Photo by Jess Daddio This weekend will see one of the biggest rain events in recorded history for the western part of the Carolinas. The heart of such whitewater classics as the Green Narrows, Linville Gorge and Raven Fork, Western North Carolina is already soaked from last weekend’s rain and has been hit with over an inch and a half in the last 24 hours from a strong low-pressure system. As Hurricane Joaquin makes its way northeastward to join the storm, National Weather Service meteorologists predict another seven to 10 inches for the region over the next two days, issuing a flash flood warning for area rivers until 8 a.m. Monday.“It’s going to be in the top 10 or top 5 events since 1884 when the climate observation record started,” Scott Krentz, meteorologist with the NWS Greenville-Spartanburg office, said. The ground being saturated will make it easier for runoff to make it to streams, causing them to jump instead of climb. Trees are at a higher risk of falling into the streams as well, according to Krentz, because their root systems are less able to hold onto all of the saturated soil. Landslides are also a threat to the area this weekend.“In situations like this, emergency services and the rescue squad are all hands on deck,” Major Frank Stout, public information officer with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, said. The County Rescue Squad has 19 available members on call and duty throughout the weekend, and local fire departments are on standby to help should the need arise. Stout concluded, “Our first and foremost job is to do everything we can for citizens to keep them safe as the storm rolls in.”While red warnings flash across TV screens and news updates on websites urge citizens to prepare for “life-threatening flooding,” a whole other slew of alerts have been blowing up the social message feeds asking, where should we go paddling?“It’s easy to be enticed by rising gauges, especially because of the drought,” Shane Benedict, co-founder and managing partner of Liquidlogic Kayaks, said. Since Wednesday, photos and gauge levels have kept paddlers informed and alert to which runs to hit and when, everyone thirsting for rivers and creeks that have run dry throughout the spring and summer.One of the major locations that has kept the attention of both paddlers and the Henderson County Rescue Squad all week is Bat Cave, North Carolina, home to the Upper and Lower Rocky Broad. Tucked at the near bottom of steep mountain sides, Bat Cave has been pounded with downpours on and off since late last week, and, with expected rainfall this weekend, the Rocky Broad is primed for flooding akin to 2004’s levels, washing out the town.“We’re planning to have a unit there should swift water rescue become necessary,” Stout said. A 4-man swift water rescue team and a 2-man advanced life-saving team will be sent out to Bat Cave Saturday morning. According to Stout, the rescue team’s major worry will be people leaving or trying to leave their homes at the last minute and becoming stranded in dangerous situations.Stout said he recognizes paddlers will likely be out on the water this weekend and just asks for those who do to recognize the reality of the situation for both themselves and the rescue teams.“Our focus is on residents that may be stranded or in harm’s way that do not have the skills and abilities to navigate or negotiate high water, not those who are using the high water for recreation and could potentially get in trouble,” Stout said, “that just spreads our resources very thinly.”Benedict recognized the point, saying, “I don’t envy that; it’s a tough job to take care of those people who have gotten into situations they can’t handle.”In his 35 years paddling in the Southeast, Benedict said he’s experienced high water events, especially in 2013 when most of the rivers anyone could run were really high. Fortunately, the river community knew when to get on and when to stay off that season.“The majority of kayakers who are going to go out on a day like today or the next couple of days know what they’re getting into. They are going to sections of river that are appropriate for the amount of rain that they’re seeing.”All week, posts on one Facebook page have been updated almost nonstop of the Rocky Broad, not only of the latest river reading but also with questions and answers regarding what level is safe, too high, or too low to run, if any new wood has collected and who can meet up and what time.And while some rivers like the French Broad and Saluda Rivers have flood warnings until Monday and several others are at risk, these aren’t the rivers most paddlers are targeting. Some micro-creeks, dry beds, isolated gorges and other spots need near record-setting rains just to get them to a level that can be paddled at all.“Sometimes, we’ll wait a year or two years for a specific section to run. We’re keeping it on our radars for when that rain is falling in that watershed for that river,” Benedict added. He concluded, “These are all calculated decisions we’ve made.
1. Show passionIf you want your employees to be dedicated and committed to the vision of the company, you have to remember to be dedicated yourself. You want your employees to believe in the company, so don’t be afraid to show them how passionate you are about company goals.2. Be personal and share lessonsHelp your team avoid mistakes by sharing with them the lessons you’ve learned that got you to where you are. Never be afraid to give constructive feedback. Teaching is not only valuable for the one learning the lesson, but also helps you hone leadership skills through communicating and connecting.3. Get to know your team and learn from themGetting to know your employees builds loyalty and trust and lets them know that you care about their personal well-being. As that trust builds, it opens up lines of communication that can prove valuable, especially with making strategic decisions. Just because you’re in charge doesn’t mean you have all the answers.4. Encourage and reward creativityShow your staff that you’re open to ideas. Give positive feedback and constructive advice. Reward employees for thinking outside the box and remember that a little praise can go a long way. Another benefit is you now have a team that is expanding their limits and increasing their value as employees.5. Earn your team’s respectAlways lead by example. As a team member it’s a lot easier to get behind a leader who is in the trenches with you. Understanding what your team does and how hard they work will help develop that respect. Also remember that honesty leads to credibility with your team. If you realize you’ve messed up, admitting it quickly will be admired.6. Be an effective communicatorYou can build trust by being approachable and encouraging openness in your office. Listen and give your attention. Employees appreciate a leader who keeps open the lines of communication.7. Keep your thoughts and attitude positiveBeing positive usually isn’t hard, but when things aren’t going your way, it can be tough to stay upbeat. Try to keep a positive view even when things are tough, so your team can embrace their failures and learn from them. A few words of encouragement and an optimistic attitude can turn things around quickly.8. Be youYou can’t be something that you’re not. If you want to be a good leader, you have to be yourself. Take a look in the mirror and figure out your strengths and weaknesses. Let your team know who you are and encourage them to help you in your weaker areas.9. MotivateThere may not be a more important leadership trait than being a good motivator. When you can inspire, you can transform your team into a well-oiled machine. Raw talent is nice but when a team is motivated they can be unstoppable. 114SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
continue reading » As much as there are new pieces of advice, books, tools and trainings available on leadership, there are some basic fundamentals that have not changed. And every now and then, these building blocks are worth revisiting.After all, leadership “is still about mobilizing people in an organization around common goals to achieve impact, at scale,” according to a recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article. In that article, which follows up on more than 40 interviews of success leaders from a variety of organizations, HBR landed on six classic, fundamental practices of leadership, including:uniting people around a vision;building a strategy for achieving this vision by making choices about what and what not to do; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » When it comes to funding an executive benefits plan, choosing the right investment for the right person and your credit union means knowing both the needs of your executive and your organization’s risk tolerance, says Ramsay Ellis, executive benefits specialist with CUESolutions Platinum provider CUNA Mutual Group, Madison, Wisconsin.Knowing your executive and your organization might be the easy part. Comparing various plans and funding sources can be tricky because various providers represent rates and returns in somewhat different ways, Ellis explains.Rates and returns are key things to try to compare benefits plans and funding investments “apple to-apples.” A second key consideration for making a good comparison of plans on an equal basis is overall expenses associated with a particular investment account. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The idea that has been in the minds of about sixty guides in Lika-Senj County for years has finally been realized. On Monday, January 22, the Association of Tourist Guides of Lika was founded.The goals of the association will be to promote tourism in the Lika area as a unique geographical unit and historical region, as well as Lika-Senj County, writes the portal Lika Club. Cooperation with the most important tourist pearls, such as Plitvice Lakes National Park and Northern Velebit National Park will be of great importance, in order to provide all members of the association with better access to information, and also to be able to actively participate in creating our existing tourist resources and services. attractive content.We hereby invite all future tourist guides to join our association and help us with their proposals and suggestions, point out the Association of Tourist Guides of Lika. Mislav Kolak was elected president, Anita Mesic vice president, and Mario Magdic secretaryThe website is under construction, and until then, for information and contacts, those interested can contact the association’s e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and through the Facebook page.Source: LikaClub.eu
From Ukraine, we realized about 230 thousand overnight stays in August this year, which is about 80 percent of last year’s result in August, and the favorite Croatian destinations of Ukrainians are Makarska Riviera, Porec, Rovinj and Dubrovnik, where they usually stay in hotel accommodation. This is the announcement of a new flight of the airline Windrose which should be connected twice a week from October 4, 2020 to March 24, 2021 Kiev and Zagreb. Photo: Windrose – Despite the global coronary virus pandemic and the overall reduction in tourist traffic in 2020, investments in the promotion of Croatia as a top tourist destination on the Ukrainian market have paid off. Charter flights from Kiev to Pula, Split and Dubrovnik, which operated this summer, have significantly increased the number of arrivals of Ukrainian tourists in Croatia, he said Rose, adding that a number of Ukrainian tourists arrived in Croatia this year by road. Zagreb and Kiev will soon be reconnected by a direct airline, said Rajko Ruzicka, director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Russia.
“The Danish krone has become substantially weakened relative to foreign currencies,” he said.“It strengthens the Danish companies’ competitiveness, and it gives an advantage to companies that have a large proportion of their earnings in foreign currency when they have to convert it into Danish kroner.”Meanwhile, Swedish pension fund AMF reported a rise in returns to 12.7% for 2014 from 9.3% the year before, on the back of falling bond yields and rising equities prices.But contributions into the scheme for traditional pension products fell during the year, the fund said, explaining that this drop was in line with its strategy of focusing on core business.Contributions into traditional with-profit plans fell 8% to SEK14.6bn (€1.6bn) in 2014 from SEK15.9bn in 2013, the fund said on publishing its annual report.This fall was mainly due, it said, to lower premium flows through intermediaries as a result of the fact it had stopped doing commission-based business.Johan Sidenmark, managing director, said: “AMF began 2014 with strategic work focusing on reducing complexity and lower costs.“As the first company in the industry, we are conducting extensive work to aggregate insurance with the same or better conditions in order to simplify things for our customers and enable further fee reductions.”Overall profit at the AMF group fell to SEK19.7bn in 2014 from SEK47.6bn, the fund said, explaining that changes to the discount rate used to re-evaluate liabilities meant SEK29.7bn had been taken away from this figure last year, while the rate had added SEK13.6bn to the figure the year before.Total assets under management grew to SEK508bn at the end of December from SEK450bn a year before.Administration costs were trimmed to 0.13% by the end of 2014 from 0.16% a year before.In other news, Industriens Pension saw a high level of transfers out of its scheme into other schemes during 2014, according to the Danish labour-market pension fund’s annual report.Overall, membership numbers fell in 2014 as a result of an extraordinarily large number of passive members having transferred their savings to other pension providers, Industriens Pension said.Total membership dropped to 396,403 from 404,631.The number of passive scheme members fell to 154,126 in 2014 from 167,669 at the end of 2013.A spokesman for Industriens said the high volume of transfers out during the year was due to a tax anomaly that had forced members wishing to transfer their savings to wait until they had been compensated for double taxation on part of the total.He said the annual transfers out had corresponded to an equal number of transfers into the Industriens scheme from other providers.In the report, the scheme said the number of scheme members actively paying in had risen by 12%, or 3,040 members. This growth followed a period of falling membership numbers, it said.“The increase should be seen in the context of the favourable development in employment within the industry,” it said. Denmark’s largest commercial pension provider PFA Pension has said its Danish equities investments have returned 18% since the beginning of this year, or DKK2.8bn (€375m) in absolute terms.It said it expects Danish equities to generate double-digit returns this year as the weaker krone helps exporters’ profitability.Jesper Langmack, director at PFA’s investment arm PFA Asset Management, said: “We have seen some excellent results from a range of the biggest Danish companies.”He said the pension fund expected this full year to be one in which there was once more double-digit growth in Danish stocks.
The Telegraph 21 Mar 2013Parents want sex education to be taught in its “moral context” with an emphasis on marriage and the importance of the legal age of consent, a Government report has found.More than half of respondents to an official consultation said it was essential that sex and relationship classes promote self-respect and ensure children “value their own bodies”.The report – published by the Department for Education – said that many people believed that “teaching about abstinence before marriage should be taught alongside contraception”. It came as the DfE outlined a new system in which schools would be tasked with drawing up their own curriculum covering personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) – the non-compulsory subject used to deliver sex education lessons.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9947049/Sex-education-should-promote-value-of-abstinence.html