South Africa seizes rhino horns to be smuggled to Malaysia

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African customs officials have seized more than $3.5 million worth of rhino horns at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Thursday. A shipment of the 18 pieces of horns weighing 63 kilograms (139 pounds) destined for Malaysia was discovered at the airport’s courier facilities. The package was labeled “HP cartridges” but an x-ray scan revealed images resembling horns so the customs officials inspected it to discover the contraband, the South African Revenue Services said in a statement. This is the fourth rhino horn bust at the airport by customs officials since July last year, with a total of 277 kilograms (611 pounds) of rhino horn worth more than $15 million confiscated, said the statement.last_img read more

Hort Shorts

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaWhether you’re a veteran gardener or just taking it up, there’s a lot to learn out there. Fortunately, University of Georgia horticulturists will gladly share their expertise in the Horticulture Short Course in Griffin, Ga., this month.The short course will cover many topics on home gardens and landscapes. It will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays April 17, 19, 24 and 26 at Stuckey Auditorium on the UGA Griffin, Ga., campus.UGA horticulturist Bob Westerfield will coordinate the program. In the classes, you’ll learn how to: A $95 fee will cover all handouts and breaks. To register or learn more about the course, call (770) 229-3477 or e-mail conteduc@griffin.uga.edu. Select the best, proven shrubs and trees.Plant, fertilize, prune and maintain landscape plants. read more

Freeport Man Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 23-year-old Freeport man was killed when he was involved in a motorcycle crash in Merrick on Sunday afternoon.Nassau County police said Joel McClain was riding a Yamaha eastbound on Sunrise Highway when he was involved in a collision with a Lexus making a left turn onto Hewlett Avenue southbound at 4:42 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.The 68-year-old man driving the Lexus and his two female passengers were taken to a local hospital for treatment.Homicide Squad detectives impounded both vehicles but found no criminality.last_img read more

LI ‘Dodged Blizzard Bullet,’ But Officials Still Urge Caution

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Officials on Long Island expressed relief Tuesday that a powerful nor’easter shifted, sparing nearly 3 million people of blizzard conditions, but they remained cautious about the threat posed by a wintry mix and powerful wind gusts.“We basically dodged a blizzard bullet, but it’s still hazardous conditions out there,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said at a press conference Tuesday. With high amounts of accumulation no longer posing a significant threat to the Island, officials warned of a false sense of security. The roads are treacherous due to a combination of ice, sleet, and freezing rain, and a possible conversion to snow later could make matters worse, officials said. Mangano said police counted 30 car accidents, including an overturned vehicle, several fender benders, and spin outs. The county was also receiving reports of downed trees. The storm has proved challenging because it was impacting northern and southern Nassau differently, said Mangano, who last year pleaded not guilty to bribery charges. There’s always concern, he said, “until the storm stops.” In Suffolk, county officials also welcomed the downgraded forecast but urged residents to remain off the roads so crews could continue to tackle the storm. “This is different than the trend we’ve seen in most of the storms we’ve had this season, where the eastern end of Long Island…has gotten hit harder,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “So we’ve gotten a little bit of a break here. But I want to caution people who look out the window and see that the roads are passable, that there isn’t significant accumulation on the roads. Those roads are still slick and icy.”Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini said 911 call volume was down, a product, he suggested, of people heeding warnings to remain indoors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the storm was less disruptive for Long Island and New York City, noting, however, that the nor’easter’s westward track did not bode well for upstate communities. “Mother Nature can be an unpredictable lady, and she was once again today,” Cuomo said during a press conference in Dix Hills. He cautioned residents not to be deceived by the lack of snow. “That does not mean it is safe to go out,” he said. “The roads are very, very nasty and the roads are very dangerous.” The concern now is that the wintry mix could freeze, creating sheets of black ice on roadways, Mangano said. “It is hazardous out there on the roadway,” he said. “Sometimes the snow is better than this wintry mix.”(Photo credit: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)last_img read more

Reinventing credit unions for the 21st century: A conversation with Kirk Drake

first_img 257SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Details For two decades Kirk Drake has immersed himself in credit unions – as CEO of CUSO Ongoing Operations in Maryland and also now as an author and speaker on what he calls CU-2.0. What Drake is mulling is the how to of insuring credit union relevance in a new century with new, global competitors and a new generation that, increasingly, wants everything to be as easy as buying a book on Amazon or streaming a TV show on Netflix. New eras call for new thoughts and that’s Drake’s metier. Here he shares some of his pointed advice.* Why didn’t credit unions successfully capitalize on the bad press given banks circa 2008? Market share remained essentially stagnant. Why?Drake: I think there are three primary reasons. Individually many credit unions had success during this time – but most credit unions measure success in the single digits. We don’t tend to look at what market share do we want, who are our banking competitors, and how do we get there quickly. Consequently, a lot of credit unions growing doesn’t really add up to much since the bases are small.Second, I don’t think we have the ingredients in place to grow faster. Digital / E-commerce can create great scalability. Most credit unions I talk to are worried about growing too fast. I get that from a balance sheet/ALM perspective. But if you get the digital commerce experience working well it can alleviate many of those issues. For example, if you got your platform able to generate a lot of leads, you can then use your platform to filter the leads and ultimately to fulfill the leads. The more you do that, the more people get to spend their time on service instead of transactions.Lastly, I don’t think as an industry we have figured out how to speak with one voice.  In my mind, credit unions should really be more like Subway sandwich franchises. They of course should differentiate at a local level, but if we could get the industry to at least standardize on one thing and push that – we could really have a lot of impact and leverage that strength when banks are helping us out by being banks. * What’s a typical credit union’s biggest competitor?Drake: In my mind the competition right now is actually coming from fintechs. Paypal is huge in this space. Most credit unions do more transactions with Paypal then the big banks.  They just bought a bill pay vendor. As that continues, they will keep adding on services and quietly stealing your members’ eyeballs and mindshare. More broadly, with billions of capital going into fintechs and PayPal showing the way, there are new startups daily.  Consumers want e-commerce based financial services, traditional banks and credit unions aren’t doing enough to solve the little problems….we are trying to do what we always did – online.* Do most credit unions do a good or bad or no job in differentiating themselves in the market?Drake: For some reason, I find that as credit unions get bigger and have more scale – they just look more bank like. We tend to think of sophistication as sterility in this industry and we remove personality and the little things that keep us relevant in local communities. * In 1975 there were over 22000 credit unions. Now there are under 6000. How many will there be in 2025?Drake: My guess: probably about 5k. I am seeing less consolidation for two reasons – 1. As credit unions try to grow through consolidation they realize it doesn’t create more value and is a lot of work. So unless it is a strategic merger that gives them a new market, a lot of credit unions are starting to move away from that strategy. 2. New leaders are taking over credit unions every day. As the generation of leaders shift to Gen X instead of Baby Boomers – I think we are seeing more digital first and data driven models emerge and we will see a ground swell that helps keep some of the smaller ones in the game.* What percentage of credit unions have truly embraced a digital-first business model?  Drake: My guess is about 5% are investing heavily in this transition. There are lots that think they are stuck in the how do I let my members do branch transactions online…that isn’t really the same thing!* Why do CU leaders cling to the mythology that they win because of face to face branch contacts – when more and more consumers do not want to set foot in a branch?Drake: I think it is because it is what they know and it feels tangible. E-commerce can feel very unhuman. It is weird to see people transact business with your website, research things, buy them, talk about them, and most of all trust you without ever having met you. It feels like you are somehow cheating. Shaking a member’s hand in a branch simply feels more human.* What are three steps every credit union has to take to be a 2025 survivor?Drake:Begin using data in every part of the business.Embrace your credit union heritage and look like a credit union, not like a bankGo buy some marketing automation software (like hubspot) and start seeing what you can do with it.last_img read more

NextGen Know-How: How to build your confidence

first_imgThere is a misconception in our society that confidence is an innate quality—that some people have it and some people don’t.But confidence comes from building competence—repeatedly taking action and increasing your skill and expertise over time. As your competence increases, your belief in yourself increases.The dictionary definition of confidence is “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities”.In my work with executives and leaders, even those who appear the most successful externally often struggle with confidence in some areas. No one is successful at everything. And there is always someone else out in the world who may be better than you in some areas. When we compare ourselves to others, we are often left feeling inadequate and insecure. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

For the first time, the Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board has announced a public call for support for regional and local events

first_imgDuring the first six months, the increase in the number of overnight stays in Slavonia and Baranja amounted to 16 percent, and in July, the month in which tourists most often chose sea holiday destinations, an additional increase in overnight stays was recorded in this continental county. how much.  Foto: TZ Osječko-baranjske županije Prijave su otvorene do 26. kolovoza, a više informacija saznajte HERE Javni poziv se odnosi isključivo za događanja koja se održavaju od 4. 9. do 31. 12. u 2019. godini, a ukupni budžet iznosi 123.826,55 kn prema Odluci o raspodjeli sredstava za regionalna i lokalna događanja Turističkog vijeća Hrvatske turističke zajednice.center_img Po prvi puta, Turistička zajednica Osječko-baranjske županije objavila je Javni poziv za potpore regionalnim i lokalnim događanjima na području Osječko-baranjske županije u 2019. godini. OSJEČKO-BARANJSKA ŽUPANIJA U SRPNJU BILJEŽI REKORDNI PORAST NOĆENJA OD 17 POSTO last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs Bill to Expand Access to Career and Technical Education, Workforce Development Opportunities

first_img October 30, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Bill Signing,  PAsmart,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed HB 265, now Act 76 of 2019, which makes the governor’s PAsmart website part of the law and establishes provisions that support career and technical education, and workforce development in Pennsylvania.“Providing educational opportunities for our students across the commonwealth is a part of preparing them for successful careers,” said Gov. Wolf. “This includes career and technical education and workforce development programs. This new law is another step to helping students make informed decisions about their future.”The PAsmart website consolidates Pennsylvania’s education, training, and job search tools for people pursuing an education or career in the commonwealth. Over two years, the governor has secured $70 million in funding for the workforce development initiative, with $30 million being invested in job training.center_img Gov. Wolf Signs Bill to Expand Access to Career and Technical Education, Workforce Development Opportunitieslast_img read more

PBC Nears 6,000 Cases, No New Deaths; Miami Hits 18,000 Cases

first_imgAccording to the Florida Department of Health, there were 56,163 total cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Sunday, or 739 more than the previous day.At least 2,451 Florida residents have died from the coronavirus, as 4 new deaths were reported. Palm Beach County: 5,996 cases -337 deaths-Men: 3,013; Women: 2,880-1,197 hospitalizations-98 new reported cases since Saturday-0 new reported deaths since SaturdayBroward County: 7,123 cases-313 deaths-Men: 3,436, Women: 3,517-1,555 hospitalizations-56 new reported cases since Saturday-0 new reported deaths since SaturdayMiami-Dade County: 18,000 cases-700 deaths-Men: 8,966, Women: 8,8839-2,957 hospitalizations-174 new reported cases since Saturday-0 new reported deaths since SaturdayTesting in Florida:-Total Tests: 1,022,265-Positive: 56,163-Negative: 965,186-Overall Percentage of Positive Cases: 5.5%Some Publix, Home Depot Stores in Florida to Offer COVID-19 Testinglast_img read more

80 Pound Dead Iguana Found In WPB Pizzeria’s Freezer

first_img(West Palm Beach, FL) — Florida inspectors shut down a Pizza Mambo in West Palm Beach after making a bizarre discovery.An 80 pound dead iguana inside a separate freezer given to the owner as a gift.Employees threw out the carcass after being notified of the violation.Aside from the frozen iguana, the restaurant was also hit with 26 other violations including some for rodent droppings, dead roaches and moldy food.The pizzeria’s license expired last year.By the way, iguanas are good eating and are affectionately called “chicken of the trees.”last_img read more