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Cynthia Ann Mouton

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first_img Cynthia departed this life on Monday February 27, 2017 at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, TX.She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Joe, David and Richard Edwards and grandchildren Emmet Ray Mouton, Jr. and Arianna George.Cherishing fond memories are her sons, Robert Mouton Jr. and Emmet Mouton (Erika) of Port Arthur, TX, their father Robert Mouton Sr., her grandchildren Ironisha Mouton, Akeia Mouton, Emetrice Mouton, and Erik Mouton all of Port Arthur, TX, one great-grandchild La’riah Mouton-Garcia, brothers Alfred Edwards Jr (Elsie), Harry Edwards (Demetria), Paul Edwards (Gail) and Clarence Edwards all of Port Arthur, TX, sister Betty Rubin, five uncles, three aunts and a host of other relatives and friends.A visitation for family and friends will begin at 8:00 am on Saturday March 11, 2017 at Hannah Funeral Home followed by the funeral services at 10:00 am. Services entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc. Cynthia Ann Mouton, born November 5, 1956, was the daughter of the late Alfred Edwards, Sr. and the late Bertha Mae Chambers. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur, TX.last_img

THE MOVIE GUY — ‘It’ leaves the Movie Guy cold

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first_imgI was a voracious reader of everything that Stephen King wrote when I was younger, but I dropped that habit when I moved out of the country in the mid-eighties. That explains why I never got around to reading “It,” which is arguably one of King’s best novels.That might also explain why I don’t really connect strongly with the story of “It.” Sure, I enjoyed the 1990 miniseries as well as the 2016 movie for its creepy plot and the chemistry between the young cast, but I didn’t think that either project was all that special.I was obviously mistaken. The last film went on to gross more than $700,000,000 worldwide and predictably spawned a sequel, “It: Chapter Two,” which arrives in theaters this weekend. Box office projections are through the roof as King’s fans are champing at the bit to revisit this beloved story.Truth be told, I too was excited to see “It 2.” I gave the movie my best shot.“It” still leaves me cold. The story catches up with the Loser’s Club members, bringing them back together 27 years after the events of the first film. They thought that they had beaten the evil shape-shifting creature back when they were teens, but when the monster reappears, the group takes up their blood-oath and returns to their hometown to fight.So far, so good. There is some fun found in watching how these hapless teens have grown up, particularly in noting how the trauma of their young lives have gone on to color their adult personalities. It’s also quite fun to find that these nerdy kids are now being played by a very notable assortment of famous actors. (James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Isiah Mustafa in particular).The acting/casting is pitch perfect, especially Bill Hader who is quickly becoming someone who’s more known for his recent serious roles than his Saturday Night Live comedic past. It’s no small compliment to say that he steals the show when you consider that he’s up against acting powerhouses like Chastain and McAvoy.Unfortunately, in my opinion, the movie needs more than famous actors. I simply don’t find the monster (Bill Skarsgård) to be that scary. Consequently, there just aren’t many genuine scares in this movie. There is a slowly building tension that works, but as the movie runs just shy of three hours, it’s a very long slog to get to the frights.center_img Ultimately, I found “It 2” to be over-long, over-stuffed, only slightly scary and more than a little bit pretentious. I don’t actively dislike the film, but neither would it be a hearty recommendation for my friends who are horror fanatics.Then again, so many people disagree with my assessment of the original film, so they might still get a kick out of the sequel, but “It” just doesn’t scare me, which is a pretty big problem in such a notable horror flick.Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are each week in “The Port Arthur News” and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at smcbride@sbgtv.com.last_img

Best in Show! Broadway.com Names the Top Five Shows of 2013

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first_imgBroadway had 45 offerings in 2013, but the Broadway.com editors only choose five as best of the year. After much consideration (not to mention hours at the theater taking it all in!), we’ve finally made our decision. Take a look at our favorites below. 2. Twelfth Night Though New York City seems to have Shakespeare fever with countless productions from the Bard’s oeuvre being presented this year, nothing tops the sublime Twelfth Night, starring two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance. Imported from Shakespeare’s Globe in London, this production (played in repertory with Richard III) features an all-male cast clad in Elizabethan costumes and mostly lit by candles, which focuses all attention squarely on Rylance and his co-stars’ mastery of the language. In a word: Genius. 1. Pippin Once deemed a hippie-dippy Candide with an infectious Stephen Schwartz score, Pippin has been reinvented with the show’s merry band of players as a circus troupe. The result is big top wonderment led by Patina Miller’s rippling-muscled ringmaster and an endearing Matthew James Thomas in the title role. With eye-popping acrobatics galore, comic perfection from Andrea Martin and a stunningly stark finale that leaves the audience breathless, this Tony-winning Pippin had a lot of magic to do. 3. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Christopher Durang’s nutty take on Chekhov, sibling rivalry, success, failure, aging, jealousy and, um, voodoo was smart, sweet and unexpectedly moving. Cheers to Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen and the rest of the first-rate cast for their winning performances, and their willingness to throw tantrums, dress up in ridiculous fairy-tale costumes and strip down—both literally and emotionally. Sure, everyone knows bitter, complaining characters can make for knee-slapping comedy, but now we see that everything is better when said like Maggie Smith. 4. The Glass Menagerie A familiar classic shines anew in this stunning revival of Tennessee Williams’ 1944 memory play. Under the steady guidance of Tony-winning Once director John Tiffany, Broadway treasure Cherry Jones finds her match in the nuanced performances of Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith. The production strikes a delicate balance between the dreaminess at the center of this heartbreaking story and its raw power—all with the intimacy of someone whispering in your ear. 5. Kinky Boots This kicky confection can be filed under feel-good musicals with heart. The searingly talented cast, headed by divalicious Tony winner Billy Porter and Stark Sands, sparkles to the beat of Cyndi Lauper’s rousing score. With two secret weapons— Annaleigh Ashford in all her quirky glory and a flock of high-kicking, glittery drag Angels—in its arsenal, Kinky Boots killed at the Tony Awards (winning six, including Best Musical) and the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. "Everybody say yeah," indeed! View Commentslast_img

Great day for Shiffrin, great weekend for Vermont skiing

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first_imgKillington Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC,Mikaela Shiffrin with her Nana after winning the slalom Sunday. Photos by Dave Young for Killington Resort.by Courtney Harkins US Ski and Snowboard Association In front of a huge hometown crowd and her entire family, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) shone under pressure to win the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom at Vermont’s Killington Mountain. Shiffrin’s win capped off a successful weekend in the east coast that will impact ski racing for decades to come. Shiffrin is the reigning Olympic slalom champion who skied at the Burke Mountain Academy. More than 30,000 fans took in a weekend of world class skiing.Coming in as the odds-on favorite, Shiffrin had a couple of small bobbles in her second run, but put aside all the pre-race pressure to extend her first-run lead and win by .73 seconds ahead of Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia to take her 21st World Cup win. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was third.“It’s been incredible,” said Shiffrin. “I knew it was going to be a big one, and special, and I was so excited. It’s the east coast, I know this place, I know these people love to watch ski racing. I’m so proud that they all came out and really cheered that loud!”But Shiffrin admitted that she was nervous and feeling down prior to the race.“I put a lot of pressure on myself,” she said. “I went through a moment where I was thinking maybe I shouldn’t do this. I was so worked up and nervous and worried about the wrong things.”However, Shiffrin’s day ended on a high note on Killington’s Superstar Trail, as she came through the finish and uncharacteristically celebrated when she saw the number 1 next to her name. Her whole family was there to watch, while she was particularly excited about skiing in front of her grandmother for the first time ever.“The fact that my nana was able to watch this race is amazing,” said Shiffrin. “I can’t put that into words. The proudest I’ve ever been is winning this race in front of my nana.”Sunday’s crowd was equal to Saturday’s 16,000 fans, bringing the total to more than 30,000 fans in total to attend the Killington World Cup—the first World Cup in the east coast in 25 years. Every kid was smiling, as they waved flags and asked for autographs from their favorite skiers.“It was incredible,” said Shiffrin. “Today you could peak over the break in the hill and see everybody. I could hear them chanting USA before my run. In these kinds of races, the crowd totally carries me down the hill.”“The record setting crowd, smooth race coordination and inspirational athletic performances throughout our first World Cup Weekend have the entire town of Killington gushing with pride,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain.“It was thrilling to watch Mikaela Shiffrin dominate Sunday’s slalom – the energy of the crowd when she crossed the finish line during her second run, securing the win, was unlike anything I’ve witnessed at Killington or any other ski area,” says Solimano. “And then she went and signed over 600 autographs at Killington Sports, staying until every single person who lined up to meet her had the chance!”“Mikaela’s focus, poise, humility and friendliness represent the very best of New England and our skiing community, and while she undoubtedly inspired the next generation of ski racers, she also inspired the entire Killington team, myself included,” says Solimano.“I’m just so proud of the energy, teamwork and positivity that our staff and the entire community displayed. We won’t know for quite some time whether or not the World Cup will return to Killington, but we would absolutely welcome it back – I think our snowmakers, mountain operations, marketing and hospitality teams proved that they’re up for any challenge,” says Solimano. “When you add up the record-breaking attendance at both days’ races and a healthy crowd of skiers and snowboarders on our open terrain, we had over 30,000 enjoying snow sports at Killington. That’s pretty impressive.”It was the first World Cup in the eastern US since 1991, when the USA’s Julie Parisien won the giant slalom at Waterville Valley, NH. Vermont last hosted a World Cup event at Stratton in 1978.US Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Tiger Shaw was also present at the race.“This event at Killington will have a lasting impact on this sport for a decade or more to come,” said Shaw. “The excitement and the motivation that this will generate for kids in New England in insurmountable and will help grow the profile of alpine skiing in the country.”Shaw himself is a Vermonter from Morrisville who skied in the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics.Next up, the women head to Lake Louise for a speed series December 2-4.HIGHLIGHTSMikaela Shiffrin won the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom at Killington Mountain by .73 seconds.Resi Stiegler (Jackson, WY) finished 17th. Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV), Megan McJames (Park City, UT) did not qualify for a second run. Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO) and Patricia Mangan (Derby, NY)—who were racing their first slalom World Cup—did not finish first run.More than 30,000 people attended both races at Killington Mountain.Next, the women’s team heads to Lake Louise, Canada for a speed series Dec. 2-4.QUOTESMikaela Shiffrin"It’s been incredible. Racing in front of the east coast has been an emotional high for me. Then there’s been the pressure side of things—I put a lot of pressure on myself. I’ve been performing so well in slalom and I knew I had a great chance of winning the slalom here, coming into today. I woke up this morning, though, and I had a bad feeling about today. I went through a moment where I was thinking maybe I shouldn’t do this. I was so worked up and nervous and worried about the wrong thing. It wasn’t very enjoyable until the second run—the fight I put into the course and staying in the course even after making some bobbles here and there. I hope I looked like I wanted to ski fast because that was what my goal was. I’m still looking to put my best training skiing into a race."I think that role of being an inspiration for younger girls is growing. As more people tell me that I inspire them, I start to inspire myself more as well. I’m not the most confident person—I tend to have a lot of self-doubt, but I’m generally a really happy person. Sometimes these races get to me. I feel like I have to be something special or different or get someone else’s approval—the crowd, the media. Today, I tried to make the choice that I don’t need approval. That’s the message to these young girls that’s more important than my skiing. I ski for myself, not for anybody else."I work my tail off. Everybody does. All these girls are trying to beat me. But I’m not even close to my best skiing. I’m doing my thing and I’m a happy person. It’s great to be back here and get a breath of that freshness."A lot of my family was watching at World Champs at Vail/Beaver Creek, but my nana didn’t come to those. My entire family lives in the east coast. We had a big group of people here. I got to see them for Thanksgiving, which was incredible. They all say they had a good time—to be honest the fact that my nana was able to watch this race is amazing. I can’t put that into words. The proudest I’ve ever been is winning a race in front of my nana. The best part about it is that she doesn’t care whether I win or lose. She might not even remember! She doesn’t care—she loves me. Thanks nana for your unconditional love and your incredible pies."It was incredible. I heard there were 16,000 people up there yesterday. Especially in slalom, you can see the crowd from the start. Today you could peek over the break in the hill and see everybody. I could hear them in the start chanting "USA!" before my run. I love that. In these kinds of races, the crowd totally carries me down the hill."I knew it was going to be a big crowd. The tickets sold out in 24 hours back in the springtime. So people were so excited to watch us race. I knew it was going to be a big one, and special, and I was so excited. It’s the east coast, I know this place, I know these people love to watch ski racing. I’m so proud that they all came out and really cheered that loud!"Video courtesy USSAAbout the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association/U.S. Ski TeamThe U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding in America, and responsible for scheduling of World Cup competitions with the International Ski Federation. The U.S. Ski Team, as part of the USSA, develops and maintains teams of world-class athletes for national and international competition, including the Olympic Winter Games. For more information, visit www.usskiteam.com(link is external).About KillingtonKillington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountain. The Resort boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread out over six peaks including Pico Mountain served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in the East. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course as well as 35 miles of mountain biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for 55 years. Visit www.killington.com(link is external) for more information and join the conversation on social media with #beastwinter.Source: KILLINGTON, VT (Nov. 27, 2016) – USSAlast_img

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta names four new board members

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first_imgVermont Business Magazine Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in South Hero has announced the appointment of four new members of its Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are Jane Donahue-Davis, Bob Lawrence, Meaghan Cormier and Tom Wyand. “All four of our newest Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to offer year-round programs to children who have or have had cancer and their families.” Hattie Johnson, Executive Director.Jane Donahue- Davis has been involved in Camp Ta-Kum-Ta since her twin sister, June, introduced her in Camp’s first year.  As a Vermont State Trooper, Jane came annually to give campers rides in the State Police boats and play on the beach.  She was instantly hooked so after she left the police force she began volunteering for the week-long summer camp, winter weekends and various other events every year thereafter.  She has been the waterfront leader at camp for 15 years.  Jane has worked as a teacher and administrator in the Burlington School District for over 20 years.   Jane lives in Essex, Vermont with her husband Dan.  She has three step-children and three adult children, a son and a daughter who live in the area and a son who lives with his wife in Sweden. Robert Lawrence, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of A.N. Deringer, Inc. in St. Albans, VT.  Deringer is a US Customs Broker providing integrated supply chain solutions and is based in Vermont serving clients in 30 locations throughout the U.S.  Bob previously worked in public accounting, lastly with KPMG LLP in Burlington, VT.  Bob has actively coached youth football, basketball and baseball. A South Hero resident, Bob joined the Camp TKT Board in January 2018, and is passionate about Camp TKT's mission and excited to be involved with volunteering and the various Camp programs.Meaghan Cormier is a Marketing Consultant at Hall Communications who partners with businesses to develop marketing campaigns, create their message and grow their branding.  After graduating from Saint Michael’s College in 2011, Meaghan began her career at the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce in Burlington.  There she also sat on the committee for the Burlington Young Professionals.  After taking some time to travel abroad, she came back and worked as the Director of Membership and Events at the Home Builders Association of Northern Vermont.  From the Home Builders Meaghan moved on to her current position at Hall Communications.  She became connected to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta through her work at KOOL 105 and the annual Ta-Kum-Ta Thon.  After plunging into the lake for a few in years to kick off the Ta-Kum-Ta-Thon, Meaghan became more interested in working with Camp Ta-Kum-Ta and joined the board January 2018.Tom Wyand is a long-time supporter of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Tom is a native Vermonter and has lived in Plattsburgh, NY for the last 44 years.  Tom is an entrepreneur and is known by many for his successful businesses such as North End Harley Davidson in Plattsburgh, TC Sports, and Mooney Bay Marina.    Tom and his wife Diane, with support from their friends and family, recently designed and built the beautiful memorial garden at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in loving memory of campers who have passed over the years.  Tom understands how much of an impact a place like Camp Ta-Kum-Ta has on the children and families served. He brings a strong business and construction background to the board in addition to being a very loyal supporter of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.  Camp Ta-Kum-Ta is completely funded through the generosity of donors.  Camp accepts all of its children and their family tuition-free. Our mission is to provide challenging, extraordinary experiences in a safe and loving environment for children who have or have had cancer and their families.  Camp exists for Vermont and Northern New York children. (including other out-of-state children who are treated in Vermont), at no cost to their families.Source: South Hero, VT— Camp Ta-Kum-Ta 2.14.2018. 802-372-5863 or visit www.takumta.org(link is external).last_img

HOK’s reaction to the text “Caterers without the right to vote”

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first_imgRelated to the text "Non-voting caterers”, Authored by Zoran Lukić, President of the Croatian Association of Waiters and Bartenders, published on the website hrturizam.hr on June 13, 2016, and which was transferred from the portal Barmen.hr, we announce the response Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK) which we transmit to you in full. As the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Employees of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts is unjustifiably called out in several places in this text, this is the reason for our address in front of the Guild, with the intention of correcting incorrectly stated or incorrectly emphasized allegations.From the above text, we single out the allegations to which we react: ....it is unfortunate that only caterers and representatives of CEHs are silent when the state strikes levies on the back….… .I never once heard on television that the CEH of the caterer rebelled and got to his feet….… ..I was present at some seminars and meetings where ideas were presented - take for example a seminar on the “New Labor Law” where only representatives of large hotel houses were present and proposed laws that would facilitate work in hotels (a system where they have all the departments arranged and it is not a problem for them to have an economist in the kitchen…) but there was NO ONE present representing the little caterer, which is most important for the image of tourism in the country… ..… .The sessions of the CEH of caterers are always closed and, unfortunately, we cannot act in isolation from the outside on important plans and changes that directly affect the development strategy of the Croatian hospitality sector. I would be overjoyed that all the membership fees that caterers have to pay actually make sense and contribute to the improvement of business conditions of the caterer …….The Guild of Caterers and Tourist Employees of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK) gathers over 16.000 craftsmen and caterers and is the most numerous Guild of HOK, and currently about 78.000 trades are active in the Republic of Croatia. Guilds are established to harmonize and resolve professional issues of the industry to which the craftsman belongs, craftsmen organize their professional work by guilds at the level of associations of craftsmen (cities and municipalities), regional (county) Chamber of Crafts and HOK.There are 9 guilds at the Croatian Chamber of Crafts (Guild of Carriers, Guild of Caterers for Tourist Workers, Guild for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Guild of Trade, Guild of Construction, Guild of Hairdressers and Beauticians, Guild of Production Crafts, Guild of Service Crafts, Guild of Agriculture and Freshwater Fisheries). Initiatives coming from the field, the Guild considers at the local and national level and sends proposals to the competent local and state authorities, in order to jointly eliminate the problems and obstacles encountered by caterers and tourism professionals in their business.Representing the interests of the membership is the primary task of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, as well as the Guilds. The author of the text states that he did not meet anyone who would represent the small caterer at seminars and meetings where the new laws were discussed. The question is whether the author of the text is a craftsman or a company. Namely, craftsmen (of all activities, including the caterer), are members of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, and companies of all activities - doo, jdoo (as well as caterers) are members of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.Anyone who sees their interest in such an association and joins more and more, as they get to know the activities of the professional gathering, as well as the work of the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Workers, can join the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts as voluntary members. Everyone is welcome, as is Mr. Lukić if he is registered as a caterer or wishes the catering profession well. Our Guilds independently organize discussions on new laws, and in addition, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts has representatives of the profession in numerous working groups and commissions at the ministries, thus directly participating in the preparation of new laws.Nenad Šepak, President of the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Workers of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts / Photo: HOKWhat does the Guild of Caterers and Tourism Workers do? Lot.In the past, the caterers have proactively worked to reduce the VAT from 25% to 10% (now to 13%), by including wine and beer in food products, we have enabled the application of a rate of 13%, we have lifted the rigorous smoking ban - the only one in Europe, changed the law on 0,0 per mille, abolished the certification of price lists and standards, abolished the collection of signatures of tenants, abolished the search for administrative solutions for working hours, expanded the tourist zone, reduced payments for monument rent, reduced rent for business premises, abolished the ban on alcohol 6 to 8 hours, enabled the transfer of minimum technical requirements, increased personal deductions and increased consumption, participated in the drafting of the new Law on Hospitality, returned the profession to the laws and regulations on hospitality.In Zagreb, caterers managed to reduce consumption taxes by 33%, revised price lists, ordinances and decisions on communal order and public areas and the installation of terraces. How many caterers, for example, wrote to the Government and asked that guests can smoke in their bars, remember the famous 0 per mille of blood alcohol, VAT reduction from 25% to 13%, then extremely useful and free guides and documents for self-management HACCP system, whose price was initially € 5.000?And all this is used by caterers (not only craftsmen, members of HOK, but everyone), thanks to their representatives in the Guild and experts in the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts who defended the requests of caterers in contacts with the ministries. All activities of the Guild are public and transparent, information from the sessions is published on the website www.hok.hr and on the Facebook page of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts and are distributed to the media, and press conferences are also organized.Value Added Tax ActWith the support of the Ministry of Tourism, a lower VAT rate (initially 10%, then 13%) was prescribed for catering services, which greatly contributes to the competitiveness of this economic sector and equalization of business conditions compared to other EU countries.Leadč good hygiene practices and HACCP leadsčThe development of the Guide to Good Hygienic Practice and the HACCP Guide for the Catering, Trade, Confectionery and Bakery activities has provided a direct benefit for our members, which is measured in tens of millions of kunas. Since HOK initiated the adoption of national guides that are publicly available, craftsmen are not forced to bring guides for each activity per person, and thus significant savings have been made to our members.More flexible regulated smoking in catering facilitiesAfter the restrictive Law on Restricting the Use of Tobacco Products, when the possibility of smoking in catering facilities was completely excluded, the HOK initiative changed the law so that smoking is allowed completely in small bars up to 50 square meters, or for larger bars in separate special rooms.Mitigated per mille in the Road Traffic Safety ActAfter the restrictive Law on Road Traffic Safety, which allowed driving with only 0 per mille of alcohol in the blood, at the initiative of HOK, changes were accepted to a reasonable extent, which provided sufficient traffic safety and normal business and consumption of food and beverages in restaurants. . Until this change, significant losses were recorded in the entire catering and wine production.For caterers, smaller subscription for HRT Prema Croatian Radio and Television Act OG 137/10, legal and natural persons performing catering activities in accordance with a special law by paying a monthly fee for one receiver in a catering facility acquired, through the commitment of HOK, the right to use three additional receivers in the same catering facility without paying a monthly fee.Law on Catering ActivityThe Guild actively participated in the preparation of the draft Law on Hospitality, which entered into force in early August 2015.The Ministry accepted some long-standing requests from the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Workers:greater possibility of extension of working hours for catering facilities by local government and self-government;in catering facilities it will be possible to trade on a smaller scale (sale of souvenirs, paintings, snack products, printed matter, etc.) in accordance with a special regulation governing the performance of trade activities;the possibility for caterers to provide accommodation services in rooms such as rooms, apartments, studio apartments and holiday homes, regardless of the organizational form, in business and residential buildings;the caterer is allowed to deny, in addition to serving alcoholic beverages and beverages containing alcohol, a guest he deems to be under 18 years of age;a public Central Register for catering and tourism services is established;it is planned to reduce the maximum and minimum amounts of fines for individual offenses, and prescribe higher fines for repeat offenders, and reduce the amount of fines for those that can be imposed at the scene of the offense. The amounts of fines are equal for natural persons, craftsmen and legal entities;our greatest success is that the Guild's request was accepted that each catering unit must have an employed professional (with the appropriate qualification or with a passed exam on professional qualification and a master's exam).Of course, there are still unresolved issues, such as, for example, the consumption tax, the recognition of entertainment expenses, inspections, occasional employment, but the Guild is continuously working on resolving them. "With respect,President of the Guild of Caterers and Tourist WorkersCroatian Chamber of Trades and CraftsNenad Šepaklast_img

Brain blocks new memory formation on waking to safeguard consolidation of existing memories

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first_imgShare Pinterest Email Throughout our waking lives we are exposed to a continuous stream of stimuli and experiences. Some of these experiences trigger the strengthening of connections between neurons in the brain, and begin the process of forming memories. However, these initial memory traces are fragile and only a small number will become long-term memories with the potential to last a lifetime. For this transition to occur, the brain must stabilize the memory traces through a process called consolidation.Let’s sleep on itDuring consolidation, the brain produces new proteins that strengthen the fragile memory traces. However, if a new experience occurs while an existing memory trace is being consolidated, the new stimuli could disrupt or even hijack the consolidation process. Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Facebook The brain partially solves this problem by postponing some of the memory consolidation to a period in which new experiences are minimalized, that is, while we are asleep. But what happens if we wake up while consolidation is taking place? How does the brain prevent events that occur just after awakening from interrupting the consolidation process?A new study by Prof. Abraham Susswein of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University, has now answered this question. Published today in eLife, the article’s first author is Roi Levy, whose doctoral research — conducted in Prof. Susswein’s lab — is described in the present study, which also includes part of the doctoral research of David Levitan.Susswein and his colleagues have used a seemingly unlikely subject for their study, namely the sea hare Aplysia. These marine slugs are convenient for neuroscientific investigation because of their simple nervous systems and large neurons, and because they have been shown to be capable of basic forms of learning.Just after training during waking hours, proteins are synthesized to initiate the consolidation of new memory. Consolidation proteins are produced again in greater quantities during sleep for subsequent processes on the memory trace. The researchers found that blocking the production of consolidation proteins in sleeping sea slugs prevents these creatures from forming long-term memories, confirming that, like us, they do consolidate memories during sleep.Overcoming Memory BlockSusswein, Levy and Levitan now show that exposing sea slugs to new stimuli immediately after they wake up does not trigger the formation of new memories. In a learning paradigm affecting sea slugs’ feeding activity, the animals were trained after being awakened from sleep. On awakening, interactions between new experiences and consolidation are prevented because the brain blocks long-term memory arising from the new stimuli. However, when the researchers treated the slugs just prior to the training with a drug that inhibits protein production, they found that the new stimuli could generate long-term memory. These findings show that proteins blocking the formation of new memories prevent an experience upon waking from being effective in producing memory. Removing this block – by inhibiting protein production – allows experiences just after waking to be encoded in memory. This even applies to experiences that are too brief to trigger memory formation in fully awake sea slugs.Susswein: “The major insight from this research is that there is an active process in the brain which inhibits the ability to learn new things and protects the consolidation of memories.”Two Heads are Better than OneThe researchers also compared learning by fully awake sea slugs trained in isolation and those trained with companions. They discovered that training in social isolation appears to inhibit new learning, and identified similar molecular processes common to both training in isolation and to training on waking from sleep.For the Future“Our next step following on from this work,” says Susswein, “is to identify these memory blocking proteins and to fathom how they prevent the formation of new memories.” He adds: “We may also find that the blocking process accounts for why we cannot remember our dreams when we wake up.”An important future challenge is to investigate whether the same proteins could ultimately be used to block unwanted memories, for example, in cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. LinkedInlast_img

MEDCO Names David Hittinger Director of Business Development

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first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pa. — MEDCO has announced that David Hittinger has joined the company as director of business development – tools and equipment. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement MEDCO is a leading PBE supply, mechanical tools and equipment distributor, headquartered in Philadelphia. The company operates eight warehouses in the U.S. and two warehouses in Canada. In this role, Hittinger will be responsible for all tool and equipment activities associated with national accounts for the automotive and industrial businesses, a major area of focus for MEDCO. Hittinger will be located at MEDCO headquarters in Philadelphia and will report to John Casanova, vice president of sales and customer service. Before joining the MEDCO team, Hittinger was automotive vice president sales and marketing at Danaher Tool Group. Prior to that, he was market manager for Thomas & Betts Inc. His extensive experience in automotive also includes management positions with Cooper Automotive. According to Andrew Keim, president of MEDCO, Hittinger’s knowledge and experience in the national tools and equipment marketplace will allow him to play a major role in the company’s growth. “We have been searching for the right person to direct business development and grow national accounts for MEDCO. I am convinced that Dave brings the right set of skills to accomplish this goal.” In commenting on the decision to join MEDCO, Hittinger said, “MEDCO has a unique advantage in the tool and equipment business because of its warehouses across the U.S. and Canada.” He added, “Having more than 40,000 readily available SKUs from industry-leading manufacturers allows us to respond and deliver quickly for our customers. That, combined with the excellent systems already in place and the strong reputation earned over decades in this business will make my job that much easier.”last_img

Four Short Films About Manhattan Project National Historical Park Debut Tuesday At Nature Center

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first_imgJoin the National Park Service at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 to see the debut of four short films that were developed for Manhattan Project National Historical Park. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Courtesy/PEECPEEC News:The National Park Service is hosting a debut of four short films that were developed for Manhattan Project National Historical Park.The event will be held in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, and followed by a brief update from the park, along with a presentation on dark skies.This event is free to attend and open to the public. The Los Alamos Nature Center is at 2600 Canyon Road.The films feature poignant interviews highlighting personal experiences with the Manhattan Project. Learn more about Manhattan Project National Historical Park at nps.gov/mapr.Formally established in November 2015 via a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Energy and the National Park Service to preserve portions of three World War II sites where the United States developed the first atomic weapons, the park marks the history of the people, science, events, and controversy associated with the creation of the atomic bomb in the top-secret effort known as the Manhattan Project. Under the agreement, the NPS and DOE jointly manage and administer the park.For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.last_img

Oxford-Cambridge Arc requires joined-up thinking

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