17 Dec

5 ways to compete with fintechs

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With their flexibility and focus on innovation, fintech firms continue to pose a competitive threat to credit unions, says John Waupsh, author of “Bankruption” and chief innovation officer at Kasasa, a CUNA Strategic Services alliance provider.He spoke at Disruption 17 by CU Water Cooler Wednesday in Madison, Wis., about how to outmaneuver upstarts in the financial services world.To do so, Waupsh suggests five areas to focus on:1. TargetingSuccessful institutions today have a target audience and are constantly updating their data around that target audience, Waupsh says.Likewise, credit unions must decide who their target audience is and where their growth will come from. continue reading »last_img read more

25 Sep

Senate urged to probe ‘Aeta displacement’ in Tarlac

first_imgManila – An opposition senator wants a Senate inquiry into the allegeddisplacement of “Aetas” and other indigenous communities caused by the NewClark City (NCC) Development Project in Capas, Tarlac. The BCDA, meanwhile, said it hasfollowed due process by consulting the Capas local government while offeringfinancial assistance package amounting to P300,000 per hectare or P30 persquare meter to the indigenous community. “We need to ensure that developmentcomes in a way that indigenous people, cultures and the environment areprotected and remain sustainable. We need to build greener and smarter citiesthat include everyone,” added Hontiveros./PN Sen. Risa Hontiveros filed SenateResolution No. 257, urging the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities toconduct a probe into the said displacement in aid of legislation. “Development should not come at theexpense of the rights and welfare of the indigenous communities and of theenvironment,” Hontiveros added. “Pinagmalakinatin ang mga katutubong kultura sa opening ng Southeast Asian Games saNew Clark City pero tinatanggalan namannatin sila ng lupa at kabuhayan.”  “Hinditunay ang pag-unlad kung may paglabag ito sa karapatan ng mga katutubo at ngkalikasan,” she said, lamenting on the reports of“hectares and hectares of green land” being converted into concrete. Last November, an eviction notice wasissued to the Aeta families of Barangay Aranguren, Capas, Tarlac by the BCDA togive way to the construction of a road connecting Clark International Airportto NCC.center_img The resolution said Aeta communitiesin the area have applied for the Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles orCADT in 1999, 2014 and in 2019 for around 18,000 hectares in Capas, Tarlac. Hontiveros said indigenous communitiesin the area are protected by Republic Act 8371, or the Indigenous People’sRights Act (IPRA). Hontiveros said there were around15,000 local farmers and 20,000 Aetas and Abelling indigenous communitieslikely to be affected by the said project under the Bases ConversionDevelopment Authority or BCDA.  Sen. Risa Hontiveros says local farmers and indigenous communities are likely to be affected by the New Clark City Development Project in Capas, Tarlac. She urged the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities to conduct a probe into the alleged displacement of Aetas in the area. GMA NETWORK “We need to understand that it is notjust homes and livelihood that are being taken away from them,” Hontiverossaid. “Honoring and cherishing our indigenous cultures and cultural communitiesshould not be merely paid lip-service.” last_img read more

20 Sep

Trump Wants Appeals Court to Reconsider Twitter-blocking Case

first_imgPresident Trump is not giving up his fight to block critics from following or influencing his Twitter feed.Last Friday, attorneys for the Justice Department asked the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan to determine whether a three-judge appeals panel erroneously ruled that the President could not prevent people from following his account on the popular social media site and app.Those attorneys believe the case could have important implications for public officials who regularly use personal social media accounts to discuss public issues.They wrote, “If the panel is correct, public officials who address matters relating to their public office on personal accounts will run the risk that every action taken on that account will be state action subject to constitutional scrutiny.”If the request for what is known as an “en banc” hearing is denied, the case could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.The Justice Department’s lawyers argue that last month’s ruling conflicts with previous court precedents and presents a question of “exceptional importance.” In that ruling, the 2nd Circuit panel decided that Trump’s daily tweets were largely official in nature, and that he had violated the First Amendment by blocking individuals with opposing points of view.The lawyers add that the president’s @realDonaldTrump account is a personal one that he created in 2009, long before taking office. They claim that it should therefore be treated like any other personal property that belongs to him. “His ability to exclude others from this personal property is likewise independent of his office. That authority was conferred on him by Twitter, not by the government,” they write.The request came as a result of a case brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. The Institute sued on behalf of seven individuals whom Trump allegedly blocked for criticizing his policies.Jameel Jaffer, the Institute’s director, says in an email, “The panel’s opinion was thorough and well-reasoned, and the arguments the White House makes in its petition for rehearing are ones the panel appropriately rejected. We hope and expect that the petition will be denied.”last_img read more