June 15, 2005 Letters

first_img June 15, 2005 Letters Letters Last Say I am writing regarding the April 30 News article headlined “Bill would give prosecution the last say in some cases.” I am one of the two defense attorneys who represented the defendant, who was accused of raping and burglarizing the woman quoted in the article. This has resulted in an attempt in the legislature to deprive the defense of the second closing argument in criminal cases where only the defendant or no witnesses are called for the defense.First, I would like to say that I take exception with this woman being called a “rape victim.” The defendant was found not guilty at trial. And he didn’t win on a technicality or a small point of reasonable doubt, either. One of the jurors actually went on the local news and said they voted not guilty because they didn’t believe the accuser and they did believe my client. Interestingly, no mention was made of the second close.Additionally, there were no new claims made about this woman in second close that hadn’t already been discussed or introduced into evidence earlier, regardless of her claims in the article. Anyone could order up transcripts of the trial and confirm this. If we are going to change state law based on one verdict, shouldn’t we be a little more thorough? The reality is that trial was over before the second close began.The broader question is, is there a logical or rational reason to change this 150-year-old rule? The reasons cited by the lawmakers quoted in the article would be comical if these people didn’t have actual power over the lives of others. One says most other states give the prosecutor the last say. So does that mean we should follow their lead without having a real reason to do so? Another one says that “for people who serve as prosecutors, it’s a tremendous burden.” Really? Assuming this were true, then wouldn’t the converse also be true? Is his goal to place a tremendous burden on the defense? I thought our court system was there to determine the truth and afford people a fair trial. If it isn’t and the only goal is to give prosecutors a crutch to get more convictions, then by all means change the rule. Another legislator actually referred to the rule change proposal as a “matter of right and wrong.” I can only infer from this language that he is saying that the defense having any opportunity to win a case is actually morally wrong. That kind of comment is crazy and dangerous. Can there ever be a not guilty verdict that is “right?” What if the guy was actually not guilty?Of course, one thing none of these people has considered is the unintended consequences of the rule change to the taxpayer and the court system. There is no doubt that the proposed rule change would increase the average length of criminal trials in Florida. One of the reasons we don’t have marathon trials, like they do in California, is the defense has a disincentive to putting on witnesses and evidence of marginal value, because it doesn’t want to lose the second close. You take that away, and there is no reason for us not to put on every uncle, cousin, and old buddy of the defendant whose testimony might even remotely be relevant. Also, is the legislature going to start fine-tuning court procedure every time it feels like it? That function should be left with the Supreme Court, where it belongs.Shouldn’t our laws be based in reason? Chris Brown Ft. Myers Diversity The May 15 News article on the Bar’s Second Annual Diversity Symposium shows us that, in today’s Florida Bar, the issue is not whether we will aim to have a diverse Bar but what methods we will take to achieve that noble end.Indeed, the forum contributors are correct in that there is a moral and business case for diversity, as it brings about an expanded vision and viewpoint. There are few better instances of this benefit than in the oral arguments during the 2002 U.S. Supreme Court case on cross burning and freedom of speech, Virginia v. Black, in which Justice Clarence Thomas spoke passionately on the history of cross burning. Justice Thomas’ contributions allowed us not only to see the legal and technical aspect of the issue, but also the historical relevance.However, attention should be given on the means to achieving diversity, as the means is the subject often in dispute. Diversity is to be achieved as a goal through a process of inclusion as inclusion naturally arises via a system of free and nonbiased competition. Here, prior walls which were erected to exclude are kept down; current walls of exclusion are torn down, and opportunity, which yields equality of opportunity and not results, is affirmed. Lowering expectations or standards in the name of inclusion is regressive and offensive.Competition, which is a fact of life in our society, need not be sacrificed on the altar of diversity. Natural inclusion of minorities into a competitive market need not oppose the value of diversity, as too many think. The goal is the right to compete and grow in a bias free environment, and not the right to be the “token minority” in some narrowly tailored summer associate program slot.Indeed, at times the symposium went down a strange track all together.On sexual orientation, I find it intrusive to inquire, via survey, on the sexuality of attorneys for purposes of diversity. Mind you, the value of inclusion on the basis of sexual orientation is not in dispute here. We need only press for nondiscrimination in employment and, where family benefit plans exist, benefits for the partners of gay and lesbian attorneys and staff. Inquiring on the sexual habits of lawyers in the name of diversity is awkward at best.In addition, the lack of discussion on the need for diversity on the economic background of lawyers and law students was disappointing and shows an illogical presumption of a disadvantaged status on someone because of their sexual orientation, disability, and race. This presumption is troubling and yields, as we have seen in some affirmative action systems which do not take class into account, inequitable results. Allowing the Bar or law schools to think they have done their social duty by merely establishing a “minority outreach,” which historically reaches mostly middle class or affluent minorities and excludes the underclass, is a false hope at best. Indeed, discussing sexual orientation, gender, race, and disability, as if these are the main four stigmas in our world, omits the divide between our relatively affluent community and the 40 million plus Americans of all backgrounds and races who live in poverty.In the final analysis, the answer to the challenge of diversity lies with opportunity, not an outdated mentality of paternalism posing as outreach. Minorities, gay and lesbians, persons with disabilities, and women are to be judged on their abilities and prospective contributions, not their status or grievances. Our aim should be an environment of tolerance, high expectations for all and affirmation, not artificial methods of promoting diversity. I most certainly hope The Florida Bar will consider this, and not undermine the contributions of excluded groups by well-intended but destructive paternalism, in achieving the noble goal of diversity. Luis Viera St. Petersburg June 15, 2005 Letterslast_img read more

How will your credit union avoid getting “Ubered?”

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As we enter the time of year when credit unions do their strategic planning, there needs to be recognition and a high sense of urgency around the fact that this industry is facing the “Perfect Storm” of Big Data, Analytics and technology that will change the landscape of retail financial services forever and that change will most likely happen within the next 3 years.Imagine two circles, one called “Business” and the other “IT”. In the latter part of the 20th century, the nexus of these two circles was minor. Fast forward to 2015 and the nexus has grown to the point where IT (now called Technology) has virtually eclipsed Business to the point where it is very hard to separate the two. The impact of this dynamic has been the dramatic increase in the pace at which a new breed of highly adept Analytic Competitors can enter a market and quickly capture your most profitable customers. Within the last 10 years we have witnessed the disappearance of giants like Kodak, Borders (replaced by Amazon) and Blockbuster (replaced by Netflix) and the trend continues with newcomers like Air BnB and Uber disrupting the hotel and taxi industries, respectively.In his book “The Innovators Dilemma” Harvard Professor, Clay Christensen explores the question of how companies, once dominant in their industry, just disappear; and when you look back at the history all of the signs were there. Unfortunately, the strategic planning process was focused elsewhere because management was so deeply entrenched in their own systems and processes (sound familiar?). The reality is that boards and CEOs become imprisoned by the very business models that they created and unable to see signs of the tsunami headed towards them. One very notable victim of the Innovators Dilemma was the Eastman Kodak company. In the late 70’s Kodak was the leader in film technology, in fact, they were also the inventors of digital camera technology. Their innovation brought us the famous “Polaroid Land Camera” that produced an instant picture, which was a revolution, given that the state of the art at that time was a one week wait to get a roll of film developed. How could they miss the transition to digital camera technology? continue reading »last_img read more

Hockey rinks, piggy banks, and iPads: A 3 year experiment with my kids and money

first_imgBoth boys over the three years were able to save their own money to purchase their own Ipad Minis, and now Quinn wants to do the same!It seems like the kids (at least the boys) have similar responses as compared to their older sibling in the previous yearLove Quinn’s response to “What a Credit Union is?”  Where Dads go to work!As the years have grown congruent with the ages of my children, it is interesting to see their understanding of money.  All of them know that they need to save and that money should go into your piggy bank.  What is most alarming to me is Kyan’s response that a credit union is a bank.  In his eyes, and likely for all three of my kids, they are not different.  They are the same.So why is that?For starters, obvious poor parenting by their mother. ☺In all seriousness, like many others in the credit union world, I haven’t done a good enough job in expressing to them what makes a credit union different, especially as it relates to them.  Let’s be honest, if I talked to my kids about economic participation, they would look at me like this…As a branch, we’ve really wanted to focus on providing financial literacy in our community.  Through reaching out to one of the local schools, we’ve been able to host two Grade 2 and two Grade 4 classes for tours of the branch and financial literacy activities that are tied to each grade’s school curriculum.  Most importantly, through obtaining a copy of the The Berenstain Bears Visit the Credit Union book, we’ve been able to share with the students the difference between banks and credit unions through an avenue that is familiar to them, the Berenstain Bear family.Hopefully I can use this book to also help teach my children that a credit union is more than just a bank….and a hockey rink. 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Devin Selte Devin Selte is a 15 year veteran in the credit union industry all with Servus Credit Union. On top of his position as Branch Manager in Stony Plain, he is … Web: www.servus.ca Details While Braylen’s initial answer of “a hockey rink” to the question “What is a Credit Union?” may seem funny, he’s not too far off!  Many credit unions across Canada have the naming rights to local hockey rinks.I wish I could find “the money maker” that Kyan speaks of.Quinn…. hostile interview.2014: Over the past three years, I’ve been doing a little experiment with my children on their knowledge of credit unions, money, and saving.Each year, I’ve asked them four questions (noted below) and recorded their responses.What is a credit union?Where does money come from?What do you do with money?What are you saving for?Some quick observations from each video:2013: We could start our own drinking game with the amount of times that Braylen says “work” is his video.   And what’s with the little container coming up again?!?!?!?Kyan does a pretty good job in describing a credit union in the sense of getting money and giving it.  Banks also do that.Quinn…learned Russian since the last video.  And yes, that is Braylen in the background commenting on his sister’s craziness.2015:last_img read more

Trump’s plan will make the sick pay more

first_imgBut with fewer healthy people paying into that system, the premiums for everyone left would rise.This is the very problem that Obamacare was created to solve.Under the Affordable Care Act, the premiums paid by healthy people help subsidize the more expensive care needed by sicker people (the same thing happens in employer-provided health insurance).In return, the healthy have the security of knowing that, if the need arises, they too will be taken care of.Trump wants to dismantle this cooperative arrangement and just let healthy people buy cheaper policies.What happens to the sick under this system — and the healthy, for that matter, when they unexpectedly become sick — Trump did not say.Americans are increasingly inclined to see health care as a collective responsibility. What he didn’t mention is that these potential savings would accrue only to people healthy enough to gamble on skimpy insurance coverage.Sicker people, left stranded in a deteriorating risk pool, would see their premiums rise.In other words: The changes would shift costs, not save money, for the health-care system.Trump has ordered his cabinet to arrange for more small businesses to join in “association health plans” that are exempt from the rules of the Affordable Care Act.And he plans to allow people to remain on short-term insurance policies (also exempt) for as long as a year.Such plans could charge higher premiums for people with preexisting health problems.These people, who have greater-than-average need for essential health benefits like hospitalization and mental health care, could instead remain in the protected Obamacare marketplace. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Six in 10 Americans now think it’s the federal government’s duty.Trump has found other ways to remove healthy people from Obamacare risk pools.His administration is refusing to help people sign up for policies during the fall enrollment period.And he’s dropped many hints that he might soon decline to enforce the ACA mandate that every American have insurance.Trump’s latest executive order, like his previous moves, seems motivated more by frustration at Congress’s inability to repeal Obamacare than by any concern for the smooth functioning of the individual health-insurance market.Regardless, it puts the health of millions of Americans at risk. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appears on Bloomberg View:President Donald Trump has announced some new strategies to destabilize the individual health-insurance market, but his misguided objective is the same as ever: to undermine the Affordable Care Act and, more broadly, the very idea of health insurance.His latest executive order, signed Thursday, will cause premiums to fall drastically for “millions of Americans,” Trump said.last_img read more

COVID-19: Patchy response to President’s call to work from home

first_imgProductively working from home, for those who can, is possible. That’s the message President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his Cabinet members are trying to project to reduce the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.Jokowi led a teleconferenced Cabinet meeting on Monday after urging Indonesians to “work from home, study from home and worship from home”. He said in a press statement following the meeting: “Remote working I think has been effective in working hard to tackle both the coronavirus and economic slowdown.” “I went by my private vehicle today because I’m scared of having to go by the MRT [Mass Rapid Transit],” said Susan, a 32-year-old private sector employee who normally uses the MRT to commute to the office.Read also: COVID-19: City-wide transport restrictions cause buildup at Transjakarta, MRT stationsSusan told The Jakarta Post that her company had implemented several precautionary measures including temperature checks before entering the office building, the signing of a declaration form for visitors and the limitation of business as well as personal travel for the previous two weeks.However, she still has to work from the office, despite her understanding that it is possible for her work to be carried out from home.“I do not know the answer [as to why the work-from-home policy had not been implemented]. Maybe the policy is still being formulated,” she said.The experience from China, South Korea and Singapore has demonstrated that social distancing measures can prevent infection and save lives, on top of aggressive testing and contact tracing.The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, having infected more than 170,000 around the world and claiming over 6,500 lives as of Monday. In Indonesia, 117 people have tested positive for COVID-19 with five deaths.Edgar, a 23-year-old fresh-graduate working in the creative sector, told the Post on Monday that he chose to go to work by taxi that day, instead of going on his usual commuter line transport.“I’ve heard that the commuter line from Bogor to Jakarta is the riskiest [for virus transmission], and the Transjakarta routes are limited, not to mention the long lines,” he said.Passengers line up to enter Lebak Bulus MRT Station in Jakarta, on Monday. The Jakarta administration reduced the operations of city-operated public transportation to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. (JP/Seto Wardhana)Edgar added that his line of work, which involved sorting out data and creating insights, could be done remotely, although there were a few tools and software that would operate faster using the office’s local-area network (LAN).A number of companies have rolled out strict responses to the virus pandemic, issuing internal circular letters on mechanisms to work from home, avoiding both domestic and international business travel and promoting social distancing.Local technology giant Gojek is one that has shared a comprehensive “work from home best practices” document sheet online, including tips on communicating and maintaining productivity levels from home while at the same time maintaining wellbeing.“We are also conducting a work-from-home trial as well as deep-cleaning the office regularly,” chief of Gojek corporate affairs Nila Marita told the Post. Gojek has also been educating its drivers and employees on COVID-19 and how to reduce its spread, as evident in the app’s homepage.Telecommunications firm Indosat Ooredo has also launched the #StayHomeStayConnected campaign to maximize digital technology and to maintain productivity for its clients and customers, which range from online lecturing to digital customer services. For Indosat employees, the company has implemented working from home since Monday until further notice.Read also: Work-from-home policy in effect at major Jakarta companies over virus concernsDigital payment platform OVO and online marketplace Tokopedia have also announced similar procedures.“Today, OVO decided to enact a work-from-home trial for one week for nearly 1,000 OVO employees throughout Indonesia,” OVO president director Karaniya Dharmasaputra said in a written statement.“Tokopedia requires all employees to work from home for one full week, as of today, March 16. Efforts to limit direct interaction [social distancing] are intended to support the prevention of COVID-19, in line with the instructions of the President of Indonesia,” Tokopedia vice president of corporate communications Nuraini Raza said in the release.The work-from-home policy is being considered by companies across the globe as numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise worldwide.Matthew McQueen, director, public health program and associate professor of integrative physiology of the University of Colorado Boulder in the United States wrote in The Conversation that the goal of social distancing is to “flatten the curve” of the highly transmittable virus spread.He explained that the strategy of social distancing could be used in an effort to spread out the virus infections over a longer period of time so that public health agencies and healthcare infrastructure could better respond to the crisis and potentially “significantly reduce deaths from COVID-19”.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati posted on her Instagram account on Sunday a series of videos and photographs showcasing how she coordinated with her team via a conference call.“On Saturday this week, I worked full time carrying out a coordination meeting through a conference call with the board of the Finance Ministry to draft policies and steps on the state budget [APBN] and the state finances in handling the spread of the coronavirus,” the minister wrote on Sunday.“The meeting was done via video to reduce the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus, but it remained effective in formulating policies and carrying out the tasks of the Finance Ministry.” (ydp) For several employees, including those in sectors that require direct contact with customers, working from home may not be a luxury and this has created confusion among employers looking to catch up with the President’s instruction and with public transportation packed during rush hour in Jakarta. Some others, however, have been quick enough to jump on the bandwagon and adopt the work-from-home policy.Susan and Edgar—not their real names—are among those whose nature of work allows them to work from home but have yet to do so. They are concerned about going out and about during the COVID-19 pandemic, but their employers have not issued any official policy on social distancing as advised by the President.Social distancing, a tool that public health officials recommend in attempting to slow the spread of a disease from person to person, means that people stay far enough away from each other to avoid infection.center_img Topics :last_img read more

The futility of gender-neutral parenting

first_imgLos Angeles Times 6 January 2017Family First Comment: “…the scientific reality is that it’s futile to treat children as blank slates with no predetermined characteristics. Biology matters.”Yep. In steadfast pursuit of gender equality and to promote nonconformity, it’s become popular in some social circles to start early, very early, by raising young children in a gender-neutral way: not revealing the baby’s sex at birth, dressing them and their bedroom in various shades of oatmeal, encouraging them to play with gender-neutral toys. There’s also pressure on corporations to help; parental complaints led Target to stop sex-segregating its toys, for instance.Offering kids the opportunity to pursue what they’d like, freed from societal expectations, is an undeniably positive thing — whether it has to do with toys, clothing, or their future aspirations. But the scientific reality is that it’s futile to treat children as blank slates with no predetermined characteristics. Biology matters.A large and long-standing body of research literature shows that toy preferences, for example, are innate, not socially constructed or shaped by parental feedback.Most girls will gravitate toward socially interesting toys, like dolls, that help social and verbal abilities develop. Most boys will gravitate toward toys that are mechanically interesting, like cars and trucks, fostering visuo-spatial skills.One recent study, published in Infant and Child Development, showed that these preferences emerge as early as nine months of age — before children are developmentally aware that gender differences exist, at around 18 months.Another piece of evidence comes from studying girls who were exposed to high levels of testosterone prenatally, in the case of a genetic condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia, or CAH. Girls with CAH tend to be gender nonconforming, and will prefer toys that are typical to boys, even when their parents offer more praise for playing with female-typical ones. This speaks to the vital role of hormones in developing gender preferences and sex differences in behavior, more broadly.We also see the same trend in our primate cousins, including rhesus and vervet monkeys. Young female monkeys gravitate toward dolls while male monkeys prefer wheeled toys, despite the fact they aren’t encouraged by other monkeys or their caregivers in their choices.In the face of scientific data, the gender-neutral movement nevertheless continues to gain momentum. Indeed, its adherents took heart in a study published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which touted the idea that the brains of women and men are identical. If so, that would offer support to the theory that gender is an artificially created, outdated concept.However, an immense body of neuroimaging research has shown brain differences between the sexes. One meta-analysis of 126 studies found that men have larger total brain volumes than women. Men also show greater white matter connectivity running from the front to the back of the brain, while women have more of these connections running between the two hemispheres.Additionally, when researchers reanalyzed the same brain data from the “no sex differences” study, they found that it was possible to correctly identify whether a given brain was male or female 73% of the time. But this discovery did not receive much attention from the media, and as a result, the initial study’s misinformation continues to spread.I hear from many well-meaning parents who raised their children in gender-neutral homes and were surprised to find that they nevertheless gravitated toward stereotypical interests and toys. Little boys who were given pots and pans to play with turned them into makeshift toy cars, complete with self-generated engine sounds. Little girls turned to one another and started playing house.The gender-neutral trend capitalizes on fears that parents have of inadvertently limiting their child’s potential. We want the best for our children; for daughters to grow up to be as competitive for STEM jobs as their male counterparts, and for sons to possess strong social and communication skills.But whether your child leans toward gender-atypical traits will likely have more to do with the prenatal environment —testosterone levels in utero — than a perfectly balanced upbringing. Besides, so long as children are given the option to take part in activities they find interesting, there’s nothing wrong with being gender-typical.Acknowledging inherent sex differences isn’t harmful or sexist; differences don’t necessitate one sex being better than the other.http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-soh-gender-neutral-parenting-20170106-story.htmllast_img read more

Mali ex-rebels retake control of northeastern town: officials

first_imgMali was shaken by a coup in 2012 that cleared the way for Tuareg separatists to seize towns and cities of the North Mali was shaken by a coup in 2012 that cleared the way for Tuareg separatists to seize towns and cities of the NorthFighters from Mali’s former rebel alliance, the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), took control of the northeastern town of Anefis on Friday after loyalist fighters who seized it last month withdrew, officials said.“CMA rebels have retaken control of the locality of Anefis today,” a security official in MINUSMA, the UN peacekeeping mission the west African country, told AFP. “But without a fight. Several of their vehicles arrived in the city.”The news was confirmed by Almou Ag Mohamed, a CMA spokesperson.“Anefis is under our control,” he said. “In violation of the ceasefire, militias took the town. Under pressure, they left.”The Platform coalition of loyalist fighters seized Anefis in deadly clashes in August that left at least 10 dead.They agreed to pull out, though, and MINUSMA welcomed the completion of their withdrawal on Monday.On Thursday, however, CMA fighters clashed with pro-government militias in northeastern Mali, with the two sides accusing each other of starting the fighting, breaching a peace deal signed this year.Mali was shaken by a coup in 2012 that cleared the way for Tuareg separatists to seize towns and cities of the north, an expanse of desert the size of Texas.Al-Qaeda-linked militants then overpowered the Tuareg, taking control of the region for nearly 10 months until they were ousted in a French-led military offensive.The vast desert region is now controlled by a patchwork of armed groups, loyal to the government or the Tuareg-led former rebels–AFPRelated Mali violence: Tuareg rebels reject UN help following clashes Mali Peacekeepers Repel Rebels From Timbuktucenter_img South Sudan rebels seize Akako townlast_img read more

Buy-bust nets P204-K ‘shabu’

first_imgThe suspects were detained in the lockup facility of Police Station 3. BACOLOD City – Suspected shabu weighing about 30 grams valued at around P204,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Banago. Antidrug officers conduct an inventory of items seized from Henmark Yap and Pj Barbas, who were nabbed in an entrapment operation in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City on Aug. 3. CDEU/BCPO VIA BACOLOD PULIS Barbas and Yap were arrested after they sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 3, it added.center_img Residents Henmark Yap, 19, and Pj Barbas, 34, yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them./PNlast_img read more

Minister fined for slapping reporters’ behind at a 5km run

first_imgA married youth minister who slapped the behind of a female reporter on live television in Georgia has been fined $1,000 and told to control his hands. Thomas Callaway, 44 who pleaded guilty to the charge was participating in a 5km run when he performed the act and continued the race in a jiffy. He was sentenced to a year probation and fined $1,000 by a Savannah judge who accepted his plea to misdemeanor sexual battery. The judge also ordered him to perform 200 hours of community service Following his sentencing Tuesday, victim Alex Bozarjian told WSAV-TV outside the courtroom that she hoped Callaway would strive to ‘do better’ in future.Advertisement She said she decided to attend the hearing according to daily mail, to finally accept Callaway’s apology A grinning Callaway, who was participating in the race, was seen running up behind Bozarjian and striking her hard, stunning the young reporter who stood motionless in shock for a number of seconds. The clip has since been viewed millions of times. Callaway’s identity was unknown in the hours after the incident, but he later came forward to identify himself as the culprit. Read AlsoFIFA extends Jean-Bart suspension as Haiti sexual abuse investigation grows Bozarjian said while she understands the act has ‘probably disrupted his life more than he ever imagined, nobody has a right to touch anybody or slap anybody for their own amusement.’ Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Will You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Most Stunning Wedding Looks From Around The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The World FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Franklin County Chamber says ‘Sip Sip Hooray’ to the award winners and friends

first_imgBrookville IGA Joe Jester and Dee Kleier, board memberBrookville, In. — The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce held their annual dinner Thursday night at the Brookville American Legion.The Franklin County Community High School led by band director donated their time to serve food, drinks and clear tables. The American Legion Auxiliary cooked a pasta dinner and wine (Olive Dry Red Blend & Moscato) was provided by theJane Klenke and staffowner of Oliver Wine, Bill Oliver.Oliver explained to the guests about how is father grew the family business from the basement of their home to an employee-owned company that produces more than 450,000 cases of wine each year, placing it on the list of Top 50 Producers in the country. He also explained the evolution of products and how something as seemingly insignificant as a label change can influence sales. Oliver expressed the importance of respect for customers, internal and external and having a reasonable plan that can be sustainable.Michele Russell & Connie GaydaThe Brookville IGA and Jane Klenke Tax-Bookkeeping-Payroll shared the Business of the year honor. Both were recognized for their work in the community. The New Business of the Year was Skyline Chili and the Beautification award went to Michele Russell from The Cutting Edge.The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has a new website to serve the community. Get more information here.last_img read more