Virginia Uranium Debate Heats Up

first_imgThe dispute over whether or not to mine uranium ore in rural southern Virginia heats up this week as a law that would lift the ban on uranium mining will be introduce to the Virginia state legislature. By ending the three-decades long ban on uranium mining in Virginia, the largest known deposit of undeveloped uranium will be open for mining by Virginia Uranium, Inc., the company founded by the owners of the 3,500 acre farm where the uranium deposit lies. Mining would boost the economy of the region and help make the U.S. energy independent. However, environmental lobbyists and many public officials and citizens across Virginia worry about pollution and radioactive contamination in the water supply.The proposed mining plan has people fiercely divided into two sides, for and against the mine. Tell us what you think: pro-mine or anti-mine?last_img read more

‘Córdova’, the post-conflict weapon in Colombia

first_imgIndumil has sold more than 1,000 units of the Córdova domestically, each costing about $500 (USD). It’s selling well because it brings together the best qualities of well-known firearms — such as the barrel of the Bernardelli, the grip of the Sig Sauer and elements of the Pietro Beretta and the Taurus — Colombia’s Ministry of Defense said in a news release. In addition to manufacturing revolvers and shotguns, Indumil mass produces all types of munitions, including grenade launchers, long-distance mortars, and bombs which are used by the Air Force. The Colombian military industry has created the first pistol completely developed and produced in the country. Officials presented the gun to the public during the Expodefensa fair in October in Bogotá. “This is a gun completely designed and produced by Colombians and in Colombia. There has been no intervention by foreign persons in this process, not with information, nor with knowledge, only Colombians have worked on it,” Indumil General Manager Col. Néstor Raúl Espitia Rivero said. The colonel made his remarks as the handgun was presented at Expodefensa. Indumil aspires to become the main supplier of handguns in Colombia. About 5,000 to 6,000 handguns are sold in the country annually. As they did with that gun, Indumil officials plan on expanding on the capabilities of the Córdova. In 2015, Indumil plans on introducing the Tactical version, a weapon designed specifically for law enforcement officers. It will have a 15-round capacity and a 130.1 millimeter barrel. The company also plans on unveiling the Compact version of the pistol, a weapon which is designed for women. This will be smaller than the Tactical version, with a 94 millimeter barrel. In addition to being a high-precision weapon, the Córdova is ergonomically designed and can be used with equal ease by right-handers and left-handers. With the launch of the Córdova, Indumil is trying to increase its international sales. Ecuador, Paraguay, Honduras, Panama, and Guatemala have shown interest in acquiring batches of the gun. Chile and Peru are also potential new markets for the firearm. “The ACE Galil Rifle was something we developed with technological transfer from Israel,” said Espitia. “This is one of the most modern and light rifles on the market.” The Córdova evolved from a previous handgun, known as the Standard, which has a capacity of nine rounds. The company has also sold its wares internationally; for example, Colombian weapons engineers improved the Galil rifle, which is widely used by the Israeli military. “This year, as part of a strategic partnership with the United States, we have added the assembly and maintenance of monocular night vision equipment for our soldiers,” Espitia said. Great national ability, congratulations to the creative people of the Colombian Military Industry Congratulations to Indumil, finally they pinch themselves and get into a competitive market, but what counts is the quality of the weapon when it is being sold, the U.S. market is very big for this kind of weapon. What is important is the price. I think that it’s a bit high compared to the 10 best pistols on the market that are at an average of U.S. $450 to $600. It is very important to advertise in specialized magazines in defense-type weapons. Another very important thing is the weapons’ functioning under not very favorable circumstances, safety, the finishing of the weapon, a good importer would take charge of doing all the tests and the advertising campaign to police and security organizations. The power of weapons is good (very useful) for ensuring the security of orderly people and countries’ economies. All nations that value their sovereignty need to have a big and strong army. The success of a pistol lies in the following characteristics: proof of operations in sand, mud, water and releasing it from a height of 15 meters, tests with PLUS ”p” high force bullets. Safety is a very important factor, the weapon’s precision, its finish should be durable and resistant to rust, a smooth operation with a trigger that requires 7 pounds of pressure, and easy to carry. And it has to have an appearance that appeals to the buyer. If you want to get into the U.S. market, which is very big, you should advertise it in magazines such as HANDGUNS, GUNS& AMMO, with a good photo and a selling acronym “BEST COMBAT PISTOL”. If you can reach this market, sales will be very good. Much success. ACCORDING TO A VIDEO I SAW ON YOUTUBE, THIS WEAPON IS EXCELLENT WHEN SLOW SPEED AMMUNITION IS USED, BECAUSE WHEN HIGH SPEED AMMUNITION IS USED IT JAMS. THIS IS A GREAT DISADVANTAGE AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON WITH ANOTHER BRAND OF GUN. THEY HAVE TO BE BETTER PERFECTED….WITH ALL DUE RESPECT I THINK IT IS SO AND MORE SO IF THEY’RE GOING TO COMPETE WITH OTHER BRANDS THAT ARE ALREADY POSITIONED IN THE MARKET. Better weapons can be made with the help of another well-known company. The Córdova is a 9-mm semiautomatic handgun which weighs less than a kilogram designed to fire between nine and 15 rounds. It’s named after the Military Industry of Colombia (Indumil) plant General José María Córdova, a hero of Colombia’s fight for independence. The company is cooperating with the United States to produce equipment for the Colombian military. Decades of experience With the launch of the Córdova, Indumil is trying to increase its international sales. Ecuador, Paraguay, Honduras, Panama, and Guatemala have shown interest in acquiring batches of the gun. Chile and Peru are also potential new markets for the firearm. “The ACE Galil Rifle was something we developed with technological transfer from Israel,” said Espitia. “This is one of the most modern and light rifles on the market.” The company has also sold its wares internationally; for example, Colombian weapons engineers improved the Galil rifle, which is widely used by the Israeli military. “This year, as part of a strategic partnership with the United States, we have added the assembly and maintenance of monocular night vision equipment for our soldiers,” Espitia said. As they did with that gun, Indumil officials plan on expanding on the capabilities of the Córdova. In 2015, Indumil plans on introducing the Tactical version, a weapon designed specifically for law enforcement officers. It will have a 15-round capacity and a 130.1 millimeter barrel. The company also plans on unveiling the Compact version of the pistol, a weapon which is designed for women. This will be smaller than the Tactical version, with a 94 millimeter barrel. The Colombian military industry has created the first pistol completely developed and produced in the country. By Dialogo November 18, 2014 “This is a gun completely designed and produced by Colombians and in Colombia. There has been no intervention by foreign persons in this process, not with information, nor with knowledge, only Colombians have worked on it,” Indumil General Manager Col. Néstor Raúl Espitia Rivero said. The colonel made his remarks as the handgun was presented at Expodefensa. The company is cooperating with the United States to produce equipment for the Colombian military. In addition to manufacturing revolvers and shotguns, Indumil mass produces all types of munitions, including grenade launchers, long-distance mortars, and bombs which are used by the Air Force. For most of its 60 years, Indumil has focused on selling weapons domestically, with Colombia’s Armed Forces accounting for most of its sales. “This is a post-conflict weapon, which will be used by police, private companies and any individual who requires its use,” Indumil Director Luis Carlos Perdomo said. The weapon is functional and precise and can be used for personal defense and for target practice. The Córdova is a 9-mm semiautomatic handgun which weighs less than a kilogram designed to fire between nine and 15 rounds. It’s named after the Military Industry of Colombia (Indumil) plant General José María Córdova, a hero of Colombia’s fight for independence. In addition to being a high-precision weapon, the Córdova is ergonomically designed and can be used with equal ease by right-handers and left-handers. “This is a post-conflict weapon, which will be used by police, private companies and any individual who requires its use,” Indumil Director Luis Carlos Perdomo said. The weapon is functional and precise and can be used for personal defense and for target practice. Officials presented the gun to the public during the Expodefensa fair in October in Bogotá. Decades of experience Indumil has sold more than 1,000 units of the Córdova domestically, each costing about $500 (USD). It’s selling well because it brings together the best qualities of well-known firearms — such as the barrel of the Bernardelli, the grip of the Sig Sauer and elements of the Pietro Beretta and the Taurus — Colombia’s Ministry of Defense said in a news release. Indumil reaching out to new markets For most of its 60 years, Indumil has focused on selling weapons domestically, with Colombia’s Armed Forces accounting for most of its sales. Indumil reaching out to new markets The Córdova evolved from a previous handgun, known as the Standard, which has a capacity of nine rounds. Indumil aspires to become the main supplier of handguns in Colombia. About 5,000 to 6,000 handguns are sold in the country annually. last_img read more

Amendments would deal with convicted lawyers

first_img October 1, 2005 Senior Editor Notices Amendments would deal with convicted lawyers Amendments would deal with convicted lawyers The proposed changes would speed the Bar’s disciplinary process Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Rule amendments clarifying regulations affecting lawyers who have been convicted of misdemeanors or felonies have been approved by the Board of Governors.However, the board, following advice from the Disciplinary Procedure Committee, declined to make any changes to rules that affect arbitration agreements over malpractice in client fee contracts or give additional guidance to judges reviewing contingency fees that exceed limits in the rules.The board acted on recommendations from the DPC at its August 26 meeting.DPC Chair Murray Silverstein said changes to Rule 3-7.2 were intended to bring conformity to the rules and speed the Bar’s disciplinary process after a lawyer has been convicted of a crime. Silverstein said the DPC considered amendments on referral from the Supreme Court.Changes, he said, include requiring attorneys to report misdemeanor as well as felony criminal arrests to the Bar, restating the reporting requirement for court clerks and trial judges, and extending the reporting requirement to state attorneys, if they know the defendant is a member of the Bar. The changes also expedite handling of the case after conviction and provide s that a conviction is conclusive proof for a Bar grievance in misdemeanor as well as felony cases.The board unanimously approved the committee’s changes, which now go to the Supreme Court for its review.On the other two areas, Silverstein said the committee, after extensive study of both, ultimately concluded that no change was needed for Bar rules.The first involved whether attorneys should be able to require in their fee contracts a clause requiring mandatory arbitration of any malpractice claim by the client. The board had earlier approved a similar amendment clarifying that such clauses were allowed in fee disputes.At earlier committee and board meetings, Silverstein said concerns were raised that clients were giving up the right to a jury trial and whether clients should consult an outside attorney before signing such an arbitration agreement. The Citizens Forum also voiced concerns.Eventually, the committee came up with language that arbitration of a malpractice complaint could not be required unless requested by the client, and if proposed by the lawyer and rejected by the client, the lawyer would still have to accept the client.“Ultimately, today the recommendation of the DPC is not to adopt this language,” Silverstein told the board. “It’s been considered that this is essentially a negative or adhesion contract, requiring a lawyer to accept a client regardless of the client’s acceptance of the arbitration clause.”The existing rule, he noted, says a lawyer cannot make an agreement with a client limiting malpractice liability, unless allowed by law and unless the client is independently represented. That would allow the arbitration agreements with protections, and the DPC decided its proposed language was not an improvement, he said.The board voted to accept the recommendation not to make a change.On the contingency fee issue, Silverstein said the committee studied the guidance given to judges in Rule 4-1.(f)(4)(B)(II) when considering upward departures from the contingency fee rules.The issue arose in oral arguments on Bar rules in the Supreme Court two years ago when Justice Kenneth Bell raised a question about the adequacy of direction given to judges in the rule when a lawyer and client come to the court to request exceeding the contingency fee schedule set out in the rules.The current rule commentary advises judges that they should look at whether the contingency agreement was voluntarily entered into and whether the client understands it exceeds the guideline fees in the rules.“We attempted to draft some additional language and ultimately came to the point where it seemed we were micro-engineering what was already in the [rule] comment,” Silverstein said. “The committee came back to the issue of whether it was necessary. No one. . . was complaining about the lack of further guidance, and we have made the determination there is no need to make any further changes to the commentary or the rule.”last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events September 11-17

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Vinyl PlaneHailing from Uniondale, local rockers The Vinyl Plane—singer Dave Seubert, guitarist Keith Obenauer, bassist Frank Mascaro and drummer Steve Mazz—dish out dirty, gritty, powerful, no-holds-barred rock ala some of the fury unleashed in early ’90s grunge (a damn good thing). They’re just the latest local band invading The Space’s Lounge—the place to go on Thursday nights to relax, enjoy a beverage, and catch Free, killer performances of local acts. Expect loud guitars, soaring vocals and a hell of a lotta fun. Free! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Doors: 5 p.m. Show: 9 p.m. Show. September 11Hawthorne HeightsThe Ohio quartet (rhythm guitarist/screamer Casey Calvert passed away in 2007) delivers super-charged, emotional rock that is both moving and sincere. Touring in support of their latest, this year’s acoustic edition (and tenth anniversary celebration) of their 2004 debut The Silence in Black and White, expect melodic flashes of hardcore, emo and pop punk, along with ear-splitting screams and of course, single “Ohio Is For Lovers.” With opening acts The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Approaching Troy and Long Island rockers Famous Last Words. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 6 p.m. September 11Mobb DeepThe hardcore rap duo Havoc and Prodigy from Queensbridge will perform songS from their latest album The Infamous Mobb Deep, as well as their earlier hits. With opening acts Depo, Status, Tony Slippaz, DA the Future, F. Blanco. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-$25. 8 p.m. September 11JiThis 22-year-old concert pianist who has performed across the nation was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted young pianist who is clearly going places.” Trust us, it’s worth stopping in to see what all the fuss is about. Have you ever experienced waterfalls of cascading notes that rise and fall and twinkle and sear like waves of pseudo-crystalline flaming-magnetic meteoric stars? You will. Wow. Grace Auditorium, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, One Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor. cshl.edu/campus-events $20. 6 p.m. September 12 Secrets and SeawallsInspired by vulnerabilities felt after Superstorm Sandy and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, this original work is performed by the Kinesis Project dance theatre under the artistic direction of choreographer Melissa Riker, an alumnus of the venue. It is powerful, emotional, moving. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $30. 7:30 p.m. September 12, 3 p.m. September 13United InkTattoo artists and lovers will converge for the United Ink Flight 914 Tattoo, Art and Music Festival, featuring 150 booths, live music, games, contests, tattooing demonstrations, tattoo movie screenings. Some of the 250 of tattoo artists confirmed to be in attendance include Master Mike, Myke Chambers, Cris Gherman, Jose Perez, Zhang Po plus, Shanghai Kate, called “the godmother of tattooing.” Also in attendance will be tattoo reality show celebrities, including Big Gus and Jasmine Rodriguez from Tattoo Nightmares, Joey Tattoo from Tattoo Rescue, many of the current and former Inkmasters such as Halo, Lydia Bruno, Al fliction, Jayvo Scott, Sarah Miller, and more. The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org newyorktattooshow.com $22, $12 kids ages 2-12. 2-11 p.m. September 12; 12-11 p.m. September 13; 12-7 p.m. September 14SinbadOff-stage he’s a mellow fellow named David Adkins but when he’s on stage, he’s on fire as Sinbad, a hugely entertaining American stand-up comedian and actor who’s been lighting up the comedy world with his incendiary HBO specials, his TV shows—he even got his family into the act—and funny films like Necessary Roughness, Houseguest, First Kid and Jingle All The Way. Some have dubbed his comic style “hit ’em in the face” because when Sinbad gets going, he delivers a no-holds-barred laugh riot that pulls no punches. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$74. 8 p.m. September 12Mash UpGuest curator Stephen Lamia will lead a special lecture and gallery walk through of current exhibit “Mash Up,” inspired by Picasso and Braque, who first experimented with the art form called “collage” a century ago. This exhibition promotes and encourages artists to employ both conventional and unconventional ideas about collages, especially those that incorporate two or more media into them. Participating artists will discuss the works on view. Islip Art Musem, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. islipartmuseum.org $10. 3-4:30 p.m. September 13Steely DanEver since they met at Bard College back in another century, Donald Fagen (on vocals and keyboards) and Walter Becker (on guitar) have been making great music together as Steely Dan as well as on their own solo projects. Their songs pack a distinctive, soulful sound with lyrics that border on genius. This summer they’ve been hitting the road with their Jamalot Ever After Tour, featuring a hot horn section, great backup singers and a crew of “super-fine musicians.” Their style is a pop infusion of jazz, rock and blues. They’ve got the chops to bring down the temples of doom and gloom. Yeah, they’ve been “Reelin’ in the Years,” but so have we all. “Jamalot Ever After” with Special Guest – Bobby Broom. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $75-$250. 8 p.m. September 13 & 14The Charlie Daniels BandThe devil goes down to Westbury when The Charlie Daniels Band takes the stage with their Southern Rock/Country roots. Be prepared to stomp to the fiddle and whoop it up as Long Island goes country for the night. With opening acts Molly Hatchet and New Riders of the Purple Sage. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$62.50. 7 p.m. September 13Dierks BentleyMega-selling country singer Bentley offers a night of his brand of Nashville numbers and bourbon-soaked ballads to Nassau and Suffolk county bumpkins who just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy great music, great company and a great, great time. Expect hits spanning his impressive, acclaimed career, including tracks of his latest, Riser, including “Bourbon In Kentucky,” “I Hold On” and “Drunk On A Plane.” With opening acts Parmalee, Natalie Stovall and The Drive. Pennysaver Amphitheater, 55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville, pennysaveramp.com $34.50-$89.50. 5 p.m. September 13The Union Army is on the march and headed to Old Bethpage Village Restoration for an action-packed day of fun, living history!Civil War EnactmentThis event will be an interactive weekend focused on the lives of the Civil War-era soldier, circa 1864, encapsulating the camp environment and weaving the history of Company H of the 119th New York Volunteer Infantry, an entirely Long Island-raised infantry unit that participated in General Sherman’s March to the Sea and the capture of Savannah, Georgia. Among the presentations are a quartermaster’s tent focusing on soldiers’ equipment, the officers’ quarters outlining military tactics, an early war Sibley tent illustrating early war camp life, as well as military drills and stations detailing the history of the War and the soldiers that fought it. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks 10 a.m.-4 p.m. September 13 & 14Long Island Marine and Outdoor Recreation ExpoFishing and boat displays, touch tanks, live music and arts and crafts while learning about environmental protection and oceanic recreational fun? Tack on some camping, fly fishing and renewable energy demos!? Hell. Yes. Captree Boat Basin, 3500 Ocean Parkway, Babylon. 516-541-4598. $8 state park parking fee. 12-4:30 p.m. September 14Long Island Family FestivalThis is a festival within a festival. There’s a carnival, live music, pet expo, arts and crafts, a gift show, magician, hypnotist, fashion show and pizza-eating contest. Rides, strange animals, magic and pizza!? Can you say “Sign me up!” Tanner Park, Bayview Avenue, Copiague. lifamilyfestival.com Free. 6-10 p.m. September 13; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., September 14; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. September 15British Invasion Tour 2014That classic British sound, so breathtaking in its simplicity and its monumentality, is coming back full throttle to rock our shores again, as those Sixties’ blokes bring their pop cultural contributions back across the pond with rhythms and harmonies that will make you stand up and shout. The promoter, Andrew Sandoval, vows that this is not your typical “oldies but goldies” sing-along. He’s got something more inventive in mind, thanks to Denny Laine, Billy J. Kramer, Chad & Jeremy, Mike Pender’s Searchers and more surprise artists. Alas, an illness has forced Gerry & the Pacemakers’s lead singer Gerry Marsden to drop out of the lineup but all is not lost, because Terry Sylvester, the former Hollies vocalist who replaced Graham Nash way back when, will fill in. The British are coming, the British are coming! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$96. 7 p.m. September 14Enrique Iglesias, PitbullLatin beats will reverberate throughout Long Island’s biggest concert venue when the sexy duo Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull entertain the masses with hits like “Freak” and “Let Me Be Your Lover. ”Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $46-$197.75. 7:30 p.m. September 14Ana PopovicThe sexy blues-jazz-rock guitarist/songstress from Nashville via Serbia can play and sing the blues as if she were raised along the banks of the Mississippi and has topped the Billboard Blues Chart with her lean, mean and passionate guitar work and vocals, wowing crowds across Europe and the Delta Land. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch her live within our shores. The Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 7 p.m. September 14Comedy for a CurePULSE of New York, a Wantagh-based patient safety nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety and reducing medical errors, is hosting this fundraiser event in its quest to raise awareness to the fact that as many as 440,000 people die in hospitals from preventable medical errors each year. Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Road, Bellmore. PULSEofNY.org $20, plus two-drink minimum. 7 p.m. September 14Journey to Flapperdom: The New Woman 1910-1925The early 20th century presented women with remarkable challenges and opportunities. Textile historian Sally Buchanan Kinsey will explore fashion as a symbol of women’s progress from World War I through the emergence of the flapper. Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages. 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook longislandmuseum.org $9. 2 p.m. September 14Conexiones/ConnectionsThis new exhibit featuring contemporary Hispanic-American artists is timed to coincide with Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month in September. Artists whose work is displayed include: Kalra Caprali, Miriam Costanza, Orestes Gonzales, Ignacio Plapietrapiana, Jorge Posada, Gilberto Ruiz and Daniel Valle. Runs through Oct. 31. The Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastarts.org Free. 4-7 p.m. September 14Suzanne VegaThis eclectic folk goddess will sing her ‘90s hits “Luka” and “Tom’ Diner.” Her captivating storytelling to he strums of her acoustic guitar has earned her a loyal following. Fun fact: “Tom’s Diner” was set at Tom’s Restaurant at 112th Street and Broadway in New York City – the same diner the Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer frequented on Seinfeld. Boulton Center for the Arts of the Great South Bay-YMCA, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $55-$60. 8 p.m. September 17God Help the GirlWriter/director Stuart Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as a sublime indie-pop musical from one of indie pop’s biggest songwriters. The project began as a suite of songs, written while Murdoch was in between records and tours as lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. This uplifting musical film about friendship, romance and teen rockers over a long, dream-like summer, is followed by an after-party with live local bands! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. September 17“Welcome Home/Bienvenido a casa”This new stage adaptation of Howard Beckerman’s language-learning comedy is a story that follows someone who remembers very little from high school Spanish classes. After being smitten by a Spanish speaker, the spirit of the Spanish teacher appears and begins to coach our frustrated language learner in this interactive musical comedy. The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts Lobby, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $10. 7:30 p.m. September 17WIN FREE TICKETS TO CHER AT NASSAU COLISEUM SEPTEMBER 22 !!The iconic songstress will be gracing the stage of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale September 22 and You Can Win FREE Tickets to her legendary show! Click The Link at the top of this blurb to find out how! We’ll be announcing the lucky winners on September 17, so you’ll want to hurry to enter in order to seize upon this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! ALSO…ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO LAUGH HYSTERICALLY ENJOYING COMEDIAN CHRIS D’ELIA’S GIG AT THE SPACE IN WESTBURY SEPT. 18 !!Funnyman Chris D’Elia, known for his side-slapping role as Alex Miller in the NBC comedy Whitney, is sure to have the audience rolling in the aisles when he unleashes his hilarious brand of comedy on all those in attendance this special night. And you can be there, laughing along !! Click The Link above to learn just how !!All part of the amazing gigs and giveaways brought to you by the Long Island Press and The Island Ear! Wow!! —Compiled by Jamie Franchi, Spencer Rumsey, Timothy Bolger and Zack Tiranalast_img read more

Insurance and investment products: Distinctly different

first_imgA one-size-fits-all marketing approach won’t workby: Diane FranklinCredit unions considering the addition of insurance and/or investment products should keep in mind that these two categories are distinctly different from each other and thus require distinctly different marketing approaches.“Other than the fact that they both generate fee income, these products have no other links or parallels in the way they are distributed to members,” says Jeff Chesky, president/CEO of insurance services provider Insuritas, East Windsor, Conn. “One of the most important points that we counsel CEOs on is that they should never include insurance and investment products in the same discussion.”Differences start with the potential markets for each of the two categories. As Chesky explains, “Insurance products are purchased by every member of the credit union somewhere every year. With insurance, 100 percent of your membership is the addressable market because every member is going to buy insurance from somebody every year, whereas with investments, typically no more than 30 percent of a field of membership represents an addressable market.“For that reason, we believe strongly that the education, communication, distribution and marketing of insurance should never be at the same time that a credit union is talking about its investment program. They have virtually no similarities and no overlap.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Good Year

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EIOPA stakeholder group elects chair

first_imgPhilip Shier has been elected chair of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s (EIOPA) pension stakeholder group, following the resignation of Benne van Popta.Aon Hewitt actuary Shier, who was appointed to the Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG) in 2011 and reappointed in 2013, will serve out the remainder of Van Popta’s two-and-a-half-year term.IPE understands that members of the OPSG elected him during the group’s first meeting of the year, held in EIOPA’s offices in Frankfurt on 9 March.Shier beat one other candidate to the position. He has previously been an outspoken supporter of the OPSG and warned that EIOPA’s stakeholder group would come to be dominated by insurance issues if the European Commission accepted proposals to merge the insurance group and its pensions counterpart.EIOPA chairman Gabriel Bernardino previously told IPE he was in favour of retaining the two groups focused on insurance and pensions matters, respectively.Van Popta resigned earlier this year to focus on his other responsibilities, which include chairing Dutch metal workers fund PMT and Detailhandel, the scheme for retail sector workers in the Netherlands.He was elected chair in October 2013, succeeding the OPSG’s inaugural chair Chris Verhaegen. Janwillem Bouma, director of the pensions office at Shell Netherlands, was named as his replacement in late January.In addition to serving on the OPSG, Shier has been president of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and a member and later chairman of the Groupe Consultatif Actuariel Européen’s pensions committee.The organisation, now known as the Actuarial Association of Europe, elected Shier as its vice-chairman in 2014.OPSG members can only serve one term as chair of the group, and IPE understands Shier’s tenure would preclude him from seeking a full term in 2016.Shier was unavailable for comment at time of publication.last_img read more

Saudi Aramco picks NPCC for four offshore platforms

first_imgSaudi Aramco has awarded a contract to Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) for four offshore platforms and associated subsea infrastructure for three offshore oilfields in Saudi Arabia.“These EPC contracts for Al Safaniya, Zuluf and Berri oilfields include engineering, procurement, fabrication, load-out, transportation, installation, hook-up and pre-commissioning work of four offshore platforms (SSS Wellhead Decks) with the associated four subsea pipelines, three submarine cables and downstream tie-ins,” said Aqeel A Madhi, CEO of NPCC.Madhi added that this third contract comes under the scope of the long-term agreement (LTA) between Saudi Aramco & NPCC, signed in October 2016, to help with offshore oil and gas producing platforms and related facilities in the Arabian Gulf. Saudi Aramco has signed a six year agreement with NPCC and other contactors.Under the agreement, contractors will be responsible for delivering a number of offshore oil and gas producing platforms, tie-in platforms, pipelines, power cables, and all the related facilities, as required under the current Master Plan for Saudi Aramco’s offshore fields.Madhi stated that carrying out these two new contracts will take 23 months and expressed his full confidence and trust in NPCC staff and their ability to deliver these projects on budget and schedule.“NPCC team is qualified and well trained, with years of experience of delivering such projects with NOCs and IOCs,” said Madhi.Madhi also said that NPCC would continue to pursue its strategy of increasing its share in international oil & gas EPC market by exploring new growth opportunities.last_img read more

UPDATE: Postponed- Area Plan meeting to hear Landfill zoning

first_imgOriginal Story:The Decatur County Area Plan Commission will meet at 6:30 p on Wednesday, February 5th.  This is a time change from their regular schedule.  The Commission plans to discuss the petition to change zoning to allow for the future potential development of the landfill.  Doors will open at 6:15 Greensburg, IN—Update: The petition to hearing proposed zoning changes for the property to extend the landfill has been postponed.  We will continue to update you as information becomes available.  last_img read more

Maloney magic wins it for Scotland

first_img Press Association In the 34th minute Mulgrew bulleted a header from a Maloney cross past the post from six yards as Scotland turned the screw and the home fans at last found their voice. Four minutes from the break, Fletcher failed to get on the end of a Maloney cross after the former Celt delightfully pulled a Russell Martin pass out of the air, and another opportunity for Scotland was lost. O’Neill’s side came out for the second-half in a more purposeful mode and in the 50th minute, from a fine McGeady cross, Hanley did well to challenge Walters and concede a corner which came to nothing. Moments later, from another Irish corner, Walters’ flick was helped on by Long from close-range with the home fans palpably relieved to see Marshall make the save. Fletcher was replaced by Chris Martin but Marshall again came to Scotland’s rescue by pushing an angled-drive by McGeady past the far post for another James McClean corner, which he confidently plucked out of the air. In the 65th minute, with the game tantalisingly balanced and not for those of a nervous disposition, Martin screwed a Steven Naismith pass inches past Forde’s left-hand post from eight yards out. Long and Darron Gibson were soon replaced by Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn in a double substitution but to no avail. Off a whipped-in free-kick from Mulgrew, Walters headed the ball against the top of his own crossbar but the luck of the Irish immediately went missing. Maloney took a short corner to skipper Scott Brown, then took the clever return pass and curled the ball from 16 yards past Forde and into the far corner and Parkhead erupted. O’Neill threw on Keane for Hendrick and the Scots were forced into some desperate defending but saw out four additional minutes – in which the ball came off their bar in a last-ditch Irish attack – to the cheers of the home fans who may already have the scent of France in their nostrils. Scotland confirmed their 2016 European Championship qualifying credentials with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Republic of Ireland thanks to a wonderful second-half strike by Shaun Maloney Scotland go level on seven points with Ireland and Germany, with Poland Group D leaders taking 10, but there are surely twists and turns still to come before the two automatic qualifying spots and the play-off place are secured. There had been plenty of guesswork about personnel in an intense build-up to the game and the Scotland team sheet showed that Strachan, back at his former club, made three changes with left-back Andy Robertson, stopper Grant Hanley and midfielder Charlie Mulgrew returning as Steven Whittaker moved to right-back. Irish manager Martin O’Neill, another ex-Celtic boss, lost midfielders Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy to injury but the shock news was that skipper and top scorer Robbie Keane had been dropped to the bench. Republic fans had been officially allocated around 3,200 tickets but there were a few thousand more Irish accents in the ground at kick-off, helping create quite a din, albeit it took quite a while for the stadium to fill up to almost its 60,000 capacity. Amid a cracking atmosphere, the question of whether Republic of Ireland’s Scots-born winger Aiden McGeady would get booed on his return to his old ground was answered in the affirmative by the Tartan Army, who never let up. However, there was more for them to focus on in a frantic opening as Scotland keeper David Marshall was tested by Jon Walters before Scots striker Steven Fletcher headed a Maloney corner over the bar. A tetchiness then enveloped the match. In the 12th minute Hanley was booked by Serbian referee Milorad Mazic for a desperate tackle on Shane Long and then McGeady and Jeff Hendrick were shown yellows for fouls on Fletcher and Whittaker respectively. Gordon Strachan’s side had the best of a tense, frenetic first-half at Celtic Park but passed up a couple of good chances to take the lead. The visitors came out rejuvenated after the break but Scotland regained control with Wigan forward Maloney, back on his old stomping ground, curling the ball past David Forde in the 75th minute with technique fit to win any game. last_img read more