Employment law: ‘Uncertainty will reign’

first_img continue reading » Uncertainty is the name of the game when it comes to changes the Trump Administration may make in employment law and how those changes will affect your credit union.“Uncertainty will reign for the next four years,” says Bret Yaw, an attorney with FordHarrison LLC.Yaw spoke about labor law issues credit unions will need to watch in the future during a breakout session at the CUNA Human Resources & Organizational Development Council Conference Thursday in Las Vegas.During the presidential campaign, President Trump didn’t clearly outline his position on employment issues, Yaw says. When he did, he sometimes changed his stance later on.President Trump also didn’t provide details about some issues he wanted his administration to address, although daughter Ivanka Trump did push for things like six-weeks of paid maternity leave, a child care tax benefit, and equal pay for women.Some say she may be influential, Yaw says. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Safety 101: Hawkins impresses in first start

first_imgWhen asking about redshirt sophomore Chris Hawkins around practice, the thing people will hear about most from USC coaches is undoubtedly his football IQ.“It’s just being in my playbook and studying the opponent,” Hawkins said after Wednesday’s practice.  “I study them nonstop. When I am not in class, I constantly have my iPad open, looking at the other teams’ tendencies on third down, second down and first down so I am able to really know what they’re trying to do.”In his first game as a starting safety for the Trojan defense, Hawkins collected an interception and fumble recovery in Saturday night’s convincing win against Arkansas State. And while safety was among the potentially problematic positions for USC entering the 2015 season, Hawkins’ recent success in the backfield will surely add depth to coach Keith Heyward’s defensive back unit which also includes freshmen Ykili Ross and Marvell Tell III.“We have a lot of talent back there with Kevon Seymour and the two returning starters,” Hawkins said. “It’s like I am the new guy. But I have to be the quarterback from the back end and that’s what I am really back there for, helping everybody get lined up and knowing exactly where they should be going.”Last season, USC’s secondary ranked 118th in pass defense by allowing almost 275 passing yards per game. But, Saturday night, starting safeties Chris Hawkins and John Plattenburg played superbly, combining for 10 tackles, including one for a loss.“His versatility really helps us,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said after the game. “He has a really high football IQ, and he can help a lot of the younger players in the back end.”Last season, Hawkins saw his first action at USC and played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman, making 32 tackles and one interception. Though he began the season as a starting cornerback, his struggles with adjusting to college play, including penalties, caused him to be replaced by Adoree’ Jackson in the fifth game of the season.Hawkins’s abilities at safety first caught USC coaches’ eyes during last season’s Holiday Bowl when he briefly lined up at the position because the Trojans were short on bodies. Since then, Hawkins has adapted well to his new position, capitalizing on his vast football intelligence even more.“Coach asked me to play safety last spring,” Hawkins said. “I learned it fairly easily, I would say. I had some ups and downs here and there, but I’ve been able to really stick to the position to try to learn everything about it. I feel like I am doing very well so far.”Hawkins has been impressive during the spring and into the fall at the safety position and appears  comfortable playing over the top of the defense.“He’s a natural safety,” outside linebacker Su’a Cravens said. “He knows how to read plays. He’s really good at understanding route concepts and diagnosing routes.”Coming to USC, Hawkins was one of the top corners in the 2013 class out of Rancho Cucamonga High School. His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and All-CIF Inland Division as a senior cornerback.His USC coaches believe that Hawkins’s famed football IQ can provide a trusted defensive play caller in the backfield.“Chris is a smart player who studies the game extremely hard,” defensive back coach Keith Heyward said after practice Wednesday. “That is what he does and that is what safeties need to do because they have to make the checks and the calls from the backend. He does a great job at that, and he takes it seriously. He has made the adjustment just fine.”Hawkins will certainly look to build off of his most successful first game as a Trojan Saturday night against an Idaho team that struggled with the passing game last season. In 2014, Vandal quarterback Matt Linehan had the third most attempts among freshmen behind only Arizona’a Anu Solomon and Miami’s Brad Kaaya. He completed 58.3 percent of his passes and threw 18 interceptions.When asked about his goals for this upcoming season, Hawkins said he is very focused on doing whatever it takes to help his team win games.“Just to win the Pac-12 championship,” Hawkins said. “I have no individual goals besides that because those will come naturally if I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.”last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2016)–Favored Zindaya saved ground throughout, split horses turning for home and surged the final three sixteenths of a mile to take the Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes by a half length on Sunday at Santa Anita.  Trained by Chad Brown, the Belmont Park-based Zindaya got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.38.“I tried to save all the ground I could,” said Castellano, America’s Eclipse Champion Jockey the past three years, who also guided Brown’s New Money Honey to victory in Friday’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.  “We thought the six (Hillhouse High) would go and she did.  I just tried to follow her and when we swung out at the top of the lane, she gave me a powerful kick.”Off at even money in a field of seven fillies and mares three and up, Zindaya paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.40.  A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by More Than Ready, she picked up her sixth win from 15 starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased her earnings to $561,240.“It’s special,” said Bob Edwards, who races as E Five Racing Thoroughbreds, which also owns New Money Honey.  “She’s our first ever stakes winner.  (Zindaya won her first stakes at Belmont in May, 2015, which was also Edwards’ first stakes win as an owner).  “Javier has done a great job with her and Chad has done a great job with her…This is my first time out here.  It’s been a pretty good year and winning this race makes a big difference.”California-bred Tiz a Kiss sat second the entire trip under Kent Desormeaux and battled tenaciously throughout, finishing second, a nose in front of Hillhouse High.  Off at 10-1, Tiz a Kiss paid $7.60 and $5.00.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Hillhouse High set fractions of 23.43, 47.47, 1:11.85 and 1:23.14.  Off at 17-1, she paid $7.80 to show.Sunday is closing day of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet.  Live racing returns to Arcadia the day after Christmas, Dec. 26.last_img read more

NBA rescinds Kevin Durant’s technical in Game 3

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant will have some extra pocket money to spend in this lavish city. He also will not have to worry about as much about potentially receiving a one-game post-season suspension.The reason? The NBA rescinded tecnhnical fouls called on Durant and Clippers forward JaMychal Green in the Warriors’ Game 3 win on Thursday. That move reduces …last_img read more

Smart cities need more industry partnerships, less gadget worship

first_imgWhile a dizzying array of connected gadgetry is vying for room on city leaders’ wish lists, industry experts advise less focus on the technology itself and more on industry partnerships that can build out smart cities.At the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors held in Washington, D.C., Joanne Hovis, president of Maryland-based IT consultancy CTC Technology & Energy, said that expanding broadband internet access is vital for turbocharging a smart city’s capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship.“There’s increasingly this understanding that the broadband internet is the platform over which our economy and our democracy ride,” she said. “And that is growing every single day.”But she said local governments often face obstacles to building out these broadband networks, such as in Pennsylvania where state laws limit municipalities’ ability to take the lead on broadband.Closer work with private sector needed?Yet even when cities are hamstrung by regulations or budgetary restrictions, local governments can still move forward with new technology by working closer with private companies.For example, Hovis says cash-strapped local governments can spur innovation by easing the permitting process to make it easier for private firms to make progress on building out broadband networks.This U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge focused on cities forging new partnerships with the private sector and academic institutions.Columbus, Ohio, which won the $50 million prize from the DOT competition, has platformed off that win to build partnerships and attract more than $500 million in private funding.The prize money combined with the private funding is helping Columbus undertake a variety of smart city initiatives including installation of smart sensors to improve traffic flow and building out its transit system.“The greatest challenge of the 21st century is to leverage innovation and technology to help people improve their own lives,” said Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther.Columbus cites the smart transit improvements as directly improving its citizens’ quality of life by reconnecting isolated neighborhoods and allowing residents to better commute to jobs and health services. Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#Columbus#Department of Transportation#IoT#Smart Cities#Smart City Challenge Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Donal Power For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Royal Caribbean Earns More Sails into DoubleDouble Year

first_imgzoom New York-listed cruise line company Royal Caribbean Cruises is heading into a DOUBLE-DOUBLE year as it reported more than a 25% increase in both US GAAP and adjusted earnings over 2015.US GAAP net income for the full year 2016 was USD 1.28 billion, compared to USD 665.8 million reported in 2015. The 2015 figure includes a non-cash impairment charge related to the Pullmantur brand.The company’s adjusted net income for the year was USD 1.31 billion, compared to USD 1.07 billion for the full year 2015, representing more than a 25% year-over-year increase in earnings per share.“As we enter our DOUBLE-DOUBLE year, we have never been so well positioned,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer. “This program has done what it set out to do – bookings are at record levels, the preference our brands enjoy has never been stronger, we are on the cusp of investment grade ratings, our dividends are at an all-time high, costs have been well managed, and our guests’ satisfaction has never been better,” he added.Fain also said that, while currency and fuel are both significant negatives at the moment, the cruise line’s “business continues to thrive.”For the full year 2017, Royal Caribbean Cruises expects its net yields to increase 4% to 6% on a constant-currency basis, while the adjusted EPS for 2017 is expected to be in the range of USD 6.90 – USD 7.10 per share.The company said that its booked position for 2017 is better than last year’s record high, and at higher rates. Strength from North American consumers is driving exceptionally positive trends for North American and European products. These trends, along with a positive outlook for Australia and a solid booked position in China for the first half of the year, are positioning the company for robust growth in 2017.last_img read more