Credit unions have a long history of providing education for their members. This adds to the many personal benefits that set credit unions apart from other financial institutions. As the financial services industry has evolved technologically, it has sometimes been difficult for smaller institutions to keep up with the big budgets and expertise required to develop and maintain cutting edge systems and solutions.Enter the world of videoNow available in a variety of formats that are affordable, easy to access and simple to disseminate to members, video is on trend with modern communication and more “hip” than other traditional forms of marketing. With the advent of YouTube, video has become a widespread medium for conveying everything from “DIY” to entertainment and for marketing across generational and demographic market segments. Businesses across every sector of the economy are deploying video to better communicate with and educate their customers.Credit unions would be well served by following their regulators’ lead and exploring the exciting new opportunities for communication with members through video. continue reading » 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The NCUA board will initiate a series of briefings on emerging issues prior to taking action on them, Chairman Rick Metsger said May 18.The briefings will begin Thursday and will cover agency plans for modernizing the call report and profile system, and the system for reporting and storing credit unions’ information.“Due to federal sunshine laws, and the fact that NCUA has never had more than three board members, we cannot deliberate on policy issues, except at open meetings,” Metsger said in a statement. “What we’re doing is giving board members an opportunity to talk directly to one another, exchange thoughts and ideas. It also provides the broader credit union community with insight into our thought process. Since no action is being taken, stakeholders will also have the opportunity to consider our discussion and provide early input before any rulemaking begins.” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sean KearnsSunday 10 Mar 2019 1:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Solskjaer has warned his side to improve their fitness levels (Picture: Getty)‘The foundation is here. We just need to add a few attributes to the squad, like we saw against PSG,’ said Solskjaer.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m talking about things like total running distance — that was the highest we’ve ever had. That has to continue.‘There’s absolutely no reason why United shouldn’t be the hardest-working team in the league. One of the things I always demand from my players is work-rate and attitude and fitness.‘So we need to keep working on the fitness and next season the players know they will be asked if they want to challenge the top.‘They have got to get the habits, they’ve got to improve all the time because that’s what the best teams in the league do. They run more than us. That’s not acceptable.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsNemanja Matic, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba could all feature at the Emirates after missing Wednesday’s win in Paris.Nevertheless, United’s squad is still depleted and youngsters Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood were both included in the travelling party to London.MORE: Birmingham fan invades pitch and punches Jack Grealish during Aston Villa clash Advertisement Comment Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a warning for his squad (Picture: Getty)Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his players they must improve their fitness levels if they’re to challenge for top honours next season.The Norwegian has overseen an astonishing three months at Old Trafford since replacing Jose Mourinho in December and is yet to lose a game in the Premier League.Wednesday’s astonishing win against PSG was the highlight of Solskjaer’s tenure so far and United can go level with Spurs in third with a win against Arsenal today.Solskjaer’s been a picture of happiness since taking over but the 46-year-old has shown a different side by warning his team to improve their fitness.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fires warning to Manchester United stars before Arsenal clash
WASHINGTON — Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne is pushing for a lifetime ban on members of congress becoming lobbyists after they leave the U.S. House or Senate.Axne said over the last several years there’s been a “massive” increase in the number of former elected officials who stay in Washington to become a lobbyist.“Over 60% of the representatives who were defeated in this last election have now taken positions as lobbyists,” Axne said yesterday during a conference call with Iowa reporters.Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, said the lobbying ban is part of what’s being called the “Clean Up Congress” Act. The bill also would prohibit members of congress from getting taxpayer reimbursement for first class travel. It calls for prohibiting pay increases for congress until the deficit is reduced.“I believe that we’ve got enough support on on both sides of the aisle from people who want to do the right thing,” she said, “and who understand that we have to first and foremost have to hold congress accountable to our taxpayers on how we’re spending their money.”Last Thursday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz and New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez created a sensation on Twitter when they tweeted about their support of a lifetime ban on members of congress becoming lobbyists. Axne told reporters “those two voices seem to get more media attention than others,” but the lobbying ban is something she tried to tack onto another bill earlier this year — and something Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa City has championed for years.“So this has been in the process from folks like me who are solutions oriented for a long time,” Axne said, “and I think it’s just coming to the point where more people are understanding that it’s so important.”Current rules prohibit former U.S. Senators from taking lobbying jobs for two years after leaving office. The ban is only one year for former members of the U.S. House. Some lawmakers do work for lobbying firms, but are not technically registered lobbyists and, therefore, avoid the time-out period.
In this image taken from video, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam cries as he talks on a mobile phone at a draft party in San Diego, after he was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season came out as gay in media interviews this year. (AP Photo/ESPN)NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Sam waited and waited. Hours passed, rounds came and went, and eventually, there were only eight more picks left on the third and final day of the NFL draft.For just a moment, it looked as if his chance of being picked by a pro team and becoming the league’s first openly gay player might take a detour. Or at least be delayed.The call finally came in Saturday from the St. Louis Rams, the team right down the road from where Sam played his college ball at the University of Missouri.Sam was selected in the seventh and final round and admitted it was a frustrating wait. He said teams that passed on him chickened out and he should have been drafted sooner.“From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American,” Sam said. He stopped short of directly saying his stock dropped in the draft because he came out.“You know what, who knows? Who knows? Only the people who sit in the war room know,” he said. “They saw Michael Sam, day after day they scratched it off the board. That was their loss. But St. Louis kept me on that board. And you know what I feel like I’m a (Jadeveon) Clowney, a first draft pick. I’m proud of where I am now.”Sam came out as gay in media interviews earlier this year. His team and coaches knew his secret and kept it for his final college season. He went on to have the best year of his career: He was the co-defensive player of the year in the nation’s best college football conference and had 11.5 sacks.The pick came after several rounds of suspense. The first round of the day, No. 4 overall, came and went, no Sam. Then the fifth and sixth, and finally, the day was down to just a handful of picks.When Mike Kensil, the NFL’s vice president of game operations, walked to the podium at Radio City Music Hall in the draft’s final minutes to announce the Rams’ second-to-last pick, the crowd got a sense something was up. Very few of the last day picks were announced at the podium. Twitter lit up with suggestions the Rams were about to make news.When Kensil said: “The St. Louis Rams select … Michael Sam…” the fans gave a hearty cheer, chanting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and “Michael Sam!”Sam was in San Diego watching with friends and family at the home of his agent, Joe Barkett of Empire Athletes. ESPN and the NFL Network had cameras there and showed Sam’s reaction.Sam was on the phone bending over, with his boyfriend hugging him and rubbing his left bicep. When Sam got off the phone, the tears started. He gave his boyfriend a big kiss and a long hug as he cried and his eyes reddened. After, they shared cake — and another kiss.“Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every once of this to achieve greatness!!” Sam tweeted with a frenzied typo moments after he was picked, with a picture of himself wearing a Rams cap and a pink polo shirt.The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam was considered a mid-to-late round pick, far from a sure thing to be drafted. He played defensive end in college, but he’s short for that position in the NFL and slower than most outside linebackers, the position he’ll need to transition to at the professional level.He was taken with the 249th overall pick out of 256. Players from Marist, Maine and McGill University in Canada were selected before Sam.“In the world of diversity we live in now, I’m honored to be a part of this,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said during an interview on ESPN.FILE – In this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, Missouri’s Michael Sam (52) runs onto the field along with their teammates before the start of an NCAA college football game against Georgia in Columbia, Mo. Sam was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season for Missouri came out as gay in media interviews this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)President Barack Obama sent his congratulations.Obama calls the selection of Sam “an important step forward.”Obama says that from the playing field to the corporate boardroom, gay and lesbian Americans, quote, “prove every day that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.”The NFL had no comment on Sam being drafted.The impact of Sam’s selection goes far beyond football. At a time when gay marriage is gaining acceptance among Americans, Sam’s entry into the NFL is a huge step toward the integration of gay men into professional team sports. Pro sports have in many ways lagged behind the rest of society in acceptance.“Michael Sam wouldn’t have been drafted five years ago,” said former Viking punter Chris Kluwe, who has accused Minnesota of cutting him in part because of his vocal support for gay rights.In the last year, NBA veteran Jason Collins has come out publicly as gay, and is now playing for the Brooklyn Nets. Collins said before the Nets’ playoff game against the Heat that he was watching the draft and texted Sam after he was picked.“It’s a great day for Michael and his family and for the NFL,” Collins said.Publicly, most people in and related to the NFL have been supportive of Sam. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said Sam would be welcome in the league and judged solely on his ability to play. A few wondered whether teams would be reluctant to draft Sam because of all the media attention that would come with it.Fair or not, the NFL — coming off a season in which a bullying scandal involving players on the Miami Dolphins was one of the biggest stories in sports — was looking at a possible public relations hit if Sam was not drafted. He would likely have been signed as a free agent and given a chance to make a team in training camp, but to many it would have looked as if he was being rejected.Now that he’s there, it could be seen as an opportunity for the NFL to show that crass locker room culture is not as prevalent as it might have looked to those who followed the embarrassing Dolphins scandal. But all the reaction to Sam’s news wasn’t positive from the league.Miami safety Don Jones posted a one-word tweet, “Horrible” shortly after Sam was drafted. It was later taken down. The team’s general manager said he was aware, and was disappointed.Wade Davis, a gay former NFL player who is now the executive director of the gay rights advocacy group “You Can Play,” said that Sam only needs to do his job to have an impact beyond the field.“Michael Sam doesn’t have to be a vocal advocate (for gay rights),” Davis said. “His visibility is his advocacy.”___Follow AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
Facebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of Commissioners The National Weather Service is showing additional cold weather in the Puget Sound area through Saturday, February 24. On Wednesday, February 21, Thurston County extended the initial activation of a “Code Blue” advisory through Thursday, February 22. Due to continuing cold weather patterns, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services is extending the “Code Blue” advisory to increase shelter capacity through Saturday, February 24, 2018.During this code blue activation period, expanded shelter options are available at Salvation Army and Union Gospel Mission for single men and women. In addition, First Christian Church in partnership with Interfaith Works will offer extra shelter capacity. First Christian Church is in need of volunteers and donations of blankets, coffee, creamer, cup of soups, and other snacks. Items can be dropped off at First Christian Church upstairs after 6:00 p.m. Please call or email Faith Addicott at 360-709-2679, or [email protected], if you are interested in volunteering. Family Support Center’s Pear Blossom Place is available for families with children needing shelter and Community Youth Services is available for youth ages 18-24.BackgroundCounty, city, and local advocacy and non-profit organizations have been working together as the Hazardous Weather Task Force (HWTF) for the past six months to develop a plan to address harsh weather conditions and the effects on vulnerable unsheltered populations. The HWTF developed the “code blue” model to be enacted during extremely cold or hazardous weather conditions. During a “code blue”, organizations, including HWTF members, take special measures to keep people who are homeless safe by expanding shelter services to accommodate the increased need. The HWTF will assess the model used during this event to enhance the response in future events.For more shelter information, call Thurston County’s Coordinated Entry Shelter and Housing Hotline at 1-844-628-7343.
The Castlegar Rebels played coy for most of the season, sitting the balance of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League campaign in second spot in the Murdoch Division.But when the playoffs rolled around the Rebels turned up the intensity to roll to the KIJHL crown with a 16-4-0-1 record. Ironically the toughest games came during the run to capturing the Murdoch Division title as both Spokane Braves and Beaver Valley Nitehawks — the latter taking the Rebels to seven games — pushed Castlegar before the Sunflower City franchise prevailed.After winning the Murdoch, the Rebels won eight of night against the Golden Rockets and a tired North Okanagan Knights squad to clinch the playoff crown.The Rebels capped off the series against the Knights, winning 4-0 before a jubilant Castlegar home crowd.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the Rebels with Team of the Week honours.Pictured are the beaming Rebels with the KIJHL trophy after Monday’s championship clinching win at the Arena Complex in Castlegar.
Jeremain Lens Sunderland have announced the signing of Holland international Jeremain Lens on a four-year deal from Dynamo Kiev. It is understood the Black Cats have paid a fee in the region of £8m for the 27-year-old, who can play on the wing or as a forward.He is reunited with head coach Dick Advocaat, having previously played under him at PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar.Advocaat said: “We have signed an international player and I am delighted to welcome him to Sunderland.“He is a very well-known player in Europe and has played over 30 games for the Dutch national side, which shows his calibre.“I have worked with him twice already, at PSV and AZ, so I know him well, he is fast and he has scored goals everywhere he has played so that will help the team.”Lens brings experience of both the Champions League and Europa League to the Stadium of Light, and also has a number of honours to his name, having won the Eredivisie with AZ in 2009, the KNVB Cup with PSV in 2012 and the Ukrainian Premier League with Dynamo this past season. 1
Martin Jol wants to pip Bolton to the signing of Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome, according to The Sun.It is claimed Jol is competing with Wanderers in an effort to capture the former England Under-21 international, who has scored seven goals this season and is apparently rated at £4m.Terry is nursing an injury.The Guardian report that Chelsea’s interim boss Roberto Di Matteo may be forced to risk John Terry despite doubts over the defender’s fitness.Terry is struggling with a rib injury but with some vital matches approaching, Di Matteo is desperate to include him.The Italian said: “It all depends on how quick he can heal and the pain level he can sustain. As soon as that is possible to do he will train.”Meanwhile, The Sun declare that Di Matteo believes he needs to achieve a top-four finish and win the Champions League to be considered a success.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
OAKLAND — Perhaps only a brief dance with teammate Andrew Bogut prevented Draymond Green from picking up a second technical foul and an ejection Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.But Green said being overly emotional wasn’t the issue in the Warriors’ 129-121 loss in Game 5 of their opening-round playoff series.Instead, Green took the blame for not getting his team tuned enough on defense from the start.“It’s very disappointing and that falls on me,” he said after the …