Owning your brand

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » While en route to facilitate a member engagement training this month, I spent some time in the Syracuse airport. The airport has been under construction for the last several months and can be a little confusing, especially for a traveler late at night.While trying to navigate my way to the parking garage, a kind young woman sweeping the terminal took the time to ask me if I needed directions. She asked in a warm, friendly manner that really gave the feeling she was empathetic to my plight. I gratefully accepted her help and was soon on my way to the parking garage.When it comes to your credit union or bank’s brand, everyone must own your brand like this airport employee did.According to Gallup, only 30 percent of U.S. employees are engaged at work. An actively disengaged employee—someone working against your brand and mission—costs the organization $3,400 for every $10,000 in salary. It pays to have employees own your brand.last_img read more

Places of worship to open gradually as ‘new normal’ comes into play: Religious Affairs Minister

first_imgThe government has decided to allow places of worship in COVID-19 “green zones” to reopen as the “new normal” comes into force.Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi explained on Wednesday that the permits to re-open certain worship places would be issued after taking into consideration the areas’ R0 and RT. R0 refers to a virus’ basic reproduction number, while RT refers to R0 at a given time. Both indicators measure how contagious an infectious disease is. An outbreak will eventually peter out in a certain area if it has an R0 below one. On the other hand, the outbreak can grow exponentially if the R0 remains above one. “The permits will be issued by district heads upon consulting with regents. After all, it’s the regents who are fully aware of an area’s R0 and RT,” Fachrul said during a teleconference on Wednesday, adding that the permits would be reviewed monthly. “If COVID-19 transmission in an area increases, the permit to operate places of worship there will be revoked,” the minister said.The government is planning to ease large-scale social restrictions in the near future and embrace the new normal by reopening schools, offices and shopping centers as well as other public places. However, many have questioned the decision as the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths still continue to rise across the country. Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Provides Weather Update as Tour of Impacted Areas Under Way

first_imgWolf Administration Provides Weather Update as Tour of Impacted Areas Under Way SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – As Governor Tom Wolf and officials tour impacted areas of central Pennsylvania today, they provided the following update on the multi-day weather event that affected much of the central portion of the state:“As I tour Schuylkill County this morning and central Pennsylvania throughout the remainder of the day, I want to again thank first responders and emergency personnel who have worked tirelessly to help community members and keep us apprised of the impact of this weather event around the state,” Gov. Wolf said. “We will continue to keep all Pennsylvanians’ safety in the forefront during clean-up efforts.”The flash flood event has ended with most creeks that have flooded already crested with levels falling. Several flood warnings are still in effect for central Pennsylvania waterways, including the Swatara, Penns, Yellow Breeches, and Conodoguinet Creeks and the Susquehanna River.The weather outlook calls for clearer skies with lower humidity, but a few severe storms are possible late today and Friday, so residents are asked to continue to closely monitor the forecast.PennDOT:As of 10 a.m., a total of 107 roads are closed due to flooding. No major highways are closed at this time.Even if flooded waters have receded from across roads, PennDOT may opt to keep roads closed if it believes they are damaged. Bridges will be assessed for structural safety, which may take a few days depending on the number involved. PennDOT will continue to provide updates.Drivers should not attempt to drive through flooded areas or bypass barricades set up around flooded areas. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles including road closures by visitingwww.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.Public Utility Commission:Utilities across the state continue to address isolated outages caused by fallen trees and other storm-related problems, while also monitoring areas where service was interrupted because of flooding. When flood waters recede, utility crews will inspect those locations and assess when it is safe to restore service.Consumers are urged to remain focused on safety, including reporting outages to their utilities, avoiding downed lines and staying clear of trees, limbs or other objects that may come in contact with utility lines.Pennsylvania State Police:Impacted stations continue to monitor the situations and report closures, evacuations and other significant weather-related events to the Department Watch Center as they occur. They are also remaining in contact with local emergency management offices.The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) is still activated but expected to deactivate sometime today.Governor Wolf, PEMA Director Flinn, PSP Acting Commissioner Evanchick, and DMVA Adjutant General Carrelli will offer a press briefing this afternoon at 3:15 at PEMA, 1310 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.Pennsylvanians are encouraged to follow ReadyPA on Twitter @ReadyPA and Facebook for the latest on the weather and how to prepare, and motorists can check road conditions on over 40,000 miles of roadway at 511PA.com.center_img July 26, 2018last_img read more

Broadbeach Waters house showcases sprawling space with stylish layout

first_img32 Park Avenue Broadbeach WatersSPACE and style are showcased from the very moment you open the door to this two-storey Broadbeach Waters home.A floor-to-ceiling mirror and decorative stone wall in the foyer reflects the imposing design created by homeowners Mark and Ainslie Bernoth.32 Park Avenue Broadbeach Waters“We originally put an offer on a house in the Gold Coast hinterland which had views of the ocean, but we thought why not just be at the ocean’s doorstep?”The couple bought the home at 32 Park Ave seven years ago and gave it a fresh look with modern finishes.32 Park Avenue Broadbeach Waters“The house was quite outdated when we found it and it was even bigger than what it is now,” Bernoth said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago32 Park Avenue Broadbeach Waters“There were seven bedrooms when we moved in and we thought even for our family of five that it was a bit excessive so we have created spaces that we could get some use out of.”The home is the pair’s 10th renovation project and features a new kitchen, stylish bathrooms and a media room.“We turned it into a five-bedroom house and put in a media room for the kids who now spend most of their time in there,” Bernoth said.32 Park Avenue Broadbeach Waters“It is a big house so we didn’t need to put any extensions onto it.”Bernoth said the kitchen captured some of the best sunsets in the house.“The kitchen walls are predominantly just glass and the outlook, especially in the afternoons, are extraordinary.“There is a sliding door which opens up to the deck and we have really enjoyed sitting out there for meals.32 Park Avenue Broadbeach Waters“The location is fantastic, when we we’re driving down the street for the first time there were kids playing in front yards and we thought it would just be a great place to for our three kids to meet some new friends.“The beauty is that it’s on a dead-end street so there is no traffic, the canal is really quiet and it doesn’t feel like you’re in the middle of town when it’s actually an $8 dollar cab ride to Surfers Paradise for dinner.”32 Park Avenue Broadbeach WatersBernoth said the family were on to their next big venture in Upper Coomera renovating a 100-year-old dairy farm house.“My wife Ainslie loves to move around a lot and start new house projects.“This has been our longest stint yet and I think that’s because we really loved the area,” he said.last_img read more

Man Utd await clearance for three new signings

first_img Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot Manchester United are expecting international clearance for three academy signings of Marc Jurado, Alvaro Fernandez and Isak Hansen-Aaroen. Having already announced their intake in their academy for the 2020/21 season, United are still looking to add to their squad, and hope to confirm the trio of youngsters in the near future. And last month the 16-year-old took to social to bid farewell to the Blaugrana, further fuelling his imminent switch to England. United are also understood to have agreed on a free transfer for left-back Fernandez after he failed to extend his stay at Real Madrid. Spanish media have stated the 17-year-old will pen a four-year deal at Old Trafford after he was “blown away” by their sports project. Meanwhile United completed the signing of Hansen-Aaron last year, but as he was 14 at the time, he had to wait until this summer before he could officially join.Advertisement Loading… center_img The highly-rated forward became Tromso’s youngest-ever player earlier this month at the age of 15 years and 319 days. According to the Manchester Evening News, the trio will all be announced by United once granted international clearance. read also:Man Utd fans hammer Solskjaer for not starting Ighalo against Chelsea A source told the MEN: “Hopefully they’ll be sorted soon and we can get them confirmed.” United also announced the academy signings of Joe Hugill and Logan Pye from Sunderland last week, along with Czech goalkeeper Radek Vitek from Sigma Olomouc. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Romeu wraps up Saints switch

first_imgSouthampton have announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu from Chelsea on a three-year contract. He joins Jordy Clasie, Juanmi, Cedric Soares, Steven Caulker, Cuco Martina and Maarten Stekelenburg as a new arrival at St Mary’s this summer. Romeu said: “It’s very good to be a part of this club. I was looking for a good club and for something new in my career. “After spending two years on loan, I needed something permanent and a club with a future – and I think I chose the right one. “Southampton are doing the right things in the last few years and, once they came to me and asked me to come here, from the first day I was hoping to come. “Now I just want to keep going and to keep developing as a player, and I’m looking forward to start playing as soon as possible.” Press Association Executive director of football Les Reed told saintsfc.co.uk: “We are extremely happy to be able to bring Oriol to the club on a permanent basis. “Once again, we are demonstrating our commitment to compete seriously on all fronts this season by continuing to build a squad with depth and quality.” The former Barcelona player was, along with Saints left-back Ryan Bertrand, part of the Chelsea squad which won the Champions League in 2012. Reed added: “Oriol is a player we have had on the radar for some time – he was a prominent figure in the Chelsea team of 2011-12, when he made 24 appearances as a 20-year-old. “Like Ryan Bertrand, we believe we have recruited another Chelsea player with an excellent pedigree but also with lots of potential to develop. “He is another player who matches the Southampton profile – he is young and hungry, has been developed at a top academy and has already played at the highest level with plenty more to come. “He will complement the qualities we already have among our squad and provide another level of competition for selection.” Romeu is yet to represent Spain at a senior level but has featured in the Under-23 team, playing at the 2012 Olympic Games. The 23-year-old joined the Blues in August 2011 but made only 22 Barclays Premier League appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge. He spent season-long loan spells with Valencia and then Stuttgart before opting to join the Saints for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday night. last_img read more

Bornali Borah Shines At Commonwealth Weightlifting Competition Held At Samoa

first_imgGAURISAGAR: Bornali Borah, a resident of Dikhowmukh Raghubari village on the outskirt of Gaurisagar in Sivasagar district and player of Sivasagar District Weight lifting Association has brought laurel to her home place Dikhowmukh as well as Sivasagar district by winning gold medal in Commonwealth weightlifting competition held at Samoa. During schooling time Bornali is under the guidance and care of physical instructor of Dikhowmukh HS school, Sarat Mohan Neog and Gauranga Borah. By dint of her perseverance and dedication she enrolled Golaghat SAI academy as a representative from Sivasagar District Weightlifting Association and later on she went through 3 months weight lifting training at Patiwaala, Punjab. She represented in the mega event on behalf of India team under 45 Kg (junior) group . Despite limited opportunities as well as many obstacles on the threshold of her training period she clinched national record in Khelo India. Various organizations and individuals have hurled their congratulations to her achievement. In the event Rekhamoni Gogoi (40 Kg group) of Dhemaji got bronze medal. Also Read: Bornali Borah wins gold in the Khelo India Youth Gameslast_img read more

Foo excited to be in national colours again

first_imgMORE than five years after his last senior appearance, all-rounder Jonathan Foo is excited to be back in the national set-up, and insists that the hard work has actually paid off.The 26-year-old has been named in the Guyana Jaguars 14-man squad for the January 24 to February 18 West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Super50 in Barbados and Antigua.Commenting on his return Foo said, “I’m happy to be back in the team, I have been working hard especially in the three-day competition, been working hard on my batting and I was expecting to be in the one-day team so I’m going to keep working hard on my fitness.“I think I’m fully mature now, I have not played for Guyana a while but I have a clue on what is going on with my batting and personal game, the former Guyana Under-19 player pointed out.Loss of form denied him the chance of adding to his three List A caps, and after I missed out on selection for a prolonged period, the Berbician rediscovered his form during last year’s Jaguars Franchise League three-day tournament where he scored 580 runs, inclusive of two centuries.His effort did not go unnoticed, and Foo credited his Albion Cricket Club teammates and manager for the encouragement.“The guys at Albion such as (Veerasammy) Permaul, (Anthony) Bramble, (Devendra) Bishoo, (Gudakesh) Motie and manager Vemen Walter really kept me going, I was out from playing for Guyana for a while and I was really down so they keep encouraging me to score runs as one day I will be playing again for Guyana”, he revealed.Commenting on the improvement of his fitness Foo said, “Actually I’m very pleased with my fitness, over the years I have been unfit and I’m really pleased with it now.Foo joins West Indies Test opener Rajendra Chandrika and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, West Indies A team pacer Ronsford Beaton and former West Indies youth captain Shimron Hetmyer, as the players who were not featured in last year’s squad.The five have replaced recent West Indies A team players, middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, fast bowler Romario Shepherd, opening batsman Kevon Boodie and all-rounder Royston Crandon who were all part of last year’s squad.The Guyana Jaguars will do battle in Group B, which comprises last year’s losing finalists Barbados Pride, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions and ICC Americas.Meanwhile, title-holders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes, the West Indies U-19s, and visiting English County Kent Spitfires have been installed in Group A.When the action bowls, the Guyanese will be aiming for a 10th regional 50-over title, the last of which was achieved in 2005 when they defeated Barbados in near darkness in the final of the KFC Cup at the GCC ground, Bourda.Prior to that, Guyana reigned supreme in 1980, 1983, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2003.The Guyana Jaguars squad reads: Leon Johnson (captain), Veerasammy Permaul (vice-captain), Anthony Bramble (wkp.), Shimron Hetmyer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Barnwell, Raymon Reifer, Rajendra Chandrika, Steven Jacobs, Assad Fudadin, Devendra Bishoo, Ronsford Beaton, Paul Wintz and Jonathan Foo.Management Staff: Esaun Crandon (head coach), Rayon Griffith (assistant coach) and Ernesto Gonzalez (physiotherapist).last_img read more

Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windies Emerging Players to contest today’s Super50 final

first_img… Hamilton’s 21-ball stunner takes down Red ForcePORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Jahmar Hamilton stunned favoured hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force with a 21-ball half-century as Leeward Islands Hurricanes pulled off an exciting four-wicket win in the second Super50 Cup semi-final, to set up an intriguing clash with WI Emerging Players in today’s final.Chasing a challenging 269 at Queen’s Park Oval on Friday night, Hurricanes reached their target with three balls to spare, with captain Hamilton unleashing a scintillating unbeaten 78 off 34 deliveries.With six runs needed from the final over, the 29-year-old smashed part-time off-spinner Jason Mohammad for four off the second ball to erase any doubt about the result, before formalising the win with a single off the very next delivery.All told, the right-handed Hamilton belted three fours and eight sixes in an innings that left Red Force shell-shocked, after the hosts believed they held the advantage with Hurricanes stumbling on 165 for five in the 39th over.Stroke-maker Keacy Carty supported with a polished 53 off 70 deliveries while West Indies opener Kieran Powell struck a breezy 47 from 49 deliveries and Devon Thomas, a patient 28 from 50 balls.Red Force had earlier made all the running when they gathered 268 for eight off their 50 overs, with opener Tion Webster smashing 91 off 120 balls and Mohammed carving out 59 from 55 deliveries.West Indies batting star Darren Bravo got 34 and fellow left-hander Jeremy Solozano, 30, but Red Force lost their way late on after being well poised on 209 for three in the 44th over – losing their last five wickets for 59 runs off the last 42 balls of the innings.Fast bowler Sheeno Berridge, the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 21 scalps, finished with four for 58.Sent in, Red Force batted well in partnerships, Webster posting 99 for the first wicket with Solozano before adding a further 34 for the second with Keagan Simmons (14).When Webster holed out to deep mid-wicket off Berridge in the 33rd over within 17 runs of Simmons after counting seven fours and four sixes, Bravo and Mohammed combined in a 59-run fourth-wicket partnership to push Red Force past the 200-run mark.Bravo struck two fours and a six off 33 balls while Mohammed notched six fours and a six, both appearing likely to go deep.But Berridge returned to account for Bravo in the 44th over, mistiming a drive to Thomas at long off and his dismissal stalled Red Force’s run-scoring at the back end of the innings.The in-form Powell then anchored two stands at the top of the order to get Hurricanes away handsomely, putting on 33 for the first wicket with Montcin Hodge (15) and a further 42 for the second wicket with Amir Jangoo.Powell became the first batsman to pass 500 runs in the tournament and was closing in on his fifth score in excess of fifty when he edged a cut at left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein and was caught at the wicket in the 19th over.Thomas posted 41 for the fourth wicket with Carty but never really got going and by the time he was bowled by leg-spinning captain Imran Khan (2-71) in the 31st over, Hurricanes were facing a required run rate of over seven runs an over.Carty, who punched four fours and a six, then took charge for Hurricanes by adding 31 with Akeem Saunders for the fifth wicket and 54 for the sixth wicket with Hamilton, before falling to a catch in the deep off-spinner Jon Russ Jagessar (2-49) in the 44th over with his side still needing 50 runs from 39 balls.Hamilton had already launched a ferocious assault on Red Force’s bowlers to turn the game in the visitors’ favour. He smashed 25 runs from the 41st over bowled by Imran Khan and after being dropped on 42 by Bravo in the deep, reached his fifty in quick time at the start of the 46th over with a massive six off Jagessar.He finally dominated a 45-run, seventh-wicket stand with Terrance Warde (12) who limped off hurt at the start of the final over with the match all but won.last_img read more

Ikegwuonu, Chapman beneficiaries of total team effort in laugher versus border rival

first_imgOne yard. Over a nearly 20-minute stretch from the end of the first quarter to midway in the third, that is the total yardage the Minnesota offense was able to pick up. During that stretch Wisconsin put up 21 points and turned a competitive game into laugher.”That is a good stretch,” said UW head coach Bret Bielema.”We couldn’t convert a third down, and we just couldn’t move the ball,” said Minnesota head coach Glen Mason. “There were a few defensive series where we had Wisconsin against the wall on a third-and-long situation, and our defense couldn’t make a stop.”But what went into such a dominant stretch? Teamwork. Jack Ikegwuonu had a banner day at cornerback, Jason Chapman had maybe the best game of his career at defensive tackle, and the Badger offense again put on a fireworks show. Each element influenced the others, leading to a big victory over the Gophers. Ikegwuonu opened and closed the door on Minnesota, scoring on a 50-yard fumble recovery (forced by Chapman) only 95 seconds into the contest and then knocking away what would’ve been a touchdown in what was effectively the final play of the game. Everywhere in between, the sophomore cornerback was dominant, ending the day with two tackles, three pass break-ups and the aforementioned touchdown. Jack caught my eye when he first came here as a freshman,” Bielema said. “I thought that he was a player that potentially, because of his physically abilities, could be a good cover corner for us.”The 2006 Gopher team is just as reliant on their aerial attack as past Minnesota squads have been on the running game, with quarterback Bryan Cupito ranking near the top in virtually all the Big Ten passing statistics. However, the Wisconsin pass defense, ranked No. 3 in the country heading into Saturday’s contest and anchored by Ikegwuonu, shut down the talented signal-caller, limiting him to merely 94 passing yards. Minnesota challenged Ikegwuonu consistently on Saturday, which is unusual considering how most teams have shied away from throwing toward him, preferring instead to take their chances against fellow sophomore corner Allen Langford when trying to get the ball to playmaking receivers. The increased workload caught Ikegwuonu off guard at first, but he relished the challenge. “I really think they really wanted to get the ball to 84 (Logan Payne),” Ikegwuonu said. “It was exciting, it was different. I was asking for some more water today. It’s exciting to be a corner and get challenged.”Besides tight coverage, the other key factor in the impressive UW passing defense has been a steady pass rush. Wisconsin trapped Cupito on dropbacks three times Saturday to raise their sack total to 16 on the season, with 10 of those coming in the past four games. The consistent rush left Cupito in a constant state of hurry. “When the D-line is getting that much pressure on the quarterback it really allows us as defensive backs to sit on the short routes,” Ikegwuonu said. “As long as the D-line keeps getting pressure I’m going to be a happy man — I’m going to be smiling.”Chapman especially was a pest to Cupito, as the big sophomore picked up two sacks and forced the fumble on the initial drive that allowed Ikegwuonu to reach paydirt. “I was just trying to crush him, really,” Chapman said of the fumble he forced when he obliterated Minnesota tailback Amir Pinnix from behind. In his second season Chapman is fast becoming a playmaker for the Badgers, with a knack for being a disruptive force in the backfield. “Of all the defensive linemen I’ve been around, he has an incredible first step, which allows him to play with a little bit more suddenness than other defensive linemen,” Bielema said. “The sky is the limit for him and he makes my job easier, so I think he deserves just as much credit as I do,” Ikegwuonu said.However, Chapman and the UW defensive line’s job would be much more difficult if not for the high-octane offense. Wisconsin jumped out to a quick three-score lead in the first half, already forcing the Gophers to throw the ball to catch up. That in turn allowed Chapman and Co. to rush upfield relentlessly without having to worry as much about the pass. “I love that feeling, pinning your ears back and just going,” Chapman said. “That’s always fun, knowing when they have to throw,” junior tackle Nick Hayden said. “It was great just knowing that they had to throw, and we just got in the backfield knowing that they had to throw every time.”The Badgers have oft been described by their coach as a fun bunch who understand what they have to do, and now the players are beginning to echo that sentiment, especially after how much each unit relied on the next to contribute to the blowout Saturday. “When you can make all those plays it’s good to realize how much you’re doing for your team,” Ikegwuonu said. “It really makes you feel good.”last_img read more