5 Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 The timing of those questions is not great for brokers relying on the DOL’s temporary enforcement policy until Dec. 20, the compliance deadline for the new rules, said Jason Roberts, CEO of the Pension Resource Institute.“It’s the unintended consequences here that got my attention,” Roberts said. “A lot of firms are not in a position to just flip the switch and say we’re fully compliant with [prohibited transaction exemption] 2020-02.”Even if firms plan to rely on the exemption, few have likely updated their policies and procedures to reflect that, he said. Doing that before it is officially required can be a regulatory risk, so most firms wait until they must, he said. Regulators and litigators can scrutinize firms for failing to follow their own procedures, even if the procedures are more stringent than what is required under current law.And because of that, telling a client, especially in writing, that the firm is relying on the exemption could be a big problem, he said. Answering affirmatively, when policies haven’t been updated, could mean that an adviser is misrepresenting herself or himself, he said. “Generally, the rule is you don’t put things in your policies and procedures that you don’t have to,” he said.The DOL’s temporary enforcement policy was issued in 2018, following the Obama-era fiduciary rule being vacated in court. Under that policy, effective until late December, firms do no have to give written notification of their fiduciary relationships with clients, but they need to show they have taken steps to comply in good faith with impartial conduct standards and work in a client’s best interest.“In working with broker-dealers and investment advisers, my experience is that, so far, all of my clients are going to rely on the DOL’s non-enforcement policy until Dec. 20,” Fred Reish, partner at Faegre Drinker, wrote in an email. “That means that they will be complying with the Impartial Conduct Standards until then. That will give them time to develop the practice, policies and procedures needed for compliance with all of the conditions in PTE 2020-02.”Reish said he was unaware of any broker-dealer or investment adviser that has processes and policies for complying with the new exemption. “In fact, they are months away from that,” he said.Most RIAs that recommend rollovers will likely need to rely on the new exemption, but many are unaware they will need to do anything differently than they do currently, Roberts said. The rules finalized late last year surprised many in the financial services industry, as the DOL withdrew a critical 2005 advisory opinion, indicating that it would view rollover recommendations as the beginning of an advice relationship.“A lot of investment advisers are starting from ground zero on this,” he said. “Even for those paying attention, it’s a bit unfair to expect them to have those safeguards [and] the conditions for the exemption … in place, such that they can answer these questions that investors are likely now asking.” 3 The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix 2 1 Newsletters InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software Hybrid engagement requires reimagined work schedules and roles And:“Are you and your firm complying with the DOL’s exemption? If you are not relying on the exemption, are you relying on another exemption previously issued by the Department, or do you believe that you do not have any relevant conflicts of interest?” The regulator last Tuesday published a set of answers to frequently asked questions about part of the Trump-era fiduciary rule, the prohibited transaction exemption dubbed Improving Investment Advice for Workers & Retirees. The guidance clarified that a recommendation to roll funds from an employer-sponsored retirement plan to an individual retirement account can represent the beginning of an ongoing fiduciary relationship between an adviser and a client. In February, the DOL announced that it would not seek to halt or overturn the Trump-era rules that were finalized late last year, although the agency said it would soon issue guidance and could later make changes to the rules.But along with that recent set of answers to FAQs, the Department of Labor also published a list of questions for retirement account holders to ask advisers.Among those questions are:“Are you a fiduciary under the federal laws specifically applicable to retirement accounts?”“Can I have a written statement that you are a fiduciary under the federal laws specifically applicable to retirement accounts … when you make investment recommendations to me for my retirement accounts? If not, why not?” House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill The DOL issued guidance last week about the fiduciary implications of rollover recommendations – but a set of questions it published the same day for account holders could create problems for some advisers. 4
On November 20, the Moldovan Central Electoral Commission validated the results of the country’s recent presidential elections, officially giving a victory in the second round (November 15) to Maia Sandu (Protv.md, November 20). The Constitutional Court will still have to confirm the outcome, after the judiciary addresses all outstanding legal contestations by the incumbent, Igor Dodon. But given the significant margin between the candidates—over 252,000 votes, or 15.44 percent of ballots cast (Cec.md, November 16)—there is little doubt that the results will be affirmed.This reality disproves an often-repeated myth about Moldova’s elections: that the diaspora purportedly decided the outcome. Moldovans abroad cast over 262,000 votes, of which 243,605 (92.9 percent) went to Maia Sandu. That total, by itself, did not determine the former prime minister’s victory. However, the overwhelmingly pro-Sandu diaspora vote provided her with a critical buffer with which to easily rebut Dodon’s contestation of her win. More importantly, and frequently overlooked by foreign media, is the fact that Sandu outright defeated the Kremlin-backed Dodon in Moldova proper—though by a thin margin. It refutes another myth about Moldova’s elections: namely that Sandu’s victory was determined by geopolitics.The just-concluded Moldovan elections also importantly showcased the defeat of a populist agenda. Sandu’s victory with the domestically based electorate proved her success at attracting voters who had previously backed populist policies and politicians. She opted to avoid anti-Russian and geopolitical messaging, instead focusing on anti-corruption as her campaign’s central theme (Deschide.md, July 24). This proved to be a smart strategy, given that the four rivals who had exploited geopolitical rhetoric together acquired only 7.84 percent of the vote in the first round (November 1) (Alegeri.md). Obviously, this is not the full story, and certainly many within Sandu’s base genuinely believe that democratic development and European integration is vital to improving their lives. But as became clear, their votes alone would never have achieved victory.Democratic ideals and the appeal of Europe were discredited in Moldova over the past decade. In particular, corruption scandals linked to a coalition of both genuine and self-described pro-European parties governing Moldova after 2009 (see EDM, March 5, 2013) led to the behind-the-scenes empowerment of the most notorious oligarch in Moldova’s modern history, Vladimir Plahotniuc (see EDM, June 10, 2019). That background, combined with the visible corruption associated with the pro-Russian incumbent, President Dodon, encouraged some 23 percent of Moldovan voters in the first round of elections to rally around two populist leaders: Russian-linked businessman Renato Usatii and the candidate representing the party of pro-Moscow oligarch Ilan Shor. The business dealings of both Usatii and Shor are suspect (Alegeri.md, accessed November 23; see EDM, July 2, 2015 and July 2, 2020). The voters’ choice was powerfully revealing and an implicit acknowledgment of a willingness within parts of society to accept politicians’ theft of public goods so long as some of the proceeds reach them, too (Zgd.md, August 7, 2019). Such a patron-client mindset underlines the public’s socio-economic desperation.Under these circumstances, much of Moldovan society does not perceive pro-Russian or pro-European appeals in geopolitical terms. Instead it views them based on how one course or another can help solve its economic challenges. For instance, one reason for Dodon’s defeat stems from the failure of the Russian government to follow up on promises of economic assistance to Moldova and in genuinely opening its borders to Moldovan agricultural exports (see EDM, November 18, 2020). Right before the first round of Moldova’s presidential elections, Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) rejected the import of another 20 tons of Moldovan plums (Jurnal.md, September 30). While Russian officials’ promises of help abound, the reality has been strikingly different, with Moldovan agricultural exports routinely blocked by Moscow. Moreover, even President Vladimir Putin, usually sharp with his facts, seemingly has a totally distorted picture of Moldovan-Russian trade relations. In one of his recent public appearances, Putin wrongly claimed that Moldova’s economy is tightly dependent on Russia (Point.md, October 22). In fact, Russia only received slightly over 8 percent of Moldova’s exports in 2019 (Mfa.gov.md, accessed November 23), while more than 60 percent went to European Union countries and over 27 percent to other states (Statistica.gov.md, accessed November 23). Effectively, economic ties to Russia as the key to prosperity are increasingly becoming a myth for the Moldovan people.What, then, explains the voting dynamics that brought victory to Sandu? The answer stems from the makeup of the Moldovan electorate and her ability to reach beyond her own base. First, a core pro-Russian voting bloc exists in Moldova; they speak Russian and preponderantly consume Russian media products. Moreover, they consider the West threatening, even while potentially harboring some concerns about Moscow’s pressure or the Russian socio-economic model. Their insecurity (about the West) is shared by the conservative segment of Romanian-speaking citizens of Moldova, predominantly on cultural and religious grounds. The second segment of the Moldovan electorate represents individuals disappointed by politics and ready to support populist politicians out of a hope that this will bring them some economic benefit. And third are the citizens who view the Western economic model as more alluring. Some of them may also be attracted to Western liberal values and, therefore, tend to support pro-European politicians; while another subgroup opts for reunification with Romania. Sandu won thanks to her ability to expand beyond her pro-Western base and tap into the conservatives’ and populists’ electorates—by some accounts, she succeeded in attracting over half of the pro-populist vote (Adevarul.ro, November 17).The determinant factors of this campaign were insecurity and distrust rather than geopolitics. The group that voted for Dodon in the second round was likely motivated by perceived anti-Western threats and disinformation proliferated by Russian media. In other words, Dodon’s voters do not all have a strong attachment or loyalty to Russia; rather, Moscow convinced them that “the West’s arrival in Moldova” was threatening. Sandu’s win was determined by her political strategy of trying to distance herself from the West-East dichotomy. The voters she attracted were not insecure about her potential affiliation with the West and saw in her an opportunity rather than a threat. Conceptually, they were more willing to take some risks by voting for her (Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, “Prospect Theory: An Analysis of Decision Under Risk,” Econometrica, March 1979). Given Sandu’s anti-corruption agenda, she was—in their eyes—at least not worse than Dodon, who had already discredited himself.This suggests President-elect Sandu’s position is quite fragile; and without additional support from the EU and United States, she may not be able preserve her electoral mandate. To consolidate her win, Sandu will have to trigger early parliamentary elections and, at minimum, repeat her performance.
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Related Items:ancsin, pick, Pick Szeged, skaliczki, sulc, tatabanya, toth, vadkerti Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Barca put Pick Szeged on RK Vardar in TOP 16 ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Click to comment THE FIRST BIG SCALP OF THE SEASON: Pick Szeged beat Barca Lassa! Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyPhoto: www.szegedma.hu Matej Gaber to stay at MOL Pick Szeged until 2024 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe last match of the regular season between hosts Pick Szeged and Tatabánya started at a very odd time on Sunday at 13.10. Szeged had one missing player, playmaker Dániel Buday. There wasn’t too much at stake as Pick had already finished 2., Tatabánya 4. The guests had four former Szeged players, ‘forever young’ Ivo Diaz and the captain of the Hungarian national team Gergely Harsányi on their side.In the first ten minutes it seemed that lunch had a very bad effect on Pick players as the guests quickly gained a five-goal lead (1-6). Coach Skaliczki substituted frequently and tried many unusual tactical variations which is why Szeged’s play was erratic at best. After 10 minutes team captain Attila Vadkerti shifted to higher gear and Pick started getting closer, but they could only equalize in the 24th minute (9-9). Key Pick players began to take more active role, goals by Ancsin and Sulc with successful run-ins by Vadkerti resulted in a 3-goal Szeged lead at half-time (14-11). The biggest difference was reached in the 42th minute (22-14). Yet another setback in Szeged’s play followed (it’s possible some players were already thinking about next week’s CL quarterfinal against Kielce…), allowing Tatabánya to getback into the match a few minutes before the end (25-22).They were unable to equalize however meaning that Pick Szeged kept their undefeated status at home in the Hungarian League (28-22). Young Szeged goalkeeper Mihály Tóth’s performance was remarkable, he produced many great saves, including two penalties during his playtime.Best scorers: Ancsin 6, Prodanovic-Pribanic 4 / Lele 5, Harsányi 4
8. Unbelievable BibiIn a heavily redacted chain from November 2010, Mills passed along to Clinton a series of messages between her and aide Anne-Marie Slaughter while the secretary of state conducted a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.The conversation began with a note from Slaughter carrying the subject line “I assume u r running 9:30 call,” followed by a series of messages that were largely redacted upon release.“I can be reached through ops to discuss this so we can serve the larger objectives here,” Mills wrote Slaughter in one message.“So you know what is coming your way – read from bottom up,” Mills told Clinton, in forwarding the chain.“Unbelievable–I am still on [with] Bibi which is equally so,” the secretary of state responded. Also On POLITICO Foreign policy Hillary Clinton’s North Korea problem By Michael Hirsh “All Obama needs to do is turn up, surrounded by commanders, on the Gulf Coast, post-hurricane, on Saturday,” Blumenthal replied. “The hurricane is the counter-convention. It provides the counter message without ever having to debate it: Obama is effective, gets things done, government is essential, etc. The event is the message. Plus, on the anniversary of Katrina, the contrast is naturally made, and Bush pops up.”7. ‘Best info yet’Earlier that month, Blumenthal sent Clinton two memos on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, citing “sources with access to the highest levels of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Western Intelligence and security services.”Those sources informed him that Morsi, who would be deposed by a military coup less than a year later, “appears to be a sophisticated strategist” who recognized the public’s desire for a period of peace after the 2011 revolution that sacked longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.“According to a particularly sensitive source with access to the leadership of the MB, Morsi will now focus on dealing with the chaotic state of the Egyptian economy, reassuring foreign businessmen, governments, and investors that the revolutionary period is over, and life is returning to normal,” Blumenthal’s memo read. “For this reason he decided to end his early, problematic statements on Islamist policy, criticizing both the United States and Israel.”Blumenthal’s intelligence also referred to a source within SCAF who relayed that Morsi “went out of his way to build a working relationship with General Abdel Fatah al-Sissi,” who would become the country’s president in 2014, receiving 93 percent of the public vote in an election that the Brotherhood and most other political parties boycotted.“Best info yet. Let’s discuss before you forward this morning,” Clinton instructed Sullivan, apparently on her iPad, according to the email signature. “Will keep texts coming. Keep shades on,” Blumenthal wrote, referring to the famous image of Clinton on her BlackBerry, sporting a pair of dark sunglasses.“Can you believe I’ve become a ‘meme’?” Clinton responded. Three minutes later, Blumenthal wrote, “Better than a candidate.”“That’s for sure,” Clinton wrote.Blumenthal then offered more advice on how she should frame her accomplishments in preparation for potential political forays in the future.“Good not to campaign, good not to go to convention, good on revelations on Bin Laden raid, but should use speeches like VMI, Naval Academy to establish new pivot, new redefinition of U.S. strength in new era that also redefines the relative position of others,” he wrote.3. ‘Who does he work for now?’Despite her own exclusive use of a personal server to conduct official business at the State Department, Clinton expressed surprise at the notion that a staffer was using his own email address for similar purposes. The conversation is partially redacted, so further context is unclear based on the emails themselves, including whether the talking points themselves included any classified information. Top adviser Jake Sullivan passed along an email chain in late February 2011 in which State employee John Godfrey provided a detailed summary of information regarding Libya and its leader, Muammar Qadhafi.“Worth a read. This guy is very thoughtful,” Sullivan wrote to Clinton, who then asked where he worked.After Sullivan informed her that Godfrey worked at State, Clinton had even more questions.“Is he in [the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs] currently? Or was he in Embassy?” she asked. “I was surprised that he used personal email account if he is at State.”4. Ebola humorAs Clinton and her staff traveled through Africa in August 2012, top adviser Philippe Reines sent some helpful words — or something to that effect — about the threat of Ebola in Uganda, the next stop on their tour.“The symptoms of EVD/EHF are VERY subtle and easy to miss. So it’s vitally important that we all closely monitor each other and keep our eyes peeled so as not to miss any of the following tipoffs or confuse them with other ailments. What’s working in our favor is that those infected.will experience ALL of the following near simultaneously,” he wrote, before rattling off a list of more than three dozen symptoms, including “Fever with chills,” “Maculopapular rash,” “coma” and “Disseminated intravascular coagulation.” Mills then forwarded the message to Clinton. There did not appear to be a response from Clinton included.6. Hurricane politicsAs Hurricane Isaac bore down on the Gulf Coast in late August 2012, Blumenthal passed along a memo to Clinton that he wanted the White House to see, despite the fact that he remained an unwelcome figure in the administration.Remarking that George W. Bush’s presidency collapsed when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Blumenthal averred that President Barack Obama should make an appearance on the scene of the hurricane’s landfall after the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, but before the Democrats convened for their own event in Charlotte, North Carolina, the following week.The theme of the Republican convention, he wrote, would be to portray Obama’s presidency as an inefficient failure. In order to prepare for that, he said, an outfront effort by FEMA before the hurricane would serve as an implicit contrast to Bush and show that the president could use the federal government to respond efficiently to a natural disaster.“Once the FEMA effort begins, while the Republican convention is meeting, Democrats across the board should point out that the Romney-Ryan budget plans would slash FEMA,” Blumenthal advised. “Even if not specified, as little is specified in their plans, drastic FEMA cuts would be inevitable. Put out numbers, a range of numbers. Romney-Ryan would at once be forced on the defensive, make statements defending their plans, calling attention to the real consequences of their ideology, and by filling their message space with the hurricane and the administration’s effective management the GOP convention message against Obama as ineffectual and for Romney as the crisis manager/proven-executive/fixer would be overwhelmed.”Clinton’s response: “I passed this on to the White House. We’ll see what happens.” “And there’s one huge misconception about Ebola. The mortaility [sic] rate is not 100% as commonly believed. It is only 90%,” he wrote. The best way to avoid contact, he offered, would be to “not travel to Uganda.” For those who are, he wrote, “do not/not come within the minimum safe distance of 101 miles to the affected region. (For context, that’s not much farther than the distance between Washington DC and Baltimore.)” Failing that, he said, avoid any medical facility outside of that safe zone.“If all else fails,” he wrote, an accompanying doctor “is carrying forsythia,” a plant whose fruit is used in medicine to reduce inflammation.Chief of staff Cheryl Mills followed up in an attempt to calm nerves, remarking that she had spoken with an official with the Centers for Disease Control, who said there is “little to no risk” in traveling to the capital of Kampala. There is a greater risk, she added, of contracting typhoid or salmonella from water or improperly washed food than the likely fatal hemorrhagic disease.5. ‘I would take a bullet for her’Pamela White, then the U.S. ambassador to Haiti, did not mince words when discussing how far she would go for the secretary of state in an email from February 2011.In commenting on a recent Clinton profile in Harper’s Bazaar, White wrote to Mills, “Makes my heart sing. I would take a bullet for her any day. She is simply amazing.” Sullivan wrote Clinton to inform her that she would receive the documents later on the evening of June 16. The following morning, Clinton followed up to say that she had not yet received them.“?!!! Checking,” Sullivan responded.Minutes later, he wrote, “They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax. They’re working on it.”“If they can’t, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure,” Clinton wrote.2. Better a meme than a candidate?In an April 2012 email exchange in which he passed along intelligence about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, longtime confidant Sid Blumenthal also made sure to note the secretary of state’s newfound status as an Internet meme with the “Texts from Hillary” Tumblr, which stopped publishing new posts around that time. The State Department’s releases of Hillary Clinton’s emails are winding down but are still offering up colorful glimpses into the former secretary of state’s four years at Foggy Bottom. The latest batch of roughly 3,000 pages of emails — which State posted in the wee hours of Friday morning after missing a court-ordered deadline to keep up its schedule — showed the lavish praise heaped on Clinton, her aides’ gallows humor, and struggles with technology that had Clinton turning to unsecure forms of communication. It also showed how Sidney Blumenthal flooded the secretary’s inbox with intelligence and advice, some of which made its way to the White House.Here are some of the most revealing looks of the State Department’s inner workings in the latest release:1. ‘send nonsecure’Clinton directed staffers to send talking points via nonsecure email, according to a June 2011 email chain, in which her top adviser Jake Sullivan said that staffers were experiencing difficulty sending secure fax messages.
Bob Dylan has announced an upcoming run of fall tour dates with his band which will see the iconic singer-songwriter hit 28 cities between mid-October and late November.Related: The Rolling Stones Cover Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” At Denver’s Broncos Stadium At Mile HighThe upcoming fall run will begin on October 11th with a show at UC Irvine – Bren Events Center in Irvine, CA. From there, the tour will continue to make stops on or near college campuses throughout the country with scheduled performances at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA (10/12); Stanford University – Frost Amphitheatre in Palo Alto, CA (10/14); Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, MO (10/20); Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI (10/26); Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC in Chicago, IL (10/30); Ohio State University’s Mershon Auditorium in Columbus, OH (11/4); Robert Morris University’s UPMC Events Center in Moon Township, PA (11/10); Pennsylvania State University Eisenhower Auditorium in University Park, PA (11/15); and Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI (11/20) to name a few. The fall tour will come to a close with a show at The Met in Philadelphia, PA on November 21st.According to Monday’s announcement, more dates will be added to the tour in the coming weeks.Dylan’s rock and roll legacy recently reentered the pop culture conversation as the Martin Scorsese-directed concert documentary on his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue Tour arrived onto Netflix back in June.Tickets for shows scheduled between October 11th and November 2nd will go on sale this Friday, September 13th. Tickets for shows on the latter half of the tour between November 4th and November 19th begin general on-sale on Friday, September 20th. A limited number of discount tickets for college students will be made available in most markets at the venue box office with proof of a valid university student ID.Head to Dylan’s website for the full listing of tour dates and tickets info.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreExcited Yosemite National Park officials yesterday reported the first confirmed sighting of a rare Sierra Nevada red fox in the park in nearly 100 years. The Sierra Nevada red fox of California is one of the rarest mammals in North America, likely consisting of fewer than 50 individuals.Park wildlife biologists had gone on a five-day backcountry trip to the far northern part of the park to check on previously deployed motion-sensitive cameras. They documented a sighting of the fox(Vulpes vulpes necator) on two separate instances (December 13 and January 4) within the park boundary.“We are thrilled to hear about the sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox, one of the most rare and elusive animals in the Sierra Nevada,” stated Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent. “National parks like Yosemite provide habitat for all wildlife and it is encouraging to see that the red fox was sighted in the park.”CHECK Out: India Man Plants Forest Bigger Than Central Park to Save His IslandThe nearest verified sightings of the rare foxes have been north of the park in the Sonora Pass area, where biologists from U.C. Davis, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Forest Service have been monitoring a small population, first discovered in 2010. The Yosemite carnivore crew will continue to survey for Sierra Nevada red fox using remote cameras in hopes of detecting additional individuals. At each camera station, the crew also set up hair snare stations in the hopes of obtaining hair samples for genetic analysis. Through genetic analysis, the park can learn more about the diversity within the population and to confirm whether the fox(es) detected in Yosemite is genetically related to individuals from the Sonora Pass area.These Sierra Nevada red fox detections are funded by the Yosemite Conservancy, which raises money for restoration of trails, animal monitoring, youth programs, and more.Photo: National Park Service / Story tip from Mike McGinleyAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMcDonald’s employee Pedro Viloria is being hailed as a hero after he jumped through a drive-thru window to save a customer who had fallen unconscious.Pedro was working the drive-thru in Doral, Florida on Tuesday when he started gathering a customer’s order only to turn around and find that she was having trouble breathing. The woman then fell unconscious, making her foot slip off the brake. As the SUV rolled away with the woman and her children inside, Pedro didn’t hesitate to jump out of the window and chase after the vehicle.RELATED: Woman Saves Policeman From Attacker on the Side of the RoadAfter ensuring that the car was in no danger of rolling into traffic, Pedro checked on the woman and saw she was still unconscious. He then dashed inside and called for help.A second customer ran outside and performed CPR on the woman until paramedics arrived.The woman, who happened to be an off-duty police officer, was temporarily revived to stable condition with a defibrillator before being taken to the hospital.No statement has been released on her current condition, however she may not have made it much further if Pedro hadn’t interfered.(WATCH the video below) Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream Type LIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedAudio TrackCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Frankly Video Player – v7.36.0CloseKCTV5 Click To Share This Heroic Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Inez was preceded in death by her mother and Father, Erwin and Inez Auffuth; her husband of 36 years, David E. Freeman; and her sister Lorraine Duplan.She is survived by one brother E.J. (Bud) Auffurth and wife Eva of Port Arthur. Four children: Gary Freeman and wife Gail of Nederland, Mark Freeman and wife Nancy of Groves, Gay Guidry and husband Ray of Port Neches and Todd Freeman and wife Kimberly of Nederland. She was MawMaw to ten grandchildren Cory Freeman, Jeff Freeman, Erin Freeman, Reese Guidry, Clay Freeman, Blake Freeman, Brandi Guidry Mitchell, Kevin Freeman, Kristen Freeman and Danielle Freeman. She was, also known as, MawMaw to six great- grandchildren; Beaux Mitchell, Creux Freeman, Brooks Guidry, Autumn Mitchell, Jenny Freeman and Sloane Freeman, and numerous nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends tonight, Thursday, October 6, 2016 form 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Grammier Oberle Funeral Home, with the Rosary beginning at 7:30. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Friday, October 7, 2016 at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church with the interment following at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Inez Auffurth Freeman, age 87, of Port Arthur died at 630pm October 4th, 2016. Inez was a native of Port Arthur, TX , born October 20th, 1928 and lived her entire life in Port Arthur. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in January 1947 and advanced to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse working in the Nursery at St. Mary Hospital for many years. In 1953, she met and married David Earl Freeman and they were blessed with four children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Inez was an active member of St. Catherine Catholic Church since 1963 and was a member of St. Paul’s Altar Society. She volunteered in the Adoration Chapel weekly. She was a wonderful person who treated everyone with kindness, sweet down to the core, never met a stranger and loved everyone. Her passion was getting all her family together for holidays. She blessed us with wonderful traditions and cherished memories.