ND women to analyze workforce

first_imgSome might think the world of business and corporate heads still belongs to the men, but the Undergraduate Women in Business Club (UWIB) is hoping to challenge this notion with their second annual Women’s Professional Development Conference.The theme of the conference, which will be held on April 17, is “A New Decade, A New Beginning.”“The mission of the Undergraduate Women in Business Club is to foster and encourage women involvement in business,” senior Katie Curtin, the conference chair said. “The conference is meant to advocate empowerment in women.”Registration for the conference, which ends today, is open to students from all majors, something committee and UWIB members say is reflective of the common message of the conference.“We’re trying to reach out to all women who are looking at entering the field of business and this can apply to all majors,” UWIB president senior Staysha Sigler said.Many of the organizers of the conference said part of the purpose of the conference is to challenge the traditional notion there aren’t many women currently in the workforce, something that has significantly changed in the past decade.“It’s a new society that we’re entering and it doesn’t have rules yet,” sophomore committee member Juliet Palko said. “People aren’t used to having as many women in the workforce but it’s progressing.”The conference, which Curtin described as an “education event,” is partly aimed at helping women connect the past “It’s a women’s professional development conference and it focuses on mutual learning between students and successful women in business today,” Curtin said. “It’s about learning from their own experiences in the field.”The conference will feature two keynote speakers: Dean Carolyn Woo of the Mendoza College of Business and Diane Guyas, president of DuPont Performance Polymers.“These are women who are going to talk about what they’ve gone through and help prepare us for this new environment,” Sigler said.While the organizers said the conference is primarily an educational experience, there are also networking opportunities. The 10 companies visiting are ones that Sigler says are supportive of women’s roles in the workplace.“Today, companies are realizing that women are assets,” Sigler said. “There are a lot of opportunities for women that are out there and companies are coming to realize that and utilize them.”With Mendoza College of Business recently being ranked the top business school in the country, Sigler said events such as the Women’s Professional Development Conference are necessary to be worthy of the title.“Other top business schools in the country have workshops like this,” she said. “If we want to step up to the challenge of being the number one business school in the country then we need to keep having events like this and make them bigger and better.”last_img read more

Live Christmas Trees

first_imgContainer-grown or balled-and-burlapped Christmas trees can be planted as landscape trees after the holidays. This is practical in Georgia, where the mild December or early January weather is ideal for tree planting.Rooted trees can stay in the house for only a brief period of time, no more than 7 to 10 days. Longer periods indoors can stress the tree due to warm temperatures, low light levels, and low humidity. Before you select a live tree, make sure it will fit into your landscape as it grows. Most evergreens used as Christmas trees will eventually reach mature heights of 40 to 60 feet. Select a species that is well-suited to the grow conditions in your area. The tree will be inside for a very short time compared to the time it will grow in your landscape. Living trees are very heavy. The necessity to keep the roots constantly moist will make the tree even heavier. Be sure that you can manage to move this much weight around without damaging either the tree or yourself. Container-grown trees are usually lighter and easier to handle than balled-and-burlapped trees. Never carry a tree by the stem or main trunks — the weight of the tree can actually cause the root plate to crack and the tree will die. Only carry trees by lifting the root ball or container. Some evergreens that will thrive throughout northern Georgia are giant arborvitae (Thuja plicata), Virginia Pine, eastern red cedar and other junipers, and varieties of Arizona cypress such as ‘Clemson Greenspire’ and ‘Carolina Sapphire.’ Some interesting choices that will grow throughout the state include the Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica), deodar cedar, atlas cedar, and Hinoki false cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa). White pine, eastern hemlock and spruces will also grow in our upper Piedmont areas when provided some shade during the long, hot summers. Most of these will also grow well in south Georgia, with the exception of white pine, eastern hemlock and spruces.When bringing an evergreen indoors, locate it in as cool a location as possible. Keep it away from heating vents, fireplaces and other heat sources. Use limited numbers of miniature tree lights, as they can further dehydrate the tree. Provide as much natural light as possible. Place the root ball or container in a tub that will hold water. Fill the bottom of the tub with two inches of gravel and place the root ball or container on the gravel. This will keep the tree from sitting in water.  Keep the root ball constantly and evenly moist, but not flooded. A handy technique is to place crushed ice over the top of the root ball. Plant the tree as soon as possible after the holidays. Do not wait until spring.  If the work of bringing a live tree in and out of the house seems excessive, consider planting the tree directly outside and decorating it there. If you buy a tree after Christmas, look for deep discounts at your local garden center.    Select a planting site that has well-drained soil, full sun and enough space to accommodate the tree’s size once fully grown. Plant your tree in a hole that is the same depth, but at least twice as wide as the root ball, and preferably, three times wider. Be sure not to plant the tree too deeply — the root flare at the base of the stem should be slightly above grade. Remove any burlap and wire baskets completely since they can cause root girdling. Also remove containers from container-grown trees and cut and loosen any encircling roots. Fill the hole around the freshly set tree with the loosened, native soil from the planting hole. Do not add any topsoil amendments or compost. Backfill around the root ball in stages by gently firming in each layer of soil.Water the tree well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Apply 2 to 3 inches of mulch on top of the root ball. It is not necessary to fertilize the tree until after the first growing season. For more information, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Bulletin 932, “Soil Preparation and Planting Procedures for Ornamental Plants in the Landscape,” at http://t.uga.edu/1YV.last_img read more

4 ways to prepare for growth in 2015

first_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anne Legg Anne Legg, founder and principal of THRIVETM Strategic Services THRIVE works with credit unions to develop transformational business strategies from their business insights to grow in a competitive, highly regulated … Web: https://www.anneleggthrive.com Details According to the most current CUNA economic forecast, 2015 is supposed to be one of the healthier years in recent times. The US economy is expected to grow 3.25%, with unemployment predicted to fall below 5.5%. This is most like going to keep the federal funds interest rate in the 0.00%- 0.25% range. The continued low rate environment is expected to drive an increase in loan balances to 11% due to release of pent up demand for autos, furniture and appliances. In addition, capital-to-asset ratios are expected to reach a reach a record high of 11.6%Is your credit union prepared to take advantage of this positive environment? Here are four steps you can take to make sure you’re positioned for success.1. Evaluate your auto lending and credit cards.When consumers are ready to make a purchase, make it easy for them to choose you.Take a quick tour of your auto loan process and make certain you have identified and removed any obstacles. An important part of this equation is offering a 24 hour application, approval and funding process. Still asking members to come into a branch to sign loan documents? It’s time to update your technology to include electronic signatures. It’s not that expensive and will pay off in terms of fewer lost loans. Your only other real choice for keeping up with your competitors is to offer to keep your branches open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week…and you would still be less convenient.For credit cards, think about what you can offer that will set you apart. The cards consumers use the most are those that are attractive and rewarding. Consider offering rewards programs that incentivize card use for furniture and appliance purchases. Actively promote your credit card when consumers are most likely to be taking advantage of sales on these types of products (which usually happen in conjunction with major holidays). Streamline your issuing process to get your card in members’ hands sooner. Ensure your application, approval, and funding processes are fast and easy.2. Evaluate your staff.Is your staff ready to help the member get into the auto loan or credit card?Your front line staff should:know what to look for in their review of the member’s account.know what to ask to identify needs and how to position your offer as a solution.collaborate with the back office to provide fluid moments of joy for the member.If there are any areas in your employees’ abilities that you need to iron out, now is a great time to work on it while you build your incentive plan for auto and credit card promotions.3. Evaluate your members.Do you have the tools in place to mine member data from either your core processor or MCIF/CRM to identify who has the most demand for a new auto loan or credit card? Do you know which of your members currently have these products someplace else at much higher rates? Are you able to identify who your members share their wallet with? Thoroughly understanding your members will help you identify the right prospects for your promotional offers, recapture members who are using another provider, and understand who your true competition is.4. Evaluate your channels (branches/website/mobile/phone center).Your members are increasingly engaging with you in the digital space first. This means your website and mobile offerings can no longer simply be boxes you check on the 5300 report, they need to be given serious consideration as the initial engagement channel. This means increasing your spending to get the right functionality in place as well as devoting time and energy to analytics resources. It’s also important to evaluate the flow of the member experience across different channels. Consumers want seamless service –are your channels integrated enough to provide it?We can’t precisely tell you how the 2015 economy will actually perform, but we can tell you that valuable opportunities appear to lie ahead. If you can get your products, people, channels and members aligned for growth, you’ll be ready to have a great year!Econ source: http://www.cuna.org/Stay-Informed/News-Now/CU-System/New-CU-resource–CUNA-Web-page-features-economic-forecast/last_img read more

India’s New Multimodal Terminal at Sahibganj to Complete Next Month

first_imgThe first phase of India’s new multimodal terminal being built at Sahibganj in Jharkhand on River Ganga will be completed in August this year.This was confirmed by Mansukh Mandaviya, the country’s Minister of State for Shipping and Minister for Chemical and Fertilizers.Part of the Jal Marg Vikas Project, Sahibganj Multimodal Terminal (MMT) is strategically located in the logistic chain of Eastern Transport Corridor of India.Being close to both NH-80 and the Sakrigali railway station, the MMT is expected to boost cargo movement in the area, leading to extensive socio-economic and industrial development of the region.It will also provide an alternative route for Nepal bound cargo and open up international markets for sea trade for landlocked states of Jharkhand and Bihar.The minister further informed that the projected traffic volume of Sahibganj MMT is 2.24 million tonne per annum (MTPA) by 2020-21. Cargoes expected to be handled are stone chips, coal, cement, food grains, fertilizer and sugar.Back in 2016, India awarded the contract for the construction of the terminal to Larson & Toubro (L&T).Once completed, the terminal will have berthing space for two vessels, stockyard for storing, belt conveyor system with fixed hoppers, barge loader, shore protection works, ramps, roads and parking area as well as terminal buildings.last_img read more

Franklin County say 2 have recovered and 2 have tested positive

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Health Department announced Monday receiving two new positive cases for COVID-19, bringing Franklin County’s totals to 90.  Health Officials also announced that two more patients have recovered and have been released from quarantine, bringing Franklin County’s total of recovered patients to 53.  A family member of a coronavirus patient has been released from quarantine, bringing the number of family members released from quarantine to 38.  “We have been working with other communities, as well as state resources, to develop guidance for businesses to help them prepare to reopen in a manner that is safe for their employees and customers,” stated Emergency Management Director Amy Lindsey.last_img read more

State to start posting long-term care facility COVID-19 info

first_imgStatewide—During Governor Holcomb’s Wednesday press conference, Dr. Dan Rusyniak, chief medical officer for FSSA, announced that the state will begin reporting facility-specific COVID-19 data for long-term care centers. Members of the media have asked for this information since the beginning of the pandemic and Democratic members of the Senate Health Committee sent a letter to the governor urging the reporting of this data and proposing legislation to add such a requirement to state statute. Dr. Rusyniak stated the numbers would be available starting mid-July.last_img read more

Giroud appeal rejected

first_img The France international was dismissed by referee Andre Marriner in the final minute of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Craven Cottage for jumping into a challenge with defender Stanislav Manolev. The Gunners appealed but the FA have upheld the sending off, so Giroud will now miss three of the final four matches of the Barclays Premier League season – starting against Manchester United on Sunday. A statement from the FA read: “Following a Regulatory Commission hearing today, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has had his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected. “Giroud was dismissed for serious foul play during his side’s game against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday 20 April 2013. “The player’s three-match suspension will therefore commence with immediate effect.” The loss of Giroud is certainly a blow to Arsene Wenger’s squad as they look to lockdown Champions League qualification, the £13million summer signing from Montpellier having scored 17 goals. Arsenal retain a slender one-point lead over fourth-placed Chelsea and are two ahead of north London rivals Tottenham, albeit having played a match more. Gunners boss Wenger will now have to rethink his attacking options for crucial games against United, then at QPR and home to Wigan before Giroud will be eligible again on the final day at Newcastle. Theo Walcott is one option for a central striker, and is currently leading scorer with 18, while German international Lukas Podolski is another who has been pressing for a start down the middle, looking to add to a tally of 14. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud must serve a three-match suspension after the Football Association rejected his claim of wrongful dismissal for a red card at Fulham.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Jenkins: Change had to be made

first_img Press Association The Dane has left the Swans with immediate effect on Tuesday night with veteran defender Garry Monk and first-team coach Alan Curtis to take charge of the team ahead of Saturday’s clash with rivals Cardiff. The news ends considerable speculation over Laudrup’s position, which had been growing since last weekend’s loss to West Ham. The Capital One Cup-winning boss’ relationship with the club had reportedly been strained since a major disagreement over transfer policy last summer. The 49-year-old had also been under increasing pressure after a run of just one win in 10 Barclays Premier League matches left the Swans just two points above the relegation zone. Jenkins said: “It is a decision we have taken reluctantly, but it’s a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City Football Club and our supporters. “It is the first time in nearly 10 years that the club has parted with a manager in this way, but we had to remove the constant uncertainty surrounding the club and Michael’s long-term future with us. “I had a meeting with Michael today in a final attempt to support him and establish a way to improve the work of the backroom team to secure the results we need over the final 14 Premier League games. “However, after thinking long and hard about the best way forward, I felt it was unlikely we would achieve a stable environment at the club to allow us to get back to basics and produce the performance levels that have served Swansea City so well over the last few years. “Now we need to put that uncertainty behind us and move forward as a united football club on all fronts, while placing on record our gratitude to Michael for the work he has done over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future.” Laudrup, the former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Denmark midfielder, was appointed in the summer of 2012 having previously managed at Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Real Mallorca. Last season’s Capital One Cup success – Swansea’s first major trophy – enhanced Laudrup’s reputation considerably and he was rewarded with a lucrative new contract until 2015. However, problems surfaced last summer when it is thought Laudrup and Jenkins fell out over transfer targets. The difficulties led to the club’s refusal to deal with Laudrup’s representative Bayram Tutumlu in transfer deals. Press Association Sport understands tensions have also remained throughout the current season and there has also been disquiet about the intensity of training sessions. Prior to Laudrup’s exit, it had been understood that Monk, who has not played since September after undergoing knee surgery, was being lined up for a coaching role. The long-serving Monk, 35 next month, joined the Swans when they were in League Two in 2004 and he and Curtis have now been put in charge for the “foreseeable future”. The Supporters’ Trust, which has more than a 20 per cent shareholding of the football club, backed the decision to part company with Laudrup and called on fans to get behind Monk and the players “in the tough battles ahead”. In a statement, the Trust said: “During its tenure at the club, the current board, including a representative of the Supporters’ Trust, has made key decisions which have taken the club forward, and ultimately we believe that this decision has been taken with the best interest of the club in mind.” And chairman Phil Sumbler added: “There has inevitably been a mixed reaction among fans to the announcement, with the club facing a critical period of key matches in three major competitions. “However, we know from our supporter director Huw Cooze that the board has not taken this decision lightly, particularly in such an important week for the club, and it’s vital that we now all pull together to give the team our full support. “We all want to see an upturn in results, and what better place to start than at the Liberty Stadium against Cardiff City?” The Trust has also placed on record its thanks to Laudrup for his achievements during his time at the club. Swansea later confirmed on the club website that three of Laudrup’s backroom staff have also departed the Liberty Stadium. “The club can confirm that assistant manager Morten Wieghorst, fitness coach Oscar Garcia and overseas scout Erik Larsen have all been relieved of their duties,” Swansea said. “The club would like to thank them for their services.” Laudrup handed former Denmark, Celtic and Dundee midfielder Wieghorst the assistant manager’s role a year ago. Wieghorst, 42, was Denmark Under-21s manager before moving to Wales. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has admitted the decision to part company with manager Michael Laudrup was “taken reluctantly” but believes it is in the best interests of the club.last_img read more

Mullins banks on Faugheen progress

first_img A stunning winner at Cheltenham and Punchestown in the spring as a novice, the six-year-old leapt to the head of ante-post lists for next year’s Champion Hurdle with a brilliant return to action in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot last month. He will return to Grade One level on December 26 and Ireland’s champion trainer believes his charge will strip much fitter with a comeback run under his belt. Mullins said: “There must be huge improvement in Faugheen as he was pretty fat going to Ascot. “Last season Faugheen was fit and scrawny and I was wondering where the improvement was coming from, but he must have come back in from grass 100 weight heavier.” Willie Mullins expects “huge improvement” from Faugheen in the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Friend goes into Hughes’ bad books

first_img Colback looked to have snatched victory for the Magpies with a 74th-minute strike just three minutes after escaping a second yellow card – he had earlier been cautioned for a foul on Marc Muniesa – for a late challenge on Victor Moses. The Potters hit back in the final minute of normal time when substitute Peter Crouch levelled to claim a 1-1 draw but Hughes, who was sent to the stands in the corresponding fixture last season after Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson were dismissed in a 5-1 drubbing, was far from placated. He said: “The disappointment, as you would imagine, is the fact that the referee wasn’t brave enough to make the right decision at a key moment in the game. “Given the yellow cards that were dished out, not only to ourselves, but to Newcastle as well and given the nature of the offences that caused him to give yellow cards, for him not to give a yellow card to the lad Colback when it was clearly a second yellow… “We are not here advocating we want players sent off, but the referee needs to be strong and make the right decision there, and unfortunately he didn’t. “The lad is allowed to stay on the pitch and, lo and behold, he goes and scores the goal that possibly might have stopped us taking anything out of the game. “If the referee had been strong and made the right decision, they would have been down to 10 and I think we would have won the game. “As it’s panned out, we have thankfully shown great determination and haven’t allowed that decision or the conceding of the goal to affect our determination to get something out of the game, and we have gone up the other end, a great ball by Geoff Cameron and a fantastic header.” Opposite number John Carver, however, thought Friend had got it right. He said: “Jack is a very, very competitive footballer and we are not going to change that, we are not going to take that out of him. “But I thought the referee handled the game extremely well, because there were a few tackles went unpunished. This is a competitive game – you can’t tell me that Whelan and Nzonzi and Bardsley aren’t competitors. “They are and that’s the way the Premier League should be. I don’t have a problem with that. But I thought the referee managed the situation quite well.” Newcastle looked to have snatched a barely-deserved victory 16 minutes from time when Colback fired home off the inside of the post. However, having passed up two glorious chances to cement the win, they succumbed in the 90th minute when Crouch looped a header over the helpless Tim Krul from Geoff Cameron’s cross. Carver admitted his players had lacked professionalism in failing to see the game out to secure what would have been back-to-back league victories. He said: “It’s hugely frustrating. It wasn’t a classic, was it? It was a pretty average game, certainly one game that is not going into my DVD collection. “There are two minutes on the clock, we get a free-kick, it goes into the final third, we play four or five passes backwards back to our goalkeeper, who kicks it. We are out of shape and before we know it, it’s in the back of the net. “Now that’s not professionalism, for me. There are two minutes left on the clock, go and run the ball into the corner and see the game out 1-0 and take a scrappy 1-0 victory. “But it wasn’t to be. That’s why I am frustrated.” Press Association Stoke boss Mark Hughes accused referee Kevin Friend of not being brave enough to send off Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback during a hard-fought draw at St James Park. last_img read more