first_imgThe Evansville Otters have hired Jess Welz as their new Community Relations Manager.Welz, 33, joined the Otters front office in February. Prior to becoming part of the Otters organization, Jess worked for five seasons with the ECHL’s Evansville IceMen as Ticket Sales Coordinator, Ticket Operations Manager, and Director of Community Relations. She graduated from Carthage College, in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a BA in Sports and Exercise Science. This avid hockey fan has worked in sports at various levels for over 15 years and is eager to add baseball to her résumé.Jess has already made her mark on the Otters organization as an integral part of the Clean Up the Ballpark event this past Saturday at Bosse Field. “It was exciting to see the support of the Evansville community at our first clean-up day! We had approximately 75 volunteers help with painting, landscaping, and general cleaning of the ballpark. I am looking forward to increasing our community involvement not only during the season, but in the offseason as well”, said Welz.Community Relations became important to Welz when, during an internship, she saw how being in the community helped connect the Chicago Blackhawks with their fans off the ice. “I love watching connections and relationships created outside of the game. Children may remember a play during the game, but they will always remember meeting and interacting with their favorite player. One of my aspirations in my position is to make sure the Otters are visible in the community during the off season. We are already at the forefront of people’s minds during the summer and I want to make sure that continues throughout the year.”Jess is a native of Joliet, Illinois and her favorite sports teams include the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, Wisconsin Badgers, and Chicago Cubs. Outside the office she likes spending time with family, being outdoors, and traveling.The Otters open the 2016 season at home against the Schaumburg Boomers on Friday, May 13, at 6:35 p.m. Tickets are on sale now by calling (812) 435-8686.# # #FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

25 Venezuelan troops seek asylum in Brazil embassy

first_imgBy AFP May 03, 2019 At least 25 Venezuelan troops have sought asylum in Brazil’s embassy in Caracas, a senior Brazilian official said April 30, after Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaidó claimed soldiers had joined him. A spokesman for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said soldiers and lieutenants were among the applicants. The petitions for asylum came as Bolsonaro threw his support behind Venezuelans “enslaved by a dictator,” a reference to Nicolás Maduro whom Guaidó is challenging for power. “Brazil is on the side of the people of Venezuela, Interim President Juan Guaidó, and the freedom of Venezuelans,”Bolsonaro said in a series of tweets. “We support the freedom of this sister nation to finally live a true democracy.” Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo reiterated Brazil’s support for a “democratic transition” and expressed “hopes that the Venezuelan military will be part of this process.” Brazil is among more than 50 countries that have recognized Guaidó as Venezuela’s Interim President. An apparently carefully planned attempt by Guaidó to demonstrate growing military support on April 30, however, disintegrated into rioting in the Venezuelan capital, sparking calls for restraint.last_img read more

NRI Deposits Drop as Fewer Indians Migrate to Gulf

first_imgEconomic downturn in the Gulf countries, mainly due to the drop in oil prices, has resulted in slowing down of deposits by non-resident Indians in the region. Growth in Non Resident External Rupee Account (NRE accounts) deposits of local banks fell by over 25 per cent during the April-June period, Reserve Bank of India data shows.Indians living in the Gulf send money to Indian banks as NRE deposits that showed a 27 per cent slump from the previous year 2016.Here is a look at how the number of Indian migrant workers in Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is on decline and how it impacts the Indian economy.Forty Nine per cent of the Gulf population consists of foreign workers, making up 25,214,080 migrants during 2010-16. As many as 507, 296 of these migrants are workers from India.In Saudi Arabia, the decline can be seen as a result of what the Indian government calls the “Saudisation policy”. Saudi Arabia is looking to hire more locals than foreign workers, the Times of India reported. According to MEA, the Saudi government has also introduced many new taxes to augment sources of government revenue.For the first time in recent history, remittance flows to developing countries registered a decline. India registered the biggest fall, with 8.9 per cent decrease. India receives the largest amount of foreign remittance in the world, 40 per cent of which comes from Gulf countries.Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have overtaken Kerala to send the most number of migrants to the Gulf countries. The emigrants from Kerala are more educated and qualified, and unwilling to accept the blue collar jobs that those from poorer states accept.To avoid workers’ exploitation, the Ministry of External Affairs has urged North Indian states to set up institutions on the lines of Norka in Kerala that assist emigrants. The ministry is also creating model work contracts for emigrants and encouraging them to go through the e-migration route.Rise in the cost of living, the growing trend of imposing restrictions on foreign workers, and wage stagnation have made the Gulf a not-so-attractive destination to Keralites. With a dip in number of emigrants comes a fall in remittances. In Kerala, remittances were 1.2 times the revenue receipts of the state government, and 1.5 times the government’s annual expenditure. It constitutes 36.3 per cent of the net state domestic product. Related ItemsGulf crisisIndian migrantsIndian workers in the GulfIndians in Saudi ArabiaKerala workers in GulfLittle IndiaQatar crisisUttar Pradesh Bihar Gulflast_img read more