BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT ANNOUNCES DISTINGUISHED EMPLOYEE FOR MAY AND JUNE 2006Berlin, VT Becky Law, a resident of Northfield, VT, and Rus Franswick, a resident of Johnson, VT have been chosen as distinguished employees for the months of May and June 2006 respectively.Ms. Law is a mail/micrographics processor II in the mail and micrographics unit and has been with Blue Cross and Blue Shield since 2002. She is cited for her leadership qualities, her dedication, and her willingness to help her co-workers. A co-worker states, She takes the time to make sure everybody knows what they are doing and that everything is running smoothly.Mr. Franswick is a communications specialist in corporate communications. He has been employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield since 1988. He is cited for his extensive knowledge, his dependability, and his outgoing personality. A co-worker states, Rus is dependable, reliable and constant.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont employs about 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its branch office in Williston. A committee of employees recognizes an employee each month in honor of Carol L. Goodrich, the winner of the first-ever Employee of the Year award in 1992. This program awards individuals who demonstrate extraordinary effort above and beyond the scope of their current responsibilities. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)
If there are new processes in place, a new project to work on, or issues to fix, you’ll want your team to be completely on the same page. But how often is everyone on the same page? If you’re having problems in this area, here are a few ways you can get everyone in sync…Lay it all out: When a new project is being planned, involve your team as much as you can. Your team will take ownership when they’re looped in from the start, and when they’re fully invested, you’ll see a better focus and determination from start to finish.Talk is good: You can never have too much good communication. Meeting with your team as a group and one-on-one is a great opportunity to find out if everyone understands their role and how they fit in to the big picture. If you’re sensing confusion, keep chatting.Take it slow: If the finish line is a long way off, it can be hard for your team to stay on track. Break your project into smaller steps and make sure your team stays focused on one step at a time. Just like in college football, if you’re worried about a big game next week, you’re probably going to struggle with the cake walk you have this week…Be the guy your team needs you to be: You’ve got your team’s back. Make sure they know it. As their leader, you have the power to turn the ship around when things are headed in the wrong direction. Sometimes, a pat on the back and a word of support is all your employees need to feel motivated and refocus on the task at hand. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Small businesses are turning toward their financial service providers now more than ever, not only for access to working capital and key products to run their business, but also for advisory services and guidance on how to navigate today’s volatile market.It’s a difficult moment for the small business community, too, considering the pains of forced store closures, patronate limitations and other pandemic-related factors affecting how a business can operate — or whether it can stay open at all.Kelli Ellsworth-Etchison of Michigan-based credit union LAFCU says the credit union business model can offer small business owners an advantage over services provided by larger financial institutions. Speaking with PYMNTS, Ellsworth-Etchison offered insight into some of the most strenuous challenges facing both small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and their financial services providers today, and why getting creative is the key to survival.Getting CreativeSmall businesses continue to face a brutal market, with Ellsworth-Etchison pointing to limits on capacity and other operating restrictions as some of the toughest hurdles to overcome today. While the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was intended to help small businesses by retaining staff, Ellsworth-Etchison said it often had an adverse impact.
Will that be a mistake? I’m afraid he will, not only now in this situation, but we are generally neglecting the potential of the home guest. The domestic guest must be a base for fasting and before the season, and especially for continental and rural tourism. This could be seen in the crowds at NP Krka and NP Plitvice last week. As I was just studying how to communicate, I was thrilled by the main tourist website of Slovenian tourism – www.slovenia.info. I did something similar with the Tourist Board of Osijek-Baranja County, where local ambassadors from the destination tell their story and invite us to visit them. It is this human story, the emotion that has the greatest value, and that is why it is always often best to use local people with stories rather than actors in tourism communication. They did the same in Bol with theirs Bol stories, or the Zagreb County Tourist Board in the campaign “Vacation never closer”Where local winemakers invited everyone to visit them on their doorstep. Also, as did some tour guides, who told their local destination stories this time around. It is to our dear neighbors that we will open a series of articles on how other destinations communicate at this time to domestic tourists. On the other hand, unfortunately, the campaign for domestic tourists has not yet started in Croatia. The domestic guest must be a base for fasting and before the season, and especially for continental and rural tourism Region branding – 4 regions The website is modern, simple, “drinkable”, informative with all the useful information and interesting stories about why to visit Slovenia. Also, communication is focused on three main menus. What to do – segmented by motives of arrival (from gastronomy, active vacation to culture), which destinations to visit – branding of regions has certainly facilitated communication about this segment and how to get to Slovenia, ie. how to plan a trip. Speaking of the topic of the promotional film, watch the video with which the Slovenian Tourist Board communicated at the time of communication #stay home, travel later There is even a segmented offer of accommodation for the planned, cyclists as well as for eco accommodation. And when we open one of the offered categories, a new story starts, targeted only for that type of tourists. Basically, as you research the website, new stories are revealed, and it is clear that the whole project has a guiding thread and logic. Although the website looks simple, it is clear that it is a page with a lot of content that is cleverly positioned. In any case, we can learn a lot from Slovenia. Although this analysis only superficially scratched the topic, the fact is that Slovenia has done much more to activate the domestic guest, while we are still waiting. Croatia continues to neglect the development and potential of the domestic guest #mojaslovenija But we don’t even have a created habit, especially for continental and rural tourism, when we talk about a domestic guest. This crisis has just created an opportunity that rural and continental tourism could not even dream of, because it has created a great demand for just such content, as well as weekend travel. But now it is necessary to position itself and offer an almost tourist product. Like everything, one needs to engage in development, encourage and create a habit for domestic travel, and certainly how Cro cards can play one important role in the future. But again, not as a stand-alone project, but through a broader platform for activating the domestic market. After the initial campaign, on the Youtube channel of the Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenian ambassadors of tourism joined in through short videos, inviting everyone to spend their summers in Slovenia through the story. So far, 46 video stories have been published. A couple of years ago, more precisely in 2017, Slovenia created a new tourism development strategy, and the basis of the same is the branding of Slovenia as a green, active and healthy destination or green boutique destination. Branding regions is imperative today. While in Croatia it had 306 tourist boards, as many destinations that each develop their own vision and tourism strategy. The number of TZs is not even a problem, it is less important – the main issue is efficiency, synergy and branding the regions outwards. How we brand ourselves as a destination for tourists. Slovenia.info website Everything that is one-time is one-time and effect. In Croatia, we often publish a video and call it a campaign. No, that is very far from the campaign. The campaign must have a rounded and meaningful story. It’s like creating a new website and then no one is filling the content on it. So, let’s make a great concept, but we fall for the realization and elaboration of the same. We have a story, but we don’t have a product. Of course honor with positive examples. This is the announcement of a motivational campaign. “Now is the time. My Slovenia”Which started two weeks ago, and which aims to promote and activate the people of Slovenia to spend a weekend or vacation in Slovenia. A rounded story must be imperative Vouchers with which Slovenia wants to encourage spending in tourism will cost the state budget 345 million euros, will be issued in electronic form and will be available from June 1. Vouchers will be able to be used to pay for bed or bed and breakfast. Interestingly, one also important detail. When you click book, say on Terme Krka (above in the picture, the first offer on the right) a link opens, but not on the home page of Terme Krka, but on the page for direct booing, as can be seen below in the picture. All we have left is A or action. “Providing a safe and at the same time quality experience in a sustainable destination that Slovenia can offer to its guests is of key importance for encouraging domestic guests to spend their holidays at home.”Point out the Slovenian Tourist Board. The basis of the new strategy is the branding of Slovenia through 4 regions, which each tells its own story and has its own characteristics. A combination of four European geographical areas: the Alps, the Mediterranean, Pannonia and the Karst. By the way, Slovenia has already made excellent use of the name of its country and incorporated it into the slogan I Feel sLOVEnia, purely to point out a good example of branding. “There comes a time when the most important journeys take place in the home country … – points out Maja Pak, director of the Slovenian Tourist Board on Linkedin. The campaign is being implemented in cooperation with many partners: the tourism industry, destinations, key Slovenian tourism institutions, associations, influential individuals, the media and other institutions. In the case of Slovenia, the campaign video is just the beginning of the story. Of course, one should be aware that a domestic guest generally does not have as much financial power due to low salaries. When we talk about price policy, the market is always the best regulator, which can be seen at current prices, both hotel and private accommodation, where prices are on average at a flat rate estimated at about 20-30%. Now is the time. My Slovenia According to Slovenian media, it is estimated that with this form of domestic tourist spending, with 345 million “vouchers” donated by the state, citizens will spend an additional 172 million euros. Personally, I think that the additional consumption of citizens will be much higher. Vouchers are certainly a great move, because it directly creates domestic consumption and thus drives the economy. Direct reservation The so-called tourist vouchers are part of a new government aid package following the end of the corona virus epidemic and will be given to them svi adult citizens in the amount of 200 euros, children in the amount of 50 euros, and will be able to use it by the end of the year at the latest. In fact, not only is it possible, but thanks to digitalization we can make a direct booking on one page, in this case through our main tourist page www.croatia.hr, in order to further speed up the whole process. It was on this topic that we discussed at 3. Loud Thinking where the topic was just now Smart tourism. The guest wants to buy a product now and now, and as the money will be distributed later, he is not interested, it is a matter of back-end and internal agreement. Technology makes it very easy for us. It is always necessary to look at how to speed up and reduce the steps, because today it is more difficult than ever to get attention and keep it. Because the more steps (clicks) it takes to make a final purchase, in this case a booking, the fewer users go to the last step. In Croatia, on the other hand, Cro cards will be launched from June 01 or today, at least that was announced by MINT, while we are still waiting for the activation of the domestic guest. I honestly don’t know what to expect. To boost the local economy and consumption, Slovenia has decided to introduce vouchers for domestic tourists. A great upgrade to the whole story about the promotion of a domestic guest in Slovenia. As it was announced, as the measures are relaxed, the economy is opened, so is the mission of reviving local economies. One of the first “measures” is certainly to keep its citizens traveling within their country. Thus all states began to communicate the narrative that citizens buy and travel locally. The goal is, of course, to start the local economy after this health and economic crisis (which is yet to come). The fact is that we are neglecting the domestic guest again. Especially in the pre- and post-season. Campaigns for domestic tourists have already started in Germany, Italy, Austria and Slovenia. Austria went a step further, and exclusively by political decision, which is not according to the rules and in the spirit of the EU, it decided to open up to Germany, but not to “let” its citizens spend their summers outside their country. Namely, the rule still applies that on their return, the Austrians have to isolate themselves, which of course no one wants and directly harms Croatia. However, until June 15.06, when “Day D” is for the tourism sector because most of the borders are opening, I believe that the pressure of the EU as well as Croatia will bear fruit and the Austrian market will open. Take, for example, Zagorje, which in addition to the county tourist board, has 9 other local tourist boards. In addition, there are “brands” such as the Heart of Zagorje and the Pearl of Zagorje (unfortunately it is not about sub-brands). Now, it is not the number of tourist boards that is important, but branding and development to the outside. Isn’t it logical and natural that Zagorje is one destination and brand? Which would then mean a coordinated strategy and vision of development, communication and a website. And yet how are we talking about a continental destination, where TZs have less fin. budget for all, each for himself developed some tourism of his own. Which is insane and totally out of all market rules. And that’s where we fall. We are falling on market development. But this is certainly a broad topic, which we will discuss in more detail on another occasion. The CNTB launched a global campaign for key foreign markets, but not for the Croatian market. As for Cro cards, they were not intended as a measure to help tourism in an emergency situation, so this measure should not be seen as such. But as the whole project was ready, MINT decided to go with it. Unfortunately, at the moment, it will not have any impact on the market, because it is certain that in the private sector, where jobs and business will be saved, they will not pay money to Crokartica. But on the other hand, the public sector could generate some spending, which is again a political decision. Certainly the efficiency of the whole project should be looked at over a longer period, not through this year, where nothing is normal. Also, if we get the attention of the user and he wants to buy some product / content, which is the most difficult, especially today when the noise in communication is extremely large, not to give him the option to buy the product immediately. Everything falls into the water, which is a shame. Watch the videos of the Slovenian ambassadors HERE 200 euro vouchers for everyone On one occasion, I asked an expert meeting why the CNTB could not offer the option of direct booking through its website, otherwise the main promotional channel of our tourism, as well as other promotional articles, in the context of directly leading to booking accommodation. To my question, colleagues from the system of tourist boards rejected the idea, because it is not the job of the CNTB and it is not done that way. But, interestingly, this is exactly what the Slovenian Tourist Board does, which is logical. Because if we do a promotion through a native article, and using the marketing AIDA model (Attention, Interest, Desire and Action.), And we manage to get A and I and D, we are missing the last and most important step – and that is buying or booking. If we do not offer this option, then we are only extending the steps and the time the user must take to make a booking. And that’s where the whole story falls. Either people have to look for additional info on their own, where they waste time and have a lot more steps to get to the reservation, or people just forget because something has distracted them.
About 24 hours after blowing out Boston College in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse (11-7, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) headed for the airport en route to North Carolina. An Orange team that has won three of its last four will face off against the No. 11 Tar Heels (16-3, 4-1), who just beat No. 9 Florida State 96-83. The SU-UNC 2016 Final Four rematch starts Monday at 7 p.m. and will air nationally on ESPN.Our beat writers explain below why they think SU will fall to UNC.Connor Grossman (10-8)Winter bluesNorth Carolina 72, Syracuse 64Against Georgia Tech earlier this season, North Carolina floundered against a zone defense. The Tar Heels’ 63 points against the Yellow Jackets is the fewest its scored all year, and Georgia Tech has continued to surprise at the onset of conference play. But don’t expect North Carolina to get tripped up again. UNC is coming off a convincing win against Florida State — a team now believed to be among the ACC’s best — and simply has the personnel to outmatch Syracuse. Off the glass, behind the arc and on the scoreboard, North Carolina edges the Orange in almost all facets.Matt Schneidman (9-9)RammedNorth Carolina 79, Syracuse 70AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNorth Carolina is the best offensive rebounding team in the country, according to Kenpom.com, and that bodes terribly for a Syracuse team susceptible to giving up second-chance opportunities. The Tar Heels boast arguably the ACC’s best frontcourt with Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks, a trio that will give SU’s front line fits on the glass. It will take a Herculean effort from at least two Syracuse players to pull off the upset, and I just don’t see the Orange having that in them in the raucous Dean Dome on Monday night.Paul Schwedelson (11-7)Runner-upNorth Carolina 83, Syracuse 67The Orange has won three of its last four, but in a Final Four rematch, expect SU to be the runner-up Monday night against last year’s national runner-up. The No. 11 Tar Heels pose so many threats that Syracuse just won’t be able to keep up. UNC averages 14.4 seconds per possession, according to Kenpom, which ranks 10th in the country. One way North Carolina can beat the Syracuse zone is by running out in transition and attacking before SU can even set up. And the Tar Heels are certainly a team built to do that. Comments Published on January 16, 2017 at 1:09 am Facebook Twitter Google+
By John BurtonRED BANK — Borough residents who live in the Districts 3 and 7 wishing to vote in today’s primary election should be aware that their polling places have been changed.For those voters in District 3, the new polling location is at the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, 247 Broad St.In District 7, the polling site will be Volunteer Fire Independent Engine Company, 32 Mechanic St. according to information provided by the borough.Polling sites will remain open until 8 p.m.Andrea Brock of Fair Haven gets signed in by election official Michael Galano before casting her primary election vote on Tuesday, June 4, at the Fair Haven Community Center. According to officials, as of 10 a.m. only 11 voters had turned out to vote at this poll. Polls will stay open until 8 p.m.. Scott Longfield
Mayor Tony Perry, back row, left, and other Monmouth County leaders, honored young Middletown students who are making a difference in their communities. Photo courtesy Middletown Township On Feb. 9, 1920, New Jersey officially ratified the 19th Amendment, confirming women’s right to vote. Aug. 26, 1920, marked the date women across the nation were able to vote. Now, 100 years later, there are over 200,000 women voters registered in Monmouth County, said Rosemarie D. Peters, the Monmouth County Surrogate and a former mayor of Middletown. She was the second woman mayor in the town’s history. “There’s a reason that Middletown is consistently rated one of the safest towns, not just here in New Jersey but in America,” said Perry. “And that’s because of the efforts of our Chief Craig Weber and all of the people that you see here in this room.” The committee also honored women and young girls who impact the community today and gave promotions to seven women and men of the Middletown Police Department, including Kimberly Best, who became the first female in the department’s history to reach the rank of lieutenant. Younger female leaders were honored that night as well, including six Middletown elementary school students, for their efforts to aid their communities. Finley Elias, a Lincroft fourth-grader, was recognized for raising $17,000 for Australian animal rescue efforts following a terrible wildfire season. Mia Collins, Emma Merces, Lilah Nicosia and Marlowe Schoor, fifth-graders at Nut Swamp Elementary School, were recognized for raising $3,400 for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and a cancer research organization. Lastly, the township recognized eighth-grader Brenna McCormick. Though she was unable to attend the meeting, she was recognized for being on the box of the Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout cookies. MIDDLETOWN – It was a special night for Middletown Feb. 18 as the township committee celebrated the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. From left: Deputy Chief Robert Stefanski, Lt. Kimberly Best, Lt. Anthony Ciccone, Deputy Chief John Kaiser, Deputy Chief Paul Bailey, Sgt. David Ringkamp, Sgt. Christopher Dee, Sgt. Stephanie Burke and Police Chief Craig Weber. Photo courtesy Middletown Township Over the past week, Middletown’s Town Hall has been lit up in purple to signify the centennial celebration. Several other towns in the Two River area have celebrated the 100-year milestone in some way. Mayor Tony Perry said he and his fellow committee members were honored to be celebrating “one of America’s greatest moments” on the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. “This is a tremendous day, not only for our town but for our police department,” he added. Committeewoman Patricia Snell said she and the rest of the Middletown Township Committee are very proud of what the girls have accomplished and that it’s important to promote a sense of selflessness in children. “It’s just super important to think more of other people sometimes than ourselves,” she said. At the meeting, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon read the amendment aloud for a crowd of at least 150 attendees, including Freeholders Lillian Burry and Sue Kiley and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso. By Allison Perrine | [email protected] The article originally appeared in the February 27- March 4, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. The night then transitioned to a series of police personnel promotions, including new deputy chiefs of police, John Kaiser and Paul Bailey; new lieutenants, Kimberly Best and Antonio Ciccone; and new sergeants, Stephanie Burke, Christopher Dee and David Ringkamp. Police Chief Craig Weber said each of the newly promoted members has done an outstanding job at the department.
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsLeaf coach Chris Shaw gave star goal scorer Connor McLaughlin the day off Sunday when Nelson hosted Columbia Valley in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.Good thing too because of late the Arizona native has logged more miles than Greyhound and needed the well deserved rest. “It was fun . . . it was a blast,” McLaughlin told The Nelson Daily when asked about his road swing last week with Trail of the B.C. Hockey League following Sunday’s 6-3 victory over the Rockies. “I had a whole bunch of fun with the (Smokies) and pulled out a couple of wins.”McLaughlin, 19, received the call from the Smokies to fill rosters spots from forwards Sam Mellor and Travis St. Denis. Both players were at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge playing for Canada West.Trail played Prince George and Quesnel during the three-game trip. One of the victories on the swing was powered by the 6’1”, 190-pound grinding forward from Nelson.Facing a 3-1 deficit, McLaughlin sparked the Trail comeback by scoring two goals six minutes apart to start the third period.The visiting Smokies scored two more times to rally to a 5-3 victory. McLaughlin added an assist for a three-point night good enough for second star status.“I’d like to keep my options open,” McLaughlin said when asked if he has any desires to leave Nelson for the bright lights of Tier II Junior A Hockey. “It’s good to have that option but I don’t want to burn any bridges.”McLaughlin, who scored 24 goals for Nelson last season, is on pace to for the same 20-plus stats this year. In 21 games McLaughlin has scored 11 times to tie teammates Gavin Currie and Patrick Martens for the goal scoring lead on Nelson. Currie leads the team in points with 33.“I getting lucky right now,” said McLaughlin, who scored twice during Saturday’s 5-1 win over Kamloops. “A few of (goals) are bouncing off me and into the net but I’ll take them any way I can get them.”[email protected]
0Shares0000Nabil Fekir shields the ball from Irish midfielder Callum O’Dowda – the Lyon forward scored as France won the friendly clash 2-0 © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, May 29 – Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir were on target as France stepped up their World Cup preparations by beating the Republic of Ireland 2-0 in Paris on Monday evening.Chelsea striker Giroud bundled in the opener at the Stade de France, and Lyon captain Fekir — who has been linked with a move to Liverpool — got the second just before the break, with a helping hand from Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle. It was a very comfortable victory for Didier Deschamps’ side in the first of three friendly matches before they head to Russia.Les Bleus will also host Italy in Nice on Friday and the United States in Lyon on June 9, with their opening World Cup fixture against Australia in Kazan on June 16.“The game maybe didn’t meet all my expectations, but we controlled it well, got the breakthrough before half-time and our movement was good, so there were plenty of good things to take from it,” said Deschamps.France’s strength in depth, showcased here on a night of torrential rain, thunder and lightning, means they are among the contenders to win the World Cup, 20 years after becoming world champions on home soil.However, bigger tests lie in wait than that provided by Martin O’Neill’s Ireland side.The visitors started with seven players who turned out in the English Premier League this season, but they hardly got near the ball all evening.France were not at full strength, with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Antoine Griezmann starting on the bench. Raphael Varane has not yet joined up with the squad after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid at the weekend.However, Deschamps handed a fifth cap to Benjamin Mendy, the Manchester City left-back who has hardly played since suffering a serious knee injury at the beginning of the campaign.Fekir won his 11th cap, starting for his country for the first time since he also suffered a bad knee injury in a friendly in Portugal in September 2015.The 24-year-old is coming off a fantastic season at Lyon and was given his chance by Deschamps in a role supporting Giroud.Fekir curled an early free-kick just wide and Corentin Tolisso struck the post for the French in a first half held up at one point by a pitch invader who gave chasing security staff the runaround on the sodden surface.The opening goal came in the 40th minute, Giroud bundling the ball in at the third attempt following a Fekir corner.Fekir made it two a minute from the break, collecting a pass from the ever-dangerous Kylian Mbappe just inside the area, turning and hitting a shot on his weaker right foot that was parried by Doyle.However, the unfortunate goalkeeper could only send the ball up into the air before it spun over the line.Despite the best efforts of Mbappe — who had a goal disallowed for offside — France failed to add to their lead in a second half regularly interrupted by substitutions before the rain made conditions increasingly farcical towards the end.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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