There’s a difference between strategy and execution

first_imgWhat’s the difference between a successful planning session and an unsuccessful planning session for your credit union or bank?Execution. Execution makes all the difference.As strategic planning season gears up for financial institutions around the country, remember that what makes a planning session a win is not how great the catered lunch is or how detailed your SWAT analysis is. Rather, what determines a win is how well your team is able to execute the strategic plan throughout the coming year. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

“Stadt im Wald” GC17K3A GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 6, 2011

first_img“Stadt im Wald”“Stadt im Wald” (GC17K3A) is a “Lost Place Cache.” The Multi-Cache takes geocachers through a rotting relic of the Cold War. The nine stages of the cache lead adventurers into an abandoned and decayed Soviet military base. This “lost place” in Eastern Germany is the size of a small city. The military installation has been largely forgotten since the fall of communism. The geocache was placed with landowner permission.”Stadt im Wald”Geocachers are warned to take extreme safety precautions. They’re warned to be especially careful of broken glass and hidden holes in the ground. Geocachers are also reminded to respect the site and cause no further damage.“Stadt im Walk” is a difficulty 3.5, terrain 3.5 cache. Hornesia placed the cache in 2007. It has accumulated more than 230 Geocaching.com Favorite Points.This Geocache of the Week comes straight from two Lackeys traveling in Europe. They recorded local German geocachers as they completed the cache on June 2. The Geocaching.com video team is on location exploring some of the most exciting geocaching Germany and the Czech Republic have to offer. The videos will eventually be shown on Geocaching.com and YouTube.Oh the places Groundspeak hamsters will go – Groundspeak videographer Reid shooting video in a secret location at “Stadt im Wald”Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Presents: Lost Places – GermanyJuly 28, 2011In “Deutsch”A photo is worth 1000 finds? – The Mountain of Moonlit Rocks (GC1CB) – Geocache of the WeekJune 18, 2015In “Geocache of the Week””Petrified Canyon” GCME8A GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 20, 2011June 20, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

Investors cheer Budget after showing initial concerns

first_imgInvestors gave thumbs up to the Union Budget 2014-15 presented by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday, with the benchmark Sensex moving up over 450 points during intraday trade after an initial steep fall.Investors, who were initially concerned about the lack of any big ticket announcements in the budget, were cheered by the presentation of a ‘prudent’ budget that gave broad directions of bringing about a positive change in the investment climate and measures to rein in the fiscal deficit to 4.1 per cent of the GDP.Finance Minister Arun JaitleyAt 2.30 pm, the Sensex was up 1.63 per cent on the Bombay Stock Exchange or 413 points even as the Nifty was up by 128 points. Overall, the market recovered almost 800 points from the lows it had plunged mid-way through the Finance Minister’s speech.”The Budget ticks all the boxes, and shows a willingness by the government to listen, and will act in due course,” KV Kamath, non-executive Chairman of the ICICI Bank, told a television channel. “The industry will take this at face value, and hopes to see action on all these fronts.”What has cheered most market observers is that the government has not tried to bite off more than what it can chew, and has admitted to the challenges in most sectors. “The government has kept more place-holders, by picking up many sectors, and committing Rs 100 crore to each to do detailed studies, so that it can determine if it has to take it up later or not,” said Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra, a leader in making sports utility vehicles in the country. He said the auto industry was not expecting any specific announcements, since certain excise duty reductions were already carried out. “What is significant about the Budget is that it is prudent, the numbers are believable,” he said.advertisementShares of companies in infrastructure, power, banking and realty went up following the budget announcements. Experts are expecting the markets to remain bullish in the coming days. “Most investors are optimistic on the government’s ability to execute, although there is no word on reforms, subsidies and labour law,” said Nirmal Jain, Chairman of India Infoline.last_img read more

a month agoNorwich boss Farke on Man City upset: Courage, amazing spirit

first_imgNorwich boss Farke on Man City upset: Courage, amazing spiritby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City boss Daniel Farke hailed his stand-ins for their shock victory over Manchester City.City’s long injury list meant Farke was forced into several changes, but his players did him proud.“It was a debut in the starting line-up for Sam Byram, a debut in the starting line-up for Ibrahim Amadou in a position that isn’t his natural one, and a first game for Alex Tettey,” said Farke. “It was difficult but we had to deliver against perhaps the best team in the world, and we did it in our style. We totally believe we are capable of reaching something extraordinary today, and we showed amazing spirit.“We have a lot of long-term injuries so it will be difficult. So we need this spirit and attitude because there will be setbacks and difficult moments and that’s when we will need our togetherness, and to remember moments like today.“Each and every game will be different, with teams with different styles and quality, but we have to take out of this game that if you stick together you always have a chance. Even if no one bets on you, with bravery and commitment and togetherness you can go far.”The boss also had a word for the City fans, who created an incredible atmosphere for the entire 90 minutes.“Carrow Road was an explosion and we needed this,” he said. “Without our fans, and their help to bring us over the line, we wouldn’t have had a chance to win today. We needed this unity from the fans, and big compliments to our supporters – they were crucial for our win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoLille sensation Osimhen: I’m not here to replace Pepe

first_imgLille sensation Osimhen: I’m not here to replace Pepeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Osimhen is eager to avoid comparisons with Nicolas Pepe at Lille.Pepe left LOSC for Arsenal as Osimhen arrived from Charleroi.With five goals in five Ligue 1 games, the Nigerian striker is following in Pepe’s footsteps and said, “I have a lot of respect for Nicolas Pépé, for all that he brought to the club. “Many people think that I am replacing him but I am here with another name and to write my own story. “We have different profiles, we are not the same players. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

$5 Million Raised By UK Diaspora for the Adopt-A-Clinic Initiative

first_imgStory Highlights In his remarks, Dr. Tufton thanked the UK community for supporting the project, noting that the Diaspora has led the charge for the initiative. Approximately $5 million has been raised by the Diaspora in the United Kingdom (UK) for the Ministry of Health’s Adopt-A-Clinic initiative. The Adopt-A-Clinic Project, is one of the Jamaica 55 UK legacy projects, undertaken by the High Commission. Approximately $5 million has been raised by the Diaspora in the United Kingdom (UK) for the Ministry of Health’s Adopt-A-Clinic initiative.The funds were handed over to Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, at a special event hosted at the Jamaican High Commission in London recently.The Adopt-A-Clinic Project, is one of the Jamaica 55 UK legacy projects, undertaken by the High Commission.The funds were raised from two major events organised by the High Commission, namely the Jamaica 55 Independence Church Service, as well as the Jamaica 55 Gala Dinner and Dance.Several other individuals and charities also raised funds and donated equipment under the UK Legacy project, which was coordinated by the Adopt-A-Clinic (UK) Subcommittee.The funds that have been raised so far will allow for the adoption of at least five clinics across the island.In his remarks, Dr. Tufton thanked the UK community for supporting the project, noting that the Diaspora has led the charge for the initiative.“Adopt-A-Clinic is about boosting primary and preventive health care by engaging in a wider and more elaborate way to recognise the importance of these facilities and by encouraging (communities) to use these facilities,” he said.“We are aiming to restore credibility to our health clinics, by ensuring that they have the necessary facilities in both personnel and equipment, and use the restored image to encourage community participation,” Dr. Tufton added.Meanwhile, High Commissioner, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, expressed appreciation to the groups and individuals that assisted in raising the funds towards the Adopt-A-Clinic Project.He reiterated the High Commission’s commitment to continue to raise awareness, as well as funds, towards this important cause.Persons present at the handover ceremony included: Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte; members of the Adopt-A-Clinic Subcommittee led by Paul Harrison; and representatives of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (UK).Others present include: the Association of Jamaicans UK Trust; Friends of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica; Jamaica Hospital League of Friends; Friends of the Noel Holmes Hospital and West Haven Children’s Home; Lignum Vitae Club; and members of staff and friends of the High Commission.last_img read more

Total to Supply LNG for CMA CGMs New Boxship Giants

first_imgzoom French carrier CMA CGM has signed an agreement with oil and gas major Total for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the company’s recently ordered 22,000 TEU container ships.Under the deal, Total is to supply around 300,000 tons of LNG per year for a period of 10 years starting in 2020, when the new boxship giants will start joining the fleet.CMA CGM, the first shipping company in the world to equip its nine giant container ships with LNG propulsion, has selected Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, the Total affiliate responsible for marketing marine fuels worldwide, for these future supply operations.In February 2017, CMA CGM and Total already signed a cooperation agreement to examine the most environmentally responsible propulsion solutions to meet the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 implementation date for new sulfur regulations.“LNG is the fuel of the future for shipping,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM, said, adding that the entire maritime industry will benefit from the new supply chains that will be created following this “groundbreaking decision by the CMA CGM Group.”Under this agreement, Total will provide a tailor-made solution for LNG supply. The group is currently considering chartering on long-term basis a LNG bunkering vessel that would not only deliver fuel to CMA CGM in Europe, but also to other customers in the same region.The new supply chains created would lead to a wider use of LNG, especially in other shipping sectors, to achieve even greater and ambitious environmental responsibility.In addition, both companies reached an agreement in principle on the potential supply of lubricants for the nine newbuilds, giving CMA CGM access to Total Lubmarine’s products, technical expertise and global distribution network.last_img read more

Toronto stock index falls on down day led by technology sector stumble

first_imgTORONTO – Weakness in technology stocks and commodity prices brought Canada’s main stock index down Friday.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed off 61.78 points at 16,393.95.“There are not a lot of strengths in the market today,” said Michael Currie, vice-president and investment analyst at TD Wealth.“In Toronto, the technology sector is getting particularly hard hit. Constellation Software missed its estimates and is down over eight per cent today and a couple of big names, like Shopify and BlackBerry, are also down today. So that’s been the biggest drag on the TSX.”He said bright spots on the market were few but included transport firm TFI International, up on strong quarterly results.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.56 cents US, up 0.02 of a US cent from Thursday’s average value of 76.54 cents US, while the September crude contract fell 92 cents to US$68.69 per barrel and the September natural gas contract rose two cents to US$2.78 per mmBTU.“It is a bit of a shocker in the sense that you have oil down a dollar today and the U.S. government came out with really strong economic data,” said Currie.“Both of those things usually work against the Canadian dollar … so I guess that’s a very good sign for the loonie.”He suggested that unease related to trade tensions and the stalled North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations are beginning to lift, allowing more optimism about Canada among market participants.A steep drop in Twitter and further losses for Facebook pulled technology stocks lower on Wall Street for a second day, even as other sectors climbed in response to a report that the U.S. economy surged in the April-June quarter to an annual growth rate of 4.1 per cent, the fastest pace since 2014.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 76.01 points to 25,451.06, while the S&P 500 index fell 18.62 points to 2,818.82 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 114.76 points to 7,737.42.The August gold contract was down $2.70 to US$1,223.00 an ounce and the September copper contract fell two cents to US$2.80 a pound.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Athenahealth fetches 57 billion cash buyout offer

first_imgAthenahealth shares soared Monday after the struggling medical billing software maker received a $5.7 billion cash buyout offer.Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital plan to give athenahealth shareholders $135 per share in a deal that will take the company private. That represents a roughly 12 per cent premium over the closing price of athenahealth shares on Friday.But the latest deal is smaller than a $6.5 billion bid that prominent investor Elliott Management Corp. made in May.Elliott Management made its offer for $160 per share in cash after saying it had grown frustrated with athenahealth’s struggles, which included missed guidance targets and churning through five chief financial officers in the last four years.A month after Elliott made its offer, co-founder and CEO Jonathan Bush said he was stepping down.Athenahealth said Monday that Elliott Management supported the latest deal offer. Evergreen Coast Capital is an Elliott affiliate that invests in technology.Athenahealth, based in Watertown, Massachusetts, makes medical record, revenue cycle and care co-ordination products and delivers most of it through the cloud. On Friday, it reported third-quarter earnings that topped analyst expectations, but its revenue fell short of the average forecast on Wall Street.The latest athenahelath bid offers “a decent valuation for what has increasingly appeared to be a struggling business,” Leerink analyst David Larsen said in a research note.“We believe that following the long and tumultuous sales process it is unlikely another bidder will emerge,” he wrote.Evergreen and Veritas plan to pair athenahealth with Virence Health, which Veritas bought earlier this year. The combination will operate under the athenahealth brand and stay headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts. Virence Chairman and CEO Bob Segert will lead it.Athenahealth’s board of directors unanimously approved the deal, which the company expects to close in the first quarter. Shareholders still have to vote on it.Athenahealth stock jumped about 9.5 per cent, to $131.73 while broader indexes slipped Monday morning.last_img read more