8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Devin Selte Devin Selte is a 15 year veteran in the credit union industry all with Servus Credit Union. On top of his position as Branch Manager in Stony Plain, he is … Web: www.servus.ca Details Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a few of our members and business partners at the Servus Credit Union luxury suite at an Edmonton Oilers game.With the Oilers once again eliminated from the National Hockey League playoff race for the 10th consecutive year, the game was not capturing our attention. Instead, several of us were entrenched in conversation on various topics including plans for the upcoming Spring Break. Several of our guests had children around the same age, so we discussed what we would be doing over the next 10 days to keep them occupied. For me, a portion of the Spring Break (which I had also taken off) would be spent alone with my beautiful wife away from the kids in the city of San Francisco. Both of us have been running a million miles a minute and now with the hockey season having come to a close, we have the opportunity for some much needed time away.You would think that visions of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz would be filling my thoughts, but what has truly occupied my mind since that discussion was a question from one of our business partners.“Are you planning to disconnect?”To this point, I hadn’t really thought about it as its become a part of me. If you had seen me at all during the hockey season whether it was at an evening hockey practice or a tournament on the weekend, 10 out of 10 times you would have likely seen me with my work phone. More often than not, you would have also seen me responding to emails.Like many of you, I have created a world where I have made myself accessible at all times.Obviously this has to change.I have taken extended vacation time with my family before, but I can’t say that I have truly felt recharged or refreshed. I would suggest to you that this was likely because of my inability to completely shutoff myself off from my work in the credit union movement.I must fight my urges to stay connected. I must be willing to accept the fact that it’s okay to spend a portion of my first day back to work responding to emails. I must trust in my teams that the branches will continue to function without me.So I am officially unconnecting for the betterment of me. So if you need me, just leave a message.
Argentina and Chile will relish the chance to end long waits for major international trophies on Sunday in the final of the Copa America.Tournament hosts Chile came through a close-fought semi-final with Peru to move within one win of their first Copa success while Argentina thrashed Paraguay 6-1 and inched closer to their first major title since 1993.Gerardo Martino saw Lionel Messi shine in their dismantling of Paraguay last week with this weekend’s clash offering the four-time world player of the year the chance to seal his first international honours.Despite winning a host of titles with Barcelona, Messi’s international career has not yet reached the same heights, although victory in Santiago would go a long way to silencing any remaining detractors.Sergio Aguero – another component of Martino’s impressive forward line – was on target against Paraguay and talked up the quality Argentina possess with the likes of Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain lurking on the bench.”I just try to do my job. Behind me I have Carlitos and I have Pipita [Higuain], they are very good players and that motivates you,” Aguero told La Nacion. “It is good if your place is in demand. We [Aguero and Messi] know that sometimes we will generate, but above all we have to aim not to fail.”They are one of the best teams in the tournament and it will be a good final.”It is the second major challenge facing us after Uruguay and they will look to impose on us.”Long, long wait For Chile and their Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli, Sunday represents the chance for a first Copa title, having again impressed with a high-energy, pressing game that also gained praise at last year’s World Cup.Argentina have dominated the sides’ recent meetings but, with Chile looking for a repeat of their 1-0 victory in World Cup qualifying of 2008, captain Claudio Bravo is hopeful the underdog tag can serve his side well.”We have never been favourites in any tournament and often is good for us to feel that, because we are full of energy and enthusiasm,” he told reporters.”The word fear has not been referred to by anyone in the team, but we have the utmost respect for all the teams. The headline of fear or that we were scared was established by the press and not from us.”I think we have to do the same thing that we did in the match in the qualifiers for Brazil, which was a very seasoned Chile, a Chile that wanted to play on equal terms. “This is something we have been doing since long ago, and the truth is that we have a great chance, playing at home, with our fans, which increases our chances of playing a good game and brings us closer to the title.”–
Time ran out for an unidentified motorcyclist who many said was coming from church yesterday when he was crushed to death by a truck belonging to Libra Sanitation.The incident took place near the Fish Market in Sinkor, Monrovia, holding up the already congested traffic for several hours. The man met his horrific death in the accident that left him almost unrecognizable with one side of his face smashed. Many said the victim, wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and matching shoes, could not have been a (commercial) motorbike rider because he was well-dressed and could have been coming from church.Police on the scene had the remains covered with a white cloth as eye-witnesses lamented over the tragedy.Police investigators did not speak to the Daily Observer and kept eye-witnesses anxious to see the body a distance from the scene.The Libra Sanitation truck, bearing license plate number LBC50104, allegedly ran over the victim, who died shortly after he was struck down, an eyewitness to the accident remarked.Until the police took the body way, there was no sign of anyone arriving on the scene to identify the victim, but a group of young men, who showed up later expressed anger at the driver of the truck.“You’re lucky. We would have killed you,” one threatened and another made an attempt to open the passenger side of the truck.Many complained that drivers of large trucks have no respect for drivers of smaller vehicles and motor bike riders.“Sometimes drivers of big vehicles can drive so close to you that your only choice is to get off the main road with your small vehicle or with your motorbike,” an eyewitness said.The accident caused traffic in the area to come to a standstill, with drivers who did not know the reason for the delay expressing frustration with the slow pace of getting through.Many people on the scene expressed regret about the accident and the loss of life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)