Onsite: It’s a big Monday at #CUNAGAC 2018!

first_imgThe 2018 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference kicks off today as more than 5200 credit union advocates are expected in Washington D.C. this week.CUNA President Jim Nussle will kick things off this morning, in an address available on Facebook Live. Afterwards, CUNA members will be provided with a special guest keynote from President George W. Bush.President Bush’s two terms started on January 20, 2001, after serving six years as Governor of Texas.Since leaving office, President Bush has developed the George W. Bush Institute, “which seeks to improve the human condition, and its work is based on the principles that have guided President Bush throughout his life: freedom is universal; each human life is precious; to whom much is given, much is required; and the marketplace is the best way to allocate resources.”The GAC Exhibit Hall will be open before and after President Bush’s address today, allowing attendees to engage and network with hundreds of providers, as well as giving them the chance to learn about the latest products and services available to credit unions.In the afternoon, 6 Breakout Sessions will be available, covering topics ranging from payments security and blockchain to the first of a two-part advocacy training session led by Congressional staff and experts with the Congressional Management Foundation.Yesterday, Gian Paul Gonzalez, an international motivational speaker, educator, Union City Board of Education Founder and Executive Director of Hope + Future Foundation and Community Center, kicked off the Sunday General Session by delivering the ED (Filene) Talk.Known for inspiring the New York Giants to their Super Bowl victory in 2011 with the phrase ‘All In,” Gonzalez inspired and challenged credit union employees to figure out what “All-In” means for them and reminded us all that “at the end of the day, it’s not about numbers, it’s about people.”Check back throughout the day for updates from Monday at #CUNAGAC!::First-time GAC attendees look to make an impactGAC crashers look forward to record-breaking conference2018 GAC underway in D.C. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Cross-border activity fuels 18% rise in Belgian pension assets

first_imgSource: FSMA, IPE Assets under management at Belgian pension funds grew by 18% last year, largely as a result of asset transfers from foreign pension scheme providers, according to the Belgian financial services regulator.At the end of 2017, the total balance sheet of Belgian pension funds stood at €35.1bn, up from €29.8bn the year before, according to FSMA.The regulator attributed the “significant” increase mainly to asset transfers from foreign pension funds under EU cross-border pension rules. Announcing its annual statistical overview, it said IORPs exercising cross-border pension activities – by way of managing foreign pension plans – had seen their combined balance sheet grow to €8.9bn.There were 201 pension funds in Belgium at the end of last year, two more than in 2016. Membership grew by 4% to reach just over 1.7m, with almost a quarter of this increase at pension funds with cross-border activity. One of the main aims of the new European pension fund directive, IORP II, is to increase cross-border activity. In the Netherlands, however, there are concerns that pension transfers to its neighbour are at least in part motivated by the appeal of more lenient regulation.FSMA also reported that Belgian pension funds invested around three-quarters of their assets in mutual funds, principally equity and bond funds. They invested 11% of their assets directly in bonds and 9% in equities.In 2017, these investments returned 5.3%, the supervisor said.Belgian pension funds’ coverage ratio fell slightly to 124%, due to low interest rates, it added.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Hetmyer ready for CPL challenge

first_imgTHE 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) was a breakout season for Shimron Hetmyer, which he has used as a platform to further his international career and get picked up in other T20 tournaments such as the Indian Premier League (IPL).Having finished last season as the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ top scorer with 440 runs, including a maiden T20 hundred, Hetmyer says he will be trying hard to improve on those stellar returns when the 2019 CPL gets underway on September 4.“Well, I’ll be looking to outdo it but let’s see how it goes. At this point I’m really feeling good about my batting where that is concerned and my overall game as well, so I’m looking to take it one step at a time and just try as much as possible and as hard as possible to try and take Guyana one step further this year.”The CPL has played a big part in the development of many young players from the Caribbean, and Hetmyer says he has learned a huge amount from the tournament.“It’s taught me a lot actually. It’s brought me up to the world stage knowing different players from around the world and playing against some of the guys I’ve never played against before.CPL helps because you basically play with some of the guys who are more established and are in and around the international stage. It always helps in different ways. It gives the younger guys a little bit of a chance to rub shoulders with some of the more experienced guys on the team and some of the more experienced guys, who have played world cricket, and from other countries as well.”“So it all helps you as a young player to develop your game and to know your strengths and weaknesses, and work on them as early as possible so when you do get to that stage, it gets a little bit easier for you and you make less number of mistakes.”Hetmyer was one of three Guyanese players the Amazon Warriors retained before the draft took place, and he is very pleased with the rest of the squad that has been selected for the upcoming tournament.“I think it’s a great pick. I must commend the management staff on picking such a well-rounded team. I would say also a very young team we have this year as well, with the exception of Shoaib. For us now, it’s just about basically getting the right combination on the park on that specific day. We do have a very good team on paper, so it’s all about now just going out and putting on a very good show on the field.”The Amazon Warriors have made the CPL final four times, including in 2018 and Hetmyer says he really wants to bring that CPL trophy home to Guyana.“That’s the feeling I’m actually waiting to explain on that stage, I’m waiting for when we actually get to that hurdle and just stepping over it. Last year was heartbreaking for us to get, for us to be working that hard to get to that final and then we just lost it in that last game.“So, it’s just about going out this year to just do our best yet again in our group stages, in our group stage matches then just take it one step further this year in the final.”last_img read more

Summer Reading Program celebrates a Teddy Bear Picnic

first_imgby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — On the last day of the Summer Reading Program, a Teddy Bear Picnic was held, where children were asked to bring a bear, or  favorite stuffed animal. They marched in a parade, led by Children’s Librarian Lisa Vargas, enjoyed snacks, hit a pinata, made crafts, and had their pictures taken in a teddy bear photo booth.Library Director Jo Plumb is a bear at the Teddy Bear photo booth.Children brought in their favorite stuffed toy to march in the stuffed toy parade. Stuffed teddy bears and other toys get thrown in the air to the delight of children.Even Aaron John Wingfield was in on the festivities.last_img read more