A fatal combination of chronic poverty, natural disasters and extremes of drought and flooding, mean that Malawi has repeatedly been affected by dire famine since 2002. It is one of the 10 poorest countries in the world, with an average life expectancy of around 40 years. The country has an alarming rate of infant mortality, while thousands of children are orphaned every year due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. People often spend what little money they have on crucial medicine rather than food.A small charity, based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, is appealing to the baking industry to improve the lives of Malawians, as it aims to regenerate a poverty-stricken village in Mulanje. The charity, Combined Hope and Aid Relief Mission (CHARM), is asking bakers to donate bakery equipment, including ovens, provers, mixers, moulders, worktops, trolleys, trays and racks. “We’re also looking for bakers, possibly retired, to go over to Malawi for a couple of months and train the locals. This would have to be at their own expense, as we want profit to be put back into helping others,” says Emily Clarke, the chairperson and founder of the charity.The village is close to Mulanje Mountain, the highest mountain in southern central Africa. With its famous Sapitwa Peak standing over 3,000 metres above sea level, the mountain houses over 800 plant species, 250 birds and 180 butterflies, in habitats ranging from woodlands, evergreen forests and grasslands to marshes and rivers. Despite its many economical and social problems, Malawi is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and is often referred to as the warm heart of Africa.The majority of people living in the rural areas of Malawi, however, do not have jobs and struggle to feed themselves and their families. The average family lives on less than £15 per month. CHARM aims to assist these families by creating jobs and sustainable sources of income. It provides loans and training to people, enabling them to set up their own businesses. The loans are usually paid back over six months, with 10% interest. “This puts more money back into the pot, which is meanwhile growing and growing, ensuring that CHARM can help others set up businesses,” says Clarke. “It also gives the people who borrowed the money a real sense of achievement, as they don’t feel like they’re a charity case. They end up with a business and a real sense of pride, providing not only jobs, but hope for the future of the country. The people we’re currently targeting are families who support orphans, as well as their own children.”Establishing a bakery, which cost around £6,000, is the biggest challenge that CHARM has tackled so far. The money was raised by holding various events, including fairs, fun-runs, sponsored events and donations. “The community told us they wanted a bakery, as there’s not one in Mulanje. The nearest bakery is over an hour’s drive, so what tends to happen is that people will go there and buy lots of goods. They come back to Mulanje and sell bread. Sometimes it’s over a week old and mouldy, but the villagers will still buy it because it’s the only bread available.”The bakery building is almost finished. “Over there, the soil is like clay,” says Clarke. “If you add water to it, mould it into shape and let it dry in the sun, that’s your brick. They’re all handmade. We’re paying builders to build the bakery, a square building with a corrugated iron roof. All we need to do now is equip it.”It is expected that the bakery will produce between 70 and 80 loaves every day, employing about five people at a time. Other than bread, cakes will be made according to demand, as well as pies and pasties. “To these people, cakes are a luxury,” says Clarke. “On the other side of Mulanje, there is a hospital with a lot of white people working there. I anticipate that the cakes we make will be bought in bulk and taken to the white workers.”The point of the bakery is to pay wages, supply the community with a much-needed bakery and use the profit to open another business, and then another business, and so on. This will continue until there’s a thriving economy out there. It’s also about creating a sense of hope. The sign saying that a bakery was coming made a lot of people very excited.”After speaking with Malawi’s Minister of Employment, Clarke says that CHARM’s ultimate goal is to re-open a jam factory, creating hundreds of jobs. This is a distant dream, as the cost of the project would exceed £1 million.Clarke explains: “As a teenager, I really wanted to help less fortunate people in Africa. I felt I had to do something and tried all sorts of things to try and quench that feeling, such as sponsoring a child in Africa and climbing Kilimanjaro. None of this was enough. That’s when I decided to set up my own charity in 2003. I wanted to help people to help themselves, making lasting changes.”On my first visit to Mulanje, the first loans were given out to a group of women. We held a ceremony to present them with the money. This was one of the happiest days for the women. Each lady, some of whom had never lifted a pen before, then signed a contract. They could not believe it. There was singing, dancing and drum playing. It was such a fantastic atmosphere and everybody was very happy. It was amazing.”Once you’ve been over there, you never see things in the same way again.” nIf you would like to help,email: [email protected] or tel 01246 203115
Bakery and snacks firms in Northern Ireland have announced plans to grow turnover by 73% by 2020, according to a recent strategy published by Agri-Food.The achievement would see turnover in the sector rise to £445m, with a whopping £1.3bn set aside by the agri-food industry in Northern Ireland, over the next seven years.A target of 141% sales growth, to £245m, has also been set for sales outside Northern Ireland.Set out in a strategic action plan, called ‘Going for Growth – Investing in Success’, the goals were agreed upon by leading representatives from bakery organisations and major Northern Irish processors such as Irwin’s Bakery in Craigavon, Co Armagh.The strategy contained 118 recommendations to the Northern Ireland Executive to grow an industry that already contributes over £4bn to the local economy and is the region’s biggest manufacturer and leading exporter.It also calls for recognition that there is a single supply chain, and that all links in the chain work closely together on delivering products that will attract a premium in international markets.Overall, the strategy, originally commissioned by the Northern Ireland Executive a year ago, wants to see a 75% increase in the sale of food and drink outside Northern Ireland. Currently, Northern Irish producers sell almost £3bn abroad, mostly to Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
Online hand-iced biscuit retailer Biscuiteers has secured £1.25m in crowdfunding from 784 investors in 31 countries.The business launched its crowdfunding campaign on 4 October this year through online equity investment platform Crowdcube.Having originally set out to raise £550k, Biscuiteers now has the second largest number of investors for a raise this size on the Crowdcube site.As a result, it will now join the Funded Club of 44 companies who have successfully raised more than £1m since Crowdcube was established in 2011.The average investment in Biscuiteers was £1,590 and the most common £100. The campaign was awarded a triple gold rating by crowdrating.co.uk, an independent guide to crowdfunding opportunities.Biscuiteers said the money is to accelerate growth in marketing, manufacturing, infrastructure, retail and international expansion.“We were overwhelmed with interest in our campaign – it was particularly lovely to have so many of our own customers among our investors,” said Biscuiteers founder and managing director Harriet Hastings.“We are hugely excited by the new opportunities this has created for the business.”
Montpelier, Vt.- Governor Jim Douglas announced that Homeland SecuritySecretary Tom Ridge is making a total of $4,963,000 of fiscal year 2003grant funds available for local and state homeland security preparedness inVermont. The money is for domestic preparedness equipment, training andplanning.Governor Douglas said that Vermont’s Homeland Security Unit (HSU) would workwith all response organizations in the state to ensure that grant fundsreach the largest number of participants in the most effective manner.”Over the next 30 days we will be working closely with representatives fromthe U.S. Department of Homeland Security to finalize the details of thisgrant,” Douglas said. “These additional resources will allow our localfirst responders and state public safety units to be more prepared for avariety of public safety scenarios.”The Governor said that the Homeland Security Unit would be reaching out toall first responder departments to notify them of the availability of funds.The allocation is part of nearly $600 million that has been made availablenationwide by the Bush administration for local homeland security efforts.Vermont’s emergency responders will receive nearly $3.5 million forequipment. “Eighty percent of the equipment allocation must be passeddirectly through to local communities. The state’s twenty percent will beused to purchase, among other things, a hazardous material response trailerfor Southern Vermont,” Douglas said.The grant also includes $ 861, 000 for exercises, $261,000 for training and$348,000 for planning.The Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security Unit, will managedistribution of grant funds at the state level.Information will also be posted on the HSU website atwww.vthomelandsecurity.org(link is external) .
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享KTAR News:A solar facility in Navajo Nation is expected to double the number of homes it can provide renewable energy to over the next year. Navajo Nation broke ground on the second phase of an expansion project that will provide a 28-megawatt addition to the Kayenta Solar generation facility in northeastern Arizona.Under the guidance of the Native American nation, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and the Salt River Project, the facility is expected to serve 36,000 homes once upgrades are complete in June 2019.“Extending electricity to homes without has always been our goal as well as our challenge,” said NTUA general manager Walter Haase. “Kayenta II is catalyst in that direction and will help us to improve the standard of living for many Navajo families.”The groups will work toward projects that would provide 500 megawatts of renewable energy over the next five to 10 years, according to the release.The initial Kayenta project was estimated to have brought $15.6 million in economic activity to the surrounding communities.More: Navajo Nation solar facility expansion expected to double power output Navajo Nation begins work on second phase of Kayenta Solar project
First House bill filed would rewrite Article V Senior Editor T his could be a bad omen that Florida’s courts may face another challenging time in the 2002 session of the Florida Legislature.The first House bill filed for next year’s session is a proposed constitutional amendment that would dramatically limit the authority of Florida’s courts and give the legislature more authority over court procedures. If passed by the legislature, it would go to voters for review next year.The bill, HJR 1, filed by Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers, is similar but less drastic than a bill introduced in the 2001 session by Rep. Fred Brummer, R-Apopka. That bill was heard in the House Judiciary Committee, but never came to a vote after committee members and people testifying on its impacts raised several questions.Unlike Brummer’s measure, Kyle’s bill does not seek to do away with The Florida Bar and give the legislature at least some oversight of the legal profession. Nor does it require that district court of appeal judges and Supreme Court justices must get a two-thirds “yes” vote in their merit retention referendums in order to stay in office. Also dropped was a provision requiring Senate confirmation of the governor’s judicial appointments, and several other provisions.But the bill does seek to restrict jurisdiction of Florida courts, limit the use of habeas corpus and other writs, and to give the legislature greater say in court procedural matters.Kyle, a Bar member and assistant state attorney in the 20th Circuit, said he filed the bill because he’s concerned courts have stepped beyond deciding legal disputes into the policy-making arena, which is the duty of the legislature.“It’s an important issue that needs to be aired, and the public has a right to make a decision on this,” he said. “I think we’ve got a good system in the federal system, and if we mirror that, we won’t have such an outreaching by the courts to set public policy when there isn’t even a case or controversy in front of them.”As for a bill provision allowing the legislature to give a DCA statewide jurisdiction over a specific issue, “It’s a good option to have, especially with the workload of our courts today,” Kyle said. “I don’t think it’s a bad option to have available, to establish courts that do specific functions, if need be. That doesn’t mean it has to be done.”Kyle added he dropped provisions from Brummer’s proposed bill that had to do with judicial appointments, merit retention, and Bar oversight because they detracted from what he saw as the main thrust of the legislation in delineating a clear line between the duties of the legislature and the courts.He also said he thinks it has a fair chance of success. “Any of the more controversial issues or issues that are new take more than one session before they become law,” Kyle said. “It has as good a shot as any other legislative proposal.”Bar Legislation Committee Chair Hank Coxe said the committee and the Board of Governors will carefully review the bill at the board’s August 22-23 meeting in Naples.“Any proposed legislation that threatens to weaken any branch of government or jeopardize our system of checks and balances must be taken seriously,” Coxe said. “We will take this seriously as part of the Bar’s fundamental obligation to ensure that our judiciary remains uncontrolled by another branch of government, just as we would expect the legislative and executive branches to say the same.”Last year’s legislative staff analysis of Brummer’s bill noted that the federal Constitution is more restrictive on the jurisdiction of federal courts than the state constitution is on state courts. The analysis also noted that Congress has more control over procedural rules.In contrast, the analysis said that Florida courts have held unconstitutional state laws that conflict with court procedural rules. It also noted that some opinions have held it can be difficult to draw the line between procedural and substantive rules.The proposed constitutional amendment specifically sets out a restricted jurisdiction of the state courts. It provides that “the jurisdiction of such courts shall extend only to actual cases in law, equity, admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, and to actual controversies arising under the constitution and the laws of the State of Florida and of the United States.”And repeating one of the most controversial segments of Bummer’s bill last year, it would authorize the legislature to give any of the five district courts of appeal final statewide jurisdiction over any issue. For example, the legislature could pick one DCA to be the final court for all death penalty appeals.The bill would also limit the ability of the courts to issue writs in general and to specifically review actions of other public officials through quo warranto writs. Quo warranto writs, according to the bill, may be used only to determine whether a public official is rightly holding an office and not to “review any right, power, or duty of a public official. . . . All writs except those directed to judicial officers shall be subject to statutes of limitations as provided by general law.”The staff analysis of the Brummer bill noted that quo warranto had traditionally been used only to challenge the right of officials to hold office, but had been expanded to challenge actions by those officials.Another section of the bill allows a statute of limitation on habeas corpus writs, but provides such a limit may not be less than two years from final judgment or mandate on direct appeal. The bill provides that the courts’ procedural rules must conform to state law when the rules are adopted, and must be changed to conform to any subsequently adopted statutes. It also provides that the legislature may override any court rule by a majority vote, instead of the two-thirds vote now required.In addition, the bill also specifies that new rules may neither “abridge, enlarge, nor modify the substantive rights of any litigant, but additional rulemaking power may be expressly delegated to courts by general law.”The original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is limited under the bill to judicial and lawyer disciplinary issues, plus questions posed by the attorney general or governor.Some provisions introduced last year in the Brummer bill but not repeated this year in HJR 1 include removing the Bar’s appointments to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and giving them to the legislature, prohibiting the courts from setting or modifying legislative appropriations, making the Supreme Court’s annual judicial certification advisory rather than a constitutional certification of need, and allowing judicial candidates to voice opinions and speak on issues, unless limited by the legislature. August 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News First House bill filed would rewrite Article V
October 15, 2003 News and Notes Jeffrey S. Kurtz, an associate of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum, LLP, Ft. Lauderdale, has been designated village counsel for the Village of Wellington. Thomas A. Culmo, of Culmo & Culmo, P.A., Miami, lectured at a seminar titled Handling of a Personal Injury Case in Federal Court, sponsored by the National Business Institute. He also presented a lecture on opening statements at the A.J. Cohn Trial Advocacy Institute, in Orlando, which was sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Hubert C. Childress, of Childress & Charpentier, P.A., Melbourne, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Brevard County Legal Aid Associaton. Paul Steven Singerman and Paul A. Avron, of Berger Singerman, co-wrote an article titled “Of Precedents and Bankruptcy Court Independence,” which was featured on the cover of the August/September issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. Pedro A. Freyre, of counsel to Akerman Senterfitt, has been elected chair of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board. Katherine C. “Kacy” Lake, shareholder of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been selected to participate in the 2004 class of Leadership Tampa. David W. Henry, of Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A., has been appointed program chair for DRI’s Intellectual Property Litigation and Insurance Conference in San Diego. Mary F. Smallwood, partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., received the Bill Sadowski Memorial Public Service Award in recognition of her record of public service in environmental and land use law. Brian P. Kirwin and Tomasita D. Crowell, of Kirwin Norris, P.A., spoke at a Lorman Education Services seminar titled Public Contract Code and Competitive Public Bidding in Florida. Joe Adams, of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., was appointed to the Task Force on Homeowners’ Associations by Diane Carr, secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Robert D. Pritt, city attorney for Naples, has been named Florida’s Outstanding Municipal Attorney of the Year by the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. Mark A. Levy, an associate of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum, LLP, was selected to participate in the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Leadership Ft. Lauderdale, Class X. Brian L. Tannebaum, of Tannebaum, Planas & Weiss, has been appointed legislative director of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Martin R. Raskin, of Raskin & Raskin, P.A., in Miami and Naples, spoke on Criminalization of Employment Related Matters: A Changing Landscape, at the fall conference of the National Employment Lawyers Association held in St. Petersburg. Peter W. Zinober, of Zinober & McCrea, P.A., Tampa, was elected to a four-year term as a management member of the Council of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Assocation. Trenton H. Cotney, an associate of Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A., was appointed to the University of Tampa Board of Counselors. Lawrence H. Kolin, of Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson, P.A., will serve on the advisory committee for the nonprofit Jewish Pavilion, a program of the Jewish Senior Housing Council of Greater Orlando. Timothy S. Franklin presented Top Five Things to Know About Community Development Districts at a recent People’s Law Day Symposium in St. Johns County, sponsored and chaired by Judge Patti Christensen. Louise B. Zeuli, of Louise B. Zeuli, P.A., presented Mental Capacity Issues in Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Probate Law, to the estate, guardianship, and trust committee of the Orange County Bar Association in Orlando. Michael S. Budwick, of Meland, Russin, Hellinger & Budwick, P.A., has been appointed to the board of directors of Chabad of South Dade, Inc., also known as Chabad of the Grove, a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services, and institutions to serve Jewish families throughout South Dade. Lynn E. Wagner, president of Litigation Alternatives, Inc., Winter Park, has been appointed to the arbitration panel of the United Mine Workers of America/Bituminous Coal Operators Association, District 17. Rhea F. Law, president of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has accepted the Florida Council of 100’s invitation of resident membership, with approval from Gov. Jeb Bush. David S. Hendrix, a shareholder of GrayHarris, Tampa, has joined the board of directors of Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc. John H. “Jack” Hickey, was named as a fellow and life member of The Florida Bar Foundation. Amy S. Rubin, partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., West Palm Beach, spoke at the litigation management super course, Hot Topics and Ethics Issues for Corporate Counsel, sponsored by The Network of Trial Law Firms. She spoke on Terrorism’s Impact on In-house Counsel and Litigation. Colleen M. Fitzgerald, of GrayHarris, Tampa, has been selected as vice president of membership for the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers for the 2003-04 year. Mark Eiglarsh, partner of Robbins, Tunkey, Ross, Amsel, Raben, Waxman & Eiglarsh, P.A., Miami, made his second appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” where he spoke concerning the Title VI complaint filed by the NAACP, alleging Florida’s educational system is unconstitutional. Neisen O. Kasdin, of Gunster Yoakley, has won the 2003 Building Our Community Award for community excellence in real estate law. Garrett J. Biondo, of Goldfarb, Gold, Gonzalez & Wald, P.A., Miami, co-chaired the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers’ 2003 Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute in Orlando. Bruce J. Winick was honored by the Heart Sight Miami Committee for the Foundation Fighting Blindness at their annual dinner. Patrick J. Lannon, an associate of White & Case, LLP, Miami, spoke at a Lormar seminar about IRA planning strategies for the transferring and preserving of wealth. Matt Bartolomei, of Hill, Adams, Hall & Schieffelin, Winter Park, gave a speech titled Emergency Medicine from the Defense Perspective at the annual meeting of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians in Ponte Vedra. Michael A. Lampert, of West Palm Beach, addressed a seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute, for which he spoke on Florida Sales and Use Tax Update. Michael Goldstein, of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, moderated a seminar on environmental liability and delivered a keynote speech titled Sustaining Sustainability: Reflections on Brownfields Reuse and Redevelopment in Florida, at the Sixth Annual Florida Brownfields Conference held in St. Petersburg. Gregory Taylor, of Gelch Taylor Hodkin Kopelowitz & Ostrow, P.A., spoke at the Real Estate Expo in Hollywood, where he lectured on mortgage law at the two-day seminar. Burnadette Norris-Weeks, of Ft. Lauderdale, was awarded the Above and Beyond Award at a recent American Bar Association conference for her work as chair of the ABA’s Section of Litigation’s Minority Trial Lawyer Committee. Neil Linden, a shareholder with Adorno & Yoss, has been appointed chair of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Allison E. Butler, of Grazi and Gianino, Stuart, has published an article in the German journal, IHR, titled “Caveat Emptor: Remedy-Oriented Approach Restricts Buyer’s Right to Avoidance Under Article 49 (1) (a) of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.” Stacey Koch, of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Miami, was elected to the board of directors of the Miami-Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Elliot Wilcox, of the Office of the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit, presented a one-hour CLE program titled Beyond “What Happened Next?”–Improving Your Direct Examination, for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association’s DUI Trial Advocacy Schools in Cocoa Beach and Orlando. He also presented Protecting Seniors from Fraud, to Community Care for the Elderly. Eddie Francis, of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., has been named chair of the City of Orlando Municipal Planning Board for the 2003-04 term. Steven M. Ziegler, of Hollywood, presented a seminar titled Liability Exposure and Reduction of Risk, to the senior staff and medical directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. William T. Hennessey, of Gunster Yoakley, West Palm Beach, was a featured speaker at two Florida Bar seminars on basic probate and guardianship, where he made his presentation, titled Uncivil War: Navigating the Battlefield of Probate and Trust Litigation. Trevor Brewer, associate of Foley & Lardner, Orlando, was honored as chapter president of the year by the University of Central Florida Alumni Association. Douglas M. Halsey and Neal McAliley, of White & Case, LLP, Miami, took part in the annual 2003 Environmental and Land Use Law Annual Update, held on Amelia Island. Halsey delivered a talk on regulatory takings, a Harris Act update, and other property issues; McAliley discussed recent developments in the Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the federal Superfund statute. Stephen K. Tilbrook, partner of Shutts & Bowen, LLP, Ft. Lauderdale, has been elected to a second term as president of the board of directors of the Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Trust. Bob Murphy, vice president and CEO of Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, was elected chair-elect of Pensacola Clean and Green, an affiliate of Keep Florida Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. Walter Gonzalez, Jr., associate of Holtzman Equels, has been elected to the board of directors of the CHARLEE Program, Homes for Children of Miami-Dade County. Bryan Greenberg, a partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, was named to the board of directors of the Broward County Humane Society. October 15, 2003 Regular News
Public members needed for Bar Examiners Members of the public are invited to volunteer on or before June 15 for a three-year term on the Florida Board of Board Examiners. The Supreme Court will appoint two public members to serve on the Board of Bar Examiners.A public member volunteer should possess education or work-related experience such as educational testing, accounting, statistical analysis, medicine, psychology, or related sciences. A bachelor’s degree is required. Lawyers are not eligible. Public board members should be willing and able to devote about three days a month to the work of the board, and to travel to various Florida locations to attend meetings and the bar examination. Travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed. Board members should be interested in seeking to improve the examination and its administration, and to evaluate carefully the character and fitness of applicants seeking admission to the Bar. Board members should be free of adverse interests, conflicting duties, or inconsistent obligations that may interfere or appear to interfere with the proper administration of the board’s mandate.The vacancies will occur on November 1, with the expiration of the terms of Dr. Mary Harris Moore of Tallahassee and Yvonne Loggins-Coleman of Orlando. Applications are available at www.flabar.org and may be submitthed by faxing it to (850) 414-6822 or by mailing to The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750. For more information contact Eleanor Mitchell Hunter, executive director of the board at (850) 487-1292. April 1, 2005 Regular News Public members needed for Bar Examiners
Making New Year’s Resolutions is easy…sticking to them, not so much. So here are some tips and tricks to help your credit union successfully tackle the biggies.Lose weight. Technology’s come a long way since the days of Jane Fonda exercise tapes. For credit unions, shedding the unwanted “weight” of old, excess EFT networks that are slowing down organizations is as easy as switching to an updated, comprehensive EFT network.Quit smoking. By adjusting your fraud-detection tools to better monitor your EFT traffic, you’ll feel less stressed — and maybe less tempted to take a drag.More exercise. You can give your credit union more “muscle” in the real world by strengthening a few perks and programs, such as ATM access. Or, you can get your credit union in better shape by adding new features, like a mobile person-to-person payment application.Get organized. Declutter! Offload ATM management to a trusted network partner. An ATM management solution can help credit unions by reducing operating costs, while monitoring regulatory and security compliance.Enjoy life more. Whittle down those long office hours — and save yourself a few headaches — by working with trusted partners who can help your credit union in research, planning, and analysis activities.Spend More Time With Family. The biggest thing that sets credit unions apart, is how we’re all in this together. As a collaborative, cooperative industry we should work as a group to bring the “not for profit, not for charity, but for service” philosophy to the American public, which they will surely welcome with open arms.Here’s to a spectacular 2016! 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Giannini Lauren Giannini is Marketing Coordinator at CU24, responsible for development and distribution of all marketing materials and communications to promote the company’s mission and activities. Along with everyone else … Web: www.cu24.com Details
Treasury Department Counselor Craig Phillips indicated Monday that the Trump administration is working on housing finance reform and plans to build on recommendations released in June. NAFCU has called on the administration to work with Congress to develop a comprehensive solution to reforming the housing finance system.Phillips, who advises Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, made the comments at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual conference in Washington. “We look forward to working with the next Congress and other stakeholders,” Phillips said, referring to the administration’s housing finance reform plans.In response, NAFCU Senior Regulatory Affairs Counsel Ann Kossachev said NAFCU “supports the administration’s continued role in reforming our nation’s housing finance system.”“Conservatorship was never meant to be a permanent solution after the crisis and it is now time to think seriously about the future of housing finance in America,” she added. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »