Third Sector Systems announces the latest release of its organization-wide software – Mission Maestro Version 4.0. Mission Maestro manages and reports on all the details of an organization’s programs, services, membership, fundraising, events, activities, grants and more.Version 4.0 consists of enhancements to Mission Maestro’s integrated email and print communication system. The communication system enables users to create completely personalized communication that specifically references interaction that a constituent has had with the organization – whether as a client, service provider, donor, volunteer, attendee, board member — or any other role.For example, a program manager could automatically produce a letter or email that thanks an individual for participating in a specific panel, thanks them for the amount of their recent contribution, or suggests the names, dates and times of several upcoming events that meet the individual’s interests.Third Sector Systems CEO Yves Gonnet said “We have worked with our customers to enhance Mission Maestro’s power while increasing time-saving features that enable our users to reuse lists they have generated.”Since 1998 Third Sector Systems, www.thirdsectorsystems.com(link is external) has provided an organization-wide system to integrate a nonprofits departments, and track each constituents contact. Through its partnership with Entango, Third Sector Systems offers products that automatically integrate online donations, membership renewals, event registration and class registration directly into Mission Maestro. Nonprofits of all types and sizes nationwide have replaced their disconnected spreadsheets and databases and integrated their organizations with TSS software.Third Sector Systems also provides low-cost fundraising software that expands through modules to become organization-wide software at www.firstchair.com(link is external). Third Sector Systems has offices in Waterbury, VT and New York, NY.
On the Trails with Black Girls Hike RVA But with an online presence, Black Girls Hike RVA’s reach extends beyond Richmond. Gina Knox is a long time hiker prepping for a potential 2021 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Although she usually hikes solo, Knox traveled from her home in Hampton, Va., to meet the women of Black Girls Hike RVA. Encouragement in Every Step As they continued to hike trails across Virginia together, the friends noticed they were often the only Black people at the trailhead. Last May Boyd and Tucker launched Black Girls Hike RVA on Instagram. Cover Photo: A group hike to Humpback Rocks in Virginia. Photo courtesy of Black Girls Hike RVA Through their hikes, Boyd and Tucker want to emphasize that at its most basic form, hiking is just walking. “You don’t really need a bunch of stuff,” Tucker said. “Yes, it is cool and it looks good. But it’s not a necessity. Water is a necessity. During COVID, hand sanitizer is a necessity. When we first started hiking, we would hike in tennis shoes and wear a bookbag. We see people do it all the time.” “At any given time, I was the only Black person,” she said. “I thought it was important to meet them, seeing that the goal they had was the same as mine—to get other Black people out to hike. I thought it was admirable and important during a time where Black people are polarized in this country.” “With COVID, you have so much time to think and really focus on what is important,” Boyd said. “Being in the outdoors, we noticed that we were the only ones that looked like us. It was important for us to make sure we let people know that there are other people out here that look like you that love hiking and being outdoors.” We all have that one person who first took us hiking and helped nurture our love for the natural world—a family member, a friend, an author. For Narshara Tucker, that person was Nicole Boyd. The two educators developed a deep friendship over the years teaching eighth graders. When Boyd planned to hike Virginia’s idyllic Crabtree Falls last year for her birthday, she invited Tucker along. Since joining that first hike, Thibodeaux has attended every meetup and formed new friendships with other hikers. It helps that Boyd and Tucker provide consistent programming planned in advance. “I appreciate their leadership and their drive that brings everybody else into it and excited about it,” Thibodeaux said. “It’s one thing to post on social media, donate, and vote,” she said. “Those things are important. But I think that getting out in your community and taking action is a huge part of creating change. I want to inspire other trail runners. We spend so much time in the outdoors and so much time on the trails that I think it’s our responsibility to speak up, act out, and to lift others up that don’t have the opportunities that we do.” In addition to spreading the word about these important issues, Walters is donating a dollar to the Virginia Sierra Club Chapter and a dollar to Black Girls Hike RVA for every mile that she runs. After that first outing, Tucker was in love. “I hike to heal,” she said. “Sometime while I’m hiking, I might cry. Or I might think about something that was bothering me. When I’m done with the hike, I leave it there. So it’s very therapeutic. It can really help you stay balanced and grounded, especially during COVID where your mental stability is really rocked because life has changed so much.” Whether hikers connect with Black Girls Hike RVA online or in person, everyone will get plenty of encouragement. “We’re going to support you no matter how long it takes,” Boyd said. “While we want to do longer hikes to challenge the thru-hikers and the people who are avid hikers, we also want to encourage more people of color to be in outdoor spaces. No matter what your physical ability or skill set is, the goal is just to get out there.” After the A.T., Knox plans to go for the Triple Crown with thru-hikes of the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails. Although thru-hiking tends to be a more solitary endeavor, Knox said hiking in a group gave her a new perspective on the trail. “When you’re hiking by yourself, you have your own individual thoughts and your own individual goal,” she said. “It’s more about how it makes you feel. But when you’re in a group, it kind of forces you to pace yourself and be more outward about the group and the group’s needs.” When COVID-19 hit, Sam Thibodeaux started looking for a local hiking group in the Richmond area. She wanted to get outside but knew she didn’t want to be exploring a place in the middle of nowhere on her own. When she found Black Girls Hike RVA on Instagram, right in her own backyard, she knew she had found her group. “I don’t know how else I would have found them,” Thibodeaux said. “There are a lot of groups out there. One of the appeals is that this group wanted to see Black and brown women out there. You don’t feel like you’re out there as the only Black or brown person.” Narshara Tucker, left, and Nicole Boyd started Black Girls Hike RVA as a way to connect more women of color with the outdoors. Photo courtesy of Black Girls Hike RVA A 2018 report from the George Wright Forum found less than two percent of national park visitors were Black. Groups like Black Girls Hike RVA are essential in changing the misconception that “Black people don’t hike.” They host monthly meetups across Virginia, from hikes close to Richmond at Dutch Gap and Pocahontas State Park to trips into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Several of the hikes have been in Shenandoah National Park where facilities weren’t fully integrated until 1950. Along the way, Boyd and Tucker are helping other women of color discover the joy of the trail one hike at a time. In creating this community, Black Girls Hike RVA is extending the invitation into the outdoors to everyone. “I’m tired of being the first Black or the only Black,” Boyd said. “It should get to the point where we shouldn’t still be hitting firsts. You deserve to be out here, and you have the right to be out here as well.” The Power of Social Media As they establish the group, Boyd and Tucker hope to start offering more programming for kids in the area, introducing them to the wealth of natural resources in Virginia. In September, they led their first hike for black preteens and teenagers with the Jack and Jill Hampton Chapter at York River State Park. In addition to discussing the benefits of hiking, a therapist worked with the students on some coping mechanisms and how to unpack stresses, especially during the pandemic. Social media platforms tend to get a bad rap today, whether it’s for spreading misinformation or the countless hours users spend endlessly scrolling. But when used as networking tools, these platforms can help connect people across the world. Boyd and Tucker’s work has inspired other people to reach out and contribute to their communities. When Mercedes Walters decided to run the 120 miles of the Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah National Park, she planned to do so in protest of the natural gas pipelines being built in the area. But when she found Black Girls Hike RVA on Instagram, Walters started examining the intersectionality of environmentalism and anti-racism work more deeply.
Recently we spoke with a large mid-western CU who is hitting it out of the park in terms of direct loan growth. In fact, they have an entire team of outbound callers following up on pre-qualified leads each quarter, and they are driving lots of direct loan growth through these efforts. Their process involves combining a number of credit score indicators as well as loan insights to find ways to save their current members money, perhaps by recapturing an auto loan held by another institution.But what their team is NOT doing yet is combining the credit prequalifying factors with any other digital insights or automation to make this process more effective and efficient. There were actually lots of leads they never even got to because of the lack of staff to follow up with them. So here’s what we suggested might help… Automate the Initial Emails:When following up with pre-qualified leads it’s important to automate some parts of the process, especially at the beginning. Keep in mind, that just because someone is ‘pre-qualified’ for your offer doesn’t mean they have any real interest or sense of urgency to act. So, sending some well-designed, customer-focused initial emails is really important.First the open and click actions that individual leads take with these early emails will help you better prioritize your sales follow up. So, if after 2-3 emails about an offer or product promotion you see that a lead hasn’t engaged, we would recommend moving them to the end of your follow up list, or perhaps retiring the lead from the promotion altogether.On the other hand, if a lead is opening and clicking your emails, you should have a sales person follow up ASAP. This process will help take the onus off of your staff to craft these early emails individually, and it will help to improve the likelihood that leads will respond once an individual sales person does reach out or call. Send Your Emails from a HUMAN!!:Now this idea comes straight from HubSpot… once you have your leads identified, why not send these early emails (explained above) from the actual person who will be follow up with them? This sounds so simple that you’d think it would go without saying, but it’s actually quite innovative. Often early stage emails come from the ‘marketing team’ or a general email like info@[yourfinacialinstitution.com]. This just seems so impersonal because it lacks a human touch and the name of an individual. Sending marketing emails from an actual staff member is much better. We recommend that you also consider including all of this staff member’s contact details and perhaps even a photo. This humanizes the entire process and builds trust from day one! Try it! Use Digital Insights to Further Prioritize Loan Follow-Up:Another great way to reach out to the right people on your list at the right time is to build in digital triggers for sales follow up. So, if someone opens an email or two that might qualify them for faster initial follow up in one way or another. But what if they open an email and then go straight to the relevant product or service page? Perhaps the sense of urgency for this lead is a bit higher, and when this happens why not adjust your strategy? We call this a HOT lead, and this person really needs immediate attention in order to ensure that your staff don’t miss an opportunity to give them the information they are clearly already looking for.We would recommend setting up automatic notifications to sales people when leads take actions like this. Again, bumping them to the top of your list with lead scoring or some other system. This will increase your response rate and we would likely also positively impact your overall loans closed. Use Data to Track Where Leads are Lost:A final way to add efficiency and success to your sales process might come with better tracking of potential deals throughout the sales process. Often sales people are using spread sheets or other somewhat dated methods for tracking touch points with leads. While for some people these methods may seem sufficient, without better insights, at the end of a promotion your team or organization will lack real insights for improving the overall buying and selling process.With a better tool and more integrated approach you might be able to track where you lost the most leads during a campaign. Perhaps you would learn that loan approval during a HELOC campaign took almost 24 days, and you lost at least 7 pre-qualified loan leads during that time to competing institutions. Wouldn’t that be good insight to have for the future? Maybe you’d be able to see that during your last auto loan refinance campaign the time from first touch point to loan application submitted was a little over 3 weeks, but after that length of time the application rate dropped significantly. Knowing this might help you design your future campaigns to move a little faster in your initial emails.Using these types of data are essential for making sound decisions that will help drive new loan growth for years to come. Let us help, contact us today! Or visit our blog for more great tips and case studies on sales and marketing for your financial institution. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: www.figrow.com Details
Arsene Wenger offered to Newcastle United as replacement for Rafa Benitez Arsene Wenger has been touted for the potentially vacant Newcastle United job (Getty Images)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been offered to Newcastle United as a potential candidate to replace Rafa Benitez, according to reports.Benitez’s current contract with Newcastle is due to expire next month and no agreement over a new deal has been reached.‘I was talking to Lee Charnley [Newcastle’s managing director] this week, we will continue talking and let you know as soon as we have more news,’ Benitez said this week.‘I am positive that we are talking and everybody knows what is my idea. At least we can move forward a little bit.ADVERTISEMENT‘I would like to see this club growing and growing, and going where I think it deserves to be.’ Rafa Benitez could be leaving Newcastle at the end of the season (Getty Images)According to Chronicle Live, several agents have been offering managers to Newcastle in the event that Benitez does leave St James’ Park.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd the report claims that one agent who has ‘strong links’ with Wenger has been in contact with Newcastle to gauge whether there is an interest in appointing the former Arsenal boss as Benitez’s successor.It’s claimed that the agent in question believes he can ‘sell’ the idea to Wenger, although the 69-year-old is not involved in talks at the moment.More: 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 CityWenger, who stepped down at Arsenal at the end of last season, had claimed that he would return to football this year.But despite being heavily linked with a behind-the-scenes role at Paris Saint-Germain, Wenger remains without a club and continues to do occasional punditry work for beIN Sports.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 4 May 2019 1:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link488Shares Comment Advertisement
Acting chief executive officer Teresa Isele said that at the end of last year, AP1 had decided to develop its asset management with new equities strategies and a new organisational structure.“These changes lay a better foundation for achieving our return targets, while also reducing our annual costs,” she said.Earlier this month, AP2 – the only one of the four to be based in Gothenburg rather than Stockholm – reported a 15.9% return after costs of last year, with total assets growing to SEK381.3bn by the end of December.AP3, meanwhile, also declared its return to be the best of the decade, reporting a 17.6% gain after expenses. Its fund capital grew to end the year worth SEK393.7bn.But AP4 posted the highest return of all four funds, reporting a 21.7% return after costs, with the fund saying successful active management had contributed 4.4 percentage points of that.Total fund capital increased to SEK418bn at the end of 2019, increasing AP4’s size lead over its three peers.Niklas Ekvall, AP4’s CEO, said 2019’s strong performance in the financial markets should be seen in the light of the very tough end to 2018, with sharply falling stock markets and rising interest rates.“AP4’s favourable result over time is largely due to the scope to manoeuvre provided by the buffer funds’ legal mandate, the ability to act long-term and withstand large market movements, and low-liquidity investments that are conducive to long-term returns,” he said.The last few years have seen wrangling between stakeholders in the Swedish buffer fund system and politicians over how much investment freedom the funds should be allowed, resulting in two different pieces of legislation which have allowed more flexibility.The four AP funds said they had actively developed work on sustainability issues within their operations and further developed the integration of sustainability into management in the course of 2019. Since 2015, the AP funds said they had shrunk their carbon footprint by 23% in totalThis work included creating a model for measuring carbon footprints, they said, to make it clearer what companies were contributing to, and also to shine a light on the result of funds changing their holdings.However, as a group, they described how corporate behaviour had counteracted some of their efforts to rein emissions in last year:“Of the year’s reduction in total carbon dioxide emissions, 10 percentage points are due to the fact that the AP funds have reduced their emissions through portfolio changes. However, the portfolio companies’ increased emissions have offset this decrease by four percentage points,” they said.Since 2015, the AP funds said they had shrunk their carbon footprint by 23% in total.The four funds paid out SEK26bn to cover the payment deficit in the pension system in 2019, down from SEK27bn the year before.The fifth buffer fund supporting the Swedish income pension system – which makes up the most of the state pension – is Gothenburg-based AP6, which is smaller than the first four and has a special mandate to invest in unlisted companies. It has yet to report 2019 results.Separately, the largest of Sweden’s national pension funds, AP7, reported that savers in its key Såfa product – the default option within the premium pension system – had seen an average return on investment of 33.1% in 2019, which was the highest return in its history.The premium pension forms part of the Swedish state pension and unlike the income pension, is a system of mandatory individual accounts.Total assets in the two building-block funds behind AP7’s generation pension products – an equity fund and a much smaller bond fund – grew to SEK674m during the year from SEK460m.“It is a return that one cannot expect every year”Richard Gröttheim, AP7’s CEOAlongside investment growth, AP7 had seen a huge inflow of savings last year mainly as money was transferred from privately-run funds as they were withdrawn from the premium pension’s funds marketplace platform.Inflows to AP7 grew to SEK64.2bn last year from SEK50.5bn in 2018, while outflows decreased to SEK5.7bn from SEK6.1bn.The funds marketplace is undergoing a radical overhaul, and in December 2018 all fund providers were required to re-apply for admission.CEO Richard Gröttheim said AP7’s return had been boosted by gains in the global equity markets as a whole and by the weakening of the Swedish krona.“It is a return that one cannot expect every year,” he cautioned, in the annual report.During 2019, AP7 said in the report that it had continued developing its management model and the default alternative, putting a 2016 board decision into action.“The purpose of the changes that have been made in the strategic portfolio in recent years is to increase the spread of risk in the default option, and at the same time reduce the overall level of risk by reducing exposure to the stock market, partly through reduced use of leverage in management,” the fund said.Other areas of work AP7 mentioned in its annual report were assessing the feasibility of currency hedging for portions of foreign holdings, integrating sustainability issues into management, and broadening investments in green bonds.New active mandates procured in 2019 would be implemented continuously in 2020, the fund said, adding that through this procurement, AP7’s active management would widen its scope. The big four buffer funds backing Sweden’s state pension made a huge SEK236bn (€22.3bn) return on investments in 2019, but within their sustainability work, a carbon footprint reduction was partly cancelled out by investee companies increasing their emissions during the year.The return generated by the funds – AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4 – equates to 17.6% and taken as a whole is the highest joint return since the system started in 2001.The year ended with funds’ total capital amounting to SEK1.56trn, up from SEK1.35trn at the end of 2018.Among individual reporting by the funds, AP1 announced a 15.1% return last year, which it described as its highest in a decade. Total net assets amounted to SEK365.8bn at the end of the year.
Dearborn County Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Ira Younger presents three overflowing barrels of toys and a check for approximately $1,000 to Dee Hacker, Coalition for Children’s Christmas Toys Project Coordinator (left), and Karry Hollan, Executive Director of the Dearborn County Clearinghouse (right). The donations were made by Dearborn County Hospital and Dearborn County Hospital Physician Partners employees, the DCH Medical Staff and DCH Board of Trustees members.Lawrenceburg, In. — Dearborn County Hospital collected three large overflowing barrels of toys and approximately $1,000 in cash for the benefit of the annual Coalition for Children’s Christmas Toys (CCCT). Monetary and toy donations to the drive were made by Dearborn County Hospital and Dearborn County Hospital Physician Partners employees, the DCH Medical Staff and DCH Board of Trustees members.DCH Chief of Staff Ira Younger, M.D., Ophthalmologist, presented the toys and monetary donations to Dee Hacker, CCCT Project Coordinator, and Karry Hollan, Executive Director of the Dearborn County Clearinghouse.“It is a great joy to work with the CCCT and assist in their efforts to bring a little extra joy to the lives of our area’s children,” noted Dr. Younger. “The Coalition does a tremendous job each year and we appreciate the opportunity to be part of their initiative.”In addition, DCH Nurse Practitioner Susie Martin, who cares for residents at the Shady Nook Care Center, spearheaded the drive there where staff, and residents and their families, filled three barrels. Many of the residents used their “Bingo Bucks” to contribute to the toy drive.The Coalition for Children’s Christmas Toys, which is a cooperative endeavor supported by many area churches, organizations, schools, businesses and individuals, is coordinated by the Clearinghouse and staffed by its volunteers.Each Christmas season, qualified families in Dearborn and Ohio Counties have the opportunity to prepare toy lists for their children to be filled through the Coalition’s toy drive. For more information or to donate, please call the Dearborn County Clearinghouse at 812/926-1198 or email CCCT411@yahoo.com.
Earl Kenneth “Pete” StevensOn Friday, December 29, 2017, the ever-quiet soul of Earl Kenneth “Pete” Stevens ascended heaven-bound to rejoin his large family circle. In a family that loved reunions as much as the Stevens clan did, this was surely a happy gathering.His good fortune at having lived into his 88th year came at the misfortune of having outlived parents, John William and Minnie Margaret (Daugherty) Stevens; wife Ida Mae (Leasure) and beloved daughter of that union, Sharon Rae Stevens Cutter, and wife Cora Mae (Mendel).Also preceding “Pete” in death were seven siblings and their spouses, sisters: Inez (Charles) Calendar; Virginia (Carl) Harmeyer; Ruby (Jack) Clayton and brothers: Paul (Teresa); William (Eleanor); Delmar Bine (Hilda); David (Marjorie).Remaining to remember and honor him are his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie (Rick) Graver of Enon, OH, son-in-law Robert D Cutter, of Aurora, IN; 3 grandsons and spouses: Jason Earl (Jennifer) Cutter of Loveland, OH; Jared Robert (Tonya) Cutter of Cincinnati, OH; Kyle Richard (Chiara) Graver of Cleveland, OH; much loved great granddaughter, Emma Mae Cutter; many nieces and nephews.Pete was born on the family farm in Dillsboro on May 4, 1929. He was the sixth child of J.W. and Minnie Stevens. Pete was the fourth-born of five sons and a brother to four sisters. His only surviving sibling is younger sister, JoAnn (Jack) Reif. All nine children were raised in a loving home and learned early in their lives the virtue of hard work. His ongoing faith was evidenced by a humble life of helping others and a steady stream of acts of kindness.In keeping with his upraising, Pete was faithful to his family and could be depended on to help out at every turn without complaint. He and his brothers were often found working together in fields of hay or tobacco. They equally enjoyed swapping stories and jokes when they took breaks under any nearby shade tree. Pete was distinguished by his self-styled, sleeveless work shirts that he wore during summer months.He was uniquely talented at woodworking and spent endless hours in the shop he crafted in a small building behind the house. There he finished countless projects from picture frames to wood boxes and even a wooden doll house. Most relatives were gifted with a pair of log/stick reindeer for their winter yards. No project was too small, too large, or too complicated for his patient hands. Finished products were perfect in every detail and delivered to the lucky recipient at no charge.His patience, generous spirit, and skills were ample. He was also known to cater to stray cats by providing a safe haven in the garage complete with heat lamp to warm them on cold nights. No needy creature escaped his notice.During most of his life, time was Pete’s friend. To everyone who knew him, he was unrushed, steady, and as dependable as sunrise. When his siblings began to show their age, he drew their envy by staying the same. In appearance and mannerisms, he was seemingly ageless.We all admired Pete’s simple, quiet, lifestyle and unending patience. The person who coined the phrase “patience is a virtue” would have crowned him king! No matter when and where you saw him, his dry wit and sense of humor were not overlooked. His easy smile and chuckle still bring a happy memory to all who admired his ease with life. By hope and grace, his grandchildren will carry the “Pete gene” into their futures. He surely smiles down on them each time they slow their gait to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.Pete Stevens was the “salt of the earth,” a comment of high praise he easily earned from relatives and other country folk like himself. His family and friends will miss this gentle soul who lived and loved quietly among us. We thought he would live forever just being “Pete.”“A dad’s love is a quiet love… strong yet gentle… forever in the heart.”
Indianapolis, In. — Safe-T®, a leading provider of software-defined access solutions for the hybrid cloud, announced today that Indiana’s Office of Technology (IOT) has implemented Safe-T’s Software-Defined Access™ solution to securely store and share information across more than ninety state agencies.Safe-T’s Secure File Access protects government information both in transit and at rest while enforcing advanced authentication policies for the entire network. It provides a unified security solution for all of IOT’s agencies, which is more robust and less costly than having each agency protect their data independently.IOT successfully utilizes Safe-T’s Software-Defined Access for multiple use cases, such as person-to-person file transfers, secure vault encrypted storage and connectors to Data Loss Protection (DLP) and Anti-Virus Scanners. IOT was able to easily integrate the Safe-T solution with existing platforms to further protect networks without hindering their streamlined security process.“IOT searched high and low for a security solution that offered a high level of protection while maintaining a user-friendly interface, and Safe-T’s solution addressed all our needs,” said Craig Boyer and Kiszka Ward, at IOT. “By consolidating our data access and exchange solutions, we can reduce our points of failure while improving our cost and labor efficiency.”“Government agencies are faced with huge challenges as they are becoming targets for high profile cyber-attacks,” said John Parmley, CEO of Safe-T USA. “We are proud to deliver the comprehensive protection IOT needs to protect their citizens’ privacy in the most cost-effective way possible.”
Rangers have so far added four new recruits to the squad but Redknapp has been left short after players were released and last year’s loanees returned to their parent clubs. Redknapp has already signed Steven Caulker and Jordon Mutch from Cardiff, Rio Ferdinand from Manchester United and Mauricio Isla on loan from Juventus. The future of Loic Remy, who came close to joining Liverpool earlier in the transfer window, is still uncertain. The French forward is keen to leave Loftus Road but is waiting to be approached by a club who can challenge for a Champions League spot. “He’s got a buy-out clause which is a problem, because if someone comes in and offers the money you lose him,” Redknapp said. “If he goes you’re looking for two strikers, which isn’t easy to find, but if he’s going to leave QPR, it’s got to be to a big club – a top-seven club I would think. “He didn’t want to go back to Newcastle which is a massive club, so unless it’s a club in the top seven I don’t think he’ll go.” One player who does look set to leave is goalkeeper Julio Cesar. The 34-year-old, who joined Rangers in August 2012, was due to hold talks with Benfica over the weekend with a view to completing a transfer. Redknapp’s side will be looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat when they travel to Tottenham on Sunday. The fixture means a return to White Hart Lane for Redknapp, who was sacked by Spurs in June 2012. “It’s a tough game but I’m looking forward to going back there,” Redknapp said. “They’ll be strong this year. With the money they spent last year they’ve got to be pushing for the top four.” QPR manager Harry Redknapp wants to sign two midfielders and a striker before the transfer window closes. “We need to get a couple more in, we’re short in some areas,” Redknapp said. “I’ve got three central midfield players – Joey Barton, Alejandro Faurlin and Karl Henry – when you need six midfield players really at this level. “So we’re looking to get one or two midfielders in and maybe a front man as well because w e need a bit of cover there. You need four strikers in an ideal world.” Redknapp added: “If you look at the whole squad with everyone fit we’ve got 18 or 19 outfield players and that includes one or two lads who couldn’t get in the squad last year.” Rangers used the loan system to their advantage last season in the Championship as the likes of Tom Carroll, Niko Kranjcar and Ravel Morrison all made significant contributions. “We’ll probably use the loan system again. Maybe we’ll buy one and loan a couple,” Redknapp said after QPR were beaten 1-0 by Hull at Loftus Road on Saturday. “I think the chairman is close to doing a couple of deals today, I’m hoping he is. “I spoke to him before the game and he’s confident he’ll get another couple that I’m after.” Press Association
American Airlines will now let employees wear Black Lives Matter pins on their uniforms.They have joined Starbucks ,Delta Air Lines, and other major companies that let their employees wear items supporting the movement.An American Airlines spokeswoman said Tuesday that Black employees saw workers at other airlines wearing a Black Lives Matter pin and asked if they could too.“Fundamentally, we believe Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality, not a political statement,” said the spokeswoman, Sarah Jantz. “It doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter, rather that in our society Black lives should matter and be valued the same as others.”American Airlines also let their employees wear pins supporting Christians, veterans and LGBTQ people.