Southland Gives Back: Huskies Tackle Pair of SAAC-Hosted Events

first_imgHOUSTON, Texas – The Houston Baptist athletic department concluded two successful campaigns as part of the annual Southland Gives Back event. Representatives from the HBU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the DKMS Delete Blood Cancer drive as well as partnering with the Star of Hope, leading up to their Conference Week of Service Feb. 10-16.HBU athletics completed the DKMS Delete Blood Cancer drive Wednesday, Dec. 4, after registering an astounding 50 new donors into the DKMS system. These new donors will have the opportunity to donate blood or bone marrow in order to help save the lives of people in need throughout the world.In addition to the blood drive, SAAC representatives have worked with their respective teams to sell baked goods to the Houston Baptist student body, while asking for donations throughout the fall semester to raise money for the local Star of Hope homeless shelter. Funds will be collected during the Huskies’ “Week of Service” in February and the SAAC will create care packages to donate to the shelter. To date, the group has raised $800 with two months remaining.“I am really proud of the efforts that our SAAC representatives have shown this semester,” said Assistant Direct of Compliance/SAAC Advisor Charlotte Hartshorn. “From setting up and running team fundraisers, to assisting with the registration of donors at the DKMS drive, each individual has worked hard to really promote the projects chosen this semester. Many of our athletes are starting to become leaders both for their teams and in their personal lives, which is very inspiring and a wonderful achievement for them all. I am excited to continue working with our athletes as we draw closer to the Conference Week of Service project in February.”DKMS is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to fight against blood cancer and blood disorders by: creating awareness, recruiting bone marrow donors to provide a second chance at life, raising funds to match donor registration costs, supporting the improvement of therapies through research and supporting patients from day one of their diagnoses.The Star of Hope is a Houston-based Christian community that is dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and substance-abuse recovery.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img read more

U.S. Firm Alleges Fraud by Noida Company

first_imgThe CEO of a U.S.-based software company has alleged fraud of almost Rs. 14 crore by the owner of a Noida-based firm, which was hired to build technology support and providing Indian engineers.According to a PTI report, the Noida-based company’s owner has been accused of hiring inexperienced developers, forging their identities and experience, and even employing ghost employees. The company is also accused of charging heavily for the subpar services it offered.Phill Alaph, Director and CEO of Vsolay Inc. based in San Francisco has lodged a complaint against Himanshu Khatri, owner of My Mind Infotech Pvt Ltd in Noida.The report notes that the Indian company delivered “extremely low quality” services with its fraudulent schemes which caused revenue loss and customer dissatisfaction for Vsolay.In his complaint, Alaph further says that Khatri talked about employing Indian software developers to build technology products for Vsolay Inc. Khatri told Alaph that he would monitor the hiring of individuals and after proper verification, he would hire them to work for Vsolay. Khatri also told Alaph that developers had to be paid on hourly basis.“During the entire period of engagement, Khatri fraudulently misrepresented the true identities of the individuals as well as their experience and their compensation. He sent us forged CVs of the candidates after increasing their age and experience and in some cases after changing the names of the candidates and also sent us forged and photoshopped ID cards to substantiate the forged CVs,” Alaph said in his complaint, PTI reported.Alaph said in his complaint that Khatri hired junior and inexperienced professionals and paid them low-salary while heavily charging his company.“All this continued to happen from 2006 to 2015 when, at the end of the year 2015, I came to know that Khatri has been perpetrating a deep fraud beginning at the earliest part of the engagement,” he further said.Khatri also misrepresented individuals and created ghost identities of people who were not employed by the firm. He also charged remunerations for people who were no longer associated with it, Alaph said in his complaint.“In the most recent billing, which has run close to $40,000 per month, we now know that his total outlay to the team has been less than $8,000 per month,” Alaph said in his complaint, the news agency reported.“The complaint has been on the quality of software. The complaint has been registered and an investigation launched. Our cyber wing is also on the job and gathering information. Further action will be taken depending on the nature of the information that we get,” Noida Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma told PTI.An investigation has been initiated by the Noida police and no arrests have been made yet. Related Itemslast_img read more