December 18

Who should be the 2015 Credit Union Hero of the Year?

first_imgIt’s time to select this year’s winner.It’s time to select Credit Union Magazine’s 2015 Credit Union Hero of the Year.VOTE: Who Should Be the 2015 CU Hero of the Year?Each year, Credit Union Magazine honors some of the credit union movement’s heroes—those individuals who relentlessly promote credit union philosophy, dedicate themselves to credit union principles, and make a difference in their communities.This year’s nominees are:Sandra Cano, Navigant Credit Union;Charles Elliott, Mississippi Credit Union Association; andGail Lewis, 121 Financial Credit Union.Voting will take place through May 1. We’ll honor this year’s winner (or a representative) at CUNA’s America’s Credit Union Conference in Denver, July 12-15. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

September 28

Gold Coast houses standout performers of 2019

first_imgNew data shows the Gold Coast property market is ending the year on a high.THE new year is tipped to be a cracker for the Gold Coast’s housing market with prices back on the rise after months of stagnation.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s latest Queensland Market Monitor shows the city’s median house price has recorded its strongest quarterly result in the past year.Property experts believed it was a positive sign heading into 2020 and meant the market would go out with a bang come the end of the year.Houses were the city’s standout performers in the September quarter with the report revealing they were holding steady in the rising part of the property cycle. MORE NEWS: Where to buy a home in 2020 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:12Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhen is the best time to sell or buy? Property cycles explained02:13 MORE NEWS: The suburb that topped the country’s highest sales listcenter_img “It was a 3.2 per cent gain in values to $640,000 across 1246 transactions – the strongest quarterly result recorded in the past 12 months,” the report read.“For the year to September 2019, the annual median house price fell 0.3 per cent to $625,000 across a total of 5359 transactions.”REIQ Gold Coast Zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the results marked a good end to a tough year. REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson. Picture: Jerad Williams“The quarter has been a very strong one, which has then balanced the year off to finish pretty well stable,” he said.“Because of that last quarter, it should lead to a strong start (next year).”While the year was shaping up to be a much more stable one, Mr Henderson said it might be tougher for buyers.“Stock levels are still low, which means buyers do have a little bit less choice on offer,” he said.“I still think the stock (numbers) will be lower than we’ve seen in past years.”McGrath Palm Beach co-director Josh Willatt said the biggest difference between now and the start of 2019 was market confidence. McGrath Palm Beach co-director Josh Willatt.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“We had a pretty horrible start to the year, the main thing was a lack of confidence,” he said.“The buyers have definitely got a lot of confidence (back) and they’re happy to pay that little bit extra to secure a property.“I think the $900,000 to say, $1.6 million on the Gold Coast is going to see really good growth.”The unit market painted a gloomier picture with the median price dropping 2.3 per cent over the quarter to $425,000 across 1578 transactions, according to the report.However, it softened by just 0.9 per cent in the year to September to an annual median of $435,000.CoreLogic’s The Year That Was … And The Year Ahead report tipped the Gold Coast to be one of Queensland’s strongest performers next year.“Outside of Brisbane, it’s the coastal markets that are showing the strongest growth trajectory heading into 2020, particularly the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast regions situated to the north and south of Brisbane,” it read. “Demand for lifestyle properties, especially those with some depth to the local economy, within easy commuting distance to Brisbane and close to a major airport, are likely to increase in popularity.”last_img read more

August 16

Matches of the 19th round of BiH Premier League will be played this weekend

first_imgAfter one-week break, because of BiH national team match, on Saturday, the 19th round of BiH Football Premier League will continue and will offer a very good sports Saturday.Eight matches are going to played. Željezničar will play against Gošk, Zvijezda Gradačac against Slavija, Borac against Zrinjski; Travnik against Radnik, Široki Brijeg against Čelik, Leotar against Rudar Prijedor, Velež against Gradina and Sarajevo against Olimpic.The table score of BiH Premier League:1.         ŽELJEZNIČAR              412.         SARAJEVO                  373.         OLIMPIC                       334.         ŠIROKI B.                     315.         BORAC                         316.         SLAVIJA                       297.         ZRINJSKI                      298.         ČELIK                           249.         RADNIK                        2410.        LEOTAR                       2311.        RUDAR                         2112.        VELEŽ                          2013.        ZVIJEZDA                    1814.        TRAVNIK                      1715.        GOŠK                           1616.        GRADINA                     14last_img read more

September 1

MovieBob Reviews The Curse of La Llorona

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘Hellboy’ Stay on target “La Llorona” or “The Weeping Woman” is a popular Mexican folk legend about the ghost of a beautiful woman who drowned her children in a fit of jealous rage against and now haunts the earth seeking disobedient living children to take their place. Obviously, she’s an innately cinematic-sounding ghoul and a sensible addition to the vaguely-defined “Conjuring Cinematic Universe” of (sort-of) interrelated supernatural spin-off features; particularly as Hollywood horror producers are ever keen to find a through-line to tap more directly into the growing Latino-American audience that represents an exceedingly large share of theatrical ticket sales for the genre according to box office data.So while it’s not surprising that The Curse of La Llorona sucks (because, apart from the main series and the second Annabelle movie all of these Conjuring “Universe” things have sucked for the most part); it is surprising that most of the reason it sucks is because the filmmakers, by some unknown logic, have seemingly attempted to – for lack of a better word — “De-Mexicanize” the entire concept as much as possible, stripping La Llorona of all but the most incidental trappings of her specific cultural origins and actively avoiding letting Mexican or Latin-American presence color the rest of the otherwise bland and lifeless proceedings in any way until the point where they can provide an unnecessarily villainous intrusion that feels preposterously hostile in context.Set in mid-1970s San Francisco (for no reason other than to pointlessly align things with Conjuring and Annabelle continuity) the film stars Linda Cardellini as a police widow and child services agent who removes two seemingly-abused young boys from the home of their panicked Mexican-American mom despite her protestations that the kids are actually endangered by the malevolent ghost of the title. When the boys wind up dead anyway, a chance encounter leads to Cardellini’s own young children becoming La Llorona’s next targets, frustrating their own already difficult home situation, and forcing her to seek help from the Church and ultimately and independent Mexican spiritualist who battles evil with unorthodox old-world methods.Incidentally, Cardellini’s late cop husband was also Latino and her two children are mixed-race, and if you think the film is going to miss the obvious opportunity to explore the interesting cultural intersection of her living as a single white mother to Latino children in a mixed neighborhood being menaced by a literal specter of Old Mexico… you’d be absolutely right, actually — they don’t even touch that. It’s sitting right there, but they don’t use it. And it’s not like it’s because they’re busy using other stuff — there’s nothing going on in this movie other than marking time between “Well, they left the kids alone again, time for the ghost to jump out and scare em a little until a grownup shows up.”Instead, I wound up wishing they had kept the involvement of the still thoroughly minor Latino supporting characters out absent; since when one of them does suddenly become semi-prominent again in Act 3 it’s for an entirely unnecessary extra “Here’s why this is all happening in the first place” plot-twist that succeeds in turning what was already bordering on bad-taste subtext of a white suburbanite being assailed by an invading Mexican phantom just becomes… TEXT, in a way that I want to assume wasn’t so much deliberately malicious as it was a thoughtless stab at extra drama. In general, you get the sense that the overriding goal was to make La Llorona “universal” — perhaps in fear of inadvertently creating a “Mexican caricature” villain… but at least a caricature would have been a character. As it stands, La Llorona is easily the most boring of the Conjuring monsters, a generic jump-scare ghost whose ill-defined powers and motifs are sometimes about water, sometimes about mirrors or vision-filters, sometimes corporeal, sometimes spectral. She can teleport around but also has a problem with doors except when she doesn’t and then it turns out she’s got about five or six different kryptonites plus allergies to all the usual exorcism stuff right at the end, but they don’t really use most of it.All in all, a major disappointment even amid the low expectations one owes this bizarre franchise: boring monster, disrespectful of the stuff it’s cribbing from bordering on mildly racist, not scary, not interesting, no reason to watch this.last_img read more