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  • Champlain College to host grant writing workshop

    first_imgWant to learn to write competitive grant proposals? From planning programs to researching funding sources to proposal writing, a five-day personalized and interactive program at Champlain College will take participants step-by-step through all stages of effective grant writing.The Grantsmanship Training Program, hosted by Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., will be offered August 2 – 6, 2004. Chuck Putney, a successful Bennington-based grant writer, will lead the workshop. He has taught grant writing workshops for many years at locations in Vermont and around the United States.To register, or to apply for a scholarship, please contact The Grantsmanship Center at (800) 421-9512 or visit their website at is external). The fee is $825 for the five-day workshop.last_img read more

  • Vermont Chamber of Commerce announces hospitality awards

    first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce has chosen the winners of the five highly anticipated 2010 Vermont Hospitality Awards. These awards honor individuals in the hospitality industry who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the industry and who exemplify standards of professionalism. The awards will be given at the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Gala on September 21 at Sugarbush Resort in Warren.Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the Year: Jim Glanville, The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa – Essex. This is the Vermont hospitality industry’s flagship award, designed for individuals who have held longtime, high-profile leadership positions in the state’s tourism industry. While creating a new Vermont visitor destination, Glanville has led the renaissance of The Essex through a comprehensive rebranding project and the development of a broad range of upscale activities and amenities, all the while maintaining a commitment to hands-on management of a team of 180 professionals. Glanville also is a community leader, and advocates on behalf of Vermont tourism as a whole.B&B Innkeepers of the Year: David Kanal and George A. DeFina, Deer Brook Inn – Woodstock. This award is designed for individuals who continue to demonstrate excellence in the operation and management of a smaller Vermont bed & breakfast or inn. Kanal and DeFina’s emphasis on encouraging all employees to give extraordinary customer service make the inn exceptional. Their principles of putting forth a warm welcome, providing information and being accessible as owners, offering top-notch housekeeping, and phenomenal breakfasts make the Deer Brook Inn an award-winning destination.Chef of the Year: Chef Amy Chamberlain, The Perfect Wife – Manchester. This award is designed for an individual with a proven history of supporting Vermont’s agricultural economy through the use of local food and products, and who also donates time or services to the community at large. Chef Amy Chamberlain celebrates local and organic products with her culinary creations, hosts events to promote local agricultural partnerships, and serves and identifies local foods with integrity and excitement. Chef Amy also hosts community fundraisers, and facilitates composting on local farms through the donation of restaurant food scraps.Restaurateur of the Year: Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood – Waterbury. Designed for an individual who continues to demonstrate excellence in the operation and management of a restaurant in Vermont, Warnstedt created in the Hen of the Woods a warm, inviting atmosphere, a historic and visually appealing setting, and seamless service. The Hen of the Wood is a culinary destination, featuring outstanding wine and beautiful food created with products from many Vermont farms.Allied Member of the Year: John Crabbe, Vermont Tent Company – South Burlington. This award is designed for an individual who goes above and beyond in offering a service that supports the Vermont hospitality industry. Crabbe’s recognition of employees as a critical element of the company’s success, ‘team training’ approach, and personal leadership both within and outside the company create an atmosphere of loyalty and support. His dedication to service, respect for people, interest in legislative affairs, and responsiveness to the needs of the community make the Vermont Tent Company an exceptional business.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 8.31.2010For more information or to register for the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Gala to celebrate the achievements of the award winners and Vermont’s hospitality industry as a whole, please contact Antonia Opitz ( sends e-mail), 802-223-0603).The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide private, not-for-profit business organization represents nearly every sector of the state’s business community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.###last_img read more

  • DOE earmarks $28 million for floating offshore wind turbine R&D

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The U.S. Department of Energy’s innovation arm wants to disrupt floating offshore wind turbine technology.On February 1, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced it was making available $28 million in funding for research projects to develop new technologies for floating offshore wind turbines. The funding opportunity falls under a new ARPA-E program called ATLANTIS (Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control).“We are trying to find economically attractive solutions for floating offshore wind turbines,” Mario Garcia-Sanz, the ATLANTIS program director, told Greentech Media in an interview. “The current state of the art for FOWT [floating offshore wind turbines] is too massive and expensive for practical deployment. ATLANTIS seeks to design radically new FOWTs,” the ATLANTIS team wrote in a program briefing.According to ARPA-E, nearly 60 percent of the United States’ accessible offshore wind resource, estimated at 25 quads annually, is found in waters more than 200 feet deep — beyond the depth at which fixed-foundation turbines are economical.Efforts to deploy floating turbines in the United States, where the technology will be necessary to access strong winds found in deep waters offshore the West Coast, lag behind those in Europe. Nevertheless, there is activity underway in the United States.More: ARPA-E commits $28 million to develop advanced floating offshore wind turbines DOE earmarks $28 million for floating offshore wind turbine R&Dlast_img read more

  • Drug Trafficking Leader Captured by Honduran Authorities

    first_imgBy Dialogo August 14, 2013 One of Honduras’s main drug traffickers and smugglers, identified as Evelio Fúnez, was captured in a neighborhood within Tegucigalpa, on August 12, Honduran authorities reported. “An arrest warrant for drug smuggling, money laundering, and weapons storage was issued against Evelio Fúnez on August 1, 2012. He was captured in a neighborhood, east of the capital,” said Major Santos Nolasco, spokesman for Operación Libertad, a deployment of military and police forces that started in February to combat crime. Nolasco added that Fúnez was considered “one of the main drug traffickers and smugglers in the capital,” and explained that he was detained during a joint operation between the police, Armed Forces and the prosecution. “Two firearms and a vehicle, which will be investigated,” were confiscated from the detainee, according to Nolasco, who added that Fúnez was not on U.S. list of alleged drug leaders wanted for extradition.last_img read more

  • Member service: If you’re not elating don’t bother participating

    first_imgElate: To make someone ecstatically happy.I’ll fully own the cheesy rhyme in the title of this article. What I will not own (and what credit unions cannot afford to own) is something as mundane and trivial as member satisfaction.What’s that? Member satisfaction is not a good thing? Of course it is. Gartner research shows that marketing directors across multiple industries are now spending an average of 18% of their total marketing budgets on consumer experience. Clearly, it’s a good thing. Just like a baseball player batting .300 is a good thing. Just like your local weather person getting the forecast right maybe half the time is a good thing. These are “good” things. But they’re not great. They do not elate. A baseball player batting .400 elates his fans. A weather person getting the forecast right 90% of the time would elate her viewers. Satisfying a consumer is, indeed, a “good” thing. However, it is not elation.Why this fixation on elation? Over Christmas a colleague of mine purchased a cool little artificial intelligence robot for his children. He had some trouble getting it to hook up to their home Wi-Fi and contacted the company for support. As he relayed the story, the company quickly replied and resolved the issue and then followed up with an email asking if he was “elated” by the service he had received. My colleague says he stopped and reread that sentence several times and noted, “I know what elate means and I’ve seen it in the dictionary, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve ever seen it in a piece of consumer marketing.”Member satisfaction? Boring.Member elation? That’s the ticket.According to Digital Onboarding, only one in 10 financial institutions successfully engages new members after they open a checking account. And that’s just the beginning of the relationship. Unless your member service experience goes for elation every single time, you’re not going to stand out from the competition. Unless your member service experience strives for elation on a daily basis, your members will have little reason to remember you. Unless your member service experience achieves elation at every member interaction, you’re pouring water into a leaky bucket. Sure, you’ll probably keep adding members at the relatively slow pace most credit unions do. However, those you lose to attrition (the idea of that leaky bucket) are wandering off, seduced by your competitors with marketing tales of how much greener the grass is on their side. Had you wooed them, had you gone for more than satisfaction, had you achieved member elation, there’s a much better chance they would’ve stayed in your bucket.Credit Union Times reported that more people leave financial institutions due to poor experience than to fraud. similarly found that for the first time banks are beginning to pass credit unions in customer satisfaction ratings. Credit unions must find ways to enhance member experience. Go back to the very first line of this article — the dictionary definition of the word of elate. Honestly answer the question “How many members left my credit union today feeling ecstatically happy?” If you’re being honest, the answer is probably a relatively low number. How much higher could it be? How much higher should it be? How much higher must it be in order for your credit union to thrive in this ridiculously competitive and ever-changing financial services marketplace?Credit unions that truly seek to elate their members and cement their future as a growing and dynamic financial institution focus on the member experience with an eye toward elation. If your credit union does not look to every single telephone call, online chat, social media interaction, drive-through intercom conversation and (yes, they still happen) lobby interaction as a member elation opportunity, your participation in our little niche of the financial services marketplace is, frankly, not needed and potentially damaging to  those progressive credit unions that do seek to relate their members.Which culture would you choose? Member satisfaction or member elation? The answer to this relatively simple question is a good indicator of whether or not you should bother opening your doors tomorrow morning. It may sound blunt and probably is but it’s also the truth. Credit unions that seek to stand out and make their members ecstatically happy are those that will still stand in this gladiatorial arena of financial services. Those that do not should exit stage left, satisfied (defeated) but not elated (ecstatically victorious). 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: Detailslast_img read more

  • Professional groups call on White House to elevate role of pandemic flu vaccines

    first_imgAug 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Two national groups of infectious disease experts urged the White House to make the development of vaccines the most important element in the nation’s pandemic influenza plan.In a press release today, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) detailed the letter they sent to Frances Townsend, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, on Aug 4 responding to the White House’s National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, released in May.The government’s 228-page pandemic plan explains the steps that federal agencies will take in the event of a pandemic. It spells out 300 government responses to a pandemic and outlines what pandemic planning measures are expected from other groups (see May 3 CIDRAP News article).The pandemic plan states that vaccines are the best way to contain a pandemic and that the government is attempting to stockpile enough existing, or prepandemic, H5N1 vaccine to immunize 20 million people and create a vaccine-manufacturing surge capacity to make enough pandemic vaccine for all Americans within 6 months of a pandemic’s start. The government’s current supply is only a few million doses.However, the IDSA and SHEA say a more comprehensive, international approach is needed for vaccine development, and the United States should lead international efforts to develop the new vaccines. “We must do the legwork now so that we can produce and deploy these vaccines were we need them when a pandemic hits,” said Martin J. Blaser, MD, president of the IDSA.New vaccine science and delivery approaches are urgently needed, and vaccine makers must be involved in the process, the two groups said. “There is a need for rapid, transparent, and extensive exchange of scientific information among experts, and a novel systematic approach is needed to speed vaccine development,” the groups wrote in their comments to the White House. Strong working relationships with other countries—particularly those in Southeast Asia—will be the keys to detecting novel viruses early enough to develop effective vaccines.In addressing other parts of the federal pandemic plan, the societies lauded the White House for clearly designating the Department of Health and Human Services as the lead medical responder and the Department of Homeland Security as the operation and resource coordinator.”But far more work remains to be done at the federal, local, and state levels so that there is clarity about who is in charge of what. When everyone knows their battle stations, things go better,” said Blaser.The two societies also called for:Federal guidance on a consistent, unified approach to pandemic preparedness for local authoritiesRegular drills to ensure that pandemic plans workAn expert panel convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to scientifically evaluate the effectiveness of existing community mitigation modelsMore funding for state, local, and global pandemic planning effortsSee also:National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Plan 3 CIDRAP News article “New US pandemic plan stresses local self-reliance”last_img read more

  • Ray Parlour disagrees with Gary Neville over Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    first_imgRay Parlour disagrees with Gary Neville over Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour believes Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to maintain his goalscoring form over a longer period to be considered a Premier League legend.Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville paid tribute to Aubameyang on Monday Night Football, describing the Gabon international as ‘world class’ and potentially a ‘Premier League great’.Aubameyang scored a brace to help the Gunners beat Everton 3-2 on Sunday, taking his tally to the season to 19 goals from 30 matches.The 30-year-old has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players following his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 but Parlour doubts he can be considered a Premier League great just yet.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:48FullscreenArteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2 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.The Arsenal hero told talkSPORT: ‘You’ve got to look at longevity a little bit more. Sergio Aguero, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, they’ve done it year in, year out.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You can’t argue against his record. If he hadn’t scored the goals he’s scored this season Arsenal could be in a relegation battle than trying to get in the top five.‘He’s been such an important player. The goals he scores and how clinical he makes him very similar to Henry.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Whether we can call him a Premier League great just yet? I’m not too sure.’Hailing the influence of Aubameyang, Neville said on Monday: ‘You talk about Arsenal lacking characters and lacking leadership – I think this guy’s everything you would want.‘There’s a bit of Ian Wright in him, I think there’s a bit of nastiness in him, in his interviews after the game he shows personality and character.‘He works hard off the ball, he works hard on the ball. If you look at his minutes per goal, he’s one minute behind Thierry Henry. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Feb 2020 10:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link90Shares Advertisement Ray Parlour disagrees with Gary Neville over Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gary Neville described Aubameyang as ‘world class’ (Picture: Getty)‘Now Henry played over a longer period of time, he’s ahead of [Mohamed] Salah, Van Nistelrooy.‘Ruud van Nistelrooy at Manchester United, it felt like he scored a goal every 10 seconds – Aubameyang’s scoring a goal ahead in minutes per goal than Van Nistelrooy.‘It’s unbelievable this performance from this lad over two-and-a-half years.‘He’s not mentioned as world class, we don’t mention him as a Premier League great, and I think we have to.’MORE: Man City beat Arsenal and Barcelona to signing of Yan CoutoMORE: Mikel Arteta told to drop Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepelast_img read more

  • Jack Wilshere posts statement after being released by West Ham

    first_imgAdvertisement ‘When I joined the club in the summer of 2018 I joined with great hopes and expectations for the club I had supported as a young boy.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Unfortunately, despite all my best efforts and intentions, it has not worked out as I had expected.‘I have been fully fit for a large period of time at the club, including over the last course of the last eight months – training hard every day – but unfortunately have not been given the opportunity to play.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Although I am of course frustrated that I was not able to fully showcase what I’m capable of at West Ham I remain confident that I can contribute at the very top of the game.‘I am still incredibly hungry, ambitious and desperate to play football and achieve success. I’m still only 28 and feel fit, strong and ready to play.‘I’m now looking forward to the future and hope to be able to make an announcement about the next stage of my career in due course.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jamie Redknapp slams Manchester United for selling Chris SmallingMORE: Telles reveals what Fernandes told him after £15.4m Man Utd transfer Advertisement Jack Wilshere has been released by Premier League club West Ham (Picture: Getty)Jack Wilshere has been released by West Ham after making just 19 appearances in his two-year spell at the Premier League club.The England midfielder joined West Ham on a three-year deal in the summer of 2018 from London rivals Arsenal.Wilshere had made 197 appearances for the Gunners and won two FA Cups but struggled with injuries during his time in north London.Those injury problems continued during his spell at West Ham, with Wilshere making just 16 Premier League appearances for the Hammers.ADVERTISEMENTIn a statement, Wilshere said: ‘I can confirm that today I have agreed the termination of my contract with West Ham United. Louis SealeyMonday 5 Oct 2020 9:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kSharescenter_img Jack Wilshere posts statement after being released by West Ham View 3 comments 😘😘 love ya mate— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 5, 2020last_img read more

  • Owners and designers of palatial Bardon home moving on after 17 years

    first_img9/58 Tristania Drive, BardonRob Neale and his wife Ann have lived in the Bardon home they designed for 17 years.Mr Neale said the location had really appealed to them from the outset, as it was close to the Brisbane CBD and various services, but had the benefit of being an “exceptionally quiet, leafy tranquil, beautiful area”.9/58 Tristania Drive, BardonThe couple are now downsizing and have put the property on the market.Mr Neale said one of the most impressive things about the home was the views. “You’ve got the cityscape views, you’ve got green reserve views and internally (the home) is very spacious,” he said.9/58 Tristania Drive BardonThe property – which has high coffered ceilings throughout – lies within a secure gated community and offers about 700sq m of floor space.It encompasses five bedrooms.One of the bedrooms has an attached study, and there are three bathrooms, a powder room and numerous living spaces across two levels.The main entertainment areas are on the upper level, where there are indoor and outdoor spaces.The outdoor areas can be accessed through the living areas and the dining room. The swimming pool is also on this level, as is an internal atrium courtyard that is fully landscaped with a pond.Mr Neale said the water feature also helped to create a soothing environment.Three of the five bedrooms are also on this level and there is a single car garage through which the upper floor of the home can be accessed.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago9/58 Tristania Drive BardonOn the lower level are the other two bedrooms, a living room and storage space, as well as wine racks and garaging for a further three cars.The home is constructed of solid rendered concrete and has ducted and individual airconditioning throughout.It has up-to-date technology including a security system, intercom and Sonos sound system.There are rainwater tanks as well as landscaped gardens across the 1321sq m block.Marketing agent Brandon Wortley from Ray White New Farm said response to the listing so far had been strong.9/58 Tristania Drive, Bardon“It is the best pocket of Bardon and it is surrounded by equally big, beautiful, mostly contemporary, homes,” Mr Wortley said.He said it was surprising how close the suburb was to the CBD. “It actually only takes 12 to 15 minutes from New Farm,” he said. “It is a beautiful big home, on top of the hill, with great views.”Mr Wortley said the size of the house and the high ceilings meant it could easily be described as palatial.DETAILS9/58 Tristania Drive5 bed, 3 bath, 4 carAgent: Brandon Wortley Ray White New FarmAuction: Saturday July 8, 1pm.last_img read more

  • Bolt goes viral with ‘social distancing’ Olympic photo

    first_imgRead Also: Video: Ronaldo uses his kids as weights during home workoutsBolt, 33, has been encouraging Jamaicans to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic, posting videos of himself exercising at home and juggling footballs with a friend. He also helped promote a major fundraiser, Telethon Jamaica.After retiring from athletics, Bolt, a Manchester United fan, attempted to launch a career in football, and had a trial with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners before contract talks failed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Retired track star Usain Bolt showed he’s still a few steps ahead when he posted an AFP picture of him outstripping his rivals at the Beijing Olympics with the cheeky caption: “social distancing”.Advertisement Loading… Bolt’s post, featuring a picture by AFP photographer Nicolas Asfouri of the 2008 Olympics 100m final, blew up on social media, drawing more than half a million likes and 90,000 retweets.It showed the Jamaican crossing the finish line at the Bird’s Nest stadium in a then-world record time of 9.69sec, glancing round from lane four as his despairing competitors trail two paces behind.“Savage”, commented one Twitter user, while New York Times journalist Christopher Clarey posted another picture of Bolt out in front on his own, captioned “self isolation”.Bolt’s chest-thumping celebration in Beijing added to a legend that grew further when he won the 200m in another world-record time. He retired in 2017 with eight Olympic gold medals and the current 100m mark of 9.58sec, set in 2009. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootlast_img read more