Star Files “They couldn’t get Jack Black and Lady Gaga, so I guess my name came up.” Lane joked. Lane, who famously starred as Nathan Detroit in the 1992 Tony-winning revival of the musical, will perform the Carnegie Hall concert alongside Patrick Wilson as Sky Masterson, Sierra Boggess as Sarah Brown and Megan Mullally as Miss Adelaide. The concert is directed by Jack O’Brien, who most recently worked with Lane on Broadway’s The Nance. “It’s been a part of my life,” Lane, who took his stage name from the show, said about Guys and Dolls. “I did it in community theater. I did it in a non-Equity dinner theater, and then I did it on Broadway. [Doing the concert] seemed like a nice way to say goodbye. It will be fun.” View Comments How does Tony winner Nathan Lane feel about brushing off his fedora and heading back to the oldest established permanent floating crap game with the April 3 concert of Guys and Dolls? “I’m going to croak it out one more time,” Lane told Broadway.com about headlining the show at Carnegie Hall. Nathan Lane
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Associated Press:Two proposed power agreements in Ohio are seeing a pushback campaign organized by alternative energy supporters.The Alliance for Energy Choice says nearly 55,000 emails have been sent to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Gov. John Kasich’s office and state legislators over the past two weeks.The messages raise objections to separate proposals by Akron-based FirstEnergy and Columbus-based AEP that ask regulators to permit rate increases to maintain certain aging coal-fired and nuclear plants.Major appliance, steel and chemical companies, consumer groups and many energy-related entities are against one or both deals. The Sierra Club has parted with some other environmental groups and supports AEP’s plan.FirstEnergy, AEP deals in Ohio prompt 55K protest emails 55,000 Messages Against FirstEnergy Bailout for Aging Plants
Blackhawk emerges, precariously, from bankruptcy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:Blackhawk had entered bankruptcy in July with a “prepackaged” plan to clean its balance sheets, but a sharp drop in global metallurgical coal prices drove the company back to the negotiating table with its creditors.Blackhawk, like most major American coal producers, has gravitated to steel-making coal, also known as coking coal, as demand has tanked for thermal coal burned at a steadily shrinking number of coal-fired power plants.But volatile export markets forced Blackhawk to shut down four mines and two coal preparation plants in southern West Virginia. The company encouraged 342 laid-off workers to apply for open positions within the company.As part of the reconfigured plan, Blackhawk sold off 20 million tons of coal reserves in Taylor County, W.Va. Arch Coal Inc. will pay $52.5 million under the deal expected to close in November.“Our industry remains challenged on several fronts, but today’s Blackhawk now boasts a resilient capital structure to complement our industry-leading employees and mining operations,” Blackhawk CEO Jesse Parrish said in a statement.More: Ky. company emerges from bankruptcy into harsh market
By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo September 09, 2018 Argentina hosted the Senior Enlisted Leader Seminar 2018, bringing together service members of 11 countries in Buenos Aires, August 27th-29th. The event, held during the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) 2018, took place in the Argentine capital for the first time. Leaders gathered under the theme, South American Military Contributions to Global Peace. U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) sponsored both initiatives. Noncommissioned officers (NCO) from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, and Peru, in addition to Argentina and the United States, attended the event. Canada and Spain were present as observers. “This seminar is very important to strengthen relations among our nations. It also shows us what NCOs can do for their countries and armed forces,” U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Major Bryan Zickefoose, SOUTHCOM’s senior enlisted leader, told Diálogo. “We gathered all over the Americas, and this event continues to grow with every edition. Argentina is one of our strongest partners, and the fact that it’s the host this year strengthens the seminar even more.” Sgt. Maj. Zickefoose was pleased with the dynamic of the presentations. “The experience was wonderful. All participants were very outgoing about asking questions,” he said. “Everybody wants to know more about the reality of other countries.” Social networks Argentine Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Enzo Cornacchini highlighted that the seminar was held in conjunction with SOUTHDEC 2018, which gathered officers from participating nations. “The conference has been around for years, but was always dedicated to Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 2017, when Peru hosted the event, we had the opportunity to work with a parallel schedule for NCOs,” Master Chief Petty Officer Cornacchini said. “This space for debate is good, because we definitely all have similar problems and challenges. It’s important to know how each of us tries to solve them.” One of the challenges addressed was social networks. Service members from different countries shared their way to handle new technologies. “Our youth has a very different mindset than ours. We entered [the force] at least 35 years ago, when we had to go around the block to a phone booth to make a call. Now any young person can take a photo, and at times isn’t conscious of the risk an innocent image can cause,” Master Chief Petty Officer Cornacchini said. “A man who takes an innocent photo posing near a boat might reveal features of a military unit. As such, the idea is to raise people’s awareness about the risks of exposing photographic material in social media, which might compromise the armed forces.” Peacekeeping operations On the first day of presentations, participants addressed South American military contributions to peacekeeping operations. “We presented the facilities we have, our team of instructors, how training is structured for peacekeeping missions, and what were the most important missions in which we participated,” Master Chief Petty Officer Cornacchini said. “Argentina has a lot of experience in the field. For instance, we currently have personnel deployed in Cyprus. And we had NCOs working in the FARC’s [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] disarmament process in Colombia.” Sgt. Maj. Zickefoose stressed the outstanding collaboration between South American countries and the United Nations. “NCOs are important to help carry out peacekeeping operations and mentor other service members. They are the basis, the forces’ backbone. Without them, it’s impossible to develop a professional military force,” he said. “With NCOs such as Argentina’s, the country has a professional military force to help fix things and cooperate with other partners in peacekeeping operations.” The second day focused on NCOs’ studies in schools of Argentina and the United States. “In Argentina, the three forces have different academies, with different curricula as well. So we showed how each of the three forces deals with education and our projects to improve the curriculum and optimize military education.” Master Chief Petty Officer Cornacchini said. NCOs: the forces’ backbone Colombian Army Command Sergeant Major Argemiro Posso, senior enlisted leader at the Joint Command, stressed the importance of South American NCOs’ professional development for SOUTHCOM. “This helps raise awareness about proper training and education for the NCO corps, so we can fulfill our missions under the leadership of our officers,” Command Sgt. Maj. Posso said, adding that the seminar serves as a platform to remind partner nations about NCOs’ professional training. “In Colombia, NCOs are part of the backbone of our institution. We see ourselves like a biological body: Our officers are the brain; we are the backbone; our soldiers are the upper and lower limbs,” Command Sgt. Maj. Posso said. “Under their leadership, our officers tell us what they want, so that with our limbs, we can fulfill the mission.” “Jointness”: Coordinated action According to Command Sgt. Maj. Posso, the 2018 edition of the seminar stressed the importance of integrating forces to confront common, transnational threats. “What I emphasize is that ‘jointness’; to make the Army, Navy, and Air Force understand that if we come together, we can be successful in fulfilling our duties against these threats,” he said. To illustrate the concept, Command Sgt. Maj. Posso used an example U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, taught him. “He used to say it was very difficult to fight with one finger. One finger is the Army. Another finger is the Navy. And another finger is the Air Force. The fourth finger, in some countries, is the Police or National Guard. If we join those fingers, we have a fist. And with the fist we can hit [the threat] hard,” he said. “That ‘jointness’ is what allowed us, in Colombia, to be successful in confronting the FARC. We understood that if we integrated our capabilities jointly, without losing the identity of each force, we could be the right fist.” Human rights Chilean Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Sady Tarque Vega, senior enlisted leader of the Chilean Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the seminar delved on human rights based on the different armed forces’ perspectives. He also pointed to discussions on the impact information and communications technology (ICT) has on the security of military operations. “Nowadays everything is computerized: ICT, social media, cyberattacks. This subject was addressed here, so we could figure out ways to improve security,” Chief Master Sgt. Vega told Diálogo. “We also discussed leadership, technical military careers, gender equality, and how to strengthen joint culture in the lower ranks,” Chief Master Sgt. Vega said. “In other words, the person being trained should know that their actions, whether in the Navy, Army, or Air Force, converge in joint action at the national level, and in combined action at the international level—that’s joint culture.” For Brazilian Navy Master Chief Petty Officer José Nascimento, the conference served as a platform to exchange experiences about NCOs’ leadership. “Based on their experience, NCOs need to be leaders by example. They should carry out their role based on what officers indicate and set the example for their subordinates,” Master Chief Petty Officer Nascimento said.
Where were you in 1995? Were you just starting your first big job? Were you still in school?1995 was the first year of CUNA Lending Council Conference, and while a lot of fads from then have (fortunately) faded away, the conference is still going strong. As I write this, final preparations are being made for the 23rd Annual CUNA Lending Conference, to be held November 12-15, 2017, in Nashville.What’s the secret to the event’s longevity? Value. Attendees encounter people, ideas, trends and perspectives that challenge their pre-conceived notions, expand their horizons and help them advance their careers.For this year specifically, here are five things I’m excited about.Exploring IssuesThis is an event by and for credit union lenders, and the deep, eclectic lineup of breakout sessions reflects that. In the breakouts, conference attendees hear the latest news on important topics (regulations, economics, consumer behavior) and exclusive, actionable insights that will enhance their loan programs.Some sessions for 2017 include:Affordable Lending-A Good Business DecisionMaking Indirect Members Full-Service MembersBring Your Digital Lending into the End ZoneNCUA MBL Rule Implementation UpdateEffectively Managing Today’s Compliance and Legal Hot TopicsNew Regulatory Requirements Update and Expectations from the Trump AdministrationKeynote PresentationsSpeakers help define CUNA Lending Council Conference, and this year, our two keynoters will put the themes of resilience and resourcefulness front and center in lenders’ minds.Jean Chatzky, best-selling author and financial editor of The Today Show, will share her positive philosophy towards advancement and growth, a worldview that will help lending professionals succeed in tough times. Closing out the conference, artist and author Phil Hanson will teach conference-goers how to “Embrace the Shake” and try new things in the face of limitations.AwardsEach year, CUNA Lending Council uses their conference as a platform to celebrate exceptional lending talent with the CUNA Lending Council Awards. The awards ceremony inspires us with stories of credit unions their professionals whose dedication and ingenuity have resulted in remarkable achievements.If you want to see what’s possible in your field, you can’t miss it. (View the categories and make a nomination here.)ConnectionBecause it concentrates the nationwide credit union lending community in one place, this conference is an incredible venue for networking. Four days may not seem like a lot of time to meet people, but by the end of the conference, you end up with tons of new contacts who face the same struggles you do and discuss solutions.You’ll gain friends, collaborators and—most crucially—partners in your quest to provide better loans to members.The Unexpected My favorite experiences at CUNA Lending Council Conference have been the ones I didn’t anticipate. With so many lending professionals, so many sessions and so many issues to cover, your conference experience is bound to take a few unexpected turns.Maybe you and your new friends will take a tour of Nashville when the conference adjourns for the day, or perhaps you’ll bump into a vendor whose product is the perfect solution you need to streamline your lending operations.Who can say for sure what will happen? All I know is, those who attend CUNA Lending Council Conference will see why this event has been going strong for 23 years—and will continue to for years to come.To learn more and register, visit cunacouncils.org/lendingconference. 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Stowell Bob Stowell is Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer for Firefly Credit Union, a $1B+ financial cooperative serving the Greater Twin Cities Community. In his role, Bob leads the credit … Web: https://www.fireflycu.org Details
continue reading » The credit union industry looks very different now than it did twenty years ago. Just think about what credit unions will look like twenty years from now. Where does the journey for the next twenty years start? Twenty years ago, it would have been hard to imagine remote deposit capture, peer-to-peer payments, or even mobile banking. It is equally hard to imagine what banking will look like twenty years from now. However, one thing is certain: the trend of digital transformation will continue. For many credit unions, data analytics will play a big role in that.Credit unions don’t necessarily need data analytics programs. However, credit unions that leverage their data remain better-positioned to provide individualized member experiences, remain in compliance, or identify attriting members—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It all comes down to the basic idea that knowledge is power. And data provides that knowledge. As credit unions continue to consolidate and disappear, those that are strongest come out ahead and leveraging data is a competitive advantage. Here are some basic success factors.The Right PeopleHow many people your data analytics program needs depends on the resources available to your credit union. Typically, larger credit unions can commit more personnel. The most important person is someone from the management team – every project needs an internal champion. They own the process and serve as a driving force, keeping everything moving and on track. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
2020 has proven to be a time that we need courage to push through. Some of the definitions of courage in the dictionary are “the ability to do something that frightens one”. Another one is “strength in the face of pain or grief”. Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D. listed six attributes of courage in a Psychology Today article as: Feeling fear yet choosing to act, following your heart, persevering in the face of adversity, standing up for what is right, expanding your horizons by letting go of the familiar, and facing suffering with dignity and faith.I grew up in Fulton, Missouri, the home of a memorial to Winston Churchill, as he gave his famous “Iron Curtain Speech” in my hometown at Westminster College on March 5, 1946. Many folks in that area hold Churchill in a place of honor and I thought a quote from the British Bulldog would be appropriate here. “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.”I want to bring some thoughts on courage to you before bringing up the idea that it takes courage, perhaps more now than before, for the lender today. Let’s face it, there is a part in each of us as we attempt to preserve the CU’s assets, we seek to hunker down and let the problems of the world, whether they be COVID, economic shutdowns, riots, or unrest, pass by and allow things to “normalize” before getting back into the full swing of lending. Staying in the foxhole could have devastating impacts, like we saw when we shut down large sections of the economy. There are also other devastating impacts that are in a recent meme I saw with a man with his head buried in the sand like an ostrich. The caption read, “when you have your head in the sand, you expose the rest of your body.”Borrowers and PortfolioCourage is needed to understand the current business condition of your borrowers. Today, this is pretty darn near impossible. How do past risk ratings apply when we have a situation that has impacted the entire world? How do you see what impact a shutdown and possible bounce back will have on your members? What if you make a mistake in your assessment on a borrower? Do not worry about that last one; you will miss seeing some of the risks. But do not let that stop you from the need to take as realistic of a view of your borrowers and portfolio as possible. It requires looking at more than just historic financials as the first two quarters of 2020 are probably not very valid markers for future performance.What help do your borrowers need at this point? As a lender, you are one of their most trusted financial advisors. You may see road signs that they do not see and can help them to preserve their equity and build capital in troubled times. This requires being genuinely interested in their business. A constant study of the economy and the world around them is also necessary as we look for things that may impact their business. Remember, your job is to inform and bring up the issues, but the business owner is the one who has to make the decision of what to do.Lending InfrastructureAlong with your portfolio, it takes courage to look at your present lending infrastructure — staff, technology, training, tools, etc. Here you need to see what the strengths and weaknesses of your department really are. In times of crisis, weaknesses tend to stick out like a sore thumb. Some questions to consider are:Do you have an established education or training program for your staff?Do you have the right analytical tools to help you assess risk?Is your reporting at an accuracy and timeliness level where you need it?What experience does your staff have with working through a recession and the problems that come with a paradigm shift in how credit is viewed?How will you handle complex problem loan workouts that involve more than good skip tracing and calls and emails?How much time will all this new work take?What resources can you tap into to help fill in the gaps in your department?–Can you get good new volume with participations? Utilize third parties to help with serious problem loan workouts? Find outside professional credit folks to help with underwriting? Have any new classes or training programs for your team?These are hard questions and it takes courage to find the right answers. Many of them may not be what you really want to hear. It is always easier to enjoy a life of ease, but it is the stresses that help you grow. True leadership requires you face the situation as it is now and chart a course to navigate through the problems. Not answering these questions in these tough times is a form of self-delusion. Many times, the first step of courage is finally being honest with ourselves.Lending OpportunitiesThe next area where courage is needed is with your new lending opportunities. Loans are an important source of capital to fund economic growth in your community. If all the faucets are shut off, then pretty soon growth will evaporate like water from a pool that is not constantly filled. As we begin to emerge from the crisis, many of your fellow lenders may elect to stay on the sidelines. There will be tremendous opportunity to expand and establish new relationships that are ignored by the lender who is cowering in fear.Courage requires action even though you do not have perfect knowledge of the situation. We do this in underwriting every day, but now things are a bit hazier. It takes courage to admit what factors you do not understand that will impact the borrower’s chances of financial success. Perhaps this is a time to help mitigate risk by using more government guarantees on your loans. Maybe sharing the risk through a participation is in order. You must continue to find ways to seek out good loan requests and produce new credits in this time. The borrowers and communities that you serve are depending on you.Courage is needed as you look in the mirror. As a lender and as a person, you need to understand your own strengths and weaknesses, likes and avoidances, as you understand how to lead and manage the most difficult follower—yourself. Do you tend to see some clients through rose-colored glasses or always see the worst in a borrower? It is time to look realistically. Are there gaps in your knowledge that you have pushed aside? It is time to begin to set aside time to fill those gaps. Do you avoid the most unpleasant tasks? It is time to tackle them.Courage is what we need today to begin to master the impacts that the 2020 worldwide tragedies have had on our portfolio, staff, communities, and ourselves. It is time to take the first step in moving forward, charting a course for future success, and acting upon it. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Phil Love Phil leads Pactola, a CUSO devoted to commercial and agricultural lending, participation management, credit administration support, lender education, and third-party loan review services. He has over 35 years in the … Web: https://pactola.com Details
All five presidential candidates have been all over New York City and they’ve made an effort to criss-cross the entire state.“Normally New York is just the ATM on the political circuit,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.The political climate is different this time around, however.“New Yorkers get to feel a little bit like how voters in Iowa and New Hampshire feel,” he added. “We actually get to see and feel the candidates.”Greenberg told the story of his 18-year-old daughter attending a Sanders rally at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany on the same day she saw Trump speak at the Times Union Center arena in the state capital. The week before that she turned out for a Clinton event.“I think that’s really cool for New Yorkers,” Greenberg said. “For my daughter and for many others, it was a civics lesson. It was a chance to see history and to see the process in action. I think anytime we have that, that’s great.”Some have pointed to the 1976 presidential primary, which came on the heels of President Richard Nixon’s resignation before he could get impeached in 1974, as the last time the New York primary mattered this much for both parties. Forty-years later, New York is back in play.Leslie D. Feldman, a professor of political science at Hofstra University, considers the competitive primaries as a win for New York in general.“This is the best thing that ever happened to New York because if we have the choice of Hillary Clinton or Trump, we get a president from New York, which is something that we haven’t had in decades,” Feldman said, noting that three of the five candidates have played up their New York roots.“Doesn’t everyone in New York want a New York president?” she added.Political observers have also speculated that primary fever could drive people to the polls, with Feldman predicting lines down the block.In 2008, the last time both parties held presidential primaries, 36 percent of Democrats and 34 percent of Republicans turned out to vote in Nassau County. Turnout was significantly less in Suffolk, with roughly 19 percent of voters coming out for both parties.Despite the political frenzy, Greenberg suspects turnout could fall short of 40 percent statewide, but he’s hoping for record turnouts.No matter what happens, for two weeks New York was front and center in the political world, giving the rest of the nation a unique opportunity to see what it means for candidates to come face-to-face with voters here.Just ask Kasich what’s it’s like to stump on LI. When the audience got a chance to challenge the Ohio governor directly at the MSNBC town hall, one skeptical voter was not buying the Ohio governor’s claims that he’s appealing to New York voters and questioned where the candidate was getting his information.“Who told you that you’re all that popular?” the man said.Only in New York. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York To appreciate just how bizarre it is that New York votes could prove crucial to deciding each party’s nominee in the presidential primary, consider what happened at an MSNBC-hosted town hall for John Kasich last week in Jericho.Seated a stone’s throw from the network’s cozy set inside historic Milleridge Inn was Jane Baum of Huntington, a proud “liberal Democrat” and Hillary Clinton supporter who would never consider voting for the Republican Ohio governor, even if New York’s closed primary voting rules allowed it.Yet she decided to come out for the event anyway for the rare opportunity to see a presidential candidate stump for votes—an experience that New Englanders know well in the Granite State.“I feel like I’m in living in New Hampshire right now,” Baum smiled.She wasn’t the only Long Islander enjoying the presidential election-year frenzy. Some voters observing the primary fight from afar even sounded like seasoned operatives, offering armchair analyses.“I think it’s a total crapshoot,” said Baum’s partner, Todd Kupferman, referring to the GOP’s national nominating convention to be held July in Cleveland.Several rows behind them was retiree Audrey Schorr of Woodmere, who admitted to tuning into Fox News to stay on top of the primary season.“I watch Greta, Bill, Megyn…” said Schorr, rattling off the conservative news channel’s weeknight lineup, as if they were her own children. She was attending the town hall with her son.Now pulling for Kasich, who was about to go toe-to-toe with MSNBC mainstay Chris Matthews, Schorr said she admired Ben Carson, the retired brain surgeon who finally dropped out of the primary race after failing to make a dent. She was also a fan of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), whose delegate count remarkably has him still in third place despite his dropping out of the race more than a month ago after a humiliating home-state defeat. Schorr had nothing but kind words to say about Kasich.“He’s utterly charming,” she said.For Republican voters like Schorr, this presidential primary has been like a real-life Game of Thrones, with an abundance of Oval Office suitors careening toward the nomination.At one point last year, 18 Republicans were competing for the nomination. Now only three remain—as reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump leads both U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Kasich in the delegate count. An impressive showing in New York on April 19 could swing Trump’s seemingly narrow path to securing the 1,237 delegates he needs for the nomination.Hillary Clinton surrounded by family members of victim’s of gun violence during an event in Port Washington. Photo credit: By Michael Davidson for Hillary for America/FlickrOn the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Clinton has a 244-delegate advantage over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) going into Tuesday, not counting 400-plus super delegates who are expected to support her at the convention, at least on the first ballot. A win in New York could give Clinton a stranglehold on the nomination and provide much-needed momentum going into similar voting states like Rhode Island and Connecticut. But a surprise Sanders victory would give the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist eight wins in the last nine primaries or caucuses and set the stage for a bitter battle all the way to the party’s July convention.“Normally New York is just the ATM on the political circuit.”For many New Yorkers, this is the political equivalent of a 100-year storm. Usually at this point in the primary season, both parties are on the verge of coalescing around one candidate if they haven’t done so already. But this time, New York’s vote could swing the pendulum irreversibly in favor of the two leading contenders.“In terms of presidential primaries, I don’t remember seeing this kind of activity and this kind of frenzied pace,” said Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, a Clinton supporter.On Long Island alone, Clinton, former President Bill Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, have all made public appearances since the primary calendar turned from Wisconsin to New York two weeks ago. Sanders has not held an event on LI, preferring large rallies in liberal New York City, but his wife, Jane, did attend a canvassing effort with supporters in Farmingdale last week.Jacobs said he couldn’t recall a presidential primary in which Democratic candidates actively campaigned on the Island.On the other side of the aisle, Trump has held two events on LI, one of which attracted 12,000 supporters at Grumman Studios in Bethpage. Kasich engaged in two cable-TV town halls in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, giving voters an opportunity to more closely scrutinize the candidates. Cruz, who has been dogged by his off-putting “New York values” comment, has not stepped foot on the Island, but his wife, Heidi, campaigned in Mineola, Melville and Bellmore—although Ted made a few appearances in New York City. For comparison, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the eventual Republican nominee in 2012, won all 95 delegates in New York without actually coming to the state because his main competitor at the time, ex-U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), had already ended his campaign.
The researchers spelled out the complete DNA sequence of a Y pseudotuberculosis strain called IP32953 and compared it with the genomes of two previously sequenced strains of Y pestis. The comparison revealed only 32 genes that were new in Y pestis, aside from two plasmids (extrachromosomal rings of DNA) that are unique to the bacterium. Previous studies have shown that Y pestis evolved relatively recently from Y pseudotuberculosis and is genetically very similar. The researchers found that Y pestis contains very few new genes but lacks several hundred genes found in Y pseudotuberculosis, according to the report in the Sep 21 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and several other centers reached this conclusion by comparing the genome of Y pestis with that of its close relative, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. Plague is usually fatal if left untreated, whereas Y pseudotuberculosis causes a less virulent gastrointestinal illness that can be mistaken for appendicitis. Sep 15, 2004 (CIDRAP News) The bacterium that causes plague, Yersinia pestis, may have acquired its lethal traits by shedding genes found in a closely related bacterium that is less dangerous, according to a recent study. Chain PSG, Carniel E, Larimer FW, et al. Insights into the evolution of Yersinia pestis through whole-genome comparison with Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2004;101(38):13826-31 [Full text] See also: The findings suggest that natural selection may have led to the inactivation of Y pestis genes that tended to suppress the pathogen’s lethality, according to a Lawrence Livermore news release. “Evolutionary pressures may have also made the bacterium better adapted to colonize the flea, its preferred vector . . . , and thus facilitate the flea-borne spread of the disease,” the release says. “These results provide a sobering example of how a highly virulent epidemic clone can suddenly emerge from a less virulent closely related progenitor,” the report says. The lead author of the report is P. S. G. Chain of Lawrence Livermore; the team also included investigators from six other centers in the United States and France. The analysis also showed that Y pestis lacks 317 genes found in Y pseudotuberculosis, “indicating that as many as 13% of Y. pseudotuberculosis genes no longer function in Y. pestis,” the report states. This “massive gene loss,” along with the addition of certain DNA sequences that block gene expression, seems to have been more important than the addition of new genes in the evolution of the plague organism, the authors state. Sep 9 news release from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratoryhttp://www.llnl.gov/pao/news/news_releases/2004/NR-04-09-04.html
The President of the Management Board of Laguna Novigrad, Zrinka Bokulić, emphasized that Aminess nurtures a culture of work that values collegiality and rewards the innovation and personal commitment of each employee. “This is supported by the fact that we are one of only two tourism companies that are holders of the Employer Partner certificate, while the practical attitude towards work is confirmed by a high rate of return of employees of as much as 70%. ”Concluded Bokulić.The union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia is satisfied with the new collective agreement Marina Cvitić, president of the Tourism Committee of the Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia Trade Unions, and the future president of the Union said that the employer respected almost all union requirements and the arguments show a high degree of mutual understanding and respect.”At the end of my union career, I must point out that Laguna Novigrad is one of the better companies in which it has been pleasant to negotiate in recent years because there is a strong social component in the company’s management. This company, even when other companies did not, increased the material rights of workers, at least in a minimal amount. In terms of material rights of workers, Laguna Novigrad is at the top in this activity, although at the national level the average salary of workers is about 20 percent lower than the average salary in the Republic of Croatia. That is why there is a problem of lack of workers in tourism, because some employers, where Laguna Novigrad is certainly not classified, still think that they can make a profit on low labor costs. A worker must have a job and a salary all year round, because one has to live for 12 months, not just during the season. Many employers should look up to the way of doing business at Laguna Novigrad, because the season almost never ends there. “ said union president Bruno Bulic.Related news:CONSENSUS OF SOCIAL PARTNERS ACHIEVED: NEW COLLECTIVE CATERING AGREEMENT CONCLUDEDLAGUNA NOVIGRAD UNDER THE NEW TOURIST BRAND AMINESSAMINESS HOTEL AND CAMP EMPLOYEES EDUCATED FROM THE BEST GOURMET EXPERTS</p>
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<p> The Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia and the company Laguna Novigrad dd, which manages the tourist brand Aminess Hotels and Camps, have signed a new collective agreement which provides the largest basis for calculating salaries in the tourism industry in Istria.For the employees of the Novigrad company that has hotels and camps in Istria and Dalmatia, it has been agreed to increase the basic gross salary by a total of 5,5%. Of that, 1,5% falls on “savings” caused by changes in the ordinance on income tax, regarding the taxation of accommodation and meals for seasonal workers, while 4% represents a real increase, so from May 1, 2018, the lowest basic salary is multiplied by the corresponding job coefficient to increase from the previous amount of HRK 3.820,00 to the amount of HRK 4.030,10.Aminess points out that this is the largest basis for calculating salaries in the tourism industry in Istria, and certainly among the largest in Croatia, and adds that in the future they are ready to transfer funds saved on reduced benefits to the state to increase salaries. Workers will also be entitled to a non-taxable amount of HRK 2.500,00 in December. The Christmas bonus in the full non-taxable amount will also be realized by seasonal workers who have been employed for more than 9 months, while workers who have worked from 6 to 9 months would be entitled to a proportional part.Workers will also be paid a gift in kind in the non-taxable amount, which for this year amounts to HRK 600,00, and the right to a gift in kind is exercised by all workers who will be employed in November. If the planned results are achieved, the workers will be paid an additional HRK 500,00 net for July and August, which are the most labor-intensive. As every year, in December, Aminess will pay a gift to a child under the age of 15 to a child under the maximum non-taxable amount of HRK 600,00, Aminess explains.