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E-Mail Best Practices Seminar

first_imgWoodstock and Burlington, VT The VT/NH Direct Marketing Group announces its next educational seminar; Search, Surveys & E-mail Best Practices, will be held on March 2, 2007 at the Burlington Sheraton in Burlington, Vermont.E-mail is conceptually brilliant: low cost, high speed, personal, dynamic, and interactive. Today, e-mail is a key driver of multi-channel marketing. Your message needs to stand out. Speakers; Sundeep Kapur and Sharmila Sorenson will review 15 case studies that you can apply to your own business, helping you transform valuable transactions into very valuable business relationships.This one-day workshop will show you what others are doing effectively, allow you to learn from each other, share in best practices, and make sure your message gets through to the reciepent. One thing for sure, you will increase the effectiveness of your e-mail marketing program.For more information call: 802-457-2807last_img read more

In Colombia, a Soldier Heals Spiritual Wounds

first_img Paralyzed as a consequence of the explosion of a mine in Colombia, Soldier Mario Calle found a new vocation: manufacturing wheelchairs for his comrades also wounded in combat, an activity that has also enabled him to heal psychological wounds. The retired Military man is convinced that he understands “what they’re feeling better than a psychologist, since I’ve lived it. The workshop is one thing, but in reality, I’m here for the human part; that’s what’s most important.” Néstor Narvas, a 26-year-old infantry Soldier, was the victim of a grenade that caused him to lose his legs last year. He was at the garrison to leave his damaged wheelchair with Calle, who gave him a new one in exchange. “Outside, it would have been very expensive, and he gives it to me as a gift,” he murmured upon departing. “Hello, Calle! What’s up, Calle!,” people greet him as he passes. Some offer him candy; Soldiers’ wives give him a kiss. “My objective isn’t to make money, but to help those who need it, give them energy and strength,” affirmed Calle, who draws a pension of around 385 dollars a month, just slightly more than minimum wage. Retired at the age of 49, this former cavalry major was allowed to set up his workshop at a Bogotá garrison. In October 1999, an anti-personnel mine put an end to the career of this former member of the Special Forces, when he was patrolling in the department of Antioquia, in northwestern Colombia, a country marked by half a century of conflict with guerrilla fighters and where even last year, 2,089 Military personnel were wounded, and another 483 died, according to government figures. A screwdriver, pliers, tongs, and metal tubes are piled up in a small, dark room, in which this thin, wiry man works without rest, with a lively gaze behind delicate glasses. Calle received 17 impacts, one of which severed his spinal cord and prevents him from moving his legs, but it did not take away his optimism. “And nevertheless, I’m here, and that’s everything that matters,” he said. At the garrison, which houses around 1,700 people, including the members of the demining brigade, Calle has become someone indispensable who is asked for repairs of all kinds. Six months ago, thanks to a course in the United States financed by the Army, Mario Calle began to manufacture wheelchairs, including his own. Adapted to each Soldier’s wounds, the wheelchairs are sold for half the market price, and repairs are free. “Disability, I don’t know what that is, it doesn’t have any meaning for me,” he assured AFP. “He’s an example of how to overcome a disability. He represents hope for all the wounded,” affirmed Javier Marroquín, a doctor at the base’s health center, which Calle visits frequently in order to encourage new arrivals. Sports, in fact, are the other passion of Calle’s, who has covered more than 30,000 km around Latin America in a wheelchair. In a corner of his workshop, he keeps his greatest treasure, an 80 cm3 motorcycle that he manufactured in his free time. His girlfriend, 24-year-old Angela Vargas, is paralyzed on one side as a result of a traffic accident, and is not jealous of his abundant activity. “He’s a pioneer in what he does, and I’m very proud of him,” said the young woman who met him at a running track. “The only limits aren’t those of the body, but those that we have in our minds,” he maintains. By Dialogo March 26, 2012last_img read more

Chemung County man charged with 3 felonies, including rape

first_imgAdditionally, he was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. (WBNG) — Authorities have announced the arrest of a Chemung County man on sex-related charges Wednesday. Campbell was remanded to the Chemung County Jail with bail set to $500,000 or $1 million property. The sheriff’s office says Campbell was arrested in November 2019 for sex offenses following a “lengthy” investigation. Authorities say a new victim came to the sheriff’s office with more information on Campbell sexually abusing them over 11 years when they were a child. The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office says 47-year-old Lawrence L. Campbell Jr. of Breesport, N.Y. was charged with predatory sexual assualt, course of sexual conduct with a child and rape, all felonies.last_img read more

No more illegal phones: Indonesia to impose IMEI control regulation on April 18

first_imgOn that basis, people who want to buy new cell phones starting April 18 should check the legality of the devices on the Industry Ministry’s website. Those who have ordered devices from overseas that arrive in the country after April 18 should register their devices’ IMEI via an app that will be prepared by the government.However, cell phones that are activated and used prior to the date will not be blocked, Ismail said.“Don’t worry. They [existing phone users] don’t need to register anything,” he stressed.Read also: Government to test illegal cellphone restrictions based on IMEI The government will start blocking unregistered cell phones starting April 18 as it imposes the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) policy to curb the circulation of illegal phones. Blocked phones will not be able to connect to mobile networks.“The government is committed to implementing the IMEI controlling with a white list scheme or preventive measures so people can determine the legality of certain devices before buying them,” said Communications and Information Ministry director general for resources and postal and informatics devices, Ismail, in Jakarta on Friday. The government issued in October last year a regulation that allows a national IMEI system to identify illegal cell phones and requires operators to block them from networks. The phones are commonly sold on domestic and overseas black market.The Communications and Information Ministry is working with the Trade Ministry, the Industry Ministry, the Finance Ministry as well as network operators to implement the regulation.An IMEI number is unique to each device for identification purposes.Cellular network operators will be able to block a certain phone by matching the IMEI of the device connected to its network and the government’s database. If the identity is not registered, operators can block it from their network.Topics :last_img read more

Indonesian mission in NZ offers condolences, help to families of Freeport shooting victims

first_imgThe Indonesian Embassy in Wellington has expressed its deepest condolences over the shooting incident that left a New Zealander employee of the gold and copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua dead and in which several Indonesian staff were also wounded.The attack by a group of gunmen took place on Monday afternoon at the company site in Kuala Kencana district in Timika, the capital city of Mimika regency.In a statement on Tuesday, Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand Tantowi Yahya expressed his serious concerns over the incident and stressed that such an act “could not be justified from any perspective”. Tantowi said that armed gangs in Papua always claimed they only attacked security forces, but the facts showed that most of their victims were civilians.The shooting in Kuala Kencana would only add to the burden on the people and security forces in Papua, who were now working hard to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.“It demonstrates that the armed criminals never care about the impact of their actions on Papuans. I hope this will open the eyes of many people to the true face of these armed gangs,” Tantowi went on, “Our deepest condolences to the family of the victims. We stand ready to help when needed.”Read also: Papua residents flee homes over fears of armed criminal group: Police The New Zealander, identified as Graeme Thomas Wall, was engaged in construction work with colleagues on the company site in Kuala Kencana when the shooting took place at around 2 p.m. on Monday, Freeport Indonesia spokesperson Riza Pratama confirmed.The shooting also left two other workers, namely Jibril M.A. Bahar and Ucok Simanungkalit, wounded. They were admitted to Tembagapura Hospital with serious injuries. Four other people sustained minor injuries and were treated in the company’s office, Riza said.The Indonesian Embassy in Wellington said that according to the information collected by the police, the shooting was perpetrated by a group of eight people, three of whom were carrying rifles.Based on witnesses’ accounts, the police have identified two of the shooters as Lino Mom Ilmar and Antonius Aim, who are known to be members of an armed criminal group led by Joni Botak, the embassy said.Separatist group the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), however, through its Timika operational commander Hengky Wamang, claimed responsibility for the shooting to The Jakarta Post.Read also: Armed separatists shoot at Indonesian Air Force plane over PapuaLocal authorities and Freeport security officers have secured the location and evacuated all workers and residents near the vicinity following the attack.Freeport management has also issued an incident notification alert asking workers to postpone all activities and find shelter following the shooting.Papua has been the hotbed of separatism for years and armed groups, which authorities say operate in several regencies in the province, are reported to have been behind numerous violent incidents in the region.The latest shooting incident followed weeks of tensions in areas around the Freeport mining site. The police said some 790 people living around the mining site fled their homes on March 7 to take refuge at the Tembagapura Police headquarters in Timika over fears of an armed gang, which had reportedly terrorized the villagers.Topics :last_img read more

Southern investors are once again eyeing off the Gold Coast property market

first_imgInvestors are returning to the Gold Coast in what leading real estate experts say is a ‘compelling’ marketSOUTHERN investors were once again eyeing off the Gold Coast property market with a leading real estate industry identity labelling it a “compelling’’ market to invest in.With quality properties at often half the price of the southern markets, it was a good place to invest, according to John McGrath, of McGrath Real Estate, who is on the Gold Cost to host the 20th annual Australasian Real Estate Conference.Mr McGrath said yesterday the Gold Coast was great value for money and a market he was directing investors toward.John McGrath with AREC speaker Bob Wolff. Picture: Matthew Foster.“A lot of my clients that are not necessarily wanting to invest in Sydney or Melbourne I am still sending them north, I think this is still the place to be,’’ Mr McGrath said.“I think the value for money is compelling, you can still buy properties here in some instances for a third or a quarter of the equivalent in Sydney.“In Sydney now we are selling for $800,000 or $900,000 one-bedroom units and I look at that and I think well you can buy one for a third of the price of that on the Gold Coast in an equally beautiful location or you could buy a house on a canal for a similar money.’’Mr McGrath said southeast Queensland including Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast and a lot of other good areas in between were good value for investment.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenProperty News: The future of real estate02:36He said buyers needed to think about Sydney and Melbourne like they would New York or London, prices have reached a certain level and they were not coming back,“There is no reason why Brisbane and southeast Queensland is not just as appealing,’’ he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“People are selling a $2m house in Sydney which is often moderate and mediocre and they are buying a luxurious lifestyle up here and buying an investment or two or helping their kids buy an investment or two, and they still have change.’’Mr McGrath said while Sydney and Melbourne investors had dropped off from the Gold Coast and southeast Queensland during the Global Financial Crisis, they were now returning to the market.“We are hearing a lot from our agents on the Gold Coast and southeast Queensland that there is definitely an increase in people (wanting to invest there),’’ he saidMr McGrath said the Commonwealth Games and infrastructure projects in southeast Queensland had sparked a lot of attention and renewed interest in the markets.“It is just (about the) value for money,’’ he said.Mr McGrath said when investors looked at Sydney and Melbourne prices, compared to Brisbane and southeast Queensland they asked “is there a problem’’.“There is no problem it is good value,’’ he said.Thousands attended the AREC 2017 conference on the Gold Coast. Picture: Matthew Foster.“The Gold Coast has got a lot of future positive prospects when you look at the infrastructure you look at the fact that the gap between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast is rapidly closing, a lot of people are commuting, freely to and fro because of infrastructure and you’ve got a lifestyle here and employment in Brisbane so for a lot of people it is still very, very appealing.’’While it was primarily investors looking at the Gold Coast at the moment, there were others looking to buy as well.“We are seeing people, not just empty nesters looking for a sea change, there is definitely that, but we even have young families that are looking for value for money and a place where they can live without stressing themselves in terms of their mortgage commitments to the same degree,’’ he said.Mr McGrath said the investors he had referred to the Gold Coast in recent years have done very well.last_img read more

APG: Dutch pension funds have ‘no clue’ about their true tax liabilities

first_imgDutch pension funds have “no clue” of their true tax burden and should begin mapping their tax liabilities by seeking clarity about their fiscal role, tasks and responsibilities, according to Roelof Goudswaard, fiscal head at the €377bn pensions provider APG.Speaking during the Pensioenforum in Scheveningen, Goudswaard estimated that Dutch pension funds’ tax liabilities currently stood at no less than 2% of their assets.He specifically suggested that schemes check which party is liable for tax on any outsourced activity.During his presentation, Goudswaard referred to the general exemption from VAT on pensions administration, which is to expire on 1 January 2015, and noted that the Inland Revenue had intensified its monitoring. He also said several pension funds had failed to register with the Inland Revenue for VAT, and advised them to get in touch with the tax man to prevent getting fined.APG’s director of fiscal affairs said he expected the Inland Revenue to evolve into a third supervisor for pension funds, in addition to watchdog De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) and the Financial Markets Authority (AFM).He also predicted that the tax rules would be increasingly set by the EU, as well as by the US, citing the FATCA legislation, which makes it mandatory for Dutch pension funds to report about their US clients to the US tax authorities.Also during the Pensioenforum, Marco Folpmers, professor of financial risk at Tilburg University, criticised the lack of guidance from the Ministry of Social Affairs in the national debate over the future of the pensions system.In his opinion, state secretary Jetta Klijnsma has failed to produce a vision of the desired sustainable set-up, and the direction of the current dialogue is unclear, as every citizen and organisation can have a say, while no subject of off-limits.“This carries the risk of polarisation and failure, and also includes the risk of outcomes that are at odds with the aim of deploying pension assets for pension goals,” he said.Folpmer’s opinion about the ministry’s lack of guidance was echoed by pensions expert Emilie Schols, who said the pensions debate would need to be “forced through” within three months.She suggested Social Affairs did have a vision of the future pensions system – it would merely carry on with its initial plans after the national dialogue had finished.last_img read more

ESMA: ‘We need to be more nuanced about sustainability’

first_imgThe EU financial markets watchdog has thrown its weight behind stewardship as a means by which investors can help bring about the transition towards a sustainable economy.In a report containing technical advice to the European Commission on the integration of sustainability risks and factors by investors, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said the transition could not be achieved “by simply implementing a binary approach between ‘green’ and brown’ assets”.“To this end, sustainability must be assessed in a more nuanced manner,” it said.The supervisor said some respondents to a recent consultation had called on ESMA to clarify whether “integration of sustainability risks in the investment process” was only concerned with the potential for environmental or social matters to adversely affect the financial value of a portfolio, or whether investors should also – or instead – assess the impact of their investments on environment and society. The answers to these questions, said ESMA, were “of paramount importance for the overall scope and actual impact of the sustainable finance initiative”.The comments were made in ESMA’s report on integrating sustainability risks in the UCITS and AIFMD frameworks for fund management.Investors’ due diligence processes were most effective where sustainability was assessed from both perspectives, according to the watchdog, and should not become “a mere tick-box exercise”.Investors should be able to integrate emerging risks and identify potential and actual adverse impacts and seek to mitigate them “where possible”, said ESMA.This included active engagement with investee companies as well as employing investment strategies such as negative, norms-based and positive screening, sustainability-themed investments or impact investing.Institutional investors already applied engagement strategies and the stewardship principle was already recognised in EU regulation, ESMA said, referring to the revised Shareholder Rights Directive.“ESMA is of the view that the transition towards a more sustainable and inclusive growth should also rely on this important principle,” said the supervisor.Consideration of adverse impacts not mandatory for allThe EU’s draft sustainable finance disclosure regulation “clarifies that the consideration of principal adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors in the due diligence process” would not be mandatory for all market participants, ESMA said. It proposed wording in the delegated acts to reflect this.The disclosure regulation is one of the three main legislative proposals the European Commission has put forward to implement its sustainable finance action plan. Political agreement was reached on it in March.ESMA’s technical advice relates to various pieces of EU financial legislation already in force, which the Commission is planning to add to via the introduction of so-called delegated acts on the integration of sustainability risks in investment decision-making or advisory processes.The EU insurance and workplace pensions supervisor, EIOPA, received a similar mandate from the Commission with regard to existing legislation under its remit  – Solvency II and the Insurance Distribution Directive – and the two supervisors said they co-operated with each other to ensure consistency across sectors.When the Commission tasked them to provide the technical advice last year, it said they should be aware that a delegated act could be adopted under IORP II, but based on the text of the provisionally agreed disclosure regulation this did not appear to have happened.last_img read more

Brown County ORV accident leads to arrest

first_imgMorgantown, IN—Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident in which one adult male was arrested.The accident occurred early Sunday at approximately 3:00 a.m., on Bean Blossom Road in Morgantown.Tracy Luckey, age 24 of Nineveh, was operating an ORV on private property in a wooded area.  For reasons not yet known, the ORV flipped over pinning Luckey underneath and leaving him unconscious. Luckey refused medical treatment at the scene, but was taken into custody by Conservation Officer Rob Klakamp and remanded to the Brown County Jail for operating while intoxicated (OWI).The cause of the accident is still being investigated, but alcohol appears to have been involved. The victim was not wearing a helmet or proper safety equipment.  Indiana Conservation Officers stress safe operation of ORVs and the use of proper protective equipment such as helmets.last_img read more

Would have instigated Virat Kohli to pull or cut me: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes if he were playing today, India skipper Virat Kohli and him would have been friends and enemies at the same time. “We are both Punjabis with a big heart. We would have been best of friends off-field and fierce enemies on-field,” Akhtar said while speaking in the latest episode of ESPNcricinfo Videocast.”With Virat if you fight, he gets more focused. So to bowl him out, I would try to get him to lose focus. I would try to get into his head. At my extreme pace, I would have instigated him to pull me or play a cut because he doesn’t have these two shots. “I know he loves to drive, so again at my extreme pace, I would get him to drive and would have kept talking to him in between. Something like what (James)Anderson did to him in England,” he added. Commenting on the batsmen he would not be able to bowl out, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ said: “To be honest, it’s Inzamam-ul-Haq. See my action is very complicated unlike Bret Lee’s but I could not bowl him out even once in the nets in 10 years. I think he could read the ball a second faster than others.” He also praised few other batters like Martin Crowe and Rahul Dravid. “I think Martin Crowe would have played me well too. He was a magician and very elegant. Among Indian players, Rahul Dravid is the most decorated batsman. If he won’t offer me a shot, I would not be able to penetrate his defense. I also think Jacques Kallis is one of the best all-rounders, and slip fielders cricket has ever produced.” IANS Also Read: Sri Lanka cricketer Shehan Madushanka detained for alleged possession of drugslast_img read more