• General Fraser Paves the Way for New Leadership in U.S. Southern Command

    first_imgBy Dialogo November 02, 2012 Just a few weeks prior to the official change in leadership that U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) will undergo on November 19, its current Commander, U.S. Air Force General Douglas Fraser, met with his entire staff for one last time. It wasn’t a formal ceremony, but rather, a general meeting that the Command holds every few months. There, Gen. Fraser thanked the staff for the enormous job that gets done on a daily basis. “Every award I receive has all of your names on it, because you are the ones that make it possible for us to have the strong relationships we have [in Central and South America and the Caribbean].” Gen. Fraser expressed that Miami, Florida, is the perfect place to end his 41-year Military career, which took off in 1971, only a few months after he graduated from high school in Bogotá, Colombia’s Colegio Nueva Granada. Coincidentally, the country is an important Partner Nation which he visited in July 2012, for the South American Defense Conference. On that note, he emphasized the strong relationship the United States has forged with Colombia, and other Partner Nations in the Americas. “We are comrades in the pursuit of security and prosperity for the hemisphere,” he said. The general reflected on the fact that, “we are lucky to live in a hemisphere where peace reigns, but we must remain abreast of changes around us and embrace them and adapt to be prepared for the future.” Though he recognized that there have been many achievements since SOUTHCOM began to take shape in Panama in the early 1900s, the U.S. Air Force general also reflected on the importance of not remaining idle, but being proactive and ready to always move forward. “Don’t think about how we’ve done things in the past 50 years. Think about how we can do things in the next 50 years,” he said. Gen. Fraser was also firm about the importance of not seeing the current economic realities as a hindrance. “Don’t rest on your laurels on the work done. Move forward and make a difference with what you have.” Finally, the outgoing general told the SOUTHCOM staff that his successor, U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General John F. Kelly, has vast knowledge as a leader, and asked them to support him and his mission the same way they have supported him during his tenure as commander of SOUTHCOM. “General Kelly’s experience will open new doors.”last_img read more

  • Women in California credit unions may get raises

    first_imgFemale credit union employees in California may soon get raises after Gov. Jerry Brown signs new legislation requiring employers to pay men and women equally for “substantially similar” work.Senate bill 358, which cleared the state legislature on Aug. 31 and now awaits Brown’s signature, would take effect on Jan. 1. Brown’s office said publicly he will sign the potentially widely influential bill.Current California law and the federal Equal Pay Act require equal pay for equal work, but the new law requires equal pay for “substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort and responsibility, and performed under similar working conditions,” according to a labor and employment alert by law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • How to get your team onboard when changes occur

    first_img 45SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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 When changes go into effect in your office, there can be a little bit of an adjustment period. If you want to help your team adjust, here are a few things you can do to make that adjustment as smooth as possible…Lay it all out: If you’re making changes, there’s obviously a reason for it, so don’t keep your employees in the dark. Be open about the changes that are occurring and the reasons for those changes. Lay out your vision and help your team see how the changes will positively effect the company and their careers.Assign tasks wisely: When implementing new ideas, assign tasks that will be a good fit for each member of your team. Help your staff understand the value of their new roles and the effect on the team. Make sure they know how vital they are to the overall vision and show them how each task helps the team take another step down the path to success.Be a resource: Make sure you’re available if your team has issues they need help with. Anytime change occurs, there can be an adjustment period. Help your team by following up with each team member individually, and working with them to overcome any obstacles that may have while handling their new duties.Tweak if needed: Things don’t always work out perfectly when changes occur. Make sure you’re getting feedback from your team about the way things are going. You may need to make a few tweaks from time to time, and that’s perfectly normal. Just don’t make the mistake of assuming a plan is perfect from the start.Root for your team: Let your team know that you trust them by giving them the authority to keep the machine running without you. This will help them take ownership in the new system and see that you believe in them. When they’re doing good work, let them know it. It feels fantastic to be appreciated and recognized for the hard work you do.last_img read more

  • Tioga County church collects free medical equipment for those in need

    first_imgNICHOLS (WBNG) – A local church is collecting gently used medical equipment in their ‘Med Shed’ for those in need. All proceeds from monetary donations will go toward purchasing more medical equipment for the Med Shed. Volunteers at First Presbyterian Church in Nichols say they have been collecting items such as walkers, wheelchairs, crutches and more that have been donated by community members since June. Items currently available at the Med Shed and still being collected include: “Everyone has been very grateful for the mission that we are doing,” said Pierson. “It’s a worthwhile mission and it’s being received well.” Monetary donation can be sent to First Presbyterian Church at 140 South Main Street, Nichols NY 13812. “They lost a loved one and they have some of this equipment in their homes and they don’tt know where to get rid of it. Some places call and they don’t want it and they’ve heard about us and they call us and either they bring it to us or we go get it,” said Jim Pierson, an elder with the church. With many community members already taking advantage of the Med Shed, volunteers are hoping for more donation to keep the mission going. If you are in need of the items or would like to donate items, they ask you to call the following numbers: Pierson says the best part is giving the equipment away free of charge. CanesCrutchesWalkersCommode ChairsToilet supportsShower ChairsWheelchairs (607) 699-3173(607) 699-3736(607) 699-3302 Volunteers say those looking to take any of the items in the Med Shed must sign a Release and Waiver of Liability form.last_img read more

  • Meet the man behind the traveling Fair Feasts coming to fairgrounds around the region

    first_imgOWEGO (WBNG) — Today was day two of the Fair Food Feast at the Tioga County fairgrounds, and operator Jerry Gillette says for him, the event is a small slice of normalcy. So, he started bringing his traveling fair feast to fairgrounds across the northeast, managing each booth, from funnel cakes to lemonade, with help from his staff. He says the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on seasonal business owners like himself. He says he does it to give himself a sense of normalcy, while also doing it for anyone else who is missing out on a trip to the fair. “Come out and enjoy the fair food and just get out and have a picnic. Pick up your drive-through food and have a picnic right at the fairgrounds, it’s something to do,” he said. “I think I have a carnival here even though I don’t, but it’s something that keeps me mentally okay,” he said. “People come to the fair not just for the fair, they come for the food also. They come for the food, the agricultural, and it’s just one small thing we can bring back to the fair,” he said. center_img “I own a complete traveling carnival, rides, games, food,” he said. “We travel through the northeast, a lot of the county fairs in New York, plus Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut.” Gillette makes a living bringing people the magic of a day at the fair. An excuse to get out and enjoy this most unusual Labor Day Weekend “This is our livelihood from April to October, that’s the span of our business, and if we lose that we lose a lot,” he said. The feast continues Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m.last_img read more

  • In September, the Polish LOT will fly with 8 flights to five Croatian airports

    first_imgThe Warsaw-Rijeka line will be in operation until September 13, once a week as before, on Sundays. In September, smaller capacity aircraft will operate on the route. The line was originally scheduled to run until October 18, but the company will close it in the middle of next month. Lines from Warsaw to Rijeka and Zagreb / / / A MUCH MORE FOCUS SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON THE CZECH AND POLISH MARKETS Of the 20 currently active lines to Croatia, the Polish national company will operate only 8 next month. Of the currently active LOT lines to Split, only one will operate in September. The Warsaw – Split line continues to operate once a week through September, every Sunday, with aircraft type B737-800 and E195. The following lines end in August: LOT will keep traffic on two lines in Zadar through September; the line Warsaw – Zadar continues to operate once a week, every Saturday, as well as the line Rzeszow – Zadar, which will operate until September 19, also on Saturdays. The following LOT lines end in August: 3 lines to Dubrovnik in September Two lines to Zadar line Katowice – Dubrovnik will be in operation until August 27, Thursday,line Poznan – Dubrovnik will be in operation until August 30, Sunday,line Wroclaw – Dubrovnik will be in traffic until August 29, Saturday,the line Gdansk – Dubrovnik will be in operation until August 25, Tuesday.center_img the line Gdansk – Zadar will be in operation until August 28, once a week (Friday),the line Szczecin – Zadar will be in operation until August 27, once a week (Thursday),the Krakow – Zadar line will be in operation until August 25, once a week (Tuesdays),the Bydgoszcz – Zadar line will be in operation until August 29, once a week (Saturday). line Lublin – Split will be in operation until August 28, once a week (Friday),line Katowice – Split will be in operation until August 30, once a week (Sunday),the line Poznan – Split will be in operation until August 31, once a week (Monday).the line Gdansk – Split will be in operation until August 26, once a week (Wednesday). LOT lines to Split Polish LOT has announced its flight schedule for September this year, in which it intends to fly on 8 international routes to five Croatian airports, reports from Croatian Aviation. The Warsaw-Zagreb line continues to operate daily in September, with E170 and 175 aircraft, with a capacity of 70 and 82 seats, respectively. LOT will keep 3 lines to Dubrovnik in September this year, two from Poland and one from Hungary. The Warsaw – Dubrovnik line will operate four times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), the Krakow – Dubrovnik line once a week, on Saturdays, while the Budapest – Dubrovnik line will operate once a week, on Sundays, until September 27, The following LOT lines that were planned will not run in September this year, but are planned for August:last_img read more

  • Portfolio trading topped £6bn in 2000

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  • Planners hold key to Tyne Soccer Dome

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  • It’s time to finally leave the next and sell the family home

    first_imgThe outdoor area where the Ogden’s spend plenty of time. Picture: realestate.com.au“The downstairs area is a bit of a mancave as well which Chris made good use of.’’The home is on the high side of the street and is on a 642sq m corner block.It has an open plan family living and dining room. Outside is an undercover terrace and fully fenced pool. There is a full legal head height, tandem, lockup garage underneath with plenty of storage space.The four-bedroom house will be auctioned today at 10am. It is listed through Pam Clauss of Ray White – Bulimba. Melissa and Chris Ogden are selling off the home she grew up in. Picture: Adam HeadWhen Melissa and Chris Ogden bought their home at 56 Brodie St, Holland Park West, it was just like coming home to Mrs Ogden – literally.The couple bought her childhood home from her parents.“We have owned the house for five years,’’ she said.“It was actually my family home. We purchased the house off my parents so I grew up there.“It has got a lot of history and a lot of memories attached to it.’’It’s time to leave that behind though with the couple selling to be a little closer to family.After they bought the house, they painted it throughout, put on new front stairs, added airconditioning and built-in wardrobes in the main bedroom.They also polished the floorboards. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 56 Brodie St, Holland Park West. Picture: realestate.com.au“We put our own stamp on it, it doesn’t feel like that house that mum and dad had,’’ Mrs Ogden said.It had been a very comfortable house to live in and they had enjoyed that it was so close to the city, where they both worked.She particularly enjoyed the outside entertainment area around the swimming pool.“Chris and I have made the most of that outdoor living area, that’s really where we spend the majority of our time,’’ she said.last_img read more

  • MOL acquires Dutch seafarers manning company

    first_imgImage courtesy of MOLMitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has acquired 100 percent interest in the Netherlands-based seafarers manning company Azalea Maritime.The acquisition was completed on December 21, 2017, MOL said in its statement.Following the acquisition, the company changed its name to MOL Maritime (Europe), on January 1.MOL’s aim with the acquisition of the Azalea Maritime B.V. is to provide qualified seafarers for MOL-operated LNG carriers.MOL Maritime (Europe), as a manning company, will continue to support MOL safe operation, while inheriting Azalea Maritime’s accumulated experience with European seafarers and know-how of the manning business, MOL’s statement reads.last_img