Special Weather Statement: Tornado Watch

first_imgA tornado watch has been issued by the National Weather Service through 7 p.m. Monday.Cape May County is among the areas in New Jersey under the tornado watch, according to the weather alert.Dangerous wind gusts up to 70 mph are beginning to occur across Delaware and Maryland. Strong winds will continue to move northward through the day and could result in power outages, the National Weather Service says.A first round of showers and storms will be followed by a lull in the precipitation, but damaging winds are expected to continue. Another bout of showers and thunderstorms is expected from midday through the afternoon.For the latest forecast, visit www.weather.gov/phi.last_img read more

Mentoring: Be the sensei!

first_imgVision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Details 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     There is a growing need to develop new leadership in the CU world. Experienced leaders are preparing for retirement. CUs are growing.Now is the time to prepare the next generation to step in. However, one of the greatest concerns we hear at our workshops is that it’s getting more and more difficult to keep young talent engaged and on board.There is plenty of advice on how to recruit new leaders. Let’s focus on how to keep them once you’ve got them!Before we dig in, let’s do a little myth busting. There is still a strong bias that says Millennials are just not as loyal or focused as previous generations. Job longevity stats are showing that employees are now only staying with a job for one and a half years. This is not, however, because they don’t want to stay.More often, it’s because they’re not challenged, they do not see room for growth and development and they’renot being mentored. And they want to be!In our Aspiring Leaders track we poll participants on 2 items specifically related to mentoring.First: “It’s important to my development as a leader to find and work with a good mentor.”In 3 years 100% of responses are “strongly agree” or “agree.” Not ONE single negative response––ever!However, the next statement is: “I am currently working with a mentor.”Only 35% answer “yes”!That’s a problem––a big one. Through workshop discussions we’ve found three major problems:• Very few experienced leaders are actively engaged as a mentor at any given time.• Very few organizations have a formal mentoring program.• Most experienced leaders tell us they need help developing mentoring skills.These are simple problems to fix, but it does require some focus and the dedication of some resources, especially time. And that’s the major barrier. Again through discussions we’ve discovered the while most experienced leaders are quite wiling to mentor someone, they simply don’t feel they have the time.The greatest challenge in mentoring is knowing the constraints. As a mentor, there are things you can do, things you can’t do and things you shouldn’t be doing!When I first start a mentoring relationship, I always talk about expectations up front. I know what can do as a mentor and what I can’t. Here’s a short list to get you started:• I can LISTEN! And that should be my number one priority! You are not lecturing, you are mentoring! The first step us understanding the needs, goals and desires of your mentee. You can only learn by listening. This is an ongoing and dynamic process that needs continual practice.• I can tell stories. That is, I can share my experiences in the hope that my mentee will benefit from my successes and from my mistakes. I can share lessons I’ve learned from others or through my study and research.• I can encourage. This includes recognizing accomplishment and offering praise for a job well done. When times are tough I can usually say, “I know, I’ve been there too!”• I can correct––when I see a problem. Be careful here, though. Sometimes it’s best to let the mentee make a mistake and it takes some experience to know when this is appropriate.• I can NOT do your work for you! More importantly––I WILL NOT do your work for you! I won’t bail my mentee out of trouble or make the job easier. That does nothing but rob them of precious experience and I’d go a step further, too much interference cripples a mentee and deprives them of the opportunity to learn and grow.• I can point you to resources that have been helpful to me. This also includes introducing my mentee to other people, including other mentors, who can take them even further.In a mentoring relationship I work for you. That is, I’m here to serve my mentee––not the other way around. I expect nothing from my mentee except that they do their best. It’s not about my gratification––it’s about doing my best to help another human being reach his or her full potential.The “Sensei” is not measured by his or her own accomplishments, but rather on the accomplishments of the student. And the best Sensei is not one who develops a student to equal one’s own skill––but one who trains students to surpass one’s own talents, abilities and potential.Be the Sensei as you mentor and you’ll do just fine!Savelast_img read more

Czech second-pillar pension closure moves ahead

first_imgAssets grew over the period by 19.1% to CZK2.1bn (€74m).The faster asset growth is the most likely explanation for the continued interest, with new members viewing the system as an attractive investment opportunity for their contributions, reportedly as high as 150% in the case of some of the 20 available funds, according to Czech press reports.Because joining the second pillar is irreversible, members will continue paying their contributions (3% of the social security tax diverted from the PAYG system matched by a further 2% of an individual’s wages) until the end of the year.The second part of the system’s closure, covering the reimbursement of invested funds, has yet to be approved by Parliament.Next year, members of the second-pillar system will have the choice of either receiving all the funds – in cash, into a bank account or a third-pillar fund if they have one – or returning the 3% back to the first pillar.The second option guarantees them a higher state pension.The monies will be reimbursed towards the end of the year, to take account of the later tax filings by the self-employed, and the time required for the fund managers to liquidate the assets.Separately, the Finance Ministry has been working on proposals to boost membership and savings in the third pillar.Participation in the long-established one-cap-fits-all “transformed funds,” which offer a minimum guaranteed return but were closed to new members in November 2012, continues to shrink, with membership as of the end of March 2015 down by 312,450 year on year to 4.5m.Membership of the replacement, non-guaranteed “participation funds,” with their range of funds suiting different risk profiles, grew by a smaller 146,767 to 266,780.The ministry’s proposals for the participation funds, earlier lobbied for by the APS ČR, include wider investment limits; higher asset management and performance fees for all participation funds except the conservative, government bond structures; the possibility of members saving for their children; and more generous tax-deduction limits for employees and employers.However, the ministry appears to have shelved an earlier proposal to double the commission fees.Pension companies had argued this would have made the product more attractive for agents to sell. The closure of the Czech Republic’s voluntary second-pillar pension system, in place only since 2013, is finally set to start entering the statute books.This follows approval by the Chamber of Deputies (lower house of Parliament) in May, and the Senate (upper house) the following month to close the entry of new members into the second pillar, and becomes law once signed off by president Miloš Zeman.Despite the factthe government announced in November 2014 that its predecessor’s system would shut in January 2016, workers continued to join.According to the Association of Pension Funds of the Czech Republic (APS ČR), by the end of March 2014, second-pillar membership had grown by 1.4% (1,170) year to date to 84,383.last_img read more

Syracuse attacks Kayla Treanor and Nicole Levy win ACC awards

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Senior Syracuse attack Kayla Treanor won the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday afternoon. Treanor’s teammate, SU attack Nicole Levy, won ACC Freshman of the Year.Treanor is the first player ever to win the award for three consecutive seasons. She currently leads the conference and her team with 84 points from 46 goals and an ACC-best 38 assists. She’s also the nation’s leader in draw controls per game (9.00).It’s been a year of broken records for Treanor who now holds the spot for most goals in program history (255), most draw controls in a single game (19, against Loyola on Feb. 14) and in a single season (189 and counting). The draw control records come despite this being her first full season taking the draw since high school.On the other hand, Levy is the first-ever Syracuse player to win ACC Freshman of the year. The East Islip, New York native has recorded a point in 21 of 22 games this season and owes much of her success to a plastic, white light switch. She scored seven goals in the first two games of the ACC tournament and led the Orange with five points in a turning-point game at then-No. 2 Notre Dame which spurred a Syracuse five-game win streak after losing three of its last five.She ranks second on Syracuse in goals (43) and third in assists (19). Her 62 points is an ACC-best among rookies.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNorth Carolina coach Jenny Levy was named ACC Coach of the Year and Notre Dame’s Barbara Sullivan took home ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight time.Syracuse’s position in the NCAA tournament will be announced at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Comments Published on May 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

Ghana youth midfielder sign for Romania side

first_imgGhana U-20 midfielder Godfred Adofo has become the first Ghanaian to sign for Romanian giants CFR Cluj from Parma in Italy.This comes after negotiations with Switzerland side Wohlen FC and Spanish segunda liga side Elche fell through.The 19 year old completed his one year loan deal with CFR Cluj having the option of buying him outright at the end of his contract.Adofo who was a member of the Black Satellites squad that recently beat Uganda to progress to the final stage of the African Youth Championship qualifiers told JOY Sports in an exclusive interview “I am very relieved and excited to sign for this great club.“I have seen them play in the champions’ league many times and it feels so great to be a part of them. I want to help them win the Romanian league and also to excel in the champions’ league.”His agent and manager Oliver Arthur admits Swiss premier league side Wohlen and Elche who play in the Spanish second tier were both interested in the player but could not agree terms to sign him.last_img read more