9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Grow Financial FCU in Tampa has filed suit in federal court against GTE Financial, alleging a former employee conspired with GTE to steal private information from the credit union, including trade secrets and private member information.According to a copy of the complaint obtained by Credit Union Journal, former Grow Financial underwriting specialist Erica Pierson is accused of having copied and distributed confidential internal credit union documents and member information at the request of GTE. The distribution is said to have begun in August 2016 when – at the request of GTE AVP James Esner, himself a former Grow Financial manager and Pierson’s former supervisor – Pierson allegedly searched Grow Financial’s computer system for information on its lending strategy and internal loan application-processing procedures before sending those on to Esner “for implementation and use at GTE.”Pierson is alleged to have sent the documents from her Grow Financial email account to her personal account before sending them on to Esner at GTE. Soon after, Pierson is alleged to have sent a copy of the credit union’s Dealer Scorecard and other documents containing personally identifiable information on Grow Financial Members, market research, technology and IT information and more. continue reading »
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce sees no reason why Carl Jenkinson and Mark Noble should not be able to follow Stewart Downing in playing their way into the England squad. Midfielder Downing, 30, has been one of the stand-out performers in the Hammers’ impressive start to the new Barclays Premier League season, which has seen the east London club climb into fifth place. Downing earned the last of his 34 caps in May 2012, with the former Liverpool man now benefiting from a run in the West Ham side deployed in a more central role by Allardyce. Allardyce, who himself was under plenty of pressure last season, believes people need to look at the bigger picture. “I think if Paul had as much money to spend as Martin O’Neill he would be very, very happy and you would expect he wouldn’t be in this position,” said the West Ham manager. “There was a change of financial policy at Aston Villa and when he eventually took over it was about reduction of wages rather than increase of wages. “When you have had to manage that period and that level it would be the biggest learning experience as a manager that he has ever experienced. “Paul has to do a bit of number-crunching on top of trying to get results. “That is a difficult period to manage because you know at the end of the day it is all about results. “You will get no leeway from the fans because you have reduced the wage bill by half or managed the financial situation if you don’t get results on the field. “Then in between that the owner has decided to put the club up for sale and now everybody is hanging and waiting to see if it will be sold. “It is a very difficult period to manage in and then continue to focus and get results and keep the club around the expectations that Villa fans have, and where they are at the minute is a very bad position.” He believes right-back Jenkinson, on loan from Arsenal, and all-action midfielder Noble must focus on continuing their good domestic form to keep themselves in the frame with national team boss Roy Hodgson, whose side tackle Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley a week on Saturday before heading to Scotland for a friendly in Glasgow. “They just have to keep playing well and consistently, winning football matches and keep staying in the top five and that will get them in eventually. You can’t ignore that then,” said Allardyce. “There seems to be a particular problem at right-back at the minute (for England) and I think Carl has got the potential, based on my short time with him, of getting a chance. “Carl has been at Charlton, then Arsenal and he is now playing regularly for us. “It just seems that Kyle Walker has been out for a long time and Glen Johnson at Liverpool seems to get the odd injury here and there. “Right-back has become a bit of a challenge for Roy – who are they? Where are they? And how good are they?” While West Ham have surged up the table with an unbeaten six-match run, Saturday’s opponents Aston Villa have plummeted the other way following half-a-dozen defeats after winning at Liverpool in mid-September. Villa boss Paul Lambert says he does not fear for his job in spite of the poor run of form. Press Association
Football Federation president Hany Abou Rida said he had every confidence the country would deliver a tournament to make the nation proud.Authorities have already named eight stadiums they feel are ready to use in Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez.“In fact we have the means to stage matches in seven regions,” football federation official Magdi Abdelghani said Sunday.The North African country, which has experience in mass tourism, has a multitude of hotels, two international airports, in Cairo and near Alexandria, and a road network linking the main cities.Share on: WhatsApp Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egypt’s sports ministry and Football Federation on Sunday outlined their bid to be ready for the Africa Cup of Nations which starts on June 15.Egypt took over as hosts for the 2019 tournament last week after Cameroon was stripped of the event due to infrastructure delays and political instability.“It is with great joy but a huge sense of responsibility that we embark on four or five months of serious hard work,” sports minister Achraf Sobhi said on Sunday. “A supreme committee will be set up to oversee things.”Sobhi also revealed that the opening ceremony and first match would take place in the 74,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium which was renovated before Egypt hosted the 2006 edition.Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said this weekend that work had begun at the stadium to replace the pitch.
FILE PHOTO: Nico YennarisShanghai, China | AFP | Nico Yennaris was born in working-class east London, played with Harry Kane at Arsenal as a boy and is an England youth international.While Kane moved to Tottenham Hotspur and became England captain, Yennaris’s career has taken a very different direction, becoming the first naturalised player to score in the Chinese Super League (CSL).In January he made Beijing his home — 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) from Leytonstone in east London — and the midfielder even has a new name.“It’s the first in history so it’s something that I can be proud of,” the 25-year-old known as Li Ke in China told state television after his milestone goal Sunday for CSL leaders Beijing Guoan.Born to a Chinese mother and Cypriot father, Yennaris, who is nine weeks older than fellow east Londoner Kane, now wants to help his new country become a footballing force.“I hope to help Chinese football and hopefully one day I can play in the national team as well and we will try to get to a World Cup,” he said in his unmistakably London accent.Yennaris, who signed for Beijing from Brentford in England’s second tier in January for a reported £4.95 million ($6.5 million), is eligible to represent China because he played for England only up to under-19, not the senior side.Chinese football this season began bringing in naturalised players, with Yennaris joined at Beijing by Norwegian-born John Hou Saeter.Yennaris will be on a vastly improved salary in the Chinese capital but he will have to dump his British passport because China does not recognise dual nationality.That means no going back now for Yennaris, who is yet to get a call-up for his adopted country but would improve a team ranked 74th by FIFA, a rung above tiny Cape Verde who have population of 500,000 compared to China’s 1.4 billion.He will though have to cover up his arm tattoos because the Chinese government frowns upon them.China failed to score or win a point in their only World Cup appearance, in 2002. – Kane connection –If the stars align — and China improve markedly — Yennaris could face Kane at the World Cup, Yennaris in the red of China, Kane in England white.They played for the same club in east London and were recruited as boys by Arsenal, although Kane was released after one season at the age of eight.Yennaris made a handful of appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side including 45 minutes against Manchester United in the Premier League in 2012.Yennaris and striker Kane remain on good terms. “When we see each other face to face and bump into each other we say ‘hello’ and we always speak,” Yennaris said.Yennaris had a couple of loan spells in the lower tiers of English football before moving permanently to west London club Brentford in 2014.Five years later came the life-changing opportunity to make the radical switch to China, where Yennaris is on a steep learning curve, especially with the language.Much has been made of him singing the Chinese national anthem but he is still picking up the basics off and on the pitch, such as the words for free-kick and corner.There were eight yellow cards and a red in Beijing’s 2-1 victory over Henan Jianye at the weekend, which at least made Yennaris feel like he was back in the rough and tumble of English lower-league football.“I’m used to this, but this may be a different level of fouls,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp
Tom Brady has made it official.Days after announcing his “football journey will take place elsewhere,” the now ex-Patriots quarterback has formally signed a deal to play with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If you thought you smelled smoke in the air on Saturday, you were not imagining things, nor were you alone.Palm Beach County Fire Rescue’s Captain Albert Borroto issued a statement Saturday morning that it all originated in the Everglades.“There are no active brush fires currently in the county. This smell of smoke is coming from fires outside the county and it is being pushed in by the weather front that was predicted to move in this weekend,” Borroto said.Improvement is expected through mid-morning as daytime heating will increase the wind which will help the atmosphere mix and disperse the smoke more easily. pic.twitter.com/tcVq4TmxKj— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) May 9, 2020 However, officials added that the weekend smoke was unrelated to several wildfires that have been burning in Florida’s Panhandle since last Monday.The Five Mile Swamp fire in Santa Rosa County burned through more than 2,000 acres and destroyed at least 17 homes, according to the Florida Forest Service.Rather, the reason for Saturday’s smoky air was due to the Moon Fish Wildfire that was discovered on Thursday at the southeast corner of Big Cypress National Preserve and close to the Everglades National Park boundary.According to a news release from Laurie Humphrey, Big Cypress’ lead park ranger, the fire was “human caused,” a truck fire. The person was cited, she said.By Friday evening, the Moon Fish Wildfire was covering about 12,181 acres, and was burning through sawgrass and cypress as aerial and ground crews tried to contain it.The National Weather Service also said smoke from fires in the Everglades could impact visibility over portions of South Florida during the early part of the weekend.
England international Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O) posted a closing round of 67 to comfortably win the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship at Prestatyn. The 23 year old (image © Tom Ward) was the only player to finish under par when he posted a 72-hole total of seven under 281, finishing seven strokes ahead of New Zealander Vaughan McCall and eight clear of Scotland’s Sam Binning. It is the third successive year that an English international has won the title, Hinton following in the footsteps of Eddie Pepperell in 2010 and Darren Wright last year. Hinton found himself two strokes off the lead held by Luke Jackson (Misterton, Nottinghamshire) after the opening round and his second day 75 left him in joint third place, four shots off the pace. However, a third round 70 sent Hinton into the final circuit sharing the lead with Jackson on 214. But while the latter slipped down the field with a closing 78 to finish tied seventh, Hinton raced away with his 67 to claim his first major title. There was little suggestion of such a wide winning margin as he reached the turn in one-under-par 36. But a run of three successive birdies from the 11th plus another at 15 saw him home in 31, easily his best nine of the event. Paul Kinnear (Formby, Lancashire) closed with 74 for 296 for joint tenth place, the same score as England Golf’s new Director of Coaching Nigel Edwards. Leading final scores: 281 C Hinton (The Oxfordshire) 69 75 70 67 288 V McCall (New Zealand) 72 75 70 71 289 S Binning (Ranfurly Castle) 74 74 70 71 290 S Crichton (Aberdour) 70 76 72 72, R Enoch (Truro) 73 72 72 73 28 May 2012 Hinton races away with Welsh title
Gareth Bradley fired a brilliant five-under par round of 68 to lead by a shot after day one of the English Senior Men’s Amateur Championship.The Cheshire senior county captain started his round on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club with a birdie – and never looked back.An impressive display of long iron play from the tee and velvet touch on the greens was enough to give Bradley a narrow advantage over Royal Ashdown Forest’s Andrew Smith.Smith had a six-foot eagle putt at 18 to tie for the lead, but watched it slip by and had to make do with an excellent round of 69 (-4).Defending champion Ian Attoe, Rupert Kellock from Sunningdale and Wildernesse Golf Club’s Jon Wright are a shot further back after rounds of 70 (-3).Six birdies in Bradley’s morning round and just the one bogey allowed the golfer from Bramhall Golf Club to enjoy his lunch.The later starters had to cope with a stiffening afternoon breeze and muggy conditions that made scoring tricky.After his round, Bradley said: “I missed a short one on the last but I’m not complaining.“I’m very happy with a 68, I’d have signed for 78 before I started!“I don’t normally like bouncy conditions and tomorrow might be different.“But I came into this playing quite well and feeling good about my game. I was second in the Northern Counties last week and have been here a few times over the years to play in the English Amateur and the British Mid-Amateur.“Still, to get round with just the one bogey is always something to be happy about on this track.”After his opening hole birdie, Bradley rolled in three more birdie putts at the third, sixth and ninth with just that one blemish at the seventh hole after an errant drive.Another biride at the 10th was followed by six straight pars until he holed a 15-footer on 17.The failure to get up and down from the back of the 18th frustrated Bradley, but he won’t let it deflect from what was an excellent start to the championship.“I retired to play seniors golf so I’m very lucky in what I do,” he added.“I didn’t play well at start of last year, but then came good and had five or six wins including the UK seniors, so it’s disappointing that so many have gone by the wayside this season.“I’m off at one o clock in the heat tomorrow and I think we all have to accept that on the Bracken with all its contours, there will be bad bounces and the aim has to be to get out without too much damage done.”Smith was annoyed at missing out on the chance of a second eagle of the day at the final hole after making one on the 14th, but was content with how he played.“I’d have bitten your hand off for that score before I started,” he confirmed.“Having said that, I love this type of course as it’s very similar heathland terrain to my own course at Royal Ashdown Forest and it’s right up my street.”Three-times winner Attoe (pictured above) joined Kellock on three under par having spotted Bradley’s score just as he teed off.“I’ve kept myself in it and having seen Gareth’s score I had something to aim for,” said Attoe.“Tee to green I played well. But putting was a bit hit and miss. However, you can’t be upset with a 70 round here.”Last week’s hero of the English Men’s Amateur, Paul Wharton, birdied three of the four par fives to post a two-under par score of 71.“I played steadily all day and I’m happy with that,” added the Woodhall Spa member. “The greens were perfect and there was a good score out there for someone.”The field of 144 now moves on to the Bracken Course for Friday’s round with the top 60 players after 36 holes making the cut and completing the 54-hole stroke play event on Saturday with another round on the Hotchkin.Full details and scores from day one can be found on the English Senior Men’s Amateur Championship homepage.Photography: Leaderboard 6 Aug 2020 Senior Men’s Amateur Championship: Bradley blazes a trail with sizzling 68 Tags: English Senior Men’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Gareth Bradley
Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned two medals at the 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thirty experienced judges from around the country completed over 2,000 evaluations of wine from 8 countries and 37 states and provinces between April 30 and May 3, 2014.Maritime Moscato, a sparkling Muscat crafted with grapes from Upland Vineyards in the Snipes Mountain AVA, earned a silver medal. A portion of the proceeds of this wine benefits the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, Washington. This label features an original watercolor by Blain Roberts surf partner, Darryl Easter of Camarillo, California.Night Watch, a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and sweet dark cherry, also earned a silver medal. This wine benefits Harbor Home Health & Hospice. The art on this label was created by Oregon artist Cathy Peek.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
LAKE COMO – The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation (JSJBF) will host its 13th Annual Harpin’ Help from 12:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Bar Anticipation, 703 Sixteenth Ave.The all-day music event features continuous live music and harmonica acts organized by local musician Sandy Mack. The event will generate funding for JSJBF’S operational expenses and collect nonperishable food items and paper products for Lunch Break of Red Bank.Mack of Wall Township, who is a volunteer for the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation, has been putting Harpin’ Help together throughout its history.“Harpin’ Help offers something for everyone with a variety of musical styles and artists,” said Mack who is a harmonica player. “We all enjoy getting together each year to share our talents to benefit the Jersey Shore jazz and blues community and people in need.”All ages are welcome to attend the day of live music on two stages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be 50/50 raffles, food available for purchase and a cash bar.Admission is $20 at the door or $15 when a guest brings a minimum of two cans of nonperishable food items or paper goods.Additional information about Harpin’ Help 2013, is available by visiting the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation website at www.jsjbf.org or calling 732-933-1984.