Align your vision and strategy to fulfill your mission

first_img continue reading » Fresh off a recent strategic planning session with the board of directors, Financial Partners Credit Union President/CEO Nader Moghaddam walked into a meeting involving every manager in the organization.He witnessed something enviable: Philosophical, cultural, and financial alignment.“Everybody’s aligned in the correct way so we can all row in the same direction,” Moghaddam tells the CUNA News Podcast. “That alignment is key—as in any endeavor—if we’re going to be successful in delivering on our mission or vision, which is building lifetime financial partnerships with our members.“That means making sure our vision is aligned with our strategy, which is aligned with our business plans, which is aligned with our budgets, which is aligned with individual goals,” adds Moghaddam, chair of the CUNA CEO Council. “We need to have a clear line from our vision to what a teller, phone center representative, or mortgage consultant is doing.” 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Long Island Mosque Tackles Radicalization with Message of Hope

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In what could be considered a call to action for Long Island Muslims, a prominent Imam from Egypt on Friday encouraged the congregation at a Westbury mosque to rise above the challenges facing the community amid a rise of both Islamophobia and extremism.“We know as good practicing Muslims we should not bury our heads in the sand,” Sheikh Ibrahim Negm, visiting scholar from Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, told the congregation at the Islamic Center of Long Island during his sermon on Friday. “Rather, we should rise to meet the difficult challenges we are facing.”Negm, an advisor to the Grand Mufti of Egypt, has headlined a three-day lecture series at the ICLI this week that concludes Saturday night.Titled “Upholding Moderation & Resisting Radicalization,” the series hopes to reach out to young people and anyone else in the community disheartened by anti-Muslim rhetoric whipping through the media and American politics.The ICLI, which last year launched an interfaith institute, has spearheaded efforts to address Islamophobia with educational services and events that focus on religious solidarity. The mosque has also been instrumental in addressing misconceptions about the religion and has vocally condemned attacks by bloodthirsty extremists groups like the self-proclaimed Islamic State.Muslims are often criticized for not doing enough to impede a person’s path toward radicalization. The ICLI is taking the proactive step of addressing the issue by empowering those within the community.In an interview, Negm said the purpose of his sermon was to present a framework that the community can use to be more involved. He admitted that he does not have all the answers.As someone who does not live in the community, Negm said, “I cannot suggest practical steps” but rather a “framework” that will guide congregants forward.“We are facing…whether we are talking about this part of the world or globally, we are facing imminent challenges as Muslims,” Negm told the packed mosque.He reminded Islam’s adherents that such speed bumps are ingrained in the religion—tests that every Muslim must confront.“We shall be visited with trial and tribulations,” Negm said, citing the Koran. He added, “Life on this planet Earth is a testing ground.”It’s normal for people to feel anguish over Islamophobic remarks, but it’s important not to fall into a state of despair, Negm explained.“Don’t get overwhelmed by what we are going through,” he added.Negm stopped short of instructing the community about how to act as a collective voice, opting instead to inspire change on a local level.“Are we doing the homework or are we just passing the buck?” he asked, rhetorically. “We should take ownership of the situation we are experiencing and see what we can do.”The third and final installment of the ICLI’s “Upholding Moderation & Resisting Radicalization” series is Saturday at 7:15 p.m. 835 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury.last_img read more

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Children’s Home Finalizes Purchase of Former Boys & Girls Club

first_imgThe purchase process was lengthy and COVID-19 had a significant impact on the plans, yet Children’s Home remains confident and excited about the long-term success of this extension of their Mission.  The facility will become the Southern Tier Community Center (STCC).  Nicole Post, a current Children’s Home employee, has been named STCC Director. She will oversee all programs taking place at the building moving forward. The agency says it’s committed to building a vibrant community center where youth and families can gather and partake in numerous activities and events.  The primary focus moving forward will be the School Age Child Care Programs (SACC) and summer programs along with opening the pool and multi-faceted aquatics program.  Future programs will be announced at a later date.  All inquiries regarding the STCC may be directed to stcc@chowc.org. It has been five months since the agency announced its intent to purchase the building in early December 2019. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Children’s Home has finalized the purchase on the former Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome County building.last_img read more

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Want to buy a Brisbane apartment? They just got $100,000 more expensive

first_imgIncredible views of the CBD from Brisbane’s tallest building in Margaret Street, ‘Skytower’.NORTH OF THE RIVER– 93 unconditional transactions with a weighted average price of $680,376– ‘Gallery House’ stages 1 and 2 had the most expensive off-the-plan apartments sold – The top sale was a four-bedroom penthouse apartment that sold in the $2.595m price bracket – The majority of sales during the quarter were between $350,000 and $450,000– At the end of the quarter, there were 699 apartments remaining for sale – There are 699 new apartments for sale throughout the precinct. A new report reveals the average sale price of a Brisbane apartment rose more than $100,000 in the September quarter.THE price of a new apartment in Brisbane is now at least $100,000 more expensive than it was only three months ago, surging to its highest level since before the global financial crisis.A new report from Place reveals the average sale price of a unit in the city during the September quarter was $790,489 — up 17 per cent on the previous quarter — driven by owner-occupier demand for high quality apartments.And sales have also more than doubled in that time, as the appetite for apartment living increases.The report found 368 apartments were sold during the three months to the end of September, totalling around $291 million. Inside one of the apartments in the second tower of Brookfield Residential Properties’ $271m project, ‘Gallery House’. ‘The Standard’ is a new residential project by Aria Property Group in South Brisbane. Image supplied by Aria Property Group. SOUTH OF THE RIVER CBD – 268 unconditional transactions with a weighted average price of $818,097 — the highest recorded weighted average sale price for the precinct since 2010– This was heavily influenced by Aria’s new development ‘The Standard’ in South Brisbane, which sold 234 apartments in the quarter– The majority of sales were between $750,000 and $900,000.– 772 apartments remain available for sale throughout the inner south precinct (Source: Place) ‘The Standard’ is a new residential project by Aria Property Group in South Brisbane. Image supplied by Aria Property Group.The number of new apartment projects being marketed in inner Brisbane continues to decline, with only 51 units being sold off-the-plan in the September quarter — down 10 per cent from the previous quarter.Mr Walker said that if sales volumes were to remain at current levels, all available supply would be absorbed by the end of 2019.Of the 8,433 new apartments currently in the market, the Place report found 79 per cent have been purchased and 45 per cent have recently completed construction. By the end of this year, 59 per cent of all available off-the-plan product will have been built, increasing to 86 per cent by the end of 2019 and 100 per cent during 2020. As much as 60 per cent of the future apartment pipeline is currently deferred or abandoned and this continues to consistently increase each quarter. A new report reveals the average sale price of a Brisbane apartment rose more than $100,000 in the September quarter. Image: AAP/Darren England.Many of these sales were in one development — ‘The Standard’ by Aria Property Group in South Brisbane, which accounted for 234 apartment sales during the quarter. Only 15 apartments remain for sale in the project, with a total of 94 per cent now sold.Place residential research director Lachlan Walker said despite the strong sales and prices achieved, the inner Brisbane apartment market continued to be affected by tight lending conditions. “However, with future new supply being constrained to low levels, purchaser demand continues to steadily absorb available stock,” Mr Walker said. “Developments of higher quality apartments continue to outperform as owner occupiers currently dominate the market place.” – 7 unconditional transactions with a weighted average price of $1.196m– Sales volumes remain at low levels throughout the CBD in line with limited stock– ‘Skytower’ recorded the most sales, with five apartments being sold off-the-plan during the quarter 2018. The other remaining two sales occurred in ‘Mary Lane’.– There are 268 new apartments for sales throughout the CBD precinct. Place residential research director Lachlan Walker.Two-bedroom apartments priced between $750,000 and $900,000 accounted for the most sales during the September quarter.Independent consultancy Urbis recently put out its own Brisbane apartment report for the third quarter, which found interstate investors were driving the recovery in the market, making up 54 per cent of all sales.Urbis director Paul Riga said stable prices, tightening vacancy rates and relatively strong yields had been key attractions for investors.Mr Riga said the Brisbane unit market had been “resilient” in the face of oversupply fears.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe research comes as new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released by Commsec this week revealed the average home size is shrinking due to the rise of apartments, with around half (46 per cent) of all residential buildings being units.CommSec chief economist Craig James said increasing demand for apartments and townhouses in desirable areas of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane was helping to push down average floor sizes.“Generation Y, millennial couples and small families want to live closer to work, cafes, restaurants, shopping and airports and are giving up living space for better proximity to these desirable amenities,” Mr James saidINNER BRISBANE APARTMENT MARKET SEPTEMBER QTR 2018last_img read more

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Attorney-General’s report says proposed drug-driving laws will contravene Bill of Rights

first_imgRadio NZ News 8 September 2020Family First Comment: Still wanna legalise?We haven’t even got the safety net in place. And families will he the victim.Vote No. It’s the only safe vote.The legislation has passed its first reading and is before select committee and will let the police do random roadside drug testing “without any good cause” – similar to drink-driving checkpoints.It will cover commonly-used drugs such as cannabis, methamphetamine, MDMA, opiates and downers.Lawyer Marie Taylor-Cyphers said she was disturbed by elements of the legislation and the National Party has labelled it “botched” and “half baked”.Taylor-Cyphers said the test was incredibly coercive and often wrong.“Most of New Zealand would expect to be able to go out on the road and not be invasively searched inside their body.“You can’t have a test that takes 40 minutes and fails one in 20 times, that is just not sufficient for us to have evidence that might lead to criminal convictions.”Taylor-Cyphers said getting a positive test potentially opens people up to drug prosecutions.“That to me seems extraordinary because usually the police would have to have good cause and of course after you’ve returned those positive tests they will have good cause.“That alters rights quite drastically.”A report by Attorney-General David Parker says the legislation contravenes the Bill of Rights: not to be subject to unreasonable search and seizure; to be arbitrarily detained; and to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.The report also raises serious concerns that parts of the legislation are too vague.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/425502/attorney-general-s-report-says-proposed-drug-driving-laws-will-contravene-bill-of-rightslast_img read more

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‘Shabu’ worth P300K seized in buy-bust

first_imgDescutido and Arga were detained inthe lockup cell of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.  Aside from suspected shabu, a P200marked money was recovered from the suspects on Oct. 13, the report added.    BACOLOD City – Suspected shabuweighing about 20 grams valued at around P300,000 was seized in a stingoperation in Barangay 2. The 22-year-old John MichaelDescutido, 29-year-old Carl Stephen Arga and a minor yielded the suspectedillegal drugs, a police report showed. The minor suspect, meanwhile, wasturned over to the custody of the Department of Social Welfare andDevelopment./PNlast_img read more

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Argo Volleyball defeats Wheeling Jesuit and Midwestern State on Saturday

first_img Aug. 25, 2007   Box Score      PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida Volleyball has started the 2007 season 4-0, with wins this weekend over Flagler College, Southern Indiana, Wheeling Jesuit, and Midwestern State at the UWF Fieldhouse. The Argos dropped only one game in the four matches, with three of the wins being 3-0. Tournament MVP Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) led the Argo attack with 59 kills, and an Attack Pct over .300. Outside Hitter Kimberly Clark (Jr./ St. Petersburg, Fla.), Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico), and Libero Jerica Carter (Sr. / Gainesville, Fla.) also made the All-tournament team, as the Argos placed four out of the eight All Tournament spots in the six team tournament.Coach Melissa Wolter was very pleased with her teams’ performance stating, “everybody played well, it’s a very good start to our season, and I think this will be a very fun year.” She also stated that she sees some things to work on as the team gets ready for their next matches. The Argos travel to the Nanook Classic Tournament in Fairbanks, Alaska for weekend matches against Humboldt State, Alaska-Fairbanks, and Hawaii-Hilo.For now, UWF can celebrate a great start to the 2007 season. The Argos solid play this weekend came from all aspects. Superlative attacking from Outside Hitters Gualberto and Clark was set up with some outstanding passing. Coach Wolter may have summed it up best as she exclaimed “Maddie (Madeline Gonzalez) ran the floor real well and Jerica (Carter) had some amazing digs.” In fact, Carter had a tournament high 67 digs, while Gonzalez had a tournament high of 171 assists.Despite the domination in the tournament by the Argos, this tournament included five teams with winning records last season. Wolter explained, “this was a very strong tournament, with some really good teams, and it had a lot of five-set matches.” The Argos didn’t need to go five games for any of their wins and it may have been because one big advantage the Argos have is depth. While other teams level of play dropped off with bench players in the game, the Argos just brought more weapons. Senior Danielle Spitzer (Birmingham, Ala.) and Freshmen Kara Gonzalez (St. Augustine, Fla.) added outstanding performances when they were in the game. Coach Wolter was very excited by the play of Gonzalez, as she stated, “she is going to be very good, and this was kind of her coming out performance.” In limited time, Gonzalez had 12 kills in only 18 attacks.The Argos play again at home on September 7th, 8th, and 9th , when they host the Argonaut Regional Crossover. UWF will have matches against Emporia State, Rollins College, Tampa, and Florida Southern. The first match is Friday September 7th at 7:30 pm in the UWF Fieldhouse. Print Friendly Version Argo Volleyball defeats Wheeling Jesuit and Midwestern State on Saturday Sharelast_img read more

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Horschel pulls clear for huge win

first_img Press Association McIlroy and Horschel were among the five players who arrived at East Lake knowing victory in the season-ending tournament would not only be worth the first prize of £880,000, but also secure the overall FedEx Cup title and a £6.2million bonus. The pair went into the final round tied for the lead and with McIlroy a clear favourite to claim a fifth win of the season, but the world number one struggled to a closing 71 that left Horschel to battle it out with Jim Furyk for the win. From the drop zone McIlroy pitched to 12 feet and two-putted for a double-bogey five and the four-time major winner found more trouble on the ninth, the 25-year-old’s wild drive finishing up against a fence separating the par-five from the practice ground. After weighing up his slim options, McIlroy told caddie JP Fitzgerald: “I’m just going to blast it, see where it goes”, and proceeded to try to hit his second shot over a group of trees just a few yards in front of him. The ball inevitably made contact but rebounded out towards the fairway, but having laid up with his third shot, McIlroy missed the green with his approach and in the end did well to get up and down for a bogey six. Horschel looked to have given McIlroy a glimmer of hope when he found thick rough off the tee to bogey the 10th, only for McIlroy to then three-putt from 20 feet and also bogey the 11th to effectively end his chances. Rory McIlroy missed out on a £7million payday as Billy Horschel won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup title in Atlanta on Sunday. Horschel was two clear after a front nine of 33 and after Furyk drew level with a birdie on the 15th, Horschel edged ahead once more with his own birdie on the par five minutes later. But it was the 16th which proved crucial in deciding the outcome, Horschel holing from 30 feet for an unlikely par after finding trouble off the tee and Furyk then dropping a shot on the 17th. Furyk also three-putted the last to allow Horschel to fully enjoy his brilliant achievements over the last three weeks, the 27-year-old having won the BMW Championship in Denver last week and finishing runner-up in the Deutsche Bank Championship the week before. A closing 68 saw Horschel finish 11 under par, three shots ahead of Furyk and McIlroy, who birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th to restore some respectability, with Justin Rose, Chris Kirk and Jason Day a shot further back. Rose twice got within two shots of the lead on the back nine but bogeyed the 13th and 17th at crucial moments on his way to a closing 69. Things seemed to be going McIlroy’s way when he hit a wild drive on the fourth but had a clear shot to the green and ended up holing from 18 feet for birdie. Horschel followed McIlroy in from 11 feet to remain tied for the lead before edging ahead on the next, where he holed from 18 feet as McIlroy had to settle for par. Perhaps the decisive moment arrived on the treacherous par-three sixth, where Horschel hit a superb three iron into the heart of the green and then saw McIlroy, attempting to hit two clubs less, pull his tee shot into the water surrounding the green. last_img read more

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Glo to Mark Silver Jubilee of CAF Awards with Special Promo

first_imgTitle sponsor of the annual Glo-CAF Awards, Globacom, has launched a new promo ahead of the 2016 edition of the awards designed to celebrate Africa’s most successful football icons. The event which will be held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria on January 5, 2017 is a special one as it is the silver jubilee edition, marking 25 years of CAF Awards.The new promo which runs between October 10 and December 31, 2016 will reward 300 customers with a chance to attend this once in a lifetime Silver Jubilee award ceremony of an event best known as the Oscars of African football.In a statement in Lagos, Globacom said “The Glo-CAF Awards gala is the biggest night in African football, a gathering where the biggest names in the world of business, politics and showbiz meet with the stars and legends of African Football.”“The silver Jubilee of CAF Awards is another golden opportunity to appreciate and reward our subscribers who have been the brand’s pillar of strength over the years for their patronage and support and we have packaged the promo for them exclusively.” Glo addedThe promo is titled “Win a Seat among the Stars at the Oscars of African Football”. To participate, subscribers are expected to buy and activate a new Glo SIM or port their existing lines then use minimum of N25, 000 between 10thOctober and 31st December, and stand a chance to win a VIP invite to attend the prestigious Glo CAF Awards Silver Jubilee edition in Abuja.Meanwhile, Super Eagles Captain and Chelsea of England stalwart, John Mikel Obi along with Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa are among the list of 30 players nominated for the 2016 Glo-CAF African Player of the Year Award slated to hold in Abuja.The top Nigerian players are to battle it out with other African stars led by last year’s winner, Gabonese and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, among others.While Mikel has been very influential in the Nigerian senior national team, leading Eagles to victory in the last two competitive matches played against Tanzania (AFCON2017 qualifier) and penultimate weekend 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola, Iheanacho has scored in the last four matches for Nigeria.The Manchester City forward has also commanded regular shirt in the starting line-up of the Citizens.According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the weekend, Enyimba’s  Mfon Udon and Chisom Chikatara who plays for Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco are also among the list of 25 players nominated for the African Player of the Year based in Africa category.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Audit regards Kindred as an integrity leader

first_img Submit Share Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Kindred launches new ‘Fair Sports 4 All’ educational programme with EFDN June 8, 2020 StumbleUpon Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 Share The Kindred Group has been deemed to be one of the leading gambling operators within sports betting and sport integrity by the audit company Ethisport.The group achieved a global rating of 70 percent, exceeding the industry average, including national lotteries.Kindred Group (previously Unibet Group) has commissioned the sports betting integrity audit company Ethisport to conduct an audit on Kindred’s commitment to the fight against betting-related match-fixing. The audit determines what Kindred does well and where further improvements can be made.Kindred views sports betting integrity as fundamental to the sport betting entertainment chain and it remains a central part of the company’s efforts to ensure a safe and sustainable business.The audit gave Kindred a global rating of 70 percent, which corresponds with a ‘very good’ result. Kindred scored particularly well on metrics such as good governance in the company, general awareness and risk prevention and detection, whereas due to the absence of regulatory certainty in certain markets, Kindred lacks the opportunity to act based on locally established rules on responsibility.Eric Konings, Sports Betting Integrity Officer at Kindred Group commented: “The findings of the audit are encouraging for Kindred, signalling that the general sports betting integrity approach adopted by Kindred is leading to progress in the fight against match-fixing. We are committed to eliminate match-fixing from our platform and to achieve that, we need to further improve cooperation between operators, sports regulatory bodies and law enforcement.”Christian Kalb, director of Ethisport added: “Kindred approached us pro-actively, as they are continuously seeking ways to take responsibility as a private operator in the fight against match-fixing. We hold very high standards for organisations we audit, but Kindred leads the pack on sports betting integrity. Today, Kindred is for sure part of the top 5 leading betting operators fighting against the manipulations of sports competitions. Our audit has identified a strong commitment to this cause, carried by the whole line organisation. It also resulted in certain recommendations, that would further strengthen the role Kindred can play in the fight against betting-related match-fixing.”Ethisport is the first audit company specialised on sport integrity and ethics.  The mission of Ethisport is to assist all stakeholders involved in sport to fight against external threats, and first of all manipulation of sports competitions. Ethisport has developed a set of matrices and expert systems providing all the keys regarding sport integrity. These matrices based on sophisticated algorithms take in account 20 years of expertise on match-fixing, doping, sports betting, corruption, governance, conflicts of interest, organized Crime, money laundering, etc.last_img read more

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