continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mike Mercer, president/CEO of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions who served as president/CEO of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates for more than 30 years, will retire as of Dec. 31. Mercer took over leadership of LSCU when it merged with the Georgia League in September.“Credit unions and the Americans they serve would not be in the place they are today without tireless advocates like Mike Mercer. From his leadership through tough legislative battles to his example of how to bring the best of America’s credit unions to places in need across the globe, his goal has always been to champion the needs of credit union members in as many ways as possible,” said Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO. “Mike leaves behind an inspiring legacy of service to not-for-profit financial cooperatives that sets an example of what can be accomplished through tireless dedication and belief in making people’s lives better, and CUNA, Leagues and credit unions cannot thank him enough for his service.”Mercer, a former board chair for CUNA and the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL), has spent nearly four decades in the credit union system.He is well-known for championing financial products and services that meet the needs of working-class members such as used vehicle loans for low-credit score borrowers, small value personal loans, and saving programs, mortgages and accounts with few fees and minimum balance requirements.
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According to a statement issued by Mallowstreet today, new signatories included representatives of the pension funds for Lloyds Banking Group, insurance company Aviva and energy distributor National Grid. Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, co-founder and director of Mallowstreet, said: “The investment community has the power to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change, and it needs to use this power now.“What the Climate Charter will achieve is that at every trustee meeting of pension funds someone will ask, ‘if we make this investment, what is the impact on the climate?’, putting the climate emergency at the top of the agenda. We want everyone to ask their pension fund provider what they are doing to combat climate change.”Those who have signed up to the charter have done so in a personal capacity, meaning it is not binding on the pension funds they represent.Mallowstreet has also called on pension fund members to write to their schemes to demand that they sign up to the charter. More UK trustees and pension fund managers have pledged support for a ‘climate change charter’ to increase scrutiny of asset managers.In total, 76 individuals representing pension funds with a combined £367bn (€414.2bn) of assets have signed the Climate Charter, set up by pensions industry forum Mallowstreet.Signatories have committed to scrutinise all investments made to assess the impact on the environment and climate change.The forum launched the charter in June, and it was initially supported by three senior individuals working for UK pension funds: Paul Trickett, a trustee at three major schemes including RPMI Railpen; Mark Tennant, chairman of the £8bn Centrica Common Investment Fund; and Rosie Lacey, group pensions manager of the £970m De La Rue Pension Scheme.
ILOILO – The Provincial CooperativeDevelopment Office (PCDO) is encouraging the public, most especially traders,to visit and join the cooperative trade fair and exhibit at the provincialcapitol lobby. It is hoped that the exhibitors wouldbe able to attract investors or secure supply contracts with interestedbusinessmen. * Miag-ao Producers Cooperative It is part of the month-longCooperative Month observance themed “Cooperativism: A countervailing forceagainst climate change and violent extremism through people empowerment totrailblaze shift in paradigm towards sustainability and social inclusion.” The eight cooperatives participatingare the following: * Pototan Farmers MultipurposeCooperative * San Julian Multipurpose Cooperativein Badiangan * Guintapagin Agrarian ReformCooperative in Bingawan “Kungsaan ang cooperatiba, maayos ang buhay ng tao,”he stressed. * Leon Multipurpose Cooperative * Oct. 22 to 23 – Iloilo TechnologyDevelopment Training for cooperative members; food festival The two-week fair has 25 exhibitors(eight cooperatives and 17 cooperative members). Mostly being showcased are farmproducts of farmers’ cooperatives, according to Atty. Arturo Cangrejo, PCDOchief. * Oct. 10 and 11 – Governance &Management of Cooperative – Northern Iloilo sa Batad. “The exhibit is a chance forcooperatives and members to promote their products,” said Cangrejo. * Pavia Multipurpose Cooperative * Alimodian Multipurpose Cooperative There has been a study by the AsianDevelopment Bank that people’s lives were getting better in areas wherecooperatives operate. Other activities lined up are thefollowing: The Cooperative Month celebrationkicked off on Oct. 9 in the municipality of Batad. * Calinog Farmers AgricultureCooperative * Oct. 18 – Coop Whiz Contest (forstudents and cooperative members) at the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic StateCollege in Batad The 17 other exhibitors arecooperative members. They are LB Bravio Salted Peanut, Hersie & JaniuayProducers, Vins Food Product, Bukss Ann Food Product, Medio Dia’s Delicacies,AAJ Dried Fish, Siena Herbal Soap, Lezeth Food Products, Brendan’s Pastries,Estancia Stall Owners Association, Kylen’s Food Products, J’wills FoodProducts, Emjas Souvenirs, Abby’s Chicharon, Jhan and Chin Food Products, OtonVendor’s Association, and Ligaya Herbal Products. Cooperatives have been instrumental inhelping the poor in the countryside, according to Vidal Villanueva III, Boardof Administrator for Visayas of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)mduring the opening program. The Cooperative Month celebrationwraps up on Oct. 24 in Batad./PN
O’Neil echoed some of his manager’s words as he later said sorry to supporters via Twitter, writing: “Apologised to all the lads & the staff @ Ncfc. Massive apology to all fans as well! Made a big mistake. Out of character. Won’t happen again.” Neil had no doubt the incident had been a “big turning point”. The Scot – whose team remain 15th, five points clear of the relegation zone – said: “It made our task a lot more difficult. Up until that point I thought we’d started the game really well. “It was a relatively even game and you could even argue that we shaded it. “We were pleased with how the game was going but that was a big turning point, it gave Stoke an advantage, and to be fair to them they took advantage of it.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes could not understand O’Neil’s challenge either but was sure it was dangerous. “It was a strange decision from the lad to go in with that challenge,” said Hughes. “It just didn’t make sense really. We were just shepherding the ball out to take a throw in. “It looked like both his legs had left the ground and he did what was like a scissor motion. It is a dangerous challenge – I think everyone accepts that.” Hughes – whose men are up to seventh, only four points off the top four – also revealed the hamstring injury that ruled Xherdan Shaqiri out of the game is set to keep the Potters winger sidelined for 10 to 14 days. O’Neil was sent off in the 31st minute of the Barclays Premier League contest at the Britannia Stadium – which was level at 0-0 at the time – after needlessly clattering Ibrahim Afellay from behind with a sliding tackle. The Canaries swiftly responded to Jonathan Walters’ opener for the hosts just after the break as Jonny Howson equalised with a fine strike within six minutes. Press Association Norwich boss Alex Neil admitted he had been left baffled by the challenge that earned Gary O’Neil a red card in the 3-1 loss at Stoke. But the man disadvantage ultimately proved too much for Neil’s side, with them falling behind again midway through the second half thanks to a Joselu effort, then having their fate sealed by Ryan Bennett’s unfortunate own-goal 12 minutes from time. When asked after the game if he could understand what had happened with O’Neil, Neil said: “No, basically. “I think it was just a bad decision from Gary. The ball was going out aimlessly on the halfway line, I don’t think there were any flashpoints before that that riled him up, and I was as surprised as anyone else to see the tackle that went in. “To be honest, there is no defending it. It was certainly a sending off and Gary apologised to his team-mates at half-time. “He’s an experienced player and if I was to pick anyone in our squad who wouldn’t do that it would probably be Gary O’Neil. “It was completely out of character but to make that decision in such an important game was silly to say the least. “He knows he’s done wrong and me slating him here isn’t going to help that. “But it’s disappointing for all concerned because it’s not helped the cause tonight and it’s certainly not going to help our cause in the next three games to have an experienced player missing.”