continue reading » The global pandemic has touched virtually every aspect of consumers’ lives, prompting them to evaluate which service relationships truly provide value—and which don’t—in their transition to the “new normal.”Credit unions that deliver an experience that meets the changing needs of members in the age of social distancing will be rewarded with new business and greater loyalty. Those that don’t will struggle to remain competitive.Shift to Digital—NowSocial distancing has caused many consumers to trade branch visits for digital interactions. Indeed, the digital channel is useful and efficient, but only if it is user-friendly and meets member needs. Members who have a disappointing digital experience may not have the option to visit a branch to get assistance, leaving them feeling frustrated and stuck—and that’s bad news. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
An Australian boy with dwarfism who was bullied to the point he wanted to “die right now” has received a deluge of celebrity messages and donations for a trip to Disneyland.A video of nine-year-old Quaden Bayles uploaded to Facebook by his mother showed him crying and repeatedly saying he wanted to die after being bullied at school.9 year old wanting to commit suicide due to being bullied. 💔💔💔🥺 pic.twitter.com/DysTrmlaiD— YouDontNeedToKnowMyName (@S11E11B11A) February 20, 2020The clip had been watched more than 16 million times by Friday and the boy’s mother, Yarraka Bayles, said she was sharing it to raise awareness of the impact bullying was having on her child. Topics : “I’ve got a son that is suicidal almost every single day,” she says in the footage.Support for the boy built as the video spread online, and a GoFundMe page started by US comedian Brad Williams had raised over $150,000 to give Bayles a trip to Disneyland in California by Friday.”This isn’t just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren’t good enough,” Williams, who was also born with achondroplasia — the most common type of dwarfism — wrote on the fundraiser page.Williams said extra funds would be given to anti-bullying charities. Australian actor Hugh Jackman and NBA player Enes Kanter were among the hundreds of thousands posting support for Bayles.”Quaden you are stronger than you know, mate. And no matter what, you have a friend in me,” Jackman said in a video posted to his Twitter account.Quaden – you’ve got a friend in me. #BeKind @LokelaniHiga https://t.co/8dr3j2z8Sy pic.twitter.com/jyqtZYC953— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 20, 2020Bayles will also lead the Indigenous All-Stars out onto the field in their rugby league clash with the Maori All Stars in Queensland on Saturday.
Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira had many memorable Premier League clashes in midfield (Picture: Getty)Doubtless that the rivalry between Keane and Vieira will be a point of much discussion this evening, and perhaps they might even try to compare a similar battle in the midfield tonight. But is anyone really expecting Granit Xhaka and Scott McTominay to start a scrap in the centre circle or confront each other in the tunnel at half-time?And if they do, will either be able to back it up with a barnstorming performance on the pitch to gain bragging rights and an invaluable three points? It does not seem likely. Perhaps Matteo Guendouzi will briefly start shouting at someone. That is the best we can hope for.AdvertisementBoth sides have spent a decade trying to replace their antagonists in midfield, a decade failing. It is fair to say that the game has moved on and that the type of player they both were does not necessarily exist in the same way, but even the modern equivalent – the N’Golo Kante, whose running and covering is the new version of Keane’s no-nonsense tackling – has eluded them.Paul Ince said this week that he could dominate the game tonight – ‘I’d love to play against this Arsenal midfield, absolutely love it’ – while Dimitar Berbatov accused United of being ‘too soft’ in big games. Neither are wrong. How the mighty are fallen.Both teams can prove something to the other this evening, that they still have stomach for the fight. But will we be talking about this clash for years to come? Somehow, I doubt it. We probably will have forgotten it by Thursday.Who will win at Old Trafford?Arsenal0%Manchester United0%Draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Comment Advertisement No fourth official relished separating Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson (Picture: Getty)It did not take long for the two to clash as Wenger questioned changes to the fixture list because it allowed ‘Manchester United to rest and win everything’. Ferguson responded that the newcomer from Japan – Wenger’s previous job had been with Nagoya Grampus Eight – should ‘keep his mouth shut’.United had been winning everything of course and Ferguson was unused to being challenged on anything, inside his own dressing room or outside, all of a sudden had a rival whose new-fangled ideas threatened his Premier League autocracy.Compare that rivalry to the two men who will shake hands on the touchline tonight at Old Trafford, Unai Emery and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Both are interesting characters but hardly strong ones: Solskajer’s chief management policy appears to be publicly praise every player he possibly can, while contradicting those words with his selection and transfer strategy. Emery meanwhile relies on Freddie Ljunberg to make himself understood to the players and has five different captains, the leader of whom is perhaps his least reliable player in his squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsAnd that is part of the problem. Everything that gets flashed up during Sky’s two-hour pre-game – featuring Roy Keane in person – will be increasingly grainy footage of Keane himself getting angry in the tunnel, Patrick Vieira squaring up to anyone who will dare to stand his ground and Martin Keown celebrating in Ruud van Nistelrooy’s face. It will be an hour of men in their 40s reminiscing about times gone by, when football was football and men were really men.It is not an edifying prospect. In all likelihood, they will not spend that long talking about the game at hand – and who can blame them? Both teams sit in mid-table with three defeats and four draws between them already in the Premier League this season. Once upon a time, these two sides would have been aiming to end the season with figures like that next to their name.But instead, the modernity of Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and even Chelsea has seen them left behind. James GrayMonday 30 Sep 2019 11:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link229Shares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Unai Emery have little rivalry to speak of (Picture: Getty)Manchester United vs Arsenal used to be the one we all put into our diaries.When the fixtures came out, even if you weren’t a Red Devil or a Gunner, you would do anything you could to make sure that your partner had something else do, the kids had a play-date at someone else’s house and no-one was getting married – if they were, they’d better have Sky at the reception.The TV networks would create montages of montages, set to epic music with as many pop culture references as they could jam into 90 seconds, and the build-up to ‘Super Sunday’ or ‘Manic Monday’ or occasionally ‘Wild Wednesday’ would usually dominate proceedings for at least a week.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat, at least, has not changed. In an increasingly crowded sports entertainment market, TV companies will cling onto any semblance of rivalry or ‘beef’ in an effort to stand out from the crowd and draw more eyes.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThey always have, and we would tolerate it for United vs Arsenal because it was a massive game. Now, the hype surrounding the fixture is no more deserved than when Sky schedule Bournemouth vs Norwich for 4pm on a Sunday and insist that you need to stop whatever you are doing to watch it.The seeds of this rivalry were sewn in the enmity between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.Ferguson had arrived at United with the express purpose of taking on the all-conquering Liverpool and ‘knocking them off their perch’. By the time Wenger strode into English football, the perch had been burned to the ground and United were dancing all over the ashes.The Frenchman brought with him a whole host of new ideas and new players, and frankly could not have been much more polar opposite to Ferguson, with his economics degree, his linguistic skills and his ideological football. It was old school vs new school, homegrown vs imported, fire and brimstone vs cunning and guile. Manchester United vs Arsenal is no rivalry – just two mediocre teams in need of a win
Namely, cashpayable at completion is reduced to $210 million while estimated revisedabandonment obligations are reduced to around $240 million pre-tax from around $600million. ARCM initially opposed the acquisition of both BP and Dana assets and even requested from the court to prevent the implementation of such a proposal via a scheme of arrangement. In January, Premier Oil made agreements to buy the Andrew Area and Shearwater assets from BP for $625 million. At the time,the company said that the proposed acquisitions would be funded via a $500million equity raise, which has been fully underwritten on a standby basis,existing cash resources and, if required, an acquisition bridge facility of$300 million. The companyalso announced it would be buying an additional 25 per cent interest in its TolmountArea from Dana for $191 million, plus contingent payments of up to $55 million. Tony Durrant, Premier CEO, said: “We are pleased to have agreed revised terms with BP for the proposed acquisition of the Andrew Area and Shearwater assets, which are materially value-accretive for the company. In its statement on Friday however, the company said that the amended terms for the Andrew Area and Shearwater acquisitions were agreed in principle. The companyalso said that it would be issuing 82.2 million new shares, representing 8.91per cent of the enlarged group, to ARCM for 26.69p per share, a 9.64 per centdiscount to the volume-weighted average price over the last five days. In Friday’sstatement, Premier said that ARCM opted to withdraw its appeal of the court’sjudgment approving the schemes. Principalterms are being discussed with a subset of Premier’s creditors to waive its financialcovenants through to 30 September and provide continued access to its revolvingcredit facilities. Once agreed and finalised, the terms will be put to thewider creditor group for approval. The court held a hearing in January in connection with the schemes required to implement the proposed UK North Sea acquisitions, related funding arrangements, and extension of its credit facilities, at which the court granted Premier’s request to start the scheme process. Privately-ownedasset management firm ARCM also supported the BP acquisitions and the agreementwith the creditors through a lender consent process. The proceedsfrom the issuing will be used to fund part of the proposed BP acquisitions. Oil and gas company Premier Oil has agreed revised terms for the acquisitions of the Andrew Area and Shearwater assets from British oil major BP. According toPremier’s January statement, the acquisitions have an effective date of 1 January2019, and completion of all three acquisitions is expected to occur by the endof 3Q 2020. “The stable platform agreement once agreed with and approved by lenders, will provide a basis for the company to continue discussions regarding proposed amendments to the group’s existing credit facilities“.
Gareth McAuley 1 Gareth McAuley has signed a new one-year contract with West Brom.The 35-year-old defender’s previous deal was set to expire at the end of the month, but he has committed his future to the Baggies for another season. The Northern Ireland international had been linked with Leicester, but Albion boss Tony Pulis has convinced him to stay at The Hawthorns.McAuley made 31 appearances last season as the Baggies finished 13th in the Barclays Premier League after Pulis replaced Alan Irvine in January. He joined from Ipswich in 2011 and has played 138 games for Albion, scoring nine times. McAuley also played in Northern Ireland’s 0-0 Euro 2016 draw with Romania on Saturday.