The credit union movement is built on a foundation of collaboration that dates back more than 100 years. And, that cooperative spirit is more important today than ever.Why? One of the industry’s biggest challenges is keeping abreast of the race for new technology, where advances in the financial services marketplace seem to take place daily. Fueled by the innovation of fintech firms and coupled with the need to satisfy the demands of the modern consumer, technology is becoming all important to member service. Credit unions must keep up.In 2012, the Credit Union National Association, Madison, Wis., established the Credit Union Financial Exchange (CUFX) to create a cooperative structure through which credit unions, credit union service organizations and credit union vendors could share existing and new technologies via an open architecture integration standard that would be available to the industry without cost.According to the CUFX website, the group leverages credit union, core and vendor collaboration to develop and maintain an integration standard that – when adopted by credit unions and vendors – will simplify the process of connecting various best-of-breed solutions with whatever core transaction system a particular credit union may be running. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Stuff.co.nz 9 December 2016Family First Comment: More good news – and more reasons that the Greens are unelectable… “The Greens are the only political party in New Zealand that backs comprehensive abortion reform. Other politicians are happy with current abortion law, among them Justice Minister Adams. “Abortion is a deeply personal issue and has traditionally been left as a conscience issue for MPs, and that’s appropriate,” Adams said. “Wholesale reform of abortion law is not something I’m currently looking at.” #chooselifeJustice Minister Amy Adams is ruling out abortion reform, as thousands sign a petition calling for an overhaul of New Zealand’s legislation.Abortions are still illegal under the Crimes Act, and may only be carried out if pregnancy poses a risk to the physical or mental health of the mother.They are also permitted in cases of incest or fetal abnormality, but there’s no exception for rape victims.Student Sarah Batkin, 23, launched the petition on Change.org to raise awareness of the murky legal status around abortion.“My tactic is to make a big fuss, and bring it into New Zealand’s collective consciousness,” she said.Batkin said it was particularly offensive that people had to turn to their mental health to justify having an abortion.“I think it’s dishonest and quite cruel actually to make women pretend that they’re mentally unwell,” she said.Learne McArthur of Christchurch signed Batkin’s petition, and described how she found herself in that position.“When I had my abortion, I had never been clearer in my thinking, yet I was compelled to say my mental health was at risk from the pregnancy,” she wrote.“Two very sane and reasonable doctors were compelled to lie in order to support me.”Jan Logie, Green spokeswoman for women’s issues, said it made no sense to make people fake their mental health.“There’s a degree of dishonesty in the current system, and that doesn’t serve anyone,” she said.“People want to live with integrity, and we should be supporting that.”The Greens are the only political party in New Zealand that backs comprehensive abortion reform.Other politicians are happy with current abortion law, among them Justice Minister Adams.“Abortion is a deeply personal issue and has traditionally been left as a conscience issue for MPs, and that’s appropriate,” Adams said.“Wholesale reform of abortion law is not something I’m currently looking at.”Abortions peaked at 18,511 in 2003 but have been steadily dropping since then, aside from a brief increase in 2005 and 2006.There were 13,155 abortions performed in New Zealand in 2015.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/87373287/justice-minister-amy-adams-rejects-calls-for-abortion-reform
LONDON, England (CMC) – Head coach Stuart Law has praised the character of Test captain Jason Holder and says he could be an effective leader over the next decade in West Indies cricket.The 25-year-old all-rounder is preparing to lead West Indies in the opening Test of a three-Test series against England in which the visitors have been labelled as rank underdogs.“It is a lot of responsibility, and he does it with fantastic integrity,” Law said here.“He’s a young man, but very intelligent and high-quality. He’s doing everything to make sure he captains this side not just this series but for 10 or 15 years.”Holder was named Test captain two years ago, just a year after he was given charge of the one-day team, and has come in for widespread praise for his maturity despite the side’s losing slide.Under his watch, West Indies have won just two of their 15 Tests but have shown signs of development and professionalism. They stunned Pakistan last November in the United Arab Emirates to win the final Test despite losing the three-Test series and also took a Test off the Pakistanis on the recent home tour as they again went down 2-1.The tour of England represents one of the toughest challenges of Holder’s captaincy, especially with the youthful side – inexperienced in English conditions – already being written off by pundits.But Law said such was Holder’s character that such criticism only served to motivate him.“He takes it with a pinch of salt, the things said about him and this team and uses them to drive him and them forward,” said Law, who took over the side last March.“He’s got experience. He’s done it at this level, and I’m looking forward to how he performs.”The Windies take on England in the day/night opening Test starting Thursday at Edgbaston.