Garden Notes.

first_imgNow that summer vegetable gardeningis over, you might do well to look back and assess what was goodand not so good this year.Was that first tomato really worthall of the sweat, toil, bug-picking, weed pulling, watering, caring?Or was it all you had anticipated: luscious color, fully ripe,slightly acidic taste with that never-to-be-forgotten aroma.If it was all you wanted it tobe, can you remember the name of the cultivar you planted? Ifyou can’t, it might just drive you crazy over the winter. If youcan, write it down and get it for next year.Make a ListDid you eat the tiny little “greengrape” tomatoes or others you wished you’d planted last year?Get it in the book to plant next season.What about the pepper? Did youget it hot enough, or do you need to kick that capsaicin levelup three or four notches for next season? Did they make you somebeautiful pepper sauce for those greens in the fall? So versatileand so flavorful, if you can stand the heat.Did the squash have any flavoror did you have to put in extra onions to eat it? Put in yourbook for next year that you will look at growing three or fourof the newer varieties — both yellows and zucchinis — and mixingthem when cooking.Pick Your PotatoesWere the potatoes just reds andwhites? Yukon Gold and German Fingerlings, along with the blueones, add zip to your potato salads and creamed or mashed potatoes.Never had purple mashed potatoes?Because Daddy’s and Mother’s alma mater has purple and gold colors,my children are accustomed to purple and gold food, includingpotato salad. It’s not as shocking as green grits on St. Patrick’sday.Improve your garden, enliven youeating habits, change those drab food colors. And who knows –maybe the kids will eat Brussels sprouts.last_img read more

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Millennial roundtable: Mobile technology

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Quimson Jennifer Quimson is the Marketing Coordinator at Bluepoint Solutions and oversees the company’s customer communications including newsletters, email campaigns, social media channels, and resource development. Quimson holds a master’… Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Details Millennials will soon make up the majority of the work force in the United States and are prime candidates for financial institutions looking to gain long-term members. Providing this generation with the resources, tools and technology it needs to prosper financially will prove to be an invaluable investment for credit unions.Credit unions that deploy a mobile-first strategy are ideally positioned to serve this generation. Mobile banking is already a staple technology in the banking realm, typically including features such as account balance transfers, remote deposit capture, and transaction reporting. According to a 2014 report by the Nielsen Company, 67% of Millennials are interested in their financial institution providing tools and services which help them create and monitor a budget. Taking the mobile channel a step further and providing an integrated tool to track spending habits and issue alerts for potential overspending or fraudulent activity would be valuable to Millennials, helping them stay on track with their financial goals.Bluepoint recently held a roundtable discussion with credit union partners to gather from-the-field perspectives. Learn about mobile- and technology-based strategies your peers have in place to meet the needs of younger members.Damaris Gonzalez, Marketing Manager of Central Credit Union of Florida, discusses the value of providing traditional banking services through the mobile channel:“If we want to attract the younger generations and build lifelong relationships with them, we need to have the solutions and features they’re looking for and be able to provide those features where they spend the majority of their time — their mobile phones. These members aren’t likely to need direct deposit for their income yet, and being able to offer them the ability to deposit their checks through their mobile phones adds a huge convenience factor.”Mary Isaacs, Executive VP, CFO of Altra Federal Credit Union, speaks about the importance of building long-term relationships with Millennials and how technology plays a role in these efforts:“We definitely have a focus on Millennials and have tailored our product offerings to better serve this group. Millennials are at the right age to borrow and they have a reputation for being on the leading edge of technology. Proving them with the ability to conduct all of their transactions via their smartphones or from their laptops will allow us to gain their loyalty and build long-term profitable relationships.”Mindy Peep, Marketing Communication Manager at Warren Federal Credit Union, highlights the importance of tailoring products and services to meet specific demographic needs:“Generation Y is our largest and fastest growing segment, and the transfer of wealth will dictate this generation as the future stakeholders at Warren. We can’t afford to be complacent and hope we gain the loyalty of this generation [later] when they are making more money. The time is now… it’s up to us to gain their trust now. We don’t dictate to them that they need technology or mobile apps. Instead, we analyze their needs and develop products and services based on that response.”Sam Whitehurst, CEO of Summit Credit Union, discusses the role technology plays in helping credit unions compete with big banks and outside-industry competitors:“Our goal is to create world-class technology where members can get that ‘big bank’ type of technology, but still enjoy that small credit union community service feel- that unprecedented standard of service and convenience. Combining high customer service with outstanding technology is the sweet spot that allows us to compete with the large national banks and bring products and services to increase member convenience and attractiveness for younger members.”Millennials are entering the workforce further behind financially and embarking on significant life events such as buying homes, leasing vehicles, and getting married later than previous generations. In fact, the Pew Research Center found that 69% of Millennials delay marriage due to concerns about financial stability, deeming a solid economic foundation as a necessary prerequisite for marriage. Providing the tools and technology they need to become and remain financially secure and able will allow credit unions to gain their loyalty and long-term membership.For more insights into millennial preferences and the best ways to reach this generation, read “Millennial Roundtable: Financial Education” and “Capturing the Heart of Millennials: How Community-Focused is Your Institution?”last_img read more

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Compliance: Analysis of DOD’s latest MLA guidance

first_imgThe Department of Defense published CUNA-requested guidance pertaining to the Military Lending Act last week. This new interpretive rule amends the guidance in three of the 19 questions and answers presented by DOD in August, and it clarifies a fourth issue not addressed in the August guidance.CUNA’s CompBlog examines the changes in detail. Areas covered in the new guidanceinclude:Purchase-money vehicle loansThe new guidance clarifies that whether a purchase-money loan loses its exemption from the MLA depends on what is financed.Generally, financing costs that are related to the collateral’s purchase will not eliminate the loan’s exemption from the MLA rule, but a loan that finances a credit-related product or service is not eligible for the exemption. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Airtel Adds Over 10 Lakh More Subscribers Than Reliance Jio in August: TRAI

first_imgtrai august TRAI August DataVodafone Idea lost many subscribers in AugustPhoto Credit: TRAIWhen compared to its performance in July, Airtel also saw a decline in subscriber additions from 32.60 lakhs to 28.99 lakhs in the month of August. However, it is significantly more than Jio’s performance in August. To be precise, Airtel added 10.35 lakh more subscribers than Jio in this month.- Advertisement – Vi (Vodafone Idea) lost about 12.28 lakh subscribers, a lot less than the 37.26 lakh subscribers lost in the month of July. BSNL made a modest gain of 2.14 lakh subscribers in the month of August. Airtel saw a monthly growth rate of 0.91 percent in wireless subscribers, whereas Jio lagged behind with a growth rate of 0.47 percent. According to TRAI, Kolkata and Himachal Pradesh regions showed maximum growth of 1.13 percent in its wireless subscriber base during the month of August.Coming to broadband, TRAI report reveals that BSNL stood at 78.5 lakh subscribers at the end of August. Bharti Airtel came in second with 25.3 lakh subscribers, Atria Convergence followed with 17 lakh subscribers, and Jio sat with 12.5 lakh subscribers. In the wireless broadband category, Jio was at the top with 40.267 crores subscribers, Airtel was at 15.465 crore subscribers, Vi (Vodafone Idea) was at 11.991 crore subscribers, and BSNL was at 159 lakh subscribers.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.- Advertisement – Airtel managed to add more subscribers than Jio in the month of August 2020, the latest report from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) suggests. Airtel added 28.99 lakh subscribers, whereas Jio remained significantly behind with 18.64 lakh subscriber additions. Vi (Vodafone Idea) continued to lose subscribers with a decline of 12.28 lakh in the month of August. Reliance Jio enjoyed the largest share in the wireless telecom market with 35.08 percent market share and Airtel came in second with 28.12 percent market share.TRAI’s latest report for the month ending August 31 revealed that total wireless subscribers increased from 114.418 crores at the end of July to 114.792 crores at the end of August, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.33 percent. Reliance Jio’s subscriber additions significantly reduced in August, when compared to July, and it went down from 35.54 lakhs to 18.64 lakhs, respectively.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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DILG introduces new app to Guimaras students, faculty

first_imgAn orientation and workshop about themobile app ‘Development LIVE’ or DevLIVE was provided to over 200 students andfaculty of the Guimaras State College (GSC) here during the 2020 TransparencyCaravan of the Presidential Communications Operations Office. DevLIVE permits its users to observegovernment projects nearby using a built-in map and an interface project list,view other users’ overall sentiments, take photographs and send feedback togovernment projects. “DevLIVE app will allow the public toprovide feedback in terms of progress, timeliness, and effectiveness of localinfrastructure projects,” she said. “It can also be used offline,” sheadded. Once the application is installed on the mobile phone, users can stillutilize the app even if there is no available internet connection. It alsomaintains the anonymity of the identities of the users. BUENAVISTA, Guimaras – The Department ofInterior and Local Government has introduced a mobile application that can beutilized to report government programs and projects, DILG Project DevelopmentOfficer Junette Dawn Baculfo said. According to her, the application willhelp maximize the participation of citizens by providing a platform thatcontributes to the monitoring process of government projects through feedbackand accurate status information.  The mobile app displays Assistance toDisadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) projects and Assistance to Municipalities(AM) local infrastructure projects with details of the project titles, projectlocations, fund allocations, fiscal years and the GPS (Global PositioningSystem) coordinates.(With a report fromPIA/PN)last_img read more

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Wieghorst takes up Swans role

first_img The 41-year-old moves to the Liberty Stadium on a contract that will run through to the summer of 2014. Erik Larsen has been working as Laudrup’s right-hand man so far this season, but he will now take on a greater responsibility for international scouting while Alan Curtis will remain as a first-team coach. Wieghorst has been in charge of the Denmark Under-21 side, and will be given permission to take charge of their two fixtures in March. During his time in Glasgow, Wieghorst helped Celtic end Rangers’ run of nine-straight SPL titles, before being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in 2000 and making a remarkable return to resume his playing career. Wieghorst, who played alongside Laudrup for Denmark, left the Hoops in 2002 to become one of his former team-mate’s first signings at Brondby, before enjoying back-to-back Danish Cup triumphs after moving into management with Nordsjaelland. Wieghorst has been cited as a possible successor to Morten Olsen, when the coach of the senior Denmark side stands down next year, and Laudrup is delighted to have got his man. He said: “Morten had a good playing career with Dundee and Celtic and the last years of his career he played under me at Brondby and won the league. He went to Nordsjaelland, who have been in the Champions League this season, first as an assistant and then as a manager, winning two cup titles which is huge for a smaller club. “He has been with the Under-21 national team for the last year and a half. I know Morten, I played with him, I coached him as a player and watched him as a manager. I had some inside information as my son Andreas has played for him. “I wanted an assistant who had experience of being in charge as a manager, and he has experience of British football.” Swansea have confirmed the appointment of former Denmark and Celtic midfielder Morten Wieghorst as Michael Laudrup’s assistant.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Lucky LaLiga Fans to Watch ElClásico with their Barça & Real…

first_imgUp to 1,500 LaLiga fans are expected to attend the Lagos viewing party at the Landmark Beach resort right at the seafront on Victoria Island. Three-time LaLiga winner Samuel Eto’o, a former teammate of Messi at the Camp Nou who ironically began his career with Real Madrid, and Former Nigeria international and LaLiga ambassador, Mutiu Adepoju who also began his LaLiga career at Real Madrid will be on hand to share their views on the game. Fans will be given the opportunity to receive autographs from both legends!Speaking on the event, Guillermo Pérez Castello, Delegate of LaLiga in Nigeria said “This match viewing event of ElClásico is part of LaLiga’s internationalization strategy to be closer to its fans. From the Nigerian Office of LaLiga we want to continue developing actions and activations to help our league and its clubs to grow in this market”.“We encourage fans to register and attend this viewing event as it promises to be a fun-filled event as they get to meet and greet LaLiga Ambassadors Samuel Eto’o and Mutiu Adepoju. A fan zone has also been created where attendees can enjoy different interactive activities, food and drinks during the event. Some of the activities include Football snooker, Foosball, a ball header challenge, official jersey displays of the Spanish competition where fans can take photos with their best team’s jersey and many more” Pérez addedAlso speaking on the event, Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho said: “The LaLiga ElClásico Viewing Party is one of the ways we are enriching the football experience of our customers. Not only do they get to watch the action LIVE and in HD on our SuperSport channels, now they will also get to enjoy the match whilst interacting with one of LaLiga’s greatest footballers!”Popular DJ Crowd Kontroller will keep the party going both before and after the action from the Bernabeu, while fans present can enjoy games and activities before and after viewing the game on the big screen and share their experience on social media using the hashtag #ElClásico9ja. The free entry event which is open to the public is organised along with LaLiga’s Nigerian broadcast partner Supersport and LiveScore.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram SuperSport presents the viewing party of the Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona match, next Sunday, March 1 at Landmark Beach, LagosLaLiga Legend and former Real Madrid and FC Barcelona player Samuel Eto’o will participate in the eventReal Madrid and Barcelona supporters in Nigeria, Mexico and Colombia can view Sunday’s hugely awaited LaLiga ElClásico in the presence of legends and LaLiga Ambassadors at specially organised viewing parties in each country.The two teams come into the clash at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid battling at the top of LaLiga Santander’s standings, with Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and company nearing top form as the season’s biggest games arrive.The action from the Bernabeu is being broadcast to a potential audience of more than half a billion TV viewers in 182 countries worldwide, while fortunate fans in Lagos can watch the game in the company of former ElClásico stars who is now LaLiga Ambassadors: Samuel Eto’o.last_img read more

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Ugbade Faults Leicester’s Underuse of Iheanacho’s Potentials

first_imgHowever, the 23-year-old is yet to reach his potential at King Power Stadium.Nigerian football great, Ugbade – who worked with Iheanacho as assistant coach of the Nigeria U17 and U20 teams, believes the wrong approach is being taken with the star.“Iheanacho’s coaches must know how best to use him,” he told Goal.com at the weekend.“He is not an outright striker but he can play behind the main striker to provide assists while scoring goals.“Myself and Manu (Garba) know him very well and we know what he is capable of doing. All he needs now is getting regular playing time to get himself back into the game.”For Ugbade, learning different roles could be demanding for any young player, nevertheless, he suggests the Super Eagle will bounce back if he gains regular playing time at East Midland.“I don’t think he has actually done badly knowing that he is from Nigeria – where developmental football is not so strong– and going to Manchester City where he was able to hold his own among some of the biggest names in world football,” he continued.“At Leicester City, it took him almost a season to blend in because at Leicester, their style of football is much quicker than where he was coming from.“Those of us who know Iheanacho understand that he is not a fast player but a highly intelligent player, trust me, he will continue to improve and score goals if he gets regular playing opportunities.”He added: “Before English football was suspended due to Covid-19, he got some goals and you will agree with me that he has greatly improved – a far difference from the time he joined the club.“I can only hope that by next season, he gets his feet completely right and continues to deliver.“For those writing him off, it is so early because I can tell you for free that his future is extremely bright because he has not started yet.”So far this season, Iheanacho boasts eight goals across all competitions for Brendan Rodgers’ men, with three of them coming from the English top-flight.Sports Minister Applauds IOC on Extension of Tokyo 2020 QualifiersShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kelechi Iheanacho Former Golden Eaglet captain and coach, Nduka Ugade, yesterday insisted that Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, will continue to struggle at Leicester City because the forward is not being played in his best position.Iheanacho’s struggles for dependability at Leicester City are down to the Premier League outfit playing him out of position, according to Ugbade.The Foxes were labelled to have pulled off quite a coup when winning the race for the Nigerian from Manchester City.last_img read more

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Women’s volleyball splits in Bay Area

first_imgAfter spending a few days up north, the No. 7 Women of Troy can return to practice knowing they have a lot to be proud of — but also a lot of work ahead of them before postseason play begins in just a few weeks.Since Stanford handed the Women of Troy their only home loss this season, USC was looking for redemption this weekend up in Palo Alto. Unfortunately for USC, the end result was the same, as the No. 3 Cardinal (20-2, 11-2) swept the Women of Troy (20-4, 9-4) in three sets, 25-19. 25-21, 25-19.“They were much more alert than we were,” said USC coach Mick Haley.A number of Stanford players had impressive performances on Sunday, including outside hitter Alix Klineman, who recorded 15 kills. Outside hitter Hayley Spelman added another 11 kills for Stanford.Despite these impressive numbers, when examining the reasons for the loss, Haley refrained from looking at Stanford’s performance and rather turned to what his team did wrong.“We didn’t do well on our transition game at all and we’re very disappointed in that. We have to look at the net blocking to start with and go from there. This was the first time we’ve gotten out dug in a long time,” Haley said.Haley also noted the struggles of several players in the match, including his left side hitters, who did not score nearly as many points as they typically do.“We had some very bad performances from some of the people we count on and our people have to understand how to prepare for each match as if it’s a new match,” said Haley.Sophomore opposite hitter Katie Fuller led the Women of Troy with nine kills. After Sunday’s loss, USC is once again reminded of how difficult it is to play on the road in the Pac-10. Three of USC’s four losses have come away from the Galen Center, and the Women of Troy will play on the road in two of the final three weekends of the regular season.“It’s just playing on the road again, and we were not able to get comfortable, even after we played so well Friday night at Cal,” Haley said.Friday’s match against California was a completely different story, as the Women of Troy knocked off the No. 2 Golden Bears in four sets, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18.This was the second time USC beat California this season, an accomplishment no other team can come even close to claiming. Not only has no other program beaten the Golden Bears twice this season, no team besides USC has beaten them at all.“We match up real well against them, and that’s one of the reasons we play well against them,” Haley said.A number of players stood out in Friday’s match, including freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana, who ended up with 20 kills and a career-high 13 digs. She was just one of several players Haley was eager to praise after USC’s impressive upset victory.“Falyn was outstanding. Alex [Jupiter] was good. Kendall [Bateman] was good. Natalie [Hagglund] was good,” Haley said.Not only did Bateman record 58 assists, but the setter also had three kills, which ties a career best. Jupiter put up 17 kills, 11 digs and five blocks in the match.Haley says his young team is taking this weekend’s matches, especially the loss against Stanford, as a learning opportunity as the team moves into the final weeks of the regular season.“It’s just another step for us. We have to be able to learn to do this back-to-back with a day in between like the Final Four,” Haley said.The Women of Troy remain in third place in the Pac-10 standings with a conference record of 9-4. Sunday’s loss broke USC’s six-match winning streak.last_img read more

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