North Babylon Man Drowned in Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 56-year-old man who drowned in the backyard swimming pool at his North Babylon home on Wednesday night may have suffered a “medical event” before he died, Suffolk County police said.Thomas Romanello was found unresponsive by his wife and daughter in the four-foot above ground pool at their house on Dollard Drive at 6:35 p.m., police said.A neighbor helped pull Romanello from the pool and perform CPR before the victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives believe Romanello, who was wearing swimming trunks, may have been cleaning the pool to close it for the season, noting that there was a vacuum in the pool.Investigators believe the death to be non-criminal. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine cause of death.last_img read more

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A credit union star is born with Constellation launch

first_imgNorth Carolina-based Coastal Federal Credit Union and eight partners have unveiled Constellation Digital Partners – an organisation offering the “first and only” suite of digital financial services dedicated solely to credit unions.The creation of the firm and its platform is the result of a three-year long R&D effort, which culminated in the filing of a patent in November 2015. Now, Constellation is building out its cloud-based marketplace and platform that will allow credit unions and members to “choose which services to use inside of a secure banking experience”.Kristopher Kovacs, Constellation’s founder and Coastal Federal CU’s chief information officer, says “despite a recent boom of potential financial technology partners, credit unions cannot access them because of the legacy structure of credit union relationships with current digital banking providers”.To date, Coastal Federal CU and eight others, spanning the US and totalling $12 billion in assets, have committed to investing in the platform. continue reading » 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Diversity initiatives: Solving a problem that doesn’t exist?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Buchanan Holly Buchanan is the author of Selling Financial Services to Women – What Men Need to Know and Even Women Will Be Surprised to Learn. She is the co-author of The … Web: www.SellingFinancialServicesToWomen.com Details By now you’ve probably heard that California has become the first state in the country to mandate female directors on public company boards headquartered in the state.  You can read more about it here. The new law is intended to increase diversity on public company boards.  Boy howdy have I been having some interesting conversations about this move by California.  Some people are cheering: “This is great! We may finally see more equal representation on company boards.”  Some people are jeering: “So a more qualified man is going to be pushed aside by a less qualified woman? How is that progress?”It brings up a fundamental problem about diversity initiatives.  What is the problem they are trying to solve? And how do you address the fact that many people believe these initiatives are attempting to solve a problem that does not exist?  What is the problem?No one is debating the statistics. The California legislation states that “26% of the Russell 3000 companies based in California have NO women directors serving on their boards.” Further, “[n]early one-half of the 75 largest IPOs from 2014 to 2016 went public with NO women on boards.”What these statistics don’t address is why?  And that’s where the disagreement comes in.Why aren’t there more women serving on company boards?Why are there so few women serving on company boards?  One camp believes it’s due to discrimination. The other camp believes it’s due simply to the fact that the men on the boards are more qualified than the female candidates.   The folks I talk to take one of two positions on the California law.  One – the result will be less qualified women will be chosen over more qualified men.  Two – the result will be less qualified men will not be chosen over more qualified women.  Who is right?  That depends on the process used to identify, recruit, and ultimately seat a board member.  Is there bias in that process? If there is, how do you remove it?Research points to unconscious bias in hiring practices.  Read more about these studies here.  Companies have had success with “blind recruiting” and “blind hiring.”  They use software and other methods to screen resumes and job applications to remove names (which can indicate gender, race and nationality).  In another example, many symphonies have instituted a blind audition process where musicians audition behind a screen. These processes enabled organizations to remove bias in order to more accurately identify the best people for the job.   More transparency around how board members are chosenSo who is the best person for the job?  How are board members chosen? How are candidates recruited?  What does the interview process look like? What criteria matters most?  How are candidates evaluated? How is the process/system streamlined to reduce bias?   My hope is that the process for selecting and choosing board members will become a main focus of this initiative with an emphasis on transparency.  The California law is sparking a great deal of debate.  There are already constitutional challenges to the law, so its fate is still uncertain.  But it’s an interesting experiment. I look forward to seeing how it all turns out.last_img read more

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RBA’s Debelle flags housing risk from tighter lending standards

first_imgRBA deputy governor Guy Debelle says house prices could be impacted by tighter lending standards. Image: AAP/Morgan Sette.RESERVE Bank of Australia deputy governor Guy Debelle has warned of the risks to house prices if lending standards are tightened further as a result of the banking royal commission.In a speech in Sydney, Dr Debelle said tighter lending restrictions might have a bigger effect on the amount of funds an individual household could borrow, rather than the number of households that were eligible for a loan.“This, in turn, means that credit growth may be slower than otherwise for a time,” he said.“To me, that has more of an implication for house prices, than it does for the outlook for consumption.”GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERERBA deputy governor Guy Debelle says house prices could be impacted by tighter lending standards.When it comes to interest rates, the RBA looks set to stay on the sidelines for the foreseeable future, with Dr Debelle stressing that the official cash rate was likely to remain steady this year and into next.“If the economy continues to evolve as expected, higher interest rates are likely to be appropriate at some point,” he said.“Notwithstanding this, the board does not currently see a strong case for a near-term adjustment in the cash rate.”Despite the solid outlook, Dr Debelle focused on risks, such as US-triggered inflation that would drive up global interest rates and push the Australian dollar down. FLOOD SUBURBS NOW BEATING REST OF BRISBANERBA deputy governor Guy Debelle says tighter lending standards could impact house prices. Photo: Penny Stephens.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoDr Debelle highlighted the risk posed by Australia’s high levels of household debt, saying it could weigh on consumer spending if borrowing costs were to rise suddenly.“Household income growth has been subdued for a number of years, which means that a number of households may be carrying a larger mortgage for longer than they expected when they took out the loan,” he said.“While they can service the mortgage, it has consumed a larger share of their income for longer than they might have intended.”HOMELESSNESS A ‘NATIONAL DISGRACE’The RBA is expected to leave interest rates on hold for longer than first thought. Image: AAP/Dean Lewins.Commenting on the recent regulatory pressure on banks to tighten lending rules, Dr Debelle downplayed the likely impact of resets to interest-only loans to more traditional principaland interest loans.“These can see the required mortgage payments rise by nearly 30-40 per cent for some borrowers,” he said.“Our assessment is that there are quite a few mitigants which will allow these borrowers to cope with this increase in required payments, including the prevalence of offset accountsand the ability to refinance to a principal and interest loan with a lower interest rate.“While some borrowers will clearly struggle with this, our expectation is that most will be able to handle the adjustment so that the overall effect on the economy should be small.”The RBA has kept the cash rate unchanged at a record-low 1.5 per cent since 2016.last_img read more

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Swoon-worthy Cannon Hill abode up for grabs

first_imgThere is a stone fireplace.“I wanted a lowset, with lots of and natural light and breezes,” Mr Ingreri said.In the centre of the home is an open-air courtyard, enabling light to all areas of the home, and along the entrance to the home Mr Ingreri planted vines and jasmine.“I want it to be like a big green box when it’s grown, just like the old houses that have vines growing up them in the English countryside.” The house at 3 Mckie Cres, Cannon Hill, is for sale.This Cannon Hill house will make hearts skip a beat.The light and bright home at 3 Mckie Cres was built by builder Peter Ingreri last year for his girlfriend Molly Standfield and is unlike anything in the area. There is a Cape Cod feel to the house.While there are touches of Hamptons style within the home, Mr Ingreri said he took his inspiration from The Cotswolds in south central England.The most notable feature of the house is its jaw-dropping cathedral ceiling with exposed timber panelling and white beams.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago The kitchen is simple, yet timeless.That ceiling starts from the open-plan kitchen, living and dining room and flows seamlessly to an alfresco dining area.In the lounge room is a stunning stone open fireplace, contrasting against the crisp white walls. One of the bathrooms at the home.The house is set on a 704sq m corner block, has four bedrooms, the master with an ensuite, and an inground pool. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The ceiling continues outside from indoors. The cathedral ceiling is the star of the house. Vines will eventually grow up over the beams. A beam across the top of the bedroom continues the theme of the house.last_img read more

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State Champs!

first_imgThis is a belated congratulations to the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles who won the 1A State Championship this past Saturday in Indianapolis.  They defeated the Argos Lady Dragons 57-39.  This marks the second state championship for Jac-Cen-Del and the first for the Lady Eagles.Coach Smith’s team was led by Lily Simon with 16 points and Jordan Day with 12.  The Lady Eagles never trailed after the first minute of the second quarter.  Their day was capped off when Abby Wagner received the Mental Attitude Award.Congratulations on a great feat and a memorable season!last_img read more

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Area Boys & Girls Basketball Scores (12-20)

first_imgArea Boys & Girls Basketball Scores.Tuesday  (12-20)Boys Scores.Batesville  65     Union County  57Oldenburg  55     Waldron  35Taylor  46     Lawrenceburg  45Connersville  44     Greenfield Central  37Lanesville  56     Shawe Memorial  32SW Shelby  56     Morristown  53Girls Scores.Columbus East  51     Batesville  39Rushville  63     North Decatur  34Waldron  61     Knightstown  54SW Shelby  47     Morristown  40Greenfield Central  44     Connersville  29last_img read more

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Pair set to leave Saints

first_imgSouthampton duo Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers are expected to be announced as Liverpool and Arsenal players respectively on Monday. They are now set to be joined at Anfield by Croatia international Lovren, who is expected to be announced as a Liverpool player on Monday. The outspoken 25-year-old has made no secret of his desire to leave the club he joined from Lyon last summer, moving for a deal Press Association Sport understands to be worth £20million. Chambers’ exit has come as more of a surprise, although Arsenal have clearly seen enough from the versatile right-back to make their move. It is understood a deal should be announced on Monday as Arsene Wenger adds a third Saints academy graduate to his squad, having previously signed Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Press Associationcenter_img The summer of change at St Mary’s continues apace, with manager Mauricio Pochettino’s exit to Tottenham compounded by the departure of a number of key players. Left-back Luke Shaw became the most expensive teenager of all time in his move to Manchester United, while Adam Lallana followed Rickie Lambert in moving to Liverpool. last_img read more

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Pliskova earns breakthrough win to reach US Open semis

first_imgBy Steve KeatingNEW YORK, NY (Reuters) – Karolina Pliskova, a grand slam underachiever, took a big step towards shedding that unwanted label by sweeping past Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh 6-2, 6-2 yesterday to roar into the semi-finals of the US Open.Pliskova arrived at Flushing Meadows as the only player ranked inside the top 20 yet to reach the fourth round at one of tennis’s four blue riband events but the 10th-seeded Czech made her trip to the semis look like nothing new as she overwhelmed 18-year-old Konjuh in 57 minutes.“It’s an amazing feeling, I am so excited to be in my first semi-final especially in this tournament I very much love New York and hard court season,” said Pliskova, who will next face either world number one Serena Williams or Romanian fifth seed Simona Halep.“I think I played a very good match today.“I did a quick break in the first game which helped me and I was more calm then and going for my shots.”The big-hitting Czech, who has fired more aces this season than any other player, opened the match with a bang, breaking the unsteady teen on her opening two serves en route to a 4-0 lead.Pliskova lost only one point on serve in the opening set as she swept past the reeling Croatian in 28 minutes.Konjuh began to find some rhythm and confidence near the end of the first and start of the second but could not keep it going and again found herself down a break 3-2.At that point there was no way back for the 92nd-ranked Croatian as Pliskova steamrolled through four straight games finishing her opponent off with back-to-back aces.“I wasn’t at my best level today for sure, but she was just too good,” said Konjuh, who upset fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the quarter-finals. “Her serve is just too good.“Today on the court, you know, she found her rhythm and took the opportunities that I gave her.“This is a great result for me. Now I know that I got that something to be in the top.”last_img read more

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