first_imgLegendary soul man James Brown is the focus of an exciting new tribute, as an all-star lineup of musicians will join the James Brown Band for an exciting “James Brown Birthday Family Bash” event. Held at the Augusta Common in Augusta, GA on May 3rd, a who’s who of jammers will be in attendance for the tribute.The lineup features Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (Funk You) and Greg Hester, as well as thirteen members of James Brown’s classic crew. If that doesn’t get you grooving, nothing will!Of course, you can always head down to Fool’s Paradise from April 1-2, where you can catch Porter Jr. and Neville as part of the festival’s Soul Revue superjam championed by Chris Robinson. Hosted by Lettuce, the inaugural festival in St. Augustine, FL will feature performances from Vulfpeck, GRiZ, The Nth Power, Goldfish, Break Science and more! Tickets are available here.The James Brown Birthday Family Bash performance is set to take place on May 3rd, which is held to benefit the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP), whose mission is to further music education for Augusta’s youth through the music of James Brown. More information about this exciting show can be found here.last_img read more

first_imgVermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Secretary David Dill and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee today announced that the second ferry slips at the Lake Champlain Ferry between Crown Point, NY, and Addison, VT, have been completed and are open for service.  Additionally, the states have lifted the temporary weight and axle vehicle restrictions imposed when the new temporary ferry opened earlier this month.“Allowing heavy vehicles such as trucks to use the temporary ferry allows the flow of commerce between Vermont and New York to return to its normal patterns,” VTrans Secretary Dill said. “Truckers can now use the ferry in the same capacity they used the bridge, which means shipping companies no longer have to bare additional expenses to transport their goods.”“The completion of the second slip of the temporary ferry at Crown Point will enable us to provide better and even more efficient ferry service between New York and Vermont,” Acting Commissioner Gee said.  “In addition, both states are lifting the weight restrictions on vehicles using the ferry which will greatly reduce the travel time for larger commercial and farming vehicles traveling across the lake. We are pleased to restore a critical link for economic activity in this region as well as for the general public who count on this ferry as their connection between our states.”Two boats have been operating as part of the free ferry service since early February.  Opening a second slip for vehicles to board and disembark the boat increases ferry efficiency, and provides a backup for mooring a ferry boat in the event that one needs service. For the ferry’s first few weeks of operation, a two-axle, 15-ton weight limit was in place for all vehicles. This temporary restriction has been lifted to allow standard-weight vehicles up to 40 tons and with multiple axles, within the states’ respective legal limits. The states are in the process of changing signage to reflect this change that the ferry is now un-posted for weight.The temporary ferry, operated by the Lake Champlain Transportation Company (LCTC), will run continuously 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year until the new bridge is opened, in accordance with LCTC operational policies. The ferry departs Vermont on the hour and half-hour, and New York on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour.The Crown Point ferry crossing takes about 15 minutes, which includes boarding and disembarking the boat. This rapid lake crossing, located a few hundred feet south of the former Lake Champlain Bridge, cuts commuting time between Vermont and New York drastically, and has reestablish commerce and emergency services along the corridor.Continuous operation of the ferry boats throughout the day prevents ice from forming in the vicinity of the ferry route and former Lake Champlain Bridge.  No one knows how far adjacent regions of ice on the lake will be affected, but ferry traffic certainly weakens those areas.  The unstable ice conditions make transit across the ice and recreational activities on the ice more dangerous than in previous years and people should use extreme caution when on or near the ice.Source: VTrans. 2.26.2010Please visit www.lcbclosure.org(link is external) or www.ferries.com(link is external) for the most current and up-to-date information about the ferry and progress on the new Lake Champlain Bridge.  Truckers are also urged to refer to ferries.com for information and restrictions regarding transporting HAZMATS via the ferry service.last_img read more

first_imgTalk it over.Your employees are a goldmine for great information about your marketing initiatives, especially those on the front line. Ask them what feedback they’ve been getting from members about the campaign. Are they getting questions or inquiries? Is the message and offer compelling? What suggestions do you have that can make the marketing campaign better?If employees feel like their input is valued and see their suggestions being implemented, they are even more likely to get behind and actively support the credit union’s marketing. In fact, doing marketing without employee buy-in and participation is probably the biggest single indicator as to a campaign’s success.I tell each one of my clients that, in order for our marketing to be as successful as possible, everyone in the credit union needs to understand they are a marketer. Tragically, some view marketing as something to do when they have extra resources. For others, it’s got to have bling, or be technologically savvy. After doing this hundreds of times, I can tell you that success hinges on these four points. Whether typical or edgy, old or new, a solid, clear message aimed at a well-defined target will get you the results that will make marketing dollars the first non-negotiable line item in all future planning. Maintain momentum.Any marketing campaign has two main components: internal and external. Before it is launched, make sure every employee is informed of the campaign with specifics on what members are going to see and how it’s going to be marketed. Make sure that progress is regularly communicated and top performers are recognized throughout the campaign.Externally, be sure to commit to the same consistency of message with your target audiences thought the campaign period in order to keep the momentum going. Have you ever wondered where your marketing is falling short? Ever looked in the rear-view mirror after a campaign and thought, “why didn’t our community get all over that,” or “people heard the message and some took action, but this was a great deal…what went wrong.”First of all, don’t panic! Not every marketing campaign or effort is a home run – even for the most talented and seasoned marketers. In fact, failures can be a great opportunity to learn more about your members, community, and your credit union.Before we can diagnose a problem, we need to know the root cause(s). “It’s just not bringing in as many loans as we thought it would” is not a lot to go on, so let’s dig deeper. The next time you feel like your marketing isn’t working, follow these steps to ensure future success:Ask questions like:Who was your audience? “All members” is much too broad of an audience because it is impossible to develop a campaign, offer, and message that appeals to a mass audience. The more defined the audience, the more successful the campaign.What was the messaging? If you focus too much on the technicalities of a product or service and not about the benefits of it and how it can help members, it’s going to fall on deaf ears. Remember, your members see about 10,000 marketing messages per day that all scream “buy me, use my product, our company is so great!” A clear, concise message tailored specifically to your target audience has a much better shot at cutting through the noise and getting your members to take action.How are your members consuming communications from the credit union? For example, If your website or emails blasts aren’t optimized for mobile or tablet viewing, but a majority of your members are communicating with you through those channels, you’re missing out on a big opportunity to communicate with them their way where they are.Did you have a realistic goal for the campaign? It’s hard to know if a campaign is successful if you don’t have a clearly defined and achievable goal for which to shoot.center_img 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Details Measure & adjust.Using your credit union’s trends and profitability for the campaign’s product, set a realistic, achievable goal, and measure it regularly throughout the campaign. Break it down into monthly and weekly benchmarks so you’re able to quickly identify opportunities for improvement and adjust accordingly. This part is crucial to any campaign’s success; set-it-and-forget-it will yield disappointing results.last_img read more

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — The 2020 Annual Greek Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19. Organizers say there is a “slight possibility” the festival could be rescheduled later in the summer or the fall. The event was scheduled for June 3 to 7.center_img The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation says it thanks the essential workers for the work they are doing throughout the pandemic.last_img

first_imgManchester United head coach Casey Stoney– Advertisement – 0:29 Manchester United’s development as a club took a step up when they defeated Arsenal last weekend – their first league win over one of the established ‘big three’ since their reformation.The season started by holding champions Chelsea to a draw at home and they go into the derby against Manchester City with the prospect of going eight points clear of their city rivals.“We haven’t achieved anything yet,” Turner told Sky Sports News.“After the Arsenal game it felt like something had happened but, as Tobin said in the changing room, it means nothing if we don’t win on Saturday.“We were like ‘way to bring the mood down, Tobin’, but that’s the mentality you have to have. The league isn’t going to be decided on one game.”Mentality, hard work, development and a little star power has got Manchester United to the summit 817 days after their first professional match. It will be interesting to see what will be needed to keep them there. Katie Zelem, who won back-to-back titles with Liverpool before joining Juventus for a season where she also won Serie A, rejoined the club that trained her in her youth. She is now club captain.She told Sky Sports News: “Before I stepped foot through the door, when they’d appointed Casey as manager I knew they were going for it. I had a presentation with Casey and I played with her at Liverpool; Casey’s a winner. For me I knew I was joining a club that wanted to be the best. I knew the ambition was to reach the Champions League and that’s hopefully where we’re heading.”“It’s great what the club has done, I love the philosophy of bringing back youth to United. We’ve not just improved as a team but if you look at everyone individually they’ve really improved as players themselves.”Sprinkle of stardust 817 days ago Manchester United Women were preparing for their first professional game. On Saturday, they will take on Manchester City already top of the WSL with the chance to go eight points of their rivals.Sky Sports News has spoken to key figures at the club to find out just how the club has developed so rapidly in the 27 months since their first match.Stoney’s vision – Advertisement – Manchester United's Katie Zelem is one of seven players to earn their first senior England call-upImage:Katie Zelem has gone on to earn an England call-up this season Part of Stoney’s philosophy was to dip into the talent pool the club itself had developed.Despite the senior team disbanding in 2005, the club’s centre of excellence continued to produce professional standard players that had to go elsewhere to break into the game.Millie Turner, Ella Toone and Kirsty Hanson were among a group of players who rejoined the club they represented as a teenager and have gone on to become a huge part of the team’s success. Megan Rapinoe and Katie Zelem Casey Stoney, Man Utd Women's manager “I was going to get to build this club from the bottom up, to bring in the players I wanted. I was going to be able to build a philosophy I believe in, create an environment I think will work and the club has allowed me to get on with it.“To be honest, they knew I knew women’s football better than they did and they supported me through it. It’s a unique opportunity, you never get that in football. Every player is here because I chose them, every staff member is here because I chose them, the philosophy we have is because it’s the one I want to play. You don’t ever get that and for me it’s just a fantastic opportunity.”Back to the future Despite their quick rise to be WSL leaders, Manchester United boss Casey Stoney says developing the team is a slow process but believes they are in a ‘good place’center_img Casey Stoney was named Manchester United head coach on June 8 2018 and their first fixture was just two months later.Twenty-one players were signed in that period by the first-time manager, who was encouraged to apply for the job by Phil Neville after assisting in the England setup.By the end of the season, United had won promotion to the WSL at the first attempt, topping the Women’s Championship and winning 18 of their 20 league games.“The fact it was Manchester United in terms of the tradition, the history, the scale of the club and that it was a blank canvass,” Stoney recalls when thinking back to why she took the job. 0:44 Ballon D’Or winner Megan Rapinoe suggested it was ‘disgraceful’ Manchester United did not set up their current women’s team until 2018 – but current skipper Katie Zelem feels the criticism is misplaced Casey Stoney says the comments made by Greg Clarke that led to his resignation as FA chairman show ‘how much work we’ve still got to do’ regarding diversity in English football – Advertisement – 0:29 Building on Stoney’s philosophy, developing young players and recruiting experienced WSL campaigners meant Manchester United finished fourth in WSL last season. However, expectations have increased after a busy summer of signings.England midfielder Lucy Staniforth and Spain full-back Ona Batlle were among the senior players to join but it was the additions of two-time World Cup winners – Tobin Heath and Christen Press – on one-year deals that excited the fans.“If you look at our team from the first year to now we’ve got so much more experience,” Zelem told Sky Sports News. “We’ve recruited winners.”“It’s not just what they’ve achieved on the pitch but they’re also really good people for the group,” added centre-back Amy Turner, whose form has been singled out by Casey Stoney as one of the unheralded reasons for the club’s success.“They’ve brought that extra bit of confidence and that belief we maybe didn’t have before. You can see the intensity they perform at and when you’re behind that it really eggs you on to match that.”Just keep winning Turner has been part of a back-four that's only conceded five goals this season.Image:Amy Turner has been part of a back four that has only conceded five goals this season World Cup winner Christen Press is one of five United States internationals to have joined English clubsImage:World Cup winner Christen Press signed on loan for Man Utd in the summer – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Wolf Joins Philadelphia Mayor Kenney to Announce City’s Opioid Task Force Report Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney as the mayor announced the city’s Opioid Task Force Report, completed to provide a path forward on the ongoing battle of the heroin and opioid epidemic in Philadelphia and around the state.“The task force report, and the recommendations it contains, align with the efforts that we have made at the state level to give our local municipalities and cities, our first responders, our law enforcement officials, and all of our citizens the tools they need to save the life of a loved one – and get them into quality and proven treatment programs,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud the mayor and the task force for the commitment to fighting this epidemic that is a scourge on our state and the City of Philadelphia.”The mayor’s task force was charged with developing a comprehensive and coordinated plan to reduce opioid abuse, dependence and overdose in Philadelphia and draft a report of findings and recommendations for action to the mayor. The 23-member task force, co-chaired by Dr. Evans, Philadelphia Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), and Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, met semi-monthly for two-hour meetings between January 11 and March 22, to produce the final report announced today.“The opioid epidemic has been taking lives, destroying families and undermining the quality of life of Philadelphians across the city,” Mayor Kenney said. “This report and its recommendations offer a roadmap as to how, together, we can take action and adequately address this problem to reduce use and the devastating loss of life this epidemic is causing.”The task force also included five subcommittees focused on:Data Analysis and SharingPublic Education and Prevention StrategiesJustice System, Law Enforcement, and First RespondersService Access, Best Practices, and Treatment ProvidersOverdose Prevention and Harm ReductionFor more information on the task force report, visit dbhids.org/opioid. May 19, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe European Commission has summoned the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for taxing pensions moving abroad.It argued that the taxation conflicts with the principle of free movement of capital.According to the EC, workers must be able to transfer pension capital to another member state, even if the country of destination allows taking out a lump sum of up to the entire pension entitlement.Twelve member states, including Germany, Belgium and Denmark, have already introduced this option, however, in the Netherlands, the country is only to allow a limited lump sum as part of its pending pensions reform; and it levies a tax on value transfer to these member states, while refraining from taxation in case of a domestic transfer. The EC concluded that this approach “seriously hinders the principles of free traffic of workers, services and capital”.It had already started an infringement procedure against the Netherlands in 2012, followed by a “reasoned advice” in 2018.As the Netherlands had ignored the call for legal adjustments, the EC has now issued the country a subpoena to appear before the ECJ.Erik Lutjens and Hans van Meerten, both professors of European pension law, indicated that the Netherlands might not have implemented pensions directive IORP II correctly on collective value transfer, as the Dutch rules are stricter for foreign transfers.Van Meerten said he had lodged a complaint with the EC, which could lead to a substantive infringement procedure.Meubel, the €3.5bn Dutch pension fund for the furnishing sector, has announced that it will replace its current pensions provider Centric with TKP Pensioen.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

first_imgCincinnati, Oh. — A South Ripley High School student saved a customer’s life by administering CPR on his second day working at a Cincinnati area fast food restaurant.Austin Goddard was clearing tables when he noticed a customer having a medical emergency. After other patrons asked if anyone knew CPR he immediately took charge. The customer was treated by paramedics and transported to a hospital for treatment and is recovering.Days after the event members of the customer’s family returned to the store to thank Austin and show him a picture of the man he saved in a much healthier condition.South Ripley School Corporation superintendent Rob Moorhead said all 10th graders receive CPR instruction during health class. He praised the efforts of Marlin Kohlmeier, teacher and school resource officer Jeff Thielking.Austin will be a junior at South Ripley High School this year.last_img read more

first_imgThe St Louis Golf team traveled to the rolling hills of Dearborn Country Club, Monday night, to face South Dearborn and Batesville Middle School. The conditions were ideal for scoring. Batesville finished first with a 175 followed by St Louis with 215 and South Dearborn with 277. Scoring for St Louis were Jackson Wanstrath, Cody Mohr, Cayden Pohlman, and Eli Voglesang.The Cardinals face St Mary’s of Greensburg Tuesday night at North Branch.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Randy Streator.last_img

first_imgJohannesburg: Quinton de Kock on Tuesday was named South Africa’s new Twenty20 skipper for the three-match series against India in September, which will not feature former captain Faf Du Plessis in the squad.However, du Plessis will continue to lead South Africa in the three-Test series that follows the T20s, with Temba Bavuma named his vice-captain, Cricket South Africa announced.“I would like to stress that Faf du Plessis remains an important part of our plans for white-ball cricket,” said CSA Acting Director, Corrie van Zyl.Rassie van Der Dussen will play deputy to de Kock in the T20 squad.“The T20 Series gives us the last chance to have a look at our leadership and batting options as the next edition of the T20 World Cup is now little more than a year away which is why we have gone with an inexperienced leadership group. This is our last chance to do this before we settle on an established squad,” he added.Veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn, who recently retired from Test cricket, was overlooked from the T20 series by the CSA.Steyn expressed his surprise at not being picked. In a critic Twitter conversation with a local journalist, the 36-year-old informed that he had made himself available to the CSA.“I did… Obviously lost my number in the reshuffling of coaching staff. Apologies to Virat and a billion people for thinking they not,” Steyn tweeted.Meanwhile, both T20 and Test squads will feature three uncapped players.Pacer Anrich Nortje features in both the squads, batsman Bavuma, spin bowling all-rounder Bjorn Fortuin will feature in the T20 squad. Wicketkeeper Rudi Second and spin-bowling all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy were handed Test caps.“All three newcomers to the Test side have more than earned their spurs through impressive performances in last season’s Four-Day Franchise competition,” van Zyl said.“As far as the T20 squad is concerned, Temba Bavuma and Bjorn Fortuin were two of the standout players in the CSA T20 Challenge last season while Nortje was outstanding in the Mzansi Super League until ruled out by injury.”CSA also said Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi were not considered for the T20s as they will be preparing for the Test series by playing in South Africa A’s four-day matches against India A.“We feel we have covered all the options for the conditions we are likely to encounter on the sub-continent with Muthusamy and Dane Piedt, who was far and away the leading wicket-taker in our Four-Day competition, providing the back-up to Keshav Maharaj.”South Africa will travel to India for a three-match T20 series starting from September 15. The two sides will then compete in a three-match Test series.Test match squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Temba Bavuma (vice-capt), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second.T20I squad: Quinton de Kock (capt), Rassie van der Dussen (vice-capt), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more