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Various Utah Pro/College Sports Teams Unveil Lead Together Initiative

first_img Brad James Tags: Beehive State/Lead Together October 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Various Utah Pro/College Sports Teams Unveil Lead Together Initiative FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Late Friday, various Utah-based collegiate and pro sports teams and athletes unveiled an initiative called, “Lead Together.” This consists of a long-term commitment to cultivate and promote a community culture of inclusion and belonging.This is introduced by a video which will play in various sports venues across the Beehive State.Among those in the video are Utah Jazz standouts, shooting guard/small forward Bojan Bogdanovic, guard Mike Conley, center Rudy Gobert, small forward Joe Ingles and shooting guard Donovan Mitchell and the head football coaches of Utah State, Weber State, Utah and BYU, Gary Andersen, Jay Hill, Kyle Whittingham and Kalani Sitake, respectively.This is to honor diversity and inclusion for all those who enter sports venues in Utah and was inspired by “Take the Lead” which has been implemented by various sports teams in the New England area.This video can be seen below in this story for more information.This will also be used by Junior Jazz as it epitomizes this organization’s message of sportsmanship, fair play and respect on the court. Written bylast_img read more

SDL Bigwood launches Coventry auctions

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » SDL Bigwood launches Coventry auctions previous nextAgencies & PeopleSDL Bigwood launches Coventry auctionsMidlands network will be expanded with regular Coventry auctions from this autumn.The Negotiator11th September 20160803 Views The Birmingham-based business already holds six auctions a year at Aston Villa FC, but from Wednesday, November 9, will be holding regular auctions in Coventry at The Village Hotel.SDL Bigwood is now the largest auction house outside of London and ranked number four in the UK by combined annual turnover.The combined auction houses now have total annual sales of more than £160 million per annum and the new auctions in Coventry, and in Stoke which are being launched by SDL Graham Penny Auctions from October, will increase this considerably.SDL Bigwood auctions partner Gurpreet Bassi (left) said, “We have already raised over £45 million for our vendor clients this year at our Birmingham auction and we want to continue that success for our clients in Coventry.“There is a buoyant property market in Coventry and one that we feel would benefit from a new regional auctioneer with a local knowledge and a national database of buyers.“Our Coventry auction will enable us to serve Warwick, Leamington, Rugby, Kenilworth and even further afield such as Northampton and Milton Keynes,” he said.So far this year SDL Bigwood has total sales of £45,669,200 and the best sold average of 93 per cent in the UK after its first three Birmingham auctions.Rory Daly (right), Chief Executive, said, “More and more people are turning on to the advantages of auctions as a fast and effective means of selling property. Competitive bidding means that prices achieved often outperform sale by private treaty. Sellers relish the certainty of sale and immediate exchange of contracts and this is fuelling our growth.”“When we were acquired by SDL Group late last year, we said that this would now give us the platform to grow our auction operations.“The acquisition of Graham Penny Auctions in the East Midlands doubled the total sales of our auction operation, our SDL auctions have sold over £85million in the year to date and we are on track to sell in the region of £175million this year, taking us into the top four nationwide.“Our joint auction operation is now the largest in the UK outside of London and with the additional auctions in Coventry and Stoke, we will be holding 29 auctions this year!”.He said the two new launches was part of a medium term strategy to build a national auction network.“We are assessing the potential of four possible targets in the north of England and hope to make some positive announcements in the early autumn,” he said.auctions SDL Bigwood Coventry auctions September 11, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

New community hub for Wadham House

first_imgA vacant building owned by Wadham College will be turned into a community hub.Aristotle House will be re-purposed by Makespace Oxford into a venue for charities, workers’ cooperatives and social enterprises.The workspace will house a community events space, meeting rooms, an edible garden, a community café, and workshop space.It aims to involve marginalised and vulnerable communities through training and employment opportunities.Makespace Oxford hope that the new workspace will “leverage Oxford’s empty and under-used space for community benefit and raise awareness of new and creative uses for urban space.”Founding director of Makespace Oxford, Andy Edwards, told Cherwell: “Makespace Oxford is an approach to empty and underused space which could be applied anywhere in Oxford and is not limited to one building in Jericho.“[We have] been developing very positive discussions with Oxford University Estates department regarding optimising the use of their space, with the potential to use any existing buildings they have for meanwhile workspace and these conversations are ongoing.”However, he continued: “I would like to see the University work with colleges to publish better data on empty and underused spaces.“Makespace Oxford hopes to develop a successful working example of what is possible when a college, the council and the community work together.“But there is a hesitance from the University to release information and this is hampering the opportunity.”Wadham College had originally scheduled the building to be re-developed into offices and apartments. They have delayed progressing the construction work, citing concerns over “potential traffic and care for the trees”.They are expected to re-consider developing the building after Makespace’s lease elapses in 2020.A spokesperson for Wadham College said: “We do not want to leave the building unused, and have agreed a tenancy with Makespace Oxford under which they will manage and make the building available to variety of social enterprises, charities and other small businesses.“Wadham believes the activities will make a very positive contribution to the local community.”Makespace Oxford aim to continue the acquisition of college property around the city: “Over the last three years we’ve been developing a model for working with land owners who are looking to convert their empty premises into hives of activity for local social enterprises.“We’re in an ongoing process of seeking empty and underused spaces capable of incubating exciting new ventures whilst they await redevelopment.”The University did not respond to Cherwell’s request for comment.last_img read more

Junior Raiders K-8th Grade Football Sign-Ups

first_imgThe 2019 JR Raiders Football Season is nearly here. This season the following options are available to players from K-8th grade for students from Ocean City and all surrounding areas.Varsity Football – 7th and 8th graders tackle football in a weighted league. Practices will be during the week and games on Saturday evenings. Practice starts August 5th. For more information contact Head Coach Carl Wanek: 609-513-5517Junior Varsity Football – 5th and 6th graders tackle football in a weighted league. Practices will be during the week and games on Saturday afternoon. Practice starts August 8th. For more information contact Head Coach Drew Fasy: 609-827-8083Pee-Wee Football – 3rd and 4th graders tackle football in a weighted league. Practices will be during the week and games on Saturday afternoon. Practice starts August 5th. For more information contact Head Coach Rich Wheeler: 856-261-6725Flag Football – K-4th grade. Players will be divided by grade levels and participate in non-contact flag football. Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays with games on Saturday afternoon. Practice begins on August 21st.  For more information contact: Head Coach Ken Wisnefski 609-802-3415To sign up, visit: ocjryf.siplay.comSign Up for Jr. Raiders FootballThe Junior Raiders focus on having the players gain experience and the program prides itself on providing the highest level of safety for its players.“Having the players love football as much as the coaches do is always the goal of the program” stated Carl Wanek, the Junior Raiders President and Varsity football coach. “We provide a positive atmosphere for players to grow athletically while the work in a team environment”.Playing youth football gives players a headstart if they have interest in playing football in high school. Understanding the rules of the games and the basic techniques are some of the focal points that the Junior Raiders program thrives to provide its players.“The key to any successful public high school program is its feeder system. Strong community football at the youth level is a great way to prepare for high school football by learning proper fundamentals, technique, teamwork and discipline. At Ocean City High School, we work closely with the Junior Raiders to create a bond between our program and theirs. Now is a great time to become a Junior Raider and to join the football family we’re building in Ocean City” said Kevin Smith, the head coach of the Ocean City High School football team and a parent of a player in the Junior Raiders program.To sign up, visit: ocjryf.siplay.comlast_img read more

Press release: UK at Forefront of Transport Innovation

first_img Ensure the UK Government has a world leading science advice mechanism and is an exemplar to the rest of the world. The movement of goods continues to be critical to our economy. Two billion tonnes of goods were moved in the UK in 2016, 89% by road. There are opportunities out to 2040 for technology in freight. A growing population and demand for quicker deliveries in narrower windows, puts pressure on urban freight deliveries. This, combined with the changing nature of work, increases the number of vans. Hard and soft measures are likely to be key to achieving change, linked with clear goals. This means that the potential of technologies such as self-driving vehicles (be those buses, droids, cars or trains) to support wider objectives can be realised. In Stockholm, through a combination of investing in separate cycling lanes and campaigns, the proportion of cycling trips increased from 5 to 9% between 2004 and 2015. Behavioural and social science can help us better design our built environment and its transport system around users, and allow technology to improve the lives of individuals and society. For example, mostly for societal reasons, the percentage of young people with driving licences fell between 1992 and 2014 from 48% to 29% among 17-20 year olds. This trend of lower car use continues throughout their lives. The report also considers four scenarios, one in which progress continues incrementally, one where technology is allowed to dominate, another where environmental and social issues take precedence, and a fourth where less data sharing predominates. None of these scenarios is absolute but choices will need to be made to secure the right mix.The report, published by the Government Office for Science, looks out to 2040 and identifies areas in which society and government face key choices to capitalise on the opportunities change brings. It brings together evidence to inform the UK’s response to a range of challenges and opportunities. It considers evidence from a wide range of sources, through commissioning working papers, to organising roundtables bringing together experts to develop and test new ideas. While the report does not represent government policy, it provides further evidence that will help to inform the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge strategy. Notes to editors We want our new Future of Mobility Grand Challenge to encourage innovations that will usher in an era of easier, safer and cleaner travel.   But great innovation and rapid technological change need to be based on robust evidence and a deep understanding of human behaviour.  This report is a very useful contribution to that evidence base. Harnesses the power of scientists and engineers across government, putting scientific evidence at the centre of government thinking.   Transport is more than just travel, it connects people, places and shapes the way we live. The UK was a pioneer of transport technologies throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and we can be at the forefront of the next transport revolution. We must grasp the opportunities to fully exploit our potential and create a transport system fit for the future. To be successful, industry, academia and policy-makers will need to work together, with the user at the heart of the system.  There has been profound social change over the last 20 years. For example, commuting trips are down 20% per person, shopping trips are down 20% per person. Since 2002 the annual distance driven by each car driver is down about 12%. The Government Office for Science: A full copy of the Foresight Future of Mobility report can be found at Data is already driving change in the system. Using and sharing data securely and in ways that benefit both companies and public authorities is key. Transport for London’s shared data generates around £130 million per year for the economy. This is a time of unprecedented change in transport, Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser will say today at the launch of the Foresight Future of Mobility Report.The UK is well placed to capitalise on the exciting opportunities offered by transport technologies and innovation which will benefit the economy, society and the citizen. The Industrial Strategy and in particular the Mobility Grand Challenge will be central to helping us realise this ambition, building on the UK’s world leading expertise and knowledge.The report finds that technologies such as self-driving and zero-emission vehicles will drive innovation in the future. Behavioural and social sciences will be essential to maximise the impact of these technologies allowing us to develop a clear understanding of how citizens and businesses make decisions and interact with the transport system.The report also finds that the movement of goods around the country is an equally important consideration. In 2017 logistics added £121 billion to the UK economy and employed 2.5 million people. Data will grow in importance to 2040. Therefore the ability to use data to integrate different forms of transport, both passenger and freight, will be key.Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance said: Closer to real-time understanding of systems is possible, improving understanding of trends and making it easier to design more integrated systems, spot disruptive trends sooner, and improving decision-making. Key findings: The supporting materials for the report can be found at Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said: Ensures that the  Prime Minister and government  have advice based on world leading science and innovation and that policies and decisions are informed by evidence and strategic long-term thinking.  The nature of work, retail, and leisure are changing. People’s and businesses responses to this are shaping new travel patterns and behaviours. For example, in 2018, 17.9% of all retail sales were internet sales, compared to 3.3% in 2007. The right solution is needed for each place. Urban, sub-urban and rural areas all require different responses. In rural areas 87% of trips are by car/van and 78% in urban areas, in London the figure drops to 53%.last_img read more

Shubert Honchos Honored as NYC Living Landmarks

first_img View Comments Honorees Philip J. Smith, Robert E. Wankel, Susan L. Solomon, Susan Weber, Brooke Garber Neidich, Daniel Neidich & Ken Langone. Photo by Jim Salzano. Every year, The New York Landmarks Conservancy takes a break from protecting New York City’s vibrant neighborhoods and buildings for one night to shine a spotlight on special New Yorkers at their “Living Landmarks” gala. This year, two Broadway stalwarts were among the honorees: longtime Shubert Organization leaders Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel. In the hot shot above, Wankel hits the red carpet with presenters Bernadette Peters and Joel Grey. Other honorees were Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, business executives and philanthropists Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich, New York Stem Cell Foundation pioneer Susan L. Solomon and Bard Graduate Center founder Dr. Susan Weber. Also on hand was Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, who performed for the starry crowd at The Plaza. The event raised a record $1.4 million for the vital nonprofit organization. Congrats to all!last_img read more

Flanders Bay Swimmer Dies After Chasing Boat

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man who tried swimming toward his boat that went adrift on a clamming trip was found unconscious floating in Flanders Bay and later died, Southampton Town Police said.A boater found the man not breathing and unconscious floating in the bay north of Birch Creek, pulled the victim onto their vessel and called police at 2:30 p.m. Monday, authorities said.Southampton Town Bay Contables and U.S. Coast Guard responded and performed CPR on the man before he was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he later died.Detectives determined that the man and a family member had been clamming nearby when the wind and tide caused their aluminum boat to come off its anchor and drift away.The victim swam toward the boat while the other man kept an eye on him, but the second man lost sight of the swimmer and realized that he did not reach the boat.The second man yelled for help when a passing boater stopped, joined the search and found the missing swimmer near the drifting boat a distance from shore.The victim was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office where an autopsy will be conducted.last_img read more

Stop drinking the kool-aid and beat your competition

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: Details Nine and a half times out of ten when I ask an employee at a financial institution why they’re better than the competition, they tell me it’s because their service is better. “We give great service”, “We’re nicer”, “Our members love us” – they stop short of saying they’re better looking but the message is clear that they think they’re service level is superior and, therefore, their members will never take their business elsewhere.Further, in a survey we conduct with clients, the following question is asked: Our credit union offers products and services that are superior to our competition. The scores are always very high. That’s good news, right? Well, then we ask: We get up-to-date information on how our products and services compare to the competition. Sadly, the scores are always extremely low.That’s what I call “drinking the kool-aid”. Far too many credit unions think they’re better than the competition but make little or no effort to find out for sure. Worse, they’re making strategic decisions based on their assumptions rather than investing in the necessary research to clearly and definitively identify their competitive advantage. How can you say you’re better than the competition if you never compare yourself to the competition?Many credit unions have achieved a high level of past success without having to worry too much about the competition. As long as they opened their doors on time each morning and offered a highly competitive price on loans and CDs, they made money. Members would rarely attrite and the business kept rolling in. The only time competition became a concern is when someone else offered a rate special.Today, members (and especially, potential members!) are tempted every day by competition and it’s no longer just the rate leaders we need to worry about. Members are tempted by those that offer enticing new and better products; those that provide the ultimate in convenience; and, yes, those that are new, fresh, and hip (does anyone beside me still use that word?). The “face” of banking isn’t changing … it has already changed! Has your credit union changed its face?There are three vital steps to re-facing your organization:Change the culture of your staffIt’s no longer acceptable to just react to member’s needs. You need to be proactive and anticipate member needs (current and future). That means having people and processes that allow you to change the dynamic of every member interaction to maximize the experience. The profile of your employees needs to change so that empathy, friendliness, approachability, and forward-thinking become the attributes with the greatest priority. This change starts at the very top and permeates throughout the entire credit union.Look through your member’s eyesWhen you assess that “experience”, look at it from the member’s perspective, not yours. Stop doing things the same way you’ve always done them! Challenge every single process to see if you can do it more efficiently so as to provide a desirable experience for your members. Remember, they don’t care what your limitations are – they want you to conduct their business in the most positive manner possible. And don’t assume you know how they feel about you – ask them as frequently as you can.Compare yourself to the competitionFirst, identify exactly who your competition is and, then, specifically how you stack-up against each one. Compare products, convenience, price, experience, and people. Be brutally honest when you look in the mirror. If your baby is ugly, admit it’s ugly and deploy strategies to beautify it. Get your people involved in the process; this isn’t just a Marketing initiative, everyone has skin in the game. Expect branch managers and their staff to shop the competition in their markets, share the information, and develop local strategies to improve. Finally, make this an on-going process.Recently, we asked four senior leaders at a small credit union: Considering all the competition out there, why would someone choose to become a member at your credit union? As you might imagine, each of the four presented four distinctly different and unverified answers. They presented their opinions, not facts. They had each taken a big gulp of the kool-aid!When you identify your short-comings, be quick and nimble in responding to them. The time for urgency is now! Every day you wait is a day your competition is gaining ground or extending their lead. Remember: the competition is coming hard after the same members you need to keep. They don’t want the ones that are costing you money; they want the ones that are making you the most money. They will also prevent you from attracting those critical younger members that every credit union needs for future viability and survival.The message is plain: stop drinking the kool-aid and make the necessary changes to beat the competition today! My firm would be happy to share with you best practices in assessing your current competitive position and ways to make sure your baby stops being ugly. Please contact us at read more


first_imgApr 28, 2009Editor’s note: Today we are launching a daily digest of the latest developments concerning the swine influenza H1N1 virus. This digest will be updated more than once a day as news developments dictate. The United States now has 64 confirmed swine flu cases, up from 40 reported yesterday, the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this morning. Three of the new cases are from California, 4 are from Texas, and 17 are from New York City. Five patients have been hospitalized, CDC officials said this afternoon. [CDC swine flu investigation page]At a briefing this morning, the World Health Organization said governments have officially confirmed 26 swine flu cases in Mexico, 6 in Canada, 3 in New Zealand, and 2 each in Spain and the United Kingdom, for a total of 39 cases outside the United States. In addition, Reuters reported one confirmed case in Israel. [Apr 28 Reuters story]California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in California over swine flu today, as Los Angeles County officials investigated two deaths as possibly related to the virus, according to a Reuters report.The Obama administration is asking Congress for a $1.5 billion supplemental appropriation to deal with the swine flu outbreak, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, announced at a Senate committee hearing on the outbreak today.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday authorized emergency use of influenza medicines and the rRT-PCR Swine Flu Panel diagnostic test for response to the swine flu virus outbreak. The move allows use of the drugs in younger children and permits a broader range of health professionals, including public health officials and volunteers, to distribute the drugs. [Apr 27 FDA press release]GlaxoSmithKline has geared up production of zanamivir (Relenza), and Roche has increased production of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in response to the swine flu outbreak. The new virus has shown sensitivity to both of the drugs. [Apr 28 Bloomberg News story]US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said yesterday that animal health surveillance has shown no swine flu infections in US swine. [Apr 27 USDA press release]The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said yesterday that it appointed an expert team to determine if the new swine H1N1 virus has a direct connection to pigs and deployed a team of animal health experts to Mexico to help the government assess the epidemiologic situation in the pig production sector.last_img read more

The largest tourism companies are proposing an additional 4 measures for tourism, which will be valid until the spring of 2021.

first_imgIn a situation of complete absence of tourist traffic, with completely closed accommodation and catering facilities across the country, and growing uncertainty about the course of the main tourist season, the largest domestic tourist companies gathered in the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) have drafted measures to preserve employment and businesses sector that generates almost 20 percent of Croatia’s total GDP. After the start of work, specifically with the opening of 50% of available capacities, the mentioned benefits are paid in the amount of 30-50% in order to enable the beneficiaries of these benefits to “survive” and dispose of funds exclusively for the necessary functioning.  HUT supports the primary goal of the Government expressed in the presentation of the first set of measures to help the economy, primarily through the preservation of jobs and businesses in these extreme conditions, because they believe that this is the only way to make a quick return as soon as health and market conditions are created. The fourth group of measures refers to rescheduling of existing credit commitments for all entities that need it for business survival. The measures have been sent to the Government, and the HUT expects them to be considered and adopted through the announced new package of assistance to the economy, which is necessary for the survival of the overall economy. The measure should be secured by next spring when we expect the start of business normalization.  The first priority is save jobs until next spring.  “In these conditions of the fight against the coronavirus-caused pandemic, it is completely certain that a significant part of tourist revenues will be absent this year. In such conditions, and due to the exceptional seasonality of Croatian tourism, which in four summer months generates 85 percent of total traffic, it is realistic to expect that the tourism sector will drag business problems until the spring of 2021. ” points out Veljko Ostojic, director of HUT. The second group of measures relates to payment of taxes and contributions and various fees. center_img While on hold, workers should receive a minimum wage compensation of 60%, which is otherwise unemployment benefit, and employers would not pay taxes and contributions since workers do not work.  The third group of measures refers to liquidity financing and preparation for the next tourist season, therefore, it is proposed to provide grants and / or to provide favorable loans for this purpose through HBOR and commercial banks.  For that, we need formal and material preconditions, and we propose the urgent formalization of the institute of “waiting workers”, which realistically reflects the current position of the vast majority of workers in the hospitality industry.  Namely, we are all aware that this year’s tourist traffic will be significantly reduced and it is completely logical for employers to be exempt from paying such taxes. The delay in payment alone does not make sense, because it is already obvious that there will be no possibility of payment, but employment and business systems should be preserved until the resumption of full business.  Therefore, the HUT proposes additional measures for tourism, which are divided into four groups. This payment system is valid until 01.05.2021.  Our proposal is that taxes and contributions and fees and mandatory membership fees (utilities, maritime property, tourist land, water fee…) are not paid until the catering facilities are open. last_img read more