OK, the examiners just left. You received glowing marks for your asset management, your interest rate risk controls, your credit risk analysis program, and your investment portfolio. You got outstanding comments for your asset recovery, your lending sales, your customer service, and personnel management.Yes, they looked at your business continuity plan….well, maybe only a cursory glance. The 600 page printout from your planning software kept one examiner busy for days wading through it. On paper, you had it all covered—loss of IT infrastructure, robbery, fire, tornado, blizzard. You thought you might even have the zombie attack under control.You had a semblance of a Business Impact Analysis. You had a spreadsheet with a risk assessment. You had a plan for the pandemic. Your succession of command plan is locked in the safe. You’ve tested your core processor failover, even though the “test” was carefully scripted by your service provider.But, and this is a really big BUT….could you really survive a disaster? Could you bring the right processes back into operation in time to prevent the loss of members and prevent the loss of reputation?Where does that 600 page plan reside? Does anyone ever actually use it? Who had it out during the IT test? How may staff had it with them when you evacuated the building during the last fire drill? Even more importantly, when does anybody ever look at it? The week before the examiners arrive and the 4 days before you conduct a business continuity exercise?Wait a minute, did you say a “business continuity” exercise? How does that differ from the IT “test” of the fail-over procedures for the core system?Here’s how it differs. The business continuity exercise focuses on the restoration of critical business functions of your credit union. It focuses on lending being able to work from a different location. It focuses of which staff can actually work from home. It checks that those offices who say they can work from home actually can. It determines how much work the call center can do if they are forced to relocate.Oh, by the way, sitting a bunch of managers around a table once a year and “table talking” the exercise just doesn’t cut it in my book. You see, the goals behind the exercise is to learn what works and what doesn’t, to understand the limitations of the assumptions you make about your environment, to maximize the training of all staff, to solicit input from all levels of the organization on how to improve the plan and the process behind it.My opinion, and yes, opinions are like belly buttons–everybody has one, you only accomplish these goals if you force your staff out of their comfort zone. Sitting around a table is far too comfortable. How many times do you hear during a table-top, “Well, if this were a real event, I’d to this and I’d do that!” “This scenario just isn’t real!” “That’s not what we’d do if the real event occurred!” Those comments come because they are not prepared for the unexpected.You’ve got to understand a few things about crisis management in order to successfully survive an incident. There is actually a methodology for crisis management called ICS, the Incident Command System. Your reaction team should be based on these ICS principles.But I’d like to get you to consider crisis management from your own perspective, and consider my nine points to ponder:First, in a crisis, you’ll never have enough information to satisfy your discomfort. You’ll never have all the questions answered. There will be lots of stuff you don’t know—and sometimes you never will until well after the event is resolved.Second, you’ll never have enough time to be comfortable with making your decision. You’ll always be looking for one more piece of information. You’ll always be waiting to hear one last update from a staff member. But the crisis clock ticks on, while you suffer from analysis paralysis.Third, you’ve got to understand what constitutes a crisis. Regina Phelps, Founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, said it isn’t the event itself. Events come and go. It only becomes a crisis when your credit union falters in its mission because of its inability to respond to the events in such a way as to preserve your operations.Fourth, a crisis won’t necessarily reveal all its ugly sides at first glance. The ice storm knocks out power, your water pipes freeze, and you entire computer room and operations areas are flooded. The hurricane takes out your communications infrastructure, and you don’t have a trial balance or enough cash to deal with the members needing cash. When managing a crisis, you’ve always got to be asking, “When’s the next shoe going to drop, and how’s it going to affect us?” If you aren’t asking these questions, you are going to be in for a rude awakening.Fifth, the best thing you can do is make the right decision. The next best thing you can do is make the wrong decision. The worst thing you can to do is to make no decision. You see, your organization is a collective of your employees. Think of each one of them as an “action arrow”, with each one pointed in some random direction. Decisions do one critically important thing: they align the arrows together. You create focus in your organization. Ok, maybe the decision wasn’t the right one (go back to my first and second points.) Now all you need to do is change the focus by redirection…you already have their attention.You can plan for any event, but it will always be the wrong event. You’ll plan for the last event, just as armies always plan for the last war. The event is never exactly what you planned. The crisis exists because you didn’t mitigate all the factors. That said, planning is the key. It doesn’t matter how well you plan, you will always have to modify it based on the exigencies of the event. There are several reasons this happens. They people you plan on having are on vacation in the south of France. The event is never a single event, but often multiple events, some local and some area wide. Oh yes, boil the key elements of the plan down to wallet sized checklists that make sense. Pages in your plan that tell staff how to use hair dryers to dry out water-logged documents aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.If you don’t consider your mission, your plan will be useless. “But,” you say confidently, “our mission is to serve our members! What can possibly go wrong with that?” Here’s my humble take on your mission: “Your mission is to safeguard my assets and deliver them to me when I need them.” What does everyone need in a crisis?????? CASH!I don’t care how big or small your credit union is, everything in you plan should focus on cash. Remember that BIA that prioritizes your business functions? Well, everything should take back seat to cash. And you’d better have it available when you core processor is down. That means a trial balance available off-line. You’ll lose members if you limit them to $300 “because the system’s down”.You can’t manage a crisis if you don’t practice it. You have to build muscle memory, so that many of your actions you need to do in a crisis are reactions because you’ve trained for it. When you fall out of an airplane, you can’t build your parachute on the way down. You’d better have it ahead of time, and more importantly, know how to use it. Exercise your plan. Not just the table top chat, but a real exercise. Make those tellers operate off line for half a day. Make the loan department relocate to where your plan says they will (and make sure they can operate from there). Make sure IT can actually recover the servers and infrastructure they support. Make sure your vendors can deliver to alternate locations or provide the kinds of service you need in a disaster (Spoiler alert: Many vendors are sized for day-to-day operations, not the surge you’ll need in a crisis!)Understand what affects your reputation. Yes, you’ve got a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and of course your website. But do you know if any members have said unkind things about you? Do you have a plan to manage a reputation attack. This can create as great a crisis as any fire or tornado. Rebuilding a physical disaster is a piece of cake. Rebuilding a reputational disaster is a problem of immense proportions, and I don’t know any credit union staff that’s ready to tackle it.Many of you may have noticed that the title of this article was “The Resilient Credit Union”. In my book, ideally “resilience” means never having to recover your business. It means you can continue operating despite it. With proper mitigations, good exercise, a plan that works, and a trained and motivated staff, your credit union can become resilient.Your planning, along with my nine points of crisis management, will put you in a position to survive your disaster, not simply survive the examination. All the high exam scores don’t mean anything if you can’t continue to provide service to your members.After all, they need their cash when they need it, not just when you are able to deliver it.For more information and helpful tips on how to prepare your organization for disaster, download Agility’s infographic, “The 6 Steps to Prepare Your Credit Union” 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ken Schroeder Ken Schroeder provides consulting services to businesses and government emergency management, with special focus on Credit Unions and other financial organizations. These services include plan development and reviews, staff and … Web: www.bc-resilience.com Details
MINNEAPOLIS >> The minutes on the court, the miles in the plane, the nights in the hotels, eventually, they were going to catch up with the Clippers.Their game with the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday was their ninth contest in two weeks. In that stretch, Doc Rivers didn’t dare schedule a practice. He even cancelled a shoot-around to buy his team some extra moments of rest.Time is undefeated. Eventually, it’ll catch up to the Clippers — just not yet.For 48 more minutes, the Clippers out-ran the inevitable fatigue and they kept winning, beating the rested Timberwolves 119-105. “These last two were tough,” Blake Griffin said. “I’m not going to lie — physically tired.”It was the Clippers’ sixth win in a row. Their 9-1 record adds to their best start in franchise history .The road to the league’s best record has been a rough one for the Clippers. Saturday was the completion of their third back-to-back this season, and if you looked, you could see some of the signs of the workload.The Clipper defense, which has dominated throughout the first month of the season, wasn’t as crisp for the second night in a row. The team, which has made a point to keep team’s off the glass, allowed Ricky Rubio to slip in and grab offensive rebounds.And, the bench, which has slammed the door on so many teams this season, kept it open a crack, forcing the starters out of their warm-ups in the fourth quarter. But, unfortunately for Minnesota, that group wasn’t ready to relent.“I just like the way we grinded it out,” Griffin said.All five starters scored in double figures with Blake Griffin leading the way with 20. DeAndre Jordan had 18 and 15 rebounds, J.J. Redick had 18 and Luc Mbah a Moute, not usually an offensive threat, scored his Clipper high with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.The Clippers’ starting five outscored Minnesota’s 90-74.Mbah a Moute was a star on defense, holding Andrew Wiggins to just 8-of-24 shooting from the field.“Luc right now, there’s nobody in the league that’s a better defensive player than Luc,” Doc Rivers said. “What he’s doing, and when you have him and D.J. together, it just makes our defense special. And the fact that he’s scoring, it’s all gravy.”The grind doesn’t stop. The Clippers play four more games in the upcoming week, starting with the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center on Monday.“We’re doing the best we can,” Rivers said. “We’re giving them a lot (of time) off. That’s the way we’re trying to do it. They have great focus.“I was worried about tonight, to be honest. And, yet they still had good focus. That’s all you can ask for.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The 76ers managed to come away with a victory Thursday despite not having one of their best players.Philadelphia took home a 131-115 win over the Nets in Game 3 of their opening round playoff series at the Barclays Center. The team was without Joel Embiid, who missed the matchup as he continues to deal with knee soreness. “It is becoming better slowly but surely,” Embiid said before the game, via ESPN. “We just have to be smart about how we handle it every single day. But I’m sure these guys won’t let me get on the court if there’s a chance of something bad happening. So, I just got to trust the process.“Some days you got your days, and some other days are different. So, even in the games that I play, I just try to go out there and try to play for these guys, I try to help us win the series.”Philadelphia entered the third quarter leading by seven and pulled away in the final period to secure the victory. They now lead the series 2-1.Ben Simmons scored a game-high 31 points and dished out nine assists to lead Philadelphia to the win. D’Angelo Russell finished with 26 points for the Nets in the losing effort.Meanwhile, the Warriors dominated the Clippers from start to finish at the STAPLES Center.Golden State jumped out to an early lead, pushed its advantage to 21 by halftime and never looked back, cruising to an easy 132-105 road win.The Warriors connected on 54.8% of their shots from the field and knocked down 15 of their 35 3-point attempts.Kevin Durant was fantastic for Golden State as he finished with 38 points on 14-of-23 shooting. Stephen Curry battled foul trouble but still tallied 21 points.The Warriors took a 2-1 advantage in the series with the victory. They led by as many as 31 points in Game 2 but collapsed as the Clippers rallied for a win. Golden State did not make the same mistake Thursday.Elsewhere, the seventh-seeded Spurs grabbed a 2-1 lead in their series against the Nuggets with a home win.The teams battled through the first three quarters before the Spurts took command in the final period en route to the 118-108 victory.Six Spurs players reached double figures, led by a career-high 36 points from guard Derrick White.Studs of the nightTobias Harris tallied 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the 76ers’ win. He also knocked down all six of his 3-point attempts.Philadelphia center Boban Marjanovic came off the bench and registered a surprising 14 points, along with eight rebounds, against the Nets.Duds of then nightJoe Harris was 2 of 7 shooting and finished with a minus-27 in the Nets’ loss.Nuggets wing Gary Harris knocked down just four of his 13 shots and was a minus-27 in the loss to the Spurs.Clippers wing Danilo Gallinari was 2-of-13 shooting and missed all eight of his 3-point attempts in his team’s loss to the Warriors.HighlightsSimmons with the huge fourth-quarter dunk.Simmons fakes the dribble hand-off and takes flight for the stuff! #NBAPlayoffs#PhilaUnite 123#WeGoHard 1103:03 to play on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/5yHOHqYmAt— NBA (@NBA) April 19, 2019White with the steal and the slam. 🚨 Derrick White throws it down for 26 PTS in the 1st half! 🚨#GoSpursGo 61#MileHighBasketball 58#NBAPlayoffs on @NBATV pic.twitter.com/IJbKdcfFOn— NBA (@NBA) April 19, 2019Klay Thompson with the nice cut to the basket.Klay Thompson cuts backdoor for the STRONG FINISH! #NBAPlayoffs #StrengthInNumbers 60#ClipperNation 37📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/RwXRsQBUlV— NBA (@NBA) April 19, 2019What’s nextTrail Blazers at Thunder — Portland has dominated the Thunder so far and enters play Friday with a 2-0 lead. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, has struggled to find its rhythm through the first two games. The Trail Blazers will have a chance to essentially wrap up the series at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The managers also include Democrats Adam Schiff of California and Jerrold Nadler of New York, who led the House impeachment probe. At 2 p.m., Chief Justice John Roberts will be sworn in to preside over the Senate trial, then all 100 senators will be sworn in as jurors.This all comes a day after Lev Parnas of Boca Raton, an associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, gave an interview implicating, with no corroboration, the president in the campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. The White House is now responding to those claims, with Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham saying “These allegations are being made by a man who is currently out on bail for federal crimes and is desperate to reduce his exposure to prison.” Meanwhile, before the impeachment trial begins, the Senate votes today on a major trade agreement with Mexico and Canada meant to replace NAFTA.The USMCA, is expected to pass and go to President Trump for his signature. The president and first lady will head to Palm Beach tomorrow for the three day weekend and a fundraiser. McConnell vowed to conduct a serious, sober impeachment trial in the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that Orlando Congresswoman Val Demings will serve as an impeachment manager during the Senate trial of President Donald Trump. (Washington, DC) — Finally, the impeachment trial of President Trump in the US Senate formally begins.The first step will be House members, known as impeachment managers, reading the two articles of impeachment aloud, charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the House Democrats this morning for impeaching President Trump. Opening the Senate, McConnell called it an entirely partisan process. He criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for handing out souvenir pens and posing for happy photographs after signing the two articles of impeachment.
The viral outbreak that began in China has now infected nearly 35,000 people worldwide, global health authorities said in Beijing.There have been 12 U.S. cases, and one American citizen has died in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus. A popular Chinese New Year Festival event that has drawn thousands of people to a Miami Dade College campus for more than three decades has been canceled.The reason for scrapping the festival, which has been held at the Kendall campus for the past 32 years, was provided in this statement on Friday: “In order to stand with the global family of Asia — especially China, the Asian-American Advisory Board regrets to announce the Chinese Cultural Foundation has decided to cancel the 2020 Chinese New Year Festival.”The announcement urges the public to “Please enjoy and celebrate the Chinese New Year — the Year of the Rat with your loved ones” and to support the 2021 Year of the Ox Chinese New Year Festival in Miami.The Chinese New Year Festival Miami’s Facebook page cites coronavirus as the actual reason for removing the event from this year’s calendar.A post on the page explains, “Due to the worldwide concerns regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and our concern for the welfare and benefit of all our visitors, vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors, the 2020 Festival Committee has canceled the 2020 Chinese New Year Festival.”Peter Liu, the president of the Chinese Cultural Foundation and the festival’s chair, told The Miami Herald that the decision to cancel this year’s event was due to expectations of a drop in attendance.Although the coronavirus was not given as the direct reason for the cancellation, he added that “because of unwarranted fears” the revenue loss from this year’s festival could result in “financial bankruptcy” and possibly lead to the end of the festival.Courtesy: Chinese New Year Festival Miami/FacebookThe event, which includes food vendors and cultural performances, typically draws between 3,000 and 4,000 people for a $10 admission fee.It is staffed by volunteers and small vendors, while festival organizers rent space on the campus for a stage and seating. The professional performers, in addition to police security staff and bathroom facility staffers, also need to be paid.“The festival limps from year to year and that is why financial stability is significant,” Liu says. “We have heard reports from many of our regular attendees that they plan to skip this year.”He estimates that the expected decline in attendance would have been about 20 percent from the normal amount, or about 600 fewer people.Although there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus in Miami, its impact on local businesses and on the cruise industry is being felt.Florida could end up losing as much as $1.75 billion as a result of the virus, with about one-quarter of that amount concentrated in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, according to a Miami Herald report.
NBA✔@NBA 6,56711:12 PM – Feb 17, 2019 Oh, this mattered to James — and Team LeBron as well.Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain’s-choice format for a second consecutive season.“You put me on the floor, I love to compete,” James said in the postgame interview room. “I’m a competitor, no matter what it is. I was competing to see if I could get to this table first.”He wasn’t kidding. He then turned to NBA spokesman Mark Broussard, asked if he was the first player to get into the room and grinned when told he was.“See what I’m talking about?” James said. NBA✔@NBA Twitter Ads info and privacy 5,07610:00 PM – Feb 17, 2019 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word. Poetry in motion! #PhantomCam 2,341 people are talking about this #StephCurry to #Giannis through the lens of our slo-mo #PhantomCam! #NBAAllstar @NBAonTNT 1,574 people are talking about this Klay Thompson scored 20 points, and James and Kawhi Leonard each had 19 for the winners.“It’s all sweet to me,” Durant said after getting his second All-Star MVP award, to go with the one he claimed in 2012. “It’s hard to rank because everything’s special. But it’s cool to be out there with some of the best players to ever play the game. And to win MVP in front of my family and friends is pretty sweet.”Giannis Antetokounmpo — the first-time captain — led everybody with 38 points on 17 for 23 shooting for the club he drafted. Paul George and Khris Middleton each scored 20 points for Team Giannis, which got 17 apiece from Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.“Just being the leader of a team, it wasn’t as tough as I thought,” Antetokounmpo said. “My teammates, the guys in the locker room, encouraged me to step up and take it serious and play hard.”The highlights, as would be expected, were absurdly good, time and again.Curry slammed the ball off the floor on a first-half fast break and watched it ricochet toward the rim with an apex that flirted with the top of the backboard. Too high for most humans — but Antetokounmpo isn’t most humans. The freakishly long Greek star slammed Curry’s unconventional alley-oop pass home, with both benches reacting in disbelief. Team LeBron’s Karl-Anthony Towns, of the Minnesota Timberwolves, heads to the hoop against Team Giannis’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Twitter Ads info and privacy Curry then slammed an alley-oop on the last play of the game, to himself, for a dunk that closed the scoring in his hometown.“I thought we put on a great show tonight,” said Kemba Walker, Charlotte’s lone player in the game.It was not a defensive showcase, as always.Team Giannis set an All-Star record with 23 field goals in the first quarter, topping the mark of 22 set on four other occasions — by both the West and the East in the first quarter of the 2017 game, and by the West in both the second and third quarters of the 2016 game.The 53 points tied a one-quarter All-Star record as well, matching the total by the West in the third quarter of the 2016 games and by the East in the first quarter of the 2017 game. But when it was time to get competitive, things tightened up considerably, at least by All-Star standards.But when Team LeBron used a flurry of 3s to get back into it in the third quarter, everyone on the bench was standing — sometimes running from the bench and onto the court during play, the celebrations a bit more exuberant than what’s usually allowed.“We got the win,” said Houston’s James Harden, who scored 12 points for Team LeBron. “That’s all that matters.”And the All-Star farewells for Miami’s Wade and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki— the adds to the game by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in honor of their career bodies of work — were festive, as everyone wanted.Nowitzki entered the game late in the first quarter and made his first three shots — all of them 3-pointers — before heading back to the bench. Wade checked in not long after Nowitzki took the floor, then started the second half and achieved his primary missions for his last All-Star Game as a player.He got an alley-oop lob from James.And he threw an alley-oop lob to James.Wade dunked, James dunked, and the close friends who entered the NBA together in 2003 and won championships with Miami in 2012 and 2013 got a couple more moments to savor in their final night as on-court teammates.Wade finished with seven points in 10 minutes, and Nowitzki never returned after his nine-point, four-minute opening stint. When the third quarter ended, every player gathered behind them as Wade and Nowitzki were honored with commemorative jerseys at midcourt.“Thank you to the commissioner and the NBA for allowing us to both be on this stage again,” Nowitzki said.“Exactly what Dirk said,” Wade said as he took the microphone. “We’re very thankful for this opportunity. … The game is in great hands. It’s easy to walk away right now.”TIP-INSTeam Giannis: Antetokounmpo was awarded a first-quarter free throw — but instead of shooting it, he tossed a pass to himself off the backboard. It isn’t legal, and didn’t work, but he didn’t mind. … Embiid had 12 rebounds and Antetokounmpo added 11. … Team Giannis gave up 96 points in the second half after leading 95-82 at the half.Team LeBron: James spent part of halftime on the court listening to J. Cole’s performance, then grabbed a hug from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. … New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, who was dealing with a muscle strain in his shoulder, played five minutes and made both of his shot attempts.SPLAT BROTHERSOrdinarily “Splash Brothers” in Golden State, Curry went splat — courtesy of Thompson.Early in the fourth quarter, Curry shot a 3-pointer from the right wing while getting fouled by someone who’s usually his teammate. Thompson gave a dismissive wave, as if to ask “Why’d I do that?” when Curry’s 3 swished. And Curry made the free throw to seal the four-point play.“I felt like the opposition for once. … It sucked to be on the receiving end,” Thompson said. “But it’s all fun and games in the All-Star Game and that was a crazy shot.”DUAL COACHSPEAKTeam Giannis coach Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks and Team LeBron coach Michael Malone of the Denver Nuggets did their postgame news conference together. That doesn’t happen in normal games, and they were asked if they liked speaking alongside one another.“Probably not a good idea,” Budenholzer said.OLADIPO SPEAKSVictor Oladipo’s season is over with a leg injury that kept him from playing in the All-Star Game as well. The Indiana Pacers star, however, was watching. “Wish I could be there playing with you guys but I know this will be a good game to watch!” Oladipo tweeted. “I was on Team LeBron last year but this year it’s all about #TeamGiannis! Lets Go Fellas!!!” Oladipo was replaced on the Team Giannis roster by Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell.NO-FIGHT NIGHTThere were no fights, though that didn’t stop the league from bringing in renowned boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer to deliver his famed “Let’s get ready to rumble” proclamation just before tip-off.UP NEXTThe next All-Star Game is Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
By John BurtonRED BANK, August 6 – Borough Council President Arthur V. Murphy III, who this week became embroiled in controversy over a video showing him arguing with a local business owner, will resign from the Red Bank Borough Council on Wednesday.Murphy, a Democrat, did not immediately return calls seeking comment on Thursday.Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal did confirm Murphy’s plans.The approximately half-minute video shows Murphy at a party in what appears to be a private home, using expletives while disparaging the now-defunct Lucky Breaks Billiards.Gopal, however, said Murphy’s decision was not solely in response to the video. “It’s part of a larger problem,” with contemporary politics,” Gopal said, alleging that political opponents had on the sly recorded Murphy, unbeknownst the councilman, and released it for political gains.“It’s sad it’s come to this,” Gopal said, noting these alleged tactics increasingly have been making it difficult to get qualified candidates.“It is kind of disgusting. It’s pitting neighbor against neighbor,” said Borough Councilman Edward Zipprich, who serves as the municipal Democratic chairman.Sean Di Somma, the borough Republican chairman said in a posting on the Facebook Red Bank Republican page, that Murphy was “a great guy,” someone “who played by the rules and gave back to his community.”Along with the politics, Murphy has become increasingly busy with business and family obligations, according to Gopal.Murphy owns and operates a construction contracting business and was born and raised in the borough. He was first appointed in September 2003 to fill the unexpired term of a retiring borough council member, going on the be elected to four three-year terms.Murphy, who was seeking his fifth full term, has served as police and fire commissioner as well as council president for a number of years.The local Democratic committee has 45 days from when Murphy formally tenders his resignation, which will be at the Aug. 12 council meeting, to put together a list of three possible replacements, which has to be approved by the party’s county committee, with the borough council making the final selection.The county committee has until early September to name a replacement candidate for the November ballot, according to Gopal.The borough council current makeup is 4-2, with Democrats holding the majority and a Democratic mayor.
Oct. 1: Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, which is now a Category 4 storm. Sept. 29 – Monmouth County residents are watching weather forecasts with some dread, wondering if they will be feeling the slap of Hurricane Joaquin starting this weekend – and how hard it might sting.Joaquin could leave the Bahamas and develop into a major hurricane by Friday, and churn a path north toward the Eastern Seaboard this weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.Local officials were keeping an eye on NOAA forecasts, assessing equipment, conferring with colleagues and hoping for the best.“The way I’m looking at this, we’re going to get something,” said Sea Bright Office of Emergency Coordinator C. Read Murphy, on Wednesday. He spent the day buying batteries for his radios and scanners, procuring 3 dozen cots for firefighters in case he needed to set them up on full alert in Borough Hall, acquiring sand bags and sourcing huge 2 1⁄2 and 5 ton trucks from the county in case he needed to escort people out from their watery homes.In Red Bank, emergency officials warned merchants to clear the sidewalks of sandwich boards and outdoor café furniture.In Middletown, township pumps, generators and chainsaws got a going-over, and a conference call with major department heads was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.“Everybody is on alert, and getting prepared,” said Charles Rogers, the OEM coordinator. The storm’s uncertain path was not helping. “Hopefully by late Thursday, early Friday morning, we’ll know how deep we’re getting into this.”Meteorologist Steven DiMartino of NY NJ PA Weather, based in Freehold, said on Wednesday, “At the very least, we’ll get quite a bit of rainfall, from 5-9 inches along the coast. Another factor is going to be sustained winds from the east, easily around 20-40 miles per hour, increasing to 50 mph at times.”Minor to moderate coastal flooding could also be a concern, due to the sustained winds and the because of the natural higher tides this time of year, DiMartino said. “Especially at high tide, that water is going to pile up.”The prospect of stormy weather is throwing a damper on the anticipation for the annual Concours d’Elegance, a charitable event scheduled for Saturday, at which 135 vintage and collectible cars and motorcycles are rolled out on the grassy hills of Hop Brook in Holmdel for ticket holders to admire. Organizers huddled Wednesday to talk out weather concerns, and decided at this moment to keep the date, said 180 Turning Lives Around’s Lynn Lucarelli. A notice on their website was posted acknowledging the storm, and promising updates.Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said the calm before the storm was the opportu- nity to get people ready. “We don’t want residents to panic, in any way,” he said. “But preparedness is what we preach right now. We do want them to think about family planning “Golden says its important to have a family disaster plan ready, sign up for municipal emergency notifications, and having extra USB emergency battery-powered cellphone chargers on hand. “Cellphones are so key in an emergency,” he said.He advised residents to download the new Sheriff’s app on their phones, to receive push notifications, and visit MonmouthSheriff.org and their local town websites for emergency information.Tina Patel, a pharmacist at Rumson Pharmacy, agrees. “All medications that a per- son needs to be on, insulin, and others, you need to have a backup ready, and ice packs if necessary,” she said.
5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… audrey watters 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts Tags:#biz#Reviews#tips While there are lots of tools that help businesses get customer’s attention and boost conversion rates, there’s little out there to help businesses with the challenge of retaining those customers once they’re in the door.That’s the aim of Custora, a Winter 2001 Y Combinator startup that launched this week. “Google brings them in,” states the company tag-line. “We keep them around.”Custora helps companies gain a better understanding of their customers, a key to being able to meet their needs and retain them. The startup says it provides the other half of funnel analysis. That is, it can help not only identify the steps that it takes in order to convert someone to a paying customer, but that it can break down that “someone” to identify the different types of users they might be, as revealed by statistical clusters, in order to better offer better targeting and messaging. “We don’t just detect churn,” Custora says, “we manage and optimize email campaigns to keep your customers engaged.” The startup has already had some solid successes with this during its beta, with Salesforce and Plaxo signing up as customers, and it boasts that it’s obtaining five times better conversion rates from targeted emails and nine times more accurate customer-level revenue projections. The first 50 ReadWriteWeb readers who mention “readwriteweb” in the comments section of the startup’s sign-up page will get automatic access to the startup’s private beta. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Though he landed his first job in architecture while still in high school, architect Jeff Adams’s path to designing high-performance homes wasn’t a straight line.When his father encouraged him to get a summer job as a teenager, Jeff sent resumes to a dozen architecture firms. One of them, Line and Space, a modern architecture firm in Tucson, AZ, run by an acquaintance of his father, offered Jeff a job. At first the work was maintenance on rental properties, but eventually Jeff learned to trace sketches for presentations and to building architectural models.After high school, Jeff studied civil engineering at Princeton, though he did his thesis on architecture and earned an architecture certificate. He then went back to work for Line and Space. They we building a 25,000 square foot home. “It was sort of over-the-top,” said Jeff, “but it also was kind of fun. I worked on site, drawing a lot of details in the field. It was an immersion into modern detailing.”Soon, Jeff returned to school for a master’s degree in architecture, this time at UCLA. He stayed in southern California where he was a project architect at Johnston Marklee and worked on the acclaimed Hill House. But Jeff eventually had enough of the big city. When a friend recruited him to work on a communal property in northern California, he jumped on the opportunity. The move turned out to be the start of an eight-year sabbatical from conventional architecture.After falling in love, getting married, and having a child, Jeff realized that he had “unfinished business with architecture.” He dusted off his textbooks and studied for the state exams. He passed. He finally had a license to practice architecture. Through a mutual friend, Jeff was introduced to Mela Breen, the founder and principal… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in