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first_img News Pinterest WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival TAGSColm LynamCPRShirley Houlihan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook “Colm is still in Portlaoise and is in good form but we still have a lot of tests to go through yet.“But on behalf of our whole family, I just really want to thank Jim and Shirley for what they did.”SEE ALSO – Huge reaction to fundraiser launched for baby Dan Donoher Twitter Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Two Laois people have been hailed as heroes by the family of a man whose life they saved at the weekend.Colm Lynman was out for a walk in Portlaoise on Sunday morning March 8 when he collapsed on the road between Aldi and Dunnes Stores.However, Colm was extremely lucky as two people came upon him on the ground and helped to save his life.Shirley Houlihan and Jim Murphy discovered the stricken Colm and administered CPR upon him until the emergency services arrived.Colm is now recovering in Portlaoise Hospital after suffering a suspected heart-attack and sister Karen Kavanagh says he would not be still with them had it not been for the intervention of Shirley and Jim.Speaking to LaoisToday, she said: “I can’t thank Shirley and Jim enough for what they both done – they saved my brother’s life.“Only for both of them, I would be without my brother now.“Shirley had just completed a CPR course in the last few weeks and my brother was so lucky that she found him. Facebook Electric Picnic Twitter Kind-hearted Laois duo heralded as heroes after saving man’s life By Alan Hartnett – 9th March 2020 Home News Kind-hearted Laois duo heralded as heroes after saving man’s life News Previous articleTwo Laois St Patrick’s Day parades cancelled as Coronavirus continues to spreadNext articleIn Pictures: Portlaoise College collaborate with Tidy Towns in campaign against litter and waste Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

first_imgRecords Smashed in 2020 Laksa Festival NT GovernmentThere’s just one sleep left until the Darwin CBD comes alive with all things laksa, for the finale of the second Darwin International Laksa Festival.This year’s event has already proved bigger, better and spicier – with the Territory’s laksa legends setting new laksa-loving records.With one day to go:· Almost 5,000 laksas and laksa-inspired dishes have been purchased during the festival.· More than 1,300 votes have been cast for the best laksa dish and laksa-inspired dish.There have been 49 participating venues and eateries in this year’s Laksa Festival – offering 34 laksa dishes as well as another 34 laksa-inspired offerings including chicken schnitzels, smoothies, ice cream, empadas, oysters, dumplings and cocktails.The festival has successfully encouraged Territorians and visitors to eat out and order takeaway at some of the Top End’s terrific eateries – supporting jobs in what is traditionally the quieter low season period.The festival culminates in the CBD on Sunday afternoon, where the winners of the prestigious Golden Bowl Award for Best Laksa, and the two People’s Choice for Best Laksa and Best Inspired by Laksa Dish will be announced.For the first time, Territorians will also see a leading “Laksa Legend” crowned – an honour presented to the diner who ate the most laksas throughout the month-long festival. So far there have been 10 Laksa Legends – people who have eaten more than 20 laksas during the festival.Never-before-seen laksa ninjas have also helped spice up the competition this year. The secret list of judges were enlisted to taste and score several laksas throughout the tour, and an aggregate score from them was used to compile the Top Ten laksas.Today, our judging panel – led by Territory icon Jimmy Shu – are locked away in a blind-tasting session to determine the Golden Bowl winner.The Darwin International Laksa Festival event details are as follows:· Date: Sunday 29 November 2020· Time: 3pm – 10pm· Place: Chung Wah Society, Woods Street, Darwin CityThis is a strictly COVID-safe event. Attendees should register at www.laksafestival.nt.gov.au and bring their ticket with them to the event – either on a phone or printed. If you don’t have a ticket, you will be required to register on arrival.As noted by Chief Minister, Michael Gunner:“The Laksa Festival continues to be a hit amongst Territorians and visitors – it’s a celebration of an iconic Territory dish that brings people together, and helps keeps locals in jobs.“It’s been awesome to see so many people become laksa likers, lovers and legends over the past few weeks.“Everyone knows this period as the low season, but right now you wouldn’t know it. There’s a real buzz around the place and the Laksa Festival has been a big part of that.“This isn’t just about laksas, this is about jobs. The Laksa Festival puts us on the map, boosts tourism and supports local jobs.“So keep eating laksas and keep saving jobs.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Award, Choice, Darwin, festival, Government, Ice, jobs, Minister, Northern Territory, season, sleep, Society, tourism, winnerlast_img read more

first_imgWarwick Arts Centre receives a £1.9m Capital Kickstart grant from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund Warwick Arts Centre has been awarded a £1.9m Capital Kickstart grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund enabling the organisation to push forward with the completion of the renovation of the arts centre despite the financial challenge caused by the Covid-19 crisis.Located on the University of Warwick’s Coventry campus, Warwick Arts Centre is one of 74 organisations receiving grants totalling £58.9 million today. The Capital Kickstart grants programme helps organisations cover costs added to capital projects such as building works, refurbishments, and large-scale equipment purchases by pandemic-related delays or fundraising shortfalls.Warwick Arts Centre is one of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK, delivering an engaging, diverse programme of performing and visual arts, presented in world-class venues and spaces at the heart of the West Midlands.Since opening in 1974, the Warwick Arts Centre has been a distinctive and special place, and an important resource for the arts and for audiences in the region – as well as being a significant force in national and international arts networks. In 2021 the centre will be a key venue at the heart of Coventry’s time as UK City of Culture.Director of the Warwick Arts Centre, Doreen Foster, said “As we look forward to our home city’s time as the UK’s City of Culture, I’m delighted to welcome the support of the Art’s Council’s Cultural Capital Kickstart Fund to Warwick Arts Centre.“Their generous support will enable us to complete the redevelopment and renovation of our arts centre by improving our digital capabilities as well as the development of our new café and restaurant, which will create new jobs for our region and create a vibrant dining and meeting place for all.“The support we have received from Arts Council England demonstrates its commitment to Warwick Arts Centre and our place in the cultural life of Coventry and our region. I wish to thank them, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, for all they have done to ensure we have so much to look forward to in 2021 and I cannot wait to welcome back our audiences and visitors to enjoy and experience all that we have to offer.”Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:“This government promised it would be here for culture and today’s announcement is proof we’ve kept our word.“The £1 billion invested so far through the Culture Recovery Fund has protected tens of thousands of jobs at cultural organisations across the UK, with more support still to come through a second round of applications.“Today we’re extending a huge helping hand to the crown jewels of UK culture – so that they can continue to inspire future generations all around the world.”Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England said “Today’s announcement is another vital step in securing the future of England’s cultural sector. Supporting capital projects will help to ensure that we maintain an innovative, sustainable cultural infrastructure that supports world class creative work, while the loans announced today will enable some of our largest and most prestigious cultural organisations to weather the effects of Covid-19 and reopen when it is safe to do so. The Arts Council is grateful to the Government for their support through the Culture Recovery Fund, and we are proud to support all the organisations receiving funding today.”Today DCMS also announces that £165 million from the Culture Recovery Fund has been offered in repayable loans to help 11 major cultural organisations survive the loss of income caused by the crisis. This follows previous rounds of the Culture Recovery Fund, including the Grants programme which distributed £428 million to over 2,000 cultural organisations across the country, and the £3.36 million Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund.11 December 2020Notes:Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:building, covid-19, creativity, Emergency, Foster, future generation, Government, grants program, infrastructure, restaurant, Secretary, sustainable, UK, university, University of Warwick, Warwicklast_img read more

first_imgPremier opens Australia’s greatest beef event – Beef 2021 JOINT STATEMENTThe beef industry’s largest global event is now officially underway in Rockhampton with Queensland primed to showcase its premier produce and the best of regional Queensland.Speaking at Beef 2021, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was a testament to the hard work of Queenslanders that organisers were able to stage the event during a global pandemic, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to Australia’s beef capital.“Being able to hold events like Beef 2021, an exceptional mix of industry, entertainment and food, is critical to Queensland’s economic recovery,” the Premier said.“This is an incredible boost for the regional economy, tourism and for Queensland’s world-renowned beef industry.“I am in constant awe of the ongoing strength of the beef cattle sector and the people who drive this industry day in and day out and this event is a wonderful celebration of them.“When it comes to growing Queensland exports and jobs, no industry is bigger than beef, with cattle grown in almost every region and a state-wide herd of more than 11.1 million head – about half the national total.“As Queensland’s largest manufacturing industry, the meat processing sector supports more than 18,500 jobs. The gross value of beef production at the farm gate is more than $6 billion with exports to 66 countries worth $6.7 billion.“My government is proud to continue to support the sector and events like Beef 2021 because it’s critical not just for regional Queensland’s economy but the whole state.”Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said this week’s event in Rockhampton was expected to attract 100,000 international, national and local attendees, either in person or virtually.“Beef 2021 is a significant event for the industry and showcases incredible Queensland produce to the world,” Mr Furner said.“Visitors can see thousands of cattle from over 30 breeds, attend the trade fair promoting more than 500 businesses, enjoy symposiums and seminars, and take part in property tours.“In 2021, for the first time there will be an ag tech and innovation hub called Tech Yards that will showcase Queensland innovations and deliver new research information to producers.“The Queensland Government is investing in the ag tech space through a digital transformation initiative, a comprehensive ag tech portal and extensive R&D extension efforts. We are proudly showcasing our role and achievements in this area.“Organisers have also worked very closely with health authorities to make this a COVID-safe event and I am certain it will be a massive success.”Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said some of the nation’s best chefs will be on duty at the celebrity chef restaurant for lunch and dinner throughout the week of Beef 2021.“Hosting Beef 2021 is great for Rockhampton business and jobs,” he said.Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said Beef Australia also partnered with Opera Queensland for tonight’s world premiere of an opera and country music, ahead of a two-month tour of Queensland.“Hosting Beef 2021 in Central Queensland will be a boost for jobs and a whole range of industries in our region,” she said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Barry, Central, country music, Fisheries, Furner, Government, innovation, Palaszczuk, premiere, production, QLD, Queensland, research, restaurant, Rockhampton, Rural Communitieslast_img read more

first_imgCouncil secures $594,000 in funding to improve High Street Maitland City CouncilMaitland City Council has successfully secured $594,000 in funding as part of the NSW Government’s Your High Street grant program to unlock public space, improve amenity and functionality with improvements to High Street, Central Maitland, between Grant Street and the Ken Tubman Drive roundabout.Maitland City Council has successfully secured $594,000 in funding as part of the NSW Government’s Your High Street grant program to unlock public space, improve amenity and functionality with improvements to High Street, Central Maitland, between Grant Street and the Ken Tubman Drive roundabout.The proposed scope of work includes increased shade, garden and green spaces, a parklet, additional seating suitable for outdoor dining, creative street and footpath treatments and an enhanced shared zone experience in nearby streets.The vision of Council’s Your High Street project is to create a vibrant, engaging and greener public space that will build on the local heritage character, support the unique mix of businesses and strengthen the link between The Levee Precinct, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland Administration Centre and Maitland Regional Sporting Complex.In January 2021, Council asked the community and businesses what they wanted to see from the Your High Street grant program in this space, with the result being overwhelming support for improved green space and seating. Council will continue to work closely with businesses and the community to design and deliver this project for Central Maitland.Member for the Central Coast and the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Robert Stokes says ‘the COVID-19 pandemic has helped shift our perception of streets as more than just places to walk or drive. One year on from the lockdown, Your High Street is the second phase of the program which cements the role of our streets as places for people to gather, socialise, dine and do business.‘It’s great to see Maitland City Council getting behind this program, to create more welcoming and attractive main streets for the community’.Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison says ‘I congratulate Mayor Cr Loretta Baker and Maitland City Council for their initiative in applying for this funding which will drive jobs in our community and rejuvenate and activate this outdoor space’.Mayor of Maitland, Cr Loretta Baker says ‘we are so excited about this project and grateful for the funding received to help unlock the potential for this growing cultural hub in Maitland. We hope to create a vibrant space where people want to stop, spend some time and enjoy the diverse mix of local businesses’.A range of concept design works was undertaken as part of the application process, with further planning to progress those and bring the project to life starting immediately, with the project expected to be completed within 12 months.The NSW Government’s Your High Street is a statewide program aiming to promote permanent improvement projects in local government areas. This will boost high street businesses, local economies and public wellbeing in response to COVID-19.The program will provide grant funding for councils to undertake projects that improve the amenity of local high streets, boosting economic recovery by 2022 while improving people’s safety and experiences.The Your High Street program is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Maitland City Council. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, Central, Central Coast, community, council, covid-19, Government, local council, lockdown, Maitland, Minister, NSW, pandemic, perception, planning, project, wellbeinglast_img read more

first_imgOur school: La Center WildcatsPosted by Paul ValenciaDate: Friday, April 10, 2020in: Youthshare 0 School, community form a lasting bondStudent leaders Sam Kitchel and Katie Nelson describe what makes La Center High School so special.It has been years in the making, and every year, something new is added.Not the fastest stadium project in history, but certainly one of the most important construction sites in La Center’s history.No, this is not a sports story. It is a story about La Center High School, and its connection with all who live there.Katie Nelson said the entire town supports La Center High School. Photo courtesy Katie NelsonKatie Nelson said the entire town supports La Center High School. Photo courtesy Katie Nelson“La Center, we’re such a small community. The school is our pride. The entire town takes pride in our school,” senior Katie Nelson said. “Look at our stadium project. That’s all hard work from the citizens in our community.”No bond was used for funds for the facility. Donations of money, equipment, labor came from the community. The students get involved, too. There are student work crews. Plus the school’s wood shop is working to make the concession stand. “It’s not just community members. It’s high schoolers working toward it because we want it as much as everyone else,” she said.“I’d say, what makes La Center special, is our ability to come together as one,” senior Sam Kitchel added. That stadium is symbolic of that philosophy. Yes, the town shows up for Friday night football, but the town shows up for just about everything else, too. Basketball games. Plays. Concerts. You name it. “The amount of love everyone has toward our school is amazing,” Nelson said. In-building school is now cancelled for the rest of the academic year. That does not change the love the students have for the campus. The spirit of the La Center Wildcats remains.La Center has prepared Kitchel and Nelson for life beyond high school.Sam Kitchel said La Center High School gave him the confidence to tackle life’s challenges. Photo courtesy Sam KitchelSam Kitchel said La Center High School gave him the confidence to tackle life’s challenges. Photo courtesy Sam KitchelKitchel, an athlete who describes himself as “pretty social,” went out for an ASB leadership role this year. He was the senior class secretary.“I’m ready to prove myself in life,” Kitchel said. “That’s what high school has given me, the confidence to step out, be my own person, and say, ‘I can do this.’”Nelson has been the team captain for the soccer team the past two years and a part of leadership all four years of high school. This year, she was preparing to be in the spring play, too.“I just miss getting out of my house and being with all my friends,” Nelson said. “I love each and every one of my teachers this year.”She and her classmates were having interesting conversations about foreign policy, for example. Just not the same with online courses.With no school, Kitchel is working more. He is employed at a plant nursery, and, he said, he is grateful to have the job.Still, he’d prefer school.“I miss the social part,” he said. “I miss my friends. That’s the hard part.”Now, just like that, traditional schooling is over for seniors. Still, Kitchel will always look back fondly at his days at La Center High School.“It’s the place I learned how to become a man,” he said. “It helped me grow as a person, learn who I am. You grow up and you try to put on these masks and be somebody you aren’t. By my senior year, I just had to be myself. That’s what the school helped me do, just be me.”Kitchel and Nelson will always know they had a hand in that stadium, too. And they will proudly wear their La Center gear. They love seeing others in the blue, too.“It makes me happy,” Kitchel said. “It definitely represents all of the hard work.”“It’s a pride thing,” Nelson said. “Everyone is so happy to be from La Center. We all kind of bleed blue and white, and we always will.”Advice to other students during the school closure:“Have faith in your future and be positive,” Kitchel said. “If you had a plan, stick to it. Don’t worry about everything going on right now.”“First thing first, everyone stay safe and healthy,” Nelson said. “Make the best out of it. Enjoy time with family. Stay up with school work. Check your email and Google classroom and make sure you are staying up to date.”More schools: Posted by Paul Valencia|Sunday, March 29, 2020 |in : YouthClark County Today presents “Our School” project A daily series to highlight Clark County’s high schools, what makes them special, as told by students.Read more AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLa CenterLatestOur Schoolshare 0 Previous : Clark County postpones payment deadline to June 3 for individual property taxpayers Next : Clark County Parade of Homes canceled for 2020AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Clark County Today presents “Our School” projectlast_img read more

first_img RELATED TAGSBMWNews After adding the full-size X7 sport utility vehicle to its lineup this year, BMW is getting into a much tinier category—a 799-euro (US$890) electric scooter similar to those offered by sharing services Bird Rides Inc. and LimeBike.In keeping with BMW targeting premium customers, the scooter costs more than double the price of comparable models.It weighs just 9 kilograms (20 pounds), the company said Thursday. The rollout of electric scooters, which took over American streets in the past few years, has been slow in Europe because of stricter regulation on motorized vehicles. Their use remains illegal in many places, with sharing offerings in London limited to a single closed-off park.Germany this month passed a law to legalize the scooters on the nation’s streets, clearing the way for more of them to zoom around city centers.The BMW E-Scooter’s speed is limited to 20 kilometers (12 miles) an hour and was developed together with scooter developer Micro. Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 BMW’s new e-scooter for 2020.  BMW Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement See More Videos And for those too young for the e-scooter, BMW also announced a kid’s version for ages one to three—powered purely by toddler feet. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 10, 2001 Azul Casares, a co-founder of the firm Patagon, which is a pioneer in Latin American Internet-based financial services, will speak at the CU-Boulder College of Business on Tuesday, April 17. Patagon was valued at $705 million when Spanish bank Banco Santander Central Hispano acquired a 75 percent stake in the company in March 2000. Casares, a former customer relations executive of Patagon, will speak at 5 p.m. in room 216 in the business building. She will discuss her experiences as an entrepreneur and provide insight about international e-commerce. Casares grew up in an isolated region of Argentina but she developed computer skills and an ability to make money at an early age. Her first business venture was selling a telephone directory for the region where she lived. In 1998 Casares founded Patagon with her two siblings and served as the executive in charge of international customer relations until she retired in 2000. Patagon entered the market as a pioneer in financial services. It catered its business toward the cultural and social needs of Latin American consumers, for example, accommodating for the presence of strong local affinities and biases. By June 1999 Patagon’s Web site was receiving more than 200,000 visitors per month, which placed it among the top 10 financial brokerages in Argentina. Patagon is positioned to be a global presence with offices in major world cities such as Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Miami, New York and Santiago. Casares’ talk is part of the CU College of Business’s Accenture Graduate Seminar in e-Business. The advanced interdisciplinary course in e-business strategy features state-of-the-art classroom instruction in e-business realities and real-life e-business projects with key local companies. For more information, call the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at (303) 735-5415.last_img read more

first_imgFae Ellington Appointed Advisory Board Chair InformationJune 17, 2012 Advertisements RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedFae Ellington Appointed Advisory Board Chaircenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON – Veteran Broadcast Journalist and Communication Consultant, Fae Ellington, has been appointed by Cabinet to chair a six-member Advisory Board for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). Other members are: Arnold Foote Jr.; Millicent Lynch; Colin Campbell; Nerine Small; and Wayne Gentles. They will serve for a period of two years, with effect from April 23, 2012. Miss Ellington, who is also a Lecturer in Broadcast Media and a speaking coach, brings to the JIS, her vast experience in, and extensive knowledge of broadcast presentation, programming, and production, with specialisation in the coverage of national and state events. As a communication consultant, Miss Ellington has developed courses and facilitated training for companies, groups and individuals in the public and private sectors. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, where she has been lecturing  since 1985. Miss Ellington was conferred with the Order of Distinction, Officer Class in 1998, in recognition of her contribution to journalism, and has copped numerous awards, including the Bronze Musgrave Medal in 1988. She has also been recognised by UWI for ‘Excellence in Pedagogy’. She is also a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) certified trainer. The Advisory Board will support the work of the agency by advising the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the strategic and business planning responsibilities of the agency. The mandate of the JIS is to promote Government’s programmes, policies and institutions. In addition to providing communication services to all Ministries, Agencies, and Departments of Government, as an Executive Agency, the JIS earns revenue from services offered to Government and non-government entities. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter RelatedFae Ellington Appointed Advisory Board Chairlast_img read more