Curiosity did not kill the cat…it was anything but

first_imgIf you’re anything like me – a “type A” person with a proclivity for curiosity, you probably find yourself in a similar cycle as this:Watch movie, read article, hear an interesting fact or storyGet curious about said subjectRead books and articles and watch movies about said subject until you’ve learned everything you can about itTake away applicable lessons and try to apply them to other areas of your life – personal and/or professionalThis thirst for knowledge is how I came to love credit union marketing so much. There is no manual on how to be successful at it because each credit union is different. What works for one doesn’t always mean it will work for another. As a beginning marketer at the start of my career out of college, I didn’t know a thing about credit unions or how to help it grow loans or members.What I learned during the next years didn’t come from marketing books or articles, but rather from looking outside of the credit union space to see what was working for other types of businesses and organizations. Whether it is through marketing tactics, culture initiatives, leadership styles, and everything in between, I love learning from experiences and sources that have nothing to do with credit unions.During the seven years I worked for my second credit union, I was fortunate to have the ability to try out many of the new ideas I’d gained, and it was because the culture supported curiosity and going big. I will forever be grateful for the leaders who allowed me the ability to take things that seemingly had nothing to do with credit union marketing and make them work for our credit union. The result was standout growth among our peers despite having recently lost our main sponsor group.My advice to you – regardless of if you are a beginner in this industry or a veteran – is to let your curiosity guide you. If you feel that you are about ready to be onto something big – you probably are.“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” -Walt Disney 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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 Detailslast_img read more

World Markets Plunge after Coronavirus Spreads to Italy

first_imgCoronavirus cases are on the rise in Italy and measure are being taken to fight the disease.A government official said today five people have died. Just over 90 others are being isolated at home as they fight the virus. Most of the cases are in the region that includes Milan. That has led to the city’s famous cathedral to no longer allow tourists. There will also be no school in Milan this week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been down around 950 points at the open on global market fears over a spike in coronavirus cases especially in Italy.The Nasdaq and S&P 500 are also down about three-percent as investors watch developments related to rapid spread of COVID-19 outside China.Wall Street’s sharp declines follow a plunge in Asian and European markets overnight.last_img

An Instagram message connected a Lake Worth man to a fatal shooting

first_imgPolice were able to track down a man from who is suspected to be connected to a triple shooting last year in Lake Worth Beach that left one person dead.Police arrested the Riviera Beach 21-year-old, Alan Asbury III, on Tuesday and he faces multiple charges, including second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.Police say is accused of fatally shooting David Goodman in the backyard of a home on South G Street in September.The shooting also left two others injured, James Edwards and Jean Cajuste.According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office probable cause affidavit, Edwards told police he was sitting outside when the people inside a passing gray Nissan started shooting at them.During the investigation, police found surveillance video, text messages and social media posts to link Asbury to the crime.Police found that Asbury sent a text message to his cousin saying that he bought a handgun. When detectives questioned him, Asbury said that he was robbed from the gun on the same day he bought it.However, investigators said that Asbury sent an Instagram message to someone with a picture of the gun on his lap three days after the shooting.Asbury is facing multiple charges and is being held without bond at the main Palm Beach County jail.last_img read more

FUN Golf gets families playing

first_img Fun is the name of the game! That’s the promise to families who can have a whale of a time while getting into golf. Golf Kingdom in Essex is at the heart of a joint project with England Golf to highlight golf as a great game for all the generations to play together. It follows England Golf’s Family Golf Month and is attracting families to try the game by joining a three week FUN Golf Course at any time until November and enjoying Adventure Golf on the Moby Golf course. Each one-hour FUN Golf session is delivered by a PGA professional using adapted equipment, with colourful clubs and tennis-style balls.  Players can also ‘warm up’ before each session, hitting against giant targets on a large inflatable.  It’s anticipated that over 250 people will take the FUN Golf courses and they can then move on to other opportunities, including coaching with PGA professionals. It is expected there will be a good level of transition from FUN Golf to the traditional golfing game.  “It’s golf, but not as you know it!” said Scott Cranfield from Golf Kingdom at Chadwell Heath, Essex. “Golf is a terrific game for all the family and we encourage lots of laughter. There’s no stuffiness here!”  England Golf is also working with Golf Kingdom to help them understand their customers and potential customers. This information is being used to shape publicity for the campaign on social media and with other promotional material. England Golf and Golf Kingdom will also survey Moby Golf and FUN Golf customers to find out more about what families want from golf and what they see as barriers to participation. Claire Hodgson, England Golf’s Head of Participation, said: “It’s great to be able to show families that golf is a game which all the generations can enjoy together. We’re delighted to be working with Golf Kingdom and look forward to sharing the results of this project to help other clubs and golf centres to attract more families.” Kate Cooper, Managing Director at Golf Kingdom, added: “The feedback so far from people who have taken part in our FUN Golf course has been very positive.  Many have said that it is a great introduction into a sport that they have never played before. We have had many family situations, where mum and dad have both enjoyed playing alongside their children.  We’re looking forward to many more taking part.” To find out how to join a FUN Golf course and to watch FUN Golf in action visit www.golfkingdom.net/fun/course 8 Aug 2016 FUN Golf gets families playing last_img read more

Hazardous Crosswalks: Ambulance Hits Pedestrian on Broad Street

first_imgA group, including a baby in a stroller, cross against the light in front of a car at the intersection of Broad and Monmouth Streets in Red Bank, NJ on April 1, 2015. Photo by Tina Colella RED BANK – An ambulance was traveling north on Broad Street Wednesday when it struck a pedestrian crossing the intersection, at Monmouth Street.The pedestrian, Thomas Thatcher, 66, of Hackettstown suffered a minor injury but refused treatment at the scene from the crew of a second MONOC ambulance called to the accident less than two minutes later, at 1:17 p.m., said MONOC Director of Operations Andy Caruso.“He was struck and knocked down and immediately got up,” said Caruso. “He refused medical attention and went on his way.” “We were traveling within safe speeds, going through downtown Red Bank with regard to pedestrians when unexpectedly this person stepped out in front of the ambulance,” said Caruso.“Our drivers are well trained in operating emergency vehicles and act with due regard.” He added, “The driver of our ambulance was naturally shaken up.” PoliceChief Darren McConnell confirmed the pedestrian was crossing against the light. Police did not issue any summonses, he said.Many walkers choose to cross against the light at the busy intersection of Broad and Monmouth Streets. Photo by Tina ColellaIt’s not unusual to see people lose patience and cross against the light on Broad Street. On Wednesday, a Two River Times photographer observed at least 20 people crossing Broad Street at the Monmouth Street intersection against the light, some pushing baby strollers. The traffic light at the Broad and Monmouth Street intersections are equipped with button sensors to change the traffic signal for pedestrians. Those sensors, when pushed by pedestrians, change the signal in approximately 1 minute, 45 seconds; if the sensor is not pushed, the light cycle is about two minutes to go from red to green. While the signal may be green for the entire period, the actual period for pedestrians to cross – designated by a pedestrian silhouette – runs about 20 seconds (with the last 10 seconds counting down in red numerals). Mayor Pasquale Menna said those measures and times were appropriate to address pedestrian safety at that particular intersection.As for Wednesday’s incident, Menna said, “How is any government, how is any regulation, how is any rule going to protect somebody who’s not looking where he’s going?”But there are those who disagree. Crossing Broad Street can be dangerous for pedestrians, even when they have the light, said Kelsey Guthrie, the manager of Yestercades, who witnessed the aftermath of the accident across the street Wednesday. “I see a lot of people not stopping for people at the crosswalk – including myself. I’ve almost been hit multiple times,” she said “People who are driving in town definitely have to be more aware that this is a pedestrian town. It’s full of people walking around.”In meetings with civic leaders, including Menna, The Two River Times is exploring in its “Crossroads” series the inherent conflict between pedestrians and vehicles and possible solutions in the active Red Bank community, a commercial and cultural destination.State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), who is a stakeholder in this safety initiative, said of Wednesday’s collision, “It elevates and highlights the importance of pedestrian safety in the popular town of Red Bank.”The Two River Times initiative has resulted in Red Bank requesting and the Board of Chosen Freeholders agreeing to study the intersection at Broad and Front streets where drivers and pedestrians are told simultaneously to proceed.The Task Force, formed and coordinated by the Two River Times and comprised of Red Bank and now Fair Haven municipal officials, state senators, school officials, RiverCenter, Meridian Health, and Newport Media Holdings, LLC, is examining safety in the Two River area, beginning in Red Bank.By Christina Johnson and John Burtonlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Special Olympians

first_imgThe Provincial Special Olympics are calling, and members of the Nelson chapter of Special Olympics are ready to take up the challenge.The local Special Olympians have recently completed an outstanding season of competition and are now ready to take put their skills to the test against the best in the province at the Special Olympics Provincial games in Langley, July 11-14. The Nelson delegation is proud to be sending seven athletes, one bocce player and seven soccer stars to the Langley game.Mallard’s Source for sports want to help with the send off by selecting the Special Olympians Team of the Week.Pictured are coaches and curlers, bowlers, bocce and soccer players from the Nelson Special Olympics following a recent event.Great job and good luck Team Nelson.Go Nelson!!last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week — NYS U18 Selects

first_imgEven playing shorthanded, the Nelson U18 Selects turned in a magnificent performance at the Bill Eisenwinter Hot Shot Tournament in Coeur d Alene, Idaho.The squad finished third, narrowly missing out on a chance to play for all the marbles in the tournament final.Mallard’s Source for sports want to tip the hat to the boys with Team of the Week honours. The team includes,Lucas Spielman, Andrew Knapik, Nigel Ziegler, Darian Johnson, John Dmitri Johnson, coach Dan Szabo, Spencer Szabo, Bryce Twible, Owen Thurston, Jake Anderson, Theo Bakas, Dylan Bennett, Nolan DeRosa and Nolan Percival.last_img

Puppet Labs Goes for the Enterprise

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams Tags:#cloud#news 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Insuring configurations are deployed identically across servers. If you have ten web servers, how do you know that all ten are identical? (if you’re asking “why do I care if the servers are identical?” I have an upcoming post for you. Trust me, you want this.Insuring that your web servers continue to be identical over time, and that only “trusted” changes are deployed.Tracking changes over timeEnabling the ability to roll back configurations to a point in time, across your ten servers automatically.Reducing the amount of build and implementation time for each server. At a previous employer, we used Puppet to reduce build times from 2.5 hours with our in-house system to 10 minutes.Configuring Virtual MachinesThis is an interesting space to watch and has connections to the IT services market. Puppet has an advantage. They’ve commercialized the open source code, which they in essence helped create. Puppet has proven itself with a roster of companies. Now it’s the rest of the market that will need to define how to automate its data centers. Puppet is without a doubt, one of the most viable options.. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Puppet Labs is now officially a software company. The data center management technology company introduced Puppet for the Enterprise this week. The software is a major advancement for the company. It reflects on the cloud management space that is growing fast in concert with the move to virtualization, the need for data center efficiencies and automatic provisioning.Puppet provides a framework for managing data centers. It can be used for operations of most any size. Users include Match.com, Red Hat, Twitter, Zynga and thousands of other customers. Puppet automates the provisioning, patching and configuration of operating system and application components across enterprise and cloud infrastructures.Puppet for the Enterprise takes much of the manual work out of integrating by hand. For years, IT managers have used scripts and images to manage networks. But these days data centers may have tens of thousands of virtual machines. Puppet for the Enterprise allows system administrators to install the framework and use it manage the network as it grows in complexity.For example, let’s say you want to start using Amazon EC2. To do that you create a template or an Amazon Machine Instance (AMI). The AMI contains your applications, libraries, data and associated configuration settings.That’s fine and well. But it can be a task to update an AMI. It has to be done manually. Puppet takes the labor out of the equation. Rebuilding an AMI does not have to be done from scratch. Instead, the AMI becomes a base server with Puppert running on top of it. Puppet keeps the AMI updated with the correct configurations. As a result, scaling can be done far easier than if an AMI was rebuilt in the traditional manner.Puppet for the Enterprise is the paid version of the open-source framework. It is available via download. You can try a version at no cost. The original Puppet will continue to be free and open source. Puppet competes with services such as Opscode, which also provides cloud management technology.Rooflabs provides a decent overview of the two companies:last_img read more

The App Wars Come To Wearables – Consumers Will Be The Winners

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Ever since Apple launched its App Store in 2008, platforms have waged war on each other to attract the most app developers. In smartphones, iPhone and Android have pulled far ahead while competing platforms like Windows Phone and BlackBerry have lagged behind. On tablets, iPad beats any other competitor by hundreds of thousands of apps. But now, the app wars are battling on a new front: Wearables.Wearables were one of the hottest topics at last week’s D:11 conference — but as The Wall Street Journal noted in its coverage of the event, attendees’ enthusiasm for wearables’ potential seemed out of sync with the limited use of the devices today. I agree with that assessment: Wearables do have enormous potential, but they are niche products today, mostly single-purpose devices focused on health and fitness.(See also Can A Fitness Tracker Really Change Your Life?)Wearables Have Potential, But Limited PenetrationIn a Forrester Research survey of 4,673 U.S. online adults conducted in the first quarter of 2013, 6% of U.S. online adults reported wearing a device to track performance in a specific sport; 5% said they wore a device like the Fitbit to track their daily activity; 5% said they used a device like the Lark or Jawbone UP to track their sleep quality; and 3% said they used a device like the Lumoback to get feedback on their posture (some consumers used multiple devices so the groups aren’t exclusive). These are small numbers: For reference, 6% of the U.S. online population equals roughly 11 million adults. Our research with component suppliers suggests that worldwide wearable shipments will reach 20-30 million units this year.The market could be a lot bigger. In the same survey, consumers indicated interest in a wide range of uses for wearables beyond health and fitness. For example, 44% said they’d be interested in a device that could unlock their car and house so they wouldn’t have to carry keys. 30% said they’d like a device to make media recommendations based on their mood. And 29% said they’d be interested in using a device to track their child’s activity. All of these scenarios and more are possible with today’s technology. Apps Are The Key To Wearables’ FutureApps were key to diversifying the utility of phones beyond communication, and they’re the key to diversifying the uses for wearables beyond health and fitness. Data from wearable sensors by itself is just not that useful. Even well-designed wearables give us “chart fatigue,” meaning that after a while, we don’t need the device to tell us what it’s telling us. Deeper insights, and more utility, require more than just one source of input. Enter apps from third-party developers who can imagine new uses for a device that go beyond the manufacturer’s plans.The app wars for wearables have already begun. Jawbone recently announced 10 apps that sync with the UP; Jawbone plans on releasing an open API that any developer can use, which will further broaden the UP’s utility. Jawbone’s app approach is particularly smart because, while it includes the obvious health and fitness apps like MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness, it also broadens to non-fitness apps like the productivity app IFTTT. Nike aspires to be its own app platform, too: In conjunction with TechStars, it launched its first Accelerator program in March 2013, hosting 10 companies for three months to catalyze development using the Nike+ API and mobile SDK.Google Glass Could Be A Game ChangerThere’s a lot you can do with a wristband, as Jawbone and Nike are demonstrating, but there’s even more you can do with a heads-up display. Google Glass is the most disruptive and compelling competitor in the app wars today, attracting developers from top-tier media brands (CNN, The New York Times), social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Path, Tumblr), as well as independent developers like Lance Nanek. Nanek designed an app for Glass called MedRef, which demonstrates how the device might be used in a hospital setting to share and recall notes about patients (even including kludgy but possible facial recognition using photos and the Betaface API – although Google has banned facial recognition from Glass, at least for the time being).(See also Google Glass Is Far More Important Than Any Smartwatch.)Less visible but still important are the vertical-specific app platforms, such as Qualcomm Life’s 2net and Aetna’s CarePass, both of which let developers do more with their apps and hardware than they’d be able to as standalone products (neither is exclusive to wearables but both platforms support multiple health-focused wearables). sarah rotman epps The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Lots Of Winners – But Losers, TooThe app wars for wearables won’t have just one winner, but there are benefits to staking an early lead. Developers have limited resources; they’ll flock to the platforms with the most users, and users will want the platforms with the most apps. It’s a virtuous cycle for the winners but it could leave latecomers in the dust (see my comments above about Microsoft and BlackBerry). Apple CEO Tim Cook’s comments at D:11 suggest that wearables will be “one branch” of Apple’s tree; and Apple is one company that can enter late and still have developers on its side. The company has paid developers more $9 billion and surpassed 50 billion downloads of iOS apps – that success has bred a robust communmity of engaged developers.(See also What Tim Cook Really Meant About Apple’s Grand Vision For TV, Wearable Tech & Much More.)Consumers will be the biggest winners of the app wars. Once wearables become ecosystems for third-party apps, consumers will be able to buy a product that gets more useful over time, like the Xbox and the iPhone do. There’s a certain optimism that fuels app-centric products; you don’t know what apps will be available for your device tomorrow but you know there will be more than there is today. Everyone’s searching for a tipping point for wearables. Look at the app count, and you’ll find it. Tags:#Wearable Computing last_img read more

‘Antisocial elements misguiding tribals’

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh on Saturday said “antisocial elements backed by foreign funds” were taking advantage of the poverty and ignorance of tribals who are “Hindus” and trying to misguide them into converting by providing health facilities and education.‘Foreign funds’Ms. Singh added that tribals were Hindus but confusion was being created over this. “Tribals are Hindus but confusion has been created at many places. Some antisocial elements with foreign funds, taking advantage of the poverty and ignorance of these tribals, misguide (convert) them with education and health facilities, which is hurtful.” She said that there is no national law against religious conversion using allurements, “but on getting complaints, we reach out to indigenous people and ask them to stay back (not convert) as the government takes full care of them”. ‘Double benefits’In an apparent reference to the tribals who had converted to Christianity and continue to get benefits of reservation, Ms. Singh said that “double benefits” being reaped by some was causing anger among a large section of the community. However, Dalits who convert to Christianity do not get benefits of caste-based reservations. “The situation does not demand reviewing caste-based reservation system or abolishing it. People need it,” she clarified.On cancellation of former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi’s certificates declaring him a tribal, the Minister said Mr. Jogi was not a tribal, but also added that the issue would depend on the court’s verdict. In reply to a question on girls from the Bachda community (in western Madhya Pradesh) being pushed into flesh trade as part of a social practice, Ms. Singh said the issue would be looked into and remedial measures put in place.‘Van Dhan Vikas Centres’ Speaking on development works carried out by her Ministry, Ms. Singh said 60,000 ‘Van Dhan Vikas Kendras’ would be opened, each at a cost of ₹46 lakh, to market forest produce gathered by tribals.She added that 600 sites had been earmarked for these centres.last_img read more