Don’t set aside the future as you put out the fires of today

first_imgLet me be clear here; this article is not about crisis strategy, which involves contingency planning and business continuity planning for dealing with identified crises as they arise. It is about the formulation and reformulation of the regular ongoing strategy of the credit union during times of organizational stress. Setting aside your preparation for the future to concentrate solely on putting out the fires of today can be detrimental to the long-term viability of the organization.I’ve had several calls from credit union CEOs over the last few weeks requesting guidance on a couple of topics relating to strategy. Their first concern is whether all existing strategic initiatives should simply be put on the back burner until we see the much-hoped-for, light at the end of the tunnel. My answer to that is a categorical no. Your competitors are not going to rein in their efforts to win the allegiance of your members. As far as is possible, under the challenging circumstances, there is an even greater need for quality strategic discussion now than in stable times.The second question I’m being asked relates to how best to evaluate the relevance of existing strategic initiatives in light of the extreme volatility that’s resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Where do the Labour Party Candidates for Leader Stand on Family Issues?

first_imgWith all the focus on the candidates for the new leader of the Labour Party, we thought it would be interesting to do a quick analysis of their voting record on important family issues. The analysis is below. By clicking on the image, you can download the PDF which allows you to click through to the explanations of all the issues. Most of this info is from our website www.valueyourvote.org.nzThere’s a couple of things we note:1. There is not much difference between the candidates i.e. no stand-out performer for family issues. In fact, their voting records are quite concerning.2. Shane Jones entered Parliament in 2005, Grant Robertson in 2008, whereas David Cunliffe has been there since 19993. Shane Jones seems to be absent a few times!4. David Cunliffe’s voting record on the drinking age and street prostitution seems inconsistent5. On the issue of euthanasia, Shane Jones has recently made some positive comments compared to the other candidates, but on the issue of abortion, the comments of all the candidates cause great concern. (Hat-Tip to Brendan Malone from LifeNet for this info)                                               click on image to download PDFlast_img read more

Veteran Bolt eyeing winning farewell in Monaco

first_imgMONTE-CARLO, Monaco (CMC) – Sprint superstar Usain Bolt is confident he can brush off his early-season malaise and shine at the final Diamond League meet of his career in Monaco here tomorrow.Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, the 30-year-old said he was slowly working his way into shape but would not be intimidated by his opposition as he continued his build-up to the London World Championships next month.“I’m feeling good, the season started off slow for me. I had a setback after my friend Germaine (Mason) passed away,” Bolt said in reference to the Jamaica-born British high jumper who died in a motorcycle crash in Jamaica last April.“I’ve been a little behind schedule, but I am training well. I’m feeling much better over the past couple of days because I went to see my doctor in Germany; I’ve been training good, so that’s a good sign.”Bolt will enter the World Championships with question marks over his form after battling injury and poor times that have seen him fail to break the 10-second barrier in two races this year.Tomorrow, he will run the 100m in Monaco and all eyes will be on the Jamaican to gauge his form.He will be up against South African Akani Simbine and American Chris Belcher – two of the fastest men in the world this year.Bolt also confirmed he would sign off on his glittering career at the World Championships with the 100 metres and 4x100m relay but would not compete in the half lap.He will be the main attraction at the August 4-13 showpiece at the Olympic Stadium as he bids farewell to a sport he has dominated for the last decade.“My main aim is just to win. I just want to retire on a winning note,” he stressed.Bolt has traditionally raced in all three sprints, sweeping the marquee events at the last three Olympiads and four World Championships – barring in Daegu when he was disqualified in the 100 metres for a false start.The 100m final is scheduled for the second day at the Olympic final while the sprint relay final comes off a week later on the penultimate day of the event.last_img read more

Real Madrid to Set up Santiago Bernabeu as Covid-19 Supplies …

first_imgReal Madridhave announced their intention to set up the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as a hub for storing medical supplies, and for organisations and businesses to make monetary or material donations in the ongoing fight against the coronavirus pandemic.Spainhas been hit hard by the Covid-19 outbreak, with reports on Thursday putting the number of confirmed cases over 56,000, with fatalities now having breached the 4,000 mark.As a result of the aggressive spread, Spain extended their countrywide lockdown until April 12 at the earliest. With football on hold for the foreseeable future, various clubs and players have been making donations or personal sacrifices to do their bit in the fight against the illness, and Madrid’s latest gesture should go some way to helping curb the spread in and around the Spanish capital.A statement released on Thursday read: “Real Madrid, in collaboration with the High Council for Sport (CSD), has launched a project in Madrid to supply and distribute strategic medical supplies to be used in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.As a result of the close collaboration between the two institutions, the Santiago Bernabeu will offer a space that is equipped to store the donations of medical supplies required in the fight against this pandemic.“All of the stored supplies will be passed on to the Spanish health authorities, under the authority of the Spanish government, so that the resources, so necessary in the current health emergency situation, are employed in the best and most efficient manner.“In addition, Real Madrid will provide a facility for organisations and businesses, particularly those belonging to the sports sector, to leave money or material donations that they wish to make to the Ministry of Health. This initiative is in addition to those which, pursuing similar outreach aims, may be established by the government.“Through the mechanisms already in place and under the constant supervision of the lead medical supplies centre in the Madrid town of Valdemoro, the Ministry of Health will be responsible for allocating the donations to the centres and organisations in greatest need.“The contact telephone number of this large medical supplies centre at the Santiago Bernabéu is 900 100 688.“The centre can also be contacted via the following email address: [email protected]“Donations can be made to the following current account, which belongs to the Real Madrid Foundation: ES17 2100 5731 7802 00320934 (Caixabank).”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Fernandes says Man Utd revival not just down to him

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Bruno Fernandes says his stellar form since he arrived at Manchester United in January is not the only reason why the club’s fortunes have improved on the pitch.After an inconsistent first half of the season, United are unbeaten in the nine games Fernandes has featured in since his £47 million ($58 million) move from Sporting Lisbon.In the Premier League, United are unbeaten in five games and up to fifth place, firmly in the battle for Champions League places.The midfielder has scored three goals and made four assists.“I see the same team from one month ago,” the Portugal international told Sky Sports. “I think we are the same and have a lot of hunger to win, to give a lot, to do better and better in every game.“In the last month, we’ve had a lot of really good games and I think we can talk about a new start after Bruno, but it’s not about Bruno, it’s about the team.”The 25-year-old said he was a different player from his team-mates.“Everyone has a different mould to play,” he said. “Maybe I take more risks, maybe other players don’t take as many, maybe I shoot more, some players pass more, some of the players make more tackles, everyone is different in a club.” FILE PHOTO: Bruno Fernandescenter_img Fernandes shone in last week’s derby victory over Manchester City at Old Trafford and got involved in a spat with opposition manager Pep Guardiola late in the game.The pair exchanged words and Fernandes then put a finger to his lips, gesturing for Spaniard Guardiola to be quiet.Asked about the incident, Fernandes said: “I talked about this with some friends. Some people think, ‘Pep won everything, who is Bruno to do this to him?’“I think it’s about respect. Now, when I’m outside of the pitch and calm, I don’t do this again if I’m on the pitch now but in that moment, the words he tells make me mad and I’m a little bit nervous and this is the kind of player I am.”Fernandes said he jumped at the chance to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.“I talked with Sporting, who had already had some discussions with Man United about my transfer and when they talk with me, I told them my first choice was Man United and it’s what I need for my career,” he said.The Premier League season was suspended on Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

NCAA upsets crush bracket hopes

first_imgNorth Dakota State’s Lawrence Alexander (12) celebrates in overtime during a second-round game against Oklahoma in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. North Dakota State won 80-75. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SAN DIEGO (AP) — So you were confident in your bracket, hoping to win the office pool, maybe get lucky and take down that $1 billion prize Warren Buffett is offering for a perfect run of picks.One game in and … done.Way to go, Dayton.Thanks for piling on, Harvard.And North Dakota State — you’ve got to be kidding.The first full day of the NCAA tournament got off to what has become its usual scream-at-the-TV start on Thursday, opening with three upsets that sent a wave of crumpled brackets — at least 95 percent missed at least one game before the tournament was 12 hours old — flying from Buffalo to San Diego. By the end of the night, fewer than 1 percent of brackets remained unblemished in contests by ESPN and CBSSports.com.“Being bounced from the billion THAT early definitely made me feel some type of way,” said Marcus Arman of Portland, Ore. “I can tell you this: I will not be supporting the city of Dayton in any shape, form or fashion so long as my foam finger still points upward.”Dayton, the No. 11 seed in the South Regional, got it started in the first game of the 64-team bracket, knocking off sixth-seeded Ohio State 60-59 in Buffalo, N.Y.A few hours later, No. 12 East seed Harvard had its David-vs-Goliath thing working for the second straight year, taking down fifth-seeded Cincinnati 61-57 in Spokane, Wash.Two upsets, and almost everyone shooting for perfection was eliminated before they got home from work.North Dakota State, No. 12 in the West, finished off the day of dead pools by outlasting fifth-seeded Oklahoma 80-75 in Spokane’s second upset of the day.Thanks for playing everyone.With Dayton’s win, about 83 percent of the brackets in Yahoo’s Tourney Pick ‘Em game were one and done, perfection flushed in 40 minutes. Wins by Harvard and North Dakota State only figured to add to the number of disappointed would-be billionaires once the official numbers were released.It was a 9.2 quintillion-to-1 pipe dream to begin with, and Buffett has to like his chances even more now.“Yesssssssssss HARVARD!!!!!!! Messing up a lot of peoples chances at $1 billion lol,” former Harvard and current Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin said on Twitter.At CBSSports.com, Dayton took out 81 percent of the poolers in the bracket challenge. By the time the Bison roamed over the Sooners in the evening, 0.4 percent of the brackets were still perfect.Of the 11 million brackets in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, over 80 percent had Ohio State advancing to the next round. That’s about 8.8 million brackets with a blemish after one game.And to the 2.2 percent that had the Buckeyes going all the way to the Final Four: Oops!Through 12 games, there were 41,315 perfect brackets out of the original 11 million — or about 0.3 percent.This, of course, is nothing new.We are in the era of upsets, where seedings and status have little bearing on the bracket.A year ago, not a single person of the 11 million who entered on ESPN’s website was perfect after a first day filled with upsets. Just four got 15 out of 16 right.By now, we’ve learned that Cinderella’s carriage doesn’t turn into a pumpkin once the NCAA tournament starts. It becomes a Formula One car racing through the bracket — and it may be moving at an even faster pace this year.___AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this story.last_img read more

No luck Wildcats have little to show after hockey weekend

first_imgby Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIf the Kootenay Wildcats didn’t have bad luck the team would have no luck at all.Despite being in every game, even out shooting the opposition by a wide margin during one of the losses, the Cats came away with a 1-3 record during the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey Super Weekend this past weekend in Nelson.
“I’m happy with how we came out of the weekend and what we learned and now we have something to focus on for the next few weeks,” said Kootenay coach Mario DiBella.“What I’m not particularly happy with is the results. We get an “A” for effort and a “C” for results,” DiBella added.Kootenay finished the weekend losing 4-1 to Fraser Valley Phantom at the NDCC Arena.Trailing 2-1, Kootenay saw its bad luck grow after missing two glorious scoring chances that would have evened the contest. As luck would have it, Fraser Valley came back to score the next goal to win the contest. Aimee DiBella’s shorthanded tally had given the Wildcats a brief 1-0 lead in the first period. Brianne Burns was in goal for Kootenay.The Wildcats opened the round robin tournament that included teams from Vancouver, Prince George, Thompson/Okanagan and Fraser Valley, Friday dropping a 4-2 decision to Vancouver FusiomDespite out shooting the Fusion 45-19, it was the Lower Mainland squad coming away with the victory.“We out shoot Vancouver by a wide margin but get a bad bounce when our goalie goes out to clear the puck . . . it hits the heel of her stick and goes right to the opposition who shoots it into the empty net,” DiBella explained. “We press for the tying goal but (Vancouver) gets an empty net goal and we lose 4-2.”Aimee DiBella and Christina Bonacci scored for the Wildcats.Kootenay then dropped a tough 9-2 decision to Thompson/Okanagan Rockets. Stephanie Schaupmeyer scored three times for the winners. Shea Weighill and Kiana Strand replied for Kootenay.Kootenay’s lone trip to the win column came later Saturday when the Cats dumped Prince George Cougars 5-1. Bonacci led the attack with two goals and two assists. Aimee DiBella also scored twice with Randi Brown adding a single.Thompson/Okanagan came away undefeated during the weekend with wins over Vancouver Fusion (8-2), Fraser Valley (2-1) and Prince George (4-3).The other scores had Prince George edging Vancouver 4-3 and Fraser Valley blasting the Cougars 10-2.Kootenay, 4-4 has a week break before returning to action November 6-7 with a two-game series against Fraser Valley in Pitt [email protected]last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Woman injured in Three Miles stampede loyal to Portia

first_img The Whitfield Town resident suffered a broken leg on Tuesday night at Portia Simpson Miller Square in St Andrew after gunshots were discharged at a mass People’s National Party (PNP) meeting, causing a stampede. More than two dozen persons received varying degrees of injury, among them Forbes. “I told ‘Sister P’ that whatever happens me still coming fi vote fi her,” Folkes told The Gleaner as she made her way to the polling station at Whitfield Town Primary School, the same place PNP president Portia Simpson Miller voted. Simpson Miller, who has been member of parliament since 1976, is being challenged for the seat by Victor Hyde of the Jamaica Labour Party. “Me naah let her down. She is a strong black woman and we want to give her the support. We nuh waah to gi Labourite nuttin caah dem naah deal aid nuttin,” Forbes said. The PNP supporter, who had to be assisted to the polling station, complained of tremendous pain in her foot. She said that the incident was horrifying. “Dem push me down and dem trample me and I get up running again and the crowd come down and my foot slide in a metal drain,” she said. Forbes said she also suffered the misfortune of having a pot of soup overturn on her. Luckily, the soup was not hot, which meant she escaped serious burns. Forbes expects to celebrate a PNP victory later today. She will return to the Kingston Public Hospital on Tuesday for the doctors to put her leg in plaster. Fifty-five year-old Greta Forbes’ right foot is heavily bandaged and swollen. ST ANDREW SOUTH WESTERN CANDIDATES PNP: Portia Simpson Miller JLP: Victor Hydelast_img read more

PH scores silver in lawn bowls men’s pairs

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The Philippines won a gold in the men’s fours and a couple of silvers in the women’s fours and women’s triples. Thailand came in third in the men’s pairs to complete the podium. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Playing their best, PH gals falter vs world-class Thais WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Philippines scored its fourth lawn bowl medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after taking the silver medal in the men’s pairs events Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Angelo Morales and Pancho Marcelito lost in the final against Malaysian duo Hizlee and Fairul Izwan, 20-13, in the gold medal match. ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

Fajardo on pace for another PBA MVP award

first_img#KicksStalker: James debuts LeBron 15 ‘Cavs’ on NBA Media Day The 27-year-old Fajardo, who already holds the league record by being named MVP the past three years, owns an average of 38.4 statistical points in the season with teammate Alex Cabagnot a distant second with 33.5 points.Fajardo is also primed to win his sixth Best Player of the Conference, averaging 18.5 points, 10 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGlobalPort guard Terrence Romeo is in third with 32.0, San Miguel forward Arwind Santos is in fourth (31.5) while TNT guard Jayson Castro completes the top five (31.11).Phoenix sharpshooter Matthew Wright, meanwhile, leads all first-year players in the statistical race with 26.07 SPs average. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo is tipped to have another MVP season after leading the league in statistical points through the end of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup elimination round.The San Miguel Beer center is showing no signs of slowing down as he moves toward earning his fourth MVP award to tie legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio with the most number of plums.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments The fight for the Rookie of the Year award, however, is considered a three-man race with Star playmaker Jio Jalalon and TNT swingman Roger Pogoy also strong candidates to win.Not only that Pogoy and Jalalon have the numbers to show with 23.06 and 21.59 points, respectively, just behind Wright, they also played vital roles in helping their teams make deeper runs in the playoffs throughout the season.Phoenix missed out on the Governors’ Cup playoffs while Star entered the semifinals in each of the three conferences this year. TNT, meanwhile, is primed to join the semis cast having secured a twice-to-beat advantage.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more