Sailing at the Military World Games

first_img Sailing is the name given to the sport that involves boats moved exclusively by wind power. In all, there are eighteen classes of competition in this sport. However, at the 5th Military World Games only two types of regattas will be held: the fleet race and the match race. In the fleet race, there are mixed and women’s categories, with twenty-eight HP#25-class boats available, three of them reserve boats. In the match race, on the other hand, there will be only the mixed category, with eight J24-class boats, two of them reserves. Each country can choose to compete in two out of the three options. History. The first Olympic regatta took place at the Paris Games in 1900. In London eight years later, sailing became an official sport. In 1949, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and France participated in the 1st World Military Sailing Championship, in Brest, France. Star-class boats were used. By Dialogo July 15, 2011last_img read more

What credit union directors need to know about CUSOs

first_imgWhatever your credit union’s past experience with and impressions of CUSOs, credit union boards cannot afford to ignore the benefits CUSOs bring to credit unions today.  Successfully using CUSOs requires change, and while change is difficult, it is essential to meet the challenges posed by today’s world.CUSOs help credit unions solve problems and leverage opportunities.  CUSOs are essential competitive tools for credit unions. Your competition is no longer just other credit unions and banks within your area code.  There are hundreds of financial service providers that are chipping away at your payments, loans and deposit services.   Many competitors have lower operating costs, sophisticated data bases, and slick technology that offer members convenient and efficient financial services at low costs.   How will credit unions successfully compete against bank and non-bank competitors that can deliver mortgage loans approvals in less than an hour and unsecured loans in less than a minute?  If credit unions cannot find ways to meet the increasing expectations of consumers on speed and convenience, the traditional credit union model is at risk of becoming an historic footnote.   Does your credit union have the scale, capital and expertise to build competitive technology delivery platforms on its own?  If not, how will you obtain scale, through merger or collaboration?  CUSOs are a means for credit unions to increase scale and remain independent credit unions.  If you are not using CUSOs to help your credit union compete in this hyper-competitive marketplace, you are putting your credit union’s long-term survival at greater risk.   The benefit of CUSOs is not abstract theory.  There are numerous examples of CUSOs that generate significant net income through either lower operational costs or additional revenue sources.  Time is of the essence. Credit unions can no longer afford to say that they will get around to using CUSOs “some day”. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

6 bad habits and how leaders can avoid them

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Whether a seasoned leader or taking on the role for the first time, there is always room to grow managerial and organizational abilities. However, on the path to growth, it can be easy to fall into poor habits that reflect badly on our organizations and team members.To prevent these habits from creeping up, it is good to reflect on our leadership styles every now and then to ensure we are on the right path. With that in mind, here are six mistakes often made and the strategies necessary to steer clear of them.Creating a habit of over-complicating. As leaders are pulled in many different directions each day, we need to be mindful that we are not clogging internal processes or organizational results. Instead, we should be looking for inefficiencies to weed out.last_img read more

US hunt for novel flu reveals persistence of seasonal strains

first_img The CDC normally stops issuing its weekly flu surveillance report in late May before resuming in the fall, he noted. But with the novel H1N1 virus circulating in much of the nation, the agency probably will keep publishing the updates all through the summer. CDC flu report for the week that ended Oct 4, 2008 “Now people who don’t normally look for flu are looking more than they ever have,” Fiore said. “We’re seeing that some of the respiratory illnesses that occur even late in the season may be due to seasonal flu viruses that we didn’t appreciate in the past.” Overall, 1.9% of visits to the CDC’s sentinel medical providers were attributed to flu-like illnesses, which was below the national baseline of 2.4%. But the proportion was above regional baselines in two regions, covering New England, New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Clinicians who see patients with respiratory illnesses at this time of year usually don’t test them for flu, because normally it has faded by now, said Dr. Anthony Fiore, a medical epidemiologist with the CDC’s influenza branch. See also: Fiore added that there has long been awareness that flu viruses continue to circulate at a low level in the summer, but the current level of testing is shedding more light on the situation. He added that the current findings of seasonal viruses could be related to the fact that the flu season didn’t peak this year until late February, considerably later than usual. Because of the novel virus, clinicians are testing many more patients for flu than they normally do at this time of year, according to federal health officials. Most are testing positive for the new virus, but some are turning out to have seasonal flu strains, even though the normal flu season ended weeks ago. A CDC flu surveillance report issued last October said that just 179 flu viruses were found among 25,031 respiratory specimens tested through all of last summer (from mid-May through September). In comparison, the CDC’s latest surveillance report shows that 49 seasonal flu isolates were identified just in the week that ended Jun 6. CDC flu surveillance report for the week that ended Jun 6 He said it’s not clear whether the level of seasonal flu being detected now is unusual, because this level of surveillance has not been conducted at this time of year before. “We don’t know whether that’s how it was last year,” he said. Jun 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – One byproduct of the pandemic of novel H1N1 influenza is increased evidence of the extent to which “seasonal” flu viruses stick around in the summertime. With the novel virus circulating, flu was widespread in eight states (Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island) in the first week of June, the CDC report said. Nine states reported regional flu activity, and most of the rest reported either localized outbreaks or sporadic cases. Fiore said some summer cases of flu in the United States probably are related to travel to the southern hemisphere, which has its winter flu season during the northern summer. In the week that ended Jun 6, about 1.8% (49 of 2,681) of the flu viruses identified in lab tests reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were seasonal viruses—either influenza A/H1N1, A/H3N2, or B, according to the CDC’s latest weekly flu surveillance report. “I guess we don’t know that anything different is occurring right now with seasonal flu viruses. We don’t have reason to think that,” Fiore said. It’s more likely that “this is an artifact of clinicians looking very hard for flu viruses at a time they don’t normally look.” Three deaths of children from flu-related causes were cited in last week’s report—two of them from the novel H1N1 virus and one from the seasonal H1N1 virus. The deaths occurred between Feb 15 and May 30 and brought the total of pediatric flu-related deaths since last September to 70. The agency says that about 89% of the isolates were the novel virus, while the rest were not subtyped. (The 89% includes 315 isolates that could not be subtyped by reference laboratories; the CDC says its own testing of those isolates nearly always shows them to be the novel virus.)last_img read more

Arsenal confirm Shkodran Mustafi will miss FA Cup final but provide positive update on Bernd Leno

first_imgArsenal confirm Shkodran Mustafi will miss FA Cup final but provide positive update on Bernd Leno Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out of the FA Cup final (Picture: Manchester City FC via Getty Images)Arsenal have confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi will miss the FA Cup final due to the hamstring injury he suffered against Manchester City in the semi-final on Saturday.The German centre-back had turned in a superb performance in the 2-0 win over City, but went down in the closing stages after chasing a ball with Raheem Sterling.There had been some hope that the 28-year-old would recover in time for the final at Wembley on 1 August. but the club has updated his status and Mustafi will definitely miss all remaining matches this season.The Gunners have a number of issues in the centre of defence, with Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers also out, which will leave David Luiz and Rob Holding to marshal the middle of defence, possibly assisted by Sead Kolasinac or Kieran Tierney in a three-man back line.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThere is better news for goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who has an outside chance of being fit for the Wembley showpiece.The German has been out since 20 June with a knee ligament sprain but he is already running outside and getting involved in ball drills.The club expect him to be back in full training next week, which will be in the days ahead of the FA Cup final, but whether he will be match fit in time is in question.There is also the form of back-up keeper Emiliano Martinez to be considered, as the Argentine has largely been excellent while acting as understudy and may well have done enough to hang onto the gloves.MORE: Mikel Arteta hints at first-team role for ‘impressive’ Arsenal loanee Emile Smith RoweMORE: John Barnes tips Arsenal to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Celtic’s Odsonne EdouardFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 24 Jul 2020 8:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link397Sharescenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Belgian minister pledges to remove obstacles facing cross-border funds

first_imgBelgian’s pension minister hopes to lure a greater number of cross-border pension funds to the country, pledging to work with the Finance Ministry to ensure an “attractive” framework for schemes is in place.Giving the keynote address on the second day of the IPE Conference & Awards in Barcelona, Daniel Bacquelaine outlined a number of recent reforms he said would ensure the future sustainability of the Belgian pension system.He also highlighted the role Belgium could play as host nation to cross-border pension funds, which can set up in the country using its organisation for financing pensions (OFP).Bacquelaine noted agreements in place to avoid double taxation as one of the reasons Belgium was attractive for cross-border activities, of which 11 are currently in place. This number is well behind the 50 located in Ireland and the UK, and only a fraction of the 75 known to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)But Bacquelaine pledged that the government would work on attracting new funds to base themselves in Belgium.“The government will ensure Belgium keeps on being an attractive place for the pan-European pension fund,” he said.“I am intent on taking measures, together with my colleague the finance minister, to remove administrative obstacles.”Moves to Belgium have proven controversial.The Dutch scheme for Bristol-Myers was the latest in a string of funds to see a cross-border transfer blocked by its works council, representing the interests of employees.Concerns over less stringent regulatory structures in Belgium have also led to concerns of regulatory arbitrage.The French regulator allegedly advised pension fund UMR not to move its assets to an OFP, a step that was in 2013 investigated by the European Commission.last_img read more

International Friendly Preview: Ghana vs South Korea

first_imgIt’s been a while since the Black Stars savoured anything resembling a win. After the high of thumping Egypt 6-1 to lay the marker and practically seal one of the five places available to the continent at the 214 world cup, everything seems to have gone into slow motion for Kwesi Appiah’s side.Things need to get back into more progressive motion now then. With exactly a week before Ghana opens her 2014 world cup account in Natal against the USA, the Black Stars face South Korea not exactly desperate or in dire need for a win. But a win will still do magnificent things for the team’s confidence.Some countries set up their world cup preparations in such a way that they scored and won games for confidence. It is Brazil’s sure bet way of preparing for major tournaments so they are buzzing after thumping Panama in their last trial match. France smoked Jamaica for six and Cameroon invited Moldova over and had them set up nicely for the perfect departure boost.Ghana’s approach has been different maybe largely we have folded our arms and waited for the games to come. In striking similarities before the last world cup in South Africa we lost the first warm up game against Holland. Unlike before the last tournament, this was a much more decent display. And like before the last world cup, Appiah will be hoping South Korea is our Latvia this time.The small problem is the Koreans have never been easy to beat given their status as regular campaigners at this level. Maybe it has influenced Appiah’s decision to prioritise other things above a win.”We will put up a good team for everyone to enjoy the game. We hope that we don’t get any injuries, both sides, so that we all go to the World Cup with hundred percent fit players,” Top of that priority list he says is the hope that the side comes out of the game intact and without injuries. Thin on defensive cover after losing Jerry Akaminko, Appiah will be desperate not to lose anyone again in a period when too many players have been crocked at the vital moment.Beyond that too he has other concerns including how his team shows against Korea that they can play together more as a team and can cope with dealing with the quality of opposition that USA, Germany and Portugal offer.”At the end, it’s about how we approach the whole game. Tactically, that’s my main concern,” Appiah said. “The Korea game is our last friendly and it’s important that we look at our team how we play tactically, and the individual roles that we have given to the players, how they perform and lastly we try and make sure that we can get a result.”Appiah is likely to give as many players who did not start against the Netherlands a chance to make their case and there is reason to believe a lot of those will be favourite to start in a week’s time too.Asamoah Gyan will return to lead the line with Majeed Warris in tow. There are suggestions he will play the central defensive pair of Jonathan Mensah and John Boye while trying out Kwadwo Asamoah at left back as he seeks a short term solution to the most problematic position in Ghana football. After watching Adam Kwarasey state his strongest possible case to be first choice against the Netherlands, Fatau Dauda will have an opportunity to make his own claim.Everywhere you look on the field there are issues to be settled. South Korea may not provide all the answers but the pointers will be precious leading up to the showdown against the USA in Natal next week.last_img read more

Dodgers carry four rookies on final NLDS roster

first_imgHere is the Dodgers’ full roster for the NLDS:• PITCHERS (12) – RHP Pedro Baez, RHP Walker Buehler, RHP Kenley Jansen, LHP Rich Hill, RHP Joe Kelly, LHP Clayton Kershaw, LHP Adam Kolarek, RHP Kenta Maeda, RHP Dustin May, LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, RHP Ross Stripling, LHP Julio Urias• CATCHERS (2) – Will Smith, Russell Martin• IF/OF (11) – Matt Beaty, Cody Bellinger, David Freese, Kiké Hernandez, Gavin Lux, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, A.J. Pollock, Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Justin TurnerRelated Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES — After a regular season during which they received uncommon contributions from young players, the Dodgers will carry four rookies on their roster for the best-of-five National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals.Will Smith, Dustin May, Gavin Lux and Matt Beaty were all included on the roster submitted by the Dodgers at Thursday’s deadline.Lux will make his postseason debut after starting the season in Double-A and not making his big-league debut until September. Beaty’s spot likely became available when another rookie, Alex Verdugo, was ruled out for the NLDS due to a back injury. May outpitched fellow rookie Tony Gonsolin to earn a spot in the NLDS bullpen.The roster includes two players – pitchers Kenley Jansen and Clayton Kershaw – who have been part of each of the Dodgers’ seven consecutive playoff teams. Hyun-Jin Ryu missed the 2015 season while recovering from shoulder surgery.center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

Barcelona’s Dembele out for up to four months

first_imgBarcelona, Spain | AFP | Barcelona’s record 105 million-euro ($125 million) signing Ousmane Dembele is set to be sidelined for up to four months as the club confirmed the extent of the hamstring injury he suffered at Getafe on Saturday.“The tests performed on first team player Ousmane Dembele have determined he has ruptured the tendon of the hamstring in his left leg,” Barcelona said in a statement on Sunday.“The player will undergo surgical treatment by Dr. Sakari Orava this coming week in Finland. The expected time out will be between three-and-a-half and four months.” However, he may have paid the price for missing much of pre-season as he went on strike from training at Dortmund to try and force through his dream move to the Camp Nou.The 20-year-old is now set to miss the rest of Barca’s Champions League group campaign and faces a race against time to take part in the first Clasico of the season against Real Madrid on December 23.At international level, Dembele will also be absent for France’s final two World Cup qualifiers away to Bulgaria and at home to Belarus next month.Share on: WhatsApp He provided an assist on his debut as a substitute to round off a 5-0 thrashing of Espanyol last weekend and impressed as Barca swept aside Juventus 3-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday before pulling up just 29 minutes into Saturday’s 2-1 win at Getafe.center_img Dembele has made just three appearances for Barca since sealing his move from Borussia Dortmund last month for a fee that could rise to as much as 145 million euros based on performance-related bonuses.last_img read more

Wilder vows to knock out Fury at heavyweight title weigh-in

first_imgWilder’s weight is the lightest of his career. He had weighed in at just over 214 pounds for the last defense of his title in March against Luis Ortiz.The 33-year-old’s heaviest career weight came in a 2015 defense against Eric Molina.Fury, who returned to the ring this year after a more than two-year absence, weighed 258 pounds for his last fight against Francesco Pianeta in August.The 30-year-old self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ had reportedly ballooned to around 400 pounds during his spell out of boxing as he battled depression, drink and drug problems.Tale of the tape via @Btsport Deontay Wilder poses during the Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury weigh-in at Los Angeles Convention Center on November 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO AFPLos Angeles, United States | AFP |  Deontay Wilder, weighing in at 212.5 pounds for his WBC heavyweight world title defense against Tyson Fury on Friday, vowed to knock out the British challenger.Wilder wore a black leather facemask to the weigh-in outside of Staples Center, but that was as menacing as it got as the two fighters were kept several feet apart for the traditional stare-down in the wake of an explosive final press conference on Wednesday.Britain’s Fury, who finished that event stripped to the waist and offering to engage with Wilder, tipped the scales at 256.5 pounds.Wilder, meanwhile, said he was looking forward to getting down to business in the ring on Saturday night.“Talk is cheap,” the American said. “Tomorrow is the time. Actions speak louder than words. It’s definitely the most important fight of my career, but it’s not the most difficult.“I’ve fought way tougher guys than him. I’m going to knock him out.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more