Sondheim & Weidman’s Road Show & More Tapped for New Signature Season

first_imgStephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show, along with the Washington D.C. premiere of Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Flick, are just two of the productions set for V.A.’s Signature Theatre’s 2015-16 season. Two musicals will also make their world premiere: Cake Off and Girlstar.The 2015-16 season kicks off with an all-new production of The Fix, which will play August 11 through September 20. The inside-Washington musical satire by John Dempsey and Dana Rowe will be directed by Gigi’s Eric Schaeffer.In the fall, two tuners will receive their world premiere. Joe Calarco will helm Cake Off, which will run September 29 through November 22. Written by Julia Jordan, Sheri Wilner and Adam Gwon, the production will star Sherri L. Edelen. Schaeffer will then return to direct Girlstar, which is set to begin performances on October 13 and play through November 15. Donna Migliaccio will star as a record producer in search of her next big hit in this musical fairytale set to a pop score by Anton Dudley and Brian Feinstein.A revival of West Side Story, helmed by Matthew Gardiner, will play December 8 through January 24, 2016. Featuring an iconic score by Leonard Bernstein and Sondheim that includes “America,” “Maria,” “Somewhere” and “Tonight,” West Side Story will also mark the 25th production of a Sondheim musical in Signature Theatre’s history.Signature will tackle its 26th Sondheim production with Road Show from February 9 through March 13. Honeymoon in Vegas’ Gary Griffin’s incarnation of Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical about the real-life Mizner brothers and their quest for the ever elusive American dream, premiered at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2014. In 2003, the musical, then titled Bounce, played in Chicago and D.C.; a revised version directed by John Doyle and renamed Road Show ran off-Broadway in 2008, followed by an engagement at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in summer 2011.Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick, directed by Joe Calarco, will run March 1 through April 17. This will be followed April 5 through May 8 by Bathsheba Doran’s The Mystery of Love & Sex, which is currently playing at Lincoln Center.To end the season, Gardiner will direct a revival of La Cage aux Folles, which will run from May 31 through July 10. With a score by Jerry Herman and a book by Harvey Fierstein, the musical comedy about identity will star Bobby Smith as Albin, the lead drag performer at The Saint-Tropez Night Club on the French Riviera. View Commentslast_img read more

VPT Wins National Awards for Production and Outreach

first_imgVPT Wins National Awards for Production and OutreachThe National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) honored Vermont Public Television with two awards at their annual conference in Norfolk, Va., last month.VPTs 2006 special Grace Potter and The Nocturnals: Bringin It Home Live won an award in for program production. VPT captured the sold-out concert for television viewers in the fall of 2005 when the Vermont-based group performed in S. Burlington after a national tour. It was VPTs first local high definition production. Producer was Chris McClure. Mike Dunn directed and edited the program. Production funding was provided by the USDA Rural Development.In the outreach category, VPT won an award for its What About Teens? campaign, a statewide effort association with The Voices Project. At sessions around Vermont, teens and adults discussed issues concerning young people and brainstormed solutions that were presented to the Legislature. The campaign finished up with a week-long, multimedia event that gave Vermont teens a voice on public television, public radio, online and in print. VPTs community outreach director, Elizabeth Ottinger, headed the project, which was funded by a grant from the National Center for Outreach. Partners with VPT in the project were ASAP (Association of Student Assistance Professionals) of Vermont, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Kingdom County Productions, NFI (Northeast Family Institute) Vermont, SRO (School Resource Officer)/Colchester Police Department, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Vanguard Productions, Vermont Childrens Forum, Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs, Vermont Coalition of Teen Centers and the Young Writers Project.# # #last_img read more

Suriname Air Force Deputy Commander Looks Forward to Greater Regional Collaboration

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo May 07, 2018 Major Marven Van Huisduinen, deputy commander of the Suriname Air Force (SAF), is focused on growing his air force and partnering with sister air forces in Latin America and the Caribbean to reinforce their capabilities. The Suriname air chief participated at the third Western Hemisphere Exchange Symposium organized by the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA), from March 12-16, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. At the symposium, Maj. Van Huisduinen met his counterparts and other high-ranking military officers from the region to share lessons learned on humanitarian aid and disaster response, maintenance of aircraft, command and control of airspace, and operations against narcotrafficking. During an interview with Diálogo, he discussed his concerns about drug trafficking and illegal activities within Suriname’s borders as well as regional collaboration to confront common threats. Diálogo: Why is it important for the Suriname Air Force to participate at the Western Hemisphere Exchange Symposium? Major Marven Van Huisduinen, deputy commander of the Suriname Air Force: It’s important because I am looking for possibilities of training and operations with partner nations. We don’t have the assets right now, but we have the personnel. If I can’t provide them with assets to work or train on, at least I can look for possibilities in terms of capacity-building, gaining knowledge and experience. Diálogo: What is your assessment of regional air forces’ participation at the event? Maj. Van Huisduinen: Everyone is doing their part. I want to be in that position in the future, doing my part as a partner of the region. If you need help, you ask for it, we supply it. It’s the second time I sat in on a symposium where I’ve learned that most of the South American countries work together if there is a need—a humanitarian need or whatever need. They work together, and I want to be a part of that. I want Suriname to have a part in that. Diálogo: Has SAF had students participate in IAAFA? Maj. Van Huisduinen: We haven’t had a participant yet, but I’m working on it. One of the main obstacles we have is we are Dutch-speaking people. There are certain numbers of people back home knowledgeable in the English language, but not that much in Spanish. Diálogo: One of the main topics discussed was humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. How does SAF prepare to respond to these? Maj. Van Huisduinen: We don’t have natural disasters like the rest of the countries in the region. The only natural disaster we have is during the rainy season. Diálogo: What is your conclusion of the topics discussed at the symposium? Maj. Van Huisduinen: The symposium was definitely a wealth of knowledge with the briefings and the places we visited. There are enough possibilities for what I plan to do with my personnel. I need to work on the possibilities and the benefits of having closer ties or partnering with IAAFA. Diálogo: Is drug trafficking a security concern in Suriname? Maj. Van Huisduinen: Drug trafficking is a main concern, but we also have other illegal activities like gold smuggling, illegal logging, and fishing. My main focus is how to command, control, and defend our air space to counter drug trafficking. There are a lot of drugs going through Suriname to Europe, the Caribbean, and the rest of the world. Unfortunately, we don’t have the assets to cover the whole air space or the borders, everything is open and everyone can do what they want. Diálogo: Is terrorism a threat to your country? Maj. Van Huisduinen: Not really. There was an incident where two people were arrested for terrorist activity, but there’s not enough proof they were planning anything. Diálogo: How does SAF help counter security concerns? Maj. Van Huisduinen: The only contribution we can provide now is to support the Army with helicopters–as we have just three. We support the police with personnel for the security of the inner city. Diálogo: Does the Suriname National Army cooperate with other forces in the region to counter common threats? Maj. Van Huisduinen: There were talks with the Brazilians to join the Surveillance System of the Amazon, which is a system that controls the Amazon region. With the United States we’ve had coast guard exchanges and training. We’ve had people trained in Brazil and there is an ongoing military cooperation with them on a small scale. Diálogo: How is SAF integrating women? Maj. Van Huisduinen: We have one non-commissioned officer. We don’t have many women in the military. In other branches there are a few, but not a lot have interest in the Air Force yet. Our Air Force was created in 1982 and is composed of about 120 people. It’s a small air force. Diálogo: What is your message to the region? Maj. Van Huisduinen: Looking at the world right now, the European Union, the Asian pact, and all the countries are getting together for different reasons, and they’re forming pacts. The integration of the Americas is important as together we’re stronger.last_img read more

Skinning The Wolf of Wall Street: Victims Speak Out

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Tom Pokorny was purging old documents inside his Illinois home last summer when he came across two-decades old files from his case with Stratton Oakmont.They were a reminder of a miserable time in his life, which he was glad to finally put behind him. Pokorny hadn’t thought about Jordan Belfort, Daniel Porush and their penny stock-pushing band of misfits in a long time, and for good reason.It “brings back bad memories,” he tells me.He eventually decided to toss the documents.“I try to block this out,” he admits.Not long after trashing the files did Pokorny learn that legendary director Martin Scorsese was releasing a $100-million film called The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort, the founder of now-defunct Lake Success “pump-and-dump” brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, which one prosecutor at the time dubbed “the most famous boiler-room brokerage firm in recent memory,” according to The New York Times. The film, it turns out, was inspired by Belfort’s memoir of the same name, which he penned after serving 22 months in a federal prison for securities fraud and money laundering. (As legend has it, Belfort’s cellmate Tommy Chong, of Cheech and Chong fame who’d been busted for dealing mail-order bongs, convinced the penny stock fraudster to write a book.)Pokorny can’t recall the name of the broker who first made contact with him in November 1992 with a phone call that sent his financials plunging downward, fast. But he clearly remembers him having a distinct voice, which continues to irk him.“I can’t stand to talk to anybody with a New Jersey accent anymore. It’s bad to say that,” he says, managing a laugh. “It was just bad memories.”Pokorny was living in Naperville, Ill., when the obnoxious Stratton Oakmont broker first contacted him out of the blue. He was in his 30s and was running a commercial general contracting company he purchased from his father. The firm hounded him for a while before Pokorny was finally convinced to invest in an irresistible blue chip stock, Stratton Oakmont’s modus operandi. His first investment with the firm doubled its return right out of the gate.“The next thing I know, I kept on giving them more, and I was making money,” he recalls.Everything spiraled out of control in January 1993 when the firm, unbeknownst to Pokorny, used his money to buy other stocks without his permission, he says. His calls for them to stop recklessly using his money went unheeded. Finally, he had to get his lawyer involved, a counterstrike that led to the firm mailing him a check for about $200,000.But at that point, Pokorny was already in an $800,000 hole. Then came another crushing blow: “I ended up getting divorced over all this, too,” he says. “That was even worse.”His is not the only story of heartbreak and financial distress caused by Belfort. The former Wall Street charlatan—partly fueled by an insatiable drug habit, he professes in the book; mostly fueled by greed and reckless criminality, counter prosecutors—tricked then bilked countless victims out of millions, according to court documents, interviews with attorneys on the case, short-changed investors and his own book. In other words, the shyster not only lied, cheated and robbed unsuspecting people, but destroyed their lives.Louis E. Dequine, Jr., a former Golden Gloves boxing champion, got burned by Stratton Oakmont, according to his Northport-based attorney Timothy Dennin, and suffered a stroke years later under extraordinary stress. Both he and his wife have since died.“He had been persuaded to take his money out of the brokerage firm where he’d had a very long-term relationship and put it with Stratton Oakmont,” his son Dr. Louis E. Dequine III told the Times. “I remember thinking, ‘Oh gosh, he’s finally getting old enough where people are taking advantage of him.’ ”When Hollywood’s elite gathers for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2 to recognize the top films of 2013, among the nominees for Best Motion Picture of the Year will be Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. It also secured nominations in several other prestigious categories, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for DiCaprio’s depiction of Belfort, who had received close to $1 million for the rights to his memoirs. The film, which grossed $113 million domestically as of Feb. 25, grabbed a total of five Oscar nominations.Not Buying It: Stratton Oakmont victim Robert Shearin of Manhattan Beach, Calif. used to get in screaming matches with the firm’s brokers over their reckless use of his money. He doesn’t believe the “Wolf” is a changed man.The film focused much of its attention on the drug-addled debauchery and testosterone-fueled romps and lavish parties, which almost always involved prostitutes and insane amounts of cocaine and other drugs, like Quaaludes, Belfort’s favorite. It failed, critics say, to portray the rotten way in which Belfort and his hooligans (“Strattonites,” as they’re called in his book) scammed people into throwing away hundreds of thousands of dollars for their own benefit. And by deciding not to offer a glimpse into the real-life implications of their fraud, they are glamorizing the serious crimes that led to some investors losing considerable portions, if not all, of their life savings, victims of the scam and those close to the original case charge.What’s playing out in real life at this very moment, however, could have far greater implications for the 1,513 victims recognized by the government.Nearly eight years since the self-professed “Wolf” was released from prison on April 28, 2006, only $11,629,143.64 has been repaid toward a court-imposed restitution totaling $110,362,993.87. The bulk, prosecutors and court documents say, has come from the liquidation of some of Belfort’s and Porush’s properties that the conniving duo forfeited as part of a plea deal.Many victims who have tried to put Belfort behind them, like Pokorny has attempted to do, may be shocked to learn that prosecutors are currently involved in ongoing discussions regarding Belfort’s restitution. Last October the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York moved to declare Belfort in default. Then they withdrew the motion following a sharp rebuke from the disgraced ex-con’s attorneys—who criticized the government’s letter for mischaracterizing the facts in the case. They’ve also argued that the former head of Stratton Oakmont was only obligated to pay 50 percent of his gross income until his period of supervised release ended in 2009. Belfort, for his part, has offered to turn over 100-percent of the proceeds from both books and the film, according to his lawyers and public comments he has made. The government, Belfort’s attorneys say, rejected that offer.In layman’s terms, Belfort is manipulating the legal system to stall, in an attempt to get out of repaying the people he ripped off so severely.“They’re in talks to find a resolution and seek a way for the victims in this case to get the restitution that they were granted by the court,” Robert Nardoza, the spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, tells the Press. He declined to explain why negotiations are necessary despite the court-imposed restitution, and he didn’t comment on Belfort’s attorneys’ claims regarding his client’s obligations.Victims have no problem calling it as it is, however.Robert Shearin, a Stratton Oakmont victim who lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif., which borders Hermosa Beach, the waterfront community where Belfort now lives, isn’t optimistic that he and other victims will ever be fully compensated.“The reality is the losses were real, the criminality was real, and I don’t think his compunction is real,” he tells the Press. “Or else he wouldn’t have been fighting this whole restitution order and have so little come into the fund.”Convict: Jordan Belfort, founder of now-defunct Lake Success brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, went to prison for securities fraud and money laundering. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)Wolf in Sheep’s ClothingJoel Cohen was the assistant United States attorney who prosecuted the case against Belfort and Porush, which led to a grand jury indicting the pair in September 1998, according to court records.For years federal prosecutors had been investigating Stratton Oakmont, which ran its high-intensity boiler room operation out of a large office building on Marcus Avenue in Lake Success, but the investigation that eventually led to the charges of securities fraud and money laundering really began in earnest around 1997, Cohen tells the Press. Investigators had previously attempted to go after lower-level Stratton workers by charging them with a crime and hoping that they’d turn on their bosses. But the firm was tight-knit, and brokers on the floor weren’t members of Stratton’s close inner circle. So, they pushed on.Their probe led them to Switzerland, where investigators were able to convince Swiss authorities to hand over documents naming both Belfort and Porush.“That was the moment we knew we really had it,” Cohen recalls.Belfort and Porush were both arrested on the same day, but at the time, neither of them was aware that the other was in custody. Prosecutors used that to their advantage. They interviewed Belfort while he was out on $10 million bail and sat down separately with Porush, who remained behind bars for several months following his arrest.“We always felt like we needed to confirm everything [Belfort] said because he’s a salesman,” Cohen explains. “There’s never a moment when you can be sure whether he’s being genuine or not; you’d have to confirm it all.”The tight-lipped Belfort that moviegoers were introduced to in Scorsese’s film isn’t at all the same man who wilted under pressure when the feds had him pinned. Never did he attempt to save Porush—or anyone for that matter—by revealing he was wearing a wire—which is depicted in the film and makes Belfort out to be a loyal protector of their collective sins.“[Belfort] flipped on him within 36 hours,” Cohen says. (Translation: Belfort was more of a rat than a wolf.)The probe culminated with the greedy duo both copping pleas for reduced sentences.There was also the fiery scene that played out in the Stratton Oakmont broker room floor when the filmmakers, apparently trying to bolster their mythical depiction of the Quaalude-popping philanderer, made it seem as if Belfort refused to settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).“That never happened,” Cohen says, bluntly.In the real world, Belfort has claimed that Stratton Oakmont targeted wealthy investors, but Cohen says the firm’s victims “ran the gamut.”“Some of them were wealthy, some of them were not,” he says. “Obviously you have to have enough disposable money to be able to take calls from a broker and invest it, but there were people that invested fifty or a hundred thousand dollars and a considerable portion of their life savings or their children’s college fund or their pension money. So there were many people who lost a sizable amount of their income. Belfort would like you to think that this is just rich people who were throwing money away and don’t feel sorry for them, but they weren’t.”Diane Nygaard, a Kansas City, Miss.-based attorney, represented or spoke to more than two-dozen Stratton Oakmont victims who invested hundreds of thousands of dollars.The first call from Stratton Oakmont broker was fairly polite and serious, Nygaard tells the Press.“You’d invest in the stock and you’d get your statement and it would’ve tripled in a month and you’d get your next statement and it’s up more,” she says. Before investors knew what was going on, “The guy’s calling you and tells you, ‘You better buy more, it’s going to go public pretty soon,’ ” she continues.“Once the money walked in the door, it’s like the No-Tel Motel, it’s not going to come back out,” she says, adding: “None of my clients have received any money from any voluntary restitution payment made by Belfort or Porush. Nothing.”Dennin, the Northport attorney, represented about 20 victims himself—he estimates to have recovered money for half his clients—and said the culture depicted in the film closely resembled life in the Stratton Oakmont broker room floor.Young brokers, some who Belfort claimed in his book didn’t even graduate high school, were instructed to never take no for an answer, and used “scripts” to dodge all types of objections, Dennin says.In one of the scripts Dennin obtained during his work on the case, titled “Straight Line Philosophy” (inspected by the Press; which happens to also be the name of Belfort’s current product in his motivational speaking business), brokers were told: “The introduction is the hook to catch the prospect’s interest and his attention. The first attempt might not always work, nor the second or the third, but before moving on make sure he bites.”“Remember,” the next line screams, “the bigger the fish, the harder the fight.”Brokers would “make representations about ‘I’m not pressuring you now but down the road if I have an opportunity there’s a stock that we may be bringing to market that’s only available to certain select investors,’ ” Dennin says. “And get them to bite. If they agree to buy, then they get all enthusiastic, then they got the room screaming.”Eventually, scores of investors were burned for hundreds of millions of dollars.Publicly, Belfort has stated that he’s a changed man after his prison stint. He’s now a motivational speaker and his greatest priority is “to settle his fines,” according to a letter sent from his now-fiancé to U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson, who’s been overseeing the case since its inception.“Jordan has turned his life around,” she wrote. “Our business and our family rely on his reputation of being an honest and honorable man.”Neither Belfort nor his attorney Robert Begleiter, with Manhattan-based Schlam Stone & Dolan, returned a request for comment for this story.In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan shortly after the movie’s debut, Belfort told the host: “I try daily to right the wrongs I committed.”How does he feel toward his victims? “I feel terrible about what happened,” he told the host, adding that he lives not with shame, but with remorse.His victims aren’t buying any of it.Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?Dr. A.E. Vitt, 81, a retired dentist who lives in Heath, Texas, was practicing in tiny Seneca, Kan., two decades ago when Stratton Oakmont got him on the line. At the time, they were pushing Nestle stock. He was caught in the same trap as hundreds of others.“They were very persistent,” he tells the Press. “They wouldn’t take no for an answer.”The firm wanted more money, so Vitt ended up taking out close to $100,000 in loans from the bank just to continue his investments.He also blames himself.“I’m sort of a dumbass,” he says, his voice getting lower, “so it took a couple trips thinking it was good and then after that, it didn’t take long for me to figure out that I was going nowhere fast.”Two years had gone by before he realized the firm was playing him.Vitt, who has only been able to reclaim less than $8,000 of the quarter-million dollars that Stratton Oakmont stole from him, still decided to buy a ticket to see Belfort’s purported real life story.“I thought it was the most vulgar and sex[ual] thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” he says from Texas. “Plus, the way he treated everybody…I thought he was a glamorized S.O.B.”“I can’t understand why he can still get away with it,” he adds.Shearin, the Manhattan Beach, Calif., victim, is also retired. He lost several hundred thousand dollars with Stratton Oakmont, but worked hard to make the money back—though he estimates he’s only recovered 17 percent of what he lost.Things got heated between Shearin and his broker once he realized they were trying to pull a fast one on him.“I would end up in screaming matches when I finally kind of figured out that I’m just getting screwed here,” he tells the Press.“Somebody else would get on the phone and just be screaming back at me, calling me a fucking asshole and an idiot and too stupid to make money,” Shearin recalls. “Just screaming at me. So we would have these screaming matches in the middle of my work day when I’m trying to run my business… They don’t show that [in the film].”Shearin has spotted Belfort cheering on his kid at the local soccer field. But he’s resisted the urge to approach him.“What’s the point?” he asks. “What am I going to do? Walk up to him and ask him to please write me a check? I don’t need to be around him. He’s not in my circle of friends and I don’t want him to be.”The Harvard Business School graduate, now 66, says his brother once told him that he serves as a cautionary tale because he should’ve had the educational background to notice someone was hustling him.And Shearin, too, opened up his wallet to see the movie but he never intended to walk out of the theater with a better understanding of Belfort’s life.“Going to a movie to see truth would be like going to Oliver Stone’s JFK to learn about the Kennedy assassination,” he says. “So I didn’t walk out thinking , ‘Oh, that didn’t tell the truth.’ ”“[It was a] one-sided rollicking frolic through hedonism,” he says, “but it sure left out a lot of the story.”last_img read more

4 reasons a standardized cancellation and refund process is necessary

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When purchasing a vehicle, consumers typically have the opportunity to add on additional products to their loan contract. These products are designed to help provide additional protections for the vehicle, particularly due to an unexpected event. Examples of these ancillary products can include:GAPCredit Life/DisabilityVehicle Service ContractsTire & Wheel ProtectionMaintenance PlansWeather ProtectionsTheft and Vandalism ProtectionEnsuring consumers benefit from the financial impact of refundable ancillary products continues to be a focus for regulatory bodies that oversee financial institutions. As a response, many lenders have changed, or are in the process of changing, how they handle ancillary product cancellations and obligatory refunds. This need for a change of process became particularly timely when a class action lawsuit was filed in Colorado this July against a number of lenders.last_img read more

In effect off-season toll prices

first_imgIn the competition of 137 countries, Croatia, with an average score of 5,5, shares 13th place with Denmark, Oman, Germany, Spain, Qatar, Sweden and Luxembourg in the world ranking of the best road infrastructures. In addition to the World Economic Forum’s Competitiveness Report for 2017 and 2018, a ranking list of road infrastructure quality in 137 countries has been published. Thus, the United Arab Emirates has the highest average score of 6,4, while behind the group of countries with an average score in which Croatia is, there are countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Italy or Finland. Of the surrounding countries, Slovenia ranks 51st, Hungary 62nd, Serbia 100th and Bosnia and Herzegovina 109th. The lowest ranked European country is Ukraine (130th place) with an average score of 2,4.A recent study by the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering in Zagreb on motorway safety showed that Croatia has one of the highest quality motorway networks. The study showed that 96% of motorways in Croatia have a low and medium low accident rate, while only 4% of sections have a medium low rate, while no section has a medium and high risk rate. From 15 September 2018, off-season toll prices on motorways managed by Hrvatske autoceste doo (HAC) and Autoceste Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ) are in force.Seasonal prices were in force since June 15 and applied to motorcycles and personal vehicles (groups IA and II), and brought 10% higher prices during the summer months.Croatian road infrastructure is among the best in the worldlast_img read more

Court hearings move online as fight against graft must go on

first_imgorking from home takes on a whole new meaning in the fight against graft in Indonesia, with courts moving to the virtual world to hear corruption cases. The trials will also be live-streamed to make them accessible for the general public.The Law and Human Rights Ministry said all court hearings could be held with suspects staying at their detention centers and not having to show up at the court, according to the Corruption Eradication Commission. The Supreme Court had earlier ordered to suspend all trials in view of the coronovirus outbreak, except for cases where a defendant’s detention period is about to end and cannot be extended.The ruling follows a government instruction to suspend all public gatherings and practice physical distancing to prevent the virus from spreading.Read also: Selected trials continue despite COVID-19, Supreme Court saysBut in a letter to the Supreme Court, the Law and Human Rights Ministry said trials could be conducted with the use of video-conference technology and hearings could be made accessible to the public by live-streaming them, KPK spokesman Ali Fikri said Thursday.The KPK and the Central Jakarta District Court, in which most trial on corruption cases handled by the antigraft body are held, had agreed to proceed with virtual hearings while observing the protocols, he said, adding that they had successfully tested the procedure.The KPK has the power to detain suspects for up to 120 days. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Indians Tennis Team Gets Victory Over Rebels

first_imgThe Milan Indians Tennis team defeated The Southwestern Rebels 4-1.Varsity winners included:Dean Elrod and Luke Rehn – singles.Travis Butte/Sam Rehn and Paul Hawk/Josh Bixler – doubles.JV winners included:Doubles Peyton Cann and Steven Gutzwiller won their first match 8-6.Courtesy of Indians AD Jon Prifogle.last_img

Twenty-two companies announce more than 1,000 new job openings

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Today, in honor of National Manufacturing Day, 22 companies announced plans to locate in or expand in Indiana, together committing to invest more than $154 million in their Hoosier operations and create up to 1,090 new jobs over the next several years.“Each day, Hoosiers across the state are developing new solutions and creating crucial products that are shipped to customers across the globe,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “I’m honored to proclaim today National Manufacturing Day in Indiana, recognizing the 8,500 businesses in all corners of the state, and to join in celebrating 22 manufacturers that are committing to even more growth here, creating new opportunities for Indiana workers and their families.”Indiana is a leader in manufacturing, with 8,500 manufacturing facilities and the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., supporting one in five Hoosier jobs. Manufacturers in Indiana have added 107,300 new jobs since July 2009, ranking No. 2 in the nation and growing at a rate of 25 percent.The state’s manufacturing industry is diverse, boasting the world’s largest RV production, accounting for nearly 80 percent of the market; the country’s largest steel production, making 27 percent of U.S. steel; the second-largest automotive sector in the nation by GDP; and a leading orthopedics industry, supporting at least 35 percent of the global sector in Warsaw, Indiana, alone. Indiana also supports strong food and beverage, hardwoods, plastics and rubbers, chemicals and machinery and equipment production.The 22 companies announcing expansion plans today are growing across 17 counties, from southern to northern Indiana. They represent both homegrown Hoosier companies and global businesses with international headquarters in countries like Japan, Germany and Sweden, and they are creating new jobs in a variety of manufacturing subsectors such as automotive, food and beverage, glass and metals, hardwoods, machinery and more.ATTC MANUFACTURING (Perry County), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan-based Aisin Takaoka Co. Ltd., will invest more than $27.3 million to increase its manufacturing capabilities in Perry County. The company, which is a tier two automotive supplier of components, already ships more than 10 million automotive components annually, ranging from brake drums and rotors to engine bearing caps. ATTC Manufacturing will retool its 380,000-square-foot facility in Tell City in order to add 15 new production lines to increase production of differentials cases, front knuckles and rear carriers. This expansion will create up to 26 new jobs and anticipates hiring for manufacturing operators before the end of 2018. Interested applicants can learn more online.BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS (Huntington County), a member of the Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse Group, manufactures cutting-edge safety technologies, energy management solutions and air brake charging and control systems for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles like trucks, tractors, trailers and buses. The Ohio-based company, which has operated in Huntington County for nearly four decades, most recently invested $3.8 million to renovate, upgrade and equip its existing Modules Center on Riverfork Drive, launching two new production lines to manufacture a portion of Bendix’s vibration damper product portfolio. The location supplements the manufacturing capacity of Bendix’s primary damper production plant in North Aurora, Illinois. The company also expects to invest $1.5 million over the next three years to open a fifth building that will expand its distribution capabilities as well as its module manufacturing. The Bendix Huntington campus includes manufacturing, remanufacturing and assembly sites, as well as Bendix’s primary North American distribution center. Bendix employs more than 420 associates in Huntington and expects to create up to 49 new jobs to support its most recent growth. Interested applicants can learn more about open positions online.CARDINAL IG COMPANY (Steuben County), which manufactures residential insulated glass for windows and doors, will invest $4.75 million to expand its Fremont facility to house a new IG fabrication line which will provide future growth opportunities. The project will equip a new 58,000-square-foot facility at 301 E. McSwain Drive in Fremont. The company recently broke ground on the new facility, which will be complete by the beginning of January 2019. Cardinal IG Company currently employs 345 full-time associates in Indiana and plans to create 45 jobs by 2021 to support its expansion. The company is currently hiring, and interested applicants can apply online. CIRCLE CITY KOMBUCHA (Marion County), which produces probiotic kombucha tea, will invest more than $1.6 million to increase its Marion County production and distribution of bottled and draft Feel Good Soda™ beverages across the Midwest. The company, currently based at 1121 N. Arlington Ave. in Irvington, is finalizing lease negotiations in order to more than quadruple its footprint, renovating and equipping a new, more than 10,000-square-foot facility in central Indiana. Circle City Kombucha’s low-sugar drinks are packed with Vitamin B and probiotics and are already available across Indiana as well as in Kentucky and Ohio. The company plans to launch operations at the new facility in early 2019 and plans to hire up to 60 new jobs by the end of 2021 to support its growth. Job applicants interested in manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing positions can learn more and apply online as opportunities arise.CLAYTON WAKARUSA (Elkhart County) of the Clayton Home Building Group, one of America’s largest home builders, specializes in manufactured and modular housing. In late 2016, the company expanded by adding a second facility, Clayton Wakarusa II, and upgrading its existing operations in Elkhart County. The new facility added over 40,000 square feet of production and office space in addition to its existing 101,000-square-foot complex at 66700 SR 19, Wakarusa. The expansion was completed in 2017, allowing the company to increase production and provide a world-class environment for its team members. As part of its growth, Clayton Wakarusa II home building facility hired 120 new team members and has a goal to add up to 110 more positions over the next two years to its combined Indiana team of 320 employees. Currently, Clayton Wakarusa locations are seeking up to 20 more team members for various production and leadership roles. Interested applicants can apply online.DELTA FAUCET COMPANY (Decatur County), which manufactures, assembles, distributes and sells residential and commercial faucets and other water-related products, will invest $15.4 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Decatur County. The company will renovate and retool a portion of its 360,000-square-foot facility at 1425 W. Main St. in Greensburg, where a new product category will be launched. The Greensburg facility supports Delta Faucet Company’s Indianapolis headquarters, which serves customers across the U.S. and in more than 50 countries. To support its growth, Delta Faucet Company, which employs more than 300 associates in Greensburg, plans to hire at least 39 new associates by the end of 2020. Interested applicants may apply online.DRIVEN INNOVATIONS (Kosciusko County), which builds components for the RV industry, will invest $3.6 million to expand its operations in Kosciusko County, constructing and equipping a new facility with at least 10,000 square feet at 300 East Chicago St. in Syracuse. The company, which was established in early 2018 by long-time Indiana RV industry executives, plans to break ground on the new facility in 2019 in order to increase its production of RV chassis/trailer products. Driven Innovations already employs 13 full-time associates and plans to create up to 60 new jobs by 2020 to support its growth. Interested applicants can learn more and apply online.FUSION WOOD PRODUCTS (Elkhart County), manufacturer of custom wood trim, flat panel lamination and molding products, will invest $4.6 million to expand its Elkhart operations. The investment will include expanded wrapping lines, a new lamination line and new equipment. The project will bolster the company’s 68,000-square-foot facility on its 10-acre lot at 1600 W. Mishawaka Rd. in Elkhart. The new panel lamination line will use polyurethane reactive adhesives, better known as PUR. It will allow for the lamination of exterior products, decorative HPLs and acrylic sheets.IQ FIBERS (Wells County), a manufacturer of high-quality cellulose fiber products from recycled paper, will invest $10.5 million to lease and equip the 40,000-square-foot former Sterling Casting Buildings plant at 1000 W. Wiley Ave. in Bluffton. The company, which offers insulation, sorbent and industrial fiber solutions for its global client base, will deploy nearly half of its investment to purchase and install state-of-the-art machinery and equipment at the facility. IQ Fibers has already added 10 full-time employees toward its goal of 36 and is currently hiring for production associates and a shift supervisor. Interested applicants may apply to jobs@iqfibersllc.com.L&W ENGINEERING (Elkhart County), a manufacturer of fabricated steel and aluminum parts, will invest $4.28 million to expand its operations in Middlebury, constructing and equipping a fifth 78,000-square-foot facility at its existing 250,000-square-foot complex at 107 Industrial Parkway. The expansion, which is currently under construction, will allow the company to increase capacity of its chassis stretch and modification business. As part of its growth, L&W Engineering plans to add up to 40 new positions to its current team and anticipates hiring for steel welders and fabricators, general assembly, and vehicle technicians in early 2019.LEENTU CORPORATION (Marion County), the manufacturer of a unique line of ultra-lightweight pop-up campers, initially targeted at the mid-sized recreational pick-up truck market, is establishing operations in Marion County at 1811 Executive Dr. in Indianapolis. The company is committed to  investing $1.1 million in the local economy over the next four years. As part of its growth, Leentu Corporation plans to add up to 18 new positions to its current team of two employees and anticipates hiring technicians, general office administration, customer service, sales and marketing positions beginning in 2019. Interested applicants can learn more and apply for upcoming openings online.MERVIS METAL RECOVERY, LLC (Perry County), is a recycling company and subsidiary of Mervis Industries, Inc., a full-service provider for iron, metal, plastic, fiber and all other recyclable products. Mervis will invest $1.2 million to establish operations in Perry County, purchasing and equipping a new metal separating facility at 11265 Solomon Rd. in Troy. The facility will have the capacity to process an estimated 7 million pounds of material annually, recovering and recycling approximately half of that volume instead of sending to a landfill. The company plans to be fully moved into its new facility by November 2018. Mervis’ growth plans include the addition of up to six new jobs in Indiana by 2019. Mervis is currently hiring administrative and labor positions, and those interested can send resumes to hr@mervis.com.PIKE LUMBER COMPANY (Fulton County), a primary manufacturer of kiln-dried hardwood lumber, will invest more than $6.8 million to expand its operations in Fulton County. The company will construct and furnish a six-chamber bank of dry kilns, a new warehouse and a new corporate office at its 80-acre campus in Akron. Operating in Indiana since 1904, Pike Lumber Company is Indiana’s largest manufacturer and distributor of quality, kiln-dried hardwood lumber, serving customers throughout the U.S. and around the world. With construction currently underway, the company anticipates creating 10 new jobs by the end of 2021, filling general labor, supervisory and kiln technician positions.ROSA VILA JEWELRY (Hamilton County), which was founded in 2016, is investing in its warehousing and production operations in Noblesville in order to expand its jewelry design and manufacturing operations with the goal of producing original and expressive jewelry at an affordable price. The company got its start as a small, one-person shop and has since grown to a global online store, with availability also on a number of global e-commerce websites, supported by a team of five women. To support its growth and increase its customer base, the company plans to hire 27 new, full-time employees by the end of 2022.SATELLITE INDUSTRIES (Elkhart County), which manufactures luxury mobile restroom trailers in Bristol, will invest $9.6 million to expand its Elkhart facility and increase focus on specialty trailer manufacturing. The project will build an additional 120,000 square feet to the company’s existing 120,000-square-foot facility at 1686 Commerce Drive in Bristol. The company recently broke ground on the new facility, which will be complete by early next year. Satellite Industries currently employs 90 full-time associates in Indiana and plans to create up to 60 jobs by the end of 2018 to support its expansion. The company is currently hiring for all trailer assembly positions. Interested applicants can apply on site at Satellites Bristol location.STANDARD INDUSTRIAL (Pulaski County), which manufactures components used by industry-leading companies in the assembly of their finished products, will invest $1.7 million in new equipment and processes to expand its operations in Winamac. Housed at the company’s existing 45,000-square-foot complex at 100 Michigan St., the expansion will include the installation and utilization of robotic press braking, precision part leveling and additional laser capacity. With the expansion scheduled to begin early in 2019, Standard Industrial plans to add up to 15 new jobs to its current team of 32 Indiana employees by 2020. The company is currently hiring press brake operators and experienced manufacturing personnel. Interested applicants can apply online.SUGARCREEK (Wayne County), a diversified food manufacturer and one of the largest independent processors of bacon in the U.S., will expand its operations in Wayne County, investing $33 million in equipment to open a new meatball, chicken and raw and prepared pork cooking operation at its 418,000-square-foot facility in Cambridge City. The company, which officially opened this facility in 2016 to serve both domestic and international customers, already employs 400 full-time associates in Indiana and plans to create up to 149 new jobs by 2020 to support its growth. SugarCreek plans to begin hiring for production workers and maintenance personnel in the coming months. Interested applicants may apply online.TENNECO INC. (Noble County), one of the world’s largest suppliers of clean air and ride performance products for the automotive industry, will invest more than $5.4 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Ligonier, purchasing new pipe manufacturing equipment and welding machines at its 320,000-square-foot campus. The expansion will allow the company to increase production on its exhaust components and clean air products for the automotive, commercial truck and aftermarket markets. To support its growth, Tenneco plans to create 43 new jobs by the end of 2019 and anticipates hiring for general operators, welders and leadership positions. Interested applications can view open positions online.TIPTON MILLS FOODS (Bartholomew County), a blended and packaged foods and beverage products manufacturer, will invest $4 million to construct and equip a new 30,000-square-foot warehouse and 10,000-square-foot building on its eight-acre campus at 835 S. Mapleton St. in Columbus, complementing its existing 45,000-square-foot plant. The expansion, which is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year, will allow the company to install new high-speed can and canister filling machines, increasing its blending and agglomeration capabilities and doubling its total production capacity. Tipton Mills Foods, which has 55 employees in Indiana, has already added 22 positions of its goal of 40 new jobs and is currently hiring for operators, packagers and warehouse associates. Interested applicants may apply at Malone Staffing Solutions.TRELLEBORG SEALING SOLUTIONS (Allen County), a business unit of Sweden-headquartered Trelleborg Group, will invest more than $3.6 million to expand its Allen County operations at 2531 Bremer Road in New Haven, just outside Fort Wayne. The company will construct and equip a new 8,000-square-foot addition to its 73,656-square-foot facility in order to accommodate growing demand for its polymer plastics sealing product line. These products are sold for a variety of applications including aerospace, automotive and industrial markets. Plans to begin the expansion started in September. Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will add 40 new, full-time jobs by 2020 and anticipates hiring for general operators and machinists. Interested applicants may apply online.TRI-STATE CYLINDER HEAD (Vanderburgh County), which specializes in high-precision cast-iron welding and machining, will invest more than $2.5 million to upgrade its 20,000-square-foot facility at 1712 Read St. in Evansville. The company will install state-of-the-art machining equipment and custom welding infrastructure to support increased customer demand for its cylinder head remanufacturing. With over 35 full-time associates currently in southwest Indiana, Tri-State Cylinder Head plans to nearly double its workforce by adding up to 34 positions over the next few years. Interested applicants may apply for positions in precision machining, welding or quality control by emailing kyle@tristateheads.com.VANAIR (LaPorte County), a provider of mobile power solutions, has invested more than $1.5 million to expand its state-of-the-art technology and innovation center, growing its campus to two buildings in Michigan City to accommodate the operations of Minnesota-based Goodall Mfg., which the company purchased in January 2017. Goodall Mfg., which is a leader in jump-starting equipment, officially moved its operations to Indiana on July 1, 2018, bringing its broad range of jump starters, air compressors, AC generators and heavy duty cable and clamp products. The company, which already employs more than 140 associates at its Michigan City complex, plans to create 25 new positions by the end of 2023. Interested applicants may learn more online.In recognition of these companies and all manufacturers across the state and their contributions to Indiana’s economy and Hoosier workers, Gov. Holcomb declared today Manufacturing Day. View the proclamation here.last_img read more

Victor Moses donates £20,000 to Wigan fighting fund

first_img Former Lactics favourites including Roberto Martinez, Reece James and James McClean have all stepped forward with donations. read also:Moses re-echoes support for former club Wigan Athletic. And now Moses has given £20k to the fundraiser in a touching gesture. Wigan tweeted: “Thank you Victor Moses. Victor has pledged a significant donation to Save Our Club!” The Chelsea wing-back, 29, starred for Wigan between 2010 and 2012. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The cash-strapped club is in dire straits after administrators were summoned in July, resulting in a 12-point penalty and relegation from the Championship to League One. The Latics are desperately looking for new owners to reverse their fortunes. Loading… But in the meantime, a Supporters’ Club Crowdfunder page has been set up to raise cash and save Wigan from going under.center_img As a sign of commitment towards the cash-strapped club, Chelsea wing-back and Inter loanee, Victor Moses, has donated £20,000 to struggling former side, Wigan Athletic. Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more