James Goldston stepping down as top ABC News executive

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — James Goldston says he is stepping down after seven years as ABC News president. Under his leadership, the network’s two flagship news programs, “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America,” are ratings leaders. ABC has also launched a new ‘ABC News Live’ online product and purchased the FiveThirtyEight blog. Goldston said he always assumed that after the just-completed election cycle it would be time for a change. Peter Rice, Goldston’s supervisor at ABC parent Walt Disney Co., says he is naming a five-person executive team to oversee operations after Goldston leaves at the end of March as he searches for a new leader.last_img read more

Author discusses passion, relationship with mortality

first_imgKate Sweeney, author of “American Afterlife,” said she began her journey of writing about death when she heard about “green burial,” an ecologically friendly alternative to traditional burial.“Like so many Americans, I don’t have a comfortable relationship with the idea of death — it frightens me,” she said. “I didn’t know why I was writing the story. … I was writing the story because it was kind of interesting. I had never thought much about burial at all and now I’m at this place with ecological burial, and I ended up learning a lot about the conventional funeral industry.”Sweeney, who gave a reading of excerpts from her book as part of the Visiting Writers Series at Saint Mary’s on Thursday, said her initial story snowballed into an exploration of how Americans approach death and mourning.“I realized as I was writing that, to me, it was also about this horrible fear I have of death,” she said. “I’d love to be able to tell you that I overcame that because I met so many cool people while writing this book who aren’t afraid of death — like hospice workers and funeral chaplains and funeral directors who [think] it’s just a normal part of life — but I’m still terrified.”Sweeney has also worked as a reporter for National Public Radio and a writer for a blog and podcast.Radio, she said, forces reporters to be creative in different ways than print does. She said when interviewing someone for radio, there are other sounds that play a role in setting the scene, and it is up to the reporter to piece together those sounds to create a story.“You pick the sound that you want that is really wonderful and evocative, and you write around it,” Sweeney said. “With print, it’s a different kind of creativity, and it’s all about the language. You have more of a blank canvas. I think that audio — podcasting and the audio radio — can be very creative, but it’s a sonic creativity.”Sweeney said she loves writing creative nonfiction as opposed to straight journalism because it gives her the opportunity to acknowledge that she is not simply an “objective camera.”“You have a subjective viewpoint,” she said. “You’ve had certain experiences, which shape that viewpoint.”Sweeney said it’s important to allow subjectivity because true objectivity is not necessarily even possible as people are constantly shaped by their own lived experiences.“There is a notion that journalists are just these objective lenses writing down the story, when in reality our perspective on something is absolutely shaped by the experiences we’ve had, the amount of power we have in the world, and the kind of interactions we have with the world,” she said.“We need to question the possibility of real objectivity in journalism. What would happen if we acknowledged the different experiences we come from? How would that affect the writing that comes out, and how would that change the journalism that’s out there in the world and our relationship with the entity that is journalism?”Writing is important, Sweeney said, to understand other people’s perspectives in life.“Writing can force you to try to consider other human beings’ perspectives and the perspectives of other human beings who don’t walk in shoes that look like your own,” she said. “I feel like I have connected with other people and gotten to know their lives, and that has felt very powerful to me.”Sweeney said people who want to be writers should sit down and write. She said it is a common misconception that writers write perfect prose the first time they try and that it’s really a hard process. However, Sweeney said people who have a passion for writing should pursue that passion.“There is a lot in life that wants to distract you from your writing,” she said. “I was born with this thing that gives me deep joy, and that is my creative impulse. I don’t know if I was born with anything that is going to make me a million dollars or make me professionally known, but that is beside the point.“Whatever your creative passion is, there will be moments in which you get side-tracked from it, in which life will disrupt that part of yourself. Don’t berate yourself for that. Be gentle with yourself and forgiving of yourself, but don’t let life steal your creative self from you.”Tags: creativity, Death, Kate Sweeney, Visiting Writers serieslast_img read more

Capturing the heart of millennials: How community-focused is your credit union?

first_imgThe millennial generation (77 million strong and growing) is significantly different from their predecessors, the Baby Boomers (ages 51-64) and Generation X (ages 39-50) in terms of what they look for when choosing a company to do business with whether it be a financial institution, or any other type of business. Credit unions have the opportunity to capture the loyalty of this generation, their children, and their networks, but this is a group many institutions are struggling to attract.Millennials are driven by community-focused causes. Due to their relatively short time in the workforce and inability to donate large sums of money to charities and non-profit organizations, they express their support and appreciation for causes in a different way than older generations. The findings below from Nielsen’s 2014 “Millennials- Breaking the Myths” will give you a snapshot of the characteristics, drivers, and ways your credit union can best capture the heart of this generation.75% make financial gifts of less than $100 to a non-profit71% raise money on behalf of a non-profit57% volunteer their time with a non-profit or charity groupRoughly 75% report sharing information on events or other activities from a non-profit on FacebookAlmost 70% have shared statistics and other information on their favorite causes or non-profits on social networking sitesThe amount of time, money and effort millennials put into endorsing, promoting, and paying it forward to community-focused causes and social impact campaigns make them the most philanthropic generation yet. The use of Facebook and other social networking sites is a reflection of their 24-7 connectivity to their peers and the world around them. While many credit unions are struggling to gain the loyalty of this unique population, there are a few examples of institutions that are capturing the heart of this group remarkably well.Credit Union 1 of Alaska is doing a superb job of relating to millennials not only through their community-focused mission, but also through their unique use of social media to publicize and promote their efforts. Every year the credit union engages its entire membership to raise funds for non-profits for its “One for All Alaska Fund.” In 2013 the credit union raised and donated over $36,000 to help fight childhood hunger and employees volunteered over 3,000 hours all over the state. Credit Union 1 also accepts proposals from members for corporate giving and donated a total of $195,000 into the local community in 2013.Not only are these numbers impressive, but so is the means by which Credit Union 1 promotes and shares the opportunities to give and their mission. For example, posted on their website is a 2 minute promotional video featuring millennial-age employees explaining the “One for All Alaska” campaign and how to get involved. Similar videos, posts and hashtags like #CU1LUV and #OneforAll are plastered all over their Facebook page and Twitter account. Millennial-age employees and volunteers wearing credit union merchandise are pictured on their website presenting gift cards and other donated items to local community members.Warren Federal Credit Union serves as another exemplary instance of how to connect with the millennial generation through their Do Gooders Unite campaign. Launched in July 2014, the campaign offered to donate $10,000 to a local downtown beautification project if 200 new members signed up for accounts. Warren FCU relied on grassroots techniques to promote the campaign with booths at farmers markets and local festivals, and a strong social media presence on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #dogoodarmy. Like Credit Union 1’s use of social media to attract attention to the cause, Warren FCU’s efforts also reached millennials where they spend the most time and enabled the credit union to reach its member acquisition goals.Millennials want their financial institution to be socially conscious and to relate to their current lifestyle utilizing their social media platforms; tools they depend on the most. Engaging in community-focused activities and meeting millennials where they spend the majority of their time will allow credit unions to not only gain the loyalty of this generation long-term, but also the loyalty of their peers, and their children. Both Credit Union 1 and Warren Federal Credit Union serve as examples of institutions that sponsor a pro-millennial environment and their strategies serve as guides to peers looking to win over this generation. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Quimson Jennifer Quimson is the Marketing Coordinator at Bluepoint Solutions and oversees the company’s customer communications including newsletters, email campaigns, social media channels, and resource development. Quimson holds a master’… Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Detailslast_img read more

Log in to the digital catalog of rural tourism moj-seoski.hr

first_imgIf we want change for the better, we can only achieve that through synergy, proactivity and looking forward. The status quo is not getting us anywhere. Sign up, According to unofficial estimates, there are between 500 and 800 rural tourism service providers in Croatia. However, continuous changes in various ordinances and regulations, a large volume of often unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy, and the fact that their activities are regulated by two ministries, are a major problem for rural tourism. The application will present the tourist offer of Croatian regions, enable free promotion of agricultural holdings, most of which, due to limited resources and availability of information and communication technologies, are not able to present their agricultural products and tourist services offered on their farms and thus remain less accessible to domestic and foreign tourism market. RELATED NEWS: HOW TO PROMOTE RURAL TOURISM? HERE’S HOW THEY DO IT IN SWITZERLAND The application application is located on this one connectors.center_img The purpose of the application, which is an integral part of the website of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board, is the promotion of agricultural holdings engaged in some form of tourism and hospitality.  The Ministry of Tourism has developed the moj-seoski.hr application with the aim of establishing a digital catalog of rural tourism in the Republic of Croatia. By the way, this is old news, more precisely from January this year, but as so far very few accommodation providers in rural tourism have signed up for it, and the Ministry of Tourism has not promoted the entire platform, we once again invite all holders of rural tourism on farms to sign up for the moj-seoski.hr application and use the opportunities to promote your offer. SMALL SCHOOL ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS AND CONNECTION WITH TOURISMlast_img read more

Unai Emery reveals triple injury boost ahead of Arsenal clash with Nottingham Forest

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Sep 2019 11:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link32Shares Comment Bellerin could return for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Full-backs Bellerin and Tierney both completed 62 minutes for the Under-23s on Friday night and Holding has made four appearances at that level, but all could be thrown in against Forest.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We are going to decide [on Monday on Bellerin and Tierney],’ Emery said. ‘The first idea is if we can they’ll have minutes on Tuesday.‘It depends on their feelings and the decision for the first XI.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It’s not normal [to play twice] in two days. We need fresh players and different players.‘I think it’s not going to repeat one player playing today and above all with one less player in 60 minutes. Holding, I think, will play on Tuesday.‘With Hector and Tierney we will want to use them. I don’t know if it’s starting in the first XI. If they’re feeling well.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWho will progress in the League Cup?Arsenal0%Nottingham Forest0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Unai Emery has been in great form (Picture: AFP/Getty)Unai Emery revealed three Arsenal defenders could make a return to action against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night, with Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney all in line to play.The trio have not managed a single minute of first-team action between them this season due to injury, with Tierney yet to make his debut after a £25million switch from Celtic in the summer.Bellerin and Holding have both been struggling with anterior cruciate ligament injuries, while Tierney has been suffering with a groin issue. Unai Emery reveals triple injury boost ahead of Arsenal clash with Nottingham Forest Advertisementlast_img read more

No more media reports but group still holed up in Cuban church two months later

first_imgNewsRegional No more media reports but group still holed up in Cuban church two months later by: – October 24, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Flag of Cuba. Imagevia: flags.netHAVANA, Cuba (South Journal) — Two months ago, various international media agencies flocked to a small Cuban church and spread different versions about a religious retreat taking place in the building. But after several days the curious development started by a group of 63 persons stopped being at the centre of interest of reporters. However, the retreat still continues at the Infanta and Santa Marta street Pentecostal Church in Havana.Crónicas de Cuba blog spoke on several occasions with William Herrera, spokesperson of the group and son of Pastor Braulio Herrera Tito, leader of the congregation that decided, on August 21, to share their faith and wait for “an event that made Cubans look at God.” Their intention is to keep on their retreat “until God wishes.”Cronicas de Cuba exchanged text messages with Herrera about the event thus far: “We are now happier than when we started the retreat. We have now witnessed that God´s words have turned into reality and that God has been speaking to us…God told us some days ago ‘I have arrived!’ And we believe it…!”William Herrera said that “all here are in good health as they learn how to be affectionate with one another as God’s children do.”Meanwhile, outside the church, some relatives come to speak with their loved ones through the window, and life stays its normal course at the corner of Infanta and Santa Marta streets.The people inside the church also sent a message to all Cubans: “Our wish is that all Cubans and the world may experience God, that they know what living for the others mean and that they love God with all their spirit, mind, soul and heart. So that God be glorified through our life.”Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share 14 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Cincinnati’s New Coach

first_imgCincinnati did not go far to find a new head coach for their men’s basketball program.  They went across the river to Northern Kentucky University and hired John Brannen.  Brannen led the Norse to two NCAA appearances in the 3 years they were elegible at the Division I level.The Newport Catholic High School graduate will bring an entirely new style of basketball to UC.  Under Brannen the Bearcats will try to outscore you rather than out-defense you.  Brannen will be very familiar with the local area in his recruitment.I think the Bearcat fans will be happy to have him as the replacement for outgoing coach Mick Cronin who left to take the UCLA job.last_img read more

ISDH reports 675 new cases of COVID-19

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 675 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 today.  A total of 23,146 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 124,316tests have been reported to ISDH at a 17.8% positive rate and 33 new deaths were reported for a total of 1,328 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally, Decatur County has a total of 210 positive cases and 28 deaths, Franklin County has 104 positive cases and 7 deaths, and Ripley County has 98 positive cases and 6 deaths.last_img read more

Ivy Tech Community College offering Accelerated Degree Program

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN— Ivy Tech Community College’s Lawrenceburg campuses are currently accepting applications for Autumn into their Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP). Ivy Tech’s ASAP pathway allows students to receive an associate degree, typically a 2-year program, within an 11-month period. The degrees offered through the ASAP at Lawrenceburg and Batesville include general education, liberal arts, psychology, business administration, accounting, and criminal justice.Unlike typical associate degree programs, ASAP is cohort-based. Students enrolled in ASAP will progress through the program with peers they started the program with. The program offers additional peer-support every Friday, which is reserved for team meetings, enrichment, and team building activities. Similarly, students are assigned their own advisor that will help them navigate the program.ASAP is open to anyone under the age of 22, though students interested in ASAP through Ivy Tech will need to have completed dual-credit courses through their high school including ENGL 111, COMM 101, or BUSN 101, along with completing Ivy Tech’s IVYT 111 course by the fall start date of August 24.Any questions about the Associate Accelerated Program should be directed to:Heather Gard, Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) Director, at 812-537-4010 x5327 or hgard3@ivytech.edulast_img read more

Pellegrini’s warning for defence

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has warned his defenders they must raise their levels. Pellegrini said: “I think that we must improve. It’s very important to have a clean sheet because if you are always conceding one goal before you score you are playing against time, against the rival, the score, against a lot of things. “One of the things that we did last year was improving clean sheets. “We had a second round (of fixtures) with a lot of clean sheets. “At this moment last year we had conceded more goals, but in the last three games in Premier League we have conceded five goals and that is too much. We drew two games and won one, but it’s too much.” Pellegrini admits he is still unsure what his first-choice central defensive pairing should be. Martin Demichelis was restored alongside influential captain Vincent Kompany for the midweek Champions League draw against Roma after £32million summer signing Eliaquim Mangala had a poor game at Hull last Saturday. Demichelis and Kompany had started the season together while Mangala built up his match fitness. Pellegrini said: “I cannot say because it depends on their performance. Press Association “We bought Mangala for an important amount of money because we thought that we needed a centre-back, but I’m very happy with the performance of Martin and Vincent Kompany, also. “Mangala was not out because he made a mistake against Hull on Saturday. “We are just starting the season and we must finish in May so we must have a lot of games to play. “Of course players not in a good performance cannot play, but it’s important to make a good rotation, it’s important to decide tactical things. “For that game I decided that it was better to play Demichelis, who was also playing very well. “It was not linked with what happened against Hull and I think he (Mangala) will be a very good defender for us during the whole year.” Pellegrini also has strong competition for places in midfield. Yaya Toure and Fernandinho were the first-choice pairing last season but this term Pellegrini has the extra options of Fernando and Frank Lampard. Fernando impressed in the opening weeks of the season before suffering injury while former England international Lampard, signed on a six-month deal from sister club New York City, has shone of late. Pellegrini said: “I have four very good midfielders because we have to play around 60 games during the whole year. “We’ll see which midfielders are in the best moment to play each game. That’s never a problem when you have good players, it’s a problem when you don’t have good players.” Pellegrini will be without the bulk of his squad next week as they head out on international duty. Fitness concerns over Liverpool’s England striker Daniel Sturridge have reignited the club-versus-country debate this week but Pellegrini has no complaints about the situation. The Chilean said: “Of course you have concerns about that but you can do nothing. “If I am in charge or managing a national squad, I (would) hope that all the managers will help me. I think it’s our duty to help all the other managers. “If not, you cannot have World Cup, you cannot have European Championships. It’s an obligation for us to do it.” When City’s players return to club training, they will do so not at their familiar Carrington base, but at the new £200million City Football Academy. The state-of-the-art complex adjacent to the Etihad Stadium will start opening in stages from next week. Pellegrini said: “It is unbelievable. I have been in another important training ground at Real Madrid, but this one I think is the best I have seen.” The Barclays Premier League champions have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight games, and that came in a 7-0 thrashing of Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup. City have not shut out the opposition in the Premier League since they won 2-0 at Newcastle in their opening match of the season. last_img read more