Back in July, moe. had surprising news for fans with the announcement that the group would be going on an indefinite hiatus following bassist Rob Derhak‘s diagnosis with oropharyngeal cancer. After performing their remaining shows together in July, Derhak began his cancer treatment in early August. Following the announcement of the diagnosis, the larger jam community banned together around the bassist in support, with fans starting a fundraiser to cover some of Derhak’s medical expenses. While moe. did perform at LOCKN’ this year for their scheduled phil.moe set with Phil Lesh, his bandmates made sure that their bassist would be there in spirit, equipping a tiny robot with a GoPro so that Derhak could check out the action onstage during the highly anticipated set from the comfort of his own home.While On Leave, moe. Bassist Rob Derhak Attended LOCKN’ Via This Tiny rob.otToday, Rob has shared an update on his health as he hits the midway point of his chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Happily, the moe. bassist notes, “I’m feeling pretty good all in all, and they say I’m looking really good for someone at this point.” During his update post on Facebook, he also took the time to thank his wife and brother in addition to the support of friends and his larger Famoe.ly. We love you, Rob, and can’t wait to see you back on the stage! Hi Friends,I’m on my way to Boston for my daily radiation treatment. I thought I’d give you an update on how things are going. This week marked the midway point for Chemo and Radiation. I’m feeling pretty good all in all, and they say I’m looking really good for someone at this point. The travel is a pain, but I’ve have great support driving me down. Major props to my wife Becca, Brother John, friend Edie.I can’t say thank you enough to all of the support and help from my family, friends, and Famoe.ly. I love all you guys and am grateful that you are part of my life. I’ll be better soon, and as soon as I’m able, I’ll be back on stage performing for all you guys!Thanks,Robert Derhak
Catholic writer Dan Mattson spoke Monday on his struggle to reconcile his sexual identity with his faith. The talk was hosted by Students for Child-Oriented Policy and the “Irish Rover.” The first 30 attendees to the event received free copies of Mattson’s book, “Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace.”Mattson is a professional orchestral trombone player, currently performing as the assistant principal trombone at Grand Rapids Symphony. He began his speech by saying that Catholic doctrine on sexuality drew him to the Church.“I am actually somebody, believe it or not, who came into the Catholic Church because of the Church’s teachings on sexuality and homosexuality,” he said. “People like me actually exist. We may be considered an anomaly, but I have come to realize that the Church loves me more than anyone else, and the gift that she gives to me is to constant remind me how beloved I am by God. Part of that is telling me how I’m going to live my life, and to guide me on the path of fulfillment.”The talk was told in the context of Mattson’s own life and journey. He described his upbringing in a family that had left the Catholic Church to become Protestant, and his first discovery of his attraction to other men at the age of six. Despite this and his later addiction to pornography, Mattson said that he loved and trusted in God throughout his childhood and adolescence.“I believed that He wanted me to be happy, in this life or the next, and that His plans to ‘prosper me and not to harm me’ were the plans that I wanted,” he said. “And what were the plans I wanted? I expected and hoped that I would be married and have a wife and family. That was my limited vision of human happiness.”Mattson talked about struggling with the issue of God as a young adult and his investigation of “revisionist gay theology,” and finally his decision to meet and have sex with a man whom he had been talking to online.“I thought I’m finally finding liberty,” he said. “This is true freedom. This is it. But it seemed empty and unfulfilling. I was plucking the forbidden fruit.”After this said, Mattson said he sought out and began a relationship with “a very good man,” whom he dated for about a year.“I’ll be honest, I was happy. No doubt I was happier than I’d been in a long time,” he said. “Many people have a strange notion that if you’re living outside of Church teachings, you’re not going to be happy. I was happy, on a certain level … but where we were wrong was when we were having sex together. We were using each other in that moment. It felt like love, it seemed like love, but it wasn’t. It was mutual use of each other, which is anything we do outside of God’s plan for human sexuality.”He broke off this relationships on good terms with his partner to pursue a long-term relationship with a woman with whom he became “madly in love” with. However, this relationship also ended and left him “devastated.” His godparents, after learning about Mattson’s writings on his sexuality, introduced him the Courage Apostolate, an apostolate of the Catholic Church that counsels individuals with same-sex attractions in living faithfully and chastely. Soon after attending his first Courage Apostolate Mass, he rejoined the Catholic Church and has remained Catholic since.“Society says that the Church is behind the times on human sexuality,” he said. “No, it is the Church that leads us to peace, true happiness, contentment and fulfillment. God never says ‘no’ to us, unless he loves us.”Tags: Catholic church, sexuality, Students for a Child Oriented Policy
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageMAYVILLE – The unemployment rate in Chautauqua County reached an all-time high last month.The New York State Labor Department Wednesday said figures show that the county’s jobless rate was 15.5%, up 9.4% from the month prior.This is the first time the county’s unemployment rate surpassed the 10% mark since February 2010.Much of the jump is blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent NY on PAUSE order. Statewide from April 2019 to April 2020, the private sector employment count decreased by 1,834,800.The released data also shows the number of private-sector jobs in the State is 6,467,600.The State’s private-sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers, which is conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.Federally, more than 40 million Americans have filed for first-time unemployment benefits since the Coronavirus pandemic forced the US economy to shut down in March.Another 2.1 million people filed initial jobless claims last week, the Department of Labor reported Thursday morning.It was the tenth-straight week in which claims were in the millions. America had never recorded a single week of 1 million jobless claims prior to the coronavirus crisis.The number of people claiming unemployment benefits nationwide for consecutive weeks rose to 21.1 million.
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo October 04, 2017 Brazil is the South American nation that has suffered the most cyberattacks in recent years. According to information from the Guide to Cyber Defense in South America, a book published on August 23rd by the Ministry of Defense, cybercrimes affect more than 20 million Brazilians a year and cost the Brazilian government a net total of $8 billion. The publication brings together public data from 12 South American nations, as well as French Guiana, on initiatives in the areas of cyberdefense and security. This work, never published before in the region, was done by a group of scholars with incentives from Brazil’s National Council on Scientific and Technological Development and the Brazilian Institute of Defense Studies, an organization in charge of collecting data, conducting research, and producing analyses that are used by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense in its decision-making process. “At universities, there has been increasing interest in this issue,” stated Marcos Aurelio Guedes de Oliveira, a professor in the Political Science graduate program at Pernambuco Federal University and one of the authors of the guide. According to Guedes, most of the attention directed at the issue is due to the increasing number of cyberattacks and other crimes, not only in the defense sector, but also in the civil sector. “Imagine that your email data is stolen. That’s already a problem for the individual. Now consider the proportions that are gained when it’s about data at a national level,” he alerted. Cooperation and reinforcement The guide makes a distinction between cybersecurity and cyberdefense. The former “concerns issues relating to public safety.” While the latter refers to “the act of protecting a nation’s critical information technology and communication systems. In addition, it includes cyber issues and matters that may affect a nation’s survival.” In South America, each nation deals with cyberdefense and security in its own way. In Brazil, as distinguished from Colombia for example, there is a security structure that is separate from defense. And while issues relating to cybersecurity are the responsibility of the President’s Institutional Security Cabinet, those concerned with cyberdefense fall within the military sphere, especially the Brazilian Army, through its Cyber Defense Command (ComDCiber, per its Portuguese acronym). Service members from all three branches of the armed forces lead ComDCiber’s activities, whose mission is planning, orienting, coordinating, and controlling operational, doctrinal, development, and training activities within the scope of the Military Cyber Defense System. ComDCiber’s structure includes a Cyber Defense Center (CDCiber, per its Portuguese acronym), a unit established in 2011 as one of the ways of meeting the guidance issued by the National Defense Strategy, which defines the cyber sector as being strategic for the nation, alongside the nuclear and space sectors. “Brazil is the South American country that has invested the most in cyberdefense,” asserted professor Guedes, who believes that the nations of the region need to join together. “Cooperation is necessary, and we need to regulate the sector. That will lead to a greater strengthening of these institutions in the face of problems related to the cyber sector. As far as that goes, Brazil can play quite an important role, because it has more experience,” he added. Capturing the flag Among the activities that ComDCiber carries out are competitions to train service members. On June 29th, one of these twice yearly events took place. “It’s a chance for them to get trained on putting the knowledge they’ve acquired into practice. The big difficulty in the cyber arena is putting what you’ve learned into practice. So when we have a competition like this, it’s an excellent opportunity to test out what we’ve learned,” explained Brazilian Army Lieutenant Colonel Marcelo Antônio Righi, of ComDCiber. Mandabyte, the Third Armed Forces Cyber Competition, had participation from 243 service members—147 from the Brazilian Army, 48 from the Brazilian Navy, and 48 from the Air Force—as well as six civilian professionals. The competitors were divided into 84 teams. All members got a user name and password that let them interface with the championship platform from their own computer. When the event began simultaneously for all groups dispersed throughout Brazil, 18 “capture the flag” challenges were launched. In that player mode, each team has to defend a system and invade the adversary’s system. The one who finishes hacking first and gets the target data is the winner. According to ComDCiber, the rules of the competition are simple, “and they are focused exclusively on performing the assigned tasks, with any cyber activity that might compromise the running of the competition being disallowed and subjecting the team to disqualification.” That is controlled by ComDCiber itself. After six hours of continuous play, the winner of the Third Armed Forces Cyber Competition was team ZeroByte, from the Brazilian Army’s 41st Telematics Center (41º CT, per its Portuguese acronym), headquartered in Belém, in the state of Pará. “Something that made this competition quite interesting was the fact that some challenges depended on others to be solved,” the 41º CT’s team stated. Taking first place represented progress for ZeroByte, which had only come in 10th and 6th, respectively, in the two previous editions of Mandabyte.
166SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr U.S. mobile payments at the point of sale (POS) are in position to see significant growth throughout 2016. In fact, new data from eMarketer forecasts mobile payments will exceed $27 billion this year.The number of mobile payment users in the U.S. is expected to double by the end of 2016, while the average amount each user spends via mobile at the POS is projected to triple. The combination of U.S. consumers spending more per year via mobile and continued growth in the total number of mobile payment users will lead to nearly 70 million consumers spending an estimated $210 billion in mobile payments by 2019. This indicates significant growth from 2015 when fewer than 25 million U.S. consumers spent less than $9 billion with mobile payment methods.While the number of U.S. consumers making mobile payments at the POS is increasing, it is still a relatively small portion of all mobile users. eMarketer estimates 10 percent of smartphone owners made a mobile POS purchase in 2014. This is expected to grow to 19 percent by the end of this year. By 2019, eMarketer forecasts nearly 33 percent of smartphone users and more than 25 percent of all mobile phone users will make at least one mobile POS purchase per year. continue reading »
Going in for a scheduled review with your supervisor is always a nerve-wracking experience. No matter how prepared you are or how well you think you’re performing in your position, sometimes your review does not go as expected. What’s important is how you use the feedback you’ve been given to your advantage for professional improvement. Below are a few tips for how to bounce back if your performance review is less than stellar.Keep calmJust because your boss’ feedback isn’t all positive, it doesn’t mean you are on the chopping block. Keep your cool and really listen to the critiques you are given. Reviews are a chance for your superior to provide you with valuable insight into how they perceive you are doing. So, view it as a chance for you to learn and grow and don’t take it personally.Let yourself digestYou may be somewhat surprised by a poor review so give yourself time to ruminate on exactly what was said. Let it sink in completely and then schedule a follow up with your supervisor if you feel it’s necessary. You may not have had a chance in the review to ask questions, so circle back with your boss. This will demonstrate your attentiveness to their feedback and your desire to make the necessary changes.Record accomplishmentsAs you move on from your bad review don’t get discouraged. Instead, let it motivate you to knock your work out of the park. The important thing now is to not only accomplish the tasks your superior has set forth, but to also go above and beyond them. Keep a record of what you’ve completed, any positive feedback or communications you’ve encountered, and the ways you are stepping outside the box to achieve company success. Then, when it’s time for your next review, you’ll be confident going in knowing you did everything that was asked of you and more. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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
The Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County in cooperation with the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies plans to hold workshops in November and December 2018 on the topic of Coordination of activities of the Tourist Board (DMO), tourist agencies (DMK) and other stakeholders in the development of cultural tourism products. cycling tourism and enogastronomy. Professional workshops are intended for employees in the system of tourist boards and local government and self-government in matters related to tourism development, travel agencies (commercialists, product managers) and potential economic and other entities related to tourism development.The aim of the first workshop is to identify topics, areas and activities that have not been covered by the development of complex tourism products, to identify potential holders of special competencies and ideas for the development of new tourism products that are missing in the offer. While the aim of the second workshop is to identify and evaluate the developed ideas and refine, harmonize and supplement them according to the suggestions of the participants with the formulation of proposals for the guidelines of the marketing plan for individual products and lines of tourism products. Both workshops will be led by Mr. Željko Trezner.To participate, confirm your arrival at [email protected] six workshops will be held in Hotel Park Split according to the following schedule and topics:Coordination of activities of the Tourist Board (DMO), tourist agencies (DMK) and other stakeholders in the tourist offer on the development of tourist products cultural tourism:Tuesday, Nov 20.11.2018 XNUMX09:30 – 11:00 Working part11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break11:30 – 13:00 Working partTuesday, Nov 27.11.2018 XNUMX09:30 – 11:00 Working part11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break11:30 – 13:00 Working partCoordination of activities of the Tourist Board (DMO), tourist agencies (DMK) and other stakeholders in the tourist offer on the development of tourist products cycling:Monday, 03.12.2018.09:00 – 10:30 Working part10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break11:00 – 12:30 Working partThursday, Dec 06.12.2018 XNUMX12:00 – 13:30 Working part13:30 – 14:00 Coffee break14:00 – 15:30 Working partCoordination of activities of the Tourist Board (DMO), tourist agencies (DMK) and other stakeholders in the tourist offer on the development of tourist products enogastronomy:Monday, 10.12.2018.09:00 – 10:30 Working part10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break11:00 – 12:30 Working partThursday, Dec 13.12.2018 XNUMX 12:00 – 13:30 Working part13:30 – 14:00 Coffee break14:00 – 15:30 Working part
Perpres No. 70 limits government intervention in sea freight, allowing it to apply the PSO scheme only to staple, industrial and other essential goods.Carmelita added that private companies were losing out on the type of load they could transport “on routes that intersect with the subsidized Tol Laut program”.”We don’t want to compete with the government,” she stressed.She also urged the government to reallocate a portion of the subsidy for developing regional port services to increase outbound logistics and improve shipping revenue.The Transportation Ministry has allocated Rp 436 billion (US$29.7 million) to subsidize the maritime highway program this year, up Rp 136 billion from last year to accommodate seven additional routes from 19 in 2019 to total 26 routes today.Echoing Carmelita, maritime economist Raja Oloan Saut Gurning of the 10 November Institute of Technology said that the government should use the subsidy program only for establishing new shipping lanes. Once the new lane was economically viable, it should exit the program.“Theoretically speaking, the subsidy program should be used only as a temporary measure until the operation is handed over [sic] to the market mechanism. Government intervention through the subsidy [program] should not disrupt the market,” he said.Saut also urged the government to integrate existing and future shipping lanes to prevent overlap between private shipping companies and Tol Laut freighters. It should also streamline the shipping licensing procedure to increase private-sector participation in the domestic marine freight industry.“We still need to synergize several [lanes] to ensure business sustainability,” he added.Morotai Island regency in North Maluku, which is a targeted beneficiary of the Tol Laut program, had only experience a fractional decline in the prices of staple and essential goods since the program was implemented, regent Benny Laos said at Monday’s webinar.“We thank the government for the Tol Laut program, as it helps our [regency’s] economy. However, to be frank, the prices have only decreased around 5 to 15 percent,” he said.Despite its shortcomings, Benny said that the program had increased the price of Morotai Island’s tuna from Rp 25,000 to Rp 38,000 per kilogram because of the refrigerated containers it provided, which enabled local fishers to ship fresh tuna directly to Surabaya instead of indirectly through middlemen in Bitung.“Morotai has been able to increase direct shipments of local products to Surabaya, such as tuna […]. We do feel the impacts of the program, which has increased the income of the Morotai people,” he said.Topics : “We are planning to transform the Seba seaport in Kupang into the logistics hub for [East Nusa Tenggara],” Budi said on Aug. 24 during a webinar the ministry held in collaboration with Detik.com.Despite the minister’s optimism, INSA chair Carmelita Hartoto criticized the program during the webinar that it was undermining fair competition for private shipping companies.“Private shipping lines are currently experiencing unfair competition because the Tol Laut program is being used to ship nonessential goods [at much lower prices],” she said.Carmelita has called on the government to comply with Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 70/2017 on the public service obligation (PSO) of shipping freight in outlying regions, which revised Perpres No.106/2015 on the PSO of shipping companies under the maritime highway program. The Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) and an industry expert have called on the government to reevaluate the subsidized “Tol Laut” (maritime highway) program to avoid market disruption and unfair business practices.The maritime highway, launched in 2015, is a subsidized shipping program for distributing basic and major consumer goods, as well as steel and cement, to remote regions of the archipelago.Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that the maritime highway program aimed to reduce price disparities across the country, especially in eastern Indonesia, generally due to shipping and logistics costs.
They must also be transparent on potential conflicts of interest, he said.However, Hooijer added that Brussels currently had no intention of issuing new regulation or setting detailed standards for the industry, and that the Commission expected the profession to “sort itself out” through self-regulation.Addressing resistance to the proposed Shareholder Rights Directive, he stressed that the Commission’s underlying objective was to improve dialogue between shareholders and companies.He reminded the audience that EU member states had so far failed to heed Commission recommendations on remuneration, and that binding rules, as well as shareholders’ rights for remuneration policy, were therefore necessary.Hooijer said Brussels would look into how the identification of shareholders could be improved, and that the overriding objective of the proposed rules for related party transactions was to protect minority shareholders.“We need to find the right buttons to overcome technical issues,” he said.In the European Commission’s draft directive, transactions of more than 5% of shares must be approved by all shareholders. A high-ranking European Commission official has warned proxy advisers that they must do more to ensure their influence on the voting behaviour of investors is “objective and reliable”.Speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s annual conference in Amsterdam, Jeroen Hooijer, head of corporate governance at the EU’s Internal Markets and Services Directorate-General, said the methodologies behind advisers’ recommendations “don’t always sufficiently take local markets and regulations into account”.“They provide services to issuers that may affect their independence and ability to provide an objective and reliable advice,” he added.Hooijer said proxy advisers must guarantee their recommendations are accurate, and disclose the source of their advice to both their clients and listed companies.
The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has told pension scheme trustees to “negotiate robustly” with sponsoring employers if they are not giving sufficient financial support to their retirement funds.In the regulator’s annual funding statement, released yesterday, it told trustees not to agree to scheme valuations if they felt the outcome would disadvantage the scheme.It referred to “recent corporate failures” as it laid out detailed guidance for pension funds to ensure employers fulfilled their obligations.In particular, the regulator cited “the risk of long recovery plans while payments to shareholders are excessive relative to deficit repair contributions”. This echoed similar statements made by TPR in last year’s annual funding statement, but this year it went further to draw trustees’ attention to “other forms of covenant leakage” such as loans between different parts of a business, transfers of assets, and even high senior executive pay in the case of small schemes.“We believe that employers with weak covenants should normally retain cash within the company to fund sustainable growth and address their pension deficit rather than paying it out to shareholders,” the regulator said.In addition, TPR said its “proactive casework” had increased by 90% year-on-year as part of its aim to be “clearer, quicker and tougher” on scheme funding.Joe Dabrowski, head of governance and investment at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, said: “This is especially relevant given that it will be 2019-20, at the earliest, before we see any of the legislative changes proposed in the government’s recent white paper.“However, it is important that as the regulator increases its activity it remains proportionate and practical in the use of its powers.”‘Robust’ discussions over Carillion’s pensions Robin Ellison gives evidence at the Carillion inquiryDuring a parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of Carillion earlier this year, politicians pressed the former chair of the company’s pension schemes over the nature of protracted discussions about scheme valuations and funding.Robin Ellison said the trustee board had pushed the construction and engineering contractor as hard as it could.“We did our best with the information at our disposal,” he said, adding that it was a balancing act between getting as much money for the pension scheme as possible without driving the sponsor out of business. “I don’t think there is anything more we could have done to pursue higher contributions.”Ellison maintained that the trustees “did not just roll over and get our tummies tickled when the company paused contributions”.In a letter to the inquiry, TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb said the regulator had “robustly supported the trustees during negotiations about scheme funding” and made clear to the trustees and employer that it would use enforcement powers if agreement was not reached. The regulator did not take any formal enforcement action until after Carillion collapsed, but argued that the threat of action had persuaded the company to agree to higher contributions.Brexit impactAs well as employer contributions, the regulator also emphasised the importance of factoring in Brexit to future funding and strategy discussions. It said trustees and employers should have “open and collaborative discussions” about the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on the economy and on relevant business sectors.Sponsors could hold back cash from their schemes to protect against Brexit uncertainty, TPR said, but trustees should ensure shareholders were “also sharing the burden proportionately”.Matthew Arends, partner at Aon Hewitt, said the regulator’s statements indicated that it would place more emphasis on planning for future triennial valuations rather than just the closest one.His colleague Lynda Whitney added: “Trustees and employers need to consider prudence levels in 2018 valuations in anticipation of future changes.”TPR’s full annual funding statement is available here .