Star Files View Comments Well, we can all stop casting our spells and stirring our witches brew because it looks like Glenn Close might just be headed for a guest appearance on FX’s American Horror Story: Coven. IMDB.com lists the three-time Tony winner/six-time Oscar nominee/three-time Emmy winner as appearing on the AHS: Coven finale, titled “The Seven Wonders.” She even has her own character name: Ophelia. Oooh, sounds…witchy!Close would be another first-rate actress to appear on the third season of American Horror Story, which tells the secret history of witches, witchcraft and voodoo in America. Other legendary actresses who are currently starring in the New Orleans-set Coven include Jessica Lange as Fiona, Kathy Bates as Madame LaLaurie, Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau, Frances Conroy as Myrtle Snow and Patti LuPone as Joan Ramsey.Close has won Tony Awards for her roles in Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden and The Real Thing. Her other Broadway roles include Love for Love, The Member of the Wedding, Barnum, Benefactors and Rex. Among her many famous films are The Big Chill, The World According to Garp, Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, The Natural and Albert Nobbs, all of which earned her Oscar nominations. She has won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for her work on the TV series Damages. Glenn Close
Former school board chair John Hollar today announced his candidacy for mayor of Montpelier. He made the announcement at Onion River Sports. Hollar, 51, spoke about the positive qualities of Montpelier, including its parks, active citizens, and vibrant downtown. He also referenced two major challenges the city faces: Montpelier’s high tax rate, which he said is among the highest in Vermont, and its declining infrastructure. ‘These two competing demands will present us with some very difficult choices in the months and years ahead,’ he said. ‘But we cannot afford to shy away from them because they are hard.’ Hollar said he chose the sporting goods store as the venue for his announcement because the store epitomizes what is great about Montpelier ‘ its thriving downtown business, great employees and high quality service and merchandise. Hollar also said that he is an avid biker and cross-country skier. Hollar said that he would spend the next eleven weeks of the campaign ‘talking to as many people as I can to determine what our community values, and what our priorities are.’ Hollar has practiced law in Montpelier for 21 years and is a partner with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, where he is co-chair of its Regulated Entities and Government & Public Affairs groups. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA 1982) and Georgetown University (JD 1989). He’s lived in Montpelier since 1990.Hollar is married to Jennifer Prescott Hollar, a 5th generation Montpelier resident, and they have three sons.The City of Montpelier uses a city manager type of government. The mayor is elected by the entire city every two years and sits on the City Council. The other six councilors represent three electoral districts and are also elected every two years. The council is the legislative body and the city manager runs the government.12.20.2011
On 27 June, an alleged leader of the Colombian FARC guerrilla group was detained in Ecuador, where he had gone to seek medical attention, official sources in both countries announced. The man believed to be the second-ranking leader of the FARC’s Front 48 was arrested by the Ecuadorean police in a commercial center in southern Quito, together with a Colombian woman. “This individual … traded in arms, ammunition, explosives, and military uniforms,” an Ecuadorean police agent added. The commander of the Colombian military, Adm. Edgar Cely, identified the man as Fabio Ramírez (alias ‘Danilo’), for whom Bogotá was offering a reward of 195,000 dollars. “We’re verifying his identity to know whether it’s the same person,” indicated the head of the Anti-Organized Crime Strike Unit (Ulco) of the Ecuadorean police, Col. David Proaño. “I want to extend congratulations and very significant thanks to the Ecuadorean army and police,” Cely declared for his part, at a press conference in Bogotá. According to the Colombian commander, “this man belongs to Front 48, which is known to have been responsible for the murder of eight of our police officers, four wounded, and two more disappeared, in (the border town of) San Miguel in September 2010.” He added that Ramírez “was the right-hand man of Milton de Jesús Toncel (alias ‘Joaquín Gómez’),” commander of the Southern Bloc and a member of the Secretariat of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, a Marxist group). He likewise affirmed that ‘Danilo’, thirty-eight years old, had been active in the FARC for eighteen years. The military commander said that the detainee could arrive in Colombia that night and maintained that his arrest was made possible thanks to military intelligence and information supplied by human sources. Gen. Juan Carlos Salazar, commander of the Army in southern Colombia, told reporters that the work had been “coordinated with the Ecuadorean Army.” “We had been following him over the last few months. Unfortunately, he disappeared on us, and we succeeded in locating him again in our brother country of Ecuador,” he indicated. By Dialogo June 29, 2011
Sometimes those around us, whether in our personal lives or in the workplace, don’t behave the way we’d want or expect them to. We regularly encounter varying personalities, some harder to deal with than others. When faced with someone who’s less than pleasant, the best thing you can do is react positively. Here are a few ways you can still be friendly and polite, even when those around you are not.Kill them with kindnessIt’s hard not to let others’ moods affect us. When someone is the office “Debbie Downer” it takes real effort to brush it off and remain cheery. Although it’s a challenge, keeping calm, staying friendly, and spreading kindness will benefit you (and others) greatly in the end. So, remember to smile and be kind always, no matter the circumstance.Concentrate on connectingEveryone gets in a bad mood from time to time, so don’t read too much into it if someone around you is feeling blue. But, if their negativity is a constant, there are things you can do to offer encouragement. Be careful not to pry too much into their business, but try casually connecting with them on how things are going. Ask them if they need any help with their work tasks or if they’d like to take a quick walk. Extending an olive branch to help someone who’s feeling down may make all the difference in the world to them.Don’t take it personallySometimes people just need their space. So, even though it’s tough to be around someone who’s negative, their problem may not have anything to do with you. Try your best to not let it affect you and continue with your work responsibilities. If it remains an issue and begins to affect your productivity, you may consider bringing it up with your supervisor. But, until then, keep your head down and keep a positive outlook in the office and in life. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
132SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Details As the year (and the decade!) draws to a close, we like to take a step back to recall all the great content from 2019. Some of our best content comes from The CUInsight Community in particular, leaders and experts from the credit union space who contribute to the site. Our thanks go out to all our contributors who have written this year, we so appreciate our collaboration and can’t wait to see what 2020 brings.Now, for your enjoyment, we’ve rounded up the best of the best this year by number of reads.The Top 10 CUInsight Community Posts in 2019:4 things your employees notice even when you think they don’tby JAYNI SECH, MARKETING SOLUTIONS UNLIMITED, INC.This summer, my company will celebrate 18 years in business! During that time, we’ve worked with 87 credit unions in 10 states, and I’ve seen, heard, and overheard countless stories about managers and their behavior. (read more)1 word that increased sales by 38%by MELINA PALMER, THE BRAINY BUSINESSDo you wish you could make a change as simple as one word in an advertisement and have your conversions shoot up 38 percent? (read more)The fine print: Implications of Fiserv’s acquisition of First Databy SUNDEEP KAPUR, DIGITAL CREDENCEThe first few reactions to the acquisition of First Data have been alarmingly brief. A few “wows” followed by “oh, that is big” and then the typical flurry of analyst reports. (read more)Examiners behaving badlyby SCOTT BUTTERFIELD, YOUR CREDIT UNION PARTNERBefore I jump into the kind of behavior that warrants an article like this, I want to say that I think most Examiners are good. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work with many outstanding Examiners and support honest, ethical, and hard-working people at the state and federal levels. (read more)My most embarrassing credit union moment…by DENISE WYMORE, NACUSOI offered to drive him into town so he could drive his new car back home. We barely made it to the credit union before they locked the doors. It had been snowing most of the day… (read more)Five lies credit unions tell themselvesby AMANDA THOMAS, TWOSCOREBeing a credit union is hard. There is no arguing with that. Regulatory pressures, attracting and retaining talent, slim margins, market saturation…there are a lot of things making our job of serving members and communities so much more stressful. (read more)We asked 5 college students to describe credit unionsby BOLUN LI, ZOGO FINANCEJake M. (20, TD Bank) “Umm, I don’t know. They’re groups of people that help bring up your credit?” (read more)5 economic indicators every credit union leader should trackby STEVEN RICK, CUNA MUTUAL GROUPThis year is off to a strong start. Despite the market roller coaster that ended 2018, we continue to see strong jobs numbers, low unemployment rates, and high consumer confidence. (read more) The most effective way to gain new members for your credit unionby MATT WARD, BREAKTHROUGH CHAMPION3 WORDS! Thank You Cards. Full Stop! It really is that simple. (read more)How to make your credit union team feel like crapby BILL STAINTON, PRODUCING RESULTSHere’s the scene: You’re at a party, or a conference, or a meeting—somewhere with a lot of people around. You see someone whom you’d like to talk to, so you walk over and start a conversation. And after a few seconds, they begin The Scan. (read more)Plus, 10 More Top CUInsight Community Posts in 2019:Gen Z is different from millennials in more ways than you might thinkby KAREN MCCULLOUGHThe term “digital natives” may have started with Millennials, but Gen Z takes it to a different level: This group has never known the world without the Internet. (read more)Are credit union employees dying for a paycheck?by BO MCDONALD, YOUR MARKETING COIn the credit union world, we’re people helping people, right? That idea makes a good mission statement, but it often seems like the generosity and goodwill apply only to the members and not the credit union employees. (read more)Proof that diversity is not enoughby JILL NOWACKI, HUMANIDEIFor some time now, I have wanted to write an article about standing with the middle-aged white man; about understanding the accidental forms of discrimination and subjugation of women: Those men who will not “speak that way in front of a lady,” or who believe certain careers are “no place for women,” are not necessarily bad. (read more)Are you an “authentic” leader?by JIM BOUCHARD, BLACK BELT MINDSET PRODUCTIONS“Be authentic.” Plenty of people say it. Plenty say it’s important. Very few actually know what it means or how to actually practice it. I know this from experience. (read more)Create a joyous culture at your credit unionby PAUL ROBERT, FI STRATEGIES, LLCFar too many workers think their job is “just a job”. They clock in at 9, clock out at 5, and forget about everything from work on the drive home. The next day the drudgery starts all over again. (read more)5 principles for seizing a more joyful lifeby JOSHUA W. POOLE, BRECO FEDERAL CREDIT UNIONIf there’s one thing in life that’s certain, it’s that we are alive to be happy, find joy, and live life to the fullest. Unfortunately, many of us carry undue burdens that hinder our ability to see beyond the storms. (read more)Watch for these red flags to spot elder financial exploitationby JEREMY SMITH, POLICYWORKS LLCFinancial exploitation of the elderly is a serious problem that is hard to recognize but important to address. It can have a large financial impact, on average costing each victim thousands of dollars. (read more)How I choose a credit card: A millennial’s perspectiveby ANIL SHARMA, CO-OP FINANCIAL SERVICESWhen I was a kid, credit cards seemed like magic: just swipe this card, and you can have anything you want! But when my parents gave me my first credit card in college (“to be used only in emergencies, of course”), I learned the more complicated realities associated with such a tiny piece of plastic. (read more)Laughing your way to employee retentionby NANCI WILSON, UNIVERSITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNIONI’ve come to the realization that if you do not have an element of fun in your workplace, you will slowly begin to resent being an adult. It’s the honest truth! (read more)You’re building a great member experience. But what about your employee experience?by JAY SPEIDELL, MOMENTUMThe world’s best brands are undergoing a radical transformation: they’re fundamentally shifting their perspective from delivering products and services to delivering experiences. 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It’s been less than two months since construction began on Sea Palm Beach, but already its developer BluePoint Property has reported the 13-storey building is 65 per cent sold.High-rise developments can be tricky in some local communities — not so in the Gold Coast suburb of Palm Beach. Thousands fall for tiny home scam Sea Palm Beach.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“They know the site, they know the locational attributes.“They walked in off the street and said they would love to buy one.” It’s been less than two months since construction began on Sea Palm Beach, but already its developer BluePoint Property has reported the 13-storey building is at least 65 per cent sold. MORE: Locals love off-grid opulence The proposed recreation area at Sea Palm Beach.BluePoint’s co-founder and director Marcus Dore said the development worked by ignoring the “common sense’’ of experts and instead tailoring itself to the needs of local downsizers.“The most common buyer is a local person, a local downsizer,” Mr Dore said. The ocean view on offer at Sea Palm Beach.He said the initial planning of the local area made it apparent for the need of dual parking.“It was pretty obvious that carparking is at a premium, and most of the people who we knew were going to buy were downsizing but generally everyone still has two cars.” The proposed street view of Sea Palm Beach.“The irony is that all the people who live on Palm Beach or the southern end of the Gold Coast, a lot of them have gravitated to the ones that face south.” How much would you pay for a shed? An artist’s impression of the kitchen space.Another difference is the views, with apartments facing north or south instead of facing the ocean or the Gold Coast hinterland. RELATED: “When we were originally planning the project, we had all these experts telling us that the north-facing ones would be most popular,” Mr Dore said. >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< While Mr Dore said many locals loved Palm Beach for its convenience, with everything from shops to cafes to the beach within walking distance, he said an important point-of-difference for Sea Palm Beach was two parking bays for two-bedroom apartments.
753 Views no discussions Share EducationHealthLifestyleLocalNewsRegionalTertiary 14 more Dominicans awarded Cuban scholarships by: – July 13, 2018 Sharing is caring! Tweet Some of the fourteen Cuban Scholarship recipientsFourteen (14) more Dominicans have been awarded scholarships from the Cuban Government to pursue tertiary education as part of the Cuban Scholarship Program which has been in existence for over thirty-nine years.Eight of them; Kelsey Joseph, Jovina Lawrence, Lou Ann Lawrence, Sherniah Mills, Raquel Mills, Jessica Riviere, Krystal Williams and Jerome Auguiste will pursue undergraduate studies in medicine, Tawiah Hunter will study Stomatology.Jefferson Garraway and Yoland Prosper will pursue Post Graduate degrees in Medicine.Three of the other recipients will be engaged in Higher Education; Lucci-Ann Thomas and Joselle Casey will study Building and Civil Engineering and Walter Greenaway Jr. Computer Science.The fourteen students were presented with their scholarship documents during a ceremony at the Cuban Embassy in Morne Daniel on Friday 13 July 2018 from Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource, Chandler Hyacinth, in the presence of the Cuban Ambassador to Dominica, Juan Carlos Frometa de la Rosa.The medical degree students are expected to leave island between by 25 July 2018 while the other recipients will leave in September 2018.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Chandler Hyacinth and Cuban Ambassador to Dominica Juan Carlos Frometa de la Rosa“We are pleased to have received training not just in medicine, but also in other areas of higher education. In selecting the candidates we were looking at areas that will assist us in our rebuilding efforts,” Mrs. Hyacinth stated.She described the selection process as a “task” considering that there were forty-five (45) applications.“We expect you to do well, we expect you to work with the authorities, we expect you to work with the Dominican representative, and we expect you to, and want you to do, your best,” she noted.Mrs. Hyacinth further urged the parents to give the students “all the support that they require so they can do well” and to “stay in touch with them, give them he support that is needed”.The Ministry, she added, will also support the students “but sometimes the parental support is worth much more”.Tawiah Hunter, in an interview with Dominica Vibes after receiving the scholarship award, stated that she “is elated that the government saw something in me to give me a chance to go ahead with something I have always wanted to do”.Jessica Riviere was also happy with her selection noting that the financial cost of pursuing tertiary education away from home was a hindrance.“I am getting to study medicine, which is something I have always wanted to do. I also get to learn a new language, experience a new culture so it’s a really good feeling,” Riviere said.Lucci-Ann Thomas described the opportunity as an honor, adding that she “is glad to have received the opportunity to further my studies, so thank you”.Jerome Auguiste was also very pleased with his selection, adding that while he expects the work to be hard, said with his “determination and motivation, and a set goal I will be successful.”In June 2017, thirteen Dominicans were awarded scholarships to pursue higher education and post graduate studies in Cuba.– / 12 Share Share
NewsRegional Grenada accedes to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court by: – August 24, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share 15 Views no discussions Tweet Share In photo: The International Criminal Court. Photo credit: iccnow.orgTHE HAGUE — The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday welcomed Grenada as a new state party to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the tribunal, three months after the Caribbean nation deposited its instrument of accession to the accord, becoming the 115th signatory.The statute took effect in Grenada on 1 August, the ICC said in a statement issued after the president of the court, Sang-Hyun Song, presented the ambassador of Grenada, Stephen Fletcher, with a special edition of the Rome Statute in The Hague, where the court is based.“Each state that joins the ICC sends out a powerful message that it does not tolerate genocide, crimes against humanity or the other atrocious offences listed in the statute, and it will not provide refuge to those suspected of such crimes,” said Song.The vice-president of the Assembly of States Parties and ambassador of Mexico, Jorge Lomónaco, placed the occasion in Grenada’s historical context.“After 300 years as a colony, an overthrow of the government, an invasion in the mid-’80s and a full restoration of democracy to follow, Grenada has come out as a strong and independent State of the Caribbean Community.” That community, he added, is strongly committed to “combating impunity and bringing justice to victims.”Established by the Rome Statute of 1998, the ICC can try cases involving individuals charged with war crimes committed since July 2002. The Security Council, the ICC prosecutor or a state party to the court can initiate any proceedings, and the ICC only acts when countries themselves are unwilling or unable to investigate or prosecute.Caribbean News Now
By Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa (Aug. 26) – Casey’s General Stores presented the season championship races Friday at the Farley Speedway with Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Models headlining the night’s racing action.The feature was red flagged following an incident in turn two that saw the cars of Ben Seemann and Becky Roth tip over. Seemann rode out a double flip while Roth came to rest on the side with all four wheels off the ground. Both drivers were OK.When the race took the green on the restart, the race went caution-free to the checkered flag. Andy Eckrich took over the top spot from Kip Siems as the race closed in on the 10-lap mark. Eckrich went on to record the win with Ryan Dolan and Jeff Aikey taking second and third.Eckrich stated in victory lane, “We came up here tonight to try some changes for the Yankee. The Yankee is very special to the Eckrich family and we are coming after the win this week.”The GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Modified feature event was packed with racing excitement, much of which was provided by Jeff Larson. Larson was shaking down a new car for Ken Kostenbader and the shake down proved to be a great one as Larson scored the 20-lap win.Larson advanced from the fifth row and fought off several late-race challenges from Mark Schulte. Jed Freiburger ran a strong third.The GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod feature win and went to Tyler Soppe. Soppe took the checkers ahead of Troy Bauer and Justin Becker.The 39th annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic presented by Casey’s General Store will get underway on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and run through Saturday, Sept. 3 with the Saturday night show headlined by the 100-lap main event for Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late Models.