North Country Federal Credit Union,Vermont Business Magazine ANEW Place has announced that the 22nd Annual Helping Hands Gift Wrap Fundraiser, sponsored by North Country Federal Credit Union at the University Mall, was a rousing success. The Helping Hands Gift Wrap Booth was open every day from December 4th through December 24th during mall hours with wonderful volunteers ready to wrap Christmas presents for the community. More than 150 volunteers joined together for this Christmas tradition to work shifts at the booth and many volunteers generously worked multiple shifts. This fundraiser raised $12,500, all to benefit ANEW Place! This was a spirited community-wide effort that raised funds allowing for new beginnings for the homeless men and women in Vermont.ANEW Place would like to thank Vickie DeGraaf and her family for voluntarily and diligently heading up this event as well as North Country Federal Credit Union whose sponsorship made the event possible and the University Mall for providing the booth space. ANEW Place would also like to thank all of the various media outlets who aired stories on the event and shared about the community collaboration. Lastly, ANEW Place would like to thank all of the faithful and generous volunteers on which this event hinged and the members of the Burlington community and beyond who gave generously as their gifts were being beautifully wrapped.ANEW Place, formerly Burlington Emergency Shelter, creates long-term solutions for homeless adults to start ANEW. The goal of their programming is to foster lifelong change, so that each person can make a successful, sustainable transition toward wellness and independence. They aim to see lives changed and to see an end to the cycle of homelessness in which so many adults find themselves trapped. Funded entirely by community donations, proceeds from events like this one are invaluable to ANEW Place!
Related The Interbike Women’s Lounge, presented by the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition (OIWC), will return in an expanded format to the Interbike Expo, held this coming September 14-16, in Las Vegas.“Recent studies suggest that women control nearly 65% of global consumer spending,” said Rich Kelly, Brand and Communications Director for Interbike.“With that much influence, understanding women’s needs and how to appeal to them just makes good business sense for retailers. With the additional education and events planned around our women’s lounge, we plan to help retailers better serve this market segment.”In addition to providing attendees with a comfortable, easily accessible networking area where they can meet and relax, the Women’s Lounge and its featured events will bring attention to outstanding women’s products and influential female leaders, while providing education on the purchasing power of women and how to market to them.The Women’s Lounge will be located on the upper level near the leftmost concession area at the top of the new escalators at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.“There’s a lot that can be done to change the perception of cycling in the minds of new female customers. All that spandex can be pretty intimidating to someone who is just getting started or returning to cycling after several years,” said Norm Pace of the Great Escape Network of Bicycle Retailers in Greenville, South Carolina.“Women who see the positive effects of cycling are much more likely to convince their families to get active, purchase a bike for their kid’s birthday or tell female friends at work about a fun ride they had the night before.”Pace has already recognized the value of the category with women’s-specific in-store hand outs, escorted test rides, a locally broadcasted TV commercial, a dedicated portion of his web site and a 45-day money back guarantee. Each of these efforts is focused on delivering the best experience he can for his female customers.At Interbike’s Women’s Lounge and events, other retailers will gain actionable knowledge and ideas to implement in their own businesses.The buying power of women has been further highlighted by Sally Grimes, Executive Director for the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition, who was a recent contributor on the Interbike blog (interbiketimes.com), discussing opportunities and issues surrounding the women’s market in the cycling industry.The 2011 Interbike Women’s Lounge will include:Women’s Product Showcase: an expanded area on the show floor that will highlight products designed specifically for women‘Buying Power of Women’ Seminar: experts on the buying power of women will present about how companies can tap into this important marketExecutive Roundtable: senior-level women will convene at an invitation-only leadership presentation and discussion of topics related to the bike industryOIWC Awards Presentation and Happy Hour: hosted in the Women’s Product Showcase, OIWC will present two awards recognizing outstanding female leaders in the bike industryMore details on Women’s Lounge event dates, times and speaker details will be available as the show approaches.www.interbike.com
An international body should to be set up to resolve jurisdictional questions raised by the US’s growing habit of prosecuting people in other countries for breaches of American law, the International Bar Association conference heard.Speakers at a discussion on the US’s ‘long arm of justice’ raised concerns about the US’s attitude to extra-territorial jurisdiction, noting that a listing on a US stock exchange is sufficient to make a foreign-owned company liable for prosecution in the US for crimes outside its territory. Another concern is that the US’s double jeopardy rule does not recognise convictions overseas, raising the possibility of prosecutions of individuals who have already served sentences deemed too light by the US authorities.‘This is significantly different from how the UK would look at jurisdiction,’ Amanda Pinto QC of Andrew Mitchell Chambers said. ‘This is a very real problem for the rule of law. Certainty is being undermined by what is happening.’A high-profile example of the US’s attitude to jurisdiction was the prosecution of FIFA executives arrested in May last year. James Klutz, a member of FIFA’s governance board, said there had been ‘a sigh of relief that somebody was doing something’. Mary Butler, a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s (pictured) asset forfeiture and money laundering section, said that civil confiscation was the main route taken to recover looted assets. However she said that US wire transfers can bring offences under US jurisdiction. ‘The concern is that the US should not be a safe haven, that our financial system should not be used to facilitate or promote crimes around the world.’However Charles Duross, a former US prosecutor now with Washington DC firm Morrison & Foerster, said there are limits to the US’s powers to prosecute foreigners for alleged offences committed overseas. He cited the ongoing case of US v Hoskins, where a US district court ruled that a non-resident foreign national cannot be charged with conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unless they acted as an agent of a ‘physical concern’. However Duross noted that the Department of Justice has taken an appeal to a higher court.Duross said that the increasing use of extra-territorial prosecutions raised the need for an international agreement, for example through a neutral panel – though he admitted that he did not see the US subjecting itself to such a panel ‘any time soon’.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers..Leicester City and France sensation N’Golo Kante has emerged as a target for Champions League winners Real Madrid. The France midfielder has been offered to the Liga giants and is being considered to provide competition for Casemiro. (AS)Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has officially confirmed to Manchester United that the La Liga giants will not exercise their option to take David De Gea to Spain next season. (Daily Express)Juventus have told Paul Pogba he can move on this summer – as long as they pay a world record fee. Real Madrid are the favourites ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United to sign the Frenchman. (Marca)Manchester City have made a £16.7million offer to sign one of Brazilian football’s most promising young forwards, Gabriel Jesus. City’s bid, which matches a $24m specified-club release clause in the under-23 international’s contract with Palmeiras, is intended to trump competing interest from Barcelona and Juventus. (OneWorldSports)Arsenal expect to have Wojciech Szczesny back on their books in the summer, before they decide on their next move with him, as negotiations with Roma over another deal for the goalkeeper encounter problems. (Guardian)West Brom have made their first move in the summer transfer market with a £4m bid for QPR winger Matt Phillips. (Express & Star)Swansea are to make stunning £10million moves for West Ham’s unsettled striker Enner Valencia and Liverpool star Danny Ings. (The Sun)Southampton have made a shock approach to former Italy keeper Walter Zenga to replace Ronald Koeman. Owner Katherine Liebherr gave the green light for the approach to the 56-year-old Zenga. (The Sun)Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will get no favours from old club Liverpool after asking for both Andre Wisdom and Joe Gomez on loan. Rodgers wants the defensive pair — as we revealed — but the Reds have snubbed short-term deals. (The Sun)Sheffield Wednesday aim to order a double Scotch to fire up a fresh promotion push. The Owls fancy Blackburn centre-half Grant Hanley and free agent Steven Fletcher. Scotland defender Hanley, who is sought after by several clubs, will cost about £5million. Fletcher, capped 28 times by the Scots, is available after a brief spell with Marseille. (The Sun)Roberto Di Matteo wants Watford No.2 keeper Costel Pantilimon to join him at Aston Villa. But the Italian 29-year-old Romanian is understood to be unwilling to take a pay cut to trade Vicarage Road for Villa Park. (Daily Mirror)