37 years After Graduation, Student Sends High School Teacher $10,000

first_imgShe was overwhelmed by his kindness, and said she would’ve been happy with just the surprise phone call.Perz’s penchant for mailing money to former teachers began in 1992 when he sent a $5,000 check to his former calculus teacher. Twenty years later he gave his business instructor $10,000, according to ABC News.Honoring his gift request, Mecham plans to visit her family’s homelands of Norway and Sweden.Mecham runs a charitable effort now and says the event made her stop and think, ‘who do I want to thank’. Additionally, her post on Facebook about the incident caused many friends and strangers to comment about the teachers in their own lives who made a difference.MULTIPLY the Good by Sharing (below) / Photo Credits – Marilyn Mecham TwitterAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore After years of working with the alumni association to search for Mrs. Mecham, he finally found her son’s phone number, which led to a January reunion.The monetary gift included a handwritten note with implicit instructions to spend the money only on herself, noting that he’d be sad otherwise.Mecham, now 62, was a first-year teacher in 1977 when she taught Perz and his classmates how to cook.Fifth Grader Donates Entire $300 Savings To Stop Teacher Layoffs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreKevin Perz took the idea of giving his favorite teacher an apple to another level.The Kansas businessman stunned the woman who was his beloved home economics teacher from 37 years ago with a surprise telephone call–and later a $10,000 thank-you check.Perz, who attended Parkway Central High School in Missouri, expressed his gratitude in a letter to Marilyn Mecham using bold letters, “You were the B-E-S-T teacher EVER!”Students Discover Math Teacher’s Secret Identity… As Baby Cuddlerlast_img read more

Physical activity encouraged more in boys than in girls

first_imgSchool and family influences on physical activity may be stronger in boys than in girls in Australia, according to a study published March 9, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Rohan Telford from the University of Canberra, Australia, and colleagues.Scientists have observed what appears to be a gender-based disparity in physical activity among youth, where girls are less active than boys. To better understand the mechanisms that underlie these observed differences, the authors of this study collected data from over 550 boys and girls from 29 schools as part of the Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) study in Australia.They measured a variety of factors at ages 8 and 12 including individual fitness (multi-stage run), coordination (throw and catch test) and environmental factors measured using questionnaires of an individual’s perception of competence in physical education, family support for physical activity, and school and extracurricular sports participation. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Share Email The authors found that school and family influences on physical activity may be stronger in boys than in girls in Australia. They found that girls were 19% less active than boys and that lower physical activity among girls was associated with weaker influences at school and at home.Girls were less physically fit compared to boys at age 8, including 18% lower cardio-respiratory fitness, 44% lower eye-hand coordination, higher percent body fat, and 9% lower perceived competence in physical education. The authors state that a variety of variables not measured in this study may also contribute to physical activity levels in children, but that the factors measured could be modified and potentially reduce the gap in physical activity between boys and girls.Based on these results, the authors suggest strategies aiming to increase physical activity should focus on a variety of areas simultaneously, including home, school, and extracurricular activities, paying particular attention to equality of support and opportunities for girls and boys.last_img read more

Norway: Siem Offshore Acquires Pct 50 of Secunda Canada

first_imgSiem Offshore and Birch Hill Equity Partners Inc., together the “Parties”, have entered into an agreement whereby Siem Offshore today has acquired 50 percent ownership in Secunda Canada LP at a purchase price of CAD 16.25 million paid in cash.Secunda has more than two decades of offshore experience in serving the oil and gas industry and currently owns and operates a fleet of six offshore support vessels on Canada’s east coast.Secunda has a total of 170 employees (onshore and offshore) and has offices at St. John’s and Halifax. The management team is represented by: Idar Hillersøy, President & Chief Executive Officer Sam Amendola, Chief Financial Officer Darrell Sheppard, Vice President Operations Colleen Alexander, Director Human Resources Chris Pitts, Director Business DevelopmentThe current Board of Secunda is represented by: Paul Henry, ChairmanJohn MacIntyre, DirectorBill Stedman, DirectorDean MacDonald, Director Johan Koss, DirectorThe Parties have agreed that each party shall have an equal Board representation in Secunda.Birch Hill established Secunda in March 2012 following an asset transaction. The 2012 financial statements for Secunda, covering the period from March – December 2012, includes revenues of CAD 33.4 million and an operating margin of CAD 7.8 million. Total asset was CAD 60.6 million at 31 December 2012. Shareholder equity was CAD 27.8 million.The ownership in Secunda will give Siem Offshore a strategic position in Canada’s east coast offshore sector. The aim is to grow the business of Secunda and also to develop Siem Offshore’s current business through the position represented by Secunda.[mappress]Siem Offshore, September 9, 2013last_img read more

Pioneer Marine Takes Delivery of 2nd Green Dolphin

first_imgOslo-listed shipowner and dry bulk transporter Pioneer Marine Inc has taken delivery of its second 38,419 dwt Green Dolphin eco-design handysize vessel, the MV Kite Bay, from Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding.MV Kite Bay’s fuel consumption is about 6 tonnes per day lower than the non-eco design vessels, according to Pioneer.The Green Dolphin newbuilding series is equipped with Ice Class 1C, fully logs fitted, suitable for the carriage of various dangerous cargoes, grab fitted, ABB Octopus system for fuel consumption optimization, and mass flow meters on the bunker line.MV Kite Bay will begin a one-year charter on a floating rate based on the Baltic Supramax Index less a small discount. The deal includes an option to extend the charter for up to one additional year.With this delivery, Pioneer now operates a fleet of fourteen handysize vessels and one handymax vessel.“Pioneer had contracted twelve newbuilds of which three have been cancelled without penalty and two vessels have delivered. The seven remaining newbuildings are scheduled to be delivered in 2016 (four) and 2017 (three),” Pankaj Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, said.As World Maritime News reported, the company took delivery of its first Green Dolphin vessel the MV Falcon Bay in September 2015. The vessel is chartered under a one-year charter agreement, with an option to extend the contract for up to one additional year.last_img read more

Lawyers warned over capital allowances changes

first_imgCommercial property lawyers could face future action for negligence if they fail to advise clients about impending tax relief changes. From 1 April, capital allowances, which allow for tax relief for fixtures in property, must be identified and documented at the point at which commercial properties are bought or sold, or they will be lost forever.Capital allowances specialists Catax Solutions said the UK could be sitting on an estimated £1bn in unclaimed tax relief. More than 98,000 non-residential property transactions took place in the tax year 2012/2013, of which 10,000 qualified for a capital allowances claims, said Catax.In November the Law Society partnered with Catax to help raise awareness of the tax relief changes.Mark Tighe, managing director at Catax Solutions, said there has been a lack of awareness over the changes as it had been unclear whether lawyers, accountants or surveyors should take responsibility for advice. However, he said it is incumbent on legal advisers to inform clients of the changes.He said: ‘Unfortunately, the loss of a sizeable tax benefit is only the start. Things are likely to get litigious for any party that oversaw the transaction — whether lawyer, broker, accountant or financial adviser — when their clients discover that they have lost potentially sizeable tax relief.‘If awareness levels stay as they are then, from a legal standpoint, the next few years could be fractious and represent a considerable financial threat.’The changes were announced in the 2012 Finance Bill.last_img read more

Flamengo Esports taps AMC Networks International to sell sponsorships

first_imgSimplicity Esports and Gaming Company has tapped AMC Networks International – Latin America (AMCNI-LA) to sell sponsorships.The deal will see AMCNI-LA aim to increase commercial opportunities for Simplicity Esports’ Brazilian brand Flamengo Esports. Photo credit: CBLoLRELATED: Simplicity Esports sets sights on NYSE American public offeringIn April, Simplicity Esports made an operational adjustment that saw Team oNe removed from management duties regarding Flamengo Esports. The move was made in an effort to ensure the brand was in a good position to be accepted into the long-term partnership model that will be implemented in the CBLoL. The model will be similar to that seen in the LCS, LEC, and LPL.Héctor Costa, Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales at AMCNI-LA, commented on the partnership in a release: “We are very pleased with this alliance with Simplicity Esports, to focus on monetizing sponsorships for Flamengo Esports, the prestigious Brazilian club. This agreement expands our great offering and contributes to the continued growth of AMCNI-LA in Brazil and potentially at the pan-regional level.”RELATED: Simplicity Esports receives $500,000 investment from Triton FundsOn June 9th, it was revealed that Simplicity Esports is intending on bringing in a Free Fire roster under the Flamengo banner, making it the second roster to represent the organisation alongside its League of Legends team.Jed Kaplan, CEO of Simplicity Esports, explained the reasoning behind this particular agreement: “We chose to partner with AMCNI-LA because of their deep relationships and extensive experience with advertising sales in Latin America. Hector and the rest of his team understand our strategy to grow the Flamengo Esports brand globally, as well as the value of corporate sponsorship activations that provide exposure to our loyal and engaged fanbase of over 1,600,000 followers on social media.”Esports Insider says: Given the extensive knowledge that AMCNI-LA possesses regarding the Brazilian scene, this deal makes a lot of sense. With Flamengo already sponsored by the likes of adidas and Samsung, it will be interesting to see what future deals can be acquired for the organisation. 10 Sec ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppis NextStay ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppisNOW PLAYINGThis year in esports- Investments, sponsorships and deals in 2019NOW PLAYINGTEAMS wins The Clutch DigitalNOW PLAYINGHector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI Hall of Fame 2019 – #ESIHOFNOW PLAYINGMarcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGHeather ‘sapphiRe’ Garozzo – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI London 2019NOW PLAYINGThe best MMOs in 2020NOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch.last_img read more

UK agents vote APT best

first_imgLeft to right is: Lisa Merrigan (Selling Long Haul Magazine), Angela Waite (APT Sales Manager UK/Europe) and Madalyn Gallagher (APT Trade Marketing & Sales Executive) Source = APT Readers of the UK travel agency monthly magazine Selling Long Haul have voted APT as Tour Operator to Australasia ahead of finalists Austravel, Jetset Holidays, Kuoni Travel and Travel 2.APT’s Trade Marketing and Sales Executive, Madalyn Gallagher and Angela Waite (APT Sales Manager UK/Europe) collected the award from the magazine at World Travel Mart.Received by all travel agents, the magazine provides training on destinations and products available for booking from the UK.Angela Waite said the award was solid recognition of service levels delivered to UK agents by APT.“Agents are a highly valued sales channel and we strive to deliver to them the best possible service and easy-to-sell high-value product that delivers on customer satisfaction,” said Angela.last_img read more