Tunisian president receives poison letter, aide falls ill

first_imgTUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The office of Tunisian President Kais Saied said Thursday that he had been the victim of an “attempted poisoning” via a letter addressed to him and opened by an aide who fell ill. The announcement confirmed reports circulating  for more than a day that someone had tried to poison the president.  The statement said an envelope received Monday from an “unknown sender” addressed to Saied  went to the desk of his top aide, Nadia Akacha. There was no written document inside, but “her health quickly deteriorated,” the statement said. The aide was hospitalized, the envelope analyzed and an investigation was opened.last_img read more

University prepares for annual Notre Dame Day

first_imgAnna Mason | The Observer The RAs of Duncan Hall accept a $500 check for winning the lip-sync battle in the Duncan Student Center on Sunday night.Notre Dame Day donations allow a person to make an initial contribution of a minimum of $10, which will earn them five votes to one of over 900 organizations participating in the fundraising day. Donors can allocate all five votes to the group they gave to originally, or they can spread their votes among several different organizations. For any subsequent gifts, a person will receive one vote. The votes will be tallied at the end of the day, and groups will receive a percentage of a $1.2 million challenge fund proportional to their percentage of the votes.“The reason we’ve devised it that way is to try to create more equity with the votes, [as] opposed to just having a person who makes one large donation and then all of a sudden are getting all these votes,” Matt Gelchion, director of volunteer leadership and participation, said. “For the first gift, no matter if someone makes a $10 gift or a $100 gift, it’s going to be five votes.”Lou Nanni, vice president for University relations, emphasized the importance of Notre Dame Day, specifically in raising money for student organizations.  “With the matching money that we have — $1.2 million this year — we are able to drive a lot of resources to especially Notre Dame student groups and causes,” Nanni said. “I think we’re at a point right now where Notre Dame Day is contributing roughly half of the funding for all the student groups and organizations.” Nanni added that even though some feel their contributions are not significant, even the smallest of donations can make a big difference for Notre Dame students.“Last year, in just gifts of under $200, we were able to fully scholarship 37 students,” he said. “Thirty-seven students got full rides to Notre Dame just with gifts under $200.”Notre Dame Day’s 29-hour broadcast will include Notre Dame community members sharing their stories, in addition to other interviews, performances from both campus and professional artists and streaming of live events.“We were asked nearly seven years ago now, ‘How would Notre Dame do a day of giving?’” Small said. “Our response was to create a storytelling platform unlike any other in higher education — and for that matter, anywhere else in the world. That’s our big distinction — no one is telling stories and producing this much [live] content over a 29 hour period anywhere on the globe.”There will be a host of events happening concurrently during the broadcast. These include a live concert with members of the cast of “Hamilton,” Chloe Agnew — formerly of Celtic Woman — Notre Dame’s Gold and Blue Company, Fighting Irish 40 — a 40 yard dash competition — and a scavenger hunt with a cash prize, among more events.Gelchion said the main purpose of Notre Dame Day is to support student groups, but also to help Notre Dame alumni connect to their alma mater.“At its core, it’s about enhancing the Notre Dame student experience through this day,” Gelchion said. “That’s first and foremost, the ability to help clubs or other student organizations be able to help reach their goals. The other part of it is, this is a way to reconnect people to Notre Dame and what they love most at this place. Some people aren’t able to come back to campus every year. Notre Dame Day offers them an opportunity to reconnect with the parts that were most meaningful to their experience, whether it’s hearing from their dorm, or it’s from the club they were a member of all four years, it’s nice for them to be back in touch with them.”Tags: fundraising, Notre Dame Day, Notre Dame day 2019 At 6:42 p.m. Sunday, the sixth annual Notre Dame Day commenced, kicking off a 29-hour broadcast and a host of events — including performances from “Hamilton” cast members, a scavenger hunt and more. The day of giving allows for Notre Dame community members to financially contribute to almost every aspect of student life at the University through a voting-based donation system.“Notre Dame Day is a global celebration of all things Notre Dame,” Jim Small, associate vice president for development, said in an email. “It’s a day when the Notre Dame community comes together around the world to tell stories, to be entertained and to raise money for more than 900 organizations on campus.”last_img read more

United States Joins Latin American Partners at International Air Show in Chile

first_imgBy Dialogo April 07, 2016 The USAF had two static exhibits featuring the C-130 Hercules, the C-17 Globemaster, and the MQ-1B Predator. The USAF “Wings of Blue” Parachute Team also participated in demonstrations, and teams from the Texas National Guard conducted activities within the framework of a cooperation program with Chile. “[FIDAE] has become an obligatory rite of passage for all aeronautical companies around the world. They know that if they want to have a presence in Latin America, they have to come through here,” said Air Force Colonel Fernando Silva, FIDAE’s Executive Director, on March 29th during a press conference. “We are satisfied because we believe that this fair made a real contribution, not just to defense but also in civilian terms,” said Air Force Colonel Fernando Silva. After 36 years, the challenge continues. “It is a large commitment to development we have been working on for many years in order to secure our place as the premier fair of the Americas in air and space,” said the Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Air Force, General Jorge Robles, during a conference with accredited media outlets. This website is a joke. Who designed this piece of crap? Within the fair, “there are a series of relationships, not just financial, but also technological, which will help this area develop not only in Chile but around the world,” said Chilean Defense Minister José Antonio Gómez during his tour of the fair on press day. The F-22 Raptor performed precision aerial exercises to show the capabilities of this twin-engine, single-seater, fifth-generation fighter jet in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. The F-22 was designed with stealth technology, which makes it difficult for radars to detect. The other highly anticipated exhibit was a flyover on April 2nd by the B-52 Stratofortress, a subsonic, strategic, long-range bomber with eight reaction engines that was used for nuclear deterrence during the Cold War, in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq since its launch in 1954. In addition to flying over Santiago, the giant aircraft also demonstrated its in-flight refueling capability with an F-5 Tigre III, belonging to the Chilean Air Force. Cultural activities included Armed Forces bands, a technology fair to make science accessible to children and adolescents, and an exclusive showing of the movie, “El Vuelo del Manutara” (Manutara’s Flight), which tells the story of the world-famous first flight by the FACh to Easter Island, 65 years ago. The flight lasted nearly 20 hours and successfully connected the island with the mainland. During the air shows, the audience’s attention was also drawn to demonstrations by Peruvian Air Force’s KT1 basic training aircraft, the Airbus 350, and demonstrations by South American aerial acrobatics squadrons: the FACh’s “Halcones” (Hawks) High Acrobatics Squadron; the Brazilian Air Force’s “Da Fumaça” (The Smoke) Squadron; and the Argentine civilian team, “Hangar del Cielo” (Sky’s Hangar). In addition to the USAF’s “Wings of Blue,” the FACh’s Blue Beret Squardon and the women-only “Juliet Skydivers Chile” team also demonstrated their parachuting skills. center_img FIDAE is considered the largest trade show if its kind in Latin America, and for its 19th edition it was held at the FACh’s Pudahuel 2nd Air Brigade facilities, covering an area of 9,508 square meters. The multi-sector fair focused on displaying technological developments and advances in aviation, such as airplane maintenance, airport equipment services, space technology, and domestic security and defense. For this year’s edition, FIDAE brought together 572 exhibitors from 46 countries. It is the first time the fair included delegations from Mexico, Thailand, New Zealand, Panama, and El Salvador. Attractions and innovations The U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) F-22 Raptors and a B-52 bomber delighted crowds as they flew over Santiago, Chile during the air show at the 19th International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE), which took place from March 29th to April 3rd. The event was organized by the Chilean Air Force (FACh), and included the participation of 146 combat, commercial, and military training aircraft from 60 countries. The United States had one of the most impressive showings at FIDAE. The delegation was led by U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, together with over 65 USAF service members. The U.S. pavilion included over 95 companies who exhibited their products. This year’s FIDAE was the first fair in the world to permit drone flights over a limited air space. This in addition to the Latin American Conference on Remotely Piloted Systems, RPAs/UAVs (drones), and the technology outlook for the near future. The beginnings of FIDAE date to 1980 when the Chilean Air Force celebrated its 50th anniversary. To commemorate the achievement, they created the International Air Fair (FIDA), a commercial display that hoped to become a platform for businesses in the country and the region. In 1990, the space sector was added to the fair and it became known as FIDAE. The trade show had a strong commercial component demonstrated over four days, targeting the consumer public as well as military and government authorities from various visiting countries interested in learning about innovations, updating their technology, and investing. During the last two days of the event, FIDAE opened its doors to the community with a family-friendly air show. In total, 110,000 visitors attended the exhibition. last_img read more

How are unbundled legal services rules working?

first_img October 15, 2004 Regular News It’s been more than nine months since rules allowing lawyers to deliver unbundled legal services in family law cases became effective and the questions result: Are the new rules being used, and if so, how are they working?At least the answer to those queries are being sought by a Bar committee that is trying to determine the effectiveness of the new rules and then report back to the Supreme Court.“The Supreme Court issued an opinion when it modified the rules and in that opinion basically they said they had concerns about the difficulties that may arise,” said Roxie Crowell, chair of the Unbundled Legal Services Monitoring Committee. “So they directed that a committee monitor the implementation of the rules and any difficulties that arise and report to the court in two years, which would be January 2006, with any recommendations for improvements.”The unbundled rules were approved by the court in 2003 after extensive study and became effective January 1 of this year. The rules allow lawyers to represent clients in discreet parts of a family law case without undertaking the work and responsibility of the entire representation. An attorney, for example, could be hired to draft certain pleadings or appear in specific hearings without assuming all of the duties and responsibilities of a normal attorney-client relationship.The rules were intended to address several issues. Those included providing help to pro se litigants in family law cases who can’t afford or don’t wish to pay the full services of a lawyer, but would like help on some parts of their cases. It was hoped that would improve the administration of justice by ending delays and problems caused by improperly filled out paperwork or a lack of understanding of court procedures.Practitioners also said the rules could provide a new source of business for some lawyers.Crowell said her committee is beginning to collect information about how the rules are functioning. It has already sent a questionnaire to chief circuit judges with a request they pass it along to judges and special masters involved in family law cases where unbundled services might be used.Now the committee is modifying the form and distributing it to Bar members, hoping to learn of their experiences with the new rules.So far, Crowell said committee members have had very little feedback on their own, but they plan to actively seek input from several sources, aside from surveying Bar members.“That’s the first step that we’re taking. The members are going to try to get responses from inns of courts, especially speciality inns, and family law sections of local bars,” said Crowell, who will also be approaching the Bar’s Family Law Section for its experiences.The panel hopes to provide its findings to the Bar Board of Governors by October 2005 so that the board has time to review any recommendations before reporting to the court the following January, she said.Besides Crowell, other members of the committee are Judge Linda Leslie Vitale, Judge Raymond McNeal, Judge Judith Kreeger, Bar Board of Governors member Sharon Langer, Joe David Lovelace, Kim Watson Torres, Kenneth L. Mann, Terrence Patrick O’Connor, James M. Coombs, and Jeffrey Toney.Below are the questions the committee is submitting to Bar members. They may be clipped from this article, answered, and mailed to the address below. The questions are also posted on the Bar’s Web site (www.flabar.org) in a downloadable, PDF format, which can also be mailed to the same address. How are unbundled legal services rules working?center_img How are unbundled legal services rules working?last_img read more

Brand new lawyers hear words of advice

first_img Brand new lawyers hear words of advice Brand new lawyers hear words of advice November 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newscenter_img ‘When money becomes more important than the case.. . our profession is in danger’ Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When 80 law school graduates were transformed into 80 new Florida licensed lawyers at a ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court October 10, there was plenty of sage advice to go around.Chief Justice Barbara Pariente said there is “always room for good lawyers” and “the unmet legal needs of children and the poor are tremendous.”Her trio of good advice included: respect your colleagues, clients, and judges; find a mentor to help guide you; and get in the habit of giving back to your community with pro bono activities.“You make a living by what you get,” she said. “You make a life by what you give.”Florida Bar President Alan Bookman told those gathered: “We must demonstrate that we lawyers truly do love justice, that we care about right and wrong, that we care about the legacy of justice we leave for our children and all of those who follow us.. . . “All of us must dedicate ourselves to the highest levels of professionalism. When money becomes more important than the case, when it becomes more important than justice for our clients, when the pursuit of profits overcomes the pursuit of justice, our profession is in danger. We must raise the expectations we all have of each other as lawyers and professionals, and in doing so we automatically raise the integrity and esteem of our profession.”First District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Benton noted the “Oath of Attorney” the new lawyers were about to take is printed in each month’s Florida Bar Journal, and he recommended they read it over each month for their first year in the profession.“Do everything you can to live up to your oath,” Benton said. “Among other things you are about to swear to is that you ‘will abstain from all offensive personality.’ This old-fashioned language contains a very current and very important imperative. We are under ethical obligation to be courteous in our dealings with lawyers and judges. Discourteousness pollutes the environment in which we work, which is unpleasant for us, and, much more importantly, may adversely affect the interest of those whom we are supposed to be serving. Courtesy is a must if the legal system is to function as it should. Courtesy keeps channels open. Keeping the channels open can make all the difference for your clients. You owe it to them to make it happen.”Jamie Billotte Moses, president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar, remembered being sworn in as a new lawyer 11 years ago, “consumed with pride and joy.” With a big smile, she enthusiastically said she woke up that day still consumed with pride and joy that she is a Florida lawyer.“I know for a fact that my love for this profession is due to my involvement in The Florida Bar.. . . I can guarantee you that you will have as much pride and joy in 11 years, 20 years, 32 years as you have today if you make a commitment to be involved in The Florida Bar and all its affiliate organizations,” Moses said.“Membership in The Florida Bar is mandatory, but active participation is a privilege. And it’s not a privilege because you need to be invited. You already are invited once you take this oath today.”Theodore Randolph Howell, one of the day’s new lawyers, was chosen to address his Class of 2005 colleagues and he honored family and friends who helped get them to this momentous occasion.“Along the way, each of us had special friends and families that helped us.. . . from the time we were a little kid helping us with our homework, taking care of us when we were sick, just being there when we needed someone to help us out. They have been along on this journey with us, and this accomplishment is as much a product of your hard work as it is ours,” Howell said.“Along the way, in doing hard work to achieve great things, don’t forget these wonderful friends and family that are here with us today to make this accomplishment possible. Strive to make a proper balance between work and what is really important: friendship and family.”Once Terry Rigsby, vice chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, announced the candidates in the courtroom had been “rigorously examined by the board, both as to knowledge of the law and understanding of the standards and ideals of the legal profession,” and that their backgrounds had been checked thoroughly and they are all fully qualified for admission to the Bar, each stood as their name was read.And then it was time to finally become lawyers, holding high right hands and saying in unison: “I do solemnly swear I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Florida.. . . ”last_img read more

Credit union CFO focus: Spotlight on certificate specials

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As credit union executives look to fund expanding loan portfolios, most turn to a tried-and-true method: promoting a share certificate “special.” Recognizing that price impacts volume, executives have historically ratcheted up the price on “CDs” to attract more depositor attention. It is simple and often works, but at what cost? Should senior managers be using this approach from last decade’s playbook? Here are some questions executives should be asking:Why are we running a share certificate special?Why are we paying more than Federal Home Loan Bank advance rates?How much are CD specials impacting our profitability?If every dollar attracted to our specials at rates over FHLB unnecessarily hurts our net income, what does success with this account look like?How do we measure the results of our promotional CD activity?Is there a less costly way to attract and retain funds?Do we have a well-designed, low-cost retention strategy for when these specials mature?The number and yield of specials varies across states. Below is a graphic of the recently offered CD specials in Massachusetts where the annual percentage yield is greater than comparable term FHLB advance rates. continue reading »last_img read more

HBOR provided EUR 100 million in favorable funds for projects of small and medium-sized enterprises and the public sector

first_imgThe Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) today signed a Framework Loan Agreement in the amount of EUR 100 million. Cooperation between HBOR and CEB began in 2001, and so far HBOR has concluded five loan agreements with CEB in the total amount of EUR 248 million, which have financed more than 900 SME projects and more than 70 infrastructure projects in public sector.The contract in the amount of EUR 100 million is intended for financing projects of small and medium-sized enterprises (EUR 70 million) and the public sector (EUR 30 million) that HBOR will implement through its existing programs. These funds will finance eligible investment projects of micro, small and medium enterprises and local and regional self-government and / or other public sector entities with the aim of creating and preserving sustainable jobs and improving living conditions in urban and rural areas. During the signing of this contract, Tamara Perko, President of the Management Board of HBOR, pointed out: “The new funds enable us to continue the implementation of favorable lending. New investments by small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as the public sector, are generators of growth and new employment. I thank you for the trust that the CEB has shown us and with today’s signing once again confirmed HBOR as a quality and reliable partner.”In the last three years, HBOR has invested five billion Euros in the tourism sector, which is about 20 percent of all HBOR funds. Also, the implementation of another HBOR financial instrument intended for the tourism sector – “ESIF Loans for Growth and Development” – has just started.Related news: HBOR OPENS NEW LOAN LINE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTREPRENEURS IN TOURISM – ESIF Loans for growth and development


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Trump, Obama have similar approaches

first_imgDonald Trump and Barack Obama: Both hype up their economy, ignoring or minimizing the many negatives.Both have failed to address climate change. Few consider Trump’s coal or Obama’s fracking as positive solutions to this problem.They each have a similar foreign policy, including giving aid to Saudi Arabia, which many blame on Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.Both give very optimistic but questionable predictions about resources: Trump’s 1,000 years of coal claim and Obama’s 100 years of natural gas claim. I’d say at this point Trump has more in common with Obama than with the usual comparison (Hitler).Colin YunickCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the… Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

This is our worst nightmare

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ABP takes majority stake in Dutch telecom towers operator

first_imgIn a joint statement, Corien Wortmann-Kool, ABP’s chair, said that the telecom sector was attractive to ABP “as it offered potential for strong growth and added to diversification within its infrastructure portfolio”.She added that the investment would contribute to managing and developing crucial infrastructure for mobile connection, in particular in the rural areas in the Netherlands.Earlier this year, ABP acquired a portfolio of 48 infrastructure assets for €700m from the Dutch Infrastructure Fund. Assets included the DUO government building in Groningen, the Montaigne school in The Hague, hospitals as well as part of the A15, the main access road to Rotterdam’s ports. Dutch civil service pension fund ABP has acquired a 75% stake in the Open Tower Company (OTC), which operates more than 800 telecom towers in the Netherlands.The OTC was previously owned by Rabobank and Novec, a subsidiary of power grid operator Tennet. Novec will keep its 25% stake, according to the four players.A spokesman for Rabo Bouwfonds Communication Infrastructure (CIF) said that the seller and buyer had decided not to provide financial details of the transaction.CIF and Novec set up OTC in 2009 in order to establish a telecom tower network for mobile communication in the Netherlands.last_img read more