Elaine Papoulias named executive director of CES

first_img Read Full Story The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies is very pleased to announce that Elaine Papoulias has been selected as its new executive director. Papoulias is the former director of the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe at the Harvard Kennedy School, and is a long-time affiliate of CES and co-chair of the center’s Southeastern Europe Study Group.Papoulias received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a MALD from Tufts University. During her tenure at the Kokkalis Program, she enabled more than 600 individuals from Southeast Europe to participate in educational programs at HKS. Prior to Harvard, she worked as a public affairs consultant at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, a researcher at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, an educational adviser to the Kuwaiti Foreign Service, and at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. Her research interests include democratization and development in the former Yugoslavia and Turkey.Founded in 1969, CES is an interdisciplinary research institution dedicated to fostering the study of modern European history, politics, culture, and society. As the new executive director, Papoulias will be tasked with providing strategic leadership and management at the center and developing new programs and initiatives to advance the academic, research, and programmatic mission of the center.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims in Vermont soar over 1,000

first_imgThere were 1,094 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. This is an increase of 212 from the week before, as new claims increased again to levels not seen since the immediate aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. In looking at the table below, you will see that the summer’s historically low claims came to an abrupt end with the storm. The numbers then dropped signifcantly in the following weeks, but in the last few weeks there has been a steady increase in the number of new claims. The latest numbers are more than double the initial claims observed in July and August. Altogether 6,370 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 424 from a week ago, but 2,125 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,530 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 34 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 690 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 11 fewer than the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate fell one-tenth in September to 5.8 percent. See story HERE.last_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

NCUA offers additional insights into final FOM rule

first_imgThe NCUA Monday published a new Letter to Credit Unions further detailing application requirements for credit unions interested in seeking a community charter under the recently finalized field of membership (FOM) rule to resolve litigation issues.The changes made in the final rule address concerns flagged by the D.C. Court of Appeals’ August 2019 decision largely in favor of the NCUA in the American Bankers Association (ABA) lawsuit, which sought additional explanation of the NCUA’s decision to eliminate the urban-core requirement for local communities based on core based statistical areas. Putting an end to the litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court in June declined ABA’s petition to hear the lawsuit after the appeals court declined to rehear the case en banc.In the Letter to Credit Unions, the NCUA notes that prospective and existing federal credit unions may begin applying Oct. 14 – when the rule takes effect – for a community charter using “a Combined Statistical Area (CSA) or portions of a CSA (within certain limitations, as defined in the rule) as a basis for defining their proposed service area without documenting how a CSA’s residents interact or share common interests.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Kemayoran emergency hospital sees decrease in COVID-19 patients

first_imgHe went on to say that the total number of infected patients in towers 4 and 5 was over 1,600 each, while towers 6 and 7 housed around 1,800 patients.He explained that in past weeks, the numbers of patients staying in towers 4 and 5 had reached over 2,000.Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) deputy chairman Slamet Budiarto said that it was hard to predict whether Indonesia had reached a peak in total number of coronavirus cases.“Jakarta had the highest number of [COVID-19 cases] in March and April. But then East Java claimed the status. Now that East Java has seen a decreasing number of cases, Jakarta’s number has gone up again,” Slamet said.As of Monday, Jakarta recorded a total of 80,036 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 65,295 recoveries and 1,772 deaths.Read also: Indonesian health system might collapse soon: COVID-19 task forceOn the decrease of the occupancy rate in the Wisma Atlet hospital, Tugas said that the availability of hotels that provided rooms for asymptomatic patients might be a contributing factor.“Previously, people would directly go to Wisma Atlet for self-isolation, but now some may have gone to the hotels,” he said.He also said that the lower rate of occupancy at Wisma Atlet had helped ease the burden of healthcare workers who were on duty at the emergency hospital. During the discussion, Slamet discussed the situation in other provinces.He said that most doctors in other provinces complained about a lack of medicine, as opposed to fatigue. “They only complain when they’re running out of medicine stocks,” he said.  Therefore, Slamet urged the government to provide the necessary supplies needed to treat COVID-19 patients, such as ventilators and medicines.“The government has programs to decrease the numbers of infections and deaths. If the [doctors] are ready, but the medicines are unavailable, it’s going to disrupt the healthcare service,” he said.Both Tugas and Slamet also encouraged the public to help flatten the curve by practicing the “3Ms” of health protocols: menggunakan masker (mask-wearing), mencuci tangan (handwashing) and menjaga jarak (social distancing). (jes) Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : Tugas Ratmono, coordinator for the COVID-19 emergency hospital, said during a virtual discussion hosted by the national COVID-19 task force on Monday that apartment towers 4 and 5 were currently being used to treat asymptomatic patients.As of Monday morning, the occupancy rates of towers 4 and 5 were 40 and 60 percent, respectively.Meanwhile, the occupancy rates of towers 6 and 7, which are used to treat patients with moderate symptoms, have gone down to 59 and 66 percent.“Previously, [the occupancy rates of all towers] could reach 90 percent,” Tugas explained.center_img The Wisma Atlet Kemayoran emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients in Central Jakarta has seen a decrease in the number of infected patients.The makeshift hospital, which served as an athletes village for the 2018 Asian Games, is currently operating four towers to treat COVID-19 patients.last_img read more

Shell takes Dolphin Drilling semi for Knarr drilling

first_imgShell has hired a Dolphin Drilling semi-submersible drilling rig for work on the Knarr field in Norway.Borgland Dolphin rig / Image by Stig Silden/Wikimedia – shared under CC BY-SA 3.0 licenseThe drilling contractor said Monday that the oil company would charter the Borgland Dolphin drilling rig, starting between February and May 2020.The contract includes drilling of one well at the Knarr field and two one well options. The fixed contract value is $15 million including mobilization cost.“This contract reintroduces Dolphin Drilling and Borgland Dolphin to drilling services in Norway,” Dolphin Drilling said.Knarr is a field in the northern part of the North Sea, 50 kilometers northeast of the Snorre field. The water depth is 400 meters. It started producing oil in 2015 under the operatorship of BG, which was subsequently bought by Shell.Borgland Dolphin is currently undergoing preparation for contract start-up with i3 Energy in the UK North Sea. The contract with i3 Energy is expected to start between July and August 2019.i3 Energy will use the rig to the Liberator and Serenity wells in the UK Sector of the North SeaOffshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

Trump stumbles over names of Indian cricket greats

first_imgUS President Donald Trump gave a special mention to cricket greats Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli during a visit to India on Monday – but it was probably the first time he had spoken their names. In a speech at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad – the world’s largest cricket stadium – Trump incorrectly pronounced the name of India’s greatest ever player as “Soo-chin Tendul-kerr”. He almost scored with Kohli, whose first name came out as “V-rot”, slightly off “V-rut”. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art9 Astonishing Wonders Hidden Deep In Sea Cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council, jokingly asked on its Twitter account whether anyone knew if “Sooch-”, “Sutch-”, or other variations of Tendulkar’s first name were correct. Sachin, not Soo-chin, signs autographs in Australia Read Also: NBA: Beilein resigns as Cavaliers coach after 14-40 run Trump said the stadium was “where your people cheer on some of the world’s greatest cricket players from Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli,” bringing a smile to the lips of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and applause from the crowd. The US president also tripped over other words, including Ahmedabad (“Ahba-bard”) and tea-seller chaiwalla (“cheewalla”), and he himself chuckled at his attempt to pronounce the name of Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda (“Swami Vivekamandan”). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

State officials recommend hepatitis A tests for Centerville store customers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is working with the Wayne County Health Department (WCHD) to inform people who may have eaten food prepared at Casey’s General Store in Centerville about a possible exposure to hepatitis A.An employee at the store, located at 704 E. Main St. in Centerville, has tested positive for hepatitis A. Anyone who consumed food prepared onsite at that Casey’s location between July 5 and July 12 is recommended to receive a hepatitis A vaccination by July 26 to help prevent illness.Those who would like to be vaccinated should visit their primary care doctor, walk-in clinic or pharmacy with a vaccinating pharmacist. Individuals should call ahead to verify vaccine availability. ISDH also is working with WCHD to make additional vaccine available for a public vaccination clinic from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the health department’s multipurpose room, 201 E. Main St., Richmond.Hepatitis A is usually transmitted person-to-person through fecal-oral routes or by consuming contaminated food or water. Indiana law has required a hepatitis A vaccine for school admission since 2014, so most students preparing to enter fourth grade and younger have already been vaccinated.Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of hepatitis A should contact a healthcare provider immediately and refrain from preparing food for others. Symptoms can include diarrhea, fatigue, loss of appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice, which usually appear within one month of infection. Individuals can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. A doctor can determine if someone has hepatitis A with a blood test.last_img read more

EPL: Team celebrations set to axed for ‘as long as 12 months’

first_img“The reason in that is very simple. We have to be sure that the data is going to support our ability to do this and that data is coming continuously over the next few days.” Should football return it will be very different as they’ll be no fans in the grounds, and no one knows how long that will last, but they’ll be some other changes too.According to the Telegraph as well as celebrating together, players will also not be allowed to swap shirts after games, share water bottles, as is the usual practice to save time, or even spit on the pitch, and it could last for ‘as long as 12 months.’ The Premier League could have a very different feel to it for up to a year when it returns, with reports that team celebrations could be banned for a sometime.‘Project Restart’ and the possibility of top tier football coming back has been discussed for over a week and, with speculation the government is set to ‘ease’ lockdown restrictions on Sunday evening, those plans could soon be accelerated. Speaking in the House of Commons this week Johnson explained why Sunday was now the date for the announcement, saying, “I just want to explain to the House as a courtesy for why it’s happening on Sunday because I’m sure you would be interested in that.Chelesa players celebrate a goal during a match The new restrictions would then be in place from Monday, which could potentially allow football to ramp up its return to action.Whatever is announced on Sunday is likely to trigger a meeting between the 20 Premier League clubs with club captains, the PFA and League Managers Association all expected to join to reach an agreement on everything to do with the return. It’s unknown what the punishment will be for breaking any of the sanctions but the practices are the kind of thing that would be most likely to be the spread of the Coronavirus between players.Spitting will be a major issue especially and will even be banned from the training ground, something clubs will have to police themselves but on the pitch it is likely to lead to a yellow card or potentially more. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was expected to address new lockdown restrictions on Thursday, 7th May, with it being the end of the three week period that lockdown was extended by, however that was pushed back.center_img Loading… The Premier League official match ballRead Also: Ronaldo celebrates boyhood club NacionalThere are 92 games left to play in the Premier League and there has been numerous different options suggested for how the league could change, including more substitutes and even shorter halves. All games will also likely be televised with some reports suggesting more kick off times to allow fans to watch more games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Relegation threatened clubs have reportedly been against relegation remaining an option if neutral grounds are used because of the integrity of the competition. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?last_img read more