first_img continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions are being advised to take precautions and review NAFCU’s resources if they need as Hurricane Florence – currently a Category 4 storm – makes its way to the Carolinas and Virginia.NAFCU has prepared specific resources and information for credit unionsaffected by disasters – including a guide for credit unions to support disaster relief.The NCUA also has resources available on its Hurricane and Disaster Information page. The agency’s Credit Union Resources and Expansion office can provide urgent need grants of up to $7,500 per year to low-income credit unions that experience sudden costs to restore operations interrupted by a disaster.Among other resources available to credit unions and their communities:last_img read more


first_imgStuff.co 23 October 2013Sixty children a day are being abused, with few signs that New Zealand’s appalling record of caring for our young is improving.Latest figures show there were 21,778 substantiated child abuse claims in the year to June, slightly more than in the previous year.Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said it was still early days in the fight against child abuse.“The fact that children are being seriously abused and neglected at such high rates proves in itself that our priority and attention should be on them,” she said.Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills said the number showed the public’s tolerance for violence against women and children still had a way to go.“One is too many and 22,000 is a very high number . . . We need it to come down,” he said.BY THE NUMBERS148,209 notifications of child abuse or neglect21,778 cases of substantiated abuse12,072 of emotional abuse5104 of neglect3190 of assault1412 of sexual abuse17,181 children abused 2309 children abused more than once in the past six months37 children abused under state care.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9314332/Child-abuse-is-rising-in-NZlast_img read more


first_imgDefender Per Mertesacker feels Arsenal have answered their critics by closing in on Champions League qualification once again, but admits failings against the Barclays Premier League’s top three killed off their title dream. The Gunners will be guaranteed a place in the Champions League qualifiers for the 17th consecutive season should Everton come unstuck again when they tackle Manchester City on Saturday, or Arsenal beat West Brom 24 hours later before attentions turn to ending the club’s trophy drought in the FA Cup final against Hull at Wembley. As positive an ending as the campaign may yet bring, Mertesacker cannot help but reflect on what might have been, with Arsenal at one stage seven points clear of current leaders Liverpool at the top of the table before paying a heavy price for a series of poor results against their direct rivals. “We have struggled heavily with a couple of injuries, but we have regrouped very well and how we managed the situation was maybe more important than last year, so securing Champions League football was another test for us,” he said. “It is not done yet, Everton play Manchester City on Saturday, but we have it in our own hands. “However, everyone wanted us to get further up, especially the fans, and we were top of the table for a long time. “Everyone dreamed about the title, but it takes more than staying top until the winter period. “We could not afford those (losses) in big games against big teams, so we did not deserve to be in the first three. That is something we have to manage much better next year. “The (defeats in the) early away games (at Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea) killed us this year. Hopefully we can learn from that. Press Association Arsene Wenger’s side took a significant step towards securing a top-four finish with a 3-0 win over a lacklustre Newcastle side at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, where fit-again record signing Mesut Ozil scored one and created another. Arsenal are now four points clear of Everton with just two games to go, with the Toffees having been beaten by Southampton at the weekend. “Everyone questioned our qualities, but how we came back as a team, that makes us stronger for the future.” Mertesacker added: “We are in a cup final and it is important to secure Champions League football, so these are good targets to go for. “We are happy to have a lot of players back. The squad is getting stronger and stronger.” Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the Newcastle match because of a groin complaint which although not serious will leave the England man touch-and-go for the FA Cup final. Newcastle, meanwhile, will head back to the north-east looking to regroup following what was a sixth straight defeat which has left their place in the top 10 now under serious threat. Alan Pardew, who returned to the dugout following a lengthy touchline ban, accepts the supporters have a right to voice concerns following a miserable run of just 13 points from 17 league games since the turn of the year – with many of the 2,000-strong Toon Army calling for the manager’s head during Monday’s night’s latest feeble offering. Midfielder Dan Gosling said: “Having the manager there on the touchline again was a great help, but ultimately it is the players who cross the white line who have to do the job, and again at Arsenal, we did not do that. “We have lost some games where we should not have, but we can’t just keep saying that. “We are disappointed, but we will go again now on Saturday and have a cup final against Cardiff. “The fans have always been tremendous and we get a great travelling army, and at home we will need them now more than ever to push us over the line.” last_img read more


first_imgRock Island FC came up trumps with a nail-biting 5-4 win over Creekers FC at the Lauderhill Sports Park on Wednesday in the Caribbean American Soccer Association Super League.Creekers were the first to get on the score sheet when they scored in the tenth minute.But Rock Island were not about to lay down and play dead and equalized just two minutes later.The Rock Island team went ahead almost with the last kick of the first stanza.In the second half it was end to end action and Creekers clawed their way back into contention via a strike from the penalty spot.Both teams gave up no quarter and with minutes to go the scores were locked at four goals apiece.But Rock Island had other ideas and two minutes from time the grabbed the lead for the final time to clinch a memorable victory.This was the second defeat in a row for Creekers FC who suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Fort Lauderdale Juniors at the same venue on Saturday last.The Super League continues this Saturday with Team Haiti tackling Fort Lauderdale Juniors while Plantation FC do battle with Lauderhill Lions.In the Masters League, Attackers FC face Oldtymers FC and South FLA Kickers oppose Lions Masters.last_img read more


first_imgKershaw mixed his pitches well and kept the Angels off balance and off base. He gave up more than one run for the first time since he gave up four runs, but didn’t earn a decision in the Dodgers’ 5-4 loss Aug. 7 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Calhoun also singled in the third, but was stranded when Mike Trout struck out to end the inning. David Freese singled to start the fifth, but Kershaw got Shane Victorino to hit into a force play and then got Chris Iannetta to hit into an inning-ending double play.Kershaw was never in anything resembling jeopardy until the seventh, when he loaded the bases not once but twice and the Angels managed to score only once to cut the Dodgers’ lead to 6-2. Two errors by shortstop Corey Seager opened the possibility for a bigger inning.Kershaw balked home one run, but yielded no more. He struck out Calhoun with the bases loaded to end the seventh. Third base umpire Tripp Gibson rang up Calhoun on a check-swing appeal, appearing to get it wrong as indicated by TV replays available to reporters.Angels manager Mike Scioscia gave Gibson an earful from the dugout, from the field and everywhere in between, and earned an early exit for his protests. Calhoun was out, the Angels were retired and the Dodgers held a 6-2 lead entering the eighth.“I looked at the replay and it was pretty obvious,” Scioscia later said when asked his view of the play. “The ump had a different opinion and that was it.”For a while, it seemed as if Tuesday’s game might turn into a pitchers’ duel between Kershaw and Angels right-hander Andrew Heaney (6-3). Heaney gave up a leadoff homer to Justin Ruggiano and a go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the third that made it 2-1.Heaney was nowhere near as efficient as Kershaw, but the Dodgers couldn’t extend a 2-1 lead until breaking through with a four-run sixth. Heaney gave up a walk, a single and a run-scoring ground-rule double to Seager before Scioscia turned the game over to the bullpen.After a run-scoring ground out, a run-scoring force play and a run-scoring sacrifice fly, the Dodgers held a commanding 6-1 lead. And with Kershaw at the top of his game, it seemed the Angels were done for the night. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Their starting rotation lacks depth. Their bullpen is a nightly adventure. Their lineup is a patchwork.And yet the Dodgers can’t seem to lose.The sizzling Dodgers defeated the faltering Angels 6-4 on Tuesday, backed by superb pitching from left-hander Clayton Kershaw and bolstered by a four-run sixth inning that turned a potentially nerve-jangling game into a runaway in front of 41,086 at Angel Stadium. The victory was the National League West-leading Dodgers’ fifth consecutive and their eighth in a row over the Angels in what’s become a one-sided Freeway Series. Kershaw improved to 13-6 overall and 8-0 in his last 12 starts since his last defeat June 27 against the Miami Marlins.center_img • WHICKER: Corey Seager gives Dodgers a boost“It seemed like this was the best pure baseball game we’ve played, just as far as doing the little things, moving guys over, sac flies, situational hitting and things like that,” Kershaw said. “It seemed like it was so easy to score runs tonight, and not just with big hits. That was awesome to see.“We’re playing great. It’s fun to see. We’re not making too many errors, especially on the mental side. Make the errors on the physical side. You’re seeing a lot more of that. You’re starting to see more stolen bases, things like that, that good teams do. Just got to keep the foot on the gas.“Just keep going.”As has become his custom during his unbeaten streak of starts, Kershaw took the game and made it his after giving up a leadoff homer to Kole Calhoun that tied the score 1-all. He worked seven innings and gave up only two runs (one earned) and four hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks.last_img read more