Branching: Location…location…which location?

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first_imgU.S. Consumers and the Branch. There is no denying that the number of branches in operation today is less than before the great recession. However, simply pointing out there are fewer branches is only part of the story. For example, when you consider a recent a IMF study, the number of branches is rising.Per their research, the peak of branches per capita was 35 branches in 2009. The low point was 33 in 2014 – the same level as 10 years earlier. But in 2015, the number of branches per 100,000 started rising again.Let’s Talk about the S-Word. So instead of another article focusing on if the branch is important, let’s talk about one of the key steps in making sure when you do branch – you get what you want. Let’s talk about Site Selection.Good to Great: Site SelectionFirst Things First. The first step in site selection is not the real estate procurement, but establishing the business case. Site selection is the marriage of market analysis and real estate procurement. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cricket News Youngsters eager to display their mettle in Twenty20 series against India: Floyd Reifer, West Indies coach

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first_imghighlights New Delhi: After the disappointment of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India and West Indies square off in a series of three Twenty20 Internationals, three ODIs and two Tests in the Caribbean. While the West Indies finished eighth, India was knocked out in the semi-final of the World Cup with an 18-run loss to New Zealand in Old Trafford. Now, with the World T20 to be played in Australia next year, the focus now shifts to creating a core team for the marquee event next year. West Indies are the two-time World T20 champions and they will be determined to continue their dominance against India in a format which they love. West Indies were whitewashed 3-0 in their last series against India but they enjoy a superior advantage at home, winning three out of five with one game being washed out. Speaking during a training camp in Florida, West Indies coach Floyd Reifer has said the team has a good mixture of youth and experience. “We have players like (Kieron) Pollard and (Sunil) Narine making a return to the team as well as the captain Carlos Brathwaite and they have a lot of experience at this level and in this format. The team is young, and we like to mix the experienced players with the youth. We have a very good blend. We are looking forward to the matches here in Florida. It should be a very exciting weekend, we lots of entertainment for the fans,” Reifer said.Also Read | I don’t just walk out for my team, I walk out for my country: Rohit SharmaThe sqaud also consists of youngsters like Khary Pierre and reserve wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble. Pierre had played one Twenty20 International during the 2018 tour of India and Reifer added that youngsters are eager to show their talent in the upcoming series. “We have young Khary Pierre, a very good spinner, he played in India last year and he bowled quite well. He is also a good fielder. Bramble has been around first-class cricket for a while, and he has played some very good innings for Guyana. He toured with the West Indies B team to Canada and did a great job as captain. You can see how eager he is to get out there on the park and perform at this level,” Reifer said.Also Read | Virat Kohli wants THIS person to be India’s next head coachWest Indies will play three Twenty20 Internationals beginning on August 3 and August 4 in Florida as well as the final match on August 6 in Guyana. After the Twenty20 series, India will play three ODIs followed by two Tests which will be part of the new World Test Championship, which has already begun with the Ashes contest between England and Australia at Edgbaston. India has won only one T20I against West Indies in the Caribbean.India defeated West Indies 3-0 in the last T20I series.India will play three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests in West Indies tour.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Akufo-Addo graces squash clinic for children in Kumasi

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first_imgOver fifty boys and girls from selected schools in Kumasi were, on Tuesday, introduced to the game of squash at a clinic organized by the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Club.The excited youngsters, aged between 4 and 15 assembled on the court very early, in anticipation of playing squash game for the first time.It turned out to be a memorable occasion for the children as they had opportunity to meet President Akufo Addo and his vice, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.The President and his Vice advised the kids on the importance of healthy life through sporting activities.President Akufo Addo who was once a member of the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club , appreciated executives for introducing children to the game at such early age.Captain for the Club, Lawyer Francis Cofie wants more support from government to make the game more popular.“The future of squash is bright given the enthusiasm shown by the kids. Even though there are activities marked on national calendar of sports for squash, yet there is nothing being done on the ground to show,” he said.Executives of 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club are encouraging the young ones to develop interest in the game, usually referred to as one of the lesser known sporting disciplines in Ghana.The one day event was sponsored by Geodrill.Chief Operating Officer, Richard Cofie says the company plans to help promote some lesser known sports in the country.“We have taken it upon ourselves to build interest in kids, let them know that there are other sports there and then get people to represent Ghana in International Squash Competition,” he said.last_img read more

Dodgers power past Atlanta Braves to close weekend with win

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie GOING, GOING VIRAL: What they’re saying on social media about Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly Muncy, whose solo shot in the fifth was his third homer in as many games against the Braves, tied the team-lead with 12 homers. He extended his career-high hitting streak to seven games, going 10 for 23 with seven runs, five home runs and nine RBIs during the stretch.“This is one of those stretches were there seems to be a lot of pitches over the plate for me and I’m sure it won’t be long where there’s a stretch where it seems like everything’s right on the corner,” said Muncy, who was promoted on April 17. “That’s kind of how it goes, but when you get a stretch like this, you gotta take advantage of it.” BUSTED: Social media goes wild again after Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly gets eight-game suspension Photos: Find your face (or your pup’s) amid fan cutouts at Dodger Stadium center_img Stripling, who entered Sunday’s game having only allowed three home runs this season, gave up two in the fourth after retiring the first nine batters he faced. The Braves, who entered the game as the top run-scoring team in the National League and fourth in the majors, had only one runner in scoring position after the fourth.Even with 80 percent of their opening-day starting rotation on the disabled list, the Dodgers have won seven of nine games in June, staying afloat with hot hitting and Stripling starring on the mound.“He’s just consistent,” catcher Austin Barnes said. “He’s really effective and efficient with all his pitches. He’s been awesome. He’s been stepping up really big for us all season and we’re going to need him to continue to do so.” PreviousAtlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo fields an infield ground ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig during the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig breaks his bat over his knee after striking out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez reacts after hitting an RBI-single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsAtlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb pitches to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling delivers to Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits an RBI-single to score Austin Barnes during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe, left, celebrates with manager Dave Roberts after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo fields an infield ground ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig during the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig breaks his bat over his knee after striking out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 8Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig breaks his bat over his knee after striking out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Ross Stripling looked up from the mound to see Dave Roberts approaching from the dugout. On the heels of two straight strikeouts to start the seventh inning, the right-hander could only drop his head back with a sigh before surrendering the ball to the Dodgers manager.Stripling, the unexpected savior of an injury-plagued pitching staff, held one of the top scoring teams in the majors to just two runs in a 7-2 win over the Braves at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, pitching 6-2/3 innings while striking out six and walking none. With the exception of a four-hit, two-solo-home-run fourth inning, the righty was perfect while collecting his fifth straight win and boosting the Dodgers (33-32) over .500 with a series win over Atlanta (37-28).Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.On offense, he added a successful sacrifice bunt, a single and his first career stolen base. He flashed his glove by covering first base for an out in the sixth.“He’s just a pro, fundamentally sound,” Roberts said of Stripling. “He does a lot of things really well to help you win baseball games and he’s just a complete baseball player.” The Dodgers needed the complete effort from the 28-year-old righty as they’ve had to piece together performances with bullpen arms. Stripling’s 6-2/3 inning day was the longest for a Dodger starter since he went seven innings on May 30. Entering Sunday’s game, the bullpen had pitched 96-2/3 innings in the past 22 games.“Any time you give them a break, that’s huge,” Stripling said. “I know from being a guy that was in the bullpen, they certainly love it when that happens. … I’m glad I can be the one that gives them this.”The Dodgers hit three solo home runs, one each from Logan Forsythe, Max Muncy and Kiké Hernandez, as the trio combined for six RBIs. With a major-league-leading 26 homers in the month of June, the Dodgers eclipsed the Brewers for the season lead in the National League.Related Articles Morning Wrap: Angels avoid disaster, Dodgers win with the long ball and more … last_img read more

‘THE PEOPLE OF LETTERKENNY DON’T WANT THIS’ – JUDGE SLAMS GANG BEHIND ORGY OF VIOLENCE

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first_imgA CIRCUIT Court judge has remanded three young men in custody after hearing how they were behind a series of violent incidents in Letterkenny.Judge John O’Hagan (pictured) slammed the actions of the men who tried to petrol-bomb a house before attacking tourists on a bus with wheel braces and bars.Three of the young men appeared before him at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday. The court heard how the young men Alan Parke, now 19, Caolan Mulhern, now 20, Eoin Orr and another man wore balaclavas as they attacked a house at Croagh Patrick in Letterkenny on September 6th, 2009.The attack saw the men firstly smash windows in the house which contained two people – one of whom was fast asleep.The men then filled wine bottles with petrol and soaked rags before throwing them through the window.Luckily the petrol bombs did not ignite, a detective Garda told the hearing.The men then drove into Letterkenny and became involved in an incident at a bus station on the town’s Port Road.The private bus had earlier left 27 men from Fermanagh on a stag party night out and was waiting for them to return when the men pulled up in their car.The young men attacked the bus with wheel braces, a car jack and iron bars after a verbal confrontation. Six of the tourists were on board the bus, three of them later taken to Letterkenny General Hospital to be treated for injuries.Gardai were called and found the men in a silver Toyota Avensis at a nearby garage forecourt a short time later.CCTV footage from Letterkenny Town Council later showed the full incident.When searched by Gardai, the car contained a 5 gallon petrol container with petrol, dampened rags, as well as car jacks and wheel braces.When interviewed all men admitted to being involved in the attacks.Garda Stephen McGonigle told the court that he believed the petrol bomb attack on the house was as a result of an argument over drug money.The attack on the stag bus arose after a comment was allegedly made between the two parties.Judge John O’Hagan said the young men were a nuisance and asked if this was what the people of Letterkenny wanted going on in their town.“The people of Letterkenny don’t want this. I don’t want this,” he said.He said he had to consider what sentences were appropriate for the behaviour.“What am I to do – give them sweets?” he asked.He added that they were lucky they did not cause themselves harm driving around with a five gallon drum of petrol.Judge O’Hagan said he felt sorry for the mothers and partners of the men, but he had to consider what they had done very seriously.The offences were well planned and pre-meditated. The gang members had worn balaclavas.“Where did they learn to make petrol bombs?” he asked.He also said several of the accused men had pointedly failed to cooperate with Gardai, only belatedly admitting their involvement after several interviews.The judge was sitting past 6.30pm last night because of the huge backlog of cases. He said he needed time to cool down and think about a sentence before giving his verdict.As he remanded all three men in custody to Castlerea Prison, he told them: “If I had sentenced you this evening, you would have been getting 18 months in prison.”He also said he had to think about the fact that the accused were three years younger at the time of the attacks.However, he remanded the three men in custody to Castlerea Prison to appear on July 27th.A bench warrant was issued for the fourth young man who did not appear.‘THE PEOPLE OF LETTERKENNY DON’T WANT THIS’ – JUDGE SLAMS GANG BEHIND ORGY OF VIOLENCE was last modified: July 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:balaclavasbusbus stationletterkennypetrol bomb attackstag partylast_img read more