News March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the Stalin-style prosecutions and trials of critics of President Mahmoud Ahmadinedjad’s reelection that are taking place in Tehran.“The defendants are being denied their most basic rights,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Not only are they not being allowed lawyer visits but the courts are rejecting the defence lawyers they choose. Only lawyers appointed by Tehran state prosecutor Said Mortazavi are being allowed access to the courtrooms.”Online journalist Kaveh Mozafari wrote to the head of the judicial system, Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, on 10 August criticising the many violations of his rights that have taken place since his arrest on 9 July.“After a month in detention and an arrest warrant issued by the first chamber of the prosecutor’s office for security, I still do not know what I am officially charged with,” the journalists wrote in his letter. “I do not know on what basis I am being accused of activities against national security, disturbing public order and destroying public property. Like others, all I have been given is a copy of the arrest warrant.”Mozafari’s letter continues: “After a month in detention and the end of the interrogations and investigation, I am still waiting, despite the prosecutor general’s promise to finish the investigation of all the cases by 7 August. I was blindfolded during interrogation. I was not questioned about the charges but about my private life and my beliefs. The authorities deny using physical torture at Evin prison but the psychological pressure and violence is real. The basic rights of citizens in detention are being violated.”Four lawyers – Nassrin Soutodeh, Mohammad Mostafai, Abdolssamad Khoramshahi and Mina Jafari – wrote to Ayatollah Shahroudi on 11 August protesting against the fact that officials denied them access to the courtrooms on 8 August and told them the defendants already had a lawyer, one who had been assigned to them. Soutodeh said he was threatened with arrest.On 12 August, United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon received a letter signed by Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji and more than 260 intellectuals and human rights activists from all over the world – including Jürgen Habermas, Noam Chomsky and Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard – condemning the rigging of Ahmadinedjad’s reelection and urging the UN not to recognise it.The letter asked the UN secretary-general to propose the creation of an international commission of enquiry into the allegations of electoral fraud and to press the Iranian authorities to annul the results and organise new, free and fair, elections. It also asked him to demand the release of all those arrested during the recent demonstrations and to press the authorities to recognise the principle of free expression.Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned of the release of two of the detained journalists. Farhikhtegan reporter Esmail Hagh Parast, who was arrested on 22 June, was freed on 6 August. Photographer Majid Saidi, who was arrested on 11 July, was freed on 10 August. News June 9, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Help by sharing this information August 13, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Details emerge about show trial detainees being denied their rights February 25, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts to go further News
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBryan Steffy/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Famed biker Travis Pastrana completed three historic motorcycle jumps that the late stunt performer Evel Knievel attempted in his illustrious career.At the event “Evel Live” in Las Vegas, Pastrana jumped 143 feet over crushed cars and 149 feet over the fountains at Caesars Palace to conclude the event. His longest jump, the second of the night, was 192 feet over Greyhound buses on an Indian Scout FTR750 motorcycle.Pastrana, who was wearing a costume similar to those worn by Evel Knievel, said afterwards, “It’s just such an honor to live a day in Evel’s footsteps and literally his boots. To be here in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here. I proposed to my wife here. I had [the] first Nitro Circus show here. This was definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done.”Knievel attempted to jump the Caesars Palace fountain as one of his early stunts, but did not make it and sustained serious injuries. Knievel did jump over crushed cars in 1973 and Greyhound buses in 1975 in California and Ohio respectively.Knievel died in 2007 at age 69.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lund July 9, 2018 /Sports News – National Travis Pastrana completes iconic Evel Knievel jumps
Roundtable Releases Fourth Quarter, 2004 CEO Economic Outlook SurveyResults So. Burlington, VT – Results from the Vermont BusinessRoundtable’s (Roundtable) Fourth Quarter, 2004 CEO Economic OutlookSurvey, show that over three quarters of responding CEOs are expectingincreases in company sales in the coming six months, which is a sixpercent increase over the last quarter. Projections for capital spendingare down by a similar percentage and employment levels are flat whencompared to the previous quarter. George Chandler, President & CEO of Hubbardton Forge inCastleton and Jim Crook, CEO of IDX Systems Corporation in Burlington aremembers of the Roundtable. When asked to comment on his CEO EconomicOutlook Survey responses, George Chandler stated that, “There appears tobe steady, though modest growth in the design and home furnishingsmarkets; however the number of domestic players are shrinking. Todaycustomer expectations can be met by any number of less expensive off-shorecompetitors. Continuous investment in people, innovation and capitalimprovements is our only edge if we want to continue to build, much lessmaintain our current market share. Jim Crook said that he is alsoprojecting increases in company sales, capital spending and employment forIDX over the next quarter because, “the need for health care informationtechnology is critical to solving the worldwide mandate of improvedpatient care and lowering the costs of care.” The survey, modeled after the National Business Roundtable’s CEOEconomic Outlook Survey, was conducted in early October and enjoyed a 62%response rate. The key findings which reflect the membership’s outlookfor the next six months, include the following details:* 77% of responding CEOs expect an increase in consumer sales, 22% see nochange, and 1% anticipate a decrease. [Third Quarter results: Increase71%, No change 25%, Decrease 4%]* 45% expect capital spending to increase in the next six months, 46% seeno change, and 9% anticipate a decrease. [Third Quarter results: Increase51%, No change 42%, Decrease 7%]* 58% expect employment to increase in the next six months, 39% see nochange, and 3% anticipate a decrease. [Third Quarter results: Increase59%, No change 37%, Decrease 3%]Created in 1987 as a nonprofit, public interest organization, the VermontBusiness Roundtable iscomprised of 120 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employersdedicated to making Vermont the best place in America to do business, beeducated, and live life. Member businesses employ over 47,000 employees invirtually every county across Vermont.-###-
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Scott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details 80SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield There are a lot of hot topics in the credit union space today, including three that are near (and dear) to my heart: serving the underserved, loan growth, and the ability to attract and leverage secondary capital. When these three things come together, amazing things happen – both to the individuals and communities credit unions serve, and in terms of tremendous credit union growth.What it looks likeI recently spent several days with my friends at Mendo Lake Credit Union (MLCU) in Ukiah, Calif. MLCU, with $200 million in assets, is a best practice example of a Virtuous Growth Cycle.MLCU’s Virtuous Growth Cycle began with its strategic focus and commitment to providing loans to its lower-income, Hispanic, and Native American Communities (ask anyone on their team, and they will tell you their “ why”). Over the years, MLCU has become expert at lending to this higher-risk market with lots of success; helped thousands of people improve credit scores and improve their quality of life; become entrenched in its community by securing scores of community partnerships, each committed to serving the underserved; seen higher morale and staff engagement; and experienced the financial benefits of higher net interest margins and high loan deployment. What more could you ask for, right? Believe it or not, there is more that can come from a foundation of serving the underserved: secondary capital.As part of approximately 2,200 Low-Income Designated Credit Unions, MLCU has the regulatory flexibility to accept secondary capital. Since 2005, MLCU has leveraged its strong lending practices to underserved communities and extensive community outreach to obtain U.S. Treasury CDFI grants for secondary capital. Between 2005 and 2011, MLCU received $4.9 million in grant funding that has been used for capital to leverage growth. With this capital, the credit union has had the resources to leverage growth 166 percent. Today, MLCU is a vibrant, larger – and most importantly, relevant – best practice credit union.Here’s a look at how MLCU’s-five year annual averages compare to the rest of the credit union space:Access to secondary capitalSecondary capital access for Low Income Designated credit unions has long been one of the best-kept secrets in credit union land, but that is changing with credit unions of all sizes in pursuit of a better understanding of secondary capital flexibility with the lower-income designations and best practices in serving these lower-income markets. (Click here for more information regarding the designation and secondary capital.)MLCU accessed secondary capital through U.S. Treasury CDFI grants (Click here for more information regarding the CDFI Program), but there are other sources available for secondary capital through subordinated debt. Secondary Capital Loans are subordinated, long-term (five years or more) debt available to credit unions with low-income designation from their regulator. Secondary capital can count as part of net worth for regulatory purposes, and as such can help growing credit unions achieve the required minimum capital standards.The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions is one source for secondary capital loans. The Federation makes Secondary Capital Loans of up to $1 million. (Click here to learn more about their loan program).Another source of secondary capital loans is credit union to credit union. Low Income Designated credit unions have learned how to approach peer credit unions for subordinated debt. This is a great opportunity for credit union collaboration. The receiving credit union benefits from access to secondary capital, and the investing credit union benefits from higher investment yields and a deeper relationship with the credit union partner.Why it mattersThe Virtual Growth Cycle is important in many ways:Serving underserved markets support strong purpose and profit. The fact is that underserved communities are growing, ranging from low- to moderate-income blue collar workers to emerging Hispanic/Latino markets. These markets are exploding and represent huge opportunities for fulfilling our core credit union focus. As so many best practices reflect, these communities are a rich source of profitable loans and potential growth. It might surprise you to know how many large credit unions have focused in on these communities to fulfil purpose, profit, and growth. Most of the credit unions I consult with these days are mid-sized and large credit unions.Advocacy. I was fortunate to hear Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO, speak at the CUNA Community Credit Union Conference that was held jointly with the National Federation of Community Development Credit Union’s annual meeting. In his remarks, Mr. Nussle said that it’s time for the movement to marshal a credit union advocacy army. He said that it’s an advocacy army that we need to create in order to change the game.I couldn’t agree more. Adding my two cents worth, I can’t think of a stronger national advocacy message than the Virtual Growth Cycle at a time when minority populations are exploding and in need of credit and education; millennial populations have more of a debt burden than any other generation; 55 percent of the national consumer base has sub-prime credit; and consumers who haven’t seen real wages grow in a decade. It’s this kind of advocacy that wins the argument for secondary capital access for all credit unions, and that will lift the MBL cap for all of credit unions. After all, it’s the Virtuous Growth Cycle that paved the way for NCUA to approve secondary capital and eliminate the MBL cap for all of the 2,200 Low Income Designated credit unions.Now is the time for a consumer advocacy renaissance in reaching out to and serving the underserved markets. We all know that this market worked for us in the past (circa 1934) and its working again today in so many markets across the country. Our national and statewide advocates need more stories from us about how we serve our underserved communities. We need more credit unions to get involved in the profitable lending and extensive community partnerships that are available as well. Finally, we need more credit unions to embrace the Virtuous Growth Cycle for the benefit of their members, their communities, their bottom-lines, and greater regulatory relief.
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Earlier this year, NAFCU’s management team gathered to hammer out what we wanted to be as a team.Part of the process involved discovering our team values. The things we would stand for, and the bar we would set for expectations.Relatively quickly, I think, we centered on three values.The exercise really has done a lot for us.Those three values are very general. But they can answer almost every question that comes along.Just a few weeks ago, I handed something to Dan. After looking at it, he asked a simple question.Is this what “excellent” looks like? continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood announced Thursday that military personnel will now be able to count toward a credit union earning the Low-Income Credit Union (LICU) designation. CUNA requested this change in its engagement with NCUA, most recently in a letter sent to Hood in March.The LICU designation means low-income members comprise more than 50% of a federal credit union’s membership, and entitles the credit union to certain statutory benefits, including being able to accept non-member deposits from any source, offering secondary capital accounts, member business lending exemptions and the ability to apply for grants and low-interest loans from NCUA.“We want to thank Chairman Hood because his action will allow more credit unions to leverage the LICU designation to serve low- and moderate-income individuals and communities, which is especially critical as financial first responders work diligently to serve members during the pandemic,” said Nussle. “Chairman Hood’s action will help more credit unions to qualify as low-income credit unions, extending to many military members living on bases the greater financial opportunities and expanded products afforded by this designation.” continue reading »
In the first half of the year, there was an increase in arrivals and overnight stays in almost all tourist destinations in Croatia, but the fact that Zagreb has once again confirmed that its tourist success in the last few years is not accidental is certainly gratifying.Thus, according to the Zagreb Tourist Board, from January to June in the Croatian capital there were 582.619 arrivals and 1.070.080 overnight stays, which is an increase of 9% in arrivals and 11% in overnight stays, compared to the same period last year. In the first six months, most overnight stays were made by guests from the USA, followed by guests from Germany, Italy, South Korea and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Guests from South Korea, the USA, Germany, Italy and China are in the first five places.The story of Advent in Zagreb has been told many times, but perhaps we can just repeat that last year more than 500 million kuna of tourist spending was generated through Advent. Smart enough and quite clear how investing in manifestations is an investment, not a cost. Only quality content can attract visitors, and thus generates consumption as well as earnings for caterers and other exhibitors, and thus we create a complete tourist product.The fact is that Zagreb, despite being “half empty” due to the summer season and vacations, is full of life and how it filled that hole with foreign tourists as well as better activation of the local population, and the main culprit is diverse and quality content.And it is just such, new and quality content, starting with its first steps in Zagreb.Namely, it is a project AROUND, which is dedicated to the artistic research of Zagreb in which small interventions, from 7 to 22 July, will revive a number of public urban spaces and turn them into places where art spontaneously touches everyday life.By combining various media and art forms, with the idea of revitalization and activation of public urban spaces, “Okolo” wants to encourage the interaction of the city and passers-by, artistic exploration of the city, as well as witty and critical reflection on space. As part of this year’s introductory edition of the “Around” project, well-known French street art artists Oak Oak and Levalet, who will innovate more than ten different city locations, will “talk” to the city and passers-by with their works and several Croatian participants.Thus, over twenty locations in the center of Zagreb will be like “carte blanche”, handed over to artists who will raise the content value of selected urban spaces with interesting solutions and to draw attention to their beauty and uniqueness, revealing the potential of the neglected and “empty”, as well as a new dimension of functional spaces, simultaneously connecting and mapping them as places worth stopping and pondering.Photo: Project AROUNDEating one of these great events is definitely a great unique cultural event – Sea of books on Zrinjevac, organized by Lumen Publishing. Thus, from June 29 to July 6, Zrinjevac turned into a beach full of books that you can browse or read for free. On 240 square meters of “beach” on Zrinjevac can be placed in comfortable loungers under umbrellas and with pleasant music and natural shade immerse yourself in – a book.The merger of the public and private sectors took place in Zagreb and we got an ideal mix of diverse and quality content. The private sector woke up in Zagreb, ie it saw its interest – and that is earnings. So we have witnessed in the last few years a boom of various new restaurants, accommodation facilities, offers and facilities. So, regardless of the activities of the Zagreb Tourist Board, at the same time visitors and citizens have at their disposal dozens of different content throughout the city. The combination of private and public is the best thing that could have happened to Zagreb. Both large and medium and small manifestations, stories and contents, because they give the rhythm and soul to the city.A list of all events in Zagreb is available at: http://www.infozagreb.hr/dogadanja#sve. Study it, share it and promote it to your guests, both current and future, because the motive of the destination is not accommodation, but content.
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386 Rio Vista Blvd, Mermaid Waters sold under the hammer for $692,000.MERMAID Waters continues its dominance as a hotspot with a flurry of sales in the past week.During the weekend, a renovator at 386 Rio Vista Blvd sold under the hammer for $692,000. 4 Sequana Ave, Mermaid Waters sold for $1.15 million.He said buyers prepared to spend more than $1 million in the suburb were looking for quality homes and not just waterfront blocks.“We’ve sold three homes on dry blocks in the past two months for more than $1.1 million,” Mr Palmer said.“They’re big prices and we would never have seen those prices two to three years ago.” • MORE NEWS: EPIC RENO TRANSFORMS GOLD COAST HOME • MORE NEWS: TOP FIVE FIREPLACES ON THE GOLD COAST THIS WINTER • MORE NEWS: MEGA MANSION SELLS FOR $11 MILLION 24 Cadence Ave, Mermaid Waters is going to auction in August.He said another perk of Mermaid Waters was its underground power.“Because the suburb was developed that little bit later, all the power runs underground,” he said. “People often don’t realise but it’s more modern because of that.” This Mermaid Waters home at 386 Rio Vista Blvd is ripe for renovation.Mr Palmer said the appeal of the property as in large part to its position as an entry-level home in Mermaid Waters.The house is on a 791sq m corner block with two street frontages — and is ripe for renovation. Another Mermaid Waters property, a modern five-bedroom house at 4 Sequana Ave, was snapped up for $1.15 million days before its scheduled weekend auction. 4 Sequana Ave, Mermaid Waters sold prior to auction.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNo expense was spared in the design and build of the home with a clever combination of wood and stone used throughout.“The buyers were worried about competition on auction day and wanted to secure it beforehand,” Mr Palmer said.“They put in a knockout price prior to auction.” 386 Rio Vista Blvd, Mermaid Waters was snapped up at auction by a family from Pimpama.A crowd of about 60 people including 12 registered bidders attended the auction on Saturday.“Bidding began at $550,000 and quickly got up to $650,000,” said Mitch Palmer, principal and auctioneer of Ray White Mermaid Waters.“Then it came down to three bidders in the end.“A young family from Pimpama ended up securing the home.” Ray White Mermaid Waters principal and auctioneer Mitch Palmer predicts Mermaid Waters’ popularity to remain.Mr Palmer predicted Mermaid Waters, which has a house median value of $867,500, to continue its dominance. “A few months ago I predicted its popularity would continue as its median sale price is much lower than the surrounding suburbs of Broadbeach Waters and Clear Island Waters,” he said.“People look at Broadbeach Waters and realise they could be living the same lifestyle 2km down the road at a cheaper price.“It’s the proximity to amenities, the proximity to cafes and restaurants and proximity to shopping centres. I think we can expect its popularity to remain.”