Maurice Smith at the 2019 AACUC Conference in Charlotte, NC. continue reading » The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) recognized Maurice R. Smith as the 2019 Recipient of the AACUC Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award at its 21st Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C.Smith, CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) and Civic Federal Credit Union in Raleigh, N.C., is a former CUNA Board chair and a member of the CUNA CEO Council Executive Committee.He has been devoted to the credit union movement for more than 35 years. Committed to his beliefs, Smith is self-proclaimed credit union “nerd” and supporter of the movement’s ideals.He believes a business model that empowers its members to engage in democratic, self-help with strong principles that exceed socioeconomic status and class are superior to other business types. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The National Credit Union Foundation is currently seeking nominations for a vacant board seat. Volunteers may generally serve up to three terms of the duration of the term of office for the seat they are selected, as long as they are re-nominated by the Foundation Nominations Committee and re-elected by the Foundation Board.The Foundation serves as the national charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement. Its mission is to be a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions.To that end, the Foundation delivers:Catalytic experiential learning, resources and tools to help credit unions measure and improve consumer financial health; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Nanang Ahmad Hidayat, the chairman of the local Ahmadiyah group, said the decree included nine key provisions, one of which prohibited any members of the group from performing religious activities in public.The renovation of their mosque, the Al-Aqso Mosque, was also halted as the administration wanted to prevent public outrage, he said.The ban is reportedly based on Law No. 28/2002 on the construction of buildings, as well as a joint decree issued by the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Home Ministry on religious harmony.Nanang said he was confounded by the ban. He said the mosque had had a building permit since 1980. “The mosque has existed since 1970. The last renovation took place in 2005. We planned another renovation in 2019 because the roof [was leaking]. It won’t be a major renovation,” he said.He added that the group already kept all religious events private to avoid public controversy. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the mosque had only occasionally hosted group prayers with limited attendance as most members were practicing physical distancing, he said.Read also: Officials halt reconstruction of vandalized Ahmadiyah mosqueAip Mubarok, the head of human resources development at the Tasikmalaya chapter of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country’s largest Islamic organization, said the activities of the local Ahmadiyah group had never seemed to bother anyone in the region.He said the administration’s ban contradicted a 2008 joint decree issued by the religious affairs minister, the attorney general and the home minister on the activities of Ahmadiyah groups.The controversial decree – which critics call a violation of religious freedom – bans Ahmadis from evangelizing their beliefs, but it does not explicitly stipulate any ban on practicing their faith.Aip called on the Tasikmalaya administration to engage in a dialogue with the local Ahmadiyah group instead of imposing the ban.“It’s for the sake of mutual understanding, so that the rights of Ahmadiyah members may be protected in accordance with the law,” Aip added.Ahmadiyah groups have long been persecuted in the country, with some local administrations sealing mosques belonging to the minority group and justifying their actions using the 2008 joint ministerial decree prohibiting Ahmadiyah adherents from spreading their beliefs.The decree referred to a 2005 Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) fatwa declaring the teachings of Ahmadiyah heretical.Earlier this month, authorities in Sukabumi, West Java, reportedly prevented the reconstruction of a mosque belonging to an Ahmadiyah group in the regency, highlighting the continued repression of the minority Muslim group since the mosque was set ablaze by a mob in 2008. (rfa)Topics : Authorities in Tasikmalaya, West Java, have banned the renovation of a mosque in Cipakat vilage, Singaparna district, that belongs to a local Ahmadiyah congregation, a minority Muslim group that has long been persecuted for its beliefs.The ban was enacted in a joint decree signed on Jan. 27 by authorities in the regency, including Tasikmalaya Regent Ade Sugianto.The representatives of the local Ahmadiyah group received a copy of the decree on Saturday.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 04, 2017 Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf visited WebpageFX, Inc., a full-service Internet marketing and web design agency in Harrisburg. In October, Webpage FX announced that it would expand its national headquarters and create at least 80 new jobs.“Through this expansion, WebpageFX will nearly double its employee headcount from 92 to 172 high tech positions,” said Governor Wolf. “Not only does this represent significant, positive growth for the company, but also a wealth of new opportunities for the area’s recent graduates seeking high skill jobs that offer quality training and development options and work environment well-being amenities. We applaud WebpageFX for its continued success, and expansion, as a Pennsylvania-based business.”WebpageFX has purchased and will renovate a 12,000-square-foot office building at 1711 North Front Street in Harrisburg, adjacent to its current location, and connect the two buildings to create a technology campus. The company plans to invest at least $2.65 million in the project, which will include the purchase of the property and its renovation into a modern office space designed to promote technical innovation. WebpageFX has also committed to the creation of 80 new, full-time jobs and to the retention of 92 existing positions over the next three years.“Online marketing is an essential component of growth for all businesses in today’s marketplace,” said WebpageFX President Bill Craig. “The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as the region’s outstanding universities and colleges, have successfully created an environment to foster technical innovation, allowing WebpageFX to provide our clients with a competitive advantage.”WebpageFX received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $240,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $160,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $68,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation.Earlier this month, Webpage FX was also awarded a $500,000 Impact Harrisburg grant to support this expansion project.WebpageFX is a full-service Internet marketing, web design, and web development agency offering integrated web solutions for businesses around the world. The company’s team, made up of award-winning designers, developers, and marketers, aims to help clients create an Internet marketing plan that fits their businesses’ unique strengths and goals. Last year, WebpageFX was named a ‘Top 75 Employer in the US for Millennials’ and was the first place winner of ‘Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.’ It has also been named one of the ‘Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in PA’ for the past four years.For more information about WebpageFX, call 888-449-3239 or visit www.webpagefx.com.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf On “Jobs that Pay” Tour, Governor Wolf Visits WebpageFX In Harrisburg
Zachary Jamieson has just bought his first house at the age of 21. Pic Darren England.MORE than 60 per cent of Queenslanders living with their parents say they can’t afford to fly the family nest, according to a new survey on housing affordability.Home ownership is increasingly out of reach, but nine out of 10 Queenslanders are still holding on to the great Australian dream, the Galaxy Research survey commissioned by property data firm, Corelogic, reveals.The survey of 2000 Australians aged between 18 and 64 found a growing proportion of younger generations are finding themselves trapped in the family home — increasingly into their 30s — as they try to scrape together a deposit.Nationally, 1 in 5 millenials expect to be locked out of the property market until at least their 30th birthday.But Queenslanders still living at home are the most motivated to move out and buy, with nearly half saving money towards a deposit.The survey found getting the deposit was one of the biggest impediments to buying a home, with a third of Australians admitting they could not manage 10 per cent.It comes as the nation’s biggest mortgage insurer this week raised concerns about industry pressure on borrowers to have larger deposits.Genworth Mortgage Insurance said home buyers were scraping together deposits with forms of “unsecured debt”, such as parental guarantees — something Zachary Jamieson has taken advantage of.HOW MUCH OF A DEPOSIT CAN FIRST HOME BUYERS AFFORD?13% no deposit35% could put down 1-9%27% could put down 10-19%18% could put down over 20%(Source: Corelogic)The 21-year-old saved for a year for a deposit for his first home while living with his father, but ended up asking him to act as a guarantor for a loan.“I only had to pay a small amount of rent while I was living there, so it did make all the difference,” he said.“I definitely wanted to get into the market early because I could see myself getting comfortable and just staying there forever.”He bought a two-bedroom home in Waterford West for $255,000 a month ago and now spends half his weekly wage on mortgage repayments.“It’s just a matter of staying on top of it and making sure you’re budgeting in a smart fashion,” he said.GETTING A DEPOSIT AN IMPEDIMENT TO AFFORDING A HOME48% = Qld47% = WA46% = Tas44% = Vic42% = NSW42% = SA/NT38% = ACT(Source: Corelogic)Ray White Waterford principal Kate Handley said about 30 per cent of her agency’s clients were first home buyers and it was becoming more common for them to seek financial assistance or guarantees from parents to get on the property ladder.She said it was still common for first home buyers to be priced out of the market by investors competing for the same property.“It’s really disappointing for them and we see it happen a lot,” she said.When it comes to housing affordability, the Corelogic survey found 60 per cent of Queenslanders believe it is worse than it was last year and just as many expect it to worsen further next year.CONCERN ABOUT HOUSING AFFORDABILITY71% = ACT68% = NSW66% = Vic63% = Tas60% = Qld56% = SA/NT44% = WA(Source: Corelogic)Corelogic’s director of research Tim Lawless said that was significant given home values had increased substantially more in NSW and Victoria than in Queensland.“Income growth is lower in Queensland, which is probably one of the reasons behind the more pessimistic outlook,” he said.But it’s not just would-be first home buyers who are struggling.The research also reveals 12 per cent of Queensland homeowners are having difficulty paying their mortgage — the second highest number in the country after Tasmania.WHICH STATES ARE STRUGGLING MOST WITH MORTGAGE STRESS?Tas = 13%Qld = 12%WA = 12%SA/NT = 8%Vic = 6%More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoNSW = 5%ACT = 4%(Source: Corelogic)And this figure would jump to 28 per cent if interest rates increased by up to 1 per cent.The younger generation is the most vulnerable when it comes to mortgage stress.If interest rates rose by up to 1 per cent, 35 per cent of millennials claim they would struggle to keep up with mortgage repayments.“A lot of affordability challenges are embedded with the millennial generation,” Mr Lawless said.He was surprised the survey found 96 per cent of Australian millenials thought owning a home was important.“I thought attitudes among younger generations had changed a little bit and the desire for home ownership had dissipated,” he said.Ahead of the federal budget being handed down on Tuesday, respondents revealed what they believe could be done to improve housing affordability.Three quarters of Queenslanders think removing or reducing stamp duty would help, while a majority also think more jobs should be created in areas that have lower priced housing.STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING AFFORDABILITY73% — Reduce or remove stamp duty72% — Reduce or remove stamp duty for first home buyers71% — Create government grants or concessions for first home buyers65% — Create more jobs in areas with lower priced housing63% — Appoint a federal housing minister to improve affordability61% — Improve transport options and commuting60% — Release more vacant land57% — Limits on investment buying via regulation57% — Reduce costs paid by developers to build new homes53% — Build apartments close to major work centres51% — Reduce overseas migrants arriving in Australia(Source: Corelogic)“In reality it’s a federal, state and local government issue and involves each of those layers of government working together to manage housing demand and deliver appropriate housing supply, and ensure supply is connected with efficient transport infrastructure,” Lawless said.And he said there were conflicting interests in each layer of government.“When you look at the level of dwelling supply in southeast Queensland, there has been quite a bias towards dense stock which has outnumbered detached dwellings,” he said.“High rise apartments are more skewed towards investor demand, yet you’ll find the vast majority of first home buyers are young families.”The full Corelogic report can be found at www.corelogic.com.au/housingaffordability.
Sabando wasdetained in the lockup cell of the San Miguel municipal police station. ILOILO City –Charged with direct assault, a man was arrested in Barangay 4, San Miguel,Iloilo. The50-year-old resident Richard Elmer Sabando was caught on the strength of anarrest warrant around 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 17, a police report showed. The courtrecommended a bail bond worth P12,000 for his temporary liberty./PN
Positive Cases per CountyThe Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 642 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. A total of 10,154 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 54,785 tests have been reported to ISDH and a total of 519 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally, Decatur County has a total of 165 positive cases and 17 deaths (up 5 cases and 3 deaths, respectively), Franklin County has stayed at 87 positive cases and 7 deaths, and Ripley County numbers have shifted down to 77 positive cases (up 1 case) and 3 deaths. The changes in Ripley and Franklin County are due to Batesville residents that live in Franklin County being counted in the incorrect County. Deaths per County
Press Association Everton captain Phil Jagielka has no doubt the club are now in a relegation battle. When Jagielka was asked if he felt Everton were now in a relegation fight, the England centre-back – quoted by the Liverpool Echo – said: “Yeah, I think so. “With 10 games to go that is not where you want to be. “We still have that six point gap but we are not taking anything lightly. “We have some tough games coming up and we are not where we want to be so need to start winning sooner rather than later.” Everton fans have seen their team lose seven times in that 12-match sequence and some of those in attendance on Wednesday expressed their frustration by booing at the final whistle. That exasperation was also replicated on social media, with “#MartinezOut” trending on Twitter in the UK shortly after the game, but there were notably plenty of cheers of encouragement when the Toffees were 1-0 down at the interval. And the manager has emphasised how important he thinks the backing of the fans will be for Everton’s prospects during their remaining Premier League fixtures, in which, he says, the Merseyside outfit will “give their lives” to get as many points as possible. Pressure appears to be building, and Jagielka feels he and his team-mates must step things up to ease it. The Toffees, beaten 2-0 at Stoke on Wednesday to leave their record showing just one win in their last 12 Barclays Premier League games and none in their last five, are six points above the drop zone in 14th place with 10 more to play. Manager Roberto Martinez said after the match at the Britannia Stadium that his side are not too good to go down, but he was also keen to stress they were “not looking down” the table. “The fans were great (at the Britannia Stadium). It has been a difficult season to watch us because the performances have not been as good as last season (when Everton finished fifth in the Premier League),” the 32-year-old said. “They are going to vent their frustrations. It is normally the manager that gets it as he is head of the food chain. “But we as players know we need to buck our ideas up, start performing better and take pressure off him, pressure off ourselves and start getting some more points.” Stoke, whose goals came through a superb Victor Moses header in the 32nd minute and a rebound effort from substitute Mame Biram Diouf six minutes from time, are 14 points ahead of Everton with 42 on the board. They are up to eighth and look good to better their Premier League club records set last term of a ninth-placed finish and points total of 50. Wednesday’s result was their third win in a row and seventh in their last 11 league games. On such a roll, it seems in some ways a shame that they are not in action again until 10 days on from the Everton clash. But midfielder Charlie Adam feels it presents a good opportunity for the Stoke squad in terms of key players working their way back to fitness ahead of the reunion with former Potters boss Tony Pulis when they face West Brom away on March 14. “The break has come at good time, because we have a few niggling injuries,” Adam told Stoke City Player. “When you are playing well and you are winning, you want to play all the time. “But for us I think it is a good time – after the 10-day break hopefully Ryan Shawcross (back), Marc Muniesa (hamstring) and Stephen Ireland (calf) will be back. “It is important we get the right rest and prepare for West Brom, which will be a tough game.”
“In the Pireo (Karaiskakis Stadium) it is very difficult to get points, but it is the last game of the group stage and we will give our best. “It is the most important game of the season so far. It will be a cup final and we have to win to continue in the Champions League.” After suffering a shock 3-2 home defeat to Olympiacos in September, Arsenal have it all to do to if they are to turn around the group and so avoid dropping into the Europa League. Full-back Hector Bellerin insists the squad will be up to the job this time. “We have proved already that we are a team who are very dangerous when we have the ball. We need to try to do that at Olympiacos by having possession and creating chances,” Bellerin said on the club’s official website. “I am sure that the ball is going to go in and that we’re going to go home with a win. That’s very important, that the team is in the mood for it and that the team wants to get out of the group stages. “We know that, as the players who represent Arsenal Football Club, we need to be up for the job.” Manager Arsene Wenger takes his depleted squad out to Athens for Wednesday night’s final Group F fixture knowing there is no margin for error if they are to upset the odds and progress with a two-goal victory margin needed to overhaul the Greeks in second place. Both Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez will not be available against Olympiacos, with Spanish midfielder Cazorla set for a couple of months of recovery following knee surgery, while Chile forward Sanchez has a hamstring problem, the extent of which has yet to be confirmed. With Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky also continuing rehabilitation , the return for midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who scored the final goal in the 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Sunderland on Saturday, and Theo Walcott, a second-half substitute , provide some welcome support. Campbell opened the scoring against the Black Cats with a cool finish and the 23-year-old Costa Rica forward is determined to make the most of more opportunities which come his way. “We have had bad luck with injuries. There have been injuries for players who are very important to us, but we are a big club and we have great players (to cope with the situation). We have to step up and move forward,” Campbell said to the IBTimes UK. “It’s not just me, the whole team are leading the way, it’s the only way to go. All of the players are giving their best and it’s paying off on the field. “I can play in three positions: left, right and in the middle of the attack. Wherever the boss plays me I try to do my best.” Campbell spent the 2013-2014 season on loan at Olympiacos, and so knows full well what sort of reception awaits at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, where Arsenal have lost in each of their previous three visits. “We got the result (against Sunderland) and that’s what we wanted, now we have to prepare mentally and physically for Wednesday’s game because it will be very difficult,” he said. “We already played against Olympiacos at Emirates Stadium. They are a great team, a great rival and especially because they play at home. J oel Campbell is ready to be deployed anywhere in the Arsenal frontline to help the team overcome their injury set-backs and reach the knockout stages of the Champions League once again. Press Association
Florida Police say a man released from jail to avoid the spread of the coronavirus killed another man the day after being let out. A day after being released, the sheriff’s office says, Williams became the suspect of a murder case. Now, the 26-year-old is back behind bars for several new charges including second-degree murder with a firearm, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Williams was originally arrested March 13 for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to court records.Williams, considered a low level drug offender, was let go from the Hillsborough County Jail along with more than 100 inmates released March 19 to curb the spread of the virus in detention centers and protect inmates and staff.Authorities say the very next day Williams somehow procured a weapon and shot someone in the Progress Village area. He was arrested and now faces charges of second-degree murder and gun possession aside from his previous drug counts. Williams is being held on $250-thousand bond.