NAFCU continues to monitor hearings on Capitol Hill this week, including two House committee discussions on patent reform and the state of the Federal Housing Administration.The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce Manufacturing and Trade hearing, “Update: Patent Demand Letter Practices and Solutions,” is slated for 10:15 a.m. today.NAFCU reiterated credit unions’ growing concerns about patent-trolls’ demand letters and the need for legislative relief in a letter Tuesday to the subcommittee from Carrie Hunt, the association’s senior vice president of government affairs and general counsel.Legislation is needed “to alter the intimidating business model used by these patent assertion entities,” Hunt said, adding that NAFCU will continue to support Congress’ efforts to curb such activity. On Wednesday, NAFCU also signed onto a joint letter to the subcommittee leaders, with other financial trade organizations, advocating patent reform on behalf of financial institutions. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
… Young Achievers move to third with 2-1 win against BeaversDEN AMSTEL clawed their way back to the top of the points standings of the Guyana Football Federation/West Demerara Football Association (WDFA) Senior League with a 2-0 win over Wales United, while Young Achievers edged Beavers 2-1 to jump one place higher when action in the league continued over the weekend at the Den Amstel Community Centre ground.Gavin Graham was first to mark his name in the referee’s scorecard in his team’s (Den Amstel) victory over Wales United, as he netted the opening goal in the 16th minute before Morris Charles sealed the issue with a 76th minute goal.The win for Den Amstel propels them back to the top of the points standings with 22 points from seven victories and one draw in eight matches. They have so far scored 20 goals and conceded eight for a plus 12 goal difference.Wales United, on the other hand, remain in seventh place with eight points from two wins, six losses and two draws with a goal difference of minus eight.Despite Den Amstel returning to the top of the points table, they will have to be wary of Uitvlugt who are currently placed second with 19 points from seven matches after winning six matches and drawing the other, and have a goal difference of plus 22.Meanwhile, Young Achievers are now third in the league after defeating Beavers 2-1 through a brace off the boot of Lloyd Prince in the 44th and 64th minutes. Gavin Anderson equalised in the 56th minute but Prince extended the score.Young Achievers are now on 19 points while Beavers remain on four points and are in ninth place.Last Saturday at the same venue, Stewartville ascended to fourth place with a 2-0 win against Jetty Gunners. Paul Hector and Orette Stephenson were on target for the winners in the 42nd and 59th minutes respectively.Stewartville now have 17 points from five wins, three losses and two draws from 10 games, while Jetty Gunners are 10th with four points from one win, seven losses and one draw after nine matches.
AMERICAN sprint star Justin Gatlin admits he is looking forward to one last showdown with world’s fastest man Usain Bolt at this summer’s London World Championships.The meet is expected to be the last major championship of the decorated 30-year-old Bolt, who has announced that he will be retiring from the sport at the end of this season.The 35-year-old Gatlin, who has been Bolt’s closest rival for the last several seasons, ensured that he is on course to at least remain a part of the spectacle following a 100m win at United States Trials on Saturday.The sprinter clocked 9.95 seconds to claim the top spot, in the process getting the better of young collegiate star Christian Coleman (9.98) the pre-race favourite for many heading into the final.Now on the horizon for Gatlin, who finished second behind Bolt at the 2013 and 2015 Worlds and 2016 Olympics, is another chance to test the mettle of the Jamaican.“It’s going to be a changing of an era,” Gatlin told Reuters. “We are going to be looking at a person who came along and made his mark and who has not only excited the crowds but he has made history over and over.”“I always wanted to battle with the guys with the records,” the American said.“When I came back into the sport, my goal was to be…I said to myself ‘I just want to be shoulder to shoulder with him’,” Gatlin told reporters at the U.S. nationals/world trials.“It was just total respect for how fast he is, the competition he brings.”
AN unwavering Australia wrapped up a decisive fifth Test victory at the SCG and 4-0 series triumph on an Ashes finale overshadowed by an illness to stricken England captain Joe Root.In a dramatic ending to a somewhat underwhelming series, Root struggled with a viral gastroenteritis bug forcing him to be able to bat only for an hour yesterday.He added 16 runs to his overnight score of 42 but was unable to resume batting after lunch.Without their ailing captain, England crumbled after lunch against a withering spell from dynamic Australian quick Pat Cummins, who claimed three quick wickets as Australia completed a dominant series with an innings and 123-run victory. England finished on 180 for 9 with Root retiring on 58 not out.In a fitting grim end to a nightmare Ashes tour for the hapless England, there was a dramatic start to the Ashes finale with Root not resuming his innings of 42 not out after being hospitalised with the bug.There were initial fears that Root had suffered from severe dehydration after being in the thick of oppressive conditions for much of Sunday with temperatures hitting 57.6 degrees in the middle of the SCG at one point.Amid stifling humidity, Root bravely came to the crease an hour into the day at the fall of Moeen Ali’s wicket and quickly notched his fifth half-century of the series. He battled hard alongside Jonny Bairstow to reach lunch 58 not out as England’s hopes of salvaging an unlikely draw increased slightly.However, an ill Root was unable to resume his innings after lunch and England’s chances quickly nosedived with Cummins, arguably Australia’s best quick of the series, ending Bairstow’s (38 from 143 balls) resistance with a piercing delivery that trapped the wicketkeeper lbw. Moments later, Cummins (4 for 39) bounced out Stuart Broad as England quickly plummeted to 148 for 7.Cummins, the team’s enforcer and emerging into Australia’s best quick, then repeated the dose by dismissing Mason Crane with a brute of a short ball as Australia stormed to their ninth victory from their past two home Ashes series.England started in a perilous position at 93 for 4 still trailing by 210 runs and without their captain at the crease.With Root ailed, struggling all-rounder Moeen came out to bat with Bairstow and the pair shed their attacking instincts to defend gamely against probing Australian bowling. With Root stricken, the prevailing belief was that the embattled tourists would roll over but Bairstow and Moeen offered dogged fight on a pitch showing little wear although off-spinner Nathan Lyon relished extracting menacing turn.There were no chances for almost an hour until Moeen (13) was trapped by his tormentor Lyon on the stroke of the drinks break. It was the seventh time in the series Lyon dismissed Moeen, who finished a horrendous series with a miserable average of 20.Despite every Test going into the fifth day for the first time in the Ashes since 1994-95, it was a lopsided series with none of the matches going down to the wire in thrilling fashion. Quite fittingly for a lack-lustre contest, the Ashes finale at the SCG inevitably fizzled out to finish a one-sided Test and series.After a convincing Ashes triumph, Australia will be celebrating long into the night having stunningly regained the urn. Conversely, an embattled England are set to feel the heat after a highly disappointing campaign ended in another embarrassment Down Under. (Cricbuzz.com)ENGLAND 1st innings (346)ENGLAND 1st innings (346)Australia 1st innings 649 for 7 declared England 2nd innings (overnight) 93-4A. Cook b Lyon 10M. Stoneman lbw b Starc 0J. Vince c Smith b Cummins 18J. Root (c) retired hurt 58D. Malan lbw b Lyon 5J. Bairstow † lbw b Cummins 38M. Ali lbw b Lyon 13T. Curran not out 23S. Broad c †Paine b Cummins 4M. Crane c †Paine b Cummins 2J. Anderson c †Paine b Hazlewood 2Extras: (lb 2, pen 5) 7Total: (88.1 overs) 180 all outFall of wickets: 1-5, 2-15, 3-43, 4-68, 4-93, 5-121, 5-144, 6-144, 7-148, 8-156, 9-180Bowling: M. Starc 16-4-38-1, J. Hazlewood 17.1-6-36-1, N. Lyon 35-12-54-3, P. Cummins 17-4-39-4, S. Smith 2-0-6-0, M. Marsh 1-1-0-0
Follow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24 USC baseball announced Wednesday that the team will be partaking in two fall scrimmages this November with the University of San Diego and Long Beach State.Swinging for the fences · Sophomore outfielder Vahn Bozoian started 27 games for USC last season, hitting .224 with two home runs and 11 RBIs. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe Trojans will welcome USD to Dedeaux Field on Sunday, Nov. 17, and will travel south to play Long Beach State at their home stadium, Blair Field, the following weekend on Saturday, Nov. 23. Last season, USC defeated Long Beach State 4-1, but did not take on the Toreros.USD went 37-25 last season winning the West Coast Conference title and making it all the way to the NCAA Regionals before falling to Cal Poly and UCLA. Long Beach State finished 2013 with a 29-27 mark that gave them their third consecutive winning season under head coach Troy Buckley, who will enter his fourth season with the 49ers in 2014.USC looks to improve on a below .500, 20-36 overall and 10-20 Pac-12 record in 2013, which culminated with USC losing five of its last six games while being swept by crosstown rival and eventual NCAA champion UCLA. The Trojans did not qualify for postseason play.Second-year head coach Dan Hubbs returns 27 players from last year’s team, including the entire 2013 weekend rotation, which boasts senior left hander Bob Wheatley, junior righty Wyatt Strahan and sophomore lefty Kyle Twomey.Junior infielder Dante Flores should be able to improve the Trojans’ offensive output as he returns from injury, while outfielders Timmy Robinson and Vahn Bozoian all look to contribute to the cause in their sophomore seasons after successful freshman campaigns.The team also welcomes 15 new players, including a three-time Team USA alum in freshman Jeremy Martinez, and freshman infielder and pitcher Jeff Paschke, who was named the fifth-best hitting prospect in the 2013 California Collegiate Summer League.
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