November 2015 Credit Union Trends Report from CUNA Mutual Group

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Credit Union Trends Report is a monthly “pulse check” on the state of the credit union marketplace, often placed in a historical context. The report is published and distributed by Steven Rick from CUNA Mutual Group. View Steven’s biography.November 2015:Credit union loan balances rose 1.2% in September, faster than the 0.8% pace reported in September 2014.Credit unions added more than 1.5 million memberships in the third quarter of 2015, the fastest growth quarter in credit union history.Credit union liquidity fell to the lowest level since February 2009 in September. continue reading »last_img read more

Virtual Camino Krk – an excellent new tourist product of the island of Krk, now in a virtual edition

first_imgAlthough at first it is difficult to connect the island of Krk with the Camino de Santiago, but this is another proof that in Croatia we have hundreds of phenomenal and authentic stories, which we just have to arrange, round, brand and tell. It is this content that we chronically lack. “This is a new experience for all of us, we are doing it for the first time, and we apologize in advance if the production is not flawless due to the short preparation time. But we have a strong desire to provide you with a piece of experience that you have been deprived of due to the current situation and we want to do it the best we can. Join us and be a part of the first virtual Camino Krk adventure. Thanks to everyone who will join and contribute. ” concludes Nataša Jurina, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Krk. Bravo for the island of Krk. Let’s tell stories, our authentic stories.  Although at first it is difficult to connect the island of Krk with Camin, but this is another proof that in Croatia we have hundreds of phenomenal and authentic stories, which we just have to arrange, brand and tell well.   As this is not possible now, the Krka Tourist Board decided to bring part of this experience closer virtually. During six days, it will be possible to experience a virtual part of the Camino experience through:  The story goes something like this…. What is the connection and story of the island of Krk with the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James? Camino Krk – is an excellent new tourist product as well as a motive for coming in the pre- and post-season. It is an event that marks the Croatian Camino route following the medieval pilgrimage routes on the island of Krk. The thematic route Camino Krk has joined the European network of pilgrimage routes of St. James, and created the preconditions for the development of pilgrimage and religious tourism on the island of Krk.  In October 2019, the first Camino Week was held on Krk, and on April 21.4 – April 26.4.2020, XNUMX. the second guided tour of the Camino Krk route was to take place. “Sthe situation that affected the whole world made it impossible for a large part of the planned activities, including the holding of the second Camino week. We therefore decided to provide the interested audience with a part of the experience with the help of digital tools and to hold a Virtual Camino Krk week which can be followed on our facebook pages. Currently, mostly all people spend time in conditions of isolation and quarantine, and digital media in the true sense have become their only windows into the world. Maybe this story from the island of Krk will brighten someone’s days that none of us had hoped to experience ” points out Nataša Jurina, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Krk. From 21. to 26.4.2020. experience Camino Krk via your computers, mobile phones or tablets on the Facebook page of the Krk Tourist Board – City of History and Culture. Photo: TZG Krk In Croatia since 1203, the Brotherhood of St. Jacob organized to help pilgrims who then walked from Croatia to Santiago de Compostela and back. Today’s Brotherhood of St. James, based in Samobor, inherits this tradition. She is a member of the Brotherhood of St. Jacob in Santiago de Compostela, the central institution that brings together the associations and fraternities of St. Jacob from all over the world. He is the issuer of the Croatian pilgrimage passport – Credentila, officially accepted as a pilgrimage document with which in Santiago de Compostela a diploma of pilgrimage is obtained – Compostela.  The first Camino week on Krk Virtual Camino Krk  Camino Week on Krk is a project that lays the foundations for the development of pilgrimage and religious tourism in order to extend the season and develop tourism in accordance with the principles of sustainability and preservation of tradition. There will also be a tour e-printing tj. e-passport for pilgrims, and at the end of the six-day virtual tour all “passengers” will receive and e-Composela for Camino Krk, while the original Compostela will be able to be picked up at the Tourist Board of the City of Krk live when possible.  Camino Krk is a circular route Krk – Porat – Omisalj – Dobrinj – Vrbnik – Baska – Kornic which encompasses the entire island. It’s a long eye 107 kilometers, and it is recommended to hike through the six-day program. The trails are marked between the mentioned cities, and one is passed every day. Camino Krk also has its own special sign which, in addition to the recognizable symbol of Camino, also bears another one, the one in Glagolitic – the oldest Slavic script specific to Croatia and Krk. However, as we are all in isolation at the moment and as tourism has literally stopped, the Krka Tourist Board decided to organize Virtual Camino Krk which brings the experience of the journey of St. James directly to the homes of all. In October last year on the initiative Tourist boards of the City of Krk i Brotherhood of St. James the medieval Krk pilgrimage routes were marked, as a Croatian contribution to the European network of pilgrimage routes of St. James.  The project was designed by the Tourist Board of the City of Krk and digital marketing agency Smartingo.com, and the great news is that all tourist boards on the island of Krk have joined the project: Tourist Board Omišalj and Njivice, Tourist Board Malinska, Tourist Board Baška, Tourist Board Dobrinj, Tourist Board Vrbnik, Tourist Board Punat , Krk Tourist Board. It goes without saying that Krk, as the first in a series of Croatian Camino routes, proved to be an ideal choice. The island, which thanks to its natural and material treasures is rightly proud of the epithet of the cradle of Croatian history and culture, is an ideal backdrop for a spiritual journey, the Krk Tourist Board points out, adding that Krk’s Camino meanders through impressive forests , old castles and churches, abandoned villages, small medieval towns and beautiful beaches. It is not immodest to say that the interior of the island of Krk gives the impression of an open-air cathedral. Find out more about the whole project HERE The Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James is a network of pilgrimage routes leading to the Spanish sanctuary of Santiago de Compostela – the last resting place of St. James the Apostle, protector of pilgrims and travelers. From the north of Norway and the Baltic countries, signposts lead to Santiago de Compostela, and over 320.000 people a year walk the French-Spanish part of the route as long as 800 kilometers. In 1987, the Council of Europe awarded Camin the title of ‘Main Street of Europe’, while in 1993, its Spanish and French parts were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Although the network of Camino roads stretches across the whole of Europe, Croatia was almost the only European country which, despite a rich pilgrimage tradition, until recently did not have a route to Santiago.  a multimedia story for each day through pictures, video, voice-over, musican online photo exhibition with the Camino de Santiago with a variety of themesinteractive description of daily routescuriosities and description of individual places, natural and cultural sights along the routetestimonies of pilgrims who passed the Camino Krkmessages and thoughts of the day about what can be learned at Camin last_img read more

BREAKING: Gabon named as Afcon 2017 hosts in Cairo

first_imgWelcome to our coverage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers draw as it happens at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.52 teams, including the designated hosts, will feature in the draw which will also see the tournament host nation being announced today.Follow the draw live right here and use #JoySports to leave us your comments on Twitter. I’m Gary Al-Smith and I will be taking you through the key points as they happen.CLICK TO READ AL-SMITH’S ANALYSIS: Gabon legacy key to beating Ghana for Afcon 2017 rights–1345 GMT The Afcon 2017 draw has also been doneGroup A: Tunisia, Togo, Liberia, DjiboutiGroup B: Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Central African Republic, MadagascarGroup C: Mali, Equatorial Guinea, Benin, South SudanGroup D: Burkina Faso, Uganda, Botswana, Comoros Group E: Zambia, Congo, Kenya, Guinea BissauGroup F: Cape Verde, Morocco, Libya, Sao TomeGroup G: Nigeria, Egypt, Tanzania, ChadGroup H: Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, MauritiusGroup I: Ivory Coast, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Gabon 1306 GMTBREAKING: Gabon has been named as the host of the AFcon 2017 Nations Cup. They beat Ghana and Algeria in Cairo moments ago.The Central African nation hosted the event in 2012.For Ghana, this would mean a return to the drawing board to try again later. The nation sent a 14-man strong team to Cairo but it appears Gabon’s promise of a legacy from 2012 was too strong.Algeria will feel particularly stung, considering they were roaring favorites to win it due to their long preps for the event. Ghana hosted the finals in 1963, 1978 and 2008 and co-hosted in 2000 with Nigeria as late replacements when Zimbabwe was stripped of the right to hold the event.Algeria hosted the tournament in 1990 when they won their only continental title.Original host of the 2017 edition, Libya, withdrew last year from staging the competition following continued violence in the country.The 2015 Afcon was held in Equatorial Guinea and won by Cote D’Ivoire.More to follow. AS IT HAPPENED1301 GMTFomer Sudanese superstar Mahmoud Abdel Shata: “I don’t care where the next Afcon will be held as long as that country makes Africa proud!”We will know in a wee bit! 1300 GMTIt is time for the announcement. Algeria’s team looks very calm indeed. Can they get the rights for the first time since 1990?1251 GMTAlgeria’s FA boss Mohammed Raouraoua: “Algeria has no concerns over security. Algeria is secure now. It’s not like 10 yrs ago”.Ghana’s bid member Rex Danquah also says: “Ghana’s reputation as a great soccer tournament host is well-known. We hope Caf agree with us.”1246 GMTThe time is now. The world is waiting and the media houses from across the world have now been allowed in. We wait!1235 GMTAlgeria’s ambassador in Egypt Nazir Al Arabawi: “I believe my country’s bid is the best and I am sure they will win. We started preparing for this years ago. We believe Ghana and Gabon only recently began.1230 GMTThis morning, the rumour mill went into overdrive when, somehow, news spread in Cairo that Gabon was the roaring favourite. This led Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi to begin a last-minute lobbying push with the country’s high-power delegation to turn the tide, if the rumours were true. –EARLIER EVENTSGary: This is the hall in Cairo where it is happening at the Caf headquarters. Algeria, Gabon and Ghana are slugging it out for the right to host Africa in 2017. Gary: While we await the winner of the 2017 rights, a reminder of what is to come.There will be a draw for the qualifiers for the Afcon 2017. They begin in June. There are 52 countries available to be balloted, with Somalia and Eritrea not included.This is what an earlier dress rehearsal looked like. Gary: This is what the hugh table of Caf Executive Committee officials looks like. Earlier, the three bid countries stated their case to this august group.Gary: While Ghana, Algeria and Gabon tried to convince the ExCo the world’s media await. But Joy Sports understands that only Caf-sanctioned cameras were allowed in the hallowed chambers..More updates to follow every 2 minutes–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more