David Andahl, 55, Dies; Elected Posthumously in North Dakota

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Andahl won the endorsement of two of the state’s most influential Republicans, Gov. Doug Burgum and Senator Kevin Cramer, with Senator Cramer telling the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he backed Mr. Andahl “because we need more Trump Republicans in the state legislature.”But at the same time, the deadly coronavirus was surging across the country, especially in North Dakota. Mr. Andahl, who already had unspecified health issues, was cautious about the virus, his family wrote on Facebook. But in late September he became ill and was hospitalized in Bismarck. On Oct. 5, with the election a month away, he died after “a short battle with Covid-19,” the family said. He was 55.At that point, it was too late to take his name off the ballot. On Nov. 3, the residents of District 8, a sprawling rural area north of Bismarck, elected him posthumously to the legislature.- Advertisement – This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.He was known as “Dakota Dave,” a walking, talking billboard for his home state of North Dakota.- Advertisement – This year, he sought to take a step up by running for the state House of Representatives. Mr. Andahl cleared the first hurdle, winning a heated Republican primary in June against a longtime incumbent, state Representative Jeff Delzer, chairman of the powerful appropriations committee. David Dean Andahl was passionate about farming, cattle ranching and racecar driving, a sport he pursued at tracks around the world. He was also president of Dakota Sports Marketing, where he promoted the state’s economic and tourism opportunities.And he was interested in politics. A member of the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission for 16 years, he served as chairman for eight.center_img – Advertisement – A political squabble ensued over how to fill the seat. The governor sought to make an appointment but was blocked by the attorney general. The matter was unresolved and is in court, Loren DeWitz, chairman of the District 8 Republican Party, said in a phone interview. At an outdoor memorial service for Mr. Andahl, he was remembered for being a man of his word; for his love of his dogs, Bear, Zeus and Hank; and for his willingness to lend a hand, whether, as one friend put it, “building a deck, borrowing a tool, hauling many loads of dirt or just being there to drink and listen.” His drink of choice was Glenlivet single malt.Mr. Andahl was born on Oct. 30, 1964, in Bismarck. He obtained his associate’s degree from Bismarck State College and studied animal science at North Dakota State University. His survivors include his parents, Ronald and Patricia Andahl; his sister, Darcy; and his son, Charles (Tia) Lacy.Mr. Andahl was also a partner and general manager of 4T Ranch, which has been in the Andahl family for three generations. As Bismarck grew, developers expressed interest in buying pieces of 4T Ranch. Instead of selling, the family created its own company, 4T Ranch Developers, Inc., with Mr. Andahl as president, and built a rural housing subdivision called “The Ranch.”last_img read more

Yogyakarta deputy police chief tapped to lead KPK’s law enforcement efforts

first_imgHe last reported his wealth and assets on Dec. 18, 2013, when he was still serving as the general crime director for the Yogyakarta Police.His last entry in the database reported he had Rp 5.45 billion (US$346,747) to his name, which consisted of Rp 5.72 billion in land and properties, Rp 400 million in vehicles, Rp 800 million in business ventures and 1.27 billion in bank accounts and cash, minus 2.84 billion in debt.The LHKPN is used to record state organizers’ assets and wealth to help with public monitoring and accountability. Routinely reporting one’s wealth and assets is a consideration for assignments and promotions.Read also: 100 days of blunders: Watchdog slams new KPK chairman’s performanceKaryoto was appointed as the Yogyakarta Police deputy chief in 2019 after serving as the deputy chief for the North Sulawesi Police. Karyoto graduated from the police academy in 1990 with a specialization in detective work.In addition to Karyoto, Firli also inaugurated the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) corruption crime director Sr. Comr. Endar Priantoro as deputy director for investigations on Tuesday.The agency also appointed Communications and Information Ministry official Mochamad Hadiyana as information and data deputy head and prosecutor Ahmad Burhanudin as its legal bureau head. All of the newly appointed officials have reported their wealth since at least 2018. Karyoto was among the final three candidates, all police generals, vying for the position. The names of the candidates were finally revealed by the KPK following backlash from a coalition of antigraft watchdogs, who lambasted the lack of transparency. The coalition, comprising the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), West Sumatra’s Andalas University’s Constitution Study Center (PUSaKO), the Indonesia Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) and the Indonesian Legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI), also raised concerns that KPK leaders were motivated by a hidden agenda in the selection process.Read also: KPK limits detention center visitors amid COVID-19 pandemicThe agency brushed off the concerns, saying the KPK was committed to ensuring transparency through an open recruitment process.According to the KPK State Organizers Assets Reports (LHKPN) database elhkpn.kpk.go.id., Karyoto was found to not have filed a wealth report since 2013. Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri inaugurated Brig. Gen Karyoto on Tuesday as the agency’s deputy for law enforcement amid criticism from antigraft activists over a lack of transparency in the selection process.Karyoto, who previously served as Yogyakarta Police deputy chief, passed the selection process for the vital position in the antigraft body.A key position in the agency, the deputy for law enforcement oversees all legal matters, from questioning and investigations to issuing charges against graft suspects. The post has been left vacant by Firli, who in June 2019 returned to the National Police before returning to the KPK after passing the screening process at the House of Representatives in September 2019.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hamilton Island’s Mermaid’s Reach is for sale

first_imgMermaid’s Reach, Hamilton IslandSuspended 25m above sea level on a slab construction anchored by steel beams, Mermaid’s Reach is the ideal treetop home for anyone seeking an escape but lacking the time to travel to more exotic tropical destinations.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoWatch the sunrise from the deck at Mermaid’s Reach, Hamilton Island.Wake up to the sound of waves crashing against the rocks below as the sun slowly peaks up from the horizon and its rays bounce off the clearest of blue water. Bi-fold doors glide open to effectively double the interior living space and remove any barrier between the deck and open-plan shared living zone. Mermaid’s Reach, Hamilton IslandAn offer of $3.5 million will secure you possibly the best ocean views in the country.Recline on the huge wraparound timber deck of this Hamilton Island home and gaze out past the turtles in the shallows to a number of reefs dotting the Whitsundays. The main bedroom suite at Mermaid’s Reach, Hamilton Island.The main bedroom has a separate lounge, study area, and bathroom with spa.If a trip via golf buggy to the beach doesn’t take your fancy, there’s the option to stay on site and cool off in the plunge pool. Inside the open-plan living area at Mermaid’s Reach, Hamilton Island.A central tile feature of a mermaid is a constant reminder of the property’s namesake but the rest of the house is conservative in design allowing the outlook to remain the focus. Three of the four bedrooms have balcony access while the fourth connects to a private courtyard and has its own ensuite. The pool and deck at Mermaid’s Reach, Hamilton Island.The 6879sq m of surrounding land lures visitors into thinking they are the sole occupants of the popular island.Mermaid’s Reach at 16 Melaleuca Drive is on the market through Nicolette van Wijngaarden from Unique Estates Australia.last_img read more

UK roundup: Watson Petroleum, PIC, NEST, BarraOne, JLT

first_imgThe Watson Petroleum Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme has transferred its £30m (€40.5m) worth of liabilities to Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).The insurance buyout, conducted after the scheme’s sponsor was sold last year, means PIC will now take responsibility for the remaining liabilities.The fund will be wound up.Andrew Barnett, trustee to the scheme, said the recent corporate changes meant the board had to work closely with its new sponsors to ensure benefits were secure. In June, LCP estimated the UK bulk annuity market at £4.4bn, led by Prudential and Legal & General, with more than £1.1bn each.PIC amassed £681m in the first half of the year, compared with £1.8bn in 2014.In other news, the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) reappointed BarraOne as its investment risk-management system provider on another five-year contract.BarraOne, owned by MSCI, was appointed in 2011 in line with public sector tendering requirements, meaning the contract was re-negotiated and will commence next year for an additional five years.NEST said BarraOna provides the government-backed defined contribution master trust with information on its risk exposure at the security and portfolio levels.Lastly, research from consultancy JLT Employee Benefits places the value of UK private sector defined benefit (DB) deficits at £247bn, as of the end of September.This is an increase of £40bn over the year, JLT said.Deficits among FTSE 100 schemes came to £73bn, down from £82bn two months’ previous, giving an average funding level of 88%.Charles Cowling, director at JLT Employee Benefits, said the volatility stemming from the US Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain low interest rates had done nothing to boost pension scheme hopes of reducing deficits.“It is not surprising to see deficits jumping by £40bn,” he said.“With just under half of DB pension assets still invested in equities, pension schemes are exposed to a huge amount of market volatility, potentially leading to big losses that can further widen the deficit gap.”last_img read more

​Keva’s assets shrink €1.8bn after 3% investment loss in 2018

first_imgKeva’s asset allocation (31/12/18)Chart MakerIn its results statement, Keva also said that its board had approved a new five-year strategy on 7 March. The plan focused on strengthening efficiency, developing customer relationships, utilising digitalisation and making preparations for changes in the earnings-related pension sector.Pension reforms currently under discussion in Finland could challenge Keva’s monopoly on public sector provision, with a working group recommending last month that the sector be opened up to competition.Separately, Finnish earnings-related pension fund association TELA provided the bigger picture of how investment returns had affected its members last year.Overall, it said Finnish pension funds oversaw a total of €193.4bn at the end of 2018, with total pension assets having fallen by €6.4bn over the year. The association attributed this decline to weak performance in equity markets.TELA analyst Kimmo Koivurinne said: “The market uncertainty in the last quarter of the year caused the valuations of listed equity investments in particular to fall sharply.” Finland’s largest pension fund suffered a 3% investment loss last year, with the market value of its assets contracting by €1.8bn during 2018.Keva’s assets fell to €50.1bn by the end of December 2018, compared with €51.9bn a year earlier.The fund, which manages local government pensions, said its strongest performing asset classes in 2018 were private equities, with a return of 13.5% and real estate with 7%.CIO Ari Huotari said: “The entire investment year was marked by restlessness, nor can the market events at the end of the year be called rational. “Whereas the markets have begun on a positive note in 2019, the underlying concerns have not in reality disappeared. I think we’ll still see quite considerable market fluctuations also during the current year.”The pension fund’s fixed income investments ended the year with a 1.6% loss, while listed equities lost 10.4%.Keva’s hedge funds allocation made a slim 0.3% return. In an EU tender notice published earlier this month, Keva said it had appointed London-based Albourne Partners to provide hedge fund advisory services.The contract is worth £850,000, and Albourne Partners was the only bidder.The service procured would, Keva said, be used partly to conduct hedge-fund manager selection but also to monitor existing and potential future new relationships, as well as for risk management.The pension fund had 7.6% of its portfolio – approximately €3.8bn – allocated to hedge funds at the end of 2018, according to its annual report.last_img read more

Bacolod eyes P125-M fund for ‘blended learning’

first_imgBACOLOD City – The Department of Education (DepEd) has proposed to the city government a budget of P125 million for distance or blended learning for this school year 2020-2021.This was stressed by Councilor Renecito Novero, chairman of the Committee on Education, following a meeting with Mayor Evelio Leonardia and officials of DepEd-Bacolod at the New Government Center on June 21.DepEd city schools superintendent Gladys Amylaine Sales said during the meeting the budget is for establishment of a radio tower and for the purchase of gadgets such as laptops and tablets for teachers, among others.According to Novero, DepEd’s delivery modalities this school year include modular distance learning, online distance learning and television/radio-based instructions.“So, we will provide audio or radio-based instruction through an FM Station frequency,” said Novero.“We will use the radio-based instruction so we can deliver distance learning to rural areas in the city. Since we don’t have the face-to-face classes because of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, we can use this delivery mode,” he added.Novero said the budget will be sourced from the Special Education Fund of the local government unit but might still be reduced.Another meeting will be conducted to finalize how much fund will be provided by this city to DepEd, he added./PNlast_img read more

October 30, 2018 Police Blotter

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Keane backs star man to bounce back

first_img Asked about that statement, Roy Keane, who also played alongside Quinn and later accepted his offer of employment as Sunderland manager, said simply: “He’s a lot better than Niall Quinn.” As the younger man headed back across the Atlantic, the rest of the squad – barring midfielder Darron Gibson, who has returned to club Everton for treatment on a minor knee injury – were licking their wounds and starting to turn their attention to Tuesday night’s friendly against the United States in Dublin. Ireland were ultimately undone by a fine Shaun Maloney finish in Glasgow, which condemned them to their first Group D defeat and left them locked in a three-way battle with the Scots and world champions Germany for second place behind leaders Poland. They have been criticised for their direct approach against Gordon Strachan’s men, which failed to yield the number of opportunities for which they might have hoped in front of goal. But while there was disappointment within the camp, O’Neill’s number two was adopting a bullish approach to the recovery process. Roy Keane said: “I didn’t expect us to go through the whole campaign unbeaten, there were always going to be some points dropped. But we have to take our medicine, we have to take the criticism that’s coming our way and bounce back. “It’s very, very tight, absolutely. There’s not much between a lot of the teams. On paper Germany, you would still think, would be the favourites, but between Poland, ourselves and Scotland, I think it’s going to be very, very tight.” Four of the Republic’s next five qualifiers will take place at the Aviva Stadium and their form there is likely to go a long way towards deciding where they finish in the group. But as he and O’Neill prepared to bring an end to their 2014 fixtures less than a fortnight after celebrating a year in post, the assistant boss was happy enough with his lot. He said: “There have been no real surprises. You are always learning about the group, even the other night, lots round about the group. But no real shocks or surprises. “We have good teams coming to the Aviva, but with the home support and the lads will be licking their wounds for the next month or two, we will look to bounce back. That is what sport is all about, bouncing back, and we have got some good lads. “They were hurting pretty badly the other night, we know they were. If you think for one minute they are not hurt by the other night, then you don’t know the group.” Press Association Roy Keane has insisted Robbie Keane still has a significant role to play for the Republic of Ireland despite being dropped for the first time in 13 years. However, assistant manager Keane, a former Ireland team-mate, was adamant that the nation’s record cap-holder and goalscorer remains a key member of Martin O’Neill’s squad. He said: “Robbie Keane is massive for this team, absolutely massive. “Everyone keeps saying he was disappointed – of course he was. Tell me any player who is going to be left out of a big game who is not going to be disappointed. That’s what you expect from Robbie. “But Robbie is brilliant for the group and brilliant for the team. He’s a top, top player, he’s been doing it for years and hopefully he will score goals for the next number of years. “But you just pick a team for a certain game, and the way Robbie reacted to the disappointment to our training session yesterday was fantastic, absolutely different class. “Robbie Keane is as good a professional as I have come across and he will be disappointed, of course. But there are other players who were left out.” The frontman, who took his tally for his country to 65 goals with a hat-trick against Gibraltar last month, had only 12 minutes in which to try to make an impression as he won his 138th cap at Celtic Park, and his frustration was clear afterwards. He told reporters he needed to play as part of an attacking partnership and that he was not suited to a lone striking role, admitting he was “no Niall Quinn”, the towering striker whose previous Irish record of 21 goals he passed a decade ago. The 34-year-old LA Galaxy striker headed back to the United States on Saturday after being released from the squad a day after being used only as a substitute in Ireland’s 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifier defeat in Scotland. It was the first time the Dubliner, who will begin preparations for next Sunday’s MLS play-offs showdown with Seattle Sounders on his return, has been left out of the team for a competitive match when fit since a clash with Estonia in 2001. last_img read more

Film executives speak about careers

first_imgOn Tuesday night, the Southern California Business Film Festival organized the Creative Development Panel at USC, where creative individuals from the entertainment industry discussed the nature of their jobs and the creative development process.The two guests were creative executives Christopher Ceccotti, Gidden Media and Shary Shirazi from Lucas Films.Daniel Sussman, a lecturer at USC, moderated the panel. Sussman is also the chairman of all missions to Israel for the Los Angeles Jewish Foundation and the Valley Alliance. He teaches at the Tel Aviv University Film School each June.The event started off with Ceccotti speaking about his life and beginning into the film industry. He graduated in 2009 with plans to attend law school, but realized the only reason he wanted to practice law was to defer reality.“I got stuck [in Los Angeles] in a good way,” Ceccotti said. “I happened to fall in within people who were supporting me. One or two relationships would begin other relationships. I had always been interested in movies and storytelling. I didn’t really want to learn the studio part of things.”Shirazi, however, realized her passion earlier. She went to the University of California, Los Angeles for her undergraduate degree and by her sophomore year realized she wanted to do something with film. Shirazi’s first internship was with Paramount Pictures.“Most people go with an agency or a production company,” Shirazi said. “I was really good with development and how to develop stories. Understanding the business was something new. I reached out to my different coordinators for interviews.”Sussman asked the panelists what they were most proud of from their work, as well as the pros and cons of the industry.“I’m proud to be at a company that is forward thinking,” Ceccotti said of Gidden Media. “It’s a herd mentality in the industry. Whenever a writer or director is hot, everything tends to follow what the latest trend is. To be at a place where they encourage to think outside of the box is very empowering.”Shirazi stated that Lucas Films concentrates on keeping the integrity of storytelling, rather than creating profit.“I was proud that the company I worked for wasn’t profit-driven,” she said.Sussman also asked about the worst aspects of their job.“You’re going to be working with people who have been in the industry for so long, they are tired,” Shirazi said. “You’re going to be dealing with people who are having a bad day.”Cecotti noted working in the film industry requires always being in the know.“You have to be aware of everything that is going on in town. You need to know about all of those projects, about the jobs you might need to fill,” Ceccotti said.Sussman also asked the panelists their specific philosophies toward succeeding in the industry.“Don’t get out of context,” Ceccotti said. “You can be taken advantage of and be perceived of as naive. If someone asks me to do something and I don’t want to, I will tell them upfront.”Shirazi stressed that importance of being passionate in one’s field.“You need to believe in projects and the people you’re working with,” Shirazi said.Sussman continued to speak about the importance of forming relationships for this business.“In this business, this university has the advantage of connections, but you have to start the relationships,” he said.The event was followed by a question and answer session by those in the audience.When asked about internships, Ceccotti and Shirazi stressed that preparation is important for exploring what you like as well as for forming relationships and connections.“There isn’t one right way to work in this industry,” Ceccotti said. “One is putting yourself out there. It’s easy to do the minimal amount because it’s mind-numbing, but doing whatever extra you can do to stand out, to interact with clients, executives, they will remember that.”A student from the audience asked what the panelists wanted to achieve in the future.“I want to be able to look back and see movies that made people think and feel,” Ceccotti said. “In terms of the broader corporate scheme, I don’t really care.”“I think the most exciting aspect is working in an industry you’re passionate about,” Shirazi said. “As long as that continues to be, I’ll enjoy my job.”Students had differing ideas about the panel, with some wishing there were more panelists.“I liked the event,” said Yidegar Santiago Zuniga, a junior majoring in public relations. “I wish there would be more attendees, which would bring more concepts.”Patrick Ivison, a sophomore majoring in film production, enjoyed hearing people speak from the film industry.“I always think it’s cool hearing from the people in the industry I’m trying to get into,” said Ivison. “I like hearing about the whole spectrum and hearing their stories of getting to where they are.”Nicole Morrison, a senior majoring in business and cinematic arts, was part of organizing this event and found the panelists’ discussion compelling.“Daniel Sussman teaches a class for BCA,” Morrison said. “He has a ton of experience in the industry so we thought he would be a great moderator. The fact that the panelists could talk about working at a big-name company and a small company was very interesting.”last_img read more

Women’s golf finishes in second place

first_imgAfter three days of play at the Stanford Intercollegiate, the women’s golf team finished the tournament in second place on Tuesday. Senior Kyung Kim finished with 3-under 68 and tied a school record for most rounds played in the 60s.The No. 1 Women of Troy shot a tournament low final round to finish in second place. The team combined to finish 2-over 854 while Stanford won with a 5-under 847. This is their second top 2 finish in three events.Freshman Robynn Ree led the Women of Troy, finishing in a tie for eighth place at 1-over 214. She had two birdies and three bogies on the day to help her to her second top 10 finish in three starts this year.Kim and junior Tiffany Chan tied for 11th place at 2-over 215. Kim’s final round saw her shoot five birdies to two bogies. Chan finished in the top 14 for the third time in three appearances.The team rallied from a third place finish after the second round, where they trailed Stanford and second place UCLA. Ree maintained her second round eighth place finish to end the event.The Women of Troy will head to Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 2 for the East Lake Cup.last_img read more