Tony Nominee Jon Robin Baitz’s The Slap Greenlit by NBC

first_img View Comments The Slap is based on the acclaimed Australian project of the same name that aired in 2011. The mini series is a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it. Tony nominee and Pulitzer finalist Jon Robin Baitz’s latest TV series The Slap has been picked up by NBC. Baitz will pen and executive produce all eight episodes. Meanwhile, his The Substance of Fire has been added to Second Stage Theatre’s 35th anniversary season and is set to begin performances this spring.center_img Baitz received a Tony nomination for Other Desert Cities. Other work includes The Film Society, The End of The Day, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, an adaptation of Hedda Gabler and TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Alias and The West Wing.last_img read more

Veggies Help Dieters

first_imgIf your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or get healthier, aUniversity of Georgia scientist said vegetablesplay a key role.ÿ”Vegetables are so low in calories!” said GailHanula, a nutrition scientist with the UGA Collegeof Family and Consumer Sciences. “Most vegetables are low-calorie,have almost no fat and are packed with nutrients. They’re a great nutritionalbargain.”ÿHanula said a serving of most vegetables has less than one gram of fatand fewer than 100 calories. “Plus vitamins B, C and E, carotenoids andfiber,” she said.ÿÿ Most Americans eat only about three servings of fruits and vegetables daily.But we need five or more for good health, Hanula said. Women tend to eatmore fruits and vegetables than men. But even most women need to eat more.Vegetables provide health benefits that supplements don’t. “A lot ofpeople take vitamin pills or capsules. But studies show they don’t havethe same benefit in the body as vegetables. We can’t improve on naturehere,” Hanula said.Many of the vegetables grown in Georgia end up on Georgia tables, saidBill Mizelle, a UGA extension agriculturaleconomist with the College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”Many of our crops are grown for fresh markets,” he said. “Some areshipped fresh, but a lot are sold locally, too.”Georgia farmers grow tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, peppers, sweetcorn, carrots, cabbage, leafy greens, onions, sweet potatoes and othervegetable crops.Hanula said all of these are high in carotenoids, a substance that seemsto help prevent all types of cancers.”Beta carotene, found in dark yellow vegetables, was really in the news.It prevents gastrointestinal, head, neck and lung cancers,” she said. “Othercarotenoids include lycopene in tomatoes that seems to prevent prostatecancer, and folic acid in leafy greens, which has shown some decrease incervical cancer rates.”But how you eat your veggies is as important as whether you eat them.”Obviously, frying vegetables cancels out any healthful benefits,” shesaid. Steaming, grilling or baking vegetables with little or no added fatprovides the “most nutritional bang for the calorie buck.”Overcooking vegetables robs them of flavor and nutrients. “Vegetablesare nutritionally best raw or when cooked ‘tender-crisp,'” she said.last_img read more

CECL delay bill would ensure impact is properly studied

first_imgCUNA maintains its longstanding position that the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard is inappropriate for credit unions, and backed a bill Wednesday that would require the standard to be delayed and studied by the Securities and Exchange Commission along with the federal financial regulators, including the NCUA. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced the Continued Encouragement for Consumer Lending Act (S. 1564) Tuesday.CECL is a new accounting standard that changes the accounting for credit losses, recognizing lifetime expected credit losses instead of the current “incurred-loss” approach. CUNA is concerned with both the compliance burden the new standard will bring, as well as its effect on the financial standing of credit unions.“CECL is intended to address delayed recognition of credit losses resulting in insufficient funding of the allowance accounts of certain covered entities. However, underfunding of allowance accounts has not generally been an issue for credit unions. Further, the typical user of a credit union’s financial statements is not a public investor—such as with large, public banks—but instead is the credit union’s prudential regulator, the National Credit Union Administration.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Finally found a solution against labor shortage in tourism

first_imgLack of manpower is a problem that has been screaming for years and it was only a matter of time before that bubble burst and when we would find ourselves in the current situation. The consequences will be felt for a very, very long time, and if we take the whole issue seriously, we must urgently adopt concrete measures and a plan on how to arrive at a quality and sustainable solution to the problem. And not only the Ministry of Tourism, but the whole country because the problem is very complex and starts from primary school to the labor market.But why did the balloon burst?Simple – the whole system was not self-sustaining. Everyone knew that and they were very well aware that it was not a question of whether the balloon would burst, but it was only a matter of time – when? Nonetheless, no one reacted or prepared, in fact, because of the short-term run for profit for today, and not looking beyond tomorrow, no one cared. The whole system not only examined the last limits of extensibility, but consciously, with all the alarms and alarms, squeezed the gas to the end.The worker, ie the man who is the most valuable resource as well as the key to success in tourism, was at the very bottom of the value. Consumer goods. The mantra was simple. It doesn’t matter if the employee returns next year, there is a high demand for seasonal jobs, so let’s squeeze every person over the endurance limit as well. A new one will come tomorrow and so on in a circle.Today, when the problem has escalated, and will only escalate in the coming years, everyone is pretending that no one knew anything and at the very least as if they were hit by a meteor. But even today, when everything is clear, there is still no real solution or strategic planning and thus no sun at the end of the tunnel. Only some firefighting measures are looked at, but the whole paradigm is still the same.But let’s go in order…In Croatia alone, this tourist year alone, according to some estimates, there was a shortage of about 2.700 workers in tourism, although these are mild estimates, while there are announcements that the jazz will be even higher for next season. As the vice president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Želimir Kramarić, recently pointed out, in 2018, Croatian tourism will need about 15 workers, which we do not have. “The education system produces people for the stock market or going out. It’s not just about brains, ‘hands’ are also leaving Croatia. That is why it is necessary to introduce a dual system of education – learning in the workplace”Said Kramaric.How to most simply define the process of dual education – a combination of theory and burst during education. For years we know, see and talk about how it is needed, but again there are pictures but no tone.As if it is a scientific fiction and I guess even the sparrows know that dual education is the only real way of education because students through schooling, in addition to theory, learn to work practically and after completing the educational program are ready for the labor market and have such valuable practical experience by the most valuable because one is a theory and quite another a practice i.e. a market. Especially in Croatia where the level of professionalism is very low, ie we have too few markets that operate on a market basis and where the world business rules do not apply, nor those well-known sayings of successful entrepreneurs or various strategies and concepts from foreign books.But again we knew everything and again we know everything, but there are pictures but no tone. No one reacted to all the warning signs, the tourism industry most often used cheap labor from Slavonia, they didn’t care about education, or whether they would come back again next year when there was high demand. We even introduced the term permanent seasonal! So who can plan life, future or family as a permanent seasonal? To make the situation better, the seasonal workers were hired through employment agencies, which logically led to an even lower salary of the seasonal workers, because normally the agency has to earn its commission and charge for its service. Of course, this situation was great for tourism employers, because they could change workers whenever they wanted or they had no obligations to them, since the seasonal workers were employees of the employment agency.On the other hand, working conditions, accommodation, food provided, working hours were, to put it mildly, outside all norms. However, the escalation of this problem will only be felt in the next many years, and according to the announcements that another 50 hotels on the Adriatic will be opened in the next year or two, the logical question is who will work in these hotels when I already have a shortage of manpower. ?Is tourism a highly profitable or a low-profit business? If we compare the profits of hotel houses as well as various catering facilities with the cost of workers’ salaries, something doesn’t “fit” us at first, you know the feeling when you immediately see a big mistake in the mathematical equation. I don’t know how it is at all possible to expect in 4 * or 5 * star hotels where service and performance could be at a high level to be low wage workers. A quality, experienced and educated worker who can work at that level costs and is worth it, just like the prices of accommodation in these hotels.But not everything is in financial terms, there is something in the work environment, the attitude towards workers, working hours, the quality of accommodation of workers and ultimately respect for the man himself.Of course, this is not a problem for the hotelier himself, but it is much broader and more complex. From seasonality, high levies to the State, VAT, catastrophic education system, degradation of professions such as waiters, cleaners, chefs… tourist land, poor infrastructure, strategic non-development of tourist destinations and much more. However, tourism is not one industry, but it is extremely dynamic, complex, heterogeneous, multidisciplinary and vertically and horizontally connects all other various industries. That is why it is complex and must not be developed by inertia or accident, but only strategically and sustainably.We have destroyed the profession – waiters, cooks, anyone can be a waiterToday is World Waiters and Chefs Day. Who are the waiters in today’s job market? Everyone, so anyone can be a waiter, right?Because of this whole story, the bad position of the market and the education system, the degradation and underestimation of the whole profession of waiter and chef is not an interesting occupation among young people. Admittedly, in the past couple of years through various TV show programs the interest in chef has risen to a well-deserved position and that being a chef is not easy, but also that good chefs are appreciated and paid, and even stars. But again, it was not strategic or systematic, but a product of the media. On the other hand, the waiter is still such a degraded profession that it has been reduced to very low branches. Being a good waiter needs to know a lot, especially when talking about a higher level of service through the HoReCa channel. One should know how to talk to guests, one should know how to make good coffee, twice in a row, know the philosophy of wine and how it blends with food, one should know how to sell wine as well as all the manners of a good waiter.Salaries for waiters are usually minimal, and the rest again on the black market or on hand. Quality is not looked at, and any effort invested in additional education, the waiter can not charge. And finally, can any waiter or chef work in a top hotel or restaurant. Not everyone can be a waiter, we need quality and experienced people, who we must also pay well.Trust is the key, and trust is lost We all know that it is three times harder and more expensive to bring a dissatisfied guest back. So it is when we talk about workers. The tourism sector has lost confidence. That is why there was a reverse effect or phenomenon, as this tourist season various employers offered excellent conditions, from salary to accommodation, three meals, etc.… still could not find workers.Everyone is familiar with various stories about how the working conditions agreed over the phone are one thing and the reality is another. As the reports of workers in most cases were minimal, and the rest were black or handy. And for stories about accommodation we can write a special book, as well as “secured” meals.This year, a lot of tourist employers gathered at the Days of Jobs in Tourism in Osijek, “everyone” came to the sports hall and went on a “hunt” for workers and “poor” Slavonians. What bothered me the most was the relationship and the picture of the whole story. So, in the hall there were those classic white square stands, ie boxes, and no one bothered to actually present themselves as an employer. Present what it offers, who it is, what the job description is, what the conditions are, etc.… than it all seemed out of the question as a hunt for filling out forms. A mass of young people in the hall just stand in lines in front of each stand and wait to just fill out the form and hear the well-known sentence: “Thank you, we will get back to you. ” And that’s it. No one has bothered to present themselves in the slightest to attract quality workers, pure hunt for cheap labor… It is a tourism industry. I just felt miserable when I saw it all. Passionately. What message are we sending? Where is she known as the key to success in tourism? And all hoteliers want Slavonians and appreciate them the most because they are hard workers.However, the whole situation has forced the big ones to change out of necessity, so today the largest hotel companies are “competing” to provide better conditions, build accommodation for their employees, invest in education, promote themselves as the best employers, etc.… Certainly positive , but there is still no solution to the problem and one swallow does not make spring and it is still far from ideal conditions. The problem is solved when smoke is seen, not when a fire of “biblical” proportions occurs.Fighting on two frontsMany as many are unaware that this is just the tip of the iceberg and that the fight for quality employees will be waged on two fronts. Both for seasonal staff and for highly skilled workers, from sales, marketing to public relations. Because with more and more hotels, and few quality workers at that level, there will be better and more attractive offers, and there will certainly be a fight on the front to keep the existing quality workers.The race started a long time ago, are you ready? Don’t be surprised again.Influence of hoteliers and increase of quotas for import of foreign workers We all know how hoteliers have always had a very big impact, and they still have it today. Instead of directing their influence to increase the quota for the import of foreign workers, which can only be a short-term measure and by no means a solution, it would be good to direct their influence to start changing things for the better, not from political connotations but exclusively from market ones. To start dealing with the strategic development of tourism and tourist destinations in accordance with the trends of the 21st century.In the long run, foreign workers will have a very bad impact on our tourism, because the meaning of tourism is precisely authenticity, and the motive for traveling is to get to know new ways and cultures of living. Also, we will not go so far as to continue to encourage young people to leave, to stifle our local economy and for foreign workers to send their earnings back to their homeland in the context of cheap labor, and not spend it here. I wonder: Can Filipinos sell our authentic story? Of course I can’t.Robots as a solution to the problem quality workforce    I recently had the honor of giving a lecture and thinking aloud at one college to young students and future tourism managers. As I traveled from Vinkovci to Zagreb and got stuck in the crowds of Zagreb, unfortunately I did not arrive at the lecture before me, and I was really interested, but I arrived at the last 5 minutes of the lecture. One tourism expert with a long and enduring career in tourism told young future tourism leaders how Chinese tourists are looking to be served by labor from Indonesia and the Philippines, and how this is normal because of globalization and how we need to make it possible for them.On the other hand, the whole paradigm of cheap labor and the way of thinking of the tourism industry was presented by the former Minister of Economy and later director of INA, and today Honorary Consul of the Philippines, Mr. Davor Stern, who told Poslovni Dnevnik that a quality solution to the burning problem tourism and hospitality imports workers from the Philippines ” Filipinos would, of course, be very happy to come to work on the Adriatic for our average salary, with a balanced diet and accommodation. You need to know that they come exclusively to work, as a rule they do not spend the money earned, but send it to families in the Philippines. They would work for a monthly salary of 500-600 euros net. But accommodation must be resolved. They do not count on being placed alone, but on several of them, but in appropriate conditions. ” Stern told Business diary.Interestingly, it is precisely because of this thinking of the tourism industry, which looks only at short-term profits and only itself, that the whole problem has arisen towards the workers. So, the point of the whole story is that cheaper labor, without any rights and questions, can be accommodated in 10 m2, ten of them on more bunk beds and that is the winning formula.From the above, it follows that perhaps the “right” solution is expected by the hotel tourism industry to replace workers with robots! Robots don’t ask or demand anything, they work 0-24, they don’t eat, they don’t sleep…ConclusionThe whole problem is complex, and there is no magic wand or short-term solution. We need to be honest and start dealing with all the challenges systematically, strategically and in a planned manner and be aware of all the consequences. Because “Mother Nature” has taught us very well and shows us day by day that everything depends on the natural balance and the whole system is perfectly lubricated. If we throw out one wheel, the whole system collapses. It is the same in the economy and in tourism. Plastic example, if we want to have a hotel with 4 or more stars, then we must have a 4-star staff, and also that staff must be paid at a 4-star level. Symbiosis in the true sense of the word.To reveal to you a great secret and solution to the shortage of manpower in tourism. It is around us all the time, it has always been known, even today, and you probably already know it yourself and you have come to a logical conclusion – and that is offer better wages and working conditions.Like all other industries, from the IT industry to banking. Who else asks how they cope with attracting quality workers. A quality graphic artist, programmer, etc. costs money, and IT companies in Croatia, regardless of more than double taxes, ie taxes on salaries higher than 10.000 kn, pay quality workers. And again, not everything is in the salary, but also in the working conditions, atmosphere, business culture, etc.…One of the best sayings for me personally regarding quality employees is that of the famous entrepreneur Richard Branson ” The way you treat your employees is the way they treat your customers ”. To get better quality guests, invest in quality workers, and they will give it back to you many times over.Yes, it’s that simple. Offer better working conditions and you will have no problem attracting quality staff.Related news:DR.SC. MARINELA DROPULIĆ RUŽIĆ: THE STATE “FULL OF LIFE” SHOULD CARE THAT IT HAS EMPLOYEES “FULL OF LIFE”</p>
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Sex, conditions safer (yeah right!) but prostitute stigma remains

first_imgDominion Post 21 January 2012It has been nearly nine years since New Zealand decriminalised prostitution under the Prostitution Reform Act 2003. Sex workers say the stigma has eased, but still remains. Safe sex is freely promoted, they have a mandate to stand up to inappropriate behaviour from clients and employers, and whereas in the past they might have felt intimidated and threatened by police, they now work with them. “New Zealand sex workers have the best set of laws. We’ve seen situations where sex workers have taken on brothel operators for sexual harassment and won,” Ms Healy says. “You just couldn’t have imagined that before.” The legislation is a model for other countries to follow, she says.….But while the law change has resulted in some positive changes, it has also had its downsides. “Prior to the reform, police could just go in to the brothels at any time. Now we can only go in if we’ve obtained a search warrant.” There are still some bad practices, and sex trafficking does occur. “I think it’s naive to think there isn’t or hasn’t been women trafficked through New Zealand,” he says. Without access to brothels, there is no way of knowing which ones are involved, and victims are usually brainwashed and too traumatised to seek help. Mr Beard would like to see mandatory signs for all brothels warning of trafficking and how to seek help, in multiple languages.While the Government has decriminalised prostitution, it does not morally endorse it in law. A bill tabled by the Manukau City Council before the formation of the Auckland Council also threatens the industry, and is against the spirit of the act, Ms Healy says. The new council has picked up the bill, which proposes to restrict prostitutes from working in certain areas within the city. It is at the parliamentary select committee stage, with a report on it due next month. Sex workers say it would contradict the positive effects the reform has had on the industry. They say there is still work to do to reduce the stigma, and that would be hindered if the bill was passed. read more

No charges filed against woman aiding Conservation Officer

first_imgOHIO COUNTY, Ind. — No charges are being filed against the woman who fatally shot the man who was attacking an Indiana Conservation Officer in Ohio County on February 20.The incident started when a resident called 911 to report a male in a pickup truck that was parked in part of the caller’s driveway and in a lane on the highway.Conservation officer Chris Powell responded to the call and realized Justin Holland, 25, may have been impaired and tried to put him in handcuffs.Holland resisted and pinned Officer Powell to the ground.A female neighbor fearing for Officer Powell’s life and came to his aide and shot Holland in the upper shoulder.He later died at the Dearborn County Hospital.The prosecutor’s office and investigators are not releasing the female’s name.last_img

Krone stays perfect at Elmwood Park

first_imgBy Mike HughesNORTON, Kan. (Aug. 30)—Elmwood Park Speedway returned to action on Sunday evening, with two drivers making return appearances in victory lane.Jake Krone won his third consecutive Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.  Krone led all 10 laps on the way to the win. Kolton Vogel was second and Dan Lauer third.David Murray Jr. won his second Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature of the season at the half-mile oval. Murray chased Jesse Richter most of the race, then finally made the winning pass on lap 12 of the 15-lap feature.Mike Petersilie finished second and Richter was third.Jacob Olmstead passed Travis Coop at the halfway mark of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock fea­ture en route to the victory.  Coop held on for the runner-up spot, trailed by Luke Wasson.Tanner Portenier led the first four laps of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature before Jay Hachmeis­ter took a lead he would not relinquish. Hackmeister powered away for the win, followed by Geoff Jermark and Eric Kinderknecht.last_img read more

All projects are in at the Franklin County Fair

first_imgBrookville, IN—According to Franklin County Purdue Extension Educator Angie Riffle, all projects have been submitted at the Franklin County 4-H and judges will have this week to judge the building projects. The results should be available on Monday, July 20. Livestock entries were due Sunday.  They will be sorting the pictures by the classes and then they will be judged this week as well. The Franklin County 4-H will be having an online livestock auction for 2020. It will run July 23-27. This can all be found by clicking here.last_img

Newcastle love made Pavel Srnicek feel like ‘the wealthiest man in the world’

first_imgPavel Srnicek never managed to get his hands on major silverware in a Newcastle shirt, but for a generation of the club’s supporters he will always be remembered as fondly as if he had earned a full set of medals. Following a brief spell back at Banik, Srnicek returned to England with Sheffield Wednesday and later played for Brescia and Cosenza in Italy before short back-up roles at Portsmouth and West Ham. He effectively brought down the curtain on his career with Portuguese outfit Beira Mar. But there was to be an emotional, if fleeting, swansong on Tyneside when, amid a goalkeeping crisis, the Magpies once again turned to a cult hero in October 2006. Srnicek was playing in the Italian fourth division at the time and contemplating the end of his career when he received a phone call from Harper asking him if he wanted to come back to Newcastle. The Czech thought his friend was joking but the invitation was genuine and, after then manager Glenn Roeder had run the rule over him, he was given a contract. “I would have played for nothing,” he said. He replaced the injured Given to rapturous applause from the St James’ Park faithful in a 3-1 victory over Tottenham before pulling on the shirt for the final time in a 2-1 Boxing Day defeat at Bolton. The reception he received against Spurs was the most emotional moment of his Newcastle career. “I wouldn’t swap a World Cup, Champions League or Premier League winner’s medal for that reception,” Srnicek explained in his book. “The cocktail of euphoria, adrenaline and fear was coursing through every vein of my anatomy as I ran towards the Gallowgate End. “I tried to compose myself but I was struggling. Then I ran up to take the goal kick… and made a right a**e of it. The ball bobbled about 50 yards along the ground.” Srnicek maintained links with Newcastle, combining his most recent role as goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague with writing a regular column for the city’s Sunday Sun newspaper, and admitted recently that he dreamt of returning to the club one day. That dream never did materialise, but he was – and always will be – an honorary Geordie in the eyes of those who took him to their hearts. The son of a woodcutter and middle child of five, Srnicek leaves behind a daughter, Vendy, and son, Maxim. The 47-year-old lost his fight for life on Tuesday, nine days after suffering a cardiac arrest while out running, and his death will be mourned not only in his home city of Ostrava, but in England, Italy and Portugal, where a likeable personality won him lasting affection. His passing will be felt acutely on Tyneside. Press Association The 49-cap Czech Republic international returned to Newcastle earlier this month to promote his forthcoming autobiography, titled ‘Pavel is a Geordie’, and was greeted as warmly as during the days when he was an integral member of Kevin Keegan’s ‘Entertainers’. In the book, Srnicek recalled the excitement of those days and his affection for Newcastle. He wrote: “Football hasn’t made me a rich man in monetary terms but the memories of my time at St James’ Park have made me the wealthiest man in the world.” There were downs as well as ups for the fiery character, and Srnicek also described a moment he tried to hit then manager Kenny Dalglish after being left out of the squad for the FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United in 1998. Srnicek’s love affair with the Magpies began when, after a successful trial, the former soldier joined the club in a £350,000 move from Banik Ostrava in February 1991. His early months in the north-east proved testing. He spoke little English on arrival and endured a baptism of fire under then manager Jim Smith, with Newcastle attempting to fight their way out of the old Second Division. Smith’s departure soon afterwards saw Srnicek lose his place as successor Ossie Ardiles rang the changes, and it was Keegan who handed him the chance to finally make his mark when he ousted Tommy Wright and played his part in promotion back to the top flight at the end of the 1992-93 season. However life, on the pitch at least, was rarely straightforward and Mike Hooper and later Shaka Hislop were drafted in to compete with Srnicek. The capture of Shay Given and subsequent emergence of Steve Harper limited his chances further and led to his departure after 190 appearances in July 1998. last_img read more

GSA fall sports meeting to be held Sunday

first_imgBLUE HILL — George Stevens Academy will hold its preseason fall sports meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 in the school’s gymnasium.The meeting will be divided into sessions at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The 6 p.m. session will go over general guidelines for students of all sports, and the 6:30 session will detail sport-specific information for soccer, cross-country, golf and volleyball.Parents or students with schedules that conflict with this time and date should contact Athletic Director Larry Gray via phone at 852-4493 or via email at [email protected] to arrange a time for a separate meeting.In addition to attending the meeting, parents must provide proof of insurance and fill out emergency, concussion management and parental consent forms online. Proof of a physical exam must be sent to submitted to the athletic director.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more