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Do the meetings at your credit union suck?

first_imgby: Sean McDonaldA recent study estimated that 32 BILLION dollars is wasted globally because of unproductive meetings.I’ve never been a big fan of meetings. Let me clarify that – I don’t like having meetings or attending meetings just to “meet.” I also don’t like meetings that do not have an agenda, a start time, and an end time. Think about it – have you ever walked out of a meeting thinking, “what was the point of that?” I bet you’re nodding right now. That’s good. Some organizations have decided that they “must” have a staff meeting or management meeting every week on a certain day at a certain time. That’s fine – as long as there is new information discussed. But if you have to work too hard to come up with things to talk about, you don’t need a meeting.Now, every meeting you attend will not be akin to a Bruce Springsteen concert. For the record, I’ve seen Bruce several times on a concert stage and have never walked out of a show thinking, “what was the point of that?” Of course, it is a good idea for management to get together in the same room fro time to time to review where projects stand. But “making progress” is never an acceptable answer in a meeting. And simply going over what is currently in progress isn’t enough of a reason to take people away from actually working on those projects. There has to be more to your meetings.So, it’s time for organizations to make meetings matter. Here are 5 suggestions on how to do just that: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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What are you thankful for in 2020?

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details As I sit here gazing at my Christmas tree, a thought pops into my head. Once Halloween has come and gone, we often skip right over Thanksgiving and head straight into the Christmas season. Radio stations start playing Christmas music on November 1st, retailers begin their sales seasons earlier and earlier (although it’s possible we can blame some of that on COVID), trees and wreaths and lights start going up (guilty as charged), and Thanksgiving becomes something of a side show to Santa and his Reindeer. When you think long and hard about 2020, it may make your blood pressure rise, but in the true spirit of Thanksgiving, there’s still a lot to be thankful for. Here are a few things that come to mind for me…Technology: I’ve always been a huge fan of technology. Maybe not as much as this guy, but I’m definitely a big fan. This year, technology has become a bigger part of everyone’s lives than we’d have ever thought possible. Being able to see the face of someone you care about during this time of quarantines and lockdowns, is a big deal for mental health. And from a workplace perspective, technology has allowed a lot of companies to shift their workforce to a virtual platform to keep them working. A lot of industries aren’t compatible with the virtual concept, so if you’re able to work from home, that’s definitely something to be thankful for this year.Loved ones: It’s been a tough year for many, and personally I’ve never been more thankful for the people I care about than I am this year. A lot of times we can easily take those people for granted, but 2020 has made me really appreciate my favorite people. If there’s someone in your life that you’ve put on the back-burner, give them a call and let them know you care. It’ll be good for you and it may be just what that person needs right now.Nature: There’s always something calming about spending time in nature for me. Taking a walk down the road, going for a drive in the country, or hitting up my local disc-golf course always leaves me feeling refreshed. There are a lot of problems in the world right now, but fresh air and the majesty of the great outdoors aren’t two of them.If you’re stuck at home right now, hopefully you’re not alone, but if you are, find some things that make you smile and use that technology to connect with your loved ones during these hard times. I can’t promise it’ll be soon, but I’m thankful that there are better days ahead.last_img read more

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CDC suspends work at Texas A&M biodefense lab

first_imgJul 3, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Jun 30 ordered a biodefense research laboratory at Texas A&M University to stop all work on select agents and toxins while the CDC investigates reports of lab workers infected with the category B bioterror agents Brucella and Coxiella burnetti.The alleged lab accidents, along with related alleged violations of federal law, were recently reported by the Sunshine Project, an Austin, Texas, nonprofit group that monitors biodefense research safety. The group used Texas freedom-of-information requests to obtain documents about the lab incidents.In April, the Sunshine Project reported that a Texas A&M researcher had been infected with Brucella after a February 2006 aerosol chamber mishap and that the school did not immediately notify the CDC as required by federal law. Five days ago, the watchdog group reported that the exposure of three other Texas A&M workers to C burnetti, which causes Q fever, was confirmed in April 2006 but also was not reported to the CDC.The Sunshine Project said its investigation of Texas A&M came about through its review of select-agent labs that are vying to host the federal government’s planned new national biodefense facility, according to a Jun 27 report in the Dallas Morning News.The laboratory is affiliated with the Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense Center, a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) center of excellence that focuses on the study of foot-and-mouth disease, avian influenza, and Rift Valley fever, according to the center’s Web site. The center is funded by an $18 million DHS grant, according to an Associated Press report yesterday.According to the Sunshine Project, Texas A&M notified the CDC about the Brucella infection in April 2007, a year after the worker’s illness was confirmed.Shortly after Texas A&M reported the Brucella infection, representatives from the CDC’s Select Agents and Toxins Division inspected the laboratory and, in a Jun 30 memo, obtained and released by the Sunshine Project, ordered the lab to stop its work on all select agents and toxins until further notice.Von Roebuck, a CDC spokesman, told CIDRAP News that the agency has never issued such a broad suspension order to a lab before. He said the Jun 30 order applies to every agent the lab works with. The list of affected agents is not public information because of security concerns, Roebuck said.In the Jun 30 letter, the CDC outlined the concerns it has about the lab, which include the adequacy of biosafety plans, security of the facility from unauthorized visitors, occupational safety protocols, authorization from the CDC to work with certain agents, and compliance with federal select agent regulations.Roebuck said CDC officials will visit the Texas laboratory again in the next few weeks to gather more information about its procedures and protocols. “Then the agency will move forward with any recommendations to get them under compliance,” he said.In a statement sent to Texas A&M faculty and staff yesterday, the school’s interim president, Eddie J. Davis, said the laboratory incidents did not pose a threat to anyone on or off campus, but conceded that the university should have reported the worker’s Brucella exposure in a more timely manner. (The university provided CIDRAP News with a copy of the statement.)Davis said none of the workers who were exposed to the Q fever agent got sick and that Texas A&M was going beyond health monitoring standards at other select-agent labs by monitoring workers’ blood for the organism. He said the university believed that the threshold for reporting worker exposure was a confirmed illness.”We are unequivocally committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure we are in full compliance with all CDC and any other relevant policies and regulations,” he said.The university has asked an independent expert and an environmental health and safety group from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston to advise Texas A&M on how it can “expeditiously redeploy a fully compliant select agent research program,” Davis said.The Sunshine Project, in a statement e-mailed to journalists today, said the problems it found at Texas A&M show that the US government needs to reduce the number of people and facilities that handle bioweapons agents and bring a hodgepodge of federal lab rules into a unified, mandatory, and enforceable system to ensure lab safety and accountability.In its statement, the group released details about nine other accidents at Biosafety Level 3 labs throughout the United States, four of which involved worker exposure. The information was gleaned from the Sunshine Project’s review of publicly accessible biosafety committee meeting minutes at the facilities. “There is no reason not to presume that many more similar accidents have occurred but have yet to come to light,” the group said.Coxiella burnetii causes a flulike disease in humans that is rarely fatal, according to the CDC. However, it is highly infectious when it becomes airborne and is inhaled by humans. The agent has previously been weaponized and is considered a potential terrorist threat.Brucella infections cause prolonged fever and a wide range of other possible manifestations, such as arthritis, hepatitis, and meningitis. Symptoms can be prolonged, but the disease is rarely fatal. In livestock, brucellosis causes infertility and abortions. As bioterrorism agents, Brucella strains are inexpensive to produce and disperse, according to an August 2005 article in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID).See also:National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense sitehttp://fazd.tamu.edu/CDC information on Q feverhttp://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/qfever/clinicians/intentionalrelease.aspEID article on Brucellae lab exposures and bioterror implicationshttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol11no08/04-1197.htmlast_img read more

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NP Krka: Water turbidity is a natural phenomenon, the water quality in NP Krka is of excellent quality

first_img“With constant supervision and monitoring by sensory buoy, regular water quality tests in the Krka National Park have been carried out since its establishment in cooperation with the Public Health Institute of Šibenik-Knin County and the Public Health Institute of Split-Dalmatia County. This time, other independent institutions are included in the analysis, in order to completely remove any suspicions of pollution or any threat to the water resources of the Krka National Park.”Point out from NP Krka. The reason for the turbidity of water in some parts is the natural phenomenon of the so-called. relocation. Independent tests at several locations have shown that Krka water is not only healthy, but rich in dissolved oxygen, with high preservation of ecosystems, and short-term turbidity is a natural consequence of sediment uplift due to water temperature differences in some microlocations, concluded the expert water analysis. “Podaci izmjereni terenskom sondom pokazali su i da je voda uzvodno od Roškog slapa značajno hladnija (18°C) od one u dijelu Visovačkog jezera (24°C). Takve temperaturne razlike često izazivaju kratkotrajno zamućivanje vode, tzv. izmještavanje. Naglašavamo da je riječ o potpuno prirodnoj pojavi uzrokovanoj razlikom u temperaturi vode, (topla voda se ‘uzdiže’ iznad hladne) uslijed koje dolazi do podizanja sedimenta s dna. Takva vrsta zamućenja između Roškog slapa i Visovačkog jezera je kratkotrajna i nema nikakve veze s onečišćenjem”Point out from NP Krka. After the occurrence of water turbidity in some parts of the Krka National Park, and citizens’ fear of pollution, the Krka National Park conducted an expert analysis of water quality, conducted by the Ruđer Bošković Institute and the Biology Department of the Zagreb Faculty of Science, which confirmed that water in the National Krka Park of excellent quality. “Rezultati analize kvalitete vode u NP „Krka“, koju su 22. srpnja 2019., proveli stručnjaci s Biološkog odsjeka Prirodoslovno-matematičkog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagrebu te Instituta Ruđer Bošković, pokazali su da je kakvoća vode ‘izvrsna’ sukladno svim važećim uredbama, a potvrđuju i to da na spomenutom području nema onečišćenja rijeke” point out from the Krka National Park, and emphasize that the water is rich in dissolved oxygen, with high preservation of ecosystems, while short-term turbidity is a natural consequence of sediment uplift due to the temperature difference of water in some microlocations.center_img Also, the examination established that the water in the Krka National Park does not contain heavy metals, toxic substances or fecal bacteria that would potentially endanger the purity of the water and related ecosystems. In places of significant biological activity, the highest values ​​of chlorophyll were measured, and high values ​​of dissolved oxygen were observed, which confirms that there was no significant decomposition of organic matter. The last sampling of surface water of the Krka River was performed at six stations and no anthropogenic pollution was observed at any of them. The results show that the water is healthy and safe for everyone to swim in the designated places. Moreover, the analysis of the concentration of trace metals (zinc, cadmium, lead and copper) showed that in NP “Krka” the concentrations of these metals are many times lower than those prescribed by the regulation on water quality standards (OG 73/2013, 151/2014, 78/2015). , 61/2016). Since the protection of the Krka River is the basic mission of the Public Institution, we have so far implemented a number of measures to protect it from possible pollution, conclude the Krka National Park.last_img read more

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This large family home includes enticing community perks

first_imgThe home at 8 Deborah Pl, Westlake.This quality family home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac.Owner Debra Campbell said 8 Deborah Place, Westlake, has a strong family feel. “When you drive up the driveway, it just feels like home,” she said. “It’s inviting and comforting, and everyone who visits feels the same.“It’s a real family home.”Ms Campbell bought the two level home almost nine years ago.Since then, she has made minor changes to the property. Inside 8 Deborah Pl, Westlake.“As you open the front door, you are greeted with this gorgeous open space,” she said.“It’s like a breath of fresh air.”Ms Campbell said she loved how open and airy the home felt.“My favourite part of the house is the stairwell,” she said.“I love looking down to the large living room. “It feels grand.”Ms Campbell felt the home would suit a young family looking for space, privacy and a strong community feel.“Because the property is in a cul-de-sac, it’s great for kids,” Ms Campbell said.“The street is quiet so they can play safely.“It’s a very friendly neighbourhood.” The home at 8 Deborah Pl, Westlake.“The biggest change was covering the back area,” she said. “It just meant we could use it more.”On the top level there is four bedrooms with airconditioning and a master suite with walk-in robe and ensuite.There is also two additional bathrooms and a separate toilet.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Downstairs, there is a bathroom with separate toilet, home office, two large separate living areas, kitchen and undercover outdoor patio.Ms Campbell said buyers would be drawn in by the high ceilings and natural light. last_img read more

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Alerted in a flash

first_imgpassengers can be warned of the imminent closure of automatic coach doors on Zürich’s S-Bahn thanks to warning flashers developed by Bron Elektronik AG. A flash energy of 8 J at 1 Hz was found to achieve the desired effect of getting passengers to keep clear of the doors, whilst not being unpleasant.Warning flashers are mounted both outside the vehicle, indicating through an amber lens, and inside on the boarding platform. Should a door jam while closing, the outside indicator continues to flash to alert staff to the problem.Service life of the flasher has been matched to the coach overhaul interval, requiring maintenance-free operation for a six-year period. If a failure does occur, the unit can be exchanged easily by undoing quick-release fasteners and plug connectors. Bron Elektronik AGAllschwil, SwitzerlandReader Enquiry Number 143last_img read more

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Tokyo Games could be ‘greatest ever’, says Coates

first_imgSenior international Olympics official John Coates said on Saturday the delayed Tokyo Olympics could end up being the greatest Games ever, coming next year as the world emerges from COVID-19 crisis.Coates, Australia’s Olympic chief and head of the International Olympic Committee’s inspectorate for the Games, cited the examples of positive Summer Games that followed the two world wars of the 20th century. The Tokyo Games were postponed for a year to 2021 in the aftermath of the new coronavirus outbreak.Coates said he thought Tokyo could surpass even the reputation of the 2000 Sydney Games, which he helped organise and were described by then IOC chief Juan Antonio Samaranch as “the best Olympic Games ever”.“Because we all must wait longer than the already-long wait for an Olympics, the Games of Tokyo will gently but perceptibly echo the sheer joy and relief of the other delayed Olympics of Antwerp in 1920 and London in 1948,” he told the annual general meeting of the Australian Olympic Committee.“I believe the Tokyo Olympics may ultimately be amongst the greatest Games ever, if not the greatest. And putting the parochialism of a proud Sydney boy aside … I certainly hope Tokyo will be.”Turning to future “opportunity”, Coates told the meeting, which was held online, that the proposal for Australia to host the Summer Olympics for the third time in 2032 was gathering pace. The bid, centred on South East Queensland around Brisbane, had been given the official backing of the AOC in January, he said, and was now in the phase of “continuous dialogue” with the IOC’s Future Host Commission.Planning for venues, mostly already existing or temporary, and the siting of athletes villages were progressing and the necessary buy-in of local, state and national government was largely in place.Coates, who ran a failed bid to host the Games in Brisbane in 1992, said an Olympics could provide an economic catalyst to help Queensland and Australia out of the expected post-coronavirus recession.“I have always believed in making necessity a virtue. There is already a need for jobs and growth in the Queensland economy arising from the impact of COVID-19,” he told his online audience.“Our (government partners) recognise a potential 2032 … Games as a critical part of the state and nation’s economic recovery in the short term, quite apart from all of the long-term health, well-being, economic and sporting legacies.” A decision over which city or region would host the 2032 Olympics could be made as early as 2022, he added.Bids from India, Indonesia and a joint proposal from North and South Korea have also been mooted.Coates, who has been president of the AOC since 1990, also said he was confident the body was financially in “good order” to come through “this time of some chaos” after a raft of cost-cutting measures.Reuters/NAN.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 Tags: 2021COVID-19John CoatesolympicsTokyo Gameslast_img read more

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Clattenburg back at Stamford Bridge

first_img The matter arose from the Blues’ fiery clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28 with Chelsea making a complaint based on reports from their players. Clattenburg did not referee for four weeks while the FA investigated but the governing body determined the official had no case to answer. Police also dropped their separate inquiry and Chelsea later issued a statement expressing regret at the way it was handled. Since resuming duties Clattenburg has been eligible to referee Chelsea but five months have passed before being appointed to another fixture involving the London club by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited. Chelsea have no issue with the appointment and are ready to welcome Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge. In a joint statement issued with the Premier League and PGMOL last November, the club said: “Chelsea FC made it clear they would welcome Mark Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge in the future and PGMOL would have no issue in appointing him to a Chelsea FC match going forward.” Mark Clattenburg is to referee this Sunday’s clash between Chelsea and Swansea, the Premier League has confirmed. It will be the official’s first match involving Chelsea since last autumn’s racism row involving John Obi Mikel. Clattenburg was accused of using “inappropriate language” towards Mikel but was cleared by the Football Association. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more