According to a Weather Channel report, several schools in the U.S., and in some cases entire districts, have canceled classes this week due to a high percentage of students sick with the flu and other seasonal illnesses. While not a worldwide pandemic, local and regional flu outbreaks are risks to more than just schools and neighborhoods. Credit unions can be greatly affected by the outbreak of illness among staff and members. This blog serves to provide all our compliance friends with information on pandemic preparedness and remind you of the importance in having an updated business continuity plan.NCUA explained in Letter to Credit Unions 01-CU-21, that a credit union’s contingency plans should consider the worst case scenario. Additionally, the board of directors and senior management should set procedures to ensure the plan’s success. A credit union’s contingency or business continuity plan should account for the operation of critical systems and anticipate where the greatest need would be if the credit union lost access to employees, resources, or systems. NCUA gives some insight as to how credit unions can establish a minimum acceptable service level based on the type of emergency faced:“In evaluating minimum levels, credit unions should consider:Minimum number of employees required;Ability to bring in outside human resources; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Facebook Twitter Google+ As he was about to receive the first punt of his college career, De’Mornay Pierson-El told himself, “Just catch the ball, please just don’t drop your first return.”The ball sailed right into his arms as a pack of defenders flew into him, and the play resulted in a 1-yard loss.For Pierson-El, a freshman punt returner for Nebraska, it was uncharacteristic for him to start his collegiate football career with a mistake. From his first organized football team at 6 years old through his high school years, his versatility has allowed him to step forward and beyond what was expected from him.After spending his entire career meaning everything to his teams as a quarterback, punt returner and receiver, he’s now just one integral piece to a massive operation with the Cornhuskers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who are currently in first place in the conference’s West division.And in his one main job, he’s the best punt return man in the country. Pierson-El’s got a Division I-best 396 punt return yards and a 104-yard buffer on second place.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s fearless,” Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said. “I think he understands that he’s only scratched the surface of what he’s going to be.”He’s been returning punts as long as he can remember playing, but his speed and power off the line of scrimmage also made him a dangerous dual-threat quarterback in high school.He rushed for 20 touchdowns and 1,007 yards in his senior season at West Potomac (Virginia) High School in 2013.“Everybody was ‘that’ guy in high school,” Pierson-El said, “but it’s just about getting here and adjusting to the game.“I wasn’t intimidated, I was looking forward to the challenge. I like challenges.”Speed was never a problem for Pierson-El. He was always faster than his teammates growing up and mindlessly weaved in and out of defenses for years.His speed was also essential to his success as a punt returner, as was knowing where his blockers were going to be and when.Executing a punt return was no longer a one-man show, rather an orchestrated symphony — every part needs to be played at the right time — with Pierson-El as the conductor.“At this level of the game it’s about playing with your eyes, playing with your mind,” Pierson-El said. “Knowing how to run your route, knowing how to set up a defender and see a block.“Mentally the game has changed a lot for me.”Pierson-El’s first collegiate touchdown was actually an 8-yard pass against Florida Atlantic in the Cornhuskers’ season opener. His 86-yard punt return for a score was his second.His versatility has led him to one more touchdown in the return game and another through the air, as his first eight collegiate games are just as indicative of his work ethic as they are of what could come of it.“I’m not going to say I imagined I’d be the best at (returning) as quickly as things have happened,” Pierson-El said, “But I came in working my butt off and knew I was prepared to step into whatever role they need me in.” Comments Published on October 31, 2014 at 12:54 am Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman
RALEIGH, N.C. – Considering their position in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Carolina Hurricanes know they can’t let any points get away if they want to defend their Stanley Cup title. On Tuesday night, that meant avoiding a letdown against the Western Conference’s last- place team. Staples Center, 7:30 p.m. FSN, KTLK/1150, KLAA/830 Scott Walker scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and David Tanabe had two assists to lead the Hurricanes past the Kings, 2-1, giving Carolina a needed win as it enters a key stretch of the schedule. Carolina 2, Kings 1Saturday: vs. Ducks Ray Whitney also scored for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward made 21 saves and didn’t face much pressure in earning a relatively easy win. “Right now you can’t worry about who you’re catching or who’s catching you,” said Walker, who scored his 17th goal of the season. “You’ve got to worry about the team you’re playing and get the two points. That’s what we focused on.” The Hurricanes play three of their next four at home, starting Thursday against the New York Rangers – who are behind the Hurricanes. They also play Southeast Division-leading Atlanta and Philadelphia, the NHL’s last-place team. “Every two points is big for us,” Ward said. Alexander Frolov scored for the Kings, who have lost 13 of 16. The Kings looked set for a good start when Carolina’s Justin Williams was given a 4-minute penalty for high-sticking Jamie Lundmark just 13 seconds in. But the Kings managed only one shot with the advantage, the beginning of an anemic offensive night. Los Angeles managed just 10 shots in the first two periods. And when the Kings got a scoring chance – as when Dustin Brown corralled a mishandled puck by Frantisek Kaberle along the boards for a breakaway chance – they couldn’t take advantage. “That’s why we’re in the predicament where’re in,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “We’re learning how to be a good team. When you’re a good team, you find a way to scrap, fight and claw away at good teams. “Carolina played well. They didn’t make a lot of mistakes. We didn’t play a spirited enough game.” Ward had a solid bounceback performance after allowing three goals on eight shots against Minnesota on Saturday before being pulled for John Grahame. He gave up only Frolov’s redirection goal on a power play, and stopped a clear shot from Derek Armstrong to preserve the lead in the final seconds. “I felt sharp,” Ward said. “I thought the guys played extremely well in front of me. Anytime you allow 10 shots through 10 periods, that’s saying something about team defense.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!