Saipem consortium wins contracts for ACG field development in Azerbaijan

first_img Image: The ACG field is located in the Caspian Sea at approximately 120km from the coast of Azerbaijan. Photo: courtesy of BP p.l.c. Italy’s Saipem, in consortium with Boshelf and STAR GULF FZCO, has received three new contracts from BP for the development of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli oil and gas (ACG) field offshore Azerbaijan.The field, which is located in the Caspian Sea at approximately 120km from the coast of Azerbaijan, extends over an area of more than 4,000km ² and is claimed to be one of the largest of its kind in the world.The Saipem consortium secured two contracts for pipeline design, pipelay and related activities, while the third contract is for transportation & installation of four jacket pin piles, subsea structure and spools.Saipem said that the contracts as a result of the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase awarded to Saipem’s XSIGHT Division, in consortium with Bos Shelf and Star Gulf, by BP.BP and partners approved ACE project in AprilIn April 2019, BP and its partners have approved the $6bn Azeri Central East project (ACE project), which marks the next stage of development of the ACG oilfield complex.The ACG, which commenced production in 1997, has been functioning as an oilfield complex, made up of six production platforms – Chirag 1, Central Azeri, West Azeri, East Azeri, Deepwater Gunashli and West Chirag.However, the ACE project will introduce a new offshore platform and facilities in the ACG field that will be capable of processing up to 100,000 barrels of oil per day.The project will also see the installation of new infield pipelines for the transportation of oil and gas from the ACE platform to the existing ACG phase 2 oil and gas export pipelines for delivery to the onshore Sangachal Terminal.At its peak, the new offshore oil project is expected to create generate up to 8,000 jobs during the construction stage.BP operates the deepwater project with 30.37% while other partners include SOCAR (25%), Chevron (9.57%), INPEX (9.31%), Equinor (7.27%), ExxonMobil (6.79%), Turkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortakligi (TPAO) (5.73%), Itochu (3.65%), and Oil and Natural Gas (ONGC) Videsh (2.31%). The contracts follow the FEED phase awarded to Saipem’s XSIGHT Division, in consortium with Bos Shelf and Star Gulf, by BPlast_img read more

Estate agency boss launches PPE equipment firm to pay his furloughed staff more

first_imgAn estate agency boss in Scotland has set up a company that distributes hand sanitising and PPE equipment to help him pay his furloughed staff the 20% of their salaries not covered by the government.Tom Sheridan, who runs the Clydebank Estate Agency near Glasgow as well as a separate property management company, has set up Dr Sanitser and branded up a van to complete deliveries of protective masks, push dispensers, gloves, distance tape and face shields.His new venture already has a busy order book including bars and churches, and he plans to keep the business going even if the Scottish government allows estate agents to re-open on June 18th.“A number of elderly people have also contacted me to deliver masks and sanitiser for when they are allowed back out. I haven’t charged them though as they have no other route to access these supplies,” he says.Sheridan believes there will a rush of orders as the Scottish government moves to allow retailers, pubs, restaurants, schools, gyms, cinemas and museums to re-open.“The PPE hasn’t been particularly expensive to buy, so I have purchased it out my own pocket and then companies contact me to install it in their premises in line with government guidelines,” he told local media.“Any profit I make will hopefully go towards making sure my staff at the estate agency are financially stable.”Read more about PPE equipment. Tom Sheridan Clydebank Estate Agents Dr Sanitiser June 8, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Estate agency boss launches PPE equipment firm to pay his furloughed staff more previous nextCOVID-19 newsEstate agency boss launches PPE equipment firm to pay his furloughed staff moreScottish industry figure Tom Sheridan goes the extra mile and then some for his employees and aims to top up their government payments with profits from the firm.Nigel Lewis8th June 20200790 Viewslast_img read more

Meijer, South Bend Cubs team up for turkey giveaway

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook By Jon Zimney – February 24, 2021 0 360 WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Google+ (Photo supplied/South Bend Cubs) As the effects of COVID-19 continue to challenge families across Michiana, Meijer and the South Bend Cubs are partnering with the Food Bank of Northern Indiana to host a Drive-Thru Turkey Distribution in parking lot B of Four Winds Field on Thursday, February 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.This distribution is part of a larger effort by Meijer to donate 50,000 frozen turkeys to 10 food banks across the Midwest. In Michiana, Meijer will provide turkeys for up to 2,000 households and the Food Bank will also provide up to 1,000 perishable food boxes for the first 1,000 attendees.“Meijer has been a wonderful partner in the community and has continued to give even more throughout the pandemic,” said South Bend Cubs Team President Joe Hart. “Along with the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, they understand the hardships many families are facing and are doing what they can to help ease the burden. We are honored to play a small role in their good works.”“We are so grateful for our partnership with Meijer and the South Bend Cubs and their commitment to feeding the hungry,” said Marijo Martinec, Executive Director and CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. “Protein is a luxury item at many food pantries and turkey is a versatile source of protein. At this time when so many are struggling to put food on the table, these turkeys will put smiles on so many faces.”“Meijer cares about the communities we serve and we are pleased to stand beside the South Bend Cubs to donate turkeys to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana so they can help local families in need,” Mishawaka Meijer Store Director Jason Pursehouse said. “We know the coronavirus pandemic has made an impact on the lives of those who live here, and we wanted to do our part to help.”Turkeys are limited to 1 per household, maximum of 4 households per vehicle. Anyone who plans to attend will need to abide by the following guidelines to ensure the health and safety of the community, staff, and volunteers:You must be in a vehicle to receive food, no exceptions, no walk-ups.You are required to clear the trunk of your vehicle before coming to the distribution.Please keep car windows closed and masks on while in the distribution line.To enter the distribution line, vehicles must approach Lot B by traveling westbound on South Street and turning north onto Taylor Street.  Vehicles will exit Lot B traveling northbound from Taylor Street to Western Avenue.For additional food resources or to find a pantry near you, visit Meijer, South Bend Cubs team up for turkey giveaway Previous articleIndiana officers cracking down on impaired driving next monthNext articleSen. Young hoping Trump policies against China will survive Biden administration Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Bill’s Brewing Company To Debut New Kasvot Växt-Inspired “This Is What Space Smells Like” IPA

first_imgPhish (er, Kasvot Växt?) has already told us what space smells like—but what does it taste like? North Carolina-based brewers Bill’s Brewing Company are getting ready to show the masses. Tomorrow, Thursday, January 24th, Bill’s Brewing will debut their new Kasvot-inspired New England-style IPA: “This Is What Space Smells Like.”As the brewers note in their announcement of the new “This Is What Space Smells Like” IPA, “this New England-style IPA is packed with a molecular cloud of tropical aromatics and cosmic dust. Mosaic. Denali. Belma. THIS Is What Space Smells Like. Orbiting your area starting 1/24!”Bill’s will celebrate the release of their new IPA on Thursday with an official launch party at Bill’s Front Porch pub in Wilmington, NC featuring “specialty food flights, live music from Johanna Winkel (6:30–8:30), and $5 draft flights! Cans of this NE IPA will go on sale at the pub starting at 4:00!”Bill’s Brewing will double down on the promotion of their new Kasvot Växt-inspired IPA with an additional event at Wilmington’s Fermental on Friday, January 25th, featuring a can release, a tap takeover, and a beer garden film. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the new “This Is What Space Smells Like” IPA at the event will go to The Mockingbird Foundation.last_img read more

The bright side of Pakistan

first_imgThe initial idea was a lecture by a noted Harvard design professor and a quiet discussion with a small group of interested local partners.By January, however, the event had grown into a three-day conference on South Asian cities, attracting upward of 800 people, with concurrent sessions in large tents erected for the occasion in the Pakistani port city of Karachi.In addition to a Harvard delegation of seven, the conference drew urban design professionals, government officials, and academics from across Pakistan and elsewhere in South Asia, including India and Bangladesh. Tarun Khanna, director of Harvard’s South Asia Institute, said the event grew through regional collaboration and was symbolic of a “narrative of peace” that seeks to counterbalance the history of strife in the area.Organizers said the conference was just the initial discussion in what they hope will be an ongoing conversation about the problems and opportunities confronting cities across the region. Further, officials at Harvard’s South Asia Institute (SAI) say the conference is both part of the Institute’s growing engagement with Pakistan and a sign of the enthusiasm of Pakistani partners for further collaboration.SAI’s engagement is multifaceted and includes conferences and training programs in Pakistan, workshops, fellowships, and Pakistani students on Harvard’s campuses, as well as webinars spanning both locations, featuring Harvard faculty in Cambridge and viewed by students at dozens of Pakistani universities.Meena Hewett, executive director of the South Asia Institute, said the Pakistan programs are an expression of the institute’s focus on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. Though India is the region’s largest country, it’s important, Hewett said, that the institute promote an agenda that encompasses all of South Asia.In addition to fostering an understanding of the country itself, Pakistan has a lot to offer to the regional dialogue, Hewett said. Pakistan is the world’s sixth-most populous nation, with a long history and enormous diversity. It is struggling with many of the same issues as many of its neighbors, including urbanization, poverty, water security, public health, religious differences, and governance.“Beyond the narrative of violence and terrorism, there is all this good development work going on,” Hewett said.Rahul Mehrotra, chairman of the Graduate School of Design’s Department of Urban Planning and Design and one of the January conference’s organizers, said that studying the region’s cities not only has the potential to generate knowledge, it is also a cross-cutting issue that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty members and provides a forum for cooperation by experts in different nations.The conference was the first of five planned over the next five years, Mehrotra said. The next conference is tentatively planned for Dhaka, Bangladesh.South Asia’s cities have a lot to learn from each other. While urban areas around the world are struggling with the same problems, the cities across South Asia share a “similar DNA,” Mehrotra said. That DNA has been instilled by shared regional history, including British colonization and enormous urban growth in the post-independence era. Among their commonalities, the region’s major cities are among the world’s largest, have undergone rapid demographic change in the last 30 years, and suffer from poor infrastructure and services, as well as a lack of political will to transform, Mehrotra said.That means lessons learned from South Asian cities might be easier to adopt than lessons learned in other parts of the world, Mehrotra said. Karachi, for example, has done some path-breaking work to improve its slums, while Mumbai has well-functioning conservation legislation that can be easily replicated. And low-lying Dhaka has experience dealing with its physical environment and climate change.Jennifer Leaning, the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, delivered a keynote speech at the January conference on climate disasters and vulnerability, and participated in two other panels on disaster response and mental health. With funding from the Karachi-based Aman Foundation, Leaning is involved in a project to improve that city’s disaster preparedness and disaster-related mental health. Late last year, two Harvard Medical School faculty members conducted needs assessment and a training program in emergency preparedness for staff at Karachi hospitals.The unsteady security situation in parts of Pakistan means that these projects are being conducted by faculty members, fellows, and graduate students. The U.S. State Department’s categorization of travel to Pakistan as “high risk” means that undergraduates can’t participate in Harvard-sponsored trips there.While the ongoing unrest continues to make headlines, Hewett and others involved in Pakistan-related programs said that, in a nation of 190 million, many are unaffected by the violence, and there are many positive things going on outside the “narrative of terror.”Justin Stern, a GSD student who is working with Mehrotra on the cities project, said he had no problems traveling from Lahore to Faisalabad to Karachi in the week before the conference. Though he was at first wary, he said he felt welcome and eventually comfortable traveling alone.Muhammad Zahir, a Pakistani archaeologist studying at Harvard this spring as an Aman Fellow, said that among the positive changes lost in the violence narrative is the fact that Pakistan’s public universities have been growing in number, as have the number of female students.“Life in Pakistan goes on despite these difficulties,” Zahir said.For Zahir, studying for four months at Harvard is the chance of a lifetime, though not his first involvement with Harvard. He cut his teeth as an archaeologist at the Harappa dig in Punjab, headed by the director of Harvard’s Zooarchaeology Lab, Richard Meadow. The project has trained dozens of Pakistani archaeologists in the latest field techniques, Zahir said.Though he enjoys fieldwork, Zahir said his fellowship project is more desk-oriented. He’s using Harvard’s library resources to conduct what he terms a “genealogical analysis,” looking into history to understand the influence of the ancient Aryan people in modern Pakistan.For doctoral students Erum Sattar at Harvard Law School, and Mariam Chughtai at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, both of whom come from Pakistan, fostering greater engagement with their home country and a more vibrant ex-patriot community at Harvard is an important part of their experience here. Both are student coordinators of the South Asia Institute and have played a key role in Pakistan-related projects there. They have also filled important roles with the Harvard Pakistan Student Group, Chughtai as founder and Sattar as the current president.The two said the student group has proven an important resource for activities both here and in Pakistan. The organization has fostered a network not just on campus but in Pakistan as well, by engaging Harvard’s alumni community there.Sattar and Chughtai said Harvard has an important part to play in Pakistan’s future. Not only can the University conduct the research and teaching activities that are its core purpose, it can exercise its convening power to bring together people from across the region.  Through the webinars, the University can foster communication between institutions within Pakistan.“The first webinar, conducted on spurring entrepreneurship, under the auspices of the Higher Education Commission, brought together faculty, students, and interested well-wishers across 19 university campuses in Pakistan via video link. Since then, we have run webinars reaching universities across South Asia on innovation in education, fighting corruption, tackling gender violence, and the changing role of engineering to address societal needs in the 21st century,” Khanna said. “This helps to build a constituency for Pakistan-related work in the country.”Chughtai said the webinars and the January conference testify both to SAI’s interest in Pakistan, and to a new perception of Pakistan as a leader in tackling the region’s problems.“Pakistan, for the first time in a long time, is taking the lead on something to benefit the subcontinent,” Chughtai said. “The Karachi conference is the first step toward regional collaboration.”last_img read more

It’s Only a Play Extends Again on Broadway

first_img The production currently stars Matthew Broderick, Martin Short, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Katie Finneran, Maulik Pancholy and Micah Stock. No word yet on whether the current cast will be continuing in the show—Short, Finneran and Pancholy took over from Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally and Rupert Grint, respectively, on January 7. There’s no business like show business when it’s going well! It’s Only a Play has extended once again on the Great White Way. Terrence McNally’s comedy, which recently moved to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, will now play through June 7; it had previously been set to shutter on March 29. Jack O’Brien directs. It’s Only a Play officially opened on October 9, 2014 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. It’s Only a Play is set on the opening night of Peter Austin’s new play, as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star, his fledgling producer, his erratic leading lady, his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. View Commentslast_img read more

Ag Showcase ’99.

first_imgIf “40 acres and a mule” come to mind when you think of agriculture, check out the Envirotron corner of Ag Showcase ’99 Sept. 9 in Fort Valley, Ga. Photo: Ruth Jarret “Our booth will show examples of our research and equipment,” said Envirotron Manager Ian Flitcroft. “A variety of studies are taking place at the Envirotron in the controlled environmental conditions of the growth chambers.” Some Exhibits Hit Close to Home Many of the CAES exhibits will bring out important facets of modern farming. They will show, for instance, how farmers use Integrated Pest Management in Georgia cotton fields, nutrient management systems in poultry houses and modern technology in catfish ponds. The exhibit will also have an apparatus designed to measure the carbon dioxide plants are taking up through photosynthesis and releasing through respiration. One of the many UGA exhibits this year will show off the Georgia Envirotron, a unique facility on the CAES Griffin campus. Visitors will see how extension agents use digital cameras, microscopes and image-capture devices to put pictures into the computer. They’ll learn how valuable the DDDI system’s rapid evaluation of pest and disease problems has already been. And the Envirotron is just the beginning. Another display shows how the CAES brings the advantages of high-tech science close to home. This year’s Showcase is the fourth since 1996. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences hosted the first three at its Tifton and Griffin campuses. It will include peanut and turf plants in growth chambers. Some of the plants will have observation tubes installed. Through the tubes, scientists look at the roots and pods growing below the soil surface with a minirhizotron imaging system.center_img Researchers study plants from many directions. The Envirotron’s facilities help them work together to find the effects of many environmental stresses on plants. The Showcase display will reveal some of the ways they do that. This tiny “field of the future” may not grow much corn, but it will yield valuable information. One of the movable growth chambers of the , the facility enables University of Georgia scientists to study environmental interactions they could never measure in an ordinary corn field. A display of the Envirotron’s research and equipment will be among the many exhibits at Ag Showcase ’99 Sept. 9 in Fort Valley, Ga. Another display will show the UGA Automated Environmental Monitoring Network. Visitors can see how weather data from the network can be used to build computer models for farm and environmental management. Yet another exhibit will describe farming’s global nature. It will have information on research priorities, studies abroad, a new Peace Corps Master’s International program and other international activities in the CAES. The Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging display will have an imaging station like those in 94 Georgia Extension Service county offices. Other Exhibits Show Off Agriculture Agriculture today is more than mules — even more than the machinery lumbering over Georgia fields. The Showcase will display the precision of science and satellites in dozens of exhibits by the state’s agriculture schools. See Georgia Envirotron Exhibit The one-day Showcase focuses on “Fields of the Future.” Fort Valley State University, the University of Georgia and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College are cosponsors. But don’t think the UGA exhibits are only about farming and miraculous sciences. Many are for people who don’t think they have any connection to agriculture. * See how Georgia Master Gardeners help county agents handle requests about home landscapes and gardening. * Learn about the largest resident environmental education program in the nation. (It serves 35,000 to 40,000 grade-school students each year.) * Find out how CAES scientists show public schools how to safely manage insect pests. * Check out a display of fire ants and learn how to keep your yard all but free of these troublesome pests. * Discover how CAES scientists are helping restore the state’s quail population. Whether you farm for a living or garden for smaller rewards — or simply have kids in school — the CAES exhibits at Ag Showcase ’99 have something for you. On the campus of Fort Valley State, the event will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. To learn more about it, contact your county Extension Service office. Or call (912) 825-6345.last_img read more

Final Vermont Energy Plan: 90 percent renewables by 2050

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin, Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller and other administration officials today released the final Comprehensive Energy Plan, which recommends that Vermont strive to obtain 90 percent of our total energy from renewable sources by 2050, largely eliminating Vermont’s reliance on fossil fuels by mid-century. The plan presumes that the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will not be part of the mix of Vermont energy sources after the station’s license expires in March 2012, whether or not plant owner Entergy succeeds in its lawsuit against the state over a license renewal. Part of the 2025 mix does include the contract between Green Mountain Power and the Seabrook, NH, nuclear plant (referenced in “Market Purchases”). The Seabrook deal runs through 2035. The initial portion of the contract calls for 60 MW, before leveling off at 40 MW (see exhibit 5-2 below). Hydro-Quebec also remains a significant player throughout this scenario. Vermont signed a 225 MW deal with H-Q last year. The Energy Plan envisions a growth in local jobs (see Exhibit 16 below), while slightly increasing total electric consumption from about 6,000 gigawatt hours to over 7,000 GWh a year in 2025. However, the Demand Side Management (DSM) load would bring that back down to just above current levels, or a savings of about 1,000 GWh a year starting in 2020.‘Vermont needs to move forward to protect our environment, gain greater energy independence, and drive innovation and jobs in the energy sectors. This Plan puts us on that path,’ Governor Shumlin said. ‘I am proud of the incredible work put in by the many agencies involved and the thousands of citizens who took the time to participate in shaping the ideas and actions that are included.’ The Plan calls for enhanced efficiency, and greater use of clean, renewable sources for electricity, heating and transportation to meet this goal.  The Plan also recognizes that Vermont must pursue its goals responsibly, ensuring overall energy costs for our businesses and residents remain regionally competitive. To access reports, click on:  Volume 1, Volume 2, Appendixes‘We worked hard both at the Department of Public Service and in other state agencies and departments to create a robust public engagement process and to draft a Comprehensive Energy Plan that responds to Vermonters’ desire to increase usage of renewable energy for the benefit of our environment, our economy, and our long-term energy security,’ said Elizabeth Miller, Commissioner of Public Service. The Plan explains that, across all fuel sectors, Vermont currently utilizes about a quarter renewable energy for its needs.  Moving from nearly a quarter renewable energy now to nearly fossil-fuel free by 2050 will: ·         Foster job growth, economic security and independence by creating jobs in efficiency and local renewable energy projects; by keeping our dollars closer to home; and by cutting our dependence on dirty price-volatile fossil fuels.·         Safeguard our environmental legacy by reducing our contribution to global climate change and leading by example in the fight to keep our planet safe and habitable for generations to come.·         Keep Vermonters’ dollar instate, drive in-state innovation and job creation by showing that investments in efficiency and renewable energy, which help our environment and energy independence, also help our economy.·         Increase community involvement and investment by engaging Vermonters in our energy choices. This marks the first Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan since the late 1990s. The Plan covers electricity, heating and process fuels, and energy in transportation and land use decisions. The Department of Public Service, charged by statute to create a statewide Plan, led a multi-agency initiative that involved robust public outreach and garnered over 9,000 comments from Vermonters on a variety of energy issues facing the state.  Vermont currently obtains almost a quarter of its energy from renewable sources, due in large part to the electric portfolio, which is comprised of nearly 50 percent renewable sources.  Great progress has been made in electric efficiency, keeping Vermont’s electric demand down.  However, comparatively little progress has been made on obtaining transportation and heating from renewable sources. The Plan calls for greater progress in these sectors to benefit Vermont’s environment, comfort, and affordability.   Source: DPS. 12.15.2011The Department of Public Service is an agency within the executive branch of Vermont state government. Its charge is to represent the public interest in matters regarding energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater.  The Department is also charged by statute with statewide energy and telecommunications planning.last_img read more

How relationship rewards can boost credit union member loyalty

first_imgAcross the financial industry, card-based rewards programs continue to emerge as institutions large and small compete for business and brand awareness. However, when it comes to nurturing member loyalty, savvy credit unions are moving past credit and debit transactions to blend a wide range of member touch points into their rewards offering.“One of the newest trends in the industry is the movement toward ‘Relationship Rewards,’ which take a more holistic approach to inspiring member loyalty,” said Andrew Gates, CEO of Azigo, Inc. and Member Rewards by CO-OP consultant for CO-OP Financial Services. “The reality is this: If rewards work with a credit card to drive behavior, then they can work when a member applies for a loan, signs up for e-statements, opens a retirement account or uses online bill pay functions. If you can track it, you can reward it.”Early Engagement Promotes Long-Term LoyaltyGates notes that, across all industries, there is increasing recognition that early engagement with a consumer is a predominant factor in developing long-term loyalty. “When a consumer engages with a financial institution three times within the first 90 days of service – for any reason at all – the likelihood of that consumer becoming a long-term, engaged and profitable customer goes up significantly, by more than 30 percent in some cases,” he said. “So if the member is on the phone, visits an ATM, refers a friend or chats with you online, reward that member with points.”According to Gates, mobile and social channels open up a new world of opportunity for rewards. “As a credit union, you can run a campaign that rewards members for posting pictures of themselves in front of your branch on Facebook,” he said. “You can also reward them for downloading an app and using its features. These kinds of rewards provide a memorable consumer experience by making it fun to do business with you.”Gates affirms that rewards are just as powerful offline. “One of the best ways to deepen a relationship while the member is in the branch is to start a dialogue,” he said. “Rewards provide an easy way to talk about something good for the member without a hard sell. It’s very easy to train your staff to say, ‘Did you see that you can earn double points now at the local dry cleaner?’ Rewards make a great ice breaker because members want to hear about them.”Keep It SimpleTo make the most of rewards, Gates advises credit unions to construct a program that is easy for members to understand. “Rewards should always be in the same currency,” he said. “I advise against combining points with cash-back offers and special rewards. There is no need to confuse members about what they are earning and when.”Gates recommends a points system in most cases. “Points present rewards in an enticing way,” he said. “Where cash back becomes less effective is when 50 points equals 50 cents. You feel great about 50 points, but may pass on 50 cents.”While rewards are a valuable tool for driving member loyalty, Gates reminds credit unions that they are one part in an effective loyalty strategy. “Rewards work best when members are already engaged in your brand,” he said. “So train employees in customer service and ensure that your products meet and exceed member expectations. When you focus time and resources on delivering a superior member experience, a well-managed rewards program adds dimension to that experience and can prove transformative to your business as well.”For information about CO-OP’s rewards programs, click here. 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Prichard Bill Prichard is Senior Manager, Public Relations and Corporate Communications, for CO-OP Financial Services (, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a financial technology provider to credit unions. Prichard can be … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Vaccinations are to protect everyone

first_imgThe June 2 article: “Bill would ease path to exemption … Religious objection to student vaccines would become easier to claim” is so light on the science that it buries the very reason to vaccinate.The article describes the plight of parents who, for religious reasons, don’t want their children vaccinated. The lone single-sentence quote about the science is vague and doesn’t even mention the concept of herd immunity – the main point. That is, a certain percentage of a population must be vaccinated to prevent the spread of an infectious disease. For this concept, a picture is worth a thousand words, so google it.An unvaccinated child could transmit a disease if she or he is in the incubation stage or has mild symptoms and goes to school. A classmate who is being treated for or recovering from cancer or a transplant, or perhaps has an inherited immune deficiency, could contract such an unchecked infection and die. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The vaccine for chickenpox was developed decades ago. For years before it became publicly available, it was given to protect kids who had leukemia. To get a sense of the angst, anger and terror that refusing to vaccinate a child can cause, read a pediatrician’s account in Mother Jones, “To the Parent of the Unvaccinated Child Who Exposed My Family to Measles.” His child has cancer.Sen. James Seward stated in the article, “We should respect the religious beliefs of others, as well as parental rights.” And we should care that parents he’d heard from “have been treated unfairly by administrators.” Really? I think we should respect the rights of children to attend school without risking contracting a preventable infection. “Do unto others” shouldn’t include passing along pertussis or measles or chickenpox.If a parent, religious or not, and a school system allow an unvaccinated child to attend school and an infection passed in a sneeze, wipe, or held hand kills another, that’s murder. It’s not “respecting religious beliefs.”Ricki LewisGlenvilleThe writer is a PhD geneticist and writes textbooks health care professionals use.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more