Align culture & success drivers

first_imgJamie Notter defines culture as the collection of words, actions, thoughts and “stuff” that clarify and reinforce what is truly valued inside your organization. A strong culture is one that aligns what is valued with what drives the success of the enterprise, he told attendees in his CUES Symposium: A CEO Chairman Exchange opening general session audience.To make progress toward creating a strong culture at your credit union, you must:Know where you are now. Gather data, conduct research, ask questions, read reviews. You need a system that is constantly monitoring itself, Notter said. It’s imperative to understand what is really going on at your organization. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Villas-Boas laments penalty decision

first_img Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle meant Tottenham had to settle for a fifth-place finish despite their own 1-0 win over Sunderland, which came courtesy of Bale’s wonder-strike. Had Marriner awarded Villas-Boas’ team a penalty in the first half when Bale collided with Sebastian Larsson, the Portuguese insists it could have been Spurs who finished fourth. Villas-Boas thinks had Spurs taken a first-half lead from the spot, that would have applied too much pressure on to Arsenal, who did not score until the 50th minute. “I don’t want to put the spotlight on the referee, but I think it (was) absolutely decisive,” the Tottenham manager said. “Apart from the distance that separates the grounds, the emotions are felt very strongly. It would have certainly been felt at Newcastle, and it would certainly change the running of this game too. Sunderland would have to be more adventurous, and so there would be more space.” Villas-Boas has repeatedly defended Bale this season amid accusations that he dives, and he thinks Marriner got the decision to give him a fifth yellow card of the campaign for simulation wrong. “It was extremely disappointing decision in my opinion for the fact that Andre was on the conference at start of season and we spoke about Gareth’s incidents,” Villas-Boas said. “It was a poor decision. It could have potentially changed the nature of the other game too.” While Bale’s goal was worthy of earning Tottenham a place in the Champions League, the harsh reality is that the team started sowing the seeds of their own downfall a long time ago. On March 3 after Spurs won the derby at White Hart Lane, the Gunners went unbeaten until the end of the season while Tottenham dropped points in five matches. Despite his troubles, the 35-year-old Villas-Boas ended the season with 72 points – more than Spurs have ever accumulated since the Premier League began. “It’s very, very unusual that we didn’t make it,” the former Chelsea manager said. “If you look at past seasons with that number of points you would normally achieve it. It’s difficult for me. Obviously we would ideally have achieved that fourth spot, we certainly did enough to deserve it, but we didn’t in the end.” With Chelsea and both Manchester clubs expected to spend big this summer, Villas-Boas reiterated his desire to bring in new players for next year’s tilt at the top four. Villas-Boas also repeated his stance that Bale would stay despite interest from Real Madrid. “That’s the information we have,” he said. Andre Villas-Boas thinks Tottenham may have succeeded in their final day push for Champions League football had referee Andre Marriner awarded Gareth Bale a penalty – rather than book him for diving.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Crackdown on metal thefts launched by Gardaí

first_imgAn Garda Síochána in conjunction with Crimestoppers and ESB Networks are today launching a campaign to tackle the serious problem of metal theft.The new campaign continues the work of the Metal Theft Forum, which was established in 2012 to develop a metal theft prevention and crime reduction plan.Metal theft affects a large number of businesses and communities and includes the theft of electricity cables, copper wires, road signs, beer kegs, electrical goods, letterboxes and goalposts. Ireland’s electricity network, public transport and telecommunications networks have all been victims of metal theft, with criminals removing large amounts of electrical cable, signal cable and copper wire.Of particular concern is the sharp increase in ESB Network station break-ins and the ongoing theft of electrical cable. In 2019 the number of High Voltage (HV) station break-ins doubled compared to 2018 and 2017. There have been 43 break-ins to ESB Networks substations in 2019.Serious injuries and fatalities have been caused as a direct consequence of metal theft.John O’Driscoll, Assistant Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, said: “Metal Theft can affect everyone. Specifically, stealing metal from ESB Networks’ equipment causes power cuts which impact on families, businesses and the economy in general. “I appeal to any person to contact An Garda Síochána, immediately, if they are aware of suspicious activity taking place close to an electrical installation on their land.“I am also specifically appealing to any person involved in the purchase and or resale of metal products, to ask appropriate questions and report unusual sources of metal as you may inadvertently facilitate criminal activity and commit an offence of handling stolen property if you purchase metal that is stolen”.An Garda Síochána are calling on members of the public and, in particular, the farming community with overhead power lines on their land to be vigilant of suspicious activity and to come forward with any information they may have on metal theft and people engaged in this illegal activity.Information can be provided to your local Garda station, by calling ESB Networks on 1820 372 999 or by the Crimestoppers confidential telephone service by calling 1800 25 00 25.Crackdown on metal thefts launched by Gardaí was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gardailast_img read more

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Titan May Have Erupted Ice Recently

first_img(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Large features on Titan resemble volcanic calderas.  The fact that no impact craters appear on the flows indicate that they are young.  But these are no ordinary volcanoes.  If the findings are confirmed, they erupted ice.    Richard Kerr reported the scuttlebutt from last week’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas.  Titan may have enough rock in its interior to produce heating by radioactive decay, “unlike Enceladus,” Kerr comments (a smaller Saturnian moon showing signs of recent resurfacing: see 03/04/2005 entry).  That internal heat could have melted the ice “tens or hundreds of kilometers down,” scientists think, and ammonia in the crust could lower the melting point of ice to allow slush to flow on the surface – but not forever, worries Caltech planetary physicist David Stevenson:But Stevenson does wonder how Titan could still be flooding its surface with cryolavas this late in its life.  No impact craters have been seen on any cryovolcanic features, implying that they are relatively young.  Yet, notes Stevenson, billions of years of volcanic activity would have extracted the interior’s reservoir of ammonia.  Without that antifreeze, cryolavas could not flow. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The only way Stevenson could suggest a solution to this problem is if Titan is “somehow recycling its ammonia back into the interior.”1Richard A. Kerr, “Icy Volcanism Has Rejuvenated Titan,” Science, Vol 308, Issue 5719, 193 , 8 April 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5719.193a].This is just one of the conundrums about Titan if it is 4.5 billion years old as assumed by conventional wisdom.  The atmosphere is another problem.  It seems ad hoc to get the ammonia out to melt the ice, then plunge it back inside to reuse it later.  How many times could that cycle repeat?  Long enough to save face for scientists billions of years in the future when Titan was explored by humans?last_img read more

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Michael Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike

first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, Michael Avenatti speaks to the media outside the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division after posting bail for a felony domestic violence charge. U.S. prosecutors announced Monday, March 25, 2019 they have charged Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)NEW YORK — Michael Avenatti, the pugnacious attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity.Avenatti, who was also accused of embezzling a client’s money to pay his own expenses, was charged with extortion and bank and wire fraud in separate cases in New York and California. He was arrested at a New York law firm where he had gone to meet with Nike executives. It was just minutes after he tweeted that he planned to hold a news conference Tuesday to “disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered.”ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving “When lawyers use their law licenses as weapons, as a guise to extort payments for themselves, they are no longer acting as attorneys. They are acting as criminals,” said Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney in New York.California investigators had been building a case against Avenatti for more than a year, but prosecutors in New York said their investigation began only last week and was completed in days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the California case, Avenatti allegedly misused a client’s money to pay his debts and those of his coffee business and law firm. Federal prosecutors said he also defrauded a Mississippi bank by using phony tax returns to obtain millions of dollars in loans.The allegations “paint an ugly picture of lawless conduct and greed,” said Nick Hanna, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. Avenatti describes himself on Twitter as an attorney and advocate, but the accusations describe “a corrupt lawyer who instead fights for his own selfish interests.” Prosecutors said Avenatti and another attorney, whom they called a co-conspirator, initially approached Nike on behalf of a client who coached a Nike-sponsored Amateur Athletic Union basketball program in California.They claimed to have evidence of misconduct by Nike employees and threatened to hold a news conference last week on the eve of a company’s quarterly earnings call and the start of the NCAA tournament. Avenatti told Nike the company could either pay them $15 million to $25 million to investigate the allegations, or pay him more than $22 million for his silence, the criminal complaint said.Two people familiar with the investigation confirmed that the unidentified co-conspirator was Mark Geragos, a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer known for his work with celebrities. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not made public by prosecutors.Geragos, a CNN contributor, has a client list that has included Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Scott Peterson and most recently Jussie Smollett, the actor accused of fabricating a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago. Geragos did not respond to messages seeking comment. Within hours, CNN cut ties with him.While lawyers sometimes make demands to seek out-of-court settlements, they cannot threaten to go public with damaging information to get something of value or gain leverage in a civil dispute, attorney Neama Rahmani said.“The Department of Justice historically has been very cautious when charging attorneys, so they likely have evidence that Avenatti seriously crossed this line,” said Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor.Nike officials told investigators Avenatti claimed to know of rules violations by an amateur basketball team sponsored by Nike. Executives immediately reported the threats to federal authorities.The company “firmly believes in ethical and fair play, both in business and sports, and will continue to assist the prosecutors,” Nike said in a statement.He rose to national prominence by representing Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in a lawsuit to break a confidentiality agreement to speak about her alleged affair with Trump. He also made headlines in recent weeks for representing two women who accused R&B star R. Kelly of sexual abuse.Daniels said she was “saddened but not shocked” by the arrest. She issued a statement Monday on Twitter saying she fired Avenatti a month ago after “discovering that he had dealt with me extremely dishonestly.” She said she would not elaborate. Big 12 a bust with early NCAA Tournament flameouts MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss While Avenatti’s lawsuit effectively tore up the gag order that threatened financial penalties if Daniels spoke about the case, a defamation lawsuit filed on her behalf against Trump backfired, and a court ordered her to pay the president’s $293,000 in legal fees.Avenatti himself has been dogged with tax and financial troubles in recent years.A U.S. bankruptcy court ordered his former firm to pay $10 million to a lawyer who claimed it had misstated its profits. The Justice Department also alleged Avenatti made “misrepresentations” in the bankruptcy case and said his former firm still owed more than $440,000 in unpaid federal taxes, which Avenatti dismissed as “part of a smear campaign.” He said he did not personally owe any of the money, and another lawyer later said the matter had been resolved.The bank fraud case involved $4 million in loans he got from Peoples Bank in Biloxi, which prosecutors said he obtained by filing fraudulent tax returns claiming $14 million in income over three years. However, he never filed tax returns those years, nor paid the $2.8 million he reported on the forms. In fact, he still owed more than $850,000 to the IRS at the time for previous income.Mark Pearson, the assistant agent in charge of the IRS office in LA, said Avenatti’s crimes supported a $200,000-a-month lifestyle, a car racing venture and pricey homes in the wealthy Orange County communities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Avenatti appeared briefly in court Monday evening in New York and was ordered released on $300,000 bond. He did not enter a plea. Emerging from the courthouse, he thanked the federal agents who arrested him for being courteous and professional.“As all of you know, for the entirety of my career I have fought against the powerful. Powerful people and powerful corporations. I will never stop fighting that good fight,” he said. “I am highly confident that when all the evidence is laid bare in connection with these cases, when it is all known, when due process occurs, that I will be fully exonerated and justice will be done.”The arrest was a sharp reversal of fortune for the 48-year-old lawyer, who, less than a year ago, emerged as a leading figure in the anti-Trump movement, with relentless cable news appearances, a hard-punching style and a knack for obtaining information about others’ wrongdoing. At one point, he even flirted with a presidential run.Donald Trump Jr. gloated over the arrest on Twitter.“Good news for my friend @MichaelAvenatti, if you plead fast enough, you might just get to share a cell with Michael Cohen!” he wrote, referring to the former Trump lawyer set to go to prison next month for crimes that include orchestrating hush-money payments to Daniels. Trump mocked Avenatti by ending with the lawyer’s trademark hashtag #basta, an Italian word meaning “enough.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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PM Christie dismisses Ingrahams allegations of missing funds

first_img Prime Minister Perry Christie is refuting any claims of missing funds from the Ministry of Finance. On Monday night, the former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham speaking at an FNM Rally in North Abaco, announced that he was aware of some $860,700 missing from the Ministry of Finance.He then questioned how this was possible under the “watchful eyes or not so watchful eyes of the Prime Minister”.However, in a release, Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Perry Christie is calling on Mr.Ingraham to produce evidence of the alleged misappropriation of funds to the ministry or the Commissioner of police, so that it can be investigated thoroughly.Instead the ministry highlighted its knowledge of ongoing investigations into a matter, where an overpayment to a vendor was done. As a result, the incident has been reported to the Auditor General, and steps have been taken to recover the monies, while disciplinary action has been taken against the officer responsible for the overpayment. However, the ministry says the amount missing is not equivalent to the amount Mr.Ingraham alleged is missing. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

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Sir Michael Barber Pays Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 22, 2017 – Nassau – Sir Michael Barber (centre), Head of the first Delivery Unit developed under the Blair Administration of the United Kingdom, and current leading global advisor on Delivery Management and Centre of Government Approach, is pictured at a recent courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis (right) at the Office of the Prime Minister.   At left is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest.Sir Michael led seminars for Parliamentarians, senior public servants, and private sector stakeholders on ‘Strengthening the Delivery of Public Services Using a Centre of Government Approach,’  September 18 to 20, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton.(BIS Photo) Related Items:last_img read more

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Man dies in fiery twovehicle crash in Bonsall

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Man dies in fiery, two-vehicle crash in Bonsall July 3, 2018 BONSALL (KUSI) – A fiery crash that killed a man on state Route 76 in Bonsall and was originally believed to be a single-vehicle crash in fact involved another driver, officials said Tuesday.California Highway Patrol dispatchers received a call reporting a vehicle veering off Route 76 at Thoroughbred Lane just after 3:35 p.m. Monday.The vehicle erupted in flames, burning both the car and nearby brush, according to the CHP.For unknown reasons, the man, who was driving a 2016 Lexus, collided with the rear of a 2018 Chevy driven by a woman going about 50 mph, CHP officer Kevin Smale said.After colliding with the Chevy, the Lexus veered off the roadway, down a dirt embankment and slammed into a concrete drainage wall.The Lexus caught fire after colliding with the wall and the car quickly became engulfed in flames with the driver still inside, Smale said.The identity of the man who died at the scene remains undetermined.The woman driving the 2018 Chevy remained at the scene until CHP arrived.CHP officers are investigating the collision. KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 3, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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