Why customers (or members) need to always come first

first_imgBy now you’ve probably watched the video of the doctor being dragged from his seat off a United Airlines flight to make room for one of the airline’s own employees. Maybe you also heard the story of a first-class passenger who was threatened with being handcuffed if he didn’t hand over his fully paid-for fare and ticket on a United flight so another passenger deemed a higher priority could have his seat.The list of grievances against United goes on.It would appear from many, many conversations, social media posts and articles that United Airlines’ culture is in desperate need of some changes. It is also clear that the business model of focusing inwardly (on your employees and higher-ups) isn’t a successful long-term plan.Of course, if you are in the credit union industry, where your members are your No. 1 priority, you already know this and model a consumer-first standard very well. In fact, I believe that anytime your customers (or members) come first, you will find success and a sustainable business model for years to come. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

DOH: Bacterial Meningitis Confirmed at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth Beach

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health has confirmed a case of meningitis at Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth Beach campus.The Florida DOH sent a letter to Palm Beach State College students and staff about a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis.Officials say the public is not in danger of contracting this highly contagious infection, but warn that Meningitis can be a serious and sometimes fatal.Meningitis is defined as an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, and may present with symptoms such as headache, fever, mental confusion and can lead to serious complications.The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County said they worked with Palm Beach State College officials and identified all close contacts of the infected person, and antibiotics were provided as a preventative measure.The college first informed students and staff of the case on Tuesday and “restricted access to all known areas of the campus which the individual may have been in contact.”“There is no recommendation at this time for any student, staff or faculty member to be provided antibiotics as a post exposure protective measure since there were no contacts identified as at risk from this confirmed case,” the Department of Health said in a written statement.last_img read more

F-M girls blaze to title at Manhattan Invitational

first_imgIndividually, Peyton Geehrer had a strong race for the Hornets, going 12:26.1 to finish fourth as Allentown’s Liam Murphy won the race in 12:15.2, barely 10 seconds ahead of Geehrer.Sam Otis just missed the top 10, getting 11th place in 12:44.5, but no other F-M runner cracked the top 50 as Geoff Howles was 52nd in 13:28.1, just ahead of Jack Altimonda (13:29.6) in 54th place. James Peden finished 59th in 13:23.3.Jamesville-DeWitt ran in the boys Varsity C race, where it finished 16th out of 26 teams. The Red Rams’ top three runners finished close to each other as Nate Rindfuss, in 14:34.4, was one spot ahead of Ahviere Reese (14:35.4) and Brian Hulbert posted 14:40.4.As for the girls Red Rams, it finished 17th out of 28 sides in its Varsity A race, Madeline Foss making her way to 58th place in the individual standings in 17:21.2 as Katie Sizing was 94th in 18:22.3. Tags: cross countryF-M A decade and a half ago, the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams began to make its name with the times they posted and the victories they attained at the Manhattan Invitational.Every October since, the winning has continued, and did so again for the state Class A no. 1-ranked girls Hornets as its top four runners all finished in the top 12 of the featured Eastern States Championships last Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.This time around, the F-M girls, led by Claire Walters, earned four of the top 11 spots on its way to 64 points overall. Jacksonville, Florida’s Bolles was second with 122 points and Liverpool was third with 165 points. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Walters beat everyone in the 103-runner field with her time of 13 minutes, 45.9 seconds on the 2.5-mile Van Cortlandt Park course except North Rockland’s Katelyn Tuohy, the nation’s top-ranked runner, who won in 13:33.2.Phoebe White made her way to eighth place in 14:43.1, just ahead of Grace Kaercher, who was ninth in 14:58.3. Debbie Lucchetti, finishing 34th in 15:59 flat, clinched the team win as Amelia Amack was 41st in 16:08.7 and Ani Syderowych posted 16:40.2.Meanwhile, the F-M boys, also no. 1 in its state rankings, did best among New York State sides, but did not win its Eastern States Championship, settling for sixth place in a 20-team field with 182 points as Rhode Island’s LaSalle Academy (77 points) won.last_img read more

Brand South Africa achieves first clean audit since establishment

first_imgCape Town, Tuesday 18 October 2016 – Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela and his executive team today briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications about the performance of the Organisation in 2015/16.Dr Makhubela and his team were commended by the Committee for achieving the organisation’s first clean audit since its establishment.Reflecting on this achievement, Dr Makhubela who joined the organisation in August 2015, attributed this to the “commitment and dedication to achieving the mandate of the Organisation in relation to the broader developmental agenda of the Nation Brand. In delivering on this task, we have to be mindful of how we use public funds since we are funded by the fiscus,” said Dr Makhubela.Brand South Africa is mandated to deliver proactive and reactive reputation management, communication and marketing strategies to position the Nation Brand positively.In the year under review and under the leadership of Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi, Brand South Africa has “focused on improving its domestic presence; developing and implementing initiatives aimed at strengthening our presence on the continent; enhancing our programme of engagement with national, provincial and local spheres of government to ensure alignment and coherence of various initiatives; while positioning South Africa positively in international markets,” said Dr Makhubela.The key deliverable of Brand South Africa is to consistently and coherently position South Africa as a competitive and positive Nation Brand by working with a range of stakeholders. “Our efforts to assess, analyse and communicate the country’s value proposition by looking at a range of indices while also undertaking our own primary research is very important to the execution of our mandate. In the year ahead, we will strive to strengthen the current relationships we have with stakeholders while delivering on the value proposition of the organisation,” said Dr Makhubela.“Most importantly, we will aim to inspire the millions of South Africans in the country and beyond our borders to play their part and fly the flag. The Nation Brand must deliver on its promise to inspire new ways with a reality that mirrors this. It will take each of us, in our respective spaces to deliver on this promise by actively participating in building our Nation Brand,” concluded Dr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandBrand South Africa will be pleased to facilitate any requests for interviews.last_img read more

Late fall herbicide treatment for cover crops?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A fairly common question this time of year — where I have planted cover crops, do I still need a fall herbicide treatment to help manage marestail? The underlying premise here is that where a cover crop develops enough biomass to adequately cover the ground by late fall, it can contribute substantial suppression/control of marestail. Grass covers seem to be most effective at suppressing marestail, as long as they are planted early enough in fall to develop this type of biomass. Grass covers can also be treated postemergence in the fall with several broadleaf herbicides, while this is not possible in covers that contain broadleaf crops – legumes, radish, etc. There are no hard and fast rules with regard to this situation but here are some things to think about:– Herbicide options for cereal rye and wheat covers generally include all of the typical postemergence herbicides that are labeled for fall use in small grains — 2,4-D, dicamba, 2,4-D/dicamba premix, Huskie, etc. We do not recommend use of 2,4-D in fall on small grains grown for yield because of the potential for crop injury and yield loss. However, we have applied 2,4-D to cereal rye and ryegrass in our research, and either injury did not occur or was minor enough that we did not detect it. Yield is a not a factor for cover crops anyway. Late-planted rye and wheat, which would be less developed at the time of application, may be more sensitive to 2,4-D injury.– Do not apply dicamba or 2,4-D around the time of planting due to risk of injury. Delay applications until cover has at least a few inches of growth. It is possible to make a preemergence application of glyphosate plus Sharpen, and Sharpen alone could work if marestail is the only weed of concern.Decisions about whether to treat a cover yet this fall should probably be based on several factors and how they affect cover crop development and marestail control: date of cover planting — earlier is better; seeding rate — higher is better; row spacing — narrower is better; ground cover — more is better (or less bare ground observed is better); overall cover biomass — more is better. Some of these factors are related of course. A higher seeding rate may net be needed to obtain adequate ground cover when planting early, but it could help in later planting. Even where the cover is optimized, fall application may be the safe strategy in fields with a history of dense marestail infestations that always seem to be a problem to control.Spring burndown management can also have a role in the fall herbicide decision. In our research in soybeans, maximum suppression of marestail often occurred when the cover crop kill in spring was delayed until close to planting, compared with early April, where we had substantial fall biomass. At one site however, the rye did not provide near as much suppression, and marestail control was maximized by applying in April, when marestail were smaller and more sensitive to 2,4-D. So it’s possible to compensate for the lack of a fall herbicide treatment by applying the burndown earlier, or by applying a more aggressive burndown treatment. For example, using dicamba in the soybean spring burndown/residual treatment will often result in more effective control compared with 2,4-D. Preemergence yuse of dicamba in Xtend soybeans also allows application of the burndown anytime before crop emergence if that’s the way a grower wants to manage the rye. Bottom line – relying on 2,4-D still in the spring burndown might sway the decision toward still treating in fall, while relying on dicamba could sway the decision the other way, all other factors being equal.In summary, factors allowing for greatest possibility of skipping application of fall herbicides to the cover crop: 1) earliest possible cover planting and development of substantial fall growth that prevents bare ground; 2) use of more effective spring burndown herbicides; and 3) fields with low marestail populations.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — June 22, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain and thunderstorms dominate again today. Some of the thunderstorms can be strong to severe today, especially in north central and northeast Ohio. However, the heaviest rain is already done in central and southern Ohio, having developed overnight last night into very early this morning. Rain totals can be half to 1.5” and we expect 100% rain coverage today.There is still a decent amount of moisture to work through the state tomorrow, as the low tries to exit Ohio to the east and north. This moisture will manifest as scattered showers through the day. Most of us see rain chances all day long, although precipitation tapers off in NW Ohio later in the afternoon while the res to the state may not be able to wave the all clear flag until into the nighttime hours. Rain totals tomorrow can be an additional .1”-.5” across 70% of the state. The map shows rain totals from right now through tomorrow nightSunday and Monday are mostly dry, and we will tack Tuesday on there as well. In fact, high pressure parks right on top of North Central Ohio Monday midday. This will promote good sunshine across the state and allow for some drying. To that end, this will likely be the first fully dry set of days back to back to back in nearly 10 days. The dryness does not last long, however.Rains are back for Wednesday and will try to drag on through Thursday, even into Friday. Moisture totals are similar to our previous forecast, with up to half an inch possible both Wednesday and Thursday, and a quarter inch or less on Friday. That means half to 1.25” rains combined over the period, with coverage at roughly 75% of Ohio. Friday’s precipitation looks weighted toward the morning, with drying in the afternoon, and it will by far be the spottiest of the 3 days. The rest of the period looks dry for Saturday and Sunday, although there is some substantial disagreement between the Euro and GFS. The GFS is trying to go much wetter with additional rains Saturday and Sunday…but we are discounting that solution at the moment. It’s something we will watch through the weekend and update on Monday.The extended pattern looks wetter this morning. Now, again we have some serious model disagreement here too. But, this time we are swinging our forecast wetter because one key ingredient seems to be fading. That ingredient is a strong surface high over the southeast and the accompanying upper level ridge we have discussed the previous couple of days. Without that ridge, we are not able to steer fronts around the region. So, we are going wetter, and looking for scattered showers for Sunday the 1st through the 3rd. This moisture will be minor, with combined totals up to about .5”. Coverage on any given day will be about 50% of the area, with combined 3-day coverage at 90%. Then we see a stronger front for late the 3rd through the 5th. This front brings half to 2-inch rains to nearly all of the state. Then we turn off drier for the remainder of the 11-16 day forecast window.Temps will be cool the next few days, with below normal daytime highs through next Tuesday. Then we bounce back to near normal for Wednesday and Thursday, before going to well above normal for Friday on into the extended forecast period.last_img read more

Plantagon partners with Dubai university to create urban agricultural center

first_imgRelated Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … David Curry Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Dubai#Plantagon#Smart Cities#sweden#UAE#UOWD#urban agriculture#vertical farms center_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Urban agriculture firm Plantagon has announced a new partnership with the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD). The collaboration will include the establishment of a ‘Urban Agriculture Research Centre’ in Dubai and a framework for urban agriculture development across the UAE.Plantagon is most well known for its vertical farms, the first currently being built in Linköping, Sweden. The farms are designed to reduce the farming footprint in all aspects, from size to water, pesticides, and transportation.See Also: 5 ways the new connected agriculture world changed in 2016UOWD will supply the marketing and engineering expertise to the collaboration, alongside supply chain management. It sounds like Plantagon will work mainly on the vertical farm architecture, though it has not said if it intends to purchase any property in Dubai.Dubai is a unique region, a mega-city that has temperatures regularly exceeding 40 degrees celsius. It means a lot of produce is imported from outside of the UAE. Plantagon believes its vertical farms could reduce the need for imports, by bringing the farms into the city.“Plantagon shares the view that strategies for innovative food production play a great role in the development of smart cities, and will be a fundament for all city development in the future,” said Owe Pettersson, CEO of Plantagon. “We also see that more research is vital in developing this area further. We hope that Plantagon’s experience will be an asset in this important and much welcomed partnership in a very forward-thinking part of the world.”Vertical farms are just one way that urban developers are looking to tackle urbanization and climate change; the effects of both are starting to be seen across the world. Plantagon’s farms could reduce the footprint in all aspects, but they are still in concept stage, with the first vertical farm in Linköping, the World Food Building, still not finished. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Kanesatake gearing up for Aug 20 election

first_imgAPTN National NewsKanesatake’s band election is coming up on Aug. 20 and 18 candidates are vying for a seat around the big table.The challenges faced by this small Mohawk community, just outside Montreal, have been great.They’ve had more than their share of conflicts in the 21 years since the infamous Oka crisis.The legacy of the crisis still hangs heavily here.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

Greater Collaboration across the Fence Line Is Key to Achieving Base of

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR States and communities have a significant role to play in helping military installations adapt to a variety of challenges — including budget constraints, aging infrastructure, evolving missions and weapons systems, and a generational changes in social attitudes — prompting DOD to consider a new model for delivering installation support, according to a new paper released by the Association of Defense Communities.The Base of the Future: A Call for Action by States and Communities outlines a multi-pronged approach to foster increased collaboration between installations and their host communities. The paper is a synthesis of panel discussions and breakout sessions held during ADC’s Nov. 5, 2015, policy forum titled “Concepts, Strategies and Actions for Moving to the Base of the Future.” The forum featured more than 120 experts from DOD, state and local government, industry and the United Kingdom.Due to the unique circumstances of installation-community relationships, it is not possible to develop a single, unified vision for the Base of the Future, the paper emphasizes.Defense communities should better integrate local installations into their planning efforts. Treating the assets of installations — including underutilized facilities, industrial capacity and land — as part of the overall public infrastructure would benefit all stakeholders by providing increased economic opportunities, enhancing quality of life and lowering the military’s support costs, according to the paper.In a similar fashion, increased collaboration between installations and communities could improve the effectiveness of joint land use studies and other efforts to address incompatible land uses around bases and ranges by more closely linking the recommendations of such studies to community planning activities.DOD should increasingly rely on local governments and the private sector to deliver a range of services, including facility maintenance, health care, family services, utilities, and recreation and education facilities.“Expanded use of public-public and public-private partnerships should replace many of the service and infrastructure-delivery methods now common on installations,” the paper states.To help the military better understand the benefits of increased engagement with their host communities, the paper calls for ADC to offer training to installation commanders and to reach out to senior civilian employees.The paper also includes a number of specific policy recommendations aimed at eliminating obstacles to closer collaboration:establishing federal directives requiring coordinated planning between installations and neighboring municipalities;expanding DOD’s real estate authorities to cover actions combining facilities leasing and other acquisition mechanisms such as power purchase agreements; andencouraging greater sharing of services and infrastructure to achieve a variety of goals — shrinking mission security footprints, employing shared powers agencies to coordinate the acquisition of goods and services, and rationalizing the federal government’s small business, scoring and personnel policies to spur partnerships.“Achieving the Base of the Future may be impossible, but working cooperatively toward common goals that meet shared needs certainly is not,” the paper states.“Only through communication, coordination and cooperation will all stakeholders in tomorrow’s military base realize its benefits,” it concludes.last_img read more