Listening for Fall

first_imgOn my walk this evening I spotted a couple standing on an outcropping of rocks watching their dog play in the river.Every now and then they would toss a stick into the water and he would bound after it, splashing through the waters of the Swannanoa with his big yellow paws. I wondered, on the first day of October as the seasons change to fall, at this time of drawing inward we humans experience, even before it’s cold enough to warrant it…A month or two ago those humans might have been swimming right along with him or lying belly up in tubes on the French Broad or Davidson River. But there was a quietness already to their voices and stance that suggested less buoyancy. The waning daylight and crisp breezes require a certain stillness to allow for deeper listening.My ears found the rustle of turkey feet in dry leaves, a flock of them on the opposite bank of the Warren Wilson River trail. At first they held their stance, dark blotches in the still mostly green undergrowth, but slowly they began pecking along. Cows called to each other and the students who filled their trough with cold water. Quick foot steps of joggers absorbing the twilight hour swooshed along from time to time. In the distance a sweet voice cried out for her lop-earred, big-footed companion, “Baaanjo…Baaanjo! Here boy.” Some time later they were reunited and walked together then in happy silence. There are certain days where I need the woods and feel their arms unfurling around me in the warm tones of sycamore branches and maple leaves turning red overhead. On this day I am mourning summer and welcoming fall – and lean on a poem by Mary Oliver called “Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness,” to get me through the transition: “I don’t say it’s easy, but what else will do – if the love one claims to have for the world be true?”–Words and photos by Katie Souriswilsonsunsethzlast_img read more

2 big lessons your credit union can learn from a “dance mom”

first_imgYou are replaceable 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: Details Millennial demands and evolving member expectations are forcing all financial institutions to change the way they do business. Technology is at the heart of most change initiatives. These younger people expect to apply for new accounts and loans, deposit checks, pay bills, transfer funds, and receive alerts via online and mobile devices. If you aren’t giving them that immediate access to their financial transactions, they look at alterative banking options. As the infamous Abby Lee Miller of the television show ‘Dance Moms’ says, “Do your job. Do it the best you can. Do it right, because somebody, sometimes your best friend, is waiting for you to screw up so she can take your place.” Do not become complacent! Look internally for improvements and prevent your credit union from getting dumped and replaced by an alternative banking option. Prepare for changecenter_img Two weeks before the big competition, a young girl on my daughter’s dance team had an unfortunate incident on a forbidden hoverboard. Sadly, she was unable to compete due to her injuries. After months of practicing their routines and placements, the team had to make countless adjustments to compensate for the missing teammate (who was beyond devastated). Some changes are almost impossible to plan for, like my example. But, some changes – the kind your credit union can anticipate and prepare for accordingly – are the changes associated with digital transformation. Whoever is leading the unavoidable digital transformation project at your credit union should ensure that the organization provides the managers with the support necessary to lead their teams through the change, gives them a clear understanding of the vision, and supplies them with tools and talking points to help manage their teams throughout the transformation. The steps to a successful digital transformation journey have a lot less to do with technology changes than they are to do with people and planning effectively for change. And that’s the key to technology in general – if it doesn’t fit well with people, it won’t work.Competitive dance is so much more than sparkly outfits and matching eyeshadow; it has shaped my daughter into the kid I adore. She has a newfound and undeniable confidence. She has a sense of team and community; it has allowed us to create everlasting memories and it has even taught me a thing or two about adaptability, dedication and evolving for relevancy.Those are dance lessons we can all learn. Cheer hair? Check. Purple glitter eye makeup? Check. Thousands of bobby pins? Check. Outrageous dance mom shirt for me? Of course! After triple checking my packing checklist and attempting to compose my beyond-excited 8-year-old, I loaded up my decorated SUV (picture lots of “Go team!” messages painted in pink on the windows) and headed out for the annual American Youth on Parade (AYOP) dance competition at the University of Notre Dame.  Watching these girls and witnessing firsthand their determination and dedication has proven to me that they are impressive athletes. These teams work endlessly striving for perfection. Even without the hundreds of hours of carting a kid to and from practice, planning your vacation time around competitions, or tackling hair and makeup on a crying child, here are three things your credit union can learn from this proud dance mom. last_img read more

COVID-19 cases reported in all 34 provinces as death toll exceeds 300

first_imgEvery one of Indonesia’s 34 provinces has reported positive COVID-19 infections, according to the Health Ministry, with Gorontalo reporting its first confirmed case on Friday.”Today [Friday] we recorded 219 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 3,512 cases in 34 provinces,” the ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said at a press conference.Gorontalo is the last province to confirm the presence of COVID-19 within its borders. Yurianto added that the country’s death toll had risen by 26 fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths nationwide to 306. Another 30 patients have recuperated from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 282.Read also: Indonesia was in denial over coronavirus. Now it may be facing a looming disasterAs the disease has reached every province of Indonesia, Yurianto encouraged regional leaders to submit a large-scale social distancing (PSBB) request to his ministry.”The government is providing a chance for all local administrations to request for PSBB in accordance with the current [procedures],” he said.Jakarta, the epicenter of the outbreak in the country, has been the only province that has implemented PSBB measures following approval from the Health Ministry. The policy took effect on Friday and will be in place until April 23.Yurianto also urged Jakartans to stay at home and follow PSBB rules.”We urge all Jakartans [to stay] at home, worship at home and carry out constructive activities at home,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

All-Energy unveils investment challenge finalists

first_imgAll-Energy has named five finalists who will be competing against each other in the marine renewable energy investment challenge taking place as part of this year’s conference.The winner of the All-Energy 2017 Marine Renewable Energy Investment Challenge will benefit from up to £10,000-worth of advice from lawyers, stockbrokers, investment bankers, accountants, communications experts and marketers.The finalists are Fraenkel-Wright’s SuperTide Gen 6MW tidal turbine; Ocean Energy Advisors’ Innovation at the interface of technology, policy and finance; and Oceanflow Energy’s Starfloat floating wind turbine.Also competing in the finals are SAITEC Offshore Technologies’ SATH; and Tidetec’s tidal lagoon ‘two-way hydropower’ technology.Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive of Atlantis Resources and the mastermind behind the initiative, will chair the final on May 10, 2017, when the five short-listed candidates will have the opportunity to give a 10-minute elevator pitch in front of the panel of experts.Each of the candidates will then receive five minutes of immediate feedback, and the winner will benefit from the specially tailored workshop, sponsored by Atlantis, with one aim – to help him, or her, raise funds.Tim Cornelius said: “We have five superb finalists who I know will rise to the occasion. We’re certainly in for a highly stimulating, and perhaps nail-biting, 90 minutes that I hope will help others in the audience in overcoming the much talked about ‘valley of death’ between innovation and commercialization.”The winner will be announced on the second day of the conference, May 11, 2017.last_img read more

Sinclair makes Villa move permanent

first_img ” It was important for the family to have that stability and I’m thrilled it’s with a club like Villa. “This is the happiest I have been in a long time. Now it’s about kicking on with my career in claret and blue. “I have already loved every minute of playing for this club. To be a permanent Villa player now is a fantastic feeling.” The former Swansea player, who has scored three goals for the FA Cup finalists since his arrival at Villa Park, added: “I feel I made a good start when I joined on loan and it’s just a shame that I got injured. “Obviously I got fit again but the team has been doing well and I’ve, rightly, had to bide my time. “My aim now in the closing two weeks is giving 100 per cent in training and waiting for my next chance.” Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair is looking forward to next season after completing his move from Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester City. The 26-year-old is committed to the club for the next four years after initially signing on loan for the rest of the current campaign. He told Villa’s official website: ” We’ve had a fantastic end to the current season – and now I am already looking forward to the new season starting. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Daughter arrested after mom goes missing in Vero Beach

first_imgThe Indian River County Sheriff’s Office alerted the public that a Carmelina Kohler was missing, last seen by her husband on Monday.Authorities say Carmelina and her adopted daughter Crystal Marie Kohler were heading to a nail salon on 12th Street and US 1, however, Crystal returned to their home in Carmelina’s blue van without Carmelina.Police say they found Carmelina’s phone on 27th Avenue and Aviation Boulevard, but she had no reason to be there.Now, the adopted daughter of Carmelina has been arrested in Vero Beach. She was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Auto and driving with a suspended license.Carmelina is still missing. She is described as 5’7” tall and weighing 160 pounds. She has shoulder length red and brown hair. The van she was driving is a 2018 Blue Chrysler Pacifica with the Florida license plate MATLAA.last_img read more

Haitian Football Federation chief Yves Jean-Bart provisionally banned by FIFA

first_imgZURICH: World football governing body FIFA has provisionally suspended the president of Haitian Football Federation Yves Jean-Bart from all football-related activities.According to FIFA, the sanction has been imposed in connection with ongoing investigations concerning Jean-Bart. “In accordance with articles 84 and 85 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has provisionally banned Mr. Yves Jean-Bart, President of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF), from all football-related activities at both national and international level, for a period of 90 days,” read a statement from FIFA on Monday. “Mr. Jean-Bart was notified of the decision today. The provisional sanction comes into force immediately,” it added. IANSlast_img read more

Cricket News Cricket Australia’s ‘arrogant’, ‘controlling’ culture led to ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, reveals review

first_imgNew Delhi: A review into a ball-tampering scandal has condemned an “arrogant” and “controlling” culture at Cricket Australia that led to players cheating in pursuit of victory.    The independent review by the Sydney-based Ethics Centre accused Cricket Australia (CA) of only paying lip service to the spirit of the game, leaving players without any moral guidance.  Read More | Ayodhya Land Dispute: Hindus losing their patience on the Ram temple issue, says Giriraj Singh”Responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incident at Newlands,” said the review, which was released on Monday.   The scandal involved Australian players using sandpaper to alter the flight of the ball in a Test match against South Africa last March at Cape Town’s Newlands Stadium.  Read More | LIVE | Rahul Gandhi in MP: Congress chief says farm loans will be waived off within 10 days of pollsCoach Darren Lehmann quit in the wake of the controversy and then-captain Steve Smith, deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were banned from the game.   However, the Australian Cricket Association has called for the cheating bans of Warner, Smith and Bancroft to be slashed because they were put under too much pressure by administrators.The players’ union painted the three Test stars as victims of circumstance and said they should be free to take the field again at the top level after the inquiry slammed Cricket Australia’s handling of the case.The scandal also claimed the scalps of CA chief executive James Sutherland and team performance boss Pat Howard. The review, which was partially redacted to prevent individuals being identified, included complaints from those involved in the sport that there was a bullying culture in elite men’s cricket.   “The broad consensus amongst stakeholders is that CA does not consistently ‘live’ its values and principles,” it said.   “CA is perceived to say one thing and do another. The most common description of CA is as ‘arrogant’ and ‘controlling’.”   It said under such circumstances, the ball-tampering scandal was foreseeable but CA failed to act. CA chairman David Peever said the review provided an opportunity for the body to “look in the mirror”.   “It has been a difficult and confronting time for everyone involved in Australian cricket, and for that I am sorry,” he said.   “Mistakes have been made, lessons have been learnt, and changes are and will continue to take place.”   Peever indicated he would not be joining the exodus from CA and said the 12-month bans on Smith and Warner and a nine-month ban on Bancroft would stand. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Project Connect provides a number of necessities for community

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — Hundreds packed the community room and hovered around the entrance of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church on Thursday evening to gather necessities.The event which was put on by the Alpena County Human Services Coordinating Council this year provide services, information, and food for those people that are struggling to make it by. That can mean those who are homeless or working but barely making it by. Between food insecurity and low-wage paying jobs, 50% of Alpena County are experiencing this lifestyle according to Alpena County HSCC Worker Erica Phillips.“It’s rewarding from a health perspective, we’re meeting some of the basic needs, and then we’re giving them food that’s nutritious and that is really helping our food insecure population in the Alpena service area,” said Phillips.Other community organizations and health services chipped in time and talent to the project including the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. They provided fresh produce for people to take as much as they needed. The Alcona Health Center provided dental cleanings and blood pressure checks. Bella U Salon offered haircuts. MI Works! gave resume and cover letter critiques.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona Health Center, alpena county, Alpena County HSCC, Alpena County Human Services Coordinating Council, Bella U Salon, MI Works!, Project ConnectContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena sees increased business from 10 percent tourism spikeNext Local band rocks on for third year of veteran benefit concertslast_img read more

Kenley Jansen’s issue: when batters become base stealers

first_imgSince he is at a natural disadvantage thwarting potential base-stealers, Jansen has a bag of tricks he’ll use to keep runners close to first base. He threw over four times during Luis Valbuena’s at-bat — each time throwing before he came to a set position, unlike most pitchers who throw once they’re set. Analyst Kevin Kennedy said on the Dodgers’ radio broadcast that Jansen’s delivery time to Valbuena was clocked at 1.37 seconds. That’s considered slow by major-league standards, but not slow enough to completely prevent a catcher from throwing out a baserunner. Correa tried to steal second base on Jansen’s 2-2 pitch, but Valbuena fouled the pitch off.Jansen came back to strike out Valbuena but Correa stole second — by a wide margin — on the first pitch to Evan Gattis. In Jansen’s mind, that was OK.“Get on second, don’t bother me, just can’t score,” he said. Except Correa did score when Marwin Gonzalez stroked a line drive into right field with two outs. The game was now tied at 2. Jansen had blown his second save in 26 attempts this season.The closer was frustrated, calling the hits by Correa and Gonzalez “bulls—.” He also offered an interesting defense of his approach to holding runners on base.“Sometimes,” Jansen said, “you just can’t give up your best stuff, you know what I’m saying? I try to keep them on all the time, but you can’t trade stuff just to hold the runners.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sounded satisfied with Jansen’s effort.“Kenley tried to work on him, change tempo a little bit,” Mattingly said. “That’s really what he does. But even with that, he gets two big outs and puts himself in a situation where we can get an out for a win right there. We just weren’t able to get that out.”Yimi Garcia optionedThe Dodgers optioned right-handed reliever Yimi Garcia to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday. Juan Nicasio, who’s been traveling with the team on its current three-city road trip, is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday in Cincinnati. Garcia, 25, had been on the Dodgers’ major league roster for the third time this season. He allowed four hits and one run, walked none and struck out four batters in 7 1/3 innings since his last call-up from Triple-A. Nicasio has been on the disabled list since Aug. 10 with a left abdominal strain and has gone 1-3 with one save and a 3.06 ERA in 38 games (one start) this year.BREAKOUT BOXThrough Sunday, 99 major-league pitchers had been victimized by at least two stolen bases in 2015 without a single runner being thrown out. Eight are Dodgers:Pitcher SB-SBAJuan Nicasio 7-7J.P. Howell 7-7Jim Johnson 6-6Kenley Jansen 3-3Adam Liberatore 3-3Joel Peralta 2-2Josh Ravin 2-2Yimi Garcia 2-2Source: HOUSTON — Thirty-three runners have stolen a base against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen since he debuted in 2010, including all three would-be base stealers this season. Only four men have ever been caught stealing with Jansen on the mound, an almost unthinkable 89.2 percent success rate for potential thieves.This is a natural consequence of being 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds. With so many large body parts moving so slowly, Jansen simply takes a long time to complete his delivery.Usually it doesn’t matter. Because he allows so few hits and walks, Jansen on average has less than one runner on base for every inning he pitches. Other times, like when Jansen blew a save in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Houston Astros, it matters a great deal.Astros rookie shortstop Carlos Correa had been successful in 10 out of 13 stolen-base attempts before he touched Jansen for a single to lead off the ninth inning Sunday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more