We’re In the Spirits World

first_imgIt’s a fine time to be a Southerner. That’s a scientific fact and here’s the evidence: 1) Chicks dig bowties again 2) The craft distillery trend is in full swing below the Mason Dixon. Distilling laws are shifting in the South, and once again, hooch is flowing from the Appalachians. Take a trip into the hills and, with a little research, you’ll likely find an incorporated group of dudes and dudettes working up some fire water in copper stills. And there’s no hooch like Southern hooch. That’s another scientific fact. Yes sir, it’s a good time to be us.Take Smooth Ambler Spirits. I stumbled across this small, but ambitious craft distiller in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia on my way up to Snowshoe Mountain Resort. The distillery is only a few years old but is already making waves in the “Spirit World.” Its Old Scout bourbon won the gold last year for best Artisan Merchant Bottled Whiskey from the American Distilling Institute, and went on to get high praise from Wine Spectator as well. You can’t find the stuff on the shelves because it sells out so quickly.Smooth Ambler uses local mountain water, local grain, even local botanicals when crafting its bourbon, gin, and vodka. I like the “cut of their jib” so to speak, but I really like their Greenbrier Gin. If you’re a gin purist, you might find it a little too citrusy and fragrant for a straight martini, but it’s the bee’s knees in a gin and tonic, or even better in the Gin and Ginger that was recommended to me when I toured the distillery.Gin lovers should check out my Gin and Ginger recipe below. Whiskey lovers should look for Smooth Ambler’s Old Scout 10, their highly anticipated 10-year old bourbon, hitting the shelves soon. And if you’re a lover of both gin and whiskey, get your hands on their Barrel-Aged Gin, which is born after Greenbrier Gin sits in Old Scout barrels for three months. The result is the best of both worlds, particularly when you use it as the base of classic cocktails. Ask your local liquor store to pick up Smooth Ambler. Or just make a trip to the distillery. Like I said, Snowshoe Mountain Resort is right around the corner. Liquor+Lift Served Mountain Biking=A Great Weekend.Gin and Ginger2 oz Greenbrier Gin from Smooth Ambler4 oz Ginger ale (if you can find it, get small-batch Blenheim Ginger Ale, which is made in South Carolina, of course)Juice of half a limelast_img read more

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5 ways to be a better delegator

first_img 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details There comes a time when you have to delegate tasks and responsibilities. When that time comes, you want the process to be smooth and the results to be positive. If you’re in the process of delegating, here are a few tips for making that process more effective.Give the right tasks to the right people: When delegating tasks (no matter how routine they are), you want to be sure that they’re given to the correct person. If the task takes certain skills, you need to be sure you’re giving the responsibility to someone who has the skillset to get the job done. Don’t just give the job to someone who needs more to do. This can backfire on you very quickly.Don’t be afraid to train: Occasionally, there may not be a perfect candidate for the task you want to delegate. If this happens, figure out who has the most potential for success and train them to do the job. This will pay off in the long run because you’ll be able to delegate similar tasks to the employee that you’ve invested in. You’re also developing the employee into something greater, and that’s always a positive.Give thorough instructions: You can’t expect success if you don’t explain what success looks like. Make sure any employee who’s been delegated new responsibilities knows how to define a successful completion of the task. You don’t have to tell them how to do it (more on that in a second) but be sure they’re clear on the end goal.Trust your staff: If you don’t trust your team, you won’t be able give away the reigns on anything. If your team is capable and prepared, they’ll be able to get the result that you want. A lack of trust will lead to micromanaging and stress. Give your team the freedom to get the job done and let them worry about how they get to the finish line.Check-in: If you want to see how an employee is doing with a new task, feel free to check-in, just don’t turn into a “helicopter boss.” Keep it quick and simple, ask how things are going, and volunteer any help if needed. This will let your employees know that you want to be supportive and that you also believe in them. This will make you a popular boss.last_img read more

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Binghamton Police investigate reports of possible burglary at Elementary School

first_imgPolice say there is no danger to the students and staff. (WBNG) BINGHAMTON- Several Binghamton Police Department cars were spotted outside of Benjamin Franklin Elementary School Friday morning. According to the Binghamton Police Department they are investigating a possible burglary that happened early Friday morning at the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates throughout the day. As of 8:30 a.m., students were being allowed inside of the building. last_img

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HOW: Storytelling is the key to a good marketing message to bring a customer to yourself

first_imgThe sequel to the first day of the HOW Festival contained three lectures, and we bring a brief summary and main conclusions.Consumer psychology in tourism – The most important thing is to know who your customer isBehavioral marketing expert and founder – Promosapeins – the first behavioral agency in the Adriatic region, specializing in consumer psychology, Dalibor Šumiga, opened a lecture at Hotel Operations Weekend 2017 to which no one was immune.Explaining the path of the consumer, the way the customer’s brain goes through the experience and presenting examples from the hotel industry, the audience followed with interest facts such as the dream phase in which a potential customer spends the most time before deciding to buy, or in this case, book accommodation. and travel.In marketing noise, as he states, you will stand out with a unique and good story. Storytelling is the key to a good marketing message that will bring the customer to yourself. The rest is by no means negligible, because in the digital age, one customer can tell their user experience, instead of a few, to millions today with just a few mouse clicks. If you recognize what your customer wants, not only will he be loyal, but he will also become your ambassador.During the lecture, Šumiga emphasized the sentence: “If you want to understand how animals live, you don’t go to the Zoo. You go to the jungle. ”Digital trends in the hotel industry – Who will prepare hoteliers for digital trends and the improvement of the work system?The digitalization of the hotel industry was the top topic on the first day of the HOW Festival at the Falkensteiner Spa Hotel Iadera. Lecturer Sylvia Dudek, program manager of METRO Accelerator, talks about the METRO Accelerator program itself in the direction of taking advantage of what is already there. Users have smartphones and over 50% of them want to have service over their phone. Dudek notes that hotel reservations begin with digital availability and reviews. METRO Accelerator prepares and trains staff according to digital solutions, and the program itself is divided into four phases:Selection (marketing insight)Mentoring (competitive advantage)BIZ Construction (tested products with users)User successIt can be concluded that METRO not only follows the trends in the hotel industry, but is also far ahead of what our hoteliers, according to the program presented at the Festival, certainly benefit from.Digitization of business – impact on hotel operations – Is it time for a great revolution?  The young entrepreneur, owner of the Salzburg hotel, and founder of the software company hotelkit, Marius Donhauser, with his dynamic lecture on the first day of the Hotel Operations Weekend Festival showed how big the change of jobs will be. Hotelkit distributes its software in more than 400 independent hotels and helps them optimize their daily business. As Donhauser argues, we are facing a change in jobs in the hotel industry that we have not seen since the Industrial Revolution.We had the opportunity to see Google Voice Assistant, Sava the hostess as well as many other artificial intelligences that make the catering business easier. While everything we’ve seen looked exciting, Donhauser warns that one should be careful with new technologies. However, it is the man who gave this presentation today.The second day opened with workshops for the Reception and Food and Beverage Department. Piet Boogert, General Manager of Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, ​​General Manager Thierry Kremper from Novotel Sarajevo Bristol and Nenad Nizić, owner of Vestibul Palaca, presented how the reception can bring tourists closer to the local experience. Participants were also given examples of good practice on “How hotel bars can be profitable” and “How technology is implemented in the reception”. On the second day, 12 workshops were held, and the Festival, in addition to the aforementioned departments, also dedicated itself to the Departments of Wellness, Marketing and Sales, Technology and Household. The festival gathers over 500 participants, and hoteliers state that HOW, although organized for the first time, has aroused great interest and achieved great success.last_img read more

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PREMIUMOdd-even parking restrictions deter drivers on Central Jakarta’s busy roads

first_imgLog in with your social account Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Car drivers have found it difficult to find parking spaces after the Jakarta administration implemented an odd-even parking system on Jl. Gajah Mada and Jl. Hayam Wuruk in Central Jakarta. The expansion of the odd-even policy to the two roads is part of an effort ease traffic congestion. “It has been difficult to find parking spaces on the side of the road after the administration implemented the odd-even parking system, especially since the parking lots in front of the buildings on the road are not very spacious,” Yanto, a 35-year-old company driver said after parking his car on Jl. Gajah Mada last week.The administration has enforced the odd-even parking policy on the two streets since Jan. 31 following the introduction of the odd-even driving policy on 25 roads across the city in September of last year. The new on-site parking regulation allows only cars with … Topics : Facebook Google Linkedin odd-even-license-traffic-policy Central-Jakarta traffic traffic-congestion public-transportationlast_img read more

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BREAKING: Indonesian transportation minister tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgBudi reportedly attended a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.Pratikno said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had appointed Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan as ad interim transportation minister.Gatot Subroto Army Hospital doctors said Budi’s condition was improving. (kmt/mfp)Topics : Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has tested positive for COVID-19.State Secretary Pratikno announced on Saturday evening that Budi was identified as Case 76 in a previous Health Ministry announcement and was being treated at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital.He declined to say when Budi had been admitted to the hospital or when he had likely been infected.last_img

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UK pension fund body targets consolidation in strategy update

first_imgEmma Douglas, PLSA“Drawing on the wide expertise of the PLSA’s policy board, we have identified four key priority topics: well-run schemes, effective engagement, adequate contributions, and addressing the challenges of consolidation – with some actions for government and some for the industry.”Scale and transparency The PLSA said it would continue to support consolidation of defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) schemes, although it acknowledged that “scale should not be pursued as an end itself”.Based on its 2017 work on what it dubbed pension “superfunds” for DB consolidation, it said it would seek to play “a major role” in their development. The industry is currently waiting for a regulatory framework to be set out by government to support commercial consolidator vehicles.The association also highlighted its work on cost transparency as part of its focus on improving governance standards. It recently partnered with asset managers and local authority pension funds to launch templates for the reporting of investment costs, through the Cost Transparency Initiative.“The focus on well-run schemes recognises that good scheme governance goes to the heart of trust in the industry and the delivery of good outcomes for savers,” the PLSA said. “As well as scheme governance, this area covers cost transparency, value-for-money, sound investments, and stewardship.”Adequacy and engagementImproving engagement with savers and ensuring individuals were saving enough for a comfortable retirement are the other two areas of focus for the PLSA.The association called for the development of retirement income standards, which it described as “quantifiable saving targets [to] help the industry communicate people’s likely lifestyle in retirement and help them understand the impact of savings decisions”.It also highlighted work on the pensions dashboard and a proposed new “simpler annual statement” to improve reporting to end investors.The PLSA also vowed to push for auto-enrolment minimum contributions to be increased to 12% of salary by 2030, in line with a recent report into retirement income adequacy. It would actively seek to recognise schemes that meet this level through its “Pension Quality Mark” standards, the association said.On the DB side, the PLSA voiced support for a proposed new DB funding code and new powers planned for the Pensions Regulator. The UK’s trade body for pension funds has put consolidation at the heart of a new four-year strategy plan.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) announced today that improving scale and advocating for consolidation efforts would be one of four main aims for the trde body over the course of the next four years.As well as supporting consolidation of pension schemes, the PLSA said it would focus on raising scheme governance standards, improving pension outcomes, and boosting member engagement.The association’s policy board, formed last year as part of a strategic overhaul of its leadership structure, has formed four sub-committees to lead the work in these four areas. Emma Douglas, chair of the PLSA’s policy board, said: “We have an ambitious policy agenda to ensure the UK regime for retirement savings delivers a better income for everyone.last_img read more

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Palace: Duterte unlikely to block ABS-CBN’s provisional franchise

first_imgAs long as ABS-CBN does not have violations, according to Roque, there is no reason for President Duterte to veto a provisional franchise for the network.“Inaasahan ko naman po na kung wala pong constitutional infirmity eh pipirmahan naman po ito ng Presidente,” Roque said during the Malacanang virtual press conference on Thursday.On Wednesday, the House of Representatives has passed on second reading House Bill 6732, which gives the network a temporary license that will be valid until Oct. 31, 2020.The provisional franchise will allow ABS-CBN to operate while the House and the Senate are still deliberating on the issues that surrounded the renewal of the previous franchise, and whether or not it should be given a fresh 25-year franchise.“It’s not only the best move, it’s the only move under the Constitution,” Roque said. “It’s very clear po na tanging ang Kongreso lang po ang puwedeng mag-grant ng franchise or mag-revoke ng franchise for broadcast companies.”Roque earlier said that President Duterte is neutral on the franchise issue despite the President’s past grievances, particularly on the unaired campaign advertisements in 2016.ABS-CBN went off the air on May 5 after the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order for the network after its franchise expired on May 4./PN MANILA – There seems no reason for President Rodrigo Duterte to oppose the granting of provisional franchise for ABS-CBN so that it could resume its free TV and radio broadcast, his spokesperson spokesperson Harry Roque saidlast_img read more

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West Brom keep faith with Anelka

first_img Earlier the club’s shirt sponsors Zoopla announced, in the wake of the furore generated by the celebration, it will not seek to renew its backing of the club when its current £3million two-year deal expires at the end of the season. Anelka’s actions are being investigated by the Football Association and it had been reported that Zoopla was unhappy about Anelka’s continuing presence in the team while the matter was being looked into. Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ gesture, which he performed after scoring at West Ham on December 28, sparked controversy, particularly in his native France, where it has been declared as anti-Semitic and racist. It is understood the FA could reach a conclusion this week, probably as early as Tuesday. But with concern about the issue, Zoopla, which is co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterton, has decided to end its support. A statement from the company read: “Zoopla has been reviewing its position over the past few weeks in light of the actions of striker, Nicolas Anelka, during the match against West Ham over the Christmas period and has decided to focus its attention on other marketing activities after this season.” Lawrence Hall, head of communications for Zoopla, said: ”Through our sponsorship of West Bromwich Albion we are pleased to have supported the local community and charities. “In recent weeks, however, we have decided to re-evaluate this sponsorship and as a result we will focus our attention on other marketing activities from the end of the season.” West Brom’s response to Zoopla’s announcement played down significance of the news there would be no extension. “West Bromwich Albion has been fully aware since the sponsorship agreement came into force in June 2012 that its partnership with Zoopla could expire this summer and therefore has been planning accordingly,” said a statement. West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka was named in the starting line-up for the Barclays Premier League match at home to Everton despite the ongoing controversy over his ‘quenelle’ goal celebration. “Zoopla has today informed the club in writing that it does not wish to extend its sponsorship deal. “The club will now actively seek a new official sponsor for next season.’ Anelka denied he was being anti-Semitic or racist by celebrating in such a way and claimed he did it in support of his friend Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, a controversial anti-establishment comedian. The 34-year-old did promise not to repeat the gesture. Since beginning its investigation, the FA has made no comment other than to state an independent expert has been used during the probe. Anelka could face a ban if deemed to be guilty of breaching the FA’s anti-racism rules. Like the rest of his team-mates, Anelka was wearing the sponsor’s branding on his West Brom shirt as the match began. Lord Ouseley, chairman of the anti-discrimination group Kick It Out, has condemned what he considers a culture within football that sees clubs leave decisions on morality to others. “We have clubs who will not take responsibility, they always hide behind the FA,” Lord Ouseley told BBC Radio Five Live. He added: “The club has a responsibility to its fans, to the public, because we have laws and we have standards and we have rules and regulations about how players conduct themselves, and that’s the standard that we need to apply.” Kick It Out has made no secret of its frustration at the time the FA has taken to deliberate on the Anelka issue. Lord Ouseley suggested clubs should be proactive rather than leaving it up to the authorities to determine whether an act has caused offence and an apology is required. He added: “I know its a bit wishy-washy, mealy-mouthed, but it seems as though we’re so dismissive, we’re just saying, ‘No, our player is okay’. Until the FA adjudicates – and it could be several years from now – he will go on unaffected and we cannot go on setting that sort of standards.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Grandmother Jailed for Possession of CBD Oil Sues Walt Disney World

first_imgWalt Disney World, the happiest place on earth, is facing a lawsuit from a North Carolina grandmother who was arrested outside the Magic Kingdom for CBD oil possession.A civil rights attorney says he intends to sue not only the theme park, but also the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for violating his client’s civil rights when she was taken into custody andheld behind bars for 12 hours.Sixty-nine year old Hester Burkhalter suffers from arthritis, and her husband says the oil derived from the hemp plant was recommended by a doctor.Burkhalter was arrested last month for trying to bring the CBD oil inside the park which is prohibited.last_img

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