Eddie Kaye Thomas Cheers on American Pie Pal Jason Biggs at The Heidi Chronicles

first_img Related Shows Jim and Finch, together again! Eddie Kaye Thomas, alum of the raunchy ’90s comedy American Pie, headed to Broadway to visit his old friend Jason Biggs, who is currently starring in The Heidi Chronicles. After seeing the revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s groundbreaking play, the pair caught up—but don’t worry, no pies were harmed in the making of this photo. We promise. Check out the reunion, then see The Heidi Chronicles at the Music Box Theatre! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 The Heidi Chronicleslast_img read more

Freezing fruits and vegetables

first_imgFreezing is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to extend the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables.Properly frozen fruits and vegetables will retain much of their fresh flavor and nutritive value. Texture, however, may be somewhat softer after thawing than fresh versions.The extreme cold stops growth of microorganisms and slows down changes that cause spoilage and affect quality in food, but will not sterilize food, said Elizabeth Andress, a faculty member in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.“It’s important to use good sanitary practices when preparing and packaging food for the freezer,” said Andress, director of the National Center for Home Food Preservation. “When thawing the food, it’s important to use good temperature control to prevent the surviving bacteria and molds from becoming a problem on warming food. Fortunately, most vegetables can be cooked right from the frozen state. If you need to thaw foods before using them, inside the cold refrigerator is the safest way to do so.”  For additional tips on thawing and using frozen foods, visit nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/thawing.htmlPackage the food for best protection in the freezerPlastic bags are the most frequently used packaging material for freezing food items, although you can also use plastic freezer containers or glass canning/freezing jars.Packaging materials must be durable and leakproof, easy to seal with airtight sealing surfaces, able to protect foods from off flavors or odors and should not become brittle or crack at low temperatures.“Don’t use paper cartons, like milk boxes,” Andress said. “Many plastic containers foods are packaged in for purchase, like yogurt, dips and sour cream, do not provide characteristics for preserving quality in the freezer. Some materials may let air and moisture through them which is not good. Freezer-weight plastic bags, freezer foil and coated freezer paper are good for odd shaped foods.”Preparing the foodFruits should be washed and sorted before freezing. Discard those that are poor quality or not yet ripe.Rinse the fruit under cool, running water while rubbing skins to clean them well. For fruit with firm peels, use a clean vegetable brush and scrub well. Allowing fruit to soak in water is not recommended because it will cause loss of nutrients and flavor.“Stem, pit, peel or slice fruit as desired,” Andress said. “Prepare enough fruit for only a few packages at a time to prevent browning.”Light-colored fruits or any that brown once cut can be put in an ascorbic acid water bath to hold them as you get your batch prepared for packaging.“Pure ascorbic acid in a powder form is available online, in drugstores or in stores with freezing supplies or as vitamin C tablets,” Andress said. “For a bath to hold your fruit as you are cutting and trimming it, use one teaspoon dissolved in one gallon of cool, clean water.”If you purchase vitamin C tablets, use those with as few other ingredients as possible. Crush as many as you need for 3,000 milligrams (one teaspoon) to dissolve in one gallon of water.You can also buy commercial ascorbic acid mixtures with canning and freezing supplies; follow the directions on the label.Use vegetables at peak flavor and texture. Whenever possible, harvest in the morning and freeze within a few hours.Wash vegetables thoroughly in cold water and sort according to size for blanching and packing. Blanching, or scalding, vegetables in boiling water or steam for a short period of time should be done to ensure highest frozen food quality and shelf life.“Blanching stops the action of enzymes that can cause loss of flavor, color and texture over time in the freezer,” Andress said. “Blanching time is crucial and varies with the vegetable and its size. Under-blanching stimulates the activity of enzymes and is worse than not blanching at all; over-blanching can cause loss of flavor, color, vitamins and minerals.”Specific blanching times for vegetables can be found at nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze.html.Water blanching is the most widely-recommended method for blanching vegetables.Use one gallon of water per pound of vegetables. Put the vegetables in a blanching basket or strainer and lower into vigorously boiling water.Place a lid on the pot and start counting blanching time as soon as the water returns to a boil. If the water does not come quickly back to a boil, you are using too many vegetables at one time.The link above provides detailed directions for freezing each type of vegetable.As soon as blanching is complete, cool vegetables quickly to stop the cooking process by plunging the basket of vegetables immediately into a large quantity of cold water.Cooling vegetables should take as long as blanching. Drain vegetables completely after cooling.“You do not want to package vegetables for the freezer that still have water clinging to them, as this is not good for food texture and quality,” Andress said.Fruit packsThere are several ways to pack fruit for freezing, such as a syrup pack, sugar pack and unsweetened dry or tray pack.“Many fruits have better texture and flavor if packed in sugar or syrup,” Andress said. “However, sugar is not needed to preserve the fruit.”A sugar syrup can be made by dissolving sugar in water completely and then pouring it around and over fruit in the container.You may need to heat the water to get all of the sugar dissolved, but completely cool or even refrigerate the syrup to get it cold before using on fruit.Use 2 3/4 cups sugar to four cups of water for most fruits. For mild flavor or very sweet fruits, use 1 3/4 cups sugar per four cups of water.About one-half to two-thirds of a cup of syrup is needed per pint of fruit.To make sugar packs, simply sprinkle sugar over the fruit and mix gently until the juice is drawn out and the sugar dissolved. Pack the fruit with the juices into your container or bag“Making sure all the sugar is dissolved before freezing yields better fruit quality,” Andress said.Tray or dry packing works best with berries and smaller fruits that give good flavor without sugar.Larger strawberries could be cut into halves. Simply spread a single layer of washed, trimmed fruit on shallow trays and place in your freezer.When the fruit pieces are frozen firm, promptly package and return to the freezer before they soften. These fruit pieces remain loose and any amount needed can be poured from the container and the package re-closed.Those fruits that begin darkening as soon as cut edges are exposed to air, such as peaches, apples, pears and apricots, will benefit from some ascorbic acid being added in the package as well as using a holding bath.Fruit can also start to darken during thawing. Ascorbic acid or purchased mixtures may also be used in syrup or mixed with dry sugar for those fruit packing methods.Add half a teaspoon (1,500 milligrams) of pure powdered ascorbic acid to cold syrup shortly before using, stirring gently so as not to add air. To use in sugar or dry packs, dissolve in two or three tablespoons of cold water and sprinkle over fruit just before adding sugar.Packaging and labelingMost foods require headspace between the packed food and closure to allow for expansion as food freezes. Headspace recommendations can be found at nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze.html.All packaged food should be at room temperature or cooler before putting in the freezer.“Do not overload your freezer with too much warm food at one time,” Andress said. “Quick freezing is best for frozen food quality.”Spread the new packages around until they are frozen, then they can be stacked together if desired. Freeze foods at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. To facilitate more rapid freezing, set the temperature control at -10 degrees or lower about 24 hours in advance.Keep your freezer at 0 degrees or lower for best food quality in storage and to obtain the expected shelf life.“Be sure to label all foods with name of food, date and type of pack,” Andress said. “Most fruits and vegetables will remain high in quality for eight to 12 months. Longer storage will not make the food unfit for use, but may impair its quality.”It is a good idea to post a list of the frozen foods with freezing dates near the freezer and check the packages off the list as they are removed.For more information on freezing fruits and vegetables with directions for individual items, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation online at nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze.html.last_img read more

Credit union’s ‘Spirit’ Card cements member relationships

first_imgStudent artwork on Credit Union debit card builds community spirit.by: Jennifer WoldtA Texas credit union has found that placing high school students’ artwork on its debit card not only is aesthetically pleasing, doing so helps the credit union connect with the community and members it serves.Texas Trust Credit Union in Mansfield recently announced that high school students Traeveon Reese and Martha Estrada will be the latest to have their artwork featured on the Texas Trust Spirit Debit Reward Card.“This program is about building community spirit and taking us back to the day where people could rally around the fact that we’re all part of this community,” says Robert Underwood, vice president of marketing at the $880 million asset credit union. “We’re all one unit and we’re all united.”Texas Trust introduced the Spirit Debit card in 2008 featuring the credit union’s corporate design. But in 2010, the credit union used student artwork for the first time. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Amy Downs – Resist complacency (#38)

first_img 100SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Welcome to episode 38 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. In this episode, Randy is talking to Amy Downs President and CEO of Allegiance Credit Union in Oklahoma City, she is a motivational speaker, an IronMan Triathlete and an Oklahoma City Bombing survivor.Amy discusses what happened to her and her co-workers when the federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed, how she was trapped under rubble and how it took over 6 hours to dig her out. She tells us what she was thinking while she was waiting to be rescued, what she wanted to change if she made it out alive and how she did it all.Amy speaks to us about being CEO of Allegiance Credit Union, how she got there and why she stayed in the credit union industry. She chats about being a leader and what that means in the changing industry and how it’s time for younger people in leadership, management and on the boards.Listen in as Amy gives us an inside look to her disaster, her triumph and her road to being the person she is today. She has a story to tell and you don’t want to miss it so sit back, plug in and be prepared to cheer at what she has accomplished.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher  How to find Amy:Amy Downs, President and CEO of Allegiance Credit Unionwww.allegiancecu.orgwww.amydowns.orgAmy.Downs@acuok.orgLinkedin | Instagram | Twitter Show notes from this episode:Shout-out: Brent Rempe, Lois KitschCredit union shout-out: Allegiance Credit UnionCheck out Amy’s personal website on her as a motivational speaking gigs here.Today Show: Survivor stories: OKC bombing survivor Amy Downs on how she pushed through tragedyRunner’s World Podcast: Episode 27 – From the RubbleRelevant Leadership Podcast: Episode 5: Oklahoma City Bombing Survivor turned CEO with Amy Downs (CEO of Allegiance Credit Union)Video: Highlights – 2017 Ironman ArizonaBeauty for Ashes: The Amy Downs StoryShout-out: CooperaShout-out: Credit Union Development Education Program (DE)Book mentioned: Four Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesneyBook mentioned: Radical Candor by Kim ScottBook mentioned: Getting Things Done by David AllenEducation program that was career changing for Amy: CUES CEO InstituteShout-out: OK FreewheelJournal Amy mentioned: The Five-Minute JournalSomething both Amy and I do every morning: Morning Pages. You can buy the book The Artist’s Way or just watch the YouTube video that got me started here.Podcast Shout-out: Tim Ferriss ShowProduct Placement: Both Amy and I use Moleskin journals.Album mentioned: Hysteria by Def LeppardBook mentioned: The Traveler’s Gift by Andy AndrewsBook mentioned: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis and Girl, Stop Apologizing.Make sure to follow @AmyOn2Wheels on Instagram.Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Lois Kitsch, John Pembroke, Tansley Strearns, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37)You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[01:45] – Welcome to the show Amy Downs, President and CEO of Allegiance Credit Union.[02:53] – Amy describes for us what happened on April 19, 1995 at the federal building in Oklahoma City, where her office was located.[06:35] – She speaks to us about the wait under 10ft of rubble to be rescued and how during that time she reflected on her life wishing she had a do over, because she thought she was going to die.[07:49] – Amy says it took six and a half hours to dig her out from under the rubble never knowing if the unstable building was going to collapse.[09:23] – When she was pulled out alive she decided to change her life and she promised God she would never live her life the same way she was living it.[13:55] – Amy thought about leaving the credit union but realized that if she did and they let the credit union go under the 18 employees and over 100 members that were killed lives would have meant nothing.[14:26] – She tells us how she went from weighing 355 lbs, to training, to becoming an Ironman Triathlete.[17:53] – Amy is most excited about seeing the leadership that is coming down through credit unions to have the younger generation leading in a different way.[19:07] – How is Allegiance keeping up with all the changes coming their way? In technology?[20:43] – Amy believes that credit unions need younger more diverse people in management and on their boards.[22:18] – What inspired Amy to take the position of CEO of the credit union? Who inspired her?[23:18] – Her motivation has shifted since she took the position because she knows that they need to grow the credit union.[24:51] – Amy says her leadership style is open book management, she believes in being transparent.[25:23] – How does her team describe her leadership style?[25:55] – Amy states that she has the best team in credit unions today, they are diverse, they trust each other and they play off of each other.[28:10] – She says that the one mistake she has made and she sees young leaders make is trying to be the boss, it’s the wrong way to earn respect.[29:18] – Amy tells us that a significant failure she made in her career was she allowed herself to fall into a complacent place where she was showing up but not bringing her best game.[33:17] – The piece of advise that she keeps replaying in her mind is “it’s not what happens to you it’s how you choose to respond to it?[34:14] – If Amy has a free day she likes to take a 60 mile bike ride with her husband or helping people by giving motivational talks.[35:48] – She also like to do an organized ride once a year across the state of Oklahoma called Oklahoma Freewheel.[36:20] – Amy says the first memorable time she got in trouble was talking too much in class.[36:52] – She is obsessive with her morning routine she does the same thing every day.[39:39] – What is her favorite album of all time?[40:45] – The book she gifts the most often?[41:45] – What’s become more important to you over time? What’s become less important?[43:20] – When she hears the word success who does she think of?[44:57] – Any final thoughts or asks for our listeners?last_img read more

How to make charitable donation dollars work harder

first_img continue reading » As part of its strategic planning five years ago, CAMPUS USA Credit Union leaders decided to make its already-generous charitable giving program a more organized, focused operation. Two key improvements have helped them achieve that goal:Establishing a charitable foundation with a board that directs donationsCharitable donation accounts that offset some of the program’s cost$2 billion CAMPUS USA CU, Gainesville, Florida, was already well-known for supporting its communities with donations and volunteer programs. But CEO Jerry Benton says the credit union’s charitable giving was more reactive than pro-active.“Our senior management supervised [donations], but there were no clear goals. We were fielding requests as they came in, rather than establishing the types of organizations and geographic areas we should be targeting,” says Benton, a CUES member. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tough times don’t last – tough kids do

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dave Adams Dave Adams is  President / Chief Executive Officer of CU Solutions Group. The  CUSG office is located in Livonia, Michigan.Mr. Adams joined the Michigan Credit Union League in August of … Web: www.CUSolutionsGroup.com Details My wife Evelyn and I were traveling in Europe in the Spring of 2018. It was our first trip to France together, and we had enjoyed the incredible museums, scenery, architecture, and history of Paris, the Loire Valley, and Normandy Beach. As we were about to return home, I received a call from my daughter Janessa. Pregnant with twins, she had delivered early at 26 weeks and her baby boys Samson and Oliver were in a Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. They weighed only 1 pound, 12 ounces and they were clinging to life.This was Janessa and Drew’s first pregnancy and they were full of anticipation for the arrival of the twins. The excitement was suddenly replaced with fear and anxiousness with the babies’ premature delivery.I had had other experiences with the amazing work done by Children’s Hospitals but nothing compared with the 3-month journey that my daughter and son-in-law and the whole family were about to experience.There are few charitable causes that tug at our heartstrings like the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Credit Unions for Kids program. CMN Hospitals raise funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, CMN has raised more than $7 billion.Looking at this another way, 62 children enter a CMN hospital every minute and that counts for 1 in 10 kids in North America each year. There are 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year. Every day that means 16,000 kids in the ER, 935 with diabetes, 2,200 for cancer, 925 newborns in ICU and another 2,300 for surgeries. Of course, every child and every family have a story like my grandsons, Samson and Oliver.When we arrived at the NICU in Salt Lake City, Janessa and Drew were in good spirits, positive, already immersed in the CMN culture that encourages parents and grandparents to share in the long nurturing journey that helps these babies cling to life and battle unexpected challenges. Janessa plays the guitar, as do I. She was told that it helps to read to the babies and to sing to them as they develop. My heart was touched when she asked if I would consider playing the guitar and singing some songs to the babies.I remember thinking, “How could I turn down that request?” And such was the bittersweet experience of our visit. On one hand, we were deeply saddened by seeing how dire things looked for the boys. But on the other hand, we were inspired by the care being given and the way that Janessa and Drew were giving their all with great hope and faith.As grandparents who lived 1,500 miles away in Michigan, we did our best to show up and participate in this challenging and long journey. Our brief and seldom visits were appreciated, but were so inconsequential compared to the daily highs and lows of emotions felt by Mom and Dad. It was they who hovered over incubators, and received almost hourly updates from doctors and nurses who provided incredible and impressive care with amazing expertise, but sometimes with the most troubling news like possible surgeries and other risky treatments.As the three months in NICU came to an end, Oliver was a near-perfect baby as he left the hospital and headed home. But Samson had physical issues that could last a lifetime. Most of them now appear surmountable though they will have some lifelong impact. He had a permanent shunt placed in his brain to drain fluid. He would have a feeding tube in his stomach that would be required for at least the first 24 months of his life and he was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy that could be largely treated with physical therapy, though it will have an impact on his neuromuscular development.As the boys are now smiling, happy and energetic toddlers, both are living miracles. They are only healthy, let alone alive due to the amazing work of two Children’s hospitals in Salt Lake City, part of the CMN Hospitals network. And this amazing care is obviously very expensive. You can’t have 4-6 caregivers per child, tending to babies 7/24 with expensive medical equipment, without a very large bill at the end of the stay.Samson and Oliver’s 3-month stay resulted in a total bill of over $3m. Their parents had insurance but many parents don’t. Our generous giving can assure quality care and relieve financial stress for millions of families in need. What a tremendous impact we can continue to have through generous giving.Not surprisingly, the credit union industry is one of the largest contributors to CMN Hospitals. Founded in 1996, Credit Unions for Kids has raised over $200 million with a whopping $13.6 million raised in 2019 alone. Credit unions and their organizations raise funds with wine auctions, golf tournaments, casual days, selling miracle balloon icons, selling candy bars and big event auctions and silent auctions. This year, CU4Kids launched, “Give on the Go”, which is engaging members to give on online and mobile banking platforms. Chances are, at least 10 percent of the nation’s 300,000 credit union employees and volunteers have a story like mine to tell. These are heartwarming stories about survival battles won and lost by children and parents and families afflicted by the most challenging health issues.And whether these stories are experienced personally or from a distance, as a credit union community we should take great pride in the opportunity to support such a worthy cause. And while credit unions drive so many other examples of charitable giving all across the country, perhaps we could all consider doubling down on this wonderful Credit Unions for Kids cause that drives so many success stories for the most vulnerable children.The Michigan Credit Union League, a longtime supporter and fundraiser for CMN, invited Jonny Hendricks and his family to attend its convention in Traverse City to share how CMN has benefited him.Jonny was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and is no stranger to fundraising. He has held multiple fundraisers to give back to different departments within Beaumont, has been interviewed by Hour Magazine and was featured in a commercial for CMN titled “Dear Cancer.”According to his mother, Samantha Hendricks, Jonny is a very caring, giving and fun-loving child who always has a joke to tell. His family has a saying, which he shared with AC&E attendees: “tough times don’t last … tough kids do!”Continuing in the tradition of giving, Hendricks talked to convention attendees and brought a signed and framed piece of his artwork for a live auction benefiting CMN.“Jonny was so inspiring and touched everyone who met him,” said Lisa Fawcett, chief marketing officer for Zeal Credit Union. “When we learned that his art was the first item to be auctioned, we jumped at the opportunity.”CU Solutions Group (CUSG) agreed to match all donations to CMN up to $500, so Zeal made a bid of $500 to enable a donation of $1,000 to CMN.“Picking a place to display Jonny’s picture was easy,” said Fawcett. “Throughout our credit union headquarters in Livonia, we have signage and art that emphasizes our core values of passion, empathy and character. Knowing Jonny’s story made it even more personal. What a fantastic kid and role model for all of us.”Jonny’s Leukemia has been in and out of remission and he truly is one tough kid! His Mom sums it up like this, “We still have a lot of fight within us and we’re ready to tackle this head-on! As scary as all of this is, Jonny is always the light at the end of the tunnel and makes it shine every day! I love that boy more than life itself!!! Please keep sending your prayers, good vibes, and healing thoughts. TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST… TOUGH KIDS DO!”COVID-19 has placed an unprecedented stress on the U.S. health system, including CMN hospitals. The associated costs have affected every aspect of treatment and services offered as employees, funds, facilities and other resources are reallocated to meet emergency needs and to conduct research to generate a viable vaccine. And as more families lose insurance coverage due to job loss, expanded philanthropy is more important than ever.Nick Coleman is the Director of Credit Unions for Kids and he can be reached at cu4kids.org. Nick and Credit Unions for Kids have resources and programs that are waiting for our continued commitment.last_img read more

Stay of execution for Rotunda

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Damen Opts for Alewijnse Marine

first_imgDamen Shipyards Group has awarded Alewijnse Marine a contract for the complete electrical outfitting of the group’s first Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) 3500.The highly advanced and efficient dredger – ordered by CEMEX UK Marine Limited – is designed to extract sand and gravel from the sea bed at depths of up to 55 meters, in challenging locations including the North Sea.The construction will take place at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania.Alewijnse scope of worksThe Alewijnse scope of the project comprises the engineering and delivery of the e-package, including electrical panels and switchboards, cables, installing materials, an important part of electrical outfitting parts and systems.Additional activities to be undertaken by Alewijnse include steelwork, general installation works including installing the electrical systems driving the dredging equipment as well as those managing the general vessel operations and also commissioning.Involved in the first designThe decision by Damen to choose Alewijnse Marine for the electrical works on MAD3500 was based on the presence of the Alewijnse facility in Galati, Romania and the strong track-record of Alewijnse in supporting the Damen Shipyards Group.Alewijnse Project Manager Valentin Petrea commented: “Being a new concept design, I am very glad that we can be involved right from the beginning in what is likely to be a challenging project as we work together to make it a success.”Damen Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) 3500The MAD 3500 is a 103.5-meter dredger with a deadweight of just under 7,000 tonnes and a loaded operating speed of approximately 12 knots. When delivered she will be the most efficient dredging vessel in the CEMEX fleet.In comparison to CEMEX’s 99-meter, 6,000 tonne, Sand Heron, which the new ship will replace, this translates into an additional 20% of aggregates that can be delivered per trip. The vessel will receive Lloyd’s Register’s ECO-notation, due to its green credentials, as well as a CAC-3 notation recognizing its high standard of crew comfort.Experienced in electrical systems for dredgersAlewijnse has extensive experience in the electrical newbuild and refit of all kinds of dredgers. Currently in Dunkerque, France, the company is working on the electrical refit of the Samuel de Champlain, a 117-meter, 8500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (THSD), which is being converted to dual-fuel capability combining LNG and MGO.Meanwhile, Alewijnse is also working at the design, delivery and commissioning of the complete electrical and automation installations on board two new TSHDs designed to extract sand and gravel aggregates from the seabed, in partnership with Barkmeijer Shipyards in the Netherlands.In 2017, the company completed the electrical outfitting and automation of a new, complex 142-meter TSHD, the Spauwer, designed for deep-water mineral mining in concession areas beyond the continental shelf.last_img read more

Litigation looms as row escalates between soccer federation and Jack Warner

first_img Share Share 17 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Litigation looms as row escalates between soccer federation and Jack Warner by: – February 22, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday February 22, 2012 – Millions of dollars in funds, including those earmarked as aid for Haiti, remain unaccounted for, and the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation said Friday that it plans to sue former FIFA vice president Jack Warner to recover them.Derek Ali, attorney for the soccer federation, told a judge that he planned to file a lawsuit and accused Warner of not releasing the audited accounts. High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad ordered Ali to send Warner a protocol letter advising him of the federation’s intentions.The federation has said that Warner controlled a bank account in its name that was set to receive US$750,000 pledged by FIFA and South Korean soccer head Chung Mong-joon toward soccer rebuilding projects in Haiti.Haitian officials recently told Britain’s Sunday Times that they received only US$60,000, and FIFA said it was temporarily freezing its funding to Trinidad and Tobago.Trinidad’s soccer federation recently acknowledged that it had “surrendered its authority” to Warner, who had served as their special advisor and resigned last year in the face of a bribery probe.The federation is also seeking to recover millions of dollars in bonuses that 13 players from the country’s 2006 World Cup team claim Warner promised them but never paid. Last year, Judge Devindra Rampersad ordered Warner to make an interim payment to the players of more than $700,000, but Warner is yet to comply.Warner previously made a $1million payment and said he has offered $2.3million to the players, whom he accused of being greedy after they demanded $3.9million.Warner headed soccer’s North and Central American and Caribbean governing body for almost 30 years until his 2011 resignation. FIFA cannot discipline him while he remains in exile from world soccer, but has said it will withhold his pension payments.In a brief response to reporters after the soccer federation announced its planned lawsuit, Warner said: “That is their right to do so. Let us see what happens.”Warner, a prominent member of Trinidad’s ruling party, serves as the country’s Minister of Works. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said Friday that authorities are investigating several projects launched by his ministry.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Lamine Diack’s trial in Paris adjourned until June

first_img Diack’s son, Papa Massata, who is a co-defendant, has remained in Senegal after attempts by the French authorities to extradite him failed. German television station network ARD reported in 2014 that Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova’s doping case was deliberately slowed down after she paid just under £400,000 to senior officials at what was then known as the IAAF. An investigation by the governing body ended with Papa Massata Diack, Russian coach Alexei Melnikov and former Russian athletics federation president Valentin Balakhnichev being handed lifetime bans in 2016 over the cash-for-cover-up scandal. read also:Corruption trial of ex-IAAF boss begins in Paris Lamine Diack’s legal advisor Habib Cisse was banned for life in September 2019 for his part in the scheme, while Gabriel Dolle, a former anti-doping chief at the IAAF, was banned for five years back in 2016. Melnikov, Balakhnichev, Cisse and Dolle are also defendants in the case alongside the Diacks. All deny the charges. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The trial of Lamine Diack, the former president of World Athletics, has been adjourned until June and the 86-year-old’s request to return from Senegal has been refused. Diack, who served as president of track and field’s world governing body from 1999 until 2015, was set to face allegations in a Paris court that he accepted bribes in return for slowing down doping procedures against a number of athletes. According to documents from the Parquet National Financier seen by the PA news agency, Diack received a total of 3.45million euros (just under £3million) from athletes suspected of doping to enable them to carry on competing. Diack denies the charges. The delay in proceedings is due to documents from the Senegalese authorities only arriving with the court on Monday. The trial is now scheduled to run from June 3 to 22. Diack, who has been under house arrest in France since 2015, requested the court’s permission to return to Senegal but the request was denied.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely See6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThis Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An Inspiration7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earthlast_img read more