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Energean’s Karish FPSO hull departs COSCO yard in China

first_imgThe completed FPSO will be towed to the Karish field for installation and hook-up The FPSO hull will be towed to the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore. (Credit: Energean Oil and Gas plc) UK-based Energean Oil and Gas announced that its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) hull has departed the COSCO yard in China.The FPSO hull, which will be towed to the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore, will be integrated with the topsides. The completed FPSO will be towed to the Karish field for installation and hook-up.Energean said in a statement: “The sailaway of the hull from China represents the achievement of a key milestone in the Karish project timetable. First gas on the Karish project is on track for H1 2021.”Energean Israel owns the $1.5bn Karish-Tanin gas development projectEnergean Israel, which is a 50/50 joint venture between Energean Oil and Gas and Kerogen Capital, owns the $1.5bn Karish-Tanin gas development project located in the Levant Basin of the Mediterranean Sea, offshore Israel.The project involves the development of the two fields, Karish and Tanin, using FPSO unit. The FPSO will have an oil storage capacity of 800,000 barrels and gas production capacity eight billion cubic metres of gas per annum.Recently, Energean has issued a warning of potential delays to deliver first gas from its Karish gas field, due to the coronavirus pandemic.Energean, however, said it is working with contractor TechnipFMC to avoid or mitigate any delay for the project.According to estimates, the fields have 2.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 41 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) of light hydrocarbon liquids, totalling 531 mmboe of 2C resources.The FPSO, which is planned to be installed approximately 90km from shore, will enable the recovery of hydrocarbons with minimal impact on the environment.last_img read more

Countrywide appoints HR specialist to its main board as branch closures rumoured

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide appoints HR specialist to its main board as branch closures rumoured previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide appoints HR specialist to its main board as branch closures rumouredLisa Charles-Jones has experience at several property companies including LSL’s Your Move and Reeds Rains estate agency brands.Nigel Lewis12th June 20191 Comment2,200 Views Countrywide has appointed the former Human Resources boss of estate agency LSL to its board as a non-executive director, replacing outgoing board non-exec Jane Lighting.Lisa Charles-Jones (pictured, above) is to join the top table of the company at the end of June subject to FCA approval and will work on its Remuneration Committee, but her experience will come in handy as the company proceeds with a rumoured programme of both branch closures and redundancies.She has considerable experience of estate agency. As well as having helped run Reeds Rains and Your Move for LSL as its Group HR Director for ten years, she is also a director of Evoca Estate Management in Newcastle and Kingston Properties Services.Both specialise in leasehold block management in the North of England.Non-exec specialistShe is also a professional ‘non-exec’ and is on the board of several other companies including social landlord specialist the Bernicia Group and transport data firm Tracsis.Charles-Jones is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds an MBA from the University of Durham.“I am delighted to welcome Lisa to the Board of Countrywide plc,” says Peter Long, Countrywide’s Executive Chairman (left).“Lisa brings valuable experience within the property sector and will be the Non-Executive Director Employee Engagement Lead within the Countrywide plc Board”.At the same time Jane Lighting, who has been on its board for five years, is to retire.“The Board of Countrywide wishes to thank Jane for her dedicated service to the Board and its committees,” says Long. “The whole Board wishes Jane well for the future”.Read more about Countrywide.Lisa Charles-Jones Reeds Rains Countrywide Your Move June 12, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 12th June 2019 at 11:32 amFirst a wave of IT personnel redundancies, then branch closures, now sales progression personnel, very soon even the top executives in their ivory tower will feel the reality that making multi million pound losses is a really stupid idea and decide to exit or be helped on their way.If you look at the composition of the board and their lack of industry knowledge, or the sound bites that have been coming out since the departure of Platt from supposedly experienced directors – it is clear that this slow motion car crash could have been minimised 6-months ago.A one off – closure of non-profit making offices (a big list) the sale of some of the assets (a smaller list) a one off programme of redundancies – with perhaps franchises being offered to the brave who could make marginal offices profitable if not constrained by ingrained and out dated practices.Countrywide – the clue is in the name – maybe it should be less of huge flabby loss making empire sprawling across the country – and cut itself down to size – and become a lean keen selling machine.Another major problem it has, is that CW is top heavy with many middle aged and older personnel – I am not being ageist I am 56, but young blood often helps, because in 10 years – the usual cycle of a successful business these people become the mature advocates whose core values carry companies into profitable times.In the mid 1980’s when agency exploded in the UK with banks and building societies buying up small independent agents to sell their financial wares, lots of 20 something estate agents joined the industry, and their work, motivation etc powered the movement. Many of these people are now in high places, but estate agency has changed and CW is a classic example of a business being run as though we were back 35 years ago.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Oriel head porter resigns to stand as MP for UKIP

first_imgHe commented, “It’s easy to get overly concerned about UKIP, particularly following the Clacton by-election. Banbury is a safe seat, however. Safer than Newark, which the Conservatives held even in a by-election against prominent UKIPer, Roger Helmer. The Conservatives will hold Banbury in 2015, though I imagine Mr. Bird will make some gains.” UKIP, with its anti-immigration and anti-EU platform, is unpopular with large swathes of the Oxford student population. Editor of Spiked Online, Brendan O’Neill, told Cherwell, “Sadly, it doesn’t surprise me that Oxford students are shunning those who express support for UKIP. British students, including those at Oxbridge universities, have become very intolerant lately of any viewpoint that doesn’t chime with their own.” The Head Porter at Oriel, Kenrick “Dickie” Bird, resigned last Friday in order to stand as a UKIP candidate for the North Oxfordshire seat of Banbury at the next General Election.Mr Bird, who worked at Oriel for over three years, said he left the College to devote his time to politics. In May, Mr Bird ran as UKIP candidate for a position as councillor for Blackbird Leys Ward in the Oxford City Council elec- tions. He finished second with twenty per cent of the vote, forty seven points behind the Labour candidate. Stuart O’Reilly, third year historian at Pembroke and Secretary of UKIP’s Oxford and Abingdon branch, was upbeat about Mr Bird’s campaign for a Commons seat, commenting, “Dickie is a top quality candidate who connects with and understands people and their concerns in the way the other parties can only dream of. He’d make an excellent MP for Banbury.” The candidate himself was also buoyant. He pointed to polling suggesting UKIP could win a quarter of the national vote. He also highlighted the Heywood and Middleton by-election, in which Labour held off the UKIP candidate by just 617 votes. “It shows there is no safe seat in the UK,” he remarked. But Banbury is no easy target. It sits next to Prime Minister David Cameron’s seat of Witney and is historically Conservative. Sir Tony Baldwin has represented the constituency since 1983 although he has recently announced that he will stand aside at the next General Election. He declined to comment on UKIP’s prospects there at the coming election. At the 2010 General Election, UKIP’s Banbury candidate secured just five per cent of the vote. However UKIP’s support has risen recently, with the party gaining its first MP earlier this month. Rupert Cunningham, fourth year classicist and President of the Oxford University Conservative Association, was confident that the Conservatives will see off any threat from Mr Bird and UKIP. According to O’Neill, who will later this term attend the Oxford Union to argue in favour of the proposition that “popular support is enough to justify a platform”, there is an irony in some of the more vehement condemnations of UKIP on campus. He said, “In the name of tackling bigotry, these intolerant student activists expose their own bigotry.” Second year St John’s PPEist Jake Hurfurt said, “Mr Bird is fully entitled to stand as a UKIP candidate for Parliament in Banbury, as he has a right to free expression and to partake in politics. Nevertheless, I do hope the constituents in Banbury see UKIP for what they are: a party of thinly veiled xenophobia with no cohesive policy platform and wholeheartedly reject them in May 2015.” Aidan Hocking, a Global and Imperial History M.St student at Hertford, told Cherwell, “given how many international students there are at Oxford, I think it’s a bit worrying if an ex-porter is running for UKIP, which has made a name for itself for its anti-immigration policies.” In a public Facebook post picked up by The Tab, former OUSU President Tom Rutland accused UKIP of “racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism.” When questioned about accusations of xenophobia, Mr Bird pointed to his family, remarking, “I’ve been called a racist, but I find it difficult to be a racist when I have black family.” Asked what part of his family is black, Mr Bird said “it’s not important”. Responding to criticism of his party’s stance on homosexuality, Mr Bird again invoked his family, saying, “I’ve been called homophobic, but I find it difficult to be homophobic when my sister is homosexual, and I love her dearly.” Mr Bird was equally bemused at having been labelled “ableist”. “I had to look it up,” he chuckled. “I find it difficult to be ‘ableist’ when my sister is disabled and my daughter is mentally disabled.” Recalling adverse coverage he received in the Oxford student press at the time of his previous tilt at public office, Mr Bird described such criticism as “water off a duck’s back.” “UKIP,” insisted Mr Bird, “is not the two-headed beast people claim it to be.” Referring to allegations of racism, sexism and homophobia, Mr Bird maintained that “there are no phobias or ‘-isms’ in UKIP.” James Eaton, a first year organic chemistry D.Phil at Magdalen, commented, “I don’t think it is any more significant for a former Head Porter of Oriel College to run as a UKIP candidate than a former baker from Scunthorpe.” In Mr Eaton’s opinion, media coverage of UKIP is excessive when compared with treatment of the other minor parties. He argued that this focus “shows the overall media bias toward UKIP, which I feel is related to sensationalist news reporting.” “What I must condemn,” said Mr Eaton, “is the fact that this former Oriel porter is being publicised because he is running for UKIP, which is a political party that is not considered one of the big three in British politics.” However the Oriel Porters’ Lodge alumnus and Royal Green Jackets veteran wants to change all that. “Recent polling puts us way ahead of the Lib Dems,” he said. Standing for UKIP, said Mr Bird, is “incredibly exciting”.last_img read more

10 Ways The Coronavirus Is Making People Change Their Daily Lives

first_imgThe steady rise in coronavirus cases in the United States and across the globe has had a far-reaching effect on how we interact with one another. Some jittery people have turned to panic buying at grocery stores and pharmacies, refused to shake hands and canceled or put off travel plans.Here are some of the ways normal routines are being altered as the virus’ spread shows no sign of slowing down.Kiss Goodbye To Shaking HandsPeople are finding alternative ways to greet each other at a time when direct contact is being frowned upon. In South Korea, residents are opting for fist bumps and deep bows.French officials are recommending that people refrain from the traditional “la bise” greeting, or kissing on both cheeks. Instead, some people are tapping elbows or shaking feet instead of hands.Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakAustralian leaders are suggesting people pat each other on the back in lieu of a handshake, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken to greeting people in “Namaste”-style — palms together and a slight bowTry Not To Touch Your FaceA lot of us didn’t realize just how much we were touching our faces until public health officials advised people to wash their hands more carefully to prevent the spread of germs.Even President Donald Trump said he was trying to fight the urge.“I haven’t touched my face in weeks,” Trump joked during a coronavirus briefing with airline executives. “I miss it.”Other celebrities have also voiced the difficulty.Leave Your Mug At HomeGoing out to eat and drink can be a regular ritual for many, but restaurants and eateries are changing how they do business.Starbucks announced a pause on allowing baristas to make drinks in customer-provided mugs and tumblers as one way to “prevent the spread of coronavirus.Some mom-and-pop establishments are also scrubbing down tables, cutlery and cash registers more often, and one cheese and wine shop in New York City is even taking employees’ temperatures before they start their shifts.In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, restaurant owner Claire Calvin told NBC affiliate WXII-TV that she has her employees wash their hands every hour and perform sanitation procedures three times a shift. She also is relaunching a dinner delivery program, knowing that customers may be more apt to just stay home instead of eating out.Asian businesses and restaurants across the U.S. have taken a hit due to unfounded fears that Asian populations harbor coronavirus.“I’ve never seen it this empty,” Alex Won, who was eating in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, told The Associated Press. “It’s sad.”Work From HomeCompanies are prepping for scenarios where going to work might not be safe. In the Seattle area, which has become an epicenter for coronavirus deaths in the U.S., tech giants such as Amazon and Facebook have asked employees to work from home throughout March, and many companies in other cities are planning for a similar scenario.Schools are also feeling the effects as students around the world are missing classes or doing long-distance learning, which has disrupted family schedules and caused working parents to scramble to figure out child care options.Download the NBC News app for full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakBut some workers make their living by interacting with the public.Tewodros Amare, a full-time Uber driver in Oakland, California, said he isn’t taking any chances when it comes to the coronavirus. He cleans his car with disinfectant wipes and rejects rides requested from San Francisco’s international airport.“I wear rubber gloves,” he told NBC News. “And when I pick up more than two riders, I wear a mask.”Gyms Do Their PartThe idea that more people may choose to avoid the gym and work out from home has helped companies such as Peloton, which sells stationary bikes and has seen its stock climb in recent days.But gyms and fitness studios are trying to stave off any customer loss by becoming a model of cleanliness and encouraging members to do their part by wiping down machines and mats.“Cleanliness in a gym is obviously very important because we are sweating here and we have so many people in and out throughout the day,” Jason Wallace, the owner of Title Boxing Club in Louisville, Kentucky, told NBC affiliate WAVE. Dr. Anthony Fauci: Social distancing not yet needed nationwide to fight coronavirus FOOTNOTE: Ben Kesslen is a reporter for NBC News, Erik Ortiz is a staff writer for NBC News focusing on racial injustice and social inequality, Yuliya Talmazan is a London-based journalist and Alex Shi, Matteo Moschella , Andy Eckardt, Paul Goldman, Nancy Ing, Stella Kim and Alyssa Newcomb contributed, by TaboolaSponsored Stories, MARCH 6, 202004:56By Ben Kesslen, Erik Ortiz and Yuliya Talmazan Be Mindful On Public TransportationSubways, buses and other forms of public transportation can feel like germ factories, but face masks and even gloves have become a common sight for commuters in recent weeks. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img In New York City, trains and buses are being disinfected every three days, and officials said they have an arsenal of antiviral treatments.“When you get on a bus or when a child goes to school, it’s not bad cologne or perfume,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “It is bleach.”A man wearing a face mask reads his phone on the subway in New York on Feb. 2, 2020.Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images fileListen To Music, Stream Events At HomeFrance last month banned gatherings of more than 5,000 people in confined spaces in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which could mean fewer concerts and rallies.Tomorrowland Winter 2020, which was set to take place this month at a French alpine ski resort and feature artists Steve Aoki and Afrojack, was canceled because of the ban.Other artists, including K-pop boy band BTS, Louis Tomlinson and Queen, have canceled or postponed concerts in Asia, France and elsewhere, upsetting fans.Big tech is scared, too: Apple and Twitter pulled out of the South by Southwest festival over coronavirus concerns, Adobe canceled its live summit, and Facebook announced it is canceling an annual 5,000-person marketing conference in San Francisco. Worship Differently 10 Ways The Coronavirus Is Making People Change Their Daily Lives Drinking wine out of shared chalices during Holy Communion and shaking hands are regular parts of a church service. But the coronavirus has church leaders rethinking worshipers’ interactions.Paul Etienne, the Catholic archbishop of Seattle, said in a letter to parish leaders that wine should not be distributed during Communion until further notice and churchgoers should receive the sacrament wafer in their hands, not on their tongues, the AP reported.Furthermore, sick parishioners are being urged to stay home and those who do attend Mass are asked to avoid the traditional act of shaking hands at the sign of peace.In Chicago, the archdiocese is requiring priests, deacons and other personnel to wash their hands before each Mass and use hand sanitizer before and after Communion.Meanwhile, photos and videos circulating on social media have showed a dramatic change at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The holy site, which is typically crowded with worshipers, is nearly empty.Saudi officials are working to curb the coronavirus, which has infected at least five people in the kingdom.Switch to FaceTimeA quick trip to visit friends and family is suddenly causing people to think twice. Instead of getting on a bus, driving a few hours or taking a train, people are staying home and communicating online.Airports have caused particular panic for some, with people delaying trips or canceling flights in an effort to assuage their anxieties over the virus.Global airline carriers, including United, Delta and American, have suspended flights and cut down on routes. And some of the world’s busiest airports have turned into ghost towns.A near-empty Myanmar National airlines flight from Yangon on March 4, 2020.Paula Bronstein / Getty ImagesDon’t Place Your BetsAfter an employee of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, Oregon, contracted the coronavirus, the owners closed down for two days for a deep cleaning. The process involved the use of a Clorox Total 360 System, an electrostatic spraying unit used by hospitals and clinics.The larger gambling industry is bracing for a slowdown in business as analysts fear visitors might cut back on trips and look to avoid rubbing shoulders with strangers or coming into contact with tables and machines. The Las Vegas area has seen at least one confirmed case of the coronavirus.Workers on the Strip have noticed a small decrease in business and people who do visit are taking precaution.“I definitely have seen a lot more people in general walking around wearing face masks,” showgirl Lexi McKimmey told NBC News.last_img read more

IceMen Stun Cyclones in Comeback Shootout Win

first_imgIceMen Stun Cyclones in Comeback Shootout Win(Evansville scores twice in final seven minutes to force overtime, beats Cincinnati in shootout.EVANSVILLE, IN – The Evansville IceMen scored two goals in the final seven minutes of regulation Sunday to force overtime, before beating the Cincinnati Cyclones 6-5 in a shootout at the Ford Center.The Cyclones scored the first goal in a back-and-forth first period when Tommy Mele buried a rebound into the top shelf over IceMen goalie Scott Greenham six minutes into the game. Andrew Harrison tied the score for Evansville when he snuck the puck past the right pad of Cincinnati goaltender Andy Iles off of a centering pass from Matthew Zay behind the net.The IceMen took the lead 1:01 after Harrison’s goal, as Alex Wideman through a centering pass off the skate of Ryan Penny, who was crashing the net. Cincinnati evened the score at 2-2, when Nick Huard stick-handled around an Evansville defenseman and through a pass to the net that caught the stick of Christiaan Minella before deflecting in past Greenham.Cincinnati took its second lead of the game early in the middle period, when Huard set up Brett Wysopal with a backdoor pass on a power play and Wysopal flipped the shot behind Greenham 1:17 into the frame. Colin Mulvey rifled a shot into the net from high in the slot on a transition rush to make it 4-2 in favor of the Cyclones at 4:24.Late in the period, Sebastian Strandberg carried the puck the full length of the ice and made a highlight reel move around the Cyclones defenseman and then Iles to cut the IceMen deficit to one heading into the second intermission.An early power play goal from Jack Downing gave the Cyclones a 5-3 lead just 21 seconds into the third period. But the IceMen scratched and clawed to tie the game with two goals in the final seven minutes of play. Curtis Leonard picked off a Cincinnati clearing attempt and fired a wrist shot past Iles with 6:46 left for his first professional goal to bring the IceMen within one. Wideman scored the equalizer with 4:33 to go, when he chipped in a setup pass from Nathan Moon, as Evansville battled back to force overtime.After a scoreless extra period, Wideman and Tyson Fawcett both scored in the shootout, and Greenham stopped Mulvey and Zach Budish to steal the win for the IceMen.The IceMen hit the road this week for three games in four days. Evansville first faces the Missouri Mavericks at 7:05pm CST Wednesday at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. The IceMen then head to Moline, IL for the final meeting with the Quad City Mallards at 7:05pm CST Friday at iWireless Center. The team wraps up the week with a 7:30pm EST Saturday contest against the Fort Wayne Komets at Memorial Coliseum.NEXT WEEKWed. 3/23 – Evansville at Missouri (7:05pm) – Silverstein Eye Centers ArenaFri. 3/25 – Evansville at Quad City (7:05pm) – iWireless CenterSat. 3/26 – Evansville at Fort Wayne (7:30pm EST) – Memorial ColiseumFINAL HOME GAMESFri. 4/1 – Cincinnati at Evansville (7:15pm) – Ford CenterAutism Awareness NightSat. 4/2 – Tulsa at Evansville (7:15pm) – Ford CenterHome Finale – TRCI Mini Stick Giveaway – ZooperstarsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bay Avenue Construction Update

first_imgThe Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority is replacing and rehabilitating the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street. The work will be done on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street.Work for March 2-7:As of the end of the day Friday, Feb. 28, the contractor will have installed PVC pipe, backfilled and temporarily paved from the southern terminus of the project on 31st Street up to a point about 200 feet north of 14th Street. A second crew has completed work from the northern terminus to a point about 300 feet from Ninth Street. Both crews will continue work toward Ninth Street. The north crew is expected to reach Ninth Street within the next week.Traffic:Over the weekend of Feb. 29 to March 1, two lanes of traffic will be open on Bay Avenue from 34th Street to Ninth Street. After the weekend, Bay Avenue will be open only to local traffic and to local businesses from Eighth Street to 14th Street.Also, 31st Street is closed to traffic between Simpson and Haven Avenues for the indefinite future.See full project update Detour signs were a common sight on Bay Avenue during construction.last_img read more

Charges filed in fatal mall shooting in Wisconsin

first_imgAPPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a teenager who is still on the run in a fatal shooting at a mall in eastern Wisconsin. According to a criminal complaint filed in Outagamie County Circuit Court on Tuesday, 17-year-old Dezman Ellis and 19-year-old Jovanni Frausto were at the Fox River Mall in suburban Appleton with friends Sunday afternoon and had a chance encounter. The complaint says Ellis was with his girlfriend who used to date Frausto. According to prosecutors, witnesses told police that an argument began between Ellis and Frausto and that Ellis pulled out a gun and shot Frausto.last_img read more

ASC backs out of Steamboat deal

first_imgTriple Peaks, LLC, the company formed by Tim and Diane Mueller, owners of Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, was informed March 27, 2002, by the American Skiing Company of Bethel, ME, that they were not going to proceed with the closing of the sale of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Company in Steamboat Springs, CO.”We are quite surprised and disappointed at this action,” said Tim Mueller. “Contrary to some reports, we have been ready, willing and able to close this transaction for some time. We had accommodated ASC’s request for a temporary postponement, never having an inkling that they were going to breach our agreement. We are presently exploring with our attorneys the best course of action, before formally responding to this outrageous turn of events.””We were looking forward to working with the employees and the community at Steamboat to fulfill its vast potential,” Diane Mueller emphasized. “To have this thrown at us at this time is devastating to us, our employees and the communities involved.”last_img read more

How To: Folly Beach, South Carolina

first_imgThe Road Team has made it to the “Edge of America,” Folly Beach, South Carolina. While we may be far from the Blue Ridge Mountains, we like to celebrate the entire state that the Blue Ridges run through. There is still plenty of adventure to be had on the beach!Starting out as the home of the Bohicket Tribe, settlers became interested in “The People’s Beach.” Nine families moved here, followed by many more and Folly Beach came to be the quirky, bright, little beach town we know now. Center Street is dotted with bars, offices, and surf shops, and acts as the welcome wagon as you drive in from Charleston, South Carolina. Get out beyond the buildings and get personal with dolphins and if you’re lucky, a North American right whale during migration season. Folly beach has the perfect balance between ‘relaxed beach town’ and ‘still a few things to do after 8 pm.’EatFolly Beach lies solidly in the south, and the food reflects that. We dined at many cute beachside cafes and grills all offering dishes with southern flair. If you want laid back and off the main drag, check out Lost Dog Cafe, a staple on Folly Island. Bring your pup (almost all the cafes and restaurants we dined at allowed dogs on the patio), sit outside and order the shrimp and grits. Another option for breakfast is Black Magic Cafe. We ordered a lavender honey latté in the early morning and walked to the beach to enjoy it. To eat like a local, head to Chico Feo for incredible tacos and an eclectic back seating area. If you want to grab a quick bite before enjoying the surf, check out Bert’s Market, open twenty-four hours and selling everything you can think of.Other hot spots:Taco Boy for a quick lunch bite before heading to the pier.Bowens Island for a nicer Lowcountry dinner on your way back to Charleston.The ‘Wich Doctor for anything from pizza to Vietnamese Pho on a Sunday.PlayThis is why we came to Folly! Folly beach is gaining popularity as a solid surf spot on the East Coast. With plenty of different areas to check for waves (The Pier, the Washout, 10th street), you can always find a set that looks good to you.While the Road Team hasn’t delved into the world of surfing (yet), we did head to the other side of the island and put our kayaks in to explore the estuaries between the mainland and Folly Beach Island. We highly suggest heading under the bridge and across the way to the estuaries. We twisted and wound down shallow murky water passing by reeds and floating twigs. This may sound unromantic, but it is actually extremely beautiful, and also the location of our up close dolphin spotting. They frequent the area so your chances are good! If you don’t have kayaks of your own, never fear, you can rent them from Charleston Outdoor Adventures and launch from their private boat dock.There is ample biking, paddle boarding, fishing and straight up beach hanging. Leashed dogs are allowed to hang with you at the beach all day in the offseason. Between May 1st and September 30th, they can join you before 10 am and after 6 pm.The Folly Beach County Park is a great place to relax for the day, away from the ‘bustle’ of Center street. You can grab your bike and beach cruise all the way from the Park to the Washout on the other side of the island. It’s about an 8-mile round trip and you can stop in town each way to grab a refreshment or snack.StayThis classic beach town has slightly lower than expected hotel prices. At just under $200.00, you can get a room at Tides Folly Beach or the Holiday Inn. This is for offseason though, and I’m sure the prices surge once summer gets underway. Luckily, the AirBnB market  is saturated here and if you aren’t picky, you can find rooms for under $100.00If camping is your forte, you run into fewer choices. You can stay at James Island County Park for between $30.00 and $60.00, and take a shuttle to Folly County Park for $10.00 round trip. What we suggest is the trusty Walmart parking lot, which has a separate section for overnight RVs on the right side if you’re looking at the store. Of course, you need a van or vehicle you can sleep in so this option isn’t for everyone. But it’s free, and that’s hard to come by in the realm of beach accommodations.If you have a few days and you’re close to Charleston, South Carolina, push the extra thirty minutes and land yourself on Folly Beach Island. We’ve come back here again and again because the charm is magnetic.There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors like Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel.last_img read more

Financial performance & member loyalty topics of Credit Union Net Promoter Certification

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jake Foreman Before joining Member Loyalty Group, Jake served as Member Experience Analyst for Idaho Central Credit Union where he managed their Net Promoter program. Jake’s passion for the Net Promoter … Web: Details What is the ROI of my credit union’s Voice of the Member program? This is a question Member Loyalty Group (MLG) hears often from credit union chief executive officers. We hear it so often that understanding the economics and business linkage of your member experience program will be one of the key topics discussed during our next Credit Union Net Promoter Certification course this May 2-3 in New Orleans.Having collected over 2.5 million member surveys in the past 8 years for 90 credit unions, MLG has gained some insights about the link between Voice of the Member programs based on the Net Promoter score and financial performance.We recently compared the performance of our participating credit unions with the industry average performance data for all credit unions over $100M in assets in key financial areas.As the charts below show, those who are actively investing in their Voice of the Member programs continue to outperform the industry significantly in each of the key areas.Gap in ROA has widenedOver the past five years, the average Return on Assets (ROA) for credit unions participating in MLG’s Voice of the Member program has continued to increase.The link between Net Promoter Scores (NPS) and higher ROA becomes clearer as you compare the top performing MLG participants (Loyalty Leaders who score in the top quartile of all participating credit unions) with mid-range and lower performers.  Learn more about how higher Net Promoter Scores are linked to membership growth, checking account penetration, net income and expenses by requesting a complimentary copy of our new report.Our upcoming Credit Union Net Promoter Certification® will also include more in-depth discussions on economics, business linkage and analytics. Consider joining us for this two-day session on May 2-3 in New Orleans!You can also learn more about Member Loyalty Group’s Voice of the Member programs by visiting or contacting us at [email protected] Promoter, Net Promoter Score, and NPS are trademarks of Satmetrix Systems, Inc., Bain & Company, Inc., and Fred Reichheld.last_img read more

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