Drug Traffickers and Gangs in Honduras

first_imgBy Dialogo February 10, 2011 What is happening in Honduras and the rest of Central America is that we are countries that are being victimized because there is an insatiable demand that really wants to make sure that the drugs arrive on time and are of the best quality at the best price for the consumer countries, meaning the USA, Asia and Europe. I think that the consuming countries should enforce a strict policy against the consumption of drugs and in line with the economic support of our country’s efforts in the fight against this scourge. General Walter Lopez Reyes, your recommendations are excellent. With your experience in the various fields throughout your professional life is providing a valid solution,…not too long ago a man from the U.S.A. came precisely to unite the Central American countries and to support them in this struggle against, the scourge, corruption found in narco-terrorists, narco-trafficking activities,…we have to fight against these 40,000 gang members, gangs that work for the drug lords,…It is a pleasure to say hello to you and to exchange opinions. I agree with Gen. Walter Lopez Reyes… joint operations must be monitored, supervised and evaluated periodically so law enforcement can achieve the desired results. I think General Lopez Reyes’ point of view is excellent. He is a great Honduran citizen who believed that when it was his turn he has done a lot to try and lower the levels of this incident. I completely agree with him in that the fight should a joint effort in order to obtain positive results, but additionally I would say that it should be an integral one, from all sectors, employment, educational opportunities and especially the teachers when they abandon their classrooms they send the children into the streets to become fiber for these criminals and these students who are idle have nothing else to do but to become involved in something that in the beginning is only a distraction, an adventure and then it is converted into a living hell for the rest of their lives and those of their families. On 6 January, a massacre took place in Olancho, a region in northeastern Honduras, in which four women and an equal number of children lost their lives. Honduran Security Minister Oscar Álvarez has attributed the killings to a war between the Juticalpa and Catacamas cartels. In the same way that the repression of drug traffickers in Colombia pushed part of the illicit drug trade into Mexico, the criminals are now consolidating their positions in the drug-trafficking corridor that crosses Central America and includes Honduras. The problem is aggravated by the connection between drug traffickers and gangs. In order to learn more about this issue, Diálogo spoke with former head of the Armed Forces and former vice president Walter López Reyes. Diálogo – Studies demonstrate that there are approximately forty thousand gang members in Honduras and that the great majority of them often work shoulder to shoulder with drug traffickers. Is it necessary to fight the one in order to get at the other and vice versa? Gen. Walter López – The two phenomena are interconnected in some way. They are similar in that we don’t know who is in charge, who are the bosses of the cartels or the gangs. We do know the ones who are arrested, the great majority of whom are mules or couriers, but up to now, it hasn’t been possible to locate the big fish here in Honduras, except for one or two who had ties with the drug traffickers in Sinaloa, in Mexico. The young people, chiefly those who are already part of gangs, are a fertile field for organized crime and drug trafficking. Diálogo – Why? Gen. Walter López – Because they’re already part of groups that are basically made up of criminals. And they seek out these gangs for various reasons: broken homes, dropping out of school, lack of job opportunities, underemployment, etc. These young people today use the internet to establish contact with gangs in other countries. Diálogo – What is the way out of the problem of drug trafficking in Honduras and in Central America? Gen. Walter López – The way out is to work jointly with other countries. It’s to have a very well coordinated, integrated anti-narcotics center for the region. If there’s no coordination for combatting drug trafficking, it’s going to be impossible on the Central American level. Diálogo – And what is being done in this regard? Gen. Walter López – There are already various institutions that are in the process of reaching agreement, precisely because the problem is not exclusive to Honduras. It’s a problem for Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica also; in other words, for everybody. And the countries are already coming to understand that only if they are united will they be able to fight against this plague. The thing is to have a good plan and carry it out. Diálogo – But it would have to be an ambitious plan, wouldn’t it? Gen. Walter López – Certainly; this is why everyone’s participation is fundamental, including the participation of the United States, which also has an interest in all this. I propose the formation of a unit like the one that exists in the Florida Keys, the Joint Interagency Task Force.last_img read more

NCUA board to talk TCCUSF closure at Sept. 28 meeting

first_imgThe NCUA board will discuss closing the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund (TCCUSF) at its Sept. 28 meeting, according to the agenda released Wednesday. CUNA strongly supports closure of the fund and for NCUA to begin issuing refunds starting in 2018, the only national trade association for credit unions to hold that position.“CUNA’s number one priority is ensuring credit unions get their money back starting in 2018, so we’re glad to see it as an item on NCUA’s upcoming board meeting agenda,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “We look forward to engaging with NCUA to ensure closure of the fund in a safe and sound manner.”CUNA fully supports NCUA’s proposed plan, issued in July, to close the TCCUSF, merge its assets into the share insurance fund and repay credit unions a portions of stabilization fund premiums in 2018.CUNA does have concerns with provisions that authorize NCUA’s to raise the normal operating level (NOL) to 1.39%, and addressed them in its comment letter filed with the agency last month. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Creating a brand that is a verb

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Shelly-Ann Wilson Henry In her role as PR & Communications Manager, Shelly-Ann plays a critical role in the development, distribution and management of the content that supports Trellance’s thought leadership agenda. She … Web: www.trellance.com Details Back in the day the standard to having the ultimate brand recognition was making your brand a “household name” meaning it would become a staple or necessity in homes, such as Kleenex and Band-Aids. Today, the standard is making it a verb, that is your brand becomes the word that names the action that is being taken. We no longer ask did you research it, we ask did you “Google” it. And in the payments space, we have observed the PayPal owned Venmo, the peer-to-peer (P2P) payment option of choice for many millennials, achieve this status in a relatively short period of time. We now say “Venmo” me the money. This is good for Venmo but at least one of the other P2P payment options, Zelle, continues to struggle with brand recognition despite showing robust growth. In a recent article titled “P2P Study: Zelle Growing, Brand Recognition Is Not” by Tina Orem, she reported that “[Zelle] Users moved $33.6 billion in the first half of the year …”, yet “… few people know what Zelle is, according to a study released in July from student loan company LendEDU.”.Not all brands will or can become a verb but it is important to know what steps to take to achieve the ultimate brand recognition. Zelle has already taken a big step by launching a mobile payment app that moves the technology from behind the scenes inside mobile banking apps to the forefront, which will help to increase visibility and usage. But the statistics above show that brand recognition is not an easy feat even for brands that are financially successful. Such is the case for many credit unions. CU marketers will want to take a strategic approach in building recognition around their brand and keeping them “top of mind” within their target markets.Taking actionThe products and services that a credit union provides may vary but there are certain basic ingredients that must be present in building brand recognition in today’s dynamic and competitive environment. Here are a few that we learned from Venmo and Zelle that may also work well for credit unions.Create a cool and innovative product – One of the reasons why Venmo gained quick popularity with millennials is due to the fact that the app tapped into the social media craze and created a product with an interactive user experience, complete with emojis. It moved beyond payments to a social platform and with social interaction came an increase in user engagement. If your CU is not actively engaging with members on social media you need to start now. Create and post content that encourages conversation and monitor religiously to handle any queries or concerns members may have. You should also ensure that your website operates like a functional and interactive virtual branch. Find out how you can incorporate a chat feature that allows responses to real time questions, and throw in some emojis if you can. You could also consider a chatbot that recommends products and services or guides users through a loan process. This is a sure way to tap into a younger demographic!Ask yourself, “what need(s) am I filling?” – Venmo has made splitting the bill easier for millennials and baby boomers alike. Whether it is paying for pizza; roommates exchanging money for utilities/rent; paying for vacation with friends or collecting rent from a tenant; there are many who now have no idea how they lived without Venmo. What product or service could you create to benefit an underserved demographic in your community? Could you create a special product or program to help millennials grow their credit while paying off student loans and saving for big ticket items? Ensure that your product is functionally sound – With a next business day model, Venmo is quick and hassle-free. Also, sign up is easy; there are not many steps in the transaction; a credit/debit card or bank account can be used as funding source and payments will go through whether there are sufficient funds in your Venmo balance or not. If funds are insufficient, the balance will be taken from the funding source automatically. How’s that for convenience?! Go through your application processes as a consumer not an internal staff member and focus on the customer experience. If you find it cumbersome and inconvenient, chances are your members will feel the same way.Work continuously on maintaining security and keeping users’ information safe – One major thing that Zelle took seriously from the beginning and got right was building in security measures from the ground up. This may have a lot to do with the banks and credit unions behind this technology. Fraud is possibly the one issue that your members fear the most and is certainly what keeps CU executives up at nights. So, why not put everyone at ease by investing in fraud monitoring protection policies, Identity Theft Protection, Zero Liability Protection, alerts regarding suspicious behavior and more. If you have already invested in most or all of these tools, continue to educate and remind your members that you have them in place and the role they have to play in making these tools work effectively for all.Stay abreast of your users wants and needs – The Venmo model was built on innovation as it pioneered the social payments concept and continues to look for ways to build on that. It is important to keep innovation constant. CU marketers must consistently review products and services, as well as the market and look for ways to improve what they have or design new and fresh solutions by looking ahead. Find out what the next best thing is and anticipate the challenges that lie ahead that may affect your members and design an innovative product that offers a solution.This is certainly not an exhaustive list but valuable tips that should guide CU marketers as they craft their strategies to build brand recognition among the various target markets. Do you have any tips to share? 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#CreditUnionsCareChallenge raises more than $1M

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… San Antonio (Fla.) Citizens Federal Credit Union and the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation donated $1,400 to the Daystar Hope Center of Pasco Count as part of the #CreditUnionsCareChallenge. Credit unions in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia raised more than $1 million to support their local communities through a challenge presented by the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation (SECUF) and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions.“We have seen heartfelt appreciation and enthusiasm from the credit union employees taking part and from the local businesses they are patronizing and charities they are sharing the funds with during the challenge,” says Jared Ross, president of LSCU. “It has been inspirational to see how good people feel about being part of this effort and how much it means to those in our communities who are impacted.”Through the #CreditUnionsCareChallenge, SECUF asked credit unions in the three states to commit $25 per employee to invest in a locally owned business or to thank an essential worker while adhering to social distancing protocols.last_img read more

F1 Championship Standings Drivers & Teams

first_img Max Verstappen – Advertisement – </p><tr class=”standing-table__row”><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{position}}</p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell standing-table__cell–name” data-long-name=”{{fullName}}” data-short-name=”{{shortName}}”><p> <a class=”standing-table__cell–name-link” href=”https://www.skysports.com/f1/{{url}}”></p><p> <span class=”standing-table__cell–name-text”><br />{{fullName}}<br /></span></p><p> </a></p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{pts}}</p></td></tr><p> Last updated: November 15, 2020 12:00am 1.86s Lando Norris Lewis Hamilton Italy Great Britain 60 </p><tr class=”standing-table__row”><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{grandprix}}</p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{driver}}</p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{team}}</p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{time}}</p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{lap}}</p></td></tr><p> 1:22.746 Alexander Albon Max Verstappen Italy 2.02s Austria Spain Lewis Hamilton 1:15.484 Grand Prix Driver Team Time Lap Eifel Anniversary McLaren 1:27.097 Tuscany Alfa Romeo Tuscany 2.35s 1.90s Red Bull 2.04s Russia Red Bull 1:47.483 Red Bull 1:28.139 1:18.183 Max Verstappen Belgium Williams 66 44 58 51 68 Portugal 1:07.475 Emilia-Romagna 1:28.451 Mercedes 1:18.833 Red Bull Mercedes Styria Eifel Russia 1.93s Styria Antonio Giovinazzi Mercedes Lewis Hamilton </p><tr class=”standing-table__row”><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{position}}</p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell standing-table__cell–name” data-long-name=”{{fullName}}” data-short-name=”{{shortName}}”><div class=”td-a-ad id_inline_ad0 id_ad_content-horiz-center”><span class=”td-adspot-title”>- Advertisement -</span><script async src=”https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”></script><!– post 1 and slider 1 –><ins class=”adsbygoogle”style=”display:block”data-ad-client=”ca-pub-4143881484590232″data-ad-slot=”7547697898″data-ad-format=”auto”data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});</script></div><p> <a class=”standing-table__cell–name-link” href=”https://www.skysports.com/f1/{{url}}”></p><p> <span class=”standing-table__cell–name-text”><br />{{fullName}}<br /></span></p><p> </a></p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell “><div class=”td-a-ad id_inline_ad1 id_ad_content-horiz-center”><span class=”td-adspot-title”>- Advertisement -</span><script async src=”https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”></script><!– post 1 and slider 1 –><ins class=”adsbygoogle”style=”display:block”data-ad-client=”ca-pub-4143881484590232″data-ad-slot=”7547697898″data-ad-format=”auto”data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});</script></div><p> {{nationality}}</p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{team}}</p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{pts}}</p></td></tr><div class=”td-a-ad id_inline_ad2 id_ad_content-horiz-center”><span class=”td-adspot-title”>- Advertisement -</span><script async src=”https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”></script><!– post 1 and slider 1 –><ins class=”adsbygoogle”style=”display:block”data-ad-client=”ca-pub-4143881484590232″data-ad-slot=”7547697898″data-ad-format=”auto”data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});</script></div><p> Last updated: November 15, 2020 12:06pm Red Bull Valtteri Bottas Red Bull Carlos Sainz Mercedes 1:05.619 Alfa Romeo 2.43s Alexander Albon Mercedes Red Bull 70 McLaren Max Verstappen </p><tr class=”standing-table__row”><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{grandprix}}</p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{team}}</p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{driver}}</p></td><td class=”standing-table__cell “><p> {{time}}</p></td></tr><p> Renault Valtteri Bottas Max Verstappen Austria 63 Grand Prix Team Driver Fastest Stop 2.38s Alexander Albon 71 Hungary Anniversary 52 43 1:18.750 Alexander Albon Nicholas Latifi 1:16.627 Red Bull Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1.86s Hungary Spain Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Red Bull Lewis Hamilton Daniel Ricciardo 1.95s Portugal Alexander Albon 2.37s 1.92s 63 Antonio Giovinazzi Mercedes 2.03s Red Bull Red Bull Max Verstappen Alexander Albon Emilia-Romagna Belgium 34 1:37.030 Red Bull Great Britainlast_img read more

COVID-19 vaccine makers see EU shield against side-effect claims

first_imgVaccine makers will be indemnified in Europe if their COVID-19 shots cause unexpected side-effects, an industry official said on Tuesday, urging European regulators to set up more predictable schemes to compensate possible victims.The European Commission has confidential liability clauses in contracts signed with AstraZeneca and Sanofi and is negotiating similar conditions with other firms for the advance purchase of their potential vaccines.Sue Middleton, President of the Executive Board of Vaccines Europe which represents top vaccine makers, told a European Parliament hearing that in case of unexpected adverse events, which could include unpredicted side-effects, she understood that there was indemnification. The comments come after Russia told Reuters it was so confident its vaccine was safe that it would shoulder the liability for anything going wrong, leaving the state-backed developers open to potentially costly compensation claims .The United States also offer a full liability coverage to vaccine makers because widespread inoculation against disease is considered a benefit to society.Middleton also called for no-fault compensation in all 27 EU states for COVID-19 vaccines, which would speed up resolution of legal disputes. Such a system is in place in 11 countries, but its application to COVID-19 vaccine cases is not always clear, she said.Less uncertaintyThe no-fault system would reduce legal uncertainties and costs to companies.These schemes also allow citizens to claim more quickly payments for injuries that followed vaccinations or treatments, but compensation is capped and is usually far below what can typically be awarded in a successful product liability lawsuit.The World Health Organization has made it clear to countries interested in joining its COVAX facility for vaccine purchases that pharmaceutical firms may ask for no-fault schemes. It has not committed to opposing them in negotiations with vaccine makers.No COVID-19 vaccine has yet been authorized in Europe, with clinical trials underway. But contacts between vaccine makers and regulators are ongoing to speed up possible authorizations.The World Health Organization lists 38 candidate vaccines in late-stage trials, including those from China and Russia. Another 149 are in pre-clinical evaluation.”As of early September the EMA has been in contact with developers of 38 potential COVID-19 vaccines,” Fergus Sweeney, head of clinical studies and manufacturing task force at the European Medicines Agency, told EU lawmakers.Under a faster “rolling review”, vaccine makers can share data with EMA on their trials as they happen, so that shots could be authorized more quickly when all data is available.No rolling review has yet began on vaccines, Sweeney said, adding the agency was expecting that to begin in the coming weeks. EMA must authorize vaccines before they can be used in the EU. Topics :center_img “The Commission or the member states would essentially indemnify the companies against the cost of legal action that followed those claims,” she said, adding that these events were rare and that she had not seen all contracts signed so far.A spokesman for the European Commission declined to comment specifically on Middleton’s remarks, but said advance purchase deals “provide for member states to indemnify the manufacturer for certain liabilities incurred under specific and strict conditions” but “liability still remains with the companies”.Officials have said partial legal protection offered by the EU hampered advance purchase deals in past months and prompted vaccine makers to ask for more.Consumer organizations and lawmakers insist companies should be liable for all potential side-effects.last_img read more

Deepwater Wind Deploys Offshore Survey Teams

first_imgUS offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind is starting geophysical and geotechnical surveys that will help inform the design and locations of the turbines at the South Fork and Revolution Wind projects.The start of this five-month suite of offshore surveys at Deepwater Wind’s federal lease site off New England will begin this week with the work of a 132-foot specialized liftboat and a support vessel, plus 25 local personnel, including geotechnical specialists, engineers, biologists, archaeologists and mariners.“We’re embarking on this major scientific endeavor so we can better understand the seafloor where we’ll build these next windfarms,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski.“When we’re done, we’ll know more about this part of the ocean than ever before. Local laborers, mariners and scientists will help us get the job done.”Area Piledrivers from Local 56 were tasked with preparing components on the Seacor liftboat Supporter at Specialty Diving Services’ quayside at Quonset Point.Deepwater Wind commissioned the Providence, Rhode Island office of the engineering design firm GZA to perform this survey – the same local team who completed this work for the Block Island wind farm, America’s first offshore wind farm. GZA will oversee offshore sampling operations and then conduct the geotechnical analysis on these samples.The 104-foot offshore support vessel Matthew Hughes will carry equipment and personnel back and forth from Quonset Point to the Supporter. Together, the vessels will be busy with geotechnical surveying offshore for the next month or so, the developer said.Deepwater Wind’s studies will continue this fall, with additional geophysical surveys between September and December to support the development of the South Fork and Revolution Wind farms.The developer will conduct a specialized high-resolution geophysical survey of the site to identify any boulders buried in the seafloor. This highly specialized survey will inform the specific location of turbines. In addition, the company has commissioned a separate team of experts to conduct a large-scale geophysical survey at the site.A full suite of high-tech survey technology will be used in the geotechnical and geophysical surveys, including sonar, magnetometers and tools to measure the depth and slope of the seafloor. Marine biologists aboard will use monitoring systems and thermal imaging cameras to alert the team of any marine mammals in the area.The South Fork wind farm and Revolution Wind projects are located in Deepwater Wind’s federal lease site, more than 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast and more than 30 miles off Montauk, New York.Once permits are in-hand, local construction work on the 90MW South Fork wind farm would begin in 2021, with the wind farm in operations in 2022.Construction would start as early as 2020 on the 400MW of power from Revolution Wind to serve Rhode Island, and in 2021 on the 200MW of power from Revolution Wind to serve Connecticut. Revolution Wind is planned to begin operations in 2023.A similar survey effort is already underway off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware to inform the design and construction of Deepwater Wind’s 120MW Skipjack wind farm.last_img read more

Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? It’s contentious, but doctors, feds say yes

first_imgUSA Today 31 January 2020Family First Comment: If he remains off pot and symptom-free a year after the episode, the psychiatrist can say with certainty he suffered from “cannabis-induced psychosis.” “What shocked me is that I had never heard of it,” said McIntosh’s dad, Rob. “All you hear is all these proponents of legalization of pot without thought to the risks and the consequences.” In March, The Lancet, a British medical journal, reported a two to five times higher risk of psychotic disorders for daily consumers of high-THC marijuana compared with people who never used. A number of physicians and parents are pushing back against the long-held assertion of users and advocates that marijuana is a safe, benign and even beneficial drug.Those sounding the alarm include the nation’s “mental health czar,” as well as doctors in Colorado, California and Massachusetts where marijuana is legal for recreational use. They say the facts are irrefutable: Excessive use of high-THC pot and concentrated oil is linked to psychotic episodes that in some cases develop into full-blown schizophrenia.There is great disagreement over the strength of the science linking pot and psychosis. Advocates on either side of the marijuana debate have different interpretations of the connection reported in a National Academies cannabis study in 2017 and other studies. In March, The Lancet, a British medical journal, reported a two to five times higher risk of psychotic disorders for daily consumers of high-THC marijuana compared with people who never used.Arguments surround how much of the illness is preceded or worsened by the drug use, how often marijuana is used in response to it and whether the psychosis would have occurred anyway.“At the end of the day, you can’t make a causal statement,” said Ziva Cooper, research director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative and a member of the National Academies panel. “You need to have some biological premise to show that this kind of exposure causes psychotic disorder.”The federal government and other health officials say the type of psychosis McIntosh experienced and other psychiatric disorders are clearly tied to the drug.“It is time for Americans to understand there are substantial risks with marijuana,” said Elinore McCance-Katz, the Department of Health and Human Services’ top mental health official. “This is not the government making up data.”READ MORE: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/12/15/weed-psychosis-high-thc-cause-suicide-schizophrenia/4168315002/last_img read more

Charles Kolb – Brookville

first_imgCharles F. Kolb, of Brookville, was born on January 10, 1939 in Franklin County, a son to George and Mary (Baudendistel) Kolb.  He married Sarah Stidham on October 15, 1964 at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Charlie was a logger for over 50 years and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.  He loved racing, car shows, TV wrestling and football.  On Monday, July 20, 2020 at the age of 81, he passed away at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. Those surviving who will cherish Charlie’s memory include his wife of almost 56 years, Sarah Kolb; children, James (Pam) Kolb of Liberty, Cindy Kolb and Thomas Kolb, both of Brookville; siblings, Ed (Virginia) Kolb of Brookville, Clara Jordan of Indianapolis, Liz (Alvin) Stenger of Brookville and Clarence Kolb of Brookville as well as several nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Bill Kolb. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Charlie Kolb.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Monday, July 27, 2020 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Fr. Vincent Lampert will officiate a Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church at 10 a.m. and burial will follow in the church cemetery.last_img read more

FA to celebrate in style

first_img Press Association The dinner will be held in the Grand Connaught Rooms at Holborn, a site of particular significance for the FA given it was the place where it was founded a century and a half ago. A glittering list of football’s biggest names will be present, including England manager Roy Hodgson, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, UEFA counterpart Michel Platini and a trio of England’s World Cup winners in George Cohen, Martin Peters and Sir Geoff Hurst. However, pride of place will go to the original FA Minute Book from 1863. Valued at £2.5million and described as one of the 12 books that changed the world by Lord Melvyn Bragg, who is to present a video about it, the book contains the 13 original handwritten laws of football penned by the FA’s first secretary Ebenezer Cobb Morley. Although England still have a high-profile friendly against old foes Germany to play at Wembley on November 19, and the draw for the FA Cup first round will take place on Sunday at the same historic venue, Saturday’s dinner effectively marks the culmination of a long list of activities celebrating the FA’s birth. The day will be marked by teams at every level wearing special FA150 T-shirts during their pre-match warm-ups. Prince William will make the opening address, whilst there will also be speeches from Blatter and FA chairman Greg Dyke. Birthday celebrations began earlier this week with a ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Monday to mark the successful search for living descendants of the eight Founding Fathers of Football. Relatives travelled from as far afield as New Zealand and the United States to take part in a ceremony honouring their ancestors. On Friday, Dyke and FA general secretary Alex Horne took part in a ceremony to unveil a plaque at the Grand Connaught Rooms, meaning there is finally a permanent record of football’s birthplace. center_img Football Association president the Duke of Cambridge will be the guest of honour on Saturday at a gala dinner to round off the organisation’s 150th anniversary celebrations.last_img read more