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Top features credit unions look for in core providers

first_imgCallahan & Associates is known in the credit union industry for their in-depth research and analytics. With 30 years of experience in credit unions, they have provided sound advice for credit union leadership. Every year they survey the industry to gain a deeper understanding of credit union core processing trends and best practices. In 2017 they asked CU executives what top features they were looking for in new credit union core providers. Here were the top 3 responses:1. Seamless Core Integration. Looking back just 5 years ago in 2012, credit unions identified IT Systems to be a limiting factor to their success. Now, the integration of multiple systems and products is identified as the key to their growth. The ability to seamlessly integrate with third-party vendors was identified in the survey as the most desired feature in a new core provider. Not only was it named the most important feature they are looking for, it was identified as the number one deciding factor for credit unions who did, in fact, make a conversion in the past year to a new provider. From mobile loans to in-house credit cards, integration is key. For example, credit card solutions should integrate card ordering and card loan servicing seamlessly into the core, providing both members and staff with real-time transactional access to card account information through mobile banking, eStatements, eAlerts and various other service channels. This is the type of seamless integration CEO’s are looking for to provide real and substantial cost savings and efficiency in serving their members. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

December 17, 2020 0

Two more coronavirus cases in UK bring total to 15

first_imgTwo further cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, bringing the total number of cases to 15, England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty said on Thursday.”The virus was passed on in Italy and Tenerife and the patients have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centers in Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, London,” the statement said.Governments are ramping up measures to battle a looming global pandemic of the coronavirus as the number of infections outside China, the source of the outbreak, for the first time surpassed those appearing inside the country. Topics : The coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people and killed nearly 2,800, the majority in China. Much remains unknown about the virus but it is clear the ramifications of the world’s second-biggest economy in lockdown for a month or more are vast.last_img read more

October 19, 2020 0

Anies allows local ‘mudik’ but bans travel out of Greater Jakarta

first_imgJakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) head Arifin separately said Greater Jakarta residents would be allowed to visit their relatives living in the capital and its satellite cities.“Greater Jakarta is an inseparable, interconnected region. It will be difficult to limit people’s movement within this area, as many people living in satellite cities often go to the capital to work and do other activities,” said Arifin.He added that such a provision would only apply to Jakarta ID holders. Others would not be allowed to leave the Greater Jakarta area even if they had lived around the capital for a long time, Arifin went on to say.Arifin echoed an earlier statement by National Police traffic corps operational head Sr. Comr. Benyamin, who said a local mudik within Greater Jakarta area would be allowed as long as residents complied with the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).Read also: Jokowi calls for caution in easing of PSBB after ‘mudik’ ban relaxationAnies said the travel ban would not apply to workers in essential sectors, including state officials, members of international organizations, security personnel and medical workers.Those exempted from the ban must apply for a Jakarta SIKM before embarking on trips, which they can do through the website, where they may fill in an application form detailing their travel plans.There are two types of SIKM: one for recurring trips for people living in the capital but having business or work in Greater Jakarta, and the other for one-time visits for people from outside the metropolitan area who have urgent needs in Jakarta.Successful applicants receive a QR code to be scanned by officers manning checkpoints on the capital’s borders.Despite the exemptions, Anies urged Jakarta residents to continue to stay at home and adhere to the PSBB, as Jakarta was currently in “a very defining moment.”Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has issued a decree on Friday banning all Jakarta residents from leaving Greater Jakarta, with the exception of travel serving essential needs, in an effort to curb interregional transmission of COVID-19.The provincial administration, however, does allow residents to go on the traditional mudik (exodus) to visit family members within the Greater Jakarta area following recent public confusion caused by conflicting statements from various agencies on the matter.According to Gubernatorial Regulation No. 47/2020 on travel limitations out of and into Greater Jakarta, people wishing to leave the metropolitan area are required to obtain a Jakarta Exit and Entry Permit (SIKM). “Jakarta residents are not permitted to travel outside Greater Jakarta, and their [mobility] is restricted, so that we can keep COVID-19 under control,” Anies said in a statement on Friday.He added that the limitation did not apply to people travelling within Greater Jakarta for work in essential sectors.Read also: House urges govt to evaluate travel relaxation as crowds throng airportHowever, Anies stopped short of allowing a local mudik during the upcoming Idul Fitri holidays.last_img read more

October 19, 2020 0

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar reveals David Luiz and Willian have asked him to join Arsenal

first_imgWillian and David Luiz have asked Oscar to join them at Arsenal (Getty Images)Oscar has revealed that his former Chelsea teammates Willian and David Luiz have encouraged him to join them at Arsenal.The Brazilian midfielder won two Premier League titles as well as the Europa League during his four-and-a-half year stint at Stamford Bridge.The 29-year-old is now playing for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG but admits he is keen to return to Europe once his £400,000-a-week contract ends in 2024.Oscar says he would welcome the chance to have a second stint at Chelsea but claims Willian and David Luiz have been urging him to make the move to the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They called me, they had to call me. Because we have good communication,’ Oscar told Fox Sports.‘Sometimes I talk to them. They said, ‘come to Arsenal, come here’. Ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar reveals David Luiz and Willian have asked him to join Arsenal Oscar, David Luiz and Willian still speak following their time together at Chelsea (AMA/Getty Images)‘But for me it’s a little more difficult.‘I have a contract with Shanghai, it’s a little more difficult to leave. Willian had finished the contract.‘I was happy that they got together again. And happy that Willian is happy.‘The most important thing is to be happy, regardless of the place. So I hope they are happy there. Comment Oscar says he wants to see out his £400,000-a-week deal with Shanghai SIPG (AFP via Getty Images)‘I really want to go back to Europe. Not now. At the moment I’m well here in China, I still have my contract here, which I hope to fulfil.‘And I’ve had approaches, I’ve had approaches from some clubs to go back. But the situation is difficult for me to return, it’s a little more complicated for me to get out of here.‘So I hope to fulfil my contract here calmly and then yes I think about going back to Europe.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Of course the first club I’d choose if I could go back to Europe is Chelsea, for sure, which is the club that I built a very beautiful history with.‘And when I was a child I watched the Italian league a lot because there were many Brazilians there.‘So there are some teams from Italy that I like a lot, like Inter, AC Milan. So I would think about going to the Italian league if I return one day.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 14 Sep 2020 5:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link28.6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

October 18, 2020 0

Governor Wolf Announces Five New Small Business Expansion and Job Creation Projects in Five Counties

first_img Economy,  Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program for five business projects in five counties that will enable companies to grow and expand production, prepare an industrial park for occupation by businesses, and enable another company to locate into Pennsylvania for the first time. The projects are expected to create and retain more than 925 full-time jobs.“It is vital for us to support businesses of all types,” Governor Wolf said. “The projects approved today will not only help companies expand and create jobs right here in Pennsylvania, but they will establish new sites to support future growth that will have a significant positive impact on Pennsylvania’s economy.”In 2018, PIDA has approved $76.5 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $109.5 million in private investment and supported 4,167 created and retained full-time jobs. This month, PIDA approved a total of more than $3 million in low-interest loans to projects in Berks, Bucks, Columbia, Cumberland, and Luzerne counties.The following five loans were approved:Berks CountyGreater Berks Development Fund was approved for a $510,000, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate for the final phase of the acquisition of the Bern Township Industrial Park. The project includes the acquisition of two parcels located on Van Reed Road in Bern Township, bringing the total acreage of the industrial park to 98.2 acres. The park presents an opportunity to develop sites for small to medium-sized manufacturing facilities and is expected to employ approximately 800 people upon full build-out.Bucks CountyImageworks Corporation, a manufacturer of prepress products for the printing, packaging, cosmetic, medical, and advertising industries, was approved for a $560,000, 15-year loan at a 2.75 percent rate with a seven-year reset through the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation for the acquisition and renovation of a 31,200-square-foot building located in Tullytown. The purchase of this facility will allow the company to expand immediately into material distribution and to accommodate its growth, and renovations will include HVAC replacement, electrical and flooring upgrades, and ADA compliance upgrades. The project is expected to retain 17 full-time jobs and create an additional three jobs in the next three years.Columbia CountyAFC Industries PA. Inc., a manufacturer of ergonomically designed medical components and medical furniture products, was approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate through SEDA-Council of Governments for the acquisition and renovation of a 56,390-square-foot building located on four acres in Berwick Borough. The company is looking to expand its manufacturing operation due to reaching maximum capacity at its location and has identified a manufacturing facility in Berwick to serve as the best place to expand. The project is expected to create 12 full-time jobs in the next three years.Cumberland CountyHarrisburg Glass LLC, a manufacturer of glass and aluminum products for commercial construction companies and residential consumers, was approved for a $571,117, 10-year loan at a 2.75 percent rate with a five-year reset through the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation for the purchase of a 27,000-square-foot facility located in Shiremanstown. By acquiring the building, the company will be able to expand its window encasements production and provide additional storage for finished products. The project is expected to retain 29 full-time jobs in the next three years.Luzerne CountySummit Utility Structures, LLC, a producer of tubular poles for use in the utility, lighting, transportation, and communication industries, was approved for a $1 million, 10-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate through Greater Hazleton Community-Area New Development Org., Inc. for the purchase of machinery and equipment to be installed at the company’s new manufacturing facility located in West Hazleton Borough. The new equipment being acquired includes a CNC plate processor, welding equipment, sand blaster, long seamer, and overhead cranes. The project also includes a $100,000 working capital line of credit which will be used by the company to purchase steel required for its manufacturing process. The project is expected to create 25 full-time jobs and retain a further 42 jobs in the next three years.PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit Governor Wolf Announces Five New Small Business Expansion and Job Creation Projects in Five Counties SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img November 07, 2018last_img read more

October 16, 2020 0

Roger Gray to step down as USS investment chief

first_imgThe investment chief of the UK’s largest pension scheme is to retire after a decade overseeing its multi-billion pound investment portfolio, IPE has learned. Roger Gray, chief executive at the investment management arm of UK’s Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), is to step down in September, a spokeswoman for the scheme confirmed.He was appointed chief investment officer of the now-£64.5bn (€73.9bn) scheme in 2009, having joined from Hermes Fund Managers where he held a similar role. Gray was made chief executive of USS Investment Management when it was established as a separate entity in 2012.Bill Galvin, chief executive of the USS Group, said: “Knowing of Roger’s intentions so far in advance has allowed us to take a structured approach to succession planning, which will include opportunities for growth for the existing team.“The search for Roger’s successor is already well under way and is focused on achieving a seamless transition when he eventually hands over his responsibilities.”A decade of asset growthDuring Gray’s tenure at USS, its investment portfolio grew from £26bn to more than £60bn. This included the scheme’s first ventures into direct private equity investments, and the rollout of its defined contribution (DC) section in 2016, known as USS Investment Builder.Since 2015, USS has been shifting from a pooled fund approach to private equity to direct investments. It bought UK motorway service station chain Moto in 2015, and has stakes in several UK infrastructure assets including Thames Water and Heathrow Airport.Prior to joining Hermes in 2006, Gray was global head of asset allocation and currency for UBS Global Asset Management, and CEO and CIO for UBS Asset Management in Switzerland. He also worked as chief investment officer at Rothschild Asset Management – now Insight Investment – during a 14-year spell at the firm.In an interview published on USS’ website in 2016, Gray said of his tenure: “USS is a work in creation. I am proud about the transformation and results achieved and how everyone has come together to make that possible.“My goal is to build a strong track record and a thriving organisation that will survive and flourish beyond my term here, resilient and ready to deal with the future.”USS has been at the centre of heated debates about the valuation of its liabilities for much of the past decade.A year ago, USS’ joint negotiating committee – made up of representatives from employer organisation Universities UK (UUK) and the University and College Union (UCU) – proposed shifting the scheme completely to DC from 1 April 2019. The plan prompted nationwide strike action by university staff.A joint expert panel was appointed last year to scrutinise the valuation of the scheme’s assets and liabilities, as well as its assessment of employers’ risk appetite, in a bid to break the deadlock between UUK and the UCU.USS’ trustee board launched a consultation on a new scheme valuation at the start of January.last_img read more

September 29, 2020 0

N-Sea’s Inaugural Cameroonian Contract Underway

first_imgN-Sea, a subsea IMR provider, has began work in the Cameroonian offshore market, via a contract win with Jumbo Offshore, a Dutch offshore lifting and transportation company.With phase one completed in mid-July, the project takes place off the shores of Cameroon’s South Province, as a part of the Hilli Episeyo subsea soft yoke installation. N-Sea’s workscope comprises diving and ROV support, performing all subsea installation of the soft yoke system.The activity N-Sea will perform on the floating liquified natural gas (FLNG) mooring and loading facility includes seabed measuring, mattress placement, anchor base and pile positioning support and pile sleeve sediment removal. Final connection between the yoke and FLNG will be undertaken by N-Sea later in 2017, the company said.N-Sea group commercial director, Gary Thirkettle said: “We are delighted to be supporting Jumbo Offshore with the expertise of N-Sea’s dive team, who will be utilizing our ROVs on this FLNG project.“Whilst N-Sea has been active in Nigeria since early 2016, this contract award represents not only our first partnership with Jumbo, but also our first project offshore in Cameroon. As such, the contract reflects our continued strategy to actively target potential clients throughout West Africa.”Hilli project manager for Jumbo Offshore, Tim Klieverik said: “Good cooperation with the Jumbo Offshore and N-Sea teams helped to bring the first phase of this significant project to a successful completion. The skilled N-Sea team will again assist us in bringing phase two of this project together at the end of the year and we look forward to working with them again.”last_img read more

September 28, 2020 0

Babies taken at birth from risky mothers 25 July 2013Nearly 800 newborn babies were taken from their mothers and put into government care in the past five years, with one Waikato baby taken within hours of its birth.The 773 babies – all less than a month old – were taken due to “serious concerns” about their parents’ ability to care for them.Child, Youth and Family midlands regional director Sue Critchley described the removals as “absolutely the last resort”.“The last thing any social worker wants to do is take a newborn baby off their mother. So it has to be an absolute serious situation.“When a baby is born it needs to be bonding with the parent and getting attached, so it’s certainly one of the hardest calls we have to make.”The Midlands region (which includes Waikato and the Bay of Plenty) had the lowest number of babies taken (118) in the period, while the Southern region had the highest with 247 taken into care.CYF would not reveal the age of the youngest child taken into care, but confirmed one Waikato baby was removed the day it was born. read more

September 27, 2020 0

‘IVF produces infertile kids’

first_imgIVF is producing a new generation of infertile children, says Australian scientistStuff 11 November 2016A scientist in Australia says IVF is producing a new generation of infertile children.John Aitken, Newcastle University laureate professor, says IVF children will require expensive medical treatment to produce their own offspring.He also warned of ongoing health problems with IVF children, suggesting that male children of ageing fathers who used assisted pregnancy procedures were prone to cancer.Aitken said affluence had become the enemy of fertility as Australians increasingly turned to IVF and other assisted pregnancy procedures.One in six couples in Australia use IVF.And one in every 25 Australian children are now born as a result of IVF.A decade ago, it was one in 35 births.Aitken predicted unless there was a rethink, the country was well on the way to replicating the Danish experience where one in 15 children were IVF babies.He said the trend to IVF raised equity issues in how much money society should pay helping couples have children and research was revealing previously unsuspected health risks such as increased cancer rates among boys whose fathers – but not mothers – smoked and used assisted conception techniques.“We should guard against recklessly marching into a future where we use too much assisted conception in order to compensate for our loss of fertility,” he said.“Its an inexorable upward trend. We are taking recourse to IVF in increasing numbers and the thing we have to remember as a society is that the more you use assisted conception in one generation, the more you’re going to need it in the next.”READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

September 27, 2020 0

Home of safety for children at risk opened

first_imgLocalNews Home of safety for children at risk opened by: – April 13, 2011 48 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Ms. Shirley Stuart Former Manager“Finally, its here”, the words of Ms. Shirley Stuart former Manager for ‘Action for children’ and one of the initiators of “CHANCES”, a home dedicated to provide short term care for children who are severely deprived of proper parental care.The over $4m facility that will eventually cater for the needs of a maximum of 30 children was officially opened at a simple but unique ceremony at it building site at Jimit on Wednesday.Currently the operation caters for the need of some 8 children that is being managed by a full complement of a 12 member staff.Heading the operations is the former Welfare Officer Ava Mc. Intyre Roach who is the Managing Director. There is a deputy to Mrs. Roach, a Counselor, and Administrative Assistant and eight assistants.The aqua name “CHANCES” developed by the Convent High School student Phelicia Pierre depicts the following:C-childrenH-homeA-abusedN-neglectedC-cheatedE-emotionallyS-scaredThe project was first conceptualized in 2001 and 3years later in 2004 work on the actual construction site commenced.Among the other officials to grace the day’s ceremony were Hon. Rayburn Blackmore, Parliamentary representative for the Mahaut constituency, Hon. Gloria Shillingford-Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who delivered the feature address.Other presentations came from students of the Massacre Primary School and Dominica’s reigning monarch Tasha P who performed her popular “Let the children be children”.        [album id= 24 template =extend]Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

September 26, 2020 0