O’Dea calls for Varadkar’s Strategic Communications Unit to be scrapped

first_imgNewsPoliticsO’Dea calls for Varadkar’s Strategic Communications Unit to be scrappedBy Alan Jacques – March 8, 2018 1088 Facebook Linkedin TAGSFianna FáilFine GaellimerickProject Ireland 2040Senator Maria ByrneStrategic Communications Unit (SCU)Taoiseach Leo VaradkarWillie O’Dea TD RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleMore arrests due as evil web spreadsNext articleBad Wolves’ Zombie is No.1 in Europe – proceeds destined for Dolores O’Riordan’s children Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea.THE Government’s Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) has the potential to damage public confidence in the media and should be disbanded immediately.That’s according to Fianna Fáil TD, Willie O’Dea, who has called for “the blurring of the lines between Fine Gael and Government propaganda” to end.The former Defence Minister believes that in order to preserve and protect the independence of Irish journalism, the Government’s Strategic Communications Unit needs to be disbanded.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It’s as simple as that. Taking out double page spreads in local newspapers promoting Fine Gael General Election candidates, including in Limerick, is a disgraceful abuse of tax payers money,” Deputy O’Dea declared.He also feels that the Government were slow to help pensioners last week with an extra weeks fuel allowance and “yet Leo can have his vanity project funded to the tune of €5 million by the taxpayers of Ireland. He should not be preying on the financial difficulties in the Irish media industry to garner attention for his party’s election candidates.”He went on to say that Irish journalism has served our country without fear or favour since the foundation of the State.“It has helped us mark important milestones in our nation’s history and it has acted as a backstop against malevolent behaviours and activities in Irish public life. However, Irish media is under severe financial pressure from online digital advertisers and they are under constant financial pressure. Fine Gael saw an opportunity, through the SCU and the Ireland 2040 project, to increase their presence and promotion in communities up and down the country,” he concluded.Fine Gael Senator for Limerick, Maria Byrne hit back at O’Dea and claimed that Fianna Fáil kept people in the dark throughout all their time in Government.“And we saw where that ended! Do Fianna Fáil even know what the function of the SCU is? When you can’t compete with the content or the plan such as Project Ireland 2040, it seems Fianna Fáil is intent on shooting the messenger,” Senator Byrne told the Limerick Post.“Project Ireland 2040 is a very positive project for Limerick. Limerick city as a driving force for the Mid-West region, supplemented by key players such as Shannon and the Shannon-Foynes Port, are key to the future progression of this city and region.“Fine Gael, who in Government has brought the country back from the brink to a position where we are a leading economy in Europe, has laid out a future progressive vision for Limerick in Project Ireland 2040.“Have Fianna Fáil had a single original thought or plan to improve this country? Calls to scrap the Strategic Communications Unit show Fianna Fail is devout of an original thought. Fianna Fáil wasn’t able to criticise that plan whatsoever and it’s absolutely clear they offer no alternatives,” she concluded.by Alan [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

HydraFacial, a Beauty Health Company, Announces 2020 Preliminary Net Sales

first_img HydraFacial, a Beauty Health Company, Announces 2020 Preliminary Net Sales MIAMI BEACH, Fla. & LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– The HydraFacial ® Company (“HydraFacial,” or the “Company”), a category-creating beauty health company, today announced preliminary net sales for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. HydraFacial currently expects net sales for fiscal year 2020 to approximate $119 million. The Company’s previous expectation for net sales, provided on December 9, 2020, was approximately $115 million. The Company has not yet completed the year-end audit and expects to report full results for fiscal year 2020 at a future date. The previously announced business combination with Vesper Healthcare (NASDAQ: VSPR) remains on track to be completed in the first half of 2021. Clint Carnell, HydraFacial CEO, stated: “I am proud of our team for their collective efforts, passion and dedication in 2020, which allowed us to continue building the HydraFacial brand, despite the impact of COVID-19 related closures, and generate net sales which came in ahead of the guidance we had provided in December 2020. The resilience of the brand is demonstrated by the fact that we added more than 2,000 new delivery systems globally since the pandemic related stay-at-home orders started in March 2020, we strengthened the recurring consumable revenue, which is expected to represent more than 50% of total sales at year end, and we added and expanded several key brand and retail partnerships, including Dr. Murad, Sephora and Clinique. We are excited to become a public company and to build this business globally.” Brent Saunders, CEO and Co-Founder of Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corp., commented: “I am very pleased with the solid topline results that HydraFacial delivered in 2020, against a challenging backdrop of COVID-19. HydraFacial has tremendous opportunities both in the U.S. and globally and we look forward to deploying our strategy to create a leading company in the category of beauty-health.” On December 9 th, 2020, HydraFacial and Vesper Healthcare, a special purpose acquisition company co-founded by Brent Saunders, former CEO of Allergan, Forest Laboratories, and Bausch + Lomb, announced that they entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which HydraFacial and Vesper Healthcare will combine, and after which HydraFacial will become a public company. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company expects to be listed on the NASDAQ exchange. HydraFacial is owned by Linden Capital Partners and DW Healthcare Partners, both of which are private equity firms focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. Cautionary Statement Regarding Preliminary Results The results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 are preliminary, unaudited and subject to the finalization and closing of the Company’s year-end audit and should not be viewed as a substitute for full annual financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, these preliminary results are not a comprehensive statement of the Company’s financial results for the year ended December 31, 2020. The Company cautions you that these preliminary results are not guarantees of future performance or outcomes and that actual results may differ materially from these described above. About The HydraFacial Company The HydraFacial Company is an experiential, non-invasive, and approachable beauty health platform and ecosystem with a powerful community of estheticians, consumers and partners, bridging medical and consumer retail to democratize and personalize skin care solutions for the masses. Leading the charge in beauty health as a category-creator, HydraFacial uses a unique delivery system to cleanse, extract, and hydrate with their patented hydradermabrasion technology and super serums that are made with nourishing ingredients, providing an immediate outcome and creating an instantly gratifying glow in just three steps and 30 minutes. HydraFacial ® and Perk™ products are available in over 87 countries with over 15,000 delivery systems globally and millions of treatments performed each year. For more information, visit the brand on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, or at HydraFacial.com. About Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corporation Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corporation is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses, with the intention to focus its search on companies in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Vesper Healthcare is led by Chief Executive Officer, Brent Saunders, and Chief Financial Officer, Manisha Narasimhan, PhD. For more information, visit www.vesperhealth.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The expectations, estimates and projections of the businesses of Vesper Healthcare or the Company may differ from their actual results and consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, expectations with respect to future performance of Vesper Healthcare or HydraFacial and anticipated financial impacts of the proposed transaction, the satisfaction of the closing conditions to the proposed transaction and the timing of the completion of the proposed transaction. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve significant risks and uncertainties, that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. Most of these factors are outside of the control of Vesper Healthcare and the Company and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement and the proposed transactions contemplated therein; (2) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the parties following the announcement of the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated therein; (3) the inability to complete the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, including due to the failure to obtain approval of the stockholders of Vesper Healthcare or other conditions to closing in the Merger Agreement; (4) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement or could otherwise cause the transaction to fail to close; (5) the receipt of an unsolicited offer from another party for an alternative business transaction that could interfere with the proposed transaction; (6) the inability to obtain or maintain the listing of the post-acquisition company’s common shares on Nasdaq following the proposed transaction; (7) the risk that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations of the Company as a result of the announcement and consummation of the proposed transaction; (8) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the combined company to grow and manage growth profitably, maintain relationships with customers and suppliers and retain its management and key employees; (9) costs related to the proposed transaction; (10) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (11) the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (12) the impact of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business and (13) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the final prospectus of Vesper Healthcare, including those under “Risk Factors” therein, and other documents filed or to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) by Vesper Healthcare. Vesper Healthcare cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. You should not place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. HydraFacial and Vesper Healthcare do not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in their expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Important Information about the Transaction and Where to Find It In connection with the proposed transaction, Vesper Healthcare has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC and plans to file a definitive proxy statement with the SEC. Vesper Healthcare’s stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read the preliminary proxy statement, the amendments thereto, and the definitive proxy statement and documents incorporated by reference therein filed in connection with the proposed transaction, as these materials will contain important information about the Company, Vesper Healthcare and the proposed transaction. When available, the definitive proxy statement will be mailed to the stockholders of Vesper Healthcare as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed transaction. Stockholders will also be able to obtain copies of the preliminary proxy statement, the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed with the SEC that will be incorporated by reference therein, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to: Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corp., 1819 West Avenue, Bay 2, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Participants in the Solicitation Vesper Healthcare and its directors and executive officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies of Vesper Healthcare stockholders with respect to the proposed transaction. A list of those directors and executive officers and a description of their interests in Vesper Healthcare will be filed in the proxy statement for the proposed business combination and available at www.sec.gov. Additional information regarding the interests of such participants will be contained in the proxy statement for the proposed business combination when available. HydraFacial and its directors and executive officers may also be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of Vesper Healthcare in connection with the business combination. A list of the names of such directors and executive officers and information regarding their interests in the proposed business combination will be included in the proxy statement for the proposed business combination. No Offer or Solicitation This press release shall not constitute a solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the proposed transaction. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any states or jurisdictions in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005238/en/ CONTACT: For HydraFacial: ICR, Inc. Investors: Allison Malkin Email:[email protected] Press: Alecia Pulman Email:[email protected] Vesper Healthcare: Manisha Narasimhan, PhD CFO, Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corp. [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA FLORIDA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: LUXURY BANKING MANAGED CARE GENERAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HOME GOODS OTHER RETAIL SUPERMARKET HEALTH SPECIALTY COSMETICS RETAIL OTHER HEALTH OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PHARMACEUTICAL FINANCE ONLINE RETAIL SOURCE: The HydraFacial® Company Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 06:45 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 06:45 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005238/enCopyright Business Wire 2021. 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Attorney: Indiana toddler died in cruise ship fall after grandpa thought window was closed

first_imgiStock(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) — An Indiana toddler had a fatal fall from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship after her grandfather put her up on a railing, thinking the glass window was closed, according to the family’s attorney.Chloe Wiegand, who was 18 months old, was traveling with her grandparents and parents on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas when she fell to her death on Sunday, according to her parent’s attorney, Michael Winkleman.Chloe was with her grandfather in the children’s water park play area when her grandfather put her on a wood railing in front of a wall of glass windows, Winkleman said at a news conference on Tuesday.Chloe is a hockey fan and loved to bang on the ice hockey rink glass wall as she watched her older brother, Winkleman said, and her grandfather put her on the railing thinking she’d bang on the glass.However, the window was open — and she was “gone,” Winkleman said, calling her death a “tragic accident that was preventable.”“Why would you ever, in a kids play area put windows that passengers can open?” Winkleman said. “I don’t think it’s unreasonable to put a child there thinking there’s glass.”“The South Bend Police Department offers its sincerest condolences to Officer Alan Wiegand and his family during this difficult time following the tragic loss of their child while in Puerto Rico,” the department said in a statement. “The department asks the community to pray for the entire Wiegand family as they grieve and to respect their privacy.”South Bend Mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg added on Twitter, “We are saddened by the terrible accident that took the life of Officer Wiegand’s young daughter, and the city is holding this family in our hearts.”Owen Torres, corporate communications manager with Royal Caribbean, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the family. We’ve made our Care Team available to assist the family with any resources they need.”Torres added on Tuesday, “We are assisting local authorities in San Juan, PR, as they make inquiries.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Putting corporate values in the hearts of your staff

first_imgThe bonuses of fat cat company directors continue to grow at the expense ofthe rank-and-file. This is the message of the TUC’s new report Executive excess– time to act.It is not a new message – the media has been full of stories about CEO payrises in the face of tumbling share prices. In most of these companies, the payhikes are justified on the grounds of a shortage of leaders, rather thanperformance – avoiding the argument about whether performance-related pay worksat all. There are three news stories in this week’s Personnel Today covering theimplementation of PRP. While they show PRP can have more subtle andsophisticated applications, all three are proving contentious. BT has been working on a solution for spreading its work-life balanceprinciples to blue collar staff. The trial of a new PRP scheme among fieldengineers enabled many to spend more time with their families instead ofworking overtime. Lifeboat charity RNLI has also introduced a form of PRP – a sensitivesubject in the voluntary sector – for all of its 1,000 staff. It is not aimingto incentivise staff, but to improve the appraisal system and thus managementof the 178-year-old charity. But there are inherent risks in PRP, even when applied in a sophisticatedmanner. Just as discretional pay increases can motivate, they can alsodemotivate disappointed staff. PRP schemes need staff and managerial support,objectivity and consistency to deliver results, and it is unlikely they willprovide all the answers to motivation and productivity. There are bigger, less tangible drivers at work, and getting staff tounderstand, embrace and passionately work towards the organisation’s objectiveswill take more than pay, benefits, a set of corporate values and the odd teambonding exercise. HR needs to lead the thinking if the bigger answers onleadership, development and staff empowerment are to be developed. By Mike Broad Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Putting corporate values in the hearts of your staffOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

USS Chung-Hoon Renders Honors

first_img June 7, 2011 View post tag: Chung-Hoon Training & Education View post tag: Honors The crew of the USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) rendered honors to the fallen in the Battle of Midway during a ceremony June 3, in the waters near Midway Atoll. The ceremony, commemorated the U.S. Navy’s victory over the Imperial Japanese Navy in the three-day battle June 4-7, 1942.“Today we are here to remember those Sailors whose gallantry and unshakeable determination decisively won the day against a superior foe,” said Chung-Hoon Commanding Officer Cmdr. Scott Erb. “Countless Sailors performed feats that seem impossible today.”Regarded as the turning point of the war in the Pacific during World War II, U.S. Navy carrier strike forces, in conjunction with shore-based bombers and torpedo planes, defeated the numerically superior Japanese fleet.“Our victory was not without cost,” said Erb. “An aircraft carrier, a destroyer and 145 planes lay on the ocean floor, and 307 of our shipmates with them.”During the battle, the Japanese lost four aircraft carriers, a heavy cruiser, three destroyers and 256 planes. The defeat delayed Japanese plans for assaults on Samoa, New Caledonia and Fiji.“The ceremony meant a lot to the crew, it helped the Sailors recognize our history,” said Command Master Chief Chris Detje, “It opened their eyes to the realization that this is how we got here. If it wasn’t for the great men and women who came before us, and did wonderful and amazing things during World War II, we wouldn’t be here today.”Admiral Yamamoto’s battle plans for a surprise attack on Midway Atoll was thwarted by Navy cryptologists working out of the basement of Building 1 on board the Navy base in Pearl Harbor. This information allowed Admiral Chester Nimitz to strategically position our fleets to destroy the Japanese carriers.Facing Japan’s eleven battleships and four aircraft carriers, the U.S. Navy fought with no battleships and just three aircraft carriers including USS Yorktown that had been badly damaged in the Battle of Coral Sea and only made available through speedy repair efforts at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.“We fought in these epic battles, against foes we could never beat, with odds that were insurmountable,” said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Lauren Boulay after the ceremony. “Those Sailors fought and did what ever they could to win. It makes me want to be a better sailor.”By the evening of June 7th, 1942, with the crippled Imperial Japanese Navy in retreat, the need for carrier aviation power became a prominent security necessity to defending our interest as a maritime nation.“As time marches forward, these Sailors, a part of what we call the Greatest Generation, are rapidly leaving us,” said Erb. “They leave behind a legacy of honor, courage and commitment. We must strive to uphold their legacy.”Chung-Hoon’s honor guard fired a 21-gun salute followed by the playing of taps to remember those who lost their lives sixty-nine years ago in the waters of Midway Atoll.The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) is underway for an independent deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Source: navy, June 7, 2011; View post tag: Renders Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Chung-Hoon Renders Honors Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic USS Chung-Hoon Renders Honors View post tag: Naval View post tag: USSlast_img read more

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Returns USS Harry S Truman to Fleet

first_img View post tag: fleet View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy July 20, 2012 Industry news Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) completed its largest Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) July 15, returning USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) to the fleet after 470,000 man-days of maintenance.Nimitz-class aircraft carriers have a set maintenance plan which must be adhered to in order for these ships to last the 50 years they’re designed for.Part of the maintenance plan includes periodic dry docking to perform work below the waterline, which isn’t possible while the ship is in water.“Truman has easily been the most challenging project of my career,” said Matt Durkin, NNSY project superintendent. “We learned a lot along the way, and we’re proud of the cohesive team we’ve developed.”As a Naval Sea Systems Command field activity, the shipyard’s focus on technical rigor and discipline in ship maintenance procedures ensures quality work and results in higher fleet readiness.Truman entered dry-dock in March 2011, for extensive overhaul of the hull, tanks, seawater systems, and propulsion shafting as well as complex replacements of reactor control systems and the main combat system mast. Following undocking in late January 2012, Truman spent six months pierside completing production work and an in-depth equipment testing and crew certification phase. “The entire shipyard family is proud to have returned such a vital asset to the fleet,” said Capt. Mark Bridenstine, NNSY shipyard commander. “Our goal, as always, is to deliver world-wide first-time quality material readiness to the ships of the United States Navy and to the men and women who serve on them.”Following the availability, Truman will begin preparations for its sixth full deployment since being commissioned in 1998.Norfolk Naval Shipyard is a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, and the oldest industrial facility belonging to the U.S. Navy. The shipyard specializes in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 20, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Returns Back to overview,Home naval-today Norfolk Naval Shipyard Returns USS Harry S Truman to Fleet View post tag: USS View post tag: S Norfolk Naval Shipyard Returns USS Harry S Truman to Fleet View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Harry View post tag: shipyard View post tag: Truman View post tag: Norfolk Share this articlelast_img read more

Wedding Couple to Take HERO Plunge on New Year’s Day

first_img—News release from the HERO Campaign The annual First Plunge is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 1, 2016 at Ninth Street Beach in Ocean City, NJ.An engaged couple from Morris Plains, N.J. plan to take the plunge, literally, when they celebrate their wedding with a plunge in the ocean on New Year’s Day to promote designated driving.Lindsay Conroy and Mike Feeley of Morris Plains will tie the knot at the Ocean City Yacht Club on New Year’s Eve with 130 friends and family as they watch the ball drop on a giant screen, and take the leap into wedded bliss.  “We’re basically combining a New Year’s Eve party with our wedding,” said Conroy, co-owner of KRo Events, an event planning business in New York City.On New Year’s Day, the newlyweds, both runners and health enthusiasts, will take a second leap.  They’ll participate in the 5K Boardwalk run at 1 p.m., then join their wedding party for the HERO Plunge at 2 p.m. in the frigid surf next to the Ocean City Music Pier.The plunge benefits the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing drunk driving by promoting the use of safe and sober designated drivers. John Elliott, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, was killed by a drunk driver in July, 2000 as he was travelling home to South Jersey for his mother’s birthday. “We wanted our wedding to be memorable,” said Conroy, who will be wearing a veil and sparkly dress for the run and plunge. Feeley, a senior financial analyst at Verizon, will be wearing a tuxedo tee shirt.  A non-drinker since her days as a high school swimmer, Conroy said the HERO Campaign plunge was the perfect charity to benefit from her wedding. “I’ve always been the designated driver. The HERO Campaign celebrates the role of the designated driver in keeping everyone safe.  They’re the true life of the party,” Conroy said.  In place of a brunch, the Feeleys will offer their wedding goers bagels, coffee and dry socks for the polar plunge, which hopefully will include more of the current record-setting warm weather. “We’ll all be making New year’s resolutions… Maybe coming back to Ocean City next year for our anniversary will be one of them,” Conroy said.The couple were engaged in Capri, Italy last June and wanted their wedding to be near the ocean. “We travelled up and down the Jersey Shore looking for just the right location. We settled on Ocean City because friends had recommended it and the yacht club was the perfect setting on the water,” Conroy said.For more information about the HERO Campaign and how to register for the HERO Plunge, go to herocampaign.org or email at [email protected]last_img read more

South Bend launches new landlord registration site

first_img By Tommie Lee – July 9, 2020 0 499 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleDisney Store at UP Mall will not reopenNext articleSwarbrick pessimistic about College Football starting on time Tommie Lee Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By Photos public domain [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The City of South Bend launched their revised online Landlord Registration website this week.The new site allows landlords the chance to simplify the process of registering their properties online. They are required to register properties they do not personally occupy each year. The deadline for landlords each year to do so is September 1st, with a fee of $5 per owner.The new site can be found at https://landlordregistration.southbendin.gov South Bend launches new landlord registration site Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

Bake Off’s Flora Shedden to open Dunkeld bakery

first_imgFlora Shedden, runner-up in the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off in 2015, has started work on a new bakery in her home town.The 20-year-old took to social media on 1 January to confirm her plans for an artisan outlet, and also included a photograph of a building’s interior, which may be the site in question.She said: “Happy New Year all! Thrilled to announce that, in 2017, I will be opening a wee artisan bakery! Lots to do before then though…”Shedden has taken over an old high street newsagent’s in Dunkeld, which she hopes to have fully renovated by the spring.Confirming her new venture on Instagram, she wrote: “Underneath our new flat is a wee, run-down shop – soon to be my very own bakery.“Opening in spring, it sits right in the heart of Dunkeld where we will sell bread, cakes, pastries and all manner of foodie bits and pieces.”The plan has already attracted interest from fans all over the world, with many requesting internet sales.Shedden said underneath the image: “There’s a lot of work to be done, but if it all goes well, we could be open by Easter.”“It’s an old newsagent’s shop and it will have to be completely gutted. It’s going to be an open-plan kitchen area, selling mostly takeaway food, but there will be some seating.”She said: “I’d looked at other places in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but I really wanted to do something here in Dunkeld. It will hopefully be my way of giving something back to the town.”Shedden has been talking about the bakery project for several months – she said on her social media channels in August 2016: “I’ve been a waitress, I can cook and bake, and I’ve always loved meeting people. Much of what I do now is on social media, so it would make a lovely change.”She added: “I’ve taken time out from university and, while I know 20 is quite young to start a business, now really is the time to go for it.”Shedden is also preparing to publish her first book, Gatherings. The highly anticipated recipe collection will hit the shops on 26 January.last_img read more

Six luminaries to receive Du Bois Medal

first_imgHarvard University announced today that it will award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, its highest honor in the field of African and African-American studies, to six leaders across government, the arts, and athletics during a ceremony on Oct. 2.The honorees are Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president of the United States; Tony Kushner, playwright; Rep. John Lewis, U.S. congressman; Justice Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; Steven Spielberg, director; and David Stern, commissioner of the National Basketball Association.The medal ceremony will also mark the launch of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, in recognition of a generous gift of more than $15 million from the Hutchins Family Foundation, which was endowed by Glenn Hutchins ’77, J.D. ’83, M.B.A. ’83. Hutchins is co-founder of Silver Lake, one of the world’s largest firms investing in technology companies.Since 2000, the Du Bois Medal has been awarded to individuals in the U.S. and around the world in recognition of their contributions to African and African-American culture and the life of the mind. Recipients have included scholars, artists, writers, journalists, philanthropists, and administrators whose work has bolstered the field of African and African-American studies.This year’s honorees will be introduced by Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts; Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater; Hutchins; Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School; Drew Faust, president of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History; and basketball legend Bill Russell, respectively.“The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal is named for the great scholar and thinker who devoted his life to the serious study of African and African-American history and culture,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center. “Dr. Du Bois, cosmopolitan in his taste and manners, worked tirelessly to produce and publish learning in all areas of the African diaspora, keenly aware of the need to bring this information to the public. This year’s Du Bois Medals are presented to a most distinguished roster of recipients in the spirit of intellectual achievement and social engagement.“The Hutchins Center will embody this same spirit,” Gates added. “With this unprecedented gift from the Hutchins Family Foundation, we secure our place as the pre-eminent site for research about the African diaspora in the academy. What we have built under the rubric of the Du Bois Institute will continue to grow through the Hutchins Center with even greater global reach, in a way that would have made the public-minded Dr. Du Bois proud.”“More important than inaugurating the Hutchins Center, this event honors six extraordinary people who have contributed in historic ways to African-American community and culture,” said Hutchins. “Through their work, they embody the purpose of my family’s gift: to advance knowledge and understanding, and to improve the society in which we live. The Hutchins Center will house a group of world-leading research institutes and programs, all vitally important and all equally dedicated to the creation of cutting-edge knowledge in the field of African and African-American research.”The new Hutchins Center for African and African American Research will encompass the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, which Gates will continue to direct, the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, the Image of the Black Archive and Library, two publications — the Du Bois Review and Transition Magazine — the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, and the Hutchins Family Library.The center will also house four new entities: the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, the History Design Studio, the Program for the Study of Race and Gender in Science and Medicine, and the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art.Gates, who became director of the Du Bois Institute when he arrived at Harvard in 1991, will continue to lead the organization as the Hutchins Center’s first director. Under his stewardship, the center will carry on the Du Bois Institute’s signature research projects and programming, including public lecture series, exhibitions, conferences, and events.Last October, Harvard announced that Hutchins, a longtime University supporter, had given the University $30 million to create the Hutchins Family Challenge Fund for House Renewal and to support broader academic initiatives in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences — including the Hutchins Center.“From renewing the residential experience of our undergraduates to supporting the research activities of our faculty, Glenn has shown that he is deeply committed to sustaining Harvard’s excellence in teaching and research,” said Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith, John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “I am personally grateful for his counsel, and for his engagement with the University.”In addition to creating New York–based Silver Lake, Hutchins is chairman of the board of SunGard Corp. and a director of the NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. and Mercury Payment Systems. Hutchins is also a director of Harvard Management Company and chairman of the National Advisory Board of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, which will become the advisory board of the Hutchins Center.He served President Bill Clinton as a member of his presidential transition team and in the White House as a special adviser on economic and health care policy. He is a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vice chairman of the board of the Brookings Institution, and a trustee of New York–Presbyterian Hospital. He is also an owner and member of the executive committee of the Boston Celtics.The Hutchins Family Foundation was established by Glenn H. Hutchins to expand research and community initiatives in public policy, education, the environment, and public health throughout the United States. Initiatives funded by the Hutchins Family Foundation encourage collaboration among leading policymakers, researchers, and educators to meet specific milestone for the public good.The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremony will be held at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre on Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. Tickets are free and available to the public (general admission, limit two tickets per person). A video of the ceremony will be available on the new Hutchins Center website at a time to be announced.For event and ticket information, please visit the Harvard Box Office website.To learn more about the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, please visit http://dubois.fas.harvard.edu/. The Hutchins Center’s new website will launch on Oct. 2.last_img read more