From wish list to reality

first_imgIn today’s financial landscape of big banks and online banks, credit unions and community banks must be more innovative than ever before to remain competitive. However, “innovation” usually requires funds. If your financial institution doesn’t have any money left in its budget to add services, hire staff or support new marketing initiatives (which most credit unions plan to do in 2020), how can you keep up with the competition?The answer may be to “find” the money you need to attain the items on your wish list, and it’s easier than you may think. It could be sitting right there in your vendor contracts, just waiting for you to set it free. With the help of a third-party contract negotiation expert, you can get the best deal from existing or new vendors—with the added bonus of not having to take on the lengthy negotiation process yourself.So, what would you do with some extra money in your budget? You could use it to compete in the digital wallet space by upgrading to tokenization. Or, you could start issuing instant debit and credit cards to give account holders immediate access to their new accounts. Maybe a new hire or some extra marketing dollars could go a long way. Or, perhaps you need to replace expensive equipment, like ATM machines, or upgrade them to make sure they’re Windows 10-ready in 2020. If your wish list seems never-ending, it’s time to start looking for a way to make things happen. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40 by: BBC News – November 22, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share The authorities can use insecticide to try to halt outbreaks of the plagueAn outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected almost 80 others, the World Health Organization has said.The WHO warned of the danger of a “rapid spread” of the disease in the capital, Antananarivo.The situation is worsened by high levels of resistance among fleas to a leading insecticide, the WHO added.Humans usually develop the bubonic form of the plague after being bitten by an infected flea carried by rodents.If diagnosed early, bubonic plague can be treated with antibiotics.But 2% of the cases in Madagascar are the more dangerous pneumonic form of the disease, which can be spread person-to-person by coughing.The first known case in the outbreak was a man in Soamahatamana village in the district of Tsiroanomandidy, about 200km west of Antananarivo, at the end of August.There have been two confirmed cases in the capital, including one death.“There is now a risk of a rapid spread of the disease due to the city’s high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system,” the WHO said.A task force has been activated to manage the outbreak.Last year health experts warned that the island was facing a plague epidemic unless it slowed the spread of the disease. It said that inmates in Madagascar’s rat-infested jails were particularly at risk. Tweetcenter_img 331 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

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DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE – RESULTS

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTS SATURDAYDowntown Cup Group ATullyvinney Rovers P v P Milford United ReservesGlenea United Reserves 1 v 0 Cranford United Reserves Downtown Cup Group BDonegal Town Reserves 2 v 1 Keadue Rovers ReservesKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves P v P Fintown Harps AFCDowntown Cup Group CRamelton Mariners 4 v 1 Gweedore United ReservesGlenree United Reserves 1 v 3 Downtown United Downtown Cup Group DGweedore Celtic Reserves P v P Castlefin Celtic ReservesGlencar Celtic 2 v 4 Mulroy CelticSUNDAY Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 4 v 0 Lifford CelticGlenea United 0 v 1 Kilmacrennan CelticMilford United 2 v 1 St. CatherinesLagan Harps 2 v 1 Dunkineely CelticCastlefin Celtic 1 v 2 Gweedore CelticWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United 0 v 0 Ballybofey UnitedKeadue Rovers 1 v 1 Eany CelticCurragh Athletic 1 v 0 Cappry RoversCT Ball Division TwoGweedore United 3 v 2 Kerrykeel’71 F.C.Letterbarrow Celtic 1 v 1 Drumbar UnitedGlenree United 2 v 0 Whitestrand UnitedCopany Rovers 0 v 3 Bonagee UnitedDunlewy Celtic 4 v 1 Convoy ArsenalDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE – RESULTS was last modified: January 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Junior League resultslast_img read more

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San Jose Sharks want to host another outdoor game. And soon

first_imgSAN JOSE — With the NHL All-Star Game returning next week to the South Bay for the first time in 22 years, the Sharks organization eagerly wants to bring another of the league’s marquee events back to the region — an outdoor stadium game.John Tortora, co-president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, said Friday the team is planning to bid for a second NHL Stadium Series game. In Feb. 2015, an announced crowd of 70,205 watched the Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa …last_img read more

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IBM Expands Its SaaS Offerings With LotusLive Connections

first_imgAs a major addition to its on-demand suite, IBM has unveiled LotusLive Connections at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, where it won the Cloud Computing Technology Buyers’ Choice Award. LotusLive has long revolved around Web conferencing, with other features being somewhat secondary. The real power for the enterprise came from IBM’s Lotus Connections, which is limited to on-premise deployment. But when LotusLive Connections becomes available on June 30th, all that will change. Splitting The DifferenceLotusLive Connections lies somewhere between Lotus Connections and the cloud predecessor of LotusLive Engage. The new package doesn’t quite have the full functionality of the original Lotus Connections, and apparently will not have blogs and the Dogear bookmarking feature. What it will include is file sharing, instant messaging, and the Activities application that allows for group creation. As compared to the rest of the LotusLive panorama, Connections lacks the focus on Web conferencing that Engage has, making it akin to more social networking and document-centered software. A New Collaborative Powerhouse?Though it may suffer from having no free version other than a 30-day free trial, LotusLive Connections looks to be an excellent new addition to the spectrum of cloud-based collaboration suites. By removing the rather unusual attention on conferencing and keeping a core group of social tools, it may just grow to overshadow its sister offerings in LotusLive. steven walling Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img read more

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Crocs, Rocks and Tropical Storms

first_imgMany of us have experienced adventure on our way to a Touch Football tournament…a flat tyre while taking that “shortcut” your mates suggested was a good idea…the after-effects of a dodgy chiko roll at a late night roadhouse…or having your luggage end up on the other side of the country. Next time you face a hurdle or two in getting to your next game, spare a thought for the Ramingining team that competed at the recent Northern Territory Touch Football Titles. For those that don’t know, Ramingining is about 530km east of Darwin in East Arnhem Land, and if you want to drive to the NT capital, the best you’ll do is seven or eight hours dodging potholes all the way to the city. Two teachers from the Ramingining School – Cam Adams and Joseph Smith – came up with the idea to get a team together from the Indigenous community, and prepare them to compete at the NT Titles.  The fact none of the boys had ever played the game before (except Cam, a former Barbarians, WA and Cook Islands representative player) did nothing to curb the enthusiasm that Cam and Joseph had for the task of competing. The plan eventually went before another teacher – Geoff Guymer – who helped draft a letter to the East Arnhem Shire and the office of Malindirri McCarthy (MP for Arnhem Land).  The Shire granted support, while Ms McCarthy contributed some of her own money to help the team.  The NT Touch budget also assisted, and from there, Cam, Joseph and the team never looked back. Ever had trouble getting players committed to training?  It wasn’t a problem with these boys, so long as they had a way to get there for the daily 4pm sessions. “Joseph and I literally had to drive around the community in our cars to pick up the boys for training”, said Cam. “A lot of people get used to having an oval to train on – you know – a flat surface, good grass cover.  For us, it was just an open space – the surface wasn’t level, and we had anthills, potholes and tree stumps to watch out for.” Training didn’t always go well, as Smith explains. “We had a public holiday the other week (in late April).  The shop was shut, so it meant most of the boys hadn’t had their usual sugar fix, so they were flat and didn’t have much energy for training.” No doubt plenty of coaches would love the commitment to attend training that this team shared.  Tribal law isn’t what it once was, but missing “ceremony”, which often meant a funeral with associated dance, is still very much an issue to the elders. “We were really impressed with the commitment of the boys to their training.  Missing ceremony in the old days meant a spear through the leg!  These days, the elders yell at them, but it’s punishment they were prepared to wear for the good of the team”, said Smith. Now think back to that “horror” trip you might have done to get to a Touch Football event, and spare a thought for the Ramingining boys, who at the start, had a pretty straight forward plan to take the bumpy road into Darwin for their first taste of Touch Football competition. “We got word about a week out that the road from Ramingining to Maningrida was impassable because of flooding, so it meant a change of plans – drive 40km, then a boat across a river – followed by a further 60km by road into Maningrida”, said Adams. “Joseph got his boat sorted – a small tinnie with a 30 horsepower motor on the back.  We loaded up all the boys & luggage, and had to move fast with a tropical storm coming in.  We hit a mud flat and had to lift the engine with everyone out to drag the boat to deeper water.  Getting wet wasn’t the problem – but we all know there are plenty of big crocs in the river!” The team eventually got across the river…and without anyone getting taken by one of the local crocodiles.  But with no car meeting them on the other side, and Smith having little luck using the local language to get help, it was looking like they might not get to their flight. Help eventually arrived, and for most of the boys, it was a nervous first flying experience.  They didn’t know much about taking to the air, but knew a plane had crashed in the Territory only a few weeks earlier. The Ramingining Men’s Open enjoyed fine dining at 30,000 feet – snacking on sandwiches and dipping biscuits in orange juice!!  And they touched down in Darwin at 6:10m….plenty of time for their first match at 6:50pm. Heading into that first game, only Cam Adams had been on a touch field before.  By the end of the weekend, the Ramingining boys had had a great time – the highlight a seven-all draw with Alice Springs. “The boys thought that was the grand final….in fact I think they still think they’ve won”, said Adams. Cam Adams was not only impressed with the commitment of the team to the game, but also how quickly the community had come to accept him since his move from Western Australia last year. “It usually takes a long time to get the trust of the community.  The fact as a new teacher I was trusted to get the boys onto this trip meant a lot to me”, said Adams. Kings of the NT Titles…Kings of Ramingining….at least for one weekend!  And they’re already planning to do it all again next year….with the help of a bigger boat.Story taken from the Northern Territory Website.last_img read more

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23 days agoBarcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuable

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuableby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez was delighted with Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”It’s a very valuable victory against a direct rival,” Suarez said afterwards.”We reacted, in some ways, to correct the errors of the first half. We knew that if we kept playing that way then we could lose.”We were patient, and this is important because we created chances.”Suarez credited Ernesto Valverde with Barcelona’s stronger second half performance and the alterations the coach made at half-time.”He told us to be more organised when pressing,” Suarez said about his boss’s half-time team talk.”That’s why we have a coach, to correct these mistakes.”It’s also a compliment to the opponent because they have very quick players and they took advantage of the space we left.” last_img read more

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Video: Refs Absolutely Botch Late Call In Syracuse vs. Gonzaga

first_imgA close up of Trevor Cooney not out of bounds.trevor cooney out of boundsSyracuse survived Gonzaga Friday night, but it wasn’t without controversy. The Orange, which rallied to overcome a five-point deficit late, almost lost in heartbreaking fashion. A phantom out-of-bounds call was at the center of the storm.Gonzaga, trailing 61-60, had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds to play, but an errant pass from Josh Perkins wound up in the hands of SU’s Trevor Cooney. Cooney, upon collecting the ball, did all he could to keep his feet inbounds.Cooney, however, was whistled out of bounds. As you’ll see below, it was a bad call.Channeling Cooney’s Balance @bballbreakdown #MarchMadness @AdamZagoria, @espn, @GregAnthony50 https://t.co/7LvScmvE9P— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) March 26, 2016Yep, he’s in, what a play by Cooney. #Syracuse pic.twitter.com/wG4pfaReio— XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) March 26, 2016Let’s review how much time is left.OK, now let’s make the wrong call.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2016#cooney was #inbounds #Sweet16 #Syracuse wooooooo pic.twitter.com/tZhkMHjAnw— Grove Street (@Grove_Street2x) March 26, 2016Tyler Lydon blocked the Bulldogs’ shot on the ensuing possession, and after two Lydon free throws, the Orange emerged victorious anyway. They’ll next get UVA in an all-ACC Midwest region showdown.last_img read more

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