it feels like we’ve gotten that monkey off our back.”Saturday’s show was also the 49th series race held at West Burlington, more than at any other track.Round two of the 31st annual Deery Brothers Summer Series takes Late Model drivers and fans to West Liberty Raceway on Saturday, April 8 for another $2,000 to win event. Marolf will be both the national and series points leader going into that race.Feature results – 1. Nick Marolf, Wilton; 2. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 3. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 4. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 5. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 6. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 7. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 8. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland; 9. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 10. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb.; 11. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill; 12. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 13. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 14. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 15. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 16. John Emerson, Waterloo; 17. Curt Martin, Independence; 18. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 19. Rob Toland, Davenport; 20. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine; 21. Paul Conrad, Colo; 22. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 23. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill.; 24. Shawn Mulvany, Moline, Ill.
Yet Watford’s display probably was best summed up by Jurado, who left two West Brom defenders for dead with some superb footwork, only to then curl his shot high into the stands. Deeney had another chance to open his Premier League account moments later when he met Ikechi Anya’s cross at the far post, but Myhill was able to block the header and Jonas Olsson completed the clearance. Pulis threw on new £12million striker Salomon Rondon with half an hour to go and the Venezuelan’s introduction briefly sparked West Brom into life. Rondon’s first action was a powerful run into the Watford box, but this time his finish was poor as his shot sailed into the stands. Berahino could have won it with 10 minutes left when McAuley headed Chris Brunt’s cross back across goal, but the Tottenham target headed wide at the far post. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Who said Watford don’t have many 0 0 draws?!” – Alan Shearer rues his pre-match tip. https://twitter.com/alanshearer/status/632584493367476224 PLAYER RATINGS Watford Heurelho Gomes 6 (Out of 10) Allan Nyom 7 Sebastian Prodl 6 Jose Manuel Jurado 7 Valon Behrami 6 Troy Deeney 7 Craig Cathcart 6 Miguel Layun 6 Ikechi Anya 6 Odion Ighalo 6 Etienne Capoue 7 Subs Almen Abdi 6 Stephen Berghuis 5 West Brom Boaz Myhill 7 Jonas Olsson 6 Claudio Yacob 6 James Morrison 6 Craig Gardner 5 Chris Brunt 6 Rickie Lambert 5 Saido Berahinho 6 Gareth McAuley 6 Darren Fletcher 6 Craig Dawson 6 Subs Salomon Rondon 6 James McClean 5 Callum McManaman 5 STAR PLAYER Allan Nyom: The Cameroon right-back was always a handful going forward and came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with one lung-busting run and shot. Set to become a big crown favourite at Vicarage Road. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Miguel Layun’s backheel on the touchline, keeping the ball in play, hoodwinking James Morrison and sending Etienne Capoue on a free run up the wing all with one clever touch. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Watford attacked with pace down both flanks but too often the final ball let them down. The Baggies were happy sitting back and soaking up the pressure, but Saido Berahino and Rickie Lambert saw too little of the ball. MOAN OF THE MATCH Albion’s mantra seemed to be ‘keep things tight and maybe nick a goal from a set-piece’. It did not make for great viewing, and unfortunately Watford lacked the nous to do anything about it. WHO’S UP NEXT? Watford v Southampton (Premier League, Sunday August 23) West Brom v Chelsea (Premier League, Sunday August 23) Press Association West Brom registered their first point of the season after frustrating Watford in a goalless stalemate at Vicarage Road. Tony Pulis’ side put their 3-0 opening defeat by Manchester City behind them with a typically belligerent display against the newly-promoted Hornets. They very nearly nicked all three points towards the end but Saido Berahino, still being linked with a move away before the end of the month, fluffed his lines in front of goal. But that would have been harsh on Watford, who were for long periods the only team interested in attacking. Sadly, for all Watford’s style there was very little substance as time and again, following some neat build-up play, the final ball or finish was lacking. Albion keeper Boaz Myhill was kept on his toes from early on, force into saves to keep out long-range efforts from Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney. Deeney then nodded a cross from Miguel Layun wide and Jose Manuel Jurado was off target with an acrobatic volley from Etienne Capoue’s centre. Ighalo was denied from close range by a combination of Myhill and Gareth McAuley before crashing a rising drive narrowly over after being teed up by Deeney. Allan Nyom, Watford’s new Cameroon right-back, looks set to become a huge crowd favourite with his exploits at both ends of the field. The summer signing from Udinese took Darren Fletcher’s cross off the foot of Rickie Lambert as the Albion striker was about to tuck in their only chance of the first half. And from the Baggies’ corner, Nyom broke away and ran the length of the field before stinging Myhill’s palms with a ferocious drive from the edge of the area.
… Registration closes tomorrowTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF), yesterday handed over a cheque to chief organiser of the upcoming Masters FUTSAL Classic, Ras Wadada, to assist with offsetting costs for the December 2 to 18 competition, which will be played at the National Gymnasium.The competition, to be played on three consecutive weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), will consist of three different age groups and is open to all teams throughout the country. The Junior Masters will be for 35 to 39 years, the Masters for 40 to 49 years and the Grand Masters will be for 50 years and over.All team and individual trophies have been donated by the National Sports Commission and the match balls have been provided by German’s Restaurant. The organisers are currently awaiting a positive response with regard to prize moneys for the competition.Meanwhile, teams have until tomorrow to register for participation. A meeting of all representatives of teams will be held tomorrow night at GFC where the draw for the various groups will be done.Registration can be done between 17:00hrs and 18:45hrs before tomorrow’s meeting, which begins at 19:00hrs.
KUMAR Dharmasena will help control the fourth Ashes Test from the middle, rather than the third-umpire room, in a late change to arrangements for the high-stakes match.Marais Erasmus and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, who isn’t on the International Cricket Council’s elite panel, had been originally slated to umpire the Old Trafford contest that begins on Wednesday.But Palliyaguruge is listed to remain as third umpire for the rest of the five-Test series, which is locked at 1-1.It means Erasmus and Dharmasena, two of the most-experienced umpires on the circuit, will be standing in the middle for the rest of the series.The standard of umpiring has been a constant talking point in this Ashes.Ricky Pointing has led calls for the ICC to let Australian and English umpires, who represent more than half of the elite panel, officiate in the showpiece series.But the powerful Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) insists neutral Test umpiring is still the best way forward.Joel Wilson had eight on-field decisions overturned on review during the series opener then shocked Australia by turning down Nathan Lyon’s lbw shout during a dramatic finish to the third Test.Lyon would have clinched a one-run win for Australia if the tourists were able to review Wilson’s on-field verdict, with ball-tracking replays suggesting it was out.“Can’t fathom why or how that wasn’t given out,” captain Tim Paine said.“England had two referrals so, if it was given out, the correct decision would have been made upstairs.“Saw it live – that’s all I needed to see. I don’t want to watch that again.”(Cricket.com.au)