Call for Papers – WTO Essay Award for Young Economists 2020

first_img Similar Stories The World Trade Organization Young Professionals Programme Tweet LinkedIn 0 Share 0 Reddit +1 Deadline: 8 June 2020Open to: young economists worldwideAwards: USD 5,160DescriptionThe World Trade Organization (WTO) has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2020 WTO Essay Award. The award aims to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade co-operation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community.An Academic Selection Panel is responsible for the selection of the winning paper. The panel comprises:Professor Beata Javorcik (University of Oxford)Professor Robert Staiger (Dartmouth College)Professor Alberto Trejos (INCAE Business School).The award ceremony will take place on 10-12 September 2020 in Ghent, Belgium. The winning author will receive funding to attend the meeting.EligibilityThe paper must address issues related to trade policy and international trade co-operation. The author(s) of the paper must possess or be engaged in the completion of a Ph.D. degree and, if over 30 years of age, be no more than two years past a Ph.D. defense. In the case of co-authored papers, this requirement shall apply to all authors. In addition, to be considered for the award, essays cannot exceed 15,000 words.BenefitsThe annual WTO Essay Award provides a prize of around USD 5,160 to the author(s) of the winning essay. In the case of a co-authored paper, the prize will be equally divided among the authors. The winning essay will be published in the WTO Working Paper Series. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to endeavor to secure publication of the contribution in a journal.How to Apply?For more information also on how to apply, visit the official web site. Call for Papers – WTO Essay Award for Young Economists 2020 ← Mandela Rhodes Scholarship 2020 – Call for Applications Microsoft Research EMEA Ph.D. Award 2020 → 2017 Essay Award for Young Economists Paid Internship in International Logistics March 18, 2020 Published by Tarik Pocketlast_img read more

Protests in Georgia Increase Former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s Influence

first_imgOn March 1, European Council President Charles Michel met in Tbilisi with Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili and Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. Reportedly, the two sides were predominantly going to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic as well as cooperation between Georgia and the European Union under the 2014 Association Agreement (, February 28). However, the top EU representative’s trip to Georgia notably occurred against the background of a growing political crisis in this South Caucasus republic, marked acutely by the recent arrest of Nikanor Melia, who chairs the largest and most influential opposition party, United National Movement (UNM) (see EDM, February 24). As such, while visiting the Georgian capital, Michel also separately sat down with leaders of the main opposition parties.Michel and Western diplomats, including United States Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan and EU delegation head Karl Hartzel, have for months been trying to push Georgia’s rival political factions to compromise (see EDM, December 2 2020), but the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) and the “United Opposition” (UO—which includes UNM) see the issue of holding early elections as an irreconcilable “red line.” The UO claims the results of last autumn’s parliamentary elections were “totally falsified,” while GD denies any significant fraud took place (see EDM, November 5, 2020). This past January, Parliamentary Speaker Archil Talakvadze reiterated that the general elections “have already occurred on October 31, 2020, and the next will be held in 2024” (Imedi News, January 11).After the arrest of the UNM party chairperson, the opposition leaders declared that any substantive negotiations with the ruling party would be possible only after “the release of all political prisoners,” including Melia. “It makes no sense to negotiate with a government that arrests people for political reasons,” UNM parliamentary deputy Roman Gotsiridze said in a February 27 interview with this author.At the same time, on Tbilisi’s central Rustaveli Avenue, in front of the national legislature, the opposition is holding a long-term anti-government protest. On February 26, at the beckoning and direction of UNM’s founder, former president Mikhail Saakashvili, and other opposition leaders, several thousand UO supporters converged on the parliament building. One of the UNM’s top officials, former Ukrainian National Police head Khatia Dekanoidze, read out Nikanor Melia’s statement the latter posted from prison. Namely, Melia called on “all freedom-loving Georgians” to take to the streets to “preserve the country’s independence” and with the aim of “achieving the release of political prisoners”—not only him but additionally television channel Mtavari Arkhi founder Giorgi Rurua (Kommersant February 26; see EDM, June 11, 2020 and February 24, 2021).Demonstrators set up 11 tents near the parliament ( February 27), and then opposition leaders unveiled their plan for a “permanent protest movement.” This would involve picketing the parliament during plenary sessions, organizing “corridors of shame” for ruling GD deputies, picketing the State Chancellery (where the office of Prime Minister Garibashvili is located), rallying outside the city court that had ordered Melia’s arrest earlier this month, as well as holding large-scale actions on Rustaveli Avenue (, February 26).The first such action took place on March 1: several non-governmental organizations (NGO) staged a march toward the former residence of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who recently announced that he was leaving politics and stepping down as party chairperson of GD (see EDM, February 2).The events in Georgia spotlight the apparently rebounding political influence inside the country of former president and UNM leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who presently resides abroad. In Kyiv, Saakashvili heads the Executive Committee of the National Council of Reforms in Ukraine.Just prior to Melia’s arrest, Saakashvili warned that if the authorities dared to storm UNM’s party offices, he would respond with “the most decisive measures” (Ipress, February 22). Saakashvili did not rule out that after the start of mass protests, he would return to Georgia from Ukraine. After the special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs forcibly entered the UNM office and apprehended Melia, the former president accused the ruling party and Ivanishvili of establishing a “Belarusian-type” dictatorship; he also proclaimed that “the introduction of the Russian model” is taking place in Georgia. Saakashvili called for new elections under international control and announced his party’s plans to “mobilize the people.” In response to whether he was readying to come back to Georgia, the former president said, “I will definitely return at some point, but I always wanted to avoid chaos, bloodshed and civil clashes.” Since the beginning of the political crisis, Saakashvili has been speaking almost daily on Georgian opposition TV channels, promising “to free his homeland from the shameful rule of the Russian oligarch, Putin’s slave, the largest shareholder of Gazprom, Bidzina Ivanishvili [sic]” (, February 24).Days before his detainment, Nikanor Melia made some soft and diplomatic statements about the UO’s readiness to begin negotiations with GD and the Garibashvili government (see EDM, February 24). Some experts, thus, concluded that Melia was consciously choosing less radical rhetoric and different tactics from those advocated by the party’s founder, Saakashvili. But as Gela Vasadze, the director of regional programs at the Center for Strategic Analysis of Georgia, told this author, “It makes no sense to speculate about the disagreement between Saakashvili and Melia when the government itself has not offered any compromise options. […] The authorities chose the scenario of violence.” Moreover, Vasadze argued, even though the former president is not physically in the country, he is “much more influential” than Melia because “Saakashvili has the financial resources of his businessmen friends, a large electoral base and even ‘support groups’ in the military and law enforcement establishment, which are in the hands of Saakashvili” (Author’s interview, February 28).Perhaps the last chance for compromise between the authorities and the opposition may hinge on the government granting a “general amnesty” to all opposition politicians arrested or charged by the Prosecutor’s Office since GD came to power in 2012. Saakashvili himself hinted about such an option in an interview with TV Pirveli (though he did not say directly or unequivocally that this is what he was calling for). The UNM founder was sentenced to 3–6 years in prison for abuse of power during his presidency. An amnesty would enable him to return to Georgia and resume his political activities (, February 24).Nonetheless, such a proposal is unlikely to be acceptable to Garibashvili’s government. The 38-year-old prime minister said that, in Georgia, “everyone is equal before the law,” and those who break the law “must be punished” (, February 23). Garibashvili clearly had in mind not only the UNM chairperson, Melia, but also former president Saakashvili. On March 1, talks resumed between the government and opposition, hosted by the Georgian president (Interpressnews, March 1). It will become apparent soon whether anything comes of this latest round of discussions.last_img read more


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“Inevitable”: Vornado will demolish Hotel Pennsylvania

first_imgVornado has considered demolishing the hotel several times since it bought the property in 1997. But concrete plans to replace it with another building never materialized. Most recently, the developer said it wanted to build a 1,200-foot skyscraper with the dubious name of PENN 15.Roth’s recent announcement came one year after the pandemic forced the hotel to close.Vornado also announced its plans to separate its planned developments around Penn Station — including the Hotel Pennsylvania site — through a new tracking stock. The measure would allow investors to specifically invest in the “higher growth but longer-term” Penn District properties.The recently approved state budget includes $1.3 billion for the development of the area around Penn Station, though the use of those funds will be restricted to transportation improvement projects, rather than the ambitious office and residential megadevelopment envisioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.[Bloomberg News] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda Full Name* Message* Photo illustration of Vornado CEO Steven Roth and Hotel Pennsylvania at 401 Seventh Avenue (Getty, iStock, Vornado)Manhattan’s Hotel Pennsylvania is once again facing the wrecking ball.Vornado Realty Trust CEO Steven Roth told the REIT’s shareholders in his annual letter that the company plans to “permanently close and raze the hotel to create the premier development site in town,” Bloomberg News reported.“This decision was inevitable,” Roth said in the letter. “The Pennsylvania may have been a grande dame in its time, but it is decades past its glory and sell-by date.”When Hotel Pennsylvania opened in 1919 at 401 Seventh Avenue, it was the biggest hotel in the world, according to its website.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreCuomo’s $1.3B for Penn Station work can’t go to towersVornado sees “tragic abyss” now, better times aheadTowers planned around Penn Station face backlash Email Address*last_img read more

Trump on torture laws: I want to expand them

first_imgOn Friday his campaign issued a reversal, saying that while he supported harsh interrogation processes, he would remain within the law.Asked about the issue on Saturday night, Trump said: “Just so you understand we’re playing by a different set of rules than ISIS and others, especially in the Middle East.” He added that the Islamic State has “nothing” in terms of laws.In a pre-released clip from CBS’ “Face the Nation” that will air on Sunday, Trump again bemoaned the uneven playing field. “I would like to strengthen the laws so that we can better compete. You know it’s very tough to beat enemies that don’t have any restrictions alright? We have these massive restrictions. Now, I will always abide by the law but I would like to have the law expanded,” Trump said.When asked if he’d support waterboarding being allowed, Trump said “I would certainly like it to be.” Also On POLITICO Donald Trump needs 7 of 10 white guys By David S. Bernstein Donald Trump said he’ll follow laws on torture, but that as president, he’ll push for them to be stronger.“I will obey the laws, but I will try and get the laws extended. I will try and get the laws broadened,” Trump said during a press conference in West Palm Beach, Florida Saturday. “It’s very hard to be successful in beating someone when your rules are very soft and their rules are unlimited.”Trump was pressed at this week’s debate about his aggressive positions on torture, specifically waterboarding, which conflict with international law. When asked during the debate about making the military obey orders of illegal interrogation methods, Trump responded: “If I say do it, they’re going to do it.”last_img read more

Lotus Celebrates Nomad at Mr. Smalls

first_imgOld Lotus Vibes, New Lotus Times– Erik JacobsonIn 2004, Lotus recorded their debut studio album Nomad at Mr. Smalls Funhouse in Millvalle, Pennsylvania; a small town just outside of Pittsburgh. The album features 9 tracks of the more jazzy, funky, atmospheric side of Lotus that many diehard Lotus fans like myself grew to fall in love with. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the historic venue, Lotus was booked for a two-night run. The band announced that on the second night, June 8th, they were going to recreate Nomad in its entirety. Wait, a sold-out 650 person capacity venue, my favorite band, and they are playing my favorite album? Sign me up! This show was sure to be one for the ages.The first set began with “Break Build Burn”, a track off of Lotus’ latest album Build. The sold-out crowd began to get down to synthesizers and horn samples from the group Rubblebucket. Next came “Middle Road”, a funkier song off of Build with smooth percussions from drummer Mike Greenfield and a funky bass-line and vocal samples. Out of Lotus’ newer material, this one features more of an improv section which allowed Mike Rempel to show his shredding ability as a guitar guru.Newer material continued to be the trend for the first set. I couldn’t help but smile during “The Oaks.” This song makes you feel all happy and bubbly as fans became a little lighter on their feet. “Debris” followed as Luke Miller laid down some spacey keys. This track featured some improvisation that was very different from anything ever heard in previous live versions of this track; a lot of crazy sounds and transitions from being electronic driven to guitar driven and back and forth. “Ashcon” followed, showing the more electronic, dubby driven sound that Lotus has evolved to over the years.The next song was “Intro to a Cell”, one from Lotus’ earlier days coming up in the scene. This one was a HEATER! Jesse Miller came out with some funky J-Bass jams and got the crowd grooving as Chuck Morris demonstrated his fluency on percussion and kept things going. Chuck was on point in this one, laying down percussion that was more than just fun to dance to. The first set ended with “Baby I’m Yours”, a cover by French producer Breakbot. Luke sang into a vocoder to recreate the lyrics as Lotus added their touch to the song. This was a good cover to end the first set.Now, the moment that everyone had been waiting to see. Everyone knew Lotus was going to play Nomad in its entirety, but no one was sure what way they would go about doing it. Everyone was happy to hear the second set open up with the first song on the album, “Suitcases.” You could feel the energy in the room as Lotus fans celebrated the arrival of Nomad. This guitar driven track was a nice change of pace from the newer, more electronic driven songs of the first set.A beautiful segue of the next three songs on the album would follow. Luke took a minute to explain how they wanted the drums to sounds like they were coming from further away during “Livingston Storm.” Out of all the songs from Nomad that were played, this version sounded the closest to the studio track. This would be the start to a very peaceful, relaxing song with guitar riffs from Rempel that put you in a meditative state of mind. The improv during this song took me to a different place, it was dubby at times, spacey at times, and was driven by guitars, eventually leading into “Spiritualize”. This song is a fan favorite, the name speaks for itself; providing a feeling of complete and utter bliss.Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better the band began to jam even more taking that spiritual feeling and breaking it down with wicked percussion, keys, heavy bass, and piercing guitar riffs. Out of this came “Plant Your Root”, and after even more jamming and improv the segue ended back into “Spiritualize.” And then things got really out of control. As Luke explained how the vocal samples from the song were recorded by Chuck, you could see a feeling of Love from the band members that I hadn’t seen in recent shows. You can’t spell ‘Lotus Vibes’ without ‘L-O-V-E’. This left fans a feeling of overwhelming joy….the funny thing was that the album wasn’t even half way through yet!A more down-tempo song, “Travel”, came next, which was played into “Greet the Mind” a funky-ass song that does an excellent job of switching up the tempo when one would least expect it. The next song began with Rempel playing a melodica, a wind instrument that one might describe as a combination of a keyboard and flute. He played this to start “Ball of Energy” a song that all Lotus fans know is a very rare one to get at a show.“Jump Off’, one of my personal favorites, followed and shows the jammy, wackier side of Lotus. This one had fans going hard, constantly changing up the mood and sending fans through the highs and lows of many different emotions. “Colorado” ended the set, a place than any nomad would love to call home. This peaceful, melodic utopia of a song left many fans with tears of joy. There was nowhere else in the world that any of us in attendance would rather have been. This was the icing on the delicious Nomad cake that Lotus had baked for us.The encore featured a new hip-hop song titled “Cloud 9.” This track is a remix of Lotus’ “The Surf” and features lyrics from MCs Ras Arcane and Cee Knowledge. “Behind Midwest Storefronts” would be the last song of the show. A really uplifting song with a post-rock feel to it; this guitar driven beauty was a perfect way to top off the night.Lotus has shown us that their sound has evolved into a more electronic direction, away from their more jazzy, funky, roots of the early days. We made the journey to Mr. Smalls to see that beautiful, jazzy, funky, atmospheric Nomad that we fell in love with. And what we got was that and so much more. We got the peaceful vibes created from Nomad and the high energy electronic elements in the improv of these songs. Lotus wanted to show their fans the direction that the band is going in, but at the same time wanted to show them that they haven’t forgotten about where they came from and why many of us fell in love with their music. This show was a near-perfect blend of old and new Lotus, and it will be a night to be remembered for years to come.[cover photo courtesy of B. Hockensmith Photography]Lotus from Mr. Smalls:last_img read more

Google Will Mail Free Holiday Cards For You

first_img This holiday season, as a token of appreciation to their customers, Google is offering to snail-mail a free holiday postcard on your behalf. Yes, through the mail and everything. The only catch is the cards need to be mailed to U.S. addresses, and to a limited number of people (due to limited Gmail elf availability). There are also limited quantities, so be sure to request one soon at: There are six designs, including a fold-it-yourself dreidel, snowflakes, mittens, a cartoon, and a very cute Rudolf. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEvery year around this time people start thinking about the annual holiday email they send to friends and family members and co-workers. But there are still those — who really appreciate seasonal greetings, think, grandma — who have remained in the pre-digital age of snail-mail. Normally you would go to a store, choose a card, wait in line to pay for it, go to the post office, pick up some stamps, and drop it in a mail box, but this year, you can just go online and fill out a form and ask Gmail to handle the rest.last_img read more

JANICE TODORA ON BOWLING: Buddy Sepeda perfect; Powell, Engle shoot 800 at The Max

first_img Wednesday afternoon’s Golden Oldies saw Gloria Divello shoot 201-188-181 for a 570 series to lead all the senior women this week.Wednesday night’s Fun Bowlers had RaeAnna Todora lighting up the lanes to the tune of 200-267-236 for a 703 set to led all the women bowlers this week.Saturday morning’s youth league, Stars of Tomorrow, had Branden Bertrand rip games of 249-196-186 for a sweet 631 series. • 600s: John Robison 250-601, James Pitre 216-605, Bill White 249-674, James Coldwell 230-624, Mark Maxwell 233-638, Skipper Arsenault 257-652, John Parent 269-644, Tyler Combs 264-687, George Duke 247-672, Mack McPhatter 254-633, Kurt Cullums 236-660, Rhett Williford 236-645, Roger Hartwig 233-625, RaeAnna Todora 257-690, Ashley Nunez 236-638, Ryan Cooper 226-624, Trey Todora 265-680, Matt Mannino 266-606, Logan Lomasney 269-640, Kirwin Melo 225-646, Bryan Boldt 216-622, Kevin Smith 244-629, Blake Dugas 216-603, Tommy Girolamo 226-645, Cliff Mosley 234-616, Rick Hermsen 235-642, Gary Vincent 220-625, Bill White 268-696, Aaron Beavens 237-601, Blake Dugas 244-652, Bryan Chichester 248-652, Shannon Quinn 224-618, Ryan Cooper 247-672, Trey Todora 265-614, Tyler Rikoff 258-682, Bob Grusecki 231-623, Belinda Powell 223-612, Bret Chipman 225-602, Glen Lee 244-625, Joe Wolfe 260-604, Ben Wolfe 222-620, Jimmy Calder 234-611, Thang Nguyen 267-649, Chuck Burns 246-629, Raul Bastidas 243-615, Drew McClary 235-644, Ashlea Witzleben 239-636, David Bruno 234-687, Chuck Mitchell 246-686, Erick Brown 276-628, Houston Rideaux 245-617, Carlos DelaTorres237-619, Sami Jo Williams 233-640, Tray Batson 236-641, Derek Williams 249-626, Craig Rankin 244-605, Jake Glen 245-652, Trey Todora 258-642, Langdon Gund 229-608, Logan Lomasney 227-665, George Gund 242-665, John Allen 240-641, Jonathan Martin 289-692, Branden Powell 278-698, Skipper Arsenault 266-663, Bob Bellow 214-632, Mike Charles 256-642, Bill White 239-681, Bryan Boldt 224-616, Rick Hermsen 244-644, Don Pastor 256-684, Jacob McConnell 247-641, Gary Martin 267-663, Trint Miguez 257-693, George Parsley 225-634, Brandon Bertrand 249-631.• Monday Seniors: Cynthia Williams 145-422, VJ Willis 176-477, Bill Lawless 201-491.• Valero: Christopher Keisler 195-514, Jason Hale 222-516, Jeffery Moore 171-444, Michael Nash 166-426, James Neel 248-588, Justin Cates 220-597, Gus Saba 164-421, Jan Cates 154-430, Bonnie Maxwell 159-406, Chris Marze 218-555, Roy Martinez 190-518, Charlene Wersig 202-512, Alanda Boldt 196-525, Kaci Leatherwood 196-425, Aaron Vanover 195-560, Bob Cullums 213-549, Shannon O’Connor 232-562, Richard Cooper 214-567, Adam Wersig 204-558, Dean Wersig 236-461, Matthew Maxwell 219-571, Rusti Girolamo-136-367, Larry Manganice 213-596, Kaylen Vera 170-441, Greg Year 189-512, Will Bailey 194-493, Zach Wiley 191-475, Marisa Lalley 208-456, Matt Franklin 202-504, Jeremy Tremonte 216-578, Hunter Engle 200-560, Derrick Rivers 256-575, Mike Jacquet 230-597, Darrell Robinson 202-565, Arlis Jones 133-337. Roger Caldwell 166-372, Doug Fear 200-516, Charles Heider 194-538, Derek Winfield 210-571, Zachary Beckett 230-571, Dick Chichester 216-534.• Road Runners: James Pitre 214-569, VJ Willis 174-518, Phil Rogers 211-505, John Anderson 172-452, Hedy Zampini 163-456, Oliver Balagot 185-525, Randy Zampini 170-418, Bill Lawless 171-456.• Queen Tumblers: Chris Marze 192-457, June Badon 188-499, Lynne Richter 170-476, Emily Davis 132-379, Betty Shannon 173-503, Janice Todora 167-408, Joyce Porter 133-344, Connie Mathison 193-508, Flo Benoit 166-461, Beverly Wallace 142-345, Wilma Pace 146-340.• Golden Oldies: Robert Seymour 195-529, Chris Heath 166-426, Charlotte Banks 176-430, Nan Chaisson 147-426, Mary Gravitt 131-326, Pete Chaisson 215-517, Don Edgerly 194-511, Mary Kay Rios 153-414, Brenda Mire 147-400, Randy Zampini 225-557, Cynthia Williams 172-439, Gloria Divello 201-570, Bill Lawless 188-491, Frankie Hall 159-420, Donna Clifton 128-311, Lewis Garza 214-514, John Greig 164-421.• Mid-County Mixed: Marvin Balagot 198-547, Israel Guidry 163-448, Rose Quirante 172-457, Mita Ikari 137-330, Vladie Quirante 187-460.• Fun Bowlers: Dolores Rodrigues 159-384, Dawn Carona 192-498, Dee Dennis 200-507, Teresa Bourque 178-495, Kaleena Sachs 154-403, Brent McCelvey 179-425, Aubrey McKee 254-585, Dean Salles 215-579, Jonathan Marler 164-414, Charles Venable 233-527, Corey Zampini 188-526, Dick Chichester 204-540, Aaron Wersig 191-501, Avery Henry 236-595, Larry Perio 212-554, Charlene Wersig 214-582, Judy Lynch 162-456, John Schmidt 217-576, Zach Smith 169-456, Steve Killion 189-446, Ron Carlin 202-559, Micha Muller 202-522, Anna Commorato 178-439, Joseph Commorato 209-561, Dylan Girolamo 191-514, Mike Wagner 190-552, Michael Morvant 191-507, Johnny Simon 188-486, Chris Merritt 243-581.• Energy Country: Tammy Nick 228-530, Renee Moity 203-559, Bobby Clark 245-599, John Ramsey 211-545, Colby Daniel 212-562, Rex Morris 203-519, Clay Mayhew 202-556, Colton Matt 188-532, Michael Palermo 180-478, Jason Nettelbeck 244-578, Mike Jones 256-567, Jeff Witzleben 238-579, John Ferguson 190-494, Keith Morel 220-599, Ryan Worthy 222-543, Felicia Johnson 158-443, Dennis Thompson 200-536, Tuyet Nguyen 155-438, Logan Cain 179-452, Nathan Sharp 192-462, Giles Broussard 170-494, Chris Chance 179-501, Hunter Engle 216-591, Linda Singleton 177-459, Patsy Ronquille 197-514, Gloria Divello 224-566, Lewis Garza 221-560, Jason Beavens 227-548, Robert Seymour 216-571, Eric Harrington 243-590, Aaron Richardson 177-422, Karen Bellow 225-593, Paul Vaughan 213-501, Linda Morris 180-490, Trang Le 128-321, Zim Morris 216-595, Alice Barnes 204-567, Michael Morvant 189-500, Janice Todora 167-419, Brian Smith 183-506, Gabriel Torres 210-556, Erik Postula 235-597, Mary Jane Parsley 188-499.• Stars of Tomorrow: Cain Shaw 171-461, Blaine Seymour 202-505, Kayla Kay 136-394, Brandon Bertrand 249-631, Ryan Thomas 158-333. This week’s action at The Max had honor scores coming from five different leagues. So let’s get started. Come along for the ride; I promise it won’t hurt.Here’s a blast from the past we haven’t heard from for a while. Bowling in the Thursday night Energy Country Ford League, Buddy Sepeda nailed the pocket with his 12 shots in his second game of the night for a perfect 300. Buddy had that game surrounded by games of 212 and 211 for a nice 723 set to lead the senior men this week. This league also had an 800 series shot. Jamie Engle scorched the lanes by cranking out games of 236-289-279 for an 804 series.center_img Highlight of the week came from the Monday night Valero League. Branden Powell nearly shot himself a triplicate score as he unleashed the thunder by throwing games of 279-279-278 for a massive 836 series.Men’s State continues this coming weekend in the Dallas area as several more teams from this area make the trek. Also, fall leagues are beginning to wind down. If each league secretary can get the championship team name along with each team member to Michelle or Janice, we will include it in the column. One final item, as these leagues finish up get with Michelle to see what summer leagues will be offered. Until next time, good bowling.• 800s: Branden Powell 279-279-278-836, James Engle 236-289-279-804, • 700s: RaeAnna Todora 200-267-236-703, Dean Wersig 196-215-297-708, John Lemonis 265-231-212-708, Eric Manthei 258-226-236-720, Buddy Sepeda 212-300-211-723, CJ Moity 259-225-236-720last_img read more

LSGM honors Mills and Emami

first_img July 1, 2010 Regular News LSGM honors Mills and Emami L SGM honors Mills and Emami Mandy Mills and Shahrzad Emami received awards for their work on behalf of the poverty community at the Legal Services of Greater Miami’s annual awards ceremony.Mills received the Blanca Fiallo Memorial Award for her “vigorous advocacy and for dedication and professionalism to her craft.”Emami was honored with the Alfred Feinberg award for “outstanding advocacy on behalf of the poverty community” and specifically for helping to bring $89 million in HUD funding to a consortium of nonprofit developers to create 200 single family homes and 1,200 multi-family units of affordable housing for low income residents of Miami-Dade County.The following LSGM attorneys were also presented with awards: Kimberly Derry and Ilenia Sanchez-Bryson were recognized for five years of service, and John Little was recognized for 25 years of service.Miriam Harmatz of Florida Legal Services and Juanita Cendan of Legal Aid Society of Miami-Dade County were also recognized for their contributions to LSGM.last_img read more