As Shutdown Drags On, Glacier National Park Employees Worry and Wait

first_imgMore than 100 full-time employees in Glacier National Park are still out of work as the partial shutdown of the federal government enters its third week.While Glacier remains open to the public, fewer than a dozen employees are reporting for duty and none of them are getting paid. Among those still working are law enforcement officers, dispatchers and a few essential maintenance employees. Superintendent Jeff Mow and other administrative personnel are among those who have been furloughed.While local National Park Service (NPS) employees have been ordered not to report to work, that hasn’t stopped them from serving their community. On Jan. 8, Mow and nearly two-dozen other NPS employees spent the morning volunteering at the Flathead Food Bank in Kalispell. Earlier in the week, some employees volunteered their time at the Glacier National Park Conservancy warehouse and others were planning on working at the Humane Society of Northwest Montana in the coming days.“While we can’t serve in the park, it’s nice that we can get together and still serve the community,” said Mary Riddle, chief of planning and environmental compliance at Glacier.Riddle and other employees volunteering at the food bank expressed frustration with the ongoing shutdown, which President Donald Trump said could last “months or even years” if he doesn’t get funding for a wall on the southern border.The shutdown that began on Dec. 22 has impacted 800,000 federal employees. According to the Washington Post, Montana is one of the states most impacted by the shutdown outside of the Washington D.C. area. That’s because the vast majority of federal employees in Montana work for either the Department of Interior or Department of Agriculture, two agencies that have been basically shuttered due to the funding lapse.“It’s frustrating and demoralizing,” said Tracy Ammerman, chief of interpretation and education at Glacier.Ammerman said she has talked to a number of colleagues at Glacier and across the Park Service who are worried about not getting paid. Some have even expressed the concern that they’ll miss a mortgage payment and might lose their home. Ammerman said she was planning on building a new home this spring, but now she’s not sure she’ll be able to.“You try to do a little financial planning and make sure you have a little bit of a buffer, but I think everyone still needs a regular paycheck,” she said.Diane Sine, a seasonal ranger at Glacier Park, was also volunteering at the food bank. She said that it was important for her to show support for her colleagues.Jamie Quinn, executive director of the food bank, said she welcomed the help from the Glacier employees and added that her organization stood ready to help any federal employees looking for food if the shutdown dragged on.“These people are dedicated to their community and they’re service minded,” Quinn said. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

TowerJazz Introduces ITAR Compliant 65nm Technology for Military & Space Applications

first_imgGlobal specialty foundry, TowerJazz, will be increasing its technology portfolio that is compliant with ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations). The company is set to add 65nm technology access for next-generation ROICs (Readout Integrated Circuits), enabling essential military and space applications critical to national defense.ROICs are used for reading infrared and ultraviolet detectors in military surveillance and other applications ranging from x-ray astronomy to security and industrial inspection. Initial products serving the US aerospace and defense community have taped-out in this new 65nm offering and additional products are in design. Through proper licensing TowerJazz can provide access for aerospace and defense customers to an increasing technology portfolio including high dynamic range image sensors (CIS and CCD), integrated power devices (BCD, SOI, and LDMOS) and high frequency silicon RFCMOS.The addition of 65nm, and soon, 45nm technology for ITAR products will give their aerospace and defense customers additional avenues to continue to create advanced products to serve the very critical market.Further details will be discussed at TowerJazz’s U.S. Technical Global Symposium (TGS) to be held on November 7, 2018 at the Hilton Santa Clara, CA. Click here to know more.last_img read more

Pearse Doherty hits out at Fine Gael for ‘shielding the wealthy’

first_imgSinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty TD has accused Fine Gael of “letting the mask slip” in what he claims is an attempt to shield the wealthiest in society from paying their fair share of  tax.The Donegal Deputy’s comments come after Culture Minister Josepha Madigan said she wants to lower property tax for people living in affluent areas.Minister Madigan told she is hoping that the Local Property Tax review will lower rates for people in areas with the highest house prices, such as her own south Dublin constituency. However, Pearse Doherty TD has criticised her plan as “hijacking the reform of Property Tax to demand a tax cut for the wealthiest.”The Donegal TD said; “Fine Gael need to drop the pretence that they care about anybody but their own wealthy constituents. Minister Josepha Madigan’s comments today show the mask is certainly starting to slip in this regard.“Fine Gael have kicked and kicked the can down the road on Local Property Tax reform and now we see senior Ministers calling for the fairest element of the tax to be neutered.“Simply reducing LPT on higher value homes alongside Fine Gael’s tax cutting agenda will lead to greater inequality. “The LPT should be abolished giving families a break while the wider tax system must be reformed along the lines advocated by Sinn Féin so that fairness and sustainability are enshrined in the system.”Deputy Doherty has claimed that the Minister and her government ‘have their priorities all wrong’.He said: “We are in a situation where 10,000 people are homeless, thousands are on hospital waiting lists and struggling families are being turfed out of their homes day and daily.“The last thing this government should be focussed on is giving a free pass to the wealthiest people in the country.“We need action on housing and we need to deal with the rising cost of living which is crippling working people and the least well off in society. Minister Madigan’s overture to her wealthy constituents in south Dublin shows where the priorities of this government lies.” Pearse Doherty hits out at Fine Gael for ‘shielding the wealthy’ was last modified: January 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Open Data: UK Hopes To Serve as Model of Open Government

first_imgIn the UK efforts are under way to centralize the collection and dissemination of data sets managed by various government agencies.  Last month the Cabinet Office created an agency called the Public Data Corporation (PDC) with a charter of increasing accessibility of public information.Francis Maude, minister of the Cabinet Office, said “Public sector information underpins a growing part of the economy. The technology that is around today allows people to use and re-use this information in new and different ways.  The role of government is to help maximise the benefits of these developments.  Public sector information underpins a growing part of the economy. The technology around today allows people to use and reuse this information in new and different ways.  The PDC will be a center where developers, businesses and members of the public can access data and use it to develop internet applications, inform their business decisions or identify ways to run public services more efficiently.”UK’s PDC has the potential of serving as a model for other countries in best practices for collecting, managing and providing public access to government-managed information.  The hope is that the data sets will be used to create new innovative public services that will be useful to both businesses and private citizens.  Another goal of the PDC is to foster a relationship between the public and private sectors where private companies will have an opportunity to embed the data sets within commercial applications, and government will gain access to tools and data analysis which they otherwise would not be able to accomplish on their own.Edward Davey, UK Business Minister, pointed out other benefits of the PDC:Will define a consistent means for accessing public dataWill drive innovation in the use and presentation of public dataWill introduce consistencies and best practice across all agencies for how to best handle public dataWill identify new ways for government to effectively use data and how government can provide better and cheaper servicesWill work closely with private industry and provide opportunities for private companies to invest in the PDClast_img read more

Why An SAP Press Conference Actually Held My Attention

first_imgI followed the press conference this morning from SAP TechEd. And I came away a bit shocked.It was actually interesting. SAP held my attention. Really. Chief Tecnology Officer Vishal Sikka talked about semantic technologies and sharedconversations he had with VMWare CEO Paul Maritz. It had demos of connected health systems to do mobile checks of blood levels.We heard explanations abut private cloud computing, especially in its context to a heterogeneous stack. That was interesting if nothing else than to make us even more curious about the concept of the private cloud and what it actually means.But our curiosity piqued when the conversation turned to in-memory technology. In the past few months, in-memory technology has established itself as a fundamental capability for discovering and presenting granular bits of information that tell a wider story about the market.In-memory technology is a core piece of the future enterprise, especially considering the state of the market for virtualized infrastructures and the technologies required to manage big data.But here’s the thing about big data. It can be a joy to have or it can be crippling.You can be showered with insights or deluged by data torrents. That is also the dual opportunity of the market and why it’s worth a fortune in software development for SAP, Oracle, VMware, Citrix, Red Hat, IBM and any number of others.Two pieces that fit into that golden necklace around the enterprise come from the cloud. It’s the double star quality of virtualization and predictive analytics. It’s both the hardware and software networked on data center technology that extends into the virtual layer.It’s in this virtual layer that in-memory technology is working. Search is an inherent aspect of columnar architecture and perhaps an answer to the failed expectations of semantic technologies of the past 20 years. This elastic stack provides an infrastructure that can support big data, mesh networks and the apps that connect people.SAP’s answer comes with an increasing focus on these two potential jewels. In terms of virtualization, its a combined play. SAP will work with hardware vendors like Dell and IBM to provide an SAP-centric stack. They call it a landscape management solution. It follows up from plans earlier this year to partner with EMC, VMware and Cisco. The applications and hardware that fit into this heterogeneous stack are literally worth billions, if not trillions of dollars in the overall marketplace.The question is if this on-premise architecture centric approach will take hold or if customers will migrate to a more open environment, not dominated by proprietary technologies. This virtualized world means that companies can add the analytics component that you need to understand big data. And it’s at this point that we wonder how the real cloud story fits in.The question is about elasticity. For my question I asked about how SAP explains the private cloud to customers. Sikka explained that a private cloud will operate in the same manner as a public cloud. So then is there a distinction? Why does all this investment need to be made if the public and private cloud operate one in the same?What we do with big data will answer some of these questions. SAP is pinning its development goals on offering in-memory analytics as an appliance inside the enterprise.But even with that comes the question of how the data flows beyond the networks. The in-memory analytics are required to process the data but to understand it requires going beyond the concept of entirely private systems. First off, there is no such thing. All systems are porous to some extent. And second, the real world is far more vast. The public cloud is part of that real world, where big data is becoming the leading driver for how the world is viewed. Where that leaves the private cloud is anyone’s guess. In our book, it’s all becoming one in the same. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#cloud#Virtualization 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Model Amendments for Bifurcated Distribution Options Released (Notice 2017-44)

first_imgThe IRS has released model amendments for qualified defined benefit plans wishing to offer bifurcated distribution options to participants.Survivor AnnuitiesCode Sec. 417 provides rules regarding survivor annuity forms of distribution that must be offered under qualified defined benefit plans. The IRS issued final regulations designed to facilitate bifurcated payments (part annuity and part lump sum). These regulations provide that the minimum present value requirements apply only to the portion of the accrued benefit that is paid in an accelerated form.Bifurcation MethodsThere are two bifurcation methods:First, a plan may bifurcate a participant’s accrued benefit so that the rules apply to that portion as if it was the participant’s entire accrued benefit. This rule does not impose any requirements with respect to the distribution options for the remaining portion of the accrued benefit; orSecond, the annuity portion of the participant’s accrued benefit must equal the excess of: (a) the participant’s total accrued benefit expressed in that form; over (b) the annuity payable in the form that is actuarially equivalent to the single-sum payment, using the applicable interest rate and the applicable mortality table.Under the second method, the portion of the participant’s accrued benefit settled by the payment of a specified single-sum amount is implicitly determined as the actuarial equivalent of that single-sum amount.Model Language OptionalPlan sponsors may use the model language to provide a bifurcated distribution option to participants in accordance with the final regulations. However, a plan that provides for a bifurcated distribution option is not required to use this specific model language. The plan sponsors that currently provided for bifurcated distributions under plan terms that comply with regulations do not need to amend those plan terms. Moreover, use of the model language by an employer that has adopted a pre-approved plan will not cause the plan to fail to be identical to the pre-approved plan.Notice 2017-44, 2017FED ¶46,338Want to learn more about qualified plans? CCH CPELink has lots of programs Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

The CMO, the CIO’s New BFF

first_img“Friends” used by permission doriana_sAs a start, take your favorite CMO out for lunch or coffee, start building the bridge. Perhaps, replace one of the IT conferences you attend with a Marketing conference. You will be amazed to find we are more similar than you think!This is a continuation of a series of posts that are looking at the confluence of changes impacting the CIO and IT leadership. Next up “Turning a Geek into a Butterfly…Social Butterfly, that is”.Jeffrey Ton is the SVP of Corporate Connectivity and Chief Information Officer for Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, providing vision and leadership in the continued development and implementation of the enterprise-wide information technology and marketing portfolios, including applications, information & data management, infrastructure, security and telecommunications.Find him on LinkedIn.Follow him on Twitter (@jtongici)Add him to your circles on Google+Check out his previous posts and discussionsRead more from Jeff on Rivers of Thought A tí te gusta la papa y a mí me gusta la patataA tí te gusta el tomate y a mí me gusta el jitomatePapa, patata, tomate, jitomate¡No discutamos más!انت تحب البطاطس و انا احب البطاطاانت تحب الطماطم و انا احب البندورهالبطاطس البطاطا الطماطم البندورهدعنا من الامر كلهYou like potato and I like potahtoYou like tomato and I like tomahtoPotato, potahto, tomato, tomahto.Let’s call the whole thing offGERSHWIN, GEORGE/GERSHWIN, IRAMarketing and Technology? Working together? Seeking a common goal? We speak different languages…”we” talk in bits and bytes, “they” use crayons and scissors all day. How can we possibly get along? Way back in the dark ages when I started my career as a programmer supporting the credit card business of a local bank, the standing joke was we could read the newspaper to know our next project. It seemed to happen time and time again, marketing would announce a new service or new functionality; we would look at each other say “that is a great idea, somebody ought to code that!”. Many years later, as a brand new CIO, I got my first lessons in relationship building, communicating with empathy, and working with marketing. They had spent days uploading files to our FTP site for a project. It was “policy” to delete everything on the FTP site after 30 days. Day 28…day 29….day 30…click, gone. Marketing screamed! (Well, emailed WITH ALL CAPITAL LETTERS). My response? ”Sorry, it is our policy to remove all files left on the FTP server longer than 30 days”. Accurate? Yes! Correct? I thought so. Later as I sat in the principal’s office, er, I mean, my boss’ office, I learned a valuable lesson in communicating with empathy, understanding, and bridging relationships with Marketing (well, everyone, not just Marketing).Today, in our company, like many others, I can’t think of many projects (if, any) that don’t involve BOTH Marketing and Technology. We are even having Marketing review our Service Desk Knowledge-base Articles, not for technical accuracy, but for how well they communicate to the end user.Marketing is becoming (or has become) digital. Most communication is now through digital channels. The data that is gathered from this connected world would cause data centers of just a few years ago to explode at the seams. It is no longer necessary to market to the aggregate, we can market to the individual. We can know more about the “person on the street” than they know (or realize) about themselves. Predictions abound that the technology spend of the CMO will exceed that of the CIO in 2017. What does all this mean to the CIO?I read an interview with a leading CMO a few weeks ago. In it, he stated, any CMO that doesn’t understand technology should find a new career. I say, the reverse of that is also true. Any CIO that doesn’t understand marketing and the technology needs of marketing, should go back to their climate-controlled data centers and watch the blinking lights, they will NOT be a player at the table in the very near future.How do we do this? I’m going to use the same word here, I used in my previous post “relationship”. Someone asked me recently, “What is the difference between a CIO and a Director of IT?”. My answer was three words, “Strategy, vision, and relationship”.To know marketing, you have to be with marketing, to understand their challenges, to understand things like market segmentation, voice of the customer, customer experience, brand, brand loyalty, and target rating points. In our world of 1’s and 0’s, we have a tendency to think in black or white, yes or no. In marketing, most of the time, it is not quite so clear. A loyal, engaged customer today, might be gone tomorrow. Understanding why, how to re-engage, or better yet to prevent them from leaving in the first place takes an understanding of human behavior, the competition, and, dare I say it? Feelings!The technology roadmap for a top-notch Marketing team, can be very intimidating to those who may feel comfortable with using technology, but don’t understand technology. (I, for one, feel very comfortable driving a car, but beyond gas and wiper fluid, you really don’t want me working on your car). A quick Google search on “marketing technology” returns an astounding 2,240,000,000 results… that’s BILLION, with a B. We can help navigate through confusion and the noise. But, just as we did with banking in the 70’s, manufacturing in the 80’s, retailing in the 90’s, web in the 2000’s, we must first listen and seek to understand the challenges, the goals, and the issues. Tu dis dix et je dis dixTu es prompt et je suis promptDix, dih, prompt, promp,Ignorons ces différenceslast_img read more

ICC World Cup 2015: Key Players from Ireland

first_imgThe team, currently ranked 11th in the ODIs, will be led by William Porterfield – who’ll be participating in his third World Cup alongside O’Brien brothers, Ed Joyce, and John Mooney.Here’s a look at the key players from Ireland in the World Cup:Kevin O’BrienPlaying role: All-rounderThe 30-year-old Dublin player wrote his name into Irish cricketing lore with a magical innings against England in the 2011 World Cup. Coming in to bat at  106/4, Kevin smashed a 50-ball hundred – the fastest in World Cup history – to set up Ireland’s historic three-wicket win.Kevin’s batting heroics helped Ireland register the highest successful run-chase in World Cup history as they chased down England’s mammoth total of 327  runs. In 2013, Kevin smashed a 47-ball 84 to secure a tie for Ireland against Pakistan. He continues his onslaught in 2014 with consecutive fifties as Ireland  skipper in the ODI series win against Scotland.With over 2000 runs and 68 wickets in 84 ODIs, Kevin is undoubtedly Ireland’s most lethal weapon for the upcoming World Cup.William PorterfieldPlaying role: Opening batsmanWilliam Porterfield has been there in Ireland’s journey at the top level – be it in victory or defeat. Porterfield has led Ireland with dignity and grace as his team  achieved some glorious feats – like making to the Super Eight’s of World Cup 2007, WorldT20 qualification in 2009 and beating formidable England in 2011  World Cup.Top of the order, he is an attacking batsman and a brilliant fielder inside the circle. In his World Cup, his vast experience will play a key role in Ireland’s  success. From 73 matches, Porterfield has six hundreds and 10 half-centuries at an average of 30.97.advertisementEd JoycePlaying role: Top-order batsmanEd Joyce has this distinction of having represented two countries at successive World Cups. In 2007 after helping Ireland qualify for the main event, he  moved to England but his career there didn’t get a headstart and again moved back to Ireland for 2011 World Cup.During his England stint, Ed Joyce scored a century against Australia at the SCG and few good knocks in the 2007 World Cup but his technique was  questioned and later getting ignored. After playing for a decade with county side Middlesex, Ed Joyce considered of moving out seeing his England hopes  fading by joining Sussex. Being one of the senior members of the Irish side, Ed Joyce will have a key role to play.Alex CusackPlaying role: BowlerIt would be unfair to put Alex Cusack in a bowler’s role because he has the ability to contribute for the team’s cause also as a batsman. In 2007, Cusack  made a spectacular ODI debut for Ireland and was Man-of-the-Match for his unbeaten 36 and 3 for 15. He offers a lot to the Irish team in terms of his  medium-pace bowling and sensible batting down the order.His bowling is tight to keep the batsmen on their toes, add to that his temperament and experience like he showed during Ireland’s famous World Cup win  over England in 2011. Cusack scored 47 and stitched together 162 runs with Kevin O’Brien to take Ireland home in huge chase. He comes into this World  Cup with injury concerns and Ireland would want him to be fit on time.George DockrellPlaying role: BowlerFor his age of 22, George Dockrell comes over as an impressive left-arm spinner and has already established his place in the Ireland team. He also played an  important role in Ireland’s campaign in 2010 World Twenty20 against teams like Netherlands, England and West Indies.His impressive performances earned him a contract at the Somerset county side where he turned out with decent outings. Dockrell has 51 wickets from 41  ODI matches at an average of 27.78.Squad: Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien(wk), William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Younglast_img read more

Manitoba chief quits MKO wonders if organization in downward spiral

first_img[email protected] (MKO Grand Chief David Harper survived non-confidence vote despite organization in deep financial trouble. APTN/File)APTN National News WINNIPEG–A northern Manitoba chief says he no longer recognizes the leadership of one of the province’s largest First Nation political organizations.Manto Sipi Cree Nation Chief Michael Yellowback, whose fly-in community is located in northeastern Manitoba sent a letter to Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief David Harper saying the community no longer recognizes Harper’s leadership.“I am not sure if we are going on a downward spiral,” Yellowback wrote in the letter obtained by APTN National News. “The Manto Sipi Cree Nation will not be part of the charade and the pretense that everything is fine at the MKO.”On Sept. 10, Harper survived a confidence motion triggered by allegations of misspending. The MKO represents 30 northern communities – yet just 16 chiefs voted on the non-confidence motion, seven of which wanted Harper out.While Harper kept his post, the organization still faces a forensic audit and Harper’s spending is being probed by a second independent investigation.Chief Yellowback told the MKO executive that he believes those audits will find ‘financial improprieties.’ The letter is signed by the community’s four councillors.Yellowback wasn’t available to comment but in the letter writes that he’s boycotting the organization’s assemblies or meetings and resigning from the MKO finance committee.“The MKO auditor has rendered a ‘disclaimer of opinion,’ the worst kind of opinion one can get,” wrote Yellowback. “There is evidence of inappropriate spending and misspending of federal dollars.”Harper declined to comment on the letter.last_img read more

Altobelli urges to stop Italy experiments

first_imgThe former Italy national team footballer has asked Roberto Mancini to stop after the Azzurri coach changed nine of his ten outfield playersAfter Italy drew 1-1 with Poland, in the inaugural fixture of the UEFA Nations League, coach Roberto Mancini made lots of changes.He changed nine of his ten outfield players for the match against Portugal.And in Lisbon, the Azzurri lost 1-0 to the Portuguese.The 1982 World Cup winner Alessandro ‘Spillo’ Altobelli asked Mancini to stop with this experiments in an open letter on Instagram.“Ciao Roberto. It’s tougher than you thought. Others had passed up on the job because they wanted to find it all organized, but you turned down more money elsewhere,” he wrote.“However, in these two games with Poland and Portugal, you changed, even transformed, the systems and players, giving off the impression you are struggling and wanted to just see everyone.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I remind you of Enzo Bearzot, Azeglio Vicini, who knew the Nazionale had to be a target for everyone, not a chance to make experiments,” Altobelli added.“You asked for clubs to play more Italians, so you set the example! Good luck and always Forza Azzurri!!!”last_img read more