Governor Douglas co-hosts education symposium

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan 20 other governors at a symposium put on by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Education Leadership and Policy.  As vice-chairman of the NGA and chair of NGA Center for Best Practices, Governor Douglas co-hosted the event with former Governor Jim Hunt (D-NC) and Governor Bev Perdue (D-NC). This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my colleagues to share our thoughts, ideas and experiences with one another and with the Obama Administration, Governor Douglas said.  While Vermont students are among the brightest in the country, I looking forward to bringing back ideas that can help improve our system of education by making it more innovative, efficient and cost-effective, he added.Vermont will receive about $140 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for education and the state will compete for millions more in competitive Race to the Top and other grants.  One-time ARRA money offers a real opportunity to transform education in Vermont, but we can t spend this money as if it is business-as-usual in a way that builds up base government spending, the Governor said.  A wise deployment of these funds has the potential to better prepare our students for a rapidly changing economy, while creating a more cost-effective system of education in Vermont.The Governors Education Symposium, which concludes on June 15, is comprised of working sessions that will focus on standards and assessments, teacher effectiveness, support for low-performing schools and maximizing the Race to the Top Funds. Source: Governor Douglas’ officelast_img read more

CUNA Mutual unveils ridesharing service protection

first_imgCUNA Mutual began offering a no-cost endorsement Wednesday that protects client credit unions from losses they could incur if a member crashes a financed car while driving for Lyft, Uber or another transportation network company.TNC firms such as Lyft and Uber have taken off in recent years, riding a wave of public dissatisfaction with taxis and familiarity with mobile phone technology that supports the app-based services. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Integrate your lending tech to drive member value

first_imgIt’s no secret that credit unions offer better lending rates and a customer experience that’s focused on members first. This may be why credit union loan growth is approaching its fastest pace in almost two decades.Today, this reality benefits millions of credit union members and drives loan officers to technology tools that can simplify and streamline lending events.Considering this, what if your credit union loan officers could provide even more focused interactions with members at the time of the loan? What if they could save time and reduce data-entry errors? Multiply the improved productivity by monthly loan volume, and imagine the boost to your bottom line… That’s real revenue.This doesn’t have to be imaginary thanks to new integration between lending technologies that can protect credit union loans and support members’ financial security. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NCUA plans micro-enterprise lending webinar

first_imgIn an effort to show credit unions how they can help small businesses while boosting their own bottom line, the NCUA will hold a webinar, “Micro-Enterprise Lending – Making Loans to Small Businesses” on July 13.The webinar is free of charge and will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The agency is accepting online registration.The panel will be moderated by Tom Penna, an economic development specialist with the NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Stretch Armstrong, minus the speedo

first_imgIn life and business, we have to adapt to changing situations that confront us. Not because we want to, but because we have to. Who doesn’t crave consistency and stability? But we cannot deny that change happens constantly.According to a Right Management study, 91% of HR decision-makers say people are being recruited on their ability to deal with change and uncertainty. The report adds, “As resilience and agility enter the business lexicon, the time is ripe for workforce transformation – with businesses putting people at the heart of their business plans in good times and bad.”Adapting on the fly is a crucial skill. Credit unions are being stretched. Too often staff become frazzled and overloaded. They get cluttered and bogged down in minutiae that they lose focus. We’ve seen two-person teams close more loans than five-person teams. We’ve even met a loan manager who made the claim that closing loans wasn’t in her job description. She was just too busy. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Allied’s CEO breaks down today’s lending landscape

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr President and CEO of Allied Solutions Pete Hilger Thursday dove into the lending landscape before, during and after the pandemic and provided insights into how credit unions can adapt. Hilger encouraged credit unions to be bold and proactive as they navigate and leverage the new lending and risk management environment.“If you think about the investments we were all making to prepare for big data, digital, whether we have branches or don’t, and how we interact with our members – one of the things that this pandemic has provided is an opportunity to really, out of necessity, accelerate getting to those long term benefits that are going to make us more competitive in the industry we represent,” said Hilger.Hilger noted where potential challenges may arise, such as a spike in refinancing applications, the need to leverage new technology for lending services, a highly competitive market with lower consumer demand for loans, and a decrease in new loan originations. He offered resources and ideas for credit unions looking to be creative in the face of challenges, and encouraged outsourcing where possible.In addition, Hilger noted how further complications arise when face-to-face interactions are nearly impossible.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to re-allow umrah pilgrimage from Oct. 4: SPA

first_imgTopics : Saudi Arabia will allow pilgrims residing inside the country to undertake the umrah pilgrimage beginning on Oct. 4, after a seven-month pause due to coronavirus concerns, state news agency SPA reported.Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina undertaken any time of the year, attracting 19 million people last year. Saudi Arabia had instituted a freeze on umrah in March.It will now allow 6,000 citizens and residents inside the kingdom to perform umrah daily, representing 30% of a revised capacity of 20,000 that takes into account precautionary health measures, SPA added. That will expand to 75% of capacity on Oct. 18. Beginning Nov. 1, Saudi Arabia will allow visitors from specific countries deemed safe to perform umrah at 100% of the revised capacity, until the end of the pandemic, SPA said.This year, Saudi Arabia conducted a limited haj, the larger pilgrimage that usually attracts around 3 million people, for a few thousand citizens and residents.Official data show haj and umrah earn the kingdom about $12 billion a year.On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia reported 330,798 total cases of coronavirus and 4,542 deaths, as cases in the Gulf region topped 800,000.last_img read more

Claude Puel hits out at Saint-Etienne’s decision to sell ‘best player’ William Saliba to Arsenal

first_imgWilliam Saliba will join Arsenal next season (Picture: Getty)Saint-Etienne manager Claude Puel has criticised the club’s decision to sell William Saliba to Arsenal in the summer, labelling the move as ‘short-term’ and ‘reactionary’.Arsenal had pursued a move for Saliba throughout the summer and eventually reached a deal for the 18-year-old in July, paying £27m for him before sending him back to Saint-Etienne on loan for the season.Although Saliba has only featured six times for Les Verts this season, former Leicester City boss Puel, who took charge of Saint-Etienne last month, already believes he is the club’s best player despite his age. Advertisement Saliba trained with Arsenal during the international break in September (Picture: Getty)Speaking to L’Equipe, Puel said: ‘It’s done, adopted and I’ve got nothing to say because it helped perform. Saint-Etienne have held their rank these past few years. Finishing fourth is a great result. Work was done in the short-term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Is this model viable? I don’t think it can make the club a success. Rather than buying a ready-made player, I’d rather we buy him to develop him and help him grow.‘It’s hard to accept that we sell our best player, a young kid, to help fill the coffers. When you have to sell your gems to round up the budget and then do short term deals to fill in the gaps, you’re being reactionary.’Saliba made his breakthrough last season, featuring 16 times for Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 but he had a delayed start to the current campaign as a hamstring injury saw him miss their first seven matches.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 ArsenalDuring his time on the sidelines, Saliba linked up with Arsenal in London in September and although the club believes he has a few areas of his game to work upon, they think he can challenge for a first-team place next season.Speaking about Arsenal’s signing of Saliba in July, Unai Emery said: ‘We’re delighted William is joining us. Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future.‘He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Claude Puel hits out at Saint-Etienne’s decision to sell ‘best player’ William Saliba to Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Nov 2019 5:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Rugby World Cup: Classy New Zealand and dogged South Africa advance to semis

first_imgThe semis of the competition are almost set. Two of four quarterfinals were honoured on Saturday, and the boys started being separated from the men..South Africa 23-19 WalesSouth Africa are through to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup.They scraped through after a late try from the excellent Fourie du Preez in what was the expected hugely physical and often brutal battle, mainly thanks to an outstanding performance in attack and defence from flanker Schalk Burger, the boot of Handre Pollard and a mammoth collective show of power in a compelling second half.It was never pretty but in the end the South Africans probably just merited it. They were much the better side in the second half when Wales simply could not find positions from which to attack.But you did have to feel for Wales. Their defensive effort was simply one of the most courageous and committed you could wish to see in Test rugby. Captain Sam Warburton had one of those matches when those who question his influence just look ridiculously foolish. He was simply magnificent, so too were Dan Lydiate and Taulupe Faletau in the back row.New Zealand 62-13 France Not so much a French revolution as the meekest of French surrenders, then. It was always a high-risk tactic invoking an uprising in an effort to beat the All Blacks and this one backfired.Badly. Les Bleus’ apparently mutinous foot soldiers were routed, humiliated at the Millennium Stadium by the defending world champions who fired out an ominous warning to the rest of the teams left in this competition, and in particular their semi-final opponents South Africa.The All Blacks not playing well? If this is them playing badly everyone else might as well give up now.New Zealand were imperious, with Julian Savea grabbing a hat-trick and the man of the match prize. In truth, it could have gone to any number of black-shirted players.Ma’a Nonu, all rampaging runs and offloads, was utterly devastating. Ben Smith likewise. Dan Carter showed glimpses of the form which once made him arguably the finest 10 in the history of the game.Tawera Kerr-Barlow came on and scored two late tries but by then the scoreboard operator was struggling to keep up. The hands, the angles, the speed at which they attacked. SUNDAY’S SCHEDULEIreland meet Argentina in the penultimate quarter-final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup later today and the match kicks off at noon (Ghana time).Scotland will play Australia in the final quarter-final at 3pm Ghana time as they aim to reach their first semi-final since 1991 at Twickenham.All games will be available on SuperSport. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. All Rugby World Cup games available on SuperSport chnnel 206.last_img read more

Tom Brady-era Patriots will leave complicated legacy whenever their dynasty finally ends

first_img“I don’t know what the future is, and I’m not going to predict it,” he told reporters. “I was proud to be a part of this team, not only this year but every year. No one needs to make choices at this point. I love playing football. I love playing for this team. I love playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of games.”So maybe no one must make a final decision at this point on how to view what the Patriots have brought us since that night in January 2002, when Adam Vinatieri kicked a snowball through the uprights and delivered the first of 30 postseason victories accumulated prior to the club’s surprisingly difficult 2019 season.When the end does arrive, though, acclaim will not be unanimous. Only he knows what is next. Well, maybe he’s told Gisele something.MORE: Analyzing Brady’s options for 2020In one sense, though, we will not see the end of the current Patriots regime at least until the NFL rules on the latest “-gate” involving the organization. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the league is expected to impose discipline  for an episode involving a team-affiliated video crew recording activity on the Bengals’ sideline in advance of the Pats’ visit to Cincinnati. Schefter said a decision would come within two weeks, though the league responded by labeling any such report speculative .MORE: Did Patriots cheat by videotaping Bengals?If the Patriots are punished, then they will own half as many sanctions for competitive infractions (three) as they do Lombardi Trophies (six).It is hard to imagine fans of the league — fans of other teams in the league, to be more specific — holding the Patriots dynasty in the same esteem as NBA fans do the 1990s Chicago Bulls. There is a reverence about what Michael Jordan and his teammates accomplished that is so enduring,  ESPN is soon to air a documentary series  on them that has as many episodes as “Band of Brothers.”MORE: A timeline of Patriots scandals, from Spygate to Deflategate and moreThe Patriots’ legacy might be more complicated than any great team in any sport, ever.As Brady watched most of his last chance to extend his 2019 season chewed up by Titans running back Derrick Henry, the Titans’ offense consuming 11 minutes, 10 seconds of the final quarter at Gillette Stadium, and as CBS announcers Jim Nantz and Tony Romo discussed whether this would be the quarterback’s last game or just his last in New England, I began to contemplate that subject. I decided to follow the course most anyone would in the year 2020.I devised a Twitter poll.It read:”If that is the end, how will you view the Patriots’ dynasty?1- With unflinching respect2 – With a skeptical eye”The responses were almost evenly split, with 51 percent choosing the negative response. And that is precisely the point.”I can’t stand them,” said Jets fan Chris Gabriele , “but they have been the greatest dynasty in sports and I respect what they have done.”“Patriots are the Lance Armstrong of the NFL,” said Steelers fan Evan Jenkins .Brady was not saying after the game whether he would return to New England or to the NFL , although he was more affirmative on the latter question, saying retirement is “pretty unlikely” at this point.VIDEO: Brady’s postgame comments It began in the snow and, quite possibly, ended in the rain. The Patriots’ victory 18 years ago in a playoff game against the Raiders that was buried in a blizzard and clouded by the controversy over the “Tuck Rule” launched an unprecedented reign over the NFL. That reign might have concluded with a soaked Logan Ryan returning a Tom Brady pass for a pick-six late Saturday.Brady unofficially completed his contract with the Patriots when the final whistle blew on the Titans’ 20-13 victory in the NFL wild-card round. He is about to become a free agent. He also is about to become 43 years old, an age that saw Roger Staubach, John Elway, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning long retired.last_img read more