NCUA offers info, assistance to CUs in path of Hurricane Florence

first_imgNCUA headquarters NCUA is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence, it said Wednesday, and has a hurricane information webpage with materials on preparedness and recovery for credit unions and members affected by the storm.The NCUA will be ready to assist credit unions with maintaining or restoring operations, if necessary. The NCUA’s Office of Credit Union Resources and Expansion can provide urgent needs grants up to $7,500 to low-income credit unions that experience sudden costs to restore operations interrupted by the storm.Credit union members are encouraged to check their credit unions’ websites and social media sites for real-time information updates, including operating hours.Members may also contact the NCUA’s Consumer Assistance Center at 800-755-1030 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern. continue reading »center_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The easiest way to start investing in stocks

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details Money may not buy happiness, but it sure can provide security. In today’s world, being financially secure can relieve anxiety and stress, and who couldn’t use a little of that?But just how do you go about becoming financially secure?You could get a side hustle. You could find better ways to save. Or you can use your money to make more money.With as little as a few hundred dollars, you can help shore up your savings and get that financial security that you’ve been looking for.If you want to invest on your own, the first thing you need to do is open an online brokerage account.An online brokerage account is the easiest and most inexpensive way to buy stocks.If you don’t know anything about brokerage accounts, here is a good read that can shed some light on that subject.If you think you’re ready to get going, here are two of your best options for opening an account, according to nerdwallet…TD Ameritrade:“TD Ameritrade makes up for higher-than-average trading commissions with better-than-average service, research and trading tools that will make everyone from beginner investors to active traders happy.”Plus, trades are only $6.95 and there’s no account minimum.Merrill Edge: “Merrill Edge offers high-quality customer service, robust research and low fees.”And like TD Ameritrade, there are no account minimums and trades are also only $6.95.last_img read more

RSG and USG host collaborative open forum

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government partnered with Residential Student Government on an open forum Wednesday night that allowed students to voice their concerns about student life. The event was meant to give USG and RSG a better understanding of what students want out of their daily lives on campus so they can then advocate for those changes to be made.Voicing concerns · Sera Choi, president of Residential Student Government, listens to students at Wednesday night’s open forum. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThere were four panelists at the forum: RSG President Sera Choi, RSG Vice President of Advocacy David Branson, USG Director of University Affairs Jordan Fowler and USG Vice President Rini Sampath. Alana Victor, USG Co-Director of External Relations, planned the event.According to Sampath, this was the first direct partnership between USG and RSG, but both committees look forward to collaborating more in the future. Sampath reached out to Choi to set up the collaboration. Sampath said that she and Choi met last year when they were part of a task force to address alcohol and social policies at USC. When talking, they realized that it would be a good idea to pool their resources and create a bigger event that would allow for undergraduate students to voice their opinions about campus life.“We’re really excited to have this forum with you all because I think it’s a great way to see where students stand on what they’re passionate about and what students want to see on campus,”  Choi said. “Hopefully, we can come up with solutions together and find out and be inspired for future projects during the rest of the year.”The panelists talked about the current projects USG and RSG are working on. One of the first mentioned by USG was improving the printers in residence halls. Students have mentioned that they would prefer heavy-duty black and white printers as opposed to individual use color printers. USG is working on a proposal to get printers that are more reliable.Fowler talked about possibly extending dining hall hours so that they open earlier and close later. Students have also complained about the dining halls being closed during Spring Break. USG is trying to pass a proposal that would keep at least one dining hall open during breaks when some students remain on campus.Sampath addressed the complaints brought up by spring admits. Due to the lack of space in residence halls that are hubs of social activity, spring admits often have to live in off-campus housing and university-owned apartments, such as Cardinal Gardens. USG plans to start working on creating a stronger community in the fall between spring admits.“There is a housing freeze right now, so we can bring spring admits into certain areas. We’re keeping spaces open in first-year communities so they can be integrated into those communities. In the east area, they have isolated pockets so people can be together. That way they are not just randomly set aside with the senior that’s about to graduate,” said David Hong, advisor of RSG and an assistant director for Parkside Residential Colleges.USG panelists mentioned the possible implementation of a bike-sharing program on campus, but due to the small acreage of the University Park, Transportation is questioning whether it would be necessary or even in demand.Another topic of discussion was expanding the LAX shuttle schedule. Students are asking for more shuttles to run to and from the airport during breaks. One limitation to this potential project, however, is a lack of storage space for the shuttles.RSG talked about how they are working with Hospitality. There is a recipe committee that goes over the dishes that are served in all the dining halls. The committee attempts to figure out which dishes are working and which aren’t, but RSG is trying to figure out a way to extend that to the students and get more direct input.RSG and USG talked about improving sustainability. The panelists mentioned that the student government bodies are planning on working with the Environmental Student Assembly to spread awareness about the conservation of water, paper and electricity. Also, RSG has asked housing to add recycling bins to each residence hall.“I think both of our student governments do awesome things, but it’s frustrating to find out that nobody knows about it. We want the students to take advantage of these programs. We’re trying to figure out, how can we effectively communicate to the students of USC? I think that working on promoting these events and programs is a great way USG and RSG can collaborate,” said Michael Tong, national residence hall honorary president.last_img read more

Column: NBA should nix stadium theatrics, follow college basketball’s lead

first_imgI’m not a huge NBA fan. Before moving to Los Angeles, I never lived in a state with a team, and the Big-12 filled all of my basketball needs during the winter and spring. So I’m never particularly tuned into the world of professional basketball unless I’m trying to tease my associate managing editor Eric He on the rare occasion that his beloved Golden State Warriors lose. But this weekend, the New York Knicks did something that caught my eye.The Knicks don’t have a lot going for them, with a 26-38 record setting the tone for another disappointing season for faithful fans. But on Sunday, they hit the right note in their first half against the Warriors.No, they didn’t knock off theso-called Best Team in America. But the Knicks made the decision to cut out all the antics that are so typical of the NBA — the T-shirt cannons and loud music and constant egging on from the loudspeakers. It was refreshing, a break from the showmanship of the league to focus on the game that actually mattered.On the same day, I attended my first NBA game at the Staples Center. It wasn’t a bad game, ending with a scrappy comeback by the Los Angeles Lakers and a tight finish by the New Orleans Pelicans. But after three hours of witnessing “NBA magic,” I was exhausted by all of the extracurriculars that came with the game.As the Lakers’ introductions began, the lights dropped and spotlights spun around the haphazard crowd in the Staples Center. In the course of the Lakers’ 105-97 loss to New Orleans, the program ran its crowd through a gamut of flashy song-and-dance routines, complete with everything from kiss cams to Star Wars sound effects during free throws.Yet the most genuine — and the loudest — moments of crowd interaction came without any artificial prompting at all. No spotlights, no announcer, no cheesy organ playing or early-2000s hip hop music were required to get the crowd rowdy when the game called for it. The fans roared when their players slammed down a hammer dunk in the first quarter and shook the backboard with a ferocious block in the second. They booed fiercely whenever DeMarcus Cousins took to the free throw line and slung heartfelt insults at the referees whenever a call went against the Lakers.It wasn’t the loudest crowd I’ve ever heard — that would be the Kansas Jayhawks in their third overtime against Oklahoma last season — and it wasn’t the most involved, either. But that’s to be expected when a team is sitting at the bottom of their conference with a 19-43 record. And for a team with that record and those prospects, those fans were doing their very best.That’s the thing about fans. They don’t need fancy lights or over-the-top intros. They know their role — chant taunts after an airball, hold their breaths during free throws and holler at the referees after every call. There are many things that fans want, including winning seasons and championship rings, but they really only need some heart, a voice and a pair of hands to slap together to fulfill their main purpose on the sidelines.That’s one of the reasons I adore college ball so much. I come from the Midwest, where college teams are just as big of a deal as their professional counterparts. Earlier this season, half of my high school classmates helped to break a Guinness record for sound produced by a crowd at a Kansas basketball game. Those games don’t need anything but a band and 16,000 rowdy fans to create the type of intimidating atmosphere that sends opposing teams packing. So why should NBA games be any different?There isn’t necessarily a need to cut all of the antics out of the NBA — I’ll never begrudge a team its chance to launch free T-shirts into the crowd or kill time during halftime with a fan 3-point shooting contest. But the Lakers could learn something from the Knicks, and from the wild world of college ball — killing some of the effects and letting their fans do the talking. They might find out that the crowd is stronger than they expected.Julia Poe is a sophomore studying print and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, Poe’s Perspective, runs on Wednesdays.last_img read more

Dundee goalkeeper Scotland call-up for Euro 2016 qualifier with Republic of Ireland

first_imgGordon Strachan has handed Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain his first call-up to the Scotland squad for the June 5 friendly with Qatar and the Euro 2016 qualifier with the Republic of Ireland eight days later.The 24-year-old Dens Park stopper has been rewarded for his impressive displays for Paul Hartley’s side this season.Meanwhile, Dark Blues boss Strachan has recalled Charlie Mulgrew despite the Celtic utility man having missed the last five and a half months with hamstring trouble, while Hoops team-mate Leigh Griffiths and Stoke’s Charlie Adam are also included.Mulgrew made his return to action against St Johnstone on Friday night as he was given the second 45 minutes of the goalless draw in Perth.Adam has not featured for his country since the Warsaw friendly with Poland in March last year, while Griffiths – Celtic’s top scorer with 19 goals this term – will hope to win his fifth cap, just under two years from his last in a Hampden World Cup qualifier with Belgium.However, there continues to be no room for his Parkhead team-mates Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven, despite the impressive nature of their displays since switching from Dundee United at the end of January.Dropping out of Strachan’s selection are Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor and strikers Stevie May, Jordan Rhodes and Ross McCormack.Scotland will use the challenge match with the 2022 World Cup hosts at Hibernian’s Easter Road as vital preparation for their Dublin clash with the Republic of Ireland as they prepare to keep their Group D qualifying bid on track.Scotland squad to face Qatar and Republic of IrelandGoalkeepersScott Bain (Dundee)Craig Gordon (Celtic)David Marshall (Cardiff City)DefendersChristophe Berra (Ipswich Town)Craig Forsyth (Derby County)Gordon Greer (Brighton & Hove Albion)Alan Hutton (Aston Villa)Russell Martin (Norwich City)Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic)Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen)Andrew Robertson (Hull City)Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)MidfieldersCharlie Adam (Stoke City)Ikechi Anya (Watford)Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace)Scott Brown (Celtic)Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion)James Forrest (Celtic)Shaun Maloney (Chicago Fire)James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion)James McArthur (Crystal Palace)Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)ForwardsSteven Fletcher (Sunderland)Leigh Griffiths (Celtic)Steven Naismith (Everton)Johnny Russell (Derby County) 1 Scotland manager Gordon Strachan last_img read more