Pallota debunk rumours of Roma sale

first_imgJames Pallotta has refuted rumours he could sell Roma to an Arab investor for €800m tagging it as very fake news.According to reports cited on Football Italia, the American owner had been in talks with a potential buyer since the beginning of October and had named his price as €800m.Reports from newspaper reports claimed the investor was linked to Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, with talks stalling after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.However, Pallotta has debunked those claims in the strongest possible terms, telling Centro Suono Sport that the reports are “very fake news”.The owner also assured that he’s still working on the new stadium, though he’s currently in Boston and the matter is the hands of the lawyers.Roma have secured a place in the round of 16 of the Champions League but are currently struggling on the league front with reports suggesting manager Eusebio could be axed.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo sells stunning Cheshire mansion where he lived

first_imgJuventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has sold the Cheshire mansion he lived in while playing for English side Manchester United – for £3.25 million.The amount is – £645,000 less than he bought it for in 2008 as he reportedly paid £3,895,000 for the five-bedroom property in Alderley Edge.Ronaldo who now lives in Turin following his arrival at Juventus last summer bought the three-floor house just a year before signing for Spanish giants Real Madrid. There were reports the former Madrid player first tried to sell the mansion in 2009, but was unable to find a buyer hence the decision to lease it.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Manchester United and England defender Luke Shaw rented the property since 2014, paying £7,000-a-month.However, Daily Mail reports that the house which was put up for sale in last Christmas has now been bought, ‘subject to contract’.Ronaldo played for Manchester United before signing for Real Madrid in 2009.last_img read more

Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Immigration FacebookTwitter December 10, 2018 AP, Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration AP Posted: December 10, 2018 SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 32 people at a demonstration Monday that was organized by a Quaker group on the border with Mexico, authorities said. Demonstrators were calling for an end to detaining and deporting immigrants and showing support for migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers.A photographer for The Associated Press saw about a dozen people being handcuffed after they were told by agents to back away from a wall that the Border Patrol calls “an enforcement zone.” The American Friends Service Committee, which organized the demonstration, said 30 people were stopped by agents in riot gear and taken into custody while they tried to move forward to offer a ceremonial blessing near the wall.Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said 31 people were arrested for trespassing and one was arrested for assaulting an officer.More than 300 people, many the leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, participated in the demonstration at San Diego’s Border Field State Park, which borders Tijuana, Mexico.The rally held on a beach divided by the border wall was the second confrontation for Border Patrol agents since a caravan of more than 6,000 migrants, predominantly Hondurans, reached Tijuana last month. A confrontation with rock-throwers from Mexico led to U.S. agents firing tear gas into Mexico on Nov. 25 and a five-hour closure of the nation’s busiest border crossing.Thousands of migrants are living in crowded tent cities in Tijuana after undertaking a grueling journey from Central America to the U.S. border. Many face waiting weeks or months in Mexico while they apply for asylum. The U.S. is processing up to about 100 claims a day at the San Diego crossing, which is creating a backlog.The demonstration Monday was meant to launch a national week of action called “Love Knows No Borders: A moral call for migrant justice,” which falls between Human Rights Day on Monday, and International Migrants’ Day on Dec. 18, the group said.“Showing up to welcome and bless children, mothers and fathers seeking asylum from very difficult and dehumanizing circumstances is the right and humane thing to do,” said Bishop Minerva G. Carcano, from the San Francisco Area United Methodist Church. “How we act in these moments determines who we will become as a nation.”The group also is calling on Congress to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.RELATED STORY: Advocacy group walks to show support for asylum seekers at US-Mexico border last_img read more

California Assembly approves phone bill fee to improve 911 system

first_img June 18, 2019 Posted: June 18, 2019 California Assembly approves phone bill fee to improve 911 system SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are negotiating a pair of proposed tax increases as the deadline approaches for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a $214.8 billion operating budget.Lawmakers approved the budget bill last week, but lawmakers still must pass more than a dozen “trailer bills” that detail how the money must be spent.Monday, the state Senate approved a plan to raise taxes on some business income and give that money to people who earn less than $30,000 a year in their annual tax refunds. The Assembly, meanwhile, approved a fee of up to 80 cents per month on phone bills — including cell phones — to pay for an upgrade to California’s aging 911 system following the most devastating wildfire season in state history.The businesses taxes are a tough vote in the Assembly , where Democrats in power have concerns about voting to align the state’s tax code with a portion of the 2017 federal tax law signed by Republican President Donald Trump. The 911 fee is a tough vote in the Senate, where lawmakers are wary of voting again on a cell phone fee after a similar proposal fell one vote shy of passing last year.Lawmakers in both chambers breezed through a series of trailer bills on Monday that did things like temporarily suspend taxes on diapers and tampons and extend the state’s paid family leave program by two weeks. Lawmakers passed each one with little debate and with bipartisan agreement on several points.But the Legislature is poised for a pair of critical votes on Thursday on the 911 fee and business taxes, with leaders in both chambers trying to pressure the other one to vote.“It is really kind of part of our strategy to make sure one house takes a vote that may feel difficult by the other house, and vice versa,” said Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat and chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee. “I think those are appropriate dots to connect.”The business tax changes are part of a plan to selectively adopt some of the federal tax changes Trump signed into law in 2017. Some items would lower taxes and others would increase them. Overall, the state would get an additional $1.6 billion in revenue during the fiscal year that begins July 1.Newsom wants to use most of that money to triple the state’s earned income tax credit program, which boosts the size of annual tax refunds for low-income people. The plan would make about 1 million more people eligible for the credit. Plus, it would give $1,000 to people who make less than $30,000 a year and have at least one child under 6.But the plan would still not include immigrants who pay taxes but do not have Social Security numbers. Newsom would not include that in the budget because he said it was too expensive, but pledged to work toward it in future years.In an effort to win votes, lawmakers have stopped referring to the bill as “conforming” to the federal tax code, but instead call it “loophole closure.” Assemblyman Adam Gray, a moderate Democrat from Merced, supports the bill. He said he has never seen “so much consternation” about a tax bill, noting lawmakers often conform to federal tax changes without controversy.The 911 fee is an effort to upgrade the state’s system so it can handle text messages, photos and videos. But the fund that pays for the system is based on a fee for each phone call. The fund has been steadily declining as more people opt to send text messages.Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, R-Big Bear Lake, argued that the state should use some of its surplus to pay for the changes rather than raise fees on consumers. But Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, argued that the state’s 911 system is essential and requires funding beyond a short-term surplus.“Yes, we have a surplus. But we don’t always have a surplus in California,” she said. “We will always have emergencies.” Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP, AP last_img read more

Councilwoman Barbara Bry on running for Mayor of San Diego

first_imgCouncilwoman Barbara Bry on running for Mayor of San Diego Posted: June 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 11:18 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Councilwoman Barbara Bry stopped by Good Morning San Diego to to discuss her campaign, state preemption of local planning, scooters, and STVRs. center_img June 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Announces 20082009 Officers and Committee Assignments

first_imgThe Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) has confirmed Johnny Dodson from Halls, Tennessee, as President, and John Hoffman from Waterloo, Iowa, as Chairman. Board members also elected Rob Joslin from Sidney, Ohio, to serve as First Vice President, an office that places Joslin in line to be ASA President next year. Also elected were Ron Kindred from Atlanta, Illinois, as Secretary, and Steve Wellman from Syracuse, Nebraska, as Treasurer. Four Vice Presidents also were elected: Randy Mann from Auburn, Kentucky; Alan Kemper from Lafayette, Indiana; Ray Gaesser from Corning, Iowa; and Joe Steiner from Mason, Ohio. These soybean producer-leaders form the nine-member ASA Executive Committee. Elections were held on Thursday, Dec. 11, during ASA’s winter Board of Director’s meeting in Saint Louis.”The outlook for both the soybean industry and the American Soybean Association is bright,” Dodson said. “We are a grassroots agricultural organization and one of the keys to our success is membership. The leadership of ASA gets direction from our membership and we encourage our members to continue to participate in ASA and their state affiliates.””For over 88 years, the American Soybean Association has been a leader in the U.S. soybean industry and soybean farm and trade policy,” said ASA First Vice President Rob Joslin. “As chairman of ASA’s Public Affairs committee, I’m looking forward to working with ASA leaders to continue our domestic and international policy work. Among the issues that we will need to work on in the coming year are implementation of the Farm Bill, climate change legislation and free trade agreements.”Following the elections, committee assignments were announced. Public Affairs Committee Chairman Rob Joslin is joined by committee members Alan Kemper (IN), Dan Beenken (IA), Charles Cannatella (LA), Kelly Forck (MO), Ray Gaesser (IA), Ted Glaub (AR), Leo Guilbeault (Canada), Ron Kindred (IL), Joe Layton (M-A), Robert Ross (OK), Curt Sindergard (IA), Lawrence Sukalski (MN), Jack Trumbo (KY) and Steve Wellman (NE).The Membership Services & Corporate Relations committee Chairman is Joe Steiner, with committee members Ron Bunjer (MN), Mark Detweiler (GA/FL), M.D. Floyd (SC), Mark Jackson (IA), Joseph Mills (AL), David Poppens (SD), Mike Skinner (TX), Jeff Sollars (OH), Warren Stemme (MO), Andy Welden (MI), Wyatt Whitford (NC) and Bob Worth (MN).Randy Mann was appointed Chairman of the Trade Policy & International Affairs Committee. Committee members are Dennis Bogaards (IA), Mike Cunningham (IL), John Freeman (AR), Scott Fritz (IN), Tim Goodenough (WI), Bob Henry (KS), Kevin Hoyer (WI), Dennis Jaeger (SD), Jason Nelson (ND), Jim Miller (NE), Ron Moore (IL), Danny Murphy (MS), Barb Overlie (MN), Lance Peterson (MN) and Charles Skalsky (VA).Steve Wellman was appointed Chairman of the Finance Committee, with Ray Gaesser (IA), Ted Glaub (AR), Bob Henry (KS) and Joe Layton (M-A), serving as committee members.The Board welcomed nine new members who are Jim Miller (NE), Dave Poppens (SD), Lance Peterson (MN), Lawrence Sukalski (MN), Ron Bunjer (MN), John Freeman (AR), Jeff Sollars (OH), Warren Stemme (MO) and Jason Nelson (ND).ASA also recognized retiring directors Bob Rikli (NE), Bob Metz (SD), Gary Joachim (MN), Ed Hegland (MN), Greg Devries (Canada), Mark Watkins (OH), Neal Bredehoeft (MO) and Rick Ostlie (ND).last_img read more

Farmer Feature Iowa Farmer Supports WSF Mission to Reduce Malnutrition

first_imgLarry and Jan Marek live on a family farm in Iowa, established in 1896 and today known as Marek Land and Livestock. The couple operates the farms along with sons Tim and Brad, on land ranging from prairie to transitional, with an acre base of four sections. The enterprise has had steady, sustainable growth, and uses various conservation practices that protect the land for the next generations, including terraces, contours, no-till, grassland for the beef cows and more. Four hundred acres of rye were flown in this past fall for use as a cover crop.“I thank the ASA for their very capable legislative work and thank the World Soy Foundation for their work in providing soy as a source of protein in those areas of difficult food production.” (Photo Credit: Farm News)Larry said his concerns for the future of agriculture include nutrient management, water management, over regulation without scientific research and the misunderstanding regarding GMO crops and their necessity in feeding a growing population. Transition to following generations due to tax laws and the difficulty for younger farmers in establishing a unit capable of providing a living for a farm family is also a concern.“I believe one of the most challenging problems for the future will be getting food to the growing populations in the poorer countries,” Larry said. “I thank the ASA for their very capable legislative work and thank the World Soy Foundation for their work in providing soy as a source of protein in those areas of difficult food production.”In addition to managing his farms, Larry finds time to get involved in various leadership roles within the industry. He is serving his fourth year as a United Soybean Board (USB) director and was recently elected to the Strategic Management committee. Larry is confident USB will continue to invest check-off dollars wisely in serving markets and developing new uses and markets that will provide the highest returns for U.S. soybean producers. He also served as a State Representative in Iowa following his service on the Iowa Promotion Board and the Iowa Soybean Association for a number of years.“I’m excited about the development of High Oleic soybeans knowing that this is one of the factors that will make us more competitive in the oils market,” Larry said. “There are a number of projects coming forward that will add value to our soybeans, as well as what’s yet to be accomplished in genetics.”The WSF thanks Larry for his leadership in our industry and especially for his support of our mission of reducing malnutrition through the power of soy. To join Larry and hundreds of others in supporting the WSF, click here to give the gift of protein today! Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to stay up-to-date on the most recent news.last_img read more

Wildfire hazard prompts warning

first_imgRecognizing the increased summertime fire hazard, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Thursday will impose a new restriction banning the use of chain saws in the afternoon.Starting Thursday, chain saws used by loggers or wood gatherers can’t be used between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., when the risk of sparking a fire is the highest.State land managers in Southwest Washington emphasize keeping campfires in approved fire pits and making sure to fully extinguish these fires before departing.Keep a bucket of water and tools for dirt-scraping handy to quickly snuff out any embers that escape the fire ring, and clear all vegetation from within 3 feet of any fire.The state Department of Natural Resources lists the fire hazard as “moderate” in Clark and Skamania counties.last_img read more

Driver flees car crash leaving injured passenger trapped

first_imgA driver who crashed into a tree Saturday night in north Clark County ran away from the scene leaving behind a seriously injured passenger trapped in the wreckage, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The crash was reported about 8:30 p.m. on the 15000 block of Northeast Cedar Creek Road, just east of Pup Creek Road, said CCSO Sgt. Tony Barnes. Drivers who came across the scene reported seeing someone running east away from the crash scene, but they couldn’t tell if the person was a man or woman.The passenger, who appears to have suffered internal injuries and broken legs, is a man in his 20s. His identity was not released Saturday. It took crews from Fire District 10 and North Country EMS an hour using heavy extrication equipment to free him from the wreckage of the older-model Cadillac.The man had been wearing a seat belt. He was transported by LifeFlight to an area hospital.last_img read more

Final CRC environmental plans available Sept 23

first_imgWith approval on its final environmental document from federal and state transportation departments and four local agencies, the Columbia River Crossing project will publish its final environmental document on Sept. 23, project officials said in a news bulletin Monday.The final Environmental Impact Statement describes the project’s improvements and its community and environmental effects. It also will provide responses to comments received on the draft EIS. On Sept. 23, the final EIS will be available at www.columbiarivercrossing.org. Printed copies also will be available at the CRC project office in Vancouver, 700 Washington St. Suite 300, regional offices of the Washington State Department of Transportation and Oregon Department of Transportation, and at several local libraries. Printed copies of the full document or the executive summary with a DVD may be requested by emailing feedback@columbiarivercrossing.org. More information about viewing locations and requesting the document may be found on the CRC website.Representatives of the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration, WSDOT, ODOT, TriMet, C-TRAN, Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, and Metro approved the final EIS last week.The federal record of decision on the project’s environmental review is expected by the end of this year. Once the decision is received, right-of-way acquisition and construction contract development can begin.last_img read more

City fences off closed section of Renaissance Trail

first_imgTo keep rebellious Renaissance Trail users from skirting barriers aimed at preventing them from using an unstable section of the popular path near Wintler Park, Vancouver has beefed up security.About 2,000 feet — more than one-third of a mile — of six-foot-tall temporary fencing went in along the path Tuesday, aimed at preventing people from trespassing on private property to use the condemned trail rather than make the short detour to Columbia Way.“Given the attractive nature of the trail and the length of time we anticipate to get design and permitting done, the fencing is fairly robust,” City Manager Eric Holmes wrote in an email memo to the city council. “The intent here is to assure safety of the public, as well as protect abutting property as we pursue a permanent solution.”But what that permanent solution could be isn’t clear.Geotechnical work and initial design will cost between $100,000 and $200,000, parks officials estimated. Construction would be more than that, and the city lacks the money to complete the repairs without pulling it from another department or finding an outside way to pay. The trail has been closed since June, when floodwaters eroded the banks supporting the path. City leaders say they don’t know when repairs would be complete.The Renaissance Trail is among the mostheavily used in Clark County, drawing thousands to walk, run and bike along the Columbia River from the Interstate 5 bridge east to Wintler Park. The land was donated for a path, but Vancouver owns and maintains the concrete trail.last_img read more

Junior Joy Team brings cheer to City Hall

first_imgIt wasn’t random, but it certainly was kind.Members of the newly formed Junior Joy Team stopped by Vancouver City Hall on Monday to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness week. The children, ages 6 to 11, brought more than 260 bags filled with hand-drawn pictures, notes and candy to give to each of the city’s employees. It was the kick-off event for the group and has been in the works since January.“The kids couldn’t sleep last night,” said parent Dana Damara. “They were so excited.”The group, like its adult version, aims to spread joy and optimism to the community.Joy Team founder Michele Larsen founded the adult group in February 2011. She said a children’s group was a natural part of the group’s evolution because her children accompanied her to many of the adult group’s events.“I thought maybe we should have the Junior Joy Team, so kids can choose (the projects),” Larsen said.The kids group first met in January.“It was seriously a board meeting over mac ’n’ cheese and carrots,” Damara said.The first thing the kids chose to do was visit city employees.On Sunday, they spent an hour and a half stuffing cards, hand-drawn pictures and candy into heart-covered bags while learning about city departments.On Monday morning, seven of the 10 team members took a tour of City Hall, passing out goodie bags along the way. The children attend Hough Elementary, St. Joseph Catholic and King’s Way Christian schools.Michele Larsen’s daughter, Taryn, 8, said she wanted to meet the mayor and spread joy through the community.The kids said the highlight of the trip was spending time behind the councilors’ chairs and answering questions from Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt. The mayor, who played a concerned citizen during a pretend meeting, suggested to the councilors-in-training that the city needs more police officers.Kellen Larsen, 10, another one of Michele’s kids, handled it like a pro.“Well, let us think about that,” he said, while sitting in Councilor Larry Smith’s chair.All of the kids fielded another question from the audience: “Is this better than being in math class?”The answer was a unanimous “yes.”Jill Bingham, an administrative assistant in the city’s economic development department, made sure it would be OK for the kids travel through the building and had a representative from each department talk about what he or she does. She also guided the students through the work area to hand out the gifts.last_img read more

Oregon bill would let teens register to vote at 16

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — The Oregon House on Tuesday approved a measure backed by Democrats that would allow teenagers to register to vote when they turn 16 and get their driver’s license.The teens wouldn’t be able to cast a ballot until their 18th birthday, but proponents hope the measure would increase participation among younger voters. As registered voters, they’d automatically get a ballot in the mail before the first election in which they’re eligible to vote.“This bill would greatly enhance our ability to engage the young people who we so desperately need in our democracy,” said Rep. Ben Unger, of Hillsboro, a freshman Democrat and political consultant who was one the measure’s chief sponsors.Lawmakers rejected a Republican counter-proposal that would have prohibited minors from joining political parties. It also would have kept their contact information private from campaigns, political parties and others that collect data from voter rolls.Political parties would begin reaching out to 15-year-olds trying to persuade them to join on their 16th birthday when they get their driver’s license and register to vote, said Rep. Wally Hicks, R-Grants Pass.last_img read more

Cowlitz Jail inmate dies at Vancouver hospital

first_imgLONGVIEW (AP) — An inmate who collapsed at the Cowlitz County Jail died Thursday at a Vancouver hospital.The Clark County medical examiner’s office will conduct on autopsy and the Cowlitz County sheriff’s office is investigating what happened to 28-year-old Jenny Lynn Borelis.The Daily News reported she hit her head Sunday when a Kelso police officer used a stun gun to stop her from running away. She was wanted on arrest warrants from the Department of Corrections.Borelis was examined at a Longview hospital before she was booked into jail. She collapsed Wednesday and was taken to another where she died.Borelis had told police she used heroin and meth and was infected with hepatitis C.last_img read more

HunterReay holds off Castroneves to win Indy 500

first_img INDIANAPOLIS — The finish was worth the wait for Ryan Hunter-Reay, who used a series of daredevil moves to deny Helio Castroneves a chance at history.Hunter-Reay became the first American since 2006 to win the Indianapolis 500, passing Castroneves at the Yard of Bricks as the two bright yellow cars raced wheel-to-wheel under the white flag in a thrilling final lap. As Hunter-Reay surged ahead down the backstretch, Castroneves took one final look coming out of Turn 4 but couldn’t pull off the pass.Hunter-Reay won by 0.060 seconds — the second closest finish in race history since Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Goodyear by 0.043 seconds in 1992.“I’m a proud American boy, that’s for sure,” Hunter-Reay said in Victory Lane. “I’ve watched this race since I was sitting in diapers on the floor in front of the TV. This is American history, this race, this is American tradition.”Castroneves, trying to become the fourth driver to win a record fourth Indianapolis 500, settled for second. He was devastated by the defeat and needed several moments to compose himself, slumped in his car, head down and helmet on, before he was ready to speak. The Brazilian said a caution with 10 laps to go that caused a red flag so track workers could clean up debris and make repairs to the track wall broke his rhythm.“It was a great fight,” he smiled. “I tell you what, I was having a great time. Unfortunately second. It’s good, but second sucks, you know what I mean?” Ryan Hunter-Reay (28) takes the lead from Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, on the white flag lap during the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Hunter-Reay went on to win the race. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)last_img read more

Bits n Pieces Art about the power of YES

first_imgo What: Opening Reception for “YES!”o When: 5:30 to 9 tonight. Exhibit runs until June 29.o Where: North Bank Artists Community Project Gallery, 1005 Main St., Vancouver.o Information: North Bank gallery website and 360-693-1840.“YES!” is about big ideas and big art. Inspired in part by the message of Yoko Ono’s famous mid-1960s art installation — where visitors ascended a ladder and used a hanging magnifying glass to focus on the tiny word “YES” — the latest North Bank Artists Gallery exhibit aims to impart a message of positivity.“It encouraged people to look up to see the word ‘yes,’ and it being a metaphor for being positive,” said exhibit curator and Vancouver artist Erin Dengerink.The group show, which opens today, features work by Dengerink and four other Northwest artists. Though their styles are varied, each of the artists’ pieces are tied together through their use of non-traditional materials. The works are big too, not just in feeling, but in size. On one wall, two large, fantastical drawings by Dengerink show her children — Amelia, 14, and Annabel, 11 — seeming to float while looking forward and upward. The girls were somewhat blase about their likenesses being used in the show, mostly because they are now used to being drawn by their mother, who has devoted so much of her life to her craft after journeying into the professional art world a few years ago.“So for them, it’s old hat,” Dengerink laughed.Other pieces in the show include water-filled sculptures of black porcelain by Portland’s Terri Bradley and a wall covered in rows of silverware crafted from fragrant cinnamon bark by Lindsay William of Portland. The exhibit also includes work from two Seattle artists: Danielle Foushee, who is exhibiting a sculpture that drips blue ink, and Sarah Paul Ocampo, who will show a quiltlike installation made of debris she collected from New York sidewalks over the course of two years.last_img read more

BNP Paribas to discuss benefits alignment at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgIan Mackenzie (pictured), head of pension and benefits at BNP Paribas, will discuss aligning a benefit and compensation strategy to an organisation’s goals at Employee Benefits Live 2015 on 21 September.The session, entitled ‘Developing a benefit and compensation strategy to meet your organisation’s long-term goals’, will examine how to design a benefits package to drive employee performance, and using employee benefits to unify a group of businesses, which is something BNP Paribas has first-hand experience with.In November 2014, BNP Paribas implemented a new single benefits scheme to align previous programmes in place at seven different core businesses, each with varied workforce profiles and cultures.Mackenzie said: “We wanted to use benefits to create one vision with all our organisations, and show our staff the advantages of being part of a larger organisation.”Mackenzie’s session will also examine the reasons why BNP Paribas wanted to align its benefits packages.Mackenzie said: “Internal mobility between the seven businesses was a huge aim of ours. As the benefits will all be the same now, something that was once a barrier to mobility isn’t anymore.“Mobility keeps talent within an organisation and creates opportunities for staff to develop.”The organisation clocked up five wins at the Employee Benefits Awards 2015 in recognition of its efforts: best healthcare and wellbeing benefits – large employer; best flexible benefits plan – large employer; best alignment of benefits to business strategy; best benefits communications – large employer; and the Grand Prix.At Employee Benefits Live, BNP Paribas’ Mackenzie will speak alongside L’Oreal UK’s compensation and benefits director, Ben Marks.Employee Benefits Live 2015 will take place at Olympia National, London, on 21-22 September.View the full conference programme and register to attend.last_img read more

New details released in fatal beating of 4monthold girl

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – New details have been released in the case of a 4-month-old girl who was allegedly beaten to death by her father.New images of the crime scene were released, Thursday. The images show that the family was living in filth with dirty baby clothes strewn across the floor.Police also released the first interview with the victim’s mother, Avis Rodriguez. “We were holding her, and all of a sudden her eyes started to roll back, and then her lips, I noticed, were blue, and I’m like, ‘Get on the phone with 911 now,’” she said.Juan Antonio Gonzalez has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of baby Harlow.Gonzalez told police that he beat his daughter because she was “acting fussy.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more