Ocean City Crew Boosters Will Hold 50/50 Bingo Bonanza Nights

first_img—News release from Ocean City Crew Boosters The Ocean City Crew Boosters will hold 50/50 Bingo Bonanza Nights in Jan., Feb. and March.The Ocean City Crew Boosters will hold 50/50 Bingo Bonanza Nights at the Upper Township Community Center on Jan. 23 and 30, Feb. 20 and 27 and March 5 and 19.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. The Bingo Bonanza will start at 7 p.m.  The Upper Township Community Center is located at 1790 Route 50 in Tuckahoe.A $5 admission fee includes one four-card sheet for the first regular game ($50 Prize), one four-card sheet for the last game ($100 prize), and a chance to win a free admission for next Bingo Bonanza. Players can purchase a packet with one sheet for each of the ten 50/50 games for $10.  One dollar will be charged per sheet for additional regular games.Refreshments will be available for purchase.For more information, go to www.ochscrew.comNJ Law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 years old to play bingo or to be in the bingo hall  while bingo is being played.last_img read more

A healthy culture to face disruption

first_imgYour company needs every advantage to survive and thrive, and having a healthy organizational culture is a prime competitive advantage. It’s hard to imagine but your organization’s success, and perhaps its very survival, will be determined in large part by its culture. A healthy culture provides a stable platform for employees to be productive, while they learn what is required of them to prepare for the tsunami changes ahead.  Dramatic change is on the business horizon. Not just change that is visible, but change that is beyond the field of vision. Leadership’s responsibility includes preparing the organization for continuous and disruptive change. While the precise impact is difficult to predict, disruption on a large scale is clearly expected.Advancement in technology is a prime cause of change, but not the only one. Technology is upending the relative value of the various skills of your employees. Skills valued yesterday may not be valued or needed today or in the future. Artificial intelligence (AI), in particular, is changing the contours of the modern workplace, and it is often fundamental to modern innovation. For example, consider that Google is exploring ways to respond to a shortage of AI experts through a goal to have a few experts help many other non-AI-experts build their own AI software.  It is exploring artificially intelligent machines that can develop other artificially intelligent devices in an effort to expand the reach of AI. The result would be a lot fewer expert human resources needed in this advanced field. Imagine the disruption as AI becomes more ubiquitous. What impact will this advance have on today’s skilled and unskilled jobs? And on your entire organization? One can envision countless alternative futures for which your organization must prepare. Effective leaders rethink disruption through the lens of opportunity. They seek ways to engage the workforce to use the tools of technology in alignment with organizational strategy. But to really work, the organizational culture must support the effort.A healthy culture is a learning culture, in which the entire organization has clarity of values. The expected behaviors are defined and well communicated, especially the value of adaptive learning, to give your people the tools needed to develop and grow. The tools may include in-person and digital learning platforms, mentoring and coaching, employee time that is specifically and directly allocated to learning new skills and achieving new capabilities – with a focus on skills and abilities to prepare the organization for the future. These actions lead to more engaged, loyal, and satisfied employees, who are more creative, innovative and productive. Those organizations that focus on creating this type of culture have significantly lower turnover and are evangelists for recruiting the best talent. Organizations with healthy cultures outperform the competition, experience higher earnings, and surpass industry benchmarks for return on investment.Effective leaders integrate culture into their management and board conversations about strategy, risk, and performance. When management implements strategies with conscious attention to the effect on employees and the organizational culture, it creates the employee engagement and loyalty that is so critical for value creation. To quote a recent NACD Report, Culture as a Corporate Asset, “if led and managed well, culture is the rocket fuel for delivering value.” 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Detailslast_img read more

If you’re thinking about building, now is the time

first_imgCM Master Builders MBA genericWITH land values low and tradesmen desperate for work, there has never been a better time to built, according to Acting Regional Director, HIA North Queensland Robert Harding.“It is clear that the North Queensland building industry is undergoing a tough time following the decline in the mining industry with approvals year on year for the December quarter down 21 per cent in Townsville, 31 per cent in Mackay, 21 per cent in Cairns and 20 per cent in Rockhampton,” he said.“While policy makers have made positive announcements to address the economic malice that has plagued the region in recent times, the underperformance of the residential building sector in 2016 indicates the urgent need for those policy decisions to be implemented without further delay.“In light of the fact that other regions on the east coast have seen record or near record levels of new home building in 2016 the question needs to be asked of the policy makers as to why North Queensland has failed to share in that housing cycle upswing.“It is clear that where that upswing has occurred residential building has generated a huge amount of economic activity and consequent employment.”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 2020Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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 Rate1xFullscreenThe Converted: Boot Factory03:05 Related videos 03:05The Converted: Boot Factory00:43Best converted homes 201704:02The Converted: Butter Factory02:35Dream Home: Hawthorn00:39Average house? Wait till you see the extension!01:33Looks can be deceivingMr Harding said the upside the decline in approval figures was that for those intending to build or to enter the property market, there has never been a better time.“Trades are in ready supply and build times are short meaning mortgage payments during the build period are reduced,” he said.“Prices are competitive and this coupled with the stabilising of land prices as evidenced by this weeks Valuer Generals report mean there has never been a better time to build in North Queensland.“There is better news for builders engaged in the renovation market with activity in Queensland increasing by 11 per cent in 2017-2018 financial year and is forecast to continue in the subsequent year at a still healthy 7 per cent.”last_img read more

Court rejects BT’s bid to change inflation-linked benefits

first_imgTelecoms giant BT cannot change the index it uses to calculate pension increases for certain members of its pension scheme, according to a UK court ruling today.The company was seeking to find out whether it would be able to use the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) instead of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) to calculate inflation-linked annual pension increases. The CPI is typically lower, so being able to use it would have helped the company deal with a large deficit in its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme.According to BT’s annual report for the 12 months to 31 March 2017, the pension scheme had a shortfall of £7.6bn (€8.6bn). However, a funding update issued by the trustees last year put the deficit at nearly £14bn as of 30 June 2016.The company had agreed in principle with the trustee of the BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) to switch its inflation measure to the CPI, but it wanted to check whether this would be deemed compatible with the scheme rules. The High Court today ruled against BT.The company said it was disappointed with the decision.“[W]e will now consider the judgment in detail in order to decide next steps, including the possibility of an appeal,” it added in a statement.According to Slaughter and May, which acted for the BTPS trustees, BT had argued that RPI had “become inappropriate” for the purposes of the relevant scheme rules and that the company could therefore, following consultation with the trustee, switch away from RPI. The trustee said it was in the process of analysing the judgment and would provide a further update once this was done.BTPS is the largest private sector pension scheme in the UK and the 11th largest in Europe, according to IPE’s Top 1000 Pension Funds report.The court ruling comes as BT has just completed a consultation on changes to its main DB and defined contribution (DC) schemes.The company has proposed closing BTPS to future accrual in April, with all members’ contributions moving to the BT Retirement Saving Scheme (BTRSS), the main DC plan. BT would pay additional contributions into the BTRSS for up to 10 years.As an alternative, the company proposed keeping BTPS open on a significantly amended basis, whereby benefits would increase more slowly in future and members would have to contribute more.BT said it was now considering employees’ feedback to the consultation before concluding its review of its pension schemes.Trade union CWU has opposed the proposals. Prospect, another union, said it was in the process of finalising a new pension deal with the company.BT said it was in “constructive discussions” with the BTPS trustee in relation to the triennial valuation, and that it still expected to complete the valuation in the first half of this calendar year.last_img read more

Vahid Halilhodzic: The Future will be Revealed Today

first_imgST Due to the results of the previous matches that Trabzonspor played, the future decision on the staying or leaving Trabzonspor will be critical today. Namely, the last five matches revealed the following results which directly influenced the decision on the Halilhodzic’s staying in the club. To be more precise, Trabzonspor wrote 2 victories, that is 2:1 against Metalist and 1:0 against Legia Warszawa. On the other side, Trabzonspor was defeated by Karabukspor with the result of 3:0. In addition, they wrote down two draws against Kasimpasa and Istanbul Basak.When he started to lead the Trabzonspor, on the official welcome ceremony he said that he would do his best to bring the team into the UEFA Champions League but admitted that the future was hard to predict. However, now all eyes are on the next match which will be decisive for Halilhodzic as well as for the Trabzonspor.The match all are waiting with lot of patience will be played today at 15:00 o’clock against Mersin İdmanyurdu.Vahid Halilhodžić (born 15 October 1952) is a former Bosnian footballer turned manager, currently in charge of Turkish club Trabzonspor.Regarded as one of the best Yugoslav players in the 1970s and 1980s, Halilhodžić had successful playing spells with Velež Mostar, and French clubs Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain before retiring in the mid-1980s. He also appeared for the Yugoslav national team and was part of the squads which won the 1978 European Under-21 Championship before earning 15 full international caps for Yugoslavia.last_img read more