2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Strategic planning is one of the most important things your financial institution does. It’s unfortunate that so many planning sessions result in chaos, unproductive decision making and a plan that serves as a paper weight instead of guiding the organization to success. Something this important should be successful every single time. Use these three Fs of strategic planning to help improve your planning process.Funnel – The most effective planning sessions are the ones that start with big ideas and end with specific goals and defined action plans. Think of the process like a funnel – wide or broad at the top and narrower at the bottom. As you work your way toward the bottom of the funnel, you increase the amount of detail at each level should have a clear strategy at the end. Read more about this approach in Leading for Growth by Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis.Focus – Contrary to many businesses which believe they need to be all things to all consumers, we believe financial institutions become more successful by focusing on what they do best. continue reading »
In a letter to SungEel MCC America in regards to its proposed lithium ion battery recycling facility, NYSDEC says a modified permit is now required to move forward after the state recently became aware that some lithium ion batteries contain poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS.) SungEel MCC recently submitted a statement to the NYSDEC saying: “Our first concern will always be the safety of current and future Endicott residents, and we will remain transparent by continuing to share information and respond to your concerns.” ENDICOTT (WBNG) – After approving a permit for a battery recycling facility in Endicott in March, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation now wants additional information and a chance for the public to weigh in. The full letter can be read below:
The staff adds they have also seen a lot of communication through social media. The University says it remains confident all their efforts will succeed. In an effort to be more flexible, the University will be test-optional for incoming students to be admitted this upcoming year. The University says it has appointments available at all times, and staff is working around the clock to accommodate all students, especially those who may be in a different timezone. They also say they have an option for people to conduct their own “self guided tour.” Binghamton University adds that typically they visit high schools during the Fall season, and they have maintained doing just that on a virtual platform. Staff from the university says the school has even been able to add more high schools to the list of those it is reaching out to with this online development. Universities have had to get creative during the year in order to reach out to prospective students. Binghamton University says it’s relied heavily on online programming, like online events, including open houses and trivia nights. VESTAL (WBNG) — On Binghamton University’s campus, you won’t see the traditional “on-campus” tour this year due to the pandemic, but you may see people doing a “self-guided tour,” from wherever they are in the world on their phones.
In 2017, the low-cost airline Ryanair canceled the direct route London – Osijek, leaving Slavonia without such an important air connection with Europe. How it transmits Vecernji list in today’s print edition, the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB are in talks with Ryanair to establish a direct line with Osijek from several European cities for four months next year, from June to September. The reason for shutting down the line was the inability of Osijek Airport to pay subsidies to Ryanair. However, according to information from the WTM fair held in London, Ryanair could soon re-introduce a direct line with Osijek Airport. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli pointed out that agreements with Osijek Airport and the prefects of five Slavonian counties will follow, which should also financially help in part in returning Ryanair to Osijek, which would certainly be a big wind behind the development of tourism in Slavonia. Ryanair’s answer should be known by the end of the month, when more details will be known.
“Strong external demand, a further recovery from the pandemic and pent-up demand from the floods all contributed to the robust activity data in August,” Ting Lu, chief China economist at Nomura, said in a note to clients.“We expect a further, albeit gradual, recovery of the services sector, a steady improvement in retail sales and elevated fixed-asset investment growth.”Industrial output growth quickened to 5.6 percent in August from a year earlier, the fastest in eight months, data from the National Statistics Bureau showed on Tuesday. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a 5.1 percent rise from 4.8 percent in July.Retail sales also beat analysts’ forecast with a 0.5 percent rise on-year, snapping a seven-month downturn and bettering expectations for zero growth. In July, sales dropped 1.1 percent, but consumer confidence has been picking up lately, from spending on automobiles and duty-free shopping. China’s industrial output accelerated the most in eight months in August, while retail sales grew for the first time this year, suggesting the economic recovery is gathering pace as demand starts to improve more broadly from the coronavirus crisis.An annual decline in fixed-asset investment over January-August also moderated thanks to expanded stimulus from Beijing, but authorities remain wary about the outlook given heightened external risks, including from intensifying Sino-United States tensions.After the pandemic paralyzed the economy, China’s recovery has been gaining momentum as pent-up demand, government stimulus and surprisingly resilient exports propel a rebound. Floods across southwestern China that disrupted production in July have receded. Auto sales rose 11.8 percent in August year-on-year while sales of telecoms products jumped 25.1 percent, the data showed.The decline in fixed-asset investment slowed, falling 0.3 percent in January-August from the year-ago period, compared with a forecast 0.4 percent slide and a larger 1.6 percent decline in the first seven months of the year.Private sector fixed-asset investment, which accounts for 60 percent of total investment, fell a less steep 2.8 percent in January-August, compared with a 5.7 percent decline in the first seven months. Property investment, a crucial growth driver, also jumped the most in 16 months in August.In commodities, China posted record output in both crude steel and aluminium last month thanks to robust demand from the construction sector and recovery in automobile sales.“We think that China’s economic recovery is on a reasonably firm footing now and should continue through Q4 and into 2021, with solid investment growth, gradually recovering consumption momentum and resilient exports,” said Louis Kuijs at Oxford Economics.Chinese stocks led Asian markets higher, while the yuan currency rose to 16-month highs on the upbeat data.Risks to recoveryRecent economic indicators ranging from trade to producer prices and factory activity all suggested a further pick up in the industrial sector, and the broader economy.Government stimulus has been a powerful domestic driver, while momentum has also been supported by Beijing’s largely successful efforts to get the virus under control.“Fiscal and monetary policy stimulus should continue to support the recovery. But we expect the impact of policy stimulus to lose some punch with credit growth easing in Q4,” Oxford Economics’ Kuijs said.Data last week showed China’s August exports marking the strongest annual gain since March 2019, as more of its trading partners eased coronavirus lockdowns.Lu at Nomura has raised forecasts on China’s third-quarter economic growth to 5.2 percent, versus the actual 3.2 percent pace in April-June, and expects fourth-quarter growth to pick up further to 5.7 percent.Analysts at ANZ, meanwhile, have raised their 2020 China growth forecast to 2.1 percent, but the projected full-year rate would still be the weakest pace since 1976.Some analysts fear that the recovery could stall, hurt by rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, which many expect could escalate ahead of the US presidential election in November.Moreover, the possibility of another wave of local infections in the winter, and the continued rise in COVID-19 cases across a number of countries, led by India and the United States, have many investors nervous about the outlook.Those worries were partially underscored by statistical bureau spokesman Fu Linghui, who told reporters that the economic recovery remains unbalanced.“Externally, there are still many unstable and uncertain factors. On the domestic side… some industries and enterprises are still facing difficulties, and the recovery is unbalanced,” Fu said.Topics :
Shane Hiatt’s $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win on opening night of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge put him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (April 20-21) – Defending track champion Shane Hiatt raced his way to victory lane on opening night of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge.Former track champion Jordan Grabouski accomplished the feat twice on night two.Hiatt earned $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth along with Friday’s IMCA Modified main event. Grabouski, already on the ballot, was best in Saturday’s $2,000 to win headliner and pocketed another $500 for winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.The leader from the drop of the Friday night green, Hiatt ran ahead of Mike Densberger much of the distance before his challenger pulled into the infield with five circuits left.After a couple late restarts, Hunter Marriott wrestled the second spot from Grabouski. Dylan Smith and Eddie Belec completed the top five.Saturday featured another field filled with heavy hitters as Grabouski had to take the front spot away from Marriott and hold on.The laps 12 laps saw Marriott try both high and low grooves but to no avail. Ricky Thornton Jr. and Kelly Shryock advanced to top four spots and early leader Tim Ward was fifth.Not a newcomer to the class, Grabouski gained second following a restart and took the lead with eight laps to go in the Stock Car feature. Les Lundquist and Kyle Vanover rounded out the top three.Jordan Grabouski won both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main events on night two of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge. (Photo by Joe Orth)Jason Martin paced the IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car main event in a newly-built ride.The leader from start to finish, Martin took the $1,000 win with Toby Chapman, Stuart Snyder and Tyler Dueke next across the stripe.Lance Borgman proved up to the Ice Breaker Challenge, earning an extra $1,000 for sweeping the weekend’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features.Borgman won by a straightaway ahead of Shawn Harker and Joe Feyen on opening night and ahead of Adam Armstrong and Feyen on night two. Borgman was also a double winner and $1,000 Ice Breaker Challenge bonus recipient in 2016.Also on Friday, Corey Madden was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner ahead of Chad Borgman and Shawn Slezak. Drake Bohlmeyer was first in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event, with Trenten Fugett second and Ramsey Meyer third.April 20 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Shane Hiatt; 2. Hunter Marriott; 3. Jordan Grabouski; 4. Dylan Smith; 5. Eddie Belec; 6. Jesse Dennis 7. Bob Zoubek; 8. Jacob Hobscheidt; 9. Randy Foote; 10. Clint Homan; 11. Chad Andersen; 12. Jesse Skalicky; 13. Terry Hurt; 14. Mike Densberger; 15. Nathan Landauer; 16. John Burrow Jr.; 17. Jordy Nelson; 18. Ethan Dotson; 19. A.J. Valim; 20. Josh Blumer; 21. Ricky Thornton Jr.Hobby Stocks – 1. Corey Madden; 2. Chad Borgman; 3. Shawn Slezak; 4. Roy Armstrong; 5. Tyler Saathoff; 6. Jeff Ware; 7. David Carter; 8. Ben Becher; 9. Brett Saathoff; 10. Albert Kiihne; 11. Jeff Watts; 12. Chuck Madden Jr.; 13. Nick Beckman; 14. Justin Busboom; 15. Rowan Mason; 16. Brandon Wergin; 17. Brandon Nelson; 18. Dillon Richards; 19. Kevin Vanlaningham; 20. Eric Chab.Northern SportMods – 1. Lance Borgman; 2. Shawn Harker; 3. Joe Feyen; 4. Josh Pfeifer; 5. Arie Schouten; 6. Gunnar Pike; 7. Cole Wayman; 8. Adam Armstrong; 9. Dillon Schultz; 10. Colby Langenberg; 11. Derick Noonan; 12. Gary Saathoff; 13. Mary Lenz; 14. Jeff Brunssen; 15. Anthony Kobus; 16. Joe Schidler; 17. Nicholas Peters; 18. Bobby Draper; 19. Trevor Noonan; 20. Dion Kovar.Sport Compacts – 1. Drake Bohlmeyer; 2. Trenten Fugett; 3. Ramsey Meyer; 4. Nick Lindblad; 5. Shawn Hein; 6. Terry Tritt; 7. Brian Petro; 8. Tommy Etherton; 9. Steffen Oaks; 10. Andrew Harris; 11. Justin Callender; 12. Jeff Creek; 13. Bryan Vannausdle; 14. Tim Horsham; 15. Jeremy Bohlen; 16. Fred Johnson; 17. Daniel Morris; 18. Tyler Masek; 19. R.J. Maas; 20. John Martinez.April 21 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Grabouski; 2. Marriott; 3. Thornton; 4. Kelly Shryock; 5. Tim Ward; 6. Smith; 7. Ryan Jenkins; 8. Ricky Stephan; 9. Belec; 10. Zoubek; 11. Nelson; 12. Jesse Dennis 13. Densberger; 14. Justin Wulf; 15. Joshua Vogt; 16. Blumer; 17. Brandon Clough; 18. Jaxon Saathoff; 19. Hiatt; 20. Andersen.Sprint Cars – 1. Jason Martin; 2. Toby Chapman; 3. Stuart Snyder; 4. Tyler Drueke; 5. Shon Pointer; 6. Cody Ledger; 7. Adam Gullion; 8. Jimmy Grasso; 9. Jason Danley; 10. Gene Ackland; 11. Matt Richards; 12. Shayle Bade; 13. Ryan King; 14. Nathan Weiler; 15. Clint Benson; 16. Zach Blurton; 17. Trey Gropp; 18. Austin McLean; 19. Trevor Grossenbacher; 20. Josh Riggins.Northern SportMods – 1. Borgman; 2. Armstrong; 3. Feyen; 4. Harker; 5. Karl Brewer; 6. Pike; 7. Saathoff; 8. Brunssen; 9. Langenberg; 10. Schouten; 11. Kobus; 12. Lenz; 13. Brian Osantowski; 14. Matthew Andrews; 15. Pfeifer; 16. Jason Harms; 17. James Roebuck; 18. Schultz; 19. Wayman; 20. Schidler.Stock Cars – 1. Jordan Grabouski; 2. Les Lundquist; 3. Kyle Vanover; 4. Kyle Clough; 5. Shane Stutzman; 6. Dan Nelson; 7. Shawn Primrose; 8. Doug Adamy; 9. Marty Steinbach; 10. B.J. Wagoner; 11. Nick Woodard; 12. Tanner Pettitt; 13. Eric Bartels; 14. Chad Bruns; 15. Ron Pettitt; 16. Jeff Whiting; 17. Austin Brauner; 18. John Bruegman; 19. Eric Rempel; 20. Kyle Dumpert.
He went on: “In football, it is finished when it is finished, the last minute of the last game. If we arrive at four games to go with United 12 points ahead, it is finished but I think our job is to continue to work.” Having been outplayed for the first half, Chelsea could have gone ahead in the 51st minute after Joe Hart brought down Demba Ba. Lampard had scored his previous 10 spot-kicks but Hart redeemed himself to save superbly and deny his England colleague his 200th Chelsea goal. Mancini, who criticised Hart this week in light of recent mistakes, said: “I say to him everything when he did a fault. I think we can’t concede a penalty like this with a kick (long ball) from 45 metres – he and Kolo (Toure) both did a mistake. “But after, it was fantastic. I think it was important. Maybe the game could have changed, but also if they scored, we would have had another 40 minutes. We were playing really well and we could have a chance to score other goals.” Chelsea’s loss saw the pressure increase on interim manager Rafael Benitez, who was once again the target for abuse from supporters. The Blues now trail City by seven points and Benitez accepted it was a damaging result. He said: “Always when you lose, you have to be disappointed. This game was important for us, so I am more disappointed. We could have been closer (to City). We have to carry on to try to win our games and fight for the top four. “I haven’t seen the replay (of the penalty), but at least yellow card. You can argue he is going in this direction but it is still a clear chance. I think it was a turning point. We didn’t do well in the first half but we went to half-time at 0-0. We were talking about keeping the ball, doing better and showing more character. Then we had the penalty. It was a crucial moment in the game.” Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini told his players to ignore the table after beating Chelsea to keep their faint Barclays Premier League title hopes alive. Press Association City took advantage of a rare missed penalty from Frank Lampard to claim a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium and reduce Manchester United’s lead at the top to 12 points. Superb goals from Yaya Toure and substitute Carlos Tevez in the last half-hour also strengthened City’s grip on second place ahead of the third-placed Londoners. Mancini said: “I think for us now it is not important to look at the table. Only to continue to work like today, to play well, to improve and to look at the table in one month, 40 days.”
TWO exciting matches are set for tonight, as the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Corona Beer ‘Super 16’ Year-End Classic continues at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) ground, Camp Ayanganna, at 16:00hrs and 20:30hrs respectively.The matches, which feature Western Tigers FC versus Grove Hi-Tech FC in the first match, and Fruta Conquerors FC against Ann’s Grove FC as the feature encounter, promise to be quite a treat with fighting words being exchanged by the coaches of the respective clubs.In an invited comment, head of Western Tigers FC, Calvin Allen, said he’s looking forward to an exciting and competitive game.According to Allen, Western Tigers FC, one of the GFF’s Elite League teams, will not be taking their opposition lightly, adding that Grove Hi-Tech are a team “with good calibre players and they’re coached by two capable guys also.:“I also know they are a team with good, young talent and a mixture of experience so it’s not a team that you can take for granted. In fact, I’ve always said you have to give a team the respect that is due.”The coach, who once worked with Grove Hi Tech FC, said while he will not publicly share his tactical approach to the game, there is a definite plan but “the public should come to the ground and see the plan we have mapped out for Grove, because it’s a team that we have organised and planned for.”Meanwhile, head coach of Grove Hi-Tech FC, Levi Braithwaite, said the fans can expect an exciting match … as they are “not just in the tournament to participate but we are in it to win it”.“Since we have uplifted the fixtures, we have been working hard. Basically, we have been focusing on fitness as we know that Western Tigers are an elite club and are really fit so we need to get up to standard with our fitness. For the past week we have been going hard with our fitness and the guys are eager and ready to go,” Braithwaite said.Meanwhile, Fruta Conquerors head coach, Sampson Gilbert, said his team is looking forward to the club playing the best football against Ann’s Grove. He pointed out that his club is looking forward “to play with a level of intensity that would indicate our intention of overwhelming the opposition and imposing ourselves.”“We view this knockout tournament as an extension of the Elite league where we’ve added these projected four games as part of the league and we’re looking forward to a must-win 12 points. We’re definitely looking forward to win this tournament and, in so doing, play some of the best football at this time in our team’s continued development,” Sampson noted.Lloydwin Semple, head coach for Ann’s Grove United FC, said the public can expect a competitive game tonight from his team.Semple said his team have learned some crucial lessons from their first encounter with Fruta Conquerors, stating “we played Conquerors before,, a few weeks ago, in our second game of the Elite league. There were basic mistakes made by players, which cost us the game.“However, we have corrected those areas in our training sessions. We’ll come out with our game plan and will try to get the best of Conquerors. At the end of it we’ll see who will come out victorious.”
In the final five minutes of the University of Wisconsin’s nail-biting loss to the Washington Huskies Friday night, Victor Diaz was tripped by a Washington defender, flipped over hard, and was left facedown on the turf.Diaz was motionless for a moment, and then slowly tried to turn over. It was obvious that he was not going to get up on his own, and the Badger training staff rushed to the end of the field, where Diaz still lay on the ground.After a few minutes of examination, the coaching staff helped Diaz to his feet and examined his shoulder. One of the trainers was heard to say, “It’s probably a sprain, but it’s going to hurt bad.”Diaz sat out Sunday’s game against Creighton, in which Wisconsin lost 0-1 in overtime. On Monday, UW head coach Jeff Rohrman was asked about the effect of Diaz’s absence. “It didn’t help our attacking game much, but we certainly have some guys who can fill in, and I’m sure that they can do some pretty good things. So even without Victor, we can still field a pretty good team.”But on Sunday, I thought that we should have been a little bit more dangerous in the final third, but for whatever reason we didn’t create a whole lot of opportunities,” Rohrman continued. “We had a couple of half-chances, but nothing we created was really of extreme danger,” Rohrman said.Diaz went in for X-rays Monday night. He said beforehand that he was in a lot of pain, but hoped to be back in the game on Sunday.”My shoulder hurts really bad, but at least it got a little bit better since Friday night. Today, I’m going to get X-rays, so we’ll see,” Diaz said. “Yesterday, the doctor told me that it might take four or five weeks to heal completely, but if it feels OK, I’m going to try to play Sunday.”Diaz’s X-rays revealed that his shoulder is not broken. “The doctor told me that whenever I can tolerate the pain, I’ll be able to play,” said Diaz, who added that his shoulder was separated. “But I have to be careful landing on my shoulder again.””If it’s ligaments, and it’s a sprain or a strain, certainly our medical staff is going to work on him through the week to try to get him back for Sunday,” Rohrman added. “It’s kind of nice that we have the whole week off to nurse a couple of injuries.”Rohrman said that the team will take caution in the decision to play him against Big Ten foe Michigan at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Sunday. If Diaz is in the lineup, healthy or not, the Wolverines will need to pay special attention to the Badgers’ star player.”I think there are some things we can do in case he falls on it or gets bumped. The hard part is you can’t really hide Victor,” laughed Rohrman. “You know, he’s going to demand attention, wherever he is on the field, because of the player he is. So we’ve just got to ask him to try to avoid some of those things. And we’ll do our part as far as protecting him too — whether it be some padding or a brace of some sort.”
Published on April 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Flings Owusu-Agyapong began running track in elementary school. She started training seriously by 15 and discovered her passion for the sport soon after she met Toronto track coach Earl Letford.Owusu-Agyapong credits Letford for refining her talents to help her catch the attention of the Syracuse coaching staff.‘He just told me I could go a lot faster because I wasn’t doing well at the time,’ Owusu-Agyapong said. ‘He was a really good coach, and he got me pretty much to Syracuse.’Since coming to Syracuse, Owusu-Agyapong has established herself as one of the premier sprinters in the country. She finished 20th in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last season and won the 60-meter dash at the Big East championship this indoor season. Drawing on her experiences growing up in Canada and running for the Ghanaian national team in recent years, Owusu-Agyapong has carved out a successful career at Syracuse.The graduate student continues her final season at Syracuse at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., this weekend. She will compete in the 100-meter dash.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Owusu-Agyapong, her Syracuse career goes back to training under Letford in Canada.Assistant coach Dave Hegland said Letford runs one of the best track clubs in Canada. Owusu-Agyapong ran for a club called the Flying Angels, which maintained a small group of runners during her time with the club. She said the runners and the coach kept a close relationship, which enabled them to receive considerable hands-on training.Canadian track is centered upon club teams rather than high school teams. Coaches in Canada typically keep runners in their system for long periods of time. Smaller club teams and long-term, personal relationships with coaches give Canadian runners a unique experience that gives them advantages over their American counterparts.‘Usually, Canadian kids are a little bit more polished,’ Hegland said. ‘They’re a little bit more advanced technically than American kids. A lot of times they’ve had really competent coaching.’Persuading her to sign with Syracuse, though, was a challenge. Head coach Chris Fox said many Canadian coaches are against the U.S. college system. Hegland alleviated the concerns of Owusu-Agyapong’s coaches during the recruiting process and sold them on the quality of the program.‘Dave had to convince the coaches that he does it right, that our program treats kids correctly,’ Fox said. ‘The big thing in Canada is that they think we over-race our kids in the United States as a whole.’Owusu-Agyapong moved from Ghana to Toronto when she was 8 years old. Though she lived an ocean away from her birthplace, Owusu-Agyapong never felt disconnected.‘In Toronto, where I live, there are a lot of Ghanaians around,’ Owusu-Agyapong said. ‘So I feel like I’ve never left.’Owusu-Agyapong has stayed close to her roots, maintaining Ghanaian citizenship and running for the Ghanaian national team, which has further developed her skill set and passion for the sport. She and the rest of the Ghanaian team spent the majority of last summer in Finland at a training camp, followed by a trip to Ghana to compete in a grand prix.The team then traveled to the All-African games, an event that takes place once every four years. Owusu-Agyapong competed on a relay team that won a silver medal in the games. It was a moment that she said was a great personal achievement.In the coming months, she will turn her sights toward qualifying for the Ghanaian national team in the 2012 Summer Olympics.It will be a tough task, but Hegland said she has what it takes to achieve her goal. He said her steadying influence and consistency has contributed to her success.‘We preach this all the time to our kids that consistency is what great success is built upon,’ Hegland said. ‘And I think she demonstrates that very well.’firstname.lastname@example.org Comments