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Monday, April 9, 2007


Classified Ads---Contract Administrator/Credit on line
        43 Funders to Date
    Ning--by Kit Menkin
Top Stories---April 2-April 6
    Cartoon---Dog for Sale
        Classified ads---Help Wanted
Leasing 102 ---“Fraud”
by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
    Jedrek Wilcox, Lamoille, Nevada
        “366 Marketing Tips for Equipment Leasing”
        by Linda P. Kester
    Leasing News "Search"
What did we ever do before laptops?
    DOTmed Certified Paul Zahn Heads Sales
        New lease of life in China with rule
Trainor to Direct Franchise Programs at Harbour
    ePlus Noncompliance Notice from NASDAQ
        First Leasing Bank new Board of Directors
Car Leasebusters: USA and Canada
    Wolfowitz accused of nepotism at World Bank
        News Briefs---
Sports Briefs---
    "Gimme that Wine"
        Calendar Events
Snapple Real Facts
    Today's Top Event in History
        This Day in American History
Baseball Poem
        Daily Puzzle

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Classified Ads---Contract Administrator/Credit

Leasing News is contacting all classified ad advertisers to verify their e-mail address, copy, and also obtain any feedback

Contract Administrator

New York, NY
10+ years in equipment leasing/secured lending. Skilled in management & training, documentation, policy and procedure development & implementation, portfolio reporting. Strong work ethic.


Corona, CA
VP credit Consumer Credit prime/sub prime Auto lending/leasing/mortgages. 20+yrs exp. If you are looking for someone to affect the bottom line, I am that person. Will relocate.

Fort Lee, NJ
3 Years Experience credit/documentation. Looking in NJ/NY.

Irvine, CA
I have over 16 years of Credit/Collection experience in the finance industry. Prompt results, extremely effective and knowledgeable, professional, excellent manager and team player.

Los Angeles, CA
Over 15 years experience in Credit/Operations with Small Ticket and transactions up to $500,000.00. CLP, with excellent relationships with most major lenders.

New Jersey, NJ
Credit Analyst with 10+ years experience in small-ticket lending up to $500,000. Experience with both vendor-direct and with brokers.

New York, NY
V.P. Credit & Collections w/23 years exp. looking for a situation where I can utilize my varied & extensive knowledge of credit/collections/risk-management & leasing.

Sausalito, CA
Sr. Corp. officer, presently serving as consultant, fin. service background, M&A, fund raising, great workout expertise, references

Orange, CA
Credit/Operations-15 years exper., looking for a new home. Have handled both middle/ large ticket transaction, plus muni & international finance.

These job-wanted ads are free. We also recommend to both those seeking a position and those searching for a new hire to also go to other e-mail posting sites:
In addition, those seeking employment should go to the human resource departments on company web sites for funders, captive lessors, and perhaps “broker-lessors.”

To place a free “job wanted” ad here, please go to:

For a full listing of all “job wanted” ads, please go to:


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Hopes to Begin a New Era in Leasing Loss Prevention

(Dallas, Texas) announces initiation of its revolutionary loss prevention system for lease funding companies and lease brokers. The online system identifies vendors and lessees who are associated with a high incidence of defaults. In addition, users have the ability to report incidences of “unusual or high risk behavior” by vendors. Any confirmed “unusual activity” warnings are then posted in the database for future reference by users. By using the database, users can drastically reduce their exposure to fraudulent transactions, vendors using high risk sales strategies, and lessees with risky histories.

During this initiation period, will be collecting default histories from lessors as well as “unusual activity” warnings on vendors and lessees. During this initial period, the system will be a free service. Upon maturation of the database, the price of the service is expected to be less than $5 per report. offers two types of user accounts – funder and broker. Broker accounts are limited in the amount of pulls per month. All funder users must provide default data on their portfolio.

To subscribe, go to During the initial 6 month data collection period, all accessed matches are free!

Lease Police, Inc.
15950 North Dallas Parkway
Suite 400
Dallas, TX 75248

Telephone (972) 361-8111
Fax (972) 692-8091
Contact: Bernie Boettigheimer,

To view an online demo of the system, go to:


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43 Funders to Date

ELFA eNews Daily

There's Still Time to Reach 450+ Equipment Finance Professionals Sponsorship opportunities are still available for Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's National Funding Exhibition, April 18-19 in Chicago.

At last count, 43 Funding Sources are exhibiting and more than 450 attendees are registered! Don't miss this chance to make your brand top-of-mind for nearly 500 equipment leasing and finance company decision-makers!

Sponsorships for several high-profile Funding Exhibition events are still open, including Thursday speaker John Kasich.

To learn more, go to
or contact Sally Maloney at (703) 516-8362 or




by Kit Menkin

Ning was co-founded by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen and Gina Bianchini. It is relatively new, about a year and a half ( maybe that is a long time internet wise, I don’t know.) Ning is the next step in the website social network, perhaps aimed at the adult marketplace. The video and photo sections are easy to load and can be moved to other sites. The site can be made public or to your own social network (e-mail address book.)

While mine is in development, based on my dog Bodie and I, I can tell you the address book connects to all but Outlook and Outlook Express. I was surprised when I brought in my AOL address book to learn it contained everyone I have sent an email to for over fifteen years. I thought my address book was small. The good news, you choose from the list who you want on the Ning social network. My plan is to copy my Outlook list to my gmail e-mail, which is relatively new and rarely used ( you need it to log on to Google) and then transfer to Ning.

AOL was the first that you could build your own web site. What has basically happened is the very cheap memory and higher speeds have changed the internet. Most of this started at colleges where the students had access to very high speeds for the original purpose of studying. Thus the internet programs, even Cisco, came from the college students and their professors.

Teletype machines and pagers were 300 baud. When AOL came out wit 1200 baud, we thought that was fast, and then wow, 9600 baud...soon 56k (but problems, remember.) I was one of the first ISDN users, getting up to 258,000k plus with a double set up, costing around $600 a month. Now DSL and T1, available then, but not at the low prices of today are becoming more common. AT&T has some top DSL and T1 speeds at $39.95 in some areas. This will grow and perhaps the t1 commercials will drop below $400 a month. Wireless is as fast as wire lines and cities and other areas, including rural areas, will find it free access or what was at one time the cost for AOL
( that is why AOL got out of the dial up business, one main reason, that is.)

So getting in with the Ning where you don't have to send video's or pictures by email (5mb) is slow even on fast speeds, but if on your own web site, or someone else’s, it is like watching television. That is what the internet is becoming. Ning and Microsoft are headed there.

See for yourself by going to

When I find the time to get further along on my social network site, I’ll open it up for Leasing News readers. I view it as a “My Space” for adults.



Top Stories---April 2-April 6

Here are the top ten stories most "opened" by readers last week:

(1) “Opportunity” as many falter in leasing market

(2) Only DVI Conviction is sentenced

(3) New “Story Credit:” Sterling Financial

(4) Donald Trump Wins, Keeps His 'Do’ Intact

(5) CIT continues its aggressive marketing

(6) Funder List: Great America Bank

(7) Sales makes it Happen---by Linda P. Kester
#35 “The Strangest Secret”

(8) Female presidents of leasing associations

(9) Broker/Lessor List up-date: Pacifica Capital

(10) Leasing 102--by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
“Are you the owner of the leased asset?”

It should be noted that overall readership was down the previous week, and Friday one of the lowest weekday "hits," perhaps due both to the Easter vacation week, Passover, and Good Friday. There was a lot of news on Friday, but not readers.





Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Account Executive

Account Executives

Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis,
SF Bay Area

Top position to work with CFOs, CIOs, CEOs and other high-level executives. 7+ years equipment leasing exp. Resume/indicating you saw ad in Leasing News to:

About the Company: We're the exclusive provider of leasing and finance services for Dell technology systems worldwide. At Dell Financial Services our mission is to deliver financing solutions that enable and enrich the Dell Customer experience.

Assistant Manager

Assistant Manager
San Francisco, California

Excellent opportunity to work with growing equipment leasing bank division, excellent reputation. Click here for more information.

First Republic Bank has offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout California, and in Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston and New York.

Finance Consultant

Finance Consultants
Orange County, California

The Cambridge Difference
More Approvals.
Quicker Fundings.

Career Center

Regional Sales Managers

Regional Sales Managers

To establish small ticket vendor programs in major metro areas. Excellent compensation/ benefit package. View job description. Send resumes to

Company Description:
Irwin Commercial Finance (NYSE: IFC) is a true direct lender and in the ever changing leasing environment, we bring stability, creativity and consistent customer service levels to our business

Sales Director

Sales Director
Vendor Relationship Development

Office equipment experience a must. Territory covers FL, GA, SC, NC, AL, MS, LA. Must be able to sell value. To apply online click here.

About the company:
GreatAmerica offers office equipment financing to businesses across the U.S., and is the largest independent leasing company in the small ticket equipment financing market.

Small Ticket Specialists

Three Small Ticket Specialists

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Nashville, TN, and
Richmond, VA.
Click here for more information.



Leasing 102

by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP


In a day of fast turn around credits and application only transactions fraud is becoming a serious problem. Packagers and brokers understand that even though they sell transactions on a non-recourse basis they are still on the hook if the deal is uncollectible due to fraud. So let’s look at a few procedures that will help discover fraud before a deal is funded.

The first requirement is to look up the telephone number of all credit references instead of using numbers supplied on the application. Without phone number verification you do not know who you are talking to regardless of who they claim to be. Second, always confirm at least two years of banking relationships. Beware of newly created bank accounts. Next verify that the vendor has been in business for at least two years and if you have any questions about the vendor check the
BBB in that region.

In addition you should look for things that seem questionable such as, age of principles that does not add up to years in business, or questionable financial statements with bank accounts in credit unions or unusual name institutions. Assets that are not equipment or real estate that can not be confirmed and. requests for equipment that does not match the business needs.

One of the most important questions is how large a facility does the business occupy? If they only have 500 square feet how do they plan to fit $100,000.00 worth of equipment into it? Location should also be a key because if the business is in a strange part of town or in a residential neighborhood for an industrial process you should question why they are located there.

Most fraudulent transactions have one thing in common; they are always in a hurry to close. The more you are pushed, by the lessee, the more you should look closely at the deal. This is not to be confused with your attempt to function fast to secure and lock down the lease. But if the lessee pushes you into a fast decision…look out!

You should use common sense and question everything. Verify the equipment and study its use. Even small transactions can ask the purpose of the equipment and its intended use. Just because you have a bargain purchase option does not mean you can ignore the impact of the equipment to the business.

Last I believe one of the most important features of legal documentation that seems to have disappeared is the witness line. Someone to verify, with properly printed name and title, that the signature of the lessee is proper and correct. It is always best if this is a lessor employee but at least someone needs to be able to confirm the signature. Never short change your legal documentation and always stay alert and look for the unusual.

Most fraud is detectable if common sense is used when questioning so called facts on a lease application. One last thought….. short lease applications spell trouble from the beginning.

Mr. Terry Winders has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty years and can be reached at or 502-327-8666.
He invites your questions and queries.



Jedrek Wilcox, Lamoille, Nevada

This is Kit Menkin’s grandson Jedrek, age 8, second grade, who lives in Lamoille, Nevada with his mother and father and two other brothers on a small ranch.



“366 Marketing Tips for Equipment Leasing”
by Linda P. Kester

Linda Kester is a seasoned sales trainer. She held several sales management positions during her eight-year tenure at Advanta Business Services Corp. Linda has been a featured speaker at seminars for the EAEL, NAELB, and UAEL events. She has had several articles published in various trade newsletters and magazines, including a series on sales in Leasing News.

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Leasing News "Search"

There will soon be seven years of files in our archives. The search feature is free, no charges as other sites may have. It also has been streamlined. It is used by Leasing News itself in writing articles over 50 times a week. We suffered with its growth. Web Trends tells us it is visited over 1500 times a week, sometimes a lot more.

Any comments or suggestions, we are open to learn how we may do this better:



What did we ever do before laptops?

by Christopher Dawson

Laptops are quickly joining mobile phones in the ranks of technology we can't live without. David Berlind refers to this sort of thing as "Dead Finger Tech," the pieces of technology that you could only pry from our cold dead fingers. I probably spend a fair amount more time with my laptop than I do with my wife. Nothing against my wife - she's fabulous. However, I use my laptop continuously for everything from presentations for my students to administering our network to writing this blog. I'm a student as well, so it comes out of its bag the minute I get to my evening classes. I was home sick the other day and one of the servers at my school went down. That fabulous wife of mine brought me my beloved laptop and I fixed the problem remotely from bed, even in a haze of decongestants. Pseudoephedrine and RDP must be some of the greatest inventions of the 20th century.

Students are also finding their laptops hard to live without. Laptops have been ubiquitous at universities for some time, but are now becoming commonplace among students even here in little old Athol, Mass. They aren't just toys, either, although they certainly do facilitate mobile MySpace postings. In general, the students who have laptops report that they are more productive and have an easier time completing assignments since they always have a computer available to them. Here in Athol, we've significantly increased the number of workstations available to students, but you can't beat having your own workstations with you all the time. The students with laptops frequently become leaders of cooperative learning projects in class as well since they can easily do research, prepare papers and presentations, and otherwise contribute to their groups more effectively. I'm sure there is a bit of a bias in this observation since the students with laptops also tend to be fairly high achievers. This is hardly universal, though, and plenty of mediocre students are finding that their experience in and out of class is improved by having a PC with them.

As I write this, I realize that my post sounds like a "laptops for everyone" argument. It's not. I'm a firm believer in well-placed, lifecycle-funded labs to really maximize utilization of scarce resources. Student laptops, for example, often sit dormant during classes where their use might be distracting or inappropriate, while our computer labs are used virtually every period of every day. Teachers report that if we could add extra labs, they'd use those, too. While laptop initiatives are not without merit, the scarcity of ed tech funding makes them very hard to justify.

What would be useful, though, is making educational discounts and leasing options available to students. We get substantial discounts on hardware and software and financing options that are unobtainable for most people. We've moved to a leasing model for the majority of our equipment to lower acquisition costs and keep new technology in the schools. Students and their parents could certainly benefit from this model, and many students who might not otherwise be able to afford a laptop might have much better luck with a more affordable lease, spreading the cost over three or four years of high school. Similarly, public-private partnerships could potentially subsidize these leases, further reducing the cost for students who can't afford the lease.

Again, I'm not saying we should provide a laptop for everyone or that every student could benefit from their own laptop. However, making these resources available to as many students as possible and allowing them to take advantage of the public sector discounts and financing that we receive could be a real boon for students preparing for careers and further education in the 21st century.



DOTmed Certified Paul Zahn Heads Sales for 2007 DM 100 Firm

by Barbara Kram, Editor

Shared Medical Equipment Group LLC has recently moved to a new headquarters to accommodate its growth, which, according Paul Zahn, director of sales and marketing, reflects the increasing technology upgrades taking place in the Midwest and across the nation. For starters, many rural hospitals are improving their medical imaging offerings in part because of the availability of equipment leasing options.

Shared Medical Equipment Group provides MRI, PET/CT and CT solutions including mobile and in-house, interim or short-term rentals, leasing, fee-per-scan; sales, remarketing, and reconditioning of pre-owned equipment; transportation, installation and deinstallation, technical support, service and parts.

In short, whatever sales, service, or leasing arrangement is needed to support providers' imaging and business models, it's available through the company.

Paul Zahn, director of sales
and marketing, Shared Medical
Equipment Group

"A lot of it is interim equipment is for rural facilities or facilities that might have a back log and can't keep up, or facilities that are doing upgrades and need scanners in the short term," said Zahn. "[By leasing equipment] they don't lose the revenue stream. So it continues to allow them to keep patient flow and provide patient care.""

Zahn has observed an uptick in PET/CT lately and an overall greater demand for equipment on the part of customers including hospitals and imaging centers.

"Our company is building more routes as some of the rural facilities are looking to add more services... PET/CT is becoming more widely used in the marketplace so we're able to provide mobile services to facilities as they start up those services," he said. "Some the facilities are getting more funding to be able to provide [more advanced] patient care."

As customers expand, so has Shared Medical Equipment Group, which has moved to a new building for its larger staff and for needed trailer space. The company's locations are Cottage Grove, Wis. and in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

"What sets us apart is customer service and follow-up. We have a huge network of employees and are at each facility we service," Zahn said. "We have a strong foothold in the Midwest but we do have scanners throughout the United States, several on the West Coast and East Coast."



New lease of life in China with rule

By ZHANG LU (China Daily)

Jiang Lin, manager of a small printing company in Shenzhen, was happy at the news that the bank offering financial services to his company had launched a new mortgage product after Spring Festival. With this product, Jiang's company will now be able to buy manufacturing facilities on hire purchase.

The bank service, similar to leasing business, is targeting a growing number of companies that lack funds.

China's commercial banks have been trying to diversify their businesses as part of their restructuring drive to ease their dependence on interest income. Leasing, an internationally recognized financing channel and with huge development potential in China, has been one of their focuses.

The new rule on financial leasing, which took effect on March 1, allows commercial banks to directly engage in the business.

It stipulates that commercial banks can invest in financial leasing companies if they have a capital adequacy ratio of no less than 8 percent, total assets of no less than 80 billion yuan in the previous year, and if it has turned a profit for two consecutive fiscal years.

It's a major measure adopted by the regulator to encourage banking operations, said She Minhua, a banking analyst with CITIC China Securities.

Previously, the government forbade bank capital in the business because of higher capital risks and the country's stringent supervision rules on separated banking operations.

"This rule will enable commercial banks to expand their scope of business, customer base and improve profitability, and thus contribute to the enhancement of their core competence," She said.

China Minsheng Banking Corp might be the first to invest in a financial leasing company. Last month, its board of directors approved the proposal to establish a financial leasing firm jointly with China Power Finance Co Ltd and Tianbao Holding Company.

Minsheng will hold a 51 percent stake in the 4-billion-yuan venture, while the other two have 34 percent and 15 percent respectively.

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Bank of Communications, and China Merchants Bank have also applied to the China Banking Regulatory Commission for permission to deal in financial leasing.

"The leasing business will add a new profit source for commercial banks, especially banks with smaller interest incomes compared with the Big Four," said Shi Jianping, a professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics.

Minsheng's moves in leasing-related business last year are proof of that. The bank launched a leasing and financial services department in the first half of 2006, offering eight products in cooperation with financial leasing companies. Its leasing-related business assets have reached 10 billion yuan since.

"The new rule is good news not only for commercial banks, but also for the financial leasing industry," said Qiu Qiyang, of the Financial Leasing Professional Committee at the China Society of Finance.

The rule clearly defines financial leasing as a part of financial business and makes commercial banks and big equipment manufacturers possibly the biggest investors in the sector.

This is in line with the common practice in major market economies, where shareholders of leasing firms are generally banks or equipment providers.

"Commercial banks' involvement is expected to spur a rapid expansion of the financial leasing sector, which has experienced years of stagnation, partly due to limited capital supply," Qiu said.

Financial leasing is a written agreement between the lessor and the lessee for a specified term in which the equipment and manufacturer are chosen by the customer, bought and owned by the lessor and the right of using the product is given to the lessee.

It was introduced in China in 1981, when the first financial leasing company, China Orient Leasing Company, was established.

But lack of funding channels, substandard corporate governance and over-concentrated shareholding hampered the industry's development.

Some private enterprises even use financial leasing companies as financing tools for themselves.

Only six of the 12 financial leasing companies approved by the banking regulator are in regular operation. Two closed operations for many years, two went bankrupt and two are undergoing restructuring.

"There will be a great reshuffle among financial leasing companies as commercial banks can acquire the existing ones or spur competition by setting up new ones," CITIC China Securities' She said.


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Trainor to Direct Franchise Programs at Harbour Capital Corporation

Newington, NH *** Harbour Capital Corporation, one of America’s leading equipment financing companies, announces the appointment of Jack Trainor as Director of Franchise Group.

Mr. Trainor brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry including posts with Signal Capital Corporation, Fleet Equipment Leasing and Morgan Stanley.

Harbour Capital offers some of the industry’s most aggressive financing packages to national franchise chains such as Subway Dominos Pizza and Dunkin Donuts. Harbour Capital is an active member of the North American Association of Subway Franchisees and has financed over $20 Million in Subway restaurant remodels and new stores throughout the country.

“We’re very pleased to have Jack on our team”, says Chip Kelley, Harbour’s President. “Jack continues to expand Harbour Capital’s reach into the under-served Franchisee market. His ability to seek out niche’ markets for us makes Harbour Capital one of the more versatile commercial lenders in the country.”

About Harbour Capital Corporation
Harbour Capital Corporation (HCC) (http:\ is a national leader in small and mid ticket equipment and technology financing. The company currently provides financing for businesses in all 50 States. From a 1-man operation overlooking Portsmouth Harbour in 1994, HCC has grown into a 45-person industry leader with an ever-increasing lease portfolio that has consisted of several thousand transactions totaling over $150 Million.


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ePlus Announces Noncompliance Notice from NASDAQ

HERNDON, Va.----ePlus inc. (Nasdaq NGM: PLUS), announced on
Fridaay that it received a staff determination letter from the staff of the Nasdaq Stock Market on April 2, 2007 because it did not hold its annual meeting within a year of the end of its fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, and that it did not solicit proxies and provide a proxy statement to Nasdaq as required by Marketplace Rules 4350(e) and Rule 4350(g). The staff determination letter indicated that this matter serves as additional basis for delisting the Company's securities from the Nasdaq Stock Market. No other listing deficiency was cited in the April 2nd staff determination letter.

As previously reported, the Company's securities will continue to be listed on the Nasdaq Global Market during the review of the Nasdaq Listing and Hearings Review Council ("Listing Council"). The Listing Council issued a stay of delisting on January 11, 2007 pending review by the Listing Council of the Nasdaq Listing and Qualification Panel's decision to delist and suspend trading of the Company's securities on the Nasdaq Global Market.

The Company has been diligently working to resolve the issues related to accounting for stock options granted since its initial public offering in 1996, which is the sole reason underlying its delay in holding its annual meeting and soliciting proxies from shareholders. In this regard, the Company has been reviewing accounting guidance regarding stock option grants recently published by the accounting staff of the SEC and has not yet determined the amount of such charges or the resulting tax and accounting impact.

ePlus has previously issued several press releases and filed several reports with the SEC including reports on Form 8-K, and investors are encouraged to read these in their entirety for discussion of the delay in its financial statements filings.

About ePlus:

ePlus is a leading provider of Enterprise Cost Management solutions to information technology, finance, procurement, operations, and supply chain professionals who want to reduce the costs of finding, purchasing, managing, and financing information technology goods and services. Our Enterprise Cost Management solutions provide sourcing, procurement, spend analytics, supplier management, document collaboration, asset management, professional services, and leasing to ePlus' 2,000+ customers. The Company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Herndon, VA with more than 30 locations in the U.S. For more information, visit, call 888-482-1122 or email

ePlus® and ePlus Enterprise Cost Management®, and/or other ePlus products referenced herein are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ePlus inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

All information set forth in this release and its attachments is as of April 6, 2007. ePlus inc. undertakes no duty to update this information. More information about potential factors that could affect ePlus inc.'s business and financial results is included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2005 and March 31, 2004, the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended June 30, 2005, September 30, 2005, and December 31, 2005 under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," which are on file with the SEC and available at the SEC's website at


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First Leasing Bank appoints new Board of Directors

A new Board of Directors was appointed in the Annual General Meeting of First Leasing Bank (FLB), as it continues to pioneer the business of equipment leasing in the GCC.

The eight-member body, headed by newly appointed Chairman Khalid M. Kanoo, will lead FLB through what is expected to be a landmark yearas the Bank continues to break new ground in the provision of Sharia-compliant finance leases (Ijara Wa Iqtina) and operating leases (Ijara).

'We are literally creating a market for equipment leasing where virtually none had existed before in this region. We have a growing and rewarding future ahead of us, which will require a strong and dependable leadership,' said outgoing Chairman Khalid Janahi.

'I am confident that this new Board, made up of some of the region's top business leaders, will not only meet, but surpass our expectations. This board, with its deep knowledge of the intricacies of the regional market, is ideally suited for the rapid pace of expansion that the Bank is pursuing,' he said.

Presiding over the meeting at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain, Mr. Janahi gave shareholders an overview of the Bank's activities over the previous year. Among the highlights was a fully-subscribed Private Placement that raised US$ 89 million, increasing the Bank's capital to its current US$ 100 million.

Khalid Janahi.

'We view this strong capital base as a key competitive advantage and platform for future growth, said Mr. Janahi.

The Bank continues to develop a diversified portfolio, including fleet vehicles and equipment for printing, industrial processing, construction, manufacturing, telecommunications, entertainment and power generation. At the end of 2006 the Bank managed its own portfolio as well as funds under management.

'FLB has developed a geographically diversified leasing market with the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain contributing 44%, 34% and 22%, respectively. We expect finance leases to dominate our investment in equipment leasing throughout 2007 and 2008, but operating leases and specialized structures will play an increasingly important role,' he concluded.


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News Briefs----

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“Gimme that Wine”

The scion of one of Napa's biggest legends makes a name for himself in Mendocino County with Meyer Family Cellars

Housecleaner, boyfriend arrested after brazen wine heist

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Calendar Events This Day

Astronauts Day

Dyngus Day

Easter Monday
Holiday or bank holiday in many places, including England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Canada and North Carolina in the U.S.

Iraq: National Day
National holiday commemorating anniversary of Dictator Saddam Hussein’s fall from power in 2003

National Cherish an Antique Day
Celebrate when items were made by loving hands and not machines. Honor the past and time-worn traditions by incorporating an antique into your home.

National Chinese Almond Day

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

South Africa: Family Day
National holiday. Tunisia: Martyrs’ Day

United Kingdom, Easter Monday Bank Holiday
Bank and public holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scotland not included.)

Winston Churchill Day
Anniversary of enactment of legislation in 1963 that made the late British statements an honorary citizen of the US.

Saint Feast Days



One out of every eight residents in the U.S. lives in California.




Today's Top Event in History

1865- At 1:30 PM General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, commander-in-chief of the Union Army, ending four years of civil war. The meeting took place in the house of Wilmer McLean at the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Confederate soldiers were permitted to keep their horses and go free to their homes, while Confederate officers were allowed to retain their swords and side arms as well. Grant wrote the terms of surrender. Formal surrender took place at the Courthouse on April 12. Death toll for the Civil War is estimated at 500,000 men.


This Day in American History

    1674-- French Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette erected a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan, in present_day Illinois. His log cabin became the first building of a settlement that afterward grew to become the city of Chicago.
    1682-- Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi River and all lands that touch it for France.
    1731-“ War of Jenkin’s Ear.” Spanish guardacosta boarded and plundered the British ship Rebecca off Jamaica, and, among other outrages, cut off the ear of English master mariner Robert Jenkins. This had repercussions in the southern Colonies. It took several years to brew. Smuggling was quite common on the open seas, including plundering of smaller ships. The war took its name from Robert Jenkins, captain of the ship Rebecca, who claimed Spanish coast guards had cut off his ear in 1731. He exhibited the ear in the House of Commons and so aroused public opinion that the government of the British Prime Minister Robert Walpole reluctantly declared war on October 23,1739. Basically, the war was one of commercial rivalry between England and Spain By the treaty of Utrech(1713), which ended Queen Anne’s War, Britain was to be allowed to participate in slave traffic with the Spanish colonies. A special Spanish fleet, however, interfered with this activity and the Spanish also objected to the English logwooders operating on the coast of Honduras. The other cause of the war was the continued dispute over the boundary of Spanish Florida in relation to Georgia. As soon as war was declared, Gov. James Edwoard Oglethorpe called on citizens of Georgia and South Carolina to join in an invasion of Florida. The Spanish retaliated by attempting to invade those colonies by sea. By 1739, Oglethorpe had completed military fortifications on Amelia, Cumberland, St. Andrew’s, and St. Simon’s islands as a line of defense against possible Spanish encroachment. he also had reached peace agreements with the Creeks and other Indian tribes in the region. 
    1783-- General Washington bids his officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, New York,NY.
    1816-The first all-black US religious denomination, the American Methodist Episcopal Church was organized at Philadelphia with Richard Allen, a former slave who had bought his freedom, as the first bishop.
    1833-the first free public library was established in Peterborough, NH. The funds for its creation came from state monies that had originally been appropriated for a state university and were then distributed to towns to use for educational purposes. An earlier, but unsuccessful attempt to establish a free public library was made in New Orleans, LA, by the philanthropist Judah Touro, who founded the Touro Free Library Society in 1824.
    1865- At 1:30 PM General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, commander-in-chief of the Union Army, ending four years of civil war. The meeting took place in the house of Wilmer McLean at the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Confederate soldiers were permitted to keep their horses and go free to their homes, while Confederate officers were allowed to retain their swords and side arms as well. Grant wrote the terms of surrender. Formal surrender took place at the Courthouse on April 12. Death toll for the Civil War is estimated at 500,000 men.
    1866- a Civil Rights act was passed over President Andrew Johnson's veto, who wanted to "punish the South" instead of follow President Lincoln's reconstruction plan. The act granted citizenship to all persons born in the U.S., except Indians. It declared that all citizens had the same civil rights and provided for the punishment of persons who prevented free exercise of these rights. The Fourteenth Amendment was proposed when the constitutionality of the first section of this act was questioned.
    1879-birthday of W.C. Fields, stage and motion picture actor (My Little Chickadee), screenwriter and expert juggler. Born Claude William Dukenfield at Philadelphia, PA; died Dec 25, 1946, at Pasadena, CA. He wrote his own epitaph: "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."
    1887--Birthday of American Compose Florence Beatrice Price, Little Rock, Arkansas;considered the first black woman in the United states to win recognition as a composer. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Stock, premiered her Symphony In E Minor on June 15, 1933. Price wrote other extended works for orchestra, chamber works, art songs, works for violin, organ anthems, piano pieces, and spiritual arrangements. Some of her more popular works are: Three Little Negro Dances, Songs to a Dark Virgin, My Soul's Been Anchored in de Lord, and Moon Bridge. Died: 3 June 1953 , Chicago, Illinois.
    1893--Birthday of Mary Pickford, actor known as "American's Sweetheart", first film star to have her name posted in marquee lights, and the biggest star of the silent film era, later became one of the first woman to produce films and proved to be an astute businesswoman. Her mother, Charlotte Smith, widowed and left penniless when Mary was 4, took in sewing and played small parts in stock companies to raise three children.
    1898- Paul Robeson, born at Princeton, NJ, was an All-American football player at Rutgers University and received his law degree from Columbia University in 1923. After being seen by Eugene O'Neill in an amateur stage production, he was offered a part in O'Neill's play The Emperor Jones. His performance in that play with the Provincetown Players established him as an actor. Without ever having taken a voice lesson, he also became a popular singer. His stage credits include Show Boat, Porgy and Bess, The Hairy Ape and Othello, which enjoyed the longest Broadway run of a Shakespeare play. In 1950 he was denied a passport by the US for refusing to sign an affidavit stating whether he was or ever had been a member of the Communist Party. The action was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1958. His film credits include Emperor Jones, Show Boat, King Solomon's Mines and Song of Freedom, among others. Robeson died at Philadelphia, PA, Jan 23, 1976.
    1898-Earle Louis “Curly” Lambeau, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and executive born at Green Bay, WI. Lambeau played college football at Notre Dame and then founded the Green Bay Packers in 1919. He played for the Packers from their inception through 1927 and coached them from 1919 through 1949. Inducted as a charter member of the Hall of Fame in 1963. Died at Sturgeon Bay, WI. June 1, 1965.
    1904-trumpterer Sharkey Bonano born Milneburg,LA.

    1912 – Fenway Park opened with the Boston Red Sox defeating Harvard 2-0. Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, Roger Clemens, and Babe Ruth played ball at Fenway and faced the ‘Green Monster’, the huge wall in left field. Until the Humane Society ordered him to stop, Ted Williams used to take rifle shots at the many pigeons that flew around the stadium. In 1954, a ball thrown to stop a player from making a double out of a single, hit a pigeon in flight. Allegedly, the bird fell to the ground, got up and then flew away to safer territory. The ball deflected right to the second baseman, who put the tag on the runner.
    1913-birthday of John Presper Eckert, Jr.,co-inventor with John W. Mauchly of ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), which was first demonstrated at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia Feb 14, 1946. This is generally considered the birth of the computer age. Originally designed to process artillery calculations for the Army, ENIAC was also used in the Manhattan Project. Eckert and Mauchly formed Electronic Control Company, which later became Unisys Corporation. Eckert was born at Philadelphia and died at Bryn Mawr, PA, June 3, 1995.
    1913- The Brooklyn Dodgers opened their new ballpark, Ebbets Field, but lost to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0, before a crowd of 10,000. Ebbets Field was named for Charles Ebbets, the club’s principal owner, and built at a cost of $750,000. It remained the Dodgers’ home until they abandoned Brooklyn for Los Angeles after the 1957 season. ( and some of us never forgive them. editor )
    1915-- Automobile tycoon Henry Ford sails for Europe from Hoboken, NJ, aboard the Ford Peace Ship. He intends to end World War I. He would fail.
    1920-Jazz accordionist Art Van Damme birthday
    1922-harmonica-guitarist Toots Thielmans born Brussels, Belgium 1922.
    1928 - Mae West made her glamorous debut on Broadway in the classic production of "Diamond Lil".
    1928-Birthday of folksinger and satirist, very popular in the 1950's, Tom Lehrer.
    1932- guitarist/singer Carl Perkins born Tiptonville, TN, He wrote "Blue Suede Shoes" which Elvis Presley turned into a hit record in 1956. Perkins' own version was on the charts as well. Perkins' career came to an abrupt halt in March of '56 when he was involved in a car accident which almost claimed his life. He resumed his career after several months in hospital, but he never had another hit of the magnitude of "Blue Suede Shoes." Perkins died last January.
Died January 19,1998
    1939-on an Easter Sunday, African American contralto Marian Anderson sang to open-air concert from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Washington, DC, to an audience of 75,000, after having been denied use of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall. The event became an American anti-discrimination cause célèbre and led First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to resign from the DAR. 
    1941--The US aircraft carrier Lexington departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to deliver aircraft to Midway Island. Because of this mission, the Lexington inadvertently avoided the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 December. It was later to play a pivotal role in the Japanese defeat at Midway. Other US ships were not as lucky. Japanese carrier-based planes attacked the bulk of the US Pacific fleet moored in Pearl Harbor, sinking or severely damaging nineteen naval vessels, including eight battleships.
    1943-- Terry Knight, lead singer of Terry Knight and the Pack, was born in Flint, Michigan. The group was the forerunner to the most successful American rock band of the 1970's, Grand Funk Railroad. Knight managed Grand Funk - but did not perform with them - until a bitter series of lawsuits between him and the group in 1973.
    1944-- Emil Stucchio, lead singer of the Classics, was born in Brooklyn, New York. The one national hit for this street-corner group was "Til Then" in June 1963.
    1947-Baseball Commissioner A.B.”Happy” Chandler suspended Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher for one year because of Durocher’s habit of consorting with unsavory characters, including gamblers. Burt Shotton took of for Durocher and managed the Dodgers to the National League Pennant.
    1947 -the southern plains Tri-State tornado tracked 170 miles through Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. This tornado episode was probably a family of tornadoes. Nevertheless, damage was at the F5 level (winds 260 mph plus). 181 people were killed, 970 others were injured, and total damage was $9.7 million. Woodward, Oklahoma was hit hard with 101 fatalities. The entire town of Glazier, Texas was destroyed and never rebuilt as a town. A man looking out his front door was swept by a tornado from his home near Higgins TX and carried two hundred feet over trees. The bodies of two people, thought to be together at Glazier TX, were found three miles apart
    1953 - Warner Brothers, the first of the major Hollywood studios to introduce 3-D motion pictures, chose this day to premiere "The House of Wax" at the Paramount Theatre in New York City. The stage show preceding the movie was headed by singer Eddie Fisher. The film's stars, Vincent Price, Phyllis Kirk and Frank Lovejoy attended the premiere.
    1954 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Wanted,'' Perry Como.
    1955---Top Hits
The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Unchained Melody - Les Baxter
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce
    1956-Singer Nat King Cole is beaten up by a group of racial segregationists in Birmingham, Alabama.
    1959- Little League mounds are moved back two feet (46 feet) in an effort to protect the batter.
    1961-New York Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days.
    1962 - the 34th Annual Academy Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles, hosted by comedian Bob Hope. , "West Side Story", was awarded the Oscar for Best Picture (Robert Wise, producer); Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins); Best Supporting Actor and Actress (George Chakiris, Rita Moreno); Best Cinematography/Color (Daniel L. Fapp); Best Art Direction/Set Decoration/Color (Boris Leven, Victor A. Gangelin); Best Costume Design/Color (Irene Sharaff); Best Sound (Fred Hynes-Todd-AO SSD & Gordon Sawyer-Samuel Goldwyn SSD); Best Film Editing (Thomas Stanford); Best Music/Scoring of a Musical Picture (Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal). The Best Actor award went to Maximilian Schell for his role in "Judgment at Nuremberg" , and for the first time in Oscar history, the Best Actress award went to an actress in a foreign film, Sophia Loren for the lead in "La Ciociara" (or "Two Women"). "The Hustler", "Splendor in the Grass" and "The Guns of Navarone" won a total of four Oscars. Now, back to musicals -- the Best Music/Song was "Moon River" (Henry Mancini-music, Johnny Mercer-lyrics) from "Breakfast at Tiffany’s". The list of comedic and musical movies from 1961 that were nominated but didn’t win is equally impressive: "The Absent-Minded Professor", "The Parent Trap", "The Children’s Hour", "Babes in Toyland", "Pocketful of Miracles", "Flower Drum Song", "Fanny"
    1962- Keeping an Laotian prince waiting in the White House, President Kennedy opens up the Washington's $23-million dollar D.C. Stadium by tossing the ceremonial first pitch. Despite a rain delay, the chief executive stays for the entire game and enjoys seeing Mickey Vernons' Senators beat the Tigers, 4-1.
    1963---Top Hits
He’s So Fine - The Chiffons
South Street - The Orlons
Can’t Get Used to Losing You - Andy Williams
Still - Bill Anderson
    1965 - "TIME" magazine featured a cover with the entire "Peanuts" gang. It was a good day for Charlie Brown.
    1965-Sixteen-year-old Lawrence Bradford of New York City was the first black page appointed to the US Senate
    1965-Dubbed the “Eight Wonder of the World,” the Houston Astrodome opened with an exhibition game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. President Lyndon Johnson attended the game, and Texas governor John Connally threw out the ceremonial first pitch, as President Johnson arrived late. Mickey Mantle hit a home run, but the Astros prevailed, 2-1, in 12 innings.
    1966-The late, great San Francisco Chronicle Columnist, "Mr. San Francisco," Herb Caen won a special Pulitzer Prize for his continuing contribution as a voice and conscience of the city. He was a good friend to many of us.
    1966-Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" is released.
    1970-- Paul McCartney announces the official break-up of the Beatles.
    1971-- General Motors recalls 6,700,000 vehicles vulnerable to motor mount failure. It is the largest voluntary safety recall in the industry's history.
    1971---Top Hits
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations
For All We Know - Carpenters
What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
After the Fire is Gone - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
    1973 - Tommy Aaron became the second native son from Georgia to win the Masters golf title at Augusta. The first Georgian to accomplish the feat was Claude Harmon in 1948.
    1973 - Rock group Queen has its debut performance at the Marquee Theater in London. The group's biggest hits are ``Crazy Little Thing Called Love,'' ``Another One Bites the Dust'' and ``We Are the Champions/We Will Rock You.''
    1977 - The Swedish pop group Abba made its debut at number one on the American pop charts, as "Dancing Queen" became the most popular record in the U.S.
    1978-- San Francisco got its first female mayor as city Supervisor Dianne Feinstein was named to replace the assassinated George Moscone. Later she is elected the US
Senator from California.
    1979 - the 51st Annual Academy Awards ceremony at Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (L.A. Music Center), with Johnny Carson as the host. The Best Picture, "The Deer Hunter" (Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino, John Peverall, producers), also won for Best Director (Michael Cimino); Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken); Best Film Editing (Peter Zinner); and Best Sound (Richard Portman, William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin, C. Darin Knight). The Best Actor and Actress awards for performances in "Coming Home" were awarded to Jon Voight and Jane Fonda, respectively. This 1978 film also won a golden statuette for Best Writing/Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Nancy Dowd, Waldo Salt, Robert C. Jones). The intense "Midnight Express" won for Best Music/Original Score (Giorgio Moroder)and Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Oliver Stone). The Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role went to Maggie Smith in "California Suite", the Best Music/Song Oscar, for "Last Dance" from "Thank God It’s Friday", went to Paul Jabara..
    1979---Top Hits
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
What a Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers
Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
I Just Fall in Love Again - Anne Murray
    1980- Two days prior to the start of the season, the season the Durham Bulls uniforms are stolen. Atlanta's minor league director, Hank Aaron, sends the team a set of used Braves uniforms to wear on the road as the team decides to wear its road uniforms at home.
    1984 – The 56th Annual Academy of Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, with Johnny Carson as host. "Terms of Endearment" (James L. Brooks, producer) was voted Best Picture of 1983. "Terms" also won for Best Director (James L. Brooks, again ... and, again for Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium);and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson); and for Best Actress (Shirley MacLaine). MacLaine had been nominated five times over 26 years before winning the statuette. Of course, since she could see into the future, she knew that this would happen. Robert Duvall picked up the Best Actor Award ("Tender Mercies") and the Best Supporting Actress title was bestowed on Linda Hunt for "The Year of Living Dangerously". A foreign film, "Fanny och Alexander", won three Academy Awards: Best Costume Design (Marik Vos-Lundh), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anna Asp, Susanne Lingheim), & Best Cinematography (Sven Nykvist). Another film that endeared itself to audiences in 1983 was "The Right Stuff", honored for Best Music/Original Score (Bill Conti); Best Effects/Sound Effects Editing (Jay Boekelheide); Best Film Editing (Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Stewart, Tom Rolf); and Best Sound (Mark Berger, Thomas Scott, Randy Thom, David MacMillan). Put the whole evening together and you get the Best Music/Song: "Flashdance...What a Feeling" (Giorgio Moroder-music, Keith Forsey and Irene Cara-lyrics) from the movie, "Flashdance".
    1985 - Tom Seaver broke a major-league baseball record (held by Walter Johnson) as he started his 15th opening-day game. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2. With the win, ‘Tom Terrific’ extended his opening day record to 7-1. He had thrown openers for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox.
    1987---Top Hits
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight - Genesis
Come Go with Me - Expose
Ocean Front Property - George Strait
    1988 -Residents of Sioux City, Iowa awoke to find 2 inches of snow on the ground following a record high of 88 degrees the previous afternoon.
    1989 - Eighteen cities in the southwestern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 80 degrees at Eureka CA established a record for the month of April.
    1991-a large portion of the east was battered by severe thunderstorms with 503 severe weather events reported. 38 tornadoes touched down with the most significant one beginning its 18 mile path at Guthrie, Kentucky. This tornado, rated F2, did over $500,000 in damage. 3 inch diameter hailstones fell in Switzerland county in Indiana. 2 people were killed and 86 were injured from intense straight line thunderstorm winds exceeding 100 mph in West Virginia. Gatesburg, Pennsylvania reported a wind gust to 90 mph.
    1993-the Colorado Rockies played their first official National League game defeating the Montreal Expos, 11-4, behind first-inning home runs from lead off hitter Eric Young and Charles Hayes. 80,277 fans packed Denver’s Mile High Stadium to set a major league Opening Day attendance record, surpassing the 78,672 who saw the san Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers open the 1958 season at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
    1993 -Thanks to a four-run first inning sparked Eric Young's leadoff home run, the Rockies defeat the Expos 11-4 for their first win ever. The crowd of 80,227 at Colorado's Mile High Stadium establishes a new major league Opening Day attendance record.
    1995-Glasgow, Montana recorded 12.2 inches of snow in 24 hours -- its greatest 24 hour snowfall on record.
    1996 -Frank Kucharski of Chester, Connecticut attends his 22nd consecutive Yankee season opener at the stadium.
    2000--- In a pair of legal setbacks for Al Gore, a Florida state judge refused to overturn George W. Bush's certified presidential election victory in Florida and the US Supreme Court set aside a ruling that had allowed manual recounts.
    2000-- PepsiCo agrees to pay $13.4 billion to acquire Quaker Oats.
    2000 -Indian first baseman Jim Thome strikes out five times to tie a major league record. Cleveland prevails posting a 17-4 victory over the Devil Rays.
    2000 -The Twins beat the Royals, 13-7, as both teams each hit three consecutive home runs in the same game for the first time in major league history. Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones and Matt Lecroy connect consecutively in the sixth for Minnesota and Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye and Hector Carrasco go back-to-back-to-back for Kansas City.
    2001 -Willie Stargell, the all-time Pirate career leader in home runs, RBIs and extra base hits dies from kidney problems at the age of 61. After leading the Bucs to the 1979 World Championship, 'Pops', a career .282 hitter, became the oldest player (39) to win a MVP award when he shares the award with Keith Hernandez.
    2001- Pittsburgh's PNC Park makes its major league debut as hometown product, Sean Casey, leads the visiting Reds past the Pirates, 8-2. The Cincinnati first baseman, who hit the first home run at Miller Park three days ago, goes 4-for-4 and again has the honor of hitting the first round tripper in a major league park's history. The bat, which is used to hit both historic homers, is sent the Hall of Fame.
    2004-- The Yankees and Joe Torre agree to three-year extension. The contract also includes an additional six-year deal in which the 62-year old manager will serve as a team advisor through the 2013 season.

NBA Finals Champions This Date

    1959- Boston Celtics
    1960-Boston Celtics

Stanley Cup Champions This Date

    1932—Toronto Maple Leafs
    1935—Montreal Maroons
    1946-Montreal Canadiens



Baseball Poem


Alone At the Plate

Inside the front cover of the book You Can Teach Hitting,
by Dusty Baker, there appears this poem about a Little Leaguer...

He pulls on a helmet, picks up the bat,
and walks to the plate, "gotta hit and that's that."

The crowd starts to yell, the game's on the line,
last inning, two outs, the score's nine to nine.

Dad yells, "Go get it," Mom wrings her hands,
coach hollers, "hit it," but alone there he stands.

Heros are made in seconds such as this,
but he's just a little boy, what if he should miss?
Years after this game's ended and he's little no more,
will he remember the outcome or even the score?

No he'll have forgotten if he was out, hit, or a run,
he'll only look back on his friends and the fun.

So cheer this boy on, alone with his fate;
help him remember with fondness this stand at the plate.

Spend your time wisely and help in his quest
to be a hitter with confidence and always his best.

And when the game's over, this boy can stand tall,
for you've helped him prepare to give it his all!




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