News / Strong Q2 for CMA CGM and subsidiary Ceva continues its turnaround

first_img By Alex Lennane 07/09/2020 © Michael Vi | In shipping, ebitda grew by 30% to $1.05bn, with the operating margin up 86% to $497m.Lower oil prices saw unit cost per teu down 4.6%, which was also boosted, said the line, by “the group’s cost-cutting initiatives and the reduction in fleet of vessels and containers deployed”.“CMA CGM demonstrated its ability to rapidly adapt its deployed capacity to demand, in line with the discipline seen more generally across all industry operators,” it said.The group overall saw positive net income of $136m, against a loss of $109m in the same period of last year, while operating performance generated operating cashflow of more than $1.1bn.“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, our group reported excellent results during the second quarter, thus strengthening our financial structure,” said Rodolphe Saadé, group chairman and chief executive.“Thanks to our agile business model and synergies between our shipping and logistics business activities, we were able to adapt our service offerings to meet our customers’ fast-changing needs. We have also significantly reduced our costs and benefited from the drop in oil prices. Ceva Logistics’ turnaround plan is under way and in line with our expectations.”Lars Jensen, of Sea Intelligence, noted: “CMA CGM is the last of the major global carriers to publish Q2 results, and overall they do match what we have already seen in the market – a very strong performance with an outlook of a strong Q3 as well, where they expect to significantly improve operating margins.“There was an ebitda margin of 19.8% for shipping, which almost matches Maersk’s 20.7% and is slightly behind Hapag-Lloyd’s 23.2%.“Volumes declined 13.3%, fairly well aligned with key competitors such as Maersk (-15.8%), Hapag-Lloyd (-11.1%), Yang Ming (-15.6%) and Zim (-12.2%). However, this still means a slight loss of market share, as global volumes declined 9.6% in Q2, as per CTS statistics.”The group secured a €1.05bn guaranteed bank loan, with €300m of that allocated to Ceva. As a result, the group’s liquidity position stood at $2.6bn at the end of June. But, it said, it may look at new refinancing opportunities to strengthen its position.Ceva saw revenues fall 4.7% to $1.73bn, but ebitda grew 4.1% to  $153m, resulting in a net loss of $1m, up $31m from a year earlier.Ceva was saved by its air freight business, offsetting weakness in sea freight and contract logistics, which saw many sites close. (For further analysis of Ceva’s business, go to Loadstar Premium).But CMA said its turnaround plan was on track.“The Covid-19 crisis has confirmed the relevance of our strategy of offering complementary shipping and logistics services, such as Ceva Logistics’ commercial airfreight and warehousing solutions. The second quarter saw the initial signs of recovery.”The group expects further recovery to take place in the third quarter for most routes, “driven by faster recovery in the consumption of goods than of services, the growth of e-commerce, and usual seasonality. These factors recently drove freight rates to historically high levels, in particular on transpacific routes where the group is the world leader.”While it said it remained cautious, “the current strong momentum of the shipping market, driven by both volumes and freight rates, should allow the group to further significantly improve its operating margin, compared with the second quarter”.Meanwhile, Ceva Logistics today announced it had begun to roll out CargoWise, which will simplify and standardise all 4PL operational processes. The platform will be implemented over a five-year period and replace ‘multiple’ legacy systems.By the end of 2022, 50% of all Ceva Logistics locations will operate on the CargoWise platform, with the whole project completed and deployed by 2025, it said.center_img CMA CGM has published strong second-quarter results on the back of capacity and rate discipline, despite shipping volumes down 13.3% on the same period of last year.Group ebitda was 26.3% higher than Q2 19, at more than $1.2bn; revenues, down 9%, came in at $7bn “due to a slowdown in volumes”.But the ebitda margin was 17.2%, against 12.4% a year earlier, with an operating margin of $530, or 7.6%, against $286m or 3.7% last year.last_img read more

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Collier County Commissioners approve ‘One Naples’ project

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Potential development on Vanderbilt Beach causes backlash from residents August 5, 2020 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments ‘One Naples’ towers approved by Collier County March 3, 2021 AdvertisementTags: One Naples With changes closer to the County’s original recommendations, some like Mark E. English, President of the Pelican Bay Property Owners Association were afraid the County Commissioners could be close to approving the project. “I’m disappointed, I think a lot of people are,” English said. “We’re going to do the best job we can and live with the results to the best of our ability.” Advertisement Advertisement Group makes final push for commissioners to scale back One Naples project February 19, 2021 Group protests One Naples Development ahead of commissioners vote March 1, 2021 AdvertisementCounty Growth Management employees used their lunch breaks to review the new changes, which also includes scaling building setbacks from the road from 15 to 25 feet. Stock also decreased residential units from 172 units to 140. They also decided to lower the height of the dual towers. Ralph Cowie lives in Barefoot Pelican Condos behind the site. “I’ve got a shadow hanging over me. It’s not what I expected. It’s not what I moved to Naples for,” said Cowie. RELATEDTOPICS Collier County commissioners voted to approve the ‘One Naples’ project Monday evening. Stock Development, the developer behind the proposed “One Naples” project on Vanderbilt Beach, threw County planners off-guard when they came forward with last-minute changes to their proposal ahead of decision day. The project has been in the works for nearly 4 years with Stock scaling back its original blueprint to now include two 14-story residential/commercial towers, three six-story residential buildings, 75 boat slips, and a ship store.Monday was the first day the project made its way to the floor of the Collier County Commission. Stock announced that they had purchased the parcel holding the DaRuma restaurant off South Bay Drive. They told commissioners that it will be demolished, then used as a staging area for construction vehicles to later become a park. last_img read more

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BMO Capital Markets to donate $1.6 million to education charities

first_img Feds look to increase charities’ disbursement quota The firm’s annual initiative generated $1.6 million on Wednesday from its collective trading activities in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. The funds will go to charities that aim to enhance access to education through scholarships, bursaries and other academic programs. This year’s list of recipients includes Women in Capital Markets’ Return to Bay Street Program, The Financial Women’s Association, and The Jackie Robinson Foundation, among others. “Equity Through Education allows bright and deserving students – those who may not have had the opportunity otherwise — to reach their full potential,” says Alan Tannenbaum, managing director and co-head of global equity products at BMO, in a news release. “BMO is committed to supporting charities focused on education and student success across North America and Europe, helping to promote diversity in the workplace,” he adds. The program has raised $17.9 million since it was launched in 2005, BMO Capital Markets says, and more than 3,000 students have been helped as a result. Photo copyright: Bloomberg Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The benefits and challenges of donating property BMO Capital Markets, the investment and corporate banking arm of Bank of Montreal, is donating a day’s worth of institutional equity trading commissions among 10 charities that provide financial assistance to disadvantaged students. Facebook LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Keywords Charitable givingCompanies BMO Capital Markets Related news James Langton Seniors intent on donating to charities: reportlast_img read more

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Big spending budget to supercharge a construction-led recovery

first_imgBig spending budget to supercharge a construction-led recovery Master PlumbersMaster Plumbers welcomed today’s release of a big-spending state budget which aims to supercharge the economy through investment in critical infrastructure, social procurement and incentives to boost business productivity.The plumbing industry Association has been at the forefront of calls to take advantage of affordable debt costs to deliver badly needed infrastructure which will benefit the Victorian community for decades to come.Master Plumbers CEO, Peter Daly, said that Master Plumbers strongly supported the significant investment in social housing, funding to expand opportunities for apprentices in construction and long-overdue boost to create employment opportunities for women in construction.“The Budget delivers $5.3 billion funding for 12,000 new social and affordable homes to give more Victorians the stability they need to improve their lives. The initiative is also predicted to create an additional 10,000 jobs in building construction each year over the next four years,” Mr. Daly said.Jobs in construction often start with apprenticeships and there is $33 million earmarked to expand opportunities for apprentices and trainees through a Big Build training pathway.“Victoria already encourages businesses working on major projects to invest in our future workforce through the Major Projects Skills Guarantee and this new initiative complements this, supporting the employment and training of up to 1,500 apprentices each year,” Mr. Daly said.“Master Plumbers has been strongly advocating to Government the benefits a program like this can bring and we would be proud to do our part in supporting this initiative through our industry-leading not for profit group training scheme, Plumbing Apprentices Victoria.”The Victorian Treasurer said that nobody does construction like Victoria and rightly pointed out that the industry needs to do more to benefit from the contribution made by women in a male-dominated field.Mr Daly said that Master Plumbers has been at the forefront of initiatives to create employment opportunities for women in construction, amongst our own members running plumbing businesses and as an active participant in the Victorian Government’s Women in Construction Strategy, developed through the Building Industry Consultative Committee.“The Budget provides a very welcome $5 million commitment to deliver the actions outlined in this critically important strategy, which was conceived by industry, developed by industry and will ultimately be delivered by industry. It also funds a number of services and initiatives which will assist women to actively participate in the industry,” Mr Daly said.Schools, hospitals and community assets ($2.9b), energy efficient homes and businesses ($188m) and planning reform ($111m) all receive a major boost over the coming four years.Master Plumbers is the plumbing industry association representing around 1,000 plumbing businesses in Victoria which employ more than 6,000 plumbers. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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, business, community, Economy, employment, energy, future, Government, industry, infrastructure, Investment, profit, reform, running, spending, Victorialast_img read more

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Protecting Australia’s dog population from biosecurity diseases

first_imgProtecting Australia’s dog population from biosecurity diseases Department of Agriculture and Water ResourcesThe department is calling on all dog owners to be extra vigilant, following the dog disease ehrlichiosis becoming established in the north of Western Australia and in the Northern Territory.Australian Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp, said ehrlichiosis disease is caused by a tick-borne bacteria called Ehrlichia canis and it is not yet known how it arrived in Australia.“This disease was first detected in May 2020 in areas of northern Western Australia, and in June 2020 it was also confirmed in dogs in the Northern Territory,” Dr Schipp said.“The brown dog tick, which is present across northern Australia, is the main carrier of this ehrlichiosis.“With a warmer climate and spread of the brown dog tick vector, the risk is moving further south.“If you own a dog, it is vital that your dog is on a tick control program if living or travelling to areas where the brown dog tick is present, including northern Australia.“It is also vital that you check your dog for ticks, watch for symptoms and if your dog is unwell contact your private vet.“This issue demonstrates how biosecurity diseases can impact on our animal health, and why we all need to do our part to keep an eye out for potential disease risks.“Everyone has a role to play to safeguard Australia’s dogs from biosecurity risks. You can do your part by being aware of our biosecurity conditions and keeping an eye out and acting on possible risks within Australia.”For more information on ehrlichiosis visit: outbreak.gov.au.If you’re planning to bring your pet to Australia or want to know more about how we manage biosecurity risks in Australia visit agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs. /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:Agriculture, animal, Australia, Australian, bacteria, biosecurity, carrier, climate, disease, disease risk, Government, Impact, Northern Territory, Outbreak, veterinary, visit, Western Australialast_img read more

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Women’s absence from COVID-19 task forces will perpetuate gender divide, says UNDP, UN Women

first_imgWomen’s absence from COVID-19 task forces will perpetuate gender divide, says UNDP, UN Women New York City – Men outnumber women three to one across COVID-19 government task forces around the world. Such disproportionate representation will hamper women’s recovery from the pandemic, according to new data released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and the Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) at the University of Pittsburgh.As the world marks one year of the pandemic, women, on average, still make up only 24 percent of members among 225 COVID-19 task forces examined across 137 countries, as shown by the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker tool that analyzes government pandemic policies. And in 26 task forces, there are shockingly no women at all.This new data comes as the world continues to navigate the global pandemic and its staggering impacts on women – from their role as frontline healthcare workers, to the loss of jobs as the informal economy shrinks, to the alarming spike in domestic violence and unpaid care burden, threatening to push 47 million additional women into extreme poverty.“Women have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, making up 70 percent of health care workers globally. However, they have been systematically excluded from the decision-making processes on how to address the impacts of the pandemic. This eye-opening new data shows, for instance, that only eight countries in the world have COVID-19 task forces with gender parity,” says Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator. “Women’s full and inclusive participation in public institutions is critical to ensure their needs are adequately addressed in the pivotal decisions now being made — these are choices that will determine their futures for generations to come.”Without women in decision-making roles, COVID-19 measures taken by governments are more likely to ignore women’s needs and it could further exacerbate the unequal recovery opportunities from the pandemic, which is already threatening to reverse decades of progress on gender equality.UNDP and UN Women urge governments to ensure women not only have equal participation in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, but also have equal decision-making power and leadership opportunities. For an effective COVID-19 response, policies and programmes must also include a gender lens, yet 32 countries still register no gender-sensitive measures in response to COVID-19 at all.“It is inconceivable that we can address the most discriminatory crisis we have ever experienced without full engagement of women,” says Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director. “At the moment, men have given themselves the impossible task of making the right decisions about women without the benefit of women’s insights. This needs to be set right without delay so we can work together on a future that is equitable, gender-responsive and greener.”There are gaps in the economic recovery process that so far has largely excluded women’s specific needs. The Tracker data show that, as of March 2021, only 13 percent of the 2,280 COVID-19 fiscal, social protection, and labour market measures target women’s economic security. And the measures taken – from cash transfers and food aid that targets or prioritise women – have often been small scale and temporary: one year into the pandemic, most of the cash transfer schemes had lasted only 3.3 months on average. Fiscal packages must include long-term specific measures to boost women’s recovery from the pandemic.The Tracker also reveals that only 11 percent of social protection or labour market measures address unpaid care and domestic work, of which pre-pandemic, women were doing three times as much as men. Good practices, mostly taken by Europe and the Americas, include the provision of childcare services (34 countries), paid family or sick leave (44 countries), or flexible work arrangements (11 countries).“We need more and better data, and collaborations such as those between the University of Pittsburgh and the United Nations can help us get there,” says Ann E. Cudd, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor at the University of Pittsburgh. “This research partnership has generated important new data that not only highlight the problem but provide the evidence needed to tackle these disparities.”Governments’ gender-related COVID-19 efforts continue to be most focused on addressing the increase of violence against women and girls during the pandemic, according to Tracker data. Of the gender-sensitive measures in the Tracker, some 64 percent focus on preventing or responding to violence against women and girls, including actions such as offering helplines, shelters and judicial responses.While this is a positive first step, only one-third of countries with available data have treated violence against women and girls-related services as an integral part of their national and local pandemic response plans. /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:america, americas, domestic violence, Europe, gender equality, Government, inequality, leadership, pandemic response, UN, UN Women, UNDP, United Nations, University of Pittsburgh, women, Yorklast_img read more

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Playground development for Federation Park, Cobram

first_imgPlayground development for Federation Park, Cobram Moira Shire Council is creating an exciting new $1 million play space in Federation Park, Cobram.Mayor Libro Mustica said this space included play equipment themed around agriculture with new barbecues, rotundas and seating also on the list.“Get ready to play on the giant silo tower, make some music or enjoy the natural play elements that will be incorporated into the playground,” Cr Mustica said.“During the development of the draft concept we consulted with the community who provided valuable feedback.“In response to the feedback we have also added a number of items for children of all-abilities plus the younger ones.”Cr Mustica said this project was jointly funded by Moira Shire Council, the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and the Drought Communities Program.“Landscaping works and the initial construction has commenced with the playground installation scheduled to start in June,” he said.“We would like to thank the community for their contribution of ideas to this project.” /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:Agriculture, children, Cobram, community, council, drought, Federal, federal government, Government, infrastructure, local council, Moira, Moira Shire Council, Music, project, space, Victorialast_img read more

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Minister Ng speaks with Ibec chief executive officer about Canada-Ireland trade opportunities

first_imgMinister Ng speaks with Ibec chief executive officer about Canada-Ireland trade opportunities From: Global Affairs CanadaToday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, joined Danny McCoy, chief executive officer for Ireland’s largest business representation group, Ibec, for a conversation on how business owners and entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic can start up, scale up, and access new markets as part of the global economic recovery from COVID-19.Canada is committed to delivering an inclusive and sustainable economic recovery by promoting progressive trade relationships that benefit all, fostering growth and creating good middle class jobs in the process.Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, joined Danny McCoy, chief executive officer for Ireland’s largest business representation group, Ibec, for a conversation on how business owners and entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic can start up, scale up, and access new markets as part of the global economic recovery from COVID-19.Minister Ng noted Canada and Ireland’s shared values, including a mutual commitment to rules-based trade, providing supports for small and medium-sized enterprises, and creating greater inclusivity and sustainability in global trade, including through collaboration in the green economy. Minister Ng also underscored the benefits of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), including its removal of barriers to trade and investment and provision of a stable framework for businesses to build resilience and strengthen supply chains.During the discussion, Minister Ng highlighted the importance of digital trade and e-commerce as drivers of the global economic recovery. She also promoted Canada’s contribution within the World Trade Organization (WTO) to advancing a set of global trade rules to underpin the digital economy.Quotes“More Canadian companies, and more Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises, are trading with Ireland than ever before. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have far-reaching impacts on international trade, CETA offers both Canadian and Irish businesses access to a large, stable, and predictable market where they can start up, scale up, and access international opportunities, creating good jobs and economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic.”– Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International TradeQuick factsCanada and Ireland have a close relationship and share values and common priorities, including support for gender equality, human rights, and climate action.Canadian companies are benefitting from CETA, with 2-way merchandise trade between Canada and Ireland increasing by 44.4% since the agreement came into force in 2017.Canadian merchandise imports from Ireland in 2020 were 65.3% higher than they were in 2016 before CETA came into effect.CETA provides Canadian businesses with favourable access to the Irish and EU markets through a number of measures, including tariff reductions, increased labour mobility, and access to procurement contracts at all levels of government.As a comprehensive agreement, CETA upholds our high standards in commercial, social, and environmental protections, as well as in workers’ rights and food and consumer safety.In 2019, Canada and Ireland celebrated 80 years of diplomatic relations. /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:Canada, diplomatic, entrepreneurs, EU, Europe, gender equality, Government, Human Rights, International trade, Investment, Ireland, resilience, Small Business, supply chain, sustainability, sustainablelast_img read more

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Giving Tree makes holiday special for Ridgefield students

first_img guestLabel Giving Tree makes holiday special for Ridgefield studentsPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, December 24, 2019in: Community News, Youthshare 0 Giving Trees were set up at every school in the Ridgefield School District School RIDGEFIELD — For many families, the holidays are a challenging time of year.  Even small gifts can be out of reach on tight budgets. The Giving Tree program has provided holiday cheer for hundreds of children in Ridgefield schools each year, matching donors with wish lists from family members.   At Union Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield, 377 gifts were collected in their Giving Tree program and donated to families in need. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public SchoolsAt Union Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield, 377 gifts were collected in their Giving Tree program and donated to families in need. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public SchoolsGiving Trees were set up at every school in the Ridgefield School District School.  Counselors and the Ridgefield Family Resource Center identified families with school age children who could use some assistance in buying gifts.  The students submitted their wishes, and the wishes were written on tags, along with the student’s gender and age.  (Students are never identified by name or any other information; it is anonymous.) Then donors selected a tag or tags from the Christmas tree at their school. The Giving Tree at View Ridge Middle School. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public SchoolsThe Giving Tree at View Ridge Middle School. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public SchoolsThe parent teacher organizations at each school offered many hours of volunteer service to collect, match, wrap, store, and distribute the presents.  Each family was able to pick up gifts or have them delivered in time for the holidays. It was another successful year for the Giving Tree program; each school was able to fill dozens of gift requests.  Union Ridge Elementary School was unusually busy; they received gifts for 377 children.  Giving Tree tags identify gift requests from children. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public SchoolsGiving Tree tags identify gift requests from children. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Public Schools“We had to refill the tree with new tags four different times,” school counselor Nicky Dunn said.  “The response was amazing. And it’s all for Union Ridge originated families. At least one of the kids in the family attends school here, and other tags are for their siblings, because we support all of the kids in the home.” The Giving Tree is an easy way to make the holidays happier for families in need.  Many thanks to the Ridgefield community for its generosity and holiday spirit.Information provided by Ridgefield Public Schools.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyRidgefieldshare 0 Previous : Holiday season lights up the community Next : Timeline and teamwork highlight December Bi-state Bridge Commission meetingAdvertisementThis is placeholder text 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Name*Email*Websitecenter_img Name*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). guestLabellast_img read more

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The Bar’s oldest active attorney, WJ (Jackson) Vaughn, at 105, is a living testament to the history of the profession

first_img Aug 20, 2019 By Rebecca Bandy Director of the Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism Columns The Bar’s oldest active attorney, WJ (Jackson) Vaughn, at 105, is a living testament to the history of the profession At 105, William Jackson Vaughn is the oldest active member of The Florida Bar. One of my favorite songs is by The Judds. In it, the country duo sweetly croon, “Grandpa, tell me ‘bout the good old days.” That song keeps playing in my head as I reflect on my recent conversation with Mr. Vaughn by telephone at his office, where he still reports to the WJ Vaughn Law Firm in Melbourne several times per week with the assistance of his daughter, Elise Vaughn, who is also an attorney. He has difficulty hearing now and relied heavily on headphones and his daughter during our call. However, he proudly told me that he was able to work full time until he had a stroke two or three years ago.“I do a lot of sleeping now, at the wrong times. I want to sleep in the daytime and stay awake at night,” he drawled in a Southern accent that reminded me of pecan trees, molasses, and sweet tea.When I asked him why he keeps coming into the office, he said, “That’s all I’ve known for so long, but things are different now.” His daughter told me that he also enjoys an occasional game of Solitaire on his computer.WJ Vaughn was born in 1914 to William G. Vaughn and his wife, Pearl. His family calls him Jackson, which was his mother’s maiden name. He was born in the cotton fields of Dooly County, Georgia. When I told him that I began my teaching career in that area two decades ago, he proclaimed, “You’ve been there!” He went on to explain that he tells most everyone that they have been to his birthplace, because his extended family still owns the 200-year-old farm between Vienna (properly pronounced VIE-enna) and Cordele through which Interstate-75 now runs.“Right up 75, there’s an old church on the right. That’s where my mama’s family was raised and where I was born.”Mr. Vaughn moved with his family from Georgia to Florida when he was nine, he suspects because of the economy. They spent a year in Orlando before settling in Melbourne in the early twenties. His father attended Emory College in Atlanta, but did not go to law school. Instead, he studied at home and learned the law with the help of local attorneys, including one prominent lawyer, Mr. David Peel. Mr. William G. Vaughn was a charter member of Kiwanis Club and a member of the Melbourne Hunting and Fishing Club. The practice started by his father in 1924 is the same one that Mr. Jackson Vaughn and his family own today, though he pointed out that the building has changed.Mr. Vaughn is a proud Gator. There is a charming photo of him online from 2017 with University of Florida basketball coach Mike White, both men covered in orange and blue. Mr. Vaughn graduated from UF Law in 1939 and began practicing with his dad, who he says was his mentor. From January 1942 until January 1946, he served in the Navy during World War II. Afterwards, he picked up where he left off with the firm. They did mostly real estate development, mortgages, probate, and served as the city attorneys for 36 years. His father died in 1951, and he carried on the family legacy.In 1946, upon returning from service, Mr. Vaughn met Miss Elaine Waring, the daughter of an old Brevard County family which had been in the area since the Civil War. “The first time I met her, I never made a date again with any other girl.” They married that year and bought a house shortly afterwards. He is still living in that same house where they raised their six children, three of whom became attorneys. “Our oldest is deceased, one is an attorney in Texas, and our youngest, Elise, works for me.”Mrs. Vaughn died in 2011 at 87, just one day short of the couple’s 65th wedding anniversary. An Orlando Sentinel article commemorating her death points out that she was the first female drum major at the Florida/Georgia football game parade in Jacksonville. She also once created a 50-foot-long needlepoint depicting the 12 tribes of Israel for the chapel at Melbourne’s First United Methodist Church.Mr. Vaughn said that practicing law has been quite pleasant most of the time. He says that attorneys should have high ethics, have pretty high standards, they should be looked up to, and they should be well thought of in the community.“Back then, when I started, there were a limited number of attorneys in Brevard County, and we helped each other. There was competition, but it was with respect.”When asked about his definition of professionalism, he stressed that it is important that attorneys be honest and never mislead people. “If you can’t help the client, give the case to someone else.”The biggest change in the legal profession to him has been the sheer increase in the number of attorneys and the number who go into personal injury law and cases involving big fees.“There is a lot of competition these days. Build a good reputation for yourself. In the old days, everyone knew everyone else. Now, I don’t get around as much, so I don’t know as many attorneys.”He stressed again, with a sense of nostalgia, “I knew everybody personally in those days.”As for his age, Mr. Vaughn said that he is the only one in his family with his type of longevity, except for an aunt who lived to be 99.The key to his long life?“The Good Lord, I guess. I never smoked or drank. When I was older and had a heart attack, I began walking every day, and I think that helped.”For more information on Mr. William Jackson Vaughn’s life and career, the Brevard Historical Commission published a 2017 oral history interview by Bob Gross, which can be accessed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX4iT1uUKfU.Rebecca J. Bandy serves as director of The Florida Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism. She joined the center as assistant director in March 2017. Prior to joining The Florida Bar, she was an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas L. Powell, P.A., in Tallahassee, where she litigated in the areas of family and criminal law. She earned her J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law. This column originally appeared in the center’s newsletter, The Professional.last_img read more

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