16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Robert Lay JAMES ROBERT LAY is one of the world’s leading digital marketing authors, speakers, and advisors for financial brands. As the founder and CEO of the Digital Growth Institute, he … Web: https://www.digitalgrowth.com Details Normally, when I write an article, I am sharing one of the latest digital marketing resources we’ve recently published to help you maximize your bank’s or credit union’s digital growth potential.But today, however, I’m asking for your help.I grew up in Houston.Houston is where my wife and I are raising our kids.Houston is home.The rain in Houston started to fall Friday as Hurricane Harvey came to shore and it has not stopped since.I’ve lived through multiple hurricanes and tropical storms before but I have never seen anything like what I’m watching unfold before me now. In just three days, more than 9 trillion gallons of water fell on our city.And it’s not over yet.It’s still raining as I write this to you while the bayous and rivers have far beyond exceeded their banks.I’m OK but families in Houston need your help.Over the past few days, I have received emails, texts, and private messages on social media from people around the world asking if I’m OK. Many of you have also asked what you can do to help.Fortunately, my family, our home, and our team are all safe and we’ve been spared damage. I am thankful and grateful for the outpouring of support and concern from the Digital Growth Community.But it is not me that needs your help.Thousands of people and families throughout our Houston are hurting.The Coast Guard continues to receive upwards of 1,000 calls per hour. Officials are now estimating that more than 30,000 people will be displaced into shelters in addition to more than 450,000 seeking some sort of disaster assistance.While it’s still too early to determine how widespread the damage will be, by the time this catastrophic event is over, it is estimated that Houston will have received 50 inches of rain, the equivalent of a normal year’s worth, in just one week.However, even as the rain continues to fall, the people of our city are already coming together to rescue and lift each other up. Over the weekend, volunteers with boats who could mobilize were quick to jump in and help authorities rescue people from their flooded homes.It’s our turn to help the families of Houston.Financial stress takes a toll on a person’s health and family relationships.We do what we do at Digital Growth Institute because we understand how stressful money and finances can be. We also know the negative impact this stress can have on a person’s overall health and family relationships.This is why we continue to help banks and credit unions guide people in the communities they serve towards a brighter financial future.However, the everyday financial stress people normally feel will be greatly amplified through the losses they will experience as a result of this catastrophic event.That’s why I am asking for your help today.The Digital Growth Community is made of up great financial institution leaders from banks and credit unions around the world.And with a donation as small as $1 from everyone in the Digital Growth Community, we can work together to raise over $8,000 to help Houston families in need.As a father of four small children, I want to ease the financial burden and stress for Houston families in need. And together with you, we can help Houston families start to recover from the many losses they have experienced from Hurricane Harvey.Digital Growth Institute will ensure 100% of your donation goes directly to supply Houston families in need of post-hurricane recovery with financial assistance for:FoodWaterDiapersWipesClothingRepairs to flooded homesA safe place to stay for the displacedDONATE TO HELP A HOUSTON FAMILYIn the meantime, please continue to keep the people and families of Houston in your thoughts and prayers.
Ireland will face world and European champions Spain in New York this summer, the Football Association of Ireland have confirmed. Manager, Giovanni Trapattoni said: “I am looking forward to playing this match in New York. Our team is evolving and showing a lot of promise. “The recent games demonstrated that our players have serious potential. Matches against opposition like England, Georgia and Spain are very helpful to that development and great preparation for our important competitive fixtures in June, September and October.” Press Association Giovanni Trapattoni’s Boys in Green will play Spain at the home of the New York Yankees, one of the city’s Major League Baseball franchises, on June 11. It will be the last of four consecutive fixtures for the men’s senior team, with them also facing England at Wembley on May 29, Georgia in an international friendly in Dublin on June 2 and the Faroe Islands in a home 2014 World Cup qualifier five days later.
Published on February 2, 2020 at 10:26 pm Contact Cameron: [email protected] In August 2017, Syracuse tennis coach Younes Limam travelled to Savitaipale, Finland to watch Sofya Golubovskaya play. He wanted to go see her in person, instead of just talking over the phone and Skype.The 17-year-old Russian lost in both her singles and doubles quarterfinals matches, but it was the first time she met her future collegiate coach.Limam was aware of Golubovskaya’s success in overseas tournaments, and knew that the Russian was considering transitioning to a pro-career. But, after months of recruiting, on Jan. 10 2018, Golubovskaya arrived in Syracuse. The transition to the United States wasn’t easy, the Moscow native had to balance classes, tennis and adjusting to a foreign language. But, on the court, the shift was seamless.“I think it’s a good opportunity here to get an education and also play tennis,” Golubovskaya said. “In Russia you don’t have those opportunities.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGolubovskaya grew up competing on hard and clay courts in Moscow, and her general feel for the game and devastating backhand game translated to the hard courts of Drumlins Country Club, Limam said.During a nearly month-long stretch in her freshman year, from Feb. 9 to March 2, Golubovskaya went undefeated in singles, securing six straight wins. She also went on a six-game win streak from Feb. 16 to Mar. 16 with her doubles partner Anna Shkudun, marking a stretch of dominance just over a month after arriving in the U.S. She was the only freshman on the team, but she finished the season 12-8 in singles, 14-6 in doubles and won 65% of her matches overall.Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorOn April 1, 2018 then-No. 34 Orange defeated then-No. 3 Georgia Tech. It was the first time in program history Syracuse defeated a top-10 opponent. At second singles, Golubovskaya recovered from a 4-2 deficit in the second set to force a tiebreak. She eventually fell just short, losing 6-4 7-6 (7-5). She lost, but the team prevailed and it was her favorite on-court moment during her Syracuse career thus far. It was that mindset that has seen a freshman who looked to teammates and relied on coaches now transition into a commanding leader herself, Limam said.Golubovskaya’s first opportunity to lead came when her former teammate and childhood friend Sonya Treshcheva came to Syracuse as well, largely on the recommendation from Golubovskaya.“She already knew how it worked here and everything was new for me like the classes, the language, and the people, so she helped me a lot,” said Treshcheva.Like Golubovskaya’s immediate freshman success, the Treshcheva reunion quickly paid off. As a doubles pair, the Russians took home the title at the ITA Northeast Regional Championship in the fall of 2018.Now as an upperclassman, with experience in two NCAA tournaments, Golubovskaya understands what it takes to succeed and mentors more than Treshcheva, Limam said. She’s embraced Syracuse’s approach — prioritizes the team over herself and cares about her teammates both on and off the court, he said.“I think a big part of the reason we are where we are right now is because of her. She’s a huge contributor on the court and now she’s taking on a leadership role,” Limam said.Her personality makes it easy to connect with her teammates, described as a joke by her coach, she always makes her teammates laugh on road trips and team dinners.“She could be a pretty good comedian, too,” Limam said, holding back laughs of his own.As she’s grown as a leader, Golubovskaya continues to make strides on the court. She was a bright spot for Syracuse last season in the ACC and NCAA tournament. Golubovskaya took home an all-important singles victory in a first-round conference tournament matchup against Georgia Tech, proving vital in what ended up being a 4-3 Syracuse win. Less than a month later, in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Golubovskaya and Treshcheva ousted Wisconsin’s pair in a 6-1 win.When Golubovskaya arrived in 2018, the Syracuse’s women’s tennis program had never been in the top-10. They had never even defeated a top 10-opponent and had made the NCAA tournament just once. But now, with Golubovskaya as a mainstay in singles, doubles and a leadership role, Syracuse’s expectations have risen.“Her coming in three years ago, I think we started seeing the program taken to the next level, becoming year in and year out part of the NCAA tournament, and a big part of it,” Limam said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Hundreds of people from all over Donegal took part last weekend in the community clean-ups as part of the 2019 Big Donegal Clean Up.Groups in Buncrana, Carrowmenagh, Dunree, Moville, Greencastle, Culdaff, Manorcunningham, Newtowncunningham, Killea and Carrigans will be out on Saturday (6 April) as part of the Inishowen Community Clean-up initiative while the St. Johnston Community Clean up finishes today, April 13.Inishowen councillor Rena Donahey praised locals for turning out, especially in Buncrana where she said it was the biggest since the event began. Praising local volunteers in Buncrana, she said: “On the Big Inishowen Clean Up, I would just like to say it was an absolute a phenomenal success.“It was probably the biggest turnout since we started the event a number of years ago. There must have been at least 60 people in Buncrana and I would like to congratulate them.“It was a brilliant success and the amount of stuff they got was shocking,” she added.“It was great to get it collected and I would like to thank the (Donegal County) Council because they really pushed the boat out (for the event).” Volunteers for Big Donegal Clean Up congratulated on ‘phenomenal success’ was last modified: April 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BIG DONEGAL CLEAN-UP
NEW YORK — Todd Frazier is known for longballs more than small ball. Yet without even taking a full swing, he swung things in the New York Mets’ favor.Frazier cleverly came up with a push bunt and the Mets took off from there, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Sunday for their sixth win in seven games.“Perfect opportunity,” Frazier said.Down 3-0, the Mets put runners at the corners with one out in the fourth inning for Frazier. Instantly, he saw the Tigers shift and leave the right side of the infield virtually vacant.The longtime pro took advantage, pushing a sharp bunt that easily rolled into right field for an RBI single.“I think it sparked us,” Frazier said, adding, “I looked into the dugout, everyone was fired up.”This was pretty neat(via @Mets) pic.twitter.com/9OweVhAsSH— SNY (@SNYtv) May 26, 2019A former All-Star Home Run Derby champ, Frazier has four sacrifice bunts in nine seasons as a big leaguer, but none since 2016.So how long had he been waiting to pull off this kind of play?“My whole life, to be honest with you. My whole career,” he said.One out later, Adeiny Hechavarria hit a three-run homer for a 4-3 lead.New York Mets’ Adeiny Hechavarria hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Zack Wheeler pitched into the eighth inning as the Mets reached the .500 mark — they trailed in all but one of these recent victories.Nicholas Castellanos homered and drove in three runs for the Tigers, who have lost 11 of 12.Edwin Diaz escaped his own jam in the ninth, striking out John Hicks with runners at first and third, then fanning JaCoby Jones with runners at second and third for his 13th save in 14 chances. Jones hopped up and shouted at plate umpire Jerry Meals after being called out on a 3-2 pitch that appeared a touch outside.“These guys are playing, they’re trying. These are tough losses, but you know what? I’ve got to believe that they’ll come out fighting again tomorrow,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.“That’s what they’re doing right now, they’re having some fun doing it. It’s fun in the dugout. They’re into it and that’s all you can ask for,” he added.Wheeler (4-3) had retired 13 batters in a row before Jones led off the eighth with a single. Wheeler struck out pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera and was pulled after walking Niko Goodrum.Jeurys Familia relieved and Dawel Lugo thought he had struck out, mistaking the count after a swing-and-miss and walking back toward the Detroit dugout. Lugo returned to the plate and fanned for real, and Familia struck out Castellanos to end the inning.Wheeler also singled twice, boosting his batting average to .308.Rookie starter Spencer Turnbull (2-4) breezed through the first three innings for Detroit. Dominic Smith opened the fourth with a fly to center field and Jones took an odd route, with the ball falling just beyond his glove for a double.Wilson Ramos singled to put runners at the corners, bringing up Frazier. Detroit left only first baseman Brandon Dixon on the right side, and he was holding Ramos.Frazier pounced on Turnbull’s first pitch and the ball was placed so well, the slow-footed Ramos cruised into third.“That was awesome,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.ROSTER MOVESTigers: Claimed RHP Austin Adams off waivers from Minnesota. He gave up five runs over 2 2/3 innings in two games for the Twins. … LHP Matt Hall, who had been called up from Triple-A Toledo before the game, was sent back down.Mets: RHPs Tim Peterson and Paul Sewald cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse.GOTTA HUSTLEJones hit a broken-bat popup in front of the mound in the fifth and didn’t initially run out of the batter’s box. Wheeler had trouble seeing the ball in the sun and dropped it, but had time to throw out Jones.Gardenhire said he spoke to Jones after the play.“Got to run the ball out. That’s a pretty simple, basic thing is you don’t take anything for granted and you run and don’t give a chance to get yourself embarrassed. And he did a little bit there and he knows it,” Gardenhire said.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: Cabrera didn’t start for a day of mostly rest.Mets: OF Michael Conforto was activated from the seven-day concussion list. He went 0 for 3 and was nicked by a pitch. Conforto was hurt May 16 when he collided with teammate Robinson Cano chasing a pop fly.UP NEXTTigers: LHP Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.30 ERA) starts Monday afternoon at Baltimore vs. RHP Gabriel Ynoa (0-1, 5.60).Mets: Aces meet at Dodger Stadium on Monday when Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.72) faces LHP Clayton Kershaw (4-0, 3.33).By: Ben Walker, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
MS Dhoni has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee after his outburst against the umpires during Chennai Super Kings’ thrilling last-ball win over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur Thursday night.There was confusion over a no-ball in the last over of a tense match in the 2019 Indian Premier League. Ben Stokes delivered a high full toss and while the umpire signaled a no-ball, Bruce Oxenford at square let, said it was a legal delivery.On-field batsmen Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner immediately got into an argument with the umpires while MS Dhoni charged onto the field and got involved in a heated argument with the match officials.Santner hit the last ball for a six to secure a thrilling victory and MS Dhoni was named man-of-the-match for his gritty fifty. He appeared to struggle and even received on-field medical attention during his knock.Soon after the match, an IPL press release said Dhoni had admitted to breaching the tournament’s Code of Conduct.”MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur.””Mr Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction,” the release said.Surprisingly, Murali Karthik did not ask MS Dhoni any questions on his outburst during the post-match presentation ceremony.ALSO READ | IPL 2019: Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni smash Rajasthan Royals as CSK edge closer to playoffsadvertisementALSO READ | IPL 2019: Angry MS Dhoni storms on to the field after another no-ball controversyALSO READ | MS Dhoni first ever captain to win 100 matches in IPL history
Story Highlights Jamaican innovators have one last chance to apply for the 2018 National Innovation Awards, as the extended deadline comes to an end on May 31. Jamaican innovators have one last chance to apply for the 2018 National Innovation Awards, as the extended deadline comes to an end on May 31.Categories for entrants include Agriculture; Food and Agro-processing; Education and Popularisation of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI); Energy; Cybersecurity; Entertainment Products; Environmental Sustainability; Health and Safety; Youth Innovator; Engineering; and Manufacturing.Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Dr. Cliff Riley, told JIS News that “we are looking for persons with innovative ideas and prototypes, things that can have an impact at a community level, a national level or internationally”.“Any solution to a particular problem, or improving on something that is already being utilized, is an innovation,” Dr. Riley explained.He highlighted that the awards, which have been around for a number of years, initially began with the SRC as a way of recognising innovators in Jamaica and in an effort to champion the cause of innovation driving the economy.“We have to recognise excellence when we see it, and we have to celebrate persons who have an impact on how we perform and operate nationally,” he said.Dr. Riley noted that, to date, there have been 77 applications from nine different categories for this year’s awards.He indicated that the shortlisting process will begin in the second week of June, followed by interviews and discussions with the selected candidates.In the meantime, Dr. Riley pointed out that the structure of the awards has changed, as there will now be pre-awards and post-awards capacity-building activitiesHe noted that in August there will be a session with all the applicants, looking primarily at intellectual property (IP) as well as looking at how to put ideas together in a business-pitch format.Dr. Riley also indicated that for the post-awards support, there will be funding from the Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industry (YEDAI) programme.This will facilitate the participation of nine winners in a capacity-building programme with mentors to guide them through the process, so that at the end of the programme they should be able to pitch their ideas, have their business plans, have their IP protection, can readily move to market, and get investors to propel them forward.“For us to move forward as a country, we must unearth new knowledge and we must come up with solutions that are exportable,” Dr. Riley said.Encouraging persons to apply for the awards, Dr. Riley argued that “this is a grand opportunity to be recognised on a national level as well as an opportunity to enter into a no-cost programme to increase your probability of success in your innovation and to be exposed to wider networks, with the ability to access other markets”.All entrants must consult the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) before submitting applications. All application forms must bear the JIPO seal.Applications should be addressed to Mrs. Andrea Kerr, Coordinator, Innovation Awards Secretariat, Executive Director’s Office, Scientific Research Council, PO Box 350, Hope Gardens, Kingston 6.For additional information, interested persons may visit www.src.gov.jm.The SRC, in collaboration with the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST), coordinates the activities around the awards, and collates and reviews the applications. Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Dr. Cliff Riley, told JIS News that “we are looking for persons with innovative ideas and prototypes, things that can have an impact at a community level, a national level or internationally”. Categories for entrants include Agriculture; Food and Agro-processing; Education and Popularisation of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI); Energy; Cybersecurity; Entertainment Products; Environmental Sustainability; Health and Safety; Youth Innovator; Engineering; and Manufacturing.
“To our children, we are very proud of you, and you should be very proud of yourselves. We understand that sitting examinations can be very daunting; however, you have executed and did very well,” she said. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, commended the award recipients and pledged that the Government will continue to pay for them to sit as many subjects as possible. Story Highlights Sixty-nine wards of the State have been recognised for outstanding performance in the 2018 Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) tests. Sixty-nine wards of the State have been recognised for outstanding performance in the 2018 Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) tests.At the Child Protection and Family Services Agency’s (CPFSA) seventh annual Educational Achievement Awards on Thursday (November 29) at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, St. Andrew, 52 youth were awarded for achievement in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and 17 for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, commended the award recipients and pledged that the Government will continue to pay for them to sit as many subjects as possible.He noted that during the period 2016 to 2018, a total of 632 children in State care were registered for secondary examinations, with 410 excelling in areas such as English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Principles of Business.“Our mantra is ‘every child can learn and every child must learn’ and we don’t differentiate whether our children are in State care or not,” he said.Mr. Green told the students that their achievement represents what it means to ‘Level Up’, which is the theme of Youth Month.“I’m truly inspired and very proud to share in your achievements, considering often times, the very difficult circumstances that you may have encountered,” he said.“We’re awarding more and more persons, which means more and more of our children are doing well, and I think that is an excellent sign,” he added.Chief Executive Officer, CPFSA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, in her remarks said that this year’s CXC passes represent a 21 per cent increase over 2017.“Twelve more of our children are blazing the trail in academia,” she noted.She informed that the Spanish Jamaica Foundation will be making a special presentation to seven children, who did well in their Spanish language examination.“To our children, we are very proud of you, and you should be very proud of yourselves. We understand that sitting examinations can be very daunting; however, you have executed and did very well,” she said.This year’s awardees are from the CPFSA’s four regions in the western, north east, southern and south east areas of the island.
zoom London-based V.Group, a marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider, has acquired Graig Ship Management, part of Graig Shipping, in an effort “to strengthen dry bulk capability in China and Western Europe.”As informed, Graig Ship Management will continue to operate independently within the V.Group portfolio.V.Group expects to enhance its growing ship management capability in Asia as well as benefit from Graig Ship Management’s strong relationships with western owners, banks and institutional investors.Additionally, Graig Shipping will now focus on core activities including developing, financing, and executing shipping investment opportunities and structures independently and through collaboration.Through this transaction, V.Group and Graig Shipping intend to form “a close, complementary partnership” to provide an integrated service covering investment, ownership, ship management, and supervision.“As the industry continues to develop, scale will be critical to underpin ever more efficient service delivery … and to enable the technology investments required to drive a step change in outcomes for our customers. By joining V.Group’s portfolio of ship management businesses, Graig Ship Management will be able to build upon its core service offering while drawing on the scale resources of the wider V.Group. For V.Group, this acquisition represents an opportunity to strengthen our marine services offerings to clients within Asia and the West, with a particular focus on dry bulk,” Hanne Sorensen, V.Group Interim CEO, said. “Operating within the V.Group portfolio, we will be supported by the global footprint, the scale and investment needed to continue to provide an enhanced service … while retaining our core values. Graig Ship Management’s fleets already benefit from V.Group’s … vessel management system, Shipsure, and there is good alignment on values and culture between the two companies, which will ensure continuity of service for our existing and new clients. The transaction also offers significant long term potential for Graig Shipping PLC to cooperate in a mutually beneficial partnership under the new ownership and strategy being formulated at V.Group and Advent International,” Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of Graig Shipping, added.
San Diego continues to build strong relationships with our neighbors across the border. Mayor Faulconer traveled to Mexicali today to sign a new partnership with Mayor Gustavo Sánchez to bolster economic ties and promote trade. Read more: https://t.co/Ottd7KDLED pic.twitter.com/PxGxlh2JnN— San Diego’s Mayor (@SDMayorsOffice) March 3, 2018San Diego has a similar agreement with Tijuana, which has resulted in department directors from both cities meeting regularly to collaborate. Some examples of outcomes from the collaboration include cross-border firefighter training, art exchanges at libraries and the joint promotion of the economic advantages of the San Diego-Tijuana region, according to the mayor’s office.Faulconer and Sanchez on Friday visited Skyworks Solutions, an American company with a manufacturing plant in Mexicali.Faulconer touted the company as an example of one that leveraged the North American Free Trade Agreement to create jobs and expand business, he said. Posted: March 2, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Mexicali Mayor Gustavo Sanchez Friday signed an agreement to expand collaboration between the two cities.The agreement calls for “generating, promoting and strengthening cross-border commerce between San Diego and Mexicali through collaboration,” according to the mayor’s office.“This is all about working together to create a lasting partnership that will strengthen our economies, create more jobs and build a better future for people on both sides of the border,” Faulconer said. “San Diego and Mexicali are setting an example for how two cities can come together across international boundaries for the good of their citizens. I look forward to collaborating with Mayor Sanchez on issues that matter to our residents such as border infrastructure, public safety and trade.” KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Mayor Gustavo Sanchez, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Mexicali, North American Free Trade Agreement FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Mayor Gustavo Sanchez agree to expand collaboration between cities March 2, 2018