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Seeking Nominations for Top Ten Summer and Top Ten Fall Events

first_imgThe greatest event youve ever organized or attended is coming up, or it is still fresh in your memory. It should be considered for a Vermont Top Ten Event award! Now is the time to submit your application for next years Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Summer and Top Ten Fall events.Nominations are being accepted for summer and falls hottest and brightest in the Green Mountain State. All events scheduled between May 1, 2006, and October 31, 2006 are eligible. An independent panel of judges chosen by the Vermont Chamber will select the Top Ten Summer events and the Top Ten Fall events. Winners are announced in January.Events that are selected to be a Top Ten share some of the following characteristics: they appeal to out-of-state visitors and a diverse audience (including children), it is foreseeable that the event can accommodate attendance up to twice the typical count, the event is likely draw outside visitors as a destination, and the event has room for growth. Judges also weigh the geographics and dates of the nominated events to come up with a diverse list of winners.At no cost to winners, Vermonts premier events list is widely publicized through press releases to national media. The Top Ten Events are also featured in the official travel guide of the State of Vermont, the Vermont Vacation Guide (circulation 200,000); in the Vermont Chamber Country Inns and B & Bs brochure (circulation 100,000); and on the Vermont Chambers highly visited online events calendar at www.vtchamber.com(link is external).Chris Fogg, Vermont Chamber Vice President of Travel & Tourism, noted Selection as a Top Ten Event is a strong marketing tool. Top Ten winners have found that the additional publicity increases attendance, and that the awards prestige also aids in securing funding for future events. All winners receive a certificate and the Vermont Chamber signature Top Ten logo to use in their marketing materials.Nominations must be postmarked by September 27, 2005 to be considered in the contest. Contact Trena Whiton at the Vermont Chamber for a nomination form:(802) 223-3443; twhiton@vtchamber.com(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Bipartisan group of governors call on Congress for heating assistance

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick spearheaded a bipartisan call on Congress from 15 Governors to urge level-funding for LIHEAP, the low-income home heating program that faces up to a 50 percent reduction in Washington. In a letter signed by Governors from primarily cold-weather states, the group said “time is of the essence. Winter has already begun in our states, and distributing meaningful benefit levels to households in need is critically important.”  “Vermonters are facing a devastating cut in heating assistance this winter unless the White House and Congress approve the funding to ensure every family can afford to stay warm,” Gov. Shumlin said. “No one should be forced to choose between heat, food, medications and other vital necessities. Today I join other Governors and leaders in urging Washington to stand up for Americans with winter approaching and provide the funding necessary to guarantee a warm home for all.” The Governors are calling for $4.7 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the same amount approved last year. In addition, they are asking Congress to require the federal Health and Human Services Department to distribute $3.4 billion to the states now, pending approval of the additional $1.3 billion, arguing that families need the money immediately to begin heating their homes and cannot await final Congressional and White House approval of the full-funding.  “As the heating season begins, home energy prices remain high,” the Governors wrote. “We request your timely action to ensure LIHEAP funding in this fiscal year will allow states to provide meaningful assistance to vulnerable households struggling with home energy bills.” About 27,800 low-income Vermont families depend upon heating assistance to stay warm this winter. Earlier this month, Gov. Shumlin directed an initial $13.5 million LIHEAP payment to assist families in need of heating assistance, enabling families to afford at least one minimal delivery of home heating fuel as the cold weather gets underway. Vermont is receiving a total of $11 million from Washington for LIHEAP this year, significantly less than past years. Governor’s office. 11.11.11last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: The Atlantic Coast pipeline is dead

first_imgPolice chase on Blue Ridge Parkway leaves one dead The name of the deceased has not been released while officials contact the next of kin. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the NC State Highway Patrol are investigating the incident.  One person is dead after an accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway that happened just after 6 a.m. on July 5, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The incident occurred after a deputy observed a vehicle “swerving into the oncoming traffic lane,” and attempted to initiate a vehicle stop. The driver sped away from the deputy, “resulting in the suspect’s fatality from injuries of vehicle accident,” the release said. Salgado Lopez is the second person to die at the canyon in recent weeks. On June 24, a 49-year-old woman from California died of heat exposure while hiking the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch. On Sunday, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced the cancelation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), citing ‘ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic viability of the project.’ The pipeline would have transported fracked gas from West Virginia, Virginia and the Carolinas and was recently the focus of a Supreme Court decision giving the National Forest Service authority to issue a special use permit allowing the pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail.  The Atlantic Coast pipeline is dead “The Atlantic Coast Pipeline was a climate catastrophe and economic boondoggle from the start. The smart investment today is in the people of Central and Southern Appalachia. Not in the resources that might be extracted and exported, but in projects that generate local wealth, healthy communities and clean, sustainable energy. We are hopeful that this momentous victory is merely a tipping point as our society pivots towards a clean energy economy that works for all people.”center_img “Just one day after July 4, America is stunningly closer to true energy independence with the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” said Mike Tidwell, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “The fossil fuel era is rapidly drawing to a close in Virginia and nationwide thanks to the ferocious six-year opposition to the destructive pipeline. That opposition was waged by environmentalists, farmers, justice groups and common residents across the region.”  First proposed in 2014, the 600-mile pipeline was widely opposed for its environmental impacts and the huge estimated cost of $8 billion to complete the project. An Arizona woman is dead after plunging 100 feet into the Grand Canyon while taking photos on Friday, park officials said. Maria Salgado Lopez, 59, was with her family on the South Rim of the canyon when she accidentally stepped off the edge while taking photos. During the time of the accident, the woman was hiking off the designated path. “The Atlantic Coast Pipeline was never needed, and the facts have never been more clear: fracked gas has no role in our energy future,” said Tom Cormons, Appalachian Voices Executive Director, in a statement. “From Robeson County, N.C., to Harrison County W.Va., in statehouses and courthouses, communities have stood shoulder to shoulder to protect their land, their water and their communities. Today’s announcement marks a historic victory for environmental justice.  Woman falls into Grand Canyon while taking photoslast_img read more

Santa Run gets downtown Binghamton in holiday spirit

first_imgParticipants dressed up as elves, Santa, gingerbread men, and even the abominable snowman from ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.’ More than 250 runners laced up in the cold to run the 5K race, one of the largest showings in the event’s history. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Christmas in just ten days away, but on Sunday, downtown Binghamton was flooded with runners in the holiday spirit as they took part in the 9th annual Binghamton Santa Run. “It’s great to see everybody come out, all the holiday costumes, everybody is very creative and just getting into the holiday spirit,” said Kristen Coppola, the president of the St. John the Evangelist PTG, which hosts the run.center_img Participants were treated to food and a hot chocolate bar beforehand, and could also take part in raffle baskets. Coppola told 12 News the run this year had 10 sponsors, the largest it has had in its nine-year run.last_img read more

Contract rebel Ryan Fraser offered to Arsenal for free transfer

first_imgFraser could join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ryan Fraser has been offered to Arsenal ahead of a potential free transfer this summer after rejecting fresh terms at Bournemouth. Fraser’s contract expires at the end of this month and he has so far rejected the offer of a short-term contract for the rest of the season. Bournemouth are still hopeful they can persuade the Scotland winger to play in their final nine games of the season. They are close to agreeing deals with four other players in similar situations. The Cherries are currently in the relegation zone and it would be a big blow to their survival hopes to lose Fraser for the remainder of the campaign. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut, according to The Times, Fraser is fearful of sustaining an injury that would scupper a transfer to a bigger club. He changed his agents in order to pursue a move away from Bournemouth and has been offered to Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 11:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Arteta is working on a tight budget (Picture: Getty)Fraser has continued training with the team and Eddie Howe could still use him for the first games of the resumed season at home against Crystal Palace before a trip to Molineux to face Wolves. The 26-year-old admitted in January his form had suffered this season because he hadn’t ‘played for the team’ in the first half of the season. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAnd it’s possible he won’t play for them again. Arsenal’s transfer budget is relatively limited amid the coronavirus pandemic and Fraser could be seen as a decent option to pick up on a free.Should Arsenal sign Ryan Fraser?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Advertisement Contract rebel Ryan Fraser offered to Arsenal for free transferlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta has identified two areas William Saliba must improve in after sanctioning Arsenal loan exit

first_imgMikel Arteta has identified two areas William Saliba must improve in after sanctioning Arsenal loan exit Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Oct 2020 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link22.8kShares Advertisement David Luiz and Gabriel Magalhaes are blocking William Saliba’s path into the Arsenal first team (Picture: Getty)Arsenal were in talks about a possible return to Saint-Etienne, while Rennes also registered an interest, but both potential deals collapsed on deadline day.Arteta’s first team squad is currently top heavy with centre halves, especially in light of the failure to offload the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Soktratis Papastathopulos.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCalum Chambers continues to work his way back to full fitness having missed the last 10 months with a cruciate knee ligament injury, while Pablo Mari, who initially joined on loan in January, is also closing in on his return. David Luiz and Rob Holding have also been retained and have featured prominently in the early weeks of the season, while summer recruit Gabriel Magalhaes has made a positive early impression following his move from Lille. MORE: Houssem Aouar happy at Lyon after missing out on Arsenal transferMORE: ‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this’ – Thomas Partey sends message to fans as he speaks out on Arsenal moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. William Saliba is set for a loan move from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta sanctioned William Saliba’s impending loan departure from Arsenal after identifying two major weaknesses in the France Under-21 international’s defending. Arsenal spent £27million on the teenager last summer but were forced to send him back on loan to Saint-Etienne as part of the deal. Injuries and the early abandonment of the French domestic season saw Saliba’s progression stunted and Arteta has since deemed the youngster not yet ready for regular first team football. Saliba featured in a a pre-season friendly against MK Dons but is still waiting to make his senior debut and will now be sent on loan to a Championship club, most likely Watford or Brentford, to gain further experience. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta has kept a keen eye on Saliba in training and, according to ESPN, believes he needs to improve his defending at set-pieces and resist the temptation to go to ground if he is to make the step up and ultimately become a regular in his Premier League starting XI. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Weekly Update: Passing Pension Reform, Announcing Business Development and New Jobs, Continuing the Fight Against the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

first_img The Blog,  Weekly Update Governor Wolf kicked off this week by issuing a statement of support for Senate Bill 1, the pension reform legislation, and applauding the bipartisan support and passage of the bill. Governor Wolf stated that he will sign the bill and that pension reform is an important step in protecting Pennsylvania taxpayers. On Friday, advocates joined Governor Wolf in supporting the passage and future signing of Senate Bill 1.On Tuesday, Governor Wolf announced new investments through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority that will spur business development in Allegheny, Bedford, Cameron, Clinton, and Huntingdon counties. The governor also traveled to Somerset County on Thursday to join in the announcement of hundreds of new jobs coming to the region.On Friday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reported that the number of fatal overdoses in Pennsylvania had increased in 2016. Governor Wolf responded to the report by ensuring that he will continue to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic and warning of the potentially devastating effects budget cuts to healthcare would have on this fight. Earlier in the week, the governor voiced his support for a bill that would make opioid education mandatory in schools, stating that educating young people is an important aspect to combating the current crisis.Governor Wolf’s Week, June 4, 2017 – June 10, 2017Sunday, 5/4/17Governor Tom Wolf Statement on Senate Pension Reform VoteMonday, 5/5/17Governor Tom Wolf Commends Advancement of Pension Reform BillGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Invite the Public to Second Sundays at the Governor’s ResidenceTuesday, 5/6/17Governor Wolf Approves Investments to Improve Nine AirportsGovernor Wolf Announces Opening of Another Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Under Public Private PartnershipWednesday, 5/7/17Governor Wolf Announces Extension of Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application DeadlineGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Five Business Development Projects and the Creation of 184 Full-Time JobsThursday, 5/8/17Wolf Administration Serving 10,700 More Vulnerable Pennsylvanians in Their CommunitiesWolf Administration Announces Aid for Survivors of Devastating Pittsburgh FireGovernor Wolf Voices Support for House Bill that Makes Opioid Education Mandatory in SchoolsGovernor Wolf: Pension Reform Bill Saves and Protects Taxpayers, Reduces Wall Street FeesGovernor Wolf Applauds Hundreds of Jobs Coming to Somerset County, RegionFriday, 5/9/17Governor Wolf on Fatal Overdose Stats: We Must Keep Fighting, Not Start CuttingWolf Administration Approves Funding for 21 Municipalities to Improve Traffic SafetyAdvocates Join Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Legislators in Supporting Senate Bill 1Governor Wolf Joins Philadelphia Officials for Funding Announcement on I-95Highlights from The BlogPA.gov That Works: Updating Our Pilot (and Joining Social Media!)Highlights from TwitterThe #ACA market is stabilizing in PA, but if @POTUS removes subsidies, premiums will increase significantly for Pennsylvanians. https://t.co/khKou1xTQN— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 4, 2017 Aviation supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in PA. We’re investing $10 million in 9 PA airports to improve safety and help them expand. pic.twitter.com/NDxzHCM4pX— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 6, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf June 09, 2017 Weekly Update: Passing Pension Reform, Announcing Business Development and New Jobs, Continuing the Fight Against the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Tekmar Energy Gets API Certification

first_imgTekmar Energy has achieved independent approval for the design and manufacture of its PU bend restrictors for compliance to the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment.The verification comes after undergoing a 2-year certification program with Lloyds Register.The process included; long-term material qualification, quality and manufacturing audits, review of the design methodology and witness of the verification testing to ensure Tekmar’s practices meet with the requirements of API17L.The majority of the product testing was conducted in Tekmar’s new test facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, utilizing the recent investment of a 750kNm bend test rig that was installed earlier this year, the company explained..Charlie Sullivan, head of Subsea Sales & Strategy at Tekmar said, “We are excited to receive this independent qualification, which will allow us to provide an extended range of competitive products to both new, and existing, customers in challenging market conditions.”last_img read more

The Mindfulness Backlash, and should it be pushed in NZ schools?

first_imgThe Mindfulness BacklashNew York Times 30 June 2014Mindfulness has reached such a level of hipness that it is now suggested as a cure for essentially every ailment. Anxious? Broke? Sneezing? Definitely try meditating.This vogue is in part due to the real benefits of mindfulness, a form of attention and awareness often (but not always) achieved through meditation or yoga. It’s a trend for a reason. But its increasing application to every situation under the sun has some people concerned.In The Atlantic, Tomas Rocha writes about the little-discussed possibility that, for some people, meditation could actually be dangerous. He talks to Dr. Willoughby Britton, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior who works with people who feel they’ve been harmed by meditation — one man described going through “psychological hell” as a result of his practice, while another worried he was “permanently ruined.” Dr. Britton has tracked “dark nights of the soul” — spiritual experiences that are frightening rather than calming — across a variety of religious texts, and she believes that meditation’s potential ill effects have been under-studied. Mr. Rocha writes:“Many people think of meditation only from the perspective of reducing stress and enhancing executive skills such as emotion regulation, attention, and so on.“For Britton, this widespread assumption — that meditation exists only for stress reduction and labor productivity, ‘because that’s what Americans value’ — narrows the scope of the scientific lens. When the time comes to develop hypotheses around the effects of meditation, the only acceptable — and fundable — research questions are the ones that promise to deliver the answers we want to hear.”http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/the-mindfulness-backlash/?_r=0Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.Mindfulness backlash: Could meditation be bad for your health?The Telegraph 24 October 2015Convinced by studies (such as that by Oxford University in 2014, which found the technique can reduce depression relapses by 44 per cent), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) now recommends mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression.The Mental Health Foundation estimates that 30 per cent of GPs refer patients with mental health issues for mindfulness-based treatment.Persuaded by claims of stress reduction and increased mental clarity, mindfulness has been eagerly adopted by huge companies including Google, Apple, Sony, Ikea and the Department of Health. Mindfulness-based anger management is offered to inmates in prison, and there are calls for mindfulness training to become mandatory in schools.“A good teacher will help you make sense of what emerges through meditation.”Dr Tamara Russell, founder of The Mindfulness Centre of Excellence. “Beneficial findings are overstated in some media reports, whereas studies without the expected results go under the radar. This leads to a skewed picture, wherein the enthusiasm may be ahead of the evidence. Currently, with mindfulness, the evidence is not necessarily consistent or conclusive.”  When Farias and Wikholm began researching The Buddha Pill, they were astonished at the paucity of solid studies on the benefits. Then their own research threw up surprising evidence that mindfulness has a range of outcomes – not all positive.“To some, this will be blissful relaxation, but for others the outcome will be emotional distress, hallucinations or perhaps even ending up in a psychiatric ward,” says Farias. “David Shapiro of the University of California, Irvine, found that seven per cent of people on meditation retreats experienced profoundly adverse effects, including panic and depression.”Psychologists Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm, co-authors of The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You? “Mindfulness and meditation are bad for people. People should be thinking… Life is about going out there and meeting people and hearing their thoughts.”Oxford University professor Theodore Zeldinhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11942320/Mindfulness-backlash-Meditation-bad-for-your-health.htmlThe Dark Knight of the SoulThe Atlantic 24 June 2014In late January this year, Time magazine featured a cover story on “the mindful revolution,” an account of the extent to which mindfulness meditation has diffused into the largest sectors of modern society. Used by “Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 titans, Pentagon chiefs, and more,” mindfulness meditation is promoted as a means to help Americans work mindfully, eat mindfully, parent mindfully, teach mindfully, take standardized tests mindfully, spend money mindfully, and go to war mindfully. What the cover story did not address are what might be called the revolution’s “dirty laundry.”“We’re not being thorough or honest in our study of contemplative practice,” says Britton.http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/the-dark-knight-of-the-souls/372766/FURTHER READING: Parental Rights in NZ Regarding “Mindfulness”https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2014/10/parental-rights-regarding-mindfulness/last_img read more

Spain pledges fund for asylum seekers as Latin American arrivals spike

first_imgMADRID – The Spanish government onFriday authorized nearly 150-million euros ($165 million) in subsidies to easethe strain on its migrant-processing system after a recent spike in arrivalsfrom Latin America overwhelmed its social services. Government spokeswoman Isabel Celaasaid the subsidies will be complemented by 25-million euros from Europeanfunds. Venezuelan citizens and other migrants wait at the border with Colombia, at the Rumichaca bridge checkpoint, in Ecuador on Aug. 24. Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno signed a decree requiring Venezuelan citizens, who until now could cross the border with a passport or other form of identification, to have a visa to enter the country. REUTERS/DANIEL TAPIAcenter_img Provoked by national crises inSpanish-speaking countries like Venezuela and Colombia, the number of peopleseeking asylum in Spain has skyrocketed. Madrid City Council received 50,000asylum applications between Jan. and Oct. 2019 – compared to only 36,000nationwide and throughout 2018.(Reuters)last_img read more