continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While many business sectors are seeing reduced opportunities and pipelines, many credit unions have experienced the exact opposite. Credit unions are on the frontlines working quickly with members to establish forbearance agreements or leverage federal aid programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses. While many people are struggling to adapt to the new normal, your loan committee can help transform this time of disruption into a time of opportunity for your institution.But let’s be honest. Before COVID-19 and social distancing, the prevailing opinion at most credit unions regarding the loan approval process was simple: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Mountains of paper, physical signatures and lengthy meetings still ruled the day. The opportunity exists here and now to create a more seamless loan process that retains customers, keeps the loan pipeline at capacity, and disperses new loans faster and more efficiently than ever.The solution is simple: a board management software platform (or “board portal”).On one hand, board portals are not new. Credit unions have deployed them for two decades now. Your institution may even have one installed already. They’ve mainly been used by the board of directors, the charitable foundation or the policy committee.
Press Association Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has labelled birthday boy Ryan Giggs the role model all his team-mates look up to. It cannot be easy, especially with Michael Carrick on the sidelines and neither Marouane Fellaini nor Tom Cleverley able to match Giggs’ influence in central midfield. Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypia doubtless wishes Moyes had elected to save Giggs’ legs in readiness for Sunday’s trip to Tottenham given he was responsible for an overall United performance the Finn accepted was far too good for his own side. “We really punished them,” said Smalling. “Bayern Munich were the only team to take points off them at their ground in the league this season, which speaks for itself. “But we put them to the sword. “Once we got two goals ahead you could see their heads drop. “They knew they were going to be well beaten because we were not going to let that lead slip.” Only once in their entire history have United won an away game in Europe by a greater margin. That 6-0 win in 1957 was at the expense of Irish part-timers Shamrock Rovers, not the team presently second in the Bundesliga/ Remarkably, Leverkusen could still join United in the knockout stages providing Shakhtar Donetsk do not leave Old Trafford with a victory that would deprive Moyes’ side of top spot in Group A when the sides meet in a fortnight. Not even Sir Alex Ferguson won a European away fixture by five goals. The best he could manage was a 6-2 success against Brondby in Copenhagen during the group stage of the 1999 Treble winning campaign. It could, therefore, turn out to be a significant evening for Moyes, who has still not convinced everyone he is the right man to replace Ferguson. Smalling can look back on the evening with satisfaction too. Criticised by Moyes for conceding the injury-time free-kick from which Cardiff got their shock equaliser on Sunday, the former Fulham man was a far more confident presence at right-back. He even chipped in with a goal, finishing off from close range at the far post, from a cross provided by Rooney. “We have been threatening to do that all season,” he said. “There have been a few times when we have gone ahead in games and not got the second that would allow us to kick on to make ourselves a bit more comfortable. “I am quite pleased to get on the scoresheet too. “I have been getting closer and closer over the last few games, although my goal was probably the easiest chance I will ever have. “We are starting to look a real threat from set pieces, which is important because the manager wants us to chip in. “We have a few players who can be dangerous in those areas and with the delivery Rooney and Giggs were putting in, we were due.” Giggs did not score on Wednesday night. Nor, indeed, could he claim more than one direct assist given Wayne Rooney was responsible for the final pass for the first four United goals. His experience still shone through as he controlled the game at the pace he wished, always seeming to make the right pass. “Ryan is a role model for us all,” said Smalling. “He is a cool head in the middle. “Despite his age, even in the 90th minute he was still taking on three or four players. “It is terrific to see such a legend playing amongst us. “His pass for Nani’s goal at the end just sums him up. He has that incredible vision. He is terrific and an example to everyone.” The biggest issue Moyes has with Giggs right now is when to pick him and when to give him the rest so obviously required. Giggs celebrates his 40th birthday on Friday with United manager David Moyes believing the Welshman is still improving. Certainly his performance in Wednesday night’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of Bayer Leverkusen suggests Giggs still has plenty to offer and, should he so wish, he worthy of yet another contract extension at the end of the season.
Officials at the Miami International Airport say they have detained a man who reportedly hid in the baggage area of a flight from Havana, Cuba to the Miami International Airport.The suspect was detained Friday morning after employees discovered him while they were unloading the baggage from the belly of the plane.Video of the scene showed the suspect on the tarmac in handcuffs with a lanyard around his neck.While officials did not release the name of the suspect involved, U.S. Customs and Border Protection did report that the suspect is a 26-year-old male from Cuba.They also issued this statement:“CBP officers remain vigilant to arrest persons trying to elude detection in violation of federal law,” CBP said in a statement. “CBP’s mission is to facilitate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security for those who live here and for those who come to visit.”
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will visit USC on May 3 for two events hosted by the USC Student Interfaith Council.“We are very excited that the Dalai Lama has accepted the USC Student Interfaith Council’s invitation to speak on campus,” said Varun Soni, Dean of Religious Life at USC. “We see this as an extraordinary and unique opportunity and are very excited for this to take place.”The first event will take place in the morning at the Galen Center, where the Dalai Lama will give a public talk on secular ethics, religious pluralism and the relationship between spirituality and science. A question-and-answer session moderated by Dr. James Doty, board member of the Dalai Lama Foundation, will follow the lecture.The Dalai Lama will participate in a panel of scholars, also including USC neuroscience professor Antonio Damasio and USC professor of philosophy and law Gideon Yaffe, in an event that afternoon at Bovard Auditorium. The panel will talk about consciousness, cognition and contemplation.Sarrah Shahawy, student leader of the Student Interfaith Council, said she believes the Dalai Lama’s choice to speak at USC is a testament to the Student Interfaith Council’s high level of involvement for advocating religious discussion.“USC is a leader in interfaith work as a university, and we are a very active organization, especially compared to ones at other schools across the country,” Shahawy said. “We strive to work towards fostering an interfaith community, and are very committed to working across ethnic divides.”Shahawy also said she expects student turnout at both events to be extremely high because of the Dalai Lama’s strong influence on religion in the 21st century.“This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity, especially since the Dalai Lama is starting to cut down on his worldwide tours,” she said. “It truly is a huge honor that one of the foremost religious leaders of our time, who has devoted his life to making the world a better place for all, is coming to our campus.”Tickets to both events will go on sale online Sat., March 12, and over the phone Mon., March 14.Students can buy tickets at a discounted price of $20 each for up to four tickets to each event. USC faculty and staff are eligible to buy up to two tickets for a discounted rate of $50 each for the event taking place at Bovard.Proceeds from both events will be donated to the Dalai Lama Foundation. Students should also expect to receive an e-mail from the USC Ticket Office with additional information about pricing and availability.More information about both events will be available at dalailama.usc.edu. The website is expected to be open to traffic tomorrow.