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Fragrant Thai green curry

first_imgPrint NewsFragrant Thai green curryBy admin – January 30, 2009 636 WHAT YOU NEED1 tbsp peanut oil2 shallots, finely choppedSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 2 tbsp Thai green curry paste3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed6 skinless chicken thighs, cubed3 cups coconut milk1 cup water3 tbsp fish sauce1 tbsp sugar2 lime leavessmall bunch of basil leaves1 cup of peas1 large red pepper1 bunch corriander WHAT TO DOPlace oil in wok set over medium heat allow this to heat 10 – 20 seconds. Add shallots and curry paste. Cook shallots until opaque, do not brown.Add chicken followed by milk, water, fish sauce, sugar and lime leaves. Stir ingredients together. Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Reduce heat and continue to cook until the sauce is slightly thickened and chicken to cooked through.Reduce heat to low add Thai basil, snow peas and red pepper. Let cook for 2 – 3 minutes and serve. Serve over Jasmine rice Linkedin Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Email Previous articleSticky fried riceNext articleSticky coffee brownies adminlast_img read more

Early Voting Starting Next Saturday In Chautauqua County, New York State

first_imgMGN ImageMAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Election Commissioners are reminding residents early voting will get underway next Saturday in New York State.Early Voting is offered for nine of the ten days before the November 3rd General Election, with the first day to vote early on Saturday, Oct. 24 and the last day Sunday Nov. 1.Residents can cast their ballots early at the Board of Elections Office in Mayville, the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood and Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk.Over the weekend polling places are open from noon until 5 p.m. Starting October 26, Monday and Tuesday, polling places are open from noon until 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those who are unable to vote early, or on election day, can apply for an absentee ballot. For more visit VoteChautauqua.com. Those who voted absentee can also check the status of their ballot online. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Building relationships… The heartbeat of the universal banker

first_img 105SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Burnett As Regional Director for LEVEL5, I prospect, identify and align the needs of financial institutions across the US with LEVEL5’s integrated service offering. We develop solutions that allow our … Web: www.level5.com Details Community based financial institutions (FI’s) are the heart and soul of America. These locally-owned and operated institutions are woven into the fabric of the communities we live in, work in, raise our families and build our lives. That building involves our careers, our hobbies and our futures. That future in large depends on…money, investment and risk.Most of us are not born with the equity we need to see our hopes and dreams come true. We need money to finance our education, our houses, cars and businesses. We need equipment, tools, facilities and employees to make our lives work. The local community bank and credit union steps in to make all of this possible. It is the reason they were created, and fuels the local economy and future.In today’s changing consumer environment, where omni-channel delivery is the norm, community banks and credit unions are also challenged with delivering services in a way that deepens their wallet share, household penetration and margins…so they can continue to fuel the American spirit.In years passed, that service was almost universally delivered the same way. A customer interacted with a “banker” in a branch across three feet of mahogany. Most interactions were transactional in purpose…check cashing, payments and order filling. The world had fewer channels for consumers to access financial resources and the delivery model…worked. No, it worked great!However, today we have smart phones, the Internet, and global mobilization thanks to technology. Routine components of all things financial are now automated. Checking balances, moving money, making payments and even loan applications are handled via smart phones, tablets, laptops, drive thru’s, and ATMs. Therefore, the purpose of the physical channel i.e. the branch has changed and with it the identity of the banker.A 2014 study by Ernst & young sheds tremendous light on what is happening, and what FI’s have done to adapt. The graph below shows consumer channel preference by banking task. The study found the more routine and automated the task, the more likely the consumer is to choose a “non-human” interfacing channel. However, the more complex the interaction, the more likely the consumer prefers a physical channel…especially when it comes to sales.Over the last decade, FI’s have been moving toward a different branch delivery model based on these preferences by consumers, so they can continue to deepen wallet share, reach more households, businesses and boost margins. What was born are Universal Bankers who do so much more than the routine…they now educate, advise, and teach consumers as they discuss products, introduce experts and create deeper relationships with their customer or member in the process. In fact, NCR estimates Universal Bankers can handle up to 95% of customer requests; the remaining 5% are referred to subject matter experts.The deepening of relationships with the customer is the key. Consumers today are becoming so much better at research and analysis, but they need help making decisions and choosing a partner. So, they’ll ask a friend or a thought leader, and then go and meet the people others also trust.FIs can strengthen these interactions and introductions by following these steps as they develop their own Universal Bankers:Hire people who like people and are engaging. Customer engagement is a culture shift that moves away from transactions and toward conversations.Train the banker to ask questions. Educate the consumer before offering solutions. The Banker’s job is to listen first, and then speak from his/her wealth of knowledge or bring in experts…when needed.Invest in tools that automate routine activities and create margin for the banker to invest time with their customers. Scheduling tools, staffing models, cash handling equipment, ATMs, and or Interactive Teller Machines (ITMs) are examples of such investments.Remove the barriers to the customer. Often this involves eliminating fixtures that separate the customer from the banker, but it doesn’t have to be radical. The key is the facilitation of the desired experience.Promote the  credit union’s brand in the physical environment. Stay away from artwork and use flat screens and marketing materials to communicate your unique brand message. Promote your value proposition so the community and customer know what you are about.Credit unions that embrace this model often see dramatic results. According to FDIC reports, a community bank in the Southwest organically grew its assets from $1.0 billion to $3.5 billion in five years with this engagement model. Furthermore, NCUA loan and asset data prove a credit union in Tennessee grew its loan portfolio by 50% in four years and another in the Carolinas grew its book of business by over $100 million in a similar period. These are real results, from real financial institutions who have embraced the Universal Banker model – engaging customers in a new way…and there are more.Investment in people and creating an environment that fosters engagement can change cultures. And, that culture is about building relationships…the heartbeat of the Universal Banker.last_img read more

Willis Towers Watson launches asset management exchange

first_img“What AMX does is provide clients with a single point of access to a range of asset managers and it provides centralised infrastructure,” he said. “So instead of managers doing all the infrastructure work, that all gets done by AMX centrally on a scale that means the end result is both better and cheaper.”The logic, according to Willis Towers Watson, is that this will allow asset managers to concentrate on running investment strategies and give asset owners benefits such as better governance, more transparency, control – and lower costs.The exchange is launching in the UK first, and has been seeded with around $750m (€711m) of the consultancy’s delegated hedge fund assets, invested in two funds. More asset classes are due to follow later this year.Jaegemann stressed that the new service is not a platform but an exchange, and although it needs to be attractive to asset managers “it was built almost 100% just looking through the lens of an asset owner”.He explained that the exchange essentially hosts managed funds/pooled vehicles for which AMX is the “headline asset manager”, but with the investment strategy and trading outsourced to the underlying manager.“Everything else then falls into the domain of the exchange,” he said.This includes selection of back-office providers, lawyers, custodians, auditors, and counterparties.Chris Ford, ‎global head of investment at Willis Towers Watson, said: “We have long contended that intermediaries in the investment industry have taken too much out of the value chain to the detriment of the end saver.“We believe AMX will change this by standardising and centralising the investment vehicles that managers and investors use thereby reducing overall costs and increasing marketplace transparency and competition.”The consultancy has around 25 people working on the exchange, and expects this to reach 40 by the end of the year.The exchange is “open architecture”, meaning it is open to all institutional asset owners and asset managers, not just Willis Towers Watson clients.More than 10 asset managers are “in various stages” of joining the exchange, while on the asset owner side the consultancy is using the exchange for some of its delegated assets, with more to follow soon, according to Jaegemann.In developing the exchange the consultancy learned from the experience of “a very large” European pension scheme that ran its hedge fund allocation using an internally run managed account platform, he said.The announcement comes as UK consultants have come under pressure from the Financial Conduct Authority, the UK regulator. Late last year it published a wide-ranging review of the asset management industry, which included the prospect of a competition inquiry into the investment consulting sector. Willis Towers Watson has launched an “asset management exchange” designed to provide asset owners with centralised access to managers and standardised fund infrastructure, thereby reducing costs and providing other benefits.The Asset Management Exchange (AMX) will provide ready-built infrastructure for fund managers, which the consultancy said would allow managers to concentrate on investment rather than operational matters.Willis Towers Watson described the venture as an “institutional asset management marketplace designed to fundamentally transform institutional investment for the benefit of the end saver”.Oliver Jaegemann, global head of AMX, told IPE that when a pension fund chooses to allocate assets to a given manager, it effectively makes two outsourcing decisions, one being an investment decision and the second to do with infrastructure.last_img read more

Pulis targets Stoke revival

first_img Press Association The Potters have only one win in 10 Barclays Premier League games, with last weekend’s last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Newcastle their third loss in succession. There have been rumblings of discontent from sections of the Stoke fans despite their side sitting 11th in the table, but if there is anything to bring optimism to a Potters supporter it is a game against West Brom. Stoke have won nine of their last 12 games against the Baggies and their sole away victory this season came at The Hawthorns in December. Pulis said: “We just haven’t had the breaks. We seem either to shoot ourselves in the foot or things happen during the game that on another day could go for you.” Tony Pulis hopes the arrival of West Brom at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday will herald a change in fortunes for Stoke.center_img He added: “We played at West Ham earlier in the season, Steven Nzonzi hit the underside of the bar and it came out; on Sunday at Newcastle, (Yohan) Cabaye hits the underside of the bar and it goes in. “There’s such fine dividing lines between getting results and not getting results. The great thing about it is, if you actually look at the performance, that’s as well as we’ve played for a long time. “It’s disappointing we haven’t got the result, even (Newcastle boss) Alan (Pardew) admitted afterwards they were a bit fortunate. We’ve got a group of players who go out there every week and do their best and that’s all you can ask for. We need a couple of breaks.” “We always beat West Brom” is a favourite Stoke chant, but Pulis knows the record could work both ways given the frustrated mood at the Britannia. The Baggies’ only win in the last 12 games between the clubs came at Stoke last season, and Pulis said: “Our record’s brilliant but that was the past. Saturday’s another game. It does bring pressure in lots of respects but we’ll just keep our fingers crossed that it continues. “We spoke about the confidence in the group last week and they should be confident. We’re 11th in the Premier League, irrespective of what people are saying. “We’ve been on a bad run but, if we can get back to what we were doing on our great run, then we can end up having a great end of the season and that’s the way you’ve got to think. There’s enough people out there thinking negative so within the group you have to stay positive.” last_img read more

Chinese Star Stings Aruna Quadri Out of Budapest T’tennis

first_imgAruna-Quadri Africa’s sole survival in the men’s single, Aruna Quadri could not find the solution to the ferocious shots of China’s Fan Zhendong in the third round of men’s singles at the 2019 ITTF World Championships holding in Budapest, Hungary.Despite a good start from the African champion, the world number one Chinese could not withstand losing the first game and he leveled up at 9-9 to end the encounter at 12-10.But the Nigerian was no match to the Asian giant in the second and third games with the Chinese winning 11-2, 11-6.Aruna Quadri made an attempt to rally back into the game in the fourth game and he started leading just like he did in the first game but the super finish of Fan Zhendong again came to fore as he leveled up against to win at 11-9. The match ended 4-0 (12-10, 11-2, 11-6, 11-9) in faovur of the Chinese star. However, the fans at the Hungexpo Hall applauded the Nigerian for his good display against the best table tennis player in the world.For Aruna Quadri, making the last 32 of the world championship is another feat as the Nigerian has never gone beyond the second since he made his debut at Zagreb 2007 in Croatia.And the Nigerian was disappointed for not winning a game against the Chinese, while hoping for better ranking when the new ranking is released next week.The tournament enters the last 16 stage as Brazil’s Hugo Calderano became the first player outside Europe and Asia to make it to the last 16 of the competition in the last five decades. The Brazilian defeated his Indian counterpart to berth in the last 16 and set up a tie against defending champion – China’s Ma Long.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Le’Veon Bell’s best fits in 2019 free agency: Dolphins, Jets, Raiders make most sense

first_imgEven before Le’Veon Bell chose not to report to the Steelers and sit out the entire 2018 NFL season, one thing was already a near certainty: The 27-year-old running back will play for a different NFL team in 2019.Bell is set to become an unrestricted free agent this week. While 27 near the older side for his position, he has limited wear after five incomplete regular seasons and will be refreshed after his year away from the field. Le’Veon Bell free agency 2019: Good fitsAFC: Ravens, TexansNFC: BearsBefore Lamar Jackson took over at QB, Baltimore was a pass-happy team in 2018 with limited power-running results from Alex Collins. The Ravens were disappointed enough in their backs to trade for Ty Montgomery, and now they are in line to field a new offense next season with Joe Flacco out of the picture. In Bell, Jackson would have a dangerous outlet in the short passing game. The Ravens also should think about how Bell, a former player for their AFC North rivals, will be motivated to help them.In Houston, Lamar Miller is starting to look pedestrian, and once-promising D’Onta Foreman is recovering from a torn Achilles. Bell could take the Texans’ offense to the next level alongside Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins.Chicago tried to plug the square peg that is Jordan Howard into the round hole that is Matt Nagy’s wide-open offense, but it didn’t work. The Bears love Tarik Cohen, but he is best suited to be a pure receiving back. Bell is a versatile workhorse who could handle both the power running and the spread receiving. Imagine Bell supporting Mitchell Trubisky and all his weapons.And the Bears, like the Rams, realize it is smart to be aggressive and load up around a first-round QB who’s still on his rookie deal.Teams that will be tempted to sign Le’Veon Bell in free agencyAFC: BillsNFC: BuccaneersBuffalo (passing offense) and Tampa Bay (passing defense) have other priorities in free agency. The Bills also have LeSean McCoy signed for one more year at $6 million. The Bucs need help at running back, but the Jameis Winston project under new coach Bruce Arians is the bigger quandary. NFL FREE AGENCY: Tracking signings, rumorsBell might not break the bank the way he wants in free agency, but somebody will compensate him with good guaranteed money in relation to the market.The question: What teams will be willing and able to spend on Bell, and what teams can we rule out? (2019 salary cap projections via Overthecap.com)Le’Veon Bell free agency 2019: Best fitsAFC: Dolphins, Jets, Raiders As well as Frank Gore played in Miami last year, he will hit free agency before his age-36 season. And as talented as Kenyan Drake is, the Dolphins might not trust him enough to give him consistent double-digit touches. Bell could provide Miami a hard-running veteran who could run for chunk yardage and be dynamo in their passing game. And based on social media, we know he doesn’t mind Miami.The Jets in 2018 did not get justifiable returns from Isaiah Crowell, and Bilal Powell will be a 30-year-old free agent coming off neck surgery. Elijah McGuire and Trent Cannon have flashed, but they are change-of-pace types. Sam Darnold needs a legit back to ease the pressure, as Baker Mayfield (Nick Chubb), Josh Rosen (David Johnson) and Josh Allen (LeSean McCoy) had to varying degrees as rookie first-round QBs. Bell could be a major asset for new coach Adam Gase.The Raiders lost Marshawn Lynch to a season-ending groin injury last year, and at 32, he is unsigned for 2019. Doug Martin ran hard in Lynch’s place, but he also was on a one-year deal. Given how much coach Jon Gruden seems to love big-name veterans in his offense, he would sign off on making Bell a hefty offer.MORE: Bell and Brown are gone, but Steelers’ failures with them will endure Teams that can afford Le’Veon Bell but don’t need himAFC: Colts, Titans, BroncosNFC: Redskins, Packers, 49ersThe Colts suddenly have a nice young committee with Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. The Titans suddenly are feeling better about their Dion Lewis-Derrick Henry combination.The Broncos and 49ers have proved they can find undrafted gems in Phillip Lindsay and Matt Breida, then plug in system power backs to complement them. The Redskins, who will be limited in cap space for 2019, will hope for a healthy rebound from Derrius Guice.Bell might have made sense for the Packers before they finally trusted Aaron Jones enough to let him loose in their offense late in the season.MORE: NFL’s highest-paid playersTeams that can’t afford Le’Veon BellNFC: EaglesBefore the 2018 trade deadline, rumors suggested Philadelphia was interested in keeping Bell in the Keystone State with a midseason trade. The Eagles’ running game struggled all season, in part due to injuries. But coach Doug Pederson likes the committee approach. Bell also is a luxury the Eagles can’t afford in 2019, when, per OverTheCap.com, they will face the league’s worst salary cap situation.Teams that don’t need Le’Veon BellAFC: Patriots, Jaguars, Bengals, Browns, Chiefs, ChargersNFC: Cowboys, Giants, Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Lions, Vikings, Cardinals, Rams, SeahawksThese teams have either drafted a running back they like over the past three years or locked up a young veteran to a lucrative, long-term deal. Bell won’t be hearing a ring tone from any of these 16 teams in 2019.last_img read more