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first_imgThe clearing of tropical forests to make way for development is creating environmental conditions that are boosting the spread of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, according to a growing body of scientific evidence.A February 23, 2016 article in E360 Digest, a publication of the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, described how some of the world’s most serious infectious diseases emerge from wildlife and insects in forests—and how with fewer forests, such infections can more readily move into nearby human populations.Cleared forests lead to ecological changes that increase the risk of disease outbreaks, particularly those carried by mosquitoes—and the mosquito populations that thrive in deforested areas tend to be more dangerous for humans. “The species that survive and become dominant, for reasons that are not well understood, almost always transmit malaria better than the species that had been most abundant in the intact forests,” according to the book “How Our Health Depends on Biodiversity,” co-authored by Aaron Bernstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and quoted in the E360 Digest article. “This has been observed essentially everywhere malaria occurs.”The article also quoted Harvard Chan entomologist Richard Pollack. Read Full Storylast_img read more


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first_imgNC Governor Cooper says state parks can reopen in phase 1 NC’s Big Bradley Falls trail closes due to overcrowding Amid coronavirus, the bike business is booming With shops, movie theaters and restaurants closed in most states, people around the world are turning to bikes in record numbers as an alternative to public transportation and to socially isolate while getting exercise. Anecdotally, bike companies are reporting a huge surge sales. A representative at the bike company Trek says that bike sales have been flat for the past few years but this spring, the brand is seeing an uptick, especially among entry-level hybrids and mountain bikes.  Many trails in WNC have temporarily closed over concerns of crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic. This weekend, another popular recreation area joined the list: Big Bradley Falls Trail. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission closed Big Bradley Falls Trail in Polk County, saying it was necessary to close the trail to keep people away from sections of the trail that can be dangerous when overcrowded. Since 2000, there have been eight fatal accidents at Big Bradley Falls. The trail is closed through May 8. center_img Governor Cooper extended North Carolina’s stay-at-home order through May 8 but says if coronavirus numbers reach certain benchmarks in the state, phase 1 reopening can begin on May 9. Part of that phase 1 reopening includes the state’s 38 parks and recreation areas, many of which have been closed since the end of March. In the meantime, some remote state parks remain open because they’ve not seen unsafe numbers of visitors.  But don’t count on that to last. “We expect that to change,” Katie Hall, a parks spokesperson, told the Courier-Tribune. “More people are showing up than normal because they’re looking for a place to go.” Photo of North Carolina Mountains from Getty Images To quantify their hunch, Trek conducted a survey to explore how cycling behaviors and attitudes are shifting during the virus. They found that 85% of Americans perceive cycling as a safer mode of transportation compared to public transportation while social distancing and that 90% say if they must travel within 5 miles during COVID-19, biking is one of their top three modes of transportation.last_img read more


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first_img June 15, 2003 Managing Editor Regular News Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe Supreme Court heard oral arguments June 2 on proposed unbundled legal services rules for use by family law practitioners.“The rule provides for both vertical and horizontal representation of pro se litigants,” said Jeffrey Wasserman, a member of the Bar’s Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee, which proposed the rules. “What I mean by that is the attorney may represent pro se litigants for either one issue throughout the proceedings, or for a sole hearing, or for one issue at a particular hearing.”Judge Raymond McNeal, representing the Family Court Steering Committee and the Steering Committee of Families and Children in the Courts, said both groups support the proposals as they will give guidance to trial judges who are already dealing with the issue.Wasserman, a former chair of the Family Law Section, said the section also supports the creation of unbundled services rules.No one spoke against the proposed rules.The Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee was created in 2002 by former Bar President Terry Russell at the request of the Supreme Court and was chaired by Adele Stone. The court was following up on the report of the first unbundled services committee, which said there was a need for limited, or unbundled, representation in family law work. That panel recommended the Family Law Rules Committee address a proposed new Family Law Rule 12.040 which addressed limited attorney representation, including notification requirements.The recommendations now before the court include:• Even though Rule 4-1.2 does not preclude unbundled services, the committee recommended clarifying the rule to specifically say it is allowed. “The comment language makes it clear that the limitation must be reasonable, gives examples of permissible limitations, and clarifies that an attorney-client relationship is formed under a limited representation thereby invoking all of the ethical obligations and duties imposed by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar,” the report said.• Rule 4-4.2 amendments would clarify how to communicate with an opposing party who has engaged an attorney for limited services. “The person is considered to be unrepresented unless opposing counsel has received a written notice of appearance or a written notice setting forth the time period during which opposing counsel is to communicate with the limited representation lawyer about the matters within the scope of the representation,” the report said. The language is based on a proposed rule from Washington state. A similar change also was proposed to Rule 4-4.3.• Approving a new Rule 12.040 of the Family Law Rules of Procedure. The rule would provide that limited representation is allowed — including for court appearances — and specify that court permission is required when the attorney handling the entire case wants to withdraw or when the attorney handling the entire case wants to partially withdraw to limit the representation but still handle some aspects. Court permission would not be needed when an attorney who contracted for limited services completes those services. Other parts of the rule would encompass the requirements of Professional Ethics Opinion 79-7 that pleadings must state if an attorney assisted a pro se litigant, that an attorney providing limited services must state so on the signature page of any pleading or document prepared by the attorney, and that during the time of limited representation, pleadings and other documents must be served on both the attorney and the party.• If the Bar and procedural changes are approved, then Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.060 must be amended to conform to those changes.Justice Kenneth Bell asked if the proposals would work like “stand-by counsel” in criminal cases and if a lawyer is present for representation of one issue, could the lawyer also coach the pro se litigant on other matters?Wasserman said the lawyer would not necessarily be advising the pro se litigant on the other issues, but might be there to properly consult and advise the pro se litigant if they felt the pro se was “going adrift someplace.”“The fact that you have noticed a limited appearance doesn’t relieve you of the obligation of making sure the pro se litigant is fully aware of what is going on in the proceedings,” Wasserman said.Judge McNeal added that, “Coaching is definitely an unbundled service.”Justice Barbara Pariente asked about the experience of other states with similar rules.Wasserman said theother states which have unbundled legal services rules have passed them so recently that there is no statistical information about their impact on the system.“The posture of most states is that it has been well received and it is perceived as being a positive step toward assisting the pro se litigants within the state — with the exception of Colorado, which has had the unbundled legal services statute passed in 1999,” Wasserman said. “They do not feel that it is serving the indigent or near indigent pro se litigants as well as perhaps it was intended to serve them when it was first started.”Wasserman said Maine, on the other hand, indicates its unbundled rules have given its judges an opportunity to appoint counsel in more situations then they otherwise would have had if not for the rules.“[E]ven though there would not be an appointment of counsel, certainly there could be a strong suggestion that counsel might be available on a limited basis to assist the pro se litigant who is having a particular difficulty with an issue or particular hearing on a particular matter,” Wasserman said. 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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: David MorrisonAnother member of the $602 million Alabama One Credit Union has filed a lawsuit claiming the cooperative conned him into committing loan fraud, and later pressured him to disavow his complaint to authorities.The March 16 complaint filed by member Richard Turner named as defendants Alabama One Credit Union, Business Lending Manager Tammy Ewing, Board of Directors Chairman Edwin Harrell and Supervisory Committee Chair Martha Fincher. In the complaint, Turner claimed defendants committed fraud and negligence in connection with a half million dollar loan the credit union convinced him to make to benefit businessman Danny Ray Butler. continue reading »last_img


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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The PietastersMaybe they haven’t released an EP in nearly a decade, but this brassy D.C.-based octet is still touring to keep the ’90s third-wave ska revival alive so rude boys and girls can be “Out All Night” skankin’ to fan favorites, such as “Girl Take It Easy,” “Maggie Mae” and “Can’t Stand It.” Warming up the crowd are Mephiskapheles, Flak Jacket, Crisis Crayons and Carbon Thief. Definitely not to be missed. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $17, $20 DOS. 7 p.m. Oct. 27.Laura SchroffThis bestselling author will be signing copies of her new, heartwarming book Angels on Earth, which tells 30 tales exemplifying the undeniable power that random acts of kindness can have on the world and how they can ripple outward with plausible, concrete impact. Come share your own vignettes about the sheer power of love, and Pay It Forward! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 27.The John Garfield StoryForties Hollywood legend John Garfield—forerunner to such tough-yet-sensitive rebels as Marlon Brando and James Dean, displayed what Lee Grant was—the most important star caught up in the Hollywood Blacklist. In The John Garfield Story, narrated by Garfield’s daughter, Julie, pioneering Hollywood Golden Age documentarians Joan Kramer and David Heeley trace Garfield’s rise from a tough childhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side through his vagabond youth and apprenticeship with the renowned Group Theatre to the era of his greatest films. They explore the machinations that resulted in his blacklisting and tragic death at age 39. Screening followed by discussion with Julie Garfield and Hollywood producers Joan Kramer and David Heeley. Wow. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20-$25. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27.Dana Perino and JasperCo-host of Fox News show The Five, bestselling author and her dog, Jasper, will be signing copies of their new book, Let Me Tell You About Jasper… Meet Perino and her whiskered muse. Pet cutesy Jasper, and give him a lil kiss! Such a special canine, and what an exceptional tale! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 28.B-52sThese campy party-out-of-bounds rock ‘n’ rollers throw a Halloween-themed concert that will knock your socks off. Fans can anticipate a transformation of the concert space into the bonafide “Loveshack” when this fantastically quirky and over-the-top New Wave band take the stage. Iconic for the famed beehive hairdo and funky tunes like “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho” and “Roam,” the B-52s will make the whole dance floor shimmy and shake! Dance dance dance in costume, or drag! You will not want to miss this Halloween freak-fest, that’s for damn sure! Opening the show is Mother Feather. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$85. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Halloween Haunted Houses 2016Puddle Of MuddThis Kansas City-based ’90s alt-rock quartet will play their hits, including “Blurry,” “Psycho” and “She Hates Me.” Expect flannel, combat boots, and possibly some head banging, and expect to be floored. Opening the show are Year Of The Locust, Craving Strange, NFU and Black Dawn. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $25, $28 DOS. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.Nick DiPaoloIn this day of watered-down comedy, Nick Di Paolo’s brutally honest performances remind us of what great stand-up should be: funny, socially relevant and a little bit reckless. Nick began his career in his hometown of Boston and two years later, made the jump to New York, where he found his seething, sarcastic style was welcomed with open arms by audiences at New York clubs. This show is a comedy special TV taping. Be prepared to laugh, uncontrollably. Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $25. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.Frank Latorre And The KingbeesThe Kingbees’ bluesy rock-n-roll sound holds true to that of their lead vocalist, Jamie James, recognizable as the late guitarist in Steppenwolf. The Kingbees have represented Long Island four times at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. Besides being recognized as Gormuart’s “Favorite Long Island Artist” in 2010 for his artwork, Frank Latorre is a four-time winner of the International Blues Challenge and helped contribute to Johnny Winter’s Grammy-winning album, Step Back. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.The Lords of 52nd StreetLong Island’s best musicians—Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata and Russell Javors—whom Billy Joel hand-selected to help create his classic hits and unforgettable tours, reunite on stage once again as The Lords of 52nd Street! Get ready to hear an eclectic mix of tunes from the Piano Man’s music catalog, including hits and rarities performed with the same energy and passion as you’ve always known, because the band recorded, toured and performed extensively with Joel during his prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. The Lords aided in the creation of Joel’s hit records, including The Stranger, 52nd Street and Glass Houses. These guys know how to rock! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $35. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.The Fresh Kids of Bel AirNow, this is a story all about how the ’90s got flipped-flopped-and-turned-upside-down and then some. They’d like to take the stage for a night, so just sit right there, and they’ll tell you how they became the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air. Break out the Starter jackets and your pump sneakers for this “I Love the ’90s” show. Opening the show is “I Love the 00s” band TRL. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Pumpkin Picking Guide 2016Tono Rosario & Kiko RodriguezGrammy Award nominee musician Tono Rosario is known for his merengue band Los Hermanos Rosario. In 1990 he began his solo career, were he went on to become the most popular merengue singer in Puerto Rico. Four of his albums went gold and two of which even hit platinum. His 1996 album, Quiero Volver a Empezar, became the best selling merengue album of all time. Kiko Rodriguez is a Bachata star, with several acclaimed original albums. He has toured internationally throughout the Caribbean, Europe and the States, performing for bachata fans worldwide. These two stars will bring Latin-flare and have you up and dancing the night away. Also performing will be DJ Flaco JZ, DJ Fuego and DJ Jumpin Jay. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28.Monsters of FreestyleComing around for the third time due to popular demand, this Halloween-themed night celebrates the greatest of freestyle, a style of syncopated dance pop that gets crowds jumping. This unforgettable concert has a large roster, from TKA, the New York Latin American trio whose hits “I Won’t Give Up on You” and “Come Get My Love” shaped freestyle, to Sugar Hill Gang (“Rapper’s Delight” anyone?). Also performing will be Brenda K. Starr, Company B, Judy Torres, Corina, Freedom Williams of C & C Music Factory, David of Nice ‘N Wild, Nayobe, C-Bank, Strafe, Noel and Fascination. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$125. 8 p.m. Oct. 29.Mike DelGuidice & Big ShotThis is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who still shares a stage with the most famous Long Island pop star, The Piano Man, himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol—and the performances are absolutely stellar! With Nine Days. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. Oct. 29.Us and FloydThis Long Island-based Pink Floyd tribute band always strives to perform recreations that stay true to iconic band’s unique sound. Their appreciation for Floyd is demonstrated by the passion and precision of their performances. Us and Floyd performs Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety, and includes a lights and video multimedia experience that will wow the audience. Get ready to be transported back to 1969, this show is a can’t miss! With special appearance by Matt Searing. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$35. 8 p.m. Oct. 29.Chiara String QuartetRenowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the Chiara String Quartet captivates its audiences throughout the country. They regularly perform in major concert halls across the country and has toured China, Korea and Sweden. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $30. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Halloween Events 2016Sully ErnaSully Erna (aka Salvatore Paul) is a hugely talented singer and songwriter probably best known for his role as the frontman of the hard rock band Godsmack. He plays guitar, drums and piano on stage and on the band’s albums, which consistently hit the top of the Billboard charts. Now Erna’s out on a solo tour before the band hits the road again. Get ready to be wowed! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $38.50-$58.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 1.Laurie NotaroThis author will sign copies of her book Crossing the Horizon, which tells the true, little-known story of female pilots racing to beat one another to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic after Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight in 1927. Expect moving excerpts from Notaro, and expect to be inspired. RSVP required. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org Free. 7 p.m. Nov. 2.The Decline of Western Civilization (Part I)This documentary captured the 1980s Los Angeles punk scene, featuring interviews with legendary bands including X, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Fear and Germs, before they became known as the pioneers they so were. Filmmaker Penelope Spheeris will be in person to discuss the movie, and there will undoubtedly be plenty of songs featured to absolutely rock the audience. Not to be missed. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2.Robert HansenAcclaimed psychic medium Robert Hansen shares his gifts of communication, compassion, and deep connection with audiences as he attempts to help those wishing to connect to loved ones through the other side of the veil. Robert’s goals in reading include not only insights into future and communications with loved ones, but also achievement of inner peace and positive interaction with individuals. Even skeptics have attested to the accuracy and healing Hansen brings to his audience, giving those struggling with loss as well as those with deep questions insightful answers. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $29-$59. 8 p.m. Nov. 2.Steve Miller BandTake our word for it: You know every single lyric to every single Steve Miller Band song, ever, which makes seeing them at a live show such a fun experience that is most definitely not to be missed. “Fly Like an Eagle” down to see him this weekend because “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future” and you might miss your chance to see the guy some call the “Gangster of Love” (but whom others simply refer to as “Maurice”). [Read: Abracadabra: Steve Miller Band To Rock Huntington’s Paramount Nov. 2nd & 3rd] One thing’s for sure: Before they “take your money and run,” you will have the time of your life. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $59.50-$159.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 2, 3.Main Art: Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer and guitarist Steve Miller and his Steve Miller Band will rock the doors off The Paramount in Huntington on Nov. 2nd and 3rd! (Photo: Steve Miller Band official Facebook profile)-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Natalie Coloprisco, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more


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first_imgIt proved correct as cars lined up outside the drive-in early Friday night in the rain. One family comes every single summer. However, the Dolivers say they were extra anxious to get to the theater this year because it’s the first thing they were able to do together outside of the house. “People really want something to do,” said Wilson. “So, the fact that we can help them out with that is awesome.” The Wilsons have owned the Unadilla Drive-In for 25 years, but the business has been around since the 1950s. Manager, Spencer Wilson, says they sold tickets out for the first few nights within hours. UNADILLA (WBNG) — The Unadilla Drive-In opened up to many eager customers for the season as more people are looking to get out of their homes on a weekend. “We’ve been kind of stuck at home for past couple of months,” said Valerie Doliver. “So, this is our first trip out of town. The weather is not all that wonderful, but we’re excited to be at the drive-in tonight.”center_img Spencer Wilson says with the pushing popularity, his business has had to stay open for more days during the week than what they’re used to in the past. Wilson says his business has been getting a significant amount of more attention lately with more people looking to get out to do something safely while still in the pandemic. He says because summer blockbusters are not being released this season as originally planned, the Unadilla Drive-In will be doing special theme nights.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB), in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Crafts and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, is organizing the next “Croatian 365 Gourmet” workshop in Vukovar. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Lav II Hotel in Vukovar, and the speakers and guest speakers will be, among others, top Michelin chefs, Lionel Levy and Frank Renimel.”After a successful workshop in Pula, we are extremely pleased that Slavonia and Vukovar will host the next Croatia 365 Gourmet workshop dedicated to excellence in eno-gastronomy. When world-famous Michelin-starred chefs and rich international experience confirm the quality and resource richness of Croatian gastronomy, then this is an additional motivation for us in an even stronger positioning and development of the Croatian eno-gastronomic scene in the function of tourism. I am glad that Lionel and Frank, two top chefs, will hold lectures in Vukovar and transfer their knowledge and experience to Slavonian chefs because they have a key role in presenting our specialties to guests who come to us from all over the world.”, Said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, adding that he invites all interested chefs and eno-gastronomic experts from Slavonia and Baranja to apply for a workshop that is an exceptional opportunity to meet with internationally recognized chefs.Chef Lionel Levy, who will give a lecture on innovations in traditional recipes as part of a workshop in Vukovar, learned the craft from internationally renowned chefs such as Eric Fréchon and Alain Ducasse. Levy is also known as the leader of the new Mediterranean cuisine, and has been the holder of the Michelin star since 2005. Chef Frank Renimel learned the craft from the best French chefs, the Pourcel brothers, Gérard Garrigues and Dominique Toulousy, who became his real mentor and who aroused true creativity in him. At the Relais de Pigasse restaurant, Renimel finds the inspiration needed to receive his first Michelin star in 2003, when he was just 28 years old.Chef pastry chef Clement Higgins, owner of a very successful confectionery shop in Marseille, will speak about current topics in the field of confectionery, while a lecture on brand management in eno-gastronomy will be given by brand manager Elena Schipani, who works on food and beverage promotion. as a brand manager for numerous companies and institutions. The workshop will be attended by a distinguished sommelier Mira Šemić, who will give a lecture on the topic of pairing food and famous Croatian wines.The workshop is free, but registration is required until Friday, May 11, 2018 at 16:00 p.m.i. You can apply hereRelated news:CHEF LIONEL LEVY: DEFEND ANCESTOR’S RECIPESlast_img read more


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first_imgAustralia-based Red Emperor Resources has appointed a new chief executive officer (CEO) from ExxonMobil.Red Emperor said on Monday that Gracjan P. Lambert was named as the company’s new chief executive officer (CEO).According to the company, Lambert brings with him a wealth of technical and commercial experience in the global oil and gas industry, built over more than 20 years working in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, North and South America, and Africa.He spent the last 10 years at ExxonMobil in diverse roles including managing global field operations and leading complex international commercial negotiations.Managing director, Greg Bandy, said: “We are delighted to have attracted someone with Gracjan’s expertise and experience to our management team. He will be a valuable addition to the company and will specifically focus on managing, reviewing and introducing projects and assets to the company.”The company added that Lambert would not be a board member of Red Emperor.Also, the company appointed Aaron Bertolatti to the board of directors. Bertolatti, currently Red Emperor’s company secretary, is a qualified chartered accountant with over ten years of experience in the mining industry and accounting profession.He has both local and international experience and provides assistance to a number of resource companies with financial accounting and stock exchange compliance.Bertolatti was previously the Australian CFO of Highfield Resources and acts as company secretary for listed ASX companies, Fin Resources, American Pacific Borate & Lithium, Arc Exploration, and Berkut Minerals Limited. He is also a director of Odin Metals Limited.In addition to the two appointments, Nathan Rayner resigned from the board of Red Emperor, effective immediately, due to personal circumstances.last_img read more


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first_imgZoopla is to end its sponsorship of West Brom in the wake of the controversy surrounding Nicolas Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ gesture. The property website has announced it will not seek to continue backing the club after this season. Zoopla was unhappy at the continuing presence of Anelka in the team while his actions were investigated by the Football Association. It was also claimed that Zoopla had requested Anelka play in an unbranded shirt during the Baggies’ Barclays Premier League game against Everton on Monday night. There has been no confirmation of that but the company, which is co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterton, is to end its support after its obligations for this season end. A statement from the company read: “Zoopla has been reviewing its position over the past few weeks in light of the actions of striker, Nicolas Anelka, during the match against West Ham over the Christmas period and has decided to focus its attention on other marketing activities after this season.” Lawrence Hall, head of communications for Zoopla, said: “Through our sponsorship of West Bromwich Albion we are pleased to have supported the local community and charities. “In recent weeks, however, we have decided to re-evaluate this sponsorship and as a result we will focus our attention on other marketing activities from the end of the season.” The FA launched an investigation after Anelka sparked controversy by performing the quenelle gesture as he celebrated scoring at West Ham on December 28. The gesture, which has caused outrage in Anelka’s native France, has been declared by some to be anti-Semitic or racist. Anelka denied he was being anti-Semitic or racist and said he did it in support of his friend Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, a controversial anti-establishment comedian. Since beginning its investigation, the FA has made no comment other than to state an independent expert has been used during its probe. The governing body has faced criticism for the length of time its investigation has taken but it had pledged to be thorough. It is thought there could be an outcome this week, with the possibility Anelka, 34, could face a ban. Zoopla became West Brom’s principal sponsor in 2012, taking over from betting firm Bodog. The deal was reported to be the club’s biggest and most comprehensive ever, worth £3million over two years. West Brom released a short statement following Zoopla’s announcement, confirming they had received written confirmation of the sponsor’s intentions. The statement on West Brom’s website said: “West Bromwich Albion has been fully aware since the sponsorship agreement came into force in June 2012 that its partnership with Zoopla could expire this summer and therefore has been planning accordingly. “Zoopla has today informed the club in writing that it does not wish to extend its sponsorship deal. The club will now actively seek a new official sponsor for next season.” Press Associationlast_img read more