The Sammis Family has purchased the historic 18-hole Montague golf club in Randolph. Immediate plans are to upgrade the facility with a new entrance driveway and golf paths, 36 new Club Car golf carts and 36 new Amish-made swinging benches on all Men’s and Ladies’ Tees. The golf course is open to the public. More information is available at www.montaguegolf.com(link is external).
Ørsted commits to move forward with 900MW offshore wind project in Taiwan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Ørsted A/S made a final investment decision on the about 900-MW Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind project in Taiwan.The company confirmed its decision April 30. In a news release, it noted the Taiwanese government had approved the Danish offshore wind giant’s local supply chain plan, after which the company signed a power purchase agreement with state-owned Taiwan Power Co. on Jan. 30 at a 6% cut in the feed-in tariff and a new cap on annual full-load hours.“With the Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farm, which is the first under the localization rules to take final investment decision, Ørsted will invest significantly in Taiwan’s transition to renewable energy with substantial impact on local job creation and industrial development,” Ørsted Asia-Pacific President Matthias Bausenwein said in the news release.Ørsted in October 2018 selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA as the preferred turbine supplier for the wind project, expected to be built between 2021 and 2022. Upon completion, the project will provide power to about 1 million Taiwanese households.The company received the right to build the 920-MW Changhua 2b and 4 offshore wind facility in June 2018. Construction is expected to begin in 2025, subject to the company making a final investment decision on the projects in 2023.The Greater Changhua sites have a total potential capacity of 2,400 MW, of which about 1,800 MW is already set to be built. The remaining 600 MW is available for future auction rounds.More ($): Ørsted commits to 900-MW offshore wind project in Taiwan
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details There are a lot of terrific sayings in Texas. One of them, with variations, goes like this: “It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.” Basically, this means you can wag your tongue about something (personal prowess, a skill, a job, etc.) as long as your end results justify the words. In essence, it’s the walk matching up with the talk.The saying came to mind a few days ago when I walked past a boutique in a strip mall not far from home. They were closed for lunch but a large sign was hanging proudly in the window above the door. The sign proclaimed in big, bold letters:“Come In, We’re Awesome!”While I’m not a part of the boutique’s target audience and have never shopped there, the boldness of the sign intrigued me. The owner/staff are making a pretty daring statement here. In the world of credit unions, sometimes the language describing our brand and culture is stale and technical. Phrases like “net promoter score,” “member loyalty” and “key metrics” are all well and good but don’t necessarily invoke an energetic response when it comes to culture. “Awesome,” on the other hand? That’s definitely a more spirited play on words.Now I’m going to ask you a key question. Apply the bold statement above to the current culture at your credit union. Is your brand and culture so lively, so differentiated, so lived and loved by staff every day that you could hang a similar sign on your front door? If not, why? If so, why haven’t you hung a sign like that already!?If your answer to the above question is “no,” here are some key follow-up questions to ponder regarding your credit union’s current state of culture.What words would members and employees use to describe our culture? If they’re not saying things like “awesome” what words are they using? A great way to find out how members and staff regard the status of your credit union’s culture is via a quick and easy anonymous online survey as part of a more intensive deep-dive marketing and cultural audit. While the answers to this question might be difficult to hear, it’s far better for a credit union to recognize and address cultural deficiencies now than allow the marketplace to do so in the future.What would it take to develop a culture that both staff and members do describe with such positive words as “awesome?” An investment in brand and culture, while vital, is not a Band-Aid or an overnight quick-fix. When it comes to dealing with people and culture, credit unions must be prepared to use a long-term approach. The introduction of a new brand and culture is a long haul, but well worth the effort if your credit union goes into it with the right spirit and heart.How would we measure the state of our brand and culture moving forward? As with any other major initiative, your credit union’s venture into brand and culture must be measured, monitored and compared back to (yes, that phrase again) key metrics. Too often brand and culture are maligned as being difficult, if not impossible, to track quantitatively. This is simply not the case. Credit unions that bravely sail their vessels into the swift currents of brand and culture do so with metric mile markers already in place. Some of these may be already-used measurements such as products per member, products per household, net member growth, asset size, etc. However, for something more nuanced like brand and culture, your credit union must also consider other measuring sticks that might include member and employee attitudes, product knowledge, brand knowledge and application, etc. Make no mistake; brand and culture have quantitative measurements and, critically, quantitative results (i.e.; your credit union’s bottom line).The boutique mentioned above definitely has the right idea about both developing a vibrant brand and culture and not being afraid to brag about it. However, as the saying goes, it’s not bragging if you can back it up.
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Sara Belec, Vukovar Vocational School: Our students are extremely optimistic about the future of tourism in Vukovar
As part of this year’s Days of Jobs in Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism announced a public invitation to secondary catering and tourism schools and universities with programs in the field of tourism and catering “Be innovative, tourism offers you a job.” The aim of the competition is to promote catering and tourism occupations and tourism as an attractive department that provides employment opportunities, and the competition received 38 applications from secondary catering and tourism schools and universities from all over Croatia.As the most original solution aimed at quality promotion of catering and tourism occupations and connecting with employers, the project was declared “Book a successful career” of the Vocational School Vukovar, while the second place went to the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality – Opatija, and the third place to the School of Economics and Tourism Daruvar. By winning this competition, all three teams won study trips worth a total of HRK 50.000 to prestigious centers of excellence in Spain (Basque Culinary Center) and Austria (Center of Excellence for Hospitality and Tourism) and a visit to a hotel company in Croatia.Vukovar Vocational School “Book a successful career”The award-winning project “Book a successful career” is the result of cooperation between third-grade students of tourism and hotel commercial Mirta Magoč, Kristina Koh and Sandra Radić, mentors Sara Belec (who make up the Vuturisti team) and teachers Branka Škarica, Tajana Matanović, Biljana Hečimović-Apčag and school secretary David Vlajčić.By winning the first place in the competition of the Ministry of Tourism “Be innovative, tourism offers you a job” Vukovar Vocational School received HRK 25.000,00 intended exclusively for a study trip to the culinary center in the Basque Country. “The award won was a pleasant surprise to all of us. Given the strong competition with which we competed, it is not only important for students and our school but also for the city of Vukovar, which records a continuous increase in tourist demand, so any form of promotion of tourism and hospitality professions is welcome for younger generations to choose occupations we need in Vukovar ” Sara Belec, mentor and teacher of the Vukovar Vocational School, points out, and adds that she is glad that this project also served as an example of good practice for other students and motivated them to get involved in projects, develop their competencies and skills outside school.Photo: Vocational School VukovarThe project “Book a successful career” includes the production of a promotional video of hospitality and tourism professions in 2D and 3D with the use of VR glasses to emphasize the use of new technologies and the production of brochures and a promotional stand. The video will be made in the school, but also in locations where students conduct practical classes in order to get a clear insight into what students can expect in the Vocational School Vukovar and what competencies and skills they will be able to develop.”Equally, former students of the School who continued to build their careers in tourism and hospitality will be presented. Accompanied by teachers, students will visit some primary schools in the city of Vukovar and beyond and present their occupations to interested students. Elementary school students will be able to ask questions to students and thus get information about the program itself, conducting practical classes and the reasons for enrolling in these courses. The video will have a choice of languages: Croatian, English, German, French, Serbian and Cyrillic (since classes at the school are bilingual). Students will also participate in fairs in the city of Vukovar, where they will distribute brochures and provide information about their occupations. The stand would consist of three parts: “reception” (receptionist will provide information), “bar” (waiter will serve drinks) and “kitchen” (chef will present and share food products they made themselves – traditional dishes) ” Belec points out and adds that the ideas for the brochures will be devised by the students themselves, ie members of the student cooperative of the Vukovar Ister Vocational School.The video will be presented not only in primary schools but also in the Vocational School Vukovar to encourage students to continue their education in tourism and hospitality, and the project and promotion will be realized before enrolling primary school students in secondary schools.Record tourist season in Vukovar – Srijem County The potential for the development of continental tourism, including tourism in Slavonia, is certainly great, and from year to year the tourism indicators are getting better and better. This is also shown by the data for last year, when Vukovar-Srijem County achieved record tourist results.From the beginning of January to the end of December, there were 30,17 percent more arrivals and 36,23 percent more overnight stays in the Vukovar-Srijem County compared to 2016. Out of a total of 151.419 overnight stays, 118.589 were domestic – which is an increase of as much as 48,60 percent. , and foreign 32.830 or 4,75 percent more than in 2016. Most overnight stays – 70.621 (46,63 percent) were realized in Vukovar, followed by Vinkovci with 56.508 (37,31 percent), Germans with 8.906 (5,88 percent) , Ilok with 8.251 (5,44 percent) and Zupanja with 4.807 (3,17 percent). The largest number of overnight stays was realized from the German market, followed by tourists from Serbia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, France, Turkey and Macedonia.Photo: Vocational School VukovarThe city of Vukovar, which lies on the two rivers Danube and Vuca and has always been a crossroads and a meeting place for different cultures, which is why, as well as because of its Vučedol culture, is especially interesting for tourists, says Benec, adding that students see tourism in their city. as well as Vukovar-Srijem County, which is certainly great news, and certainly the positive trend is partly due to the mentioned competition “Be innovative, tourism offers you a job” which gives new opportunities and added value to students. “Given the extremely rich history and great potential for development, our students are extremely optimistic about the future of tourism in Vukovar and believe that Vukovar has all the prerequisites to continue to develop in tourism, which is why they decided to study in tourism and hospitality and one day contribute to its development“Concludes Belec.The competition “Innovative be – tourism offers you a job”, along with the Job Days event held this year in Osijek, Zagreb and Split, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Labor and Pension System and the Croatian Employment Service, is one of the measures of the Ministry of Tourism catering and tourism occupations and tourism as an attractive sector that provides employment opportunities.
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US President Donald Trump announced Republican lawmaker John Ratcliffe as his intelligence chief Friday, sparking fresh controversy over a crucial position that has lacked a permanent office holder for months.The 53-year-old Trump loyalist was nominated as director of national intelligence after Dan Coats stepped down in July last year, but withdrew from consideration after strong criticism of his credentials from Democrats and a tepid response from key Republicans. Trump instead named counterterrorism expert Joseph McGuire as acting director, overseeing the 17 agencies of the intelligence community including the CIA and National Security Agency. But he forced McGuire out on February 20 after a senior intelligence official told Congress in a closed briefing that the Russians were again supporting Trump’s bid for reelection.The revolving door continued to spin as Trump appointed another loyalist, Richard Grenell, two weeks ago. But the former ambassador to Germany had no relevant experience and was viewed as highly political.Some intelligence experts view the latest nomination as a tactic by Trump to insure that Grenell stays on beyond the statutory limit for “acting” directors who haven’t been approved by the Senate.”The formal submission of his nomination will allow @RichardGrenell to continue to serve as Acting DNI past March 11 — and for another 210 days after Ratcliffe’s rejection or withdrawal,” said University of Texas lsecurity law professor Steve Vladeck. Outspoken defender Ratcliffe has been an outspoken Trump defender, frequently appearing on Fox News to spread conspiracy theories and deny the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia tried to boost the president’s election effort in 2016.Trump said Friday he had held back Ratcliffe’s formal nomination while an unspecified “inspector general report” was being prepared.”John is an outstanding man of great talent!” he tweeted.Trump has been determined to place someone politically close to him as chief of the intelligence community, which he views as hostile and full of leakers.He saw Coats, who was DNI for three years, as a political antagonist who protected the so-called “deep state” that Trump regards as a barrier to his agenda.He was especially upset when a CIA analyst filed a whistleblower complaint in August on his Ukraine dealings that led to his being impeached for abuse of power.The Ratcliffe nomination could spark a battle in Congress, amid reports that Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which must approve the nomination, expressed strong doubts about him in August.Republican Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the intelligence committee, made no comment Friday on his view of Ratcliffe’s qualifications.”I look forward to receiving Congressman Ratcliffe’s official nomination and ushering it through the Senate’s regular order,” he said in a statement.The top Democrat on the committee, Senator John Warner, suggested Friday that Ratcliffe would face high hurdles.”The last time this nomination was unsuccessfully put forward, serious bipartisan questions were raised about Rep. Ratcliffe’s background and qualifications,” he said.”It’s hard for me to see how anything new has happened to change that.” Topics :
Governor Wolf Announces 131 Jobs with New Lebanon Valley Cold Storage and Distribution Center Facility in Lebanon
Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Lebanon Valley Cold Storage and Distribution Center, a frozen bakery products storage and manufacturing company, will establish a facility in Lebanon, a move that will result in 131 new, full-time jobs.“This is a proud day for Pennsylvania and Lebanon,” Governor Wolf said. “This manufacturer’s plan to construct a new facility and add 131 jobs shows that Lebanon County and Pennsylvania have what it takes to attract businesses to make strong investments, offer employment opportunities, and help communities grow.”Lebanon Valley Cold Storage & Distribution Center will construct a facility on a 22.83-acre site on Hanford Drive in the Lebanon Rails Business Park. The company’s first phase of construction is comprised of a 120,000-square-foot frozen, refrigerated warehouse with a production area with construction expected to be completed in early 2017. The second phase will add 180,000-square-feet for bakery operations, including at least three production lines for baked goods and storage space. The company has committed to making an investment of $38.7 million in the project and to creating 131 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.Lebanon Valley Cold Storage & Distribution Center received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $250,000 Pennsylvania First program grant, $262,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $58,950 in WEDnet funding for employee training. The company also was approved for a $2 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority in June.“We are so excited to find such a beautiful building site in Lebanon County for our new cold storage facility,” said Marlene Kreidler, director of business development, Lebanon Valley Cold Storage and Distribution Center. “Lebanon County is located in the perfect sweet spot for shipping all over the United States. Everyone in the county has been so friendly and helpful in getting us situated there with the PIDA funds and the training programs offered for our new staff.”The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team and the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation. The Governor’s Action Team is an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.“We were pleased that Lebanon Valley Cold Storage & Distribution has selected the Lebanon Rails Business Park for this new project,” said Susan Eberly, president, Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation. “The investment into the county and the jobs that will be created will be a great asset. Working with community leaders to make this project come to fruition has been a real testament of team work, and the Governor’s Action Team was a huge support to the project. We look forward to getting the shovels in the ground and helping with the progress.”For more information on Lebanon Valley Cold Storage & Distribution, visit the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation’s website at www.lvedc.org.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces 131 Jobs with New Lebanon Valley Cold Storage and Distribution Center Facility in Lebanon August 03, 2016
Jose Mourinho will trust his Chelsea players not to overindulge in the festive season after Diego Costa joined his team-mates for a midweek Christmas night out ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Bournemouth. The striker, who was unhappy at being an unused substitute in last Sunday’s draw at Tottenham, was pictured in London in the early hours of Thursday morning along with Ramires and Kenedy. The trio were out as part of the squad’s Christmas party, which had the full blessing of Mourinho after a rare space in the calendar was identified. “If one individually goes for some adventure, I cannot control (that). But collectively, yes (that is it),” said Mourinho, when asked about Christmas celebrations. “I think the paparazzi had a problem with the memory card. There were 25 players inside and he only got three.” All the players were present and all reported on time for training on Thursday, Mourinho says. Asked if he put limits on alcohol consumption, Mourinho said: “I didn’t get these tubes that the police have (breathalysers). “When I saw the training session, I knew what they did the night before. And the training session was very good for everyone. “It was their dinner, it was their night. It’s their responsibility. “I think their wives are in control. I don’t think they can go home at 6am.” The pictures of Costa came in a week which began with him flinging his substitutes’ bib in the direction of Mourinho when it became apparent he would not feature at White Hart Lane. Speculation heightened that Chelsea are looking to recruit a new striker in January and that Costa was nearing the end of his time at Stamford Bridge, 18 months after his £32million move from Atletico Madrid. Mourinho, who declined to say if the striker will start against the Cherries, said: “I don’t know why. For me no question marks. Always played, was on the bench one match, which I think is more than natural. No problems, no problems at all.” Asked if Costa was dealt with as a “special case”, Mourinho said: “A bit, but not much. Just little things. He can be more impulsive. “But, in the end, rules are rules and he’s the same (as the other players).” Mourinho hopes the dinner, followed by a trip to a nightclub, has benefits for the dynamic of a squad 14th in the Premier League. He said: “It’s good for them. They told me the dinner was really good and the after dinner was even better. Everybody was happy.” There is the additional boost of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois being available again after a three-month absence with a knee injury. Mourinho declined to say if Courtois would start in place of Asmir Begovic. He said: “Clearly sooner or later he will be my number one. If he doesn’t play against Bournemouth, he will play against Porto (next Wednesday).” Captain John Terry, Ramires and Radamel Falcao remain out, but Nemanja Matic is fit to play with a protective mask after sustaining two broken bones in his face against Spurs. Costa could return, looking to add to his poor return of three Premier League goals this season. But Eden Hazard was deployed as a “false nine” at Spurs and praised by Mourinho in a written report. “He even got written feedback,” Mourinho said. “(That was) unusual, yes. We analysed his performance in great detail. “It was so impressive he needs that feedback, and he also needs to know his efforts were recognised by myself.” Like Costa, Mourinho has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, this time with a switch to Valencia at the end of Gary Neville’s short-term deal. “The (Valencia) owner (Peter Lim) knows me very well,” Mourinho added. “He knows I don’t want to move and I want to stay at Chelsea.” Mourinho also had advice for Neville. He said: “He was a very good player, he was a very good pundit. And now he has to prove he’s a very good manager, which is a completely different job. “On the bench you cannot stop the video and you cannot touch the screen and make movements happen. It’s a different story.” Press Association
Undergraduate Student Government Program Board Finance Director and President-elect Edwin Saucedo, Chief of Staff David Moreno and current USG Vice President Jordan Fowler presented a proposal to the USG Senate to reorganize USG administrative positions at the Senate meeting Tuesday evening in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.The bylaw changes consisted of a 91-page online document that would centralize responsibility in the organization. There will be several executive branches such as a communications branch, which will be responsible for communication across all USG organizations including Program Board, Community Affairs and other USG-related groups.Senator Chris Fong voiced concerns with the reorganization and the potential elimination of positions within USG, as opposed to simple restructuring.“I wanted to clarify, are any positions being eliminated? And if so, which ones?” Fong said.Saucedo explained that some branches would be dismantled and reorganized into new positions, such as Program Board communications, which would be consolidated under a general USG Communications branch. Redundant positions would be reconsidered.“All of Program Board marketing is being eliminated; Program Board graphics, videography and photography are all being eliminated and consolidated under the Communications branch,” Saucedo said. “All the same roles will continue into next year; they will just be rearranged to different people.”Fowler and Saucedo were unsure about the exact number of positions that will be created compared to those that will be eliminated, leaving potential for positional losses within USG.“We have to look up the exact numbers; we haven’t calculated them side by side.” Saucedo said.Brianna Thorpe, director of community affairs, welcomed the changes because of the fluidity of communication offered by the reorganization. Thorpe recalled situations where the nature of USG worked against event planning on campus.“I’m just so used to seeing it separate,” Thorpe said. “I think in terms of marketing and events, I support [the reorganization] because there have been times where I had an event or something I was working on, and I reached out to Program Board to promote it to the student body, but they considered themselves separate. I’m hoping, logistically, everything will make sense.”The Senate meeting ended with a question on funding from Senator Aaron Rifkind. Rifkind asked about the funding plans for new positions in USG, considering current bylaws base funding off the amount of position held in USG.“How does this affect funding? Because in the very last page of the bylaws, right now, it’s a set amount of people. So if we’re allowing for flexibility, how is that going to work with funding?” Rifkind asked.Fowler explained that hiring is largely at the discretion of the USG President and Vice President.“Last year with hiring, it was up to Rini and I to figure out how to break down co-directors versus assistants versus associates,” Fowler said. “So it’s up to [the next administration] to check and balance.”