Soon, Broadway’s gonna have a whorehouse in it again. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas will return to Broadway next year in a brand new production. Tony, Emmy and Olivier Award winner Rob Ashford will direct and choreograph. Further information, including dates, theater and cast will be announced at a later date. View Comments Marking the debut of Tommy Tune in the dual role of director/choreographer, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas premiered off-Broadway in 1978 and moved to Broadway just two months later. The show received seven 1979 Tony nominations, with Carlin Glynn and Henderson Forsythe winning Tonys for the roles later played by Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds in the 1982 film adaptation. Featuring a book by Larry L. King (adapting his own Playboy story) and Peter Masterson with music and lyrics by Carol Hall, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas dramatizes the real-life story of a legendary house of ill-repute that remained open for many years until the Governor orders the local sheriff to shut it down. The score includes such numbers as “Good Old Girl,” “Hard Candy Christmas” and “Texas Has a Whorehouse in It.”
—Spencer Ellsworth, VirginiaWe must stop building fossil fuel plants. We are 30+ years behind European countries in clean air technology. France has one of the lowest carbon footprints, mainly due to getting 90% of their power from nuclear power. —Sandy Blakely, Knightdale, N.C.———–The environmental destruction caused by the mining of uranium is as devastating as mountaintop removal mining. Nuclear power plants also raise water temperatures and damage watersheds. And nuclear power is by far the most expensive form of energy. A nuclear power plant proposed today won’t produce power for at least 10 years, while wind and solar are safer and can be put online to produce power today. —Jon Oliver, Charlottesville, Va.The harmful health and environmental effects of coal, which constantly pollutes our air and water from mining to burning, far outweigh the slim possibility of a nuclear accident. Additionally, commonly-used fuel rod reprocessing techniques, long blocked by public fear of nuclear power in the U.S., would drastically reduce the amount of waste produced by nuclear plants. —Drew Stockdreher, Fairfax, Va.Our energy solution must come from solar and wind technology. They are safe, renewable, and can be installed quickly for immediate energy relief. Who wants a nuclear plant in their backyard? Give me solar panels any day. —Esther Godfrey, Asheville, N.C.The numerous problems with nuclear energy put all of us at serious risk. Berlin gets the same amount of sunlight as Anchorage, and yet the Germans are putting up solar units as fast as they can. If it is cost effective to put solar panels up so far north, how much more benefit would we get here? —Cicada Brokaw, Asheville, N.C.There is absolutely no way to make nuclear power safe. Anyone versed in science, human frailty, and statistics knows this. Nuclear power is a convenient political red herring with today’s energy and economy concerns. Illustration by Wade MickleyNuclear power has a well-proven record in other countries such as France. Our focus on energy development should be multi-faceted, with the goal of eventually eliminating all oil dependence. However, we should recognize that oil will continue to be a needed resource until we get other energy sources developed for large-scale usage. Nuclear is one important part of the puzzle. —Mark Stover, Weaverville, N.C.Population in the Southeast has increased greatly in recent years, which has caused a greater need for more energy. Hopefully by building more nuclear plants we can fulfill the growing demand.—Pat Brodbeck, Kingston, Tenn.Nuclear is the only alternative fuel that has a chance of making a significant dent in our appetite for oil and coal. Given proper storage safeguards for spent fuel, I’d much rather have a nuclear power plant in my neighborhood than a coal-fired one. —Bev Jern, Poolesville, Md.The Southeast’s natural energy resources are wind, solar, and small-scale hydro. These are what we should develop to create regional energy self-sufficiency. Nuclear energy uses and creates more radioactive products, which lasts for hundreds of thousands of years. It is beyond my comprehension how we can saddle our planet and our public health with additional radioactive burden for which there is no safe method of containment. —Rodney Hytonen, Pennsboro, W.Va.Solar, wind, and geothermal energy have the least impact on the land and should be explored to exhaustion before we jump on the nuke wagon. The money it takes to build a nuclear plant would be better invested in renewable energy, which is a lot less expensive and far more dependable and long-lasting.—Mark Smith, Jonesborough, Tenn.———-36% say yes64% say no
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Traditional security measures meant to safeguard your data by stopping web attacks and data breaches have proven ineffective. Just think about the news stories over the past year – Sony, OPM, Ashley Madison – the list goes on and on.So in this world of constant threats, how can your organization safeguard against web application attacks?As the sensitive data in your repository grows, is your organization’s current data protection sufficient and compliant?BackgroundNetwork and endpoint security is no longer sufficient to stop sophisticated attacks and compromised insiders from accessing business critical assets. The increasing number of high-profile breaches is a testament to the fact that traditional security defenses are not working. continue reading »
A key element of developing an environment of engagement for employees is establishing a forum for development and engagement.Peter Myers discussed how to create this environment during a breakout session at the CUNA CFO Council Conference Tuesday in Orlando.“If you have a direct report and you have regular conversation weekly or monthly, how much of that conversation focuses on operations?” Myers asks. “Probably too much. I recommend having a different conversation. Change the dynamic. Create a safe place where those reports can tell you if they’re not good at something, which can be a career-limiting move for some people. That builds trust.”Supervisors can also ask reports what their favorite or least favorite aspects of the job are, and how they can build on those answers.“Everyone has a favorite part about their role and everyone has a least favorite part of their role,” Myers says. “If you’re not seen as understanding that, your development conversations are going to follow suit. If you’re expecting the people behind you to learn, but you haven’t identified what you need to learn, how are you going to develop a culture of learning and growth.” continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Confession: if you haven’t realized it by now, I’m a bit of a nerd. I thoroughly enjoyed school, enough to be considering pursuing a Master’s Degree, just for funsies. So imagine my delight when, through my NTCUE experience and success, I was able to travel to Philadelphia for one very intense week of school. And not just any school – the Wharton School at UPenn is one of the most prestigious business schools in the nation.I’ll admit that I was nervous – which you already know if you read my pre-trip blog post. I was worried that I wouldn’t understand the material, that the curriculum would be over my head, and that I would grossly out of place as the only non-management attendee (I am, at present time, a Coordinator). After all, this is training for the next edition of CEOs – top executives in our industry. I’m not experienced reading call reports, dealing with personnel issues, or forming the strategic plan for an entire organization.I was delighted to discover, as DeeDee Myers had encouraged, that not only was I not out of my element, I was firmly within my element. I understood, connected with, and excelled at the content of the sessions, finding many things relevant to my current position and to my plans for future growth and advancement. I was even successful at the math – yes, math! – portions of the week (fear not; if you are considering attending the CEO Institute and are mathematically challenged, the week is not very math-intensive). continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » For any business, the threat of industry disruption can loom large on the minds of those in charge.What’s the next big thing? Will we be ready? How will we adapt? What does success look like? How do we get there?But in 2020, most thriving credit unions have embraced the first wave of digital transformation disruption as technology advances. With the current health crisis driving even more demand for digital delivery of financial services, you’re probably finding that your credit union has to be even more open to change that before—that is, agile and maybe even industry-leading in technology adoption.But there is a silver lining in the disruption of new technology and even in the scrambling that comes from outside market forces like the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, why not see disruption as an opportunity?
Barcelona gave up more ground to Real Madrid in La Liga’s title race on Tuesday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to third-placed Atletico Madrid as a late penalty from Saul Niguez cancelled out Lionel Messi’s 700th career goal.The draw meant the Catalans stayed second in the standings on 70 points and leaders Real Madrid, who have 71, will go four points clear at the top with five games left if they beat Getafe at home on Thursday.Barca went ahead at an empty Camp Nou in the 11th minute when Atletico striker Diego Costa knocked Messi’s delivery from a corner into his own net. Topics : The Catalans desperately needed to win after twice throwing away the lead to draw 2-2 with Celta Vigo on Saturday but history repeated itself as Quique Setien’s side failed to sparkle against a determined Atletico who are unbeaten since the season resumed.”It’s very hard to try and fight for the title when you drop points two matches in a row but we’ll keep going until the end,” said Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets.As well as defending with their usual steel, Diego Simeone’s side caused Barca plenty of problems down the wings due to the pace of Yannick Carrasco and their man-of-the-moment Marcos Llorente, who is enjoying a new lease of life as a forward.Belgian winger Carrasco won both penalties for Atletico, out-foxing Arturo Vidal in the first half and then proving too quick for Nelson Semedo.Saul had sent Ter Stegen the wrong way to score his first equalizer but the German guessed the right way in their second duel from the spot. The ball, however, squirmed through his hands and crept in off post.Barca coach Setien left former Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann out of his starting team for the second game in a row and turned to the 120-million-euro man in stoppage time, but the Frenchman had barely any time to provide the desired reaction. Saul leveled soon after from the spot after the referee ordered a re-take when Costa’s initial penalty was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen who had strayed from his line.Barcelona then earned a penalty soon after the interval which Argentine Messi coolly converted for a remarkable 700th strike for club and country, only for Saul to strike again from the spot in the 62nd to earn a share of the points.”It’s a real shame and the league title is looking much harder for us with each game,” said Barca coach Quique Setien, whose side have drawn three of their six games since the campaign resumed after the coronavirus stoppage.”Dropping these points in reality pushes us further away from the title but we have to keep on working hard.”
Chain of events Houston-based oil company Black Elk Energy (BEE) has been convicted of worker safety and clean water act violations in connection with a fatal offshore platform explosion in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and ordered to pay a $4.2 million fine. Black Elk was sentenced on Thursday on eight felony violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and one misdemeanor count of violating the Clean Water Act before the Honorable U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo.The charges stemmed from events causing an explosion in November 2012 on an offshore oil production platform that resulted in the deaths of three workers and injuries to several others. This case is also related to the recent conviction of Wood Group PSN in the Western District of Louisiana for their role in operations on the platform.In accordance with a plea agreement, the court ordered BEE to pay a $4.2 million monetary penalty. However, due to BEE’s bankruptcy, the $4.2 million agreed monetary penalty will be a general unsecured claim against BEE’s bankruptcy estate entitled to a pro rata distribution from the trust with other allowed unsecured claims against BEE.On Aug. 11, 2015, four of BEE’s creditors filed an involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy case against BEE in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. The case converted to a voluntary chapter 11 case shortly thereafter. Under a Chapter 11 plan of liquidation confirmed on July 13, 2016, BEE’s assets were transferred into two trusts, and a trustee will administer distributions to creditors from funds in one of the trusts. According to the court documents, beginning on Nov. 3, 2012, after pipeline repairs, BEE undertook platform repairs to include replacing equipment and installing a divert valve on the platform’s Lease Automatic Custody Transfer (LACT) unit and tying it into the sump line piping. The LACT system was the last point in the production process prior to the oil leaving West Delta 32 and entering the sales transmission pipeline.Some of the construction projects on West Delta 32 required “hot work,” or welding, grinding, and/or any other activity that may produce a spark. Hot work on an oil production facility is a hazardous activity capable of causing injury or death. Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations requires that written permission, commonly referred to as a “hot work permit,” be issued by the welding supervisor or designated person in charge (PIC) before any hot work on a production platform begin. At a maximum, a hot work permit is valid for 12 hours. Once a hot work permit expires, all the precautionary steps should be complete before a new hot work permit is issued.Starting on or about Nov. 8, 2012, Christopher Srubar, a co-defendant and Wood Group PSN employee and West Delta 32 PIC, issued hot work permits for the construction work related to the West Delta 32 projects. However, Srubar stopped issuing hot work permits and conducting all-hands safety meetings and instead delegated the permitting to the Wood Group PSN “C” operator. Neither Srubar nor the “C” operator conducted a daily pre-work inspection with the construction crew, staffed by Grand Isle Shipyards (GIS), nor did they designate a fire watch for the hot work areas.On or about Nov. 15, 2012, hot work started on the LACT unit with the knowledge of co-defendants Don Moss and Curtis Dantin. Moss and Dantin did not ask Srubar if he completed a safety check of the area. In addition, they did not complete a pre-work inspection or issue a warning to the GIS crews to step welding on the sump line piping. Instead, Dantin instructed some of the crew to begin the welding of the sump line piping for the LACT unit upgrade. The single hot work permit the “C” operator issued for Nov. 16 did not state that the LACT unit or sump line piping as areas that were safe for hot work.Workers started to make cuts to the sump line piping leading to the Wet Oil Tank, causing liquid to spill from the piping. At approximately 9:00 a.m., hydrocarbon vapors that escaped from the Wet Oil Tank ignited, causing a series of explosions in the three oil tanks on the platform. The fire and explosions resulted in the deaths of GIS employees Avelino Tajonera, Elroy Corporal, and Jerome Malagapo. Other workers were seriously burned and physically injured.BEE admitted that its employees and agents were negligent in the manner in which they planned and executed the hot work on West Delta 32 platform, and that the acts of their agents and employees violated regulations.Co-defendant GIS faces manslaughter charges, and Dantin, Srubar, and Moss face criminal violations of the Clean Water Act in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The OCSLA charges against GIS, Moss, Srubar, and Dantin, were dismissed by the district court and are pending an interlocutory appeal by the government to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, argued on May 1, 2017.
Gatchalian is also hoping that a vaccine against COVID-19 would be discovered by August 24 to finally put an end to the disease. “Itong inihain nating resolusyon ay para tignan natin nang mas malalim kung ano ang mga bagong patakaran at polisiya para mapangalagaan ang kalusugan at mag-ingat ang ating mga mag-aaral, magulang at guro sa darating na pasukan,” Gatchalian said in an interview with DZBB. As contained in his Senate resolution 391, Gatchalian said the health and safety of the students, as well as that of their parents and teachers should be prioritized. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Disease has earlier approved the proposal to start the new school year for public schools on late August. Gatchalian said that with the expected limited time of school year (from August 2020 to April 2021) the subjects to be taught in the school could be lessened as well. MANILA – Television and radio could be used as learning resources for students under the so-called “new normal” environment in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. “Sana ay tuluy-tuloy na itong paghupa at tuluy-tuloy nang mawala itong virus na ito. Sana rin by that time, meron na ring gamot na makikita – ‘yung vaccine o gamot na makikita para masugpo itong coronavirus,” he said./PN Private schools, meanwhile, could start as early as June but just via online learning with the face-to-face learning still starting on August 24. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Committee on Education, made the proposal, citing that not all students have access to new forms of technology like the Internet. “Titignan rin natin ‘yung paggamit ng mga teknolohiya… Gusto rin nating gamitin ‘yung mga tradisyonal na teknolohiya tulad ng telebisyon at radio dahil ito ay mas malawak,” he added. “Kasabay nitong one or two times a week na pagpasok ay ang paggamit ng radyo at telebisyon sa pagtuturo. Bawasan na muna natin ‘yung subjects na tinuturo. For example, tanggalin na muna ‘yung P.E. (Physical Education), tanggalin na muna ‘yung Home Economics. Ituro natin ‘yung pinakamahalaga — Math, Science, English at Reading,” he said.
Batesville, IN—Randall Bufford, President & CEO of Trilogy Health Services, announced yesterday his transition to the role of Chairman of the Board, effective October 1, 2019. Leigh Ann Barney, Trilogy’s Chief Operating Officer, will be assuming the position of President & CEO at Trilogy.“I’ve been planning for this transition for over 10 years,” commented Bufford. “Now is the perfect time for me to take a step back from day-to-day operations at Trilogy. We’re checking off all the boxes – outstanding customer satisfaction, record employee engagement and retention rates, and our financial position has never been stronger. This is a good thing for Trilogy. I have absolute confidence not only in Leigh Ann and the rest of our leadership team, but in the people who work at every one of our communities. Trilogy’s success lies in our culture, and our culture is thriving within the hearts of the 15,000 employees who make up our family. We have built a company that cares for those who care for others (#C4U) and that cycle has led to an enormous amount of success, not only for Trilogy, but for our employees and our residents. I know that Leigh Ann will nurture this culture and carry on our tradition of continuous improvement. We’ve reached record highs, but we’re nowhere close to being satisfied. In my new role as Chairman of the Board, I look forward to mentoring Leigh Ann, and to helping Trilogy grow in the coming years. I know that under her leadership, our employees will continue to say what I am saying today: Trilogy is the Best Place I Ever Worked.”“I am truly humbled to be walking in the footsteps of such an incredible servant leader,” commented Leigh Ann Barney, Trilogy’s Chief Operating Officer. “His example has and will continue to inspire the entire senior leadership team here at Trilogy to keep striving for excellence, to keep investing in our employees, and to keep pursuing our goal of being the Best Healthcare Company in the Midwest (#BHCM). I have learned so much in my 19 years at Trilogy, and I continue to learn every time I round at our campuses. And although every lesson is different, they all drive home the same message: at Trilogy, we’re family. We love each other, we look out for each other, and we do what is right for one another, every day. It is the utmost honor to serve such an inspiring group of employees, and I promise to lead by the example Randy has set since day one. Our future is bright, and I look forward to celebrating our successes in the years to come.”Through his position as Chairman of the Board, Bufford will continue to be involved in strategic decisions regarding Trilogy. He will also be focusing much of his time on mentoring his successor to ensure that the transition goes smoothly for Trilogy’s employees, constituents, and partners. In a recent video to employees, Bufford emphasized that he is not going away and that he will always be part of the fabric of Trilogy.“We are building an enterprise that’s much bigger than Randy Bufford or Leigh Ann Barney,” Bufford continued. “It’s about all of our people. We’re investing in our future, so the great things we all know as Trilogy will continue o