Press conference held after fourteen men arrested following Michaels Barr’s funeral in Strabane

first_img Previous articleMan described in court as Donegals number one drug supplierNext articleRyan Rainey sign’s a new deal with Wolves admin Twitter Homepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Google+ Twittercenter_img By admin – May 5, 2016 Press conference held after fourteen men arrested following Michaels Barr’s funeral in Strabane Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Following the arrest of fourteen men after a paramilitary style funeral in Strabane Superintendent Mark McEwan of the PSNI said their response was ‘appropriate and proportionate.’They were arrested after a police operation following the funeral of Michael Barr in Strabane who was shot dead in Dublin on April 25.Speaking at a press conference in Strand Road police station this afternoon Superintendent McEwan said there had been ‘a public commentary’ indicating that Michael Barr was connected to what he described as ‘a violent republican dissident group the New IRA.’He said the police carried out an operation in line with that and following’ a paramilitary style display’ 15 men were arrested for terrorist related offences.Defending the operation the Superintendent said that the police would act where they suspected ‘criminal activity.’He said that sometimes police gathered evidence to be used later and other times they acted.He said: “Every police operation has to be sensitive to the community.”Denying that today;s operation was in response to political pressure Superintendent McEwan said: “We don’t respond to political pressure but we are cognizant of it just as we are cognizant of the feelings of the wider community.”It is believed that the six of the men arrested are from the Derry area, five from Tyrone and three from Dublin.They are being held in Musgrave Street in Belfast for questioning. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

Does your credit union meet these six needs?

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Theresa WithamAccording to data from NCUA call reports, 2,300 credit unions are engaged in member business services. The credit union industry holds $54 billion in loans with an average loan amount of $240,000.Jim Devine and Bob Hogan, lead faculty at CUES School of Business Lending, have over 30 years of experience in business lending and have worked with thousands of small business owners. They have explored the questions: What is it that small business owners are looking for and why would they pick you?Devine and Hogan say the answer boils down to the following six things business owners expect to receive from their financial services provider:1. Access to credit: “They will be looking for you to help them with their capital formation strategy and develop for them the types of credit products that will address their needs. continue reading »last_img read more

Step into your members shoes & make a difference

first_imgIn 2014, there were 46.7 million people in poverty. This is up from 37.3 million in 2007. The number of low-income people is near the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty statistics have been published.Wow. It’s not just folks in poverty either scraping by. Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency, even those considered “middle-class.”These are your members. People in your communities. Maybe friends or family even? Credit unions exist to improve the financial well-being of our members, so this is a big opportunity to be a trusted partner for those struggling to make ends meet.The first step is understanding the issue, most importantly, your staff understanding the issue. This has been an important issue to us at the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) for years, particularly through our REAL Solutions program. In fact, about five years ago, the Foundation started holding the first “Poverty Simulations” (now Life Simulations) for credit union staff across the country. The simulation is designed to help sensitize credit union organizations to the financial needs of low-wage working families.The Life Simulation experience is designed to help credit union employees, volunteers and leadership begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month.  You’ll have the experience and tools to develop products, services and resources to assist with the daily struggles that your members, neighbors, and friends may be facing each day.Until recently, Foundation staff would conduct the simulation for credit union organizations, but now credit unions can also order a “new and improved” simulation kit from the Foundation. We recently made it available as a comprehensive kit that includes over 1,000 pieces of material. It has been created to include the most up-to-date scenarios, including complex family dynamics, current issues facing members such as pay day lenders and medical debt, as well as other everyday financial hardships that members may face.Walking in another’s shoes is a far more effective way to sensitize others to the needs of immigrants and other low-wage working families than from traditional diversity or classroom learning. We’ve found that the Life Simulation is such an eye opening experience that will change the lives of your credit union staff, and ultimately the lives of your members. 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christopher Morris Christopher Morris is currently an engagement consultant at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), providing specialized attention to broad and diverse stakeholders throughout the Midwest Region. Previously, Christopher was a … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Data in the age of the consumer

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The world of data is nothing new. Information has been captured and stored in databases for decades. If you think about it, consumers’ expectations for personalization and customization used to be fairly minimal. Information on a person such as name, address, age and birth date was likely the extent of a financial institution’s (FI’s) data library.Now, enter the age of technology and the development of consumer electronic devices. This has brought about a new era – the Age of the Consumer. Today, consumers are driven by three basic needs: Convenience – Accommodate my busy life and make it easy.Customization – Make everything personalized to my needs.Connection – Help me be a part of the Internet of Everything.Creating the optimal consumer experience, however, requires the use of both big and small data. While big data can help spot business trends and support fact-based decision making, small data contains the real information – the traces of consumer behavior left behind by actions taken every second of every day. continue reading »last_img read more

5 ways to make a few extra bucks

first_img 121SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details 1. Keep your changeI know this sounds like common sense, but whoever invented the piggy bank is a true genius. Putting money in a container and not touching it is a great way to save for something. You need an extra $100 bucks for an event next month? Start putting away your spare change now and by the time that day arrives, you’ll be ready to go. The best part is, you find the money without having to budget it.2. Take some surveysI know we’ve all probably heard this idea before, but most of us have never done it. Taking surveys online or down at the mall may not seem like the best way to spend an hour or two, but it can put a few extra bucks in your pocket. Check out to find some easy ways to make $25-$50 bucks a day.3. Sell some stuffPeople love yard sales. It’s a great way to get something you need at a great price. That being said, you probably won’t get rich from having one, but you can definitely make $50-$100, depending on what you’re ready and willing to sell. Willing to part with something expensive? Put it on Craig’s List and see what happens.4. Mow some grassIf you have neighbors that don’t enjoy doing yard work, this one could really pay off. All you need is a push mower and some gas. Spend part of your Saturday mowing lawns and you could easily raise an extra hundred bucks every weekend. Nobody likes getting out in the heat of the summer, so take advantage.5. Deliver some stuffLike taking road trips? Did you know you can actually make money while you’re driving to your vacation destination? Check out Roadie, a service that will pay you to deliver packages on your way to where you’re going.last_img read more

Shots fired investigation on Washington Avenue in Endicott

first_img—– As of 3:30 p.m., dispatchers and the Endicott Police Department could not confirm any details with 12 News. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott Police Department is investigating a shots fired complaint. 7:26 P.M. UPDATE: 12 News has a reporter on scene. Police say the incident took place in a stairway of an apartment building at 25 Washington Avenue in Endicott. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for more information.center_img 3:45 P.M. UPDATE: ENDICOTT (WBNG) — There is a large police presence on Washington Avenue in Endicott Thursday afternoon. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — A 12 News crew reports crime scene tape has been put near 25 Washington Ave. —– The investigation continues to be ongoing. last_img

Randy Feenstra Wins, Keeping Steve King’s Iowa Seat in G.O.P. Hands

first_imgIn 2018, Mr. Scholten lost by three percentage points to Mr. King in a district Mr. Trump had carried by nearly 30 points in 2016.His narrow loss then in part reflected the growing toxicity of Mr. King, who has a long history of racist remarks and denigration of racial minorities. For years, he has ridiculed multiculturalism, vilified undocumented immigrants and met with leaders of far-right groups. Randy Feenstra, a Republican state senator, won election to represent northwest Iowa in Congress on Tuesday, five months after his primary victory over Representative Steve King, whose history of racist comments had made him an embarrassment to the party. According to The Associated Press, Mr. Feenstra, 51, a social conservative, was turning back by a large margin a spirited campaign from J.D. Scholten, 40, a Democrat and supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders who nearly defeated Mr. King two years ago. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mr. Feenstra was outspent by Mr. Scholten — $2.3 million to $1.6 million — in the conservative district, but the Republican was aided by nearly $500,000 in outside spending. While Mr. Scholten was a favorite of progressives, he stressed his independent streak during the general election race. He told voters he had backed away from the Green New Deal after learning that farmers had not been consulted during the creation of the plan to shift America away from reliance on fossil fuels. “They didn’t include rural. They didn’t include farmers. That’s why it’s a nonstarter for me,” Mr. Scholten told Mr. Feenstra last month during a debate. “Don’t come at me with that. I don’t support the Green New Deal. I’ve been very damn clear.” – Advertisement – In 2019, Mr. King was stripped of his committee assignments after he said during an interview with The New York Times: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”At the time, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, told Mr. King to “find another line of work.”Mr. King wrote on Twitter early Tuesday that he supported Mr. Trump’s re-election, but could not bring himself to vote for Mr. Feenstra. “I enthusiastically voted for Trump first thing this morning but I couldn’t get my hand to fill in the oval for the Republican nominee for Congress,” he wrote. While Republican leaders saw Mr. Feenstra as less incendiary than Mr. King, the incoming congressman shares many of his predecessor’s policy views. Mr. Feenstra has pledged to fight to build President Trump’s border wall with Mexico, ban “sanctuary cities,” “fight against the liberal agenda” and defund Planned Parenthood. In a recent debate, he said marriage was “between one man and one woman.” He also sought to paint Mr. Scholten, a former professional baseball player who at 6-foot-6 stands one inch taller than Mr. Feenstra, as beholden to “liberal coastal elites.” Mr. Feenstra’s victory over Mr. Scholten was a bright spot for Republicans. – Advertisement –last_img read more

SPECIAL REPORT: Vietnam’s success against avian flu may offer blueprint for others

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the first of a two-part Special Report on bird flu in Vietnam. Part two, “When avian flu control meets cultural resistance,” appeared Oct 26.Oct 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – HANOI, Vietnam – Among countries affected by avian influenza H5N1, Vietnam stands out twice over.It was one of the first hit by the virus in the current outbreak: It discovered its first human infections in December 2003 and its first widespread poultry outbreaks in January 2004. And it was one of the hardest hit, with 66 million birds culled to prevent spread of the virus, and more human infections than any other country to date.But it has also controlled the virus more successfully than any other country where the disease became endemic, with no new human cases since last November and only a handful of infected birds this year—12 farm chickens and ducks, and a small flock of tame storks in an amusement park.The shift is so striking that international health authorities are asking whether Vietnam’s success can be replicated elsewhere. But reproducing its efforts faces an unusual hurdle: sorting out which of its aggressive interventions actually made a difference.”The absence of human cases is a direct reflection of the lack of cases on the animal side,” said Dr. Richard Brown, a World Health Organization epidemiologist based in Hanoi. “But it is actually difficult to know exactly what that is due to, because there were a number of different interventions applied in the latter half of 2005 on the animal health side.”After responding to its 2004 outbreaks mainly by culling infected flocks, Vietnam in 2005 became the first country to institute mandatory nationwide poultry vaccination.In addition—and almost simultaneously—the national government banned poultry rearing and live-market sales in urban areas; restricted commercial raising of ducks and quail, which can harbor the virus asymptomatically; imposed strict controls on poultry transport within Vietnam and agreed to examine illegal cross-border trade; and launched an aggressive public education campaign that deployed radio and TV advertising, neighborhood loudspeaker announcements, and outreach by powerful internal groups such as the Women’s Union and Farmers’ Union.The country also compensated farmers for birds that had to be killed—initially at 10% of the birds’ market value, and now at 75%.”Who knows what impact any of these interventions had? This is a natural experiment” that lacks controls that could measure impact, said Dr. David Dennis, the Hanoi-based Vietnam influenza coordinator for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “How much [of the reduction in cases] is due to the natural history of this organism in birds? We don’t know.”Outside the country, experts presume the engine of flu control to be the pervasive influence of Vietnamese-style socialism, which extends from the national government through provinces, districts, and communes to individual “neighborhood committees.”Dr. David Nabarro, the United Nations’ senior coordinator for avian influenza, implicitly endorsed that view in a Sep 19 Financial Times story, when he contrasted Vietnam’s continued control of the virus with Thailand’s recent uptick in human cases during a time of political turmoil.”You don’t maintain control over this disease unless there is regular top-level direction from a senior committed political figure that wants to be sure the necessary activities are being undertaken,” Nabarro told the Financial Times.But within Vietnam, workers in avian-flu control say the country’s success depends as much on the population’s support as it does on political coercion—a factor that may bode well for the national government’s plans to change the country’s entire culture of poultry rearing, distribution, purchase, and sale. (See tomorrow’s follow-up story for more details.)”What makes the system work is not that it is top-down, but that it achieves consensus at every level,” said Don Douglas, chief of party for Mekong Region avian flu efforts at Abt Associates, a US consulting firm that in July was awarded a 3-year contract for avian flu assistance in north Vietnam. “Imagine the stigma associated with being the farm that lets everyone down and causes all its neighbors’ chickens to be culled.”At the village level, flu education efforts are already struggling against selective amnesia.”Some farmers may not understand that they cannot eat duck blood, because they see that the duck looks healthy,” said Nguyen Van Mai, a trainer with the humanitarian organization CARE International, an Abt Associates partner. “Some think that [avian flu] has stopped already, and do not believe that it is coming back.” (Photo at right* shows the village hall in Lien Ap village, Viet Doan commune, north Vietnam, at the start of an avian flu educational event hosted by CARE International.)The farmers’ confidence is not shared by health authorities apprehensive over the approach of winter—Vietnam’s regular flu season, and also the time of year when avian flu cases have spiked.”I think Vietnam . . . has to prepare to deal with the comeback of this epidemic,” said Dr. Le Truong Giang, vice-director of the health department in Ho Chi Minh City, which is Vietnam’s largest municipality and has enacted the strictest local flu controls.Asked whether the city could keep the virus at bay indefinitely, Dr. Giang paused. “We try to do that,” he said. “But we are not sure.”*Photo ©2006 Maryn McKenna. Used with permission.Reporting for this story was supported by the East-West Center, Honolulu ( read more

FlixBus increases the frequency of departures, adds new destinations, but no one welcomes their buses

first_imgThe cities of Istria and Kvarner are currently connected with Slovenia, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Direct connections with destinations such as Ljubljana, Maribor, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Vienna or Budapest provide passengers with easy access at affordable prices, and Rijeka, along with Zagreb and Split, is the most frequent hub of FlixBus this season as well. As otherwise, let alone this year, any additional connection with emitting markets is crucial, so FlixBus is once again proving to be an important segment in the development of Croatia’s tourist offer. By re-establishing a green network throughout Europe and connecting Croatia with numerous European destinations, FlixBus returns to the bus transport of passengers an important role during this tourist season. While tourism and tourism workers are on their knees and falling apart from the fight day by day, with daily changes to the rules of the game, unfortunately the whole system has totally failed. Rijeka, Crikvenica and Opatija are additionally connected with Munich and Berlin, and also, passengers have day and night lines that connect Pula, Rovinj and Rijeka directly with Vienna and Budapest, while on the route Prague – Rijeka more seats are required. FlixBus: Great demand of passengers for Kvarner and Istria ˝As a strong European brand, FlixBus, thanks to its wide network, high frequency and affordable and quality service during all these years, has established itself as an important segment in the development of Croatia’s tourist offer. And in these challenging times for all of us, we strive to respond positively to the needs of our passengers for travel and constantly supplement their offer in compliance with all safety measures. ˝ said Ante Grbeša, director of FlixBus CEE South region. By the way, until this year, the increase in the number of tourists arriving from abroad by FlixBus buses, from season to season, has grown by up to 80% to certain destinations. The FlixBus green bus network extends to 29 European countries and connects 2000 destinations with 350.000 daily lines. On the other hand, in the role of a county tourist board, especially this year when they have poor budgets with which they cannot do anything special in Europe, he would personally direct the budget in cooperation with FlixBus. Logically, because there is a line, a line that works and brings tourists. Open your eyes wide, watch, follow and react immediately. Fight in the true sense. Maybe the CNTB could see its opportunity, it should have been a long time ago, let alone in this crisis year, to advertise open lines to the same markets through cooperation with FlixBus. Apart from being a European brand and an extremely extensive network, this year our advantage as a car destination has been expressed like never before. And as we know, if there is demand, there are business opportunities. In this situation, demand should even be provoked and imposed on the market, let alone further intensify advertising on those lines and markets that are open and functioning. No, this is not a PR article, but logical and market thinking, especially in this crisis situation. Every new open line with an emitting gold market is worth it, because this year we are literally fighting for every guest. FlixBus served in this story as just one example, a small part of our tourist mosaic. Although Flixbus is not welcomed by the ministers of our government, in line with the increased interest of passengers in traveling in the direction of Kvarner and Istria, FlixBus from 17.7. introduces new destinations and increases the frequency of departures.  And at the worst moment, just when he should have pulled the most so far and organized our entire tourist story.last_img read more

No longer an outsider

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