This story was updated on Nov. 24.NEW SHARON – A woman and her dog perished in a fire early Saturday morning; New Sharon Fire Department Chief John Welch said they received the call at 2:45 a.m. yesterday morning.Several departments responded to the call of an engulfed home including Farmington, Wilton, Rome, Industry, Chesterville and Temple. By the time they arrived on the scene, the home, at 198 Mile Hill Road, was completely destroyed according to Welch.The state Fire Marshall is currently investigating the cause of the fire, but Welch said it likely started as a chimney fire, or was caused by the electric space heater that resident Shaina Shaylin-Begin, 59, often used. The Fire Marshall reported on Tuesday, Nov. 24 that there is no indication of foul play.“It wasn’t a good setup to begin with, and we had told her that,” Welch said.The woman, whose identity has net yet been released, often kept the space heater next to her bed, and in the same room as the wood stove, according to Welch.The scene was cleared at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday morning after having closed Route 27 for several hours.
Elder financial exploitation and elder fraud are rising at an alarming rate and continue to be serious crimes in the United States. With no signs of dissipating, it is just a matter of time before an incident happens in your customer base, if it has not happened already.While each state defines elder financial exploitation a bit differently, in general, it is when someone illegally or improperly uses or steals a vulnerable senior’s or disabled person’s money or property. These crimes can result in significant loss of financial resources for the victims and often greatly impact their quality of life.An increase in financial crime and fraud against the elderly is expected to continue to climb as the baby boom population (those born before 1964) age. According to the National Council on Aging, this heartless crime is most likely under-reported due to the victims’ fear, shame and embarrassment. NCOA estimates the cost of elder financial abuse to older Americans up to $36.5 billion annually.A recent American Bankers Association Foundation research study found that older Americans hold 70% of the deposited wealth in the United States. What’s now being referred to as the “Age Wave,” 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day until 2030, creating an even larger pool of potential victims for fraudsters and scammers. These crimes can be a financial nightmare for seniors, leaving some destitute and despondent. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Colm Maguire has drafted an open letter to affiliated members of Touch Football Australia to address several key areas of interest and significance for all.To continue the progression Touch Football Australia has made towards a more unified approach to the delivery of the sport, a number of initiatives will be implemented in accordance with the Strategic and Operational plans of the organisation in the near future.The new direction taken is to maximize our product by ensuring we are meeting the needs of our members and optimally positioning the game to meet the immediate and future challenges in an ever-changing sporting landscape.The communication attached addresses the necessity to review affiliation fees from 1 January 2008, to explore growth initiatives, and to streamline debt collection process and policy to enable more efficient and viable practices to underpin the business operations of the organisation.Touch Football has earned a unique niche as one of Australia’s most popular participant sports for children and adults in both social and competitive spheres.As current Federation of International Touch World Champions, our success, potential, and ability to appeal to a wide cross section of the population and establish ourselves as a sport of choice is ever increasing.United, the future of our game is assured, Touch Football Australia look forward to working with you to achieve this key outcome.The New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) has been communicated with in relation to the document and will communicate directly with affiliates in New South Wales on the changes for NSWTA. Related Filesceo_letter_to_members_sept_07-pdf
Touch Football Australia (TFA) has an objective to ‘Provide Best Practice Administration at all levels’ involving risk management strategies to be implemented across the sport within the 2011-2015 Strategic Cycle.TFA is proud to make available the TFA Introduction to Risk Management for Touch Football handbook as well as the TFA Risk Management Module. Both resources have been developed with the goal of explaining what risk management is, how to develop risk management strategies, as well as providing effective guidelines and practical templates to assist members managing risks, providing a complete package of information.The TFA Introduction to Risk Management for Touch Football handbook in addition to the above provides an outline of specific hazards and risks associated. Divided into three (3) sections:Section 1: Risk Management FrameworkSection 2: Implementing Risk ManagementSection 3: Risk Management Areas of FocusThe TFA Risk Management Module is part of the TFA Affiliate Management Resource Initiative (AMRI). The module comprises information containing advice, guidelines, templates and operational solutions to assist members, clubs and affiliates in developing risk management strategies. The module is divided into four Risk Management Areas of Focus (RMAF):RMAF 1: Governance & Operational ManagementRMAF 2: Sport Activities, Events & Competitions ManagementRMAF 3: Travelling & TouringRMAF 4: Working with SchoolsTo access the Risk Management Manual, please visit the Affiliate Management Resource Initiative section of the TFA website – http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=1304 For more information, please click on the attached memo. Related Filestfa_introduction_to_risk_management_for_touch_football_december_2013-pdfRelated LinksRisk Management
â€œAnd for this we are truly grateful to him and of course, wish him the very best in the next chapter of his professional life. Significant Achievements: â€œOne thing canvassed at a time like this is the legacy you leave; and this measure for me is to leave something in a better position than where it was previously. I feel this has been a key success of the period. â€œA solid foundation has been set over the last 10 years with ambitious targets set for our next cycle and I am certain the sport will go from strength-to-strength. I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to lead a sport that has been such an important part of my life. The friendships, achievements and memories will be with me always. Related Files170426_tfa_media_release_tfa_ceo_resignation_v1-0-pdfceo_announcement_apr_2017-pdfRelated LinksCEO Resignation For Maguire, he reflected on a decade of achievements with professional and personal satisfaction.â€œIn discussions with the Touch Football Australia Board, it was mutually agreed that the opportunity for a fresh approach was both timely and opportune. Having considered all that has been achieved, the organisation is in a great position to capitalise over the next decade, and beyond,â€ Maguire said. The Touch Football Australia Board of Management advised today that long-term Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Colm Maguire has resigned from the position effective 20 July, 2017. After 10 years as CEO, the Board also advised that with Maguireâ€™s resignation the time has come for renewed direction for the sport, the organisation and particularly with the advent of the new strategic cycle to 2020. â€œOn behalf of the Board, it is with regret that we announce the departure of Colm from the Touch Football Australia leadership position after an enduring period,â€ she said. â€œThe very significant contributions that he has made to the sport, the organisation, and the Board and broader team, is on par with the best sporting administrators across the country. â€œI thank the current Board and all previous Directors for their support and guidance as well as all staff, commercial and State partners and stakeholders for their contribution to the sport.â€The position will shortly be advertised and interim management arrangements are currently in place. TFA Chair, Anita Hagarty spoke on behalf of the Board expressing her deep gratitude to Maguire for his leadership and stewardship in the role since 2007; and that he goes with the very best wishes of the Board and the organisation. Contact Garry Foran ([email protected] or Tim Arnold ([email protected]) for information on TFA business operations or through existing TFA Leadership Team on specific portfolio matters. Implemented the unified governance model for Touch Football Australia and transition to a company limited by guarantee in 2016/17.Led with Board/Executive the financial recovery of the organisation and ongoing growth to a point of $4.5 million equity and an annual turnover of approx. $9 million; new/ongoing commercial partnerships.Instigated a strong international elite calendar with New Zealand to ensure the annual delivery of a Trans-Tasman; revamped the national domestic elite program and NTL and securing/hosting 2015 World Cup.Three successive strategic cycles focused on opportunities for participation growth, improved value proposition, commercialisation / development of the sport. Participation increased to 694,000 in 2016: target of 1M – 2020.Led the development and ultimately the strategic alliance with the National Rugby League (NRL). Significant benefits have been realised for both sports through a clear focus on collaboration and partnership.Developed a leadership/team structure that will support the ongoing needs of the sport through investment in our people, including culture / behavioural framework and â€˜One Voice. One Team. One Sportâ€™ trademark. â€œWorking closely with the TFA Board, he has overseen and administered significant reforms and a period of sustained success and legacy building. This is all you can ask of a leader and the leadership and wider team that he has steered with great skill and expertise over time.
Video: Houston Danced, Blasted Future’s “Commas” In Post-Game Locker Room Celebration After Beating Louisville
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 16: The Houston Cougars carrying the American flag and UH flag enter the field before playing against the Rice Owls sat TDECU Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)Houston knocked off Louisville on the road today, coming from behind to beat the Cardinals 34-31. Afterwards, the ecstatic Cougars celebrated with a raucous locker room celebration set to rapper Future’s hit song “Commas.”#HTownTakeover pic.twitter.com/WzWi4fhhnP— Adrian Mayes (@aqmayes) September 12, 2015That video is courtesy of Adrian Mayes, Houston’s Director of Recruiting. Notice the Texas state flag making an appearance as well.Huge win for new head coach Tom Herman and his team.
A new study on the local castor oil industry is showing significant potential for Jamaican Black Castor Oil in the United States (US). The Complete Caribbean study indicates that the US market for the product stands at about US$28 ¬million. A new study on the local castor oil industry is showing significant potential for Jamaican Black Castor Oil in the United States (US).The Complete Caribbean study indicates that the US market for the product stands at about US$28 ¬million.“The potential sales are much higher than I thought they would ever be,” said Private Sector Development Specialist with Complete Caribbean, Frankie Whitwell, who presented the research findings at a seminar hosted by JAMPRO at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel recently.“We have to increase production among a raft of other measures,” he added.In a JIS News interview, Director of the Jamaica Castor Industry Association (JCIA), Shirley Lindo, noted that the findings indicate “the high value of the local castor bean.”She pointed to the need for policies to adequately and clearly define the Jamaican Black Castor Oil and implementation of geographic indicators (GI) to ensure its protection.GI, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is a sign applied to products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.“We have taken too long to claim this oil for ourselves. It needs protection. I am a producer and I have had a situation where (foreign) companies have undermined my bid because of pricing because the consumers, who do not know what the product is, will go with price,” she said.Vice President of Sales and Promotions at JAMPRO, Claude Duncan, in his presentation, noted that the agency is driving the growth of the local castor oil industry in order to command a greater share of the global market estimated at close to US$4 billion.He noted that the agency, in 2016, commissioned a comprehensive industry study, which indicated, among other things, that Jamaican Black Castor Oil is perfectly positioned to combat rural unemployment, poverty and promote bottom-up, inclusive economic growth.“We then facilitated the formulation of JCIA and to this day we continue to be an advisor. We also house the Secretariat within JAMPRO,” he said.Mr. Duncan said that JAMPRO, which is responsible for promoting business opportunities in export and investment to the local and international private sector, also took persons to market.“We took persons to two major Bonner Brothers (International Beauty) Shows, which is one of the larger cosmetic shows. We went to the show in Atlanta, which was attended by over 30,000 people. We carried them there so that they could understand the market, create connections and introduce their products,” he noted.Mr. Duncan hailed the latest research findings as “another important step that will advance the growth of the castor industry as well as the cosmetic industry.”Complete Caribbean provides technical assistance for projects that enhance productivity and competitiveness of Caribbean businesses.It involves partnership among the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development, Caribbean Development Bank (DBJ) and the Government of Canada. Story Highlights “The potential sales are much higher than I thought they would ever be,” said Private Sector Development Specialist with Complete Caribbean, Frankie Whitwell, who presented the research findings at a seminar hosted by JAMPRO at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel recently.
Taraji P. Henson has announced the charitable way she’s celebrating her birthday this year.For as little as a $10 donation, fans can enter to win a red carpet experience with Taraji P. Henson at the What Men Want premiere, photos with Taraji, a spa day to get glammed up beforehand, autographed merch, and roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations: Prizeo.com/Taraji. Adding to the fun, Taraji will take over the winner’s Instagram Story for the evening!Donations to Taraji’s Prizeo campaign go to her newly launched foundation that works to eradicate stigma around mental health in the African-American community. Named after Taraji’s late father, The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) partners with organizations that educate, celebrate and make visible the positive impact of mental wellness.Taraji tells fans: “This is our legacy. This is our chance to make a difference. Together, we will break the silence and break the cycle!”A $10 donation earns 100 entries to the sweepstakes. For additional donations, fans receive extra entries and can also score exclusive rewards like a personalized video message from Taraji, a signed copy of her book Around the Way Girl, and a limited-edition campaign t-shirt.Learn more and donate to win at Prizeo.com/Taraji by December 13, 2018! For more information about BLHF, please visit www.borislhensonfoundation.org.The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2018 by Taraji P. Henson and led by Executive Director, Tracie Jade Jenkins. The foundation is named in honor of Ms. Henson’s father, Boris Lawrence Henson, who suffered with mental health challenges as a result of his tour of duty in the Vietnam War. We are committed to changing the perception of mental illness in the African-American community by encouraging those who suffer with this debilitating illness to get the help they need.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fire crews in Charlie Lake needed backup in dealing with a fast-moving grass fire that started west of Fort St. John yesterday afternoon.The Peace River Regional District’s Protective Services Manager Deborah Jones-Middleton said that the Charlie Lake Fire Department was called out to the fire just north of IPAC Services on the 271 Road at around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Jones-Middleton said that upon arrival, fire crews noted that the fire was spreading extremely quickly due to high winds and dry conditions. Charlie Lake Fire Department crews battle a fire off the 271 Road on Wednesday evening. Photo submitted by Ryne Mott via Facebook. Burn marks in a field off the 271 Road seen Thursday morning. Photo by Chris Newton According to Jones-Middleton, the Charlie Lake Fire Department called in additional fire crews from Taylor and Hudson’s Hope since sparks from the fire had started a spot fire roughly half a kilometre away. She said that 30 firefighters battled for roughly six hours, with the fire deemed under control by 11:30 p.m. However, Jones-Middleton added that at least one firefighter was monitoring through the overnight hours to ensure the fire did not flare up again. Jones-Middleton said that no properties were damaged by the fire, but she was not able to provide an estimate on the final size of the fire. At this point, there’s no word on what caused the fire, but Jones-Middleton did add a reminder that despite the sogginess of the ground, dead and dry grass and trees can spread fire incredibly quickly in windy conditions.