Long Beach Boardwalk Reopens Saturday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The first stretch of the new Long beach boardwalk is reopening Saturday, July 27, 2013.The first four-block stretch of the new Long Beach boardwalk is reopened Saturday morning, just shy of the nine-month anniversary of when the old boardwalk was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.Long Beach city officials made the long-awaited announcement Friday that the boardwalk from Magnolia to Long Beach boulevards will be open while construction continues on the rest of the 2.2-mile structure that is slated to be completed by November.“If there were ever any doubts that Long Beach and the South Shore are back, today those doubts have been put to rest,” said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), who joined city officials for the news conference.  “We’re like a boxer that’s been knocked down, but Long Beach has gotten up and delivered the knock out punch against Sandy.”He noted that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to pay for nearly all the costs of rebuilding the boardwalk.The replacement boardwalk is being constructed out of stronger materials including concrete and Brazilian hardwoods. Schumer said that boardwalks in New Jersey that withstood Sandy were made out of these same materials.City Council President Scott Mandel said that the material is designed to last 30 to 40 years.“The boardwalk you are standing on is a result of the entire community’s output,” he said.Mandel mentioned that certain aspects of the old boardwalk will be kept to maintain its nostalgic feel. For instance, the old benches will be back after they are refurbished. Although there is new LED lighting, the lights will still have the same retro look.Mandel added that there will now be public WiFi along the boardwalk and the beach.The city’s iconic boardwalk has been drawing visitors eager for its return for months, but their wait is almost over.“We came back to visit because we wanted to see Long Beach and get an update on the reconstruction since it is right in our backyard,” said Tracy Seager-Huber, a Lynbrook resident. “I knew it would be rebuilt because of the spirit here.”last_img read more

Millennials love technology…Everybody knows that

first_imgby: Joe WinnBut did you know…?Geico has created a marketing machine, one that can pump out memorable ad campaigns on a near-weekly basis. After looking at the competitive landscape, they realized their own tagline had grown stagnant. The old, “15 minutes could save you…” was so over-used that it had become a joke upon itself. So they made fun of themselves.Embracing the near-universal knowledge of their tagline, they added to it non-sensical responses. “The pyramids were a mistake.” “Endings can hurt.” I can see you remembering more as we go.What has Geico shown with their strategy?Just because something is known by a target audience doesn’t mean it is understood. The line, “15 minutes…” became more a representation of them rather than a statement of fact. By blatantly telling potential customers, “everybody knows that”, they reaffirmed the mental processing. In a sense, they backed up their marketing points with their marketing points.Those of us in the credit union industry could use a dose of their genius. Keep an eye on the publications, posts, tweets, and blogs. I guarantee it will take you less than a day to see a new article on how Millenials are essential to growth and why they must be engaged with technology solutions. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Communication, sales, and your credit union

first_imgThere’s no denying it. We are all salesmen regardless in what field we work or the role we fulfill.For years I was in denial about my own role as a salesperson. Much of my career was spent in broadcasting, on air. Sales was the department down the hall. They sold ads, generated revenue, had elaborate parties, and received huge bonuses when their “numbers were met.” When numbers were not met, Sales was the department of revolving doors. It wasn’t until I transitioned into Corporate Communication that I realized the sales role each employee plays at every level in every industry.As member-focused organizations, Credit Unions have to be particularly mindful of the sales/service role each employee fills, from the front line or branches to the deepest recesses of corporate offices.So, what is it that each of us sells?Ourselves.The many products and services credit unions offer are the tangibles being sold, and those sales come more easily when each employee understands that he/she is first and foremost selling himself/herself. It’s the best way to successfully bring products and services to market, provided we aren’t selling empty suits but building trust.Trust is borne of demonstrated responsibility, accountability, and integrity. Acquiring and maintaining these soft skills takes as much work and deliberate practice as mastering any technical skill. Begin by understanding the crucial role communication plays in our interpersonal relationships.Every time we communicate, whether one-on-one, through email, or via public address, we are saying three things: something about our message, something about our audience, and something about ourselves.With that mindset, craft a message that is clear, concise, and courteous. Speak and write from the listener’s and reader’s perspectives to ensure you are communicating empathetically and to ensure that the message you intend to communicate is the one being received. Always communicate with the receiver in mind. Confirm the message you deliver is identical to that being received by responding immediately to verbal and non-verbal feedback. When possible, ask open-ended questions. Then, listen carefully to responses so you can hone your message.The idea is to fulfill your audience’s needs. This is Sales 101, a course we all need to master in order to communicate more effectively, build trust, and increase productivity. Unity within an organization automatically projects outwardly, making the organization more attractive. Whether your audience is a co-worker, supervisor, potential member, or current member, you cannot possibly sell your idea, product, or service if the audience is not first sold on you. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Detailslast_img read more

What are inbound leads and why do they matter to credit unions?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » If you blinked sometime in the last decade, you may have missed it. The role of marketing changed, and it changed big. Surprisingly, credit unions have fallen behind precisely where they should excel: in capturing inbound leads.So, what are inbound leads? And why do they matter?What are inbound leads?Well, let’s get one thing straight. Leads are marketing leads. They’re people who show some interest in a brand, its products, or its services.But what is an inbound lead?That’s easy!last_img

Can Croatian tourism last 365 days a year?

first_imgThis is a question that is often asked, and these days it is being brought up again by local and regional experts who are gathering towards the end of the summer season on this very topic. I am not an expert, but I seem to know the answer to this question, because I live in a Croatian city where tourism lasts almost 365 days a year, and I travel often to our capital Croatian city where tourism lasts for a full 365 days and which confirms that it is very possible and that it already is. Along the way, I am an islander who moved from the island to the mainland in the city. And by the way, I am also a small landlord who still has a property on the island that he rents out to tourists, not 365 but for about 65 days. So, although I am not an expert, I know that tourism in Croatia can last 365 days in some destinations, and in some it obviously cannot.So my unprofessional opinion is that the real question to ask should be: Why can’t tourism last 365 days a year in the whole of Croatia? If I put my house on the island in a big car, put it on a ferry, and put it somewhere in the city where I live, it would be at least 265 days full, not 65 like now. Same house. And it is in vain that I have the status of “SUPER HOST” on the island or that I have a “SUPER HOUSE”. In vain. You don’t really need to be an expert at all to understand that it’s not a matter of the host or home but of the destination. An island, or hinterland, or any inland part of Croatia that we call “rural”,  there is no tourism 365 days a year because there is no content. There is NOTHING that would attract people to stay there after those 65 sunny and warm days in the island case. In fact, it’s not that there is no content, there is, but NO ONE has put it into function and offered it in a more serious and organized way. And it’s not that easy. NOT. There is a lot of work to be done here. Lots and lots. Croatia (and the countries before it) failed to keep the local population in many of our destinations, and especially on the islands, 365 days a year. She didn’t know how to design the contents for those who were born there. Make life meaningful. There is no more lavender on my island, and we called it “lavender island”. There is less and less wine, and it is called “the island of wine – from 384 BC”. And what is most important and saddest: there are fewer and fewer people. There are fewer and fewer people! And that is a fact.Without people the destination is just the sea or the snow, or already something that God gives. And as soon as the snow drifts or the sea cools, the guests disappear. The meaning of their being there disappears. The only meaning that has been helplessly offered so far has been low prices in the pre-season and sub-season. It is clear to everyone that this did not help much. However, one should not point the finger at “Croatia” too much, because the scattering of rural areas and the settlement of cities is a world trend and one should be aware of that. The facilities are in the cities, no matter how much they kept quiet about it. And there is nothing wrong with that. There is no season in London, nor Paris, nor Rome, because there is always a lot. All 365 days. New York even “never sleeps.” But it is certain that even in these highly developed countries there are seasons in some smaller towns and in rural areas where not everything is always full. Our Zagreb is a bright Croatian example of year-round tourism in which the term “season” has also completely disappeared.  So let the tourism in the cities 365 days. It’s all Croatian tourism. And you need to invest in that. There is also a lot of room for improvement. And rural areas will need a lot of experts for more serious changes. And a lot of work. After all, isn’t there a difference between a destination in the center and one in the suburbs, ie in the “rural” part of the city, even within a large city? The restaurant in the suburbs certainly needs more effort than the one in the central square. Something more needs to be offered to attract customers. Something more.It might not be a bad idea to include a little less professional ones, and even non-professional ones. Those that can create the basis for content that experts would design. If they are more there when the experts arrive.Author: Miki Bratanićlast_img read more

Thousands flee severe flooding in New Zealand

first_imgSevere flooding forced thousands of residents in New Zealand’s South Island to flee their homes on Wednesday and left hundreds of tourists stranded at the remote Milford Sound beauty spot.The Southland region declared a state of emergency after being deluged with more than 1,000 mm of rainfall in 60 hours, triggering landslides on major roads and causing rivers to burst their banks.Authorities told residents in the low-lying areas of Gore and Mataura to evacuate immediately early on Wednesday as floodwaters in the Mataura river peaked, warning those further downstream in Wyndham to prepare to leave. “We have issued notices to evacuate and to prepare to evacuate to 6,000 people across the region,” an Emergency Management Southland (EMS) spokeswoman told AFP.Residents were advised to grab medication, clothing and identification documents, then head to higher ground.Power to affected areas was cut off as a precaution and evacuation centres were set up in local churches and schools.Floodwaters washed away sections of the only road to Milford Sound, a popular hiking spot for international tourists, and EMS said almost 200 people were being airlifted to nearby Te Anau.”The tourists… have been well catered for,” it said.”Morale has been high amongst the visitors and staff, as they received regular briefings and have been in contact with friends and family.”Only two minor injuries have been reported after a landslide hit a hut on the Routeburn walking track, with both people receiving treatment at the scene.Topics :last_img read more

Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion and Job Creation in Six Counties

first_imgPennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion and Job Creation in Six Counties Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced six new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) that will support businesses in the purchase of new technology, equipment, real estate, and building construction costs, and the creation of new full-time jobs across the commonwealth.“The businesses that were awarded funding today will expand their operations and improve service, bring new jobs to their communities, and benefit Pennsylvanians in a number of ways — including making healthcare more accessible and environmentally friendly and acquiring the tools and equipment they need to offer high-quality service to consumers,” said Gov. Wolf. “My administration continues to invest in and support businesses of all sizes as they work to strategically improve their operations and what they can offer to their customers.”In 2020, PIDA has approved $12,476,775 in low-interest loans that have resulted in $28,840,802 in private investment and supported 933 created and retained full-time jobs.The following loans were approved:Bucks CountyManning-MFG, LLC, through the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation, was approved for a $640,000 PIDA loan at a 3 percent fixed interest rate for 10 years for the acquisition of an existing 28,060 sq. ft. multi-occupancy building in Bristol Township. The facility is currently fully occupied with four longstanding tenants who will continue their agreement with Manning-MFG, LLC. The total project cost is $1.6 million.Carbon CountyPalmerton Site, LLC, through the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation, was approved for a $2 million, 15-year PIDA loan at a 1.75 percent reset interest rate to assist in construction of its new 16,923-square-foot building in Palmerton Borough. The building will make quality healthcare more accessible for Palmerton and surrounding communities, providing access to St. Luke’s University Health Network physicians, medical procedures, physical therapy, and laboratory services. The total project cost is $4,945,122, and St. Luke’s University Health Network will create 50 full-time jobs and retain 25 jobs.Cumberland CountyH3C Enterprises, LLC, through the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation, was approved for a $165,000, 15-year PIDA loan at a 2 percent reset interest rate to acquire a 10,680-square-foot industrial property in New Cumberland. The facility will be primarily used for warehousing of equipment and materials with the majority of the space being occupied bya commercial and residential full-service property restoration company, C&Z Construction, LLC., The total project cost is of $490,675, and C&Z Construction, LLC, will create six full-time jobs and retain 15 jobs.Lackawanna CountySAP Manufacturing, LLC, a manufacturer of plastic products, through the Northeastern PA Alliance, was approved for a $400,000, 10-year PIDA loan at a 3 percent fixed interest rate. Funding will provide for the acquisition of manufacturing equipment, including plastic injection molding, plastic extrusion and rotational molding equipment, and real estate for its site in Jefferson Township. The total project cost is $1.55 million, and the company will create one full-time job and retain 10 jobs.Luzerne CountyWyoming Valley Chiropractic, Inc., through the Northeastern PA Alliance, was approved for a $35,939 PIDA loan at a 2 percent fixed interest rate for 10 years. The funding will assist in the purchase of a 20/20 C-DR Direct Digital imaging system and related accessories for the practice located in Forty Fort Borough. This purchase will allow the company to upgrade from plain film to digital X-ray, using less energy and reducing environmental pollution. The total project cost is $47,919.Northampton CountyCryoConcepts, LP, through the Lehigh Valley Economic Investment Corporation, was approved for a $400,000 PIDA loan at a 3 percent fixed interest rate for 10 years. The funding will be used to acquire machinery and equipment to be installed at the company’s research, development, and manufacturing facility in Bethlehem City to support manufacturing new, more technologically-advanced cryosurgical products. The total project cost is $850,000, and the company will create eight full-time jobs and retain 20 jobs.PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to Pennsylvania businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the commonwealth, as well as for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities. Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) that partner with PIDA. PIDA is currently offering interest rates between 2 and 3 percent for applications received by March 31, 2020.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. 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Dream riverside haven on market

first_img602/1 Gray St, New Farm.Want to enjoy the bustle of New Farm without compromising on privacy? This home in the sky could be just your thing.If you’re looking for a vast inner city retreat, this is the place for you. Just make sure you contact the agent before auction day and don’t be fashionably late.“It’s an invitation only auction for people who’ve been through before, who’ve inspected it and obviously people who’ve registered to bid. So it’s not like a standard, public auction,” Josephine Johnston-Rowell, director of Johnston Dixon Quality Property, says.Located in the Freshwater apartment complex, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse offers a mix privacy, views and space that’s rare to find in an inner-city abode.“It’s actually a double apartment that’s been converted into one (apartment) years ago.”The total floor area is 354sq m according to the listing details.“It’s totally private. When you’re sitting on the balcony or inside, nobody else can look in from other apartments so it is very unique from that perspective.”It’s this position that’s also helped naturally cool the space too.“You get a lovely breeze there. There’s been heatwave conditions the last two weekends and it’s been a pleasure to get there on a Saturday (open).”A very nice kitchen.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoThe enormous space allows for an open plan living/dining space, reading room, butler’s pantry, office and wine cellar.Open plan living with picture-postcard views.The master suite includes a huge walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite with double vanity stand-alone bath and heated towel racks.The main bedroom.Other features include privacy shutters and airconditioning, plus there’s also a three-car garage to house your pride and joy.Ms Johnson-Rowell says the apartment offers a total package for this location“To get an apartment this size with this aspect and the quality of the fitout inside is totally unique.”Just don’t forget to call ahead and let them know you’re coming.last_img read more

Friday people roundup [updated]

first_imgAP2 – The head of external equity managers at AP2 has departed the Swedish buffer fund for a US-based think tank. Mimmi Kheddache-Jendeby joined the Center for Applied Research, State Street’s think tank, earlier this month and will be vice-president and senior research strategist. Kheddache-Jendeby spent several years at the fund as portfolio manager for external mandates and was most recently head of equity for external managers.Ilmarinen – Sini Kivihuhta has been appointed deputy chief executive and “substitute” for the chief executive. Ilmarinen’s current deputy chief executive Timo Ritakallio will take on the role of president and chief executive for the company from the beginning of February. Kivihuhta will also continue to carry out her responsibilities as senior vice-president of pension insurance.Pension Insurance Corporation – Tracy Blackwell has been appointed deputy chief executive, succeeding John Coomber, who is to retire at the end of June. Blackwell, currently CIO at PIC, has been with the company since it was founded in 2006. Prior to joining PIC, she worked at Goldman Sachs, where she held a variety of roles, including head of risk management for the EMEA region at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. PIC said a search for a new CIO was underway.  Investment Company Institute Global – Patrice Bergé-Vincent has been appointed to the newly created position of managing director at ICI Global Europe. He will join in mid-April. Bergé-Vincent is currently a partner with PwC France, where he leads the asset management regulatory practice. Before then, he worked within the Department of Regulation Policy and International Affairs at the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the French regulator, serving as head of the Asset Management Regulation Policy Division.Mirabaud Asset Management – André Broijl, Bert Hospers, Sai Kit Lam and George Luijkx have joined the fixed income team from Syntrus Achmea Asset Management in the Netherlands. The team will report to Andrew Lake and be in charge of various mandates and fund solutions for Mirabaud’s clients in investment-grade credit.UBS Global Asset Management – Rachel Hill has been appointed business development director, focusing on UK investment consultants and pension funds. In the past, she has worked at fiduciary manager SEI and more recently at BlackRock, in both client and consultant-focused roles.Eaton Vance Management International – Jeffrey Mueller has been appointed vice-president, portfolio manager and global high-yield analyst. Based in London, he will be responsible for leading the company’s global corporate credit operations. He will join in March from Threadneedle Asset Management, where he has been a high-yield portfolio manager and investment analyst since 2009.Aon Hewitt – Jorge Huitron has joined the manager research team as a senior consultant, with responsibility for covering European private equity. He joins after seven years with bfinance, where he was a director in private market research. Before then, he spent four years at Cambridge Associates as a senior consulting associate. Varma, AMF, Folksam, AP2, State Street, Ilmarinen, Pension Insurance Corporation, Investment Company Institute Global, PwC France, Mirabaud Asset Management, Syntrus Achmea Asset Management, UBS Global Asset Management, BlackRock, Eaton Vance Management International, Threadneedle Asset Management, Aon Hewitt, bfinanceVarma – Berndt Brunow is to succeed Kari Jordan as chairman of the supervisory board of Finnish pensions insurer Varma. Brunow is the chairman of the board of Oy Karl Fazer Oy, while Jordan is president and chief executive at Metsä Group. Jari Paasikivi, president and chief executive at Oras Invest, and Antti Palola, president of the Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK, will continue as deputy chairmen at Varma. The company’s board of directors has also elected members of the nomination and compensation committee and the audit committee from among its members. During 2015, the audit committee will comprise Ari Kaperi (chairman), Jyri Luomakoski, Antti Palola and Kai Telanne. Members of the 2015 nomination and compensation committee are Brunow (chairman), Paasikivi and Palola.AMF – Dan Adolphson is taking over from Carina Blomberg as security economist at Sweden’s AMF. He has worked at AMF since 2006 in the pensions information department and will take up his new role at the beginning of March. AMF said the most important aspect of the role of security economist was to represent savers’ interests by working on pensions issues. Blomberg is retiring in June.Folksam – Lars Johnsson has been appointed director of real estate at Sweden’s Folksam and will start work at the pensions institution on 2 March. He has 27 years’ experience in the property industry, most recently as deputy director and head of property investments at Vasakronan. Johnsson is replacing Torbjörn Wiberg, who will leave Folksam on 28 February.last_img read more

US LNG landing in Portugal

first_imgLNG receiving terminal at the port of Sines owned and operated by Portugal’s electricity and natural gas infrastructure operator REN is set to receive a US cargo.According to the shipping data by the Port of Sines, Rioja Knutsen capable of transporting 176,300 cubic meters of natural gas, is scheduled to arrive at the facility on February 7.The vessel is carrying a cargo loaded at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility in Louisiana.It is a second consecutive cargo of liquefied natural gas from the United States, as the 150,200-cbm Seri Camellia is currently unloading a Sabine Pass cargo at the facility.The facility can accommodate vessels with capacities between 40,000 and 216,000 cubic meters of LNG, three storage tanks with a commercial capacity of 390,000 cubic meters and seven vaporizers for the regasification of LNG.The LNG terminal has a nominal emission capacity of 900,000 cubic meters/hour and a maximum of 1,350,000 cubic meters/hour and can load up to 36 tanker trucks per day. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more