Great brands are built by people. In working with our clients, we use a customized brand triangle approach which says “management leads the brand, employees live the brand and consumers love your brand.”Barry Sliverstein, in his book Breakaway Brands, says “More and more, management plays a crucial role in the success of a brand that breaks away from the pack.”But what specifically can an executive at a bank or credit union do to actually lead their brand? Here are four ways you can lead your financial institution’s brand.Set the tone—It all starts at the top. As a leader in your organization, people are going to follow your example. If your brand is built on service, then how are you serving your employees? They will model what they see from you. For example, if your brand culture is fun then you should ensure the workplace is fun. If your brand culture is putting consumers first then you should put your employees first. You set the tone.Identify the gaps—Every credit union and bank has brand gaps. There can be gaps between your brand and your strategy, gaps between your brand and your employees and gaps between your brand and your operations. As a leader you must know exactly where those gaps exists. If you are unsure where those gaps are a great step to take is a marketing audit. You acknowledge (and fix) the gaps. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two 20-year-old men were killed and a teenager was critically injured in a serious crash in Northampton on Tuesday night.Southampton Town Police said Zachary Powell, of East Moriches, was driving an Infinity southbound on County Road 51 when his vehicle left the roadway and into the woods at 9:51 p.m.Powell and his passenger, Christian Goody, of Shelter Island, were pronounced dead at the scene. A second passenger, 19-year-old Ashley Picozzi of Saint James, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition.Southampton police detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-702-2230 or the Crime Hotline at 631-728-3454. All calls will be kept confidential.
Nov 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A new food protection plan from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), released yesterday as part of a comprehensive import safety plan, places a heavy emphasis on preventing food contamination by enlisting other groups to help the agency focus inspection efforts on high-risk food products.The FDA’s 25-page plan spells out a host of actions it will take, such as writing food protection guidelines for industry and helping foreign countries enhance their regulatory systems. It also specifies new legislative authority it will need to pursue several other safety initiatives, such as enhancing access to a food company’s records during emergencies.Federal efforts to improve food safety focus not only on recent cases of tainted imports, but also on recent contamination episodes involving domestic food products, such as Salmonella in peanut butter and Escherichia coli in fresh produce.In May, FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD, appointed David Acheson, MD, to the new job of assistant commissioner for food safety and asked him to develop an “agency-wide, visionary strategy for food safety and defense.” Acheson was formerly chief medical officer and director of the Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency response at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.Officials who spoke at a press conference yesterday to introduce the import and food safety plans declined to estimate what the FDA plan might cost. Tevi Troy, deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said staff needs and cost decisions “will be determined through the normal budget process.”When asked whether cost constraints would prevent immediate implementation of parts of the plan, von Eschenbach said, “I’m not prepared to say what we can’t do right away. . . . There are many things that we’re currently in the process of implementing and others that will come.””We’re working with Congress so they understand the plan . . . and hopefully will provide the support needed,” he added.Strategies address new challengesThe plan identifies several trends that present food safety challenges. An aging US population will be increasingly susceptible to foodborne illnesses, and Americans eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and rely more on convenience foods that carry a greater risk of cross-contamination.Though the FDA said imported food doesn’t pose greater risks than domestic food, “increases in the volume and complexity of imported foods have taxed the limits of FDA’s approach to handling imports.””America’s food supply is among the safest in the world, and we enjoy unprecedented choice and convenience in filling the cupboard. Yet, we face new challenges to meet both the changing demands of a global economy and consumers’ expectations,” said HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in a press release yesterday.With strategies based on prevention, intervention, and response, the plan incorporates safety into every step of the food supply chain, Leavitt added. The FDA also said it believes the strategies would also effectively address deliberate contamination such as a criminal action or terrorist attack.Using third-party inspectorsThe number of domestic and foreign food production businesses that are subject to FDA inspections is growing faster than the FDA can manage on its own, the report notes. The plan asks Congress to allow the FDA to accredit third parties, or to recognize another agency that accredits third parties, to handle some inspection duties.Third-party inspectors could be federal, state, local, or foreign government agencies or private entities that don’t have conflicts of interest, the report said. The FDA would not be bound by their inspection findings.The FDA would develop best practices for and solicit industry input on a system for third-party inspectors. In addition, the agency would audit the work of the third-party inspectors, review their inspection reports, and provide them with ongoing training.Corporate responsibilitySeveral of the plan’s components increase the responsibility of companies for preventing foodborne illnesses, and some would require legislative action. For example, the FDA would like the authority to require some food supply companies to implement specific safety measures to guard against intentional adulteration. The authority would apply to vulnerable bulk or batch links in the food supply chain, such as requiring locks on tanker trucks that transport food.Also, for certain types of products that have been linked to serious human or animal foodborne illnesses, the FDA seeks the authority to require manufacturers to implement Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems, which the US Department of Agriculture requires for meat packers.”Promoting increased corporate responsibility is key in shifting FDA’s food protection effort to a proactive rather than a reactive one,” the FDA said in its report.Research and technology measuresThe report mentions several technological enhancements that could help the FDA improve food safety. More basic research is needed on identifying, managing, and preventing contamination. Also, the agency said new diagnostic tools are needed to speed the identification of and response to foodborne outbreaks.New data management systems across federal agencies could also improve food safety, the FDA said. “For example, assigning a unique identifier [for each food company] will eliminate duplicate records and make risk data about a firm easier to access,” the report added.Certification of foods before shipmentFor imported products that have been shown to pose a public health threat to the US population, the FDA would like the authority to require electronic certificates of compliance with FDA standards. Such a system would require the FDA to seek agreements whereby foreign governments or other accredited inspectors would certify each shipment or class of shipments before export. The FDA would have to take steps to ensure that the system was not vulnerable to counterfeiting or other security breaches such as transshipment to avoid certification.”This approach shares the burden of ensuring the safety of food products with the exporting country. Shipments that fail to meet the requirements would be refused entry,” the FDA report says.Improving the ability to detect food safety signals is also a focus of the FDA’s plan. The agency proposes improving its adverse-event and consumer-complaint reporting systems and creating a food-safety database for veterinarians.Speeding outbreak responseThe report highlighted several actions that could improve response to food outbreak emergencies. As reported previously, the FDA plan, like the overall import safety plan, asks Congress for the authority to order mandatory recalls when companies are unwilling to issue voluntary recalls.Also the FDA said it needs more streamlined access to company records in the event of a foodborne illness outbreak. The agency would like the authority to access company records on related food items, such as food produced on the same manufacturing line as a product suspected of contamination.The agency also proposes to remove the requirement that a product must be shown to be adulterated before inspectors can access records in an emergency. Instead, officials should be able to investigate company records when they have a reasonable belief that a food presents a serious health threat.”The recent melamine situation in which the FDA had early clinical evidence that a specific food was causing illness in pets but did not have clear evidence of a specific adulteration is an example of such a scenario,” the report states.Risk communication is also addressed in the plan, and the agency proposes enhancing systems of contacting retailers and other groups during a foodborne illness outbreak. The agency also plans to build a Web site to communicate important food-protection information to consumers.Mixed reviews The FDA plan drew mixed reviews from consumer groups.Consumers Union welcomed the proposal to equip the FDA with mandatory recall authority but criticized some other aspects of the food and import safety plans.In a news release, Jean Halloran, Consumers Union’s director of food policy initiatives, faulted the administration’s proposal for not including a budget increase to cover the costs. She also said the plan doesn’t increase the penalties for safety rule violations enough to serve as a deterrent.”And the focus on the ‘carrot’ approach—enticing companies to buy from ‘certified’ producers to import products more quickly—appears to shift the emphasis towards increasing trade and away from the number one priority—ensuring that all products entering the US are safe,” Halloran said.In a similar vein, the nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) hailed the proposal for FDA recall authority but criticized the administration plans on some other counts.In a statement, Sarah Klein, CSPI’s food safety staff attorney, called the safety plans “woefully short on specifics” about improving the traceability of food imports. She also said it was “very disappointing” that the proposals don’t call for “a single strong food safety agency” to end the current division of food safety responsibilities between the FDA and the US Department of Agriculture.On the industry side, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) praised the food safety plan, including the FDA recall authority.Hailing the plan’s focus on prevention, GMA President Cal Dooley said many elements of the plan resemble measures in the GMA’s own food safety plan, unveiled in September. The GMA plan calls for doubling the FDA’s budget over the next 5 years and for “strengthening the food safety private-public partnership,” he said in a statement.Concerning the recall authority issue, Dooley said, “We believe mandatory recall authority should be granted to FDA to expedite the agency’s ability to more rapidly respond whenever there is a significant risk of an adverse outcome, or whenever food companies refuse FDA’s request to voluntarily recall a product.”A report in today’s Wall Street Journal said most of the administration’s proposals are not new. The story quoted William Hubbard, a former associate commissioner of the FDA, as saying, “I see this as the administration falling into line with the other groups, with the industry, the Congress, consumer groups and the FDA career scientists. You’ve got a strong groundwork upon which to craft legislation.See also:Nov 6 HHS press releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/11/20071106a.htmlNov 2007 FDA Food Protection Planhttp://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FoodProtectionPlan2007/default.htm Nov 6 CIDRAP News story “US food safety plan calls for FDA recall power”Nov 6 Consumers Union news releasehttp://www.consumersunion.org/news/cu-urges-strong-action-on-the-safety-of-imports/Nov 6 CSPI statementhttp://www.cspinet.org/new/200711062.htmlMay 1 CIDRAP News story “New FDA job to focus on food safety strategy”
Related news:”MAKE ME CARE” AS THE MAIN PHILOSOPHY IN TOURISMARENA HOSPITALITY GROUP OPENS THE FIRST LUXURY GLAMPING RESORT IN CROATIA – ARENA ONE 99 GLAMPING Arena Hospitality Group has so far shown that it is a leading travel company when it comes to new technological trends in tourism.Recognizing the growing interest in energy efficiency technology, Park Plaza Belvedere, Park Plaza Arena and Park Plaza Verudela offer electric car chargers to their guests. One exclusively for Tesla’s cars and the other two for all other electric vehicles. At the same time, one of the chargers was installed in Pomer, in the new Arena One 99 Glamping, the first family glamping resort in Croatia with a total of 200 luxury tents. Also, cars are not allowed in the Arena One 99 Glamping, but movement is only possible with electric vehicles.Park Plaza Arena the first hotel in Croatia with a digital keyFree applications “PPHE Croatia” and “Arenatuurist” were launched in 2015, and due to the rebranding of the entire company, new, improved applications “AHG Hotels” and “Arena Campsites” have become this season. Free applications “PPHE Croatia”For guests of Park Plaza Histria, Park Plaza Arena, and Park Plaza Verudela came due to requests and expectations of guests to access all necessary information related to the stay via tablets and smartphones on the one hand, and the need for direct communication of the hotel with its guests on the other side. The logical next step was to expand the application, ie its functionality, to the possibility of using a mobile phone to enter hotel rooms, thus avoiding additional cards and eliminating waiting for check-in at the reception. Such an extension was just realized a year ago in the Park Plaza Arena hotel, which became the first hotel in Croatia with a digital key, and the intention is to expand this function to other hotels under the Park Plaza brand in Pula and Medulin.Further improvement and renaming of the application happened before this tourist season. The application is located on the store under the name “AHG Hotels”, and combines the complete offer of hotels and apartment houses of the Arena Hospitality Group with accommodation facilities in Pula, Medulin, Berlin, Nuremberg, Cologne and Budapest. Additional functionality of using mobile phones to enter hotel rooms is currently being implemented in the Park Plaza Nurenberg hotel, and by the end of the year they will be introduced in one hotel in Berlin.Active free guest app “Arena Turist”Had its original application in unbranded AHG facilities. Today, the “Arena Campsites” application specializing in the needs of camping guests has emerged from it. It combines the complete camping offer of AHG, including 7 campsites and the new Arena One 99 Glamping. In addition to the listed guest applications, Arena Hospuitality Group also uses application “Facility”For communication between hotel management and individual hotel departments, Arena Hospitality group has positioned itself as a leader and leading Croatian hotelier in the application of new and mobile technologies.Hotel Park Plaza Arena, Park Plaza Histria, Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin and the tourist resort Park Plaza Verudela Pula offer „mobile”Guest service. It is a state-of-the-art mobile and digital offer for the hotel industry, whereby every guest of the mentioned facilities receives a mobile device with unlimited international and local calls and internet access during their stay at no additional cost.Namely, the whole thing works in such a way that when guests check in at the reception, in rooms or apartments they will be waiting for them and will be available during their stay mobile phone at a special charging station (docking station) that offers unlimited local and international calls, free internet access, a free destination guide, speed dial calls and emergency information.This year, seven AHG hotels in Germany and Hungary were introduced for guestsIn addition to guest applications, this year we also use NFC technology in communication between guests and employees. At the Sensimar Medulin Hotel, we use NFC technology in the lobby bar and on the terrace in such a way that the guest puts his own mobile phone on a special sticker on each table, opens a menu offering drinks, and selects and sends orders to employees at the bar.Also, in the new Arena One 99 Glamping, where the traffic of motor vehicles is prohibited, and the transfer of guests to the tent is done by electric vehicles, there is a need for a special communication line between guests in glamping tents and reception, or electric vehicle driver service. A sticker is placed in each glamping tent and by pressing the mobile device on it, a signal is sent to the reception / transfer service, which sees exactly from which tent the call came and goes to pick it up…. For the end, an interesting fact is how websites www.arenaturist.com at www.arenacamps.com they achieve an impressive 8.000.000 views per year, which is a great foundation for direct booing which is increasingly in the focus of hoteliers and certainly one of the main future challenges.Its innovative way of introducing new services in its own accommodation facilities has a clear goal – to raise the quality of existing services and get even closer to its guests and enable them a better stay. Today, more than ever, it is imperative to follow all new trends in tourism and technology, and they are faster than ever. That is why if we do not keep up with the demands of the market, it will be increasingly difficult for us to catch up with the competition later.
Topics : Pyongyang has also taken issue over defectors in the South sending propaganda leaflets into North Korea.Several defector-led groups regularly send back flyers carrying critical messages of Kim Jong Un, often together with food, $1 bills, mini radios and USB sticks containing South Korean dramas and news.The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said the demolition of the liaison office was the “first stage action” in its “holy war” aimed at punishing Seoul authorities for turning a blind eye to the defector’s campaign.”It was an iron hammer of stern punishment meted out to those who were having empty dreams while pursuing concealed hostile policy,” it said in a commentary.The newspaper also ran a series of articles and photos carrying angry ordinary citizens calling for retaliation and vowing to send anti-South leaflets over the border South Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator will hold talks with officials in Washington on Thursday amid flaring tensions with North Korea after Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean liaison office and threatened military action.Lee Do-hoon’s unannounced trip came days after North Korea blew up a joint liaison office in Kaesong, near the South Korean border and declared an end to dialogue with the South.Lee is expected to hold consultations with US officials, including Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun who had led denuclearization negotiations with North Korea, Seoul’s foreign ministry said. Lee and Biegun will “assess the current situation on the Korean peninsula and discuss responses,” the ministry said in a statement.South Korean television showed Lee arriving at Washington’s Dulles International Airport on Wednesday evening, where he declined to comment to reporters.Pyongyang has increasingly snubbed Seoul’s calls for engagement as efforts to restart inter-Korean economic projects stalled due to international sanctions designed to rein in the North’s nuclear and missile programs.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, on Wednesday criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for failing to implement a 2018 peace accord, saying Moon “put his neck into the noose of pro-US flunkeyism.”
The rest of the country remained on high alert as three new cases were reported in Queensland and several schools in Sydney were shuttered overnight amid growing fears that the country’s largest city may also be tipping toward an uncontrollable outbreak.New South Wales reported 18 new cases, roughly in line with previous days.Australia has been one of the most successful countries in containing the pandemic, with most states and territories reporting few or no new cases in recent weeks.But Melbourne has had thousands of new infections since mid-June, an outbreak initially blamed on security bungles at hotels where returning international travellers were under mandatory quarantine.The government has now extended some of Melbourne’s lockdown measures to surrounding cities and deployed disaster-relief teams to elderly care homes in the city.Those teams — which usually tackle earthquakes and other disasters overseas — include doctors, nurses, paramedics and logistics experts.Australia has recorded over 16,000 COVID-19 cases and 189 deaths, in a population of 25 million. Australia on Thursday reported a record number of new coronavirus infections and its deadliest day of the pandemic so far following a spike in cases at elderly care homes.Days after authorities expressed hope that a Melbourne lockdown — now in its third week — was bringing persistent outbreaks under control, the surge is a potent warning that the country’s initial success in managing COVID-19 can quickly unravel.Thirteen deaths and 723 positive tests were reported in the southeastern state of Victoria alone, well beyond the previous nationwide record of 549 cases set on Monday. Topics : Premier Daniel Andrews indicated the leap, was in part, linked to a surge in cases in aged care homes.Most of those who died were aged in their 70s-90s.At one of the worst-hit facilities, Epping Gardens, an ambulance was seen Wednesday taking away the body of one of the deceased residents.Health workers rolled other masked residents on stretchers to waiting ambulances for transfer to hospital.
LifestyleLocalNews Law has to stipulate legal drinking age- NYC President by: – October 15, 2019 Tweet 198 Views one comment Share Share Share Sharing is caring! President of the National Youth Council of Dominica, Paul BaronThe National Youth Council of Dominica wants underage drinking to be punishable by law.Council President Paul Baron spoke to Dominica Vibes recently to encourage young people to participate in independence activities.He emphasised that that participation should be wholesome citing that alcohol use among young people is not adequately regulated.“What is in fact law is that you cannot sell to a minor who is under 18. However, there is not a law that bars a minor from consuming alcohol. While the minors cannot buy it, there is no law that says they cannot consume it under the age of 18. That’s a blind spot in our legal system.”Baron believes the nation’s future, its youth, ought to be priority number one.“If we have to develop as a country, we have to safeguard its most precious resource which is its young people. The responsibility of taking Dominica through the 21st century and beyond is dependent on the young people. We have a huge youthful population in fact, it is estimated to be at least 40%,” Baron says. “The National Youth Council will take up the responsibility of pursuing that and I will…personally as well.”In the meantime, however, Baron calls young people to act responsibly.“Whenever you are engaging in activities in this Creole season, do so in a responsible manner. Do not over-consume alcohol, do not engage in anti-social activities, have fun with your peers and family in a manner that you are safe and your health is safeguarded as well; do not end up in trouble. Essentially, we want the very best for you and we want to ensure that you live a fulfilling life.”He says the Council will follow that issue and continue advocating for the cause adding, “I believe that the law has to stipulate a legal drinking age.”
Personnel of the Antique Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office conduct an interview with the boatmen of Mararison Island in order for the to qualify from the financial aid provided by the government. PSWDO ANTIQUE SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincialgovernment of Antique will soon release financial aids to boatmen plyingMararison Island to Lipata Port in Culasi, the province’s premier touristdestination. Social Worker Jason Alagos of theProvincial Social Welfare and Development Office in this province said duringan interview on Feb. 13 that they have already discussed with the 35 boatcaptains and boatmen for them to be given financial assistance. “We initially interviewed 35 boatcaptains and boatmen to know their situations and needs,” he said. There are also70 more boatmen and their boat captains who will be assessed next week. He added that the interview is arequirement for the boat crews there to be given financial assistance of P5,000each under the Aids to Individuals in Crisis Situation. The Philippine Coast Guard of thisprovince prevented them from plying their routes after the Maritime Industry Authorityrefused to renew the registration of their motorboats.(With a report from PNA./PN) “The tourism industry and the livelihoodof the people in the island of Mararison in Culasi, Antique suffered a majorsetback as a result of the refusal of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)to renew the registration of motorboats plying Culasi to Mararison and viceversa,” he said. As chairman of the committee ontransportation and communication, he noted that the tourism industry andlivelihood of the people in Mararison suffered after their sea vesselsdisallowed to operate. It was Antique Provincial Board MemberVictor Condez who sponsored a resolution last Jan. 16, requesting the provisionof financial assistance of the boatmen and captain who halted theirMararison-Lipata operations. The sea voyage and tour to MararisonIsland was stopped since December 2019 after the boat operators failed to renewtheir boat registrations.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (May 4) – Jason Martin made his trip to Lincoln County Raceway a profitable one Saturday night. Blurton made several attempts to take the lead but couldn’t execute the pass. Brian Herbert passed Berry for third on lap four while the two frontrunners battled for the lead. A couple caution flags dotted the feature, yet Martin kept his sprinter out front and hold off remaining challenges from Blurton to take home the $1,500 victory with a $100 bonus for leading all 25 laps courtesy of RS Customs. By David Smith Jr., OKTidbits Martin held off persistent challenges by defending tour champion Zach Blurton to claim the fourth annual Ron Williams/Dick Snoose Myers Memorial as the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing made its only appearance of the season at North Platte. Blurton settled for second while Herbert got the best of a race-long battle for third over Shon Pointer while Berry settled for fifth. Shane Sundquist picked up the Keizer Wheels hard charger award as he came from his 15th starting position to come home sixth. Martin and Darren Berry started on the front row for the 25-lap feature finale with Martin taking the lead as the green flag fell. Jason Martin led every lap of the United Rebel Sprint Series main event at Lincoln County Raceway. (Photo by Steve Towery) Next up for the United Rebel Sprint Series will on Saturday, May 18, and their second appearance of the season at Dodge City Raceway Park. Feature results – 1. Jason Martin; 2. Zach Blurton; 3. Brian Herbert; 4. Shon Pointer; 5. Darren Berry; 6. Shane Sundquist; 7. Tracey Hill; 8. Austin McLean; 9. Dalton Webb; 10. Chad Salem; 11. Aaron Ploussard; 12. Kade Hagans; 13. Todd Plemons; 14. John Webster; 15. Tom Belsky.
Head coach Tim Sherwood has had to deal with defensive shortages in recent weeks and, although Chiriches is unlikely to be involved on Sunday against Liverpool, Dawson could return. “Vlad has been out for a while and we have to make sure we take our time with him,” Sherwood told www.tottenhamhotspur.com. “We’re pleased to see him back in training this week and we’re looking to drop him back into Friday’s Under-21 game against Arsenal at the Lane. “He’s trained well and he hasn’t felt any reaction to his back, so we’re well pleased with that. “Michael trained at the end of last week as well, we’re pleased with his progress and most of all, delighted we’ve more players from which to select from.” Romania international Chiriches last started for Spurs against Manchester City on January 29 and has missed 12 matches. Dawson has been out since the 4-0 defeat at Chelsea on March 8, during which he suffered a hamstring injury which ruled him out of four games. Tottenham have received a much-needed defensive boost after captain Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches returned to training on Tuesday. Press Association