first_imgThe office. For many workers, this is the place you get to around 8 AM and don’t leave until 5 PM (or after) every day, pretty much five days a week. Love or hate it, the office is the place many of us spend the majority of our time any given day.While having a job and an office to go to every day is a terrific thing, familiarity can breed contempt. That’s why it’s important to consider moving your strategic planning session off-site rather than hosting it somewhere at your credit union facility.Here are a few additional reasons why taking your strategic planning meeting off-site is a good idea.A new location will generate new ideas. Sure, not every credit union is going to send its management team to the Bahamas, but even going to a conference room across town gets you out of your familiar surroundings and can help attendees develop new ideas.A new location will lessen distractions. If you keep your strategic planning meeting at your credit union facility, odds are you encounter daily interruptions. Instead of devoting themselves to contributing to the strategic planning session, attendees are tempted to spend time checking emails, returning calls and interacting with other employees. When you take your strategic planning session off-site, these distractions aren’t nearly as much of an issue. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgIn addition, the project includes arranging and equipping the existing county bicycle routes, namely the construction of 6 gazebos, ie rest areas for cyclists, installation of smart benches, development of standards for “bike & bed” accommodation facilities and installation of new stations for bicycle repair. By the way, in the area of ​​Bjelovar-Bilogora County there are more than 400 kilometers of cycling trails and routes of county and international importance, and equipping them and their promotion are a good basis for further development of cycling tourism. Source / photo: Bjelovar-Bilogora County Map of bicycle routes and bicycle repair stationscenter_img This is the basis for the continued investment in the preparation of traffic studies and marking of cycling routes in the Bjelovar-Bilogora County, more precisely through the project moves in the tracing and marking of cycling routes in the municipality of Kapela. After successfully implemented investment projects in cyclotourism development programs in Bjelovar-Bilogora County Phases 1 and 2 projects worth HRK 800 thousand, Bjelovar-Bilogora County was approved a new “Cyclotourism Development Program Phase 3” for 2019 worth HRK 502 thousand. The same will be co-financed by the Ministry of Tourism with 316 thousand kuna, and the rest by Bjelovar-Bilogora County.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Manchester United and Arsenal hold initial talks to sign Jonathan David Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jun 2020 7:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link527Shares Arsenal had identified Jonathan David as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are set to rival Arsenal for the signing of Gent striker Jonathan David with both clubs having held exploratory talks with the player’s agent. Mikel Arteta’s need for a new striker will intensify should either of this two most experienced forwards, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, depart this summer. The Gabon international has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract and although agreeing a new deal for last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner is the top priority for Arteta, there are no guarantees he will sign, potentially forcing Arsenal to sell at a discount price.AdvertisementAdvertisementLacazette, meanwhile, lost his place to youngster Eddie Nketiah before the season was suspended and could be used as a possible makeweight in any attempt to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal have regularly scouted 20-year-old David this season and according to HLN they have held initial talks with the forward’s agent Nick Mavromaras. The futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette remain uncertain at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Gent are said to have no intention of selling their prize asset on the cheap and it has previously been reported that a fee of around £17.5million could tempt them into selling.United’s need for a striker is not as great as Arsenal’s with Odion Ighalo having filled a temporary hole during his loan spell, while Marcus Rashford has shouldered the goalscoring burden following last summer’s departure of Romelu Lukaku.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsOle Gunnar Solskjaer is keen not to disrupt the progress of Mason Greenwood, who has scored 13 goals in all competitions during a stellar breakthrough campaign, but the Norwegian did aggressively pursue a move for his compatriot Erling Haaland in January. Borussia Dortmund ultimately won the race to sign the prolific striker but United’s priorities this summer lie elsewhere with Haaland’s current teammate, Jadon Sancho, their top priority.MORE: Gael Clichy explains why he left Arsenal to join Manchester CityMORE: Bernd Leno rates Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Manchester City clashFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Guendouzi has reportedly been banned from training with the first team (Picture: Getty Images)Jeremie Aliadiere says Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is at risk of damaging his career prospects with his attitude problems.The Frenchman has not featured for the Gunners since he grabbed Neal Maupay by the neck after the 2-1 defeat to Brighton two weeks ago.Reports claim that Guendouzi has even been made to train on his own and refused to apologise for his behaviour, which has sparked rumours of his exit from the Emirates.While not disclosing any further information on behind the scenes matters, Arteta has consistently maintained that ‘the situation has not changed’ when questioned about the 21-year-old’s absence from the team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe was also banished from the squad earlier this season after a bust-up with Arteta and his coaching staff during their training camp in Dubai.And ex-Gunners striker Aliadiere, who also played for Guendouzi’s former team Lorient, admits the midfielder had similar issues at the Ligue 2 side in his younger years and if his problems continue, they could have a detrimental impact on his future.‘I’m sure deep inside he is disappointed if he has to leave Arsenal like this,’ Aliadiere told ‘But from what has been said in the press he has obviously got all the top clubs after him. I’m sure he won’t end up at a smaller club.’ Arteta has taken a strong stance with Guendouzi (Picture: Getty Images)‘If he moves he’ll end up at a top club somewhere. I don’t know if he really thinks, ‘I’m gutted that I might be sold by Arsenal’ or will he think, ‘It’s their loss, I’m going to go to Madrid, Barcelona or Paris’.‘It’s hard. When you’re young you just don’t think of the consequences in the long term. A bad experience, a second bad experience, a third bad experience. Eventually if you have enough bad blood at clubs it will impact your career.‘That’s what I’m more concerned about for him, having all that talent, having made it at a top club so young and throwing it all away. I would be gutted for him. I saw him at 16 and thought he would become a top player.‘I know Matteo, he’s like a little brother to me. I was buzzing when he joined the club, I’m gutted to see him in that situation now, to be training on his own because of his own actions.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘When you’ve got a problem with one coach, with a second coach, with a third coach. I take it it might not be the coach.‘It might be something you’re doing wrong. I know he has had trouble at Lorient with two managers, before when he was a very young kid as well and now he’s having trouble with Arteta. It can’t all be the managers all the time.‘He has passion for the club, you know that every time he plays he gives 100 per cent. That’s what’s sad about it. If you had a player who was not giving 100 per cent you’d be keen to sell him. ‘But it’s not on the pitch, it’s attitude in training, around the training ground, on camps abroad and outside games. That’s what makes it even more disappointing.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Mesut Ozil reveals decision over his Arsenal future to friends after squad axeMORE: Matteo Guendouzi snubs plea from Arsenal teammate David Luiz over argument with Mikel ArtetaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 Jul 2020 6:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Comment Advertisement Jeremie Aliadiere sends warning to Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi over his attitudelast_img read more

first_imgPR – Luke Lozier in High Jump, 5’8″.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers. Congratulations to the Batesville Bulldog Track and Field team as they defended their title yet again at the boys Sectional competition tonight! This is Batesville 4th year in a row taking home the Sectional trophy sneaking by East Central by 11.5 points.2016-17 Boys Track Sectionals @ East CentralThere were a few disappointments on the night, but overall, many awesome performance leading to many Bulldogs placing higher than expected. The dogs fought hard to the end and have the 2017 Sectional trophy to show for it!Scores were as follows: Batesville-112, East Central-100.5, Franklin County-96, Oldenburg-79, Lawerenceburg-66, Greensburg-62.5, South Decatur-36, South Dearborn-22, Milan-16, Rising Sun-15, Jac-Cen-Del-6, South Ripley-5 and North Decatur-4.5.The Bulldogs claimed several individual Sectional Championships and two of the three relays. The night on the track opened with the 4 x 800m relay where Batesville ran a 6 second PR (just shy of the meet record) to be the first Sectional Champion crowned on the night, running an 8:20.49, just beating our neighbors, Oldenburg Academy at 8:21.72. Members of the Championship 4 x 800 team are Quinten Gowdy, Joseph Choi, Adam Moster, and Caleb Moster.The 2nd championship of the night came from the very next race, the 110m high hurdles from junior Garrett Wagner. Garrett broke the meet and the stadium record by hundreds of a second, cruising through at 15.02. Garrett also claimed the 300m hurdle Sectional Championship, not only breaking the Sectional, stadium and school record, but also hit the automatic state standards as he flew through at 38.94! Caleb Moster put on a great finish in the last 100 meters of the 800 run to claim 1st place by less than a second at 2:02.28.Finally, to end the night and to clinch the team Sectional Championship, the boys 4 x 400m relay left nothing in question as they beat the rest of the field by 8 seconds at 3:33.63. Members of the 4 x 400m team are: Caleb Moster, Quinten Gowdy, Henry Lipinski and Garrett Wagner. Congratulations to all our sectional champs!Also automatically advancing to Regional competition (placing 3rd or better) are: Robert Strobal-2nd Pole Vault; Caleb Moster-2nd 1600m run; Nathan Bedel-3rd Pole Vault; Ian Yorn-3rd-400m dash4 x 100m relay team-3rd with Peyton Meyer, CJ Thomas, Jon Kurtz and Gavin Koester.Also placing fourth, but advancing to regionals as a callback is Michael Ripperger in the 1600m run. Congratulations to all qualifiers!!!Scoring went to the top 8 places, so beside the above, those helping win that sectional title were:  4th place: Adam Moster-3200m run; 5th places: Zach Harmeyer-400m dash, Henry Lipinski-300m hurdles; 6th place finish: Garrett Wagner-200m dash; 7th place finish: Gavin Koester-100m dash.There were many personal records broken and they were:4 x 400 splits-Quinten Gowdy and Henry Lipinski; 400m dash-Zach Harmeyer; 800m run-Caleb Moster and Quinten Gowdy; 4 x 800 splits-Quinten Gowdy, Joseph Choi and Adam Moster; 1600m run-Michael Ripperger; 300m hurdles-Garrett Wagner and Henry Lipinski; Shot Put-Peyton Meyer; Discus-Ben Krieg.Congratulations to all…and also congratulations to Oldenburg Academy’s Curt Eckstein for breaking the 3200m Sectional record by over 10 seconds, flying through at 9:18.03.All the boys advancing will compete at the Regional competition next Thursday at Warren Central high School. Good luck everyone!Courtsey of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.The Greensburg Boys Track and Field team finished 6th in the IHSAA Sectional meet Thursday evening with 65 1/2 points and advanced two athletes to the regional meet next Thursday at Warren Central High School.The two athletes advancing are senior Zach Pokrzywinski in the high jump and freshman Hunter Butz in the 800m run. Both athletes had 3rd place finishes to punch their ticket to next week. Pokrzywinski was part of a 3-way tie at 5’8″ and Butz ran a PR of 2:05.67 to become the 2nd fastest freshman in school history.Overall the team performed and placed well and had a better meet than last week at the conference. A big thank you to our seniors who lead us all season and showed solid leadership on and off the track. Also, congrats to Batesville and Coach Gausman on another sectional team crown.Individual and relay places along with season PR’s listed below.4th place.4×800 Relay-Reid McClintic (PR split), Kevin Johnson, Louis Moore, Butz; 4×400 Relay-Jadrian Woods, Moore, Butz, Daimon Austin; Long Jump- Austin – 18′ 10 3/4″; Discus- Tanner Yonts (PR 128’4);5th place. Long Jump – Pokrzywinski 18′ 6 3/4″; 4×100 Relay – Isaiah Myer, Vincent Pavy, Luke Lozier, Pokrzywinski; 1600m – Jared Hasselbring 4:50.92; 100m – Pokrzywinski 11.61.6th place. 400m – Woods; Pole Vault – Matthew Myer; 1600m – Kevin Johnson.7th place. Shot Put – Dylan Cain; 3200m – Reid McClintic; 400m – Austin.Tied for 7th in Pole Vault – Charlie Pumphrey.8th place. 100m & 200m – Isaiah Myer.last_img read more

first_imgCOLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (Aug. 28) – The weekly Friday night racing season at CJ Speedway came to a close with a great night of racing on the perfectly prepared multi-groove race track on the Louisa County Fairgrounds.  Brandies led the entire race but was hounded by Jason See and Bell and all three drivers had a shot at the win as they took the white flag in tightly bunched pack. Bell took to the outside in turn four coming to the checkers but came up less than half a car length short at the checkers with See in third right on Brandies bumper.   By Jerry Mackey The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars put on their usual side-by-side thrilling racing with the winner in doubt until the checkers waved in the 20 lap main event. David Brandies scored a hard-fought win over track champion, Adam Bell. center_img Cody Staley had a season for the record books in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Staley took the win on Friday night, which was his eighth in a row at the 4/10-mile speedway. Staley easily outdistanced Darin Smith in taking the win. All IMCA point standings become official on Oct. 26.last_img read more

first_imgGov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal might cut $110 million from the Cal Grant system, which would affect financial aid for students enrolled in public and private California universities during the 2012-2013 school year.As part of the $12.5 billion in reduced state spending, the cuts to the system would reduce the amount offered to students who choose to use Cal Grants at private institutions and would raise the minimum requirements for students to qualify for a Cal Grant.The Cal Grant system consists of Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B, which are offered to students based on merit and demonstrated financial need. The grants do not have to be paid back.Cal Grant A provides for tuition and fees in the California State University and University of California systems, as well as tuition support at private, nonprofit schools such as USC. Up to $12,192 is offered to each eligible students in the UC system, up to $5,472 to students in the CSU system, and up to $9,708  to students at private schools.Brown is proposing cutting the award money offered to students at private schools by 44 percent to the CSU level in addition to raising the minimum GPA requirement for Cal Grant A from 3.0 to 3.25.The USC Financial Aid Office could help make those cuts manageable for students attending USC, despite worries that such cuts would make it more difficult for low-income students to cover the cost of attending a private school, said Thomas McWhorter, the dean of financial aid.“In a place like USC, where we still meet the full determined need of the students, I wouldn’t anticipate [a drop in the number of low-income students], but any time you have a reduction in the amount of gift aid that’s given I can understand that there may be some changes in attendance,” McWhorter said.McWhorter, however, said that with a reduction in either state or federal money offered to students as part of their financial aid package, the additional money would have to come from either increased university resources or more loans included in the financial aid package.“USC has a commitment to meet the full need of our students,” McWhorter said. “When a major source of aid changes like this, it means the money has to come from somewhere else.”The possibility of Cal Grant cuts would be especially worrisome for students hoping to attend a private university as a freshman in fall 2012, said Veronica Villalobos, the executive director of state government relations for USC in Sacramento.Because the finalized state budget isn’t constitutionally due until June 15 and incoming freshmen must confirm their college decision by early May, students could have to make their decision before knowing how much aid they will receive from the state.“The impact of a 44 percent cut [for Cal Grants at private schools] would be particularly dramatic,” Villalobos said. “Sometimes students choose not to go to a private university because it looks like their grant is going to be cut significantly. There’s a lot of uncertainty.”Zarkhi Palmer, a freshman majoring in business administration, is a recipient of a Cal Grant who said that if the state had offered him less money while he was making his decision and his financial aid package was unable to offset the difference, he would have had to think twice about attending a private university.“If the school financial aid didn’t cover [tuition], I probably would not have come [to USC],” Palmer said. “I would have gone to a cheaper school.”Approximately 1,900 undergraduate students, or just over 10 percent of the undergraduate population, are currently recipients of a Cal Grant as part of their financial aid package, alongside other aid such as loans, scholarships and the Federal Work-Study program.According to Villalobos, these students would have their grants cut for 2012-2013 as well, and a large enough cut might even have some students deciding to transfer.To avoid this situation, Villalobos said USC has been partnering with other California private schools to push for changes to the budget proposal that would not hit their students as hard.Villalobos said former Gov. Schwarzenegger proposed a similar cut in 2004, but schools and students were able to fight back and have the cut reduced to 14 percent.“Because the budget is so bad and there’s not much room to make cuts, it’s really going to be a big fight this year that students have to initiate to protect their financial aid,” Villalobos said.last_img read more

first_imgVice Provost of Academic Operations Mark Todd and President of Student Veterans Association Joshua Lynch spoke about the struggles veterans face and the resources available to veterans at the Veterans Appreciation Week kickoff event in Sample Hall on Monday evening.Regina Nordahl, associate dean of USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, has hosted and organized Veteran Appreciation Week for two years in a row and hopes to establish it in coming years.“Its an appreciation and an awareness. It’s a way for students, faculty and staff to understand who our veterans are and what their experiences have been and how their experiences contribute to who we are as a University,” Nordahl said. “The more we know about one another, it’s a way to expand our knowledge and let people understand they have more in common than they think. VA week allows us to be forward-thinking and look at our similarities, not our differences.“Some of the highlights of Veterans Appreciation Week will include a career fair, a letter signing, boot camp workout and veteran luncheon taking place during the week. Josh Lynch served in the Army National Guard from 2008-2014. He was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and now strives to ease veterans’ transitions and spread awareness about the veteran population on campus as President of the Student Veterans Association. “There’s this stereotype that veterans are crazy [and] you can’t work with them. That’s all wrong,” Lynch said. “VA week will put us on the map and spread awareness that we do exist.”Todd spoke about the veteran community and USC’s immensely diverse student body.  USC has over 600 veterans enroll as students each semester, and that number is growing. Todd said that much of the veteran population at USC are transfers from community college, and USC’s Veteran Resource Center is set up to ease that transition. “We are just tremendously proud of our veterans and instead of just celebrating Veterans Day, we want to express our gratitude to them by putting on a whole week of events,” Todd said. “The university admits over 800 community college transfers and one in every six come from community college compared to our competitors — one in 1,000. So we greatly value the diversity that community college brings and a lot of our veterans come in through that route.” Jennifer Perdomo serves as coordinator for the Veteran Resource Center, and oversees many of the support systems and resources available to veterans on campus. She said that the resources offered by the center help veterans who may otherwise struggle to keep up with their classes.“We may have students who may not want to be known as a veteran and that’s okay but we have that veteran space available where they can lounge or study and have safe space like any of the other culture centers on campus,” Perdomo said.last_img read more