April 2016 Credit Union Trends Report from CUNA Mutual Group

first_imgThe Credit Union Trends Report is a monthly “pulse check” on the state of the credit union marketplace, often placed in a historical context. The report is published and distributed by Steven Rick from CUNA Mutual Group. View Steven’s biography.April 2016Credit union loan balances rose 0.3% in February, equal to the pace reported in February 2015, and 10.4% during the last 12 months.Credit union savings balances surged 2.1% in February, slightly above the 2.0% gain reported in February 2015, due to the seasonal factors of tax refunds and bonuses.The credit union industry’s average loan net charge-off rate plateaued around its “natural” long run rate of 0.5% in 2015. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Carmelo Anthony can’t fix the Trail Blazers, but he can rewrite the final chapter of his legacy

first_imgAt his introductory news conference in Oklahoma City, Carmelo Anthony was asked about potentially coming off the bench for the Thunder, something he had never done in the NBA to that point. Anthony dismissed the question before the reporter could finish, saying “Who me?” The room filled with laughter, and Anthony moved on without a second thought.After the Thunder’s 2018 first-round exit, Anthony answered the same question, but no one laughed. “I’m not sacrificing no bench role,” he said. That offseason, he was traded by the Thunder, waived by the Hawks and signed by the Rockets. Anthony lasted just 10 games in Houston, unexpectedly ending his tenure with a 1-of-11 shooting night against his old Thunder teammates on Nov. 8, 2018.MORE: Why is Carmelo wearing 00 jersey instead of No. 7?One year and 11 days later, Anthony is preparing to return to the court as a member of the Trail Blazers. He will wear No. 00, per the team’s release announcing the signing, and it’s a fitting choice. With a respectable showing in Portland, each zero can help erase the previous two stops in his Hall of Fame career.To be clear, Anthony is not coming to save a 5-9 Blazers team, one that has lost seven of its last 10 games entering Tuesday night’s contest against the Pelicans. This can be viewed as a desperation deal. The Blazers are down Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins to injury in the frontcourt, so coach Terry Stotts has been forced to throw forwards like journeyman Anthony Tolliver and rookie Nassir Little into the starting lineup. It would be unreasonable to believe a 35-year-old who is well past his prime can suddenly change the playoff picture in a rugged Western Conference.But there’s reason for optimism: Desperation is one hell of a motivator. Unlike when he suddenly went into exile with the Rockets, Anthony knows this could be the final chapter of his legacy. He is signed to a one-year contract worth $2.15 million, only if he remains on the roster beyond his guarantee date in January, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania — similar to the deal Dwight Howard signed with the Lakers.”I just look at that opportunity, that team, and say, ‘Look, this is what I can bring to the team, this is where I can help,'” Anthony said in a video explaining his decision to join the Trail Blazers. “It will only work if all parties see it the same way. What happened before is the past. I can’t dwell on that. I learn from that.”This happened at a point in time in my life where I do have a lot of clarity and understanding of different situations and just life and my approach is totally different.”Anthony isn’t going to fix a bottom-10 defense. He won’t turn Hassan Whiteside into a dynamic pick-and-roll man, or Kent Bazemore into a sharpshooter. Portland’s problems go well beyond the mythical idea of “Olympic Melo.” At most, Anthony will be a true role player, a release valve for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum as they draw plenty of attention on the offensive end. Here’s the thing: Simply doing that might be enough for Melo to eventually leave the game in a positive light. The “where I can help” attitude and willingness to take a step back would certainly be a better final image than one of a player incapable of recognizing his limitations or sacrificing for the team. (That label hasn’t always been fair to Anthony, by the way).Throw in the occasional jab step here and a pull-up jumper there — again, occasional — and Anthony can remind fans why he was such a captivating star with the Nuggets and Knicks. It might not be a full tour a la Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki, but the Trail Blazers gave Anthony an opportunity to rewrite his ending, and potentially leave on his own terms.He would be wise to make the most of it.last_img read more

JCP&L Faulty Wire Causes Red Bank Power Outage

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Amy Hanbury, general manager of DoubleTake consignment boutique, talking about the loud bangs, smoke and flames on Broad Street that resulted in the loss of power and business for some on Sunday afternoon, describing it as “crazy.”“The worst part was the smoke,” Hanbury said, noting how it billowed out of the contained belowground compartments on the sidewalks. Adding to the confusion, police blocked off the stretch of Broad Street in the area of St. James Roman Catholic Church from pedestrians and prevented Hanbury, employees and customers from leaving or entering the 97 Broad St. shop. “So, it was time to go,” and Hanbury closed the shop early.At about 3:10 p.m. on Sunday, Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) received the first call about disruption in service that ultimately affected 260 Red Bank area customers, according to Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesman.“We had a crew respond by 3:30 (p.m.),” Morano said. And the crew found that a secondary wire located in what Morano called a “hand-hole” (less than 4-feet deep that holds electrical wires), on the sidewalk in the Broad Street/Canal Street area, in the immediate proximity of Red Bank Catholic High School, had experienced a fault.A secondary wire is one that feeds into a service point and provides electric to individual customers, he explained.The fault “resulted in that wire burning,” causing smoke in that hand-hole and another one in the area, Morano said.The electric company has not determined what caused the fault and is still investigating. Power was restored to all but 10 customers by approximately 9:30 p.m. Crews worked through Sunday night and the remaining 10 customers had their power restored by 6 a.m., Monday, Morano said.The hand-holes contain only wires and no other equipment was damaged, Morano said.Police detoured traffic in the area and closed the sidewalks to pedestrians for approximately 90 minutes, along with evacuating St. James Roman Catholic Church and one Broad Street business, said Police Chief Darren McConnell.There were no injuries and no property damage with the exception to JCP&L’s belowground pit, McConnell said.While aboveground equipment, such as downed wires and malfunctioning transformers can be regular occurrences, “I’ve never seen anything like it before,” with electric underground equipment malfunctioning, McConnell observed. “But JCP&L was there quickly and were able to isolate the outages to a small area.”Marie Ventralla, general manager of oneblowdrybar salon, 116 Broad St., was the business that had to be evacuated. She said there were a series of six explosions, flames and “a lot of smoke,” from the holes, which unnerved employees and customers. “It was kind of wild,” she observed, and led to closing the salon for the day and disappointing clients with appointments.“It was weird. The manhole cover blew,” and flames were visible, said Harrison Bern, the manager on duty at the time at Earth Pizza restaurant, 95 Broad St.“I’m not going to argue the definition of ‘explosion,’ ” Morano said, but conceded, “granted, when the fault occurred there was probably some type of loud noise, “and “there very well could have been a flame.”That being said, Morano insisted, “Our equipment did not explode.”Explosion or not Sunday’s event led school officials to close Red Bank Catholic and St. James Elementary school on Monday and cancel early Mass services on Monday, as a precaution, even though the schools and church didn’t lose power, according to Red Bank Catholic’s school office.last_img read more

Mater Dei Seraph Fund Stands at $962,000

first_imgFollowing Saturday night’s gala at which $95,000 was raised, the Save the Seraphs Fund now stands at $962,000. The goal is to raise $1 million.Elizabeth Wulfhorst, public relations chairwoman for the Save the Seraphs Fundraising committee, said that the money came from ticket sales, raffles, silent auction items and even sales of Mater Dei Prep Pandora bracelet charms at its gala at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands, which drew a crowd of 455 people, including NBC News’ Brian Williams.With this momentum, hitting the $1 million goal seems within reach, said Wulfhorst.“We’re so excited. It means basically we can move forward,” she said in an interview Sunday evening. “The million dollars is what we need to get to be financially viable.”The fund has about $350,000 in cash donations, and the balance in pledges. It recently acquired 501(c)(3) status. “Now we’re going to start turning those pledges into donations,” she said.She declined to identify who the big donors are, saying that the school treasures all of the donations the campaign has received. “We’ve had a lot of generous donors,” she said.The school community is striving to raise $1 million to close a funding gap, or face closure in its 50th year as a regional parochial high school in Middletown, NJ.— By Muriel J. Smith and Christina Johnsonlast_img read more

Overjoyed Adkins hails Saints fans after vital win against QPR

first_imgNigel Adkins paid tribute to Southampton’s players and fans after his side’s 3-1 triumph at fellow strugglers QPR.First-half goals from Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon put the visitors in control and a late own goal by Anton Ferdinand sealed their victory.The Saints boss said: “It was a good performance again for us. I’m delighted with the three points and it shows a good growing maturity among the players to come away from home and win.“We had a good defensive shape and there’s a confidence growing all the time. The players are having a right go and so are the supporters.“Our supporters were outstanding again and have backed the players to the hilt.“Everyone’s working hard. We’ve come a long way in a short period of time. The players have put a good shift in again.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

TED Curator Chris Anderson On The Conference’s Past, Present & Future

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#education#Future Tech#international#Interviews#research#TED#YouTube TED, the international conference known for tackling “ideas worth spreading” just topped a billion views for its videos. That’s a billion with a “b.”That milestone didn’t just happen on its own – TED has been gathering momentum online for a decade.The first step came in 2001, when TED’s current curator Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation took over and turned the company into a nonprofit organization. Five years later, in 2006, an experiment to post six TED-talk videos online led to the birth of a viral phenomenon. Today, these videos are watched globally, and the speakers behind them are some of the most influential people in their fields, working to share insight on issues not often seen by the general public. But with TED’s enormous success has also come criticsim and charges of elitism. Among other things, TED has taken heat for claiming to be for the masses, yet charging exorbitant ticket prices for attendance. And these days, even TED has competition. I had the chance to speak with Anderson about TED, from answering the critics to what it  took to get here, where TED is going, and the role of technology in the developing world. Anderson, an idea man born in a small village in Pakistan to missionary parents, stressed his desire to serve social change, the future of media companies and how technology is unifying us and creating a level playing field:READWRITE: TED just went over a billion views on its videos. Tell me what it meant to get here and what that means for you as the curator and the founder of the brand.CHRIS ANDERSON: Everyone here is thrilled about that milestone. We never dreamed it would get this big, this fast. What’s surprising is that the reason it’s happened. It’s not like there’s any big giant marketing budget or anything like that driving it. It’s more been through word-of-mouth. Through online word-of-mouth. Largely email referrals, sharing and more recently social media, Facebook as well. So that’s the thrilling part. There are enough curious people in the world that are getting excited about learning to the point where they’ll watch something and then pass it on to their friends and family. I just find that exciting. RW: Tell me when the first TED talk was and how you got the word out there and that first push.ANDERSON: We put six talks out in June of 2006. It was a small media team that tried to find a way to get TED out there. Early on our thoughts were let’s put these out in a way that they’re well-shot, they’re well-edited and they capture the drama of what the audience feels live. It’s a modern campfire experience. So, eyes locked onto a speaker. Not the boring, traditional association people certainly brought with them, of a guy stuck behind a podium in the distance. Communication is much more dramatic than that, so video has to reflect that. We certainly felt that. And then we only put up six talks as an experiment and just shared the links with a few blogs. And it took off from there to our pride and crossing our fingers. We were really excited by the response to these initial talks. Not just in the numbers but people reacting to them in email back to us, instead of being ripped by them, you know laughed, shared and wept, and that was a surprise. It was amazing they worked. RW: Who gave the first talk and how many talks have their been total?ANDERSON: The six we launched on the first day, that included what is still today the number one talk. Ken Robinson’s talk on education and a talk by Hans Rossling on showing why our conception of the developing world is wrong. There are now 1,400 or so talks posted. RW: And those are just official TED events. That’s not counting TEDx, correct?ANDERSON: Those are talks posted on our site. So some of them include TEDx or best of the other conferences on our site. But the majority of them are from our own events, yes. And it doesn’t include the 25,000 other TEDx talks that are up on YouTube.RW: Tell me who’s one of your favorite guests, a best guest, and who was a worst guest? Or a worst speaker?ANDERSON: I don’t know if you can quote me on the worst but there’s been some flops. And there’s so many favorites. I love best talks that give you a mental shift. They just make you see the world differenrly. Everything from David Deutsch who’s given a couple of talks. The way he thinks really appeals to me. Ken Robinson himself, changed a lot of peoples minds on how to think about education and how we have to figure out a better path before it all falls. I’m a fan of so many talks. Barry Schwartz who had the talk of the paradox of choice. He says that too much choice is actually not necessarily good for us. RW: Can you tell me, without insulting past speakers, maybe some flops, or at least the subject matter you didn’t like?CA: Well, I think there were people who way overshot their time slot and were gently nudged, pushed off the stage. There have been people who have been given, had their say, talks that were full of ego rather than insight. And there’s a favorite instance, of a celebrity who was hissed off the stage because of the ego. The ego-to-insight ratio was just way out of whack. As they say, not all the talks are good, but at least the bad ones are short.  Looking AheadRW: Now that you’ve gotten such a big name and created such a big, relatively mainstream brand, what are the goals going forward?ANDERSON: The number one focus is just keep up research ongreat ideas. The world is often described in terms of events and political upheaval and so forth. We view the world through the development of knowledge. The truth is human knowledge is growing at a spectacular rate. There’s amazing discoveries every year and the vast majority of them are completely invisible to most of us. That I think is something of a tragedy. Because the ideas are out there. They could fix our problems, it’s just that they’re not easily accessed. So, literally the number one goal is keep on finding those people and figure out how to make their work accessible.RW: Do you have a roadmap?ANDERSON: I often say that we do not have a roadmap. I think a five-year roadmap for TED, or a five-year roadmap for anything, in the fast changing world that we’re in, sounds to be a flawed document. What we do have is a compass. Our compass is our mission statement and then first a strategy, a sense of openeness. When we want to get something done instead of seeking ourselves, we seek to empower the people to do it. We give away our best stuff so people can do it for us. So that whole TEDx thing that has happened in the last three years. We’ve given away our brand and allowed pre-licenses to people around the world to hold their own event. To the point that there are now six or seven every day held somewhere. It’s vastly increased the number of people who can go to a conference. Instead of in California, 1,000 people spending $7,500, around the world there are 800,000 plus people who have spent less than $100 to go to one of these events. It’s really democratized TED and that’s thrilling. My whole genuine philosophy is how to open this thing up and make it available to anyone.Is TED Elitist?RW: Some would say that the price point for a ticket makes TED elitist. What’s your take on that?ANDERSON: The business model is that the profits made from the main conference are used to fund the rest of what we do. So the whole free distribution of ideas online (the TED Foundation) and the opening up of TEDx, none of that would have been possible without a successful concept where people were willing to pay lots of money. So, it’s true that not everyone can come and afford to go that. But even if we cut the price to zero, it’s not like everyone else could go. It would just make the waiting list that much longer. So we’re doing what we can do. One, give away the content, and two, give away the brand. Which makes it kind of hard to make the charge of elitism stick, I think. It’s absolutely the opposite of what TED is doing. TED is taking knowledge and making it as widely available as possible. On Publishing And MediaRW: I know you have a background in the news business and publishing. Where do you see that business going?ANDERSON: Speaking broadly, attention is always going to be one of the world’s most valuable commodities. From attention everything else flows. Every decision that anyone makes come from a point of attention. So it’s always going to be an incredibly important business. How it is won, how it is monetized is in total flux right now. And I think that a lot of the traditional models of paying a large number of people a lot of money to write, when there are millions of people who are willing to write for free, many of them very insightfully, that is a problem. I think media owners need to grasp how to move their talent up a notch to a level of inspring, identifying, coaching, empowering other writers. Because the overall model is broken. Technology And The Developing WorldRW: You were born in Pakistan. Do you think technology creates a level playing field for the developing world?ANDERSON: I absolutely do. I grew up in a village in Pakistan in my early years. Kids I grew up with, most of them are probably grinding out a life of poverty somewhere. The main reason I’m not is because of education. My parents could afford to get me fully educated.RW: What’s different there now? ANDERSON: The kid in that village right now is going to have access to a cellphone within the next few years, if they don’t already. Through which they can be eyeball to eyeball with the worlds great futures, and basically have a shot at realizing their full human potential. It’s a game changer, it’s really exciting, and I think we have already seen many instances where they’re leapfrogging what we’re doing in the West because of the pace of learning. RW: Who would you like to see present at TED in the future, and when can I give a talk?ANDERSON: Well, you can pitch me anytime. We have found that the best people, often, are the people completely under the radar. It’s not big names, it’s people you’d least suspect. This year we’ve been out around the world having open salons and invited people to talk. We’ve discovered about 30 truly amazing people that we’re bringing to California this year. I would say right now, they are the people I’m most excited to bring to the TED space. They’re going to blow people away.RW: And these are under the radar folk? Can you give any background to them?ANDERSON: It’s everything from an obscure academic in Australia to a 14-year-old boy in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s a really wide variety of people inspiring brilliance – intriguing people we can all learn from.Photo courtesy of TED Conference. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… adam popescu Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Uyloan says D-League stint with Cignal ‘rejuvenated’ his career

first_imgJonathan Uyloan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Jonathan Uyloan playing somewhere else is better than not playing at all.With Meralco set to put him in the reserve list, the sharpshooting guard made the bold decision and asked the management to allow him to play for Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “I asked Meralco if I could play with Cignal and everything worked out well. Some people may think it’s a demotion, but for me, it’s a blessing. I have a contract with Meralco and I have a contract with Cignal. I was pretty much working two jobs,” he said.Turns out, it was the right move with Uyloan going as far as citing this stint with the Hawkeyes as one of the best decisions he’s ever made.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It was probably the best move of my career. It made me love basketball more,” he said. “I came from the PBL before, and I was a practice player for Rain or Shine. The move helped me go back to where I came from. I wasn’t the superstar, I had to work my way up, so going back to Cignal rejuvenated my basketball career.”Suiting up in time for the playoffs, Uyloan averaged 8.0 points on a 39 percent shooting from threes, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as he became a valuable contributor for Cignal’s back-to-back title wins in the developmental ranks. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But more than anything, what the Fil-Am guard treasures more is the chance to be with this group of guys, a mix of veteran campaigners and aspiring amateurs, all seeking to make it to the PBA.“It was great, being around with guys who are hungry to get better in basketball and are trying to make it to the PBA. I’m happy to help out and show that it all starts with integrity and hardwork first. And it all paid off,” he said.With this short stint now over, Uyloan is positive that he has made a good account of himself as he returns to the Bolts.“I just hope that they see that wherever I’m at, I’ll work hard. With Rain or Shine, I was able to win a championship for the first time. And then, when I was with GlobalPort, that team went to the semifinals for the first time. With Meralco, we made it to the Finals for the first time. Then here in Cignal, we became back-to-back champions. Every team I’ve been on, it’s been a blessing,” he said.“I don’t know what it is. But I just know that where I come from, it’s all hard work and you got to show it in every team you go. Every part of the team is valuable and whatever they bring individually, collectively, it’s going to be great.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READcenter_img Emotional Morrison wins gold in taekwondo, avenges teammate’s loss View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

18 days agoChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: This is where I belong

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: This is where I belongby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi says he made the right decision staying with Chelsea.The 18-year-old penned a five-year contract recently after previously trying to force through a move to Bayern Munich.”The club have done so much for me and I’m so thankful for that,” he told BBC Sport.”The decision that I made was a very good one for me and my family. We all thought that it was the right club to be at.”I’ve been here all my life, so there’s no need to change yet. My mum and dad are happy where they are and I’m happy where I am.” last_img

Bailee Madison Opens Her Closet For Alexs Lemonade Stand

first_imgBailee Madison (known for her roles on Just Go With It, Once Upon a Time, and most recently on ABC Family’s The Fosters) has teamed up with Closets for Causes to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer.BAILEE MADISON OPENS HER CLOSET FOR CHARITYThe young actress is donating eight vintage dresses from her 14th birthday party. In attendance was Bailee’s long time friend and former X Factor contestant, Rachel Crow. The singer wore a vintage pink lace dress that Bailee picked out for her which is available in the sale as well.Video: Bailee Madison Opens Her Closet for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation“I’m so happy to partner with Closets For Causes where I can continue to support Alex and her family to raise awareness of childhood cancer one lemonade stand at a time.” says Bailee about Alex’s Lemonade Stand.Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501c3 charity, has raised more than $75 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 375 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.“It has been an honor to have the continuing, and unwavering, support of Bailee Madison,” said Liz Scott, Co-Executive Director of the Foundation and Alex’s mom. “Serving as the Foundation’s National Youth Spokesperson, Bailee has gone above and beyond the call of duty, hosting her own lemonade stands, attending Foundation events, visiting hospitals on our behalf, and now opening her own closet for the cause. As is evidenced through her immense support, she is making an impact in the battle against childhood cancer.”Bailee talked about her birthday party, vintage dresses and donating the pieces to Alex’s Lemonade Stand when she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno late last year. The video can be seen here.Along with the eight vintage dresses that will be auctioned off, Bailee is also offering a uniquely curated experience for one lucky bidder; a chance to meet Bailee and have lunch with her in Los Angeles.Bailee’s auction will be live on closetsforcauses.com on Monday August 25th at 10 am PST.last_img read more