10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Six banks announced the formation of a secure, real-time payments network Monday. The enhanced platform will be open to credit unions and banks of all sizes.“We are combining our collective, bank-owned digital payments network (clearXchange) with our fraud, risk and authentication assets (Early Warning), to further ensure that our customers can send money, confidently, securely and in real-time via their financial institutions,” the CEOs of Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo said in a joint statement. continue reading »
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Anchor Bank Commercial Lending Team – Money to Lend, Here to…
Joe Betzendorfer Kasandra JaquezKasandra Jaquez“I fell into banking on accident,” says Kasandra with a laugh. Originally from Texas, Kasandra has worked in banking for over 10 years, in all areas of operations. “I use my knowledge of bank operations to help my clients succeed,” says Kasandra who adds that she makes her customer’s goals and objectives part of her own.Each team member’s knowledge complements the others. “We share ideas, confer on our ‘customers’ needs, and talk constantly throughout the day,” she adds when describing how they create solutions for customers.The trio stresses Anchor Bank’s commitment to its customers and its ability to be innovative with lending. “As a community bank, we can look at every customer individually. Big banks focus on a company’s past performance. At Anchor Bank, we can look at your future and recognize your growth prospects,” says Dick.“Anchor Bank has money to lend to businesses. We are here to meet your financial needs, and are available to meet with business owners at their convenience. We look forward to working with them and discussing their financial options,” states Kasandra.Anchor Bank offers a small commercial loan product, which streamlines the lending process for loans less than $250,000. “Anchor Bank can help small businesses get the funds they need a lot faster. Our process moves the loan credit approval review through in about three days,” explains Kasandra.“Each business has their own unique needs; at Anchor Bank we have the products including the SCL or ‘small commercial loan’ program that we can customize to fit the borrower’s need. We offer term loans and, lines of credit; we can lend on inventory, accounts receivable or real estate,” explains Joe.The team, which operates at Anchor Bank’s Lacey location, considers it a bonus to have a branch downstairs. “Tellers know our customers and call them by name,” describes Kasandra when emphasizing the bank’s local focus. Anchor Bank, with 13 branches, and has been around for over 100 years. “We are here to stay,” says Kasandra.“We do not want to simply make a loan but rather develop a relationship that will last the next 100 years. The business that you start today will be run by your great grandchildren and we want to still be their bank,” summarizes Dick.To learn more about Anchor Bank’s business banking services or to reach Kasandra, Joe or Dick, click here.Anchor BankLacey Branch601 Woodland Square Loop SELacey, WA 98503 Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Thursday and 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Fridays Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 At Anchor Bank, a team of commercial banking professionals is at your service with one objective – operate a community bank that helps local businesses meet their financial goals. Meet Dick Barnes, Joe Betzendorfer, and Kasandra Jaquez – a highly qualified commercial lending team that puts Thurston County business owners first.Dick BarnesDick BarnesWith more than 40 years of business experience, Dick is the “go to” guy surrounding business operations. “I’ve financed a number of big expansions and start-ups,” says Dick who has founded and operated a dozen businesses on his own. A South Puget Sound native, Dick was recruited into banking because of his in depth business knowledge. “I have found that I really love banking, meeting other business owners and figuring out how to help them succeed and grow their business,” comments Dick. Joe BetzendorferJoe has worked in banking for more than 30 years, beginning with a small mortgage company in downtown Tacoma in 1979. In the early 1980s, Joe transitioned to financing all types of real estate including construction of homes, apartments, office, and mixed-use retail spaces. Later in his career, he added business financing to his resume. “At Anchor Bank, I utilize my past experiences to assist clients,” says Joe. A graduate of St. Martin’s University with a degree in accounting, Joe understands financial statements and uses this expertise to get loans closed.
Jeff Evans Performs “Amazement Magic Show” At the Olympia Timberland Library
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryEven if the sun hasn’t appeared for a solid week, magician Jeff Evans can always be counted on to lighten up your day. Evans will perform his Amazement Magic Show for children and families at the Olympia Timberland Library on Thursday, December 27 at 2 p.m.A just-for-fun program of magic tricks and stunts, the show is highly interactive and recommended for children ages five and up. It will take place in the library’s atrium, a cheerful, warmly lit space in the center of the library.The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library and is free of charge. The library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE, Olympia. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit www.TRL.org.
Leafs acquire former Coyote defenceman as junior teams finalize rosters
The Nelson Leafs beefed up the blue line with the acquisition of Robson Cramer from Wichita Falls of the NAHL (North American Hockey League) as Kootenay International Junior Hockey League teams scrambled to finalize teams in light of Thursday’s BC Hockey roster deadline.Cramer, from Summerland, is no stranger to the KIJHL having spent two seasons with Osoyoos Coyotes before being moved south of the 49th parallel in November.“(Robson) is an offensive guy who can quarterback our player play and give us some depth on the blue line,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida of the former Coyote.Thursday was the final day junior teams could add players to the roster.Maida has been working the phones of late looking for a defenceman and forward to bolster a lineup that has played second fiddle of late to Murdoch rivals Castlegar Rebels and Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Leafs are 0-3 against the two Murdoch rivals since mid-December.The 5’10”, 150-pound Cramer played 17 games for Osoyoos before being shipped to Wichita Falls November 20 for future considerations.Maida is confident the addition of Cramer gives Nelson a bit of a cushion on the blue line.“Robson should strengthen the back end,” Maida explained. “I’m satisfied now with our goaltending and we can score goals so I feel now we’re ready for the most exciting time of the season, the playoffs.”The addition of Cramer gives the Leafs nine defenceman on the roster. However, Nelson Minor Hockey grad Blake Arcuri is still recovering from a concussion suffered before Christmas in Spokane.Cramer makes it three new players on the roster for the Leafs. During the Christmas break Maida dealt for Grand Forks leading scorer Connor Gross to fill the void created by the loss of Colton McCarthy to Moose Jaw of the WHL.The Nelson skipper then shipped goalie Cody Boeckman to Golden before grabbing former Leaf Marcus Beesley from Kamloops.Earlier Maida sent disgruntled forward Jacob Boyczuk to Revelstoke Grizzlies for future considerations.Where Nelson will finish in the tight Murdoch Division is anyone’s guess.The Leafs currently lead the division by two points over Castlegar and Beaver Valley, although the Hawks have played two more games.The Rebels were in Grand Forks Thursday to face the last place Bruins.Nelson, 2-3-1 in the last six games, completes a five-game road trip this weekend with a swing through the Okanagan Division.Friday Nelson visits Chase Heat before travelling to face Kamloops Storm Saturday.The Leafs conclude the trip Sunday in Armstrong against the North Okanagan Knights.Nelson returns home January 18 to host Columbia Valley Rockies at 7 p.m. in the
Rags to riches story for Neptunes culminates with impressive provincial results
This year the Neptunes jumped 11 places climbing to 47th out of 65 teams.”It is common to have a club go up or down in the team rankings slightly, but I have never coached or noticed a club that has moved up that dramatically, especially after a year of not swimming,” Pfeiffer exclaimed. All the swimmers at provincials astounded their head coach Cynthia PfeifferThe best placing of the weekend was Jaylen Rushtons 50 meter Breaststroke placing fifth in the province, taking off three seconds. “I was super impressed by Jaylens step up of mental focus she had during the provincials and I’m excited to see what she can do next year when she will be oldest in her division,” said Pfeiffer.Ohia Wintraub also finished with an impressive sixth in her 50 meter Butterfly. The girls Division one Medley Relay team consisting of Ella Chouinard, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Imogen Cowan, and Chloe Malenfant also made the finals and finished in eighth place at Kamloops. Swimmers who also made the consultations finals included Imogen Cowan, Olivia Cowan, Sage Cowan, Madeline Holitzki, Matthew Holitzki, and Jaylen Rushton. “We are hoping that the pool will be open next summer, or at least a portion of the summer so the Neptunes can have a season and keep this incredible momentum of the club on the rise,” said Pfeiffer.Neptune Results at BCSSA Championships:(Bold is events that made the consultation finals [9th-16th] and bold with underline is events that made the finals [First-8th]) Joanna Blishen (Division 5 girls): 21st in 50m Freestyle, 20th in 100m Butterfly, 19th in 50m Butterfly, 21st in 100m Breaststroke Ella Chouinard (Division 1 girls): 18th in 50m Backstroke Enna Cowan (Division 2 girls): 23rd in 100m Individual Medley Imogen Cowan (Division 1 girls): 19th in 50m Freestyle, 12th in 50m Butterfly, 19th in 50m Breaststroke Olivia Cowan (Division 5 girls): 13th in 200m Individual Medley, 16th in 100m Backstroke, 14th in 100m Freestyle Sage Cowan (Division 6 girls): 11th in 200m Individual Medley, 14th in 100m Butterfly, 19th in 100m Backstroke, 14th in 100m Freestyle Madeline Holitzki (Division 3 girls): 23rd in 50m Butterfly, 14th in 50m Breaststroke Matthew Holitzki (Division 4 boys): 15th in 200m Individual Medley, 20th in 50m Freestyle, 15th in 100m Breaststroke, 20th in 100m Freestyle Chloe Malefant (Division 1 girls): 20th in 50m Freestyle, 21st in 100m Freestyle Hannah Malenfant (Division 4 girls): 21st in 50m Butterfly, 24th in 100 Breaststroke Morgan Robertson-Weir (Division 1 girls): 21st in 50m Butterfly, 21st in 50m Breaststroke, 22nd in 100m Freestyle Jaylen Rushton (Division 2 girls): 9th in 100m Individual Medley, 7th in 50m Butterfly, 13th in 50m Backstroke, 5th in 50m Breaststroke Ohia Wintraub (Division 4 girls): 24th in 200m Individual Medley, 18th in 50m Freestyle, 6th in 50m Butterfly, 20th in 100m Freestyle Coach Cynthia Pfeiffer (Division 8 womens): 11th in 50m Freestyle, 6th in 100m Backstroke Division 1 girls Relay -Ella Chouinard, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Imogen Cowan, Chloe Malenfant- Medley finished in 8th, Freestyle finished in 9th Division 5 girls Relay – Olivia Cowan, Joanna Blishen, Ohia Wintraub, Hannah Malenfant – Medley finished in 10th, Freestyle finished in 9th. Division 6 girls Relay – Sage Cowan, Madeline Holitzki, Jaylen Rushton, Enna Cowan – Medley finished in 12th, Freestyle finished in 13th. The Nelson Neptunes completed an amazing comeback season after 14 members of the team attained some great results at the 56th annual BC Summer Swim Associations Provincial Championships last weekend in Kamloops.One year from not having a home pool for training, the Neptunes attending the provincial meet were at the big dance for the very first time.”I was super impressed with how ready and focused these kids were for attending such an overwhelming meet (over 1000 swimmers) for their first time,” said Nelson head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer.”Many swimmers took off multiple seconds and were able to improve their placings dramatically.””Going into the Provincials I was just aiming to make it a positive experience for the Neptunes so they would enjoy it and be more likely to attend in the future years,” Pfeiffer added.”I had no idea we would have so many swimmers qualify for the consultations and finals.”In 2012 the Neptunes sent four swimmers to Provincials and placed 58th out of 62 teams.
Pulis: Middlesbrough star can go to the top
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesMiddlesbrough boss Tony Pulis insisted Adama Traore has the potential to play at the top level after the winger scored his first goal for the club in their 3-0 win at QPR.Daniel Ayala’s header and George Friend’s brilliant strike put Boro in control by half-time and Traore sealed their win with five minutes remaining.“He can be frustrating at times, but I’m telling you if he works it out then he could be anything,” Pulis said.“You look at the top clubs in the Premier League and they’ve all got that electric pace and no-one’s as quick as this boy is.Embed from Getty Images“He’s starting to work it out a bit now and hopefully the penny drops. All we’re asking him to do is what he’s good at, which is to run forward with the ball and run forward without the ball.“When he does that, as you saw today, he’s unplayable.”Middlesbrough’s resounding win was their third consecutive away victory and they were comfortable once Ayala’s nodded them in front in the 24th minute.“In the first 15 minutes we looked a little bit out of sorts and QPR started really brightly,” said Pulis.“As soon as we got a goal we then went on and deservedly won the game.“For the players to put in that kind of performance and show that bit of character, I’m really pleased.“We played some good stuff at times, created opportunities, and when we had to roll our sleeves up and battle we restricted them to not many opportunities.”
Suspended Brady Makes His Case
NEW YORK — After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL’s Park Avenue offices June 23, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady’s defense.It was growing dark when Goodell left the league headquarters after he heard Brady and representatives from the players’ union during the lengthy meeting. League security said Brady also had left.No details of the hearing were immediately available. “I think we put in a very compelling case,” Kessler said, adding that no timetable on a decision by Goodell had been given.Kessler said he would have no further comments, and neither the union nor the league immediately commented.This was the latest step in the protracted “Deflategate” scandal, and no decisions were expected imminently.Indeed, it is uncertain how soon Goodell will announce anything; he could decide to keep the suspension as it is, reduce it or completely wipe it clean.With training camps set to open in five weeks, the commissioner has some time to consider the evidence presented at the hearing. But the Patriots also can’t finalize training camp practice plans for the quarterback position until they know Brady’s availability for the 2015 season.Should Goodell keep the four-game ban — or even if he reduces it but doesn’t dismiss it totally — Brady could go to court. That could delay any solution for months.On June 23 as Goodell was hearing a myriad of testimonies, Brady supporters were outside, some wearing “Free Brady” T-shirts. At least until the rains came, that is.Some reporters joked that the meeting lasted so long because a summer storm was hitting the city and no one wanted to leave the building in such weather.But just past 8:30 p.m. EDT, the principles headed out.The NFL Players Association had asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he could not be impartial and might be called as a witness. But Goodell said it was his responsibility to oversee the hearing to protect the integrity of the league.Based on the league-sanctioned Wells report, Brady was suspended and the Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks.Among the key elements of Brady’s appeal: who ordered his four-game suspension and whether science supports the league’s findings about deflated footballs.The NFL says Goodell authorized the discipline that was imposed by league executive Troy Vincent, who signed the letters sent to Brady and the Patriots informing them of the penalties. The NFLPA challenged Vincent’s power to issue punishment, citing Article 46 of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.Goodell dismissed the union’s claim.“I did not delegate my disciplinary authority to Mr. Vincent; I concurred in his recommendation and authorized him to communicate to Mr. Brady the discipline imposed under my authority as Commissioner,” Goodell said in his letter to the union on June 2. “The identity of the person who signed the disciplinary letter is irrelevant.”The penalties were announced after investigator Ted Wells found that the Super Bowl champions illegally used under-inflated footballs in the AFC title game.Goodell issued punishments to Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice in recent, high-profile cases involving players violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The league doesn’t consider Brady’s case similar because it involved rules of the game.Scientific arguments also were a major part of Brady’s defense. Brady’s lawyers tried to shoot down the findings of an independent firm hired to provide scientific analysis of the air pressure inside the footballs used by the Patriots and Colts during the AFC title game.Brady’s side claimed:— The evidence collected in the Wells report doesn’t prove Brady violated any NFL rules.— The punishment is harsher than for similar violations.While Brady is fighting his punishment, Patriots owner Robert Kraft declined to appeal the team’s penalty, though he defended his franchise player and denied any wrongdoing by team employees.___By Rachel Cohen. AP Sports Writer.AP Pro Football Writers Rob Maaddi and Barry Wilner also contributedTweetPinShare0 Shares
Lisa Ann Recounts How She Met Notre Dame WR Justin Brent, “I Love My Little 19 Year Old”
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the opening kick-off between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Last October, Notre Dame freshman wide receiver Justin Brent went to a New York Knicks game with Lisa Ann. The now-retired adult film star posted a couple pictures of the pair on Instagram and, later that evening, a selfie of them in bed together. This might have gotten Brent in trouble with Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly, who said the freshman was in his “doghouse” and “gets distracted easily” near the conclusion of the 2014 season. We haven’t seen any photos of Brent and Ann together since the Knicks game. It’s unclear if they still keep in touch. In an interview with GQ‘s Myles Brown, Ann recounted how she met the Notre Dame wide receiver. You were with Justin Brent recently…. I love my little 19 year old.How’d that start?I met him at a restaurant. We exchanged numbers. He was going to be on break from school and I was like, “Hey, why don’t you come to the city and we’ll go to a Knicks game.”I like these new friendships in a weird mentor kinda way. I don’t have children. Because I did porn, guys are just so honest with me, asking me sexual questions they might not want to ask their friends.Those answers came from a lengthy interview with GQ in which Ann describes her relationships with athletes. It’s a fascinating read. [GQ]
Muslim scholars’ union decries Jewish settler attacks on mosques in Israel
By Ahmed al-MasriCAIRO – The IUMS urged Muslim imams around the world to dedicate their Friday sermons to “denouncing these criminal acts, which hurt the sentiments of Muslims.”The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on Thursday called on mosque preachers worldwide to denounce assaults on Muslim places of worship and insults to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad by extremist Jewish settlers in Israel. In a Thursday statement, the IUMS urged Muslim imams around the world to dedicate their Friday sermons to “denouncing these criminal acts, which hurt the sentiments of Muslims.”On Saturday, a group of Israeli settlers spray-painted anti-Arab slogans on the walls of a local mosque in the predominantly Arab village of Baka al-Gharbiya – which is home to roughly 31,000 Palestinian Arabs – near the city of Haifa.“These acts are a brazen violation of law and international conventions,” read the statement, which was signed by prominent Muslim scholar and IUMS President Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.Roughly 1.7 million Arabs live in Israel, which currently has a total population of 8.1 million, according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics.