continue reading » One Illinois credit union has opened a branch in a local library as a touchpoint to serve the community and grow its membership.Five years ago, when Mike Lee took over as CEO of Kane County Teachers Credit Union in Elgin, Ill., he had a branch on a dead-end street and another in a historic building that wasn’t readily visible.Still another branch was a block off a major thoroughfare. And with the name “Kane County Teachers Credit Union” over the door, “people thought you had to be a teacher or part of a union to join,” Lee says.He rebranded the $231 million asset institution as KCT Credit Union and partnered with the Gail Borden Public Library—one of its select employee groups—to open a branch in downtown Elgin. KCT CU’s branch in the Gail Borden Public Library saved the CU the cost of building a new branch. “A library is a place where there already are people,” says CEO Mike Lee. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
This is a question Jones will be asked to address often over the next month or so, especially now that the Cowboys have lost three of their last four games in frustrating fashion. On his weekly radio appearance with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Jones’ answers on the topic fell in line with what he has said in the past. Except for one line.”In my opinion, Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year,” Jones said. Wait, what?MORE: Ranking Cowboys’ Jason Garrett replacement candidatesThis is an interesting “opinion” for Jones to have considering he directly controls Garrett’s employment future. Rather than suggesting Garrett could land a job in 2020 with one of the 31 other teams in the league, Jones could have doubled down on what feels like increasingly artificial confidence in Garrett. That was his approach for the rest of the interview.”First of all, he’s a good coach … one of the smartest coaches,” Jones said, confirming he plans to keep Garrett in place through 2019. “I’m glad to have him. He is the guy for the job.”Jerry Jones said on @1053thefan he’s retaining Jason Garrett for rest of season because “first of all, he’s a good coach” and “one of the smartest coaches.” His experience level helps balance younger members of staff. “I’m glad to have him. He is the guy for the job.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 3, 2019Added Jones on how Garrett’s experience benefits Dallas’ current coaching staff: “When I decided to go with a younger makeup of a coaching staff, I decided that. And we did get it. We got Marc Colombo, we got it with Richard really impacting our defense, we got it several areas out there. Our special teams coach, our linebacker coach, When we the year before made a change with our receiver coach, and Kellen Moore the obvious one at coordinator.”I felt strongly that we could do and do that with a young group that still had experience to get. I felt we could to that with Jason Garrett there, he could be the safety net in case the wheels came off.”Jones also mentioned he had seen the list of candidates who could replace Garrett should the Cowboys not extend their coach. (No word on whether it was Sporting News’ list he saw.) He said those coaches “can’t guarantee a Super Bowl.”Obviously, neither can Garrett, whose overall record entering Week 14 of the 2019 season was 83-65, not including a 2-3 mark in five playoff games. Dallas is still looking for its first Super Bowl appearance since 1995.MORE: Mapping out Garrett’s future in DallasThat Jones would say he thinks Garrett will coach “in the NFL” next season rather than “the Cowboys” is interesting, especially in light of an NFL Media report that suggests Garrett and the Giants would have mutual interest should the coach hit the open market. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones reportedly will not fire coach Jason Garrett before the end of the season. And why would he? As long as Dallas remains alive in the playoff picture, a deep postseason run for a still-talented team remains in play.But what about after the season, when Garrett’s contract with the Cowboys is set to expire? Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio speculated Garrett’s camp leaked that info in an effort to maintain leverage as the coach’s seat gets warmer. Perhaps Tuesday’s comment was a similar move by Jones.Diplomacy. https://t.co/NIJxz3gurV— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) December 3, 2019Regardless, Jones’ lack of commitment to Garrett with his words Tuesday matches his actions. Simply put: If Jones wanted Garrett to continue as the Cowboys’ coach regardless of how the 2019 season plays out, the team owner already would have extended the coach’s contract.The Cowboys, 6-6 and still leading the NFC East over the 5-7 Eagles, have a chance to get back on track with a Thursday night game against the Bears in Chicago this week. Jones on Tuesday claimed “there’s boxes to be checked” for Garrett over the next four weeks and beyond, but he wouldn’t say whether Garrett needs to win a specific amount of games or reach a certain round of the playoffs.
UG bomb threatsA female University of Guyana student was on Friday questioned and released in relation to the bomb threats made against the tertiary institution which surfaced primarily on social media.Based on information received the young woman was subsequently released following the intervention of her attorney Latchmi Rahamat.The University had postponed all classes until February 11, after a second bomb threat was directed at the learning institution on Thursday morning, thus resulting in the administration’s call to protect the lives of students and implement responsive measures.This is the second consecutive day in which threats were issued, resulting in a visit from both the Guyana Fire Service and the Guyana Police Force to conduct a thorough search of the premises.The University on Thursday said that time is needed for response mechanisms to be put in place in the case of any emergency and as such all classes were suspended. On February 11, all activities are scheduled to resume as per normal, the institution in a statement said, adding that it will also enable the institution to assess situations which occurred over the recent days.After Police ranks completed their search, it was noted that there has been “no significant threats” and further, that mischevous persons are behind these acts to disrupt the campus’s atmosphere.A meeting was convened on Wednesday evening with Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith and other senior officials where “the situation was assessed and they were advised that the situation arose from mischievous students, either by themselves or other persons.”This first bomb threat emerged earlier on Wednesday which indicated that other persons will be planting explosives at various institutions. The posts were prevalent on Facebook as seen in the name of an unknown individual going by the name of “Ki Ra” on Wednesday saying, “This is not the end.”Apart from these threats, other schools within Georgetown received threats as well, raising concerns among parents about the level of security.The first, aimed at School of Nations, escalated when the Director Brian O’Toole was shot. He is said to be recovering well. Circumstances at the Bishops’ High School and Queen’s College resumed to normalcy.