Mr. Blue MauMau / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 WASHINGTON – August saw an additional 1.4 million jobs added in the United States, but the country is still a long way off from regaining the amount lost since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.The numbers released on Friday show the economy is recovering slowly, but in line with expectations.Last month’s jobs were less than the 1.7 added in July.America is still down 11 point five million from February, before COVID-19 caused the country to shut down virtually everything. One bright spot, the unemployment rate dipped below 10 percent for the first time since March and it was recorded at 8.4 percent. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
FairPoint Communications recently donated $1,000 to Starbase Vermont to help teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to elementary school students across the state. Starbase Vermont provides students in grades 4 through 6 an exciting activity-based curriculum conducted over 5 days (25 hours) with a goal to inspire students in STEM fields. The Starbase program typically occurs over a 5-week period and it is free of charge.”We are thrilled that FairPoint is supporting Starbase Vermont again,” said Doug Gliman, State Director of Starbase Vermont. “With support from our community partners, we are able to serve about 1,500 Vermont students annually.” “Starbase Vermont reaches students from every corner of the state and engages them through exciting, real world applications.,” said Eric Barie, Marketing Manager for FairPoint Vermont. “FairPoint is proud to provide assistance to this important program.Through experiential learning, the Starbase curriculum also teaches vital personal development skills including teambuilding, goal setting, and healthy choices. With program sites in Rutland and South Burlington, Starbase Vermont reaches about 80 classes of students annually in Vermont. All public and private schools are eligible to apply for this program, and is there no fee for students to participate. For more information about Starbase Vermont, please visit www.starbasevt.org(link is external)
It should come as no surprise that happier employees are more productive employees. A recent study by economists at the University of Warwick actually measured this phenomenon, discovering that happier employees are on average 12% more productive than non-happy employees, while unhappy employees are 10% less productive, thus resulting in a 22% productivity swing between unhappy and happy employees.While the legacy thinking on this topic is that higher salaries result in happier employees, research shows that this is often not the case. A large majority of American workers are not happy in their current position. A recent Gallup survey found that only 13% of employees are engaged at work, translating into an immense number of disengaged and subsequently unhappy employees. Companies that invest in employee support services, rather than simply paying higher wages, see definitive increases in employee satisfaction and happiness. At Google, known for their innovative employee support and satisfaction initiatives, employee satisfaction rose 37% after implementation of non-monetary benefits such as on-site day care and dry cleaning services. However, it does not need to be the sole responsibility of the organization to keep employees happy, some of this burden can be placed on the employees themselves.Considerable research has been conducted on how to increase one’s happiness. The findings show there are multiple ways, ranging from practicing mindfulness to acquiring a pet. One of the more interesting and relative findings shows that being grateful has a large impact on happiness. One study showed that those subjects expressing gratitude were significantly more satisfied with their lives as compared to those not specifically expressing gratitude. A 2009 study confirmed the neural basis for this phenomenon, showing that gratitude stimulates the area of our brain responsible for the pleasure sensation. Researchers at the University of North Carolina have even shown a genetic predisposition towards expressed gratitude and subsequent happiness. Other studies have shown that expressing gratitude can elevate the mood of those around us as well, revealing that those with a propensity to express anger, reduced such propensity when shown gratitude. Thusly, those showing gratitude at work not only can increase their own happiness (and productivity) but can influence the mood of their co-workers or boss.Showing gratitude, however, is not always easy. If only 13% of employees are engaged at work, what is there to be thankful for? We are constantly having both positive and negative experiences. If we take ownership of our happiness, we can be mindful and focus on the positive and push back the negative. Everyone can find something to be grateful for — family, friends, the beauty of nature or the lack of traffic on their way to work. The point is that if we are self-aware and emotionally intelligent, we can be accountable for increasing our happiness through gratitude. Some experts recommend making a “gratitude list” as a means of reminding yourself what you are truly grateful for. When the negative experiences are bringing you down, you can refer to the list to boost your happiness. Others recommend a more external form of gratitude expression by sending out two grateful emails each morning.Most of us never consider how our work impacts others. At our firm, we are grateful to be able to make a significant impact on the processes within organizations that lead to successful execution of results, the development of leaders to drive strategies effectively and the emergence of stronger cultures the enable mission-driven decision-making. We know that both customers and patients are impacted positively as well by our work, leading to better healthcare, improved population health, more responsive customer service and ongoing strategic shareholder communication that builds trusting relationships. Think about how your work impacts people and organizations positively and be grateful for the ability to make these differences. It will strengthen your focus and behaviors to work productivity and deliver results every day. 404SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Like all community-focused institutions, credit unions face unprecedented challenges from an ever-growing cadre of non-traditional digital players. And that’s on top of traditional competitors they face. To succeed, credit unions and banks must maintain the loyalty of existing members and grow those relationships while also winning over the hearts and minds of new consumers with a great experience.Although they have often been early adopters of customer-facing technologies, many credit unions, particularly the smaller ones, have not felt the need to embrace customer relationship management (CRM) systems so far. Research from Callahan & Associates found that 60% of 223 credit unions surveyed did not have a CRM system in place.That picture looks to be changing soon.Of the institutions without a CRM system, half said they were budgeting for one. Of the those, nearly a third (30%) hoped to have the application implemented within a year. Almost one in five (18%) expected to have their solution in place within six months.
In Minnesota, longtime Rep. Collin Peterson, who had held on in an increasingly difficult district, lost his race.Democrats also failed to flip many key targets, including several in Texas. To cap it all off, Democratic Congressional Committee Chair Cheri Bustos, who, before polls closed on Tuesday, said, “We’re well positioned to have a good night,” is trailing in her own reelection.- Advertisement – Democrats went into Tuesday favored to expand their majority in the House. That isn’t happening—in fact, Republicans are likely to make some gains, while still falling short of a majority.Republicans retook several of the seats Democrats had flipped in 2018. In Florida, Republican gains with Latino voters spelled doom for first-term Democratic Reps. Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Rep. Max Rose lost the Trump-supporting New York district he won in 2018. Rep. Abby Finkenauer in Iowa, Rep. Kendra Horn in Oklahoma, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in New Mexico, and Rep. Joe Cunningham in South Carolina all lost their races.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Henrik Olejasz Larsen, CIO at Sampension said: “The first quarter of 2019 has been the best quarter in stock markets for 10 years and the best first quarter for more than 20 years. This means that almost two years of normal share returns can be booked in just three months.” Danish pension funds Sampension and Danica have reported strong investment returns in the first quarter of 2019 – in contrast to losses posted for last year.The DKK290bn (€38.8bn) provider Sampension revealed that market-rate pension products recorded a 7.4% gain in Q1 for a 45-year-old with a medium-risk fund, and 10.1% for the youngest scheme members with high-risk investment profiles.Sampension reported losses of 3.3% for moderate-risk profiles and 4.9% for high-risk profiles in 2018, with both examples being for scheme members with 20 years to retirement.The two independent pension funds Sampension manages, which provide conditionally-guaranteed average-rate pensions – AP and PJD – gained 5.4% and 5.5%, respectively, for their customers. This was more than double the funds’ returns for the whole of 2018, the provider said. Henrik Olejasz Larsen, SampensionMeanwhile, the DKK566bn Danica Pension – a subsidiary of Danske Bank – said its customers’ savings in the market-rate product Danica Balance had gained between 4.7% and 12.7% so far this year, depending on customer profile. This contrasted with the fund’s full-year investment loss of 5.3% in 2018.Anders Svennesen, CIO at Danica, predicted further global economic growth over the coming months following the US Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates as quickly as previously expected for fear of hindering the global economic recovery.He added: “At the same time, there have been signs of progress in the negotiations between the US and China. And finally, the big drop in prices, as we saw last year, seems to be an overreaction to the reasonable prospects for economic growth.“We therefore expect continued positive economic growth and that we will soon see an end to the commercial war between the US and China.”Olejasz Larsen, however, said falling interest rates meant an increased risk of declining stock prices in the near future. In anticipation of a market fall, Sampension has reduced its exposure to the stock market after the strong first quarter returns.
“Also the second runway path is going over their heads and then that big development of the barracks. We’re finding people saying let’s go 20 minutes down the road to Wynnum and enjoy the seaside lifestyle. Also we get a lot of people from the UK, I probably sold to 15 people from the UK last year.” Fancy your own resort? Brisbane auction market fires up Camp Hill 244 Proximity to the water is among the charms driving up interest in Cleveland.Fellow east coast suburb Wynnum (270) came roaring in equal second with South Brisbane, while Thornlands – which neighbours Cleveland – was fourth with 260 sales.The figures covered both house and unit sales, and suburbs where a minimum of 30 sales occurred covering at least 5 per cent of the housing stock.Brisbane City was in the mix with 249 sales, a figure matched by Morningside.Others in the top 10 list including Camp Hill (244), Brighton (207) and Bulimba (177).Brisbane’s most expensive suburb Teneriffe rounded out the top 10 most sales with 172. Thornlands 260 Teneriffe 172 12 Venn Pde, Thornlands, sold two days before Christmas for $910,000.He said those from Sydney understood that it took longer for them to find their cars in Sydney Airport than to drive from Brisbane Airport to Wynnum.“When I came to the area 20 years ago, it was mainly where people go to retire. Now there’s lots of young families, people in their mid 30s, with young children.”He expected 2020 to be a bumper year across Brisbane, especially the east coast.“Since January the whole place has exploded, we’re running out of stock,” he said. “I think 2020 is really going to be a really big”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago 12 High View Drive, Cleveland, sold for $570,000 on December 4.Brisbane’s east coast was the hottest part of the city for people to buy into last year, latest figures show, containing three of the top four suburbs that posted the highest number of sales.Figures from realestate.com.au, mapping suburbs within 30km of major cities, saw Cleveland emerge with the most sales at 340. Brisbane City 249 Bulimba 177 Wynnum 270 MORE: Can you save this $15,000 home? (Source: REA) South Brisbane 270 Young families were among those searching in the Wynnum, Cleveland area.Real estate agent Marc Sorrentino, who’s principal of Place Manly, has seen prolific activity across the coast, operating out of Wynnum – and he expects it to take off in 2020.“It’s not bad considering what the market was doing last year,” he said. “We’re getting a lot of people from Bulimba, Hawthorne and Morningside. Bulimba has become very, very busy. People can’t even park in front of their houses sometimes.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Morningside 249 Brighton 207 Cleveland 340 Suburbs with the top 10 most sales:
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – As St. Lucia braces for the possible fallout from an attack on three gay men from the United States, as they showered together in a cottage in the west coast town of Soufriere, tourism officials are this week arranging meetings with the visitors to do some damage control.“One of the sensitive issues in this regard is that…there were some discriminatory remarks which were made to them, and which obviously offended them tremendously,” Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet said.“Given the fact that homosexuality is against the law in St. Lucia, the visitors harboured concerns about going to the police.” Chastanet said that one of the men who had become very attached to St. Lucia was in the process of raising funds to help slow learners in the various schools on the island. In another reaction to the incident Foreign Minister Rufus Bousquet told reports Friday that there was more to the incident that meets the eye.“Sometimes in government we are privy to information which we can’t necessarily release and which in some cases is speculative because you can’t actually prove it, so while there may be more to this the fact of the matter is it is a most unfortunate incident and not the kind of thing that we like to see in St. Lucia,” he said. “Generally the government will never condone such a thing as we find it reprehensibly and should be condemned in every circle in which there is a facility to condemn it.”One of the men has taken his story to several leading gay publications in the United States and has also documented his ordeal on various social networks, suggesting that the incident represented a hate crime directed at gays. The local organisation United and Strong, which has in the past advocated on behalf of gays and lesbians, has condemned the incident and said that the risk to the men increased once the criminals recognized their sexual orientation. United and Strong, a representative of which is currently in the United States, is seeking a meeting with the victims.The three visitors said that in addition to being attacked, robbed and beaten, they were subjected to certain discriminatory remarks.Police said they have captured two of the five men involved in the incident and have found most the stolen items which have since been returned to the tourists. They said the search is continuing for the other three.Source: CMC News 42 Views no discussions Share NewsRegional GAY ABANDONMENT: St Lucia braces for fallout from attack on gay tourists by: – March 14, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share
Footie star, Ashley Cole was attacked by a gang of masked robbers at his home, The Sun of UK can reveal. Another neighbour said: “It happened a while back and the police seemed to want to keep it under wraps. “They asked us not to talk about it. “But it’s not clear whether that’s because Cole was high-profile or because they were worried the robber might strike again. “It’s scary to think something like this could happen to someone so close to home in such a nice, quiet area. “It must have been a serious incident because everyone we know seems to have been asked about it by police going door-to-door. “They seemed to be very anxious to find whoever was responsible.” Cole also won 107 England caps, more than any other full-back. He is currently working as a coach for Chelsea’s youth academy and has appeared as a telly pundit for major games. There was no sign of life on Tuesday at Cole’s mansion, behind high fencing and a video entry-controlled gate in Surrey’s stockbroker belt. Wealthy locals initially feared he had fallen victim to a violent burglar dubbed the Night Watcher. The crook, believed to be ex-special forces, has robbed 12 wealthy homeowners of more than £10million in a series of terrifying raids in Surrey and other counties in the South East. However, detectives are satisfied that there are no links to the break-in at Cole’s home. Surrey Police said: “Our investigation remains ongoing following an aggravated burglary in Fetcham on 21 January. “Burglars broke into the property through the rear doors around 9.45pm. “The suspects searched the property, before escaping with a quantity of jewellery. They were described as wearing camouflage clothing, gloves and balaclavas. Read Also:Ashley Cole retires from active football “An investigation is under way and enquiries remain ongoing.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The ex-England and Chelsea ace’s mansion was ransacked and high-value jewellery stolen. Raiders in balaclavas and camouflage clothes smashed their way into the property through the rear doors. Sources said Cole, 39, may have been threatened and tied to a chair but a spokesman on Tuesday night refused to comment on the claims. A source said: “It was a terrifying experience. “The robbers sounded very professional and knew exactly what they were doing. “They must have deliberately targeted Ashley and cased the place in advance.” Cole, now a TV pundit and Chelsea youth coach, was said to have been “extremely shaken” by the ordeal but otherwise unharmed. Cops are still hunting the gang who carried out the heist at 9.45pm on January 21 in Fetcham, Surrey. Details of the raid were not released at the time and the value of the stolen jewellery is unknown. Neighbours confirmed cops had quizzed many of them at length over the robbery. One said: “Police seemed to be taking it extremely seriously and we’ve been on edge ever since. “Ashley Cole is one of the most high-profile people around here and his property looks very modern and secure, so whoever did this must have been clued up. “People who know him are quite protective and it’s an area where everyone values their privacy so this has shaken us up quite a bit. “The police didn’t name Ashley Cole when they questioned us but everyone around here knows it was his home that was targeted. “It must have been terrifying.” Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TV11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind
TONOPAH, Nev. – IMCA Modified features at Tonopah Speedway’s Jim Marsh Classic special will pay $1,000 to win.The Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19 main events are qualifiers for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded both nights.Car and driver each night is $100; pre-entry fee for both nights is $175.Pit gates open at 3 p.m., hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. both days.Spectator admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, military and kids. Pit passes are $25.More information is available by calling 775 277-1583 and on Facebook. A pre-entry form is on the www.tonopahspeedway.net website.
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