17 Dec

Helping student loan borrowers builds lifelong relationships

first_imgAs fall arrives and students prepare to return to school, many are looking at how to finance their education. Based on a survey completed by LendKey and YouGov Plc., 75% of borrowers said that getting approved for a student loan was very easy. However, the same study showed that more than half of the borrowers were not given sufficient information about their loan repayments.Many of these borrowers were presented limited to no additional financing options beyond federal student loans. Students turn to their university for advice, but nearly 43% were presented with just one option, and more than 23% couldn’t recall what information was provided. Credit unions are poised to help fill this educational gap for young borrowers. As trusted financial advisers and community leaders, credit unions are ideally positioned to educate their existing and potential members about their financing options and the terms of student loans. Furthermore, credit unions are able to provide private student loans to young borrowers and their parents to help fund education responsibly. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

20 Sep

Asian Boxing Championships: Shiva Thapa storms into quarters

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Star boxer of India Shiva Thapa (60kg) is now just one win away from securing a record fourth medal from the Asian Boxing Championship. The Assam pugilist was at his destructive best and outpunched Kyrgyzstan’s Seitbek Uulu M 4-1 to march into the quarter-finals in Bangkok today.All total 5 Indian boxers entered the quarter-finals on Day 3 of this prestigious continental tournament. The others are Sarita Devi, Amit Panghal, Nikhat Zareen and Ashish.Four-time Asian Championships gold medallist Sarita Devi began her hunt for a staggering sixth medal from this elite event in highly impressive fashion. The 37-year-old blanked Korea’s Gwon Sujin and stormed into the quarter-finals by dint of RSC (Referee Stop Contest) in Round 3 as she was too dominant for her opponent.Amit Panghal opened his campaign and made it to the last-eight with a 5-0 decimation of Taipei’s Tu Po-Wei in his first continental competitive bout in the 52 Kg.Former world junior champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) advanced to the quarters by RSC in Round 2 as she was superior and her rival Cambodia’s Srey Pov Nao couldn’t contain the flurry of punches.In men’s 69kg, Ashish continued his scintillating run of form with a strong 4-1 win over Abdurakhman Abdurakhmanov of Kyrgyzstan in a split verdict.The only disappointment for the Indian contingent on Sunday was the defeat of Brijesh Yadav in 81kg.Meanwhile, another boxer from Assam Lovlina Borgohain, who secured a bronze from the New Delhi World Championships, will take on Chinese Taipei’s world champion Chen Nien-Chin in a tough last-eight clash tomorrow. A win would be enough for her to ensure a medal in the championship. Also read: Local Sportslast_img read more

16 Sep

SKIN’S SPIN: Lakers hope to right the ship

first_imgThis offseason, possibly more than ever before, all eyes in the NBA world will be focused on the Lakers. In his absence, the Lakers were left with a front office power vacuum which is yet to be officially filled. This raised many concerns as the franchise searched for its next head coach. Shortly after the end of the Lakers’ season, it was rumored that Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams and former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue were the top candidates for the job. Johnson cited his sibling-like relationship with the Lakers’ controlling owner Jeanie Buss as the reason for his sudden departure. Kidd’s hiring, at the very least, was controversial. “[Jeanie] gave me full power to do what I wanted to do,” Johnson said. “But I want to always preserve our relationship [and] tomorrow I would have to affect [Walton’s] livelihood and [his] life, and that’s not fun for me.” After countless weeks of drama, rumors and even a fan-orchestrated protest outside Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers have found their head coach. Frank Vogel will now be in charge of facilitating a winning product on the court–and helping to figure out how in the world to repair the organization’s broken reputation off it. Williams has since agreed to coach the Phoenix Suns. Lue reportedly turned down a three-year offer from the Lakers, feeling that a five-year deal would have been appropriate considering his championship resume. Team presidents must be in the trenches around the clock with their staff in terms of scouting, daily accessibility and general franchise management. Kidd’s prominent role in the organization also creates the perception that Vogel, before even coaching a game for the Lakers, is already on the hot seat. While Vogel — whose tenure with the Indiana Pacers included two Eastern Conference Finals appearances — is now officially the head coach, it remains unclear where the decision-making power in the front office lies, and many questions remain unanswered.center_img Along with Vogel, 10-time NBA All-Star and Lebron James’ former Olympic teammate Jason Kidd will serve in a particularly prominent role as the team’s assistant coach. Both Vogel and Kidd have had previous stints as head coaches with NBA franchises. In 2001, he pleaded guilty to spousal abuse. In 2012, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and in 2014, he received criticism for pursuing the Milwaukee Bucks head coaching position while he was still serving as coach of the Brooklyn Nets. His history as a coach and his evident eagerness to lobby for a fellow coach’s job will likely add yet another layer of drama to the ongoing Laker saga in the coming seasons. Johnson, a Los Angeles icon and esteemed businessman with dozens of interests outside of the Lakers organization, was not the right fit for such a role. The hires come on the heels of several tumultuous weeks in Lakerland. Things began to unravel on April 9 when Magic Johnson stepped down from an administrative role in an unprofessional, seemingly impromptu press conference before the team’s final game of the season. Johnson’s resignation was shocking — and in all honesty, the way in which he did it was extremely childish. But make no mistake: it was for the best. If the team’s goal is to win multiple NBA championships in its last three season with LeBron James, the Lakers organization must demonstrate a higher level of cohesion and stability from the top of the front office to the end of the bench – values they’ve been lacking recently. The unfilled power vacuum left by Johnson along with Kidd’s controversial hiring will be a hindrance for the team. The turbulence in the head coaching position is nothing new for the Lakers. Vogel is the sixth head coach for the Lakers since the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson in 2011. last_img read more