The Shoppes at The Flanders Offer an Eclectic Mix of Clothing and Gifts

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiAs a high school student vacationing in Ocean City in the early 1970s, Arlene Voudouris wandered through the Flanders Hotel one day and found herself marveling over the retail shops that were tucked inside the historic building.“I remember standing at the door, saying to myself, ‘Who would be lucky enough to have these shops in such a beautiful, historic hotel?’” the 61-year-old Voudouris recalled of what was a watershed moment in her life.Call it fate, karma or perhaps just simple, good luck, but Voudouris is now the person she aspired to be when she first visited the Flanders some 40-plus years ago. She is the owner of The Shoppes at The Flanders.She took over the three quaint shops eight years ago. She has turned the retail space into an eclectic mix of women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, keepsakes and antiques. For the guys, she carries a whimsical line of neckties from the Museum Artifacts brand.For fans of the Flanders, Voudouris also sells hotel-branded souvenirs, T-shirts, ornaments and bathrobes. The hotel, which opened in 1923, remains one of Ocean City’s iconic buildings.When Voudouris started out, she specialized in gifts, antiques and jewelry, with some women’s accessories thrown in. But over the years, her shops have morphed into more of a women’s boutique that carries a variety of styles and sizes – from formal to beachy.“I started out with one or two women’s items, and it evolved,” Voudouris explained. “That’s why we have so much inventory, because we appeal to all different people.”Customer Agnes Jonczak, of Bensalem, Pa., joins Voudouris at the shops. She bought some gifts for herself and her family.One customer, Agnes Jonczak, of Bensalem, Pa., had a shopping bag filled with items she bought for herself and some Christmas gifts for her family. Jonczak, who was staying at the Flanders, was in Ocean City for a “ladies weekend trip” with the Philadelphia Court Jesters, a Masonic group.“When we’re in town, we always look forward to shopping here,” Jonczak said. “This place is like going to the old Strawbridge’s in Philadelphia. The staff is so attentive. They also have so much variety. If you can’t find it here, you don’t have your eyes open.”In addition to her brick-and-mortar operations, Voudouris ships merchandise to customers across the country. Online sales are not yet offered, but the proudly old-fashioned Voudouris said she is considering web business to expand her reach.Hotel guests at the Flanders once made up a large part of Voudouris’ sales, but over the years her customer base has shifted more toward local residents and the owners of Ocean City vacation homes. She also has a steady flow of customers from Philadelphia who make weekend trips to the shore, she said.Saleswoman Helen Taylor adjusts a mannequin at the doorway of one shop.The shops are clustered near the Boardwalk side of the Flanders, at the ocean end of 11th Street. Currently, they are open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Voudouris plans to cut back to Friday, Saturday and Sunday after New Year’s Day. By April 1, Thursdays will be added again, and by May the shops will be open seven days a week for the start of the peak summer tourism season.Underscoring Voudouris’ need for more space, there are racks of clothing, handbags and hats lining the hallway outside the shops. Voudouris plans to do some remodeling over the winter to feature the shops’ line of Comfy USA and IC Collection women’s clothing.“We specialize in things that are comfortable and things that wear well,” she said. “If I find something I love, I sell it.”Voudouris, who lives in the Media, Pa., area, is a former antiques dealer in Lancaster County, Pa. She noted that before she arrived at the Flanders eight years ago, the retail space was vacant when the hotel was under the control of a previous ownership group.Her husband, Peter, bought the retail space, allowing her to transform the shops into what they are now. The Voudourises are part of a group that has revitalized the Flanders condo-hotel in recent years. Peter Voudouris serves as the hotel’s director of operations and board president.“This is an exercise in passion and a little bit of insanity,” Arlene Voudouris said with a laugh, referring to the effort it takes to run the shops. “But we really have fun with the people.”The Shoppes at The Flanders are near the hotel’s Boardwalk side on 11th Street. Arlene Voudouris has owned The Shoppes at The Flanders for eight years.last_img read more

West Cornwall Pasty to supply Moto

first_imgThe West Cornwall Pasty Company, retailer of traditional, handmade Cornish pasties, has signed an exclusive partnership with Moto, the UK’s largest motorway service area operator.Backed by specialist Gresham Private Equity, the West Cornwall Pasty Company currently has 70 sites across the UK and sells over 8 million Cornish pasties anually.Over the next few years at least 28 West Cornwall Pasty Company franchise kiosks will be opened across Moto locations nationwide. The first newly designed kiosk at the Moto Reading Services West opened this week. The intention is to open many more by the end of the year.Gavin Williams, CEO, West Cornwall Pasty Company said: “A handmade Cornish pasty is the perfect hand held hot food to eat on the move and we are extremely excited about our partnership with Moto.”This week, West Cornwall Pasty Company also opened three kiosks at Twickenham Stadium, the home of England rugby, to coincide with the 6 Nations. It is already located at cricket’s famous ground, The Oval.last_img read more

Voter registration, early voting information for Indiana voters

first_img Google+ Voter registration, early voting information for Indiana voters Previous articleDebates for South Bend Common Council, U.S. House District 2 setNext articleBrick campaign returns at Leighton Plaza 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. WhatsApp By 95.3 MNC – September 29, 2020 0 1089 Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNews WhatsAppcenter_img “Vote!” by H. Michael Karshls, some rights reserved Twitter A reminder that voter registration in Indiana ends on Monday. Voters can register at IndianaVoters.com. Voters can register in person at their county’s voter registration office during regular business hours. For those registering by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Oct. 5.In Michigan, voters have until Oct. 19 to register any other way than in person with their local clerk. After that, they need to do it in person at their local clerk’s office through 8 p.m. on election night.Early voting in Michigan is already underway. Our partners in news at ABC 57 gathered the information below, regarding early voting in Indiana, which begins on Oct. 6. Check local election board for locations and specific times if not listed below.Elkhart County: Elkhart County election information websiteFulton County: Early in person voting is available at the Fulton County Courthouse on the third floor weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from October 6 through October 30. On Saturdays October 24 and 31 you can vote from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, November 2 you can vote from 8 a.m. to noon. [More info]Kosciusko County: You can vote early at the Kosciusko County Justice Building, 121 N. Lake Street in Warsaw on weekdays from October 6 through 30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturdays October 24 and 31, you can vote from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Monday, November 2 you can vote from 8 a.m. to noon. [More info]LaGrange County: La Grange County websiteLa Porte County: You can vote early at the La Porte County Complex, 809 State Street, or Michigan City County Office Complex, 302 W. 8th Street, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from October 6 through 30 (except on October 12). On Saturdays October 24 and 31 you can vote from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Monday, November 2 you can vote from 8 a.m. to noon. [More info]Marshall County: Marshall County websitePulaski County: You can vote early at the Pulaski County Justice Center, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from October 6 through 30. On Monday, November 2 you can vote from 8 a.m. to noon. On Saturdays October 24 and 31 you can vote from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the Francesville Fire Station. [More info]St. Joseph County: You can vote early at the County City Building, 227 W. Jefferson Boulevard (South Bend) or the lobby of the County Services Annex, 219 Lincolnway West (Mishawaka) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays from October 6 through October 30 and Saturdays October 24 and 31. On Monday, November 2, you can vote from 8 a.m. to noon. [More info]Starke County: Starke County website Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Executive education with a soul

first_img Study shows that many who experience the trauma of war become increasingly religious Divinity School graduate finds his community in ministry Following conflict, a turn to the divine Relatedcenter_img It wasn’t what LaQuisha Anthony was hoping for, but it turned out to be what she needed.Five years ago Anthony founded V.O.I.C.E. (Victory Over Inconceivable Cowardly Experiences), a support network for sexual abuse survivors in her native Philadelphia. The nonprofit focuses on helping women of color and removing the stigma around sexual violence.Earlier this year, she signed up for “Making Change,” a summer executive course at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), expecting to pick up some new skills and tools to become a more effective leader. She found much more than that. Anthony left with a good dose of inspiration and the new goal of becoming a broader force for good in the world.“It was like a pilgrimage for me,” said Anthony. “It touched me deeply. It reaffirmed the idea that change is possible, and gave me a new approach, which is that I need to engage all people, all cultures, and all religions in order for us to see a collective change in our society and our world.”Anthony was one of 19 participants in the intensive, four-day class designed to offer a different type of value from those offering management skills or best business practices.Divinity School faculty ran the program like a personal-development retreat mixed with a graduate seminar on ethical issues such as racism, inequality, migration, conflict, and peace.Besides attending lectures, students took part in small-group conversations, where they engaged in self-reflection exercises on how to become agents of change. Because the School teaches theology and religious studies, there was the option to partake in religious practices, such as Buddhist meditation, Jewish Torah study, and contemplative Christian prayer.“Often people come to these courses thinking that they’re going to be making a five-year plan with bullet points and know what to do when they go home,” said Stephanie Paulsell, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies and faculty chair for executive education. “We’re trying to offer a richer, deeper experience that involves thinking about the relationship between personal transformation and transformation in the world around us.”Now in its second year, the course attracted ministers, businesspeople, lawyers, artists, and nonprofit founders and administrators.,“We’re here because we’re all seeking change,” said Vincenzo Pascale, a journalist and a representative of Migrantes, an NGO affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church at the United Nations. “The program validated my work and the exercises helped me bring forward some ideas I’ve been contemplating on how to increase our organization’s leverage.”For Elizabeth Rovere, M.T.S. ’95, a New York City-based clinical psychologist who took part in last year’s pilot, the course helped build a sense of community among the participants, who came together to learn from each other despite their differences.“It was a meaning-making ‘inspiration tank,’” said Rovere by email. “It was like going back to school for an executive immersion to have your eyes wide open in a different way. It was deeply thoughtful and spiritual, anchored in history, theology, and ancient wisdom.”The course put an emphasis on history. Students learned about the history of Mexico and of race there and in the Caribbean; the role of religion in national and regional conflicts; the saga of peace-building efforts in Ireland; and the evolution of the Civil Rights and migrant farmworker movements. For many participants, the focus on U.S. history, especially around race and borders, was revelatory. It led to conversations that are necessary for healing, Paulsell said.“People are hungry for these kinds of conversations,” she said. “The program gives people a chance to have these conversations that everybody wants to have but are scared to have. We all learned that we need to become familiar with our history and confront that history together if we’re going to make any kind of change.”A session about white supremacist Dylann Roof’s murder of nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., in 2015 made an impact on the audience. Assistant Professor of African American Religions Todne Thomas spoke about the history of the black church and its role as a center of black social life.“What was Dylann Roof trying to kill?” Thomas asked. “We know that Dylann Roof killed five praying black congregants, right? But the question is bigger than that. What was Dylann Roof trying to kill? … Why has the black church been a sustained target of violence in the United States?”Anthony was so touched by Thomas’ lecture that she wrote a poem encapsulating the lessons she learned during the course, from sharing her hardships as an African American woman to helping people become more aware of their privilege to realizing the power of working together. “I see us at home,” she wrote, “home in a sacred place.”“We have to come out of our own silos,” said Anthony. “If we want to create change in our country, we have to understand our shared history and be able to accept where we fall in the narrative, even if it’s uncomfortable.” Chicken soup for the soullast_img read more

Speaker discusses evolution of Latino political satire

first_imgAlbert Laguna, professor of American studies and ethnicity, race and migration at Yale University, spoke in Nieuwland Hall Thursday as part of the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Series for the Study of Race.Laguna’s talk, “The Politics of Play in Latino America” focused on the politics behind Latino, specifically Cuban-exile, humor. Laguna said humor is a special aspect of Latin American culture, which makes studying the culture all the more engaging.“Academic and journalistic discourse surrounding race is rarely funny,” Laguna said. “Yet on a quotidian level, playful ways of representing culture or race is everywhere, for better or for worse.” EMMET FARNAN | The Observer Laguna said the topic of Latin American and Cuban humor was one that must balance popular culture and academia.“The interest in my class from a number of majors across the university taught me that students are looking for tools to make sense of race in forms of play,” he said. “My goal is to provide a balance between these two poles, to delight and instruct, and help you appreciate the complexity and critical potential to thinking about race and play simultaneously.”Laguna said what made Latin American humor so compelling to him was that, despite its being a huge part of Latin-American life and culture, the subject was greatly understudied.“The inspiration … came from growing up in Union City, New Jersey … over 80 percent Latino, situated over the Hudson River,” Laguna said. “I clearly remember the important role and highly visible role of humor in narrating everyday, quotidian life … [so] I was galled by the lack of scholarship of humor in Latino studies.”Laguna said his interest in Latino, specifically Cuban-American, humor also comes from its riveting, tumultuous history. He spoke about particular publications that used humor to make political statements.“Cubans have brought their particular brand of humor to the U.S. and used it to make sense of dying, sport, life and life in Cuba since the 19th century,” Laguna said. “[Here] is a satirical newspaper published in 1897, ‘Cacarajícara,’ printed in New York by Cuban exiles who opposed the Spanish Government … It was basically like ‘The Onion’ of its time.“Little later on you have this … tabloid newspaper called ‘Zigzag’ … from 1963. This was another version of ‘The Onion,’ popular up to 1969, until they decided to make drawings. Fidel Castro, he did not like that and asked nicely — or not so nicely — for them to shut down and many cartoonists fled into exile.”Laguna said Latino humor took on new forms in the 1970s when visual mediums also began to incorporate the style of comedy and satire.“And then you have ‘¿Qué Pasa, USA?’ This is the first bilingual sitcom in the history of the United States,” Laguna said. “It tracks three generations of the Peña family on their first year in exile.”Peña said Latino and Cuban humor add a unique perspective to the history of Cubans and Cuban-Americans.“[Latino humor] has a long history, and it tells an interesting story, one that bucks the usual narrative of the Cuban-exile community and right-wing politics.”Tags: Cuba, humor, Latino politics, Martin Luther King Jr.last_img read more

College announces 2018 Commencement Speaker

first_imgCarolyn Woo, the former chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services, will address the Saint Mary’s class of 2018 at its Commencement ceremony on May 19, according to a College press release. Woo will be awarded the College’s highest honor, an Honorary Doctor of Humanities, at the ceremony, according to the release. Woo immigrated to the United States for her studies after being born and raised in Hong Kong. She returned to her alma mater, Purdue University, as an associate professor in 1981 and as a full-time professor in 1991. According to the release, she served in several leadership roles at Purdue, as both the director of professional master’s programs in the Krannert School of Management and associate executive vice president for academic affairs. In 1997, Woo took on the role of Martin J. Gillen Dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, which she held until 2011. In 2012, she began her time as the chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services, where she served until 2016, according to the release. “Carolyn Woo embodies the spirit we strive to instill in our students: She is a woman of action,” College President Jan Cervelli said in the release. “Her career is a testament to the power of leadership that serves the greater good.”The College will also award an additional honorary degree to Sister Margaret “Peggy” O’Neill, according to the release.O’Neill has spent her life advocating for peace, according to the release. In her time working in the Diocese of San Salvador, she has promoted peace through her work with Salvadoran refugees during the civil war and creating an educational and cultural center in El Salvador that emphasized the importance of art and spiritual reflection. According to the release, she currently serves as a faculty member of Santa Clara University’s Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador. O’Neill had also spent over 25 years working as a theology professor in the past. O’Neill has received several honors for her work, including the 2008 Peacemaker Award of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace and the 2008 Ciudadana Ilustre Award, according to the press release. “Sister Peggy O’Neill enriches the lives of those around her with her buoyant spirit and unflagging commitment to service,” Cervelli said in the release. “Her accompaniment of people in need serves as a shining light through darkness.”Tags: Carolyn Woo, catholic relief services, Commencement 2018, Honorary degrees, Margaret O’Neill, Saint Mary’s Commencementlast_img read more

Latin American police officials fight crime while protecting human rights

first_img Other security forces have registered important victories against organized crime in recent months. For example, in January 2014, Colombina National Police (PNC) agents captured Gustavo Velasquez Rodríguez,, who is known as “The Lord of War” and “Strong Hand.” The of Lord War is suspected of being the principal arms dealer for Los Urabenos, authorities said. PNC agents captured The Lord of War on January 18, 2014, in Medellín. Authorities have charged him with murder, organized crime activity, and firearms offenses. In addition to selling firearms to Los Urabenos, The Lord of War is suspected of having provided illegal weapons to Víctor Ramón Navarro, a drug trafficker linked to the Popular Liberation Army (EPL), according to a PNC statement. Navarro is also known as “Megateo”. The meeting in Quito took place four months after the annual Police Community of the Americas (Ameripol) summit was held in Costa Rica. The VI Ameripol Summit took place in November, 2013. Officials who attended that meeting discussed how to improve international cooperation and coordination in the fight against organized crime. The event was attended by members of the police forces of Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay, among others. Rodolfo Palomino, the director of Colombia’s National Police, and Costa Rican Public Security Minister Mario Zamora were among the security officials who spoke at that conference. “We are faced with a transformation in criminal behavior. We are no longer up against the big cartels, the groups have become smaller. The situation is evolving and it poses us some new challenges, the criminals respect neither laws nor borders,” Palomino said. Protecting human rights High-ranking officials and representatives of the police forces of Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Colombia met recently in Quito, Ecuador, to exchange ideas on the best ways to fight crime while protecting human rights. The seminar, “The role of the police and the impact of transversalization of Ecuadorian Human Rights (HR) on Latin American Police Forces” took place March 10-12. About 50 officials attended the seminar, national and regional directors of police forces. It was the fourth time the seminar has been held. Officials discussed the best ways to train police officers to fight crime while protecting human rights. They also discussed the challenges police forces face throughout the region. Police departments throughout Latin America are fighting local gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha, which is also known as MS-13. In Colombia, security forces are battling the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), Los Rastrojos, and Los Urabenos. Mexican drug trafficking groups, including the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, operate in several Latin American regions. In addition to drug trafficking, these groups engage in other criminal enterprises, such as human trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, and oil theft. Colombian police capture Los Urabeños arms dealer The seminar shows that police forces in the region are dedicated to learning the best training methods for protecting human rights while fighting crime, said Héctor Chávez Villao, a security analyst at Guayaquil University. “The fact that regional police authorities meet in order to coordinate good police practices for law enforcement in their countries is a demonstration of the level of professionalism that these institutions have attained,” Chávez Villao said. “Coordination and cooperation are the best tactics for combatting crime in the region and it is very important to respect the limits of the law while doing so.” Addressing the participants, Ecuador’s national director of police training, District General Juan Carlos Rueda, called for “a commitment to values at the highest level in order to promote civil rights and liberties in a society where peaceful coexistence is the norm.” “Our goal is to implement corporate leadership strategies in the protection of public safety and to encourage respect for human rights and the appropriate use of force in the carrying out of operations,” Rueda said. The seminar was also attended by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the National Education and Police Directorates of Ecuador. Common challenges center_img Ameripol Summit By Dialogo March 19, 2014 In February, 2014, in an effort to halt illegal gold trafficking from Peru to other countries, local authorities sent special teams of police and internal revenue agents to Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Juliaca and Madre de Dios airports. Towards the end of January, 2014, members of the Peruvian National Police aided by two helicopters and 18 internal revenue agents expelled more than a thousand workers from an illegal mining operation in the Tambopata area. The security forces destroyed heavy equipment being used for exploration by the illegal miners. Law enforcement agents remain in the area to prevent the miners return. Authorities have identified the Cártel de Sinaloa, Los Urabeños and Los Rastrojos as the principal organized crime groups operating illegal mines. These groups have also been accused of recruiting children for mining work and, in many cases, prostitution. Regional police authorities combat organized crime through cooperation and training. For example, Ecuador recently inaugurated a crime laboratory in Quito which will give investigators access to the latest technologies to help them solve crimes. The new laboratory was officially opened on Jan. 8, 2014. The lab gives police the ability to quickly check fingerprint, obtain DNA results, and carry out toxicological tests on homicide victims to determine whether they consumed drugs before they were killed. The new laboratory also boasts automated systems for rapid identification of voices, a firearms examination system which allows investigators to match bullets to specific weapons, and state-of-the-art cameras which allow police to take high-quality photos of crime scenes. “With this new laboratory, investigations will evolve from traditional focus to scientific and technical methods where evidence can be processed and the respective chains of custody of evidence can be maintained”, said José Vizueta, a professor of criminal law at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil. Ecuadorean security forces have made important strides fighiting crime in recent years. For example, the rate of killings nationwide decreased by 27 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to figures from the National Police of Ecuador. There were 2,683 killings in Ecuador in 2008, and 1,884 killings in 2012. That was the lowest number of killings in the Andean country since 2000. 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USCAP Helps Rebuild a Safer Region

first_imgBy Maria Carolina González G. / Diálogo March 05, 2020 The United States-Colombia Action Plan is one of the farthest-reaching programs the United States promotes, with the support of Colombia.The United States-Colombia Action Plan (USCAP) for Regional Security is a cooperation agreement Colombia and the United States signed during former U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the April 2012 Summit of the Americas, in Cartagena, Colombia. President Obama and then Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos agreed to work together to provide assistance to partner nations and strengthen the fight against the global drug problem and transnational crime. The plan included strengthening military and police capabilities through exchanging and fostering experiences, techniques, tactics, and procedures that would enable all countries to confront the insecurity that threatens regional stability.In 2013, following the USCAP’s creation, an agreement was reached to provide cooperation to Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. In 2014, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic were added. To date, Colombia has trained over 4,000 members of the public and armed forces of member countries; they project this figure will increase in the next few years with the inclusion of more partner nations.Colombia, a regional exampleFor Colombia, training and supporting the work of strengthening the security and legitimacy of other hemispheric countries is positive. The country is not only considered the United States’ main regional ally, but it also has the opportunity to export the knowledge and skills its armed forces have acquired over decades of training and capacity building.For Colombia’s Military Forces, it is vitally important to support the fight against transnational threats by transferring knowledge to participating USCAP partner nations. “The differential capabilities the Colombian Military Forces have acquired over more than 50 years of uninterrupted fighting against terrorism and narcotrafficking allow us to share this experience; we strengthen our bonds of cooperation and mutual trust under the concept of cooperative security. At the same time we help USCAP beneficiary countries reach interoperability levels in the fight against emerging threats,” said Colonel Juan Carlos Mazo, director of the Office of International Relations for the Colombian Military Forces’ General Command.Participants of the Senior Leader Seminar in Medellín, Colombia. (Photo: SOUTHCOM J5)It’s important to highlight the considerable effort the United States made over the last few decades to increase regional stability; as a result, Colombia represents the most successful case study for this purpose. “The professionalism and capabilities of the Colombian Military Forces earn not only the respect of Colombian people, but also the respect and admiration of other regional partner nations. The United States knows that supporting Colombia in exporting its experience logically represents the next step in sharing our joint objective of providing increased regional stability,” said Kevin Staley, chief of the U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Security Cooperation Division, which oversees the USCAP.According to Staley, SOUTHCOM will bring other partner nations into the program. “We want Colombia and the United States to mature this export effort to synchronize security efforts in the Americas. In addition, we are coordinating with Colombia’s Ministry of Defense to modify the program’s approach to one that’s more strategic than operational. Even though we will continue to provide training at the tactical level, we want to provide a balance among the three levels to satisfy the needs of USCAP countries.”Operational impactDuring the USCAP’s last planning conference, in December 2018 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Honduran Army Lieutenant Colonel César Rodríguez said, “The training Colombia has provided under the USCAP contributes to increasing the seizures of cocaine shipments headed to the United States that use Honduras as a transit route.”Between 2013, when training began, and 2018, Honduran Armed Forces seized 33 tons of narcotics, equivalent to almost $600 million. This figure, added to the other participating countries’ results, shows that joint and coordinated efforts contribute to the operational success every nation seeks, after they receive training such as that the USCAP offers.USCAP towards the futureThe medium- and long-term purpose of the USCAP is to continue providing training at the three levels – strategic, operational, and tactical – for member countries, as well as to strengthen the train-the-trainer methodology, which allows the knowledge acquired to multiply through the generation of new training capabilities. The expectation is that nations facing security threats similar to those of current members will be able to join the plan in the coming years.last_img read more

Theater law is in the books

first_imgTheater law is in the books August 15, 2004 Regular News Theater law is in the bookscenter_img Something a little different may soon arrive at a law school near you — theater law.While law students traditionally have studied contracts, criminal law, and constitutional law, Nova Southeastern University’s law Professor Robert M. Jarvis felt it was high time they learned about theater law. He co-wrote what us believed to be the first law school textbook on the subject, titled “Theater Law: Cases and Materials,” a 500-page book being published this summer by Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina (www.cap-press.com).Among other subjects, the book includes chapters on playwrights, producers, directors, performers, and crew members. It also features sample theater contracts so that students can better understand how the industry works. In addition to Jarvis, 11 other law school professors from California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., helped write the book.“Theater law is a wonderful subject for law students to sink their teeth into,” Jarvis said. “It’s got great stories, lots of passion, colorful characters, and a little bit of everything — from history to economics to law.”Jarvis used the book to teach theater law this summer at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center where he has been a law professor since 1987. The idea for the book came to him in 2001, when he realized that entertainment law textbooks were focusing on movies and television and leaving out the stage.last_img read more

Let Velocity Solutions help you support members and small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis

first_imgOn March 26, 2020, the five primary federal financial regulators issued a joint statement encouraging banks, savings associations and credit unions to offer responsible small-dollar loans to consumers and small businesses in response to COVID-19.  The statement from the Federal Reserve, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) recognizes that responsible small-dollar loans can play an important role in meeting consumers’ credit needs because of temporary cash-flow imbalances, unexpected expenses, or income disruptions during periods of economic stress or disaster recoveries.In response to the coronavirus crisis, Velocity Solutions is extending a special offer to credit unions to allow you to serve your members and small businesses who need liquidity during this time of financial unrest. Velocity Solutions will implement CashPlease®, our small-dollar consumer loan platform or Akouba™, our small business loan platform on an expedited basis and will provide a one-time discount and special terms to make it easier and lower-risk for credit unions that would like to try either program.Your members and community small businesses need your support now more than ever during this unprecedented crisis. To learn more about Velocity’s CashPlease® and Akouba™ solutions and to take advantage of this special offer, please visit: https://myvelocity.com/covid19 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more