Greg Galant – Long Island’s Social Media Visionary

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Greg Galant and his buddies watched in dismay, day after day, as the parade of vessels barreling through Huntington Harbor sent the sea creatures they were trying so desperately to hook scurrying for safer waters.They continued to cast their lines for an entire summer, hoping something would bite; anything. Yet the season passed to no avail—the group with nothing to show for their determination.“I was never an expert fisher by any chance,” Galant laughs.No worries; he’d be reeling in a much, much bigger catch soon enough.The Huntington-born whiz kid cast a much wider net, turning his real love—technology—into a social media-inspired juggernaut that now carries him across the globe, worlds away from the North Shore waterfront village where he first began developing websites for local businesses.It was the mid-’90s, and many Americans—at least those who owned computers at the time—were just getting acquainted with the World Wide Web. Galant, however, the son of two Newsday journalists, had already been dabbling with coding and the inner workings of the Internet and was more than ready for the oncoming revolution about to sweep the globe. He credits suburban melancholy.“Growing up on Long Island I was always very much into tech,” he says, “very bored like a lot of kids were.”At 14 years old he began drilling into local businesses the importance of creating a website. Local newspaper The Long Islander and a French philosopher, of all people, were among his first patrons. His client list would soon be replete with businesses the world over—willing to take a shot on someone not yet old enough to drive because “nobody knew what they were doing on the Internet,” at the time, he says.Galant, now the CEO of Sawhorse Media, the umbrella company for Muck Rack, a social media site for journalists, and the Shorty Awards, which annually honors the best in social media, is an unassuming 30-year-old who wears a full dark beard and carries himself with quiet confidence.Social media drives everything he does. The Shorty Awards, which appeared on the scene in 2008, went viral on Twitter, forcing his team to make accommodations for more journalists than they initially expected. Shorty Awards was also one of the first to use Twitter as a nomination site.Galant wasn’t sold on Twitter at the social media site’s outset and actually admits he didn’t think it would be a success, but he became one of its first million users—his Twitter handle @gregory putting him in its exclusive “first name” club. It’s because of his initial skepticism that Galant chose the famous Big Duck in Flanders as his profile picture instead of his own headshot—an icon of his roots which he keeps to this day.A lot of what Galant has done in his short and wildly successful career has been on the whim.And to think, it all happened because he was a bored teenager on Long Island.last_img read more

Leading through the storm

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When Sterling Nielsen started as CEO of Mountain America Credit Union on Nov. 1, 2008, the credit union—like the economy—was in trouble. Not only did Nielsen help the CU power through some difficult years, but he set a bold plan to grow to $10 billion from $2.8 billion by 2022. With $9.1 billion in assets as of September, the CU could actually meet its goal in 2020, two years early.Read the credit union’s success story—and learn why Nielsen was named the 2019 CUES Outstanding Chief Executive—on p. 10.Nielson credits his team for the CU’s success and embracing the challenge he put forth. One testament to his leadership is that he kept employees’ needs in mind during the recession. “A lot of companies were hitting their employees pretty hard by suspending raises and 401(k) contributions. My thought was that such actions would erode the confidence of our employees and create fear, so what we chose to do instead was ask management to take a pay cut. Our focus then, as it is today, is to treat staff fairly.”Considering that financial stress is a big problem for many employees, Mountain America CU was wise to focus on the well-being of its staff. Our article, “Employees Seek Financial Fitness,” discusses the retirement distress experienced by many staff members. How can your credit union help its team with this? Turn to p. 18 for retirement and financial literacy best practices. continue reading »last_img read more

Andrea Pisac, author of the cookbook “Croatian Desserts”: Croatian gastronomic offer should focus more on traditional dishes

first_imgThe author of the book, doctor of anthropology, writer, travel blogger and winner of the City of Zagreb Award for Cultural Contribution, turned her inspiration into an interesting book, which is also the first cookbook of Croatian desserts written in English. Fifty recipes for traditional Croatian cakes from almost all parts of Croatia are immortalized in 515 attractive photos, which show the finished dessert, but also the preparation itself. It will be able to be used by enthusiasts without any experience in the kitchen, as well as those a little more skilled who want to improve their culinary skills. Numerous visitors of the Bulldog gastro pub showed how much desserts are a favorite and indispensable part of the Croatian gastronomic tradition, at the promotion of Croatian dessert chef “Croatian Desserts” Andrea Pisac. When asked how she came up with the idea to combine the recipes of autochthonous Croatian desserts into one cookbook, Andrea explained that the interest of the readers of her blog Croatia Honestly about traditional Croatian dishes was one of the main factors. “Through constant communication with them, I actually realized that people are very interested in getting to know Croatia through food, and especially through sweets. Since I am an anthropologist by profession, I am very interested in traditional food and a self-sustaining diet, so I set out to explore indigenous desserts and collect them in one cookbook.She said. The smell of the cake attracted both bloggers and journalists, a great food lover, Domagoj Jakopović Ribafish and Ashley Colburn, known for her great documentaries and great love for Croatia.  Although the cookbook is already available in bookstores and gift shops in Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Zadar, as well as on the official website, Andrea has even bigger plans for its distribution and promotion. “The plans are to distribute the cookbook to all airports in Croatia, and we are in negotiations with many centers of the Croatian diaspora around the world, such as, for example, the presentation of the book on the east and west coasts of the United States. We are also in negotiations for direct distribution through Amazon”, She explained and added that”from the spring, the plan will direct the promotion to foreign tourists and will start expanding the distribution to even more gift shops, but also hotels.” “Gastronomy is definitely one of the key elements of the tourist offer”, Andrea thinks. “I think that currently this segment is best developed in Istria and Međimurje counties. Croatia should focus much more on traditional dishes and be proud of its simple dishes to which foreigners react the most. One of the fantastic examples of such dishes is soparnik, which is actually a very simple and poor dish, but there is no guest who is not delighted with it.”, She explained. Through stories that combine tradition with a vision of the future, Andrea has created a collection of Croatian culinary heritage. “Sweets are emotions, and emotions are the best way to connect what is separated, whether it is a bridge between the past, present and future, or it is different cultures that want to get to know each other. Therefore, this cookbook is an ideal gift and in fact another authentic Croatian souvenir, because it is known that one of the favorite ways to get to know a country and its culture is gastronomy.She said. The book “Croatian Desserts” is thematically divided into several chapters: Lazy Morning, Sunday Sweets, Special Occasions, Cakes, Christmas Sweets and Easter Sweets. Recipes are expressed in metric and imperial unit systems so they will be able to be followed by those who weigh the ingredients as well as those who measure them in cups and spoons. Each dessert has an introductory story – details about the origin of the dessert, the occasions in which it is eaten, the rituals and some perhaps already forgotten lines from the life of the cake. Another peculiarity of this book are the bilingual names with pronunciation.  Andrea places Croatian desserts in the context of European, world-famous dessert classics. She collected original recipes by word of mouth and field research, and their great value is authenticity. Various culinary and cultural stories about each of the selected cakes represent an ideal window into Croatian gastronomy, as well as into the Croatian way of life. The book presents desserts by which Croatia is already recognized abroad, such as walnut and poppy seeds, fritters, štruklji, paprenjaci, kremšnite, Međimurje gibanica, but also some forgotten recipes such as Kaiserschmarrn or water rolls. You can find the cookbook in selected bookstores and gift shops, as well as in the official one website.last_img read more

Houssem Aouar prefers to join Manchester City or Juventus instead of Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Sep 2020 11:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Comment Houssem Aouar prefers to join Manchester City or Juventus instead of Arsenal Lyon have rejected multiple offers from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar (Getty)However, Arsenal are the only club to have made an official offer so far and L’Equipe report that Lyon need to make €50m (£45.4m) in player sales before the window closes.Aouar refused to address his future after Lyon’s 1-1 draw with Lorient on Sunday but insisted that speculation over his future is not distracting the team.Meanwhile, Lyon’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has claimed that Arsenal are still far away from meeting his asking price for Aouar.‘There was a timid offer,’ Aulas said.‘We felt like either they didn’t consider the fact that this is a player in the French national team. ‘So it was not an offer that was even susceptible to making us consider a sale.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWhen asked about Aouar’s possible arrival after Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool on Monday evening, Mikel Arteta predicted that it will be a busy end to the transfer window.‘It’s a week to go, I think it’s going to be really busy for other clubs because not much business has been done. Let’s see what happens,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘I think it will be busy for the Premier League. Busy for us, I don’t know how it is going to happen.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Houssem Aouar prefers to join a Champions League club ahead of Arsenal (AFP via Getty Images)Houssem Aouar’s preference is to join Manchester City or Juventus ahead of Arsenal, according to reports in France.The Lyon midfielder has been one of Mikel Arteta’s top targets for the transfer window but the French club have already turned down multiple offers from the Gunners.Arsenal offered Matteo Guendouzi to Lyon in a swap deal involving Aouar earlier this summer but that approach was rejected by the Ligue 1 side.Lyon also snubbed an offer of £32 million from Arsenal last week and are looking for a fee closer to £55m.ADVERTISEMENTAccording to L’Equipe, Aouar is keen to leave Lyon before the end of the transfer window but the midfielder is ‘resigning himself’ to joining Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe report claims that the 22-year-old had been holding out for a move to either Manchester City or Juventus, who are both in the Champions League this season. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Sensor switch set for Bourne Tidal Test Site

first_imgThe MRECo operations team – together with those from the University of Rhode Island and Nortek – plans to replace sensors installed at the Bourne tidal site in an operation set for tomorrow.At the site – located in Cape Cod Canal in Massachusetts – the teams will remove the two acoustic doppler current profilers and replace them with the freshly charged systems.The data that is being collected is part of the research being conducted by Soroush Kouhi a PhD candidate at the University of Rhode Island to work out the details of how best to measure and characterize the water flow resource at tidal turbine sites.According the organization in charge of site development – Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) – a diver will be dive in off the work boat in order to recover the Nortek Signature 500 Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP).Afterwards, a different ADCP – the Signature 1000 – so there will not be any down time waiting for data download, MRECo said.Nortek is a Norwegian company that designs, develops and produces scientific instruments that apply the Doppler principle to underwater acoustics in order to measure water in motion – such as currents and waves.The teams will have a second external battery canister loaded with batteries and the Signature 1000 will be programmed and compass calibrated at the ramp prior to heading out for the recovery at slack low, MRECo informed.To remind, BTTS was installed in November 2017. The site is suitable for testing of tidal energy components or turbines of up to 3 meters in diameter with maximum output of 100kW.last_img read more

Leftist law professor says gay marriage likely to lead to legalized incest, polygamy

first_imgThe Daily Caller 19 July 2013In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s two recent rulings validating gay  marriage, a Boston College Law School professor has come out and admitted what  gay marriage adversaries have long argued: incest and polygamy are just around  the bend.“You know those opponents of marriage equality who said government approval  of same-sex marriage might erode bans on polygamous and incestuous marriages?”  asks the professor, Kent Greenfield. “They’re  right.”In a piece at the website of The American Prospect, the Catholic law  school prof then goes on to challenge gay marriage supporters to differentiate  totally acceptable gay and lesbian marriages from various forms of communal  marriage and sibling love.“The left is in this bind in part because our arguments for expanding the  marriage right to same-sex couples have been so compelling,” Greenfield brags  proudly. “Marriage, we’ve said, is about defining one’s own family and  consecrating a union based on love. We’ve voiced these arguments in  constitutional terms, using claims arising from the doctrines of ‘fundamental  rights’ and equal protection.” read more

Balotelli, Felipe Melo respond to Chiellini’s criticisms

first_imgHaving explained that he felt ‘let down’ by Balotelli in the 2013 Confederations Cup and adding that the now-Brescia forward ‘deserved a slap’, the 29-year-old has responded.“At least I have the sincerity and courage to say things to your face,” Balotelli said on Instagram, tagging Chiellini.“Since 2013 you’ve had a lot of chances to act like a real man, but you haven’t.“Who knows what you’ll say one day about your current teammates.“A strange captain… if this is what being a champion is then I’d prefer not to be one.“I’ve never disrespected the Azzurri shirt.”Melo, for his part, was described as ‘the worst of the worst’ by Chiellini, but the Brazilian has had his say as well.“It would be interesting to know what incident he’s referring to,” the former Juventus and Inter midfielder commented.“I don’t have a problem responding to him.“I never disrespected anyone in Turin, but he says that Balotelli deserved a slap and that I was the worst of the worst and that there was always a threat of a fight because of me.“He always pissed himself. I’m sorry, but it’s easy to speak badly of others in a book.“Perhaps he’s still angry because when I went to Galatasaray we knocked them out of the Champions League and we beat Italy with Brazil.Mario Balotelli and Felipe Melo fire back at Georgio Chiellini as furious row escalates— Daily Star Sport (@DailyStar_Sport) May 9, 2020Read Also: Juventus star tears into Balotelli, Felipe Melo“He’s won nothing at international level and saying things like this shows him to be unprofessional.“It shows a lack of respect and I won’t say any more. Some things have to stay in the dressing room.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Greatest Movies In History Since 19828 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses Loading… The Juventus defender pointed fingers at both of his former teammates ahead of his book ‘Io, Giorgio’ launching next week. The pair of Mario Balotelli and Felipe Melo have hit back at Giorgio Chiellini’s criticisms of them.Advertisementlast_img read more

We won’t rest on laurels – Fergie

first_img United will not get their hands on the Premier League trophy for another fortnight, yet already minds are turning to the best way of strengthening Ferguson’s squad. Whilst the United boss believes only a couple of additions are required, he has been told additional cash will be available if the right man comes along. “Having spoken with the Glazer family, there is every intention to kick on,” Ferguson said. “We possibly need two players. It depends. If a player came along who met our criteria we would push the boat out and get him, irrespective of how many players we have.” Press Association The Glazer family have assured Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson they intend to “kick on” from the club’s record 20th championship.center_img It is bad news for United’s domestic rivals, given they are already well behind. Not that such an easy stroll to championship glory can be anticipated next term, with Manchester City sure to strengthen and Ferguson expecting a renewed threat from Chelsea, especially if Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge. “Chelsea will definitely be involved next year,” the Scot said. “They have some good players and it looks likely Mourinho will be going there.” United head to Arsenal still with the aim of reaching Chelsea’s Premier League points record of 95 points, which they would eclipse by winning their remaining four games. It is those little targets that allow Ferguson to attain so many big ones, and ensure he is never short of an incentive to motivate his players. “I said last week I don’t mind winning the league in the last game of the season,” he said. “Now we have won the league with four games left, I look at it as being one thing to win the league, another to do it by beating the record. Ninety-six points would be phenomenal. I don’t know if that could ever be beaten.” Ferguson has a few “bumps and bruises” to assess before he finalises his line-up although Paul Scholes will not be in it. However, Ferguson is hopeful of having the veteran midfielder, who has not played since January due to a knee injury, back to make what could be his farewell appearance against Swansea at Old Trafford on May 12. “Paul is back training now,” Ferguson said. “He has been training for a week and is obviously not ready for Sunday but hopefully we will have him ready for Swansea in the last home game of the season.” last_img read more

Organizers postpone the Boston Marathon until Sept. 14 because of rising concerns over the coronavirus pandemic

first_img Associated Press March 13, 2020 Organizers postpone the Boston Marathon until Sept. 14 because of rising concerns over the coronavirus pandemiccenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBOSTON (AP) — Organizers postpone the Boston Marathon until Sept. 14 because of rising concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img

Players’ body urges ICC to address  contract breaches, non-payment

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – A third of international male cricketers have not been paid or suffered breaches of contract from events regulated by the global governing body or its member nations, the international players’ federation said on Monday. The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) said after the release of its ‘Men’s Global Employment Report 2020’ that the International Cricket Council (ICC) had a duty to protect those working within its regulatory framework.An ICC spokesman told Reuters that the body was looking at the contents of the report. The report cited examples such as Bangladesh players not receiving their share of prize money from an ICC event, and their counterparts in Zimbabwe, another ICC full member, still waiting for their board to pay their contracts.It also listed unresolved payment issues in Twenty20 and 10-overs leagues in several minor cricket-playing nations including Canada, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.“Systematic contract breaches and non-payment of players are issues that urgently need addressing,” FICA Chief Executive Tom Moffat said. “The ICC has an obligation to protect people working within its regulatory frameworks and it’s time something was done about this issue. “We continue to urge decision makers to work with FICA at global level, and players’ associations at domestic level, to develop joint solutions to issues … many of which are likely to be exacerbated by the current global situation.”FICA also called for an end to “blanket bans on players from certain countries playing abroad” and limitations on the number of overseas league contracts a player may hold.last_img read more