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American Legion Honors Military Family

first_imgSubmitted by DOUG OTTO   Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Ward and his family will be honored by the Ocean City American Legion’s Rest & Relaxation Program.For the eighth consecutive year, Ocean City’s Morvay-Miley American Legion Post 524 is welcoming a military veteran and their family to “America’s Greatest Family Resort” for a complimentary one-week vacation.On Sunday Aug. 23, Air Force Master Sergeant Daniel Ward, his wife Donna, and their four children (Cierra, 21, Trevor, 18, Hannah, 15, and Alivia, 12) will be greeted at the Ocean City Welcome Center and honored as part of the Legion’s Rest & Relaxation Program.During the week, Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian will present the family with ceremonial keys to the city and a mayoral proclamation.“Whenever military personnel are deployed, their families also share in that deployment and we support their efforts as well,” said Jerry Bonner, chairman of the Rest & Relaxation Committee.He continued, “Many of these military personnel have spent time in the hotspots of the world, and the least we can do is honor their commitment to our country and the protection they provided us. This is our way of saying, ‘Thank you for your service.’”The legion’s weeklong expression of thanks begins with a police and firefighter escort onto the island.The American Legion Post 524 honors military families each year.During a reception at Post 524, the guest military family receives donations of products and services from many Ocean City merchants, such as tickets to Boardwalk amusement centers, dinners at local restaurants and groceries from food markets.The family will vacation in a condominium donated by a local Ocean City owner.Ward, a native of Warner Robins, Ga., is a 20-year active duty 605 AMXS Flightline Expediter currently stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.His deployments have included the Horn of Africa and Operation Freedom Sentinel (Afghanistan), where he participated in force protection, logistical support and counterterrorism activities.Any Ocean City condo owner who would like to donate a one-week vacation to a military family should contact R&R Chairman Jerry Bonner at (609) 525-0258 or [email protected] The Ward family will be guests of Ocean City American Legion Post 524 and the Rest & Relaxation Program. Master Sgt. Daniel Ward is pictured with his wife and children. (Photos courtesy American Legion)last_img read more

Distribution watch

first_imgThe Freight Transport Association (FTA) has this month criticised the government’s decision to increase fuel duty by 2p per litre.FTA director of external affairs Geoff Dossetter told British Baker: “Significant increases in fuel prices are bad news for bakery and ingredient distributors.”Almost everything the nation consumes every day of the year is the product of a lorry journey and the government will now increase the cost of all of those journeys.”As of 1 October, fuel duty on diesel increased to 50.35p per litre, the highest rate in Europe, where the average level is 22.7p per litre, the FTA said.The cost of oil itself on the world market is now over $79 (£39) per barrel and has increased by almost 14% over the last month. The current price of a litre of bulk diesel is 79.68p per litre excluding VAT, which is only just below the record levels seen in May 2006.World prices remain extremely volatile. The 2p-per-litre rise in fuel duty will increase the annual operating costs of one 44-tonne articulated lorry by £870 to £35,600, said the FTA.Significantly, the 2p-per-litre fuel duty increase takes the pump price of diesel to over £1 per litre – no doubt to be quickly followed by petrol, said the FTA.”It is very disappointing that at a time of such turbulence in world oil prices, the government has chosen to impose a further increase in costs for industry,” added Dossetter. “Even at this late stage, the government should recognise the extent of the problem and reconsider imposing this unnecessary increase in fuel duty.”last_img read more

Bakery Manufacturer of the Year 2020

first_imgFinalist: Seasons BakeryRun by husband and wife team Daniel and Charlotte Nemeth, Seasons operates on a strict environmental basis. This means 99% of waste is recycled, and anything that can’t be recycled gets returned.The 37-strong team produces sourdoughs, artisan breads, cakes, pastries, pies, cream cakes, traybakes and more. Each department creates products from scratch and apart from the use of mixers, every step is completed by hand.Seasons has its own patisserie tournier who singlehandedly produces over 2,000 croissants and pastries every week. The company’s pie maker and apprentice use pastry made from an old family recipe passed down the generations.The Yorkshire Dales-based bakery has employed 18 new members of staff across its two sites over the last year, including apprentices. Every member of staff stayed employed during the pandemic as Seasons ensured it stayed open to carry on supplying its community.The judges were impressed with how quickly Seasons adapted when Covid hit, particularly with the initial loss of much of its wholesale business. Winner: Proper CornishBased, as the name suggests, in the heart of Cornwall, Proper Cornish was formed in 1988 by three sons of the county, Phil Ugalde (pictured) and brothers Dave and Chris Pauling. The trio had become disillusioned with commercially made Cornish pasties.On a mission to bring more authenticity to the market and armed with their own unique recipe, handed down through the generations, they started out with a handful of family members making just 100 pasties a day from their kitchen table.Over 30 years later, the company is still hand-crimping every pasty it makes – except the numbers are usually more in the region of 50,000 to 60,000 a day.Proper Cornish employs 235 staff and uses potatoes grown just seven miles from its base, with the swede and onions grown 30 miles away.The company’s new 55,000sq ft bespoke bakery and adjoining office block was opened in 2019. This allowed all staff to now work under one roof in a purposely designed space, as opposed to being split across seven different units as they were previously. The new bakery has been designed to maximise production flow and staff welfare facilities have also been improved, with the opening of a subsidised canteen.What’s more, the site has been built with expansion in mind. Growth plans are split across Proper Cornish branded sales and own label opportunities. The company reports a rising demand for its range, as the fillings can be easily adapted and developed to meet emerging trends.Already servicing a range of markets, from specialist pasty chains, multiples, education, health, sports and leisure, through to tourism and travel, the company’s plans include breaking into the export markets.Proper Cornish was the outstanding winner for all judges who said its tremendous year-on-year growth was “truly impressive”. Sponsored by Finalist: Geary’s BakeryBased in Leicester, Geary’s Bakery has a family history that goes back to its first opening in 1906. Today, the business is run by Jason Geary (pictured), the fourth generation of the family to lead the bakery. Recipes have been passed down through the generations, with sparks of individuality added along the way.While Geary’s has its foundation in tradition, it’s not afraid to try something new, which is reflected in the recent launch of a new brand, Jason’s ‘Ciabattin’ Sourdough. Initially rolled out exclusively to M&S, the bread is baked using a 24-hour fermentation process and described as a classic ciabatta mashed up with a sourdough process.The sourdough comes in three variants: White, Grains & Seeds, and Craft Beer (using Vixen Copper Ale, a local Leicestershire beer from Charnwood Brewery). Geary’s also produces breads baked in small batches for other major retailers, including Aldi.Geary’s was described by the judges as a “wonderful example of how to do things differently and do them well”. The winner of Bakery Manufacturer of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards 2020 should be an ambitious business striving for growth and high standards at all times.last_img read more

Multinational UNITAS Naval Exercise Underway

first_img The exercise develops and sustains relationships that improve the capabilities of U.S. and partner nation maritime forces through complex and comprehensive multinational training at sea. The exercise is hosted by the Colombian Navy and includes 19 warships that are conducting operations in the Western Caribbean Sea through September 15. Observers from Belize, El Salvador, Germany, Jamaica, Panama and Mexico are also taking part in the exercise. UNITAS is intended to train participating forces in a variety of maritime scenarios to test command and control of forces at sea while operating as a multinational force. Naval forces from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States kicked off UNITAS 2013, an annual multinational exercise, this weekend in Cartagena, Colombia. center_img By Dialogo September 11, 2013 The training focuses on developing coalition building, multilateral security cooperation, promoting tactical interoperability and friendship, professionalism and mutual understanding among participating nations.last_img read more

Three words that describe the modern marketer

first_imgLikable. Marketers simply cannot afford to have gruff and abrasive personalities (that’s what CFOs are for – just kidding!). What may have worked well in boardrooms in the 1950s and 1960s won’t fly today. Just as much as the companies and products that help sell, marketers must also successfully sell themselves. This means coming across as open, honest, caring and even loving. It is the goal of every marketer to help consumers come to love a person, product or company. They must also help their clients and employers love them. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Have you ever taken one of those self-help quizzes in popular magazines? You know, ones with titles like “10 steps to a healthier you” or “five quick and easy ways to improve your relationships?” These are popular in magazines like Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health.While this isn’t one of those quizzes, it is entertaining and even a little bit enlightening to consider ourselves in such condensed terms. You may have seen questions like this in a survey: questions such as “Please describe the way you feel about Company X in a few short words.” If marketers had to settle on a few short words to describe themselves, what might they be? Below are a few ideas. This is not a conclusive list, nor anything remotely scientific. Just a candid and good-natured look at the marketing persona.Inquisitive. Marketers, by nature, must be curious about the changing world around them. Consumer demographics are in a state of constant flux and marketers must be on top of that. It doesn’t matter if you earned a BA or even a master’s degree in marketing, journalism or a related field 15 or 20 years ago. The world is a dramatically different place than it was in 1995. Marketers, just as much as the companies they work for and advise, must constantly find ways to stay relevant and current. An inquisitive personality can make this happen. Modern marketers will seek to learn more about the world around them, availing themselves of resources such as business books, blogs, relevant websites and social media outlets. The best way to stay young, both personally and professionally, is to never stop learning. Check out great business books like Grow, Good to Great and The One Thing,last_img read more

What is your credit union’s compliance health?

first_imgLast week, our audit whitepaper titled, Think You Know Audits? hit the wires. Based on the overwhelming response and number of downloads, we knew we hit on a hot topic in the compliance world. New compliance rating guidance from the FFIEC, NCUA supervisory priorities, and overall examiner AND member expectations all make a case for the need to get a pulse on your credit union’s compliance health.Compliance monitoring and testing is one of the core building blocks of your Compliance Management System. Whether your credit union is large or small, having a compliance testing and audit program that fits your size and complexity helps ensure you know where you stand, and helps you assign your resources and focus on the right things, like strengthening your foundation or implementing strategic goals.Take this short survey to check your credit union’s compliance health: continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How to manage your emotional hot buttons

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: Details I had just returned from a rare weekend away with friends when I walked into my house to find a mess–clothes all over the floor, living room pillows scattered everywhere, papers littering the table and floor, and about fifty tiny staples stuck in the carpet. I felt my frustration rising as my calm, relaxing weekend faded away by the minute. This is a familiar scene in my house, since I have three kids, ages eight and under. Even though they have a playroom full of toys, they love to play with my things—namely office supplies and the pillows on our couches. I like order. I think things to be the way I left them when I left them. I like the pillows to stay on the couch. This has been a hot button with me, these pillows, because every night before I go to bed, I find myself annoyed by having to put the pillows back where they belong. Having three young kids, things don’t always go how I want them to go. This has been a huge adjustment for someone who is orderly, on time, and structured. Because kids are not orderly, on time, or structured. I used to react really negatively when my kids would mess up my neat and orderly house. The past few years, I have been working on adjusting my mindset around how we live; setting new expectations for the reality of our daily life. I remind myself regularly that kids are kids, and that getting angry or upset every time I find the pillows on the floor will only make me more miserable, not them. I am working on embracing the chaos, even though it goes against my values and triggers my hot buttons.Hot buttons. These are situations, events, and sometimes people, who trigger a negative emotional reaction in you. We all have them. And being aware of your hot buttons is an important piece of effectively managing your emotions.  You have undoubtedly heard a lot of talk about emotional intelligence and how important it is for successful leadership. Despite what most people think, emotional intelligence is not just about getting along well with people. That is certainly important, but it’s deeper than that. Emotional intelligence has many elements—how we feel about ourselves, how we interact and connect with others, how we make decisions that involve emotions, how we manage stress and change, and even how we feel about life overall. Emotional intelligence is the ability to notice your own emotions and the emotions of others, understand why you are feeling how you feel, and consciously choosing your actions and behaviors, even in the face of emotion. This is a skill that is not always easy, and becoming familiar with your hot buttons or triggers can be a great starting point for understanding yourself and increasing your self-awareness, thereby increasing your emotional intelligence. Which brings me back to the pillows. One of my hot buttons is when things are out of order. This is not to say that my house, my office, and my life are always neat and orderly. On the contrary, there are many times when I feel off balance because my space isn’t how I want it. I’ve noticed that when I am feeling overwhelmed, it is usually because things are out of order—my desk is messy, my schedule is overloaded, or the house is in disarray. Knowing this about myself has been integral in helping me to manage my emotions around it. Instead of becoming angry, I have learned to pause, take a breath, and identify why I am feeling the way I am feeling. I have learned to respond rather than react. As my husband and kids can attest, this has been a big step toward a happier and a (semi) peaceful household. Below are some questions to ask yourself to bring awareness to your own hot buttons or triggers:What makes me angry, or brings out a negative emotional reaction in me?What irritates me at work?What makes me crazy/frustrated/annoyed?Perhaps your hot button is not pillows on the floor. Maybe it’s when someone talks over you, or doesn’t listen, or makes a lot of mistakes, or makes excuses, or when your schedule is packed full of meetings and kids’ activities.Becoming conscious of your hot buttons allows you to build your self-awareness and actively work on handling your reaction when you feel triggered. Managing your emotions is an important part of being an effective and successful leader. This skill creates the ability to approach situations more mindfully and calmly, connect with people on a deeper level, and collaborate more effectively. Noticing other people’s emotions helps you to navigate challenging conversations and be purposeful in responding. Increasing your emotional intelligence allows you to bring your best self to each situation–to approach your employees, your boss, your colleagues, and even your kids—with a long-term perspective that builds and strengthens relationships. Over the next week, whenever you have a strong negative reaction, whether it be frustration, anger, or annoyance take note of the situation. What specifically happened? What were you feeling in that situation? How did you respond? Is this a pattern that shows up in other areas of your life?Taking note of your triggers and hot buttons is the first step to learning how to manage them better.  Now please excuse me while I pick up the pillows off the floor. For the fifth time today. last_img read more

The consumer credit industry shows signs of bouncing back despite COVID-related challenges

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr TransUnion’s quarterly Industry Insights Report and monthly industry snapshot analysis shed light on consumer credit trends during the pandemicAt the end of the last quarter, one key data point from our Q1 2020 Industry Insights Report loomed large: The percentage of accounts entering “financial hardship” status, which includes factors such as deferred payment, frozen accounts or past due payments, had risen for credit products, such as auto loans, credit cards, mortgages and personal loans.Fortunately, in Q2, more positive numbers emerged. As revealed in the just-released Q2 2020 Industry Insights Report, the number of accounts in financial hardship status — which appear to have peaked in May and June — dropped in July, the first such decrease since the pandemic struck the US. Additionally, credit performance has continued to hold steady and serious delinquencies (60–90 days past due) showed a month-over-month improvement from June 2020 to July 2020 across most credit products.“Overall, the consumer credit market has been performing quite well despite the obvious challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Matt Komos, Vice President of Research and Consulting at TransUnion. “It’s a reassuring sign that delinquency levels have remained relatively low, especially as the percentage of consumers in financial hardship status has started to decline.” continue reading »last_img read more

Strategic plans for the development of Šibenik-Knin County presented

first_imgSource: Več “It is a very extensive strategic package consisting of several separate books. The basis for drafting the Strategy is the first document, ie a comprehensive analysis of the state of the county, which has 550 pages. The Strategy itself consists of a summary of the Situation Analysis, SWOT Analysis, Needs Analysis and Strategic Framework as the heart of the strategy. Namely, the Strategic Framework contains 7 strategic goals elaborated in 21 development priorities, which includes 58 measures”, For Več they stated from Šibenik-Knin County. The strategy also includes the County Development Vision. “This Vision is translated into seven strategic development goals through which the county wants to encourage the development of a competitive and multifunctional economy, wants to work on the preservation and valorization of natural and cultural-historical resources and improve social services and facilities.”, Said the County and added that Demographic revitalization is an aspect that should be represented in all these areas. After a successful public debate, obtaining a positive opinion of the Šibenik-Knin County Council and a positive evaluation of the document of the Faculty of Economics in Split, the councilors adopted the Development Strategy. Prefect Pauk presented the document as the most important development and strategic county document. Goran Pauk, Šibenik-Knin County Prefect, presented to the councilors the “Šibenik-Knin County Development Strategy” which, among other things, defines the County’s Vision in terms of quality of life and as a region that is a tourist and valorized cultural and historical heritage, reports Večernji. hr.center_img With this Strategy, the County received a document that is fully harmonized with the “National Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia” and the program goals of the European Union. Orientation of the Strategy towards the tourist valorization of cultural and historical heritage, Šibenik-Knin County emphasizes the importance of exploiting the potential of these forms of tourism. The strategy was developed by the Šibenik-Knin County Development Agency, in accordance with the guidelines and prescribed methodology of the Ministry of Regional Development, and the development was monitored by the County Partnership Council composed of 35 representatives of the private and public sector and the Faculty of Economics in Split.last_img read more

Six witnesses testify for state in murder trial

first_imgLocalNews Six witnesses testify for state in murder trial by: – May 17, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 15 Views   no discussions Court gavelThe trial to determine whether David St Jean of Portsmouth murdered a Good Hope man entered its second day at the High Court of Justice in Roseau on Thursday.State attorney Clement Joseph who is led by the Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina called six witnesses to testify on behalf of the state.It is the prosecution’s contention that on 20th September, 2012 David St. Jean stabbed Clement James of Good Hope who resided in Portsmouth which led to his death.State witness Vernon Matthew told the Court that he was walking up to Glanvillia on the Michael Douglas Boulevard in Portsmouth approaching the Indian River Bridge, when he heard David St Jean who was walking on the western side of the bridge say to Clement James who was walking on the eastern side of the bridge; “what you watching me for boy, you know all batty man have to die?”He further testified that after this utterance, he saw St. Jean walk across to the same side of the bridge where Clement James was and “hit him with a piece of stick he had”, and while hitting him he heard James ask him, “what you hitting me for boy?” to which St. Jean answered “batty man have to die”.According to Matthew, “a scuffle” ensued which caused both men to fall to the ground; “by which time there was another man walking up in a southerly direction and then St. Jean asked the guy to “hold mister foot for me he have my thing” and then St. Jean reached to his side and pulled out a knife and stabbed James. Then I heard him [St. Jean] repeat the words, “batty man have to die”.Matthew told the Court that St. Jean then took the stick, walked towards the bushes and swam across the river.He said he took two photographs of James’ body on his mobile phone and then called his brother Martin James. The police, he said arrived on the scene about “five (5) minutes later” however he did not inform them that he had witnessed the “scuffle” or that he had photographs on his mobile phone.Defence counsel Wayne Norde asked Matthew, “why you coming here today and lie?” However, Matthew maintained that he was speaking the truth denying Norde’s suggestion that he was being untruthful.He said although he did not tell the police when they arrived on the scene that day that he witnessed the incident, he went three days after and was told by an officer whose name he could not recall; “we have a witness already”. Although he informed the Court that he lives about “five or six minutes” away from the police station he did not give a witness statement until the 27th of July, 2011 ten (10) months after the incident occurred. Norde suggested to him that he only came forward because he is a close friend of James’ brother and that he was insisted with information by the police to enable him to give his statement. He denied that suggestion but admitted that he saw a file named “Clement James” on a desk in the Portsmouth Police Station on 27th July, 2011 the same day he went in to give his statement, looked in the file and saw photographs of Clement James.He was asked by the jury why did he wait so long to come forward and he replied; “the incident was on my conscience and I wanted to see justice done because Clement James was not a person who had problems with anybody in Portsmouth”.Carlos Edwards who gave a witness statement to the police and allegedly assisted David St. Jean by holding Clement James’ feet during the incident, died on April 2nd, 2012 from information revealed in court by police constable Alvin Bazil who was responsible for serving the witness to attend the trial.Magistrate Ossie Lewis, who took the deposition of Carlos Edwards during the Preliminary Inquiry on 28th June, 2011 was called as a witness to read that evidence in Court. In that deposition Edwards told the Court that he witnessed the incident, saw both men exchange words, saw St. Jean cross over to where James was on the bridge, saw St. Jean hit James with the stick and later stab him with a knife, but did not indicate that he assisted St. Jean by holding his feet. The pathologist Dr. Penerio who examined the body of Clement James and conducted a post mortem report on 23rd September, 2010 left the country and was therefore not present at Court. Her report and evidence during the Preliminary Inquiry was read by Denise Tavernier a junior clerk at the Magistrate’s Court.Dr. Penerio stated in that report that James died of a “stab wound in the upper left arm” which could led to hypodermic shock, and “any sharp object could have caused the wound” with “moderate force”.Despite allegations that Clement James was a homosexual who had HIV Aids, Dr. Penerio when asked during the Preliminary Investigation by the defendant’s attorney said that no test was conducted to determine whether James was HIV positive or not.Police Constable Bartholomew Alie who received an anonymous report via telephone on 20th September, 2010 told the Court that about 4:15pm he went to the Indian River Bridge along with police constable Jackson J to respond to the report.There he saw a man lying in a pool of blood who was being attended to by a nurse in uniform with about “40 – 45 onlookers and traffic backed up on either side of the bridge”. He said he assisted his colleague in transporting the man to the Portsmouth Hospital where the man told him that his name was “Clement James”.The man then said; “I want water doc, I feeling weak, I want water doc” before he left the hospital.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more