Compliance and operations: Stronger together

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Hello readers! My name is Anthony Kirt Cooper, and I am proud to be a new Compliance Consultant on the PolicyWorks team. I began this next step in my career in early September after moving to Des Moines from Sacramento – a place that I had called home my entire life.While I worked to attain my bachelor’s degree and MBA from Sacramento State, I was fortunate to be able to work for SAFE Credit Union for more than eight years. My credit union career began as an intern for SAFE during high school, which allowed me the opportunity to teach my peers the basics of financially literacy as we prepared for the world ahead. From that point on, I knew I had a passion for helping people simplify their finances and went on to work for SAFE after high school. Whether it was helping members or employees, I learned first-hand the credit union difference, and honest dedication to making an impact in the community.I have experienced working within the boundaries of many regulations that credit unions work with today. My goal at PolicyWorks is to leverage my prior operational experience when consulting with credit unions, to help them better understand the “why” of the compliance topic, and how they can efficiently and safely operate within its borders.last_img read more

USMCA Takes Effect Today, Grassley Comments

first_imgThe U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement takes effect today, replacing the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement. The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee that shepherded the deal to its final passage is hailing its benefits for agriculture.Chairman Chuck Grassley says USMCA, which President Trump sought to replace NAFTA, will end 30 years of Canada blocking imports of U.S. wheat, dairy, and poultry, deal with Mexico’s trade barriers, and more.“This new agreement will provide certainty to our farmers and ranchers, and update NAFTA in other important areas. And I’ve already mentioned the digital economy, but also, customs, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and technical standards. And it even helps on intellectual property.”USMCA will also give the U.S. tools to deal with continuing trade problems. House Ag Chair Collin Peterson spoke at a virtual roundtable later in the day.“There are some troubling signs out there of people using COVID as a reason to put up trade barriers. We see some ‘monkey business’ going on in Mexico. We continue to learn about the Canadians and what they’re up to with dairy policy. So, we need to be vigilant and we need to make sure that the agreement is enforced.”Senator Grassley echoed the concern about Mexico.“That country has quit approving biotech traits for U.S. companies. And they have offered no satisfactory explanation for the lack of approvals. And so, I expect the U.S. Trade Representative to aggressively and fairly use the tools of dispute settlement.”Separately, Grassley says he’ll join fellow Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst in blocking a Trump nominee to be EPA deputy until EPA explains its plans for 52 small oil refinery retroactive ethanol waiver requests.“Oh, yes. I think we’ve been playing around too much with all this stuff.”Grassley says he met with the nominee Doug Benevento and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, recently, but wouldn’t give details on the meetings.last_img read more

H-DNL football: Week 8 preview

first_imgThe Little 4 hits the midpoint of conference play while the powerhouses of the Big 4 get set for the final week of non-conference action as week 8 of Humboldt-Del Norte League football season begins Friday.Hoopa Valley (2-3, 1-1) at Arcata (3-3, 1-1)A contest with heavy Little 4 implications will take place at the Redwood Bowl Friday night as Hoopa Valley and Arcata each look to keep pace with conference leader Ferndale.Arcata comes into Friday’s game off an explosive 44-13 win over …last_img read more

SA’s broadband usage to double

first_img6 December 2005South Africa’s broadband internet population is set to almost double in the next year, according to a new survey by technology research firm World Wide Worx.Their report, “Broadband in South Africa 2005”, shows that 147 000 South Africans enjoy high-speed internet access, and predicts that this figure will reach 266 000 in 2006.Growth rate“It’s the kind of growth rate we saw in the early years of internet take-up in South Africa,” said World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck, “but it’s still going to be a big disappointment for some operators.“Those who are investing in broadband roll-out expect instant take-up by the public, and that simply does not happen in what is still a luxury category.”2005 saw the release of a number of new broadband product categories in South Africa, the most successful of which has been Telkom’s ADSL service. Telkom, the parastatal with a fixed-line monopoly, holds two-thirds of the market. Goldstuck believes that this is unlikely to change significantly in the next year.A second national fixed-line operator is expected to be licensed by the end of 2005, ending Telkom’s monopoly. The new operator may enter the wholesale market, although it is not yet known what effect this will have on consumers.Third generation“The good news is that we are seeing real choice beginning to emerge, not just among the five broadband providers, but also within the product range of each of the operators,” Goldstuck said.In the past year, Vodacom and MTN, South Africa’s two leading cellular providers, have joined the broadband market with their 3G services.3G refers to the third generation of cellular data transfer, giving users download rates of up to 384 kps.The other broadband providers in South Africa are the two wireless providers, Sentech and WBS.“The premium offerings may be expensive, but for the ordinary user with average internet needs, there is a price point to suit the pockets of most working people who have computers and phones at home.”Digital divideDespite the growth in broadband use, the vast majority of South Africans do not have ready access to the internet.“Technology by itself won’t change the lives of the disadvantaged,” said Goldstuck.“For that you need a commitment from government, and that commitment must run from top to bottom. In the absence of meaningful policy leadership, access to technology will remain the domain of the privileged.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Zamboanga Valientes complete Chooks-to-Go 3×3 Cup roster

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Chris Tiu walks away from basketball to fulfill commitment with family, business TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READcenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “It’s an honor and pride for our city to join this league, especially for our fans in Zamboanga,” said team owner Junnie Navarro. “They are really looking forward to watch our homegrown players play in a big league.”The Valientes join the other 11 teams of the inaugural Fiba-sanctioned 3×3 league in the Philippines with Manila, Go for Gold-San Juan, Quezon-City Zark’s, Bacoor, Valenzuela, Marikina, Bulacan, Vigan, and Cebu all in the fold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNavarro said they plan to showcase the talents of Mindanoans in the nationwide basketball league and that’s the main reason why they joined in the first place.“We all start here, on a three-on-three format, and the reason we’re interested was because we are passionate about basketball,” added Navarro in Filipino. “Rhayyan Amsali showed that Zamboangeños can excel in this discipline.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Amsali is a highly-touted juniors player who’s part of the Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 team and has since transferred from National University to San Beda.Homegrown talents Das Esa, Jonathan Parreno, Grevani Rublico, Rino Berame, and Ferdinand Lusdoc are the first five players the team announced with the sixth yet to be named.Navarro also signed actress Empress Shruck for the opening ceremonies.He hoped that he can help his players become more exposed to a nationwide scope since his team already carry a certain drawing power in Zamboanga.“Our players can already sell out venues in Zamboanga and hopefully we could expose them more in this league,” said Navarro.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—And it’s finally a dozen.Zamboanga completed the 12-team lineup of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup that is set to begin on March 16 at SM Megamall Event Center.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Make Your Messages Stick – With Made to Stick

first_imgSource: the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (, Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, ( and read her blog at for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint. When I read Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, I quickly became a convert. I learned to watch for, and value, stickiness. But it was harder to understand how to make my nonprofit client’s ideas and messages stick.Now, brothers Chip and Dan Heath, fill in the blanks with their guide, Made to Stick. For the Heaths, stickiness is all about “ensuring your ideas are understood and remembered, and have a lasting impact – they change your audience’s opinions or behavior“.Dan, a consultant at Duke, and his brother Chip, a professor at Stanford Business School, found that messages of all kinds — from the infamous “organ theft ring” hoax and a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a product vision statement from Sony — draw their power from the same six principles of stickiness:Simple — Hone in on the essence of your subject, stripping out the extra. Think core and compact, like a proverb.Unexpected — Break a pattern or routine to get attention. Use unexpected stories, language, channels. Highlight a gap in knowledge. Create mystery with a teaser.Concrete — Abstraction is hard to digest, and to retain. Explain your idea or message in concrete terms to help people understand (with less room for interpretation) and remember.Credible — Help audiences believe. Cite authorities, details and statistics.Emotional — Make people care. Appeal to self-interest. Introduce audiences to others they can relate to, link your messages to what they already care about and their aspirations. The Times Neediest Cases Fund excels here, crafting compelling profiles supported by photos to generate a great deal of empathy, interest and donations among Times readers. I’ve been reading those profiles since I was a kid, and giving every year.Story(telling) — A story brings ideas to life, placing them in a lifelike framework we can relate to, and remember. The Neediest Cases Fund excels at telling powerful stories. Stories are frequently unexpected, concrete, emotional and credible. The best ones are simple enough to be remembered and re-told.Download Made to Stick for Social Enterprise for a printable guide on these six sticky elements: Beware the Curse of Knowledge.Our knowledge is often a barrier to clear messages, because we can’t imagine (and sometimes don’t try) the perspective of someone who doesn’t know it. The more we know about a subject, the less we’re able to shape it into a message that will stick, but the Heaths offer strategies for defeating the Curse of Knowledge and other roadblocks to sticky success.Made to Stick is the rare business book that’s well-written and absolutely entertaining. And Chip and Dan walk the walk, building their book on a foundation of compelling anecdotes and stories. Made to Stick is a must read for anyone striving to craft messages that are memorable and lasting.last_img read more

Make it Easy for Online Readers to Spread the Word

first_imgCalvin College’s release on its Sushi Theatre is a great example. Note the prompt to Share the Story, and the easy-to-use links to do so. Also, as higher ed marketing guru Bob Johnson points out, “the topic of the press release, ‘Sushi Theatre’ is included in the title tag for the page, making it more likely that a search engine ‘spyders’ will find and index it. The keyword in the title tag is then repeated in the major text heading (the headline in this case) on the page, and again early in the text itself.”Source: the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (, Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, ( and read her blog at for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint. Nothing’s more powerful than having your audiences spread the word about your program, organization or new leadership. Such “viral marketing” is far more powerful than your organization telling its own story as friends tend to listen to friends, and believe what they say. To encourage viral marketing, make it as easy as possible for your audiences to spread the word. Here are two great ways to do so:1. Include a ‘forward to a friend’ link in your e-news and advocacy campaigns.2. Enable your audiences to spread the word more broadly, via social networking tools. Here’s how:Crafted to double as direct communications with your target audiences. They have to be engaging, succinct and formatted for easy digestion (lots of bullets, white space and short paragraphs).Integrate key tools to link to spokesperson bio and contact info, related resources and more. They’ll make a world of difference.Feature the single keyword for the release in the page title tag, the primary content heading (in your list of releases, or in your site) and the text at the top of the release (ideally in the first sentence of the first paragraph).One-click buttons to Share the Story (more engaging than Forward to a Friend):Add the site to reader’s bookmarks via DeliciousRate the site via DIGG.last_img read more

What Every Smart Non Profit Needs To Know About Web 2.0

first_imgWhat sort of outreach are you doing? How do you find new donors, new members, new volunteers? Something big is happening online, it’s free, it’s fast and more and more non-profits are figuring out how to use it.How much did your organization spend on direct mail last year? How many press releases did you issue? How many galas, walkathons, donor dinners and community events did you sponsor? All designed to get the word out. All produced, at great expense, to help you tell the world about the great work you’re doing.The new internet changes the rules. You may have heard the rumblings about Web 2.0. About Google spending 1.6 billion dollars to buy, or about all the teenagers spending way too much time at MySpace. Surely there isn’t room for your organization in this revolution! Or, if there is, no doubt it is going to take you a lot of time, planning and money…The good news is that the community-centric model of Web 2.0 is custom-made for organizations that do good work. No ticket required; no technology needed. The very same tools that have made it easy for a 14-year-old guitar player from Japan to become world famous make it easy for you to reach a larger audience than ever before.It’s a whole new Internet. Here are the six free things you can do right now to figure it out.1) Put yourself on YouTube.It is now the 8th most popular website on the Internet. And you can be there for free. Search YouTube for “ASPCA” to see how.2) Get found on Technorati.Technorati tracks blog posts and site changes. Registering your URL takes only a few minutes.3) Measure your traffic. Free.Measure your marketing campaigns. Google provides critical information about where your traffic is coming from and how people are navigating through your pages.4) Tap the blogs.Run a search on or to determine which bloggers are talking about you and your area. Then cultivate relationships with them.5) Donations with Squidoo.The fastest-growing fundraising co-op on the Web helps nonprofits raise money and drive traffic, by letting people create easy-to-build web pages on any topic.6) Digg it! lets people vote on the news and web pages that are important to them, bringing the best stuff to the top. This is a free way to gets lots of traffic to your site.Source: read more

The Young and The Generous: A Study of $100 Million in Online Giving

first_imgWhy online givers choose to give through Internet portalsBe sure to read the other studies released by Network for Good, listed in the related articles below, for more in depth information and research. As the Internet’s largest nonprofit giving portal, Network for Good has a unique vantage point on the growing trend of online charitable giving. Since its inception in November 2001, Network for Good has processed over $100 million in online donations to more than 23,000 charities.This study by Network for Good in partnership with GuideStar, the leading database of nonprofit organizations, examines this $100 million in giving to provide insights on:Who is giving money online How online givers spend their charitable dollarscenter_img What times of year, week and day donors give onlinelast_img read more