Saint Mary’s move-in to take place over course of 6 days, students to register for 2-hour time slots

first_imgIn an attempt to maintain social distancing guidelines, move-in for Saint Mary’s residence halls will take place over the course of six days, beginning Aug. 4 through Aug. 9, the Office of Residence Life announced in an email Friday. Fall semester courses are scheduled to commence Aug. 10.Students will be sent a link to register for a two-hour time slot in one of the allocated move-in days and will only be allowed to enter the residence halls during their designated time frame. Each student will be permitted to bring no more than two additional people to help with move-in.More information surrounding the move-in process will be distributed in the following weeks along with the registration link, the email said. Groups approved for early arrival and move-in, such as band members and student workers, will receive specific information via a separate email.Tags: COVID-19, Move-in, residence halls, Residence Life, Saint Mary’s move-inlast_img read more

Discover new ways to connect to the credit union movement

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Grabicki Michelle has been with Numerica Credit Union since April 2001, and has 28 years of credit union experience.   Michelle oversees all training, member feedback and cultural initiatives at Numerica and … Web: www.cunacouncils.org Details The old adage “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” is about to get turned on its head; at CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council Conference—September 28-October 1, 2016 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas—what happens in the City of Lights will stay with you long after your flight home.While these two events, hosted together for the second year in a row, serve two distinct groups of credit union professionals, they are united by a common theme: “Creating New Connections.” And although the “connections” in question include those you’ll make with fellow attendees, this is much more than a networking event. These conferences are also a chance to connect game-changing ideas, unconventional perspectives and rewarding opportunities.In addition to the eye-opening keynote presentations and high-impact breakout discussion sessions, CUNA Councils has a series of creative, unconventional opportunities planned that will enable attendees to connect to new areas of the credit union movement. Here are three examples:Connect to PhilanthropyIt’s important for credit union professionals to stay tethered to the movement’s core principle of People Helping People. This year’s conferences will provide attendees with a fun opportunity to give back to children in need through a special charity raffle.Upon arriving at the conference, you’ll be able to buy tickets for $5 a piece (or $20 for five) and enter to win a suite of great prizes. In addition to the total gross from raffle tickets, the nationwide credit union network CO-OP Financial Services has pledged to match attendees’ donations up to $10,000, making this a potentially massive charitable opportunity.Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which funds research, training, equipment purchases and care for children at hospitals across the country. On the last day of the conferences, country singer Lindsay Ell will present a check to Children’s Miracle Network revealing the final fundraising total.“It’s always great to use an event like this to give back to the community,” says Michelle Grabicki, CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council conference chair and VP Corporate Culture at Numerica CU. “We’ve partnered with a worthy cause, and with our attendees’ support, we have the potential to make a real impact.”Connect to Pioneering CultureNestled within Vegas’ casinos, hotels and buffets is the corporate headquarters of Zappos, Amazon’s online clothing and shoes retailer with more than 1,500 employees worldwide. Regularly cited as one of the best places to work in the U.S., Zappos offers a culture model that unifies, optimizes and fully utilizes their staff—one that credit unions could benefit to emulate.In a special pre-conference workshop on September 28th, attendees will take a tour of the Zappos campus and view an in-depth presentation on the corporate philosophy and practices that allow this multi-billion dollar company to serve millions of customers across the globe. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Zappos culture experts questions and gain insight into the daily machinations of an organization that, surprisingly enough, faces many of the same challenges as today’s credit unions.“From time to time, we all need to step outside of our bubble and look at things from a different perspective,” notes Michelle Grabicki, CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council conference chair and VP Corporate Culture at Numerica CU. “Zappos has a nearly unequaled reputation for workplace excellence, and the prospect of witnessing their work culture in action is really exciting.”Connect to InnovationReturning to this year’s conferences are the ever-popular Speed Rounds, an annual competition of credit union vendors. In two sessions on September 29, top technology companies will present their latest innovations to conference attendees through live product demonstrations, but with a fun twist: entrants will only have five minutes to present their game-changing product and two minutes to answer questions from the audiences.At the end of the presentations, one company will be chosen by audience members as Best of Show, an award won last year by SMA Solutions’ data analytics management platform Ascern.There are countless other ways that CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council Conference will connect you to unforgettable experiences. Ultimately, you won’t appreciate the full breadth of opportunity these conferences offer in a single article; to do that, you’ll have to join us in Las Vegas this fall.last_img read more

If only I had known…a tale of debt dragons and the heroes that beat it

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When you’re young, vivid daydreams can occupy all the space in your head. Yet when you grow up, the clouds you once soared can seem farther away. The princess you saved from the towering castle? Just an imaginary past. Your shiny armor is now rusted in the effort to fight off a scaly financial dragon. Had I been exposed to better tools when I made my education choices, my journey toward the future I wanted and the financial reality I could live with would have been so much easier.Debt makes everything realAccording to Filene’s research, 7 in 10 students graduating from college have student loan debt, averaging over $30,000. Seventy-seven percent of students that graduate college under the age of 40 regret not planning out how to manage their student loan debt. Meanwhile, 50% don’t even know what they borrowed, and 28% didn’t realize they even had student loans.These numbers are alarming; credit unions should be concerned about their members who may soon face the burden of student debt. With support and cooperation from Credit Union Student Choice, Filene recently had the opportunity to test its Debt Dragon prototype at a Wisconsin high school. The theory of this prototype tool is that with it, students and family members can avoid insurmountable burdens of debt by better understanding the impacts of debt before they take it on. continue reading »last_img read more

CUs impact 335,000 in Single Day of Kindness

first_imgOn Tuesday, 49 credit unions and partners participated in a statewide day of kindness. Across Minnesota, the day was dedicated to community service projects and volunteer opportunities impacting over 335,000 people.“The cooperative impact of credit unions is larger than each individual branch,” said Minnesota Credit Union Network President/CEO Mark Cummins. “As not-for-profit financial institutions, credit unions work to improve the financial lives of individuals and communities. CU Forward Day is an opportunity for credit union staff to show the people helping people philosophy in action.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

6 marketing myths credit unions should definitely rethink

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Search Google for “marketing myths” and you could easily spend hours sifting through the results. One of the first you’ll see is one of Google’s own blogs.. When the big cheese of digital marketing weighs in on misguided marketing practices and beliefs, bank or credit union have to pay attention.The blog, by Joshua Spanier, Vice President of Google’s Media Lab, focuses on three marketing myths that the lab “busted” in the past year. The Media Lab manages the media strategy for all of Google’s advertising campaigns. The Financial Brandsupplemented Google’s thoughts with input from several other expert marketing sources, adding three other myth categories in the process.The comments below may assist financial marketers to correct misunderstandings, which could improve marketing results.last_img read more

The government accepted an amendment to the regulation for concessions on tourist land in camps

first_imgAt the last session of the Government, held on Thursday, “Decree on Amendments to the Decree on the Procedure, Manner and Conditions for Obtaining a Concession on Tourist Land in Camps Co-Owned by the Republic of Croatia”. Namely, the amendments are as follows: Article 10, paragraph 1, which refers to the deadline for payment of the variable part of the concession fee, now states that the payment is made no later than 31 May of the current year. The deadline is changed because the existing provision did not take into account the legal deadline for preparing the final financial statements. Article 3 of the said Regulation has been supplemented with a new paragraph which stipulates that the occupied area is considered to be the area of ​​the camp that was not estimated in the conversion of the socially-owned enterprise, and was part of the camp at the time of conversion. This specifies the concept of occupied area, which is stated in the formula, and whose meaning has not been specified so far. The amendment to Article 9 refers to the variable part of the concession fee, which is now calculated in proportion to the square meters occupied in relation to the entire area of ​​the camp, and according to the criteria in the figure below. Attachment: REGULATION on amendments to the Decree on the procedure, manner and conditions for obtaining a concession on tourist land in camps co-owned by the Republic of Croatia After Article 19a, Article 19b is added, which introduces and regulates the possibility of installment payment of the concession fee. The article stipulates that, at the request of the company, the obligation to pay the difference in the concession fee may be payable over a period of three years, in three equal annual installments, with each installment due on 30 September of the current year. The explanation of the amendments to the Decree states that the aim of the proposed amendment to the Decree is to remove the obstacle to the calculation of the variable part of the concession fee for the use of tourist land in camps, because the Ministry of Tourism is not able to issue invoices for the variable part of the concession fee. the amendment to the Regulation does not harmonize the criteria for calculating the fee according to the development index of the city / municipality in which the camp is located in accordance with the appropriate development groups into which local self-government units are classified in accordance with the new Decision on classifying local and regional self-government units. . Photo: Aminess Park Mareda, Camping.hrlast_img read more

Surakarta mayor stands in way of Jokowi’s son’s coronation

first_imgGibran entered the Surakarta mayoral race at the eleventh hour, registering through the PDI-P’s Central Java provincial chapter after learning that the party’s Surakarta chapter had wrapped up its candidate selection process. The party’s Surakarta chapter decided to nominate Achmad, the current deputy mayor, and Teguh.Hadi’s insistence on having Achmad on the ticket caught Gibran by surprise, given that Achmad has repeatedly made public statements about dropping out of the the race since April this year.The latest decision not to accept Achmad’s withdrawal has also created tension between supporters from both camps, treasurer of the PDI-P’s Surakarta branch Joni Sofyan Erwandi said.Joni said the decision to keep Achmad at the top of the ticket represented the party chapter’s stance and it appeared inevitable that the PDI-P would have two names as prospective candidates.”Pak Pur can’t just withdraw like that. A PDI-P member should not do that. We give him the recommendation to run although the final decision lies with the chairwoman,” Joni said, referring to Achmad by his nickname.The PDI-P central board maintained that the final decision on which candidate it would back in the Surakarta mayoral election would be the prerogative of party matriarch Megawati Seokarnoputri.“The decision has been made [by Megawati],” said PDI-P campaign team chairman Bambang Wuryanto. Megawati is expected to make the announcement in July.Gibran, meanwhile, said the move to keep Achmad on the ticket was fully Hadi’s business, and that he respected the decision by Achmad, whom he considered like his own father. Gibran said he would wait for Megawati’s final say on the nomination and added that he would continue to focus his effort on helping people in Surakarta deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.The position of mayor in Surakarta, which is considered a traditional PDI-P stronghold, has become crucial in the country’s politics as it is seen as the first stepping stone for Jokowi, who rose to national prominence after a seven-year stint as Surakarta mayor with Hadi as his deputy.Political analysts said Hadi’s decision to make matters difficult for Gibran could be seen as a territorial-marking move. “Gibran’s move may be discomforting to him [Hadi] because he is a two-term mayor, also the head of the party’s local branch,” said Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) political observer Arya Fernandes.Indonesia Political Review executive director Ujang Komarudin said the central board of the PDI-P was now caught between a rock and a hard place.”Nominating Gibran would risk incurring the wrath of the party’s local members in Surakarta and disrupt the party’s stability in the city, while going ahead with Achmad Purnomo would have the potential of driving a wedge between President Jokowi and Megawati.The PDI-P’s control’s over Surakarta’s mayoralty meant that any candidate that it nominated stood a good chance of winning the race, and Hady has played that card against Gibran’s wish, political analyst Agus Riewanto of Surakarta’s Sebelas Maret University said.“Since 2005, the PDI-P’s candidate has always had the upper hand [in Surakarta]. “This is a test for the PDI-P’s central board to give the correct recommendation to maintain the party’s unity,” Agus said.Topics : Hadi has not made any efforts to hide his displeasure toward the surprise bid from President Jokowi’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, to run in the Surakarta mayoral race.Tension came to a head recently when Achmad Purnomo, Gibran’s rival from within the PDI-P, offered to withdraw from the 2020 mayoral race, only to be rejected by Hady, who also serves as chairman of the Surakarta PDI-P branch, on the grounds that PDI-P members in the city wanted Achmad and his running mate Teguh Prakosa to be on the top of the ticket.”All party members rejected the withdrawal because the party central board has yet to decide on any candidate. The process must continue. “He [Achmad] is being nominated, and those nominating him are not allowing him to back off,” said Hadi.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government and the House of Representatives have agreed to push back the regional elections, originally scheduled for Sept. 23, to Dec. 9. Having served as deputy to Joko “Jokowi” Widodo when the latter was mayor of Surakarta, and having later taken over when his boss relocated to Jakarta in 2012 to run for governor, many would expect Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician FX Hadi Rudyatmo, the city’s current mayor, to continue to be on good terms with the President. But in recent months, Hadi has made no efforts to hide his disagreement with Jokowi’s policies. In April, in the lead-up to this year’s Idul Fitri holiday, Hadi blasted Jokowi’s decision to ban mudik (homecoming exodus), saying it was too little too late. Later in May, the current Surakarta mayor also criticized the government’s decision to increase the premiums for the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS).Recently, the rift between Hadi and the President appears to have become very personal, with political observers considering that such a conflict could drive a wedge between the PDI-P central board and the party’s local chapter in one of the nationalist party’s strongholds.last_img read more

Galloper Offshore Substation On the Move

first_imgThe offshore substation for the 336MW Galloper wind farm, built at Heerema Fabrication Group’s Hartlepool yard, has sailed away to the installation site in the outer Thames Estuary, some 27 kilometres off the Suffolk coast.The substation topside was loaded onto a barge at Heerema’s Hartlepool yard in early April. The jacket foundation for the substation was rolled out of the Hartlepool facilities in February.The Galloper wind farm will comprise 56 Siemens 6MW wind turbines, with the wind turbine installation vessel Pacific Orca expected to install the first units at the site soon.GeoSea installed the 56 foundations at the site at the end of March, two months ahead of schedule. VBMS is currently installing the wind farm’s inter array-cables.Development and construction of the GBP 1.5 billion Galloper offshore wind farm is led by innogy SE on behalf of the project partners, UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), Siemens Financial Services and Macquarie Capital.Photo: Heerema Fabrication Grouplast_img read more

Klitschko ‘trains’ AJ for Ruiz rematch

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Britain’s Anthony Joshua has been taking advice on his training regime and diet from former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko ahead of his title rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia on Dec. 7. Mexican-American Ruiz produced one of boxing’s biggest upsets when he dethroned the previously undefeated world champion Joshua with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Square Garden in June. Klitschko was defeated by Joshua in 2017 at Wembley Stadium with a technical knockout and the two boxers have stayed in touch even after the Ukrainian retired later that year at the age of 41. “He said loads of stuff to me, Wlad was definitely ahead of the game. He’s more disciplined than me, he’s more diplomatic,” Joshua told British media. “He was giving me dietary and training advice and that is maybe what people are talking about now when they see a difference in my body. Maybe that’s why — because I’ve adapted some of his teaching — my weight may fluctuate.” Joshua was dropped to the canvas four times in the June bout by Ruiz and the 30-year-old Briton is looking for redemption having triggered a rematch clause, admitting his first defeat had made him a smarter fighter. The second WBA, IBF and WBO title showdown has been dubbed the ‘Clash on the Dunes’ but Joshua, a former Olympic champion, said the belts would not define his legacy. “There’s nothing I’ve missed about being world champion,” Joshua said. “I’ve always said the belt should never define the man. I walked as a champion before I even had a belt. “This is fighting. One loss doesn’t take the spots off a cheetah. We don’t play games when it comes to boxing, we’re serious and after I took the loss I’ve had time to reflect. “I now have things to prove to myself. I want to take it more seriously because I’m going to that next level.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaWladimir Klitschikolast_img read more

FA set to block Hull rebrand

first_img Egyptian-born businessman Allam, who has long been based in the Hull area, has generally been a popular owner after rescuing the club from financial crisis in 2010. Fans continue to urge him to reconsider, but in an open letter last month Allam’s son Ehab, the club’s vice-chairman, stated the family had put in £74million and had “nothing left to give”. He said the proposal was a means of making the club “stand out” from others. Opposition group ‘City Till We Die’ believes the Allams may have exploited some personal loyalty towards them by wording questions in their favour in the poll. Fans were invited to vote “Yes to Hull Tigers with the Allam family continuing to lead the club”, simply “No to Hull Tigers” or “I am not too concerned and will continue to support the club either way”. A statement from the group read: “We are pleased that supporters treated the ballot as a validation of Dr Allam’s ownership of the football club, rather than believing the masquerade that this was a vote on the name change.” They added the result was “largely meaningless”. The group have received backing from the Football Supporters’ Federation. An FSF statement read: “Many Hull City fans have already contacted us to express their concerns in relation to the flawed ballot. “It wasn’t neutrally worded and was a clear attempt to create a ‘yes’ vote. Even then, only one in six season-ticket holders has voted yes. “Fans are also concerned that they were required to identify themselves when voting, hardly surprising since the chairman has been openly hostile to those who disagree with him. “The club might be allocating FA Cup final tickets soon and some fans who voted ‘no’ fear they’ll have a black mark against their name during the application process. “It might even have discouraged some from voting ‘no’ in the first place. “Hull City’s ballot does not stand up to scrutiny and we have already written to the FA arguing exactly that.” The club themselves have not commented on the matter ahead of the council meeting. Hull do not want the matter to detract from this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United. In a ballot of season-ticket holders over the age of 16, 2,565 voted for the rebrand with 2,517 against. A further 792 expressed indifference while another 9,159 did not take up their right to vote. These results, which were published on Monday, came too late to be included in any written submission the club may have made ahead of the council meeting. They could, however, provide encouragement for the club to appeal should the verdict, as seems likely, go against them. Allam believes the Tigers name is more marketable worldwide and could help the club attract the greater investment he feels is necessary to compete at the top level and grow. He has expressed his dislike for the “common” City name and has threatened to pull out of the club if his wish is not granted. But, regardless of what the poll has indicated, his plans have met with fierce resistance from supporters. Hull, whose colours are amber and black, have long been nicknamed the Tigers, but fans are fiercely loyal to City, which has been in the club’s title since formation in 1904. Opponents have been clear in pointing out that their protests are against the name change and are not anti-Allam. The Football Association is due to rule on Hull City’s controversial bid to rename themselves Hull Tigers on Wednesday. The FA Council is expected to block the rebranding proposals of club owner Assem Allam after the governing body’s own membership committee unanimously recommended they be rejected last month. That would be in spite of a poll conducted by the club which appears to offer some evidence of support among fans for the change. Press Associationlast_img read more