We all feel the strain of keeping up with the changing times. Many credit union CEOs agree that attracting and retaining members is one of the top three challenges that credit unions face. In order to meet the ever-evolving needs of members, credit unions should rely on innovative solutions to add to their product portfolio. Innovation plays a crucial role in the credit union industry, which is why we recognize ingenuity and inventiveness through the NAFCU Services Innovation Awards. This year’s winners have created outstanding innovations that help credit unions thrive in an increasingly saturated financial services market. They are:Insuritas. The InsureNOW™ product was designed for credit unions with large member bases, big data CIF/CRM capabilities, and high member affinity levels. InsureNOW™ allows credit unions to provide highly customized, concierge-level insurance offers to their indirect borrowers at the very moment when the member intends to shop for insurance. The most innovative part of InsureNOW™ identifies insurance policy renewal dates for each member and generates targeted, automated pre-populated e-engagement communication to these indirect borrowers 30 days before their insurance policy renews.DDJ Myers. The Board Performance Assessment was developed to meet the need to support credit union boards. The assessment is designed to guide boards in reaching their highest level of performance, and create a high standard of excellence between board and CEO, one of the most critical interactions within the credit union. The innovation lies in the assessment’s ability to make boards more cohesive and pinpoint critical areas where improvements could be made.Burns-Fazzi, Brock. Their Executive Benefits Learning Series helps credit unions understand effective methods for executive compensation and benefits to help recruit, retain, and reward their executive team. Complex topics in executive benefits and compensation are broken down into tax, accounting, legal, regulatory compliance, funding, and administrative concepts allowing credit unions to increase their knowledge and gain free practical advice. The innovative series consists of monthly, free live webinars which are recorded and archived for future reference. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
From family feuds to corporate conflicts, when people find themselves in difficult disputes, they often turn to mediation. Manuals on effective mediation suggests that a mediator should listen attentively to each person involved and express empathy with their viewpoints, no matter how different from one another they are. Mediators are advised to avoid appearing to favor the ideas of one side, and to make each person involved feel at ease and confident that they are being understood. Establishing this rapport is a commonly espoused “best practice” for gaining trust and facilitating conflict resolution. Indeed, surveys of professional mediators confirm that they commonly adopt these recommended tactics.Surprisingly, however, new research that my colleagues and I conducted suggests that, to effectively help people resolve their conflicts, mediators should adopt a hostile attitude rather than a calming one. A hostile mediator, we find, induces better results than a nice one. Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >
The Bradbury Science Museum presented the internationally touring musical based on the science, life and discoveries of Marie Curie in its New Mexico premiere Friday evening at Fuller Lodge. From growing up in Russian occupied Poland, where the higher education of women was a punishable crime, to rocking the world as the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, Curie Me Away! is the radical story of a persistent woman who changed our understanding of the universe. The historically based narrative and original songs underscore core chemistry concepts including compounds and reactions, groupings on the periodic table, transmutation and radioactive half-life. Courtesy photoScene from the puppet show that was part of the ‘Curie Me Away’ Matheatre Friday at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionEducation secretary needs to step upWith thousands of students in poor rural areas and poor urban areas,and students who are homeless, unable to have computers or access to WiFi, where is our secretary of Education?Isn’t this the person who should be making sure that ALL students are educated during a pandemic, which has lasted now for over 6 months. We realize private schools, charter schools and parochial schools are her first priority, but these are also children, and they are in need.Sally MagidSchenectadyChange to ethics law a GOP political ployIt is my sincere hope that my fellow residents of Glenville are paying attention to Supervisor Chris Koetzle and the Republican-majority town board’s proposed amendment to the town’s ethics law to be voted on at the Oct. 7 board meeting.The proposed change would restrict town employees from holding jobs with other governments, a clearly partisan ploy targeted at current Councilman Mike Godlewski and Scotia’s superintendent of public works, Andrew Kohout, who launched a nearly successful bid for a council seat in 2019.Both Godlewski and Kohout are Democrats. But in targeting these two individuals, this law would also prohibit state employees and other public sector workers from holding elected office in Glenville, despite paying taxes and utilizing services like the rest of the community.More than 20% of the Capital Region workforce is made up of state employees. So this proposed ethics law would effectively disenfranchise one in five Glenville residents.Selecting and voting for elected officials is the job of the town’s residents, not the town board or town supervisor. It is a shame that the town Republicans are so scared to let their hold on the board slip that they have resorted to rewriting the rules.I hope this community will remember this brazen disregard for democratic procedures when these officials are up for reelection.Sarah BradleyScotiaSpa’s government works. Why change?What has made Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the place to live? The answer: since 1915, Saratoga’s residents have had direct access to the commissioners who govern our city.This unity created the city we all enjoy today while maintaining its historical charm. The residents have one governing body where they bring ideas benefiting the whole city.The proposed charter changes would divide the city into wards known as the “Inner East Side,” “North Side, “Outer East Side,” “South Side,” “West Side,” and “South West Side.” Wards having their own elected council people.These wards are known to become competitive and exist to promote their respective turf.Imagine, the city’s great benefactors speaking to six ward councils, in order to win over their approval for a project not in their ward.I hope anyone contemplating abolishing a system of government that has worked for over 100 years will vote down this proposed fragmented and expensive structure.It’s wrong to change what has worked so well over the many years. The present city form of government has welcomed many new residents and deserves the support of everyone, vote No for charter change.M. Thomas PorterSaratoga Springs Online lettersCommenters to online letters who fail to follow rules against name-calling, profanity, threats, libel or other inappropriate language will have their comments removed and their commenting privileges withdrawn.To report inappropriate online comments, email Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at email@example.com.More from The Daily Gazette:Capital Region COVID-19 Tracker for Monday, Oct. 12, by countyHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEverything new from The Daily Gazette Wednesday, Oct. 14Capital Region COVID-19 Tracker for Wednesday, Oct. 14, by county Pro-lifer backers only support life in wombWouldn’t it be great if the so-called pro-lifers, who are salivating at the thought of another stolen Supreme Court seat, loved you as much when you’re out of the womb as they apparently love you when you’re in the womb?Frank PalmeriSchenectadyCall on senators to reject SCOTUS voteI hate this Supreme Court frenzy. Eight months before the 2016 election, GOP senators screamed there could be no nomination until after inauguration.But this month, only weeks before the 2020 election, they are silent. Despite their hypocrisy, most Americans agree there should be no nomination now.To do so completely ignores the spirit of the Constitution and disrespects the role of the people to shape our government.There are less than 40 days left before Nov. 3. Early voting or absentee voting has already begun in many states, including Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming.If the Senate still functioned as originally intended, all senators would refuse to entertain a nomination now. But our constitutional checks and balances are gone.Rather than the House and Senate working as a unit independent of the president, the GOP-led Senate and president have aligned to consolidate power and debilitate Congress.And now President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seek to subsume the Supreme Court, too.The PEOPLE are now the last vestige of our checks and balance system. Call your senators daily at 202-225-3121.They need to know you reject any nomination before inauguration.Nicole V. ClarkeHagaman
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DolWin beta, the offshore HVDC platform that will connect three offshore wind farms in the German part of the North Sea, is now anchored and ballasted to the seabed, Aibel has announced on its social media pages. The operation of moving the platform to its fixed position at sea started on Saturday evening at 6.30 p.m. It was completed on Monday morning at 5.20 a.m.“Moving a platform the size of Dolwin Beta from the rig at the quay to a fixed position at the North Sea Hall is a complicated and demanding operation. Still, everything went according to plan,” Aibel commented on the job successfully done.The platform will receive alternating current from wind farms, and convert it into direct current before sending it onshore via subsea cables. It has separate living quarters for 24 people, a helipad and two lifting cranes.Check out the gallery:Offshore WIND Staff, September 02, 2014; Image: Aibel (Øyvind Sætre)
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GAC already has 11 other sites strategically located from Oslo northwards to Spitsbergen in the Arctic Circle.Gunnar Lundgren, GAC’s regional logistics manager for Europe, says GAC’s geographical expansion in Norway has been driven by increased business opportunities from existing and new customers: “We expect to see a continuous positive trend in the Norwegian market, with greater demand for shipping and logistics services – especially from clients involved in oil and gas operations,” he said.Logistics manager, Alexander Olsen, will manage the new office.
The first day of the conference, on April 22, will be hosted by Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) representative and producer of The Shipping Podcast, Lena Göthberg. Topics include global trends and economic impacts on breakbulk; sustainability in the industry’s logistics chain; the realities of implementing digital processes; and a series of roundtable discussions on growth areas and opportunities in the industry. The second day of the conference will feature talks on Incoterms 2020 as well as a session on smart ports focusing on technology and innovation for breakbulk projects. The event will close with several roundtable discussions on subjects such as delivering client-focussed logistics, renewable energy, connectivity in breakbulk, mining and minerals, and hinterland connections. www.antwerpxl.com
In its struggle for survival in the face of successive and impending legal aid cuts, Hackney Community Law Centre has some stalwart allies. It hosted a reception in the House of Lords last week to thank its supporters. Two of its patrons, Lord Low of Dalston and the MP for Hackney, Diane Abbott, spoke about the damaging impact the cuts will have on the ability of law centres to help the estimated 650,000 people who will no longer be entitled to civil legal aid, and even on its ability to stay afloat. Its chairman Ian Rathbone advised the justice secretary Ken Clarke (who was not present) – or Lord Hush Puppy, as he called him – to look to Scotland for a workable legal aid system. In the meantime, the law centre has come up with a scheme more cunning than a Tutorial in Cunning by Professor Cunning Fox of Cunning College, Cambridge. It has appointed Hackney-born actor and presenter Tony Robinson, aka Baldrick, the scruffy sidekick to BBC’s Edmund Blackadder, as one of its trustees. The good people of Hackney should not give up hope.