Vermont disaster relief message and video

first_imgWith Warm Regards,Deborah and the New Directions Team (Lisa, Michael, Matt, & Penny) · Donations can be made at www.vermontredcross.org(link is external) or by calling 800-660-9130.  For those who are interested in volunteering, they can contact their operations headquarters at 802-773-9159.) We appreciate all of you who read our blogs, use our services and most importantly, have become our friends.  Thank you for your continued support.center_img As many of you know, our state of Vermont was severely hit from last week’s Hurricane Irene.  North Bennington, Vermont, where New Directions is headquartered, was spared much of the Hurricane’s devastation; however the rest of the state is still dealing with the real-life crisis of the hurricane’s aftermath.  Vermont Flooding and Destruction After Hurricane Irene 8/28/2011Wilmington, a town 45 minutes from us is suffering terribly.  Two rivers converge there and so many buildings are damaged or completely destroyed.  The iconic “Dot’s Restaurant” right by the bridge is in terrible shape.  I personally remember bringing the boys there when they were young and having breakfast on our way up north.  The residents are without drinking water, sewer service, electricity, and with very little phone service.  We have also heard that their police building suffered total loss.Brattleboro, a town an hour from us has had a foot of water in their downtown area and many homes and businesses are unsuitable for occupancy.We hold Vermont very dear to our hearts as it was the place I grew up as a young girl and came back to and set up the business.  My two sons were raised in Vermont, enjoyed many days on the lakes of Vermont and both have come back to help with the business and serve the Vermont community.  Lisa lives up on Mount Tabor with her husband and daughter who is entering 5th grade at The Currier Memorial School in Danby, Vermont.  We are prideful of our ties to the Vermont community and when we travel to other places around the world, time and time again, people mention Vermont as a place of quality, trust and friendliness.  We have decided as a team to do our part to help our community and the rest of Vermont by donating finances, food and hours to helping Vermont out.  If you would like to join us in our effort, here are a couple ways you can do that.  Please do not feel obligated to help, however we wanted to provide the following information:· Text FOODNOW to 52000 to donate $10 to Vermont Foodbank. The Foodbank will turn each donation into $60 for families in need.· You can donate to the United Way’s Vermont Disaster Relief Fund online, or buy sending a donation to your local United Way. Just make sure your donation is marked for the “Vermont Disaster Relief Fund”.last_img read more

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Interview: Alecta CEO ‘proud’ of EU sustainable finance body output

first_imgHe told IPE that he was proud of the work the HLEG had done.“It is exciting to see what will happen with it and what the European Commission decides to push forward,” he added.The advisory body presented eight “priority” recommendations in its final report, one of which was that investor duties be clarified “to extend time horizons and bring greater focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors”.“We concluded that the marketplace would benefit from a codification of what investor duty actually entails”Magnus Billing, Alecta CEO Billing said: “I think that investor duty has a critical role to play in order to make a difference in allocating what I would call the mainstream capital to sustainability investments and achieving the policy objectives that are quite clear to all of us in the market: the Paris Agreement, the [UN] Agenda 2030 [for sustainable development] and so forth.”A persistent argument made by those pushing for more ESG investing has been that pension funds have been misinterpreting investor duty and failing to appreciate it required consideration of ESG factors.The HLEG’s recommendation on investor duty has made some in the European occupational pension industry uneasy. Billing, however, said pension funds should not fear over-regulation.The expert group’s recommendations were based on the view that there were still only a few pension funds that had really integrated ESG factors into their investment process, and for many there was a misalignment between the time horizons of their liabilities and assets.“I am not sure that is to the benefit of the beneficiaries, i.e., the owner of the money that we manage, and I think that is a very important point the report is making,” said Billing.The HLEG also considered that laws regulating investor duty in Europe were not harmonised, he added.“We concluded that the marketplace would benefit from a codification of what investor duty actually entails, also underlying the importance of understanding and fulfilling beneficiaries’ demands and requirements,” said Billing. Magnus Billing, CEO of AlectaThe HLEG’s recommendations about investor duty should be seen in connection with the rest of the group’s report, he added.He highlighted the fact that the group focused on identifying and suggesting measures to remove hurdles standing in the way of more capital being allocated to “sustainable and inclusive growth”.“That is the right way to go about it if we’re going to have a meaningful impact,” he said, “because large pension funds will normally look for investment opportunities that are scaleable and have a low transaction cost.”HLEG recommendations in this vein included establishing ‘Sustainable Infrastructure Europe’, a new organisation designed to support the development of sustainable infrastructure projects across EU countries.Billing also highlighted the group’s recommendation that the EU endorse and implement the guidelines and recommendations of the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures.“This is a first step to get to the point where we actually get standardised, qualitative forward-looking data to process,” said Billing.Similarly, requiring the European supervisory authorities to consider climate risk as part of their work would also be beneficial, as it could lead to regulators asking investors to provide assessments of such risks in their own risk reports.Billing said: “From there the step is actually quite short to actual risk management and then also assigning risk and capital charges, and maybe we will then see that if you are clever and prudent when you assess your ESG factors in the investment process you get a lower capital charge.”The HLEG also proposed an EU classification system to establish market clarity on what is green or sustainable, but Billing warned against this being used as a basis for determining capital charges as “we’re far away from that”.Beneficiary consultation ‘no big ask’One of the recommendations of the HLEG was that pension funds consult their beneficiaries about their sustainability preferences, and incorporate these into investment decision-making.Some were concerned by this suggestion, but Billing said asking pension funds to consider the wishes of their members regarding how their money was invested should not be seen as “a big ask”.The obligation could be fulfilled in many different ways, depending on the asset owner and its structure, he said.“I think it’s a reasonable ask for anyone managing other people’s money to try to do that in a way which is in line with what the interest of that beneficiary is,” said Billing. “If you feel that that is a big ask I think you have an issue with your service.” Magnus Billing, CEO of Swedish occupational pension provider Alecta, is a member of the high profile expert body that advised the European Commission on a sustainable finance strategy for the EU. IPE spoke to him after the group published its final report last week.Appointed by the Commission in late 2016, the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on sustainable finance had quite a mission. In the words of Commission vice-presidents Valdis Dombrovskis and Jyrki Katainen: “The group was given a mandate to prepare a comprehensive blueprint for reforms along the entire investment chain, on which to build a sustainable finance strategy for the EU.”And this, the Commissioners said, is exactly what it delivered.Alecta’s Billing was one of the two main occupational pension provider representatives on the group, alongside Claudia Kruse, managing director for global responsible investment and governance at APG, the investment manager for €403bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP.last_img read more

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Eagles 5-Way Track Meet Results At Lawrenceburg

first_imgJCD Eagles Track traveled to Lawerenceburg for a 5 way meet with Lawerenceburg, Shawe, Oldenburg and South Ripley.The Ladies finished 2nd 7 points off 1st.   The Boys finished 3rd.Eagles Top finishers. Girls-C Simon 1st 100H; K Simon 2nd 100H; S Schmeltz 5th 100D; C Simon 1st 300H; K Simon 2nd 300H; D Hughes 5th 200D; A Hammond 5th 3200; A Brinson 3rd Shot; S Volz 4th Shot; El Newhart 5th shot; A Brison 1st Disc; S Volz 2nd Disc; El Newhart 4th Disc; D Engel 5th Disc; D Hughes 1st High Jump; A Norman 4th Long.Boys-N Hoffman 4th 110H; D Hughes 1st 1600; N Laswell 5th 1600; B Simon 4th 400D; D Hughes 1st 3200; B Simon 2nd Shot; A Peetz 5th Shot; B Simon 4th Disc; L Comer 5th Disc; C Comer 2nd Long; A Peetz 4th Long; A Boor 1st High; C Comer 3rd High.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img read more

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Scouting Louisville and its high-powered offense with Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For the past two games, Syracuse defenders have watched opposing teams run the ball down their throats without reprieve. First it was South Florida, with mobile quarterback B.J. Daniels running the zone option to perfection. Next came Munchie Legaux and Jordan Luallen, tormenting the SU defense once again en route to a 35-24 win.This week Syracuse takes on Louisville, a team ranked No. 11 in the country and in the Top 10 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. The Cardinals’ quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, is arguably the best player in the Big East as just a sophomore. He is mobile, but has emerged as more of a pocket passer in 2012.The media caught up with Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn, a native of South Florida where Bridgewater went to high school, to talk about defending the league’s top player during this week’s interview session.Q: Talk about what you’ve seen from Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on film and what it is that makes him so successful. What do you have to do as a defense to combat that?Lyn: That offense, they do a lot of shifts and adjustments, and get our eyes bad and get us lined up wrong. But we’ve just got to come prepared and be sound. You’ve got to communicate out there as a defense. It’s a great team, they’re undefeated and their quarterback is playing great. You’ve just got to be sound. You can’t make no mistakes against teams like these.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textQ: They have some good skill players and wide receivers that are tall and fast. What do you have to do to nullify their advantage there?KL: Just don’t overthink it, because we’ve seen great receivers all year. Just go out there and play your game. Be patient and win at the line of scrimmage. Just win before the snap. Know your assignment and just take one play at a time and you should be fine out there.Q: Louisville runs a little bit of the zone read but not as much as your previous two opponents, who both ran for over 200 yards. Are you guys glad to see that go away a little bit, or would you like another crack at it?KL: You’re kind of glad that they don’t do it that much. Two weeks straight we’ve struggled with it, so I wouldn’t just throw it out at the easy for Louisville. They might come out and try to run a zone read and see what they can do with it at first before they go back to their regular things. You just have to be prepared for anything. They’ve got a great quarterback, great receivers, great running back. They play sound football.Q: When you were playing high school football at Miramar High School in South Florida, did you play against Teddy Bridgewater?KL: Teddy is from around the same area, and I knew Teddy. But we didn’t play against each other. I didn’t play my 11th-grade year, and we played (his school) Miami Northwestern. But I didn’t play football that year. … I know Teddy very well. We’re close off the field and on the field.Q: Is there anything from what you knew about Bridgewater back then that you can tell some of the other guys in the SU secondary, or is he totally different now under Louisville head coach Charlie Strong?KL: He don’t make the same mistake twice. He’s a great player. He can create plays with his feet, too, and in the pocket. He’s becoming a great player, and he knows the game inside and out having a year under his belt with his offense. He’s probably going to be one of the best players — even though he is now, he’s one of the best players now — he’s probably going to be the best player in the Big East next year. Comments Published on November 9, 2012 at 12:13 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

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Rank appoints Liam Wallwork as digital transformation lead

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit London-listed Rank Group Plc has confirmed the appointment of Liam Wallwork as inbound Director of Transformation for its Interactive division.Wallwork joins Rank’s executive management team from William Hill, where he formerly served as Commercial Director and Director of Gaming (2017-2019).A digital strategy expert for mass-market igaming brands, Wallwork holds further industry experience having served as an operations and gaming director for Betfair and Paddy Power.In his remit, Wallwork will lead strategy and planning of Rank’s digital assets, as a key stakeholder of the firm’s ‘transformation team’ leading Rank’s ‘corporate recovery plan’, under the guidance of former McKinsey executive Jim Marsh. Updating the market, John O’Reilly, CEO of Rank, said: “I am pleased that Liam is joining Rank next week in the newly created role of Director of Transformation for Rank Interactive. Liam has a wealth of industry and digital experience, most recently from his time at William Hill, and this will be invaluable to the Group as we continue to work through our digital transformation work-stream.” StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Quarterfinals pairs of BiH Handball Cup

first_imgDraw for the quarterfinals pairs of BiH Handball Cup has been held in Doboj today.Current winner of BiH Cup, handball club ‘Goražde’ will play against handball club ‘Sloga’ from Doboj.‘Borac’ from Banja Luka will play against ‘Konjuh’, while ‘Bosna BH Telecom’ will play against handball club ‘Izviđač’, and handball club ‘Čapljina’ will play against handball club ‘Krivaja’.Pairs of the quarterfinals:Borac – KonjuhBosna – IzviđačSloga – GoraždeČapljina – Krivajalast_img

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Solidarity aside Costa Rica has little to offer Venezuela

first_imgRelated posts:Exiles in Costa Rica denounce alleged Venezuelan kidnapping plot Costa Rican lawmakers urge political asylum for Venezuela opposition Condoms at $755 show Venezuela reeling from plunging oil prices Venezuela opposition controls legislature minus supermajority – for now Costa Rica, president pro tempore of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), released a statement Monday rejecting the recent violence in Venezuela and urging the government to comply with the rule of law and ensure the safety of its citizens.A section of the brief statement read:“The countries of CELAC express their solidarity with the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and encourage their government to continue its efforts to foster a dialogue between all the political forces in the country for the sake of peace and national unity that the Venezuelan people require to continue their march toward progress and well being.”Besides the declaration, however, there is little more Costa Rica can do with its rotating presidency of the community of 33 nations, according to Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo.“Costa Rica can not unilaterally speak out in the name of CELAC without prior consensus,” the foreign minister said. “CELAC is not an organization, it’s a mechanism for dialogue. A meeting of foreign ministers would not be possible in a few days in the heat of the moment when events are changing every day.” Hundreds of Venezuelans living in Costa Rica arrived in front of San José’s National Theater on Feb. 16 to show solidarity with protesters in their home country. (Courtesy of José Pablo Ávila)Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López surrendered to authorities Tuesday after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered his arrest, accusing López of inciting the violence that claimed the lives of three demonstrators on Feb. 12.“We trust that they will be able to make an effort to sit down at the table and talk. The only ones who will suffer from the lack of dialogue and the lack of tolerance will be the people of Venezuela,” Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said on Tuesday during her weekly address.Castillo said that political asylum for Venezuelan opposition leaders was a possibility, but the government of Costa Rica has not received any formal requests for safe haven.Meanwhile, former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias accepted an invitation Tuesday to serve as an international observer in Venezuela. Hundreds of Venezuelans living in Costa Rica arrived in front of San José’s National Theater on Feb. 16 to show solidarity with protesters in their home country. (Courtesy of José Pablo Ávila) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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