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Shell Oil Company Honors Herm Edwards with 2015 Shell Legacy Award

Sat, Apr 11, 2015



Shell Oil Company honored Herm Edwards, former NFL player, coach, mentor
and current ESPN analyst, on Tuesday with the 2015 Shell Legacy Award –
a recognition that celebrates individuals who share in the Shell Houston
Open’s legacy of charitable giving. Edwards is known as a difference
maker not only on the football field, but also in his philanthropic
efforts off of the field, founding and taking part in numerous
organizations that give back to the community, including The Youth

The Foundation supports children and youth development in Monterey
Peninsula, California, near Edwards’ hometown. The organization has
positively impacted thousands of children since it was founded in 1989.
A major fundraiser for the foundation, The Herm Edwards Charity Golf
Tournament, has supported Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County, YWCA
of Salinas, Voices for Children Casa – Salinas and more. Past events
include the Herm Edwards Youth Football Camp, which throughout its 10
years taught more than 8,000 boys and girls how to play football in a
safe environment supportive of character development.

“Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to work with great coaches
and mentors who helped form me into the person I am today,” Edwards
said. “It’s important to instill positive values in our youth and to
provide strong role models. I want to inspire others to get involved in
their own communities, and I am thankful for the recognition from Shell
with the 2015 Legacy Award.”

With 33 career interceptions, including one of the most notable in NFL
history, Edwards was a true example of commitment and leadership. In
fact, he never missed a game in his nine-year career with the
Philadelphia Eagles – a shining example of dedication, one of the
characteristics Edwards instills in the youth he mentors. Throughout his
career, Edwards has spoken to hundreds of thousands of professional and
amateur athletes. He is also a passionate fundraiser for the Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation, has an active position on the Positive
Coaching Alliance’s National Advisory Committee, and is a member of the
Board of Trustees at Santa Catalina School.

“Herm Edwards is an outstanding individual – a tremendous football
player and coach, public speaker, author, amateur golfer, sports
analyst, and philanthropist,” said Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil
Company. “Among his most impactful contributions has been his continuous
effort and dedication to developing youth education and the characters
of thousands of children. For this and many other reasons, Shell is
proud to recognize Herm with the 2015 Shell Legacy Award.”

The Shell Legacy Award recognizes and honors individuals who have
greatly impacted the community. The award was established in 2008 and
previous recipients include: World Golf Hall of Fame Member, the late
Dr. Charles Sifford (2008); former First Lady Barbara Bush (2009); NFL
Hall of Fame Member Emmitt Smith (2010); former Secretary of State James
A. Baker III (2011); nationally acclaimed recording artist and
humanitarian Clay Walker (2012); two-time World Heavyweight Champion
George Foreman (2013); and former Houston Dynamo star and philanthropist
Brian Ching (2014).

Tuesday’s dinner and award presentation kicked off the 2015 Shell
Houston Open, which runs through Sunday, April 5 at Golf Club of Houston
– Tournament Course. Since Shell Oil Company became title sponsor in
1992, the Shell Houston Open and its related activities have raised more
than $58 million for local charitable organizations.

The Shell Houston Open is the 10th oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR and
is run by the Houston Golf Association, which has administered
professional golf events since 1946. Funds raised benefit local youth
programs such as The First Tee® of Greater Houston, reaching more than
130,000 young people annually. Through the Shell Houston Open, Shell
continues to support children and students by demonstrating a commitment
to education at all ages. Visit
for details on how Shell impacts the global community.

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Vote of approval for Mills Charity’s almshouses proposals in Framlingham

Sat, Apr 11, 2015


11:19 04 April 2015

Nick Corke, Mills Charity trustee


Charity proposals for 14 new almshouses to help young people in an east Suffolk town have won the backing of community leaders.

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Framlingham Town Council voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend the approval of the Mills Charity’s application for a site it owns off Brook Lane.

The charity, which was set up from the estate of the wealthy philanthropist Thomas Mills to benefit Framlingham, already owns six almshouses in the town, but said its latest plans were intended to help younger people who were unable to afford regular housing.

Members of the public who attended the meeting to discuss the application acknowledged the benefits it would provide the town’s younger generations but also raised concerns about the loss of views and effects on traffic.

“We realise that there’s got to be a future for the youngsters in Framlingham,” said one public speaker. “But at the same time I’m very concerned about the visual impact and I would like to think we will be considered with whatever screening will be done.”

Others called for fencing to be built to hide the development, some suggested bungalows would be more appropriate and there were further calls for an investigation into the impact on highways.

Charity trustee Nick Corke assured the meeting that landscaping concerns would be addressed and there would be no corners cut to save money. “We want to leave something that’s going to be of importance and we want to do it properly,” he said.

“We look after our other almshouses fairly well and I would like to think we will look after these as well.”

Mr Corke said there were strict criteria applicants for the almshouses had to meet to be eligible, which would ensure that only local people in genuine need would be offered accommodation.

Councillors welcomed the assurances made over landscaping concerns and voted unanimously in support of the application.

Stephanie Bennell said the charity should be “congratulated” for its plans, which would “fulfil a local need”.

Compared with large scale profit-making schemes, which would see the site “stuffed from end to end”, Ms Bennell said these plans were “a breath of fresh air”.

The application will next be heard by Suffolk Coastal District Council.

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Grain Trade hears details of Rural Support

Sat, Apr 11, 2015


Guest Speaker at the NIGTA AGM was Jude McCann, centre, who is pictured with Grain Trade President Alan Johnston and Chief Executive Robin Irvine. Photograph: Columba O’Hare

The wide range of support services, and the groups and individuals that have been assisted by Rural Support were outlined by Jude McCann, Development Director, Rural Support, at the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association’s recent annual general meeting and lunch.

Jude pointed out that Rural Support had 33 volunteers who assisted with a very wide range of problems for farming and rural families across all of Northern Ireland.

There is a helpline available from 8am to 11pm seven days a week with voicemail and support options available at all other times. It offers a listening ear and signposting service for issues such as farming information and technical queries, financial matters, physical and emotional health, suicide risk and family/relationship issues.  

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Jude emphasised that Rural Support’s vision is to contribute to a healthy, sustainable rural community by providing individual support and promoting positive mental health and well-being.

He added: “We provide confidential non-judgemental support to farmers and rural dwellers. At present 33 volunteers give their time, knowledge, expertise and experience to those who require it.  They undertake helpline cover, finance mentoring, work/life balance guidance, counselling, promotion and outreach.”

The key drivers of rural stress have been identified as: 1) Shifting Policies and Financial Pressures, 2) Instability, Risk and Uncertainty, 3) Increasing Isolation and Service Provision and 4)Family Pressures.

A review of helpline calls revealed that almost 40% of callers highlighted farm finance and debt issues as the main reason for calling. Other reasons included relationship problems, mental health issues, paperwork, government schemes, inheritance and succession, health and isolation. More recent issues emanating from CAP reform have added to some of the problems.

Volunteers are matched to the person, group and problem eg. Rural Support has nine finance mentors who assist with financial problems.

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Jude added: “Rural Support can claim to have saved lives, marriages and businesses in addition to helping callers find a better quality of life.”

Alan Johnston, President of NIGTA thanked Jude for his time and excellent presentation and announced that Rural Support is the chosen charity for support at NIGTA’s annual dinner in April.

At the annual general meeting Alan Johnston was re-elected as President and David O’Connor as Vice President. David Malseed announced his retirement from the post of Honorary Secretary and it was unanimously agreed that his contribution to the Association – as a Past President, Honorary Secretary and Executive Committee member – would be missed by the Association.

Patrick McLaughlin was elected as the new Honorary Secretary and Stephen Burrell was re-elected as Honorary Treasurer.

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Touring car champion is guest speaker at Racing Club’s monthly meeting

Sat, Apr 11, 2015


British Touring Car Championship star Matt Neal Matt will be Bourne Motor Racing Club’s guest speaker in April.

Matt has raced in the championship for over20 years, and has achieved three Drivers’ Championships along the way.

Most recently, Matt has paired with Gordon Sheddon, racing the HondaYuasa Racing Team’s Civic Touring, taking a respectable eighth place in the 2014 championship.

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Matt will talk to the club, fresh from the opening rounds of this years BTCC Championship where once again he has teamed up to race with Honda, this year favouring the Civic Hatch instead of the Touring from last year.

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Louisa Matthews and Jason Schumacher to Speak at Women’s Energy Network – North Texas Chapter April 2015 Luncheon …

Sat, Apr 11, 2015



Louisa B. Matthews, Senior Manager – Multistate Tax Service for Deloitte
Tax LLP will be the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of the Women’s
Energy Network (WEN) – North Texas Chapter on Thursday, April 9, 2015,
at the Fort Worth Petroleum Club, 777 Main Street #4000. Jason A.
Schumacher, Partner in the Dallas and Houston offices of Locke Lord LLP,
will be the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of WEN on Tuesday,
April 21, 2015, at the Dallas Petroleum Club, 2200 Ross Avenue.
Registration for both events will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the
luncheon from noon-1:00 p.m.

Ms. Matthews will present a discussion titled, “Marcellus Shale Region
Indirect Tax Update.” Her presentation will address the current indirect
tax landscape in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, as well as
proposed legislative changes in Pennsylvania. A question-and-answer
session will follow her presentation.

Ms. Matthews is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Tax’s Multistate Tax
Services Practice. She currently leads the Sales Use Tax Practice for
the Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Upstate New York Ohio areas
while providing sales and use tax expertise to national clients within
the Energy industry. Ms. Matthews has more than 27 years of sales and
use tax experience, including managerial roles within large multi-state
corporations in the energy, manufacturing, and hospitality industries.
Prior to joining Deloitte Tax, she spent seven years managing the
Non-Income Taxes for a large integrated energy company located in the
mid-Atlantic region. Ms. Matthew’s multi-state experience includes
providing services and appeal representation related to audit defense,
transaction analysis and planning, refund reviews, simplified rate
reporting (managed compliance agreements), multistate compliance and
compliance system reviews, tax manual development, nexus reviews, and
due diligence reviews. She has also served as an instructor providing
sales and use tax training to clients and firm personnel.

Ms. Matthews received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from The
Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Science in Taxation from
Robert Morris University. She is a Certified Member of the Institute for
Professionals in Taxation (CMI – Sales and Use Tax) and serves as the
2015 vice-chair of the Marcellus Shale Coalition Tax and Fee Committee.
She is also an active member of the Women’s Energy Network and several
local professional tax organizations in the Pittsburgh area.

“WEN North Texas looks forward to hearing from Louisa Matthews at the
April 2015 Fort Worth luncheon,” said Whitney Randolph, 2015 WEN North
Texas Chapter President. “Ms. Matthews’ extensive experience will
benefit our members greatly by providing an in-depth look at the tax
situation in many states where our members transact business.”

Schumacher will present a talk titled, “Distressed Asset Deals,” at the
April Dallas luncheon. A question-and-answer session will follow his

Schumacher is a partner in the Dallas and Houston offices of Locke Lord
LLP. He is a major deal attorney, where his practice focuses on serving
clients in the energy industry and the oil and gas sector. He has vast
experience in mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures,
joint development projects, operational affairs, project development for
energy facilities and financing arrangements for energy and oil and gas
companies. His clients include private and publicly-traded U.S. and
Chinese companies, energy holding companies and oil and gas service
companies, as well as mineral interest owners, lenders, private equity
firms and other financial institutions. Schumacher has documented and
closed transactions totaling billions of U.S. dollars and has documented
joint venture arrangements and energy facility projects involving
committed aggregate expenditures in the billions. Clients call on him
frequently when they are involved in disputes, litigation, arbitrations
and mediations involving questions pertaining to energy and oil and gas
holdings and operational disputes.

Schumacher is a prolific presenter and writer in the oil and gas
industry, speaking and publishing in both US and globally-focused events
and publications. He is heavily involved in the Energy Section of the
Dallas Bar Association, serving as its chair in 2012. He also serves on
the board of the Texas Energy Council and was elected its president for
2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

“WEN North Texas looks forward to learning from Jason Schumacher’s
knowledge relating to oil and gas transactions during the April 2015
Dallas luncheon,” said Whitney Randolph, 2015 WEN North Texas Chapter
President. “Mr. Schumacher’s presentation will help our members gain
useful insight about the legal and financial aspects of oil and gas
deals in today’s economic climate.”

The cost for WEN North Texas members to attend is $35. For prospective
members, the price is $50. Please register online at
Payment can be made by credit card through the online registration
portal or the day of the event by cash or check payable to Women’s
Energy Network North Texas.

For more information about the events, contact Carly Hewett, Freeman
Mills PC, at

For more information about the Women’s Energy Network – North Texas
Chapter, visit
and click on WEN North Texas. Interested parties can join the North
Texas Chapter by clicking on Join Today! on the North Texas Chapter’s
home page.

About WEN

The Women’s Energy Network is a nonprofit association of women
professionals in the energy industry that provides networking and
community outreach opportunities and fosters career and leadership
development. Founded in 1994, the organization has more than 2,000
members nationwide. For more information, please visit the WEN North
Texas Chapter website at

for Women’s Energy Network
Carly Hewett, 214-800-5191

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Scottish Leaders Debate: Five things we learned from the STV showdown

Sat, Apr 11, 2015


1) Neverendum lives

After last year’s independence referendum, then-SNP leader Alex Salmond said the issue was now put to bed for a generation.

They must rattle through them in the Sturgeon family, as the current SNP leader refused to rule out pushing for another vote after 2016 – the date of the next elections for the Scottish Parliament.

The audience reactions was one of gasps and boos , and her admission could deter floating Scottish voters for backing the SNP in the General Election in May.

2) Jim Murphy took a while to get going


Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy speaks during the Scottish Television Debate at the Assembly Rooms

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy appeared tense and nervous at the start of the debate, which was surprising for such a well-practiced public speaker.

It wasn’t until the third section of the show – where the four leaders debated each other again – that he began to find his mojo.

He launched a passionate attack on the rise in food bank use, and delivered some good put-downs to his Conservative and Labour counterparts.

Mr Murphy told Tory Ruth Davidson she was practicing the art of “if you can’t be right, be wrong loudly” and Nicola Sturgeon: “You’re entitled to your own opinions, but you’re not entitled to your own facts.”

He even managed to say: “David Cameron ain’t no Lionel Messi.”

3) David Cameron is in trouble

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed tonight that no matter what happens, the SNP would work to bring down a Conservative government after the election.

She said: “I’ve said to Ed Miliband and I’ll say to Jim Murphy this evening, that if there is an anti-Tory majority in the House of Commons after the election, even if the Tories are the biggest party we will work with Labour to keep David Cameron out of Downing Street.”

Jim Murphy said Labour didn’t need her “help”, but the a Labour-SNP deal could well stop the Tories from forming a government.

4) Ruth Davidson didn’t get the memo on Ukip

Despite a reasonably solid performance, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson went off-message when it came to a post-election deal with Ukip.

In the past, David Cameron and Nigel Farage have only said there would be no formal coalition.

Tonight, Ms Davidson said “no deals with Ukip.” Within minutes, Tory sources said the party position hadn’t changed. Oops.

5) Moustache Man won the debate

Last week Johnny Tudor was the breakout star of the TV debate. But the Scottish audience went one better, with Danny McAfee donning a fake moustache for the show.

The former singer in a Led Zeppelin tribute band from Dundee was apparently told to remove his furry friend during a commercial break.

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William Hague set to make £20MILLION after quitting as a Tory MP

Sat, Apr 11, 2015


William Hague is on course to make an astonishing £20m after leaving Westminster, his friends have revealed.

The former Foreign Secretary and Tory leader will quit as an MP at the general election on May 7 after 26 years in Parliament.

But allies of Mr Hague have disclosed he may not immediately accept a peerage because he is keen to resume his lucrative career as an author, businessman and public speaker.

One source close to the 54-year-old politician said: “William is not keen to go to the House of Lords straight away.

“He wants to focus on writing biographies and spend more time with his wife Ffion and get back into the world of business.”

Industry experts believe his experience as a ex-Foreign Secretary and reputation as a witty speaker means he could command a fee of up to £100,000 per speech.

Before returning to a Government job in 2010, he was an adviser to Tory donor Lord Bamford’s JCB firm where he was paid £50,000 a year on top of his MP’s pay.

But Mr Hague is likely to be offered directorships with leading banks and other global businesses which could bring him in millions of pounds a year.

One of the veteran Tory’s allies said: “I would imagine William could earn around £4m a year and make £20m by the end of the next five-year parliament in 2020.

In January it emerged that Mr Hague splashed out £2.5m on a ten-bedroom mansion in mid-Wales.

At the time, the former Welsh Secretary said the vast property, which is set in 13 acres and includes six coach houses, was an “ideal place to write books”.

He already has palatial apartments in central London and his Yorkshire constituency of Richmond where he succeeded the late Leon Brittan as Tory MP.

But Mr Hague also plans to devote some of his retirement from frontline politics to charity work, including his crusade with Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.

The unlikely pair have been working together to end rape in war which has seen UN special envoy Jolie and Mr Hague travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bosnia to meet victims of rape during conflict.

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Ciphrex’s Eric Lombrozo to Address Texas Bitcoin Conference on 5 Critical Areas of Storage System for Cryptocurrency …

Sat, Apr 11, 2015



Eric Lombrozo will speak at the Texas
Bitcoin Conference
Sunday, March 29, at the Moody Theater in
downtown Austin, TX, on the five areas of a bitcoin storage system that
need to be secured. His presentation, “Securing Bitcoin and Reaching
CCSS Level 3,” will provide real-world examples of how to secure each
one at a level that meets or exceeds the new CryptoCurrency Security

Joining Lombrozo as a presenter will be Michael
, president of CryptoCurrency
Certification Consortium
, and a well-respected Bitcoin expert,
certified information security professional and accomplished cyber-crime
investigator and public speaker.

“Cryptocurrencies provide users with the ability to always have full
control over their own money, but with great power comes great
responsibility,” said Eric Lombrozo, co-CEO and Chief Technology Officer
of Ciphrex. “We look forward to collaborating with other industry
leaders to develop an open security standard.”

Lombrozo’s talk in Austin comes directly on the heels of his
presentation at the Inside Bitcoins Berlin conference in Germany.

One of the foremost experts in blockchain technology, Lombrozo created mSigna,
a product of Ciphrex and the most advanced, secure, user-friendly
bitcoin wallet on the market. The first to support advanced features
such as full control, scalable multisignature account management, mSigna
is the safest option to store, receive and send bitcoin.

About Ciphrex

Ciphrex creates technologies to build the peer-to-peer payment network
infrastructure required to securely store and transact in digital
assets. The company’s enterprise grade software is based on public-key
cryptography and blockchain technology focusing on four key aspects:
security, simplicity, speed and scalability.

NOTE: To schedule an interview with Eric Lombrozo, please contact
Marisa Vallbona, Chief Communications Officer, Ciphrex,,

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Planning bosses vote overwhelmingly for new Ulverston supermarket

Fri, Mar 27, 2015


SLDC’s planning committee votes 14-1 in favour of new store

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COUNCILLORS this morning voted overwhelmingly in favour of granting permission for a new supermarket in Ulverston.

The plans for a supermarket on Brewery Street was given approval by South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee – nearly two years after it was first backed.

SLDC granted Frederic Robinson permission to build the supermarket but the decision was quashed last year by a judge following a legal challenge by campaign group Keep Ulverston Special.
That deemed the original approval undetermined and an amended report, with focus on the potential impact the supermarket would have on the conservation area, was debated upon this morning.

The meeting heard the plans also include an underground car park for 90 cars and refurbishment of the Bird in Hand and Union pubs.

One public speaker said the affect on local retailers would be ‘uniformly negative’ while another said: ‘For the profit of one development the life of this vibrant town will be ruined.’

Mike Gibson, on behalf of applicant, said: ‘The scheme is fully costed, commercially viable and deliverable.’

Planning officer Kate Lawson added: ‘We consider it to support the town centre by generating additional footfall and would enable the re-use of a vacant site.’

The committee voted 14-1 in favour of approval.

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