Thriving on change to meet challenges

first_imgAccording to Socrates, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”David Libby has discovered that secret. It’s what motivates him to come to work.“It’s the variety and excitement of what we do every day—always exploring and discussing new ideas of how we can engage members, attract new members, and handle constant change,” says Libby, president/CEO of $373 million asset Town & Country Federal Credit Union in South Portland, Maine. “I love change and how that makes things better.”Under his leadership, the credit union was among the first four financial institutions in the country to introduce an Alexa Skill with account-linking capabilities for Amazon Echo devices, and the first credit union in Maine to offer Apple Pay, check-imaging ATMs, and dialogue/pod stations for its 38,000 members. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Beijing converts Hong Kong hotel into new national security office

first_imgThe law puts mainland security agents in Hong Kong for the first time with powers to investigate and prosecute national security crimes and allows extradition to the mainland for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.Beijing imposed the law on its freest city last week, pushing the former British colony on to a more authoritarian path and drawing condemnation from some Western governments, lawyers and rights groups.Critics of the law fear it will crush coveted freedoms in the Chinese-ruled city, while supporters say it will bring stability after a year of sometimes violent protests that plunged the city into its biggest crisis in decades.Topics : Beijing opened its new national security office in Hong Kong on Wednesday, turning a hotel in the bustling shopping and commercial district of Causeway Bay into its new headquarters.The office will oversee the Hong Kong government’s enforcement of Beijing’s sweeping national security legislation that will punish acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.The office’s chief, Zhang Yanxiong, and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam attended the opening ceremony at the former Metropark Hotel, which offers views across the city’s Victoria Harbor.last_img read more

West Florida Soccer Teams Hope to Repeat Sucsess

first_imgWest Florida Soccer Teams Hope to Repeat Sucsess Aug. 24, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s and women’s soccer teams kickoff their 2007 season this weekend with back-to-back home openers tonight followed by a pair of games on Sunday, all taking place at the UWF Soccer Complex. Both the men and women are coming off successful seasons, concluding with trips to the NCAA Division II National Tournaments, and are looking for a return to glory this year.The women’s team starts the season against the defending national champions Metro State, who won the title during the Fall Festival held in Pensacola last year. The Argonauts lost their season opener last year against the Roadrunners, which was played in the mile High air of Denver, Colorado at the home of Metro State. The 2-1 defeat was one of only three losses that West Florida suffered last season.The men’s team returns to action for the first time since their historic season last year. West Florida also participated in the Fall Festival last season, reaching the NCAA Division II National Semifinals for the first time in school history. They will also open their season against Metro State, who defeated the Argonauts last season 3-1.On Sunday, the men’s and women’s team, both chosen as Gulf South Conference Pre-Season favorites, will match up against Georgia Southwestern State University. Last season the men’s team defeated the Hurricanes 10-0. It will be the first meeting for the women’s team against the Hurricanes.For the women, Marcela Franco (Jr. / Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the only Argonaut named to the GSC All-Preseason Team; however, she will see limited playing time this season due to a knee injury. Setting the foundation for the Argonauts this season will be Sheka Codner (Jr. / Dover, Del.) in the midfield and Brandi Adams (Sr. /Gulf Breeze, Fla ) on front line. Goalkeeper Courtney Jones (So. / Panama City, Fla. ) is likely to play every minute of every game in front of the net for West Florida this season. Returning players Lura Carter (Jr. / Tallahassee, Fla. ), Jodi Galucci (So. / Stuart, Fla.) and Kaley Morris (So. / Gulf Breeze, Fla.) will all see significant playing time.Top new comers to the Argonauts are Marie Hasting (Sr. / Gainesville, Fla.), Dernelle Mascall (So. / Basse terre, Moruga, Trinidad) and Anastasia Prescott (So. / Morvant, Port-of-Spain, Trinid). Hasting transfers from LSU, while Mascall and Prescott come from the Univeristy of Mobile.One the men’s side, returning starters Keith Savage (Sr. / Gulf Breeze, Fla.), Jimmy McHenry (Sr. / Tallahassee, Fla), Okang Nkosi (Sr. / Belmont, Trinidad), Nolan Intermoia (Jr. / Pensacola, Fla.) and Juan Garcia (Jr. / Chia, Colombia) were all selected the GSC All-Preseason Team. McHenry will once again lead the Argonauts strike as a starting forward. Savage along side Nick Mroczkowski (Sr. / Deltona, Fla.) and Patrick McLean (Sr. / Conyers, Ga.) will the set the pace in the midfield, while Nkosi and Intermoia anchor the solid Argonauts defense. Garcia will get the nod in goal.Friday’s games are at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., while Sunday’s games will be played at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., with the women’s playing first on both days. Fans can follow the action with “Live Stats” on the Men’s Soccer home page at goargos.com. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

Igali Makes Case for Nigeria to Host African Wrestling Â

first_imgPresident of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, has described the visit of the President of United World Wrestling – Africa, Fouad Meskout, as a major turning point for wrestling in Nigeria. Nigeria is bidding to host the 2018 Africa Wrestling Championship and when Meskout made a three-day working visit to inspect facilities for the tournament, Igali said it provided a huge chance in showcasing the development of the sport in the country. Igali told the African wrestling boss that Nigeria had produced passionate and world-class wrestlers who are eager to promote the sport by competing with the best at home. ”Since 1976 till date, Nigeria has not hosted the African Championship. It is about time for Nigeria; we have the capacity, material wealth and full support of the Rivers State Government. We are confident we will not lack anything.” Igali lavished praises on the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike for displaying amazing support in the bid process and believes hosting the tournament in Port Harcourt provides useful opportunity to showcase the sport to prospective sponsors. ”Governor Nyesom Wike has been awesome. He made things look so easy when he confirmed his interest to host the championship and if we have more persons like him, Wresting in Nigeria will grow to admirable heights. “I have told the President of African Wrestling Federation that after we host next year’s edition, in 2019 the country will be asked to host again because it will be the best in the history of the competition.” The African wrestling boss, Meskout, also confirmed he was impressed with the facilities he saw in Port Harcourt and after meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sport, Solomon Dalung and officials of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, he was convinced the country is determined to promote the sport by hosting the continental championship. Nigeria and Tunisia are chasing the hosting rights for the tournament that is scheduled to take place in February next year. The winner of the bid will be announced on August 18 in Switzerland.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Foxes keep Premier League title hopes on track

first_imgBaggies defender Craig Dawson was on the scoreboard for both sides at White Heart Lane where Spurs were held to a 1-all draw.Tottenham dominated the opening half and Dawson conceded an unfortunate own-goal in the 33rd minute.But West Brom battled back after the break and Dawson made amends for his blunder with a towering 73rd minute to snatch a point that leaves Tottenham seven points behind Leicester with just three games remaining. Spurs striker Harry Kane says that they paid the price for not converting the chances that came their way…Later tonight, Manchester City will host Real Madrid in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final.City are likely to be without injured midfielder Yaya Toure as they prepare to host the Spanish giants.Kick-off at the Etihad is at 7:45.last_img read more