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4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details You’ve put the right team in place, but they’re not quite performing up to their potential. If you’re finding yourself in this position, here are four ways you can help your team thrive…Know them like the back of your hand: It’s important that you get to know your employees. Your team members are more than an employee ID number. They have dreams that they want to be able to fulfill while working for your company. Get to know them and you’ll gain their respect. Caring about your staff is a great way to get them to care about the company.Give them the right training: Nothing kills productivity like a poorly trained employee. Training should result in an employee knowing the ends and outs of their position, as well as a working knowledge of them company overall. Productivity is higher when employees fully understand what they’re doing and how their job fits into the bigger picture.Take advantage of their strengths: It’s a great feeling when you know you’ve hired the right person for the right job. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. A struggling employee may be in the wrong position. As you get to know employees better and get to know where their strengths lie, use that information to put your employees in the right places. No one is usually great at everything, so don’t be afraid to move them around before you decide to let them go.Loosen the reins: When your team is ready, the last thing you want to do is get in the way. It’s kind of like trying to drive a car with the parking brake on. Your team is strong and ready to do their job. Now it’s time to let them do it.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 34-year-old man was who was shot in Hempstead nearly two weeks ago died six days later, Nassau County police said in a wanted poster released Tuesday, 12 days after the shooting.Andre Bell was suffering from gunshot wounds to the head when he was found in a vehicle near the corner of Kennedy and Harold avenues at 2:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, according to the Crime Stoppers-issued flyer seeking tips in the case.The victim died of his injuries on Aug. 20, police said. Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the case as a murder.Nassau police did not issue a news release to alert the media and the public about the shooting death before investigators released the poster seeking tips to help solve the case.A police spokesman said that there was no additional information available regarding the investigation.Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information about the person responsible is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477), or Homicide Squad detectives at 516-573-7788.
A year and nine months ago, LAG LIKA launched the project of integrated economic development INTEGRA LIKA 2020, with the aim of branding the destination Lika and the sub-Velebit coast. As part of this project, the Gastro-Lika project is being implemented in order to brand the gastro-destination, and the LIKA QUALITY regional quality label project has been designed and implemented.Lika Quality is a regional sign of quality of food, souvenirs and services in the destination area, which includes the wider area of Lika and the sub-Velebit coast (Lika Destination). The mark is protected as a guarantee trademark in the State Office for the Protection of Intellectual Property of the Republic of Croatia, and the holder is the Local Action Group Lika (LAG LIKA), which is the originator and implementer of the project.In addition to branding the gastro-destination, the Lika Quality Label will enable a significant presence of local products in the local market. The Lika Quality regional system is guided by the philosophy of sustainable development, and the purpose of the Lika Quality Label is to brand locally produced food and souvenirs and create a recognizable gastro – destination.The public call for the award of the regional quality label Lika Quality was announced on May 23 this year, and 14 local producers applied for the public call. “Manufacturers have nominated a total of 43 products for the use of the Lika Quality Label, of which 39 products have passed expert examination at the sessions of the body for the selection of users of the Lika Quality. The award ceremony for the first 39 products was solemnly held on June 28, and in this way Lika products finally received the well-deserved label that classifies quality local products in the so-called premium category. ” stand out from Lag LikaKudos to LAG Lika, the ambassadors of Croatian tourism who show how anything is possible when proactive and quality people come together. Everything is up to us, and LAG Lika is a real example of how a local and authentic tourist destination is developed through effort and work.Related news: NEW GREAT STORY FROM LIKA AND A REAL EXAMPLE OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT! GASTRONOMICAL OFFER OF GASTRO LIKA PRESENTED
State-owned electricity company PLN’s bottom line has plunged into the negative in this year’s first quarter after the rupiah exchange rate fell to a record low in March.PLN booked a net loss Rp 38.9 trillion (US$2.76 billion) in the January to March period, down from a net profit Rp 4.12 trillion in the same period last year, the company’s financial report showed.The net loss was driven by first quarter foreign exchange losses of Rp 52 trillion, down from a gain of Rp 4 trillion in the same period last year. “Payments to IPPs will rise, especially if more large-scale PLTUs begin commissioning this year,” added Elrika, a researcher with the Ohio-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).PLN guaranteed buying power from IPP-owned coal plants to incentivize electrification, at the behest of the government. However, the incentive has become a burden for PLN as the electricity company struggles to sell the electricity.Going into the second quarter, high IPP payments and low electricity demand amid partial lockdowns (PSBB) will present risks for PLN’s finances, said Elrika.Previously, analysts warned that at least two of PLN’s ongoing programs this year could pose risks for the company’s post-pandemic financial recovery.The first program is PLN’s free and discounted electricity scheme for 31 million of Indonesia’s poorest households as a part of the government’s stimulus package to cushion the economic impacts on the country’s most vulnerable citizens amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The three-month scheme was expected to cost Rp 3.5 trillion but the government recently announced it would be extended by another three months until September. Government officials said the state would reimburse PLN but did not provide a timeline.The government still owes PLN Rp 48 trillion for subsidies incurred in 2018 and 2019.The second program is PLN’s Take-Or-Pay policy, in which the company guarantees it will buy a certain amount of electricity from independently owned coal-fired power plants — even when demand collapses, as is now happening during the pandemic.Topics : The rupiah fell as low as Rp 16,575 against the United States dollar in March, the lowest level since the 1998 financial crisis, before rebounding to around Rp 14,000 in June.“However, these are unrealized foreign exchange losses such that, if it was calculated using June rates, according to the report, these costs will not be there,” said energy analyst Elrika Hamdi in a statement on Monday.The report also showed PLN’s revenue rose slightly by 5 percent to Rp 72.7 trillion. Notably, the company excluded compensation income, as per a recent regulation, that would have amounted to a significant Rp 4.4 trillion, according to PLN.Meanwhile, expenses rose by a steeper 7 percent to Rp 78.89 trillion, led by higher payments to Independent Power Producers (IPP), particularly those that operate large coal-fired power plants (PLTU).
Joe Biden will not attend the Democratic convention to accept the party’s nomination to be its presidential election candidate after the event was further scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Wednesday.Biden “will no longer travel to Milwaukee and will instead address the nation and accept the Democratic nomination from his home state of Delaware,” the party said in a statement, announcing that no speakers would physically attend the August 17-20 convention, which will be entirely virtual.”We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives,” Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez said. Biden, 77, who leads President Donald Trump in the polls, is due to shortly unveil his long-awaited choice of running mate.The former vice president to Barack Obama has promised that he would choose a woman to join his ticket challenging Trump and the Republican Party in the November 3 election.Trump, 74, has questioned Biden’s mental sharpness, and Biden pushed back strongly in an interview aired on Wednesday when asked if he’s taken a cognitive test.”No, I haven’t taken a test,” Biden told the CBS News correspondent. “Why the hell would I take a test?” Topics :
Built in 1910, this property was once home to the family of a Japanese Prisoner of War who was captured in 1942 and survived the notorious Changi Prison, only to die while waiting to return home after the war. Tragedy struck the same family again when their father was killed by a tram in Brisbane’s CBD. Newspaper articles about the accident included a graphic photo showing him under the tram and described the accident in gruesome detail. CASE FILES OF A BRISBANE HOUSE DETECTIVE BANCROFT HOUSE, KELVIN GROVE: A HIDDEN WELL AND STREET AND SUBURB NAME ORIGINS Architectural historian Marianne Taylor. Photo: Liam Kidston.EVER wonderered what tales your house would tell if its walls could talk?A Brisbane ‘house detective’ has revealed to The Courier-Mail the stories behind some of her most fascinating projects in Queensland. Architectural historian Marianne Taylor has uncovered some incredible stories while researching homes over the past decade — and she says this year has been her busiest yet as more people realise the value of their abode. You won’t believe some of the historic gems she’s uncovered. HOLLAND PARK HOUSE: EARLY FEMALE ARCHITECT AND A SOCIAL HOUSING SCHEME This circa 1900 home in Chelmer is an iconic residence.This circa 1900 house in Chelmer sold to a private homeowner for $3 million in 2014.The incredible residence has had many uses over the years. It was formerly a Red Cross convalescent hospital during WWII, an army barracks and later became a training centre for the Queensland Police Service. The kitchen in the home at Chelmer. JINDALEE HOUSE: ONE OF THE FIRST MASTER-PLANNED SUBURBS IN QUEENSLAND AND A WOMAN’S DAY “DREAM HOME” DESIGN MONTANA, BOWEN HILLS HOUSE: PIONEERING AVIATRIX, LORES BONNEY This house in Bowen Hills was built circa 1900.This house, built circa 1900, was the residence of a remarkable woman, Lores Bonney. She was a pioneer aviator and the first woman to circumnavigate Australia and fly fromAustralia to England solo in her tiny plane. She lived a remarkable life, especially for a woman in the era of the 1920s and 1930s. Her and her husband didn’t have children, so as a hobby she learnt to fly from her husband’s cousin, Bert Hinkler. She achieved remarkable firsts for both male and female aviators. She learnt how to repair her own engine and one crashed in the ocean on a flight to South Africa and was rescued by a local tribe. In addition to Hinkler, her counterparts were Kingsford Smith and Amelia Earhart, but for some reason she is not very well known. Bonney Ave at Clayfield is named after her, as well as other streets at Archerfield and Southport airports and the electorate of Bonney. A section of the Brisbane River Walk has also just been named after her. Inside the home at Bowen Hills, which has been renovated. LYNNE GROVE HOUSE, CORINDA: EARLY SETTLER’S HOME, FEMALE PASTORALIST’S “TOWN HOUSE” AND ORPHANAGE This house is a former Mater Prize Home winner from 1964.Its unusual design would have been cutting-edge and revolutionary in Brisbane at the time.The entire history of Mater Prize Homes is fascinating, especially the social connection with Brisbane reidnets — many of whom would visit the houses on the weekends as a cheap, family social outing. The house is even more remarkable because it is pretty much unchanged, both inside and outside. This Tarragindi house is a former Mater Prize Home winner from 1964. Image: CoreLogic. TARINGA HOUSE: FAMILY TRAGEDIES AND A SOCIAL HOUSING SCHEME This house at Holland Park has a rich history.An unassuming house exterior hid the story of one of Queensland’s first female architects, Eunice Slaughter. The house design includes many features which Eunice discussed in a newspaper article about her idea of the “ideal house”. She worked for the State Advances Corporation, which was the precursor to the Queensland Housing Commission and was responsible for producing affordable homes for the “working class”. That scheme revolutionised home ownership in Queensland, allowing many people who would never previously have been able to afford a home, to achieve the Australian dream. This house in Holland Park was home to one of Queensland’s first female architects. GREENSLOPES HOUSE: RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AND EARLY FEMALE CHEMIST Researching this house involved uncovering the incredible story of Russian immigrants, who had fled their home country following the Russian Revolution. The couple’s daughter was also remarkable for firstly attending university, but even moreunusual was her choice of degree: chemistry. She went on to work as an industrial chemist and her husband spent four and a half years as a POW during World War Two. Lynne Grove House was built by a member of the Hassall family, who were early settlers in the Corinda area. It was then owned by Thomas Murray Hall who became involved in politics and was eventually appointed an MLA. Widowed pastoralist, Laura Duncan, later owned the house and used it as her city residence, before donating it for use as an orphanage. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThis house in Corinda has a rich history. CHELMER HOUSE: GRAND RESIDENCE, RED CROSS WWII HOSPITAL, ARMY BARRACKS, POLICE COLLEGE NEWMARKET HOUSE: LADY BIGAMIST AND THE NEWMARKET CATTLE SALE YARDS Researching this common timber house in Newmarket involved uncovering the history of the nearby tannery businesses and Newmarket cattle sale yards, as well as their connection with the WWII light horse regiments and the important role Newmarket Railway Station played in transporting the horses and troops. The residents of the house were also previously embroiled in a scandal, when the woman was convicted of bigamy after finding herself pregnant and marrying the father — conveniently forgetting she was already married. This house was built in 1950 by a member of the Brittain family, who were part of the well-known brick manufacturing company of the same name. The history of the brick business is fascinating, and the mother of the builder of the house was the topic of a shocking scandal when private detectives caught her “half naked” in bed with a man other than her husband. The later use of the house as a convent was also unusual and unexpected. OXLEY HOUSE: BRITTAINS BRICKS AND MARITAL SCANDAL Jindalee was part of one of the earliest masterplanned, self-contained communities in Queensland, the Centenary Estates by LJ Hooker. Part of promoting this new estate involved prize home giveaways and other innovative new marketing techniques. One of these was a “design your dream home” competition by Woman’s Day and this house, designed by Alma Tait, was the winning design. The results of the competition provide a unique insight into what the majority of Australians looked for in a home at the time. The house was completed in 1963 and was one of the first houses built in the estate. It featured many strikingly modern aspects, such as the concrete slab construction, galleykitchen, reversed floor plan and climate-based design. After being open to the public as display home, the Tait family finally moved in 1964. They called it home for almost 40 years and Alma’s son, John Tait, still resides there. This house in Jindalee won the Woman’s Day “Dream Home” competition in 1962. Image: CoreLogic. TARRAGINDI HOUSE: MATER PRIZE HOME A brick well was discovered under this house, which was located on land that was previously part of a property called “Kelvin Grove”, which eventually gave its name to the suburb. Its owner, Joseph Bancroft, was a prominent doctor in Brisbane and his house hadextensive grounds where he trialled growing different plants and opened it to the public.The street and the subject house were both later named after him.
The Dutch Public Prosecution Service has brought criminal charges against Groningen-based owner Seatrade for having sold vessels to scrap yards in countries with poor working conditions and substandard environmental practices.This is the first time in Europe that criminal charges were raised against a shipowner for beaching vessels.According to the prosecution office, the Seatrade Group is facing fines of up to EUR 2.35 million (around USD 2.9 million) for breaking up ships on beaches in Bangladesh, India and Turkey in violation of the European Waste Shipment Regulations.In addition, the Dutch Public Prosecutor calls for confiscation of the profits Seatrade made on the illegal sale of four ships, those being Spring Panda, Spring Bob, Spring Bear and Spring Deli.A six-month prison sentence for three of Seatrade’s top executives is also being requested.All four vessels departed on their last voyage to the breaking yards from the ports of Rotterdam and Hamburg in the spring of 2012.Ships sailing to their final destination on their own contain large quantities of hazardous substances such as bunker oil, lubricating oil, PCBs and asbestos.Since the ships in question are refrigerated vessels, they also contain HCFCs.As these hazardous substances were not removed from the ships their sale to India, Bangladesh and Turkey was illegal, the prosecution office said.The two 1984-built reefers, Spring Bear and Spring Bob ended up at Indian and Bangladeshi breakers respectively.The 1984-built Spring Panda and Spring Deli were demolished at shipyards in Turkey.Breaking yards in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India are notorious for their dangerous working conditions, especially with respect to the removal of hazardous waste as these yards don’t have the required facilities, meaning that chemical waste, including asbestos, is often dumped at the site.Seatrade sold the ships via the company Baltic Union Shipbrokers to cash-buyer GMS, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.However, it has later been determined that another cash buyer was behind the purchase, as GMS vehemently opposed the allegations.According to the prosecutor, Seatrade opted for using a cash buyer, rather than recycling the ships in a safe and clean manner, for purely financial reasons.Seatrade knowingly sold the vessels for dirty and dangerous breaking in order to maximize profits which further aggravates the charge, the prosecutor claimed.“Despite ongoing criminal investigations, Seatrade sold two more ships – the Sina and Ellan – for dirty and dangerous breaking on the beach in Alang, India, in August 2017,” Ingvild Jenssen, Founder and Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.“This case adds itself to the growing demand, including from investors and major shipping banks, for better ship recycling practices.”Authorities in Norway, Belgium, and the UK will be paying close attention to the verdict of the case. Similar cases are currently being investigated there, involving shipping companies such as Maersk and CMB, as well as the world’s largest cash-buyers GMS and Wirana, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.The case is being heard in a Rotterdam Court this week.
NewsRegional Trinidad minister defends PM over Commonwealth report by: – October 17, 2011 96 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share Share Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communications, Dr Surujrattan RambachanPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — In a letter to the editor published today, Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communications, Dr Surujrattan Rambachan, has come out in defence of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar over a decision not to make public a report prepared by the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG).The EPG was established by Commonwealth leaders in 2009 to look at how the Commonwealth might be updated and made more relevant and has recently completed a report on the status and future of the organisation.Members of the EPG, Senator Hugh Segal (Canada) and Sir Ronald Sanders (Guyana), presented a summary of the major recommendations of the Group’s report to Rambachan in Port of Spain in August.Women’s and youth empowerment; women’s political participation; intra-Commonwealth trade; HIV/AIDS; a Youth Corps and the need for greater co-ordination among the Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Foundation and Commonwealth Designated Organisations are key areas of focus in the report. Other topics included the role of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) and the need for the increased engagement of this body in order to preserve Commonwealth values. A need was also identified for the establishment of a Commonwealth Commissioner for the Rule of Law, Democracy and Human Rights to effectively support and implement the work of the secretary-general and CMAG.Sanders and Segal stated that the EPG report contains 107 recommendations, of which 14 are core recommendations. It was emphasised in the EPG report that the Commonwealth must recognise changing dynamics of development and human rights in the contemporary world and adapt to these changes. Since then, however, disagreement has arisen over whether or not the report should be released to the public prior to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, at the end of this month.“Inexplicably, current chair-in-office, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, decided that the reports should be kept secret,” Segal said in an opinion piece published here.He went on to say that advocates of keeping the reports secret are really advocates of weakening the Commonwealth.Rambachan takes issue with this.“It is rather astonishing for the prime minister to be associated with any erroneous statement that she might in any way be responsible for weakening the Commonwealth when, in fact the prime minister has done significantly more than any previous chair-in -office to raise the profile of the Commonwealth,” he said in his letter.According to Rambachan, Persad-Bissessar, in the interests of maintaining consensus and not engaging in a unilateral debate in the media, was of the opinion that, as the report was commissioned by the Commonwealth heads of government, they must first be given an opportunity to deliberate before the contents are made public.However, it seems that not all heads of government agree with this approach. Australia’s prime minister, Julia Gillard, the host of the CHOGM, has reportedly indicated that the report should be made public before the summit meeting. Nevertheless, she is said to be constrained to join the Trinidadian prime minister in keeping the report secret for the time being in the interest of “consensus.”According to Sanders, in an opinion piece published here, there is a precedent for the EPG report to be released publicly before the heads of government meeting. When the first EPG report was delivered to the Commonwealth secretary-general twenty-five years ago, it was published four months ahead of the summit meeting, allowing for a full discourse throughout the Commonwealth on its findings about apartheid in South Africa, he said.Sanders and Segal have both drawn attention to what they see as the negative results of the ongoing failure to make the report public.“Instead, some recommendations have been subject to distortion and misinterpretation by representatives of a few governments that mistakenly believe there is some marginal benefit to them in stifling progress on these issues,” Segal said.According to Sanders, the absence of comprehensive information has led to misinterpretations.Rambachan emphasised, however, that Persad-Bissessar “is unwavering in her support of the goals of the report.”“Nonetheless, in her capacity as chairperson-in-office she has been mindful of the need to maintain a spirit of consensus among the Commonwealth member states. As such she has not lobbied for the early release of the report but has instead been compelled to opt for its release at CHOGM,” he said. By Caribbean News Now contributorCaribbean News Now
RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener Philippe Coutinho opened his Bundesliga account and Robert Lewandowski maintained his immaculate goalscoring form as Bayern Munich dismissed Cologne in a 4-0 victory.The latter has scored in all competitions for the Bavarians this season and wasted no time in handing his side the advantage with an opening goal after just three minutes.The early strike was the result of a link-up with Joshua Kimmich, who left his usual right-back role to start in midfield.A succession of half-chances created the sense that a second goal was looming, but Coutinho narrowly failed to convert an Ivan Perisic free-kick and could only find a post.The midfield duo, who both joined the reigning Bundesliga champions this summer, joined forces again as Bayern pressed for a wider advantage.Coutinho fed the ball to Perisic on the perimeter of the box before the Croatian switched feet and tried his luck with a shot on goal.The resulting attempt curved just wide of the mark, but the threat was enough to jolt Cologne into action.The Billy Goats’ Jhon Cordoba then found himself unmarked in the box and took his chance to level the scoreline with a strike that swung marginally wide of the target.Bolstered by the chance, the visitors tried again in the 41st minute.Austrian midfielder Florian Kainz bid for an equaliser this time, but his attempt was fumbled clear by Manuel Neuer.As the break approached, Niko Kovac’s side regained control of proceedings as Coutinho surged forward and found Lewandowski.Untroubled by Cologne’s defensive line and with the keeper on the ground, Lewandowski failed to capitalise on the chance as his shot was chipped over the bar.He was redeemed almost as soon as the second half began, scoring with a header from another Kimmich assist.Cologne right-back Kingsley Ehizibue then pulled Coutinho to the floor inside the box, resulting in a red card and a penalty for the home side.The Barcelona loanee stepped forward to duly slot the ball home.His effort was declared void, however, due to the presence of Bayern players in the box.The penalty was retaken and the visitors were offered no lifeline as the Brazilian calmly repeated the shot to secure his first goal for the Bavarians.Lewandowski was then replaced by German forward Thomas Muller, dampening any hopes of the 31-year-old repeating the hat-trick of goals he produced earlier in the season at Schalke.The scoring was resumed nonetheless, as Coutinho sought out Perisic again and the latter slotted home a fourth goal past Cologne keeper Timo Horn.Right winger Serge Gnabry then curved a cross into the box, but Perisic was denied a second goal as his headed shot landed just wide.Reduced to 10 men, Achim Beierlorzer’s side could do little to retaliate and eventually folded 4-0 to the leaders.Tags: Bayern MunichPhilippe Coutinho