Trail Mix – January 2019

first_imgThe Trail Mix resolution for 2019 is pretty simple; great music, every month, for the next twelve months.Trail Mix is diving into the the new year with Old News, the brand new release from Southern roots rockers The Steel Woods. A good friend of mine noted that The Steel Woods were his favorite band of 2018. The new record is serving notice that this band will certainly be a fave of 2019 here, too. Check out “All Of These Years” on this month’s mix.The January mix is proud to feature Parker Gispert, of The Whigs, Pierce Pettis, who returns with his first record in about a decade, and John McCutcheon, noted dulcimer player and folk musician, whose latest release is a collection of tunes by folk icon Pete Seeger.Soul Step Records, a boutique label based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, that is well known for producing stunningly beautiful vinyl, is on the mix with two different releases this month. Check out the brand new tracks from roots rockers This Pine Box and MOVES, a project that has evolved out of long time Trail Mix friends Holy Ghost Tent Revival.Be sure to check out the new cuts from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Balsam Range, The Burney Sisters, Melody Guy, Amelia White, The Delines, Doom Flamingo, Clint Alphin, Bob Sumner, Danny Burns, Terry Ohms, and Madisons.And kick your year off right by following the Trail Mix blog this month. On tap are chats with Andrew Alli, a song premiere from Maya de Vitry, and a ticket giveaway to the January Jams concert series in Abingdon.As always, get out and buy this music. The songs featured here are just hints of the goodness on the full releases. Get out and support the artists who have made Trail Mix so good for so many years.Happy New Year, music lovers! Rhythm Of The Rain Amelia White Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Waiting On Something To Give Danny Burns Wouldn’t Change It For The World Pierce Pettis The Willie Song Madisons 4:42 Rikki Don’t Lose That Number Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Mind Blow Terry Ohms Go Tell a Bird Maya di Vitry 2:37 3:28 4:09 3:27 5:27 My Stomp Andrew Alli & Josh Small 3:38 Radio On Low MOVES Out To California Clint Alphin Dance With Me One More Time This Pine Box Where We Stand The Burney Sisters 3:33 3:10 Get Me Gone Balsam Range 2:17 3:04 Too Dumb To Love Anyone Parker Gispert Cheer Up Charley The Delines 4:13 Embed 4:12 All of These Years The Steel Woods Domingo’s Drive Doom Flamingo I Am The Queen Melody Guy 3:22 Riverbed Bob Sumner Audio PlayerThe DelinesCheer Up CharleyUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:27 3:30 Guantanamera John McCutcheon 3:44 4:19 2:37 3:42 3:53last_img read more

Long Island Pays Tribute to Victims, Heroes on 9/11 Anniversary

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dozens attend a 9/11 memorial service in Hauppague on Wednesday to remember those who perished 12 years ago.Memorial services were held all across Long Island Wednesday to remember the more than 400 Nassau and Suffolk County residents who were among 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001.The 12th anniversary of the attacks brought out an outpouring of emotion, as elected officials, law enforcement and families honored those who perished.In Hauppauge, a bell tolled 177 times as an emotional Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone read the names of each Suffolk resident who died at the World Trade Center.“For us, today is about all of the names that we see on this memorial,” Bellone said, pointing to the 9/11 memorial garden behind him where all 177 names are etched in glass. “We will never forget them.”Bellone held a one-minute moment of silence at 8:45 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and then again at 9:03 a.m., when the South Tower was struck.The county executive was visibly upset as he slowly read off each name, pausing several times as he honored the victims.“They were part of the fabric of our communities,” Bellone said.Suffolk County Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Commissioner Joseph Williams, a retired New York City firefighter, called Wednesday a “very solemn day,” because it brought back memories of friends who gave up their lives to charge into the burning buildings.“It’s a very sad day for me,” he said following the service. “It’s so important to remember what happened that day.”“We can never forget that as a country, the same way we never forget Pearl Harbor or anything like that,” he said. “We have to keep that memory going, we need to pass it on to the next generation to let them know exactly what happened that day.”Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber, who along with Williams placed a red, white and blue wreath on the memorial site. He acknowledged that the emotional scars still have yet to fade.“It’s a tremendous loss to the community as a whole and in addition to law enforcement and firefighters and EMS people who lost their lives in a senseless act,” Webber said afterward. “And all of us lost friends and relatives so it’s that much more meaningful when you can personalize it.”In Westbury, members of the Islamic Center of Long Island, the mosque that has played an important role in building bridges with the local community amid backlash following the attacks, joined other religious leaders to donate nearly 4,000 items of food to St. Brigid’s church to aid the needy.“It’s a day for reflection,” Habeeb Ahmed, chairman of the ICLi, told the Press. “If human beings do not behave, sometimes they go out of control and do evil things and this is not good for humanity. When we do mark these anniversaries, it gives us people who are left to reflect upon what has happened and to see that these things don’t happen again to any community, to any nation.”Rev. Mark Lukens of Bethany Congregational Church in East Rockaway, noted that it was important for people of difference faiths to come together for one common purpose on the anniversary of the attacks.“The only hope for any of us is if we reach out to one another and begin to embrace each other, to learn about each other, and to build new bridges so that this kind of thing is not repeated on any level,” he said.The Happaugue service was one of several being held all across Nassau and Suffolk through the evening.“Today, we stand together and remember the pain of those who lost mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, sons, daughters, friends and family,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. “We also remember the brave men and women who charged into burning buildings and charred rubble to save the lives of the innocent. We renew our faith in democracy and the unbeatable American spirit that cannot be defeated by cowardly acts of terrorism.”last_img read more

How to inspire staff positivity and engagement in a pandemic

first_img[i][ii][iii][iv][v][vi] The pandemic changed many logistical elements of employment. Employees had to figure out how to work from home, while simultaneously making other at-home adjustments. Managers spent months adjusting to these same work-life changes, while also learning how to continue to lead their teams in this new or ‘now normal’. As branches and offices re-open, employers and employees are needing to once again adjust and adapt.Work should serve as a stabilizing force in people’s lives, particularly during these confusing, difficult times we are in. According to a Gallup study,[i] workers who are struggling in their daily lives are much more likely to be less engaged at work, being that they have a much higher likelihood of stress and burnout.Leadership Strategies to Support StaffAs your staff begins to return to the branches, consider applying the following practices to bolster positivity, motivation and engagement throughout the organization.Adequately prepare staff for any adjustments Gallup Panel data from mid-June[ii] show that U.S. employees and managers are about 20% less likely than they were in May 2020 to agree that:They feel well prepared to do their jobTheir employer has communicated a clear plan of action in response to COVID-19They are being adequately informed about what’s going on in their organizationTheir organization cares about their overall wellbeingConsistent communication with your staff is essential to keeping employees feeling well-informed, well-prepared, and well-supported for whatever comes next. These communications should address workplace expectations, job descriptions, and any pertinent changes impacting different departments, locations and teams.How and when to deliver these communications (e.g., from the top, from managers, through 1on1 communications) will depend on your organization’s resources, objectives, and internal culture. However, as a general rule, these communications should get in front of every impacted employee in a timely and efficient manner. Digital communication outlets like email, text, or video conferencing are great tools to leverage as many employees continue to work remotely.Build a strong, supportive employee cultureThe modern workforce has changed a lot. Simply offering good pay and competitive benefits is no longer enough to attract and retain good employees. Things like compensation, monetary and non-monetary benefits like 401(k) and PTO, community service opportunities, and learning and development resources are all elements that should be considered. Additionally, investing in a culture that supports and uplifts employees will have a huge impact on a credit union’s ability to evolve and adapt. To do this successfully you’ll need to:Establish an engaging work environmentCreate a culture of hearing, listening, and responding to your employeesUnderstand each employee’s values and interests – across every department and locationTrusting in your people and giving them the opportunity to be successful, will lead to stronger succession plans, thereby allowing them to put their best foot forward in planning for the future success of the organization. Studies show employees who are given the opportunity to learn and grow within their roles are far more likely to be engaged in their work and far less likely to leave their organization.[iii]Demonstrate strong leadership for staffEveryone’s work has been significantly impacted by COVID-19, but the need for strong leadership has not changed. In fact, many employees need a leader they can turn to, now more than ever. Strong, involved leaders can:Sustain an engaged, productive and happy cultureSpot and foster talent within the organizationHold managers accountable for their and their team’s performance and productivityBuild strong communication and relationships with management and staffCoaching Strategies to Support StaffBuilding a culture that fosters internal talent with coaching and professional growth opportunities tends to churn-out happier, more loyal, and harder working employees throughout the organization – from frontline and back-office staff to directors and department heads. The strongest coaching and development programs incorporate these essential components:Training solutions and tools that bolster skills and confidence for managers and their teamsPerformance benchmarks for managers and their teams to nurture growth and support organizational goalsIncentives to stimulate performance and motivate staff to achieve goalsCoaching resources and support for all staff, from the C-Suite to the front lineClick here to download our learning culture checklist for leaders. Guiding and maximizing the potential of your staff is central to creating a positive, consistent culture that offers value to both employees and consumers interacting with these employees. Managers are the linchpin of the employee experience, accounting for 70% of the variance in team engagement, according to Gallup research.[iv]The best managers are the one who build and sustain supportive, reliable, and trusting relationships with their employees. According to another study by Gallup,[v] stronger relationships between managers and employees can have direct impact on a staff member’s wellbeing, happiness, and engagement both inside and outside of work. These relationships can also have long-lasting impact on sales, now and beyond COVID-19. According to a study by Sales Management Association,[vi] sales organizations with strong coaching strategies can:Increase employee self-confidence by as much as 81%Increase staff performance by as much as 70%Increase sales revenue by as much as 18%Help your managers become confident and effective leaders by arming them with coaching resources. Share these leadership tips with your managers to help encourage manager-employee relationships that will help inspire and engage employees during these challenging times:Actively listen to team members and verbally support and acknowledge their concernsAdapt your leadership approach and communication style to mesh with the individual styles and preferences of each of your staff membersHelp employees rework goals and priorities and setup connections to support these goals, if desiredSet aside quick meetings with each of your employees to talk thru expectations and concernsSchedule one or more all-team meetings to bring everyone together and discuss roles, responsibilities, and strategic updatesIf needed, facilitate any new or ongoing logistical needs (e.g., technology or scheduling needs)Ensure your team knows how to get in touch with you at all times and be transparent about workload and availabilityBe clear about expectations for your employees (e.g., what their job priorities are, how they should be communicating with you and the rest of the team, and how/when they are needed)Encourage peer-to-peer touchpoints, so individuals feel more connected to and supported by their teamLeverage video conferencing to enhance team and individual training, connectivity, and communicationTry to interact daily with each of your employees, even if just for a simple ‘hello’Schedule “walk-in hours” – virtually or physically – to allow employees to voice concerns or ask questionsThough the circumstances of working continue to change, the tools for building a strong, happy, engaged workforce remain the same: Strong leadership and managers = happier, more engaged employees = more successful organizations. 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Julie ann Wessinger Julie ann Wessinger has spent the majority of her career helping organizations develop and enhance their internal sales and service culture. 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Palm Fountain to celebrate Diwali this year | News

first_imgIt is also known as the festival of lights and coincides with the Hindu New Year. The fountain show will take place at 21:00.Following the show, a firework display will take place which will illuminate the night sky.Diwali is a four to five-day-long festival which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists every autumn.- Advertisement – The impressive fountains shoot up to 105 metres high and are choreographed along with over 3,000 LED lights. There are two giant floating platforms that cover almost 14,000 square feet.For the occasion of Diwali, the performance has been choreographed to dance to classic and contemporary Bollywood tunes and Hindi pop songs.- Advertisement – The Palm Fountain will welcome Diwali this coming week, with the record-breaking attraction set to put on a one-off performance to celebrate the festival. In addition to the dancing fountain, an amazing firework show is set to light up the skies of Dubai on November 13th. – Advertisement –center_img OlderNorwegian cuts 1,600 jobs as government rejects funding plea – Advertisement –last_img read more

Leading hoteliers and investors next week in Zagreb

first_imgAdria Hotel Forum (AHF), the only regional hotel-investment conference, will be held in Zagreb on February 18 and 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Conference participants are mostly owners, investors, board members and directors of hotel companies, consultants, bankers, lawyers and other experts.This year, the focus of the conference is on the changes that have occurred as a result of global events during 2018 and 2019. Countries such as Turkey and Greece and the countries of North Africa have returned to the tourist map, the tourist market has changed its course and it is to be expected that in the same way capital will look for locations where the return on investment will be greatest. Answers to the new situation, which means for Croatia and the region, will be given by global experts: Applications are open until Monday, February 17, and the full program and more information is available on the official conference website.center_img Joep Peeters, Senior Vice President of Franchise and EMEA Owner Relations, Radisson Hotel GroupNicola Lichtenberg, Senior Director of Hotel Acquisition and Transactions, Arountown SAArdiana Sokoli, Member of the Management Board, Blafin GroupAlan Mantin, Executive Director for Southern European Development, HiltonMarkus Lehnert, Vice President of Development, Marriott Internatinaland many others.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Announces Appointees to the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority

first_img Healthcare,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the incoming leadership of the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority. The authority is a state-affiliated entity that will create, manage, and maintain Pennsylvania’s state-based health insurance marketplace. The state-based exchange authority will work to develop and maintain a competitive marketplace, educate consumers on their health insurance options, ensure consumers are treated fairly, identify pathways to lower premiums, and provide resources for those seeking additional support.Act 42, House Bill 3, outlines the process for appointing authority board members. Four voting members are appointed by the governor, while one voting member each is appointed by the speaker of the house, the house minority leader, the senate pro tempore, and the senate minority leader.“Pennsylvania is confidently moving towards a state-based exchange,” Gov. Wolf said. “The individuals appointed to the authority bring years of health care experience, consumer knowledge and industry vision. Their diverse backgrounds will allow the authority to work for all Pennsylvanians and help the state achieve its goal of becoming a leader in health care reform.”Gubernatorial Appointments:Paula Sunshine, Independence Blue CrossSheryl Kashuba, UPMC Health PlanTia Whitaker, Pennsylvania Association of Community Health CentersAntoinette Kraus, Pennsylvania Health Access NetworkSpeaker of the House Appointment:Mark Nave, Highmark“We owe it to all Pennsylvanians to make the system as reliable and responsible as possible,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler said. “I look forward to seeing the commission’s efforts come to fruition as they work to lower healthcare costs and create an exchange that works for everyone in our Commonwealth.”House Minority Leader Appointment:Jessica Brooks, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health“The success of our bipartisan work to make good health insurance more affordable in Pennsylvania depends largely on how well the new exchange authority works,” said House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “I’m very encouraged by the high caliber of people who have joined this effort from the beginning, such as Jessica Brooks of the non-profit Pittsburgh Business Group on Health who is a recognized expert in matters of health care value, access and quality.”Senate Pro Tempore Appointment:Todd Shamash, Capital Blue Cross“The Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority was collaboratively established through legislation earlier this year,” Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said. “This authority is a significant undertaking and will help to facilitate greater flexibility with implementation of health care programs for residents across our commonwealth. I am pleased to appoint Todd Shamash to the authority, and I am confident that his background and experience will provide good perspective as part of the leadership team.”Senate Minority Leader Appointment:Laval Miller-Wilson, Pennsylvania Health Law Project“The new health care exchanges are going to be a positive step for access and affordability of health insurance for Pennsylvania residents,” Senator Jay Costa, Senate Minority Leader, said. “I was so pleased to be part of the bipartisan, bicameral process to make this happen; insurance industry and consumer input was part of that legislative process and their representation on the board will be important as we move forward.”The exchange authority also includes, as outlined in Act 42, agency heads from the departments of health, human services and insurance. These are:Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Health, SecretaryTeresa Miller, Department of Human Services, SecretaryJessica Altman, Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Commissioner“I am incredibly proud to be taking these steps and moving forward with making health care more accessible and affordable for the roughly 400,000 Pennsylvanians buying individual health insurance,” Commissioner Altman said. “I am confident we can provide a better experience for consumers and provide much-needed options to get Pennsylvania covered.”Additionally, an executive director has been chosen to lead the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority. Zachary Sherman, who currently serves as the director for the HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange, will provide the experience and leadership needed to help Pennsylvania move into a state-based exchange.Act 42, signed into law July 2, 2019, will create an online health insurance exchange operated by the state. The legislation provides for lower premiums and increased access to health insurance in the individual health insurance market by developing a state-based health insurance exchange and a new reinsurance program. The anticipated reinsurance contribution will save Pennsylvanian consumers up to $250 million in annual health insurance premiums.The state-based exchange will allow consumers to enroll in coverage starting during open enrollment for 2021. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Announces Appointees to the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authoritycenter_img August 29, 2019last_img read more

UK pension compensation limit ‘unlawful’, European court hears

first_imgThe UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) could have to scrap its compensation limit if the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules in line with a legal opinion published this week.In an assessment delivered to the ECJ,  Advocate General Juliane Kokott said “every individual employee… is entitled to compensation of at least 50% of the total value of his accrued rights or entitlements to old-age benefits in the event of the insolvency of his employer”.Kokott was advising on the case of Grenville Hampshire versus the board of the PPF. If the ECJ were to rule along the lines of her assessment then the PPF could be forced to drop its current annual limit of £35,000 (€39,890) in compensation.Hampshire launched his case after his expected annual pension was slashed by 67% following the insolvency of Turner & Newall, formerly a manufacturing business, and the transfer of the plan to the PPF. European Court of Justice in LuxembourgThe UK’s lifeboat scheme pays 100% of a member’s pension up to the annual cap if they are beyond retirement age.However, benefits accrued prior to April 1997 are not indexed, and post-April 1997 benefits can only increase by 2.5% a year maximum. If a member has not retired, they will receive roughly 90% of their pension, up to the annual cap.The European directive at the centre of the Grenville Hampshire case dates from 2008 and states: “Member States shall ensure that the necessary measures are taken to protect the interests of employees and of persons having already left the employer’s undertaking or business at the date of the onset of the employer’s insolvency in respect of rights conferring on them immediate or prospective entitlement to old-age benefits, including survivors’ benefits, under supplementary occupational or inter-occupational pension schemes outside the national statutory social security schemes.”Anna Rogers, senior partner at ARC Pensions Law in the UK, said the PPF was likely to still impose a cap – albeit a higher one. The ECJ was likely to agree with Kokott’s assessment, she said, “and improve the rights of executives with big pensions that are currently subject to swingeing cutbacks”. Rogers continued: “The Advocate General has said that it isn’t fair that the PPF compensation caps ‘establish a kind of general suspicion in respect of senior executives who have not yet attained the pension age… a general presumption of the existence of abuse is unlawful’.”A spokesperson for the PPF said the body was watching the outcome of the Hampshire case “with close interest”.“Members are currently receiving benefits from the Turner & Newall scheme at the levels set out in the Pensions Act,” the spokesperson said. “They can be reassured that this is the minimum that they will continue to receive.”European impactsEuropean governments and state-funded compensation bodies would also be monitoring the eventual ruling – expected within three to four months’ time – very carefully, said Hans van Meerten, a professor of international pensions law at the University of Utrecht.He pointed out that Kokott had specifically mentioned in her assessment that any ruling would affect any further challenges “against a body such as the Pension Protection Fund”. “‘Such as’ means that this can be invoked against every body in the member states, which makes it very interesting for the other [EU countries] such as the Netherlands, which does not have a PPF,” he said. “It is not just a question for the UK.”The assessment comes as the UK prepares to leave the EU in March 2019. However, most experts expect any ruling by the ECJ to be rolled up within a possible ‘Withdrawal Bill’ and then enshrined into UK law.“How this will work after Brexit, no one knows,” added Van Meerten, “but if this was judged when UK was still part of the EU, then I would say yes, it would still hold.” However, while a move by the ECJ to follow Kokott’s assessment would have implications for state bodies across Europe, Stephen Schofield, senior partner at law firm Pinsent Masons, said the actual impact on the PPF might be limited. “There would be only a relatively small amount of people affected,” he said.Any costs implications for the PPF were likely to be soaked up by recalibrating the existing levy the PPF charges to UK defined benefit schemes, Schofield added.“All things being equal, it will impact the levy but any impact will be relatively small and no doubt they will collect it over a number of years, rather than in one lump sum,” Schofield said.UK compensation versus EU lawlast_img read more

Big sales: Buyers hungry for Brisbane riverfront luxury

first_imgTwo units have sold for almost $10m combined in Mirvac’s Pier development at Newstead.TWO riverfront homes in one of Brisbane’s most luxurious apartment complexes have sold for almost $10 million combined.The sales are rare given the ‘Pier’ development in Newstead is so tightly held because of its location, amenities and luxurious inclusions. This apartment at 1011/1 Newstead Tce, Newstead, has sold for $4m.The house-sized property at 1011/1 Newstead Terrace is the largest of the courtyard apartments in the complex, spanning a huge 463 sqm.It has sold for a cool $4 million, but that’s a loss on the previous sale, which records show was $4.025 million in 2017.Selling agent Sharon Campbell of Enclave Property Group said the buyer was a local family who planned to live in the property.“More than ever apartment living is becoming the norm for families,” Ms Campbell said.“There’s so much activity now that the backyard is slowly becoming not as used as it was previously.” One of the bathrooms in the unit at 1011/1 Newstead Tce, Newstead.The huge apartment has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, along with a large entertaining terrace, home office and powder room.There’s even room for the extended family, guests or tenants in the additional one-bedroom, self-contained apartment. The kitchen in the apartment at 1011/1 Newstead Tce, Newstead.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoIt has direct gated access to the building’s 25m heated pool and recreation area.In the same building, another apartment at 852/1 Newstead Terrace has sold for $3.45 million.Records show the unit was formerly owned by the managing director of Brisbane Glass, Mike Sweep and last sold in 2014 for $2.7925 million.The 262 sqm apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with two separate living areas, including a family room and study, and a huge outdoor terrace.The property was marketed by Matt Lancashire and Patrick Goldsworthy of Ray White – New Farm.Ms Campbell said there were hardly any resales of apartments in the ‘Pier’ building.She said the local market had been softer this spring, with fewer listings.“Sellers are holding back and buyers are not jumping into properties,” she said.last_img read more

County unemployment numbers decline

first_imgBatesville, In. — Unemployment in the Hoosier state for January 2018 is 3.3 percent, lower than the national average of 4.1 percent. For more than four years, the Indiana rate has been lower than the national average.Unemployment rates in several southeastern Indiana counties declined as well. Dearborn County was at 4.1 percent for January of 2018, down from 5.0 a year ago. Decatur County reported 3.2 percent, down from 3.9 percent in January of 2017. Franklin County had 4.5 percent for January, down from 4.9 in January of 2017. Jennings County reported 4.5 percent down from 5.3 one year before. Ohio County had a rate of 3.8 percent for January of 2018, down from 4.6 in 2017. Ripley County reported 4.1 percent, down from 4.9 percent in January of 2017. Rush County had a rate of 3.2 percent for January 2018 and 4.1 percent for the same period in 2017. Switzerland County reported 4 percent for 2018 and 5.1 percent for January of 2017.last_img read more

Chelsea chief optimistic for future

first_imgClub chiefs Ron Gourlay and Bruce Buck are convinced Chelsea are well set to continue the success achieved during Roman Abramovich’s 10 years as owner. Since buying the club on July 1, 2003, Abramovich has overseen three Premier League titles – Chelsea’s first since 1955 – as well as winning four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League he so coveted and last season’s Europa League. And chief executive Gourlay said: “It has been a hugely successful decade for Chelsea Football Club since Roman Abramovich took control, with an unprecedented number of trophies in the last 10 years. The club has also taken great strides off the field in that time, adapting to meet the challenges of football’s changing landscape.” He added: “Mr Abramovich’s early investment in playing staff paid dividends in creating a team admired around the world, but to keep Chelsea among the elite we have always known we must produce our own world-class talent and we are beginning to see the benefits of our academy, which will help us meet our long-term objectives for Financial Fair Play. “As we prepare for the next 10 years, I feel we are well positioned to continue the success we have so far enjoyed under Mr Abramovich and everybody here is determined to build on that progress we have made.” Chairman Buck recalled the club’s troubled financial situation before Abramovich arrived. The Russian billionaire was only the Premier League’s second overseas owner, following Fulham’s Mohamed Al Fayed, and he set the template for the subsequent influx of eastern European, American and Middle Eastern money into the league. He bankrolled the arrival of £150million worth of talent in Glen Johnson, Alexey Smertin, Geremi, Juan Sebastian Veron, Damien Duff, Wayne Bridge, Joe Cole, Adrian Mutu, Hernan Crespo, Claude Makelele and Scott Parker that first summer. More international stars have followed, with the club spending an estimated £874million on transfers and £1.5billion on wages during his decade at Stamford Bridge. UEFA’s new Financial Fair Play regulations present an additional test to clubs such as Chelsea used to spending their way to success. But Buck is confident they – and Abramovich – can adapt. He wrote: “Don’t forget, significant investment has already been made and the club now look optimistically at long-term financial stability under the new Financial Fair Play rules. Roman Abramovich is certainly a man of great ambition and as fervent a Chelsea fan as any you will meet in the pubs around Fulham Broadway before a match. “Time will tell what is possible. But if history is any indication of the future, the future is bright blue.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more