Local Westaff Offices join The Select Family of Companies

first_imgKoosharem Corporation, parent of The Select Family of Staffing Companies, a top 10 national staffing leader, completed its acquisition of Walnut Creek, California-based Westaff, Inc. Westaff maintained a large network of successful franchise offices, of which the Mount Family Group of Burlington was a part.The Mount Family Group Ltd. operates Westaff branches in 9 cities and towns in the Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, including offices in Burlington and St. Albans.The local Westaff offices gain significant advantages by joining The Select Family of Staffing Companies, which offers award-winning Risk Management programs, first-class time and attendance systems, and excellent staffing and business solutions options for the clerical, accounting, mortgage, industrial, and technical fields, among others. We are excited about the opportunities our new ownership affords to our clients, David Mount CEO of Mount Family Group said. We know that with Select s experience and programs we and our clients will benefit. This is especially important as the economy returns to prosperity.There will be no change in the Westaff name or the ownership of the local branches, which were founded by the Mount family in 1982.Source: Mount Family Group, Burlington, VT April 7, 2009last_img read more

Clips of the Week: River Surfing

first_imgWhat defines a “fringe sport”? Is it something that only the most adventurous souls among us are willing to take up, or is it something that exists on the fringe simply because the rest of us haven’t discovered how awesome it really is? A growing community of water sport enthusiast around the globe are finding the answer to this question by embracing the sport of river surfing.Stay tuned for a special episode of BRO-TV dedicated to the river surfing luminaries in Fayetteville, West Virginia, and check out Travel Editor Jess Daddio’s recent article on river surfing here.last_img read more

NCUA eases risk weights: Onsite coverage

first_imgby: Nicholas BallasyThe NCUA Board proposed a revised risk-based capital rule at the agency’s board meeting on Thursday, which reduced the number of credit unions subject to the rule and lowered the well-capitalized standard by 0.5%.Credit unions with up to $100 million in total assets are exempt from the proposed 450-page new rule. The well-capitalized standard dropped from 10.5% in the original proposal to 10%.The new rule also lowered risk weights for residential real estate loans and member business loans, removed interest rate risk from risk weighting and extended the rule’s effective date from 18 months to three years, effective January 2019. The rule would further change the definition of a current loan to 90 days past due, to provide parity with banking regulations. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

College prepaid, debit card market proposal focuses on federal aid students

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A proposed regulation announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Education is designed to provide tougher standards and increased transparency surrounding students receiving federal student aid, especially on prepaid cards.The proposal would amend several regulations in an effort to protect students from excess fees and provide greater freedom to access federal student aid funds in the college debit and prepaid marketplace.CUNA staff is currently analyzing the proposal. It comes after several failed attempts to draft a proposal through the Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking authority.The negotiated rulemaking authority allows an agency to invite members of interested groups to meetings where an attempt is made for consensus on the proposed rule. If it is successful, the agency may use those ideas as the basis for a proposed rule. continue reading »last_img read more

Long Island Golf Fans Flood to Bethpage Black for Barclays Tournament

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By John DundonSpectators flocked to Bethpage Black in forces for the opening round of The Barclays professional golf tournament on Thursday.It was as beautiful a day for golf as you’ll get in the dead of summer. Just enough breeze to keep everyone comfortable, and not a cloud in the sky for most of the morning at Bethpage State Park. Among those in attendance were golf fans of all ages—including some youngsters who were pumped to get their first chance at watching the pros up close.“It’s so cool here, my favorite golfer is Jason Day, well and Dustin Johnson,” 9-year-old Kyle Kurjiaka enthusiastically told the Press as Day and Johnson’s group made its way through the 15th hole.Golf’s horizons have expanded, as has its following, which seemingly gains in popularity every time the sport makes a stop on the Island. It’s something the PGA has recognized, as four more events have been scheduled at Bethpage Black, a public course, through 2027, including the PGA Championship in 2019.“It’s his first year playing, so we figured we’d come out and get an appreciation for it, get a feel for Bethpage Black,” Plainview native Brian Powers said on behalf of his grandson, as he watched a Lucas Glover tee shot in awe. “It’s terrific here.”Seated atop golf’s pinnacle are Aussie Jason Day, 23-year-old phenome Jordan Spieth, and five-time major champion and fan favorite Phil Mickelson. For sure, Long Island loves its golf—and those who make the sport what it is.“New York loves you, Phil!” one spectator shouted as Mickelson watched his tee shot soar on the par three 17th hole.Mickelson is no stranger to Bethpage Black. He’s played in each of the three tournaments that the Black has hosted, which includes two second place finishes at the US Open in ’02 and ’09.As Mickelson was staring down an approach shot, the result of a shanked drive on the outskirts of the 16th hole, spectators relished the chance to come within feet of the world’s 13th ranked golfer.“Phil, you need to go left of the pin here,” one spectator whispered as Mickelson sized up his shot. “I agree,” Mickelson replied with a smirk.And as 1 p.m. approached, anticipation for the aforementioned Spieth’s Bethpage premier did, too. He walked to the tee box and was serenaded by fans chanting his name.Spieth’s Bethpage Black christening is one of the main storylines of the weekend. At 23, Spieth has won two majors, came within inches of winning a third at the Masters in 2015 and is the reigning FedEx Cup champion.For Spieth, a win at Bethpage Black, which he said was “up there with the hardest, probably, top five courses I’ve ever played in my life,” would be another notch in his already impressive belt.Judging by his following on the course Thursday, the fans wouldn’t mind seeing that result.The Barlcays concludes Sunday.last_img read more

Government gives LPS more power to prevent bank failure

first_imgThe law has been implemented to prevent economic meltdown as it allows the government to widen the state budget deficit beyond the legal limit of 3 percent and Bank Indonesia (BI) to directly buy government bonds to help finance the budget, among other things.The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the stability of the financial system, as it causes supply-demand shock and weakens the financial industry and macroeconomy, according to the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK) in its first quarter report issued in May.The loan disbursement rate among banks grew just 3.04 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May, much slower than 5.73 percent in April, as the coronavirus battered the real sector.The banking industry’s capital adequacy ratio (CAR), meanwhile, stood at 22.16 percent in May, up slightly from 22.13 percent a month before, Financial Services Authority (OJK) data show. It continued to book an 8.87 percent increase in third-party funds in May.OJK data also show that banks have provided 6.35 million debtors with credit restructuring worth Rp 695.3 trillion as of June 22, as part of the authority’s move to provide relief for borrowers affected by the outbreak.Previously, publicly listed Bank Bukopin had to limit customers’ withdrawals due to liquidity issues and shareholder commotion that prevented them from injecting more capital into the bank. The reports triggered panic among customers, as the OJK tried to calm them, and pushed Bukopin’s shareholders to finalize the capital injection plan.Halim said should the struggling banks had failed to improve their liquidity after the fund placement, the bank would be handed over to the OJK before being dissolved.Other than providing a lifeline for problematic banks, the new regulation also enables the LPS to place funds in healthy and liquid banks to manage or increase LPS liquidity.The PP furthermore allows the LPS to seek other methods to raise funds in its effort to prevent banks from failing.The methods include having government bond repurchase (repo) agreements with BI, sales of government bonds to the central bank, allowing the LPS to issue its own debt papers and seeking loans from domestic or foreign parties, so long as they have no conflict of interest with LPS’ duty or incite  a negative perception and reduce the public’s trust in the corporation.These financing methods were previously unheard of in the 2004 LPS Law, as the law had only allowed the corporation to seek financing through government loans if it needed more liquidity.The LPS is still able to seek loans from the government but it should be the last resort if the corporation fails to increase its liquidity through the aforementioned methods.Senior economist Aviliani lauded the regulation, saying that it allowed the corporation to take a more proactive approach in protecting banks that had paid premiums to the LPS and would help prevent bank failure during the COVID-19 pandemic.“Receiving a fund placement from the LPS can at least restore customers’ trust in the banks for a short while and prevent them from rushing to get their money out of the banks,” she told The Jakarta Post over the phone on Friday.Center on Reform of Economics Indonesia economist Piter Abdullah also praised the government’s effort to allow the LPS to seek more funding, as he projected the corporation would need it to anticipate a rise in problems faced by banks amid the pandemic.Topics : The new regulation allows the LPS to place a maximum 2.5 percent of its assets in one bank and a maximum 30 percent of its assets in all banks.The LPS’ total assets reached Rp 120.58 trillion (US$8.35 trillion) at the end of 2019. It also had Rp 114.53 trillion in securities investment, with liabilities reaching Rp 751 billion and total equity of Rp 119.83 trillion.Fund placement in both healthy and struggling banks will be temporary, as the regulation only allows the LPS to place the funds for a maximum one month, with up to five extensions.“This is an extraordinary preventive move as a direct follow-up to Law No. 2/2020 to prevent further disruption in our financial system,”LPS commissioner board head Halim Alamsyah said during a virtual press conference on Friday. The government has issued a regulation that gives the Indonesian Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS) more room to manage its own liquidity and to prevent banks from failing in an effort to help strengthen the country’s financial system stability.Under Government Regulation (PP) No. 33/2020 on the LPS’ authority in imposing measures to deal with financial stability issued on July 7, the corporation can now place funds in banks during the economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, among other things. The placement aims to strengthen the LPS’ liquidity and/or to anticipate or solve financial problems that can result in bank failure.Previously, the LPS was only able to take a reactive approach, as it was tasked with rescuing insolvent banks by liquidating them by taking over shareholder duty, selling or transferring assets and reviewing and canceling unprofitable agreements to help solve their liquidity problems, as stipulated in Law No. 24/2004.last_img read more

Antigraft activists slam legal aid given to prosecutor arrested in Djoko Tjandra case

first_imgThe AGO confirmed on Monday that Pinangki was still a prosecutor and a member of the Indonesian Prosecutors Association (PJI) despite her suspect status, and thus, she would receive legal assistance from lawyers appointed by the association, kompas.com reported.Antigraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Kurnia Ramadhana said Pinangki’s alleged meeting with Djoko, then an AGO fugitive, had tarnished the image of the institution itself and, therefore, she “does not deserve legal assistance” from the PJI.The AGO itself has declared Pinangki guilty of committing an ethics violation by going on nine international trips to Singapore and Malaysia in 2019 without permission, during which she allegedly met with Djoko.Given the alleged violations, Kurnia said that providing Pinangki with legal assistance would contradict the PJI’s rules of association and internal bylaws (AD/ART). Read also: Napoleon Bonaparte among two police generals named graft suspects in Djoko Tjandra case”The AD/ART stipulates that PJI aims to defend and assist its members who face legal issues related to their professional duties. However, what the prosecutor Pinangki did was not related to her duties and profession, because the meeting was held without her superior’s approval and it was with the fugitive,” Kurnia said.“There is a term ‘the blue wall of silence’ in the United States when law enforcers stay silent or protect their colleagues who are involved in illegal practices. We don’t want that to happen.”Meanwhile, Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI) coordinator Boyamin Saiman said the prosecutor’s organization should not provide legal assistance to Pinangki because of ethical reasons, arguing that she got entangled in the case not because of her duties but because she had violated her duties as prosecutor.”Pinangki should find herself a lawyer instead of getting the PJI assistance,” he said.Boyamin, however, conceded that assistance from the PJI was not legally problematic as the association did not represent the AGO, but it was an organization in which Pinangki was a member.Pinangki has been removed from her post as an official in the planning bureau under the AGO’s assistant attorney general.Djoko, a convict in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, was arrested in Malaysia on July 30. He had been at large for 11 years after fleeing Indonesia a day before the Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution.Topics : Anticorruption activists have expressed their disapproval of the legal assistance made available by a prosecutors association for Pinangki Sirna Malasari, a prosecutor who was arrested for allegedly accepting bribes in connection with graft convict Djoko Tjandra. Pinangki was named a bribery suspect last week following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) into her alleged meetings with Djoko when the latter was still on the run in neighboring countries last year. She was suspected to have accepted about US$500,000 in bribes, though the AGO did not specify who she got it from.last_img read more

Gaikindo to cut car sales target even further as pandemic lingers

first_imgDespite national car sales rebounding to 37,200 units in August and 25,200 in July, the figures are still well below the association’s target of 80,000 cars in August alone, according to Stefanus.“We believe that this prolonged pandemic will greatly impact the economy and therefore affect our sales. We’ll probably still see the pandemic’s impact on car sales next year,” he said.Car sales crashed in May with a more than 95 percent year-on-year (yoy) drop as the coronavirus outbreak hit demand, before jumping in June to 12,623 units.Gaikindo recorded around 323,400 cars being sold between January and August, down by more than 50 percent compared with 661,000 units sold during the same period last year. Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has urged Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati to temporarily exempt new cars from vehicle tax (PKB) until December in a bid to boost car sales amid COVID-19 pressures, according to a statement on Sept. 14.Read also: Waive car taxes to boost sales, minister saysCar sales are among the indicators of the country’s consumer spending, which accounts for more than half of gross domestic product (GDP).The drop in car sales has also hit auto financing companies. PT Toyota Astra Financial Services (TAF) saw a spike in credit restructuring applications during the second quarter, amounting to 35,000 customers with a total financing value of Rp 5 trillion (US$338.5 million).“A lot of customers who applied for financing restructuring were actually financially stable, but they were concerned about their income and business when the pandemic first struck,” TAF marketing director Wisnu Wardhana said in the same event. However, Wisnu said the number had declined to almost zero by July.The share of cars being purchased using a financing facility also decreased to around 50 percent of the total units sold during the pandemic, from up to 70 percent in normal times.“Customers are currently becoming more conservative and tending to secure their cash flow. Therefore, we’ve shifted our strategy by focusing on low-interest loans to entice them,” he said.Carmaker PT Toyota Astra Motor (TAM) marketing director Anton Jimmi Suwandi said the company was working together with TAF in building Toyota’s marketing strategy, which relies heavily on easing customer access to acquiring new cars rather than lowering prices through discounts.“We’ve increased our online presence and improved our sales and aftersales activity through mobile services. We’ve also begun to launch our new products, such as the Corolla Cross, to stimulate the market,” he said.Anton said Toyota saw a rising number of prospective customers from online platforms following the company’s digital-shift strategy. The company’s monthly website traffic has also increased to around 2.5 million visits during the pandemic, up from the average 1.5 million.“Previously, the proportion of customers who came from online stores and websites was only around 15 percent of our total customers. Now, it amounts to around 40 percent,” he said.As the online trend continues to grow, Anton said TAM was planning to launch a digital application by the end of the year. The application will allow customers to chat and consult with Toyota’s mechanics as part of its aftersales services development.Toyota has the largest market share in the Indonesian car market, comprising 31 percent of 2019’s total car sales.The company recorded a 16 percent monthly sales growth in August to 8,740 units, but the figure remains 70 percent lower compared with the same period last year.Topics : The Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo), which previously slashed its domestic car sales target by 40 percent to just 600,000 units this year as the COVID-19 pandemic forced showrooms to temporarily close, has warned it may have to cut its sales forecast even further.Gaikindo’s special staff Stefanus Soetomo said on Thursday that the association would have to rethink its current target as it was made based on the assumption that the pandemic would be under control by July and that car sales would fully rebound between August and September.“The number of infections is currently reaching a record-breaking level and we have to anticipate that by reassessing our target,” he said during an online public discussion held by Kompas, while declining to reveal the new target as the figures were still being calculated.last_img read more

Matteo Guendouzi names the two Arsenal players who are like his ‘big brothers’ in London

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi has emerged as a key player for Arsenal since joining from FC Lorient (Picture: Getty)Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has admitted that his teammates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have acted like his ‘big brothers’ since he moved to London.Guendouzi joined Arsenal from French club FC Lorient in 2018 and is one of the youngest members of Unai Emery’s first-team squad having only turned 20 in April.The France U21 international has excelled for the club on the pitch but is still acclimatising to life in England off it, with the club’s French-speaking contingent helping him to settle in.Aubameyang and Lacazette are two of Arsenal’s most influential players and Guendouzi admitted that the pair have made things easy for him during his first year outside of France.ADVERTISEMENT Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have developed a strong relationship on and off the pitch (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Canal Football Club, Guendouzi said: ‘He [Aubameyang] gives me a little punch on my left shoulder every morning, with his attacking colleague Lacazette, every morning. They are really important to me.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They are like two big brothers ever since I arrived, they made it really easy for me, on the pitch and off of it. They are super guys.’Guendouzi became a key member of Emery’s side during his debut campaign featuring 48 times for Arsenal in all competitions and he has started both of their Premier League games this term.The young midfielder played the full 90 minutes during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley in which both Lacazette and Aubameyang were on the scoresheet.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThat result ensured that Arsenal, along with Liverpool, are the only team in the Premier League with a 100% win record this season and Guendouzi is hopeful about the club’s top-four prospects.‘We clearly have a better squad than last season with big signings this summer,’ he said. ‘We hold all the cards to have a great season and finish in the top 4 to be able to play in the Champions League next season.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 19 Aug 2019 11:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Matteo Guendouzi names the two Arsenal players who are like his ‘big brothers’ in Londonlast_img read more

Rugby league star Scott Prince to boot Gold Coast house

first_imgRugby league star Scott Prince has lined up for a shot at selling his Gold Coast home. Picture: Tim Hunter.Rugby league legend Scott Prince is tackling the property market, listing his Carrara house for sale.The former Gold Coast Titans captain and wife Kristy will try their luck at auction in a bid to sell their four-bedroom waterfront house.The Prince’s palace at 6 Garden Grove, Carrara.It will head under the hammer on June 8.The pair plan to purchase two new properties, one in Brisbane and another on the Gold Coast, to better juggle their work commitments.Prince is currently working with the Brisbane Broncos and their indigenous programs following a long rugby career.MORE NEWS: Family splashes millions on rainforest retreatMORE NEWS: Tranquil retreat in the forest is the perfect escapeBorn and raised in Mt Isa, Prince played for the North Queensland Cowboys, Brisbane Broncos, West Tigers, Gold Coast Titans, indigenous All Stars and the QLD State of Origin Maroons during his career.However, his wife works full time on the Gold Coast and their two teenager daughters attend school locally.Scott Prince and his wife Kristy.“The girls love the school and we don’t want to uproot them and of course we all love the Gold Coast lifestyle,” Prince said.“This literally was our dream home that we designed and built with Adenbrook Homes — I am sure it will easily become someone else’s dream home.“Being on the water is what the Gold Coast is all about, it’s a great family home and also a great spot for entertaining.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe house was built in 2012.The Prince’s purchased the original house for $1.3 million in 2008.They knocked it down and rebuilt in 2012 after doing extensive ground works to elevate the block.It features a pool, waterfront entertainment area, media room, an open-plan design and city skyline and hinterland views.The property sits on a waterfront block.The property is listed with Scott Euler and Nicola Buchanan of @realty and is set to go under the hammer on June 8.“These north-facing blocks at Garden Grove are highly coveted on prestigious Main River,” Mr Euler said.“The extra large block size (1424sq m) and recently built home make the most of this premier location.”The house has been the site of a fence feud between Prince and his neighbours, with criminal charges laid after the next door residents cut down palings.The neighbours were forced to pay more than $2000 towards a new fence and one was charged with wilful damage.mikaela.day@news.com.auVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNRL stars tackling the property game00:50last_img read more