Mitchell, Crowder help Jazz crush tired Timberwolves 120-100

first_imgShe implored fans to enjoy the competition and cheer the Jazz as loudly as ever but cautioned, “No one wins when respect goes away.” JAZZ OWNER SETS TONE The Timberwolves didn’t arrive in Salt Lake City until Thursday morning due to a severe snowstorm in Denver that prevented the team from flying. The team showed up for its charter flight a little after 10 a.m. on Wednesday but was stranded at the airport for nearly 10 hours because of high winds before returning to the hotel. Associated Press Mitchell converted a scintillating drive and dunk on the baseline and then a tough lay-in from the right angle. The game was within single digits most of the way, but the Jazz led by 24 in the closing minutes as the Timberwolves ran out of steam. Andrew Wiggins scored 14 points but shot 6 of 17. Tyus Jones had 12 points and nine assists for the Wolves. Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points, including 14 in the third quarter as the Timberwolves drew within 71-70. Utah finished the period on a scoring burst and led 91-81 entering the fourth on a rare dunk by Joe Ingles. In his nine games since the All-Star break, Towns has averaged 34 points and 13.4 rebounds but looked frustrated at times against the length of Gobert and fouled out as he tried to bull through the Jazz center on a baseline drive with 4:13 remaining. Players from both teams listened intently and applauded the speech. Jazz owner Gail Miller released a statement and spoke to the crowd prior to the game to address an encounter between Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook and a fan Tuesday. Utah permanently banned the fan from all arena events, and Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the league. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Jae Crowder had 18 and the Utah Jazz beat the travel-weary Minnesota Timberwolves 120-100 on Thursday night. Miller, who has owned the team for 34 years with her late husband Larry, implored the crowd to do better and said, “We are not a racist community.” Jazz: Host Brooklyn on Saturday. Timberwolves: Derrick Rose (elbow), Jeff Teague (foot), Luol Deng (Achilles) and Robert Covington (knee) all missed the game for Minnesota. … Towns caught Mitchell in the back of the head during a scramble for a rebound and received a Flagrant 1 foul. … The Timberwolves went 5 for 24 on 3-point attempts. TIP-INS Derrick Favors had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Ruby Gobert contributed 10 points and 13 boards for the Jazz, who played Wednesday night but didn’t have nearly the travel adventures that beset Minnesota. Tags: Donovan Mitchell/Jae Crowder/NBA/Utah Jazz March 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local Mitchell, Crowder help Jazz crush tired Timberwolves 120-100 Utah claimed the season series 3-1 and moved into a tie for sixth in the tight Western Conference. Jazz: Dante Exum, who missed 25 games with an ankle issue and only returned Monday, left the game after three minutes with knee soreness. … Utah outrebounded Minnesota 49-38. … The Jazz had 30 assists on their 44 field goals. “We moved the ball, that’s what it was,” Crowder said. UP NEXT Written by Timberwolves: Visit Houston on Sunday.last_img read more

FGS Sachsen Saves Iranian Dhow from Suspected Pirates

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today FGS Sachsen Saves Iranian Dhow from Suspected Pirates View post tag: Saves View post tag: Sachsen View post tag: Pirates View post tag: FGS On Saturday, 20 October 2012, the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) German frigate FGS Sachsen located a suspicious dhow and detained seven suspected pirates.The German frigate was tasked on Friday, 19 October 2012, to locate an Iranian dhow as reports indicated the vessel to be in the hand of pirates.On Saturday, FGS Sachsen located the dhow and established contact with the master of the dhow. He reported his crew is threatened by seven suspected pirates and that he has been beaten. A boarding team detained the seven suspects and confiscated several assault rifles AK47 as well as a Rocket Propelled Grenade launcher (RPG).This action denied the suspected pirates the use of the dhow as a potential mother ship and saved 20 Iranian sailors from what could be a prolonged captivity.The 7 suspects have been transferred to FGS Sachsen and an investigation is ongoing.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, October 22, 2012; Image: EU Navfor FGS Sachsen Saves Iranian Dhow from Suspected Pirates View post tag: Naval October 22, 2012center_img View post tag: Iranian View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Dhow View post tag: Suspected Share this articlelast_img read more

OCPD Weekly Activity Report 11/13 – 19

first_imgCity Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Calls for Service: 530         Daily Average: 76 November 13, 2016: Sunday Calls for service: 59 Vehicle Stops: 13 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 29  Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 3 Fire and 1 EMS callsWarrant, 34th Street, one in custody, at 12:46am November 14, 2016: Monday Calls for service: 57 Vehicle Stops: 7 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 29  Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 6 Fire and 7 EMS callsFraud, 200 block Corinthian Ave., at 9:00amAssault, 500 block Atlantic Ave., at 1:23pm November 15, 2016: TuesdayCalls for service: 67 Vehicle Stops: 13 Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 19  Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 8 EMS callsWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 1:36pmVehicle accident, 1200 block West Ave., at 9:28amAssault, 500 block 7th St., at 5:16pmWarrant, 900 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 9:31pm November 16, 2016: WednesdayCalls for service: 100 Vehicle Stops: 31 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 47 Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 8 EMS callsThreats, Mercer Pl., at 12:46pmWarrant, Bay Ave., one in custody, at 9:40pm November 17, 2016: ThursdayCalls for service: 80 Vehicle Stops: 16  Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 38  Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 4 EMS callsTheft, 400 block Haven Ave., at 5:37pmWarrant, 1000 block Ocean Ave., one in custody, at 7:08pmTheft, Plaza Pl., at 8:24pm November 18, 2016: FridayCalls for service: 81 Vehicle Stops: 19 Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 35 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 8 EMS callsWarrant, 900 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 3:30pmTheft, 500 block Boardwalk, at 3:30pmvehicle accident, 8th St. & Parkridge Rd., at 5:34pm  November 19, 2016: SaturdayCalls for service: 86 Vehicle Stops: 25 Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 36  Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 4 EMS callsvehicle accident, 55th Street, at 7:42pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year. Bicycle riders must obey all vehicle laws similar to that of a vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic.       Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection.last_img read more

Press release: Be part of the fourth industrial revolution

first_imgCould you create a road surface that heals itself to make it more resilient for the future? Do you have an idea or product that will help prepare the highways infrastructure for the coming of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV)?If you or your company has a solution which could help transform England’s motorways and major A roads then Highways England wants to hear from you.The company responsible for maintaining, operating and improving the strategic road network has today launched an ‘Innovation Portal’ to help identify things that could make roads safer for motorists and road workers, improve how information reaches those travelling around or help deliver an ambitious programme of road schemes.The online platform shows just some of the research and development being funded by Highways England through a special fund it has ring-fenced for innovation. These include an intelligent and connected construction plant development to make excavation work safer and more productive, mobile safety equipment to protect our road workers and CAV test bed sites to prepare our network for future vehicles. Paul Doney, Innovation and Continuous Improvement Director, Highways England (pictured). Credit: Highways EnglandLaunching the portal, Paul Doney, Innovation and Continuous Improvement Director, Highways England, said: This is a really exciting time to work in infrastructure and in a world with technology at our fingertips the possibilities for the future are endless. At Highways England we have an ambitious roads programme and we want to harness the good ideas out there to help us build our future network. The new Innovation Portal gives a two-way platform to connect on. It shows everyone the areas that really matter to us and the challenges we expect to face: improving safety for road users and our work force, customer service and delivering our ambitious road programme. If you think you can help us and want to be part of this come and speak with us at Highways England.center_img The company is keen to engage with the industry, small and medium-sized enterprises, research organisations and academic bodies.Highways England also wants people to understand the ‘journey’ their idea or product will go on. Solutions to problems are fed by the discovery stage of research, which Highways England is keen to support. Beyond that it’s about developing new products and services and how innovation can be linked to what customers want; it also needs to deliver value for money. The big challenge is then to ‘land’ innovation and make it business as usual through standardisation.A previous innovation which is now standard is the way Highways England models major improvement schemes. Historically a bespoke model would be built for each scheme, incurring significant cost and time.The new models now provide the opportunity for the traffic model building process to “hit the ground running” with a much stronger information base helping Highways England to deliver projects in a shorter timescale and in turn providing the benefits sooner. Furthermore they have been used to provide information for models developed by a number of local authorities and Sub-Regional Transport Bodies, providing wider benefits to the country.Another innovation in development is looking toward building a real-time simulation of our network using computer gaming technology to improve decision making when assessing the operational impact of incident management or changes to the road layout.Highways England wants to use the new portal to reach outside of the company and show people what it will be like to work with them and maximise opportunities. This could be through funding or connecting idea owners up with others who may be able to work with them.Currently Highways England is supporting over 95 projects across the country with investment from the £150 million special fund for innovation. The portal shows the process for applying, as well as live research and innovation competitions. Anyone who wants to engage with the company should get in touch via the Innovation Portal.Interview opportunity:Paul Doney, Highways England, is available for interview on Wednesday 27 June (afternoon only) or Thursday 28 June, where he is attending the Traffex Seeing Is Believing event. If you are interested in speaking to Paul, please call Kelly Barnes or Andy Broughton, Highways England Press Office on 0844 693 1448 (select Option 1).Note: the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (see title of news release) is referenced in an independent report “Made Smarter Review” published by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in October 2017.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

Watch Full Sets From The Nth Power And Jen Hartswick On ‘Jenth Power Tour’ Opening Night

first_imgPowerhouse quintet The Nth Power and esteemed jazz vocalist and trumpet player Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) opened a five-show run together at The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT last night. Dubbed the “Jenth Power Tour,” Hartswick and her band featuring keyboardist Rob Marscher, bassist Dezron Douglas as well as Nth Power members drummer Nikki Glaspie and guitarist Nick Cassarino opened the evening’s festivities with several selections from Hartswick’s upcoming new album before giving way to the Nth Power’s set.Hartswick’s ties with the Nth Power run deep, as it was her late night show at Jazz Fest in 2012 that first breathed life into the band that now includes Glaspie, Cassarino, bass player Nate Edgar, West African master percussionist Weedie Braimah and keyboardist Courtney “Jay-Mel” Smith. During last night’s performance at The Acoustic, the Nth Power ran through several songs from the band’s soulful 2015 album Abundance, including “Walk On Water,” “Soul Survivor,” “Right Now” and “Holy Rain.” In addition, Glaspie dedicated the encore to Daryl Coley, an acclaimed gospel singer who had died earlier in the day.Watch complete show footage of the Jennifer Hartswick Band and The Nth Power last night via TheAcoustic:Be sure to catch The Nth Power at Fool’s Paradise, hosted by Lettuce, from April 1-2 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL. Lettuce and The Nth Power will perform, alongside GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, Break Science and more! Info can be found here.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Listen To A Free Live Stream Of Radiohead’s Headlining Glastonbury Set Today

first_imgToday, Radiohead will make their return to Glastonbury Festival with a headlining set at the Pyramid Stage. The highly-awaited performance marks the return globally-renowned British band’s return to the UK’s most famous festival, a performance which was announced in October with a photo of the band’s bear logo emblazoned on the grass on the empty festival grounds:Radiohead have become somewhat synonymous with Glastonbury over the years. They have headlined the event twice before (in 1997 and 2003), with both sets considered to be all-time classic Glastonbury performances. They also performed a secret set at the festival’s Park Stage in 2011 when road testing the material from their album The King Of Limbs. Thom Yorke has even been known to pop up at the festival’s many smaller venues and cafes to perform DJ sets as well. The band clearly feel comfortable at Glastonbury, today’s performance promises to be a triumphant return after their last performance on the Pyramid Stage fourteen years ago.Thanks to BBC TV and BBC Radio, even those of us not in attendance will be able to enjoy the performance in real time. For those tuning in from the UK, you can watch live video of the show on BBC TV. For everyone else, you can listen to the audio stream of the concert via BBC Radio, beginning at 4:30 pm Eastern Time. You can catch the stream here. As the radio stream description explains: “Gideon Coe begins a summer of festival coverage with Radiohead live from the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival. This will be the band’s third time headlining Glastonbury, following historic stints in 1997 and 2003. Listeners will be able to experience all the excitement and build up to the set and reactions afterwards. There will also be live music from Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals, Sleaford Mods and Angel Olson will be joining Gideon for a chat in the studio after her performance on the Park Stage earlier in the evening.”The performance also comes on the same day that the band releases their new box set OKNOTOK in honor of the 20th anniversary of their critically acclaimed album OK Computer. In addition to the remastered tracks from the original album, the special edition will also include three previously unreleased tracks—“I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man Of War”—and eight B-sides.[h/t – Pitchfork]last_img read more

Gov’t Mule Announces 2018 Mule Year’s Run

first_imgFollowing a three-set super show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Friday, Gov’t Mule has announced their Mule Year’s run! On December 28th, Gov’t Mule will perform at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania with special guests Oteil & Friends. Then, Gov’t Mule will return to The Beacon Theatre in New York, NY for their annual celebration on December 29th and 31st. Positioned in the heart of New York City, the band traditionally welcomes a bevy of special guests and themes during their NYE throw down. More details to come.VIP packages will be available this Friday, September 21st, at 10 a.m. (ET) with tickets going on sale next Friday, September 28th. Head here for more information.last_img read more

Data & Deep Learning: Embracing the Art of the Possible

first_imgI’m often surprised to find companies that continue to invest in data strategies that fail to respond to their business needs.  They are taking a page from an old playbook and expect it to work in their new, rapidly evolving environments.  They’re trying to forge a new path with an old map, which won’t help them keep pace with competitors, continue to innovate or ultimately grow their businesses. Companies today need to adopt a new mentality when it comes to data analytics. They should work to imagine and embrace the art of the possible. In doing so, they should ask themselves: What can we do now that we couldn’t do before using new technologies and approaches? It could mean the difference between market leadership or future failure.As a company’s data sets continue to grow in size and vary in nature, the data management systems in place must allow the organizations the flexibility to grow and change with it.  Beyond just the data, company’s also need to be able to execute new techniques to maximize the insights contained within the data, to promote better, faster business decisions, forge new paths forward and create new revenue streams.One leading technique is Artificial Intelligence (AI) – a concept that has been around since the 1960’s, when AI pioneers began predicting that machines would discern and learn tasks without human intervention. They would quite literally be able to ‘think’ for themselves. Fast forward to 2025 there will be 163 zettabytes of data [1] with an estimated 80% that is no longer human parsable. Those predictions are not just a reality, but also a requirement.  With all of this data spanning every industry, the use cases for AI are endless. But, as you look across those use cases there are a common core of AI techniques applied behind each application.Take Deep Learning, for example – a branch inside of machine learning. Deep learning differs from traditional algorithms by using neural networks to uncover features and solve problems.  Organizations have quickly adopted Deep Learning because of the ability to get insights from images, video, audio, and free text.  The most common DL methods we come across are:Image detection, allows you to detect whether or not something is presentImage classification, allows you to classify what type of thing is presentNatural language processing, allows you ask the meaning and intent to words and textSpeech recognition, allows you transform audio across languages into a common form for NLPSegmentation, allows you to determine to what extent something is presentPrediction, allows you to ask what is the likely outcomeRecommendation, allows you to get suggested outcomesMachine generated images and video used in the entertainment industryFigure 1 below gives a snapshot summary of some of these methods and shows how they can be directly applied to a business case with measurable value. When applied individually or combined these methods provide the foundation for the ‘Art of the Possible’, making business applications that were impossible before, finally possible.Figure 1:  Mapping Data to AI Power Outcomes [2]While the concepts of AI and Deep Learning still seem untouchable to many, we at Dell EMC are constantly finding new ways to bring AI to the forefront.  We are taking our daily learning and turning it into validated infrastructure solutions that will make AI simpler, faster, and more accessible.   Our family of validated Dell EMC Isilon and NVIDIA based solutions offer flexibility and informed choice by pairing high performance, high bandwidth GPU accelerated compute with high performance, scale-out flash storage.  This puts our customers in the driver’s seat with forgettable scale-out infrastructure that makes nothing seems out of the question.As an example of the ‘Art of the Possible’, we will be hosting a VIP evening event during the upcoming O’Reilly Conference in New York on April 17. The guest of honor will be Sophia – the humanoid robot who uses a combination of the techniques detailed to interact using human gestures, expressions and language.  This will provide our customers a first-hand look at what is now possible and help them understand how these same technologies can be applied to drive innovation and growth within their own businesses.   Sophia and I will also be featured on the O’Reilly YouTube channel and Sophia will be in the Dell Technologies booth on Wednesday April 17th from 10:30-11:30 AM where we’re going to be raffling off tickets to the evening event.If you too are interested in learning more about how AI and Deep Learning can benefit your business, please get in touch with me at the show.  We look forward to helping you turn the previously unimaginable into reality.[1] Data Age 2025 – https://blog.seagate.com/business/enormous-growth-in-data-is-coming-how-to-prepare-for-it-and-prosper-from-it/[2] Thanks to Tony Paikeday at NVIDIA for the foundation of this chartlast_img read more

Love Letters & Honeymoon in Vegas Switch Broadway Theaters

first_imgThink of it as Trading Spaces, Broadway Edition! The upcoming productions of Love Letters and Honeymoon in Vegas are swapping theaters. Love Letters, which was set to play the Nederlander Theatre, will now begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 13. Meanwhile, Honeymoon in Vegas will now play the Nederlander beginning November 18 (instead of the previously announced Brooks Atkinson). The venue switch, which brings the musical to the larger house and the play to the more intimate space, will not affect the start or opening dates for either production. Honeymoon in Vegas, which features a score by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman, tells the story of Jack Singer (Rob McClure), a commitment-phobe who finally proposes to his girlfriend Betsy (Brynn O’Malley). The couple heads to Vegas to get hitched, but when the smooth talking gambler Tommy Korman (Tony Danza) falls head over heels for Betsy, he arranges for Jack to lose big in a poker game so he can claim the bride-to-be as his own girlfriend. The Gary Griffin-helmed production also features Nancy Opel, Matthew Saldivar and David Josefsberg. Tickets that were purchased prior to the venue changes will automatically be issued for the production’s respective new home. A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters follows two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. The play will open with Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow. The two will be followed by stars including Alan Alda, Candice Bergen Carol Burnett, Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg and Martin Sheen. Gregory Mosher will direct. View Commentslast_img read more

Plasan acquires KaZaK Composites

first_imgPlasan, a global leader in the mass production of composite materials for defense and automotive clients with two plants in Bennington, today announced the acquisition of KaZaK Composites, a Massachusetts-based engineering design and manufacturing company specializing in pultrusion processing. The deal is not expected to effect employment at either company.KaZaK Composites is a premier provider of value-added composite engineering. KaZaK specializes in high performance composite structures and low-cost automated composite manufacturing. From design and analysis through prototyping and manufacturing, KaZaK’s technology offers a variety of applications in ship structures, building structures, space systems and numerous commercial applications. KaZaK Composites has ongoing activities with most U.S. Department of Defense agencies, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Missile Defense Agency and DARPA. They also have performed R&D and/or production for NSF, DOT, DOE and NASA, in addition to many major aerospace and defense contractors. Dan Ziv, CEO of Plasan, said: “KaZak is an ideal fit for Plasan. KaZaK Composites’ expertise, knowledge and respect within the industry will enhance Plasan’s large-scale composite manufacturing capabilities. This purchase will bring together KaZaK and Plasan’s expertise, with the goal of offering a larger and more integrated range of services in design, engineering and customer support to its defense and automotive customers in the United States.” The KaZak acquisition is the latest in a series of moves by Plasan to consolidate its position as the leading manufacturer of composite materials for both automotive and defense applications. Plasan’s recent efforts include: – The launch of a Plasan Carbon Composites sales, research, design and engineering center in Detroit, Michigan today serve the needs of its North American automotive customers. Plasan Carbon Composites is a leading supplier of carbon fiber solutions to the automotive industry.- Armored Chariots LLC, a joint venture with TPI Composites Inc of Scottsdale, Arizona to produce next-generation crew compartments for U.S. military vehicles at a facility in Warren, Rhode Island.About Plasan Plasan provides customized survivability solutions for tactical wheeled vehicles, aircraft, naval platforms, civilian armored vehicles and personal protection. A recognized global leader and industry veteran, Plasan’s survivability solutions offer the optimal combination of protection, payload, and cost by combining in-house R&D, design, prototyping and manufacturing capabilities. Plasan combines innovative survivability engineering and design with advanced armor materials development. Its unique development process is based on continuous interaction between the R&D and the Design & Prototyping departments. During this process, Plasan combines computer-generated analysis and simulations with real-time calibration and ballistic test data. The effective combination of test and simulation data enables improved simulation accuracy and performance, resulting in the optimal survivability solution. Plasan’s engineers are unique in terms of their military backgrounds and hands-on experience. As veterans of the Israel Defense Forces they are familiar with soldiers’ behavior during combat and share a common language with the end user. This often contributes to the development of life saving solutions. Plasan’s success is rooted in the combination of innovation, a high level of commitment and a full range of in-house capabilities. As a preferred supplier to the Israel Defense Forces and an approved supplier to ministries of defense around the world, Plasan’s solutions have been tried and tested by dozens of armed forces in the most demanding battlefields such as Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. As a global company with locations in Israel, North America and Europe, Plasan is a worldwide market leader. Plasan’s production capabilities are complemented by a comprehensive supply chain that encompasses suppliers of materials, equipment and solutions in strategic locations worldwide. This extensive network enables the production capacity flexibility necessary to expand or reduce production volumes according to demand. Please visit http://www.plasan.com(link is external). About KaZaK Composites Headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, KaZaK Composites, Inc. integrates engineering design and low-cost manufacturing to produce high performance composites for the aerospace, military and commercial markets. With specialization in large and unusual pultrusion processing, KaZaK Composites, Inc. provides product value in the area of material sciences that has enabled engineers to develop new and creative ways to build structures. KaZaK produces structural components for Navy ships including DDG 1000, T-AKE and aircraft carriers. Other major markets include UAVs, armor and missile canisters. KaZaK Composites, Inc. has a manufacturing facility in Hudson, New Hampshire. Please visit http://www.kazakcomposites.com(link is external). Source: Plasan BENNINGTON, Vermont, June 28, 2011/PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Software doesn’t just make training easier, it makes it better

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Marlo Foltz For the past 15 years, Marlo has designed, developed and conducted training programs for credit union employees, executives and volunteers. Marlo is responsible for working with the Center for Professional … Web: www.cuna.org Details Running a credit union without a strong training operation is like trying to start a car without gas in the tank. Training gives your staff the skills they need to execute their responsibilities, and it allows you to create paths of professional development that keep them engaged and excited to come to work. Virtually every key success metric—from sales to customer satisfaction to employee retention—connects to training in some way, so your training should be driven by the latest, most advanced software. If you haven’t already, it’s time to invest in a learning management system (LMS).A Training HubAn LMS is a program that manages all your online learning activities, including:Assigning, scheduling and administering coursesTracking progress and course completionsReporting resultsCreating learning pathsAs the technology evolves, LMS’s continue to expand to include a range of high-end features including the ability to deliver content to mobile devices and integrate your own custom-made courses with the program.5 key benefits that credit unions using and LMS realize:1. Less WasteIt’s not always easy to keep track of learning needs for everyone in your credit union. Fortunately, an LMS keeps everything organized. Whenever you want to know an employee’s progress on their learning plan, you can just search them by name and pull up their profile.Because this information is always stored and up to date, you always know exactly what courses each employee needs. No more time or money spent on training only to realize it was unnecessary.2. More People In the LoopPeople procrastinate and forget—it’s just a fact of life. Oftentimes, trainers must take it upon themselves to personally remind employees that a specific requirement is coming due. Sending these reminders takes time; an LMS gives you that time back.LMS’s come with automated messaging systems that remind staff members about upcoming training deadlines, which keeps everyone current and takes one more manual task your plate.3. Better Cost ManagementBecause there are so many factors to keep track of, it’s sometimes difficult to precisely calculate training costs. With an LMS, you can fine-tune your financial reporting by using built-in expense tracking tools to record the costs of the content and the time employees spend on training.This information is particularly valuable when you want to develop an ROI report to show leadership the value of your training initiatives.4. Heightened InterestWe constantly hear stories about credit unions that notice an appreciable boost of interest in skill development and professional growth once they made the switch to an LMS. The reason? When training is easy to access and delivers a personalized experience, staff participation increases.Successful online training programs are powered by content that provides practical knowledge the trainees can use. Practical content and a sleek, intuitive LMS are a winning mixture for credit union training. Together, they make it easier to provide your staff with career-enhancing skills and insights.5. Showing a Commitment to TrainingAn LMS also has symbolic value, and symbols matter. By making the investment in an LMS, you’re demonstrating a commitment to your team’s professional development and sending them a clear five-word message: “We care about your growth.”Your employees will get that message, and you’ll be rewarded with higher engagement, lower turnover and increased staff satisfaction. On top of streamlining and improving your training, an LMS could be the catalyst you need to transform your work culture.CUNA Professional Development Online (CPD Online) is the premier web-based training service for the credit union industry. To learn more, visit cuna.org/cpdonline.last_img read more

Embassy decision has negative effects

first_imgThe Trump administration’s hasty and thoughtless proposal to move the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has already had negative repercussions. It has emboldened the Likud Party to push for annexation of West Bank territories, making a two-state solution even more implausible.The description of Israel as an apartheid state, while offensive to many, is becoming more accurate. And Congress, by not pushing back against the administration’s actions is complicit in making a bad situation worse. Instead of casting votes that limit the free speech of U.S. citizens who support the boycott divestment sanctions movement, Congress must focus on urging our ally Israel to behave in a manner that truly will bring statehood and justice to Palestinians. I urge you to educate yourself about the injustices that a 50-year occupation of the West Bank have brought about, and to acknowledge that there are both fanatics and reasonable people on both sides of the Green Line. Before blindly supporting Israeli policy — a policy designed only to annex and repress — I suggest you read the book, “Kingdom of Olives and Ash” to get a sense of the oppression that residents of the West Bank face on a daily basis.Gary GrillCanaanMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Trading suspension looms as Indonesian stocks plunge another 4%

first_imgRead also: Global shares head for worst week since 2008 financial crisis Indonesia’s benchmark stock index plunged deeper on Friday, trading down more than 4 percent during the morning session and prompting the bourse operator to call for an emergency press briefing. The latest sell-off has been mainly blamed on the coronavirus spreading rapidly outside of China.The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) was down 4.4 percent at 5,290 at 10:55 a.m., a level unseen since December 2016. The morning session closed at 5,311.96 points at 11:30 a.m., down 4.04 percent from Thursday’s close. The market is set to reopen 2 p.m. The decline adds to a 2.69 percent plunge on Thursday, when foreign investors posted Rp 1.05 trillion (US$75.1 million) in net sells of domestic stocks, and falls in line with a global market rout over fresh fears that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly outside of China. The MSCI all country world index fell 3.3 percent on Thursday to bring its losses so far this week to 8.9 percent, on course for its biggest weekly decline since a 9.8 percent plunge in November 2008. The US’ Down Jones slumped 4.4 percent on Thursday’s close. Japan lost 2.5 percent, Australia dropped 3 percent and South Korea slipped 1.4 percent.On Friday, all of the bourse’s nine sectoral indices were in the red during the session before lunch break. The decline was led by miscellaneous industry, which plummeted by 5.65 percent. Diversified conglomerate PT Astra International, a blue chip stock, plunged 6.72 percent. Cement producer companies’ stocks such as PT Indocement Tunggal Prakasa and state-owned PT Semen Indonesia, as well as diversified petrochemical giant PT Barito Pacific declined by around 7 percent.The agriculture sector index followed the decline, down by 5.3 percent, as agribusiness company PT Salim Ivomas Pratama plummeted 12.3 percent.Despite the rout, foreign investors seemed to have used the opportunity to buy back Indonesian stocks as the IDX recorded a total of Rp 61.59 billion in net foreign buys as of 11:30 a.m.Panin Sekuritas equity analyst William Hartanto told The Jakarta Post on Friday that the JCI had entered a market crash phase in a technical manner.“The uptrend that had been created since 2009 broke when the index fell below the 5,940 level,” he said by text message.Read also: Stocks near 3-year low as foreign investors post huge sell-off amid virus fearsHe attributed the crash to the COVID-19 outbreak all over the world as investors are panicking over concerns that the virus could cause the global economy to continue to slow.According to the World Health Organization, there were 459 new cases and 44 deaths in 37 countries as of Wednesday. China reported 412 new confirmed cases.The coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people and killed nearly 2,800, the majority in China. Cities in the world’s second-largest economy are in lockdown, with factories temporarily halting production and travel warnings for China issued by countries around the world.Aside from the virus, William also attributed the JCI’s rout to the investment mismanagement case implicating state-owned insurers PT Asuransi Jiwasraya and Asuransi Sosial Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (Asabri), which prompted the Attorney General’s Office to freeze 800 securities accounts.“The case caused transactions in the market to quiet down since the case unravelled,” he saidWilliam continued that he expected the market to continue to decline until the COVID-19 outbreak could be contained. He projected that the JCI would dip to around 5,060 to 5,250 by the end of the first quarter of this year.He suggested that market players adapt their strategies to book profits. “The crash is not the end of the stock market,” he said. (est)Topics :center_img Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) president director Inarno Djajadi said that, if the drop in the JCI reached 5 percent, the bourse would suspend trading for a few hours but reopen within the same day.“We’ve prepared a crisis protocol [for the event that] it falls 5 percent,” Inarno told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. “We’ll monitor the situation closely.”If the stock index fell by 10 percent, stock trading would be suspended for the whole day, he added. The IDX has announced a press briefing for later today.Global share markets headed for the worst week since the darkest days of the financial crisis in 2008 as investors braced for the coronavirus to morph into a pandemic and derail world economic growth, Reuters reported.last_img read more

Demand sky high for luxury Brisbane units despite COVID

first_img BRISBANE’S MOST IN DEMAND APARTMENT PROJECTS Demand is sky high for luxury Brisbane apartments. Image: AAP/Darren England.CASHED-UP locals looking to live the high life in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis are paying big money for luxury apartments in Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs.Tens of millions of dollars have changed hands in recent weeks for units in new residential developments in New Farm, Newstead, Teneriffe and Kangaroo Point, with investment in major infrastructure projects luring buyers.New research provided exclusively to the Sunday Mail reveals there has been an 85 per cent month-on-month increase in searches for apartment projects in Brisbane via property portal realestate.com.au. The Queen’s Wharf development is under construction in Brisbane’s CBD. Picture: Richard Walker.The top five most visited projects in the past three months include Queen’s Wharf Residences in the CBD and Brisbane 1 in South Brisbane, where one of the two remaining penthouses is still up for grabs for just over $2 million.While sales have slowed in most apartment projects amid the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, high-end units are selling like hotcakes.Almost all of the 128 apartments in Cavcorp’s 17-level Le Bain development in Newstead were settled during the height of COVID-19 restrictions, with the project’s eight penthouses totalling more than $21 million. The rooftop of Cavcorp’s Le Bain residential development in Newstead. Image supplied.Cavcorp managing director Damien Cavallucci said the settlement of 95 per cent of apartments in the project in the midst of a global health pandemic was an achievement.Mr Cavallucci said buyers were a mix of downsizers, first-home buyers, upsizers and local and international investors.“Le Bain’s unique features captured strong interest from current residents of Cavcorp’s earlier buildings, which resulted in an incredible phenomenon of renters turning into buyers,” Mr Cavallucci said.“Over 10 per cent of the presales at Le Bain originated from interest and inquiry from existing rental tenants in Cavcorp buildings.” The lap pool and magnesium spas on the rooftop of Le Bain in Newstead. Image supplied.In neighbouring Teneriffe, inner-city professionals have bought 60 per cent of the apartments in Visie Properties’ new submarine-inspired development, Obsidian.The collection of 13, three and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses range in price from $1.3 million to $2.5 million.The penthouses offer terraces, lofts, individual wine cellars, five-metre high ceilings and four car parks.“Coincidently three of the eight units purchased have gone to dentists,” Gap Development Sales director Grant Plummer said.“The development has struck a chord with city professionals due to its location just three kilometres down river from the CBD, artistic design and spacious living.” Designed by award-winning architects Hayes Anderson Lynch, Obsidian is a submarine-inspired apartment development in Teneriffe. Photo supplied. Inside one of the apartments in Obsidian in Teneriffe. Photo supplied.In Kangaroo Point, Simon Caulfield of Place Kangaroo Point is in negotations to sell a full-floor apartment in the new ‘Thornton’ development for $6 million.The project at 11 Thornton Street by JGL Properties will see thirteen full-floor, north-facing residences built on the peninsula.During COVID-19 restrictions, Mr Caulfield said his agency had sold nearly $15 million worth of apartments, including the $4.3 million sale of 701/21 Pixley St, Kangaroo Point and the $3.2 million sale of 1E/39 Castlebar Street in the same suburb. This apartmetn at 701/21 Pixley St, Kangaroo Point, has sold for $4.3m.In New Farm, a penthouse-style whole floor apartment in Tom Dooley’s Aquila complex has sold for $4.8 million to a local buyer.The 418 sqm residence in Moray Street attracted five written offers, including one from a Hong Kong expat.Selling agent Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba said the apartment sold for $300,000 above the asking price. Mrs Hackett said buyers who could afford to upgrade were doing so, and wanted the assurance their investment would stand the test of time.She said the downsizer market was taking advantage of the growing number of boutique developments being constructed through Brisbane’s inner city. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThis unit in the Aquila development at 3/81 Moray St , New Farm, has sold.Mrs Hackett has also sold three, four-bedroom apartments in the Seymour Group’s riverfront apartment project, The Oxlade. The apartments all sold to local buyers, totalling more than $10 million. Inside the unit in the Aquila development at 3/81 Moray St, New Farm.Over the next six years, inner Brisbane residential projects are set to benefit from the $2.1 billion redevelopment of Eagle Street Pier, the completion of the Brisbane Live entertainment precinct and Cross-River Rail.The state government has announced it will fast-track the planned Kangaroo Point pedestrian bridge to bring forward investment and drive employment.The $190 million bridge, set to link Brisbane’s eastern suburbs with the CBD, is one of five announced last year.At Breakfast Creek, a pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting Kingsford Smith Drive Riverwalk will also move ahead.Two further pedestrian bridges in West End — one from Toowong to West End and the other from St Lucia to West End — are also being considered.Work on the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek green bridges is scheduled start next year and be finished in 2023 — two years ahead of the initial 2025 date. 1. Brisbane 1 South Brisbane 2. Queen’s Wharf Residences3. Halo4. Montague Markets & Residences5. Atlas South Brisbane(Source: Realestate.com.au)last_img read more

Hard charger Wauge pockets $1,500 for Haudenshild Tribute win

first_imgBy Don Martin IIWHITE CITY, Ore. (May 28) – With a $1,500 top prize and a berth on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational on the line, Mark Wauge impressed with his charge to the front of the pack for the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory at Southern Oregon Speedway’s Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race.Wauge started in the last row in a 30-lapper that ran with just one caution flag and a complete restart. He took the lead from long tow Darrell Hughes II on lap 20.  Once in front, Wauge was not to be denied as he pulled away for the win.After a multi-car crash resulted in a complete restart, Brian Poppa shot into the lead on the open­ing lap. What proved to be the last caution of the contest flew on the next circuit.Hughes pressured Poppa hard for the lead before using an inside pass on lap five to gain the lead. Wauge was already sixth by then and raced his way into the top four two laps later.He caught Duane Cleveland and Poppa before an inside move in on the 20th lap gained Wauge the lead.  He set a blistering pace from that point that saw him lap several cars down the stretch.Wauge was the winner ahead of Hughes – the Crack The Whip Challenge winner – Jesse Bailey, Poppa and Randy McDaniel.Brothers Todd Cooper and Brian Cooper ran 1-2 in the $1,000 to win Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Patti Ryland and Todd Cooper swapped the lead before Cooper settled into the front spot with his brother running second.Jorddon Braaten gained third and then Fred Ryland got by his wife for fourth.  The rest of the race was caution-free with Todd Cooper winning by most of a straightaway. Phillip Shelby rounded out the top five.Extra money in the respective purses was made possible thanks to sponsorship from the Haud­enshild family and Dusty’s Transmissions of Central Point.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Mark Wauge; 2. Darrell Hughes II; 3. Jesse Bailey; 4. Brian Poppa; 5. Randy McDan­iel; 6. Duane Cleveland; 7. Mark Carrell; 8. Nick Trenchard; 9. Ryan McDaniel; 10. Albert Gill; 11. Scott Crumm; 12. Mike Evans; 13. Kevin Pendergrass; 14. Duane Orsburn; 15. Zach Fettinger; 16. B.J. Wild; 17. Kyle Casson; 18. Lloyd Speer; 19. Shane Mills; 20. Curt Coggins.Northern SportMods – 1. Todd Cooper; 2. Brian Cooper; 3. Jorddon Braaten; 4. Fred Ryland; 5. Phillip Shelby; 6. Bob Nelson; 7. Patti Ryland; 8. Dwayne Melvin; 9. Jimmy Lipke; 10. Mike Medel; 11. Chris Frisbie; 12. A.J. Parker; 13. Randy Fernandes; 14. David Marble; 15. Tony Bartell; 16. Glen Severson; 17. Ken Frisbie; 18. David Henshaw.last_img read more

Former Manchester United striker Bebe likens himself to Cristiano Ronaldo

first_img Ronaldo is also a Portuguese ex-United forward – and the parallels between the two men would appear to end there. Bebe’s stint with the club began in the summer of 2010 – a year on from Ronaldo having departed as one of their greatest ever players – and he went on to make only seven appearances for the Red Devils, scoring two goals, before leaving in 2014. Former Manchester United striker Bebe has raised some eyebrows after suggesting his game has similarities with that of Cristiano Ronaldo. The 25-year-old cost a reported £7million from Vitoria de Guimaraes, spent time on loan from United at Besiktas, Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira and is widely regarded as one of the worst signings in the Old Trafford outfit’s history. His next stop was Benfica, from whom he is now on loan at Rayo Vallecano. And in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, Bebe said when asked who his idol was: “(Didier) Drogba, but also Cristiano because he’s Portuguese. “I have the same way of running, and the same shooting style, he’s definitely a favourite.” Bebe admits he initially thought it was a “joke” when he heard United wanted to sign him and that it was “insane” being one of their players – but insists he enjoyed the experience. “It all happened very quickly, a total surprise,” he said. “One day I’m training and the next they’re telling me that I’m going to sign a five-year contract with Manchester United. I thought it was a joke. I wasn’t there long, but I enjoyed it. “It was insane. I was playing with the best in the world. It wasn’t easy, the first week I had to take a deep breath, but I got used to it. I adapted and tried to fit in.” He added: “I came there without much of a football education, just what I was born with: talent, speed, strength… but you needed more. If a big club signed me now it’d be different.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more