I AM Presentations Offers New Services To Newspapers and Magazines

first_imgI AM Presentations is pleased to announce that it will be offering a new web content delivery system and advertising solution exclusively to the newspaper and magazine market. The new solutions feature dynamic setups that allow for publishers to capitalize on and expand with the Internet by providing a seamless workflow process between offline and online issues. In addition, these services create various avenues of additional revenue for publishers and provide a professional level of content delivery.After more than a year of testing and development, I AM Presentations releases this new service with confidence that it will aid publishers in meeting new Internet delivery demands more effectively, while reducing costs and increasing online advertising revenues. President of I AM Presentations, Michael LaRocque, says, “our professional service has been born of intense interaction with diverse and crucial markets. Our services are formulated to meet unique and exacting needs of publishers as they attempt to migrate or expand with their brands on the web in a successful and efficient manner.”I AM Presentations is a web design and development firm that was started in 2001. It specializes in online content delivery systems and advertising solutions for media publications.Michael LaRocque previously worked at Small Dog Electronics where he was the Chief Editor of their five eNewsletters with a circulation of over 60,000 subscribers. He has been involved in website development since he was employed at Lehman Brothers Bank in New York City.last_img read more

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Answering the indirect question

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Wringer Former watermelon farmer Brian Wringer wears several hats for iDiz Incorporated, including Web Projects Manager, Wordsmith, and Big Idea Guy. He builds better credit unions by day and weird old … Web: www.cuidiz.com Details One of the more intriguing marketing problems we’ve encountered with our credit union clients is “what should we do with all these indirect members”? To be clear, we’re talking about members who have joined the CU by getting a car loan at a car dealer. Many times, they have only the base savings account and the car loan, and they’ve probably never set foot in a branch. When the car loan is paid off, they vanish.The numbers vary tremendously, but there are credit unions with thousands of indirect members on the books. Can they be “converted” to long-term, participating members? There’s no single solution that fits every credit union, but there are a few “indirect” questions that can help you decide.Does it even make sense to try?At some CUs with robust indirect lending programs, indirect members are treated and tracked separately, almost as a CUSO or an investment. They’re a source of steady interest income, but for whatever reasons it’s not considered worth the effort to convert them to fully participating members.How big is our welcome mat?One option is to get serious about onboarding — make sure these members see the CU as more than a place to send a loan payment. Make them feel welcomed and invited with regular contacts (email, direct mail, etc.) during the first several months. They chose your loan mostly because of your great rate, so make sure you “show them the money” at every opportunity, and consider making an extra-super-duper-special offer.Should we go deeper?Perhaps it’s worth reaching for the reading glasses and taking a deeper dive into the data. It might make a lot of sense to send targeted, prequalified offers to consolidate credit cards, refinance other auto loans in the household, or refinance mortgages. Or maybe you could tweak your processes a bit to automatically offer a Visa to every indirect borrower.Can we answer this in the laboratory?It may take some experimentation to fine-tune your approach to investing in indirect members. You might need to try focusing your efforts on indirect members who live or work close to a branch, since they’re more likely to be open to a closer relationship. Or try sending one set of offers to used car buyers, another to new car buyers.There are plenty more options, and the right answers to the “indirect question” are different for every credit union. You’ll need to work with your management, your loan department and your marketing vendors to develop indirect goals and a strategy. But it can be well worth asking — every member you retain and convert from “indirect” to “participating” has a direct impact on membership growth.last_img read more

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Leadership Matters: Good leaders don’t play favorites

first_imgBeing a leader has certain similarities to being a parent. As a parent, you love all your children equally. Yet you still must work to avoid the appearance of playing favorites and make sure you devote equal time and attention to each child.When leading a team in the workplace, whether you’re a CEO or a middle manager, you face the same type of challenge. Favoring one employee over others for factors unrelated to performance creates havoc on a team, but leaders commonly fail in this basic area. A study by Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Businessfound that 84 percent of surveyed executives saw favoritism at work in their own organizations. Almost a quarter (23 percent) even acknowledged practicing it themselves.The perception of favoritism goes beyond who gets raises, bonuses or promotions. How many times have you seen a CEO and one of his or her executives attached at the hip, to the exclusion of other execs on his team? How many times have you worked for a manager who gave information to one or two of your colleagues while leaving everyone else in the dark? continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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E coli in Topps beef traced to Canadian firm

first_imgOct 29, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The source of Escherichia coli O157:H7 that recently spurred a massive recall of ground beef by Topps Meat Co. probably was contaminated beef trim from a Canadian firm, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced. Among the new federal safety measures for ground beef, the USDA is requiring more testing of domestic and imported ground beef components and will notify countries that export beef to the United States about new policies and programs to control the pathogen. The company that supplied Topps, based in Elizabeth, N.J., with the contaminated beef was Ranchers Beef, Ltd., based near Calgary, Alta. The firm ceased operations on Aug 15, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) obtained and tested some of the company’s product that had been in storage and then notified US officials of its E coli O157:H7 findings. In related developments, New Jersey officials announced recently that its inspectors were able to buy boxes of the recalled Topps beef at a retail store 4 weeks after the product was recalled, according to an Oct 25 report from the Associated Press. Oct 9 CIDRAP News story “Spike in E coli–related beef recalls alarms officials” See also: On the three days when the company was known to have produced contaminated batches of beef, it was grinding both domestic and foreign trimmings, the Times reported. Federal investigators at the Topps plant found that the company had reduced its microbial testing on finished ground beef from once a month to three times a year, according to an Oct 23 report in the New York Times. The company also had failed to require adequate testing on beef from its domestic suppliers, and, like other producers, had increased its purchases of meat from overseas, where testing is not always required, the Times report said. The Topps recall was the largest of several recalls related to E coli in ground beef this year. On Oct 23 the FSIS introduced a number of regulatory measures designed to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef. The FSIS said it had delisted Ranchers Beef on Oct 20, meaning none of the company’s products have been eligible for import since that date. The agency announced that it was placing a hold on Ranchers beef, along other products made from Ranchers beef, until the USDA and CFIA complete their investigation. DNA fingerprinting has linked the strain of E coli O157:H7 found in trim from the Canadian company to an E coli outbreak involving 40 illnesses in eight US states and 45 illnesses and one death in five Canadian provinces, according to an Oct 26 press release from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). E coli in samples from the Canadian company also matched the strain that health officials in New York found in intact and opened packages of Topps ground beef from the homes of patients. Oct 26 FSIS press releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_102607_01/index.asp A notice on the Ranchers Beef Web site said the company’s plant was for sale. On Sep 25, Topps said it was going out of business immediately because it could not handle the economic burden of recalling 21.7 million pounds of ground beef. “We appreciate the assistance from our food safety partners in Canada. This piece of information helped us to determine a likely source of contaminated product, which led to the Sep 29 Topps Meat Company expanded recall,” Richard Raymond, USDA under secretary for food safety, said in the press release. Oct 23 CIDRAP News story “USDA announces plans to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef”last_img read more

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How can others trust our country now?

first_imgCadet bone spurs pulled the United States out of the TransPacific Parnership, thus inviting China to be the economic leader of the dynamic Pacific Rim countries. He pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords, thus flaunting his ignorance of climate science.He now pulls out of the Iran nuclear agreement, overriding the objections of people and nations who know far more about the situation than he will ever know. Given these precedents, how can North and South Korea, indeed any country, trust the United States to abide by international agreements it is a part of?NORRINE THOMPSONTED THOMPSONSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Government vows to continue coastal, port infrastructure development

first_img“Industries located in East Bekasi and Karawang in West Java can use Patimban seaport in the future, while industries in West Bekasi and Tangerang will continue to use Tanjung Priok seaport. Therefore, the seaport will support logistics connectivity,” he said.He added that the Japan-backed Patimban seaport project was scheduled for partial operation in December, a month later than previously estimated by Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono.Patimban seaport is one of the government’s national strategic projects, funded by an official development assistance (ODA) loan from the Japanese government amounting to Rp 14.2 trillion for the first development phase.The port is expected to be Indonesia’s primary export port and to ease the burden on Tanjung Priok port and traffic congestion in Jakarta from the transport of cargo. It is also projected to support the future Rebana Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Cirebon, Patimban and Kertajati in West Java, along with Kertajati International Airport.In the first development phase, Patimban seaport is planned to serve 3.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and accommodate 600,000 complete built-up (CBU) vehicles. Meanwhile, in the second phase, Patimban’s capacity will increase to 5.5 million TEUs and it is expected to reach its final capacity of 7.5 million TEUs in phase 3.Besides Patimban seaport, Wae Kelambu Multipurpose Seaport in Labuan Baju, East Nusa Tenggara has also shown significant progress as 29.8 percent of its water infrastructure construction and 26.8 percent of its land infrastructure were completed, Rusli said.The government is developing Wae Kelambu seaport to boost tourist visits to Labuan Bajo, which is one of the government’s super-priority tourist destinations. The seaport will be designated for logistics and container handling, while the Labuan Bajo seaport will handle inbound tourists and passengers.Topics : Massive infrastructure development has been one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s main priorities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted several infrastructure projects as the government reallocates its budget to fund its fight against the disease while the outbreak disrupts construction activity.In addition to the NCICD project, the ministry also vowed to continue the coastal barrier development in the northern part of West Java, Jakarta, Central Java and East Java provinces, which stretches for 59.1 kilometers in total and costs around Rp 641.5 billion, as well as the 27-km-long Semarang-Demak toll road in Central Java.The ministry’s transportation infrastructure deputy Rusli Rahim said in the statement that various port development projects, including the Patimban seaport project in Subang regency in West Java, were showing progress.According to the ministry’s data, the Patimban seaport terminal and reclamation project had reached 81.9 percent completion as of Sept. 13, while the access bridge construction progress had reached 11.9 percent completion as of Sept. 16. The Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister has vowed to continue port and coastal infrastructure development projects, including the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) and Patimban seaport, an official has said.The NCICD project aims to prevent coastal flooding and land subsidence as some parts of the capital city, especially near the northern coast, are sinking up to 12 centimeters a year. The project requires Rp 600 trillion (US$40.22 billion) of investment, according to the Committee for Acceleration of Priority Infrastructure Delivery’s (KPPIP) data.“The project will reduce the potential for natural disasters, pollution and environmental damage. Furthermore, it will push Jakarta to become a safe metropolitan area,” the ministry’s assistant deputy for infrastructure, urban and water resources, Rahman Hidayat, said in a statement on Monday.last_img read more

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Tide turning in Townsville

first_imgTwo senior man catching fish with fishing rod and net on a lakeSO HERE we are at year’s end and while many of my fellow Townsvilleans may be keen to see the back of 2017, I am optimistic that the economic choppy waters are behind us and only good real estate waves are ahead.While my fellow agents have had some knocks this year it seems we are coming home with a wet sail in the rental market and the sales volumes in the last quarter of the year.The QMM figures for the September quarter from the REIQ don’t reflect all of this positive sentiment, partly because the good news is happening in the past two months. Talking to local agents, there has been a lift in the number of contracts in October and November.Any good fisherman or woman has their own playbook on secret “sure-thing” fishing tips. They know how to pick the right time with the tides (the old saying is “no run, no fun”) and the right time of year for particular species, right down to which bait to use or style of fishing – soft plastics, lures, etc. The decisions are endless.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Let’s look at real estate. Buyers (fishermen and women) could be looking for a new property, either residential or commercial (the species). They need to decide which spots to cast out a net (cities, suburbs) and then make a decision about the right time of year to buy (tide) to make that purchase to maximise their overall outcome (landing the fish). Looking at the Townsville real estate market, many experts predicted we would be on the up-swing by June this year. That hasn’t quite happened yet. But many of my fellow agents are feeling the slow-turning tide, where many of our well-priced homes are attracting bites from cashed-up buyers.Before we are to hope for higher prices we need to see a lift in demand and the only way demand will be consistently driven up is when we have broader market confidence in our region. Investors are looking for those big-ticket investment infrastructure items in regional areas by both government and private sector and this is happening here.So my top tip is if you are considering buying property you need to sharpen your focus on the value our Townsville market is offering before prices start to tick up. There … I have managed to squeeze my love of fishing with my love of real estate in the one column. It’s an opportune time to thank my regular readers who stop me in the street or email me to discuss my commentary. All the best for the festive season.last_img read more

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SP Radiolink on Dredging Line

first_imgA 2.5-ton capacity SP Radiolink plus load cell is being used to measure tension on a line stretching across a lagoon, upon which a dredge travels at a biosolids management facility, part of the City of Eugene Waste Water Dept., in Oregon, USA.The RLP was added to inventory at the start of the latest six-month biosolids management season in March, where it replaced a dynamometer that was not suited to working in the elements.The load cell is connected to a land-based lateral move system that allows the dredge to move from side to side as well as forwards and backwards to harvest biosolids in the lagoon, reported the Straightpoint.According to SP, the Radiolink plus boasts a separate internal sealed enclosure providing the load cell’s electronic components with IP67 environmental protection even with the battery cover plate missing, making the dynamometer suitable for use in the harshest environments. Measurements are taken on a wireless Hand Held Plus in the cab of the dredge.Contrail Smith, a lead at the biosolids management facility at City of Eugene Waste Water Dept., said: “The dynamometer we were using previously was hard-wired and wasn’t suited to working in the elements. The RLP gives us both the luxury of wireless information and durability in outdoor application.”He added: “We monitor the tension on the line as a safety measure; we like to keep the tension around 2,000 lbs. of tension, so the operator keeps an eye on the Hand Held Plus whilst dredging. During the season, the dredge is operational every day for six months—that’s over 180 days—so we need to work with equipment that is reliable; the RLP fits that requirement.”Smith explained that the City of Eugene Waste Water Dept. is likely to be among the first of its kind to apply a load cell to such dredging applications.The lagoons (or ponds) at the facility measure 675 ft. long by 275 ft. wide.last_img read more

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CPRA Announces Completion of Cole’s Bayou Marsh Restoration

first_imgImage source: CPRALouisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced the completion of the Cole’s Bayou Marsh Restoration Project in Vermilion Parish yesterday. Under this scheme, dredged sediment from Little Vermilion Bay was utilized to create and nourish more than 400 acres of marsh east of Freshwater Bayou Canal. The project also involved the construction of nine water control structures consisting of 22 culverts to improve the flow of freshwater and sediment within the area’s interior wetlands.“CPRA has been hard at work across Southwest Louisiana. Over the past year, there have been four restoration projects under construction in Cameron and Vermilion Parishes,” said Governor Edwards. “These projects will restore approximately 1,350 acres and we’re advancing an additional 13 projects through design that will benefit 11,980 acres of wetlands in this region. Once complete, these projects will represent a collective investment of over $500 million in coastal restoration for Southwest Louisiana.”“Our Coastal Master Plan warns that we could lose 17% of Vermilion Parish over the next 50 years if nothing is done, so getting projects like this moving and on the ground is vitally important,” added CPRA Executive Director Bren Haase.The $25 million project is a partnership between CPRA and the Fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) using funding provided by the federal Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA).last_img read more

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Man City star new £350k-a-week deal on hold after agent’s arrest

first_imgMan City star Kevin De Bruyne’s new £350k-a-week contract is currently on hold after the ‘Belgian’s agent was allegedly arrested. The Belgium midfielder was set to pen his bumper new deal this week. According to UK Sun citing the Mirror claim his Belgian representative Patrick De Koster has been arrested by police after the midfielder asked them to look into several discrepancies in his financial accounts involving millions of pounds. De Koster, whose company J & S International Football Management has offices in the Vlezenbeek and Knokke in Belgium, along with Senegal, was awoken and arrested in a dawn raid on his home by police and fraud officials on Thursday, it has been claimed. He is allegedly being held in custody and is set to face magistrates on Wednesday. City chiefs had hoped to tie De Bruyne, 29, to the club on a five-year deal to see out most of his career at the Etihad. Boss Pep Guardiola wants to hand him the captaincy following David Silva’s departure.Advertisement Read Also: Man Utd close to sealing £40m deal for Ajax midfielder De Koster has represented De Bruyne since he was 15 and playing for Genk in Belgium. He oversaw his transfers to Chelsea in 2012, Wolfsburg in 2014 and then City for £54m in 2015. De Bruyne was the Premier League Player of the Year in 2019/2020. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayPlus-Size Babes Who Will Make Your Heart Race Loading… De Bruyne has three years left on his current £280,000-a-week deal.last_img read more

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