26 Jan

ND Votes to celebrate Voter Registration Day with festival event

first_imgND Votes will be celebrating Notre Dame’s National Voter Registration Day with a festival event Monday evening at the Geddes Hall Coffee House and patio. The celebration is open to anyone, and it is the culmination of a week-long voter registration drive the ND Votes task force organized.“[The event will be] American-themed, with apple pie, lemonade, music and a celebration of something that is as American as you can do, which is voting,” junior Sheila Gregory, director of community outreach in the ND Votes task force, said.The event will include opportunities to register to vote, request absentee ballots and sign up for election reminders. Students and faculty will also present information on how Notre Dame voted in the 2016 election, which is first time the results will be publicly announced. “It will be really interesting to not only have a fun celebration of voting, but also give students more information about the trends — especially for first-years who are brand-new to the political process — about how their school voted,” Gregory said. The ND Votes task force is also responsible for the week-long voter registration drive, which began Sept. 18. To celebrate, the task force set up tables outside the dining halls and in the student centers, Gregory said, and created a competition between dorms to see which ones could get the most voters registered and the most absentee ballots. The prize for the winning dorm is $500 and a free breakfast on Nov. 6, the day of the midterm elections.“[We are] doing this voter registration competition … to make it more fun,” Gregory said. “It’s hard to jazz-up getting everyone absentee ballots. We are hoping that through offering some prize money and food, we can incentivize people to get their absentee ballots, which is super easy.” The ND Votes task force is a non-partisan group whose mission is voter registration, education and mobilization, according to the ND Votes website. It is made up of interested students who either apply through their dorm or a club in which they are involved. Clubs like the College Democrats and College Republicans, Right to Life, the Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy (SCIA), Diversity Council and more are all involved in the ND Votes task force, which was revived in 2016 for the presidential election after a period of inactivity. “[ND Votes] was supposed to be a three-semester effort,” Gregory said. “It started in the spring semester of 2016. After the presidential election, everyone on every side was extremely interested in politics. We were like, ‘We can’t just let this energy go to waste,’ so we continued to have the task force.”Junior Steven Higgins, another member of the ND Votes task force, said that energy contributed to a growing engagement in ND Votes.“In the last four or five years, we have seen this growth of ND Votes that has been pretty tremendous,” Higgins said. “I remember my freshman year there were not that many of us. There were four or five of us meeting in this little room in the bottom of Geddes, and now we are in the Geddes coffee house and we have to have overflow tables because there is not enough seating.”ND Votes has begun to expand past Notre Dame’s campus, Higgins said. The task force partnered with the League of Women Voters, a non-partisan group located in South Bend. These two groups are jointly putting on an event Sept. 25 that will focus on registering South Bend locals to vote. “Seeing the level of engagement with voting and the process of getting people registered to vote has been incredibly encouraging,” Higgins said. “And that is what the event in Geddes today is about — a celebration of voting [and] civic engagement. We are just going to be having a ton of food and some entertainment to just get people excited about [voting]. We’re hoping that as many people as possible come out.”Tags: 2018 midterm elections, National Voter Registration Day Festival, ND Votes, votinglast_img read more

24 Sep

Alumni Golf

first_imgLater today I will be heading for North Branch Golf Course in New Point for the Batesville Basketball Alumni Annual Golf Outing.  This event was started by Coach Garrett for two reasons:  1) He wanted to give the basketball alumni a reason to get together to renew old friendships and reminisce.  2) To use the proceeds from the event to help the basketball program.It will be fun for me to see some old and not so old faces of players who participated in basketball for Batesville through the years.  Unlike the alumni game which is held in November where young muscles are still needed, this event allows some of the older alumni a chance to participate.  Hope to see you at North Branch!last_img read more

24 Sep

Robert “Bob” Fehrman

first_imgRobert “Bob” Fehrman, 80, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in Milan, Indiana.He was born December 16, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts, son of the late Harold and Clara Fehrman. Bob was a lifelong resident of Aurora being raised by his grandmother, Caroline Meyer Fehrman. Bob served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1960-1966.He started Fehrman Realty in 1976 as the Principal Broker and Owner, retiring after over 40 years of service.He was a member of First Baptist Church of Aurora. Bob was a lifelong native of Aurora and was part of the Aurora “Red Devils” basketball team before going on to play at Purdue University where he was an Honorary Team Captain his senior year. Bob was inducted to the 2005 South Dearborn Athletic Hall of Fame. Bob was a member of the Southeastern Indiana Board of Realtors and was previously a part of the MLS Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, and Program Committee. Bob also served as a past Director and President of the Board of Realtors. Bob was named the 2008 Realtor of the Year for Southeastern Indiana. Bob also served the South Dearborn Community School Corporation as a Board Member for 20 years. Bob had dedicated his life to helping others and building the schools into what they are today.Surviving are son, Brett (Jennifer) Fehrman of Aurora, IN; daughter, Holly (Scott) Allen of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Brooklynn & Grant Allen and Amber Fehrman.He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dorothy, and his loving wife of 56 years, Jan Fehrman.Friends will be received Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Aurora, 6060 Blair Road, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Church on Wednesday at 11:00 am with Tom Fehrman and Bill Secrest officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Boy Scout Troop 637, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana and First Baptist Church Aurora. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.last_img read more

5 Aug

Ind vs SA 1st Test Day 3 Review: South Africa glance by the ghosts…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Live HindustanAdvertisement 5yt80NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8ab4kWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eahbxci( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) banqWould you ever consider trying this?😱aeq71Can your students do this? 🌚a5h8Roller skating! Powered by Firework South Africa managed to better their batting performance from the 2015 tour by battling it out against the spin twins on a pitch that has started to deteriorate. Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock notched up centuries to give the Proteas a fighting chance in the match.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Live HindustanResuming the day at a precarious spot, South Africa needed partnerships to exert their command over the game. Despite losing Temba Bavuma early in the first session, Faf Du Plessis joined hands with Dean Elgar to see out the session.The skipper brought up his fifty and fell to Ashwin soon after. What followed was a mammoth 164-run stand between Elgar and wicket-keeper batsman De Kock. De Kock showed exemplary play through the off-side to bring up his fifth hundred.Advertisement De Kock was dismissed by the end of the day’s play after a smart variation from the off-spinner which left the batsman stunned. Vernon Philander became Ashwin’s fifth victim and the Kings XI skipper brought up his 29th test five-wicket haul and his first since August 2017.The Proteas are currently placed at 385-8 with Muthuswamy and Maharaj at the crease.Advertisement Read Also:West Indian great Michael Holding calls for change in Jasprit Bumrah’s actionSania Mirza advocates for WAGs to be present at matches for support to the Men in Blue Advertisementlast_img read more

4 Aug

CN Volunteer Fire Co. to Host Fundraiser

first_imgColts Neck Volunteer Fire Co #2 will host its annual fundraiser, “Make it a Full House for Colts Neck Vol. Fire Co. #2’s Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will serve as honorary chair, and will be attending the event.The fundraiser will take place in the Triple Crown Room at the company’s firehouse, 50 Conover Road. Players will participate in tournament-style play, with a $150 buy-in for advanced registration, and $175 at the door, with pay-out prizes for the top 10 finishers. A 50/50 raffle will also take place on the night of the event.“We’re all very excited to be re-introducing the Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament back into our fundraising plan,” says Art Raskin, event co-chair. “The event has been a huge success in past years, and we’re looking forward to making this our best year yet, with the addition of Assemblywoman Casagrande.”Funds raised at the event will go towards covering costs to maintain the firehouse and all of the mandatory equipment that is needed for the volunteer firefighters to continue doing their job effectively.For more information on advanced ticket purchase and event details, visit the event’s website at coltsneckfireco2.org or find them on Twitter @CNFireCo2 or Facebook by searching the event name.last_img read more

3 Aug

Future hockey stars on display at B.C. Hockey U16 Camp

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsTwo players from the Nelson Leafs Bantam Rep squad were among the selections to the Kootenay squad following the weekend U16 B.C. Hockey High Performance Camp at the Nelson and District Community Complex.Defenceman Colton Dachwitz of Nakusp and South Slocan forward Brandon Sookro join 18 other selections that will head to Kamloops April 28-May 1 to participate in the B.C. Cup.The two Leaf players are joined by former minor hockey teammate Cole Arcuri, who spent the past season playing at a hockey academy in the Okanagan.The four-day jamboree is being held at the Interior Savings Centre and Valleyview Arena and features one practice session, five games, off-ice player and team development and a hockey futures presentation.The Male Under 16 Program was designed by B.C. Hockey to instruct and prepare high caliber players for future opportunities in the High Performance Program.  Open Zone Camps were held for players 15 years or younger.  From each zone, 20 players were selected to compete in the U16 B.C. Cup.  A jamboree style tournament is when the 20 players selected from each zone are mixed together to form the eight teams. Rounding out the selections to the team were Brandon Becker, Daniel Burgess, Matthew Sopkow, Jason Richter, Brayden Revie, Sebastien Barrette and Payton Lee of Cranbrook; Kyle Hope, Mitch Foyle, Nolan Hanley, Riley Brandt, Drake Poirier and Johnny Todd of Trail; Jake Maclachlan of Fernie, Stephen Hawes of Invermere and Chase Butula of Cranbrook.Other players from Nelson attending the camp included Tyler Podgorenko, Dylan Whiffen, Michael Viala and goaltender Brayden [email protected]last_img read more

10 Feb

Points standing

first_imgPoints standingP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Leicester 28 16 9 3 51 31 20 572. Tottenham 28 15 9 4 49 22 27 543. Arsenal 28 15 6 7 44 28 6 514. Man City 27 14 5 8 48 31 17 475. Man United 28 13 8 7 37 26 11 476. West Ham 28 12 10 6 42 31 11 467. Stoke City 28 12 6 10 30 33 -3 428. Liverpool 27 11 8 8 41 36 5 419. Southampton 28 11 7 10 35 28 7 4010. Chelsea 28 10 9 9 42 38 4 3911. Everton 27 9 11 7 49 36 13 3812. Watford 28 10 7 11 29 29 0 3713. West Brom 28 9 9 10 29 36 -7 3614. Crystal Palace 28 9 6 13 31 37 -6 3315. Bournemouth 28 8 8 12 32 44 -12 3216. Swansea City 28 7 9 12 27 37 -10 3017. Sunderland 28 6 6 16 34 53 -19 2418. Norwich City 28 6 6 16 31 53 -22 2419. Newcastle United 27 6 6 15 27 50 -23 2420. Aston Villa 28 3 7 18 22 51 -29 16last_img read more

12 Jan

Decomposed body of woman found in trench

first_imgDead: Diwantie LakerajThe partially decomposed body of a woman was on Friday morning discovered in a trench at Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice.The woman has been identified as 60-year-old Diwantie Lakeraj also called “Christmas” of Lot 66 Freeyard, Port Mourant.The body was discovered face down floating under a bridge at Dispensary Dam. The discovery was made at about 06:00h by persons who were making their way to work. Initial checks revealed no marks of violence on the body.She was identified by the clothing she was wearing by a sister. “Christmas” reportedly left home on Tuesday for church at Albion, Berbice, and never returned home. She reportedly lived alone.The woman is popularly known around the Port Mourant and Rose Hall Town areas where she solicits money and food from passersby.Asodra Ramana, the dead woman’s sister related that the body was found in a crouching position while adding that in the past, she would suffer seizures. It is believed that the woman suffered from one of them and fell into the trench.Her body is currently at the Bailey’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the woman’s demise.last_img read more

18 Dec

Imbizo boost for entrepreneurs

first_imgRay Maota The only women graduate, Elizabeth Mokoena (second left), with Imbizo mentor Gideon Selopyane (left); Cedric Buffler, founder of Trident Institute (right); and Debra Marsden, head of business transformation and public affairs at Wiphold. Graduate Ibrahim Baku praised the credibility of the programme saying it wasn’t just corporates trying to look good, and it brought value to his business. Oosthuizen said that Nedbank viewed the small and micro business sector as the lifeblood of the country’s economy. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nkosinathi Msiza  Nedbank: Communications  +27 11 295 5360 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s competitiveness consistent • Investment incentives portal launched • Insights into doing business in SA • Citizens in charge of their destinyTen small business owners from Kliptown, Soweto – part of 48 selected in three provinces – have graduated from an eight-month pilot business programme aimed at helping them improve their business skills and sustain their livelihoods.The inaugural Imbizo Business Acumen Programme is sponsored by long-term insurance company Old Mutual, along with affiliates Nedbank and Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (Wiphold), an investment company focused on the empowerment of black businesswomen.Sixteen graduates received their programme certificates in Mpumalanga on 11 October, while earlier in the month, on 5 October, the Eastern Cape village of Centane saw five of its own graduate from the course, which began in March. The Kliptown ceremony was held on 13 October.Training focused on management skills for income and bank accounts, establishing a market for their specific business and understanding input costs to ensure the growth of their enterprises.A random selection of business owners from Kliptown and the neighbouring areas of Pimville and Eldorado Park took part. Tutorials were held at the Soweto Kliptown Youth centre and a local church alternately. The two criteria, according to the organisers, were that candidates have to be literate as the course involved a lot of writing, and that their businesses are at least six months old.Nedbank’s head of black business partnerships and alternative segments, Jake Oosthuizen, said his company believes in the small and micro business sector, viewing it as the lifeblood of the country’s economy.“Through the Imbizo programme,” he said, “we affirm that belief and our commitment towards building a sustainable economy by supporting the sector, which has the potential to create jobs.”Old Mutual’s support of the programme is made possible through its Masisizane Fund, formed in 2007 from unclaimed shares left over from the company’s demutualisation process.The fund operates as a non-profit company in consultation with the national treasury, and has a mandate that includes developing disadvantaged businesses with the potential of creating jobs, while also ensuring its own sustainability and growth.“We are excited about the success of this programme,” said Masisizane CEO Simphiwe Somdala. “We are hopeful that it will really assist these small businesses to increase their contribution to the country’s economy in the long run.”Retaining Kliptown’s pulseThe Kliptown graduates all run businesses in and around the township. These range from small spazas (small, makeshift shops for daily amenities, usually run from the owner’s home) and taverns to general dealers who supply the township’s catering and retail sector, tourism-orientated operations like tour guides, and those providing IT solutions to the general public and other businesses.Jabu Masuku runs a general dealership, and at the end of the programme committed himself to resisting the urge to help himself to money in the cash register, a habit he had developed to cover living costs not related to the business.“During the programme, we talked about how people from other neighbourhoods own shops in our area, capitalising on the needs of their market,” he reflected.“They take money out of the region, which is not good for its development.”Businesses in the area should benefit the people of Kliptown, he added.Ibrahim Baku, who also runs the same kind of business, praised the credibility of the programme.“We had to submit three months’ worth of data pertaining to our businesses,” he said, “and the improvement the course has made shows that it’s not just for the companies involved to look good.”Success start inwardsKarabo Songo, MD of Olive Communications, was the keynote speaker at the Kliptown event, and he encouraged the graduates to use the tool they had just earned to succeed.“I have always believed that success starts inwards and flows outwards,” he said. “We all have dreams but what is funny is that they diminish as we grow older.”Songo added that the business owners needed to own their success. “If you own a spaza, you need to be able to say it’s the best spaza in your area or region.”Investing in travelling, he said, would expose the graduates to how other businesses similar to theirs are run, which could have an indirect impact on how they run theirs.“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer,” said Songo. “Seeing what others do outside your environment opens up your mind and makes you a lateral thinker.”The graduates were also told to always have positive thoughts for themselves and their business as they are only confined by the walls they build themselves by having negative thoughts.last_img read more

18 Dec

Sanlam buys stake in Malaysian firm

first_img22 May 2013 South African financial services provider Sanlam has acquired a 49% stake in Malaysian short-term insurer Pacific & Orient Insurance Co. Berhard (POI) worth about R814-million. “This transaction is our first foray into the southeast Asia region,” Sanlam Emerging Markets chief executive officer, Heinie Werth, said in a statement on Monday. It forms part of Sanlam’s strategy to pursue growth opportunities in selected emerging markets. “We believe that this transaction will provide us with a platform to gain an understanding of the region and a footprint on which to expand.” POI was established in 1972 and is fully owned by Pacific & Orient Berhad. Its focus is motorcycle insurance; it is the largest motorcycle insurer in Malaysia, with a 40% market share in the sector. “We believe there is a good cultural fit between POI and Sanlam, which will facilitate our focus on strengthening our relationship to drive business growth and establish a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership,” Werth said. Sanlam also believes that the Malaysian business environment, where the regulator is encouraging international partnerships for local companies, is conducive to growth. “POI is an established entity with a robust business model and a strong market position,” he said. “We are confident that the company offers us a relatively low risk entry into the market and a platform for growth. “We look forward to the partnership with Sanlam and the technical expertise that they will add in exploring future growth opportunities,” said POI’s managing director, Chan Thye Seng. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more