Relationships at Work

first_img Previous Article Next Article Heading off potential trouble as a result of divorce is a tricky act to balance for any HR manager. In the past companies tried to head off the problem by banning husbands and wives from working in the same organisation. Clearly such draconian measures are no longer acceptable – and in smaller husband/wife owned firms not applicable anyway.Nonetheless, there are steps companies can take to protect themselves should the worst occur.1 Ensure that husband and wife themselves have an understanding of where their home and working lives part company. Encourage them to set rules that work should not intrude on home life.2 If a couple bring a home dispute into the office remind them quietly that this is not the place for it to be resolved. 3 Ensure that anyone in a position of power with an ex-partner in the same company is aware of the possible legal ramifications of extending personal grudges into professional environments. 4 Where possible discourage senior executives from paying non-working spouses company salaries.5 If the company is large enough, offer ex-partners the opportunity of relocation away from daily dealings with each other. Related posts:No related photos. Relationships at WorkOn 27 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Sea ice concentrations in the Weddell Sea: A comparison of SSM/I, ULS, and GCM data

first_imgThe sea ice fraction in the interior of the pack, especially in winter, is important for climate studies and for validation of sea ice models. When ice concentration is high, a difference of only a few percent in ice fraction can have a major effect on the ocean-air fluxes. Satellite estimates of the ice fraction in the Antarctic winter based on microwave emissions are typically 90–95%, with values from the “Bootstrap” algorithm higher than the “NASA team”. However coupled ocean-atmosphere models usually show higher concentrations. A recent evaluation for the Arctic has shown that the true winter ice fractions can be very high, above 99%. Upward looking sonar data from the Weddell Sea is used to show that Antarctic concentrations are higher than previously estimated, and to reevaluate climate model results in this light. The bootstrap algorithm is found to provide a better fit to the sonar data.last_img read more

Purplebricks to end long years of being industry ‘hate figure’

first_imgPurplebricks says it wants to stop being the hate figure of the property industry and enter a new era of friendly but keen competition with both its traditional and hybrid rivals.Not all agents may welcome the company into the industry fold willingly after its ‘Commisery’ TV and newspaper adverts, but recently-arrived chief marketing office Ben Carter, who used to work at Just Eat, says he realises his predecessor’s Commisery ads “did not land well” with the industry when they were running during the late noughties.“Technology and the internet has allowed a company like Purplebricks to come in and change the way home buying and selling is done, but it doesn’t mean we need to be hated,” he says.Carter claims Purplebricks wants to be seen as the UK’s largest tech-led estate agency but still as part of the overall sector, and its effort to lobby government over the stamp duty deadline extension were part of that.“On the one hand we want to have more constructive discussions with the industry, but on the other hand keep in mind that we’re all competing for the same instructions,” he says.Carter says other changes are afoot at the agency, including a planned shift in its pricing and proposition.As The Negotiator reported last year, Purplebricks has been experimenting with its fees structure, and Carter says all will be revealed soon, including a shift in its proposition to a more tech-led advertising emphasis.“At the moment, although most people now know us and our brand, they still perceive as a price-led estate agent, but instead we’re going to talk more about empowering buyers and sellers with tech,” he says.Carter sites its upgrade app, which now enables vendors to accept offers and talk directly to their chain.“We want the process to be more transparent for everyone. At the moment the time after an offer has been offered is still a black hole.”It’s easy to see why the hybrid agency employed Carter – while at Just Eat the percentage of people ordering food online jumped from 15% to 50%, a transformation they’re hoping Purplebricks can emulate in the housing market.Ben carter Purplebricks March 23, 2021Nigel Lewis3 commentsmark flynn, Julian Marks Julian Marks 23rd March 2021 at 11:27 amYes i can totally see how a guy who works for a takeaway food ordering service can adapt that to property sales. As for increasing Just Eats online orders from 15% to 50% in the time he was there Dec 2019 to Nov 2020 well done!!! Hang about wasn’t there a pandemic from March onwards, didn’t restaurants, pubs etc etc close down and start doing takeaways? Were people told to stay at home? Didn’t just about every man and his hungry dog start to order takeaway? Well blow me away ‘Just Eat’ managed to increase numbers from 15% to 50%! ‘Just to’ compare, Deliveroo increased there makes by 64% in 2020 and ‘Just so’ there is fair comparison Ubereats have reported a 150% increase in 2020. Now i’m sure Ben is a great journalist and a well respected marketeer (although difficult to see much about his CV on Linkedin) but i do think it’s a bit presumptuous and almost arrogant to say you’re going to change perceptions, especially when any experienced estate agent in the country doesn’t consider PB to be an Estate Agent and certainly not a competitor.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 23rd March 2021 at 11:20 amPurplebricks TV adverts are still using the tag we hate ‘estate agents’ who charge commission, I saw the Olympic one the other day as the young lady put the boot in on the punch bag, a surprising advert as it had nothing to do with selling property? Also, Just Eat – there is a company similar in range to Purplebricks, despite a 54% rise in revenue last year Just Eat still made a 92M loss, up from the 78M loss the year before – but it is valued at £14BN. 20-years into the millenium and the dotcom bubble of the early 00’s, for companies built on non-profit margins, despite huge cash through put might find themselves in the same boat. And the reason Just Eat revenue grew so much – Lockdown 1.0 2.0 and now 3.0, there was no marketing strategy, just restaurants were closed. I suppose if all agents who hold 93% of the market share closed – Purplebricks market share could increase – but I think the government are not likely to do that.Log in to ReplyCambell Evans, Evans Bros Evans Bros 23rd March 2021 at 8:57 amA new App that “now enables vendors to accept offers and talk directly to their chain”. What could possibly go wrong eh? Will most vendors even know what to ask anyway? Chain checking is a time consuming and sometimes confusing job; and one most owners would happily let an agent deal with.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks to end long years of being industry ‘hate figure’ previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks to end long years of being industry ‘hate figure’New marketing chief says he realises Commisery “did not land well” with other agents, but wants to move on after the ‘start-up disruptor’ years.Nigel Lewis23rd March 20213 Comments12,687 Viewslast_img read more

Military Sealift Command Hospital Ship Arrives in Colombia

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Command June 5, 2011 View post tag: military View post tag: Arrives Share this article Military Sealift Command Hospital Ship Arrives in Colombia View post tag: Sealift Back to overview,Home naval-today Military Sealift Command Hospital Ship Arrives in Colombia View post tag: Naval View post tag: ship View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Hospital View post tag: Colombia Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Tumaco, Colombia, for its fourth mission stop during Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11), June 2.During Comfort’s visits to Jamaica, Peru and Ecuador, Comfort’s crew of military and non-governmental organization workers have provided humanitarian civic assistance to nations in need. “Comfort is a symbol of partnership as we have other nation’s countrymen aboard helping with the mission,” said Capt. Anne Mitchell, USNS Comfort director of nursing services. “It truly shows our motivation and dedication to partner with other nations bringing our expertise together to provide the best patient care we can for the people.” Comfort’s deployment to the region exemplifies the U.S. commitment to cooperative partnerships in the Caribbean, Central and South America.The ship’s arrival to Colombia not only serves as a means to assist the local community, but also gives one embarked Air Force senior airman the opportunity to possibly visit his 7-year-old daughter.“It’s been two years since I’ve seen her,” said Air Force Senior Airman Cesar Sal Gado, a native to Colombia, who left his country six years ago to join the U.S. Air Force. “It feels really good to come back to her and to also help my people of Colombia. The Continuing Promise mission is about helping and changing lives. I’m glad to be able to represent it.”Comfort’s hospital, the Medical Treatment Facility (MTF), is configured with specialized medical teams of military and civilian health care providers. These caregivers provide a range of services ashore, as well as on board the ship for approximately 250 patients. Aside from medical capabilities, Navy Seabees and U.S. Marines from Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 28 will continue CP11’s work during civic engineering projects where they will repair schools throughout the community.COMUSNAVSO/COMFOURTHFLT supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Source: navy, June 5, 2011last_img read more


first_imgVANDERBURGH COUNTY COUNCILMAN JOE KIEFER TO SEEK RE-ELECTIONVanderburgh County Councilmember Joe Kiefer will file for re-election to his County Council At-large seat at Noon, Tuesday, January 21st at the Election Office in the Civic Center.Joe feels that he seeks to serve another term in order to finish the goals he wanted to achieve.After Joes filing, he will address those in attendanceFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Police Beat Compiled by Marilyn Baer

first_imgOn Wednesday July 19, detectives from the department’s Investigation Bureau were investigating a robbery that had occurred earlier that afternoon at the Hoboken Housing Authority. The detectives, along with officers Ryan Houghton, Tyrone Huggins, and Michael Straten, were dispatched to the 300 block of Jackson Street on the report of a man bleeding from a head injury. When they arrived they were told the victim had left but he was found a short distance away.He was found bleeding from his nose with facial swelling. Immediately officers requested medical attention and the victim was transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center. The victim suffered a fractured jaw and fracture orbital socket along with other injuries.According to the release, the “victim suffered the loss of his cellular telephone, basketball sneakers, and cash.”The detectives immediately began to canvas the area for possible leads and spoke with several residents who may have been in the area during the incident.On Thursday July 20, the detectives were able to determine who they believe took part in the robbery and assault of the victim.Officers from the Uniform Bureau along with members of the Investigation Bureau immediately began to search the Hoboken Housing area for the defendants.In all, seven arrests were made relating to this incident. All defendants were transported to headquarters where warrant and summons complaints were prepared.Hoboken residents William Agosto, age 25; Frank Henderson, age 21; Julian Braxton, age 18; Taquana Dixon, age 24, as well as Jersey City resident Luis Williams, age 21, were arrested and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.Hoboken residents Angelo Roldan, age 18, and Joseph Crandell, age 24, were released with court summonses.According to the press release, the above were arrested for a mixture off offenses ranging from robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of marijuana.According to the release, Luis Williams was arrested on the most charges, including alleged: Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Possession of CDS Marijuana, Possession of CDS Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of CDS Marijuana in a School Zone, Possession of CDS Marijuana within 500 Feet Public Housing, Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Weapon while committing CDS offense, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.Braxton was arrested on alleged: Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Possession of CDS Marijuana, Possession of CDS Marijuana with Intent to Distribute within 500 feet Public Housing, Possession of CDS Marijuana within 1000 feet of school, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia.And Crandell was arrested for alleged: Aggravated Assault, Possession of CDS Marijuana over 1 ounce, Possession of CDS Marijuana with intent to distribute within 500 feet of Public Housing, Possession of CDS Marijuana within 1000 feet School zone, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia.Man arrested after allegedly injuring officerForty-seven-year-old Patterson resident Reginald Williams was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, terroristic threats, and resisting arrest on Wednesday July 26, at 7:44 a.m.The arrests came as he was leaving Police Headquarters after being released with a summons for another disorderly conduct earlier in the day. (Williams had allegedly yelled and screamed in the area of Ninth and Bloomfield Street.)As he was leaving police headquarters, Williams allegedly confronted Officer Steven Albert and allegedly made a comment about killing police and wanting to “bash his head in” with a broken piece of concrete he had picked up from the ground. Williams allegedly then threw the sharp edged concrete at Albert, hitting him in the chest. Albert sustained bruising and an abraision.Albert and other officers, as well as Hoboken Health Inspector Frank Sasso, restrained Williams until backup arrived. Williams was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility and Albert was transported to Hoboken University Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.Hoboken resident allegedly threatens officers with stun gunOn Wednesday July, 26,  at 1:34 a.m. Hoboken resident Hakeem High, age 26, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault of  law enforcement, possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, obstructing by flight, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and certain persons not to have weapons.Officers Frank Lombardo, Michael Straten, and Jason Montalvo were dispatched to the 300 block in Jackson Street on a report of a group acting disorderly in a court yard. The officers searched and found High in the 300 block of Harrison Street arguing with a group.The officers called for backup as there was a large crowd. After clearing the scene, the officers spoke with High and asked him to leave the area. High left but returned later and began to argue with another person in the Jackson Street courtyard. The officers were told there was a possible stun gun involved in the argument.The officers approached High. High allegedly displayed the stun gun in the direction of the officers and allegedly threatened to use it. The officers approached to place High under arrest but High allegedly ran and dropped the stun gun. He later turned himself into the officers who were patrolling the Housing Authority. He was transported to headquarter and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.Victim follows alleged burglar; leads to arrest51-year-old Hoboken resident Stuart Moreau was arrested on July 19 at 10:01 p.m. He was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and possession of drug paraphernalia.According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, Officers Harold Milne and Tyrone Huggins were dispatched to the 500 block of Observer Highway on the report of a man attempting to gain entry into a building by breaking the front entrance door. When offers arrived they checked the immediate area but found nothing. Later on, the police got another call. The victim of the alleged burglary said he had followed the perpetrator and noticed he was allegedly looking into other buildings.Milne and Huggins located Moreau after investigating further and believed he was the alleged perpetrator. Moreau was then placed under arrest and searched. During the search the officers found that he allegedly had three clear glass pipes in his possession. He was then transported to headquarters for process and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.Found in uptown building stairwell with heroinHoboken residents Cynthia Rivera, age 36, and Dean Mongon, age 32, were arrested on Saturday July 22 at 5:08 a.m.Rivera was charged with possession of heroin, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and defiant trespassing. Mongon was charged only with defiant trespassing.Officers Michael Losurdo and Joseph DiMartino were sent to the 1000 block of Washington Street on a report of a man and woman asleep in the hallway of a building. The officers checked the building and found them allegedly sleeping on the bottom steps near the basement door. The officers found several wax folds and hypodermic needles at the scene as well as a wax fold with a brown colored powder, which they suspected was heroin. Rivera allegedly told the officers that Mongon did not use heroin but was only there because he was the woman’s boyfriend, which Mongon confirmed, according to the police press release.The manager of the building informed the officers that he found drug paraphernalia and personal property at that same location. Rivera was transported to the Hudson County Correctional facility and Mongon was released on a summons with a date to appear in court.Man allegedly had outstanding warrant for lewdnessOn Sunday, July 23, Hoboken resident Jose Rivera, age 69, was arrested at 10:23 a.m.Rivera had an “outstanding warrant on the original charge of lewdness for $5,000 with a 10 percent option” and was given a summons for possession of an open alcoholic container.Officers Samuel Flores and Dennis Figueroa Jr. were driving eastbound on Third Street from Monroe Street when they noticed Rivera sitting on a stoop. As they continued to drive, the officers noticed Rivera allegedly consuming an alcoholic beverage. The officers stopped the Rivera and ran a check, which showed he had an active warrant from the Hoboken Municipal Court, according to a police press release.Rivera was then transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending a hearing. Police arrest seven for alleged robbery, weapon possession, and aggravated assaultAccording to a media release from the Hoboken Police Department, seven individuals were arrested on Thursday, July 20 at 4 p.m. after a “suspected drug deal gone bad.”last_img read more

Shell Seekers Escape Icy ‘Quicksand’ on Ocean City Beach

first_imgCharleen McCall and her fiancé, Bob Forman, had the beach to themselves last Saturday afternoon near 21st Street.The air temperature was only 18 degrees, but the sun was out, the tide was low, and McCall said she was thrilled for the chance to get out of the house to look for shells and beach glass.The couple had walked from their home at 23rd Street and West Avenue, and had made it down the beach almost to 20th Street. McCall was walking toward the ocean below the high-tide line but was still about 15 feet away.That’s when the 64-year-old McCall took a step into sand she knew was too soft. She tried to lift her foot but that only made it sink deeper. The soft sand soon swallowed both her boots. Then she sank until her knees, thighs and hips were buried.“It was seconds,” McCall said. “It was literally a sucking. I was just going down.”Crying and screaming, McCall looked to Forman and was horrified to see that Forman, too, was sinking. Suddenly the glory of being alone on the beach seemed a lot more terrifying.But as Forman’s own boots were buried, he was able to fall forward onto harder sand, McCall said. He was then able to pull McCall out of the “sucking hole.”Shocked and wet, the couple made the long and frozen walk back home, and they suffered no injury.With a day or two of warmth behind her and a little more time to think about it, McCall decided to let other people know about her experience.“I want to get it out there,” she said. “If I were a jogger by myself, I don’t know what would have happened.McCall also started a search for answers about what exactly she had experienced and what caused it. She wrote to the city and posted a note on Ocean City Patch.Frank Donato, Ocean City’s Emergency Management coordinator, said he’s never heard of anybody experiencing anything similar in Ocean City.Scott Morgan, an Ocean City police detective and Emergency Management deputy coordinator, said one plausible explanation could have to do with a recent beach replenishment project in Ocean City (though the project ended eight months ago and six blocks away from where McCall sank). Morgan referred to a YouTube video of “Lake Michigan Quicksand.”Jim Eberwine, a retired National Weather Service meteorologist and expert on local conditions, pointed to a scientific explanation that indicates quicksand can occur wherever sand and underground water mix.It’s unclear if January’s exceptionally cold weather had anything to do with the phenomenon.McCall, who used to live in Ocean City, Md., and has lived part-time in Ocean City, N.J., for 10 years, said she’s never experienced anything similar. She hasn’t been back to the beach this week.“I don’t know when I’ll go down again,” she said.__________Anybody ever experience anything similar? Post a comment here.last_img read more

CloudIQ – A Web-Based Fitness Tracker for Your Storage

first_imgThe healthcare industry is being revolutionized right in front of our eyes.  The world is shifting away from a visit to the doctor or a hospital, to a world in which it is easier than ever to get a complete view of your health anytime – from anywhere.We have fitness trackers, 3D-printed medical devices, AI, VR, robot-surgeons, and “wellness clinics” at your local pharmacy.  Healthcare is being transformed and I can’t imagine how it will evolve over the next 5-10 years.We are seeing the same transformation take place within storage system management and it’s why we are committed to bringing Dell EMC CloudIQ to all our storage products over the next 12 months.Dell EMC’s CloudIQ is like a fitness tracker for your storage environment.   It’s a web-based application that leverages machine learning to proactively monitor and measure the overall health of storage systems through intelligent, comprehensive, and predictive analytics.It pulls in over 5 billion data points and runs 5.5 million health checks per day to generate a storage health score between 0 -100. One score is able to give you a rough idea of how your systems are doing, and you can view all of your systems right from one page.The more it’s used, the more of a benefit you see. Our customers have been able to achieve an extremely high average storage health score of 97 (out of 100) across our Dell EMC Unity install base, and our SC and VMAX Series Early Access customers, with PowerMax and XtremIO right around the corner.How Do We Come Up With The Health Scores?You may wonder how these scores are determined. Well, the process is actually fairly simple. CloudIQ is continuously running proactive Health Checks across five categories to generate a health score:Components – checks for faulty components, such as faulty power supplies or a worn out cooling fansConfiguration – understands context and configuration for components including host connections that are not set up with redundancyCapacity – Detects capacity issues that could result in downtime – such as oversubscribed storage volumes or pools that are at their capacity limitPerformance – Pinpoints performance issues, such as when CPUs are running at very high utilization; it will also identify imbalances, so that workloads can be shifted around for optimal performanceData Protection – Audits data protection policies to ensure data is protected as required to help ensure both replication RPOs and snapshot policies for scheduling and retention are being metThe most impactful issue generates your total CloudIQ health score.  But, it doesn’t end there.  It also allows you to drill in and get helpful remediations for how to solve the identified issues.Let’s take an example in which a low health score causes us to dig in deeper.We click on the system and see Configuration is the top health check category impacting this storage system health score.Based on the CloudIQ’s analysis, the biggest impact to our score is a host that is incorrectly connected to our storage system by both iSCSI and FC.When clicking on the alert – CloudIQ offers a specific tip on how to resolve the issue with a reference to a support KB article. So CloudIQ lets you quickly identify the source of the issue and make the necessary changes to restore our health score.Just like a fitness tracker, CloudIQ is always working in the background to deliver a health score along with smart, centralized monitoring for our Dell EMC Unity customers today, and for PowerMax and SC Series as part of our CloudIQ early access program – contact your sales team to learn the details.Like any sensible person shouldn’t wait to go to the doctor until after they get sick, organizations can treat their data center storage in much the same way by getting proactive with CloudIQ.last_img read more

A Letter to My Winter Self

first_imgYou, nested in a blanket and nursing a steaming mug,I’m writing to remind you of something you lost. You haven’t noticed. You’ve been caught up in keeping yourself warm, cutting wood for the stove, insulating, baking bread, strumming over the same three chords on the guitar, getting through some brick sized books. You’ve convinced yourself that this is the order of things. Winter has you locked up. Winter is a time to sleep inside, save money, and plan adventures. Dutifully, you’ve put your energy into planning. You’ve filled your head with plans, dreaming over maps, in the someday of your mind you’ve climbed out of the canopies of remote tree lines, spread your hands over imaginary limestone jugs, fumbled with straps on gear you don’t own yet.Planning has become a refuge. You know you’ve let the cold make some of your decisions for you. You feel somewhat guilty about taking it easy and watching movies instead of getting out of the house. Guilty because you know the only thing really stopping you is yourself. You know there are plenty of winter activities out there. This isn’t about changing your notions of winter or about changing your winter plans. That’s not the story I want to tell you. I want to remind you about the importance of ditching your plans and why the best part of any plan is when you leave it.Say you decided to go snowboarding. You would start with a head full of ideas and designs. You would picture cutting up smooth blankets of snow and leaning into the stinging wind. Whatever the actual experience of snowboarding was would be blotted out by those ideas until either by fulfilling them or letting them go you were free to take it in. And that’s what the outdoors means to you. You go outside to escape those ties to design and get to an unplanned moment.Planning has confused you. It puts things off where you can’t reach and makes you think your goal is a distant thing. Think of the trips you want to take- Acadia, the Green Mountains, The Adirondacks, Shenandoah, Monongahela, Red River, New River, and the mythical west. They gleam in your mind and on the pages of the internet when you flip through the park’s pages. The guides tell you where to go, when to go, what to look for, and what to bring with you. This is partially why you’ve forgotten. Guides can be paradoxically misleading. They funnel your attention to key treks, popular hangouts, and noteworthy landmarks and you start to think of destinations, places to drive to and buy tickets for where adventure begins. Places where the outdoors are sequestered. You forget that the Blue Ridge Mountains surround you every time you step out of the door. You neglect that there are things in the muddy hills and tangled forests beyond your own back yard that match the beauty of Bear Mountain or Clingmans Dome. When a thing is identified it’s easier to see and when you focus on these landmarks of the outdoors you’re asking a guide to point out the marvel in the world around you. But there are lichen and mushrooms and runnels that stay invisible because no one points out the magic they possess, and if you walk where there is no trail you can discover for yourself a waterfall, a meadow, a gully much more marvelous because no one had to show you.The other source of your confusion is that outdoor destinations contradict your sense of being outside. A place where you go to be outdoors reminds you of the patterns of being inside. It is confined, and being outside is by nature unconfined. The outdoors is a place where things are not constructed, where paths are not established, where you are beyond boundaries. Essential to your sense of the outdoors is that feeling of liberation, not of being in any place, but of being in every place by being beyond the barriers that separate places. Without that you are just inside somewhere else.Going outside is a decision to explore. You go outside to see what is there, not what you want to find. Plans ideally follow your own direction. If they don’t they are going wrong and that is annoying. But most of life is outside of your direction- it began without your wanting it and it will end without your wanting it. To explore it you have to let it happen to you. For that you have to be somewhat unprepared. So my message is this: don’t get stuck inside, neither your own head nor your own house. Don’t wait for the proper season. Don’t hold out for ideal weather. Don’t follow the map. Don’t know where you’re going to sleep tonight. Don’t focus on getting anywhere. Don’t stick to directions. Before you try to find your adventure in a faraway place remember that it will mean much less to you unless you can do this first- go outside. Pick a direction. Start walking.With great seriousness,Matt Dhillonlast_img read more

CUNA action alert calls for removal of harmful NDAA provision

first_img CUNA issued an action alert Friday urging credit unions to contact their members of Congress to ensure a harmful provision for credit unions stays out of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020. The provision would expand to certain banks an exception that credit unions currently have granting rent-free access to military installations.At issue is Section 2821 of the Senate-passed version of the NDAA; this spring, CUNA/League advocacy helped ensure no such provision appears in the House-passed version of the bill. The bill will now be considered in conference committee to work out the differences between the two versions before being signed into law.“This provision puts the financial health of our military members in jeopardy, which is why we need credit union leaders to contact their member of Congress now and tell them to reject Section 2821 of the Senate NDAA,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “If it isn’t removed from the bill, banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America will have easier access to set up shop on bases around the world. We have seen how these banks have treated their customers over the years. There is no good reason to make it easier for them to engage our servicemen and women. We have a limited window – now is the time to for action.” CUNA continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more