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  • Notre Dame showcases Iranian photo exhibit

    first_imgIn an attempt to showcase a different side of Iran, the Persian Association of Notre Dame (PAND) is hosting a photo exhibit, titled “Iran Beyond Politics,” on Friday at McKenna Hall.Fatemeh Elahi, an organizer of the event and a member of PAND, said the exhibit “emphasizes the diversity of the Iranian people — especially culture and ethnicity.”The exhibit includes photographs of Iranian society, nature and architecture.“This exhibit shows some very old parts of Iran and some very new parts, and I think this contrast is my favorite,” Elahi said.PAND, which was founded in October, is hosting the exhibit in order to show Iran from an angle not usually seen in the media, Elhai said. “Especially with all the recent news about Iran, we’re trying to provide a different image of how eager Iranian people are to communicate with the west, and how what the media shows is not the true representation of Iran,” Elahi said.Elahi, who emigrated to the United States from Iran when she was 16 years old, said she relates to the exhibit’s mission on a personal level.“When I came to the U.S., a melting pot of different cultures, I realized how much my government, my media had skewed my mind to think a certain way about certain people,” Elahi said. “When I met those people, I realized that wasn’t true at all, or that was only part of the story.”The exhibit is not seeking to show some sort of grand image of Iran, Elhai said. Rather, it seeks only to show a fuller vision of Iran, beyond its political and religious conflicts.“It’s actually very mundane things … basically, we’re showing that no, they’re just people,” Elahi said.Maryam Ghadiri, a Ph.D. student at Purdue and the curator of the exhibit, gave a TED Talk called “Iran from a Different Lens” last spring. After seeing the talk, several members of PAND proposed booking the exhibit. The event happens to fall just a few weeks after President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning foreign nationals and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, from entering the country. Catering to fears of “the other,” Elahi said, is nothing new.“This is a very common strategy that many politicians have used in the past to establish their own government and gain popularity,” Elahi said.Though many Americans have pushed back strongly against the travel ban, there are other ways to combat misconceptions and misguided fear, Elahi said. “Another strategy is communication, showing ourselves in the community and trying to represent ourselves,” Elahi said.Tags: Iran, iran from a different lens, McKenna Halllast_img read more

  • Virginia Adventure Getaway and Bike Package!

    first_imgEnter to win a VIRGINIA ADVENTURE getaway to Winchester AND a Trek FX Bike FROM BLUE RIDGE CYCLERY!Winchester GetawayTwo nights at the Japanese-themed Pembroke Springs Retreat B&B where you will enjoy authentic spring-fed Japanese baths.Fly-fishing package for two (beginners to advanced anglers welcome) with Shenandoah Valley Fly Fishing Adventures.Gift Certificate to Alesatian Brewing Company on the Old Town Walking Mall.TECHNICAL SOCKS From King Technical ApparelTrek FX Bike – From Blue Ridge CycleryOr up to $359 credit towards a Trek bike of your choosing!This contest is over.Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on October 15, 2017 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before October 15, 2017 – date and time subject to change. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked.last_img read more

  • Hewlett Armed Home Invasion Victims Tied Up

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Hewlett in whuch an elderly  couple was tied up on Saturday night.A 73-year-old man was getting out of his vehicle that he had just parked in the garage of his Lakeview Drive home when two men wearing dark-colored masks, one of whom was armed with a handgun, forced the victim inside the house at 8:15 p.m.., police said.The assailants forced the victim to walk from room to room after they demanded money and property. They found his 72-year-old wife in the master bedroom, where the same demands were made of her.The masked duo tied both victims’ hands behind their backs before they fled with cash and jewelry.  The couple, who was not injured, then called 911.  There was no description of the suspects.Fourth Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

  • Pols Call for Common Core Delay, Cuomo Urges Patience

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State legislators are urging state education department and Board of Regents leaders to delay implementing controversial Common Core standards while Long Island lawmakers push a bill to do just that.State Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) as well as Assembly Speak Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) all released statements Tuesday calling for a delaying the widely criticized rollout of the new tests and curricula. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Albany should wait for his panel reviewing the issue to release its recommendations—an idea that did not sit well with some.“I believe that a panel of so-called experts will not know more than thousands of parents, teachers, and students who already know that implementation of Common Core must be delayed,” State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) told the Press.How long it should be delayed depends upon the lawmaker. Boyle said he is drafting legislation that would delay Common Core for three years, while Silver and Skelos said should be delayed at least two years.Long Island Parents & Teachers Revolt Against Common CoreThe state Senate leaders are also calling for a delay in the operation of the Education Data Portal for one year, citing concerns about “the ability of unauthorized third-parties to access personally identifiable information of students, teachers, and principals.”They maintain that they support an “improved education curriculum that increases standards,” but that the implementation, as it now stands, “has been poorly executed.”The state legislators, conscious of the bottom line, stopped short of calling for a full repeal of Common Core.In a letter to constituents, Boyle conceded that “a complete repeal of Common Core [would be] impractical, as it would cost our New York schools literally billions in dollars in education aid.”Melissa Derosa, the communications director for Cuomo, issued a statement in reaction to calls from the legislature for a Common Core moratorium, expressing support for the overall program while agreeing that the rollout is flawed.“The Governor announced that he will assemble a panel that includes education experts and members of the legislature to identify flaws in Common Core’s rollout and take corrective action by the end of this session,” she said. “It would be premature to consider any moratorium before the panel is allowed to do its work.”last_img read more

  • Tips to optimize your consumer and business check programs

    first_imgWhat tricks is your financial institution using to optimize the profitability of its consumer and business check programs? If you’re smart, you’re building online capabilities into account offerings, allowing customers to pay bills, deposit and transfer funds, and monitor balances all without ever having to touch a single piece of paper. Online banking is dominating the industry, and this reflects the preferences of a growing number of consumers.But it pays to pursue every route when optimizing check program profitability [click the link to download the 6 Best Practices that Increase Check Program Profitability white paper]. Here are some tips to implement at your financial institution:Online check orderingPaperless checking is now a reality of the marketplace, but things aren’t all over yet for paper checks. A GoBankingRates survey found nearly half (42%) of consumers still write paper checks on a monthly basis. Still, nearly as many — 38% — say they never write checks, and we can presume that many of them are using online channels for their payment needs. Even among check writers, online banking use is growing, so it makes sense to integrate online check ordering functionality into your banking website. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • 3 ways to improve your office communication skills

    first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Some people are born to be great communicators. The rest of us have to work a little harder. No matter if you work in credit unions or cook at the diner on the corner, it’s important to be an effective communicator. If you know you could improve in this area, here are three things to consider…Be open and honest: You’ll be a lot easier to talk to if you seem approachable. Try some small talk to make the situation comfortable before the real conversation begins. If people feel a connection when they talk to you, they’re more likely to be open and honest with you. Speak in a conversational tone. Use stories in your examples. Connect on a personal level. Don’t be a robot.Don’t just talk: If you want to be a great communicator, you have to remember that communication is a two-way street. Nobody likes talking to someone who never stops to listen. Pay attention to the body language of the person you’re speaking to and make sure your own body language shows that you’re focused and attentive.Let go of your opinions: Communication is about more than what you think and what you want to say. It’s okay if you don’t agree with the person you’re talking to, but make sure they know that you understand where they’re coming from. Take a minute to pause and think about the points they make. It’s okay to have a lull in the conversation. This will show them that you’re truly listening and care about their opinion, even if you don’t agree with them. Don’t be afraid to ask a ton of questions if it’ll help you fully understand someone’s point of view.last_img read more

  • NAFCU’s Long joins Politico Money Podcast to talk recession, shutdown

    first_imgNAFCU Chief Economist Curt Long joined Politico Money Podcast, hosted by Ben White, to offer his thoughts on the risks or likelihood of another recession.Long noted one of the economic indicators he looks at is corporate debt. “Corporate debt is one of those things that I look at that is like kindling. It may not be the spark that starts the recession, but if that spark is there it is something that can certainly add fuel to the fire,” said Long.In his recent column, “The Bottom Line: Pondering the Next Recession,” featured in The NAFCU Journal, Long discussed three key indicators economists looks at when determining whether a recession is looming: the yield curve, the unemployment rate and corporate debt. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

  • PR Insight: Media training tips

    first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When the leadership of a credit union does interviews with the media, they have the potential to make a great impact. Media interviews enable CU spokespeople to educate members and potential members, spread awareness of what the organization is doing and position the credit union as a leader within the community. But these objectives can only be accomplished if CU spokespeople have gone through media training—to help them focus on what they need to communicate to a reporter and do so clearly. Preparation before an interview can mean the difference between being left out of an article and having the article or segment focus on you and your organization.Before the InterviewThe first thing to do once the interview has been scheduled is to review past articles or video clips produced by the reporter conducting the interview. Usually reporters have certain topics or perspectives that reoccur in their articles, so identifying these can help when trying to predict what kinds of questions may be asked. continue reading »last_img read more

  • Nussle points out hypocrisy of bank attacks on tax status, mergers

    first_imgThe latest bank attacks on credit unions have a new level of hypocrisy previously unseen in the financial services sector, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote in Credit Union JournalFriday. Responding to attacks on the tax status and emergency mergers by the big banks, Nussle pointed out the $21 billion windfall banks saw in 2018, and the recently announced merger that would create the sixth largest bank in the country.Bloomberg reported this week that major U.S. banks saw a $21 billion decrease in their tax bills for 2018 due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.“Big banks didn’t invest that money in their own people. Instead they cut around 4,300 jobs last year. The ratio of bank personnel costs to bank revenue declined, as bank employees helped make more money for shareholders but got a smaller part of it. Banks didn’t invest it into communities. Lending growth was 1.3% slower than the previous year,” Nussle wrote. “The real winner of the bank tax windfall seems to be shareholders who got a $28 billion increase in dividends and stock buybacks in 2018. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Amundi set to win contest for Pioneer Investments

    first_imgEurope’s largest asset manager, Amundi, appeared poised to sign a deal with Italy’s biggest bank, UniCredit, to buy its asset management subsidiary Pioneer Investments, according to a joint statement from the two businesses today.UniCredit, which reported total group assets of €874.5bn at the end of September, and Amundi said in a statement: “UniCredit and Amundi today announced that they have entered into exclusive negotiations in relation to the possible sale of the Pioneer Investments business to Amundi.”Last month, UniCredit confirmed it had offers on the table from different parties wanting to buy Pioneer Investments and that it was in negotiations with potential buyers.Italy’s postal service Poste Italiane was one of the parties bidding for Pioneer, having formed a group with Italian bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and Italian independent asset manager ANIMA to do so. Offers for Pioneer have been reported in the media at around €3.6bn.UniCredit is holding a “capital markets day” in London on 13 December, at which it has said it will unveil the outcome of the strategic review it is now undertaking.The group-wide review is focusing on how to reinforce and make the best of UniCredit’s capital position, the bank has said, as well as improving profitability and making sure its operations are continuously transformed while at the same time keeping the flexibility necessary to “seize value-creating opportunities.”UniCredit, like many other Italian banks, is attempting to strengthen its capital base.Despite the announcement suggesting a deal may be close, UniCredit’s share price fell by more than 4% in Monday’s trading, in line with those of other Italian banks, after Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi’s reform plans were rejected in a referendum.Amundi has its headquarters in Paris and manages more than €1trn of assets.last_img read more