Don’t Put CECL on the Back Burner

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Don’t Put CECL on the Back Burner Share Save March 12, 2020 2,143 Views Previous: Big Apple Tackling Property Tax Problems Next: FOMC: Interest Rates Dropped to Zero Rick Martin is Product Manager, Financial & Risk Management Solutions, Fiserv. Prior to joining Fiserv, he worked at SouthTrust Bank and Bank of America and holds degrees in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Georgia. Martin is a Georgia Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has owned and operated a small public accounting firm for over six years.  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Rick Martin The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe 2020-03-12 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / Don’t Put CECL on the Back Burner Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the March issue of DS NewsThe Financial Accounting Standards Board announced its unanimous decision to extend the Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) accounting standard deadline, giving certain organizations more time to collect and store historically vast amounts of data required for CECL compliance.Most entities, including non-SEC filing public organizations, non-public business entities, and smaller SEC-filing public organizations, now have until 2023 before CECL goes into effect. (The extension did not pertain to large SEC-filing organizations, which are generally defined as having market capitalizations above $250 million. Their deadline remained January 2020.)The new accounting standard was previously scheduled to go into effect in 2020 for SEC-filing organizations, 2021 for non-SEC filing public organizations, and 2022 for non-public business entities such as community banks and credit unions.The timeline extension certainly affords much-needed relief for smaller institutions that were scrambling to prepare for CECL. However, regulators recognize that it may also encourage some to further delay their preparation. As a result, regulators have started incorporating CECL preparedness into soundness examinations. That added scrutiny may eventually increase as the industry learns from large SEC filers’ CECL results and as we move closer to the 2023 deadline.Turn Compliance Into an OpportunityForward-thinking institutions recognize that, with the proper methodology, the additional data required for CECL provides much deeper insights in their institution’s loan portfolio and risk profile. New intelligence can be leveraged for competitive purposes as they glean clearer understandings of asset trends, risk components, and the profitability of different segments. With more detailed views, they can, for instance, implement strategic pricing and tactically promote or pull back on specific products or product groups.Those tempted to delay their CECL compliance strategies in light of the extension may risk falling short in future soundness examinations and compromise their ability to take full advantage of opportunities presented by CECL. However, effectively recognizing and acting on these opportunities can be easier said than done. There is no one-size-fits-all methodology for fitting vast amounts of CECL data together, and methodologies can change at any moment due to external factors. Instead, testing against a range of different scenarios is needed to determine the most appropriate method for fitting the data together to optimize long-term performance.Testing against a range of “what ifs” that uniquely influence an enormous amount of data can make selecting the right method a time- and labor-intensive process, which may reinforce the temptation to delay CECL preparation.Fortunately, financial institutions can greatly streamline what would otherwise be a daunting testing process by adopting CECL compliance tools enhanced with scenario-planning capabilities.With automated scenario planning, financial institutions can compare various pool segments, calculation methodologies, and even qualitative adjustments prior to finalizing their allowance for loan and lease losses (ALLL) reserve calculations. Essentially, that means organizations can easily test multiple methods and evaluate the results before committing to a specific one. The ability to test in different environments and scenarios shows how ALLL calculations may change. Understanding those changes and implications may enable development of better strategies and contingency plans to maximize profitability.Rather than giving into the temptation to procrastinate, financial institutions would be wise to push ahead on executing their CECL compliance strategy, using the extra time to evaluate automated scenario planning capabilities. That will help prevent a last-minute rush to meet the extended deadlines, providing organizations more time to achieve automation for streamlined CECL compliance, competitive differentiation and long-term profitability. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Featureslast_img read more

STS9 Announces 3-Night Aspen Run

first_imgIn the wake of their New Year’s celebration in Colorado, STS9 has announced their return to the Rockies for a three-night run at Belly Up Aspen. The mountain town run is set to take place on March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2019.Pre-sale tickets for STS9’s upcoming Aspen run are now available here. Public on-sale begins this Friday, January 11th, at 10 a.m. MT here.The newly announced dates land in the middle of a busy early-2019 touring schedule for STS9. For a full list of the band’s upcoming dates, head to their website here.last_img read more

Back to back: Huskies haul in second straight Niclai championship

first_imgThe Huskies proved Friday night who the Humboldt-Del Norte League belongs to.For the second straight year the Fortuna boys basketball team captured the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament championship, and for the second straight year the Huskies did so in dominating fashion, beating the Del Norte Warriors for the third time this season, this time by a 78-66 margin Friday night at Lumberjack Arena.“It’s just an amazing feeling,” Fortuna head coach Tony Miles said. “Like I’ve said many times, this …last_img read more

Bats Are Home-Run Flyers

first_imgYou don’t just put wings on a naked mole rat and make it fly. Bats are designed to be aero-bat-ic champions.A primer on bat flight in Current Biology by Anders Hedenström and L. Christoffer Johansson begins with list of amazing facts that defy evolution:Bats are unique among extant flying animals, as they have compliant wings and an echolocation sensory system that distinguish them from birds and insects. Flying in the dark, guided by echolocation, has influenced the aerodynamics of bat flight perhaps more than previously realized and resulted in a characteristic flight that is now being revealed.Yet these authors proceed to espouse evolution in spite of fossil evidence against it:Bats evolved muscle-powered flight about 65 million years ago, alongside birds, pterosaurs (probably extinct when bats evolved) and insects. The oldest fossil bat dates 55 million years back and, hence, there is a 10 million year gap in the early evolution of bats where information about the initial adaptive radiation is still missing. The oldest well preserved bat fossils, Onychronycteris finneyi and Icanonycteris index, exhibit all of the features of modern bats, including elongated fingers to span out the wing surface and ear morphology suggesting that at least Icanonycteris was using echolocation.This supports exactly what creationist Dr. Duane Gish used to emphasize in debates with evolutionists: “The first bat is 100% bat!” To believe bats evolved from non-flyers, Darwinians must imagine the emergence of elongated fingers, wing membranes, and the brain software to use them in complex flights at night, with another key innovation—echolocation—all within 10 million years. That’s a blink of an eye in assumed evolutionary time. On top of that, they have the same gaps in the fossil record for the emergence of flight in birds, insects and pterosaurs. Science is supposed to be about evidence.Living WingsThe case against evolution becomes stronger when the superior flight characteristics of bats are examined in detail. Unlike birds and insects, possessing wings with dead surfaces (membranes and feathers), bats have living wings that inspire human designs:Bats, on the other hand, have a wing constructed from live skin stretched by the elongated arm and fingers. The skin is 4–10 times thinner than expected, and the bones have a reduced mineralization, compared to other similar sized mammals, reducing the weight of the wing considerably. Skin is living tissue, packed with sensors, elastic fibers and in the case of bat wings also with specialized muscles (Figure 2A). The skin is anisotropic, with higher compliance (i.e. being permissive to load) parallel to the trailing edge, affecting how the skin deforms when subjected to aerodynamic forces, as reflected in strain measurements during flight. Intrinsic muscles in the wing membrane (Figure 2A), not connected to any bones, are thought to control the stiffness of the membrane and thereby the wing’s camber, the curvature of the wing profile. Recent studies have shown that these muscles are indeed active during specific phases of the wingbeat. Studies of artificial membranes with electrically controlled compliance have shown to be able to improve aerodynamic performance.These living, adaptive wings give bats the ability to reshape their wings in specific ways during flight. They can dynamically control wing shape and the resultant lift achieved. Bats can lock the knuckles on the first finger bones, giving them a stiff leading edge. “The leading edge flap affects the curvature of the leading edge, which may be a way to control the leading edge vortices … that bats use to increase the force production of the wing at low speeds.”Bats also have a tail membrane that is thicker than the wings. “When punctures do occur in the tail or wing membranes they have a tendency to heal rapidly,” the authors say.When any animal flies, it needs to be able to lift the entire body weight. It needs thrust to counter drag, and it needs camber on the wings to provide an airfoil. In addition, it needs to control the vortices that tend to form and reduce lift. “As noted above, bats are able to control all of these factors by adjusting the shape and movement of the wings.” Not only that, they can fly slow as well as fast, and even hover. The authors provide some details of aeronautical problems that bats solve to enable their exceptional flights.Sensory ControlIt’s not just having the right kind of wings: they also need sensory controls to operate them. The dynamic sense of touch provided by tiny hairs in the wing membranes allows “exquisite control of angle of attack, camber and wing twist.” Experiments show that “Removal of wing hairs cause bats to increase flight speed and it decreases their ability to execute turning maneuvers, suggesting the hairs are involved in the control of slow flight.”Science Magazine agrees that the “sense of touch turns bats into acrobats.” The hairs grow on both sides of the two wings, giving bats four arrays of sensory data for precision control. Emily Conover writes,Bats’ thin, flexible wings—a thumb and four fingers connected by webbing—stretch and reshape during flight, unlike those of birds and insects. Their agility in the air demands quick, precise wing movements and a constant adjustment of tiny muscles in the wing membrane. They also use their wings for other delicate tasks, like holding food and cradling young. To adjust their complex wings for the job at hand, they must integrate a variety of sensory feedback.If anyone doubts the effectiveness of bat flight systems and sensory mechanisms, they should try to build a robot that can land on a cave ceiling in the dark.EcholocationEven though blind people can echolocate to a degree (Science Daily), bats take the skill to a whole new level (7/30/11). Flying rapidly, bats can navigate through closely-spaced prison bars blindfolded. With sound, they can avoid collisions in tight swarms and identify their prey by shape and texture, homing in on it while the insect is darting about. “To be able to echolocate efficiently you need ears. Bat ears are essentially parabolic shaped structures facing the air flowing over the bat as it is flying.” Large ears add drag, but the bats seem OK with that; if they didn’t work so well, robotics experts at Virginia Tech wouldn’t try so hard to imitate them. Science Daily reports,The team’s sonar system incorporates two receiving channels and one emitting channel that are able to replicate some of the key motions in the bat’s ears and nose. For comparison, modern naval sonar arrays can have receivers that measure several meters across and many hundreds of separate receiving elements for detecting incoming signals.EvolutionDarwinians believe that bat flight emerged from some unknown land-dwelling ancestor. Take a look at the naked mole rat as a candidate.  What follows is not to disparage this little rodent; Science Daily points out that they never seem to get cancer. Whatever gene they have that provides anti-cancer protection is of great interest to medical researchers right now. Nevertheless, what would it take to get a naked mole rat off the ground?“You don’t partly fly,” Paul Nelson quips in Flight: The Genius of Birds. “Because flight requires not just having a pair of wings, but having your entire biology coordinated towards that function.” This is certainly true of bats and the other groups of powered flyers: pterosaurs, insects and birds.In the Current Biology primer, Hedenström and Johansson dismiss the problem by saying, “the adaptive diversity among birds and bats bears witness of the strength contained in the process of adaptive tinkering.” But recall that in Darwinian theory, every mutation, every “tinkering” event by the Blind Watchmaker (a.k.a. chance), must have survival value. If a naked mole rat started on the path to batdom, would long fingers help? Not without membranes. Would membranes between the fingers help? Not while it’s trying to live underground. Give it instant wings in a huge leap of imagination; would that help? Not without muscles, nerves, bones and flight software to operate them. In fact, no matter which tinkering step might be imagined to contribute to powered flight down the road, each mutation has to increase fitness immediately or natural selection will eliminate it. Evolution has no foresight; it can’t see 10 million years, 10 years, or 10 microseconds into the future. The naked mole rat without the full complement of flight hardware and software will go extinct long before the parts arrive, even if beneficial mutations were not as rare as they actually are, and even if it had hundreds of millions of years to wait.Creationists allow for diversification within an original bat “kind” whatever it was, or however many kinds there were initially. But blind, unguided processes of chance will never help a naked mole rat (or any other presumed ancestor) take off into the air. When it comes to creation evidences, bats score a home run.Got evidence? There you have it. Look at the fossil record. Look at the aerodynamic requirements. Look at the coordinated systems. Look at the envious engineers trying to imitate them. Finally, look at the completed bat flying in the dark, negotiating obstacles, catching insects on the wing, and landing safely on a crowded cave roof, where it gives birth to babies who grow up instinctively knowing how to operate all that equipment. Evolutionary theory has nothing to offer theoretically, empirically, or logically to explain the origin of bats. In fact, they believe not only that four different kinds of animals “innovated” powered flight and echolocation by “convergent evolution” (1/26/10, 9/06/13, 11/04/13), but that different groups of bats “innovated” echolocation independently by convergent evolution. That’s just playing Jargonwocky. Creation by an intelligent designer explains everything in all categories of evidence. Why would anyone who cares about truth and logic possibly believe anything else?Next time you see a bat flitting about outdoors, don’t be afraid of it. Stand in awe of it. Stand in awe of its Creator.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s BEST Program awards novice participants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST program has teamed up with sponsoring partner, Weaver Livestock, to get new youth involved with the OCA BEST program. A Novice sponsorship, which covers an OCA membership ($75 value) and a BEST nomination fee ($45 per head), has been awarded to 50 deserving Ohio youth for this year’s BEST show season.The sponsorships were available to any 8-21-year-old cattle enthusiast that is participating in their first or second year of the BEST program. More information can be found at www.ohiocattle.org.BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) is a youth program of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers and showmanship. The program promotes consistency for exhibitors at sanctioned shows hosted by county associations or agricultural groups and clubs. These points are tabulated and posted at www.ohiocattle.org. The program concludes with an annual awards banquet held in May where Novice participants are also entered into a novice-only drawing for a showbox, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock.For more information on the BEST program contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email [email protected] Be sure to follow OCA on Facebook or visit www.ohiocattle.org for the latest program updates.The winners were as follows:Cheyenne Anders – Howard2. Gabrielle Anders – Howard3. Emily Barkheimer – North Lawrence4. Seamus Bly – Painesville5. Hawk Brehm – Fayette6. Scarlett Brehm – Fayette7. Lance Brinksneader – Arcanum8. Bailey Cherry – New Plymouth9. Brandon Christian – ChardonTrevor Christian – ChardonKendall Davies – Bowling GreenLily Dennis – LancasterBarrett Evans – DoverBrady Evans – DoverRussell Fox – TiffinAva Gibson – CareyTaylor Herman – AtwaterMaggie Hoorman – Columbus GroveCarson Klingel – MarionAric Lust – Mt. VernonCowen McKelvey – FredericksburgHaylee McKelvey – FredericksburgJacob McMillen – SunburyJoseph McMillen – SunburyConnor McNinch – West AlexandriaDylan Mezie – HowardGarrett Miley – SarahsvilleIsaac Miley – SarahsvilleCheyenne Myers – MinervaAlexis Perry – WoodvilleLukas Perry – WoodvilleMason Powell – FultonMorgan Powell – FultonJames Sander – Oak HarborJoshua Sander – Oak HarborDelaney Sark – OrientAnna Scheurman – WarsawMegan Schulte – OttawaReed Schumacher – Columbus GroveRobyn Schumacher – Columbus GroveKelsey Shope – McDermottErica Snook – CaldwellGavin Stump – SycamoreMorgan Truesdale – PowellAddie Van Kirk – AlexandriaNathan Videkovich – AshvilleCaroline Winter – AshvilleColton Worden – NevadaRamey Wyant – Jackson50.       Noah Zigo – Johnstownlast_img read more

FounderLY: An Open Platform for Sharing Startup Stories

first_imgaudrey watters Tags:#Interviews#start Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img One of the best part of my jobs as a technology journalist is getting to hear founders’ stories. I have some really great, memorable experiences of talking to entrepreneurs – not just about what they’re building, but why. Sometimes these are stories that, in turn, end up in the articles I write. Sometimes they’re not – off topic, off the record, and what have you. But I feel pretty lucky that, as a journalist, I get the chance to hear so many great ones.Not everyone is in that position, of course, due to occupation, geography, or time. For his part Matthew Wise wondered what it would have been like to hear stories from founders like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates during their early years. As he told me, while Larry Page and Sergey Brin were building Google in Silicon Valley, Wise was a Marine combat medic in the Southeast Asia.Wise has taken that interest in stories and created a new media project that will help me sure more of this founder lore is indeed documented. FounderLY launches today as an open source platform for entrepreneurs to share their stories through short form interviews.The Untold Stories of EntrepreneurshipThese are the stories that haven’t necessarily been told before, and as the interviews are conducted by and for entrepreneurs (rather than by the media for that publication’s audience) they have a different sort of intimacy. The videos are all shot in an Errol Morris-stye (with a talking head and no intrusion – visual or audio – from the interviewer).It’s a labor of love on the part of Wise and his co-founder Andy Saebjoernsen, who in Wise’s words invested their “social capital” in securing some of the early interviews for the project. But once word got out, interested snowballed, and while the website launches today with six founder videos (including ones from Naval Ravikant and Vivek Wadhwa), Wise and Saebjoernsen already have filmed 36 – all accomplished over the course of four weeks.Open Source StorytellingFounderLY is an open platform, and others are encouraged to contribute their stories. Any founder may film another fellow founder, so long as you follow the FounderLY interview roadmap , and submit the video to FounderLY. FounderLY will then package it with an intro, bumper, and a closing, and publish it to their website, along with some transcription help from SpeakerText. It’s all openly-licensed with the hope that the media will use the content.Wise says he’s observed the “renaissance” we’re seeing in entrepreneurship right now and he contends there’s no way the press can capture all these stories. FounderLY thinks entrepreneurs can help, and in turn everyone can be inspired and invigorated by what’s shared. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 8

first_imgMOST READ Streaking Ginebra outlasts Star in OT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Forty-five games done, and it seems like the battle lines have already been drawn.Lyceum and San Beda have established control of the field, but the rest of the pack are not far behind, with leaders already gearing up for the homestretch of the eliminations come the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHowever, we must first put the spotlight on the first round as last year’s Final Four teams took center stage and rounded out their schedules.Here’s our list of this week’s top performers. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 1. Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions19 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHard work pays off, especially for Javee Mocon.Playing second fiddle behind leader Robert Bolick all season long, the versatile forward finally gained his share of the spotlight as he helped San Beda close out the first round on a seven-game winning streak.Mocon may not get the lion’s share of the limelight for the Red Lions, but there’s no doubt that his contributions are largely to blame for his side’s ascent this NCAA season.2. Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/AADVERTISEMENT 5. Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs26 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKent Salado could just carry so much for the Arellano.Despite the speedster’s best efforts, he still can’t stop the Chiefs from losing five of their last six games to finish the first round.One thing going Arellano’s way, though, is the week-long break, giving Salado, coach Jerry Codiñera, and the rest of the team to reassess their standing as they seek to make a huge run in the second round.6. Christian Buñag – C, Mapua Cardinals15 points, 21 reboundsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen one door closes, another one opens.Luckily for Christian Buñag, the injuries abound the Mapua lineup led to him racking up consistent double-doubles through the course of the first roundUnfortunately, those stats aren’t translating to wins, and Buñag needs more help to validate the numbers he’s pouring for the Cardinals.7. Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnother strong showing from Jed Mendoza results to another win for JRU.The first-year playmaker has proven that he’s no one-game wonder, emerging as a solid contributor for Meneses’ rotation after the first round.center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a way for Bolick to cap off the first round.Allowing his teammates to step up in the past few games, the swingman finally took the baton and torched the net early in San Beda’s 95-70 thumping of Arellano, getting his baskets in the first half to set the tone for the blowout.The game may have been billed as a Finals rematch, but just like in last year’s championship duel, Bolick remains to be the Chiefs’ bane and made the Red Lions no match for the opposition.3. Aaron Bordon – G, JRU Heavy Bombers17 points (8/14 FG), 4 assistsLast Week: N/AAaron Bordon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Vergel Meneses continues to stumble on surprise contributors for Jose Rizal University, this time, unearthing Aaron Bordon.The transferee from Cavite State University stepped up and tallied a career-best 17 points to provide the offensive boost for the Heavy Bombers in their close 68-59 escape of Mapua.If Bordon sustains his form, it shouldn’t be a surprise that JRU can hold on to its standing and move on once again to the Final Four.4. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAaron BordonSlowly but surely, Donald Tankoua is getting his groove back.Evoking memories of last season’s Finals, the Cameroonian big man churned out his best outing in the first round as San Beda once again got the better of Arellano on Tuesday.The signs are promising, and if Tankoua continues this tear, there’s no doubt that the Red Lions can also sustain this winning run. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim If Mendoza continues this stretch in the second round, things may continue looking up for the Heavy Bombers. View commentslast_img read more

Kevin Peterson Re-Released from the Chicago Bears, Michael Hunter Joins Giants Practice Squad

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State cornerback Kevin Peterson has been released just days after being released and re-signed with the Chicago Bears.#Bears informed CB Kevin Peterson he will be placed on waivers. He talked about his wild week in Thought No. 6 here. https://t.co/1al6ZD7oMC— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) September 2, 2016Peterson was released last Tuesday but was re-signed for the Bears’ preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns, according to The Oklahoman. Brad Briggs reported the next day that Peterson was released again to make room for corner K’Waun Williams. The Bears’ transaction sheet lists that Peterson was one of 12 players officially released on Sept. 3.In other news, former Oklahoma State cornerback Michael Hunter has signed with the New York Giants’ practice squad.CB Michael Hunter has signed with the Giants practice squad, per source.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) September 4, 2016Hunter, who played for the Cowboys after transferring from Indiana, signed with he Giants as an undrafted free agent in May. Hunter was one of ten players recently signed to the practice squad. He is officially listed on the practice squad on the Giants’ website.The Giants have concluded their preseason and will open their regular season against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 11.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Major Gullies And Drains To Be Cleaned

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 4 (JIS): Beginning this week, several of the nation’s major gullies and drains will be cleaned, as the Government heightens activities to eradicate possible mosquito breeding sites.The clean-up activities, which will cost $200 million, are being carried out by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) Secretariat.This was disclosed by Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley, during a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, in Kingston, on February 2. The press conference sought to update the nation on the Zika virus (ZikV) preparedness and response.Mr. Dalley noted that while the Ministry of Health has allocated $200 million to carry out ZikV preparedness and response activities, other Ministries have also allocated other funds to assist in the fight.For his part, Minister of Local Government and Community Development,Hon. Noel Arscott, said the Ministry and all the local authorities, along with the Social Development Commission (SDC), National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), are fully on board to assist with the fight against the Zika virus.He pointed out that gullies and drains have been identified and will be cleaned. “Funds will be made available to do so,” the Minister said.Regarding the proper disposal of tyres, Mr. Arscott reminded persons to put holes in them. “Those who are unable to do so, we are asking them to fill it with sand or earth, so that you will not have any place for the breeding of the mosquitoes,” he said.In the meantime, he is urging Jamaicans to dispose of their garbage properly. “We want to get this programme of cleaning up to be year round, because what is happening is when you do an initiative like this one, people go back to their ways of carelessly discarding garbage,” the Minister said.Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, reminded Jamaicans that they have a personal responsibility to keep their spaces clean. “We have to change the culture in our country and people have to know that it is their responsibility,” she said. ZikV is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is found in and around areas where people live, work and play.ZikV is from the same family of viruses as dengue and Chikungunya, and share similar symptoms, which include fever, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, headache, weakness, rash and swelling of the lower limbs.The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe illness requiring hospitalisation is uncommon.Jamaica is among 25 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region that have confirmed Zika cases. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Gullies And Drains, Hon. Horace Dalley, Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme, Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, ZikV 50,000 Jamaicans Employed Under Jeep Recommended for youlast_img read more

JAMAICA Parents to learn effective disciplinary strategies

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 11, 2017 – Kingston – Parents and guardians are to benefit from two Parent Villages being staged by the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) this month, during which they will learn effective strategies to discipline their children.   The villages, which are part of Parent Month activities, will be held in Kingston and Montego Bay on November 11 and 25, respectively.Chief Executive Officer of the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, said frustration is cited as one of the major factors that lead to excessive disciplinary measures being meted out to children.    She noted that parents are often not sufficiently equipped to assess and correct certain behavior patterns in their children, which leads them to react from a position of anger.“When the children step out of line, the first response should not be one of aggression, but it should, instead, be one that causes the child to reflect on his/her actions.   We also cannot emphasize enough the need for parents to influence behavior through their own conduct,” Ms. Kerr said.   She was speaking at a Think Tank held recently at the JIS headquarters in Kingston.Deputy Executive Director of National Integrity Action, partners of the NPSC, Dr. Patrece Charles, said that the desired result of any form of punishment should be that of remorse for the action, on the part of the child.   She noted that where children are disciplined out of anger and/or frustration, the child develops feelings of resentment towards the parent or guardian.“If a child is able to feel remorse because of the implications of his actions, he’s more likely to make an adjustment in order to avoid landing in a similar position in the future,” said Dr. Charles.She further indicated that where the child is disciplined in an aggressive manner, he tends to end up feeling as though the parent despises him.   This, she argued, creates an even greater issue, as it may cause the child to begin to act out in an effort to get back at the parents for hurting him.“It is my belief that if conversations are had with the child to explain the impact of his actions, and the preferred courses of action are clearly outlined, the outcomes are far more satisfactory,” Dr. Charles said.“We believe that if parents are offered more viable alternatives to the measures that they have been accustomed to, there will be a reduction in the cases of abuse that happen as a result of anger and frustration,” explained Dr. Charles.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more