first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Twitter By Brooklyne Beatty – October 8, 2020 0 321 WhatsApp Facebook Local Girl Scout troops in need in volunteerscenter_img (Photo Supplied/ The Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michigan is in need of volunteers.St. Joseph County residents interested in becoming a girl scout troop leader are encouraged to fill out an application form online.If approved, applicants will be notified of a list of local volunteer opportunities.Troop leaders impact the lives of girls by teaching them about positive values, healthy relationships and how to develop a strong sense of self.You can learn more by visiting the local girl scout website, Facebook TAGSapplicationgirl scoutsIndianaleadersMichianaMichigantroopvolunteers Google+ Previous articleFirst of eight voting murals to wrap up in Benton HarborNext articleA more civil tone during Vice-Presidential debate Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

first_imgDominican Holidaze feels like many dreams ago, so every memory that surfaces is another reminder of just how great the weekend was. Lucky for us, Umphrey’s McGee shared professionally captured video footage from their first of three performances at the Breathless Punta Cana Resort.Check out this 11+ minute version of “Wappy Sprayberry”, a progressive multi-sectional beast that simultaneously rocks you to your core and makes you want to dance.Umphrey’s McGee | Dominican Holidaze | 12/2/16:Set 1: Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Cemetery Walk, Ringo, Example 1, Wappy Sprayberry > Speak Up > Cemetery Walk IISet 2: Der Bluten Kat > Cut the Cable[1] > Der Bluten Kat > I’m On Fire > Der Bluten Kat, In The Kitchen, Night Nurse, Bad Friday, The FloorEncore: I Want You (She’s So Heavy)[1] original version[Photo by Josh Timmermans]last_img read more

first_imgToday, the long-running Huck Finn Jubilee announced the artist lineup for their return after a hiatus in 2017. The Ontario, California bluegrass institution—set to take place at Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park on October 5th, 6th, and 7th—will include headlining performances from a slew of talented bands including The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, and Yonder Mountain String Band.Huck Finn Jubilee 2018 will also feature sets from The Seldom Scene, Lone Bellow, Fruition, Balsam Range, The Cleverlys, Blue Highway, Love Canon, Front Country, Old Salt Union, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Po Ramblin’ Boys, Out of the Desert Band, Devils Box String Band, and many more to be announced.Below, you can watch a short video posted by the festival’s new owners, Nikki and Roger, in which they speak about their love for the event and their commitment to keeping it alive as a family-owned festival.Further additions to the lineup will be announced soon. For more information, head here.last_img read more

first_imgEMC Information Infrastructure CEO David Goulden appeared at Techonomy 2014 on November 10 with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz. They talked with Techonomy host David Kirkpatrick about how EMC’s federation model allows each business to offer choice to customers, innovate faster, build a unique technology ecosystem, attract and retain talent, and grow faster than peers.last_img

first_imgAaron Tveit(Photo by Bruce Glikas) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Aaron Tveit’s MiscastGrease: Live’s (and your Broadway boyfriend) Aaron Tveit, along with The Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo, The Wiz’s Shanice Williams, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess, Allegiance’s Lea Salonga, Our Mother’s Brief Affair’s Linda Lavin, Waitress’ Keala Settle, Noises Off’s Megan Hilty, On Your Feet!’s Ana Villafañe and more have been tapped for MCC Theater’s Miscast 2016. The previously announced gala event, where Broadway’s hottest stars perform songs from roles in which they would never be cast, will honor stage and screen star Marisa Tomei. Can someone get us tickets to the show on April 4 at the Hammerstein Ballroom, pretty please?Broadway Alums Enlisted for London’s MormonWe just want to take this opportunity to say “hello” to KJ Hippensteel and Asmeret Ghebremichael, who recently began performances as Elder Price and Nabulungi, respectively, in the West End’s The Book of Mormon. Hippensteel’s credits include Mormon on Broadway and the U.S. tour of Wicked; Ghebremichael’s Main Stem credits include Mormon, Legally Blonde and Wicked. The production is running at the Prince of Wales Theatre.Tune In Reminder: American Crime StoryDon’t forget, the first episode of the eagerly anticipated American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which stars a slew of stage faves, will air on February 2! The FX series is from mega producer Ryan Murphy and we have a sense that Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Steven Pasquale as Mark Fuhrman, Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin, Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey and more will prove compulsive viewing!Budweiser Taps Helen MirrenDame Helen Mirren has won both the Tony and the Oscar for playing the Queen and she recently put on her most magisterial tones for Budweiser’s 2016 Super Bowl Commercial, instructing all drivers to #GiveADamn. Check out Mirren in action below; the Super Bowl is on February 7 and we are not ashamed to admit that we absolutely had to look that one up!last_img read more

first_img “By bringing together regional experts we develop relationships, networks, and trust that enable us to form cooperative biosurveillance efforts that facilitate the vital sharing of information. The meetings also enable us to share ideas, tools, methodologies, and spark new ideas that help us all streamline our efforts to meet our biosurveillance obligations under the International Health Regulations,” said Dr. Marty. Steve Wetzel, director of SOUTHCOM’s Policy and Plans Directorate, was taken aback by seeing that the workshop brought together such a diverse group of “professionals that are so knowledgeable in their areas of expertise, that the question now is how to continue to promote and project the ideas that resulted from this [workshop] out to the public, in order to implement laws and processes for the future.” In total, more than 27 experts from Belize, Canada, Colombia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United States brought their experience and the unique perspectives of diverse agencies, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, the Pan-American Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Mexican Department of Health’s Diagnostic and Epidemiological Reference Institute, the U.S. Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, the Mexican Center for Disaster Prevention, the Pacific Disaster Center, the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, the New York State Department of Health and the Computer Sciences Corporation. But the common theme throughout the varied public health prevention and response-related discussions was that sharing information is vital for prevention, as well as involving policy and decision makers from the region as a whole into these discussions. Dawn Brown, Chief of the Building Partnerships Division at the DTRA, concluded, “The scientific reason we should all care about public health threats is the amazing speed at which things are changing. Effectively identifying those threats and managing [the information] collectively is very important.” Dr. Marty agreed: “Rapid recognition of a health threat followed by prompt sharing of reliable information about emerging or expanding health threats, facilitates rapid action to minimize, halt, and if possible, end a health threat. Reducing health threats strengthens all of our nations and helps bring prosperity and security to our region.” Very good. Cool The things that female journalists go through Very good Very good It seems good Of course it is important for society. We must support and contribute so that these projects achieve the highest positive and efficient outcome in favor of the large majorities which are the poor people. That’s great. Very good. Excellent. Awesome. Excellent. Unfortunately my country did not participate in that event, so important for my Venezuelan people. Thank you for spreading the word through this media, ayd. James Rodriguez scored the best goal of the World Cup. James deserves it. He scored the best goal of the World Cup. Excellent. Very good team. Very good Awesome. Very good. It’s a good service. Very good. They are very good Exelente, que el sr lo bendiga amen amen amen Especially during these times, because of Ebola in the African countries, we must join efforts to prevent world propagation. Our worse disease is indifference: it is generalized, contagious and shows no symptoms! Excellent, strength is in unity, and this initiative will make the efforts to protect the health of the American continent more efficiently. Synergy generates broader benefits at all levels. It’s good to exchange ideas on things. Interesting. It’s good to think about the future and prepare alternatives and strategies, especially when it comes to healthcare!!! The study and control of the microbial world is extremely important…otherwise it means the extinction of mankind and biodiversity. It should be done in parallel with other factors such as economics and POWER, it should be action after action. The Ebola is a living example of this. I like to comment. If you’re using it for that purpose, then it’s very good. I’m certain that the earlier a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it is to recover from it. And, on the other hand, if the threats against the health of a country or region are dealt with, there will be more development and progress. “From Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, there is a common vegetable and animal route that we share, so we have to organize a regional entity to establish common lines of communication efficiently,” said Dr. Elsa Villarino, from the CDC in Mexico, during her working group conclusion. Lecturers like Dr. Aileen Marty, professor of Infectious Diseases at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, who set the scene by talking about the disease risk environment in the Americas, brought to light the principal disease risks in the Western Hemisphere, including infectious diseases and zoonoses, those infectious diseases that are transmitted between species from animals other than humans to humans or vice-versa, such as Tuberculosis, Malaria, Dengue and Chagas disease. Dr. Marty said, “Biosurveillance efforts must be both domestic and international, as well as cooperative because health threats, especially communicable diseases, may cross borders quickly and threaten people throughout the region, and potentially worldwide.” In addition to simply identifying which are the diseases that can be communicated throughout our society, however, the workshop delved into topics like the operational challenges that arise from maintaining situational awareness among partners who notify the CDC; bio-safety and bio-security best practices from a U.S. public health laboratory perspective; an assessment of how risks and vulnerabilities become threats; meeting biosurveillance international health regulations; using biosurveillance to transform healthcare; crisis management and strategic communication; specific country cases and a coordinated and cooperative way ahead. From April 1-4, the U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Policy and Strategic Initiatives Division brought together senior public health, military and civilian experts from 12 nations in Central America, South America, the Caribbean and the United States to discuss the challenges of preparing effectively to address a biological event. The 2014 Biosurveillance Challenges in the Americas Workshop was co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), which serves as the DoD’s official Combat Support Agency for countering weapon of mass destruction; and the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, the National Defense University’s pre-eminent academic institution for teaching, research, and outreach on defense and security issues affecting the Americas, both of which had representatives participating at the four-day event. The objective behind such an event was to promote the idea that coordinating disease surveillance activities across the Central, South American and Caribbean region has long-term benefits that reach far. According to the event organizers, coordinating national plans and programs can yield benefits in the ability to leverage regional strengths and capabilities while gaining an understanding of limitations, therefore enhancing early recognition of emerging disease threats and improving response effectiveness. By Dialogo April 21, 2014last_img read more

first_imgIn today’s marketplace, one of your greatest competitive advantages is your company culture. It speaks volumes about you. Culture tells employees what it’s like to work with you, and culture tells members what it is like to do business with you.  And whether you know it or not, your credit union has a culture, a way of telling the world who you are, what you stand for and what they can expect.Let me give you an example. Last week I wanted to take dinner to a sick friend and his family. Notice I said take not cook!  You didn’t really think I was going to cook did you? So, I called a restaurant that I know has take-out and ordered ten dinners to go. Within an hour of placing the order, my sick friend called to say their kids would not be home for a few days, so please do not bring too much food.Not a problem, I simply called the restaurant back and asked to move my order from ten to five. Without taking a breath, the employee said no, she said our “policy” is that to-go orders had to be six or more. Frustrated I called another restaurant. This time, I chose one of those healthy grocery stores that had salads, meats and vegetables already prepared. Their response?  Their response was that they needed 24-hours’ notice to do to-go orders. Really? Twenty-four hours’ notice to put five pieces of chicken (that is already prepared) in a box?  Whatever, so I called restaurant number three. A small place my husband and I eat on occasion and I was not even sure they did take out. I explained the situation to the employee answering the phone, and she said absolutely we will have everything ready to go by 5 p.m.  At five I walked into the restaurant not only to find my to-go orders ready, but a get well soon card signed by all of the employees for my sick friend. Now as a customer, I can tell you what the culture is for all three of those restaurants. Having never been to a team meeting, never read their vision and mission, and never interviewed a single person on the team. The first two restaurants have a culture of policy, procedure and command and control. The last one, the one where I finally got my order, has a culture of customers first, experience focus, and employee engagement. Guess which one I will be returning to?How do I know? Because culture is displayed by how your employees actions, and what your member’s experience. This is a marketplace where culture matters, because the only thing differentiating you from your competition is the experience you provide. No matter how unique, spectacular or amazing you believe your products or services are, to the average member they are a commodity.  So it’s not what you offer, but how you offer it. And how you offer it is culture. Why Culture Matters1. What Attracts Great Employees – to provide an amazing customer experience, you need to have amazing employees? And what attracts great employees? A culture they believe in and one they want to be a part of. Great pay, strong benefits, those are all icing on the cake, culture has got to come first if you want to attract, engage and fully retain top-talent.2. What Attracts Members – like it or not the experience your members have is dependent upon how much your employees care. The stronger your culture, the better your member experience. The better your member experience, the better and more loyal your members will be.3. What Gets Strongest Return On Investment For Both – great employees are more productive and more efficient. They are as passionate as you are about the growth of your Credit Union.  And when your employees are engaged that drives the member experience. The better the member experience, the more your members buy, the more loyal they are and the more referrals you will receive.  All of which grows your credit union.Again, in a world where the products you sell have become a commodity, and the competitive landscape is increasing, the only differentiator you have left is to build a culture that engages top employees, and attracts top members. So how do your drive culture?4 Strategies To Drive Yours1. Define It – first things first, and that is that you need to define it. What do you want your culture to be? A great exercise to do is to have your team write down the five words that they think defines your culture now, and then you write down the five words that describe your perfect culture – what you want it to be. The difference can be powerful. Culture is not what you say, it’s how everyone on your team acts.2. Create The Why – with your culture defined you need to give your team a reason to engage in it –give them a why. Employees want to be a part of something, to a reason believe in your company, and reasons to choose you over working somewhere else. And that reason is your why – your purpose.  If you hire a loan officer to make loans – that is all they will do. Hire a loan officer to make a difference in the financial lives of your members and they will go above and beyond.3. Develop Ownership – when employees believe in your culture, when they have bought into the why they are ready to be a part of it. It’s time to develop ownership, give them skin in the game. When you lead  you get to define the “what” but the question of “how” you should give to your team. When you ask employees how you simultaneously give them voice and responsibility, and those are two strategies to create skin in the game.4. Offer Potential –last but not least you have to provide next steps. A strong culture is one that provides a future for employees, identifying and investing in their potential.  Programs like mentorship, performance planning and on-the-job training for career advancement, all tell employees they should invest in you because you are invested in them.Credit Unions have a powerful mission, and a strong purpose. Bringing that to the forefront of what drive employee engagement, and member experience is how to build a strong a culture. A culture that ensures growth and competitive advantage. This is an economy where culture is the only differentiator you have left, and it is a powerful strategy for success no matter what this economy does. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meridith Elliott Powell Named One Of The Top 15 Business Growth Experts To Watch, Meridith Elliott Powell, is a leadership and sales expert, who helps her clients learn the strategies they need to … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgHave you ever called out a colleague or team member for doing something wrong?  You expected an apology, or at least acknowledgement of their error.  But instead they tried to prove YOU were wrong and they were right?That’s what happened to Michelle.Michelle was not happy with her business partner.  While at an industry conference, he purchased an expensive training program.  She did not find out about the purchase until she was doing the monthly accounting and saw the credit card statement.  This was just another in a long line of purchases her partner Marco made without consulting her. Michelle called Marco into her office and let him have it.“How could you spend that much on a training program?  And without even consulting me?  How can you be so disrespectful? That’s my money too!  We’re super tight on money this month and you’re spending a fortune on training we don’t even need!”Did Marco apologize?  See the error in his ways?  You probably already guessed that’s not how he reacted.“What are you…my mother?  I have to check in with you for every penny I spend?  Guess what, it’s MY money, too!” Marco said while going red in the face. The meeting went downhill from there.Does this situation sound familiar?  All too often in conflicts each side is dug in, trying to prove they are right and the other person is wrong.  This creates a “push against” scenario where each side is focused on winning vs. actually solving the problem.What’s the magic word that can help de-escalate conflict?If you want to make conflicts less contentious and more productive, use the word perspective. The magic of the word perspective is it helps mitigate the “I’m right, you’re wrong” dynamic of confrontations.What would have happened if Michelle had used the word perspective?Michelle: “Marco.  I want to talk to you about this training program you bought.  You didn’t consult me.  It was a lot of money. From my perspective, that felt disrespectful.  We’re in this business together.  And money is tight this month.”Now, Marco still might have a bad reaction.Marco:  “What, I have to check in with you for every penny I spend?”Michelle:  “Not every penny, but from my perspective, this was a big chunk of money. Can you walk me through your thinking on why you bought the training?  I’d like to hear your perspective on our financial situation.  I’m not sure we’re on the same page.”Move to a framework that acknowledges personal experienceRarely is any situation black and white.  We all bring our own life experience and perspective to situations and decisions.  We see the world through our own lens. Conflict arises when we do not understand why someone said or did something. We assign them reasons and motivations that are often wrong.   That disconnect comes from the fact that we are looking at the same situation, but from our own perspective.Framing your position as your “perspective” vs. a stated fact makes it harder to argue against. So the next time you are in a confrontation or conflict, instead of going into an “I’m right, you’re wrong” framework, start with this phrase:“You and I may have different perspectives on this.”  Share your perspective and be open to hearing theirs.  It may make those conflicts easier to resolve. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Buchanan Holly Buchanan is the author of Selling Financial Services to Women – What Men Need to Know and Even Women Will Be Surprised to Learn. She is the co-author of The … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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