continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Senate yesterday voted to confirm Kathy Kraninger to lead the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. She will take over for Mick Mulvaney, who has served as acting director since November 2017. NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger reached out to Kraninger following the vote to congratulate her on the confirmation.The Senate voted 50-49 to confirm Kraninger; she will serve as director for five years.“NAFCU is consistently engaged with the bureau on issues critical to the credit union industry and we look forward to working with Director Kraninger to ensure a healthy regulatory environment in which credit unions can grow, thrive and successfully serve their membership,” said Berger.“Additionally, we will continue to advocate for a tailoring of regulation at the bureau to reign in unscrupulous behavior by Wall Street banks and bad marketplace actors while exempting credit unions from burdensome regulations that will simultaneously raise costs on their members.”
Kazakhstan’s two main cities of Almaty and Nur-Sultan went into lockdown on Thursday to combat the coronavirus pandemic.The army and police blocked roads leading into Almaty — the oil-rich Central Asian country’s usually bustling business hub — using armored vehicles, barriers and concrete blocks.Troops and police manned checkpoints as medics checked the temperatures of car passengers and recorded their names. Topics : According to the latest official count, Kazakhstan has 44 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection — 19 in Almaty and 25 in Nur-Sultan.Almaty has 1.8 million residents and Nur-Sultan has around 1 million, according to official figures.The vast country that borders Russia and China has adopted some of the toughest measures among former Soviet countries and has earlier announced a state of emergency, set to last at least until April 15.”We ourselves are thinking where this all came from and if this is going to last a long time,” said Valentin, a security guard who was commuting to work in Almaty on Thursday.”Don’t get sick, Almaty,” he added, before driving off. The Kazakh authorities plan to block entry and exit routes to Almaty from Sunday, along with similar restrictions for the capital Nur-Sultan located some 1,000 kilometers further north.The streets in Almaty were mostly empty on Thursday except for queues of people outside some pharmacies.”Infection is a really cunning enemy,” said Mira Ruziyeva, a vet, who was passing through a road block into the city.”I for one understand the situation is serious. We all need to show self-discipline and carry out instructions,” she said.
THE long-standing and productive cricket relationship shared by the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC) and Farfan and Mendes Limited (F&M) was extended for another year last Friday when the Georgetown-based company renewed its sponsorship of the club’s Under-15 team.Twenty-one years ago, the company accepted the club’s offer to sponsor the team and over the years the RHT/Farfan & Mendes Under-15 team developed into one of the leading teams within the age group in Berbice, winning several championships while producing numerous national and Berbice players.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster noted that Farfan and Mendes Ltd is currently the longest-serving official sponsor of the club and over the last twenty-one years has played a major role in the development of the club.He praised the business entity for its continued investment in the club and the role it has played in the development of numerous young cricketers.Over the years, the RHTYSC Farfan and Mendes Under-15 team have won the Berbice championship five times and have produced a total of 17 Under-15 national players and 43 Inter-county players for Berbice, with players of the calibre of Assad Fudadin, Abdel Fudadin, Delbert Hicks, Royston Crandon, Shevon Marks, Abdel Fudadin, Shawn Perreira, Shemaine Campbelle, Plaffina Millington, Dominic Rikhi, Naresh Mahadeo, Parmanand Narine, Murphy La Rose, Arif, Junior Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson and Sylus Tyndall benefiting from the sponsorship.Campbelle, Crandon and Fudadin have since gone on to represent the West Indies at different levels over the years. They are currently the defending Berbice champions.Farfan and Mendes Limited Marketing Executive, Onai Vasconcellos, in brief remarks, stated that his company was pleased to be associated with the RHTY&SC, as it has successfully represented the Farfan and Mendes brand with pride, passion and discipline.Meanwhile, Lucas Arthur has been appointed captain of the team for the 2017 season while Jonathan Rampersaud will serve as his deputy.As part of the club’s plan to expose younger members to leadership duties, Simon Naidu will serve as manager while veteran member Delbert Hicks is the coach.The sponsorship for 2017 is worth $240 000 and will provide for balls for game and practise sessions, transportation, snacks and cricket gear.