News Article | February 15, 2017
Researchers with the National Cancer Institute, the US Military Academy, and the Uniformed Services University traced the health and work histories of Coast Guard workers in Baltimore in the 1950s and 1960s as part of a new study. Their conclusions are the subject of a new article on the Surviving Mesothelioma website. Click here to read it now. The new analysis focused on shipyard workers’ exposure to five different types of chemicals including solvents, lead, oil/greases, wood dust and asbestos, the leading cause of mesothelioma. According to the report in the Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, not only were the Coast Guard shipyard workers at elevated risk for lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma, and early death, but asbestos exposure may have impacted the effort to gather data on other compounds. “Findings from efforts to evaluate solvents, lead, oils/greases, and wood dust in isolation of asbestos suggested that the excesses from these other exposures may be due to residual confounding from asbestos exposure,” writes author Jennifer Rusiecki, a researcher in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University. “Unfortunately, the sobering news about asbestos and shipyards is not only relevant to those who worked in the industry 50 years ago,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor for Surviving Mesothelioma. “Even today, those who repair or dismantle older ships face a similar mesothelioma risk without proper protection.” For the details of the new study and to learn more about the impact of asbestos exposure in shipyards, see Mesothelioma Risk High Among Shipyard Workers now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website. Rusiecki, J, et al, “Mortality among Coast Guard Shipyard workers: a retrospective cohort study of specific exposures”, February 2017, Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, Epub ahead of print, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19338244.2017.1289891?journalCode=vaeh20 For more than a decade, Surviving Mesothelioma has brought readers the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. All Surviving Mesothelioma news is gathered and reported directly from the peer-reviewed medical literature. Written for patients and their loved ones, Surviving Mesothelioma news helps families make more informed decisions.
News Article | November 1, 2016
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This November, America’s favorite holiday tradition will mark a milestone anniversary, once again kicking off the holidays with its signature brand of magical entertainment. On Thursday, Nov. 24, the 90th Macy’s (NYSE:M) Thanksgiving Day Parade® will march down the streets of New York City as millions celebrate with family and friends. The unparalleled spectacle is set to enthrall more than 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of Manhattan and more than 50 million viewers on television, with a host of giant character balloons, dazzling floats, the nation’s best marching bands and performance groups, celebrities, and the official entrance of the one-and-only Santa Claus. “Since our historic first march in 1924, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a call to celebration. Over the years, generations have gathered to enjoy the spectacle of high-flying balloons, fantasy floats, incredible performers, and the one-and-only Santa Claus, as the annual march became synonymous with the start of the holiday season,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “This year, as we celebrate 90 years of magical moments, we are truly humbled by the unique role the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fills in the lives of millions worldwide, and we are thrilled to celebrate this special milestone with a spectacular line-up filled with amazing new and commemorative elements that will continue our storied legacy of unparalleled holiday entertainment.” Since its origin in 1924, the Macy’s Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season, introducing a cherished march of magic that has dazzled generations of fans. For the 90th edition, the famed spectacle’s line-up will feature 16 giant character balloons; 27 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 16 marching bands and performance groups. For nine decades, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a march like no other. Bringing generations an unrivaled procession filled with more than 8,000 volunteer participants dressed as clowns, strutting their stuff in a marching band or escorting the Parade’s signature giant inflatables and floats of fantasy into the hearts of millions. Originally known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade, the tradition was started by Macy’s employees who wanted to celebrate the holiday season with a grand pageant similar to the over-the-top carnivals and festivals of Europe. The first Parade featured fanciful floats, employee marching bands, clown groups and real animals from the Central Park Zoo. Stretching from Harlem at 145th Street and Convent Avenue down more than five miles to Macy’s Herald Square, the first event was such a success that it was deemed by Macy’s to be an annual event from that point forward. While many elements have grown and been adapted over time, the heart of the Parade has always involved Macy’s own employee volunteers, talented marching bands and dazzling floats – elements that have paved the way for imagination and grand spectacle. One of those jaw-dropping additions came in 1927. Replacing the live animals who some said scared children along the route, the Parade introduced its first inflatables, debuting four giant balloons filled with air and carried on sticks down the route. That inaugural balloon line-up included the first-ever, character-based balloon featuring the likeness of famed animated film star, Felix the Cat. To make the balloons lighter than air, the following year, helium was added, helping the giants float down the route. Since its inception, the Parade has marched during tumultuous periods in our collective history. Only one event has ever caused the cancelation of the Parade and that was World War II. During a three-year period from 1941 until 1943, the event was put on hold due to the rationing of supplies such as rubber and helium and a moratorium on large public gatherings. After its brief hiatus, the Parade returned and grew in worldwide fame becoming even more synonymous with the holiday season after its starring role in the 1947 film classic, “Miracle on 34th Street.” In celebration of this year’s 90th march, Macy’s will look back at the Parade’s starring role as a generational hit with audiences via a heartwarming television commercial debuting in mid-November. Produced by Macy’s and BBH NY, the spot, directed by Noam Murro, follows a young boy from his first Macy’s Parade experience through to his 90th year, as the Parade plays a special role in his life. The touching story showcases how this world-famous, larger-than-life event has created long lasting personal connections with generations as it continues to bring families together in celebration. Featuring the Parade through the decades, the mini film tells the story of two old friends as it invites viewers to Believe! “Old Friends: A Tribute to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” can be viewed on Macy’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/Macys. As the Parade gears up to take its 90th march down the streets of Manhattan, very special guests will take to the streets like they’ve taken the world by storm for decades. The iconic Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the Muppets will dazzle and delight millions of fans as they kick off the celebration as only they can, with their signature musical and comedic revelry. Joining executive producer Amy Kule at the head of the Parade as she cuts the ribbon opening the march, will be U.S. Paralympic stars Tatyana and Hannah McFadden. The 90th procession will feature a star-studded cast that will celebrate the holiday with America, giving fans along the route a thrilling moment with their favorite performers, along with providing the nation with first-class performances. Joining the festivities this year are Kelsea Ballerini; Tony Bennett; Aloe Blacc; Chloe x Halle; Easton Corbin; Daya; De La Soul; Diamante Eléctrico; Brett Eldredge; Fitz & the Tantrums; Christopher Jackson; Johnnyswim; Sandra Lee; Maddie & Tae; Sarah McLachlan; NHL legends Adam Graves and Eric Lindros; Ben Rector; Regina Spektor; the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street; Sprout’s Chica; Timeflies; U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Michelle Carter, Laurie Hernandez and Claressa Shields; U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalists Mikey Brannigan, Gianfranco Iannotta; Grace VanderWaal; and Jacob Whitesides, among others. The Parade’s signature giant character balloons have showcased the world’s most beloved cultural characters since the late 1920’s. Evolving from a simple paper sketch to giant wonders on Thanksgiving morning, the balloons are transformed by Macy’s “Balloonatics” into high-flying art. This year, three new giant characters will take center stage including the return of Peanuts loveable blockhead Charlie Brown and a colorful and whimsical Diary of A Wimpy Kid®, as well as the debut of the stars of DreamWorks’ Trolls in a multi-character balloon. The balloon line-up will also feature the return of the Parade’s first balloon star as DreamWorks Animation’s Felix the Cat. Designed and built using the same methods from the late 1920s, Felix will make his way down the route as he first appeared, carried on sticks, mimicking his debut appearance in 1927. Returning giant balloon characters Angry Birds’ Red; Sinclair Oil’s Dino™; The Elf on the Shelf®; Hello Kitty®; Ice Age’s Scrat and his Acorn; PADDINGTON™; Pikachu™; Pillsbury™ Doughboy™; Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; Ronald McDonald®; Skylanders® Eruptor; SpongeBob SquarePants; and Thomas the Tank Engine®. The returning balloonicles (a Macy’s Parade hybrid of cold-air balloon and vehicle) include the famed-spokesduck The Aflac Duck. The late 1960s saw a creative renaissance for the Parade, following the establishment of Macy’s Parade Studio. Home to incredible artists including carpenters, painters, animators, metal fabricators, scenic/costume designers and electricians, the Studio team took over the primary task of design, construction and maintenance of the Parade’s elements, previously done through a combination of external resources and internal talent. For more than four decades, Macy’s Studio was housed in an old Tootsie Roll factory in Hoboken, New Jersey, before moving to a new state-of-the-art facility in 2011, where the team continues to evolve the designs of the larger-than-life elements. Macy’s floating wonders create a collection of magical delights that dazzle and transport spectators. The painstaking process of creating a Macy’s Parade float is both a creative and technical endeavor. Macy’s Parade floats are often three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, but must collapse to no more than 12 ½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to safely travel from the New Jersey studio to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel. This year, four new floats will debut including The Aloha Spirit by King’s Hawaiian®, Building A Better World by Girl Scouts of the USA, Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill®, and Fun House by Krazy Glue®. The returning float roster includes 1-2-3 Sesame Street; At the Ball Game (Cracker Jack®); Big Apple (New York Daily News); Big City Cheer! (Spirit of America Productions); China’s Chengdu – Home of the Giant Panda (Sino-American Friendship Association); The Colonel’s Road Trip to NYC (Kentucky Fried Chicken); The Cranberry Cooperative (Ocean Spray®); Discover Adventure! (Build-A-Bear®); Free to Play (Sprout®); Frozen Fall Fun (Discover®); Girl-Powered Spinning Machine (GoldieBlox®); Heartwarming Holiday Countdown (Hallmark Channel); It’s All Rock & Roll (Gibson Brands®); Mount Rushmore’s American Pride (South Dakota Department of Tourism); On The Roll Again (Homewood Suites by Hilton®); Santa’s Sleigh; Snoopy’s Doghouse (Peanuts Worldwide); Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations (Domino® Sugar); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon); Tom Turkey; Treasure Hunt (Pirate’s Booty®); and Winter Wonderland In Central Park (Delta Air Lines). Marching bands are a central piece of the Thanksgiving delights, bringing national excitement and hometown pride to the streets of the Big Apple, not to mention the musical beat to the holiday revelry. Twelve performance ensembles will take up the call of the baton and march down the streets of Manhattan. They include: Cary Senior High School (Cary, NC); Grain Valley High School (Grain Valley, Missouri); Greendale High School (Greendale, WI); Harrison High School (Kennesaw, GA); Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, TX); Joe E. Newsome High School (Lithia, FL); Macy’s Great American Marching Band (United States), led by 11-year-old junior drum major from Shaw University Timmy Richardson; Na Koa Ali`l Hawaii All-State Marching Band (Hawaii); NYPD Marching Band (New York, ); Prospect High School (Prospect, IL); The United States Military Academy Band (West Point); and The West Virginia University Mountaineer Marching Band (Morgantown, WV). Specialty Parade entertainment always promises a unique, exciting, and sometimes humorous look at the nation’s finest performance groups. This year’s special groups include the high kicking Kilgore Rangerettes (Kilgore, TX), the dance stars of the world-renowned in-school arts education program, National Dance Institute (New York), the Armenian folk dance group Sayat Nova Dance Company (Boston) and the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees (Alameda, CA). Completing the performance groups are the Spirit of America Cheer and the Spirit of America Dance Stars, which both feature 550 of the nation’s best cheerleaders and most thrilling dancers. The nation’s biggest and most anticipated Thanksgiving celebration, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, is broadcast nationally on NBC, with millions of families nationwide tuning in to watch the excitement unfold. This year, the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker will host the three-hour broadcast from 9 a.m. – noon (in all time zones). In addition, Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Jessica Carrillo and Carlos Ponce. Joining the Parade, as a signature element kicking off the holiday season, will be the world-famous Radio City Rockettes®. The national broadcast would not be complete without showcasing the best theatrical productions. Set for a 34th Street performances will be Holiday Inn, and more of Broadway’s best. In addition, viewers will get a sneak preview performance from NBC’s Hairspray Live!, which premieres Wednesday, Dec. 7 (8 p.m. ET/PT). The magic of the Parade can be experienced across the country, as the 90th anniversary celebration extends to fans from coast-to-coast. In early November, the Macy’s Parade Time Traveler app, available for free on the iTunes® App Store or from Google Play, will allow fans the opportunity to interact with history as they experience the magic of the Parade from three different eras. With the app installed, fans can use their smartphone’s camera to transport themselves to Parade’s past from the 1930s, 1960s and 1980s in amazing live-action virtual reality. In addition, the app will allow fans to take a selfie in the past, and create their own Parade by collecting historic, virtual balloons at Macy’s stores across the country. In addition to the time-traveling app, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade stickers app, available for free today from the iTunes App Store or from Google Play, or through messaging platforms including Tango, Paltalk® and Blackberry® Messenger, will add a dose of Parade whimsy to text messages this holiday season. The celebration extends to fun gifts available at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com, including a spectacular photography retrospective book Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: A New York City Tradition (Rizzoli New York), Macy’s Parade pajamas, collectibles, and more. For an insider’s look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should check macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind the scenes previews, interactive historical information, and more. The 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. from 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. “A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere” has been the guiding motto of this annual tradition for more than nine decades and is one which continues to this day. It’s time to celebrate with America’s Parade – 5,4,3,2,1, … Let’s Have A Parade! For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys and join the conversation at #MacysParade on various social networks. The Manhattan NYC, an Affinia Hotel is the official hotel partner of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Delta Air Lines, New York’s most global airline is proud to be the official airline of Macy’s Parade. RAM Trucks is the official truck of the Macy’s Parade. Timberland is the official outerwear provider. Remo is the official drumhead provider. PLEASE NOTE: ALL TALENT, PERFORMANCES, ELEMENTS AND INFORMATION INCLUDED ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. ADDITIONAL MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE MEDIA MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE AT MACYSPARADEPRESS.COM.
News Article | March 2, 2017
Major, Lindsey & Africa, the world’s leading legal search firm, today announced that George J. Hittner has joined as a managing director in the Partner Practice Group, based in the firm’s Houston office. With his wealth of market knowledge, George will enhance Major, Lindsey & Africa’s foothold in the Texas legal industry. “George has spent practically his entire life in the Texas legal and political community and brings a unique combination of legal, legislative, political and corporate leadership experience to our firm,” said Kirsten Vasquez, partner and executive director of law firm recruiting at Major, Lindsey & Africa. “He is a seasoned attorney and general counsel who has taken on a broad range of tasks. He will be a considerable asset in helping our clients find the capable and experienced legal talent they need.” Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, George spent seven years as general counsel, corporate secretary and senior vice president for government relations at Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions (ATS). At ATS, he managed the company’s full spectrum of legal and legislative affairs, including supervising more than 40 external law firms and 75 external consultants and lobbyists across numerous states, territories and Canadian provinces. His achievements in the traffic safety solutions industry resulted in him being named “Litigator of the Year 2013” by the Arizona chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and AZ Business magazine. A Texas native, George previously served as the statewide campaign manager for the successful re-election campaign of the former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice. He also worked for then-Governor George W. Bush’s successful re-election campaign, in the Texas State Legislature for a State Senator, and he served as a White House appointee at the United States Department of Labor. George began his legal career in the Business Litigation and Labor and Employment sections of the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. George earned his J.D. and Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, his Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and his Associate of Arts from Wentworth Military Academy. George actively consults on various civic, political and community affairs on the local, state and federal levels, including recently serving as a member of the initial onboarding “beachhead team” at the United States Department of Transportation for Secretary Elaine Chao. About Major, Lindsey & Africa Founded in 1982, Major, Lindsey & Africa is the largest and most experienced legal search firm in the world. With more than 25 offices worldwide, Major, Lindsey & Africa has earned recognition for its track record of successful general counsel, corporate counsel, partner, associate and law firm management placements. The firm also provides law firms and companies with highly specialized legal professionals on project, interim and temporary-to-permanent hire basis. Combining local market knowledge and a global recruiting network, Major, Lindsey & Africa recruiters are dedicated to understanding and meeting client and candidate needs while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality. The firm considers every search a diversity search and has been committed to diversity in the law since its inception. Major, Lindsey & Africa is an Allegis Group company, the global leader in talent solutions. To learn more about Major, Lindsey & Africa, visit http://www.mlaglobal.com.
News Article | December 6, 2016
John Rickert, Founder and Principal of SVN | RICORE Investment Management, Inc. and General Contracting Partners, Ltd., has joined The Expert Network©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Mr. Rickert has been chosen as a Distinguished Real Estate Professional™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. Mr. Rickert outshines others in his field due to his career longevity, awards and recognitions, and outstanding client service. Rickert graduated cum laude from the Culver Military Academy and was the Infantry Battalion Commander, Crew Team Captain, and the Cadet Club Chairman. In 1987, after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Richmond, Mr. Rickert was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and trained at Fort Rucker, Alabama to be a United States Army Helicopter Pilot. While flying for the Ohio National Guard in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Rickert began his commercial real estate career working for two of the leading development firms at that time. Gaining invaluable expertise and distinguishing himself in all aspects of property management, leasing, tenant improvement and building construction, Mr. Rickert has worked for such industry leaders as Hines Interests, Cabot Industrial Trust (now Cabot Properties) and CB Richard Ellis. With nearly 30 years dedicated to real estate, Mr. Rickert brings a wealth of knowledge to his industry, and in particular, to his area of expertise, commercial real estate, ranging from business development and enterprise management to generating substantial income for his clients investing in commercial real estate. When asked why he decided to pursue a career in real estate, Mr. Rickert said: "Commercial real estate is attractive to me because it offers an analytic challenge and the opportunity to realize large investment gains while allowing me to interact with our investors, tenants, contractors and team members. From day to day, I work on lease negotiation, property underwriting, real estate acquisition or disposition, and tenant space and building construction to meet the needs of our investors. Every day, I get to work on a different set of challenges." In 2001, Mr. Rickert founded SVN | RICORE Investment Management, Inc. with the singular goal of providing a commercial real estate firm that transparently integrates property management, leasing, investment disposition and construction to create value for its clients. In 2010, Mr. Rickert affiliated with the internationally recognized commercial real estate brand SVN® to gain a national platform for SVN | RICORE. Since opening its doors, SVN | RICORE has thrived under Mr. Rickert’s leadership. To date, SVN | RICORE has acquired approximately $25 million of commercial real estate for its own account and many millions more for its clients. In 2016, RICORE managed a portfolio of over 8.2 million square feet of institutional grade commercial office, industrial and retail properties in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, servicing the needs of 503 tenants and managing approximately $38.4 million in rental revenue. As a thought-leader in one of the most competitive industries, Mr. Rickert has managed to keep SVN | RICORE ahead of the curve through the use of cutting-edge commercial real estate technology and an unwavering commitment to providing the absolute best value for clients. Each person on SVN | RICORE’s staff of 39 highly skilled professionals specialize in a different area of commercial real estate—such as office, industrial, retail, and hospitality—providing clients the most in-depth knowledge in their particular asset class. Through their expertise, Rickert and his team guide clients toward the most economically advantageous strategy for managing their properties and meeting the needs of the tenants. He explains: "SVN | RICORE is technology driven; it has to be. Commercial real estate is steadily becoming more efficient and transparent online. Today, anyone can search Google to find properties for sale, building sites, tenant availability and the names of the decision makers. Commercial Real Estate firms haven’t been able to trade on the strength of their Rolodex for some time. To service our customers, the commercial realtor’s value proposition must include advanced transaction structuring and negotiating capabilities. There are value-driven principles involved in the acquisition and management of commercial real estate that sophisticated customers demand—and they come to SVN | RICORE to get it." The Expert Network© has written this news release with approval and/or contributions from John Rickert. The Expert Network© is an invitation-only reputation management service that is dedicated to helping professionals stand out, network, and gain a competitive edge. The Expert Network© selects a limited number of professionals based on their individual recognitions and history of personal excellence.
News Article | December 10, 2016
FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2015 file photo, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson delivers remarks on the release of a report by the National Petroleum Council on oil drilling in the Arctic, in Washington. President-elect Donald Trump selected Tillerson to lead the State Department on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest developments on Donald Trump's transition to the presidency (all times local): President-elect Donald Trump has found an accomplished American executive in Rex Tillerson, a supporter of free trade, international law and an expansive U.S. presence in the Middle East. A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Tillerson came to Exxon Mobile Corp. straight out of the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and never left. He came up in the rough-and-tumble world of oil production, holding posts in the company's central United States, Yemen and Russian operations. Under Tillerson's leadership, oil prices broke records and strong profits helped make Exxon the most valuable public company in the world. It has a security force totaling thousands of employees, direct channels with governments worldwide and a strong aversion to American sanctions or limitations on where it could operate. President-elect Donald Trump is moving closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, following a private meeting with the business leader. That's according to several people who have spoken with Trump and his transition team. Trump has privately signaled to associates that he plans to tap Tillerson for the powerful Cabinet post, but had not formally offered him the job as of Saturday afternoon. Some advisers worry that Tillerson's ties to Russia would lead to a contentious Senate confirmation hearing and keep alive questions about Trump's own relationship with Moscow. The people who have spoken with Trump and his transition team insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly disclose the internal deliberations. President-elect Donald Trump is being greeted with cheers at the annual Army-Navy football game in Baltimore. The incoming president waved to the crowd from outside a private box as he arrived at the stadium during the first quarter of the storied rivalry. Trump was inside the box of a West Point graduate and planned to spend the second half in the box of retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North. He was joined by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and top adviser Steve Bannon. Donald Trump has met with Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as the incoming president considers his options for secretary of state. Tillerson is under serious consideration to lead the State Department and also met with Trump earlier this week. Trump is also considering former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and former United Nations ambassador John Bolton. Trump's transition team said Friday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had withdrawn from consideration for the post. Tillerson's meeting Saturday was described by a person familiar with the private gathering who was not authorized to discuss it. President-elect Donald Trump will spend the first half of Saturday's Army-Navy game in the box of David Urban, a West Point graduate and Republican adviser and the second half in the box of retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, a graduate of Annapolis. A Trump transition official says Trump will not formally switch sides at halftime in the traditional symbol of commander-in-chief neutrality because he is not the sitting president. The team member spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the president-elect's plans. Trump is expected to join several advisers, including incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Steve Bannon. Trump is a 1964 graduate of the New York Military Academy near West Point. President-elect Donald Trump has deleted and reissued a tweet after receiving criticism on social media for bad spelling. Trump put out a fresh tweet accusing CNN of reporting "ridiculous" fake news, arguing he won't let his television show conflict with his presidency. Hours earlier, he had misspelled the word as "rediculous." "Reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are ridiculous & untrue — FAKE NEWS!" he wrote in the corrected tweet. The latest tweet drew some commentary about the president-elect, who has flubbed words on previous occasions on Twitter. "Are they still rediculous, too as per the original tweet?" tweeted @JoelNihlean in response. Donald Trump is tweeting about television again — this time accusing CNN of reporting "rediculous" fake news and asserting that he won't let his television show conflict with his presidency. Trump's Saturday morning tweets follow an announcement by Mark Burnett, the creator of "The Apprentice," that the president-elect remains an executive producer on the show. Trump's spokeswoman, Kellyanne Conway, said on CNN Friday that Trump's ties to his reality show are being reviewed for potential conflicts of interest. At 6:28 a.m., the president-elect tweeted that he has "NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!" Ten minutes later, he tweeted again, saying that "reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are rediculous & untrue - FAKE NEWS!" President-elect Donald Trump is partaking in one the nation's most storied football rivalries, saluting U.S. troops at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday as he prepares to enter the White House. The future commander-in-chief planned to attend the 117th game between the military academies at West Point and Annapolis, which is being held on relatively neutral ground, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The appearance caps a week of rolling out Cabinet picks, holding "thank you" rallies in North Carolina, Iowa and Michigan, and trying to cement his incoming Senate majority with Saturday's runoff election in Louisiana.
News Article | February 23, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) alumni homecoming in Fort Del Pilar, Baguio city, north of Manila, Philippines February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Harley Palangchao MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine foreign minister on Thursday said he would tell a United Nations rights body that the killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs were not state-sponsored. More than 7,700 people have been killed since Duterte unleashed the drugs war in June, about 2,500 in what police say are shootouts during raids and sting operations. Most of the rest are under investigation and activists believe many were extrajudicial killings. Police blame the killings on vigilante groups over which they have no control. Perfecto Yasay said he would address the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council, comprised of 47 nations, during a session set to run from Monday until March 24. "Our justice system does not tolerate violations of human rights, does not tolerate any state-sponsored extrajudicial killings," Yasay told reporters. "That's the truth." Last month, Duterte dismantled police anti-drug units after a South Korean businessman was killed inside the national police headquarters, but vowed to forge ahead with his war on drugs until the last day of his term. "Divisive fear-mongering" has become a dangerous force in the world, the secretary general of rights group Amnesty International, Salil Shetty, said in a statement this week. He described leaders like Duterte, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan as "wielding a toxic agenda that hounds, scapegoats and dehumanizes entire groups of people".
News Article | December 21, 2016
Beynon's Engineering and Sports Surfacing Technology on Display at the Keydets Indoor Training Facility The Virginia Military Institute indoor fieldhouse has joined the ranks of the elite facilities in the country to feature a hydraulically banked track system. The specialized Beynon surface is at the center of the new 205,000 square foot athletic and military training facility. The hydraulically banked track and field system includes a retractable steel frame with a custom-built control system; all designed and built in the United States by Beynon Sports of Hunt Valley, Maryland. The completed facility known as the Corps Physical Training Facility, showcases Beynon’s Rise-N-Run Hydraulic system, which allows athletes to raise and lower the track surface to specific angles of embankment to counteract centrifugal force caused by their circular motion and achieve unparalleled racing times. “To have Beynon’s hydraulic track at the center of one of the nation’s most acclaimed military training institutions is an honor,” said John Beynon, President of Beynon Sports. “The finished project at VMI exceeded everyone’s expectations. We commend the Virginia Military Academy - they have built an amazing athletic complex to train the fine men and women who protect our country.” After hosting the Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships several times, VMI has established itself as a gathering place for regional track competition. With the addition of Beynon’s indoor hydraulic track, the Keydets are sure to draw more attention than ever before. “And the facility is all inclusive, which is probably the greatest excitement for our team,” Webb said. “Time is of the greatest demand at VMI, and training on a Beynon track; throwing, and jumping in an outstanding facility, and being able to have their locker rooms, weight room and athletic training room in the same building is a great benefit for our teams.”
News Article | February 15, 2017
Fork Union Military Academy today announced the selection of LTC Houston Eldridge to serve as Fork Union Military Academy's Commandant of Cadets. Eldridge has been on the faculty and staff of the college-prep boarding school since 1999. He served as a teacher of Social Studies, teaching AP US History, Honors World History, and AP US Government and Politics, and became Chairman of the Social Studies department. In 2014, he was appointed the Academy's first Director of Character and Leadership, responsible for directing school-wide programs in character and leadership development at the all-boys military school. He developed the curriculum and taught a leadership class in the summer school program for many years, and this past year began teaching a leadership class during the regular academic year for all sophomore students. During his time at Fork Union Military Academy, Eldridge created and coordinated the annual Civics Day at which cadets hear speakers representing national, state, and local candidates for election, and participate in forums, debates, and a mock election. He also created and served as editor for the newsletter Front & Center during the time that print newsletter was being published. He has been tapped by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools to serve as a member of a visiting accreditation committee reviewing other schools, and has served as the Military Committee chairman in conjunction with the Academy's own ongoing school accreditation process. He has served the school as head lacrosse coach (2003-2011) and assistant football coach. Eldridge received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Psychology, from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He earned a Masters Degree in Public Policy Journalism from Regent University. In addition, he has completed a number of hours of classwork towards a second Masters Degree in Teaching: Continuing Education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. His education and training also includes certification as an Emergency Medical Technician, Smoke Jumper School with the US Forestry Service, and courses in Advanced Trauma Life Support at Walter Reed Medical Center. He served for two decades in the US Army with Special Forces involved in counter-terrorism and threat analysis operations around the world. In 2002, he was Battle Captain of the 3rd Special Forces Group at a Forward Operations Base in Afghanistan as one of the first military elements sent into that country following the events of September 11, 2001. In announcing Eldridge's selection, RADM J. Scott Burhoe, the Academy's President, expressed his deep appreciation to 1SGT Eugene Brice, USMC, Ret., for "the tremendous work" he did serving as Acting Commandant in the past several weeks. 1SGT Brice will continue in his position as Deputy Commandant. "1SGT Brice will be a valuable mentor and supporter for LTC Eldridge during this transition," RADM Burhoe said, "and we are very fortunate for his commitment to service and his adherence to the Marine Corps motto of 'Always Faithful.'" In describing his selection of LTC Eldridge as Commandant, RADM Burhoe said, "I always envisioned that the Director of Character and Leadership and Commandant of Cadets would be the same person. I interviewed external candidates and internal ones, and believe that Houston's leadership expertise and experience, as well as his level of advanced education, make him the ideal choice to serve as our 'Dean of Student', which is truly the role our Commandant of Cadets serves." Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, is a college preparatory, Christian, military boarding school for young men in Grades 7 through 12 and postgraduates. Affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia and open to those of all religious denominations, Fork Union was founded in 1898 and has a rich tradition promoting character, leadership, and scholarship.
News Article | November 11, 2016
With the news being reported of the passing of legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen at the age of 82, a video of Fork Union Military Academy's cadets performing his classic song "Hallelujah" first posted in December 2012 is experiencing a surge of fresh popularity as it has been picking up a lot more views on YouTube today. One of the Academy's most popular video posts to YouTube with over 4,500 views since it was first posted in December 2012, the video has been linked to by local media outlets today as they honor the legacy of the great songwriter, producing fresh interest in this beautiful performance by FUMA cadets. Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" was written over the course of many years. In his autobiography "I'm Your Man," Cohen describes it taking him five years to finish the lyrics. He finally released his version of the song on his 1985 album "Various Positions." However, it wasn't until Jeff Buckley released a cover of the song ten years later in 1994 that it began to receive wide attention. There have been countless more covers by many musicians in the years since, perhaps as many as 300 artists have recorded it, and the song has become a classic hit, described by many as hauntingly beautiful. Although Cohen used a great deal of Biblical imagery in this song, with references to King David, Samson, and more, the song is not particularly religious in nature, and is as much about love and relationships as it is about faith. The lyrics are open to wide interpretation, which is, in part, a reason for its wide popularity. The song can mean almost whatever the listener thinks it means. Shortly before the students at Fork Union Military Academy went on their Christmas break in December 2012, a small ad hoc chorus made up of postgraduate athletes within the Cadet Corps stunned their listeners with a memorable performance of Cohen's "Hallelujah" in a performance that was captured on video and went on to be viewed thousands of times, even though the boys boarding school enrolls only 400 to 500 students per year. The popularity of this video, and the renewed interest in this cover version following news of Cohen's death, is a testament to the power of Leonard Cohen's songwriting as much as it is to the vocal performance these young men gave. The video can be found on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/dsSZr9j9nNs
News Article | February 17, 2017
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he had ordered the anti-money laundering council to make public his bank accounts, a day after one of his staunchest critics revived allegations of millions of dollars of hidden assets. At a private dinner with retired military and police officers in Baguio City, Duterte said he was proud to have been made an honorary member of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1967 and added that "I would shame the class" by any involvement in corruption. "I've ordered the anti-money laundering council and everybody to give information on what my worth is in this, in terms of pesos on this planet, so I will not shame you," the firebrand leader said. The anti-money laundering council was set up under the country's central bank to investigate illegal bank transfers and halt the flow of dirty money. Duterte said the allegations made by Senator Antonio Trillanes, a critic of the president and himself a graduate of the Philippines Military Academy, was "pure garbage". "If any of my family or I myself were involved in corruption in government, you can be sure ... I would resign immediately." he added. Trillanes, one of only a few politicians who have regularly challenged the popular president, released on Thursday copies of what he said were bank statements from 2006 to 2015, totaling 2.4 billion pesos ($47.93 million) in numerous accounts, that he said belonged to Duterte and which he had failed to declare before his election last May. Duterte denied the allegations, advising the senator to file a case in court. He also defended his partner and daughter, an elected mayor in his hometown Davao City, who he said have the capacity to earn the millions in their bank accounts. "I must set an example because if I don't I cannot demand obedience," he told the retired officers, promising to "hit hard against corruption" in government during his term, which runs from 2016 to 2022.