McWatters resigns from NCUA board

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data…center_img J. Mark McWatters resigned Friday from his position on the board of the National Credit Union Administration. McWatters has served on the NCUA board since his nomination by then-president Barack Obama in 2014.CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle issued the following statement thanking McWatters for his service:“As a member of the NCUA Board, J. Mark McWatters has helped credit unions advance the financial well-being of their 120 million members. We’re appreciative of his work to reduce the regulatory hurdles that credit unions face and for his service to the movement. We wish him well in his next endeavor.”McWatters served as Chairman of the NCUA Board from 2017-2019. His term expired in August of 2019, but he agreed to continue serving on the board until the Senate confirmed his successor.last_img read more

Reading habits in a state of flux

first_imgIn today’s era of advanced technology, it seems that no matter where USC students go, electronic readers are everywhere. Kindles, Nooks, iPads and even smartphones — all of these devices give students the power to instantly download books, typically for discounted prices. So, physical books are relics of the past, right? Wrong.“My love for books is boundless,” said Brittany Valiza, a senior majoring in communication. “I’m not into the whole ‘e-book’ thing at all. It’s a pleasure going to Barnes & Noble and buying real books instead of reading everything digitally.”Christina Ellis | Daily TrojanGenevieve Wijangco, also a senior majoring in communication, said nothing replaces paperback books. “It’s the experience of touching it, the fact that it’s tangible,” she said. “I love to read for pleasure and with paperback books, I see no need to buy them digitally.”According to a statewide study conducted by USC Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times, the number of Californians who own e-readers has increased since last year. Eighty-six percent of Californians who own e-readers, however, said they also read hardbound and paperback books. Additionally, 54 percent of Californians who own e-readers said they read books in print most of the time.“It hurts my eyes!” said Emily Heckelman, a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. “I use my MacBook for everything, so when I read paperback books, it gives me a break from the screen’s glare and allows be to me more comfortable,” Heckelman said.The poll also cited an increase in pleasure reading among Californians. Out of the study’s pool of 1,500 Californian voters, approximately four in five said they have read at least one book for pleasure in the last month. Jeremy Klif, a senior majoring in business administration, said he could not remember the last time he read for pleasure.“I don’t like e-books. Actually, I don’t like any kind of book,” Klif said. “I never enjoyed the reading process and in the rare case that there is a book that I really want to read, I usually don’t have time to read it because of all the stuff I already have to read for school.”When it comes to print editions holding their own against their electronic counterparts, academic reading is a different story. Most of the students interviewed for this article preferred to access scholarly sources and other research material online because of its convenience. This has not, however, kept students from visiting USC’s many libraries.Christina Ellis | Daily TrojanAccording to Hugh McHarg, the associate dean of planning and communication, USC Libraries has seen a 40 percent increase in attendance from 2006 to fall 2010, and that increase has continued into 2012. More than 215,000 people visit USC Libraries each year.“A big issue is space,” McHarg said. “We often have to find ways to accommodate an increasing number of students who want not just a quiet space to study, but also collaborative space to work together on group projects.”McHarg said the influx of library users prompted USC Libraries to extend hours for the Von KleinSmid Center Library and the Crocker Business Library during finals.“Although we offer a wealth of resources online, students tell us that they love interacting face-to-face with librarians who can help them find administrative, scholarly and valuable sources,” McHarg said. “It’s not like Google where you’re on your own.”USC Libraries also re-opened the Los Angeles Times reference desk at Doheny Memorial Library to accommodate more students.Jared Ginsburg, a junior majoring in political science, said the increasing number of students who use the libraries causes him to steer clear of Club Leavey.“I do it all at home,” Ginsburg said. “I try to make use of the library’s electronic resources and I’ll download textbooks if I can. Anything to avoid the overcrowded libraries.”last_img read more

Klay Thompson has good news on hamstring entering Game 5

first_imgTORONTO – Even as he admittedly played through a left hamstring injury that has not fully healed, Klay Thompson felt a much sharper pain.The reason? The Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, leaving the Warriors with a 3-1 deficit entering Game 5 on Monday.“It sucks losing at this stage,” Thompson said. “Any Finals loss is hard, so you got to digest that.” Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. It could become even …last_img read more

Photo gallery: Shifty Records’ 1980s rebirth of cool

first_imgInto the dark days of censorship and apartheid swept Shifty Records, recording South African bands making music about life in a brutal country. It was the 1980s and the birth of a new local music scene. View iconic images of South Africa’s underground anti-apartheid music scene.Read more: Shifting perspectives: a history of Shifty RecordsShifty Records recorded a diverse range of South African music genres, from alternative rock n roll, boere punk, Kaapse goema,  folk, avant garde, isicathamiya, mbaqanga jive, maskande, worker songs, poetry and jazz were all captured by Lloyd Ross, founder of Shifty. Forces Favourite. (Image: Shifty Records) Warrick Sony – Anarchy in our Sosatie. (Image: Shifty Records) James Phillips. (Image: Shifty Records) Sankomoto. (Image: Shifty Records) Winston’s Jive Mixup. (Image: Shifty Records) James Phillips. (Image: Shifty Records) Noise Khanyile (Image: Shifty Records)last_img read more

S.I. Distributing hires new sales manager

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest S.I. Distributing welcomed Nathan Vandenbroek as the new sales manager.Vandenbroek comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry. Nathan recently graduated from the Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER leadership training program. This program helps class members develop important skills necessary to becoming effective leaders and advocates, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more.He hopes to use these skills and apply them to his success at S.I.“I am excited to start a new position within S.I. Distributing and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive product and service suite. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality service,” Vandenbroek said.last_img read more

Get your fertilizer certification…Before planting begins

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio is now seeing full implementation of Ohio’s Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification regulation. The regulation was result of Senate Bill 150, which can be found at and The 2014 regulation required farmers to complete a fertilizer certification program if they applied fertilizer to more than 50 acres of land in agricultural production primarily for sale. Exemptions included fertilizer applied through a planter, individuals whose crops remained on the farm for their livestock and not sold, or fertilizer applied by a commercial applicator.Farmers were given three years to complete the certification training. Training included a two-hour program if a farmer already had a Private Pesticide Applicator License, otherwise, a farmer had to complete a three-hour program. Key components of the training were to know the potential causes for algal blooms and management practices to reduce phosphorus losses from farm fields. Training was provided primarily by County Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Educators of the Ohio State University.In three years, 17,493 Ohioans completed the Fertilizer Certification program. The three-year window to complete the initial certification program ended September 30, 2017. Any farmer applying fertilizer that has more than 50 acres of cropland without an Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator certificate after September can be fined and/or charged with a misdemeanor offense. Farmers that still need certification have two options: complete a three-hour training program or pass a state test.If you do not have the Fertilizer Certification and wish to test for it, you can visit the Ohio Department of Agriculture webpage to get more information about when and where to test.If you would prefer to attend an approximately 3 hour training session in lieu of taking the test, you can attend one of the following upcoming Fertilizer Certification programs listed below. Most cost $35. Please make the appropriate contacts as registration process and fees vary by location.Putnam County – March 19th 6 to 9pm; contact Beth Scheckelhoff, [email protected] or call 419-523-6294Auglaize County – March 26th 2 to 5 pm and 6:15 to 9:15 pm; contact Jeff Stachler, [email protected] or by calling 419-739-6580 by March 20th.Van Wert County – April 4th 6 to 9pm; contact Curtis Young, [email protected] or call 419-238-1214last_img read more

Video: ESPN Aired An Incredibly Emotional Tribute To Chris Fowler

first_imgThe College GameDay crew in Columbus Ohio.ESPN College GameDayAfter serving as the host of ESPN’s College GameDay for 25 years, Chris Fowler has moved on to focus on his duties as play-by-play announcer for ABC/ESPN’s prime time Saturday night games. While Rece Davis should fill in admirably, GameDay definitely won’t be the same. To pay tribute to Fowler, GameDay put together an amazing feature piece, narrated by Tom Rinaldi. After the piece, Fowler joined his old GameDay crew, and Davis, on stage. Things got pretty emotional when Fowler discussed his relationship with Lee Corso, who he spent all 25 years with on the show. He even gave Corso a kiss on the cheek.It is getting a bit dusty in here this morning. We’ll miss you, Chris.last_img read more

Kinder Morgan Canada says Trans Mountain activity slowed by permits

first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML) says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project continues to move forward, though early activity has been slower than expected.The company says in its third-quarter results that construction preparation activity for the $7.4-billion project is off to a slower start than planned mostly because of the time required to file for, process and obtain all necessary permits and regulatory approvals.The company, however, adds it has received a number of priority permits and pending some further permits and approvals, it will be able to start clearing and other construction activities in Alberta and the B.C. northern interior this year.Kinder Morgan Canada is facing intense scrutiny for the project that many in B.C. oppose, including chastisement last month for installing fish-spawning deterrents without proper approvals in place.The company applied for an exemption to allow it to place more deterrents, saying not getting them in place could delay the project, but then withdrew the application after finding fish had already started spawning in the areas.Kinder Morgan Canada is assessing options to mitigate the delays, but that if the mitigation doesn’t work then completion of the project could be delayed by up to nine months.last_img read more

RCMP remove pipeline protesters from Vancouver bridge

first_imgVANCOUVER – Greenpeace Canada says a protest that saw a dozen protesters dangling from a Vancouver bridge to block a tanker carrying crude oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline ended Wednesday night.The environmental group says the climbers who spent more than 35 hours on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge were “peacefully removed from their positions” and taken to the North Vancouver RCMP detachment.The RCMP had earlier said all would likely be charged with mischief and jeopardizing the safety of a vessel.North Vancouver RCMP Cpl. Richard De Jong said an aerial extraction team began removing and arresting the protesters in the afternoon in what he called a methodic and safe operation.The protest began Tuesday morning when activists rappelled off the side of the bridge to block the Serene Sea, a vessel loaded with crude oil that had left from Kinder Morgan Canada’s Westridge Marine Terminal.The protest was focused only on the Serene Sea but authorities responded by closing all tanker traffic in the area, said Jesse Firempong, a Greenpeace spokeswoman.Deep-sea vessels and vessels with a high air draft, including sail boats with a high mast, were unable to safely pass under the bridge due to the location of the protesters, banners and connecting lines, said Danielle Jang, a spokeswoman with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.Smaller traffic such as tugs, barges and small commercial vessels were still able to transit under the bridge, she said.Will George was among those arrested on Wednesday after occupying the bridge for more than 35 hours, said Kwekwecnewtxw — Protect The Inlet, a group formed to oppose the Trans Mountain expansion.“I will remain the fierce opposition. It is in my blood to protect the water. Our Indigenous rights are being completely ignored, the safety of our water is being ignored, and most of all, my son’s future is at stake,” said George, the group’s spokesman and leader.“I will do whatever it takes to protect the water and my family and your family.”Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, said it respects the right to peacefully demonstrate and there are many ways to express opinions in a safe and legal manner.“It is unfortunate that the actions of these individuals have caused disruptions to vessels and individuals that transit to and from the waters east of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, including customers from our terminal and the other marine cargo terminals,” it said in a statement.Earlier Wednesday, Premier John Horgan said he was concerned that authorities had closed a rail bridge in response to the protest, resulting in the blockage of a different tanker loaded with refined fuel destined for Vancouver Island.“The protesters, as long as they’re abiding by the law, that’s their right in a free society. But when they start to impact on the business of other people when they start to infringe on the laws of the land, then there’s a concern,” he said.“At this point, as I understand it, it’s a question of the rail bridge is down and that’s the problem.”The Canadian government’s $4.5-billion deal to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project is expected to close later this summer.On Tuesday, the company released its construction schedule for the next six months, with work planned in the Lower Mainland and North Thompson areas of B.C., as well as between Edmonton and Jasper National Park in Alberta.Greenpeace said the protesters are from the Coast Salish community, B.C., Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Washington state, Mexico and the United Kingdom.Companies in this story (TSX:KML)last_img read more