SMC alumna helps refugees settle in South Bend

first_imgWhen Hazim Al-Adilee arrived in the U.S. in 2014, his wife Entidhar Abbood was nearly 7,000 miles away in Jordan, having been denied relocation privileges. Now, more than two years later, Abbood’s application to enter the U.S. has still not been approved, as Al-Adilee discussed at a lecture about migration on Tuesday at Saint Mary’s.Al-Adilee said his family established a happy life in Iraq, where he and his wife both worked as teachers, but was forced to move to Jordan after the rise of insurgents in his homeland.“They kill anybody in Iraq, especially if they know he is a teacher, a doctor,” Al-Adilee said. “We don’t know what happened. We are now refugees.”Al-Adilee said President Donald Trump’s desire to stop the entry of nationals from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen into the U.S. may prevent him from seeing his wife ever again. The situation is further complicated because Abbood suffers from diabetes and heart disease, according to Al-Adilee.“I have a green card now, but I cannot go back to help her,” he said. “If I go out of the U.S., I cannot enter again. That is a problem for me.”Alumna Laurie Pinter, class of ’84, who helps settle refugees in South Bend, said she aims to connect refugees with resources in the community that can fulfill their legal and medical needs. She said she works with a task force that arranges household items, enrolls children in school and conducts a cultural orientation for the refugees to make their transition easier. “We are supposed to have refugees settled and independent in 90 days,” Pinter said.“In anticipation of Hazim’s wife coming, we are trying to prepare what cardiologists we are going to have working with her.” Pinter said she strives to make refugees feel welcome in the U.S. by surrounding them with members of the local community.“As a resettlement agency, you’re trying to find a sponsor group, which often is a church, because as case managers … you are so busy,” Pinter said. “You don’t have the time to sit and socialize.”According to Pinter, many refugees are surprised that Americans spend so little quality time with their loved ones.“It’s really important to connect families with a group that can spend that time being social,” she said. “What I’ve learned doing this work is that we really are not a very social culture because people are shocked how busy we are as Americans. Having that church group that can help them acclimate and learn things about our culture is really important.”Pinter said the sheer number of steps involved in applying to enter the U.S. can be daunting, which likely discourages people with harmful motives from relocating to the country. “I just don’t think this is a way any possible terrorist is going to choose to come to the United States because it’s tough to get through this process,” Pinter said. According to Pinter, students should aim to dispel misconceptions about refugees while fostering dialogue with people who hold opposing viewpoints.“Stay informed,” she said. “Be aware. Use your voice to speak up. You have to hear what the other side is saying. Once in a while, listen in on people who are anti-refugee or anti-immigrant to know what the other side is saying and to have those conversations.”Tags: executive order, Refugees, SMC alumna, South Bendlast_img read more

Julianne Hough Checks Out Matthew Morrison in Finding Neverland

first_imgThe multi-talented Julianne Hough headed to Broadway’s Finding Neverland on September 16. The Emmy-winning choreographer/dancer/singer/actress/bride-to-be took in the magical show and then headed backstage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to congratulate the stars. See he hang out with leads Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly above and Neverland’s Teal Wicks and Kelly again below. Think she can persuade Morrison to dance with the Stars? Fingers crossed! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Finding Neverland View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Healthy Living Market named ‘Retailer of the Year’ by Grocers’ Association

first_imgKaty Lesser and Healthy Living, were honored by the Vermont Grocers’ Association with the VGA Retailer of the Year award during the association s annual convention at the Sheraton Burlington. The award was presented in recognition of their involvement with the community, food industry, store operations and customer service.Healthy Living is the state s largest natural foods market and has been family owned and operated for over 22 years. Its mission is to provide the community with a market that is dedicated to offering high quality food items at affordable prices, a child-friendly environment, and a place to gather, eat and learn. Lesser is joined in the operation of the store by her son, Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, and daughter, Nina Lesser-Goldsmith. The family has expanded the market several times culminating with the move to a brand new 35,000 square foot store on Dorset Street in South Burlington in 2008.They believe strongly in community service, and have donated to various local non-profits and charities since the store s founding in 1986. The Community Outreach Team at Healthy Living reaches many local organizations every year. As one example, throughout the months of March and April this year, Healthy Living Staff prepared and served five healthy meals a week to at-risk youth who use Spectrum Youth Services Pearl Street drop-in center. The partnership was a wonderful success for all parties and Healthy Living continues to foster similar partnerships with other non-profits in the community. We are very pleased to see Katy, her family and her store recognized with this award. They are dedicated to serving their customers and community, said Jim Harrison, VGA president, who presented the award. They represent that true entrepreneurial spirit as evidenced with the large investment in what is now a showcase of a natural foods marketplace.The Vermont Grocers’ Association is a statewide organization representing approximately 700 stores and 245 suppliers to the industry. The presentation took place at the association s annual convention at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel on September 12, 2009.Note: A photo of Healthy Living with the award can be accessed at: is external)Caption: Katy Lesser (center) of the Healthy Living Natural Foods Market along with Ian Roos and Jessica Piccirilli with the VGA Retailer of the Year at the association’s 75th anniversary convention September 12.A video of Healthy Living showed at the award presentation can be found at: is external).Source: Vermont Grocers’ Association. 9.18.2009last_img read more

Clips of the Week: Winter Edition

first_imgClips of the Week Winter Edition features some of the raddest videos from winter wonderlands far and near. From kayaking in Greenland to high-speed snowball launches and epic skiing, if the cold’s got you hunkered down at home, check out these amazing adventures and you’ll surely get your hiney off the couch.Into Perpetual IceSpecialized German Weaponry Launches Snowball @ 76mphThe Space BetweenTom Wallisch’s Skier’s Discretionlast_img

Dominican Republic: 500 kilograms of cocaine seized

first_img [ (Dominican Republic), 08/09/2013; National Directorate for Drug Control (Dominican Republic), 09/09/2013] By Dialogo September 09, 2013 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Dominican counter-narcotics authorities seized about 446 packets of cocaine weighing about 500 kilograms and arrested more than a dozen alleged narco-traffickers after a dawn raid on a maritime shipment resulted in a deadly gunfight on Sept. 4, officials said. The operation – the third major narcotics bust made by security forces in the Caribbean country in recent weeks – came to a dramatic conclusion on a beach in the country’s southwest. Using night-vision technology, Dominican security forces spotted a group of at least 18 suspected drug traffickers unloading a speedboat allegedly full of cocaine near the town of Juancho on the Caribbean coast. The suspected drug traffickers allegedly opened fire on a security forces’ helicopter, using various caliber weapons. From the helicopter, members of the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) returned fire. Two of the alleged drug traffickers were killed and at least two others were injured, the DNCD said in a prepared statement. The DNCD led the operation, which was supported by the Dominican military and agents from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The DNCD did not immediately identify those killed. In a statement, the agency identified two men who were injured – Luisito Turbi Carrasco, 21, and Soniel Pérez Samboy, 23. Authorities seized the shipment on a rarely visited stretch of coast better known for its coral reefs and fresh water pools. In the same area in early September, a stripped-down speedboat was found, suspected to be remnants of a previous drug shipment, Dominican media outlets reported. The DNCD said the early September shipment was on a speedboat from South America to the Dominican Republic, from where it would have been moved to consumers in Europe or the United States. In mid-August, DNCD agents seized 680 pounds of cocaine from speedboats presumably coming from Santo Domingo. On Sept. 2, Dominican authorities busted a clandestine cocaine laboratory that was discovered on a farm in a small town 40 kilometers west of the capital, Santo Domingo. Police seized 225 kilograms of cocaine paste, enough to make 2,000 kilograms of cocaine. It was the first such facility discovered in the Caribbean country. The laboratory was similar to processing facilities found in the Colombian jungle, where authorities periodically discover large labs capable of producing thousands of kilograms of cocaine. Analysts said the lab was further sign that traffickers are using the Caribbean to smuggle drugs. last_img read more

October 1, 2005 News and Notes

first_img October 1, 2005 News & Notes October 1, 2005 News and Notes News and Notes Steven J. Brodie of Carlton Fields was elected for a one-year term as secretary of the University of Miami Citizens Board. Additionally, Brodie was appointed chair of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council. Thomas R. Bopp of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa was re-elected to the board of directors of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Hodgson Russ in Boca Raton received the Carol S. Know Family-Friendly Employer Award from the Capital District Women’s Bar Association. Ravi Seepersad of Fowler White Boggs Banker in St. Petersburg was appointed to the executive committee of the INDUOS Chamber of Commerce. Joel C. Zwemer and Brad Gould of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer in Ft. Pierce assumed posts at the St. Lucie County Bar Association. Zwemer was installed as president and Gould was elected treasurer for 2005-2006. Jamie Billotte Moses of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap in Orlando was elected secretary of the Orange County Bar Association. David W. Henry of Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist was a featured speaker at the Florida Association of Independent Agents convention in Orlando. Henry presented “The Retail Agent’s Guide to Successfully Using the Wholesale Market.” Addtionally, Henry presented “Advertising Injury and Insuring Intellectual Property” to the MAIA in Mackinac Island, Michigan. Stanley M. Fisher of Budish & Solomon was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern District of Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Andrew C. Greenberg of Carlton Fields spoke at a panel discussion of the implications of the Supreme Court decisions in MGM vs. Grokster, “Interpreting Grokster: Protecting Copyright in the Age of Peer-to-Peer” at the U.S. Capitol Building. Larry Kunin spoke on “Simplifying Complex IT Litigation with Triers of Fact” at the 2005 International IT Law Conference in Los Angeles. Jose D. Sosa of Arnstein & Lehr in West Palm Beach was honored with a Leadership Spotlight by the Defense Research Institute’s Young Lawyer Committee. Rep. Jeffrey D. Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, of Morgan & Morgan in Ft. Myers was awarded an honorary gavel by the Florida Association of County Judges. Kottkamp also received the “Legislative Leadership Award” from the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Avery A. Dial of Ft. Lauderdale was appointed to the City of Ft. Lauderdale Community Services Board by the Ft. Lauderdale City Commission. John W. Merting of Pensacola, chair of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, presided at the institute’s three-day annual educational seminar in Atlanta. Merting also spoke to the Admiralty Law Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America at their Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada. He presented a paper on Medicare set-asides. Gail Leverett Parenti of Parenti, Falk, Waas, Hernandez & Cortina had the article “Hospital Liability for Uninsured Physicians: Bad Dream or Reality?” published in the Trial Advocate Quarterly. Mike Eidson of Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables was elected president-elect of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Carlton Fields received the “Friend of FAWL” award from the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Stephen G. Charpentier of Childress and Charpentier in Melbourne was sworn in as president of the Brevard County Bar Association. D. David Keller of Bunnell, Woulfe, Kirschbaum, Keller, McIntyre & Gregoire in Ft. Lauderdale spoke to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel at its annual meeting in San Diego. Keller’s topic was “Legal Malpractice: An Overview and Current Trends.” C. Richard Nail of GrayRobinson in Lakeland served as a faculty member for The Florida Bar’s Matrimonial Trial Advocacy Seminar. Fisher & Phillips in Ft. Lauderdale received an award of appreciation from the Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center in Tamarac for its pro bono work on behalf of the social service organization. Steven F. Befera of Peterson Bernard in Miami-Dade County was elected treasurer of the Dade County Bar Association. Brian S. Behar of Behar, Gutt & Glazer was elected to the board of governors of the Commercial Law League of America. Gerald I. Kornreich of Kornreich & Terraferma was awarded the Richard Milstein Award of Excellence by the Dade County Bar Association Put Something Back Program. Nathaniel L. Doliner of Carlton Fields in Tampa participated as a panelist on a program titled “Cross Border Strategic Alliances” at the American Bar Association annual meeting in Chicago. Beth J. Leahy of Walton, Lantaff, Schroeder & Carson was a featured speaker at the 2005 Florida Risk and Insurance Management Society Conference in Naples. Her topic was “Your Employees: Your Best Asset — Your Biggest Liability, or When is an Employer Liable for the Acts of its Employees, and When is an Employer Liable to an Employee for His Injuries?” Bradley G. Harper was appointed to the board of governors for Leadership Palm Beach County and will serve a two-year term. Lee B. Gordon was elected co-chair of the 2005 American Heart Association Palm Beach Heart Auction. Christine D. Hanley of West Palm Beach presented “Fair Pay, Fair Play: An Employer’s Guide to Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act” to the Human Resource Association of Broward County and the Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management. Lewis F. Collins, Jr., of Butler Pappas in Tampa will serve as president of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. Lincoln Connolly of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier in Miami was elected as a director of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Denise L. Wheeler of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Ft. Myers was elected vice president of the Lee County Association for Women Lawyers. Michael Elsberry of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed was appointed to the attorney advisory committee to the Middle District of Florida Historical Committee by Chief Judge Patricia Fawsett. Additionally, Leslie Armstrong and Lauren Heatwole of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed co-chaired the OCBA/Young Lawyers Section Law Clerk Reception. Joseph W. Hatchett of Akerman Senterfitt has been inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame. Reginald J. Mitchell was elected chair of the National Bar Association’s Civil Rights Section at their 80th Annual Convention in Orlando. Nina M. LaFleur of Stutsman & Thames was elected president of the Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association. Jon Crowder of Peak Rhythms, Inc., presented a program titled “Group Empowerment Drumming Programs in the Corporate World” to the annual International Academy of Management Meeting in Hawaii. Hal Kantor of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando was named vice chair of United Arts. Joan Nelson Hook of New Port Richey was a co-presenter at the 18th annual Florida State Guardianship Association conference in Miami. Hook and Richard Milstein presented a program highlighting recommendations for the organization’s Wingspan program and addressed national guardianship standards. Stacey Mullins of Lavalle, Brown, Ronan and Mullins served as a faculty member on “ATLA’s Trial Advocacy College: Depositions” in Denver. Andrew Chapin of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed was appointed to the steering committee for Count Me In! Count Me In!, an initiative of the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools in partnership with the UCF Metropolitan Center for Regional Studies. Morey Raiskin of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed spoke on “Wage and Hour Issues” at the Florida Restaurant Association’s Legislative Update in July. Mark P. Buell of Schropp, Buell & Elligett in Tampa was awarded the Michael A. Fogarty Memorial In the Trenches Award, recognizing excellence in civil litigation. Miranda Fitzgerald of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed moderated a panel of land use experts in a four-hour session on the new growth management law that took effect on July 1. Jorge Luis Lopez of Steel Hector & Davis and Francisco J. Cerezo of Tew Cardenas were named board members of Carlos Albizu University. Lopez was named chair. Rebecca Harrison Steele was elected to the board of directors for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and will serve as public relations officer. John VonLangen of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed received a letter of recognition for exceptional pro bono service in 2004 from the Supreme Court of Florida. Elizabeth “Liz” Hernandez of Coral Gables has been selected as president-elect of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. Jack R. Reiter of Adorno & Yoss spoke at The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section’s seminar “Preservation of Error” in Tampa. Gary Khutorsky of Stephens, Lynn, Klein, LaCava, Hoffman & Puya in Miami presented “An In-Depth Analysis of Insurance Coverage Options In Florida” for NBI seminars. Daniel P. Mitchell of GrayRobinson in Tampa was honored by the Florida Defense Lawyers Association with their continuing legal education award during their annual meeting. Submissions to the News and Notes and On the Move may be e-mailed to Melinda Melendez at read more

Pope Francis Calls for Compassion in Historic Speech to Congress

first_imgThe Francis viewing party was organized by Long Island Jobs with Justice, a workers’ rights and economic justice advocacy group based in Hauppauge.Victoria Daza, 27, the immigrant rights organizer for the group, appreciates Francis’ encouraging nations to be more accepting of immigrants.“I see it as more of a moral question,” Daza told the Press. “The fact of the matter is that if you are someone who values kindness, if you’re someone who values solidarity with those who are disenfranchised, then you cannot take a neutral stance on immigration because one of the most moral figures in our world is taking a stance on it.”Daza can sympathize with families seeking a new life. Daza left Peru with her grandmother when she was six years old. They crossed the US border together while her mother was being held as a political prisoner. One year later, Daza’s mother was able to secure political asylum in the US, she said.Seated in upholstered chairs in a semicircle facing the television, the group quietly watched Francis speak. Certain moments, like when Francis touched on family and faith, drew soft applause from some viewers.Afterward they briefly answered questions about his address. The majority were impressed with Francis’ ability to raise important issues without preaching or waving a finger of discontent.“He brings out the best even through his gestures,” said one woman. “He gives you many things to aspire to.”Daza said she was moved by the Pope’s comments on abolishing the death penalty.Another woman noted that his presence in America is important because the country is a “fire keg” right now.“He’s unifying everybody,” offered Taglialatela.Father Patrick Whitney, who’s been the priest at St. Peter of Alcantara Roman Catholic Church for nine years, reflected on Francis’ overall theme of compassion.The pontiff, he said, delivered a message of encouragement and the importance of “talking to each other and really respecting each other, no matter what religious background or no religion…that there’s a dignity about every human being and we need to begin to respect each other.”Parishioner Kathy McIntyre is hopeful Francis convinced people to be more tolerant of each other.“There will be differences on every single issue,” she told the Press, “but the challenge is to find the common ground and make it better for society.”With a potential federal government shutdown looming and an already vitriolic presidential race in full swing, the question is how lawmakers will use Francis’ message to better society.“Just being there was exhilarating, very moving as a Catholic,” Rep. King told the Press by phone after the session ended with the pontiff. “But a majority of the Congress is not Catholic, and it just seemed to be that reaction through the entire hall. But I certainly was very moved by him just being there.”King said the big takeaways were the moral issues the Pope raised, specifically about immigration and the environment.“We do have to look at foreigners being the same as ourselves, and we have to realize that immigrants are good people,” said King, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security committee. “At the same time…I also believe that we have to find a way to control our borders, and we have to have a much better idea of who’s in the country and who’s not. Otherwise, why have passports and visas and everything else? But again, I think it’s important that when we debate these issues, we do it honestly, and we try not to demonize and not try to attack the other side or somehow dehumanize the immigrants that we’re talking about.”The Congressman noted that Francis’ message appeared to resonate in Congress, but he’s not sure how long that will last, given the pressing issues rippling through the legislative body.“I think it did among some, but already there’s talk about shutting the government down on our side, and I think some Democrats almost relish the thought of the government being shut down so that they could say that we’re morons,” he said. “But it did have some sort of calming effect anyway.”Despite never having set foot on US soil before, Francis did not waste time ingratiating himself with his guests. He spoke about President Abraham Lincoln—”the guardian of liberty”—and Martin Luther King Jr., and his dream for a more inclusive America.“The challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the United States,” Francis told the lawmakers. “The complexity, the gravity and the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience.”The Pope’s America tour continues in New York. He’s scheduled to perform mass at Madison Square Garden and parade through Central Park, where more pomp and circumstance no doubt awaits. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Congress on Thursday got a lesson in morality and compassion from His Holiness but how long that message resonates once the pontiff leaves Capitol Hill is anyone’s guess.Pope Francis, the shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, stood before members of Congress and offered an impassioned plea for lawmakers to unite in raising families out of extreme poverty and reciprocating the openness that immigrants in the past were met with, while reminding them of their duties to those they serve—“especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk.”Francis, who made history as the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress, spoke passionately about a number of hot-button issues engulfing America today, including climate change and income inequality. Perhaps his most forceful plea came when he called for the “global abolition of the death penalty.”“I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes,” Francis said.The pontiff prefaced his death penalty remarks by talking about the world’s “responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development,” prompting sustained applause from lawmakers. His remarks appeared to be a veiled reference to abortion, but his quick transition to the death penalty left everything up to interpretation. Afterward, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) told the Press by phone that the overall consensus was that Francis was speaking about abortion.The Pope, who remains very popular in the US and around the world, did not deviate from addressing poverty and the plight of immigrants–issues that have made him such a worldwide favorite, even among people who lost faith in the Catholic Church or never showed much interest in its teachings.“I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty,” Francis said. “They too need to be given hope. The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes. I know that many Americans today, as in the past, are working to deal with this problem.”On immigration, he spoke about how being a son of immigrants has influenced him. He likened the current Syrian refugee crisis to the movement northward of South and Central Americans fleeing gang violence and brutal drug wars.Mentioning immigrant parents seeking a better life for their families, Francis said: “Is this not what we want for our own children?”“We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation, to respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal,” the pontiff said. “We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’”The Pope’s whirlwind US tour began Wednesday. He arrived in Washington D.C. to the type of pageantry and pomp that in retrospect does not represent the spirit he has embodied since his papacy began two years ago—as a champion of the poor and the marginalized. But with the palpable excitement that has engulfed the US since his long-awaited trip was announced, it’s difficult to imagine holding a more subdued celebration for a man so revered by millions worldwide.From coast to coast, the Pope’s visit has drawn interest from Catholics and non-Catholics alike.At St. Peter of Alcantara Roman Catholic Church in Port Washington Thursday about a dozen people, mostly parishioners, eagerly peered at the television as they waited to hear Francis’ remarks.They washed down bagels with coffee and listened to every word of newscasts covering the joint meeting of Congress. The media coverage gave the event the air of a Super Bowl pre-game show, replete with analyses and a breakdown of Francis’ brief period as the shepherd of the Catholic church.The Pope makes a historic visit to New York City Friday and Lourdes Taglialatela, 50, of Medford, will be among thousands at Central Park in Manhattan seeking to catch a glimpse of Francis.Taglialatela, the director of the parish social justice ministry at St. Peter of Alcantara, said she sees the face of Jesus Christ in Francis.“He has breathed new hope and a new passion into the Church, into the Catholic Church, into the Christian faith,” she told the Press. “And I think he’s going to be a remarkable force in uniting the Church.”“He is a man who is for the poor; his heart is for the poor,” she added. “That’s his plight. His plight is for justice for the poor, and that’s really our mandate as Christians: to reach out and take care of the poor.”Taglialatela could hardly contain her elation over Francis’ pending visit. When someone poked her head into the room, she loudly exclaimed: “There’s coffee and bagels—and the Pope!” View image | View image | gettyimages.comlast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Avian flu, tainted Baxter flu materials, anthrax attack findings , drug-resistant malaria, homeland security, E coli in well water

first_imgFeb 26, 2009Avian flu detected in Vietnam, EnglandThe H5N1 virus struck poultry in another Vietnamese province, Dien Bien in the northern part of the country, raising the number of affected provinces to 11, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. Authorities culled about 1,460 ducks and destroyed more than 1,000 eggs to stop the spread of the virus. Elsewhere, British officials have detected avian influenza at two small Bernard Matthews turkey-breeding farms in England, but have so far ruled out H5 and H7 strains, the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said today[Feb 26 Xinhua story][Feb 26 DEFRA press release]Czech lab incident updateNew details about H5N1-contaminated virus samples that caused a scare at a Czech Republic lab emerged today in a report from the Canadian Press (CP). The tainted Baxter International product was an “experimental virus material” that was supposed to contain the H3N2 virus. The product was distributed to an Austrian company to subcontractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Germany. Officials continue to investigate.[Feb 26 CP story]Scientists share anthrax investigation findingsThe chemical components of the Bacillus anthracis spores sent in letters in the 2001 bioterrorism incidents don’t match the bacteria in a flask linked to Bruce Ivins, according to experts who presented their findings at an American Society for Microbiology biodefense meeting on Feb 24, Nature News reported yesterday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Jason Bannan, however, said that spores from the flask could have been removed and grown under different conditions that exposed them to different chemicals. The FBI has alleged that Ivins, who committed suicide, mailed letters in 2001 that contained the deadly pathogen.[Feb 25 Nature News story]WHO says drug resistance could stonewall malaria controlParasite resistance to artemisinin detected at the Thailand-Cambodian border could undermine global efforts to control malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement yesterday. The parasite can adapt more easily to monotherapies, so health officials have instead supported treating uncomplicated infections with a combination therapy containing artemisinin. The WHO said it has received a $22.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help contain the spread of the resistant parasites.[Feb 25 WHO statement]White House orders homeland security reviewThe Obama administration issued its first presidential study directive (PSD) in Feb 23 ordering an interagency team to review how the White House coordinates its homeland security and counterterrorism capacities, Federal News Radio (FNR) reported yesterday. The White House has replaced homeland security directives with PSDs, FNR reported.[Feb 25 FNR story]E coli turns up in wells near outbreak siteSeventeen of 74 private wells in Locust Grove, Okla., tested positive for Escherichia coli, a pathogen that caused an outbreak linked to a local restaurant, the Tulsa World reported yesterday. The state’s attorney general has said poultry litter from area farms may have contaminated the restaurant’s water supply, which was found to contain poultry DNA earlier this month.[Feb 25 Tulsa World story]last_img read more

Asset management roundup: DWS integrates UN SDGs

first_imgPetra Pflaum, CIO for responsible investments at DWS, said: “Our new SDG rating system significantly enhances our ability to differentiate issuers of equities and bonds based on their contribution to making the world a better place.”UK trade body links with careers group for diversity pushThe UK’s asset management trade body has merged with careers group Investment 20/20 as part of an effort to improve diversity in the industry.In a joint statement, Investment 20/20 and the Investment Association (IA) said they would work to “make the investment industry more accessible and attractive to those from different backgrounds and at all stages of the career path”.They will also seek to improve the number of people returning to the industry after career breaks and attract people from other industries.Investment 20/20 said it had “enabled” more than 1,000 trainees to start careers in the asset management sector in the five years since it was established.Chris Cummings, CEO of the IA, said: “We want to build on the excellent track record of Investment 20/20 to date and ensure greater diversity is firmly at the heart of the investment industry. By joining forces, we can provide more firms access to Investment 20/20’s services.“A diverse workforce and a strong pipeline of talent are key to the success of any forward-looking industry, helping businesses to encourage innovation and new ideas. Our industry must also better reflect the customers it serves and that means raising awareness of careers within our sector and proactively growing an inclusive workforce.”Karis Stander, managing director of Investment 20/20, added that the partnership with the IA would improve the careers group’s “reach and scale”.“Our industry makes a significant contribution to society and provides tremendous opportunities so it is vital that we build a strong pool of talent for the future with young people from all backgrounds to reflect the rich and diverse makeup of the UK,” she said.Investment 20/20 will keep its brand following the merger.La Banque Postale Asset Management pledges 100% SRI managementFrance’s €216bn La Banque Postale Asset Management (LBPAM) has set itself a target of managing all its funds under a “socially responsible investment” (SRI) approach by 2020.In parallel, the asset manager said it would work with those institutional clients whose assets did not yet integrate “extra-financial filters”.Currently just over 50% of its assets – around €109bn – were managed according to an SRI approach, it said.Announcing the commitment last week, president of the board Daniel Roy said the objective was ambitious but the expression of a belief fully shared by the Banque Postale group teams.The asset manager would marshal all its resources to progressively get all its clients adhering to the approach, he added.A 70% subsidiary of La Banqe Postale, LBPAM was ranked 88th in IPE’s 2017 Top 400 Asset Managers report.Two more managers sign up to public sector cost disclosure codeJP Morgan Asset Management and BNY Mellon Investment Management are the latest fund managers to sign up to the Local Government Pension Scheme’s (LGPS) cost transparency code.Both companies were added to the LGPS Advisory Board’s website this week.According to LGPS funds’ annual reports, JP Morgan ran money for at least 14 local authority schemes.The vast majority of groups running money for the LGPS has signed up to the code. Used to illustrate costs, the templates are currently being adapted by the Institutional Disclosure Working Group, following concerns from the UK financial watchdog that costs were not clear enough. DWS – the new brand for Deutsche Asset Management – has said it has “systematically integrated” the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It has implemented a new rating system that uses MSCI’s ESG Sustainable Impact Metrics data to measure how companies and their products or services contribute to the UN’s 17 SDGs. DWS said the system meant it could “identify ESG leaders” through companies’ contributions to the SDGs and their wider compliance with “ESG quality and norm tests”.However, an initial analysis of equity indices found that in each case fewer than half of the underlying companies made a positive contribution, DWS said.last_img read more

Fast ferry service begins operating between Florida and The Bahamas

first_img Share Share Share Bahamas Express. Photo credit: thebahamasweekly.comFORT LAUDERDALE, USA — The Baleària Group has launched its new high speed ferry service between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama, under the Bahamas Express brand.The fast ferry Pinar del Río will operate the new service between Florida and The Bahamas, which completes the 76-mile crossing in two and a half hours. Baleària Bahamas Express operates on a daily basis, except on Wednesdays, departing from Fort Lauderdale at 10:00 and returning at 19:30, allowing US passengers to take day trips to Grand Bahama.The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, highlighted the potential of this area of the Caribbean and explained that it complements the routes which the company operates in the Mediterranean. Utor also pointed out that there is a market of over 200,000 passengers per year on this new route, adding that the company is also working on opening another connection to the island of Bimini, also in The Bahamas. He also stated that, despite the fact that at present the company only transports passengers, Baleària’s aim for the future is to bring to the United States the mixed route model (passengers, vehicles and cargo) that the shipping company uses in Spain. Baleària has invested 4 million Euros in the launching of this new route.“The Bahamas Express service provides an important link between South Florida and The Bahamas,” said David Johnson, director general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. “It is an affordable and easily accessible option that appeals to a variety of travelers, particularly families and for those seeking a relaxing and hassle free route to The Bahamas. We look forward to treating guests to our Bahamian hospitality, whether coming for a day or staying for a week.” The Pinar del Río, which travels at a speed of 32 knots, has a capacity to hold up to 463 passengers. Furthermore, the ship boasts different services such as a bar-cafeteria, duty free shop and tourist class and first class accommodation, among others. Fares start at $49 per person one-way, based on a roundtrip purchase.The Bahamas Express service was officially launched on Tuesday with a ceremonial exchange of plaques in Port Everglades.By Caribbean News Now contributor LifestyleTravel Fast ferry service begins operating between Florida and The Bahamas by: – December 22, 2011center_img Tweet 24 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more