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Former BFFCU CEO found guilty of $14M fraud

By on December 18, 2020

first_imgA former Alabama credit union president/CEO was found guilty of 98 felony counts of bank fraud, money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy by a federal jury in U.S. District Court in Birmingham Friday.Last year, Jonathan Wade Dunning received a 112-count indictment that detailed how he allegedly controlled Birmingham Financial Federal Credit Union and stole $14 million in property, assets and federal grants that were supposed to fund healthcare services for poor children, adults and the homeless.The jury, which heard testimony and evidence from eight attorneys who represented Dunning and seven prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Birmingham, also found Dunning not guilty on 14 felony charges. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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4 things your credit union should know about the mysterious “Xennial” generation

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first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You’re probably wondering, what is a xennial? Xennials are the new kids on the block. They are the microgeneration born during the years of millennials and Gen X from 1977 to 1983. Or when the original Star Wars trilogy was released. Xennial is a label for the inbetweeners, the generation that didn’t quite fit in or identify with the Gen Xers or the millennials. They are optimistic and tech-savvy. However, xennials still appreciate the simplicity of a pre-digital age.Xennials experienced a childhood void of technology and social media and an adulthood full of it. They cannot live without their smartphone but still prefer keyboards to touchscreens. Xennials have different personalities and interests than millennials and Gen Xers. Because of this, they have to be targeted differently. Not familiar with this generation? We’ll tell you what your credit union needs to know.They’re misunderstoodXennials are not Gen Xers, and they are not millennials. However, they keep getting thrown into one of those two categories, and they’re tired of it. Xennials have the cynicism of Gen X and the optimism and drive of millennials. Xennials had to adapt to the 21st century at key points in their lifetime. Because of this, they cannot be targeted or reached the same way as other generations. Your credit union has to find a unique generational way to get their attention. continue reading »last_img read more

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“Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia” – apply for the category “Glamping camp of the year”

By on November 18, 2020

first_imgIn 2018, from 1.1. to 13.5., a total of 194.354 arrivals and 732.462 overnight stays were realized in our camps, which represents an increase in arrivals by 27,7% and overnight stays by 33,6%, stand out from the Croatian Camping Union (KUH).In May alone (1.1.-13.5.), A total of 358.504 overnight stays were realized, ie an increase of 59,2% compared to the same period last year. 20% of overnight stays) and Austrians (+ 30% of overnight stays), followed by Poland in 45th place and the Netherlands in 4th place.”Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia” – apply for the category “Glamping camp of the year”As part of the 22nd “Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia” campaign, the camps will be evaluated and the best will be awarded prizes and recognitions.Camps, as in previous years, are rated in the following categories:Great campSmall campCamp with the best glamping offerThe evaluation of the camps is carried out by the Croatian Camping Association (KUH) and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK).For categories Big and Small Camp no registration required, all you need to do is fill in and return the questionnaire about the quality of the camps to KUH by e-mail [email protected] no later than May 30, 2018 (if a camp has not received a questionnaire, it can be contacted at [email protected]). All campsites that want to register a camp in the category Camp with the best glamping offer, a presentation with content and services and special glamping experiences should be submitted to the email address [email protected] or [email protected] no later than May 30, 2018.Good luck everyone.last_img read more

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Weatheralls pays for old habits

By on October 20, 2020

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Sumatran forest people adapt ancient health rules for pandemic

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgJangat Pico, a member of the Orang Rimba indigenous people who live on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, was reluctant to say the name of the new coronavirus when he heard it for the first time.”In Orang Rimba custom, the name of a disease cannot be said aloud,” Pico, 24, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by video call. “If we say [it], then that disease will come to us.”Superstitions around illness are embedded in a belief system practiced by Pico and about 5,000 other tribe members. Topics : Under these traditions, a relationship with the forest endures from cradle to grave.When an Orang Rimba baby is born, the umbilical cord linking mother and child is buried beneath a newly planted tree.When a tribe member dies, the community moves to a fresh area of forest, a nomadic tradition called “melangun”.”The Orang Rimba’s connection with the forest seems to me particularly close,” said Sophie Grig, a researcher at London-based Survival International, a group that campaigns for the protection of tribal peoples.Fear of disease is also well established in a community where infections can spread rapidly.Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone returning from outside the forest had to spend at least 24 hours in quarantine under customary health rules called “besasandingon”.They stay in an isolated area downstream due to a belief that disease flows down water courses.A common greeting in the group’s language is to ask whether someone is healthy or ill.When the Orang Rimba first heard of a new infectious disease spreading across much of the world in March, elders immediately tightened their existing quarantine rules.Now Pico must walk for six hours to visit his family, who have retreated deeper into the forest in response to the pandemic. He last saw his parents about a month ago.”We have to abide by besasandingon,” said Pico. “That means we have to stay 20 or 30 metres  away.”Lost landUnlike Brazil and India, Indonesia lacks a dedicated government department overseeing indigenous affairs.In 2015, President Joko Widodo became the first Indonesian leader to visit the Orang Rimba and has vowed to return 12.7 million hectares of land to indigenous and rural communities.Indigenous peoples have for decades been locked in conflicts sparked by expansion of the mining, palm oil and timber industries on their customary lands.In April, a coalition of rights groups wrote an open letter to lawmakers calling for an indigenous bill of rights.Rural communities across the archipelago are also pressing the government to implement a 2013 court decision upholding communities’ rights to their ancestral lands.”Indigenous groups are the most vulnerable people in Indonesia,” said Andre Barahamin of the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN).”But, as long as we have sovereignty over our ancestral domain, we will be fine – we can save ourselves.”Three months ago, AMAN wrote to its 2,371 member communities recommending they stockpile food and initiate strict social distancing measures in response to the coronavirus threat.Just over half the indigenous groups AMAN represents enacted some form of lockdown, with most doing so before the central government introduced restrictions on movement in April.Indonesia has registered about 47,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and more than 2,500 deaths – but low levels of testing, especially in remote areas, mean it is unclear to what extent indigenous groups may have been affected.Marginal livesMore than 2,500 Orang Rimba have lost their traditional land to oil-palm plantation firms, according to KKI Warsi, a Sumatra-based environmental nonprofit which carried out interviews in local language with tribe members for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Some live on the fringes of plantations, while the poorest beg along the highway linking the east and west of the island.”The contrast between these people is so immense and tragic because you see how they would be living if they had not lost their land,” said Survival International’s Grig.Minan, who goes by one name, lives with his wife and child under an old tarpaulin near the highway in Rejosari village.“This was still a forest before,” he said in an interview conducted by KKI Warsi. “Then the villages came and turned it into their plantations and settlements.”Robert Aritonang, an anthropologist with KKI Warsi, said the lives of those who had lost their land are “very marginal”. “If they take palm oil, they are perceived as thieves,” he said. Thirteen Orang Rimba had been killed since 1997 in conflicts with outside communities and loggers, he noted.Back to natureOrang Rimba members in self-imposed isolation in the forest today said coronavirus is reinforcing a customary way of life that had waned due to contact with outside settlements.Neliti, 45, who lives in the forest and goes by one name, said trade with neighboring villages had declined due to falling prices for rubber and fruit, while Orang Rimba are also afraid to visit nearby settlements due to the virus.”They have started to revert back to ancient knowledge,” said Butet Manurung, founder of Sokola, an Indonesian education nonprofit that works with indigenous communities. “Twenty years ago, they were self-sustained, but a lot has changed.”Sokola, which has suspended its work in the forest due to the virus, views the pandemic as an opportunity for children to focus on traditional learning.”Every second in the jungle is a lesson,” said Manurung.Orang Rimba elder Tumenggung Nyenong, 57, said the tribe’s retreat further into the national park was driving his people closer to the forest. “Hopefully the customs will be preserved,” he said in an interview conducted by KKI Warsi.Teacher Pico can still visit his parents but, due to his frequent outside contacts, will not be permitted to rejoin the forest community until elders deem the pandemic to have passed.”For the Orang Rimba, 10 years from now in Bukit Duabelas [national park], I feel it will be like it always was,” he said. “There will still be a forest and a way of life in the forest.”center_img “Fever” and “cough” are considered curse words.To avoid saying “corona”, the Orang Rimba have begun using “cororoit” – an alternative now used conversationally by a few hundred people, according to Pico.Born in Bukit Duabelas national park, Pico teaches advocacy and other skills to young people in his community, and moves between the forest and nearby urban areas.His parents and four siblings practice a semi-nomadic way of life inside the park, regulated by customary laws handed down through generations.last_img read more

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Gabriel Martinelli admits he was starstruck after meeting Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the first time

By on October 18, 2020

first_imgGabriel Martinelli scored two goals in Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest (Picture: Getty)Gabriel Martinelli admitted the magnitude of signing for Arsenal only really began to sink in after he met Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club’s training ground for the firs time.The teenager was plucked from relative obscurity by compatriot Edu, Arsenal’s new technical director, earlier this summer having begun to forge a reputation as one of Brazil’s brightest prospects with Ituano in Sao Pauo.Martinelli featured prominently during pre-season and was rewarded with his Premier League debut, coming on as a late substitute in Arsenal’s victory over Newcastle on the opening weekend of the season.The 18-year-old has been forced to bide his time for subsequent opportunities but shone on his first start for the club, scoring twice while leading the line during Tuesday’s 5-0 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDespite his nerveless performances thus far, Martinelli admits making an instant impact at first team level would not have been possible had he not been welcomed so openly by some of Arsenal’s senior pros.He told Globo Esporte: ‘It hadn’t sunk in yet. I arrived for lunch on the first day, I’m eating there, Aubameyang arrives and sits next to me, speaking Portuguese with me, ‘Tudo bem?’, trying to communicate.‘You see, the guy so good, humble. I was like: ‘Man, Aubameyang, who I saw on TV, came to talk to me!’ Gabriel Martinelli admits he was starstruck after meeting Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the first time Unai Emery on Arsenal’s 5-0 win against Nottingham ForestTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:34FullscreenUnai Emery on Arsenal’s 5-0 win against Nottingham Foresthttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-arsenals-5-0-win-against-nottingham-forest-2013038/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘He’s also a guy who gave me a lot of support at the club, trying to communicate with me. I have to thank everyone at the club. They’re very nice people.’While his own adaptation process has not been so smooth since joining Arsenal from Chelsea, Martinelli revealed the presence of David Luiz has played a huge part in his early success.He added: ‘It was exceptional for me for David Luiz to come to the group, because he’s Brazilian and helps me in everything in communication with fitness coach, or something I have to do.‘If I have questions I ask him how he speaks. Sometimes I ask how he speaks so he doesn’t have to ask for me, so I can learn too, and he does help me.’MORE: Nacho Monreal sends classy message to Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin after Arsenal comebacksMORE: Rob Holding rates new Arsenal signings Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 25 Sep 2019 3:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Investors must ‘challenge’ mining companies on board composition

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgInvestors should challenge extractive companies on the level of scientific knowledge on boards and ensure they evaluate the impact of adverse weather on their business, according to a guide by the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).The guide – ‘Investor Expectations of Mining Companies’ – is meant to develop market best practice, according to lead author Bruce Duguid, associate director at Hermes EOS.It also aims to ensure company boards make decisions in the long-term interest of shareholders.Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the IIGCC, added that the investor community was setting out “as clearly as possible” its expectations of mining companies in the lead up to the UN climate change conference in Paris. “The guide has been developed to help investors step up their engagement with the mining sector as part of their ongoing efforts to better manage climate risk across their portfolios,” she said.The guide sets out a number of investor expectations in the area of company governance, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and how effectively the risk stemming from climate change is incorporated into business plans, but also a company’s level of lobbying, as a means of stress testing business strategy.It suggests companies be asked about their views of carbon price, and how their views are aligned by any shadow carbon price already employed for their internal models.It also says companies should be challenged on their views of crucial carbon abatement policies, such as the US clean power plan and the Australian direct action policy, enacted after the current government abolished the fixed price on carbon.In line with recent calls for oil companies to sever ties with trade associations that lobby in ways at odds with a company’s public pronouncements on climate change, it urges investors to demand disclosure of the governance procedures in place to monitor views of industry groups funded by companies.Directly addressing board compositions, investors are urged to ask whether any board members have an understanding of the economics of climate change, “including an understanding of the policies and technologies likely to prove disruptive to long-term demand for key commodity groups”.Emma Herd, chief executive of the Australian and New Zealand Investor Group on Climate Change, said the guide would allow the market to react to climate change “by driving thorough scenario testing, risk analysis and transparency” among mining companies. Read more about the upcoming climate conference in Paris in the current issue of IPElast_img read more

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Lady Knights Top Lady Pirates In Girls Soccer

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates soccer team hosted EIAC foe South Dearborn and lost to the Lady Knights 3-1.The loss drops the Lady Pirates to 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in EIAC play.The Lady Knights got on the board 3 minutes into the game and addedanother goal around the 21 minute mark to take a 2-0 lead to halftime.Seven minutes into the second half the visitors added their third goal. Maddi Hellmich notched her second goal of the season with 20 minutes to play to put the Lady Pirates on the board. Hellmich had 4 shots on goal for the game to lead the Lady Pirates. Sierra Aylsworth, Brooke Martin and Stephanie Bruns also had shots on goal. McKella Lynette tallied 12 saves from shots on goal on the evening.The Lady Knights took another 15-20 shots that were not on frame. Thedefensive line and midfielders did a nice job all night of slowing down South Dearborn’s runs and pressuring their shots off target.In the JV half after the varsity contest, the Lady Pirates fell 4-0.Brooke Martin and Tess Luers each had shots on goal while Emily Lowe had 15 saves from shots on goal.The JV had an outstanding effort with multiple ladies playing their first soccer match ever.The team will be in action Saturday morning as they host Union County at 10AM.The boys’ soccer team will play after the girls with a noon kickoff.South Dearborn at Greensburg Girls Soccer (8-21)Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

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Smith races to first Modified win at Oshkosh

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgBy Dave PanskeOSHKOSH, Wis. (June 13) – T.J. Smith will argue any inference of full moon racing couple with a Friday the 13th after winning his career first Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified feature at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.Smith grabbed the lead at the start with Jim Rhode Ed Lemay, Eric Arneson, Jeremy Christians and Travis Spaulding close behind. Several early cautions kept the field bunched but Smith was able to maintain to lead through a green flag run from laps four to 10.Christains moved into the runner-up spot on lap six with Mike Wedelstadt and Eddie Muenter moving into the top five by lap seven. With the field right behind for the restart, Smith again set the pace and opened a car length lead over Christians as Muenster, Rhode and Wedelstadt moved up to challenge for second.A final caution on lap 17 set up a three-lap dash, with Smith drawing on his past experience to just run his race and drove off with his first career division feature win. Muenster wrestled the second place finish from Christians on the final lap with point leader Sean Jerovetz making a late-race run to fourth over Wedelstadt and Rhode. Other feature winners were John Heinz in his second straight Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car feature while Steve Schneider picked up his third Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory on the season.last_img read more

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