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C & S to move headquarters out of Vermont

first_imgC & S Wholesale Grocers, based in Brattleboro, announced April 1 that it would move its headquarters to a campus-like setting in Keene, NH, by the end of 2003, taking with it 300 employees.C & S is the third largest wholesale grocer in the country and expects sales to reach $9.5 billion in 2002. It is also the largest Vermont-based company and ranked 20th by Forbes for privately held companies in the country. On Vermont Business Magazine’s Vermont 100+, C & S has been the largest Vermont-based company for over a decade, and the first to ever reach $1 billion in annual sales, accomplished in 1995.Vermont state development officials, along with local business leaders, had put together a package of tax incentives and offered to re-develop the closed Book Press, but the town of Keene also had incentives of its own, as well as the state of New Hampshire’s more desirable tax structure. The New Hampshire corporate tax, in this case, would be lower than Vermont’s even with the incentives, according to Vermont officials, and New Hampshire does not have a personal income, which is important in attracting and retaining workers.In the end C & S said, in a prepared statement, that the larger piece of land in the Black Brook Corporate Park made the option to move there more attractive.Company CEO Rick Cohen said, “C & S has outgrown its present headquarters. The construction of a new facility in Keene will greatly help us to continue to grow our business, attract additional employees, and provide our expanding corporate workforce with a first-class work environment.”On the Vermont side, state and local officials were disappointed, but pointed out that the existing warehouse and about 500 employees will remain in Vermont.The relationship between C & S has been strained at times, especially in the early 1990s when C & S applied for an Act 250 permit to build another Brattleboro warehouse. They met stiff local resistance and the case has become an icon for those who oppose or want to change the law. C & S eventually won a permit, but never built the warehouse, saying the restrictions that came with the permit were too onerous. They went on to build in North Hatfield, MA.The vast bulk of C & S’s business exists down the East Coast into the Mid-Atlantic states. The company’s business plan was to do the warehousing and distribution for supermarket chains, which the chains found cheaper than doing it themselves. C & S innovated “self-managed” warehouse teams to make the process more efficient on their end, and has managed to keep unions out.C & S was founded in 1918 in Worcester, MA, by Cohen’s grandfather. It moved to Brattleboro in 1981 to take advantage of the interstate system.last_img read more

Is social media still relevant for credit unions?

first_imgOver the last year there’s been a lot of talk about social media. Between scandals around privacy at Facebook and the rise of TikTok, there’s a lot to take in on this subject. So here’s where we stand…Social Media Remains a Popular ActivityAccording to Statista, “in 2019, 79 percent of the population in the United States had a social networking profile, representing a two percent increase from the 77 percent usage reach in the previous year.” But does just having a social profile really mean people are active on those networks?In fact, people are using these profiles. Broadband Search reports that “In 2018, the average time spent on social networking was projected as 144 minutes per day, an increase of 1 hour a day, or 62.5% over 2012.”So despite the move by some to want more privacy online, the overall draw to social media remains high.And with Americans spending an average of 6 hours and 31 minutes on the internet each day, we know they have to be doing SOMETHING there, so banks and credit unions need to take notice.Branch Transaction Volumes Continue to Trend DOWNMost of us have heard the statistics about branch traffic moving down. The widely accepted number is that transactions have declined by more than 45% since 1992. But that is what’s already happened. We need to make decisions for the future based on what else is left to come.According to Jeffry Pilcher of the Financial Brand, “Consumer visits to retail bank branches are set to drop 36% between 2017 and 2022.” He goes on to explain that “mobile transactions [are] rising 121% in the same period, as customers increasingly shift to accessing their banking information via apps and secure, responsive sites on their mobile devices.”Does this mean branches are irrelevant? Absolutely not! But retail banking branches will need to compliment a robust digital growth strategy in order to remain impactful. And this strategy needs to keep mobile experience in the forefront.With this shift to more mobile transactions, it’s worth noting that users will use desktop versions of websites less and less. All very important indicators of where banks and credit unions need to be focusing… on a Mobile FIRST strategy.Mobile First + Social Relationship Building is the Winning StrategySo as mobile usage increases, and social media adoption also continues to climb, it makes logical sense that financial institutions need to be present when people are on their phones, and this will need to involve being helpful and friendly on platforms where people are browsing (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.), and then having solid content and robust mobile versions of your website and mobile banking apps.Gone are the days of creating a beautiful website for desktop, and then simply scaling it down for smaller devices. Instead banks and credit unions will need to be more intentional with their digital approach. Your mobile app and website should have more succinct content with very clear calls to action and a menu that is concise and intuitive.Mobile experiences should connect seamlessly with smart phone capabilities and navigation should not send you from one window or app to another unnecessarily. The user’s mobile experience is just as important as the content they will see, and load times are KEY if you want to keep a user from bouncing to the next option in their search results!Well-Designed Ads and Helpful Content will Continue to Win OutAny social media strategy for a financial institution should include several key elements. First, you will need to focus your paid ads on boosting early stage or awareness types of content. As this is the best way to provide value to users while not interrupting their experience with overly sales-oriented offers or posts. Share blogs around how to budget or saving for a major life event rather than promoting special rates or promotions.In addition to early stage content, keep in mind that social is still all about relationship building and serving your members or customers. So, institutions need to first think of being USEFUL to followers in as many ways as possible. THEN, you can slowly relate these posts or interactions back to your business services, but only when it is appropriate, natural and logical. You have to remain authentic or users will know you’re only in it for selfish reasons.At the end of the day, the popular social platforms will change, but how to successfully reach customers on them will not. Being genuine and meaningfully engaged will ALWAYS be the keys to positive business growth in the end. But these efforts take time, so not having staff devoted to cultivating relationships online will have a negative impact over the long term.For more information on social media and digital marketing for banks and credit unions visit the FI GROW blog or Contact Us today. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: Detailslast_img read more

H5N1 virus continues to strike humans, poultry

first_imgJan 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A flurry of H5N1 avian influenza activity continued today with reports of another confirmed human case and several suspected cases in Indonesia, along with poultry outbreaks of probable H5N1 in Nigeria and Japan.Indonesia’s health ministry confirmed a case in a 22-year-old woman from Banten province who fell ill Jan 3, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. Investigators found reports of chicken deaths near the woman’s home in the days before she became ill, the agency said.The woman is Indonesia’s third confirmed case-patient this year. A 14-year-old boy and a 37-year-old woman from Tangerang, west of Jakarta, died of the disease this week. Indonesia has had 77 confirmed cases and 59 deaths, by the WHO’s count. Worldwide, the tally is 265 cases with 159 deaths.A Jakarta television station reported the death of a 27-year-old woman from suspected avian flu in Jakarta’s Persahabatan Hospital, according to an item in the Jakarta Post today. In addition, the newspaper—citing a radio news report—said three teenagers were admitted to the hospital with suspected H5N1 cases today.Yesterday the father and son of the 37-year-old Indonesian woman who died of avian flu were reported to be hospitalized with suspicious symptoms, but no new information about them was available today.In Nigeria, avian flu outbreaks were reported in two states, prompting the culling of 25,000 chickens and pigeons.Veterinary officials culled more than 20,000 chickens on a farm in the northwestern state of Sokoto, which had no previous outbreaks, a Reuters report said. In the northern state of Katsina, 5,000 infected chickens and pigeons on three farms were culled, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).Agriculture Commissioner Ali Hussein Dutsin-Ma said all the evidence in the Katsina outbreak pointed to avian flu, though the disease had not yet been confirmed by lab testing, AFP reported.Japan this week had its first suspected outbreak of H5N1 in 3 years, according to Reuters. About 2,400 chickens died on a farm in the Miyazaki area in southwestern Japan over the past 3 days. Initial tests pointed to H5N1, the story said.The recent reports suggest that this year’s pattern of H5N1 activity may echo the past 3 years, with human cases increasing in the northern hemisphere winter. Human cases in 2004 peaked in January, and in the past 2 years they peaked in March, according to a chart published by Eurosurveillance Weekly in December.Dr. Keiji Fukuda, coordinator of the WHO’s global influenza program, told Reuters, “It really looks like this has a kind of seasonal pattern that increases in winter months in the northern hemisphere.”Fukuda added that health officials’ concern about the threat of a flu pandemic remains high. “It’s not that these new cases increase it; our concerns have been high all along,” he said.He also said there was no evidence of any person-to-person transmission of the H5N1 virus in the recent cases, Reuters reported.See also:Jan 12 WHO statement on Indonesian case Weekly report with chart of human H5N1 cases by month read more

Landslide, floods from monsoon rains kill at least 41 in India, Nepal

first_imgTopics : In the western Indian state of Gujarat, 14 people have died in the last two days in various incidents related to heavy rains and flooding, said officials at the State Emergency Response Centre.Rains in Gujarat are 10% higher than the long-period average, according to the local government. The state’s desert area of Kutch received rainfall that was 3-1/2 times higher than the average.More heavy to very heavy rains are expected in several parts of the state over the next two days, according to the India Meteorological Department.In Odisha state to the east, floods have killed at least 17 people in the past week, displaced thousands and affected more than half a million people, officials said. A landslide and floods caused by heavy rains have killed at least 41 people in Nepal and India in the past week, officials said on Monday, as the annual monsoon season enters its final stretch after claiming hundreds of lives in South Asia.Ten people, including four children, were killed after a landslide buried five houses in remote west Nepal on Sunday, a Home Ministry official said.At least 269 people have died in mostly mountainous Nepal this year in landslides and floods, while another 76 people are missing. The monsoon season that began around June in South Asia ends in September.center_img Hundreds have died in the northeastern state of Assam and neighboring Bangladesh this monsoon.last_img read more

Remarks by Governor Wolf at Prison Population Reduction Announcement

first_imgRemarks by Governor Wolf at Prison Population Reduction Announcement SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 19, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Criminal Justice Reform,  Prison Reform,  Public Safety,  Remarks,  Videos Harrisburg Community Corrections CenterHarrisburg, PAlast_img

This Tweed Heads home was an ideal place for the Roberts family to moor their boats

first_img24 Ducat St, Tweed Heads.They renovated the five-bedroom home at 24 Ducat St with a family in mind. “Karen and I have renovated 13 properties but when it came to this one we really liked the structure of the house, it was a beautiful design.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 24 Ducat St, Tweed Heads.Mr Roberts said the home had been in desperate need of a freshen-up.“The home was yellow (when they bought it) and the interiors were a bit daggy, the kitchen was from the nineties so we needed to do some tidying up,” he said.The modern makeover included new carpets, and kitchen and a new roof. 24 Ducat St, Tweed Heads.“We also added in a pool fence for the boys and a solar system and air conditioner,” Mr Roberts said. The family are now moving to another waterfront home in the same estate. 24 Ducat St, Tweed Heads.THE Roberts family bought two boats since they moved into their waterfront home seven years ago. Owners, Greg and Karen Roberts said they had lived on a dry block in the same estate previously.“When we saw this house pop up we thought it was a great opportunity to live on waterfront in a neighbourhood we know and love,” Mr Roberts said.“Our family has converted into waterfront living, I don’t think we could go back to a lifestyle on a dry block.” 24 Ducat St, Tweed Heads.The home has an open-plan design and an entertainment deck which has water views.“Coming home from work and sitting out the back with a drink is very relaxing and it always feels like home,” he said. It is within walking distance of Kirra Beach, schools and cafes.last_img read more

Brauner rides momentum to another Off Road win

first_imgBy Randy Pospishil Hadcock finished second, just ahead of Hoskinson. “It’s kind of nerve wracking starting all the way back there, with a lot of tough cars to pass,” Brauner said. “You need a lot of patience when you start that far back.” The task for a driver navigating a journey through the field includes trying to pass experienced drivers and avoiding getting caught up in situations causing cautions which, for Brauner, meant catching up to John Hadcock, who led 14 straight laps until Brauner was able to make his way into the front three cars before eventually passing Jeremy Hoskinson with six laps remaining. Ben Sukup made his move, passing race leader Matt Haase on the outside during the restart follow­ing the second of three cautions in the IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature, then opened up a straightaway-length lead over the field to win for the second time this season at Off Road Speed­way. “This was two wins in a row, after winning Friday night in Albion, and it’s two wins in a row here at Nor­folk, so we’ve got some momentum built up,” Brauner said. “I hope we can continue the momen­tum and keep winning like we are as the season winds down.”  In the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, Shannon Pospisil took the lead on a restart following a caution five laps into the 15-lap race and held it for the win.  NORFOLK, Neb. (Aug. 1) – Austin Brauner started in the seventh of nine rows and finished first in the Saturday night IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Off Road Speedway.  Brauner then caught up to Hadcock and passed on the inside of turn two before establishing a solid lead during the final three laps for the win. Colby Langenberg led the way to the checkers in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.last_img read more

NAMILCO, RHTYSC, MS to host Day of Sports on Independence Day

first_imgOn the May 26, 2019, Guyana would also be celebrating its 53rd Independence AnniversaryTHE Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTYSC) MS is planning a Day of Sports to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the National Milling Company (NAMILCO).The event will take place on Independence Day.NAMILCO, founded in 1969, is currently sponsoring a series of activities to mark its anniversary and has joined hands with Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation to host the Day of Sports at the Albion Community Sports Complex.The day’s event would comprise a softball match between RHTYSC members and NAMILCO staff, a volleyball competition to be organised by the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) for teams in Berbice and an athletics competition among invited schools.The RHTYSC has established an Organising Committee, consisting of its members, teachers and experienced sports organisers to make sure the event is a success.The committee has invited eight primary schools and nine secondary schools to participate in the event – based on their performance at the annual Guyana Teachers Union Athletics Competition.The primary schools are: All Saints, St Therese, Rose Hall Town, Port Mourant, Tain, Leeds, Cropper and McGowan Memorial.The secondary schools are Skeldon, Central Corentyne, Manchester, Lower Corentyne, Corentyne Comprehensive, J. C Chandisingh, Port Mourant, Berbice Educational Institute and New Amsterdam.The events for male primary school students would be 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1200m, 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay while the females will be 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 4x100m relay.Male secondary schools athletes would be involved in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, 1500m cycling, 3000m, cycling, high jump, shot put, javelin and discus.The events for female secondary schools athletes are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, 1500m cycling, 2000m cycling, high jump, javelin and discus.Each school would be allowed one athlete per event while an athlete would be limited to only two events for the day.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the winner of every primary school event would receive an educational package worth $3 000 and the runner-up $2 000.The winner of every secondary school event would take home $5 000, an educational grant and the runner-up $3 000.Trophies and medals would also be given to the top two winners of each category.The top primary and secondary schools would collect a $50 000 educational prize while each student would also collect a large quantity of NAMILCO exercise books.Attendance to the event is free.last_img read more

Back to Basics: Introducing the newest member of USC’s coaching staff

first_imgKnown as “Tailback U,” USC football has boasted a history of developing talented running backs. With players such as Mike Garrett, O. J. Simpson, Charles White and — more recently — Reggie Bush and LenDale White donning the Cardinal and Gold, USC has long been a destination for running backs looking for success in college and beyond.While the Trojans have retained almost the entirety of their coaching staff from the 2016 season, the new face at Howard Jones Field is running backs coach Deland McCullough. After serving as the running backs coach at Indiana University from 2011 to 2016, McCullough now has his turn to shape the next generation of “Tailback U.” McCullough replaces former running backs coach Tommie Robinson, who left USC to take a position under former football interim head coach Ed Orgeron at LSU. Replacing Robinson, a man who had NFL coaching experience, was a tall order for head coach Clay Helton and offensive coordinator Tee Martin. In their search for Robinson’s replacement, the Trojan coaching staff was looking for a handful of traits: a proven track record, character that aligned with the ideals of the program, a savvy Xs and Os guy and an effective recruiter.McCullough fit the bill, and the new coach recalled his pitch to Helton and the Trojan staff before the start of spring football.“I stressed to them the small things, whether it be our linemen, reads on runs, footwork [or] hand placement,” McCullough said. “I’m just a detail freak.”That attention to detail has allowed McCullough to analyze the nuances of his job.“One thing I think is overlooked as a running backs coach is that our job is a big job,” McCullough said. “It isn’t just handing the ball off to the guy that’s doing it. You’ve got to give him reads and angles to take. I try to be a great student of the game, and then I turn around and try to be a great teacher, too.” With no previous connections or ties to USC, McCullough’s hire was relatively out of the blue.“He was recommended to us by a couple people both in the pro ranks and in college that we know,” Helton said. “We started doing our research on him, and you looked at a guy that was a great evaluator of talent. But even more important was how he developed talent. We really thought we had a gem, a diamond in the rough.”Martin echoed Helton’s praise, saying McCullough won over the USC staff in a half-day when he interviewed for the job. And McCullough was more than happy to accept the offer.“[USC] was almost like a place you couldn’t imagine from where I grew up,” McCullough said. “You’d see all these things — the Heisman guys and the prestige of the whole university. Obviously when Coach Helton called I was like, ‘Wow, this is unbelievable.’”McCullough said that the opportunity to join the Trojans coaching staff was unexpected. He was a star player at the University of Miami in Ohio from 1992 to 1995, leading the RedHawks in rushing all four seasons of his college career. Following a professional career that included time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Chicago Enforcers, McCullough began working in education. He was a teacher, athletic director and head football coach at Harmony Community School in Cincinnati.Since then, McCullough’s coaching career has taken off. He returned to his alma mater in 2010 but left promptly to become the running backs coach at Indiana. His track record at Indiana caught people’s attention at both the professional and college level. McCullough was instrumental in the development of three NFL running backs during his time as a Hoosier: Stephen Houston, Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard each found immense success at Indiana under McCullough’s tutelage. Coleman was instrumental for the Atlanta Falcons in their Super Bowl run this past season, and Howard made the Pro Bowl in his rookie year in 2016. McCullough will likely add another name to that list soon, as Indiana junior Devine Redding declared for the NFL Draft in January.Besides his track record, what has set apart McCullough from the rest of the pack is his background as a teacher. Throughout his career, McCullough said he learned the skills necessary to teach young men how to not only learn the nuances of the game of football but also be a “leader of men.”“I like [McCullough’s] attention to detail, and I can see the guys already progressing from it,” Helton said. “Especially [junior running back] Ronald Jones II — right off the bat, he’s doing things that weren’t showing up last year.”When asked about the differences between Robinson and McCullough, Jones, who is looking to improve his pass blocking and vision in the hole this spring, said the latter “is definitely more of a teacher.”“He played running back at the professional level, so he knows what it takes to get there,” Jones said. “He’s giving us tools and different ideas that I’ve never even thought about.”McCullough has received praise from his colleagues for his attention to detail when it comes to the fundamentals of the game.“One thing I was looking for in the interview process was running backs coaches that had a great history of their backs taking care of the football,” Martin said. “That’s the thing he’s bringing to the table, and you can already see it in our guys.”While Los Angeles is different from Bloomington, Ind., McCullough isn’t planning to deviate from his blue-collar mentality.“I like tough guys who want to be great,” McCullough said. “If they have a great attitude and great effort, we’re going to get it done.”And while USC is undoubtedly a bigger football school than Indiana, McCullough plans to stick to what has worked for him in the past.“I’ve got a formula that really works as far as getting guys’ trust,” McCullough said. “But more important is showing them what I can do to help them advance what they’re trying to do in their life.”last_img read more

Quiet please: A PGA with no fans and the new normal for golf

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 07:16 IST Quiet Please: A PGA With No Fans And The New Normal For Golf To those overserved boors who insist on screaming “Mashed Potatoes!” every time Dustin Johnson or Brooks Koepka unloads with their driver, we have one simple request for you WATCH US LIVE First Published: 7th August, 2020 07:16 IST Associated Press Television News center_img COMMENT FOLLOW US To those overserved boors who insist on screaming “Mashed Potatoes!” every time Dustin Johnson or Brooks Koepka unloads with their driver, we have one simple request for you.Please come back.For this week at the PGA championship, the same goes for every lunkhead who snapped a photo in the middle of a backswing, every 50-year-old who crowded out a kid in an autograph line, every scampering porta-potty seeker who incurred the wrath of an over-officious caddie.When golf returned eight weeks ago from its coronavirus-inflicted hiatus, we were grateful. Grateful simply to have something new, and live, to watch. Someone to cheer for. Or against. Only problem: There was hardly any cheering. And, as Rory McIlroy put it about midway through a largely silent, largely joyless, very sanitized restart to the 2020 season: “Every tournament has felt the same.“Now the stakes are higher. It’s the PGA. The year’s first major under the pandemic-shuffled schedule. Players are making their way around the grounds of Harding Park in San Francisco in virtual silence. And, true to McIlroy’s word, except for the marine layer, a few more stocking caps, that neck gaiter Tiger Woods is wearing and the live shots of players getting ready for their rounds in the parking lot, this one looks the same as they all have this year: empty, silent, sterile.“You miss the positivity, the energy,” said Martin Kaymer, whose round of 4-under 66 put him within one of the lead after the morning action Thursday. “But you have to create it somehow yourself.”The day began with the usual pomp of the opening-tee introductions. “Now on the tee, please welcome, from Dallas, Texas, Scottie Scheffler.” The starter used a microphone. Why?Some things never change. Woods still draws the biggest crowds. But it was only reporters and cameramen following him around the course, this time. And Koepka, in search of his third straight PGA title, still plays under the radar. Of course, this week, he’s not the only one not being seen.“That’s the way it’s going to be for the foreseeable future, unfortunately,” McIlroy said.The PGA trimmed its roster of volunteers from around 3,500 to fewer than 300 for a tournament that was supposed to take place in May but is now taking place in August. There is no need for crowd control, for shuttle buses, for people taking your credit card at the merchandise tent, which has been converted into what might just be the largest player’s locker room in golf history.“I’ve played in tournaments where there’s nobody around so it’s kind of normal for me,” said Jeff Hart, one of the 20 club pros in the field this week. “But it was odd, and it was just — you didn’t even feel like you were at a major championship.”About halfway through the day, journeyman Bud Cauley made a snaking, 70-foot putt for a birdie that pulled him within one shot of the lead. It was so quiet out there, you could hear the ball hit the bottom of the cup. Adam Hadwin started his afternoon by jarring the ball off the stick and into the hole on No. 1 for an eagle. He received warm applause from the 20-or-so volunteers, staff and scorers surrounding the green.But if you’re inside the gates, you are among the lucky few who have undergone and passed COVID tests and been deemed essential to make this tournament run.“We’re going to celebrate what we’ve got,” PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said about the week’s eerily silent arrangement.Not all fans were taking ‘no’ for an answer.Jason Day, whose 65 gave him the lead after the morning rounds were complete, spotted fans peering through a hole cut through a blue tarp that walled off the 12th tee box from the outside. That’s as close as they’ll get this week.“I actually miss playing in front of fans because you obviously work off that, especially in a major championship.,” Day said.This week, though, instead of fans surrounding the tee boxes, there are a hand-sanitizer dispensers. And instead of roars echoing through the cypress trees, it’s the quiet congratulations of a fellow playing partner: “Nice shot. Great putt. Good one.”But no “You Da Man.” No “Baba Booey!”. No “Get in the hole!” for a putt that has barely started rolling off a player’s putter.Is that good? Or bad?“It’s just different,” Woods said. “That’s probably the only way to say it. This is what we’re going to have to get used to in the near future, and for probably for a while.”Image credits: AP LIVE TVlast_img read more