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How to build a simple, but telling competitive analysis

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: David KarlDuring my days as an independent consultant, companies most often asked me to help them build their strategic direction. My first question was as reflexive as swatting a mosquito on the back of my neck. “Can I get a copy of your competitive analysis?” That was usually followed by a blank stare.Trying to build your financial institution’s strategic direction without a competitive analysis is like walking barefoot through a cow pasture on a moonless night. You have no idea where you’re going, how far you’ve gone, whether you are about to run into something, fall into something, or step into…something.A competitive analysis is NOT determining if your product is priced effectively! It’s a determination of where your competition is best able to compete and how they are actually competing. Believe it or not, your analysis may show your competitor is using a flawed strategy—which helps you build your winning strategy. continue reading »last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Rodney Hood – Effective not excessive (#54)

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Welcome to episode 54 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by our friends at CO-OP Financial Services. CO-OP is your trusted payments processing partner whose mission is to drive the credit union movement forward and we couldn’t be happier to have them on as a sponsor of the podcast to kick off season two.In this episode, Randy is speaking with The Honorable Rodney Hood. He was nominated by the President and confirmed in 2019 as the 11th Chairman of the NCUA. We discuss his goals for the NCUA under his chairmanship, and what he sees as opportunities and challenges for credit unions.Chairman Hood discusses where credit unions are today and what he sees as the challenges that they face in the future. He speaks about diversity, equity, and inclusion, why it is so crucial in credit unions today, and about the DEI Summit that was held last year. We chat about the NCUA and how they are embracing diversity in the way they recruit from more diverse candidate groups.Listen in as we talk about where Chairman Hood sees the NCUA in the year ahead and what he hopes to accomplish during his time as Chairman. He tells us why he took the position at NCUA, how the inspiration with time on the job, and what he feels his leadership style is. He says regulation needs to be effective, not excessive, and that is something his team hears him say all the time and they are working towards.Chairman Rodney Hood has a lot to share and you don’t want to miss any of it. He is a genuine person that has a passion for helping people and loves to share his insights on the credit union industry. So sit back, plugin and enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, StitcherBooks mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book ListHow to find Chairman Hood:The Honorable Rodney E. Hood, Chairman of the National Credit Union Administrationwww.NCUA.govContact | LinkedIn | Twitter Show notes from this episode:Shout-out: To our friends at CO-OP Financial Services, our first sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast.Check out all the resources and what’s going on at the NCUA here.Read Chairman Hood’s full bio here.What is “Libra” that Chairman Hood mentioned? Read all about it here.Find out more about the DEI Summit the NCUA hosted here.The NCUA counts Diversity and Inclusion among it’s core values.Take the time and fill out the Diversity Survey.Shout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: Gallaudet UniversityShout-out: American Council for the BlindFind out more about the Payday Alternative Loan Chairman Hood mentioned here.Find out more about the Second-Chance policy here.Shout-out: Jelena McWilliamsShout-out: Joseph OttingShout-out: George Ombado and our friends at ACCOSCABook mentioned: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel GolemanShout-out: Gallup, IncBook mentioned: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald ChambersAlbum mentioned: Graceland by Paul SimonBook mentioned: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesBook mentioned: Rules of Civility by Amor TowlesBook mentioned: The Most of P.G Wodehouse by P.G WodehousePrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37), George Ombado You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[01:42] – Welcome to the show, Chairman Hood![02:18] – Chairman Hood discusses what he sees as the challenges that credit unions face and where they are today.[07:19] – He speaks about diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is so important.[14:38] – Is this something that needs to be done from a systemic level?[16:32] – If we were to sit down a year from now, what would you be the proudest thing that you have accomplished?[21:14] – Chairman Hood talks about why he took the position with NCUA.[22:12] – How is the inspiration different now than a decade ago?[24:19] – He describes his leadership style as one of servant leadership.[27:45] – Regulation needs to be effective, and not excessive is what his team hears him say all the time.[28:13] – How do you make the tough decisions that are not always popular?[29:49] – He wants people to realize that the leader is not always the smartest person in the room.[31:12] – Is there a mistake that you made or that you see young leaders making now?[33:09] – Proper preparation and planning prevent poor results is something he was told and has carried it with him always.[33:40] – Chairman Hood tells us about the mentors that helped shape his career and how he passes that on the people he teaches today.[38:30] – If you have a free day, what do you do to recharge?[40:05] – Chairman Hood speaks about what he was like in high school.[41:03] – He talks about his career path and how it lead him to the credit union industry.[42:44] – What is your daily routine that if you don’t do it, your day feels off?[44:32] – Mapquest is something he uses daily and would be lost without it.[45:18] – What is the album you can listen to over and over?[45:56] – Is there a book that you think everyone should read?[47:34] – Quality time with close friends and family has become more important, and fluff has become less important.[49:09] – When he hears the word success, the first person he thinks of is the credit union member.[50:05] – His final thoughts are he hopes you can glean a little more about him – Rodney Hood.last_img read more

Woman’s death marks Bali’s first H5N1 case

first_imgAug 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry today announced that a 29-year-old woman from Bali died yesterday of H5N1 avian influenza, signaling the first human case on the popular tourist island, and that her 5-year-old daughter had died earlier of a similar illness.Lily Sulistyowati, head of Indonesia’s national avian influenza control committee, said in a health ministry press release that the woman became ill Aug 3 with a fever and respiratory symptoms and was diagnosed about a week later with serious pneumonia. On Aug 10 she was hospitalized at Sanglah Hospital in the Bali capital of Denpasar with a high fever and breathing difficulties, and she died there 2 days later.Tests at the health ministry’s lab and the Eijkman Institute in Jakarta confirmed that she had an H5N1 infection, the press release said. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the woman’s case, she will be listed as Indonesia’s 103rd case-patient and its 82nd fatality.The woman is from Jembrana district, where avian flu is endemic in poultry, the health ministry reported. The district is in the northwestern part of the island, far from the major tourist areas, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.Ian Barr, deputy director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, said travelers shouldn’t panic about a human H5N1 case being confirmed on Bali, Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald reported today.”Most of these cases occur in villages, not in downtown Kuta or Denpasar, so I’m not sure that travelers should be too concerned,” he told the Herald.The woman’s 5-year-old daughter died of pneumonia on Aug 3, and investigators found that several chickens raised by the woman and her neighbor had died in early to mid July, according to the press release. The girl had played with chickens before she died. Tests by livestock officials confirmed that the birds died of H5N1 infection.Health officials haven’t determined if the girl had an H5N1 infection. Bayu Krisnamurti, head of Indonesia’s national bird flu commission, told reporters that the child’s body had been buried and that authorities could not confirm the cause of her death, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today.A 2-year-old girl from a neighboring home is being treated for a suspected H5N1 infection at Sanglah Hospital, the Indonesian health ministry reported. She came down with a fever and cold 3 days ago and is receiving oseltamivir (Tamiflu).Although avian flu is endemic in birds in Jambrana district and other parts of Indonesia, the country’s last official outbreak report was filed in October 2006, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Joko Suyono, a spokesman for the ministry’s bird flu center, said villagers in the woman’s town didn’t burn the dead chickens but buried them or fed them to pigs, according to a Reuters report today.Indonesia is one of two countries, along with China, where pigs have been found infected with the H5N1 virus. Last October, Indonesian researchers reported that two pigs on Bali were infected with the virus, though they did not document if the pigs were sick or died.Flu experts worry about H5N1 infections in pigs because the animals can carry human and avian influenza viruses, potentially serving as a “mixing vessel” that could produce a strain that could launch a human flu pandemic.In other avian flu developments, national television in Togo reported three new H5N1 outbreaks on farms in the Lacs, Golfe, and Zio regions east of the capital, Lome, according to an Aug 11 AFP report. The west African country reported its first H5N1 outbreak in June, bringing the number of African nations reporting the disease to 10.See also:May 31 FAO avian flu bulletin with chart of H5N1 outbreaks by country 10, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Pigs, cats in Indonesia infected with H5N1″Jun 22 CIDRAP News story “Togo conforms first H5N1 outbreak”last_img read more

The first charging station for electric bicycles in the area of ​​central Istria was put into operation

first_imgThe first charging station for electric bicycles in the area of ​​TZSI was put into operation in Gračišće.In order to further develop and better position Istria as a cycling destination, the installation of the charging station was fully financed by the Istria County Tourist Board, and the project was implemented in cooperation with the Central Istria Tourist Board, Gračišće Municipality, Bosch, which provided electric chargers and a global production giant. bicycles with the company CUBE, with which the Tourist Board of Istria has been successfully cooperating for the last four years. The design of the e-bike station is signed by Studio Dota from Žminj, while the manufacturer is Pula’s UTE – Uljanik TESU Elektronika dooOver the next week, charging stations for the increasingly popular electric bikes will be set up for more two locations in the area of ​​TZSI – in the municipalities of Cerovlje and Tinjan, which will adequately meet the needs for “charging” bicycles, guests staying or visiting our area.ebie In the first six months of 2017, the area of ​​the Tourist Board of Central Istria recorded a growth of 35% in arrivals and 39% in overnight staysIn the first six months of 2017, the area of ​​the Tourist Board of Central Istria, ie the town of Pazin and the municipalities of Lupoglav, Cerovlje, Gračišće, Karojba, Pićan, Sveti Lovreč, Sveti Petar u Šumi and Tinjan, recorded a growth of 35% in arrivals and 39% in overnight stays. In numbers, there are 9.287 arrivals and 57.431 overnight stays, ie 2.410 arrivals and 16.251 overnight stays more than in the first six months of 2016.Traditionally, the most numerous are guests from Germany, who make up 58% of the number of overnight stays, and the number of overnight stays they realized is even 60% higher than the previous year. In second place are domestic guests, of which there were 40% more. They are followed by the Austrians with a share of 7,28%, followed by the British, the Dutch and the Italians, who are more and more our guests every year. There are twice as many Belgians this year, and this year there is an interesting increase in the number of overnight stays of guests from Sweden, Denmark and Russia.According to the type of facility, the increase in the number of overnight stays is present in all segments – in private accommodation, which is dominated by holiday homes by 43%, rural households by 58%, hotels by 36% and campsites by 92%. The largest share of the number of overnight stays is realized in private accommodation – as much as 90%. Other types of facilities, which have a smaller share in our accommodation capacities, record a very small share in realized overnight stays (hotel 5%, rural households 2% and campsites, ie rest campsites and 0,5% households).Regarding the survey by municipalities, the largest increase in tourist traffic was recorded in the municipalities of Lupoglav and Cerovlje and in the city of Pazin. Most overnight stays were realized in the municipality of Tinjan – 14.130, followed by the town of Pazin with 12.899 and Sv. Lovreč with 9.253.last_img read more

At least five suspected COVID-19 patients have died in Indonesia: What we know so far

first_imgIndonesia has confirmed four cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but concerns remain as to whether tests run by the Health Ministry’s laboratory are accurate.At least five people suspected of having COVID-19 have died since late February before authorities eventually announced two confirmed cases on Monday. Some of the suspected patients died while waiting for their test results, although all of their tests eventually came back negative.In one case, a health official even admitted to the possibility of flawed results from the test. Foreign envoys have reportedly questioned the country’s testing capabilities, while experts have urged the government to partner with independent laboratories and send samples to other countries as a comparison.It was only after the country’s first confirmed cases that the Health Ministry announced its decision to assign regional labs to test people suspected of carrying the novel coronavirus.Read also: Indonesia to test more people for COVID-19Indonesia has tested 227 samples as of Thursday evening, excluding at least 257 people evacuated from cruise ships who are currently quarantined at the Sebaru Island off the coast of Jakarta. Here are five cases in which patients suspected of having COVID-19 have died across the country, but whose tests reportedly came back negative.1. Singaporean man in Batam, Riau IslandsThe first death was reported in Batam, Riau Islands, where a 61-year-old male Singapore national suspected of having the virus died on Feb. 22 at coronavirus-referral BP Batam Hospital.The man was initially admitted to Awal Bros Hospital in the city two days earlier. He was eventually referred to the isolation ward of BP Batam Hospital for showing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and shortness of breath. He was in Singapore days before being admitted to the hospital.Batam Port Health Office (KKP) head Achmad Farchanny confirmed to the Post that the patient’s samples were sent to Jakarta on Feb. 21 to be tested at the Health Ministry’s laboratory. The patient, however, died on Feb. 22, before the lab returned the negative results.AA, 66, a Singaporean male patient suspected of COVID-19 who died in Batam on Feb. 22 buried in Batam on Wednesday night in a quiet funeral.(JP/Fadli)The Batam Health Agency soon announced that the Singaporean died of “another illness”. However, the Health Ministry ordered the Riau Islands Health Agency on Monday to observe people who had had contact with the late patient.Riau Islands Health Agency head Tjeptjep Yudiana said the measures were needed as there was a possibility of flawed results from the test, saying: “There might be errors. We’re only human.”As a result, 33 people in contact with the patient have reportedly been observed and undergone tests, including doctors, nurses, room service staff and drivers, while the patient’s wife and two daughters were also monitored.Read also: Singaporean man earlier suspected of COVID-19 buried in Batam2. Male patient in Semarang, Central JavaA male patient suspected of COVID-19 died on Feb. 23 at Kariadi Central General Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, after being treated in an isolation room for nearly a week.The patient reportedly returned to Indonesia on Feb. 12 from Spain via Dubai and presented COVID-19 symptoms after his arrival, including fever, coughing and shortness of breath. He was admitted to the hospital on Feb. 17 and transferred to an isolation room two days later.Kariadi Hospital doctors said the patient’s test results came back negative a day after he was cremated. They said at the time that the patient had died of bronchopneumonia.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said on Feb. 27 that the man had tested positive for the H1N1 virus, which is a known cause for swine flu.Terawan said both viruses were similar in terms of symptoms, adding that the patient’s body was treated in accordance with the established protocol to contain H1N1.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto speaks to the press at Sulianti Saroso Infection Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Suroso) isolation building in Jakarta, Monday, March 2, 2020.The Minister of Health stated that two Indonesian citizens were positively affected by the corona virus and were currently in the isolation room of the RSPI Sulianti Saroso. (JP/Seto Wardhana)3. Male patient in Cianjur, West JavaA 50-year-old male suspected of having COVID-19 died at Dr. Hafiz General Hospital in Cianjur, West Java, on Tuesday, just weeks after his trip to Malaysia.The man, an employee of state-owned telecommunications company Telkom, had been in Malaysia from Feb. 14 to 17 and started developing symptoms on Feb. 20, according to Cianjur acting regent Herman Suherman.Herman said the patient was treated at a hospital in Bekasi, West Java, from Feb. 22 to 26 before he went to Cianjur on Feb. 29 for a vacation and to seek the help of a traditional medical practitioner. In Cianjur, the patient’s health dropped significantly and he was rushed to the isolation room of Dr. Hafiz General Hospital on March 1. The regent said the patient had complained of shortness of breath as well as pain in his lungs and heart.The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention directorate general secretary, Achmad Yurianto, denied that the patient had died from COVID-19. He added, however, that the ministry would have to ask the hospital first for the patient’s actual cause of death.Telkom issued a statement following the patient’s death, saying that his medical records showed a history of inflammation in his respiratory airways as well as common colds.Read also: Indonesia launches official protocols for COVID-19 outbreak4. Patient with COVID-19 contact history in JakartaA 65-year-old patient suspected to have contracted COVID-19 died on Thursday at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Saroso) in Jakarta.RSPI Sulianti Saroso director Mohammad Syahril said the patient had been in contact with people who came from a country with confirmed COVID-19 cases and was already suffering an underlying medical condition, including high blood pressure, reported.A security personnel walks past in front of the isolation room of Sulianti Saroso Infection Hospital in in Jakarta on Monday. The government has appointed 100 hospitals as referral centers in efforts to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus amid the global outbreak. (JP/Seto Wardhana)The patient was transferred from a private hospital to RSPI Sulianti Saroso while in deteriorating condition and needed the use of breathing support.Yurianto said the deceased patient had tested negative for COVID-19 but showed signs of suffering bacterial sepsis from pneumonia.Read also: Indonesia’s first COVID-19 patients recovering, hospital says5. Patient in YogyakartaA 74-year-old patient suspected of having COVID-19 died on Thursday at the Dr. Sardjito General Hospital in Yogyakarta after returning from umrah (minor haj). During the trip, the patient also had a one-night layover in Malaysia.Antara news agency reported that the patient was transferred from Yogyakarta Regional General Hospital (RSUD Yogyakarta) to Sardjito Hospital’s isolation ward on Monday. The patient suffered from breathing difficulties, coughing and a fever.The patient died hours before the test results came back negative for COVID-19 and also Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Thursday evening.The hospital’s pulmonologist, Munawar Gani, said that the patient had suffered from pneumonia caused by the klebsiella bacteria. He said the patient had been getting better before he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, which the patient also had a history of, Antara quoted. (ars)Topics :last_img read more

Mermaid Beach renovator in prime location sells for $1.4 million

first_img22 Sunbrite Ave, Mermaid Beach. 22 Sunbrite Ave, Mermaid Beach.A MERMAID Beach two-storey brick home on offer for the first time in 40 years has sold for $1.4 million.The property at 22 Sunbrite Ave offers the potential for dual living with a two-bedroom self-contained apartment on the ground level.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoUpstairs is three bedrooms, living, dining and kitchen areas which flow out to a large north-facing deck.Belle Maison Realty agent Stephen Hay handled the sale.He described the position as “perfect” with the beach at one end of Sunbrite Ave and Pacific Fair shopping centre within walking distance.“Surrounded by new developments and some of Gold Coast’s most expensive and premium property this is your opportunity to secure prime real estate and create your new home,” the listing states.last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgABP – The €309bn civil service scheme ABP has appointed Eiko Smid as public affairs officer at its pensions bureau. He will be tasked with lobbying the government and politicians in The Hague. Smid has left The Hague-based public affairs bureau Droge & Van Drimmelen, where he has worked as a senior consultant for the last 10 years.ING IM – ING Investment Management has appointed Moudy El Khodr and Kris Hermie as senior managers of its US High Dividend and Global High Dividend strategies. They will join the company’s Equity Value team in Brussels, and report to Nicolas Simar. Moudy has 16 years of experience in dividend investment at ING IM and Petercam. Hermie also spent 16 years as an investor at both companies.Newton – Julian Lyne has been appointed head of global consultant relations, responsible for institutional consultant relations across the EMEA, North American and Asia-Pacific regions. He joins Newton from F&C Investments, where he was head of global consultant and UK institutional business. Prior to joining F&C in 2008, he was head of global consultant relations at HSBC Investments.Liquidnet – The institutional trading network has appointed Christopher Wall as head of market surveillance in Europe and David Stockwell as market surveillance specialist. Wall joins from Newedge, where he was a senior compliance officer working in the company’s London office. Prior joining Liquidnet, Stockwell was an equities trader at Société Générale and before that at Wood Street Capital and ABN AMRO. Legal & General Investment Management, Principles for Responsible Investment, ATP, ABP, ING Investment Management, Newton, LiquidnetLegal & General Investment Management (LGIM) – IPE understands that Hugh Cutler, head of Europe and the Middle East at LGIM, has left the company after more than five years. In the past, Cutler has served as managing director at Barclays Capital Partners, as well as a consultant at Railpen Investments and Towers Perrin.Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) – Martin Skancke has been appointed chair of the PRI’s Advisory Council. Based in Norway, he is to succeed Wolfgang Engshuber, who completes his three-year term as council chair. Skancke previously served as director general and head of the asset management department at the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, where he designed and established the Norwegian Government Pension Fund. He spent four years as head of the Domestic Policy department at the office of the prime minister of Norway, acting as chief advisor on economic policy issues, including pension reform. In 2011, he left the Ministry of Finance to establish his own consultancy to help governments in developing countries create their own SWFs.ATP – Anne Broeng has been appointed to the supervisory board of ATP, with effect from 1 April 2014. Broeng has been a director of PFA Pension since 2009, but the company announced in February this year that she had decided to leave to look for new challenges. She worked at PFA Pension for 12 years. Broeng will remain at PFA officially until the end August, according to the terms of her notice period.last_img read more

Bob McCoskrie: This Christmas, gift yourself balm of forgiveness

first_imgNZ Herald 24 December 2018 It has been said that if we collected up all the goodwill and festive spirit we exhibit during the Christmas season, put it in a bottle and released a bit of it each day of the year, the world would be a better place to live.We seem to be ready to forgive and seek reconciliation more readily during this time than at any other.We make that extra effort to get together with and enjoy the company of other family members and friends. We even manage to somehow forgive the people who normally rub us up the wrong way – people who push in line, who leave the toilet roll empty, who let their little kids go wild in shops, even people who sit in the fast lane doing 60km/h – well, almost.Forgiveness may not be easy, but it’s also not an F-word. What we may not understand is that it’s not only good for the recipient, it may actually be exactly what we need.Author and theologian Lewis B Smedes said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and discover the prisoner was you”.It’s easy to pull a newly planted tree out of the ground but once it’s had time to grow and take root, a fully grown tree is that much harder to remove. If we don’t deal with inforgiveness and anger today, tomorrow it becomes bitterness, associated with negative emotion, stress and thoughts of revenge.An example of this is Debbie Morris, the author of Forgiving the Dead Man Walking, the counterpart to the 1995 award-winning movie Dead Man Walking.At age 16, Debbie and her boyfriend were abducted at gunpoint by Robert Willie and Joe Vaccaro. Her boyfriend was led into deserted woods, tortured, shot, and left for dead. Debbie was repeatedly raped by her captors. They both survived their ordeal, but Willie ended up on death row awaiting execution for the murder of another woman he had killed only days before – the basis of the movie Dead Man Walking.Yet Debbie says, “I think that many times people in my situation think that justice is what is going to heal them – and I thought that … and I was disappointed time after time … Justice is not what heals us and it was not what healed me.“I realised that there is no such thing as justice on this earth for what that man did … When I was able to forgive, not only did the hate, the anger and the pain go away, but the shame did too.”Justice depends on the effectiveness of the legal system. Offenders also have to deal with their own conscience, the legacy of their life, and their judgment to come.The movie industry knows us well and feeds our natural desire for revenge.Take any action movie you have seen. The very basic theme is “good person” versus “evil person”, and the final scene, after the evil person has been really evil, is the goodie walking away from a scene of pandemonium, fire, and destruction where the baddie has just been violently killed – the more violent, the better.That’s why forgiveness is so hard, it goes against the grain.Mahatma Gandhi said “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”Yet we recall the line from the Lord’s prayer, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” Forgiveness comes back to us.We can live in the bondage of bitterness or the freedom of forgiveness.As Smedes says, “Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited”.Christmas is a great time to receive and offer forgiveness. It is an investment in family life that has great returns. read more

Batesville Battles Madison In Legion Baseball

first_imgBatesville Post 271 vs. Madison Post 9 on June 24th.Batesville won 5-4.Post 9-111 000 010.   4 7 2271-020 030 00x.   5 8 3For Batesville, Wyatt Schebler 1-4, bbBrendan Henderson 1-5Leo Enneking 1-4, runBrandt Ricketts 3-4, 2 runs, tripleAnthony Butz 0-1, 3 bbAaron Haley 1-4, sb, rbiBaker Howard 0-1, 2 bb, hbpMatt Kuebel 1-3, bb, rbiMatt Kuebel 2 IP, 2 runsWyatt Schebler 7 IP, 2 runs WinPost 271 record: 2-5.Courtesy of Batesville Legion Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img

Five things you might not know about John Terry

first_img Press Association Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things you may not have heard about the Chelsea skipper, who has announced he is leaving the club in the summer. 1. Direction In June 2014, keen golfer Terry teamed up with Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp to take on Niall Horan from everybody’s favourite boyband One Direction and former Chelsea team-mate Andriy Shevchenko at Wisley golf course in Surrey. The pre-season tussle saw Terry and Redders get the better of the pop pin-up and ex-Chelsea flop, who is now a semi-professional golfer. The Blues skipper also struck up a friendship with Australian snooker player Neil Robertson when the former world number one visited Cobham training ground for a game of pool. Robertson claimed Terry was “a lot better” than he expected after losing the first frame. A man of many talents. 2. Terry the Terrier Barring a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest, Terry has spent the whole of his career at Stamford Bridge. But did you know Steve Bruce was on the verge of taking the defender to Huddersfield in 2000? It was while a 19-year-old Terry was at the City Ground and Bruce was in the process of doing his FA coaching badges. Bruce told the Guardian in an interview six years ago: “I bid £750,000 for him, it was a lot of money for me then, and Chelsea accepted it. But the boy didn’t want to leave Stamford Bridge at the time. I was close but at the death he didn’t want to go.” 3. Dad of the Year Terry has posted many a pic of himself with his kids on his Instagram account, and why shouldn’t he? He was, after all, named Dad of the Year in 2009. The former England skipper topped a poll run by Daddies Sauce to win the sought-after accolade, beating off stiff competition in the form of Peter Andre and then-PM Gordon Brown. After winning the award, Terry said: “I have won many trophies in my career but I’m proud to say that this is up there with all of them.” Terry narrowly missed the birth of twins Georgie and Summer despite a frantic rush from an England training camp in Portugal. 4. Better the Red Devil you know Chelsea stalwart Terry was a Manchester United fan growing up and still has nothing but praise for the club’s former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. In an interview with the Guardian in 2006 the centre-back revealed he supported United as a boy as “you want to support the team that’s winning everything”. He quickly covered his back, adding: “But my first day at Chelsea I knew that was the club I wanted to be at. I just loved it.” Sir Alex took Terry under his wing when he went up to Manchester to train with United’s kids before signing for the Blues and last year played for Ferguson’s side in a Unicef charity game organised by David Beckham. 5. An internet sensation One thing you probably do know about Terry (but it’s worth reminding ourselves) is that he caused an internet sensation back in 2012. Picture the scene. Chelsea had just won the Champions League final by beating German giants Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Terry, who was suspended for the game, appeared on the pitch to lift the trophy inexplicably decked out in his full Chelsea kit – including shinpads. He was mercilessly lampooned on social media via a series of memes which included Terry gatecrashing the moon landing and Will and Kate’s wedding and also holding up a tank in Tiananmen Square, all in full kit. center_img Did you know John George Terry supported Manchester United growing up, enjoys playing golf with Niall from 1D and was Dad of the Year in 2009? last_img read more