All Encouraged to Join Day of Service on Monday Morning

first_imgVolunteers in a fall beach sweep in Ocean City, NJ.Volunteers are encouraged to clean up different parts of the city Monday (Jan. 19) during the annual Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The event takes place 9 a.m. to noon.Signups and cleanup supplies distribution will take place in the Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center (18th Street and Simpson Avenue) at any time during the event. Volunteers are encouraged to return to the Senior Center for a complimentary lunch after the cleanup.The event honors the spirit of community service taught by King.last_img read more

Dumpstaphunk Finds The Groove At The End Of The Oregon Trail [Review]

first_imgThe wild eyed guitar and bass antics of Hall don’t obscure his impressive skill on whatever stringed instrument rests in his hands. His back and forth eye contact with the man on the marque, and the keys, Ivan Neville, had the element of a soldier and a general, setting the plan of attack. Neville makes playing the organ look like a dance, as if each keystroke is an extension of a connection to a higher groove that he is trying to share. Whether he was entertaining the crowd with tales of their day of travel or extorting them to sing along as Dumpstaphunk shook the rafters, Ivan Neville gives the same full-tilt commitment to the moment, and it’s invigorating to see.For nearly two hours, Dumpstaphunk laid down slabs of pulsating funk that seemed to subsume the room  and made the people marionettes in the hands of musical masters. Guitarist Ian Neville continues to carve out more lead time in the mix, with several blistering leads and slinky rhythm lines that drew appreciative cheers from the packed house. When the last notes faded, an appreciative and somewhat bewildered audience greeted the band’s outstretched arms with an uproarious cheer, showing their appreciation for the mind warping display they had just undergone.The night’s festivities kicked off with Joytribe, a funk & soul collective based out of the Rose City. Led by sax player Chelsea Luker, the band was trying out some additional players, and the thick sound made a serious impact on the early arriving crowd. With show-stopping turns on the mic singing and playing Luker grabbed the listeners attention, but the funky vibe of the band kept them riveted. Their set was very well received, and it appears an answer was given to the band’s musical question of whether adding a few more hands was a good idea or not.It will be fun to see what the future brings for Joytribe! Dumpstaphunk is touring the Pacific Northwest, acting as funk ambassadors and making it their mission to bring the get down vibe to the people who need it, wherever they may be. Their noble quest brought them the Star Theater in Portland, OR on a clear Thursday night, which they filled with waves of bass, organ and slinky guitar that swept away everyone like a groove tsunami.There’s no adherence to the age old wisdom “Too much of a good thing” when it comes to Dumpstaphunk, as the trance dancing audience was delighted to hear. Nick Daniels possesses one of the deepest, sweetest bass tones of any living player that strikes listeners at their centers and takes hold. Over the course of the set, he ranged from precise to sludge-thick, while sharing lead vocal duties in a powerful falsetto. As always with Dumpstaphunk, if one is good then two must be better, and Daniels was joined in the deep end by multi-instrumentalist Tony Hall.last_img read more

Which of 2017’s Oscar-Nominated Films Should Be a Broadway Musical?

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.It’s Oscar season, which means it’s the best time of year to eat wayyy too much popcorn as you check out all of the nominees up on the big screen. As we know, it’s not uncommon for our favorite flicks to be transformed into Broadway musicals. A Bronx Tale, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard and Waitress are all movie-inspired and currently playing on the Great White Way; Amélie, Anastasia and Groundhog Day are poised to bow this season. So which of 2017’s Oscar-nominated films (be it for Best Picture or otherwise) should inspire the next screen-to-stage tuner? This choice isn’t up to the Academy, but to you, the fans! Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan started this challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn. You can also share this challenge with friends at your Oscar viewing party!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Commentslast_img read more

Honduran and U.S. Marines Conduct Joint Training to Bolster Defenses

first_imgIn water combat instruction, the FNH service members are training to repel drug traffickers in a variety of ways while evading enemy fire. They practice with small boats and rubber rafts. The Honduran Naval Force (FNH) is training with Soldiers from U.S. Marine Forces South (MARFORSOUTH), the Marine component of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), in an effort to fortify the Central American country’s sea, air, and land shields against drug trafficking and organized crime. The six-month program, which focuses on survival tactics, water combat, martial arts, and first aid for those wounded in combat, is being held at the Naval Training Center (CAN) at Trujillo Colón Base in Puerto Castilla and will last until the end of August. “The United States has the doctrine and the courses. We have adapted the training to our real-life circumstances… The training is focused on combating drug trafficking and urban operations because in our country, the big threat is from the scourge of drug trafficking.” Leadership skills The FNH service members participating in the training are between the ages of 20 and 25. The FNH training officers are working in cooperation with four officers and a physician from the U.S. Marine Corps, under the command of First Lieutenant David Lemelin, MARFORSOUTH. In addition to tactical and physical training, FNH officers are teaching map reading, ground navigation, and leadership skills to the young service members. The FNH instructors are training their young colleagues to make quick, timely decisions during Military operations. The narcotraffickers, who were traveling on a go-fast boat and carrying high-powered firearms, wounded three service members during the firefight that ended with the FNH capturing four suspects and seizing the Russian-made RPG grenade launcher. Strong, decisive leadership is crucial during moments when FNH service members are suddenly confronted with dangerous situations. “In Honduras, our challenges are very similar to terrorism because we don’t know whether some drug traffickers might suddenly fire an RPG 7 grenade launcher at us, as it happened in October 2015, when we repelled the attack and captured some of them,” Capt. Reyes stated. Five officers and 13 non-commissioned officers are taking the Specialized Course for Marines, which is taught by the 11 FNH officers who completed a MARFORSOUTH course in fighting narco-trafficking and organized crime in September 2015. “These young men and women will be the first FNH Marines to graduate after being taught by their Honduran colleagues, under the supervision of United States Marines,” explained Captain Álvaro Reyes, CAN director, in an interview with Diálogo. center_img This incident occurred during a drug enforcement operation in the Caribbean Sea, when a gang of narcotraffickers attacked the FNH in the middle of the night between the communities of Cusuna and Iriona in the department of Colón, the Honduran newspaper El Heraldo reported. In survival tactic training, for example, participants are taught to work as a team in the event of an emergency on board the ship, or if they must abandon the vessel. “In this survival training, the participants have developed the ability to float with their team, link up, and stay together until they arrive at a safe place,” Capt. Reyes stated. At the end of the course, the Honduran instructors provide first aid training. “Youths in the FNH will develop the ability to protect their entire team,” Capt. Reyes said. “In the event of wounded or casualties, the victim will receive aid until they arrive at a safe place where they are not in danger of an attack.” By Dialogo March 18, 2016 “We are committed to ensuring that our Marines are adequately prepared to provide effective support to our Honduran counterparts,” 1st Lt. Lemelin said. “Cooperation in security with our Honduran partners is mutually beneficial. Together, we are perfecting our abilities. Our continuing association could constitute an essential part of the solution to the problem of transnational drug trafficking, keeping in mind adequate resources, training, and intrinsic motivation and dedication we have seen in Honduras’s Marines.” Capt. Reyes added that “SOUTHCOM [MARFORSOUTH] requires our instructors do their jobs correctly, as they were taught. In some classes, they provide us support as auxiliary instructors. They are letting us conduct the training.” The continual training of the FNH’s personnel has borne fruit in the Armed Forces’ battle against drug trafficking. The FNH has seized more than 13,000 kilograms of cocaine during the last two years, the Secretariat of the National Defense (SEDENA) reported on February 19th. SEDENA deploys the FNH on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to prevent narcotrafficking groups and transnational criminal organizations from using the country as a transshipment point for cocaine and precursor chemicals for manufacturing synthetic drugs.last_img read more

Getting buy-in for your credit union marketing

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Most every marketer in a bank or credit union has struggled to get buy-in for a marketing campaign, promotion, the marketing budget, and other facets of the marketing discipline. There’s an old adage, “everyone’s a marketer,” but that doesn’t seem help much when support is needed to move marketing forward. Why not?Let’s jump into why buy-in can be so hard to attain and then explore the four elements that make up the secret sauce to getting everyone to rally behind your marketing efforts!Why is Buy-In for Marketing so Hard to Achieve?There are a few reasons why obtaining marketing buy-in is so hard to achieve.One is that your peers are busy, distracted, and bothered with their own tasks, workloads, personnel, and resource challenges. It’s easy to give a knee-jerk reaction to your idea, often usually turning it down, if it means more work for them. However, they likely won’t exert much more effort than that if you don’t give them good reason to.last_img read more

Report Sheds Light on Money Laundering ‘Loophole’ Abused by Criminals

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) and a New York City Democratic Congresswoman are co-sponsoring legislation that would lift the veil on shell companies that hide the owners’ true identity in order to move potentially ill-gotten gains through the United States as a ploy to evade scrutiny from federal and state authorities.The bill, which will be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by King and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) on Thursday, comes on the heels of an explosive hidden camera investigation by the anti-corruption nonprofit Global Witness that aired Sunday on 60 Minutes.“This is a massive loophole,” Maloney told reporters Monday. “And it’s really hurting our efforts to combat corruption and money laundering.”To document how the uber-wealthy hide their funds, whether they became rich legally or through nefarious deals, the anti-fraud activists had an undercover investigator meet with 13 New York City law firms under the guise of representing a West African mining minister who made millions of dollars from government business. At the time of the inquiry, one of the lawyers was the president of the American Bar Association.The investigator said the minister wished to secretly purchase a brownstone, a yacht and a private jet with the funds he obtained. London-based Global Witness deliberately concocted a story meant to raise red flags to test how far the lawyers were willing to go. In separate preliminary meetings, all but one of the 13 lawyers suggested the minister use an anonymously owned company or trust to essentially launder the ill-gotten gains. Some even noted that their firm’s bank account could be used in the transaction.None of the lawyers actually took the investigator on as a client and money never exchanged hands, Global Witness said.Jeffrey Herrmann, the lone lawyer who refused to discuss the matter, repeatedly said, “It’s not for me” and ended the conversation.The undercover investigator taped the conversations in 2014.Gillian Caldwell, CEO of Global Witness, said in a conference call with reporters Monday that shell companies were “like getaway cars for the criminal and the corrupt.”She noted that a “loophole”—in this case, creating a quasi-legitimate company for the purpose of laundering money—is popular among organized gangs, tax evaders, credit card scammers and terrorists.The bill being sponsored in the House would target criminals who abuse state laws in order to create a back door into the banking system. The legislation would close the loophole by requiring a company to disclose the identity of its owner.Maloney said in the conference call that if states refused to act, then the U.S. Treasury Department would then step in. Only law enforcement would be privy to the owner’s information. “This simple requirement would enable law enforcement to stop money from flowing across our borders to terrorist organizations,” King said in a statement through a spokesman.The number of people who create shell companies to hide money in the US and around the world is believed to be legion.Governments across the world have sought to tackle the problem, but critics say the US has not done enough to stop money from flowing into the country.“The United States is sadly lagging behind,” said Caldwell, the Global Witness CEO, during the conference call.According to Global Witness, the World Bank considers the US as the top destination for corrupt politicians and criminals to launder money through shell companies.The World Bank in 2011 wrote a report titled “The Puppet Masters: How the Corrupt use Legal Structures to Hide Stolen Asset and What to do About it?” that recommended governments take steps to make anonymous companies more transparent.“It serves as a powerful reminder that recovering the proceeds of corruption is a collective responsibility that involves both the public and private sector,” the World Bank wrote in its report. “Law enforcement and prosecution cannot go after stolen assets, confiscate and then return them if they are hidden behind the corporate veil.”On Monday, Caldwell said none of the lawyers recorded via hidden camera broke any laws. And some did say they would need more information about the minister and his funds.Still, Maloney said even going so far as suggesting ways to move questionable sums of money around in the US is “unacceptable.”“Our legal system should not protect the rights of bad people to do bad things in secret,” Maloney told reporters.Sounding exasperated about the status quo, Maloney noted: “It isn’t difficult for them to do so. In fact, it’s shockingly easy.”Previous attempts to strengthen laws to increase transparency have been defeated. Maloney said she believes there’s more public pressure to get it done this time around.Global Witness also has a petition calling for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to support similar legislation in the U.S. Senate.center_img Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Saville Gordon NAV shoots up

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Spanish castle hidden in the Noosa hinterland

first_imgThe home has a strong Spanish feel. One of several outdoor spaces to relax in. 74 Foxtail Rise, Doonan Qld 4562EVERY home may well be a castle, but this family has taken that to heart, resulting in a Spanish “castle” hidden in a Queensland forest.Sitting on the edge of a ridge in the Noosa hinterland, the solid three-level property sits fortress-like looking over surrounding forest. It’s solid, with concrete floors, walls and in the lower levels even concrete ceilings too, according to agent Alex Harris of Noosa4Sale.“It is an imposing house built in the Spanish style, and incredibly, built of concrete,” she told The Courier-Mail.Located just a 10-minute drive from Noosaville, the four bedroom, three bathroom home at 74 Foxtail Rise, Doonan, has been priced to sell at $1.2m. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoThe light terracotta feel stands out against the vivid greenery surrounding it.“This is a great family home — there is nothing precious about it. Kids and dogs can run through it — you won’t hear it, they can’t ruin the floor. “And while there is no media room, each bedroom is massive, with plenty of room for desks, TVs, play areas and room for sleep overs. And who wouldn’t want to have a sleep over in a Spanish Castle?” GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S FREE REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX Unlike many real castles, this home has aircon, instant gas hot water, gas cooktop, 5kW solar power, 90,000 litres of rainwater storage and an envirocycle waste system.“The current owners love it, and parting with it has been a difficult decision, but they want to pack the kids up and travel around Australia for a year or two so the house has to go,” Ms Harris said.“While the property looks like it is mostly impenetrable forest, it has walking trails cut through to the spring-fed dam, and into the bush reserve at the rear boundary.“There are so many lovely outdoor rooms. My favourite is the conversation pit atop the concrete rainwater tanks. It is just such a great use of the area. But nothing can beat a 12m by 7m terrace on the top floor with views to Noosa.” The acreage property is on the edge of a forest reserve. The little touches transport this home to another continent. Great spot for a party.The home has a Mediterranean herb garden and more than enough room to build a pool should you want one close to the house.Ms Harris called it “an idyllic sanctuary for free-range children and adults alike”.“The garage is huge and is designed to fit two cars parked in tandem each side, or as the current owners have, collectors car and boat on one side, car, bar and pool table the other. “The cellar and additional storage under the house is also quite amazing. The house itself is an adventure.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Regulatory pressure forces Dutch scheme to consider liquidation

first_imgHe also noted that the best solution for pensioners could be placing their pension rights with an insurer, which must guarantee their benefits.Another potential option could be the proposed APF, although Bakker said this would depend on the ultimate shape of the new pensions vehicle.The pension fund’s policy funding – the new criterion for indexation and rights cuts – was 115.1% as of the end of February.The scheme said it expected this figure, based on the 12-month average of current funding, to decrease.In an additional clarification, Bakker cited “ever-expanding” supervisory pressure from regulator De Nederlandsche Bank.“Moreover,” he said, “the new financial assessment framework is likely to raise costs for small pension funds.”Last year, the regulator fined the Consumentenbond scheme €17,500 for twice failing to meet deadlines for the submission of documents. Dutch consumer industry group Consumentenbond has said it is exploring its options on the future of its €70m pension fund, including the possible liquidation of the scheme. Chairman Rob Bakker said “sharply increased” financial and administrative burdens were proving a growing obstacle for maintaining the scheme’s independence, but he also warned that the board’s continuity was “at stake”.He said four of the six current trustees were over 60, and that he himself had decided to step down at the end of the year, after 10 years at the helm.According to Bakker, one of the options for the scheme will be to join a non-mandatory industry-wide pension fund, such as PGB, which does not require an incoming scheme to change its pension arrangements.last_img read more

Nordic roundup: PensionDanmark, Bergen Kommunale Pensjonskasse, TELA

first_imgPensionDanmark’s latest real estate transactionPensionDanmark has invested in a retail and residential building in Lyngby to the north of the Danish capital Copenhagen.The DKK222bn (€29.8bn) pension fund did not disclose the price of the deal.The deal involved the purchase of 4,200 sqm of space from turnkey contractor KPC, along with long-term leases. Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of PensionDanmark, said: “This is a very well-located property with retail areas on the ground floor and a basement car park that PensionDanmark is buying, and there will be homes built on the upper floors.”He said the property would be rented out on long-term irrevocable leases, so the pension fund could look forward to a “solid and stable return for many years for the benefit of our members”.KPC has agreed to sell the property on completion of the development, which is expected to happen in 2019.The property will be leased by retail group Dansk Supermarked Ejendomme with an operator contract with Q-Park for the carpark, while the residential units will be leased to public housing association Lyngby Almene Boligselskab.Bergen pension fund doubles annual returnMeanwhile, Bergen Kommunale Pensjonskasse (BKP) – the pension fund for the south-west Norwegian municipality – released annual figures showing it doubled its investment return last year to 7.2%, from 3.3% in 2015.The pension fund said: “For several years, our asset management has delivered a return far above the risk-free return, and this means we are well equipped to cope with volatile markets in the future.”BKP has a long-term goal of an annual 5.5% return.The pension fund said its strategy had functioned well under prevailing market conditions and that the long-term target was realistic.BKP’s equity capital rose by NOK111m (€12.1m) over the course of 2016 to end the year at NOK1.38bn, and total assets stood at NOK15.30bn.Finnish pension funds add 4.2%In other news, Finnish pensions alliance TELA said earnings-related pension assets in the country grew by €7.6bn last year.This marked a rise of 4.2%, to €188.5bn in total at the end of the year. Peter Halonen, analyst at TELA, said: “Financial markets recovered surprisingly well, especially after the political surprises and other uncertainty factors experienced during the year.”In the last quarter of 2016, the best returns were obtained from the equity market, he said.At the end of the year, €95.2bn of earnings-related pension assets were invested in equities, equating to 50.5% of overall assets – the first time equities had reached more than half of total assets, Halonen said.Fixed income investments accounted for about €77.8bn or 41.2%, while real estate investments made up around €15.4bn or 8.2%, the data showed. “The volume of pension assets indicates that Finland has prepared well for population ageing and rising pension expenditure,” Halonen said.last_img read more