first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a member of the veterans committee, today hailed President Barack Obama s signing of legislation establishing advanced funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the department s recent acceptance of the connection between Agent Orange and devastating diseases. President Obama signed legislation today providing health care funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) one year in advance to better plan and manage their facilities including the ability to hire and train the right number of staff to take care of our veterans. Sanders, an original co-sponsor of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009, said, After years of work by our nation s veterans organizations and their allies here in Congress, we have finally passed legislation that will make sure the VA gets its health care budget on time so that it can worry about its number one priority: care for our nation s veterans. Only three times over the last two decades has Congress provided the VA with its budget on time.  This law will change that.  In another important development, after years of pressure from veterans groups, Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced last week that the VA has decided to accept the connection between Agent Orange exposure and Parkinson s disease, B cell leukemias, and ischemic heart disease.   Veterans who have a presumed illness and served in Vietnam will no longer need to prove an association between their illness and their military service.Shinseki s action embraced legislation that Sanders introduced in the Senate earlier this year which would have added Parkinson s disease to the list of diseases presumed to be associated with exposure to Agent Orange and enhanced veterans ability to have their claims for compensation approved by the government.Sanders stated, I want to congratulate President Obama and Secretary Shinseki for making this decision to greatly simplify the application process for veterans with Parkinson s and other Agent Orange-related diseases and bring them the care they need and deserve.  I also commend all of the veterans groups that pushed for this change, particularly the Vietnam Veterans of America, for their years of work on this issue.Veterans who have previously had claims rejected or who have never submitted claims for these Agent Orange-related illness should contact their local VA health facility. Source: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, October 22, 2009last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – After careful consideration, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt directed the National Park Service (NPS) to temporarily suspend the collection of all park entrance fees until further notice.“I’ve directed the National Park Service to waive entrance fees at parks that remain open. This small step makes it a little easier for the American public to enjoy the outdoors in our incredible National Parks,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.  Other states and municipalities have implemented similar policies waiving fees to parks in an effort to support social distancing. “Our vast public lands that are overseen by the Department offer special outdoor experiences to recreate, embrace nature and implement some social distancing.” Secretary Bernhardt continued. At a majority of park locations where it is currently possible to adhere to public health guidance, outdoor spaces remain open to the public, while many facilities will be closed. The Department of the Interior and NPS continue to urge visitors to do their part when visiting a park to follow CDC guidance by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. Specifically, the CDC recommends high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, take extra precautions to be best protected against the spread of coronavirus.  Date: March 18, 2020Contact: [email protected] Updates about the NPS response to the coronavirus will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations.  About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. www.nps.gov last_img read more

first_imgI’ve often admired people who are flexible and laid back; who have a more carefree approach to life and live in the moment. I know I can benefit from a dose of that approach, although I’ll admit those traits often trigger my Type A tendencies.  I like to seize the day, get a lot done, check things off my list, and feel a sense of accomplishment most of the day.When I took the StrengthsFinder assessment years ago, one of my top talents was “Achiever”.  In a nutshell, an “Achiever” is described as someone who is driven, has an internal fire, and has a need to achieve something tangible every day (yes, even on weekends). And while this talent has served me very well in life, it can also be a source of frustration, discontent, and stress. Indeed, any strength overused can become a liability. Over the years I’ve learned to manage the negative side of achievement (at least most of the time) and channel that strength in a productive way. Achievement is just one of the “Type A” tendencies I have that can rear its ugly head and send me into a state of overwhelm that can show up as snippiness and impatience.There are classical definitions of Type A, but in my opinion most of those definitions typically paint the negative side of the personality traits. Although being Type A has many benefits and can serve you well in life, just like any strength (even flexibility), it also has limitations when it’s not channeled in a productive way or used to the extreme.So how do you know if you have Type A tendencies? While this is in no way a formalized definition, if the statements below sound familiar, you may have some Type A tendencies.If you get anxious when you are not early to an appointment (or god forbid, even one minute late), you are probably Type A.If your mind is always racing and you don’t relax very well (who has time to relax?), you are probably Type A.If you’ve ever had your three year old tell you, “Mommy, you’re always rushing!” while frantically trying to get her buckled into her car seat so you can make your  8 a.m. meeting, you are probably Type A.If you’ve ever thought of sending one of your doctors a bill for your time because you had to wait well past your appointment time to be seen, you are probably Type A.If you have a stack of reading material in your office and feel behind (and guilty) for not reading every article (because there is so much to learn!), you are probably Type A.If you have a to do list on the weekends because how would you get anything done otherwise? You are probably Type A.If you find yourself pushing your family out the door most mornings and yelling, “we can’t be late!” You are probably Type A.If most or all of the above statements resonate with you…congratulations! You are most likely very driven, accomplished, and respected.These are traits that are important for success, and when channeled in a positive manner, can yield significant success. And if you have ever felt like sometimes these tendencies can cause a great amount of stress and anxiety in your life, then read on.From my own familiarity of experiencing these tendencies as well as coaching leaders with Type A tendencies, I can definitively say that you can lead a fulfilling, semi-calm, enjoyable life. They key is to channel the positive aspects of Type A tendencies while simultaneously calming the negative edge that they can create.  Although you may never be perpetually carefree and laid back, you can learn to dial down the negative effects and create moments of calm and stillness. Below are six strategies for calming your Type A tendencies and channeling them productively.Accept your gifts. Type A tendencies are a gift. Really. It may not always feel like it, and others may not see it that way, but when you channel these tendencies in a productive way, they can be extremely beneficial to getting results and ultimately creating success. Leaders who have Type A tendencies are masters at organization and get things done. They value time and productivity, and can keep a team moving forward toward organizational goals. So accept your strengths and how these traits can lead you to a fulfilling and successful life (whatever success means to you). Start noticing when these traits create a positive impact and when they create a negative impact. By noticing your impact on others, you can direct these strengths in a positive way and control the overuse before they become negative. For example, being on time is important to me and I’m very conscious of ensuring I am on time to any commitment. My husband, who is much more laid back, is not as time conscious. When I don’t control my negative tendencies, I show up as a time Nazi who rushes my family out the door in a complete frenzy. I’ve learned to recognize when these tendencies are bubbling up and to approach situations more calmly. A half hour before we need to leave, I will gently and calmly remind my family what time it is, and that we need to be ready to leave in a half hour. The nicer approach almost always works.Create rituals. From the work I have done with leaders as well as my own experience, I have noticed that people with Type A tendencies typically thrive when there is structure and order. Use this to your advantage. Create a morning routine that allows you to have some down time and space before you hit the ground running. Create an evening routine that allows you some time to decompress and relax before bed. Have a pen and a notepad in your bedroom, kitchen, car, and anywhere else where you might need to write down the things that are swirling around in your head. Create your priorities list the night before so you know what to jump into when you arrive at work in the morning. Schedule recurring coaching sessions with each of your employees so they are in place for the year. Creating structure, order, or systems are ways that you can direct your energies in a positive way. Structure creates freedom; it allows you to compartmentalize what you are working on so your mind is not overloaded with all the things you need to get done. Having a planner or notebook for capturing your thoughts and action items can be enormously helpful in keeping your mind clear so you can focus at a more strategic level.Take a pause. Some of the best advice I’ve ever heard is to “slow down to speed up”. These days, most people feel overwhelmed at work and feel like they need to speed up to get everything done. Yet that is the exact opposite of what works. Speeding up only adds to the complexity and chaos, and leads to more mistakes and stress. Slowing down and taking frequent pauses to assess what you are doing helps you to be more purposeful about your work and more deliberate with your time so you can actually accomplish more. Start your day by taking 15 minutes to review your goals and get clear about how you will spend your time. Pause before you start every meeting to set the intention and goals of the meeting so everyone is clear. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, it’s probably because you have too many things racing in your mind. Take a pause and ask yourself, “What is the most important thing I need to be doing right now?” This question allows you to gain clarity so you can focus.Create boundaries. Again, leaders with Type A tendencies tend to thrive with structure, so use your organization skills to create boundaries where you know you need them. Have clear boundaries for when you start and stop work. I know one CEO who deleted access to her work email from her iPhone so she wouldn’t feel the need to check it constantly. Setting up boundaries allows you to compartmentalize your energies so you can channel them into what is important. One boundary I have created is to never have my phone in my bedroom at night. When I go upstairs to start my evening ritual which usually includes meditation (yes, Type As are capable of meditating!) and reading, my phone stays in the kitchen. This way I am not tempted to check it or get pulled into Facebook for a half hour. If you do feel the need to do work on weekends, set aside a specific time each weekend that you designate to work so that you can focus the rest of your time on your family.Prioritize what’s important. If you have Type A tendencies, you may get caught up in checking small things off your list because you feel a sense of achievement. You may put off more important tasks that take longer and more energy. Many achievers struggle to fit in important areas like health, exercise, and relaxation time. I used to prioritize work over my health until my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic. That was the wake-up call I needed to put more focus on my health. I now make exercise, yoga, and meditation a priority, and I see the difference in my energy and stamina.Recognize the gifts in others. When you have Type A tendencies, it may feel challenging to work (and live) with others who do not share the same traits. When others don’t seem to share the same sense of urgency or stamina that you do, you may easily feel frustrated and annoyed. Yet it’s important to notice the gifts in other personality traits. My more relaxed husband has taught me that not everything needs to be urgent, and there is value in slowing down and enjoying life. My more flexible friend can give me perspective when I get anxious over something not going the way I wanted. Others have a lot to offer, and different traits and tendencies can be very helpful in balancing ours.This month is the ten year anniversary of my first date with my husband. I remember standing in front of restaurant when he texted me that he was running late. Twenty-five minutes late to be exact.Luckily I waited, because I would have missed out on something really great.   101SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Detailslast_img read more

first_imgCredit unions are in a unique position to be of service to members online and through traditional branch locations. It’s an enviable position to have both forms of commerce able to support the overall business goals.  How important is it to have a strong online presence, to compliment your face-to-face service offerings? Very. From creating a brand following and supporting credit union product offerings, to simply captivating that member who will never physically enter your credit union, an online presence is vital for sustained growth. Many credit unions still look at being online as offering mobile banking to members. However, is standard practice now. If you are not offering mobile banking, your credit union is not meeting basic member needs. The same is true for researching and shopping for new vehicles online. Without a way for members to understand all that your credit union offers, vehicle shopping falls under the category of “Need,” not “Want.” Why is this the case? Because being online is where your members are. If they are online, that is where your credit union needs to be also. Did you know car buyers spend 59% of their time online researching? Those are your members! Don’t give up on more than half of your membership. Serve everyone.The Top 5 Reasons Your Credit Union NEEDS to be online with an auto buying service:1. 24/7 Availability. Members are looking for vehicles online, the prime time for research and shopping starts at 8PM. Being online and providing the member a reason to visit your website, just increased your credit union’s work day and reach. 2. Online support. The popularity of third-party websites to provide car shopping has dramatically increased. Built-in features help credit unions capture leads and serve members’ needs at any hour. 3. Building Your Credit Union’s Image. By creating a successful online presence credit unions of all sizes can level the playing field. Want to compete at all levels? Start with your website. The big banks are offering online car shopping, compete right alongside of them.4. Build a web presence that means business. The internet was built for business. If your credit union doesn’t get going with that concept, engaging the member and doing business with the member won’t happen. Auto buying is the perfect example of how a member can be serviced by their credit union with information on trade-in values, loan calculations, insurance information, vehicle options and more. The top 5 activities of online car shoppers: 71% Researching new cars68% Finding cars listed for sale64% Comparison shopping63% Looking up trade-in values46% Looking up or locating dealer informationA robust auto buying platform should deliver all the above tools. 5. Responsive. A dynamic presence will enhance member relations and business relations with companies your credit union does business with to reach your membership. A third-party website that incorporates dealerships in your area will help build solid relationships that fuel your auto loan portfolios. The goal of being a value to your members helps your credit union to be local, personalized and deliver a customer experience. In 2018, easy-to-navigate websites are now the norm. Adding personalization and localization are the newest trends to deliver the ultimate customer experience. Partnering with a vendor who can help your credit union deliver all three will be the differentiator this year. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert O’Hara Robert O’Hara, vice president of strategic alliances at GrooveCar, is a veteran of the credit union industry having worked as director of lending and operations at a Long Island … Web: www.groovecarinc.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgAs NAFCU and the industry achieved some big wins in 2019, NAFCU’s Regulatory Compliance Team answered hundreds of questions and published blogs and other resources each month to help member credit unions stay updated on trends and compliant with changing regulations. Here’s a look at some of the most popular topics in 2019.Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)After topping the list last year, BSA/anti-money laundering (AML) issues remained top of mind for credit unions in 2019 as Congress considered legislation to provide NAFCU-sought relief. The association’s Compliance Team addressed several components of the issue throughout the year – from civil penalty increases, to hemp banking, to strengthening compliance, and more. In addition, this blog from 2018 on disclosing suspicious activity reports (SARs) continued to be widely-read. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgThis winter, Adriatic Luxury Hotels (Lukšić Group) continues the investment cycle of renovations of its highest category hotels in the Dubrovnik area.After the Hotel Kompas and the Hotel Excelsior, they are also announcing the reconstruction of the Hotel Bellevue, which closed on October 31, in order to prepare for the renovation of the accommodation capacities and part of the interior of the hotel during the winter months.In the complete reconstruction of rooms and apartments, the company Jadranski lukusni hoteli will invest a little more than 400 thousand kuna per room, which is the first significant investment in Hotel Bellevue since its opening in 2006. Portuguese design studio Tereza Prego was hired for the project, specializing in interior design of exclusive hotels and residences.The opening is planned for spring 2019.Source: Poslovni.hrlast_img read more

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first_img Sean KearnsSunday 10 Mar 2019 3:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link633Shares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored just once in the last seven matches (Picture: Getty)Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny admitted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was devastated in the dressing room after his last minute penalty miss in the north London derby.The Gabon forward won a penalty when he was tripped by Davinson Sanchez and had the perfect opportunity to draw Arsenal level with Spurs in the table by scoring in injury time.However, Aubameyang – who emerged from the bench – saw his penalty saved by Hugo Lloris.The striker has scored just once in the last seven matches and Koscielny admits the group had to ‘rally around him’ afterwards.ADVERTISEMENT Aubameyang has four goals in all competitions in 2019 (Picture: Getty)‘When you have a penalty to win it in injury time away from in the NLD you are so close to heaven,’ Koscielny wrote in his programme notes before today’s clash against Manchester United.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It was not meant to be this time. Auba took his responsibilities but missed. It happens to the best to miss a penalty.‘He was very disappointed but we rallied around him. He has been brilliant for us this season and he will score other important goals for Arsenal this season for sure.‘I told the boys in the dressing room afterwards that we could hold our heads high. It is a good point away from home in the derby and we have to take all the positives from it.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsArsenal’s 3-1 defeat away at Rennes on Thursday means Aubameyang could start today’s match against United on the bench.Alexandre Lacazette is suspended in the Europa League and was given the nod against Spurs last Saturday, before being taken off for Aubameyang in the second half.MORE: Jack Grealish sends message to Birmingham fan who punched him in Aston Villa win Advertisement Comment Arsenal squad ‘rallied around’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after late penalty miss against Tottenham Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgGreater Brisbane would see 790 affordable homes begin construction within 18 months if federal support was given for the SHARP program.Thousands of new affordable homes for struggling families could be built within months if a key federal intervention is given the green light on October 6.A new housing survey found that 1176 new affordable homes were ready to be built in the Sunshine State alone in the next year and a half – and over 12,500 all up nationally in the next five years – if the federal government delivers a crucial stimulus package in the October 6 national budget.MORE: New weapon for property buyersCattle station sold for massive $35m via online auctionHomeowners could save thousands switching to better mortgages Incredible piece of Brisbane’s early history to be sold by State GovtThe Community Housing Industry Association has called for federal intervention on budget day October 6 to allow thousands of homes to be built for struggling renters.The call for greater investment into affordable housing comes as Everybody’s Home campaign spokeswoman Kate Colvin warned of major housing stress set to hit families struggling in the midst of COVID-19 fallout.“Socially we are on the precipice of unprecedented levels of housing stress and homelessness in Australia – and renters are at the very frontline of that crisis in Queensland. Rental affordability has already halved for families surviving on a minimum wage or who have lost jobs because of COVID-19.”“When mortgage holidays and rental moratoriums are lifted and government welfare payments ‘tapered’, the true face of rental stress and homelessness will be revealed. A housing stimulus package will help keep more Australians housed and construction workers employed.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58Affordable housing covers rentals that are offered at below market rent, catering for families and individuals that need subsidised housing. Some states have previously offered stimulus packages for affordable housing stock to be built up by community and other bodies, but the Community Housing Industry Association wants a national building program to be rolled out urgently.CHIA chief executive Wendy Hayhurst said Australia could start beating the recession immediately by investing in social housing construction if a Federal stimulus package was included in the October 6 budget.“If governments invested in the full four-year Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program to build 30,000 social housing homes, up to 18,000 full-time equivalent jobs would be supported each year nationally – 6,000 of the homes in Queensland.“Our survey shows that many of these homes are ready to be built right now and would create the immediate hit the economy is crying out for.”More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoA CHIA survey found 1176 social and affordable homes could be built in QLD alone in the next year and a half if federal support came through.Brisbane Housing Company chief executive Rebecca Oelkers has 32 new homes underway now at a Cornwall Street development in the Queensland capital.“BHC is always working with state and local government, as well as private and not for profit sector partners, to identify opportunities for potential new developments. Federal stimulus funding would allow us to bring forward these projects and give local tradies some much-needed job certainty, and households in need some greater hope about their housing futures.”“We have the capacity to really get things moving. We are excited about what we could do as part of a national construction and development program.”Modelling by SGS Economics estimated that a full four-year SHARP program building 30,000 social housing homes would create up to 18,000 full-time equivalent jobs a year.Nationally, federal support would mean nearly 3,500 new homes starting March-September 2021, over 1,500 new homes starting September 2021-March 2022 and 1,500 new homes starting from March 2022.Pre-budget submissions closed August 24 with the federal budget set to be introduced to parliament on October 6.LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more