Teachers FCU shares stories from a COVID-19 hotspot

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Teachers Federal Credit Union ($7.8B, Hauppauge, NY) isn’t masking its commitment to coronavirus safety. It’s handing them out.Distributing branded facemasks to members and employees is just part of the protocols in place as one of the Empire State’s largest member-owned financial cooperative slowly returns its working life to a new normal.New York City has been an epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States for the past few months, and with 31 branches in and around the Big Apple, Teachers has hardly been immune to the pandemic’s impact on business continuity, members, and staff.President and CEO Brad Calhoun is marking his first year at the helm of Teachers this month, having made the move in June 2019 from First Tech FCU in Oregon. Inna Sprague, a colleague at First Tech, made the same move this past March, joining Calhoun as the cooperative’s Chief Experience Officer just as the nation was beginning to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Indikator poll shows dip in trust, high health focus for govt’s COVID-19 response

first_imgA recent survey by Jakarta-based public opinion pollster Politik Indonesia shows that the economic impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic have caused a declining trend in public trust.Indikator executive director Burhanuddin Muhtadi said that the “significant” waning of public trust in government could be a result of the economic impacts of the health crisis, which had prompted regional administrations to enforce months of quarantine, social distancing and restrictions on economic activities.”When I conducted the regression analysis, I found that the worsening economic condition greatly impacted the public trust in democratic institutions,” Burhanuddin told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Regression analysis basically examines the cause-and-effect relationship between a dependent variable and a set of independent variable; it is called “regression” because the method uses historical data.The survey, conducted between May 16 and 18, involved 1,200 respondents across Indonesia regarding their level of trust in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representatives Council (DPD), the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).Compared to Indikator’s previous survey in February, the latest survey shows a dip in public trust. However, the survey’s respondents generally trusted the government, with at least 60 percent checking “strongly trust” or “somewhat trust” in their responses.Read also: Indonesia records spike in COVID-19 cases as govt eases restrictionsThe President’s approval rating remained relatively high at 82.8 percent, dropping by 9.4 percentage points from 92.2 percent in the February survey.The May survey also showed growing dissatisfaction in the government’s COVID-19 response and democracy in general, but not Jokowi.The May survey showed that trust in the DPR declined 14.5 percentage points from 74.6 percent in February to 60.1 percent. Trust in the DPD fared a little better, declining 11.1 percentage points from 74.6 percent to 63.5 percent in May, while trust in the MPR dipped 7 percentage points from 79.1 percent to 72.1 percent.Among law and security institutions, the KPK recorded the lowest level of trust, declining 6.6 percentage points from 81.3 percent to 74.7 percent, followed by the National Police recording a decline of 6.2 percentage points from 85.6 percent to 79.4 percent.The TNI recorded the highest level of trust but saw the largest decline, dipping 9.9 percentage points from 95.4 percent to 85.5 percent.Meanwhile, 74.1 percent of respondents indicated trust in the judiciary, which was not covered in the February survey.Regarding the economic variable, 81 percent of respondents perceived the economic condition in May as “bad”, the worst response recorded since 2004. Indikator’s 2015 survey was the second worst, with 47.9 percent rating the economy as “bad”.Indonesia’s economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter of 2020, the lowest since 2001, as household spending and investment growth slowed in response to the outbreak.Read also: COVID-19: Jokowi urges ministry to reach out to poor families amid uneven aid distributionThe World Bank recently revised its growth projection to zero percent for Indonesia if it implemented the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for two months amid the severe global economic slowdown and falling commodity prices. It also projected economic shrinkage of 3.5 percent in the worst-case scenario of the PSBB lasting four months.In response to the economic impacts of the health crisis, the government has proceeded with its plan for gradually transitioning to its “new normal” phase in June. The plan involves easing the PSBB and cautiously reopening the economy with strict health protocols in certain regions, including the nation’s capital and COVID-19 epicenter of Jakarta.”The government responded with the ‘new normal’ measure because the economy would be devastated if the strict PSBB measures were to continue. On the other hand, the middle class is urging to continue [with] the PSBB because the previous attempts had [not] succeeded in mitigating the [outbreak],” said Burhanuddin.The May survey showed that 60.7 percent of respondents believed that the government should prioritize public health in its COVID-19 response, whereas 33.9 percent said the government should prioritize the economy.”We should find a solution. If the economy is hit severely, democracy will also be damaged as well. However, the government should not rush to implement the new normal by sacrificing public health,” Burhanuddin said.As of Thursday, Indonesia reported 979 new cases to bring the cumulative total to 35,295 confirmed cases, with 12,636 recovered and 2,000 deaths.Topics :last_img read more

Gritty Bayern Sees of Sevilla to Book S’final Ticket

first_imgBayern Munich ground out a 0-0 draw to see off Sevilla’s spirited challenge and reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals with a 2-1 aggregate win.The newly crowned German champions, who won their past two home games 6-0, needed defensive grit to match their usual attacking flair at a sold-out Allianz Arena.Sevilla defender Joaquin Correa, who was sent off in stoppage time, hit the bar with a header and midfielder Pablo Sarabia, who scored in the first leg, wasted a glorious first-half chance. But Bayern top-scorer Robert Lewandowski had a header pushed over the crossbar by goalkeeper David Soria and a brilliant block from Sevilla’s Jesus Navas denied Franck Ribery.It was the first time in 22 home Champions League matches that Bayern had failed to score.Sevilla defender Gabriel Mercado, replacing injured centre-back Simon Kjaer, was lucky to stay on the pitch after bringing down Lewandowski when he split the visiting defence in the second minute.But Vincenzo Montella’s side recovered to control the first half, even if they were ultimately frustrated, none more so than Correa, who slid in wildly on Javi Martinez to earn a red card.Bayern winger Arjen Robben had warned his team-mates against complacency in this game after winning the first leg 2-1 in Spain.But it was less a case of Bayern’s over-confidence and more Sevilla’s self-belief and command of the ball which kept this compelling encounter in the balance for so long.Sevilla are seventh in La Liga but have been a surprise package in the Champions League, and they surprised everyone by having more possession than their illustrious hosts in the first half – 54% to 46%.Sarabia, who missed a good chance before scoring in the first leg, wasted another opportunity and Bayern left-back Rafinha slid in to prevent the midfielder shooting again.Bayern, who worked Soria sporadically in the first half, stepped it up after the break as Lewandowski headed into the side netting at the far post and Robben threatened.But the hosts lacked their usual sparkle and Lewandowski – bloodied from a clash of heads – was substituted in the 77th minute after drawing a rare blank in front of goal.Boss Jupp Heynckes had to settle for the consolation of Bayern’s 100th clean sheet at home in European competitions.Montella’s side won many admirers, even if they came up short of delivering another quarter-final upset after Roma stunned Barcelona on Tuesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC graduate starts women’s health company

first_imgYing Tao received her master’s of business administration from the Marshall School of Business in 2016, and she’s already making strides in the entrepreneurial world with her company G Box Club.Based in Beverly Hills, Tao delivers on-demand care packages for women specializing in toiletries, clothes and flats. The inspiration for the company was derived from her hectic lifestyle at business school.“If I was running around in my heels all day, and I would want to get out of them and go hang out with a friend or something, it would be amazing if I could just order flats on demand,” Tao said, remembering how her idea materialized. Tao said her goal with her company is to help women “feel comfortable and empowered.” G Box Club recently partnered with Postmates to help deliver the product, a process that took a lot longer than Tao expected.Before reaching an agreement with Postmates, Tao had tried to use Uber drivers and a subscription model, but found this difficult. Postmates requires that she has a business location, and now with an office in Beverly Hills, Tao is ready to expand her product.Though Tao’s company was officially incorporated in July 2016, she’s three weeks into her soft launch. Before she starts the hard launch, Tao is in the process of finding the best way to advertise G Box Club and use influencers to her advantage. Right now, Tao is trying to spread awareness of her company, and she is figuring out what her customers want.“We’re testing out different products to see what products sell,” Tao said. “This is really just the beginning, but we’re just [focusing] on how to get the word out.”When Tao entered business school, she didn’t envision starting her own business. She had her sights set on a high-paying, steady job. Tao said that all changed when she took her required entrepreneurship class. Tao and her partner had to create a business in a week and compete against other teams to see how much money they could make. They sold 3D- printed roses, and at one point, she remembers, they had sold 100 units in five hours. That initial idea got their company $5,000 when they made the finals of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies’ New Venture Seed Competition.“It was such an exciting process of having a concept and then selling the product and then getting it to the competition,” Tao said. Tao said that’s what attracted her to entrepreneurship and is part of the reason why she’s the CEO of her own company now. Tao is running the company on her own, without a co-founder, because she felt no one else could be as passionate as her.Tao is already thinking ahead for her company. She sees G Box Club as a data test to see how much of a market there is for on-demand services. And in the near future, Tao is looking to make an app separate from Postmates.It’s also been a learning process for Tao run a business and look for employees. “I wish I took more risks when I was younger,” she said.Tao’s project has already garnered praise from popular figures on social media. Jennifer Adams, a digital influencer based in Los Angeles, said she was a huge fan of the “flats in a flash.”“I will be out with my fiancé or girlfriends and get to that point in the night where I want to take off my heels,” Adams said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Flats straight to you, with a bag for your heels to protect them? Yes please!”Along with the flats in a flash project, her latest care package for women comes just in time for Valentine’s Day. It allows customers to send Valentine grams to friends wherever they are, on or off campus. That’s just one of the many ways Tao envisions the future of her company.“I just want it to be an on-demand service for men and women for products that they really need in their everyday lives,” Tao said.last_img read more

International taekwondo competition in Tomislavgrad

first_imgOn 13 April, in sports hall of Tomislavgrad, International Taekwondo competition was held and it started at 9.30 a.m.More than 300 participants from BiH, Zagreb and Slovenia participated. After the opening ceremony, KUD ‘Fra Jozo Križić’ from Roška Polja held a performance.The competition was opened by Mate Kelava, and Dražen Jurčević and August Orlović awarded the winners, reports TGportal.comlast_img