Heritage Ministries Names New Interim CEO

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) GERRY – The Heritage Ministries Board of Directors announced Tuesday that Lisa Haglund has been named as the interim CEO for the company, replacing the previous CEO David Smeltzer.Officials with the company were not at liberty to explain specifically why Smeltzer left his position. WNYNewsNow has reached out to set up an interview with Haglund in the near future.Haglund began her career with Northwest Bank where she worked for over twenty years, prior to joining the Heritage organization. Haglund attended Alfred State College as well as the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Advanced School of Banking at Penn State. She has also been an active member of her community, with involvement ranging from Chautauqua Leadership Network to the St. Susan Center.“It is this combination of business acumen, integrity, and Christian values that made her the obvious selection as we take next steps in an exciting future for Heritage,” Heritage Board of Directors shared.Heritage Ministries was founded in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry, to six locations in New York with additional affiliations across the United States.last_img read more

Former State Senator sentenced for $74 million check-kiting scheme

first_img continue reading » A former Rhode Island state senator was sentenced to two years in federal prison for passing $74 million in worthless checks through his businesses in a check-kiting scheme using credit union and bank accounts he controlled.But during the sentencing hearing of James E. Doyle II last week, U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith in Providence said he was “confounded by why the Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union, in particular, tolerated Doyle’s misdeeds for years instead of putting an end to his daily pattern of passing bad checks,” the Providence Journal reported.The Pawtucket-based credit union tells a different story.“Once Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union became aware of Mr. Doyle’s activities the management of the institution took the necessary steps to investigate and report his activities to proper authorities,” the credit union said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “Since that time we have fully cooperated with the federal investigation and we will continue to do so. Mr. Doyle is no longer a member of our institution. Because Alliance Blackstone Valley is a federally insured institution, none of the deposits of our members are now or have ever been at risk.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Return of odd-even policy increases ridership, Jakarta Police say

first_imgJakarta has seen an increase in the number of public transportation passengers since authorities imposed a trial run for the odd-even license plate policy on Aug. 3, the Jakarta Police have said.Jakarta Police traffic director Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said ridership of the city’s Transjakarta buses had increased 6 percent since Aug. 3.”The number of Transjakarta passengers had increased since the trial run for the odd-even policy, from 313,000 passengers a day to 360,000 passengers per day – a 6 percent increase,” Sambodo told tribunnews.com on Friday. Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said last Friday that traffic had increased following the city’s gradual transition away from large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).Sambodo said the odd-even policy could not work by itself.”Companies should help by allowing their employees to work in shifts,” he said.The trial run for the policy will officially end on Aug. 7 before being reinstated on 25 roads from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Aug 10. (nal)Topics : Sambodo claimed that as Transjakarta fleets could still accommodate an increase of passengers, there was no risk of crowding at bus stops.The odd-even policy restricts travel on certain roads, allowing entry for cars with odd-numbered license plates only on odd-numbered dates, while cars with even-numbered license plates can only access the roads on even-numbered dates.Read also: Jakarta extends odd-even trial run to Friday, delays policy revival to MondayAfter lifting the policy in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, the Jakarta administration announced on July 31 that it would reimpose it in a bid to prevent unnecessary travel by private cars amid the rising trend of COVID-19 cases in the capital city. last_img read more

Lakers’ Frank Vogel was among the first to give Paul George an NBA chance

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — The last time they spoke, fires raged in the hills of Los Angeles.When the Getty Fire threatened several residential areas in late October, there were more than a few NBA players who were fearful they might have to relocate, Paul George among them. That was when he heard from his old coach, Frank Vogel, offering him a place to stay if he needed it.“He reached out, giving support, ‘If you need anything,’” George said last week. “If we need a house to stay, he opened the doors for me. But he’s got his thing going, and I got mine.”That’s the kind of relationship Vogel and George, a player-and-coach tandem that had a six-year run with the Indiana Pacers have now. It’s close, like family, but distant, which can also be like family. Even though they share the same city, and even though they presumably see each other’s faces on billboards, hear each other’s voices in advertisements and think a good deal about how to beat one another, there’s space between them that’s hard to bridge – and yet in times of crisis, it’s not that hard at all. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant For his part, Vogel downplayed the exchange in October, saying it was “just what a friend would do.” But what else is he supposed to say two days before a Lakers-Clippers showdown on Christmas Day at Staples Center? Even while Anthony Davis and LeBron James are questionable for the game, Vogel’s connection with George, who missed the first Lakers-Clippers meeting, gives the nationally televised matchup a bit of an edge.“I love those guys and they’ll be family forever,” he said, lumping in George with other old Pacers. “But on Christmas Day, they’re the enemy. He’s the enemy, I guess. The Clippers are.”As much as Vogel might play down the relationship, the two men are inexorably linked for the effect they had on one another’s careers.George was a raw rookie when Vogel took over as interim coach in 2011, and it was Vogel who gave him his first career start. As George grew into a headlining superstar in Indiana, Vogel’s teams took off, reaching the Eastern Conference finals in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014.There’s a certain irony that the coach who would shelter him from the fire was the one who threw him into it at the beginning of his career. Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img “He definitely helped with my development by throwing me out there, throwing me into the fire, giving me that experience, letting me learn on the fly, make mistakes,” George said. “He definitely helped with my development of just film work, watching games, watching plays. The experience is what helped the most by allowing me to play and letting me learn and just being out there.”True to form, Vogel said George’s minutes were ones he earned by playing defense.“Offensively, he was very raw and had a long way to go from a development standpoint and from perimeter shooting and passing the basketball,” he said. “You can’t grow if you’re not getting opportunities on the court. … Since he had in his rookie year the ability to stay on the floor defensively, that’s what gave me confidence to throw him out there for long stretches and help him grow his offensive game.”Related Articles George’s injury in 2014, a compound fracture of his lower leg, had a disastrous impact for Indiana the following year, and it was the first big backstep for Vogel’s Pacers. After the next season, when the Pacers stagnated and lost in the first round, Vogel and Indiana parted ways in 2016. A year later, George requested a trade out of Indiana.Nate McMillan recently acknowledged it was odd to see Vogel teaming up with LeBron James, the player that those Pacers attempted to unseat for years. But in a way, George seemed to understand why the Lakers scooped him up. In grinding seasons, Vogel helped pick up the team.“My whole time what made it so remarkable and so great with the system that he had was just positive, very positive influence, and it was great,” George said. “Tough days, long days, tough road trips, he always found the positive and it was great. It was a great flow to the locker room and it translated onto the court.”BRIEFLYThe Lakers said James (thoracic muscle strain) and Davis (right knee soreness) are both questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Clippers. … The Lakers participated in Secret Santa on Monday. Kyle Kuzma said he received a shoulder bag from Davis, while he gifted Quinn Cook with a kitchen table.Mirjam Swanson contributed to this story. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead last_img read more