January 17

Orange Tide ride

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaThe Sea Monkeys could never have imagined how far those orangeswould take them.”I had no idea we would do more than just gather facts for localscientists,” said Nathan Potts, one of the Glynn County, Ga.,high school 4-H’ers who call themselves the Sea Monkeys. “Webecame the scientists.”At first, the group simply had been concerned about the waterwashing the St. Simons Island beaches. Health advisories hadwarned of enterococcal bacteria, and nobody knew where it wascoming from.So in December 2004, the 4-H’ers launched the first 280 orangesof their “Orange Tide Marshwater Tracking Study.” Working withlocal environmental scientists, they used the floating fruit totrack the flow of tidal streams.They trailed those oranges and later launches over the followingmonths. They combed beaches and searched from kayaks. They notedthe oranges’ exact locations with Global Positioning System gearsecured with a grant after the project began.Based on the group’s findings, environmental scientists focusedtheir searches and found enterococcal bacteria sources. The SeaMonkeys found an unexpected source, too: dog feces on thebeaches. They mounted an intensive public education campaign toturn that “brown tide” around.As the project progressed, awards started coming. Big awards.* In November 2005, the group won a trip for four to theEarthwatch Conference in Cambridge, Mass. There, they were nameda grand prize winner in the international Earthbound3 Challenge.The honor includes a $12,000 award that will send Potts, HarvestHale and Will Prince and their 4-H advisor, Robi Gray, on aresearch expedition in southern Spain. (Three students accepted$1,750 each in lieu of the trip.)The 4-H’ers will live aboard a refitted Norwegian fishing vesselfor two weeks in late June and early July. They’ll studydolphins, whales and sea turtles in the Alboran Sea during thedays and spend each night in a different port.* In April, the Sea Monkeys took top honors in the GeorgiaConservancy Youth Environmental Symposium. The award includes$2,000, a plaque and a number of T-shirts, guide books, waterbottles and other prizes.”YES is a wonderful venue for inspiring young Georgians to takeaction in their communities,” Gray said.* In October, four of the Sea Monkeys will go to SeaWorldAdventure Park in San Antonio, Tex. They’ll be honored there asone of eight national winners in the 2006 EnvironmentalExcellence Awards given by SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Fujifilm.The award includes, besides the SeaWorld trip, $10,000 to expandand enhance the project; a digital camera; trophies andcertificates for every student and group leader; T-shirts forschool and community partners; and an environmental partnershipwith the National Geographic Society.The biggest impact, though, may be where the Orange Tide projectis taking the Sea Monkeys next.Will Prince, for instance, had moved to Glynn County only a monthbefore the 4-H project began. “He had never thought of marinebiology,” Gray said. “But now he wants to be a marine biologist.”Before the project, Hale planned to become a music teacher.”After the study, I realized how much fun environmental sciencereally is,” she said. “I want to study marsh ecology.”Potts, too, intends to study an environmental science andengineering. “I’d like to work in an area,” he said, “where I canbridge science with other fields to solve problems.”The Sea Monkeys will go to the National 4-H Technology LeadershipConference in Lincoln, Neb., July 24-27. There, they’ll useexpertise they developed in the Orange Tide project to teachother 4-H’ers how to help develop community emergency evacuationmaps.”People from local and state organizations really like highschoolers getting involved and looking for solutions to communityproblems,” Potts said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity tohelp my island be a better place.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

December 18

North Bay Shore Crash Leaves Bicyclist Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 63-year-old bicyclist from Brentwood was fatally struck by a vehicle in North Bay Shore on Friday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Jose Benitez was riding his bicycle southbound on 5th Avenue, when he changed lanes and was hit by a Hyundai at 3:15 p.m.Benitez was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead shortly later.The driver, 22-year-old Danny Hernandez of Bay Shore, was not injured.Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img read more

December 18

How to survive a sick day at work

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Wishing you were home in bed instead of stuck behind your desk? Sometimes no matter how badly you want to crawl under the covers, you’re required to be at work. Here are a few tips for keeping your colleagues from getting what you have, and for surviving the entire workday.Prioritize tasksChances are you’re not firing on all cylinders when you’re feeling ill. So, start the day by listing your duties in the order of importance. Decide what you absolutely need to get done that day and what can wait until you’re feeling better. That way when the day is done, you’ll know that you completed what was necessary, making for a productive day.Be considerateYour colleagues may giggle when you show up to the office with Clorox wipes, Lysol, and hand sanitizer, but they’ll be thankful when your preparedness keeps them from getting sick. Keep your workspace sanitized as well as any common areas you come in contact with (for example, the microwave). Also, just because you’re under the weather doesn’t mean common courtesy and manners should go by the wayside. Excuse yourself when blowing your nose instead of doing so while your coworker is on a conference call.Stop complainingWhen you arrive to work and you’re sick, chances are your colleagues will figure out immediately that you’re not your old self. There’s no need to remind everyone every 15 minutes of how sick you are. Keep your condition to yourself and get through the day. Others will appreciate it if you’re able to power through and despite your illness, hold up your end of the bargain at the office.last_img read more

December 18

Bridging the gap

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 1854, it was estimated that more than 30,000 abandoned children were living on the streets of New York City. That year, a movement to find these children, and others from large cities, a home was born. Its name: The Orphan Train.The aptly named Orphan Train brought orphans cross-country, primarily to the Midwest. The most notable stop, as featured in books and plays, is the state of Minnesota. To this day children of the Orphan Train who were adopted by Minnesota families still gather annually to remember this important catalyst in their lives.With this history, it’s no wonder that the state of Minnesota is consistently first in the nation in adoptions per capita. Given this statistic, it makes sense that a local Minnesota credit union, like Firefly, would lead the way for a nation-wide, pro-family adoption loan that breaks down today’s biggest barrier for families – the expense.Today a staggering 107,918 foster children are awaiting adoption in the U.S. alone, with more than 20,000 aging out of foster care without being placed in a permanent home. The problem is drastic and according to two Minnesota adoption agencies, the biggest reason is a lack of funds to cover the costs of the adoption process. This massive gap between potential adoptive families and waiting children, is a great opportunity to remind the nation why the credit union movement is so special. The credit union philosophy is “people helping people” and that is the foundation of this loan. continue reading »last_img read more

December 17

Accelerated digital transformation requires focus on people first

first_imgThe COVID-19 health emergency has made accelerating rates of change normal, and it is hastening the digital revolution. ZOOM interfaces among credit union staff and management, the increasing cybersecurity focus, and more rapid adoption of artificial intelligence and cloud-based activities are an increasingly integral part of business today. The worrisome health situation has forced previously change-resistant managers to trust and employ greater use of digital approaches. Executives now seek to deploy technological tools to improve both the customer and the employee experience and to increase organizational efficiency. Still, in a progressively more digital world, it’s your people who matter. For your people to be engaged and motivated, they must feel a sense of safety about their health and well-being and know that the credit union is committed to them. Likewise, engagement grows and the chance of implementing successful strategies increases when the credit union invests in the human capital needed for technological capability and competency. The pandemic creates great pressure on employees economically and physically. Accordingly, they rank economic security and health-related well-being as among their highest workplace priorities. A workforce that feels safe and knows that management has their backs is critical to engage employees in any change management, and a digital transformation is no exception. As a result, credit union leaders must determine whether a major difference exists between leadership’s view of employee care and safety, when compared to the perception of the employees. Unfortunately, according to a recent IBM Institute for Business Value report there is a gap between employee feelings about their company’s commitment to them and management’s view. About 80% of executives felt their organizations were supporting the physical and emotional health of the workforce, while less than half of employees agreed. Although, these data are not credit union specific, it is a caution for any leader in this unsettled environment.Continual employee skill building and enhanced worker proficiency are foundations of success in a technologically shifting environment. Nevertheless, according to IBM, only 38% of employees believe the organization is “helping staff learn the skills needed to work in a new way”. Conversely, three-quarters of managers felt they were doing so – another flashing yellow light. Smart credit union leaders understand how enterprise agility and organizational resilience are directly related to upskilling staff. People must have the learning tools they need for innovative solutions to new and existing problems and opportunities, including crisis management, risk management, cybersecurity, and member service. Every credit union must be a learning organization that addresses the challenges of worker safety, security, and skill building. There is immense opportunity for leaders to get this right. When employees feel safe, both physically and economically, their minds are freer to learn and apply that learning. It then follows that learning fosters employees that are engaged and more motivated. Your workforce has an enhanced capacity to use digital tools to take action with speed and agility. To provide your credit union every chance for success, be sure your people are as capable, resilient, and adaptable as their technologies. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Detailslast_img read more

September 29

PGGM names new investment management chief

first_imgGeraldine Leegwater, PGGM’s new chief, investment managementEdwin Velzel, CEO of PGGM, said: “Geraldine will bring a combination of extensive management experience in the pension sector and a great deal of investment expertise. That is very welcome in a period of massive changes, both in pensions and in the world outside.”Leegwater said: ”PGGM plays a leading role in the Dutch pension sector, for example in helping to shape a new pension system. As a pension investor, the organisation is actively involved in initiatives at home and abroad to improve the sustainability of investments.”And with its heritage and ties in the Dutch healthcare and welfare sector, PGGM recognises the huge social value of this sector, which has my particular attention. All this makes PGGM an organisation to which I look forward to contributing, particularly in the period of change ahead.”Read moreSee the Netherlands country report in IPE’s September issue for more about the new pension system:Netherlands: New paths  Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Geraldine Leegwater will be the new investment managent chief at PGGM, the €252bn Dutch pension investor announced this morning.She will take on her role on 1 November, succeeding Eloy Lindeijer, whose plan to leave PGGM was announced earlier this year. Lindeijer, who occupied the chief investment officer role since 2011, is leaving the firm on 1 October.Leegwater is currently a trustee of the Dutch pension fund ABP, where she chairs the investment committee and a member of the investment committee of De Nederlandsche Bank, the central bank. She will resign from these positions when she joins PGGM, but will continue to be associated with the pension study programmes at the Erasmus School of Accounting & Assurance, which is linked to Erasmus University Rotterdam.Leegwater’s appointment is subject to regulatory approval.last_img read more

September 23

Raymond Kraus

first_imgRaymond Kraus of St. Leon, IN, passed away Monday, August 12 at the age of 63. Raymond loved to farm, grow a plentiful garden of vegetables, raise cattle, and attend the flea market every Wednesday with his granddaughter, Abigail. He was a regular at the church festivals and would spend the majority of his time trying to win a ham or buying bars and bells which he would share with Abigail. After much convincing by his daughter, Aimee, Raymond recently upgraded from his trusted flip phone to a smart phone which opened up a whole new world to him. His family can attest he quickly got hooked on Ebay, Amazon and Facebook. Raymond loved to fish and watch the hummingbirds and Martins from his porch. Interestingly, the Sunday before his death a white Martin was seen lingering near the house.Raymond will be greatly missed by his wife, Beth, whom he married on May 16, 2005. He also leaves behind his daughter Aimee Wesley and granddaughter Abigail Wesley. Raymond was self admittedly wrapped around Abigail’s finger and together they would watch Bonanza, Daniel Boone and Little House on the Prairie. They also shared a love of sweets, especially ice cream, of which they recently shared 10 ice cream cones at the IBEW Local 212 picnic. Raymond also leaves behind his sister Clara Ann (Larry) Zinser, Joe Kraus, and Robert (Dianne) Kraus. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Anne Marie as well as his infant sisters Mary Lou, Joan Marie, and Margaret Marie Kraus. Raymond was a member of IBEW Local 212 and All Saints Parish in St. Leon, IN.Visitation for Raymond will be held on Saturday, August 17 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home, beginning with Rosary at 10:00. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 at All Saints Parish, St. Joseph Campus, immediately followed by burial. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Mid-West Boston Terrier Rescue. To offer condolences or sign the online guest book, please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com.last_img read more

August 28

Ghanaian players abroad: Debuts, winless streaks and a final matchup in the MLS

first_imgIn the English Premier League, Jordan Ayew and his Aston Villa side continued their winless run as they were beaten at home by Watford.Jordan scored the second of Aston Villa’s two goals but his team were unable to match the three scored by the away side who left Villa Park with all three points.The Ghanaian played the full game for his side.Leicester City’s Jeffrey Schlupp came on as a second half substitute in their game against Manchester United at the King Pow Stadium.The Ghanaian and his home side drew 1-1 with the Red Devils as Jamie Vardy of Leicester set a new Premier League record by scoring in his last 11 consecutive league games.Christian Atsu missed AFC Bournemouth’s massive comeback game at home to Everton as the Ghanaian continues to recover from injury. Atsu’s side came from three goals down to draw 3-3 in their game against Everton.Abdul Baba Rahman dropped to the Chelsea bench for their Premier League visit to London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur. Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side played a goalless draw in the London derby.Andre Ayew and his Swansea City side were once again denied a win as the Welsh club’s struggle in the Premier League continues.The Ghanaian and his side traveled to Anfield where they were denied all three point by Liverpool via a James Milner spot kick. Ayew played the full game for Swansea City.In the English Championship, Albert Adomah played 63 as his Middlesbrough side won by two goals without reply against Huddersfield Town.In the Italian Serie A, Ghanaian midfielder Afriyie Acquah played the full game for his Torino side against Bologna. Acquah and his team won their home game by two goals to nil. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu featured for his Udinese side in their away game against Chievo Verona. Udinese edged the home side to take all three points with a 3-2 victory. Badu who scored for his side last week played in the full duration of the five-goal thriller.Isaac Cofie played the full game for Carpi in their 2-1 victory away at Genoa.Kwadwo Asamoah missed another game for Italian Champions Juventus as the Ghanaian continues to struggle with injury this season.Wakaso Mubarak made an 81st minute appearance for his Las Palmas side in the Spanish La Liga against Deportivo La Coruna.The Black Stars midfielder and his team lost the game at home by two goals without reply.Inaki Williams played 68 minutes for Athletic Bilbao in their away game against Rayo Vallecano. Bilbao won the game by 3-0 via a hat trick by Aritz Aduriz. Thomas Teye Partey made his long awaited debut for Atletico Madrid in their Spanish La Liga game against Espanyol.The Ghanaian and Atletico Madrid won the game by 1-0 on home soil.In the French Ligue 1, Abdul Majeed Waris continues to serve his five-game ban as his FC Lorient side drew 1-1 with GFC Ajaccio.Adam Kwarasey was in goal for Portland Timbers in their MLS play-off game against FC Dallas. The Ghanaian goalkeeper conceded two goals in the 2-2 draw but his side progressed with a 5-3 aggregate score line. Harrison Afful played 77 minutes for Columbus Crew in the 1-0 away defeat to New York Red Bulls. The Ghanaian and his team progressed in the MLS play-offs with a 2-1 aggregate score line. Afful and his side set up a tie against Adam Kwarasey’s Portland Timbers.Ghanaian player Llyod Sam played the full game for New York Red Bulls.Ebenezer Assifuah played the full game for Sion in their home defeat against Thun in Switzerland.Michael Essien made his much awaited Panathinaikos debut in the game against Iraklis on Saturday. The Ghanaian midfielder played the full game as his side lost by a goal to nil. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

August 16

Davis Cup: Bašić defeated Nagy and improved the Score on 1: 1

first_img(Source: klix.ba) Mirza Bašić (ATP 192) defeated Peter Nagy (ATP 786) with  the score of 3: 1 in sets (4: 6, 6: 4, 6: 3, 6: 3), thus making tie the overall score in the match between the National team of B&H and Hungary, which is played in Siofok within the 2nd round of group II of the Davis Cup.“It is a pity that Tomo lost in the first match, he returned after two lost sets, and he fought well  in the finish, unfortunately we could not take the first point. However, Tomo has a new chance on Sunday, in the match against Nagy,” said selector Amer Delić, who is registered as player in this round of the Davis Cup as well, and will play doubles in pair with Bašić tomorrow in the match against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics / Levente Godry.To remind, in today’s match played for more than 4 hours, Tomislav Brkić (ATP 231) was defeated by Marton Fucsovics with a score of 3: 2 (6: 2, 6: 3, 3: 6, 4: 6, 6: 3).The replacement player in our team is young Nerman Fatić (ATP 819).last_img read more