The Stern Center for Language and Learning has made some changes in theirmanagement team. Mary Allen Stifler, M.A.T., formerly Director ofDevelopment has moved to a newly created position as Vice President forProgram Administration. The Development Department has been restructuredwith Megan Cluver, B.A., taking the position of Development/CommunityRelations Coordinator.New to the organization are Laurie Caswell Burke,Ed.M. and William Billings, B.S. Ms. Caswell Burke, formerly Giving WorldCoordinator for the April Cornell Giving World Foundation, is the SternCenterâ€™s Development Officer. Mr. Billings is the new MarketingDirector. He comes to the Stern Center from L3 Communications in the Boston areawhere is was the Marketing and Sales Director.Also joining the SternCenter management team is Earl Walters, B.S., replacing John Connell asthe Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Walters was most recently employed asthe Coordinator of Fiscal Services in the Addison Northeast SupervisoryUnion. Mr. Connell leaves the Stern Center to focus on his two St. Albansbusinesses. The Stern Center for Language and Learning is a non-profitliteracy center based in Williston, Vermont.
The aftermath.“Fishin’ for squirrels?” he asked as I yanked at my line, which had cat’s cradled itself into a nest of overhanging branches. It was the first day of deer season, so I tried to take this hunter’s comment with a smile. He was feeling good about hunting, I was feeling miserable about fishing…and the worst was yet to come.Let me backup.The day had started better than usual with a hot breakfast and pleasant conversation with family. With my belly full and spirits high I set out for the Hidden Valley Recreation Area along the Jackson River in Bath County, Va. This portion of the Upper Jackson River above Lake Moomaw has a reputation as a good little trout stream, and although I had never seen it and the weather was chilly, I could not resist the opportunity for some fall trout fishing. I usual pack up my gear at the end of terrestrial season due to the fact that I hate nymphing…a lot. But I like fishing, and I had nothing else to do, so I glanced at the map, hopped in the car with my trusty 5wt and hit the proverbial dusty trail.It didn’t take long to get off track. A wrong turn put me at the Hidden Valley campsite, which is not where I wanted to be, although it took me about 20 minutes to realize this and then find my way to right spot down the road. Strike one.I eventually found the correct parking area, donned my waders, and strung up my rod. I opted for a dry/dropper rig to make myself feel a little better about the nymphing; at least a fish could take a crack at the bobber. The best portion of the Upper Jackson is a special regulation area above Hidden Valley; due to the mandatory three mile hike in, it does not get as much pressure as the rest of the river. This was my plan, but I put the kibosh on that when I realized I had forgotten to bring any blaze orange for the walk. Oh, well. Plenty of other water to fish, right?In an attempt to not get shot, which would have been a real bummer, I decided that walking in the river upstream was probably my safest option. I was greeted with ultra-skinny water so I just began hoofing it, until I felt something funny below my feet. I looked down to see the felt sole of my left wade boot flapping in the current, hanging on by a sliver. Nothing is quite as unappealing as handling a sopping wet, frigid slab of felt in 40 degree weather. Strike two.Undeterred, I pressed on. I tested a few holes I thought looked promising but saw no fish. Not even a sign that any fish had ever inhabited that stretch of river in history. It was about this time that I ran into Mr. Wise-Cracking Deer Hunter. Needless to say, morale was pretty low at this point, but I was able to keep it together long enough for him to get out of ear shot before I let my true feelings be known to the woods at large (Hey, he had a gun!). I broke off my flies, tied on another tandem rig – which seemed to take an hour but in actuality only took about 55 minutes – made my way to the next pool…and promptly got snagged in another stream-side bush. I do not consider myself the world’s greatest fisherman by any means, but even this was a little too much for my already frazzled nerves.“Could this day get any worse?” I thought to myself as I tried to tug my fly out of this demon bush. Then my rod snapped in half. Steeeerike Three.As I stared down disbelieving at the broken pieces of my favorite fly rod, I felt like Roy Hobbs picking up Wonderboy after that final foul ball. Unfortunately, I had no husky, wood working bat boy to bring me a Savoy Special, and there would be no floodlight destroying homerun on this day. It was a soul crushing end to what, until that point, had been a merely soul tenderizing day.During the long, humbling walk back to the car I thought about all the things that can go wrong on a trip. I had covered most of them already: got lost, forgot essentials, came unprepared, broke vital equipment. Needless to say, it was not the finest day I’ve had on the water, but then again, I was on the water. Even though I was having a, let’s say “tough,” day out there, I could not help but smile as I schlepped back downstream, thinking about all the other good days I’ve had fishing. Sure I had gotten skunked, lost a bunch of flies, ripped apart my boot, broken a rod, and been heckled by a random stranger, but things could have been worse. I could have been doing something else besides fishing.
Tuesday’s mid-term elections resulted in a credit union friendly majority being elected to the 116th Congress, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said Wednesday. CUNA, leagues, credit unions and members were heavily involved in the election, including support for 388 candidates for the House and Senate.“Credit unions invested a record $7 million into this election to help continue the positive momentum we’ve seen for credit union priorities in Congress,” Nussle said. “We’re pleased that we’ll have many friendly faces in the next Congress, and we’ll be working hard from now until then to connect with new members and engage with returning members to advance credit union priorities.”Nussle, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan, Chief Political Officer Richard Gose and Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Political Action Trey Hawkins will conduct a post-election webinar Thursday, scheduled for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (ET). Registration is open for the webinar, which is free to CUNA members. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
The Zagreb Association of Caterers invites all its members to this year’s Forum of Zagreb Caterers, which will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 10 am at the Esplanade Hotel. This year, too, the emphasis will be on the burning issues that plague caterers in their daily work, with special reference to labor shortages, too high VAT and too high wage costs. All of the above has led to a large outflow of workers from the hospitality sector abroad. All these problems are not only the problems of caterers, but they also affect society as a whole, so they will The Zagreb Caterers’ Forum will be attended by representatives of the competent ministries and other state bodies to which caterers will address their problems. After the working part of the Forum, where caterers will present their conclusions to the state, a press conference will be held where representatives of the Zagreb Association of Caterers and representatives of city and executive bodies will present their views on the problems and opportunities of the hospitality sector. There will also be a traditional award ceremony for those who have contributed to the long-term contribution to the hospitality profession, as well as a panel discussion on solving the problem of labor shortage. By the way, the Association of Caterers Zagreb is very active and clearly articulates its problems and challenges, and as announced, and so it was last year, after the Forum, a press conference will be held to send conclusions from it. This is extremely important, because just imagine how many different forums, conferences, panels there are every year kao and like everyone else they are fighting for something, and no one clearly articulates their conclusions after the event, both to the public and to the institutions. And there is the main problem, only the same story has been told for 20 years, money and resources are spent, and there is no real action or results, by which I mean market, not political changes, to move things from a dead end through argumentative dialogue.By the way, the Association of Caterers Zagreb brings together about 1.500 caterers and craftsmen of the city of Zagreb and solves the problems of about 4.500 legal entities of caterers of the city of Zagreb.VAT in tourism must be lower, it is clear to everyone, even to the StateSource: HGKVAT in tourism must be lower, it is clear to everyone, even to the State, and all the analyzes say that, among other things. It is common knowledge that if the tax burden is high, it slows down economic development as well as increases the gray market. The less taxes and the general burden on business, the better the economy, and thus the filling of the state budget. Thus, increasing levies and taxes reduces consumption and stifles the economy, ie business development, and thus creates a budget deficit, regardless of the tax increase.On the other hand, the state is aware that VAT in tourism is too high, so the question is when they will reduce it again, but due to large debt and lack of cash, they simply decided to take money from the tourism sector, which is practically the only one that works and fills every year. i.e. saves the budget. By the way, tourism accounts for 20% of GDP, which is not a problem of tourism as such, but a proof of how low other industries are. The pressure of the profession is great to return the VAT in tourism to the old, ie the VAT rate to be 10%, which will surely bear fruit, it is only a question of when, because time is running out. That this is the case is also shown by the analysis of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, where according to the analysis of the sector in the first four months of this year, it was concluded that every second owner of cafes or restaurants in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County wants to close the facility. .Analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of the accommodation and catering industry in Croatia “With the current VAT rates, only minor positive effects on fiscal revenues are possible, while in the long run we can expect a smaller number of sectoral investments, a reduction in the number of new employees, lower gross value added and lower quality accommodation units” is the conclusion of the analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of organized accommodation and catering in Croatia, point out the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.According to the results of the study and estimates of the fiscal effect of the existing rate, the state will start earning less from 2019 according to the new rates than according to those from 2016. A VAT rate of 10% gives greater fiscal effects compared to the increased rate as early as 2025 due to the difference in investment intention and inflow of new accommodation. The economic effects of the current rate by 2021 compared to a rate of 10% mean 41% less sectoral investment and a loss of more than 2,5 billion euros of potential investment, 71% less new employees, 13% less value added and over 11.000 high quality accommodation units less.Side dish:Presentation summary / Analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of the accommodation and catering industry in Croatia Complete analysis / Analysis of the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of Croatian accommodation and catering activities,By the way, the Association of Caterers Zagreb brings together about 1.500 caterers and craftsmen of the city of Zagreb and solves the problems of about 4.500 legal entities of caterers of the city of Zagreb.
A Thai soldier gunned down at least 17 people an attack which he shared on Facebook, emergency services said Saturday, in an ongoing mass shooting which focused on a town center mall.The attack in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima began late in the afternoon at an army barracks, police told AFP.Three people were killed — among them at least one soldier — when Sergeant-Major Jakrapanth Thomma opened fire. “He stole an army vehicle and drove into the town centre,” police Lieutenant-Colonel Mongkol Kuptasiri.Local media reported the gunman seized weapons from the army arsenal before embarking on a shooting spree in the center of the town.In a fast-moving incident, authorities could not confirm local media reports the gunman had taken up to 16 hostages.There were “17 deaths, 14 wounded” late Saturday, said an unnamed spokesperson from Bangkok’s Erawan Center — the dispatch center for emergency services across the country. Video and photos circulating online relayed panicked scenes on a main road in the city – which is better known as Korat.#Breaking: #Thailand’s special forces are preparing to storm shopping center in #Korat where a soldier has killed at least 10 in a mass shooting and taken hostages#koratshootingpic.twitter.com/s7RGADHjbN— ISCResearch (@ISCResearch) February 8, 2020People fled while at least one fire roared as what appeared to be the sound of automatic gunfire filled the air.The gunman also posted photos of himself and wrote several posts on his Facebook page including “should I surrender” and “no one can escape death”.In one Facebook video — since deleted — the assailant, wearing an army helmet, filmed from an open jeep saying, “I’m tired… I can’t pull my finger anymore” and making a trigger symbol with his hand.There were also photos of a man in a ski mask holding up a pistol.”The gunman used a machine gun and shot innocent victims resulting in many injured and dead,” spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen told AFP, adding that the standing toll was “more than 10.”The defense ministry said forces have sealed off the Terminal 21 shopping center but have yet to capture the suspect.Thailand has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world but mass shootings by soldiers targeting civilians are rare.Several shootings at courthouses late last year also renewed concern about gun violence in the Southeast Asia country.In one high-profile case, a two-year-old boy was among three people killed in Thailand when a masked gunman robbed a jewellery shop last month.Late last year two lawyers were shot dead by a clerk at a court in the east of the country during a hearing over a land dispute.Topics :
Topics : “The IIF has been adamant that creditors of every type and size have a role to play in making sure the world’s most vulnerable countries have the liquidity needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said IIF President and CEO Tim Adams.The G20 proposal and the IIF plan cover only to the end of the year, and with no cure for coronavirus expected in the coming months, it may not be enough.UN chief Antonio Guterres called on Thursday for debt relief to be expanded, and urged the International Monetary Fund to increase allocations of its Special Drawing Rights (SDR) currency to give countries more access to funding.African countries face a combined $44 billion debt-servicing bill this year alone. It is estimated that the pandemic and the economic shutdowns could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty around the world. Plans for debt relief for the world’s poorest countries inched forward on Thursday as private creditors laid out a blueprint for their involvement, though it received immediate criticism for not going far enough.The proposal shepherded by the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said creditors would grant debt breaks on a case-by-case and voluntary basis this year, after concluding a one-size-fits-all approach would have been “practically impossible.”It was the culmination of work involving more than 100 top money managers after the Group of 20 economies had called on the private sector to match their recent Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) to help 77 low-income countries. “Alleviating crushing debt cannot be limited to the Least Developed Countries,” Guterres told a high-level UN meeting on how to handle the pandemic’s economic fallout. “It must be extended to all developing and middle-income countries that request forbearance as they lose access to financial markets.”Not enoughWorld Bank President David Malpass also warned at the conference that “much more” debt relief would be needed. He said around half the 77 countries eligible for the G20 debt relief had applied for help so far, and more were signing up.All official bilateral creditors should offer help, he stressed, and said commercial creditors should “participate on comparable terms and not exploit the debt relief of others.”He rejected calls, though, for the World Bank and other multilateral development banks to freeze debt payments, saying that would harm their ability to provide much-needed funding.The Saudi G20 secretariat, in a statement issued after an extraordinary working group meeting, said the debt relief initiative could provide $14 billion in liquidity as more countries signed up. But it said the amount could be even higher if additional creditors such as multilateral development banks and private-sector creditors joined the initiative.The IIF’s plan included coordination with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Paris Club, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and more than a dozen finance and development ministers representing DSSI-eligible countries.UN officials say debt relief is imperative to enable developing economies to spend more on containing the coronavirus and limiting what economists worry is an inevitable debt crisis.Tim Jones, head of policy at Jubilee Debt Campaign, a charity that focuses on reducing poverty, was critical.”Overall, the G20 agreement in April and IIF proposal today go nowhere near responding to the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus debt crisis,” Jones said.Some countries could end up paying far more in the medium-term due to accrued interest, he said, and some lenders could ignore the plan, which is voluntary.
Xhaka was jeered by fans when taken off against Palace and responded angrily (Picture: Reuters)According to The Athletic, Emery was never entirely sold on the idea of making Xhaka captain and consulted another player about taking over from Koscielny before eventually putting it to a vote.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTXhaka felt he was the only man for the job, though, and grew frustrated with his manager over the delay in naming Arsenal’s new skipper.Emery was hesitant, and perhaps rightly so given what happened in the Premier League clash with Palace, and it remains to be seen if he will play on Saturday against Wolves – and whether he will continue wearing the armband.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 CityXhaka finally released a statement on Thursday night, writing: ‘After taking some time to reflect on what happened on Sunday afternoon, I would like to give you an explanation rather than just a quick response.‘The scenes that took place around my substitution have moved me deeply. I love this club and always give 100% on and off the pitch. My feeling of not being understood by fans, and repeated abusive comments at matches and in social media over the last weeks and months have hurt me deeply. Granit Xhaka was frustrated with Unai Emery over how long he took to award Arsenal captaincy Xhaka has trained as usual this week ahead of facing Wolves on Saturday (Picture: Getty)‘People have said things like “We will break your legs”, “Kill your wife” and “Wish that your daughter gets cancer”. ‘That has stirred me up and I reached boiling point when I felt the rejection in the stadium on Sunday.‘In this situation, I let myself be carried away and reacted in a way that disrespected the group of fans that support our club, our team and myself with positive energy.‘That has not been my intention and I’m sorry if that’s what people thought. ‘My wish is that we get back to a place of mutual respect, remembering why we fell in love with this game in the first place. Let’s move forward positively together.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Nov 2019 9:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares The Swiss midfielder could yet lose the armband after clashing with fans (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka was frustrated with Unai Emery over how long it took to name him captain, with the Arsenal manager reportedly favouring another player before putting it to a vote.Emery made the curious decision to have the entire squad vote on who they wanted to replace Laurent Koscielny as skipper, with Xhaka handed the armband by his teammates,However, his future as captain is under threat after clashing with supporters in last weekend’s draw with Crystal Palace, cupping his ear to the crowd and telling them to ‘f*** off’.
Former Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye says President Akufo-Addo has a bad choice as sports minister, highlighting the challenges the sector is facing under the leadership of Isaac Asiamah.Asiamah has been in charge since the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took office in 2017. He is the longest-serving sports minister since 2001. Under his watch, the Accra Sports Stadium has been renovated with Baba Yara Stadium currently undergoing renovation.Also, in partnership with the National Youth Authority, the Ministry is constructing 10 multi-purpose sports facilities across the country.Isaac Asiamah As Sports Minister Is A Bad Choice – Nii Lante Vanderpuye Member of Parliament for Odododiodio Constituency Nii Lante Vanderpuye believes the incumbent Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah was wrongly appointed.Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-90.5x1x1.25×1.5x2x facebook twitter Email reddit linkedin Linkhttps://www.myjoyonline.com/sports/other-sports/akufo-addo-has-a-bad-choice-as-sports-minister-vanderpuye-slams-asiamahs-works/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedAuto180p720p406p270p180pLive00:0000:2600:25 However, the Member of Parliament for Odododiodio has not been impressed with Mr Asiamah’s works. In an interview with Joy Sports, Mr Vanderpuye said little has been done to support the sporting disciplines.“I get complaints all the time. Boxers are complaining, Armwrestling complaining, weightlifting complaining, almost all the sporting disciplines are complaining. If they don’t get support from the Ghana Olympic Committee, they don’t get support at all. This is not good for Ghana Sports,” he said.“I thought that the President was somebody who I have known to love sports but I think he has a bad choice of a minister, that’s the problem. I must be frank with you, I said it at the beginning that the President made a mistake of choosing Asiamah as the Minister for Sports”. During his 11 months spell, Mr Vanderpuye oversaw the construction of Trust Sports Emporium which was unveiled in November. According to him, the project and many others planned before his exit is what the incumbent government is benefiting from.” As we are talking today, weightlifting is the only sporting discipline in Ghana that is seeing some level of (uprise), maybe to some extent swimming. Even swimming, if we had not built a swimming pool at the Bukom Boxing Arena [Trust Sports Emporium], where will swimming be?” he quizzed.“Ghana was able to host the Africa Zone 2 tournament, brought so many countries, close to about 16 countries to Ghana. That is good, that’s the vision that we had. Initially, we were going to build only a boxing Arena but we said no, lets swimming, let’s add this, let’s add that. It takes people with the vision to build sports for the future,” he added.
“Congrats to the Astros,” Regalado added. “They wanted it.”He added that he felt like when it came to Game 7, “We just didn’t show up, energy-wise.”The crowd leaving Dodger Stadium was also quiet.Los Angeles Police, who had been prepared to deal with celebrations if the Dodgers had won, reported no major incidents after the game. PreviousLos Angeles Dodger fans look on in the 5th inning of Game 7 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea wears a rally towel on his head in the 8th inning of Game 7 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDejected Dodgers hang their heads on the dugout rail at the end of the game. The Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 to win Game 7 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)A lone Dodgers’ fan scratches his head as he watches the trophy presentation after the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)A Los Angeles Dodgers fan looks on in the 8th inning of game seven of a World Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodger fans look on in the 5th inning of Game 7 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 5Los Angeles Dodger fans look on in the 5th inning of Game 7 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandA somber crowd left L.A. Live after the Astros won the 2017 World Series.“L.A. is heartbroken,” said Francisco Regalado, 31, of Costa Mesa, after watching Game 7 from the venue. Dodgers fans, in the meantime, shared their disappointment on social media. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error