Hey again! It’s your friendly neighborhood Credit Union Geek, talking about the latest webs making their way through your community. Silk-free, of course. We don’t need those strands sticking to everyone. This is an invisible new tech that could change everything.Or it could just be an evolutionary improvement that enables new capabilities for a range of industries. You decide.Today we’re going to talk about 5G. Some say it will revolutionize banking. And e-commerce. And medicine. Basically, everything!Others think it caused COVID-19. They’re wrong, just to be clear.Join me for a few geeky minutes and we’ll figure out how 5G may, or may not, affect your credit union. And how you can prepare!What Is 5G?This isn’t a place to go into deep technical dives. Besides, there are people out there far more qualified than I to lead you on that journey. You want to know the basics. Here we go.Take out your phone. Maybe it’s an iPhone. Perhaps it’s a Samsung Android-powered device. Whatever it is, I guarantee it connects to a cell tower to work. Sure, with work-from-home, we’re using a lot more wifi, but that doesn’t mean mobile providers are sitting still.Take a look at the top of the display. There’s some signal bars and maybe a network name. Next to it, you might see a “3G”, “4G”, “LTE”, or something similar. (AT&T users probably see “5Ge”, which is a total lie done for marketing purposes only)Most of the time, our devices are on an LTE network. That’s considered a 4th generation wireless technology, thus, “4G” is the same thing. It’s fast and does a pretty good job of working where we commonly go.Sidenote: Yes, there are variations of 4G LTE like LTE Advanced, but remember I said this was a basic overview?Like most technology, LTE was never seen as “the end of the line”. Even while it was being deployed, companies were working together to design the next generation of cellular tech. What came out of that collaboration is what we now call “5G”.5G cellular technology promises a few things: Faster loan approvals: What’s the slowest part of your loan process? The sending of the data, or the processing on your system (or the manual work from your loan officers)? Yeah, sending documents a half-second faster won’t change this. Facial recognition: The idea is that your system can get a stream from the camera to identify the user and their facial expressions. Continuous improvement Improved security Video chat with members: Yeah, you can totally do that right now with WiFi and LTE. Don’t you already? Faster speeds Ok, barring that last one, those all seem great. Let’s do it! I’m sure there’s no challenges standing in our way…Challenges of Implementing 5GWell, I did bring it up.Like LTE’s deployment before, blanketing a country (or world) in a new technology is a huge undertaking. Even for companies like Verizon which make a ton of money, you’re still talking enormous investments in equipment, people, licensing, and sheer time.Bottom line: Every single cell tower (and its “backhaul”, or lines connecting it to the world) needs to be upgraded to support 5G. And that’s not all.5G is actually separated into two general categories, mmWave and “regular” 5G. The latter is mostly a “bolt-on” upgrade to existing towers, using similar frequencies and offering similar range. But they’re also only slightly faster than what we have today with LTE.The 5G you see promoted by networks as “nationwide coverage” is the latter. Expect the improvements in each of the previous categories to be…a bit.The big benefits come from mmWave, but it has a downside: Range. Just like an AM radio station carries for what seems like forever while an FM station goes to static quickly, the higher a frequency, the shorter its range. So short, it could only be a city street corner.Yes, that means you need a cell “tower” (they’re smaller) on every block, and then multiple ones for a building.Why bother?Because mmWave 5G is fast. And extremely low-latency (quick response between device and destination). This can enable new uses, from drones to live VR and more. Right now, we are still figuring out what opportunities it opens up.One More 5G ChallengeYour current device doesn’t work with 5G. Unless you have a new Android or iPhone 12, you’ll never experience the benefits of 5G. Sure, you will have a less congested network as other people transition to 5G, but you’re stuck on 4G LTE. Enjoy the “slow” lane, suckers!Needless to say, from your perspective as someone not involved in the deployment of a nationwide network, consumer adoption is your greatest obstacle.Ok, say we’re enjoying the iPhone 12 Pro right now. And I happen to live somewhere that 5G mmWave is accessible, plus, I choose not to use my home wifi (that’s probably about the same speed). How can this make my credit union experience better?Uses for Credit Unions and MembersFinally, why you came to this party! And after all that education, you’re going to hate this answer, but it’s my responsibility to share it with you.None.There is no realistic use of 5G now or in the immediate future for credit unions.“But I keep seeing articles saying how 5G will change the way credit unions operate!” You’re right. I applaud these people for looking ahead with new ideas. Yet none of them are dependent on 5G. I’ll address just a few here: We could go on, but I think you have the point.Instead of looking at 5G as this revolutionary change to how you can do business, let’s look at where you aren’t meeting member expectations today. Because that’s the most important path towards becoming a better community financial institution.Lessons From 5GSince we’ve already established that the tech itself has minimal impact on your operation, what can we learn? Well, two things come to mind: With an iPhone, you can even see data on every step you’ve ever taken in Settings/Health/Data Access & Devices, then choose your phone or watch. That’s not to mention the enormous data usage your app would now use, along with members wondering why your app asks for permission to use the camera. Potential interference with weather satellites (it’s probably a nonissue, but also an interesting physics primer) Real-time language translation: Your iPhone does this right now, with the option for it to be totally on-device. No data connection even necessary! More concurrent users First, modern iPhones do all this on-device. Today. No need for 5G. Second, people aren’t fond of sending video of them without explicit permission (that’s why your phone now shows a green dot when it’s recording) Improved biometrics for security: Position data of a device takes a tiny amount of information to store and process. And third, you’re now responsible for securing member facial data and all the legal/regulatory issues associated. Any volunteers? 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Details Data management This information also requires permission to share, and how many members will say yes to their credit union seeing their motion activity? Data Management5G is all about moving data more efficiently. At your credit union, your focus needs to be on managing all your data more efficiently. That way, you can access what you need, when you need it.You’ve probably heard about “data lakes” and “single source of truth”. In fact, our own Learning Library is gearing up to cover these topics in depth. A friend in the industry, Anne Legg, is all about that process. Other old friends at Arkatecture help make it happen.It’s essential to improving your member experience.Which brings us to the second lesson…Continuous ImprovementMobile providers aren’t satisfied with “same”. To grow revenues and attract new customers, they look ahead to how they can continuously provide a better service. Sure, a lot of it comes down to marketing, but if you don’t give marketing anything to promote, it’s more difficult.5G comes at an enormous investment from the providers and chipset manufacturers. Then you have to redesign devices so they’ll work with the new tech. It’s way more complicated than you’d expect, but it continues the onward march of technology.Yet being able to say your network is faster, you can do more with Verizon (or T-Mobile, etc.) than ever before, and that they are connecting you in new ways has value. And then they deliver on the promise with actionable results (like blazing-fast speed tests!).5G May Not Matter, But…So, how are you creating your own “5G improvements” at your credit union? What new ways can members interact with their money, connect with your team, and work towards a more financially free and empowered life?And what are you doing to bring all your data together so anyone can get the info they need? Yes, whether they are using wifi, a back office computer, 4G LTE, or the fancy new 5G mmWave on the corner of fast and blazing fast.Your mission is your 5G. And better access for all sounds like a good benefit to me. Lower latency
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Black voters said they did not think Mr. Biden would be a fix for all of the problems of policing in their communities. But at least he acknowledged systemic racism, they said, something Mr. Trump has refused to do. They hoped that Mr. Trump’s exit would mean more civility.“We’ve got a lot of people who have shown their face and their horns,” said Lakaisha Stoner, 27, a small-business owner in Louisville, adding that she hoped racism would be less on display in the future. “I’m just ready for a positive change, I can’t stress that enough,” she said.- Advertisement – A new president is the place to start, she added.In a sign that the video of a police officer killing Mr. Floyd had made an impression on the public, even among the president’s backers, 70 percent of voters polled in the A.P. VoteCast survey said racism in policing was a very serious or somewhat serious problem, and of those voters, three in 10 cast their ballots for Mr. Trump.And for some immigrants who are neither Black nor white, the protests played in complicated ways. Jose Nunez, an electrician who immigrated from the Dominican Republic in 2002, said he voted for Mr. Trump in 2016, but this time voted for Mr. Biden. He switched because he had noticed an ugliness among supporters of Mr. Trump with flapping flags and angry signs. But, he said, the Democrats also needed to expand their appeal to him.- Advertisement – “I don’t want to be talking about race or police brutality on a daily basis,” he said. “It’s crazy.”Others badly wanted both parties to talk about other things. Jose Soto, 37, a Navy veteran in Madison, Wis., who now works for the Department of Veterans Affairs, said he cared most about education and health care, but neither issue seemed to come up in the campaign. He liked Bernie Sanders, saying, “it feels like every time he talks, he talks to me,” and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. On Tuesday, he voted for Mr. Trump. – Advertisement –
REIQ regional director Damien Keyes. Picture: Evan MorganCHRISTMAS decorations are popping up all over Townsville as sales pick up in the year’s closing weeks. If you’re preparing your home for sale, here are a few things to remember when you’re bedecking the halls for the Christmas holidays. ■ Get photos done before putting up the decorations: A client is preparing their home for sale and they have gardeners arriving to trim the hedges and the photographer is booked in. Except they have also put out their Christmas decorations on the front of the house. The problem is if the house doesn’t sell until after Christmas (and in Townsville houses spend, on average, 68 days on the market) then the photos will date quickly.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Prospective buyers looking at the pictures in March may wonder what’s wrong with the house if it hasn’t sold three months after Christmas, not realising that it’s very normal. ■ Avoid knick-knacks: Many people like decorating their home with Christmas knick-knacks, such as small reindeer statutes, nativity scenes and angels. Many agents and property stylists advise vendors to minimise clutter and remove all personal touches from the home so it resembles a blank canvas that the buyer can picture themselves living in. ■ Update the tree or decorations: If you’re hosting open-home inspections and you have the tree up already, perhaps take an objective look at it. Is it a bit ratty and bare? Consider buying a new tree with colour co-ordinated decorations to add a flourish to your home. ■ Gifts under the tree: This tip might seem a little obvious, but perhaps don’t put your wrapped gifts under the tree until you’ve finished hosting the last open home. ■ Use airconditioning: Christmas is the hottest time of year and if your home is cool when buyers enter it can create the impression of an oasis and makes it much easier to stay a bit longer as it’s comfortable and that gives us more time to show off your home’s selling points.Many people wrongly believe the market slows in late November before Christmas but it’s one of our busiest periods in Townsville. For those thinking of selling there are advantages to be on the market before the break and if you’re buying, you still have time to sign a contract and enjoy Christmas in the new property.
InfluenceMap analysed 118 funds marketed as free from fossil fuels or otherwise climate-relatedHowever, it also found 22 climate-themed funds exposed to fossil fuels. In addition, InfluenceMap said, the aggregate thermal coal intensity for the 118 funds was roughly equivalent to that of the iShares MSCI World exchange-traded fund.The think tank said its research pointed to the need for greater oversight of the climate-themed and broader ESG investment sector in relation to how funds and their impacts were marketed and described.“Efforts under way within the EU, including its taxonomy framework and application of the EU Ecolabel to financial products, aim to do just this,” said InfluenceMap.It also proposed the development of “a pathway for discerning and regulating the impact of these funds on the real economy and on actual emissions reductions, particularly as several pieces of research cited in this report indicate real world impact is a key motivator for investors in climate and ESG funds”. The organisation noted that many climate-themed funds remained invested in fossil fuel companies and pursued engagement with them in a bid to drive positive change in the world. Report ‘misses important nuances’: State StreetTwo of the funds covered by InfluenceMap’s analysis are State Street funds with “fossil fuel reserves free” in their name: SPDR MSCI EAFE Fossil Fuel Reserves Free ETF and SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets Fossil Fuel Reserves Free ETF.The think tank said they “contained fossil fuel reserves” through holdings in companies including energy corporate RWE and mining company Vale.According to Matthew Bartolini, head of SPDR America Research at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), InfluenceMap’s report “misses some of the most important nuances in the nomenclature relating to addressing carbon in portfolios”.“As we continually perform range management and ensure that our solutions are fit for purpose, we continuously provide feedback to our partners on clients’ needs,” Bartolini said.“As a result, based on their own consultations, MSCI, the index provider, will implement changes to the MSCI ex Fossil Fuels indices as part of a November 2019 semi-annual index review that addresses some of the more stock-specific nuances of companies residing in a low-carbon industry.”Pure metallurgical coal companies would still not be excluded, however, Bartolini said, as this “reflects the current nomenclature and reinforces the nuances associated with ESG”.In its report, InfluenceMap said that the use of indices to construct climate-themed funds was likely to be “a significant driver of the presence of companies controlling fossil fuel reserves”. According to InfluenceMap, many asset managers selling climate funds “appear to have actively eliminated companies controlling fossil fuel reserves from their funds”. The presence of companies with coal mining activity in climate-themed funds suggests the need for greater oversight of the environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) fund sector, a climate change-focused non-profit organisation has argued. London-based InfluenceMap identified and analysed 118 climate-themed funds marketed to retail investors, examining the presence of what it referred to as “fossil fuel reserves” owned by companies held in the funds. The think tank said that, although fossil fuel companies were not necessarily barred from climate-themed funds for legal or other reasons, “it is reasonable to assume that purchasers of such funds would expect exposure to fossil fuel reserves within the funds to be minimised in line with the manner in which the funds are named and described in the fund marketing materials”.Policymakers in the EU were anticipating that such funds would both meet buyers’ expectations as well as “drive genuine impacts in the real economy”, it added. Index provider MSCI is to make changes to its fossil fuel exclusion indices in November“It should be noted,” it added, “that most of the climate-themed funds connected to S&P and MSCI indices identified as containing fossil fuels are ‘optimised’ with respect to the method by which they track their affiliated index.“Given that the degree of input implied by ‘optimisation’ is variable, it is uncertain whether the inclusion of fossil fuel holdings in the index funds originates with the fund manager or the index provider.”Nathalie Wallace, global head of ESG investment strategy at SSGA, told IPE that in the financial world, fossil fuel reserves was understood as a reference to the oil and gas sector.“Thermal coal is embedded in our data providers under brown revenues, which includes all extractive industries that have a high pollution or high carbon emission output.”She added: “What we see is that everybody is looking at climate and asking what the funds are doing. If we only target one fund then you come to the conclusion that it’s not delivering on the promise to save the planet, but what we do is address different climate challenges with different products that respond to demand from clients.”Thomas O’Neill, co-founder and research director at InfluenceMap, said: “Coal is the single biggest contributor to climate change and investors and the public alike would reasonably expect that a fossil-free fund does not contain coal. “Our data shows that certain asset managers will need to greatly improve their climate offerings or risk losing the trust of increasingly engaged investors.”Earlier this week the European Commission approved an asset swap between RWE and E.ON that RWE said would make it “one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies”. It said it would focus primarily on electricity production based on renewables. The utility also mines coal in Germany.
This home at Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach, is for sale.John Stainton was close friends with Australian naturalist Steve Irwin until his death in 2006 and also created Irwin’s popular nature documentary television series, The Crocodile Hunter. The pool at the home in Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach.It has since been renovated and listed with a price guide of $4.3 million through Reed & Co. Estate Agents.The property has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, including a top floor master suite which opens out onto a private terrace. Television producer John Stainton and a picture of his good friend, Steve Irwin. Picture: Darren England.Tennis great Pat Rafter sold his house in the same street this year for $15 million, which was bought by the founder of Betty’s Burgers, David Hales.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoRecords show the property was purchased under the company name, Jude Productions, for $1.5 million back in 2000. The master bedroom opens out onto a private terrace.There are never-to-be-built-out ocean views from nearly every room in the house.Other features include a covered lap pool with views through to the ocean, a designer kitchen with stone bench tops, a home office and stair access to a dog-friendly beach. This home in Seaview Terrace, Sunshine Beach, is for sale.TELEVISION and film producers, John Stainton and Judi Bailey, have put their breathtaking Sunshine Beach home on the market.The home is in Seaview Terrace — an exclusive pocket of the Noosa suburb, where some of Australia’s most prominent identities live.
Japanese classification society, ClassNK, has released guidelines for ships using low-flashpoint fuels besides liquefied natural gas (LNG).In order to reduce atmospheric pollution caused by sulphur oxides (SOx) and particle matter (PM) found in vessel emissions as well as weather effects caused by GHG emissions, environmental regulations have been getting more strongly enforced.In theory, ships using alternative fuels such as LNG, LPG, and methyl/ethyl alcohol can reduce the amount of CO2 emissions by 10 percent to 20 percent compared to conventional oil fuels, and they do not contain sulphur. For this reason, alternative fuels are expected to be an effective solution for the regulations, ClassNK said.These alternative fuels have lower flashpoints compared to traditional fuels, therefore particular attention needs to be given to ensuring adequate safety precautions when using low-flashpoint fuels in order to decrease the potential risk of fire and explosions that may arise as a result of fuel leakage onboard the ship.International safety requirements for low-flashpoint fuels have been discussed at IMO and as a result, the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) has been adopted and enforced. The current code however, does not address specific regulations for alternative fuels other than LNG.ClassNK released the guidelines for ships using low-flashpoint fuels (Methyl/Ethyl Alcohol / LPG) which outline safety requirements for other viable alternative fuels besides LNG, based on the latest technology and regulation trends in order to promote the design of alternative fueled ships.The guidelines divide targeted vessels into three categories: ships using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel, ships fuelled by LPG, and liquid gas carriers fuelled by LPG. They take into consideration the properties of each fuel type and ship regulations and indicate safety requirements for the arrangement and installation of the low-flashpoint fuel related systems for minimizing risks to vessels, crew, and the environment.The guidelines reflect current trends and will be amended periodically in accordance with any changes in the IGF Code during future IMO discussions and the rapid development of new technologies.Speaking on the occasion, Hayato Suga, corporate officer and director of plan approval and technical solution division said, “in addition to LNG, low-flashpoint fuels like Methyl/Ethyl Alcohol and LPG are providing ships with alternative fuel options that have diverse characteristics in terms of environmental performance, availability, price, and more. Regardless of the choice, adequate safety measures are essential.” He added that the latest guidelines have incorporated regulatory trends and our expertise proposes the appropriate requirements tailored to Methyl, Ethyl Alcohol, and LPG respectively.
Media Release Euthanasia-Free NZ 26 October 2015Euthanasia-Free NZ welcomes the Australian Medical Board’s decision to impose restrictions on the medical practice of Dr Phillip Nitschke, the most prominent Australasian advocate of voluntary euthanasia.“The Board’s decision sends a strong message that it is inappropriate for a doctor to encourage or help someone else to end their own life,” says Renee Joubert, executive officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ.Dr Nitschke advocates “rational suicide” for anyone 15 years or older, regardless of their health status or reasons for wanting to die. He promotes a “DIY suicide kit” and has been conducting workshops on how to commit suicide in his capacity as director of the voluntary euthanasia organisation EXIT.In 2014 he came under fire from two Australian suicide prevention organisations, Beyond Blue and the Black Dog Institute, after his involvement in the suicide of a physically healthy 45-year-old Australian man, Nigel Brayley.Complaints have also been made regarding the suicides of Erin Berg, a 39-year-old mother suffering from post-natal depression who died an agonizing death from euthanasia drugs; Lucas Taylor, a 26-year-old suffering from hidden depression; Gillian Clark, a 47-year-old who was undergoing medical tests; and Joe Waterman, a physically healthy 25-year-old, among others.The Board intends to conclude the longstanding legal and tribunal hearings about Dr Nitschke’s professional conduct with twenty-five conditions. They include not providing advice or information on suicide, not endorsing or encouraging suicide, and referring patients or members of the public interested in suicide to a registered health practitioner or a local health service.“There is a very fine line between voluntary euthanasia and suicide,” says Ms Joubert. “The only difference between the Nembutal suicides that Dr Nitschke have been facilitating and voluntary euthanasia is the method the lethal drugs are administered. It’s suicide when people administered the drugs themselves. If the drugs had been injected by another person, it would have been called voluntary euthanasia.”“The promotion of voluntary euthanasia clearly contradicts and undermines suicide prevention.”ENDS‘Doctor Death’ agrees to stop providing advice on how to commit suicideOneNewsNow 26 October 2015The longstanding legal battle surrounding the euthanasia campaigner’s professional conduct has come to an end, with the doctor agreeing to stop providing any advice or information on how to commit suicide.The Medical Board of Australia has imposed 25 strict conditions on Philip Nitschke, known as Doctor Death, in a mediated settlement that will require he practise only in the Northern Territory and under the indirect supervision of a board-appointed supervisor for two years.Dr Nitschke has consented to the conditions imposed, the regulation agency says, and a tribunal hearing scheduled for November will no longer proceed.Euthanasia-Free NZ has welcomed the decision to impose restrictions on Dr Nitschke, who they say advocates “rational suicide” for anyone 15 years or older, regardless of their health status or reasons for wanting to die.Executive officer Renee Joubert says the decision “sends a strong message that it is inappropriate for a doctor to encourage or help someone else to end their own life.”https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/-doctor-death-agrees-to-stop-providing-advice-on-how-commit-suicide-q17517
“There will be protocols we can have confidence in. We’re not going to do anything until it’s absolutely, positively safe.” Among the ideas for finishing the season has been the notion of gathering teams in one city and playing games in an empty arena while sequestering players, perhaps for months, away from families to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants to see the NBA return to finish a season halted by coronavirus, but only after it’s safe for players, even if that means playing in empty arenas Read Also: Aguero decorates sitting room with hat trick match balls, EPL awards “If we can play with no fans, I’m certainly going to push for it and I think the league will do it. I think we have a moral obligation to do it,” Cuban said. “We’re dying for content. We’re dying for teams to root for. We’re dying to get excited about games, just ready to go and cheer as a community. “If we’re able to pull it off without fans we’re certainly going to do it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Best Cars Of All Time9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhat Is The Fastest Way To Get 1 Million Followers On Instagram?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants to see the NBA season resume even without spectators, but only with precautions against the coronavirus are in place to safeguard “players and important personnel”. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he believes it will be at least May before the league can make any decision on resuming the 2019-20 season halted by the coronavirus pandemic Cuban, who spoke Sunday night on CNN, says there is no timetable for the league to return after going on hiatus March 12 when Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. NBA clubs reportedly will open team facilities for individual workouts starting Friday in states and cities where government leaders have eased stay-at-home rules to allow for such moves. By the start of May, that could be an option for up to 10 NBA franchises, based on announced plans. Some players from franchises in states where the lockdown remains in force had asked team officials about the possibility of going to Georgia, one of the first states to announce a relaxation, and working out in gyms there, a move team general managers did not favor. NBA commissioner Adam Silver says it will be May before the league moves forward with any plan regarding a possible restart to the campaign, which ended with about a month remaining in the regular season ahead of the scheduled two-month playoff run. “The minute it’s safe, we want to try to get back and get the guys practicing and getting ready for games – but we’re not there yet,” Cuban said. Loading…
Defender Neil Taylor has extended his stay with Swansea after agreeing a new four-year contract. The left-back, who joined the club in 2010 from Conference side Wrexham, has been named in the Wales squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium in Cardiff next week. Taylor admits the progress made by Swansea meant it was straightforward for him to sign a new deal. “It was an easy decision,” he told swanseacity.net. “I’m glad we’ve managed to get it done early. Both myself and the club wanted it to happen, I’m really happy and focused on Swansea. “We’ve been so successful in recent years and the club is really moving forward now. “Last season was our best yet. We have a young, hungry manager and everything is progressing here both on and off the field. “The training ground is being developed at the moment and each year we seem to be making big strides. “But we know that next season this group of players is able to make another big mark on the Premier League and we’re hoping we can do great things again. “I think we’ll strengthen again this summer, so as a player there is no other place you would want to be right now.” Press Association The 26-year-old, who had been linked with West Brom, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, had 12 months remaining on his existing deal but has ended any speculation about his future. Taylor was a key member of the side which finished eighth in the Premier League last season, making 34 league appearances.