Walsh, Altland earn trips to Meet of Champions

first_imgA week after winning her first state sectional cross country championship, Raritan’s Christina Altland fulfilled her season long quest. By finishing third at the NJSIAA State Group II Championship on Saturday, she attained her goal of qualifying for the Meet of Champions. The top 10 individuals and top three teams at the Group Championships automatically qualified for Saturday’s MOC at Holmdel Park. There were 10 wild card invites to the harriers with the fastest non-qualifying times and two wild card teams based on team average. Altland left nothing to chance Saturday, touring the challenging Holmdel Park course in 19:57 to trail only Abby Hinds of Mountain Lakes (19:33) and Kearsley Olcott of Summit (19:51). The Raritan girls just missed qualifying as a team placing fourth (181), just seven points behind third-place Summit (174). Chelsea Callan was second across the line for the Rockets in 29th (21:31). Mater Dei’s Marie Walsh will have the company of her teammates on Saturday after she finished second in the Non-Public B race (19:21) and the Seraphs finished third (118). Liz Shaw was 11th overall and ninth in team scoring for Mater Dei after running a 20:59. Meghan Corless was 15th overall and 13th for the team competition (21:26). Mater Dei’s boys also finished third (95) and put themselves in the MOC. Patrick O’Boyle was first across the line in 10th place (17:57). Right behind him in 11th was Curtis Jensen (18:03). Dan Russo was 22nd (18:27). Holmdel’s Richie Greco grabbed one of the boy’s wild card slots with his 17:03. He finished 12th in the Group III race. Christian Brothers Academy’s 11-year reign as the Non-Public A champions came to an end with Don Bosco topping the Colts, 51-140. Brandon Pierson led the Colts in 15th place (17:11). Vin Ferrer (17:18) and Anthony Pellegrino (17:18) were 20th and 21st. The 11 consecutive Group titles is second best all-time streak, trailing only Bernards’ and the 14 straight it won from 1974-87. The Colts have collected 22 State Group titles, second behind Bernards’ 23. -Tim Morrislast_img read more

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Accountants and auditors in the anti-corruption effort

first_imgDear Editor,The current news swirling around the almost US$20 million ExxonMobil signing bonus saga reinforces the important role of accountants and auditors in the anti-corruption effort.It is rather strange that such a large and relatively suspicious transaction escaped the eyes of accountants at the two ministries involved; the Central Bank, of all places; and worse, the Audit Office.Credit goes to accountant and attorney Mr Christopher Ram for first sounding the alarm, and to Opposition Leader and Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo, for ably and competently following through the audit trail to bring it to the Guyanese public.It is also a stark reminder that Government Ministers, including the President, need to be financially literate. A good understanding of accounting, auditing, and finance fundamentals will enable these elected officials to effectively discharge their mandate, in addition to understanding and interpreting financial reporting.How can accountants and auditors help in this anti-corruption drive? Firstly, accountants are the first set of gatekeepers to ensure that transactions are valid, at arm’s length, are captured and properly recorded according to established standards.Secondly, as professionals with a duty to protect the public interest, they are bound by rigorous codes of professional and personal ethics, calling for the highest levels of integrity and objectivity.Thirdly, their key strategic positions within an enterprise or organisation –whether in an internal position or as an external auditor or adviser – mean that they very often have access to highly privileged and confidential information.A few years ago, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global umbrella organisation for the accountancy profession — which has more than 175 members and associates in more than 130 countries, representing almost 3 million accountants — took the lead in anti-corruption and came out with a paper titled “The Accountancy Profession and the Fight Against Corruption.” The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAG) of Guyana is a member of the IFAC, and so is the Global Institute of Internal Auditors, a chapter of which exists in Guyana.IFAC urges accountancy bodies worldwide to unite with various professions, including the business community, government agencies, and other organisations, to wipe out corruption. The document mentioned above contains several proposals, one of which advises accountants to develop outlets for building relationships with legislative and regulatory authorities, the legal profession, and other groups interested in improving the framework for good governance, transparency and accountability.In addition, the document places responsibility on audit committees to consider the propriety of anti-corruption policies in place, and insist that corrupt acts be reported.Auditors, too, are advised to promote codes of conduct among practising firms, their clients, and governments to expressly prohibit corrupt activity. The paper goes on to focus on the accounting profession’s individual role in curbing corrupt practices by urging ‘professional skepticism’ when establishing business relationships, and in reviewing transactions.Within this context, it is mind boggling that almost US$20 million could have escaped a typical accountant’s and auditor’s watchful eyes and ready pen.Corruption is now a global problem, common in both developed and developing countries and reaching epidemic proportions across borders. In democratic nations, where checks and balances deter corrupt and other unethical practices, corruption is still prevalent. The impact on business and the wider society is even greater, as it diverts resources from productive to unproductive sectors, and makes a few rich at the expense of others. Corruption also undermines institutions and redistributes wealth to the undeserving.What this indicates is that, human nature being what it is, no country, and indeed no system, is immune from corrupt practices. Indeed, nations have gone to war, governments have been toppled, companies have been made bankrupt, and whole kingdoms have been lost due to corruption scandals.The most obvious effect of political corruption is a loss of public esteem for politicians and political life. The cynical view that ‘politics is a dirty business’ becomes a reality; people enter politics not from a sense of public service, but in pursuit of personal power and advancement. If left unchecked, corruption weakens the very structures of an organised society as it undermines the forces of law and order and reduces public morale. In the long run, both economic and social developments become crippled, and all suffer.This disease increases risks and costs to the economy, damages investor confidence, and stifles economic growth. Corruption acts as a strong deterrent to foreign direct investment. With corruption being a scourge to societies, there is now more focus being placed on good governance practices and sound risk management efforts.It is clear that both the accounting and audit professions have important roles to play now and in the future in preventing, detecting and reporting on corruption. After all, stakeholders place considerable trust on these highly trained professionals to do so.Lal BalkaranPast President,Institute of InternalAuditors (Toronto)last_img read more

Bob the tortoise returns home

first_imgBob’s hind legs were badly cut, a toe was cut off, his neck was slashed and his shell was punctured with a sharp object. The attacker tried to cut the animal out of his shell and threw him against a wall, police said. Jose “Tony” Mosqueda, 18, of Ventura, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. He pleaded not guilty and faces up to three years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said. Sullivan said Bob is a friend to her 6-year-old autistic son William, who rarely spoke to people but chattered to the animal. She said the boy was withdrawn while Bob was staying at Turtle Dreams, a Montecito rehab center, but he has started talking again since Bob came back. “It’s made a good impact on our son. He’s sleeping through the night and he’s opening up,” Sullivan said. Sullivan and her husband have built a temporary enclosure with a screen to give Bob room to exercise and keep flies away from his scars. The animal will undergo more surgery to repair deep slash wounds under his neck and legs. “He’s still got a long road to recovery,” she said. Bob’s plight made headlines across the country and prompted a flood of calls from people wanting to help. A benefit concert was planned Sunday at a Ventura night club to raise money to help pay the animal’s veterinary bills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VENTURA – Bob, a 42-pound pet tortoise who was slashed and mutilated after being stolen from a family’s yard, has returned home following more than a month in a rehabilitation center. Bob heartily ate his first meal of hibiscus flowers and roses after having a feeding tube pulled out of his neck, owner Dorothy Sullivan said Friday. “He’s eating like a pig,” she said. “He’s doing great and we’re pretty excited.” The 25-year-old African spurred tortoise was snatched from Sullivan’s yard on July 7. Police following an anonymous tip found Bob behind an apartment complex several days later. last_img read more

Azusa is in the black

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAnticipated expenditures were also adjusted by $500,000. “\ too were conservative about over-anticipating expenses,” Kreimeier said. “We made an adjustment to put \ more in line with several years of history.” Expenditures include workers’ compensation and general liability insurance premiums and pay-outs. And finally, right-of-way maintenance, such as streets, tree trimming and traffic signals, will be paid out of state gas-tax funds instead of the general fund. “While the city of Azusa must continue to remain frugal in its expenditure patterns, the balancing of the current year’s budget will help set the stage for the ongoing preparation of the next year’s budget,” Kreimeier said. “Seventy-five thousand in the black isn’t huge. However, it does make the picture a little brighter.” AZUSA – For the first time in years Azusa’s mid-year budget is in the black.The City Council faced a $1.2 million mid-year budget shortfall, but during Monday’s meeting the deficit was resolved with a few budget amendments that upped revenue estimates. The city now is looking at a $75,000 surplus without raising taxes or cutting jobs or services. “We revised our revenues based on new information we didn’t have at the time the initial budget was done,” said Alan Kreimeier, director of administrative services and chief financial officer. Kreimeier said revisiting vehicle license fees and property-, sales- and utility-users taxes created a $950,000 increase in revenues. The earlier figures “were too conservatively estimated,” he said. The final official vote on the budget amendment is expected to come before the Azusa City Council in the near future. Mayor Diane Chagnon praised Kreimeier for his work and easily understood presentation on the budget. “It’s a great way for the community to know how their tax dollars are being spent. It also makes the City Council and staff more accountable to the public,” Chagnon said. Chagnon said the council has learned while certain revenues are earmarked for specific expenses, they also can be used in others ways. “It frees up our general fund,” she said. The new-found money will primarily be used for code enforcement, graffiti removal and special programs. “And, we did this without raising taxes and cutting back on jobs and hours,” Chagnon said. marianne.love@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

L.A. may try prisoner-child reunions

first_imgChildren in foster care with parents in prison will come under review this week by county officials who will consider developing a program to reunite the families when Mom’s or Dad’s sentence is over. Often these relationships become strained and severed, as families are separated in the public systems and in the hundreds of miles that can separate the prison walls and foster homes. On Tuesday the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will discuss a Stockton-based program used by the San Francisco Department of Human Services that helps these families stay connected. They will consider creating a similar program for Los Angeles County to apply in cases where courts support the family’s relationship. “You have a lot of nonviolent offenders in prison,” said Nick Ippolito, children’s deputy for Supervisor Don Knabe. “This focuses on communication with parents in prison where reunification is appropriate.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Ippolito said that the program falls in line with efforts to keep kids out of the foster care system, establish permanency in their lives and give them a home base to lean on. Without family around, kids who remain in foster care age out of the system at 18 and stake out in the world on their own. Although there are children who make the transition, find jobs and apartments on their own, about one-third of foster youth will become homeless. One in five will be in prison within two years of leaving the foster care system, according to Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. About five years ago, the San Francisco Department of Human Services began its contract with Friends Outside, a 50-year-old organization that serves as a bridge between incarcerated parents and their children. Friends Outside connects with prisoners and works with child welfare workers who then work with the foster youth, said Gretchen Newby, executive director. Contracted case workers go to the prisons, meet with the parents and talk to them about the possibility of reunification after release, she said. Often there are gaps to fill. In some cases, incarcerated parents don’t know how to reach their children, who have been shuffled from home to home in the foster care system. Other times, they’re afraid that the kids don’t want them in their lives. But Newby said the efforts can help children get out of the foster care system, where the prognosis for success is not good. That changes when they stay with family. “It makes sense to take that extra step and find a relationship with that mom or dad in prison,” she said. “We may see this person as a convicted felon, but to a child, it’s still Mom or Dad.” At the same time, foster care children are also often at a loss for ways to stay in touch with their incarcerated parents, said Nell Bernstein, Berkeley-based author of the 2005 “All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated.” Bernstein sees the many miles that often fall between children and their parents behind bars as a significant challenge that leads to the first of communication breakdowns. Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, for example, is a far drive from Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Arranging rides to visit mothers there can work if the child is staying with a relative who has an incentive to visit the prisoner. But there’s less incentive for a foster parent to drive that distance, she said. Plus phone calls from prison are made collect, and foster care parents don’t have to accept them – another relationship hinderance, she said. At the same time, Bernstein found that when courts look to terminate parental rights, one of the features they consider is how contact was maintained between the incarcerated parent and child. “It works against them to not call or visit,” she said. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Zoey Clark: Medal gives me belief to achieve more success

first_img“I wasn’t really aware of it until I got informed but obviously Scottish athletics is doing great at the moment. We’ve got so many athletes coming through so I’m sure that number is going to rise pretty soon.“It gives you so much belief. Obviously as an athlete you dedicate so much time and that’s the moment it’s for. “You want to win the medals, want to be on that podium and actually having achieved that it just gives you real hunger for more.“I’ve definitely got confidence if I’ve already got a World Championship medal and I know I’ve got the ability to run well.” Clark only learned she would be part of the team the morning before the race and admitted that the season had far outstripped her expectations.“At the beginning of the season I wasn’t even necessarily sure that I would be at the World Championships and I was thinking I might have an outside chance of a relay spot. “Going in and making the semi-final of the individual and actually having a silver medal, if you had told me a few months ago I wouldn’t have believed you.”Medal success means that the spotlight will be turned on Clark when the Commonwealth Games come around next year and she said that she wouldn’t rule out further progress on the Gold Coast.“I think I’ve definitely come on a lot this season, with this medal, and things are looking good,” she said. “It’s a while away and I still have winter training ahead of me. “I’m not sure what’s going to happen but I’m going to go give it my best and I’ve got a real chance of making a final or, you never know, even more than that.” Aberdeen’s Zoey Clark believes her World Championships silver medal can give her the confidence to take further strides in her career.The 22-year old enjoyed a stunning end to the Championships in London as part of the 4x400m relay team that took a silver medal on the closing night of the games. Clark said she’s still adjusting to being a medal winner, and being only the sixth Scot to have a World Championships medal, but now has a taste for success that will drive her on to even better performances.“It was crazy when it happened,” she told STV. “I couldn’t quite believe that I won a World Championship medal and I’m still in shock so it’s not really sunk in yet.last_img read more

Auburndale volleyball rolls past Rib Lake

first_imgTaylor Gotz totals 12 kills for ApachesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Taylor Gotz had 12 kills, and Sydney Schmutzer had 27 assists to lead the Auburndale volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep of Rib Lake in a nonconference match Thursday night at Auburndale High School.The Apaches won 25-18, 25-11, 25-15.Ashley Peplinski added eight kills, and Brooke Anderson had 15 digs to lead the Apaches.Auburndale will compete at the Berlin Tournament on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img

Lamar Smith Countermoves, Will Remove Court Order Provision from SOPA

first_imgIn a move that could enable some form of anti-piracy legislation to pass this Congressional term, Rep. Lamar Smith (R – Texas), principal author of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), said this evening he will make adjustments in the bill to coincide with changes advised by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D – Vt.) yesterday to the Senate counterpart bill, PROTECT-IP.In his statement, Rep. Smith says the remaining portion of SOPA, still due for a vote on January 24, will still contain a provision that compels (though not directly forces) payment network providers to act in good faith to refrain from handling payment transactions for IP trafficking sites.The complete statement from Rep. Smith’s office is as follows: Related Posts scott fulton Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Breaking#news#web After consultation with industry groups across the country, I feel we should remove Domain Name System blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision. We will continue to look for ways to ensure that foreign websites cannot sell and distribute illegal content to U.S. consumers.Current law protects the rights of American innovators by prohibiting the illegal sale and distribution of their products by domestic websites. But there is no equivalent protection for American companies from foreign online criminals who steal and sell American goods to consumers around the world. Congress must address the widespread problem of online theft of America’s technology and products from foreign thieves.The Stop Online Piracy Act cuts off the flow of revenue to these foreign illegal sites and makes it harder for online criminals to market and distribute illegal products to U.S. consumers. The bill maintains provisions that ‘follow the money’ and cut off the main sources of revenue to foreign illegal sites. It also continues to protect consumers from being directed to foreign illegal websites by search engines. And it provides innovators with a way to bring claims against foreign illegal sites that steal and sell their technology, products and intellectual property.American intellectual property industries provide 19 million high-paying jobs and account for more than 60 percent of U.S. exports. Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while some of America’s most profitable and productive industries are under attack. The Stop Online Piracy Act protects the products and jobs that rightly belong to American innovators.The way the Senate’s PROTECT-IP act is currently structured, payment network providers would be granted immunity from prosecution for suspending service to the owner of a domain name listed in a court order. Sen. Leahy’s withdrawal of the court order provision yesterday makes it difficult to contemplate how this section of the Senate bill would be resolved.By contrast, the way the House’s SOPA is structured, payment network providers would be granted immunity from prosecution simply for suspending service to “a foreign infringing site or… an Internet site dedicated to theft of U.S. property.” SOPA does not specify whether a court must first make that determination. At any rate, after Rep. Smith removes the court order provision, the remaining immunity grant provision could conceivably stand without significant revision. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Customer Experience Transformation through IT

first_imgAs leader of Intel IT’s Enterprise Business Solutions organization, I am excited – maybe even exhilarated – about how Intel IT is working hand-in-hand with Intel’s sales and marketing group to improve the experience for Intel’s customers. As described in the Intel IT Annual Performance Report, “Driving the Digital Enterprise Transformation,” this is just one way that Intel IT strategically partners with Intel’s lines of business to accelerate Intel’s growth through best-in-class IT solutions and services.Putting the Customer Experience FirstIn today’s digital world, successful companies provide a customer-centric experience. That is, customer-centric businesses ensure that the customer is at the center of the business’s philosophy and operations. With my broad experience in both sales and marketing as well as in IT, it is my passion to marry business processes and technology to enable Intel to understand where customers are in their journey, anticipate where they’re going, and provide them with the content or service they need when they need it – or better yet, before they know they need it.Typically, the challenge is that IT departments solve individual problems with specific tools. For example, in the past we’ve provided separate, optimized solutions for different silos of activity. Lead generation, marketing, and post-sales support are just some examples. The problem with this approach is that from a customer’s perspective it results in a fragmented customer journey. There’s no consistency throughout the different phases and there’s no way to connect the dots between the phases to anticipate customer needs.IT is transforming Intel’s sales and marketing business processes to help Intel’s sales and marketing team better engage with new and existing customers, meet more of their needs, and make it easier for them to do business with Intel.Simplify and StandardizeInstead of focusing on technology first, we are shifting to a new way of working and thinking:Understand and simplify the business process and workflows.Modernize and standardize the business process architecture.Provide a technology solution that enables a consistent, customer-centric experience throughout the customer’s journey.The important thing to realize is that for this approach to be successful, you need more than just technology, or just business process. What you really need is a close-knit partnership between the sales and marketing group and IT. Through this “no daylight” partnership, we are using technology, data, analytics, and a much simpler business process landscape to deliver solutions that enable Intel to operate more efficiently and be more successful.Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Improve the Customer ExperienceWe developed the Sales AI platform, which simplifies account management and recommends actions based on customer activities and other market information. Solutions based on this platform help account managers more effectively engage with their customers. It also enables unlimited scaling, allowing account managers to handle more accounts and in the future, can automatically serve up content to customers who don’t even have an account manager. Using a model of “Sense, Reason, Interact, Learn,” our Sales AI platform can deliver more value to our customers and more value for Intel. This platform contributed to $46 million dollars in revenue in 2018.Want to Learn More?To learn more about how Intel IT is a strategic partner to the business – including sales and marketing – read the 2018-2019 Intel IT Annual Performance Report, “Driving the Digital Enterprise Transformation.”last_img read more