Midlands estate agent liquidates company to protect his two remaining businesses

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Midlands estate agent liquidates company to protect his two remaining businesses previous nextAgencies & PeopleMidlands estate agent liquidates company to protect his two remaining businessesDormant company that owed HMRC £231,000 is being liquidated so Mitul Gadhia can protect jobs at his two remaining businesses in and around Leicester.Nigel Lewis24th September 20201 Comment1,973 Views Mitul Gadhia, an award-winning estate agency owner in the Midlands, has liquidated a businesses to enable his main two operations – Whitegates and Taylors Property Services – to continue.His Whitegates franchise has three branches including in Leicester and two of its satellite villages and employs some 30 staff. But Gadhia says problems began when he acquired local five-branch rival Taylors three years ago for an undisclosed sum with finance supplied by Barclays.He says the high costs of this estate agency acquisition meant he concentrated his overall business within the Taylors Property Services operation and let Miresh Property Company, which he used to run a Martin & Co franchise prior to launching the Whitegates operation, become a shell.HMRC billThis company had debt totalling £886,000 but assets of only £8,462 and therefore Gadhia has liquidated the firm leaving money owed to himself of £650,000 but also an HMRC bill of £231,000 which will now have to be written off.This will allow his Taylors Property Services and Whitegates brands to survive, and prevent any headcount reductions at his two estate agency brands, he told local media.“We’ve done everything above board and it’s a very genuine scenario so we are just waiting for the report to go across to the insolvency practitioner but we are pretty confident there will not be any challenges, as I stand to lose the most out of this.”In 2017 Gadhia garnered much praise when he was named that year’s industry Rising Star aged just 27 years-old and praised by the judges for his entrepreneurial flairGhadia says that despite a booming market, trading has been tough. Leicester has been  under a local lockdown for several months.Mitul Gadhia Taylors Whitegates September 24, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentjeremy clarke, Belvoir Christchurch Belvoir Christchurch 24th September 2020 at 9:11 amSounds like another scam to me!How on earth can anyone run up debts of £231,000 to HMRC without being closed down. To be able to continue running other businesses is wrong, he should be banned from being a director with immediate effect otherwise the headlines will be just the same in a few months time and he walks away Scott free!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more


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This faculty will pursue anacademic career in Molecular Imaging and Radiotheranostics at therank of Assistant, Associate or full Professor on the CHSTrack.The University of Wisconsin Section of Nuclear Medicine andMolecular Imaging provides image interpretation of a wide range ofnuclear medicine procedures including positron emission tomography(PET) examinations. The section is composed of experts in multipleareas including general nuclear medicine and PET imaging, nuclearcardiology, PET/MR, prostate cancer imaging and therapy, and theimaging and treatment of patients with thyroid cancer. Therapies inpatients with various forms of cancer are routinely performed withunsealed sources, such as radioactive iodine in patients withthyroid disease and 177-Lu-DOTATATE for patients withneuroendocrine tumors. The section is part of an expandingtheranostics program using both clinically approved andinvestigational agents. This is a growing area with plan for afuture theranostics center. The section has state-of-the-artimaging equipment including PET/CT, PET/MR, and SPECT/CT. Ongoing/Renewable Employment Class: Institutional Statement on Diversity: Clinical duties will be assigned in the Nuclear Medicine andMolecular Imaging Section and will include covering the clinicalnuclear medicine and PET services, bone mineral density exams andthe nuclear cardiology studies.This position will play a central part in the teaching program forthe radiology residents and nuclear medicine residents and willalso participate in medical student teaching.The successful applicant will participate in administrative andcommittee work to support the clinical and scholarly missions of UWHealth and the School of Medicine and Public Health. Clinical orbasic research is required. University and community service arealso expected as appropriate.An essential part of these duties willbe working in a collegial relationship with other facultymembers. 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Winterize Your Home or Business: Save Money and Energy Today!

first_imgIt seems like the price of EVERYTHING keeps going up with no end in sight. (Have you bought a tank of gas or gallon of milk lately?) Winter home heating bills are no exception. Tips to help winterize your home or business, like stopping door drafts, changing furnace filters and reversing the direction of your ceiling fans, can certainly help make a dent in hefty heating bills. But if you’re serious about saving as much as 30% on your utility costs, it’s time to schedule a no-obligation energy efficiency assessment.Step 1: Perform and Energy AssessmentA residential energy assessment can uncover a wealth of cost-saving opportunities without costing you a thing. Our trained experts will come into your home to conduct a series of health and safety checks and evaluate your energy usage, system efficiencies, overall comfort levels, air sealing and insulation. Your no-obligation assessment includes a detailed report that provides recommendations on how you can save both energy and money.Step 2: Cost-Justified UpgradesIf you decide to move forward with some or all of the recommendations from your assessment, most upgrades pay for themselves quickly. It could be as simple as weatherizing your home with improved insulation and air sealing. But even the most advanced equipment—like a programmable thermostat you can access and control through a Wi-Fi connection—can be well within your reach through a combination of rebates, incentives and future savings.Step 3: A Comfortable, Efficient HomeAfter Broadley’s professional assessment of your home and installation of your selected upgrades, the only step left is to enjoy your comfy, cozy home and the tremendous energy savings month after month.If you’re ready to get serious about saving money and energy while making your home more comfortable this winter, you’ll find us right here at Broadleys.net.10 Ways To Winterize Your Home1. Contact Broadley’s at 609-390-3907 for a free energy efficiency assessment of your home2. Caulk or weather-strip windows and doors to prevent heat loss.3. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically lower the temperature at night and at times when you are away from home. The new smart Wi-Fi thermostats enable you to change the temperature in your home from anywhere.4. Seal air leaks, especially from heated space to the attic, and from outside to the basement.5. Thoroughly insulate your attic, walls, basement and crawl space.6. Install storm windows and doors to help keep out drafts.7. Pull chairs and beds away from exterior walls, which can be chilly in the winter.8. Make sure warm-air registers are not blocked by furniture or drapes9. Lower the thermostat on your water heater to save on costs and avoid scalding.10. Open your curtains or raise your window shades during the day to allow sunlight to warm your home.last_img read more

Sony To Open New 1,000-Capacity NYC Venue In Partnership With Blue Note Media Group

first_imgToday, Sony Corporation and Blue Note Media Group announced a landmark sponsorship agreement which will see them open a new 1,000-capacity music venue in New York City, named Sony Hall. The new sponsorship agreement will also make Sony the sponsor of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, hosted each June in New York, in addition to further plans to be announced.Located in the heart of New York’s Theatre District (235 W. 46th St at the Paramount Hotel, in the space previously occupied by the Diamond Horseshoe), Sony Hall is scheduled to open in Spring 2018. Owned, operated and programmed by Blue Note, the new venue will present world-renowned performing artists from across all music genres. The venue will accommodate 500 seated and 1,000 standing, and will feature a full-service restaurant and bar. Of course, Sony Hall will be outfitted with top-of-the-line Sony technologies, integrated throughout the 12,000 square-foot venue to deliver enhanced entertainment experiences to fans. Grand opening plans, headliners, and additional venue details will be announced in the coming weeks.In addition to the opening of Sony Hall, the technology company will sponsor the annual Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City, scheduled for June 1st-30th, 2018. Established in 2011 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club New York, Blue Note Jazz Festival has annually grown into one of the largest music series in in thhe city, featuring over 100 events in 10 venues throughout the month of June each year. With nightly events at Blue Note Entertainment Group venues such as Blue Note Jazz Club, Highline Ballroom, and BB King Blues Club, among other locations throughout the city. Past festival headliners include Aretha Franklin, The Roots, Wyclef Jean, Natalie Cole, Brian Wilson, and more.Says Midori Tomita, VP in charge of UX Business Development, Brand Strategy for Sony Corporation in a press release: “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Blue Note on this new music venue set to open this spring and honored to have it be known as ‘Sony Hall.’ It will serve as a staging ground for recording content, testing new and exciting technology, promoting emerging artists, and more. We look forward to engaging with young music fans and those of all ages and continuing to deliver unique and high quality music experiences through this newest venue.”Adds Blue Note Media Group President Steven Bensusan: “Blue Note is honored to partner with Sony on this landmark partnership. [They are pioneers] in delivering best-in-class technology and entertainment experiences. Their innovation and brand paired with our experience operating entertainment properties around the world is a truly unique partnership that will ultimately benefit the fans. We look forward to our collaboration for Sony Hall, Blue Note Jazz Festival and other exciting plans for the future.”Additional partnership plans between Sony and Blue Note will be announced in the coming months.[via PR Newswire]last_img read more

Allston-Brighton Winter Market comes to Western Avenue

first_imgFor the third year in a row, the Allston-Brighton Winter Market is bringing four days of local vendors, interactive art, food and drink, a beer garden, and holiday cheer to the Harvard Ed Portal. From Dec. 12-15, the Ed Portal at 224 Western Ave. will host 17 vendors and artisans offering goods ranging from minimalist jewelry to all-natural skin care products and herbs from local farms. More than half of this year’s vendors are based in Allston-Brighton, making it a truly hyper-local holiday market.Allston-based vendors include the Aberdeen Woodshop, specializing in handmade products for the kitchen, office, and home; A Gallant Designer, offering digital artwork, greeting cards, and zines; and Kate Martens, selling prints, paintings, and clay crafts and jewelry.  This year, Zone 3 will be bringing their popular adult-focused Drinking & Drawing program to the market on Friday evening, Dec. 13. Attendees will draw inspiration from local artist Sabrina Dorsainvil to produce their own works of art, while enjoying drinks and socializing. Aeronaut Brewing will also be offering a beer garden at the market on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, selling seven of their current popular brews. Dorsainvil will also produce a specially commissioned interactive mural for display in the Crossings Gallery and front windows of the Ed Portal. Visitors can contribute to the mural through coloring and other activities throughout the weekend. And Quincy-based screen printing shop SelfMade Designs will be creating unique Allston-Brighton Winter Market tote bags, which will be available to visitors who make a purchase from a market vendor.Returning to the market this year by popular demand, the Traveling Poetry Emporium creates unique poems-on-demand for visitors on a typewriter, which are then read aloud to you by the poet before you take home the only copy. At the market, visitors can enjoy food and drinks from food trucks like Bon Me, and live musical performances from local artists including DJ DayGlow, who has played sets at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and MassArt. Just next door at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, visitors can browse works from more than 80 artists at the Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale. Functional dinnerware, sculptures, and more will be available for purchase throughout the four-day event in conjunction with the Winter Market. Additionally, the Holiday Show and Sale will feature artist demonstrations over the course of the weekend — including wheel throwing and hand building techniques — for visitors to discover the process behind the works on display. Both the Winter Market and the Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale are free and open to the public to visit throughout the weekend.last_img read more

Rockettes’ Heart & Lights Postponed for ‘Additional Work’

first_imgWe’re not going to be seeing a 26-foot tall Statue of Liberty come to life anytime soon. The Rockettes’ Heart & Lights, which was supposed to be playing at Radio City Music Hall this spring, has been postponed until next year. According to a statement from the show’s producers: “it has become clear that additional work is needed to deliver the unforgettable experience our customers have come to expect from us.” The original dance show, crafted by Linda Haberman and featuring a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright, had been set to feature groundbreaking technology and state-of-the-art puppetry that brought New York City landmarks to life, including a 26-foot tall Statue of Liberty. No word yet on the 2014 dates for the Rockettes’ main gig, the Christmas Spectacular, but as we all know, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without it!center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Meet Our Olympians

first_imgAthletes who reach the Olympic Games are heralded as being the best in their disciplines, but that journey isn’t always paved with gold. A fear of water initially impeded whitewater slalom kayaker Michal Smolen. Open-water swimmer Sean Ryan struggled at first to cover 25 yards in a pool. Track cyclist Matt Baranoski delayed his college studies to chase the Olympic dream. Rower Matt Miller overcame physical and mental challenges as he transitioned to national team training. Whitewater slalom kayaker Ashley Nee shook off two failed Olympic attempts, and triathlete Katie Zaferes overcame her share of challenges to reach the Games. These six first-time Olympians and regional natives will join more than 500 other U.S. athletes next month in Brazil, all hoping years spent perfecting their craft will culminate in a podium finish.Matt Baranoski, Track CyclistPerkasie, PennsylvaniaMatt Baranoski’s track cycling saga began at age six, when his parents enrolled him in classes at Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Breinigsville, Pa. He soon began racing, and said recently, it’s “escalated into the crazy life that it is now.” Baranoski, who rides for Custom Velo, will compete in the keirin. The sport challenges six cyclists to circuit a track for eight laps. The field follows an electric pace bike for the first five-and-a-half laps, but when the pacer exits, it’s an all-out sprint to the finish.The race is short—about two kilometers—and a completely “different animal” from road or mountain bike events, said Baranoski. Riding a bike that lacks brakes, the 22-year-old sprinter can coast at 50 miles per hour around a track with 45-degree curves. Track cycling “is one of the weird things where you’re doing something that is relatively out of control, but you’re completely in control doing it,” he said.At age 17, Baranoski became the youngest U.S. elite track cycling national champion, and Union Cycliste Internationale currently ranks him 19th in the world for the keirin. He also holds more than 30 USA Cycling national championships. Attaining these feats hasn’t been without sacrifice. Baranoski took a two-year leave from college to chase his Olympic dream. He’s set to graduate this year from Penn State with an electrical engineering degree. “The decision to leave school…to chase something that might or might not work out was huge,” he said. That decision proved worthwhile when, after a two-year qualifying period, he secured his berth to Rio. Baranoski, who writes the word “Believe” on his handlebars, never looked back. “It’s been a long two years,” he said, but that “whirlwind” journey seems well worth the toil. “It’s really cool to have finally made it and be an Olympian.”Matt Miller, RowerSpringfield, VirginiaRowing demands diversity. This mix of strategy, coordination, and physical exertion has kept Matt Miller hooked since high school.The Springfield, Va. native is making his Olympic debut as part of the United States’ four-man rowing team. Miller, now 27, began rowing his freshman year of high school at the suggestion of a neighbor. He competed through high school and later at the University of Virginia. Following college, he rowed for two years with the Potomac Boat Club in Washington D.C. Selected in January 2014 to train with the U.S. national team, Miller left the club, quit his full-time job and moved to California for winter training.He is now at the US Rowing Training Center in Princeton, N.J. Most of Miller’s career has been spent in the eight-man boat—he was part of the national team that won gold at the 2014 World Rowing Cup II. He also won gold at this year’s World Rowing Cup I as part of the four-man team. “I love the competitive aspect of it,” he said. To train for a 2,000 meter race, you need a lot of aerobic capacities,” including stamina, “strength, power, and sprinting ability.”Miller’s journey toward Rio has demanded perseverance. Upon joining the national team, he switched the rowing technique he was accustomed to and more than doubled the distance he rowed daily. Miller told himself it would get easier, that his body would adapt. “At the time it was discouraging because I wasn’t doing well, I was worn down and beaten at practice day-in and day-out and finishing last. That was part of the difficulty of it.” Miller knew his aerobic capacity and physiology were why he had been recruited, so he kept telling himself that he’d eventually conquer the steep learning curve. That drive has paid off as Miller makes his Olympic debut.Ashley Nee, Whitewater Slalom KayakerBethesda, MarylandThird time’s a charm for Ashley Nee. Rio serves as her third Olympics attempt, a journey that began eight years ago.Nee, now 27, qualified for a women’s kayak spot at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but a shoulder injury placed her out of contention at the team trials. Four years later, Nee scored enough points to secure a 2012 team slot but lost that berth on a tiebreaker that instead sent Caroline Queen to London. “This is my third attempt at becoming an Olympian and I still can’t really believe that I have accomplished it,” said Nee. “It was really hard getting hurt right before the Olympic Trials in 2008 and then coming back only to lose in a tie for the 2012 Games.” Nee’s optimism outweighs past frustration, though. “I believe everything happens for a reason. Representing the U.S. in the Olympic Games is a lofty goal, and having to try three times makes me respect the athletes that came before me even more.”Nee (Tom Dunning)_FIXFollowing her shoulder injury, Nee took a paddling hiatus. A recent high school graduate, she instead turned her focus to college and career options. “I had been paddling since I was ten and I wanted to see what it was like to have my life revolve around something other than paddling, so I moved to Honolulu.” A year and a half later—during which time Nee picked up longboarding and dabbled in street art—her shoulder had almost healed, and she refocused on paddling.Nee’s most recent Olympic pursuit has also been challenging. At this year’s two team trial legs in North Carolina and Oklahoma, she finished first and second, respectively. Tied with fellow athlete Dana Mann, Nee received the Olympic spot based on her performance at last year’s Pan American Games in Toronto. “The women’s kayak final (at Pan Am) was an epic race,” she recalled. The top three women—Nee took bronze, Canada took gold, and Brazil took silver—were separated by just .03 seconds. “It was an awesome race to be a part of, but it was an Olympic qualifier and it wasn’t clear if we would get an Olympic berth for the U.S.”Nee began kayaking at age ten during summer camp at Valley Mill Camp in Seneca, Md. Seventeen years later, she now works as a kayaking instructor for Liquid Adventures in Maryland and loves the reward of watching someone “get better and better.” Slalom racing is not easy, but Nee remains confident “anyone can do it” and advises young athletes to “dream big.” Also sound advice? Her father’s words to “be good, be safe, and have fun.”There are no practice runs in a race, and Nee said she responds by treating each course as a puzzle. “Seeing how fast I can solve that course is my inspiration.” The next puzzle Nee likely wants to solve? How to bring home gold this summer.Sean Ryan, Open-Water SwimmerChattanooga, TennesseeWhen Sean Ryan joined his first swim team, he struggled at covering 25 yards. Now the 23-year-old will compete in marathon swimming at the Games, a competition that challenges athletes to swim a six-mile open water course.A fourth place finish at last year’s FINA World Championships earned Ryan his Olympic berth. Finishing in slightly over 1 hour, 50 minutes, Ryan said he was pinching himself after the race. “There were seven people right behind me, and I wouldn’t let myself look backwards. To finish and see that I had finished fourth was something special.”Sean Ryan (photo: Mike Lewis)Ryan rebounded after not qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. He needed a top ten finish at the 2011 FINA World Championships for an automatic berth but finished 25th. His attempts a year later to qualify for the pool team also fell short. He didn’t give up. “I came back after that and really tried to take a new approach and really enjoy the process and enjoy training and other things in my life outside swimming. That has overall paid off.”Ryan, who began swimming competitively at age five, recalled how his mother contemplated whether to register him for swim lessons or the swim team. When she asked if he could swim across a 25-yard pool, Ryan responded, “definitely.” That response solidified the team option, but Ryan soon discovered swimming that distance was harder than it appeared. Still, he stuck with it. That dedication led to his first Olympic Team Trials in 2008 for the 1,500-meter freestyle. He’s also made several national team rosters in open water and the 1,500 and earned multiple medals in both national and international competitions. Ryan, a former member of the University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving program, recently finished his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He lives and trains in Michigan but said his favorite open-water swimming spot remains the Tennessee River near downtown Chattanooga. “It’s one of the most scenic places to swim. You’re looking down river and into the mountains and tree lines.”Michal Smolen, Whitewater Slalom KayakerGastonia, North CarolinaMichal Smolen sat frozen in a kayak in the middle of the Nantahala River near the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Oversized kayaking gear engulfed his slight, eight-year-old frame. A desire to follow in his father’s footsteps had brought him to this moment, his first kayaking attempt during a summer visit to the United States.Smolen (Chris Worrall)_FIXSmolen emigrated from Poland at age nine. His father—a former member of the Polish National Team and whitewater slalom alternate for Poland at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games—accepted a coaching job in 2000 with the Nantahala Racing Club. He now serves as USA Canoe/Kayak’s slalom national development and coaching manager and is his son’s coach.Michal Smolen, 22, initially hesitated to embrace his father’s sport. Being alone in the water overwhelmed him, and Smolen vowed against attempting the sport again. “I didn’t know how to swim when I went kayaking the first time. I was scared of flipping over and not being able to come back up and not being able to swim in the river.” Ironically, he chose competitive swimming instead, a sport he continued until, at age 13, he began eyeing whitewater kayaking.This wasn’t the only obstacle Smolen overcame to attain his Olympic dream. About the time he returned to kayaking, Smolen was diagnosed with epilepsy. “I was afraid when it happened that I wouldn’t be able to paddle.” He was eventually cleared to keep paddling but suffered yet another setback before the 2012 Games. Smolen won the men’s kayak single U.S. national team trials in 2011, bolstering his chances at representing the United States in London. The Polish-born athlete was not yet a U.S. citizen, though, and efforts to lobby Congress to fast-track his citizenship were unsuccessful. Smolen didn’t receive his citizenship until seven months following the Games. “I was just so upset and now I don’t see it that way anymore. I’ve had a lot of experience in the last four years and really prepared . . . and I think that going to Rio I can do well.”As he readies for the Games, Smolen offered advice for athletes beginning to climb the ranks. “Make sure you definitely have your goals and are competitive, but at the same time don’t forget to have fun. You must always remind yourself of why you’re doing it.”TriathleteKatie Zaferes, TriathleteHampstead, MarylandKatie Zaferes lettered in five high school sports and holds records at Syracuse University in both the outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase and indoor 5,000 meters. It wasn’t until she began competing in triathlons that Zaferes, 27, ever thought she could be “that caliber of athlete” who could reach the Olympics. A week following her selection as the U.S. women’s final and third triathlete, Zaferes’ enthusiasm was still evident. “I’m so excited, happily overwhelmed, proud and relieved,” she wrote via email. “It’s been a goal that has been sitting there for two years now . . . it’s crazy to think come August 20th I’ll get to call myself an Olympian!!” Zaferes, who now lives in California, joins Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah True, both of whom solidified their Olympic berths last August. Zaferes locked down her team spot following a sixth place finish in May at a world triathlon event in Japan.Zaferes (Delly Carr-ITU)_FIXZaferes was tapped by USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program in 2012, though her introduction to the sport came about five years earlier when she ran a triathlon alongside her father, Bill. Zaferes, then a high school senior, didn’t foresee a future in triathlon at that time, especially given her recent commitment to running at Syracuse. Now, Zaferes can’t imagine focusing all her energy on just one sport. “There are so many things I love about triathlon,” she said. Training for three varied disciplines keeps it “exciting and fun,” and she loves how the sport has introduced her to new places and people.Being a part of an All-American podium alongside True and Jorgensen twice last year has been among Zaferes’ most memorable moments. The toughest moments have been mental, pushing through flashes of “doubt” or “frustration” and shaking off pressures associated with competing at the elite level. “The great part is that none of those moments have lasted too long, and I have an awesome support network to make those cloudy days better.” She advises future Olympic hopefuls to enjoy the journey and push through those trying times. “There will be days where it’s hard and it seems like you’re never going to perfect a particular skill, but enjoy the process and keep working on it over time,” she said. “Always give yourself credit for those small victories and take the time to be proud of yourself.”thrasher-headshotGinny Thrasher, 10M Air Rifle/ Three-Position RifleSpringfield, Va.A product of West Springfield High School in Virginia, Thrasher shot for her high school rifle team, but her love of shooting first came after hunting with her grandfather. At West Virginia University, Thrasher has quickly taken her skills to the next level.As a freshman, she earned five medals at the 2015 USA Shooting National Championships, and she led all rifle competitors in the country with the top air rifle score of 599/600 that she shot on two separate occasions.  She became the first freshman rifle shooter ever to win both individual titles in air and smallbore while leading WVU to their fourth-straight, and 18th overall, NCAA team title.Success didn’t end there for the 19-year-old, however. She went to Olympic Team Trials three weeks later and pulled out a decisive victory in the Three-Position event over a seasoned and talented field. She earned a nine-point win having never competed in the event internationally.  From NCAA Champion to Olympian, the teenager from WVU has her sights on a medal in Rio.Joe MorrisJoe Morris, SailorAnnapolis, Md.Elite sailor Joe Morris qualified for the Olympic team as part of the two-person crew for the 49er—a high-performance dinghy. It’s a dangerous boat with little margin for error; if you make a mistake, you flip.Morris was working for a technology company in Switzerland when his former Yale Sailing teammate Thomas Barrows called him looking for a partner on the 49er. They spent a month sailing in the Virgin Islands and decided to commit themselves to pursuing an Olympic berth.Though they started as underdogs, they quickly ascended the ranks and placed well in national competitions. US Regatta announced this spring that Barrows and Morris would represent the U.S. in the 49er competition in Rio.last_img read more

5 things to keep in mind while marketing to millennials

first_img 116SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Be RelevantMany millennials have never known a world without the internet, and now the internet is their world. Sharing, watching, posting, reading, reviewing. All of those things are happening with or without your branch being a part of it. The only way to join that conversation is to be where it is happening.Be AuthenticMillennials have been raised in a time where companies have the tools to sell them at any time of the day. The constant onslaught of ads and offers has thickened their skin, trusting friends over big businesses. With the ability to spot a poser from a mile away, marketing initiatives need to be focused on assuming that role of ‘friend.’Be ConsistentThe only way to stay relevant and engage customers is to make sure you keep showing up to the conversation. Being consistent also showcases how accessible your branch is. Trends come and go, you have the power to make sure you aren’t just a fad.Be EngagingJust starting a Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media account won’t do you much good if you don’t use it to actually communicate. Again, being present at a conversation is only half the battle. Not being an active voice is like going to a party and standing in the corner by yourself the entire time, awkward for everyone around.Be HelpfulMillennials support businesses who are dedicated to improving their customers lives with informative content. Step back from trying to push product lists and offers, but develop whitepaper, blogs or how-to information that can convince millennials they need you.last_img read more

Health statement released after customer at Men’s Warehouse tests positive for virus

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department has issued a public health alert after person who was at Men’s Warehouse in Vestal tested positive for the coronavirus. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever and shortness of breath. The full statement can be read by clicking here.center_img The department is asking anyone who was at Men’s Warehouse from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 21 to self-quarantine until Aug. 4.last_img

Pope says gossiping is a ‘worse plague’ than coronavirus

first_imgPope Francis urged the faithful on Sunday to steer clear of gossip, calling it worse than the coronavirus and saying it could be used to divide the Roman Catholic Church.”Please, brothers and sisters, let’s make an effort not to gossip. Gossiping is a worse plague than COVID,” the pope said during his weekly address from a window above St. Peter’s Square.”The devil is the great gossip. He is always saying bad things about others because he is the liar who tries to split the Church,” Francis added in the off-the-cuff comments. The pope has regularly warned of the risks of gossiping and has also railed against Internet trolls.”If something goes wrong, offer silence and prayer for the brother or sister who make a mistake, but never gossip,” he said on Sunday. Topics :last_img read more

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