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15 ways to save time in your credit union and at home for 2015

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Details We are all busy. Busy is not productive.This year let’s choose to make our professional (and personal) lives more productive by saving time wherever we can!Want to see these ideas on video, watch our video (it’s about 9 minutes long) – click here.Say No – No is a complete sentence. Try it out. Say it nicely. Practice this at home and in social situations. Make more room to say ‘yes’ to things that really matter.Invest 15 minutes – invest 15 minutes in a strategic appointment with yourself each day (see our previous article for more ideas on how to conquer the world in 15 minutes) today and choose your three not negotiable activities for today to get you closer to your Credit Union goals.Unsubscribe – get off mailing list, stop catalogs and junk mail and unsubscribe from things that clutter your life in the Credit Union and at home.Eliminate Clutter – get organized. Spend 15 minutes in each clutter section, organize and move on. Hire someone if you need to. Professional organizers are not a luxury – you will feel lighter when life is organized. Look at your desk, is this the image you want members to have of you when they come in to visit you? Get organized today.Play a game with time – set the timer on your phone and play a game to see how much you can achieve before the timer goes off! This is great for clearing emails, making outbound calls and reviewing documents.Call instead of email – it’s so much quicker to often pick up the phone, leave a voicemail or talk to a real person. No one uses the phone anymore, be the person who makes an impact with the sound of your voice and achieve so much more rather than be another email in someone’s inbox to create a more personal touch with your members.Limit social media – do a social media drive-by (we do it while drinking my morning coffee) –check out all social media platforms for 15 minutes and feels great!Listen and learn – Play podcasts while you get ready in the morning, drive to your Credit Union or while you are working out. Great way to keep informed on our industry and invest in your personal development.Have the news read to you – we love the app Unamo for a real live person to read up to date news – check it out. You can set up lists to say ahead of news and trends.Get it delivered – Amazon delivers almost anything. Find out if your local dry cleaners, grocery store – find services to save you time in your personal life so you feel more organized.Barter time – trade your time for others. Share car pools for your kid’s sport, trade a spreadsheet for a PowerPoint presentation with someone on the team – your talent for time.Group everything – if you are running errands group them together, in your home place like itemed things together, put your keys in the same place every time (in your handbag or your home). In the branch make sure supplies and documents are all located in a central area for easy access for the team.Halve meetings – start immediately – instead of 60 minutes, choose 30 minutes – voila – save time! Your team will thank you for it and it gives you more valuable time to concentrate on members.Restrict screen time – commit to those around you that you will limit your attachment to your cell phone time. Focus on the team member or your member that is sitting in front of you. They will thank you and you will be more engaged.Get the app – there is an app for everything. Find the ones you love. We like Noteshelf for note taking, Evernote as a collating system for all our ideas and notes, Cozi for shopping and Pzzizz for power napping. What’s your favorite app?What ideas would you add to save in your Credit Union this year? We’d love to hear from you.last_img read more

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Manhattan view: Steve Cuozzo

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The impact of custodial sentences for possession of small amounts of marijuana

first_imgDear Editor,In the book Freakonomics, written by two economists (Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner) who dig through seemingly unrelated data, the phenomenon of rising crime statistics in the early 1990s in New York City, specifically murders by teenagers, was discussed.Despite their best efforts, the city of New York had grappled with increasing crime rates for many years. Increased penalties, tougher policing methods and other strategies failed to arrest (pun intended) the crime situation.Then circa 2000, the stats began falling, and continued falling. Nothing significant had changed that year that could explain the sudden but welcome decrease in crime.The two economists took a broader view and tried to find out what situation or circumstance was responsible for the change.Roe V. WadeIn 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States passed landmark legislation making it legal for women across the United States to legally terminate pregnancies.Harsh as it seems, the resulting effects of the legislation did not become apparent until 2000.The economists suggested that the change to allow legal termination of pregnancies resulted in hundreds, or possibly thousands, of unwanted pregnancies, many of whom would have been born into the socioeconomic conditions that foster or encourage a life of crime, simply were not born.So, by 2000, many of the persons that would have reached the age of maturity and entered the criminal networks were not there to do so. This is a harsh lesson, but a lesson nonetheless.The law in Guyana stipulates mandatory custodial sentences (3 to 5 years) for persons found with small amounts of marijuana.We have read many stories about young men and women who are now locked away in prison for 3 years or more for being in possession of a simple spliff/joint. I remember a case of a nursing mother in Albouystown who was sentenced to 3 years for possession of marijuana. In her case, the drug was not found on her, it was in the shop that she managed or owned.I can go on to list dozens of other cases, including the most recent, of the father of 3 that caught the nation’s attention. But, more than the personal impact on the mother or father or the kids that are left behind, what impact does this archaic and oppressive law have on our society?In a developing country like ours — where single parenting is already too common, and its adverse effects already well documented — what effect has this law had on families across this country?What effect has it had on the young men and women who have been imprisoned for 3 years? What rehabilitation programmes do we have to help them re-enter society as productive, contributing members thereof?I am not in possession of hard evidence, but I would be more than willing to wager that a check into the background of many bandits that terrorize us today would reveal a stint in jail for possession of marijuana.Is their life of crime in later years directly linked to their incarceration, or the difficulties they encountered thereafter?These are issues that must be thoughtfully examined by our leaders. It must be more than a taking point for 2020, it must come from a sincere place, from someone who has the foresight to see the long-term impact this law has on our youth and our society.I’m calling on all our leaders to repeal the current law of mandatory custodial sentencing for small amounts of marijuana.We must, as a society, find a better way to deal with that situation.Yours sincerely,Michael LeonardAFC Region 4 Chairmanlast_img read more

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“Smallie”, Nero to know fate today

first_img“Mango Man” murder caseNearly one month into the trial before Justice James Bovell-Drakes, a 12-member jury is expected to determine the fates of Mark Royden Williams, called “Smallie”, and Sherwin Nero, called “Catty”, in relation to their alleged involvement in the August 30, 2007 murder of Kumar Singh, called “Mango Man”.The defence and prosecution presented closing arguments earlier this week and the matter was adjourned to today for summation and jury deliberation. The panelMark Royden Williams, called “Smallie”, and Sherwin Nero, called “Catty” are on trial for murderof 12 will determine whether or not the duo is innocent or guilty. “Smallie” has led his defence by implicating Inspector Suraj Singh and other ranks in torturing him into signing his caution statement. He had told the jury that upon his 2008 arrest, he was handcuffed, beaten and shocked into signing the police document.Singh was killed after gunmen stormed his premises and allegedly made off with cash and jewellery while his relatives were visiting from Suriname.During the testimony of Singh’s wife and daughter last week, it was explained that bandits fired several shots when the family home was invaded. While the two women did not see the faces of their attackers, the jury had been told that an ex-Police rank transported the duo from Kumar Singh’s Cove and John, East Coast Demerara home via horse cart which the defence views as implausible.Prosecutor Tamika Clarke is appearing for the State while the two men on trial are being represented by Attorney Nigel Hughes.last_img read more

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Global Hub Heads Investment Options Being Promoted in the U.S.

first_imgDevelopment of the proposed global transshipment and logistics hub is one several potential investment opportunities being promoted among American investors by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Professor Stephen Vasciannie.The hub’s development is being spearheaded by the Government of Jamaica to position the country to take advantage of an anticipated increase in maritime activities, consequent on the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled for completion in 2015.Other potentially viable areas of investment being advanced by the Ambassador include: tourism, information technology, agriculture, and sports. Addressing members of the Washington Inter-Governmental Professional Group (WIPG) at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C., recently, Professor Vasciannie said the Government of Jamaica is urging investors to explore and tap into the “myriad” of investment opportunities available under the hub’s development.He pointed out that the initiative is a massive multi-million US dollar undertaking with several sub-projects, designed to enhance global trade.Turning to the lotto scam, Professor Vasciannie gave the assurance that the government is doing everything to arrest this illicit activity.“With the introduction of new legislation (among other provisions), this should not only make it clear that the government is serious about removing this scourge, but it will send a message to perpetrators that it is illegal,” he declared.Professor Vasciannie told the over 50 attendees that the government has a five point plan to effectively curb the illicit activity. This includes: public education and awareness, increased enforcement, and enactment of new laws, among other inputs.In her remarks US Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke, announced the re-establishment of the previously dormant Congressional Caribbean Caucus. She disclosed that within the next few weeks, the Caucus will meet with representatives of the CARICOM Diplomatic Corps, Organization of American States (OAS), various Caribbean Diaspora groups, non-government organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to discuss issues impacting the Caribbean.“I look forward to working with the Ambassador, and many of the Jamaican organizations in the Diaspora, to facilitate this initiative,” Ms. Clarke said.The Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group comprises executive level professionals who meet periodically with key policy makers from the US Congress, federal agencies, the private sector, and diplomatic community for interaction and discussions on topical issues.By Derrick Scottlast_img read more

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