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Syrian crisis sparks activism

first_imgIn response to Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting to promote peace in Syria, Notre Dame community leaders galvanized on-campus participation throughout the day on Saturday. Junior Matthew Caponigro, a member of the Notre Dame Peace Fellowship, explained the importance of Notre Dame’s reaction to the papal declaration for a day of peace and prayer. “It’s especially important that so many people were involved at Notre Dame because Pope Francis called for this day of prayer on the feast day of Our Lady, in whose honor our university is founded,” Caponigro said. The centrality of Saint Mary permeated the event. “Opening prayer took place beneath the outstretched arms of the gilded statue of Mary atop the golden dome, and for closing prayer we met again under the auspice of Mother Mary at the Grotto,” Caponigro said. Caponigro said the fasting portion of Saturday’s events, beginning with a morning prayer at the steps of the Main Building at 10 a.m., was a highlight for participants. “Fasting acts as a first step and leads us to solidarity, as it helps us to empathize with the 120,000 refugees in Jordan uprooted by the conflict and the millions of internally displaced persons in Syria without adequate nourishment,” he said. The Eucharistic adoration, in which participants recognized Christ’s own suffering in a display of empathy, emphasized solidarity between the participants and those in Syria. “The central message is building relationships and peace through encountering each other in this way,” Caponigro said. The fasting period followed morning prayer and lasted until 4:30 p.m., at which point participants from across the campus gathered at the Grotto to offer prayers for peace. Senior Christopher Torres, secretary for the Militia of the Immaculata, said that prayer is about more than recitation. “God gives us unique opportunities in which He offers us graces, a moment when we can ally ourselves with the suffering people in the world, and I felt that I could help participate in that saving action through prayer,” he said. As part of the Pope’s call to peace, Torres said prayer can be used to facilitate action for peace in Syria. “Hopefully, the hearts of the government officials are inspired to move toward dialogue rather than violence,” he said. “We must value the people and their lives. I hope for the consolidation of those who are struggling and facing death, and I pray that God consoles and protects them.” Caponigro said institutions on the Notre Dame campus are already participating in this call to peaceful diplomatic resolutions. “The Kroc Institute is researching the possibilities for peace in Syria,” he said. “The situation in Syria is still incredibly convoluted. That is why it is especially important to turn of prayer because the politics are so complicated – that way we can keep in mind the face of the Syrian people, and pray that any diplomatic move operates within that perspective.”last_img read more

10 tips to increase loan growth, profitability, and retention

first_imgWin for the member: solutions that increase the member’s credit score, lower their monthly payments on loans not with the credit union, and eliminate high-interest-rate credit cards with other financial institutions. Offer free credit score analysis (CSA): Sit beside the member, review their credit report, determine risk without using the credit score, determine what you can do to lower their payments on loans not with the credit union; and identify what the credit score will be in 90 days and 12 months. Finding unique ways to get members engaged to build stronger relationships Integrate a Loan Recapture Program that’s proven to double your monthly loan volume in one month and maintain increased loan growth. Turn your Collections Team into Member Solution Partners: create a focus on solutions; not just payments. Reviving staff to be enthusiastically engaged to help members and even non-membersSome of biggest challenges credit unions face as they strive to grow and create a greater relevance in the market place with people who live and/or work in their communities are:Getting staff motivated to engage members in conversations instead of being “order takers” Integrate programs proven to bring in new loans — particularly auto loans. Increasing profitability through loan interest income without increasing delinquencies/loan losses Train staff to ask the right questions to get member’s engaged in the right conversation. Don’t train staff to ask questions that will lead to the answer: “No, thank you.” Leaders in the credit union industry must find ways to challenge their teams to think in new and refreshing ways that will continue to differentiate themselves from the competition. Leaders can begin the process by creating “Think Tanks” (from the C-suite to the tellerline) within the organization to create a strong focus on the following:Rethinking the way you do business to create a dynamic Sales and Service Culture Renewing the core philosophy of “People Helping People” to build stronger relationshipscenter_img Win for the credit union: quality profitable loans, member loyalty, and increased loan growth with minimized delinquencies and loan losses. Reward your staff and members for bringing in new loan opportunities with a focus on “New Member/New Money.”Again, these tips will allow you to rethink, renew, and revive your credit union’s loan growth and member loyalty, while helping overcome the challenges that hold you back from being increasingly relevant in the marketplace. Applying these ideas with some fresh thinking is the ticket to enhancing your value for increased profitability and loyalty down the road with the millennials, Gen X and Y’ers, and baby boomers – as well as businesses in your community. Increasing direct auto loan growth Train staff to offer the right solutions instead of just responding to the member’s request as well as how to overcome objections which is one of the most critical component of sales and service training. Create Win/Win/Win solutions, such as: Transform your staff into confident and engaged employees; not just order takers from member requests. Increasing growth without diluting their capital ratioBelow are 10 tips to help you rethink, renew, and revive your credit union to ensure increased loan growth, profitability, and loyalty:Develop a strong sales and service culture by focusing on service. Successful sales is an outcome of extraordinary service. Extraordinary service begins with “engaged employees” who engage members in conversation. Win for the employee: confidence in their knowledge of competitors and credit scores to be better able to offer the right solutions; job satisfaction in knowing they are making a difference in people’s lives, not just responding to the member’s request; and monetary rewards for “unique and refreshing thinking” that creates the right solution for the member and the credit union. 64SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Celeste Cook Celeste Cook is founder and President/CEO of cuStrategies, LLC, which provides strategic planning services, consulting services, and training programs to the credit union industry. She is also a keynote … Web: www.cu-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more


first_imgA man who beat up his girlfriend in a Co Donegal hotel after he became jealous of her chatting to other men has been jailed for a month.Letterkenny court.Gareth Doran and partner Claire Quigley had been staying at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny last weekend. But during the course of the night Ms Quigley was chatted up by a number of men at the hotel.Doran, 34, became enraged and attacked Ms Quigley, the mother of his two children, when they got back to their hotel room.Garda Inspector David Kelly told a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court that Doran kicked and punched Ms Quigley “all over her body.”“He then threw her to the ground and kicked her,” said Inspector Kelly.Defense solicitor Patsy Gallagher said the altercation took place at 5am on the morning of May 4th and there was a lot of drink taken by both parties.He said his client admitted assaulting Ms Quigley saying he became enraged when “other parties showed a keen interest in Ms Quigley.”Judge Denis McLoughlin said he found that people showed their true colours when drink was taken and regarded the assault on Ms Quigley as on the serious end of the scale.“Your client gave this girl for want of a better word “a good beating.” I honestly believe when someone does this their true character comes out. I’m going to send this fella to prison. The victim would be shocked that someone could do this and just walk away with a fine,” he said.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been in custody since the assault and was planning on moving back in with his parents.He jailed Doran of 20 Loanda Crescent, Newry, Co Down for one month.MAN WHO BEAT GIRLFRIEND ON NIGHT AWAY IN DONEGAL HOTEL IS JAILED was last modified: May 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultdonegalGareth DoranletterkennyNewrypartnerlast_img read more