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first_imgSTATE – APRIL 2003 p{ margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px}span.BodyText{ text-align: left}span.heading1{ text-align: left}body{ font-family: “Times New Roman”, serif; font-size: 10pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal}Douglas taps Dubie to headHomeland Security Advisory CouncilGovernor James Douglas recently announced that his first executive order wasauthorizing a new Homeland Security Advisory Council. He named LieutenantGovernor Brian Dubie to chair the council.Douglas said the purpose of the council is to improve communication andcoordination among the various organizations operating within the state, tooptimize emergency preparedness and response, and to protectVermonters from threats of terrorism. The new council replaces the VermontTerrorism Task Force.In naming Lt Gov. Dubie to head the group, the governor said that Brian Dubiebrings a wealth of experience to this role. He was at Ground Zero, coordinatingFEMA efforts for the US Air Force. For his efforts on 9-11, the Air Forceawarded him a Meritorious Service Medal, First Oak Cluster. He is currentlyEmergency Liaison Preparedness Officer with the National SecurityEmergency Preparedness Agency, and a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.Dubie said the council will gather and review existing plans for the variousagencies, examining how they fit together and how they can work moreeffectively and seamlessly. The council will update and make recommendationsto the governor on a quarterly basis.In addition to Dubie, 17 leaders from state, local and federal government andprivate organizations have accepted appointments to the council. They includeVermont Emergency Management Direct Albert Lewisof Berlin, Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Martha Rainville of Williston,Vermont State Police Homeland Security Director Lt David Stanton ofRutland, Police Chief Paul Duquette of Newport, Lamoille County SheriffRene Marcoux of Hyde Park, Captain Matt Vinci of the South Burlington FireDepartment, Chief Real Bazin of the Westminster Fire Department, RutlandFire Chief Robert Schlacter, Assistant US Attorney Gary Shattuck ofShrewsbury, Executive Director of the Green MountainChapter of the American Red Cross Donna Baker of Woodford, HighgateTown Manager Larry Kempton, Speaker of the House Walter Freed of Dorsetand Senate President Pro Tem Peter Welch of Hartland, Vermont Secretaryof Administration Michael Smith, Commissioner of Public Safety KerrySleeper, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Jan Carney, and VermontSecretary of Civil and Military Affairs Neale Lunderville.New England Governors elect Gov Douglas vice chair,Douglas introduces Northeast Dairy Compact ResolutionGovernors from the six New England states recently elected Gov Jim Douglas(R-VT) as vice chairman of the New England Governors’ Conference. Theconference allows governors to work together to coordinate and implementpolicies and programs to respond to regional issues. Douglas also introduced aresolution in support of the reestablishment of a Northeast Interstate DairyCompact. The conference approved the resolution unanimously. The governorsfurther urged that their respective legislatures join insupport of such a program.The NEGC coordinates regional policy programs in the areas of economicdevelopment, transportation, environment, energy, and health, among others.Through these efforts, the conference seeks to coordinate efficient and cost-effective regional policies that reflect and benefit the states. To promote NewEngland’s economic development, the governors of the six-state region formallyestablished the New England Governors’ Conference, an informal alliance sincecolonial days, in 1937. In 1981, the conferenceincorporated as a non-partisan, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation. Theregion’s six governors serve as its board of directors. Annually, the governorsselect a chairman to oversee the activities of the organization. The NEGC alsoserves as the New England Secretariat for the Conference of New EnglandGovernors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. The Conference of New EnglandGovernors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, which first met in 1973, is a unique,inter-regional, bi-national organization.VBA appoints new presidentPeter F Crosby, chairman of the Vermont Bankers Association hasannounced that Christopher D’Elia has been appointed to the position ofpresident of the VBA. D’Elia replaces Timothy Y Hayward who left the VBAafter 18 years of service to become chief of staff for Governor Jim Douglas.Mr D’Elia most recently served as commissioner for the Vermont Department ofEconomic Development. During his two year tenure as commissioner, he wasresponsible for overseeing the economic development efforts for the state ofVermont, facilitating a partnership of public and private organizations associatedwith economic development as well as acting as a liaison between the businesscommunity and the Dean Administration. Prior to his commissioner’s post, hewas executive director of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, director, ofWorkforce Education and Training at Vermont Technical College, and executivedirector of Lamoille Economic Development Corporation.D’Angelo Sandwich Shopsembarks on major expansionD’Angelo Sandwich Shops, a quick-service restaurant concept based inDedham, MA, recently announced plans to increase the availability of its popularmad-to-order grilled and deli-style sandwiches throughout New England. Thecompany plans to build 400 units in the next five years by taking advantage ofunsatisfied customer demand identified in existing markets, particularly those inMaine, New Hampshire, Vermont and western Massachusetts, and by continuingto execute a plan announced last year to open more than 50 units in Hartford,CT, Albany, NY and Long Island. According to Vincent Brown, senior vicepresident of Restaurant Development, conditions within the economy andwithin the sandwich chain itself suggest that now is a very favorable time forD’Angelo to launch its expansion effort.Careful attention to quality has enabled D’Angelo to add items such as LobsterBisque and its popular Lobster Sub to its menu, further projecting the allure ofupscale, full-service restaurants while presenting the value and convenience ofquick-service dining. D’Angelo currently has 211 locations, 90 of which are inMassachusetts. Additional units are distributed throughout Connecticut, Maine,New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Existing franchisees account for 54of the chain’s locations, and new franchisees have been identified as the primaryvehicle through which D’Angelo will achieve its growth objectives. For moreinformation call 888-374-2830 or visit D’Angelo online at www.dangelos.com(link is external).Dirigo Paper Company to restartproduction at Gilman Paper MillGovernor Jim Douglas has announced that up to 100 jobs would be created asa result of an agreement by Dirigo Paper Company LLC of Milton,Massachusetts to acquire and restart the Gilman Mill. The mill last producedpaper in April, 2002. The Siman Paper Group backs Dirigo Paper Company; a70 year-old privately held paper products company headquartered in Miami,Florida. “This announcement means a great deal to Vermonters in the NortheastKingdom seeking quality jobs,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Iwant Dirigo Paper Company to be successful, and we will continue to work withthem to facilitate any assistance we can to help them in this new venture.” TheDepartment of Economic Development will continue to assist the companyduring the transition period through full operation. Peter Hanson, CEO of Dirigoexpected to begin the restart process in late March and plans to begin makingpaper as soon as possible thereafter. The company will be bringing on staff as itramps up production.The mill opened in 1901 and was operated by the Gilman family until it was soldto Georgia-Pacific Company in 1967. During the 1970s the mill became aleader in various specialty grades, including check paper, diazo (blueprint) andbase paper for wallpaper, labels and packing tape. Simpson Paper Company ofSeattle purchased the mill in 1990, and continued to produce specialty papers atthe mill, with particular success in watermarked financial papers. Simpson madea strategic decision to exit the paper business, and sold the mill to AmericanTissue Corporation in 1999. American Tissue’s financial difficulties and 2001-bankruptcy filing resulted in the mills shutdown in April 2002. The mill wasrecently auctioned to Steve Regan Company, of Salt Lake City, UT, which willretain an interest in non-paper-related property acquired in the sale. For furtherinformation about Dirigo Paper Company, contact Peter Hanson,617-296- 1743.Green Mountain Coffee placedin all D’Agostino NY locations Green Mountain Coffee Roaster, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) has announced that itis supplying 15 varieties of Green Mountain coffee to all 23 D’AgostinoSupermarkets in New York City and Westchester county. In addition, thecompany announced that D’Agostinos is the first supermarket chain in New YorkCity to offer Newman’s Own Organics coffees, roasted exclusively by GreenMountain Coffee Roasters.Since the company was founded in 1932, D’Agostino’s key to success has beenoffering superior service and high quality products. The D’Agostino tradition ofinnovation and quality continues with the introduction of coffees from GreenMountain Coffee and Newmans Own Organics, bringing these high quality coffeelines together in a New York City supermarket for the first time. Green MountainCoffee Roasters is a leader in the specialty coffee industry and has beenrecognized by Forbes Magazine for the past three years as one of the “200 BestSmall Companies in America.”Bond Auto opens its 30th storeBond Auto Parts, Inc, recently announced that it opened its 30th store in Berlin.According to Craig Bond, vice president of marketing and merchandising, theBerlin location brings the company one step closer to realizing their goal of 50stores by the year 2010. Bond Auto Parts has opened or acquired over 14 storessince the late 1990’s. In September 2000, the company expanded its warehouseoperations by building a 68,000 square foot structure at its headquarters propertyin Barre. This new structure has enabled the company to currently support its 30store locations and beyond from central Vermont. The year 2002 saw thecompany add 6 new store locations.Bond Auto Parts is the largest Vermont based automotive aftermarket supplierserving equally the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. Founded in1956 by Earl Bond, the company is still family owned and operated. Bond AutoParts belongs to the Automotive Aftermarket Alliance, which is one of thelargest buying and marketing groups in North America.Gallagher, Flynn completes studyof executive compensation in VTGallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC), Vermont’s largest CPA andbusiness consulting firm, has just completed the most extensive study ofexecutive compensation ever completed in Vermont. The 40-page, VermontExecutive Compensation Survey Report describes how compensation increaseswith organization size for the chief executive officer and the top operating,financial, information technology and human resources executives of over 200Vermont companies and non-profit organizations. The survey also compares andcontrasts the data by for profit versus non-profit, manufacturing versus non-manufacturing and Chittenden county versus the rest of the state.Frank Sadowski, the survey author and partner in charge of Gallagher Flynn’sHuman Resource Consulting Division, states that there are some unanticipatedfindings in this survey, one of which is the similarity in for-profit and non-profitexecutives’ salaries. Many results of the survey are analyzed in this report, andthe survey data is comprehensively presented with charts and graphs. In additionto consulting with clients on a wide range of compensation issues, GFC’s HumanResources Consulting Division also helps firms with their recruiting, laborrelations, outplacement, and other human resources issues. Copies of the reportare complimentary to survey participants and are available to others for $200. Toreceive a copy, contact Susan Duffy at Gallagher, Flynn at 802-651-7248 orsduffy@gfc.com(link sends e-mail)Atlas Timberlands Projectreceives certificationThe Atlas Timberlands Project, the third largest private landholding in Vermont,has been certified to meet Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards by theSmartWood program of the Rainforest Alliance. The goal of forest certificationis to recognize responsible land stewardship through independent evaluation andcertification of forestry practices. Landowners attaining the FSC designation areentitled to use the FSC label for public marketing and advertising of theirholdings and the forest products harvested from certified lands.The 26,000-acre Atlas Timberlands includes 23 tracts of land in 17 towns innorth central Vermont. The land is jointly owned by The Nature Conservancy(TNC) of Vermont and the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), which purchased theselands in 1997 to protect both the working landscape and the ecological resourcesthere. The partnership received notification of the land’s certification in February,following an 18-month review process. Certification of the Atlas Timberlandsenables TNC and VLT to test whether the marketplace will support sustainabletimber management with premium prices for forest products harvested fromcertified woodlands. The Atlas lands have been managed for timber for nearly200 years. The Atlas partnership hopes to obtain higher market prices for itsforestry products, in part as a result of having attained SmartWood certification.The overarching goal for securing certification is to gather and learn from newinformation about what constitutes sustainable forestry.Vermont Lottery introducestwo new instant gamesThe Vermont Lottery recently announced that it will commemorate “25 Years ofWinning” with the introduction of two new instant games and a series of year-long Second Chance drawings for non-winning Tri-Sate Megabucks andVermont Lottery Instant Game tickets. The $2 game “Celebrate” will offer a topprize of $10,000. A $5 Instant Game, “25 Years” will offer a top prize of $25,000.The Second Chance drawings will consist of quarterly drawings for VermontLottery Instant Games as well as special one-time drawings for non-winning Tri-State Megabucks.The quarterly Second Chance drawings will allow players to submit non-winningVermont Lottery Instant Game tickets for a chance to win a variety of prizes,including trips to Maui, personal computers and cash. The first drawing tookplace in March. The Tri-State Megabucks Second Chance drawing will be held inlate summer 2003 and will feature a grand prize of a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid.All profits from the Vermont Lottery are used to support the Vermont EducationFund.South Carolina seeks to pool drugbuying power with VT and MIUpon the heels of the states Michigan and Vermont announcing the formation ofthe multi-state pooling program to be coordinated by First Health Services,Governor Mark Sanford has also announced that South Carolina will seek toexpand Medicaid savings on its preferred drug list by joining in the nation’s firstMedicaid multi-state pooling program. The program will enable South Carolina tonegotiate higher discounts from pharmaceutical manufacturers by pooling withthese other states to maximize their collective buying power. Two weeks ago,Gov Sanford announced South Carolina’s request for federal approval of apreferred drug list for pharmaceutical benefits that could save the state up to$12.8 million.Gov Sanford has stated that the preferred drug list and now the addition of thismulti-state pool are two ideas he thinks will go a long way toward getting ahandle on the prescription drug component of Medicaid. “The addition of SouthCarolina to our purchasing pool is an exciting development that will bring greatervalue to our innovative program,” said Governor Jim Douglas (R-VT). “I wasvery pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the merits of the multi-statepurchasing pool with Governor Sanfordat the National Governors Association conference.”VBMeX offers exchange and reuseof excess business materialsStart-up businesses, schools and farmers are taking advantage of a state-fundedprogram whose goal is to promote the reuse of excess business materials. TheVermont Business Materials Exchange (VBMeX) is a free listing service foravailable and wanted commercial materials, many of which are free or low cost.Anyone can view the ads or submit a new listing to VBMeX by visiting the website at www.vbmex.net(link is external). The listings are diverse, and ultimately can save moneyand help the environment. For those not connected to the internet VermontBusiness Magazine has the listings each month. For more information call EllenRoffman at 800-895-1930PEOPLE IN THE NEWSThe fall membership meeting of the Vermont Society of Certified PublicAccountants was recently held in November and was attended by 60 CPAsfrom across the state. The meeting featured a presentation by Kathy Eddy,CPA, AICPA past-chairman. Also speaking were Brian Murphy, Esq, CPA, andLisa Nolen Birmingham, Esq, both of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, PC.Vermont Tax Commissioner Janet Ancel presented a Vermont Tax Update, andMichelle Guilmette, senior tax specialist and Robyn Truman, senior taxspecialist, IRS Taxpayer Education and Communication presented an IRSUpdate.Provan & Lorber, Inc has announced that Anthony Chown, projectengineer/manager, and Heather Voisin, design engineer, recently joined thegrowing office in Montpelier. These additions further expands the local serviceofferings into the areas of environmental engineering and budgetary needs oftheir clients for a variety of planning and design projects. Provan & Lorber alsohave offices and Contoocook and Littleton, NH.Sharon Winn of Calais has been named the director of Quality Improvement atBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Prior to her appointment, she servedas counsel to the provider-contracting department.The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont recently announced the election offive new board members to the organization: Alana Shaw, senior accountant atAM Peisch & Company,last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeEvergreen’s Challenge Course is just one of the many unique aspects of the college helping  earn it’s fourth place ranking.Considered among “America’s Best Colleges” for 2014, this year’s annual U.S. News & World Report rankings have pushed The Evergreen State College up a rung to fourth place among best public regional universities in the West, second in top regional schools for undergraduate teaching and 27th overall among private and public universities in the West.Evergreen also won top marks for offering outstanding first-year experiences for freshmen and for building “learning communities” that help students get to know one another and their faculty well.The rankings are based on graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.  This year, U.S. News increased the weight of graduation and retention rates.  As a result, outcome-related measures account for 30 percent of the rankings and are now the most heavily weighted factors.“U.S. News strives to provide students and their families with the most comprehensive data available,” said Bob Morse, director of data research. “Measuring outcomes is critical to understanding how well a school retains and educates its students.”The U.S. News rankings are the most widely read and influential in the United States.“While no single college ranking can capture the full picture of a college or university,” explained Evergreen spokesperson Sandra Kaiser, “reviews such as U.S. News, Fiske Guide, Princeton Review, Military Friendly Schools and others can provide useful information for prospective students and their parents.  We’re pleased that we have once again been noted as one of America’s best colleges in all of these rankings this year.”The Evergreen State College is a public liberal arts and sciences college known for academic excellence, value and a distinctive interdisciplinary, student-centered approach to education.last_img read more

first_img Sci-Tech NASA’s Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures Comment Tags Share your voicecenter_img 1 13 Photos In the constellation Cassiopeia. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany and the Russian Academy of Sciences have spotted an incredibly unusual and rare star in the middle of a cloud of gas around 10,000 light years from Earth.The star, dubbed J005311, appears to have risen from its cosmic grave after two dead stars collided with one another in the constellation Cassiopeia. The findings, published in Nature on May 21, reveal the nature of the exotic zombie star and its unusual properties. The team discovered the bizarre object using data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope and subsequently observed it using a ground-based telescope at Russia’s Special Astrophysical Observatory.At the end of a small star’s lifetime, when all of its fuel has been exhausted, it turns into a “white dwarf” — a tiny, dense, dead star. For the most part, a white dwarf is done for after that. However, researchers at Bonn examined the radiation emitted by the strange star and found that it was lacking in both hydrogen and helium, usually present in a white dwarf.bangThe infrared nebula of J005311. Vasilii Gvaramadse/Moscow University Due to J005311’s unusual emission signal, the researchers suspect what they’ve detected is the result of a cosmic fusion between two white dwarfs that circled one another for billions of years.”Such an event is extremely rare,” explains Gotz Gräfener, co-author on the study, in a press release. “There are probably not even half a dozen such objects in the Milky Way, and we have discovered one of them.”Generally, collisions of white dwarfs end up in huge stellar explosions, known as supernovae. But J005311 didn’t explode. Instead, it was reanimated and started burning again.It shines about 40,000 times brighter than our sun, has a strong magnetic field and its stream of stellar winds are moving at 16,000 kilometers per second (approx. 9950 miles per second). At approximately 360,000 degrees Fahrenheit (200,000 degrees Celsius), it’s also incredibly hot. What fate awaits the new star? Death, naturally. The exceptional event has only delayed its demise by a few thousand years. Its second run at life will be over once it has, again, exhausted all its fuel. At that point it will collapse into a tiny star and explode.last_img read more

first_imgPixabayA new study conducted by Total Jobs has revealed that one in five office mugs contain fecal matter which may not be yours. Usually, fecal matters get dumped in office mugs as more than 25 percent of employees in an office often fail to wash hands properly after coming out of the loo.In a recent post published by Total Jobs, hygiene doctor Lisa Ackerley also advised various tips to prevent an infection which may be caused due to contaminated office mugs.Lisa Ackerley revealed that simple rinsing will not eliminate germs completely from the mug, instead, people should use a dishwasher if it is available in the office. Ackerley also urged people to bring their own mug and bottle to the workspace, and do not share them with others.”Wash up your dedicated work mug in the evening. Wash bottles at least once a day because water is not sterile, and bacteria will build up over time. Don’t let anyone else use them,” wrote Lisa Ackerley.The study report also revealed that the average office desk might be loaded with 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Lisa also cited the example of a recent US study which hinted that phones in the office desk are very much contaminated. This study led by Dr Charles P Gerba from the University of Arizona found over 25,000 organisms per surface on the office phone.As per Lisa Ackerly, the best way to avoid an infection from the office seat is by using the same desk every day, without sharing it to others. The hygiene doctor also urged people to use antibacterial wipes and handwashes while using desks, phones and pens used by others.”Pen-chewers – try to break the habit. If you don’t know where a pen has been, you could be ingesting bacteria or viruses left by someone else. It could have been in someone else’s mouth, gathering dust under the desk or dropped on the loo floor. Give borrowed pens a clean with an anti-bacterial wipe,” added Lisa.last_img read more

first_imgThe mysterious creator of Bitcoin could be an Australian businessman. Image Credit: BBC Advertisement One of the world’s largest cyber-currency exchanges is under investigation after it acknowledged that one of its employee’s PCs had been hacked.South Korea-based Bithumb has said that it believes personal details of more than 30,000 of its customers were stolen as a result.It appears the data was subsequently used to fool users into letting thieves steal funds from their accounts. – Advertisement – Bithumb has promised compensation.But the Korea Internet and Security Agency, a local government-empowered watchdog, has launched an inquiry into the matter, according to the Yonhap news agency.Scam calls Bithumb allows its members to buy and sell the virtual currencies Bitcoin and Ethereum. It is South Korea’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, based on recent trading volumes, and one of the five largest in the world.The breach is reported to have occurred in February, and is said to have involved an employee’s home PC rather than computer servers at the firm’s headquarters.Bithumb is reported to have discovered the breach only on 29 June and reported it to the authorities the next day.Although a notice posted to the company’s site said the leaked data did not contain passwords, dozens of customers have reported receiving follow-up scam calls and texts in June that persuaded them to share their accounts’ authentication codes.[related-posts]Bithumb has promised initially to cover losses of up to 100,000 won ($86; £67) per customer, and to add to this once it has been able to verify individual losses.But it is unclear whether victims will be compensated in full.An unverified local report said one member claimed to have lost 1.2bn won ($1.04m; £806,000).At present, virtual currencies are not regulated by South Korea’s financial authorities and efforts to address the matter have made little progress.source: BBC Africa Newslast_img read more