continue reading » Twenty-five years ago today Amazon was incorporated. And since July 5, 1994, huge technological changes have occurred that many have forgotten—or may not have ever known or heard of in the first place.Founded by Jeff Bezos and his former wife, MacKenzie, after Bezos left his job at a New York hedge fund and drove cross country, Amazon initially sold just books and at first was called “Cadabra.” But even then, Bezos was quoted as saying he envisioned Amazon as “an everything store.”Amazon has indeed become an everything store—including now having physical stores—with a dominant position in the U.S. and much of the world. But as author Bill Murphy, Jr. noted in a posting on Inc.com, Amazon isn’t the only thing to have changed—and changed drastically—since the summer of 1994 (its first website would go live in 1995).Stanford FCU in Palo Alto, Calif. would become the first CU in the world to offer rudimentary online banking in 1993—well ahead of just about all banks, as well. And the credit union community itself has during Amazon’s lifetime experienced the same revolutionary change as the company itself, with the Internet and online banking transforming from something few had any real knowledge of into the primary channel through which many members now interact with their credit unions. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Irish government is unlikely to gain support for its reforms to the second-pillar pension system unless it abolishes the 0.15% pensions levy, the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) has suggested.In a submission to the Department of Finance ahead of next month’s Budget, the association noted that more than €2bn had been taken from private sector pension funds since the introduction of the 0.6% levy in 2011, with a second, 0.15% levy introduced last year.To date the newer levy, ostensibly meant to pre-fund the state’s liability with company insolvencies requiring cash injections into underfunded schemes, had yet to be specifically earmarked for such payments, the IAPF said.“In any case, it is completely inequitable to ask those with defined contribution retirement savings to make a contribution to State liabilities in defined benefit schemes,” the submission added. Jerry Moriarty, chief executive of the IAPF, also noted the exemption for the unfunded public pension schemes, which enjoy a greater level of protection with state-backing.The consultation also questioned the government’s ability to roll out a new compulsory or semi-compulsory supplementary scheme, highlighted by minister for Social Protection Joan Burton as a way of increasing second-pillar coverage, as long as the current levy remains in place.It added: “It will be extremely difficult to persuade people of the benefits of pension savings if the government does not discontinue the levy. People need to know their savings are secure.“The experience of the levy and the fate of the National Pensions Reserve Fund do not indicate that pension savings in Ireland are secure.”The association also urged the government to set up a working group of government and industry representatives to discuss how the pension system’s tax and regulatory arrangements could be simplified.It said the “many anomalies” currently in place needed to be addressed.Asked whether the proposed Pensions Council, the body soon set to advise the Department of Social Protection on regulatory issues, could take on some of these tasks, Moriarty said he was uncertain.Because the membership of the council has yet to be announced, Moriarty said he was unsure whether it should be seen as part of its role.“If it had the appropriate people, yes, but sitting down really needs to happen,” he said. “The system already has lots of anomalies, different benefit limits that apply depending on if you’re in a PRSA, an occupational scheme or a personal pension plan.“If we are going to add another layer to it, we really need to sort out any anomalies there at the beginning, rather than complicate it further.”
Polls are an imprecise research tool and there is always a level of uncertainty involved, Murray noted.“We have more wins than losses. We have a good ‘on base’ percentage. The expectation that any single pollsters is going to be accurate 95 percent of the time is unrealistic. There are going to be misses, but misses are learning opportunities.We want to use (polling) as a tool to advocate on behalf of the public, not for any particular position but to advocate that their voice is at the table when decisions are made. We can only do that if people are willing to talk to us.”This article was first published in the Oct. 25-31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. By Eileen Moon |At this time of year it’s not unusual to receive a call from a polling organization seeking input from registered voters on the upcoming elections. Not a few of us are likely to hang up, annoyed at one more intrusion into our personal lives.But Patrick Murray, founding director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, would like us to reconsider.After all, it’s the voices of many different Americans that have the power to direct the course of government and influence public policy for many years to come.“One of our missions is to basically give voice to people who don’t always have a voice and to feed that back to political leaders,” Murray said.A university-based polling organization seeks to conduct its polling in a nonpartisan way that will provide a reliable measure of public opinion.“We want to include as little information (on the polling topic) as possible when contacting a respondent so people can interpret the question as they wish. We don’t try to give the impression that there is a right or wrong answer.”It’s important to have a good understanding of what issues are resonating in the public mind before developing questions that will clarify respondent concerns and provide a reliable gauge of public opinion, Murray said.“That is one of the most underappreciated skills. It’s the reason why I spend time talking to people before writing a poll. For example, it helps to know what people are talking about at the local diner as the daily news cycle unfolds.“One of the big things we’re getting this year that has gotten underreported is this undercurrent of health care insecurity,” Murray noted. “People are saying, ‘We’re OK now,’ but they’re worried that they’re one crisis away from insolvency.”When it comes to political issues, a well-conducted poll may not deliver the results a particular party or candidate wants to hear.After one political poll, Murray said, “I was commenting on the state of a Senate race here in New Jersey and I got a call that day from the campaign managers of the Republican campaign and I also got a call from the director of the Democratic campaign, both complaining about what I said. That was a day when I did my job well.”One thing Murray has learned firsthand is that what appear to be ideological inconsistencies to pundits and academics are fully rational to individual voters. “The media in particular get caught up in the idea that politics play out along the liberal and conservative continuum. That’s not how the vast majority of voters think.”Murray was studying political science at Rutgers University in the early ‘90s when he stopped in at the Rutgers-sponsored Eagleton polling institute to see if there was anything a graduate student could do for them.It proved to be a turning point for Murray, who ultimately spent 10 years there and helped start the survey research center at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.He left there in 2005, when he became the founding director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “I came here to help get this off the ground,” he said.Jules Plangere, former publisher of The Asbury Park Press and a major benefactor of Monmouth University, provided the initial endowment for the institute.“He was really the force behind the institute,” Murray said. Under his direction, the institute soon built a reputation as a reliable polling organization.Ten years after its founding, in 2015, Monmouth University Polling Institute fully committed to becoming a national polling organization.The institute now has a staff of four with a support staff of four graduate students and three or four undergrads. The institute contracts with off-campus call centers to administer the surveys they develop. “Keeping a call center afloat is expensive,” Murray said.It is a charter member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and has been awarded an A-plus rating from Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, which conducts statistical analysis of political poll results nationwide.Many topics the polling institute explores may not garner major public attention, but nevertheless provide vital information that may influence public policy.For example, Murray said, the Centers for Disease Control may solicit research on childhood vaccination rates in particular areas that will influence planning and policy decisions.Following Super Storm Sandy, Murray said, his institute deployed a cadre of Monmouth University students who went door to door in damaged areas to obtain firsthand data on the progress of the recovery. With the information they collected, the institute built a 2,000-name email list of people directly impacted by Sandy.Most polling is conducted by phone – both mobile and landline – using publicly available data such as voter registration records. “Voter registration gives basic information such as age, gender, how often people vote, what precinct they’re likely to vote in, to create a sample that looks like what the pool of voters will be,” Murray said.Polling organizations also obtain lists of voters in particular categories, such as those who hold gun permits or those who donate to a particular candidate or political party, to solicit opinions from specific groups.
Byron Bitz returned to the lineup to skate on the fourth line in Dale Weise’s stead, but AV limited his icetime as he only received seven minutes. I’m not totally sure of the reasons why he does this – Bitz and Weise are both good for energy and can skate. I don’t think these players hurt the team, but Vigneault continues to limit their minutes. After this road trip, the schedule really favours the Canucks coming down the stretch. Of their remaining 20 games, only six are on the road, and only nine are against teams currently in a playoff position, although there are another four games against teams currently within two points of a playoff spot. Strangely, after not seeing them all year, all four conference games against Dallas have yet to be played. Chris Tanev is getting better literally each and every time out. Tonight, he made a few tremendous plays out of his own zone and never loses his cool under pressure. In a first intermission interview, he noted that he wants to bring more offense to the table, which he did when his shot created the rebound that led to Rome’s goal. Sami Salo sat out tonight’s game to get some rest. Andrew Alberts drew into the lineup and other than one particularly bad play in the third, was pretty solid. I like his physicality when he’s in the lineup. Tonight was another virtually penalty-less game – the Devils had only two power plays while Vancouver garnered only a single man-advantage. Devils’ defenseman Kurtis Foster was a late scratch, and during the game was traded to Minnesota, the main player going to the Wild in exchange for offensive defenseman Marek Zidlicky. Other than his gaffe on the Rome goal, Bernier had a decent game for the Devils. I think he threw more hits tonight than he did in his entire tenure with the Canucks. The third defensive pairing of Rome and Tanev played a couple more minutes tonight, and looked very good. They were responsible for the team’s first goal, and were solid defensively. Raymond’s goal was only his seventh on the season. After returning from his broken vertebrae, he was strong for about 10 games, after which he’s been invisible from the scoresheet. He played well tonight and got one past Brodeur, which will hopefully increase his confidence. This was the second to last game before the trade deadline. New Jersey’s top line of Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk, and rookie Adam Henrique seemed like they were on the ice every second shift in the second half of the game. They were dangerous almost every time out there. After that line, however, the Devils’ lineup lacks punch, and Patrick Elias and Petr Sykora appear past their due date. The Devils got back to within a goal at 11:30 of the second period, through no fault of Schneider, as David Clarkson directed a puck into the net with his skate after a pass pingballed in Schneider’s crease on a two on one. The Devils outshot the Canucks 21-11 through two periods.In the third, the fatigued Canucks sat on the lead and put on a clinic of short shifts and getting the puck off the glass and out. The Devils had most of the puck possession in the third, and had some good chances, but Schneider was there to save them all. Although they were dominant in the final frame, strangely the Devils couldn’t muster any more than 10 shots on goal, which is strange for a game in this situation. At the end of the night, Schneider had saved 30 of 31 and almost single-handedly delivered the team the win – a win which vaulted them one point over Detroit for first place in the NHL.Vancouver typically plays a strong third period, and after seeing New Jersey come on in the second, I thought the Canucks would dig down and come out with a bit more fire in the third. Unfortunately, it looks like this road trip is beginning to take its toll on the team. In a somewhat unbelievable quirk in the scheduling, this was Vancouver’s fifth game in the last seven nights, with games occurring in four time zones over that span. This was going to catch up to the team at some point, and tonight was the night. It’s a testament to their makeup that they were able to get through tonight with a win. GAME OBSERVATIONS Coach Alain Vigneault played his top players a lot on Thursday night in Detroit, and did a good job of balancing out the icetime tonight. The Sedin line played only 17 minutes, and Vigneault distributed minutes between his new-look second and third lines more equitably (Kesler centered Hansen and Higgins, while Hodgson moved up to centre Booth and Raymond). Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.After their thrilling game against Detroit on Thursday, the Canucks flew directly to New Jersey where on Friday night they faced off against the Devils. New Jersey has been the hottest team in the Eastern Conference of late, sporting a record of 8-1-1 in their last ten games coming into the game. Although they were the better team for most of the night, they couldn’t overcome the Canucks, who stole a 2-1 win at the Prudential Center.Vancouver came out of the gates relatively strong, getting a number of good chances in the opening ten minutes. Their strong start was rewarded at 8:44 of the first period, when unlikely scorer Aaron Rome got behind ex-Canuck Steve Bernier, and slotted home a rebound after a Chris Tanev point shot.From that point forth, the game went downhill for Vancouver. Throughout the rest of the game, they gave up a lot of shots, but more noticeably could not mount any sort of sustained offensive attack on the Devils.The Canucks beleaguered forward, Mason Raymond, was finally rewarded for some solid play of late when he beat Devils’ netminder Martin Brodeur with a sneaky wrist shot just over two minutes into the second period. That goal, early in the second, was one of the last times the Canucks would threaten New Jersey’s goal. From that point forward, it was the Cory Schneider show, as the Canuck goaltender consistently foiled the Devils’ attempts to score. Legendary U.S. play-by-play man Mike Emrick, the Devils voice for 21 years, was honoured in a pre-game ceremony.Broadcast Observation of the Day: I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Shorthouse saying that the Canucks “couldn’t be accused of lacking any jump”. Huh? I’m not sure what game he was calling, but I saw the Canucks appear dead tired. The effort was there, especially in their own zone, but they struggled to make anything happen offensively the entire game.I also chuckled in the post-game when Garry Valk extolled the play of Raymond. Tonight, I saw Raymond play a strong game, and do what he usually does – use his speed to gain the zone, recover the puck, get it to his linemates, and cause problems for the other team through the neutral zone. The only difference tonight was that one of his shot attempts went in the net – and no offense to him, but it was a goal that Brodeur probably saves 8 times out of 10.Looking ahead: The Canucks travel to Dallas to play the Stars in a Sunday afternoon matinee, before travelling to St. Louis to face the Blues on Tuesday.
This Team of the Week selection was a no-brainer.After what seems like years in the making, the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skatepark Society finally saw construction begin on the new facility during a special ceremony Wednesday at the Art Gibbons Park (a.k.a. Rosemont Park). The ceremony was headed by Nelson Mayor John Dooley.But this was a monumentous event supported by a large part of the community — councillors Robin Cherbo, Donna Macdonald and Deb Kozak, Nelson City Police and Bylaw Officers along with City of Nelson department heads, Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skatepark Society supporters and some of the numerous business leaders whose donations helped kick start the $600,000 skatepark effort.So without further adieu, Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like . . . a drum roll please, select Team Nelson Skatepark as Team of the week.Following the ground-breaking ceremony, the contingent got together for a team photo.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Beef Expo celebrated its 30th year in grand style setting records and packing the Expo Center facilities full for the three-day event.“It is great to come to an event like this because it creates enthusiasm,” said John Grimes, Ohio State University Extension beef specialist. “It is a little bit like a church revival.”Grimes gave an overview of Ohio’s beef industry in a presentation at the event and sees reason for optimism moving forward.“This decade has been pretty eventful. Grain prices were high early in the decade — I did not like buying $7 and $8 corn to feed cattle. Land values went up and there were challenges that way. That stabilized and then the drought out west reduced the numbers. In 2014 the cow herd was smaller than it had been in over 60 years,” Grimes said. “We responded to economic signals and the nation’s cow herd in the last year grew by a million cows. I don’t think it is out of hand and it looks like it will settle out somewhere in that 32 million give or take and historically that is a number we can work with. We are where the Corn Belt stops and Appalachia begins so we are in a unique spot and we have a lot of grass. We have some opportunity in Ohio.”The three-day tradeshow was nearly standing room only on several occasions with 140 exhibitors from 20 different states. Exhibitor C.J. Brown created a 30th Anniversary commemorative print and proceeds that went toward a youth scholarship fund.Youth participation was strong for the show.“The steer and heifer show and the judging contest promote the interest in youth. I hope the younger generation wants to do this,” Grimes said. “If you look at the surveys the average cattle producer is no spring chicken. They are a little older than the average farmer. There are a lot of younger kids here and it is good to see that.”Every aspect of the show has grown in the last 30 years, said Elizabeth Harsh, executive director of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.“It is so rewarding to see how much our event has grown in the last 30 years. We have a great partnership with the Ohio Expo Center and as they have been able to grow their facilities here it has enabled our event to grow. It is really one of the premier cattle events in all of the Midwest and we are really proud of that,” Harsh said. “The unique thing is that it is not just one component. It has a tremendous trade show, lots of youth programs and really fantastic seedstock through our breeding cattle shows and sales.”The junior livestock judging contest had a record setting number of more than 400 participants with the new Friday time this year.“We followed it up with Beef Quality Assurance Training,” Harsh said. “It allowed more vo-ag classes to be able to attend as we are really pleased about that. Our Sunday steer and heifer show was getting so large and this allows us to get things started a little earlier and balance everything out.”In the judging contest the top teams were Wood D in the Junior High competition and Talawanda/Butler Tech in the Senior High Competition. Colleen Minges was the top individual in the Senior Division and Carter Lampe was the top Junior individual.There were more than 400 participants in showmanship, Karli Kennedy was the champion beginner; Hudson Drake, was the junior champion; Shayla Sancic, was the novice champion; Lori Millenbaugh, was the intermediate champion; and Carter Smith was the senior champion.The massive junior show featured some of the toughest competition of the year in the show ring and put on display those showmanship skills for the judges in the two-ring show. Tom Hawk from Illinois judged the heifers and Matt Copeland from New Mexico judged the market animals.There were 800 head of junior show animal entries. Highlights from the show include:• Grand Champion Heifer: Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin County, with the Shorthorn Plus• Reserve Champion Heifer: Meghan Reed, Sandusky County, with the Purebred Simmental• Grand Champion Market Animal: Addison Jones, Allen County, Crossbred• Reserve Champion Market Animal: Carson Shafer, Preble County, Reserve CrossbredSales were action-packed on Saturday. The high seller for the day was Simmental female WCCO Miss Lily from Woodard Cattle Co & West Livestock for $20,000. In total the five breed sales grossed well over $900,000. Here is more from the sales:• Angus Gross $186,750• Hereford Gross $104,850• Maine-Anjou Gross $252,000• Shorthorn Gross $151,560• Simmental Gross $329,200For complete results from the event visit ohiobeefexpo.com. A bagpiper kicked off the shorthorn sale in memorable style with a bagpipe processional towards the show ring. Breed sales were a big part of Saturday activities There was a lively video auction feeder cattle sale. Judging contest numbers were way up thanks to a move to Friday. John Grimes The trade show was popular as usual Director of Agriculture David Daniels welcomed guests to Beef Expo Roy White was named as ‘Friend of the Expo’ for his many years of service. Dave Russell, longtime announcer in the beef barn at the Ohio State Fair, was named ‘Friend of the Expo.’ The Ohio Beef Expo recognized its 30-year exhibitors, including Ohio’s Country Journal. Various breed royalty were recognized at the beginning of the Shorthorn auction. Jacob Keener watches the judge closely with his Simmental steer. Erin Pope from Gallia County circles the ring with her Maintainer heifer. J.C. Patton from Logan County with his Shorthorn Plus Caitlin Schaub from Auglaize County has the champion High% Maine heifer. Justin Miller from Lake County watches the judge with his Maine heifer. Carter McCauley from Guernsey County won this class with his Shorthorn steer. Logan Schroeder from Defiance County maneuvers his Shorthorn steer. Gracie Stirm from Crawford County Kyle Piscione from Medina had the third overall Hereford Heifer.
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Touch Football Australia (TFA) has recently reviewed and updated the TFA Member Protection Policy, in line with Australian Sports Commission standards. It is a requirement by TFA that all State, Regional, and Affiliate entities formally adopt the TFA Member Protection Policy – 2015/16 version of this policy, under the TFA constitution. This policy will take effect from 1 October 2015.TFA has a legal obligation in relation to harassment, discrimination and child protection. Furthermore we also have moral obligations to establish appropriate standards of behaviour and to provide safe and respectful sporting environments. As member entities of TFA we require you also to implement and regularly update policies and procedures that assist sports to comply with the law and improve the sporting environment.For full information please download the communication below. Memo Member Protection Policy Update MembersMember Protection Policy 2015-16Related LinksPolicy Update
Chelsea boss Lampard: Hudson-Odoi, James will face Grimbsyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi will make his first-team return in the League Cup on Wednesday against Grimsby Town.This follows his recovery from an Achilles injury.The England international was forced off during the draw against Burnley in April and underwent successful surgery days later. The winger will feature alongside Reece James, who is yet to make a competitive appearance for Chelsea’s senior side following a season on loan at Wigan.Asked about the duo, manager Frank Lampard told Chelsea’s official website: “They’ll be involved on Wednesday night.”We need to look at players that haven’t been playing so much. We will pay Grimsby due to respect but it certainly is minutes for certain players that haven’t been there.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say