50% of Donegal drivers say naming drink-drivers would have no effect

first_img WhatsApp 50% of Donegal drivers say naming drink-drivers would have no effect The AA has released figures from a survey they conducted to reveal that in Ireland 68% of drivers supported the introduction of a live register naming those found guilty of drink-driving offences.In Donegal over 45% of drivers supported this measure with only 7% in opposition.However, when asked if this measure would affect people personally as drivers, only 20% of motorists said it would have a major effect.Nearly 50% of Donegal drivers said that the naming of people found guilty of drink driving would have no effect.This statistic was similar in all provenances across the island. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Google+ By admin – October 23, 2016 Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleFinn Harps U17s bow out of National League cup at UCDNext articleDonegal Boxing Board stages annual awards night admin Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Homepage BannerNews Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North last_img read more

Ocean City Beachgoers Wary of Strong Surf Stirred up by Hurricane

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiHurricane Maria was swirling hundreds of miles away off the coast of North Carolina, but Hannah and Elijah McCready felt the effects of the storm while splashing in the surf Tuesday morning in Ocean City.Elijah, 9, described how the waves knocked him down a few times when he was standing in only knee-deep water at the Eighth Street beach. His 10-year-old sister said she had to fight the back-and-forth flow of the choppy surf.“When you stand up, it pushes you back a little bit and then it pushes you in,” Hannah said.Their mother, Kayla McCready, kept an eye on the children while they played in the water, absolutely forbidding them to venture out any deeper than their knees.Treacherous surf and a high risk of rip tides have Jersey Shore beachgoers being extra cautious – particularly if they have children – as Maria churns north up the coast Tuesday and Wednesday as a Category 1 hurricane packing sustained winds of 75 mph. The hurricane is expected to stay well offshore of New Jersey, but forecasters say it will continue to generate rough waves.Maria’s journey up the coast coincides with the time of year when Ocean City and other shore communities no longer have their beaches protected by lifeguards. However, summer-like weather and unseasonably warm water at the end of September continue to attract visitors to the shore for one last fling at the beach.Over the weekend, three people in Ocean and Monmouth counties died after being pulled from the dangerous surf.Ocean City has posted a message on its website urging beachgoers to use “extreme caution,” swim only in shallow water and heed any potential warnings as surf conditions change.“When Maria’s swell begins to arrive, it will be quite obvious that conditions are dangerous,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said. “But it’s important for individuals and families to respect the power of the ocean every day. While it may be tempting to take advantage of the last of the warm water, it’s just not a good idea to swim at unprotected beaches.”Kayla McCready, of Bloomsburg, Pa., makes sure her daughter, Hannah, and son, Elijah, stay close to her during a day of heavy surf.Kayla McCready, of Bloomsburg, Pa., who was taking a brief vacation with her children on Tuesday, said she had been following the weather alerts to keep abreast of the surf conditions. She stressed the potential dangers to her children before they took one step into the water, she noted.“I told them not to go out far,” she said.The children’s grandmother will take charge of Hannah and Elijah on Wednesday when McCready returns to work. Both children are on vacation because the schools in their small Pennsylvania town, about 40 miles from Wilkes-Barre, are closed for the week for an agricultural fair.“We were a little bit nervous coming here for vacation because of the rough surf,” McCready said. “But I told them about the rip tides. They know they’re not supposed to go in deep.”McCready also instructed her children on how to escape from a rip tide if they are caught in one by swimming parallel to the shore instead of trying to fight the current head-on and becoming exhausted.Other Ocean City beachgoers were wary of the strong surf on Tuesday. Mike and Cheryl Smith, of Medford, N.J., stayed close to their 3-year-old granddaughter, Kenzie, while she was frolicking in shallow water at the Eighth Street beach.“She’s not walking 20 feet away from me,” Mike Smith said. “After everything I heard on the news about rip tides and undertow, she’s not getting very far from me.”Pint-sized Kenzie dipped her toes in the surf and went out no deeper than her ankles. Her grandfather was standing next to her.Although her grandparents were concerned about the big waves, Kenzie had only one complaint about the ocean.“It’s cold,” she said.Mike Smith, of Medford, N.J., keeps an eye on his 3-year-old granddaughter, Kenzie. With rough waves looming in the background, brother and sister Elijah and Hannah McCready stay close to shore in shallow water.last_img read more

In-house credit card processing: Is it right for your credit union?

first_imgInsights from a recently released white paper, Decision Guide: Full-Service Versus In-House Processing: Your Credit Union’s Complete Guide to Picking the Perfect Plan and Avoiding Possible Pitfalls, and case study, In-House Credit Card Processing: Opportunities, Challenges and Benefits, act as guides for credit unions deciding between full-service and in-house credit card processing plans. The white paper and case study can both be downloaded here.Credit unions today are becoming increasingly proactive in evaluating their card program processing needs to preserve both member‐centricity and margins. As credit unions deal with ever‐growing regulatory, cybersecurity and competitive demands, they also find themselves juggling intense pressure to control expenses while maintaining program quality.By understanding the factors involved in making the right processing decision, credit unions can evaluate which type of processing plan — or custom-tailored hybrid — will offer the best long‐term fit for their resources, requirements and budget. Since full-service and in-house processing each present unique challenges, credit unions would be well served to take a careful and comprehensive approach to their due diligence by focusing on seven key areas: Overall Card Program Strategy – If your credit union is considering in‐house processing, that means card programs likely represent a pivotal component of your credit union’s growth strategy. Be sure to take into account that your organization has multiple other growth priorities and competitive pressures as well. Trying to do too much too quickly without the appropriate credit union staffing can be the kiss of death for in‐house programs, so putting the proper support in place is vital to the success of your card programs.Marketing and Branding – When credit unions want to know more about in‐house processing, it is often because they believe in-house processing will give them increased flexibility to tailor their marketing campaigns and programs to address members’ needs more precisely. This can certainly be true, but tailored marketing campaigns typically require access to robust analytics administered by a talented and trained marketing team. Be sure to evaluate the depth of your credit union’s analytics solutions, your team’s knowledge and flexibility, the relative sophistication of your member service demands and the size of your annual marketing budget. Also consider the staffing necessary to analyze, create, execute and track successful omni-channel credit card marketing programs.Technology and Data Analytics – Technology is where the greatest gap between in‐house expertise and full‐service economies of scale often lies. Perhaps more than any other functional area of your credit union, your IT department will likely find itself playing a critical role in the day‐to‐day management of an in‐house credit program. Credit unions that are tech savvy and tech heavy are often well-suited to providing the hardware, software, database analytics, cybersecurity, anti‐fraud solutions, enterprise cloud storage and on‐site development talent that come with supporting an in‐house credit solution.Contact Center and Member Service – Your credit union will probably find it relatively straightforward to assess its basic contact center capabilities. Remember, though, to take full stock of other web‐based and omni-channel avenues of support that may be required, as well as live chat, SMS and social media monitoring capabilities.Member-Facing and Back-Office Operations – Your credit union’s front and back-office support personnel must be thoroughly trained and kept current on service protocols, in addition to demonstrating the proven ability to perform under stress when meeting the increased demands that in‐house processing will require. Furthermore, be aware that staffing needs will fluctuate and certain tasks could require as many as three shifts to compete with the level of service offered by full‐service providers.Human Resources and Staffing – Hiring highly trained marketing, IT, contact center and card processing support staff represents one of the largest — and non‐negotiable — costs of taking your processing in‐house. 
Subject Matter Expertise – If your credit union currently uses a full‐service provider, it may take its access to various subject matter experts somewhat for granted. However, when considering a move away from full‐service, your credit union should carefully consider which areas of subject matter expertise it will actually need. That is because, even with a large salary budget, hiring may be challenging, since most highly trained experts already work as consultants, or for full‐service providers. Credit unions that opt for processing their credit card portfolios in-house frequently make their choice to achieve greater flexibility and more hands-on control over the management and branding of their card programs. In their view, the advantages of building on their own core systems can include higher growth, enhanced member experience and streamlined staff support processes.However, implementing a successful in-house model can be a huge undertaking, and credit unions must first have the proper resources and expertise in place to handle increased call volume, resolve disputes, execute marketing campaigns and provide an outstanding overall level of member service. The moral of the story: take a clear-eyed look at your credit union’s strengths, weaknesses and goals before deciding whether full-service, in-house or a hybrid processing plan that combines the best features of both will be your credit union’s best fit. 108SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Arnie Goldberg Arnie Goldberg is Director of Business Development for Advisors Plus, with primary emphasis on practice expansion through service enhancement and the creation of individualized business and marketing solutions. Arnie draws … Web: www.advisorsplus.com Detailslast_img read more

O’Driscoll gets fairytale finale

first_img The head coach’s wily insight has proved a feature of his first Six Nations, and his nous this time led Ireland to force space around the tackle fringes. Big, lumbering forwards do not enjoy working into defensive position. France stuck to their typecasting, Conor Murray blasted through the gap and sent Trimble under the sticks. And it was O’Driscoll’s straight and true drive to the gain line that set the ruse in motion. Big, lumbering forwards love a rolling maul though, and after a textbook drive, Remi Tales chipped to the wing, Yoann Huget tapped inside at full leap and Brice Dulin had the easy run home. Machenaud’s expert touchline conversion wrestled France a 13-12 lead. Tales tried a snap drop-goal as France built the attack after a loose high bomb from Sexton, but his effort drifted wide. Prop Nicolas Mas, who spent the early part of the week battling with the French press, departed with a troublesome right arm complaint, replaced by Rabah Slimani. Ireland pressed again after another penalty line-out, but Sexton missed his second shot at goal of the night. Sexton started the second half in the manner he finished the first, his risky chip easily dealt with by Gael Fickou, setting France away on a trademark counter-attack. Ireland and Sexton had two rescuers to thank for avoiding serious censure. First Rob Kearney swept up Huget’s chip in behind, then O’Connell won a vital ruck turnover penalty. Rob Kearney again cleaned up the mess, latching onto a deft boot through the line from the French to clear, after Mike Ross’ knock-on. Sexton quickly scotched those errors and the five missed points from his, and Ireland’s minds, though racing in for his second and his side’s third try of the night. When Huget failed to hold Bastareaud’s pass, it was Ireland launching the counter, through that man Rob Kearney. Trimble cut away down the right, feeding O’Driscoll, who had the presence of mind to recycle deep in the France 22. O’Connell carried on, and Murray sent Sexton under the posts. In one blitzkrieg swoop, suddenly Ireland were once again sure of themselves. Ireland bullied France with their textbook maul, winning a penalty for Sexton to shoot at goal. This time there was to be no mistake, the 28-year-old firing home with assurance renewed thanks to try number two, to put Ireland 22-13 to the good. France battered Ireland’s final defences time and again as the hosts launched a sustained assault after a penalty line-out in the 22. O’Connell conceded a penalty on the try-line, and France again punted for the line-out rather than shoot at goal. Bastareaud thundered into midfield, Louis Picamoles drove to the right-hand post, and hooker Dimitri Szarzewski bundled in. Referee Steve Walsh awarded the try, but replays suggested the Racing Metro hooker fumbled in the act of scoring. Machenaud landed the conversion, to cut Ireland’s lead to just two points. Sexton’s mixed night took another turn when he was knocked out cold trying to fell Bastareaud. The Toulon battering ram put Sexton in the recovery position before Ireland’s medical team carried him from the field by stretcher. Heavyweight replacements Alexandre Flanquart and Sebastien Vahaamahina beefed up France’s scrum, forcing a penalty as Ireland were rocketed backwards. Jean-Marc Doussain had the chance to steal the lead from the tee, but could only shoot wide. Damien Chouly thought he had stolen the game when he nipped into the right corner, but Vincent Debaty’s pass was rightly ruled forward. France stole Ireland’s scrum, only for the visitors to win a turnover at the ruck, and spark jubilant celebrations at the final whistle. O’Driscoll capped his 14st and final international appearance with just a second career Six Nations title, the storybook ending so craved by the Irish nation. To his stunning Paris hat-trick in 2000, now O’Driscoll can add a stubborn, brutal refusal to be cowed. After 15 glittering years on the world stage, the Leinster stalwart and Ireland icon can finally hang up his international boots a happy man. Ireland were forced to weather a hefty first-quarter storm, France blasting out firing after criticism of scrum and line-out deficiencies. Maxime Machenaud slotted two penalty goals to nudge France into the early lead, Bastareaud blasting through the visiting backline on three occasions. Chris Henry’s cute offload outfoxed the home defence after smart build-up play, and Sexton caught sight of the half-gap to cut back inside and over the whitewash. The former Leinster playmaker scuffed the conversion though, a straightforward effort he should have buried. Ireland quickly doubled their try count though, thanks to another Joe Schmidt-inspired ruse. Sexton ran in two tries, missed five points with the boot and was knocked out cold trying to tackle wrecking ball centre Mathieu Bastareaud. Ireland rebuffed a late French onslaught to claim their first Six Nations title since 2009 and just a second win in 42 years in Paris, with wing Andrew Trimble also on the scoresheet. Johnny Sexton’s two tries helped Brian O’Driscoll complete the fairytale ending to his international career as Ireland claimed the RBS 6 Nations title by edging out France 22-20 in Paris. Press Associationlast_img read more

Harris: CFU not dead

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Randy Harris believes that the region needs to understand the role of FIFA in football a lot more and that Trinidad and Tobago may have been spared in the past but not now.In an exclusive interview with Andre Errol Baptiste on isports on i95.5fm on Saturday, Harris reiterated his call for the region to get its affairs in order.“I believe that looking from the outside, that FIFA was giving Trinidad and Tobago a Bligh as we say in the Caribbean because of the home of football, it was supposed to be a revenue-generating, income project but it was closed.But all of us are answerable to FIFA and from time to time, all of us are in situations that have to be regularised,” said Harris“FIFA is very serious about how they operate in the Caribbean, if they are giving you these annual sums of monies, you have to be accountable. It happens to all of us, there are always questions being asked,” explained Harris.On March 17, FIFA announced that it was implementing a Normalization Committee (NC) to run the football affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, replacing the duly elected Trinidad and Tobago Football Association led at the time by president William Wallace, who has challenged FIFA’s decision since then in every aspect of TTFA’s operations.Speaking about the upcoming CFU, Harris said,” It is an ExCo meeting and at the moment, Trinidad and Tobago do not have a representative on the ExCo of which Fifa is the World Governing body, they will decide who will represent T&T, not the CFU. At the moment and until we are told something different, it will be the Normalisation Committee.”Asked if as CFU President if he has spoken with members of the Normalisation Committee which are headed by businessman Robert Hadad, Harris said, “The NC has not reached out to the CFU. The CFU will wait until the situation is settled. There’s a lot of reports, but most seem to be political. For right now, I prefer to stay outside. It’s Fifa Matter, a T&TFA matter.”Harris said that just before FIFA stepped in he had reached out to William Wallace despite claims by Trinidad and Tobago that the CFU was dead. He said, “We are working for the betterment of football in the region. CFU is unified contrary to many persons saying otherwise.”Wallace and his vice- presidents Taylor, Phillips and Joseph-Warrick are challenging FIFA decision to remove them from office on March 17, and appointment of the Normalisation Committee on March 27 to run the affairs of T&T football, through the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.The former executive members are also locked in a battle with the sport bankers First Citizens bank for control of the accounts.(Reprinted from Trinidad Guardian).last_img read more

Severe weather takes its toll on British sports fixtures

first_imgSome 17 fixtures across English football’s third and fourth tiers have also fallen victim to the weather.– ‘Risking life and limb’ –Scottish football giants Celtic have insisted the areas immediately outside their Parkhead ground in Glasgow are all in good condition ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final at home to Morton.But Morton chief executive Warren Hawke told his club’s website: “We will have supporters risking life and limb to travel to a football match while the Met Office is issuing warnings to avoid non-essential travel. Ultimately, it isn’t about the area around Celtic Park.“Supporter safety has to be key and I don’t think anyone can guarantee that at this moment in time and I fear for a lot of Morton supporters trying to get to this game tomorrow (Saturday).”In rugby union, the English Premiership match between Harlequins, based in the London suburb of Twickenham, and Bath scheduled to be played Friday has been put back until Sunday.“Following South Western Railway’s decision to close their service by 8pm (2000 GMT) and their advice not to travel, along with the worsening weather conditions in the Twickenham area the decision has been made to postpone,” said a Premiership spokesman.Three of Friday’s fixtures in the Super League rugby league tournament have been postponed and even an indoor sport such as darts is not completely immune from the weather’s icy grip.The UK Open tournament at Butlin’s Minehead Resort in southwest England going ahead, but being played behind closed doors.“Due to the unprecedented extreme weather conditions, we have regretfully decided to not allow guests to attend this weekend’s PDC Coral UK Open for safety reasons,” said a Butlin’s statement.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | A European-wide deep freeze that shows no sign of stopping anytime soon led Friday to the postponement of several British sports fixtures this weekend.And while no games in English football’s elite Premier League have yet been called off (pitches at most top-flight clubs have undersoil heating to guard against the chill) concerns have been expressed for the safety of travelling fans batting against dangerous conditions caused by a severe Siberian weather system — the so-called ‘Beast from the East’.West Ham are flying to Wales for their Premier League match away to Swansea but manager David Moyes was worried about how the London club’s supporters would manage on icy roads.“The Met office are saying people should not travel on the roads, especially around Cardiff and the M4, so that is a concern at the moment,” Moyes said.“I’m guessing that’s no different for football clubs or supporters. If they are saying don’t travel I think the Premier League would have to consider that.”West Bromwich Albion will hope the train will allow them to take the strain when they travel south to Watford for a Premier Leaguer fixture.“We are still going to Watford on the train,” said Albion manager Alan Pardew. “It’s not an easy weekend for football. Hopefully we can get down there, give a good performance and warm our fans up.”It was fears over the well-being of spectators that led second-tier Ipswich to announce Friday that Saturday’s English Championship match against Hull at Portman Road had been postponed.“The pitch is protected and likely to be playable but the areas inside and outside the stadium are hazardous and more bad weather is forecast later today, with freezing temperatures to continue into the weekend,” said an Ipswich statement.Other Championship postponements include Barnsley’s match against Norwich and Brentford’s fixture with Cardiff and the game between Sheffield United and Burton.last_img read more


first_imgAs the “Official Ride of Santa Anita Park,” Uber and Santa Anita are once again “putting fans first” as Uber users can travel to and from The Great Race Place on any racing day and receive 50 percent off their fare.Fans using the Uber/Santa Anita promotional code 2016SANTAANITA can skip parking fees and with a maximum of $20 off each way, per visit, this is a terrific way to “go racing” from throughout the metro LA area.  The 50 percent discount promotion is available to fans for an unlimited number of visits through Thursday, Nov. 3.Uber, which has become a way of life for millions nationwide, offers everyday low prices utilizing a wide variety of available vehicles, from low cost models to high end luxury.  Uber drivers use their own vehicles and come from all walks of life and the Uber experience has been designed with safety and security as top priorities.Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet will run through Sunday, Nov. 6.  The two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships will come to Santa Anita for a record ninth time on Nov. 4 & 5.  For more information on live racing and Santa Anita’s 2016 Uber promotion, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

H-DNL football: Bell-less Loggers shut out on the road at Chico

first_imgCHICO — The Panthers didn’t take their Friday opponent lightly.As Eureka came to visit Chico High Friday night, the Panthers knew little about their opponent, except for the Loggers’ 1-1 record against Chico’s Eastern Athletic League competition this season, and, the fact that they won 12 games last year, thus advancing to a CIF NorCal Regional game.Eureka’s résumé made Chico’s 35-0 win all the more impressive by the end of Friday’s game. Though both offenses started slow, as a result of …last_img read more

Maverick Ahanmisi lashes out at refs after bro Jerrick, Adamson lose to La Salle

first_imgMontalbo was all over Jerrick especially in the fourth, with the distance between the two were mere inches in several instances.“Hey Kib Montalbo, I don’t care, you better hope I don’t catch you outside bruh,” tweeted Ahanmisi.Montalbo, though, clarified that he did not mean any physical harm on Jerrick and he was just playing straight defense.Jerrick still managed to put up 17 points against Montalbo.“I meant no harm to his brother,” said Montalbo. “I just want to play basketball. I wanted to get to his head in a basketball manner and I mean no harm. He’s a great player and I respect him.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMaverick Ahanmisi wasn’t at Smart Araneta Coliseum when De La Salle scored a 82-75 win over Adamson in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Yet he still managed to make his presence felt.ADVERTISEMENT Ahanmisi, the older brother of Soaring Falcon Jerrick, used Twitter to lambast the game’s officiating that awarded La Salle 39 free throws attempts against Adamson’s five.“I’m all for fair play, but I’m not going to watch this game if the UAAP refs are getting paid by La Salle,” posted Ahanmisi on Twitter. “It’s a joke for real, major run with the refs #ismellsomethingcooking.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Hey La Salle, I hope you guys are treating the refs to a good ass dinner after the game cause they definitely fed y’all tonight.”Ahanmisi also called out La Salle guard Kib Montalbo on the latter’s stingy defense on his brother. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ View comments Gilas confident of chances vs Japan, Taiwan LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Montalbo added that he’s “not a bully” and that he reminded Jerrick he’ll be clamping down on him throughout the game.“I told him it’s the Final Four and I’m going to be up on him all night. I asked him if he’s up to it and he said it was okay,” said Montalbo.last_img read more