On December 19th, the legendary Phil Lesh will host a benefit concert for victims of the recent Camp Fire wildfires, dubbed “Love Will See You Through”, at his own Terrapin Crossroads concert space in San Rafael, California.The Grateful Dead bassist will be joined by Stu Allen, Ross James, Alex Koford, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Grahame Lesh, Greg Loiacono, John Molo, Elliott Peck, Melvin Seals and Barry Sless for the one-night-only event in the Grate Room.Ticket proceeds will go to the United Way Of California and the North Valley Animal Disaster Group.
Building an atmosphere to foster customer-centric innovation and experiences Over 90% of the Utah team directly serves customers through technical support, deployment, consulting, cloud operations and sales roles. To keep up with customer demand and provide the high caliber experience we strive for, it takes investment in our facilities and capabilities. On April 12th, we celebrated the official ribbon-cutting of our newest Utah COE campus in Vista Station. One of the keys to our success has been heavy involvement from the multiple Employee Resource Groups in Utah; our ERG’s typically to sponsor and support these events and activities. All of this focus on STEM education has been good for business too! Most of the companies, schools and other groups that are involved are Dell EMC customers. These types of engagements have allowed us to build relationships that go beyond any single product or individual sale – they are truly multi-faceted and enduring.Developing more environmentally responsible and sustainable operationsWhen it comes to impacting the environment in a positive way, the Utah team is relentless. We have been recognized for our environmental commitment via the Sustainable Business Award from Utah Business Magazine. Our partnership with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) to provide heavily discounted Eco Passes for all team members, the electric vehicle charging stations at our offices, and our participation in the Utah Clean Air initiative (UCAIR) are just a few of the ways we garnered this recognition. Recent developments in this area include:100% Renewable Energy – Our new building in Draper City (see below section) is LEED Silver certified and includes a renewable energy power purchase program to offset 100% of the power needed. Mass Transit Program – With our newest site located next to a commuter train station, team member participation in the UTA Eco Pass program has doubled. As a company we are always looking to improve our products and our services, to better serve our customers and to leave a lasting impact on the communities where we work and live. The facts are clear—companies who deeply commit to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and improving the customer experience (CX) will see the financial, customer and team member impact:88 percent of consumers will be more loyal to the brand when companies are involved in CSR66 percent of global consumers say they’re willing to pay more for sustainable brands61 percent of buyers will place 2X more emphasis on total experience price when comparing two similar products60 percent of highly engaged employees are more likely to make a recommendation on how to improve your company vs. 15 percent of disengaged employeesOkay, so if you agree CSR and CX are important, the question is…where do you start your strategic focus?My personal advice: start where it connects with your team on a personal and professional level. Find the opportunities that reside at the intersection of people’s hearts and your company’s strengths. This way, you’ll know that what you are doing is meaningful and valued by those who work with you and there is a clear way to tie the impact to your business mission and results.As a leader of 1,300 team members in the Dell EMC Utah Center of Excellence (COE), I’ve become deeply familiar with and ensured we’ve invested in our intersection “impact” areas:Creating opportunities for youth in STEM fieldsDeveloping more environmentally responsible and sustainable operationsBuilding an atmosphere to foster customer-centric innovation and experiencesI’d like to share some tangible examples of how we have achieved success in each of these areas in hopes that other companies will be inspired to pursue a similar course when it comes time to set business and employee priorities.Creating opportunities for youth in STEM fieldsOur commitment to STEM is tied to our community focus, but it’s also a business imperative to ensure we have the right skills for our future talent pipeline. Our STEM impact is broad and in close partnership with external partners, such as local governments, schools and non-profit organizations. Our recent partnerships include:STEM Mentor Exchange – A new mobile platform from the STEM Partners Foundation based on Dell EMC technology and built through the volunteer efforts of our software engineers that matches industry mentors with teachers in classrooms who need help with STEM activities. It will be available on the Apple and Android app stores this summer. Although it is starting in Utah, there are no geographical bounds to where the app can be implemented and used.SheTech – Events sponsored by the Women Tech Council to expose young women to technology through workshops, presentations and hands-on experiences. We always have dozens of team members in attendance as mentors, facilitators and presenters.Student STAR – Summer program for high school students to come to our office and learn professional skills that prepare them for a potential job in the tech industry.Computing Pathways Initiative – New program to help K-12 students learn about Computer Science and related fields. Over $1 million was raised from the state to help fund this program as a direct result of Dell EMC leading an industry coalition to pass Utah Senate Bill 190. This new, state-of-the art site will allow us to deliver more personalized and consistent experiences with:Hands-on training facilities where Dell EMC products are available for customer, partner and team member education.A global command center for the Virtustream business, which enables us to collaborate with similar centers in our India and Ireland COEs and deliver 24×7 customer support.Sufficient space for team members to collaborate on customer ideas and issues and work together in a centralized location.Important amenities like an onsite 24×7 fitness center, full service café, game room, secure bike lockers, proximity to local jogging trails; all of which maintain a positive work-life balance—we know that companies with more engaged workers outperform competitors both in terms of financial results and CX.The value of what the Utah team provides and the establishment of this new site has been recognized by our external stakeholders, with Utah Governor Gary Herbert noting that we are an anchor to Utah’s “Silicon Slopes” and customers such as Adobe, Overstock.com, and RC Willey sharing their gratitude for our local partnership.In ClosingCompanies have a responsibility and measurable interest to improve how they serve customers and communities. Through my personal experience leading the Dell EMC Utah COE, I have learned that the easiest and most impactful place to start is at the intersection of what makes your team’s heart beat with passion and where your company’s capabilities lie. For my team in Utah, this intersection hits our CSR initiatives focused on promoting youth in STEM, environmental sustainability and providing an atmosphere for customer-centric innovation and experience to thrive.We all have the power to do more good, but we can’t just talk about what is possible in the confines of a conference room or on (yet another) conference call. We must be bold enough to act and to hold each other, our teams and industry peers accountable to do the same. And by doing so, we will see the returns to our business, customers and communities.
I just noticed that it’s National Arbor Day here in the U.S. and it gave me a flashback to the launch of something 11 years ago that I’m proud to know is still going strong – Dell’s Plant a Tree program.For a long time, we’ve been committed to helping our customers find new ways to protect the environment, and Plant a Tree is one way we can really collaborate with you on that. You can donate online by simply adding the “Plant a Tree option” to your shopping cart. If you are in a business, simply ask your account representative about adding the Plant a Tree option to your Premier Account.Together, we are having a positive lasting impact in vulnerable deforested areas and important watershed regions like Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in south Texas (home to the last remaining breeding population of ocelots in the country) and the Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge in my home state of Louisiana.Not only am I proud to have been part of the team that launched this program when I was responsible for the corporate content on Dell.com, I also got to enjoy bringing it into the virtual world of Second Life (SL) when we had Dell Island there (once one of the top eight corporate sites in SL). Users could plant the trees on their virtual land and determine the pace at which they grew, and click on them to donate and plant real trees.Here’s a few fast facts for you about the benefits of planting trees:A tree provides enough clean oxygen each year for two people to breathe.Over a tree’s life, the amount of pollutants it will remove from the environment increases 70 times.Each tree planted offsets the carbon emissions of approximately one laptop computer.*Announced by Michael Dell at CES in 2007, within its first year our Plant a Tree program had played a key role in restoring 775 acres of forestland in the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Kansas. In 2008, we set a goal of planting one million trees by 2020 which we reaffirmed as part of our American Business Act on Climate Pledge.By Arbor Day 2012, we were able with our partners Carbonfund.org Foundation and The Conservation Fund to announce that customers had donated more than $2.3 million to plant native trees and restore deforested areas.Then last year, we reached our Million Tree Challenge goal – three years ahead of schedule – resulting in the restoration of 2,000 acres … that’s more than 1,500 football fields. Thank you to everyone who joined with us to make that possible. Let’s keep it going!*An average tree grown 16 years will absorb approximately 770 pounds of CO2 – similar to the carbon footprint of a Dell Latitude e6550 laptop.
Spend the night, the week, or the month at The Lofts at Downtown Salem. These historically renovated one-bedroom apartments are fully furnished, tastefully decorated, and just a short walk to all the amenities the downtown has to offer. Fuel Up Hidden Gems Swing by the Salem Farmers Market on Saturdays for local produce and delicious sweets. Outside of the pandemic, the market is a local hub for concerts, craft fairs, and other public events, including the lighting of the city Christmas tree. If you prefer to get outside and paddle, the Roanoke River Blueway provides a variety of adventures on the water. With multiple public access points, customize your trip through urban centers and backcountry spots. Canoe, kayak, fish, tube, or wade into the river as you take in the sights and sounds of the region. The Roanoke River Greenway provides a paved path along the river for walkers, runners, and bikers alike. With nearly 60 miles of trails, Carvins Cove is one of the best places on the East Coast for mountain biking. Whether you prefer cross country singletrack, downhill, or fire roads, there’s something for riders of all abilities. Cool off with a paddle on the 630-acre reservoir. Located less than ten miles from Salem, Carvins Cove is close enough to easily bike back into town for a meal or a drink. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat from a few Salem favorites. Corbin’s Confections offers nut and gluten-free baked goods, like pies, bread, and cake pops. The Dilly Dally has something for every season, from ice cream and cupcakes to Virginia produced products and nightcrawlers for fishermen. Experience WanderLove for yourself when you visit Salem, Va. In this national historic district, you’ll find a relaxing getaway with an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Discover the best spots to play, eat, and stay in this guide to Salem. Take a photo with the LOVE sign as it travels around the community. You can currently find the sign at the Salem Public Library. The peace sign in the “O” represents Salem, which is derived from the Hebrew word Shalom meaning peace, wholeness, harmony, and tranquility. Bordered by the mountains with the Roanoke River running through town, there’s an adventure waiting for you around every corner of Salem. Hike the Triple Crown, a section of the Appalachian Trail, for the best views of the Roanoke Valley. Along the way, you’ll find challenging terrain, overlooks where you can see for miles, and unique rock formations for bouldering. End your day at one of the breweries in Salem for a brew crafted in the mountains. From pilsners and sours to IPAs and hard seltzers, Olde Salem Brewing Company has a drink for everyone. Buy a craft beer by the pint or growler from Parkway Brewery Company, and keep an eye out for future events featuring live music and food trucks. Go Outside and Play WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love. Experience the Blue Ridge Mountains, a charming downtown, and all of the winding roads in between when you road trip through Salem, Va. LOVEworks Please check local guidelines and regulations before making plans to get outside. Remember to practice social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and respect others’ health when outside. Find a place downtown for lunch and dinner. For casual family dining, Mac and Bob’s serves everything from 100 craft beers to the largest calzones around. Savor a taste of modern cocktails and cuisine in an elegant atmosphere at Blue Apron Restaurant & Red Rooster Bar. Stocked with 85 different tequilas, El Jefe Taqueria Garaje is an eclectic taqueria serving simple, fresh tacos and signature drinks. Relax and Unwind
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Your commute and, your morning cup of coffee may be leaving a big dent in your wallet. According to a new poll, it costs Americans about $3,300 a year to maintain a job. It may be time to ask for that raise!The average American spends about $276 each month on lunch, transportation and other work-related costs, according to jobs site CareerBuilder, who polled 3,031 full-time, U.S. private sector workers across various companies and industries how much they spend on their job.Commuting is one of the toughest work-related costs to avoid. Of the 84% of employees who said they typically drive to work, 37% of respondents spent $25 or more on gas per week. To minimize this weekly expense, look into carpooling. By carpooling, riders can access high occupancy vehicle lanes and save time by avoiding traffic. Or if you can, bike to work. You’ll save money on gas and get some exercise — maybe enough cardio to eschew that over-priced gym membership, too. continue reading »
A new authentic delicacy, a great combination of Slavonian and Dalmatian tradition – black Slavonian black pig prosciutto – was premiered at the Smjeli store in Zagreb.This unique cured meat product is the result of a two-year collaboration between the Faculty of Agriculture in Osijek and the Dugopolje company Smjeli, which is known for the production of top Dalmatian prosciutto, a champion at domestic and international fairs. “In the past two years, we have tested a total of sixty pieces of prosciutto from black pig and we are delighted with the results so far, and next year we plan to make about a hundred pieces of prosciutto.”, Points out Vlade Prančić, owner of the company Smjeli. Its prosciuttos are made in excellent conditions and in an ideal natural environment. Although the factory in Dugopolje is equipped with the latest technology, the recipe has remained traditional and translated into the slogan “as before”.People travel to get to know new ways and culture of living, and authenticity is the very essence of tourism. “You must never forget who you are, what you are and where you come from and your skills with local products. I would not want Croatian chefs to make the same mistake as Italian or Spanish, who try to satisfy tourists and forget the tradition. It is important to protect and defend the recipes of your ancestors, otherwise they will get lost. I understand that you want to survive as a tourist, but you have to speak realistically to tourists”Said French chef Lionel Levy with a Michelin star recently in Osijek as part of a gastronomic workshop.Photo: Vlade Prančić, owner of the company SmjeliAnd that’s where the whole philosophy lies, we have to be and sell what we are, not try very hard to be copies of some other destinations. A copy is a copy, and the original will always have its value as well as the motive for coming. Unfortunately in our gastronomic story through the tourist offer we fall for lettuce, onions, potatoes, mussels, sardines, etc.… what we are rich in and that is why our tourism is not efficient or good. We live off classic rent accommodation and beaches.But in order to arrange all the cubes and connect them synergistically, strategic thinking and planning is needed. And that is why tourism is still just an event for us, no matter how much this fact bothers others, but not just connecting and marketing our products with tourism is proof of that. We only count overnight stays and arrivals, not tourist spending as well as its dispersion to the local economy. “The black Slavonian pig is also called a fajferica, because it was created at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century on the estate of the landowner Pfeiffer in Orlovnjak near Osijek. It is our indigenous breed, and its meat is of exceptional quality, with a high content of intramuscular and intermuscular fat and a good ability to bind water (low germination). Thanks to that, it is ideal for the production of cured meat products such as kulen, sausage, bacon and ham, and just proved to be prosciutto “, pointed out Ante Madir, dr.vet.med, executive director of the Croatian Prosciutto Cluster.Let’s be what we are, because that’s exactly what tourists want to get to know, taste and experience. Our authentic story.Related news: DAYS OF ADRIATIC SQUIDS IN NORTHWESTERN ISTRIA AS A TRUE GUIDE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR TOURISMscript src=”https://bs.serving-sys.com/Serving/adServer.bs?c=28&cn=display&pli=1074171063&w=1280&h=200&ord=[timestamp]&z=10000″><br /><br />
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3 News 16 June 2012Police in South Auckland have run a major operation to get underage prostitutes off the street. Girls as young as 13 have been selling themselves for sex, some for as little as $20, in order to buy alcohol. One teenage prostitute we met is just 17 years old. We won’t name her identity because her parents don’t know she’s a street worker. “I don’t do this for drugs, or anything like that,” she says. But she’s being pimped by her uncle. “There are some other fellows with some underage girls around here,” says her uncle. “They’re only hating on her because she’s getting most of the business.”…In the past month, police have run a major operation in South Auckland in an attempt to rid the streets of underage prostitutes. They came across some horror stories. “There were some youths, kids, roughly 13 years of age, selling themselves for roughly $20 in order to afford alcohol,” says Sergeant Kit Gill. During the operation police took a number of underage sex workers into the care of Child, Youth and Family. “There are some unsavoury characters that turn up and start hitting on these poor girls,” says Constable Steve Downie. “We do get calls to go and help them out because they might have got assaulted or the guys not happy with the service they have performed, so they are taking their lives into their own hands.”http://www.3news.co.nz/Police-target-patrons-of-underage-prostitutes/tabid/423/articleID/257983/Default.aspx
The Sweden international, 21, came off early during the Cottagers’ 1-0 pre-season friendly defeat at Werder Bremen on Sunday night and will be in a race against time to be fit for the season opener away at Sunderland on August 17. “Hopefully it is not too bad but he may be out for a couple of weeks,” Jol told reporters after the loss in Germany. Press Association “That is not what you want from pre-season. Kaca has made a lot of big steps and progress with us.” Fulham, under new ownership following Shahid Khan’s takeover of the club, have added five new faces to their ranks over the summer, but Jol is still targeting more acquisitions. Sascha Riether, Fernando Amorebieta, Derek Boateng, Maarten Stekelenburg and Ange-Freddy Plumain have all moved to Craven Cottage but a striker remains Jol’s priority. “We will try to get someone up front,” he said. “We need a few more goals, since Clint (Dempsey) left we do not have enough goals in us, so we are working every day to get someone. “We have some high-quality players in consideration and we would like another midfielder as well.” Fulham winger Alexander Kacaniklic looks set to miss the start of the forthcoming Barclays Premier League season with a hamstring injury, manager Martin Jol has confirmed.
Arsenal secured their first away win of the season as they edged a pulsating Premier League encounter with Cardiff City.Alexandre Lacazette’s powerful late winner proved the difference in a contest full of attacking quality and defensive fragility.The Gunners led twice, through Shkodran Mustafi’s header and a curling effort from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, before Lacazette crashed home the winner on 81 minutes. Victor Camarasa’s first Cardiff goal, on the stroke of half-time, and Danny Ward’s header had seemed as though they would earn Neil Warnock’s side a point as they scored their first goals of the league campaign.Arsenal manager Unai Emery this week denied reports that he had fallen out with midfielder Mesut Ozil after the former Germany international withdrew from the squad that beat West Ham last weekend, citing illness.There have been suggestions Ozil’s style does not fit with a manager who demands high-energy pressing from his forwards, but Ozil started in an attacking-looking line-up that paired Aubameyang with France striker Lacazette up top.Ozil and former Cardiff favourite Aaron Ramsey were given licence to roam in behind, and for large periods in the first half, Arsenal’s shape and roving full-backs troubled Cardiff.Emery’s side took the lead on 11 minutes with a goal that will have left Warnock incredulous as Mustafi headed home, unopposed, from Granit Xhaka’s corner.But for a wonderful save from Neil Etheridge, who denied Nacho Monreal from point-blank range, the Gunners might have given Cardiff a mountain to climb inside 20 minutes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram