Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announces the appointment of five new board members. ‘The staff and current board of VBSR are pleased to welcome five talented and capable people to serve on the VBSR Board of Directors. These new leaders will help VBSR continue to be a vital and positive force for socially responsible business policy and practice in Vermont’, said Andrea Cohen, Executive Director of VBSR. Brian Dunkiel, of Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel and Hand, and current VBSR Board Chair said, ‘VBSR has just adopted an updated strategic plan and these new board members will play a critical role in ensuring that the goals are achieved. The 2012 Board is diverse in size, sector, and geographic region. VBSR’s smart business strategies have never been stronger or more relevant to strengthening Vermont’s economy and communities’ The five new board members include: David Blittersdorf, David Epstein, Stephen Morris, Avram Patt and Markey Read.David Blittersdorf is the founder of AllEarth Renewables, a company dedicated to the development, manufacture and deployment of residential-scale, grid-tied renewable energy systems. He currently lives in Charlotte in a home completely powered by renewable energy sources.David Epstein is a partner in TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design, a long-time VBSR member He also currently serves on the board of the Vermont Foodbank and as a member of the Shelburne Historic Preservation and Design Advisory Committee.Stephen Morris, the co-founder of The Public Press, a book-publishing business that provides options for writers whose works are too specialized for traditional publishers. He is also the editor and publisher of Green Living and the author of six books. Avram Patt is the General Manager and CEO of Washington Electric Co-op, a consumer-owned rural electric utility that has been an early leader in promoting energy efficiency and developing local and renewable power supply sources. He also represents an 11-state region in the resolutions process of the National Rural Electric Cooperative association.Markey Read has worked for the past twenty years providing leadership development, team building, and professional employee development services to employers and individuals throughout Vermont with the company she founded, Career Networks. Markey is also the chapter coordinator for WBON in Williston, and is a member of the American Society of Training and Development.
By David Vergun / Department Of Defense / Edited by the Diálogo staff February 14, 2020 U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Colombia is the United States’ “closest partner in Latin America,” and that he looks forward to strengthening their defense relationship even more.Esper welcomed Colombia’s Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo to the Pentagon on February 7. Following the meeting, the two held a press briefing to discuss areas of cooperation between both nations.Esper highlighted the two nations’ shared, long, and rich history of cooperation around the world, including during the Korean War when Colombia deployed troops in support of the United Nations-led military effort to protect South Korea. Colombia, Ester continued, has also participated for decades in the multinational force and observers who are keeping the peace in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.The defense relationship was on display when Colombia hosted a joint army airborne exercise in January, he added. Esper said he and Trujillo would discuss more opportunities for future multilateral exercises in the region.Key to security in the region is resolving the crisis in Venezuela, where the Nicolás Maduro regime continues to violate its own people’s human rights, the secretary said.Terrorists, illicit trafficking groups, and unwelcome foreign influence exacerbate the situation, Esper said, adding that the U.S. and other nations are seeking a peaceful transition to democracy in Venezuela.“We are grateful for everything Colombia has done to assist Venezuelans fleeing Maduro’s oppression,” Esper said.The U.S. is also working with Colombia to curb cocaine production and trafficking. Esper noted an increase in illicit drugs eradication in 2019. He said the pace of that work continues this year.Esper said he also met with leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard to discuss how, in cooperation with the U.S. Defense Department, to support Colombia and other nations in counter-narcotics activity.Esper congratulated Trujillo and Colombia for becoming NATO’s first Latin American global partner in 2018. “This was a critical step toward improving your interoperability with the alliance and increasing your participation in exercises and military education. Meanwhile, NATO will greatly benefit from your experiences in counterterrorism and other military activities.”Trujillo thanked U.S. and Colombian service members and police for putting their lives on the line. “They are all heroes, and we owe them our eternal gratitude for providing the security that allows us to build and maintain our nations’ democratic values, freedom and human rights.”“The United States is Colombia’s most important and strategic partner,” the defense minister said. “The bilateral Colombia-U.S. relationship has historically been characterized by strong ties of friendship and cooperation on many fronts.”Trujillo said he shares with the U.S. the hope for a rapid transition to democracy in Venezuela, the eradication of illicit crops, and ending terrorism. He added that he looks forward to even more cooperation between the two nations’ militaries.
continue reading » by: David DivittSince its launch last year, Apple Pay has seen significant uptake in the markets where it is available, no question. Latest figures show 42 percent of iPhone 6 owners have used the service, while JP Morgan says that over a million of its customers have uploaded their card details to use on the mobile payment platform.But it’s not all been plain sailing for the Cupertino firm, with reports indicating that Apple Pay is in fact acting as a backdoor for fraudsters.While Apple Pay has been hailed as one of the most secure mobile payment options because of its use of tokenization and biometric authentication, there is a weak link in the chain that has caused a surge in fraudulent transactions.As ever in payments, criminals adore a weak link, especially in a system that is otherwise very secure — this makes it all the more likely their fraud will go unnoticed.Gartner’s Avivah Litan explained how this problem is allowing fraudsters to bridge the gap between traditional, or card-present, transactions and the card-not-present world. It seems the issue is with banks’ verification processes. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Photo: LOT So far this year, the Polish market has generated almost a million arrivals and more than six million overnight stays, which puts this market, along with Germany, Slovenia, Austria and Italy, among the top five foreign markets with the largest tourist traffic. Find out more about the profile of the Polish emitting market in the attachment. “I am convinced that the new direct line from Warsaw to Rijeka will bring Croatia closer to all Poles as an attractive and desirable destination, but also Rijeka as the European Capital of Culture. Our presence at the TT Warsaw fair is very important because it is a fair in which all key representatives of the Polish tourism industry participate.”, said the director of the CNTB Representation in Poland Agnieszka Puszczewicz, adding that our country still enjoys the status of one of the most popular foreign destinations among Poles. Attachment: Emitting market profile – Poland Emitting market profile – Poland The Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Poland presents the Croatian tourist offer as part of the TT Warsaw fair, which is being held this year in the 27th edition from 21 to 23 November in Warsaw. At the grand opening of the fair The Polish airline LOT announced the opening of a new direct airline to Croatia, and it is a flight that will connect Warsaw and Rijeka from June 2020. Poles mostly travel in the summer months and during the winter school holidays. There has been a trend of shorter vacations, two to three times a year. Destinations with very good air connections are an advantage, which is certainly excellent information in accordance with the newly opened Warsaw-Rijeka airline.
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It claimed to be the first international asset manager to make SME loans directly available to institutional investors.In the new venture, Schroders is to line up investors while Neos will select companies that want to finance their growth.Neos said it wanted to fill the gap between bank financing and private equity, and that the level of interest charged was between covered short-term loans and mezzanine debt.It added that the duration of the issued loans was up to seven years.Quirijn Haak, director and co-founder of Rotterdam-based Neos, said: “We have a network of more than 50 local accountants and advisers who select the companies in the target group. Because the companies are their clients, our partners know them well.”According to Haak, who has also been associate director at merchant bank NIBC, Neos is able to assess a company’s loan application within a few days.Michel Vermeulen, director at Schroders’s Dutch division, said the asset manager chose Neos because of its track record.Haak attributed Neos’s success to the fact that it uses the approach and analysis of SME loans usually applied for much larger companies’ structured finance solutions.In his opinion, there are “tens of thousands of firms that would be eligible for this kind of direct loan”.He estimated the Dutch market at approximately €1.5bn annually.“The venture with Schroders should make it possible to service one-quarter of this market in the longer term,” he said. The €425bn global asset manager Schroders has taken a 25% stake in Dutch company Neos Business Finance, which issues loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).Neon, which has already provided loans on behalf of the industry-wide pension funds for the furnishing (Wonen) and retail sectors (Detailhandel) in the Netherlands, said it also expected to branch out into Belgium and the UK.To date, Neos has issued 75 loans of up to €1m each – and totalling €48m – through its MKB Impulsfund.Schroders said the new joint venture aimed to offer clients the option to invest in high-yielding loans to local medium-sized companies.
Batesville, In. — Officials in Batesville have approved a new 12-lot subdivision near downtown.Reports indicate the subdivision developed by Charlie Gillman would have starter and affordable homes.Batesville city council will consider the proposal next.
Ricky Thornton Jr. won a thriller, and $2,454, when the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour traveled to Southwest Speedway. (Photo by Mike Spieker)By Mike SpiekerDICKINSON, N.D. (July 11) – Winning streaks by both inclement weather and Hunter Marriott came to an end Wednesday night at Southwest Speedway.Ricky Thornton Jr. picked up the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic IMCA Modified Tour win at Dickinson, ending both the streak of two straight wins by two-time defending champion Marriott and then back-to-back rainouts.R.C. Whitwell and Shawn Strand made up the front row for the 30-lap main event. Whitwell grabbed the lead before Thornton got a run to go from fourth to second on lap two, getting by both Strand and Ethan Dotson.The top three distanced themselves from the rest of the field at the halfway point. With 14 to go, Whitwell found himself in lapped traffic and had to move away from the preferred bottom groove, which allowed Thornton to reel him in.Thornton dove to the inside with 10 to go to take the lead but Whitwell didn’t go down without a fight. The Arizona driver battled back to go three wide with Thornton along with a lapped car in the mix. Whitwell reclaimed the lead with six to go as Marriott moved into third.Thornton went back to the low groove to pull even with Whitwell. Thornton drove back into the lead with four to as Marriott looked to challenge Whitwell for second.“Me and R.C. definitely had a hard race there. He gave me plenty of room… I gave him plenty of room and we ended up on top,” said Thornton from victory lane.The win paid $2,454. Thornton, the 2015 tour champion, was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.A stout field of 31 IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars made the call for the night’s 25-lap feature, won by four-time tour champion Elijah Zevenbergen.Elijah Zevenbergen scored another IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory during the July 11 Dakota Classic Tour program at Southwest Speedway. (Photo by Mike Spieker)Fourth starting Austin Daae came up to challenge Keith Mattox and Chris Heim on lap two. The trio went three wide down the backstretch with Daae emerging as the leader. Zevenbergen raced his way to second by the first caution, on lap four.After racing side by side for two circuits, Zevenbergen prevailed on the low side to take the lead. Once out front, Zevenbergen checked out to claim his second win on the 2018 tour. Dalton Flory edged out Daae for second, while Angel Munoz charged from 13th to fourth.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Hunter Marriott; 3. R.C. Whitwell; 4. Jason Wolla; 5. Ethan Dotson; 6. Kelly Shryock; 7. Shawn Strand; 8. Tom Berry Jr.; 9. Billy Kendall III; 10. Tim Ward; 11. Jason Beaulieu; 12. Robert Hellebust; 13. Alex Stanford; 14. Steven Pfeifer; 15. Eddie Belec; 16. John Corell; 17. Dylan Goplen; 18. Paul Stone; 19. Justin O’Brien; 20. Travis Peery; 21. Kody Scholpp; 22. Chris Schroeder; 23. Chris Bragg; 24. Dan Aune; 25. Troy Girolamo; 26. Josh Rogotzke; 27. Kyle Brown; 28. Marlyn Seidler; 29. Travis Olheiser; 30. Travis Hagen.Stock Cars – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Dalton Flory; 3. Austin Daae; 4. Angel Munoz; 5. Jason Rogers; 6. Joe Flory; 7. Jake Nelson; 8. Chris Heim; 9. Matt Speckman; 10. Rob Stenvold; 11. Scott Yale; 12. Dave Moriarty; 13. Curt Lund; 14. A.J. Dancer; 15. Scott Gartner; 16. Keith Mattox; 17. Colin Heim; 18. Jody York; 19. Jeremy Swanson; 20. Andy Altenburg; 21. Beau Deschamp; 22. Blake Adams; 23. Cody Nelson; 24. Kirk Martin.
“When you have that, you don’t want to let him go. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing of course but it never is. “We have a strong relationship. He is a very humble man. There has been a lot said about him but beneath it all he is a real good guy who is a true professional. “His will and desire oversteps the mark the odd time, which has got him in trouble, but if you are talking about tactical and technical ability he is up there with the world’s best and he is a brilliant player to have.” The only downside to the day was captain Steven Gerrard limping off with an injury which may yet keep him out for a few weeks. “I think we just need to assess that in the next day or so. Hopefully it is just a strain,” said Rodgers. Hammers manager Sam Allardyce felt the scoreline was a harsh reflection on his side. “I think we showed in the first half that we didn’t deserve to be 1-0 down,” he said. “The game at this level is 90-95 minutes long not 45. For me we didn’t recover from that (second) goal going into the start of the second half and that was the disappointing thing. “We could have taken a lot of encouragement from the first half and the chance from Modibo Maiga that was well saved (by Simon Mignolet) is one you want to go in when you come to the big boys, but I couldn’t criticise as it was a super save off a very good header. “The second goal killed us for a while, got Liverpool right up for it.” Allardyce was unhappy his captain Kevin Nolan was sent off for raking his studs down the calf of Jordan Henderson late on, yet Jon Flanagan escaped for a tackle on Stewart Downing. “Kevin Nolan shouldn’t have lost his cool but obviously he did and Stewart Downing is in hospital having his Achilles and calf stitched up from a nasty challenge from Flanagan,” he said. His worth to Liverpool is plain to see as he has scored 26 – 27 if he is awarded the own goal – in his last 25 league matches. Suarez’s late intervention in the last 10 minutes prevented a nervy finish after Martin Skrtel’s own goal had given the Hammers a sniff following an own goal from Guy Demel and Mamadou Sakho’s first for the club – although that was also disputed by Skrtel, who thinks he got the final touch. “I don’t think you can put a price on him and I wouldn’t want to,” said Rodgers. “He has two-and-a-half years here and if you look at his consistency in his game and how he is playing, at this moment in time he is up there with the best players in the world. “Whatever price people put on that then that is what people do, but at the moment it is not of interest to me or him.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said in the week Sergio Aguero was better but Rodgers, obviously, disagreed. The Reds boss said: “Most teams in the world would want Luis Suarez. I think Aguero is a wonderful player as well but I wouldn’t swap Suarez for anyone. “I get the chance to work with him every day and what he gives is a relentless desire. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he cannot put a price on what Luis Suarez is worth but admits most clubs in the world would want him in their side. The Uruguay international scored one and will lay claim to a second – credited as a Joey O’Brien own goal after a deflection off the defender – as West Ham were beaten 4-1 at Anfield. After his four goals against Norwich in midweek, Rodgers joked the 26-year-old was worth £40,000,002 – in reference to Arsenal’s failed summer bid of £40,000,001 – but in all seriousness he cannot put into figures the striker’s financial value.
Winger Aaron Lennon hopes his permanent move to Everton will give him the chance to win back his England place. “There are a lot of England players here (at Everton) so hopefully the manager will be coming to watch a lot and that gives me a better chance to show what I can do if I am playing. “I just want to get back to playing the way I know I can and get a run of games. “You need a run of games to get up to form and that is my aim. “Spurs have loads of players, a massive squad, and some players go for long periods of time without playing. “I think any footballer will tell you when they are not playing it is not enjoyable. “If you are not playing sometimes it is best to move on. That was the case for me and it was time for me to move.” After stagnating at Tottenham, Lennon was offered the chance of a loan at Everton in January and his short spell at Goodison Park made such an impression on him he made his mind up there was only one place he wanted to move to when the transfer window re-opened. However, it was not until the last few moments on deadline day – Everton were granted a couple of extra hours to complete the deal – that his ambition was realised. With Euro 2016 taking place in France next summer the 28-year-old intends to make up for lost time and force his way into the international reckoning after more than two-and-a-half years in the wilderness. “I do want to get back into the England set-up as I’ve been out of it for a while now. I love playing for England and I’ve missed it,” he said. It was a bold move holding out for the Toffees when he had chances to go elsewhere but he hopes it will pay off. “I made it clear this was the one I wanted – from my loan spell early on I knew this was the club that I wanted to be at,” he added. “There were other clubs interested but to be honest I didn’t really even entertain it. I just sat there hoping this deal would go through, and thankfully it did. “I didn’t hear much until the end of the window and then I pretty much knew it was close and obviously it went down to the wire. “When it got to late afternoon you start thinking ‘Is there time for this to go through?’ but there are no worries now. “This is the one I wanted and I am looking for a successful period here for a long time. “The quality and potential this team has I don’t see why it can’t go to the very top. “This team should definitely be challenging for Europe.” Press Association