Verizon Wireless supports law to ban texting while driving

first_imgVerizon Wireless Executive Director for State Public Policy, Daniel Mullin, said the company supports efforts by the state of Vermont to ban texting and e-mailing while driving.Mullin made the following statement today:“Verizon Wireless commends Governor Douglas and the Vermont General Assembly for supporting a law to not text and drive. With the issue of texting and driving on the minds of many Americans lately, we appreciate the support of the Vermont Legislature on this issue and their efforts in addressing it during this legislative session. As the largest wireless service provider, last year we launched a national ad campaign to bring forth this same message. Drivers must stay focused on the road ahead to ensure safety for others and themselves.”To learn more about the Verizon Wireless “Don’t Text and Drive” campaign, visit is external)About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit is external). To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at is external).Source: Verizon. 2.3.2010last_img read more

PFI, where art thou?

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: Details During a recent discussion, nearly 50 credit union CEOs deliberated that consumers may not seek a primary financial institution (PFI) for all financial services needs. That prompted further discussion on delivery, marketing, pricing, products, technology, and service. “If PFI status is elusive,” they debated, “How might credit unions refine their strategies to develop wide-ranging relationships with members?” Reaching out to an expanded set of credit union leaders, from various asset sizes and markets, the answers proved thought-provoking and action-based. Let’s explore.Don’t expect financial monogamy. While people like to be loyal, price and convenience are significant drivers in consumer decision-making. Having multiple financial relationships didn’t seem that big of an inconvenience. While many credit unions measured products per member, most realized that producing a mass of “triple product members” wasn’t especially reasonable. However, constant life-stage and -cycle marketing allowed credit unions to have some grade of relationship (some years more, some years less), over a long period of time. The focus on retention and an elastic relationship led to top of mind status and a greater probability of sales.Be incessantly uncomfortable. “Your member’s last experience is her next expectation,” shared a CEO. “Continuous improvement drives our commitment to ensure members remain.” Many leaders revealed that they endlessly observe the retail experience at other retail establishments. “Banking is retail,” voiced several CEOs. “As consumers, members have a set expectation level of service; it doesn’t vary from one business to the next.” Watching the retail experience, and fine-tuning their own, allowed credit unions to integrate different angles of the member experience. In the end, the credit unions formed a more pertinent experience aligned with members’ expectations. Deliver on digital. The rise of the omni-digital member is here. “A good price, mobile access, and a local presence will bring members in, but digital ease will keep them here,” stated one CEO. The consumer swing toward “all things digital” necessitates that credit unions have a mobile-first philosophy in all aspects – marketing, new accounts, underwriting, funding, engagement, delivery, service, and the list goes on. “We want ease for our members; hassles lead to attrition. Thus, our capital investments focus on mobile delivery, business intelligence, and digital marketing,” replied a member experience executive. “We’re moving at the speed of members.”  Bulk up on soft skills. Where members will choose digital engagement first, there are times when an eye-to-eye or ear-to-ear conversation matters. Leaders expressed that when digital capacity is exhausted, or a complex matter is involved, members expect (and rely upon) a skillful professional. “When the time comes for a live conversation, our service leaders must deliver trust, empathy, communication, and leadership,” articulated several executives. “The soft skills that, often, seem old-fashioned are more vital today; we’re still in the people business. When members do reach out, it’s a matter of great importance to them. The connections we reinforce lead to long-term business.”  Build community in your branches. Branches still matter, but their emphases are changing. “Branches prove your permanence to members and the communities you serve,” held several CEOs. They voiced that branches certainly show long-term commitment to a community, but they also provide ideal leadership opportunities. Be it an onsite community room or staff involvement in home-grown initiatives, branches put the “local” into the big business of financial services. “Branches show we’re there, branch involvement shows we care,” voiced a CEO. “Pinpointed community leadership, through each branch, helps members – current and soon-to-be – see our values in action in places that matter to them.”From the insights of this set of leaders, perhaps the “P” in PFI is better redefined as “permanent.” Permanent in the sense that a measured retail relationship may ebb and flow, but a credit union’s place in a member’s mind – awareness, marketing, sales, service, community – can be long-term. “Once a member, always a member,” the motto goes. Perchance the strategy for member relationships should always go beyond the onboarding phase and continue through the many periods of a member’s life and financial services needs.last_img read more

Bay Park Plant Outfall Pipe Funding Rejected Again

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County’s request for half a billion dollars to fund an ocean outfall pipe and de-nitrification system at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway was once again rejected by FEMA—a move that will most likely force the county to look elsewhere for the desired funding.Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Administrator Jerome Hatfield, responding to a letter from state officials asking for additional funding, said the request was deemed “ineligible because it doesn’t meet FEMA guidelines.” Hatfield, in a letter dated March 16, noted that FEMA has already agreed to pay $729 million for Superstorm Sandy-related repairs and mitigation stemming from the historic October 2012 storm.The plant, which serves a half million county residents, was knocked off line when the storm flooded the plant under nine feet of water, causing treated and untreated sewage to spew into the streets, some homes and Reynolds Channel.Since then, the county has successfully lobbied for federal funds to repair the plant, but has been unable to convince FEMA to approve $550 million for an outfall pipe that would extend into the Atlantic Ocean. Currently, effluent is discharged into Reynolds Channel, which connects to the Western Bays.New York State in February committed $150 million to pay for the nitrogen removal system that had also been requested. That announcement came one day after outspoken county officials called on the state to act on an original promise to fund the project.FEMA’s most recent rejection letter comes 10 months after the agency originally declined the state and county’s outfall pipe proposal.While outlining several reasons why FEMA determined the project to be ineligible, Hatfield said agency personnel “found no damage to the existing outfall pipe” upon inspection following the epic storm.“As there is no damage to the outfall pipe, the proposed project is not eligible for” hazard mitigation funding.After receiving the letter, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens met with FEMA officials in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.“FEMA presented its decision not to fund from the disaster assistance program and suggested the ocean outfall pipe may be eligible for other federal funding programs—which we are working with NYSDEC to identify and evaluate,” Brian Nevin, Mangano’s chief spokesman, said in an email.“The county offered to participate in funding at a level to be determined during future funding discussions,” he added. Nevin did not specify what those federal funding options are.The U.S Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has already dispersed Sandy-related funds to areas impacted by the hurricane. “As such, it is up to a grantee, such as New York State, to determine the specific uses for their remaining funds,” a HUD spokesman said. A state DEC spokesperson did not return a call for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has also been involved in lobbying for an outfall pipe, didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.A source said other members of the state’s congressional delegation also met with FEMA this week to discuss the issue.Both the county and state has argued for months that an outfall pipe would help improve the health of the Western Bays. Scientists have said that nitrogen from the effluent discharged into the bay is harmful to marshland that protect the shorelines from erosion.“Everyone agrees the pipe needs to be built. FEMA has made it clear that they can’t provide the funding for it, so we have to find another solution,” Rice said in a statement, adding that her office will explore “every possible option” to secure the necessary funding. In February, Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) expressed a desire to hold hearings with regard to the outfall pipe. A date has yet to be announced.“I am extremely disappointed in FEMA for denying Nassau our outfall pipe, and I will not take ‘no’ for an answer,” Gonsalves said in a statement through a spokeswoman. “I will continue to challenge our federal representatives to locate a source of funding for this desperately needed project because I will not give up on our waterways.”last_img read more

Contract worth HRK 47 million signed for the construction of a marina in Vela Luka

first_imgDubrovnik-Neretva County has signed a concession agreement with the director of Ovalis Nova doo Ivo Šegon from Vela Luka, by which the Dubrovnik-Neretva County gives the concession holder the right to economic use of the special purpose port – nautical tourism port – marina in Vela Luka. On the same occasion, the director of the Vela Luka County Port Authority, Boris Žuvela, signed a contract with the representative of the concessionaire, Ivo Šegon, for the execution of works on public infrastructure.By signing these contracts, the project of arranging and building a marina in Vela Luka with a capacity of up to 200 berths will start, and the value of the project is HRK 47 million, while the concession fee is HRK 285.285, increased by an average of 4,1% of annual revenue.It is interesting that the project takes place in two phases, one of which worth 31 million kuna involves the construction of the marina, and the other involves the reconstruction of the area under the local Port Authority, so the investment in the port area of ​​about 15 million kuna, which is necessary for the marina, remains for use by the Port Authority. “With the decision to grant a concession to the company Ovalis Nova doo, which was passed by the County Assembly, we continue a series of concessions on the maritime domain. Namely, we recently signed contracts for the marina in Lumbarda, we are preparing the same for Blato, and I hope that the state will soon complete the procedures for the marinas in Ploče and Lastovo, since the marinas over 200 berths are under their jurisdiction.. “, Said the prefect Nikola Dobroslavić. He added that he believes that in this way we will make the best use of the maritime domain, which is our great resource: “As before, we will take this most seriously and make a responsible concession, we achieve the highest fees in the whole of Croatia, which are divided into three parts – for the county, for local self-government and for the state.. “Director of the Vela Luka County Port Authority Boris Žuvela expressed satisfaction with the signing of these contracts and stressed that the implementation of this project is very important for the entire municipality of Vela Luka and that the marina will certainly contribute to the development of tourism, small and medium enterprises. The director of Ovalis Nova doo, Ivo Šegon, spoke about the significant impact of this project on the development of the municipality and the economy in the area of ​​Vela Luka, as well as the entire island. He also said that he was glad that this lengthy concession award procedure had finally been completed, so that concrete work could be done on the project of a new marina.Nautical tourism port – Marina Vela LukaThe project is extremely important for the municipality of Vela Luka. The construction of the marina in the central part of Vela Luka will increase the number of nautical tourists, which will significantly affect the increase in total income from tourism and related activities. The central position in the very center of the town will encourage the dispersion of boaters’ consumption to the existing and future catering and other offer.For the realization of this project, the realization of the breakwater project at the entrance to the marina is important. The breakwater can be realized as an integral part of the marina or as part of the operational shore that will remain under the management of the County Administration or as part of the seaport.last_img read more

Twitter advises 5,000 global employees to work from home

first_imgTwitter’s policy on working from home is a step beyond what most companies in the US are doing as the virus spreads. Many, including AT&T Inc. and Citigroup Inc., have restricted international travel, especially to Asia. Others including Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have postponed or canceled conferences in the US, and Facebook joined Twitter Monday in pulling out of South by Southwest. But Twitter’s suggestion for remote work is more reminiscent of what companies did in Asia as the virus swept the region.That’s probably because Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey is a big proponent of remote work, and has already announced plans to spend as much as six months working from Africa in 2020. “While this is a big change for us, we have already been moving toward a more distributed workforce that’s increasingly remote,” Twitter wrote Monday.Square Inc., the other public company that Dorsey leads, is also asking employees to work from home. On Monday, Square executive Aaron Zamost wrote in a tweet that the company is implementing a “strongly encouraged work-from-home policy.”A handful of Twitter workers tweeted praise for the decision, applauding Dorsey for prioritizing employee health. Many of their tweets included the hashtag #webackjack, doubling as support for a CEO under attack from activist investors who may try to replace him. Topics : Twitter Inc. is “strongly encouraging” its almost 5,000 global employees to work from home due to concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the company said Monday.The social media company made the suggestion as part of a blog update one day after it suspended all non-critical travel for workers, including pulling out of the South by Southwest conference scheduled for later this month in Austin, Texas.Twitter says it’s mandatory for employees in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea to work from home, but that other offices will remain open for those who choose or need to come in. “We are working to make sure internal meetings, all hands, and other important tasks are optimized for remote participation,” the company wrote on its blog.last_img read more

Govt expects onion surplus as West Nusa Tenggara enters harvest season

first_imgThe Agriculture Ministry reported Thursday that the onion supply was estimated to exceed consumption by 5,745 tons between May and August as producing provinces experienced the harvest season.Farmers on Sumbawa Island in West Nusa Tenggara, the country’s third-largest onion-producing province, had produced at least 1,300 tons as of Tuesday. In 2019, the island, a key onion-producing region in the province, produced around 24,100 tons, a 4.3 percent increase from a year earlier.“I am ordering the executives of the Agriculture Ministry to work with the regional administration in order to make West Nusa Tenggara a cornerstone of the national food [supply],” Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo was quoted as saying in a statement on Thursday. However, the price of onion has yet to fall to its previous level. In May, onions sold for an average of Rp 53,450 (US$3.65) per kilogram, 43.8 percent higher than the average price over the same period last year, according to the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS), the government’s tracker of key commodity prices.Although the price increase might affect consumers, it was deemed helpful for farmers as it could allow them to prosper, said Indah Damayanti Putri, the regent of Bima, another key onion-producing region in the province.“We really hope to have the support from the Agriculture Ministry for our farmers in terms of seeds, fertilizers or agricultural tools and machines, and we are also grateful for the support for us and our farmers,” Indah said on Thursday.The Jokowi administration has committed to providing Rp 300,000 in cash assistance per farmer to help 2.7 million farmers stay afloat during the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.Topics : “Therefore, the agricultural performance should improve so that the production of the province’s main commodities like onion, corn and rice will increase.”West Nusa Tenggara’s onion supply is important for the government as it seeks to stabilize prices and avoid shortages of key commodities during the coronavirus pandemic. But the unfavorable dry season may hinder efforts to stabilize production.In late April, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reported that only one province faced an excess demand of onion.last_img read more

Gary Neville picks out Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi for praise despite Man City mauling

first_imgIt’s back to the drawing board for Arteta. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)The Luiz red card and injuries to Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari made things difficult for the visitors, not just in this game, but going forward.‘We have to start winning football matches as quick as possible,’ said Arteta after the match. ‘We have to see who we have available to get that starting XI after the injuries that we got tonight.‘The boys made a great effort here playing with 10 men for so long. So let’s recover first and then tomorrow we can start to think about that.’Arsenal are back in action at Brighton on Saturday.MORE: Bacary Sagna mocks Arsenal over David Luiz red card in Manchester City defeatMORE: Mikel Arteta gives injury update on Arsenal pair Granit Xhaka and Pablo MariFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Gary Neville picks out Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi for praise despite Man City mauling Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 7:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Matteo Guendouzi has caught the eye of Gary Neville (Picture: Getty Images)Matteo Guendouzi is proving himself as a natural leader at Arsenal and his courage on the ball caught the eye of Gary Neville on Wednesday night, despite the heavy defeat to Manchester City.On the Premier League’s first night back after the coronavirus hiatus little seemed to have changed in the gulf in class between City and Arsenal as the champions strolled to a 3-0 win.Goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden handed Pep Guardiola’s side the victory, meaning City have now put three past the Gunners in six of their last seven meetings.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt was a night to forget for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, and specifically defender David Luiz who was shown a red card after coming off the bench, but one Gunners star did stand out to Neville.ADVERTISEMENTThe Manchester United legend likes the attitude of the 21-year-old Frenchman, who he feels shows talents beyond his years in terms of wanting to get on the ball and demanding performances from his teammates.‘Since the moment he came into the team, Guendouzi, he has looked like a big character and a leader,’ Neville said on Sky Sports.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He gets on the ball all the time, he shows great courage to play and he’s always demanding from his teammates.‘He’s not (a squad player). You see him on the pitch, he’s always got his arms stretched, looking over his shoulder. He demands from himself but also others.’Guendouzi was part of a young Arsenal team which included Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah from the start, but Arteta’s plan to deal with the champions fell a long way short of success.last_img read more

Iwobi: Ozil is wrongly portrayed in the media

first_imgEverton midfielder, Alex Iwobi, has jumped to the defence of former Arsenal teammate, Mesut Ozil, saying that he is wrongly portrayed in the press. Loading… Promoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?How They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’Top 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Meanwhile, Iwobi has sung the praises of former teammate Glen Kamara. The Finn played with Iwobi at Arsenal and is currently starring with Rangers. Discussing the best players he’s played with, Iwobi said in an online Q&A: “The first one is Santi Cazorla, he was crazy. When he comes to the pitch and touches the ball, it’s like he’s blessing the ball. read also:Yobo: It’s early to raise fears over Iwobi’s abilities “I always say this one, Glen Kamara, the most underrated footballer. I remember back in the day me and him in midfield for our youth team.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Discussing the best players he’s played with, Iwobi named Santi Cazorla, Glen Kamara and Chuba Akpom in his top five, before adding in an online Q&A: “Four is Ozil, he was crazy. “Obviously because of his body language people think he’s not working hard but he actually works hard, people judge it wrong. “They are going to find this a bit weird but I’m going to say Francis Coquelin. I have been lucky to play with world class players.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Family, not feature wins or fame, become Gould’s biggest accomplishment in racing

first_imgRonny and Kelly Gould are joined by three-year-old sons Derek and Olyn in victory lane ear­lier this season at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. (Photo by Debbie Hix, Hix Photog­raphy)CALERA, Okla. – Ronny Gould has gotten more than feature wins and fame from racing.He’s gotten a family.Now driving an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car in his home state of Oklahoma, Gould was promoting the for­mer Lake Country Speedway a dozen years ago when he let a group of kids from a local church camp in to the races free one night.“Everything we do kind of goes back to racing,” says Gould. “I was promoting Ardmore when we let those kids in, they sent thank you’s and my wife Kelly said we could help some of them, so we became foster parents for the State of Oklahoma.”The Goulds have since fostered more than 70 children and adopted seven of their own, who now range in age from 22 to 3 … sons Scott, Charlie, Ryder, Shay, Olyn and Derek, and daughter Dan­ica.“The best part has been watching them learn and grow. It’s been totally amazing,” Gould said. “Scott is stationed in Seoul with the US Army, Charlie will graduate from high school with honors and Ryder is on the honor roll. We call Olyn ‘The Big O’ and that’s why I changed my car number from one to zero.”“We’d been married 17 years and did not have kids of our own before we became foster parents. There’s such a need for people to help kids in every state,” he continued. “Now we’re always go­ing to baseball games, dance practice and school events, and we love it.”The Goulds received a commendation from the governor after 10 years of fostering.The switch from an IMCA Modified to a SportMod and then the Stock Car resulted in less mainte­nance and allowed more time for family. Gould’s brother David, nephew William and a circle of friends that includes Chris Bragg and David Murray Jr. provide no small amount of help.“You schedule everything but we couldn’t do this without that circle of support,” Gould explained. “We have a schedule with everything from shower time to bed time posted. The youngest kids are in bed by 9 p.m. and there are nights when Kelly and I are asleep 15 minutes later.”Currently fostering another boy, the Goulds have a five bedroom, two bathroom house that Ronny says could use another three baths. The week’s grocery list typically includes eight to 10 gallons of milk and keeping up with laundry is a never-ending battle.The Goulds bought a used motorhome to get everyone to the track. Otherwise the family rides in two vehicles whenever they travel, prompting more than a few curious looks when they go out to eat and fellow diners didn’t see a school bus pull into the parking lot.“It’s weird, but if I hadn’t been promoting racing and let those kids in free that night, none of this would have happened,” said Gould. “My big accomplishment since we got married was going to Vinton and winning the 20th anniversary Challenge race. Now, watching Charlie graduate, or a three-year-old walk, or my daughter be Valentine’s queen at her elementary is really what we enjoy.”last_img read more

Pardew: Zaha has to raise his game

first_img Sir Alex Ferguson paid £10m to sign Zaha in January 2013 but the Scot retired that summer and Zaha fell out of favour under both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. “That’s a big environment for a young footballer to go into – Manchester United and all the pressure that you’re under and the competition. “Sometimes you just can’t break through and I think he was a case of that. “You have to start again in a way and that’s what he’s doing with us.” Pardew added: “Jason Puncheon’s an example, he’s somebody that I took to Southampton when nobody really wanted him. “I always believed in his technical ability but what I find now is a player who has this inner confidence. “That’s what Wilf has got to gain – he’s got to gain that inner belief that he can play at this level and deal with whoever the full-back is, whether he’s an international or a second-string player. “He needs to know he’s going to have a good day against him – that’s the standard he needs to get to.” “I hope I can get him back to his best but those games weren’t in the Premier League,” Pardew said. “It’s a higher standard and he’s going to have to raise his game because we’ve got real competition in that area of the team at the moment. “Obviously he didn’t start at Everton – this isn’t the Championship where he was a star. “This is a level up and he needs to be a star at this level.” Zaha has been in and out of the Palace starting line-up this season and despite some encouraging performances, he has scored only once in 19 games. “What does he need to improve? Concentration – his concentration when the opposition have the ball – his final product and his desire to improve,” Pardew said. “Those are the three areas and I see the latter one in him – I think if you’ve got that then you’ve got a chance of putting everything right. “He wants to be a top player and he’s going to have much easier access to the first team than he did at Man United so he’s definitely got a great chance.” Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has told Wilfried Zaha to forget about his Championship success with the club, insisting the winger needs to raise his game if he wants to make it in the top flight. Zaha made his loan stay at Palace permanent on the last day of the transfer window, re-signing from Manchester United for an initial fee of £3million. The 22-year-old made just four first-team appearances at Old Trafford and struggled to reproduce the displays that saw him named Championship Player of the Year in 2013. Press Associationlast_img read more