Utes Land Big Basketball Commitment

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  The Utes’ basketball team continues to add to the 2019 recruiting class.Seven-foot-three big-man Matt Van Komen committed yesterday.  Van Komen averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots as a junior this past season at Pleasant Grove High School.He chose Utah over Gonzaga and others. Robert Lovell Written by Tags: Basketball/Matt Van Komen/Utah Utes July 31, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utes Land Big Basketball Commitmentlast_img

Juggling the demands of regulatory change in 2016

first_imgAs a compliance officer in today’s regulatory environment, it’s easy to pinball between hot button regulations that dominate the headlines. But the frantic pace of regulatory change has made it nearly impossible for credit unions to keep up with the latest changes – let alone ensure compliance with existing regulations. After analyzing the latest Banking Compliance Index (BCI) figures, three trends stand out for 2016:    The enforcement climate is still hot, and only getting hotter.    Many institutions lack compliance with longstanding, fundamental statutes.    Agencies are still introducing change at a burdensome pace. Acclimating to a “New Normal”Anyone examining this quarter’s BCI figures closely will notice the jump in the enforcement rate against financial institutions up to 11.19 percent, which eclipses the enforcement rates of the preceding two quarters.Historically, the BCI tracked wild enforcement rate fluctuations within calendar years; for instance, over the past three years, the BCI has been in a range of 6.87% at the start of 2013 on the low end to 12.9% in Q2 of 2015. But more recently, we’ve seen enforcement rates steadily creep higher: over the last five quarters, the enforcement rate has consistently remained above 10 percent.This data supports the argument that bankers must acclimate to a “new normal,” where more than one in 10 financial institutions could face enforcement action in any given year.In our experience, some compliance leaders mistakenly believe focusing on the newest or most popular regulation for a short period of time will keep their institution safe from scrutiny or action. Our research team in the Regulatory Operations Center® has confirmed what bankers have long known: it takes regulatory bodies months if not years after introducing a new rule to begin cracking down. The average time from a new rule’s effective date to its first appearance in adverse examination-related findings is approximately two years.Back to BasicsHaving analyzed Q1 2016’s enforcement actions, one thing is clear: many institutions still struggle to comply with basic regulations that have been in place for years.The Bank Secrecy Act and Safety and Soundness standards aren’t new, and Call Reports have always required timely filing. But violations of those and other longstanding rules still cost institutions millions of dollars last quarter.With limited resources, compliance leaders can struggle to ensure their institution stays on the straight and narrow. They can often find themselves too distracted by incessant streams of new rules to chip away at the cumulative regulatory burden or take action to shore up fundamental compliance weaknesses. Bouncing from new regulatory item to new regulatory item, despite good intentions, doesn’t make institutions immune from examination woes or enforcement actions.What’s Sustainable?Amidst higher rates of enforcement, regulatory agencies still introduced 69 regulatory changes in Q1 2016, which equates to over 425 hours each institution must spend to ensure compliance with just these new requirements. At the end of the day, institutions still need the efforts of more than one full-time employee just to keep up with the most recent regulatory issuances from the previous quarter.Our team has also noticed a greater degree of complexity as well as specialization in the newest regulations, making it even more difficult for institutions to ensure compliance. And the volume of regulatory changes from quarter to quarter remains incredibly volatile and unpredictable. It’s challenging for compliance leaders to make sound staffing and forecasting decisions when they may need to pore over more than 4,000 pages of new regulations in one quarter (as was the case in Q4 2015) and 1,500 pages in another (as was the case for Q1 2016). A tripling of workload over a 90-day period, followed by a subsequent reduction to more normal levels immediately afterwards, can be difficult to accommodate using traditional methods.The self-directed approach to compliance management is proving difficult and unsustainable, if not impossible. When examiners come calling, they prefer to see detailed records of actionable progress to ensure compliance with regulations in question. An institution that can’t produce suitable evidence of its compliance actions finds itself in jeopardy of examiner criticism. An even worse consequence than unhappy examiners are inefficient business processes that mean dollars lost to ineffective outcomes. Given the perils of getting it wrong, it’s time for institutions to update their approaches to regulatory change management. By introducing better methods and modern technology to their compliance management systems, institutions can properly identify, evaluate and manage the many risks facing their organizations. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Pam Perdue Pam is a distinguished regulatory expert with over 20 years of experience in compliance. In her career, Pam has served as a chief compliance officer, an educator and consultant for … Web: www.continuity.net Detailslast_img read more

‘I miss praying at church’: Christians celebrate lonely but hopeful Easter from home

first_imgJessica said the church members had been practicing choir and preparing events for Easter since February. They are all now canceled. She said while they understood the situation, they could not help but feel devastated about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their religious routines.“It feels lonely. […] I know we can pray anywhere, but I miss praying at church. […] This community is like a family for me. After church services end, we usually stay for a while and have lunch together, particularly on a special day like Easter,” the 18-year-old college student said.“I hope everything will go back to normal soon.”Less than a dozen Easter committee members came to the church that afternoon, including the priests, some choir members, altar boys and lectors.Talking softly to four other committee members through their face masks, Jessica operated the live-streaming mass services from her laptop, while her friends prepared the recording equipment in front of the altar. At 5 p.m. sharp, with the help of that small quiet group, the Maundy Thursday Mass live stream began and was watched by thousands of the church members from their houses.Read also: Churches turn to livestreaming, suspend activities to support social distancingIn a house in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, Joneka Hehuwat, 54, sat at her dining room table with her mother, husband and two children. Together they were watching the live stream of the Good Friday service from the Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) of Kavling Polri.“Honestly it’s sad that we can’t celebrate Easter as usual. For me the meaning of Easter is more powerful than Christmas, because it’s how we all left our dark ways of life behind and started a new better life with His resurrection,” Joneka said. “But I’m grateful that I can celebrate it with my family in our home.”Joneka said some Jakartans she knew had contracted the coronavirus, and was therefore well aware that social distancing, including the cancelation of religious gatherings, was pivotal to curb the spread of the virus.By Saturday afternoon, Indonesia had reported 3,842 confirmed cases nationwide, mostly in Jakarta, which has imposed large-scale social restrictions since Friday. But while Christian communities in big cities like Jakarta can attend the Holy Week Masses online, a stable internet connection to access the live steams remains a luxury for those who live in remote areas.“I tried to do a live stream for Maundy Thursday, but the stream only worked until the first reading of the Bible, after that the internet signal went down,” Christoporus Aria Prabantara, a priest from Kristus Sahabat Kita Catholic Church in Nabire, Papua said.Paulus Christian Siswantoko of the Indonesian Bishops Conference estimated there were around 8.5 million Catholics in 37 dioceses across the country, and all so far have been compliant with the pray-from-home policy during Holy Week.Paulus said that although some regions had had difficulty providing or joining live-streamed services, they managed to access similar services through television channels and local radio programs.“We even heard that some priests at a church in Larantuka in East Nusa Tenggara used megaphones for the Holy Week Mass so that many could listen to their services,” he said.Read also: East Nusa Tenggara residents celebrate Good Friday from home amid COVID-19 pandemicChurches have also become an integral source of emotional support for many Christians during the pandemic.Bonifasius Melkyor Pando, a priest at St. Theresia Catholic Church in Central Java’s Semarang, found that some members of his congregation, in the hope to attend Mass, had gone to the church almost every Sunday even though it had been temporarily closed down since the middle of March. And every single time they had to return to their home since there was no Mass at the church.That longing for a Mass and prayers was the reason why the church held a Maundy Thursday Mass live stream on YouTube that they had never done before.“Hope is stronger than despair. Love is stronger than hatred. And life is stronger than death,”  Father Melky said in the live-streamed Good Friday Mass a day after.A number of churches under the jurisdiction of Ruteng diocese in East Nusa Tenggara have also turned to radio for Easter services, while Christians in Manado mostly used video streaming.Read also: In Jerusalem, Christians mark a sombre EasterIn Vatican City, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis celebrated Good Friday in an empty Saint Peter’s Square that would normally be packed with visitors during Holy Week.As lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are in place in many cities worldwide, Pope Francis has asked people to pray for and assist those who are homeless. — Markus Makur contributed to this story from East Manggarai and Agustinus Hari from ManadoTopics : There is no Easter like this year.Christian communities in Indonesia have seen it all in the past, from natural disasters, to terrorist attacks and persecutions, but the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in how it has changed the way Christians celebrate holy days.With the number of COVID-19 infections in the country growing, the government has asked religious communities, including more than 23 million Christians across the archipelago, to cancel any religious meetings and pray from home.center_img It was an hour before the Maundy Thursday Mass began when Jessica Juliani stood in the middle of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Kotabaru, Yogyakarta. She held a laptop to her chest. A feeling of emptiness struck her as she looked at the vacant benches and hallways inside the church that are usually packed with people on a special event like that day, she told The Jakarta Post.Maundy Thursday is celebrated in the middle of Holy Week, the week preceding Easter Sunday, one of the most important religious days, when Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on the third day after his crucifixion. On normal days, around 3,000 people gather at St. Anthony church. In previous years, some people have even had to join the mass from the street in front of the church because there was not enough room for everyone.But with churches closed for services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many processions and sacred church rituals during Holy Week have been canceled. Jessica and a small number of church committee members came almost every day during Holy Week to live stream the Mass for the church’s members who pray at home.last_img read more

Ray Parlour makes Unai Emery sacking prediction ahead of vital Leicester clash

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Nov 2019 9:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link38Shares Ray Parlour makes Unai Emery sacking prediction ahead of vital Leicester clash Advertisement Unai Emery is battling to save his Arsenal job after a poor run of results (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour is confident Arsenal will resist the urge to sack Unai Emery before the end of the season, even if they lose against Leicester in tomorrow’s potentially decisive Premier League clash.The Spaniard missed out on the top four last term following a late season collapse and saw his side crushed 4-1 by Chelsea in the final of the Europa League.With just four wins from 11 games at the start of the current campaign, Emery is now facing a fight to save his job ahead of Saturday’s visit to the King Power where a defeat could leave the Gunners nine points adrift of the top four pace.AdvertisementAdvertisementReports earlier this week claim the dressing room has been split by Emery’s handling of the Granit Xhaka captaincy situation, but despite the problems stacking up Parlour believes his old club will give the Spaniard time to turn things around.ADVERTISEMENT‘I think they will stick with Emery for now [until the end of the season] I really do,’ he told talkSPORT.”I think they’ll stick with Emery for now.” ⌛️”If he doesn’t make the Champions League, his future is not at Arsenal.” ❌”Defensively, they’ve got to improve.”@RealRomfordPele thinks Unai Emery will be sacked if Arsenal don’t make the Champions League. 🔴Do you agree? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/CGMWv3ypqu— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 8, 2019 ‘They are going to give him an opportunity. They’re still in the Europa League they’ll look at that.‘They got to the final last year. If they don’t make the Champions League then I don’t think his future is at Arsenal.‘That’s the biggest question mark whether they can or not. The way they are playing at the moment they are nowhere near the top four.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‘But they have to improve, he knows that. Defensively they’ve got to improve.‘How many times have they gone in front and then suddenly they give an opportunity away? We’ve sen it in so many games.’Who will score more goals on Saturday?Aubameyang0%Vardy0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal have one ‘concern’ over selling Granit Xhaka in JanuaryMORE: Jose Mourinho set to meet Arsenal boss Unai Emery at UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum Advertisement Commentlast_img read more