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  • CUNA Strategic Services calendar program helps CUs donate $1,900 to CU4Kids

    first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The credit union calendar program continues to make a difference for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Administered through CUNA Strategic Services (CSS), the calendars are branded as Credit Unions for Kids.In 2014, the program sold 25,713 units and equaled nearly $1,900 in credit union donations through the Credit Unions for Kids program.The program’s five-year total includes 145,869 calendars sold, with more than $11,863 in donations.When credit unions purchase the specially branded calendars, 10% of the purchase price is donated to CMN Hospitals through the Credit Unions for Kids program. Credit union donations serve children in the credit unions’ geographic areas. In addition, CSS donates 10% of the net proceeds from the sale of the branded calendars.Each year, CSS randomly selects a purchasing credit union to receive its donation from the calendar sales. This year, CSS donated $725, in the name of $18 million asset Jersey Central FCU, Cranford, N.J. continue reading »last_img read more

  • American Red Cross teams up with Roberson Museum for blood drive

    first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The American Red Cross teamed up with the Roberson Museum and Science Center on Tuesday for a blood drive. Broome County Account Manager for the Red Cross Esperanza Gutierrez said 25 people signed up for the event, and emphasized there is always a need for people to donate blood, even during a global pandemic. This was the second time the two organizations joined forces to help their community. “If you think about it, there’s always going to be a need for blood,” Gutierrez said. “If people just take an hour out of their day to roll up a sleeve, they’re making a life-saving difference in their community and beyond.” If you missed this drive, there will be another blood drive at the Johnson City Donor Room on Harry L. Drive on September 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

  • EIOPA’s ‘grandfathering’ could see pension schemes exempt from HBS

    first_img“Arguably, if the benefits are fixed under the rules, and the contributions don’t vary, this could be interpreted to include future benefits as well,” he said.While the use of ‘contract’ to describe an agreement is not common in Haines’s native UK, the Dutch system uses the terminology, with social partners agreeing binding contribution rates for workers paying into individual schemes.Haines argued that if funds would still be impacted by the HBS, it is right they continue to argue against its introduction.“If not, then is it right for the industry to spend a lot of time, effort and money engaging on this?” he asked.Haines, who heads up the consultancy’s Nordic retirement business, also welcomed the acknowledgement within EIOPA’s consultation that if funds could account for future asset return when discounting liabilities, it would encourage investment in long-term assets.“Large employers I speak to across Europe say ‘Yes, we want to be encouraged to invest in long-term assets, and we want an economically efficient approach’,” he said.He added that the ability to account for investment returns, rather than employing a risk-free rate, would have a lot of support.“But it all comes down to, at the end of the day, what is EIOPA’s preferred option,” he said. While EIOPA had tabled six potential HBS approaches as part of the consultation, it was unclear which it preferred, how it would advise the European Commission or whether the College of Commissioners had its own preferred approach, he noted.The current HBS consultation, which runs until next January, has previously been welcomed for its “pragmatic” approach. Benefits currently accruing in Europe’s pension schemes could end up being completely exempt from the proposed holistic balance sheet (HBS) if the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) wishes to avoid burdening funds with additional costs.The supervisor’s recent discussion paper on the HBS says it may be appropriate to “consider the possibility of grandfathering”, so that the new guidelines do not affect accrued rights.The paper adds that current pension “contracts”, which it says could cover benefits and contributions that are fixed for the whole term of the contract, could be exempt due to the cost burden associated from any new framework.Aon Hewitt partner Colin Haines said a ‘grandfathering’ clause could offer defined benefit (DB) schemes a reprieve.last_img read more

  • EC expert group seeks feedback on green taxonomy

    first_imgThe European Commission’s sustainable finance expert group has launched a consultation on the preliminary results of its work on an EU-wide system for determining whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable.The taxonomy, as it is dubbed, is the focus of one of the regulations the Commission has proposed to implement its sustainable finance action plan.The technical expert group (TEG) on sustainable finance, which is helping the Commission with the taxonomy and other matters, today issued calls for feedback on two aspects of the taxonomy. It invited feedback on the first group of economic activities it proposed be deemed as contributing substantially to climate change mitigation. It has also invited views from future users of the taxonomy – member states and financial market participants – on its usability in practice.In addition, technical experts have been invited to register for workshops to provide technical input on the development of criteria to assess climate change adaptation activities and “doing no harm” across all the Commission’s environmental objectives.Announcing the call for feedback today, the Commission said the ultimate aim was “to develop a system that provides businesses and investors with clarity on which activities are considered sustainable so they take more informed decisions”.Usability questionsPotential users of the taxonomy are being invited to respond to five questions, including if the proposed approach was “sufficiently clear and usable for investment purposes” and if not, what changes respondents would propose.The TEG survey also asks financial market respondents specifically whether the proposed structure and format of the taxonomy would enable them to comply with potential future disclosure obligations.The TEG’s consultation document stated that the taxonomy was not a mandatory list of activities in which to invest, but linked to disclosure requirements.The Commission has proposed that financial market participants, when marketing financial products as environmentally sustainable investments, be required to report how and to what extent the taxonomy criteria have been used to determine their sustainability. Nathan Fabian, chief responsible investment officer at the Principles for Responsible Investment and rapporteur for the TEG’s taxonomy section, said: “The taxonomy would be a major step forward for sustainable investing as it is first time that standards on climate mitigation, adaptation and other environmental objectives would be incorporated into financial disclosure obligations.“There is a global need for clarity on what economic activities are sustainable”Nathan Fabian, chief responsible investment officer, PRI “There is a global need for clarity on what economic activities are sustainable. As the biggest effort globally, the EU taxonomy can influence global capital flows to sustainable assets and companies.”PensionsEurope, Europe’s occupational pension fund association, has described the taxonomy as “a useful tool”, for example as the basis for discussions with investment managers or providing information to members and beneficiaries. At a recent event in Brussels, an official from the Commission addressed concerns expressed by PensionsEurope that the taxonomy could lead to pressure on pension funds to invest or divest from certain sectors or companies.The deadline for feedback is 22 February. Only feedback provided through its dedicated surveys would be taken into account, the TEG said. Interest in participating in the workshops needed to be registered by 4 January.The surveys can be accessed here.last_img read more

  • Mr. George William Harlow

    first_imgMr. George William Harlow, age 83, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on June 21, 1933, in Carroll County, Kentucky, the son of the late, William Robert and Lucinda Elizabeth (Wilson) Harlow. He was raised in Ohio and Switzerland County and attended school at Cass Union in Ohio County, Indiana. George was united in marriage on May 17, 1957 at the Rising Sun United Methodist Church in Rising Sun, Indiana, to the late, Faye Anderson. George and Faye shared 42 years of marriage together until Faye passed away on April 26, 1999. George was employed for Iron Workers Local 372 in Cincinnati, Ohio, retiring in 1995 where he was a 60 year member. George resided in the Switzerland County community most of his life. George enjoyed watching westerns, reading western novels, listening to old country music and mowing his yard. George will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. George passed away at 6:25 pm, Thursday, January 19, 2017, at his residence in Vevay, Indiana.George will be dearly missed by his sons: Ricky Darrell Harlow of Aberdeen, IN, Buster Harlow of Vevay, IN, George “J.R.” Harlow, III. of Aberdeen, IN, George “Buster” Harlow, Jr. of East Enterprise, IN, Barry Glenn Harlow of Austin, IN and Tommy Lee Harlow of Scottsburg, IN; his daughters: Debbie Ann Rogge of Bossier City, LA, Marsha Kay Harry of Lexington, IN, Bonnie Lou Meyers of Columbus, IN and Jo Ann Griffith of Hawaii; his several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sisters: Shirley Tingle of Vevay, IN and Mary Jane Kincaid of East Enterprise, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: William Robert and Lucinda Elizabeth (Wilson) Harlow; his wife: Faye (Anderson) Harlow, died April 26, 1999; his son: Gary Dean Hill, died September 5, 1998; his daughter: Rebecca Mae “Becky” Harlow, died February 24, 2016; his granddaughter: Jamie Lynn Harlow, died October 10, 2013 and his grandson: Danny Johnson.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Bro. Anthony Wilks at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Aberdeen, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

  • Green flag flies for Dacotah Speedway’s 30th anniversary season

    first_imgThey race side-by-side briefly before Hanson took the lead with five laps to go. Hanson pulled away to win ahead of Reed. He passed Olheiser for the lead and quickly pulled away. As the laps wound down, Jason Wolla passed Keller for third place and started to chase down Olheiser. However, Wolla ran out of time as Strand cruised to victory.   After winning the last two Sport Compact season openers, Andy Reed started on the pole. A couple of complete restarts regrouped the field before he pulled away. Brayden Urlacher and Hanson battled hard for second place before Hanson cleared Urlacher and chased down Reed for the lead. MANDAN, N.D. (June 5) – Shawn Strand was the IMCA Modified winner and Braydee Hanson led the way to the Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers on the 30th annual opening night Friday at Dacotah Speedway. After a complete restart, Travis Olheiser and Strand raced side-by-side for the lead in the Modified feature as Jeremy Keller lurked in third. An early race caution reset the field and on the restart Strand found speed along the high side.last_img read more

  • Aspiring Attorney Kim Kardashian Helps Free South Florida Man From Prison

    first_imgA South Florida man will soon be free after spending more than 20 years in prison for a federal drug charge.His release was made possible by a Texas attorney with the help of reality TV star Kim Kardashian-West.Jeffrey Stringer from Miami was arrested in West Palm Beach in the late 90’s.He was supposed to spend his life in jail, but now he has a second chance.Kardashian-West has made criminal justice reform her mission after securing the release of Alabama grandmother Alice Johnson from prison with the help of Persident Trump.Kardashian event went to the White House last year to meet with President Trump to ask for his support.In the meantime, she’s helped free 17 people from federal prison over the last three months.

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  • Florida Authorities Warn of Road Rage Among Mating Alligators

    first_imgOfficials in one part of Florida are telling residents to be on the lookout not only for aggressive drivers on the road, but for alligators with that attitude.The message came after a nine-foot gator had to be removed from a road in Manatee County on Friday.The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office warned motorists that we are in that time of year when alligators are mating and may therefore be more mobile and aggressive.They posted:Courtesy: Manatee County Sheriff’s Office/FacebookA male gator measuring 9 feet, 2 inches was removed from a roadway after it was spotted “being aggressive with traffic.”Sheriff’s deputies relocated him to an alligator farm.Wildlife officials add that the Florida mating season begins in early April and could continue into June.last_img

  • Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) postpone Tri-Nations Football tournament

    first_imgKampala: The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has postponed the Tri-Nations Football tournament that was scheduled to take place on March 17-21 in Kampala. Ahmed Hussein, the Communications Manager of the football body, confirmed the development on Sunday evening, reports Xinhua news agency. “We shall now have the tournament on March 24-28,” added Hussein. He added that they have had to push the tournament by a week because of the current challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and also to give the other teams time to prepare.The Tri-Nations tournament to be played at the Ugandan National Stadium will attract hosts Uganda, Mali and Zambia. The three teams will use the tournament to prepare for the 2020 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) slated for April 4-25 in Cameroon.Although the tournament has been pushed forward, Uganda’s head coach Johnathan McKinstry said he will continue preparing the team. “We need the players to get the cohesion which is very important,” added the coach.Some countries in Africa like Rwanda, South Sudan, Morocco, and Algeria have suspended football matches because of the impact of the coronavirus. The Uganda Premier League and the knock Out Uganda Cup matches have all continued to be played despite the threat of the coronavirus. IANSAlso Read: Coronavirus: Cricket tourneys, volleyball meet postponed Also Watch: BJP city committee organizes Coronavirus awareness programme in Guwahati on Monday.last_img read more