ANWB scheme boosts equity, divests put options

first_imgThe €1.4bn pension fund of Dutch Automobile Association ANWB has raised its strategic equity allocation from 30% to 36% at the expense of its discretionary matching portfolio, which was lowered to 38%.In its annual report for 2016, it said the adjustment came in the wake of a switch to a dynamic investment policy, following an asset-liability management study.However, as the pension fund – with a funding of 95.9% last July – was not allowed to raise its risk profile, the allocation change couldn’t be fully implemented this year, it said.At the same time, the scheme increased its interest hedge from 46% to 60.5%, ahead of a planned further rise to 65%. It said its interest cover was based on the swap curve and comprised of payer swaps as well as receiver swaps. Last year, the ANWB Pensioenfonds divested its quanto put options – an instrument without exposure to currency risk – which it had held since 2012, when they were to cover 50% of its equity risk.The equity hedge was no longer needed, the scheme said, as its funding would remain above the set trigger of 80% without the options.Henk van Drunen, the pension fund’s director, told IPE that the complexity of the hedge was an additional reason to divest, “as the options were difficult to evaluate and their impact was often opaque”.Last year, the put options came at the expense of 0.17 percentage points of the scheme’s overall result because of rising equity markets.The pension fund reported an overall result of 9.7%, chiefly due to the effect of the falling interest rates on its matching portfolio, which generated 12.8%.The interest hedge contributed almost 4 percentage points to the result. In contrast, its cover of the US dollar, Canadian dollar, the pound and the yen caused a loss of 1.1 percentage points.Credit, high yield and emerging market debt – placed in pools – jointly produced an 8.8% return, while equity gained 8%.The scheme also divested a 4% holding in commodities futures, following a loss of almost 26% in 2015.It said that government bonds in its liabilities portfolio had returned almost 3.7%. However, it lost almost 0.4% on its stake in Merrill Lynch euro-denominated money market fund, citing “negative capital market interest rates as a result of the ECB’s policy”.The ANWB scheme said that investments were managed passively in principle, and preferably through discretionary mandate because of lower associated management costs, transparency and flexibility.This approach also provided better options for a bespoke policy for responsible investment, according to the pension fund.The board said it currently didn’t see the need to adjust its pension scheme, but made clear that it was actively assessing the pension fund’s future for the mid term.The ANWB Pensioenfonds is preparing for central clearing of its derivatives in compliance with incoming European rules, and has therefore placed its interest swaps into a single mandate.last_img read more

PIC, Prudential aim to expand de-risking market to small schemes

first_imgPrudential Financial’s office in Newark, New JerseyUK pension insurers like PIC tend to reinsure their bulk annuity business against the risk of members living longer than expected. Prudential’s McCloskey said this was a “more efficient” use of their balance sheets and allowed them to focus on investment risks.For Prudential Financial, taking on longevity risk helps balance out its huge life insurance business by offsetting the risk that people die sooner than expected with the risk that others die later than expected.As well as a long-standing partnership with PIC, the US insurer has backed major longevity swap deals for Marsh & McLennan Companies and the BT Pension Scheme in recent years. The latter transaction remains the biggest longevity risk transfer deal ever completed, covering £16bn of liabilities when it concluded in 2014.JLT launches buyout comparison toolSeparately, consultancy JLT Employee Benefits last week launched a “buyout comparison service” to allow pension funds considering de-risking transactions to access price quotes from a number of insurers.Eight funds have already signed up for the service, the company said. They will upload anonymised member data to an online portal, which then “streamlines” the data for insurers to analyse and price. This replaces the current “manually intensive” process for insurance pricing, JLT said, whereby insurers would process data on member benefits directly from schemes in whatever format it was held.Using its comparison service, the consultancy said schemes would “receive actual quotations, rather than proxy buyout prices on a regular basis, allowing them to expedite the process towards locking into a bulk annuity contract”.Harry Harper, head of buyouts at JLT Employee Benefits, said: “With more schemes coming to market, the existing model was becoming inefficient, giving rise to a situation where schemes received fewer quotes, paid higher prices and could not update quotations regularly, to the detriment of all market participants.“By allowing schemes to access regular ‘real’ pricing, companies and trustees using our service will be able to spot when insurer pricing has improved and can transact immediately to capture the pricing opportunity. For our clients, improved automation means better information, more quotations and less chance of missing opportunities.” Bill McCloskey, head of transactions for international longevity reinsurance at Prudential Financial, told IPE the model was “a material step forward”. “We have been able to provide a specific commitment that lets [PIC] know that it can use our model to come up with the underwriting and fee structuring,” he said.“As PIC is executing the pension insurance, it has full transparency and commitment [on reinsurance]. The fact that we have a transparent set of criteria for underwriting gives them not only great certainty but also reduces – or even eliminates – the need for us to do due diligence on the scheme and its data.”LCP, the UK consultancy and a lead adviser on many derisking transactions, reported that insurers had “a pipeline of over £30bn of deals” going into 2018. Capacity in the market had grown by £5bn, the firm said. Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has partnered with an American insurer to automate part of the de-risking process for smaller pension funds.It means PIC and Prudential Financial can automate the longevity reinsurance aspects of buyouts and buy-ins for schemes of less than £200m (€227m) in size, improving efficiency and reducing costs for all parties.The two firms trialled the “flow reinsurance” system last year on transactions totalling nearly £300m. In total Prudential took on the longevity risk connected to more than $1.2bn (€968m) of PIC’s bulk annuity business in 2017. The new system allows PIC to secure a commitment from Prudential to take on longevity risk early on in any derisking transaction. Subject to meeting Prudential’s criteria, the schemes and the insurer are given price certainty from Prudential and guaranteed capacity for reinsurance.last_img read more

Chandler acreage can sleep 14 without even trying

first_imgIn the 20 years the Melville family have lived at 114 Warriewood St, Chandler, they have given the house a Federation Queenslander flavour, and built a three bay shed on the property to store product for their wholesale milk run business.“We put all the verandas on and the sunroom and three bedrooms and a lounge down one end, so it’s completely unrecognisable from when we bought it,” Mrs Melville said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 There’s plenty of room to camp on this 1.06 hectare property.“The children all slept downstairs, it’s been a good house that way, and with the pool table and the bar down there, it always gets well used.” The downstairs rumpus room is a versatile space.The property is located in a quiet cul-de-sac with three bedrooms including the master suite on the first floor and two more bedrooms downstairs with a rumpus and separate office.The couple are now semi-retired and moving to Birkdale where they will swap acreage for a spot of fishing. This house at 114 Warriewood St, Chandler is for sale now and open for inspection this Saturday from 11.15am-12pm.THIS acreage block in Chandler was blessed before Kenneth and Roslyn Melville moved in, quite literally.“The house was built by parishioners of the Hungarian Catholic Church and the priest used to live here,” Mr Melville said. Lead-light front doors lead to the formal living area in the house. “The house has been blessed, there’s a plaque. It was blessed by a cardinal back in the day.”Back then it was a rectangular double brick house centrally located on the highest point of a 1.06 hectare block.center_img >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The sunroom with views over the inground pool and spa.“I guess in a way it has been (a blessing), because we are blessed to have such a wonderful family.”That family, 14 of them including the six grandchildren, descended on the property for one last Easter celebration this year, with all of them sleeping over.“They were going to camp but the weather wasn’t too good,” Mrs Melville said. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN CHANDLERlast_img read more

John Terry: Chelsea ‘players 100 per cent’ behind Jose Mourinho

first_img Press Association Mourinho is under pressure from all angles – not least to retain his job amid a miserable run of nine losses in 17 matches in all competitions – and declined to reveal if he had spoken to owner Roman Abramovich this week, merely pointing to the length of his contract. The Portuguese has an ally in captain Terry, who insisted Mourinho has the players’ support contrary to rumours of unrest and despite disciplinary disputes with the Football Association and being the subject of a personal legal claim from former first-team doctor Eva Carneiro. “I can assure you now that the players are 100 percent behind the manager,” said Terry, who was speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League Group G clash with Dynamo Kiev. Mourinho was subject of the first managerial vote of confidence in Abramovich’s 12-year ownership on October 5, but Chelsea have one win in five matches since, against free-falling Aston Villa. Mourinho says he has had support from friends within and outwith football and was reminded by a friend of comments he made after leading Porto to the Champions League title in May 2004. “I said that one day in my career bad results will come and I will face the bad results with the same honesty and dignity that I’m facing now as European champion,” Mourinho said. “I resisted well to the nature of my job, to the nature of football – 11 years waiting for this. It took time, but came in a moment where I am stable and I am strong to face it.” Mourinho insisted his confidence had not been impacted by the run of results and he would remain steadfast to his methods, which the players had not questioned. “It’s new for me. That’s why I am a good one (manager). If I was a bad one it would come before (now),” Mourinho said. Terry said the players were culpable. “He’s under pressure because of the way we’re performing,” the defender said. ” We know we need to be better, for this club and for him.” Mourinho often shoulders the burden on himself, deflecting attention from his players, Terry says. The Blues boss added: “For my players I do everything. I always did and I am not going to change.” Mourinho did not address the Carneiro case or the stadium ban and £40,000 fine he was hit with on Monday for his half-time dismissal in last month’s loss at West Ham. Chelsea are awaiting the written reasons to determine whether or not to appeal. He is currently banned from the stadium at Stoke. There is an ongoing appeal over a separate disciplinary matter relating to comments made after the loss to Southampton on October 3. Poor results are what would ultimately cost Mourinho his job. He says he knows the reason why Chelsea have fallen so far in six months, but declined to say. “It’s not one reason. One reason would be easy to fix,” he said. center_img John Terry on Tuesday came out fighting in support of Jose Mourinho and refused to contemplate the embattled Chelsea manager being sacked. The club’s position has not changed, but the date with Dynamo and Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Stoke could determine whether or not Mourinho has a future at Stamford Bridge. Asked how he and the players would feel if Mourinho did leave, Terry said: “It’s not going to come to that. The club have shown faith in the best manager in the history of this football club. “It’s not what ifs. I’m adamant we’re going to turn this round and he will be in charge for the rest of the season and long after I’ve finished playing at this football club. “For me he’s the right man to take this club forward. That’s the only way I’m thinking.” Last Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool was Chelsea’s sixth in 11 Premier League games, leaving the reigning champions 15th in the table. Asked how much time he has left as boss, Mourinho, who signed a new contract until June 2019 on the eve of the season, said: “Four years. In this case, three years and seven months.” last_img read more

Boos, Protest Votes at Arsenal AGM

first_imgVotes to reappoint Keswick and director Josh Kroenke were rejected on a show of hands, forcing a formal vote via distributed cards, with both men eventually winning re-election following support from Arsenal’s two major shareholders.Significantly, Alisher Usmanov, the club’s second largest shareholder, decided against joining what Arsenal Supporters Trust said on Twitter was an unprecedented protest at an AGM.At the meeting, Gazidis came under scrutiny with the board asked to justify his £2.6 million salary, including a one million-pound bonus.“Ivan is doing a fantastic and first-class job leading the development of this club across every aspect of its operations,” Keswick said.“It is important the remuneration of all the club’s management remains competitive in order to attract and retain talent. In this regard, our CEO’s pay is comparable to clubs of a similar stature.”Gazidis defended the club’s approach in allowing the contracts of leading players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to run down and said the board had made huge resources available for transfers.“All resources are made available for investment. We’ve broken the club transfer record multiple times and did it again with (Alexandre) Lacazette,” who cost £42.5 million from Olympique Lyonnais.“We’ve made over £200 million of transfer investments in the last three years. Approximately £40 million in our facilities at London Colney, Hale End and Borehamwood and further investment in staff.“Every club has successes and failures and we want to do better. Arsenal, of the big clubs, have been the most over-performing club over time.“On an objective basis we perform very well. However, I agree we have to find ways to perform better.”But he was interrupted by one shareholder who asked whether a 10-2 (aggregate) defeat by Bayern Munich (in the Champions League) represented success.Gazidis also defended the decision this year to renew the contract of Frenchman Wenger who has managed the club since 1996. Arsenal won the last of their 13 English top-flight titles in 2004.“Arsene has new two-year deal in the belief that he has the experience, values and quality,” Gazidis said. He refused to set a “public, pre-existing schedule” around the Frenchman’s eventual successor.Wenger also addressed the meeting, giving an eloquent depiction of why the club means so much to him.“We represent something that is exceptional. It’s a tradition of class,” he said.“My hunger, my commitment is bigger than ever. I question myself a lot, don’t worry, I will sit down every year to see where I go.“No matter what happens one day I will always love this club forever and be an eternal fan.”The meeting closed amid stormy scenes when Keswick declined to answer some questions and announced that chief shareholder Stan Kroenke would not be speaking “as it is not on the agenda”.“I think you are getting very angry so there is no point continuing,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Disgruntled Arsenal supporters opposed the re-election of chairman Chips Keswick and director Josh Kroenke amid rowdy scenes at the club’s annual general meeting on Thursday..Chief executive Ivan Gazidis was also heckled as he defended the way the club was run and outlined why Arsenal had reappointed manager Arsene Wenger on a two-year deal this year despite unrest among fans.Around 200 individual shareholders attended the meeting at Emirates Stadium after Arsenal Supporters Trust announced its intention to oppose resolutions because of “dissatisfaction at the current ownership and governance arrangements”.last_img read more

Tongue in Chic: Changing your hair changes your life

first_imgOnce I went pink, though, hiding became impossible. My hair was no longer an attention deflector but an attention magnet. Everywhere I went, strangers came up to me to compliment it, to ask how long it took and what products I used on it. Everyone from Starbucks baristas to Uber drivers told me they liked my hair.   I’d never noticed before how much I relied on my hair as a security blanket. I used it to shield my face, a curtain that I could retreat behind whenever I felt shy or awkward. Long, thick and dark, it was a de facto invisibility cloak, allowing me to blend in and disappear.  I’m crystal clear on the date because there are two photos from that day saved in my camera roll. In the before shot, my hair is long, dark and virginal. I’m smiling, though a frisson of tension hovers around my mouth. In the second, my hair is a bright bubblegum pink, a far cry from the pastel hue I’d envisioned. My expression: sheer consternation. I’d sent that photo to all my friends with the caption: “I’ve made a mistake.” It’s faintly astonishing to me that I’ve had pink hair for nearly a year now. It feels both so long ago and like yesterday that I made the plunge. I can say with certainty, however, that dyeing my hair pink has changed my life.      As quickly as the thought came, I dismissed it. Of course that couldn’t be me. I’m not a 5-foot-8 model who’s walked for Louis Vuitton and starred in a Chanel campaign. Also, my parents would never go for it.  But you know what? I’m not worried about it. It’s been almost a year, and I no longer feel like an impostor pretending to be someone I’m not. I’ve fully grown into my pink hair; I don’t need to lean on it like a crutch anymore.  What sealed the deal for me, though, was watching Mi-Anne Chan dye her hair pink for her Refinery29 series “Beauty with Mi.” Here was someone who wasn’t a multimillionaire celebrity or an Instagram influencer; she was just a journalist who worked for one of my favorite outlets. In her video titled “I Dyed My Virgin Hair For the First Time,” Chan documents the process from start to finish, talks about the experience of bleaching her whole head and recommends products for her new hair care routine. When I finished the video, I determined right there and then: “Fuck it, I’m gonna do it.”  Kitty Guo. Kitty Guo is a senior writing about fashion. Her column, “Tongue in Chic,” typically runs every other Monday. (Tiffany Kao | Daily Trojan) On May 24, I walked into Spoke and Weal’s SoHo salon and walked out six hours later with pink hair. When it was finally over and the stylist gave me back my glasses, I looked in the mirror and felt faint all over. My head was magenta. She assured me that it would fade in no time, that the brightness was just to ensure that the color wouldn’t disappear too quickly. I nodded, paid her an exorbitant amount and scurried home in dismay, snapping the selfie in my camera roll along the way.  When we get out, maybe I’ll go lavender. Or blue. Or silver. Who knows? After all, I’m young, and the future stretches out before me, shimmering with possibility.  That was in 2015. Since then, pink hair’s popularity has risen to a fever pitch. Every beauty publication — Allure, Glamour, InStyle — ran articles gushing over the trend. A sea of rose gold waves flooded Pinterest boards. High-profile celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and BTS’ Jimin debuted their new rosy tresses on Instagram. Then e-girls came on the scene, and, well, I can’t say that my decision wasn’t partially influenced by my fascination with Belle Delphine.  Every two months, I go to the salon to touch up my roots. I white-knuckle my way through two hours of chemicals soaking into my brain, dealing with dandruff the size of snowflakes, just so I can keep feeling like that. Well, I used to. The last time I went to get my roots bleached was back in February, and as my salon is temporarily shuttered due to the coronavirus, I have no idea when I can make another appointment. When I wake up in the morning, I notice the darkness at the crown of my head gain another centimeter. I wash my hair once a week and watch the water circle the drain; when I step out, I’m a little more blonde, a little less strawberry.  I don’t remember when I started toying with the idea of dyeing my hair pink. I think it started with Fernanda Ly, the poster girl for pink-haired Asians, and her Teen Vogue cover. Thumbing through her photoshoot, enthralled by her cotton candy-colored strands and thick, blunt bangs, I wondered, “Wow, could that be me?”   But I needn’t have worried; she was right. After a week and a thorough rinse in the shower, the shade faded into the soft fairy-floss pink of my dreams, and I haven’t looked back since. Determined to recreate Chan’s exact experience, I went to the same salon in the video, and even booked the same colorist. I sat in a chair for five hours as bleach ate away at the melanin in my hair, my scalp prickling with the sensation of fire ants crawling all over my head.  With pink hair, I felt … cool. As someone with the personality of a shrinking violet, my hair dragged me out of my comfort zone and forced me to act like how I thought a pink-haired person would act — bold and arresting, at ease in their own skin; someone who didn’t give a shit about what other people thought. Unnatural hair color is no substitute for a personality, but my newfound confidence didn’t supplant my identity so much as evolve it. last_img read more

One With USC Rossier connects instructors with students

first_imgTutoring is now on-demand thanks to a program through the Rossier School of Education.Founded in February 2015, One With USC Rossier connects tutors from USC with parents and students, beginning in kindergarten, who are looking for academic help.The program is an online marketplace. USC students, graduates and faculty members can all offer their tutoring services. Each tutor must take a course on tutoring pedagogy, as well as pass an assessment by a tutoring expert. The tutors have the option to conduct their lessons using an online platform, which allows them to use various features such as virtual whiteboarding, document sharing and video conferencing. The platform also gives tutors the ability to create an individualized lesson for each student, although it can be customized for small group lessons as well.Tutors can set their own hours and rates. Twenty percent of the proceeds go back to Rossier for scholarships and other funding.Kristen Shultz Thompson, program administrator of the office of professional development programs at the USC Rossier, said she believes anyone who understands how learning and instruction work can be a good teacher, and she encourages people who might be interested in becoming tutors to try it.“Even if you don’t think you have the experience to be a tutor, you probably do, especially if you know how to work with and listen to people,” Thompson said.Molly Phelan, director of operations, Adam Kliegman, product lead, and Yiwen Looi, head of marketing and growth at Noodle Partners said they agreed.“We believe everyone in the USC community has something to teach, and there are many people in the USC community and beyond who would love to learn from them,” Phelan, Kliegman and Looi said in a joint email to the Daily Trojan.One with USC Rossier partners with Noodle Partners, a New York-based ed-tech startup. Noodle Partners was founded by John Katzman, founder and former CEO of The Princeton Review and 2U. The company’s goal is to help colleges and universities improve learning, raise revenues and lower costs by bringing together technology and tech-enabled service organizations. Katzman sits on the board for Rossier, and USC became one of the first schools he introduced to Noodle Partners.“It’s a true partnership,” Thompson said.Noodle partners provided the online platform and the marketing piece, while Rossier provided training for the tutors.Before partnering with Noodle Partners, USC Rossier had not worked with many tech-heavy companies.“It’s an entirely new partnership. It made us reframe the way we approach learning,” Thompson said.The first tutors were the Masters of Arts and Teaching students. Now, Rossier’s primary role is providing the training for tutors. The course teaches tutors about different features of learning and instruction. Thompson said many tutors have reported that Rossier’s training program has helped them to frame their sessions.Benjamin Gross, one of Rossier’s tutors, recently graduated from USC with a Ph.D. in physics. After graduating, a friend told him about the tutoring program and he decided to become a tutor.“One with USC Rossier carries a good name. A lot of people will trust it because it’s USC. I like the name recognition and the program’s network a lot,” Gross said.Thompson said that because the program is over the internet, it is easier connect with tutors.“What’s great about this program is that it can be completely online. If you’re looking for tutoring in Mandarin, you can be working with a native speaker in China who has been trained and can work with you one-on-one,” Thompson said.Phelan, Kliegman and Looi said another benefit to the program is the variety; students can reach out to as many tutors as they would like to before deciding on one who is a good fit for their specific needs, and they can search for the tutors by geography, price point, subject or skill.Currently, the program has 93 tutors, but Phelan, Kliegman and Looi said it has been a challenge to meet demand.“Clients have a wide array of requests and we hate to turn away clients whose requests we can’t fulfill. The only way to guarantee that a great match is made in a timely way is to rapidly increase the number of tutors on the site,” the email said.Thompson said that because USC offers so many tutoring options, it has been difficult to spread the word about why people should use the One with USC Rossier platform.“There’s this idea of on-demand tutoring. You can be a tutor or you can receive tutoring right now. That’s what makes us different,” Thompson said.Gross said he thinks one-on-one tutoring is going to be an enormous industry moving forward.“There’s a lot of frustration with the old style of education. Smart kids get bored and check out and the less-advanced kids get left behind,” Gross said. “Parents who have the resources are starting to realize it’s better to hire tutors.”Thompson said her main goal is for the tutors to be well-trained.“My goal is to make the tutors the most qualified they can be, so that if you go onto the platform, you know you’re getting a high-quality tutor,” Thompson said.Correction: A previous version of this article referred to the One with Rossier program. It is the One with USC Rossier program. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni, Chris Paul relaxed over James Harden injury scare

first_imgRockets coach Mike D’Antoni and guard Chris Paul remained relaxed over an injury scare for James Harden in their victory Friday over the 76ers.Harden briefly exited Friday’s game during the first half after landing heavily on his right wrist, which was already sore from previous falls. The MVP candidate, who leads the NBA in scoring at 36.6 points per game, was able to return and contributed 31 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in an emphatic 107-91 win.James Harden vs. Jimmy Butler 😳— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) March 9, 2019After the game, Harden reportedly had a precautionary X-ray on his injured wrist, but neither D’Antoni nor Paul appeared too concerned by the issue when they addressed the media.  Related News NBA wrap: Rockets end 76ers’ 28-game, 100-point streak in win Asked if his heart had skipped a beat when Harden hit the floor, D’Antoni said: “Oh yeah. Well, it always does. But he’s a pretty tough guy.”[He’s] dealing with pain [in the wrist], I guess. I don’t know, he just fell on it. He’s fallen on it before and is sore, so there was some pain there and then this just aggravated it.”Paul told reporters: “The way he plays, he’s always hitting the ground, whether it’s a foul or just contact or whatnot, so we trusted that he was going [to] be all right.center_img Thunder’s Paul George fumes at NBA officiating: ‘Somebody’s got to look into this’ “If he needs to take a game or two off, we got it. But we need him.”ESPN reported Saturday that Harden’s X-ray came back negative and the guard will receive treatment, but he is still expected to play Sunday in Dallas.Houston has won seven games in a row to climb into third in the Western Conference, five games behind leader Golden State.last_img read more

Sumner County Economic Development to offer “get your business online week”

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Economic Development in coordination with Kansas Small Business Development Center, KanOkla, SKT, and SUTV will offer Google’s Get Your Business Online workshop series the week of March 25-28, 2014 at the Sumner County Economic Development Office, 123 N Jefferson, Wellington.Businesses with active websites as well as businesses that do not currently have websites are encouraged to take advantage of this week’s activities. Classes are free and will begin at 11:30 am. Lunch will be provided or attendees can bring their own. Google Workshops start at 12:00 noon and last approximately 2 hours. Hands-on assistance will be offered after each Google workshops.Google will broadcast live and local experts from our sponsors – KanOkla, SKT, and SUTV – will be available to assist you with the hands-on portion of the workshops.TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014 – Build a free website and website best practices.WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014 – Get online. Get on the map. Get help for your business.THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014 – Expand your online presence. Includes AdWords session. Valuable for businesses with existing websites or those creating new websites.FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 – Measuring success with website analytics. Valuable for businesses with existing websites, or those creating new websites, that want to learn more about measuring online traffic.To register, call 620-326-8779 or email: Please include contact name, phone number, email address, and if you will be bringing your own laptop or if you will need to have one provided.Class size is limited. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more