Appalachian Mountain Brewery + We Can So You Can Foundation are finding new ways to reach out to support the High Country Community

first_img With Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s business model of Sustainability – Community – Philanthropy, AMB is committed to supporting the local High Country community during these challenging times. In response to the growing needs of the High Country community during the coronavirus pandemic, Appalachian Mountain Brewery and The We Can So You Can Foundation recently launched a new partnership with the Hunger & Health Coalition, which helps individuals and families who are struggling to provide themselves with basic needs.  center_img For more information, visit AMB’s Facebook page or With your help, AMB + WCSYC will be donating a portion of all case sales to the Hunger & Health Coalition, while also raising funds through the Pub’s “High Country Happy Hour” – Live Streaming Music Concerts available on AMB’s Facebook Page on Friday nights kicking off on April 10. Through its long-time partnership with the We Can So You Can Foundation, Appalachian Mountain Brewery is devoted to supporting High Country communities by raising funds for education, agriculture, renewable energy and veteran services.  In 2020, AMB is committed to planting 12,500 trees with the Long Leaf Alliance, supporting southeastern honeybee ecosystems through their partnership with Bee Downtown, continued revitalization of the Daniel Boone Amphitheatre, OVAAT – One Vet at a Time, and Pints for Nonprofits, through which AMB donates a portion of its pub beer sales to numerous great causes throughout NC. last_img read more

Don’t believe distractions cost? Think again!

first_imgWith a few changes and a commitment to focus, your productivity will soar as will the results of those efforts. When you choose to become the Attention Ambassador in your workplace, others will begin to see Attention Pays. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: Details Did you know it takes, on average, 23 minutes to refocus your mental effort and energy on a task after being interrupted?Have you ever considered how many times you’re interrupted in a day?We all know interruptions hamper productivity and make trying to accomplish even the smallest of tasks frustrating, and seemingly endless. Consider this – If you spend a total of 5 minutes, five times per day responding to text messages and reading social media, you’ve spent (maybe wasted!) 25 minutes of work time. Even still, when you consider it takes our brains 23 minutes to refocus on our tasks at hand for each interruption, you start to see those 5 simple tasks actually cost you almost 2.5 hours in lost concentrated focus and productivity. How do I know this? Because I have been guilty of this too.You see, a distraction costs more time than just the activity. It costs us mental space and time to refocus afterward. This realization helps me to focus when I get off track.A study was performed by info-tech researcher Basex and found distractions cost U.S. companies $588 billion per year in lost productivity. Imagine how much of that money could have been saved if employees were able to avoid distractions and stop interruptions.Crazier still, a researcher of digital distraction at the University of California, Irvine found approximately 50% of the distractions were self-induced! Our curiosity to know what was going on in the world on the news, social media, emails, or other people’s lives are creating  our productivity demise.Attention is Key! Attention is vital. A few steps toward mindfulness can help you save time and boost productivity:Count your interruptions. For two days, keep a running list of the distraction types and the number of times is occurs (you will be shocked!). Start proactively finding solutions to stop the self-induced time killers.Master your schedule. Choose brief, 15 minute increments, within your calendar that permit you to take a break, respond to others and allow your mind the downtime it deserves (and craves).Utilize technology to save you from technology. Use apps on smartphones to silence distractions. Better yet, turn them off or use the Do Not Disturb feature until a time you’ve chosen to take a scheduled recovery break. I love the Freedom App.Prohibit devices. Create a no-phone policy for some meetings and important conversations. Schedule. Schedule. Implement tools that manage your time spent online, such as the Freedom App.Do Not Disturb. Allow employees to create Do Not Disturb work times on their calendar where they can truly unplug from email, visitors and disruptions.Go public. Get accountability. We have conditioned ourselves to be available to others all day and every day. Stop. Send messages to your friends, family and colleagues sharing your commitment to productivity. Explain your new schedule has time allocated to respond to their needs. Reset their expectations for your return phone calls, text messages and mid-day visits.Unplug from social media. Consider taking a social media detox to help clear your head of the need to be plugged in. If that seems too radical, consider establishing one or two 15 minute periods of time in the early morning or evening that allow you to log on and play. Read about my social media detox here INSERTChoose one day per week. We all want to personally check in with coworkers and establish relationships with our peers. So do it! Only, limit it to one day per week. For instance, Wednesdays allow you find out how their weekend was and hear about their upcoming plans.Weekends are for fun. When you make focus and attention a priority during the workday, make fun and relaxation a priority on the weekend. This will give you the time needed to recalibrate and rest, which will improve your attention and focus throughout the week.last_img read more

Cardboard fans, piped applause: Football looks to liven up empty stands

first_imgFrom cardboard cut-outs of real fans to an app allowing supporters to influence the volume of noise piped into stadiums, people are developing ideas for how to put some match day atmosphere back into the stadiums — though whether their ideas are accepted is a different matter.In Belarus, the only European league to plough on through the global health crisis, Dinamo Brest filled the stands with mannequins sporting cut-out portraits of real supporters.Moenchengladbach will follow suit when the Bundesliga becomes the first of Europe’s major leagues to restart on Saturday.For 19 euros, the club offers to put a “cardboard you” in the stands – and visiting teams’ fans can book cut-outs for the away end. The club said more than 12,000 such effigies have been ordered so far. “The campaign organizers are regularly overrun with orders,” said Gladbach fan representative Thomas Weinmann.But for many, the real problem of “ghost matches” is the lack of noise and eerie atmosphere with the shouts of players and coaching staff echoing around deserted arenas.Cologne coach Markus Gisdol suggested this could even lead to frayed tempers.”Everyone on the sidelines was a little more irritable than usual because you could hear more of what the opposing bench were saying and what the officials were saying to each other,” he said after the Moenchengladbach game.On the other hand, he said the lack of crowd noise would take players “back to their roots.””Without fans, the players have to squeeze out of themselves the same qualities that turned them into Bundesliga professionals.”One company though – Munich-based hack-CARE – has developed an app which it says produces piped crowd noise based on the reactions of supporters watching on their sofas.Fans who download its Myapplause app choose which club to support and which match to watch, and then get four options: cheer, clap, sing or whistle.The app can support up to 350,000 users per match and, depending on the number of clicks and sound distribution, piped crowd noise is produced both at users’ homes and in the stadium.”We tested it in two Bundesliga stadiums, we were live and it went really well,” Viktor Mraz, one of the developers, told Reuters. “You press a button and the whole stadium is cheering.”He said talks were underway with all of Germany’s big clubs.”Everybody is talking to us, even other sports,” he said. “A lot of people need to agree – the players need to agree, the referees.. – so I guess we will start without any sounds in the stadium,” he said.Mraz added that different sounds could be played in different parts of the stadium and sound levels adjusted to recreate the impression of having home and away support.”The songs for one team come over the left loudspeaker, the songs for the other come over the right loudspeaker, so you have the separation of blocks like you would usually have in the stadium,” he said.Still, issues remain. Some years ago, Swiss broadcaster SRF apologized for adding fake crowd noise to the highlights of an FC Zurich-Grasshoppers derby where fans boycotted the start of the game over ticket prices.And the last word may rest with the German Football League, which said it remains “strongly opposed” to the idea of piped noise.”Our fans can’t be replaced by any virtual audience, therefore we strongly discourage our clubs from using any artificial crowd noise,” a spokeswoman told Reuters.”We can’t force the clubs not to use it – but we think they got the point.” When Borussia Moenchengladbach met neighbours Cologne in the Bundesliga’s first-ever game without fans back in March, even the referee missed the crowd.”Football has lost half its value,” said Deniz Aytekin – despite being spared the customary abuse from the stands.Since then, it has become increasingly clear that football will have to be played behind closed doors until a major change in the course of the coronavirus pandemic – and that some creativity will be needed to provide a little atmosphere.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Customs Tackle CIS as 2018 Maritime Cup Tourney Starts

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending champions, the Nigeria Customs Service will tomorrow takes on the Certified Institute of Shipping (CIS) in the opening match of the 10th edition of the Ships & Ports Annual Maritime Cup Football Competition.The competition will hold at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Sports Ground, Bode Thomas, Lagos.At the draws of the competition held at the weekend in Lagos, the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Apapa Bulk Terminal Limited (ABTL) and Josephdam Port Services (JPS) are playing in Group A, while the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Tin can Island Container Terminal (TICT) and CIS will play in Group B. Coordinator of the draws and former Chairman, Lagos State Referees Council, Prince Adesegun Kosoko, commended Ships & Ports Communications Company for sustaining the competition over the years.He said, “There have been tremendous improvement in the competition over the years and that shows that the Maritime Cup has made its name in the industry. So we hope to leverage on the 10th edition to do much more and to see more new organization coming in.”Kosoko charged the participating teams to see the competition as an avenue for leisure, to interact and to build friendship outside their various business environments.Earlier, Coordinator of the Maritime Cup, Eucharia Okoli said that while the winners would go home with a cash prize of N500,000; the first and second runners-up would cart away N300,000 and N200,000 respectively.Okoli said a total of eight teams would feature in the competition this year.last_img read more