first_imgLocation: Bldg. 3-1333 Reilly and Butner Streets, DPWPhone 396-6680Hours of Operation:Monday-Friday 0900-1700Weekends & Federal Holidays ClosedServices Provided: Encompasses archaeology, historic preservation and curation of collections. Our mission is to comply with Federal Laws and Army Regulations. In addition to compliance, we actively promote stewardship and preservation of Fort Bragg’s non-renewable cultural resources to share with today’s public and future generations.last_img

The Phantom of the Opera Star Ali Ewoldt Is’s Next Vlogger

first_imgAli Ewoldt in “The Phantom of the Opera”(Photo: Matthew Murphy) View Comments Talented Broadway soprano Ali Ewoldt, who is currently appearing as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera, will lead’s new vlog, Dear Daaé, beginning on January 9, 2018. The vlog will follow Ewoldt and her co-stars backstage and onstage at the Majestic Theatre where the longest-running Broadway musical makes magic eight times a week.Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine Daaé (Ewoldt), a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be. As Christine’s star rises, and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man.In addition to her celebrated turn in Phantom, Ewoldt has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables and The King and I. She also appeared in the 2010 national touring production of West Side Story.Tune in and watch Ewoldt take readers behind the scenes at the legendary musical that has been thrilling audiences for decades. Dear Daaé will run every Tuesday for eight weeks. from $29.00center_img The Phantom of the Opera Related Showslast_img read more

Michellie Jones joins the Advitam Sports Performance Team

first_imgAdvitam Sports, the high-end sports/fitness retreat specialist, has welcomed Michellie Jones to its performance team. As the company points out, ‘Michellie is a world-class Australian multi-sport athlete. She is an Ironman World Champion, an Olympic silver medalist, two time ITU World Champion, two time ITU World Cup Champion and a Xterra World Champion.‘We are extremely pleased to have her as a partner. She will be a wonderful addition to our already outstanding performance team. Our shared vision of wellness in the future makes Michellie and Advitam Sports the perfect match.’ Relatedlast_img read more

Roeland Park mayor, council win award for citizen engagement in budget process

first_imgA full house of Roeland Park residents were at the community center this summer to talk about the city budget.Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt and the Roeland Park City Council are one of the winners of the 2013 Consensus Civility Award. The council and mayor are being honored for the process they implemented to involve citizens in the budget decisions this year.At the center of the Roeland Park involvement were two town hall meetings in which the participants were divided into small groups to talk about the budget challenges the city was facing in crafting its 2014 budget. The town halls let people talk about their priorities for budget cuts and give new ideas to face the issue. Residents also could pose questions that were answered on the city’s Website so everyone could see the answers.Mayor Marquardt said the small group breakout gave more people a chance to participate. “I was amazed,” he said of the way the process worked and the response from the public. “I still get comments weekly” about the method. Most residents who attended were happy with the process, he said. “It started out contentious and ended with everyone clapping.”Marquardt said he and the council knew it would be a difficult year. The city faces financial challenges, not the least of which is the coming loss of sales tax revenue associated with the Walmart that will be moving to Mission.Roeland Park Councilors Marek Gliniecki and Teresa Kelly were instrumental in bringing in help from KC Consensus director Jennifer Wilding to plan the facilitated small group process. Consensus is a non-profit that focuses on involving the public in public policy issues.Commenting on the Roeland Park project, Wilding said: “The public hearing is the method most often used to engage citizens. It often results in citizens standing at a microphone yelling at elected officials. Roeland Park’s elected leaders and staff wanted a meaningful method to engage their residents, and they knew that this wasn’t it. Instead, they worked with Consensus to craft a small-group process that had people making hard choices as individuals and then in discussion with other residents. I am extremely proud of Roeland Park leadership for making sure their residents had a meaningful voice in difficult budget choices. It was my privilege to help them make it possible.”The awards will be given Nov. 14 at Rockhurst University. Roeland Park residents Ardie and Gretchen Davis nominated the mayor and council for the award.Roeland Park broke residents into small groups at its budget town hall.last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgJoey Wentz earned two first-team All-Sunflower placements.Lancers make All-Sunflower baseball teams. SM East was well represented on this year’s All-Sunflower League baseball teams. Sophomore Joey Wentz earned a spot on the first team both as a pitcher and as a designated hitter. Trey Austin, a senior who split time between first base and as a reliever, made the first team as a utility player. Pitcher Max Sanborn, a junior, made the second team, as did seniors Gunnar Troutwine at catcher and Mitch Tyler in the outfield. SM East’s Colin Burns, Charley White and Quinn Appletoft all received honorable mentions.Prairie Village-based fireworks company recalls canister shell kits. Prairie Village-based Winco Fireworks International issued a recall last week for 4,500 of its “Contraband 24 Canister Shell Fireworks Kits” after the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning that shells can explode in the tube before they are ejected. [Winco Recalls Contraband 24 Canister Shell Fireworks Kit Due to Impact, Burn Hazards — U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission] Washington Post takes a look at Kansas tax cuts under Brownback. The Washington Post’s Wonkblog pulled together a number of links to analyses of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cutting policy, and notes that “job creation in Kansas has remained essentially flat since last fall, even as employment increased in the rest of the country.” [Tax cuts in Kansas have cost the state money — and job creation’s been terrible — Washington Post]Roeland Park holds special council meeting tonight. The Roeland Park City Council has called a special meeting for 8 p.m. tonight. Two items are on the agenda: approving 11 utility cabinets for Google Fiber in the public right of way that are one inch larger than now allowed by ordinance, and job descriptions for city clerk and assistant city administrator. The council meeting begins at 8 p.m. following a 6 p.m. committee of the whole meeting dedicated mostly to city budget.last_img read more

What’s the next big step in keeping our movement technologically competitive?

first_imgAs a “tech guy”, I hear this question a lot. Often to the surprise of the person asking, it’s one that I can answer immediately and with confidence: Standardized Systems Integration.As technology continues to advance and competitors of all sorts continue to up their games, individual credit unions don’t have the resources to maintain a competitive technological edge in today’s industry. This is because most credit unions need to support multiple application providers, like mobile banking and teller interfaces, just to meet their members’ service demands, and in doing so, squander crucial time and energy integrating those applications.Fortunately, there is a solution. It’s called Credit Union Financial Exchange and it was developed specifically to eradicate this loss, but before I get too ahead of myself, I’ll answer the next question you may be asking:Where are our resources being lost?Really, at every level of application implementation. Every time a credit union takes on a new application, its vendor sacrifices time and money on implementation rather than on new products and features; the credit union itself loses time awaiting and implementing specs from the vendor; and the core processor wastes time connecting the two systems. In the end, the members are the ones who suffer, whether from delays in the new application’s release or a rushed and disappointing end-product.As a movement, we need to renew our focus on the member; every hour we spend on implementation is an hour we’re not spending on innovation and product-development – but until now, there has been no alternative to our disorganized approach to implementation.That’s where Credit Union Financial Exchange, or CUFX, comes in. Established by the CUNA Technology Council, CUFX is an open, vendor agnostic, broad integration standard designed by leading credit unions and vendors to reduce the time and cost of systems integration. Basically, it’s a single set of specifications for all of the above groups – cores, vendors and credit unions – that will standardize and streamline the process of integrating applications across the entire credit union industry.Who decides the CUFX standard?The short answer is: credit unions. The technology and specifications that make up the CUFX standard are developed and modified by the CUFX Architecture Committee – a small group of the highest-level IT personnel from credit unions across the country – and volunteer working groups from industry vendors, credit unions and cores.Together, they carry out a constant dialogue to address the question, “How do we improve the CUFX standard and make its specifications as effective as possible?” Thanks to their efforts and over 20,000 volunteer hours, the project has just taken the huge step of releasing version 3.0 – improving and adding to the specifications and standards introduced in previous versions.As a result, one of the industry’s leading cores, Symitar, has recognized the significance of CUFX and recently made the commitment to include CUFX 3.0’s standards in their release schedule, beginning in 2016.So CUFX is set and done?Yes and no. Mostly no. Unlike many projects, the effectiveness of CUFX depends not only on the product, but on widespread support and adoption from credit unions across the entire movement. While the architecture committee and their working groups have done a lot of groundwork and heavy lifting to get this project to an action-ready point, it’s up to the rest of the industry to take what they’ve done and run with it.For this reason, CUFX depends on a Governing Board to manage the second key aspect of its development – attract more cores and gain support – knowing that the initiative will need to gain traction and reach a critical mass of participants before the project can even be considered complete. The more people and businesses help push, the faster everyone starts to become.For now, the CUFX project runs on a process of small victories, like bringing new vendors and credit unions on board, that build up to the big victories like the release of CUFX 3.0 and continued commitment of cores like Symitar.How can I be a part of the next victory?Above all else, CUFX is a group effort. The success of the initiative depends on the involvement of industry professionals who are willing to volunteer their time and resources to:Join a working group – Our working groups pool the expertise of business analysts, architects, and developers from across the industry. Take part in weekly conference calls and contribute your insider knowledge to upcoming specifications.Provide feedback – Prior to an official release, the CUFX working groups have limited data as to whether their new specifications are an effective fit for the movement. Join our draft review team and provide feedback on specifications before their official release.Advocate – Many credit union professionals are still are not aware of what CUFX is. Share the benefits of CUFX with your partner cores, vendors and credit unions to keep the ball rolling.·      Provide financial support – This initiative is a volunteer effort, but there are significant expenses to develop, promote, and implement the CUFX standards. Make a contribution and help make standardized integration a reality.Adopt the standards – The best way to support the CUFX effort is to use the specifications. Incorporate the CUFX standard in your next credit union technology effort, or better yet, bring a partner on board by including CUFX adherence in your next application contract!To learn more about CUFX and to get involved with the initiative, visit or 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Johnson Jeff is responsible for technology strategy and execution and has worked at BCU since 1997. He also leads many aspects of operations risk-management. 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CPI’s Top 5 December Transactions

first_imgCommercial Properties, Inc., CPI, completed 137 transactions in December for a total of 493,145 SF. It announced the following top 5 transactions:Leading the Lease Transactions Category, Tenant Representatives Eric Butler and David Verwer leased out 10,000 SF of Office space to USDA-APHIS, at 8836 N. 23rd Avenue in Phoenix.In industrial sales, John G. Soldo, SIOR sold a 6,000 SF property for the owner at 4346 E. Magnolia Street, Phoenix, to The Jerome P Barnier Jr Revocable Trust, totaling $1,845,000.Chad Merwin and Phill Tomlinson sold a 4,136 SF Retail space at 10817 W. Indian School Road in Avondale to IPS, Inc, for $1,325,000.Vice President Sarge Glenn sold a 6,703 SF Retail property at 1721 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler to Trustees of the Michael & Phyllis Dindio Trust, for $1,075,000.Lastly, Don Shikles brokered a 12,428 SF Industrial property at 4941 W. Magnolia Street in Phoenix $940,000 for 4941 W. Magnolia, L.L.C.last_img read more

Seasonality of hotel business – what is the way to combat extreme seasonality of business?

first_imgIn the doctoral thesis “Analysis of the impact of hotel characteristics on the seasonality of business“Author Goran Ćorluka, Head of the Department of Trade Business at the University Department of Professional Studies, Split, under the mentorship of doc. Dr. Sc. Smiljana Pivčević, dealt with a crucial issue of the Croatian hotel industry. The Croatian hotel industry, internationally established in the tourist product sun and sea, is facing a concentration of demand at the peak of the tourist season, with capacities remaining underused for the rest of the year. Hotels are exposed to unprofitable and unprofitable business, and the drastic situation is indicated by the results of research in the doctoral thesis.The research included 218 hotels on the Dalmatian coast, and according to the results of the research, the business year is divided into three seasons: low, secondary i high season. The following is an overview of the months with the corresponding occupancy rate of hotel accommodation capacities by seasons. The low season consists of January (4,30%), February (5,27%), March (9,14%), November (6,51%) and December (4,95%). In five months of the year, the average occupancy rate of hotel accommodation is only 6,04%. The middle season consists of April (21,72%), May (47,45%) and October (32,98%). The average occupancy rate in the seasonal period, which should be the mainstay of the main tourist season, is 34,05%, so only a third of the hotel capacity is full. The high season consists of June (65,58%), July (80,76%), August (87,29%) and September (69,48%). Considering that Croatian tourism almost exclusively depends on this seasonal period, the average occupancy rate of hotel accommodation capacities of 75,78% is not satisfactory. According to the above, it can be concluded that the situation is alarming.The question is how do hotels manage to survive given the high share of fixed costs and business inelastics?According to the author, hotel management is aimed at increasing revenue per available capacity, which means that it is not taken into account how to increase occupancy but how to charge as much as possible for filled capacity. Being profitable at such a low occupancy rate is only possible by setting accommodation prices in the peak season to cover the lack of income in the off-season. However, until when will the demand be willing to pay for hotel accommodation in Croatia many times more expensive than in the rest of the Mediterranean.The doctoral thesis identifies the issue of seasonality in the hotel industry and examines the impact of hotel characteristics on the occupancy rate of accommodation capacities in the seasonal periods of low, middle and high season. The results indicate that hotels with a higher category, larger hotels, hotels with a convenient location, hotels connected to a hotel group and hotels market-oriented to the business segment have less seasonality of business. The special contribution of hotel features in the rate of occupancy of accommodation facilities stands out in the middle season. The contribution of the hotel category is on average 12,89%, the size of the hotel on average 6,62%, the location of the hotel on average 11,71%, the form of hotel business on average 10,13% and the market orientation of the hotel on average 18,99% in total occupancy rate of accommodation capacities in this seasonal interval. The middle season is followed by the high season in terms of contribution, namely in the high season the hotel category contributes to the total occupancy rate of 5,84%, hotel size on average 8,36% and the form of hotel business on average 17,82%. The contribution of the observed characteristics of the hotel is the lowest in the low season, in which only the market orientation proved to be a significant determinant of the occupancy rate of accommodation capacities, on average 6,04%.According to the author’s guidelines, the development policy of hotel accommodation in coastal holiday tourism destinations should be aimed at restructuring accommodation capacities – by building new highly categorized hotels and renovating existing hotel facilities, increase the share of high quality hotels, increase market share of large hotels. and additional hotel facilities, intensify the development of hotel chains on the Croatian market, which would achieve the benefits of doing business under the hotel chain, and improve the hotel offer aimed at the business market segment – one of the fastest growing market segments.The author also emphasizes the importance of a tourist destination to the hotel business. The demand for hotel accommodation depends on the destination demand, if the destination does not attract demand, there will be no demand for individual service providers in the destination. In order for the destination to attract demand, especially in the middle and low seasons, significant efforts are needed at the local, regional and national levels.It should be pointed out that the culprit for the extreme seasonality of the Croatian hotel industry should not be sought on the demand side, but on the supply side. Croatia has failed to make a step away from an internationally recognized bathing destination. Croatian tourism is formed in a way that meets the needs of demand motivated by bathing tourism. It is necessary to raise awareness of demand through marketing activities about the advantages of coming to Croatia outside the high tourist season. Develop accompanying tourist facilities that will complete the stay of tourists and increase tourist spending. Valorize other tourist resources and develop selective forms of tourism such as health, sports, cultural, rural, ecological, etc., for which it is necessary to make Croatia available to tourist demand, ie to develop transport connections with major emitting markets, which primarily means intensifying development airlines throughout the year.Side dish: Goran Ćorluka / ANALYSIS OF THE INFLUENCE OF HOTEL CHARACTERISTICS ON BUSINESS SEASONALITYlast_img read more

Brain scan reveals cognitive deficits in older ‘cognitively normal’ HIV+ individuals

first_imgShare on Facebook LinkedIn Share on Twitter Email Sharecenter_img Pinterest Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have found in a small study that although a group of HIV+ older individuals scored “cognitively normal” in standard neuropsychology testing, a scan of their brains tells a different story.Published Nov. 17 in the journal AIDS Care, functional MRI (fMRI) scans, taken while participants were performing an alternating face-gender/word-semantic task, revealed that HIV+ individuals in the study showed deficits in cognitive functioning, compared to an age matched healthy controls.Despite advances in treatment, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder, or HAND, remains one of most common disorders in individuals with HIV infection. Previous studies have suggested about 30 to 60 percent of individuals with HIV-infection are affected, says neuroscientist Xiong Jiang, PhD, the lead author of the new study. This study suggests that cognitive impairments in HIV-infected 50 years or older individuals might be even more prevalent than previously proposed. “This could be due to the fact that some standard neuropsychology tests might be insensitive to HAND”, says Jiang. The new study used an experimental design that has been validated to study cognitive control (the ability to guide thought and action in accordance with current goals in a given environment) in healthy younger adults.During the scanning, the participants were cued (unpredictably) to judge the gender of the face (male versus female) or the meaning of the word (e.g., animate for “tiger” and inanimate for “table”) on superimposed face-word images. A switch (after the cue) in task often leads to an increase in reaction time and a decrease in accuracy (known as switching cost).The HIV+ group was significantly slower in adjusting to change in tasks, which correlates with brain dysfunctions in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC), one of the key executive regions. This collar-shaped area is near the front of the brain, and damage to this region has been linked to many cognitive impairments, including executive deficits and apathy.“Intriguingly, both impairments are highly prevalent in individuals with HIV-infection, suggesting dACC might be one of commonly affected brain regions in HIV and a potential neural target for therapies,” says Jiang.“These findings, although preliminary, could have a significant implication for public health,” says Jiang, “While there is no proven treatment that can effectively treat HAND other than control HIV replication, it is important for caregivers, families and the individuals themselves to know if they are affected.”Jiang says he will now study HAND in a larger population — research supported by a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (1R01MH108466-01) to further develop his fMRI-based biomarkers with the potential to guide and evaluate early and targeted therapies.last_img read more

Knight Frank Affordable Housing Review 2009

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