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first_imgSt. Vincent will host a blessing and dedication ceremony for the recently donated CuddleCot on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at  St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children; 3700 Washington Avenue, Evansville DETAILSSt. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children will host a blessing and dedication ceremony for a recently donated CuddleCot. Traditionally, a stillbirth baby would be sent to the morgue, away from grieving parents. It is now recognized that there is a great benefit to giving families the choice to spend additional time with their baby.The CuddleCot technology keeps the baby cool in a bassinet next to the parents, providing essential time to grieve. St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children was presented with the CuddleCot as a donation by St. Vincent Evansville Foundation, St. Vincent Medical Group OB/GYN Physicians and Emalyn’s Angels. Emalyn’s Angels were founded in 2017 by Brandon and Amber Wagner in honor of their daughter, Emalyn, who was born sleeping on January 4, 2016.The non-profit provides resources and support to bereaved families to ensure they don’t feel alone through their journey of grief. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?HERE IS WHATS ON OUR MIND TODAY?In the private sector when a person is accused of illegally taking funds from an existing business to pay personal debts, your arrested for misappropriation of funds.In Evansville when a person is working at a non-profit business and is accused of illegally taking funds from an existing non-profit business to pay personal debts you’re let go and the former employer wishes you well.WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel without GOP Chairman Wayne Parkes support that County Commission Candidates Steve Hammer will lose his primary race?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgWarburtons overcame soaring energy and ingredients costs last year, to achieve a 20% rise in turnover for its full year to 27 September 2008, with distribution stated as the key driver of growth.Its accounts, newly-filed at Companies House, revealed turnover stood at £498m, compared to £414m for the comparable period in 2007. This is despite a 41% hike in raw material and consumable costs. Profit before tax stood at £31.8m – up £5.5m on the previous period.The firm said its results for 2008 were in line with expec-tations and that the board views the outcome as “satisfactory”, in light of the economic climate.Chairman Jonathan Warburton said the firm “will continue to grow share in the bread market by investing in the brand and business to ensure future success”.last_img read more


first_imgByron Bay Cookie Company has launched a gluten-free version of its popular Strawberries & Clotted Cream Cookie. The single wrapped cookie features pieces of real English strawberries, clotted cream and chunks of white chocolate. As with all of Byron Bay’s gluten-free cookies, it has been certified by Coeliac UK and approved by the Vegetarian Society.”We have been looking to replicate the taste of the original Strawberries & Clotted Cream Cookie for our gluten-free range and, judging by the reception that the cookie gained at this year’s Allergy & Gluten Free Show, we are confident this will be just as big as the original Strawberries & Clotted Cream Cookie,” said Byron Bay Cookie Company’s European marketing manager, Paul Maxwell.last_img


first_imgBaroness Stowell of Beeston was Leader of the House of Lords and the Lord Privy Seal until July 2016.Tina Stowell was made a peer in January 2011 and joined the Government in September the same year. As a junior minister she led the landmark Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act through the House of Lords in 2013. She was promoted to Leader of the House of Lords and the Lord Privy Seal in 2014 and re-appointed to the same Cabinet post after the 2015 General Election.Before joining the House of Lords Tina Stowell’s career over the previous 25 years crisscrossed government, politics and the media. Until September 2010, she was the BBC’s Head of Corporate Affairs.She was a civil servant for ten years, working at the Ministry of Defence in London, the British Embassy in Washington and 10 Downing Street from 1991 to 1996. She left the Civil Service at the age of 28 and was awarded the MBE in the 1996 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.Notes to editors This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments The Chair of Charity Commission is appointed by the Secretary of State. Remuneration for this role is £62,500 for up to two and a half days per week. The term of appointment will last for three years In accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Baroness Tina Stowell has declared that she was leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords from 2014-2016; she has spoken on behalf of the Conservative Party and candidates during elections campaigns; and has canvassed on behalf of the Conservative during election campaigns. She has resigned the Conservative Whip in the House of Lords and become an independent, unaffiliated peer. Baroness Tina Stowell has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as the new Chair of the Charity Commission, for three years from 26 February 2018.Baroness Stowell will take over from William Shawcross in the role.Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: I am delighted to join the Charity Commission, and look forward to leading a strong board and a committed and expert staff through the challenges ahead. I will place the public interest at the heart of everything I do as Chair to build the public’s trust in charities and the Commission as their regulator. To that end it is vital that we have a constructive, business-like relationship with all our stakeholders and I look forward to listening to a wide range of voices in the days and weeks ahead.center_img Tina Stowell will be a brilliant chair of the Charity Commission and I am delighted she is taking up this role. It is an important time for the Commission, and the sector, and I know that she will work tirelessly to protect and promote the great work that charities do and ensure they uphold the highest standards of integrity. I would also like to thank William Shawcross for his hard work over the past six years. Baroness Stowell said:last_img read more


first_img Ian Hunter Smart, the Councils’ Voluntary & Community Sector Officer Councillor Lucy Hovvels MBE the Council’s Armed Forces Champion Councillor Jane Brown, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Social Inclusion VAPC NEs Michael Potts attended the Durham Armed Forces Forum as the board’s representative. This forum was held at Durham County Council’s headquarters and was chaired by Gordon Elliot, the Council’s Head of Partnerships & Community Engagement. The forum was supported by: Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Social Inclusion were in attendance and made a meaningful contribution to the forum’s work.This lively event drew 23 attendees from the NHS, Royal Navy, army, police, service charities, social housing groups, rehabilitation service, social housing, and veterans.For the VAPC NE the Durham events are a vital part in the VAPC’s ongoing mission to improve the understanding of the needs of the veteran and armed forces community and how best practice can be spread and veteran support be better delivered.The forum explored issues relating to new ways to support veterans within the criminal justice system. The new Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company, a non-profitmaking company, outlined their work to develop local contacts to help them maximise their veteran support services.Lt Col Nathan Teale, 8th Battalion the Rifles, made a presentation on the work they are doing to en-gage veterans. The Battalion is the newest in the army being formed on the 1 November 2017 and is undergoing rapid expansion locally. They are keen to encourage veterans to join the Battalion seeing them as a valuable pool of talent which brings with them the experience needed to help with their mission.Equally important are the links to the local community and the local regimental associations which are seen key to the Battalion’s culture and memory. They form a vital part in preserving the proud and long history of the Durham Light Infantry, an illustrious predecessor of the 8th Battalion.For the VAPC NE this understanding of the value of veterans as ‘history keepers’ and as an active, experienced group has been something they have pushed for many years.TrueView Spouses Employment Project, a Finchale project funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, discussed their mission to help spouses and dependents of working age of serving military personnel and hard to reach people find employment, gain UK recognised qualifications for those with foreign qualifications, and to support people looking to improve their circumstances.The new Armed Forces Outreach Service, a Local Authority Partnership, made a presentation. Made up of Durham, Northumbria, and Tyneside Councils, this service seeks to be ‘holistic’ in providing help and advice to veterans. They actively engage with veterans, and soon to be veter-ans, to provide them with the help they need. They started in November 2017 but since then they have provided mental health referrals, rehoused veterans, provided supported accommodation, helped pay off debts and council tax arrears, and have provided goods to set up home. This innovative and wide ranging scheme actively seeks to help and support veterans in an inclusive and engaging wayFor the VAPC NE the Durham Armed Forces Forum is an important way to understand what supvport and help is out there for the armed forces community and to share that knowledge to the wider community. With the support of the Forum members new and innovative ways to support veterans and the wider armed forces community were explored and developed.The VAPC NE has spent years promoting the idea that veterans are not a problem. Veterans are of any age and have the experience, talent, and interests to make a valuable contribution to their community. The Forum understood this multifaceted nature of the armed forces community and was a valuable move towards a more integrated way to empower and to help the total armed forces community.last_img read more


first_imgRegistration is open for the Bureau of Study Counsel’s 14-day Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies. The fee is $150.The hourlong course will be held in two sessions: Feb. 14-March 4 and Feb. 7-March 3.To register, visit the bureau at 5 Linden St.last_img


first_img “We’re a 21st-century Army,” said Major General Hellmuth René Casados Ramírez, head of the Guatemalan National Defense General Staff, in an interview granted to Diálogo during the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC 2012) in San Salvador. During a break between sessions at the event, sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command, the head of Guatemala’s Defense General Staff explained that his country’s Army is adapting to modern challenges; it is evolving with the rest of society, and perhaps precisely for that reason, enjoys a high level of popularity among Guatemalan citizens. The battle waged against Los Zetas, who are infiltrating across the border with Mexico, and the arrests of leading drug traffickers thanks to cooperation with El Salvador, Honduras, and the United States were other topics of conversation. Diálogo: During CENTSEC 2012, you spoke about the countless tasks that the Guatemalan Army is carrying out in order to respond to the needs of the Guatemalan people. Could you tell us what are the most significant challenges that you face at this time? Major General Hellmuth René Casados Ramírez: We have the mission of continuing to contribute, with the public-safety forces, to stabilize citizen security, which is what affects Guatemalan citizens, who are the victims of assault, murder-for-hire, extortion, kidnapping, etc. We’re very clear that this is something temporary, but that’s the primary mission. In the order of challenges, it’s stabilizing the country, respect for peace, also contributing to the law-enforcement sector, continuing to cooperate with the United Nations, as well as contributing and collaborating to mitigate the effects of natural disasters, since Guatemala is the country with the seventh-highest risk of suffering natural disasters. Diálogo: During your presentation at CENTSEC 2012, you referred to the creation of new units within the Army. Could you discuss that further? Maj. Gen. Casados: This isn’t only an institutional objective, but a government one. Last year, after a long time without a budgetary increase , 100 million quetzales [approximately 13 million dollars] were obtained for the budget of the National Defense Ministry, with the approval of Congress. After a reduction of almost 50 percent in 2004, which generated many security problems, the topic of creating these two brigades is now being taken up again. One is in Petén, where all the transnational crime is concentrated as a result of the situation with the porous nature of the southern border with Mexico, and where the Jungle Infantry Special Operations Brigade is located. Petén is the largest department in the country, with almost 8,000 square kilometers. Then we have the Military Police Brigade in San Juan Sacatepéquez, the objective of which is precisely to support domestic security and citizen security with the National Civil Police and the Interior Ministry. These brigades will be officially introduced on June 30. Diálogo: I understand that an inter-agency unit is also being created with the U.S. Southern Command and Guatemalan institutions … Maj. Gen. Casados: Yes, that’s the Tecún Umán Task Force project, in San Marcos, on the southern border with Mexico. That’s support that had not been provided to Guatemala for a long time, by making military personnel transport vehicles available, jointly with the Interior Ministry, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the judiciary, the tax administration superintendent’s office, customs, immigration… That southern border is one with the most traffic, where there’s the most smuggling, and precisely due to the pressure that the Mexican Armed Forces and security forces are exerting, we need to harden our border. In this case, we have coordination with the Mexican Navy through the High-Level Border Security Group, which has functioned very well for us, because they’re tactical operational commanders who communicate across the Guatemalan and Mexican border. That information is going to be useful to us for operations along the southern border. We have the material support through the U.S. Southern Command. Diálogo: The border demands quite a bit of effort from the Military, and part of that has to do with the presence of some prominent individuals belonging to Mexican drug cartels. Could you say more about this? Maj. Gen. Casados: The facts indicate that we continue to have a considerable influx of the [Los] Zetas organization in Guatemala. Even if the influx has not increased, those groups generate violent acts, chiefly in Petén and in Alta Verapaz. Late last year, 26 Guatemalan farm workers who were working on a rural property in Petén were beheaded by that group. As a consequence, we had to impose a state of emergency that enabled us to make more than 25 arrests. We recently arrested one of Los Zetas’ main contacts in Guatemala, Horst Walter Overdick Mejía, who had an international arrest warrant pending against him. Diálogo: How are you collaborating with other Central American countries? Maj. Gen. Casados: Cooperation is ongoing. With Mexico, it’s a relationship on the north and on the west. The border with the United Mexican States -along which there’s a relationship, is almost 580 kilometers. With Belize, we have confidence-building measures, which are border patrols in the adjacent region. Now, with El Salvador and Honduras, we maintain magnificent relations, and the commanders from each country meet each month with their counterparts and conduct monitoring operations. Diálogo: Do you have a concrete example of the results of these collaborative efforts? Maj. Gen. Casados: There was recently an international arrest warrant targeting a gang involved in organized crime, and Nicaragua asked us for information about Ms. Soliz [Tania Zaleska Solís Castillo], of Nicaraguan origin, who is involved in an international gang. The information was provided, and the arrest was made in Guatemala as a result of that information. We’ve also had arrests of drug traffickers with El Salvador and Honduras, as a result of operations and information. Diálogo: I understand that the Guatemalan Army has also worked tenaciously to destroy airstrips used by drug traffickers … Maj. Gen. Casados: Yes, there’s been collaboration on that even from the mayors of the localities themselves, who have requested the destruction of some airstrips because they considered them suspicious. I want to mention that in 2009 and 2010, we had a high concentration of landings by drug planes. Using different methods of airstrip destruction, we were very effective and successful in neutralizing the majority of these flights, also as a result of operations with shared information. As a consequence of that work, flights began to shift to the Atlantic coast of Honduras already in 2011, but now that’s precisely where Operation Martillo is, along the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. Diálogo: Incidentally, what is Guatemala’s participation in Operation Martillo? Maj. Gen. Casados: The proposal was made to us, and we were visited by Rear Admiral Charles Michel, who is commanding the Inter-Agency Force at the forefront of Operation Martillo. So we’re providing special units, chiefly Navy Special Forces, with equipment and jointly trained personnel, in order to react to requests for interceptions on the high seas. We’re talking about operations in the range of 120 nautical miles that have been carried out. That’s quite a bit. Diálogo: The Guatemalan Army enjoys a great deal of credibility among the population. How have you achieved that? Maj. Gen. Casados: It’s because we’ve always focused on benefiting our society. Military personnel in Guatemala should be a bit anthropological; they should be familiar with our 23 ethnic groups and have at least some idea of the 23 distinct dialects that are spoken here. So when we get involved in an area like that, we should immerse ourselves in their customs, their customary law, respect them, and integrate ourselves among them. We’re just now conducting an exercise with 40 Canadian Soldiers and 250 U.S. Reserve Soldiers, who are going to work on six projects to build schools, supply drinking water, provide dental care, medical care, jointly with us. This proximity, through information operations and civil-military relations, demonstrates that we follow through on the needs of our population and are in contact with them. We know that we live in the hearts of our citizens, and we want to stay there. By Dialogo June 26, 2012last_img read more


first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NCUA should take steps toward enhancements to the credit union charter, while improving cybersecurity efforts and reducing regulatory burden, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote in a letter to Senate Banking Committee leadership in advance of NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood’s scheduled appearance before the committee. Hood will appear Wednesday as part of a panel of federal financial regulators.“In the recent past, the credit union industry has focused its advocacy efforts on enhancements to the credit union charter. Therefore, we urge the agency to take steps toward this objective, which may include collaborating with parties outside NCUA,” Nussle’s letter reads. “Concern over cyber and data security is likely the single biggest issue currently facing most industries, including financial services. We appreciate NCUA’s recognition of the importance of this issue and its commitment to make it a focus area.“We ask the agency to outline its short- and long-term strategy for ensuring credit unions and the agency are well positioned to avoid unauthorized loss of information through both cyber and general data breach threats… we ask the agency to provide a roadmap of both the concrete and policy approaches it will commit to in order to reduce the ever-increasing regulatory pressures on our nation’s credit unions,” Nussle adds.last_img read more


first_img Ebola is a highly contagious filovirus that can cause a gruesome death following hemorrhaging and is lethal in 50% to 90% of cases. Although there is no treatment and little is understood about its animal reservoir, contact with primates has been known to precipitate human outbreaks. The Congo Republic and neighboring Gabon have had several Ebola outbreaks, which have killed about 360 people since 1994, Agence France-Presse reported. The number of contacts being monitored has risen in recent days from 62 to 81, with 68 in Etoumbi and 13 in Mbomo, WHO noted. The outbreak began in late April, after elephant hunters encountered and ate a dead chimpanzee in a forested region near the border of Gabon, the BBC reported today. That’s also where the 2003 outbreak hit, Reuters said. Eleven cases have been reported in Etoumbi and Mbomo in the Cuvette Ouest region of the Congo Republic. One of the cases was laboratory-confirmed by the Centre International de Recherches Medicales de Franceville (CIRMF) and the Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD) in Gabon. The other 10 are epidemiologically linked to it, WHO said. Workers from the Ministry of Health, the WHO Regional Office for Africa and Medecins Sans Frontieres–Holland are conducting surveillance, tracking contacts, and educating residents about Ebola in the affected districts, WHO said.center_img May 18, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Ebola virus has been found in a sample from one of the nine people who have died in a hemorrhagic fever outbreak in the Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. See also: WHO update http://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_18/en/index.htmllast_img read more