Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailShareif Ziyadat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning has reached a settlement with three memorabilia collectors over allegedly providing bogus “game-worn” equipment to the unsuspecting fans on Monday.A spokesman for the defendants, a group that included Manning, the Giants, two equipment managers and Steiner Sports, the company with whom Manning is under contract to provide game-worn jerseys and helmets for sale, said Monday night a settlement had been reached to resolve the claims.Details of the settlement were not given.Attorneys for both sides provided a joint statement to ESPN, saying the settlement “should not be viewed as supporting any allegations, claims or defenses.”“All parties are grateful to have the matter, which began in 2014, concluded and are now focused on football, the fans and the future,” the statement added.The lawsuit was originally filed in 2014, and it stated that Inselberg and two others bought helmets from Manning. One of them was allegedly used during the 2008 Super Bowl. But they were fake, according to Inselberg.The plaintiffs used photo experts to determine that the helmets were never used in a game, however, Manning’s team claimed that the tactic used by the photo experts known as “photo matching” is unreliable.In April 2017, Inselberg’s attorneys filed court documents that showed emails exchanged between Manning and equipment manager Joseph Skiba. The email was meant to ask Skiba for two helmets that would “satisfy the requirement for being game used,” the filing said.Inselberg was allegedly involved in a decade-long memorabilia scheme where he acquired game-used Giants equipment without permission, according to the court filing.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. May 15, 2018 /Sports News – National Eli Manning reaches settlement over memorabilia fraud case Written by
The assets have 6.8 MMboe of proven and probable reserves. (Credit: Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay) Australian oil and gas exploration and production company, Beach Energy (BPT) has agreed to acquire all Senex Energy’s Cooper Basin portfolio of assets for A$87.5m ($62.5m).The acquisition includes all of Senex’s Cooper Basin assets, covering 10,876 km2 gross. The assets have 6.8 MMboe of proven and probable reserves and estimated production of 600,000 boe in the fiscal year 2021.The transaction involves purchase of 60% of operated interest in ex PEL 104 and ex PEL 111, including the Growler, Snatcher and Spitfire oil fields and associated infrastructure along with 60% operated interest in the GLFS and a 40% interest in the LMFS.Beach will also own 100% interest in all these permits upon completion of the transaction.The company will also own 100% operated interest in PPL 270, containing the producing Gemba gas field and 70% operated interest in PPL 207, containing the producing Worrior oil field.Beach managing director Matt Kay said: “the acquisition would enable the company to apply its exploration, appraisal and development expertise across a broader footprint.“The transaction is immediately earnings accretive for shareholders, with initial estimates pointing to approximately $5 million in annual operating cost savings, expected to be realised in the first year post acquisition.“Pleasingly, the new acreage contains more than 10 drill-ready oil and gas prospects, providing additional upside potential. These prospects will be integrated into our growth portfolio as drilling candidates from FY22.”Subject to a number of conditions precedent, including relevant regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to occur in the March 2021 quarter.Upon completion of the deal, Beach Energy will have 100% ownership in the Western Flank and associated infrastructure.In August this year, Beach Energy with support from its joint venture partner O.G. Energy has awarded a new drilling services contract to Diamond Offshore General Company. The acquisition includes all of Senex’s Cooper Basin assets, covering 10,876 km2 gross
View post tag: Romanian Navy Warships from NATO’s standing mine countermeasure group 2 (SNMCMG2) joined the underway portion of the Romanian-hosted exercise Poseidon that is taking place between March 5 and 13.The exercise as a whole is hosted by Romania this year and will include more than 1,500 sailors and 17 warships from seven NATO member states. Romanian contribution to the exercise includes a navy helicopter, two dive boats, a coast guard vessel and two MiG 21 aircraft from the Romanian Air Forces.Exercise Poseidon is designed to enhance the open cooperation of navies for ensuring safe navigation routes with a focus on discovery and neutralization of underwater hazards such as sea mines.Poseidon began in 2015 as a bilateral Romanian-Bulgarian naval exercise. The host for the exercise alternates each year between Romania and Bulgaria.“Poseidon 2017 is a Romanian-Bulgarian annual bilateral exercise, carried out with the participation of naval and land forces through which we practice NATO tactics, techniques and standard procedures, to increase interoperability,” said Chief of Staff of the Romanian Naval Forces Rear Admiral Alexander Mirsu at the exercise opening ceremony in Constanta, Romania. “NATO exercises in the Black Sea of the bordering countries are not provocative or offensive. They are complex and carry a message of friendship and pursue interoperability growth.”SNMCMG2 is led by Commander Aleksander Urbanowicz, Polish Navy, and comprised of Polish flagship ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki, Spanish minehunter ESPS Duero, German minesweeper FGS Rottweil, Turkish mine hunter TCG Alanya and Romanian ROS Slt. Alexandru Axente. March 8, 2017 View post tag: MARCOM Share this article Warships start underway portion of Romanian-hosted exercise Poseidon Back to overview,Home naval-today Warships start underway portion of Romanian-hosted exercise Poseidon View post tag: Exercise Poseidon View post tag: SNMCMG2 Authorities
Source: Paul UKPaul UK is eyeing national expansion by seeking out ‘like-minded’ franchise partners.Partners can choose between three store models – Café, Express and Kiosk – for service stations and transport hubs, town and city centres or suburban villages.The operation, which has a BRC accredited bakery production site, will offer a national supply chain, economies of scale and a flexible retail format to fit any location, the business said.Franchisees will be fully supported throughout the entire set-up process, it added, from training courses and help with recruitment, to marketing and PR.The models include:Café – suitable for breakfast, lunch or coffee, the 1,500 sq ft site would be situated in busy footfall locations in towns or shopping centresExpress – comprising coffee and grab & go products, it is positioned to fit in travel hubs and high footfall areas where quick service is essential. The 500-800 sq ft site features self-service, a small eat-in space and yellow brandingKiosk – offers a 500 sq ft ancillary unit to a main café unit. It will be situated in high footfall areas such as train stations, travel hubs and shopping malls. These can be designed to look like more permanent fixtures, pop-up venues or grab & go concepts, it added.“As we enter the franchise market, we will be looking for like-minded, experienced investors and operators who are just as passionate about baking and quality as we are,” said Mark Hilton, CEO of Paul UK.Franchise partners are encouraged to e-mail Paul UK with any queries, it added.“Whilst we continue to grow the brand in London, we have also identified numerous national opportunities outside of the capital, which will be enabled predominantly, although not exclusively, by working with franchise partners. We are currently determining priority cities, but if approached by the right investors outside of these areas, we are open to having dialogue with them.”
Get ready for a [adjective] time off-Broadway. The world premiere of Mad Libs Live!, a new musical inspired by the ultimate fill-in-the-blanks time passer, will play New World Stages beginning November 1. The interactive show features music by Jeff Thomson and a book and lyrics by Robin Rothstein—with audiences offering their own suggestions here and there.Mad Libs Live! follows four teenagers, Virtuosa, Gogo, Geyser and Merrily, as they band together to win a singing competition. But when they realize their songs have some holes, its up to the audience to help them out. So essentially, whether they win or not is up to you.The production, directed by Austin Regan, will feature choreography by Robin Levine, set design by Julia Noulin-Merat and costumes by Bobby Pearce. It is scheduled to play two performances on Saturdays and Sundays through January 3, 2016. Mad Libs Live! Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016
After 30 years, the Trial Gardens at UGA — that green, flower-laden oasis sandwiched between Snelling Dining Hall and the College of Pharmacy — is being tended by a new green thumb. UGA Department of Horticulture professor John Ruter took over the day-to-day operations from garden co-founder Allan Armitage on July 1. Armitage is officially retiring (he originally retired in 2010 and came back halftime) at the end of 2013. Ruter has spent more than two decades as a horticulture professor and a nursery crop research and Extension specialist on the UGA Tifton campus, where he also ran the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum. He moved to the Athens campus in 2012 after he was awarded the Allan M. Armitage Endowed Professorship for Herbaceous Plant Instruction and Introduction. He now teaches classes in plant identification and environmental issues in horticulture. Ruter doesn’t want to rustle too many leaves as he eases into his new role, but he does want to spruce up the garden a bit — mostly planning changes to attract new visitors, allow it to run more efficiently and be used for more horticulture classes. “I’m just starting with it, but I do have lots of ideas,” Ruter said. While the Trial Gardens serves as a testing ground for new plant varieties, it’s also an integral part of the UGA Department of Horticulture’s teaching and research programs. It’s important to Ruter to maintain all the facets of the garden’s mandate. Plant nurseries and breeding companies send hundreds of new plants each year to see if they can survive the hot and rainfall variable Southeast. They fund the garden by paying to have their plants evaluated by an outside source. That money pays for the gardens’ upkeep and a team of student workers who keep the garden running. While providing an important link with the green industry, the garden is also a research lab, where Ruter will work with graduate students to develop new plant varieties, and a classroom for plant identification and other horticulture courses. Ruter plans to make the garden more useful as a teaching tool by planting more perennials and annuals that bloom in fall and early spring when classes are in session. This will also be good for the entomology, plant biology, plant pathology, landscape architecture and visual arts instructors who also use the garden as an outdoor classroom. “We’re still going to get some perennials in there for evaluation, and they will always be there,” Ruter said. “We will always have a majority of summer blooming plants, but maybe we can have some other things that we can use for teaching purposes and that can help make (the garden) a little more showy other times of the year — rather than just during the summer.” Planting for a more diverse blooming schedule will also bolster the garden’s reputation as a destination — both for visitors to the Classic City and for Athens’ residents. Support on-campus and from the general public will be integral to maintaining it as green space on campus for decades to come, Ruter said. Like in every other part of the university, Ruter, Meg Green (Trial Garden supervisor), and her team of student workers and volunteers are operating within tighter budget constraints. “We’re trying to make some renovations to the perennial gardens and work on efficiency,” he said. “How can we do things differently with the limited resources that we have?” The garden will remain open to the public on a daily basis and continue its schedule of public and industry open houses throughout the year. Those seeking more information about the garden can visit ugatrial.hort.uga.edu.
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Whether measurable by others or defined by ourselves, achieving success shouldn’t be the point at which we stop and pat ourselves on the backs. Inc.com contributing editor Jeff Haden says we should strive to be “incredibly successful.” While there is no “magic bullet” for achieving exceptional success, he says, “there are certain qualities that incredibly successful people share.”Some of these qualities include:– finding happiness in others’ successes; by: Dan BergerLeaders know what it takes to be successful. In fact, our successes, at least on a professional level, can often be seen by others. A couple examples: a decision made that led to increased sales or a new hire excelling in his or her role.
Its no secret, credit unions are spending millions of dollars every year integrating technologies. These integrations happen vendor to core and vendor to vendor. It seems an unavoidable cost of doing business. But is it?The CUNA Technology Council launched a cooperative initiative with council members and credit union vendors to solve this expensive problem. This initiative is called Credit Union Financial Exchange Standards (CUFX Standards). As a cooperative effort for credit unions and vendors, CUFX is creating integration standards. These standards have a pre-set mapping of data field so every time a credit union needs to map this data field it is a plug and play standard versus a professional services development project. CUFX’s experience is indicating the savings to credit unions will be time to market of a new product or service can be launched in half the time.This cost saving initiative is provided at no cost to credit unions or vendors. There may be some incremental development costs in the creation of a standard but a lot of the work is jointly done with the credit union, the vendor and a team of volunteer developers from the Tech Council.The beauty of CUFX Standards is that once the standard has been developed it is now available to any credit union working with this vendor for integration. It is truly a cooperative effort in the true spirit of the movement. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last week, NCUA joined an Interagency Advisory on the Availability of Appraisers. While the Advisory does not provide any additional guidance, it does seek to alert credit unions to existing potential solutions to problems with appraiser availability.Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) requires NCUA to establish appraisal standards for all federally related transactions. Part 722 of NCUA’s regulations provides these standards. Generally, the rules require the appraisal to be performed by a state-certified or state-licensed appraiser. Whether the appraiser needs to be certified or licensed depends on the type of transaction involved. The Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines provide an overview of the applicable rules and guidance on developing an appraisal program, choosing an appraiser, and obtaining and reviewing appraisals.As part of the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act review, commenters raised concerns with the timeliness of obtaining an appraisal. The commenters attributed the issue to problems with the availability of state-certified and state-licensed appraisers. This seemed to be of particular concern in rural areas. The recent Advisory explains a credit union’s options in the event a certified or licensed appraiser is not available. In certain situations, the FIRREA permits credit unions to use appraisers who have obtained a temporary practice permit or a temporary waiver instead of a state certificate or license. The Advisory explains both the permit and the waiver. continue reading »
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The sixth cooperative principle is probably the best definition of a credit union service organization, specifically:“Cooperation among cooperatives: Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.”Early CUSO models, like CU Direct Lending and CO-OP Financial Services were extremely successful because it gave access to essential products/services at an affordable price. And I have to admit I have always been smitten with the shared branch CUSO model. In my opinion that should have been our “National Brand Campaign” about the credit union difference. We work together!Then many of us became competitors with field of membership changes that included community charters that of course overlapped. In fact, one of the arguments I have heard against joining the shared branch network is, “I don’t want to send my members to my competitors.” But what if we collaborated with our competitors? continue reading »