Students react to Michigan shut-out

first_imgNotre Dame fans were in for a surprise when they entered the stadium Saturday night for the game against Michigan, where the Irish emerged victorious in a 31-0 shut out against the Wolverines.Although Notre Dame supporters came with high hopes of winning, no one expected the shutout.“I heard we were only favored by about three points or so, so I thought it was going to be a close game,” freshman Chandler Casey said.The idea of a shutout became more apparent as the game progressed.Zachary Llorens | The Observer “I was not expecting Michigan to not get any points, but after the first quarter, I was expecting we’d do really well,” sophomore and Notre Dame Marching Band member Ben Schultz said.As this was the final game between the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan for the foreseeable future, many students were disappointed to see the end, but were pleased with the outcome.“Last year, it was a bad game overall,” junior Liliana Sanchez said. “However, this year we ended it on our terms, and I’m really happy about that. Our house, our rules.”Freshman Quinn Brown agreed that the shut out was a great way to end the rivalry.“This being the first and last Notre Dame-Michigan game that I’ll be able to see here, that was an awesome way to go out, especially in our home stadium,” he said.Although Brown said he was sad to end the rivalry, he added that he was hopeful for the future of Notre Dame’s football games.“It’s a little sad that I don’t get to see more of these games,” he said, “But we have other great teams that we’re going to be playing that we’ve added to the schedule so it’ll be exciting to possibly see some new rivalries form.”Many students felt the band was integral to the lively atmosphere in the stadium.“I love the marching band,” Casey said. “The marching band accounts for half of the game day experience.”“[The band] always helps lead the student section chants and the victory march, which gets the crowded pumped,” Brown said. “I think they are very vital to the energy of the stadium.”Before the momentous game, the U.S. Navy SEAL Parachuting Team, Leap Frogs, parachuted into the Notre Dame Stadium. Two of the four Navy SEALs descended into the center of the field, one carrying a Notre Dame flag and the other an American flag. As the parachuters descended, both Irish and Wolverine fans were caught off-guard and in awe.“I had no idea what was going on at first,” Sanchez said. “But then when I finally realized they were going to jump and land near the stadium, I couldn’t believe it.”Sanchez said she was excited that the Notre Dame fans sang “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”“I was planning in my head to do that, but the fact that everyone joined in at the same time was perfect,” she said.Fans from the University of Michigan expressed their opinions of the Notre Dame football experience as well.“The experience for a person who comes from [the University of Michigan] was great,” Wolverine fan Abby Schultz said. “People welcomed us to campus.”Emma Bozek-Jarvis, also a University of Michigan fan, said that not only were the ushers kind, there were “actual [Notre Dame] students as well who were very nice to us.”“I think it’s a great way to end the rivalry. I think it’s nice since it’ll get Michigan fans to be quiet for a little bit,” Ben Schultz said as he alluded to the “Chicken Dance” song that was played after Notre Dame’s loss against Michigan last year at the Big House. “We can end it with a bang and not as chickens.”Tags: football, Michigan, rivalry, shut out, Wolverineslast_img read more

Keough priest-in-residence shares Notre Dame journey

first_imgAfter having graduated from Notre Dame himself in 1999, Fr. Nate Wills now resides in Keough Hall as a priest-in-residence.Wills said he wasn’t initially interested in attending Notre Dame after his older brother started at the University one year before him. “I basically wanted to go to any school but Notre Dame because I thought that was his thing,” Wills said. “Then I came to visit him sometime in the fall and totally fell in love with the place. I was really excited because it felt like home almost instantly.”He said he was particularly drawn to Old College Undergraduate Seminary.“They were asking the same questions about discernment that I was,” Wills said. “It was just a really good environment to learn and to grow in, and some of the guys who were in Old College with me at the time are still some of my closest friends.”Wills graduated with majors in theology and computer applications, and during his undergraduate career, he worked as a layout assistant at The Observer. He said his experience at The Observer contributed to his discernment about entering the priesthood.“People would just casually sit next to me and bring up questions,” Wills said. “We would get into the most interesting conversations at a really deep level and I just loved it.”He said the experience was “confirming” for him to continue having these types of conversations on a deeper level.“Putting yourself in a position of ministry sometimes invites beautiful conversations in,” Wills said.After graduating from Notre Dame, Wills entered the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program and taught for two years in Chicago. He said he found a “vocation within a vocation” as a high school teacher.“[I] fell in love with the mission of Holy Cross in education,” Wills said.He finished seminary, spent four years at St. Joseph Parish in South Bend and then attended University of Wisconsin-Madison to receive a Ph.D in education in 2015. “I studied technology in education and my focus is on blended learning, which is using adaptive computer programs in the context of a traditional classroom to create a personalized learning paths for kids and to use the data that’s kicked out in those programs to make targeted interventions and really smart ability groupings for the kids,” Wills said.Wills returned to Notre Dame in 2015 where he first resided in St. Edward’s Hall before moving to Keough Hall in 2017.Upon his return, Wills worked for ACE, where he now teaches full-time for the Remick Leadership Program for aspiring Catholic school principals. As these principals are sent across the country and the world to teach, Willis spends a lot of time traveling and working remotely.He said he and two colleagues have a grant to implement blended learning research at five schools in the archdiocese of St. Paul Minneapolis. “We are working with those five schools to really lead the change of using technology for personalization in their schools so they can give kids an education befitting their dignity as children of god,” Wills said.Wills also spoke about his experience living on the fourth floor of Keough Hall. He said he had a desire to be in the life of the students and that his fourth floor room in Keough has allowed him to do this.“The way my room is situated, it’s right in the elbow of a big thoroughfare. When I’m not traveling, the guys are great about stopping in,” Wills said. “It feels like a great community. It’s been a wonderful experience for me.”Wills said the hardest part of serving as a priest-in-residence is getting to know his hall’s residents and establishing a presence in the hall.“The guys are all very welcoming and kind and often want to talk, but they just don’t always know when I’m around, so that’s been a bit of a challenge for me,” Wills said.The most rewarding part has been seeing residents move towards positions of leadership and responsibility and maturing.“The challenges of first year are real, and it’s amazing to see guys flourish within the community and bring people along,” Wills said. “I am constantly amazed at the superpowers of the kids in my dorm.”Tags: Alliance for Catholic Education, old college undergraduate seminary, priest in residencelast_img read more

US 4th Fleet and Ecuador Navy Plan UNITAS 2020

first_imgBy U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet July 22, 2020 U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet and Ecuadorean maritime planners held a virtual Initial Planning Conference (IPC) July 14-17 in support of the upcoming UNITAS LXI exercise, which will occur in November in Ecuador.Rear Admiral Daniel Ginéz, Ecuadorean Navy Fleet commander, kicked off the planning conference along with his counterpart, Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet.“This team has an important mission. We are an example to our countries and the world of what cooperation means,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson. “We are the unstoppable force and will come together to succeed even under difficult conditions.”Over 70 planners from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Peru joined representatives from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Army in conducting a series of virtual meetings to refine the UNITAS LXI concept of operations, schedule of events, and assigned roles and responsibilities. All participating navies will virtually sign a memorandum to continue detailed planning and signifying the intent to participate in this year’s exercise.The U.S. and Ecuadorean navies set the stage for a successful IPC and future engagements with a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Ecuadorean Navy designed to strengthen maritime partnerships, July 11.Sailors assigned to the USS Halsey (DDG 97) conducted the PASSEX with Ecuadorean warships BAE Manabi (CM-12) and BAE Loja (CM-16). The bilateral PASSEX, planned and executed in the COVID-19 environment, strengthened tactical readiness and practices operational command and control while signaling strategic commitments to our partners throughout the region.“This conference and the signing of the memorandum marked the beginning of the deliberate planning for UNITAS LXI. Sixty-one years of friendship, partnership, and trust cannot be overlooked. As we continue adapting to our changing world, UNITAS presents a great opportunity for participating navies to share ideas, enhance interoperability, and further strengthen relationships between our navies,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson.UNITAS, Latin for “unity,” is the longest-running, multi-national maritime exercise in the world. Conceived in 1959, UNITAS I took place in 1960. UNITAS LXI will focus on interoperability at sea with warfighting exercises, to include live-fire events that work up to a multi-day scenario phase where participating forces come together to operate as a multi-national force.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.last_img read more

Retention efforts are key to firm diversification

first_imgRetention efforts are key to firm diversification Retention efforts are key to firm diversificationMark D. Killian Managing Editor A willingness to accept diversity is not enough. Firms also must commit to strong recruitment and retention efforts if the numbers of minority partners are going to increase, according to Jason Murray, president of the Miami Chapter of the Black Lawyers Association. Murray was one of a number of speakers at the recent All Bar Conference on Diversity who said firms must create and foster mentor relationships and pay close attention to work assignments given to their minority lawyers to make them feel they are highly valued by the firm. If minority lawyers aren’t trained and given the opportunity to perform on significant legal matters, they will seek out other firms that will appreciate their talents. “If you don’t open up and receive people and see them for what they bring to you, you are losing out on quality,” said Wilhelmina Tribble, a former public member of the Bar’s Board of Governors. Citing “Women in the Law: Making the Case,” a new study sponsored by the law schools at Columbia, Harvard, Michigan, Yale, and the University of California-Berkeley, Tribble said people of color now make up three percent of partners and 12 percent of associates in U.S. firms, and minority associates are more likely to start and remain at firms where there are other partners of color. “Perception is everything and many minorities won’t even consider going to firms if there are no other minorities,” Tribble said. Ray Carpenter, partner in charge of minority hiring for Holland & Knight, seconded that, saying it took 15 years of making offers to minority graduates in Florida to finally get a minority lawyer to accept an offer to work for the firm. “People don’t go where they do not see somebody who looks like them,” Carpenter said. “And that was what was happening for a lot of years at Holland & Knight.” Carpenter said diversity is distinguished from affirmative action in that it is a choice made by the firm. He said it was firm patriarch Chesterfield Smith who decreed that Holland & Knight should look like the community it serves and also draw talent from that community. Black Lawyers Murray said while women and Hispanics are making inroads toward partnerships, isolation, lack of mentoring, and the lack of challenging job assignments are significant obstacles still faced by black lawyers at major law firms in Miami. Murray said while a recent National Association for Law Placement study found 16.34 percent of partners at major Miami firms are women and the city had the highest percentage of “partners of color” out of 28 cities surveyed across the nation (19.31 percent), most of Miami’s partners of color are Hispanic. Murray said the BLA found only nine black partners out of 1,466 lawyers it surveyed at 35 of Miami’s leading firms. “Miami’s major law firms are unfamiliar with the principles of economic inclusion, fair play, and substantial justice insofar as black lawyers are concerned,” Murray said. “Nine black partners out of about 1,500 lawyers at these major firms,” Murray said. “We said, `Well, there is a problem.’” Murray said to account for so few black partners, either blacks are not being recruited, so they are not in the pool to make partner, or the minority lawyers were leaving the firms, so there is a serious retention problem, or the black associates were being passed over, so there is an advancement problem. Murray, a partner at Carlton Fields, said that if Miami’s top firms are serious about recruiting qualified black lawyers, they must change their recruiting approach by devoting more time to minority job fairs, establishing relationships with student groups like the Black Law Student Association, and recruiting at historically black universities. Firms also must cultivate and mentor black lawyers in order to retain them. Murray said one black associate he spoke with told him while she was highly recruited, she was ready to leave her 40-member firm because of a lack of mentoring and training. “She said, quite frankly, `I don’t believe that there is anyone there who is advancing my interest or is sponsoring me to do well with this firm,’” Murray said. “`When all is said and done I am not getting the high profile cases. I’m not getting to work on significant matters. I am not getting the training that I know I will need in order to get to that next level.’” Another black associate interviewed by Murray said while he and a number of other black lawyers were highly recruited to the firm, management didn’t know what to do with them once they were there. “That firm was managing diversity by trying to deal with conflicts and to make sure everybody in the office was okay at a base level, but they had not gotten to the point where they understood it, appreciated it, valued it, and embraced it,” Murray said, “There came a point when each of these attorneys felt they were not being connected to partners and the partnership ranks. They also did not think they had a significant mentoring opportunity.” Murray added many of those black associates indicated that they did not have the opportunity to participate in certain social networking events and were not given the challenging work assignments they craved. “That teaches a valuable lesson,” Murray said. “Unless you can establish a good relationship with senior lawyers, the best cases are not coming to you. Lawyers tend to give their work to associates they feel comfortable with.” Women Lawyers Tribble said as competition for legal talent increases, and women make up a growing percentage of that talent pool, retaining and advancing women is also essential to staying competitive. The “Making the Case” survey found that upon graduation from law school, more than 70 percent of men and women begin their legal careers in firms. She said of those graduating in the 1970s, only 30 percent of the women are still with firms, as opposed to 51 percent of the men. The study also found 35 percent of women law graduates from the 1980s and 51 percent of women law graduates from the 1990s are still in firms. “As a result, while 50 percent of the men are still in firms, only 40 percent of women are in firms,” she said. With respect to satisfaction with their current employer generally, there is striking parity between the response of white men and white women lawyers, the survey found. “In particular, these groups are equally satisfied with networking and mentoring opportunities,” Tribble said. “However, women of color law graduates. . . report lower satisfaction levels on these indicators, as well as on advancement generally.” According to the survey, while 62 percent of white women law graduates are satisfied with their current employer, only 46 percent of women of color are satisfied. With respect to advancement, 41 percent of white women law graduates are satisfied compared with 30 percent of women of color. Minority women also report lower levels of satisfaction with networking and mentoring components of advancement. Fifty-three percent of white women say they are satisfied compared with only 39 percent of women of color. “Low satisfaction rates registered by women of color law graduates can be explained in part by how they preceive the climate for diversity in their organizations,” Tribble said. “White men and women law graduates do not observe race issues in the same way that people of color do. The greatest gap exists between white men and women of color, but even white women significantly underestimate the importance of race.” The survey found 25 percent of women of color say being a minority hinders advancement opportunities compared with 13 percent of white women and five percent of white men. Thirty-six percent of women of color say many stereotypes about minorities exist in their organization as opposed to 21 percent of white women and 10 percent of white men. Carpenter said firms need to become places where minority lawyers of all stripes can feel that they can achieve their highest level as a lawyer. Carpenter said the general attitude of minority lawyers is: “Get in, get out of the way, give me what I need in order to do my work as a lawyer, and I’ll show you that as a lawyer it does not matter what my color is and you will forget what my color is.” April 1, 2001 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img

Winter Storm Watch Issued for Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Accuweather.comA winter storm is forecast to dump 4-to-8 inches of snow on Long Island late Wednesday night into Thursday, when the precipitation is expected change into rain before switching back to snow.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for much of the tri-state area, including Nassau and Suffolk counties, from midnight Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, which is Valentine’s Day.“Snowfall will make travel treacherous on Thursday,” meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. “Heavy…wet snow may cause some weak…flat roof structures to collapse and trees will be susceptible to falling.”Downed trees may bring down power lines and cause outages. There may reportedly be some minor coastal flooding as well due to astronomically higher than usual tides stemming from the full moon on Friday.The flakes are forecast to start falling while temperatures are in the 20s on Wednesday night and will change to rain when temps go above freezing Thursday afternoon. Once the mercury drops back below freezing Thursday night into early Friday morning, the precipitation is expected to switch into snow again.Northeast winds of 20-to-30 mph with gusts of up to 35 mph during the storm could reduce visibility to ¼ mile at times.The chance of snow and rain lingers through Friday evening before partly sunny skies move in for the weekend, when temps will be in the 30s. The storm forecast is expected to change once it nears.last_img read more

Getting familiar with your Foundation – Mark Lynch

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is the third edition of our “Getting Familiar with Your Foundation” series on our blog! Each month we will highlight a different member of our Foundation staff so you can get to know the people who make our work possible. Last month we got to know CFOO Hannibal Brumskine. This month, get to know Senior Program Manager Mark Lynch!Here are some lessons in leadership and fun facts you might not know about Mark:When you aren’t at work, what are we most likely to find you doing?Building something in my workshop.Do you have a guilty pleasure? If so what is it?I don’t really like sweets or desert, but I love milk chocolate.What is your favorite TV show or a few that you can’t miss?My favorite TV show is Real Time with Bill Maher.  However, I never grow tired of watching re-runs of MASH, House of Cards, Newsroom and West Wing. continue reading »last_img read more

Croatia Airlines workers go on strike

first_imgThe Pilots’ Union announced that they were going on strike, due to failed negotiations with the Management of Croatia Airlines and workers gathered in the union of aircraft technicians, cabin crew and pilots. Thus, pilots, cabin crew and aircraft mechanics of Croatia Airlines are going on strike, which was announced at the end of June or the beginning of July.After a year and a half, we have exhausted all possibilities for any agreement because we do not have a serious interlocutor, the union points out, adding that years of wrong business decisions, stubborn refusal to accept facts and anyone’s well-intentioned proposals and criticism have led to a crisis. flight operations cannot work with their own personnel and aircraft.We believe that our colleagues from the management, unfortunately, no longer work within the framework of reasonable human behavior and Croatia Airlines has become a victim of a disastrous business policy. The best example is the still current situation with hundreds of canceled flights and hired foreign planes, which has caused us millions in damage. The conditions for industrial actions have been acquired as a last resort to point out to the owner the problems of the company. We will inform the public and our passengers about all events in time. We once again call on the Government of the Republic of Croatia to help Croatia Airlines while there is still time and to appoint the best management in the full term. ” conclude from the Unionlast_img read more

Civil groups refuse to ease pressure on pandemic response law

first_imgThree civil society groups have already tried challenging the emergency provisions at the Constitutional Court, vowing to continue pushing back on what they see as “malicious intent”.Read also: Perppu on COVID-19 aid puts graft fight at stakeThey include the Alliance of the Nation’s Children (AAB), the Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI) and an unnamed group comprising 24 plaintiffs, including public figures Din Syamsudin and Amien Rais.The groups insist that the order shields state officials responsible for fiscal and monetary measures from legal charges behind the argument that they acted in good faith, as explicitly stipulated in Article 27 of the law. Any fallout would be considered an “economic cost” and not “state losses”, possibly absolving the officials of any corruption charges. But the judicial reviews they filed last month might be aborted, with the court set to drop all challenges once President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signs the law and legal scrubbing is complete.“The Perppu will turn into a law, so the court can no longer proceed with our previous lawsuits. We would like to, therefore, file another judicial review against the upcoming law,” AAB leader Damai Hari Lubis told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.“We find Article 27 to be evil, and it must be removed because it undermines antigraft efforts in the country.”Damai said the provision needs to be challenged because it fails to define what indicators for state budget allocation fall within the criteria of “goodwill”, arguing that it violates Article 79 of the 2014 Government Administration Law, which calls for the state to uphold accountability and transparency.The article is open to interpretation and could even override the 2001 Corruption Crimes Law, he added.Read also: House grills govt over ‘unconstitutional’ PerppuMAKI coordinator Boyamin Saiman said he would file a new judicial review to the court, having prepared a 53-page lawsuit document to support his group’s case.The unnamed group of plaintiffs will be doing the same, said Ahmad Yani, one of the collective’s defense lawyers.Constitutional Court spokesman Fajar Laksono said the court was still processing the previous challenges to the Perppu because the President had yet to sign it into law.“But once the legal scrubbing is complete, the public can [take it back] to the court,” he said.The court resumed trial over the Perppu case on Thursday, two days after the House passed the Perppu as a Law.Despite increasing pressure on the incoming provision, the government was adamant that the law does not intend to grant impunity to state officials caught misappropriating state funds.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedLaw and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said anyone who under any circumstances misappropriated the state budget would still be charged under the 2001 Corruption Crimes Law.“Article 27 only provides a legal guarantee for state officials to promptly issue a policy to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the economy,” Yasonna said in a statement.“We should not forget that Article 1 of the 2001 Corruption Crime Law stipulates that those who have embezzled from state funds relating to disaster relief can face the death penalty.“Since the President declared the pandemic a national disaster, state officials who [commit any such act] can be charged with the aforementioned article.” Topics :center_img Even after convincing lawmakers to enact an executive order on the country’s pandemic response, the government still faces scrutiny from civil groups claiming the order gives officials the opportunity to embezzle state funds.A contentious regulation in lieu of law (Perppu), which the House of Representatives endorsed on Tuesday, allows the state to increase spending for programs related to the national COVID-19 response.The resulting law will justify any state move to extend the budget deficit beyond the legal cap of 3 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), alerting critics to possible misappropriation.last_img read more

Ray Parlour makes prediction for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Leicester

first_imgArsenal entertain Leicester after four wins on the bounce in all competitions (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has backed his former club to use the momentum they gained from their impressive victory at Wolves to beat Leicester this evening. The Gunners lost to Manchester City and Brighton in what was a miserable return following their enforced three-month break but Mikel Arteta’s men have since returned to form, winning their last four matches in all competitions. Goals from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette at Molineaux ensured Arsenal closed the gap on sixth-placed Wolves to just three points and the north London outfit will be in a confident mood ahead of tonight’s clash at the Emirates. Comment Ray Parlour makes prediction for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Leicester Leicester head into the clash after a comprehensive victory at home to Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)However, third-placed Leicester will also be buoyed after their 3-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace in the wake of successive defeats to Chelsea and Everton. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked for his prediction ahead of Arsenal’s encounter with the Foxes, Parlour told VBET News: ‘Leicester are coming off a really good win which they needed because they haven’t had a great start after lockdown. A good three points at home to Crystal Palace.‘Arsenal, what a result! What a fantastic result away to Wolves, winning 2-0. I had that one down as a draw. I would have been delighted with a draw.‘But it was a brilliant three points. Saka again. What a goal from him.‘So I’m going to go with Arsenal. I think they’ve got momentum, they are really doing well at the moment. They’re looking at that fifth place  if they can close the gap and this is a massive game.‘They’ve got three big games coming up so I’m going to go with Arsenal. I think they’ll play three at the back and I’m going to go with a 2-1 win for Arsenal.’What will the result be at the Emirates?Arsenal win0%Draw0%Leicester win0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Arteta’s men play host to third-placed Leicester in north London (Pictrure: Getty)Mikel Arteta is under no illusions about the size of the task at hand in securing qualification for next season’s Champions League despite Arsenal’s impressive run of results. ‘Well now we are on a good run, we’ve got some momentum and we’re getting to the crucial point of the season where we’re going to face the top teams in the next two weeks and we’re just trying to get prepared as well as we can,’ the Arsenal head coach said. ‘We know how important these games are going to be for the future of the season. ‘We are very focused and committed to trying to do as well as we can.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Spaniard added: ‘I think we have to win every game and then wait and pray. ‘It’s not about winning one game. I think we need to go game-by-game. ‘A few weeks ago, we were really far from even thinking about Europe and now we are a little bit closer at the moment. ‘So let’s go game-by-game and see where it takes us.’Can Arsenal still qualify for the Champions League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal clashesMORE: Emiliano Martinez praises Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s ruthlessness amid Matteo Guendouzi sagacenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 2:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link450Shareslast_img read more

First Citizens buys Barbados bank

first_imgLarry HowaiState-owned bank, First Citizens, announced yesterday that it had signed an agreement to buy the Barbados subsidiary of the Bank of Butterfield for US$45 million ($289 million). In a statement, First Citizens said Butterfield Bank (Barbados) Limited provides retail, premium and business banking and lending services, merchant services, and credit and debit card services in Barbados. It employs 114 staff at its main office in Carlisle House in central Bridgetown and five additional banking centres across the island. The bank had assets of US$308 million and customer deposits of  US$270 million at 31 December 2011.Butterfield Bank (Barbados) Limited was established in 2003 following the acquisition by Butterfield of the Barbados assets of the Mutual Bank of the Caribbean, Inc—at the time a subsidiary of The Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Society. The statement said that the acquisition of Butterfield Bank (Barbados) Ltd represented the continuation of the group’s expansion throughout the region as it will be the first time First Citizens will have access to retail customers outside of T&T.Larry Howai, the Group Chief Executive Officer at First Citizens said: “This transaction confirms that First Citizens is well on course in terms of its strategic direction, particularly as it relates to acquisitions and regional expansion. This is certainly a ‘win win’ situation for both organisations and what is most rewarding is the fact that the customer wins. I must emphasise that our commitment to put customers first has been replicated in Barbados through our Investment Services Company and will be extended to more communities thanks to Butterfield Bank (Barbados).” Bradford Kopp, Butterfield’s president and CEO, said: “In First Citizens, Butterfield has found the ideal buyer for our Barbados operations: a full service bank with a strong reputation for service and innovation, which has a well-established, complementary business on the island.  Our employees, customers and premises in Barbados are a good fit with First Citizens’ business model, and we are confident that all stakeholders will benefit from this transaction.” The Butterfield Bank (Barbados) Limited acquisition is pending regulatory approval. The sale is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2012.The Guardian Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share 48 Views   no discussions NewsRegional First Citizens buys Barbados bank by: – May 9, 2012last_img read more