National Life Group donates 2,000 books to Maryland inner-city school

first_imgNational Life Group,Employees of National Life Group donated more than 2,000 books to an inner-city school in Maryland, helping to fuel the principal’s ambitious dream of bringing 10,000 books into his school.‘I believe reading is the foundation for everything,’ says Herman Whaley, principal of the 200-student Capitol Heights Elementary School, located on the Maryland border with Washington, D.C. ‘If you are not a good reader you are going to struggle.’The 2,000 books were presented at a school assembly in December at which students, in a format akin to a television game show, answered book-themed questions.‘You have to celebrate reading and books the way we celebrate our athletes,’ says Whaley. ‘You have to be a cheerleader and celebrate it so it becomes contagious, like you are celebrating a sporting event like the Super Bowl.’The partnership with National Life Group was born in a community group set up by Whaley to brainstorm ideas for nurturing literacy in the area schools.National Life Group is a family of financial service companies that offer life insurance, annuities, and investment* products and services. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest (LSW), a member of National Life Group, is a leading provider of 403(b) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans, primarily in the K-12 school marketplace, including Capital Heights Elementary School.‘This idea to work with National Life to enhance our school library and classroom libraries came to fruition at our community think tank meeting,’ said Whaley. The suggestion came from Rosette Barner-Wiley, a former teacher who is a member of Whaley’s community group and who also sells National Life’s 403(b) retirement products.She contacted Lewis Smith, who is National Life’s director of 403(b) services. Smith, based in Dallas, and Matt DeSantos, who is National Life’s vice president of marketing and business development and is based in Montpelier, organized book drives at both the Montpelier and Dallas campuses of National Life Group.Both Smith and DeSantos were on hand when the 2,000 books were delivered to the school.Smith told the students that books played a critical role in his life and he talked about ‘the places you can go when you read,’ adding, ‘There are certain things people cannot take away from you when you are growing up ‘ and when you are grown up ‘ and that’s what you have up here (pointing to his head), what you learn, where your imagination takes you, what you have right here in your heart.’DeSantos told the students that the best TV is in their minds. ‘It is using your imagination,’ he said. On the importance of reading, he added, ‘It’s about dreams. No one can take it away from you.’The school has launched a Read 25 program to support each student in reading and discussing at least 25 books every school year.Whaley has taken the Read 25 program one step further and initiated an additional goal to get 10,000 books into his school.The 2,000 books were delivered without charge by ABF Freight System, Inc. of Williston, Vt.‘While ABF is a company with a global reach, our people work and live in local communities across the map ‘ communities just like Montpelier and Capital Heights. For this reason it means so much more to know that we can serve the very communities where we live by supporting worthwhile causes such as this one,’ said Russ Aikman, director of marketing and public relations at ABF.###About National Life Group – is external)National Life Group is a family of financial service companies that offer life insurance, annuities, and investment* products and services. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest (LSW), a member of National Life Group, is a leading provider of 403(b) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans, primarily in the K-12 school marketplace. LSW offers traditional fixed and indexed annuities to educators and employees in more than 7,000 school districts, including several of the largest and smallest school districts in the country.National Life Group® is a trade name of National Life Insurance Company, Montpelier, Vt., Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Addison, Texas, and their affiliates. Each company of National Life Group is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest is not an authorized insurer in New York and does not conduct insurance business in New York.*Securities and investment advisory services are offered solely by Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, a member of National Life Group, One National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vermont 05604. 800-344-7437.last_img read more

SHORE CLUB and LONG BAY make the cover of Travel Leisure Special

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#happeningnow, #magneticmedianews, #shoreclubongracebay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 -SHORE Club, is featured as a leading Caribbean vacation resort in the magazine, which is distributed worldwide.The February issue is on stands now and the reveal was made to developer Stan Hartling, CEO,  Hartling Group TODAY.  Hartling was surprised and thrilled at the accolade; dancing at the news which came in one of the penthouse suites at TCIs newest resort.#happeningnow#shoreclubongracebay#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Ministry of Health to host multicommunity clean up exercise

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#cleanupTCI, #cleanupTCIcommunities, #keepTCIclean, #multicommunitycleanupexercise, #TCIMinistryofHealthcleanupcampaign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 30, 2017 – Providenciales – The Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit of the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services will be engaged in a multi-community clean up exercise on Saturday 8th April 2017.   The sites to be engaged will be Dock Yard, Five Cays, Blue Hills, Kew Town, Lower Bight and along Leeward Highway.   The effort is a collaborative exercise with partners inclusive of the Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross, Haitian Consulate, the faith based community and other entities residing in the identified communities.The clean-up forms part of continued efforts to ensure that gains made in the eradication of the Zika virus and other mosquito borne diseases continue to yield positive results.  The exercise also follows on the heels of other preventative efforts such as fogging, removal of derelict vehicles and waste appliances and the placing of traps along courses that capture larvae.The Ministry remains committed to ensuring that residents and visitors alike, continue to enjoy safe surroundings by minimizing and eventually eliminating major threats posed by vector borne and other illnesses.For more information contact the Health Promotion Unit on 3382772.#cleanupTCI#multicommunitycleanupexercise#cleanupTCIcommunities#keepTCIclean#TCIMinistryofHealthcleanupcampaignlast_img read more

New Owner Editor Publisher More Vital Than Ever

first_imgNielsen closed E&P, along with sister publications Kirkus Reviews, last month after it announced the sale of eight media/entertainment brands—including Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter—to e5 Global Media, a new company formed by private equity firm Pluribus Capital Management and financial services firm Guggenheim Partners.The newspaper industry’s dramatic decline, Duncan said, is what made saving E&P so important. “When do you need a magazine like Editor & Publisher more? When everything is going great or in a tie of crisis,”he said. “It’s more vital now than ever.”OK. But how is a newspaper magazine going to mesh with his stable of boating publications?  “Maybe I’m not cerebral enough to worry about things like that, but I don’t think it will be a problem,” said Duncan.”The back end, in terms of production, IT and Web, is the same regardless of the publication. As long as I have separate ad staffs and separate editorial staffs, everything else is the same. We think we can supply all the support services for it, we can bring it into a structure with a much lower overhead, and make it viable.”In terms of editorial direction, Duncan said E&P is and has been right on course, producing best practice-type content for publishers. He said he has no immediate plans to change the magazine’s monthly frequency or circulation.”The magazine has a great staff and we were lucky enough to keep about 80 percent of them,” he said. E&P’s former editor-at-large, Mark Fitzgerald, will now serve as editor, replacing former editor Greg Mitchell, who is no longer with the magazine. Charles McKeown will continue as publisher.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a big b-to-b player shutter a magazine, only to be contacted by a smaller publisher who wants to acquire it. Last April, Reed Business Information shuttered all but one of the magazines published under its Associated Construction Publications Group, which consisted of 14 regional construction titles. John White, the original co-owner of the ACP titles, then reaquired the licenses and relaunched them gradually before the end of the year. The fate of 126-year-old Editor & Publisher is no longer drifting in uncertain waters. The shuttered newspaper magazine was acquired Thursday evening by Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., the Irvine, California-based publisher of Boating World, Sea Magazine and The Log newspaper.Wait, what? Why in the world would the publisher of boating magazines want to buy a big-name property that covers the newspaper industry?”I published newspapers when I first got into this business and have been reading Editor & Publisher on and off for more than 30 years,” Duncan McIntosh told me over the phone today. “I heard about its closing and thought to myself, ‘That can’t be.’ I started sending e-mails to Nielsen until someone would finally talk to us. And, now, here we are.”last_img read more

Frederick M Tillman Local Businessman Dies

first_imgFrederick Michael Tillman, an entrepreneur in the medical field for several years, died on Christmas Day of congestive heart failure. He was 72.Frederick M. TillmanTillman was born February 11, 1945, the oldest son of Frederick Thomas Tillman and Agnes Johnson Tillman Russell. He was educated in the Baltimore City Public Schools, and graduated from Baltimore City College High School in 1962. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Morgan State College in 1966. Shortly after graduating from Morgan, Tillman embarked on a career in medical sales,  where he worked for corporations and launched his own companies as well. He retired from medical sales in 2008.Tillman was a devoted Baltimore Ravens fan, loved jazz music and was also an amateur chef, who studied at the Culinary Institute of New Orleans, under world renowned chef Emeril Lagasse.Tillman leaves to mourn: daughters Daisy Michelle Tillman and Keena Renee Story; grandchildren, Louisa and Elijah Story; sisters, Angela Tillman Matthews (Carl), Joyce Tillman Jones, and Shari Wagner Cole (Richard), along with many other family members and friends.last_img read more

Deepika was always a star Shahrukh

first_imgShah Rukh Khan, the producer and hero of Deepika Padukone’s debut film Om Shanti Om, says she has paved the way for her own success and that she always had it in her to be a ‘star’.SRK and Deepika worked under Farah Khan’s direction for Om Shanti Om, and the team has joined hands again for the forthcoming Happy New Year. In the gap of seven years, Deepika has established herself as one of the reigning beauties in Bollywood — and Shah Rukh feels the success is ‘all hers’. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame‘I have nothing to do with her (Deepika’s) success. It’s all hers. You can’t take credit away from someone,’ Shah Rukh told reporters in a group interview.Citing his own example, he said that when he worked on his debut film Deewana, veteran actors like Rishi Kapoor and Amrish Puri were very nice and kind to him.‘I must have made mistakes, I must have been good and bad,’ Shah Rukh said as he mulled over his own journey.But then talking of Deepika, he said: ‘I think Deepika was always a star. Since she was new, we did the Aankhon mein teri song and we showed it to Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan). He said, ‘She is a very huge star’. She was a supermodel at that time, so it’s not something we (Farah and I) have done.‘I haven’t worked with her for seven years, but I think she has it all. As a friend, I told her that ‘Always do a film where you feel comfortable with the people around’. She has made wonderful choices — whether it’s Cocktail or Finding Fanny. ‘She has chosen some highly commercial films too; she has made the right choices,’ he said.last_img read more

Man stabs younger brother in New Alipore arrested

first_imgKolkata: A person stabbed his younger brother over some family dispute in New Alipore on Saturday night. The accused person was arrested later.According to the locals, the accused Bipul Dutta, a resident of Chetla Road had some conflict with his younger brother Biplab, who stays next to him. During past several years, regular arguments used to happen over the same. Recently, the conflict intensified. Late on Sunday night when Biplab was at his home, Bipul visited him and was in an inebriated state. He was hurling expletives at him and threatening Biplab with dire consequences. Biplab protested against his elder brother’s act and asked him to leave the house. But Bipul did not pay any heed. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen Biplab told he would call police, Bipul got furious. He immediately went to his house and came out with a scissor and attacked his brother. Biplab was stabbed on his nose first. When he fell on the floor, Bipul started stabbing him. Hearing Biplab and his family member’s screams, locals ran to his home and detained Bipul. Biplab taken to a hospital and released after primary treatment. Later, Bipul was arrested on the basis of Biplab’s complaint.last_img read more

Negotiating Your Cell Contract

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 1, 2006 5 min read Back when I lived in San Francisco and visitors would ask me for directions, I usually had to tell them: “You can’t get there from here.”Now, I know that’s not literally true: Every Frisco street goes somewhere. What I really meant was, they couldn’t find a way through San Franciso’s alleys, one-way streets, dog legs and dead ends. Better to circle the city and approach the destination from a different compass point.Still, everything’s relative, isn’t it? For example, I could crisscross all San Fran’s compass points in the time it took me to coax a new cell phone agreement out of Sprint. It all started when I got a gander at Sprint’s TV commercials aimed at new users. A longtime Sprint customer myself, I wanted in on those new phones, discount service plans, and early night and weekend start times. They were way better than my long-expired service agreement.I knew I’d have to re-up for a couple more years. But I’ve been happy with Sprint, and I had to have one of those new phones. By the time a Sprint telemarketer called, I was ready: Sprint had me in its pocket. But it took a good day of work on my part to enable them to keep me.I wish that I could give you a blow-by-blow of the encounter. It was actually pretty funny–in a Franz Kafka “wow, I woke up as a bug” sort of way. Unfortunately, space does not permit. Anyway, it’s nothing each and every one of you hasn’t experienced many times at the hands of your own cellular carrier or some other mindless bureaucracy. It was just an extra helping of what the average cell phone, bank or utility customer encounters after the message: “Your call is important to us. So we’re keeping you on hold, making you navigate irrelevant menus, punch in 10-digit numbers, surrender your Social Security number and be recorded by our lawyers–so we can serve you better.”Numbers, We Got NumbersFirst, the box score: I spent more than five time/date-stamped hours over five days talking to 11 different sales representatives, was disconnected three times, had to renegotiate my contract three separate times, and waited five days without cell service (for which I was charged) before I got the phone that I had paid to have shipped overnight.About a month later, I received an inaccurate transaction summary, followed shortly by a seemingly inaccurate nine-page phone bill, which I had to study for an hour just so I could ask questions about it. It took two customer service reps another 45 minutes to cross-reference the eight separate ways my charges were calculated and show me that, yes, I had gotten the deal I’d been promised (except for one mistaken $5 charge). Folks, when a company uses nine pages of Sanskrit to describe three number changes, there’s no mystery about why customer service is a rough ride.Significantly, Julie, Mark, Kathy, Anna, Lorna, Michelle, Lucy, Dan, Jesse, Grace and another Kathy were just as polite and helpful as they could be. They tried as hard as they could to give me what I wanted, but were stymied repeatedly by the market segmentation tactics reflected in Sprint’s service plans. I lost count of the number of times I was essentially told “You can’t get there from here.”But in the end, I got everything I wanted and more–a $220 Samsung camera phone for 20 bucks, twice my anytime minutes for $5 less monthly, and a 7 p.m. evening start-time. I’m thrilled with my deal. It was so worth the trouble.Try This at HomeI didn’t get it because of some special talent I have. Every carrier has great deals like this. Find one that fits your budget, and hang on while they try to shake you off. (See “Deal or No Deal?” below.)Why not call a carrier with better service? Like who? If service is so great elsewhere, why do 25 percent to 30 percent of all users change carriers every year? Why do carriers need two-year contracts and $150 termination fees to keep customers? Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and Associates quiz thousands of consumers every year about how well each carrier “satisfies.” Yes, there are differences. But they’re narrow and change frequently.I got the plan and the service I did for the same reason: because cellular carriers are under extreme competitive pressure. In an industry with alternatives–like cellular or, more recently, landline–the key to getting what you want is to ask for it. For years, my local Bell knew me as the idiot who kept threatening to take his phone business to the internet. Yeah, who’s laughing now, AT&T?Of course, I’m still a laughingstock over at my cable provider. Ironically, that’s a recent, but very telling, devel-opment. You see, when Adelphia was in Chapter 11, its service reps did all they could to please, deals abounded, and installation charges were forgiven. I found out Comcast had acquired them when my bill got screwed up and accounting wouldn’t return my phone calls or e-mails. Price hikes soon followed.In fact, I just got a note from Adelphia saying an accounting error means I pay another $20 a month. If I don’t like it, here’s a toll-free number.Wish me luck. I’m going in.Deal or No Deal?For a better deal from your cellular provider:1. Hit the web, and fill a spreadsheet with all relevant offerings from all providers.2. Determine what you want, what you’re willing to pay and what you might sacrifice.3. When you talk to your provider, take careful notes of who said what when.4. When you hear “That feature isn’t in this program,” ask to speak to a manager.5. Casually work details of offerings from competitors into the conversation. Don’t threaten to switch to another carrier. They can take a hint.6. Be patient and polite-no matter what.Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor. This story appears in the August 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more