Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family will join thousands of people to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War today as part of the traditional National Service of Remembrance.A two-minute silence will be held at 11am and wreaths will be laid at the Cenotaph to commemorate the servicemen and women killed in all conflicts from the First World War onwards.His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will lay a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and an Equerry will lay on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh. The Prime Minister will also attend the service along with other members of the Cabinet, former Prime Ministers and 765 Armed Forces personnel.Accompanying The Prince of Wales will be members of the Royal Family including The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal, and The Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent. The Queen will view the service from the balcony of the nearby Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as will The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duchess of Sussex, The Countess of Wessex and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.This year the event will take on an additional poignancy as the nation marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice which ended the war on the Western Front at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.Federal German President His Excellency Frank-Walter Steinmeier will also lay a wreath on behalf of the German people. It is the first time since the Cenotaph was inaugurated in 1920 that a representative of Germany will take part in the National Service of Remembrance and his attendance symbolises the peace and friendship that exists between our two countries today.At 12:30pm after the wreath laying and the traditional Royal British Legion’s Veterans Parade, bells will begin to ring out across the country and internationally. This will echo the spontaneous outpouring of celebration on 11 November 1918 when news spread of the Armistice.10,000 people will then process past the Cenotaph in ‘A Nation’s Thank You – The People’s Procession’ to pay tribute to the brave men and women who fought in the First World War.The day will conclude with a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey which will give thanks for peace and the return of the many servicemen who came back to their families.Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: On the centenary of the Armistice, we will come together as a nation to stand in silence and honour the fallen of all conflicts. Over the past four years we have told the story of the First World War and the unique generation who served so bravely and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Today, we will also give thanks for all those that returned and the peace they fought so hard for. Visit the Armistice 100 website To be at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday is a privilege and provides us with the opportunity for reflection along with millions of people in countries that continue to be strong allies. The First World War touched communities across the globe and I commend all those who have helped us remember the First World War generation. We will never forget them or the sacrifice of thousands of British and Commonwealth troops who have given their lives in other conflicts. 10,000 people will process past the Cenotaph in ‘A Nation’s Thank You – The People’s Procession’ in honour of those who fought in the First World War The ringing of bells will recreate moments of celebration 100 years ago
Northern retailer Booths has reported a 9.1% increase in volume sales of bakery items for the four months in the run-up to Christmas.Bakery value sales, meanwhile, only rose 0.3% for 1 September to 31 December 2019 versus the same period in 2018. This, said Booths bakery buyer Keith Parkinson, was a result of the retailer reformulating its offer to hit better price points, in particular across its bite and stollen ranges.Shareable formats, such as bites and bars, were a strong focus for Booths over the festive period, with NPD including Belgian Chocolate Brownie and Blondie Christmas Trees (pictured above), Raspberry Cheesecake Bites, Gingerbread Crumble Slices and Marshmallow Milkshake Bites introduced.Mince pies also performed well over the Christmas period with one million Bells of Lazonby mince pies sold and 122% volume growth reported for gluten-free versions.This was partially aided by Booths’ relationship with Amazon, with three times the amount of mince pies sold via the online retailer in 2019 versus the previous year.Booths’ own-label party food and bakery lines also performed well in the business-to-business (wholesale) market. Overall business-to-business sales were up by over 50%.This was against a backdrop of good sales for Booths over the key Christmas and New Year period, with a 3.5% sales increase over the key three-week trading period to 5 January.“Booths performed very well this Christmas,” said chairman and CEO Edwin Booth. “Customers have confidence in our commitment to deliver excellent service and exceptional food and drink. At a time when customers shop at several retailers for Christmas, including discounters, they trust Booths for the centrepiece and all the trimmings.”
Today’s festival scene is oftentimes saturated with sameness. If you only enjoy live music and camping under the stars, then this formula is a recipe for success ad infinitum. Like many of the friendly faces attending this year’s MAYfest, however, I often find myself in search of more – more variety, more meaningful connections, and a more holistic experience of forming a temporary community of like-minded folk. If you too share this desire, consider attending MAYfest over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.Held May 26th-28th at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, NY, MAYfest – both an acronym of music, arts, and yoga as well as a pun for the timing of this annual gathering – is a truly unique and immersive experience. Designed to blur the lines between music, community, art, yoga, creative expression, and a shared sense of self, MAYfest is as unique a festive jamboree as they come.The musical lineup is equally as diverse: with headliners Rusted Root, Ozomatli, and Dar Williams, there is no shortage of variety. Other featured musicians and bands include DJ Drez, Dustin Thomas, Will Evans with Rising Tide, The Garcia Project, Upstate Rubdown, Hayley Jane and the Primates, Srikala, The Breakneck Boys, and more!For the painters, photographers, sculptors, and dreamers among us, MAYfest has partnered with the Garrison Art Center to once again provide an endless array of opportunities for self-expression throughout the entire weekend. Professional artists-in-residence include: Jaanika Peerna, Christina DiMarco, and Robert Sturman, to name just a few.Tying the entire weekend together through flow, relaxation, and breath, MAYfest will also feature an extensive array of interactive classes and workshops exploring a variety of yogic styles for participants at all levels. Each and every program will be taught by some of the region’s absolute best yogis: Elena Brower, Sadie Nardini, Amy Pearce-Hayden, Jessica Bellofatto, and many others from the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions.MAYfest is also deeply family focused, offering fun workshops for children and their parents throughout the weekend. In the spirit of inclusion and service, MAYfest is also partnering with the Veterans Yoga Project (VYP), a non-profit organization that works to bring the healing powers of yoga to our veterans and their families. A nationwide Memorial Day campaign to honor fallen troops will culminate on Sunday afternoon during VYP’s Introduction to Mindful Resilience Yoga. And for anyone who has served in the US armed forces, MAYfest is proud to offer a 20% discount.From the folks who brought you the immensely popular Catskill Chill Music Festival, MAYfest is sure to offer you and your family a warm and friendly weekend gathering for community-minded folks in search of programming variety in an inclusive environment. Tickets are currently available for the entire weekend, with additional options for single-class tickets and day passes. Discount tickets are available for children under 12, while children under 5 are admitted free with an adult.
In a change that pleased many Notre Dame seniors, Rev. Ray Hammond will deliver the 169th Commencement address instead of Lord Christopher Patten, the chancellor of the University of Oxford and chair of the BBC Trust, the University announced in a press release May 1. Hammond, a Philadelphia native, founded Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston. He entered Harvard College at age 15, graduated with a bachelor’s degree at 19 and earned his medical degree at 23, according to the press release.Senior Lucy Smith said she thought Hammond would be a better speaker than Patten would have been.“Originally the speaker, Christopher Patten, sounded cool but entirely not relatable to a good portion of our student body,” Smith said. “He was a wealthy, Catholic, British man who had a sparkly resume of success and power, but was also very old and past his prime. “When the news came out, no one really cared. However, when they announced the new speaker, Ray Hammond, there was a shift in campus-wide support.”Smith said Hammond’s experience using his “brilliance” to graduate at a young age from Harvard and serving his community through hands-on work would allow him to speak about issues relevant and significant to the graduating class.“He has done work with the people of Boston to end gang violence,” she said. “That’s pretty darn cool, and applicable to many people in our class. “While Lord Patten is accomplished, Reverend Hammond is doing the work of God in the streets. He actively goes into the streets and tries to help people in need, people who are avoided by most. “He recognizes the importance of the dignity of each human person, and I think our class could use and would love to hear and be inspired by that sort of spirit before we go out into the real world. While he might not be the premier Catholic man in England, Rev. Hammond is spreading the love of God through action to those who need it. That is the sort of message I want to hear.”Senior Ben Finan said Patten spoke two years ago in Geddes Hall about Oxford and his time as the last British governor of Hong Kong. Finan said he regretted Patten could not attend but looked forward to hearing Hammond speak.“Although I am sad to see Lord Patten fall ill and become unable to make it after I heard him speak two years ago, Ray Hammond seems to be a fantastic replacement,” Finan said. “As an incredibly accomplished man—both a medical doctor and a preacher, he is an inspiration to our rising generation. “I hope that Rev. Dr. Hammond will discuss what drove him to such revolutionary ideals, as well as offering some level of advice on what remains to be accomplished.”Senior Antoinette Pusateri, a biology and theology double major, said Hammond’s experience between medicine and faith-based ministry particularly interested her.“As a doctor-to-be myself, I am excited to hear Dr. Hammond speak of how his medical career, but moreover, his Christian faith, informs the way he lives his life,” she said. “But surely his advice will transcend all majors, and remind us of our mission as Notre Dame alumni to heal, unify, and enlighten the world around us according to our abilities.”The University announced in March that Hammond will receive an honorary degree in humane letters at this year’s Commencement ceremony. Patten canceled his speech at Notre Dame, as well as several other engagements, for health reasons, vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne told The Observer. “We are disappointed that Lord Patten will be unable to join us and will keep him in our prayers,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the press release. “At the same time, we are delighted and grateful that Rev. Ray Hammond has accepted our invitation to address the class of 2014.“His life’s story and work are an inspiration, and I know he will provide our graduates with a powerful address.”Browne said Jenkins’ personal interactions with Hammond played a role in the decision.“Fr. John had met [Hammond] personally and was impressed with his spiritual demeanor as well as his life’s accomplishments and thought he would deliver a powerful message to the students,” Browne said.Hammond worked as a doctor before turning to ministry in 1976 and earned a Master of Arts degree in the Study of Religion (Christian and Medical Ethics) at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1982, the release said.Hammond served as the former chair of the Boston Foundation and founder and chairman of the Ten Point Coalition, which the release described as “an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders behind Boston’s successful efforts to quell gang violence in the 1990s.”He also has served as executive director of Bethel’s Generation Excel program, executive committee member of the Black Ministerial Alliance, chair of the Boston Opportunity Agenda and a member of the Strategy Team for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, the release said. Beyond that, he is a trustee of the Yawkey Foundation, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Math and Technology Charter High School.Tags: 2014 Commencement, Christopher Patten, Commencement Speaker, Ray Hammond, speaker
Do you know someone who continuously steps forward to help advance and strengthen our Vermont communities? Your ideal civic leader could be the next person to be honored with the statewide Vermont Chamber Citizen of the Year Award.Presented annually for nearly four decades, the Citizen of the Year award is given to a person who: 1) Has made major contributions to the betterment of Vermont; 2) Has distinguished himself or herself through outstanding service to the community; and 3) Typifies the true spirit of service and self-sacrifice in representing the finest ideal of Vermont Citizenship.The 2003 Citizen of the Year will be honored with a special recognition banquet in the fall. The application includes a nomination form, a brief biographical sketch of the nominee, and supporting testimonials. A Selection Committee comprised of Vermont Chamber Board Members and past award winners will select the winner.Last year’s Vermont Chamber Citizen of the Year was The Honorable Barbara W. Snelling. Other past winners include Judge Sterry Waterman (1983), Martha H. O’Connor (1994), Sister Elizabeth Candon (1985), Governor Thomas P. Salmon (1996), Francis G.W. Voigt (2000), and Diane P. Mueller (2001).Please contact Vicky Tebbetts, Vermont Chamber Vice President of Communications, with any questions or to receive a nomination form. ([email protected](link sends e-mail), 802-223-3443 ext 123). The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2003.
Companies enrolled in the VOSHA Green Mountain Voluntary Protection Programs (GMVPP) have, once again, performed at a higher level than the national average of their peers in the area of reportable jobsite injuries and illnesses, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry and case types, 2008.In the latest 2008 BLS report, two important performance measures are tracked and compared to the North American Industrial Classification Code System (NAICS) for each industry type. The first is the industry Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR). This rate is a reflection of the worksite s total recordable cases in a calendar year. The second is the Days Away Restricted and/or Transferred rate (DART). This rate reflects the number of recordable cases in a calendar year that result in an employee missing time from work or having to perform duties which are not their normal jobsite duties due to the injury or illness. These rates are reflected in a percentage per 1000 employees in a particular NAICS industry type.For the 2009 calendar year all of the employers recognized by the GMVPP have outperformed the latest injury and illness statistics. The following are the performance numbers listed as a percentage below the related BLS average for their respective industries.Ben and Jerry s Homemade, Saint Albans Manufacturing FacilityTCIR 64% DART 52%United Water NACO, Saint Johnsbury Waste Water Treatment FacilityTCIR 100%, No recordable cases DART 100%, No recordable casesEnergizer Battery, Bennington Manufacturing FacilityTCIR 61% DART 88%Energizer Battery, Saint Albans Manufacturing FacilityTCIR 30% DART 16%G.E. Aviation, Rutland ManufacturingTCIR 31% DART 42%IBM, Essex JunctionTCIR 31% DART 17%Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, VernonTCIR 60% DART 100%, No recordable casesVermont Agency of Transportation, District 7, Saint JohnsburyTCIR 58% DART 100%, No recordable casesThe GMVPP is a VOSHA partnership program that recognizes worksites with exemplary safety and health management systems in place. Those systems are based on four core values: 1) Management Commitment and Employee Involvement; 2) Worksite Hazard Assessment; 3) Hazard Prevention and Control; and 4) Employee Safety and Health Training.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions can expect continued exposure to cyber attacks.by: Jay McLaughlinLast year will be remembered as the year that left its mark on the state of computer security across the industry.From massive retail data breaches to cyber attacks waged by nation states against organizations, the widespread impacts led to unprecedented repercussions such as brand damage, increased audit scrutiny, and loss of market share.We witnessed a barrage of new malware variants and revamped sophisticated banking Trojans with even more capabilities.And how could we possibly forget the creative names bestowed upon the high-profile vulnerabilities disclosed: “Heartbleed,” “Shellshock,” and “Poodle” (you could cleverly add “oh my”).So what does 2015 have in store? Not surprisingly, we should probably hedge our bets toward more of the same.Protecting your membersThink credit unions and other community financial institutions aren’t in the cross-hairs? Think again.Account takeover fraud continued to rise in 2014, topping the $6 billion mark.Skilled fraudsters will continue to focus their attention on high-value targets—and no financial institution should think it’s excluded. continue reading »
This week, attendees of the most transformative THINK conference ever are heading back to the office. What actionable steps to digital transformation explored in New York City at THINK 17 will these credit union leaders, inspired by engaging speakers, exclusive research and their own peers, begin to put into practice?Digital is not just a technology. It’s a shift in mindset. That was the storyline of this year’s event. The digital mindset requires an entirely new way of thinking and working. Yet, as we learned through video case studies from The Scott’s Company, Broadway HD and Reebok, legacy companies can get there.According to exclusive research gathered exclusively for THINK 17 attendees, credit union executives believe in digital transformation and are pushing hard for it. Yet, more than half of those polled also believe they are in an inferior position as compared to purely digital brands like Venmo and SoFi. Changing that position, however, has to come from all levels of the organization, said experts from Google, Disney and the NFL. Each shared that the “how” of digital transformation is an enterprise-wide initiative. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » Have you ever sat down at your desk and thought about your marketing strategies? Is your credit union still relying that someone will drive past, see your sign, and just decide they want to come in and bank with you?You know your marketing strategy can use a revamp, but where do you start? The first steps might feel daunting, but don’t get discouraged! It’s actually pretty easy to incorporate new marketing techniques into your overall strategy.A New Credit Union Marketing StrategyYou may have heard about content marketing. In the world of marketing and advertisement, it’s still pretty new. After all, it’s a direct result of the internet (and how people behave on it).Content marketing is a type of marketing that relies on the creation and sharing of online media, such as blogs or articles, videos, infographics, or even social media posts. Content marketing doesn’t necessarily promote any products or brands, but it does increase interest in the company’s offerings. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When you make an effort to treat your bank customers or credit union members well, they’ll return the favor. In fact, 73% of consumers say high-quality customer experience is key to whether or not they’ll stay loyal to a company.What’s more, companies that provide a superior customer experience outperform their competitors by nearly 80%.So how can you tap into this powerful — and critical — aspect of your banking business?Here are three key components of building a world-class customer experience management strategy.Focus on the human at the other end of the interaction It’s important to remember the customer experience stretches beyond direct interactions between your employees and members. It’s about the entire journey, which could include dozens or even hundreds of touch points.