By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Pinterest LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Quantzig, advanced analytics and business intelligence solution provider, announced today the release of its latest patient engagement analysis success story that sheds light on the importance of healthcare analytics in the healthcare sector. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005424/en/ The success story sheds light on how a leading American pharmaceutical company leveraged patient engagement analysis to improve patient engagement. Today pharmaceutical companies are working on improving the patient experience. Quantzig’s patient engagement analysis focuses on driving healthcare transformation to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. This success story sheds light on the importance of patient engagement analysis in boosting operational efficiency. Read the success story here: Request a FREE proposalto understand the potential benefits of patient engagement analysis. Challenges faced by the pharmaceutical company included-Rising costs and the need to improve healthcare outcomesImprove the effectiveness and efficacy of patient outreachAnalyze the patient data and effectively target patients to deliver top-notch servicesImprove patient engagement in a cost-effective manner Over the past 16 years, Quantzig has helped leading pharmaceutical companies to solve some of the most challenging business problems leveraging patient engagement analysis solutions. Want to know more? Contact us. The client is a leading US-based pharma company well-known for its quality control standards in medicine. This leading pharma company collaborated with Quantzig to leverage its patient engagement analysis expertise to improve patient engagement, experience, and business outcomes. Request a FREE pilotto know how Quantzig’s data-driven approach can help you improve the efficiency of patient outreach using patient engagement analysis. How did patient engagement analysis help the pharmaceutical firm? The patient engagement analysis experts of Quantzig conducted a pilot to test the patient engagement model results parallelly along with the existing rule-based calling campaign to compare the results of the analytical approach and measure its success. The solution offered by Quantzig helped this pharmaceutical giant improve conversion rates for the selected group patients by 35%. The patient engagement analysis solution also helped the client to-Improve customer satisfaction rates by offering services in real-time through the preferred channelWitness a 3x boost in operational efficiency Recent success stories that might interest you-Embracing the Future One Step a Time: How Logistics Network Remodeling Enabled a Green Chemicals Company to Implement Top-Of-The-Line Logistics Model, Enhance Data Accessibility, and Logistics VisibilityCustomer Segmentation Analytics Helped a Payment Card Industry Client Achieve a 2x Increase in CSAT Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to keep abreast of the upcoming trends in business intelligence and analytics. About Quantzig Quantzig is the world’s foremost full-service advanced analytics and business intelligence solution provider, turning clients’ complex, unstructured data into intelligent, actionable insights that enable them to solve complex business problems and inspire innovation, change, and growth. Over the past 16 years, our insights have helped over 120 clients spanning across industries and sectors like Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, Retail and CPG, Food and Beverage, and more. We have successfully delivered 1500 in-depth solutions in areas like Marketing Analytics, Customer Analytics, Supply Chain Analytics, and more. For more information on our engagement policies and pricing plans, visit https://www.quantzig.com/request-for-proposal. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005424/en/ CONTACT: Quantzig Eva Sharma Marketing Manager US: +1 630 538 7144 UK: +44 208 629 1455 https://www.quantzig.com/contact-us KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH PHARMACEUTICAL SOURCE: Quantzig Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 09:05 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 09:05 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005424/en Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Patient Engagement Analysis Helped a Global Pharma Company Improve Conversion Rates and Patient Satisfaction | Quantzig’s Success Story Offers In-depth Insights Previous articleKitewheel Issues State of the Retail Industry Report Examining Consumption Trends, New Expectations, and SolutionsNext articleCrystal Blockchain : les plateformes P2P ont besoin de régulation pour réduire le risque de blanchiment d’argent Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Twitter Facebook TAGS WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness
Top StoriesWaiver Of Interest On Loans During Moratorium Affects Stability Of Financial Institutions, RBI Tells SC Sanya Talwar3 Jun 2020 8:33 PMShare This – xThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has filed its counter affidavit stating that a waiving off interest on term loan repayments during moratorium would not be prudent as it would hit the health of banks & risk their financial stability.On May 26, the Top Court had sought a response from the RBI in a plea regarding the levy of interest on loan amounts during the stipulated moratorium period,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has filed its counter affidavit stating that a waiving off interest on term loan repayments during moratorium would not be prudent as it would hit the health of banks & risk their financial stability.On May 26, the Top Court had sought a response from the RBI in a plea regarding the levy of interest on loan amounts during the stipulated moratorium period, which has now been extended upto August 31, 2020.A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and MR Shah had granted one week’s time was to the Centre and RBI to respond to the plea of a borrower who stands aggrieved by RBI’s March 27 Notification, in as much as it allows interest on loan to be charged during the moratorium period.The RBI has stated that if the six-month moratorium period on loan repayments is declared interest-free, then losses incurred will be Rs 2,01,000 crore, amounting to close to 1 per cent of the national GDP.”Since the moratorium period has been permitted for six months, the total interest income thus foregone will be about Rs 2,01,000 crore. This amount is close to 1 per cent of the national GDP. And this is only for the banking system, without counting the NBFCs and all India financial institutions. If the banks are required to forego the above amount, there would be huge consequences for the stability of the banking system” – Extract of RBI’s Counter AffidavitIn wake of the Covid19 pandemic, RBI issued a circular on March 27 asking financial institutions to allow customers a moratorium on loan instalments that fall between March 1 and May 31. This was a mitigating move in order to provide respite to the borrowers.”Any economic relief has an opportunity cost, and if the argument of the petitioner is accepted, the same would amount to shifting the opportunity cost of the reliefs enjoyed by the borrowers by virtue of moratorium to the lending institutions and depositors of the country,” said the RBI. The interest on advances forms an important source of income for banks and after meeting the cost of funds, the banks also need to sustain reasonable interest margins for viable operations, the central-bank of India stated.On May 22, the RBI extended the moratorium for another three months, until August 31.Petitioner Gajendra Sharma, who is aggrieved by the charging of interest on his loan, moved the apex court arguing that the objective of the circular would be rendered futile if interest is levied, and a multiplied effect will show up in increased EMIs at a later stage. Therefore, the interest should not be charged during the moratorium period.RBI has stated that it cannot do so as it would directly effect the financial health of banking system.”Banks are commercial entities that intermediate between depositors & borrowers. They are expected to run on viable commercial considerations” said the RBI, adding that interests and advances formed an important source of income for banks.Sharma had further stated that the waiver of interest as aforementioned was imperative as his right to life due to imposition of the lockdown stands effected in as much as it was putting his Right To Livelihood at risk.To this, the RBI stated,”It is well settled that the fundamental right to life includes all the components of right to life; however, the subject matter before this court holds greater importance qua the economy of the country. It is emphatically denied that the circular issued by the answering Respondent (RBI) interfere in any manner with the employment or livelihood of any citizen of this country.”Click To Download Counter-AffidavitSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
In mid-December, 2017, jamgrass favorites Cabinet announced that they would be taking an indefinite hiatus following their three-night 2017-2018 New Year’s run. While that hiatus is still seemingly in effect, the band has now been added to the already-stellar lineup for this year’s The Peach Music Festival, billed as their only performance of 2018. The Scranton, PA natives have played every Peach Fest since the festival’s inception in 2012, so the one-time booking comes as a relief for fans who come back year after year.The sole Cabinet performance on this trip around the Sun is set to take place on The Peach’s first day, Thursday, July 19th. The event will extend through the weekend, ending on Sunday, July 22nd.The announcement came as an added surprise along with the reveal of the festival’s daily schedules yesterday. Cabinet will perform alongside Twiddle, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, and The Marcus King Band on the event’s opening day. Check out the breakdown of The Peach Music Festival 2018 artists by day below:The Peach Music Fest Continues To Carry The Allman Brothers Torch With Stellar 2018 LineupAs the band members noted in their statement announcing their hiatus:We are proud of what we have accomplished in the past 10 years and couldn’t be more grateful to have the support from all of our family, friends, and fans. CabFam is real and it has brought us much joy to watch all of you interact with us and each other throughout the years. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you. So thank you, for being with us throughout this journey and evolving with us! … We don’t know what the future will hold but we fear not the unknown. We will continue to be positive in our actions and hope to share many more memories with you all as time rolls by.While the future is still uncertain for Cabinet, it’s exciting to see that they still have the desire to get together and play for their fans. To grab your tickets to see Cabinet and the rest of the fantastic lineup at The Peach 2018, head to the festival’s website.
By Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo August 30, 2019 The Nicaraguan Land Force detected and detained two Egyptian and two Iraqi nationals who attempted to enter Nicaraguan territory illegally through a closed border crossing in the southern municipality of Cárdenas, Rivas department, on June 25. In the preliminary investigation, authorities found that the detainees, bound for the United States, were wanted by Central American and Mexican authorities on suspicion of being part of the Islamic State group (ISIS).The four alleged terrorists were handed over to court authorities, the Nicaraguan National Police told the press. Three of the four detainees matched alerts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which had provided warnings a week prior to the arrests that the extremists were in Central America. The office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detected the alleged terrorists, using the biometric database BITMAP, in Panama on May 12 and in Costa Rica on June 9, according to Reuters.Mexican newspaper Reforma reported that the Federal Police responded to the alert on June 21 to help detain the terrorists, who were about to cross into Mexican territory.“The identification and detention of alleged members of the Islamic State, a branch that is more radical than Al-Qaeda and a rival of Hezbollah, is a step forward,” Jorge Serrano, an academic at the Center for Higher National Studies in Peru, told Diálogo. “The long-term fanatical goal of this group, which spreads terror around the world, is to get weapons of mass destruction to commit a mega-attack, whether on U.S. soil or in capital cities of U.S. partner nations, including those of Latin America.”“ISIS is one of the international terrorist groups that is most likely to perpetrate a large-scale attack in the future,” warned António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General. “They control 14,000 to 18,000 militants, 3,000 of whom are foreigners.”Findings from the Global Terrorism in 2017 report from the University of Maryland show that the group perpetrated 1,321 terrorist attacks worldwide in that year alone. “All the alarms are set to disrupt the activities of this bloodthirsty, radical group. The [four] detainees may be part of a greater network connected to Mexican drug cartels,” Serrano added. “These narcotrafficking organizations facilitate the entry of terrorists infiltrated through the same routes secured for the logistical distribution of drugs and weapons, through the borders toward U.S. territory.”The Washington-based nongovernmental organization International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism said that ISIS has tried to infiltrate the United Sates in recent years to organize financial attacks and to destabilize the country. The White House press secretary told Fox News on January 7 that the United States prevented 4,000 alleged terrorists from entering U.S. territory in 2018. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers opening remarks at the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the Department of State in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) “The blows dealt by the global coalition led by the United States to undermine and defeat the Islamic terrorist group dispersed many of their members, some of them into Latin American groups. After these members go back to their countries of origin with training, they are real time bombs, because they might collaborate in an attack at any time,” said Serrano. “We don’t want to rule out that the suspects might be displaced combatants, something that is alarming. Fortunately, they were detained in Nicaragua this time.”The Foreign Fighters report from the New York-based intelligence institution Soufan Group, said that Latin America was an attractive area to recruit and train new ISIS combatants. “The region is a field full of opportunities for radical Islam,” says Oriente Medio News on its website. “It is believed that training bases are already operating in the Caribbean region.”At the conclusion of the police investigation in Nicaragua, the suspects were handed over to Costa Rican authorities and detained in maximum security conditions. Costa Rican authorities, including those in intelligence and security, are working with international organizations in the investigation, according to Costa Rican newspaper AM Prensa.“The best way to disrupt terrorist cells in the region is for Latin American countries to be conscious of this issue, to strengthen regional cooperation, and to increase the seamless exchange of intelligence information with countries that have more experience, technology, and resources, and that know more about radical terrorist groups,” Serrano concluded. “An example is the cooperation between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay with the United States, Israel, and the United Kingdom to neutralize the reentry of Islamic fundamentalist cells in the South American tri-border area.”
continue reading » Fintechs and other challenger brands have been outdistancing many traditional financial institutions in key aspects of digital marketing efforts, according to a Gartner financial marketing study. The research also finds that financial comparison shopping sites like NerdWallet, Credit Karma and Points Guy have been grabbing more attention in Google search than financial institutions’ own sites, cutting many brands off from some potential sales opportunities.While a handful of traditional financial institutions are standout digital marketers overall, more than two-thirds of both traditional institutions and even fintechs studied by Gartner are only average or worse when their digital marketing efforts are evaluated comprehensively.Fintechs tend to use a stickier approach to promotion, particularly in mobile channels. For example, they often require consumers to download their app before proceeding beyond step one. Whereas traditional providers, says Gartner, often miss very obvious places to give consumers connections for enrolling in their services. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
This house at 131 Mountjoy Tce, Manly, has spectacular views of the bay and marina.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe stunning three-level home boasts bay and island views, and is just a short walk from the waterfront.Designed to make the most of the vistas, it has open planned living spaces, a “dream kitchen” complete with wine fridge and a large entertaining deck. And what has been described as a “dream kitchen”.On the middle floor, there is three bedrooms including a master with water views, a large walk-in robe and ensuite with freestanding tub.On the lower level, there is another bedroom with an ensuite, an extra living area and a three-car garage. Outside, there is a resort-style pool. But it is its location that is expected to really draw in the crowds. It is just five minutes to The Esplanade and waterfront, and “a few steps” to the Cambridge Parade cafe precinct and The Manly Harbour Village. The showpiece home is being marketed by Marc Sorrentino of Place Manly, and will go under the hammer at 10am this Saturday.“There has been a lot of interest from both local and interstate buyers,” Mr Sorrentino said. “We have had 30 groups and I am expecting a big crowd on Saturday.”Another one to watch this weekend is 29 Robe St at Newmarket, which is on the market for the first time in 28 years.Situated on a hill, the four bedroom, two bathroom home needs some love and updating but is otherwise reno or rental ready. The 19 Mawson St home is expected to sell on SaturdayFreedom Property agent Tomas Mian said the current owners were selling due to a change of circumstances, and were motivated to sell. “We have had about 110 groups through over the past four weeks, multiple offers but it will go to auction and we are expecting the property to sell,” he said.“We are expecting a big crowd.”And the terracotta warrior statues? Mr Mian said they were craned in and were a “package deal”.The impressive house is just one of a number of homes up for grabs, with a mixed bag of luxury residences and zombie houses to go under the hammer this weekend. Speaking of luxury, check out the views from 131 Mountjoy Terrace at Manly. There is expected to be quite a bit of interest in 29 Robe St, Newmarket, which is on the market for the first time in 28 years.Ray White — West End agent Matt Sale said the house had been rented for the most part of three decades, with the owners spending “maybe four nights in the whole 28 years”.“They have been living the dream travelling around in their motorhome for more than 15 years,” he said.“And when they weren’t travelling they were living at Chinchilla. They are definitely country folk.“They are now selling the house to buy in Toowoomba.”It sits on a fully fenced 506sq m block, and also comes with a large living area, a side deck, a huge storage space underneath and is just a short walk to the bus stop or Newmarket train station.Newmarket has seen a 28.3 per cent increase in median house sales prices over the past five years, and the house is expected to draw in buyers.Mr Sale said have had about 30 groups through the house so far, and had six pre-registered bidders. “It is a big block and the house is one of only two that aren’t in the character precinct,” he said.“Subject to council approval, the buyer could knock it down and build their dream home>’The house will go under the hammer at 11am on Saturday. Two terracotta warriors come with this house at 19 Mawson St, KedronTHIS house comes with the lot, including two life-size Terracotta warrior statues to guard over their new owners. You can see one of the terracotta warriors looking out over the pool.The architecturally-designed home at 19 Mawson St at Kedron will go under the hammer on Saturday at 10am, and comes with a range of features suited to an owner who does not want to lift a finger.The six bedroom, three bathroom house sits on a 765sq m block, and comes with high ceilings and open plan interiors, a lounge/family room with built-in surround sound speakers and outdoor access via bi-fold doors, a gourmet kitchen fit for a MasterChef, two dining rooms, a covered patio with retractable fly screens overlooking the pool, a rumpus room, a large home office, and much more.
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP)—The NFL is investigating the reported investment by at least 25 NFL players in an Alabama casino that has been shut down, a business venture that might have run afoul of league rules.NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the investigation Friday, a day after Yahoo! Sports reported that wide receivers Terrell Owens, Santonio Holmes, Santana Moss and other players had invested some $20 million in Country Crossing casino. The report also named defensive tackle Gerard Warren and linebacker Adalius Thomas, a free agent who played for the New England Patriots until his release before last season. SANTONIO HOLMES NFL rules bar employees from involvement with any gaming operation. Players violating that rule could be subject to fines or suspensions and have to give up their investment.Country Crossing owner Ronnie Gilley and two of his lobbyists have pleaded guilty to offering legislators millions in bribes.Country Crossing and another Alabama casino are at the center of a probe that resulted in nine people going to trial accused of buying and selling votes on pro-gambling legislation, including four former or current state senators.The country music-themed development included electronic bingo, restaurants, a concert amphitheater, an RV park and an Inn. Thomas was a partner in a barbecue restaurant that had been scheduled to open in June.State police raids and court rulings closed the two bigger casinos and other gambling operations around the state.Attorney Keith Givens, who provided the land for the project, is helping lead efforts to reopen the businesses. Givens did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press on Friday.Representatives for the casino and the named players either did not immediately respond to phone calls or emails or had no immediate comment.Mark Culver, chairman of the Houston County Commission, said he didn’t have information about specific NFL players investing but that there had been discussions about a group making a collective investment.“We wouldn’t have intimate knowledge of who has and who hasn’t invested,” Culver said. “But from early on in the project professional athletes were talked about, so it would not surprise me that athletes had been invested in the project.”Yahoo! Sports said boxer Floyd Mayweather was an early investor who is trying to get his money back.Former NFL players Cornelius Griffin and Jevon Kearse also have put in money, the report said.
“Be it on the court as a star player for the Boston Celtics, or on the sidelines as the guiding force behind the Lakers’ first NBA championship in Los Angeles, Bill Sharman led an extraordinary basketball life,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said. “More than that, however, Bill was a man of great character and integrity. His loss will be deeply felt. On behalf the NBA family, our thoughts and condolences go out to Bill’s family.”Sharman was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1976 and a coach in 2004, joining only John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens with that double distinction. In 1996, he was selected as one of the NBA’s 50 best players of its first 50 years.“Bill Sharman was a great man, and I loved him dearly,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “From the time I signed with the team as a free agent in 1981 when Bill was general manager, he’s been a mentor, a work collaborator, and most importantly, a friend. He’s meant a great deal to the success of the Lakers and to me personally, and he will be missed terribly.” Sharman played major roles on both sides of the rivalry as a smooth shooting guard, a disciplinarian coach and a successful executive from the Celtics dynasty’s founding years to the Lakers’ Showtime heyday and beyond. He is also credited with pioneering or promoting now-standard basketball concepts such as the shootaround, pregame scouting reports and extensive use of assistant coaches.“Bill Sharman was, without a doubt, one of the greatest human beings I have ever met, and one of my all-time favorite individuals, both as a competitor and as a friend,” said Jerry West, who played for Sharman and worked alongside him in the Lakers’ front office. “He was the epitome of class and dignity and, I can assure you, we find few men of his character in this world.”Sharman won four NBA titles during an 11-season career as a shooting guard in Boston, teaming with Bob Cousy in one of the most potent backcourts in league history. He was widely considered one of the greatest outside shooters of his era, and he’s still ranked as one of the NBA’s best free-throw shooters.Sharman then spent the past four decades with Los Angeles as a coach and executive. In his first season on the bench, he coached the 1971-72 Lakers to a championship with 69 victories — then an NBA record — and a 33-game winning streak, the longest in pro sports history. In this March 30, 1958, file photo, Boston Celtics’ Bill Sharman holds the ball as St. Louis Hawks’ Cliff Hagan (16), defends, during the second half of an NBA Finals basketball game in Boston. (AP Photo/J. Walter Green, File) In this April 6, 2012, file photo, Bill Sharman gesturing as he is honored along with other members of the 1974 Los Angeles Lakers Championship team, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)by Greg BeachamAP Sports WriterLOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Sharman effortlessly straddled both sides of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, winning championships and making friends from Boston to Los Angeles during a unique basketball career.Even when he struggled to speak in his later years with a voice worn out from passionate coaching, Sharman remained a beloved mentor and a hoops innovator who saw great success from almost every perspective in more than a half-century in the NBA.Sharman, the Hall of Famer who won multiple titles both as a player for the Celtics and a coach for the Lakers, died Friday at his home in Redondo Beach, the Lakers announced. He was 87.
By John BurtonRED BANK – The face of hunger is the face of your neighbor, a family member, of children and seniors.It’s a growing problem that needs to be addressed, those combating the issue want people to realize.“All of us together need to work to end hunger in New Jersey,” Kathleen DiChiara, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, told a large crowd gathered at Count Basie Theatre on Monday, Sept. 30, for Soul of Hunger, a daylong forum on the issue of hunger.The event, sponsored by rocker Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation and the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, featured panel discussions with Gov. Chris Christie and celebrity chef and restaurateur Tom Collicchio, who has been active with antihunger campaigns, and moderated by NBC’s Willie Geist. The event also featured a group of women who offered their own stories about dealing with food and financial insecurities. Earlier in the day, there was a viewing of A Place at the Table, filmmaker Lori Silverbush’s documentary that explores hunger in the U.S.One-in-6 Americans goes to bed hungry; about 863,642 New Jersey residents receive and rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps, to put food on the table. That’s an increase of 50,000 from a year ago. One-in-10 Monmouth County residents are being served by the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, participants noted.“Statistics about hunger are only numbers with the tears wiped away,” said DiChiara, as the panel of women told their stories.Martha, who didn’t give her last name and lives in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown, works part-time. She said she was told by case workers that owning a 10-year-old car, valued at $2,000, put her at risk of losing her SNAP benefits and thereby putting her and her children at risk of going hungry.Chris, a 47-year-old single mother of five boys, works as an emergency-department nurse, but is unable to work as much as she would like because of family obligations. She has had to apply for food stamps. “I never thought I would be in the position” with a home in foreclosure, she said.Amelia, a U.S. Army veteran suffering from a seizure condition, has a 6-year-old son diagnosed with kidney disease who is awaiting a transplant. The family is straining to just get by, she said.“I didn’t think it would end this way, that’s for sure,” Amelia said of her life as a military veteran.“Nobody ever thinks they would be in this position,” Chris added, “including me.”Since the 2008 recession and with Super Storm Sandy last year compounding the situation, “it has become personalized” with people struggling and people becoming more aware as they begin to see those they know in this difficult position, Christie told Geist.“It’s not that the programs aren’t available,” the governor said. “It’s people aren’t accessing them,” either unaware of their availability or unwilling for a variety of reasons to seek them out.The best strategy, Christie said, is for public and private sectors to work together on “parallel tracks” to help those in need.Prior to Tuesday’s federal government shutdown, some at the conference suspected that a shutdown would have a real impact on programs such as the U.S. Department of Health’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).“This goes far beyond our knee-jerk, liberal wanting to help each other,” Collicchio said, adding that it is a problem that has economic, educational and societal ramifications and requires federal and state officials to make it a priority.“Food is an apolitical issue,” said Bon Jovi, via a videotaped message, agreeing that government needs to play a more active role and not just expect private sector charities to take the lead. “Food pantries should be a safety net and not a replacement for programs.”Bon Jovi has established his own private program to help feed the hungry. His Soul Foundation and Soul Kitchen, a Monmouth Street nonprofit restaurant where diners offer donations for their meals, supports the operation and antihunger programs.
Story and photo by Joseph SapiaOn Tuesday, new American citizen Eniko Piantanida pleaded her case – saying she had registered to vote by mail, sending the materials in to the state Division of Election days in advance of the Oct. 18 deadline.But state Deputy Attorney General Alan Blanstein said the division did not receive Piantanida’s paperwork until Oct. 21, three days after the cutoff to be registered for the Nov. 8 General Election. State Superior Court Judge Kathleen A. Sheedy – sitting in a makeshift courtroom at the Monmouth County Special Services Complex in Freehold Township – listened and asked some questions.Sheedy was one of several judges working three- or four-hour shifts at the Special Services Complex, where the county’s three elections offices are based. This was the regular Election Day Court, and this year it was busier than usual because of the presidential election.While making deliveries for work at a Long Branch office, Piantanida handed her registration papers to a postal carrier delivering mail to the office, she told the judge. It saved her a trip to a mailbox.“One-stop shopping, how nice,” said Piantanida, 46.But, apparently, the delivery of her voter registration paperwork got delayed in the mail.“I’m going to allow you to vote,” Sheedy told Piantanida, who lives in Tinton Falls. “I do find your testimony credible.”Outside of the courtroom, Piantanida said she grew up in rights-repressed Hungary. She came to the United States in the early 1990s and finally became an American citizen in April, the month before her husband died.When asked how she felt about being able to vote, Piantanida said, “Excited, I guess. A lot of mixed emotions. I feel like I’m voting for my husband and myself.”Voters have two ways to deal with being turned away from a voting machine at the polls. They can request a provisional, or paper, ballot or go in front of one of the Superior Court judges specially assigned to Election Day, when the courthouse in downtown Freehold is closed.The judges set up in the Special Services Complex where space is available, perhaps in a conference room or, as was the case in recent years, in a closet.Judge Sheedy came on duty at 1 p.m. and got a case about 15 minutes later, before she put her judicial robe on.“Just give me one second to get dressed,” she said, before starting the proceeding.While it is un-courtroom-like, it is a very official court. There is a judge in a robe, court staff, and a Sheriff’s officer providing security; the case is recorded, members of the state Attorney General’s office represent the county election offices, with lawyers from the Democrat and Republican parties monitoring – and sometimes commenting on – the cases. Also, all the pertinent election files are nearby in the three election offices: Board of Elections, Clerk of Elections, and Superintendent of Elections/Commissioner of Registration.Some of the cases are borderline ridiculous – a person admittedly not registered to vote who wants to now vote at the last minute. But some cases are emotionally charged, according to election officials, like a man seeking a walk-in ballot for his wife, who was dying of cancer and likely voting for the last time.Jon Farber, 39, of Middletown and his wife, Melissa had registered to vote at the state Motor Vehicle Commission, when he had made an address change on his driver’s license, he said.“When sample ballots came out, my wife got hers, I didn’t get mine,” Farber told Judge Angela White Dalton. Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Karol did not object to his request. The judge ruled in in Farber’s favor.“I’m satisfied you made an effort and it was just an oversight,” Dalton said in her ruling. “I will grant you the ability to vote today.”Farber, speaking outside the courtroom after the ruling, called his court appearance a “pretty painless” process.Dalton also granted Sandra Wiley of Tinton Falls the right to vote. Wiley moved from Jackson in Ocean County to Tinton Falls in April and sent in her voter registration materials, but was not in the voting records, according to testimony.“Welcome to Monmouth County,” Dalton said in granting Wiley the right to vote.Wiley declined comment afterward.In a case before Judge Dennis R. O’Brien, Board of Elections Commissioner Allan Roth sought permission to accept a walk-in ballot from a man – not identified publicly in court – who was in the hospital. The issue was the man had reversed his voting envelopes, placing the outside one inside and the inside one outside.Sherry Ramsey, a Democrat Party lawyer, was the courier of the man’s ballot.“We stepped back so he could have his privacy to vote,” testified Ramsey, explaining how the mistake was not discovered until the envelopes were sealed.O’Brien approved the vote, saying the chain of custody over the transporting of the vote was maintained.But O’Brien denied Yuk Wong, 44, of Hazlet from voting.Wong testified she had filled out a voter registration form and given it to an acquaintance. Then, she said, she went to vote and her name was not in the books at the poll.“I want to vote,” said Wong, a Hong Kong immigrant who became an American citizen in 2014. “I truly believe I’m already registered. Today, I went to the voting booths. My name was not there.”“You’re not registered,” O’Brien told Wong. “It’s not that we don’t want you to vote.”