Collaborating competitors: The future of CUSOs

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The sixth cooperative principle is probably the best definition of a credit union service organization, specifically:“Cooperation among cooperatives: Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.”Early CUSO models, like CU Direct Lending and CO-OP Financial Services were extremely successful because it gave access to essential products/services at an affordable price. And I have to admit I have always been smitten with the shared branch CUSO model. In my opinion that should have been our “National Brand Campaign” about the credit union difference. We work together!Then many of us became competitors with field of membership changes that included community charters that of course overlapped. In fact, one of the arguments I have heard against joining the shared branch network is, “I don’t want to send my members to my competitors.” But what if we collaborated with our competitors? continue reading »last_img read more

ILOILO CAPITOL SHUTS DOWN: GSO employee tests positive for COVID-19

first_img“For two days wala sang makasulod umpisa tomorrow,”Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said yesterday morning. They were ordered to undergo home quarantine and scheduled for swabbing today. “He was also tasked to collect and dispose garbage from offices,” added Raymundo. The Municipal Health Office (MHO) immediately launched contact tracing. The priority targets were the patient’s fellow market vendors, drivers and conductors. “The capitol will reopen on Wednesday,” said Defensor. ILOILO – From today until tomorrow the Iloilo provincial capitol is off-limits to the public. It will be thoroughly disinfected. An employee of the General Services Office (GSO) tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). On Saturday afternoon, the public market was temporarily closed for disinfection. It was reopened on Sunday morning with people required to observe the “one entrance, one exit” policy to better police the volume of people entering. SAN JOAQUIN VENDOR The employee – a 29-year-old male resident of Barangay Pali Benedicto, Mandurriao, Iloilo City – was a utility personnel at the sixth floor of the capitol. The first COVID-19 case of San Joaquin was a 32-year-old nurse at the MHO. Meanwhile, a market vendor in San Joaquin town tested positive for COVID-19 – the municipality’ second such case. GSO head Aaron Raymundo told Panay News this utility worker’s assignment was to clean the hallway and comfort room on the sixth floor. Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City locked down a neighborhood in the village for three days beginning July 29 after 10 residents there tested positive for COVID-19. Aside from disinfecting the provincial capitol, contact tracing would be conducted, too. From what he had so far gathered, said Raymundo, the GSO employee was swabbed on July 29 – one of several residents of Barangay Pali Benedicto, Mandurriao subjected to COVID testing. The result was released on Saturday, July 31. The governor also revealed he had already been swabbed and his specimen would be tested for COVID-19. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness./PN People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Raymundo said seven capitol employees have been identified as possible close contacts of the GSO employee. The GSO employee is the first provincial capitol worker to test positive for COVID-19. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Most people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment, according to the World Health Organization. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. “Samtang nagahulat sang result, diri lang anay kita ma-quarantine,” added Defensor, referring to his office. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. This asymptomatic 70-year-old male was placed in isolation at the town’s quarantine facility, said Mayor Ninfa Garin. THE ILLNESS The patient was randomly tested on July 28, an initiative of Cong. Janette Garin of the 1st District. He is hoping for a faster release of his test result – within 24 hours.last_img read more

New Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes on Deacons in transfer portal: They’ll have to tell me no

first_imgMORE: NCAA NIL rules, explainedForbes, though, because he is taking over in the middle of a pandemic, faces challenges that are unique to the circumstance. Most notably: The Demon Deacons’ best returning player, 7-0 center Olivier Sarr, announced he is entering the NCAA transfer portal, joining Jahcobi Neath, Ismael Massoud and Ody Oguama, and Forbes does not want them to leave.“We talked to every player last night, and I had an unbelievable visit with Olivier today, Ismael, all those kids we’re talking about,” Forbes said. “I think it’s one of those things, you know, there’s uncertainty at this time and they don’t know me. We have to build a relationship. I told them over and over again, my No. 1 recruiting responsibility, and priority, is to get everyone back.“None of those guys — not one player I talked to last night — said they did not want to return to Wake. They all have the desire to return, it’s just a matter of relationships. I understand that. And I told them that: I understand if you want to look at your options. But you’re not going to look at a better option than Wake. You’ve got the triple-double right here: One of the top 30 educations in the country, you got world-class facilities and you play in the best league in America.”Wake Forest was 6-14 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with those players this past season, under now-dismissed Danny Manning. They bowed rather meekly out of the ACC Tournament on its opening day in an 81-72 loss to Pitt, which was no power, either. All told, seven players from that group have entered the portal, leaving Wake with two scholarship currently players on the roster.Forbes will generate enthusiasm at Wake whether or not those players return. It might take a little more time to build a winner if he winds up forced to start with an empty gym, figuratively, with few returning players or none — the way Mick Cronin did at Cincinnati in 2006 or Tom Crean did at Indiana that same year. Both eventually won multiple conference championships.MORE: Clearing up misconceptions about NIL rules for student-athletesForbes won an average of 26 games per season in five years as head coach at East Tennessee State, and his teams twice earned NCAA Tournament bids by winning the Southern Conference championship, including this past season. His Buccaneers, like all teams that had qualified or aspired to compete in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, were kept from competing when it was canceled March 12. Taking over Wake with the COVID-19 crisis still impacting the nation means Forbes’ gym also is empty, literally. Players are not on campus. They cannot yet meet with him in person as a group or individually.“It’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge that I’m up for and I’m going to work really hard to build relationships,” Forbes said. “And I really want to get everybody back.“Those are our most important recruits. … These are fine young men. They are ingrained in our community. It’s my job to build a relationship with them and get them to come back. So that’s what I’m going to do. They’re going to have to tell me no.” Steve Forbes, wearing a dark jacket and yellow tie that nicely corresponded to the school colors of his new employer, met the assembled media who cover Wake Forest basketball Friday morning in a manner unlike anyone who ever has accepted a high-major coaching job.He stood at a podium. Reporters, via an internet service called WebEx, logged in from their home offices and guestrooms and the like, and asked the sorts of questions that often are asked about coaches taking over failing programs.last_img read more