‘Doubling down’ for members, staff

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions create challenges for U.S. workers, Hope Luberda is thankful she works at St. Cloud (Minn.) Financial Credit Union. And she wants everyone to know it.Luberda, a mortgage processor at the $202 million asset credit union, nominated President/CEO Jed Meyer for recognition in “Heroes Among Us,” a program sponsored by a local radio station to recognize those who make a difference in others’ lives during the COVID-19 crisis.The radio station recognized Meyer as one of its heroes, featuring him on its website as a “credit union CEO looking out for employees.”Luberda couldn’t agree more. She told the radio station how Meyer treated credit union employees to 12 days of take-out lunches from local restaurants out of his own pocket. Meyer also worked with the credit union board to give employees a bonus to ease financial anxieties brought on by the pandemic.last_img read more

Valladolid man stabbed

first_imgAccording to police investigators, aheated argument ensued between Francisco and Omano on Nov. 27.  The 45-year-old resident ZaldyFrancisco sustained a stab wound on the body, a police report showed. Omano was detained in the Valladolidmunicipal police station’s lockup facility./PN Tagged suspect was 29-year-oldresident Ryan Omano, the report added. Bacolod City – A man was stabbed in Barangay Central Tabao, Valladolid,Negros Occidental. Francisco was brought to the BacolodAdventist Medical Center for treatment. This prompted Omano to stab Francisco,police said.    last_img read more

Cody Bellinger hits two home runs again as Dodgers beat Indians, 7-5

first_img“Absolutely not,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked if this was expected of Bellinger, who inherits the first-base job full time with Adrian Gonzalez on the DL indefinitely.“For a young player to impact a championship caliber ballclub like this – on the defensive side, obviously in the batter’s box – I think exceeded all of our expectations. It’s scary. It’s easy to say he’s only going to get better. But he keeps getting better.”Bellinger was in a 10-game slump (5 for 35 with 17 strikeouts and only one home run) that seemed to indicate a course correction after his dynamic debut. Then he hit a home run on Saturday, two on Sunday and two more on Tuesday.Bellinger’s four multi-homer games make him the third Dodgers rookie to have that many during his debut season. Mike Piazza had five multi-homer games in 1993 and Corey Seager four last season.“That’s baseball,” Bellinger said of the mini-slump. “I’m going to probably go through something like that again this year. Unfortunately, that’s going to happen. You just try to ride the highs and when you’re not feeling well try to get yourself out of it.” Bellinger’s first homer Tuesday came against Miller, one of the best left-handed relievers in the majors. A star of the postseason last fall, Miller had not allowed a home run to anyone this season or an extra-base hit of any kind to a left-handed hitter.“For me, I had a lot of tips going into the game,” Bellinger said. “We focused on him a lot (in the hitters’ pre-game meeting), knowing we’re probably going to see him in all three games. He has nasty stuff. I just tried not to do too much.”When Bellinger led off the eighth in a 2-2 game, Miller threw him four consecutive sliders. Bellinger drilled the 2-and-1 offering for his first home run.An inning later, Indians manager Terry Francona went by the book again. After the Dodgers put two runners on against right-hander Dan Otero, he brought Logan in to face Bellinger. Logan also tried to fool the rookie with a slider. He wasn’t fooled.It was also the first home run Logan has allowed this season and only the second he has allowed to a left-handed hitter since 2014.“I don’t know. I see them well,” Bellinger said of his five home runs off lefties. “About two years ago, I worked on something to hit them and it just kind of stuck with me.”Bellinger’s two-homer game was impressive. But Puig managed to pack a home run and a double into the same at-bat.Puig said four fans in the dugout suites behind home plate had been riding him before the at-bat and continued even after he turned around a 96-mph fastball from Bauer for a two-run home run.On his way back to the Dodgers’ dugout, Puig directed an obscene two-fingered salute (the middle one in each hand) to those fans.“I reacted that way. I stooped to their level,” he said through an interpreter. “It happened suddenly. It’s something that came out. Nothing I can do about it now.”Puig said he “forgot” what they said that prompted him to react that way and said he was prepared if MLB decides to fine him for his action.“I know I did it,” he said. “What can I do now?” CLEVELAND >> Maybe, Cody Bellinger is just too young to know what he’s not supposed to be able to do. Yasiel Puig, on the other hand, has always seemed to know what he shouldn’t do — but can’t help doing it anyway.Those two combined for three home runs and drove in six runs as the Dodgers beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-5, Tuesday night.Bellinger hit his fourth and fifth home runs in the past three games, taking lefty reliever Andrew Miller deep in the eighth inning Tuesday night to break a tie and then adding a three-run home run in the ninth off another lefty, Boone Logan.The 21-year-old rookie now has 17 home runs in 45 games since his big-league debut on April 25, the most in the majors over that time. Not coincidentally – the Dodgers are a major-league best 31-14 since then, including a five-game win streak with Tuesday’s victory.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more