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Get involved to get the most out of CUNA Councils

first_imgDiscounts: Council members save 25% on registration for CUNA Council Conferences, and 10% on most CUNA schools, conferences and webinars. Additional member-exclusive discounts are added throughout the year.Bottom line? It’s easy to Get Involved in CUNA Councils. The opportunities are all there—all you have to do is jump in! Resources: With their file libraries, Councils empower professionals to find, share and exchange tools that enable top-level performance. Members can download valuable documents from the library, including white papers, strategic plans, job descriptions and much more.Some Councils also offer exclusive resources specific to their audience (e.g. CUNA CFO Council includes access to Thomson-Reuters Checkpoint™).Education: An annual conference is held for six of the seven Councils, each offering incredible learning and professional development value. Thought-leaders and bold keynote speakers host informative sessions that explore the hottest issues in each field, allowing attendees to broaden their horizons and discover valuable new perspectives.Members also gain access to live and recorded virtual roundtables, where industry experts discuss prominent topics in the movement and unearth meaningful insights that you can put to use.Awards: Presented at the annual conferences, CUNA Councils Awards celebrate the best achievements in the credit union industry. By becoming a member, you’ll be able to enter your credit union or one of your peers into awards consideration and a chance at national recognition. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Natalie Sherry Membership, marketing, and engagement professional with a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications, whose experience spans branding and marketing management, membership recruiting and retention, trade association and professional society … Web: www.cunacouncils.org Detailscenter_img Whether it’s the recipe book collecting dust in your cupboard or the brand-new bike stuck in your garage for the summer, unused resources are missed opportunities. This is especially true when they have the power to enhance or even transform your career.Take CUNA Councils. These seven credit union professional organizations provide members with incredible opportunities in a range of areas, promising value in the form of knowledge, development and connections.To remind people of the opportunities CUNA Councils makes available to them—and motivate them to get active, get engaged and, above all, get involved in these organizations—we’ve launched the Get Involved! Membership Drive!Credit union professionals are encouraged to join a Council and explore all of the member-exclusive benefits available, including:Networking: Each Council has its own CUNA Council Community, an online communications platform that allows Council members to connect, discuss important issues and strategize together. From a networking perspective, the Community is an easy way to meet new professionals in your field and form positive, productive relationships with them that will pay dividends for years to come.last_img read more

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Man found dead

first_imgPolice identified him as 22-year-old John Mark Villarosa of Manapla town, an employee of a freight company.Villarosa was found lifeless lying on his bed around 6 a.m. on May 7, a police report showed.His body was brought to a local mortuary for a “post-mortem” examination.As of this writing, officers of the Pulupandan municipal police station have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN BACOLOD City – He was found dead inside the sleeping quarters of a building where he was working in Barangay Ubay, Pulupandan, Negros Occidental.last_img

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New Day for Daily Talk

first_imgUS Ambassador Christine Elder and Alfred Sirleaf cut the ribbon to the relaunch Daily Talk news booth. United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, on Monday, December 17, 2018, relaunched the much attention-driven “Daily Talk News Board” in Sinkor, Monrovia, to the excitement of onlookers. The Daily Talk has been a land mark fixture for citizens traveling along Tubman Boulevard since it first appeared in 2000.Throughout its history, Daily Talk has evolved along with citizens walking and driving past it daily, surviving a civil war, welcoming new governments with feisty dialogue and opening debate through this interactive chalk board.One evening, about two months ago, the Daily Talk news booth was rammed by an unidentified vehicle and, while no one was injured, this lively local hub of information, debate and discussion, suffered the injury.The media and local citizens condemned this damage as an act of vandalism, and speculations about the perpetrator’s motive(s) circulated, suggesting malicious intent.Alfred J. Sirleaf (no relation to former President Sirleaf), founded his blackboard newspaper in 2000, because of his belief that a well-informed citizenry is key to the rebirth of Liberia after decades of civil unrest.This is not the first time this town crier was put out of action. In 2005 “government soldiers” destroyed the blackboard, and this recent act of vandalism is a stark reminder of darker times for Sirleaf and local fans of the Daily Talk.Sirleaf compiles his stories daily from newspaper reports and messages from “volunteer correspondents.”The Daily Talk is free to read, and is funded by occasional gifts of cash and pre-paid phone cards. It has a suggestion box for readers.Sirleaf believes access to information is the key to peace for Liberia.USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and the US government in Liberia also supports a pluralistic, open and free media as a cornerstone of this developing democracy with a thriving  media sector. To this end, USAID in Liberia has funded Internews Network to implement the Liberia Media Development Program.The re-launch of Daily Talk was possible due to support from the Liberia Media Development (LMD) program. LMD supports a raft of media and civil society activities that contribute to strengthening a professional and vibrant media environment.For example, the Daily Talk news update shares information about a national electoral reform dialogue taking shape as a result of government, civil society, media and citizens feedback on the 2017 elections.This national dialogue is supported by USAID, and would not be relevant to ordinary citizens across the nation if it were not for the diversity of media that exists across the entire nation, from local town criers, such as Sirleaf, to national newspapers, radio, TV, online media and local community radio stations.LMD Chief of Party, Jan McArthur, welcomed Ambassador Elder and Mr. Sirleaf to cut the ribbon launching the ceremony of the renovated Daily Talk booth.McArthur commented, “USAID’s research tells us that Freedom of Speech is a value that all Liberian’s hold dear from every corner of the nation.”The gains the Liberian media and citizens have made over recent decades to protect free expression and freedom of association have been hard-fought, and stand out as unique, compared to many other countries in this region, and even globally. These gains should be treasured and not taken for granted,” McArthur said.He added, “the role of the USAID-LMD program is to support and enable the media to play a responsible and constructive role in providing a public forum for open dialogue between citizens, community leaders, and government.”McArthur continued: “It is our hope that the LMD media law work we are doing with Liberian media leaders, the Press Union of Liberia, the Judiciary, the Law School and Bar Association will contribute to constructive dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts that arise within, or in relation to what is reported in the media.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Drug lord pleads guilty, gets life

first_imgFrancisco Javier Arellano Felix, who led a cartel that emerged as a drug powerhouse in the 1980s, was captured last year when the Coast Guard found him deep-sea fishing off Mexico. Arellano Felix, 39, pleaded guilty to running a continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy to launder money. He agreed to forfeit $50 million and the yacht on which he was captured. The plea agreement came after officials in Washington, D.C., agreed Saturday to not pursue the death penalty. Also Monday, a top lieutenant to Arellano Felix, Manuel Arturo Villarreal Heredia, pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to invest illicit drug profits. Prosecutors plan to seek the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. The Arellano Felix cartel, based across the border from San Diego in Tijuana, Mexico, is well-known for its ruthlessness, and was blamed in a 2003 U.S. indictment for 20 murders in the U.S. and Mexico. COURTS: Deal ensures member of the Arellano Felix cartel won’t be executed for at least 20 murders. By Elliot Spagat THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – A notorious Mexican drug lord pleaded guilty Monday to federal crimes that carry a mandatory life sentence, reaching a deal that spares him execution. In December, prosecutors included as evidence of a criminal enterprise allegations that Arellano Felix ordered the killing of Tijuana’s deputy police chief and the beheadings of three police officers. Arellano Felix sat in court Monday wearing an orange jumpsuit and answered procedural questions calmly in Spanish. He was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. According to the agreement read in court, Arellano Felix helped run the cartel, which brought into the United States hundreds of tons of cocaine and hundreds of tons of marijuana and laundered hundreds of millions of dollars. Under the plea agreement all other charges were dropped. The cartel was once led by seven brothers and four sisters, but Francisco Javier’s brother Ramon was killed in a shootout with police in 2002, his brother Benjamin is in a Mexican prison and brother Eduardo is at large. The U.S. Coast Guard captured Arellano Felix as he was deep-sea fishing aboard his yacht, the Dock Holiday, in international waters off Mexico’s Baja California coast in August 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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