This credit union’s show must go on

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions’ response to the pandemic has showcased their overwhelming dedication to serving their members and communities, providing support and compassion during times of need. However, it also exposed limitations in a significant number of institutions’ disaster recovery and business continuity plans. While most were ready to confidently face such crises as severe weather or prolonged power outages, not enough had proper, comprehensive plans in place for a pandemic and the implications of physical isolation.Despite hopes that the virus would die down in the summer, COVID-19 cases have started spiking again in certain parts of the country, and many states are doubling down on restrictions and beginning to shut back down. Savvy credit unions are taking action now to strengthen their disaster recovery and business continuity plans, incorporating lessons learned from the pandemic’s onset and establishing protocols and best practices for a smoother transition to efficient, secure remote working conditions.A strong first step for enhancing disaster recovery plans is to broaden the scope of situations accounted for. As COVID-19 dramatically demonstrated, crises are not limited to natural disasters and weather events. Conducting tabletop exercises to brainstorm and discuss a wider range of potential scenarios helps credit unions better anticipate and prepare for a greater variety of future situations. These conversations shouldn’t just include executives or a certain group of employees; such exercises are most effective when there is representation and perspective from teams across the institution, including HR, legal, lending, the C-suite and beyond.last_img read more

Keane needs a break – O’Neill

first_img Press Association And former Villa boss O’Neill believes Keane needs a break after doing both roles since July. “He didn’t have any holiday – he went straight from international duty with us in America to the job at Aston Villa and eventually those things catch up with you, one side of Christmas or the other,” he told FAI TV. “Roy being the perfectionist he is wanted to give everything to every single cause, but I think maybe a bit of family time now is perhaps something which is missing. “We had a big discussion about the issue at the last international get-together. He was more concerned about having that full commitment to Villa and to ourselves. “I said in the past and it’s worth reiterating – I never had a problem with his commitment to the Republic of Ireland. Everything I was hoping he would bring to the table – commitment, enthusiasm, the strong desire we know he possesses – haven’t been a problem. “I am delighted the Republic of Ireland have been his first choice.” Keane replaced Ian Culverhouse in the summer, with Lambert’s former assistant having left at the end of last season following an internal club investigation. The Irishman departs with Villa just two points above the relegation zone, and with Lambert under increasing pressure from fans. The former Manchester United midfielder left as Paul Lambert’s number two on Friday, just 24 hours before their Barclays Premier League game at Burnley. Keane is also O’Neill’s assistant with Ireland and said he was struggling to juggle his duties for club and country. They are winless in their last eight games and head to Turf Moor without key defenders Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos and Nathan Baker, while Christian Benteke is still suspended and Fabian Delph is recovering from a dislocated shoulder. Lambert admits they must turn their slide around, but continues to defend his side’s form. “We’ve got to find a solution,” he said. “We’ve got to get ourselves out of that (relegation-fighting) mode. “In the last two games (both draws) we have merited points. If you look at the table, it’s that tight this year. “Arsenal are five points ahead of us and Liverpool are a couple – it’s massive clubs like that who are round about that kind of area. “With the way the table is, one win gets you up a few places. I’m under no illusions about that. It’s not a position everybody here is happy with, but we have to find a solution to get up the table. He added: “This year you don’t know what’s going to happen. You can’t predict what’s going to happen. “We have to find a solution to get this club out of that mode of being down and round about it.” Asked whether he was under pressure, Lambert said: “From myself, yes. “Whatever happens or comes from the top… you only put pressure on yourself. “It’s not actually something I talk about. The chairman will decide that. He’ll decide what he thinks. At the moment I’ll do the best I possibly can and see what happens. “The pressure is there. Don’t think for one minute that (owner) Randy (Lerner) sits there and thinks it’s all plain sailing. The pressure is always there.” Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill believes burn-out could have caused Roy Keane to quit as Aston Villa assistant manager.last_img read more

Police “ought not” to have entered Parliament – Top cop

first_img…says chambers still safe…despite “Santa”, singing woman breachesDays after approximately one dozen ranks of the Guyana Police Force had barged into the Parliament Chambers to remove Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill, acting Police Commission David Ramnarine has stated that the ranks “ought not” to have been in the Chambers.In a statement on the recent events at Parliament, which has raised securityThe woman who invaded the National Assembly dressed as Santaconcerns among Parliamentarians, the acting Top Cop assured that security around the Public Buildings remains intact.In an attempt to physically remove Edghill from the Parliament Chambers, several of his colleague Opposition MPs were assaulted by the Policemen. A huge scuffle subsequently ensued between the ranks and the Opposition Parliamentarians, during which a few of the latter, including former Education and Human Services Minister Priya Manickchand, were punched and manhandled by male officers. Other female MPs were also manhandled.The ranks were then removed from the Chambers and, to date, it is unclear who had summoned the members of the GPF into the Chambers. Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, during a press conference on MondayThe undercover cops in the National Assembly on Wednesdayevening, denied calling in the police to remove the Opposition Parliamentarian.Moreover, the acting Top Cop has posited that while the presence of the Police ranks in the Chambers should not have happened, important lessons have been learnt from the incident.“(The) Police’s presence in the Chambers of Parliament, which ought not to have occurred, but it did, and important lessons have been learnt from such an unfortunate situation,” he noted.Ramnarine went onto say, “It would be good for as to contemplate that, in certainThe singing woman being escorted out of the Parliament Chambers by securitycircumstances, necessity knows no law.”Cops at media deskThis incident was followed by the presence of two plainclothes ranks sitting among journalists at the media desk in the Parliament Chambers on Wednesday. Their presence caused much anxiety not only amongst reporters, but parliamentarians as well.The acting Police Commissioner pointed out that those officers who found themselves “enjoying elite company” gave the distinct impression that the Police had not learnt anything from the previous incident, whereby a female dressed as Santa Claus invaded the Chambers while Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was making his contribution to the 2018 Budget Debates on last Friday.According to the Top Cop, the action of the two ranks further aggravated concerns of security breaches at Parliament.He said “…the two young plainclothes Policemen were not properly nor thoroughly briefed, and also did not follow the specific instructions given; for if they had, they would not have found themselves in the Chambers of Parliament.”To this end, the seniors of these two ranks have been “admonished and reprimanded,” Ramnarine said.Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, had told reporters on Wednesday that permission was given to have two undercover officers from the Special Branch along with two uniformed female officers in the public gallery at every Sitting of the House. However, he noted that in addition to the officers not being permitted to sit at the press table, they were also improperly attired.Santa invasionMeanwhile, in regard to the Santa invasion incident, Ramnarine opined that it was nothing “more than just a prank”. He explained that the incident could not have been a security breach when enquires have found that the woman’s entry, regardless in whatever shape or form, was authorised.It was reported that the female is the personal assistant of a Government Minister.Singing womanFurthermore, the acting Top Cop asserted that Thursday’s incident, in which an attendee in the Chamber began singing immediately after the House Speaker announced the lunch break, was really nothing near a security breach, since the woman in question was permitted to enter the Public Viewing Gallery by security officials of Parliament Office Security.The woman, who gave her name as Natalie McLennan, was seated in the Parliamentary Chambers behind the Government Ministers. After Speaker Dr Barton Scotland had ended the morning’s session of consideration of the budget estimates, the woman started to sing “God is watching us”. She was immediately escorted out of the Chambers by security. The echo of her voice could be heard as she continued to sing the said song while being escorted out.Nevertheless, Ramnarine said the Police Force, in collaboration with Senior colleagues in Sister Services, has reviewed and enhanced security arrangements in and around Parliament, and is satisfied that the security of Parliament in these times is assured.However, he noted that law enforcement officials sometimes find themselves between a rock and a hard place; and in those situations, they have to contemplate, in a matter of seconds, the ‘dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t’ philosophy of preventive policing.last_img read more

Exclusive – Sterling should be playing for the England Under-21s, claims Pearce

first_imgStuart Pearce believes England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate should get his pick of talent for the crunch Euro 2015 play-off clash against Croatia.The Young Lions face back-to-back clashes against the European side in the coming weeks, as they look to book their spot in the Czech Republic next summer.Southgate has already seen Arsenal defender Calum Chambers called up to the national squad, following John Stones’ injury, and has injury doubts regarding Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.And ex-Under-21 chief Pearce believes, with the senior side set to face San Marino and Estonia in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, players like Raheem Sterling should be representing the younger team.“What should happen is that the senior manager should say to the Under-21 boss, ‘you pick anyone age appropriate that you need and, after that, I’ll take whatever I’ve got’.“The senior manager will be thinking, ‘I’m going to win these two games [against San Marino and Estonia] and I’ve won away in Switzerland’.“That includes Sterling. It’s for the greater good of England.“As I’ve said before, unless we start winning things at youth level, it won’t replicate itself at senior level.“We’re trying to fix the roof before the foundations.”last_img read more