Long to NCUA: Budget increases not necessary to adapt, innovate

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr During yesterday’s NCUA Board 2021-2022 budget briefing, NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long thanked the board for its budget transparency and stakeholder engagement, and encouraged the agency to “continue to find ways of adapting to the changing environment and transitioning to new supervision and examination methods that do not result in significant year-over-year budget increases.”Long noted that while the agency’s 2021 budget is a 0.1 percent decrease from its 2020 approved budget – due to travel-related savings amid the coronavirus pandemic – the 2022 estimated operating budget would be an 8.3 percent increase from the 2021 budget should it be approved as proposed.Among Long’s recommendations to achieve budget reductions is continuing to pursue exam modernization efforts and find cost-saving opportunities in the transition to primarily virtual exams. With the travel-related savings in 2020, Long argued that those funds should not be automatically allocated for travel costs next year.center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

Gubernatorial candidates say California needs government reform

first_imgCalifornia gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman met face-to-face Tuesday night to discuss their plans for the economy, upcoming propositions and the role of the government in their third live debateHot button · Gordon Stables (left), director of debate at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, moderates a panel debate between former Sen. Kevin Murray and former press secretary Margarita Thompson. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan The USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a debate watch and panel, where former California State Sen. Kevin Murray and Margarita Thompson, former press secretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, discussed what they believed were weak points in the candidates’ platforms and what they saw as a lack of charisma in each.“[Brown should] stay safe; no major booms, and hope that [Whitman] makes a mistake,” Murray said. “Show them who you are, show personality and show people they can have a connection with you.”Thompson said the recent drama surrounding the candidates’ campaigns were examples of what attracted voters.“The media has proven that negative campaigning works,” she said.During the debate, former eBay CEO Whitman began by speaking about a vision for California.“Today what I see is the California dream is broken. Not everyone gets the chance to live their life,” Whitman said. “I was very lucky. … I really lived the California dream. I don’t think my story would be possible in any other country in the world.”Both Brown and Whitman reiterated the points they made in previous debates, such as Brown’s positions on pension plan reform and increasing funds to state education.Whitman emphasized her plan to reduce the size of the state government and create jobs.“We need to use technology to do more with less,” she said. “We need to shrink the size of government, we need to have fewer people working.”When asked by debate host Tom Brokaw about the recent revelation that Whitman had employed an illegal immigrant for nine years, she responded with her intended course of action to enforce border control.“We have to hold employers accountable for hiring only documented workers,” Whitman said. “We’ve got to secure the border, hold employers accountable, eliminate sanctuary cities.”Brown, however, said he believed the responsibility falls on the shoulders of the federal government.“We need a comprehensive immigration reform on the federal level,” Brown said. “These are real people, these are mothers, dads and kids, and they have this fear.”Brokaw also addressed a taped phone conversation in which one of Brown’s campaign staffers referred to Whitman as a “whore.”“Again, Ms. Whitman, I’m sorry it happened. It does not represent anything other than what happens in the campaign,” Brown said.Whitman said, however, that the slur was more than just a comment.“So Jerry, it’s not just me, it’s the people of California who deserve better than slurs or personal attacks,” she said.Alex Villosuerte, a senior majoring in history who identified himself as a liberal, said both candidates focused on the negatives.“There have been a lot of attacks, and it seems like it’s 60 percent attacks and 40 percent about things they’ll do,” Villosuerte said.Peter Kim, a sophomore majoring in political science who identified himself  as a Republican, said he would vote for Brown because of his past experience.“They are trying to solve a fundamental budget problem that only someone like Brown with the know-how will be able to tackle,” he said.last_img read more

Adi Adilović is the new goalkeeper of FC ”Čelik”

first_imgFootball club ”Čelik” from Zenica got its fourth reinforcement – goalkeeper Adi Adilović, who came from FC ”Panthrakikos” from Greece , and he was also a member of Čelik’s junior generation that won BiH Championship together with Džidić, Imamović, Nemeljaković, Porča, Todorac and others.Chief of Expert team, Vlado Jagodić had some problems with the goalkeeper, after Čelik’s current goalkeeper injured himself and had a surgery.Adilović said he’s glad he came to Zenica and that he’ll finally be a goalkeeper of senior club of FC ”Čelik”, He added that he’ll give his maximum contribution so that FC ”Čelik” make an excellent result.In last few seasons he was the goalkeeper of Željezničar, Sloboda, Travnik, Interblock from Slovenia, Sarajevo and Panthrakikos from Greece.last_img read more

Teach for Liberia Aims to Train 700 Teachers

first_imgTeach For Liberia Silent Art AuctionHosts silent art auction as fundraiserTeach for Liberia (TFL), a Liberian organization that addresses the country’s educational crisis by recruiting passionate college graduates and/or professionals for the teaching profession, is hosting a fundraiser to provide high-quality training for placement in rural and urban primary schools for two years.According to a release TFL aims to develop 700 new teachers; provide professional development for an additional 700 existing teachers; and improve learning outcomes for 140,000 students in primary schools.With a deficit of 7,000 teachers nationally, TFL aims to develop 700 new teachers, equivalent to 10 percent of teacher vacancies across the country.According to TFL, the fundraiser will take the form of a Silent Art Auction, held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the TreeHouse Tech Workspace (16th ST & Coleman Ave), Sinkor, Monrovia. The auction will feature Liberian art and artists including Cyrus Cooper, Leslie Lumeh, and Manfred Zbrzezny. Tickets are US$30 and can be purchased online. Proceeds from the event will cover training materials, accommodations, meals, stipends and more, for the teachers.“TFL alumni go on to become school, district, and community leaders, advocates, and entrepreneurs who work together with other stakeholders to change a system that leaves so many Liberian children behind,” the release said.TFL is the brainchild of social entrepreneur Desmond Diggs, a young Liberian and alumnus of Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA). Desmond moved to Liberia shortly after completing his studies and spending nearly 20 years away from the country due to civil unrest. Diggs is driven by a strong commitment to advancing education in post-conflict Liberia and other developing countries.According to the Diggs, preparations for the first teacher cohort are well underway, “but, we’re raising funds to cover training materials, accommodation, meals, stipends and many more.”Based on the highly successful Teach For America model, TFL seeks to recruit high-performing, qualified young Liberian professionals and recent college graduates as teachers, implement training programs, and furnish schools and communities with educational tools that are essential for the success of Liberia’s children. The ultimate goal is to implement a Teacher Corp that will address the shortage of qualified teachers in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more