Norwich University and Middlebury College Solar Decathlon teams to celebrate at the Statehouse

first_imgNorwich University and Middlebury College will co-host a send-off event at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Tuesday, September 10, from 11:30 am ‘1:30 pm for the student teams competing in the international US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in Irvine, Calif., October 3-13, 2013. Norwich and Middlebury are two of only 20 teams in the world to be accepted into the 2013 Solar Decathlon, a biennial solar house design competition and expo. Each team’s house is soon to be en route to the competition on the west coast. The public expo on solar house design is expected to attract upwards of 100,000 people to the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The Statehouse program will begin at 11:30 a.m. with remarks by State of Vermont officials, Norwich University President Richard Schneider, and Middlebury College President Ronald Liebowitz, followed by a student press conference. The public is invited to engage with teams on the unique aspects of their designs and celebrate with complimentary refreshments and live music on the Statehouse lawn.  Norwich’s home, DeltaT-90, is a modular home designed and built for the unique climate challenges presented by living in the New England region. The team responded to the challenge of creating high performance, affordable housing that is accessible and promotes conservation based living.Middlebury’s house, InSite, is a home for local living. The team designed the home with a focus on reconnecting people with their communities and emphasizing environmental, economic and social sustainability.In case of rain, the event will be held in Statehouse Room 11.Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu(link is external) Middlebury College, one of the country’s leading liberal arts colleges, offers a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that is particularly strong in languages, international studies, environmental studies, sciences and literature. About 2,450 students attend Middlebury, which was founded in 1800. Middlebury has established itself as a leader in campus environmental initiatives, with an accompanying educational focus on environmental issues around the globe. The college’s strong international dimension has extended its borders beyond Addison County, and includes Middlebury’s Language Schools, Schools Abroad, Bread Loaf School of English, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Monterey Institute for International Studies. www.middlebury.edu(link is external)last_img read more

Shawnee Mission area legislators get behind bill that would see district get $11 million in new funding next year

first_imgShawnee Mission staff greeting students on the first day of school. A funding approach supported by a group of Shawnee Mission area legislators would see the district getting $11 million in new funds next year instead of around $4 million in the “fix” plan introduced earlier.A group of Shawnee Mission area legislators are backing a K-12 funding approach that would see the district getting $11 million in new funds next year instead of the approximately $4 million the district would see under other “fix” schemes introduced at the start of the veto session.The bill, HB 2799, includes the so-called Trimmer and Pittman amendments that together would inject $150 million more into K-12 schools next year than in the bill passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jeff Colyer earlier this month.But the approach faces a number of procedural and political hurdles. First and foremost, because it was put forward by a group of Johnson County Democrats, the bill itself is almost certainly not going to be advanced by Republican leadership for debate on the floor.The bill’s best hope, says Rep. Brett Parker, is that its supporters can offer its language as an amendment to whatever “fix” bill is advanced by leaders in the House and the Senate.Parker said that the bill not only would benefit Shawnee Mission schools, but its supporters believe it would reduce the likelihood that the court will rule against the state in the Gannon case, triggering a special session and the possibility of closed schools.“I think you would start off with 40 Democratic votes right off the bat, and then you’d need to find 23 Republicans to get behind it,” Parker said of the bill’s prospects in the House.He added that with the increase in projected revenue estimates, he hoped more Republicans would be willing to get behind the approach.“We’ve got new revenue figures in, and this close to the court deadline, we’re saying ‘Let’s get this right and avoid having the court make us come back,’” he said.Under the current bill as signed by Colyer, Shawnee Mission schools stand to lose access to more than $2 million in funds they could use next school year — a swing that district administrators would be “devastating” as it looks to restore staffing of counselors and accommodate scheduled pay increases for teachers. Colyer has called for the legislature to fix the $80 million drafting error.At Monday’s board meeting, district CFO Russell Knapp outlined a number of the expense considerations the board will need to evaluate during the upcoming budget process. Step-and-column pay increases plus a 1 percent base salary increase for all pay groups would cost the district $4.5 million next year. Increasing staffing so that each elementary school has a social worker and counselor would cost $3.2 million. And staffing changes to add counselors and reduce teachers’ schedules from six classes to five classes per day at the high school level would cost around $4.1 million.The “fix” legislation that would correct an $80 million drafting error would at least get Shawnee Mission back on the positive side of the ledger — but would not provide enough new funds for the district to take up those initiatives.last_img read more

Good Governance: Fiduciary and strategic thought needed

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Finding the right balance between operational oversight and visionary dialogue in your boardroom is worth the struggle.by. Michael G. DaigneaultI’ve long said that being a CEO of an organization is one of the hardest jobs in the world. I’ve had the opportunity to help lead a number of organizations myself and have found myself being challenged to find the right balance between fiduciary and strategic agenda items at board meetings.Having formally observed a number of credit union board meetings in recent years, I have realized that this struggle is shared by many credit union CEOs and board chairs. And the proof of this difficulty goes well beyond the anecdotal. In recent assessments of credit unions throughout the United States, a surprising number of credit union board members reported a lack of genuine strategic dialogue at their monthly board meetings.Finding the right balance between operational oversight and strategic dialogue is a real struggle. But one that is very much worth fighting. There are a number of reasons why such a balance is difficult to achieve, but I’d like to focus on one reason in particular: Many credit union leaders get “stuck” in one mode of thought. What do I mean by that?CEOs and board members frequently lack a framework or vocabulary to ask the full range of questions necessary to effectively carry out their governance responsibilities. As such, and often by default, many credit union boards spend the majority of their time in the fiduciary realm of thought. continue reading »last_img read more

Justice Teaching recognizes Judge Davidson

first_img THE JUSTICE TEACHING program recently recognized the efforts of 18th Circuit Judge Lisa Davidson, who not only serves on the Select Committee on Justice Teaching and coordinates volunteer efforts for her entire circuit, but also volunteers significant amounts of time as a Justice Teaching volunteer in not one, but two schools. “Despite the most recent challenges facing the judicial branch, including elevated caseloads and fewer resources, Judge Davidson nonetheless finds time to visit two schools — Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School, located in Melbourne, and the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School, located in Indiatlantic,” said JT coordinator Michelle Ballard. “In November 2010, she visited Holy Name and conducted Justice Teaching sessions with three social studies classes of teacher Christine Neilson. Even more impressive, on February 15, Judge Davidson performed Justice Teaching exercises with seven social studies classes of teachers Jeff Getrost and Jack Ratterman at Johnson Middle School.  Judge Davidson’s lesson of choice during her most recent visit was “The Invaders,” an activity that informs students about the various freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and then requires the students to select the freedoms they would relinquish if forced to do so by a hostile government. According to Judge Davidson, none of the students from Johnson Middle School were willing to surrender the right to free speech.  Interestingly, the rights that the students were most likely to relinquish were the right to counsel, the right to peaceably assemble, and freedom of the press. Judge Davidson described the experience as “wonderful” and stated that the students really enjoyed the lesson and were engaged throughout the presentation. If you would like to follow in Judge Davidson’s footsteps and assist with bringing civic education alive for the children of Florida, visit www.justiceteaching.org. Justice Teaching recognizes Judge Davidson July 1, 2011 Regular Newslast_img read more

Lindsay Agnew learns how to play at higher level after Nations Cup

first_imgLindsay Agnew learns how to play at higher level after Nations CupAgnew represented team Canada in the four-day tournament.Max Ostenso, Daily File PhotoForward Lindsay Agnew passes the puck during a game against Bemidji State on Dec. 12, 2017. Max BiegertFebruary 22, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSophomore forward Lindsay Agnew scored two first period goals off of two assists from fellow sophomore linemate Taylor Williamson the last time the Gophers took the ice against the Huskies.Agnew will hope to find that form once again as the No. 3 seed Gophers take on the No. 6 seed this weekend at Ridder Arena for the WCHA first round. The third line of Sophie Skarzynski, Agnew and Williamson combined for three goals in the most recent series against St. Cloud. “The last few weeks we were talking about moving our feet, that will put us in good spots out there,” Agnew said. “Playing unselfish hockey out there too, which we did in that Saturday St. Cloud game will put us in a good spot to do well this weekend.” Since she had time off from the Gophers before the second half of the season, Agnew competed in Nations Cup, a four-day competition between various national teams around the world. She represented Canada in the event. Agnew played with three other players who have ties to Minnesota. Agnew faced off against former Gophers Noora Raty and Mira Jalosuo when Canada played Finland. Raty and Jalosuo just took the Bronze medal in the Olympic Games. Amy Potomak, the sister of Sarah Potomak, also played for Canada. Agnew’s team went 1-2 in the tournament and took fifth place. Still, the experiences she took from that are helping her as the Gophers lead up to the playoffs. “Playing in the Nations Cup, you just kind of learn to play at a higher level,” Agnew said. “That gave me more confidence coming back after break with our team.” Agnew has tallied 10 points on the season with five goals and five assists. Three of the goals have come in the second half of the season, building off that confidence-boosting experience at the Nations Cup. Williamson said something that makes Agnew so valuable for the Gophers is her unique high IQ of the game of hockey. “What sets her apart from other players is that unselfishness, yet she knows when she has to shoot the puck,” Williamson said. “The way she thinks about the game is fun and I am able to think about how my strengths work with her.”The two sophomores will need to continue to be unselfish as the Gophers enter the playoff season. The last time the Gophers didn’t make it to the Frozen Four was the 2010-2011 season. The No. 7 Gophers have a 39-game winning streak over the Huskies, and have only lost to them a total of three times in the program history. This will be Minnesota’s sixth time playing St. Cloud State this year. They have a 4-0-1 record against them.“It’s a fresh start and a new series here, and we know we got to win it to keep playing, and we haven’t been in this position in quite a few years,” said head coach Brad Frost.last_img read more

Lennar breaks ground on West Valley’s Heritage at Asante

first_imgThe country’s largest homebuilder, Lennar Homes, broke ground this week at Heritage at Asante, a gated, active adult community in Surprise. This new development is part of a much larger community near 163rd Avenue and Grand.  Heritage at Asante will feature 1500 homes with three different series of homes from the low 200’s. The gated community includes a recreation/fitness center, pickleball and bocce courts, resort pool, nine hole putting course, dog park with lush trail systems throughout.“We are very excited about growing our presence in the West Valley with a product that is unlike any other,” said Alan Jones, Division President of Lennar Homes. “Lennar is committed to continuing to innovate and develop unique communities that meet the changing needs of homeowners.” Over the next few years, Lennar will continue to develop the area by introducing several different housing products that will offer solutions for every buyer. It may be the only place in the United States that within the same development, there will be homes for first-time buyers, second-time buyers, large garage RV/boat homes, a 55+ active adult community and next-gen housing. Lennar created next-gen homes specifically for this multigenerational living concept. Each community includes all the extras, including wi-fi connectivity and green building efficiencies saving homeowners money and helping protect the environment at the same time. Asante will also feature a school, library and 50-acre park. This burgeoning development is truly a complete family destination with homes and amenities that offer something for everyone.Celebrating the military history of the property, Lennar made a $10,000 donation to the Pat Tillman Foundation at the event, honoring those serving our community. This parcel of land was used by Luke Air Force Base pilots to practice touch and go landings during the Korean War. Its military heritage is strengthened in our partnership with the Pat Tillman Foundation and the naming of the main entryway into our subdivision Pat Tillman Boulevard, after Arizona’s fallen hero.Today’s groundbreaking is just the beginning of several key communities coming up in the West Valley over the next few years, creating hundreds of new construction jobs, courtesy of Lennar Homes.For more information on Heritage at Asante, visit www.lennar.com/new-homes/arizona/phoenix/surprise/asante-heritage-active-adultlast_img read more

Manufacturer’s Sales Representatives

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. A growing and expanding 50-plus-year-old manufacturer’s representative company seeks hardworking, commission-driven sales representatives for Houston and West Texas markets. Our business is great and we need more good people. Position requires 50% overnight travel calling on hardware and automotive distributors. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Salary + Commission + 401k Interested applicants please send your resume to kkaim@babcox.com and put “Mfg. Rep. resume” in the subject field.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

CARICOM, UN call for urgent action to reduce global temperature rise

first_img On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Oct 15, 2020 ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Oct 9, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture center_img Seized of this urgency, he told the meeting that CARICOM Heads of Government at their 40th Regular Summit earlier this month, adopted the “Castries Call for Collective Commitment and Action on Sustainable Development,” expressing concern that “climate change, increased natural disasters, biodiversity and environmental degradation, coupled with economic and social shocks, could render [the Community’s development untenable.” In his remarks, Head of the United Nations Delegation, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Mr. Miroslav Jenča, said Caribbean counties are leading the way on climate action, adaptation and mitigation. The international community should, he stated, “support these efforts by providing the necessary public and private resources”. Mr. Jenča said the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had called on world leaders to come to the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019 “with concrete, realistic plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.” Commending the timeliness of the meeting, he said it was a year of important global review processes that were of direct significance to the Caribbean. He was referring to the Addis Ababa Action Plan on financing for sustainable development; the mid-term review of the SAMOA Pathway for SIDS and the Climate Action Summit both slated for September 2019, as well as the just concluded the High-level Political Forum review of the 2030 Agenda. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… Sep 10, 2020 Caribbean Community Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana – The United Nations (UN) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have both emphasised the need for urgent and continued action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mindful of the threat climate change poses to Small Island Developing States (SIDS). At the opening of the Tenth General Meeting of the Caribbean Community and the United Nations System on Tuesday, 23 July 2019, in Georgetown, Guyana, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said the threat of climate change hung heavily in the consciousness of the Caribbean. He said the severity of hurricanes Maria and Irma, from which the Region had not fully recovered, demonstrated “there is need for continued advocacy for urgent and enhanced climate action to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, since global warming poses an existential threat to our Community.” CARICOM eyes key outcomes from UN climate change talks(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Mitigating climate risks and building resilience against extreme weather events underpin key areas of focus for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) during the ongoing United Nations (UN) climate talks in Bonn, Germany. The Twenty Third Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework…November 14, 2017In “Anguilla”Address criteria for concessional financing and debt – CARICOM SGCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on Friday called for “strong collaborative action… to address urgently the criteria for access to concessional financing and the debt issue”. The Secretary-General made the call at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, in remarks to delegates attending the Eighth General Meeting between CARICOM…July 24, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”How to build back better after a hurricane with the next one a few months awayOP-ED By Irwin LaRocque and Achim Steiner*  Imagine relocating the entire population of your country in the face of a colossal hurricane and two months later still not being able to get back home. Now imagine spending several nights in a shelter and taking a stroll the next morning only…November 17, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Songa Offshore earnings in North Sea affected by bad weather in February

first_imgSonga Offshore, an international offshore drilling company, has released its monthly rig fleet update for February 2014.Songa Venus achieved an operational efficiency of 100% and an earnings efficiency of 98% during the month working for Mubadala Petroleum in Malaysia.Songa Mercur achieved an operational efficiency of 100% and an earnings efficiency of 100% during the month working for Idemitsu in Vietnam.Songa Trym achieved an operational efficiency of 100% and an earnings efficiency of 98% during the month working for Statoil in Norway.Songa Dee achieved an operational efficiency of 100% and an earnings efficiency of 93% during the month working for Statoil in Norway.Songa Delta achieved an operational efficiency of 100% and an earnings efficiency of 96% working for Statoil in Norway.The earnings efficiencies of the three rigs operating in the North Sea were all negatively impacted by the rigs earning a Waiting-on-Weather rate due to inclement weather for extended periods of the month.[mappress]Press Release, March 06, 2014last_img read more

Asia Imperial delivers power plant to Argentina

first_imgAICL, which is a Chinese member of the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE), says the fact that shippments for the project were sourced from many different areas of China meant that a company with a complete service network along the Chinese coast and abundant experience for project cargos was essential for the client.To date, AICL has delivered around 40,000 tonnes of materials, with the heaviest item weighing 75 tonne and measuring some 12 m in length. The remaining shipments are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.CEE is a global network for cargo equipment owners such as haulers, crane operators, tug and barge operators, stevedores and export packers, port operators and air cargo handling equipment owners and supporting industry, serving the heavy and outsized cargo industry.last_img read more