New members in minutes

first_imgA new mobile app gives consumers the opportunity to become members of USALLIANCE Financial and fund their new accounts in just minutes, transforming what has traditionally been a cumbersome process.The enrollment option, which is included as a feature of the credit union’s Apple and Android standard apps, guides prospective members to scan the barcode of their driver’s license. That simple step serves to prepopulate the enrollment application, reduces keystrokes, aids in verifying their identity, and provides key information for qualifying them for membership, notes CUES member Kristi Kenworthy, AVP/e-commerce for the $1 billion+ Rye, N.Y., credit union serving 80,000 members throughout the Northeast.The mobile enrollment process also employs GPS to compare applicants’ physical locations to the address on their driver’s license, adding another layer of security. The native app, developed in partnership with GRO Solutions, Atlanta, offers “a slick user experience with a focus on making it easy, quick, and secure,” Kenworthy says.The onboarding app is also installed on iPads used in new member enrollment at USALLIANCE Financial’s 22 branches, which creates “an opportunity for employees to provide a better member experience,” says VP/Marketing Tori Burton, also a CUES member. “They tell new members, ‘We can open your account in less than three minutes,’ and they also let members know the process is so intuitive they can open additional accounts in the future from their phones.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

We demand better leadership for our country

first_imgDear Editor,The excesses of this de-facto APNU/AFC Coalition Government has been overwhelmingly overflowing. The over-indulgences are evidenced by unparalleled heights of corruption and squandermania, which have become the order of the day. The benefits, regrettably, are primarily themed towards the enrichment of the Government/PNC supporters, and must be challenged.The core drivers of the Government’s approach, no doubt, have their origins in ‘lust and hunger for power’ coupled with personal enrichment/greed of many of the key agents, who seek to achieve these outcomes by any means necessary. Unfortunately, the impositions are being advanced at the sacrifice of the welfare of the poorer class of Guyanese citizens at large.The Government is currently in the 34th month of its tenure in office, and its Ministers and leaders have invoked an almost immeasurable negative displacement on the welfare path of citizens. Their threats to a further unleashing of attacks on citizens’ rights seem duly imminent. While at it, their actions have become shamelessly uncaring, and there is much evidence that the extremes of further viciousness will be employed to deprive basic survival needs.Guyanese at large are called upon to speak out against the wickedness being rolled out from the very sinews of the Coalition.We have consistently observed, emerging from the very echelons of the Government, a lack of support and frequent authorization of disruptive development activities. Only recently, the Minister of Communities reaffirmed his threats to derail the progress of the elected Councils in Local Authority Areas (LAAs), where the Coalition lost at the 2016 Local Government Elections. He has moved to implement his own design, a Local Government control system through several moves to minimize the authority of the elected Councils.In fact, the Minister has taken ludicrous steps in many cases to approve the rebuffing and suppression of councils’ decisions by selected Overseers and Regional Executive Officers, to address his own political agenda which goes against the core of the people’s needs and choices. The moves, to date, of de-emphasizing the relevance of the Local Government Commission runs counter to any positive ideals in the interest of citizens’ representation and the intent of the constitution to balance against political excesses.The malicious deprivations to thousands of workers in several regions have resulted from the closures of several sugar estates without any realistic job options. It creates sufferings unforetold, and makes a mockery of the job creation and the focus on youths’ platform on which the APNU/AFC campaigned and promised Guyanese citizens.Those of us who were temperate enough to survive the role plays of the PNC of the 70s, 80s, and period prior to 1992 would be familiar with the most economically damaging and brutal playbook from which the Government’s strategic choices are being drawn. Amidst the lavish spending and squander by the Government, Guyanese would have never imagined or experienced the increased sufferings of so many in such a short period of time.The unleashing of, or uncontrolled escalation of, the criminal terrors on citizens seems to be one of the areas designed for intimidating, or rather, one that the Government is totally incapable of addressing.Many of the issues can be linked to the economic situation and the unconcerned approach of the Coalition in many areas.It is extremely sad to know that APNU/AFC Regional Councillor Amarnauth ‘Bobby’ Chinkan was brutally chopped and is presently in a serious condition at the hospital. However, one cannot help observing accommodation of the power-drunk approach and treatment of another APNU/AFC agent, Mr. Abel Seetaram from Region #5, who has also been involved in all sorts of questionable activities.The defiant Ronald Bulkhan must not be allowed to pretend that a deaf ear is acceptable. He is obligated to the members of the Local Government Commission, and must make sure they get their salaries and be provided with a properly equipped office with adequate staffing. People in the Local Authority Areas have shared the view that if the Local Government Commission were operational, then many of the reported serious in-fighting and corrupt activities would be avoided.The corruption under this administration has become ingrained. The Regional Democratic Councils, through the Government-controlled REOs, are micro-managing the Local Authority Areas. Contractors are bribing seriously to scrape a contract so they can keep their staff and small business in operation. Word on the street is that for a contractor to get a small ‘job’, he has to bribe the officials at the Ministry, RDC, and the APNU/AFC activists for his survival.The Local Government Commission must look in to these numerous issues and develop an immediate response to help our citizens, since it does not seem to matter to many in the Government,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Several State Boards reconstituted

first_imgCabinet has granted its approval for the reconstitution of a number of State Boards and the appointment of several Directors of Boards for State agencies, according to Government spokesperson, Joseph Harmon. The announcement was made at the post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday.The Guyana Office for Investment (Go-Invest) will be chaired by Patricia Bacchus and will include Dr Shameer Bacchus, Basil Blackman, representatives of the Private Sector, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GL&SC), the Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources and Public Infrastructure Ministries along with a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a member of the parliamentary Opposition.Additionally, approval was also granted for the Income Tax Board of Review, which will be chaired by Basil Joseph and includes Nigel Hinds, Donna Ellis, Trevor Bowen, and a representative of the parliamentary Opposition as its members.The Dependents Pension Fund’s Board was also approved for the period January 1 to December 31, 2018. This will be chaired by Jennifer Chapman and includes members such as Lincoln Lewis, Patrick Yarde, Lance Baptiste, Professor Harold Lutchman, Mohan Khan and Gillian Rockliffe.Harmon added that Cabinet also approved the Institutional Review Board of the Public Health Ministry.The life of the Board began in November last year and will run until December 2019. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Public Health Ministry, Dr Shamdeo Persaud is serving as the Chairman and other members are Dr Holly Alexander, Sylvia Conway, Asif Suberan, Pauline Welch, Michelle France, Dawn Lyken-Stewart and Michelle Smith.Burt Sukhai has been appointed Chairman of the Firearm Licensing Board, which is expected to operate between February 1 and January 1, 2019. Other members are Dr Bhiro Harry, Kim Kyte-John and Christine Jagmohan.last_img read more

Photographer shares never-before-seen view of Donegal’s Star Wars set

first_imgThe excitement for the new Star Wars movie release is a force to be reckoned with as fans count down the days until they see the next episode on the big screen.Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out this Friday and fans in Donegal will be keeping a close eye on Ahch-To scenes to spot some familiar sights.The Star Wars crew descended on Malin Head in Co. Donegal last May to use the jarring landscape as a backdrop to the blockbuster. Skellig Michael in Kerry and other spots along the Wild Atlantic Way will also feature in the film, and it is yet to be revealed how much screentime Donegal will get. One local photographer caught an all-encompassing image of the big budget production camp at Malin Head on May 16th, 2016. Strabane photographer Gareth Wray chose to keep the photo for release until this week, making it all the more exciting for fans.“Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Set” – Malin Head, by Gareth Wray PhotographyThe incredible photo contains many details, which Wray himself describes in an informative caption:“If you look onto the rocky outcrop you can see the “Millennium Falcon” spaceship set. To the right you can see all the tents and storage for the gear used for filming. On the foreground is scaffolding and cables which were used to suspend the actors to the side of this cliff for an amazing action scene!”, Wray wrote.The photographer often captures impressive views of Donegal, and shared his delight that the Star Wars filmmakers also saw the potential of the landscape: “I really can’t wait to see this movie in the cinema and it is such a claim to fame for County Donegal and all Ireland for that matter! In my humble opinion, JJ Abram couldn’t have sourced a better filming location for his newest Star Wars Movies!,” Wray said.Thanks to Gareth Wray for sharing this photo. Prints are available from You can follow for more images from Ireland and the North West.Photographer shares never-before-seen view of Donegal’s Star Wars set was last modified: December 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more