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  • Calf of critically endangered whale born + 87-acre tract of land conserved in NC after 20 years of effort

    first_imgThis marathon runner has a training partner that turns headsSarah Hites and Penny the goat Photo from Runnersworld.comSarah Hites of Tuttle, Oklahoma sets out for her runs with an unusual running buddy named Penny, a 1.5-year-old Nigerian Dwarf goat. Hites told Runners World that she adopted the goat when it was just a baby because her daughter wanted to make goat lotion, milk, and soap. It wasn’t until later that they realized the goat had to be mated in order to do that, so she just became a pet. One day while Hites was starting her run she noticed Penny chasing after her. It happened a few more times before Hites let the goat come along on the run. Hites reports that Penny can make it about 4 miles before she starts “huffing and puffing,” at which point Hites sends Penny back to the house on her own. The runs are clearly good for both Hites and Penny, but they bring a lot of joy to other people too. “People slow down a lot when they see us,” said Hites. “They’ll wave or laugh or give a thumbs up.” Second right whale calf of the year spotted off the coast of FloridaA critically endangered North Atlantic right whale calf and its mother have been spotted off of the coast of Florida. The sighting marks the second confirmed newborn of the winter birthing season. Scientists, researchers, and conservationists were hoping that right whales would be born this year after there were zero documented births last year. The estimated population of the right whale is only 411. The natural lifespan of a North Atlantic right whale is longer than 30 years but they can and often do die earlier when struck by ships or wrapped in fishing rope. Researchers have linked the decline in birth rate to female whales exhausting their energy while swimming entangled in fishing rope. Animal conservationists also warn that pending seismic tests along the east coast could have a devastating effect on the right whale.   After 20 years of effort, 87-acre tract of land conserved in Madison County, NCThe town of Mars Hill, NC has purchased an 87-acre tract of land on 3,500-foot Bailey Mountain. The property will be added to a 197-acre tract on the southern slope of the mountain to create a public park. Protection for Bailey Mountain became a priority in the 90’s as housing developments began popping up in Madison County and around Western North Carolina. Hoping to protect the iconic peak, the Richard L. Hoffman Foundation bought the initial 197-acre tract of land in 1996. The newly purchased 87-acre tract borders the originally protected tract of land. The town of Mars Hill is now working on a recreation plan. Due to the cold winter weather, any grand opening celebration for Bailey Mountain Park will be scheduled sometime in the summer.last_img read more

  • Find your voice as a board member

    first_img“A credit union is not an ordinary financial concern… it is the expression in the field of economics of a high social ideal.”– Alphonse DesjardinsThe credit union movement has seen some significant changes since the days of figures like Alphonse Desjardins at the turn of the 20th century. One thing that’s never changed, however, is the need for informed, passionate voices to motivate, mobilize and drive real change.Credit union board members play an integral role in filling this need. As an active board member, you’re uniquely positioned to advocate for both your organization and other credit unions across the country. Of course, taking your first major steps into the world of credit union advocacy can be intimidating. Fortunately, board members have a wide array of resources available to become more involved in the dynamic world of credit union advocacy.Become more active in the credit union communityTo fully immerse yourself within the credit union movement, its culture and philosophy, you can’t beat the largest annual credit union advocacy event in the country.CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) is hosted every year in Washington D.C., and it’s not just credit union die-hards who take notice. Join in the tradition and Hike the Hill alongside industry leaders, and make sure your congressperson hears about the issues most important to your credit union and our movement. If you want to see as well as take part in an event felt throughout Washington and the rest of the country, set aside March 10-14, 2019 in your calendar and start making plans to attend.You can become more active at home in your community as well, encouraging advocacy among your members. CUNA Member Activation Program provides you with the tools to become an effective advocacy leader to your members. Keep up with the latest industry issuesStaying active in advocacy is critical but staying informed is what makes your actions effective. The credit union industry moves fast and knowing your way around current hot-button issues can be difficult when you have limited time to research.Fortunately, you can receive daily news and information through CUNA News to help you stay one step ahead. For a board-focused angle on current industry events, add Credit Union Directors Newsletter to your reading list.Find your footing and unique voiceOne of the greatest things about our movement is our ability to come together to deliver a unified message, and each individual voice brings its own nuance and perspective to the whole.Finding the answers to challenging questions in our industry will never be easy, but by working together year-round and sharing insights, board members can innovate and inspire as a group and as individuals. Discovering the right community to bring out your best can take time. Start by checking out CUNA Credit Union Board of Directors Community, a diverse and growing network of active board members.The first step is always the hardestWith so much to do and so many options available, deciding where to start is sometimes the greatest challenge of all. Once you build up momentum, though, the rest is sure to follow.Get involved today. To begin your personal journey to stronger credit union leadership and advocacy, visit cuna.org/board. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Ireland end 108-year wait for Olympic qualification

    first_img Their claim on one of the extra spots would have disappeared if New Zealand had won their continental cup ahead of Australia, who had already qualified for Rio, but the Black Sticks fell to a 3-2 defeat in Stratford. Fulton said: ” It probably hasn’t sunk in yet but we’re over the moon. It’s testament to what the guys have achieved this year on and off the field.” Craig Fulton’s side will compete in Rio next summer after their qualification was secured by Australia’s victory against New Zealand in the Oceania Cup. Ireland finished fifth in their World League semi-final in Antwerp back in July, but only the top three were guaranteed a ticket to Rio. Ireland’s men will become the first hockey team to represent the country at the Olympics since 1908.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more