ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Members Group (TMG) and its strategic partner CO-OP Financial Services, in conjunction with Saylent, found credit spending increased nearly 13 percent and debit spending increased nearly 7 percent year over year during this year’s Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping period.Click here to view an infographic illustrating some of the other interesting findings related to spend trends from this year’s biggest shopping days of the year.TMG’s issuing partners have told us they want to understand transaction volume trends. Yet they are also interested in data that demonstrates an evolution in the way consumers are paying.For example, credit unions and banks want to know: Are consumers increasingly turning to digital channels, and when they are, which platforms are providing the best experience? continue reading »
In the last few FOMC meetings, the Federal Reserve has emphasized it will only act according with economic data. The same data that the Federal Reserve utilizes to make data-driven decisions are available to every credit union.“When my colleagues and I meet, we will assess all of the available data and their implications for the economic outlook in making our policy decision.” –Janet YellenBehind every decision there is a driver. Every choice we make is based on past experiences and the knowledge we have about the world around us. Arguably the world’s most powerful institution, the Federal Reserve (the Fed), understands this data-driven thinking very well. It makes critical decisions that shape the global economy. Decisions this important cannot be made based on someone’s opinion. Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Fed knows that decisions must be backed up by data from as many sources as possible. Strategically integrated data provides the Fed with a platform to make decisions that direct the United States economy.Big DataManaging the monetary policy for the largest economy in the world is no easy undertaking. The Fed is tasked with three, often conflicting, objectives: maximizing employment, stabilizing prices, and moderating long-term interest rates. In order to do this, the Fed needs data from many different sources. Utilizing big data, the Fed is able to collect data from different sources in the United States and throughout the world. Information on consumer spending, housing, energy prices, and many other economic indicators drive the Fed to utilize big data when developing strategies for monetary policy. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Famous coroner Dr. Michael Baden will perform a second autopsy on a New Jersey woman whose remains were found in Oak Beach three years ago Saturday in the case that led police to the Long Island Serial Killer’s dumping ground.The family of Shannan Gilbert, who police were searching for when they discovered 10 sets of human remains along Ocean Parkway, is seeking donations to pay for her funeral, so the second autopsy can be conducted at the funeral home. Attorneys for the family made that announcement on the same week that they released the results of Gilbert’s first autopsy and toxicology tests—which found no trace of drugs in her system.“I’m convinced beyond any doubt that she was murdered,” said the lead attorney, John Ray of Miller Place-based Ray, Mitev & Associates, echoing the family’s suspicion. “And the autopsy report is not inconsistent with my belief.”The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office had only said that the cause of death is “undetermined” for Gilbert, an online escort who was reported missing May 1, 2010 after she fled the Oak Beach home of her last client, Joseph Brewer, who police have said is not a suspect in the deaths. Police have also said suspect Gilbert—whose body was found in a marsh less than a mile from Brewer’s home—was not a victim of foul play. But Gilbert’s family believes that Shannan was killed by the same person behind the other murders, whose victims include other online escorts.Baden, who was the host of the HBO “Autopsy” series for 13 years, agrees with former Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer’s theory that one killer dumped all 10 sets of remains. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota has said he believes more than one killer hid bodies on the same remote stretch of beach. Baden was not immediately available for comment.“There are lots of places to dump bodies, and I’ve investigated a number of serial murders, and I’ve never seen two different serial murders dump bodies [in the same place] at the same time,” Baden told Fox News, where he is a contributor. Ray said Baden offered to perform the second autopsy for free, but Baden cannot perform the autopsy at the Suffolk medical examiner’s office. That’s why the family needs to raise the money to pay for Shannan’s funeral costs before that can happen. They are asking for donations via GoFundMe.Ray is representing Gilbert’s mother, Mari, in a lawsuit against Dr. Peter Hackett, who allegedly told her that he took Shannan in and drugged her before she went missing. Hackett later denied those claims in media interviews. Hacket, who has since moved to Florida, is also not a suspect in the deaths, police have said.Ray said that contrary to what police have said, the first autopsy suggests that Gilbert was murdered. Aside from a lack of drugs evidence in hair and tissue tests, the report found that her mostly skeletal remains were missing several small bones from her fingers, toes and throat—but no signs of trauma.“There are very small areas of possible post-mortem animal activity,” Dr. Hajar Sims-Childs said in the report, dated Dec. 14, 2011.No arrests or suspects have been named in the larger investigation. Suffolk County police issued their standard statement this week when asked about the case: “We are not commenting further at this time on the Gilgo investigation until/unless we have some additional information pertaining to the investigation that serves the investigation or the public by its release.”
The Biden transition team did not respond to several requests to comment.The fight over these rules started quietly over the summer when Mr. Biden’s campaign invited dozens of ethics experts, professors and others, including advisers to Ms. Warren and other members of Congress, to make recommendations about an ethics policy to be issued on Day 1 of a possible administration.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – While some argued that the Obama-era lobbying restrictions could hurt a Biden administration’s ability to recruit people with useful expertise, others pushed for tougher restrictions that bar not only lobbyists from being hired, but also corporate executives and consultants who advise companies on getting their way in Washington but do not register as lobbyists.Progressives started growing concerned about Mr. Biden’s personnel moves even before the election, when he announced his first list of top transition advisers. It included Jessica Hertz, who helped oversee government relations efforts at Facebook, and Avril Haines, who worked at WestExec Advisors and also consulted for the data-mining company Palantir.Mr. Biden’s first big move — naming Ron Klain on Wednesday as his chief of staff — drew praise from Ms. Warren and some progressive activists. They had worried that Mr. Biden might pick Steve Ricchetti, a close adviser and former pharmaceutical industry lobbyist who served as his chief of staff while he was vice president.- Advertisement – Mr. Klain has corporate ties, too. He has most recently worked with Steve Case, the founder of AOL, in a venture capital firm called Revolution, and he warned in 2015 about the impact that government regulation can have on technology start-ups.Debates over personnel are common in new administrations, as interest groups and factions of supporters of an incoming president jockey for influence.But they are likely to be particularly intense in the Biden administration after an election in which the liberal wing of the party suppressed its concerns about what they saw as Mr. Biden’s cautious centrism out of a desire to defeat President Trump. The stakes are heightened further by Mr. Biden’s pledge to differentiate his administration from Mr. Trump’s, in which representatives from corporate America and Wall Street held prominent posts, and conflicts of interest abounded.- Advertisement –
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Oct 2020 10:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Ozil’s chances of playing time are limited (Picture: Getty)However, Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s squad and his future at the club appears to be over.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTOzil participated in first team training this week but Arteta clearly doesn’t see the midfielder forming a part of the club’s future.The former Real Madrid man has a year to run on his contract at the club and he’s repeatedly insisted he intends to see out his deal at the club.However, Ozil could reconsider that stance now that his chances of playing this season appear limited.Sokratis, the Greek defender, has also been left out of the squad after Arsenal failed to sell him on deadline day to Roma.MORE: Penarol reveal Manchester United want Facundo Pellistri in the first team immediately Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad by Mikel Arteta Advertisement Mesut Ozil has a year to run on his deal at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil’s days at Arsenal appear over after the midfielder was left out of the Gunners’ Europa League squad by manager Mikel Arteta.The German has been frozen out at the club since football’s return in July but the Europa League represented an opportunity for him to stake his claim for a place in the first team squad.Ozil is Arsenal’s top earner on £350,000-a-week but he hasn’t featured for the club since March and the club were keen to offload him in the transfer window.Given the playmaker failed to receive a suitable offer, Arteta had been expected to reintegrate Ozil in some capacity and the Europa League was seen as the perfect opportunity – even if it was just a means of putting him in the shop window. Comment
OBSIDIAN HOUSE One of the bedrooms at 38 Accesssion St, Bardon.He said families from Bardon and the surrounding areas had shown a keen interest in the property.“The clever versatility offered in the layout, means the home is highly adaptable for families with children of any age,” he said. Where to bag a bargain under $500K Brisbane home prices climb to record high MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: It took seven months to build Obsidian House at 38 Accesssion St, Bardon.The build, which took only seven months, was carried out by Craft Building Company.The agent selling the house, Position Property principal Richard Lawrence, said the property offered “cleverly considered”, versatile, open living spaces across two levels.The home at 38 Accession St, Bardon, has a family room on the upper level and a media room downstairs, with retractable walls.Mr Lawrence said there were many standout features, however, the bespoke design, combined with the highly sought-after Bardon location was a drawcard for buyers.“The privacy screening at the front of the property gives passers-by a hint to the level of sophistication and design that can be discovered inside,” Mr Lawrence said.“The exquisite master suite at the rear of the house offers a peaceful outlook and there’s a fabulous entertainer’s deck overlooking a tranquil saltwater swimming pool.” Follow us on Facebook. Obsidian House at 38 Accesssion St, Bardon.Bardon’s new beauty – Obsidian House – has been designed to blend perfectly among a row of traditional Queenslander cottages.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home was designed by Liam Proberts (bureau^proberts) – a multi award-winning architect and industry leader. The kitchen area at 38 Accesssion St, Bardon. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoInside the beautiful home at 38 Accesssion St, Bardon.The site was once home to a large residential property which the developer subdivided, retaining and undertaking a major renovation on the original cottage, while building Obsidian House.“Obsidian House sits on a generous and elevated 506sq m block in one of Brisbane’s most sought-after inner-city suburbs,” Mr Lawrence said.“It has very much been designed with its future residents in mind. The outstanding design has been superbly executed by Craft Building Company, through its high level of detailed craftsmanship, and the exceptional quality of the finishes.”Only 5km from Brisbane’s CBD, the house has tropical landscaped gardens with an integrated watering system to ensure ease of maintenance. Developer Story Developments Price Expressions of interest close Monday, February 17, 5pm unless sold prior Location 38 Accession St, Bardon Feel safe with bullet proof doors
Timaru Herald 9 May 2013A Timaru accountant is surprised Family First NZ may lose its charity status for its views, deemed by Charities Services as not having “public benefit”.Chartered accountant Lawrence Rawstorn has a number of local charities as clients and the only rejections for charity registration he has seen were for poor presentation of financial records.He understood that for organisations to qualify they “were not supposed to take a sideways shot at the Government”.But he thought it would be a pity if charities that did good and influenced positive change were muzzled.“Once they are registered most charities are home and hosed, but not this time. It could have huge implications for organisations.”Family First states on its website that it “empowers and informs families” on relevant matters from a Christian perspective. It has actively promoted its opposition to same-sex marriage.The lobby group was notified by Charities Services of its intention of deregistration on April 26. Family First is in the process of appealing the decision to the High Court.Charities Services said Family First’s “points of view do not have a public benefit that is self-evident as a matter of law”.Timaru Church of Christ preacher Graham Walker said he suspected the decision was politically influenced.“It would be of concern as a church that the state might politicise our stance on family matters.”Family First supporter and pastor Dawn Dalloway said the only thing that seemed to have changed during Family First’s time as a charity “is that its views on family have been highly publicised during the same-sex marriage debate, and are no longer seen as acceptable, or compatible with the current political view”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/8649959/Timaru-accountant-fears-charity-muzzling
It was however not immediately clear ifwhat triggered the assault. The 21-year-old Ian Shalom Matullano ofBarangay Divinagracia, La Paz district hit Clark Lawrence Pudadera’s head witha bottle of beer, police report showed. Pudadera sustained injuries on the napeand was brought to the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao districtfor treatment. The incident happened in front of astore around 2 a.m. on Thursday, police said. ILOILO City – Police arrested a drunkenman in Barangay Poblacion, Leganes, Iloilo. The suspect was arrested and now detainedin the lockup cell of the Leganes police station, facing charges./PN
Congratulations to The Batesville Lady Bulldogs, Greensburg Lady Pirates, and Rushville Lady Lions on winning Girls Sectional Titles this Weekend!Batesville captured The South Dearborn Sectional Championship. The Lady Bulldogs won over The Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters 4-1 to win the crown. Batesville shut out East Central 5-0 and Oldenburg Academy won 4-1 against The Milan Lady Indians during the Semi-Finals on Friday Night to advance on to The Sectional Finals.Greensburg was winners as they hosted their Sectionlas. The Friday Semi-Finals saw The Lady Pirates blanked The Madison Lady Cubs 5-0 while the Southwestern Lady Rebels outduel The Shawe Memorial Lady Hilltoppers 4-1. Greensburg won the crown with a close 3-2 won over SW.Rushville captured The Connersville Sectional Chanpionship with a 4-1 win over the host Lady Spartans on Friday Night.The Lady Bulldogs defeated Oldenburg Academy 4-1 Saturday morning to win the sectional title at South Dearborn.Coming off a 5-0 victory over East Central on Friday, the Lady Bulldogs claimed the sectional title less than 24 hours later.No.1 singles – Sarah Hoseus lost to Sarah Wilder 6-3 and 6-3.No. 2 singles – Lydia Olsen defeated Molly Rippe 6-0 and 6-1.No. 3 singles – Allyson Ritter defeated Ashley Sedler 6-0 and 6-2.No. 1 doubles – Kelli Hartman and Brooke Bradford defeated Ella Lamping and Claire Dickey 6-3 and 6-2.No. 2 doubles – Macy Simon and Karsen Worthington defeated Ivy Glaser and Margaret Glaser 6-1 and 6-1.The Lady Bulldogs are now 13-4 on the season and will play at the Richmond Regional on Tuesday. They are scheduled to play Rushville at 4:30 PM.The Lady Pirates will play at the Bloomington South Regional on Tuesday to take on Bloomington North starting at 5 PM.Submitted by Batesville Coach Bryan Helvie with The IHSAA.
(File Photo)INDIANAPOLIS – More than a million dollars in federal aid has been provided to the state to assist local and state government and public service organizations recover from the January snowstorm.“Dollars are beginning to flow to replenish local and state government,” said Governor Mike Pence. “While it will take months for the federal accounting process to be complete and provide funds to the 30 counties that qualified for assistance, this year that started with a rough winter is looking a bit brighter today.”There are no Southeastern Indiana counties that have received support but state officials say more money will be distributed as applications are processed. In all, 30 counties were granted federal public assistance and/or snow assistance.Public Assistance will pay 75 percent of eligible expenses for damage to roads, bridges, utilities, debris removal, buildings’ contents and equipment, water control facilities, parks and recreational facilities, and others, as well as emergency protective measures like traffic control and rescue operations. Snow Assistance will cover all eligible costs associated with snow removal for the 48-hour or 72-hour period with the highest costs.