Saint Mary’s hosted its 12-hour Dance Marathon on Saturday in the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex. The money raised from Dance Marathon benefits for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.Saturday’s event was the culmination of a year-long planning effort by various committees at the College.Sophomore Caitlyn McKevitt, a committee member of the morale team, said, “We all have our personal page for the Dance Marathon so we reach out to people that we know. We also helped work a lot of events too and we had girls go around the dorms and collect trash from girls room for change or any donations that they would offer us.”With all of the donations and fundraising that the committee members and event attendees contributed, the event raised a total of $173,331.87.Dance Marathon drew many students from all over the tri-campus community and many first-timers as well.“I knew a lot of people who attended the event,” sophomore Anna Abel said. ”My friends and I were upset we didn’t do it last year because we saw how fun it was and we were excited to take part in it this year. As soon as the info came out for it, we made sure we signed up.”While some attended Dance Marathon for the first time, others — like McKevitt — were veterans of the event, having attended back when it was held at Holy Cross College.“I participated in Dance Marathon last [year] and this year we were able to host it in Angela, a gorgeous space to be in,” she said.The change in location contributed to a more seamless event with greater participation from Saint Mary’s students overall, McKevitt said.“I think it went a bit smoother than last year because it was on our campus,” she said. “More girls probably wanted to do it here because it’s on the heart of our campus.”McKevitt also said that the event was not something exclusively for Saint Mary’s students.“It is a tri-campus event so we had some girls from Notre Dame and Holy Cross on my committee and I know that they have certain committee members for outreach,” McKevitt said.The event centers around donating to the children at Riley Children‘s Hospital and Abel credited this philanthropic aspect as helping foster connections among committee members.“As a nursing major … I love to see how much of a difference this event makes in the lives of those families and I hope that I’ll be able to help more people in the next years to come,” Abel said.While other, like McKevitt, may not have such a personal connection, that does not stop them from enjoying the day.“I have three favorite parts of the day,” McKevitt said. “Showing the entire crew the dance, hearing the stories because it’s honestly so touching every time you hear it and you sit back and think my money and all this hard work that we put in is going to these amazing families and they deserve it so much. And obviously, I like the end because it’s so rewarding to see the grand total right in front of you on those big posters.”The day ended with a lot of money being raised for Riley Children’s Hospital and with many happy children, McKevitt said.“I believe the kids had a lot of fun. It was just great the energy was just there. The kids were able to come up with their families and they tell their stories and you actually see who it’s impacting,” she said. “Many tears were shed, for sure.”Tags: #BellesOfSaintMarys, fundraising, Riley Children’s Hospital, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon
The Anthem Go Outside Festival will be celebrating its eighth year this October 13-15 and there is an overwhelming amount of cool stuff to try. There are more than 150 free activities, demos, clinics, shows, and events for you to participate in on site, so deciding what to cram into your action-packed weekend can be tough.Here is a list of some of our favorite “must try” activities. Check out our full mobile-friendly schedule of events to build your own perfect weekend of adventure at www.roanokegofest.com/schedule.Alley cat ride: It’s a scavenger hunt on a bike. Test your riding and navigation skills with fun antics and shenanigans featured at stops along the way.Ultimate Air Dogs: Watch dogs compete in categories like “longest jump” or enter your pup to jump. In 2015, a world record was set at GO Fest, by a black lab named Storey.Cast a line: Learn to fly fish or perfect your tying or casting technique with the pros at the Orvis Fishing Village.Get in the pool: Test drive a kayak or learn to stand up paddleboard (the water’s not that cold).Chill in an ENO: Take a break in an ENO hammock at the amazing Lotus Lounge (it’s the perfect reward after a race or ride). The lounge will also feature a Silent Disco and DJ at different times throughout the weekend.Huffy Toss: See how far you can throw a kid-sized bike (and earn bonus points for style). Competitors battle for bragging rights, prizes, and the craziest trophies you’ve ever seen.Perfect your downward dog: From first-timers to seasoned practitioners, the outdoor yoga class is the perfect spot to breathe. New for 2017 is a goat yoga session. (It’s all the rage!)Join the Walkabout Outfitter Wild Gear Chase: Go on an urban scavenger hunt that ends in a giant gear tent. Runners are ranked by the place they finished and number of check points completed, and get to enter the giant gear tent every 30 seconds to frantically select an item from $15,000 worth of outdoor gear. Everyone is a winner in this popular event.Participate in a race: Pick a competitive event and give it your all! From the family- and dog-friendly Superhero 5K to the new Strava based King and Queen of the Mountain Challenge, there is something for every fitness level.Keen Lumberjack Show: Over the top antics from logrolling to climbing are a fan favorite.No matter who you are, the Anthem Go Outside Festival has something for you. Even if you don’t want to try anything new this year (we won’t judge), you can always just grab a delicious craft beer, sample food from 15 regional food trucks, and sit back and enjoy the show.Festival entry, tent camping, and shows are all 100 percent free to the public thanks to our amazing sponsors.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A federal grand jury indicted a third reputed MS-13 gang member for his alleged role in killing a fellow gangster they suspected was an informant in Miller Place last year, authorities said.U.S. Marshals apprehended 19-year-old Milton “Diabolico” Contreras, a member of the gang’s Brentwood chapter, in Kansas City, Kansas, where he was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit murder in-aid-of racketeering, murder in-aid-of racketeering, obstruction-of-justice murder and firearms offenses.“The prosecution of these three defendants is a part of the office’s ongoing commitment to dismantle MS-13,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, which intends to extradite Contreras to Long Island.Prosecutors said the 19-year-old suspect and two other alleged gang members lured Sidney Valverde, a fellow MS-13 member who was also 19, to Miller Place Beach under the guise of conducting business there, when they allegedly shot him in the back of the head on Feb. 25, 2014.Investigators believe that the gang killed Valverde because they suspected him of cooperating with federal law enforcement, authorities said. A beachcomber found his body two weeks after he was slain.Byron “Viruz” Lopez, the 23-year-old alleged leader of a Queens chapter of the gang, was previously accused of ordering the murder. He has pleaded not guilty to the same charges as Contreras. Also pleading not guilty to the same charges was the third suspect, Oscar Wellman Espinoza-Merino, also known as “Speedy” and “Petey,” a 32-year-old member of the gang’s Brentwood chapter.The arrests were the result of a joint investigation involving Suffolk County police, New York City police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms.If convicted, all three face up to life in prison.
36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Abner Brian Abner is Chief Economist and Vice President of Market Strategies for LEVEL5. In his position he reviews market economics throughout the United States resulting in business growth strategies for … Web: www.level5.com Details In the 21st century it’s imperative that financial institutions understand the nature of technology, branch formation and/or transformation, and service excellence. The problem is many institutions have been caught in the transition. For example, Retail Insight industry benchmark report, 94% of retailers, suppliers and logistics firms surveyed haven’t executed a long term Omni-channel strategy, and 37% don’t even have one. So how do you determine the best approach for the needs of your business and more importantly your customer? Infomercials are selling widgets, gadgets, and doodads claiming to guide your business into the next millennium. Which channel or technology is the best solution for your business? Is your message clearly understood? Are you sure?Is there a method to the new millennium madness? Well, yes! Yes there is. First off, don’t jump head first into the technological abyss. Financial institutions are being bombarded with new innovation, new technology, and new retail delivery methods every day. Now don’t get me wrong, innovation is important; however the right combination is essential to communicating the institutions culture, customer expectation, and desired service enhancements. It actually comes down to a combination of integrated components that determine the best solution for your business case. “Bolt-on” attempts to improve service and provide expertise in many cases don’t meet the expectations given by those infomercials discussed earlier. Imagine that!Clearly, it is human nature to jump onboard bandwagons like Omni-channel because well, everyone else is and you don’t want to be left behind! I get it; these are very important innovative solutions when looking for better ways of engaging your customer. No matter what channels you use whether branches, online, or mobile banking the challenge of creating a consistent customer experience and providing a single view of products and services remains.It is essential to remember who you are by demonstrate the business’s core values in connecting effectively by driving solutions in support of customer expectations. So first, develop a strategic plan! It’s imperative to identify the strategic plan that best suits the organization’s goals. Who is your target customer? What adaptations are required to meet customer expectations? Do you know the unique qualities that garner new relationships?Once you look past all the bells and whistles, it comes down to functionality which supports the business plan. The plan must be rooted in good market research to improve efficiency and enrich the customer’s experience. What makes you different in a time where consumers see all retail delivery as the same? Your businesses personality!Here are a few questions to consider.What is the core value for the business? Who are you really?How is the business visualized by consumers living in the markets you serve? Do they know who you are?Operationally, what will it take to create the optimal products, service suite and deliver it to your market?Is the business running on a fully charged battery? Are there areas that need “charging”?What is the target markets personality? Who is the business serving and why?In reviewing the branch footprint which location should be closed, relocated or renovated to enhance market appeal, for better community visibility while meeting customer expectations?Is the business developing the right channels of engagement? Will the community accept the new experience? Is the business seen as the expert…really?As you plan to jump into the 21st century several questions such as those listed above come to mind. A well thought out strategy is the key to creating an affective environment, enhancing customer loyalty, creating brand awareness, and becoming a vital part of the community. It takes knowledge and expertise to implement the right strategy that will engage your market. What’s the old adage? We don’t plan to fail; we fail to plan.
Three foundational building blocks must be optimized to consistently deliver engaging member experiences over the phone: people, processes and leadership. Our journey of nine articles will cover each in detail. After hiring the right people for your call center, you need to train and coach them to perform at a top level.If you want to most effectively manage employee performance, setting clear expectations is critical, starting with the interview process, on through your onboarding program, and reinforcing the expectations as the employees begin to take calls.The challenge comes when agents either don’t have clear objectives or when expectations are equated with sales goals. For example, Sam has to sell x checking accounts within the next 90 days. While the expectation is there, the process to reach that expectation is unclear. Therefore, simply having a sales goal as a performance metric for a call center agent is not a sustainable approach. What if Sam met his quota, but provided only average service to several members along the way because he wanted only to speak with members who did not already have a checking account?That’s why it’s imperative to coach your employees on the fundamentals of excellent customer service, and not just on the outcomes. Duke head coach Mike Kryzyzewski’s book “Leading With the Heart” makes clear that he never sets a goal to achieve a specific number of wins in a given year. Instead, he believes that if you teach and coach the right fundamentals, the desired outcomes will follow. This strategy has helped him become one of the most winning coaches in college history. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
One local greenhouse, Schaefer’s Gardens, has been around for a number of years and they can’t remember a time like the one we’re in now. Along with flowers, they are growing some early spring vegetables, and they anticipate this spring to be a good one no matter how things unfold. “Everyone is always ready for spring and I think this year more so than ever. So, we’re just going to keep running and hope that everything goes excellent,” said Co-Manager Vicky Schaefer. TOWN OF TRIANGLE (WBNG) — Greenhouses, flower shops, this is typically the time of year when they’re at their busiest and growing the most plants. So, how are things going of late and how can you potentially still get some color in your home? Most of their sales come wholesale, which means large quantities to events, businesses, and retail stores that sell flowers. Thus far, the pandemic hasn’t impacted them in an extreme way and they continue to remain busy growing their crop. Though the Schaefer’s mainly sell wholesale, they say most of the shops they sell to are still selling flowers and have options on how you can get some in your home or yard if you want to pick up gardening as a new hobby. So call your local garden center or flower shop. They may still have options for you to pick up different flowers, like a colorful dahlia, to bring some color to your home this spring.
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Sudesh Amman, the man shot dead by police in what officials described as a terrorism incident in south London, had been jailed for promoting violent Islamist material and had encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents.Amman, 20, was named by British police as the attacker who stabbed two people before he was shot dead by armed officers who had been carrying out surveillance on him.In November 2018 he pleaded guilty to possession of terrorist documents and disseminating terrorist publications, and the following month he was sentenced to more than three years in prison. He was 17 and living at home with his mother and younger siblings when he first began committing terrorism offences, according to authorities. Police became aware of his activities in April 2018 and he was arrested by armed officers in a north London street a month later.When officers examined his computers and phone, they found he had downloaded material about making explosives and carrying out terrorist attacks, according to police.Messages showed that he had discussed with his family, friends and girlfriend his extreme views and desire to carry out an attack, often focused on using a knife, police said.In December 2017 Amman posted a picture of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed during a U.S. raid in Syria in October, and told his brother in a message that “the Islamic State is here to stay.”He also described Yazidi women as slaves and said the Quran made it permissible to rape them, and in another message he encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents.Police said he had shared an online al-Qaeda magazine with his family and while in a discussion about school with a sibling he wrote he would “rather blow myself up”. Topics :
But Syrian forces, supported by Russian air power, has retaken swathes of territory since launching its offensive in December, killing hundreds of civilians and forcing nearly a million to flee their homes.Despite being on opposite sides of the war, Ankara and Moscow have kept lines of negotiation open, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday in search of a new ceasefire. Turkey, which already hosts some four million refugees, wants to prevent another influx from Idlib. It has pressured Europe for greater assistance by announcing that migrants and refugees would no longer be prevented from trying to enter the EU via the Greek border. The nine-year Syrian conflict has killed over 380,000 people and displaced millions since it began in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.Topics : Two Turkish soldiers were killed by Syrian government forces in the northwestern region of Idlib, Turkey’s defence ministry said Wednesday.Six others were wounded in the shelling, it said, adding that Turkish forces “immediately” retaliated against regime targets.The ministry also said late Tuesday on Twitter that one Turkish soldier was killed by Syrian fire and nine others had been injured. More than 50 Turkish soldiers have been killed in the rebel-held region in recent weeks, including 34 who died in an air strike on Thursday. Turkey officially declared an operation against the Russian-backed regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the weekend, named ‘Spring Shield’.It has since downed three Syrian warplanes, and killed dozens of regime soldiers and allied fighters — mostly through drone strikes — according to monitors.Turkey, which backs certain rebel groups in Idlib, has sought to push back Syrian forces behind lines agreed under a 2018 deal with Russia, which established 12 Turkish observation posts in the province.
14 Tawarri Crescent, Burleigh Heads is going under the hammer on Saturday at noon.A BIG crowd is expected to attend the auction of a Gold Coast property on Saturday with 10 bidders already lining up.The Burleigh Heads residence, which was featured on the cover of the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Real Estate magazine last month, is going under the hammer on January 27 at noon. The living areas. From the front the house is a sight to behold.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago“(We have) had a lot of interest — about 120 groups through over the campaign and four offers already prior to auction,” Sean Smith of Professionals Black & Young Burleigh said.“We already have 10 bidders for the day.”Paul Harms and wife Nicki Galway are the brains behind the three-level residence — it is the pair’s fourth house they’ve either renovated or built together and the finished product shows off their expertise. What a bath! Relax outside.Mr Harms, a builder who owns Gold Coast-based business PJH Constructions, said the pair subdivided the corner block after buying it in 2015The pair, who have two young daughters, spent five months building the house before they moved in earlier this year. The kitchen.