Banning pets from bill hearings? All in favor say meow.

first_imgCONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Politically active pets are out of luck in New Hampshire, where some lawmakers have been told to keep their cats and dogs out of the room when they log on for remote hearings. Rep. Anita Burroughs, a Democrat from Glen, said her cats, Yoshi and Jack, were among several pets that appeared on screen during Wednesday’s House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee meeting. Later, a colleague later passed along a message from the committee’s Republican chairman that pets are prohibited going forward. But Rep. John Hunt said later he didn’t ban pets, he simply asked whether it was appropriate to have them on screen.last_img

Venezuela’s Economic Crisis: The Outcome of Decades of Mismanagement

first_imgBy Ricardo Guanipa D’erizans July 01, 2019 For Venezuelan economy expert Ricardo Hausmann, director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University, and former chair of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank Development Committee, Venezuela is a unique case, as it exceeds the worst economic depressions in the world, in addition to the massive migration of more than 4 million citizens.“The chaos in Venezuela is an event of historical magnitude, which has only happened in countries like Azerbaijan, Liberia, Libya,” Hausmann told Diálogo. “But within a context of civil wars or state decline.”Venezuela is experiencing a large-scale economic crisis. In late May, the Venezuelan Central Bank published figures for the first time since 2015, evidencing the country’s economic situation and confirming the collapse of the Venezuelan economy.According to these new statistics, inflation is out of control and exceeded 130,000 percent in 2018 — the highest mark in Venezuela’s recent history, but much less than the 929,000 percent the Central Bank estimated in 2018. Data showed a 52 percent contraction of the Gross Domestic Product between 2013 and 2018, which represents a decline of the Venezuelan economy by more than half in five years.These numbers confirm that the Venezuelan economy has been spiraling downward for years. Other data show severe drop in oil exports from the country that depends on oil and has the largest oil reserves in the world, from $85 million in 2013 to $30 million in 2018 — when Nicolás Maduro took office. This demonstrates a decline that far precedes the first U.S. sanctions imposed in August 2017.According to Hausmann, Venezuela was already perceived as an economically broke and bankrupt country. “The latest emission of Venezuelan debt bonds was launched by Maduro in May 2017, three months before the sanctions. Bonds were issued with an interest rate in dollars of 47 percent,” Hausmann said. “The only way to pay for those Venezuelan bonds was to starve the population. That’s why the United States prevented Maduro from continuing to have access to international financial markets so as to prevent him from continuing to indebt the country so irresponsibly.”The collapse of the Venezuelan economy, Hausmann insists, came in 2013, specifically between 2004 and 2013 when oil price increases. Rather than save, the country allowed the oil boom to create greater national debt. “Foreign public debt went from $25 billion to $160 billion,” Hausmann said. “This brutal increase in foreign debt made external markets refuse to loan to Venezuela in 2013, because it already had a huge debt. That’s how recession really started: Venezuela was already overly indebted.”“We are in this crisis not because of the U.S. government’s sanctions. We are in this complex humanitarian crisis because of the economic mismanagement of a Cuban communist model, as well as high levels of corruption,” Lawrence Castro, a representative of the Venezuelan National Assembly and MERCOSUR’s parliamentary member, told Diálogo.“At the National Assembly, the figures we work with represent dilapidated money, from this ill-fated revolution, of about $380 billion, which is pretty serious. Today, thanks to Interim President Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly, we were able to curb the theft occurring in several national companies from Nicolás Maduro, Iris Varela, Diosdado Cabello, Tareck El Aissami, Tarek William Saad, among others. The reality is that here corruption and the communist management of the [country’s] economy have been the reasons why we are going through such calamities.”last_img read more

Death, taxes, and budgets: 4 tips credit unions need to know about budgeting for data analytics

first_imgA professor at the University of Minnesota once taught me that death and taxes are not the only certainties in life, because you can also always count on your budget being wrong. While this (annoyingly) still seems to prove true, there are a number of practices to improve budget planning and optimize the potential of your budget to prepare you for data analytics.With fall around the corner, many credit unions are entering the budget planning stages for the next year. If you are planning to remain competitive in the industry,  this does not mean you are simply tweaking minor adjustments from last year’s budget. Credit unions are complex businesses, serving a variety of members in a relatively difficult-to-predict industry.  At the same time, the financial services industry is starting to experience incredible innovations and disruptors, which have the potential to permanently alter the financial services industry. It’s time to make sure your budget is up-to-date so it won’t put you at a competitive disadvantage.Start With Your GoalsStarting with your goals is certainly not unique to credit unions, but it is still a very important first step before putting numbers into your budget. Have a discussion about both your short and long term goals and have a plan to get there. It will be easier to manage your budget if you know what you are working toward and which projects or departments will require higher levels of funding to achieve the new goals. Remember to follow SMART guidelines (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) to increase the effectiveness of your goals. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

In the pre-season, Sunčani Hvar generated more income than in the heart of last year’s season

first_imgOn the wave of new investment projects, a record number of weddings and business events, and an increased number of arrivals from all key markets, Sunčani Hvar achieves the most intensive business period and record results in the company’s history.In the pre-season, there were 25% more overnight stays with a simultaneous increase in average prices, while total revenues grew by a high 20%. With an average hotel occupancy rate of almost 90% in May and June, this year’s preseason was as active as the very heart of the season.”For many years now, Sunny Hvar has been developing direct sales channels in the markets of higher purchasing power, for which Hvar has become an unavoidable destination and these channels have been at the forefront in generating income and overnight stays in the last few years. But at the same time, significant efforts have been made to develop and improve traditional sales channels and tourism experiences, and key partners are segmented who have the strength to jointly open new markets and intensify tourism trends outside the high season. expires Gordana Tomičić, President of the Management Board of Sunčani Hvar.After intensive market processing and cooperation with Croatian intermediary agencies, in the first six months we recorded growth from all emitting countries – from Brazil, Australia, Scandinavia to Taiwan, while the US and UK markets are growing by an incredible 30 and 40%, respectively. We achieved the greatest growth in the newly opened market of India, from which we had a 90 percent increase in overnight stays, and it is an indicator of well-chosen sales tactics, said Tomičić.The company points out that a successful human resources strategy, recognized by the labor market, is an indispensable part of success, and that Sunčani Hvar entered the season with all jobs filled and the recruitment process successfully completed, employing more than 500 seasonal workers. “Given the situation on the labor market in Croatia, our priority was primarily to quantitatively ensure a sufficient number of candidates, who will further through the selection process and qualitatively fill vacancies, so we started the recruitment process with the end of last season. On the other hand, for many years our goal has been to keep motivated employees and enable them further growth and development within the company through education and training programs, and to guide their specializations through a career development plan and the assignment of mentors. Through the year-round campaign “Are you looking for a job? Find a career! ” carried by the stories of our permanent employees who started their careers within Sunny Hvar as seasonal workers, we are extremely encouraged to develop young forces, ie our young leaders who over time take on key functions within the hotel. Almost all hotel management, from food and beverage managers and head chefs to hotel directors, came from our own staff and regular seasonal workers.”Said Blaženka Tomičić, Human Resources Director of Sunny Hvar.In order to accommodate employees, this year a new facility by the sea was renovated, which was placed outside the commercial function next to the existing Hotel Bodul, in order to make the stay on Hvar as pleasant as possible for the employees. As part of the care for the quality of life and working conditions and employee satisfaction, employees are provided with three meals a day and free coffee and soft drinks, and outside working hours they have terraces with board games and special offers in restaurants and bars in Hvar.48 working hours are planned for six days a week, and by agreement and in accordance with the needs of the work, employees can work a maximum of 60 hours. Salaries in Hvar are extremely competitive and higher than the average in Croatian hotels, but in addition, employees are paid monthly bonuses that amount to more than 1000 kn per season.An additional motive are certainly the guests of Sunny Hvar, who mostly come from countries with higher purchasing power, such as America, the UK, Scandinavia, Brazil and Australia, and are used to rewarding quality and good service. Given the new investments that are in preparation for next season, and labor-intensive periods outside the high season, an increasing number of seasonal workforce to provide more than six months of uninterrupted employment, and the most successful individuals and year-round contracts – said from Sunny Hvar.last_img read more

David Ospina to miss next two weeks after head injury, says player’s father

first_img About Connatix V67539 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Ospina’s father says he is okay (Picture: Getty)‘I have not had the chance to speak to my son yet because he is in intensive care. I know he is fine because his wife is there,’ Ospina said on Colombian radio.‘They talked to the doctors and he will be out of action for the next fortnight.’Questions have been raised about why Ospina was allowed to continue playing after sustaining the head injury.Napoli went two goals ahead in the first half hour, before Udinese fought back to level the game in the 36th minute.Ospina was not substituted until the 44th minute when he fell to the ground. Ospina’s parent club Arsenal are scheduled to play Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on 11 April.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City 1/1 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Coral BarryMonday 18 Mar 2019 1:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link218Shares Top articles (Picture: Getty) by Metro Skip SPONSORED Medics bandaged Ospina’s head after a collision in the fifth minute (Picture: Getty)But shortly before half-time, Ospina needed treatment and the decision was taken to transport the 30-year-old to the hospital.ADVERTISEMENT Read More Read More Read More Advertisement Ospina spent the night in hospital (Picture: Getty)David Ospina remains under observation after CT scans came back clean for head trauma, according to the goalkeeper’s father.The goalkeeper was rushed to hospital on Sunday after collapsing during Napoli’s Serie A game against Udinese.Ospina, who is on loan from Arsenal, had earlier collided with Ignacio Pussetto in the fifth minute, but was cleared to continue by the Napoli medics. Coming Next Full Screen 1 min. story Comment Read More Advertisement PLAY David Ospina to miss next two weeks after head injury, says player’s father Skip Ad Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More / Napoli confirmed after the game CT scans had come back clean, but Ospina would remain in hospital for further observation.AdvertisementAdvertisementOspina’s father, Hernan Ospina, has now issued another update, saying the goalkeeper is still in hospital and probably miss the next two weeks of action. Video Settingslast_img read more

Contemporary family home with all the upgrades

first_imgThe master bedroom has balcony access.Residents can also access a lifestyle centre with swimming pools, gym, tennis courts and a cafe.The Rochedale home is close Redeemer College and is in the Mansfield State High School catchment. It is also minutes from the soon to be built Rochedale Town Shopping Centre. The home is on the market for offers over $930,000. The home at 23 Platypus Cct, Rochedale is on the market for offers over $930,000THIS modern home in Rochedale comes with a host of extras including a three-hole putting green. The two-storey home at 23 Platypus Circuit has four bedrooms with built-in robes and a main bathroom with Caesarstone benchtop upstairs. The main bedroom has a walk-in robe with custom dresser, an ensuite with free standing bathtub and a balcony. The kitchen has quality appliances.The dining and living areas open to the covered alfresco space with timber decking and ceiling fans. The bedrooms are all upstairs along with a gallery space and a second living area. Outside, a putting green with three holes runs along the side of the house. Mr Yamada said the home also had bamboo flooring, high ceilings, ducted airconditioning, solar power and a water tank. center_img The home comes with a putting green.First National Rochedale marketing agent Nick Yamada said the home was seamlessly designed and full of upgrades. “The property has a striking presentation with contemporary finishes throughout,” he said. The open plan kitchen, living area and dining space are on the ground floor along with a study nook, powder room and laundry. 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 2020The kitchen has two pack cabinetry, soft close drawers, stone benches, AEG appliances including steam and pyrolytic ovens, and a butler’s pantry with sink and walk-in pantry. last_img read more

Port of Rijeka Dredging Plan Unveiled

first_imgImage source: Adriatic Gate Container Terminal – AGCTInternational Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) recently drew up plans to expand its Croatian subsidiary – Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT) – including a two-phase dredging scheme of 130 meters of quay over its Berths 1 and 2 at the Port of Rijeka.Once completed, AGCT will be the first terminal in the northern Adriatic able to be able to berth vessels of up to 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) capacity, with an LOA of up to 400 meters and beam of 59 meters.Complementing these initiatives are new quay cranes with an outreach of at least 24 rows, as part of the berth upgrade; and new rubber tired gantries and prime movers introduced on the landside, said ICTSI.Work is also being advanced on upgrading AGCT’s on-dock rail terminal to offer an annual capacity of 360,000 TEUs per year. The upgraded rail yard will feature two new rail mounted gantries over four rail lines.Total terminal yard capacity is expected to be increased up to 600,000 TEUs per year, in line with demand.last_img read more

Mourinho: Tottenham midfielder to play despite Inter Milan links

first_imgTottenham manager, Jose Mourinho says Christian Eriksen will play against Middlesbrough on Tuesday, despite being linked with a move to Inter Milan. Promoted ContentEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind Loading… He made Mourinho’s starting XI for a league match for the first time in January, more than a month after the Portuguese boss took over from Mauricio Pochettino. “A player in this situation, even if he wants – and I am not criticising him… It’s normal a player in this situation doesn’t perform in the highest level,” added Mourinho. “But he is helping us in matches he has played for us. He’s had positive performances and contributions like against Olympiakos and Norwich.” Eriksen started against Boro in their FA Cup third-round match, which finished 1-1, and looks likely to again when they play the replay at Tottenham Stadium. Read Also:Eriksen’s agent to meet with Inter Milan chiefs “He plays tomorrow,” said the Spurs boss. “After that I have a match on Saturday and he maybe plays on Saturday again. “I cannot tell you much more than that.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Serie A side are expected to know more about their chances of signing the midfielder, who is no longer a first-team regular, within the next 48 hours. Asked about his recent performances Mourinho said: “Is this the best Christian Eriksen? “I have to be honest and say no. I know the reasons, I’m not an idiot.” Eriksen, 27, has already indicated he has no wish to sign a contract extension at Spurs and wants to experience life outside England. The Dane, who helped Tottenham reach the Champions League final in June, has appeared 25 times for the club this season, although eight of his appearances in the Premier League matchday squad have been as a substitute.Advertisementlast_img read more

Lady Raiders Come Up Short Against TL Lady Cougars

first_imgSouth Ripley fell in three sets tonight to the Class A #6 ranked Trinity Lutheran team with scores of 25-19, 25-18, and 25-12.“We played great the first two sets and I think we even caught them by surprise with our blocking.” “The wheels just fell off that third set and we really struggled with serve receive and getting our offense going.” “I don’t mind playing great competition though, that’s what this young team needs is all of the experience it can get to help prepare us for conference play and sectional.” “I was very happy with our first two sets, we were up 19-16 the first game and we just couldn’t stay consistent to close it out.” “The second set was the same, we played well, we made some big plays, and then missed some easy plays.”  Raiders Coach Robyn Greiwe.Stats for the game are a follows:  Tori Tucker: 11/12 attacks 1 Kill, 7 blocks (3 solo, 4 assisted) 3/3 serving, 9-11 serve receive;Laken Farrell: 7/9 attacks 1 kill, 5 blocks (2 solo, 3 assisted) 11/11 serving for 7 points, 9/9 serve receive, 5 digs; Morgan Peetz: 8/8 attacks 2 kills, 2 blocks (1 solo, 1 assisted), 4 digs; Mercedes Bowling: 9/10 attacks 4 kills, 5 blocks (2 solo, 3 assisted) 11/12 serving for 6 points, 8 digs; Kiley Sparks: 16/18 attacks 7 kills, 6 blocks (5 solo, 1 assisted) 9/9 serving for 2 points, 12/14 serve receive, 15 digs; Elizabeth Bodenberg: 21/23 setting 5 assists, 6/6 serving; Kayla King: 24/28 setting 5 assists, 9/9 serving for 4 points; Julia Rea: 3/3 attacks 1 kill; and Mariah Gentile: 13 digs, 17/24 serve receive.last_img read more

Jacqueline Linda Blasdel, 80

first_imgJacqueline Linda Blasdel, 80, of Greensburg, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at her residence in Greensburg.  Jackie was born on April 4, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Valentine and Lillian Bauer.  She was a graduate of Western Hills High School.  She worked as a lab technician at Proctor and Gamble earning an honorary PhD from her fellow co-workers.  Jackie was married to William J. Blasdel on September 27, 1963.  She then became a full-time mother while living in Bright, In.  She was also the bookkeeper for the Miller Township Trustee.   Jackie and Bill moved to Greensburg in 1968 and both became very active in the community.  She was president of the American Cancer Society, a founding member of Tree County Players, founder and director of Tree City Singers, board member of Tulip Trace Girl Scout Council, Vice Chair of the Decatur County Republican Party, member of the Lung Association, Psi Iota Xi Sorority, member of the leasing committee of the Decatur County Hospital, founding member of the DCMH Foundation, President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of New Directions, 30 year member of the United Methodist Church, member of the Greensburg Wesleyan Church, and served on a number of other committees.  In 1974, along with her husband, they started the WB Panel company which was later incorporated with an industrial oven company to form Blasdel Enterprises in 1982.  Jackie was the CEO for over 35 years.  In 2007, Jackie was awarded the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Gov. Mitch Daniels and a state recognition from the Republican Party.  In 2010, Jackie and Bill were recognized with the Greensburg Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.  Jackie is survived by her husband, William Blasdel, Greensburg, two sons, Jack (Pam) Blasdel and Tim (Carol) Blasdel, all of Greensburg, three daughters, Jill Blasdel, Beth (Greg DeWitt) Blasdel, and Becky Blasdel, all of Greensburg, three grandsons, Todd Blasdel, Noblesville, Matt (Sara) Blasdel, Noblesville, Michael (Brittany Nicole) Blasdel, Greensburg, three granddaughters, Brittany K. Blasdel, Greensburg, Grace Vanderbur and Olivia Vanderbur, of Greensburg, 4 great grandchildren, Miles, Bailey, Malcolm, and Jace Blasdel, two sisters, Eleanor Lorton, and Marjie Bauer, both of Cincinnati, and several nieces and nephews.  Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, Valentine and Lillian Bauer.  Visitation will be on Friday from 4-8 pm and on Saturday from 10-11 am at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  Funeral Services will start at 11 am on Saturday at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Preston officiating.  Burial will follow at Gibson Cemetery in Bright.  Memorial contributions can be made to the DCMH Foundation or to Tree County Players.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more