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…You might be a manager

first_img 60SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: Details Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I always enjoyed Jeff Foxworthy’s comedy routines. Especially the “you might be a redneck” bits.  Sure, they sometimes hit a bit close to home, but I always thought it was healthy to laugh at yourself every so often.I’m a firm believer that every segment of society should be able to poke fun at itself.  I was trained as a lawyer. There’s a ton of low hanging fruit there if you ever need a laugh. Believe me. But this blog is about management.  So with a hat tip to Mr. Foxworthy, here goes.If someone asks you how your train ride was, and you respond, “Fantastic! I knocked out about 200 emails,”….you might be a manager.If you have four business books sitting on your nightstand…you might be a manager.If the fact that you haven’t picked up a one of those four business books in a week bothers you…you might be a manager.If you have more “productivity” apps on your phone than games…you might be a manager.If someone asks you who your favorite author is, and Jim Collins comes to mind…You might be a manager. If you compare notes with friends to see how they handle their email in-box…you might be a manager.If you consider bragging about a spreadsheet you developed…you might be a manager.If you have a folder filled with articles on how to improve meetings…you might be a manager. If you ever created a checklist to improve your checklists…you might be a manager.If you ever made a New Year’s resolution to read more business books…you might be a manager.If you’ve ever done research on how to improve your checklists…you might be a manager.If a slow spell at work makes you nervous…you might be a manager.If you rate airports by the number of free outlets they make available…you might be a manager.If you find it hard not to rate people solely by how well they do their job…you might be a manager. If a blog post by John Spence or Dan Rockwell nearly brings you to tears…you might be a manager.If you watched a TED video and thought to yourself…man, this could change my life…you might be a manager.And if the length of this blog post is starting to bother you because of all that’s on your plate…you might be a manager.Feel free to add to the list, folks.  Have a great weekend!last_img read more

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This Week’s Favorite Features – Beating The Heat

first_imgThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Undeniably, the top posts this week centered around ways to stay cool during record high temperatures.  It’s not often that Thurston County residents brace hot weather and need a reprieve.  Luckily, ThurstonTalk came to the rescue and published information about ways to chill out.  Now that the thermometer has returned to a manageable 70 degrees, it’s hard to think about heat exhaustion and cooling stations.  But, to prepare for “next time” (which incidentally may not be until next August), here is a summary of our posts related to combating the heat.Heat Hot!  Ideas To Stay Cool In Thurston CountyDr. Diana Yu, the Health Officer for Thurston County, quickly rallied her resources and pulled together some great tips for staying cool.  ThurstonTalk also published a list of cooling stations to help residents find a safe place to wait out the heat wave.  And, many parents relied on our post summarizing the  downtown Olympia fountain hours before heading out.Thrifty Thurston Visits The New East Bay Public PlazaThis article has been soaring our charts for ten days.  Not only is the East Bay Public Plaza a fabulous addition to downtown Olympia but the running stream was a welcome sight for hot feet earlier this week.  Many kids (of all ages!) waded in the stream throughout the week, cooling off in a beautiful public park setting.  Flip through our photo set to see more East Bay action.Kayak Opportunities Galore and Paddleboarding – The Perfect Summer Activity On The WaterReaders also turned to our summaries of kayaking and paddleboarding.  (Sneaking out of the office early to enjoy bright sunshine?)  Regardless of your athleticism, these two activities can be enjoyed right here, in Olympia waters.  Whether you are renting a kayak at West Bay or launching a paddleboard in Boston Harbor, an increasing number of Olympia area residents are finding pleasure in these outdoor activities.And, no weekend summary would be complete without a shout-out to the beloved Pet Parade.  Completing its 83rd year touring downtown Olympia, the popular event was visited by hundreds of two- and four-legged friends.  Scan the photos shot by our ThurstonTalk photographer by clicking here.  If you missed this year’s parade, mark your calendar for August 17, 2013 (third Saturday of the month) when pets will, once again, parole the downtown Olympia shopping core. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Up to 40 Jobs Available for 2014 Thurston County Fair

first_imgFacebook129Tweet0Pin2Submitted by Thurston County FairThe 2014 Thurston County Fair is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to apply for summer job opportunities at the fairgrounds. Applications for as many as 40 temporary jobs with the Thurston County Fair must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18.Temporary fair workers help make the fair clean, safe and fun for fairgoers of all ages. Job duties include tasks like washing tables and cleaning facilities and equipment for two-legged and four-legged fairgoers, selling and collecting tickets, assisting with managing fair parking, and helping with office duties like data entry and answering phones, along with many other tasks and duties that keep the Thurston County Fair running smoothly. Temporary fair workers will earn between $9.32 and $10.50 per hour.Temporary fair workers must be at least 16 years old and must submit a Thurston County employment application and disclosure form. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18. Postmarks will not be accepted. To view the job description and link to the electronic application, go to and click on “2014 Fair Jobs—apply now!”For more information on the temporary fair jobs or the 2014 Thurston County Fair, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit“Fun for the Whole Herd at the Thurston County Fair!” July 30 – Aug. 3last_img read more

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Benjamin Mendy helps homeless man in Manchester by handing him a jersey

first_imgAdvertisement pvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2yvgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre El2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5n2ykyWould you ever consider trying this?😱8h9Can your students do this? 🌚1c7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Benjamin Mendy , the Manchester City left-back was on a dinner outing with a few of his teammates to Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant – Rosso when he encountered a homeless man that needed help and the Frenchman was kind enough to do his part.Advertisement Since Mendy wasn’t carrying any cash on him, all he could do was hand the homeless guy a City jersey that was in his car.Advertisement Speaking to Manchester Evening news, Mendy explained the act : “I was walking past Rosso restaurant and I saw a homeless man who asked me for change.“I said I didn’t have any, but knew there was a footballer inside that might be able to help.Advertisement “I saw Benjamin Mendy as he was leaving Rosso Restaurant last night. He got into a car and was being driven and stopped to take some photos for the press.“As they were about to drive off, a homeless man went to go and ask him for some change, but Mendy said he only had his card and said instead he would give him his shirt.“I don’t think the homeless guy had a clue what was happening, but one of the paparazzi bought the shirt off him – so I guess he got the money he needed.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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National development is South Africa’s priority

first_img6 May 2015Co-ordinating, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) is at the top of his department’s priorities, according to Jeff Radebe, the planning, monitoring and evaluation minister in the Presidency.The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation was committed to institutionalising long-term planning, building on its five years’ experience since it was established, he said on 5 May before tabling his department’s budget vote.It was pleased with the work it had done so far.Operation PhakisaSince the launch of Operation Phakisa, the first project focusing on the ocean’s economy, key initiatives had been identified to realise the immense potential of the ocean’s economy to contribute to radical economic transformation, Radebe said.“Progress made since the launch of the Ocean’s Economy Operation Phakisa includes commitment of R7-billion of public sector investment in our ports by Transnet Ports Authority, amongst other investments made.”Construction of a new berth in Saldana Bay had been started, and progress could also be seen in the extension of the Mossgas Quay and the refurbishment of the Offshore Supply Base, valued at R9.2-billion of public and private investment.The Department of Trade and Industry had also designated that working vessels must meet a 60% local content target. “The Treasury Instruction Note issued will ensure compliance with this in all tenders,” said the minister.Various aquaculture projects had been launched, he said, that were benefiting many rural communities by enabling them to make a living from the seas and inland fresh water reserves.“Furthermore, the Department of Higher Education and Training has developed skills implementation plans aligned with these initiatives. To this end, the South African International Maritime Institute has been identified as the institution that would facilitate maritime skills development, with the support [of the education department].”Health and miningThe second Operation Phakisa initiative introduced in 2014 focused on improving the quality of services in primary health care, said Radebe. A detailed plan for improving service delivery in public sector clinics in all provinces had been developed and approved by the National Health Council.“We call this the Ideal Clinic initiative. It was undertaken in collaboration with provinces, districts, clinic managers as well as the private sector and non-profit sector,” he said.“Operation Phakisa Labs will also be conducted in the mining and education sectors.” In the former, the focus would be on increasing investment, transforming the sector and improving mineral beneficiation to drive radical economic transformation.In education, the focus would be on an information and communication technology approach to enhancing basic education.National Youth PolicyDeputy Minister Buti Manamela would explain the youth aspects in detail in the Budget Vote Speech, Radebe said. His department has a mandate to mainstream, provide oversight and lead the government’s efforts on youth development.“We have taken a different approach to tackling youth issues and we have gotten rid of [the] government’s approach to youth issues whereby we would ask them what they think, ignore what they say and do as we want, and adopted a new approach of consultation,” Radebe said.Manamela recently held several consultative meetings with youth across the country regarding the National Youth Policy (NYP) 2020. These culminated in the NYP 2020 Consultative Conference in March, which resulted in the inclusion of one more pillar to the four that existed initially.“When we commenced with the consultative process of the NYP 2020, we initially had four pillars of the policy comprising skills and education, economic inclusion and participation, health and well-being of young people, and nation building and social cohesion.“Through the inputs received from the youth through this consultative process that took place, we have included another pillar to form part of the policy, which is building youth machinery for effective delivery and responsiveness.”Inputs from the NYP 2020 conference were being finalised and would be adopted during Youth Month, in June. He said the policy would then guide the drafting of the integrated youth development strategy, which will be the blueprint for radically spearheading youth development against the backdrop of lack of skills and high unemployment.“The [Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation] will monitor the implementation of the policy and its impact. As we finalise the youth policy. we give meaning to it by championing the development of the youth who are future leaders of this country,” Radebe said.“Thus, by prioritising youth development through education, entrepreneurship and job creation, it will be both a tribute to the Freedom Charter as well as to the future of our country.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Too wet and too dry in different parts of the state

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andy Rodefer, Preble Co.Things are pretty decent. We’ve been getting a lot of field work done. We have been getting rain periodically in small amounts — anywhere from two- or three-tenths to a half inch at a time in the last two weeks.On the seed side of my business I still have several guys who are not done planting beans yet. There are small pockets where it has just been too wet. Everyone has been complaining that the corn stalks aren’t drying out in this area.A lot of the smaller guys were waiting for ideal conditions and we just haven’t had them. There is a small area just east of here and they catch every rain. They just can’t get dried out. But still, if you go south of Eaton, there have been some really dry spots down there.We got most of our sidedressing done and we should be done with that this week. We are getting ready to put some fungicide on our corn and we have been trying to spray some of the early-planted soybeans.We had enough rainfall through the planting season that it really helped things get out of the ground. We were pretty fortunate to get some of those rains so the ground didn’t get hard. As far as replant goes, there is not too much in this area. I don’t think we have the best crop I ‘ve ever seen or anything, but we do have good stands for the most part in corn and beans. All we need now is moisture to carry us through.We did find cutworm in soybeans, which is very unusual. They were cutting some beans off but not bad enough to replant. We did spray there. There was a field of no-till corn in the area with slugs that had to be replanted in a few small areas.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

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Winter fish kills may occur as ice melts on Ohio’s ponds and lakes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reminding Ohioans that small numbers of dead fish may be common in ponds and small lakes this spring. Winter die-offs of fish after long periods of heavy ice and snow cover on small waters are known as “winterkills.” Winterkills may occur in some Ohio waters this year as ice and snow of the past few months gives way to spring.According to the ODNR Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists, minor fish kills do not significantly impact fish populations or sport fishing opportunities in lakes and reservoirs. Fish kills are fairly common in Ohio, particularly right after ice-out, from late April through mid-June, and during prolonged periods of hot summer weather.Winterkills are caused when persistent ice forms a surface barrier between water and air that prevents circulation of oxygen and blocks sunlight. If these conditions continue long enough, the oxygen fish need to survive may be depleted and result in some or all of them suffocating. Lacking sunlight, plants stop making oxygen and eventually start to use oxygen as they die back and decompose.Winterkill is most common in shallow ponds and will become obvious if dead fish are seen along the shore. Ohio’s northern counties are most susceptible to winterkill because of colder temperatures and more frequent snowfall. However, winterkill is possible in any part of the state during winters of persistent cold weather and snow cover.Fish die-offs are possible in Ohio’s larger lakes as well, but for different reasons. Fish which are less tolerant of long, cold winters, such as gizzard shad, are commonly seen along the shorelines of reservoirs and even Lake Erie during moderate winters. However, in larger waters, the species that commonly die off following winter are resilient and return in great numbers following a single spawning season.Concerned citizens should not attempt to rescue stressed or dead fish. Handling stressed fish significantly reduces their chance of survival, and attempts to capture these fish may present a safety hazard to people attempting to help the fish. Go to to find more information about fish and preventing winterkills. Large numbers of dead fish should be reported by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).last_img read more

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“Hammy” a Groundspeak Hamster Finds a New Home

first_imgCharlie and “Hammy” the Groundspeak HamsterJon Hudson (Dakar4x4) will always remember an afternoon phone conversation on May 26th. The quick call marked the finale after weeks of questioning and anticipation.His daughter Charlie (FluffyDog) called Jon at work to say the postman finally delivered a small package. The box arrived at their United Kingdom home from Seattle, Washington in the United States. He says, “Her excitement was unforgettable.”The package contained a glossy eyed battery-powered hamster. The toy hamster had starring role in a video. The segment aired in a continuous loop while the website received a major update in early May. The “ Hamster Power” video played on an old joke – that is actually powered by hamsters. (It’s not.)Inside the package Charlie also found the hamster’s purple wheel and a note. Jon says, “She had the cutest hamster (the exact same one she had taken a liking to in the video) and an adoption certificate from everyone at Groundspeak, even Signal.”But Jon says he never intended to adopt a toy hamster and Charlie has a cautious interest in any real pets, “She adores animals, but is equally scared out of her wits by them. It takes a long time for her to trust whatever geo-pet we meet on our adventures together, and of course, caching outdoors and going to caching events, we meet a lot!”Charlie, Hammy and DadHowever, the hamster video struck a chord with Charlie. Jon says,”When Groundspeak announced the retirement of their aging Hamsters with the really cute video, I just had to show Charlie! She watched it again and again and again, still does in fact! As soon as the site was upgraded though, the video disappeared from the main screen and she asked where all the hamsters had gone. I explained that as per the story, they had been retired and the new ones were now running the geocaching site behind the scenes. Her immediate reaction was to ask where the retired ones had gone now that they were retired. That of course left me somewhat stumped, and so after being asked many times, I agreed to email.”Soon a Groundspeak Lackey emailed a response. Jon quickly showed Charlie, “When she came home from school I watched her read it, she could not contain her excitement! One of the retiring Hamsters was going to be adopted over to Charlie! Now it wouldn’t be me getting the questions about checking the emails every hour for a response, but our poor post man, who was watched like a hawk for anything Hamster shaped being delivered from Seattle!”Two Groundspeak hamsters still need homes!The retired hamster, “Hammy” is happy in its new home. Jon says, “Hammy is still surprisingly spirited in his retirement years and has quickly adjusted to his new life with Charlie, who of course, is very proud of her very own, and incredibly famous geo-pet, thanks to everyone at Groundspeak! You folks really are the best!”Almost all of the retired hamsters from the video found homes on Lackeys desks at Groundspeak Headquarters. The hamsters unblinking eyes and T5 cuteness remind Lackeys to diligently keep the website running at peak performance and to focus on the fun of an activity that allows people get outside and be active.Here’s your chance to adopt some of that cuteness. Two retired hamsters from the video still need homes. If you’d like to offer one of the hamsters a “forever home” post a comment on this blog. Explain why you’re the type of geocacher or geocaching family that would provide a good home for a retired hamster. Please include your username. The two winning geocachers will be announced by July 1. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Hamsters Find New HomesJuly 1, 2011In “ Souvenirs” Hamsters Go Big TimeNovember 4, 2011In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 27, 2011April 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

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Under threat, can’t return: Modi to ED

first_imgFormer IPL commissioner Lalit Modi is learnt to have told the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that he faces a threat to life and cannot return to India.In a letter to ED Assistant Director D.K. Sinha on October 12, available with Headlines Today, Modi said he had received an email from an unknown source threatening him with dire consequences.The letter said the Mumbai Police had intercepted communication that indicated that the underworld had plans to assassinate Modi.Modi said he had been advised to stay away from India as long as the threat remained.Modi’s lawyers have responded to the ED’s summons, attaching the detailed correspondence between him and the policelast_img read more

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Football Ohio State Buckeyes wont let bye week halt momentum

The Buckeyes line up prior to taking the field for warmups before the Ohio State-Nebraska game on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 6 Ohio State (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) has found itself in the midst of a hot stretch. But through no fault of its own, that stretch will be put on hold this weekend.The Buckeyes have a bye week and will not play until they welcome No. 2 Penn State to Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in a battle of Big Ten powers.“It’s definitely going to be fun to have a week off and refresh,” junior linebacker Jerome Baker said after the Buckeyes’ 56-14 win over Nebraska. “It’s a good time because we’ve got two weeks to prepare for Penn State. As everybody knows that’s a great team, so it’s definitely good for us.”Since its Week 2 loss to Oklahoma, Ohio State has rolled on both sides of the ball, even though its special teams has looked incompetent. The Buckeyes have defeated their past five opponents — Army, UNLV, Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska — by a combined score of 266-56 and have outgained opponents by 1,885 yards. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett has thrown for at least 200 yards every game and accounted for 22 touchdowns over the span without an interception. In the past five games, opponents have scored just three first-half touchdowns against the starting defense. “This is a good time to be cooking, but it’s also a good time to have a bye week and get these guys fresh,” Meyer said Saturday. “We’re still finalizing how we’re going to do the bye week.”After its longest road trip of the season and the third night game away from home, Ohio State took Sunday off. For the first time all season, it did not feel rushed to jump into preparation for its next opponent, even though the Nittany Lions might be the most formidable opponent of the year. Redshirt junior wideout Terry McLaurin said Ohio State appreciates the week off, which allows it to focus heavily on its next opponent, but it also must balance that with maintaining steady improvement.“As far as just keeping the pedal off the gas, we’ve got to keep it going,” McLaurin said. “We’ve got a nice train rolling right now. We just want to come into this bye week focused and ready to get better.”Nearly a year ago, then-No. 2 Ohio State traveled to State College, Pennsylvania, to take on Penn State, a team that had just come off a bye week and handily defeated Maryland before its off week. Conversely, Wisconsin took the Buckeyes into overtime before Ohio State was able to come away with a hard-fought 30-27 overtime victory in Madison, Wisconsin. As the Buckeyes battled, the Nittany Lions rested.Both teams’ schedules are flipped this year.Not only will the Buckeyes be playing a game for the first time in two weeks when they play host to Penn State, but the Nittany Lions will be coming off a game against No. 19 Michigan. Even though the Wolverines have not looked as threatening this year, their stingy defense has not allowed more than 20 points in a game and will test a strong Nittany Lion offense.Though the Buckeyes have avoided outright saying they were looking forward to avenging last year’s loss to Penn State in prior weeks, it’s not a stretch to believe it has been in the back of their minds since the white-clad fans stormed Beaver Stadium as the Scarlet and Gray walked dejectedly back to the locker room.Redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis admitted as much saying the team has had an eye on Penn State for a while and mentioned the coaches have been preparing for this matchup for weeks. But for now, Ohio State rests, awaiting a chance for revenge. read more

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