Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. LinkedIn 0 ← eTourism: Communication Perspective – iversity Online Course Tweet Reddit Share 0 +1 September 25, 2015 Published by miro Similar Stories The Transatlantic Media Fellowships for American and European Journalists Pocket Deadline: 16 October 2015Open to: journalists from the U.S. and EU member states with an interest to report on “Migration and Integration” or “Digital Societies”Fellowship: will cover travel and accommodation costs and provide an honorarium of $1,000DescriptionThe Transatlantic Media Fellowships give American and European journalists the opportunity to conduct research in the European Union (for American journalists) and in the United States (for European journalists). The fellowships are an integral component of the Transatlantic Dialogue Program on Democracy and Social Policy, promoting a vibrant discourse between U.S. and European societies on the shared challenges to our democracies and on the shared values of the transatlantic partnership. The fellowship is open to journalists in any medium eager to report on one of two issues areas: “Migration and Integration” and “Digital Societies”. Each fellowship recipient is expected to publish a series of at least three stories, in any medium, by January 2016.EligibilityEligible journalists should:Be from the United States, based in the U.S., and seek to contribute to transatlantic policy debates by reporting about European practices and experiences in one of the two issue areas;Be from an EU member state, based in the EU, and seek to contribute to transatlantic policy debates by reporting about U.S. practices and experiences in one of the two issue areas.The Foundation seeks journalists working in any medium who offer new perspectives on transatlantic policy debates, who come from diverse communities, and who may not otherwise have the opportunity to conduct transatlantic research.FellowshipThe Heinrich Böll Foundation will cover travel and accommodation costs within reason for five days of research in the EU or the U.S., subject to final approval of individual travel plans. They also provide an honorarium of $1,000. Each fellowship recipient may decide his or her own dates of travel during November 2015. If requested, the Foundation can provide some assistance with setting up meetings in the U.S. and Europe.How to apply?The deadline for applications is 16 October 2015. To apply for the fellowship, please submit your resume, 3 samples of previous work, and a 1-2 page proposal outlining specific research interests,story ideas, and a proposed plan of travel. Applications should be submitted by email to Hannah Winnick, Program Director, Transatlantic Dialogue on Democracy and Social Policy, at [email protected] more information please visit the official site and read the official call. Forum on Activating Youth for Sustainability in Yerevan →
Starship’s enterprise: Making virtual reality truly socialThe UK studio founded by PlayStation veterans believes it has the answer to social chat in VR worldsRachel WeberSenior EditorThursday 17th December 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet Share”We kind of realised that the medium itself is the ultimate communication tool” says Martin Kenwright, CEO of UK studio Starship. He’s talking about virtual reality and more specifically vTime, the studio’s social app for the VR market. “We tried to create something we thought would really help drive the market forward and start the life cycle. We wanted to come up with something with genuine value, something that you would use every day, looks slick, looks great and has fantastic technology wrapped in a beautiful set of clothes. Because that’s what we used to do launching all the key titles at the start of PlayStation for example, going back many, many years.”Starship was founded in 2013 and its team features a number of veteran developers who cut their teeth at Evolution Studios and Sony Studio Liverpool, with games like MotorStorm, WipEout, Formula 1 and World Rally Championship. vTime is something very different, offering a PlayStation Home style set up where you can meet friends (via their lifelike avatars) to talk, joke or hold super important meetings. During the quick demo I try on the Samsung Gear VR we chat in various locations including a cave complete with spiders and on a speedboat. Apart from the visuals, which are indeed slicker than expected, what’s impressive is that the app can do all that with 3G and 4G networks, making it a more realistic option for communication on the move.”We kind of realised that the medium itself is the ultimate communication tool” “What we’re doing with the first iteration of vTime – because it will grow over time, we’ve got a road map of many years – is to get the core mechanic, the social chat experience, working really, really well and then we add in different experiences. Some of those experiences are going to be interactive, competitive or collaborative,” adds Paul Hollywood (not the baking one), head of creative at the studio. And indeed it’s easy to see the value of the technology not just to virtual reality but to games specifically. We’ve not seen many AAA style multiplayer VR games yet but when we do those games will need an intuitive way of offering a lobby set up or providing a space for teams to communicate. “We took a calculated gamble well over a year ago in terms of what the social marketplace would be like and realised we could create a momentum far ahead of anybody else to really establish ourselves as key people in this space,” says Kenwright.The avatars are more natural than those we’ve seen in social spaces like Home before; they look like Sims but small details like hand gestures, or a bob of the head, help them feel more comfortable, less uncanny valley, than you’d expect. It also sounds like this is just the beginning for Starship, a team that’s ambitious about what it wants to achieve when it comes to visual fidelity. “We designed our experience with no controls so then we can scale up to the different platforms and their inputs as they come online in time,” says Hollywood. “We’re great at creating software for hardware that doesn’t exist yet” “Similarly with the art and technology pipelines that we have in the studio, we produce at the very highest end of visual quality – which we’ve been doing for many years because we come from a console background – and then we downscale it to run on even really low-end devices like Google Cardboard. We’ve taken a lot of development wisdom from over 25 years and we’re applying it to what is in some sense a low platform with mobile VR but it’s also such an exciting new toy to play with.”So what attracts a team that has traditionally gone for the big games, the big consoles, to such an unknown medium? It’s a question that needs to be asked of every new studio who are gambling on hardware that, Gear VR aside, doesn’t have a release date or price announced.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “It’s always tricky managing transition at the start of a life cycle. You live and die by your cashflow as a company so it’s very important that you make sure you can not close down any opportunities or revenue streams,” explains Kenwright.”For us and for me personally this is what I’ve done for around 25 years. We’re great at creating software for hardware that doesn’t exist yet. There’s probably going to be an arms race going on and we’re uniquely positioned to be right in the middle of all of these giant entities and some really fantastic technology.”vTime is currently prepping for launch later this month on Gear VR, but that’s just the beginning. Hollywood mentions they’re also talking to a number of partners in commerce with a potential to lease experiences around certain brands, it’s easy to see vTime getting picked up by big players in the games industry too. This is a studio with a five-year mission and the passion to drive the social side of VR from day one, so expect to be seeing a lot of Starship once VR is well and truly here. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The VR & AR newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 9 hours agoLatest comments (1)Todd Weidner Founder, Big Daddy Game Studio5 years ago I think these guys and gals are on the right path. ex. For those in the corporate grind, who wouldnt want to take a lunch break at a VR beach with friends, rather than eating at your cubicle?I see a real trend of these new generations looking inward toward Virtual space as their place to play, socialize, and basically spend most of their time. With the way the real world is being separated by the .1% and everyone else, what realistic chance do most people have to travel, have beach front homes, have nice things? The world is basically an oligarchy, but retreating into VR will allow the average person to see, experience, and “have” memories of beautiful places with friends. Whether its a beach front home, a space ship, and island get away ( without the bugs) etc etc. As VR gets better, VR will begin to compete with the real world, and why wouldnt it.I think we are on the cusp of a big change in human interaction and socialization, as well as life style. 4Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Georgetown, ON – The second event in the central region of the 2010 Jump Canada Young Horse Series took place during the Halton Place Horse International II held June 2-6 in Milton, ON.Michelle Vandal and VDL Viper H dominated the Seven and Eight-Year-Old Division. The pair jumped double clear and had the fastest time in the jump-off to secure the win. Bred in Canada by Hogendoorn Sport Horses, VDL Viper H is an eight-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding by Corland and out of an Ahorn mare.Also jumping double clear, but not quite fast enough to catch the winners, was Kim Farlinger and Rivercross Winsome, owned by Rivercross Farm. Rivercross Winsome is a seven-year-old chestnut Oldenburg gelding by Flemmingh.Farlinger of Spencerville, ON, also placed third with a double clear performance riding her own seven-year-old bay Westphalian mare, Caprice van de Brouwershoeve, by Corofino II and out of a Gralserbe mare.In the Six-Year-Old Division, Frankie Chesler-Ortiz piloted Obelia, imported from Belgium in 2006, to double clear rounds to secure victory for owner Sarah Bellamy. A chestnut Belgian Warmblood mare, Obelia is by Obourg and out of Trappiste de Meia Lua by Fantastique.Placing second was Erynn Ballard on Sera, who also turned in a double clear performance. Owned and bred by Canada’s Braeburn Farms, Obelia is a chestnut Canadian Warmblood mare by Escudo and out of a Lacros mare.Michelle Vandal was also clear in the jump-off, but a slower time placed her third riding Futi’s Ray of Hope W. Owned and bred by Canada’s Augustin Walch of W. Charlot Farms in Stratford, ON, Futi’s Ray of Hope W is a chestnut Canadian Warmblood mare by Futurist and out of a Ritual mare.The Five-Year-Old Division was topped by Just for Fun 3E ridden by Roberto Teran. Bred and owned by KingRidge Stables of King City, ON, Just for Fun 3E is a black Canadian Sport Horse mare by Double Diamond and out of a Money Talks dam.Michelle Vandal guided Viva L’Amour W to a second place finish for owner and breeder, Augustin Walch. Viva L’Amour W is a bay Canadian Warmblood mare by Viva Voltaire and out of a mare by Esprit D’Amour.Jumping into third place were Miguel Elicagaray and Bob Suriwka’s ADC Chef Z, a bay Argentinean Warmblood gelding.The Four-Year-Old Division, all of the top six horses were bred in Canada. Michelle Vandal once again found herself in the winner’s circle, this time riding Futi’s Corino W for owner and breeder Augustin Walch. The pair jumped clear for the maximum 50 performance points, and was awarded 27 out of a possible 50 points by the style judges for a total of 77 points. Futi’s Corino W is a grey Canadian Warmblood gelding by Futurist and out of a Capitol II mare.Placing a close second was EWSZ’s Qualle, ridden by Stephanie Dubois-Emond and owned and bred by European Warmblood Stallion Zentrum. EWSZ’s Qualle had one rail down for a performance score of 45 points, and was awarded 29 points for style for a total of 74 points. Bred in Canada, EWSZ’s Qualle is a chestnut Rheinlander mare by Quebec and out of a Caretino mare.Claiming third place was Miro Frei riding EWSZ’s Quintess, another chestnut Rheinlander mare bred and owned by European Warmblood Stallion Zentrum. EWSZ’s Quintess had one rail down over the course to earn a performance score of 45 points, and was awarded 26 points by the style judge for a total of 71 points. EWSZ’s Quintess is by Quebec and out of a mare by Pajas.The purpose of the Jump Canada Young Horse Series is to encourage the development of young show jumping talent and to give Canadian breeders additional incentives to breed superior show jumping prospects. Competing on a level playing field, the horses are divided according to age and jump at a level suited to their development. This careful development allows the horses to gain valuable experience and advance to the higher levels of show jumping competition with confidence. The Jump Canada Young Horse Series also gives prospective buyers for the hunter and jumper markets an opportunity to view a large group of prospects in a competition setting.The 2010 Jump Canada Young Horse Series is truly national in scope with competitions being held from coast to coast. The *National Young Horse Finals *will take place at the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament held from September 22-26 in Palgrave, ON.For more information on the Jump Canada Young Horse Series, including rules and registration forms, please visit http://www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&id=88&Itemid=3.Jump Canada Young Horse Series – Halton Place, ONSeven and Eight-Year-Old DivisionHorse/Owner/Rider1. VDL Viper H* Michelle Vandal Michelle Vandal 2. Rivercross Winsome* Rivercross Farm Kim Farlinger 3. Caprice v/d Brouwershoeve Kim Farlinger Kim Farlinger 4. Sly Bonaventure Farm Lauren Patava 5. Wupicor Warwick Double C Stables Ainsley Vince 6. Futi’s Calypso W* Augustin Walch Michelle Vandal Horse Sport Enews Six-Year-Old DivisionHorse/Owner/Rider1. Obelia* Sarah Bellamy Frankie Chesler-Ortiz 2. Sera* Braeburn Farms Erynn Ballard 3. Futi’s Ray of Hope W* Augustin Walch Michelle Vandal 4. Sioux de Ambar Z Bob Suriwka Claire Magee 5. Infinity 3E* KingRidge Stables Hugh Graham 6. Utopie des Hautes Ashford Farm Ainsley VinceFive-Year-Old DivisionHorse/Owner/Rider1. Just for Fun 3E* KingRidge Stables Roberto Teran 2. Viva L’Amour W* Augustin Walch Michelle Vandal 3. ADC Chef Z Bob Suriwka Miguel Elicagaray 4. EWSZ’s Jerevel* European Warmblood Stallion Miro Frei 5. Just for Fun 3E* KingRidge Stables Roberto Teran 6. Morrison Nancy Wetmore Erynn BallardFour-Year-Old DivisionHorse/Owner/Rider1. Futi’s Corino W* Augustin Walch Michelle Vandal 2. EWSZ’s Qualle* European Warmblood Stallion Stephanie Dubois-Emond 3. EWSZ’s Quintess* European Warmblood Stallion Miro Frei 4. EWSZ’s Le Salvan* European Warmblood Stallion Miro Frei 5. EWSZ’s La Soleil* European Warmblood Stallion Stephanie Dubois-Emond 6. Beam P* Susan Parker Natasha Smith-AveryNOTE – The star * beside a horse’s name denotes that it is Canadian-bred. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. 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Bill_Dally/iStock(CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.) — A special forces Marine was killed over the weekend in a tactical vehicle accident at Camp Pendleton, California, the Marine Corps announced on Monday. The Marine Raider suffered critical injuries and was medically evacuated for additional care, but died on Sunday night, according to the Marines.Two other Marine Raiders were also injured in the one-vehicle crash, which occurred during a unit training exercise on Saturday.The identity of the Marine who died was being withheld pending next of kin notification. An investigation into the accident is underway.“Our thoughts are with his family and teammates,” Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command tweeted on Monday. Last week, three Marines were killed by a bomb blast outside of Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. They were identified as Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, and Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Biden didn’t mention the conversations he and his staff are having about building a strategy so that he’ll be best positioned to run if he decides to at the end of next year — or his longtime consultant Mike Donilon, who was perhaps most in favor of his running in 2016, who watched the speech from the side of the room.“I don’t think Donald Trump can hear you!” New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley called out to the crowd, urging them to cheer more loudly for Biden as the event began.Biden also stopped at several points to say nice things about Clinton, what a great president she’d have been, how she faced a double standard because she was a woman, even as he made clear over and over again how flat he clearly felt her campaign fell in breaking through.But Clinton doesn’t deserve all the blame, he said.“Trump was pretty smart. He made it all personal. It wasn’t the press’s fault, but they focused on all of that,” Biden said. “This bile sucked up all the oxygen.”For example, Clinton never got much attention for her free community college proposal, he said.Biden mostly avoided talking directly about Trump, using his name only in passing asides, and referring to him at one section of his hour-long speech as “the new guy.” He said the Trump administration has been marked so far by “an assault on the things we value so deeply,” and pointing to a personal priority, said that the current administration hadn’t shown any interest in continuing his cancer moon-shot work, bringing together money and research to try to find a cure. Democrats should be angry about Trump, Biden said, but they should be angry too about how much they’ve lost their way and what that’s meant for America.“What kind of country are we becoming? What kind of country do we believe we want to be — and how do we get there?” Biden said. “How, how do we unite America again? How do we unite this country? How do we end this bitter, bitter political division?”The answer, Biden argued, was in talking more about three core American values: Dignity, thinking big, and optimism.“Scapegoating has become a national political obligation,” Biden said. “‘Just build a wall, that’ll keep them out.’ The fears of these people who’ve been hurt are being played upon, instead of appealing to their better angels.”Contrast that, Biden said, to the events he did for Clinton during the campaign with white union members in the Midwest, when he got them applauding for same sex marriage, stopping violence against women, and immigration.“I was in what’s supposed to be those angry white guys, who are supposedly racists, who by the way a guy named Barack Obama won the last two times,” Biden said. That’s wrong, Biden said, but so is what he called the “false debate” in the Democratic Party right now between appealing to working class voters and appealing to progressive values. That’s just like Democrats, he charged, forgetting who they are.“Remember the core reason why you’re a Democrat — we abhor the abuse of power, whether it is financial power, psychological power, physical power. Think about what made you a Democrat. It’s the abuse of power. We’ve got to remember who we are,” Biden said.And then, he said, Democrats need to remember who they care about.“Whether I said it well enough or not, you know I’m right. Those 172,000 people we needed, a lot of them wondered whether it’d been forgotten they’d been abused by the system,” Biden said, referring to the combined margin in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. “They wondered whether or not we remembered.”New Hampshire Democrats seemed ready for whatever Biden is going to do next, leaving the room after a roadshow of Biden classic stories, from stories he always tells about certain conversations with world leaders to the night his father told him about having to leave him with family for a while to go find work, to the super-fast turns from stage whispering to booming in the microphone.“I think it is an understatement to say we dearly miss having his voice and leadership in the White House,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan, in her introduction, calling him “my friend, New Hampshire’s friend, America’s friend.” MANCHESTER, N.H. — Yes, Joe Biden said, the Democratic Party is in crisis. And so is America.But it’s not too late.Returning repeatedly here to the combined 172,000-vote margin in the three states that decided last year’s presidential election, the former vice president said Democrats need to face how deep the problem is — not a fluke, not just about Hillary Clinton’s performance, not just about a campaign by Donald Trump that clearly disgusted him. “We think of him as one of our own,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. “And boy, do we wish he was still in the White House.” Also On POLITICO Trump administration lawyers to discuss Paris climate deal By Andrew Restuccia Trump invites hardline Philippines president to White House By Rebecca Morin “The cadre of people who were all ours for so long … they doubted whether we still remembered,” the former vice president said, in his first major political speech since the inauguration. “I’m absolutely positive they want to be with us, but we have to prove again that we understand that hopelessness. … We have to show them, we have to be the source of their hope.”“I know it seems like we’re hopelessly divided. I know it seems like we’re in a political death match we just can’t figure out how to get out. But we’re better than that,” he added later. “We have to come together. The American people are ready.”Biden took the stage first with his wife, Jill Biden, thanking the crowd for their support over the years, especially after the death of his son Beau.He quickly tried to pierce the tension in the air.“Guys, I’m not running,” Biden insisted at the beginning of his speech, acknowledging with a smile on his face the speculation stoked by his appearance in the first-in-the-nation primary state — a declaration met by the crowd leaping to its feet for a brief“Run, Joe, Run!” chant.
Kyle Busch was in prime Bristol Motor Speedway form Saturday night, leading 159 of 500 laps in the Bass Pro Shops Night Race. But an aggravating second-place finish had him in prime post-race zinger form as his season-long winless streak in the NASCAR Cup Series continued.RELATED: Official race results | Kevin Harvick prevailsBusch was the runner-up for the fourth time this season after dicing through lapped traffic and swapping the lead in a late-race duel with eventual winner Kevin Harvick. Busch hung the tail of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota out as he chased Harvick through the final corner but came home .310 seconds short at the checkered flag.“Just didn’t have enough at the end,” Busch told NBC Sports after bidding for his series-leading ninth Bristol win. “The guys did a great job and gave me a really great piece tonight to contend and at least be up there and be close. Unfortunately, just didn’t have enough. Lapped cars were definitely a problem. It’s part of racing. You have to try to get around them where you can, and there was just no room for me to do what I needed to do with a couple of those opportunities to get past them.”Busch dropped to the rear of the field during pace laps after his No. 18 car failed pre-race inspection twice, but he quickly regained the lost ground, rising to second place after the 125-lap first stage. He remained a fixture in the top five, and his main challenge emerged from Harvick as the race entered the late going.Lap-down traffic posed an issue for both drivers, but the two were held up in particular by the No. 22 Ford of Joey Logano, who eventually finished two laps back in 11th. His post-race criticisms for his longtime foil that weren’t aired for a live television audience were slightly more harsh.“He’s nobody’s friend for a reason, so there you have it,” Busch said.The lead changed hands twice between Harvick and Busch in the last 100 laps. When asked if he would have been more aggressive while battling Harvick in the late going, Busch said traffic played too big a role — managing to sneak in a dig at two drivers who slowed him at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in last year’s postseason opener.“It actually never crossed my mind. You always try to win races clean,” Busch said of his duel with Harvick. “You always try to race hard and race clean and get the job done right. Yeah, I mean, if that lapped car wasn’t there, I would have blown it in on the outside or the inside and maybe we would have banged each other’s doors or whatever and had a greater finish to the checkered, but some of them dips — kids don’t know what the hell they’re doing or where they’re at and can’t stay out of the way. Nothing like a (Joey) Gase and a (Garrett) Smithley.”Despite his losing skid hitting 29 consecutive races, Busch advanced out of the playoffs’ first round on the basis of his place in the points standings. He enters the Round of 12 tied for 10th in the re-seeded standings, and his outlook for the Las Vegas round opener wasn’t full of optimism when pressed.“We’ll be eliminated in the next round,” Busch said, “so don’t care.”
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Michael is preceded in death by his parents.Michael received his Mechanical Engineering degree from LeHigh University, and was a licensed Professional Engineer.He played goalie on the LeHigh University hockey team and was a ranked racquetball player in the New England states league. He was a devoted family man.Michael enjoyed coaching and supporting his children in their athletic endeavors, and attending his children’s band concerts and academic competitions.He enjoyed fishing, with a passion for off-shore fishing.He loved and supported his New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. Michael was an avid car enthusiast. His pride and joy was his Shelby GT 500.One of his favorite experiences was attending racing school in Utah.He was a huge fan of the Rolling Stones, and had a large collection of their music.A Celebration of Life will be held for Michael on Sunday, September 1, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Port Arthur Yacht Club at the Pleasure Island Marina on Pleasure Island.Michael was a very charitable man.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity. Michael Edward Curewitz, 58, of Port Arthur, TX passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.Michael was born in Framingham, MA on April 28, 1961 to Kenneth Estey and Barbara Therese Curewitz.Michael is survived by his wife Laura, his children Justin of Dallas, Megan of Houston and Robert of Carrollton, and his brothers John McGuigan of Eastham, MA and Kenny Curewitz of Sacramento, CA.
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