Longtime University athletics photographer dies

first_imgMike Bennett, a photographer who spent nearly 40 years capturing major moments in Notre Dame athletics history, died Monday after a short battle with cancer, according to a University press release published Tuesday. He was 69 years old.Bennett was a ubiquitous presence at University sporting events, the release said. Photo courtesy of Zach Zeller University athletics photographer Mike Bennett died Monday after a short battle with cancer.“Often armed with multiple cameras and brightly colored shirt-and-tie combinations, Bennett had a warm smile and positive demeanor that made him a beloved figure among student-athletes, coaches and anyone who spent enough time around the Irish program,” the release said.A native of South Bend, Bennett aspired to photograph Notre Dame athletics since a young age and started working in photography in 1974, according to the release. He photographed his first Notre Dame football game in 1982.Since 1986, the company Bennett founded, Lighthouse Images, has “furnished a large majority of Notre Dame athletics’ photography needs,” the release said.Athletics director Jack Swarbrick saluted Bennett’s service to the University, saying the photographer brought a spirit of optimism to everything he did.“Mike Bennett made everything and everyone he touched better — the natural consequence of his uncompromising professionalism and unfailingly positive personality,” Swarbrick said in the release. “Mike’s smile and his willingness to help both were ever-present. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him, but his memory, his impact and the images he captured will remain part of the fabric of Notre Dame Athletics for years to come.”Many current Notre Dame athletics officials, including head football coach Brian Kelly, head women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw and men’s head basketball coach Mike Brey paid tribute to Bennett.“Mike’s impact on people went beyond Notre Dame and our football program,” Kelly said in the release. “He was always willing to lend a hand to the Kelly Cares Foundation and so many other organizations over the years, asking for nothing in return. He was always there to tell a story, which he did through pictures. Paqui and I will miss him greatly, as will the Notre Dame family.”McGraw said Bennett was present for all of her team’s big moments over the years, including two national championships in 2001 and 2018.“I can’t think of a celebration that we have had at Notre Dame in which Mike Bennett wasn’t a part of. He was there for every big moment, from the start of our season with the team photo, all the way to the Final Four,” McGraw said in the release.Bennett wasn’t just the team photographer, McGraw said.“He was always so much more than a photographer to us — he was a part of our women’s basketball family,” she said. “Whenever I think of him it brings a smile to my face. He will always be a part of us and we will treasure his memory every time we see one of his iconic photos.”Brey said Bennett always stood out among the photographers covering a particular event.“After games or at athletic department events, there can be a number of different photographers taking photos, but I always knew to look for Mike and his lens,” Brey said in the release. “He was such a class act.”Bennett married his wife Sue in 1975, and the couple has three daughters.In 2003, the release said, Bennett was presented with an honorary monogram jacket. In a note written the next day, the photographer reflected on his work and expressed a hope that he was contributing, at least in a small way, to the ethos of the University.“I have had the honor and privilege to capture many Notre Dame moments over the past 20 years,” Bennett wrote. “… But Notre Dame has done so much more for me than I could ever do for Her — the roar of the football stadium, the quietness of the Grotto and the friendships. It’s amazing, only at Notre Dame! So if I can capture a moment in time to bring back a memory or stir up an emotion, then I hope I am contributing a very small part to the Notre Dame Spirit, past, present and future.”Tags: Brian Kelly, Jack Swarbrick, Mike Bennett, Mike Brey, Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame Athletics, photographylast_img read more

Colombian Delegation Tours Wounded Warrior Facilities

first_imgBy Dialogo November 05, 2012 U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Army South personnel escorted the commanding general of Colombia’s Military Forces and a delegation of public and private Colombian leaders as they visited Brooke Army Medical Center’s Center for the Intrepid, the Fisher House Foundation and the Warrior and Family Support Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on October 24-25. The two-day visit was designed to highlight the value of the Center for the Intrepid in treating our wounded warriors and to allow the delegation to gain an understanding of the role the U.S. private sector plays in supporting and caring for our wounded warriors, said Colonel Jaime Henry, a Colombian foreign liaison officer assigned to U.S. Army South. Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, the commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), accompanied General Alejandro Navas, the commanding general of Colombia’s Military forces, and approximately ten other public and private sector leaders as they toured the facilities and attended briefings by staff members. “This visit will afford us an opportunity to share with our guest delegation what we’ve learned from partnering with organizations like the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Fisher House Foundation in caring for Military members catastrophically disabled or severely injured while serving their country,” said Jorge Silveira, acting director of SOUTHCOM’s Partnering Directorate. “Thanks to this partnership, the Center for the Intrepid has helped more than 780 wounded warriors make remarkable recoveries to remain on active duty or return to civilian life. This visit will afford our guests a chance to see first-hand what can be accomplished for wounded veterans through public-private partnerships and with the caring support of a community of caring citizens.” According to Colombia’s Ministry of Defense website, 483 members of Colombia’s Public Security Forces (which includes Military and police) were killed while serving during 2011 and 2,088 were injured, many of them requiring care similar to what U.S. Soldiers receive after they’re injured in combat. Silveira said it’s important to share ideas, knowledge and experiences with committed partner nation militaries such as Colombia in order to find effective solutions to common problems. “Almost 13,000 Colombian soldiers have been wounded by IEDs since 1996,” said Silveira. “With this visit, we hope to help them get one step closer to realizing their vision of a center fully dedicated to caring, treating and rehabilitating military members who are seriously injured while defending the nation. Through continued engagement and collaboration in this area, we also hope to ensure we can capitalize on the synergies and interoperability of our centers for the good of the patients they care for.”last_img read more

To Reg E or not to Reg E? That is the question you must ask your members

first_imgSince the 2010 Amendment to Regulation E (Reg E), credit unions that want to offer and charge for overdraft coverage on ATM or one-time debit card transactions have been required to obtain affirmative consent from members before charging an overdraft fee for extending overdraft coverage for these transactions. Many consumers have realized the benefits of opting in to overdraft coverage when using their debit card, including avoiding embarrassment at POS and obtaining goods and services, like gas and groceries, at the time they need them. However, a large percentage of accountholders—as many as 80% according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)—have not opted in (and/or made a decision about opting in) to their institution’s overdraft coverage for debit card transactions. For safety and soundness purposes, most institutions do not provide an overdraft limit for card channel transactions on accounts without a Reg E opt in decision. This results in a denied transaction whenever a member attempts to access more than their available balance. It can be very frustrating for a consumer, especially a new member, to have a POS transaction denied when attempting to use a debit card. The consumer receives no immediate feedback informing them that the transaction was denied due to insufficient funds because they didn’t opt-in to Reg E. For all the member knows, the card is just not working. And when something doesn’t work, people usually do not use it. These repeatedly denied transactions can result in members using your credit union’s debit card less frequently, which diminishes their experience with your institution and prevents you from receiving any interchange and fee income for the overdraft services you could be providing. Let’s face it, most institutions did a poor job of explaining Reg E decision consequences to existing accountholders in 2010, and subsequently to new accountholders during the account opening process. To ensure those who wish to access overdraft services on debit card transactions may do so, some credit unions are starting to use outreach efforts to inform members about the necessity of providing Reg E consent. The purpose of these communications is to provide a high level of service and education so members understand their debit payment and overdraft choices. As the debit card becomes the dominant form of payment, the need for this type of education becomes ever more important, but it must be done properly. Reg E Outreach Techniques to AVOID: Do not use coercion, misrepresentation or quotas in obtaining Reg E decisionsThe importance of employing compliant outreach techniques became all too clear in the 2016 CFPB decision to fine Boston-headquartered Santander Bank $10 million, claiming the regional bank deceptively marketed its overdraft program to members. According to the CFPB consent order, Santander employed the services of a third-party telemarketing firm to call its customers in order to obtain additional opt-ins to Reg E. The telemarketing vendor:Became aggressive in its marketing efforts, including incenting employees if certain sales targets were achieved and punishing employees if goals were not attainedMisrepresented what it meant to opt in to Reg E, including the fees the customers would be charged and the types of transactions covered by the overdraft serviceOpted customers into the Reg E overdraft program without their consent Was deceptive in speaking with customers about the consequences of not opting in to overdraft services for ATM and one-time debit card transactions Do not penalize consumers who do not choose to opt inCredit unions must ensure their Reg E decision efforts do not penalize members who decide not to opt in.According to Regulation E (§1005.17–Requirements for overdraft services), “A financial institution shall provide to consumers who do not affirmatively consent to the institution’s overdraft service for ATM and one-time debit card transactions the same account terms, conditions, and features that it provides to consumers who affirmatively consent, except for the overdraft service for ATM and one-time debit card transactions.” It is important to keep this stipulation in mind, especially with regard to the types of debit cards your institution issues and the circumstances for de-activating them. Specifically, institutions should not:Provide a PIN-only card to consumers who do not opt in, while providing a debit card with both PIN and signature-debit functionality to consumers who opt inImplement any practice that deactivates a consumer’s debit card solely based on force-post overdraft transactions that result from the consumer not opting inActivate a debit card contingent upon opting inInstitutions should not make opening a new account contingent upon opting in to Reg E, unless they provide the member another type of account with the same terms, conditions and benefits except for overdraft services for ATM and one-time debit card transactions. Credit unions should embrace Reg E outreach as an ongoing exercise in education, communication and collection of members’ preferences regarding overdraft services. Review your credit union’s Reg E communications, including any call scripts, to ensure that they 1) explain your credit union’s overdraft program procedures and fees correctly; 2) confirm that the member has opted in (if applicable); and 3) do not offer incentives that would “steer” or “deceive” members in order to obtain Reg E opt-ins.For more information about offering a modern, compliant overdraft program, download the article, “Data-Driven Overdraft Systems Reap Improved Service, Compliance.” 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Harper Jeffrey Harper brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his position as president of ​BSG Financial Group. ​ where he heads up the Sales and Marketing divisions of the … Web: www.bsgfinancial.com Detailslast_img read more

Top ten leadership posts from 2018

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As we look ahead to 2019, let’s take one last look back at the best from 2018. Here’s a look at the top ten leadership posts from this year…Confessions of a white male CEO – Dave Adams, CU Solutions Group3 inexpensive ways to improve employee morale – Sarah Marshall, North Side Community Federal Credit Union4 ways you’re driving your employees crazy – John Pettit, CUInsight.com4 things Michael Scott taught us about managing people – Robbie Young, CUInsight.com3 leadership tips for introverts – John Pettit, CUInsight.com6 big strategic questions for credit union leaders – Dave Adams, CU Solutions GroupHow to know when to fire someone – Laurie Maddalena, Envision ExcellenceIsn’t the way women treat each other a bigger problem? – Jill Nowacki, Credit Union League of ConnecticutLeadership tips for 2019! – John Pettit, CUInsight.com3 listening styles that make you a respected leader – Lorraine Ranalli, Credit Union Network for Financial Literacylast_img read more

Robby Krieger Blows The Doors Off The Paramount [Concert Review W/ Video]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York His shoulder-length black hair in a tight ponytail, an acoustic guitar strung across his shoulder, and barefoot, singer/guitarist Adam Ezra stood center stage at The Paramount Tuesday night, April 7 and told the packed house that in order to properly do a Boston accent he’d “need to drop a lot of ‘F’-bombs.”The disclosure was met with cheers—launching him and his band, the Adam Ezra Group, into an electrifying, expletive-saturated performance of their speed-fiddle-soaked “The Devil Came Up To Boston,” a hilarious and catchy take on The Charlie Daniels Band classic “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” briefly dipping into slivers of fellow Bay Staters Dropkick Murphys’ “Shipping Up To Boston” before wrapping up to resounding applause.Ezra next hoisted a glass in the air and offered a heartfelt salute to the charged crowd.“Cheers to you all,” he smiled, gulping its dark contents down. “Cheers.”The folksy, country-esque, rootsy sextet followed New York City rockers Silverbird as openers for legendary Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, and Ezra, switching between guitar, harmonica and banjo for his group’s next two numbers—which also featured his bongo player furiously smashing together two metal garbage can lids—could hardly contain himself. He told the audience he remembered stealing his grandparents’ car back in the day and smoking marijuana with his friend “all night to [The Doors’] ‘Peace Frog’” before he’d even begun to write his own songs, and announced that after his set he’d be in the merchandise section selling CDs and T-shirts. If concertgoers dug his music, Ezra said, they could contribute $10 or $5 to an “I Love You Box” for a disc, or even enjoy an album for free if they didn’t have the cash.Also sharing that the band had suffered a flat tire on the way to the gig, it was apparent this guy had a lotta heart [he and his band played with a lotta heart, too], and by the time the house lights dimmed for headliner Krieger at around 9:45 p.m., dozens had visited Ezra at the band’s merch station for autographs, photos and CDs.Billed as “An Evening of The Doors Greatest Hits” with Krieger’s son Waylon contributing guest vocals, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer did not disappoint, along with keyboardist Nathan Wilmarth, bassist Phil Chen and drummer Ty Dennis, delivering a powerful, tight set of songs spanning the iconic group’s six studio albums with late vocalist Jim Morrison, who died in 1971 from a supposed heroin overdose at 27.Krieger, at 70 years old, absolutely owned the night.Wearing an oversized hockey jersey, riffing on his signature Gibson SGs and lending backing vocals on several tunes, his performance proved that he’s not only still got it, but that the guitar masterwork that has earned him a ranking on Rolling Stone’s List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time and catapulted The Doors to rock mega-stardom has only refined with age.Krieger commanded his instrument with the same passion and virtuosity one would expect from someone who’s been opening interdimensional, genre-shattering portals with a six-string for more than 50 years, first experimenting in flamenco, blues, folk and jazz in high school before teaming up with keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and Morrison in 1965, and after the latter’s death, continuing with its remaining members before launching a solo career, a jam band Jam Kitchen—with his son Waylon on guitar and vocals—and then returning to The Doors’ music with Manzarek for more than a decade until the keyboardist’s death in May 2013. That incarnation featured a revolving cast of singers and musicians, including for a time Ian Astbury of The Cult filling in for Morrison and Stewart Copeland of The Police on skins.In a recent interview with StarPulse.com, Krieger said he hadn’t played Doors tunes since the passing of Manzarek in 2013, but recently returned to the catalog when his son Waylon (who’s also a guitarist) “took an interest in singing and got me motivated to fill that gap and play Doors music again.”Lucky for us.Krieger summoned a kaleidoscopic cacophony of noise and laser-guided notes that sparkled with life, gliding and dancing through the air, veering into total chaos at times, and always looping back into perfect cadence with the killer rhythm and virtuosic keys. An arsenal of pedals at his feet transformed his licks into otherworldly meteors of droning, mind-bending going-to-ravage-the-Earth dissonance or straight-up whiskey-drenched jazz-blues. Supersaturated in echo and reverb, some notes lingered like ghosts, wandering among those dancing along on the Paramount’s floor and mixing with the faint wafting scent of marijuana before drifting off into the netherworld he conjured, while others glimmered and leapt from his amplifier like the simmering ashes of a Native American ceremonial funeral pyre.Late Doors singer Jim Morrison may have been the Rimbaud-manchild shaman of the supergroup, but it was Krieger, Manzarek and Densmore’s eclectic fluidity that both provided a foundation for Morrison’s mad poetry, accentuating and anchoring his visions through a magical cohesion at once horrifically dark, sinister, healing and infectious, thus redefining rock and roll along the way.Krieger was also a chief songwriter of the group, penning or co-writing some of the mega-hits that launched the four musicians from gigging shitty bars in L.A. to their ascension as one of the most important rock bands that have ever existed. Among those: “Light My Fire,” Touch Me,” “Love Me Two Times” and “Love Her Madly”—the latter containing lyrics inspired by his then-girlfriend, now-wife of 42 years, Lynn, he told the howling audience.When she’d get mad with him (which was often, Krieger joked), she’d run out on him, slamming the door of wherever they were at the time as she fled. Thus the line: “Don’t you love her as she’s running out the door,” he laughed.The band started Tuesday’s show with rousing versions of “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” and “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar),” to jubilant cheers.With a slick, short haircut and sporting a black leather jacket, dark sunglasses and Batman T-shirt instead of Morrison’s trademark skintight leather pants and shaggy, Adonis-like mane, Waylon was no Lizard King, but held his own throughout the more than two-hour set. The fact it was Krieger’s son singing—and thus, a father-son team—nullifies any ill-will from my Doors-purist self to crucify him as a wanna-be MoJo Rising-karaoke freak who lacked the latter’s stage presence, passion and antics (No One Can Fill Morrison’s shoes–let me repeat that: NO ONE), emotion, fury, destruction and force, missed a few notes, perhaps even jumbled a verse or two, and even if he wasn’t trying to imitate Jimbo at all, perhaps came off a wee-bit so, though honestly, there was a certain magic cast that night through that generational performance. At one point, about mid-set, they gelled and sounded so well that if you closed your eyes you could imagine yourself being back at an original Doors gig. Well, a little bit, anyway. A smidgen, perhaps? I know, I know. Wow, Tirana. Wowww. What the hell is this Tirana guy spewing? As elusive Press food critic Chris Cooke used to state, “I write it like I eat it,” so too will this humble music critic profess: “I write it like I hear it.” So as Morrison infamously told the cop who maced him before taking the stage at the legendary New Haven Arena gig in 1967: “Eat it.”“‘Wait what was that?’” you ask. “‘Did he just–no, no he did not. The music writer did not just tell me to–this is unreal!’”It’s called rock and fkn roll, and this is a Robby Krieger show, people. Robby fkn Krieger! And his son! Doin’ Doors songs!The band next unleashed a ferocious “Back Door Man,” again garnering massive applause from the audience, with Krieger introducing Wilmarth afterward as “a keyboard collector” who’s “got all of Ray Manzarek’s keyboards.”Krieger next whipped out his legendary slide for a stirring rendition of “Moonlight Drive,” reciting the lines to “Horse Latitudes” at its close, while simultaneously climbing up and down his SG’s neck to create the frightening effects of a horse drowning at sea. Without but a millisecond of a pause, the house lights dimmed into the mean, gritty opening riff of “Wild Child,” his son adding a “Yeah! C’mon!” as the band kicked in.Next came the epic “When The Music’s Over,” punctuated by Krieger striking, then down-tuning, the low-E string, and slowly tightening it again and again several times to milk the song’s infamously defining sonic moan that somehow mimicked the ghastly, otherworldly bellow of a downed airplane as it plummets and careens across an ocean of distortion before leveling off, then spiraling downward again.“Quiet!” shouted Waylon in an ill-fated attempt to get the crowd to simmer for the band’s buildup kick-back-in at the end—which featured his father just ripping like a madman across his frets during an extended finger-tapping session.“Any suggestions?” he asked afterward, to a deafening assault of song names. [I personally wanted to hear “Love Street,” “The Crystal Ship,” “Indian Summer” or “The Unknown Soldier,” but being far back from the stage with one of my brothers and sisters keeping a buddy with flatfeet company on the steps of the back riser, I happily immersed myself in one of my $14 Blue Point Toasted Lagers instead. “To Jim,” I thought. “To Jim and Ray.”]Radio go-to “People Are Strange” won out, followed by demands for “Peace Frog!” to which Waylon asked: “Do we have any psychics in the house?” and explaining that was the next number on their set list.“The problem with Doors songs is that there’s too many good songs,” joked his father. “Can’t do ’em all. But we can do ‘Peace Frog.’”It was tight, loud and fantastic, and many in the packed hall danced along.The group then launched into an energetic rendition of “Love Me Two Times”—with Waylon getting jammed up on a line or two while his dad dueled off trading licks for a bit with Wilmarth.The crowd went wild.Waylon then announced to the screaming crowd it was “The Special-Treat Portion of the Show,” and his father traded his SG for a classical acoustic and removed his jersey to reveal a white T-shirt with the iconic “Young Lion” Morrison across its front, tossing a pick out to the screaming crowd.“Back in the day, when we did ‘Spanish Caravan,’ I did this cool solo thing in the middle of the song but they cut it out for some reason,” he explained. “It was really cool. Ended up on the cutting room floor, so I figured I’ll do it now.”For the next five minutes, Krieger’s fingers methodically picked, plucked and brushed his strings, weaving a multi-tiered tapestry onto the canvas of the night, pacing back and forth across the stage and periodically pausing several times at its edge before a sea of adoring fans and chants.Then came those all-familiar descending notes—guitar, organ and drums, falling, falling, falling, then just cascading beneath rabid torrents of crashes.Wild. Explosive. Gorgeous. Dennis became a human machine gun.“Every time we play this song, it rains, so—” Krieger said afterwards, with the band kicking into the popular thunderstorm-drenched “Riders On The Storm.”Sick.Then came “Love Her Madly,” the father-son duo recalling the aforementioned history of the tune—the elder referring to his now-wife as his “girlfriend at the time.”“She’s still my mom,” joked Waylon.“She’s still my wife,” replied his dad, admitting that he “Kind of stole” the song’s title from Duke Ellington.Next came the bluesy “Maggie McGill,” from 1970’s Morrison Hotel.“Illegitimate son of a rock and roll star,” boomed Waylon. “I’ve been singing the blues ever since the world began.”“Not sure if it was the 14 dollar drinks of just yearning wishful hallucinations but arnd this time just seemed to fkn gel,” read my scribbled notes from that moment. “Pple dancing. Tight. Everyone in the groove.”Damn that was a hot one lol.So was its follow-up: an insane jam-out rock-out mondo-mega “L.A. Woman.”“We need some help here, so help me out,” Waylon muttered to the crowd during the mid-song slowdown, dangling the mic chord as if a swinging pendulum. “This is what’s called your audience fkn participation. You guys, at The Paramount—this is the best fkn crowd on the whole fkn tour. I ain’t just saying that. Cause sometimes we lie. Sometimes we lie. We’re not lying right now. You guys are the shtt. So help me out with this next part, yeah? All right.“Mis-ter Mo-Jo Rising,” he and the audience sang along together.The band left the stage to roaring cheers and applause. Pretty much everybody in the house was up on their feet shufflin’ and movin’ to the tunes at this point, and they demanded more.“You’re a tough crowd,” said Waylon as the group re-emerged for an encore, beginning with a rabid version of “Not To Touch The Earth,” into “Soul Kitchen.”“We have time for one short song,” announced Krieger around midnight, above the roars of the still-hopped-up crowd. “So we’ll do a long one.”The whole place danced along to an insane, extended “Light My Fire,” with Waylon leaving the stage for some of it and each musician just flat-out killing it on extra-long solos and jam-outs.“Let’s hear it for Ray, c’mon,” implored Krieger, inciting even more howls from the audience.His solo was nothing short of crushingly devastating, mixing discernable portions of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” within the controlled chaos of this beautiful beast.Krieger re-introduced the band members following equally killer bass and drum solos before wrapping up this epic, the house lights back on, the crowd still roaring, and (if I remember correctly), Creedence Clearwater Revival pouring out of the house PA as we all spilled out onto New York Avenue.“He absolutely owned it,” read my notes. “The songs… The nite.”The Adam Ezra Group will be returning to The Paramount on June 5 with Rusted Root and The Wailers. 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Croatia won a gold medal in the AEHT tourism and hospitality school competition

first_imgFrom 12 November to 17 November 2018, the annual conference of the AEHT (European Association of Hotel and Tourism Schools) of the European Association of Hospitality and Tourism Schools was held in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Its membership includes over 300 hospitality and tourism schools. The purpose of AEHT is to exchange experiences and cooperation of students from different countries, languages ​​and cultures through teamwork, creating new acquaintances and connections among students, and this year 650 participants (students, teachers and principals) from 19 countries participated.As part of the AEHT, prestigious competitions are held in 10 tourism and hospitality disciplines: hotel management, reception business, bar service, wine service, cocktail preparation, dehatlon or cooking skills competition, restaurant service, destination presentation, confectionery and cooking, and She represented Croatia this year Vinkovci Secondary Vocational School.Vinkovci Secondary Vocational SchoolVinkovci Secondary Vocational School and Croatia was represented by a fourth grade student of the Secondary Vocational School Irena Bunčić in the discipline of Confectionery.Thus, 34 students, ie 17 teams from 15 European countries, competed in the confectionery discipline. Irena Bunčić was the only student from Croatia in confectionery and competed in a team with a Cees Lust student from Akersloot in the Netherlands, and they won as a team gold medal with a great advantage over other competitors.On the first day of the competition, the judging panel forms teams on the principle of connecting students from different countries and different language areas. Then the teams have 90 minutes to jointly (in English) design a dessert with the obligatory given elements, write a recipe and work on that recipe the next day. They have 2 hours for practical work, and this year’s theme was to make 4 equal desserts and serve them on 4 plates that will contain: biscuit, two different creams, two different apple preparations and a crunchy part. This year they also had an additional challenge because before the competition itself, they learned about additional foods that need to be put in dessert.Vinkovci Secondary Vocational School”A gold medal gives me the strength to make my biggest dream come true and it’s just an incentive for me to work even harder. My goal is to finish high school first, then college, so that I can become independent in life and become what I want, and my biggest wish is to one day open my own pastry shop ” pointed out Irena Bunčić for the portal Novosti.hr Irena has been preparing for this competition since the beginning of September and she was prepared by the confectionery teacher of the Vinkovci Secondary Vocational School Ružica Šošić. ”Once again, at such a prestigious competition for students of catering and tourism schools, we worthily presented our school, city and country and proved that money and perfect conditions are not always crucial for success, but desire, will and hard work.. ”Pointed out Ružica Šošić, a professional confectionery teacher.Several other schools from Croatia competed very successfully in the tourism disciplines and brought five more medals to Croatia.last_img read more

Laurent Koscielny could miss north London derby after suffering late injury blow in Bournemouth win

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Laurent Koscielny could miss Saturday’s north London derby (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are sweating over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny for Saturday’s north London derby against Tottenham after the Frenchman sustained a late injury in the Gunners’ 5-1 win against Bournemouth.Unai Emery’s side moved to within four points of Spurs after demolishing the Cherries at the Emirates with Koscielny scoring in the rout.However, the Frenchman had to receive treatment in the dying moments when he went down after a challenge from Joshua King.Koscielny hobbled about for the final two minutes of the game and Unai Emery admits he’s doubtful for the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Koscielny hobbled around for the final two minutes (Picture: Getty)‘I hope it is just one kick,’ said Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He has three days between Saturday and I hope he will be OK.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalTottenham’s defeat at Chelsea means seven points separate Mauricio Pochettino’s team in third and Chelsea in sixth.The Gunners can move to within one point of their rivals with a win at Wembley and Emery has challenged his side to pass a ‘great test’.‘The chance to get to within a point from Tottenham is a big motivation,’ said Emery.‘We have a great opportunity and we need to take it like we have tonight.‘At the moment Tottenham are better than us in the table and it is difficult to win there so it will be a great test for us.’MORE: Manchester United win eight consecutive away matches for first time with victory over Crystal Palace Laurent Koscielny could miss north London derby after suffering late injury blow in Bournemouth win Sean KearnsThursday 28 Feb 2019 8:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Dutch asset managers join class action against Volkswagen

first_imgThree of the Netherlands’ largest pension managers are likely to participate in a class action lawsuit against German car maker Volkswagen related to the 2015 emissions scandal.In addition to the €470bn Dutch asset manager APG and the €27bn ABN Amro Pensioenfonds, the €215bn Dutch asset manager PGGM is also likely to join the lawsuit, according to Pensioen Pro, IPE’s Dutch sister publication.Pensioen Pro reported that it was not yet clear whether metal industry schemes PMT and PME had also joined this action, or had opted for another case against the German car manufacturer.Last week, the giant litigation case – in which approximately 3,500 investors claim damages as a result of their stake in Volkswagen (VW) dropping by one-third – started at the court of justice in Braunschweig. Both APG and the ABN Amro pension fund have confirmed that they are among the participants of the class action, which also targets VW’s subsidiary Porsche.In their annual reports PMT and PME both mentioned “legal procedures because of the emissions scandal of diesel cars”.Other Dutch pension funds and providers declined to state whether they were among the litigants.’However, it is likely that PGGM has also joined the class action. In its most recent sustainability report, it cited a “German legal action against VW and Porsche because of ‘dieselgate’”.Andreas Tilp, of German law firm Tilp Litigation, also declined to provide further details to Pensioen Pro. In 2016 he told Dutch financial newspaper FD that he was representing 30 large Dutch players.MN, the €130bn asset manager for both metal schemes, declined to confirm whether it would take part in the litigation case that started last week.Despite the emissions scandal, the large Dutch civil service scheme ABP, healthcare pension fund PFZW and PME have remained invested in VW, keeping both equity and bond holdings.The €72bn PMT has since divested its entire stake in the car maker, however. A spokeswoman explained that the decision was not related to the current class action, but to the fact that VW no longer matched PMT’s investment criteria.She said a screening had revealed that it was among the 10% of companies with the lowest ESG score.Approximately 1,000 institutional investors are claiming billions of euros in damages in total from Volkswagen.In 2016, Norway’s €853bn sovereign wealth fund filed a suit claiming roughly €2bn in damages. It was represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and backed by US pension fund CalSTRS among others.The €21bn Greater Manchester Pension Fund, the UK’s largest local authority scheme, joined a class action suit financed by Bentham in 2016, while in the same year the German state pension funds of Bavaria and Hesse filed suits claiming losses of €700,000 and €3.9m, respectively.The German court of justice, which will only examine the liability question, is to reconvene at the end of November.last_img read more

St. Nicholas plans ‘Walk of Remembrance’

first_imgSunman, In. — St. Nicholas Catholic Church will hold a “Walk of Remembrance” at the 1881 school building on Sunday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. As many as six generations have attended classes or graduated and Father Shaun Whittington says there will be photographs and yearbooks in the gymnasium along with donuts and coffee.Phase I of the Heritage Project will occupied by students, teachers and administrators in the fall of 2019.The parish community is grateful to the benefactors who support the Heritage Project’s Education Center. Father Shaun Whittington, Pastor of St. Nicholas, remarks, “It is amazing the heritage we have at this community of faith. The school is an incredible testimony to God’s presence in our lives.”Funds are being raised for Phase 2 of the Heritage Project – a Fellowship Center. This building will support an updated and expanded kitchen and dining area, a new gym, stage, and multipurpose space. The current kitchen and gym accommodate school, parish, and local community events. It, too, is showing its age through its years of service.last_img read more

Oshoala nets brace in Barca win

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Oshoala visits Lagos Oba Simeone tests positive for coronavirus Reigning African Woman Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala, grabbed a brace in Barcelona’s 7-0 demolition of Huelva on Sunday. Oshoala compounded the visitors’ woes in the 88th and 90th minute of the tie. Before her goals, Barca were five goals ahead. Barca leads the pack with 53 points, nine points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid who are on 44 points. With the brace, Oshoala has taken her tally to 17 goals this season.Tags: Asisat OshoalaAtletico MadridFC Barcelona Womenlast_img