University to host immigration conference

first_imgNotre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) will host “The Church and Immigration” conference next week in McKenna Hall Conference Center, which will focus on the role of the Catholic Church in immigration reform.  Keri O’Mara | The Observer Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C, associate professor of theology and director of the Immigration Initiative at the ILS, said the conference aims to promote the increasing importance of immigration reform, highlight the ethical issues involved and make connections to the gospel of Jesus Christ.“235,000,000 people are migrating around the world today, and in the United States alone 10 to 12 million of those are undocumented,” Groody said. “If Notre Dame as a Catholic university had nothing to say about this, how would it be credible as a university or a Catholic institution?”The conference will explore what roles the Catholic Church can play in redefining immigration policies and practices, Groody said.“Part of what has made America the great country that it is are the immigrants who have helped make it what it is today,” Groody said. “The focus of this conference is on what the Church has done, is doing and can better do in response to this challenging and important issue.”The ILS will host various speakers, including several bishops and University President Fr. John Jenkins, and will hold workshops such as “Human Trafficking” and “Immigrant Voters and the Changing American Electorate.”Groody said the United States can do more to aid immigration reform.“People migrate because of economic need, the violation of human rights, weak juridical structures, environmental disasters and many other reasons,” he said. “While the United States cannot accept every migrant in need, there is much more it can do.”Groody said the conference is born of out of principles of Catholic Social Teaching, which are based directly with the dignity of the human person.“However one identifies oneself in liberal or conservative terms, the heart of Catholic Social Teaching deals with justice in the world and building a peaceful society,” Groody said. “Catholic universities should have a role in that process. Notre Dame is involved in this issue because this is both a national and global issue of significant importance.”Colleen Cross, project coordinator of the conference, said the initiative critically engages the issue of immigration in the United States.“Building on Notre Dame’s long-standing commitment to a faith that does justice, as well as the significance of immigration in Latino communities, the Immigration Initiative seeks to highlight the Church’s commitment to immigrants and immigration reform in the United States,” she said.The conference will run from March 2 through 5.Tags: Church and Immigration, Immigration, immigration reform, reformlast_img read more

Consumer perception doesn’t have to be reality

first_imgConsumer perception is an important driver of growth in any business, but especially in the financial services industry. This is both good and bad.On the one hand, according to the year-end figures published by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), credit union membership grew 4% in 2015, due in large part to the positive perception of the credit union value proposition.On the other hand, the lingering perception that credit unions have sparse surcharge-free ATM access — and many fewer ATMs than banks — has limited their growth.While consumers like the idea of joining credit unions for such benefits as favorable interest rates on savings, at the end of the day, they want convenience. When people need cash, they don’t want to drive 50 miles — or even 10 miles — for the nearest surcharge-free ATM in their network. But, as market research has shown, many consumers believe that joining a credit union will mean they have to do just that.Fortunately, perception doesn’t have to be reality.Expanding your ATM network is as easy as aligning your credit union with the right EFT network provider. By joining the right EFT network, you can offer your members the same broad, ATM access they can get from the big banks, without the usual, associated negative issues. In addition, the right network provider can provide added benefit, such as ATM Fleet Management, which helps offload the time-intensive burden of coordinating multiple vendors, keeping up with regulatory and industry changes (like the transition to EMV) and large capital investment.Working with the right EFT network gives your credit union access to cutting-edge services, such as a mobile app that helps members easily locate surcharge-free ATMs.Ultimately, by working with the right ATM network provider, your credit union will not only expand its footprint, but also become more enticing to consumers. And, by offloading ATM management to a trusted network partner, you can refocus your energies on helping members see how working with your credit union is both convenient and cost-effective.The number of ATMs worldwide is expected to grow by more than 25%, from 2.6 million at the end of 2013, to approximately 3.3 million by 2017, according to the Mercator Advisory Group — even as mobile technology usage grows. To keep up with industry trends, ensuring that your ATM footprint expands, is only going to become more important as time goes on. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Woods Joe Woods, CUDE is a 15-year credit union veteran.  He has spent time with Corporate One FCU, Liberty Enterprises, co-founded Legacy Member Services and was part of the senior management … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Committed players should be invited for the 2015 AFCON- Desailly

first_imgGhanaian-born former France Captain Marcel Desailly has advised Black Stars coach Avram Grant to call up players who are committed and willing to fight for Ghana at next month’s Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.Grant who is expected to name his final squad by end of December is currently on a tour of Europe monitoring Ghanaian players. The former Chelsea and AC Milan  defender who was born in Ghana before later playing international football for France has stated that Ghana have been drawn into a tough group and Grant can succeed with players who are committed.“We need players who are committed to the country without thinking about anything else, you have to put your personality aside to be able to fit into the project which is to win the AFCON tournament,” said Desailly“If you are a player we just want you to perform, if coach gives you a role that you are not comfortable with, just talk to him about it and not put on any negative attitude.”Ghana, Senegal, South Africa and Algeria are in Group C  for the 30th edition of the continental showpiece which kicks off January 17 to February 8.last_img read more