All Change in Bahrain

first_img View post tag: change All Change in Bahrain Training & Education View post tag: Bahrain View post tag: News by topic View post tag: all Back to overview,Home naval-today All Change in Bahrain center_img It’s all change in the Gulf with the arrival of two new ships and two new crews to sustain the Royal Navy’s long-term mine warfare force in the region. Her Majesty’s Ships Atherstone and Shoreham have arrived to replace outgoing Middleton and Pembroke, whilst the crews of HMS Quorn and Ramsey have traded places with their counterparts in the UK.Minehunter HMS Atherstone leads fellow mine warfare ship HMS Shoreham and new destroyer HMS Diamond on manoeuvres somewhere off the coast of the United Arab Emirates as a 7,000-mile odyssey for the two small ships came to an end.After a six-week journey from the UK (from Faslane for Shoreham, Portsmouth for the ‘Crazy A’), the duo have reached the waters which will be their home for the next two to four years, whereas Diamond is ‘only’ out here until the tail end of 2012.Britain maintains a constant minehunter presence in Bahrain – four warships, plus a Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship. Crews are changed every six or seven months, while the ships themselves typically spend three years in the region.Homeward bound are Pembroke (making for the Clyde) and Middleton (heading for the Solent), with Atherstone and Shoreham taking their place.The passage for the outbound ships – all the while they monitored passing shipping as part of the Royal Navy’s commitment to global maritime security – was relatively calm.But upon entering the Gulf of Oman, the pair ran into the full force of the south-west monsoon – winds of 40kts and a five-metre sea swell, conditions known with usual Royal Navy understatement as ‘lumpy’.In the calmer waters of the UAE, the incomers met the outgoers to formally handover duties in the region before Atherstone and Shoreham joined up with Diamond to enter the southern Gulf together.Once inside, the minehunters parted company – Shoreham made for the Gulf’s most well-known metropolis, Dubai, the Crazy A sailed for Bahrain.Both are now getting used to the challenges of training in the sandy waters and searing temperatures (around 40˚C/104˚F right now)……as are the crews of HM Ships Quorn and Ramsey, who’ve just taken charge of the Hunt and Sandown-class vessels respectively in the latest roulement of mine warfare sailors.Aboard Quorn, MCM2 Crew 3 – custodians of Quorn’s sister HMS Brocklesby for the past two years – while MCM1 Crew 5 have relieved Crew 6 in HMS Ramsey.For the new incumbents on Ramsey, the Gulf is not a new experience – many served with HMS Grimsby which returned from this part of the world not 12 months ago.For the ex-Brocklesby crew, however, the heat might be a bit of a shock; Brock has spent the past two years around the UK and Med (although it did grow quiet ‘hot’ for them off Libya where they famously dealt with a mine laid by Gaddafi forces).Despite the Gulf heat, the tempo in the summer does not let up for the mine warfare quartet which carry out a mix of routine survey work, training and international exercises, as well as continue to build on the UK’s – and RN’s – long-standing bond with Gulf states.“The deployment’s a great opportunity to show our strengths – and to put into practice all the hard work and training that’s taken place over the past six months,” said Quorn’s Commanding Officer Lt Cdr Jim Buck.“I’m confident we’ve come into this with the strongest team possible – and are looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”And Ramsey? “She remains ready for any task that may come her way,” says her CO Lt Cdr Giles Palin emphatically.“In between our busy operational programme, the crew will try to find time to enjoy the cultural experiences of the region and, where they can, get ashore to visit the splendid cities and countries of the Middle East.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 10, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Naval August 10, 2012 View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

UK: Hampshire Firefighters Test Fire Fighting Tactics Onboard HMS Victory

first_img View post tag: Tactics Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Hampshire Firefighters Test Fire Fighting Tactics Onboard HMS Victory View post tag: UK View post tag: Hampshire Hampshire firefighters have tested their procedures and emergency planning on board Britain’s oldest warship, HMS Victory, in Portsmouth.Crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service mobilised onto the historic ship, which attracts around 350,000 visitors per year, as if a real fire had broken out. The exercise assessed fire fighting tactics, tested command and control protocols as well as liaison with the Royal Navy.Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Group Manager for Portsmouth, Dave Smith, said:“The Victory is a Portsmouth icon so we need to ensure the ship is protected and that local crews are familiar with its layout, and given the opportunity to assess procedures and test emergency planning in the event of an incident on-board.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 26, 2012; Image: RN View post tag: Firefighters View post tag: News by topic View post tag: fire Training & Education November 26, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: test View post tag: fighting View post tag: HMS View post tag: Victory View post tag: Naval View post tag: Onboard UK: Hampshire Firefighters Test Fire Fighting Tactics Onboard HMS Victory Share this articlelast_img read more

Fairness In Taxes Meeting Announcement

first_imgThe Fairness in Taxes meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Ocean City Free Public Library.The next Fairness In Taxes meeting is scheduled for Friday Jan. 8, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library, Room 110, 17th St. & Haven Ave.  All residents are welcome to attend.If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Hartranft by e-mail ([email protected]) or by phone at 609-814-0056. —News release from Sheila Hartranft of Fairness in Taxes.last_img

Speech: Chancellor speech: German Family Business Conference 2018

first_imgThank you for inviting me here today.It is good to speak, at this time of great change for our continent, at the German Family Business conference.Both because family businesses have historically been, and continue to be, the very heart of our economies, and the bedrock of our communities.And because of the shared values that great family businesses here in Germany, in the UK, and across Europe, hold and represent:The belief in taking a long-term view of the economy and the world, and an ability to prosper, generation after generation;A focus on adapting in order to stay relevant – as the modern world changes around us;A view that to succeed is to leave your business in a stronger state than you inherit it.And the nations of Europe must adopt the same values:We must take a long-term view; we must adapt as the world around us changes – particularly as the technological revolution takes hold; we must ensure the decisions we take leave our countries and societies in a better place than we found them….…and we must work together – as a family of nations – to take on the common challenges that we face.And our continent faces many common challenges.The global and European economies have recently enjoyed a period of relative strength……but risks clearly remain.There’s been a rising tide of sentiment among our electorates, that questions the conventional wisdom of free trade, open markets, and globalisation……and whether our economic model is working for people across our continent…A challenge, that as leaders in government and business, we will have to take on, and win, all over again.We face a technological revolution – that, while presenting untold opportunities for improving living standards and driving progress……will also give rise to anxiety about the pace of change in the economy……and will require us collectively to evolve our tax, regulatory, and competition systems, so they are fit for the digital economy of the 21st Century.…to ensure people have the skills they need in a world of increasing automation……and to convince them that everyone will share in the benefits of technological change and the economic growth that flows from it.And beyond the borders of Europe we’ve seen an increasingly uncertain geopolitical context……earlier this week I returned from Canada with my German, French, Italian, and other G7 colleagues……and today our leaders meet to discuss some of these challenges too:From the threat of an emboldened and re-arming Russia on Europe’s east;The ongoing escalation of tensions across the Middle-East;…and the uncertainty around the policies of Europe’s largest trading partner, the US.We are all deeply concerned by the US decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Europe, and other allies around the world.We continue to raise these concerns with the US, and our close cooperation with Germany, the EU, and colleagues in other member states is a vital part of a unified response.These are challenges that we all face together as Europeans.Responding to them will require collaboration and co-operation.And if we want our shared values – German values, British values, French values – European values – to prevail, we must ensure that Europe continues to speak with one voice.I have enjoyed many productive discussions with my German counterparts on these shared challenges over the years that I have been Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer……and I look forward to working with this German Government to determine how we will continue to work together on key issues – in an increasingly uncertain global context.And that is my central message today:That while Britain is leaving the political institutions of the European Union, we are not leaving Europe.Every family business – in Germany, in Britain, or anywhere in Europe – has a unique story to tell.And so too, do the individual nations of Europe.Each with its own history, culture, and experiences.Britain’s Island story has led us to a different conclusion about political integration in Europe……than that of Germany, or indeed, France……but we still respect the strong and consistent role that Germany has played in European integration……and understand the central place that the European Union occupies in German and wider European political and business philosophy.The Brexit vote makes us no less European.It makes us no less committed to a rules based international system, free trade, democracy, free speech and human rights.Just look at our foreign policy since the EU referendum:We remain firmly committed to the Paris Climate agreement;We are a vocal defender of the Iran nuclear deal;We continue to be the biggest advocates for free international trade, and the rules based trading system;We took action, with our French and American allies, when Assad used chemical weapons against his own people in his horrifying attack in Douma.We are working together to deliver stability and security in the Western Balkans, ahead of an important summit meeting in London next month.Our intelligence agencies collaborate to counter the evolving threat of terrorism, that has tragically affected us all in recent years.Our military shares the burden of protecting Nato’s eastern borders.And we are working with our allies to counter the unacceptable behaviour of the Russian state……which we in Britain experienced so recently in Salisbury.And we very much appreciate the solidarity of Germany and other European states in the days and weeks since.So when we say that Britain is leaving the political institutions of the European Union, but not leaving Europe, we really mean it.And I hope that in the Brexit negotiations we can draw upon these shared values, as we work towards a deep and comprehensive future partnership……and reach an outcome that supports our shared prosperity.Delivering benefit to both Britain and the EU.It was Britain’s and Germany’s economies that powered Europe out of the financial crisis -Between us, we have been responsible for almost half of all economic growth in the EU since 2010……and created more than half of all new jobs.And so it is my hope that the economic partnership and longstanding friendship between our two countries……that has helped bring about peace, security, and prosperity on this continent for over seventy years……can be mobilised to support our common goal of a deep, special, and mutually beneficial partnership between the EU and the UK in the future.Because while Europe has enjoyed a period of robust growth, we cannot be complacent.And our economies are not so strong that they can afford to be exposed unnecessarily to economic and financial stability risks from a bad Brexit outcome.And this isn’t just about the UK economy, but the German economy, and the EU economy.Germany exports more to the UK than any other country bar the US ……and from Aldi, to BMW, Bosch, to Sixt, German companies, many of which are family owned and represented here today, employ 412,000 people in the UK……and in return almost one in ten foreign companies here in Germany, are British.And just last week my favourite sandwich chain – Pret a Manger – was bought by a German family-owned investment group!The UK is a significant part of the EU marketplace.We represent almost 13 percent of the population of the EU……and 15 percent of its GDP.And it is clear to me that ensuring that businesses can continue to operate across that whole marketplace after Brexit……is essential to delivering a prosperous future relationship between the EU and the UK.We have made significant progress since Article 50 was triggered……both in our internal debate in the UK about what Brexit should mean……and in our negotiation with the EU.The first stage in the negotiations successfully settled many withdrawal issues……including the UK’s financial obligations to the EU.And in March we reached agreement on a transition period, running until the end of 2020……during which businesses in Germany, the UK and across Europe can continue to operate as before……ensuring that they will have only one set of changes to navigate at the end of that period.We’re currently focused on our future customs relationship……which I know from my discussions is a top priority for businesses in this room……and so it should be a top priority for European governments too.Germany exported more cars to the UK last year than to the US and China combined……10% of all French cheese exports go to the UK……80% of all Irish poultry exports.The UK is exploring two possible future customs models……both are “works in progress”……but we are confident that, building on the work we have done……we can develop from them a solution that responds to the concerns of businesses……minimises frictions and burdens at, and behind, the border……protects the hard-won progress in Ireland……and sustains our trade with our EU27 neighbours.And recognising that these future models will take time to develop and establish……and that businesses in the UK and across Europe need certainty as soon as possible……yesterday we published our proposals for a temporary customs arrangement……in line with our commitment in the December Joint Report to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.Beyond customs, we continue to work on a model for a comprehensive future economic partnership……a partnership that protects the supply chains and established trade relationships that I have just talked about……safeguards jobs and businesses that depend on them, on both sides of the Channel……and promotes the values we share across the continent of Europe.And of course, in doing so, we don’t have to start from scratch.The UK and the EU27 start in a unique position……with deeply interconnected economies and supply chains……equivalent regulatory standards and regimes……and unrivalled collaboration in everything from trade, security, and defence……to education, science, technology and culture.We will set out more detail in the coming weeks on key elements of the British Government’s ambition for a mutually beneficial relationship between the EU and the UK:But for example, we’ll seek a comprehensive system of mutual recognition to ensure that, as now, products only need to undergo approvals in one country, to show that they meet regulatory standards across Europe;We’ll explore the terms on which the UK could maintain a relationship with EU agencies, such as those for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and aerospace, so that they continue to benefit from UK expertise, and we can deliver such a system of single approvals;And on services, we all have an opportunity to establish the most ambitious free trade agreement ever – with continued recognition of professional qualifications, a labour mobility framework that enables travel to provide services to clients in person, to a bespoke partnership in financial services – to enable the ongoing delivery of cross-border financial services, in both directions, for the benefit of businesses and citizens on both sides of the channel, while protecting financial stability, and maintaining fair competition.But reaching agreement on all these key elements, and delivering on our vision of a future economic partnership that protects businesses, jobs, and prosperity, will only be possible if both sides want the same thing.“Zum Tango gehören immer zwei.”And I say this today – because I fear that some EU opinion-formers, in government and in business, have succumbed to the temptation to see the Brexit challenge as a problem for the UK to resolve alone.I understand the instinct that says: “They voted to leave – let them sort it out”.But this has to be a two-way conversation.And it has to reflect the political realities on both sides.One the one hand, the EU must recognise the British people’s vote to be outside of the EU’s political structures……and regain control of their borders.And on the other, we must recognise that anything that undermines the integrity of the Union, or looks like ‘cherry-picking’ will not be acceptable to the EU.Wir verlangen keine Extrawurst!Instead we recognise that we need to find a new balance of rights and responsibilities in our economic relationship……and that while the UK will no longer have all of the responsibilities it currently has……we will have to give up some advantages of membership too.We want both sides to work together creatively to reach a final-outcome that……allows business to carry on……protects European jobs and prosperity……and allows Britain to continue to contribute to Europe’s security.I recognise that what we are proposing is a uniquely close third county relationship……but the fact is that all of the EU’s third country relationships are unique……and so it would be perverse for the future UK-EU relationship to be uniquely ‘off the shelf’!For it was always forseen that the EU should have close relations with its neighbours……as Article 8 of the Treaty says……”the Union shall develop a special relationship with neighbouring countries, aiming to establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness”.And I passionately believe that all of us in this room, and across Europe, should be interested in an outcome that allows that……an outcome that properly reflects the 45 years that we have spent together as members of the EU……and I believe that with the political benefits of such a solution articulated by Member States……and the economic logic articulated by the voice of business……we can make this case, and win the argument for a future partnership that works in the common interests of all of our citizens.Reflecting the lessons of out Continent’s long history;Working together to ensure Europe remains an open, outward looking, free-trading Continent;Attracting talent and investment from around the world;Building a future partnership that we can be proud of……one that stands the test of time, and that will support the prosperity, security, and living standards of our children, and our children’s children.Thank you.last_img read more

Press release: Government announces support for Finn’s Law campaign in Parliament

first_imgPC Dave Wardell, Finn’s Police Dog handler, said: The Bill proposes amending the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to address concerns on an existing section where a defendant accused of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal can claim they were protecting themselves and justified in using physical force against a service animal.Sir Oliver Heald MP, who presented the Bill, said: This Bill will offer stronger protection for the many brave service animals that help to protect us. I pay tribute to PC David Wardell, Sir Oliver and all those who have campaigned for Finn’s Law. This Government is continuing to raise the bar on animal welfare, whether it be for our beloved pets, brave service animals or on farms. Courageous service animals such as police dogs and horses will be offered greater protection under a new law being backed by Government.The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill has been published in Parliament by Sir Oliver Heald MP and is scheduled for its second reading today (Friday 15 June).It relates to the prominent Finn’s Law campaign, named after the police dog which was stabbed whilst pursuing a suspect with his handler PC David Wardell.The proposed legislation will remove a section of the current law of self-defence, often used by those who harm a service animal.This change, coupled with the government’s plans to increase maximum sentences for animal cruelty offences to five years in prison, will make sure those who harm service animals are punished accordingly.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: My boy Finn, now retired, was one of several thousand service animals that work to protect the whole of society 24 hours a day, everyday. When Finn was seriously injured it didn’t seem right to me or the public that he was seen as an inanimate object/property, in law. This campaign and Bill is my way of saying thank you to Finn for saving my life and to the many others for the truly outstanding and brave work they do everyday. With the amazing support of my MP, Sir Oliver Heald QC, a great working relationship with Defra was formed. Sir Oliver, along with Sarah Dixon and Nicola Skelley, have worked so incredibly hard to get us to the point we are at today. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them and Defra from my heart and from the thousands of supporters that our service animals have. What you have done today will help protect our amazing service animals, animals we should be very proud of. It’s time for Finn’s Lawcenter_img We are absolutely delighted to receive and welcome the backing from Defra to Sir Oliver Heald’s amended Bill. Throughout the Finn’s Law campaign we have been grateful to Lord Gardiner, in particular, for the respectful discussions he has held with Sir Oliver. For too long have the Courts struggled with securing prosecutions for injuries intentionally inflicted on Police and Prison dogs and horses in particular. We are looking forward to the 2nd reading of Sir Oliver’s Bill and we feel optimistic for a positive outcome. We will continue to work tirelessly towards securing protection for these animals. I am delighted that the campaign for Finn’s Law has gained the support of the Government. I’ve had productive meetings with Defra ministers on this Bill and am looking forward to its passage through Parliament. This is a good day for all of our brave service animals. Nicola Skelley and Sarah Dixon, of the Finn’s Law Campaign, said:last_img read more

Don’t Be a Dr. No in 2015

first_imgAt the New Year, some people struggle to identify a bad habit that they want to end. Their co-workers, of course, instantly produce a long list of irritating behaviors. Similarly, every IT team’s business partners have a 2015 New Year’s Resolution for them – “Stop Being Dr. No.”Lines of business complain that when they ask their IT for anything new, the answer is always “No.” Sometimes the rejection is instantaneous, with laments about reduced budgets, complex regulations, and distributed operations. Other times the refusal takes the form of “we’ll look at it,” and nothing ever happens. Lines of business don’t aspire to set up rogue IT environments; they feel like they have no alternatives.Fortunately, IT can curb its “No” habit with two steps:  1) Listen and 2) embrace all the tools in the toolkit.First, IT needs to adopt the hottest new technology on the market – listening to its customers. Listening is difficult. While another person is talking, most of us think about what we’re going to say next, amusing personal criticisms or something else entirely. After the exchange, we tend to complain about the other person’s inability to understand our challenges, which makes them totally unreasonable. Finally, we look for any reason to dismiss their requests.With all the challenges that IT teams face, it’s not surprising when this dysfunction happens at both a personal and organizational level. Unfortunately, the business feels ignored, disrespected, and frustrated. IT needs to conduct a conversation in which it demonstrates an understanding of the business’s needs, a willingness to explore viable alternatives, and the respect to not leave issues unaddressed.Second, IT needs to embrace all the tools in their toolkit.  Many IT teams treat public clouds as a threat because their businesses are bypassing them. Other IT teams focus on everything the public cloud is not (secure, compliant, and protected). The successful IT teams, though, recognize that everything from all-flash arrays to converged infrastructure to cloud is simply a tool. By applying the right tool to the right workload, IT maintains both the connection to the business and the health of the application and information infrastructure. More importantly, the IT administrators expand their skills and job roles.In 2015, IT can shed its “Dr. No” reputation. IT remains the right place to solve businesses’ technology challenges. We just need to resolve to listen and use all the tools available.last_img read more

U.S. Coal Industry Fails Tribal Communities Across American Southwest

first_imgU.S. Coal Industry Fails Tribal Communities Across American Southwest FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享NBC News:Over the last century, in particular, American settlers and institutions urged the Navajo into livestock ranching, land development and uranium mining, only to end or curtail those industries, leaving the tribe to manage the disastrous fallout.Now, history’s pendulum appears to have swung again. A coal business, dropped into the Navajo heartland a half century ago, is staggering. Electric utilities around America are converting to cheaper natural gas. And the world is turning to cleaner power sources, like wind and solar.The utility that operates the Navajo Generating Station announced at the start of 2017 that it would turn off the plant by December 2019. The shutdown would almost certainly drag down the power plant’s lone coal supplier, the Kayenta Mine, which has no other customers.News of those twin blows has rattled hundreds of Navajo workers who would lose their jobs, sent politicians from the Arizona state house to President Trump’s Interior Department scrambling for ways to keep the plant in business, and thrown the far-flung Navajo Nation and the neighboring Hopi Reservation into a tempest. Loved or hated, coal has been a mainstay of life here for decades, even as it has fouled the air and scarred the land that the tribe holds sacred.On one side, tribal supporters of the power plant and the vast open-pit coal mine that feeds it spent most of the last year fighting furiously to stave off the closure. They hired a top investment banking firm to search for new owners and lobbied in Washington — where coal’s self-proclaimed No. 1 fan occupies the Oval Office — for a political solution.On the other side, Navajo opponents cheered what they they saw as end times for an industry they say never delivered the economic bounty promised in Indian Country and was blamed for damaging the health and the environment of impoverished residents. The Navajo plant and others in the region laid a persistent haze from the Grand Canyon to Arches National Park in Utah to the Pine Mountain Wilderness in central Arizona. And coal operations siphoned away a vast amount of water in a region that desperately needs more to grow and diversify the economy.Peabody Energy, the giant multinational company that operates the mine, said it still expects to find a new power plant operator that will continue burning its coal. But the plant operators note that they soon must begin the engineering and planning to take NGS apart and seem to hold little hope the operation can keep going.The stakes are unusually high. The shutdown of the mine and the power plant — known by its acronym, NGS — would deprive the Navajo reservation of its two largest non-governmental employers. The 43-year-old generating station and its sister coal mine employ more than 700 people, many at salaries of more than $100,000 a year, a small fortune in the depressed economy of Northern Arizona. Another 2,300 jobs in the region are linked to the two major employers.The financial stimulus also enriches the Navajo Nation, with NGS lease payments and coal royalties contributing roughly one-fifth of the tribe’s general-fund budget. For the government of the Hopi reservation — entirely surrounded by the vast Navajo lands — reliance on coal is even greater. Nearly 87 percent of this year’s Hopi general budget of $14.6 million is expected to come from coal-related royalties and fees.“How much of that electric line goes to my people?” asked Russell Begaye, the president of the Navajo Nation. “Zero. We don’t get any power from this.”The loss of those funds is viewed as disruptive to the Navajo government and debilitating for the Hopi. Services ranging from police patrols, to food banks, to health care for the elderly could be slashed if the coal money disappears, tribal members predict. Those services help people already operating on the margins. Half of adult Navajos do not have a job. About 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.“Our leaders in the past saw this as something we would have for 100 years,” Navajo President Russell Begaye said of the coal money. “Now we see that is not the case.”More: Lighting the West, dividing a tribelast_img read more

Spring into happy valley

first_imgThere are several hiking trails that range from easy to challenging within our region. The most popular is the Mount Nittany blue and white trails that are a short five-minute drive from downtown State College with the trailhead in the neighboring town of Lemont. The most photographed overlook is the Mike Lynch Overlook, which gives a beautiful view of the Penn State campus and downtown State College. The region is also one of the world’s best destinations for fly fishing. Spring Creek might be the most popular location for fly fishermen in the area and it just a short 15 minute drive from downtown State College. Other popular locations to cast your line include Fishermen’s Paradise, Bald Eagle Creek and Big Poe Creek. If you aren’t quite confident to go out on your own there are some guided trips from local companies such as The Feathered Hook and TCO Outdoors. Rothrock State Forest is the go-to spot for experienced mountain bikers looking for some challenging trails. In fact, the site is also home to the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic (May 23rd-27th) that welcomes both professional and amateur bikers alike. Many of these riders come back year after year not only for the great trails they encounter, but also the friends they make throughout the week. State College, Pennsylvania is a hub of outdoor activities for those looking to getaway. Known by the locals as Happy Valley, the region has long been a destination for visitors wanting to combine hitting the trails by day and relaxing with a beverage from the Central PA Tasting Trail by evening. The added bonus of no additional cost for parking, hotel WiFi or resort fees makes the region attractive for a budget sensitive traveler. For those who aren’t quite into roughing it, the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle is a gorgeous lodging property, literally just steps away from hiking trails and boating. Recently, the Nature Inn was awarded the distinction of the nation’s top eco-friendly resort. In fact it is has been awarded a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.  If a guided tour is more of your speed you should link up with Tussey Mountain Outfitters for one of their guided kayak or canoe trips down some of our scenic creeks. There are several trips available that vary in length. All equipment and transportation is included in the reservations, which makes it easy.  center_img For more information or to request a visitor guide head to www.visitpennstate.org Wrap up your day by heading downtown State College for a bite to eat at a surprisingly strong restaurant scene. Longtime favorites including the Tavern, Corner Room and Deli have been Penn State alumni favorites across generations, but new favorites such as Spats at the Grill, Liberty Craft House, Local Whiskey and Champs Downtown will also fill the bill. last_img read more

Mexican soldiers make huge meth seizure

first_imgBy Dialogo May 14, 2009 MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican army says it seized more than 8 tons (almost 8 metric tons) of crystal methamphetamine at a clandestine drug lab in the western state of Michoacan. The seizure comes just weeks after soldiers seized about 8.5 tons of the synthetic drug in another raid in a nearby town. The meth seizures are among the biggest in recent memory, and indicate traffickers have found a way around restrictions on precursor chemicals implemented by the Mexican government. The Defense Department said in a statement Tuesday that soldiers found the drugs in a raid on an apparently abandoned building near the town of Ziracuaretiro on Monday. Soldiers also found barrels, pots and beakers apparently used to process the drug.last_img read more

How to grow business during a pandemic

first_imgHow do you grow business during a pandemic?Not to mention sinking oil prices, rising unemployment and a trade war with China. It’s enough to depress every credit union or community bank executive. As Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chair, said recently, “This is the biggest economic shock, in the U.S. and world, really, in living memory. We went from the lowest level of unemployment in 50 years to the highest level in close to 90 years, and we did it in two months.”While it may seem counterintuitive, you can grow your credit union or community bank during a pandemic. But that growth will not come naturally or on its own.Rather than panicking or pausing, you must be proactive. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more