Related The USA Triathlon Foundation will distribute up to US$95,000 in grant funding for individuals, clubs, teams and organizations to support and promote the sport of triathlon this year, nearly double the total amount awarded in 2015.Grants will be awarded based on applications to establish or develop programming and support related to at least one of the Foundation’s three focus areas: providing support to youth, paratriathletes and/or US Olympic hopefuls.Consideration will be given to applicants that open pathways to athletes who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate. In 2015, the inaugural year of the program, the Foundation awarded US$52,000 in grant funding to 14 organizations.Grant applications must be submitted by Monday 29 February 2016 and funds will be distributed in March. Each grant proposal is eligible to receive up to US$5,000, and funds must be used in 2016. The application is available at usatriathlonfoundation.org (PDF).“We are excited to award grants once again in 2016 that will help promote triathlon for youth, paratriathlon and Olympic hopeful programs,” said John Cassimatis, USA Triathlon Foundation Trustee and Grant Chair. “Thanks to our generous donors and their support, we were able to almost double the total amount of grants that were awarded in 2016. We are most excited that all donations go to programming and grants.”The USA Triathlon Foundation distinguishes itself in that 100% of donations and gifts received-to-date will go directly to grants and programming. In addition to the US$52,000 awarded through the first year of the grant program in 2015, the Foundation has also contributed to the inaugural Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship in 2014 and 2015 to help support junior draft-legal triathletes and paratriathletes who value and strive for excellence within the sport.Questions on the 2016 grant program should be directed to the USA Triathlon Foundation via info[at]usatriathlonfoundation.org.The USA Triathlon Foundation was created in 2014 by the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as a separate tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity. Under the leadership of its Trustees and Committee members, the Foundation serves as a means to create a healthier America through triathlon, and seeks to open up new pathways to the sport through the generosity of donors.USA Triathlon Foundation operates with the belief that every child should have the chance to participate, every paratriathlete should have the opportunity to compete, and every aspiring elite athlete should be able to chase his or her Olympic dream.Donations to the USA Triathlon Foundation ensure America’s youth are introduced to the benefits and fun of a multisport lifestyle, athletes with disabilities receive the training, support and gear to be able to participate and excel, and the best aspiring athletes have a pathway to the Olympic Games.www.teamusa.orgwww.usatriathlonfoundation.org
Are you connecting with your members the best ways that you can? A recent study showed that “about 60% of smartphone or tablet users who switched banks in the fourth quarter (of 2013) said mobile banking was an important factor in the decision1.” Another market study showed that the second most important banking feature among financial institution seekers is online and mobile banking2.This survey also revealed that age has a lot to do with banking preferences; 22.8 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 said they find online and mobile banking features most important — more than any other age group.2Mobile banking is definitely increasing in demand.But how will you be able to offer the same services via mobile technology that you do in-house? And what about insurance products that help you avoid losses due to members’ hardship and increase your fee-income opportunities?In a recent Transamerica study, 33% of respondents were not offered Credit Insurance when they took out a non-mortgage loan under $100K. Of the 33% not offered Credit Insurance:16% had never heard of Credit Insurance.75% felt it is a Good or Excellent idea.64% of respondents agreed that Credit Insurance fills a need for them.The study did not determine whether consumers completed the loan application in-house, online, or via a mobile device, but if your current online or mobile Loan Origination System (LOS) is not offering insurance at the time of sale, you are missing out on an opportunity to better protect your borrowers, your credit union, and add to your bottom line.InterLend® by Transamerica is one of the only virtual lending platforms that provides the additional benefit of offering insurance products during the online lending process. It allows you to connect with and protect your online and mobile borrowers effortlessly and efficiently. InterLend is easy, fast, and simple for borrowers to understand. It allows them to complete an entire loan application and receive an instant approval in just minutes.InterLend offers:Fast application time – the average application takes is 8 ½ minutes3 to completeMobile access technologyReal-time loan quotesValue per lead maximization with cross-selling abilitiesStreamlined approvalCustomizable solutionsTransamerica Financial Solutions Group can help you provide the personal member–centric experience previous generations of members have praised, while fusing that with the technological innovations tech-savvy members crave. Our dedicated and experienced professional team delivers optimal solutions to businesses by valuing the organization’s vision as well as their members’ needs, preferences, and buying behavior.Transamerica – Your Complete Loan Protection Product and Solutions ProviderTransamerica can help your Credit Union craft loan protection product solutions that will meet your members’ needs. Our combination of flexibility and thorough training helps provide you with a competitive advantage while helping to improve your profitability. Perhaps most importantly, Transamerica can help you give your borrowers peace of mind that their loan is protected.Transamerica’s overall approach and philosophy positively impacts and creates a successful culture with Credit Unions of all sizes. Learn more about the Transamerica Financial Solutions Group and the products and programs available to help expand your business and improve member services.1 The Wall Street Journal, “Mobility Becomes a Banking Essential,” (Apr. 2014).2 GOBankingRates, “45 Percent of Bank Customers Care More About Fees Than Rates, Convenience and Service,” (Feb. 2014).3Source: InterLend® Google Analytics 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Kazar Tom Kazar is the Vice President of Sales and leader of the Sales Team for Transamerica – Financial Solutions Group. Tom’s focus is on adding new insurance industry products, expanding … Web: www.transamericafinancialsolutions.com Details
In addition to extending their holiday greetings, Florida Bar leaders are urging members to monitor the COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage.From the latest Supreme Court orders related to COVID-19 operations, to the progress of vaccine trials, the webpage is updated constantly with the most recent and relevant information for Florida’s legal community, said President-elect Michael Tanner.“There is a wealth of information related to court operations, member resources, and medical information that would assist our members in coping with the challenges created by the pandemic,” he said. “We strongly urge our members to go to the website and use it.”Tanner chairs the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force, which oversaw the website redesign in August. He stressed that in addition to the latest news, the webpage also links members to Bar and other resources designed to help them cope with the health crisis and its economic impact.The website features videos and links to Bar and consumer resources, free CLEs, national, state, and local lawyer professional groups, and employment opportunities. It also provides easy access to the Florida Lawyers Helpline (1-888-FL1-WELL).Staffed by professionals 24/7, the helpline serves as a gateway to up to three free mental-health counseling visits, as well as childcare, elder care, and financial counseling services.The new design includes:• A sidebar with the latest articles related to the pandemic from The Florida Bar News. When the News posts a new pandemic-related article, it automatically appears in this area.• A revised member resources tab that prominently features free CLEs posted on LegalFuel.com, which also has embedded the Bar sections’ CLEs regarding COVID-19 on its site so that there is easy access to a complete and searchable listing.• An Opportunities for Lawyers section highlighting the Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service and other attorney employment resources, such as the position available classifieds from the News and The Florida Bar Career Center. There is also a link to the Lawyers Advising Lawyers program.• A Court Orders/Links tab with links to the Florida Supreme Court’s COVID-19 emergency webpage that serves as a clearinghouse for statewide administrative court orders, advisories, and memos. The page also includes links to Florida’s trial courts and district courts of appeal websites for additional information about local court operations and orders.• A Bar/Legal Groups tab that includes links to the ABA Coronavirus Task Force webpage for a national source of information, as well as The Florida Bar sections’ COVID-19 resources and upcoming webinars. This tab also links to pandemic information from the American Board of Trial Advocates, The Florida Bar Foundation, and the state’s various regional and voluntary bar associations.• A Medical Information tab includes links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health, and COVID-19 statistical and vaccine-related information to keep Florida lawyers more informed. Bar’s COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage offers many resources Nov 25, 2020 By Jim Ash Senior Editor News in Photos
Los Alamos County Housing and Special Project Manager Andrew Harnden, left, speaks to KRSN Chief Operating Officer David Sutton during the Community Development Advisory Board open house Monday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post email@example.comTo get a clearer picture of what the public would like to see in the Los Alamos County’s code enforcement program, the Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) hosted an open house Oct. 7.The purpose of the open house was to collect feedback on the nuisance ordinance of the County Code that addresses weeds, inoperable vehicles and outdoor storage of material.CDAB Chair Aaron Walker told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the board will “take the data to get a feel of what the community wants”.This is not the board’s first effort to collect public input. CDAB members also have canvassed neighborhoods throughout the County to gather public sentiment on the code enforcement program.So far, the response has been split 50-50 on whether to enforce the code more or less, Walker said.Walker said the effort to gather public input will continue. The board is considering hosting a discussion about the code enforcement program on the open forum page of the County’s website. Additionally, he said the goal is to collect input on the code enforcement program from 20 residents in 21 neighborhoods of Los Alamos County. Walker said the board set up the 21 areas to gather input from; it did not come from any formal County data.CDAB may be receiving some assistance in its work.During the Sept. 24 regular Los Alamos County Council meeting, County staff was directed to develop a proposal to hire a consultant who would work with the CDAB.Walker presented a report about the board’s work to the Council. During his presentation, Walker said CDAB needed some direction from Council on several items:Clarity on whether the code enforcement should be proactive- or complaint based;The type of recommendations Council wants and the form these recommendations should be made in;Direction on what is the vision and the goal for the code enforcement program. CDAB asked Council if the program’s purpose is to improve public safety, address aesthetics or increase property values; andMinor budget considerations for outreach and information gathering sessions the CDAB would hold regarding the County’s code enforcement program.Walker added that revising the entire County Code would be an enormous undertaking and the CDAB felt that three sections should be addressed: weeds, inoperable vehicles and outdoor storage.Council Chair Sara Scott suggested looking into hiring a consultant. She pointed out that Walker mentioned there is a need to do additional data collection in neighborhoods and have public engagement on a broader scale. She said Walker’s presentation highlighted the need for consistency and clarity in the code as well as its use of the vague, subjective language. The code changes and outside help might be useful to tackle the challenges the code presents, Scott said.“As I look at how to move forward … these are big challenges,” she said, “… there have been a lot of changes over the last years … that means the backdrop for code enforcement is evolving.”Hiring a consultant appealed to many on Council.Councilor Randall Ryti said, “I think getting some help would be good for the board.”Councilor Katrina Martin said she is not opposed to hiring a consultant; however, she said she wants to be sure the consultant would be focused on solutions and would be given a specific path to follow.Councilor James Robinson also voiced his support for a consultant but emphasized any recommendations presented to Council should come from the CDAB and not from the consultant.Walker said he could support partnering with a consultant as long as they work with the board and not independently of it. He said he opposed changing the board’s focus. All the work the board has done for the past year has been significant, he said. Walker further pointed out that the CDAB was formed due the public backlash regarding the code enforcement program.It would be a disservice, he said, if the board was turned into a steering committee. County Councilor Randall Ryti, second from left, meets Monday evening with the public during the CDAB open house. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
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Smith was an inspiration to many and believed, “If you have a dream, make sure you pursue it.” He is survived by his wife Irene; his children Robert, Patti, Greg and Jill; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. His spirit of adventure led him to create and conquer the longest overland 4WD journey in history — the 1978–’79 Expedición de Las Américas — a 20,000-mile, 120-day journey from the bottom of South America to the top of North America. His team was the first non-military group to achieve a vehicular crossing of the notoriously rugged Darién Gap between Panama and Colombia. Smith also headed the 1987 Camel Trophy in Madagascar. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement From SEMA eNews Mark A. Smith, 87, off-road icon and founder of Georgetown, Calif.-based Jeep Jamboree USA, passed away June 8. Smith was an early pioneer of the sport of “Jeeping” in 1953, and in an effort to boost the local economy, he helped organize the first-ever Jeep trip on the Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In 1954, Willys Motor—the manufacturer of Jeep vehicles—began sponsoring the off-road adventure. In 1980, Smith was inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, and in 1986, the United Four Wheel Drive Association named him “Four Wheeler of the Decade.” In 1989, Smith was inducted as a member of the Explorer’s Club of New York. Smith was a Jeep brand consultant and conducted intensive training for U.S. Army Special Forces and other agencies. In 1982, he founded Jeep Jamboree USA, which offers more than 30 annual off-road excursions across the country exclusively for Jeep owners.
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CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering (CDWE) reached a final investment decision for the construction of Green Jade at the end of June 2020, as HLPFI reported here.The vessel will be used on the Hai Long and Zhong Neng offshore wind farms, for which CDWE signed contracts for in 2019. Green Jade will be delivered in 2022.The OMC will have a lifting capacity of 4,000 tonnes at 125 m above deck. Its whip hoist also allows smaller components to be lifted to a height of 185 m above deck. The winches are located at deck level, which gives the crane a lower centre of gravity compared with conventional cranes, and thus improved stability – this makes it suited to turbine foundation installation, said Huisman.Huisman will also deliver a 65-tonne knuckleboom crane for general lifting. Both cranes will be installed and commissioned at the CSBC shipyard in Taiwan.www.huismanequipment.comwww.csbcnet.com.tw
The Overtones will release their Christmas EP on Friday 29th November 2019.The new releases comes as the group prepares to head out on their annual Christmas Party tour in December. The foursome – Darren Everest, Mark Franks, Mike Crawshaw and new member Jay James – have recorded new arrangements of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), This Christmas and Walking in the Air alongside a version of Earth Wind & Fire’s September.The EP is available to pre-order now at https://listnin.co/TOChristmas.The band says, “We’re so thrilled that our Christmas Overtones tour has become such a staple in everyone’s festive diaries and our brand new Christmas EP is the perfect accompaniment. With songs to truly get you in the festive spirit and, as always with us boys, something extra special thrown in for Christmas cheer with our take on the classic Walking In The Air. We hope you love it as much as we do. Merry Christmas”Speaking about the tour Mike says, “We will be performing classic songs from yesteryear, favourites from our albums and plenty of surprises. Over the last 10 years we’ve learnt a thing or two about throwing a Christmas party! People come to our shows to let their hair down, get their spirits up and dance their hearts out. We want everyone to leave an Overtones concert with a huge smile on their face and a spring in their step. This year will be our best tour yet!”The dates for the tour are:2nd Dec – Gateshead Sage3rd Dec – Birmingham Symphony Hall4th Dec – Leicester De Montford Hall5th Dec – Southend Cliffs Pavilion7th Dec – Liverpool Philharmonic8th Dec – Salford Lowry9th Dec – Sheffield City Hall11th Dec – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall12th Dec – Harrogate Royal Hall13th Dec – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall16th Dec – Cardiff St David’s Hall17th Dec – Guildford G Live18th Dec – London IndigoTickets are available now from https://ticketmaster-uk.tm7559.net/eMn4X.
Is Africa the highest contributor to world population growth? World Health Organization pushes for universal health coverage in Africa World Population Day was instituted in 1989 by the then-governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme. At the time, the global population stood at 5 billion people.30 years later, the current population now stands at over 7.3 billion people. According to the UN Population Division, Africa’s share is 1.2 billion people or roughly 16 percent.The UN says by 2030 the world’s population will jump to 8.5. billionAnd as the world marks World Population Day 2019, the focus is on the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.Twenty-five years have passed since that landmark conference, where 179 governments recognized that reproductive health and gender equality are essential for achieving sustainable development. The UN says only 9 countries were able to reduce maternal deaths by at least 75% over the period.Image courtesy:UNFPA“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s blueprint for a better future for all on a healthy planet. On World Population Day, we recognize that this mission is closely interrelated with demographic trends including population growth, ageing, migration and urbanization.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres.The rise in the world’s population has been attributed to an increasing number of people surviving to reproductive age, accompanied by major changes in fertility rates, increasing urbanization and accelerating migration.This comes even as UNFPA in collaboration with the Governments of Kenya and Denmark is preparing to host a high-level conference in Nairobi in November 2019 to accelerate efforts to achieve some of the unmet goals that were set during the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo.These commitments will be focused on family planning information and services, zero preventable maternal deaths, zero sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls.“We have made incredible gains since then, but too many people are still being left behind, many nations have not been able to fully reap the demographic dividend because young people and other groups still lack agency, education and access to critical health services”. The United Nations.Related World Health Day: Living a sugar free life