Keeping baby boomers financially secure

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the baby boomer population quickly becomes the largest senior demographic in American history, there is a growing concern about keeping their hard-earned investments safe. According to a recent report, the U.S. senior community loses an astonishing $53 billion annually to both fraudulent and deceptive practices.[1] This type of preying on the elderly is known as “elder financial abuse,” and financial institutions are in the perfect position to help. First, let’s look at the three types of financial elder abuse:Financial ExploitationThis type of exploitation is legal but highly unethical, and consists of deceiving or convincing seniors to make poor financial decisions or give their money away.Criminal FraudThis type of activity is clearly illegal, and includes identity theft and mail fraud.Caregiver AbuseThis refers to financial theft or deception by someone trusted—whether it be a family member, healthcare worker, or even a financial manager. continue reading »last_img read more

Ireland’s World Cup triumph over France comes at great cost

first_img O’Connell’s Test career looks over after 108 caps, the Toulon-bound lock punching the turf in agony with a serious leg injury as Ireland set up a quarter-final with Argentina. Linchpin fly-half Sexton trudged out with a groin strain and nursing sore ribs from a hefty hit from Louis Picamoles, while Sean O’Brien could face a citing for an alleged punch on Pascal Pape. Ireland must chase World Cup glory without talismanic captain Paul O’Connell, and potentially Johnny Sexton, Sean O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony, as their seismic 24-9 victory over France comes at a huge cost. Combative flanker O’Mahony departed via a stretcher with a suspected knee problem amid the second-half maelstrom, as the toll of a searing contest grew and grew. Ireland will now meet the Pumas in the last eight, avoiding defending-champions New Zealand and lining up their best-ever crack at a first World Cup semi-final. Totemic lock O’Connell will retire from Test rugby at the end of Ireland’s World Cup campaign, but will surely now miss the rest of the tournament. Rob Kearney and Conor Murray claimed the tries to subdue a stunned France, whose pre-match fighting talk evaporated under real pressure. That Ireland were able to fend off France without four crucial stars for the majority of the clash can only be testament to the work of shrewd Kiwi boss Joe Schmidt. Madigan stepped out of Sexton’s shadow in fine style too, bossing Ireland’s line with poise and authority, while O’Brien and Robbie Henshaw turned in performances critical to this win. Ireland’s retribution for Pape’s cheap-shot knee to Jamie Heaslip in the Six Nations was for O’Brien to smash the Stade Francais lock square in the ribs. Irrespective of whether the citing commissioners review the incident, O’Brien set Ireland’s tone, with Pape prone on the turf for several minutes. Press Association France rejected a shot at goal in favour of kicking to the corner, only for Ireland to force a choke-tackle turnover. Frederic Michalak fluffed his first effort from the tee, before chipping his second against the post. Sexton had no such nervous affliction when handing Ireland a three-point lead after chipping the line and causing chaos in the French defence. Scott Spedding and Sexton traded penalties for six points apiece, before Ireland’s backline general was forced out of action. France spent all week threatening to take Sexton out of the game, and the former Racing Metro playmaker lasted just 24 minutes. Number eight Picamoles’ thundering hit left Sexton prostrate on the field, before he trudged off disconsolately, hiding his face with his shirt. Sexton’s departure threw Madigan to the wolves, but the Leinster fly-half fired a penalty to calm any nerves and edge Ireland 9-6 ahead. Ireland shredded the French line with Tommy Bowe searing clear before seeming to fire the scoring pass to Keith Earls. Somehow Earls lost the ball amid a full-tilt juggling act however, letting France hugely off the hook. Rob Kearney’s dummy run dragged the space for Bowe to scythe through, and Earls had effectively fielded the pass before relinquishing control. An emboldened France attacked with new fervour, only for Rory Best to produce a textbook turnover penalty, forcing Thierry Dusautoir to hold on illegally. Madigan’s overzealous punt went out on the full and gifted France field position just when the half should have been up, handing Ireland needlessly nervy ending. Robbie Henshaw pulled off a desperate turnover penalty just yards from his line to stave off the attack, but in the build-up talisman O’Connell suffered either knee ligament damage or a torn hamstring. While every other player jogged down the tunnel, O’Connell received lengthy treatment on the field, before being removed via stretcher. Ireland refused to relent on their stunning intensity after the turnaround, Iain Henderson replacing O’Connell and centre Henshaw maintaining his pivotal performance. The Connacht battering-ram stepped his way through France’s line before finding Bowe with a ball over the top. France knocked on in a try-line scramble, and from the scrum Rob Kearney powered home for the game’s first try. The French simply could not credit Ireland’s fervour, captain Dusautoir’s shocked face following a knock-on under zero pressure an indictment of the men in green’s increasing dominance. Morgan Parra nudged a penalty to reduced Ireland’s lead to just five points just past the hour-mark, teeing up a nervy final quarter. France attacked again but O’Brien forced a fine turnover, before Ireland fired through the phases from a penalty lineout. Rory Best powered close, then Murray nipped home – cleverly placing the ball against the post to claim the try. Madigan’s conversion put Ireland 21-9 to the good, before the Leinster playmaker posted a penalty to seal the deal. For Ireland this was a victory to reverberate across the tournament almost as resoundingly as the din rebounded off the closed roof of a rocking Millennium Stadium. last_img read more

Lance Stephenson gives Lakers a spark off the bench

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersStephenson just had one turnover in a game in which he played 22 minutes – he’s only had five games completely without a turnover this year. Some of his mistakes have drawn animated responses from Walton; some have just drawn blank stares.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.But due to injuries (and Michael Beasley’s absence for personal reasons), the Lakers have needed to play Stephenson more minutes, perhaps what Walton had in mind when he said he was preparing to play “interesting” lineups before a recent game against Memphis. But Stephenson has repaid his faith so far.Stephenson was also one of the most composed players following the loss, saying he thought Harden made tough shots.With the Lakers headed to Charlotte still shorthanded, Stephenson was already looking forward to continuing his recent play. He believes the Lakers will quickly get back on track.“Just be aggressive, be in attack mode,” he said. “Play together, man, talk on defense. We’ve been doing a great job.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed HOUSTON — Even in a showdown between a pair of league MVPs, Lance Stephenson’s air guitar can make plenty of its own noise.The 28-year-old was back to making sweet music despite a 126-111 loss to the Rockets on Thursday night. He was one of only two Lakers bench players to score, pouring in 17 points for his first double-digit scoring night in nearly a month.Stephenson has been yo-yo-ing in and out of the rotation as much as any Laker, and on the last trip, Coach Luke Walton acknowledged it’s largely because of his turnovers – some of which stretch the imagination. But at least in Houston, Stephenson seemed to find an appropriate niche.“Being in attack mode,” he said. “Trying to make the easiest play possible, trying to get my teammates involved, just playing freely and trying to make no mistakes when I’m out there.” RONDO SEES HAND SPECIALIST, REMAINS IN L.A.The Lakers confirmed Thursday that Rajon Rondo (fractured right hand) saw a hand specialist in Los Angeles. The swelling that had to be drained on Sunday has gone down after the Lakers shut him off from activity earlier in the week, but he is scheduled to be evaluated again on Saturday before he can be potentially cleared for anything involving his hand. Rondo has been out of the lineup since Nov. 14, when he broke his hand in the fourth quarter of a game against Portland.Brandon Ingram (left ankle sprain) is still scheduled to be reevaluated on Saturday as well.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MILFORD GIRL AMBER BARRETT IS IRELAND’S HERO IN PORTUGAL

first_imgLagan Harps striker Amber Barrett was the toast of Milford last night after scoring a late goal to help Ireland U19’s secure a deserved draw against Portugal. Barrett showed great composure to finish after forcing the mistake from the Portugese keeper after she chased down an under hit back-pass to the keeper.Ireland got exactly what they deserved after dominating the game for long spells. They fell behind just before half-time following a mix-up in the Irish defence.Ireland initially struggled with conditions early on as the heat was over 30 degrees despite the 8pm kick-off but adapted to the conditions as the game went on.They will play Portugal again on Thursday.MILFORD GIRL AMBER BARRETT IS IRELAND’S HERO IN PORTUGAL was last modified: September 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Amber BarrettdrawIrelandMilfordnewsportugalSportlast_img read more

After Microsofts surprise reveal of Windows Holog

first_imgAfter Microsoft’s surprise reveal of Windows Holographic and HoloLens, the Star Wars metaphors began to fly, with “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” quotes lighting up social media. For us, a different reference came to mind:“Pay no attention to the OS behind the hologram…”Two-thirds of the way through a relatively unexciting Microsoft press briefing on Windows 10, the milestone operating system set to define Microsoft’s future in consumer software, the company’s executives—so giddy with excitement—revealed Windows Holographic, a game-changer more than half a decade in the making. The augmented reality technology, particularly the mind-to-3D-print creative possibilities of Holo Studio, is revolutionary.If Microsoft allows the developer community around Windows Holographic and its Microsoft HoloLens headset free rein to build apps and experiment with the voice and gesture controls, the groundbreaking holographic computing technology with APIs built directly into Windows 10 could truly change the world. Yet once the holograms were out of the bag, everyone seemed to forget about the ubiquitous operating system beneath it, a universal OS set to run across PC, mobile, tablet and the Xbox One. As much as the advent of a long-held science fiction fantasy made real should excite and inspire developers, it mustn’t distract from everything else Windows 10 brings to the table. This upcoming operating system can do more and pulses through a wider range of platforms than ever before, from Windows Phone and a variety of hybrid PC/touchscreen tablets all the way up to the 84-inch Surface Hub enterprise Windows machine. Developers should concern themselves with the scalability and feature capabilities of the Universal Apps expected to run seamlessly across them all.Does Windows 10 truly address and rectify the sins of Windows 8 and 8.1? The desktop combination of both an icon-based Start Menu and Live Tile functionality with the new Continuum UI-swapping feature makes sense in theory and impresses in demo, but developers must explore whether they hold up in practice. The meat and potatoes of the software—the revamped Action Center and Control Panel UI, new command prompt capabilities, the Snap and Task Views for classic and Universal Apps—can’t be overlooked when weighing the finished product.Microsoft has even integrated its Cortana virtual assistant API across desktop and mobile Windows 10, including baking the voice into the new default Spartan Web and mobile browser. This, too, opens up a new layer of robust artificial intelligence and personalized recommendation functionality to weave into Universal Apps.Windows 10 will be a landmark release for Microsoft. Windows Holographic is a big part of that, and may well come to define its legacy, but it’s still only a part. When NASA scientists strap on HoloLens this summer, immersing themselves in a holographic mission on Mars, their goggles will be running the same Windows 10 code as the engineers overseeing the project from a Surface Hub in mission control and the wide-eyed kid watching a live stream on their Xbox One.last_img read more