Big ideas and big opportunities in the Big Easy

first_imgNAFCU 52nd Annual Conference and Solutions ExpoNew Orleans, Louisiana | June 18 – 21, 2019This is the best conference in the industry to help today’s credit union executives and board members lead their credit union confidently into the future. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring your entire leadership team, so you can learn, workshop and strategize together! Plus, build a stronger network of credit union CEOs, executives, board members and supervisory committee members from around the country. And it all takes place in a city The New York Times ranked #1 on its Places to Go 2018 list—New Orleans!Uncover Big Takeaways with Earn your NAFCU Certified Volunteer Expert (NCVE) designation at our optional Pre-Conference Workshop.Gain from Big Change: Engage in an expert discussion around emerging industry trends to help your credit union identify opportunities and mitigate risks.Better Your CU with Big Talent: Learn how to excel at attracting and retaining top talent at all levels of your credit union and board.Maximize Opportunities from Big Disruptors: Get insight into technology now and into the future, from fighting fraud with machine learning to meeting member expectations for product and service delivery.Grow from ‘Going Big’: Uncover actionable takeaways for achieving rapid growth at your credit union, efficiently and effectively.Give your guests an unforgettable experience in the Big Easy with our optional tour package that includes food in the French Quarter, a New Orleans city tour, musical history, a bayou cruise and more.Eat, Tour, and Let the Good Times Roll The Big Easy is famous for its delicious food, unique culture, vibrant music, and much more. The city crackles with energy best summed up by the Cajun phrase “laissez les bon temps rouler”…let the good times roll!—and our tours ensure your guests see New Orleans’ best attractions firsthand.A Taste of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter)Learn how to recreate the magic of New Orleans cuisine with a quick tour of the French Quarter followed by a cooking class in Creole cuisine. Afterward, your guests will enjoy delicious dishes during a relaxing lunch.Big Easy City TourFrom the French Quarter to the majestic mansions of St. Charles Avenue, this fascinating tour of the city’s many unique neighborhoods ends with lunch served at Ralph’s on the Park. It’s a true tour for getting a real sense of New Orleans’ true spirit and proud history!Magical Musical History TourThis musically-focused day includes a tour of the New Orleans Jazz Museum, a special two-hour walk through musical hotspots with reporter Chris Rose, and concludes with a tour and lunch at Antoine’s Restaurant in the French Quarter.And so much more…including our Credit Union Defense Summit, paddleboat cruise, and a special Friday night event. Join us! You don’t have to be a NAFCU member to attend.Use code ANNUALSAVINGS by April 26 to save $200 on as many registrations as you wish. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Martinez: Results don’t tell story

first_img He added: “You look at the performances they have had since January, when they renewed the squad, and it’s not a squad that deserves to be where it is in the table. “I saw them against Fulham, and although they made big mistakes at the back that cost them goals, they created plenty of chances and are an extremely dangerous side. “I feel they were very unfortunate not to get anything out of the last two games against Fulham and Aston Villa because, on balance, they were the better side. We’re not going to become confused by their last two results. We know they are capable of winning games and we’ll be well aware of what can happen.” Wigan head back on the road with an enviable record of having won six and drawn two of their last nine away games in all competitions. Speaking to the Wigan Evening Post, Martinez added: “We can’t afford to be worrying about QPR – all we can do is worry about ourselves. “We don’t have enough points on the board and we are in a relegation battle ourselves. “We have played most of our best football away from home this season and we need to make sure we continue at that level.” The Latics head to Loftus Road on Sunday for a true relegation six-pointer at the foot of the Barclays Premier League. Whilst Wigan are only out of the bottom three on goal difference to Aston Villa, Harry Redknapp’s Rangers are currently staring the drop in the face as they are seven points adrift of safety. But after back-to-back 3-2 defeats at Villa and Fulham for QPR, Martinez is refusing to be lulled into a false sense of security, and he said: “People are talking about the results QPR have had and the points they have and I don’t feel it gives a true representation.” Press Associationcenter_img Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has urged his players not to become “confused” by the plight of relegation rivals QPR.last_img read more

Remi Garde demands Aston Villa response after Merseyside misery

first_imgRemi Garde expects a response and an improved performance from his Aston Villa team against Watford. Garde’s first defeat as manager was a heavy 4-0 loss to Everton last weekend in a game where Villa were three goals behind at half-time. The display was poles apart from that which earned a goalless draw at home to Manchester City in the Frenchman’s first match in charge prior to the international break. Garde did not go as far as to suggest that Saturday is a must-win match for Villa but neither is he underestimating its importance. He said: ”It is a huge game but it is not the end of the season, nobody will be relegated at the end of the weekend. Well I hope, if that is so then we are in more trouble than I thought! ”It would be a huge boost in confidence for us to win this weekend. We want to, of course, win this game and we are going to try and do it in the way we want. ”But we will also accept a victory in the last minute, I have no problem with that. ”The first minutes will be important for everyone but the result at the end will be more important.” Grealish has been dropped but s ome good news for Villa is the return to fitness of Jores Okore from a knee injury and the defender could be in the squad for the first time since the FA Cup final in May. Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor (calf) will be assessed. To make matters worse, just hours after the defeat young midfielder Jack Grealish was photographed partying on a night out and did not return home with the rest of the squad on the team coach – a breach of club discipline which has resulted in the 20-year-old being left out of the squad against the Hornets. Despite the result at Goodison Park, Garde felt Villa could take some encouragement from their second-half showing and he wants his players to begin in that same vein in front of their own supporters on Saturday. ”The first half (at Everton) was quite disappointing for me,” said Garde. ”I thought that after the first goal we didn’t resist enough, lost too many challenges and didn’t create any chances at all for the first 35 minutes. ”In the first 35 minutes I didn’t see players who want to fight for the shirt. This is not the way I want to play, we were a little bit shy. The team is new and does not really know each other yet and we have to work hard to get to know each other. ”But the reaction in the second half was much better and this week in training we have been working hard. I am still very pleased with the way we train. ”I think we can do better than we have done and I hope we can improve on Saturday because it is my responsibility to find some solutions quickly, because we need them.” Villa are without a Barclays Premier League win since the opening day of the season and are rooted to the bottom of the table, five points adrift of safety. Press Associationlast_img read more

USC professors participate in LA homelessness research, census

first_imgCorrection: A previous version of this story incorrectly quoted Robynn Cox as saying researchers need to look more closely at “housing and security.” Cox was actually referring to “housing insecurity.”This post has also been updated to clarify that homelessness caused by substance abuse and serious mental health issues is an incorrect perception, not a “stigma.” The Daily Trojan regrets these errors. A core team of five USC professors partnered with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to conduct the annual homeless count in L.A. County. This marked the first time USC was involved in the LAHSA count. More than 350 volunteers, including students and alumni, assisted in collecting the data for the three-day count in January.Professor Benjamin Henwood from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work led USC’s consulting role on the initiative after the University’s provost office launched an all-school initiative to end homelessness last summer. Henwood is a co-leader of the Grand Challenge to End Homelessness through the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He partnered with professors Robynn Cox and Karen Lincoln from the School of Social Work as well as professor Jennifer Ailshire from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, to make up the core team of consultants. Cox said the multifaceted nature of the team, which comprised faculty from four different departments, was key to their success.The results of the study, which were released earlier this month, show a 23-percent increase in the L.A. County homeless population from last year. Other notable statistics included a rise in first-time homelessness as well as a 64-percent increase in homelessness among youth and a 63-percent increase among the Latino population. Henwood also said significantly more members of the homeless population indicated having fled from violence.“It speaks to the need of trauma-informed care when working with this population,” Henwood said. “I think there is a recognition that this is an issue that does exist and we don’t know a whole lot about.And we probably need to do more.”Cox said the perception of homelessness being driven by substance abuse and mental health concerns is simply not true. Only 30 percent of all homeless people are reported to have a serious mental health concern, and a mere 18 percent reported to have  substance abuse issues.“To me, that seems to suggest that [substance abuse and mental health concerns are] not really what’s driving the homelessness,” Cox said. “We have to look more generally at housing insecurity and [understand] what causes people to end up in homelessness so we can catch them before they get to the most extreme form of what we would consider housing insecurity.”Though the study does not conclude on a source of homelessness, both Henwood and Cox said they believe housing costs are a contributing factor. “I would expect the number to go up next year too,” Henwood said. “We are as a county providing more and more housing. But at the same time I think what we’re seeing is a rental market where affordability is nonexistent.” Henwood cites data showing a drastic increase in rent compared to the slight increase in income. Many are a paycheck away from homelessness, he said. A 2016 pilot program estimated a homelessness prevention plan would spend $12,000 per family and $7,900 on each individual. LA County passed Measure H, allocating $40 million over the next three years for homelessness prevention, in March 2017. Moving forward, Cox said USC will continue supporting social workers in their efforts to eradicate homelessness. A number of clinical faculty members are looking for new ways to address the issue of homelessness, and countless students are out in the field training as well.“I think there’s a lot that we’re doing,” Henwood said. “I know that there are also a lot of resources at the University that are being pulled together to try to figure out how to form a collective impact and I think that’s still an ongoing effort.”last_img read more