Governor Douglas Proclaims January “Vermont Mentoring Month”

first_imgOn the afternoon of January 15, 2004 at his weekly press conference Governor Jim Douglas declared January “Vermont Mentoring Month.” Vermont mentors and their youth matches looked on.The Vermont Mentoring Partnership (VMP), a project of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, is spearheading Vermont’s celebration of National Mentoring Month, as designated by President George Bush in early January. The VMP connects youth and adults in mentoring programs throughout Vermont, supporting mentor programs statewide and serving over 2,000 youth.The theme for National Mentoring Month is “Who mentored you? Thank them … and pass it on! Mentor a child.” The philosophy behind “Who mentored you?” is to encourage individuals to recognize the importance of mentoring by inspiring them to think about people in their own lives who provided support, and helped them learn and become who they are today.At Thursday’s press conference, Governor Douglas stated: “The State of Vermont is working to expand mentoring and other volunteer activities… Mentoring reflects the great strength of the human connection. This sense of belonging is the heart and soul of the people of Vermont… Mentors are friends, teachers, coaches, and role models. They open doors of opportunity, convey values, and help provide the stability and compassion that youth of today need to succeed… They provide experiences for our youth to explore new careers, and opportunities that help prepare the future workforce of Vermont, helping to build a strong economy.”Research shows that youth-adult mentor matches improve student grades, school attendance, career options, family relationships, and prevent drug and alcohol initiation. One of several dozen state partnerships created by the National Mentoring Partnership, the VMP provides training, certification, workshops, conferences, and technical assistance to the Vermont mentoring community.A media campaign accompanies VMP’s community outreach and educational activities during this month. For more information about mentoring in Vermont, log on to the Vermont Mentoring Partnership website (www.vtmentoring.org(link is external)).last_img read more

Navajo proclamation points nation toward clean energy development

first_imgNavajo proclamation points nation toward clean energy development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Farmington Daily Times:Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed a proclamation late today that calls on the tribe to pursue renewable energy projects.The proclamation – named the Navajo Háyoołkááł Proclamation – calls for a diverse energy portfolio and job creation from projects that focus on clean energy development.It also calls for restoring land and water impacted by uranium and coal mining, developing off-grid solar-generated electricity for homes, and building utility scale renewable energy projects that supply tribal and state lands.Among the utility scale projects mentioned during the signing ceremony is a proposed solar farm situated on Paragon Ranch, a 22,000-acre parcel located south of Farmington, or on land within Tsé Daa K’aan Chapter.The proposal is part of $2 million the tribe is seeking for renewable energy projects in the capital outlay bill that awaits Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s signature.Nez said the proclamation sends a message that the tribe is continuing to embrace change and wants to be the leader in renewable energy in Indian Country. The proclamation also supports amending the tribe’s energy policy from 2013 and creating an energy office to oversee energy projects and development.More: Proclamation supports renewable energy transition for Navajo Nationlast_img read more

Partner Nation Air Forces Direct Aid to Mexico following Earthquake

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo September 29, 2017 Air forces from the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, per its Spanish acronym), came to Mexico’s aid after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale shook the country on September 19th, leaving hundreds of victims dead and thousands injured and affected. This new telluric movement occurred exactly 32 years after the earthquake that left thousands dead on September 19, 1985. “SICOFAA member nations quickly agreed to cancel the Cooperación V air exercise that was to be held in Chile from September 26th to October 7th,” Colonel Rodrigo Zapata, the director of the Colombian Air Force’s National Rescue and Special Operations Center, told Diálogo. “The countries that had expressed their commitment to participating in the exercise deployed their aid to Mexico.” The Colombian, Ecuadorean, Salvadoran, and U.S. air forces were the first to provide the specialized humanitarian technical assistance offered to the Mexican government and people to bolster their search and rescue work following the earthquake. Almost immediately, the Mexican Armed Forces deployed more than 11,000 soldiers to provide assistance. “This foreign assistance has meant a lot to Mexicans. Rest assured that we will be forever grateful,” Mexican Navy Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón, Mexican Secretary of the Navy, stated on social media. Mexican Secretary of the Interior Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong said that “domestic and international cooperation has been essential for saving lives.” SICOFAA, through its many events and previous exercises, has helped to create a sense of unity, camaraderie, and mutual support among the air forces of the Americas, and you see that on display in the relief effort as many SICOFAA member countries have sent aid to Mexico,” U.S. Air Force Colonel Anthony G. Cook, the secretary general of SICOFAA, told Diálogo. SICOFAA is a voluntary, non-political organization devoted to promoting cooperation, unity, and interoperability among the 20 air forces of partner nations in the Americas. Outpouring of solidarity The earthquake caused damage in the states of Guerrero, Mexico, Morelos, and Puebla, as well as in the nation’s capital. Several parts of Mexico City were declared disaster zones less than two weeks after another huge earthquake had caused damage in the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. “The first 72 hours are crucial in these kinds of tragedies. The levels of coordination and communication must facilitate a rapid and timely response to complete the mission,” Col. Zapata said. “Helping our allies when they are in need is one of the most important things we do as a nation,” added U.S. Air Force Captain Kyle Brackett of the 21st Airlift Squadron. “Two days after the earthquake, humanitarian aid from the United States arrived at Military Air Base No. 2 on board a C-17 [from the U.S. Air Force] in a great gesture of solidarity,” Adm. Soberón reported. “The airlift unit transported 33 tons of equipment and an elite Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.” The Colombian government also deployed aid. It sent a Colombian Air Force Boeing 727 Vulcan, a rescue team, a 10-ton load of humanitarian aid, and two canine teams to assist the Mexican authorities with their search-and-rescue duties. The day after the earthquake, the Salvadoran Air Force transported 25 elite rescuers from El Salvador’s Urban Search and Rescue Group in a C-47 turboprop plane. The delegation traveled with enough food, supplies, and provisions to be self-sufficient during their stay in Mexico. Ecuador sent an L-100-30 Hercules transport plane from the Ecuadorean Air Force. Its aid mission comprised 30 people with medical and communications equipment that helped in the planning, search with canines, and the breaking down, perforation, lifting, and removal of debris. The Costa Rican team arrived on a Beechcraft King Air F90 belonging to the Costa Rican National Police by pilots from the Aerial Surveillance Service of the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Safety. This group comprised experts on assessing the structural damage to buildings. Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru also sent their best rescuers to work with the Mexican authorities in their search-and-rescue efforts for people trapped under the rubble. Other nations from around the world, including Israel, Japan, and Spain, joined the international aid effort, sending contingents with tons of unconditional aid to the Aztec nation. The personnel in these foreign delegations were coordinated by Mexico’s Secretariat of the Navy, National Defense Secretariat, Federal Police, and Civil Defense authorities. Rescue missions were conducted 24 hours a day and they also assisted in assessing the damage caused by the quake. Coordination, synergy, and training “Even though the aid was dispatched to Mexico through various diplomatic communication channels, we always keep in communication and coordination with SICOFAA when this kind of international aid is provided,” Col. Zapata noted. “No nation is exempt from these unwanted disasters.” “It is important to note the synergy among our partner forces when responding jointly to a large-scale emergency and joining forces to benefit the nation affected, which, in this case, was Mexico,” Armando Rodríguez Luna, an expert on military and security issues with the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE, per its Spanish acronym) in Mexico City, told Diálogo. “Because earthquakes are a constant in Mexico and in other countries in the Latin American region, this type of phenomenon must be given priority in the agendas of the Mexican Armed Forces and other armed forces in the region in order to jointly bolster our capabilities and develop new ones.” “This entire experience, plus the opportunity to participate in combined training exercises at the national and international levels, such as [SICOFAA’s] multilateral ‘Cooperación’ exercise, enriches our experience and expertise in the planning, control, and execution of operations in cases of natural disasters,” Col. Zapata concluded. “We will always be ready and willing to assist our partner nations.”last_img read more

Don’t just install tech, integrate it

first_img 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tim Klatt As the Director of Retail Strategies for La Macchia Group, Tim Klatt brings over 15 years of experience in geographical market analysis, strategy development and large scale retail deployments for … Web: www.lamacchiagroup.com Details Credit unions are rooted in community and thrive on highly personal, relationship-driven service. These attributes are – and should remain – the core of a credit union’s mission. That increasingly means enabling technology with a purpose: creating high-touch, personalized relationships through smart technology integrations.According to Deloitte, today’s consumers expect their financial institutions to act and interact more like top technology brands. In an age where credit unions need to do all they can to avoid being “Rocket Mortgaged,” and consumers seek a fast, frictionless financial experience across various mediums, technology integration must be a top priority for credit unions of all sizes.If you’re not thinking about technology, you’re in the minority. In 2018, 78% of financial executives believed their work was going to change in the next five years because of new digital business trends. But investing in technology for your credit union is about more than “keeping up with the Joneses.” It is not simply installing screens blandly showcasing your most recent auto loan rate, or CD or using ITMs in your branches. To achieve the maximum return on investment, technology must serve a purpose. It must be integrated into your member’s journey, identifying, addressing and easing friction points for your members and acting as a seamless expression of your brand.So, what is the right kind of technology to focus on? There is no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach to technology integration for credit unions. It’s important to leverage community and demographic insights to determine what your members care about and use available technology to help you connect with them. How do you know when it’s time to consider an update? If you’ve found yourself or your team saying any of the following, it’s time:“My branch feels out-of-date and out-of-touch.”Technology integration enables you to create a customized, personalized environment that is adaptable, modern and experiential. It is not about digital display, it’s about digital engagement. Taking your brand digital means you can quickly and creatively deploy custom content that instantly rejuvenates your brand and your message. Where in the past, you invested in static signage and it was “one and done,” a one-time investment in technology integration unlocks a plethora of opportunities to engage with members through meaningful, timely and relevant content.“I don’t know what my members want and need.”No one expects you to be a mind-reader. A critical first step of technology integration is to conduct demographic and member research to discover what, if any, points of friction currently exist within a member’s user financial experience. We then determine how best to leverage technology to address those issues. This is not a guessing game; it’s rooted in data and actionable insights and should clearly demonstrate a return on investment.“I need to do more with less.”How members use branches is changing. As branches become a key place for conversation and consultation, technology can supplement existing staff to ensure that while your employees are guiding individuals and families through some of life’s bigger moments like mortgages and loans, your members can still quickly and efficiently carry out their day-to-day transactional needs in a way that provides a user-focused, individualized experience.The topic of technology is hot right now – in just about every industry. But it must be more than a “hot topic” – it must be an intentional, purpose-driven business investment. The ROI is clear. True technology integration will drive business growth, profitability and member engagement, and set your credit union up to evolve alongside its members.last_img read more

3T – Tourism, Travel and Tech: Tourism and Technology – Second Time!

first_imgAfter the great success of last year’s 3T conference – Tourism, Travel and Tech, Bug is organizing the second edition, on March 20, this time in the larger and more luxurious space of Boutique Cinema Kaptol in Zagreb.Early bird tickets are available until the end of February, via the Entrio system, the link is at the bottom of the conference page 3T – Tourism, Travel and TechThe conference opens with a keynote lecture entitled Travel Drives Technology: New Apps Everywhere, will be held by a guest from Germany Martin Reents, serial entrepreneur & CEO. The round table, panel discussion, that follows will be moderated Ivan Ilijasic, Orioly. The name of the panel discussion is: How to solve the problem of seasonality in tourism with technology?One of the lectures will be about implementation of the new Law on Provision of Services in Tourism, which is an issue that concerns both IT people and “tourists”, will sustain it Monika Udovicic, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs and Standards.Some other topics that the organizers are preparing and planning for the conference are: Tourism monetization social networks, CRM in the tourism industry, Influencer marketing – how to make a brand that customers will recognize and recommend, Mobile payment IT solutions for the hotel industry. Instagram in tourism – where everyone is here and little Mujo / Ivica, Digital nomads – work without a job, Croatian nautical tourism on the web, Seasonality and technology, How to distribute your offer of excursions, Strategy advertising na free tools. (The program is subject to change until the last moment)The seasonality of Croatian tourism is already a well-known problem, and we should have started thinking about cases of “overtourism” a long time ago. How can we use technology to extend the season and make it easier to reach tourists outside of the hot summer months? What technological trends can help us with that today? What are the trends in, which are only current hyping and how to start introducing new trends in domestic tourism?The presentation will be given by the director of the conference, Oleg Maštruko, together with a partner in an adventure, Sasa Cvetojevic – the two of them are like Team Tesla a couple of weeks ago they returned from a rally in Africa, where, according to available information, they were the first crew to cross Sahara electric car, Saša’s Tesla X. The 3T conference was the sponsor of this unique project, and it will be the first where you will be able to hear their experiences live, first hand.”When we organized the 3T – Tourism, Travel and Tech conference for the first time last year, it was a kind of lottery, because we didn’t know what reactions we would get.. Now, with last year’s experience, we know that the place of direct connection, networking, and the exchange of knowledge and ideas between the two most successful Croatian branches of the economy, more than necessary, and between visitors and companies – well received. For this year’s edition of the 3T – Tourism, Travel and Tech conference, we are preparing an abundance of fresh and current content, which you can see more about on the conference website, especially as the date approaches”Points out Oleg Maštruko, conference director.According to relevant data, Croatia has the largest share of tourism in the gross national product (GDP) of all EU countries. Tourism is vital for us, and the IT industry is the most active, most profitable and fastest growing branch in recent years. The main question is whether Croatia can achieve synergy of the two sectors?How will it be shaped, and what trends will the tourism industry follow in the coming years? What will be the impact of technology? If you are serious about tourism and if you want to do tourism in the future, these are the questions you need to ask yourself, because all new trends and technologies directly affect your business, and day by day it will affect more and more.Early bird conference registrations 3T – Tourism, Travel & Tech are available in the Entrio system. A link to buying tickets, and more details on the content, can be found on the conference website www.3t.bug.hrlast_img read more

May 12, 2018 Police Blotter

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Zeal co-founder Marc Peters backs Lotto24 takeover as ‘best business strategy’

first_img Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Issuing a corporate filing, the governance of Deutsche Borse listed Zeal Network has revealed that enterprise co-founder and active shareholder Marc Peters has declared his support for the acquisition of German market rival Lotto24 AG.Peters who founded the company in 2000, alongside partner Jens Schumann has detailed his support of a takeover of Lotto24 to Zeal investors, backing corporate governance’s future strategy.“Having reviewed the proposed transaction as well as the recent changes in the regulatory environment in detail, I have come to the conclusion that both the business model change, as well as the proposed transaction with Lotto24, are the right way forward for the company” reads Marc Peters statement.Zeal’s latest communication follows last week’s confirmation by governance that it would not proceed with putting forward Lottoland’s proposed €76 million offer to buy-out Zeal’s German market assets.In its statement, Zeal governance labels Marc Peters endorsement of the takeover as a further ‘confirmation of its planned corporate transformation for the German lottery market’ and the best strategy for stakeholders moving forward.Zeal’s scheduled shareholder vote on the Lotto24 takeover will take place this 18 January, with shareholders unable to attend having been told to submit proxy votes before the deadline of 09.00 GMT on Wednesday 16 January. Share Submit Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more