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Committee knocks down governor’s attempt to discredit victim of alleged blackmail

first_imgJ.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) — A bipartisan committee investigating Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens released a document knocking down his attempt to discredit a hair stylist who claims he allegedly coaxed her into having sex and tried to use partially nude photos of her to blackmail her.The Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight released a four-page report contradicting a statement Greitens posted on Facebook in which he claimed the woman “never once mentions any coercion” in her videotaped interview with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney prosecuting him on felony charges of invasion of privacy.The committee, however, found the woman to be a credible witness and in its report made public Monday said that has not changed.“The committee does not find anything in the circuit attorney interview that causes it to change its statement regarding Witness 1’s credibility,” the committee, comprised of five Republicans and two Democrats, wrote in a supplemental report.“Greiten’s claims about the content of the circuit attorney interview mischaracterize the actual testimony received and reviewed by this committee.”Greitens is scheduled to go on trial in St. Louis in May on felony charges of invasion of privacy, stemming from allegations he threatened to release partially nude photos of the woman if she did not stay quiet about an affair they were having.In an April 12 Facebook post, Greitens wrote, “The House report contained explosive, hurtful allegations of coercion, violence, and assault. They are false. Those allegations can be refuted with facts.”He continued: “In the video, the woman talks for almost two hours, and never once mentions any coercion. In the House report, there is a false allegation that I slapped the woman. That allegation had been made once before, and it was disproven. The story changed, so I will say again: It did not happen.”In the supplemental report released this week, the committee published excerpts from the woman’s testimonies to the committee and the circuit attorney about a sexual encounter with Greitens at his home on March 21, 2015 — about 19 months before he was elected governor.Greitens, a married father of two children and a former Navy SEAL, ran for governor on a platform of family values.In her testimonies, she claimed that Greitens blindfolded her and bound her hands with tape to pull-up rings before he allegedly ripped open her shirt and pulled her pants down. She claimed she then heard what sounded like a picture being taken.She testified that Greitens later told her, “Don’t even mention my name to anybody at all because if you do, I’m going to take these pictures, and I’m going to put them everywhere I can.”The woman, whose name has not been made public, testified that she was “crying, like, hysterically” on the floor of Greitens’ basement when he undid his pants and she performed oral sex on him.“I just felt like, I’m going to do this and he’ll be satisfied,” the woman testified.Referring to the sex act in her testimony to the circuit attorney, she added, that Greitens was “just really coaxing me like like a wounded little animal on the ground.”In similar fashion, she testified in a closed-door meeting with the committee, saying, “Coerced, maybe. I felt as though that would allow me to leave.”In an earlier statement, Greitens said, “This was an entirely consensual relationship, and any allegation of violence or sexual assault is false.”Asked if she believed the sex with Greitens was consensual, the woman told the committee, “It’s a hard question [on consent] because I did it — it felt like consent, but no, I didn’t want to do it.”Greitens has described himself as the victim of a “witch hunt” and has refused to testify before the committee. He has denied blackmailing the woman with photos.After a judge denied his motion on April 19 to dismiss the charges, Greitens said in a statement, “A court of law and a jury of my peers will let every person in Missouri know the truth and prove my innocence.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

People moves: Union’s institutional boss to lead Quoniam as CEO [updated]

first_imgUnion Investment, Quoniam Asset Management, AP Pension, Industriens, DSM, Schroders, Generali, East Capital, Ortec Finance, FRC, ICI Global, Barnett Waddingham, Finance for Tomorrow, T Rowe PriceUnion Investment/Quoniam Asset Management – Nikolaus Sillem is leaving Union Investment to take over as CEO of Quoniam Asset Management from Helmut Paulus, who is leaving the company for personal reasons.André Haagmann will in turn take over Sillem’s responsibility for the institutional arm of the Union Investment group.Paulus, who co-founded Quoniam in 1999, will leave at the end of June. In a statement, the supervisory board thanked him “for his outstanding achievements and his unwavering commitment to making the company one of the leading quantitative asset managers”.   Anna Maria Reforgiato Recupero, GeneraliGenerali Investments – Anna Maria Reforgiato Recupero has been appointed head of Generali’s strategic investors group, which acts a hub for all of the Italian company’s asset management units, boutiques and affiliates when dealing with strategic partners and key accounts. Reforgiato Recupero joined Generali Investments in September 2017 as head of insurance and liability-driven investors solutions. East Capital – The emerging and frontier markets specialist has hired the former Swedish finance minister Anders Borg as an adviser. Borg was Sweden’s finance minister from 2006 to 2014, during which time he was also president of the EU’s group of member state finance ministers and served in the governing institutions of the IMF and the World Bank.He is currently on the board of directors for Nordic Entertainment Group and Stena International, and is also a senior adviser to companies such as IPsoft, Kinnevik and MTG.Peter Elam Håkansson, chairman and CIO of East Capital, said Borg had “exceptional knowledge about the global economy at large [and] in specific emerging markets”, as well as an “extensive global network”.Ortec Finance – René Goris joined Dutch consultancy firm Ortec Finance at the beginning of this month as a senior investment and risk consultant. Goris previously worked for more than 11 years as a senior investment consultant at Willis Towers Watson.Financial Reporting Council (FRC) – David Rule has been named executive director of supervision at the UK’s audit regulator, which is transitioning to a new entity, the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority, following an independent review. He will take on the newly established position in September, joining on secondment from the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority, where he is executive director for insurance supervision.At the FRC, Rule will lead its audit quality and corporate reporting review functions and sit on the FRC’s executive committee. Anna Driggs, ICI GlobalICI Global – The Investment Company Institute (ICI) has appointed Anna Driggs as a director and associate chief counsel for global funds policy, based in London. The appointment is part of the US asset management trade body’s plans to grow its presence in Europe.Driggs has worked on ICI’s global team for most of her 12-year career at the organisation. Most recently she was associate chief counsel for global retirement policy.ICI Global’s managing director Patrice Berge-Vincent said Driggs was “the ideal person to deepen our engagement with EU financial policymakers” given her work on the pan-European personal pension product.Barnett Waddingham – Allan Engelhardt has been appointed to the consultancy to lead a team supporting companies in data-based decision-making. Engelhardt has over 20 years’ experience in management consulting and data science across numerous sectors and, before joining Barnett Waddingham, ran a data consultancy service, CYBAEA , with the aim of making data science commercially accountable.Finance for Tomorrow – Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova , part of Natixis Asset Management, has stepped down as chair of Finance for Tomorrow, a French sustainable finance initiative. Pierre Ducret, special adviser for climate change at Caisse des Dépôts Group and chair of I4CE Institute for Climate Economics, will assume the interim presidency until a new chair has been elected. T Rowe Price – The $1.1trn (€1trn) US asset manager has appointed Colin McQueen to its global equity team, where he will lead its $10.6bn international value equity strategy. He joins from Sanlam Investments, a UK-based fund manager, where he was in charge of its global equity team.From 1 July, McQueen take over management of the international value equity strategy from Sebastien Mallet. Mallet runs T Rowe Price’s global value equity strategy and has been in charge of the international version since last summer. Mallet took over from Jonathan Matthews last year after he moved to a business management role.McQueen has previously led global value equities investment at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and was a global value equity portfolio manager at UBS Global Asset Management.center_img Sillem has been in charge of Union’s institutional and international business since 2003, while Haagmann has worked for Union since 2006, joining the board of directors of its institutional arm in 2015. Most recently he has been responsible for building and managing relationships with German and international institutional clients.AP Pension – The supervisory board of Danish pension fund AP Pension has appointed Sara Brinks Larsen and Henrik Engmark to its executive board, while Jesper Bjerre has resigned after a two-year tenure.Engmark replaces Bjerre as chief operating officer and Brinks Larsen will be the pension fund’s chief corporate affairs officer. Both have worked for the fund for many years. Brinks Larsen was previously director of corporate affairs and strategy and Engmark was in charge of the integration of Skandia’s Danish pension business, Skandia Denmark.AP Pension said that, as a result of the merger with Skandia Denmark , its supervisory board saw the need to expand and make changes to AP Pension’s executive board. The executive board now consists of four members, including chief executive Bo Normann Rasmussen and Thomas Møller, chief mathematical officer.Industriens Pension – Laila Mortensen, chief executive of Danish pension fund Industriens Pension, has joined a new climate panel set up by the Danish Innovation Fund. The fund, created by Denmark’s Ministry of Education and Research in April 2014, aims to provide grants for the development of innovative research and technology.The panel brings together companies and researchers to invest in projects that could help to tackle the world’s major climate and environmental challenges. While the innovation fund as a whole invests around DKK1.5bn (€200m) annually, in recent years more than DKK1bn has been invested in climate-related schemes, prompting the need for a more focused panel, the fund said. DSM – Edith Schippers has been appointed chair of the board of Pensioenfonds DSM, the corporate scheme for healthcare company DSM Nederland. The former Dutch health minister became the boss of DSM Nederland earlier this year. On the pension scheme’s board she succeeds Hans van Suijdam.Schroders – The UK-listed asset manager has hired Peter Arnold to lead its private assets distribution efforts. He will join next month lead the £421bn (€477bn) investment house’s alternative sales unit, which was set up last year as a global distribution hub for private assets. Arnold was previously global head of international fund distribution at Citi, specialising in private debt, real estate and global infrastructure. He has also worked at JP Morgan, UBS and Societe Generale.Schroders manages £38bn across private assets and alternatives, including private equity, infrastructure finance, insurance-linked securities, real estate and securitised credit.last_img read more

Bruins vs. Blues series results, scores, TV schedule for 2019 Stanley Cup Final

first_imgMORE: Watch the Stanley Cup Final live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)St. Louis’ journey defies most logic considering it occupied last place in the entire NHL as recently as Jan. 3. The stunning turnaround, driven by a talented roster and the play of rookie goaltender Jordan Bennington, will become a thing of sports legend should the Blue hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in the franchise’s 50-plus year history.Boston, meanwhile, seeks a second Cup this decade as the city continues to corner the market on sports championships.To keep tabs on this year’s Stanely Cup Final, here’s a full series TV schedule along with live scores and results from every game.Stanley Cup Final 2019: Live score for Bruins vs. BluesLooking for updates from Game 5? Check out SN’s live scoreboard for stats and more.Bruins vs. Blues series TV scheduleTV: NBC, NBCSN, SN, CNBC, TVAStream: NBC Sports Live | fuboTV (free trial)Live scores: SN ScoreboardThe 2019 NHL playoffs will be broadcast across NBC’s family of networks in the United States. Five games will be on NBC while Games 2 and 3 will be on NBCSN. In Canada, all games will be on Sportsnet, CBC and TVA (French).The primary outlet for live-streaming 2019 NHL playoff games is NBC Sports Live, available on desktop and by downloading the mobile app. You can also stream games live by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.Mike Emrick, Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire are NBC’s lead broadcast team for the NHL playoffs.DateMatchupTime (TV channel)May 27Bruins 4, Blues 2BOS leads series 1-0May 29Blues 3, Bruins 2 (OT)Series tied 1-1June 1Bruins 7, Blues 2BOS leads series 2-1June 3Blues 4, Bruins 2Series tied 2-2June 6Blues 2, Bruins 1STL leads series 3-2June 9Bruins 5, Blues 1Series tied 3-3June 12Blues 4, Bruins 1STL wins series 4-32019 NHL playoffs bracket, results Nashville Predators (C1) vs. Dallas Stars (WC1)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 10Stars 3, Predators 2DAL leads series 1-0April 13Predators 2, Stars 1 (OT)Series tied 1-1April 15Predators 3, Stars 2NSH leads series 2-1April 17Stars 5, Predators 1Series tied 2-2April 20Stars 5, Predators 3DAL leads series 3-2April 22Stars 2, Predators 1DAL wins series 4-2(*if necessary)Winnipeg Jets (C2) vs. St. Louis Blues (C3)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 10Blues 2, Jets 1STL leads series 1-0April 12Blues 4, Jets 3STL leads series 2-0April 14Jets 6, Blues 3STL leads series 2-1April 16Jets 2, Blues 1 (OT)Series tied 2-2April 18Blues 3, Jets 2STL leads series 3-2April 20Blues 3, Jets 2STL wins series 4-2 SN illustration https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f1/fe/nhl-playoff-bracket-052219-ftr_qeq4b53gsfx51u0s6d0cjfukk.jpg?t=-534397806&w=500&quality=80 The 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs turned out to be hockey’s version of a hot dog factory: You don’t want to see how it’s made, but the final product is pretty good.A two-month odyssey that began with a sweep of the historic Lightning, one of three of the NHL’s top five seeds upset in the first round, enters its final stage with the start of the Stanley Cup Final: A series pitting the Bruins, an Orginal Six franchise seeking its seventh title, against the hard-luck Blues, who last played for a championship in 1970.  Western Conference finalsSan Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis BluesDateMatchupTime (TV channel)May 11Sharks 6, Blues 3SJS leads series 1-0May 13Blues 4, Sharks 2Series tied 1-1May 15Sharks 5, Blues 4 (OT)SJS leads series 2-1May 17Blues 2, Sharks 1Series tied 2-2May 19Blues 5, Sharks 0STL leads series 3-2May 21Blues 5, Sharks 1STL wins series 4-2Eastern Conference finalsBoston Bruins vs. Carolina HurricanesDateMatchupTime (TV channel)May 9Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2BOS leads series 1-0May 12Bruins 6, Hurricanes 2BOS leads series 2-0May 14Bruins 2, Hurricanes 1BOS leads series 3-0May 16Bruins 4, Hurricanes 0BOS wins series 4-0Round 2Eastern ConferenceBoston Bruins (A2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (WC2)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 25Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 2BOS leads series 1-0April 27Blue Jackets 3, Bruins 2 (2OT)Series tied 1-1April 30Blue Jackets 2, Bruins 1CBJ leads series 2-1May 2Bruins 4, Blue Jackets 1Series tied 2-2May 4Bruins 4, Blue Jackets 3BOS leads series 3-2May 6Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 0BOS wins series 4-2New York Islanders (M2) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (WC1)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 26Hurricanes 1, Islanders 0 (OT)CAR leads series 1-0April 28Hurricanes 2, Islanders 1CAR leads series 2-0May 1Hurricanes 5, Islanders 2CAR leads series 3-0May 3Hurricanes 5, Islanders 2CAR wins series 4-0Western ConferenceSan Jose Sharks (P2) vs. Colorado Avalanche (WC2)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 26Sharks 5, Avalanche 2SJS leads series 1-0April 28Avalanche 4, Sharks 3Series tied 1-1April 30Sharks 4, Avalanche 2SJS leads series 2-1May 2Avalanche 3, Sharks 0Series tied 2-2May 4Sharks 2, Avalanche 1SJS leads series 3-2May 6Avalanche 4, Sharks 3Series tied 3-3May 8Sharks 3, Avalanche 2SJS wins series 4-3*If necessarySt. Louis Blues (C3) vs. Dallas Stars (WC1)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 25Blues 3, Stars 2STL leads series 1-0April 27Stars 4, Blues 2Series tied 1-1April 29Blues 4, Stars 3STL leads series 2-1May 1Stars 4, Blues 2Series tied 2-2May 3Stars 2, Blues 1DAL leads series 3-2May 5Blues 4, Stars 1Series tied 3-3May 7Blues 2, Stars 1 (2OT)STL wins series 4-3Round 1Eastern ConferenceTampa Bay Lightning (A1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (WC2)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 10Blue Jackets 4, Lightning 3CBJ leads series 1-0April 12Blue Jackets 5, Lightning 1CBJ leads series 2-0April 14Blue Jackets 3, Lightning 1CBJ leads series 3-0April 16Blue Jackets 7, Lightning 3CBJ wins series 4-0Boston Bruins (A2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (A3)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 11Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 1TOR leads series 1-0April 13Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1Series tied 1-1April 15Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2TOR leads series 2-1April 17Bruins 6, Maple Leafs 4Series tied 2-2April 19Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1TOR leads series 3-2April 21Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 2Series 3-3April 23Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1BOS wins series 4-3(*if necessary)Washington Capitals (M1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (WC1)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 11Capitals 4, Hurricanes 2WSH leads series 1-0April 13Capitals 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)WSH leads series 2-0April 15Hurricanes 5, Capitals 0WSH leads series 2-1April 18Hurricanes 2, Capitals 1Series tied 2-2April 20Capitals 6, Hurricanes 0WSH leads series 3-2April 22Hurricanes 5, Capitals 2Series tied 3-3April 24Hurricanes 4, Capitals 3 (2OT)CAR wins series 4-3(*if necessary)New York Islanders (M2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (M3)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 10Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (OT)NYI leads series 1-0April 12Islanders 3, Penguins 1NYI leads series 2-0April 14Islanders 4, Penguins 1NYI leads series 3-0April 16Islanders 3, Penguins 1NYI wins series 4-0Western ConferenceCalgary Flames (P1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (WC2)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 11Flames 4, Avalanche 0CGY leads series 1-0April 13Avalanche 3, Flames 2 (OT)Series tied 1-1April 15Avalanche 6, Flames 2COL leads series 2-1April 17Avalanche 3, Flames 2 (OT)COL leads series 3-1April 19Avalanche 5, Flames 1COL wins series 4-1(*if necessary)San Jose Sharks (P2) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (P3)DateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 10Sharks 5, Golden Knights 2SJS leads series 1-0April 12Golden Knights 5, Sharks 3Series tied 1-1April 14Golden Knights 6, Sharks 3VGK leads series 2-1April 16Golden Knights 5, Sharks 0VGK leads series 3-1April 18Sharks 5, Golden Knights 2VGK leads series 3-2April 21Sharks 2, Golden Knights 1Series tied 3-3April 23Sharks 5, Golden Knights 4 (OT)SJS wins series 4-3(*if necessary)last_img read more

Packers’ Oren Burks might have torn pec, report says

first_img“Honestly, I don’t really know anything right now,” LaFleur said. “It’s kind of wait and see, but I hope not.”Burks, a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was expected to be a starter this season. He had a limited rookie season that saw him play in just 122 snaps, but part of that was because of a shoulder injury he had during last season.Undrafted rookie Curtis Bolton has taken over Burks’ spot in practice. The Packers have also used safeties Raven Greene and Josh Jones at inside linebacker in special situations. Coach Matt LeFleur said he didn’t know anything about the injury nor how much time Burks will miss. Saints release Rishard Matthews after he leaves training camp Robert Griffin III injury update: Ravens expect QB (thumb) to return for Week 1 Packers’ Matt LaFleur after Aaron Rodgers criticizes joint practices: ‘I still think it was beneficial for us’ Burks is expected to undergo more tests to determine the severity of the injury.He suffered the injury in the first quarter of Green Bay’s preseason game against the Texans on Thursday. It originally was reported that Burks had a shoulder injury, but the Packers referred to it as a chest injury on Saturday. Related News The Packers’ secondary may have just taken a huge hit.Linebacker Oren Burks might have a torn pectoral muscle, which would sideline him for an extended period of time, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified league source.last_img read more

One of city’s top defensive players transfers to Gateway

first_imgHe will play his senior season at Gateway High School in the neighboring suburb of Monroeville, which is where Coleman’s family has recently moved.“He’s obviously a physical specimen,” said Gateway’s head football coach Terry Smith. “He’s very athletic and can move. (Coming to Gateway), he will benefit from much better resources to provide him a much better opportunity in the future.”Coleman was among the league leaders in tackles with 104 tackles—95 unassisted. He expects to see time on both sides of the ball, as he did at Peabody, at linebacker and running back.“Coach Smith is the man,” Coleman said. “I love the coaching staff here. It feels like more of a college football type of atmosphere here at Gateway. I practiced with the first-team this morning and I’m learning the new system. It’s a lovely feeling.”Coleman’s situation is just one of many. There are several things to be resolved with PPS facing athletic reform. There is still a lingering uncertainty of where kids in certain neighborhoods will play sports, namely football, this fall.Last October, the Courier reported on the uncertain futures of several athletic programs in the district. One, in particular, was Schenley. They, along with Peabody, will close in just weeks.“I’m totally upset that it has come down to this,” said Mark Brentley, District 8 school board member. “Using the Hill District as an example, (former superintendent Mark Roosevelt has) reconfigured the schooling structure there three times in four years. This decision has done nothing but hurt the students and it’s community.”In that 2010 report, it was mentioned that three schools—University Prep, Sci-Tech 6-12, and Obama Academy—were looking to merge as one for football, starting in the 2011-12 season. According to an unnamed source, that plan is still intact.In that plan, University Prep will be the new “U.S.O.” football team’s practice site, which is located in the Hill District. Sci-Tech is in nearby Oakland. But Obama will be housed in the old Reizenstein building in the city’s East End.“It’s taken work to transport the kids for the past three years,” Schenley’s principal Sophia Facaros said. “The transportation issue has been taken into consideration but we have to participate in the co-op that was established in 2009 by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association with the three schools that participate in sports with us.”UPrep is currently housed in the former Milliones Middle School and Sci-Tech is in the old Frick Intermediate. They both have non-regulation sized basketball courts and that will cause them to have to travel cross-town for that competition as well.“‘I’d like to perhaps see UPrep and Sci-Tech have athletic traditions of their own,” Schenley’s athletic director Ken Saybel said. “They missed out the most because of the distance and the lack of identity that they currently have. But it may happen, depending how much support and participation they get.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]) by Malik VincentJaylen Coleman, a first-team selection to the 2010 New Pittsburgh All-City football team and one of its best, will not play his senior season in the Pittsburgh Public School District. His former school, Peabody will close upon the conclusion of underclassman finals.last_img read more

NJ Nonprofits Experiencing Severe Negative Effects of Coronavirus

first_imgHowever, due to the pandemic Brookdale is shifting its focus to a more pressing need: the welfare of its students. Instead of staging an in-person event, they will pivot to a virtual or online campaign designed to raise money to help students who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to help stabilize students in this time of crisis, Zeiss said. LYNNE WARDThis time of year is usually one of People Pages photographer Lynne Ward’s busiest times as she scrambles from gala to fundraiser covering the many charities, nonprofits and foundations in the Two River area. But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancelation of all large gatherings and forced everyone to stay at home. This article originally appeared in the April 9th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Mental health organizations have always been extremely important in Monmouth County and beyond and now the need for mental health access is more important than it has ever been. According to CEO Wendy DePedro, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County is coordinating with local and state officials to meet the growing needs of the community with the public’s health and safety as their top priorities. The agency has transitioned its on-site staff to remote status, underscoring the importance of social distancing and reducing possible exposure to the virus. Fulfill, formerly The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, postponed its “Shine Light On Hunger” Humanitarian Gala, originally scheduled for March 27, to June 4. Fulfill will continue to monitor the situation and decide as the date gets closer, to either postpone again or cancel. So don’t get rid of those dancing shoesjust yet. They’ll be back in style soonenough. In these days of social distancing and the governor’s order prohibiting group gatherings, charities and nonprofit organizations have been forced to cancel their events for the spring philanthropy season. Some organizations have rescheduled for summer or fall dates, while others have canceled completely until next year. The MHA Annual Dinner and 70th Anniversary planned for May 13 will be rescheduled for later in the year. The annual dinner is one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the agency. “Because of the coronavirus crisis, Fulfill is providing all of our pantries and agencies – including Lunch Break, Parker Clinic and Red Bank’s Salvation Army – free Crisis Relief Boxes, sorted, bagged or boxed and, when needed, distributed, including no-cost transportation to their facilities, for them to give out to our neighbors in need. This has caused Fulfill’s costs to skyrocket. We are spending approximately $200,000 per week and we expect that number to keep climbing. Of course that means Fulfill’s gala will be more important than ever to us this year,” said Fulfill CEO and president Kim Guadagno, the former lieutenant governor of New Jersey. Fulfill is also experiencing a critical need for volunteers to pack the Crisis Relief Boxes with the spike in demand. Anyone who is healthy and can volunteer should email [email protected]. Monetary donations are also needed. Fulfill’s Adopt-A-Family program allows donors to help a local family get through the coronavirus crisis. A $30 donation funds a four-day Crisis Relief Box for a family of four. All donations can be made at fulfillnj.org. “Our students continue to report that they are facing many challenges ranging from lost income, food insecurity and others so we will focus on efforts on raising money to provide direct financial support to them. We have already received a $50,000 donation and we will leverage that generous contribution to ‘challenge’ others to rise to the occasion,” said Zeiss. According to Tim Zeiss, executive director of the Brookdale Foundation and Alumni Affairs, Brookdale Community College has decided to cancel the Brookdale Scholarship Ball slated for June 5 and said that the health, safety and well-being of guests, organizers and staff is the first priority. The scholarship ball is the school’s largest annual event and has always been successful thanks to the support of sponsors, auction donors, attendees and honorees. “We are in the process of reaching out to a wide network of community agency providers as well as individual mental health practitioners to assure there are enough supports in place to help individuals and their families through this current crisis and in the days to come,” said DePedro. There will be an end to this crisis and the charities, foundations and organizations we support will need our help again. In my 16 years of covering Two River People events, spring is one of the busiest seasons for fundraisers. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, every sector of society has been impacted and New Jersey’s nonprofit community has been hit particularly hard. Many students have lost their jobs andare struggling to adapt to the new methodof taking classes online. Some studentsdo not own or have access to a laptop orWi-Fi. The college has responded to thisneed by making 400 laptops available asloaners. The Brookdale Foundation isproviding funding so those students haveaccess to Wi-Fi so they can continue theirclasses. By Lynne Ward Screening tools, specific guidelines and additional resources are available at mentalhealthmonmouth.org or mhanational.org. “Many of the nurses, health care workers, EMTs, police and others who are in the front lines battling this pandemic are Brookdale alumni,” he said. “So, while the campaign is designed to help students, we hope that people will consider donating in honor of those Brookdale graduates who are helping to make a difference.” last_img read more

Leafs begin building for next season; host spring camps in April/May

first_imgThere’s no one more disappointed than the people behind the Nelson Leafs hockey franchise that the club suffered early elimination from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.However, there’s more to the Leafs franchise than skates, pucks, tape and sticks.The Leafs continue to be a force off the ice after the club made a donation to the “Man in Motion” project prior to the end of the hockey season.During the first home playoff game against Beaver Valley, Leaf president Larry Martel presented Bill McDonnell and Denis Kleine with a cheque for $500 in support of the purchase of the “Man in Motion” bronze sculpture located at the NDCC entrance.A replica of the sculpture is currently on display in the Nelson Leafs cabinet next to the sound booth. No time to rest for Leaf coaching staffAfter going through a rollercoaster ride this past season, Leaf head coach Dave McLellan is not going to make the same mistake twice.McLellan has already put the wheels in motion on making the Leafs run in next season’s KIJHL playoffs a long one.The veteran coach has booked dates for the Leafs spring rookie and main camps.The rookie camp goes April 24-26 at the NDCC Arena.Invited players from throughout the province will be in Nelson for a tryout to see if they qualify for Main Camp, May 15-17.The Leafs training camp is set for the first week of September. Defending KIJHL Champion Hawks in control of Murdoch FinalThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks are slowly, but surely, making quick work of the Castlegar Rebels in the Murdoch Division Finals.Beaver Valley built up a 3-0 lead before rolling to a 4-2 victory Thursday in Castlegar.The defending KIJHL champs hold a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.Devin Names and Castlegar product Kadrian Klimchuk scored first period goals before McKoy Hauck made it 3-0 in the second.Yannis Soukas, the hottest Rebel in the playoffs, gave the home team life with a powerplay goal 14 seconds remaining in the period.Jeremy McNeil cut the margin to 3-2 with another special teams marker seconds into the third.But Walker Sidoni scored on the power play for Beaver Valley midway through the final period to secure the victory.Beaver Valley out shot the Rebels 32-24.Carsen Schamerhorn won his sixth straight game in goal for the Hawks while Austin Wells took the loss for Castlegar.Beaver Valley has now defeated Castlegar five of the last six games dating back to Feb. 7.Game four is Friday in Castlegar. Note the early start time of 5:30 p.m. as the teams must give way to Selkirk Saints later in the evening.The Saints host University of Victoria Cougars in Game one of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League semi final at 8 p.m.Game two is Saturday with Game three, if necessary, Sunday in Castlegar.If necessary, Game five of the Murdoch Finals goes Sunday in Fruitvale.last_img read more

Turf’s taking over

first_imgLA VERNE – Bonita High School’s football stadium will be given a $1 million makeover later this year. By a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Steven Johnson dissenting, the City Council on Monday gave the green light for synthetic turf to be installed at the school’s Glenn Davis Stadium. The Bonita Unified school board is expected to approve the contract at tonight’s meeting. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Gary Rapkin, Bonita’s superintendent. “This will help the athletic teams, the P.E. classes and the community.” The six other fields, frequently used by youth and high school teams, require a rest period that allows for the grass to grow back, they added. City and district officials said that having synthetic turf will alleviate the pressure placed on the other fields. Nearly 7,000 students practice and play on the fields, which have suffered from constant use and insufficient rest time. By the end of February after the football and soccer seasons, the football stadium is “down to bare dirt in some areas,” said Robert Ketterling, Bonita High School principal. Ketterling said parents voiced concerns regarding potential injuries because of the uneven playing surface. “There are significant height differences as you move across the field,” he said. Councilman Dan Harden said improving the condition of the sports field was an issue he dealt with 14 years ago when he ran for office. “We worried about accommodating 800 kids who play soccer,” he said. “There is far more pressure on this field and we had to deal with it.” Hacienda-La Puente, Baldwin Park and Claremont are some of the schools that have installed synthetic turf on athletic fields, according to school officials. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The project – with a $1.01 million price tag – will be paid through state and county grants, and money from the city’s Park Development Fund, which includes fees paid by residential and commercial developers. Replacement costs will be shared by the city and school district, said Bob Russi, assistant city manager. Both sides split the $50,000 maintenance fees for all sports fields. City officials said work on the field will begin in July and is expected to finish in early September. Upgrading the field was a key finding for the revised Parks and Community Services master plan, which highlighted 17 areas of parks improvement over the next five to 10 years. With a life cycle of 10 to 12 years, the upgrade to synthetic turf will allow sports teams to practice and compete on the field nearly year-round, city officials said. last_img read more

Three Redwoods softball players sign letters of intent

first_imgEureka >> On Thursday in the gym lobby at College of the Redwoods, three Corsairs softball players decided on where they will play next.Courtney Christensen, Casey Cullinane and Brie Sheperd signed letters of intent to play NCAA softball — Christensen with the Humboldt State Lumberjacks and Cullinane and Shepard to Webster University in Missouri.“Growing up, going to HSU games, it has just been a part of my life,” said Christensen, a first baseman from Fortuna who was named to the California …last_img

Welcome to Play your part

first_imgThis is a national initiative by Brand South Africa powered by the organisation For Good to encourage all South Africans – from businesses to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young and not so young – to contribute to positive change, to become involved, to simply play a part.Through our unique South African spirit of ubuntu and our innate creativity, we hope to bring together like-minded individuals, communities and companies so that we may all become active citizens. Play your part in giving someone a helping hand, donating time and resources, providing the know-how to start a business or an opportunity to kick-start a career. We all have our part to play, big or small.With the 35th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings approaching on 16 June, celebrate what South African youth have achieved. In 1976 they were young, today they are heroes. Everyone needs a hero. You are young now, whose hero will you be one day? Play your part and become that hero … because even heroes have to start somewhere.Play your part today and let us drive this initiative forward into the bright, promising future of ‘South Africa our land’.last_img read more