With the sad news of Allman Brothers Band founding drummer Butch Trucks‘ unfortunate passing, SiriusXM’s Jam On has announced that it will replay Trucks’ final appearance on the station, in which he took listeners track by track through the ABB’s archival release Live At A&R Studios this past March.Butch Trucks, Founding Member of the Allman Brothers, Has Passed AwayThe man they called “Freight Train,” helped start the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, an incredible 48 years ago, alongside Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, and his double-drumming partner Jaimoe. The news of his passing came as a shock to the music world, with bands all all over paying tribute to the icon, and many other musicians penning touching words about how much Trucks meant to them and their careers.The station will rebroadcast the program several times over the next few days, and you can see the schedule below.Broadcast Schedule· Friday 1/27 @ 12pm EDT· Saturday 1/28 @ 2pm EDT· Sunday 1/29 @ 11am EDT· Monday 1/30 @ 3pm EDT
Boston-born, New England-based Strange Machines just released their first full-length studio album Voice of Color, and it’s an absolute must-listen for music fans. While Strange Machines’ previous album Turn The Tide leaned more toward the reggae-centric, the group’s latest studio effort takes listeners far deeper into the reaches of progressive experimental rock and funk, offering a diversity of sounds and styles, all of which are delicately woven together. In the time since Turn The Tide, the band has evolved into an entirely different animal, but has managed to do so without neglecting their musical roots. It’s this subtle yet profound expansion in sound that makes Strange Machines’ future so exciting to anticipate.Strange Machines’ latest album, Voice of Color, envelopes you from start to finish and spits you out the other end. The band uses different effects to add texture to Voice of Color, making for a robust and cohesive sound. Though this can be said for many albums, it’s only when a collection of musicians’ individual contributions ring out as a single entity that music becomes enrapturing, and the new album succeeds on this front.Strange Machines is known for powerful, high-energy live performances that explore the depths of their music and cater to a breadth of listeners. None of the band’s beloved characteristics are lost on the album—rather, Voice of Color offers precisely executed arrangements of Strange Machines originals while still embodying the looseness and exploration you’d find at a live performance.One standout song on this new release is “Golden Rule,” as the track beautifully encapsulates the band’s versatility. “Golden Rule” starts out with an eerie trip-hop vibe that’s accented by chucking rhythm guitar and looming synth lines ahead of the song’s catchy theme riff which serves as the song’s intro. The track boasts perhaps some of the strongest vocal work on the album as well, and that paired with the songs thought-provoking lyrics make it a truly compelling piece of music. Around the midway point, bassist Craig Holland creeps in with a descending bass line, while guitarist Mike MacDonald and keyboardist Christian Perron tickle over top of the track in playful unison. This section eventually dissolves, leaving that bassline alone to bring the tone of the song downward, building and releasing the tension before Mike MacDonald brings it home with a blistering guitar solo.“Golden Rule” is undoubtedly a marquis track off the album, but the rest of Voice of Color delivers with just as much authority. Title track “Voice Of Color” is dominated by Christian Perron’s funky keyboard groove, while “The In-Between” boasts a fun call-and-response instrumental section that will get the even the most rigid listener in the groove. For a taste of something heavier, check out “Enter The Interceptor”, which features synth-centric power-riffs.You can check out Strange Machines’ new album, Voice of Color below. Happy listening to all you folks at home, and as always; stay strange. For more information on the band, you can check out their website here.
EdX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Stanford University announced a collaboration to advance the development of edX’s open source learning platform and provide free and open online learning tools for institutions around the world. The agreement is expected to lead to new features and functionality.The resulting enhanced platform will be used by Stanford to support its broader online learning initiatives. At the same time, edX and its X University Consortium partners will benefit from any improvements to the platform developed through the collaboration.As part of this announcement, edX will release the source code for its entire online learning platform on June 1, 2013.When edX was created, one of its core principles was the decision by the founding partners to make the code base open source. To that end, on March 14 edX took the first initial steps to realizing this approach by releasing its XBlock SDK (Software Development Kit) to the general public. XBlock is the underlying architecture supporting the interactive course content found in edX courses. Read Full Story
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Kate Finlayson, a former journalist and long-time public relations professional with experience in Australia and Indonesia, has joined the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis as senior communications strategist for Australia and South Asia. Finlayson, who has worked for the Australian Council of Social Service, Aboriginal Legal Service, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, will work with IEEFA energy finance analysts in Sydney and New Delhi.“Kate brings a wealth of experience in working in journalism and public policy organizations, and we are very pleased to welcome her to our team,” said Tim Buckley, IEEFA’s director of energy finance studies, Australia/South Asia. “Our research shows that energy markets in the region are changing dramatically. We see many opportunities to share our findings with the media, financial community, policymakers, energy industry and advocates.”Finlayson can be reached at email@example.com or at 61 418 254 237. Communications strategist joins IEEFA team in Sydney
Mountain Mama: Sidelined by SicknessI planned to run 18 miles this weekend. The universe had other plans.I spent most of the past few days in bed, blowing snot into tissues that I discarded into a pile, forming a lumpy mountain by Sunday night. I felt sorry for myself and lame for getting so far behind in my training schedule and frustrated because I still don’t feel like I’ve kicked this flu/cold/bug/virus thing enough to risk setting myself even further back by going for a run. That last time I ran was in November!A question looped in my head. What about Charleston? The marathon is a little over than a month away and this is crunch time. I should be resting up for my first 20-miler next weekend. I should be feeling strong, increasing my mileage to the crescendo right before tapering. I worried about the epiphanies I didn’t have because of not going on that long run; the quirky roadside scenes that didn’t unfold, the triumphant I didn’t experience of conquering the miles relentless in their sameness.I’ve dutifully drank elderberry syrup every four hours, pressed garlic and onions into my soup, and heaped teaspoons of honey into my new nightly tea ritual. Heck, I’ve even taken two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each morning. All the while thinking if I try hard enough I can beat this lingering sickness, that if mentally will myself to health, I’ll be lacing up my running shoes in no time.What about Charleston? The race ticket has been purchased, the bungalow in nearby Folly Beach with tropical décor reserved, and race support recruited. My fever climbed. I tossed and turned in my own sweat, my head buzzing with ideas. Why was it that I was motivated to run a marathon anyway? Somewhere in the back of my mind I was chasing the four hour marathon I’d run in my mid-twenties, that if I could clock an impressive-to-me marathon time I’d somehow reverse aging, I’d prove, if only to myself, that I was still fit, attractive, interesting. Along the way, I’d bought into the idea prevalent in the outdoor scene – you’ve got to be fling yourself into difficulty or danger, reinventing yourself with by tackling harder challenges.I watched Christmas movies about believing and the magic of the season before drifting off to sleep. When I woke up, my eyes rested on mountain of used tissues and my thoughts turned to skiing. Not the world’s steepest trail accessible only by helicopter, but a long one winding in mild loops around the parameter of the mountain named something like “Homeward Bound.” I imagined skiing down my mound of used-up tissues in a snowplow, my three-year old behind me. Squirrels scampered up pine trees; bears nestled in their den.Then I did something I haven’t done a whole lot in the past week – I laughed. Impressed with how my mind turned a disgusting pile of tissue into an appealing scene. I laughed at how frumpy even my daydreams had become, not the slopes that graced the cover of extreme outdoor magazines, but rounder and gentler, a lot like me.In no time my mind turned back to Charleston. Would I be able to run a marathon so soon after being sick? I started worrying how slow I would be, how labored all those miles would feel. I fretted about how I’d possibly make up my training runs. I liked the rigidity of a training plan, an implicit promise that if I put in the miles, my body could carry me the distance on race day.I went to the doctor for the second time. I’d recovered from the flu, but my weakened immune system got hit by a virus. “Take antibiotics. Drink lots of water. Rest and take it easy,” the doc instructed.Resting doesn’t come easy for me. After I exhausted the new releases and the stacks of magazine I’d been waiting for the right time to get around reading, I went to the bookstore. My mom used to let my brothers buy whatever books we wanted for Christmas, and I savored my stack of books all winter long. I don’t read as much as an adult, partially because Facebook culture promotes busy, happy, outdoor lives, not curled up in a sunny nook devouring a book.I bought books about Charleston and read about plantation porches suited for Scarlett O’Hare. I read about carriage rides and pirates staking claim to the harbor. I thought about running the marathon, and came to accept that the marathon will happen with me or without me. Nobody really cares if I run it in four or five hours. If I learned one thing from spending so much time, it was the crevices of my mind I could tuck into to imagine a mound of used tissues as a ski hill. With the help of a few books, I could turn the miles into epic tales of Charleston’s past and present, the slower I ran the marathon, the more time I would have to marvel.Still I think. What about Charleston? Perhaps it’s all the Christmas movies rubbing off on me. Oh I know there will be no Christmas miracle that allows me to run a faster marathon or make up for all the training runs I’ve missed. I will believe despite my not knowing that the marathon will end up being good, trusting that 26 miles through Charleston has to be amazing, that between the sites and the stories and the other runners, the marathon will be an incredible journey. Nothing can stop me, but still I need to rest. In order to rest, I need to let go of adhering to a must-do plan and let something else guide me, the wonder of setting off without a strict plan.
If you’re a credit union compliance professional struggling to keep up with the CFPB’s ongoing mortgage rule updates, you have plenty of company. The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) integrated mortgage disclosures (TRID) rule has undergone amendment after amendment since it was first finalized in 2013. The most recent, dubbed the “TRID fix” rule, makes a number of clarifications and technical corrections that have a required compliance deadline of Oct. 1, 2018. The mortgage servicing rules have been similarly amended since 2013, getting more byzantine year after year. Complex new requirements for borrowers in bankruptcy go into effect April 18, 2018.These mortgage rules, in all their complexity, would be more than enough to keep any credit union compliance shop busy year-round, but it is just one part out of the volumes that feed into a credit union’s daily compliance obligations. Large or small, credit unions need a knowledgeable and skilled compliance team in place.Credit unions are working to make that happen. In a survey NAFCU conducted for its 2017 Report on Credit Unions, respondents reported a 114 percent increase in the number of full-time-equivalent staff members devoted to their institutions’ “total compliance activities” since 2010. A majority of respondents – 87 percent – said they think they will need to increase that number further.We see evidence of that trend, with the NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer (NCCO) program on track soon to reach 1,000 NCCO certifications of credit union compliance professionals. About two-thirds of those certifications were earned during attendance at NAFCU’s Regulatory Compliance School, and registration is open now for both 2018 locations: the spring session,slated March 19-23 in Arlington, Va., and the fall session, Oct. 8-12 in San Antonio, Texas.No compliance officer can carry the entire code of federal regulations around in her head. A strong compliance officer is someone who can recognize a potential issue and has the skills to research federal requirements, assess risk and provide useful guidance to the credit union’s business areas.A best-in-class compliance team has the benefit of training and experience, and the NCCO program is designed to provide compliance staff with the depth and breadth of education needed to make its members successful. We have a robust program ahead, designed to provide newcomers and seasoned professionals alike a foundational understanding of the credit union regulatory compliance environment, with a deeper dive into specific compliance areas, including TRID as well as the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, fair credit reporting, equal credit opportunity rules, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Military Lending Act, Bank Secrecy Act and more.The NAFCU regulatory compliance team will be there as well, delivering educational content, answering questions and making sure attendees understand the full range of resources and assistance available to them when they return to their credit union. If you’re planning to go, sign up early – you’ll save $300 on registration until Jan. 5 using the HOLIDAY code. Need more time? Save $200 on the spring session in Arlington by using code SCHOOLSAVINGS by Jan. 26, or on the fall session in San Antonio with code FALLSAVINGS18 by Aug. 10.I hope to see you there! 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Elizabeth M. Young LaBerge Elizabeth M. Young LaBerge, NCCO, NCRM, CIPP/US, joined NAFCU as regulatory compliance counsel in July 2015 and became senior regulatory compliance counsel in July 2016. In her role, LaBerge … Web: https://www.nafcu.org Details
If you could take your magic wand and make one thing at your credit union disappear, what would it be? Some of you may come up with an interesting list of items (maybe, even people!) but our suggestion is use that magic wand to make all your incentive programs go far, far away.Incentive programs may represent the most perplexing conundrum in our industry. What started out as well-intention has turned into highly destructive to many cultures. In many instances the intent was to stimulate growth with incentives; however, the result is stifling stagnation of performance. Seen by some as a way to motivation employees has, instead, driven many employees away from our organizations … including some of our best employees.Two recent findings in engagements with clients related to incentives: Employees were cheating the goal attainment and incentive payout structures by sharing their sales with other employees who were lacking in their production. While the intention was to be good teammates, the result was peer pressure to share and an appearance that all employees were doing their job when, in fact, only a few actually were.A survey revealed that over 75% of employees feel their incentives are based only on exceeding sales goals and not at all on delivering great service to members. (Also, 100% of executives admitted that they had created this type of culture at their credit union.) Further, focus group meetings exposed that most employees felt immense pressure to meet goals and that pressure prevented them from going the extra step in creating positive member experiences.We’re not suggesting that all incentives are bad or produce negative consequences but we are saying that most credit unions have at least one instance where incentive structures have perpetuated an environment that is frustrating, at best, and corrosive, at worst. Left unchecked, especially in high-focus areas like consumer loans, these environments will likely result in the two unintended negatives noted above.So, what can you do about it? Here’s a six-pack of ideas:You may need to declare amnesty for all employees and push “reset” on your current incentive structure. Stop doing what you’re doing today, take adequate time – maybe as long as 24 months – to revise your incentive structure to make certain you are promoting the right type of production from all staffMake sure that goals are established as properly as possible, providing assurance to staff that what you’re asking them to produce is realistic and attainable. Diligently review your goal-setting methodology and actively communicate that process to staff. Full transparency in the process is a vital step in justifying the goals they are expected to produceConsider balancing all goals between individual production and team production to foster an environment where everyone is efforting and contributing to their fullest potential. If you already have both goals, make certain they are balanced as equally as possible to trumpet the point that “we’re all in this together”When creating goal categories and establishing measurable production goals, ensure employees can clearly “see” what you want them to accomplish and, most important, know how you want them to do it. Don’t assume that staff (including experienced staff) will be able to figure this out on their own – they need crystal-clear direction on the “what” and “how” Ensure there is perfect alignment between your goal and incentive programs and your strategic objectives. If you say everything is about optimal member experience, then don’t create a culture where the most ardent focus is on goal achievement and there is little or no member satisfaction measurement. We all know that coaching is important to driving positive performance but, when goals and incentives are concerned, it becomes acutely important. Managers, supervisors, and executives must be actively engaged in every step of the process – from sharing performance expectations, to strategizing on action steps to observing and providing feedback to providing the most appropriate forms of motivation. Plus, the more involved coaches are, the more auditing of the incentive culture they can doThere are more steps to success than just these six and within each of the six more micro-steps are inherent but looking at your incentive culture today in the most discerning manner will be a solid start to avoiding the two issues experienced by our client above and setting your organization on the road to the most desired performance culture.My last note is totally self-serving and a shameless promotion but sincerely true: it’s exceedingly hard for most organization to reset their performance culture without some level of outside perspective. Some amount of unbiased, non-political, third-party viewpoint is needed, especially at the outset. Rarely can an organization objectively see what they’re doing right and wrong and make the necessary improvements. Additionally, most employees won’t tell you the truth about what’s going on nearly as much as they will tell someone from more than fifty miles away carrying a briefcase.If you truly want to reset your performance culture and ensure the highest level of thoroughness and confidentiality in the process, you need an outside facilitator.For more information on my firm, please contact us at www.fi-strategies.com or 636-578-3280. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Details
After numerous amendments to the Act in the past two years, it is finally time to obtain concessions on tourist land in camps, which are owned by the Republic of Croatia. The Ministry of Tourism has announced a public debate on the eConference on AMENDMENTS TO THE REGULATION ON THE PROCEDURE, MANNER AND CONDITIONS FOR OBTAINING CONCESSIONS ON TOURIST LAND IN CAMPS OWNED BY THE REPUBLIC. Get involved, now is the time for an argumentative and constructive discussion, because after the new amendments to the Law are passed, then it is too late to “get smart” and complain. eConsulting: CONSULTATION WITH THE INTERESTED PUBLIC ON THE PROPOSAL OF THE DECREE ON AMENDMENTS TO THE DECREE ON THE PROCEDURE, MANNER AND CONDITIONS FOR OBTAINING A CONCESSION ON TOURIST LAND AND KAMPOVSKUVIAMI IN KAMPVUPSUI The deadline by which companies are required to pay a variable part of the concession fee from March 31 to May 31 is changed, because the existing provision did not take into account the legal deadline for the preparation of final financial statements. The change of deadline was agreed with the Ministry of Finance, Customs Administration. Also, the possibility of installment payment of the difference of the concession fee in three equal annual installments is introduced. RELATED NEWS: Tourist traffic and capacities in camps in the Republic of Croatia 2018 Home Photography: Valamar
By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf The Blog, Weekly Update This week, the governor continued to hold bipartisan roundtable discussions in Delaware and Bucks counties to discuss local and statewide efforts to lead the nation in combating the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. Governor Wolf also joined Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Lemoyne to remind Pennsylvania residents and pharmacists that a doctor’s prescription is not needed to obtain the life-saving opioid overdose antidote drug naloxone. Governor Wolf also sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation urging them to fund the comprehensive Opioid Abuse and Reduction Act of 2016.Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for Governor Wolf and these roundtables and events are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.Governor Wolf also signed into law House Bill 400, known as the Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities Act, which will help students with disabilities gain competitive employment.Monday, 5/16/16 Governor Wolf Announces Eighteen Municipalities to Improve Traffic Safety with Red Light Enforcement FundsGovernor Wolf Announces Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant RecipientsGovernor Wolf Announces $12 Million in Green Light-Go Traffic Signal Improvement FundingTuesday, 5/17/16Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Support Community Revitalization Efforts Across PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf, Physician General Levine Remind Pennsylvanians about the Availability of Naloxone to Combat OverdosesGovernor Wolf Announces PRUFTECHNIK, Inc. to Establish National Headquarters in Philadelphia, Creating New JobsWith Signing of HB 400, Governor Wolf Makes Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities a PriorityWednesday, 5/18/16 Governor Wolf Applauds New Department of Labor Regulations Governing Overtime PayWolf Administration Investing $25.1 Million in Projects to Protect and Improve Pennsylvania Water ResourcesGovernor Wolf Vetoes House Bill 805Thursday, 5/19/16In Delco, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid EpidemicGovernor Wolf, Rep. Stephens Announce Bottled Water Availability for Horsham Area ResidentsGovernor Wolf participated in “Conversation with the Governor”Friday, 5/20/16Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction ActGovernor Wolf Announces 680 New Jobs with New FedEx Ground Mid-Atlantic Distribution Facility in Northampton CountyIn Bucks County, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid EpidemicWolf Administration Celebrates Start of Long Awaited CSVT River Bridge ProjectHighlights from The Blog:BLOG: Watch Governor Wolf’s WITF Interview on Pennsylvania’s Opioid CrisisBLOG: Governor Wolf Continues his Opioid Roundtable Discussions with Stops in York, Stroudsburg, and Hazleton (Round-up)BLOG: Naloxone: What It Is, How to Get It, and How to Use ItBLOG: Six Things To Know About Crowdfunding in PABLOG: 109 Municipalities Receive $12 Million under PennDOT’s “Green Light-Go” Program (Round-up)BLOG: Planning to Stay with Airbnb in PA this Summer? Check Out These Important TipsGUEST BLOG: Help Us Develop a Plan to Protect and Serve PA’s SeniorsBLOG: How DOC is Helping Inmates with Mental Illness Transition Home (Round-up)BLOG: Thank You for Supporting Federal LGBT Non-discriminationLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf May 20, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, May 15 – May 21, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
1102/99 Marine Parade, RedcliffeHe said the buyers were moving back to Australia from Noumea and wanted the stunning view, waterfront lifestyle and convenience of nearby shops, cafes and restaurants – even if it meant a $745,000 price tag.The median sale price for an unit at Redcliffe was $418,000 to the year ended October 2017, according to latest CoreLogic market trends data.Mr McLachlan said he had sold a few units in this particular apartment block and they had never lasted long on the market.“Anything in there I’ve ever had, I’ve sold it – it’s just a good spot,” Mr McLachlan said. 1102/99 Marine Parade, RedcliffeDEMAND for waterfront apartments with breathtaking views is outstripping supply in Redcliffe, a leading real estate expert says.Crown Properties principal Ian McLachlan said buyers were snapping up newer units in the area quickly because they were so difficult to come by.“There’s a shortage of really good-view units (so) generally, they are snapped up pretty quick,” Mr McLachlan said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019He recently sold a three-bedroom sub-penthouse at 1102/99 Marine Pde that attracted a lot of interest.