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How raising a puppy is like branding

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “We’ll never get another dog.” Those were the words my wife and I shared after our two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels passed away earlier this year. As you can imagine, that pledge lasted less than four months.After researching, researching and researching some more we are now in possession of a brand new Golden Doodle puppy (named Abbey for “Downton Abbey”). I know: what were we thinking? Sleepless nights, crate training and constant chewing are just a few of the challenges.And when it comes to your credit union or bank’s brand, you may be feeling some challenges as well: sleepless nights, staff training (no, don’t put your employees in a crate) and constant complaining that branding is too big of an initiative to undertake.But as my wife and I remind ourselves daily, we need to take a deep breath and remember the big picture when it comes to raising a puppy. And branding is no different.last_img read more

Chuck Schumer calls Florida’s unemployment system, “‘Uniquely Poor” Orders Probe

first_imgTwo top-ranking Democrats in the U.S. Senate are asking the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate Florida’s CONNECT unemployment website.Many Floridians still have not received a pay out on their unemployment claims.In a letter to the department’s inspector general sent Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, wrote that Florida’s failures stand out even among other states that have struggled to pay their out-of-work residents.“While all states have seen record increases in the number of its residents applying for unemployment,” their letter states, “the state of Florida’s performance has proved uniquely poor in its abject inability to assist millions of Florida residents who have applied for and continue to await unemployment benefits.Accordingly, we ask that you immediately begin an audit and investigation into the Department of Labor’s oversight of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (FLDEO) failure to efficiently process unemployment insurance claims and deliver benefit payments during an economic crisis and the persistent, critical flaws in the state’s unemployment systems. While all states have seen record increases in the number of its residents applying for unemployment, the state of Florida’s performance has proved uniquely poor in its abject inability to assist millions of Florida residents who have applied for and continue to await unemployment benefits”Read the letter here.The letter goes on to read: “Drastic improvements are needed, and it is unclear what steps are being taken immediately to mitigate the possibility of future failures in (Florida’s) unemployment processing system.”The inspector general does not have to honor the senators’ request.Since all the problems with the CONNECT website a virtual “waiting room” has been added to alleviate the frustrations and to service up to 80,000 people at a time rather than 1,000.last_img read more

Despite blocks and rebounding advantage, zone inconsistencies ail SU in 71-57 win over Niagara

first_imgWhen Raheem Solomon corralled a pass and whipped past his defender on the right wing, Bourama Sidibe was the only remaining Syracuse player between Solomon and the basket. Elijah Hughes pivoted to recover, but Solomon’s leg had already left the ground.Sidibe’s right hand latched onto the ball as the Niagara sophomore rose, and turned the shot’s direction away from the rim and into the backboard. The next offensive possession ended with a Sidibe dunk, and he swung his arm for a second afterward. Less than three minutes had passed, but a size advantage had already started to emerge.At that point in the first half – a 10-0 run to open the game – the Orange were in full control.When the first 20 minutes ended, however, a different picture had been painted. Twenty-two points in the paint allowed the Purple Eagles to pull within 13, despite just two 3-pointers. Flaws expected against a taller team emerged for Syracuse against a much smaller one. The Orange (8-5, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) still finished with 11 blocks and out-rebounded the Purple Eagles (2-9) by 13, but never took full advantage of a distinct size gap in their 71-57 win to close nonconference play. With each layup from the block and floater from the paint, the inconsistencies of the 2-3 zone reemerged.“We were supposed to out-rebound them by more — probably 20 or 30,” Quincy Guerrier said. “They were not tall.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs the last nonconference opponent on the Orange’s schedule, the Purple Eagles presented a similar opponent to their last two: North Florida and Oakland. Niagara wouldn’t shoot 3-pointers at a rate like the Ospreys, and it wouldn’t attack the paint like the Golden Grizzles. Instead, it aimed for a combination, one that relied on strings of 3-pointers to start but eventually turned into bunches of layups when shot after shot released from behind the arc rimmed out.“They didn’t shoot well on the 3s in the first half and they tried to go in,” Marek Dolezaj said. “And we just didn’t do a good job.”But when Niagara threatened to pull within single digits in the second half, when point guard Justin Roberts sunk a 3-pointer and clapped his hands twice trimming the deficit to 11, it was a stark difference from when the Orange jumped out to a 22-6 lead less than seven minutes in. The Orange had to treat it like a close game again.Early on, Nick MacDonald launched a 3-pointer from in front of the Syracuse bench that marked the Purple Eagles’ latest search for rhythm behind the arc. His shot bounced out, and MacDonald shook his head down the court. Possessions later, he perched on the wing again and shot two more. Both missed. What started as six-straight Purple Eagle misses from 3 culminated in a 2-for-12 clip by halftime.An 11-for-20 rate inside, though, allowed that deficit to be only 13. Even with the strings of misses and the shorter forwards, Niagara turned chances into successes from the left and right blocks. It found baseline lanes when the elbow ones remained closed. The Orange’s 2-3 zone disrupted the entry passes — specifically on Marek Dolezaj and Bourama Sidibe’s side — but continued to search for success outside the arc.Greg Kuakumensah’s pump fake from the right block brought Sidibe into the air, but Dolezaj stepped forward to smack the ball into the ground. But on the Purple Eagles’ next possession, MacDonald lingered in the corner and cut behind the pair for an uncontested layup.“They were trying to bring us up to the top,” Dolezaj said, “and when they brought us to the top they just dumped it inside.”Earlier in the first half, Sidibe had lunged out into the corner and blocked the shots on closeouts. Denials from Joe Girard III at the top of the zone had avoided any opportunities for Syracuse defenders to get dragged into the paint and open up outside shots.But with under eight minutes remaining, MacDonald stopped in the left corner and drained a 3. Minutes later, Roberts hit a 3 from the wing to pull the Purple Eagles within 11. This time, different lanes had opened up. The lower baseline and blocks had been mitigated, but opportunities from the outside emerged.“We need to get in front and knock around people, because I feel like sometimes when we’re scoring, for example, we knew that at the end of the day we’re going to beat this team…” Sidibe said after the game, trailing off.It took five straight-points from Girard to extinguish the Purple Eagles’ newfound success from behind the arc. A 32.4% shooting clip from the field and 22.2% one from behind the arc were made passable — at least to the point of limiting a potential blowout — with the holes of Syracuse’s defense that that followed it through the opening 13 games.“We have better games, worse games,” Dolezaj said. “It depends.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 28, 2019 at 11:51 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

March Madness 2019: Duke’s Zion Williamson discusses win over UCF, matchup with Tacko Fall

first_img“It’s March Madness. A lot is going through my mind,” Williamson told reporters during a postgame press conference. “I consider (Krzyzewski) the greatest coach of all time. When he looks at you and says ‘you’re made for this moment’ it’s like, the most confidence you can be giving. When I went to the basket, I knew it was going in.”Williamson entered the game shooting 32.1 percent from 3-point range this season. The projected top choice in the 2019 draft, however, hit three of his seven attempts from behind the arc against the Knights.  “I always feel comfortable with my 3-point game,” Williamson said. “My teammates and my coaches are always telling me to shoot a strong shot. And they trust me to shoot. … I was just shooting it with confidence.”Krzyzewski praised both Williamson and Barrett after the game.“They hung in there because just the momentum of the tournament, what’s going on, you can be defeated right there. Instead, they hung in there,” Krzyzewski said. “The will to win of Zion and RJ, you can’t measure it. It’s just there.“Look, we’re a young group, but what they did, right at the end of the game, in willing us to win, was absolutely sensational.Williamson spent parts of the game matched up with UCF big man Tacko Fall. The 7-foot-6-inch center tallied 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks in the losing effort. March Madness 2019: Updated odds to win the NCAA Tournament after Round of 64 March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Duke’s last-second win over UCF Zion Williamson was confident during the final minutes of Duke’s matchup with UCF.The Blue Devils trailed by three with 14 seconds left. But, Williamson converted a layup and fellow freshman RJ Barrett corralled his missed free throw and finished a put back, which gave his team a one-point advantage.center_img Duke eventually pulled out the 77-76 win when a pair of UCF attempts in the closing moments rolled off the rim.A finish for the ages. 😱#MarchMADNESS | @DukeMBB pic.twitter.com/nxpMH3G2Bz— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 24, 2019Williamson said he received encouragement from Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski during a break in the action late in the second half. Related News “He played great,” Williamson said about Fall. “Hats off to him. He played an amazing game. But, I think we just hit some big shots and we were able to get the win.”Williamson is averaging 22.2 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting 69.6 percent from the field in 2018-19.last_img read more

DD LOCAL: VARIETY NIGHT AND OLD TIME DANCE IN ANNAGRY HALL

first_imgJimmy Duffy’s Annagry Community Notes VARIETY NIGHTA Variety Night and Old Time Dance will be held in Annagry Hall on Sunday July 27th starting at 8pm. A host of your local talent will provide the entertainment. An old time dance will follow with music by the ever popular Murphys Law. This will be the first such night in the Hall since it was renovated in recent years. Annagry Hall was a popular dance venue in times past. Proceeds will go to the Hall Fund. COUNTRY MARKETThis month’s Country Market will be held this Saturday July 19th between 11am and 2pm in the Big Hall Annagry. There will be an array of local produce along with the usual range of delights. Don’t miss it for your cards, crafts, vegetables and much more. If you would like to book a stall ring 087 1935066 or email [email protected] BOOK COURSE FOR ADULTSDublin based children’s book author and illustrator Adrienne Geoghegan will facilitate a 5 day course in Annagry Community Hall. This course will be held from Monday July 21st until Friday July 25th from 10am-4pm. Subjects will include “How to write in Pictures, building a story framework, physical structure of a picture book” among many other valuable topics. The course is suitable for adults only. For further information, email Kim at [email protected] To view Ms. Geoghegan’s portfolio visit http://www.adriennegeoghegan.com/site/portfolio/box-art/CARRICKFINN CHURCH DANCEThe Annual Church Dance will be held in Caisleáin Óir on Friday July 11th from 10pm to 1am. Music is by Martin and John and the admission is €5.TABLE QUIZA Table Quiz in aid of Donegal Hospital Patients Comfort Fund will be held in Caisleáin Óir Annagry on Wednesday July 9th at 10pm. Teams of four €20 per table. Thank you for your continued support. LOTTOThe numbers drawn in the Naomh Muire Club Lotto on July 2th were 6-12-20-22. There was no winner of the €1340 jackpot. Cait McFadden Rann na Feirste, Jimmy Sharkey Coilcheim and Nora O’Reilly Rann na Feirste matched 3 numbers. The jackpot on July 9th is €1400. If you’re not in, you can’t win!GAA TRAININGPeil na mBan will hold training session for U10s and U12s Girls on Thursdays from 5.30pm until 6.30pm. The training for U14 and U16 Minors and Ladies will be held between 6.30pm and 7.30pm also on Thursdays. CLOTHES RECYCLINGPeil na mBan Naomh Muire Recycling Drive. It’s that time of year again. Let’s help out our ladies team and get the wardrobes empty of any old clobber. Bag it up and leave it in the clubhouse or we can arrange for someone to collect it. Every kilo of old and unwanted clothes you give the ladies board will go to a reputable recycling company and the money taking in will go directly to ensuring our teams are looked after with proper coaching and gear. Our club need your old clobber!CHAMPIONSHIPThe Ladies Junior Championship between Naomh Mhuire and Glenswilly will be held on Sunday 13th July in Glenswilly at 12pm. The club ladies have a bag packing day on the 12th July in SuperValu Dungloe. They are looking for bag packers, if you can help contact Karen McGarvey 087 1704517 or Shaun Rodgers 087 2330185.CAMPAÍ SAMHRAIDH 2014Beidh trí champa samhraidh a eagrú ag Club Óige Rann na Feirste i Mí Iúil i Áislann Rann na Feirste ón 7ú go dtí an 25ú ó 10r.n go 2i.n. Tá na campaí ag fáil tacaíocht ón Roinn Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta agus Óige na Gaeltachta. 7ú go an 11ú Iuil: 4 bliana go 6 bliana, 14ú go an 18ú Iuil: 7 bliana go 12 bliana agus 21ú go an 25ú Iuil: 4 bliana go 7 bliana. Tá na táillí €40 do dhuine amhain agus €30 do gach duine eile as teaglach amhain. Le clarú cuir scairt ar Club Óige Rann na Feirste ag 086 4627475nó 0879158205.WATER SAFETYIrish Water Safety will carry out both Swimming Lessons and Safety & Rescue training in the Keadue and Cruit Island areas as usual this summer. Dates have been confirmed as follows: Week one begins on Monday July 14th and the second week on Monday August 11th. Children may attend lessons for both weeks or choose the week which suits them best. Swim lessons will be held at the block yard beach in Keadue from 10am each morning and are suitable for children aged from around four years upwards. Registration will take place from 9.30pm on both Monday mornings. Safety and rescue training will take place at the bridge at the entrance of Cruit Island from 1pm, and is suitable for children over twelve years of age who are competent swimmers. Registration will take place at the bridge from 1pm. The cost per child for weekly sessions is €30.CHURCH GATE COLLECTIONThe total amount collected at the annual Church Gate collection in aid of the Donegal Hospice in Annagry on the weekend 5th and 6th of July was €944.The management and staff of Donegal Hospice wish to thank to all who subscribed.WAR COMMEMORATIONThose from the Lower Rosses who died as a result of World Wars will be commemorated at a series of events to be held in Annagry Community Hall. The commemoration will begin on Monday evening August 25th with an ecumenical service followed by the opening of a 5 day exhibition run in conjunction with Donegal County Museum. On Saturday August 30th there will be a unique display of photos, medals, letters etc relating to the local men who fought. In our own parish of Annagry, a heavy price was paid with seventeen men known to have died in the WW1, four in WW2 along with the civilian victims of the Ballymanus Mine in May 1943. In all it is estimated that several hundred persons from this Parish were caught up in the upheaval in some way or another. If you have material that you would like to display contact 087 1935066 or email [email protected] Personal memorabilia will be display for only one day in a secure environment.DD LOCAL: VARIETY NIGHT AND OLD TIME DANCE IN ANNAGRY HALL was last modified: July 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Jimmy Duffy’s Annagry Community Noteslast_img read more