Teamwork

first_imgI had the privilege of attending the Red Bull Divide and Conquer team triathlon this past weekend in Vancouver, BC.  It was an unreal event that brought together some of the best mountain runners, bikers, and kayakers in the world.I was fortunate to join forces with Asheville mountain running animal Matt Morse and Australian Super-D pinner Josh Carlson for the event, and I truly enjoyed the feeling of sharing all of the ups and downs of the event as a team.  Generally speaking, athletes in all of these sports are usually all alone on competition day.  We handle our own training, nutrition, preparation, and effort when it’s time to perform.  Most of the strategy and planning goes on silently in our minds, and when we do succeed, it is us alone who celebrate at the top.The team dynamic was much different, and I can’t wait to do more events like it in the future!  The three of us were coming from all different walks in life, but there was such a supportive environment pervading throughout the week leading up to the event and the day of.  We helped each other out with airport pickups, food, rides, and course planning.  We were each deeply invested in each other, and when it was our respective turn to compete for the team, there was a much deeper motivation there than usually exists when you are competing for yourself.  We all wanted to take our own games to the next level to honor our teammates’ efforts.And that is what happened!The course was a primal representation of what the North Shore of Vancouver is made of.  The mountain run was 12 km long, but had two brutal descents of Mount Fromme and Grouse Mountain for a total elevation gain of 4800 vertical feet!  At the top of Grouse Mountain, the runner scans the transponder and passes it off to the biker, who ran a 33 km course of single track and fire roads that featured gnarly rock drops, infinite slippery root networks, brutal hike-a-bike climbs, and 40+ mph fire road sprints.  The biker then tags the kayaker, who runs to their boat, runs it to the Red Bull ramp, and launches into the Capilano River.  Although only class III, the river weaves through a spectacular 6 km gorge on its way to the Pacific Ocean, where the paddlers then have to loop around a buoy, paddle against the tidal current up the coast, and run their boats a quarter of a mile to the finish line.To top this all off, it rained all night before the event, and continued for the entire day of… the course was doused, and the runners and mountain bikers were working with the worst conditions imaginable.Matt started us off strong with a staunch lead in the run 1/3 of the way up the mountain.  He did this against Arcteryx, North Face, and Red Bull professional runners!  He was so far ahead that the big guns didn’t see him get lost on the course, but that is what happened.  Matt got reoriented and caught back up to the leaders, but then got lost again, this time unable to get within sight of the front of the pack again.  He still finished strong in 6th position, and Josh took off down the mountain bike leg trying to close the 12 minute gap behind the leaders.  Josh slayed the track and showed why he is one of the best Super-D and Enduro riders in the world.  He navigated the gnarliest North Shore roots and rocks in a blistering time, and tagged me in 3rd place looking like someone who had just been to war!I hit the Capilano River charged with energy and had good lines through the gorge.  I put the power down efficiently, and came across the finish line after 40 minutes of pulling hard.  Our 3rd place position put us on the podium of this amazing inaugural competition!Achieving that result together was different than previous paddling competitions where I have placed well.  We all met up later to share stories, beers, and the cash prize that we won together.  It was awesome teaming up with other people who devote their lives to their sport, and combining our efforts to achieve a team goal.  While the race organizers predicted a seven hour total time for the event, all of the top three teams completed it right around four hours!The word on the street is that Red Bull will be rolling this event out to other places in the world to make it a circuit.  Here’s hoping for an Asheville event!last_img read more

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Why working in a mission-driven place as a credit union matters

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jorge Ortiz Jorge Ortiz is the Business Development Manager of North Side Community Federal Credit Union, a small asset size CDFI credit union in Chicago, IL. At North Side, he has helped … Web: www.northsidecu.org Details Why we work – it is a question all of us should ask ourselves. In particular, why do we do the work that, for many of us, occupies most of our waking hours for our entire adult lives?Ralph Waldo Emerson left us a quote worthy of those inspirational wall posters: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” It is my true belief that the latter quote could refer to credit union employees.To refresh your memory, a credit union is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization with the goal to provide members with lower fees, lower rates on loans and higher interest on deposit accounts. However, this mission couldn’t be accomplished if it wasn’t for the employees. According to the New York Credit Union Association, credit unions are ranked first in customer satisfaction. They significantly outpace all other financial institutions, according to findings released yesterday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The credit union customer satisfaction score of 85 is first among financial institutions and notably higher than the average bank score of 76. Even the NCUA (National Credit Union Association) is the best-performing government agency in terms of overall employee satisfaction. These data are a reflection of the commitment of people working in this industry. Based on my experience, I have been able to help many unbanked people to understand banking and get them into a low-cost account. To give a specific example, when I go to visit partner organizations to speak about the benefits of becoming a member, many of the attendees approached me after my speech with questions regarding how credit scores works, what is considered a good interest rate, and even how a credit card operated. We often end up scheduling a one-on-one appointment to go over their finances. These experiences left me with a feeling that in general more financial education is needed.In my credit union alone we were able to help more than 1000 members avoid predatory loans by providing them easy access to funds with similar requirements for a payday loan but at reasonable interest and affordable payment plan. These kinds of loans make our members feel unique because they are not just a number. We listen to their stories and provide the right services.    Credit unions are the right mixture of making profits by creating a positive social impact, regardless of the position you are executing. The simple fact that credit unions make banking affordable, make loans more accessible and go the extra mile to help a member during economic hardship should provide great satisfaction to the people serving in this movement and knowledge that their work in making that difference matters.last_img read more

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France confirms first coronavirus death outside Asia

first_imgTopics : Some 56 million people in Hubei and its capital Wuhan are now living under quarantine, virtually sealed off from the rest of the country in an effort to contain the virus.’Preparing for pandemic’ Away from China, almost 600 cases have been confirmed — roughly 35 of which have been reported in the European Union.The most concentrated number of cases outside China is on a cruise ship quarantined off the Japanese coast, which is holding at least 285 people with the virus among its 3,700 crew and passengers.The US embassy has said it will fly roughly 400 Americans on board the ship back their home country and Buzyn said France was “always ready to repatriate its nationals”, though she made no firm commitment.There are believed to be four French nationals on the Diamond Princess, where all those on board are mostly confined to their cabins and required to wear masks and keep away from others during brief outings on deck.”We are following the international situation very closely,” Buzyn said. “We need to prepare our health system to deal with a possible pandemic and therefore the circulation of the virus on national territory.” She said she would take stock of the situation on Tuesday in a meeting with health experts and officials. An 80-year-old Chinese tourist has died from the new coronavirus in France, the first death confirmed outside of Asia, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday.Buzyn said she had been told about the death of the patient — in hospital in Paris since late January — late on Friday, adding that his condition “had deteriorated rapidly” after several days in a critical condition.Six people with the virus remain in hospital in France, Buzyn said, adding that none were seriously ill.center_img One of them was the dead Chinese tourist’s 50-year-old daughter and the rest were British nationals who were infected by a compatriot at a French ski resort.The virus originated late last year in China, where it has since infected more than 66,000 people and killed more than 1,500.Three deaths from the virus have so far been recorded outside mainland China — in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan.The scale of the epidemic ballooned this week after officials in the Chinese province of Hubei — the epicenter of the outbreak — changed their criteria for counting cases, adding thousands of new patients to the tally.last_img read more

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Former Syracuse guard Ash charged after fight in Armory Square in May

first_imgFormer Syracuse women’s basketball guard Tyler Ash was charged with trespass and harassment for her involvement in a fight at Urban Outfitters in Armory Square on May 27, according to court records cited in an article published by The Post-Standard Monday.Ash is accused of hitting two Urban Outfitters employees in the fight. She will appear in court July 9.Ash left the team at the conclusion of the academic year, said Dave Gunn, assistant director of athletic communications. Gunn said the SU athletic department could not comment on the situation since Ash is no longer an SU athlete. She is still listed as a senior on the SU directory system.According to court records cited in The Post-Standard, Ash entered the store with Zeyanna Stokes, who store employees said was banned from the store after being caught stealing merchandise.After the employees told them they needed to leave, Stokes is accused of punching a female employee in the face. Another female employee then yelled at Ash to get Stokes off the employee, and Ash was then accused of hitting the second employee, according to the article.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAsh was also accused of punching, pushing and scratching the first employee, leaving her with a swollen left eye and scratches on her chest, under her nose and under her left eye, according to the article.Ash enjoyed a standout career at Liverpool High School before arriving at Syracuse as a top recruit in 2008. She started five games and played in 30 games her freshman year, averaging 1.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. As a sophomore, Ash played in 36 games and averaged 4.3 points and four rebounds per game.She then redshirted as a junior in 2010-11 due to knee injuries and did not play any games despite being on the roster in [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected]last_img read more

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