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first_imgNew Delhi: Ravi Dadhich, a 1996 DANICS cadre officer, has been appointed as the new Registrar of the IP University. Prior to this assignment, he was member in the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board of the government of NCT of Delhi. In his more than two decade long administrative career, he has held many responsible positions in Delhi and other parts of the country. He is known for his sharp administrative skills and was instrumental in transforming the departments where he worked earlier.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:With so many missing and murdered, Valentine’s Day takes on new meaning.We begin this edition with why organizers of missing and murdered Indigenous women marches are also memorializing missing and murdered men.Then we lighten things up with coverage of a unique art exhibit.Artist, Terrance Houle brings us the National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America.  A must see!Plus, love advice from a woman who wants to start a show called, As Long As We’re Not Cousins.last_img read more

first_imgSeoul: South Korea said Thursday it is considering dispatching a special envoy to North Korea as part of its efforts to get stalled nuclear talks back on track. Negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear program have remained stalemated since a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam last month ended without agreement. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who facilitated US-North Korean talks last year, is to travel to Washington next week to discuss the nuclear diplomacy with Trump. Moon’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, told lawmakers on Thursday that his government is also considering sending a special envoy to North Korea. He didn’t elaborate. In March 2018, Moon sent a delegation led by Chung to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital. Chung’s delegation met Kim and quoted him as saying he was willing to deal away his advancing nuclear arsenal. Moon met Kim three times later in 2018. Kim’s first summit with Trump in Singapore last May ended with a vaguely worded commitment to denuclearization that lacked any roadmap or timing.last_img read more

7 February 2012UNICEF today sounded the alarm about the plight of children caught up in the bloodshed in Syria, where nearly 11 months of violence have led to the deaths and injuries of hundreds of young people. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today sounded the alarm about the plight of children caught up in the bloodshed in Syria, where nearly 11 months of violence have led to the deaths and injuries of hundreds of young people.“There are reports of children being arbitrarily arrested, tortured and sexually abused while in detention,” the agency said in a statement, adding that reported heavy shelling by Government forces of civilian neighbourhoods in the city of Homs in recent days is no doubt causing further suffering for more children.“This must stop. Even one child killed in the violence is one child too many,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We urge the Syrian authorities to allow help to all those who need it desperately.”UNICEF said it does not have access to the affected areas of Homs and cannot confirm the impact of the attacks there, but there are credible reports, including from international media inside the city, that children are caught up in the violence. “Those injured must be given immediate and unconditional access to specialized medical care,” stressed the agency.According to media reports, Syrian troops have escalated their assault on Homs, using heavy artillery and shelling against civilians as part of their wider crackdown against a public pro-democracy movement that emerged early last year.Top UN officials have repeatedly called on the Government to end its violence against the Syrian people, amid a rising death toll that has surpassed 5,000 since the uprising began in March, and to seek a peaceful and durable solution to the crisis. read more

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“I hope that at this session, you will seek to advance effective responses based on the tried and tested international framework provided by the conventions against transnational organized crime and corruption, the international counterterrorism instruments, and the standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice,” said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in opening remarks to the 25th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which runs through 27 May.He said this work is needed to disrupt criminal networks and terrorist outrages, and to counter violent extremism and radicalization to violence. It was also necessary to confront corruption and to enhance the administration of justice, including for children, as well as to respond to violence against women.Mr. Fedotov noted that UNODC’s work supported the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and was “part of the unified responses needed to confront the many crises the world is facing.”He emphasized that the implementation of the Doha Declaration, endorsed at the 13th Crime Congress last year, and the follow-up to the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption in Saint Petersburg in late 2015, were also key enablers for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 16 on justice and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.This year’s Crime Commission features about 50 side events and 14 exhibitions on crime prevention and criminal justice matters.Six draft resolutions have been tabled on trafficking in human organs and trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal; promoting legal aid; restorative justice; strengthening technical assistance for the prevention of crime, including terrorism; follow up to the 13th Crime Congress and preparations for the 14th Crime Congress to be held in Japan in 2020; and youth crime prevention.On the margins of this session, UNODC, with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) partners, will launch the first-ever World Wildlife Crime Report.INTERPOL and UNODC will sign an agreement to further enhance cooperation and contribute to effective action against terrorism, organized crime, smuggling of migrants and drug trafficking.A tool developed by UNODC to assist in implementing the International Guidelines for crime prevention and criminal justice responses to trafficking in cultural property will be launched.Mr. Fedotov said that the Commission has been at the forefront of efforts to improve justice system responses to such challenges as the flow of migrants and refugees, and UNODC remains fully engaged in advancing this work, also in view of the un General Assembly Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants to be held in September. read more

first_imgTenova Bateman Technologies Modular Plants, formally Bateman Modular Plants and now part of Tenova Mining & Minerals, has successfully completed the first stage of a contract to integrate and supply a second front end module for a diamond plant in Zimbabwe. The aim of the project is to increase the ore processing capacity from the existing 200 t/h, to 400 t/h. The first stage contract was signed in July 2012 and was completed within time and budget. The second stage contract was signed in August 2012, which will see the new module having sufficient capacity to process 400 t/h through the ore receiving bin and apron feeder.The 200 t/h scrubber section, with a degrit module, will match the existing 200 t/h scrubber and screening section. The scope also includes the in-plant conveyors, as well as modifications to the existing conveyors and bins, to enable handling of the ore to and from both scrubber sections. The first stage focused on the engineering study, detail design and procurement of long lead time equipment. The second stage involves procurement of the balance of equipment, fabrication, pre-erection and commissioning of the new module. Fabrication of equipment and structures has already started and is well within schedule, with pre-erections currently in progress.  The module is expected to be completed and ready for export to Zimbabwe, by the end of March 2013.Tenova Bateman Technologies Modular Plants are self-contained or are integrated into conventional plants. They are used for prospecting, exploration, research and testing, mining and mineral processing on land or sea. The process design is robust and makes use of the best available components from reputable suppliers that support their products worldwide. Modular Plants are easy to erect on site, since they are trial erected and pre-commissioned at the factory, where they are marked, stripped and packed into containers, prior to dispatching to site. Modular Plants are used in the beneficiation and recovery of a wide range of commodities, including diamonds, coal, graphite, copper, magnesite, andalusite, chromite, platinum, iron ore and gold.last_img read more

first_imgNRW has been formally awarded the contract for Stage 1 earthworks, roadworks and drainage works of Fortescue Metals Group’s Eliwana Rail project in Western Australia.The contract, which has a final value of around A$62 million ($44 million), follows the ASX-listed contractor being selected as the preferred contractor for these works at the end of last year.The overall Eliwana mine and rail project is expected to cost $1.275 billion to build, and include 143 km of rail, a new 30 Mt/y ore processing facility (OPF) and infrastructure. Production is slated for December 2020 with a life of mine strip ratio of 1.1.The project underpins the introduction of a 60% Fe grade product (Fortescue Premium) in the second half of the mining company’s 2019 financial year.last_img read more

← Previous Story New coach in Bosna Sarajevo – Goran Tomic Next Story → Allison Pineau is leaving Metz Handball Croatian champion HC Podravka, who lost a direct place in the Women’s EHF Champions League from the next season, prolonged contract with the Topscorer of the EHF CL Preliminary Round, Sanja Damnjanovic (25). Left back of Setbian National Team moved from HC Zajecar to Koprivnica last summer.Also, former player of Podravka, Hungarian left back, Anita Bulath signs contract with Croatian team from the next season. Anita BulathPodravka handballSanja Damnjanovic read more

first_imgEspérance de vie : les animaux domestiques aussi vivent plus vieuxMonde – Une étude allemande vient de démontrer que les animaux de compagnie font comme nous l’expérience d’une longévité croissante.  La chambre syndicale des fabricants d’aliments préparés pour animaux familiers, la FACCO allemande, a mené en 2005 une étude sur les animaux domestiques. Selon elle, depuis 1980, l’espérance de vie de nos compagnons à quatre pattes s’est allongée de manière continue. Ainsi, les chats vivaient en moyenne 6,2 ans en 1982, 9,2 ans en 1996 et 11,1 ans en 2005. Durant cette même période, les chiens ont augmenté leur espérance de vie de plus de 2 ans, cette dernière passant de 9,5 à 11,9 ans. Pour expliquer cette évolution, les chercheurs mettent en avant les meilleurs traitements prodigués aux animaux de compagnie : l’alimentation spécialisée, les médicaments et les soins adaptés aux pathologies lourdes. Les propriétaires d’animaux sont désormais nombreux à faire passer scanner ou IRM à leur compagnon afin de détecter précocement les maladies et pouvoir soigner celles-ci. Les chercheurs précisent que si l’étude est allemande, les mêmes effets doivent être observés en France, où le comportement vis-à-vis des animaux de compagnie est similaire. Le 17 octobre 2010 à 13:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgRecyclage : TerraCycle s’attaque aux fournitures scolairesA l’approche de la rentrée scolaire, la société TerraCycle lance en partenariat avec la marque Bic une opération de recyclage des fournitures scolaires. Grâce à la Brigade des stylos et des instruments d’écriture, TerraCycle entend faciliter la collecte de ces outils quotidiennement utilisés.A quelques jours de la rentrée scolaire, la société TerraCycle a crée en partenariat avec Bic la Brigade des instruments d’écriture. Comme elle l’explique sur son site Internet (lien non disponible), cette opération vise à faciliter la collecte et le recyclage des fournitures scolaires comme les stylos à bille, les feutres, les porte-mines, les correcteurs, ou encore les surligneurs, qui peuvent tous être récupérés.Tout le monde peut rejoindre cette brigade de collecte. TerraCycle invite les volontaires à en créer une dans leur école, leur université ou leur entreprise. En quelques clics sur le site de TerraCycle, une nouvelle brigade peut être créée. Une fois cette première démarche réalisée, les bénévoles n’auront plus qu’à installer un carton dans lequel les divers instruments d’écriture usagés, à l’exception des crayons à papier, pourront être déposés. Ce carton, la société UPS viendra ensuite le récupérer.A noter que pour chaque instrument d’écriture collecté, un don de 0,02 euros sera reversé à une association ou à un établissement scolaire préalablement choisi par les bénévoles. Plusieurs organismes, comme L’enfant@hôpital ou Planète Urgence, sont recommandés par TerraCycle et Bic. A ce jour, la brigade compte déjà plus de 268.000 membres actifs.Le 28 août 2011 à 09:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img750.000 euros d’amende pour un dégazage en MéditerranéeLa compagnie italienne SDS Navigation a été condamnée à une amende de 750.000 euros pour le dégazage de l’un de ses navires, le SD Rain, en Méditerranée. Le commandant du cargo a lui aussi écopé d’une amende, de 250.000 euros, pour cette pollution survenue en avril 2010.Mercredi 15 février, le tribunal correctionnel de Marseille a condamné un armateur italien, SDS Navigation, à une amende de 750.000 euros. La société est accusée d’avoir procédé au dégazage de l’un de ses navires en pleine Méditerranée, à une vingtaine de kilomètres des côtes françaises, au large de Marseille. Des faits qui remontent au 22 avril 2010.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueMais ce n’est pas tout. Le capitaine du cargo a lui aussi été condamné. Il devra s’acquitter d’une amende de 250.000 euros. Dans le sillage de son navire battant pavillon italien, une nappe d’hydrocarbures de 22 kilomètres de long et 20 mètres de large avait été repérée par un avion des douanes françaises.FNE, qui rassemble 3.000 associations de défense de l’environnement françaises, s’était constitué partie civile et réclamait 11.000 euros de dommages et intérêts, “soit 0,01 euros par mètres carrés pollués”, souligne-t-elle dans un communiqué. L’organisation a finalement obtenu du tribunal correctionnel une indemnisation de 5.000 euros, annonce-t-elle avant de saluer une décision qui “vient rappeler la très grande sensibilité du milieu marin et notamment de la Méditerranée, qu’il convient de protéger de ce genre de comportements dangereux pour l’environnement”.Le 20 février 2012 à 15:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND — Police arrested 14 people as thousands of demonstrators and counter-protesters converged in downtown Portland more than a week after two men were fatally stabbed trying to stop a man from shouting anti-Muslim slurs at teenagers on a light-rail train.A pro-President Donald Trump free speech rally drew several hundred to a plaza near City Hall on Sunday.That rally was met across the street by hundreds of counter-protesters organized by immigrant rights, religious and labor groups. They said they wanted to make a stand against hate and racism.By late afternoon, police closed nearby Chapman Square where a separate group of protesters — many wearing masks and black clothing and identified as anti-fascists — also demonstrated. Police used flash-bang grenades and pepper balls to disperse that crowd after saying protesters were hurling bricks and other objects at officers.The people gathered at the free speech rally organized by the conservative group Patriot Prayer and counter-protesters at City Hall were not involved in those clashes, police said.Portland police said Sunday evening that several dozen knives, bricks, sticks and other weapons were seized.The Patriot Prayer event was billed as a Trump Free Speech Rally in “one of the most liberal areas of the West Coast.”Rally organizer Joey Gibson held a moment of silence for the two men who were stabbed to death and pleaded with the crowd to refrain from violence. He later told them that the goal is to wake up the liberty movement. “It’s OK to be a conservative in Portland,” he said.last_img read more

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A transient who allegedly chased a 13-year-old girl through La Mesa while armed with a machete and then charged police, prompting an officer to shoot him, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four criminal charges.Bernard Eugene Graham, 34, faces up to 55 years to life in prison if convicted of two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting a peace officer, according to prosecutors.The defendant — who, according to his mother, is mentally ill — denied the allegations during an afternoon arraignment at Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he is being treated for gunshot wounds to his abdomen and one of his arms.The events that led to the shooting began just before 8:30 a.m. May 21, when Graham, clad in a black leather jacket, allegedly confronted the girl near La Mesa Skatepark as she was walking to school and threw a closed pocket knife at her, striking her with it.The terrified girl ran off, and Graham gave chase, according to police. The teen managed to elude her pursuer by fleeing into a nearby sandwich shop, where she reported what had happened.When police arrived in the area a short time later, they found Graham wandering around at Fletcher Parkway and Amaya Drive, carrying a machete. He ignored officers’ commands to disarm himself and then allegedly rushed them with the large bladed weapon over his head, at which point an officer opened fire on him.The defendant’s mother, Gina Burns, told reporters at the hospital arraignment that her son suffers from bipolar disease. Burns said she had been trying in vain to get help for Graham, who was hospitalized for mental-health treatment last month but soon released to resume his life on the streets.Graham, who is being held on bail $350,000 bail, has a prior conviction for arson, his mother said.A readiness conference in the case is scheduled for June 6, followed by a June 11 preliminary hearing. KUSI Newsroom, May 29, 2018 Posted: May 29, 2018 Man who chased 13-year-old girl through La Mesa with knives pleads not guilty to criminal charges KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Sheriff Bill Gore on recent law enforcement shootings and fentanyl battle 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore joined Good Morning San Diego to talk about the counterfeit drugs  making the rounds in the county and gave an update on the investigation.He also discussed the dangers of being in law enforcement in the wake of CHP officer shooting death in Riverside. August 21, 2019 Posted: August 21, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgFamilies out and about for Father’s Day in downtown Vancouver didn’t let the rain ruin their plans to celebrate fatherhood.Esther Short Park was bustling with activity Sunday as Vancouver USA Marathon participants, their friends and families wound down with a post-run beer in a cordoned-off section of the park. At the nearby farmers market, families huddled under the eaves of a building, snacking on food and waiting for the weather to clear.“I wanted jambalaya and they wanted elephant ears,” Roland Ruby of Vancouver said of his daughter, Alexis Ruby, and his girlfriend, Kathleen Nealey. The best part of the rain, he said, was that it scared the crowds away and they didn’t have to wait in line for their food.Earlier in the day, the trio attended the Delta Park Powwow & Encampment event in Portland. On the way home, they decided to stop at the farmers market.“We cram as much as we can into the weekend,” Roland Ruby said, adding that he supervises Alexis on the weekend, while Alexis stays with her mother during the week.On the topic of fatherhood, Alexis said a good dad is someone who’s “always nice,” while Nealey said fatherhood is “knowing how to have fun and not being afraid to be a kid yourself.”last_img read more

first_imgOn August 2, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut key interest rates by 25 basis points (bps) to 6 per cent on lower inflation numbers. If RBI cuts interest rates again – and, there is a strong possibility of a 25 bps cut again in December –, savers will have to make do with even lower interest income. Not just FDs or fixed deposits, lower interest rates also have a bearing on savings bank account deposits, small savings like NSC, KVP, and Public Provident fund (PPF).For the sake of recapitulation, the latest quarter percentage point cut on August 2 means that the key lending rate is at its lowest since November 2010. For new borrowers, this is good news because they can get loans such as ones for homes at cheaper rates, when banks pass on the lower lending rates to their customers. But for savers, lower deposit rates mean that anyone who is dependent on interest income for a living will face a problem.Now, let us examine whether there is a strong likelihood of more interest rate cuts being effected. Between April 2012 and August 2012, repo rate was lowered from 8.5 percent to 6 percent or 250 bps. This resulted in cheaper loans, and also cheaper bank FD interest rates. Today, India’s largest bank SBI bank FD rates range from 5.5 percent to 6.75 percent. So, will RBI cut key interest rates again?A 25 bps RBI rate cut on December 6, the date of the next monetary policy review, appears a definite possibility. We continue to see three compelling factors for another RBI cut.One, inflation risks are subsiding. Experts track August inflation at 2.75-3 percent (excluding HRA impact), even after the tomato and onion price hikes.RBI has met its inflation target of 4 percent in record time. If inflation (excluding the HRA impact) continues to undershoot the 4 percent target by a comfortable margin, then RBI has room to cut rates again.Second, relatively high lending rates are delaying recovery, as many corporates have been complaining. Don’t forget that the interest rate was at a record low of 4.25 percent in April of 2009. So, the government may try to cut rates lower to make loans appear extremely attractive.Interest rates fall with less inflation riskFinally, ‘imported’ inflation risks are receding, with oil prices coming off and a softer US dollar. Hence, a 25 bps cut before the industrial ‘busy’ season starts in October is something that will not surprise anybody.If RBI lowers interest rates by another 25-75 bps over the next 12-15 months, t his will mean that the lending rate from 6 percent today will fall to between 5.25-5.75 percent – still, far lower than the 4.25 percent in April 2009. Historically, the banks take time to pass on lending rates, but deposit rates are cut much faster.Falling bank FD deposit rates hurt savers who depend on interest income from their deposits. Though interest income is taxable, retired persons and conservative savers bank on FDs to get interest income.At a 5 percent compounded interest deposit rate, a Rs 15 lakh bank FD gives you Rs 76,000 per year as interest income (before taxes).At 8 percent, the interest earned is Rs 1.23 lakh. So, just a 3 percent drop in bank FD rate reduces your income by about Rs 47,000 a year for a Rs 15 lakh FD. Lower the rates go, the smaller will be the interest income. Post office savings schemes have been known to fetch a better rate of return than banks.But as interest rates fall across the board, their advantage over traditional savings schemes like fixed deposits may be narrowing.Reuters fileSavings accounts: many of us keep a lot of ’emergency’ money in savings bank accounts. But a larger proportion of people don’t have much money left at the end of the month. Following India’s largest bank SBI slashing saving bank account interest rate to 3.5 percent from 4 percent, eight private banks have reduced the interest rates offered on their savings accounts in the span of a week.For a total deposit value of Rs 10 lakh in a savings bank account, a 0.5 percent rate cut means a loss of Rs 5,000 annually. At 4 percent, the total interest accumulated in one year on Rs 1 lakh would be Rs 40,604. For a 3.5 percent annual interest, the total interest accumulated at the end of the year would be Rs 35,462.Small savings: You may recall that the government on July 1 slashed interest rates on small savings schemes by 10 basis points for the July-September period. Since April last year, interest rates on all small savings schemes have been recalibrated on a quarterly basis. This has affected returns on the National Savings Certificate scheme, Sukanya Samriddhi Account, Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) and PPF.The cut is due to the fact that interest rates of all small saving schemes are now linked to government bond yields. Hence, they are now recalibrated on a quarterly basis. Over the last couple of years, interest rates on most small savings schemes have witnessed a decline of about 100 bps. Most investors have made certain calculations about the size of their accumulated savings. However, they may be in for a harsh reality check if small savings rates are cut further. The key implication of the rate cut is that they would fall short of their desired savings corpus.last_img read more

first_img– / 3The Terminal D at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) unveiled this week an innovative and, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), first of its kind set of four automated screening lanes that will enhance the security screening process and also ease the passengers’ experience at the terminal.The lanes are located at the checkpoint operated by officers who work for the TSA.During a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Thursday, Huban Gowadia, deputy administrator of the TSA, noted that the new lanes will increase both operational efficiency and the passenger experience by automating some of the functions that were previously done manually, according to a news release from the Houston Airports System (HAS).“We have invested in a design that helps to make us safer while helping to move passengers through the security line more seamlessly,” said on his part HAS director Mario Diaz.The changes passengers will notice at IAH’s Terminal D are that they now have their own area to divest personal items for placement in bins, which allows them to move at their own pace.Additionally, conveyor belts automatically return bins to the front of the divesting area for passengers. That allows TSA officers to remain focused on detecting threats rather than moving bins to the front of the queue.A second conveyor belt automatically separates items that pass inspection from those that require a secondary check.According to the HAS, these features also will help increase flow of passengers through the security checkpoint.The cost of the security lane system is $3.9 million.There are more than 100 automated screening lanes operating across the nation, but this is the first of its kind deployed in the United States. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThe SunTrust Foundation recognized a local D.C. nonprofit for providing low income residents with programs to help them learn financial literacy. On Oct. 17, SunTrust presented Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) with its first Lighting the Way award for the organization’s positive impact on the Washington D.C. area by promoting financial education. The award included a $50,000 grant to the nonprofit.“Through the support of the SunTrust Foundation we are now able to put this $50,000 investment to good work in the greater D.C. area,” Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz, CAAB’s director of external relations said at the event.(left to right) Rich Petersen, Stephen Bridges, Joseph Vaughan, Joseph Leitman- Santa Cruz, Dan O’Neill and Nancy Register pose with the check that SunTrust is providing to CAAB. (Courtesy photo)The organization is known for its matched savings program – Back on My Feet — that assists residents of the Greater D.C. community with saving money for post-secondary education, buying a home, or starting or expanding a business. According to Muriel Garr, vice president of SunTrust in the greater Washington area, the program consists of individual development accounts and encourages people to save by matching $8 to every $1 in savings – a much higher rate than a bank would normally do. The maximum match is $4,000.“We think this is a very important way that SunTrust can make a big impact  in the community and that’s through supporting organizations that really make a difference and a big impact in other people’s lives and promoting financial confidence,” said Dan O’Neill, CEO and president of SunTrust Bank’s Greater Washington and Maryland division.One of the people in the savings program is Stephen Bridges. As a recovering drug addict, Bridges said he decided, three years ago, that it was time to get his life together. He entered the Back on My Feet program that provides a running-based model that restores confidence, strength and self-esteem, enabling individuals to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes and new lives, according to the program’s website. After Bridges was clean for 60 days, he was then introduced to CAAB and other financial literacy programs.“It was a time when money management or the idea of owning a home or going to a good school or having a really good job was . . . for many different reasons it just seemed to be that’s not the cards I’ve been dealt,” he said. Bridges said he had to realize, through CAAB, that you have to put something in to get something out, which he said came to fruition when he saved his first $25.“I remember when I got my first statement from my first $25 I put in the $1- $8 match, I said ‘hmmm ok, we’ve got something going here,’” he said. Now Bridges is in the process of purchasing his own home.  “A part of that journey was ‘can I?’” said Garr. “It’s about changing lives and so I’m glad we’re able to do it.”last_img read more