The Mimi Fishman Foundation is a charitable organization started by and named for Phish drummer Jon Fishman‘s late mother, Mimi Fishman. The non-profit raises money for causes close to Fishman’s heart, including charities that seek to improve the lives of children and their families. The organization raises money by auctioning off concert paraphernalia from some of our favorite music makers, such as Phish, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, moe., and Yonder Mountain String Band.The Mimi Fishman Foundation has just kicked off their second online auction of 2017, which features exclusively Jon Fishman’s used and signed drumsticks various Phish shows throughout 2016 and early 2017. Some of the pairs of drumsticks come from particularly notable shows, including their 2016 New Years Eve performance, Halloween, and their performance with Bob Weir on October 18th in Nashville, as well as runs that are near and dear to fans like their annual Colorado summer tour closing run at Dick’s Sporting Good Park and January’s destination getaway in Mexico.If you’re feeling philanthropic in the next month, you can check out the auction for yourself here and bid on some of Fishman’s drumsticks, which are currently ranging in price from $110 to $570, with drumsticks from the Bob Weir show in Tennessee holding the highest bidding price after seventeen bids.
TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently donated a total of $29,000 to local organizations in Chittenden County as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community.The following organizations received a donation from the TD Charitable Foundation:§ King Street Youth Center (KSYC), which promotes personal and social wellness through educational, recreational and social programs, creating responsible and productive children, youth and families. KSYC will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation to support the Teen Futures program encompassing leadership development, college preparation, academic support, job readiness training and seasonal employment.§ Champlain College, which will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation in support of the New American Scholars at Champlain College program, providing refugees with one–on-one tutoring, support in connecting to the campus and Burlington community, help in crisis situations and cultural experiences otherwise unavailable to these new Americans. § Smart Growth Vermont, Inc., which works to encourage economic vitality in community centers and preserve Vermont’s unique working landscape and quality of place. Smart Growth Vermont will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation to enhance the online Community Planning Toolbox sections related to affordable housing.§ Greater Burlington YMCA, Inc., which will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation in support of the YMCA’s early education and childcare program.A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank provides financial and other support to educational, community, human service, arts, and health-related programs, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.About the TD Charitable FoundationThe TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates under the trade name TD Bank and is one of the 15 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operate, having made over $51million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Bank’s community relations departments and are focused on the areas of affordable housing, education and financial literacy, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation including an online grant application is available at www.TDBank.com(link is external)About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 15 largest commercial banks in the United States with $134 billion in assets, and provides customers with a full range of financial products and services at more than 1,000 convenient locations from Maine to Florida. TD Bank, N.A., is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. TD Bank is a trade name of TD Bank, N.A. For more information, visit www.tdbank.com(link is external). TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Financial Group of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America and one of just three triple-AAA-rated banks on the New York Stock Exchange. Source: TD Bank. October 21, 2009 – Burlington, Vt. –###
Oil majors Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and BP were among successful bidders for offshore acreage offered in Brazil on Friday as part of the 5th Production Sharing Round.5th Production Sharing Round in Brazil (Image source: ANP)The Brazilian ANP had offered four blocks Saturno, Titã, Pau-Brasil e Sudoeste de Tartaruga Verde. All blocks were acquired. The Round raised R$6,82 billion in signing bonuses and R$ 1 billion in planned investments on the exploration phase.In the bids under the production-sharing regime, the winning companies are those who offer the Brazilian State, from a minimum percentage set in the tender protocol, the largest portion of oil and natural gas produced (i.e., the largest portion of profit oil). The signing bonuses, also defined in the tender protocol, are fixed.According to the law in force, Petrobras has the right of first refusal to act as the operator in blocks of the pre-salt and those considered strategic. The company opted to be the operator, with a 30% share, in the area of Sudoeste de Tartaruga Verde.See below the results and the winners of the round: Shell and Chevron won a 35-year production sharing contract for the Saturno pre-salt block located off the coast of Brazil in the Santos Basin for a signing bonus of 3,1 billion Brazilian reals, or around $780 million.Andy Brown, Upstream Director, Royal Dutch Shell said: “We are pleased to add another material, operated exploration position to our leading portfolio in one of the world’s most prolific deep-water areas.”Shell said that with the addition of the Saturno block (Shell 50% operating, Chevron 50%), Shell increased its total net acreage off the coast of Brazil to approximately 2.7 million acres.U.S. major ExxonMobil teamed up with Qatar Petroleum, and won the Titã exploration block for the same fee as the one paid by Shell and Chevron, however, the split here is not even; its 64% for Exxon who will be the operator and 36% for Qatar Petroleum.According to ExxonMobil, the block awarded added more than 71,500 net acres to the ExxonMobil portfolio, expanding the company’s total position in the country to approximately 2.3 million net acres.Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company said: “With the acquisition of this block, we continue to increase our holdings in Brazil’s pre-salt basins, which are high-quality opportunities that enhance ExxonMobil’s global portfolio. These resources will benefit from ExxonMobil’s considerable capabilities, which we will employ as we explore and develop them with our co-venturers and the government.”ExxonMobil subsidiary ExxonMobil Exploração Brasil Ltda. has interests in a total of 26 blocks offshore Brazil and is the operator of 66 percent of its net acreage.BP partnered with Colombia’s Ecopetrol and China’s CNOOC for the Pau Brasil block, offering in total around $123 million for the acreage.
The Raiders have long been done with Oakland, their 2020 move to Las Vegas the result of years of apathy toward the Northern California town.On Sunday, after the team’s last home game in the region, Oakland showed — in over-the-top fashion — that it was done with the Raiders. Black hole tosses garbage onto the field as Raiders lose their last game in Oakland in the final minute. pic.twitter.com/mhv4gRr1LG— Torrey Hart (@torreyhart) December 16, 2019Derek Carr gets booed off the field after the #Raiders blow a 4th quarter lead in their final game in Oakland.(via @StanfordVoice) pic.twitter.com/Qo4Wuty7YE— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 16, 2019MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureSeveral people appeared to be injured in the chaos. Security personnel and fans could be seen clashing on video.Things are descending into chaos in Oakland. Media has been asked to leave the field as security engaged in full-on brawl with a fan. Another woman gushed blood from her forehead, appearing as if she had been hit by trash heading for the field. pic.twitter.com/zOlImU7hEh— Torrey Hart (@torreyhart) December 16, 2019The Raiders’ departure marks the second Oakland sports team to depart in a short span. The Warriors moved to San Francisco earlier this year. And the A’s, who are about to become Oakland’s lone occupant, are not exactly in a stable position, either. Some fans charged the Coliseum field following a 20-16 loss to the Jaguars. Others remained in their seats but threw items toward the playing surface. Most people booed.
Dear Editor,As a member of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee for the Security Sector, I have been taking special interest in the performance (or lack thereof) of the Public Security Minister, the Honourable Khemraj Ramjattan.Apart from his arrogance and total disdain for the People’s Progressive Party, Ramjattan is someone with whom you would want to have a beer. He is approachable, and is never afraid to speak his mind, which often gets him into trouble.I honestly believe he wants to accomplish his goals in the security sector, but lacks the vision to so do. He listens to the needs of the brave Police and Prison officers, and appears eager to fulfill those needs, but he is powerless to do so. While Ramjattan may be accessible and approachable as a person, as the Minister of Public Security, he is a complete failure.This is a man who despises Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP so much that he allegedly demanded the security portfolio as part of the Cummingsburg Accord with one goal in mind: to put the “corrupt” leaders of the PPP behind bars.This would explain his focus on working with UK Security Expert Sam Sittlington and SOCU to prosecute Anil Nandlall, Ashni Singh and others, while neglecting the urgent need to do something to end the vicious cycle of crime that is destroying lives and commerce, prompting the UK Government to issue a particular travel advisory to its citizens.While I can find no fault with the advisory, I wonder if the British Foreign Office is aware that security expert Sam Sittlington, whose services are paid for by British taxpayers, is actively engaged in a political witch-hunt to prosecute high ranking PPP members, rather than going after the drug traffickers and money-launderers as he was employed to do. Perhaps it’s time the Foreign Office account for his actions.In Guyana today, people no longer feel safe in their homes. Crime is running amok everywhere, raining terror on a population that is already stressed out trying to make ends meet. More and more families are being deprived of their valuables, communities are ravished, and businesses are left vulnerable.In 2015, the APNU/AFC coalition campaigned on a platform to get rid of corruption and “reduce the high rate of armed robberies and murders.”And immediately upon gaining office, this Government embarked upon a security recruitment drive, pulling several former high-ranking military and Police officers out of retirement to achieve this objective. They have failed miserably!Since becoming Minister of Public Security, Ramjattan has brought the entire security sector into disrepute. In March 2016, seventeen (17) prisoners were burnt to death and 11 others injured in what was described as the worst prison riot in our history. Then in July 2017, during the blazing inferno of the Camp Street Prison, a Prison officer was murdered and 8 notorious hard-core criminals escaped, two of whom are believed to be still on the run. Since then, there have been several more well-organised prison breaks.Every day, reports of armed robberies, murders and domestic violence dominate the news. Prisoners, with the aid of some rogue Prison officers, are now openly defying authority. At the New Amsterdam Prison, narcotics, alcohol and other contraband were recently discovered in the prison yard. And an inmate there flaunted the breakdown of authority in the Prison system by posting a photograph on Facebook with fellow inmates in a cell, cerebrating Mother’s Day with several bottles of high-end liquor. During a search of the Lusignan Prison, a quantity of illegal items were also found: Improvised weapons, cellphones, cellphone batteries, phone chargers, phone cards, cannabis, cannabis seeds and a cannabis plant. Earlier, a cutlass and a knife were found outside of the north eastern fence of the holding bay of that Prison.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP Member ofParliament