first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is:  Who are you going to vote for President?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “IU WOMEN’S-MENS SWIM AND DIVING TEAMS”.Also take time to read “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_img Boomers discover mortality Dr. Bernard G. SuranAs the first wave of baby boomers sidles up to age 55, the scramble begins. Long-standing denial of creaking joints and expanding waistlines threatens to crumble if the reality of aging registers.Thus, alarms wail and drive the imagination to slow the ticking of the clock. After all, a generation that perfected jet travel, the Internet, and fast food should be able to toy with time any way they damn well please.The boomers say, “We’re not getting older. We’re not even losing any of our faculties while aging gracefully. And, we’re certainly not inching toward a nursing home with its image of white-garbed attendants wiping drool from our chins. It is not going to happen. No way.”Instead, a nervous boomer will invent some clever catchphrase that extends middle age into. . . well, maybe not infinity but certainly long enough to create mass denial and ease the jitters about creeping age. Maybe we’re not going to die. Like Burl Ives playing Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” let’s all proclaim, “I think I’m going to live forever.” MiddlesenceOnce, before the time of hucksters, mankind followed a simple four-phase plan: youth, adulthood, old age, and dead as a doornail.Then, the social scientists rightly demonstrated the reality of other stages, phases, and passages; and we took comfort in knowing that growing pains were inherent in a life cycle ordained by nature.If we hung in long enough, we’d discover that we were built something like time-release capsules: As we reached specific ages, we’d experience thoughts and feelings suitable to the realities we had overcome and alerting us to the challenges ahead.True enough. The life cycle isn’t an invention; it’s a set of genuine realities we negotiate from birth to death — unless we try to fool Mother Nature.When we hit 55, the actuarial tables are predicting about a quarter century left to enjoy ourselves. At age 55, males have a life expectancy of 23.3 more years and females 27.4 years. Yes, we live longer. Yes, the miracles of modern medicine hold out hope for proving that the actuaries are giving us short shrift, etc. But, folks, some significant part of the end of our lives will be spent in old age. And rightly so, don’t you think?“Not so,” say the hucksters.Thus, the invention of a brand new stage of life staying the ravages of time: middlesence. Not senescence, middlesence — middling interminably through the final stages of life.Those who went before us used the final stages to prepare our wills and get our affairs in order. No need for that anymore. With the stroke of a keyboard, the middle part of our lives is being extended into a Great Age that, God and the hucksters willing, may not even terminate in “dead as a doornail.”Perhaps middlescence will be followed by post-middlescence or some other form of snake oil that softens the undeniable eventuality. The search for eternal youth has been replaced by the hope that middle age might last forever. And, for a hidden bonus, those adolescents who were slow to grow up will surely become middlescents, slow to grow old.The baby boomers are not happy with the prospect of growing older than they already are. The surveys show it, and the hucksters are making hay on it.And, how will the consumer strategists address the 76 million members of the coming “mature market?” Don’t call them golden-agers. Don’t call them seniors or gray hairs. Don’t indicate in any way that they’re growing older. Certainly, don’t lump them in with that group of golden oldies who have already seen 55 come and go. Instead, they are subliminally conned into believing that the Madison Avenue handstand of middlescence will halt all fears of the grim reaper.Erik Erickson, one of the psychologists responsible for developing stage theories of the life cycle, had no difficulty punctuating the later years with a specific stage. He called it ego-integrity vs. despair.When we have lived our lives fully, healthy persons accept the triumphs and failures of the life cycle as something that had to be, without alteration or substitution, the patrimony of one’s history, and the legacy for those who remain.The unwillingness to accept the whole of one’s life cycle expresses itself in the fear of death; despair triggers awareness that remaining years are short and activates a frantic search for alternate possibilities — like middlesence.In another quarter century, the oldest baby boomers will be nearing the end of middlesence (namely, death) while the youngest will be sharpening their denial skills.If we allow ourselves to be huckstered into a phony middlesence, we may never claim the right to grow old gracefully, to showcase the gift of aging for younger generations, to gather our wits and memories and weave the fabric of our histories into a statement of whom we have been and what our lives have stood for.Ashley Montagu once said he wanted to live fast and die young — as late as possible. Of course, he was just being clever. Just because we’re growing older doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with it.We’d all like to hang on for a few more years, especially if we can manage our own drool. Some of us gray-haired, wrinkled oldsters are still buying green bananas and enjoying the audacity to work our appointment books by the month.While we’re middling toward the end of middlescence, however, we might lend due consideration to the meaning of our lives and how we will frame our convictions for posterity and the leap into the unknown.Soon enough, it’s old age and dead as a doornail. As nature intended. Some part of the final stage involves preparing ourselves for that reality so that those we leave behind may lead lives of conscious integrity without diving headlong into the denial pit.Our time will come. When it does, better to face it like a mensch rather than a con artist feigning surprise and disbelief — and oozing Eriksonian despair. Dr. Bernard G. Suran, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and diplomat and fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and the American Board of Professional Psychology. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to November 1, 2002 Regular News Boomers discover mortalitylast_img read more

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Welcome to episode 37 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder of In this episode, Randy is talking to Jill Nowacki, President and CEO of Humanidei, a human capital strategy firm launched this summer to help organizations become workplaces of choice for today’s workforce.Jill and Randy discuss her new company, how to find talented people, and some of the challenges that come with traditional recruiting efforts. Jill believes credit unions can be the employers and volunteer causes of choice, and talks about how to achieve this through creating organizations where individuals bring their whole selves to work, helping teams thrive from a diverse set of unique talents. There is also some fun conversation about remote work and the many joys and trials that come with it.The goal of Humanidei is to serve as the single greatest asset for human development, attraction and retention inside the credit union system. While Humanidei works with organizations to develop comprehensive human capital strategies, the name emphasizes the importance of one particular tool: The -dei at the end of the word represents the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in organizational development and how attending to this will help organizations benefit from the wide diversity of talent available in today’s workforce.This episode is full of light hearted banter, discussion on the importance of human capital, and knowledge about the hiring situation in the credit union industry. It is also about how the job market is changing and what businesses can do to better prepare to win the war for talent. Listen in to learn more about Jill’s ideas for leveraging human capital for your organization’s success.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher   How to find Jill:Jill Nowacki, President and CEO of [email protected] | Twitter | Humanidei on Twitter | InstagramShow notes from this episode:Jill past appearances on the podcast: Do What Lights You Up and Where Are Your SocksJill has contributed to the Community over the years. Read her articles here.Jill’s new company: HumanideiShout-out: Lauren Culp (our new publisher and CEO)Shout-out: Maps Credit UnionArticle mentioned: How do you discover team strengths?Locations mentioned: Cadiz, Spain and Oaxaca, MexicoShout-out: Diana “I’ve never met a regulation I can’t work around” DykstraShout-out: Christopher MorrisShout-out: Kari Sweeney and her amazing book recommendations on instagram @whatkarireads. Follow her. You’ll thank us. (her full time gig is with our friends at CUES)Read Jill’s non-credit union writing on Medium here.Song mentioned: DespacitoBook mentioned: We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia HunterBook mentioned: Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin BanajiPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Brett Martinez, Leo Ardine, Diana Dykstra, Tansley StearnsYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[02:06] – Welcome to the show Jill Nowacki, President and CEO of Humanidei.[02:25] – Jill tells us about her new company and the motivation for starting it.[03:56] – She says we don’t have to worry about robots taking our jobs we just need to find the right people to work with the robots.[05:06] – How does Jill find the best people for the job? Is there a plan?[06:49] – Jill discusses the pitfalls she finds in traditional recruiting, the old standard of it’s who you know.[08:33] – Is this old traditional method hurting your business? Is diversity better?[10:26] – Sometimes people step up and lead when maybe you didn’t think they had it in them.[11:45] – Can credit unions become the employers of choice?[15:37] – A PWC study shows that if we don’t do something now in a few years financial services will be at a crisis level as far as talented employees go.[18:31] – Do you bring your whole self to work? Does you company allow you to?[19:35] – Be who you are, bring your whole self forward so that we can benefit from the unique talents and strengths that are you.[20:18] –  Your whole self is inclusion and having people feel that they can come to work as themselves instead of assimilating to what is around you.[22:08] – Do you bring new employees in and then tell them how to act or work? Or do you listen to what they bring?[24:29] – When doing remote work from home do you get distracted and lose focus? Does your home life suffer when your are focused on work?[29:17] – The skills that make someone an effective remote worker are the same skills that will make them an effective manager of whole humans.[31:01] – Positive surprises from location independence is that you can do your job around your life instead of working your life around your job.[33:14] – What hacks have you learned to help you with this new location independent job?[34:47] – Communication and critical thinking are both keys to be successful leaders.[37:33] – In five years she is hoping that credit unions will win the war for talent and they will  be getting the most talented people into the industry.[38:11] – Jill gives her advice for finding the place that you can bring your whole self to work.[39:06] – Have you ever tried to change yourself to fit into an organization?[40:21] – Opportunities are abundant time is scarce being intentional with it is what matters.[41:10] – Jill says her work life integration is really easy to let slide, especially when it comes to her writing.[42:56] – Is there a routine you do every morning and if you don’t do it your day feels off?[43:50] – What song has been stuck in Jill’s head since she’s been in Spain?[44:15] – What books has she read that she recommends the listeners read?[45:36] – When Jill hears the word success who does she think of that works remote?[46:52] – Any final thoughts or asks for our listeners?last_img read more

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first_imgThe home at 10 Dialba Cres, Tingalpa.A KEEN bidder ensured a Tingalpa home sold when it went under the hammer last Saturday.The property, at 10 Dialba Cres, sold for $460,000 at auction. Marketing agent Sean Power if Raine & Horne Carindale said three buyers registered for the auction but one blew the others out of the water with an opening bid of $430,000.The local buyer followed up with a second bid of $440,000. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The auction stalled at that point and after some negotiations, the sole active bidder came back with a bid of $460,000, and the auctioneer declared the property sold. Mr Power said the new owner was a local first homebuyer. “He was very relieved. I think he was more nervous than the vendor the night before the auction,” Mr Power said. “He really had his heart set on the property.”Mr Power said Tingalpa was a buyers’ market at present.“We found one of the challenges we faced when marketing 10 Dialba Cres was there were multiple properties on the market at the same time,” he said.“There is a lot of competition on the market but this property was the best in the price range.”last_img read more

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez insists it is ridiculous he should be criticised for utilising loan players to supplement his squad. Last week Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger branded the system “indefensible”, suggesting loans between top-flight sides either be banned or that players should be allowed to face their parent clubs. More media scrutiny followed after Everton beat the Gunners last weekend to set up the chance to move into the top four on Saturday with a victory at bottom side Sunderland, and there appears to be a growing focus on the loan deals Martinez made at the start of the season. But the Spaniard dismissed any criticism being aimed in their direction. “I accept everyone’s opinion but the loan system has to be part of the game,” he said. “Clearly from our point of view the loan system was vital as we needed it to finish our squad and to criticise that would be ridiculous. “If you can be creative with the way you can use your resources that is part of the game. “The two young players (Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu) needed the opportunity to develop and Gareth Barry has come in and his experience has been very important. “Loanees will never be successful unless you have a strong core of players and that is what we have. “What is difficult is finding a loan relationship which works because not all of these have been successful, so it has its pros and cons.” There has probably been more focus on Everton because the players brought in on loan have all played pivotal roles this season. Press Association But there has been far more to the Toffees’ success with the rapid progress of England Under-21 defender John Stones, currently deputising for injured captain Phil Jagielka, a case in point. Martinez has also enhanced the games of 20-year-old England international Ross Barkley and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, whom he brought with him from Wigan for £13million in the summer. He said sometimes the root cause of the high number of available loans was a combination of big-spending clubs stockpiling players and poor choices by the youngsters in the first place. “You could find many examples of players who have not been treated fairly just because they are not part of the club’s long-term future and are seen just as part of a support squad,” he added. “Sometimes young players get attracted to the glamorous name of a club but you need to be realistic. “Some clubs have very much in mind the idea of developing young players and giving them opportunities and we want to believe we are one of those. “We have had, at times, four under-21s in the line up and two on the bench and that is an unknown quality. “Other teams are very much about first-team affairs and development players are completely separate so it can be very difficult for a young player to have an opportunity in the first team. “Your decision when you are accepting to be part of a club to develop your career has to be about the long-term possibilities of becoming a professional football. “You will always get the top clubs investing a huge amount of money thinking about the progress of the first team and not a young player, which is a real shame.” Matches in England this weekend will kick-off seven minutes later than originally scheduled as a mark of respect to the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, whose 25th anniversary is next week. Martinez will speak at the memorial service at Anfield, which will also be simultaneously televised live at Goodison Park. “It is a very important gesture from the whole league and everyone in world football to pay their respects to what happened 25 years ago,” said the Everton manager on the decision to delay kick-offs. “We will have the opportunity to have our own service at Goodison alongside the one at Anfield and we very much have it in mind to pay our respects and every Evertonian will have the opportunity to do that. “It is an important week in terms of showing our respect and giving all the support we can to the families and be all together in these moments.” Jagielka will feature in a behind-closed-doors 90-minute game to test his fitness before Martinez decides whether he is ready to return from a hamstring problem. The Toffees boss said it is expected the England centre-back will be ready to return in the next 10 days but he is unlikely to feature at Sunderland. last_img read more

first_img(Source: All is set for the start of the European Championship in rafting on the Vrbas River in Banja Luka.The opening ceremony is tonight in Karanovac, starting from 20 o’clock,  and the first races begin as early as tomorrow. Athletes from 17 countries with 53 teams in all age categories will participate in the championship.The organizer of the championships is the Rafting Club, “Canyon”, with the assistance of the City of Banja Luka and the Republic of Srpska.last_img

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charter CollegeKylie Mellott is the face of the Charter College Lacey campus. As the Campus Support Specialist, she’s the first person you see when you walk in, but her involvement doesn’t end with greeting you.She’s there to answer questions, set up tours, connect potential students with admissions representatives and so much more.“She’s the go-to person for students for just about anything they need, whether it’s getting them their scrubs or setting them up with financial aid representatives,” said Campus President Dr. Bruce Higdon.Founded in 1985, Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education that emphasizes a new direction for education. Charter College is not a liberal arts college or university. Instead, Charter College takes the best elements from each of these respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience that meets its students’ individual needs.Conveniently located at 4520 Lacey Blvd SE, Suite 40, Charter College Lacey offers programs designed to give students the skills they need to begin a career in the growing health care industry. It currently offers certificate programs in medical assistant (MA) and pharmacy technician.Mellott has been with Charter College Lacey for six months, since returning to Washington from Alaska, where her husband Kyle was stationed with the United States Army. When he was discharged, they both knew they wanted to return home to Lacey, along with their four-year-old daughter Bonnie.Mellott is trained as a mental health technician and worked in that field while in Alaska, but she quickly figured out she wasn’t cut out for it and is now pursuing her master’s degree in education.“I had always said I would be a student forever if I could,” she laughs. “So I did some soul-searching and realized education is where I’m happiest so that’s what I’m doing.”There are some similarities in the fields as Mellott sees her role as helping students become a better version of themselves, whatever that might look like.Mellott says she loves working with her Charter College team, who all have a similar goal. “We have such a great team of people, all of whom are understanding and focused on our students,” she says.In case she was having any doubts about her career path change, they were diminished when she attended her first graduation in May. “It was so amazing, feeling that energy and seeing the students getting ready to start their new journeys,” she said. “Their lives are being changed through education and that is very powerful.”In addition to Washington, there are Charter College campuses in California, Alaska and Montana; Charter Institute a division of Charter College in New Mexico; and online programs. For more information, visit read more

first_imgBy John BurtonLONG BRANCH — A city man was arrested this week for the March robbery of a Sovereign Bank in his hometown.Police have charged Manuel Sotogonzalez, 39, with second-degree robbery, following a nearly six-month joint investigation conducted by city police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, according to Charles Webster, public information officer for the prosecutor’s office.Police responded to a report of the robbery on March 4 at the bank, 600 Broadway. Witnesses told police, the suspect allegedly entered the bank and approached a teller, demanding money. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, with the suspect fleeing the scene prior to the police arriving, according to Webster.Sotogonzalez’s bail was set at $125,000, without the option of posting a 10 percent bond. He was being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold.last_img read more