February 10, 2017 FEA Europe Update

Lisa's FEA Europe Update

10 February 2017

Training Opportunity for Graduate Credit
Retirement Articles
Transfer Program
Presidents' Day February 20, 2017
This Day in History
Quote for the Week
Fun Facts

Training Opportunity for Graduate Credit: Due to popular request, FEA is very pleased to announce that two additional training opportunities are going available for our teachers. A course entitled "Leadership Skills in 21st Century Skills: LGBT Issues" will be offered in Wiesbaden the weekend of 05-07 May 2017 and in Stuttgart the weekend of 21-23 April 2017. A separate announcement with sign-up information will be sent to the FRSs in each complex. We appreciate the positive responses we have received and look forward to serving our members.

Retirement Articles:
Thrift Savings Plan 2016 Annual Statements and 1099R Forms Now Available click here
10 Ways for Federal Employees to Maximize Their Future Social Security Benefits click here
OPM's Retirement Application Backlog Climbs More Than 50% in January click here

Transfer Round Completed: The transfer round has been completed. There were 143 transfer placements made for non-excessed employees. Of those, 136 were from Group A+ and seven from Group A. Forty three excessed educators were placed, leaving 10 excessed educators who still need placements. Please check, for additional information.

Presidents' Day February 20, 2017: Presidents' Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called "Washington's Birthday" by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22--Washington's actual day of birth--the holiday became popularly known as Presidents' Day after it was moved as part of 1971's Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation's workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents' Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. President's Day info

This Day in History: February 10, 1996: On this day in 1996, after three hours, world chess champion Garry Kasparov loses the first game of a six-game match against Deep Blue, an IBM computer capable of evaluating 200 million moves per second. Man was ultimately victorious over machine, however, as Kasparov bested Deep Blue in the match with three wins and two ties and took home the $400,000 prize. An estimated 6 million people worldwide followed the action on the Internet. Kasparov had previously defeated Deep Thought, the prototype for Deep Blue developed by IBM researchers in 1989, but he and other chess grandmasters had, on occasion, lost to computers in games that lasted an hour or less. The February 1996 contest was significant in that it represented the first time a human and a computer had duked it out in a regulation, six-game match, in which each player had two hours to make 40 moves, two hours to finish the next 20 moves and then another 60 minutes to wrap up the game. Kasparov, who was born in 1963 in Baku, Azerbaijan, became the Soviet Union's junior chess champion at age 13 and in 1985, at age 22, the youngest world champ ever when he beat legendary Soviet player Anatoly Karpov. Considered by many to be the greatest chess player in the history of the game, Kasparov was known for his swashbuckling style of play and his ability to switch tactics mid-game. In 1997, a rematch took place between Kasparov and an enhanced Deep Blue. Kasparov won the first game, the computer the second, with the next three games a draw. On May 11, 1997, Deep Blue came out on top with a surprising sixth game win--and the $700,000 match prize. In 2003, Kasparov battled another computer program, "Deep Junior." The match ended in a tie. Kasparov retired from professional chess in 2005.

Quote for the Week: "It's great when your wisecracking chum can make an awful situation seem funny," ---Clues for Real Life The Classic Wit and Wisdom of Nancy Drew.

Fun Facts:
Pasta is Spanish for "money."
It is possible to travel by zip wire from Spain to Portugal.
For 14 years during the Napoleonic wars, the capital of Portugal was Rio de Janeiro.
Tempura was introduced to Japan by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century.
The poem, Invictus, was written by the man who inspired the character of Long John Silver.
People who pirate music also buy more legal music than those who don't.
Barry Manilow's No. 1 hit, "I write the Songs" wasn't written by Barry Manilow.
When the Arctic Monkeys formed, none of them could play a musical instrument.
The real Maria von Trapp wasn't invited to the premiere of The Sound of Music.
Blackbeard was a pirate for two years.
Snails can sleep for three years.
The British army's Cyclist Corps lasted four years.
Five baby girls in the US in 2012 were named Cricket.
Before the invention of electricity, human beings slept for 90 minutes longer than they do now.
(From 1,411 Facts to Knock You Sideways)


Lisa Ali FEA Europe West Area Director
Isles, Wiesbaden, Stuttgart, Cuba