“I go out of my way to find little bits of paradise all over the world,” Kleinpaste said, “while constantly striving to change people’s perceptions about the small things in life that matter so much to our world.”Doors will open at 6 p.m. and will feature the insect zoo from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomology department. The Bugman will be available for autographs and chats before and after the show. There is no cost for the event, which is open to all ages.From November 2004 to November 2005, Kleinpaste traveled the world, filming Animal Planet’s “Buggin’ with Rudd” in the most exotic and weird locations – from Alaska and the Okefenokee swamp to Papua New Guinea, Namibia and the Venezuelan Amazon. Kleinpaste lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife Julie and son Tristan. When he’s not working on media projects, he does research, works as a consulting entomologist for government departments and private companies or prepares a new destination for the next eco-tour he wants to lead.For more information, contact Marianne Robinette at (706) 542-1238 or firstname.lastname@example.org. University of GeorgiaYou’re not scared of a little bug, are you?Ruud “The Bugman” Kleinpaste from the Animal Planet series, “Buggin’ with Rudd” will be discussing insects at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26 in Athens, Ga. The talk will take place at the University of Georgia Student Learning Center, Room 101.
Council Authorizes $1.5 Million Of Incentives Under New ProgramMONTPELIER, Vt. The Vermont Economic Progress Council has approved more than $1.5 million in job creation incentives under the states new economic development program, including assistance to the new owners of Specialty Filaments.At its meeting last week, the Council reviewed and authorized the first incentives under the new Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program, making three companies eligible to receive up to $1,329,404 in job creation incentives and $240,496 in property tax incentives.We are very pleased that one of our first authorizations under the new Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program was to assist the Monahan Company in preserving the jobs at the former Specialty Filaments facility, said Karen Marshall, Chair of the Vermont Economic Progress Council. Vermonts economic incentive program is going to work to keep Vermonters at work in Middlebury.Monahan SFI, LLC, a subsidiary of the Thomas Monahan Company of Arcola, Illinois was given preliminary authorization for $758,806 in economic incentives to add new jobs and invest in new machinery and equipment at Specialty Filaments, which closed and laid off 175 employees earlier in the month.The new subsidiary purchased the assets of Specialty Filaments, Inc. in a bankruptcy auction. Monahan SFI, LLC will re-open the plant and re-hire most of the employees laid off during the recent plant closing, and will submit a more detailed application for a full review at a later date.Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, Inc. was authorized for $331,399 in economic incentives to add new jobs and invest in a new facility and machinery and equipment. The East Dorset company plans to create a new subsidiary, Ink Jet Machinery of Vermont, to develop and manufacture digital inkjet print head engines.The company had been considering several options other than creating the new subsidiary, including outsourcing production to China or growing only a few jobs within Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, said Marshall.Olympic Precision, Inc. was authorized for $239,199 in economic incentives to create new jobs and invest in equipment by building the Center for Precision Manufacturing, a Department of Defense-funded research and development facility.The company and the Town of Windsor were authorized for property tax stabilization with an estimated value of $240,946, and will collaborate with the Windsor Improvement Corporation to redevelop a currently unusable lot and build a facility to house the Center, which will be operated by Olympic Precision, Inc.Under reforms passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Jim Douglas last year, the economic incentives were authorized based on job creation and capital investments that must occur before the company receives payment.The prior program had companies earning tax credits that were applied against future tax liability.The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis that showed that because of the economic activity that will be generated by these projects, even after payment of the incentives the State will realize a net increase in revenues of $1,441,885.The Council also determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor that considers applications to the states economic incentive programs.The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.For more information, visit:http://www.thinkvermont.com/vepc/index.cfm(link is external)-30-
By Dialogo November 03, 2011 Honduras began to deploy joint Army and police forces in dangerous neighborhoods of the capital and other major cities, seeking to tamp down a spike in violence that has given the country the world’s highest homicide rate. In the Central American nation, plagued by executions linked to Mexican drug traffickers who have extended their activities southward, hitmen shoot people with impunity on the streets, in businesses, and in bars of the major cities. Bullet-ridden bodies are also frequently found in vehicles or along roads, and others that have been mutilated are found in remote locations, terrorizing the population of the country, where seven out of ten people live in poverty. As part of Operation Lightning, Soldiers armed with M-16 rifles are patrolling streets in the capital, Tegucigalpa, where they have set up checkpoints for vehicles and people, while military helicopters fly over areas where drug traffickers and gangs that victimize the inhabitants through extortion operate. Around 1,000 personnel, including Soldiers and the elite police Urban Counterinsurgency Unit (COBRA), are participating in the operation, while will be gradually extended to other cities and regions of the country. “We’re trying to bring peace and tranquility to the population in cities where there is more violence, both from common crime and from organized crime,” said the head of the Armed Forces Joint General Staff, General René Osorio.
By Dialogo January 11, 2012 The deck of the AO-52 oiler “Almirante Montt” was the scene of the final match of the Homeless Soccer championship on January 7, in which representatives of the Fundación Sede de la Familia faced off against a group from the municipality of Talagante, resulting in the victory of the latter and earning them the Chile Homeless Soccer Championship Cup. On this occasion, the general secretary of the Navy, Rear Admiral (Upper) Humberto Ramírez Navarro, stated that “we’re very happy that this has happened, especially as it fulfills our social role as Armed Forces in this crusade to take those children who are most vulnerable and give them an opportunity.” He also noted that “perhaps many of them or some of them can be sailors, and of course, our doors are open for them to join us.” The team that represented the Fundación Sede de la Familia in the tournament is part of the Homeless Soccer workshops offered in different family centers to meet social needs through sports. The idea is to motivate the young people who participate in the workshop to live a healthy life and not fall into vices such as drugs or alcohol. This Homeless Soccer event, the first to be held on a naval vessel, also made Chile’s candidacy to host the 2014 Homeless World Cup official, a tournament held every year in various locations around the world as part of the struggle for social inclusion. The most recent tournament was held in Paris, where Chile came in fifth out of over 60 countries. The Fundación Sede de la Familia was created in 1990 with the aim of improving the quality of life of families with few resources. The foundation’s work has the family as its chief axis and is carried out through 14 family centers located across the country from north to south.
This year my husband and I traveled to Roswell, New Mexico for 4th of July and the International UFO Festival. It’s not to be missed. On Saturday morning we decided to take a walk around town. Just a couple of blocks off the Main Street and at the end of the historic district we came upon this beautiful home/credit union:The Florist Federal Credit Union. Founded in 1969 the credit union only serves florists, their families and their employees. They offer business loans, deposit accounts and merchant card services. Their VISA cards are gorgeous (flowers of course) They are $7.8 million in assets with just 900 members. This is old school, single sponsor, in a house, listening to their members needs and providing the unique products their target audience wants. I wonder if they still have a credit committee? They are financially strong and as long as there are flowers and florists this credit union should be around for a very long time.So much is written today that the small credit union will become extinct. With all the regulation, technology, etc. they cannot possibly survive. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Going forward, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) should strive to achieve measurable and reportable forms of regulatory relief for credit unions, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) said in a letter to the agency this week. CUNA submitted a comment letter on the agency’s draft strategic plan for 2017 to 2021, which directs agency operations and priorities.CUNA stressed the need for continued regulatory relief for credit unions, noting that recent NCUA efforts have helped, but credit unions continue to feel pressure from other regulators, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.“NCUA has the most control over how the agency constructs and conducts the supervision process for the vast majority of credit unions, which is where the strategic plan should focus on reducing supervisory burdens,” CUNA wrote. “NCUA should develop a stated goal of reducing credit unions’ time dedicated to the supervision process, develop a way to measure success and then strive to meet this goal and hold staff accountable to this goal.”CUNA urged the NCUA to pursue a larger goal of a percentage reduction in time and resources that credit unions must commit to the NCUA’s supervision process. The letter goes on to suggest that CUNA’s comprehensive regulatory burden study could be used as a baseline to measure any improvement that NCUA strives to make. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Shell has received government permission to open geological data on the gas-rich Masela block in Maluku to potential buyers, marking its first step in divesting the asset.The company will divest the block over an estimated 18 months time while the block’s lead operator, Japan’s Inpex Corp, and the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas) would focus on developing the nationally-strategic Abadi gas project within the block, said an SKK Migas official.Read also: Shell plans to exit gas-rich Masela Block project“The aim is to have [Abadi] onstream by 2027 and we have agreed with operators to try and stick with this schedule,” SKK Migas head Dwi Soetjipto told lawmakers on Monday.He emphasized that Shell would continue developing the Abadi field despite having received permission from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to begin divestment.Shell’s plan to exit the Masela block dealt a major blow to Indonesia’s energy ambitions as the block, which holds 10.7 trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves, carries the biggest investment value among Indonesia’s four nationally-strategic oil and gas assets.The Masela block, which is 35 percent operated by Shell and 65 percent operated by Japan’s Inpex Corp, holds the Abadi project slated to produce 347 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (mboepd) per day, which is more than the other three assets, SKK Migas data show.The block’s Abadi project reached 2.2 percent completion as of June this year, below the targeted 10.5 percent, due to lockdown-related delays, according to the data.Read also: As Chevron exit looms, Indonesia eyes Italian Eni to take over IDD gas megaproject”[Shell] looked at the global portfolios under them and decided that investment in other countries was more profitable,” said Inpex Indonesia corporate service vice president Henry Banjarnahor, also on Monday.He said Inpex and SKK Migas were working to procure equipment, complete an environmental impact assessment, acquire land, secure gas buyers and map local weather patterns, among others activities, in the Abadi field.Shell Indonesia did not immediately respond for comment.Topics :
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf’s Statement on Civil Service Commission Banning the Box Criminal Justice Reform, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the Civil Service Commission’s decision, at his urging, to ‘ban the box’ on employment applications starting on July 1, 2017.“I applaud the State Civil Service Commission’s decision to ‘ban the box’ and make opportunities for reentrants more accessible and create economic opportunity to combat recidivism. Banning the box will allow prospective applicants with criminal records to be judged on their skills and qualifications and not solely on their criminal history, while preserving a hiring agency’s ability to appropriately screen applicants as part of the hiring process.”Today’s announcement comes after Governor Wolf’s change to ‘ban the box’ on non-civil service job applications last week. May 09, 2017
Stock market turbulence caused Latvia’s 12-month second-pillar pension fund returns for the end of the first quarter 2016 to fall to -3.07%, from 9.5% a year earlier, according to the Association of Commercial Banks of Latvia (LKA).The eight active, equity-weighted plans suffered the biggest hit, returning -4.05%, in contrast to 2015, when they generated 11%.The returns of the four balanced funds fell from 9.2% to -3.17%, and those of the eight conservative bond-weighted funds from 5.9% to -0.64%.The improved year-to-date returns – of 0.57% for the conservative plans, -0.07% for the balanced funds and -0.75% for the equity ones – reflected the global stock market rebound in February and March. Changes in asset allocation strategies since the end of 2015 varied depending on the class of fund.The active funds maintained their cash holdings at 15%, one of the highest shares for this asset class for more than five years, and that of equity and equity funds at 26%, while the bond and bond fund share declined by 2 percentage points to 48%.The balanced funds’ portfolio structure remained virtually unchanged, with bond and bond funds accounting for 70%, equity and equity funds 17% and free cash 9%.The conservative funds markedly increased their liquidity, with the cash holding growing by 5 percentage points to 14%, and that of bank deposits by 1 percentage point to 9%, while the share of bonds and bond funds fell by 6 percentage points to 77%.Euro-denominated assets accounted for 92% of all second-pillar assets, followed some way behind by the US dollar at 6%.Geographically, the most significant shift was a 3-percentage-point drop in Western European holdings, to 13%.Latvian assets accounted for the bulk, at 43%, followed by Eastern Europe at 21%, global assets (13%), North America (5%) and Asia (4%), while only 0.4% were invested in Russia.Second-pillar assets grew by 11.6% year on year to €2,408m, of which an estimated €400m is net investment income, while membership increased by around 15,500 to 1.26m.Voluntary third-pillar returns also declined over the year, from an average 10.28% to -3.27%, with the active plans returns falling from 14.85% to -5.41%, and those of the balanced plans from 8.41% to -2.28%.Asset allocation remained relatively similar to that at the end of 2015.The main change was a 1-percentage-point fall in the equity and equity fund share, to 9% for the balanced funds and 33% for the active ones, in favour of bank deposits.As in the case of the second-pillar funds, most (91%) of the assets were euro-denominated and invested in Latvia (32%).Over the year, assets increased by 9.5% to €332m, and membership by 18,415 to 258,670.
Seafaring could see a transformation amid the new generation of high-tech vessels, which are likely to operate with increasingly reduced crew levels, Nautilus International’s UK branch seminar on maritime automation heard.“Where there are seafarers on ships, they will be in small numbers but will be highly trained and specialist,” Mike Barnett, Southampton Solent University Emeritus Professor, predicted.“The traditional divisions of deck and engine departments may well go and there are big questions about how social life onboard may be affected by these changes,” Barnett added.Furthermore, there will be challenges for mental and health and wellbeing for small crews over extended periods and “if we are using condition monitoring for machines there could well be a case for doing it for seafarers as well, with sensor equipment to send back data on physical and mental variables.”Nautilus professional and technical officer David Appleton said it was hard to see the financial logic of automated ships when crew costs are so low. However, he added, while the shipping industry needs to look at the way the aviation industry has improved its safety record with greatly increased use of automated systems it must also look at some of the resulting risks – including the degradation of key skills as a consequence of automation, the ‘startle’ effect when systems fail, diminished situational awareness and alert fatigue.Grant Hunter, head of contracts and clauses with BIMCO, described the scale of the challenge of revising the global regulatory regime to control the operation of remote-controlled and autonomous ships. He added that many of the international conventions “do not sit comfortably with the concept of automation,” and it could well take more than a decade to overhaul STCW, SOLAS and the collision prevention regulations.The meeting was presented with preliminary findings of the Nautilus Federation’s survey of almost 900 maritime professionals from countries including the UK, the Netherlands, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. the results reveal that 83% of seafarers consider automation to be a threat to jobs, 85% see it as a threat to safety and almost 80% believe that radical changes in training and certification are required.However, the survey showed that there are also significant numbers of professionals who see the potential for using technology to improve the working lives of seafarers and to enhance their performance.