Somalia: European Union Naval Force Disrupts PAG

first_img View post tag: Naval Somalia: European Union Naval Force Disrupts PAG May 16, 2011 View post tag: European View post tag: Disrupts View post tag: PAG Back to overview,Home naval-today Somalia: European Union Naval Force Disrupts PAG Share this article View post tag: Union View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Force View post tag: Navy European Union naval force said on Saturday that its warship disrupted a dhow that was suspected of being used as a Pirate Action Group (PAG…(peopledaily)[mappress]Source: peopledaily, May 16, 2011;last_img

An appeal to the electorate

first_imgANTHONY SQUIRE To the Editor:Before and after President Trump became our president, in some segments of the country I saw media images of some protesters with signs likening President Trump to Hitler or that our nation had veered toward fascism. You may disagree with presidential Executive Orders or Memoranda, but a show of respect is due our president. President Trump does appear to be more authoritarian than authoritative at times but I do not think he’s a fascist like Hitler. There are ample signs that our country’s system of checks and balances are operating. Protests are held, mostly peacefully. Academics and scholars still voice their opinions in the press. Talk shows and pundits of all stripes still have not been censored. With some irregularities notwithstanding, and some exceptions, people are not disenfranchised. Trial by jury is still the democratic model. The three branches of government are still in dynamic tension. Citizens have broad exercise of freedoms despite some restrictions in privacy. So, no, the USA is not a fascist country. I urge more verbal restraint in protests against specific Trump policy matters, less anti-Trump venting, inflammatory rhetoric. You may get a better hearing as you exercise your constitutional rights in a civil manner and dialogue on points of agreement and disagreement. Exercise discipline by avoiding demonizing our president or his office. By and large, we are still a “land of the free” and for that, I never take my liberties as a citizen for granted. read more


first_imgHENRY HARRIS HAWKS — The 2018-19 Lou Scudder Girls Elementary Basketball 2nd place. The Hawks completed an great season by losing to Nicholas Oresko School by a score of 31-21 in the championship game. With the team are Asst. Superintendent Mr. Kopacz, League Coordinator Mr. Rickard and Coaches Mrs. Hernandez and Ms. Stauss, and Principal Mrs. Kazimir.last_img

Create a winner

first_imgAs sales of the ubiquitous cupcake continue to rise, British Baker today launches the search to find Britain’s Best Cupcake Baker 2010.Cupcake specialist bakeries continue to proliferate, with over 100 already signed up to get involved in National Cupcake Week 2010, which takes place from 13-19 September.National Cupcake Week celebrates and supports the growth of an industry sector that has spawned a raft of new businesses across the UK and stimulated innovation in what has become a true classic of the cake sector. Cupcake sales are up 16% year-on-year, with volumes up 7% (source: Kantar Worldpanel, April 2010).Cake specialists, craft and in-store bakeries across the UK are invited to enter the competition to find the nation’s most outstanding cupcake baker. Entrants must already be selling cupcakes commercially.How to enterThis is an opportunity to let your imagination run free. Last year’s winners included a courgette cupcake, and the overall winner was a retro Black Forest Cupcake by Kevin Sibley of Mama’s Cupcakes. Whether you’re playing around with the cake, the topping or the decorations, do your best to surprise us! But most importantly, don’t forget that, first and foremost, the cake must taste great.1. Send us the following:one colour image of the cupcakeyour name for the cakea description of the cake, including ingredients used and sources of inspiration (no more than 100 words)a synopsis of your business, how long you’ve been trading, who are your customers and why you think you stand out from the crowd (no more than 100 words)your company name, phone number, email address, location and website url (if appropriate)2. The cake must be commercially viable that is, you could reasonably expect to sell it in a shop or internet cake delivery business.3. Only one cupcake entry per baker. We are not looking for a range of cakes. For the final judging process, shortlisted bakers will be expected to deliver a batch of 12 identical cakes and the recipe for their cupcakes.4. Final judging will take place at a venue in London by a top panel of experts during the first week of August, and entrants must be able to deliver their cupcakes in person or through a delivery service. Seven cupcake bakers’ cakes will be chosen to represent each day of the week and an overall winner will be crowned.5. Cakes will be judged on creativity, taste, texture and appearance.6. Closing date is 16 July. Shortlisted bakers will be contacted by 30 July. Winners will be announced on 13 August.Please send entries to [email protected] or Cupcake Competition, British Baker, William Reed Business Media, Broadfield Park, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RTFor more event information, a comprehensive list of cupcake bakers and an exclusive Cosmopolitan Cupcake recipe from reigning champion Kevin Sibley, visit: or contact [email protected] quirky cupcake news, visit the official National Cupcake Week Facebook page:!/group.php?gid=58988088047Follow @CupcakeWeek on Twitter. National Cupcake Week sponsors Renshaw supplies a range of high-quality food ingredients, primarily to the bakery sector comprising craft bakers and major cake manufacturers and also to grocery retailers. It is a leading manufacturer of marzipans, ready-to-roll icings, soft icings, baking chocolate, caramels, mallow and is the UK’s leading manufacturer of baking cases and muffin wraps. The company is synonymous with quality and innovation, ensuring that its customers consistently add value to their cupcakes and muffins in order to keep them one step ahead of competitors. With over 500 sizes of crimped and special cases in its range, Chevler has a baking case for byBFP Wholesale is Britain’s only national bakery wholesaler with thousands of customers nationwide. BFP Wholesale will be on hand to supply everything the keen cupcake maker needs from mixes to flour, sugar, icings, toppings, decorations and cases. In fact, ’all the right ingredients’ to dazzle consumers with their baking skills, creativity and artistic flair.www.bfpwholesale.comHigh street homewares specialist Robert Dyas is the first retailer to back National Cupcake Week, with the company reporting a surge in sales of baking products. It sells 500 cupcake stands per week and sales in its bakeware category are 20% up on last year. Robert Dyas will be featuring the logo throughout its national chain of stores, with activities and promotions planned for the read more

David Byrne Confirms New Solo Album And Collaboration With Oneohtrix Point Never

first_imgDavid Byrne of Talking Heads fame took to Reddit today and hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) to promote the new edition of his book How Music Works and its respective release party in New York city at Town Hall on June 1st. In the forum, David Byrne confirmed that fans could expect a new solo album from the iconic musician sometime “early next year.” Byrne also noted that Brian Eno helped him “a LOT” with this latest album. David Byrne also hinted at an upcoming collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin, stating, “Last week, I wrote words and a melody over a track that Daniel Lopatin sent me.”Watch David Byrne Join Angélique Kidjo For “Once In A Lifetime” At Carnegie HallDuring the AMA, Byrne was prompted about his creative process. This was his response: “At first, I may have sat down with lyrics and tried chords, etc. Very traditional, though the material was not. Then, I learned I could write over pre-existing grooves and chords — which was liberating — but I eventually discovered that process led one down certain paths and made other routes less likely. More recently, I wrote some musicals —which is all about character, emotional moments, and storytelling — which meant words once again came first. I go back and forth. . . . Lyrics are best when the writing is not obvious — when they appear to be naturally occurring (even though that might mean they are the result of lots of work and editing).”Watch Stephen Colbert Channel His Inner David Byrne And Cover The Talking HeadsWhen asked about music he’s been listening to, Byrne shouted out Sinkane, Weeknd, Lorde, Lambchop, Bon Iver, Sampha, and PJ Harvey. You can check out the full Reddit post here to read more answers from David Byrne.[H/T Fact Mag]last_img read more

Circles Around The Sun To Play Phish Baker’s Dozen Late-Night

first_imgThe upcoming Phish Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden is destined to go down as a truly monumental run, making New York City the place to be mid-summer. As the inevitable late-night show announcements pour in, you can add this one to your must-attend list. Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal is bringing his marveled Circles Around The Sun project to the Gramercy Theater on Saturday, July 22nd. (Purchase tickets here with presale code “LIVEFORLIVEMUSIC”.)The history of the band is beyond fitting, as the band’s first introduction was at the Grateful Dead‘s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well shows. The frequent Phil Lesh & Friends collaborator was tapped to create the setbreak music, eventually giving birth to a band that would fittingly be called Circles Around The Sun. The psychedelic rock grooves that Casal, along with the help of keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne, and drummer Mark Levy create will be the perfect concoction to help fans “Hallucinate a Solution” late into the night. [courtesy of Greg Crist]With that music released as its own album, Interludes for the Dead, the band was gifted a proper stage. The band made their live debut at LOCKN’ Festival in 2016, and it was one of the weekend’s most glorious sets. Having only performed a handful of times since, we can’t wait for Circles Around The Sun to make their NYC return on July 22, paired with the sensational after-show glow that comes along with the Phish from Vermont.Tickets for the show are currently on-sale and can be purchased here with presale code “LIVEFORLIVEMUSIC.” For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook event page.– SHOW INFO –Show: Live For Live Music Presents: A Baker’s Dozen Late-Night With Circles Around The SunWhen: Saturday, July 22ndVenue: The Gramercy Theatre –127 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010Ages: All Ages (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)Price: $23.00 adv / $26 dos (purchase tickets here)Pre-Sale: Thursday, June 1 @ 10AM with p/w: “LIVEFORLIVEMUSIC”Time: Doors 11:30 PM / Show 12:00 AM (technically early AM)Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theater (tix)July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix)July 28 – James Brown Dance Party  – 2x Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix / late tix)July 29 – Dopapod @ Highline Ballroom (tix)July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)last_img read more

What is driving you?

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: Details There are days when work is exhilarating. The hours fly by in an instant. You tackle challenges. If some ask you if you liked your job, you’d grab them by both shoulders and say – “No, I don’t like it. I love it!”When those moments happen, stop. And think.What just happened? Why do you love your job? What about it excites you?If you don’t have those moments, you have some self-reflection ahead of you. If we’re going to spend 40, 50 or more hours a week doing something, shouldn’t that something move you…even if occasionally?Let’s assume you do have those moments. And from my discussions, most CEOs do have them. I think our job is to find ways to push that feeling down, up and all over our organizations. We should want everyone to feel that way.Now, that likely is an impossibility. But don’t let that stop you from trying.But what is it that you should push down? What is it that makes you feel wonderful as a leader?Here are some guesses.Ownership. You own your job. You own your day. You own your hours. You are given a goal, and you claw your way to completion. Does your team feel that type of ownership? And do you unintentionally chip away at it? I tend to goof up here. I’ll look at a marketing piece from my VP of Marketing. “What about this,” I’ll ask. Or “What if we did that?” I’ll muse. Chip, chip, chip. I just took away her ownership of that marketing piece.White Space. Most CEOs I speak to try to get away and think. They clear their mind and think about their credit union’s future. Its strategy. They day-dream, in a sense. I think finding white space is a huge deal, especially in today’s world of texts and emails. Everything is turned around quickly. But strategy takes time and effort. Does your team have white space for themselves?Clarity. You know what you want, obviously.  You have a vision for where you want your credit union to go. You know how that MSR should sound when he’s on the phone. But does your team have that clarity? Are your directions and expectations clear?Responsibility. The buck stops with you. That has wonderful side effects. Like ownership, responsibility leads to attention to detail, hard work, and thoughtful preparation. Does your team have that same feeling? And if they truly are responsible, do they have the tools needed to do a good job?I’m not sure all of these things are what drives us. But when we have them, life is good. Wasted effort is minimized.  And you have a purpose about you. And don’t we want that for everyone?last_img read more

Four questions to ask your next strategic planning facilitator

first_imgWhen strategically planning your financial institution’s future, credit unions and banks often bring in outside facilitators to help them. It is too difficult to navigate potential pitfalls and you never want one person to dominate the meeting. There is just something magical about having an outside perspective help you facilitate your strategic planning process.However, successful planning is not just having anyone facilitate your session. Successful planning is having the right person that matches your unique situation.Many times, a potential partner will ask you several exploratory questions to learn more about your institution. It’s best if you turn the tables and ask them some questions as well. However, rather than focusing on traditional inquiries like price and testimonials, you should make some deeper level queries.Here are four questions you should ask any potential strategic planning facilitator:What book are you currently reading?—This quickly tells you if they are spending time learning. You want a facilitator who is familiar with current business models and strategies. You can also follow-up by asking what blogs they consistently read. If the stumble on these questions or if they throw out books from 10 years ago, that’s a red flag. A great facilitator is a reader. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Are you ready for the brave new world of post-pandemic tech?

first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: Details The realization is growing: at credit unions there is no “return to normal.” Forevermore how business is done will be different. And, a lot more technology focused.That is the conclusion from dozens of conversations I have had over the past weeks with credit union CEOs, consultants, and just plain members. To a person, they all had initially thought the COVID-19 triggered changes – from branch closures to huge spikes in online and mobile banking transactions – were a fleeting change.Things are different three months into the pandemic response. “I expect a lot of the changes that were made in credit unions will remain in place. We are not going back to how things exactly were before,” said Brad Smith, a credit union expert with consulting firm Cornerstone Advisors.Partly it’s because there is no predictable end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic – experts do not see widespread vaccination of Americans for a year or two in the best case and as for the global population, who knows? The disease will be with us for some time and that has required adjustments.Partly, too, it’s because the biggest shift has been huge adoption and use of digital tools, especially mobile banking, said Smith. Even laggards, he said, have been using mobile.That’s fueled by the reality that older Americans – ages 60 and higher – have profound fears about COVID-19, which has proven especially deadly in that demographic. So they are busy adopting mobile and online tools. Do not expect to see them in the branch anytime soon.Credit union leaders tell the reality they are seeing: “We sent out a strong message from the start of the pandemic that the safest way to bank was for members to use online and mobile banking and webchat, rather than coming into the branch,” said Carma Peters, CEO of Michigan Legacy Credit Union, a $214 million institution. “While we were hopeful that members would comply, the shift to online banking has been dramatic, with 50,000 more online transactions in April than we had in March. That’s a 38% increase.”A report from ath Power Consulting underlines the magnitude of this transformation: “Our study shows that Customers/Members are absolutely seeking additional ways to conduct business and execute transactions outside of the Branch, with 74% of our respondents saying it’s a top priority,” said E. J. Kritz, director of training and insight at ath Power Consulting.Good online and mobile banking now are must haves.  That means also person to person payments, mobile remote deposit capture, and robust tools for bill payment.  Mediocrity won’t suffice, not when the digital bank emerges as the bank.Next StepsGo with the digital momentum and take the next steps – steps that in many cases the big banks have already taken. But that gap can be closed.Experts pointed to two crucial areas that need credit union focus.Digital account opening. Credit unions still lag here, said Cornerstone’s Smith, and that can prove fatal if – as many experts believe – the return to branches is not in the near-term future.  The mega banks are leaders in this, and successes such as Rocket Mortgage show that even big ticket transactions can be closed in a digital only fashion.The tools and technology to facilitate digital only account opening exist, said Celent expert Bob Meara. Just a few years ago, he acknowledged, the tools were not plentiful for smaller financial institutions. Now they are.Accept that members – increasingly – want easy to use digital banking and may only rarely set foot in a branch and you are on the right 2020 path. That means members doing everything online. Absolutely everything and it starts with account opening.Contactless Cards. Wave a contactless card at a smart terminal and, boom, it reads the cardholder data and a transaction is started.Does your credit union offer contactless cards? Probably not. Estimates last year were that under 1% of in person transactions in the US were contactless. In many European countries that number tops 50%.Change is coming to the US and experts point to COVID-19 as the catalyst. People just don’t want to touch a credit card terminal in a supermarket, drugstore, or at a gas station. What they want to do is wave a card and pay that way.It’s sanitary and so 2020.Smart institutions are onto this.  Experts expect hundreds of millions of contactless cards to roll out to Americans this year.Is your credit union ready?  Do not delay. This is a trend that is cresting.Can credit unions catch up to the big banks? Optimism among experts is plentiful.  Just accept that the branch is yesterday.Digital is the future and the future is here.last_img read more