21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr New consumer profiles are emerging as key to the growth of credit unions, including the growing Hispanic market, immigrants, low-income households and Millennials. While the movement’s leaders may clearly see the need to adapt products, services and strategic plans to a new type of member, the resources to do it may not always be there.Fortunately, there are programs designed to help, specifically the low income (LI) and community development financial institution (CDFI) designation programs.This was one of several insights coming out of a collaborative round-table event we were proud to host alongside the Iowa Credit Union Foundation(ICUF) and the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL). The topic was building understanding of the financial need of emerging markets and learning about resources available to best serve both existing and prospective members who comprise these critical consumer segments.One of the things we discussed during the round table was that all the resources in the world will not help move the needle if credit unions don’t first understand the market they are trying to serve. To this end, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a live poverty simulation. The poverty simulation, or Life Simulation, is designed to help credit union employees, volunteers and leadership begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family, one that is trying to survive from month-to-month. continue reading »
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MLB-NEWSElbow woes sideline GoldschmidtUNDATED (AP) — St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be out for several more games because of a sore right elbow. Goldschmidt’s throwing was limited by the Cardinals during the start of spring training, and he made his first two exhibition starts as a designated hitter. He has not played since Sunday. The six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner is hitting .300 with two homers in 20 spring training at-bats.In other MLB news:— Mets outfielder Michael Conforto would not speculate whether he could return for the March 26 opener against Washington due to an oblique strain. Conforto was injured Saturday against the Nationals and returned to New York on Monday night. Update on the latest sports Zegarowski injured the meniscus in his right knee late in the seventh-ranked Bluejays’ game against Seton Hall on Saturday.Zegarowski has started 30 of 31 games and is second on the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGAN STATE-DANTONIOEx-Spartans football staffer suesDETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan State football staff member has filed a lawsuit in which he accused former coach Mark Dantonio of violating NCAA rules by contacting players at other schools to try to get them to transfer. — NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations.— The last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup season have been canceled because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus. The decision hands Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season.NBA-NEWSAntetokounmpo back in practiceUNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) could miss another game due to a left knee sprain suffered in last Friday’s 113-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Antetokounmpo said he practiced Wednesday but remained uncertain about his availability Thursday against the Boston Celtics as the NBA-leading Bucks attempt to snap a season-worst three-game skid. March 11, 2020 Curtis Blackwell also suggested in his suit that Dantonio had another team’s practice recorded.The suit names Dantonio, former school President Lou Anna Simon, former athletic director Mark Hollis and current athletic director Bill Beekman as defendants.NCAA-LAWSUIT3 former track athletes suing NCAA, coach over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three former student-athletes who say they were sexually abused by a track coach are suing the NCAA, its board of governors and a coach. They allege the NCAA didn’t do enough to protect its athletes. Erin Aldrich, Londa Bevins and Jessica Johnson are seeking class action status for the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in California. The women say they were sexually abused by John Rembao while he worked at the University of Texas and the University of Arizona. They want the suit to include any NCAA student-athlete at any member school since 1992 who say they were put at risk by the inaction of the NCAA. NCAA President Mark Emmert says its Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Emmert said in a statement that he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.The decision comes after the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel of medical experts recommended against playing sporting events open to the general public.Emmert says canceling the two tournaments was considered.In other virus news:— The ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten basketball tournaments will proceed without fans beginning with Thursday’s games. ACC games will be played only with teams, player guests, limited school administrators and credentialed media present. Big 12 squads will be allowed 125 tickets on a game-by-game basis beginning with Thursday’s quarterfinals. Big Ten attendance will be limited to team personnel, conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media and immediate family members of the participating teams. In other NBA news:— 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) is back in the lineup Wednesday against Detroit after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder. But Sixers guard Ben Simmons is sitting out an eighth straight game Detroit and will miss at least three more weeks with nerve issues in his lower back. The timeline could have Simmons back just in time for the playoffs. The 23-year-old Simmons averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 54 games.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-CREIGHTON-ZEGAROWSKICreighton hoping Zegarowski ready for NCAA TournamentOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski was scheduled to have knee surgery Wednesday and the Bluejays hope to have him available for the NCAA Tournament next week. — The Golden State Warriors’ game against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday will be played without fans in the arena. Four other events scheduled through March 21 at the Warriors’ home arena have been postponed or canceled, including a Post Malone concert.— The Mariners are moving their home games out of Seattle for the rest of March in an effort to slow the coronavirus outbreak. The Mariners and Major League Baseball have not announced where they will play the team’s season-opening, four-game series against the Texas Rangers scheduled for March 26-29.— The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that Thursday game against Pittsburgh would be limited “to home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials.” The Blue Jackets are the first NHL team to say they’ll hold home games without fans in the stands.— The Ivy League has canceled all spring sports, as many of its schools told students not to return from spring break and prepare for classes to be taught online. The league already had canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.— Italian soccer club Juventus says one of its players, defender Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for COVID-19. Rugani also plays for the Italian national team and is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the disease. Associated Press NFL-NEWS2-time Pro Bowler Reshad Jones to be released by DolphinsUNDATED (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones is joining the free agent market after 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins.The team has decided to release Jones next Wednesday, the first day of NFL free agency. The move had been expected because Jones battled injuries in recent seasons and played in just four games in 2019 for new coach Brian Flores.GOLF-HALL OF FAME — The Rangers have placed left-hander Yohander Méndez on the suspended list for violating his contract by seeking unauthorized outside medical care. Méndez has been held out of spring training game action with left shoulder inflammation. The 25-year-old Méndez appeared in just three big league games last year due to an elbow injury. He was expected to compete for a bullpen spot this spring.NHL-NEWSBlue Jackets to play in nearly empty arenaDENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will be without top scorer Nathan MacKinnon for at least a week after he suffered a lower body injury. MacKinnon was hurt during the second period in Monday’s game against the Kings in Los Angeles. The center ranks among the league’s top 10 with 35 goals, 58 assists and 93 points. MacKinnon has a career-high 29 multi-point games this season, the most by an Avalanche player since Peter Forsberg in 2002-03.The Avs will have defenseman Cale Makar back in the lineup when they face the Rangers tonight. Makar has been out the last five games with an upper body injury. He’s second among rookies with 47 points. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNo fans at NCAA men’s women’s hoops tournaments.UNDATED (AP) — March Madness is giving way to March Silence. Tiger Woods elected to the World Golf Hall of FamePONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Already among the greatest on the golf course, Tiger Woods will join them in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Woods was elected Wednesday by a Hall of Fame selection committee. He will be part of the 2021 class that will be inducted next year at the home of the PGA Tour. The Hall of Fame criteria was changed recently to lower the minimum age to 45 when players are inducted. The selection was hardly a surprise. No one has more than his 82 PGA Tour victories, and his 15 majors are second only to Jack Nicklaus.
Meanwhile, Laughil Blake- trained by Tipperary-based Michael O’ Donovan- will go in as favourite for this evening’s Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park.The first race there is at 4:00. The feature event at Leopardstown today will be the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes.Aidan O’Brien’s “Australia” is odds-on favourite to win the Group 1 race, worth 580 thousand to the winner.That goes to post at 6:50, with the first race off at 3:35.
Innovation and evolution of product offerings have been the key to mitigating the impact of sporting cancellations, writes Soft2Bet CEO Boris Chaikin.As the wider betting and gaming industry continues to find new ways to deal with the impacts of COVID-19, Chaikin (pictured below) discusses Soft2Bet’s heritage, white label model, and how the company has adjusted amid the current pandemic.The gambling industry has always been an exciting and complex arena, where speed and agility are attributes essential to any company’s success. Founded in late 2016 by a team of just five, Soft2Bet has evolved alongside this ever-expanding industry at a rapid-fire pace. Having started with just one casino brand, we now have close to 20 on our platform, driven by an ethos that the industry deserves companies with a unique approach to markets and brands.There was a time when unless you were a huge corporation, launching an online casino would have been a pipe dream. The need for large scale investment enabled large corporations to monopolise the market, edging out smaller companies that could not raise the high start-up costs. Fortunately, the arrival of more white labels and platform providers on the market has provided greater consumer choice, industry competition and innovation. Having originally gained experience in the B2C sector, the development of our white label offering placed us in the interesting position of being able to develop projects and adapt to issues with solutions other companies with only B2B experience may not possess. The transition was a logical move, with our in-house platform and brands becoming something operators wanted to use. Companies can now go live with a new online casino site in a matter of weeks and at a significantly lower cost. Outsourcing reduces the hassle and expense of launching a new brand and many can now be tailored to the specific needs of the customer. We are always looking towards cutting-edge white label development, with brands such as Nomini that has a diverse choice of welcome bonuses, or Wazamba which is an RPG adventure full of quests and items. All our websites are built from scratch. With over 35 games providers, over 3,000 casino titles and Curacao, MGA and Swedish Spelinspektionen licences, we’ve attracted customers from all over the world.But of course, right now it’s not just the online casino vertical that requires innovation, as sportsbooks are taking the biggest hit. These are truly unprecedented times, and with most sports currently on hold, many gambling companies are looking to new verticals to offset the financial effects on their sportsbooks. As the unfortunate impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the sector it’s been the innovation and evolution of product offerings that have delivered results. For example, our sportsbook, Rabona, has seen an upsurge in the popularity of esports, which seems to be quenching the customer desire for live action sports. Even with the unpredictability of the current global situation, and live sports out of action for the foreseeable future, it’s apparent that there are still swathes of people out there who are gambling. Be it on esports, virtual sports or online casino slots, there has already been a proven cross-sell opportunity, as players themselves have gravitated to new gambling opportunities. While the future may be uncertain, one thing is for sure – people still want to bet.Soft2Bet is delighted to be attending the SBC Digital Summit on the 27th April 2020. For more information or to book a meeting please contact [email protected] Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share