continue reading » In a novel twist on the ATM, $1.1 billion Hiway Federal Credit Union’s “Automated Prize Machine” dispenses tickets redeemable for autographed jerseys, hockey pucks and credit union logo swag at Minnesota Wild home games.Hockey fans ages 16 and up are invited to stop by the Hiway FCU booth/prize table in the Wild concourse to register with their name and email address. They receive a promotional card printed on heavy-stock cardboard that they can swipe at the colorful prize machine, which resembles an oversized ATM.The APM’s random generator doles out receipts for 300 prizes at each game, including the top prize jersey and five autographed hockey pucks, discount coupons at Hockey Lodge, cobranded Hiway/Wild hats, can koozies and openers, and cloth bags. The St. Paul credit union also distributes hockey pencils and foam pucks to younger fans. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
I’m an optimist—even in the midst of challenging times I do my best to stay positive. However, there is a looming negative cloud on the horizon we in financial services must address: the potential of a coming recession.Talk to any economist or read any economic forecast and you’ll see just about every expert is predicting a potential recession the end of 2019 or sometime in 2020. It’s just a matter of how deep and wide it might be.I recently had the opportunity to appear on CUBroadcast and one question host Mike Lawson asked was “From a marketing perspective, what do credit unions need to be doing to prepare for a potential recession?” I gave three action steps you can take (click this link to see the full interview).Here’s an elaboration on those three steps plus two bonus tips for preparing your credit union for a recession. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
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Israel has no diplomatic relations with Arab countries in the Gulf, but common concerns about Iran’s regional influence have led to a limited thaw in relations.”This scientific and medical partnership overcomes historical and political challenges in the region,” an Arabic statement from WAM said, adding that the priority was humanitarian action and constructive cooperation to safeguard people’s health.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said earlier on Thursday that a formal announcement about the partnership was imminent.Last week, the UAE’s minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said it could work with Israel on some areas, including the battle against the coronavirus and on technology, despite political differences. Israel and the United Arab Emirates will cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus, the two countries said on Thursday, a possible boost to Israeli efforts to normalize relations with Gulf Arab countries.Two private companies from the United Arab Emirates and two Israeli companies will work together on medical projects, including those to combat the new coronavirus, the UAE’s state-run news agency WAM said.The cooperation comes at a time of strong Arab opposition to Israel’s plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank – territory Palestinians seek for a state – under a US peace plan. Topics : Netanyahu said at a military ceremony that Israel and the UAE would collaborate in research and development and technology “to improve the well-being of the entire region”.He said the agreement stemmed from intensive contacts with the UAE over recent months.In May, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad made the first known flight by a UAE carrier to Israel, carrying coronavirus-related aid for Palestinians.Speaking to a conference of the American Jewish Committee advocacy group on June 16, Gargash said Israel cannot expect to normalize relations with the Arab world if it annexes West Bank land. He also said cooperation with Israel on the pandemic would not affect the UAE’s opposition to annexation.Israel is due on July 1 to begin a cabinet debate on extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
However, as the Council will base its negotiating position around the most recent compromise draft of the Directive, both elements will remain prominent.PensionsEurope said it welcomed the Council’s stance and looked forward to engaging with the Parliament.“PensionsEurope will continue working closely on this topic with the aim to support institutions for occupational pensions provisions in providing adequate, safe and sustainable pensions for the people of Europe.”James Walsh, the EU policy lead at the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds, said any re-assessment of cross-border regulatory requirements would be welcome by his organisation.“Unfortunately, the relaxation is not achieved in the current compromise text. It would have been achieved in one of the earlier compromise drafts, but unfortunately things were changed in the later versions.”He noted that ahead of the revised Directive’s publication last March, speculation was rife that the European Commission would relax cross-border funding requirements.Instead the initial draft retained wording requiring that cross-border schemes be funded at all times.Walsh cautioned against placing too much emphasis on negotiating mandates, but said it was nonetheless a “pleasant surprise” to see the wording on cross-border schemes amended.“I think it’s moderately encouraging that they’ve removed references to the Pension Benefit Statement and risk-evaluation from the negotiating mandate, but we’ve still got to have regard for the actual text of the Directive.”The negotiating mandate will see the Council engage with Parliament as it begins its revision of the Directive, based around the text initially proposed by Barnier.Final wording will then be agreed during negotiations between all three EU institutions.Despite the most recent developments, agreement over the negotiating mandate does not preclude the Commission withdrawing the IORP Directive, as it agrees its 2015 Work Programme.MEPs have raised concerns over the potential for the Directive to be scrapped. Member states are placing renewed emphasis on the relaxation of cross-border pension provision as part of their IORP II negotiations with the European Parliament.A finalised negotiating mandate released on Wednesday by the Council of the EU, which outlines the 28 states’ agreed position on the IORP Directive, said that removing the “remaining prudential barriers” to cross-border provision should be one of the four objectives.In contrast to a draft negotiating mandate drawn up by the Council in November, member states were less explicit in their support for the proposals on risk-evaluation for pensions (REP) and the Pension Benefit Statement (BPS).Instead, the mandate only specified that the Directive should focus on good governance and risk management, and should aim to provide “clear and relevant” information to members and beneficiaries.
Share Share Food & DiningLifestyleNewsRegional Regional body moves to protect spiny lobster by: – February 18, 2014 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 192 Views no discussions BELIZE CITY — The executive committee of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says it is working on “legal instruments” to strengthen regional cooperation for the conservation, management and sustainable use of the spiny lobster and the protection of its habitat.The 22ndmeeting of the (CRFM) executive, which concluded Friday in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, saw a two-day deliberation on matters such as coral reef management, the lobster fishery, and cooperation between CARICOM States and the French Islands in fisheries.“The Committee addressed a number of important regional initiatives designed to ensure sustainable use of our fisheries resources and protect the marine ecosystems,” said Milton Haughton, CRFM Executive Director.The CRFM executive committee consists of representatives of six member states of the regional inter-governmental fisheries organisation. The membership of the committee is drawn from the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, a group of government officials, fishers and representatives of private companies from CARICOM states tasked with providing technical support to the CRFM.Jamaica Observer
Tweet LocalNews Work to commence on 41 new homes for the indigenous people in November by: – August 24, 2011 Sharing is caring! Hon. Reginald Austrie. (file photo)The Roosevelt Skerrit led administration has received $US1.4 million dollars which is the first portion for the construction of forty-one new houses for the Kalinago territory.Housing Minister Reginald Austrie says the project which is being funded by the Chinese Government could begin in November of this year.“Eight sites were initially identified but there is tremendous infrastructural work to be done so we are focusing on four sites for the time being,” he said.Austrie said in the first instance, four houses will be done in Salybia, five in Bataka, two in Concord and four in Mahaut River.“The tendering documents have gone out and we are hoping to receive them back in two week. We are hoping that before independence the actual construction could start”, he said.The Minister also hinted that a ground breaking ceremony could be held in November, which will pave the way for actual construction.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Share 6 Views no discussions
Pastias’ apprehension was staged on thestrength of an arrest warrant, the police added. The 56-year-old Joevic Pastias ofBarangay Lacaron, Valladolid, Negros Occidental was nabbed around 4 p.m. onNov. 25, police said. BACOLOD City – The court recommended aP100,000 bail bond for the temporary liberty of a robbery suspect arrested inBarangay Lag-san, Bago City, Negros Occidental. He was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Bago City police station./PN
Prosecutors said Fadia S. traveled to Syria in 2015 to join her husband, who had previously left Germany to join IS. She took her children, then aged 3 to 8, and the family allegedly lived in accommodation in the IS stronghold of Raqqa that the group had commandeered. (AP) Fadia S. is accused of offenses including membership in IS and gross violation of her parental duties. Rabih O. is accused of supporting IS and violating German export laws. BERLIN, Germany – German authorities on Tuesday arrested a woman accused of traveling to Syria with her four young children to join the Islamic State group, as well as her brother-in-law, who is accused of helping her. The federal prosecutor’s office identified the pair only as Fadia S. and Rabih O., in line with German privacy rules. It said both are dual citizens of Germany and Lebanon, and they were arrested in Essen and Hildesheim respectively.
He even found the strength of mind to question O’Neill’s pre-match assertion that the side’s remarkable start to the pool made Friday a “bonus match”. “Everyone was saying we could afford to lose this one and I think the manager even admitted getting anything here was a bonus, but I really felt we could have got a decent result and we didn’t,” he explained. “Every player fought hard and we always put everything into it, the fans hopefully know that, that we’ll fight until the end, but we need quality performances as well as heart and endeavour. “It would have been good if we could have played Romania in a double header so we could have had the chance to rectify things. But that’s not the case and now we have to wait for four months before we play again.” The Norwich forward did not excuse himself from his harsh critique of the game, despite turning in a solid display while feeding on scraps. “I wasn’t pleased with my own performance,” he said. “I should be doing better because I’ve played against better centre-halves, even in the last three games and most definitely in my career. “I’m used to playing up front on my own for Northern Ireland, I’ll never moan about that, but I think my hold up play was a bit poor. “The distance from myself to midfield was massive. That’s not me having a pop at the midfield, they were just being put under so much pressure, it forced them back and created a huge gap between me and them. “I’ve managed to score goals against Hungary, the Faroes and Greece but sadly I couldn’t add to my tally out there.” Striker Kyle Lafferty believes Northern Ireland suffered from a lack of self-belief as they surrendered their flawless Euro 2016 record in Romania. After slipping into the fifth seeding pot for the European qualifiers last year, it might easily have been seen as par for the course. But buoyed by the recent upturn, Lafferty feels able to see the game as a missed opportunity. “I don’t know if we believed in ourselves,” he admitted following a thankless and isolated shift up front. “I know they are a good team but we were a shadow of the side that played in the last three games. “The only time we started to pass the ball around was when we went a goal down. Before that it was clearing the ball up field rather than trying to keep possession. “After the three great wins we should have been coming here full of confidence but I felt we allowed them to come on to us.” Lafferty, often criticised for a lack of maturity during his career, is doing his best to shake that tag. Three goals and three man-of-the-match performances prior to Bucharest prove the on-field work is paying off and his thoughtful assessment of Northern Ireland’s first Group F setback provided further evidence of his growth. Press Association Having kicked off the campaign with maximum points from their first three matches, Michael O’Neill’s side came undone in Bucharest, picked apart by a fluent side who sealed a 2-0 success with a second-half brace from defender Paul Papp. There is no shame in a Northern Ireland team losing to such opponents, particularly on their own patch, and the effort expended for 74 scoreless minutes is a cause of some pride.