The grand stage for credit union technology and operations leaders

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As we gear up for the annual CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council and Technology Council Conferences, it’s occurred to us that there’s a lot of content to cover, from keynote speakers to awards and even scholarships.Whether you’ve already registered or are just hearing of these conferences for the first time, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide covering how you can get involved and what to expect when you attend.Getting thereBoth CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference and CUNA Technology Council Conference are currently open for registration, and members of each respective council receive a discount on attendance.If your budget is still feeling the strain after discounts, members of both councils are eligible for up to $2,500 in scholarships awarded by their council. Just be sure you submit your application form by August 2, 2019.You can apply for scholarships to CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference here, and apply here for CUNA Technology Council Conference.Maximizing your timeOnce the conferences kick off, there’ll be a lot to take in. Whether you’re focused on building your connections through networking or taking in thought-provoking sessions on the latest trends in technology and operations, be sure you’ve had time to digest all the sessions and events available, so you don’t miss out on an important moment.Keynote speakers for both conferences include ‘The Passing Zone,’ one of America’s most dynamic performing duos, as well as Sarah Thomas, the first-ever full-time female official in the NFL.Fortunately, it’s easy to keep up with both conference agendas as they’re updated directly from the CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference and CUNA Technology Council Conference homepages.It’s time to celebrateOf course, we couldn’t leave out the CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Awards and CUNA Technology Council Awards. This is the largest annual event dedicated specifically to recognizing outstanding achievement in these important fields, and a sure-fire conference highlight.Award categories for both councils include:Excellence in Operations & Member Experience AwardsExcellence in Technology AwardsProfessional of the Year AwardRising Star AwardWhether you’re submitting nominations to the CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Awards or the CUNA Technology Council Awards, nominations for Professional of the Year and Rising Star are due June 14, 2019. Meanwhile, entry materials for all awards are due July 12, 2019. And with that, you’re fully briefed on both CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference and CUNA Technology Council Conference, held September 11-14 in Chicago. To explore these conferences for yourself, you can always visit See you there!last_img read more

No insularity under my watch, assures Pollard

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Newly-appointed West Indies white-ball captain, Kieron Pollard, has reassured the region that insularity in selection will be eradicated during his tenure.The Trinidadian will oversee his first assignment next month when West Indies take on Afghanistan in India in three Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals.And after participating in his first selection meeting, Pollard said he was focussed on ensuring that performance and not nationality would determine the composition of teams going forward.“One of the major things we (selectors) talked about is the insularity that has been going on in the Caribbean and it is something we want to [stamp out],” Pollard said here in a wide-ranging radio interview.“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you’re from, which part of the islands you’re from, once you’re performance is there, once you fit into the dynamics of the team, [once] you fit into what we’re looking for, you’re going to be selected.“[The fact] that sometimes you veer to where you’re from is unfortunate, maybe as a home captain or coach, but at the end of the day we will try to pick the best team.“Me, knowing myself and how I go about things – and this is something I’ve been preaching since the franchise system started in the Caribbean T20 before the CPL – the bigger picture is the cricket and which ever persons are doing well, they’re going to be selected.”He continued: “I have it in myself in terms of my principles and high sort of integrity, to always go out and pick the best players, no matter what part of the islands they’re from.No matter what happens, people are going to talk – you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. But once I can lay down in my bed and sleep comfortable at nights, that would be most comforting to me.”Pollard has replaced Jason Holder as one-day skipper and Carlos Brathwaite as T20 captain, and takes over a side struggling in both formats.Currently, West Indies are ranked number nine in the 50-overs version following on from their disastrous World Cup showing earlier this year in England, and are also ninth in T20s even though they are reigning World champions.Pollard conceded that helping the Windies improve their fortunes would be a challenging task but that he was ready for the pressure associated with the captaincy.“It’s international cricket, the people are crying out for success, they are crying out for wins and it’s expected pressure is always going to be there,” he pointed out.“If there’s no pressure then it doesn’t make sense and we as individuals sometimes tend to perform better when our backs are against the wall. We’ve been struggling, it’s no secret but it’s something hopefully with the new coach (Phil Simmons), myself, some new players we can try to change going forward. “So I’m looking forward to embracing that pressure, still coming out with a smile but most importantly every time you step on that cricket field, you give a hundred per cent and try to improve as individuals.”Pollard is one of the most experienced T20 cricketers around, having played nearly 500 matches overall, but has no extensive captaincy experience at international level.He led Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League for five years before moving on to skipper St Lucia Zouks in 2017 and this year, took charge of his native Trinbago Knight Riders after Dwayne Bravo was ruled out with injury.The 32-year-old said he intended to bring his now familiar aggressive captaincy approach to his new role.“I just try to be ahead of the game, I try to out-think the opposition, think of what they’re going to do before it actually happens,” he noted.“I’m aggressive but sometimes my aggression is mistaken for arrogance which is expected because everybody has an opinion. But at the end of the day, a will-power to win is something that’s embedded in me so it’s something that comes out when I’m leading a team and trying to get the team over the line.Sometimes I can be very calm and collective and you wouldn’t know what’s going on [with me].”last_img read more

Salah takes Liverpool to second, West Brom cut adrift

first_img“It was intense, it was aggressive, it was angry, it was full of desire. I saw everything I wish to see in a game of football and it’s not often you see that.”Salah also drew level with Harry Kane on 23 Premier League goals in an outstanding debut season at Liverpool in the battle for the golden boot. Substitute Michail Antonio pulled a goal back for the Hammers just a minute after coming on, but Mane ensured all of Liverpool’s prolific front three were on target when he converted Andrew Robertson’s cross 13 minutes from time.“We always thought we had a chance of scoring today but we couldn’t keep their front players quiet,” said West Ham boss David Moyes. “Ultimately we are playing against a team in real form.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 The Egyptian was inches away from opening the scoring inside three minutes when he struck the post, but did have a hand when Can’s bullet header from Salah’s corner broke the deadlock on 29 minutes for Liverpool’s 100th goal of the season in all competitions.Salah doubled Liverpool’s lead when he steered a shot into the far corner on his favoured left foot after the break from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s through ball.Moments later it was Firmino who beat West Ham goalkeeper Adrian to Can’s pass before slotting into an empty net.center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp described a near perfect Liverpool performance as a “joy to watch” as Mohamed Salah scored for the sixth straight game in a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield on Saturday.Klopp’s men moved up into second in the Premier League by edging a point ahead of bitter rivals Manchester United, who host fourth-placed Chelsea on Sunday, as Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were also on target.“I don’t think as a manager you can expect a game like this, you can hope for it but it’s very rare you get it. We got it. It was a joy to watch,” said Klopp.last_img read more

2019 Hurricane season officially over!

first_imgSaturday, Nov. 30, marks the end of Hurricane season for 2019!According to the NOAA, the season produced 18 named storms, including three major hurricanes.The 2019 season marks the fourth consecutive above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, the NOAA says.Hurricane season for 2020 will begin on Monday, June 1.The active 2019 #HurricaneSeason is coming to an end Nov. 30 — 2019 marks the 4th consecutive above-normal #Atlantic hurricane season.How did it compare with our prediction? See via @NWS— NOAA (@NOAA) November 26, 2019 Hurricane names for 2020 thus far include Birtha, Cristobal, Dolly, and Edouard, according to reports.last_img read more

16-year-old New York girl found safe following Amber Alert

first_imgOn Tuesday she was found safe after her abduction. Video shows possible kidnapping of 16-year-old girl On Monday an Amber Alert was issued after police in New York believed that 16-year-old Karol Sanchez may have been kidnapped in the Bronx.A video showed Sanchez being dragged into a car by a group of men while walking with her mother in the Bronx on Monday night. The teen’s mother was pushed to the ground by the men but she was able to tell authorities a description of the men.last_img

Sen. Rick Scott Asks CDC for More Info on Deadly Wuhan Coronavirus

first_imgThe World Health Organization is holding off on declaring the coronavirus a global health emergency.The WHO held an emergency meeting yesterday in Switzerland and plans to meet again today on the matter and are closely monitoring the “public health event.”Scott also asked Redfield to release more information about the federal government’s public health measures against the virus in coordination with state and local health officials.China’s most recent release of information places the death toll at 17, and reports doctors are treating 544 cases. Virologists are concerned there could be more unreported cases since some of the people infected only show mild symptoms.According to the CDC’s Tuesday report, the coronavirus patient in the U.S. is a man in his 30s who had returned to Seattle from Wuhan and remained in isolation at the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.Chinese officials will start a quarantine in Wuhan on Thursday. Sen. Rick Scott is asking the CDC to “take swift action” against a deadly cross-border outbreak of a new strain of the coronavirus, which started its human-to-human transmission in central China. Scott sent CDC Director Robert Redfield a letter expressing his concern over the accuracy of the information that Chinese health officials have released since the cluster of respiratory infections was linked to animals at a market in Wuhan.There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the virus, which officials said has already spread to Washington State, Thailand, Japan, Macao and South Korea. Sen. Scott is asking the CDC for more information.“China is rarely forthcoming,” Scott wrote on Twitter.Today, I’m urging the @CDCgov to take swift action to combat the threat of the #coronavirus & protect the health of Americans.China is rarely forthcoming, & I’m extremely concerned about the outbreak, which has already infected hundreds, including at least one person in the US.— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 22, 2020last_img read more

Search for Missing South FL Newborn Continues After Dad is Found Dead in Pasco County

first_imgThe child and the suspect, 49-year-old Andrew Caballeiro, were last seen near 21900 Southwest 187th Avenue in Miami. Authorities had been searching for a White Ford passenger van with Florida Tag number KUSK23. Caballeiro is reportedly the child’s father.Pasco County Sheriff’s officials held a news conference Wednesday evening. Deputies received a call just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday regarding a suspicious vehicle in a rural area. Upon approaching the vehicle, deputies discovered a deceased male inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.The vehicle and clothing on the man matched the description provided in the Amber Alert issued Wednesday morning.According to deputies, one witness saw a blonde woman sitting in the van’s front passenger seat. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is asking that woman to come forward with the baby.Meanwhile, Miami-Dade Police continue investigating a triple murder that occurred at the home where the infant was last seen. Three women were shot dead there, and Caballeiro is said to be related to at least one of them.Triple Murder in Miami Prompts Amber Alert for Baby The South Florida father accused of kidnapping his newborn child and triggering an Amber Alert on Wednesday morning has been found dead, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies there say there is no sign of the one-week-old baby boy and are still looking for him.An Amber Alert was issued early Wednesday for the missing one-week-old baby boy.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Sibling rivalry between Bucs, Pens and Steelers?

first_imgIn the recent past I have often wondered about the Pittsburgh sports franchises’ value relative to each other.However I am a bit more fascinated than I thought I would be in regards to how these franchises fight for and share the “moneypie” in Pittsburgh as well as their percentage of the market regionally, nationally and globally.Talking about the ultimate inflation bump, the Pittsburgh Steelers were purchased by Art Rooney in 1933 for get this, $2,500.00. They are currently worth more than $1.1 approximately billion.  Their base revenue per fan is approximately $39.  When sports business pros and enthusiasts talk about an creating and maintaining an almost perfect template to run any business let alone a sports franchise, Pittsburgh should be the pattern from which the majority of garments should be tailored.The Rooney family began designing their garment of destiny in 1969 when they hired a young, teacher/coach and former offensive lineman Charles Henry Noll to weave the fabric from which they would craft future “suits of legend.Noll, whose pedigree is unquestioned because he studied and learned his craft from the legendary iconic coach Paul Brown who defined and re-sculpted the game that Americans and the world have grown to love.When Noll grabbed the reins of one of the most pitiful franchises in the history of professional sports, he not only had a vision of just winning but he also saw the need to create an in house player selection and development system that is emulated to this day by sports owners from across the globe.The marketability of the Pittsburgh Steelers transcends more than just football and sports enthusiasts but impacts the GDP and marketing strategy on an entire city and region.Take for example the CBS affiliate KDKA Television in Pittsburgh.Although Pittsburgh is the 23rd largest market it is the 14th largest television market largely because of the presence of the Steelers who represent one of four franchises of the NFL AFC North Division.The remaining three being the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns.The Browns are the only team in the division that has not participated in postseason play during the past three years. For all intents and purposes the AFC North may be the most brutal and physical division in all of professional football.With that sort of tenacity and imagery one does not have to wonder why the network and the affiliate that cover the AFC in general and the AFC North in particular consistently occupy such a strong market position.One may assume that if the Philadelphia Eagles were located in Pittsburgh with their sporadic record of reaching and winning championships the television market would they be in such an enviable position.Why? Because WPVI-TV ABC 6 in Philadelphia, the nation’s fourth largest market, is ranked 22nd in market share.The bucks don’t stop with the Steelers, the money begins to flow with the men from the steel city.Let’s move on to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 1999 the team was purchased by former Penguin and NHL superstar Mario Lemieux for $109 million dollars. Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney holding Super Bowl XLIII Trophy. Lamar Woodley and Mike Tomlin celebrate win in Super Bowl XLIIIcenter_img Money, money, money, money! No, I have not acquired the royalty rights from the O’Jays’ iconic song, nor am I referring to the most paranoid person on the planet when it comes to Black Americans in general and President Barack Obama in particular. The person that I am referring to is none other than probably the biggest scammer and “sham” artist in the history of finance, Donald Trump.last_img read more

Two River Torn Over Brian Williams

first_imgThere’s no doubt everyone knows a lot of the details, everyone feels a connection, but there are differing opinions about whether NBCs Brian Williams should be suspended without pay from his news anchor position, if an unofficial survey in the Two River area yesterday is any indication.Williams grew up in Middletown Township and attended Mater Dei Prep High School and Brookdale Community College. He volunteered at the Middletown Old Village Fire Department.“I think Brian’s 22 years as a reporter have been filled with remarkable, smart broadcasting,” said Susan Daly Porter of Monmouth Beach. “He made a mistake in embellishing his reporting. I don’t think he ever intentionally lied. More importantly, I think he’s a really great guy who has, ironically, done more for the vets than any other news man. I for one, loved hearing him and will miss him every night.”Mary Ellen Morelli of Lincroft, said she was “disappointed and I don’t get all the people cutting him slack.” “My Mom loved him,” she continued. “He was Catholic, local and I guess we held him to a higher standard. But that story about being in the helicopter, I give him credit for being in a war zone, but he had to have known he overstated his involvement. Those soldiers should not have been put in that position to have to tell the story.”John Meyer, who grew up in Port Monmouth, and is in town for the Mater Dei rally, attended high school with Williams.“Well, I guess a six-month suspension is better than Brian Williams getting fired. I support my schoolmate. I’ll start watching NBC News again when he is back,” said Meyer, who now lives in Wekiva Springs, Florida.Carl Calendar, who was Williams Literature Professor at Brookdale, said “Brian was one of my favorite all time students. He came to class in a jacket and tie and was incredibly interested in politics worldwide.”“What a shame he strayed a bit from the truth,” he said.Joan Wicklund, Highlands, said, “I’ve always liked and admired him.”A retired elementary school teacher and former member of the Henry Hudson Board of Education, “he’s admitted to falsifying one incident, I’m not sure there are more. I just wish him well and hope that there’s a good explanation. We still live in a country where you’re innocent until proven guilty.”Helen Kenny, a dentist Officer Manager in West Long Branch says that “since he admitted he didn’t tell the story right, then he’s guilty of that. But I don’t think he has to be punished so badly. He’s admitted it, that’s half the battle. And he’s humiliated himself enough by admitting it. That’s a lot of punishment for someone of his stature and standing in the media. I think it’s terrible that he’s the scapegoat here. We have lots of people who lie in the government, lots of political leaders who lie, why aren’t they impeached? Why aren’t they punished for the lies they tell? I think it’s terrible what everybody is doing to Williams.”Former State Senator S. Thomas Gagliano thinks NBC’s decision is a good one. “It was inevitable because there may be other issues. I think that the six months off the air could end up being much longer. The reality is a television journalist has to be honest, and if there is one who admits that he hasn’t been, then he doesn’t qualify any longer to tell the news honestly.”Teenagers are willing to cut Williams a break more so than their older counterparts. MAST High school senior David Valentino of Holmdel believes the entire matter “is blown out of proportion. It’s not so terrible when you look at the whole picture. Williams is a journalist who carries himself well, has a good reputation. He did something wrong and admitted it was dishonest. I think he should have had more a slap on the wrist rather than a six month penalty.” Valentino also thinks Williams will be back on the air after six months because “it’ll die and people will then remember him for what he is, not a single incident.”Senior high school student Madelyn Sorrentino of Eatontown also thinks the penalty was a little extreme. “It should have been something less, that he lied is reprehensible but this is affecting his whole career. Six months is a long time, he came out and admitted it and that restored some of his credibility.”last_img read more

The role of brands in enhancing the country’s reputation and strengthening its competitiveness

first_imgThe nation brand concept has been around for almost two decades and continues to attract interest due to the very nature of its dynamism. Brand South Africa is mandated with managing the country’s image and reputation and as such, continuously seeks to engage in public and private collaborations to strengthen relations and promote a cohesive approach.Place branding has many similarities with product branding. The general definition that a brand communicates a ‘promise of the rational and emotional benefits that customers can expect’ also holds true for place branding. The difference is that in place branding, delivery of the brand ‘promise’ is constantly affected by the behaviour and actions of a multitude of stakeholders. Those range from the highest levels of politicians, civilian leaders and business people to the person in the street who interacts with visitors.One cannot be dismissive of the fact that in product branding the value chain is far more controlled, manipulated to some extent and the brand promise can be delivered more consistently, whereas with place branding this is far from the truth. Place branding is a long-term process of getting as many brand influencers to adopt and commit to delivering on the brand promise, from the high powered-influencers that have the biggest media following and reach, to local communities and citizens.It has been said several times, that place branding goes far beyond the nice logo design and slogan. While the logo and slogan are important symbols of a brand identity, they usually have a very limited bearing on place brand credibility. Brand experience and brand credibility become the defining pillars that influence a decision to visit a country.The actions and conduct of government, business and community leaders are the real factors that affect brand credibility. This has been evident in our country as we have witnessed our vibrant constitution and democracy in action.The most difficult task in country branding is about proactively canvassing a broad spectrum of brand ambassadors to adopt and ‘live’ the brand; expand the brand communication in a controlled manner and do damage control when the brand image and reputation is threatened. The positioning needs to be converted into a catchy and creative brand essence that is easy to communicate. A marketing strategy should be devised to promote the brand message to selected target markets and segments.  It is all part of an integrated approach.There is now more than ever, a need for more awareness and understanding of the importance and relevance of the value of the country’s brand by stakeholders – both public and private. This includes a great variety of sectors, such as tourism, exports, investments, culture, sports and international relations, with whom we can achieve a common message, alignment of contents and a common graphic expression of what South Africa stands for and what it offers to the world. An untapped opportunity is the country of origin though there have been a number of brands who naturally found brand fit with their brands and have encapsulated the South African identity into their communication messages.Country Brands like Chile and New Zealand have been successful in adopting and implementing the country of origin approach in telling their brand promise story. Additionally, a strong incorporation of the country brand has been generated at the level of different companies highlighting the country-of-origin. In the long run, this has a positive impact on the reputation of these countries and the country is able to build strong brand constructs or association.The same opportunity exists in South Africa. We strongly believe that South Africa is a country that punches above its weight and there are thousands of successful stories that when put together under the umbrella of a “brand promise storytelling” can fast track the association of our country brand with inspiration, talent and admiration.  Our country brand’s image and reputation will be enhanced in a way that encourages each and every South African to be a positive ambassador, reflecting the attributes of the brand.The brand of a country is a tremendously powerful tool for the promotion of exports, the attraction of investments, the attraction of talent and, most importantly, to favour business and the development of countries. With appropriate management of a country’s brand and strategic collaborations, it is possible to promote and position the differentiating attributes of a nation audiences.Our vision as Brand South Africa is to create a Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally. The time for this vision to come alive is now as we partner with MAA to get SA corporates to play their part and rally behind their country brand.Public-private partnerships: private businesses have most contact with potential customers, both at a business-to-business and business-to-consumer level. It is extremely important that the government and private sector marketing parties should agree on clear brand messages and should apply and use these consistently. After all, when the country succeeds, the economy improves and the brands prosper.The role of brands in enhancing the country’s reputation and strengthening its competitiveness play an integral component in showing off a country’s capabilities. The value and quality of these brands are a reflection of the country’s brand. They tell the story of a strong Nation Brand which is experienced by both domestic and international audiences.Words by: Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africalast_img read more