Fredrik Landstedt Hired As University of Utah Director of Skiing

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Veteran ski coach Frederik Landstedt has been hired as the director of skiing at the University of Utah Friday.He brings 26 years of experience to the program.Landstedt had spent the previous 21 seasons at New Mexico, including 11 years as the head coach after working 10 seasons as the head Nordic coach for the Lobos.During Landstedt’s tenure, the Lobos have finished in the top four at the NCAA Championships nine times.He also led the Lobos to the 2004 national championship, their first in program history.Under Landstedt, 34 Nordic skiers have earned 80 All-American honors at UNM while Lobos skiers finished on the podium 19 times in NCAA championship races.Landstedt has been the secretary-rules editor on the NCAA men’s and women’s skiing committee since 2006 and served as the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association from 2000-2006.Landstedt was also the head Nordic ski coach at Colorado (1995-1997) while the Buffaloes won the national title in 1995.While at CU, his student-athletes earned 20 All-American honors, including six first-team honors.Landstedt has also coached with the U.S. Ski Team at Junior and U-23 World Championships events.Landstedt is a 1991 graduate of New Mexico, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics and an associate’s in accounting/bookkeeping in 1990.He competed for the Lobos from 1987-1989 and began his coaching career as a Nordic assistant coach for the Lobos, while earning his degree, from 1990-1991.A native of Solleftea, Sweden, Landstedt took three medals in the Swedish Junior Championships, finishing in the top 20 in several national competitions as a senior racer.Landstedt and his wife, Brenda, have three sons, Gabriel, Adrian and Andreas and a daughter, Zara. July 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Fredrik Landstedt Hired As University of Utah Director of Skiing Written by Tags: All-Americans/Colorado/Frederik Landstedt/New Mexico/Utah Skiing Brad Jameslast_img read more

USS Hopper deploys to Western Pacific and Middle East

first_img View post tag: USS Hopper October 2, 2017 Authorities US Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) got underway from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on September 28 for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East.While deployed, the ship will conduct theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations. Having steadily worked through a sustainment cycle, the ship’s commanding officer is confident in his ship’s performance.“The crew has worked hard sustaining all of the ship’s certifications since returning from deployment seven months ago,” said Cmdr. Jeff Tamulevich, commanding officer of Hopper. “I am proud of the resiliency of these sailors and all they have accomplished to maintain Hopper’s readiness. We look forward to operating with our allies and partners from around the world again.”Hopper has a crew of nearly 330 officers and enlisted sailors and is a multi-mission ship designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group.The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is named after Rear Adm. Grace Hopper who is best known for her accomplishments as a pioneering computer scientist. The ship was last deployed to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific and Indian Ocean from August 2016 to February 2017. View post tag: US Navycenter_img Share this article USS Hopper deploys to Western Pacific and Middle East Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Hopper deploys to Western Pacific and Middle East last_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you support the current State GOP political platform that states marriage is between one man and one woman?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

German art scholar named associate curator at Busch-Reisinger Museum

first_imgThe Harvard Art Museums have announced the appointment of Lynette Roth as Daimler-Benz Associate Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum. A specialist in German art of the early 20th century, Roth’s highly disciplined and innovative work in the academy and in the museum field has distinguished her early in her career. Roth’s position will be effective Jan. 3, 2011.“I am happy to welcome Lynette to our staff,” said Thomas W. Lentz, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “Her academic experience and her original work as a curator and writer make her perfectly suited to this position and to our teaching and research mission.”In 2008, Roth curated a groundbreaking exhibition at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, titled “Köln Progressiv 1920–33: Seiwert–Hoerle–Arntz,” which focused on three core members of the artistic circle known as the Cologne Progressives. The exhibition then traveled in 2009 to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto under the title “Painting as a Weapon.” The accompanying catalog, edited and authored by Roth, appeared in both English and German and has been hailed as a definitive book on the subject. Roth also has taught at Johns Hopkins University, lectured in the United States and abroad on wide-ranging aspects of German art production, and published several articles and essays.“I am thrilled to be joining the staff of the Harvard Art Museums at such an exciting moment in their transformation,” said Roth. “The Busch-Reisinger Museum has a unique and significant history, and its integral role in the American reception and understanding of art from German-speaking countries is essential to the Art Museums’ mission. I welcome the opportunity to oversee and continue to shape such an outstanding collection, and to work together with the staff and the Art Museums’ dedicated supporters towards our common goals.”Roth received a Ph.D. in the history of art from Johns Hopkins University in 2009 and a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies and German languages and literature from the University of Michigan in 1998. Her awards include a Fulbright scholarship, and a Dedalus Foundation fellowship, and she is currently the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Modern Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Roth’s work there will culminate in the first comprehensive and scholarly catalog (forthcoming in 2012) on the museum’s extensive Max Beckmann paintings collection.For more on the Harvard Art Museums.last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Lin-Manuel Miranda, Uzo Aduba & More

first_img Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda View Commentscenter_img The weekend is almost here, and it’s time to party! Just not in any of these Manhattan zones. Although the pope couldn’t get into Hamilton during his New York visit, it was still a super exciting week on the Great White Way. Take a break from listening to that cast recording and get caught up. It’s Lessons of the Week time!  Lin-Manuel Is the T-Swift of BroadwaySinging stick of Juicy Fruit Taylor Swift has welcomed to the stage a gaggle a celebrities, from Lisa Kudrow to Fetty Wap to the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. But she’s got nothing on Hamilton maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda, who just last week hosted Gloria Estefan, Gerard Butler, Nancy Pelosi, MC Hammer and Justice Anthony Kennedy at the Richard Rodgers. What do you think of that, L.A.?Lesli’s in a Sticky Situation at DamesLesli Margherita is back! For the next eight weeks, the Broadway queen is taking us backstage at Dames at Sea. Before becoming a tap dancing diva, Lesli started out as…a baby alien creature? At least that’s what it looks like during her wig fitting. We’re all for a good lace front, but we had no idea wrapping your skull in packing tape was a part of the process.Rannells Needs to Calm the F**k DownWhen Andrew Rannells showed up on the set of The Intern, filmmaker Nancy Meyers had some frank advice on being around Robert De Niro: “Don’t be an ass…you have to be normal.” Rannells’ version of normal was dropping (by our count) nine f-bombs. What is the f**king matter with you, Andrew? What are you, a f**king sick maniac or something? Rannells, I’m kidding with you. I’m f**king kidding with you.Uzo Aduba Transcends GenreBroadway alum Uzo Aduba is on track to become the Audra McDonald of the small screen. Last year, she took home an Emmy for Guest Actress in a Comedy series. Now she’s won for Supporting Actress in a Drama. The twist: it was for the same role in Orange is the New Black. Don’t act surprised when the Godspell fave is bumped up to lead (in both genres.) Let’s work on getting Suzanne to sing…The Rockettes Kick…the Tonys OutTheir synchronized high kicks are so powerful, they can displace an entire awards show some 20 blocks. The Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular is heading back to Radio City Music Hall next summer (spring? just a word), meaning the Tony Awards will have to move venues. So Broadway’s biggest night will be at the Beacon Theatre again? You mean we have to commute? Ugh, what we do for love…Denzel Has a 10-Year PlanDenzel Washington is taking a page out of the Bryan Cranston handbook and bringing his Tony-winning Fences performance to HBO. Joining him is recent Emmy winner and his Broadway co-star Viola Davis. (Have you watched her speech yet? WATCH IT!) That’s not all: Washington will produce 10 of August Wilson’s plays for the network over the next decade. Will Andy Samberg’s login still work in 2026?Cosette Never Saw Les MizWhen asking stage actors which shows they saw as kids, Les Miserables is a popular choice. But not for Alex Finke. Broadway’s newest Cosette revealed that she hadn’t even seen the tearful tuner on stage until her first week of rehearsal. Not even before your audition, Alex? Tsk! We’re sure she had the chance to at some point; it was just out of reach, just a whisper away waiting for her.Andy Karl Is a Member of an Elite SquadThe best part of a TV series shot in New York is seeing Broadway faves (eg. Sutton Foster as a lesbian activist, Jane Krakowski and Anthony Rapp as murderous siblings and so many more). Next up: Andy Karl! The Tony nominee joined the squad on Law & Order: SVU. If he needs tips, he can turn to his wife Orfeh, who played the wife of a murdered FCC officer on Criminal Intent. It’s still on our DVR.Gary Barlow Can’t Stop Writing MusicalsMove over, One Direction. During a post-show concert with Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy at Finding Neverland, our British Boy Band Correspondent was on the scene and learned that the Take That frontman wants to create a Take That musical for the West End. He also has The Girls and Around the World in Eighty Days on his plate. Keep your feet on the ground, Barlow! Or, you know, don’t.Marlee Matlin Wants to Be a JellicleOscar winner Marlee Matlin makes her Broadway debut in the Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening, but she already has her eyes on another musical she’d like to see the ASL company take on: Cats. And before you quip that cats have paws and can’t sign, let’s keep in mind cats also can’t actually sing at the same time in more than one key. But jellicles do, and jellicles can.last_img read more

Game Changing MSR WindBoiler Stove Now Available At Retail

first_imgMSR (Mountain Safety Research), the Seattle-based manufacturer of high-performance outdoor equipment, announced its all-new WindBoiler Personal Stove System is for sale at local specialty retailers and select online retailers.Going head-to-head with its primary competition in the personal stove market, JetBoil, the WindBoiler offers backpackers and campers the wind protection of MSR’s award-winning Reactor Stove System series, with the user friendliness of a more minimalist cook system .Screen shot 2014-10-21 at 12.17.03 PMPrimary air combustion, an enclosed windproof burner, and a built-in heat exchanger are what allow the WindBoiler to boil in windy and cold weather conditions that, according to MSR, cause other stoves to slow or fail. The WindBoiler system’s radiant burner combines convective and radiant heating to offer new efficiencies.An integrated full-size bowl allows minimalists to cook and serve enough food for one to two companions. The clear BPA-free lid plays triple duty: strainer, drinking lid, and coffee press compatible. Available accessories include the WindBoiler 1.0L Accessory Pot, WindBoiler Coffee Press Kit, and the WindBoiler Hanging Kit.Complete information, technical specifications, instructions and a really cool video can be found at read more

Silverback | The Beasts of the Green River Games

first_imgClouds lingered low in the trees from the previous night’s storm, casting a gray, almost ominous hue on the thick forest enveloping Wilderness Cove Tubing and Campground, the staging area for the third annual Green River Games. Piles of boats lay scattered beside the shuttle bus. Bikes were arranged side by side, their handlebars touching, food and water and shoes shoved underneath the pedals. Racers taped ankles, forced breakfast, stretched.“For the most part, I try not to think about how much I have ahead of me,” said Erin Savage, three-time women’s Silverback Champion. “What I always tell myself is: the faster I get done, the sooner I can have a beer.”Silverback-80_FIXThe Silverback is the apex of adventure in western North Carolina. Competitors kayak 8.2 miles of class III-V whitewater, mountain bike 8.3 miles of rugged singletrack, and then run those same 8.3 miles of trail.Jack Ditty, two-time men’s Silverback Champion, was first out of the water. Flushed in the face from paddling non-stop for eight miles, Ditty handed off his boat and jogged to where the bikes stood waiting, shedding wet gear as he went. No sooner had he landed, he was off again, seated high in the saddle of his Specialized bike, determination in his eyes, an 8.3-mile loop of rugged singletrack ahead of him.“If J Ditty stays on it, he’ll break four hours,” said race director John Grace, glancing at his watch.At 3:59:36, Ditty crossed the finish line. His already-slight frame seemed slighter, beat down from continuous hours of physical exertion. He pumped his fist once, but didn’t stop to soak in his success. He kept walking, past the bikes now sprawled across the grounds, past rows of Green Boats and Stingers sunning on the bank, until he reached the river, and submerged himself. It was as if he had completed the cycle, from river to trail back to river again, and as he sat in the Green River’s muddied waters, he seemed not proud or pompous, but peaceful.“I’ve never really figured out what motivates me to race,” Ditty said later of the Silverback. “I wish I did.”* * *HOW IT ALL STARTED“In 2009 I was running, literally, my shuttle and decided to veer off the main path and explore some of the other unmarked intersections. The trails were a mess, deadfall everywhere. I got lost for three hours, ran out of water, and was eaten by bugs. While I didn’t really think about organizing an event that day, I did realize there was a great recreational resource that, with a little love, could be great. A year later the idea of the Silverback was hatched.”—John Grace, race director* * *Q+A WITH THE 2015 SILVERBACK WINNERSThis year’s Silverback race was one for the books. Both Jack Ditty and Erin Savage, three-time Silverbackers, not only took the gorilla home but also walked away with new course records under their belts (Ditty: 3:59:36  / Savage: 4:37:02). Here’s what they have to say on what it takes to secure the glory of the Green.Silverback-AR-31_FIXHow did you prepare to tackle the Silverback? JD: The preparation occurs every day. Every time I’m out for a run, or on my bike, or out paddling, I’m training for this race.ES: I just try to get out as much as I can. I don’t have a really strict training schedule.Any apprehensions on race morning?JD: Always when paddling through the Narrows, there’s some degree of unpredictability to that. You just want to get that behind you.ES: The kayaking always makes me a little bit nervous not because it’s actually all that hard, but if something unexpected happens in the kayak, it’s a little harder to recover. If you fall off of your mountain bike, you just stand back up and keep going. But if you pin your boat or swim or break your paddle, what do you do then?Silverback-42_FIXWhat was your game plan for the race?JD: You have to be the fastest person on the slowest sections of the course, meaning, you have to be able to bike uphill quickly, paddle flatwater quickly, and keep a good pace when everyone is at their slowest point.ES: Just concentrate on keeping the rhythm going, keeping the momentum going.Any problems?JD: Definitely during the run, especially late into it when you get to a few steep sections, it’s hard to continue to push up those hills. When you get to that point and you’re just exhausted and you’re going uphill trying to keep your breathing under control and your heart rate under control, if you get outside a comfortable zone, you end up having trouble recovering from that.ES: It was a little tough getting out of your kayak and onto your bike. I get muscle cramps in my arms because you go from paddling somewhat hard to just holding your handlebars. That transition is a little rough for me for the first couple of miles.last_img read more

Zen and the Art of Winning Leadville

first_imgOne of the central ideas in Zen Mind is to sit without trying to achieve results, without what Suzuki Roshi calls “gaining idea.” This one was harder to practice. I’m a competitive runner and competitive athletes by nature have a gaining idea: to win. I run because I love to move through the mountains on my own two feet, to feel free and alive and to feel stories move through me as I run. But winning is addictive. It feeds the ego. I’d have to re-learn how to run without trying to win, for the pure joy of it.  I can tell you what happened next. The gun went off, and I ran into the still-black night with nearly 800 other people, determined not to go out too fast. In front of me, in the first light of morning, a male runner with a John Denver bob and a fanny pack screamed Lead-FUCKING-ville! and I screamed it back, spontaneous rallying cry and war whoop and pure glee all rolled into one. It rained and the sun came out. I ate GU and drank Coke and sang Men at Work songs with my husband, Steve, as he paced me over Hope Pass. I caught up with the first-place woman and passed her. I saw the most gorgeous enormous llamas and my daughters wearing whoopie cushion costumes and complete strangers cheering my name and old friends I’d known for years and others I’d just met but felt like I’d known forever. I ran through a river in wet sneakers and cranked White Snake’s “Here I Go Again” in my ear buds and watched the sun set. And the more I smiled, the more I flowed, and the more I flowed, the more I smiled—a perfect feedback loop.  I stopped in my tracks. In less than 24 hours, I’d toe the line of my first 100-mile race. I had no idea what lay ahead, but I understood that in order to make it through the mountains to the finish, I’d need more than physical stamina and sheer willpower. I’d need heart and humility, a little bit of luck and a lot of grace. I’d need divine spirit over matter.  Six weeks later, I drove back to Leadville for the race. As I came into town, I was so overcome by the 14,000-foot peaks that I had to pull over on the side of the road, suffused with gratitude just to be there at the start of a 100-mile race—healthy, after everything I’d been through. I felt then that whatever happened, good, bad or ugly, finish or drop, would be the icing on the cake. Leadville would be a celebration of the journey I’d traveled to get there. I was open to whatever the race would teach me. Katie Arnold is the author of Running Home: A Memoir. The 2018 Leadville 100 women’s champion, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and two daughters. The minute I started reading, though, I understood everything. Not with my brain, but in my body. I understood Zen Mind because I understood running. Suzuki Roshi was writing about sitting, but I realized that if I replaced “sitting” with running, he and I were speaking the same language. After all, the tenets of Zen—form, repetition, stamina and suffering—aren’t so different from the principles of ultra running. If I could apply his teachings to my running, maybe I could train my mind and spirit to be as strong as my body. Maybe even stronger.  None of this, though, accounts for what really happened.  I had no idea how to do this, of course. I’d been a runner my whole life, but I was a rookie when it came to Buddhism. It was refreshing to be so clueless. “If your mind is empty,” Suzuki Roshi writes, “it is already ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are few.” There was so much about running 100 miles I didn’t know: Could I tolerate the distance and impact? Did I still have the drive to run so far? I’d run and won races at every distance from 5K to 100K; I’d set course records. But now I was a beginner all over again.  As I broke the tape, I felt as though I’d been floating all day and that I could just keep going and going—like time itself. For a little while at least, I’d closed the gap. It wasn’t beginner’s luck that had helped me win Leadville. It was beginner’s mind. The second day, I vowed to let go of time and try to let the mountains carry me up and over 12,600-foot Hope Pass twice. I felt light and free, exhilaratingly happy, completely present. Later, at the finish, a man with a handlebar mustache whom I’d passed on the climb, came over to me and asked incredulously, “Where’s your motor?”  “After all, the tenets of zen – form, repetition, stamina, and suffering – aren’t so different from the principles of ultra running.” Without thinking, I answered, “In the river beneath my feet.” He looked at me strangely, and smiled, the sort of half-hearted, quizzical smile you give someone when you have no idea what they’re talking about.  In June, I went to Leadville for a three-day training camp. The first day on the trail, I was in a hurry. I kept looking at my watch, trying to figure out how many miles I’d run and how many still remained. I was running out in front of myself, not in my body but ahead of my restless mind, and the 26 miles felt more like 50. Flow with the river of time, I told myself as I ran. And I did, for 100 miles and nearly 20 hours. It was almost midnight and drizzling as I approached the finish line, but with 50 yards to go, the clouds drifted apart and a shooting star streaked through the opening, a brief white flashing in the black night—a kind of magic, here and then gone. The Middle Way: Arnold won the race that readers of Elevation Outdoors, our sister publication, named the best and hardest in the Rockies. But I knew what I meant in my body, if not my brain. That the mountains, like water, have a flow, an energy; they are older and wiser and they can carry me, just as rivers have always carried me, even on the day I broke my leg. There is a current, and you can fight it or you can go with it and ride it. The 13th-century Zen master Dogen explained it as being in time. This was how I wanted to run the Leadville 100. I knew if I pushed against time or tried to race it, I would create more resistance and suffering for myself. But if I could tap into the way it naturally flows, and ride that current, then it would carry me along and do some of the hard work for me.  The day before the start of the Leadville Trail 100 Run, I was walking down the mining town’s main drag when I passed a dilapidated white Victorian. It had peeling gingerbread trim and two sun-faded whitewater kayaks beached on the front-porch railing. The front door looked fused shut as if it hadn’t been opened in years. Painted above a window was a sign that read “Cosmology Energy Museum.” And above that “Divine Spirit Over Matter.” My Leadville training was unconventional. I didn’t tabulate my weekly mileage or worry about speed work. I focused just as much on sitting still as on running fast. Most mornings before I left for the trails, I tried to meditate outside in our garden. I didn’t have much stamina—the most I could manage before getting antsy was five to eight minutes, or if I was feeling really motivated, 10. I almost always read a few pages of Zen Mind first, hoping the teaching would soak into my subconscious as I sat and become part of my muscle memory as I ran. At 3 a.m. before the start, I woke in the dark and wolfed down two bowls of instant oatmeal and wrote two words in black Sharpie on the back of my hand: smile and flow. I wanted to move with the mountains the way I had in June, and to remember the joy that I’d always felt when I ran, that was the reason why I ran.  All the parts of my life—writing and mothering, running and Zen—had converged in Leadville. I’d tapped into something bigger than myself and had ridden it to an outcome I never could have imagined. Like Zen, it defied explanation, replication. You couldn’t understand it with your brain. You had to touch it with another part of your consciousness. Two years earlier, I’d broken my left leg in a whitewater rafting accident. My orthopedist had advised me never to run again. “Find a new hobby,” he said dismissively. He put in a piece of metal the shape of a baking spatula just below my knee that you could see through my skin. I was 46 years old. The farthest I’d ever run before was 62 miles. I didn’t have a coach or a training plan.  All I had were the Sangre de Cristo Mountains out my back door and a copy of the book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, written in 1971 by the Japanese Zen master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. My friend, the well-known Zen writer Natalie Goldberg, had given it to me—with a caveat. “It’s a classic,” she told me, “but you might not understand it.” Buddhism, by definition, is beyond definition, sometimes even explanation. In Zen there’s an idea called “no gap,” in which there’s no longer any distinction between who you think you are and who you are, between you and all the different parts of yourself, between you and the world. “When this happens, all of life gets behind you,” Natalie once told me. “The trees and the dirt and the mountains and people. Everything.”  Two years after breaking her leg and a doctor telling her she had to quit running, this Zen student took first place in one of the hardest endurance races on the planet. All it took was a little bit of Whitesnake and an understanding that winning is nothing more than the river under your feet.last_img read more

Leading your credit union through a technical revolution

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jason O’Brien As Director of Technology Strategies for SWBC’s Financial Institution Group, Jason is responsible for developing and launching new products and services that address financial institution needs and provide a … Web: Details When was the last time you heard about a credit union innovation on the national news?  Now, when did you last hear about a technology company offering innovative financial services, through the same national media?  Likely, the answers are, respectively, “I don’t know” and “about five minutes ago.” While media coverage is not indicative of an imminent threat, the increased rate of consumer adoption of these new programs should be a wake-up call that these non-traditional programs could affect relationships between credit unions and their members. We will have two follow-up articles in which we will provide a comparison of the strengths and weaknesses that exist between traditional financial institutions and these companies that are delivering similar services through consumer tech initiatives, and specific management techniques that can be deployed within your organization that are used to help maintain agility in tech companies.Follow the Money TrailFirst, let’s explore the simple figure of dollars invested as an indication of the magnitude of what’s happening in the market. In 2015, global investments in Fintech are anticipated to double from 2014’s $12 billion, which had already tripled from 2013’s $4 billion. Stunning figures for sure; however, what should be more concerning is the consumer’s receptiveness to using technology to perform services which were historically trusted only to traditional financial institutions. Apparently, venture capitalists and angel investors see this consumer trend with 20/20 vision, explaining their influx of cash to eager FinTech startups. By 2020, this figure is expected to top $46 billion globally.So, do these trends mean that credit unions should go out and collaborate with other credit unions to build the best technology available? Perhaps. Or, does it mean that huge investments should be made on the latest desktop, mobile, tablet, watch, and augmented reality-based technologies? Maybe. However, since these companies can be so disruptive to tried and true business models, it is clear that credit unions cannot get away with not being laser-focused on the consumer’s needs since the user is generally the sole focus of most technology companies. For example, Netflix and Redbox® essentially killed the video store, and are now doing their best to take business away from movie theaters. Uber, with all of its controversy, is crushing taxi services with their simple car ordering, user-rated drivers, and hassle-free payment methods.Meanwhile, financial services are not immune to competition from non-traditional providers. Paypal, Venmo, LendingClub, and the myriad array of crowdfunding sources are directly competing with financial service providers by offering consumers alternative ways to make payments, conduct peer-to-peer transactions, and get small business lending and funding.The Threat is Real, But What Is It?I believe that startup and tech companies are threatening traditional financial business methods in such a significant way that it is eroding at financial transactions that consumers have typically only associated with their financial institution. While tech companies still have a large hurdle in gaining trust and security, they are gaining more and more trust with consumers in handling previously bank-only transactions. In addition, tech companies are more competitive when it comes to their capabilities and speed to market. They can adjust much faster than the large human capital investments and slower/risk adverse management often found in financial institutions.The idea of a revolution, by nature, sounds unnerving and can elicit nervousness. After all, the status quo can be so much more “comfortable.” However, as the industry continues to evolve, it’s clear that all businesses, credit unions included, will have to adapt to customer needs in order to stay competitive.Stay tuned for our next article where we will continue to explore this topic. Additionally, we’ll be hosting a free webinar on August 26, 2015 where we’ll delve further into industry trends, and provide you with a powerful set of tools to help you leverage your benefits as a financial institution and protect you from the hindrances that could potentially impact your credit union. Click here to register for the webinar.last_img read more

HHS allocates $498 million for hospital preparedness

first_imgMay 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week it is allocating $498 million for grants to states to help healthcare facilities improve their ability to cope with bioterrorist attacks and other emergencies that could cause many casualties.With this year’s awards, HHS will have provided more than $1.5 billion for hospital preparedness over the past 3 years, the agency said. The grants go to states, territories, and four metropolitan areas: New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.The main purpose of the funding is to help healthcare facilities prepare for mass casualties that could result from bioterrorist attacks, other disease outbreaks, and natural disasters, HHS said in a news release. Other goals include improving the coordination of disease reporting by hospitals and state and local health departments, enhancing disease-reporting coordination among public health laboratories and hospital laboratories, and harmonizing the communication capabilities of these organizations.”States and communities can use these funds to improve emergency care in any health crisis, whether the source is a bioterror attack or other infectious disease outbreaks like SARS or West Nile virus, or any natural disaster like a flood or hurricane,” HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson stated in a news release.The grants to states range from $1.75 million for Wyoming to $38.8 million for California. The funds are handled by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The agency awards a base grant of $1 million to each state or city, and the additional amount is based on population, according to HRSA officials.HRSA Administrator Elizabeth M. Duke, PhD, said hospitals can use the money to improve their ability to quickly add beds, isolate and decontaminate patients, find qualified volunteer healthcare workers, and plan for hospital-based caches of drugs and medical supplies.To qualify for the funds, states, cities, and territories have to update their hospital preparedness plans by reporting their achievements the previous year and plans for the coming year, HRSA officials told CIDRAP News.The states and other jurisdictions must submit applications for this year’s round of grants by July 1, said Richard J. Smith, director of HRSA’s Division of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness. The agency sent out guidance information on how to prepare the applications May 24, he told CIDRAP News.Smith said he couldn’t give specifics on how much of the hospital preparedness money awarded in the past 2 years has been used so far. Of the funds awarded in 2002, “We know that virtually all of that money, in excess of 90%, has been expended,” he said. Some of the fiscal year 2003 funds awarded last year have not yet been spent, he added, but he couldn’t give figures. Jurisdictions are allowed to carry over funds from the previous year provided they have a plan for using them.HRSA has not yet done a formal assessment of what has been achieved with the hospital preparedness funds awarded in recent years, according to Smith. However, the agency has established 15 “critical benchmarks” of preparedness, and in the applications they submit this year, states are required to report on certain “sentinel indicators” related to those benchmarks, he said.For example, states are being asked to report how many people have been enrolled in a registry of volunteer healthcare professionals who could help hospitals in a major emergency, Smith said.See also:May 24 HHS news release read more