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Elections: Time for credit unions to come together

first_imgWhile there are still races to be decided from last night’s election, one thing is already clear—credit unions made an impact on the incoming 117th Congress. Our political work is fundamental to ensuring Congress champions credit unions’ advancing communities across the country.CUNA, Leagues, and credit unions invested $7 million throughout this election cycle to support credit union champions. In over 400 races, more than 40 of which were open seats, credit unions have seen a 90% success rate among races called as of this writing.Holding more than 425 meetings with candidates this year, CUNA and the Leagues have worked hard to identify and support champions of not-for-profit financial cooperatives. We launched nearly a dozen independent expenditures and partisan communications to support candidates from both sides of the aisle who faced difficult challenges. These efforts represent the CUNA-League partnership at its best and it makes a difference for credit unions; they have been there for us when we needed them, and we are there for them now.In addition to working with candidates, CUNA, the Leagues, and credit unions have been diligent in getting voters to the polls. Our Credit Unions Vote campaign helped educate millions of credit union members nationwide on how they could safely cast their vote.There’s a reason for all of this. Credit union members need champions regardless of who holds the White House or which party controls a chamber of Congress. We need representatives who will be focused on helping credit unions better serve our 120 million members.This new generation of credit union champions, together with our long-standing supporters currently in Congress, is critical to ensuring credit unions’ role in the nation’s economic recovery.All year, I’ve listened as credit union professionals serving as financial first responders shared experiences serving their members under unprecedented circumstances. CUNA and the Leagues have made every effort to shift our operations to help credit unions weather this pandemic and continue to serve members, and this effort is an extension of that.CUNA and the Leagues are working with lawmakers across Washington to bring meaningful solutions to bear. With this election, we can continue to turn your feedback into changes in the nation’s capital—this is vital to continue helping our members through this pandemic.The credit union mission is straightforward: promote thrift and provide access to credit for provident purposes. That mission does not hew Democratic or Republican. It’s neither more urban-focused nor rural. As member-owned not-for-profits, credit unions are there to advance their communities in red states and blue, caring more about the individual member than any other factor. That’s the credit union difference.The 117th Congress is very likely to consider policies that not only affect how we serve our 120 million members, but may also consider tax reform that could put our tax status under scrutiny. With this week’s election, there are a host of new elected officials who will rely on our advocacy to understand just how crucial that credit union difference is to their constituents.So, while we come together to congratulate these new credit union champions on their victories, let’s also come together to continue advocating for the credit union system; to advance our communities through our daily service as well as our industry-leading advocacy. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Nussle Jim Nussle was named president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association in September 2014. Nussle, is a former eight-term congressman and director of the White House Office of … Web: www.cuna.org Detailslast_img read more

IPE opens the London Stock Exchange

first_imgAs part of IPE’s 20th anniversary celebrations, publisher Piers Diacre and founding editor Fennell Betson this morning rang the bell to open the London Stock Exchange.Speaking afterwards, Diacre said: “It is a privilege for IPE and for Fennell and I to be ringing the opening bell at the London Stock Exchange. IPE is celebrating its 20th birthday today, and throughout that time we have been at the cutting edge of providing information for pension funds – and it is pension funds that are the key capital owners responsible for huge volumes of business transacted by the exchange.“Tomorrow, the prime minister triggers Article 50, and that may well – for better or worse – bring about significant changes to the role of this exchange and the place London holds in global finance. But I do hope that, in 10 and 20 years’ time, our successors at IPE will be in a position to say that IPE still does a great job in reporting the news, views, opinions, and trends of the pension industry in Europe and across the globe.”Look out for the special 20th anniversary edition of the magazine, landing on your desks in the coming days. See the LSE’s welcome announcement for IPE here.last_img read more

Miralem Pjanic among the Nominees for the best Player of the Italian League

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s national team player Miralem Pjanic is among the nominees in the competition for the best player of the Italian league.It is a prestigious award at the Gran Gala del Calcio ceremony, with Pjanic among the top five Serie A midfielder, with competition from Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Josip Ilicic (Atalanta), Nicolo Barella (Cagliari) and Fabian Ruiz (Napoli).Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), Samir Handanovic (Inter) and Salvatore Sirigu (Turin) compete for the best goalkeeper.Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Milan Skriniar (Inter), Alexander Kolarov (Roma), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Joao Cancelo (Juventus), Giovanni di Lorenzo (Empoli) and in the selection for the best defender Armando Izzo (Turin).In the competition for the best striker are Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Tobacco Zapata (Atalanta), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta), Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) and Krysztof Piatek (Milan).Massimiliano Allegri, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Gian Piero Gasperini will compete for the title of best coach.The awards ceremony will take place on December 2 in Milan, Klix.ba news portal reports.last_img read more

FanDuel NFL Playoffs Picks: Lineup advice for Wild Card Sunday GPP tournaments

first_imgWILD CARD WEEKEND LINEUPS: Yahoo | DraftKings | FanDuelNFL Playoffs DFS Picks: FanDuel GPP Wild Card Sunday LineupQB Carson Wentz, Eagles vs. Seahawks ($8,100). Wentz managed to throw for more than 4,000 yards this season without having one WR top 500 yards – that’s the first time in NFL history that’s happened. We’ll count on Wentz to keep it going in the Wild Card round against a defense that struggled to get stops in Week 17.RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings @ Saints ($8,200). Cook (shoulder) is expected to be healthy and back on the field for Minnesota against New Orleans, and he should see all the work he can handle after recovering from injury the past two weeks.RB Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks @ Eagles ($5,900). Expect another week of double-digit carries and goal-line looks for Beast Mode (and maybe Seattle won’t get a delay of game at the one-yard line this time when it’s Lynch’s chance to pound it in).MORE FANDUEL LINEUPS: Saturday | Single gamesWR Michael Thomas, Saints vs. Vikings ($9,200). You could fade Thomas if you wanted to play Alvin Kamara, but the Vikings’ run defense is a tougher matchup than its secondary, so we’ll stick with the chalk play of Thomas.WR Greg Ward Jr., Eagles vs. Seahawks ($5,900). Ward is Wentz’s definite No. 1 WR, and the converted QB continues to show an ability to get open on underneath routes. Maybe it doesn’t lead to a huge day, but he’s part of a stack we have to have with Wentz in GPPs.WR Deontay Burnett, Eagles vs. Seahawks ($5,200). Burnett slots in in lieu of one of Philly’s tight ends, which is a play many others won’t take. It might not pay off to fade Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, but we have to differentiate somewhere, and Burnett saw four targets in Week 17. Marshawn Lynch is back, and our NFL Playoffs DFS lineups can’t avoid him. The Vikings-Saints get Wild Card Sunday started, and that matchup is followed by the Eagles and Seahawks. We have FanDuel GPP advice to help you put together a winning daily fantasy football lineup.We’re going with an Eagles passing stack, but we’re fading the TEs in Philadelphia — a lineup construction that will be almost nonexistent from others come Sunday. That gives us a chance at differentiation while Dalvin Cook and Michael Thomas provide a great floor. TE Taysom Hill, Saints vs. Vikings ($5,300). Shoutout FanDuel for giving Hill eligibility at a spot other than QB. There will be plenty of Eagles TEs and Jared Cook ownership in this lineup slot, so hopefully Hill’s upside per touch pays off at his lower price for us.FLEX Stefon Diggs, Vikings @ Saints ($7,600). Remember the last time Diggs played the Saints in the playoffs? Maybe there can’t be a miracle twice, but he can still have a good game Sunday.D/ST Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seahawks ($4,000). Seattle’s offense struggled lately, and we’ll try to take advantage of that with an admittedly not-too-exciting Eagles defense that we mostly snagged because it’s the cheapest D/ST on the slate.last_img read more


first_imgFunding has been provided for four permanent classrooms for St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny.The news from Education Minister Ruairi Quinn as been welcomed by local Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte.” Again I am delighted that the Minister has delivered on the Education front to schools in Donegal As a proud past pupil of St Eunan’s College I warmly welcome this news that the College will now have the funding to erect these classrooms. “I spoke with Minister Quinn today at our “Think In” in Co Meath and he confirmed that the funding is in place and he announced it this after noon as promised.“St Eunan’s College has a fine tradition in Education and is an integral part of the Letterkenny community.“My own family connections to the College go back to my father, uncles , brothers and sons all attending and I look forward to future generations making the trip to Sentry Hill for their secondary education.”This news comes after the recent announcements that the Government is investing € 2..2 billion in a five year capital programme to prioritise school building projects and to ensure that every child has access to a school place.  FUNDING PROVIDED FOR NEW CLASSROOMS AT ST.EUNANS COLLEGE was last modified: September 17th, 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:letterkennySenator Jimmy HarteSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

LEED Can Help Fix the Water Problem

first_imgWhile news reports have recently focused on California Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order, in response to that state’s long-running drought, seeking to reduce overall water use by 25 percent, there may be more to be learned from how the small Town of Hampstead in Maryland responded to its own water crisis in 2008.Despite the fact that the U.S. uses less water than it did in 1980, availability of potable water is increasingly an issue. According to the EPA, at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages this year.In 2008, the 6,323 people residing in the Town of Hampstead, for the first time since it was incorporated in 1888, were experiencing severe water stress. The town considered restricting water use and faced a moratorium on all new building. The town commissioners sought a proven response that was easy to articulate and that could be readily and quickly implemented.With the town water system running out of water, the town created a Groundwater Conservation District “encouraging environmentally sensitive and sustainable ‘green’ design and construction methods, minimizing impervious surface, maximizing groundwater recharge and protecting the aquifer.”Within that District, outdoor watering and irrigation was strictly prohibited. Washing of cars, boats, campers, windows, and the like, was prohibited except by a hose equipped with a flow-restricting device. No need to reinvent the wheelUsing LEED as a tool to restrict water use obviated the need to create some new regulatory scheme from scratch. The ordinance met with little, if any, negative comment because most accepted that government has a proper role in responding to a crisis and, in part, because the plumbing industry was familiar with LEED. And that projects need only be LEED “certifiable” and not actually certified ameliorated the concern that LEED, a voluntary third-party rating system, was being misused.The LEED water reduction prerequisite and credits provide an ideal tool for reducing water use. Carefully drafted, LEED can provide the standards, in an ordinance, for restricting water use. More simply put, LEED can be the ideal liquidity strategy. Fixing leaky pipes was keyCognizant that every six days, U.S. water utilities lose an entire day’s water from leaking pipes, the town started an aggressive program of locating and fixing leaks, including offering a bounty of up to a $9,000 credit on water bills to customers who located a water leak on their property.And by ordinance 2008-449, Hampstead Town Code 135-150 was amended to provide:Any new building or structure shall comply with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for silver certification or a standard deemed equivalent by the Commission. The developer shall be responsible for the cost of the Town hiring a consultant to certify that the site plans and construction drawings conform to the LEED or other approved environmental standard. The Commission may establish a higher standard if deemed appropriate by the Commission.The ordinance was tied to LEED 2009 NC which included for the first time WEp1 as a prerequisite; WEp1 stipulates that all projects must reduce water use by at least 20 percent. And by requiring that projects be certifiable at the Silver level, land owners were encouraged to pursue credit WEc2, where a 30 percent reduction in water use garners two points, with up to four points available for a 40 percent reduction.Owners were also advised to pursue credit WEc1 which is available for a 50 percent reduction in potable water use for irrigation.center_img Stuart Kaplow, an environmental attorney, is legal counsel and past chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland. This post originally appeared on April 5 at Green Building Law Update.last_img read more

10 months agoSporting CP midfielder Nani: Mourinho right manager for Man Utd

first_imgSporting CP midfielder Nani: Mourinho right manager for Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP midfielder Nani insists Jose Mourinho is the right manager for Manchester United.Nani won everything in the game at United.“Obviously the goal is to be Premier League champions, but the competition is fierce,” Nani told Goal.“Although last year United managed to finish in second place, this year isn’t going as expected. I’m sure though that if there is a coach able to turn things around and put the club on the right path it’s José.“Like Sir Alex, he has charisma and a very strong character. Those elements are key for success.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months ago​SACKED! Stoke City fire Rowett after eight months

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​SACKED! Stoke City fire Rowett after eight monthsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStoke City have parted ways with manager Gary Rowett.The Potters had appointed Rowett and given him a good transfer budget in the hopes of challenging for promotion.But the team are struggling to remain in the Championship, which was not the intended target at the start of the season. Rowett and his staff are sacked immediately.Per a Stoke statement: “Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge of first-team affairs” until a permanent boss is appointed.Rowett only lasted in the job for eight months. last_img

9 months agoMohamed Elneny marks 3 years with Arsenal

first_imgMohamed Elneny marks 3 years with Arsenalby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has marked his three-year anniversary with the club.The Egyptian has barely featured under Unai Emery this season, playing just once in the Premier League in the 3-1 win over Burnley just prior to Christmas.And on the three-year anniversary of his arrival at Arsenal, Elneny posted two tweets which caught the attention of fans.He wrote: “The 14th of Jan is a day that will always be engraved in my heart,” tweeted Elneny. “Three years ago, on this same day, I joined the Arsenal family.”I call it family, because it is how it’s like to be here at Arsenal. I’m grateful for every single moment during those three years, the tough moments and the many happy ones.”I’m grateful for the one of a kind fans, for the coaches, for the colleagues who became real brothers, for everyone.. I’m grateful for the past and I’m very much looking forward to the future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoNorwich defender Klose provides positive injury update

first_imgNorwich defender Klose provides positive injury updateby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTimm Klose has provided a positive update for Norwich City supporters.The German says he is recovering well from a knee injury sustained in late August.”It feels very good,” Klose said. “I don’t want to fool anyone here, it’s still going to be a long recovery time but I am not too sure how long it is going to take, it would be wrong for me to say anything about the timeline or to give hope to the fans.”That’s why I’m going day by day and hoping for the best.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img