Time for the Canoe to Get Back on Top

first_imgLet’s face it: the canoe does not get the respect it deserves…especially in the whitewater world.  The kayak boasts of its ease of maneuvering, light weight and cool factor.  How can the old canoe, who’s only claim to fame is the movie ‘Deliverance’, begin to compete?To a dedicated group of canoeing enthusiasts, the kayak doesn’t hold a candle to what the canoe can offer.  Now myself, having spent over 20 years sitting in the cockpit of a kayak, I was a little hesitant about taking on the project of making a canoeing movie. These concerns were eased by our office mate here, Will Lyons, who let me know just how rad the canoe can be.  A month and plane ticket later to Mexico, I am now a believer.  Seeing guys like Eli Helbert, Jim Coffey and Dooley Tombras style 40 foot tall waterfalls one after another, a new found respect for the canoe has been had.  Not only do I think of the canoe as a performance oriented craft now, but I am blown away by the passions of those who call themselves a canoeist.  Stay tuned to The Canoe Movie Website as we work our way into the mind of the canoeist.Jim Coffey making it look good.Dooley Tombras 30 feet off the pool below!Eli Helbert halfway down a perfect 30 footer.last_img read more

Central Islip Hit-and-run Victim Hospitalized

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver who seriously injured a 25-year-old pedestrian in the victim’s hometown of Central Islip on Sunday night is being sought by Suffolk County police, authorities said.Edgar Abrego was crossing Carleton Avenue at the corner of Brightside Avenue when he was struck by a northbound vehicle that fled the scene at 9:25 p.m., police said.The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was admitted in serious condition for treatment for head injuries.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed or has information on this crash to call them at 631-852-6555 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Bohemia Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was fatally struck by a truck in Bohemia on Wednesday evening.Suffolk County police said the pedestrian, whose identity wasn’t immediately available, was hit by an eastbound Freightliner on Veterans Memorial Highway at 9 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Fifth Squad detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-854-8546.last_img

Police arrest 80-year-old man for credit union robbery

first_imgDetectives arrested an 80-year-old man Saturday for the armed robbery of a branch of the $154 million Pyramid Federal Credit Union in Tucson, Ariz.What’s more, authorities are investigating whether the accused armed robber was allegedly involved in a multimillion-dollar jewel theft and bank robbery in Arizona in 1981. He  also was reportedly convicted of embezzlement in 1966 when he worked for a Chicago bank as a teller, according to an Associated Press article.Tucson Police Department detectives said Robert Francis Krebs was armed with a weapon and demanded money from a teller at the credit union’s branch on North Oracle Road on Friday at about 4 p.m. After the teller gave Krebs an undisclosed amount of cash, he ran from the credit union. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

How marketing plans can save your sanity

first_imgIt seems like time is passing more quickly than ever! With the holidays looming, and more team members enjoying time off, it’s becoming immensely difficult to juggle the daily operations of the credit union, let alone anticipating next quarter’s promotion schedule. Implementing an annual marketing plan could help save your sanity when juggling multiple projects.All businesses initiate strategic plans towards the end of the year to get a clear perspective of the goals and objectives for the following year. Why not consider drafting a marketing strategy, timeline and budget during this planning as well? Below are the top three reasons to implement a strategic marketing plan:A marketing plan can help with organization and ensuring deliverable deadlines are met. By establishing an annual plan broken down by quarterly or even monthly promotions, it is easier to stay ahead of the curve when establishing rates and terms and developing materials. Begin working towards the next quarter’s promotions in the last month of the prior quarter to ensure materials are developed and executed by the start of the promotion. With a detailed timeline and budget, it is easy to stay on top of delivery schedules and keep your spend on track.Planning for the year ahead can assist in establishing consistency. Research shows consumers must encounter a message an estimated seven times to fully understand it and commit it to memory. Additionally, members interact with the credit union in many ways – online banking, mobile banking, email, in branch visits, social media, website traffic, etc. By establishing a multichannel approach to marketing – and executing on a regular basis – your members will be more alert to future communications. And there’s science to support this! The Baader – Meinhof phenomenon – also known as “frequent illusion” – occurs when something you’ve just noticed suddenly seems to crop up constantly. This happens because as the brain learns new information, it begins to recognize it more prominently.  So, if you subscribe to this theory, by communicating regularly with your membership, they will begin to identify your branding more frequently than before.ROI is difficult to calculate if there are not clearly defined goals to target or a formal process by which to reach them.  Beginning a marketing plan by establishing these goals, and then laying out the means by which to achieve them through out the plan can assist in tracking progress throughout the year. Additionally, by establishing an annual plan, departments can be prepared to identify if the needle has been moved by the promotion. Using a digital strategy can also provide real-time analytics on click rates, reach and engagement so the plan can remain agile and changes can be made in areas that are underperforming and changes can be made in underperforming areas. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Britney Bailey Britney Bailey is the Marketing Director for Excel Federal Credit Union.  She has a decade of experience in marketing, public relations and sales.  Prior to joining Growth by Design, Britney’… Web: https://www.excelfcu.org Detailslast_img read more

New COVID-19 related federal paid leave requirements effective tomorrow

first_imgOn March 18, 2020 Congress passed and the president signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act(FFCRA). There are two key pieces to the FFCRA – the Emergency Paid Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. The FFCRA, in part, applies to businesses with under 500 employees and provides workers with paid leave in a variety of situations if they are impacted by COVID-19. While employment law is somewhat beyond the scope of our expertise at NAFCU and credit unions may need to consult with counsel in this area during these challenging times, we wanted to give some basic highlights of these new paid leave requirements as these provisions go into effect tomorrow, April 1, 2020. Note, these provisions expire on December 31, 2020.Emergency Paid Leave ActThis part requires credit unions to provide two weeks of paid sick leave in several situations, with amounts of paid leave permitted depending on reason for the leave. Specifically, there are six cases where an employee would be entitled to paid leave if they are impacted by COVID-19:The employee is subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order;The employee was advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine; 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

10 self-care ideas to survive election night during a global pandemic

first_img2. Schedule a therapy appointmentMental health care is health care. Whether you’ve been in therapy before or not, there’s not a bad time to start. Of course, not all therapists are available at all hours, so this suggestion does require a bit of planning if you want to schedule your appointment literally on Election Day or the day after. If your election anxiety or malaise really kicks in, it’s a perfectly valid use of time to research local therapists, check out your insurance coverage, or find reduced-cost clinics in your area. There are also a number of virtual therapy sources that can be especially useful given the pandemic, or if you have disabilities that make access a barrier. And if you need support in the moment, don’t hesitate to check out free, 24/7 hotlines and text lines, including those listed below. You are not alone!3. Take a (socially distant) walk- Advertisement – – Advertisement – If you live in an area where you can safely (and with a face mask, of course) get outside for a walk, give it a try! Research shows that walking can be good for mental health. With a little planning, you may even be able to connect with a local animal shelter to walk a dog that’s up for adoption. If mobility is an issue, even sitting on the front steps or by an open window can be a relief.4. Do some free yoga or stretches at homeOne of the most freeing aspects of yoga is that you don’t need to be good at it to give it a try. There are countless free YouTube videos for all levels, including beginners and people with disabilities, that can guide you in some safe stretching. Obviously, consult with your doctor before trying new exercises!- Advertisement – 5. Put your phone on Do Not Disturb or airplane modeNot being glued to your phone at any point in 2020 sounds a little surreal, but if you’re feeling anxious, you genuinely do not need to be connected on election night. You can give people in your life a heads up that you’ll be out of reach, or direct people to email you instead. Different phones also have options for you to customize the receipt of incoming calls and texts, so a loved one could still get through to you in case of an emergency. 6. Schedule time to chat with friends or familyOkay, so the key for this approach to be effective is to chat with your people ahead of time and make sure you’re on the same page for the purpose of this interaction. Letting people know that you don’t want to talk about the election—whether it’s the way results are leaning, what states are in, what Trump has tweeted into the abyss, and so on—before you actually jump on the phone may help people resist the urge to blurt out whatever’s happening on election night. After all, some people may deal with election anxiety by talking it out. All good provided you communicate what your needs are. 7. Get comfortable in your kitchenRemember that yeast and flour you yearned for a few weeks into the pandemic? If you were lucky enough to get your hands on some, you might try your hand at baking some bread. Or a savory dinner. Or challenge yourself to use up whatever’s in your pantry. If you truly want to be internet-free, you can always turn to a cookbook or download recipes ahead of time. You can also sort through food—making sure it’s not already expired or damaged—your family doesn’t actually want or need and see about donating it to a local shelter or mutual aid group.8. Get free mental health support from an app or hotlineIf you’re not able to meet with a personal therapist (or you are and want additional support), don’t hesitate to check out free, 24/7 support hotlines and text services. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-82559, the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741), or the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 are free, 24/7 options for support. The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 is an incredible option for LGBTQ youth, and also offers text and chat services.The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is another excellent free resource, though it’s limited in availability to Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM ET. The number is 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). 9. Try a guided meditationSimilar to guided yoga or stretching, there are tons of free guided meditations you can check out. Some subscription services offer apps that provide additional support for a fee, but you can find plenty for free. If you aren’t eager to try meditation, you can also try guided breathing and grounding exercises. Journaling can be helpful in combination with this, too. 10. Pull up some comfort TVObviously if you want a totally screen-free evening, TV isn’t the way to go. But if you do want to comfortably zone out for a few hours, there are numerous options to stream your content. If you don’t subscribe to a streaming service, YouTube actually has a ton of content available for free, including documentaries, interviews, artist talks, and more. You can also get educational and stream various talks, like TED Talks, for free online too. And just like with reading, you can support marginalized creators by actively streaming, renting, buying, or requesting their media. You can also rent DVDs from your library with a bit of planning ahead.If you do tune in to social media, use a timer to limit how long you spend. On certain sites like Twitter, you can also mute certain words and phrases in your privacy settings to cut down on that content showing up in your feed.If you or someone you know is in need of emotional support, don’t hesitate to contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 for free, confidential help, 24/7. This number also has options for Spanish speakers and hard-of-hearing callers. You are not alone! 1. Read a book by someone who is not like youWhat was the last book you read by a person not like yourself? What does that even mean? Maybe you, a white man, haven’t read a book by a woman of color in a long time. Maybe you’ve never read a novel by a trans woman. Maybe you, a white woman, can’t remember the last nonfiction book you read by a Native woman. Maybe you’ve never read a book by a non-binary person. There are a number of roundups for recommendations for just these sorts of reading journeys. If you have the funds to purchase a book, this is also a small effort toward shifting the scales of economic inequality among marginalized folks. But, the library is also an excellent move here, as are audiobooks. Comic books are solid fun. You could also queue up some long-read articles that have been sitting in your browser since the pandemic hit. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Oman introduced electronic visa issuance system

first_imgThis is due to the government’s extensive tourism campaigns led by the Ministry of Tourism. A senior official at the Ministry of Tourism said we continue to see an increasing number of regional and global tourists visiting Oman year after year to experience its hospitality and beauty first hand. The e-visa for Oman was launched in March 2018, and foreign travelers wishing to visit Oman as a tourist can request an e-visa to travel within the country. Applicants can get a valid electronic permit by filling out an online visa application, which is quite simple and intuitive. Croatia is among the large number of countries eligible for the Omani e-visa. Oman offers several different types of e-visas. One-time stay for up to 10 days, one-time stay for up to 30 days, one-time stay for GCC residents valid for 28 days and multiple entry visa for one year valid for a total stay of 30 days. A very interesting project of the Omani government to implement e-visas will surely attract many new visitors who want to visit the Sultanate. This system will facilitate the visa issuance process, which is often very laborious and time consuming. Omani e-visa / omanevisaonline.com Furthermore, he said he would continue the government’s efforts to boost tourism. “We regularly participate in international tourism events and travel fairs to raise global awareness of Oman and what makes it a diverse and rich tourist destination. Our goal is to promote Oman to new international markets and position the Sultanate as a year-round rather than a seasonal destination.” To meet the growing number of visa requirements, the Government of Oman has launched a new e-visa system.”This is one of the most secure systems in the world, which seeks to monitor technical progress and facilitate and simplify the process of obtaining visas. The expansion and transformation of Muscat International Airport is a timely national venture designed to increase the airport’s capacity in line with the ever-growing number of visitors to the Sultanate. By 2040, our goal is to reach the number of tourist arrivals of 11 million, as shown in the Omani Tourism Strategy for 2040.” In addition, they have established coordination and collaboration with the local and public private sector to encourage them to help them establish unique attractions in all the Sultanate Provinces that will reflect Omani culture and heritage. Explaining the government’s intense campaigns, the official mentioned in an interview that visiting Oman has become even easier. Oman is rapidly becoming one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. You can find more about the Omani e-visa HERE.last_img read more

Parliament extension faces the critics

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Governor Wolf Applauds Hundreds of Jobs Coming to Somerset County, Region

first_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Freidens, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today attended the opening of Corsa Coal’s Acosta mine in Jenner Township, Somerset County, that will produce fuel for manufacturing and lead to hundreds of new jobs headed to the region, directly and indirectly.“By helping to fund this project, Pennsylvania is investing in this community and the project shows how the diversity of Pennsylvania’s economy makes it a great place to build and grow a business,” said Governor Wolf. “This mine will help to support this community and its workforce, by providing jobs and opportunity to an area that needs both and I want to thank Corsa for its commitment to Western Pennsylvania.”The Acosta mine, located in Jenner Township Somerset County, is expected to bring nearly 100 direct full-time jobs and an estimated 500 indirect jobs to western Pennsylvania. The mine is projected to produce 400,000 tons of metallurgical coal per year that will be sold to steel companies in the United States, Asia, Europe, and South America. The project has been funded in part through a $3 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant to support the development of a new deep mine facility.George Dethlefsen, CEO of Corsa Coal, commented, “We at Corsa Coal are grateful for the Governor’s support as we open the Acosta Deep mine today. Coal miners and the state government are partners in business, as we have a shared commitment to jobs, safety and environmental protection. This mine will provide a much-needed economic boost to the region for years to come.” June 08, 2017 Governor Wolf Applauds Hundreds of Jobs Coming to Somerset County, Regioncenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more