Credit unions jump to help members during leap year

first_imgFor 365 days a year, credit unions aim to help their members. When there happens to be a 366th day? They leap at the chance to go above and beyond.A leap year has one additional day to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Credit unions synchronize their efforts to maximize member benefits in a number of ways:A leap year certificate of deposit (CD) at Miramar FCU, San Diego, offers 2.29% annual percentage yield (APY) for an 18-month CD with a minimum deposit of $1,000;Healthcare Systems FCU, Falls Church, Va., is offering auto loan rates as low as 1.39% annual percentage rate (APR) and a $50 bonus.For the month of February, American Eagle CU, St. Louis, reduced the interest rates on auto loans by 0.29%; 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Majority of public wants regional elections delayed: Surveys

first_img“Looking at these numbers, I think it will be a tough job for the government and the General Elections Commission [KPU] to garner public enthusiasm for the elections and improve public participation,” Indikator executive director Burhanudin Muhtadi said last week when announcing the results of the survey.Another pollster, Charta Politika Indonesia, released last Wednesday the results of a similar public opinion survey involving 2,000 respondents from July 6 to 12 to see whether they agreed with the government’s decision to hold the elections despite the pandemic showing no signs of abating.It found that 54.2 percent of respondents disagreed with the decision and only 31.8 percent of respondents agreed with it. Yet, half of those supporting the government’s decision also said they were unsure about whether they would show up at polling stations and cast their ballots.Read also: KPU presses on with December elections despite turnout concerns Most Indonesians disagree with the government’s decision to hold the 2020 simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9, as uncertainty remains over when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, two recent surveys have found.Jakarta-based pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia interviewed 1,200 respondents across Indonesia from July 13 to 16 on whether the elections should take place during the outbreak.It found that 63.1 percent of respondents preferred the year-end polls be postponed, while 34.3 percent said the elections should occur as scheduled. The remaining 2.6 percent of respondents did not provide answers. Topics :center_img “Our survey results indicate that the government and the KPU will have a difficult job increasing public participation in the coming elections. Otherwise, we will see a low turnout,” Charta Politika executive director Yunarto Wijaya said.The two surveys appeared to reflect concerns about low voter turnout from experts and activists, who have repeatedly called on policymakers to push back the elections to 2021 over fears the COVID-19 outbreak could continue late into the year. They argued that the elections, which seek to elect 270 regional leaders comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors, would put voters and election organizers at risk of contracting the disease.But the government has insisted on holding the December elections, with Home Minister Tito Karnavian saying that democracy should go on despite the outbreak.As a result, the KPU has to grapple with arranging health protocols and procuring personal protective equipment to prevent election organizers, candidates and voters from contracting the disease during all stages of elections, from the preparations, which started in June, to the final vote count a week after voting day.Read also: KPU to advise regional candidates to campaign onlineFadli Ramadanil of election watchdog Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) said the surveys indicated that prospective voters were unlikely to prioritize the elections as long as the pandemic still raged on.Political analyst Adi Prayitno from State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta said low public interest in elections might encourage candidates to turn to vote buying by offering money or daily supplies to potential voters, particularly those suffering from financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.Adi said the government could press ahead with hosting the Dec. 9 elections only in COVID-19 low-risk regions, or “green zones”, to ensure high turnout.Read also: Vote buying threatens to undermine year-end elections: KPKKPU commissioner Ilham Saputra said the commission would not ask the government or the House of Representatives for election postponement because the KPU had already begun preparing the elections. He said the commission finished screening independent candidates on July 12, and was now updating the voter roll – scheduled to be completed on Aug. 13.“Postponing the elections is not in our plan so far, but we will try to resolve what people described as a lack of public enthusiasm for year-end polls,” Ilham said.“For social media platforms, we will prepare a tutorial video about voting mechanisms. This is to convince people that it will be safe to show up at polling stations.”last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion with breathtaking views sells for more than $4m

first_imgThe Tallai property was snapped up for more than $4 million. Views don’t get much better than this.A HINTERLAND home with some of the best views on the Gold Coast has changed hands in a multimillion-dollar deal.The lavish Tallai property, which has sweeping views of the coastline from Stradbroke Island to Tweed Heads, was snapped up for $4.2 million.Ray White Broadbeach duo Sam Guo and Julia Kuo marketed the property.Mr Guo said the local buyer had been eyeing off the house for a while. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The sprawling property is on a 3ha block. Even the kitchen has views! The buyer couldn’t go past those amazing views.“The buyer loved the property a long time ago, it’s her dream home,” he said.“She was determined to get that one.”He said she planned to live in the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom mansion.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It’s a beautiful home and it was the perfect buyer for the sale,” he said.“We also had a couple of other interested parties.”The property was built by owners Frank and Jenny Mesiano almost 20 years ago with their children in mind.MORE NEWS: Ultimate Gold Coast dream home hits the market MORE NEWS: What makes this house so popular? “It’s a place you don’t have to leave as the property has everything, but you’re only 20 minutes to the beach and 10 minutes to the bottom of the hill where there’s great schools and Robina Town Centre,” said Mr Mesiano, director of Global Meats.The property hit the market in October under an expressions of interest campaign before a $4.595 million price tag was attached to it. It’s like a day spa in this bathroom.The jaw-dropping vistas attracted the couple to the 3ha block of land on The Panorama.“That’s why we ended up there, because of the views, and it’s very secluded, peaceful and safe,” Mr Mesiano said in November.Among its standout features are a tennis court, gym, sauna, indoor and outdoor pool, two spas, a terrace with built-in barbecue, games room, wet bar and wine cellar.last_img read more

Fijabi, Skoro Return with GOtv Boxing Night Season 8

first_imgThe best boxer of the night will go home with N1million cash prize and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.Sponsored by GOtv, which will be broadcast live by SuperSport in 47 African countries, is supported by MultiChoice, Paragonis Multimedia limited, KSquare Security, Complete Sports, Brila FM, Bond FM and Newbreak.ng.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The eighth edition of GOtv Boxing Night will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos on July 30. This was disclosed by the organisers on Tuesday at a press conference held at the Old Skool Restaurant within the National Stadium Complex. CEO of Fly kite Sports, promoter of the event, Jenkins Alumona, told journalists that the coming edition will be more explosive than the previous ones.“We have high-calibre match-ups in every fight. This edition will feature a national middleweight boxing title defence by reigning champion, Sunny Hammer, who will take on West African middleweight champion Rasheed Abolaji. We have also brought in other big names and rising stars of boxing in Nigeria,” said Alumona.He added that GOtv Boxing Night 8 is being held in honour of Muhammed Ali, the boxing icon who died recently.Apart from the title fight, the event will see national light welterweight champion, Olaide Fijabi, slug it out with Joseph Adeniji in a challenge contest. In the welterweight category, Stanley Eribo will fight Dele Adeleke, while Waidi Usman will duel with David Ekpeyong in the featherweight category. There is also a super middleweight challenge contest between Matthew Obinna and Samuel Igbokwe. The sixth fight of the night will be a national light welterweight challenge between Rilwan Babatunde and Shakiru Lateef.last_img read more