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  • Berger: NAFCU ramping up data security push in new year

    first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger asserted the association’s ongoing focus on winning passage of comprehensive data and cybersecurity legislation, one of the association’s top priorities for 2018, in an op-ed published yesterday in CUTimes.Berger noted that frequent data security breaches – in 2017 there were more than 1,200 reported by late November – have made protecting personal information nearly impossible and have cost financial institutions as they work to protect and restore affected members’ accounts. Berger cited a NAFCU survey that found merchant data breaches in 2016 “cost each credit union an estimated $362,000 in direct and indirect costs, including expenses related to monitoring, reissuance, fraud investigation, or losses and insurance.”“It’s imperative that everyone in the payments ecosystem take an active role in addressing emerging threats and protecting consumers’ personal financial information,” Berger wrote. “Credit unions, which serve more than 110 million member-owners, should not have to pay for the mistakes of third parties handling their members’ data. We need Congress to act so those members, and all Americans, can transact business with the knowledge that everyone handling their data is doing so responsibly.”last_img read more

  • As tallest team in the conference, Syracuse finds problems with height

    first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ At 6-foot-1, Lindsay Eastwood is the tallest player in the College Hockey America conference. That’s before the extra two inches her skates give her. Every game, Eastwood is the tallest player on the ice, but it’s not just the redshirt senior that has the height advantage. It’s an advantage shared by the entire Orange team.Syracuse (3-12-1, 2-1-1 College Hockey America) has an average height of 5-foot-8, highest in the CHA. Eastwood isn’t the only 6-foot skater for Syracuse, as freshman Anna Leschyshyn is 6 feet tall as well. As the tallest team in the conference, SU has realized that as much of an edge height can be, it can also pose problems. “I’ve got a long reach so that definitely helps me,” Eastwood said. “Players are coming one-on-one on me, so it’s definitely an advantage. I think I just need to be able to play to that advantage or else it can become a weakness.”In hockey, size has always mattered. Bigger players win board battles and create traffic in front of the net. All three of SU’s leaders in blocked shots, including Eastwood, stand above 5-foot-9. Only Penn State has as many players over 5-foot-9 as SU (nine), but PSU doesn’t have a single skater above 6 feet. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEva Suppa | Digital Design EditorMost opponents don’t have the size to matchup with Eastwood and the Orange, which can create a unique advantage for Syracuse. RIT, for example, doesn’t have a player over 5-foot-9, and has one conference win on the season. “We try to teach our kids to be active with their stick and tracking the puck and trying to be disruptive,” said head coach Paul Flanagan. “So from that perspective I think having reach and length can really help.”Defender Kristen Siermachesky (5-foot-11) is also one of the tallest players on the team. She cited height as an “intimidation factor,” but only if it is used in the right way — stick-checking opponents, winning pucks along the boards and tipping pucks on net.  But that long reach can also get players into trouble, Siermachesky said. Sometimes, it can be difficult for taller players to defend against shorter, quicker opponents. Shorter players can move their feet faster, and that often results in taller players playing catch-up. When taller players rely too much on their long reaches, it can result in stick penalties like hooking or tripping. Those penalties have been a problem for the Orange all season. It contributed to the worst start in program history this year, as SU lost multiple games after bad penalties late. In 2019, Syracuse is second in the nation with 191 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-10 Kelli Rowswell leads the Orange with 11 penalties, seventh-most in the nation.Eva Suppa | Digital Design Editor“It’s tougher sometimes for our bigger kids that have to be careful,” said Flanagan. “You’ve got to manage yourself pretty well, your hands, your elbows just so you’re not getting penalties, when you tower over someone you just have to be careful.”There are a few SU players who don’t have a height advantage and are forced to have different styles of play. Amanda Bäckebo, the shortest player on the team, said she knows that she won’t win board battles with bigger players, so she tries to “sneak out” and use her speed to get to the puck first.“So, if I go into, like, close competitions there, I have no chance,” Bäckebo told The Daily Orange last year. “I (had) to have a play style that didn’t involve too much physics.”This season, while penalties have piled up and the offense has struggled to produce goals, Syracuse’s unique perceived advantage has actually contributed to their most glaring weaknesses. Comments Published on December 4, 2019 at 10:30 pm Contact Gaurav: [email protected]last_img read more

  • OPEN SEASON FOR CRIMINALS AS JUSTICE MINISTER SNUBS DONEGAL

    first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has slammed the news that NO new Gardai will be coming to Co Donegal despite the recent spate of criminality.No new Gardai will be coming to Donegal.The Dail was told that there are currently 412 Gardai and 29 Garda Reserves serving the entire county.But Deputy McConalogue says this is down from 466 in recent years. And the Fianna Fail TD said once again that Donegal is a special case because of its close proximity to the border.“The Minister for Justice is just not listening to the fact that Donegal is a special case and recent weeks has shown that once again.“The Minister says that he will continue with intelligence-led operations ro combat crime but that is only one aspect of policing.“The bottom line remains that there is no greater deterrent to criminals than to see Gardai on the street. “The reality is that numbers for Gardai in Donegal have reduced from 466 to 412 which is around a 12% reduction.“That is sending out all the worng messages to criminals that they can just use the border areas to come and go.“We have seen evidence of this in recent weeks with incidents along the border,” he said. OPEN SEASON FOR CRIMINALS AS JUSTICE MINISTER SNUBS DONEGAL was last modified: December 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConalogueGardaiJUSTICE MINISTERlast_img read more

  • Breaking: Ryanair pilots announce strike before Christmas

    first_imgRyanair pilots who are members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association have announced plans to strike on Wednesday 20th December – just five days before Christmas Day. Flight disruptions are expected when Irish-based directly-employed pilots, mostly captains, withdraw their labour during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.The pilots backed industrial action by a margin of 94% to 6% in secret ballots conducted over the last week. Although the number of employees involved in the strike is fewer than the total number of Irish-based Ryanair pilots, the action will have an impact because planes cannot legally or safely fly without a captain.An IMPACT trade union statement said the dispute is over Ryanair management’s refusal to enter direct negotiations with the European Employee Representative Council (EERC) or IALPA as the sole independent representative body for pilots working in the company.Union representatives say the airline has so far refused to recognise the EERC or IALPA, and insists that any discussion of pay and working conditions be conducted through management-controlled “employee representative councils.”The action on December 20th is expected to generate either disruptions or substantial costs to Ryanair. The union has warned of further strike days if agreement is not reached. IMPACT official Ashley Connolly said Ryanair was the only Irish-based airline that refuses to recognise independent pilot representatives.Ms Connolly said: “This dispute is solely about winning independent representation for pilots in the company. Management’s failed negotiating model has let down shareholders and tens of thousands of passengers, whose flights were cancelled this year because company-controlled industrial relations proved incapable of recruiting and retaining enough pilots.“The failed policy threatens to further disappoint shareholders and passengers, and further damage the airline’s reputation, because experienced pilots continue to leave the airline in droves.“This dispute is about securing a safe space for negotiations, with independent representation that pilots can have confidence in,” she said.The union said it has made repeated attempts to open discussions with airline management in recent months. Breaking: Ryanair pilots announce strike before Christmas was last modified: December 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:pilotsryanairstrikelast_img read more