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first_img As of 9am this morning 25 further patients in England have tested positive for COVID-19. Seventeen were diagnosed who had recently travelled from recognised countries or from recognised clusters which were under investigation. Eight patients were identified in the UK where it is not yet clear whether they contracted it directly or indirectly from an individual who had recently returned from abroad. This is being investigated and contact tracing has begun. The total number of confirmed cases in England is now 105. Following previously reported confirmed cases in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, the total number of UK cases is 115. All 7 NHS England regions are now reporting on cases of COVID-19. From tomorrow, 6 March 2020, Public Health England will start reporting on upper-tier local authority cases. Professor Chris Whitty, CMO for England, said:last_img read more

first_imgToday, Google is celebrating the “Birth of Hip Hop” with a history lesson from Fab 5 Freddy. The story goes, that on August 11, 1973, a DJ named Kool Herc threw a Back to School party in the Boogie Down Bronx that changed music as we know it. Using two turntables, he extended the instrumental breaks, allowing people to dance longer, a style that became known as breakdancing. Next came the MC, the Master of Ceremony, who added rhymes over the beat to get the party going and flowing. In the years since DJ Kool Herc’s first party, hip hop culture has become a major force across music, art, culture, and more.At the end of the visual storytelling, Fab 5 Freddy guides users through an interactive lesson on how to DJ. With a turntable and record crate full of classic beats, users are taught the basics of crossfading, scratching, and more. Now everyone can be a DJ! Head to the Google homepage to learn more about Hip Hop’s origins, and have fun creating your own beats.last_img read more

first_imgStudents from the tri-campus community will gather Wednesday evening for ‘Take Back the Night’ (TBTN), an event intended to provide awareness and support for victims of sexual violence.Saint Mary’s seniors Julia Sturges and Kayla Zellmer, co-chairs of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) Events and Campaigns Committee, worked on the college’s involvement in TBTN.“‘Take Back the Night’ … is for [the] campus communities to march in solidarity for those who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking, which are all forms of power based personal violence,” Zellmer said in an email. Emma Farnan | The Observer Students march across Notre Dame to advocate for sexual violence prevention in the 2017 ‘Take Back the Night’ event. The annual occasion aims to unite the tri-campus community and ends with a prayer vigil.The event is part of a national non-profit organization of the same name, Sturges said. According to the national TBTN website, the organization aims to “create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.”The tri-campus occasion will begin with Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, Sturges said, who will walk from Lake Marian at Saint Mary’s to the LaFortune Student Center at Notre Dame.“[At LaFortune], survivors and other people who have been impacted by sexual violence and stalking [will] have the opportunity to share their experiences in a speak-out,” Sturges said.The event will end with a march around Notre Dame’s campus that will highlight places were sexual assaults frequently occur.“This allows people to chant and reclaim spaces that have been affected by sexual violence, specifically the quads around Notre Dame’s campus,” Sturges said. “… The whole purpose of the event is for survivors of sexual violence to share their stories in a safe setting and for people to walk in solidarity with them and show their support.”Ending at the Grotto, Sturges said a prayer vigil will follow the march.Several months of planning went into forming the event, Zellmer said.“Monthly meetings [were held] with organizers from [Saint Mary’s], Notre Dame and Holy Cross to make decisions regarding marketing and advertising design, co-sponsorship, catering [and] event spaces,” she said.This tri-campus effort is among several reasons for students to attend, Sturges said.“It’s an awesome opportunity to learn about how sexual violence has impacted our own community,” Sturges said. “It feels like a very safe space to a lot of people, which it is most of the time, but there are definitely experiences that people have had that nobody talks about.”Attending ‘Take Back the Night,’ as well as other events put on by BAVO throughout the year, gives those who have been affected by sexual violence the chance to hear they are not alone and gives others the opportunity to offer support, Sturges said.“‘Take Back’ the Night’ is a super empowering, educational and inspirational event that all students can benefit from, even if they personally have not been impacted by power based personal violence,” Zellmer said. “The event symbolizes strength, healing and empowerment, which all students can gain from attending.”John Johnstin, assistant director for violence prevention at Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center, said TBTN has been put on for over 10 years. From academic major departments to residence halls and housing offices, almost 40 different groups from across the three campuses are listed as sponsors for the event. “Students may attend all or individual parts of the event,” Johnstin said in an email. “[TBTN is intended] to provide our communities an opportunity to publicly take a stand against sexual violence.” Johnstin said TBTN began with the inaugural event in October of 1975 in Philadelphia after the murder of a woman there. It was given its moniker in 1977. Since the late 1970s, the event has spread across the United States.“In the years since, thousands of colleges, universities, women’s centers and rape crisis centers have sponsored ‘Take Back the Night’ events across the country as a way to speak out against sexual violence,” Johnstin said. With an expectation of 200 students to be in attendance, Johnstin said the TBTN event provides an opportunity to bring the three campuses together.  “[The campuses can] come together as communities in support of safety, well-being and the respect of each individuals human dignity,” he said.Tags: Belles Against Violence Office, Gender Relations Center, sexual violence prevention, Take Back the Night, tri-campuslast_img read more

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015 The season will conclude in April with Chris Noth starring in Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, directed by Andrei Belgrader. Noth recently starred in the Broadway revival of That Championship Season. His screen credits include The Good Wife, Law & Order and Sex and the City. Related Shows View Comments Hamletcenter_img Hamlet will begin performances in January. Sarsgaard has previously starred at CSC in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters, both featuring his wife Maggie Gyllenhaal.  His screen credits include Blue Jasmine, Lovelace, Kinsey, Shattered Glass, Boys Don’t Cry and Garden State. The production’s director and additional casting will be announced in due course. Classic Stage Company has announced its 2014-2015 season. It will include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro, Peter Sarsgaard starring in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Chris Noth headlining Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. Allegro will kick off the season in October. Directed by John Doyle, it was Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein II’s third collaboration and first premiered on Broadway in 1947.last_img read more

X-Factor Auditions Coming to Nassau Coliseum

December 18, 2020 | nvxeoqvi | No Comments

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Do you have the X-Factor?Fox’s hit talent show is hosting open auditions at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Thursday. X-Factor is looking for solo singers and vocal groups, ages 12 and over, for the chance to win a record deal with Sony Music.For aspiring contestants planning to audition, the registration period is April 23-24, either in person at the arena or online. Wristbands will be handed out from 8 a.m. Tuesday until 11 a.m. Thursday. People will not be allowed to camp out.There is no cost to audition but there is a parking fee of $20 at the coliseum. After obtaining a wristband, X-Factor hopefuls will be asked to return to the coliseum by 7 a.m. Thursday for the audition.Other audition cities are New Orleans on April 14 and Denver on May 14. People may also audition online by submitting a two minute a cappella video from now until June 16. For more information on the rules, registration, or online auditioning visit www.thexfactorusa.com.last_img read more

Member service or compliance

December 18, 2020 | nvxeoqvi | No Comments

first_imgIn recent reports that have been published Credit Union Net Promoter Scores have held steady around 58 while Banks have rose to an a balmy 34. While making forward progress is positive, the scores are not. The scores are especially not good, when every single Financial Institution in the country says that their customer service is what differentiates them from others. Apparently their customers don’t think so.I wonder if the increased focus on compliance, has any impact on this. Can companies effectively “focus” on both things, Customer Service and Compliance? It is my belief that you cannot have amazing customer service until your whole organization is focused on it. Great customer service can only be achieved when the whole organization is focused on it, and it seems right now most Financial Institutions are focused on compliance. In no way am I implying that focusing on compliance isn’t necessary or needed, but it does divert attention, resources, training, and time away from making something that is your key differentiator to something that is on the back burner.Over all my concern is that the Banking industry is prime for someone to come in and completely disrupt the whole industry, and typically it will come from someone outside of the industry who has a completely different perspective on things, Ex. Apple Pay.If your Customer Service game isn’t right, your customers will be at risk, so here are some quick items to help you refocus on Customer Service.Develop a key metric to focus staff on that measures Customer Service, NPSDevelop conversation starters, and key points for your staff to touch on during conversations.Eliminate tellers and staff who aren’t willing to smile and engage with people when they walk in the front door.(you know you have them, but why do you keep them?)Use secret shoppers and then use that feedback to coach individuals.Role play scenarios and then coach after words.Develop ways to make coming to you branch an experience.( think all inclusive resort)If we differentiate ourselves on our customer service, which needs to be the thing people remember about us when they leave, or hopefully tell others about us. Don’t allow all of the time and energy to be focused on other items like policy’s, compliance, or Camel ratings. All of those things are important, but if you don’t have customers, they won’t matter. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brett Jackson Brett Jackson has been dedicated to building vibrant, competitive, breakthrough brands in the world of financial institutions for over a decade now. As the CEO of Systemax Corporation, a company … Web: www.systemaxsolutions.com Detailslast_img read more

first_img‘It’s a joke!’ – Emmanuel Petit slams ‘clueless’ Arsenal over David Luiz contract decision Petit has run out of patience with Arsenal’s hierarchy (Picture: Getty)‘If I was David Luiz, of course I would sign a new deal and I would also say a prayer of thanks to the Arsenal directors every time I wake up. ‘Even when he last won the Premier League with Chelsea, he’s not the same player any more. This guy has lost something.‘To be honest, it’s a joke. Find some proper defenders. Are you telling me there are no young talented defenders on the market? I just don’t get it.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalPetit believes the club are badly lacking in any ‘vision’ and says the situation is ‘far worse’ than it was towards the end of Wenger’s tenure.The Frenchman added: ‘Does anyone think the Arsenal executives and directors know what they’re doing on the football side of things? ‘For the last few years they have been splashing out on the transfer market – and have brought in some decent players – but I don’t know what their target or project for the future is.‘It’s far worse now than in the last years under Wenger. ‘What is the point of being one of the richest clubs on the planet with no reason or vision behind it?’Were Arsenal right to hand David Luiz a new contract?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Kieran Tierney reveals how Arsenal players reacted to their dismal defeat at BrightonMORE: Claudio Bravo speaks out on his future amid Arsenal transfer interest Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jun 2020 3:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Shares Advertisementcenter_img The Brazil international accepted responsibility for Arsenal’s defeat at City (Picture: Getty)Much of the talk following Arsenal’s defeat at the Etihad surrounded Luiz’s future after the centre-back admitted that he should have made an earlier decision over his contract situation. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut the former Chelsea man put an end to the uncertainty this week as Arsenal confirmed that he had signed a new one-year deal at the Emirates.Reacting to the announcement, ex-Arsenal midfielder Petit told Paddy Power: ‘David Luiz hasn’t been a proper footballer for about three years. ‘But I’m not surprised that he has been given a new contract at Arsenal, because I’ve been very disappointed in relation to the club’s activity in the transfer market.‘I’ve been particularly upset in relation to the defenders. We all know one of Arsenal’s major weaknesses is their defence and nothing has changed. This makes me miss Arsene Wenger. Advertisement David Luiz has agreed a new one-year contract at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Emmanuel Petit has hit out at Arsenal’s ‘clueless’ decision to hand David Luiz a new contract and claims the error-prone defender ‘hasn’t been a proper footballer for about three years’. Luiz, 33, produced a horror show performance in the Gunners’ 3-0 defeat at Manchester City and accepted full responsibility for the result for his part in Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne’s goals either side of the break. The Brazilian’s sending off meant he was suspended for the side’s trip to Brighton which also ended in disappointment.last_img read more

first_imgThis block of five luxury units in the Gold Coast is being offered through a giveaway.A BLOCK of five luxury apartments worth $4.11 million is up for grabs for the same price as a pint of beer at a pub — but those interested in the homes only have until Saturday to stake their claim.The units in Gold Coast holiday spot Palm Beach are being given away through a draw to raise money for military veterans, with tickets starting from $10.Entries are set to close December 16, with the winner to be announced December 22, and more than three quarters of the roughly two million tickets have already sold.The complex is being given away by charity group RSL Art Union, who are also including $304,661 worth of furniture and electrical appliances into the giveaway. The units have alfresco dining areas.RSL Art Union general manager Tracey Bishop said getting the keys to the 13-bedroom, 11-bathroom building would be “a dream come true” for whoever becomes the new owner.“This prize is five homes in one … (it) will be the country’s richest prize home giveaway,” Ms Bishop said. SIGN UP FOR THE NSW REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER The new owner would be free to use the homes however they wished, she added. Communal facilities include a pool and barbecue area.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoEach of the two-bedroom units has an open-plan kitchen and a main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. The penthouse has panoramic ocean views, including from the living rooms, three bedrooms and open-plan dining and kitchen area.There will also be a Christmas tree and gifts thrown into the mix, including a $5800 surfboard ready to open on Christmas Day. The units are 80m from the nearest beach.The homes on the corner of Third Ave and Jefferson Lane include four two-bedroom apartments and a two-level penthouse with 398 sqm of floor space.Together, the luxury apartments 80m from the beach have the potential to generate an estimated $209,560 a year in rents.Completed in September, the complex includes a pool, gardens, barbecue area and lift access to every floor, including private entry to both penthouse levels, along with parking space for 10 cars. The smaller units could potentially rent out for about $34,000 each.“They could become a landlord, keep and live in one apartment and earn a significant rental income off the remaining four apartments. No matter what they decide, this is going to be one lucky winner,” Ms Bishop said.Local real estate agent Troy Dowker of Ray White said the location was well-sought after with buyers in the area.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:57Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:57 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p360p360p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.00:58“It’s very rare an opportunity to buy on this street comes along,” Mr Dowker said. “Absolute beachfront on Jefferson Lane has a medium price of $3.35 million and there are no properties for sale. You’d have better luck living on this street if you won the lottery.”Most of those who have already bought tickets for the draw spent roughly $50, according to Ms Bishop.last_img read more

Will the stadium boost property prices?

September 28, 2020 | nvxeoqvi | No Comments

first_imgI am often asked about the impact major projects have on property prices in the Townsville area. I remember when the ring road was mooted. People in the Upper Ross were telling me that their properties were now worth more money. The same today with people living around the new stadium. Do property prices soar around major infrastructure developments?In the case of the ring road, we found that it didn’t really add to the sale prices for Condon, Rasmussen and Kelso but it made the suburbs more popular because there was now another access point. In real terms the Upper Ross was not necessarily any better off with the ring road unless you wanted to visit Douglas, Riverside and the army access road. The trip to the CBD was still the same distance, you simply had another route to get there. 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 2020But there was a perception that the new ring road would bring prosperity to the Upper Ross. The whole neighbourhood was buzzing with the news of its arrival. Some people even bought property in the Upper Ross hoping that once the ring road was opened their property would increase significantly. It did not happen.The new stadium had, and still has, the people of South Townsville and Railway Estate excitedly talking up a storm. And now that construction has begun the site is buzzing with energy. But we still don’t see it as the silver bullet for house prices. I am confident that some buyers and sellers may have benefitted by the announcement and subsequent construction, but it is my opinion that it has made the area more desirable to live in which will drive buyer interest. But when it comes to infrastructure there is rarely, if ever, one single thing that leads to a recovery for the city. It is almost always a combination of multiple projects coming together at the same time that instils confidence in buyers and the business community. Projects such as Adani, the dual pipeline to the Burdekin, the Singapore Army interest in Townsville, the possible reopening of Queensland Nickel, the new Stadium, the solar farm at Kelso and the extensions to the Townsville port, to name just a few, will all help grow the confidence of our local area and this will attract investment to the commercial and residential sector. When people feel good they spend money and that applies to buying an ice-cream a new car right through to a new property. Let’s hope the projects online for our great city all materialise and put Townsville back on the winner’s podium where it deserves to be and will be in the future. Opinion is divided over whether the North Queensland Stadium will help increase property prices. REIQ Townsville Zone chairman Wayne Nicholson weighs in. North Queensland Stadium under construction in September 2018 Townsvillelast_img read more

first_imgTHE recently-formed Vikings basketball club scored a 74-69 win over Pepsi Sonics on Tuesday evening, when the Let’s Bet Sports-sponsored Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) Division-2 Knockout tournament continued at the Burnham Basketball Court.Sonia Rodney, the only female coach in GABA, saw her side led to victory by a team-high 17 points from Seon Lee, while Kevon Dey chipped in with 15 points.Rawle Smith (10), Osafo Johnson (10) and Jeffrey Wilkinson (8) also found their names on the scoresheets for Vikings.Shamar Anderson netted a game-high 20 points, while Troy Glasgow added 14 points.The contest began brightly for Vikings who took the initial lead, compliments of a 15-12 score-line at the end of the first period.However, Sonics responded in the second stanza, netting 25 points while restricting their foes to 12 points to enter the half-time interval in control at 37-27.The sea-saw nature of the clash continued in the pivotal third quarter, as Vikings outscored Sonics 19-11 to reduce the deficit to 48-46 as they entered the final period.The come-from-behind result was then accomplished in the final stanza, as Vikings amassed a mammoth 28 points, reducing Sonics to 21 points.The event, which is sponsored by Guyana Lottery Company, resumed yesterday at the same venue with another round of matches.last_img read more