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NAFCU Board opens member vote on Articles of Incorporation

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU announced on Tuesday that its Board of Directors unanimously voted to amend NAFCU’s Articles of Incorporation to give federally-insured, state-chartered credit unions full membership.The vote opens to NAFCU’s membership today and will close on Sept. 9.If approved, state-chartered NAFCU members would have full voting rights and be eligible to vote on all NAFCU matters, including elections. In addition, full membership would allow state-chartered members to run for and serve on the NAFCU Board of Directors.“This announcement is a natural evolution of NAFCU’s mission and supports our goal to help all federally-insured credit unions with federal issues by becoming a stronger, more impactful organization,” said NAFCU Board Chairman Richard L. Harris. “This unanimous decision included enthusiastic support from our board and staff. NAFCU will remain focused on representing our members at the federal level.“As NAFCU continues to grow, state-chartered members should have an equal vote and seat at the table, for the benefit of our membership and the industry,” Harris continued. “One member – one vote.” continue reading »last_img read more

Drumming up support for Play Your Part

first_imgPlay Your Part partners Brand SA CEO Miller Matola, and CEO of Heartlines Garth Japhet at the Play Your Part breakfast meeting, held in Sandhurst, Johannesburg recently. (Image: Nosimilo Ramela)Brand SA introduced its latest campaign, Play Your Part, to representatives of government departments, business and NGOs at a recent breakfast meeting in Sandhurst, Johannesburg.The campaign encourages South Africans to do whatever they can, no matter how big or small the contribution, to create a better country. It also aims to connect and celebrate citizens who are already playing their part and making an impact in their communities.Speaking at the breakfast meeting on 17 August 2011, Brand SA CEO Miller Matola said: “Play Your Part is a national movement for social change, contributing to social cohesion and national unity.”The Brand SA has collaborated with Forgood, an online social network with a humanitarian focus, to create a facility whereby willing South Africans can connect with each other to share stories about the work they are doing, exchange ideas for projects and secure resources.“There are amazing people doing amazing things every day, everywhere in our country, this is a platform for them to share their stories, and to celebrate great stories,” said CEO of Heartlines Garth Japhet.The online resource gives information to people who are keen on doing something in their respective areas, but do not know how to go about it.“Play Your Part will help connect people who are interested in the same things. It will also connect them with the opportunities they are looking for,” he said.Japhet added that the Play Your Part site, powered by Forgood, will also provide regular news updates and list events taking places various communities.Play Your Part enables users to create their own profiles, join the campaign and start making a difference.Business joins inFinancial Times CEO Rochelle Josiah said her publication endorses the initiative and would be playing its part through some of its own projects.Michelle Gerszt, marketing executive of the Smile Foundation, spoke about how her NGO is playing its part by helping children with facial abnormalities access free corrective plastic and reconstructive surgery.“We help children with abnormalities such as cleft lips and palates, burn victims, those with facial paralysis and other conditions. The medical staff who work with us all work for free: they volunteer their time to help our young patients. They are playing their part in changing the lives of young people and their parents.”Gerszt said her organisation is proud to be part of the Play Your Part initiative as it promotes the same values as the foundation. “The work we do brings people together for the purpose of making a difference in the lives of those in need.”She added that the Smile Foundation had a skills development programme in place to equip medical teams with the necessary techniques and knowledge.“Instead of bringing in specialists from other countries, we have our own doctors and nurses trained and skilled to perform these complex surgeries. We are investing in the medical teams we work with and we support the public hospitals we work in by purchasing equipment that can be used by the departments of plastic and reconstructive surgery.”Pieter Pretorius, general manager for the country’s power utility Eskom, said his company’s 49m initiative was also making a difference in South Africa.“We are proud to be associated with the Brand SA’s Play Your Part. The campaign speaks to the same ideas as our project: 49m is about mobilising people to play their part in building a better future for South Africa. We want to encourage people to reduce their consumption of electricity, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.”Pretorius added that people can make small changes like remembering to switch off any lights or appliances that are not in use. “It’s not about sacrificing, but rather about being considerate. The power we save today is the power we’ll need tomorrow to light our rooms, watch our televisions and boil our kettles.”Government adds its supportZeng Msimang, director of strategy and content for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said the Play Your Part campaign has helped the government raise funds to provide famine relief to Somalia.She added that although the initiative is a local one, the department would promote it across all countries it works in.“For us Play Your Part is about being patriotic and it starts with our diplomats. We want it to start internally with the way we treat and behave towards each other.”last_img read more

ECM: Mitigating Information Overload

first_imgGuy Creese from the Burton Group has a great article on DMReview called Information Scarcity to Information Overload.Creese breaks down ECM functionalities into six categories and then classifies the categories as either being driven by Information Scarcity or Information Overload.Creese rightly observes that we’ve moved into an information age where both the trivial and important are being documented and saved, creating massive amounts of information that need to be managed.  Because of this overload, Discovery, Archival and Analytics have emerged as hot areas in the world of ECM/Information Management.The need for Discovery is driving Search technology to evolve.  Archival and Records Management is being driven by Compliance regulations.  Analytic tools help assign value to content and provide better understanding of how content is being consumed.Creese refers to Creation/Capture, Storage and Distribution as elements of the ‘first wave’ of content management applications, and talks about a shift in focus to technologies to mitigate Information Overload.  Clearly the ‘Information Overload’ technologies Creese identifies are evolving and are important components of ECM systems.But other activities within the ECM space aren’t at a standstill.  Capture and Storage are two good examples of ‘first wave’ technologies that are continuing to evolve at a rapid pace.last_img read more

Lord’s Test: Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes for India after Gary Ballance hits ton

first_imgVirat Kohli(left) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrate taking the wicket of England captain Alastair Cook during the second day of the second Test match between England and India at Lord’s on Friday, July 18, 2014. Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth(AP)Gary Ballance hit his second consecutive Lord’s century as England reached 219-6 at stumps Friday on the second day of the second test, still 76 runs behind India’s first-innings 295.Ballance came to the crease with England on 22-1, after captain Alastair Cook continued his wretched batting form by falling for only 10 to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Criticized in the media for drinking in a nightclub following the first test draw on Sunday, Ballance defiantly guided his side through a tricky afternoon spell. England moved from 51-2 at lunch to 125-4 at tea as Ballance and Moeen Ali put on a fifth-wicket partnership of 98.India fought back as Ballance was dismissed for 110, feathering behind to Mahendra Singh Dhoni from Kumar in the 83rd over after India took the new ball.”It has been an interesting week . but it is nice to score some runs and put ourselves back in a decent position,” Ballance said. “They came at us all day and bowled well on a pitch that offered a bit for them.”The 24-year-old Ballance hit three fours off Stuart Binny’s 10th over, the second of which was a flick through mid-wicket to take him into three figures.Gary Ballance plays a shot off the bowling of Stuart Binny during the second day of the second Test match between England and India at Lord’s on Friday, July 18, 2014. Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth(AP)Two overs later, and only three runs before Ballance was out, Ali fell lbw to Murali Vijay for 32.While Ballance is in fine form with the bat, his captain is not.advertisementCook should have ignored the delivery from Kumar that brought about his downfall, but dangled his bat outside off stump and nicked the ball towards wicketkeeper Dhoni, who dived left to scoop up the catch.Frustratingly for Cook, he began his innings assuredly. His footwork was nimble, he played straight, and was leaving the balls that were wide of his stumps.But his footwork deserted him for the out-swinging delivery from Kumar that brought him his first wicket of the day.As Kumar celebrated with his teammates, Cook swiped his bat up in the air in dismay and the Lord’s crowd fell silent as he wandered back to the pavilion.Cook scored 5 in the drawn first test, has been averaging less than 14 this year, and has not scored a 100 in 14 months – despite being England’s all-time leading century-maker with 25. The pressure to cut the captain keeps mounting on England, which was winless for nine straight tests for the first time in 21 years.Kumar, India’s leading wicket taker with figures of 4-46, was pleased to keep the scrutiny on Cook.”He’s the kind of batsman who, if he gets going, will score big runs,” he said. “It is really important for us to keep him quiet. We tried our best to get him out.”Cook’s dismissal meant India barely had time to rue the dropped catch of fellow opener Sam Robson by Ajinkya Rahane two deliveries earlier, off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.The ball was nicked through to Rahane at second slip at a comfortable height, but it spilled out of his hands.Robson made only nine more before giving his wicket away sloppily for 17. He tried to cover drive Kumar but instead flashed the ball to Dhoni for Kumar’s second wicket.Kumar struck for the third time swiftly after lunch. Ian Bell (16) fended an in-swinging delivery off his glove to Ravindra Jadeja at third slip for a simple catch.Jadeja then provided a wicket, trapping unlucky Joe Root lbw on 13 at 113-4, as replays showed Root got an inside edge.Replays are unavailable to both sides in this series, with India a long-standing opponent of the technology.Ballance brought up his half century, England’s sole highlight of the second session, with a single punched through to point. But he was fortunate not to become Binny’s first test wicket on 32 when he edged behind, only for Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan at first slip to leave the catch for each other. It went all the way through for four.India’s first innings was wrapped up in the second over of the day when Mohammed Shami edged Ben Stokes and Cook took his 100th test catch.Shami and India added five to their overnight total, Shami finishing with 19. Ishant Sharma was 12 not out.advertisementMatt Prior (2) and Liam Plunkett (4) finished the day at the crease for England.Ballance believes that with Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and James Anderson still to bat, the hosts can post a challenging first innings score.”If we can get two more partnerships and try and get a lead on this wicket, we can put India under a bit of pressure,” Ballance said. “The third innings is always a crucial part of the game.”last_img read more

Former BC premier Christy Clark joins law firm as senior adviser

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia’s former premier is joining a Canadian law firm as a senior adviser in its Vancouver office.Law firm Bennett Jones issued a news release Wednesday, saying Christy Clark is the newest member of its government affairs and public policy team.The group also includes former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan and former foreign minister John Baird.Clark’s history of creating a diversified economy in B.C. fits in well with the interests of the firm’s clients, said Radha Curpen, managing partner of Bennett Jones’ office in Vancouver.“She has worked in areas that are important to our clients — infrastructure, technology, Asia Pacific, trade,” Curpen said. “All those areas are important to our clients across our platform and also in Vancouver.”The former premier will help lawyers understand issues from a variety of perspectives to help make them more informed as they give advice to clients, Curpen added.“The way people practise law is different today than it was even 10 years ago, so she will help us in becoming even better as we define the way we want to practice law.”Clark resigned from politics last summer after her Liberal party failed to secure a majority in the May election and the New Democrats formed government with support from the Green party.She was first elected to the B.C. legislature in 1996 but left politics in 2004 to spend time with her son, Hamish. She made a failed bid to become Vancouver’s mayor the following year before launching a successful leadership bid for the Liberals and becoming premier in 2011.When Clark stepped down last summer, she said she had no plans to return to politics.“I am done with public life,” Clark said at the time. “There is nothing worse than a politician hanging on because they think they’re irreplaceable.”Andrew Wilkinson was tapped to lead the Liberals in February following a leadership race.Clark said in a statement that she’s excited about her new job.“The firm is helping clients seize opportunities in sectors such as infrastructure, technology and innovation, trade with Asia and natural resources. These are areas I am passionate about and worked on closely as premier,” she said.Bennett Jones has more than 380 lawyers and business advisers in nine offices around the world.last_img read more

West Coast military installations eyed for US fuel exports

first_imgBILLINGS, Mont. – The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations or other federal properties to open the way for more U.S. fossil fuel exports to Asia in the name of national security and despite opposition from coastal states.The proposal was described to The Associated Press by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two Republican lawmakers.“I respect the state of Washington and Oregon and California,” Zinke said in an interview with AP. “But also, it’s in our interest for national security and our allies to make sure that they have access to affordable energy commodities.”Accomplishing that, Zinke said, may require the use of “some of our naval facilities, some of our federal facilities on the West Coast.” He only identified one prospect, a mostly abandoned Alaska military base.The idea generated a quick backlash Monday from some Democrats and environmentalists. It’s tantamount to an end-run around West Coast officials who have rejected private-sector efforts to build new coal ports in their states.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, called the proposal a “harebrained idea,” and said President Donald Trump should instead consider that climate change represents a national security threat.Boosting coal and gas exports would advance the administration’s agenda to establish U.S. “energy dominance” on the world stage. The potential use of government properties for exports underscores a willingness to intervene in markets to make that happen.The administration in recent months has cited national security as justification for keeping domestic coal-burning power plants online to prevent disruptions of electricity supplies.Zinke said the administration was interested in partnering with private entities in the use of federal facilities designated to help handle exports and cautioned that the idea is still in its early stages.He specified only one site, for natural gas: the former Adak Naval Air Facility in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, which he suggested could receive fuel by barge from the North Slope. The base closed in 1997 and has been largely abandoned. Roughly 300 people live in the town of Adak, the westernmost community in the U.S.Zinke did not name government properties that could serve as potential coal ports or which states they are in.Inslee responded to the proposal in a statement that Washington state officials had been left in the dark on any planning by the Trump administration. Another Democrat, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said the proposal shows the Trump administration was “disregarding the realities around climate change.”Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana said Zinke was looking at all possibilities for export terminals, including West Coast military installations. Six proposed coal ports in Washington and Oregon have been rejected or shelved due to worries about air and water pollution and rail safety, combined with changing market conditions.“As a Montanan, he’s looking for ways here to help these Rocky Mountain states like Montana and Wyoming get access to Asian markets,” Daines said.Jan Hasselman, an attorney for opponents of coal ports in Washington state, said using federal property for exports would get around some local land use restrictions, but not the need for state and federal clean water permits.Asian exports have been held up as a lifeline for struggling U.S. coal miners as demand from the domestic power sector has plummeted and utilities switch to cheaper, cleaner fuels. The West Coast offers the most economical route because of its relative proximity to the largest coal-producing region in the U.S.: the Powder River Basin, which straddles the Montana-Wyoming border.Any export site needs access to deep waters to accommodate large ships and enough land to store fuel awaiting shipment. Few such locations can be found on the West Coast, said Joe Aldina, a coal industry analyst with S&P Global Platts Analytics.U.S. coal exports lately have been growing but are expected to fall over the long-term, particularly in Europe. Aldina expressed skepticism that government intervention could make much difference.“Like everything else the Trump administration has tried to do, it’s a long shot whether some of these things will work, and it’s questionable whether they will really help the market,” he said.A $680 million project in Longview, Washington, was denied a key permit last year by state regulators who said it would increase greenhouse gas emissions and cause “significant and unavoidable harm to the environment.”That brought a backlash from elected officials in coal-producing states. They argue the rejection of the Longview port, sponsored by Utah-based Lighthouse Resources, violated the commerce clause in the Constitution that says only Congress has the power to regulate international and interstate trade.Montana, Wyoming and four other states joined Lighthouse Resources in a lawsuit challenging the rejection of the company’s Millennium Bulk Terminals port, which could handle up to 48.5 million tons (44 million metric tons) of coal a year.Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, said she’s spoken with Zinke and U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry about how to break through the bottleneck of port capacity that now exists.“That might be, for example, retired military facilities or other places where we would be able to use those for exports — frankly, to get around some of the unreasonable obstacles that have been thrown up,” Cheney said.Prior to joining Trump’s cabinet, Zinke was a Montana congressman and Perry was governor of Texas. Both states are among the top U.S. coal producers.Coal exports to Asia more than doubled in 2017, according to the Energy Information Administration.The rise continued in the first half of 2018 with almost 23 million tons (21 million metric tons) of U.S. coal exported to Asian nations through June. South Korea, Japan and China were among the biggest recipients.___Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MatthewBrownAPlast_img read more

New Brunswick premier still hopes to convince Quebec of Energy East benefits

first_imgFREDERICTON — The premier of New Brunswick says he believes he can convince Quebec’s skeptical premier of the benefits of reviving the Energy East pipeline project.Higgs, along with a number of premiers and federal politicians, are pressing for a restart of the $16 billion Energy East pipeline project to get oil from Alberta to refineries in Eastern Canada and to an export terminal in Saint John, N.B.The pipeline would have to pass through Quebec, but Premier Francois Legault has signalled he’s not interested.Higgs says he’s hoping to convince Legault that Energy East would benefit all provinces including Quebec when the two men are face-to-face this week at a first ministers’ meeting in Montreal.Alberta is cutting production and buying rail cars in an effort to address slumping prices for its oil.Higgs says he’s worried the level of transfer payments to provinces like his could be at risk if Alberta’s oil revenues aren’t addressed, and he believes a pipeline to move western crude to Eastern Canada and foreign markets could be the solution.TransCanada, the original proponent of the pipeline, has stated it has no plans to revisit the project.Higgs suggests that a holding company be formed to start the application process to the National Energy Board, and that TransCanada or another company could become interested then.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Government announces renewed focus in crusade against invasive species

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — The B.C. government and the Invasive Species Council of B.C. have released an updated five-year strategic plan to combat invasive species, while the government also proclaimed May 2018 as Invasive Species Action Month.Invasive species are plants or animals that are not native to this province, or are outside of their natural distribution areas. Invasive plants, for example, can reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops. Some may pose a health risk to animals and people.“Once invasive species become established, they can spread rapidly, and seriously disrupt B.C.’s ecosystems if left unchecked,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The close partnerships that our government has developed with the Invasive Species Council of B.C., regional invasive species organizations and several local governments have gone a long way toward managing these harmful species.” The Invasive Plant Program identifies sites where new invasive plant species have been found and responds quickly to contain and eradicate them before they become established and start spreading.The Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia 2018-2022 includes recommendations for the management of problem species, habitat restoration, monitoring programs, regulation and policy, funding and research.“The updated Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia demonstrates our ongoing commitment to contain the spread of invasive species in this province,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Proclaiming May 2018 as Invasive Species Action Month will help raise awareness of how these species can affect both urban and rural environments.”Members of the public can report sightings of invasive plant species anywhere in B.C. by using the Report-A-Weed or Report Invasives BC smartphone apps, by calling 1 888-WEEDSBC (1 888 933-3722), or by using the online reporting tool available at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/invasive-species.last_img read more

5th Annual Spark Womens Conference sees biggestever turnout

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Spark Women’s Leadership Conference was yet again a huge success as it celebrated a big milestone in Fort St. John on Thursday.Conference organizing board chair Jennifer Moore said that this year was the biggest year yet for the conference, which turned five years old in 2018. Moore said that the theme of this year’s conference – Big Impact – was incredibly suitable considering the tremendous impact the conference has had since its inception in 2014. “We know that in the five years of this conference it really has had a big impact, not only on the people in the room but also on the people that they’ve interacted with,” said Moore. “We have a story of someone reconnecting that they haven’t seen since they were just a little girl. Their relationship has blossomed over the last year, the business has developed and she’s actually opening a satellite office on the other side of the country because of a connection she made at Spark.”Moore said that including the CISAL delegation from Colombia and Peru, there were a total of 280 attendees in the room at any time, making it the highest-attended conference so far. Moore said that the conference sold out this year, and that the board’s goal is to increase attendance from local women in the coming years. Key note speakers at this year’s conference included Drew Dudley – famed for his Ted Talk – and LNG Canada’s Susannah Pierce. Moore said that planning for next year’s conference has already started, with the hopes of seeing an even bigger turnout in 2019.last_img read more

New Ohio State field hockey assistant to make 55000

Ohio State field hockey announced the hiring of former Dartmouth University coach and Doncaster, England, native, Andy Smith as assistant coach this week.Smith replaces Jon O’Haire on the team’s staff and is due to make $55,000 in 2012, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an email.Smith helped lead the Big Green for 10 seasons, six of which were spent as associated head coach. He joins OSU coach Anne Wilkinson’s staff just months after the Buckeyes’ 2011 campaign, which saw the team achieve a 12-9 overall record and a berth in the NCAA tournament.The Dartmouth athletic department did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment regarding Smith’s departure from the program.“I am extremely grateful to (OSU athletic director) Gene Smith and Anne Wilkinson for the opportunity to be part of the Ohio State field hockey program,” Andy Smith said in a Tuesday press release. “My family and I are delighted to be moving to Columbus. I join a university and athletics department that are known for excellence and look forward to helping Ohio State compete at the highest level.”Andy Smith helped lead the Big Green to a 10-7 overall record and a 5-2 record in Ivy League play in 2011.Wilkinson said in a release that she is excited to have a coach of Andy Smith’s caliber join the program.“He is an outstanding coach in all aspects — on the field, in the classroom and as a recruiter of exceptional student athletes,” Wilkinson said. “We are proud that Andy and his family will be a part of the outstanding tradition of The Ohio State University.”Andy Smith was not made available for comment. read more