Snow Softball Team Heads to Las Vegas

first_img Written by March 5, 2020 /Sports News – Local Snow Softball Team Heads to Las Vegas FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah- After sweeping Utah State Eastern in a four-game series last weekend, the Snow College women’s softball team will head to Las Vegas to take on Southern Nevada in a Scenic West Conference four-game series, beginning Friday, March 6-7.The Lady Badgers defeated USUE last weekend, 11-4, 6-2, 8-3, and 14-6. Snow is now 7-6 on the season, including a mark of 4-0 in conference play. The Coyotes are 7-10 on the year with a record of 0-4 in SWAC play after losing to Southern Idaho last weekend.Game times this weekend are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday and 12 noon on Saturday. Brad James Tags: Snow Softballlast_img read more

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More layoffs at the Bayonne school district

first_img× The Bayonne Board of Education (BBOED) continued its round of layoffs and demotions at a meeting on February 28 in an effort to cut costs amid a reported $2 million budget deficit that increases by $6,000 every day, and is expected to balloon to $6 million by July, according to BBOED Board President Joseph Broderick.After 16 district employees were laid off and six others demoted at January’s meeting, BBOED trustees voted to lay off two teachers and a guidance counselor, while two assistant principals and the Athletic Director were reassigned, saving the district about $42,000 this fiscal year. The layoffs are effective May 1, eight weeks before the end of the fiscal year on July 1.Director of Athletics, John Calcaterra, was reassigned to teach physical education and health at John M. Bailey Community School, while the current physical education teacher was terminated.Nicholas Oresko School Assistant Principal Tara Furmaniak was reassigned to the position of guidance counselor at the same school, displacing the current guidance counselor.Henry E. Harris Community School Vice Principal Brian Belton was reassigned to teach art, displacing and terminating the current art teacher.Trustees Carol Cruden, Mary Jane Desmond, and Christopher Munoz all voted against the layoffs, with Munoz citing the $42,000 saved in salary as futile in the face of the millions of dollars the district would need.Stay tuned to the Bayonne Community News for the full in-depth report on the meeting.last_img read more

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Wandering incidents significantly increase risk of harm to the autistic

first_img× HUDSON COUNTY – With two recent deaths on Christmas and Christmas Eve, the National Autism Association is warning caregivers about the increased risks of autism-related wandering during the holiday season.On Christmas Eve, a 15-year-old boy with autism died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle. The next day, the body of 7-year-old boy with autism was found floating in a nearby pool.Each year, hundreds of children and adults with autism go missing, but holiday-related wandering cases are especially dangerous. According to a study from the National Autism Association (NAA), incidents that occurred from a social or family gathering, such as those during the holidays, ended in death 69 percent of the time. In recent years, cases have occurred on Mother’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.Similar to wandering behaviors in the Alzheimer’s community, wandering/elopement, or “running” behaviors in children and adults with autism have led to countless tragedies across the country. A pediatrics study in 2012 found that half of children with autism attempt to wander/elope from a safe environment. According to NAA, accidental drowning is responsible for the vast majority of lethal outcomes, especially among younger children with autism. The second leading cause of death is by fatal traffic injury, typically in teenage males with autism.Times of transition, commotion and stress can increase wandering and elopement behaviors, and this is especially true during the holidays and holiday gatherings. Not only do unfamiliar places, noisy settings or disrupted routines bolster the chance for a child or adult to exit-seek, it can also make it difficult for caregivers to respond. With the commotion of gatherings, caregivers may not be aware the child is missing, which can prolong search efforts.Preparation ahead of holiday gatherings can decrease risk. It’s important that caregivers make relatives and friends aware of wandering risks ahead of time, and assign one trusted adult to closely supervise the at-risk children at all times for an agreed-upon period of time. Tools like door chimes and stop sign prompts are inexpensive enough to take to a relative’s home during visits, and items that reduce noise can also help. Consider tracking technology or distance monitors, especially if visiting someone else’s home. Having identification on your child is essential, especially if communication challenges are present. Avoiding triggers is also key, so allowing the child to do what makes them feel comfortable and happy may help decrease anxiety. In the event of an emergency, call 911 and search nearby sources of water first, even if it’s murky or icy.For more tips, download the free toolkit for caregivers.last_img read more

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Real Good Food’s profit hit by sugar prices

first_imgThe Real Good Food Company has seen continued growth in its bakery and bakery ingredients businesses. However reduced sugar cost levels in the market has led to a 19% drop in sales in its sugar business Napier Brown.Its bakery ingredients arm Renshaw saw sales up 13%, while Haydens Bakeries saw larger sales growth of 20% for the six months to 30 June 2010.“We have achieved significant sales growth at our bakery ingredients and bakery businesses and while sugar has had a more difficult run with lower prices following the end of the EU regime, the summer saw this being reversed to our benefit,” commented chairman Pieter Totté.Despite the downward sales trend, Totté said the sugar market is now seeing “tighter and wider supply conditions and improved pricing”.Overall group sales for the half year were down 11% to £90.7m, which the firm put primarily down to the lower sugar prices.last_img read more

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Catch Tituss Burgess & Jane Krakowski in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt First Look

first_imgDancing is about butts, now! This is just one of the many important soundbites from the first look at Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the upcoming Netflix series from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The comedy stars Ellie Kemper as the titular Kimmy, a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult for a fresh star in New York. Look out for two Broadway and 30 Rock alums: Tituss Burgess as Kimmy’s new roommate/Times Square Iron Man and Tony winner Jane Krakowski as an Upper East Side socialite mommy. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt heads to Netflix beginning March 6. Jane Krakowski View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img

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Deadly ‘turnover’

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaThere were dead catfish out there all right. A big one floatednear the overflow pipe at the dam. Jack, who had called meearlier that morning, had already removed several others he’dfound floating in the water and tossed them out on the grass.”What do you think is killing the fish?” Jack asked as we stoodnear the edge of the pond.But before I told him what I suspected, I asked him a fewquestions. His answers gave me clues to what might have happenedin the pond.The first clue was that the dead fish were all large fish — nosmall ones were dying. They had all died within the past twodays. The sky had been overcast for several days. And it hadrained a really cold, hard rain for a long time right before theybegan to die.Forces at workJust looking at that pond from the surface, it’s hard to imaginethe dynamic world below. But in this mysterious, watery world,biological, chemical and physical forces are at work.We all know that fish require oxygen. Oxygen dissolves in wateras it mixes at the surface, and it’s produced in the water byphotosynthesis of aquatic plants.In almost every pond, oxygen levels will change daily. Thehighest level occurs in the mid to late afternoon and the lowestin the hours just before sunrise.A healthy algae bloom and aquatic plant populations will produceenough dissolved oxygen to support life in a pond throughout a24-hour period.Layers of waterThe coolest water in the pond, having the greatest density,remains in a layer near the bottom. The warmer water, being lessdense, moves to the surface. Swim to the bottom and you’ll feelthe temperature difference.Actually, there are three layers of water. Almost no oxygen isproduced in the cold-water layers near the bottom, becausethere’s no light for the aquatic plants.If you’ve stayed with me so far, I’ll tell you what I thinkhappened in Jack’s pond.The overcast days, without the bright sunlight, resulted in lessoxygen produced in the water. But fish don’t die just becauseit’s cloudy. We have cloudy days all the time. Something elsehappened.The culpritRemember, Jack said it rained really hard about two days earlier.And rain water is cold. The surface water, now suddenly cold anddense, begins to sink, which forces the warmer, bottom water tothe surface. And the bottom water is low in oxygen.Ponds can “turn over” during the summer following heavy rains.This “turnover” mixes the water and can cause the entire pond tobecome oxygen-starved. When that happens, fish will sometimesbegin to die, and usually the largest ones die first.This is what I suspect happened.Luckily, Jack has a mechanical aerator in the pond to agitate thewater and mix oxygen back in the water. Running it at night untilthe pond stabilizes will help reduce the severity of the “waterturnover.”(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Long Island Summer Outdoor Movie Nights Return

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Every summer, parks across Long Island transform into open-air cinemas as they host outdoor movie nights—weather permitting—and this season is no different with nearly one each night through Labor Day.Some movie nights feature old movies, while others show new releases. Some are hosted on park lawns, and others take place on beaches—a few are even makeshift drive-in theaters. But, one thing is the same: almost every movie night is free.“Eisenhower Park is the place to be on Thursday nights,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said. “Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and come enjoy some family-friendly movies under the stars.”Here is a list of the 86 remaining movie nights on LI this summer. And don’t forget the bug spray.Rocky II (Drive In)Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Avenue, Northport. Thursday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.FrozenFarmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, July 10, 8 p.m.FrozenDeepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A and Moriches Rd, St. James. Thursday, July 10, 8 p.m.GhostbustersMulford Farm, 10 James Ln, East Hampton. Friday, July 11, 8:30 p.m.FrozenSea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, July 11, 8:30 p.m.The Wizard of OzMadison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. Friday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.Sixteen CandlesSunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, July 12, 8:30 p.m.The Wizard of OzNeptune Boulevard Beach, Long Beach, Saturday, July 12, 8:15 p.m.Matilda (indoors)Clinton G. Martin Park, Manhasset Hills. Sunday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.Gone in Sixty SecondsPrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.Super BuddiesJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.TurboHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.Jungle 2 JungleSouth Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Hwy, East Moriches. Friday, July 18, 8 p.m.Close Encounters of the Third KindSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, July 18, sunset.Pirates of the CaribbeanMadison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. Friday, July 18, 8:30 p.m.Monsters UniversitySea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St, Freeport. Friday, July 18, 8:30 p.m.Bedtime StoriesEugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, July 18, sunsetJawsLafayette Boulevard Beach, Long Beach. Saturday, July 19, 8:15 p.m.Sex and the CityPrime, 117 New York Ave., Huntington. Monday, July 21, 8:30 p.m.Monsters UniversityBabylon Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. Monday, July 21, 8:30 p.m.Saving Mr. BanksJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.Parental GuidanceFarmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.God’s Not DeadIsland Christian Church, 400 Elwood Rd., East Northport. Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.The Crood’sHarry Chapin Lakeside Theater, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.Back to the Future (Drive-In)Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Avenue, Northport. Thursday, July 24, 7:30 p.m.Princess BrideEugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, July 25, sunset.Gimme ShelterSilas Murder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, July 25, sunset.Mr. Peabody and ShermanSea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St, Freeport. Friday, July 25, 8:30 p.m.AvengersMadison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Center. Friday, July 25, 7:30Raiders of the Lost ArkLafayette Boulevard Beach, Long Beach. Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m.Movie to be decided.Field No. 1, Stotzky Park, 1144 Pulaski St., Riverhead. Saturday, July 26, 8:30 p.m.For the Love of the GameSunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, July 26, 8:30 p.m.Step BrothersPrime, 117 New York Ave., Huntington. Monday, July 28, 8:30 p.m.Despicable Me 2Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.Million Dollar BabyClark Botanic Garden, 193 I U Willets Rd., Albertson. Tuesday, July 29, following 7 p.m. concert.Despicable Me 2Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m.Grease Sing-A-LongEugene Nickerson Beach, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Thursday, July 31, 6 p.m. *Costs $20 as a part of the Long Beach Film Festival.Despicable Me 2Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m.Alice in WonderlandSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 1, sunset.Willie Wonka And The Chocolate FactoryHoyt Farm Park, 200 New Hwy., Commack. Friday, Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.Rio 2Sea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.Despicable Me 2Newsday Library, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. Friday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.The Cable GuyPrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m.SupermanBabylon Town Hall Lawn, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. Monday, Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m.GravityJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug.5, 7:30 p.m.Diary of a Wimpy KidCedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 5, sunsetTangledFarmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m.EpicHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.The Lego MovieDeepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A and Moriches Rd, St. James. Thursday, Aug. 7, sunsetDr. NoSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 8, sunset.The Lego MovieSea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, Aug. 8, 8:30 p.m.Honey I Shrunk the KidsMadison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Center. Friday, Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.Surf’s UpLafayette Boulevard Beach, Long Beach. Saturday, Aug. 9, 7:45 p.m.The Lego MovieSunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, Aug. 9, 8 p.m.GooniesMulford Farms, 10 James Ln, East Hampton. Monday, Aug. 11, 8:30 p.m.Casino RoyalePrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 11, 8:30 p.m.The Lego MovieJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug. 12, sunset.The Sand LotCedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 12, sunset.Wizard of OzHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug.14, sunsetThe Lego MovieFarmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.Night at the MuseumEugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, Aug. 15, sunset.StagecoachSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 15, sunset.Toy Story 3South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Hwy, East Moriches. Friday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.The RookieMartin “Bunky” Reid Park, Broadway, Westbury. Friday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.GravitySea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m.Silver Linings PlaybookPrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 18, 8:30 p.m.Close Encounters of the Third KindPeter Nelson Park, Oakwood Riad, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m.FrozenBabylon Town Hall, North Lewis Avenue, Lindenhurst. Monday Aug. 18, 8:30 p.m.Movie to be announcedEast Quogue Village Green, Montauk Highway, East Quogue. Monday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m.FrozenJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug. 19, sunset.Little GiantsCedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 19, sunset.Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 21, sunsetNight at the Museum 2Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m.E.T.Eugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, Aug. 22, sunset.Movie to be decided.South Jamesport Beach, Peconic Bay Boulevard, Jamesport. Friday, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.Creature from the Black LagoonSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 22, sunset.The GooniesMadison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre. Friday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.FrozenNorth Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W Shore Rd., Port Washington. Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:45 p.m.Pulp FictionPrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m.The GooniesCedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 26, sunset.Secret Life of Walter MittyHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 28, sunset.The Nut JobFarmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 28, 8 p.m.SerpicoSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 19, sunset.The Hunger GamesMadison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre. Friday, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.Meet the ParentsPrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Sept. 8, 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

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How to calm type A tendencies

first_img 101SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Details I’ve often admired people who are flexible and laid back; who have a more carefree approach to life and live in the moment. I know I can benefit from a dose of that approach, although I’ll admit those traits often trigger my Type A tendencies.  I like to seize the day, get a lot done, check things off my list, and feel a sense of accomplishment most of the day.When I took the StrengthsFinder assessment years ago, one of my top talents was “Achiever”.  In a nutshell, an “Achiever” is described as someone who is driven, has an internal fire, and has a need to achieve something tangible every day (yes, even on weekends). And while this talent has served me very well in life, it can also be a source of frustration, discontent, and stress. Indeed, any strength overused can become a liability. Over the years I’ve learned to manage the negative side of achievement (at least most of the time) and channel that strength in a productive way. Achievement is just one of the “Type A” tendencies I have that can rear its ugly head and send me into a state of overwhelm that can show up as snippiness and impatience.There are classical definitions of Type A, but in my opinion most of those definitions typically paint the negative side of the personality traits. Although being Type A has many benefits and can serve you well in life, just like any strength (even flexibility), it also has limitations when it’s not channeled in a productive way or used to the extreme.So how do you know if you have Type A tendencies? While this is in no way a formalized definition, if the statements below sound familiar, you may have some Type A tendencies.If you get anxious when you are not early to an appointment (or god forbid, even one minute late), you are probably Type A.If your mind is always racing and you don’t relax very well (who has time to relax?), you are probably Type A.If you’ve ever had your three year old tell you, “Mommy, you’re always rushing!” while frantically trying to get her buckled into her car seat so you can make your  8 a.m. meeting, you are probably Type A.If you’ve ever thought of sending one of your doctors a bill for your time because you had to wait well past your appointment time to be seen, you are probably Type A.If you have a stack of reading material in your office and feel behind (and guilty) for not reading every article (because there is so much to learn!), you are probably Type A.If you have a to do list on the weekends because how would you get anything done otherwise? You are probably Type A.If you find yourself pushing your family out the door most mornings and yelling, “we can’t be late!” You are probably Type A.If most or all of the above statements resonate with you…congratulations! You are most likely very driven, accomplished, and respected.These are traits that are important for success, and when channeled in a positive manner, can yield significant success. And if you have ever felt like sometimes these tendencies can cause a great amount of stress and anxiety in your life, then read on.From my own familiarity of experiencing these tendencies as well as coaching leaders with Type A tendencies, I can definitively say that you can lead a fulfilling, semi-calm, enjoyable life. They key is to channel the positive aspects of Type A tendencies while simultaneously calming the negative edge that they can create.  Although you may never be perpetually carefree and laid back, you can learn to dial down the negative effects and create moments of calm and stillness. Below are six strategies for calming your Type A tendencies and channeling them productively.Accept your gifts. Type A tendencies are a gift. Really. It may not always feel like it, and others may not see it that way, but when you channel these tendencies in a productive way, they can be extremely beneficial to getting results and ultimately creating success. Leaders who have Type A tendencies are masters at organization and get things done. They value time and productivity, and can keep a team moving forward toward organizational goals. So accept your strengths and how these traits can lead you to a fulfilling and successful life (whatever success means to you). Start noticing when these traits create a positive impact and when they create a negative impact. By noticing your impact on others, you can direct these strengths in a positive way and control the overuse before they become negative. For example, being on time is important to me and I’m very conscious of ensuring I am on time to any commitment. My husband, who is much more laid back, is not as time conscious. When I don’t control my negative tendencies, I show up as a time Nazi who rushes my family out the door in a complete frenzy. I’ve learned to recognize when these tendencies are bubbling up and to approach situations more calmly. A half hour before we need to leave, I will gently and calmly remind my family what time it is, and that we need to be ready to leave in a half hour. The nicer approach almost always works.Create rituals. From the work I have done with leaders as well as my own experience, I have noticed that people with Type A tendencies typically thrive when there is structure and order. Use this to your advantage. Create a morning routine that allows you to have some down time and space before you hit the ground running. Create an evening routine that allows you some time to decompress and relax before bed. Have a pen and a notepad in your bedroom, kitchen, car, and anywhere else where you might need to write down the things that are swirling around in your head. Create your priorities list the night before so you know what to jump into when you arrive at work in the morning. Schedule recurring coaching sessions with each of your employees so they are in place for the year. Creating structure, order, or systems are ways that you can direct your energies in a positive way. Structure creates freedom; it allows you to compartmentalize what you are working on so your mind is not overloaded with all the things you need to get done. Having a planner or notebook for capturing your thoughts and action items can be enormously helpful in keeping your mind clear so you can focus at a more strategic level.Take a pause. Some of the best advice I’ve ever heard is to “slow down to speed up”. These days, most people feel overwhelmed at work and feel like they need to speed up to get everything done. Yet that is the exact opposite of what works. Speeding up only adds to the complexity and chaos, and leads to more mistakes and stress. Slowing down and taking frequent pauses to assess what you are doing helps you to be more purposeful about your work and more deliberate with your time so you can actually accomplish more. Start your day by taking 15 minutes to review your goals and get clear about how you will spend your time. Pause before you start every meeting to set the intention and goals of the meeting so everyone is clear. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, it’s probably because you have too many things racing in your mind. Take a pause and ask yourself, “What is the most important thing I need to be doing right now?” This question allows you to gain clarity so you can focus.Create boundaries. Again, leaders with Type A tendencies tend to thrive with structure, so use your organization skills to create boundaries where you know you need them. Have clear boundaries for when you start and stop work. I know one CEO who deleted access to her work email from her iPhone so she wouldn’t feel the need to check it constantly. Setting up boundaries allows you to compartmentalize your energies so you can channel them into what is important. One boundary I have created is to never have my phone in my bedroom at night. When I go upstairs to start my evening ritual which usually includes meditation (yes, Type As are capable of meditating!) and reading, my phone stays in the kitchen. This way I am not tempted to check it or get pulled into Facebook for a half hour. If you do feel the need to do work on weekends, set aside a specific time each weekend that you designate to work so that you can focus the rest of your time on your family.Prioritize what’s important. If you have Type A tendencies, you may get caught up in checking small things off your list because you feel a sense of achievement. You may put off more important tasks that take longer and more energy. Many achievers struggle to fit in important areas like health, exercise, and relaxation time. I used to prioritize work over my health until my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic. That was the wake-up call I needed to put more focus on my health. I now make exercise, yoga, and meditation a priority, and I see the difference in my energy and stamina.Recognize the gifts in others. When you have Type A tendencies, it may feel challenging to work (and live) with others who do not share the same traits. When others don’t seem to share the same sense of urgency or stamina that you do, you may easily feel frustrated and annoyed. Yet it’s important to notice the gifts in other personality traits. My more relaxed husband has taught me that not everything needs to be urgent, and there is value in slowing down and enjoying life. My more flexible friend can give me perspective when I get anxious over something not going the way I wanted. Others have a lot to offer, and different traits and tendencies can be very helpful in balancing ours.This month is the ten year anniversary of my first date with my husband. I remember standing in front of restaurant when he texted me that he was running late. Twenty-five minutes late to be exact.Luckily I waited, because I would have missed out on something really great.  last_img read more

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The frugal generation: How credit unions can start wooing Gen Z today

first_imgWhat do bagels, YouTube, the environment and mobile wallets all have in common? (Read on to find out.)X, Y, Z.Meet Generation Z, a cohort of children and young adults set to massively transform the way credit unions do business. If they aren’t on your radar yet, they should be. Born between 1997 and 2015, Gen Z is the largest and most ethnically and socially diverse generation to date – with $143 billion in current spending power. And here’s the real kicker: half of them haven’t graduated from high school yet.Children of the Great Recession.Unlike recent generations before them, Gen Zers have been heavily impacted by the financial crisis and are generally more frugal, debt adverse, hardworking and already saving for retirement as a result. Common financial concerns include the rising cost of living, paying for college and having enough money. Gen Zers often don’t feel confident in their knowledge or abilities to manage money and are eager for coaching and advice.The Takeaway: This opens the door for credit unions to shine, but in order to engage the next generation of members, they must take action today.An Easy Win.Let’s start with the low-hanging fruit. Despite having come of age in a time of global unrest, financial uncertainty and divisive politics, Gen Zers are extremely purpose driven when it comes to social and environmental issues, with eight in ten believing they can personally make a difference in the world. Inherent in the very fabric of their DNA, credit unions are also committed and invested in supporting the communities they serve.The Takeaway: Keep up the good work you are already doing. Make sure Gen Z employees are included as public faces on your outreach teams and that your community investment efforts encompass the hot button issues Gen Zers care about.First Truly Wired Generation.Here’s a wild thought. The oldest Gen Zers are still younger than Amazon. This group has never known life before the internet and expects digital solutions to be intuitive, streamlined and omnichannel. They look to technology to solve their problems and the banking world is no exception. According to Accenture, 69 percent of Gen Zers use mobile payments multiple times a week and would like their digital wallets to think for them, citing the example of having them automatically choose the card with the best rewards.The Takeaway: In order to attract, engage and retain Gen Zers, credit unions are going to have to continually innovate to develop digital-first solutions that are social, educational and evolve over time. And where better to seek input for such innovations than Gen Zers themselves? (Hint: Hire them.)Banking Behaviors.Many Gen Zers claim to hate what big banks stand for, yet nearly half (47%) use them, indicating that the convenience, technology and products major banks can offer often outweigh any moral outrage. Twenty-four percent opt for regional and community banks, and the remaining 19 percent use credit unions. Not all that surprising though, as key differentiators between big banks and the rest of the financial community are often sophisticated, user-friendly tools and a broad range of personalized product offerings.The Takeaway: So how can credit unions better compete for a larger piece of the Gen Z wallet? Let’s revisit what’s most important to our financially conservative friends and create product offerings to help them reach their financial goals.Gen Zers are particularly averse to fees of any kind, which would make an overdraft-fee free account particularly attractive. And since saving, rather than spending, is a key financial driver for this audience, innovative savings products like round-up accounts could provide a lot of value.Knowing that Gen Zers are reluctant to accrue debt and anxious about paying for college, credit unions should promote their student and personal loan offerings as alternatives to credit cards. At the end of the day, you know your members better than anyone else, so put your thinking caps on! And, as always, don’t forget to include your Gen Z employees in the discussion.Go Social or Go Home.YouTube is currently the most popular social channel among Gen Zers, who watch an average of 68 videos per day and spend 23 hours weekly interacting with its video content. Eighty-five percent even watch a YouTube video to learn a new skill at least once a week. Along with friends, recent high school graduates name YouTube as one of the two most common places they go to seek financial information. Gen Zers also frequently use social media channels to learn about and participate in issues they care about.The Takeaway: Credit unions have a tremendous opportunity to provide much sought-after financial advice via YouTube and other social channels. Consider providing content on third-party channels as well, not just your own. Digital media habits are constantly changing, so don’t assume that the social channel that was popular yesterday will still be so tomorrow. Also, explore ways to provide face-to-face financial advice over live video.Food for Thought – Literally.Despite all the talk about the wired, tech-first generation, it interesting and somewhat unexpected that Gen Zers really enjoy going into the branch. There are two main suppositions as to why. The first has to do with the lack of zeros in their bank accounts and their desire for financial handholding. The second boils down to this: the way to a Gen Zer’s bank account is through his stomach.  In fact, 39 percent of Gen Zers say it’s at least a little bit important that their financial institution hands out free goodies when they show up to make a deposit or withdrawal. And 61 percent concede that food of any kind – free or not – adds immensely to their banking experience.The Takeaway: Whether bagels, bananas, or rolling out a version of the Capital One Café concept, credit unions would do well to consider how best to serve up some nibbles and nosh to best meet the financial appetites of Gen Z.Phew! Let’s Recap.Generation Z is a big deal, and it’s only going to get bigger – in size, influence and purchasing power. Here are some ways credit unions can start engaging Gen Zers today, so they don’t miss out on the members of tomorrow.Diversify your staff; hire Gen ZersInvest in technology; streamline website and appsDeliver innovative financial education via social channelsAlign community involvement with hot button issuesEvolve product offeringsFeed the peopleLearn More.For a deeper dive into how credit unions can best engage the most ethnically and socially diverse among us, don’t miss CRMNEXT’s webinar on fostering engagement with the next generation of members, featuring a dynamic panel of credit union leaders and Gen Z founders. Register here. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Emily Thomson Emily Thomson is the director of marketing strategy at CRMNEXT, a leading CRM solution for credit unions. She is well versed in all things banking and branding, and has spent … Web: https://www.crmnext.com/us Detailslast_img read more

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Anne Hathaway Apologizes Amid ‘The Witches’ Controversy

first_img– Advertisement – Her turn to apologize. Anne Hathaway expressed remorse and showed support for people with disabilities after some within the community called out her character in The Witches.“I have recently learned that many people with limb differences, especially children, are in pain because of the portrayal of the Grand High Witch in The Witches,” the actress, 37, wrote via Instagram on Thursday, November 5. “Let me begin by saying I do my best to be sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others not out of some scrambling PC fear, but because not hurting others seems like a basic level of decency we should all be striving for.”Anne Hathaway Apologizes Amid Controversy Over Her The Witches CharacterAnne Hathaway as Grand High Witch in ‘The Witches’. Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures- Advertisement – Hathaway emphasized that she did not realize the impact her character’s depiction would have on some viewers. “As someone who really believes in inclusivity and really, really detests cruelty, I owe you all an apology for the pain caused. I am sorry,” she continued. “I did not connect limb difference with the GHW when the look of the character was brought to me; if I had, I assure you this never would have happened.”As the mother of sons Jonathan, 4, and Jack, whom she welcomed in 2019, she pointed out her sensitivity to the kind of reactions she saw from fans. “I particularly want to say I’m sorry to kids with limb differences: now that I know better I promise I’ll do better,” she noted. “And I owe a special apology to everyone who loves you as fiercely as I love my own kids: I’m sorry I let your family down.”The Oscar winner then encouraged her Instagram followers to watch the accompanying video from Lucky Fin Project, which raises awareness for individuals affected by limb differences, and explore “the #NotAWitch hashtag to get a more inclusive and necessary perspective on limb difference.”Anne Hathaway Apologizes Amid Controversy Over Her The Witches CharacterAnne Hathaway. AFF-USA/Shutterstock- Advertisement – A Warner Bros. spokesperson told Us Weekly in a statement earlier this week that the company was “deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters in The Witches could upset people with disabilities” and “regretted any offense caused” by the movie.The spokesperson added that Warner Bros. “worked with designers and artists to come up with a new interpretation of the cat-like claws that are described in the book” but viewers were not supposed “to feel that the fantastical, non-human creatures were meant to represent them.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! Hathaway’s character in The Witches, which was released in October, is shown with missing fingers, similar to the condition ectrodactyly (or “split hand”). British Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren was one of the activists who slammed the HBO Max film.“It’s upsetting to something that makes a person different being represented as something scary,” she tweeted on Monday, November 2. “Yes, I am fully aware that this is a film, and these are Witches. But Witches are essentially monsters. My fear is that children will watch this film, unaware that it massively exaggerates the Roald Dahl original and that limb differences begin to be feared. This opens up all new difficult conversations for those with limb differences and sets back what we are trying to achieve which is to celebrate who you are!”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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