ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
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For most students, long, complex story problems are the bane of primary education, banished forever well before the end of high school. It is almost impossible to conquer these mind melting mathematic mazes without sketching a diagram. Difficult for anyone, but nearly impossible for the blind and visually impaired.
Brendin Yatooma is a three-year starter on the perennial power Novi Detroit Catholic Central High School football team and a co-captain this season. He's also a Division 1 individual state champion wrestler for the Shamrocks, who have won three consecutive Division 1 team state titles. But there is much more to this 17-year-old from South Lyon than tackles and takedowns.
“I very much believe that I was called to be a vulnerable girl who wears her heart on her sleeve because of how many people I've been able to connect with simply by not being ashamed of my life, circumstances, decisions or myself,” says Nastasia Yakoub, founder of Dame Traveler, a travel brand that inspires and empowers women to travel more, experience more and be more.
Lifelong entrepreneurs Terry and Cal “Wally” Toma didn’t choose the sweet life, but the two brothers have certainly found their groove.
“That’s actually a really funny story,” Wally Toma, co-owner of Palm Sweets Bakery, said when asked how he get into the pastry business. “This all happened by pure accident.”
When considering the success of their family-owned pastry shop located in Sterling Heights, one might be surprised to learn that Terry and Wally have only been in the dessert business for six years.
Despite the turmoil of Islamic State involvement in northern Iraq, Chaldeans in the Nineveh Plains region are making a go of rebuilding their communities. Displaced in 2014 by ISIS fighters, residents of this northern Iraqi region fled further north and east to neighboring areas Erbil and Dohuk. They began returning when American airstrikes and local soldiers pushed ISIS out. Widespread property damage, a shattered economy and shortage of electricity greeted residents upon their return.
For Wael “Bull” Abboud, teen years spent watching Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee and Evel Knievel ply their trades led to a boxing and kickboxing career, which took a surprise twist a few years ago.
“I went from that to jumping into karate, to kickboxing. Won an amateur kickboxing title in 1991,” Abboud said.
He became impassioned with boxing in 1989 and worked out at the legendary Kronk gym in Detroit. In 1992, Abboud won his pro debut, a unanimous decision.
ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
The Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) hosted a comedy night in support of the CCF and its programs on Friday, October 4 at the MotorCity Casino Sound Board. Comedians Vincent Oshana, Eric D’Alessandro, and Darius Bennett brought the laughs with their signature humor. More than 700 tickets were sold, making the night a success.