The night before the pivotal Indiana primary, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump filled the Century Center in downtown South Bend to capacity. “And now the biggie is in Indiana. If we win in Indiana, it’s over,” Trump said in his speech Monday night.Rachel O’Grady | The Observer His prediction came true, as he won 53.3 percent of the Republican vote in Indiana the next day, leading Sen. Ted Cruz to drop out of the race. “We then focus on Hillary, and that’s going to be fun,” Trump said. “But remember, we started with 17 and one by one by one they went off. A governor, a senator, a senator, a governor. They didn’t know what the hell happened.”Wednesday afternoon, Ohio Gov. John Kasich also dropped out of the race, leaving Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee. Senior Steve Trottier was in attendance at Monday’s rally and said everything happened as he expected. “Ultimately, it was what I expected,” Trottier said. “Trump fulfills America’s thirst for the reality TV show style of politician. He disdains any real substance and embraces the dramatic, often outrageous phrases one would expect behind a hashtag on Twitter.”Trump was 45 minutes late to the rally, which Trottier said built up the anticipation amongst the audience. “Trump was late and the anticipation was definitely mounting for him,” he said. “As I waited I spoke to a few supporters of Trump who said they couldn’t identify with ‘lyin’ Ted’ and wanted a president who would stick up for America.”Trottier said he saw the audience consisted mostly of white, working class individuals. “Unlike what I had seen in the media, I didn’t notice any protesters or agitators — most had been restricted to outside the convention center,” he said.Rachel O’Grady | The Observer Some of Trump’s major points included his endorsements from former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz and former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps, according to Trottier. “He did his usual song and dance about winning and mentioned ‘lyin’ Ted’ every chance he got, which was met with overwhelming boos from the audience,” Trottier said. “The only real substance Trump eventually offered came in the form of building a wall and stopping America’s abuse in international trade deals.”Trottier had also been in attendance for both the Bernie Sanders rally and the Ted Cruz rally on the two days prior. “I personally don’t support Trump. I was able to attend the Cruz, Bernie and Trump rallies this past week,” he said. “I went to the rally to hear Trump unfiltered by the media and experience the rally for myself. The difference between the Cruz and Bernie rallies and Trumps rally was like night and day. Cruz and Bernie both presented substantive policy plans to address issues such as dwindling wages, while Trump’s was devoid of any.” As far as the political climate on campus, Trottier said there seems to be a clear divide. “I can’t speak for all Notre Dame students, but I do think people are very split on the candidate,” he said “I have not experienced any uncomfortable encounters talking or debating about the issues and candidates which is ultimately good. I think people at Notre Dame are willing to listen to each other and walk away disagreeing, but with a better understanding of where each person stands.”Tags: 2016 Election, Donald Trump, Donald Trump rally, Trump
Stories are all the rage in business now…and there’s a reason why.People don’t buy from organizations they buy from people, and those purchases are driven from relationships. In the credit union world, you’re selling your brand, your services, and your commitment to help your members be in a better financial position.But are you selling it with the right stories? Are you sharing the stories internally so that others hear the stories? Are you asking front line employees for their stories of members and their successes?If you want to achieve consistent inbound referrals, from a real word of mouth marketing strategy, then you need to identify, craft, and communicate the stories that matter in your organization. I’m far from a story expert, but I am a referral expert and I can tell you that for every person that chooses to NOT do business with an organization, they have a story. It’s usually a bad one. However for every bad or negative story, there is a good one. The problem is, as leaders in organizations, we aren’t sourcing these stories enough, we aren’t crafting the story to make it clear, succinct, and focused, and we aren’t sharing them nearly enough. We need to be sharing these stories everyday and every hour. These stories should be your go to stories around why people do business with you, why your organization exists, why you are focused on certain markets, and why you excel at certain things. If you aren’t sure what the stories are that you need to be sharing, then simply ask your front line employees what conversations they have had with members in the past week. These answers will lead you down the right path! At the end of that path is your pot of gold full of great stories that you can begin crafting and sharing.Don’t wait to share the stories until they are crafted well, instead start telling them. They will become more crafted as you share them. They will find their way to “ease of sharing” which in turn means you will be sharing them much more and so will everyone in your organization!It’s time to start sharing your story! 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Ward Matt is the founder of Breakthrough Champion…In 2002 Matt began working with business owners through his website agency, inConcert Web Solutions, to improve their bottom line, gain more clients, … Web: www.Breakthrough-Champion.com Details
FORMER long-standing First Class and International umpire John Richard Gayle, popularly known as Johnny Gayle died yesterday morning in his native island, Jamaica. Gayle also represented the West Indies in three Test matches. He was 96.According to a release from the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association (WICUA) secretary Vivian Johnson, “This is a difficult day for us all. I would like to inform you of the passing of legendary, long-standing Jamaica and West Indies umpiring giant Mr Johnny Gayle. Mr Gayle died this morning after a short illness.“Johnny served the cricket umpiring fraternity in the West Indies for over 60 years. He served in many capacities including Honorary Secretary and President of the Jamaica Cricket Umpires’ Association, Honorary Secretary of the WICUA for approximately 20 years and WICUA representative on the WICB (CWI) Umpires Subcommittee during that time. The WICUA secretary pointed out that Gayle was also a regional First Class umpire and attained the lofty status as a Test umpire during the 1970s and 1980s. “He was a revered figure in the West Indies and was an instructor on the Laws of cricket examination assessor for most of his career. He was honoured by the WICUA as one of its regional giants at its 50th anniversary celebrations during the biennial convention in Trinidad & Tobago in 2013.Johnny was also honoured by the Jamaican Government with the Order of Distinction for his contribution to cricket umpiring in the West Indies.“The entire West Indies is saddened today and we’re definitely poorer with the loss of this overarching figure of a man that had transcended the sport that we so dearly love. The bible states that “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” Therefore we were prepared for this day. May his soul rest in peace and may light perpetually shine on his soul”.More information on funeral arrangements will be released at a later date.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm has congratulated Augustine Tae-Hoon Earmme on his Queen’s counsel appointment.Earmme is one of 39 lawyers across British Columbia appointed the title, and is the founder of Fort St. John law firm Earmme & Associates, which provides expertise in corporate and commercial law, real estate, wills and estates, family mediation and personal injury.He is also currently vice chair of the North Peace Savings and Credit Union and volunteers as a solicitor for local Fort St. John non-profit societies.- Advertisement -Pimm says, through mentoring young lawyers and giving his time and expertise to the community, Earmme has generously provided service through his role of lawyer here in our community.