UAE: Northrop Grumman to Showcase Its Defence Products at IDEX

first_imgNorthrop Grumman Corporation will highlight a wide range of defence and security solutions, including cyber-protected C4I solutions, airborne early warning and control systems, aerial surveillance, fire control radars and marine navigation systems at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.IDEX 2013 is the only tri-service defence and security exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa region and will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre Feb. 17-21. Northrop Grumman’s exhibit in the U.S. pavilion will be at Stand 03-C08 and CS-1.“Northrop Grumman’s strong relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries goes back many decades and is built on a legacy of trust and performance,” said David Perry, corporate vice president and chief global business development officer, Northrop Grumman. “Our objective is to continue to work closely with our customers to provide long-term capability solutions and help enhance defence and national security across the region.”Northrop Grumman will showcase the world-leading airborne early warning capabilities of its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye with a crew workstation and flyable cockpit simulator in the exhibit stand to demonstrate the E-2D’s benefits for military and civil applications.The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye couples a newly designed electronically scanned radar with a matching suite of sensors, avionics, processors, software and displays to provide the most technologically advanced command and control capability available worldwide. The AN/APY-9 radar is the backbone of this aircraft and provides greater flexibility and significantly improved detection and tracking over all terrains. Northrop Grumman has delivered nine E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft to the U.S. Navy and initial operational capability with the U.S. Navy fleet is on track for 2015. The programme was recently approved to enter full-rate production by the Office of the Secretary of Defense after the E-2D was declared operationally suitable and effective following a 10-month initial operational test and evaluation by the Navy.The exhibit will also feature a range of Northrop Grumman’s industry-leading radar-related technology. The AN/APR-39 radar warning receiver protects a wide variety of fixed-, rotary- and tilt-wing aircraft from threats, and is designed to maximize survivability by improving aircrew situational awareness. The system provides continuous 360-degree coverage to detect and identify threat types, bearing and lethality before alerting a cockpit crew to each threat with a graphical symbol on the cockpit multifunction display or video display.The company is the world’s sole provider of fire control radars for fifth-generation fighters and supplies the active electronically scanned array fire control radars for the F-22 and F-35 and the fire control radar for the F-16 Block 60. The exhibit will feature the APG-80 Scalable Agile Beam Radar for the F-16 and the APG-81 for the F-35.A model of the AN/TPS-78 latest generation radar, made possible by technological advances in high power transistor design, will be featured in the exhibit.The company’s airborne surveillance capability will also be highlighted with a model of the lighter-than-air Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) being developed for the U.S. Army. The system is designed to be operated with or without a crew on board, and offers persistent surveillance with reconfigurable payloads to meet multimission needs. The first flight of the LEMV was successfully completed in August 2012.A range of C2/C3/C4I solutions will be highlighted including the International Track Server, International Command and Control Enterprise and the SoldierLink System, a lightweight communications and information system for dismounted soldiers. A Real Time Information in the Cockpit system will be available for viewing.The company’s naval and maritime capabilities will be highlighted in NAVDEX, the dedicated naval defence area at IDEX. This will include Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine’s latest generation of navigation, ship control and radar technology.The VisionMaster FT and warship electronic chart display and information system will be on display configured to demonstrate how the system is able to provide effective operational support for watch keeping and command teams on smaller vessels. VisionMaster FT provides a highly integrated fully networked suite of marine radar and electronic charting systems designed to form the backbone of the modern ship’s integrated bridge.Also on display is Northrop Grumman’s new MK39 Mod 4 ring laser gyro inertial navigation system for naval vessels, the AQS-24A mine hunting sonar system and the company’s unmanned surface vehicle technology. Airborne mine countermeasures programmes will be highlighted with a display of the AN/AES-1 airborne laser mine detection system designed to detect, classify and localize floating and near-surface moored sea mines.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 14, 2013; Image: NGC View post tag: UAE Equipment & technology View post tag: Grumman View post tag: IDEX View post tag: Navy View post tag: Showcase View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Products View post tag: Naval View post tag: Northrop UAE: Northrop Grumman to Showcase Its Defence Products at IDEX Back to overview,Home naval-today UAE: Northrop Grumman to Showcase Its Defence Products at IDEX February 14, 2013 View post tag: to Share this articlelast_img read more

Speech: The UK and Nigeria will continue to be long term partners

first_imgYour Excellency, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Morning. I’m delighted to be with you here today at the London Stock Exchange in the heart of the City of London.I’m honoured to be alongside His Excellency President Buhari and many thanks to Yewande Sadiku, Atam Sandhu and their respective teams for organising what promises to be a really engaging day.As you know, the LSE has a great track record of supporting the development of African capital markets and supporting investment in African companies. Indeed, in parallel to today’s programme, the UK’s Development Secretary is speaking at another event at the LSE, celebrating the role of London’s capital markets in financing growth across the Commonwealth, and showcasing the UK’s commitment to driving mutual prosperity across the Commonwealth through investment, trade and jobs.The huge success of Nigeria’s recent bond listings is further testament to this and reinforces the City of London’s position as a leading partner for raising finance – laying strong foundations on which to build our economic and financial relationship.I’m delighted that the Lord Mayor will be speaking at this event this morning and spearheading a mission to deepen our relationship on financial and insurance services on his visit to Nigeria in a few months.Nigeria, economy and reformAs many of you will know, 2017 was a difficult year for the Nigerian economy. The slump in the price of oil in particular led to significant challenges in the economy, not least around the foreign exchange.But with each crisis comes an opportunity. And the Government of Nigeria has worked hard to turn back the tide and put in place measures to promote diversification and greater ease of doing business and to make further progress on key sector reforms.The Government has set up a new Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) designed to improve the ease of doing business. And this year, Nigeria rose by 24 places in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings. It was one of the world’s top 10 performers.Consumer-facing industries such as telecommunications, banking, healthcare and real estate have experienced rapid expansion and can fuel the new engine of growth that Nigeria needs to take it to the next level.The Nigerian Government is committed to addressing the scourge that is corruption. His Excellency President Buhari is personally committed to this and we have seen notable achievements in the last few years, particularly through its active engagement in the Open Government Partnership. We know more needs to be done and the UK Government is working closely with the Government of Nigeria to make progress on this – both in Nigeria and internationally, for example through the Global Forum for Asset Recovery and through our own UK Unexplained Wealth Order.Firms often cite lack of infrastructure, red tape and high-entry costs as further obstacles to entering the market, but these are not insurmountable and the opportunities and rewards available to those who persevere are immense.Nigeria needs an investment of US$127bn in infrastructure over the next five years. We know the scale of this challenge can sometimes be difficult to determine when based in the UK or other European countries.Activating fresh sources of capital, both from within and outside Nigeria will be critical to help close this funding gap and the UK government is here to help.We all know of Nigeria’s great potential: the largest economy in Africa; set to be 3rd most populous nation in the world by 2050; fertile land; abundant natural resources; and a young, energetic upwardly mobile population, with a deserved reputation for creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.UK success stories and HMG roleUK businesses have thrived in Nigeria. Don’t take my word for it, speak to companies like BA, Shell and Unilever – who all have strong and long-established operations in Nigeria. Indeed, Unilever’s most successful global country operation is in Nigeria.And we have seen newcomers enter the market too. Just last year Prudential entered Nigeria in recognition of the huge opportunities for life insurance with a market of this size. We expect to see more partnerships as companies seek to work with and invest in what is Africa’s largest economy and as they better appreciate the opportunities, along with the risks of working in this market. Indeed, we are working hard to increase trade ties for long-term, sustainable and mutually beneficial growth.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Trade are working work with British businesses and investors to support the further strengthening and deepening of the commercial ties between the UK and Nigeria.Our teams in the UK and in Lagos can support British companies as they are confronted by information asymmetries: our teams can help you understand where the opportunities and risks are, help you identify local partners and support your efforts in due diligence to make your entry to market a successful one. We can help you with an honest assessment of the risks and opportunities.The UK is committed to doing even more to support the economic development of Nigeria, now and in the long-term. Our Department for International Development has an annual bilateral programme of £275m this year. Much of this is dedicated to supporting economic development and driving inclusive growth. DFID is providing support in a range of areas to reinvigorate the agricultural sector and domestic manufacturing base; boost employment opportunities and tax collection; increase transparency and remove constraints on the ease of doing business; attract quality investment and improve competitiveness.We also have a wide range of programmes under way through the UK’s Prosperity Fund, designed to support increased investment in to Nigeria, encourage economic diversification and ease the business environment by mapping the challenges at federal and state level.From a trade perspective, our export credit agency UKEF has an outstanding finance offer for Nigerian businesses wishing to buy British products. UKEF currently has up to £750million cover for Nigeria. Nigerian businesses can get loans or guarantees when they buy British products – and the share of UK content required is only 20%. And the tenure for such loans or guarantees can be up to 18 years. We think this offer is second to none. And recently UKEF has also announced that it will provide Naira-backed guarantees for Nigerian companies buying British products in Naira. So, these companies can buy British and pay local. We are committed to ensuring that no opportunity for increased trade is thwarted for want of export finance.As you can see, the UK government is serious about Nigeria. We are, and we will continue to be, long-term partners. Ministers from all three international departments: FCO, DIT and DFID are keenly interested in Nigeria and committed to ensuring that in Africa we continue to move from aid to trade and to contribute to job creation and wealth creation in the UK and in Africa.CommonwealthThis event is happening in the margins of CHOGM. One of the key issues that will be discussed is free trade. This is a key issue for the UK and for Nigeria. Global trade between Commonwealth states is expected to surpass 13 trillion US dollars by 2020. These numbers reflect the sheer scale and ambition of what is happening within the Commonwealth today in terms of trade, investment and job creation.There are huge untapped trading opportunities within the Commonwealth.With the UK/Nigeria trading relationship currently worth more than £3 billion and more than £5 billion invested in Nigeria by UK companies, Nigeria is a much-valued Commonwealth partner. Yet it’s no secret that these figures can be improved upon greatly.And speaking here earlier today, the UK’s Development Secretary spoke about the work SheTrades Commonwealth is doing in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and Bangladesh to support women-owned businesses to participate in international trade, connecting female entrepreneurs to markets and helping them to export.This is a fantastic initiative and looking around the room I am convinced that UK firms can and will build even stronger partnerships with their Nigerian counterparts by harnessing the energy and dynamism that characterises Nigeria today.FutureAs we exit the EU, I want to make clear that the UK remains open for business and is the same outward-looking, globally-minded, big-thinking country we have always been. Rest assured our strong economy will continue. The UK has been, and always will be a trading nation, keen on entrepreneurship and innovation – values I know both our countries hold dear.The UK is wholeheartedly committed to supporting Nigeria’s continued ascent because a stable, secure and prosperous Nigeria means economic opportunities for British business; a safer, more secure UK, and a stable influence in Africa.I hope that we can all work together to strengthen our political, commercial and cultural relationship for the good of our mutual prosperity.All of us here today have a role to play in realising the wealth of opportunity and potential that Nigeria possesses, creating new markets for trade, investment and inclusive growth that will lead to a more prosperous world for us all.Thank you.last_img read more

Following Reckers’ replacement, students weigh in on Pizza Pi during grand opening

first_imgNatalie Weber | The Observer Students gathered at the grand opening for Pizza Pi on Friday.According to its website, Pizza Pi will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, it will stay open until 2 a.m. and on Sundays, it will operate between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the restaurant will be closed.Campus Dining hosted an evening of games, music and giveaways Friday to celebrate the opening of Pizza Pi. Serving hand-crafted pizzas, piadinas and salads, the restaurant also features a bar, which will be open during the evenings on weekends.“For a lot of our students last year, they weren’t able to see this after we closed Reckers,” director of Campus Dining Chris Abayasinghe said. “So, we just felt, especially with the first weekend back, that we’d also tie this in. So maybe seniors can come here and enjoy their pizza and those of age can enjoy their beverage of choice and then maybe go to Flick on the Field and kind of have a very wholesome experience.”During roughly the first hour of the event, about 50 students stopped by, senior Katie McGuire, a Campus Dining brand ambassador, said.After about the first hour of the event, juniors Auna Walton and Jordan Brown came to Pizza Pi with a group of friends to try the food.Between bites of a ‘Perfect Pesto’ pizza, Brown admired the design of the restaurant, whose new booths, tables and redecorated walls come in a grey, black and navy color scheme.“The interior’s real nice,” she said. “It has a more modern [look].”Walton, who ordered a pepperoni pizza, was also happy with her experience at the restaurant.“I got my food quicker now than I did in Reckers,” she said.Mesecar, who came to the restaurant with juniors Mary Treacy and Michelle Tapp, thought the quality of food was better at Pizza Pi than its predecessor, but said the new restaurant was on the pricier side of campus food joints.“A lot of the dining options we have on campus are in a higher-tier price range, with the exception of Taco Bell and Subway,” she said. “I think Reckers was also a little bit more homey. This feels a lot more restaurant-y which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but you might not get as many students coming in here to do homework.”Sophomore MJ Haak said while he was not happy when Campus Dining decided to close Reckers, he was impressed by Pizza Pi. He added that he hopes the new restaurant will fill the void of the old food joint, which was known for its late hours, even after it announced it would no longer be open 24/7.“That was definitely the nicest thing about Reckers, that no matter when, you could always go there and get a snack,” Haak said. “So I hope this place provides that same kind of service.”Tags: Campus DIning, pizza pi, Reckers When Monica Mesecar heard there was a new pizza restaurant opening on campus, she was a little skeptical. But after the junior tried a ‘White’ pizza during the grand opening of Pizza Pi on Friday, she was sold.“I originally wasn’t sure because we already have so many options for pizza on campus but they have some different ones,” she said. “I do like ‘White’ pizza and unless I go over to Blaze on Eddy Street, I can’t get one of them.” last_img read more

Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for April 18, 2013

first_imgTenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary (possibly) eating Grape-Nuts on Everest in 1953. AP PhotoYour daily outdoor news bulletin for April 18, the day Paul Revere made his famous ride, getting there slightly ahead of William Dawes, who no one has ever heard of:Grape-Nuts Wants You To SummitPost Grape-Nuts is recruiting you to live like Sir Edmund Hillary and summit the highest peak…in your town. To celebrate Hillary becoming the first man to conquer Everest in 1953, Grape-Nuts is running a contest called Grape-Nuts Summit Sampler, in which you apply by writing a short essay on what peak you plan to summit. If one of the 60 or so selected, they will send you a prize pack (see above) including a High Sierra backpack, water bottle, other assorted goodies, and of course, some Grape-Nuts. If you follow through and summit, they will send you $500 if you send them a photo of yourself and your Grape-Nuts gear at the top. Seems like a fairly easy way to back an extra $500. Apparently Sir Hillary packed Grape-Nuts as his cereal of choice when assaulting the world’s highest mountain (they even have pics of him choking it down) and they want to celebrate it with this neat little contest, which also promotes their new addition to the team: Grape-Nuts Fit. You don’t need to summit the Everest, just the Everest of your imagination.Applications are due by tomorrow, so you better hurry. Apply here.Three Southeast Rivers Make Famous ListBut not in a good way. Georgia’s Flint River, the Catawba River that flows in North and South Carolina, and Alabama’s Black Warrior River came in at numbers two, five, and seven respectively on American Rivers’ annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers list. The list is put out by American Rivers – a river protection group – as a way to highlight rivers that have major policy changes coming up that will affect the fate of the river, the wildlife that inhabit it, and the people in its watershed. They have put out a list every year since 1986, making it one of the longest lived annual reports in the environmental movement and last year’s list included the Potomac, Chattahoochee, and Coal rivers. The Flint was cited as having an outdated water management system, the Catawba for coal ash pollution threatening drinking water and recreation, and the Black Warrior for coal mining development threatening drinking water and fish and wildlife habitat.See the full list and learn what you can do.Bears Bear Brunt of BurnA prescribed burn in Shenandoah National Park last week went exactly as planned…for the humans. The 500-acre Jarman Gap burn’s aim was to reduce hazardous fuels and the threat of a major wildfire, promote oak and pine regeneration, and increase plant diversity. The burn did not go as planned for two black bear cubs that were injured in the fire, one of which died while being treated at the Wildlife Center of Virginia (the other cub is expected to survive). Once released from the WCV, park staff will try and find the cub a new home with a nursing female black bear. Quote from Park Superintendent Jim Northrop: “We deeply regret the injuries to these two bears, but overall we are very pleased with the outcome of this burn.”last_img read more

Peru’s Armed Forces Provide Humanitarian Aid to At-Risk Communities

first_img“This initiative is a focal point that has been worked on at the international level. Thanks to this initiative, authorities now know more about threat evolution, social concepts, failures, and obstacles in development and security processes proposed by states. Humanitarian aid operations are decided based on the needs of the participants.” By Dialogo February 25, 2016 The government agencies and private institutions collaborating on this initiative include the National Commission for Development and a Life without Drugs, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, and the Association of National Pharmaceutical Industries, which has donated medication, tools, clothing, and basic staple foods. “To talk about the integrated nature of our involvement in bolstering a market or a community is to talk about a sustainable model for generating capacities,” Rear Adm. Bolaños added. “[We] have achieved sustainability through the mobility and improvement efforts within the local community,” Rear Adm. Bolaños said. “We must work together; the more we are integrated as a single family, the better the results will be. These populations must know they are part of this country; that the promises made by the Armed Forces are made whole by including them; and that they become stronger through government agencies, private institutions, and the Armed Forces.” Projects in Loreto and in the VRAEM The Armed Forces launched the multidimensional work initiative to promote social inclusion and access to timely healthcare in the VRAEM. From November 30th to December 5th, the CCFFAA organized the Cleft Lip and Palate Campaign in the district of Satipo in the Junín region. “The Armed Forces Joint Command (CCFFAA) has developed a multidimensional work initiative,” Rear Admiral Francisco Bolaños, Chief of the CCFFAA First Division, told Diálogo in an interview. “We are attempting to transform humanitarian aid operations to a logical sequence that will help us achieve objectives and development processes in the communities. “While these border interaction zones on the fringes may be areas that create good things for the states, they are also sources of bad things because they are corridors for illegal activities,” Rear Adm. Bolaños said. “These are areas where drug traffickers and criminal gangs are active because they represent or have the opportunity to operate. This isn’t easy. There’s a lot of work to do.” The VRAEM is Peru’s primary zone for cultivating coca and a hub for the Shining Path. The illegal group plays a key role in processing coca into cocaine, which is shipped to Mexico, the United States, Europe, and Africa, Diálogo reported in December 2015. “At the two work centers, we have support from local authorities, universities, private enterprises, and the local community,” Rear Adm. Bolaños stated. “It is a challenge to work to develop indigenous communities under particular conditions – conditions that are very different from any other urban or sub-rural area.” Peru’s Armed Forces are promoting social inclusion and universal access to healthcare services in at-risk communities in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM). Multidisciplinary work carried out by the Armed Forces, government agencies, and private institutions aim to improved quality of life for the diverse communities in that area. The Armed Forces were complemented by 11 surgeons from the non-governmental Christian Broadcasting Network, which also provided cutting-edge medical instruments. “The Joint Command not only conducted cleft lip campaigns, but also campaigns about cataracts or digging wells for water in the Napo River basin under this new work approach,” Rear Adm. Bolaños said. Promoting social inclusion At the Loreto work center, efforts are centered on multidimensional security, surveillance, and occupying spaces along the border with Colombia, in the Putumayo Zone, and along the Napo River – all areas that are home to indigenous communities. It is challenging for the government to maintain its presence in the Loreto region due to its isolation, the vast Amazon plains, and the difficulty in transportation and support actions. Surveillance and control over the area involves interacting with bordering countries and combating narcotrafficking and criminal groups that have established a presence. The free medical treatments were administered at the Manuel Ángel Higa Arakaki Regional Hospital in Satipo. Twenty children under the age of 10 received free surgery for cleft lips or palates, or a facial reconstruction, the CCFFAA stated in a December 5th press release. The Peruvian Navy’s Mobile Social Action Platforms have provided medical and social assistance programs to thousands in the Amazon rainforest. The ships providing the government’s services have interpreters to communicate with the indigenous communities they visit. The VRAEM project focuses on the Tambo River basin in the Junín region, where residents are primarily from indigenous communities. The CCFFAA will distribute books at the beginning of the school term in March at various public schools along the Tambo River, and develop a humanitarian aid initiative that will be sustained over time and improve the educational centers. “We entered into an agreement with Colombia to develop an integrated social action and to share our experiences to achieve an interagency approach,” Rear Adm. Bolaños explained. “[With] Ecuador, it was to address risk factors and new threats in an integrated fashion and through an interagency approach. With Bolivia, we discussed transfers of technology within this multidimensional approach. There is a lot of work to do in Peru and in other countries.” The Armed Forces have battled the Amazon’s rough terrain, as well as social conflicts, drug trafficking, extreme poverty, terrorism, human trafficking, illegal logging, illegal mining, and a multitude of diseases to execute the projects and multidimensional efforts. The strategy has been shared with other countries. The CCFFAA has created two projects to guide humanitarian actions and development in at-risk communities in the VRAEM and the Loreto regions. “These two projects or work centers that we are developing will help us obtain tangible results where we can see a focused example of our experiences in applying the new doctrine and procedures for interacting with the various agencies and institutions working on this new approach,” Rear Adm. Bolaños explained. Remember that God, owner of the whole world, has the last wordlast_img read more

Truth in advertising! Or truth in advertising?

first_imgAttend a marketing conference—any marketing event really, whether in the credit union industry or not—and at least one speaker will preach from his power point soapbox the need for “brand authenticity as the key to your success.Sounds great, no? But before you invest more of your scarce marketing budget in the project, read the recent article It’s the Real Thing in The Economist. It should scare the hell out of any credit union leadership team trying to fudge its message. “Authenticity is being peddled as a cure for consumers’ ebbing loyalty to brands. It is not hard to see why the old marketing magic is fading, in an age in which people can instantly learn truths (and indeed untruths) about the things they are contemplating buying.”If you want to brag on your service, go for it. But first read the online comments on Yelp or Facebook to determine the type of comments left by your members. You’ll learn the good and the bad of what your current customers think. If there are no comments, then you have a recognition deficit (another issue, another column). What’s in it for you? The ease of acquiring up to date information about a brand online makes consumers more likely to leave their evergreen brands for a new one. For example, Moven, which offers simple financial analytics, or a virtual peer-to-peer lending organization, who grants people a loan with zero credit history judgment, are far more accessible than even imagined five years ago.Are consumers becoming more fickle, pulled to shiny new objects, or are they reading right through the marketing BS? According to a Havas poll in North America, consumers say they trust only about a fifth of known brands. That is not great news for any marketing department. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Speculating on Presidential elections and credit unions

first_imgIn less than four months voters across our country will elect a new president. Thus far, the election process leading up to each party’s convention has been one of the most hard hitting, controversial and yet fascinating ones to watch.The presumptive nominee for the Democrats is former Senator, Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton. Having lost the nomination to Barrack Obama in 2008, she has been campaigning for the Presidency since that time and early on cleared the field of other candidates who acknowledged her high name recognition and ability to raise huge sums of money. In addition the early endorsements of Democrat leaders left potential candidates with no one to go to for support. Were it not for Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s path to the nomination would have been a cake walk and saved her millions of dollars. And if not for her email problems, she conceivably would be well ahead in the general election polls.On the Republican side, the presumptive nominee billionaire businessman Donald Trump has blown out of the water every other candidate seeking the GOP nomination. His unique style of campaigning is unlike anyone has ever seen from someone seeking the Presidency. Political correctness does not exist. By speaking his mind and telling it like he sees it, Mr. Trump has raised eyebrows,  been continually criticized, caused individuals in his own party to denounce his views, led some to call for an open convention to choose anyone but him and yet has attracted millions of supporters from all walks of life.So as we head toward Election Day on November 8, it is almost certain the contest for the highest office in the land will be between Donald and Hillary. And every indication is that it will be a campaign like we have never seen before. More books about this election will be written than for any other. And, it will either be one of the closest we have ever seen or a landslide for one of the candidates.To try and predict a winner from what we have seen thus far or rely on the presidential polls that change on a daily basis would be very difficult. Actually, impossible. No one wants to be wrong in their prediction which is why even the most knowledgeable individuals who have covered numerous campaigns are saying it’s anybody’s game to win.Rather than try and predict who will win, it is  a lot easier to speculate what the impact will be on credit unions and other financial service providers based on which of the two individuals wins. Looking at each candidate’s past history, views on business, close associates, statements made and philosophy of regulation, one can speculate if there will be any change.If Donald Trump is elected I believe we can expect to see him support some of the recently introduced legislation that would require greater accountability from financial regulators. There would be proposed changes to Dodd-Frank (DF) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) would get a makeover resulting in a major impact on the financial services industry. Heads of departments and agencies would be appointed who would follow the philosophy of as much regulation as needed and as little as possible.In addition, if the Republicans maintain control of Congress under a President Trump, expect a new approach in how the federal government interacts with financial institutions.If Hillary Clinton becomes President, one should not expect there to be much change in terms of financial regulation. A strong supporter of DF and the CFPB there would be no move to either dilute the law or restructure the bureau.If the Republicans remain in control of the House and Senate expect them to continue introducing legislation for regulatory change but for it to be DOA upon getting to a President Clinton’s desk. Should the Democrats capture control of one of the chambers expect to see what we are now getting from Congress—not a lot.So the scenario is predictable just by looking at what each candidate believes or has said. Throw in what the make-up of Congress could be and you have the game plan for how credit unions will fare over the next four years.The primary voters have spoken, the convention delegates will anoint and then it will be up to the entire country to decide who will raise their right hand in January. Have you decided? 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Fryzel Michael Fryzel is the former Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration and is now a financial services consultant and government affairs attorney in Chicago. He can be reached at … Detailslast_img read more

Greenwood Park beaches closed due to E-coli

first_imgBeaches at Cole and Dorchester Park remain open. E-coli naturally occurs in bodies of water. Levels of it usually fluctuate through the season. The department says sampling of the water shows E-coli levels are above acceptable. (WBNG) — The Broome County Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services has temporarily closed the beaches at Greenwood Park in Lisle.center_img A second test of the water has been ordered and the public will be notified when the waterfront is reopened. The department says it made this decision early as a protective measure.last_img read more

Friday qualifiers send drivers from six states to outside row of Modified main event

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 7) – A parade of states raced its way into the main event in Friday night Modi­fied qualifying features at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Drew Armstrong, Kyle Brown, Peyton Taylor and Grey Ferrando made up the top four finishers in the first qualifier at Boone Speedway while Jason Wolla, Nick Roberts, Anthony Roth and Tyler Sutton advanced from the nightcap.Those drivers will line up on the outside row and represent Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and Oregon. Ferrando, from Stayton, becomes the first Oregon driver to make the Saturday show.Taylor, then the eighth starting Armstrong led the opener. Brown took over second following a lap 22 restart while Ferrando secured his place in Super Nationals history by holding off Justin O’Brien in a frenetic final circuit.Wolla ran second the last 21 times around the oval and was promoted to the top spot when Richie Gustin was disqualified in post-race tech for a valve train infraction.Roberts was the Northern SportMod champion at Super Nationals in 2012 and makes his third start in the Modified main dance. Brown and Wolla are both in for the second time while Arm­strong, Taylor, Roth and Sutton join Ferrando as first-time qualifiers.1st qualifying feature – 1. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark.; 2. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 3. Peyton Taylor, Batesville, Ark.; 4. Grey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore.; 5. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 6. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 7. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 8. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 9. Jon Snyder, Ames; 10. Troy Foulger, Oakley, Calif.; 11. Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; 12. Robert Moore, Sioux City; 13. Scott Drake, Diamond, Mo.; 14. Chris Mills, Sioux City; 15. Brock Bauman, Eu­reka, Ill.; 16. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 17. Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; 18. Randy Foote, Stanton; 19. Jason Snyder, Dunkerton; 20. Jim Thies, Mapleton; 21. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek; 22. Kenny Wyman Jr., Goodyear, Ariz.; 23. Gatlin Leytham, Toledo; 24. Corey Burch, Junction City, Kan.; 25. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 26. Duane Cleveland, Olivehurst, Calif.; 27. Scott Olson, Blairsburg; 28. Joe Spillman, Austin, Texas; 29. Gavin Hunyady, Fenton, Mich.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 2. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 3. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb.; 4. Tyler Sutton, Beloit, Kan.; 5. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 6. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas; 7. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 8. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 9. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 10. Tyler Stevens, Searcy, Ark.; 11. Tony Cox, Ames; 12. Josh Gilman, Earl­ham; 13. Jordy Nelson, Marysville, Kan.; 14. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 15. Nick Deal, Har­lan; 16. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; 17. Carter Vandenberg, Oskaloosa; 18. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 19. Eric Elliott, Boone; 20. Chad Porter, Madison Lake, Minn.; 21. Brandon Williams, Platte City, Mo.; 22. Joe Mullins, Boulder, Colo.; 23. Richard McNeal, Towanda, Pa.; 24. Caleb Stone, Lovington, N.M.; 25. Randy Havlik, Ankeny; 26. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 27. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 28. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 29. Joel Bushore, Boone.Jason Wolla raced his way into the big show at Boone Speedway Saturday night. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography) Drew Armstrong won the first Friday night Modified qualifying feature at the IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Buck Monson)last_img read more