Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility announces five new board members

first_imgVermont 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.last_img read more

UK firms lash out at lease plans

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Containerships’ First LNG-Fueled Newbuild Launched

first_imgThe first of four LNG-fueled container vessels being built for Finnish shipping company Containerships has been launched at Wenchong Shipyard in China. The launching ceremony for the 1,368 TEU Containerships Nord was held on November 4.The shipbuilding work of the first vessel continues now on an outfitting pier where interior, such as piping, cabling, smaller machinery and furnishings, of the vessel will be installed. The main engine factory acceptance was completed in September and the LNG tanks have been accepted and are ready to be installed at the shipyard, the company said.The launching of the first LNG-powered vessel was followed by the keel laying of the second vessel, which is now under construction. The block production for the second vessel is nearly completed and 148 blocks have been accepted. The main engine testing is planned for the end of November, according to Containerships.The steel for the third vessel was cut in May and for the fourth vessel in September.In 2018, Containerships will have the total of four new LNG-fueled vessels in operation in the Baltics and North Sea. The first vessel is expected to start sailing during the first half of 2018, depending on the completion of sea trials.The construction of the four vessels is part of the EU DOOR2LNG project aimed at turning the multimodal door-to-door logistics chain completely to LNG. In total, EUR 17 million was granted to Containerships, of which EUR 10 million is allocated for four LNG vessels for North and Baltic Sea operations and EUR 7 million for the upgrade of the port infrastructure and development of cargo handling capacity in ports of Helsinki, Rotterdam and Teesport.Additionally, the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) decided to invest EUR 5 million in supporting the company’s environmental strategy in the Baltic Sea region.On November 10, the company said that its up to EUR 70 million bonds 2015/2016 will be redeemed in advance. The date of the redemption will be December 15, 2017. On the same day, Containerships placed a EUR 60 million senior secured bond under a framework of up to EUR 100 million. As explained, the proceeds from the transaction will be used to refinance the company’s existing bond and for general corporate purposes including investments and acquisitions.“Not only does the bond issue allow the company to lower its cost of financing; it will enable the company to deliver on its ambition of launching Europe’s first fully LNG-based supply chain, positioning it at the vanguard of European short sea logistics,” Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, CEO of Containerships, commented.last_img read more

LA Lakers’ poor defense, D’Angelo Russell’s emergence overshadow Kobe Bryant in loss to Memphis

first_img“We haven’t been able to guard anybody,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “Teams are scoring pretty much at will outside and inside.”So even if Jordan Clarkson (28 points on 10-of-18 clip) and D’Angelo Russell (22 points, career-high eight assists) produced offensively, they also played a part in allowing guards Mike Conley (24 points) and PJ Hairston (17 points) to do anything they pleased.“We never really had all five guys locked in on defense,” Russell said. “It was one or two guys sleeping.”Russell sounded just as honest about his offensive production and starting role in 33 minutes. Clarkson logged 40 minutes while Julius Randle (14 points, 11 rebounds) played in 33 minutes amid Scott’s quest they will all play at least 30 minutes through the rest of the season.“Earlier in the year I was given that starting spot and then had to work for it,” Russell said. “I don’t know about now if I worked for it. But I’m not going to try to give [Scott] a reason to bench me again.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Scott praised Russell’s improvement with attacking the basket and mid-range game before calling on him to improve his defense and decrease his 3-point attempts. Scott added, “it’s got to be something he does on a consistent basis.”But after often critiquing Russell, Bryant offered sympathy about the challenges Russell faced as a reserve. “The momentum takes place and you have to come in and adjust to what’s going on,” Bryant said. “It’s much easier for him when he does start to be able to control the game.”But even if Bryant’s play took a backseat for one night, his presence did not. The Grizzlies offered no video tribute, but the public address announcer praised Bryant’s accomplishments while he received a standing ovation during lineup introductions. Beforehand, Bryant also gushed about plenty of memories in this building.Bryant scored 60 points on March 22, 2007 in what still marks the most points scored against the Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum.“I remember being in a good groove,” Bryant said. “I had a really good touch on the ball. My pull-up jump shots were automatic.”Bryant fractured his left knee here on Dec. 18, 2013 in what became a season-ending injury. But he still led the Lakers to a win by playing in the second half on one leg. “I didn’t realize it was broken,” Bryant said. “I knew there was something going on in there. But I could walk and go on pretty well.” And Bryant faced Memphis forward Tony Allen, whom Bryant has considered his toughest defender. Allen even prompted Bryant to avoid the city’s barbecue.“I couldn’t necessarily take any shortcuts,” Bryant said. “He was the only one that took the challenge of playing straight up. He wasn’t looking for help.”The Grizzlies did not need much help to stop Bryant in his last stop here. But even worse, Memphis did not need much help to score anytime it touched the ball. center_img MEMPHIS >> This city once represented the place that Kobe Bryant unleashed his scoring outbursts against an opponent he described as “physical.”But in the Lakers’ 128-119 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday at FedEx Forum, Bryant’s last game here featured a few different things. Bryant scored a modest 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting in 29 minutes. Beforehand, the Lakers’ 37-year-old likened predicting his amounts of play to “a roll of the dice” because of his tenuous health. But the Lakers have larger issues. The Lakers struggled defensively as always. Memphis forward Matt Barnes suddenly became a lethal offensive threat (25 points on 9-of-14 shooting). The Lakers also hosted a layup line by conceding 54 points in the paint. last_img read more