6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Having a good backup player can be invaluable for a sports team. If the star in a particular position gets hurt, retires, or decides to play for another team, you have someone to put into the next game. But what if the backup also becomes unable to play? Then the coach has trickier decisions to make.The “bench strength” conversation at credit unions also runs deep. Say the CEO leaves for another position and your succession plan indicates that your CFO should step in. The question then becomes, “Who can become CFO?” And then “Who can fill the job of the person who’s now CFO?” And so on.In our practice helping credit union clients plan for succession, our focus is helping them have the right people ready at the right time. Here are some key categories (and timeframes) of readiness we encourage CU leaders to consider when benchmarking their bench strength. continue reading »
Arsenal, Basel, Austria Vienna, Schalke and Steaua Bucharest are all through to the Champions League, after scaling the two leg qualifying hurdle.Aaron Ramsey was the star for Arsenal with a brace in their 2-0 victory over Fenerbahce, though qualification was already in the bag after a 3-0 away win.On targetBasel also swept through 6-2 on aggregate past Bulgarians Ludogorets.Italian Federico Piovaccari was on target yet again for Steaua Bucharest, as a 2-2 draw away to Legia Warsaw put them through on away goals, 3-3 on aggregate.Austria Vienna were surprise qualifiers for the group phase, squeezing through 4-3 on aggregate despite a 3-2 home defeat against Dinamo Zagreb.Decisive Bundesliga side Schalke 04 also scraped through 4-3 on aggregate against Greek team PAOK.The first leg ended 1-1 in Germany, but 19-year-old Julian Draxler was decisive in Athens with a goal and an assist for Hungarian international Adam Szalai’s brace.Play-offsThe 3-2 away victory was sealed in stoppages despite a double PAOK comeback on the night.The Champions League play-offs continue on Wednesday with Milan v PSV, Zenit v Pacos Ferreira, Maribor v Plzen, Celtic v Shakhter and Real Sociedad v Lyon.
(Undated) — The Sahara dust plume is making its way across the Atlantic ocean to the U.S. The dust plume from the Sahara desert will arrive in the Southeastern parts of the country mid-week. Experts say dust plumes aren’t uncommon, but most of the time they dissipate over the Atlantic and don’t make their way to the states.Fortunately the dusk cloud prevents the formation of hurricanes. In a tweet, the National Weather Service (NWS) Houston/Galveston TX said dusty weather could be possible as a result of the cloud, which would be moving into the state’s southeast on Tuesday. “If this dust reaches the area we should expect some red skies at sunrise and sunset for a few days and probably drier weather as well,” it said.A large plume of dust has moved off the west coast of Africa during the last few days. As this dry and dusty Saharan air layer moves across the tropical Atlantic toward the Caribbean it will help suppress the development of tropical systems. pic.twitter.com/fCoTw2xvl0— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) June 18, 2020 People may notice a difference in the appearance of the sky, more intense allergies, and less hurricane watch areas along the coast. The cloud of dust is the result of atmospheric conditions in the Sahara at this time of year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Saharan Air Layer is a mass of extremely dry dusty air that forms over the desert between late spring and early fall. It normally forms a layer in the atmosphere that is around two miles thick and sits around one mile above the surface. It can cover an area about the size of the lower 48 states and at peak periods, the layer can reach as far as the U.S. southeast coast.
Facebook87Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston EDC Center for Business & InnovationThe Washington Center for Women in Business created the third annual INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference for forward-looking women business owners and business leaders in our community.Photo courtesy: Thurston EDCThe 7-hour, one-day conference has a theme of innovation & inspiration. The conference will kick off with an inspiring breakfast keynote address by Amy Leneker of Compass Consulting, followed by morning breakout sessions.Prairie Rose Hyde, co-founder of Alaffia and vice president of the Alaffia Foundation, will give the lunchtime keynote address. There is one-afternoon breakout session and the day ends with a Happy Hour Networking Mixer.Event coordinators do have a few exhibitor tables left and some sponsorship opportunities available. Last year over 120 women attended the conference and event organizers expect this year to attract even more. If your target market is women business leaders, don’t miss this event!WHO: Washington Center for Women in BusinessWHAT: INSPIRE – Women’s Business ConferenceWHEN: Friday, May 10, 2019, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.WHERE: Thurston EDC Center for Business & Innovation/SPSCC Lacey Campus, 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503TICKETS: $65 per person which includes breakfast and lunch.FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit http://wcwb.org/inspire/ or call WCWB Program Manager Traci Hansen at (360) 464-6050 or email [email protected] the Washington Center for Women in BusinessThe Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) is a program of the Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I), whose mission is to empower entrepreneurs to succeed in business by providing coaching, training, and technical assistance on a wide variety of topics. The WCWB differs from other programs of the CB&I because our Business Coaches are dedicated to helping the whole Womanpreneur see her goals realized. The WCWB is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
TRENTON – Governor Chris Christie, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs have warned consumers to beware of home improvement scams and charity scams perpetrated by offenders who prey on the desperation of those working to recover from disasters.“Our immediate priority today is our work at the state and local levels to ensure the safety of New Jerseyans in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” Christie said. “However, we know from past experience that fly-by-night contractors who are incompetent, dishonest, or both, will descend upon the storm-affected areas in the coming days and weeks, seeking to capitalize on those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed. Consumers must be extremely wary and do their due diligence before they hire anyone, sign any contract, or pay any money for home repair.”The Division of Consumer affairs offers tips for consumers on “How to Avoid Disaster-Related Scams” in English at: www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/disaster/floodtipsflyer_1.pdf and in Spanish at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/disaster/floodtipsflyerSP_1.pdfTips include:Beware of fly-by-night opportunists who may have come in from out of state – or those who may live locally but lack the skills and honesty you need for a significant repair job. Learn whether the contractor is properly registered with the Division of Consumer Affairs.Call the Division at 800-242-5846 to learn whether the contractor is duly registered, and whether the business has been the subject of consumer complaints. You can also check the Division’s online listing of legal filings to learn whether the business has been the subject of legal action by the Division.Before hiring a contractor, demand a copy of the contractor’s liability insurance policy, and contact the insurer to make sure the policy is valid.It is customary not to pay for the entire home improvement project in advance. The general rule of thumb is to pay no more than one-third beforehand, one-third halfway through, and one-third upon completion.Never give your credit card number or financial information to strangers over the phone or on the Internet.In addition, you should demand identification before you let anyone who claims to be from a utility company inspect your home.“No matter how urgent or desperate your need for repairs, you must stop and take the time to learn all you can about any contractor who solicits you,” Chiesa said. “Contact the Division of Consumer Affairs to learn whether the contractor is registered in New Jersey, and learn whether he or she has been the subject of consumer complaints. Ask people you know to recommend a contractor who has a solid reputation and a track record for honesty and good service. If the person is an opportunist who came in from out of state to earn money from the misery of those affected by the storm, your best bet is to stay away.”The attorney general also noted that the Division of Consumer Affairs last year launched an undercover operation based at a home damaged by Hurricane Irene, in partnership with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Lyndhurst Police Department, in order to identify unregistered contractors soliciting in the wake of that disaster. The initiative resulted in criminal and civil charges against a total of 11 allegedly unregistered contractors – one of whom had a California driver’s license, Massachusetts license plate, and New Jersey post office box. The unregistered contractors advertised through flyers posted in the grocery stores of storm-affected areas, or through online listings. (Further details: www.nj.gov/ oag/ca/press/01042012.htm).“Consumers who suffered damage to their homes are naturally feeling the desperate need to start the repair process as quickly as possible – but you must take the time to make smart decisions, and not fall prey to scammers,” said Eric T. Kanefsky, acting director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs. “Take the time to fully assess damages. Remember that it is more important than ever in these circumstances to obtain multiple opinions and quotes before deciding to hire someone.”Christie, Chiesa, and Kanefsky also warned about charity scams that have been known to prey upon the generosity of those wishing to help during times of disaster.Many charities are legitimate, but it pays to “Investigate Before You Donate:”Before donating to a charity, find out whether the charity is registered to solicit funds in New Jersey, or is exempt from registration (certain religious and educational organizations, and charities who raise less than $10,000 annually in contributions, are exempt).Find out how exactly the charity plans to use your money. Learn how much the charity spent during recent fiscal years on program costs, management costs, and fundraising. Learn about the charity’s stated mission.The charity should readily provide all of this information to you. Verify the information by calling the Division of Consumer Affairs’ Charities Registration Hotline at 973-504-6215, or the Charities Registration page.Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200. Consumers can also visit www. njconsumeraffairs. gov/LVinfo.htm to learn whether a contractor is duly registered with the division.
By Jay Cook|BELFORD – A Belford business is hoping to capture the Jersey Shore spirit by shining sunlight on its creative talent.Junction Boutique, located in the heart of the Belford Junction section of Middletown, is a one-stop shop destination displaying the wares of local artists.“There’s so much local talent and it’s our neighbors – it’s the community,” said owner Chris Slater.Previously located in an 800 square foot building beside Gem’s Bagels and Deli, Junction Boutique celebrated their grand reopening last Saturday at their new, 1500 square foot location at 79 Leonardville Rd.In the two years it’s been open, the roster of talent has grown from eight to 28 career crafters. They specialize in homemade bracelets, paintings, crafts and body care productsIt’s located in a bustling section of Middletown known as Campbell’s Junction – a busy crossroads between Routes 35 and 36 that is home to businesses like the longtime Sabato’s butcher shop, the new Belford Brewery, the Swagger barber shop, acclaimed Belford Bistro, Good Shepherd Book & Gift Shop and Chiafullo’s and Valentino’s.The Junction Boutique’s growing popularity led to the search for a new home base, said Slater.“All the artisans were asking for more space, and we had people asking us to join, and we couldn’t take anybody else on,” she said. “So we came here. It had to be in the Junction.”The crafters pay for booth space in the building, which ranges between $75 and $300 a month. Some take turns shop-keeping by spending one day a week tending the register and helping prospective buyers.Jeanine Riegler was one of the first to have a space in the original Junction Boutique. Her business – That’s How I Knot – specializes in what she describes as “original handmade macramé jewelry.”Riegler started out selling bracelets on the beach during the summertime. Now, she has turned that interest into a business venture, and occupies one of the largest spaces in Junction Boutique.Leonardo resident Kris Whittles is co-owner of the soap shop Wood Box Soap at Belford Junction Boutique.With prices ranging from $10 single-charm bracelets to elaborate $35 pieces with multi-colored stones, That’s How I Knot is also cultivating its brand on social media. She finds there are good benefits to having a fixed business space.“With a brick and mortar place to send people, I think it’s more professional,” Riegler said. “I think people love that they’re able to come in to see it and touch it.”Along the back wall of Junction Boutique, there is a refreshing fragrance in the air. Two Leonardo moms have built their business out of a necessity.Kris Whittles and Camille Miele, who are co-owners of the soap shop Wood Box Soap, both have family who deal with eczema. They often discussed how they could not find a remedy on the market.Using goat milk products, which they buy in bulk from Whole Foods, the company has crafted 22 different soaps named after local landmarks and areas, along with lines of body butters, lotions and bath bombs.Their most popular body soap is a coffee style, which uses coffee provided to them by Jersey Shore Coffee Roasters, a Leonardo-based coffee shop. Currently, that soap is on backorder.“We’re just keeping it local, and the fact that we’re supporting other businesses in Monmouth County is tremendous,” Whittles said. “I’ve lived in Middletown my whole life, and this is the first business of this kind.”Whittles also says the positive effects from goat milk are endless, which she claims has over 50 different vitamins and minerals that have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. Wood Box Soap also does not use any commercial preservatives, such as formaldehyde or parabens.The soap-making process is time consuming. It takes about six weeks for the necessary oils to solidify into soap. Each batch also yields roughly 36 pieces, which are individually boxed by Whittles and Miele. Each bar costs $7.Although Whittles says Wood Box Soap has had offers to move up the commercial food chain, she wants to keep the company its current size.“I don’t want to be in a big box store,” she said. “We want to be in a local Jersey setting, and that’s good for me.”On that same back wall, on the opposite side of the store, resides a local business that occupies its own niche in the Junction Boutique market.Kathleen Edinger of Belford is jumpstarting her tea blend business with a spot at the Junction Boutique, which showcases 28 artisans.“Chris is so cognizant of the fact that we’re all in it together,” said Kathleen Edinger, founder and owner of TeaScapes, a tea company based out of Belford. “It’s not her place, it’s our place.”Edinger, who has a background in physical therapy, moved into Junction Boutique in August of last year. Working with a wholesale tea distributer in Kentucky, she is watching her business grow each day.Currently, TeaScapes offers eight teas, six of which are signature blends that she, along with her family, have helped create. Each container of tea sells for $15.With awareness gained from space at Junction Boutique, Edinger now has the opportunity to soon move her operation into a full-time space, located just a town over.“I found that Atlantic Highlands will fit the bill for me because it is a ferry town that is right there,” she said. “We have the boating community in the summer, and I’m right on the street of First Avenue.”For shop owner Slater, Junction Boutique stems from a love for personalizing gifts. With that continued theme in mind, she sees no reason why the business won’t flourish in the future.“It can continue to grow with the different mediums,” she said. “You can focus on all the local talent and keep bringing new things in – there’s always a twist to it.”Junction Boutique artisans will participate in the Made in Monmouth exhibition April 8 at OceanFirst Bank Center at Monmouth University. On hand to offer congratulations on the new location was Freeholder Tom Arnone, who is the liaison to the county Division of Economic Development, and Middletown Township Mayor Gerald Scharfenberger, who both came to help cut the ceremonial ribbon.
The Nelson Leafs had better realize, and quick, the bullet the team just dodged in the Murdoch Division semi final series against the Spokane Braves.The Leafs needed six games to dispose of the American-based squad, thanks to two ugly losses at home when the players failed to show up at the arena.However, there is no room for error when the Beaver Valley Nitehawks open the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Divisional Final Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Hawks swept through the defending KIJHL champion Castlegar Rebels like a sharp chainsaw through a cut of cedar, needing only four games to advance down the playoff trail.And the Hawks would like nothing better than to continue its playoff roll against the Leafs.“We’ve got to be ready when the puck drops,” Leaf coach Frank Maida said Thursday.“We have to come out focused on playing our game for 60 minutes and not looking at anything other than playing period by period,” Maida added.Not much to choose from between Leafs and HawksThe long anticipated Murdoch Final between Nelson and Beaver Valley has been in the works since September when the teams opened training camp.Nelson threw down the challenge after being eliminated the past three seasons by Beaver Valley when Leaf coach Frank Maida stole snipers Jamie Vlanich and Travis Wellman from the Castlegar Rebels during the offseason.The Hawks countered with the likes of Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin returning to Beaver Valley to take their own run at a berth in the Cyclone Taylor Cup, which just happens to be hosted in Nelson April 10-13.Nelson (81 points) won the Murdoch Division title by a single point over Beaver Valley (80 points) as the teams traded places atop the standings and the teams splitting the season series 4-4.Ironically, after Nelson edged the Hawks 2-1 in overtime in the season finale, the teams are tied in goals at 27-27.Also, each team won in the other’s rink. Vlanich status still doubtful to start seriesWhile the Hawks are rolling on all cylinders — out scoring Castlegar 24-10 — the Leafs are struggling to put a healthy team on the ice.The KIJHL’s leading scorer, Leaf center Jamie Vlanich, has yet to play in the playoffs after suffering an upper body injury February 14 against Grand Forks.Leaf coach Frank Maida said Nelson’s leading scorer is listed as “day-to-day”, but will play at some time in the series.Adam Hodge, Troy Petrick and Quinn Kimchuk, all missing some time during the Spokane series, have been cleared to play against the Hawks.Leafs thin in goal after Maida, Rebagliati suffer injuriesThe same can’t be said in the Leaf goal as both Brad Rebagliati and Adam Maida are on the shelf when the puck drops Friday.Rebagliati has also been out of the lineup since playoffs started, and has been tabbed with the “day-to-day” status by the head coach and GM.Maida, however, it’s a different story as the Nelson Minor Hockey grad contemplates surgery to deal with an injured knee.That leaves rookie Jason Mailhoit between the pipes when the team open the series.Mailhoit, powering Nelson to the series-clinching win Tuesday in Spokane, played all season for the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League.Mailhoit’s back up is still not been determined as Leafs await a BC Hockey decision on the status of the team’s goaltending situation.Rebels goalie Patrick Zubick was Mailhoit’s back up in the final game against the Braves.Murdoch series scheduleGame one of the series goes Friday in Nelson with Game two back at the NDCC Arena Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m.The series shifts to Fruitvale Monday and Tuesday for Games three and four. Game time at the Hawks nest is 7 p.m.If necessary, the teams are back in Nelson Thursday for Game five.Game six is in Fruitvale at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14 with the all-important, Game seven set for Saturday, March 15, at the NDCC Arena.
ELVIS TRUJILLO WINS 2000TH CAREER RACE ABOARD FIRST TIME STARTER MATRICULATE; ‘WITH GOD’S HELP,’ PANAMA NATIVE HOPES TO WIN ANOTHER 2,000
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2015)–Jockey Elvis Trujillo registered a significant career milestone Saturday at Santa Anita, as the Panama native won his 2,000th race aboard first time starter Matriculate in the first race of the afternoon.Trujillo, 31, sat second going into the far turn and went on to a rousing 6 ½ length win aboard the 3-year-old California-bred colt who is trained by Bill Spawr. Owned by Acker, Beauchamp, Smith and Whitney, LLC, Lindo and partners, the son of Lucky Pulpit negotiated 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.09 and paid $7.20, $3.80 and $2.60.“I just want to thank all the trainers and owners on the East Coast and out here who have been so good to me,” said Trujillo, who was joined in the Winner’s Circle by his wife, Raquel and young sons Elvis, Jr., Emanuel Jeremiah and Jorge Clifford. “Trainers like Bill Spawr, Peter Miller, Jerry Hollendorfer and Steve DiMauro have all helped me so much. I’d like to win two thousand more and with God’s help and if I stay healthy, hopefully I can.
Fulham youngster Buomesca Tué Na Bangna, known as Mesca, is set to feature against his former side Chelsea in an Under-21 match at Craven Cottage this evening.The 19-year-old has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in September but has been given the green light to return to action.“Mesca will be involved for the first time after a big injury. I am ever so happy he can start for us,” said Fulham manager Martin Jol.“The main thing is for him to stay fit and strong. He tells me he feels stronger than before and I believe him.“He’s an exciting talent. He’s got everything to be a big player for us.”Kerim Frei will also be involved after recovering from a pelvic injury.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
11 December 2012Countries meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) that ended in Doha, Qatar on the weekend agreed on a firm timetable to adopt a universal climate agreement by 2015, and launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol.They further agreed on a path to raise the necessary ambition to respond to climate change, endorsed the completion of new institutions, and agreed on ways to deliver scaled-up climate finance and technology to developing countries.The Kyoto Protocol, the only existing and binding agreement under which developed countries commit to cutting greenhouse gases, has been amended so that it will continue as of 1 January 2013. The first commitment period ends on 31 December 2012. The length of the second commitment period will be eight years.The agreement came two days after Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa delivered South Africa’s country statement to the conference, urging the delegates to use the Doha talks to find a global solution to the current climate change crisis.“South Africa views the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol as the cornerstone of the Doha agreement” Molewa said.From the outset, South Africa was clear that a strengthened international climate regime was needed to ensure global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in order to prevent climate change from undermining development of the African continent.Governments have agreed to speedily work toward a universal climate change agreement covering all countries from 2020, to be adopted by 2015, and to find ways to scale up efforts before 2020 beyond the existing pledges to curb emissions so that the world can stay below the agreed maximum 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise.Governments also agreed at the Doha summit on the completion of new infrastructure to channel technology and finance to developing nations.Korea has been endorsed as the location of the Green Climate Fund and the work plan of the Standing Committee on Finance. The Green Climate Fund is expected to start its work in Sondgo in the second half of 2013, which means it will be able to launch activities in 2014.In terms of long-term finance, developed countries were encouraged to increase their efforts to provide finance between 2013-15 at the average annual level with which they provided funds during the 2010-2012 “fast-start” finance period.Governments will in the meantime continue a work programme on long-term finance during 2013 under two co-chairs to contribute to the ongoing efforts to scale up the mobilisation of climate finance.Germany, the UK, France, Denmark, Sweden and the EU Commission announced concrete finance pledges of an estimated US$6-billion for the period up to 2015.Countries also agreed on support mechanisms for developing countries. Part of the support is a registry that will record developing country mitigation actions that seek recognition or financial support. The registry will be a flexible, dynamic, web-based platform.Parties will meet again at the next UN Climate Change Conference – COP19 – in Warsaw, Poland at the end of 2013.Source: SANews.gov.za