Lois Kitsch: Changing lives in Afghanistan

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I had the privilege of sitting down with my co-worker Lois Kitsch, the National Program Director at the Foundation, to talk about her experiences in Afghanistan for International Credit Union (ICU) Day.  ICU Day was established to help people reflect upon the credit union movement’s history and to promote its achievements. It is a day to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of those working in the credit union industry, and show members our appreciation.Lois Kitsch started out as a drive-up teller in North Dakota in 1980, and through her passion for credit unions has earned the nickname the “Mother Theresa” of the credit union movement.  She has won numerous awards including the Herb Wegner Award (twice), and most recently the Athena Leadership Award from the World Council’s Global Women’s Leadership Network.For those of you that know Lois, you know she has quite the extensive list of countries across the globe she has visited during her lifetime (about 40).  From the Philippines, to Kenya to Macedonia; Lois has done tremendous work to aid the development of credit unions and organizations worldwide.  Since this day is all about recognizing dedication and hard work for the movement, it’s the perfect time to reflect on her experiences.Between 2003 and 2004, Lois was in Afghanistan – in the midst of the war.  Here are some of thoughts and perspectives about this time in her life: continue reading »last_img read more

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New York State Lawmakers hold Local Roads Matter Rally

first_imgThey’re also calling for a restoration of $65 million cut that the Governor proposed in his budget to the “Extreme Winter Recovery” program, which also goes to local municipalities. Assemblyman Palmesano says they are requesting this for a number of reasons. Joel Kie,the President of the New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways and Town of Dickinson Highway Superintendent, also spoke and in a press release he said, Many State highway superintendents from across New York State were there to push for better quality roads, bridges and culverts. ALBANY (WENY/WBNG)- On Wednesday, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano held their 8th annual “Local Roads Matter” rally in Albany. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says the “Local Roads Matter” campaign will continue on until the budget is passed. In a press release Seward stated, “Local roads, bridges, and culverts are the foundation of our state’s infrastructure and the numbers bear that out.  Every time you leave your house, chances are high that you are doing most of your traveling on a local road maintained by dedicated county, town, and village transportation workers.  Motorist safety and economic vitality depend on the condition of these roads and the state must step up and fund this key component of our infrastructure,” said Seward. Senator James Seward, who represents Oneonta, was there as well. “This requested additional infrastructure funding is necessary to provide the public with a safe and functional statewide transportation system, one that supports jobs and economic growth for our communities.” Earlier this week, lawmakers sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo to try and increase funding for local roads, bridges and culverts. “87 percent of the roads in New York State are only maintained by our local municipalities. 52 percent of the 18,000 bridges are only maintained by our local municipalities and 48 percent of the miles driven, are driven on our local roads,” says Assemblyman Palmesano.last_img read more

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The focus will be on weekend trips. Prepare and be ready

first_imgAs I have repeated many times, there are currently too many assumptions and questions, and too few answers about the current development of the coronavirus, so it is very difficult to plan and predict anything because the situation changes from day to day. Of course, when we talk about tourist “underdeveloped” destinations, the challenge is to secure a budget for promotion, let alone now, but simply without investment and promotion there is no success. Now more than ever, because those are the destinations that will be in focus. So, now is the opportunity to accelerate development and to position yourself further. As I mentioned above, people will avoid places where a lot of people gather in one place for a while. Purely out of fear and precaution, this is why holiday homes / villas with pools are ideal places to relax. EDIT: I hope it is clear to everyone, that they will also need to lower and adjust prices, according to the whole situation. And not just accommodation, but the whole destination. And there is a great opportunity for continental destinations as well. Also, the day after the coronavirus, the most important thing will be to activate the domestic economy as soon as possible, in order to save companies from collapse, and all countries will communicate: buy and travel locally. So we can hardly expect more tourists from the countries around us. Of course, the question is also what the situation with the coronavirus will be with them and how open the borders will be. The motive for coming is not accommodation, but destination Zagreb as the capital city with the most people and the economic center Figuratively – show me the groceries, and I will cook my own lunch Give me groceries for lunch, and I’ll choose how I cook it for myself. Will I add more or less salt, or cook it more or less. But give me as many ingredients as possible, both ready-made and various options. That is why it is not realistic to expect, even ask, entrepreneurs to provide someone with a vacation after a “month” of work. There will also be a fear of higher spending, as in the last financial crisis, which is coming to us again. But again, that doesn’t mean no one will travel, but we need to be aware that it won’t go as usual. As always, we can expect the most from the inhabitants of Zagreb, as a target market because it is our capital. Both because of the largest population and the largest financial power. It sells me a story and an experience, not accommodation. As usual, the motive for coming is not accommodation, but a tourist destination. Anyway, now is the time to plan, round up and define tourism products, prepare promotional campaigns and keep them on stand by for the day after the crown, when the market opens. Then it will be crucial to start communicating right away, not to waste time on preparation Be prepared. Weekend travel will be in demand, don’t wait and whine, get moving and seize the opportunity. But one thing is for sure. Tourism has been hit hard this time, and currently realistic predictions are that we can expect the start of recovery only in the spring of 2021, and not of course in the same numbers as before, and the recovery itself will take the next 2-3 years. Also, only when a vaccine / cure is found can we realistically expect a real recovery, because then that psychological and safety barrier, ie the travel brake, will be removed. Every crisis is also an opportunity And that’s why when it comes to promotion and communication, it’s important to promote content, tourism products. Why should I come to, say, Ivanić Grad. What should I do all weekend or one in Ivanić Grad? This is the main question we have to ask ourselves because it creates a motive for us to come. Throughout the story, the key role of tourist boards is to gather people, make ready-made tourist products and do promotion, both paid and by communication through their channels. That is the meaning of tourist boards anyway. To develop and promote tour. destination, generates new tourism products and leads the strategic process of long-term development. That is why the synergy of everyone in the destination is needed. Join forces and make a good tourist story. For example, if someone is selling primarily rural accommodation, offer me options of what I can do if I come to you. Highlight your partners who offer a variety of experiences. From a wine tasting room, restaurant, cooking workshop, bike rental, etc. možete you can put together interesting stories yourself, let alone if you all come together. When we talk about this tourist year, we can hardly be too optimistic and expect a lot of traffic, but we still have to hope, plan and be ready. We have to be realistic, but also optimistic. There is no surrender, the situation is as it is and we must get the most out of it. This season the focus will be on to a domestic guest as well as weekend trips. So, we have to focus on the domestic guest. It is positive that people will finally want to go out of their homes, because they are tired of self-isolation, but again due to the above facts (vacation and budget) the focus will be on and weekend trips. According to the offer, we also create a story about the destination, arrange accommodation, define the price, target such guests and use the communication channels where they are located. If we target the IT sector, where we offer them an “office in nature”, ie to move the office to a new location for a few days, then we must have a strong internet connection, and we will target them through media channels such as Netokracija.hr, Bug.hr, ICTbusiness.info etc.… Also, we need to think about what will work after work in the destination. Can we organize some team activities for them, such as paintball, zipline or rafting. I trivialize, but it’s clear to you in which direction you need to think. That is why the synergy of everyone at the destination is crucial. We often fall into the trap because we look at ourselves. No one can be alone, no matter how big and powerful he is. One does not make a destination. So, you don’t have to do everything yourself, on the contrary, find partners so that everyone can profit, so that tourist spending goes down to as many local entrepreneurs as possible. Some provide accommodation, others family farms for cooking, sewing, drawing workshops…. the third tells a wine story, the fourth provides bike rental, the fifth is a tour guide, and who recommends a visit to the interpretation center after the tour. And so the story spreads. If we want to learn deeper into the story we need to know what and to whom we are offering. Each profile of tourists is different and has different motives for coming. Those who like active holidays are also looking for such facilities, while those who prefer gastro tourism are looking for an autochthonous and quality eno gastronomic offer. If we do not have it in the destination, we cannot expect such guests either. However, not only Zagreb as the primary market, all residents from larger cities (Split, Rijeka…) will want to go to nature, active vacation and explore, while a good part will avoid larger centers, ie places where a lot of people gather in the same place. . Holiday houses with pool Zagreb Ring, Karlovac County, Lika, Slavonia, Gorski kotar, the interior of Istria – this is an opportunity to jump out and position yourself. As I pointed out earlier, the focus will be on the domestic guest. Although one should be aware of a couple of factors that currently affect the domestic guest. Many people have lost their jobs or have their salaries reduced, as well as the fact that a good proportion of private sector employees are currently forced to take annual leave. Also, there will be no annual leave in the private sector, at least not on a larger scale, because when all measures are removed and the economy is launched, there will be a struggle to save and recover companies. Cover photo: Varaždin County Tourist Boardlast_img read more

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Borrowed time

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China toll leaps past 1,600 as first death reported outside Asia

first_imgAn 80-year-old Chinese tourist died from the new coronavirus, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said Saturday.Only three other deaths have been recorded outside mainland China — in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan.The death toll in China, meanwhile, rose to 1,662 Sunday after Hubei reported 139 new deaths.Several countries have banned arrivals from China and major airlines have cut services to the country. The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak surpassed 1,600 in China on Sunday, with the first fatality reported outside Asia fuelling global concerns.More than 68,000 people have now been infected in China from a virus that emerged in central Hubei province in December before spreading across the country and some two dozen countries.Amid criticism over the handling of the crisis, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for tighter policing to protect social stability, while Beijing ordered people returning to the capital to self-quarantine for 14 days in the latest drastic measure aimed at containing the virus. The biggest cluster outside China is on a quarantined cruise ship off Japan, with 285 infections now as dozens more cases were confirmed. A US State Department spokesperson said Americans stranded on the vessel would be evacuated, and would face a further quarantine of two weeks in the United States.- More police -The virus spread last month as millions travelled across the country for the Lunar New Year holiday, which was extended by three days — more than a week in some cities — in an effort to prevent further contagion.People have slowly started to return to work in the past two weeks, though many are doing their jobs from home and schools remain closed.Beijing’s municipal government enacted a rule on Friday requiring all people coming to the capital to quarantine themselves for 14 days, warning that violators would be punished, according to official media.It was unclear how authorities would enforce the measure.Chinese authorities have placed some 56 million people in Hubei and its capital Wuhan under quarantine, virtually sealing off the province from the rest of the country in an unprecedented effort to contain the virus.A number of cities far from the epicentre have also imposed tough measures limiting the number of people who can leave their homes.The government must “increase use of police force and strengthen the visible use of police”, to ensure stability during the crisis, Xi said in a February 3 speech published by state media on Saturday.In another drastic preventive measure, China’s central bank said Saturday that used banknotes were being disinfected with ultraviolet light or high temperatures, and stored for up to 14 days before they are put back into circulation.The scale of the epidemic ballooned this week after authorities in Hubei changed their criteria for counting cases, retroactively adding thousands of new patients to their tally.- New cases fall -Hubei added more than 14,000 cases in a single day this week after officials there started counting people clinically diagnosed through lung imaging, in addition to those with a positive lab test result.On Saturday, the National Health Commission reported 2,641 new cases of the COVID-19 strain, with the vast majority in Hubei.The number, however, was almost half those reported the previous day, and World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the body has asked China for details on how diagnoses were being made.”China has bought the world time. We don’t know how much time,” he said.”We ask all governments, companies, and news organisations to work with us to sound the appropriate level of alarm without fanning the flames of hysteria.”He said he was concerned by the continued increase of cases in China as well as “the lack of urgency in funding the response from the international community”.The number of new confirmed cases has been steadily falling outside Hubei.A top Chinese scientist had predicted that the epidemic could peak by the end of this month after the number of new cases had fallen earlier in the week.But the WHO has cautioned that it was “way too early” to make any predictions about the disease’s trajectory.An international team of WHO experts will arrive in Beijing this weekend for a joint mission with Chinese counterparts.Topics :last_img read more

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Iran may offer discounts to lure airlines to fly through its airspace

first_imgIran is drawing up plans to offer discounts to some foreign airlines using its airspace, state news agency IRNA quoted a senior aviation official as saying on Saturday, after a slump in flights due to the coronavirus pandemic and regional tensions.Nasser Aghaei, director of the state-run Iran Airports and Air Navigation Company, said the discounts would go to the top eight airlines providing transit income as well as airlines boosting their flights by 20 percent.However, no general cut in fees are planned, IRNA said. Iran is one of many countries to charge so-called overflight fees, which are generally used to fund services such as air traffic control, weather data and aeronautical information. The planned discounts still have to be approved by the government, Aghaei said.Before the pandemic, major airlines in January rerouted or cancelled flights to avoid airspace over Iraq and Iran following an Iranian missile strike on US-led forces in Iraq.On Jan 8, all 176 people aboard a Ukrainian airliner flight were killed when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff en route from Tehran to Kiev.Iran acknowledged shooting the plane down but said it had done so by mistake while under high alert, hours after it had fired at US targets in retaliation for a US strike that killed an Iranian general.In June, some global airlines re-routed flights to avoid Iran-controlled airspace over parts of the Gulf, after the US aviation regulator barred its carriers from the area following the downing of a US drone by Iran. Topics :last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua faces fresh hurdle for WBO belt

first_imgAnthony Joshua has been called out by a fresh opponent amid the ongoing break from professional boxing.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations10 Actors That Started Their Careers On SoapsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBO2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI Forever7 Actors Who Had Ridiculous Reasons For Quitting A RoleBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madecenter_img The Brit has already been forced to delay preparations for his scheduled title defense against Kubrat Pulev, all but ending hopes of a potential bout against Tyson Fury later this year.The 30-year-old could unify the division should he beat Pulev and Fury come through against Deontay Wilder, making his recent call out fairly speculative.Undefeated Frank Sanchez is said to be eyeing a chance to take Joshua’s crown having beaten Joey Dawejko on points last month to move into the top ten of the WBO rankings.Read Also: Man Utd could lose Ighalo this summer, claims agentMike Barao told Sky Sports, “Just a guess but I think (Oleksandr) Usyk ends up winning a vacated WBO heavyweight title within the next 12 months.“I believe Frank Sanchez versus WBO number 6 Junior Fa or number seven Michael Hunter would make sense.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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16 people found in lorry bound to Irish port

first_imgAccording to Stena Line, the 16 peoplewere discovered around 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 21 during a “routine inspection” ofthe vehicle deck.(BBC) IRELAND – Sixteen people werediscovered in a lorry on a ferry travelling from France to the Irish port ofRosslare.    Irish police said all 16 peopleappeared to be “in good health” and have received medical treatment. Sixteen people were discovered in a lorry on a ferry travelling from France to the Irish port of Rosslare, Ireland on Nov. 21. PA The vessel left Cherbourg on Wednesdaynight around 21:00 local time. The police were investigatingpotential breaches of immigration legislation and the immigration status of the16.  They were found in a “sealed trailer”on a Stena Line, sailing from Cherbourg to Rosslare in County Wexford, Ireland.last_img read more

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Manhunt for 4 Bacolod jail escapees launched

first_imgStaff Sergeant Eric Olverio and CorporalOrwayne Jade discovered the incident around 12:45 a.m. The BCPO was still conducting an investigationon the incident./PN Pico said Capa and Lorence are residents of Barangay Banago while Penosois from Barangay 2. All were charged for drug-related crimes except Elangos, whohas been charged for child abuse. According to initial investigation, thefugitives made their escape by cutting the steel bar of their detention cellusing a saw dust. center_img LieutenantColonel Ariel Pico, spokesperson of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO),identified the escapees as Sunny Capa, Ely Lorence, Michael Peñoso, and JeffreyElangos. BACOLOD City – Authorities here launched hot pursuit operations against four detaineeswho bolted the detention facility of Police Station 3 in Barangay Mandalaganshortly after midnight yesterday. last_img read more

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Seoul plays down report over N. Korean leader’s health

first_imgDaily NK, an online media outlet runmostly by North Korean defectors, said Kim had undergone a cardiovascularprocedure earlier this month and was recovering at a villa in North Phyonganprovince. (AFP) SEOUL – South Korea played down a reportTuesday that the North’s leader Kim Jong Un was being treated after surgery, asspeculation mounted over his absence from a key anniversary. Pyongyang marked the birthday of itslate founder, Kim’s grandfather Kim Il Sung, on April 15 — by far the mostimportant date in its annual political calendar – but Kim was not seen inattendance.center_img Kim Jong Un’s health is frequently the subject of speculation, but little concrete is known about the secretive leader. KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/FILE / STRlast_img

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