SMC seniors coordinate Make-A-Wish golf event

first_imgA team of Saint Mary’s seniors hosted the “Par-Tee for Make-A-Wish” golf outing Sunday at Juday Creek Golf Course in support of a young boy battling a severe illness. As part of a marketing management class, students Keely Noonan, Kelly Conaty, Kelly Kropp, Courtney O’Neill and Katie Dapper were charged with the task of creating a fundraising event for a charitable cause. The group chose the Make-A-Wish Foundation because Dapper serves as its representative at Saint Mary’s. They met with the Make-A-Wish representative in South Bend who then told them about Hayes, a boy who suffers from chromosome depletion, O’Neill said. (Editor’s Note: Hayes’s full name is not being released in the interest of privacy.) “We wanted to raise money for Hayes so that he could go to Disney World and meet Mickey Mouse, something he has been wishing for,” O’Neill said. The students said they thought a golf fundraiser for Make-A-Wish would be a perfect fit for their class project. “Golf is something that appeals to college-age students as it gets nice outside and it is a fun Sunday activity,” said Dapper.   The event, which advocated for Make-A-Wish and united Saint Mary’s and the greater community in support of Hayes, raised $1,000, enough money to make Hayes’s wish a reality, O’Neill said. During Sunday’s outing, 75 participants spent the day putting, chipping and swinging on the driving range, O’Neill said. The group said they were thankful for the generous support and contributions from the South Bend community, including silent auction donations of car rentals, a set of new tires and gift cards to local restaurants. “Our group went out and solicited for those donations and got a really great response from many places in South Bend,” O’Neill said.   The event also featured wine tasting, sponsored by vendors Fruit Hills, Madison County and People’s Winery, O’Neill said. “[The event brought] together people from campus and community to help inform them about make a wish and to help make a little boys wish come true,” she said.last_img read more

Vermont, NH officials seek federal aid for Ethan Allen workers

first_imgThe governors and the Congressional delegations of both Vermont and New Hampshire today joined together to urge the U.S. Department of Labor to move quickly to provide assistance to workers recently laid off at the Ethan Allen furniture plant in Beecher Falls, Vt.Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas and New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch; Vermont Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders; Vermont Rep. Peter Welch; New Hampshire Sens. Judd Gregg and Jeanne Shaheen; and New Hampshire Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter issued the following statement: Both New Hampshire and Vermont strongly urge the U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to approve the petitions for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) filed on behalf of the employees at the Ethan Allen plant in Beecher Falls. Ethan Allen has been committed to keeping a significant portion of its manufacturing in the United States while many of its competitors have exported their entire operations overseas. The ongoing national recession, in addition to foreign competition, has also significantly impacted this important employer for residents of both Vermont and New Hampshire. Following the closure of paper mills in the same region of Vermont and New Hampshire, the loss of these jobs at Ethan Allen is having a devastating impact in Vermont s Northeast Kingdom and New Hampshire s North Country. The Trade Act provides critical aid to workers, including access to health insurance, additional unemployment benefits and assistance in re-entering the. The recent changes to the Act will be extremely beneficial to these workers while they work to find new job opportunities in the Northeast Kingdom and the North Country.Trade Adjustment Assistance helps workers who lose their jobs because of increased imports, or shifts in production to foreign countries. The program provides eligible workers with career counseling, training, income support during training, job search assistance and access to a health coverage tax credit. Under new provisions passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), workers are eligible for additional unemployment benefits if they are enrolled in approved training, certain applicable relocation expenses, and certain health care insurance costs.Source: Governor Douglas’ office. July 24, 2009.last_img read more

Suriname, France Step Up Security Cooperation

first_imgBy Dialogo January 14, 2010 Suriname and France signed an agreement on Tuesday to step up security cooperation on the border with French Guiana, Suriname Justice and Police Minister Chan Santokhi said. “In the past we have signed justice cooperation agreements and now we extend our cooperation with joint operations regarding public order,” Santokhi said after the signing ceremony. “It will enable us to provide more security in the area,” he said, adding that this includes “assistance from French firemen, joint operation in traffic incidents, disasters, cross-border crimes or joint trainings”, the minister explained. In the coming days the two countries hope to sign a 400,000 euro financial aid agreement approved in 2008 by the French government to boost up the police and justice cooperation in Suriname. French Ambassador Richard Barbeyron France would also invest in other projects through its its international development agency, whose director was scheduled to hold talks here Tuesday with members of the cabinet. Suriname and French Guiana share common problems with drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal gold mining, and border enforcement. In 2009, Suriname and France signed a 40 million euros loan agreement, most of which will be used to upgrade a road linking Paramaribo to Albina, a city on the French Guiana border.last_img read more

Brazilian Border Surveillance Program Affects Criminal Organizations

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo August 19, 2020 In June 2020, Brazil broke records in drug seizures thanks to one of its main border surveillance operations, Operation Horus. Security agents and service members in different areas of the country prevented over 121 metric tons of different types of narcotics from circulating.Cigarettes and weapons are some of the items seized as a result of Operation Horus, an ongoing operation conducted along Brazilian borders. (Photo: Brazilian Federal Police)One seizure consisted of 25 tons of marijuana. The Federal Police and Military Police of Paraná took part in the June 11 operation. The shipment was concealed among soybeans in a truck that drove along highway BR-487, which connects Paraguay and Brazil, and is a known narcotrafficking route.“Currently, Operation Horus has a permanent, continuous, and constant presence in eight of Brazil’s 11 border states. Through this operation, we were able to consolidate the VIGIA [surveillance, integration, governance, interoperability, and autonomy, in Portuguese] program,” said Eduardo Bettini, general border coordinator of the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP, in Portuguese).The main objective of the MJSP initiative is to provide more safety by increasing control in regions that share borders with other countries. “As a last resource, we also seek to decapitalize criminal organizations. This is very important, because we know that the driving force behind these organizations is easy money through the illegal sale of products,” Bettini said.The VIGIA program developed its first activities in April 2019. Since then, according to the coordinator, it is estimated that seizures of drugs, weapons, vehicles, speedboats and other items, through Operation Horus, caused the loss of roughly $197 million to transnational criminal organizations. “These numbers are way above our estimations. Prior to the program, we would seize between 12 and 15 tons of drugs each month. With the program, we doubled that amount,” said Bettini.Training and infrastructure improvement To achieve optimum performance from security agents who take part in Operation Horus, the VIGIA program relies on training and the acquisition of equipment and systems.The training is done in partnership with other institutions. One of the partnerships is with U.S. Southern Command, which conducted operational design and planning courses in November 2019.The acquisition of equipment and systems promotes better working conditions for the agents. In June, the first phase of radio communication equipment installation, within the VIGIA program, was completed. It will then be taken to five Amazonian regions. “The system is a result of the partnership with the Brazilian Army. It’s the same system that they use, which enables integration of our communication,” said the general border coordinator.In addition to communication equipment, other items are being acquired, such as uniforms, weapons, thermal binoculars, armored vessels, and electronic assets, such as sensors and drones, which will be used to increase surveillance capability, since the Brazilian border regions are often large and difficult to access.Amazonas began receiving communication equipment, which is also being distributed to the state of Paraná. The goal of the VIGIA program is to alternate equipment installation between northern and southern states, until they reach all borders of the country.last_img read more

Miami lawyer billed as ‘The Singing Attorney’

first_imgor through other Internet music sites. The “All My Love” CD is available by mail order by calling 1-888-889-8965, or by email at Miami lawyer billed as ‘The Singing Attorney’ Associate Editor Richard Friedman stood at the podium in federal court, delivering his arguments in a trademark infringement case against State Farm Insurance. In a spontaneous burst of song, he belted out: “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” — complete with vibrato. “Yes, in the course of argument, I gave them this operatic thing. The late great Judge C. Clyde Atkins’ jaw dropped in shock. Five lawyers stared at me, stunned. And the jury just looked at me, like, `Huh?’ At least they didn’t dislike my singing. We did very well in that case.” Meet 60-year-old Friedman, a Miami lawyer who bills himself as “The Singing Attorney.” Don’t worry. He doesn’t make a habit of courtroom crooning. But he has launched a second, dual career as a singer, coming out with his second CD, “All My Love,” with famous love songs like “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” “Day and Night,” and “Shadow of Your Smile.” Every CD he sells, he promises to make a $1 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation that makes dreams come true for very ill children. For Friedman, who says he has been blessed with perfect pitch and timbre, it’s a fun way to use the creative side of his brain after a long day of using his intellect as a lawyer. For 35 years, he has dedicated himself to such things as acquisitions and mergers, corporate law, and securities law. “There’s an intellectual challenge to the law. I’m filing an emergency injunction for a client in about an hour. I like the intellectual challenge of fighting in court,” Friedman said. “But music is my aesthetic soul. I’m a lyricist and poet, and I’m working on an album of all original stuff. I hope also that by doing this, I can help improve the image of lawyers. I think a lot of people think lawyers are very stodgy, very intense and serious, and we spend too much time thinking about books and papers, and we don’t have a life. A lot of lawyers have hobbies or side businesses that keep them balanced. This is my balance.” Friedman doesn’t golf or sail or play tennis like other lawyers trying to find balance in their competitive, stressful lives. But he does love to sing in front of an audience, and the bigger the better. At Miami’s Pro Player Stadium in 1995, he sang the National Anthem to an audience of 75,000, revving up the fans before the Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills. About 20 people came up to him afterwards, offering heartfelt compliments, including one from an 11th Circuit Court judge who said: “I didn’t know you could sing! Wonderful!” Later that year, after performing at the Democratic Party state convention at the Fountainbleu Hotel, a nice lady came over and said, “Your singing brought me to tears.” That’s a lot more kudos than he’s ever gotten as a lawyer, he laughed. And that was all the encouragement Friedman needed to take the plunge and record his singing and sell it through his self-produced album he is promoting on the Internet. First there was “For Love of Country,” a compilation of 15 patriotic songs, released on when else? the Fourth of July, 1996, with five percent of the proceeds going to veterans’ groups. While he sends some profits to good causes and has performed at many charitable events — “It’s a way of giving back if I’m fortunate enough to sell a lot of albums” — make no mistake about it: Friedman treats his labor of love as a business. “Otherwise I would go bankrupt,” he said of his music-publishing business, All-Star Music Corporation, that he operates out of his law office. This latest musical venture, he said, took 17 months, with two arrangers, printing costs and graphic designers. “Many of my lawyer buddies buy the album. Most of them really get a kick out of it,” Friedman said. “My clients buy my albums, and don’t feel like it in any way trivializes what I do for them legally.” As Richard Newberg, an investment banker and old friend told the Jewish Star Times: “This man, whose singing has improved tremendously over the years, is a big supporter of charitable causes, a substantial contributor and a very decent human being. He’s also an excellent attorney, a rare combination.” Even a high-school friend he obtained a $300,000 judgment against sent him a letter praising his vocal talent. Friedman remembers singing at the top of his lungs when he was just a kindergartner walking to school. “Remember that movie, `Calamity Jane,’ with Doris Day? I loved that movie! She sang `Secret Love,’ and I remember walking to school and singing that song out loud. In the old days, they made a lot of musicals where the actors would just start singing. And I thought, `Hey, that’s the way I want to live!’” His dramatic side, nurtured in college before he went to the University of Miami Law School in 1961, reaped him a role as the prosecuting attorney in the movie, “Lenny,” starring Dustin Hoffman. Yet, there has long been that serious side that led him to the law. When he was 11, he knew he wanted to be a lawyer, inspired by a book he read about Clarence Darrow. “I have a great passion for the law and for singing, so why should I give up either one?” he asked. When he allows himself to daydream, he wants to win a Grammy and headline an act in Vegas. Instead of Frank Sinatra’s name in lights on the big marquee, it would say, “Richard Friedman, The Singing Attorney.” Now that would be something to crow about. July 1, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Miami lawyer billed as ‘The Singing Attorney’last_img

Garnar to host Zoom calls with local businesses, discuss reopening

first_imgReopening: Broome County May 8 coronavirus update: New York On-Pause expires May 15. Manufacturing and construction jobs are expected to return to work then in the the first of four phases into reopening. There are 104 cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced he will meet with local businesses to discuss the re-imaging of the economy through Zoom calls next week. To register, go to the county’s website by clicking here Garnar says state government officials will have the final say when it comes to reopening. To see where cases are located in the county, click here. Coronavirus number: 234 people recovered from the virus and 23 people have died. The Zoom meetings will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at noon by registration.last_img read more

Townsville launches first home buyers expo this Saturday

first_imgIan Griffin, Tim Sangricoli, Jess Graniglia, Julia Swain and Paul Trevethan at the Ronald McDonald House North Queensland which has been chosen as the event’s charity.“There are a lot of prospective buyers that out home buying or investing into the `too hard basket’,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I love helping people achieve their home ownership goals.“This event is a great opportunity to bring together top local businesses that can assist buyers in making their home ownership dream a reality.”Next level marketing will also be holding free homebuyer information sessions throughout the day for those feeling overwhelmed with the process and require a more personalised one on one service.To make the day even more special, the event will be supporting Ronald McDonald House North Queensland, by donating entry fees back to the charity.“We’re honoured to be the charity of choice for the Townsville Home Buyers expo,” said Ronald McDonald House CEO Amy Cooper.“It’s wonderful to have the generous support of the Townsville community, at an event that brings locals together.” The Townsville Home Buyers Expo will be held at Mercure Townsville on April 8, 9am-4pm. ARE you looking to buy your first home or next investment property but don’t know where to start?Townsville first inaugural Home Buyers Expo may have all the answers.Hosted in partnership with Brookstone on the Park and Bayside Bushland Beach, the April 8 event has attracted a wide range of exhibitors, ranging from financiers, builders and land developers right through to the latest in home technology, home automation systems, home wares, solar, pools and much more.Event co-ordinator Jess Graniglia from Next Level Marketing identified the need for the event after continuously being approached by overwhelmed buyers who are new to the home ownership or investment journey.last_img

Owner of former Red Hill Skate Arena to push ahead with plans to redevelop the Brisbane eyesore

first_imgAn artist’s impression of the proposed redevelopment of the former Red Hill Skate Arena by architecture firm Conrad Gargett.THERE is hope for a rebirth of one of Brisbane’s best known eyesores in coming months, as the owner pushes ahead with plans to redevelop the former Red Hill Skate Arena.The 1920s-built heritage building has sat dilapidated, neglected and vandalised since it was gutted by a fire on Boxing Day in 2002.Brett Heading and his partner, Susan Mercer, who run Clovely Estate Cellar Door next door, bought the landmark site near the corner of Musgrave Rd and Enoggera Terrace in 2011.Plans were approved by Brisbane City Council to transform the site into a function centre, retail shops and restaurants, but local residents objected and the dispute ended up in court.Mr Heading now wants to put that behind him and push ahead with a new plan to get something up and running soon.“We haven’t given up on it,” he said.Brisbane is a renters’ paradise“We’ll be asking the council to be flexible and allow us to stage the development.“We’re seeking a meeting with council at the moment and hope they’ll be enthusiastic with our plans for it.”The former Red Hill Skate Arena is edging closer to being redeveloped. Picture: Annette DewThe current development approval includes creating a new two level building on the site, but Mr Heading said staging the development would allow improvements to be made to the shell of the existing building first.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago“We can get a roof on the arena and get it tidied up without having to do the development on the skate rink straight away,” he said.“At least then it would mean it’s not the unsightly wreck that it is now.”The former Red Hill Skate Arena site is getting closer to being redeveloped. Picture: Mark CallejaMr Heading wanted the space to accommodate a small function centre as well as offer an extended experience to Clovely Estate Cellar Door.“Everything from potentially wine blending to wine education classes and a cooking school,” he said.He envisages the process taking six to nine months if the council gives it the green light.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe plans would also allow for some separate retail tenants along Enoggera Terrace to complement the operation.Architect David Gole of Conrad Gargett said the objective was to maintain the site’s cultural significance and edgy, industrial feel.Mr Gole said the original idea for the site was to create a place where people could enjoy a food and wine experience.How much prices will rise in next 12 months“It’s always been a cultural site for Brisbane so it would be nice to think it could continue to provide that experience,” he said.last_img read more

ABP boosts US holdings to improve liquidity and diversification

first_imgABP has increased its investments in North America by three percentage points to 38% after changing its benchmark for government bonds.The change involved a move from 100% euro-denominated bonds to a 50-50 split of euro-denominated and worldwide government paper.In its annual report for 2016, the €387bn civil service scheme said the allocation adjustment – at the expense of investments in Europe – was meant to improve both liquidity and diversification.The pension fund reduced its overall holdings in Europe by five percentage points to 22%, while raising its allocation to Asia Pacific assets by one percentage point to 12%. Last year, it brought its investment mix in line with its investment plan for 2016-2018, comprising 60% securities and 40% fixed income, combined with a 25% hedge of the interest rate risk on its liabilities.Other asset allocation changes saw the pension fund raise its allocation to developed market equities by 1 percentage point to 25%, at the expense of its stake in government bonds.ABP increased its portfolio of emerging market debt by 1 percentage point to 3%, citing “attractive long-term perspectives” as well as the fund’s minimum allocation of 3% to each asset class.Also to increase portfolio diversification, ABP said it had started investing in worldwide inflation-linked bonds, combined with a full currency hedge.The civil service scheme further indicated that it was keen to increase its local investments – currently 15% – in particular in projects for energy transition and those aimed at improving the sustainability of residential property and schools.Last year, it raised its commitment for financing startups from €200m to €500m, and committed €180m to the acquisition of 1,700 units of rental property in the mid-market segment.The pension fund also said risk management needed to be improved and that fiduciary services would be provided by an independent branch of its asset manager APG. Both adjustments must lead to increased oversight of investment decisions, the pension fund said.ABP, which generated a 9.5% result over the course of 2016, said it had reduced its asset management costs to 61 basis points last year.Despite private equity and hedge funds – which made up 10% of the portfolio – incurring 36bps of costs, the scheme’s board reiterated that the expenses were justified, citing the asset classes’ contribution to diversification and their returns of 14.8% and 7.9% respectively.It pointed out that its active investment policy had delivered €2.1bn of additional returns in 2016.To further drive down costs, APG has extended its private equity team and made more direct investments.ABP added that its asset manager had made almost 80% of last year’s commitments to private equity without a third-party manager, which would deliver “drastic costs reductions for the long term”.Administration costs dropped to €79 per participant, thanks to a rise in the number of participants as well as a reorganisation at APG.The civil service scheme also said it would work with employers and unions to simplify its pension offering. ABP said that its pension arrangements were becoming too complicated and almost impossible to explain to participants following many adjustments, largely as a result of new legislation.last_img read more

Raymond Davis Jr.

first_imgRaymond Davis Jr., age 80 of Batesville, IN passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg, IN.  The son of Raymond and Eva (nee: Hacker) Davis was born on November 30, 1935 in Ripley County, IN.Ray graduated from Batesville High School in 1954 and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He retired as a self employed salesman.He will be missed by his three sons, Shawn, Preston & Niles Davis and two daughters Katrina Matthews and Danitta Sebastion.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Norma Dillon and Alice Reeves.Memorial Service will be at 2:30pm on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Batesville Ward.Meyers Funeral Home of Batesville is handling arrangements.  Online condolences read more