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Credit union’s name becomes community art

first_imgLAFCU is celebrating its 80th birthday in a big way.The $630 million asset credit union has transformed a series of six-foot letters representing its name into a community art project.“The artists took it to another level of community involvement and engagement,” says Kelli Ellsworth-Etchison, senior vice president of marketing at the Lansing, Mich.-based credit union. “We’re saying, ‘These are your letters. This is you. You built LAFCU.’”Artists from around Michigan submitted designs. The credit union selected five artists to each paint one of the letters, which are made out of a dense Styrofoam-type material. Themes depicted on the letters range from a photo shoot of LAFCU’s mascot, LAFF-E the Cow, to a representation of the two sides of Lansing—the state Capitol and the community.LAFCU unveiled the completed letters this summer during a jazz and blues concert in downtown Lansing. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The key implication of the Supreme Court’s field of membership decision

first_img continue reading » The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear American Bankers Association v. National Credit Union Administration is a huge win for credit unions. It not only means that credit unions will be able to help more Americans through expanded fields of membership, but also could embolden the National Credit Union Administration to take steps to advance credit unions that they might have otherwise shied from.Instead of formal rules that prevent credit union expansion, credit unions will now face a different obstacle: demonstrating their ability and intent to serve larger markets.Despite Jim Nussle’s recent argument, NCUA is not going to eliminate or effectively eliminate field of membership anytime soon. Rightly or wrongly, doing so could jeopardize credit unions’ tax-exempt status—an unnecessary risk. Instead, NCUA’s new field of membership rule offers something better. It provides room for long-term continued growth and bolsters credit unions’ tax-exempt status by stipulating that the largest fields of membership require a greater commitment to a mission of meeting the credit and savings needs of persons of modest means.The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case leaves the vast majority of NCUA’s 2016 field of membership modernization rule, which the ABA challenged before it was even implemented in early 2017, intact. The case was first decided largely in ABA’s favor by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Friedrich found that two key provisions contained in the rule exceeded the regulator’s statutory authority: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Horns Rev 3 Helps Denmark Set Wind Energy Production Record

first_img“Denmark is a world champion in balancing large quantities of wind energy,” Hylleberg said.  ”This is really gratifying, and we are approaching a milestone with fast paces, where wind turbines cover half our electricity consumption on average. I expect this to happen during 2020 or by 2021, when the next 600 MW offshore wind farm Krigers Flak is expected to be operational.” Danish wind turbines produced 16TWh of electricity in 2019, a 15% increase compared to 13.9TWh of electricity produced in 2018, and an 8.1% increase compared to the second-best result of 14.8TWh recorded in 2017. ”However, the 2020s will be the decade when we will really start to put the green power into use in our heating and transport, and not least for the production of green fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia.” This is a 3.5% increase in the share of wind energy in the mix compared to the country’s second-best result of 43.4% set in 2017. The price of the electricity generated by wind turbines fell by 12.7% compared to the previous year, Wind Denmark said. center_img The increase in the wind energy share was attributed to the start of operations at the 407MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm. “2019 looks like an average wind year, but Horns Rev 3 of 407 MW was connected to the grid, which is why we now see a big leap in the production of green power from wind turbines,” said Jan Hylleberg, CEO of Wind Denmark. Electricity produced by wind turbines covered 46.9% of consumption in Denmark in 2019, setting a new record for the country and for the world, according to Wind Denmark.last_img read more

‘Why Inter have Messi ‘advantage’ over Man City’

first_img Loading… Promoted Content9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices? Messi’s father Jorge purchased a luxury apartment in the centre of Milan a couple of months ago, prompting Gazzetta dello Sport speculation that the player would soon follow. That wasn’t just a real estate deal, it allowed Jorge Messi to register Italy as his main residence, which in turn means he can benefit from the tax law meant to encourage foreign investment in the country. read also:Messi in talks with Guardiola over Man City switch This was cited as one of the reasons Cristiano Ronaldo chose to leave Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018. Meanwhile, RMC Sport in France are confident the only candidates who can genuinely sign Messi are Inter and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Inter ‘have a clear advantage over PSG, Manchester City and Manchester United’ in the race to sign Lionel Messi because of a tax law, according to Mundo Deportivo. The club legend sent a fax demanding he be released from his contract a year early as a free agent, although Barcelona maintain the clause allowing that has expired. If he does leave, then there are only a select number of European clubs who can afford to pay his wages. “Inter have a clear advantage over PSG, Manchester City and Manchester United, which is Italy’s taxation laws,” wrote Mundo Deportivo writer Francesc Aguilar on Twitter. “Inter could deal with the transfer operation more easily and Leo would have fewer taxes to pay than in Spain or England.” Messi famously was involved in a tax evasion scandal and trial involving his father in 2016.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Whicker: When it comes to LeBron James, follow the drama

first_img #LABron: LeBron James to Los Angeles billboards appear before Lakers-Cavaliers matchup If basketball was the only consideration, Philadelphia would already be roping off his parking space(s). Joel Embiid turns 24 Saturday. Ben Simmons is still 21. They comprise the best center-point guard combo in tomorrow’s NBA. This is the ideal Messiah script. With James, Philly would be the automatic Eastern favorite.But the Lakers have their own advantages, and it all goes back to the drama.For one thing, the Lakers can sign James and another Max. In the past two months they have resembled an nascent contender, with chemistry and identity they never had before. Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart look like a nucleus now. Sure, they’ll be fishin’ early this spring, but James could bring the fission.In doing so James could be the Restorer Of Tradition. Despite some remarkable individuals over the years, the 76ers are just another franchise. The meaning of the Lakers is self-explanatory.Add the fact that James already has a house here, and his movie ambitions are also here, and it’s a greenlight in search of a project. Oram: LeBron James steps up to win MVP and spares us another indefensibly sterile All-Star Game LeBron James has become the Bob Barker of Max Day, the master of ceremonies. In 2010 he turned it into a 30-minute TV special, called The Decision (as opposed to Howard’s choice of the Lakers, which became The Incision).The Miami Heat won the Showcase Showdown that day and also won two NBA championships and played for two others.In 2014 James took the NBA through the same wringer. This time he chose to return to Cleveland, calling it The Homecoming, committing himself to win a championship for the city that burned his jerseys when he left.Sure enough the Cavaliers won the championship in 2016 and got to the Finals in 2015 and 2017.Now Kyrie Irving is gone, seeking the oxygen that James never left in the room, and James has clashed with owner Dan Gilbert and watched helplessly as General Manager David Griffin was fired. It seems that Cleveland is only home whenever James gets to run it. And James is approaching another Max Day with the league at full attention. The pins and needles no longer hurt.The Cavaliers played the Clippers on Friday night and meet the Lakers here on Sunday. James arrived as a 33-year-old at the peak of his powers. He is fourth in the NBA in scoring and second in assists, and is a couple of bounces a game away from averaging a triple-double.“Of all the great ones, LeBron and Tiger (Woods) were the ones who came in with the biggest buildup and then overachieved,” said Doc Rivers, the Clippers coach. “And he’s probably having his best year.“You tell your guys not to overreact to greatness. If he gets 20, be happy. If he gets 40, you don’t care. You can still win that way, but everyone tries to guard LeBron unsuccessfully.”Billboards in L.A. and Philadelphia plead for James. He said he realized there is a “frenzy” for the best free agents, but he is focused on nothing but the Cavaliers, who will likely have to beat Boston and Toronto without home-court advantage during the playoffs to make the Finals again.The four favorites to land his services this summer are supposed to be Cleveland, the Lakers, Houston and Philadelphia.Keep in mind that James, in his other two Max Days, went for the most dramatic result possible. By enticing Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade and himself in Miami, he conjured a Superteam and showed his powerful influence.By returning to Cleveland, James came up with an ingratiating scenario of personal redemption and growth. Circle of life, and all that.Staying in Cleveland would be not a plot line. The Cavaliers figure to get a premium college player with the first-round pick they got from Brooklyn, and they’ll be contenders as long as they have James. But it isn’t much of an ongoing saga.Playing in Houston would be appealing if the Rockets fall short of this NBA championship and feel they need that 212nd degree. Whether James Harden will find it appealing to have another ball-demanding Bigfoot is not as certain.Related Articles NBA All-Star LeBron James tells commentator ‘I will not shut up and dribble’ center_img Heisler: Lakers don’t trust the process, they live to short-cut it Heisler: Lakers get their newest, littlest franchise player LOS ANGELES — Only three-and-a-half months, give or take, until the signature moment of the NBA season.Not the Finals. We’re talking about Max Day.July 1 is the first day that free agents can officially sign and either destroy a franchise or certify it.When Kevin Durant pumped the white smoke through the chimney and signaled he was signing with Golden State, that clinched the 2017 NBA championship and maybe many more to come. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more