Are you living the life you chose?

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I love finding financial wisdom in unlikely places, like in art and music. These opportunities are more abundant than you might expect. For instance, the punk-Americana outfit, The Avett Brothers, dedicated an entire tune, aptly titled “Ill With Want,” to the scourge of greed and Mumford & Sons taught us that “where you invest your love, you invest your life.”The newest melodic metaphor to catch my ear comes from singer-songwriter Jason Isbell. He expresses his appreciation for having work in the title track of his newest album, “Something More Than Free,” but it’s the pair of questions he poses in another song, “The Life You Chose,” that really got me thinking.“Are you living the life you chose? Are you living the life that chose you?” asks Isbell.I fear it is the latter for many, if not most, of us. Perhaps we are stuck living a life that has grown into a web of circumstances driven more by external compulsions than autonomous impulsions. For too many, life is lived at the behest of someone else’s priorities and goals, in pursuit of someone else’s calling. continue reading »last_img read more

Are new regulations stunting your credit union growth?

first_imgThe banking regulations put in place after the financial crisis are killing small credit union growth. Yet, credit unions had nothing to do with causing the mess in the first place. Oh, the irony.It’s true that the financial services industry needed reform. After all, it was the irresponsible behavior of big banks that brought about the financial crisis.In response, the government passed strict new banking regulations designed to protect consumers, and to safeguard the larger system.Chief among these new measures was the Dodd-Frank Financial Regulatory Reform Bill. Dodd-Frank, as it’s known, sought to make financial institutions safer by – among other things – creating new standards of accountability.However, complying with these new regulations — on top of those already in place – has proven to be a burden on smaller banks and credit unions. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Younger vets should join vets’ groups

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This is an open letter to all the younger veterans in the tri-city area who aren’t involved with the various veterans’ organizations in the area: I realize that you all have families to raise and other obligations, but a lot of the veterans’ groups are hurting for membership. If the younger veterans don’t get involved, then some of these organizations might not be around later in your life when you might need them.I know, because I’m a Vietnam veteran and didn’t appreciate these groups until I joined them myself. Also, when you get involved, you will learn about some benefits that might apply to you.James M. BleserSchenectadyThe writer is treasurer of Disabled American Veterans Lt. V.O. Fryer Chapter 88.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stoplast_img read more

Strengthened portfolio will help XLMedia ride out H1 declines

first_img Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Affiliate marketing group XLMedia Ory Weihs – XLMediaXLMedia has unveiled its interim results for the first half of 2018 (six month period ending 30 June), detailing that a string of acquisitions will allow the firm to hit annual targets its has previously forecasted.As a result of its ongoing acquisitions strategy and tougher regulatory conditions for incumbents, XLMedia’s gross profit amounted to $33.5 million, a slight decrease on the corresponding period which it reported $35.2 million in revenue. In addition, group EBITDA reached $20.9 million, which was a decrease in corresponding 2017 results of  $22.8 million.Updating investors, Ory Weihs, Chief Executive Officer of XLMedia, commented: “The Group produced a solid profit performance in the first half, albeit against a backdrop of regulatory pressures and challenging market conditions in the online gambling sector. However, we are now seeing positive signals and expect to meet profit expectations for the full year.“Since the beginning of this year, we have been focusing on implementing our strategy and executing acquisitions in order to accelerate growth, allocating over $45 million of capital for acquisitions. Our newly acquired assets perform as expected and we are confident they will deliver a strong return.”The firm’s acquisition portfolio which included Leading Finnish gambling related informational websites and WhichBingo.co.uk, totalled to $45.8 million. Weihs stated after the bingo acquisition: “We are delighted to have acquired such a well-regarded UK brand. WhichBingo fits perfectly into our strategy of acquiring high-quality assets across regulated markets.“We continue to see a healthy pipeline of acquisition opportunities as we seek to both strengthen and broaden our market reach during 2018.”The group also maximised its mobile platform to strengthen its presence in the Asian market. Further outlining its ambition for expansion and growth, it has also revealed it’s preparing to launch into the US. Related Articles Share XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020last_img read more

Tricky FA Cup pairings for premiership sides

first_imgAsante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak both face tricky away matches after the draw for the Round of 64 games in the MTN FA Cup was made on Tuesday.The live draw entered 16 Premier League clubs, 24 Division 1 Clubs and 24 Division 2 clubs.Kotoko will be away to either Japekrom Mpuasuaman or Dormaa Nkyenkyenkye, both third-tier teams in the second round stage of the Cup competition while Hearts of Oak travel to Tamale to face Utrecht.Champions New Edubiase will be away to Starke FC in Sekondi.The matches of the Round of 64 will start from Thursday, February 14, 2013.Round of 64 Fixtures AshantiGold SC v Inter AliasStarke FC v New EdubiaseGold Stars v Crystal PalaceAgbozome Weavers v BA UtdWestland FC v Wa All Stars Dumas FC v Tema YouthSamatex v Unity FCKotoko v Japekrom Mpuasuaman/NkyenkyenkyeTamale Utrecht v Hearts of OakGuan Utd v Segomens FC King Faisal v Dynamo FCOakzeel FC v Mighty JetsMedeama SC v Subri Royals FCUnity Stars v Berekum ChelseaEleven Wise v FCM Mamobi Scientific Soccer Revolutionaries v Toende UtdKing Solomon v Zaytuna FCAduana Stars v RTUTeshie Unique FC v Gt. OlympicsMepe United/Woe United v Dawenya FC Nania FC v BofoakwaHeart of Lions v Kuntunse FC/Wisbrim FCLiberty Professionals v Amidaus ProfPrestige v Tamale Liberty FCRainbow FC v Berekum Arsenal BA Stars v Westlandes FCWa FC/Manchester City FC v Dynamo FC (VR)Dwarfs v Sekondi HasaacasElmina Sharks v Ato Plans FCFeyenoord v WassamanSwedru All Blacks v Berekum AdwinpaSamosa FC v Yassin FClast_img read more