Riverhead Man Dies After Truck Falls on Him

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 48-year-old man was killed when the truck he was working on fell and pinned him in the backyard of his Riverhead home on Saturday evening.Riverhead Town Police said Rony Calderon was changing the oil on the vehicle behind his Melane Avenue home when the front wheels of the truck rolled off the ramps and pinned him underneath at 6:30 p.m.His neighbors tried to free him by jacking the vehicle up. Officers found the victim unconscious when they arrived and began CPR. He was taken to Peconic Bay MEdical Center, where he died shortly later.Investigators determined the death to be an accident.last_img read more

Coaching steps: Avoid these pitfalls!

first_imgLast month I wrote about coaching and six characteristics to becoming a successful coach. I heard from some of you that you’ve tried those steps in the past but, in spite of diligent efforts, still failed to excel with your team. A great lesson I’ve learned over the years (from personal experience and working with hundreds of coaches) is that coaches and leaders need to deploy grassroots, day-to-day strategies to be successful.As a result, I decided to follow up this month with six tactical issues (“pitfalls”, if you will) that prevent coaches from being optimally successful. These issues require particular attention with each employee and may require you to dedicate extra effort, especially in the near term. However, long term, addressing each issue will position you the greater, sustained coaching success so many desire.If you’re ready, here are the six pitfalls:Your employees don’t know what you want them to accomplish. Often times leaders provide goals that are not clear or employees don’t have “line of sight” over them. For instance, they’re told to grow loans when they don’t have any influence over loan decisions and, therefore, don’t know how their efforts actually grow loan volume. This is most prevalent in the Teller area where Tellers aren’t involved in the application and approval process. How can they grow loans when the credit union’s underwriting guidelines and risk tolerance determines if the loan is approved or not? The line-of-sight goal for Tellers should be Loan Referrals, which will lead to Loan Growth.Once you’ve clarified what the goal is, now a good coach needs to show each employee how they should go about accomplishing their goal. What are the specific behaviors you want from each Teller to generate those Loan Referrals? What should they listen for while interacting with members? What should they look for while processing the transaction? What tagline should they use to make members aware of special loan promotions? You can’t count on Tellers to inherently know how to produce referrals; a good coach gives crystal clear examples to help them be successful. This should be the focus of your sales training but also the daily leadership provided by sales coaches.So, you’ve given them a clear goal and shown them the desired behaviors, now they should be good to go, right? Not so fast. Many times, a coach fails to properly motivate employees to be successful. A wrong assumption many credit unions have made is that every employee is motivated by money. Further, many coaches assume that all employees are motivated by the same thing. Studies have shown that most employees are not turned-on by money and would rather receive time off, more responsibility, or personal recognition instead. The job of a coach, regarding motivation, is to determine what the primary motivator is for each employee. Some employees will tell you how they want to be motivated; others will demonstrate their preference. But it’s amazing how a coach can see a quantum leap in performance simply by changing and personalizing the proverbial carrot.The next pitfall is hard to change sometimes but critical, nonetheless. An inhibitor to success for many employees is the physical environment in which they work. In the earlier example, a Teller may be less successful because they work at a window that is very noisy. For many loan officers, they feel hesitant to review credit reports with members because their desk doesn’t provide privacy. A Business Development Officer doesn’t review a member’s financial profile because they can’t get a good Wi-Fi connection out of the office. Often, the biggest part of a coach’s job is simply to minimize and eliminate the physical barriers that prevent staff from being successful.Once you’ve done the first four items, it becomes the coach’s responsibility to observe performance and provide feedback. When you see an employee perform well, give them positive feedback so they’re encouraged to do it again and again. When you see negative performance, provide feedback so you can correct the performance going forward. If you don’t give any feedback, you lose control of the employee’s desired performance and don’t know if they will produce positive or negative results. Two keys to success with giving feedback: 1) provide it as soon as possible after the behavior is observed – the sooner you provide it, the more impactful it’ll be and the more likely the employee will perform positively with the next member they serve; 2) be as specific as possible with your feedback message – instead of just saying, “good job!”, say, “Good job with Mrs. Smith! I really liked the way you used her name and shook her hand at the beginning of the transaction.” Specific, actionable feedback delivered in a timely fashion will position your coaching to yield the greatest results.I’ve saved the next pitfall for last because it’s the hardest to overcome. However, the coaches and organizations that deal with it quickly and thoroughly are the ones that experience the highest levels of production and overall performance. By far, the most challenging pitfall is the realization that you have employees in the wrong positions; you’re expecting certain employees to do something they will never be able to accomplish. Their personality is not conducive to the role they perform. In short, in spite of the best coaching in the world, they will never succeed. At this point, a coach needs to get that person out of their seat on the bus and, sometimes, off the bus entirely. Far too many coaches spend far too much time trying to get a low performer to be average only to see them fail again multiple times. It’s an agonizing process … the coach tries diligently to get the employee up to speed but the employee is not making a similar effort and/or they will never realize the desired outcome. This is particularly true with new hires – accept a wrong hire early and move past it – and with long-tenured staff – those who have been in operations roles but now are being expected to perform in a sales role.Legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry said, “A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, and has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always wanted to be.” In a nutshell, a coach’s job is to get each staff member to be more than they have been in the past. To see what they need to do and how they need to do it to take their performance to much higher levels. Avoiding the pitfalls above will help you take your staff to where you and your credit union need them to be.If you or your credit union would like to enhance the consistent, daily performance of your coaches, my firm would be happy to help. Please contact me at [email protected] or 636-578-3280. 100SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more

No. 1 men’s volleyball overpowers UC Irvine

first_imgIn his pre-game interview, USC coach Bill Ferguson indicated that No. 7 UC Irvine’s mediocre record belied a team that was only a few minor lineup adjustments away from surging.On Wednesday night, his words would prove prophetic as the Anteaters (3-4, 1-2) competed valiantly for a stretch, until falling to the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team in four sets, 25-16, 27-25, 27-29, 25-17.“It wasn’t the most well-played game, but I think we showed some grit and some mental toughness there, and that was really the theme of our talk after the game,” Ferguson said.Indeed, the Trojans (3-0, 3-0) scheduled a difficult opponent for their first match away from the Galen Center, but to deserve a No. 1 seed teams must win consistently regardless of the environment.Padding his early Player of the Year candidate credentials, senior opposite Murphy Troy registered 19 kills, 11 digs and two blocks. Aiding Troy was another perpetual stat-sheet stuffer in junior opposite hitter Tony Ciarelli, who chipped in with 17 kills, five blocks and five digs.“They were good the whole game, battled real well,” Ferguson said of his two star players. “Irvine was keying on both of those guys. However, a guy who really came in and did a phenomenal job was [senior opposite hitter] Tri Bourne.”Bourne entered for sophomore opposite hitter Maddison McKibbin two-thirds of the way through the second set, when the Trojans were trailing 23-19. He proceeded to amass eight kills and five digs over the duration of the match to solidify the Trojans’ offensive attack and propel them to a comeback in that crucial second set.A refrain among USC players before this game was that their focus could not waver and that any No. 1-ranked team will receive its opponent’s fiercest effort.When asked if his team followed through on its expressed mission, Ferguson quickly dispelled any notion that the Trojans took the Anteaters lightly. Instead, he attributed poor execution and unforced errors to many of their woes.“We’ll never overlook [Irvine],” Ferguson said. “They’re too good. They played well, and after the end of the first set it was really close.”Undoubtedly, the Trojans’ resilience was tested for the first time all season in this game, and if this team demonstrates similar resolve in future matches, the Trojans may have the mettle to excel in the long haul.“I’m most proud of the fact that we turned the game right around in the fourth set, and really steadied out and did our thing,” Ferguson said. “We made plays like we did in the first set.”last_img read more

Lottoland appoints Laura Pearson as Head of Corporate Affairs

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 Laura PearsonGibraltar-based online lottery operator Lottoland, has confirmed the appointment of Laura Pearson as its new Head of Corporate Affairs.Pearson joins Lottoland from UK National Lottery operator Camelot, where she held the position of Head of Corporate Affairs for Camelot Global heading up the firm’s international communications strategy and PR planning.Joining Lottoland’s executive team, Pearson will be charged with leading the lottery operator’s internal corporate communications and external stakeholder strategies.Lottoland CEO Nigel Birrell commented on the appointment of Pearson:  “We’re delighted to welcome Laura on board to lead our corporate affairs team, and have no doubt she will be an invaluable addition to our organisation.“Our ever-expanding lottery betting offer continues to entice new waves of customers and brings with it new challenges. As such it is crucial we employ top talent to ensure success across the board. Laura will help us do just that.”Pearson backed Birrell statement, on joining Lottoland “Lottoland’s UK and its global operations are a fascinating example of innovation within the betting industry, and I am really looking forward to joining. It’s an exciting time for Lottoland and I am looking forward to helping the business continue this growth throughout 2017 and beyond.” Share Liverpool FC in agency dispute over £15m BetVictor sponsorship June 9, 2020 Submit BetVictor terminates its Isthmian amateur football profile April 15, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

The legend of Baker Mayfield grows in overtime loss to Raiders

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.Baker Mayfield made some mistakes. He made some incredible throws. He dropped the ball, he ran around and he gave his team a chance to win.But the story of his first NFL start, a 45-42 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, was: Close, but no Bud Light.“You score 42 and lose,” said ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, a safety in the NFL for 13 seasons, “and I’m going to say your quarterback wasn’t your biggest …last_img read more

Corn and soybeans bullish, wheat negative in stocks report

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileThe USDA report today had September 1st corn stocks at 2.114 billion bushels, soybeans 913 million bushels, and wheat 2.385 billion bushels. Both corn and soybean numbers were below the low end of trader estimates. Shortly after the report corn was up 10 cents, soybeans up 18 cents, and wheat down 1 cent. Just before the noon release corn was up 2 cents, soybeans up 13 cents, and wheat down 3 cents.Today is the quarterly grain stocks report on US grain as of September 1st. This report will provide both off farm and on farm bushels. Most likely the report will get some attention from traders as it details another report from USDA. Harvest activity is close to a fever pitch this week in Ohio and the rest of the Midwest. With that note, producers may not have this report on their radar. A takeaway for today – If corn and soybean stocks are drastically different from expectations, it hints 2018 corn and soybean yields could be revised in upcoming monthly WASDE reports.The average trade estimate for corn stocks was 2.428 billion bushels, soybeans 982 million bushels, and wheat 2.318 billion bushels. Last year’s September 1st corn stocks were 2.14 billion bushels, soybeans 438 million bushels, and wheat 2.390 billion bushels. Not unexpected is the huge increase in soybean stocks compared to a year ago.China will be on holiday this week beginning on Tuesday. The US/China trade talks at this moment are scheduled to begin in Washington DC on October 10. The additional US tariffs on China goods were scheduled to be implemented on October 15. China’s first order of business at the table will be to ask for an extension on the implementation of additional tariffs.Just remember the country writing the news release is always the hero. The other party is the villain. Things would be so much better “our way” if the “other party could just see clearly,” remains the theme in ongoing statements from both parties.Soybean price activity last week had the November CBOT contract reach its high for the week last Monday at $8.99 ¼ while the low for the week was on Friday at $8.81 ½. The lowest close last week was on Friday at $8.83, down 5 ½ cents for the day. More promises of rain to come in Brazil partly resulted in the lower close last Friday. The uncertainty of the US/China trade talks also provided tension and uncertainty.Last week the Trump administration hinted the US could delist China companies on our stock exchanges. Additional news on Sunday indicated this would not take place. The rhetoric is ongoing from both sides. It will continue in the days and weeks ahead until a long term deal beyond just agricultural goods is inked. When you remember the talks later next month are the 13th session for trade negotiators between the US and China to meet, you have to think out loud, “Here we go again.”last_img read more

Geocaching.com Caption Contest 32 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

first_imgWINNING CAPTION: “Got the cache, but I’m probably gonna have to slice open the tauntaun if I am going to survive the night.” -DrJay GeocacherEnter a caption to win a ‘barely coveted prize’ in the 32nd installment of our Geocaching.com Caption Contest. This picture was originally posted on the official Geocaching.com Facebook page.Barely coveted prizesAs you can see, winter still has a hold on much of the geocaching world. That’s not stopping hearty geocachers from braving the snow, ice, and wind to log smileys.What caption would you write for the picture at the top of this post? “If you find this cache please bring a hairdryer to defrost that last geocacher.”Submit your caption by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your Geocaching.com username in all entries. Then, explore the captions other geocachers have posted.You’re encouraged to try to ‘influence’ the voting process (*nudge*nudge*). “Like” the caption that you think should win. If you think your caption should win, convince your fellow geocachers, your friends, and family to “like” your caption. Lackeys vote from the top finalists to decide the winner of the contest.Click on the image to see the winning caption of this contestThe winner receives these, ‘barely coveted prizes’ you see above. They’re two pins from Geocaching.com.More than two dozen Lackeys voted to award the winner of the 31st Geocaching.com Caption Contest a barely coveted prize. It was also winter-themed. Click on the image at right to discover the winning caption from the last Geocaching.com Caption Contest.Explore all the past winning captions by checking out all the Geocaching.com Caption Contests. If you have suggestions for Geocaching.com Caption Contest photos, send a message and the image to [email protected] with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Caption Contest 34 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJune 10, 2012In “Lackeys”Geocaching Caption Contest 37 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJanuary 6, 2013In “Community”Geocaching.com Caption Contest 33 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeMay 4, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

Shivani Bhatnagar murder: After three-and-a-half years police make first arrests, raise hopes

first_imgThe police are rarely known to be coy when it comes to a big catch. Specially if the case happens to be as sensational as the Shivani Bhatnagar murder mystery. But when the Delhi Police picked up Sri Bhagwan Sharma, a Gurgaon-based farmer, from his residence on the outskirts of,The police are rarely known to be coy when it comes to a big catch. Specially if the case happens to be as sensational as the Shivani Bhatnagar murder mystery. But when the Delhi Police picked up Sri Bhagwan Sharma, a Gurgaon-based farmer, from his residence on the outskirts of the capital on July 23, they kept it under wraps.For seven days they interrogated him, without letting the world know that a key figure in the case was in their custody. On July 29, Sri Bhagwan’s family filed a habeas corpus petition in the Delhi High Court, following which the police were asked to locate the former and produce him in court before August 1.The police did that a day before the deadline and informed the court that Sri Bhagwan was a suspect in the killing of The Indian Express journalist. Shivani was murdered in her east Delhi apartment on the evening of January 23, 1999. Three-and-a-half years later, Sri Bhagwan’s was the first arrest that the police had made in the case. But the prize catch would obviously be a man on the run, a senior police officer.THE ACCUSED: Ravi Kant Sharma, IPS, IG (Prisons), Haryana PoliceSTATUS: Prime suspect Lookout notices posted in several states and all exit points Even before the journalist’s murder, rumours were rife in police and media circles in Delhi of an extramarital relationship between Shivani and Ravi Kant Sharma, a Haryana cadre IPS officer currently posted as inspector-general (prisons) in Chandigarh.The affair is said to have begun when as a correspondent of her publication, Shivani, married to Times of India correspondent Rakesh Bhatnagar, covered the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) during the I.K. Gujral regime. Sharma was an officer on special duty there. In late 1998, Shivani delivered a baby boy. Police say as Shivani began to put pressure on Sharma to tie the knot, the officer decided to get rid of her.Last Wednesday, police officers raided several places in Himachal Pradesh in search of Sharma. Several teams of the Delhi Police conducted raids at Kasauli, Shimla and Kufri after getting information that Sharma had fled to the hill state.advertisementHe had evaded arrest for the five days since the capture of Sri Bhagwan and though the police had conducted several search operations at his Chandigarh house, they had no clue about his whereabouts. Astonishingly enough, this officer was proving to be so elusive the Delhi Police was forced to announce a Rs 50,000 reward for anyone providing information leading to his arrest.Sharma has had a chequered career in the civil services. The suave IPS officer is said to have bagged the kind of postings that would be the envy of even well-connected IAS officers. Before his stint in the PMO he was posted in France and at the time of Shivani’s death he served as chief vigilance officer at Air-India’s Mumbai headquarters.THE EXECUTIONER: Pradeep Sharma, Contract KillerSTATUS: Arrested Stolen camera and diary evidence point to his involvement The plum postings, it is said, were a result of the political connections of his father-in-law, a senior Chandigarh-based journalist. His fellow  officers, besides envying his postings, had another reason to be jealous of him: his way with women.Before Shivani came into the picture, Sharma is said to have had an affair with a Chandigarh-based journalist who later shifted to London. His problems with Shivani may have something to do with her refusal to take a similar route. Sharma perhaps wished that she too had gone elsewhere, maybe back to her husband, but she would have nothing of it and insisted he married her.According to the police, the conspiracy was so meticulously planned that Shivani’s could have been the perfect murder – but for the numerous cell phone calls between Sharma and Shivani and among Sharma and the other accused. Probing the case was no easy job for them, considering that the two central figures in the case were Shivani’s lover Sharma and her husband Rakesh.As investigations continued the police realised there was much that Sharma was trying to hide, though initially, given his connections, they found their hands tied. But the breakthrough came when the police began to check the phone records of the main players in the mystery. The records showed that in the months before Shivani died, there was a spate of calls between Sharma, who was then posted in Mumbai, and her. CLOSING INJANUARY 23, 1999: Shivani Bhatnagar stabbed to death in her Delhi home. All leads point to Sharma but no evidence.DECEMBER 2001: Police question Sharma’s associates and examine details of his cell phone calls.JULY 2002: Phone records show involvement of Sri Bhagwan. Police interrogate him, then arrest him.AUGUST 2, 2002: Police arrest Pradeep, the alleged killer. Sharma is on the run. Alert sounded for his arrest. Even earlier, while Shivani was in London on a journalism scholarship, Sharma had called her as many as 90 times. Shivani too had called Mumbai from London at least 176 times. Later the calls were mostly one-way – she calling him – though she is said to have got several threatening calls for a few days before her death.advertisementIntriguingly, police also have evidence to show that Rakesh Bhatnagar had spoken to his wife’s lover no less than 40 times between December 1997 and January 1999, though nothing is known about what transpired.The police now believe they have a watertight case against Sharma. “Sharma contacted Sri Bhagwan, who in turn got in touch with Satprakash. The two hatched a conspiracy to murder Shivani. Satprakash even used his cell phone to contact the contract killers,” says a senior police officer.Later, taps on Sharma’s phone and his conversation with Sri Bhagwan provided valuable pieces of evidence for the police. These coupled with the handwriting in the entry register at Navkunj Society where Shivani lived and was killed have made the police confident that they are close to busting the case.Handwriting experts say the writing is similar to that of another suspect, Pradeep, who was also arrested last week. Pradeep, police say, is one of the killers who went inside the flat and stabbed and then strangulated Shivani to death.Adding to their optimism was the recovery of a camera from Pradeep. The camera was the only object that was missing from the Bhatnagar household after the murder of Shivani.Police are currently pursuing leads that Sharma was a frequent visitor to Shivani’s house. They are now trying to get the backdated registers of the apartment complex to see whether Sharma had entered the premises sporting a fake identity.ALL QUIET: Sharma has not been at his Panchkula home since August 1Police have reasons to believe that Sharma had planned the murder well in advance. In December 1998, a full month before Shivani’s murder, he had lodged a complaint at the Greater Kailash police station in south Delhi of a kidnap bid on his younger daughter Komal as well as complaints about threats to his family from unknown sources. Police believe these were nothing more than efforts to hoodwink the authorities.Midway last week, Sharma was still on the run and the ranks of the Delhi Police were out to arrest a man who otherwise in the normal course of duty they would have saluted. The Sharma family, however, dismisses the charges against him. It is a “part of a big political conspiracy to frame him”, says his daughter Komal. “Why doesn’t the police question other suspects, the politicians? Why have they given a clean chit to Rakesh Bhatnagar?”But at the moment, the top police officer who ought to have used his skills to track down criminals is himself on the run – just like a criminal.advertisementlast_img read more

Goal VS: New York City FC on FIFA 18

first_imgeSports Goal VS: New York City FC on FIFA 18 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:30 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) eSports Graham ‘GrayzaGoal’ McIntyre took on Christopher ‘NYC_Chris’ Holly in an all-star eSports star clash on EA Sports’ flagship football game In a new series from Goal, our own professional FIFA player, Graham ‘GrayzaGoal’ McIntyre, will take on other FIFA pros from some of the biggest football clubs and eSports organisations across the world.In the first four episodes, GrayzaGoal will face eSports stars from Manchester City, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC.The first episode, which you can watch here, sees GrayzaGoal against Christopher ‘NYC_Chris’ Holly. NYC_Chris picked up his first professional tournament win at last year’s FUT Regionals in Vancouver, and played GrayzaGoal soon after finishing third at the eMLS Cup. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now HandshakeIn other episodes, GrayzaGoal will can be seen challenging Kai ‘deto’ Wollin and Marcus ‘ExpectSporting’ Jorgensen from Manchester City, as well as Melbourne City FC’s Marcus ‘MelbourneCity Marcus’ Gomes. All four matches were recorded at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.All ‘Goal Versus’ matches take place using the FUT game mode in FIFA 18, allowing the players to pick from some of the biggest names in FIFA.GrayzaGoal said: “The City clubs have some of the best players in the world. All four matches were some of the hardest I’ve had but it’s great to compete and test yourself against the best. Now, I’m just looking forward to playing in more tournaments and seeing who Goal lines up next.”last_img read more

Flex LNG a Step Closer to New York Listing

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Flex LNG LNG carrier owner Flex LNG has moved a step closer to listing its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.On May 7, the company said it publicly filed a registration statement on Form 20-F with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to the proposed listing of its ordinary shares on the NYSE.Flex LNG added that no new securities would be issued in connection with the listing, which is expected to commence after the SEC completes its review process. Once completed, the company’s ordinary shares would be listed for trading on both the NYSE and the Oslo Stock Exchange.A registration statement on Form 20-F relating to the shipowner’s ordinary shares was filed with the SEC, but has not yet become effective.The John Fredriksen-controlled company owns a fleet of 13 LNG ships, four existing and nine under construction, being built at Korean shipyards for delivery throughout 2019 to 2021. The company raised USD 300 million in equity back in October and this fully capitalized the company for its fleet.last_img read more