May 17, 2021

Insurance firm offers staff stress training

first_imgInsurance firm offers staff stress trainingOn 1 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today City insurance firm Markel is offering training to help its workforcerecognise the symptoms of stress in themselves and others. The training, which began in June, is web-based for easier accessibility toits 460 UK staff. It is divided into modules and suggests a range of techniques and tools to helpdeal with stress. Staff are tested at the end of each section to ensure theyunderstand what they have learned. The training focuses on things such as the need for regular breaks and opencommunication between colleagues and managers about workloads and deadlines. The finance sector has traditionally had a ‘stiff upper lip’ approach tostress, offering employees huge financial rewards but demanding long hours,under high pressure, with the possibility of burning out. But attitudes are changing. At Markel, the online course has been placed ona separate part of the company’s intranet, giving staff access to it at anytime. Ella Gosling, Markel recruitment and training specialist, said:”Feedback has been very good. People say the suggestions have helped andthat it has been really good for raising awareness.” Markel plans to hold focus groups to assess what effect the training hashad. The system was developed specifically for Markel at a cost of £5,000 byMarshall ACM. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Utah College Women’s Soccer Roundup: 8/20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.-Lexi Palafas amassed a hat trick as the Central Michigan Chippewas bested Southern Utah 4-1 Sunday in non-conference women’s soccer action at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.The aggressive Chippewas were +14 (23-9) in shots on goal against the Thunderbirds and with Shannon Magnan’s goal at the 61:48 mark, Central Michigan built a commanding 4-0 lead.Devri Hartle found the net for the Thunderbirds at the 70:58 mark, helping SUU avert the shutout.The Thunderbirds fell to 0-2 on the season and return to Cedar City for their home opener Thursday against UNLV.LARAMIE, Wyo.-Caitlin Pickett posted a goal at the 92:51 mark, giving the Wyoming Cowgirls a thrilling 1-0 victory over Utah Valley in non-conference women’s soccer action Sunday at Louis S. Madrid Stadium.Brooklyn Nielsen was gallant at the net for the Wolverines in defeat, amassing seven saves. The Cowgirls improved to 2-0 with Utah Valley falling to 0-2.Utah Valley’s home opener is Wednesday evening against in-state rival Weber State.OGDEN, Utah-Ireland Dunn and Paola Van Der Veen each found the net as the Utah Utes blanked Weber State 2-0 Sunday at Wildcat Soccer Field in non-conference women’s soccer action. Carly Nelson earned the shutout for the Utes, posting three saves in the victory. Utah improved to 1-1 with the victory and is next in action Friday at Utah State in another non-conference tilt.LOGAN, Utah-Maddie Castro and McKenna Buisman each scored and the Minnesota Golden Gophers doubled up Utah State 2-1 at Chuck & Gloria Bell Soccer Field Sunday in non-conference women’s soccer action. The Golden Gophers were a decisive +13 (18-5) in shots on goal, which was instrumental in their improving to 2-0 on the season. Sara Noel scored for the Aggies in the 25th minute, giving 0-2 Utah State an early 1-0 lead. Tags: Brooklyn Nielsen/Caitlin Pickett/Carly Nelson/Devri Hartle/Ireland Dunn/Lexi Palafas/Maddie Castro/McKenna Buisman/Paola van der Veen/Sara Noel Brad James Written by August 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah College Women’s Soccer Roundup: 8/20last_img read more

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Valeri’s goal gives Portland a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake

first_imgAugust 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local Valeri’s goal gives Portland a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Diego Valeri scored in the 16th minute and the Portland Timbers held on to snap a two-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.The Timbers improved to 12-11-4 as they continue to jockey for a spot in the postseason. They are in the midst of a 10-game homestand at Providence Park, a result of a 12-game road trip to start the season while the stadium was renovated.Real Salt Lake (13-11-4) hasn’t won in Portland since 2017.The Timbers lost 2-1 at home last weekend to Cascadia Cup rival Seattle. Portland hadn’t lost consecutive games at home since last season.RSL won four of its last five games and was coming off a 2-0 victory over Colorado last weekend. Salt Lake has moved up to second in the Western Conference standings despite the Aug. 11 dismissal of coach Mike Petke.Petke’s contract was terminated after he made derogatory comments toward officials following RSL’s loss to Tigres UANL in a Leagues Cup match. Assistant Freddy Juarez is leading the team through the rest of the season.The Timbers were limited because of injuries and were without Larrys Mabiala (hamstring) and Julio Cascante (thigh), Modou Jadama (foot), Cristhian Paredes (upper Leg) and Zarek Valentin (upper leg). Because of all the absences, Portland did not list one true defender among its available substitutes.Veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando dove but couldn’t reach Valeri’s blast from the top of the box. After his goal, Valeri blew a kiss to fans in the stands who waved the flag of his native Argentina. It was Valeri’s eighth goal of the season. He also has 15 assists.There was a scary moment in the 75th minute when Jeremy Ebobisse collided with Rimando, who had to be attended to by trainers but stayed in the game. Just minutes earlier, Rimando had bumped away a shot from Brian Fernandez, Portland’s top scorer.Portland’s Renzo Zambrano was shown a red card in stoppage time after a heated exchange with the referee, but Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark dove to stop Albert Rusnack’s dangerous free kick from the top of the box.The Timbers Army supporters group waved flags with the Iron Front symbol in the 33rd minute, in protest of a new MLS policy that bans political signs and banners at matches. It was the second straight protest of the policy: The Timbers Army remained silent through the first 33 minutes against the Sounders.The Iron Front symbol, which is three arrows pointed down and to the left, was used by a paramilitary organization that resisted the Nazi party in Germany in the 1930s. It has recently been associated with antifa, a loosely organized group of militant antifascists. Tags: MLS/Portland Timbers/Real Salt Lake Associated Presslast_img read more

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Josh Klinghoffer Debuts Solo Rendition Of Radiohead Cover At Red Hot Chili Peppers Show [Watch]

first_imgThe careers of Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers have always drawn comparisons, as their timelines are roughly similar. Both bands formed in the mid-1980’s, and rose to prominence with their unique brand of music during the 1990’s. While the bands play a very different style of music, their fans come from roughly the same age demographic. Both bands even headlined Bonnaroo back in 2012, though their performances were quite distinct in time and place.The worlds of these two iconic bands merged over the weekend, during a recent Chili Peppers’ performance at Unipol Arena in Bologna, Italy. Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer was given a moment to perform solo during the RHCP performance, and broke out into a verse from the recently-released Radiohead song “Spectre.” The song was not on Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool album, but was actually written for the James Bond movie of the same name. While the filmmakers ultimately chose the song “Writing’s On The Wall” by Sam Smith, the Radiohead song has nonetheless become a fan favorite among Radiohead enthusiasts.Interestingly, Klinghoffer’s solo take marks the first annotated live performance of “Spectre.” You can watch the intimate moment below.Red Hot Chili Peppers continue their tour of Europe with two shows in Turin, Italy beginning tonight. The band also announced an extensive winter 2017 tour in the U.S., with support from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. You can see that tour schedule here.last_img read more

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Big news, bigger opportunities for small credit unions

first_imgThe National Credit Union Association (NCUA) Board recently approved an increase in the asset ceiling for “small entity” credit unions from $50 million to $100 million. The move aims to provide support for more credit unions, as the NCUA estimates 77 percent of all federally insured credit unions may now be eligible for future regulatory relief and other cost-free assistance from the NCUA Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives.Barb Lowman, senior vice president of account processing solutions for the small market credit union portfolio at Fiserv, says the NCUA’s proposal is “good news” for the industry – and an important opportunity for small credit unions. The Point talked to Lowman about the outlook for this market segment and the unprecedented focus on small credit unions planned for Fiserv Forum 2015.What are the unique challenges faced by small credit unions?Over the past decade, consolidation among credit unions under $100 million in assets has increased considerably. Compared to other market segments, small credit unions tend to have slower membership growth and slower loan and deposit growth – and they’re burdened with higher operating expenses and a disproportionate regulatory burden. Many small credit unions also face the replacement of outdated technology in order to provide innovative member services. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How I stay connected

first_imgThere are many logical reasons for why you need to be networking, whether job hunting, seeking growth opportunities within your current organization, or making connections with clients, customers, investors, or prospects. In today’s wired, fast-paced business world, strong networking skills are crucial for your success and that of your organization. Before I scare you off, keep in mind that you don’t need to have a broad network to start, you just have to begin with who you know and build from there.While I was on vacation my wife asked me how I stay connected to the market, clients, prospects, employees, and peers. It was clear that she was seeing my routine up close and personal, as we were in close proximity on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship (I had nowhere to hide). Her question made me reflect and I realized that I’m now on networking autopilot, so I really had to stop and think about how to answer her. Without realizing it, I have created a rather effective networking routine using technology.So what’s my routine? I scan my email to assure no urgencies popped up overnight – if so, I handle them first. I start my day early and typically get to the office by 7:15, after a stop at StarBucks. I order using the mobile app, so I am not in the store more than 30 seconds. If I see client or industry news of value to the rest of our team, I share it immediately. In essence, I have become a news broadcaster for the rest of our management teams. By 8:15 or so, I am usually ready to start my regular course of business. I try to avoid any meeting prior to 8:30.In the evening, starting around 8 PM or so, I jump back into some evening networking, but on a more personal level. I dedicate no more than hour to looking for ways to personally engage clients on instagram and Facebook, and try to keep up with clients and friends. I’ll also take a final glance at any in-bound, late-in-day emails, that I may need to address early the next day.Over time this process evolved and I don’t believe I consciously developed this routine. Those that know me, understand that I am a people person, and genuinely enjoy engaging with people. I’m not suggesting that you too must be in order to be successful, however, I do believe setting aside specific times to engage your audience in personal, relevant ways will open a variety of opportunities for you and your organization. After firing up NPR on Alexa, to get my dose of current affairs, I settle into a comfy “cow chair” and open up my laptop. I never start my business day by sitting behind my desk. I scan my Google Calendar first so I feel I have control of the day. Whatever meetings I have, often stimulate some networking or engagement triggers. I check my Twitter feed, DMs and pop out a few tweets relevant to the space we are in. I want to show I am connected to the industry and abreast of trends. I’ll seek out a few people to personally engage, and typically do so with a small group of market influencers in banking and fintech. By the way, I use Sprout Social for feed management and maintain lists of clients, prospects, media , nd employees, to make life easier. Next, I open Salesforce and review the “Chatter” function. This tells me who within the company is engaging whom. This gives me a chance to engage employees, ask some questions and encourage their own engagement with clients and prospects. This also allows me to tag others, which turns the feed into a collaborative conversation. The Salesforce feed really helps me focus my networking efforts. LinkedIn has become very important to me. I check the inbox and my feed. The feed not only offers me important insight, but gives me a chance to respond to posts. This engagement has served me well. Several of us at Geezeo now use LinkedIn Sales Navigator, which helps practically force one-on-one engagement. 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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Senators Shaheen, Hassan Announce Grants for Coastal Protection

first_imgImage source: USACESenators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan announced last week that The Nature Conservancy and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will receive nearly $1.4 million in federal grants through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Resilience Grants Program.This money will be used to protect and strengthen New Hampshire and the region’s coastal communities.“The new grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coastal Resilience Grants Program will help support important weather and safety infrastructure across the Seacoast,” said Senator Shaheen. “In my position as the lead Democrat on the subcommittee that oversees NOAA’s budget, I have made it a top priority to ensure NOAA has the resources it needs to help protect New Hampshire’s Seacoast from the impacts of climate change. These new grants from NOAA are key to our efforts to protect our environment and prepare our communities from natural disasters and rising sea levels.”“Our coastal communities are integral to our environment, our economy, and our way of life in New Hampshire, and we must do everything that we can to protect these regions from the very real environmental threats that are a result of climate change, including sea-level rise and flooding,” Senator Hassan said.“These grants from NOAA build on our conservation efforts to protect and preserve the natural resources that make the Granite State special, and I will continue fighting to combat climate change and protect our environment.”The Nature Conservancy received nearly $1 million in federal funding to implement and monitor a range of nature-based infrastructure projects to protect New Hampshire and the region’s coastal communities from flooding and to evaluate the effectiveness of such projects.last_img read more

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US earmarks over $20 million for new project targeting Cuba

first_img Tweet 10 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img NewsRegional US earmarks over $20 million for new project targeting Cuba by: – June 21, 2011 Share Cuban flag. Photo credit: flag.netHAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The US Agency for International Development has released details of what Cuba claims is a new $21-million subversion project against the communist island, which targets adolescents and youths between 12 and 24 years of age and aims at interfering with social media in the Caribbean nation.According to an article published in the website, by journalist Tracey Eaton, who investigates how Washington spends millions of dollars of US taxpayers’ money in actions against Cuba, the program’s main objective is “to increase opportunities for youth-to-youth interaction in Cuba, allowing the country’s young citizens to experience freedom of association and freedom of expression in social spaces organized outside state authority.”In all, $6 million will be earmarked for “programs aimed at increasing free expression among youth ages 12 to 24”; another $6 million will be used “to expand Internet use and increase access to information;” and $9 million “to support neighborhood groups, cooperatives, sports clubs, church groups and other civil society organizations.”The article recalls that on April 1, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., held up distribution of $20 million in “democracy funds” destined for Cuba over questions about how the money was going to be spent. The Miami Herald later reported on June 10 that the extreme right-wing anti-Cuba organization Freedom House was returning $1.7 million in funds because USAID asked too many questions about where the money was going.Phil Peters, a Cuba expert at the Lexington Institute, a research organization in Arlington, Virginia, told Eaton that it is unusual for organizations to return money to the federal government.Peters said it is “certainly understandable” that Freedom House is “extremely concerned” about protecting those people connected to its Cuba program. “But if you step back from it, the group’s decision to return the money really reinforces that it carries out political operations in Cuba,” Peters added.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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COVID-19: Diamond League postpones June events

first_imgRelatedPosts Organisers announce Diamond League new dates London Diamond League meeting cancelled – UK Athletics Coe re-elected for second term as IAAF President Diamond League events in Eugene and Paris have been postponed while the event in Oslo will be staged as an “alternative competition” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Thursday.The events in Eugene and Paris were due to take place on June 7 and June 13 respectively, while Oslo’s meet is scheduled for June 11. “Today, we are sad to announce the postponement of further meetings in Eugene and Paris,” Diamond League said in a statement.“The Bislett Alliance today announced plans to host an alternative athletics competition under Norwegian coronavirus regulations on June 11, the original date of this year’s Oslo Diamond League meeting.”The conventional competition format has been done away with for the Oslo event.Instead, athletes will take part in an hour-long event while observing Norway’s coronavirus regulations and social distancing protocols.Officials said the full programme is yet to be confirmed and subject to changes. “This is really positive news for athletes and fans and promises, even in this early stage, to be another great night of athletics from the Bislett stadium,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said.“Congratulations to the Oslo Bislett Games for dreaming this up and following it through, working within the pandemic guidelines set out in Norway.”The next scheduled meet is to be held in London on July 4 followed by Monaco on July 10.Diamond League events in Stockholm, Naples and Rabat that were scheduled for late May were postponed last month, while meets scheduled for Doha and an unspecified host city in China were also moved.Tags: Bislett AllianceDiamond LeagueSebastian Coelast_img read more

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Report: New Federal Document Cites PBC as “Emerging COVID-19 Hotspot”

first_imgPalm Beach County officials say they were surprised Saturday by a national news story that flagged a rise in coronavirus infections here.The Yahoo News report cited a federal document that contradicts Florida data. The story says the government piece cites Palm Beach County as one of three “emerging” COVID-19 hot spots around the country.According to the story, the document was circulated Friday by the Department of Homeland Security and used data that was collected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on May 12, the day after Palm Beach County reopened many businesses. “Palm Beach County, FL reported a 71% increase in new cases the last 7 days compared to the previous 7 days,” the document notes.“That state data and the federal data cited by Yahoo raise concerns about Palm Beach County’s push to reopen quickly. The Sun Sentinel examined the data and found that Palm Beach County reopened even though infection rates were not decreasing.”— Christina Vazquez (@CBoomerVazquez) May 17, 2020 Meanwhile, state data show a 20.7 percent increase in cases in the county during the week preceding May 12. The week before that, from April 28 to May 5, Palm Beach County saw a 17.8 percent rise in its cases.The two data reports have raised concerns about the county’s push to reopen. The Sun Sentinel examined the data and concluded that Palm Beach County reopened on May 11 even though its infections were not decreasing, a factor which was included in the state and federal guidelines for reopening.County officials say they have read the Yahoo News article, which cites the county along with San Bernardino County, Calif., and Marshall County, Ala. However, they reportedly have not seen the document cited by Yahoo News, and were not contacted by Yahoo News before publication, according to county spokeswoman Lisa De La Rionda.last_img read more

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