American Consumer Council gains Associational SEG Status: What does it mean for credit unions?

first_imgwith Mike LawsonAfter a lengthy review with the NCUA (15 months), the American Consumer Council (ACC) has gained its long-awaited Associational SEG status. So what does this mean for credit unions? Turns out it’s very good news for the industry as the ACC is a direct conduit for millennials to credit unions — and we all know that CUs need to get younger for a bright future. So this status for ACC is a nice shot in the arm for credit unions.So we ventured down to the ACC headquarters, which happens to be here in San Diego, for an in-person chat with their President Tom Hinton — who is quite pleased with the good news. A lot of hard work now rewarded.We asked him how credit unions and consumers will benefit from this status, what the NCUA review process was like, and how this decision will help other associations wanting to work with credit unions. Many thanks to Tom and his ACC crew for taking time to chat with us. Enjoy!Visit:americanconsumercouncil.org continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Dodgers’ Chris Taylor is re-adjusting to his natural position

first_imgPHOENIX — Playing shortstop is not like riding a bike. Chris Taylor held up his error in the seventh inning Monday as a case in point.Jarrod Dyson hit a ground ball to the left of the mound that caromed off Dodgers pitcher Tony Cingrani. Suddenly, time was of the essence. With 20-20 hindsight, Taylor believes he should have tossed the ball to second base for a forceout. Instead, he rushed a throw to first that sailed high. Cody Bellinger had to jump just to keep the ball from encroaching on the first row of seats. By the time his feet returned to solid ground, it was too late to tag the speedy Dyson.“That’s one of those plays that, the more I’m there, the game will slow down a little bit,” Taylor said.Taylor should have plenty of time to re-adjust to his natural position. All-Star Corey Seager will miss the rest of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The position is Taylor’s to lose. Turner hasn’t played this season while recovering from a fractured bone in his left hand. He only began swinging a bat last week.Forsythe is on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder.Rich Hill threw a bullpen session Tuesday and will start Sunday’s game in Monterrey, Mexico against the San Diego Padres. Hill is recovering from a cut on his left middle finger and a subsequent infection.The Dodgers haven’t determined who will start Friday and Saturday’s games, but Roberts mentioned left-hander Alex Wood and right-hander Walker Buehler as candidates.ALSOBrock Stewart was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City one day after he threw 1-2/3 innings out of the bullpen. Stewart allowed three hits and one run, and struck out three batters in his 2018 debut. … Left-hander Edward Paredes was recalled from Oklahoma City prior to Tuesday’s game. Paredes was 1-2 with one save and a 1.86 ERA at Triple-A. … The Facebook Watch broadcast of Thursday’s game will feature Rich Waltz calling the game alongside analysts representing both clubs, the Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser and former D-back Eric Byrnes. Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense This isn’t a cold audition. The Dodgers tried to keep Taylor’s shortstop instincts warm during Cactus League play, and again during pregame drills in the regular season. Adjusting to a double-play partner – Chase Utley, Austin Barnes, Kiké Hernandez or Logan Forsythe – shouldn’t be a problem, he said.But game speed is something no one can practice. Taylor said that playing an inning here or there can only help so much.“Shortstop’s a really tough position to play if you’re not there every day,” he said. “It helps with your confidence, getting in that routine. It’s a position where you have to be aggressive. There can be no doubt. I like the idea of having an everyday player at shortstop rather than a platoon.”INJURY UPDATESInfielder Logan Forsythe might begin his minor league rehab assignment this weekend, Manager Dave Roberts said, but Justin Turner is unlikely to join him.Related Articles Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury center_img Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Turner “took a lot of dry swings, a lot of grounders,” Roberts said. “It’s pushed back a little bit, not for any real reason but just the progression.” Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


Under the Radar at UFC 239: Ismail Naurdiev

first_imgPrior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle. At International Fight Week, that fighter is “The Austrian Wonderboy,” Ismail Naurdiev.Name: Ismail NaurdievRecord: 18-2 overall; 1-0 UFCDivision: WelterweightTeam: Hard Knocks 365 Combined with his impressive first showing, it’s easy to recognize the positives and be excited about what Naurdiev brings to the table.One appearance isn’t enough of a sample size to accurately forecast how high the 22-year-old Salzburg-based Naurdiev can go, especially in the deep and talented welterweight ranks, however he made a tremendous impression in his debut and if he can follow it up with another strong showing here, there will be more people claiming their seats on the Ismail Naurdiev bandwagon.And they should — it’s quite lovely and the seats are comfortable. With the crush of events that take place over the course of the year, we have a tendency to forget some of the great stuff that occurs in January and February. It’s not malicious, it’s just a function of there being 30-odd events every 12 months and a ton of cool things that happen after winter gives way to spring.Case and point: Ismail Naurdiev’s promotional debut.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearTabbed to replace Ramazan Emeev on the preliminary portion of the UFC’s debut fight card in Prague, Czech Republic in February, the 22-year-old welterweight strolled into the Octagon on two week’s notice — and three weeks after scoring a 36-second knockout win — and beat Michel Prazeres, ending the Brazilian’s eight-fight winning streak.This wasn’t a grind’em out, squeak by on the scorecards, split decision type of effort either — Naurdiev was in complete control from start to finish, outworking Prazeres all the way through to secure the first victory over his UFC career. Because Prazeres isn’t a major name and didn’t beat a bunch of elite talents during the course of his extended run of success, folks are likely to undervalue what Naurdiev accomplished in his maiden voyage into the UFC cage, but that would be a serious mistake.Prazeres entered with a 10-2 record in the UFC and having won 10 of 11 after dropping his debut. The only guy to beat him during that span was former interim title challenger Kevin Lee and “Trator” collected wins over guys like Mairbek Taisumov, Gilbert Burns, Josh Burkman and Zak Cummings during that run.Even if you’re not blown away by the names on that list, look up how many fighters have ever won eight straight fights or more in the UFC and maybe then you’ll understand that no matter the opponents, building a winning streak like that is an impressive accomplishment and ending it in your promotional debut, on short notice, three weeks after your last fight, as a 22-year-old is an outstanding achievement.For the record: 20 fighters have won eight or more in the UFC; Prazeres is the only one to have never fought for championship gold, so yeah, he is in elite company.With all of that said, clearly it’s safe to say I’m pretty excited about seeing Naurdiev return to action this week.Following his win over Prazeres, Naurdiev had two requests: to fight in Las Vegas and to face a Top 15 opponent.The first request was granted as he’ll take part in International Fight Week and compete at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, but rather than facing a ranked opponent, he’s squaring off with Chance Rencountre, a 32-year-old Alliance MMA representative who dropped his short own notice debut (to Belal Muhammad) before rebounding with a quick submission win last time out.History has taught us all that MMA Math doesn’t work, so it would be a mistake to simply suggest that Naurdiev’s win over Prazeres and Rencountre being a relative newcomer to the promotion means “The Austrian Wonderboy” is going to roll into the cage and collect an easy victory because there are no easy wins in the UFC and the Oklahoma native is a solid grappler with a big size advantage heading into this one.But Naurdiev has already proven that he’s capable of out-working an established, powerful grappler and carries the kind of conditioning necessary to push hard for 15 minutes at a torrid pace. Before arriving in the UFC, he showed some pop in his hands and a diverse striking arsenal as well, so while he’ll be giving up size, he has a more diverse skill set and more paths to victory in this one.In addition to his impressive debut, another piece that makes Naurdiev such a compelling newcomer to track is that he’s shifted his training to Fort Lauderdale, FL., where he’s working with Henri Hooft and the crew at Hard Knocks 365. While he’s enjoyed success training at home, there is always something to be said for seeking out a place with better coaches, better training partners and a generally more experienced group. Naurdiev was so pleased with how his camp went this time around (and the weather) that he’s strongly considering making a permanent move to Florida, which speaks volumes about the team that he worked with and the benefits he felt preparing for Rencountre.last_img read more