Photo credit Harvesters.Harvesters holding holiday workshops at Oak Park Mall. Harvesters, the community food network serving greater Kansas City, is hosting a series of workshops at Oak Park Mall this holiday season. The hour-long sessions include activities designed to teach kids and parents about the issue of hunger in our community. Each session includes packing a Harvesters Holiday Box with food for a local family. Harvesters requests a contribution of $10 per box packed to cover the cost of the food. More information about the sessions which are offered Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, can be found here.
by. Theresa WithamTeller productivity is declining at credit unions—and banks.Credit Union Management’s online-only “HR Answers” column runs the first Tuesday of the month. This is also web-only bonus coverage from “Strategic Staffing” in the February 2014 issue of CU Management.Credit union managers have several ways to determine if they are staffing correctly. Looking at peer data offers a good way to compare the number of full-time equivalents at your credit union to other, similar institutions.Another way to examine your staffing strategy is to compare your employee productivity with other credit unions.In 2013, on average, credit union lobby tellers processed 1,275.8 transactions each month, according to data from the CUES Interactive Staffing Guide. That is a lot lower than the 2008 average of 2,644 that was reported in the CUES 2009 Staffing Manual for Credit Unions, the last time CUES collected staffing data. In 2013, tellers at the smallest CUs (under $250 million in assets) processed 1,044 transactions per month. Tellers at CUs with more than $1 billion in assets processed 2,587.5 transactions per month. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Skywater at Town Lake Apartments announced that its March grand opening event raised more than $5,000 to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley – North Tempe Branch. The local nonprofit organization offers educational activities that enable young people to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens.“We are proud to support the work of the Boys & Girls Club and its efforts to make a difference in the lives of so many children,” said Ziv Cohen, COO of Resmark Apartment Living. “The event provided an opportunity to bring together our local community and residents for an outstanding cause.”The grand opening took place on March 19, 2015 at the lake-view deck of Skywater at Town Lake. The evening included music by Georgia Chrome, complimentary food and cocktails, along with a variety of raffle prizes donated by Grimaldis Pizza and Trident Security. More than 250 local professionals and current residents attended the grand opening.“We are thrilled to work with Skywater at Town Lake to raise awareness of the Boys & Girls Club,” said Dan Bowman, board member for the Boys & Girls Club. “The funds raised at the grand opening event will go directly towards local educational programs and classes that will have a positive impact on our youth.”Skywater is a new 328-unit luxury apartment community, a joint venture between Resmark Apartment Living and Lennar Multifamily Communities, located at 601 W Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe, Arizona. The community is professionally managed by Greystar and offers studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes ranging in size from 632 to 1,549 square feet of living space.Live-work units are available that provide the option for a retail presence on 1st Street. The apartments’ designer interior finishes include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, plush carpeting and wood inspired flooring. Floor plans include gourmet kitchens with under mount sinks, large side-by-side refrigerators and gas cooktops as well as garden tubs, spacious walk-in closets and private patios and balconies. Energy saving features such as heat pumps, dual pane windows and Energy Star® appliances are incorporated into each apartment home.Community amenities include a clubhouse featuring large panoramic windows with lake and mountain views and an expansive wrap-around patio. Residents can also enjoy an on-site coffee shop, fitness center, business center, vehicle charging stations, recycling centers, complimentary Wi-Fi, two swimming pools, whirlpool, and an outdoor lounge with televisions and a pool table. The gated community includes a resident garage as well as open green space with access to biking and hiking trails.
Email Share on Twitter Pinterest Share LinkedIn Share on Facebook There are two premises.First, scientific research has demonstrated that when we look at other people’s facial expressions, we tend to imitate them in an imperceptible and subconscious manner through a process known as facial mimicry. The hypothesis is that this behaviour helps us understand the emotions we are watching.The second thing we need to know is that our expressions, just like our face, are asymmetrical: they are more pronounced and begin earlier (facial expression is a dynamic process) on one half of the face compared to the other. This asymmetry is thought to give expressions a special “flavour”: those that begin and are more pronounced on the left, for example, are judged as being more authentic. What happens if we combine these two assumptions? “That if, unfortunately, a person is unable to move half of their face – for example, because of a pathological condition – they will also have difficulty perceiving other people’s emotions correctly”, explains Sebastian Korb, SISSA research fellow and first author of a paper just published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Korb worked with a sample of patients affected by right- or left-sided facial hemiparesis. In the experiments, the patients (57 in all) watched a series of computer-generated avatar faces (three-dimensional human faces) as they dynamically showed expressions of happiness or anger. “The use of the computer-generated avatars allowed us to control all dimensions of the stimulus, from the timing of the expression to its asymmetry”.As mentioned, the literature shows that expressions that begin from the left side of the face come across as being more authentic than those that start on the right. According to the theory of embodied cognition, whereby interpretation of emotions is facilitated if we reproduce the patterns of muscle contraction on our own body (e.g., through facial mimicry), this should have an effect on persons affected by hemiparesis, who are unable to correctly mimic the expression with the paralysed half of their face.“Our findings show that this difference clearly exists for persons affected by left hemiparesis”, explains Korb. In their experiments, Korb and colleagues found that patients with right-sided paralysis did not differ much from healthy subjects in either their judgement of authenticity of the avatar’s expression or in their response times when asked to identify an emotion as quickly as possible. Both groups judged expressions starting on the right side of the face as less authentic than those starting on the left, and both responded more rapidly to the latter expressions.By contrast, patients with left-sided paralysis exhibited a more complex behaviour. While they showed no significant difference for anger, the situation changed with happiness, which was judged less authentic when starting on the left side of the face, where it also took longer to be identified.“This means two things: that facial imitation is, at least in part, lateralized – that is, it copies the expression it observes – and that it is asymmetrical in an anatomical rather than specular manner”, explains Korb. Therefore, when we observe an expression that begins on the left side of the face, we mimic it with the left side of our face, and not with the right side as if we were in front of a mirror.“This finding not only extends our knowledge of the ‘lexicon’ of facial expressions, but it also shows that those affected by disorders blocking the movement of facial muscles may also experience other types of difficulty, also in social interaction”, concludes Korb. “These persons in fact are not only unable to generate correct facial expressions, they also have trouble interpreting facial expressions, a vital skill for displaying empathy, a function that underlies our social lives”.
Saudi Arabia records new MERS caseThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed a new case of MERS-CoV yesterday.Officials have diagnosed an 85-year-old Saudi man from Al Hawiyah as having MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus). He is in stable condition, and the MOH said the patient had direct contact with camels, a known risk factor for MERS. Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV total cases since 2012 are 1,831, including 739 deaths. Nine people are still being treated for their infections. Apr 8 MOH update Cantaloupes behind Australian Listeria outbreak that’s sickened 20Cantaloupes are the culprit behind an outbreak of listeriosis in Australia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. So far 20 people (19 confirmed cases, 1 probable) have been sickened after eating melons from a single grower. “It is believed that the cause of the outbreak was a combination of environmental conditions and weather contaminating the surface of the fruit, with low levels of the bacteria persisting after the washing process,” the WHO said.The WHO said all of the patients were hospitalized, and there have been seven deaths and one miscarriage associated with the outbreak, which began on Jan 17.On Feb 27, an Australian grower of rockmelons (cantaloupes) recalled all fruit tied to the outbreak, but not before some fruit was distributed to eight countries: China, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.The WHO recommended people thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables before eating, and noted that pregnant women, immunocompromised people, and the elderly are most at risk during Listeria outbreaks. Apr 9 WHO statement
Lucas Oil Products Inc., a leader and distributor of high-performance automotive additives and lubricants, announced recently the promotion of Melissa Wonser to vice president of marketing. Wonser joined the company in 2011 and has advanced up the ranks in both the art and marketing departments, where she played a crucial role in managing and ensuring the success of the brand’s wide-reaching campaigns.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “Melissa brings a coveted level of professionalism and direction to the Marketing Department through her wealth of experience in marketing, brand awareness, and advertising,” said Morgan Lucas, president, Lucas Oil Products. “To be a leader at Lucas Oil takes a considerable amount of hard work, passion and critical thinking skills. Melissa checks all those boxes and provides a level of enthusiasm that motivates our entire company. She has certainly earned this promotion and I look forward to seeing all of the great things to come.” In the new role, she will be responsible for developing and implementing a cohesive and integrated marketing communications plan to increase Lucas Oil’s brand awareness through the extensive number of industries and sectors it serves.Advertisement Since joining the Lucas Oil Marketing Department nine years ago, Wonser has taken on the roles of digital marketing manager, art director, marketing manager and, in 2019, director of marketing. Regardless of position, Wonser has consistently exceeded project management goals, provided an effective communication means, and fostered a level of teamwork that resulted in some of the most compelling and engaging campaigns across a wide range of mediums. Wonser also plays an instrumental role in the daily management of Lucas Oil’s Marketing and creative direction, leading the graphics department, website development team, and media/public relations efforts, amongst other responsibilities. Wonser received Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration, Marketing, Management and Operations Management from California State University-Long Beach in 2004. Originally from Southern California, Melissa now resides in Indiana, where she works with the Lucas Oil Executive Team from the corporate offices in Indianapolis.
Independent/Sundae DonutsIn July, Sundae Donuts plans to safely open its doors for the first time on Montauk Highway in Montauk, serving customers through takeout and curbside pickup. The name speaks for itself, a sweet shoppe filled with ice cream sundaes and cake donuts, oftentimes infusing the two together. Set your sights on signature flavors such as a vanilla ice cream cinnamon sugar donut with caramel, Boston cream ice cream, and donut Funfetti.In the meantime, Sundae Donuts owner Michelle Ferraro has created an alternative business method, home delivered DIY donut decorating kits. They currently come in two variations, chocolate or rainbow, with palm sized, mini cake donuts in either 25 or 50 count. The contents also include two icing colors, four toppings, two mini spoons, and a rainbow stencil for coloring in and continuing the fun. Unlike store-bought ingredients, the donuts have a purer flavor, with a hint of cinnamon. Upon a single bite, one might be tempted to pop a mini donut in their mouth, topping free. Even the icing has a smoother texture.Independent/Sundae Donuts“I’m a mom and many of my friends are moms at home with their kids, trying to keep things fun and positive at home in the middle of such a difficult time. I have had so many mothers reach out to say how the kits have brought the family together and it’s been such a fun and delicious thing to do,” said Ferraro.Her family has been longtime summer residents in Montauk. Her parents own Plaza Sports, in business for over 45 years. “Spending so much time out here, and now starting a family of my own, I wanted to create a place to bring my daughter and create new memories with her,” she said.Independent/Sundae DonutsDecorating the donuts is both a fun pastime and creatively therapeutic. It gives children and adults a chance to escape to a colorfully delicious world, one of Candyland dreams and Willy Wonka songs, unleashing the inner child in all ages. “The magic of donuts is seeing the joy in the faces of my customers,” Ferraro said. She recommends, for the 21 and over crowd, pairing a simple glazed donut with chardonnay, strawberry glaze with rosé, chocolate frosted with Baileys on the rocks, or a cookies and cream icing with a glass of red wine.The kits ship nationwide. Use discount code ILOVENY for free shipping on Long Island and in New York City. She plans to offer the kits long after social distancing has ended, including for birthday parties and catering. The storefront will be located at 716 Montauk Highway in Montauk. Stay up to date by visiting email@example.com Share
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Novatek-led US$27 billion Yamal LNG project reached 76 percent completion and is on schedule to produce first liquefied natural gas in 2017, according to Novatek’s CEO Leonid Mikhelson. All issues related to the project’s financing have been resolved, Mikhelson said, adding that similar projects should be implemented without the state financing, Reuters reports.The project has already secured $18.4 billion in financing with an additional $400 million from JBIC in the pipeline, according to last week’s report.Novatek and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation went on to sign a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on future liquefied natural gas projects, one of which could be Novatek’s Arctic LNG 2, planned for 2025.However, Mikhelson did not reveal the expected cost of the planned 16.5 mtpa project, noting that the company is not in a hurry to select partners for the new venture that would enter the development phase once the Yamal LNG project’s construction is complete. LNG World News Staff
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