first_imgTeenagers spend a lot of time online. Social media activity carries clout among teens, and can empower cyberbullies, which is why parents should be prepared to help their children cope with social pressures online.Cyberbullying can be just as harmful, both emotionally and mentally, as physical bullying, according to Diane Bales, University of Georgia associate professor and UGA Cooperative Extension human development specialist.“Cyberbullying can cause low self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness and, in extreme cases, kids have considered hurting or killing themselves because of constant bullying,” Bales said. “It’s something to be taken seriously.”Bales describes cyberbullying as any kind of aggression or emotional violence committed through social media, the internet or any electronic channel. Children may post and share things on the internet without understanding the repercussions, and many don’t realize that once something is posted online, a record of it is there forever.“A lot of kids don’t understand that what they say and share online is public and can have negative consequences,” Bales said. “Others recognize it but don’t have the self-control or understand how the internet can hurt someone in a very public way. A lot of kids can fall prey to cyberbullying because they don’t understand how dangerous it is to share things online or how easy it is to bring others in.”Bales recommends that parents keep the lines of communication open as their children build an online network of friends. Children need to know that they can come to their parents if they’re facing cyberbullying, and they need to know that the rules regarding considerate and kind behavior apply online just as they do in person.  Parents should also intervene if they think their child is being cyberbullied or cyberbullying, even though this may seem like a breach of their child’s privacy.It can be challenging to report a case of cyberbullying. Children in school should report it to teachers, counselors or other trusted adults. It may be hard to stop cyberbullying if the bully is anonymous or the cyberbullying is being committed by a stranger.“Encourage kids to use all of the tools that are available to them,” Bales said. “If they bullying is taking place on Facebook, try blocking or reporting that person to Facebook. Do that over and over again until action is taken. That, in combination with reporting to someone, can help reduce cyberbullying attacks.”As technology and social media continue to be present in the lives of children, it’s important to understand that there are many tools available to stop and report cyberbullying. Take action and report cyberbullying. It could save a life.last_img read more

The Diamond Awards from the eyes of a winner

first_imgIt’s a moment most credit union leaders aspire to. The moment of standing on stage and having your hardest work acknowledged, praised, celebrated – and awarded. Making it to this point means you thought big, put in the hard work, created an end product you’re proud of and showed your credit union peers that you’re willing to take the reins and drive the movement forward. It means you earned it.But how does one go from an empty trophy shelf to a spot on that stage? If you haven’t been up there receiving that shiny award, you might not know where to start, what to work toward or what an award-winning campaign even looks like. Until now.Take for instance the series of commercials, Don’t Feed the Goat, No Dead Leaves and Terms and Conditions produced by First Entertainment CU in California. The series stole the show at the 2013 Diamond Awards, taking home titles in Best of Show, Best Use of Humor and Best for Brand Awareness.Roy MacKinnon, VP of Marketing for First Entertainment CU is the creative mind behind the winning commercials. By connecting with the audience through humor and honesty, MacKinnon was able to captivate not only his target audience, but also the 2013 Diamond Award judges.The BeginningMacKinnon’s idea for a set of commercials produced exclusively for First Entertainment’s target audience first came about ten years prior to their first airing. “Warner Bros.(They never spell out brothers)(WB), our founding SEG company, does employee screenings, where WB staffers can watch new films on the WB lot,” MacKinnon explained. “I thought, ‘What if we produced a commercial for the credit union to air at these screenings? We’ve got a captive audience and can speak directly to them.’ Unfortunately, at that time, I had neither the budget nor the connection to an agency to produce a top quality production. So it went on the back burner and I got busy with other things.”Ten years later, MacKinnon found himself working with an agency that had done some commercials. He resurrected the idea, and it quickly became a labor of love on his part. While his team handled other projects, he focused on working with the agency, settling on a theme and producing the commercials.A Simple Message and Some Solid Jokes Don’t Feed the Goat, No Dead Leaves and Terms and Conditions comprises three commercials featuring actor Curtis Armstrong, dressed in a comfortable shirt and jeans, speaking candidly with the audience. The commercials involve a goat, a potted plant and a mime – each humorously representing the various shortcomings of commercial banks.First Entertainment CU’s commercials connect with the audience through humor, a quirky, offbeat mood and perhaps most importantly, an honesty about the audience they serve. The commercials effectively get a simple message across: Here’s a credit union that’s serving the entertainment industry. Sometimes that message – and some solid jokes – is all you need.The Victory Effect“My Diamond Awards are proudly displayed above my desk. It’s been a great ride and a truly humbling experience. I’ve been very honored and humbled in my career, by these two awards”The biggest difference the awards have made for MacKinnon has been to inspire creativity and generate new ideas. “One of the things I enjoy most of all when I go to conferences is walking through the aisles of winners because the award winning work inspires me to do more, whatever that ‘more’ might be. The entries that grab the reader’s attention…. that demand to be read and digested and thought about. Over the years, those are the works that have inspired me to create larger and be bigger.”Parting Words on Originality and IdentityMacKinnon sums up his thoughts on originality, messaging and award entries in one final piece of advice: “You need an original statement first, and then to build your brand around that. And maybe you need to start simple. Who are we? What is our brand? How do we see ourselves, and how do we want to be seen? Do a little soul searching about what you want to be. Then, tell your story.”The Diamond Awards, hosted by CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council, recognize the creative excellence and outstanding results of credit union projects, campaigns and events across 29 categories. Entries are currently being accepted for the 2015 Diamond Awards at award categories. Entries are currently being accepted for the 2015 Diamond Awards at categories. Entries are currently being accepted for the 2015 Diamond Awards at 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Roy MacKinnon Roy MacKinnon began his financial services career in 1990 as a Senior Manager with First Entertainment Credit Union after 11 years as a co-owner of three successful retail businesses in … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, March 31

first_imgHe is determined to obliterate the political legacy of the first black man elected president. He is stuffing federal courts with partisan judges to impede investigations with impeachment potential.We are being led by an ignorant, self-absorbed, impulsive grifter. He praises our enemies and belittles our own intelligence experts while making decisions with global implications.Trump’s incompetence and poisonous intents endanger our nation at present and will haunt us long after he’s gone. Sadly to say, if asked the question: Is this the person you want for president of the United States, too many people would still say yes. George MilnerMechanicville Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump: Incompetent, poisonous influenceTrump’s tweets are more crazed than ever. The realization may be setting in that there aren’t enough xenophobic white nationalists to keep him in office in 2020.That must terrify him. Without political clout and the shield of pardon power he and various family members are at risk of prosecution for financial frauds that might have gone undetected had he not become president. In an ongoing Twitter feud with Trump, Kellyanne Conway’s husband recently pointed out that Trump displays all of the outward signs of narcissistic and antisocial personality disorders.The main themes of this administration appear to be derivatives of these mental disorders, as well as Trump’s inability to recognize his own incompetence. He stokes the bigotry and feelings of victimhood of his base supporters to earn their adoration. As a matter of pure financial self interest, he pursues policies that benefit the wealthy. Sharon Springs fails to protect farmingFor all of the talk about saving farms and farmland, Sharon Springs recently lost an opportunity to save a real farm and a part of its rural character.The town of Sharon’s subdivision regulations give the planning board ability to require a conservation subdivision under certain circumstances, as when New York Land and Lakes proposed subdividing the 320-acre Key Farm.The conservation subdivision could have set aside a substantial portion of the total 320 acres as a farm, while allowing the subdivision of the remaining land. Four members of the planning board chose not to require the subdivider to preserve a portion of the farm as a farm. Sadly, we were accused of trying to prevent the farmer from selling his farm, which we couldn’t have done even if we’d wanted to. We were trying to help him sell the farm, to another farmer.After the subdivision was approved and the Keys were paid $490,000 by New York Land and Lakes (according to the Schoharie County Office of Real Property), an Amish family became interested in the farm. The subdivider entertained selling the entire farm to them and showed it to them twice. When the family offered the subdivider $750,000, the subdivider said they’d have to make it $800,000. When the Amish family agreed to that price, the subdivider declined and said they wanted to sell the farm as lots. We wish Sharon Springs loved farming as much as we hear it does.Scott and Kathie RyanGeorge and Kathy CraftRichard Van DykeJohn FunicelloSharon Springscenter_img But the best part was watching the diverse group of students who brought out the best in each other on their stage.It was a glimpse into what we could be as a society to see such support from the student body and the parents and grandparents all sitting there together watching this great show that took so much work and practice.Should we ever wonder why the music and drama departments are so needed in our schools today? When it comes time for budget votes, we should always remember how these students, no matter their place in the school, were all equal for two days on the stage, and all their hard work was appreciated by all the students as well as the community.There are very few areas in our schools today that can achieve this. Again, thank you for a wonderful time Scotia-Glenville drama and music.Denise CrisciScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Play reinforces need for arts in our schoolsIt was our pleasure to have the opportunity to see “Mamma Mia “at the Scotia-Glenville High School this past weekend.The show was fantastic, the dance routines great and the vocals were spot on.last_img read more

NYX accuses William Hill of “wrongful conduct” as acquisition dispute escalates

first_img StumbleUpon SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Submit Share Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Related Articles In response to William Hill’s threats to block the acquisition of NYX Gaming Group Limited by Scientific Games,  NYX has launched legal action against the bookmaker. Last week William Hill issued a corporate update, voicing its concerns over the deal and signalling its intention to convert its preference shares into ordinary NYX shares, in order to ensure it had had the power to put the brakes on the proposed acquisition.The NYX board of directors has stated that in spite of the requests of William Hill, due to ‘regulatory and licensing restrictions’ it can’t convert the shares of William Hill into ordinary shares, citing that the conduct of the bookmaker could impact the license of NYX and therefore, it’s currently considering its future options. Throughout its elongated negotiations with Scientific Games, William Hill has emphasised the need for favourable commercial agreements as a result of the deal, specifically with regards to a copy of the NYX source code. Furthermore, William Hill dismissed the idea that it had sought “anti competitive measures” which could halt the deal. In response to the public announcement of William Hill, NYX has updated the corporate market, with the decision to file an action lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey. In doing so, NYX has accused William Hill of “wrongful conduct” in its actions, alleging that it violated the New Jersey antitrust act.NYX issued a statement which said: “The complaint seeks injunctive relief, treble damages and attorney’s fees for violations of the New Jersey Antitrust Act, and also alleges tortious interference with economic advantage, and tortious interference with contract, and seeks punitive damages.”The statement of NYX follows on from its announcement that it has come to an agreement with Scientific Games for the development of a new sports betting platform for the US market. Moving forward a shareholder meeting is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas on December 11, 2017.last_img read more