Strategy and execution help to ensure a sustainable future

first_imgWhen a Credit Union embraces sustainability as a part of its core values or ethos, it reaches far beyond its facilities and becomes a clear part of “who we are” and “why are we here.” So often when we sit down with our clients to discuss their goals, as well as the issues that are keeping them awake at night, we hear a common theme. “We need to enhance the member experience while driving more revenue as we become a more effective and efficient organization.” Lofty goals one might say? We don’t think so.Sustainability and strategic thinking go hand in hand. When asked about an organization that used change management, cultural transformation, and community messaging to achieve these goals, we look to $779 million 3Rivers Federal Credit Union in Fort Wayne, Indiana.Their journey began seven years ago with research regarding the placement of retail locations, the review of relevant delivery channels, the development of a retail prototype and unique corporate campus. The management team and board reviewed the growth of the Credit Union over the past 20 years and wanted to take a hard look into the future of their organization, so that they could ensure that they continued to serve the needs of their community. As one key executive stated, “Help us to sustain our growth and design our retail facilities and our workplace to foster and promote a higher level of conversation with our members and our staff.”The comprehensive planning activities paid off, and it’s working. “Our goal was to apply the principles of sustainable design to all of our facilities and best business practices,” explains Tiffany Yoquelet, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at 3Rivers FCU. “We were committed that everything, including our growth, would be organic in manner. Facilities match our business philosophy and help our brand resonate with members and staff. The physical transformation provided the groundwork for an evolution in our staff culture and how we serve members today.”The journey hasn’t been easy. It requires discipline, rigor and commitment in the approach to projecting growth, identifying and achieving reasonable returns on the physical assets and creating a workplace environment that reflects and promotes the core values of the Credit Union. Many hours were spent as a team in evaluating and questioning each and every component of the strategic facilities plan to ensure proper alignment with the management team in delivering world-class financial services to their community. As 3Rivers celebrates their 80th anniversary, the mission of “helping people understand money matters, every day” has continued to serve as the benchmark of how this organization delivers their services and sustains their growth. 136SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Saunders Bob is a founding partner of Momentum (, which is a national provider of strategic facilities services to the financial industry, as well as higher education. Strategic operations … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Indikator poll shows dip in trust, high health focus for govt’s COVID-19 response

first_imgA recent survey by Jakarta-based public opinion pollster Politik Indonesia shows that the economic impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic have caused a declining trend in public trust.Indikator executive director Burhanuddin Muhtadi said that the “significant” waning of public trust in government could be a result of the economic impacts of the health crisis, which had prompted regional administrations to enforce months of quarantine, social distancing and restrictions on economic activities.”When I conducted the regression analysis, I found that the worsening economic condition greatly impacted the public trust in democratic institutions,” Burhanuddin told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Regression analysis basically examines the cause-and-effect relationship between a dependent variable and a set of independent variable; it is called “regression” because the method uses historical data.The survey, conducted between May 16 and 18, involved 1,200 respondents across Indonesia regarding their level of trust in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representatives Council (DPD), the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).Compared to Indikator’s previous survey in February, the latest survey shows a dip in public trust. However, the survey’s respondents generally trusted the government, with at least 60 percent checking “strongly trust” or “somewhat trust” in their responses.Read also: Indonesia records spike in COVID-19 cases as govt eases restrictionsThe President’s approval rating remained relatively high at 82.8 percent, dropping by 9.4 percentage points from 92.2 percent in the February survey.The May survey also showed growing dissatisfaction in the government’s COVID-19 response and democracy in general, but not Jokowi.The May survey showed that trust in the DPR declined 14.5 percentage points from 74.6 percent in February to 60.1 percent. Trust in the DPD fared a little better, declining 11.1 percentage points from 74.6 percent to 63.5 percent in May, while trust in the MPR dipped 7 percentage points from 79.1 percent to 72.1 percent.Among law and security institutions, the KPK recorded the lowest level of trust, declining 6.6 percentage points from 81.3 percent to 74.7 percent, followed by the National Police recording a decline of 6.2 percentage points from 85.6 percent to 79.4 percent.The TNI recorded the highest level of trust but saw the largest decline, dipping 9.9 percentage points from 95.4 percent to 85.5 percent.Meanwhile, 74.1 percent of respondents indicated trust in the judiciary, which was not covered in the February survey.Regarding the economic variable, 81 percent of respondents perceived the economic condition in May as “bad”, the worst response recorded since 2004. Indikator’s 2015 survey was the second worst, with 47.9 percent rating the economy as “bad”.Indonesia’s economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter of 2020, the lowest since 2001, as household spending and investment growth slowed in response to the outbreak.Read also: COVID-19: Jokowi urges ministry to reach out to poor families amid uneven aid distributionThe World Bank recently revised its growth projection to zero percent for Indonesia if it implemented the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for two months amid the severe global economic slowdown and falling commodity prices. It also projected economic shrinkage of 3.5 percent in the worst-case scenario of the PSBB lasting four months.In response to the economic impacts of the health crisis, the government has proceeded with its plan for gradually transitioning to its “new normal” phase in June. The plan involves easing the PSBB and cautiously reopening the economy with strict health protocols in certain regions, including the nation’s capital and COVID-19 epicenter of Jakarta.”The government responded with the ‘new normal’ measure because the economy would be devastated if the strict PSBB measures were to continue. On the other hand, the middle class is urging to continue [with] the PSBB because the previous attempts had [not] succeeded in mitigating the [outbreak],” said Burhanuddin.The May survey showed that 60.7 percent of respondents believed that the government should prioritize public health in its COVID-19 response, whereas 33.9 percent said the government should prioritize the economy.”We should find a solution. If the economy is hit severely, democracy will also be damaged as well. However, the government should not rush to implement the new normal by sacrificing public health,” Burhanuddin said.As of Thursday, Indonesia reported 979 new cases to bring the cumulative total to 35,295 confirmed cases, with 12,636 recovered and 2,000 deaths.Topics :last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Get Fresh Catering seeks Financial Officer / Accountant

first_imgJob Vacancy: Get Fresh Vending & Catering in Stranorlar are now seeking a Financial Officer / Accountant to manage the day-to-day accounts of a busy office. The role involves working as part of a team and reporting to Managing Directors on a weekly basis.Responsibilities Develop and implement Financial ControlsPrepare Financial / Management Accounts and Cash Flow ProjectionsReport on Financial Performance to Managing Directors on a Weekly / Monthly BasisManage the Year End Audit process ensuring accounts are prepared and filed within a set deadlineEnsure all Revenue Returns are filed in a timely manner. (This will also include VAT/PAYE/RCT returns).Ensure Timely payments of Services and SuppliersEnsure Timely & Accurate sales invoices are issuedDealing with all Debtors and CreditorsBanking (Monitoring of bank and accounts including payments and reconciliations)Review and Identify areas of improvement in financial processes, control and reportingQualificationsAbility to Multi-Task under PressureEfficient with work-load – ability to prioritise and take initiativeExcellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skillsHighly Motivated with Ability to work on their own initiativePrevious experience with The Red Cloud and Thesaurus Payroll software preferableExcellent Numerical & Mathematical Accuracy Skills with a level of Attention to DetailMinimum of 2+ years experienceClean Driving LicenceTermsSalary Negotiable based on qualifications and experience.To apply for this position, please forward on a copy of your recent CV and Copies of your Certificates and Qualifications to or by post to Get Fresh Vending and Catering, Dunwiley, Stranorlar, Lifford, Co. Donegal.Closing Date for Application is Friday 14th July 2017 Job Vacancy: Get Fresh Catering seeks Financial Officer / Accountant was last modified: July 5th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:AccountantFinancial Officerget freshjobVacancylast_img read more


first_imgNoel Boyle from The Paper Post in Letterkenny is hoping to sell the winning ticketLOTTO fever has hit Donegal today – as the EuroMillions jackpot hits €125M.Lottery retailers across the county are reporting a brisk trade as punters bid to get their hands on one of the biggest ever jackpots.Noel Boyle, from The Paper Post in Letterkenny, said: “It hasn’t stopped all morning. “When there is such a big jackpot there are always more players and we’ve been inundated today.“Fingers crossed I might sell the winning ticket.” LOTTO FEVER GRIPS DONEGAL AS JACKPOT HITS €125MILLION was last modified: January 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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:euromillionsLOTTO FEVER GRIPS DONEGAL AS JACKPOT HITS €125MILLIONlast_img read more

Golden Dawn no place in Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A damning report in The Australian, linking the Greek community to neo-Nazis has outraged the community. The report that appeared in Thursday’s edition of The Australian, entitled ‘Greek neo-Nazis set up local chapter’ also appeared on the front page of the newspaper with members of Golden Dawn holding Greek flags. The article which reported the right-wing extremist party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) have set up an Australian chapter has sparked an outcry by the community who have suggested that these discussions may be a “media beat up.” As it stands, Golden Dawn do not appear to have set up a local chapter but this report has created a premature discussion about this based on the Facebook page Xrysh Avgh Melbourne (Golden Dawn Melbourne). Panayiotis Diamadis, Australian Hellenic Council NSW, Media and Policy Director, went as far to say the report in The Australian associating the term neo-Nazi with the Greek community was damaging for the community. “The very fact it’s on the front page, Greek neo-Nazis with the Greek flag associated it is enough for [readers] to glance at the page and make the association which is very dangerous for our community,” Mr Diamadis tells Neos Kosmos. By discussing a Facebook page, Mr Diamadis says this does not mean that Golden Dawn have in fact opened a local chapter in Australia, as the newspaper report suggests. He says that the article is nothing but a “media beat up” and “just because someone has created a Facebook page…it’s hardly what you would call an organisational branch office”. Bill Papastergiadis, President, Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria also believes that this may be a “media beat up” but is also vehemently opposed to Golden Dawn having a presence in Australia. The Facebook page entitled Xrysh Avgh Melbourne (Golden Dawn Melbourne) was picked up by reporters at The Australian who contacted members of the Greek and Jewish communities about their concern of this party creating an Australian following. But since Thursday’s article, the Facebook page has either been removed by its administrators or Facebook itself. Facebook has the authority to delete pages they believe insight racial vilification. The Facebook page attracted more than 2500 followers, most of whom came from overseas. There were no contact details for the creators of this page, nor did any members put their names or faces to any of the comments. The group were planning to hold meetings to discuss nationalistic policies and widen their appeal outside of Greece – targeting one of the largest Greek communities of the diaspora – Melbourne. They stated that they would translate articles from Greece for their English speaking audience to allow the “Hellenic diaspora to understand the political and [sic] destruction being caused to Mother Hellas”. The article itself has sparked a new concern within community leaders and politicians who have condemned any presence of the party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) in Australia. They state that the racial ideologies the party possess have no place in Australia. “The story of migration of Greek Australians to this country has been a success story and our involvement and participation in Australia has underpinned – to a substantial degree – multiculturalism,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “[The Greek community are] inherently linked with multicultural policies of this country, big supporters of those policies and participants in all of that and hence anything that really challenges that position I don’t believe has much cred or full support in our community.” Golden Dawn are a right-wing extremist party – linked to neo-Nazism and Fascism – who received 18 seats in Greek parliament on the back of the economic and political crisis in Greece. They have targeted migrant minorities in Greece as causing the crisis, and have gone as far to suggest landmines as part of Greece’s border protection Jeremy Jones, Director of International and Community Affair, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, says that the Jewish community is aware of Golden Dawn’s emergence in Greece and finds it concerning. “I have seen reports of openly Nazi material on display in their party headquarters,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “Mein Kampf, which was written by Adolf Hitler, alongside works of other racial superiority so the Golden Dawn movement is something that we are very concerned with and I am yet to meet a person from Greece or in Greece who also isn’t concerned that a group like this could be emerging.” He went on to say that because Australia is a country where people are either born overseas, or have their roots in other countries that “political movements which have no direct relevance to Australia” may surface. “It’s bad enough they emerge in a particular social setting with the crisis in Greece but for people in Australia to be supporting this idea is so repugnant especially when you consider you are talking about an anti-immigrant party growing up in a group of immigrants you’d think they would realise the stupidity of what they are doing.” The emergence of this Facebook group has alarmed members of the Greek community in Australia. “There is absolutely no place for Golden Dawn in Melbourne,” the Minister for Multiculturalism and Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras tells Neos Kosmos. “It’s offensive and I just believe individuals involved are ill-informed and ignorant who need to read and find out what’s really going on rather than exploiting the [political] situation [in Greece].” Mr Papastergiadis says: “My personal view is that it’s a small element that is not representative of our community in any sense.” In June this year, Neos Kosmos reported on the purported presence of Golden Dawn in Australia. This report detailed comments made by Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panagiotaros to the ABC in May, stating that “three or four offices are going to be formed” in Australia.last_img read more

Battery may overheat on certain models

first_img Captions Audio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenApple is recalling an undetermined number of 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops after learning of an issue that could cause the battery to overheat and pose safety risks. The company is asking owners of select MacBook Pros made between September 2015 and February 2017 to return them to Apple or take them to an Apple Store (or possibly Best Buy), so the batter can be swapped out. “Because customer safety is a top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using affected 15-inch MacBook Pro units,” the company said in a statement. “Customers should visit for details on product eligibility and how to have a battery replaced, free of charge.”The recall doesn’t affect other MacBook computers. Owners can go to that website and enter their MacBook’s serial number to see if they’re included in the action. Only those that say “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015),” when checking the “About this MacBook” option in the Apple menu in the top right corner of the screen. Last year, Apple issued a separate MacBook recall to fix a keyboard issue after strong consumer complaints. The company also replaced iPhone X devices that were suffering from FaceID problems.More must-read stories from Fortune:—The fall and rise of VR: The struggle to make virtual reality get real—“It’s just lazy”: Current’s CEO on Facebook Calibra’s similar logo—Slack went public without an IPO. Here’s how a direct offering works—Welcome to the next generation of corporate phishing scams—Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 DailyCatch up with Data Sheet, Fortune‘s daily digest on the business of tech.You May Like Sponsored Content by Ultimate Software Apple’s New MacBook Air, iPad Pro and MoreThe company unveils a host of new products at its latest event.ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:16Loaded: 12.96%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:16 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishcenter_img HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4 A Work Culture Built for All Generationslast_img read more