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April 10, 2012

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Triple Race Wins For Scott-Eklund Racing Team Leader

Source:  Cision

Scott-Eklund Racing Team Principal and lead driver Andy Scott

Lydden Hill, Kent –  Scott-Eklund Racing Team Principal and lead driver Andy Scott completed a successful first outing of 2012 in the opening round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill on Monday, April 9, taking victory in all three qualifying heats.  The reigning British Rallycross Vice-Champion is dovetailing a full season in the Global RallyCross Championship in America with selected rounds of the European series, in which he pilots a Tony Bardy Motorsport-prepared two-litre, 16v Ford Focus ST T16 4×4.

Running in changeable weather conditions at the Kent track, Scott was immediately on the pace in both free practice sessions on Sunday and later that day powered the 550bhp Supercar to the second fastest lap in the timed practice session. A technical failure with the circuit’s timing equipment led the race organizers to re-arrange the first of the three heats, originally planned for Sunday afternoon, to Monday morning, further adding to Easter Monday’s action-packed race schedule.

With the weather taking a turn for the worse overnight, tires were an important factor ahead of the day’s opening four-lap qualification heat but a superb start by the Scott Trawlers-backed driver saw him get the jump at the start to take an immediate lead, pulling out a comfortable margin over his rivals, which he held to the flag.

Flying Scott at Lydden Hill

Starting heat two from the pole spot, Scott once again made a lightening start to hold the lead fending off the rest of the field to take a comfortable second successive heat victory. Lining up in the number one spot again for the third and final qualifying heat, the 55 year-old from Dumfries once again dominated proceedings to take a third straight win ahead of the all-important five lap A Final.

With the third fastest time to his credit from the heats, Scott lined up on the front row for the eight-car race, hoping to repeat his podium-winning form from the Dutch round last year. A good getaway off the line however was brought to an abrupt end when he was pitched off the track and into the barrier at the first corner, ending his chances of victory.

A solid recovery over the course of the race secured the second fastest lap, on his way to eighth place at the flag. Scott will resume his bid for FIA European Rallycross Championship title honors in the next round of the series in Dreux, France, over the weekend of April 27/28, before heading to America for the opening round of the GRC at Charlotte on May 26. Andy Scott, Scott-Eklund Racing Team Principal & Driver:

“Overall we had a good weekend as we showed we had the pace in the heats and the A Final and I think we could have been good for a podium finish. At the start I had two choices to make from my grid position, I either had to challenge for the first corner or take the joker lap. I decided to challenge for the first corner but it didn’t pay off. “I got into the corner alongside Tanner (Foust) and I think Stig Olov (Walfridson) was behind, and I missed the line with any grip and that was it. The track was a lot rougher particularly at Chesson’s Drift, which is very deep and rutted, and the track is totally worn out with the usage in this weather. But it was a very positive performance and we had consistent pace over the whole weekend, including the A Final with the second fastest lap, so going into the next rounds we have to be pushing for top three.”


Republic Bank of Chicago Donates a Combined $20,000 to Support Various Chicagoland Community Programs

Source:  Cision

Oakbrook, IL  –Over the past six months, Republic Bank of Chicago headed a variety of charitable efforts in support of various local institutions and endeavors throughout the Chicagoland area. Wholly committed to the value of community, Republic Bank’s continuous illustrations of service and substantial donations to surrounding areas reinforce its reputation as a valuable, neighborhood fixture.

“We carefully consider the issues that truly affect our customers and their individual communities,” said Larry Marks, Chief Operating Officer for Republic Bank. “Beyond any of the services we provide as a financial institution, there are greater, widespread needs that must be met which have the potential to benefit the welfare and futures of countless individuals. We’re not just a bank; we want to be a presence of hope and support for marginalized groups and the organizations and institutions that help them.”

Republic Bank remains dedicated to these values of community connection and kinship, and sponsored a number of fundraising and service efforts throughout the local Chicago including, for example: a science fair at Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School; a computer lab renovation project at the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish School with a $5,000 donation; the playground renovation at DeWitt Clinton Elementary School; program enhancements for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia (CCSS); and tuition supplementation for in-need students through a $5,000 contribution to the St. Genevieve Catholic School Scholarship Fund.

Republic Bank continually pursues opportunities to contribute to projects and service endeavors that benefit the causes and well being of a number of Chicagoland communities.

Following is a summary of the individual donations made by Republic Bank of Chicago throughout the past six months totaling $20,000 monetarily and numerous hours donated by bank staff.

Republic Bank Hosts Science Fair at Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School

Republic Bank recently hosted a school-wide science fair for the students of Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School in Chicago’s Scottsdale Park neighborhood. A total of 250 students participated in the event earlier this year with three presentations chosen to move onto the district-wide event. Republic Bank provided all of the student awards for each grade level, and honored each of the three winning students with gift certificates for qualifying in the district competition.

“Republic Bank is a bank that really cares,” said Katherine Konopasek, Principal for Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School. “They took the time to get to know our students and our science curriculum, while our students were able to see a community bank in action, supporting the school and our community. We are thrilled that Republic Bank sponsored our science fair and has chosen to continue to be a partner with the Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School in the Scottsdale Park area.”

Republic Bank Presented $5,000 Donation to DeWitt Clinton Elementary School

Republic Bank presented a $5,000 check to DeWitt Clinton Elementary School, a public K-8 institution in Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood, during the school’s recent annual Literacy Night, which is designed for students, parents and teachers to enhance community involvement and well being. The donation will be directly applied to the Clinton Campus Renovation, an initiative developed to help design and build a playground for the school.

Commenting on Republic Bank’s participation and overall involvement, Principal Eduardo Cesario stated, “Republic Bank continually demonstrates their dedication and support to the parents and students of the Clinton School community through their generous donations of time and money.  It is a community bank investing in the future of the community it serves.”

Also in attendance at the evening’s event was Alderman Debra Silverstein, 50th, who stated, “We’re very pleased that Republic Bank is reaching out to the community this way. With DeWitt Clinton Elementary working on this project to raise money to build a playground for their campus, this money will help them greatly. We’re so happy that Republic Bank has chosen to get involved in the community.”

Republic Bank has also sponsored donation drives on the school’s behalf and has been invited to participate in the school’s Annual Open House and Report Card Pick-Up events throughout the school year.

Republic Bank Presents $5,000 Donation to the Crisis Center for South Suburbia

Republic Bank presented a $5,000 donation to the Crisis Center for South Suburbia (CCSS), a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other crucial services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence. For 32 years, the CCSS has helped domestic violence victims in the Chicago area, south and southwest suburbs by offering shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, transitional housing, counseling, family care management, court and hospital advocacy, and education on dating violence and partner abuse prevention.

“The women and children we assist often feel incredibly marginalized when they first come to us,” Edward Vega, Executive Director for CCSS said. “Republic Bank’s generous donation expresses an overwhelming sense of compassion and support for victims of domestic violence. Experiencing that kind of humanistic quality from a financial institution is refreshing. We’re so honored that Republic Bank has chosen to help fund our efforts.”

Republic Bank Donates $5,000 to St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish School

Republic Bank presented a $5,000 donation to St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish School, a longstanding Catholic grammar school in Chicago’s West Lawn neighborhood. The contribution will be put towards funds to renovate the school’s computer lab.

“We are humbled by Republic Bank’s generous donation to St. Nicholas’,” said Principal Mariagnes Menden of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish School. “No words can adequately express how thankful we are.”

Republic Bank Presents $5,000 Donation to St. Genevieve Catholic School Scholarship Fund

Republic Bank presented a $5,000 donation to the St. Genevieve Catholic School Scholarship Fund, which aims to provide all deserving children, regardless of their ethnic, religious or economic backgrounds, with the opportunity to experience the value of a Catholic education at St. Genevieve Catholic School Through its scholarship fund, St. Genevieve offers students – from preschoolers to eighth graders – unable to pay full tuition, with the potential for academic success and spiritual growth that it has delivered to the community since 1925.

On behalf of the St. Genevieve community, Principal Marie Neis expressed gratitude for this donation, marking the strong, enduring relationship that the school has enjoyed with Republic Bank for years.

“I was overwhelmed with the generosity of Republic Bank when they announced that they were willing to sponsor our first annual Dinner Dance Scholarship Benefit,” said Neis. “Without this type of assistance, many of our students would not be able to attend St. Genevieve School. It is a well-known fact that parish schools are anchors in our inner city neighborhoods. By this gift, Republic Bank is helping build the school and neighborhood, and enabling our students to eventually give back even more to our community with their education. St. Genevieve and Republic Bank have had a close working relationship for almost ten years and I am happy that this will continue.”

NABJ Awards USC Annenberg’s Eric Burse Student Journalist of the Year

Source:  NABJ 

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces that Eric Burse, a student at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, is the 2012 Student Journalist of the Year. Burse will be honored this summer amongst other honorees at NABJ’s 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair, the largest annual gathering of minority journalists in the country.

Burse is studying broadcast and digital journalism and political science. He decided to attend the USC in 2009 because he knew in Los Angeles he could receive a well-rounded education in one of the most global markets in the world.   “NABJ is extremely proud to honor Eric with this award. He is an impressive young man with a proven passion for journalism.  His resume speaks for itself. He is certainly deserving of this honor,” NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. said.

Burse has served on the staff of USC’s Daily Trojan as a photographer and he eventually moved to the role of entertainment beat reporter establishing “J. Eric’s Entertainment Buzz Report,” which ran twice weekly in the daily publication.

2012 Student Journalist of the Year Eric Burse

He also worked at USC’s Annenberg TV News station as a studio technician, assignment desk editor and, most-recently, as an on-air multimedia journalist. He also appears as a political correspondent on the USC’s Trojan Vision Platform TV show. In November 2011, Eric covered the trial and conviction of Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray at the L.A. Superior Courthouse. He covered the opening of the Martin King memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. He has also covered visits to Southern California by President Barack Obama and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. Locally, his reporting has focused on community topics including the Los Angeles’ public school system negotiations with the local teachers union, the California budget crisis, the revelation that former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child out of wedlock, and most recently the death of acclaimed music icon Whitney Houston.

“I am extremely honored to receive the NABJ Student Journalist of the Year recognition. This award means a great deal to me – far more than I can express. I share this award with other student journalists who are working just as hard as I am to achieve success in an industry we all look forward to joining,” Burse said. “I look forward to supporting NABJ just as much as the organization has supported me to through high school and college.”

This is the second consecutive year that a USC Annenberg student receives this honor, after broadcast journalism student Ashley Williams in 2011. Ernest J. Wilson III, Dean and Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication and Professor of Political Science, says USC proudly accepts the accolades.

“Annenberg is delighted that one of our own best students has been selected for this prestigious award,” Wilson said. “On the heels of the welcome recognition of our many diversity initiatives by the AEJMC, I am proud that our school is educating the best and the brightest from communities of color. This must be a central element of who we are as journalists in the 21st century.”

Burse is an active member and a scholarship recipient from the National Association of Black Journalists. He has participated in the student projects workshop at the NABJ national convention twice. He is also active in the Southern California NABJ chapter. He interned at CNBC’s Los Angeles bureau in 2011 and currently interns at the NBC Burbank bureau where he gains experience with the Today Show, Nightly News with Brian Williams and Dateline.

In his free time, Burse volunteers with the Urban Media Foundation in South Central Los Angeles. He teaches journalism classes to disadvantaged youth who have an early passion for media and communications.




Newark, NJ –The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will make 2 public appearances in Newark, New Jersey on May 4 and 5, 2012 to address the egregious Department of Justice (DOJ) civil complaint recently leveled against Women In Support Of the Million Man March, Inc. (WISOMMM) and Ms. Fredrica Bey, the organization’s Executive Director.  The Minister’s appearances are designed specifically to raise money for WISOMMM’s Legal Defense Fund, so that the organization may resolve the issues associated with the complaint, and continue to offer its outstanding educational services and life-affirming community programs to the children, families, and residents of Newark.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Ms. Fredrica Bey, executive
director of Women In Support Of the Million Man March, Inc. (WISOMMM)

In addition to the Minister’s appearances, The Nation of Islam (The Nation) will debut, for the first time outside of its own facilities, The Nation Of Islam Historic Exhibit, which chronicles the rise of The Nation Of Islam from 1930 to present day. The Exhibit will open on Thursday May 3, 2012.

According to Minister Farrakhan, “The attack on WISOMMM is an attack on me, the Nation of Islam, and the black community at large.” As such, he has taken a personal interest in supporting the Women that worked so vigorously to support him and sent more than 50,000 black men to the historic 1995 Million Man March, themed “A Day of Atonement”. The Minister’s call attracted nearly 2,000,000 attendees.

Today, he calls for the public’s continued support of his efforts and their unwavering financial, moral, and spiritual support to ward off this attack on WISOMMM. “This crisis calls for a national response in support of this vital organization. The world must see that we are united against hostile campaigns that threaten the future of our children, families, and community institutions.”


Debut of the Nation Of Islam Historic Exhibit
WISOMMMM African Cultural Center
15 James Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Open 12 noon to 8PM
Free admission for children up to age 12

Nation Of Islam Historic Exhibit
WISOMMMM African Cultural Center
15 James Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Open 9 AM to 1 PM
See Thursday for cost of admission

Private VIP Reception Welcoming
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
For more information regarding attendance
for this special event, call 973-353-9888

Public Address by:
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
WISOMMMM Sanctuary Building
23-25 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Doors Open 1PM
Public Address begins 3PM

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