Board liaisons direct directors and staff toward good governance

first_imgCredit union leaders have become increasingly aware of the importance of good governance and have made an effort to ensure that their credit unions are adopting cutting-edge governance and leadership practices. From assessing the effectiveness of their boards and governance systems to updating their governance frameworks, policies and procedures to improving their board structures, committees and charters, good governance is taking center stage.These efforts—along with the steady workload of supporting a credit union board—require strong leadership from the board chair, CEO and a governance committee, but also from an often-overlooked and under-appreciated staff person—the board liaison. At a minimum, today’s board liaisons help to organize and disseminate meeting materials, plan and support the execution of board meetings and retreats, take minutes, and generally help keep things organized and on track so that the board can do its work.But more and more, the board liaison’s role is being expanded and now is considered by many a management position that has been tasked to actively support—and improve—the board’s work. In its expanded role, board liaisons also ask a fundamental question regarding good governance: How can the credit union’s board and governance become even more effective? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Local schools prepare plans to teach students at home

first_imgChenango Valley Central School District is facing similar challenges with the digital divide. Windsor CSD has put together materials, including laptops, to send home with students. Families are able to pick up the materials, but if they are unable to, the school district will be delivering supplies via school bus. “It’s so hard to know what the future holds, I think like everywhere else, we just don’t know at this point what that will look like,” said Andrews. For those without access to internet at home, Windsor Central School District says they have a solution. “Google Arts and Culture is offering tons of resources on their website, they just hit 1,200 museums that are doing free tours. It’s a great resource for them to occupy their time while enriching the learning we were doing here in the room,” said Matthew Wilson, an art teacher at Chenango Valley High School. (WBNG) — As schools close both across the country and in the Southern Tier, school districts are working around the clock to create plans for students to learn from home. “We’re utilizing our various technology platforms we have in place, Schoology, Google Classroom, Pear Deck,” said Windsor Central School District Superintendent Jason Andrews. center_img Even with all these plans in place, school officials say they’re re-assessing the situation on a daily basis. “Our staff made phone calls home to each family to assess their connectivity as well as their ability to access computers. As a result of completing those calls, we also have alternative assignments and activities that don’t require internet access,” said Andrews. For subjects that can be difficult to teach online, one art teacher is getting creative with his curriculum. “We made sure we were connecting them with the free resources, because we do have local companies that are offering free internet for a period of time, so we’re giving them that connection, but we also made sure we are providing hard copies,” said Chenango Valley CSD Assistant Superintendent Michelle Feyerabend. Local school officials are facing a challenge they say they’ve never seen before, and they’ve had to devise new ways of bringing the classroom to your home. last_img read more

Fewer tourist arrivals and overnight stays than in January 2018.

first_imgIn January 2019, 208 thousand tourists came to commercial accommodation facilities, which is 1,4% less than in January 2018. Tourists realized 504 thousand overnight stays, which is 5,2% less than in January 2018, according to the data Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the most overnight stays In January 2019, tourists had at their disposal 63 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places with a total of 138 thousand permanent beds. In January 2019, tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the highest number of overnight stays, 99 thousand overnight stays, which is 19,6% of the total number of overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group 45-54 with 90 thousand overnight stays, which is 17,8% of the total overnight stays. Most tourist nights from Slovenia and Italy The highest number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in January 2019 was realized by tourists from Slovenia, 34 thousand overnight stays (11,4% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists) and tourists from Italy, with 30 thousand overnight stays by tourists (10,2% of the total overnight stays) foreign tourists). Compared to January 2018, tourists from Slovenia increased their overnight stays by 6,4%, while tourists from Italy decreased their overnight stays by 9,4%. In the group Hotels and similar accommodation available most rooms and permanent beds Most overnight stays of foreign tourists in the City of Zagreb were realized by tourists from Italy, with 9 thousand overnight stays, and tourists from the Republic of Korea, with 7 thousand overnight stays. Compared to January 2018, tourists from Italy increased their arrivals by 3,4% and increased their overnight stays by 3,2%, while tourists from the Republic of Korea increased their arrivals by 6,8% and increased their overnight stays by 17,9%. . The highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in January 2019 was realized by the City of Zagreb, 56 thousand arrivals, which is 27,0% of the total arrivals and 121 thousand overnight stays, which is 23,9% of the total tourist overnight stays. Although the City of Zagreb achieved the highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in January 2019, there was a decrease in tourist arrivals by 9,4% and a decrease in tourist overnight stays by 14,5% compared to January 2018.center_img In January 2019, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in hotels, 312 thousand overnight stays, which is 61,9% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to January 2018, 1,2% fewer tourists came to hotels with 8,0% fewer overnight stays. Most nights spent in hotels Source: CBS The City of Zagreb had the highest number of arrivals and overnight stays In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, there were a total of 37 thousand rooms and suites available to tourists (which is 58,9% of the total number of available rooms and suites) with a total of 71 thousand permanent beds (which is 51,6% of the total number of available permanent bed). The average occupancy of rooms was 22,1%, and permanent beds 18,2%. Domestic tourists came 0,2% less and realized 1,0% less overnight stays than in January 2018. Foreign tourists came 2,3% less and realized 7,9% less overnight stays in January 2019 than in the same period last year years. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Austria (9,3%), Germany (8,3%), the Republic of Korea (8,0%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (7,7%), the USA (4,2%) and Serbia (3,7%).last_img read more

Ladbrokes Coral appoints Noel Hamill as Group Marketing lead

first_imgShare Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Noel Hamill – Ladbrokes CoralUK marketing news source The Drum has reported that FTSE100 bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral Plc has appointed Noel Hamill as new Group Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).Hamill joins Ladbrokes Coral’s leadership team from UK mobile telecoms operator EE, where he most recently served as Managing Director of Marketing (2016-2018).Taking over CMO responsibilities, Hamill will be tasked with leading group marketing strategies, media planning, optimising of Ladbrokes Coral sponsorships and the management of partner marketing agencies.Ladbrokes Coral governance makes its senior executive appointment, as GVC Holdings proceeds with the final stages of its £3.2-£4 billion takeover of the FTSE betting group.This Wednesday, Ladbrokes Coral Plc completed its final day of trading as a FTSE enterprise, as GVC prepares to absorb the UK betting legacy brands issuing 273 million new shares as an enlarged corporation.Led by GVC’s Chief Executive Kenneth Alexander, the combination seeks to become the leading player in UK gambling, dominating digital and retail betting disciplines.last_img read more

Middletown Democrat Sparks Firestorm

first_img“The comments made (by) Jeana Sager shouldn’t be said on camera or behind closed doors, because they are unequivocally wrong. Her false and demeaning assertions do not represent the values of the Monmouth County Democratic Party or the dozens of Democratic candidates trying to better their community across our county,” county chairman David Brown said in a statement Sept. 21. “Our party will not stand for or support this disgraceful way of thinking, which is why we are refusing all resources to the Sager campaign and formally withdrawing the endorsement of the Monmouth County Democrats. Let it be a clear message: The Monmouth County Democratic Party will not stand for this disgraceful behavior now or in the future.” “But what constitutes a criminal?” Sager asked. “Because to me, a lot of police are criminals.” “Just saying ‘a lot of cops are criminals’ is not something that I could endorse or be part of or be comfortable campaigning with,” he said. Saying “a lot of police are criminals,” she can be seen standing outside the Middletown Township municipal building and offering her views on drug policy to members of the public, which included at least one journalist and marijuana advocates who had spoken at the township committee workshop meeting earlier. Sager’s remarks, first reported by More Monmouth Musings, a website friendly to Republicans, ignited a political firestorm and threw the upcoming contest for two seats on the governing body into turmoil. Her fellow Democrats denounced her comments, with even her running mate, Sean F. Byrnes, saying he was suspending his candidacy over what she said. Members of the township committee, including Mayor Tony Perry, and the president of the Middletown PBA issued statements critical of her as well. Perry reacted Sept. 21 to Sager’s statement by saying the Democrat had “chosen to double down on her feelings and comments.” Sager can be heard talking on the roughly 15 1⁄2-minute-long video saying that, if elected to the township committee, “I would love to start addressing drug policy.” For instance, she offered her support for needle exchange programs. In addition to angering her party, Sager also was criticized by the leader of the police union in the township. Middletown PBA Local 124 president Adam Colfer said her comments “are completely unacceptable.” “All across the country members of law enforcement are continuing to face the real threat of physical violence, so the last thing we would expect is to be branded ‘criminals’ by someone who wants to serve in elected office,” he said in a statement released Sept. 20. “Candidate Sager should apologize immediately to the Middletown Police Department, and to law enforcement ever ywhere, for her hateful rhetoric against the very people who have chosen to take on the responsibility of protecting our neighborhoods.” After the video’s release, Democrats sought to distance themselves from Sager. The leadership at the party’s local and county levels issued statements on the same day saying they had pulled their support from her. “Ms. Sager appears to be using her candidacy as a platform for her offensive and dangerous agenda that would be nothing short of harmful and detrimental to Middletown and its future,” he said. According to More Monmouth Musings, the video of Sager speaking was shot by “marijuana activist” Edward Grimes, who put it on Facebook. The website published the entire video as well as an excerpt of it. In a statement Sept. 20, Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore called Sager’s comments about police “disgusting and highly offensive.” But he said he was “equally disturbed with Ms. Sager’s covert plan, if elected, to decriminalize drugs and create safe injection sites and needle exchanges within this community.” MIDDLETOWN – Jeana Sager, a Democrat running for Middletown Township Committee, remained in the race despite bipartisan calls for her to drop out after video surfaced last week of her making anti-police comments in June. “Nothing will change unless there is a court order,” she said by email. But in her statement, Sager sought to turn the tables on her critics, particularly members of the township committee. Sager, who could not be reached for comment, appeared to be referring to an incident involving officer Carl F. Roth, who allegedly hit a motorcyclist in Ashland, New York, in August. The victim was not from New York, but Canada. Sager, though, sought to inject gender politics into the race by noting she was the only female candidate of the four people running for township committee. “It is a sad state of affairs when Americans cannot have honest conversations about timely issues such as police violence and the racist and prejudicial drug war, which is killing our youth, without fear of political crucifixion by both political parties,” she said. “The off-the-cuff conversation, which occurred in June in a parking lot, was not a prepared speech. I was not discussing a Middletown campaign platform. I was talking about issues that impact families in my community. My opponents held on to this information while they figured out how to hurt my candidacy, a move which clearly shows ulterior motives rather than being the forthright and honest people they would have you believe they are.” But Byrnes said he had suspended his campaign. Recognizing that she is running in a Republican town, she said she has to be “careful how I speak.” “We have withdrawn our endorsement of her candidacy for Township Committee and will commit no resources to her campaign, which we have asked her to end,” he said in a statement Sept. 21. “We are proud of our candidate Sean Byrnes who issued a statement setting for th his absolute disagreement with her comments and thanking the police for their service. In addition, we have spoken to county and state Democratic leaders who are in complete agreement with us.” By Philip Sean Curran “With regards to my reference to police crime, Mayor Perry, who is calling for my resignation, is one of the biggest hypocrites who sat silent along with Republican candidates Rick Hibell and Kevin Settembrino, when a Middletown police officer recently almost killed a New York resident while driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of a severe accident,” Sager said. “I encourage people to take a deep breath and focus on what was actually said about police violence and not what people say was said. If we can’t have an honest conversation about police, some of whom act criminally, then we are not protecting our citizens or the police who risk their lives for us.” Later, she said she wants to remove drug users from the criminal justice “realm” and said she did not want to stigmatize drug users as having an illness. In response, Sager released a statement Sept. 21 in which she did not apologize for remarks about police, called the controversy an “immature distraction” and said she was being attacked for her views. At this stage, Sager and Byrnes will remain on the ballot as the opponents to Republican incumbents Kevin M. Settembrino and Rick W. Hibell. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon said Sept. 23 that ballots have been printed. “There are plenty of people that I hang around with that are drug users and they use drugs recreationally and responsibly,” said Sager. Michael DiCicco, chairman of the Middletown Democratic Party, called her remarks about police “inaccurate, unfounded and hur tful.” In comments captured on video outside Town Hall in June, Middletown Township Committee Democratic candidate Jeana Sager made an anti-police comment that has sparked intense reaction from leaders of her own party, the PBA and the mayor. Democratic running mate Sean Byrnes has since suspended his bid.Photo courtesy YouTube “These liberal reckless polices have no place within our town, our county or anywhere in our state,” he said. “Our children should not be taught that it’s OK to inject drugs because we make it safe or be forced to walk over (hypodermic) needles on the way to school or while playing in our parks as children in San Francisco and other social utopias are being forced to do.” At one point, one man in the small group calls for getting the “criminal speakers” out of high schools who deliver opioid awareness messages. “People have always come up with reasons to silence and push women out of politics,” she said in her statement. “Just because I want to have tough conversations about difficult issues, some private and some public, doesn’t mean I will be bullied out of this space by the very cowards who think they are in a better position to ignore these issues to the detriment of our community.”last_img read more