1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mark McWatters’ nomination to serve on the National Credit Union Administration board has been sent to the U.S. Senate by President Obama.“This is a pro forma step in the process that formally puts the nomination in the hands of the Senate. Now, the Banking Committee will begin their vetting process in advance of an eventual hearing,” Credit Union National Association Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Ryan Donovan said.Obama announced his intent to nominate McWatters in mid-December. McWatters’ nomination is subject to a nomination hearing by the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and a confirmation vote by the Senate.If confirmed, McWatters would replace board member Michael Fryzel, whose term ended Aug. 2 last year, but he is allowed to continue serving until another board member is confirmed. continue reading »
October 1, 2015 Regular News Labarga recovering from cancer surgery Labarga recovering from cancer surgery Florida’s Chief Justice Jorge Labarga is recovering from having a cancerous kidney removed September 14 at Shands Hospital.Doctors found no signs that the cancer had spread and predict a full and quick recovery for Florida’s 56th chief justice and its first of Hispanic descent, according to the court.Labarga, 62, resumed some of his duties as chief justice the same week using remote equipment from his hospital room.Doctors had discovered the cancer in its early stages through routine blood tests earlier this year. They advised him to have the kidney removed at the University of Florida’s medical school teaching hospital, Shands.
CNN:The first thing I did after receiving what is surely one of the top two or three most terrifying medical diagnoses was pick up the telephone to call my husband to tell him to come home, and my brother to ask him to call my parents, because I couldn’t bear their grief as well as my own.The second thing I did was open a document in Word and name it: The Second Half of My Life.And these are the words I wrote in those first few minutes:Read more: CNN More of our Members in the Media >
Everyone who has followed my journalistic work knows that these days I am going crazy watching what is happening with concessions in Bol, Novalja, Dubrovnik (Gruž)… It is simply incomprehensible the audacity of the authorities to put a finger in everyone’s eyes! Until when!Giving absolute support to the demands of the local population to manage, use and earn on natural and all other goods created by the generation of locals, I use this opportunity to say something wider about everything, different than expected.Our Dalmatians, Primorje and Istrians were silent when they were deprived of the hotels built on the lands of their grandfathers, now, as in Bol or Novalja on Zrče, they are also deprived of their beaches.Others, foreigners or domestic investors, are building marinas in their places, foreigners are getting concessions on ports (Gruž…), the EU and the state are banning small-scale fishing, and now they are left without their local beaches… So far, the biggest cause of this silence has been land, and by selling the inherited ancestry, a profit was made for a beautiful life.At the same time, the state, not knowing how to employ people by the sea, how to keep people on the islands, allowed rent without paying taxes. And that easy life, that self-employment through profitable renting is also the cause of the silence of our people who live by the sea.Will they be silent even when they impose rental taxes on them soon?I know that it is dangerous for me to point the finger at a local man who calmly watched his hotels being looted, sold his heritage without remorse, built dozens of concrete apartments on his native stone house, received guests on the black your identity. I know that these words will be resented to me, but someone has to say them, and not for someone else, but for us, the hosts themselves. How to respond to critics of family accommodation, when they show pictures of Makarska towards Biokovo, Vodice, Rogoznica, Vir, Premantura….…Were we allowed to allow ourselves that? We have destroyed the substance from which we want to live well!Let’s go back to concessions….Fifteen years ago, the mayor of an Istrian tourist destination boasted to me that there were some investors who would build a marina in his place. I asked him why the marina would not be built and managed by the utility company of that place. And so it would be! Today, this marina fills the budget of this successful tourist place.Today, there is no reasonable man in Croatia who can accept the fact that the residents of Bol are being deprived of the concession for their and Croatian symbol – the Golden War! What’s more, it’s astonishingly audacious and again, like the arrogance shown many times in the last 20 years, the way it’s done. A similar thing happened recently in Novalja with Zrče.All this is happening while we are bragging about the growth figures of our tourism, on which, unfortunately, the local population (and even the state) earns the least!Wouldn’t it be logical for the local community to finance free kindergartens, provide scholarships for pupils and students to return home to earn money from managing beaches and ports? tourism has raised real estate prices so much that local youth cannot start independent living in their place of birth at these prices)…For years, like a parrot, I quoted old Kripendorf: “Tourism as much and as the local population wants and needs. “..!No one can convince me that the people of Dubrovnik forgot to moor boats (they still do that every day), charge taxes, build and rent a shopping center to a strong retail chain, manage a bus station or charge parking in the city where the parking lot is a lottery. And for all that, to receive a large compensation, which would flow into the city budget and new development projects of Dubrovnik, and not as, in the case of giving concessions to others, who would draw profits from the city and Croatia for 40 years.For years, I have been defending the thesis that there is no difference between foreign and domestic ownership in terms of efficiency and competitiveness, but that the advantage of domestic ownership lies in keeping profits in the country. This thesis was successfully proved by the esteemed Slovenian economist Dr. Jože Mencinger. He proves that the sale of national property increases imports and consumption. “Many countries have opted for hasty privatization, selling their most valuable companies”Well, now, says Mencinger,”foreigners take their large profits from these countries. “And one more thing.Tourism is a good that does not happen to us by chance, but because of this piece of land and everything on it that we inherited from our ancestors. The magic word is: positional rent. And in our country it is unknown. Namely, when you sell an olive grove and a foreigner or someone else builds a house on it and then rents it out, you have sold it and lost forever the value you inherited and not created yourself.Many of us sold our olive grove, house, vineyard for a little one-time, short-lived happiness, and so we created competition in our own place, town, bay… We sold hotels, mostly to foreigners and left them to reap the benefits of our positional rent. If we now, when we become an increasingly important European and world tourist destination, let someone else benefit from this fact, taking over our airports and seaports, marinas, beaches, accommodation, trade, financial and telecommunications sector, food and fuel production, and all take that profit from our positional rent out of the country, then we are really a nation without a future.And it is precisely in the use and retention of all this, and much more, that lies the key answer to the question, to which no previous Croatian government has been able to give an answer – how to develop? We entered the EU after selling to the countries with which we are today in the community of our most profitable companies. Let’s start behaving like them at least now, if we want to be as rich as they are.Let us manage our goods and development! From Dubrovnik, through Bol, Novalja, Lika, Slavonia… all over Croatia! Author: Đuro Tomljenović, Turizmoteka.hr / Photo: Apartmanija.hr
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LEHI — The Champions Challenge, a mainstay on the Utah golf scene for the past 12 years, will not be played this year and may be gone for good in Utah.”I have been told by tournament director Ken Leister that the Champions Challenge will not be played this year,” said Randy Dodson, the president of Fairways Media, who handled press relations for the event. “The tournament that has annually brought some of golf’s biggest names to Utah has had a remarkable run and will be missed by golf fans here in Utah.”The tournament, which was scheduled for Aug. 2 and 3, has struggled to keep sponsors and has had challenges with consistent tournament dates. Usually played in midsummer at Thanksgiving Point, it has twice been postponed until October, including last year’s event, won by long drivers Bobby Wilson and Jason Zuback. Sponsors over the years have included Rug Doctor, WOW Digital TV, Trend Micro, Nokia and the Sorenson Group.The Challenge was the brainchild of former BYU golfer and Utah resident Johnny Miller, who brought top-name golfers to Thanksgiving Point Golf Club, which he designed, on an annual basis.The first tournament was held June 22 and 23 in 1998 and featured the likes of Jack Nicklaus, John Daly, Laura Davies, Fuzzy Zoeller, Gary Player, Hale Irwin, Jim Furyk, Craig Stadler and Billy Casper, who was part of the first winning team with his son, Bobby.In subsequent years, the tournament attracted top golfers such as Sergio Garcia, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino, Tom Kite, Juli Inkster, Mike Reid, Dave Stockton, Bruce Summerhays, Ray Floyd, Mark O’Meara, Ian Baker-Finch, Rocco Mediate, Mike Weir and Dean Wilson.Besides the famous golfers, the tournament has also included the likes of Bill Murray, Deron Williams and Kyle Korver as noncompeting players.A few years ago when he was asked about the health of the tournament, Miller said: “It’s always a struggle for a two-day event on a Monday and a Tuesday for that kind of purse. Imagine having to pay off the pros $400,000-plus in a two-day event. But we’ve been able to pull it off.”But not any more.With the announcement Thursday that Miller had purchased the Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif., there is speculation that Miller will relocate the Champions Challenge at his new course in the future.e-mail: [email protected]
Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dedicated the goal he scored against Real Madrid to his late grandfather after the game. He spoke afterwards, saying: “It’s mine [not Varane’s] and I dedicate it to my grandfather who is no longer with us today.” CEST “My childhood dream? To play at Real Madrid,” he told L’Equipe a few months ago. The Gabon hitman had promised his grandfather that he would one day play for Real Madrid. 28/09/2016 Upd. at 01:00 “When I was a kid, I watched Hugo Sanchez videos. The backflip I sometimes do when I score is actually an homage to him. “In 2014, before he died, I promised my grandfather who was from Avila, 110 kilometers from Madrid, that I would play there. It will be complicated, but it sits in a corner of my head. Sport EN Aubameyang scored in the 43rd minute when he ensured the ball crossed the line after Keylor Navas’ punch bounced off Raphael Varane and towards the goalkeeper’s own net. “Real Madrid, or another great spanish club, would also be a great gift to my mother.”
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