ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has resigned after a key ally yanked his support from his government. Conte is hoping to get President Sergio Mattarella’s support so he can form a new coalition government to steer Italy through the pandemic. Mattarella can ask Conte to try to form a broader coalition government, mandate a new prime minister to try to form a government from the same parties, appoint a largely technical government or call an election two years early. Conte’s government was thrown into turmoil this month when a junior coalition party headed by ex-Premier Matteo Renzi yanked its support. The president will begin consulting with leaders of political parties on Wednesday.
Students submitted their ballots online Wednesday for student body president and vice president, but the results of this year’s race will not be made public until 9 a.m. today due to allegations of campaign rule violations, Judicial Council vice president of elections Katie Hennessy said. In the past, election results have been released shortly after student voting closes at 8 p.m. “We had decided a few days ago that we were going to wait until [Thursday] morning,” Hennessy said. “The way the Constitution reads is that people have until 11:59 p.m. [on election day] to submit allegations [of campaign misconduct].” The Judicial Council, which is responsible for overseeing the fair processing of student government elections, did receive two allegations of rule violations regarding two different tickets Wednesday, Hennessy said. Per the Constitution, the specifics of allegations remain confidential to prevent swaying voters. Hennessy said the allegations jeopardized the Council’s ability to release results promptly. “Whenever allegations arise we have to hold them until they’re done, appeals and everything,” she said. “Neither ticket was found in violation, so the announcement will still be made at 9 a.m.” While neither ticket was found to have broken campaign rules, Hennessy said she found enough merit in the allegations to bring the cases to the Council’s election committee. “When we receive an allegation, it comes to me and I read through it and determine if it has merit and whether they should go to the election committee,” she said. “I decided they both had reason enough to be heard, so the election committee met this evening and heard the allegations.” The Council contacted both tickets and invited the candidates to attend the hearing. “The tickets always have the opportunity to come in and give their side of the story, and the election committee can ask them questions if anything is unclear,” she said. Results will be released outside the Notre Dame Room of the LaFortune Student Center today at 9 a.m. Check The Observer online today at www.ndsmcobserver.com for election results. If no ticket earned a majority in Wednesday’s election, the two tickets with the highest number of votes will compete in a run-off election. The candidates would participate in a debate Sunday night, with the final election to take place Monday.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man allegedly killed his 32-year-old girlfriend and cut her daughter who tried to intervene before he committed suicide in their North Amityville home on Saturday night, Suffolk County police said.Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a man stabbing a woman at a house on North Drive where they found Virginia Vasquez and her boyfriend, Stephen Guillaume, 35, dead in the doorway of their home at 9:40 p.m.Vasquez’s 14-year-old daughter is undergoing surgery for a cut on the hand she suffered when she tried to help her mother. Vasquez’s 4-year-old son, who was also in the home at the time, was not harmed.Investigators learned that Guillaume began stabbing Vasquez after she told Guillaume that they were breaking up, police said.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to contact them at 631-852-6392.
While the US has been slow to introduce chip and pin, there have been developments in smartphone payments. The bank JP Morgan Chase and retailer Walmart have both launched rivals to Apple Pay, which shows how retailers, banks and regulators are innovating to bring about faster payments and a potential cashless society. continue reading » Have you heard? Some retail establishments, in countries like the Netherlands, don’t accept cash anymore. As I mentioned in a previous post, digital money is making big waves – everywhere. While it’s starting to make a serious dent in the United States, the use of mobile payments are much more widespread in other countries.Below are 10 interesting tidbits from an article in The Conversation, which discusses the use of mobile payments in financial services around the world: One in ten card payments were contactless for the first time in 2015 in the UK. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Next summer Copenhagen will host Money 20/20, the world’s major annual event for emerging payment technology. It will be the first time the forum convenes outside the US, bearing witness to the increasing importance of Europe when it comes to innovation in payments and financial technology. Many have pointed to the slow death of cash in Scandinavia, but cash is unlikely to completely die out – few may develop a mobile app suited to the needs of refugee migrants there, for example.
The recent United Airlines Customer Treatment Debacle should be looked upon as a teachable moment for all customer/member service organizations.United s overbooking of passengers and their subsequent mishandling of the situation will cost their company millions in legal and future revenue not to mention the image killing brand the company must now remake to rebuild trust with the American public.United violated the cornerstone mantra of any exceptional consumer organization:The Customer (in our case Member) is King & Queen!Consumers and our credit union members are the lifeblood of any organization and they should be treated with respect and dignity.Consumers have the choice, access, and resources going for them so thinking that your credit union is the only game in town is a business myth.Ethical treatment of our members is one of the core principals of the credit union movement and credit union membership should have its advantages and be what differentiates us in the financial services marketplace.United s overbooking of customer seats (which is fraud—how can you book a seat that is not available) and favoring employees over paying customers is not how a world class service organization should operate.And employees not being empowered to use common sense in dealing with situations that need flexibility and not going by the book–can cost any organization dearly.World class or Member-Centric service organizations know that sometimes you must inconvenience yourself for the convenience of the customer/member.Credit Unions should strive to seek ways to add value to our members’ lifestyles (save time/money/ensure financial security/not jump through hoops to do business) and treat all members in a courteous and professional manner.The more we can add value and value our members, the more “Member-Centric”, prosperous and successful our credit unions will become.This is an opportunity to take our credit unions to the next level of service by training our employees to treat our members in this fashion.And more of our current and new members will buy from us because of why we do what we do (our philosophy/purpose) versus what we do.Credit Unions should never take their members for granted and should seek to wow members at every service opportunity touch point. Employees must bring their “A-Game” to work every day and treat all members with passion and care— just like you would treat your mother! 72SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Vardallas John A. Vardallas CAE, CUDE is Founder/CEO of The AmericanBoomeR Group, a Madison, Wisconsin based speaking/consulting firm. He is also Senior Faculty Advisor/Project Evaluator for SCMS and … Web: www.theamericanboomer.com Details
Nov 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Although 77 million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine have already been delivered this fall, distribution delays have left some providers empty-handed, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to intensify its message on the benefits of late-season vaccination.At a press conference today, the CDC announced the designation of the week after Thanksgiving as “National Influenza Vaccination Week.” CDC Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, said the aim is to raise awareness about seasonal flu vaccination and urge more Americans to be vaccinated in November, December, and later.The CDC predicts that flu vaccine manufacturers will produce a record number of doses this year, between 110 and 115 million. Gerberding said the remaining doses will be shipped through November and into early December. She urged healthcare providers to make good use of the final deliveries of flu vaccine by scheduling extra clinics, extending clinic hours, and supporting mass vaccinations at sites such as retail stores.L.J. Tan, PhD, director of infectious diseases for the American Medical Association (AMA), said many patients mistakenly believe that the only time to get vaccinated is before Thanksgiving. “This is a step toward shattering that myth,” he told reporters. Administering the flu vaccine in November, December, January and beyond is consistent with federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations.Gerberding said that though distributors try to provide at least partial fulfillment of all vaccine orders early in the season so that all providers can begin their vaccination activities, some providers are still having trouble getting their doses. “There are still mismatches between the need and supply in certain parts of the country,” she said.Because flu vaccine sales and distribution are handled by private companies, the CDC can’t control the flow of the product to customers.Don Williamson, MD, Alabama state health officer, said some public health agencies have adequate supplies of the vaccine, but others are struggling. He estimated that 40% to 45% of providers in Alabama have received their shipments and about 30% have their shipments of the children’s vaccine.Delays affect family physiciansTan said that smaller providers, such as family practice physicians, are most likely to have been affected by distribution delays. “The biggest challenges are the chronically ill, high-risk patients that seek the vaccine from their family doctors in early October,” he said. “If they can’t get it, they go somewhere else. We want to encourage them to go back to their physicians.”Some AMA members have reported that the delays aren’t as bad as last year, Tan said, adding that there’s still room for improvement in the vaccine distribution system.Gerberding said that despite the record number of doses this year, public health officials worry about supplies going unused. “We’re trying to do everything we can to get every dose used,” she said.The CDC is starting to see some flu activity, but Gerberding said it is too early to say what the predominant strains are and how widespread and virulent they’ll be. According to CDC tracking through Nov 4, Florida and Louisiana have local activity, and North Carolina is the only state showing regional activity.In June, federal health officials recommended that toddlers aged 2 through 4 years be immunized against influenza each year, adding millions of people to the groups included in vaccination recommendations.Children often miss second vaccine doseIn other flu immunization news, a report in the November issue of Pediatrics said that in a 3-year study, most children being immunized against flu for the first time did not receive the second dose recommended for optimal protection.The CDC recommends that children aged 6 months to 9 years who have never received a flu shot should receive two doses of vaccine. Those who receive trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) vaccine should have a booster 1 month or longer after the initial dose, before the onset of the flu season.Researchers evaluated 125,928 children aged 6 months through 8 years who were members of health maintenance organizations participating in the Vaccine Safety Datalink project. The children received their first TIV dose in the 2001-02, 2002-03, or 2003-04 influenza season.Compliance with the two-dose recommendation varied by age-group and influenza season. Among children younger than 2, the proportions who received their second dose were 44%, 54%, and 29% over the three seasons. In children older than 2, compliance was 15%, 24%, and 12% over the three seasons. Children were more likely to receive the recommended second dose if they received their first dose by mid November.Researchers concluded that noncompliance with the two-dose TIV series could decrease the direct and indirect benefits of vaccination programs.Jackson LA, Neuzil KM, Baggs J, et al. Compliance with the recommendations for two doses of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine in children less than 9 years of age receiving influenza vaccine for the first time: a Vaccine Safety Datalink study. Pediatrics 2006;118(5) [Abstract]See also:CDC weekly influenza updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/
At a press conference, Tecpar Director Jorge Callado said they were still waiting for Russia to send in its phase 1 and 2 vaccine test results, and that their understanding is they are still conducting phase 3 trials.He added that Parana would likely participate in the phase 3 testing, subject to Anvisa authorization.Russian ambassador Sergey Akopov, speaking from Brasilia at the videoconference signing of the MOU, said the purpose of the partnership with Paraná state was “to assist each other in developing, testing and eventually producing the vaccine.”The Russian embassy has also had discussions with the state of Bahia about a similar memorandum of understanding.The grandmother of Brazil’s first lady Michelle Bolsonaro died of coronavirus, the government of Brasilia said. President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus last month but has recovered.Sao Paulo state Governor Joao Doria and his wife also announced Wednesday that they had tested positive for coronavirus.Brazil has the world’s worse coronavirus outbreak after the United States, with over 3,164,785 confirmed cases and 104,201 deaths as of Wednesday. A Brazilian technology institute said on Wednesday it expects to produce a controversial coronavirus Russian vaccine by the second half of 2021, shortly after the state of Parana signed a memorandum of understanding with Moscow.Russia has touted it as the world’s first registered coronavirus vaccine, although experts have also raised safety concerns for going to market while other pharmaceutical companies are still carrying out mass testing.Paraná’s Technology Institute, known as Tecpar, said it may import the vaccine earlier than the production date, if Brazil’s federal health regulator Anvisa allows. Tecpar signed the cooperation agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which said in a statement from Moscow that its goal was to “organize the production of the Sputnik V vaccine and its distribution in Brazil and other Latin American countries.”Brazilian public health experts and former senior regulatory officials said on Tuesday they had safety concerns about the vaccine, which has not passed the usual mass testing required of vaccinations.Brazil is conducting trials for several candidate coronavirus vaccines and the health ministry said on Wednesday it might buy more than the 100 million doses already planned for from AstraZeneca.The announcement comes after Brazil regulators allowed for testing a booster dose of the vaccine, which if successful would require twice the number of doses to help the same number of people. Topics :
England v West Indies, Lord’s 1984Spare a thought for poor Joe Root. A young captain, eager to showcase a positive attitude with his talented but flawed Test team, his declaration, late on the fourth evening, setting West Indies 322 to win, should by right have been rewarded with a shot at a series-winning victory.Brian Lara celebrates the victory after scoring an unbeaten 153. (Getty Images)It didn’t quite work out as planned, and who knows what the lesson will do for his proactivity in the future; but one man in the Sky commentary box is bound to have more sympathy than most. David Gower had just inherited the captaincy from Bob Willis in the summer of 1984, when he found himself in a position to turn the screw on the mighty West Indies.Ian Botham, with first-innings figures of 8 for 108 and a hard-hitting 81, had starred in a dogged team performance that deserved a shot at glory, but instead they came face to face with a limping Gordon Greenidge, one of the most fearsome beasts in the global game.With his mobility limited, his psychotic cuts and pulls wouldn’t have been out of place in a Hitchcock movie, as England were hacked down by nine wickets – a chase of 344 achieved in an extraordinary 66.1 overs.Pakistan v England, Karachi 2000-01Curtly Ambrose dismisses Mark Ramprakash for a duck. (Getty Images)The light was fading fast as Hope and Blackwood swung for glory at Headingley, but it was a midsummer night’s dream, compared to the stygian gloom at the National Stadium in Karachi in the dying minutes of England’s tour of Pakistan in 2000-01. Two stultifying draws at Lahore and Faisalabad had proved one thing – if nothing else – that Nasser Hussain’s England would be a tough nut to crack. But then, in the penultimate innings of the series, Moin Khan’s Pakistan inexplicably lost the plot, folding for 158 to present the opportunity of a lifetime to a team that had spent all tour clinging on.The target was 176 in 44 overs, and Moin’s go-slow tactics made damn sure that they wouldn’t get a delivery more. The first seven overs before tea were stretched across 40 minutes, and with the sun setting fast, there seemed little chance of a resolution, even with the sub fielder, Matthew Hoggard, roped into sightscreen duties in front of the pavilion.But with umpire Steve Bucknor unmoved by Moin’s petitions, to take the players off for bad light, Pakistan were hoist by their captain’s petard. Graeme Hick clubbed 40 and Graham Thorpe scampered 64 not out, the winning runs coming with an under-edged cut that noneDon Bradman congratulates Arthur Morris on reaching his century. (PA Photos)of the fielders could see.West Indies v Australia, Barbados 1998-99The obituaries for West Indies cricket have been coming thick and fast since the official end of their days of dominance in 1994-95, when Mark Taylor’s Australians came, saw and conquered on a feisty tour of the Caribbean. So, when, four years later, the Aussies rocked up once again in Trinidad and routed the former champions for 51, the knives were out like never before for the skipper Brian Lara, who had just overseen a humiliating 5-0 loss in South Africa.Lara’s response was savage and brilliant, a stunning 213 in Jamaica to set up a 10-wicket win, but he was only getting started. What followed, in Barbados, was arguably the most glorious innings of his life – a stroke-perfect 153 not out, in a total of 311 for 9, as he hunted down a daunting total with dead-eyed drives and calm manipulation of the tail.Courtney Walsh, as inept as a batsman as he was great as a bowler, survived five deliveries at the death as McGrath, Gillespie, MacGill and Warne (soon to be dropped for the decider) were all thwarted.The winning boundary, a trademark guillotined drive through the covers, prompted arguably the defining celebration of Lara’s career – arms raised, bat in one hand, stump in the other, enveloped by his team-mates as Kensington Oval flooded with jubilation.England v Australia, Headingley 1948It’s rare for a fourth-innings chase of 322 not to be a new ground record for a run-chase, but equally, it is a measure of West Indies’ triumph that, instead of toppling one of the iconic Headingley achievements, Hope and Brathwaite will now forever be mentioned in the same breath as two titans, Don Bradman and Arthur Morris.Like Root on Monday evening, Norman Yardley had few reasons to doubt the wisdom of his declaration, early on the fifth day, as Australia were set a daunting 404.Bradman, a month shy of his 40th birthday, remained formidable, of course, but more vulnerable than in his pomp – he’d not added to his 28 Test hundreds since the first innings of the series. But now, in a rollicking stand of 301 in just 217 minutes, he made up for lost time in a thrilling grand finale to his matchless career. Morris fell for 182 with victory all but sewn up, but Bradman remained unbowed, on 173, as Neil Harvey cracked the winning boundary off the first ball of his innings.Little did the onlookers know in that moment of victory, but with 6 996 runs to his name, Bradman would never add to that tally.England v West Indies, Lord’s, 2000Run-chases come in all shapes and sizes, but the general rule of thumb is that the fewer runs to tick off, the easier the task at hand. That, however, ignores all manner of extenuating circumstances – pitch conditions, stature of opposition, weight of history … or, just occasionally, all three, as England discovered in an excruciatingly thrilling finale at Lord’s.When Dominic Cork, as manic as Jermaine Blackwood, but cool and calculated to boot, crashed England to their target of 191 with just two wickets standing, he sealed a win that arguably rivals Edgbaston 2005 as his country’s most important win in the past two decades.The context was thus: England hadn’t beaten West Indies, home or away, since 1968. They had just lost to New Zealand the previous summer to slump to the bottom of the Test rankings, and in Nasser Hussain and Duncan Fletcher, they were in the early months of a partnership that would transform the team forever. But they needed results, and when they were stuffed by an innings in the first Test at Edgbaston, the same old script was being written.In Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose, they were up against the proudest defenders of West Indies’ faith, and when the pair shared four first-innings wickets, England had surrendered a first-innings lead of 133, and with it, surely the series.But then, the miracle – West Indies 54 all out in their second innings, and a shot at redemption. Michael Atherton and the rookie Michael Vaughan matched each other, stroke for stroke, flinch for flinch, in a pair of vital 40s, as West Indies were ultimately let down by their lack of back-up bowlers.Walsh claimed 6 for 74, Ambrose grudgingly conceded 22 runs in as many overs, but Franklyn Rose and Reon King were not fit to succeed the kings and England went on to win the Wisden Trophy for the first time in 32 years.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Honest conversationScott said he talked with Lakers forwards Carlos Boozer and Wesley Johnson about not playing in Friday’s loss to Brooklyn. Scott also reassured Boozer he was not penalizing him for missing Wednesday’s practice following the NBA All-Star break.Scott reported Boozer arrived late from Miami to Los Angeles because of engine issues in his private plane.“I don’t play guys out of being ‘I’m mad,’ ” Scott said. “I don’t hold no grudges when it comes to that. If you can help me win games, I’ll put you on the floor. I don’t have to like you at all. But that’s not the case with Carlos.”Summer plans Scott predicted rookie forward Julius Randle will “definitely” play on the Lakers’ Vegas Summer League team after missing most of this season because of a fractured right tibia he suffered in the Lakers’ season opener.A team spokesman said the Lakers feel “optimistic” about Randle’s availability during Summer League, though that does not begin until July.Randle’s latest rehab has involved walking on a weight-bearing treadmill at 60 percent of his body weight.The Lakers’ summer league team will also feature Clarkson, a possible top-five pick, a mid-first-round pick and two possible second-round draft picks. Scott said that assistant Larry Lewis will likely coach the team.He said itAfter Kobe Bryant and former Boston guard Rajon Rondo dined together two months ago in Boston, Celtics executive Danny Ainge jokingly asked Scott in front of reporters if he would like to have breakfast. But Scott said he’s “going to be a little busy” on Sunday morning.“I can’t do that,” Scott said. “Danny, we’re good now. But we’re not going to have breakfast.” A Sunday matchup between the Lakers and Celtics usually meant one thing: The NBA would showcase a nationally televised game that featured its fiercest rivalry as a possible Finals preview.But none of those elements will emerge when the Lakers (13-41) host the Boston Celtics (20-32) today at Staples Center. Instead, the most captivating storyline could entail which starting lineup Lakers coach Byron Scott will showcase. Scott only disclosed that rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson will retain his starting spot and that Nick Young will play a reserve role, two scenarios Scott previously said he would consider changing. Scott playfully told a reporter “good try” after asking the the status of every other starter, including shooting guard Wayne Ellington, small forward Ryan Kelly, power forward Tarik Black and center Robert Sacre.“I could change it every game,” Scott said. “I don’t want guys feeling comfortable that they will play 25 to 30 minutes a night. I might also play all 12 guys. It might be a little over 20 minutes for each guy. I want them to have that hunger they need to have.”
Here’s the champion. Well done Ronald Rugumayo. That was marvelous. #TMLGolfOpen17. pic.twitter.com/J4h9nftC17— Uganda Golf Union (@golfunion) September 16, 2017 Day 2 Leader board #TMLGolfOpen17 at Uganda Golf Club, Kitante. pic.twitter.com/iufo1cNSNj— Philcorry (@Philcorry1) September 14, 2017 Richard Baguma, goes into tomorrow’s action #TMLGolfOpen17 leading by a 2 stroke lead at the Uganda Golf Club, Kitante. pic.twitter.com/n5tNHRtApO— Philcorry (@Philcorry1) September 14, 2017 Sudden death playoff. Otile and Rugumayo bogey the 18th. What a putt by Otile! What a putt! #TMLGolfOpen17— Robert Madoi (@robertmadoi) September 16, 2017 Congratulations to Rugumayo for a well deserved win & a huge shout out to all players for putting up a spirited fight. #TMLGolfOpen17 pic.twitter.com/qGSPXy5Yfm— Tusker Malt Lager Ug (@tuskermaltug) September 16, 2017 Share on: WhatsApp Winners in the Main event at the #TMLGolfOpen17 at the Uganda Golf Club, Kitante. pic.twitter.com/OMVAoo8zb4— Philcorry (@Philcorry1) September 17, 2017 Ronald Rugumayo (middle) gets his first Uganda Golf Open trophy from UBL’s Marketing Director, Juliana Kagwa and UGU boss Opendi on Saturday.New champion after tense Uganda Golf Open final dayKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Ronald Rugumayo was the toast of Ugandan golf on Saturday after his come-from-behind victory in the country’s top tournament.Ronald Otile played like the defending champion most of all four days of the Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Amateur Open, but he had no response to Rugumayo’s three birdies during the three-hole play-off.The tournament only went into a play-off (decider) at the UGC Club Kitante, thanks to some stunning day 3 and 4 golf from Toro Club’s Rugumayo.While all eyes were on Otile, Richard and Daniel Baguma, 25-year-old Rugumayo shot a perfect third round three-under par-69, to join the ‘high table’ for the final day. He had virtually sneaked in, having carded 80 and 78 on the first two days.Going into the final day, the ‘pressure group’ had four golfers tied at 227 strokes – Otile, Rugumayo, Kenya’s Sam Njoroge and Roddell Gaita.Otile and Rugumayo broke away to take the lead, both with 72 strokes ( total 299 strokes over 72 holes). The defending champion however had to sink a putt for a bogey from a long way, to stay in contention.Despite this, the momentum Rugumayo had set could not be stopped, and three birdies on the play-off holes 12, 17 and 18 made the Toro golfer the 75th champion of Uganda’s top golf event. Otile found himself in trouble from the first play-off hole 12, managing a par, then birdie next, and when he ended in the bunker on the final hole, his fate was sealed.On top of the champion’s prizes on Saturday, sponsors Tusker Malt have entered Rugumayo into the prestigious Nyali Golf Open in Kenya next month – just the kind of stage that makes one think seriously about turning professional.Action continues in the Uganda Open series in the next one week, with the Pro-Am and the professionals events.VIDEO: The last hole actionTWEET FEEDIt is defending champion @otile_ronald at the top after Day One. #TMLGolfOpen17. pic.twitter.com/jLaADqTix7— Uganda Golf Union (@golfunion) September 13, 2017 All set for a Ugandan onslaught on the #TMLGolfOpen17 title today! #LetsDoThis?? #Golf pic.twitter.com/gySeyrjJdu— Louis Jadwong (@Jadwong) September 16, 2017 Rugumayo was simply unstoppable. He birdied all three playoff holes. #TMLGolfOpen17 great win like Birungi (1997) & Akope (2000) victories.— Douglas Mazune (@dmazune) September 16, 2017