CUNA Mutual inks NAFCU deal

first_imgNAFCU Services Corporation announced its first major agreement with CUNA Mutual Group Tuesday as a preferred partner that will provide a mortgage payment protection product.Terms of the deal were not released.“They (CUNA Mutual) have been a long supporter at conferences and sponsorships but this is the first true partnership of this type,” Randy Salser, president of NAFCU Services Corporation, said.  “This is a product that is new and innovative and is a good entry for them to talk to credit unions.” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

GOLDEN ORANGE: Awarded for the best examples of rural tourism in the county

first_imgThe award for ‘Traditional Product’ was given to the family farm Anica Bažika from Lumbarda, owners of the Croatian Island Product label, with their special jams, marmalades and jams made of lemon, mandarin, fig, Plavac mali, with constant design of new products.  Source: Dubrovnik-Neretva County / Cover photo: Konoba Maha Above Orebić, in Mokalo, is located Agroturizam Kapor, in the past an estate, and today an ambient complex of a Mediterranean house. In addition to delicious local food, they offer tasting of local wines Postup, Plavac and Rukatac, and they have enriched their offer with a family museum. In agritourism, great attention is paid to the youngest who during their stay can enjoy the landscaped playgrounds and promenades, all in the company of domestic animals. “For the fourth year in a row, we have been monitoring the development of rural tourism in our County, and I can truly say that year after year we can see progress in the offer and quality provided by our family farms. I am glad that the ‘Golden Orange’ has become a tradition because this award is a sign that the potential of rural areas is great and that our fellow citizens show love for their customs, antiques and original local cuisine. ‘, said the prefect Nikola Dobroslavić and congratulated the winners, but also all the finalists, on their dedicated work which raises the quality of the entire destination. She won the ‘Golden Orange’ award for 2019 Tavern Maha from the island of Korcula, which for 12 years combines a pleasant atmosphere on its rustic and energy-independent ranch with a combination of traditional flavors and modern presentation, thus completing the vision of rural and sustainable tourism. Last year, the award went to the tavern ‘Seoska kuća’ of the Novaković family from Čilip, one of the pioneers of rural tourism in Konavle, in 2017 the award went to the Metković restaurant and picnic area Đuđa i Mate, while in 2016 the first place went to OPG DIANA MAROVIĆ – EKO ŠKOJ from the island of Korčula.  In front of all the winners, Ivan Marelić addressed the audience and pointed out that such recognitions are extremely important. “In this way, all of us small producers and entrepreneurs see that our efforts and work are recognized by the home county. I want to thank everyone for that and of course for this recognition”, Said Marelić. This year, a record number of business entities from the entire Dubrovnik-Neretva County applied for the competition, 26 of them, and after the first round of selection, the jury selected 15 finalists. historical and eno-gastro heritage of its region. The four-member family of Konoba Knez, with their dedication and love for work, strive to provide the best service to visitors, and offer tastes of Dubrovnik’s history, because since 1921 the family has been processing and selling meat and meat products. With the presence of an increase in rapid tourism and apartmentization, the original natural beauty and historical heritage of the rural area of ​​Pobrežje tends to be preserved. The rural household also grows various domestic animals, organic fruits, vegetables, produces house wine, homemade liqueurs and fruit brandies, and offers all visitors a real farm experience.  The winners, along with the statue of the Golden Orange and the charter, were awarded with monetary amounts from 2.000 to 5.000 kunas for the improvement of their business.center_img Photo: Villa Cypress, Ethno Art Village Podcempres / Illustration From 2018, in addition to the gold, silver and bronze charters, two special awards are given in the categories ‘Attractions in the offer of rural tourism’ and ‘Traditional products’.  After Konoba Maha, which won the most points, the second place went to Family farm Marin Knez from the Coast, while Agrotourism Kapor from Orebic won third place.   Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the Regional Agency DUNEA launched a selection for the best in rural tourism to point out the importance of a quality approach in running family farms in the service of rural tourism and thus gave recognition and deserved promotion to the best. Photo: Dubrovnik-Neretva County Located eight kilometers from the town of Korcula, this tavern is decorated in Dalmatian style with stone walls and gentle lighting in a garden surrounded by Mediterranean plants. The quality and ambience of this family farm has been recognized by many celebrities such as Bill Gates, Bernie Ecclestone, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and many others. Konoba Maha is one of the co-founders of the Korčula Pjatance Association – a spring food and wine fair, and they prove their vision of the property in the future by continuous education of staff and owners and constant improvement of service quality and increase of own production.  This year, among the finalists, the Ethnographic Collection Barilo located in the center of Blato, which offers visitors a special and unforgettable atmosphere and a walk through the centuries of the islanders, and Školjkarstvo Antonio from Zamaslina with a unique experience the production process of this aphrodisiac.  The award ceremony ‘Golden Orange’ – the selection of the best in rural tourism in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was held on June 28 at the Ranjina Palace.last_img read more

Asset growth slows at Singapore’s Temasek due to Asian weakness

first_imgChairman Lim Boon Heng said: “This year has been one of our most active years for new investments – the most active since the global financial crisis – driven by softer Asian markets of interest, as well as the continued recovery of the global economy.”New investments last year totaled SGD24bn, half of which was in Asia where lower asset prices offered attractive investment opportunities, and two-fifths in Europe and North America.Temasek said divestments amounted to SGD10bn, giving a net investment amount of SGD14bn – double the average annual net investment level of about SGD7bn, over the past 10 years.The top three sectors for investments during the year were financial services, life sciences and energy.Towards the end of the year, the company stepped up its investment activities in the consumer sector.Investments in the financial services sector included an increase in its holdings in AIA to over 3.5%, as well as a growth in its stake in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to 8.9% of its H-shares (equivalent to 2.2% of total ICBC outstanding shares). The company also bought a 1.1% interest in Lloyds Banking Group, the largest domestic UK bank by assets.In the life sciences sector, Temasek invested almost $1bn (€735m) in Gilead Sciences, a major developer of treatments for cancer, HIV and other infectious diseases; and $500m in Thermo Fisher Scientific, a provider of laboratory equipment and consumables.In energy, Temasek invested £235m (€296m) in the BG Group and about SGD2bn in Pavilion Energy, which focuses on LNG sourcing, supply and solutions.Consumer sector investments concluded since the financial year-end include a 24.95% purchase of A S Watson from Hutchison Whampoa for $5.7bn in April 2014.Among its divestments were its stake in Bharti Telecom and Seoul Semiconductor, Tiger Airways, Cheniere Energy and Youku-Tudou. Divestments were reduced to SGD10bn from SGD13bn a year earlier. Temasek Holdings’ investment assets grew at a slower pace in the year to March, weighed down by weakness in Asia, as it opened offices in London and New York to help diversify its portfolio.The assets of the Singapore state investment company increased by 3.7% to a record SGD223bn (€132bn).However, the growth is less than half of last year’s gain of 8.6%.The top three countries represented in Temasek’s portfolio are Singapore, China and Australia at 31%, 25% and 10%, respectively, as at 31 March, according to its annual review. Exposure to North America and Europe grew to over 14%, up from 12% the previous year.last_img read more

Cricket News No way BCCI can block Pakistan to participate, says Official

first_imgAmid the spiraling speculation, the CoA, comprising Chairman Vinod Rai and former women’s captain Diana Edulji, will be meeting in Delhi on Friday to discuss the issue of multiple bodies claiming representation of Uttarakhand. But the Pakistan conundrum is likely to cast a shadow on what was to be a routine meet.”We will discuss all possible options tomorrow and do what is best for the country,” said Edulji.A top BCCI source said even if a note is sent and the ICC agrees to put it out in front of member boards for a vote, India is unlikely to find any support from other nations.”In case India writes to ICC for Pakistan’s removal, then we have to build consensus first to move a resolution at it’s Annual Board Meeting in April. We no longer enjoy a majority in the ICC board right now. If this goes for floor Test we are certain to lose,” he said.”Not only that, serious doubts will emerge on our chances to host 2021 Champions Trophy and 2023 World Cup,” he added.The call to boycott Pakistan has been made by some prominent voices such as senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and former captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly.Among the current players, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pacer Mohammed Shami have called for decisive action to deal with terror strikes carried out by Pakistan-based terror groups.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: After 40 CRPF jawans were killed in the attacks on February 14, there has been outrage in India and it has come from cricketers. There are increased calls from many quarters for the Indian cricket team to boycott the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Pakistan which will be played in Manchester on June 16.Sources within The Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the BCCI have not prepared any note seeking a ban on Pakistan at the upcoming World Cup and even if such a move is made, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is bound to reject it.Already, Pakistani shooters couldn’t make the World Cup in Delhi, starting Saturday, after not getting visas. And there is a demand for India to boycott its June 16 World Cup clash against the neighbours and the matter is likely to come up on the sidelines of the ICC meetings between February 27 to March 2 in Dubai.”There is absolutely no constitutional or contractual way this could happen. The ICC constitution allows members the right to participate in ICC events as long as they’re qualified,” a BCCI official told PTI. highlights India will play against Pakistan on June 16 in World cup league game. No way BCCI can block Pakistan believes official.The former cricketers have also expressed their views on this. last_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Gary Woodland holds on for win at Pebble Beach

first_imgGary Woodland is a major champion for the first time.The 35-year-old shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday to come away with the win at the 2019 U.S. Open. He finished the tournament at Pebble Beach 13 under overall. U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods explains how he turned his ’round around’ U.S. Open 2019: Amateur Viktor Hovland breaks Jack Nicklaus’ record When he needed it [email protected] wows with the wedge.He’ll take a 2-shot lead to 18.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 17, 2019Woodland held off Brooks Koepka, who birdied four of his first five holes Sunday. Koepka, however, came up short after bogeying 12 and shooting six straight pars to close out the tournament.  Koepka entered the weekend as the two-time defending U.S. Open champion.Rory McIlroy was 1 over Sunday and finished in a tie for ninth. Tiger Woods overcame a poor start to shoot a 2-under 69 to tie for 21st. U.S. Open 2019: Gary Woodland uses lessons learned on court at Pebble Beach “Just keep fighting,” Woods told reporters about his mindset. “Just because I got off to a bad start doesn’t mean it’s over. Keep grinding, keep playing. And I was able to turn my round around today as well as yesterday. So, rounds that could have easily slipped away and kind of gone the other way pretty easily I was able to turn it around.”First eight holes for Tiger Woods:BogeyBogeyParParBogeyBogeyBirdieBirdie— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 16, 2019Amateur Viktor Hovland was 4 under for the tournament and tied for 12th. 🏆 @GaryWoodland has won the U.S. Open!It’s his first career major championship victory.#LiveUnderPar— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 17, 2019Woodland recorded four birdies and two bogeys during the final round to secure the victory.  Woodland entered the Open with three career victories, the last of which came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February 2018. Related Newslast_img read more

Thursday August 22nd Local Sports

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have been in first place in the AL Central for all but 13 days this season, a perch the Chicago White Sox have been aiming for during this extended rebuilding project.If they can make that big jump in 2020, Lucas Giolito will surely be a major factor.Giolito pitched a three-hit shutout of the second-highest scoring team in the major leagues, racking up 12 strikeouts for the White Sox on Wednesday in a 4-0 victory for their first series win over the Twins in two years.Giolito (14-6) allowed only one runner past first base, a double by Jonathan Schoop in the eighth. The 25-year-old fanned Jake Cave to finish that inning and reach double-digit strikeouts for the third straight time, the first White Sox starter to do so since Chris Sale did so in eight consecutive turns in 2015.Giolito also matched Cleveland’s Shane Bieber for the major league lead with his third complete game this season, though one was a five-inning, rain-shortened contest against Toronto before he blanked Houston with a four-hit shutout on May 23. Giolito got there this time with a career-high 115 pitches, without a walk.The Twins were blanked for the third time this year, all at home and also on April 30 by Houston and June 17 by Boston. They took a three-game lead on the Indians in the AL Central into the day. This 13-game stretch entirely against the third-place White Sox and fifth-place Detroit Tigers that began this week looked like a favorable spot on the schedule, but solid starting pitching can make quite the difference.José Abreu went 3 for 5 with two RBIs for the White Sox from his usual third spot in the lineup, with Leury Garcia and Tim Anderson each producing two hits from their places in front of him. The first three batters scored all four runs against Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (13-6), who was outdone by his fellow American League All-Star.The Twins were able to hold their three-game lead over Cleveland as the Indians fell to the Mets 4-3 last night. Minnesota is off today and will start a three-game weekend series with Detroit tomorrow night with a 7:10 start, followed by a 6:10 first pitch Saturday and a 1:10 start on Sunday. AMES — Still no decision at Iowa State on who will be the starting running back next week when the Cyclones host Northern Iowa. Kene Nwangwu, Sheldon Croney and Johnnie Lang are the most experienced candidates in a five man battle to replace David Montgomery. Offensive coordinator Tom Manning.Manning is not sure how many of the running backs will play against the Panthers.Manning says there are more similarities than differences in the running backs.Kickoff between Iowa State and UNI on August 31st is scheduled for 11:00 AM GREEN BAY — Former Iowa standout Bryan Bulaga says his goals for the preseason are pretty simple. The Green Bay tackle and his Packer teammates play their third preseason game tonight at Oakland.As he prepares for his tenth season the Packers have cut back his work load and Bulaga feels it has paid dividends.As he enters the final year of his contract Bulaga is hoping to have a strong season.After playing the Raiders tonight, Green Bay hosts Kansas City in the pre-season finale next Thursday night.last_img read more