Fundraising Camp came to Wales

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Last Friday over 40 fundraisers took part in Fundraising Camp in Cardiff, the first time the one-day event has taken place in Wales. Here are some highlights and reactions from the day at the striking venue of the Wales Millennium Centre.The event was kindly supported by Blackbaud Europe, Institute of Fundraising Cymru/Wales, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, and the Wales Millennium Centre.Fundraising Camp will take place on 1 March 2016 in Edinburgh. Fundraising Camp came to Wales Howard Lake | 28 September 2015 | News Advertisement [View the story “Fundraising Camp Cardiff” on Storify]  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Fundraising Camp Training Wales / Cymrulast_img read more

Uzbekistan: Investigate torture of journalist

first_img News Uzbek authorities should ensure a thorough, impartial, and independent investigation into the alleged torture and other ill-treatment of a detained independent journalist, 12 human rights groups said today. Uzbek authorities should immediately release Bobomurod Abdullaev and other people detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, the groups said. 12 human rights groups call for journalist’s, others’ immediate release. May 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information In Berlin, for the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights, Umida Niyazova (Uzbek, Russian, English, German): +49 17631202474; or [email protected] Twitter: @UmidaNiyazova February 11, 2021 Find out more In Geneva, for Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Ivar Dale (English, Russian, Norwegian): +41 78 907 3558; or [email protected] Twitter: @IvarDale Credit: FerganaNews In New York, for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Beatrice Santa-Wood (English): +1 212 300 9032, [email protected] Twitter: @pressfreedom In Paris, for Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Johann Bihr (English, Russian, French): +33 6 63 03 86 25, [email protected] Twitter: @RSF_EECA In Washington, DC, for Freedom Now, Kate Barth (English): +1 202 223 3733; or [email protected] Twitter @ksbarth In Washington, DC, for Freedom House, Robert Ruby (Russian, English): +1 202 747 7035 (mobile); or [email protected] Twitter: @FreedomHouse RSF_en In Stockholm, for Civil Rights Defenders, Joanna Kuroz (English, Russian): +46 (0)70 989 60 11 or [email protected] February 14, 2018 – Updated on February 16, 2018 Uzbekistan: Investigate torture of journalist In Brussels, for International Partnership for Human Rights, Rachel Gasowski (English, Russian, French): + 33 7 50803812 (mobile); or email [email protected] Twitter: @iphr News In Bishkek, for Human Rights Watch, Steve Swerdlow (English, Russian): +1 917 535 0375 (mobile); or [email protected] Twitter: @steveswerdlow UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisoned In London, for ARTICLE 19, Katie Morris, (English, Russian): +44 20 7324 2525 (mobile); or [email protected] Twitter: @katiekatia @article19europe New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisoned News In Paris, for the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, Nadejda Atayeva (Russian, French): +33-6-17-46-1963; or [email protected] Twitter: Organisation In London, for Amnesty International, Maisy Weicherding (English): +44 20 7413 5796, or [email protected] Receive email alerts Follow the news on Uzbekistan Abdullaev, a freelance reporter, worked for Fergana news agency and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), among other publications. Bobomurod Abdullaev was detained on September 27, 2017 in Tashkent by officers in Uzbekistan’s National Security Service (known as the “SNB”) on charges of “conspiracy to overthrow the constitutional regime” (Article 159(4) of Uzbekistan’s Criminal Code), which carries up to 20 years in prison. His relatives told representatives of several human rights groups on February 3, 2018 that he had been tortured and otherwise ill-treated since his detention. Uzbek authorities should immediately release Abdullaev and other people detained on similar grounds, the groups said. “At a time when the Uzbek government appears to be taking steps to reform the country’s feared security services, reports of a journalist’s torture in their custody should prompt an immediate investigation and decisive, public condemnation,” said Steve Swerdlow, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. The 12 human rights groups are Amnesty International, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, Civil Rights Defenders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Reporters Without Borders, Freedom Now, ARTICLE 19, and the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights. On February 8, a Tashkent-based human rights defender, Surat Ikramov, reported that following media reports of Abdullaev’s torture, two SNB officials implicated in abuses had been suspended from the case and had been told not to leave the city pending an investigation. On January 31, the Uzbek government announced the resignation and replacement of Rustam Inoyatov, the 73-year old chief of the SNB for 22 years, during which there were constant reports of torture and other ill-treatment carried out by SNB officials. Authorities accused Abdullaev of writing “extremist” articles and of being part of a conspiracy to overthrow the government, along with Hayot Nasriddinov, a well-known economist and blogger, Akrom Malikov, an academic, and others. Abdullaev’s relatives and other Uzbek human rights defenders told Human Rights Watch that since his arrest, security services have repeatedly tortured him and denied him his right to a legal counsel of his choosing and restricted visits with family members. Abdullaev’s wife, Kattiqiz Balkhibaeva, told Human Rights Watch about her first meeting with her husband in October: When I met my husband for the first time [at the SNB pre-trial detention center Gvardeiskaya in Tashkent], I brought him some warm clothes. The detective told me that I better not give any interviews to reporters or speak with anyone about the case. When I saw my husband, we were surrounded by five SNB officers and not able to speak freely. He looked at me, paused, and then told me not to speak to the press or hire a lawyer. Then an SNB officer told me that if I spoke with anyone about this, ‘it would be very bad for Bobomurod.’ In January, Abdullaev met with his mother and wife again and told them that he had been tortured since his arrest in September. He said that on the day he was arrested four SNB officers approached him near his home in Tashkent without explaining they intended to arrest him or showing any identification. As they approached he asked, “What happened?” and began to resist. The men then put a bag over his head, beat him all over his body, and stuffed him into a car. Abdullaev said that nearby residents witnessed the abduction. Abdullaev said that in the days after his arrest he was kept in a freezing jail cell naked and forced to remain standing. He said he was given nothing to eat for five days and was only given food after he collapsed from exhaustion. He said that SNB officers denied him food on several occasions and threatened to destroy him and his family. He said he was repeatedly tied for several hours at a time to a bed in his cell for several hours at a time. His mother, Gavkharjon Madaminova, has written numerous appeals to government bodies about her son’s detention and posted videos online appealing to the president for help, but received no meaningful responses. SNB officials intimidated Abdullaev’s first attorney and would not let her meet with him, relatives said. Abdullaev hired Sergey Mayorov, a human rights lawyer, in November and was allowed to meet him on December 14 in the presence of the SNB detective overseeing the case. Eight days later, the SNB detective summoned Mayorov. SNB guards brought in Abdullaev, who said in their presence that he had decided to fire Mayorov and would be represented by a state-appointed lawyer. The SNB official showed Mayorov a statement firing him that was allegedly signed by Abdullaev ten days earlier. Before being forced to leave, Mayorov asked whether Abdullaev’s pre-trial detention had been extended, for how long, and when the investigation would be completed. The SNB officer refused to answer. At a subsequent meeting with his wife later in December, Abdullaev asked her to pass on the message to Mayorov that he still wanted him to act as his lawyer at his trial. Authorities have not yet announced a trial date. “Abdullaev’s torture allegations demand a thorough and independent investigation and prosecution of anyone found responsible,” said Umida Niyazova of the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights. “Reports that SNB officials who tortured him could face justice are encouraging signs if true, but Abdullaev, Nasriddinov and other detainees should be immediately released as authorities get to the bottom of what has occurred.” In a related case, on or around October 20, authorities arrested Nasriddinov, a blogger and economist, on or around October 20, also on extremism charges (Article 159(4)) that appear to be related to the conspiracy charges against Abdullaev. Nasriddinov similarly faces up to 20 years in prison. As of late 2017, his relatives had not been informed of the grounds for the arrest, and there are fears that they are under pressure not to talk to journalists and human rights groups. He is being held in a SNB pre-trial detention center in Tashkent, and there are serious concerns that he may have also been tortured or otherwise ill-treated in detention. Akrom Malikov, a researcher at Uzbekistan’s Institute of Handicrafts of the Academy of Sciences, has also been implicated and questioned in Abdullaev’s case. He was detained in July 2016 on extremism charges for allegedly writing articles for the opposition People’s Movement of Uzbekistan under a pseudonym. He is serving a six-year sentence in Navoi prison. “There is a real opportunity for change in Uzbekistan – and yet we hear of journalists and bloggers still being detained and tortured,” said Brigitte Dufour, director of IPHR. “This case is a test of whether Uzbekistan’s human rights situation is really improving or not.” Over the last 15 years, the UN special rapporteur for torture, the UN Committee against Torture, the UN Human Rights Committee, the US State Department, and the European Court of Human Rights, in a number of its rulings, and a number of national and international human rights groups have highlighted the widespread torture in Uzbekistan’s prisons and detention sites. On November 30, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree prohibiting the courts from using evidence obtained through torture, and forbidding legal decisions based on any evidence not confirmed during trial. The decree, which comes into force in March, states that prosecutors will be required to check whether physical or psychological pressure was exerted on a defendant or their relatives. If enforced, the decree could help prevent torture and other ill-treatment in detention in Uzbekistan. “This case is yet another reminder that the Uzbek government should also allow for regular, unfettered, independent, expert monitoring of prison conditions,” said Nadejda Atayeva, president of the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia. “It should invite the UN special rapporteur on torture and other experts to visit the country and bring its laws and practices in line with international law and standards to help prevent torture in the future.”For more information, please contact: News More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term to go further October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Winning numbers drawn in ‘All or Nothing Day’ game

first_imgLocal NewsState Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon’s drawing of the Texas Lottery’s “All or Nothing Day” game were: 01-02-07-09-10-11-13-19-20-21-23-24 (one, two, seven, nine, ten, eleven, thirteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-three, twenty-four) By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Winning numbers drawn in ‘All or Nothing Day’ game Previous articleWinning numbers drawn in ‘Pick 3 Day’ gameNext articleStrategy Analytics: Despite Pandemic, Global Consumer Electronics Revenues Rose 7% in 2020 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Local bus company warn of different future back on the road

first_imgThe owner of a bus company in Donegal says there is major concern within in the industry as to how public transport will be feasible into the future.A typical coach would normally carry up to 50 passengers from Donegal to Dublin but now under social distancing guidelines, will only be permitted to transport 14.When arriving to the destination, the bus will need to be steam cleaned before the next influx of passengers get on board.James McGinley of McGinley buses says while they are eager to get back on the road again, it will be incredibly difficult:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twitter Facebook Previous articleGovernment needs to consider slowly reopening schools – WHONext articleHouse prices could fall by 5% due to pandemic News Highland Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img Local bus company warn of different future back on the road Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – May 20, 2020 WhatsApp Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

BDTS signs Malaysian Lekiu-class frigate coms upgrade deal

first_img BHIC Defence Techservices Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad, announced it has finalized a contract with the Malaysian defense ministry for the upgrade of Lekiu-class frigate communication suites.The RM19,500,000 (approx. US$5 million) contract was signed on February 22, 2018, but the company announced it on April 13.The contract announcement follows a letter of acceptance from October, 2017, when the company informed it was selected to deliver the communication suites for frigates from the 23 Frigate Squadron of the Royal Malaysian Navy.The squadron is composed of KD Jebat F29 and KD Lekiu F3 which were built in the UK by Yarrow Shipbuilders (now BAE Systems) and commissioned in Malaysia in 1999.The two 2,270 ton frigates underwent a mid-life modernization and service life extension in 2015 and 2016 receiving Terma’s SCANTER 6000 radar and the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine Vision Master automatic radar plotting aid (ARPA) display system. Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Malaysia contracts Boustead for Lekiu-class frigate communications upgrade Authorities View post tag: Lekiu-clas View post tag: BHIC April 16, 2018 Malaysia contracts Boustead for Lekiu-class frigate communications upgrade View post tag: RMNlast_img read more

Upgraded HSwMS Gotland starts sea trials

first_img View post tag: Swedish Navy Share this article View post tag: Saab View post tag: HSWMS Gotland Swedish Navy submarine HSwMS Gotland got underway from the Saab shipyard in Karlskrona to start sea trials after undergoing her mid-life upgrade.Gotland embarked on sea trials after being relaunched in June this year.On Friday October 19 His Swedish Majesty Ship (HSwMS) Gotland started its sea trials at the Saab shipyard in Karlskrona, after a comprehensive Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) to ensure its operational service to Sweden beyond 2025.HSwMS Gotland is the first of two submarines being upgraded with the mid-life modifications, which consist of upgrades of onboard systems and technology, sustaining the submarine’s operational capability to meet future naval challenges. The upgrades will extend the submarine’s service life to beyond 2025.The 60-meter submarine received an additional 2 meter hull section to accommodate the third generation of the Stirling air-independent propulsion engine and a diver lock-out chamber in addition to combat management and ship management systems upgrades.“The sea trials mark an important phase in the MLU project. This is the first time the crew will be able to operate the new systems in the true environment. After extensive training in the land based training facility, they will now be able to see the true potential of their submarine”, says Gunnar Wieslander, senior vice president, head of business area Kockums at Saab.Over 20 systems on-board the upgraded Gotland-class will be implemented in the new A26 submarine for Sweden. The Gotland MLU therefore contributes to the test and qualification of some of the innovative solutions to be implemented in the future Swedish A26 submarines. View post tag: Gotland-class Photo: Photo: Saablast_img read more

Senior or Staff Auditor

first_imgJob DescriptionVirginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, iscurrently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News &World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by theNational Science Foundation. Through a combination of its threemissions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Techcontinually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: UtProsim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensiveuniversity and its leading research institution, Virginia Techserves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ facultyand staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in researcharound the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed toteaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealthof Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of UtProsim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated toInclusiveVT ̶ serving in the spirit of community, diversity, andexcellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice thePrinciples of Community, which are fundamental to our on-goingefforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a communitythat nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. VirginiaTech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join ourcommunity in preparing leaders for the world.Virginia Tech is a comprehensive and progressive organization witha decentralized management environment to promote innovation andaccountability at all levels of the organization. The Virginia TechOffice of Audit, Risk, and Compliance (OARC) protects theuniversity by independently and objectively identifying businessrisks and connects with key leaders and stakeholders to evaluaterisk-mitigation strategies.Position Summary (Responsibilities):This position, reporting to the Director of Internal Audit, isresponsible for both participating as a team member and conductingfinancial, compliance, and operational engagements. The incumbentis expected to fulfill their responsibilities with limitedsupervision while maintaining effective communication with auditleadership. The ability to maintain high ethical standards, exhibitprofessional demeanor, demonstrate sound judgment, and function asa well-integrated team member will be critical for success. Theposition requires problem-solving abilities along withorganizational, planning, and self-management skills. The incumbentwill be relied upon to develop effective and creative ways toassess university operations, communicate the results of theirassessments (including the writing of reports), and establishlong-term rapport with university stakeholders. Decisions made mayimpact the effectiveness and efficiency of administrative andbusiness processes of the university; therefore, the incumbent mustbe able to apply both strong analytical skills and professionaldiscretion in formulating recommendations for improvement.Incumbents at the Senior Auditor level are expected to haveexperience in risk-based auditing that conforms to professionalstandards and have obtained a relevant professional certification.Incumbents at the Staff Auditor level are expected to have exposureto audit work conforming to professional standards. Seniority(staff/senior) will be established based on relevant experience andother factors.Required Qualifications• Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance, businessinformation technology, data analysis, or related field.• Demonstrated use of effective problem-solving and time managementskills.• Exceptional interpersonal communication skills (both in writingand verbally).• Ability to prepare professional documentation andcorrespondence.• Demonstrated professionalism in working with confidential andsensitive matters with the utmost discretion and tact.• Proficiency in current office software such as word processing,spreadsheet, and presentation software, and relationaldatabases.• Periodic travel and overtime may be required to complete workassignments or attend training.• Hired applicant must successfully pass a background check.Additional Required Qualifications for Senior Auditor:• Current relevant professional licensure, such as a CPA, CIA, orCISA.• Experience as a professional auditor.• Demonstrated analytical skills, including the ability to collectand analyze information, draw complex conclusions, and developrecommendations.Preferred Qualifications• Advanced degree in a related field.• Significant audit experience in higher education or anot-for-profit organization.• Previous experience with business processes of large,decentralized organizations.• Previous supervisory experience in an auditing environment.• In-depth understanding of key applicable federal, state, andlocal legislation.Appointment TypeRegularReview DateJanuary 29, 2021Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkAbout Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Elizabeth Ferguson at [email protected] during regularbusiness hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.Advertised: December 24, 2020Applications close:last_img read more

Krispy Kreme re-opens nine drive-throughs for NHS

first_imgKrispy Kreme has re-opened nine drive-throughs across the UK to serve the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak.The drive-throughs, which began re-opening last week, are providing NHS, police and fire service staff with a complimentary hot drink and a pack of three Original Glazed doughnuts upon identification from 27 April.Krispy Kreme said it was hoping to bring a moment of much-needed lightness to those working tirelessly during the pandemic.The brand is also recruiting volunteers from its staff to deliver doughnuts in their local neighbourhoods.“Our mission to create smiles and bring joy has never been more important. We know we aren’t saving lives, but we hope to do something as small and simple as making someone smile,” said Richard Cheshire, CEO of Krispy Kreme.Consumers are invited to nominate unsung local heroes to receive a ‘doughnutty’ thank you, it added. People can nominate via Krispy Kreme’s Serving Smiles project or social channels.“It’s our way of saying thank you to people far and wide who are working so hard to keep our nation moving, safe and well at the moment.”The brand has implemented a number of safety measures, including social distancing, running reduced doughnut lines with less staff on-site, appointing Covid-19 officers to oversee adherence to these processes, and implementing a contactless delivery process.Krispy Kreme has pledged to “serve half a million smiles” to key workers throughout April and May and has already started delivering half a million Original Glazed doughnuts via contactless drops to hospitals, charities, food banks, police stations and carers.last_img read more

Cooler peaches

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaCooler winter weather has brought a welcomed chill back to a sweet Georgia crop, says a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert.Georgia’s weather began to feel a little more like winter this week with highs in the mid 50s and lows in the 30s, the kind of weather Georgia peaches like this time of year.Winters are mild in Georgia. But weather over the past month has been near springlike, with highs reaching the 80s in some places and lows at night down only in the high 50s. This has caused some concern.Peach trees go dormant in winter. During this time, they need chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees, to properly bloom in spring and produce fruit in summer. Depending on the variety, Georgia peaches like to get between 400 and 1,100 chill hours between Oct. 1 and Feb. 15.”But we’re a good bit behind on chill hours as of right now,” said Kathy Taylor, a UGA Extension peach horticulturist.About 90 percent of Georgia’s 15,000 acres of peaches grow in the middle of the state. Since Oct. 1, this area has had about 500 chill hours, 160 fewer than at the same time last year. The area needs about 300 more hours just to reach an adequate number for most cultivars grown there, she said.This concerns growers now, because too few chill hours can hurt fruit set and shape. “But you really won’t know until harvest,” she said.”The good news is that the next five weeks are typically our coldest around Georgia,” she said.With about 840 hours left between now and Feb. 15, Taylor predicts 375 of them will be chill hours.Peaches grown in south Georgia account for about 10 percent of the state’s total. They’re the first to be harvested in April and the first to hit the fresh-peach market.This area has had about 300 chill hours, 140 fewer than at the same time last year. If this area can get 300 more hours before Feb. 15, about 60 percent of the varieties grown there should be OK, she said.Growers also worry about spring frosts. They can damage developing buds or fruits, she said.”The growers worry about chill hours until Valentine’s Day,” she said. “Then they worry about frost until Easter.”Predicting how good a peach crop will be is like predicting the stock market, she said. There are indicators, but nothing is certain.The peach crop last year had plenty of chill hours and good weather. But the crop was less than expected and little disappointing, she said. Georgia growers produced about 35 million pounds, about 70 percent of a good year.The peach harvest lasts about five months in the summer in Georgia. The crop is worth $25 million to $30 million annually.last_img read more

June Trends Report shows member and loan growth

first_imgCredit union loan balances are growing, and so are the number of credit union members in the U.S. That’s according our Credit Union Trends Report for June 2016 (based on April 2016 data).The report offers an economic outlook credit unions and their leaders, and you can see the full details here.  In the meantime, we’re sharing the highlights here:HighlightsDuring April, credit unions picked-up 353,000 in new memberships, loan and savings balances grew at an 11.9 percent and 7.5  percent seasonally-adjusted annualized pace, respectively. Firms hired 123,000 workers, nominal consumer spending increased 1.0 percent, and long-term interest rates decreased 8 basis points. Real GDP is expected to grow 2 percent over the next two years supporting credit union lending and membership growth.At the end of April, CUNA’s monthly estimates reported 6,128 credit unions in operation, 35 fewer than one month earlier. Year-over-year, the number of credit unions declined by 304, more than the 267 lost in the 12 months ending in April 2015. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more