Gauley Mountain

first_imgIf you’re one of the hundreds of thousands who flock to the New and Gauley Rivers each year for a whitewater rafting trip, you may hear something louder than the roar of the rapids: the sound of dynamite blowing off the top of Gauley Mountain. Permits have been issued to Powellton Coal Company to blast Gauley Mountain for mining. Access roads have been gutted. Trees have been felled.Sign the petition to stop mining on the Gauley Mountain here.Mountaintop removal mining already has devastated much of West Virginia, but Gauley Mountain could set a new precedent in just how far this irreparably alarming industrial practice could extend its reach. The mountain sits right between the revered New and Gauley Rivers and borders a federally designated national recreation area. This is the Mountain State’s epicenter of rock climbing and whitewater recreation. It’s a booming tourism spot that attracts 275,000 annual rafters, who bring millions of dollars to more than 40 independent outfitters and local businesses.“We’re keeping an eye on the development of this for possible impact,” says Mark Lewis, director of the West Virginia Professional Outfitters. “We are always concerned with anything that could impact our guest experience.”Beyond scarring a beloved natural resource and turning away tourists, mining will endanger the health and livelihoods of locals. The small town of Ansted is situated directly between the New and Gauley Rivers. The once-bustling mining town was abandoned in the 1950s, but in the past two decades it has made a comeback as a tourist destination for the recreation opportunities in its backyard. The town is planning to build a trail that would connect the New and the Gauley Rivers.Citizens are fearful that mountaintop removal will quickly degrade the scenic appeal that has recently returned to town. They have formed the Ansted Historical Preservation Council specifically to fight the mining project. Town mayor Pete Hobbs has boldly voiced his disapproval—something most politicians in West Virginia won’t do when it comes to King Coal. The council initially became concerned about the mining when word broke about a proposed coal-haul road that would run right near an elementary school. West Virginia has a long history of fatalities at the hands of big-freight trucks that carry tons of coal. Permits say the trucks could run through town 24 hours a day. The Ansted Historical Preservation Council conducted a study for a 100-megawatt wind farm on Gauley Mountain and discovered that it could bring in nearly as much county tax revenue as coal severance.“Coal will go out in 15 to 20 years, but wind will be here forever,” says Cary Huffman, an Ansted resident and former miner. “We’re just a group of citizens coming together, just trying to save a little bit of the beauty we have now. I have grandkids, and if we take the tops off of the mountains, they won’t be able to roam the woods like I did growing up.”——Sign the petition to stop mining on the Gauley Mountain here.last_img read more

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Lindenhurst Rallies Around Family Targeted by Racist Letter

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lindenhurst community members are rallying to support an African-American family who last week received an anonymous letter in which the author urged them to move from the predominantly white South Shore village.Ronica Copes, who opened the hand-addressed envelope on Thursday, reported the incident to Suffolk County police. The next day, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone publicly condemned the unnamed author, whom he called a “coward.” After seeing news coverage of the incident, neighbors have taken it upon themselves to show the family that Lindenhurst is not hateful.“I started this campaign to show that family who got the letter some love,” Joe Ciatto of Lindenhurst wrote on a Facebook post that has been shared widely. “I plan on printing out letters from the community or anyone who wants to join and sending them to their house to let them know that there are still REAL people in this world.”Suffolk Police Department’s Hate Crimes Unit detectives are investigating the incident, which Bellone termed a “hate crime.”The letter, postmarked May 19, was simply addressed to “African-American family” and from “the Lindenhurst community.” The hate-filled note was printed in all capital letters.“Lindenhurst is 84% white population,” it read. “You don’t belong here!!! Please leave Lindenhurst as soon as you can.“It will be better for all of us,” it continued. “Find the town where there are more people like you. Sorry if this is rude, but it’s the truth.”In response, the Copes family said they don’t plan on moving from the home they’ve shared for about two years. Ronica told the New York Post that the letter “didn’t work.” Instead, the family said they’ll stay put and continue praying for the author to become more educated and less ignorant about people who are different from them.“Sometimes you have a preconceived idea of how a person is just because you don’t know them,” Ronica’s mother, Darcell, told WABC-TV. “You don’t know how they live. You don’t know what they believe.”Ciatto, who launched the charm offensive, plans on delivering the letters by hand once he has gathered a large amount of them. Others plan to send their own letters directly to the Copes family. The county executive was one of several local lawmakers to join Copes’ neighbors in declaring that the letter writer does not speak for Lindenhurst.“There is no place for intolerance in Suffolk County,” Bellone said in a statement. “I stand together with all Lindenhurst residents who decry this act of hatred. This community and all of Suffolk County are better than that.”last_img read more

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7 elements of a strategic growth plan

first_img 87SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Glenn Christensen Glenn Christensen is Founder and President of CEO Advisory Group the first Merger and Acquisitions consultancy focusing on the credit union industry.As a visionary and entrepreneurial leader with 25 … Web: www.ceoadvisory.com Details Strategic organizational growth doesn’t happen by accident, or without plenty of care and nurturing. This is especially true with credit unions, where members benefit from growth, not third-party stockholders. Creating an intentional and forward-thinking strategic growth plan is essential to long-term organizational success.Credit unions can grow in a number of ways, including:expansion within existing geographic marketsexpansion into new geographic marketschanging criteria for membership to include more segments or groups servedmerging with or acquiring similar organizationsBefore growth opportunities are explored to identify the most advantageous options, there are seven elements that should be considered for your strategic growth plan. These elements can help you determine the right trajectory for your organization.1. DemographicsWhat community does your organization serve? Is it one with broad demographics, and thus broad growth potential? Or is it more niche in nature, meaning that growth may come through specialized offerings, rather than broader appeal? Here are the four most important demographics for building a strategic growth plan:AgeIncomeWealthHome ownership2. Market Size & GrowthBeyond the question of market saturation, there is the consideration of the market size where you do business. Saturation and size must be paired variables when it comes to properly analyzing past performance and understanding future growth. In addition, the total number of households must also be considered, accounting for positive or negative growth, while also allowing for future market fluctuations. Finally, when considering market size and growth, look at deposits at market branches, and then compare in relation to historical and projected growth.3. CompetitionTo restate the obvious, it’s not enough to consider your own credit union’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. You’ll also need to closely study your competition. Where does your competition position its branches? Are there new entrants into the market? Evaluate, using public information, how your competition has increased their position within a region. Have existing banks and credit unions in your market been adding to their branch network? Are you anticipating competition to add additional branches to the market over the next five to ten years, or do you anticipate branch consolidation? Finally, assess how increased branching might impact average deposits, loans, or members per branch; and, ultimately, the branch profitability.4. Member PenetrationUnderstanding the membership penetration within your target market is key to defining your market strategy. Membership penetration and product usage has historically been highly correlated with home or workplace proximity to branch location. Membership surveys have shown that, as the distance from the branch increases, the primary financial institution relationship declines. The greater the distance from the branch, the more likely the member will have a secondary or tertiary relationship with the credit union and be very selective in product usage.Your credit union has an opportunity to expand relationships with secondary members through more effective delivery systems and marketing channels. Member and market surveys can help your credit union understand issues of market awareness, while also unlocking opportunities to set itself apart from competitors.5. Product DemandWhen evaluating markets, your credit union will want to understand the demand for various product types. For example, if your credit union is targeting high net-worth consumers, emphasis should be on markets with higher propensity to use investment products and wealth planning.Additionally, you’ll want to look within your membership pool to determine the level of product demand that you’ve achieved. You likely have members that satisfy some banking needs through your organization, while also patronizing other organizations. Your strategic growth plan may benefit from opportunities to stimulate internal growth by gaining all member banking business, rather than providing only a service or two.On the flip side, some of your offerings may not meet member needs or expectations. Your members may need a new generation of products – for instance, online banking and digital transactions – that you don’t currently offer. Evaluation of product demand requires consideration from three distinct angles: matching members with offerings, ensuring offerings meet member needs, and creating new offers to meet new expectations. Proper evaluation of product demand will ensure you’re ready to meet the demands of your members. Comparative product studies can also be a helpful tool for understanding growth opportunities in your markets.6. Branch Delivery System NetworkWhen considering how to best serve members through branches, your branch system should be subject to four areas of review:Evaluation of under-served regions – Are new branches needed?Relocation of existing branches – Will changes increase convenience?Consideration of under-performing branches – Are closures necessary?Update outdated branches – Will remodeling increase branch success?7. Merger or AcquisitionThe hardest part of a strategic growth plan – and the one most likely to achieve high results – is a merger or acquisition. Instead of growing internally, purchased growth – new locations due to M&A – may achieve better results, faster. This kind of increase in the field of membership (FOM) could help your organization achieve the type of regional penetration and growth that might otherwise be impossible. M&A plans can result in better member penetration and provide access to enhanced capital, while also yielding benefits for members of both organizations.Most importantly, when creating a strategic growth plan, consider each aspect from the viewpoint of members. It is for them that the organization exists, and it’s through them that your organization achieves success.last_img read more

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Bluesun’s Incentive Academy presented – a new project in the Croatian hotel industry

first_imgBluesun’s trio of chefs connected Zagorje with the “rest of the world” through three gastro-mix sequences and only hinted at what awaits all participants at their workshops. The new concept is also intended for hedonists who like to escape from the city to eat well, drink, relax and learn a handful of new things in a pleasant atmosphere.”Whether it’s colleagues from our industry, someone who wants to learn more and improve in a certain field, or a beginner who wants knowledge, we will adapt the programs to each of them. “, pointed out Kovačić. This unique project in the Croatian hotel industry originated from the Bluesun Academy, the first internal hotel academy in Croatia, and is based on ten years of training and workshop experience, through which only last season, as many as 400 Bluesun employees – chefs, pastry chefs. waiter, bartender and sommelier.  First in line, Whiskey experience, under the mentorship of mixologist Damir Klisurić, will be held on December 19, and applications for it can be filled out on the website of the Bluesun Hotel Kaj. Attendees Incentive academies in Bluesun Hotel Kajo is waiting for education in small groups (maximum 6) in order to be able to adopt the latest culinary technologies with top, award-winning gastro-mix trio: chef Tomislav Kožić, Bluesun’s culinary chef, the most famous Croatian pastry chef, Petra Jelenić, corporate corporation and mixologist Damir Klisurić, corporate head of bar business. “This is the first time that a hotel chain has organized external workshops. It’s about „Knowledge incentive“Which is not intended exclusively for guests, but for all those who want something different and more – and they are and offer a synergy of mixology, confectionery and cuisine in an exclusive and innovative way. “Points out Martina Kovačić, director of Salve Regina doo and Bluesun Hotel Kaj. A series of specialized workshops of Bluesun’s corporate bosses was presented at the Bluesun Hotel Kaj, at a gastro-mix gathering called “Hot Drinks and Christmas Story”: Incentive Academy.  Attendees will learn the basics about this distillate, its colors, aromas, flavors, as well as its impact on history and social relations. Of course, everything will be able to be checked and practical, because this will be an opportunity to taste and evaluate some of the most special whiskeys from the Far East to America. This mixological story, of course, will be garnished with the sequences of the chef duo Kožić – Jelenić. From January, it is planned to hold one mixological and one gastronomic workshop every month, they point out from the Bluesun Hotel.last_img read more

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Should I stay or should I go?: Overseas students in limbo as global lockdown fears mount

first_imgIndonesian PhD student Tengku Munawar, 30, has found himself facing one misfortune after another since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.He had been looking forward to spending time with his family in Japan, having booked his mother and sister tickets to Osaka for Thursday so they could attend his graduation ceremony early next month. Even his brother came to visit him as early as March 9.But as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe, Tengku has had to make do with shelved plans and a more uncertain future, after the Indonesian government urged its jet-setting citizens to return from abroad to avoid more imminent travel restrictions. “At that time I began to panic, and consulted with the family about their upcoming visit. By mid-March the situation got even worse, with many countries announcing quarantines,” he said.Tengku eventually canceled his family trip, and his brother bought himself a flight back to Indonesia on Wednesday. Unfortunately for him, stacks of paperwork from the university and for residence administration prevented Tengku from joining the rest of his family.“I really want to go home as soon as possible but I can’t,” he said. “But even if Indonesia has plans to impose a lockdown, I’ll be ready. I just hope the coronavirus can be controlled soon.”On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi advised Indonesian citizens currently traveling abroad to “return to Indonesia at the earliest possible time to avoid further travel disruptions”.She announced that Indonesia had suspended all visa-on-arrival and other visa-exemption facilities for all countries for a period of one month beginning on Friday. Denial of entry was also expanded to include more countries in Europe, including the Vatican, Span, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, where the number of positive virus infections have spiked.As an international student dependent on a scholarship, 25-year-old Vicky Nauli of the UK-based Institute of Development Studies was very confused as to what to do with this new information. “With the Chevening [Scholarship] we cannot go home for more than 30 days, so we don’t know what to do,” Vicky told the Post on Wednesday. “We are pretty much in limbo because no one can guarantee if we can get back [to the UK].”She said her family back home were concerned because the number of cases in the UK was much higher than in Indonesia, which made them believe it was safer to stay with her family.The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia jumped to 227 with 19 fatalities as of Wednesday, whereas the UK has 1,950 cases and 71 deaths, according to official tallies.Stella Nau, the president of the Indonesian Students Association in the UK (PPI-UK), said some students had decided against returning to Indonesia altogether, even as universities in the UK have canceled classes and advised their students to go home.“This is mostly from the advice from our scholarship providers such as Chevening and Endowment Fund for Education [LPDP], which disburses monthly stipends and requires students to remain in the country until the program ends in October,” Stella told the Post.Similarly, another Indonesian PhD student said that the Foreign Ministry’s advice on Tuesday was a cause for concern, especially for those who worked, studied and lived in different places.Doni Ropawandi, 26, a student at Malaysian National University (UKM), said his plans to present his dissertation next Monday had already been canceled when Malaysian authorities announced a country-wide lockdown earlier this week. Now he is being forced to choose between staying with his wife in Taiwan, returning to Malaysia to complete his studies or going back home to Indonesia.“I was actually planning to go back to Indonesia, but the Foreign Ministry’s advice got me worried that if I go back and Indonesia decided to impose a lockdown, then I’d be stuck,” Doni said on Wednesday from Taiwan.He noted that the Taiwanese authorities had raised the warning level for Indonesia, which meant that anyone returning from the country to Taiwan would have to self-quarantine. If he were to choose between the three locations, Doni said he felt more comfortable staying in Taiwan.In a notice published on Monday, the Overseas Indonesian Students’ Association Alliance (PPI-Dunia) called on all students to coordinate with Indonesian missions in their respective countries of residence and follow the advice of local authorities, echoing a statement Minister Retno said during a recent interview with the Post.“We also urge the Indonesian government to act through their missions abroad to oversee the health of students and all Indonesian citizens, and stand ready to provide assistance where it is needed,” said Fadlan Muzakki, coordinator of PPI-Dunia.An official from the Foreign Ministry reiterated on Wednesday the foreign minister’s advice for Indonesians, urging students to stay put in their study destination to anticipate any possible travel restrictions.On Friday, Retno advised all Indonesians abroad to stay in their countries of residence, giving reassurances that the government “has entrusted them to their respective governments”.Topics : “Having studied in Japan for six years, I had been looking forward to this April graduation ceremony. Of course, I wanted this moment of finally parting with Japan to be special,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.“What can I say? All the plans I made since last year are falling apart because of the virus outbreak.”The Japanese government has ordered the closure of schools and has advised workers to work from home – something of an anomaly in an otherwise overworked society. Events that would have attracted large masses have also been canceled.“That includes my graduation ceremony,” said the Osaka University graduate in international public policy.last_img read more

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Police stage record crackdown on Brazil’s biggest gang

first_imgPolice launched what they called Brazil’s biggest-ever anti-narcotics operation Monday against the country’s largest gang, the First Capital Command (PCC), seeking to arrest hundreds of people.More than 1,000 officers aimed to arrest 422 suspects and execute search and seizure warrants at 201 properties across 19 states, federal police said in a statement.The operation targeted the Sao Paulo-based gang’s financial infrastructure, blocking $46.6 million in bank deposits and seizing $1.1 million in cash, they said. Topics : Investigators said they had identified the network responsible for laundering the gang’s drug trafficking proceeds by following the money trail of payments made to 210 gang members in maximum-security prisons.The payments were for holding “high-ranking posts in the criminal organization” and carrying out orders such as “executing public officials,” they said.Formed in 1993, the PCC is estimated to have more than 30,000 members.It operates across most of Brazil and is involved in the international drug trade to Europe, Africa and Asia.center_img It is led by Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, alias “Marcola,” currently serving a more than 200-year sentence in a maximum-security prison in Brasilia.The gang’s turf wars and flare-ups have unleashed brutal violence at times, including a record crime wave in 2006, when members attacked hundreds of police stations and patrol cars.The attacks, which left 90 people dead, were believed to have been triggered by plans to transfer Camacho and hundreds of other jailed gang leaders to maximum-security prisons.last_img read more

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BLOG: Governor Wolf Pledges State Support to Revitalize Johnstown

first_img By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Governor Wolf Pledges State Support to Revitalize Johnstown Jobs That Pay,  The Blog Governor Wolf traveled to Johnstown Friday to announce the creation of over 130 new jobs, as well as a multi-million dollar state investment to help revitalize the city. The governor, speaking at a ribbon-cutting for LifePoint Health Business Services, said this will spur economic development and job growth in the entire area.LifePoint — in exchange for a pledge to create 132 new jobs over the next three years — received a funding proposal from the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), which 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. LifePoint’s GAT offer includes:$500,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant$112,200 in WEDnetPA funding for employee trainingGovernor Wolf also announced more than $15 million in additional state investments through the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Department of Transportation, to align with the region’s Vision 2025, a framework for revitalizing greater Johnstown.“While it’s important to highlight investments being made and jobs being created by the private sector, it’s also important to build strong, stable communities to support business growth,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to continuing to visit Johnstown and receiving updates on the momentum of Vision 2025.”center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 22, 2016last_img read more

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Where residents get boho and beachside brilliance year round

first_img23 Poinsettia Street, Holloways Beach, is one of the houses on the market right now, priced at offers over $569,000. Source: Realestate.com.au“We thought about a restaurant in Palm Cove on the water but this one was quite good for exposure and it is close enough that people from Redlynch and Caravonica come here.“The place is very laid-back, friendly as well, and welcoming.”The 2.5km beach and residential settlement is surrounded by creeks and mangrove flats, which host a variety of wildlife.Swimming is enjoyed all year round but stinger nets are installed during the summer months to guard against dangerous sea creatures. Holloways Beach offers a variety of homes and townhouses to suit any budget but it always offers a rare chance to own truly beachfront property, along with its neighbours Kewarra Beach and Trinity Beach. The beach attracts many holiday investors for units. A one bedroom, one bathroom, one car space unit at this complex at24/129-135 Oleander Street, Holloways Beach is for sale for $118,500. Source: Realestate.com.au.The area was officially named Holloway in 1951, renamed Holloway Beach in 1971 and then Holloways Beach in 1981. Why Cairns is a good place to invest Far North’s strongest suburb rivals Brisbane More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago Tax changes hit invest numbers In 2002, the area was gazetted as a suburb of Cairns rather than as a rural locality.Dog owners can let their pooch run leash-free across the sand, anglers say there is always something biting from the beach or the boat via a ramp into Richters Creek and a relaxed and lively restaurant and cafe scene make the area a pleasant choice.Chef Vitalia Zanda opened an Italian restaurant a few blocks back from the water almost a year ago and said Holloways Beach was the perfect spot for her new business.“We chose the Palm St location because it was nice for functions and it reminded us of a little trattoria in Italy,” she said. Cruise attendants from Experience Co Sabine Cockatoo and Lesley Cockatoo enjoying Holloways Beach. Picture: Anna Rogers.ON the northern shoreline of the Barron River delta lies one of the north’s most popular beachside havens with its alluring mix of bohemian style and beach life.The narrow, tidal stretch of sand at Holloways Beach attracts hundreds of recreation-makers at all times of the day and once a month, visitors flock from all over the Far North for the suburb’s markets, an eclectic mix of second-hand goods, locally made food and clothes.The area is believed to be named after farmer Richard Holloway who came to Cairns in 1910 and worked in the area in 1926. last_img read more

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‘Maersk Forza’ hired for helicopter recovery operation

first_imgThe Maersk Forza subsea construction vessel, usually used for oil and gas activities, has been hired to help with recovery of a helicopter that went missing on Thursday, offshore Norway.According to Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN), on October 26, 2017 helicopter flight CVS312 was en-route from Pyramiden to Kapp Heer with eight persons on board.The crew was last in contact with the air traffic services at Longyearbyen at 1506 hours local time. They were then instructed to contact Kapp Heer. The helicopter was soon after reported missing.“The assumption is that the helicopter has crashed during the approach two kilometers north of Kapp Heer. A large-scale search and rescue operation is ongoing. The Accident Investigation Board Norway has initiated an investigation supported by the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee,” AIBN said.AIBN on Tuesday morning said that the recovery vessel Maersk Forza was contracted and the vessel was en route to Hammerfest.“Personell from the AIBN will board the vessel in Hammerfest and plan the recovery of the helicopter on the way to Svalbard,” AIBN said.The Maersk Forza was built in 2008 under the name of REM Forza. It was later sold by REM Offshore to Maersk Supply Services.  The 250 tons Hydramarine crane aboard supports the lifting operations for a range of tools, equipment and subsea assets.According to DeepOcean, which manages the vessel, Maersk Forza spread has been main vessel for inspection, maintenance, installation and decommissioning projects in both The North Sea and West Africa.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Bringing back Vinyl: company recreates records from original masters

first_imgEbola: Nigeria Records 7 Deaths Related Company uses robots to care for the elderly Top Tyre company shuts down production in Kenya These days, every major label and many smaller ones are releasing vinyl, and most major new releases have a vinyl version, leading to a spate of new pressing plants These days, every major label and many smaller ones are releasing vinyl, and most major new releases have a vinyl version, leading to a spate of new pressing plantsVinyl is emphatically back in vogue as a London company, using 50s technology, is recreating records from original masters. And it’s finding willing buyers in China and elsewhere in East Asia.The Electric Recording Company recreates the original quality of famous LPs, and though it’s been a painstaking process, it has also been a very rewarding one, CCTV’s Catherine Drew reports.last_img read more

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