RSF addresses Human Rights Council on pandemic-linked press freedom violations

first_img RSF_en September 15, 2020 RSF addresses Human Rights Council on pandemic-linked press freedom violations Condemning abusesInternational bodies Covid19United Nations In a statement today to the United Nations Human Rights Council in the presence of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned the many violations of media rights in connection with coverage of the coronavirus crisis in more than a third of UN member countries, and pointed out that these violations put everyone’s health in danger. RSF also called for the release of all journalists imprisoned during the pandemic whose lives are threatened by the virus, and urged governments to stop all intimidation of the media. Credit : AFP Condemning abusesInternational bodies Covid19United Nations center_img Organisation Madam High Commissioner,Reporters Without Borders (RSF) thanks you and expresses its deep concern about the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on press freedom throughout the world.Those whose job it is to inform the public have been targeted by many governments, which have used physical and verbal attacks against journalists, arbitrary detention, intimidation and withdrawal of accreditation.Between the start of the pandemic and 29 June, RSF registered violations of the media’s right to cover the Covid-19 crisis in no fewer than 90 UN member nations. Governments must stop “blaming the messenger.” We urge them to take measures to protect press freedom and to allow journalists to provide reliable information, because journalism can save lives.Reliable information about the pandemic is essential for citizens and societies to be able to protect themselves. Violations of media rights in the context of the pandemic are direct violations of the right to health and must be condemned as such.RSF calls on all governments to free all those who are detained simply for expressing critical or dissident views and whose detention during the pandemic puts their lives in danger. We therefore again urge the United Kingdom to immediately release Julian Assange, whose state of health, as the UN special rapporteur on torture has attested, is extremely worrying, as is that of Amadou Vamoulke, a journalist imprisoned in Cameroon.Finally, we ask the Human Rights Council to demand an independent investigation into the causes of the deaths of the Saudi journalist Saleh al-Shehi and the Egyptian journalist Mohamed Monir, who are said to have died as a result of catching the coronavirus in prison.I thank you.Oral statement delivered by Isabel Amosse, Head of Advocacy at RSF News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Pasadena’s Spokeo Achieves Record Growth in 2015

first_img Community News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Spokeo, the leading people search engine, today announced a record-breaking year. The company experienced a 95% percent revenue growth increase between 2013 and 2015 and is projected to end 2015 with $78 million in revenue. Spokeo also increased its employee count to 200 and grew to 24,593 square feet of office space in its Pasadena headquarters.This year, Spokeo reaffirmed its position as a leader in data technology by reaching significant technological milestones. In 2015, the company amassed 12 billion records, allowing it to have some of the most outstanding and robust data coverage in the global people search industry. Additionally, in October the company launched Spokeo Enterprise, its first business-to-business solution tailored to meet the needs of businesses and organizations in helping them find, validate and connect with individuals.“We are thrilled with our progress this year as we near our 10th anniversary in 2016,” said Harrison Tang, chief executive officer and co-founder, Spokeo. “Spokeo grew across all major metrics including revenue, employee count, headquarters expansion and technological advances. We have best in breed talent and our customers continue to show strong demand for easy, direct access to people search information.”Additionally, the company received several prestigious national and local awards:• CEO Harrison Tang was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Los Angeles region (consumer services category)• Spokeo made the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list of North America’s fastest growing technology companies• For the third consecutive year Spokeo was named one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private CompaniesThe company also excelled in its philanthropic efforts:• Spokeo Search Angels – Spokeo held its third annual search and named three volunteers the 2015 Spokeo Search Angels. These women volunteer their time to helping adult adoptees find and reunite with their birth families• Rails Girls LA – To increase the number of women in the tech industry, Spokeo hosted a two-day workshop educating women in software craftsmanship by providing a comfortable learning space and by making technology approachable• Innovate Pasadena – Spokeo continues to sponsor this nonprofit, community-driven organization advancing Greater Pasadena as a center for technology and design. This October, the company was a sponsor for the annual Connect Week conferenceFor more information about Spokeo, visit www.spokeo.com.About SpokeoSpokeo is a leading people search service using proprietary technology to organize public information into comprehensive yet easy-to-understand online profiles. Based in Pasadena, Spokeo makes it easier than ever to help reunite friends and family, browse celebrities, and discover information about your online footprint, by simply searching a name, address, email, phone or username. In the past year, the company launched two new websites: Spokeo Enterprise and Family.me. Spokeo Enterprise is a people search service optimized for high-volume business solutions and helps businesses find and/or validate people and customers. Family.me is a private social network where families interact to discover, share and preserve their memories.Spokeo was recently named as one of the Inc. 5000, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and Los Angeles Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies. Spokeo’s CEO Harrison Tang won the 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Consumer Services category. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business: Retail News Pasadena’s Spokeo Achieves Record Growth in 2015 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 11:29 am More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community Newscenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Make a comment Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Ultimatums Are Unhealthy For RelationshipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

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Denial Of Access To Food To Poor Aggravates Lockdown Distress: Delhi HC Passes Directions For PDS Shops[Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDenial Of Access To Food To Poor Aggravates Lockdown Distress: Delhi HC Passes Directions For PDS Shops[Read Order] Akshita Saxena27 April 2020 11:48 PMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Monday observed that ‘denial of access to food’ due to improper distribution of food grains among the poor and marginalized has “further aggravated” the hardship caused due to the ongoing lockdown. “The distress caused to the residents of the city, by the ongoing lockdown imposed in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, has been further aggravated…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Monday observed that ‘denial of access to food’ due to improper distribution of food grains among the poor and marginalized has “further aggravated” the hardship caused due to the ongoing lockdown. “The distress caused to the residents of the city, by the ongoing lockdown imposed in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, has been further aggravated by the stated denial of access to food grain to the poor, under-privileged and marginalized sections of the populace,” a Division Bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul & Talwant Singh observed. The remarks were made in a PIL filed by Delhi Rozi-Roti Adhika Abhiyan, raising concerns over widespread violations in the implementation of the National Food Security Act, including ration shops being shut during working hours, denial of access to food grain and other key resources and lack of implementation of necessary grievance redressal and accountability mechanisms. In order to ensure that “no one goes hungry,” the bench has directed the Delhi Government to immediately set up a Grievance Helpline Numbers, so as to enable members of the public, who may be aggrieved qua the lack of distribution of the food grains, to seek redressal of their grievances, by contacting the Nodal Officers appointed for the said purpose. The court has also sought a detailed response from the Government, and has listed the matter for hearing on May 6. The Delhi government had informed the Court that it was undertaking necessary steps to alleviate their suffering through various measures, stated to include the serving of hot meals twice a day at a large number of specified locations. Hunger Relief Centres are set up within 200 metres of each residential zone which are feeding around 10 lakh people every day. Moreover, the benefits of the mid-day meal scheme are not just extended to the students but also their parents, the government had submitted. The submission was opposed by the Petitioner which informed the court that 37% of ration shops in Delhi were found to be shut on working days, and thus there was a pressing need to make the data on the functioning of ration shops and the grievances, public. In these circumstances, the court ordered the Government to ensure that all the Public Distribution System (PDS) are open and efficiently disbursing ration to beneficiaries, as per the PDS scheme. Delhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To Monitor Ration Shops And Ensure That Ration Is Being Disbursed To Beneficiaries”The GNCTD shall also ensure that food grains are distributed to the poor, needy and marginalized non-PDS residents from the PDS, as well as, other distribution centers stated to be set-up by them, for the said purpose,” the bench added. The process of distribution of ration to both the PDS and non-PDS residents has to be “strictly monitored” through Sub Divisional Magistrates, and daily updates on disbursement of ration after each day have to be maintained on their official websites. Case Details:Case Title: Delhi Rozi-Roti Adhikar Abhiyan v. Union of India & Ors.Case No.: WP No. 2161/2017Bench: Justice Siddharth Mridul & Talwant SinghAppearance: Senior Advocate Sanjay Parikh and Advocate Prasanna S. (for Petitioner); Advocates BS Shukla, Anuj Aggarwal and Zoheb Hussain (for Respondent) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Shumlin announces that annual state surplus auction will continue

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today announced that the state surplus vehicle and equipment auction, which is traditionally held every Spring in Berlin and allows Vermonters to personally inspect everything from dump trucks to tools, will continue to be held in future years.  ‘I met a number of Vermonters at the auction earlier this month,’ the governor said, referring to the May 7 auction that was held at the Agency of Transportation’s Central Garage on the Barre-Montpelier Road. ‘Many came up to me and said they look forward to the auction and to having a chance to inspect the vehicles up close. They can kick the tires and make up their mind which vehicle they will bid on.  Physical auctions are truly a Vermont tradition.’ The state had considered eliminating the in-person auction in favor of an online format for people to bid on surplus equipment. But Governor Shumlin decided to continue the physical auctions, saying most Vermonters prefer to personally inspect big purchase items before deciding to bid. ‘I was pleased to hear that 88 percent of the bidders were Vermonters and that 50 percent ($260,000) of the total auction revenues ($520,000) came from Vermonters,’ the Governor said. ‘It looks like a significant amount of our surplus vehicles and equipment ended up back in Vermont communities, and that is a good thing.’ Governor  Shumlin said there remain a number of Vermonters who do not have access to the internet and would be unable to participate in an online auction. ‘Until they do have internet access, we need to make sure that, when it is time to decommission State assets and put them up for sale, all Vermonters have the opportunity to buy them,’ the governor said. Source: Governor’s office. 5.17.2011last_img read more

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Rwanda: Police Keep Weapons in Check

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2011 Rwanda is addresing the illegal small arms and light weapons, or SALW, that are threatening the East Africa region, which has about 500,000 arms. The country has been making strides to control SALW, despite the challenge of porous borders of neighboring states. In 2007, the Central Firearms Registry was established to strengthen firearms registration, stock heap management and traceability of illicit firearms within the country. In late December 2010, Rwanda National Police received a vehicle equipped with tools to mark firearms in the coun try, provided by the East African Community. The police received arms registration software from the U.N. Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa. This software, which is a database, will assist in the prevention of the illegal brokering and trafficking of weapons. The database registers arms brokers, fee-based individuals or companies that facilitate the transfer of arms from suppliers to buyers for effective control of transfer of weapons. “This is very important to deter, stop, deny and follow up any subversive activity related to SALW,” said Emmanuel Gasana, commissioner general of the police.last_img read more

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Vanished: Dix Hills Father Still Missing After 2 Months

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A missing person flyer tucked onto the windshield of a car at the Long Island Rail Road Deer Park Station, where his bright red 2004 Pontiac GTO was found. (Photo courtesy of Bob Savage)[dropcap]R[/dropcap]obert Mayer left his Dix Hills home around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, June 14, in his bright red 2004 Pontiac GTO, the same routine he’s had on countless mornings as an electrician, rising before dawn to get to his jobsite—this time, a massive theater complex under construction in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.Around 9 a.m., he spoke with his wife Ida about their weekend plans. Father’s Day was that Sunday, and his mother and in-laws were coming by for a barbeque. Ida told him she’d buy some lobster; he asked her to also pick up some oysters. Mayer loved to barbeque.They also talked briefly about an upcoming vacation to Italy that they’d been planning for July 7.“He was happy,” Ida tells the Press. “Everything was good.”Unbeknownst to her, it would be the last conversation she’d have with her husband of 18 years. Robert never came home that night, and has not been seen since.His car—which Ida says he “loved”—was discovered the next day abandoned in the Long Island Rail Road’s Deer Park station parking lot. Its keys were missing, the front seat was moved forward closer to the steering wheel than he’d have it, and the trunk, where Mayer typically would keep his tools, lunchbox and water bottles, was empty; the latter found on the front seat.Ida subsequently discovered Robert’s green mountain bike missing, and found his wallet and $300 cash in a drawer in the garage.A Suffolk County Police Department spokesman tells the Press detectives do not believe Mayer’s disappearance to be the result of foul play at this stage and that there is an active and ongoing investigation into “all leads.”Ida, however, fears the worst.“This is a man who never once spent a night away from home,” she stresses, between sobs. “Not once, not one night in 18 years was he not with me.“He didn’t like the Long Island Rail Road parking lot because of all the thefts [there],” Ida continues, explaining that they’d go so far as to drive into Queens where relatives lived and hop a subway from there rather than take the LIRR whenever heading into the city. “His car, that was his baby, aside from the family, that was what he loved the most, was his car. He just would never leave it there. To find it there without a Club on it—he wouldn’t park it there.“He wouldn’t walk away from everything he has, everything he’s worked for his whole life,” she adds, weeping. “He had no reason to—and his children. We have two children. My son is 15 and my daughter is 11. They mean the world to him.”Their son plays in a band, and Robert, a drummer, attends his shows and helps set up equipment. Their son had a gig on Saturday, the weekend Robert went missing—he just wouldn’t have missed that show, Ida insists.Dix Hills father Robert Mayer has been missing for more than two months. (Photo courtesy of Ida Mayer)“I believe that he’s in danger,” she cries. “Something happened to him.”The 6-foot-1, 200-pound electrician was last seen around 2:15 p.m. on June 14 at the Arrow Scrap yard in West Babylon—where he sold scrap metal from his jobsite. His cell phone went dead about a half hour later. An Arrow foreman tells the Press Mayer had been a longtime, if sporadic, “customer” of the recycling center.“He was a nice, well-composed individual,” he said on Aug. 2—exactly seven weeks to the minute of Mayer’s last known visit—but with little other details to offer. “Over the years, he probably came in here every so often to scrap some metal.”Arrow’s surveillance cameras are aimed at the parking area and the entrance, but the foreman declined to say whether they captured Mayer’s sharp red sports car the day he vanished—a vehicle, said another worker, that would have stood out from the typical daily parade of beat-up pickups and trucks filled with wiring and wreckage that the majority of sellers haul their scraps to the center in. Ida tells the Press that an internal camera did capture Robert that day and “he looked scared. He looked worried.”“So strange,” said the scrap metal worker, shaking his head and expressing sympathy for Mayer’s family as he clenched the “Missing” flyer.Workers at Heavy Metal Scrap a few blocks away—the other recycling yard in the area that deals with the type of materials Mayer would have sold—did not recognize him, nor his car, when shown the handout.About a week after her husband’s disappearance, Suffolk police detectives informed Ida that a neighbor’s camera had recorded what appeared to be her husband’s car by her driveway at approximately 2:41 p.m., June 14, and then showed it pulling out of the driveway 10 minutes later. Only the top of the car was spotted; the driver and/or passengers weren’t. The camera caught Ida’s car pulling into the driveway at about 3 p.m.Further searching the garage, Ida found Rob’s cell phone, turned off, in another drawer in the garage. The $300 she’d found previously matches the transaction he made June 14 at Arrow, she says.“It means to me that he came home,” says Ida. “It means to me that something happened.”“I feel bad for the family,” says Bob Savage, 53, of Port Jefferson, one of dozens of volunteers—many complete strangers—who’ve been searching for answers and trying to raise awareness about the case since Mayer’s abrupt disappearance.He joined about 60 others on July 7, along with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials and nonprofit Long Island Search and Rescue, scouring 813-acre Oak Brush Plains Preserve at Edgewood in Deer Park. Savage also teamed up alongside about two dozen others handing out flyers and searching for clues and potential witnesses July 21 at the Deer Park train station, which abuts the preserve. He and others have also participated in other, more recent searches.Savage, a photographer and mountain biker who heard about Mayer’s disappearance from a friend, has been contributing photos he’s taken during the searches to the “Robert Mayer Search Group” Facebook page, which currently has nearly 3,000 members. The page serves as a bulletin board for updates and to strategize future searches, flyer-handout drives and media attention.THE SEARCH CONTINUES: Volunteers from across the Island and country have been strategizing online and conducting searches, such as this one, of Oak Brush Plains Preserve at Edgewood in Deer Park, for clues of Robert Mayer’s mysterious disappearance. (Photo courtesy of Bob Savage)Its members span the country. One woman set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the family in Robert’s absence. (They’ve also started a drop-subscription drive against the Island’s lone daily newspaper, which has yet to publish an article on the case as of press time.) Another member, Matthew Berkowitz, has taken to the air.The 45-year-old filmmaker and adjunct professor at Five Towns College, with the assistance of a team of volunteers, has been using GoPro Drone Quadcopters—remote-controlled mini-helicopters equipped with surveillance cameras—to scour and map the preserve and landfills for signs of Robert.Mayer was last seen at Arrow Scrap yard in West Babylon June 14, 2013. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)Berkowitz, with the help of the owners of Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre, has also been mass producing “Missing” flyers and posting them across Long Island. He tells the Press he went to school with Robert and made a commitment to Ida “that I would do everything I could to help, so that’s what I’m doing.“People are nothing without other people,” he says. “This is a father and a husband. We’ve got to get him back.”These selfless actions mean the world to Ida, who gets emotional at the mere mention of the grassroots efforts. She calls them “amazing.”“The community support and just the support of people all over has been overwhelming,” she tells the Press. “Thank God for them, because they’re working so hard to try to find him… They’ve supported me.”“It helps so much,” she says, weeping. “It gives me hope.”Local Union 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, has also posted the Mayer’s “Missing” flyer on their website. His most recent worksite had been at the Theatre for a New Audience complex on Ashland Place in Downtown Brooklyn’s BAM Cultural District.Robert Mayer has short brown hair, hazel-green eyes and possibly a beard by now. Mayer was wearing a grey polo shirt with a J.C. Electrical logo emblazoned on it, light blue jeans and black work boots. His left middle finger is slightly chopped off at the tip.Until there is “concrete evidence” otherwise, Suffolk police will treat Mayer’s vanishing as a missing persons case, Ida says, despite his lengthy disappearance.Anyone who may have seen Robert or who may have information about his disappearance is asked to call the Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives at 631-854-8252. Mayer’s family is also offering a $10,000 reward.Ida, who has been completely consumed with grief since Rob’s disappearance, describes her husband as a “homebody” who enjoyed lounging around the house watching TV and playing video games with their children. She said he’s a loving, caring family man who would do anything for his family, friends and neighbors.“His family is the most important thing to him,” she says, between long pauses and sobs, “followed by his friends. During Hurricane Sandy, he was the one helping everyone set up generators and lending them anything they needed. He was the first one out there, and my neighbors will tell you that.“Someone out there knows something,” Ida insists, vowing never to give up on finding her husband. “Whether it’s at the scrap yard or at the worksite in Brooklyn, any of the last places he was seen—or the train station. Someone saw something, someone knows something.“My husband would not just disappear.”last_img read more

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4 data challenges and the opportunity for credit unions

first_imgCredit unions are facing several unique challenges. As an industry, credit unions have fallen behind competing fintech startups and major retail banks. It is vital for financial institutions to understand the problems they are facing and how they are possible to overcome. In 2018, the credit union industry must work together to push past these challenges and remain relevant in the age of digital transformation. ChallengesDisparate DataCredit unions utilize numerous data sources, and each speaks a different language. If data sources are not integrated properly, then the organization does not have a reliable single version of the truth. One system or even department should not report different numbers than another. It is important to trust the data, or else the decisions that are made as a result of the analysis cannot be trusted either.  To add to this challenge, most credit unions are stuck in “Excel Hell”. Without the proper tools in place for data standardization/analysis, it is common to turn to manual spreadsheets. However, this is incredibly time consuming, prone to errors, and ultimately only provides a static report. Outsourcing AnalyticsIn the credit union industry today, there is a heavy and unhealthy reliance on sending data from the credit union to 3rd party vendors for analysis. The major concerns with this model are security and data ownership/monetization. A credit union’s member data is extremely valuable, and trusted to be kept safe by members. There is an element of risk any time data is removed from the firewall and sent to a 3rd party. On that note, credit unions must realize the value of data, and learn to monetize it for themselves. By providing this data to 3rd parties, credit unions are allowing these other companies to monetize their data for their own financial gain, not that of the credit union that supplied the data. Often, credit unions even must “buy back” their data from these 3rd parties in the form of a new dashboard or model. However, it is now feasible for even smaller credit unions to own perform such analysis on their own infrastructure, own their data, and monetize member data for the benefit of the member. Lack of Resources Of course, the disparate data and need to outsource analytics may be a result of lacking resources. To tackle advanced analytics effectively, financial institutions are expected to invest in and maintain a scalable enterprise data warehouse solution, a complementary data lake, a business intelligence team comprised of architects, data analysts, data scientists, and more; easily totaling a sum that is out of range for nearly all credit unions. In 2017, a single major bank’s budget, solely for analytics, was $100 Million. How can credit unions keep up with organization committed to analytics with these types of budgets? Time to MarketCredit unions are behind in data analytics. Members expect the types of service and experiences provided by companies such as Amazon, Domino’s, and Starbucks. In 10 years, there have been 18 iterations of the iPhone. Apple remains a successful and innovative company because it is willing to disrupt itself, and reinvent its offerings just months after a new model has been released. As we’ve seen, traditional data warehousing methods in the credit union have been costly, very time consuming, and largely unsuccessful. Even if it is successful, credit unions cannot afford to invest 3+ years in a data initiative. The industry is already behind, and institutions need to move quickly to remain relevant. OpportunityWith these challenges, how can a credit union keep up and stay relevant to members? After all, even one of these topics could present serious hardships. Fortunately, credit unions have one unique and incredibly powerful advantage: collaboration. When credit unions collaborate and utilize a standardized data model, everything changes. Together, credit unions have all the resources required to do amazing things with analytics. Credit unions that speak the same language can work together, rather than on their own data islands. Reports that are built on the same standard can be shared across credit unions, dramatically reducing the time and cost of report writing. When, say, 100 credit unions are working together and sharing reports and advanced analytics applications, each participating credit union is essentially equipped with 100x more reports in any given period of time. This collaboration empowers credit unions to maintain ownership of their data while minimizing risk, the need for additional resources, and the need to ship data to 3rd parties. This advantage only continues to grow with passing time and a growing platform. The fact is, for advanced and predictive analytics, credit unions lack not only the tools and expertise, but also sufficient data. With an industry standard data model, credit unions are no longer limited by their own data. Credit unions have the opportunity to collaborate and pool data. This means pooling data to enable increased confidence in analytic models, and even real-time benchmarking capabilities. Overcoming any of these challenges has proven to be extremely difficult for any individual credit union. Tackling these and achieving advanced analytics capabilities is not something that can be expected of a single financial institution. However, collectively, credit unions are in a great position to digitally transform and revolutionize the credit union movement.   22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Portz Mark Portz joined OnApproach in 2016 as a Marketing Specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business in Entrepreneurial Management and Public/Nonprofit Management from the University of Minnesota. … Web: www.onapproach.com Detailslast_img read more

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A guide for planning (big & small)

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Is a recession really coming? What do the upcoming elections mean? Why do people let social media drive them to spend money they don’t have? Some answers to those questions and many more across a wide range of subjects were offered to credit unions here—but not before CU executives were given some questions of their own to answer.Putting all of those questions into play was Dr. Mary Kelly, a former naval commander, an author and an economist, who told Catalyst Corporate FCU’s Economic Forum that amid all those big issues there are also smaller ones that CU leaders must give attention, especially issues that aren’t small to members. Among those: many people who come to their credit union are “scared” and in need of help.A Recession?First, the subject on many people’s minds: the prospects for a recession.“We tend to be so worried about this long growth period that we just think it can’t last, that maybe it’s too good to be true,” said Kelly. “But the U.S. economy right now is pretty gosh-darned OK. Our GDP remains high at $65,000 per person. This is great. U.S. GDP will end 2019 at $21.3 trillion, up 2.3%.”last_img read more

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The Best TVs Under Rs. 25,000: The Best Budget TVs You Can Buy in India Right Now [November 2020]

first_imgThe Android-based smart interface leaves a lot to be desired, and we’d go so far as to say that it’s unusable; you’ll probably need a dedicated streaming device [link to guide] with this TV. There aren’t any significant additional features, and even the remote is clunky and difficult to get used to. However, this TV gets the basics right, and does so with a 4K screen, making this a worthwhile model to consider for less than Rs. 25,000.Also consider: Realme Smart TVRealme’s recent launch of televisions in India has shaken things up in the segment, thanks to impressive specifications and software for the price. We’ve reviewed the 43-inch variant of the Realme Smart TV which is priced at Rs. 21,999. It has a stock Android TV interface, voice assistant remote, and software-level support for HDR.For Rs. 12,999, the Realme Smart TV 32-inch is among the best entry-level TVs you can buy today. It’s a good way to get started with smart functionality, without spending too much, and support for all popular apps on Android TV means you won’t need to buy any additional equipment beyond your set-top box or game console.Apart from being a full-fledged and very capable smart TV, picture quality on the 43-inch model was decent for us when used with good content. Sound quality was also up to the mark, so you won’t need to use external speakers or a soundbar with this TV if you don’t want to. In our opinion, this is a decent affordable TV to go for, especially if you’re looking to get started with streaming platforms.How did we select these options?Our top picks are all TVs that we have reviewed, either directly or as part of a series. We’ve used these experiences, along with our evaluations of their specifications and value propositions to narrow down our list. The picture and sound quality , features, ease of use, and value for money have been key factors in selecting the TVs in this list.There aren’t too many 4K TVs available at around this price that we know of, but our experiences with the ones we have tried weren’t great. You can, however, get decent full-HD options for under Rs. 25,000 at sizes up to 43 inches. With that said, the most feature-filled and value-for-money options are 32-inch models. Most options in this range are LED-LCD TVs, as are all of our picks here.There are a handful of brands worth considering, and we’ve used prices listed on the companies’ official websites and listings from retail partners to narrow down our list to fit within the budget of Rs. 25,000.Is it worth picking up a smart TV at this price?Adding smart connectivity increases the price of any TV. When your budget is just Rs. 25,000, this is an important factor in the purchase decision. Depending on the brand you choose and the size of TV that you want, you may be able to slip in smart connectivity. On the other hand, you could buy a more affordable ‘dumb’ TV, and simply use the price difference to buy a streaming device to add smarts to your setup.realme smart tv If much of your viewing is limited to cable or DTH content, it may not be worth picking up a smart TV. In such a case, you could simply invest in an affordable non-smart TV and instead focus on the size, resolution or panel quality. On the other hand, you might like the convenience of having streaming services and other apps running on the TV itself if you use them a lot.Best Budget TV: The competitionHere are some other picks that seem impressive enough to be worth considering. We have not reviewed all of these, but have considered the manufacturers’ specifications, features, and prices.Xiaomi Mi TV 4A Pro (32-inch): Xiaomi’s most affordable television in India laid the groundwork for making smart TVs so popular, but this model is now a bit dated and not quite as well equipped at the newer Horizon Edition TVs. It’s still a good option to consider at Rs. 12,499, particularly if you like the PatchWall UI on top of Android TV.TCL 40S62FS (40-inch): This full-HD TV from TCL is among the company’s more affordable options. It has a relatively large screen, and would serve as a great upgrade for folks who have a 32-inch TV. The resolution and smart connectivity through the TCL Launcher also open up the possibility of streaming for users who are used to cable and DTH TV. This model is currently priced at Rs. 16,999.Shinco SO42AS-E50 (40-inch): Shinco is best known for its outrageous sales and headline-worthy pricing, and the SO42AS-E50 is among its most popular models. Priced at Rs. 14,499, this 40-inch full-HD smart TV is worth checking out.iFFalcon by TCL F2 (40-inch): This sub-brand from Chinese TV manufacturer TCL might have a rather strange name, but it’s on par with its parent company in terms of product quality. What’s interesting about this TV is that it is a lot like the TCL 40S62FS, with similar specifications and features, but at a lower price of Rs 15,999.OnePlus TV Y-Series: Available in 32-inch HD and 43-inch full-HD variants, the OnePlus TV Y-Series is the company’s most push yet into the affordable television segment. With Android TV and Dolby Audio, this is one worth considering if you’re on a budget.Motorola ZX2 Series: Priced at Rs. 13,999 onwards, these Motorola-branded televisions promise a lot, with Android TV, good specifications, and 40W of sound. On paper, this is among the best budget TVs you can buy right now.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. We’ve seen a good number of smart televisions from many brands selling for less than Rs. 25,000, and the segment has seen some big improvements of late. Before, you could expect only the basics, but TVs are constantly getting better when it comes to software and performance. You can now get top-end software and hardware in budget televisions, thanks in part to strong competition in the segment from Indian and international players who continue to push the boundaries of what you can expect for not a lot of money.The entry of major smartphone makers such as Realme and OnePlus in the TV space has transformed it entirely, while refreshed launches from established brands such as Vu and Xiaomi continue to attract interest. Here’s our updated list of the best televisions you can buy for under Rs. 25,000 in India. While the list contains some old favourites, we do have a new top pick that offers a compelling set of features at a bargain price. Read on to find out more.The best budget TV in India: Mi TV 4A Horizon Edition- Advertisement – No other brand has made quite as much of an impact on the Indian television market in as short a time as Xiaomi, and the company’s latest product keeps up its tradition of offering more at lower prices. The signature feature of the Mi TV 4A Horizon Edition is its slim-bezel design, and this television also offers an all-round experience that makes this a very good pick for less than Rs. 25,000.Priced at Rs. 23,499 for the 43-inch variant and Rs. 13,999 for the 32-inch one, the Mi TV 4A Horizon Edition series runs on Android TV 9 Pie, with access to all popular apps and services through the Google Play Store. There’s 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Like other Xiaomi TVs, it also runs the PatchWall 3.0 UI. With good picture and reasonable sound quality, this is an excellent starter or budget television to pick up. Interestingly, there’s finally fast booting on the TV as well.The Mi TV 4A Horizon Edition isn’t without its flaws: slightly sluggish UI performance, dull colours, and a minimalist remote hold it back a bit. However, these issues are minor in the larger scheme of things – this is still our top pick for a television priced under Rs. 25,000.Runner-up: Blaupunkt 43BU680 (43-inch) 4K Smart TV- Advertisement – Usually priced around Rs. 22,000 or so, the Blaupunkt 43BU680 is among the most affordable 4K HDR TVs in India, and indeed the most affordable way to get onto the 4K and streaming bandwagon.This TV supports the HDR10 standard for high dynamic range viewing, and has a 43-inch 4K LED panel. Picture quality is good with 4K and full-HD content, but drops considerably at lower resolutions. That means this TV is only really suitable if you intend to stream most of your content at high resolutions. Sound is decent as well, with a rated output of 30W.blaupunkt bla43bu680 review grand tour – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Zaprešić received the Tourist Information Center for the first time

first_img“By opening the TIC in Novi dvori, we get a strong platform for the construction of new tourist products related to the story of Ban Josip Jelačić. Because it is up to us in the town of Zaprešić, the town that was the home of Ban Jelačić, the greatest responsibility to tell the story of the ban. ” Ganjto emphasized and announced the project of educational trails that will be open in the spring. Foreign guests realized 87.817 arrivals and 138.937 overnight stays, while domestic guests realized 22.071 arrivals and 42.640 overnight stays. Most arrivals, followed by domestic guests, were made by guests from China and other Asian countries, followed by guests from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France and the USA. The most visited cities in the first nine months were Velika Gorica, Samobor, Sveta Nedelja and Jastrebarsko. The director of the Tourist Board of the city of Zaprešić, Toni Ganjto, pointed out that the Tourist Board of the city of Zaprešić decided to open the tourist information center in Novi dvori to emphasize the importance of reviving and managing the Jelačić estate complex. These are souvenirs of Vršilnica, Ban Josip Jelačić, the coat of arms of the city of Zaprešić and I love Zaprešić, which were obtained through 3D printing from eco friendly material. Thus, for the first time, Zaprešić got a visitor center where you will be able to buy souvenirs, get all the necessary information about the city and sights, as well as download the necessary promotional materials. In the first nine months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, Zagreb County achieved 15 percent more tourist arrivals (109.888 arrivals) and 14 percent more overnight stays (181.577 overnight stays). Continuous growth in the number of arrivals and overnight stays Photos: Pepper Atelier When asked what makes new souvenirs smart, Gnjaro points out that the unique geometry of souvenirs is achieved by additive 3D printing technology. “They are made entirely of “eco-friendly” material – PLA plastic obtained by processing corn starch, which makes these souvenirs biodegradable, and the idea, design and production are 100% Croatian. Our souvenirs are the embodiment of a new era of modern art which, in addition to aesthetic beauty, also contributes to the preservation of the environment. ” Ganjto concluded. As part of the opening of the TIC, new souvenirs of the so-called Zaprešić were presented. smart souvenirs the town of Zaprešić. TONI GANJTO NEW DIRECTOR OF ZAPREŠIĆ TOURIST BOARD Director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board Ivana Alilović pointed out at the opening that she supports the creative turn in the program of the Zaprešić Tourist Board and noted that storytelling as a concept is crucial for the development of tourism in every area, including the city of Zaprešić and Zagreb County. The Tourist Information Center of the city of Zaprešić was ceremoniously opened last night on the ground floor of the Matija Skurjeni Museum, in Novi dvori. RELATED NEWS: “Thinking about how to be special and different from others when it comes to souvenirs, we decided to combine traditional values ​​and modern technology and call our souvenirs smart in the wake of a smart city and smart tourism.Says Ganjto. last_img read more

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