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Next Generation Store Locator Maps Now Available

first_imgNext Generation Store Locator Maps Now AvailableHelp Prospective Customers Find Retail Sites EasilyNovember 16, 2004Maponics, LLC (www.maponics.com(link is external)), experts in mapping services for marketing professionals, announced today the release of its Next Generation Store Locator Maps. Retailers with hundreds or thousands of different locations are looking for the ability to direct customers and prospects to the nearest store. High quality maps improve the visual impact of marketing pieces and help consumers feel comfortable they will be able to find the site being advertised. Maponics Next Generation Store Locator Maps, typically measuring between 2-inches and 4-inches square, are designed for use in high-volume printed customer communication vehicles, such as brochures, postcards, sale announcements, and welcome-to-the-neighborhood mailings.Until now, achieving the right density of street detail and labeling has been problematic for companies needing large volumes of print-ready maps covering multiple unique locations. Although small quantities of store locator maps can be created by businesses in-house, using graphic design software for mapping is simply inefficient for volumes above a few dozen. Off-the-shelf mapping software may help with the speed, but at the expense of quality. Even companies that rely on mapping service bureaus to mass-produce these graphics at a significant discount, have often had to accept mediocre quality.Maponics has long been a leader in the automated production of large volumes of store locator maps. This month, Maponics has further revolutionized this service by integrating the best street data available in the U.S. These Next Generation maps are more accurate and have the look-and-feel retailers desire. Enhanced attention to design has resulted in optimal text placement, easy-to-read labels and smooth, easy to follow streets.To see Maponics Next Generation Store Locator Maps, visit http://www.maponics.com/Site_Locator_Maps/site_locator_maps.html(link is external). Or call 800-762-5158 and talk to one of our customer service representatives. Well help you determine how Maponics products can best serve your marketing needs.About MaponicsMaponics provides custom geographic targeting and mapping to the direct mail and advertising industries. Maponics is committed to serving businesses in a knowledgeable, fast and affordable manner, allowing its clients to concentrate on their core focus. The company is located in Norwich, VT and can be reached at 1-800-762-5158.last_img read more

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Colombian National Navy Getting New Coastal Patrol Boat

first_img A highlight of the vessel’s characteristics is a deployable ramp at the stern, enabling the rapid launch of a small boat in support of operations in the fight against drug trafficking, saving human lives at sea, and protecting the environment. At the prow, the vessel will have a naval gun for surface fire support. The National Navy has seven coastal patrol boats, three of them in the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Naval Force and the other four in the jurisdiction of the Pacific Naval Force, with the “ARC 11 de Noviembre” being the first of the CPV 40 class. In a voyage that will last forty-two days, the “ARC 11 de Noviembre” will visit the ports of Lisbon in Portugal, Mindelo in Cape Verde, Fortaleza and Belem in Brazil, and Bridgetown in Barbados, before arriving at the Colombian port of Cartagena de Indias. The chief mission of this unit, which is expected to arrive in a Colombian port on 20 June, will be to carry out maritime interdiction operations and guarantee adequate coverage of the Caribbean coastline and the island area of the Department of San Andrés, including Providencia Island, Santa Catalina Island, and the other islands that make up the San Andrés Archipelago. By Dialogo May 12, 2011 The ARC 11 de Noviembre, the National Navy’s new coastal patrol boat, which will reinforce maritime interdiction and search-and-rescue operations in the Colombian Caribbean, has left the port of Berne, Germany. center_img This is the National Navy’s first patrol boat of the CPV (Coastal Patrol Vessel) 40 class, with a length of 40 meters, a beam of 7.56 meters, a displacement of 245 tons, and a range of two thousand nautical miles and fifteen days sailing, with twenty-four men on board. The machine room, for its part, has a control system operated from the bridge, enabling greater control of the equipment. The naming ceremony for the “ARC 11 de Noviembre”, which will carry the number 145 on its hull, will be held as part of the celebration of the National Navy’s 188th anniversary, to be commemorated on 24 July. Construction began in Germany approximately a year ago on this coastal patrol boat, which will be named the “ARC 11 de Noviembre” in honor of the date on which independence was proclaimed in the city of Cartagena, 11 November. last_img read more

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Coronavirus: Trump declares national emergency; Congress, agencies work to provide relief

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » President Donald Trump Friday declared a national emergency in the wake of the coronavirus. Doing so opens up $50 billion of funding for states and U.S. territories to address the virus, waives several restrictions on hospitals, and more. In addition, Congress continues to work to reach an agreement on emergency funding and the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced disaster relief lending.NAFCU is maintaining close communication with the Trump administration, Congress, and regulators to ensure they are aware of what credit unions are doing to support members during the outbreak and of how they can provide regulatory relief to the industry.Trump said by declaring the national emergency, the goal is to stop the spread of the coronavirus and help Americans that have been infected by the virus or impacted by it.In Congress, the House postponed its recess that was set to begin Friday to reach a deal on emergency funding to address paid sick leave, free coronavirus testing, food assistance, unemployment insurance, and more. The Senate was also set to leave for recess but is staying through the week to finalize an emergency package.last_img read more

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Mentor outside your race

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Hernandez Anthony Hernandez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC).  He joined DCUC as its Chief Operating Officer in August 2016 and was selected … Web: www.dcuc.org Details This is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data…center_img Earlier this month, I was invited to join a panel of Hispanic credit union professionals to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. It was an honor to join these other accomplished individuals and discuss our professional journeys and the obstacles we each overcame while pursuing our careers. I found the questions illuminating, as they highlighted the role of language, culture, and community in advancing to the next level. Yet, there was one question that stood out for me, the question on the importance of mentors and providing mentorship. Mentoring and mentorship were important parts of my 25-year career in the United States Air Force.There is no way I could have advanced and been promoted to the rank of full Colonel without a string of mentors guiding me. This is particularly true since I was not raised in a military family and was the first in my family to earn an officer’s commission. Moreover, given the small number of Hispanic officers, particularly at the flag and general officer rank, access to mentors should have been seemingly impossible. Yet, I enjoyed and benefitted from a steady stream of mentors who established and maintained a military tradition that serves our nation well—ensuring that mentorship happens outside of one’s race, gender, and cultural background.I learned a great deal from each of my many mentors. In fact, I mentioned a few of them during my discussion on The CUInsight Experience Podcast last February. Yet, very few of my mentors were Hispanic, meaning I learned to appreciate different perspectives, multiple approaches to problem solving, and even how to apply lessons learned in addition to being exposed to a variety of cultural experiences.In terms of giving back, we were instructed to mentor subordinates outside of our race, gender and culture. This principle was reinforced in all professional military education starting at the company grade level and culminating at the war colleges—from which our nation’s senior officers are selected. Why? Because the military in general must share a common bond backed by a strong sense of duty, honor and service that is forged during basic training. Given the mission, individuality RANKS BELOW team cohesion, getting the job done, taking care of one another, and winning our nation’s wars.I am very proud of those whom I mentored throughout my career, many who are now outpacing my own success.  I guarantee the vast majority of these individuals are different from my culture and background. Plus, if you have ever heard me describe the “grocery store” approach to mentorship, a framework for this kind of mentorship can be established. I see the same opportunity for mentorship throughout our credit union system.Just like our military, our member-owners, staff, and executives represent all walks of life from our great nation—this is very powerful. Just like our military, we have an essential mission to fulfill. And just like our military, we must focus on what unites us in order to overcome the many challenges we see in our streets, markets and politics.So, what can you do? It is simple—focus on being a mentor outside your own background, especially those that are underrepresented in our industry.  Keep an open door, listen to all points of view, and be patient.Once again, I hope you found something you needed from my Leadership Store. “Take what you need and leave the rest on the shelf”—but always share what you have learned.last_img read more

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It’s insulting to wish Happy Memorial Day

first_imgOn Memorial Day, President Donald Trump’s message to the country was: “Happy Memorial Day.” Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Shame on him. For the many, many families who have lost a loved one while serving our country, there’s never a “Happy Memorial Day.”For the brave men and women serving our country, and who may have lost a friend in combat, there’s never a “Happy Memorial Day.”For the women and children of the brave men and women serving our country, at home missing their husbands and fathers, there’s never a “Happy Memorial Day.”The only one who had a “Happy Memorial Day’ was Donald Trump, who seized the opportunity to compliment himself on his so-called accomplishments, Shame, Shame.Dolores Van DettaMechanicvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…last_img read more

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Coronavirus traces found in March 2019 sewage sample, Spanish study shows

first_imgSpanish virologists have found traces of the novel coronavirus in a sample of Barcelona waste water collected in March 2019, nine months before the COVID-19 disease was identified in China, the University of Barcelona said on Friday.The discovery of virus genome presence so early in Spain, if confirmed, would imply the disease may have appeared much earlier than the scientific community thought.The University of Barcelona team, who had been testing waste water since mid-April this year to identify potential new outbreaks, decided to also run tests on older samples. They first found the virus was present in Barcelona on Jan. 15, 2020, 41 days before the first case was officially reported there.Then they ran tests on samples taken between January 2018 and December 2019 and found the presence of the virus genome in one of them, collected on March 12, 2019.“The levels of SARS-CoV-2 were low but were positive,” research leader Albert Bosch was quoted as saying by the university.The research has been submitted for a peer review. Dr Joan Ramon Villalbi of the Spanish Society for Public Health and Sanitary Administration told Reuters it was still early to draw definitive conclusions.“When it’s just one result, you always want more data, more studies, more samples to confirm it and rule out a laboratory error or a methodological problem,” he said.There was the potential for a false positive due to the virus’ similarities with other respiratory infections.“But it’s definitely interesting, it’s suggestive,” Villalbi said.Bosch, who is president of the Spanish Society of Virologists, said that an early detection even in January could have improved the response to the pandemic. Instead, patients were probably misdiagnosed with common flu, contributing to community transmission before measures were taken.Prof. Gertjan Medema of the KWR Water Research Institute in the Netherlands, whose team began using a coronavirus test on waste water in February, suggested the Barcelona group needs to repeat the tests to confirm it is really the SARS-CoV-2 virus.Spain has recorded more than 28,000 confirmed deaths and nearly 250,000 cases of the virus so far.Topics :last_img read more

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DONG Energy and NaiKun Form Offshore Wind Pact in Canada

first_imgDONG Energy and NaiKun Wind Energy Group have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) which gives DONG Energy the exclusive rights to negotiate a joint development agreement for the Haida Energy Field Offshore Wind Project in British Columbia and explore the potential for establishing a long-term partnership with Naikun Wind Energy Group.Located in Hecate Strait, between Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert on the British Columbia mainland, the Haida Energy Field location has some of the strongest, most-consistent winds in the world and comprises of a 550-square kilometer area, DONG Energy said.The project would feature bottom-fixed structures due to the shallow water at the project location.DONG Energy, based in Denmark with its North American headquarters in Boston, owns and operates 22 offshore wind farms in Europe.The Haida Energy Field could significantly contribute to meeting British Columbia’s future energy needs. Offshore wind is a key part of the global shift to increase the use of renewable energy and this project could help to propel British Columbia and Canada into the new energy economy, DONG Energy said.“This agreement effectively connects the largest offshore wind developer in the world with a project that offers one of the strongest, most-consistent wind resources in the world,” said Michael O’Connor, President and CEO of Naikun.“Offshore wind is a reliable home-grown energy source and we are excited to explore the Canadian market,” said Thomas Brostrøm, President for DONG Energy Wind Power North America. “We see this opportunity as a first step to bringing offshore wind power to Canada in what could become a strategic partnership with the nation’s front-runner project.”last_img read more

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Spain closes ‘protesters’ website

first_imgThe attention has focused onDemocratic Tsunami, a new group which emerged last month and quickly gained ahuge social media following. Its main action was a massive protest at Barcelonaairport on Monday, which caused dozens of flight cancellations. The group immediately moved itshomepage to a new address. It was not clear if the court would try to closethat, too. The group has not said who runs it,prompting a probe by Spanish authorities.(Reuters) MADRID – A Spanish judge ordered theclosure of a Catalan protest group’s website on Friday as authorities tried tofind out who was behind the violent street demonstrations.center_img The sentencing on Monday of theCatalan separatist leaders to jail set the worst street violence in Spain indecades.  Police officers clash with Catalan demonstrators during Catalonia’s general strike in Barcelona, Spain on Oct. 18. REUTERS/JON NAZCA/FILE PHOTO last_img read more

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Rooney goals deny Spurs victory

first_img The team also responded well, pressing high up the field to keep United in their own half. Lennon was particularly impressive. The winger, chosen ahead of Andros Townsend, turned Patrice Evra inside the box, but he could only muster a weak shot with his left foot. Spurs continued to pile the pressure on and they got their reward 18 minutes in. Jonny Evans tripped Paulinho on the edge of the box. Walker drilled a low shot towards goal, the four men in United’s wall jumped en masse and De Gea watched the ball roll into the back of his net. Villas-Boas flung his arms in the air and 33,000 jubilant Spurs fans rocked the stadium. Spurs could have been 3-0 up within minutes had they had a bit of luck. Michael Dawson’s volley was cleared off the line by Rooney. Soldado then went down under pressure in the box, but no penalty was given. Villas-Boas was unhappy with the decision and moments later he stormed over to the fourth official after Spurs were denied a penalty for a handball shout inside the United box. Soldado kicked an advertising board in frustration after ploughing a shot into the crowd. Soldado then turned provider, playing in Lennon, but again he was forced onto his weaker foot and De Gea saved. United could barely get into the game, but they were gifted a way back into the match thanks to a mistake from Tottenham’s opening goalscorer. Walker, caught in two minds, tapped Phil Jones’ cross into Rooney’s path and he stabbed the ball past Hugo Lloris. Spurs looked for an instant reply, but they came within an inch of going behind when Rooney lunged at Jones’ wayward shot and almost diverted it past Lloris. Mousa Dembele nipped the ball through Jones’ legs and sent Lennon rampaging forward before he went down under pressure from Patrice Evra. Again, the referee waved play on. The game fell a little flat after the break, but Sandro had the stadium rocking again after 53 minutes with a superb swerving shot that flew past a dumbstruck De Gea from 25 yards. The lead lasted just three minutes though, and again Walker was partly to blame for the goal. The full-back raced up the pitch to challenge for the ball deep inside the United half. United won the ball back and galloped forward. With Spurs one man down at the back, the defence looked vulnerable. Lloris raced out to challenge Danny Welbeck, but he mistimed the dive and referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot. Lloris received a yellow card and Rooney hammered the spot-kick straight down the middle to equalise. Villas-Boas made a surprising change, bringing Townsend on for Lennon. A few Tottenham fans booed the move and there were also a murmurings of discontent when Jermain Defoe replaced Soldado. Townsend’s electric pace gave Spurs an added dimension on the counter, but he was not quite quick enough to Walker’s cross when Spurs hit United on a counter. Another penalty appeal was turned down in the dying seconds for Spurs and they had to settle for a draw, which was greeted by applause from their fans and club chairman Daniel Levy. Wayne Rooney scored twice to deny Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham a morale-boosting win over Manchester United at White Hart Lane. Kyle Walker scored a free-kick to put the hosts ahead in the first half, but the England right-back haplessly set up Rooney for Manchester United’s equaliser on the half hour. Villas-Boas thought he had gained a much-needed win when Sandro’s 25-yard screamer sailed past David De Gea, but Rooney scored a crucial penalty to make it 2-2. Villas-Boas, whose future has come under scrutiny recently, asked his players for a response to their 6-0 defeat to Manchester City last week and he got it. Spurs put on a far better display. Their passing was slick, their tempo high and had at least one of their many penalty shouts been given, then they would have claimed all three points. There were chants of “AVB’s blue and White Army” from the Tottenham faithful throughout the game, and the home fans applauded, rather than booed, their team off at the end. Aaron Lennon performed superbly, Paulinho drove the midfield with his tireless energy, and even Roberto Soldado put in a good performance up front. United were not at their best, but so long as they have Rooney in their team, they will always be capable of comebacks like this. The faces in the dugout may have changed, but the Red Devils still have a knack of grinding out results in difficult fixtures. Watched by England boss Roy Hodgson, Rooney’s brace moved him above Robbie Fowler to become the fifth-highest Premier League scorer of all time. Villas-Boas urged Spurs fans to get behind the team in his programme notes and they responded, creating a booming atmosphere inside White Hart Lane. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Scudamore position under pressure

first_img Rani Abraham, who worked as a temporary personal assistant for Scudamore, told the Sunday Mirror: “This is not the sort of thing that goes on in offices these days.” A Premier League statement said: “We do not recognise this characterisation of the working environment at the Premier League, nor do we believe that it can be supported by the facts. “The chief executive has already apologised for any offence caused and a proper review of all the evidence is now under way within the Premier League’s established and rigorous procedures. “This process is not yet concluded and it is therefore not possible to offer comments in detail at this stage. However, we will make a further statement in due course. “The Premier League continues to be fully committed to treating all staff fairly and on merit, regardless of gender.” The emails referred to women in derogatory terms, contained sexual innuendos, and made jokes about “female irrationality”. The Football Association’s independent board member Heather Rabbatts, who will chair a meeting of its inclusion advisory board to discuss the case on Tuesday, has also issued a statement saying Scudamore should consider his position in light of “growing evidence of a closed culture of sexism” at the Premier League. Abraham said she felt she had a duty to speak out about the contents of emails between her boss and his lawyer friend. Press Association Scudamore has been under fire for the past week following the publication of sexist emails sent from his Premier League account. The Premier League was on Sunday forced to defend its working environment after the woman who blew the whistle on Scudamore said she was “humiliated, belittled and disgusted” when reading the messages. “Mr Scudamore has a huge amount of influence and is paid a vast sum of money and has behaved wrongly,” she said. “Having witnessed that I felt I had a duty to speak out. If I didn’t then I’d somehow be condoning his behaviour – just like the other people who saw those messages. “Despite what some people have said since the Sunday Mirror printed the story last week, this is not the sort of thing that goes on in offices these days. “And for those people who’ve attacked me for saying they were just ‘jokes’ I wonder how they would feel if their wife or girlfriend or daughter had to read messages like that. “And how would they feel if those messages were written about their wife or girlfriend or daughter?” Since the story broke a week ago, a number of England women internationals have expressed their outrage at the emails, and FA chairman Greg Dyke called them “totally inappropriate”. Moya Dodd, a former player and now vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation, told Five Live’s Sportsweek programme the emails were part of a wider problem in football. “I was surprised and disappointed to hear of the existence of those emails and that disappointment is shared by many women in the football world,” she said. “If we spent our energy getting outraged every time somebody sent a sexist email we’d all be exhausted. “There is a level of outrage, but also a level of resignation that this can exist unchallenged in the world. “It’s something that inhibits the development of women in football. “We’ve heard of casual racism and I think there’s a lot of casual sexism in the game.” Sponsor Barclays has expressed also its disappointment to the league, which has raised the stakes ahead of Monday’s meeting of the league’s audit and remuneration committee, chaired by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck. Buck is a friend and shooting partner of Scudamore’s, but the committee only has the power to make a recommendation and consists of four members, the others being Manchester United director David Gill, Stoke chairman Peter Coates and Premier League referees’ chairman John Williams. Richard Scudamore’s position as chief executive of the Premier League remains under acute pressure as the league’s audit and remuneration committee prepares to meet on Monday. last_img read more

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