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Oxford library fine figures revealed

first_imgOxford University’s libraries accrued almost £130,000 in library fines last year.Universities across the country amassed fines totalling £50 million, While Oxford’s takings are significantly more than that of universities such as Imperial College London, who collected just £26,703, they remain some way off the £1.8m amassed by the University of Leeds.When asked how the money is spent, a spokesperson for the Bodleian Libraries explained, “The money goes into the general library income stream,” adding, “It remains within the libraries but is not directly allocated to any particular purpose.”The Bodleian’s standardised fining service charges 20p per day for standard overdue loans, £1 per day for short loans and 50p per hour for overnight loans. Students with debts exceeding £10 may not borrow again until the debt is cleared.The findings also revealed that Oxford has the second highest number of missing books across all UK universities, with a total of 20,923 books currently unaccounted for.Mike Heaney, Executive Secretary of the Bodleian libraries, defended the number of missing books, explaining, “Oxford appears among the top simply because the overall numbers of items in the libraries is so huge (13 million).’ He said, “The figure represents 0.15% of stock (i.e. 99.85% is present and correct).“Oxford is in the good position of having most of its stock recorded in the online catalogue and so the status (on shelf, missing etc.) is known.’ He added that most books classed as “missing” were not in fact stolen or unreturned, but instead “simply misplaced on the shelves.”Hannah Cusworth, the OUSU Vice President and Access and Academic Affairs Officer, praised the figures, stating, “Oxford’s libraries are fantastic and as the figures provided by the Bod show we’re doing well compared to other universities, both in terms of the sheer number of books we have and the rate that are missing.” In response to the statistics regarding fines, she argued that, “Library fines are annoying but they encourage people to return books on time and [anyone] who has ever searched across Oxford to find that key book for an essay knows how important that is.”First year, Roseanna Allnut, suggested that “only persistent offenders should be fined”, and that the Bodleian should consider offering a “pizza delivery service straight to library desks” in order to increase studying in their libraries.last_img read more

‘Blinds’ lead to fines for Keble second years

first_img‘Blinds’ are an event whereby second years invite all of their subject freshers to a party where subject related drinking games are played. Tasks and challenges are also sometimes set, with last year’s PPE freshers being asked to entertain the second years with a musical performance (with a drink penalty if it wasn’t satisfactory).This year, blinds were explicitly banned in an email sent around to all second years by the college Dean, Stephen Payne. The email stated, “‘Blinds’ and other drinking games which put pressure on individuals to consume more alcohol than they would otherwise choose are strictly prohibited.“Such practices, particularly when used in the context of an ‘initiation’ of some sort, constitute a form of harassment. Any individuals found engaging in these activities will be subject to Decanal sanctions.”However, Chemistry students had drinks on Tuesday 22 October. In the course of the evening, one fresher fell, hit his head and had to be taken to hospital by a second year student.PPE and E&M students also decided to hold drinks, yet referred only to a ‘Subject welcome evening’ in invites sent out to freshers. At the event, held last Friday, a declaration was read out to emphasise to all freshers present that they were not required to drink alcohol, and if they did not want to they wouldn’t have to.However, the event was cut short by the Senior Dean and the two Junior Deans early on in the proceedings. In an email sent to the second year PPE and E&M students, the Dean said, “This is unacceptable behaviour and in clear breach of the college regulations.”He then imposed three decanal sanctions in a later email, sent after a meeting with the students. It stated, “1. I am issuing a fine of £200, 2. I am reporting the matter in full to your Directors of Studies, 3. I am cancelling this year’s PPE/E+M Black Tie Dinner. Such a dinner will only be allowed to take place in 2014-15 if there is no repeat of ‘blinds’ next Michaelmas Term.”Chemistry students received similar penalties, yet were fined £25 each instead of the £200 group fine due to the incident with the fresher. Sean Ford, Keble JCR President, told Cherwell, “The Dean enforces the college regulations to which we all agree on arrival at the college. Those that were punished knew the consequences of their actions and to this extent it seems only reasonable what has happened. As far as I am aware no one is challenging the decision and therefore everyone seems to have accepted the outcome.”last_img read more

Jewish Society refutes claim Oxford University ‘no-go zone’ for Jewish students

first_imgOxford University Jewish society has rejected claims made by Baroness Deech that the prevalence of anti-Semitism is transforming some of the UK’s leading universities into no-go zones for Jewish student.However, they did thank the former Principal of St Anne’s College for her support regarding the University’s handling of alleged anti-Semitism in Oxford University Labour Club (OULC).Deech, who was a former proctor at Oxford University and the independent adjudicator for higher education before retiring in 2008, told the Daily Telegraph that institutions may be failing to combat hatred against Jews because they are “afraid of offending” their potential benefactors from Gulf states.Oxford University Jewish Society said: “We believe that the University of Oxford is far from a no-go zone for Jewish students. We have a large, growing and active Jewish society, with regular educational events, orthodox and progressive services and weekly Friday night services and dinners, which have occasionally had as many as 130 people in attendance.“To call Oxford University a ‘no go zone for Jewish students’ would be totally untrue, given our vibrant and thriving Jewish student life on campus, and we would always encourage Jewish students to apply here.”In the same interview Deech also accused Oxford University of “kicking out into the long grass” complaints about anti-Semitism within the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC).Earlier this year OULC’s co-chair, Alex Chalmers, resigned in protest at members who he claimed had “some kind of problem with Jews” and sympathised with terrorist groups like Hamas.His resignation sparked an intervention from the Universities Minister Jo Johnson who urged the proctors to investigate allegations of anti-Semitism. Deech claimed that the University had failed to act on the issue, despite proctors having been handed a dossier containing the testimonies of several members of OULC, including allegations that members frequently used the term “zio” and other cases of anti-semitic behaviour.She commented: “Those students never got a proper reply. It is very disappointing, the university said they noted the Baroness Royall report [into anti-Semitism]. But they haven’t actually done anything. They have not opened an investigation into any individuals.“I find it personally very difficult, I’ve been at Oxford for 45 years or something, and I owe my career to Oxford, but I can’t believe that my own university is not setting up an investigation and being pro-active about this.”In May, Baroness Royall’s inquiry into anti-semitism in OULC found no evidence of “institutional anti-semitism” in the club, but reported individual incidents of cultural discrimination.The Oxford Jewish Society welcomed Baroness Deech’s comments concerning failures of the University in dealing with allegations of anti-Semitism. In a public statement, they said: “We expected more from the university and the proctors in support of Jewish students. We too are concerned that, nearly a year afterwards, little to no action has been taken, and we thank Baroness Deech for her support in this regard.”Oxford University said it was “surprised and disappointed” by Baroness Deech’s remarks, and insisted that it was committed to tackling harassment and discrimination in the University.In a statement, the University said: “A representative of the University met personally with Lady Deech to brief her on the background to the issues she has raised (…) as a result of it, Lady Deech is fully aware that when people come forward to the University with a complaint that they have been a victim of anti-Semitic behaviour we will investigate it fully. Where offences are found to have been committed, they are considered grounds for severe disciplinary action.” OULC told Cherwell: “OULC has put in place the measures recommended by Baroness Royall’s report and has conducted a review of the complaints procedure within the club. Our actions, as a student organisation, are constrained by existing university and party disciplinary procedures, which we cannot comment upon. OULC condemns all forms of racism and discrimination, and seeks to be as inclusive a club as possible.”In her interview with the Daily Telegraph, Baroness Deech referred specifically to SOAS, Manchester, Southampton and Exeter whilst claiming that the UK’s leading universities have become unwelcoming to Jewish students.She said: “Amongst Jewish students, there is gradually a feeling that there are certain universities that you should avoid, definitely SOAS, Manchester I think is now not so popular because of things that have happened there, Southampton, Exeter and so on.”Spokespersons and Jewish societies from each of the universities in question have since released statements strongly denying the claims.SOAS said it “does not permit the expression of anti-Semitic or other views that are illegal or incite racial hatred”.Meanwhile a spokesperson for Exeter University told the MailOnline: “It is untrue to say that the University of Exeter is not a welcoming place for Jewish students. The University of Exeter is an inclusive and friendly environment where all students are welcomed from all backgrounds.“Anti-Semitic and racist behaviour in any form is not tolerated by the University. Exeter University not only has a thriving Jewish society, but teaches Jewish studies, the history of the holocaust and has a Jewish chaplain, as part of its multi-faith team.”In a statement, a spokesperson for Southampton University said that the University is “home to a supportive, friendly and inclusive community that welcomes staff, students, alumni, collaborators and visitors from a wide variety of backgrounds”.OULC and SOAS have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Jimmy Herring Announces New Band, The 5 Of 7, With Atlanta-Based Col. Bruce Hampton Alumni

first_imgJimmy Herring has announced a brand new band, The 5 of 7, featuring bassist Kevin Scott, drummer Darren Stanley, longtime collaborator Matt Slocum on keyboards (Hammond B3, clavinet), and vocalist and guitarist Rick Lollar.The Widespread Panic guitarist will debut his new project on the road this fall with brand new music. Beginning in Denver, CO on September 12th, they will play three shows in Colorado before heading to Iowa, St. Louis, Chicago, and Indianapolis. The tour will then head to the east before winding its way down to North Carolina for two shows, with this first leg ending on October 5th in Charlotte.The band came together rather naturally. “Rick, Matt, and Kevin had a band together called King Baby,” explains Herring in a press release, “and I heard their record…I couldn’t help but think, man, if I could get together, play some of Rick’s songs, some of my songs, some covers, and maybe write a few things together, we may be on to something…”From his days with Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead, Project Z, Phil Lesh and Friends, The Invisible Whip, and of course, Widespread Panic, Jimmy Herring is a true master of his craft–and fans welcome new projects to see what else the White Wizard has up his sleeves.According to a press release, “the newly assembled The 5 of 7 places his uniquely probing, responsive fretwork in the context of a vocalist-fronted, song-driven ensemble,” a contrast to his last tour with The Invisible Whip, which joined John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension for a run of shows celebrating the legacy of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.About the band, Herring continues: “We all have the Atlanta, Col. Bruce Hampton connection with each other. That’s important to me because it’s such a different thing — if you’ve been through that school, you want to play with people who have been through that too…you understand how to think on your feet and exist in the moment.”From fatback, roadhouse R&B to more expansive, jazz-inflected explorations, The 5 of 7 demonstrates Herring’s chops not just as a musician, but as a bandleader and catalyst. The novel vocal element is just one more texture at his disposal. “With instrumental music,” he reflects, “people expect to hear your solos, but they’ve just heard you play the melody! You can overexpose your voice. With Rick, I can play behind him, then step out with a solo, and give a fresh feeling to the song — take it to another place.”About the tour itself, Herring explains to fans: “There’ll be vocals, there’ll be instrumentals. There will be funk and rock and roll, with some songs leaning towards more sophisticated harmony…but, to me, it’s just music.” For more information, click here.Jimmy Herring and The 5 of 7 on Tour:09.12.19 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO09.13.19 Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO09.14.19 Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO09.18.19 Wildwood Saloon – Iowa City, IA09.19.19 El Volcan – St. Louis, MO09.20.19 Park West – Chicago, IL09.21.19 The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN09.24.19 The Egg – Albany, NY09.26.19 The Center for Arts in Natick – Natick, MA09.27.19 Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT09.28.19 Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY09.29.19 Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA10.01.19 The Hamilton – Washington, DC10.02.19 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA10.03.19 Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA10.04.19 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC10.05.19 Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NCView Tour Dateslast_img read more

On having — and being — a role model

first_imgIn May of last year, Bridget Terry Long, A.M. ’97, Ph.D. ’00, was appointed dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE), becoming the first African American to hold the position since the School was founded in 1920. She assumed the role in July.A member of the faculty since 2000, Long, who is the Saris Professor of Education and Economics, is an economist who studies higher education and the transition from high school to college. It’s a topic that is close to her heart: Both of her parents delayed attending college — her mother until after several years of work and her father after serving in the Air Force — and they always spoke of education as the ticket to success.The Gazette sat down with Long to talk about her first months on the job, the meaning of her appointment, and her aspirations as dean of the Ed School.Q&ABridget Terry LongGAZETTE: What have you learned so far at the helm of the School of Education?LONG: I took this role because we are unified behind the mission of improving education, and I find that completely inspiring. As dean, I have the opportunity to work on this mission not only as an individual faculty member with my projects and so forth, but [also] with a team of people who are incredibly talented and hardworking and have a range of interesting ideas on how to improve education.For me, the shift has been from thinking about my own portfolio of research and activities to thinking about an institution and the collective impact we can have. That has been exciting, but one puzzle is, how do you shift to telling stories of collective impact? How do you encourage the entrepreneurship that you absolutely want your faculty, staff, and students to have but also help them harness those ideas and implement them not as isolated events but to knit those things together for even greater impact?GAZETTE: What challenges do you think the GSE faces to fulfill its mission of improving education?LONG: I am still grappling with what can I do to support the institution and make sure that the engine continues to move forward. As a faculty member, I know the advantages of being able to do your own projects, but even research has changed, and now we have much more collaboration. This is really the story of the importance of diversity of thought in doing cutting-edge research — building on different perspectives and strengths to find new insights. But then the challenge is, how do you actually foster that into action? This also comes up in terms of developing deeper partnerships with the field. We have amazing alumni all over the world doing a range of things, from teaching to running nonprofits or foundations to starting businesses. That network can do astounding things, and if we add our faculty, staff, alumni, and other partners, if we can build those relationships and join those actions together, a greater impact will be possible. That’s kind of the larger question and goal: how to elevate the great work that is here and partner with others. “If I can play some very small part in encouraging someone who is a student today — so they can see, number one, it’s possible, and number two, it’s not only possible, but you can have this role and still be yourself — I think that’s absolutely critical because we do look for the trailblazers.” Ambitious Harvard study aims to discover conditions under which they do best Economist and education scholar will become dean on July 1 I also have jumped into learning things that are different about this job than what I’ve done previously; for example, thinking about communications and fundraising and space management. In many ways, all of those things are connected in this larger institution because they facilitate the great work and the mission of the organization, but universities and colleges and schools are complicated organizations. I’ve had to shift from running my data programs, which I do still love and somewhat miss, to the much more complex work of working with people and trying to understand their motivations, strengths, opportunities for growth — ultimately, getting us to work together to get things done.GAZETTE: Your appointment as dean has been highlighted as a sign of the University’s commitment to diversify its leadership ranks. What does it represent for you to be the first African American dean of the Graduate School of Education?LONG: It is hard for me to think about it, as an individual, but if I think about it from the outside perspective of what it might be like to see this — if I were a student or an educator — it does hit me how important this moment is. I can go back to when I was a graduate student. When I entered the Economics Department in 1995, I think my class size was around 40, and eight of us were women, which was the largest number of women they had had up to that point. I was the only African American in the class. If I go back to that time, and the doubts that I had, and the questions of whether I belonged here and how difficult it was, I realize just how meaningful it would have been for me to see an African American woman as the dean of the Graduate School of Education or the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences or the dean of the School of Public Health or the dean of Radcliffe; that would have been mind-blowing.I have to say I benefited as an undergraduate seeing Ruth Simmons, who was an administrator at Princeton when I was there and who eventually became the president of Brown University, the first African American president of an Ivy League university. She means the world to me. If I can play some very small part in encouraging someone who is a student today — so they can see, number one, it’s possible, and number two, it’s not only possible, but you can have this role and still be yourself — I think that’s absolutely critical because we do look for the trailblazers. I’m not the first to rise to a high level of academic leadership, and I take inspiration from those before me, but I hope others will see me as yet another example that will inspire them.GAZETTE: You’re an economist who studies access to higher education. How does the research you do relate to your family history?LONG: For most researchers, we’re inspired and motivated by some question that came about in our childhoods — some puzzle that we’re trying to understand — and for me, that had to do with education. In my own family, I can see the number of opportunities education has brought, but this wasn’t a question of whether a person graduated from high school. My father is one of seven and my mother is one of five. All of my aunts and uncles graduated high school. As a kid, I instead noticed the patterns of who went to college versus not, and that’s what made the difference: college access and college success. So that’s what I chose to study. When I thought about issues of inequality and poverty, it was clear to me that access to higher education was crucial. I wanted to study why is it that people make different decisions, what are the barriers and challenges, and what are potential solutions to increase access and success. GAZETTE: You have said that the big question that has always been on your mind is whether higher education is a leveler or if it exacerbates inequality. Can you tell us how this question came up and what the role of the Ed School is in answering it? Related Bridget Terry Long to lead Ed School Gauging how children grow, learn, thrive LONG: My parents always spoke about the benefits of education, and the hopes and promises and opportunities that education could create. I’ve certainly been a beneficiary of that, but as I got older, I started looking at communities around me that didn’t have access to the wonderful public schools I attended, and I started to wonder that it’s not just a matter of hard work; it is not just a matter of parents who love you. So many people work hard, so many people have families that love them and support them, and they don’t end up having the opportunities I was exposed to or going to the many wonderful schools that I was able to attend. I realized that some of what I was benefiting from, beyond just my hard work, was because of enormous sacrifices made by my parents and many supports and mentors I was fortunate to have. Even with hard work, others are shut out of opportunities to truly excel. The question is who really has access to the upper echelons of education.If you were born in a certain neighborhood, and your only choice is a certain school, and that poor education is actually holding you down, then education might actually not be a ticket to opportunity. Seeing it again and again is incredibly frustrating to me. I was brought up to believe hard work pays off, but the frustration is that sometimes it doesn’t. I have dedicated much of my research, and now, this deanship, to trying to understand how to counter and how to make sure access to high-quality education is available for all. That it can be not just a leveler, but a ticket to all kinds of success in many different dimensions.GAZETTE: What would be your greatest accomplishment as a dean?LONG: I think the first rule of being dean — or any leader for that matter — is not to think about yourself but instead to think about the success of those around you and the institution you serve. And at this point in my career, I take that very seriously. What I’m trying to do is use the talent and many resources of this institution — which I count in ways other than money — to make meaningful impacts on the outcomes of all learners. If I can help to elevate the research of my faculty and students and deepen and make our engagements with the field more effective, then I will feel good about what I’ve done as dean. I have some burgeoning ideas of specific goals and initiatives that will help to illustrate exactly what I mean by increasing our impact, but I’ll save those for a future day after I have a few more months under my belt.This interview has been condensed and edited for length and clarity. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Lake Effect Snow Warning Issued For Chautauqua, Cattaraugus Counties

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Some areas in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties could see nearly a foot of snow through Monday evening.The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning Lake Effect Snow Warning Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, effective until 7 a.m. Tuesday. This upgrades the Winter Weather Advisory which is no longer in effect.Total snow accumulations will range from 7 to 14 inches across the higher terrain and 4 to 7 inches in the lower elevations. Winds will gust as high as 35 M.P.H.Sunday will feature mostly cloudy skies with snow showers possible. Highs in the lower-30’s. Lake effect snow will begin to kick into gear Sunday night across the traditional snow belt areas. 4-6 inches of snow in the most persistent lake bands. Lows in the upper-20’s.Snow will continue through the days Monday into Tuesday. Outside the lake bands, expect mostly cloudy skies with only the occasional snow shower possible. Highs both days in the around 30.A series of systems passing through the area through the rest of the week will keep the chances for snow in the forecast each day along with plenty of cloud cover.Temperature wise, Wednesday we’ll see highs in the upper-20’s and back closer to 30 for the end of the week. As we look towards next weekend temperatures look to return to the mid-20’s with snow showers continuing.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US 12th Air Force Builds Partnership With South American Air Forces

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook November 25, 2019 Diálogo interviewed U.S Major General Andrew A. Croft, Commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), at the South American Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, November 4-8, 2019.Diálogo: What is the importance of hosting the South American Air Chiefs Conference at the 12th Air Force’s headquarters?U.S. Major General Andrew A. Croft, Commander of U.S. 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern): The importance of hosting the conference here is to build partnerships, relationships, and friendships with the South American air chiefs to include their senior enlisted leaders. The conference allows us to discuss common values and threats and share their views of how we can assist as the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). It also allows us to build a team to work together, which includes our U.S. Air National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP) members.Diálogo: The conference focused on the protection of cyber and space security. What is the importance of these topics for the air forces of the region?Maj. Gen. Croft: Some of the participant nations have various levels in their ability to defend themselves against cyber attacks from Russia, the People’s Republic of China, those that want to take personal information or intellectual property. However, some have very limited abilities to protect that, so we want to identify their threats and offer assistance to help them.Space is an opportunity for all of us. If we collaborate with nations in the region (as they use space assets to do things like monitor deforestation, illegal mining, and the protection of their economic zones) on technology sharing and space situational awareness agreements, we can share more information which benefits security.Diálogo: The role of senior enlisted leaders was also part of the agenda. What is the significance of this topic for the new generation of non-commissioned officers?Maj. Gen. Croft: This is one of the largest topics we’re discussing right now. Eight percent of our force is enlisted and we rely on them for leadership, expertise, and execution of the mission. We are trying to partner with the South American air forces to encourage them to do the same. In many of these nations, the enlisted force is simply technicians, but they are not groomed to be leaders and this is a long-term effort. We offer courses and expertise through the Inter-American Air Forces Academy in San Antonio, Texas. We also do it through our engagements to build a model for them that they can follow. For example, Honduras is not asking for airplanes, they’re asking for the professionalization of their enlisted force. The Dominican Republic has already done this and they’re in the midst of transitioning right now. We want to offer that model to countries like Ecuador who asked for it so we can assist them in building this in their force.Diálogo: What are the biggest challenges for the air forces in the region? How can you cooperate with them to deal with regional security threats?Maj. Gen. Croft: I think the two biggest challenges to the air forces are the political uncertainties under which they work and the economic difficulties under which they have to operate. We use our military relationships to remain steadfast and as a bedrock of stability in support of all these nations. This is why our long-term efforts such as education, training, and exercises allow us to maintain and build a military-to-military relationship that is enduring in spite of any political or economic changes or difficulties.Diálogo: What are the main capabilities that the 12th Air Force shares with partner nations in the region?Maj. Gen. Croft: We offer cooperation and partnership. For example, we bring in our Air National Guard forces through the SPP to do exercises with these nations to build their own capability and capacity in the air component. We also offer humanitarian assistance and disaster response, counter-drug operations, search and rescue operations, and domain awareness.Diálogo: How do you promote security cooperation with the air forces in the region?Maj. Gen. Croft: We do it primarily through the U.S. Embassy, the Department of State, and our security cooperation officers who work at the embassies to partner directly with the officers and enlisted folks of their respective air forces, so we can understand what they want to do or how they want to build their capacities. We partner with them and we have country desk officers in our headquarters who work side by side to assist those nations in helping them to acquire and maintain aircraft, or anything else related to the air side.last_img read more

Berger urges NCUA refund to credit unions

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger on Thursday urged NCUA’s board to develop a plan to dissolve the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund and to “leave no stone unturned” in efforts to give credit unions a refund before 2021.NCUA announced Tuesday that it will fully repay the $1 billion outstanding balance on the agency’s borrowing line with the Treasury Department this month. With this final payment, the TCCUSF’s outstanding borrowings will be fully paid off.“After the debt to the U.S. Treasury has been fully repaid, it is imperative that the agency develop a concrete plan for the years leading up to the dissolution of the Stabilization Fund,” Berger wrote in a letter to NCUA Board Chairman Rick Metsger and Board Member J. Mark McWatters. “During this planning process, we strongly urge the agency to be fully transparent in its management of the Stabilization Fund.“NAFCU and our members recommend the agency pursue a course of action focused on increased transparency and public input, with the goal being an expeditious refund to credit unions,” Berger continued. continue reading »last_img read more

Agencies respond to fatal crash in Groton

first_imgUpon investigating, New York State Police say the driver was traveling eastbound on Davis Road at a high speed. They say the driver did not stop at the stop sign at Lafayette Road and drove through the intersection, went airborne, and hit a tree. The first responders say they received the call at approximately 4:21 p.m. and were dispatched to Davis and Lafayette Roads in the town of Groton. They also say they located a heavily damaged vehicle, and the driver was ejected out of it. Officials say the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.center_img GROTON, N.Y. (WBNG) — The New York State Police at Ithaca, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, McLean Fire Department and Groton EMS and Fire responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident with injury on Saturday.last_img read more

Home break-in warning issued for the coming holiday season

first_imgNatasha Morgan, home security expert and founder of My Home Watch. Picture: Supplied.HOME burglaries are unsettling at any time, but with the holiday season approaching, experts are warning of potential for a sharp rise in such crimes.According to home security expert Natasha Morgan, founder of My Home Watch, the lead-up to the holiday season was a busy time for most households — with all those holidays, celebrations and parties meaning homes could be susceptible to break-ins. AFFORDABLE: Lucky buyer scores bargain buy in high demand middle ring RENOVATOR: 117-year-old fixer-upper sold for $1m below median price Summer is expected to bring on more gatherings outside of the home.She has a six-point checklist for homeowners to consider before they leave their homes unattended. Maintain your gardens and lawn A sure sign that noone’s home is a poorly maintained yard, she said. “Arrange to have a property specialist take care of your garden needs and let your lawn mowing man or gardener into your yard.” But she warned that the least number of people with access to your property and keys the better. Tighten your security Your locks, deadlocks, screens, security doors and shutters are not just for show — use them, she said. “Police see so many people thinking if their garage door is locked they don’t need to deadlock the door leading into their home or windows and screens left opened and unlocked.” A good way to check security was to get a local locksmith in to advise where improvements could be made.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago Co-ordinate with a property specialist over who will have access to your property while you’re away. Consider installing security cameras Smart devices are significantly cheaper these days, ”from door bells with cameras inside of them to wire-free smart home security systems that are set up in ten minutes and you self-monitor through your mobile phones”. She said putting security cameras in and around a home should be a high priority. Make the changes She said make changes to your home if you have been broken into before. “Thieves looked for no cars in the driveway, no lights on in the evening, no response to a knock on the door, rubbish bins left out, piled up mail in the mailbox or similar indications that no one was at home.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER on Twitter or Facebook FREE: Get The Courier-Mail ’s real estate news direct to your inboxcenter_img Police say locks are only good if you actually use. Let there be light Timer lighting or motion-activated lighting help make a house look lived-in. “A well-lit house is far less attractive to a criminal than a dark, empty-looking house.” Don’t tell every man and their dog you’re leaving Before spreading the word about your holiday, “stop, slow down and really think about what kind of repercussions it could have to the security of your home”. Co-ordinate with a property specialist over who will be required to have access to your home.last_img read more