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3 ways your credit union can offer better financial education during COVID-19

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » The coronavirus crisis is stretching into its ninth month — and the pandemic is still weighing heavy on the minds (and pocketbooks) of many Americans.As difficult as they may be, times like these present an opportunity for financial institutions: this is the time to truly step up to the plate, to serve as a trusted partner and guide for members.And while hugs, handshakes and in-person seminars seem like a thing of the past, your credit union can still make an impact — particularly through offering financial education. Here are three tips from the team at Zogo:Don’t limit your focus. Many banks and credit unions partner with schools to provide financial education. It’s important that students have access to this knowledge, and we’re big believers in introducing financial literacy early — but, if possible, don’t limit your efforts to one age group. This post is currently collecting data…center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

WADA leaks raise a lot of questions – Putin

first_imgBy Jack StubbsMOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) records leaked by hackers raised a lot of questions with healthy athletes seemingly taking banned substances, TASS news agency reported.“It raises a lot of questions,” Putin said. “It seems as if healthy athletes are taking drugs legally that are prohibited for others, and people who are clearly suffering from serious illnesses, major disabilities, are suspected of taking some kind of substances and banned from the Paralympic Games.”“What they did, cannot fail to be interesting to the international community, the sporting community first of all,” Putin said.His comments came just hours before hackers released a third batch of drugs test data involving 11 more athletes.As recently as Wednesday WADA had confirmed athlete data had been leaked by a Russian cyber espionage group with hackers releasing information on 25 athletes from the United States, Germany, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania, and Russia.The hacking group, known as APT28 and Fancy Bear by U.S. cyber-security researchers, was also blamed by WADA on Tuesday for posting medical data about U.S. athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, and Serena and Venus Williams.The group yesterday posted further doping test results of athletes from Britain, Spain, Australia, Germany and Denmark.Among them were several Rio Games champions including Britain’s cycling gold medallist Laura Trott and boxing champion Nicola Adams as well as Australian rowers Kimberly Brennan, who won gold, and silver medallist Alexander Belonogoff.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) called the release of the data an “outrageous” breach of confidentiality and offered to assist WADA in communicating with Russian authorities over the matter.“This is an unacceptable and outrageous breach of medical confidentiality that attempts to smear innocent athletes who have not committed any doping offence,” IOC president Thomas Bach said yesterday.“In some cases, it is also a breach of confidentiality for athletes whose cases have not yet been finalised.”WADA considers the attacks are being carried out as retaliation for the agency’s investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia and led to virtually the entire track and field team being banned from last month’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Russia was also banned from sending a team to the Paralympic Games.“The IOC fully supports the actions taken by WADA to deal with the leak, including the measures that are being taken to bring this activity to an end with the help of IT experts and in requesting assistance from the Russian authorities,” Bach said in his statement.“I have informed the WADA president Sir Craig Reedie that the IOC will also assist WADA in any way required, including communicating with the Russian authorities, to underline the seriousness of the issue and request all possible assistance to stop the hackers.”WADA has said it believes the hackers gained access to its anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS) via an IOC-created account for the Rio Games.According to WADA, the account includes confidential medical data such as Therapeutic Use Exemptions, which are issued by sports federations and national anti-doping organisations to allow athletes to take certain substances.The agency’s independent McLaren report, released in July, said that Russians had swapped positive doping samples for clean ones during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with the support of the Russian secret service.last_img read more

Help For Fort McMurray Wildfire Victims Continues To Roll In

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – British Columbians have shown an outpouring of aid for their Alberta neighbours in the wake of last week’s wildfire that forced thousands from their homes in the Fort McMurray area.In addition to the BC Government’s $300,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross, The government has announced that in the past week, over $276,000 was donated by British Columbians at BC Liquor Stores.The BC Wildfire Service has also deployed two fire investigators and one fire weather forecaster to Alberta, in addition to the 187 firefighters, 25 support staff including two members of the Doig River First Nation, an 11-person Incident Management Team, eight helicopters and ten pieces of heavy equipment currently battling the cross-border Siphon Creek fire. That fire is currently 30% contained, although Fire Information Officer Noelle Kekula says that those figures may change over the weekend as crews conduct controlled burns on the 58,000 hectare fire.- Advertisement -150 RCMP tactical troop and traffic service officers from throughout the province have also been temporarily redeployed to northern Alberta by the federal government. When asked, “E” Division spokesperson Staff Sargeant Rob Vermeulen was unable to confirm whether those deployed included members from the BC Peace Region.last_img read more