11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said a bright future lies ahead for America’s credit unions as they work to “accomplish extraordinary things” on behalf of their members during opening remarks Wednesday at NAFCU’s 50th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii.Berger hailed NAFCU’s founders as visionaries for creating an association that has never been afraid to stand up and fight for credit unions. “We have worked tirelessly for advances that have dramatically improved the way credit unions do business and serve their members,” said.Berger noted NAFCU’s achievements over the past 50 years, including leading the way for federal share insurance, an independent federal regulator, expanded credit union powers, passage of the Credit Union Membership Access Act and protecting the federal income tax exemption.He described how credit unions are there for their members at every stage of their lives, providing needed loans, financial counseling and other services designed to help members achieve their financial goals and realize their dreams. continue reading »
Press Association Gokhan Inler is on Aston Villa’s radar with Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri prepared to let his fringe players leave. Inler is happy at City despite a lack of action but, as Switzerland captain, knows he needs regular football to safeguard his place ahead of Euro 2016. Villa boss Remi Garde is tracking the 31-year-old to aid their relegation fight with the side bottom of the table and 10 points from safety. He said: “I’m aware of this (Inler’s) situation because I’ve looked at all the players who could be interested in this situation because of the Euros. I don’t want to say to you where he is on my list. “Of course, every player who will play Euros I am interested in because they are good players. It doesn’t mean they will come or that I have already called them. But I know him very well.” And with t he Foxes top of the Barclays Premier League by two points Ranieri would listen to requests to move if he can find replacements. “I would like to maintain everyone but I understand if they want to go. I hope to replace them if they do,” he said. Inler has been kept out of the side by Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante with the Foxes surprise title contenders and they have only been beaten by second placed Arsenal. The Gunners won 5-2 win at the King Power Stadium in September and Ranieri believes Arsene Wenger’s side are title favourites. He said: “I agree with these people when they say Arsenal are favourites or City are favourites. “Our team is a young team and it’s the first time we’re top of the league. I would sign a guarantee now to stay above Arsenal, I want to stay above Arsenal at the end of the league. If not at the top, very close.” The midfielder, Andrej Kramaric and Yohan Benalouane could all be granted a move from the King Power Stadium after a lack of playing time. Inler has started just twice in the Barclays Premier League after a summer switch from Napoli while striker Kramaric and defender Benalouane are yet to start.
Published on January 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (12-7, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) could get its third straight conference win and leave No. 20 Duke (14-4, 3-2) with its third straight conference loss on Monday. It would be the first time in nine years the Blue Devils would have three straight losses.Here’s how our beat writers think the matchup will unfold.Sam Blum (14-5)Syracuse 80, Duke 73Shining ArmorDuke hasn’t lost three straight games in nine years. Coming off consecutive losses to Clemson and Notre Dame will prime Syracuse for a chance to remake history. And the Orange does it, playing to the same capabilities it flashed in a win over Wake Forest. It’s a tight rotation that SU plays, but a capable one. And it’s enough for the not-so-monumental upset.Jesse Dougherty (14-5)Duke 84, Syracuse 79Duking it outAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Blue Devils haven’t scored fewer than 80 points at home this season — most recently in a 95-91 loss to Notre Dame at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday — and Syracuse can’t quite keep up with that pace on Monday. The Orange puts in a strong upset bid for 37 minutes, but Duke snaps a two-game losing streak because it’s simply a better team than SU. Syracuse has been playing well, but the Blue Devils’ four-guard lineup will get into the cracks of the zone and hit the right amount of crunch-time 3s to edge the Orange. Grayson Allen, a player built to beat the 2-3 zone, is stellar throughout and that’s ultimately how the game unfolds.Matt Schneidman (13-6)Duke 81, Syracuse 69Third time’s a charmThe Blue Devils haven’t scored below 80 points in a home game this year and they have the shooters in Grayson Allen, Matt Jones and Luke Kennard to beat the Syracuse zone over the top. Duke also hasn’t lost three straight games since the 2006-07 season and an SU team that’s struggled to string together stretches of success since the Bahamas isn’t the team that will break that streak. The Orange tries to pound it inside against a team without big man Amile Jefferson and does so, but Duke is too lethal from deep. Comments Related Stories Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 20 Duke