Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has cancelled a press conference which was due to be held in Keble College this afternoon.Johnson was due to speak alongside his German counterpart, Heiko Mass, but cancelled before the event to attend a Cabinet meeting on Syria.A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “The Foreign Secretary had to get back to London for the cabinet meeting.”Empty mic at Keble College, Oxford as Foreign Sec cancels meeting with German Foreign Minister to attend Syria Cabinet pic.twitter.com/ZZTwaZ4ntZ— Peter Henley (@Peter_Henley) April 12, 2018The two men had met earlier that day at Brize Norton airbase in Oxford and were due to speak together at the annual Königswinter Conference.FM @HeikoMaas meets @BorisJohnson: It is crucial that we closely coordinate our efforts regarding #Syria. pic.twitter.com/R28eE247Zv— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) April 12, 2018 After some speculation, Maas attended the conference alone saying that the Brexit vote has “made things more difficult” for Britain.The German Foreign Office told Cherwell: “The German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, stated in his press statement at Keble College, Oxford yesterday that Boris Johnson’s non-attendance was understandable and that they had enough time to discuss their topics at length.”German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tells Oxford conference Brexit has “made things more difficult” for Britain over security issues but “we are not sitting in a corner shedding tears” pic.twitter.com/OaYSJnEFJp— Peter Henley (@Peter_Henley) April 12, 2018Earlier, the German Foreign Minister had said that Johnson would “have to make an effort” at the meeting to impress him as much as Irish Deputy Leader Simon Coveney.Johnson, who graduated from Balliol College in 1987, has caused controversy on previous trips to Oxford. In 2017 he was heckled by protestors when he attended a private party at Balliol, who held up a banner reading “Racist Boris, what dead animals have you fucked?”.Keble College and the German Foreign Office have been contacted for comment.
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“We’re bringing fans an all-access pass to TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series coverage this year. These deeper layers of access will provide fans with a look under the hood to some of the great personalities and teams in the sport and the level of teamwork and commitment it takes to be successful.”—Craig Barry, senior vice president and executive creative director, Turner Sports READ: Harvick’s late charge leads to 600 win ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. READ: Post-Coca-Cola 600 Driver Reports READ: Kenseth, Johnson hopes wrecked in 600 TNT’s all-access pass will include behind-the-scenes content featuring a select driver and their team (one per week) throughout the NASCAR Summer Series along with special “off the track” segments and more.TNT will follow a driver and their team over the course of the entire week as they travel and prepare for the upcoming race, with coverage beginning when the driver leaves the previous track and continuing throughout the network’s next NASCAR Summer Series telecast. Featured drivers will include Denny Hamlin (Pocono), Brad Keselowski (Michigan), Juan Pablo Montoya (Sonoma) and Kurt Busch (Kentucky), among others. The all-access pieces will air weekly during the pre-race Countdown to Green Presented by Kelley Blue Book show.Additionally, TNT will televise a special feature each week highlighting a select driver away from the track. During the Pocono telecast, TNT will focus the spotlight on Dale Earnhardt Jr. TNT’s Ralph Sheheen and Earnhardt will talk racing and life outside of NASCAR while visiting with Earnhardt at his “Whiskey River” property including his “Car Graveyard.”Inside Trax will also return for another season and will showcase audio and video from select crew chiefs and teams during each race telecast.“We’re bringing fans an all-access pass to TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series coverage this year,” said Craig Barry, senior vice president and executive creative director, Turner Sports. “These deeper layers of access will provide fans with a look under the hood to some of the great personalities and teams in the sport and the level of teamwork and commitment it takes to be successful.”TNT, in its 31st consecutive year of exclusive NASCAR Summer Series coverage, will feature six consecutive races – Pocono (June 9), Michigan (June 16), Sonoma (June 23), Kentucky (June 30), Daytona (July 7) and New Hampshire (July 14). Each of the six races feature a diverse blend of tracks – ovals with three turns (Pocono); the first road race of the year (Sonoma); a long track (Michigan) and a short track (New Hampshire) – which have led to unpredictable outcomes. Over the last 14 races airing on TNT, dating back to 2010, there have been 14 different winners crossing the finish line.The network will return its marquee commentator crew with analysts Kyle Petty, Wally Dallenbach and Larry McReynolds joining play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander in the booth for each race. Alexander will also host the network’s 60-minute Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book pre-race show with Petty, Dallenbach and McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road to bring viewers comprehensive coverage and access prior to and during each race.Fans engaging via social platforms during TNT’s NASCAR coverage are encouraged to use the hashtag #NASCARonTNT.TNT’s 2013 NASCAR Summer Series Schedule:(All Times Eastern)Sunday, June 9 Noon – 1 p.m. ETCountdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book1 – 4:30 p.m.Party in the Poconos 400 presented by Walmart (Pocono Raceway)Sunday, June 16Noon – 1 p.m. Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book1 – 4:30 p.m.Quicken Loans 400 (Michigan International Speedway)Sunday, June 232 – 3 p.m.Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book3 – 6:30 p.m.Toyota/SaveMart 350 (Sonoma Raceway)Saturday, June 296:30 – 7:30 p.m.Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book7:30 – 11 p.m.Quaker State 400 (Kentucky Speedway)Saturday, July 66:30 – 7:30 p.m.Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book7:30 – 11 p.m.Coke Zero 400 at Daytona powered by Coca-Cola (Daytona International Speedway)Sunday, July 14Noon – 1 p.m.Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book1 – 4:30 p.m.NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from New Hampshire (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)READ MORE: Network’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule to begin June 9 at Pocono Raceway The green flag is set to wave on TNT’s 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action with the network offering all-access coverage throughout the six-week NASCAR Summer Series beginning Sunday, June 9, at Pocono Raceway at 1 p.m. ET. READ: Pit crew key as Hamlin claws back
It was nearing 2 a.m. on a spring night in 1990, and 24-year-old Diane Paulus was unwinding with a group of young actors who, like her, had just completed a round of acting classes with the legendary director Mike Nichols. Inevitably, talk turned to what the future might hold. Most of them envisioned careers as performers, but Paulus startled the group by announcing, as though it were the most natural thing in the world, “I want to be Robert Brustein and run the American Repertory Theater.”Fast-forward to 2008. Paulus, now one of the hottest theater and opera directors in the country, has indeed just been named to Brustein’s former job, artistic director of the ART. As she looks ahead to her first slate of shows in the fall of 2009, again she sets the bar at lofty and perhaps unwise heights: “My goal for my season at the ART is that every show is an event….”Read more here (Boston Globe)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Matt Kieffer / University of Notre Dame / CC BY-SA 2.0NEW YORK – New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer says if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, she should recuse herself from some cases.Speaking during his Sunday news conference, Schumer said Barrett should not hear cases involving the 2020 election or the Affordable Care Act.The Senate Minority Leader points to a 2017 law review article that suggests Barrett saw the Supreme Court decision upholding parts of the Affordable Care Act as illegitimate.“This is a moment unlike any other, because this nominee comes before us with serious conflict of interest,” said Schumer. “We’re here today to say that given Judge Barrett’s conflict of interest, she should recuse herself from any decision involving the Affordable Care Act and its protections, and any decision related to the election that we will have on November 3.” Supreme Court Justices are scheduled to hear an Affordable Care Act case next month.The Senate Judiciary Committee will start hearings on Monday for Barrett’s confirmation.
A team of University of Georgia faculty in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences aims to provide Georgia couples with healthy relationship skills and financial guidance with the help of a five-year, $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.The team will collaborate with UGA Cooperative Extension and a network of established state and local partners to deliver the evidence-based Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education programming to couples in 60 counties across Georgia who are experiencing economic stress and are relationally vulnerable, including those who are military-connected.The project also will provide financial literacy programming with a goal of positively impacting at least 2,250 low-resource and underserved couples aged 18 and older by 2025 with both in-person and online delivery.The funding allows the team to expand on the success of the Fostering Relationship and Economic Enrichment Project (Project F.R.E.E.) that reached nearly 1,400 families involved in the child-welfare system in northeast Georgia through a campus-community partnership initiative from 2015 through 2020.“Our community and state partners all contributed to the success of Project F.R.E.E. and were critical to helping us secure the new grant,” said Ted Futris, professor in the FACS Department of Human Development and Family Science and UGA Extension family life specialist who serves as project director. “Our ultimate goal is to offer a quality service that promotes couple stability that communities can adopt as an ongoing resource even after the grant ends.”UGA Extension and community-based “dissemination centers” in 14 predominantly rural counties will deliver programming to couples, including those connected to nine military installations throughout the state.The majority of the counties reached by the program are rural and exhibit persistent poverty. Children in rural counties are particularly at risk due to patterns of economic inequality and social stratification, Futris said.According to data from the Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Georgia ranks 38th out of 50 states in various child well-being indicators.“The dissemination centers are strategically placed to serve our target population, located in both urban and rural counties, near the state’s largest military installations and in counties with high levels of need,” Futris said.Each center will provide workshops to couples using the Elevate relationship-education curriculum, developed by Futris, which has been found to positively influence changes in couples’ behavior and overall relationship quality. According to one of Project F.R.E.E.’s past participants, the program experience “saved our marriage.”Couples also will have the opportunity to develop skills for managing finances and building wealth through the financial-literacy education program, Discovering Money Solutions, developed by team members Joseph Goetz and Lance Palmer, both professors in the FACS Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics.UGA Extension will supplement this training with tip sheets and additional resources on financial literacy. Free tax assistance will be provided through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program administered by UGA faculty and students and led by team member Joan Koonce, professor and UGA Extension financial planning specialist.The team plans to start recruiting couples in February 2021, with programming set to begin in the spring.Among the community-based partners is the Georgia Center for Opportunity in Gwinnett County, a nonpartisan organization that conducts public policy research and mobilizes community resources to address education, employment and family issues.“A collaboration of this magnitude will put us in the position to transform lives and create a blueprint for families in the near future,” said Joyce Mayberry, vice president of family for the Georgia Center for Opportunity.Other community-based centers are the Economic Opportunity Authority in Chatham County; Brightpaths/Prevent Child Abuse Athens in Clarke County; Overcomers House Inc. in Gwinnett County; Refresher Community Inc. in Henry County; Lanier County Family Connection; and Community Action for Improvement Inc. in Troup County.UGA Extension offices in Colquitt, Crisp, Dougherty, Houston, Monroe, Muscogee, Richmond and Ware counties also will serve as dissemination centers.State partners on the project are the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, Georgia Family Connection Partnership and Strengthening Families Georgia.Other co-investigators for the project include Evin Richardson, Catherine O’Neal and Jerry Gale in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, along with Karen DeMeester at the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government and Kristi Farner with UGA Extension.The federal grant project is administered by the Administration for Children and Families Office of Family Assistance.“The need is great,” said Rhea Bentley, Muscogee County Extension agent. “This project will give couples tools they need to be successful and have healthier relationships.”
The weather is cooling off, and many nature lovers are of two minds. On one hand, the beautiful orange leaves also mark the end of the seasonal rush, meaning less crowded trails, calmer lakes, and more quality time with the earth. On the other hand, chilly weather can feel uncomfortable. Fortunately for South Carolina, the temperate weather and minimal snow means that their natural wonders are enjoyable year round! When it comes to finding the most beautiful, temperate, undiscovered hiking trails, few places compete with the Old 96 District. Some of us are new, some of us just like to enjoy ourselves without pushing too hard! Both are completely fine. Old 96 District has plenty of walking trails, gentle strolls, and trails ranging from easy to medium. Some of our favorites include the Ten Governors trail in Edgefield, SC. Starting with a boardwalk over Slade Lake, the Ten Governors trail invites visitors to wander past historic homes and monuments to each of the 10 SC governors that hail from Edgefield County. It’s a mile one way, or two miles round trip. Afterwards, grab an ice cream cone from the Edgefield General Store! Calhoun Falls Marina Musgrove Mill British Camp Trail The Casual Hikers All photos courtesy Old 96 District Some outdoorsy people prefer the open water and a clear sky- and who can blame them? Old 96 District has many places to fish and boat, whether your preference is a larger boat or a humble kayak. Together, these three lakes hold over 100,000 acres of water. Besides the State Parks with lakeside access, plenty of marinas also give boaters ample access to the water. Like we mentioned before, over 250 miles of hiking trails means there’s room for plenty of variety. Shorter, beginner-friendly trails are plentiful, but the Lakeview Tail in Hickory Knob State Park rewards those in it for the long haul. On Old 96 District Tourism’s Top Ten Best Trails List, the Lakeview Trail runs about 6.7 miles with panoramic views of Lake Thurmond. For even longer excursions, the Forks Area Trail System (FATS for short) connects several looping trails together for routes up to 34 miles long. The Explorers Some of us like to camp while keeping our amenities close-by. If you love the idea of a weekend getaway in nature but prefer the comfort of a mattress and hotel room, Hickory Knob State Resort Park might have you covered. Hickory Knob is the only South Carolina State Park that is also a resort, meaning you can tailor your experience to exactly your level of comfort. Choose a campsite, a group cabin, or inviting hotel rooms. Take a dip in the lake, or take a dip in the swimming pool. There is also skeet-shooting, an 18-hole golf course, and more on site. These, of course, are only some of the ways to enjoy everything Old 96 District has to offer. Take a more in-depth look at the trails or find the campsite with the best view. With so many ways to enjoy the area, we encourage people to do what they do best: get out there and explore! The Boaters Ten Governors trail Old 96 District covers 5 South Carolina counties, nestled against the Georgia border. Between these counties (Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, and McCormick,) are plenty of natural wonders that hit that sweet spot for many. 3 lakes, 6 state parks, and over 250 miles of hiking trails mean there is plenty to do. Whether you are a fan of fishing, challenging hikes, or just enjoy meandering through the scenery, there is something to do for every kind of nature lover. Here are our tips for some of the highlights. The Endurance Hikers and Bikers That said, Old 96 District’s five other State Parks have a lot to offer including some breathtaking views and trails. While you’re in the area, consider enjoying some of the other State Parks and getting the full experience, maybe even getting a head start on your Ultimate Outsider status. FATS Skinny Loop Sometimes we find the most interesting visits are the ones where there is stuff to find and stuff to meander through. Old 96 District is home to two different Revolutionary War battlefields, each with their own unique story. Explore the still-standing Star Fort at Ninety Six National Historic Site (the only one left of its kind!) where the siege of Ninety Six took place, the first Southern land battle of the war. At the Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, scenic trails run alongside the battleground. Learn the play-by-play of this battle… and its twist ending! The “Glampers”
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details When partnering with credit unions on brand and member experience programs, one of the examples we use regarding brand loyalty is Harley-Davidson fans who get some version of the company logo tattooed on their bodies. A quick Google search will show thousands of such examples, some great-looking, others a little on the iffy side (but I’m not thinking the marketing and brand people at Harley-Davidson care much — after all, these are volunteer walking billboards for their brand).While waiting to catch a flight to work with a partner credit union on member experience training a few weeks ago, I noticed a gentleman seated near me at the terminal gate with a slightly different corporate logo tattooed on his calf; one I have not seen in this format before. It was the logo of IN-N-OUT Burger, a non-franchised eatery chain started 70 years ago in California (and rapidly growing). IN-N-OUT enjoys an extremely loyal customer base, but who knew that loyalty was high enough to earn a permanently-inked advertisement on a consumer’s leg? Out of curiosity, I just had to ask the gentleman why he got the tattoo. His answer was polite and engaging (although relatively short as we were about to board). He smiled before I even finished asking the question (which to me possibly indicated he gets that question a lot) and said, simply, “I just really like their cheeseburgers and always have.”Any way you want to look at it from a brand perspective, that’s a terrific answer. The gentleman may have focused more on the product than the culture around this particular retail entity, but his loyalty to that product is more than likely bolstered by the customer experience offered by the burger chain.We’ve talked about tattoos and credit union culture before. But this airport example of an unexpected tattoo helped reinvigorate that thought process in my mind. Certainly devoting a portion of your body to the logo of a company indicates a level of passion and devotion. It also leads to a compelling question; does your credit union instill a similar level of passion in its members? While you might not enjoy a legion of members that do go out and pay money to tattoo your logo on their bodies, here are four brand loyalty questions you do need to be asking yourself:Are your members expressing their enthusiasm for your brand in other ways? Are your members active and loyal proponents of your brand, amongst groups such as friends, family and coworkers? Does your commitment to brand and the member experience lead to key metrics moving in positive directions? Alternatively, has your possible lack of commitment to brand and the member experience led to a level of member loyalty that is lackluster at best and waning at worst? However you answer these questions, your key metrics are likely good indicators of your credit union brand loyalty barometer.Ultimately, successfully-branded retailers like Harley-Davidson and IN-N-OUT Burger are not selling merely motorcycles and cheeseburgers. What they are really selling and promoting is an experience, a lifestyle, and a status that consumers rally around, identify with and proudly say (both with tattoos and their wallets) “this is a brand I’m really into and I want everyone to know it.”Isn’t that a grand brand goal to which every credit union can aspire, inked or not?
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians FIFA is getting ready to deal with complaints and appeals over wage cuts for players, an internal document seen by Reuters showed. According to the document, the world football body has now produced guidelines for clubs and football bodies looking to cut costs during the stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The issue of pay cuts for players has exploded as a major controversy in England while in other countries, such as Germany and Spain, players have accepted temporary reductions in earnings. With football halted across the globe, however, FIFA is aware that it may well have to deal with a series of different agreements and possible complaints. Its guidelines urge any cuts to be “proportionate”. FIFA’s Coronavirus working group met last week and agreed on a wide range of issues, summarised in the document. These included that player contracts due to run out in June should be extended to the end of any resumed season. The internal paper notes that such decisions will inevitably reflect national law and specific agreements in each country but says it is keen to avoid large discrepancies between similar leagues and clubs. It also urges clubs, leagues and players to reach “appropriate collective agreements”. The guiding principles behind such deals should be to “guarantee some form of salary payment to players and coaches, avoid litigation, protect contractual stability, and ensure clubs do not go bankrupt, while considering the financial impact of COVID-19 on clubs”. Crucially, the document states that unilateral decisions to change contracts “will only be recognised when they are otherwise deemed reasonable” by FIFA’s Dispute Resolutions Chamber or Players Status Committee. This is where clubs and employees cannot reach agreement and where “national law does not address the situation or collective agreements are not applicable”. “A reasonable” contractual change will take into account the economic situation of a club, the proportionality of any salary amendment and the net income of the employee after that amendment, FIFA noted in the document. FIFA will also take into account whether the decision applies to the entire squad or only specific employees, and whether the club attempted in good faith to reach a mutual agreement with its employees. The FIFA document summarising the working group’s views will be submitted to the Bureau of the FIFA Council for approval. A FIFA spokesman said it was not in a position to comment as a proposal was being made to the Council, and “we cannot pre-empt that decision”. The coronavirus working group is composed of representatives from across the game including the FIFA administration, confederations, national federations, the European Club Association, players union FIFPRO and the World Leagues Forum. The group also offered an alternative approach. This is in which “all agreements between clubs and employees should be ‘suspended’ during any suspension of competitions provided proper insurance coverage is maintained, and adequate alternative income support arrangements can be found for employees during the period in question.” The group agreed that transfer windows should be adjusted to reflect the changed dates of seasons, with priority given to teams finishing the current season with their existing squad. FIFA has also ruled that planned new restrictions on loan deals will not come into effect until the end of the current period of uncertainty surrounding the game due to the pandemic. Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19FIFApay cut
Martin Flores and Angel Cabrera lead the way after two rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte but it was an unassuming Zimbabwean who made the headlines with a record-equalling round. De Jonge’s Friday charge has spared him from the cut and the 33-year-old is now looking forward to the rest of the weekend. “I wish I could go into every round with that kind of a mind set, but it’s easier said than done,” De Jonge, who made eight birdies and an eagle, said on pgatour.com . “As horrible as yesterday was, today was as nice. So this game gives you something and takes something away.” The story could have been even more remarkable for De Jonge when he gave himself an 18-foot putt on the last hole for a course-record 61, but it was not to be. “I knew I had to keep going really just to make the cut, so I had that mind set all day that I needed to get out and get as far under par as possible and thank goodness it worked out,” De Jonge added. “To be honest, I didn’t expect to be playing this weekend, so everything is a bonus. I have to do a good job of starting fresh tomorrow and realizing that it’s a new round.” McIlroy’s hopes of repeating his 2010 win receded after a nightmare round of 76 on Friday. After starting out three strokes off the lead, the Northern Irishman suffered a back-to-back double bogeys at holes three and four, while further losses at two, six and 16 were only partially offset by three birdies to leave him at one over and spared the cut by a single stroke. The Charlotte event has been more consistent for Argentinian veteran Cabrera, who led by one shot after a first-round 66 and followed up with a 69 on Friday to ensure he kept his place at the top of the leaderboard. Flores joined Cabrera at the top of the pile after adding a 68 to his opening 67, while England’s Justin Rose is also well in the mix, his second-round 67 keeping him just a stroke off the leaders at eight under. Scotland’s Martin Laird is on five under, but England’s Lee Westwood will play no further part in the weekend after he missed the cut at three over, having added a 76 to his opening 71. Brendon de Jonge began the day dead last on the leaderboard after shooting 80 on Thursday but turned his form around in dramatic fashion 24 hours later, a 10-under-par 62 vaulting him up the standings and back to two under overall – seven shots off the joint leaders. De Jonge’s efforts saw him tie the Quail Hollow course record held by Rory McIlroy, whose final-round 62 saw him to his first career PGA victory in this tournament in 2010. Press Association