Brattleboro Chamber Holds Annual Dinner

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first_imgBrattleboro Chamber Holds Annual DinnerBraving the elements of a huge weekend blizzard that buried the region under nearly two feet of snow, the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Dinner right on schedule Saturday, January 22. Over 120 area business people turned out for the gala, enjoying the hospitality of the Putney Inn and the music of The Phyllis Isaacson and Bill Shontz Quartet. The highlight of the evening came with the presentation of the Person of the Year and Corporate Citizen of the Year awards, a long-standing tradition of the Chamber. Catherine Coonan, twenty years with The Richards Group, was honored as the Chambers 51st Person of the Year. Tim Copeland of Downs, Rachlin & Martin PLLC, and President of the BACC board in 2004, presented the award to Coonan, noting her long ties to the area and numerous contributions the community. She has a well-earned reputation in the community for her organizational skills, attention to detail and loyalty to her clients. She has compiled a remarkable list of community activities over the years. Copeland cited her extensive involvement with the local Rotary Club (she is a former President), and her service on the boards of several organizations such as the Austine School, BABB, and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital where she currently serves as Board President. He praised her as a person who has shown unparalleled devotion to the community over the years. A surprised Coonan graciously accepted the award to a standing ovation. The Corporate Citizen of the Year was awarded to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Newly elected BACC board President, Martha OConnor presented the honor. As a community hospital, BMH is able to offer patients something unique in this day and age: truly personalized attention and care. From their family-oriented, comfortable birthing center to their fully equipped surgical suites, BMH offers health care that combines the best of technology with small-town values. She lauded the mini-city as a lot more than a corporation. Its an institution& a healthcare institution which . . .gives more than $1.8 million each year in charitable and free care andprovides the community with a wealth of free screenings and educational programs.Katherine Anderson, interim CEO for BMH accepted the award from OConnor, thanking the Chamber for the recognition. BACC Executive Director Betsy Gentile thanked the guests for turning out on such a snowy evening. She reported Chamber membership rose 22% in 2004 with 100 new members and noted she and the Board look forward to another amazing year in 2005.last_img read more

Millennials likely to lease: Edmunds

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first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Millennials were significantly more likely than the car-buying population at large to lease a new auto during the first six months of 2015, according to Edmunds.com.The Santa Monica, Calif.-based, automobile-focused consumer research firm analyzed car registration data and found that leases accounted for 28.9% of millennial car purchases. This compared to an overall lease penetration rate of 26.7% and represented a 46% increase in millennial car leasing over the last five years, the statisticians added. continue reading »last_img read more

AIBA accuses BFI of unpaid fees; threatens suspension!

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first_imgImage Courtesy: DepositphotosAdvertisement 63yNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsi7zeWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3f6e7tc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lrWould you ever consider trying this?😱4Can your students do this? 🌚3nwRoller skating! Powered by Firework The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has recently charged at the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) of financial misconduct, mishandle of contracts and unpaid fees, and has issued a warning that the India governing body of boxing will lose its official recognition.Advertisement Image Courtesy: DepositphotosThe AIBA’s current interim president Mohamed Moustahsane, who was elected back in march 2019, has been the cardinal regarding the accusations against BFI, and has also notified that the federation will be revoked of its international status in the near future.Back in April, AIBA took away the hosting rights of the 2021 World Boxing Championships from BFI, which was supposed to be held in Delhi.Advertisement Speaking to The Times of India, Mohamed Moustahsane stated that BFI failed to pay 50% of the remaining hosting amount for the Men’s World Championship back in December 2019.“The total contract amount agreed between the AIBA and BFI for the men’s Worlds was $40,00,000 (Rs30 crore) and the first instalment — or half of the bidding fee amount of $20,00,000 — was agreed to be paid by the BFI by December 1, 2019.”Advertisement The Moroccan prez also added that AIBA revoked the hosting rights after several reminders which weren’t fruitful, and also charged BFI with a monetary compensation of $500,000.When the BFI didn’t pay $20,00,000 on the promised date despite several mails and reminders from the AIBA, we (AIBA) chose to exercise our right to impose a $500,000 penalty, which was part of the original contract, on the BFI for dishonouring the contract.”The 2021 AIBA World Boxing Championships will now take place in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia instead of New Delhi, which was officially revealed on 28th April.Recently, it was also alleged that BFI hasn’t paid amount of $360,000 which is estimated to be almost two-thirds of the hosting fees of the 2018 Women’s Boxing World Championships,held in the Indian capital in November 2018, to AIBA, which the international governing body has provided constant reminders of.Losing international recognition just before the Tokyo Olympics next year can rattle the potential of Indian Boxing at the main event.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Pro Panja League 2020: Harman Mann: ‘I have the best personality and I know how to promote myself!’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Leafs, Hawks remain tied for top spot in Murdoch Division entering holiday break

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first_imgThe offensive showing by Seaman was quite remarkable as the Leaf defenceman spent the last nine minutes of the second period in the sinbin serving a misconduct penalty.Steels Anderson scored the other Grand Forks goal.Nelson out shot the Bruins 41-30 in the contest to make a winner out of Leaf goalie Joey Karrer.In Castlegar, Beaver Valley scored twice on the power play in the third period to post a 5-3 comeback win over the hometown Rebels.Castlegar led 2-0 in the first period on goals by Yannis Soukas and Ryan Rosich.But the Hawks out scored the Rebels 4-1 in the final two periods — with four goals coming with the man advantage — to steal the road win.Lyle Frank, Braydon Horcoff, Tyler Hartman, Spencer McLean  and Taylor Stafford scored for the defending KIJHL champs.Cal Owens had the other goal for Castlegar, also on the power play as it was a special teams night in Castlegar.MURDOCH NOTES: Beaver Valley and Nelson head into the Christmas break tied for the lead in the division, each with 45 points. However, the Hawks have played one less game than Nelson. . . .Beaver Valley heads into the break winners of seven consecutive games while the Leafs have won two of five contests as the Green and White continue to wait to get injured players back in the lineup. Those injuries allowed a pair of Kootenay Ice affiliate players to taste some action as Ainge McGeady-Bruce and Keaton Roch saw action for Nelson. . . . Leafs newly-acquired forward Michael Rand had two points against his former Grand Forks club Friday. . . .Grand Forks has lost 15 straight games. The Nelson Leafs scored seven unanswered goals en route to an 8-2 pounding of the Grand Forks Border Bruins in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The win allowed the Leafs to remain tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks entering the Christmas break.After Colton Macdonald opened the scoring for the visitors less than two minutes into the game, Nelson fired up an offence that has struggled of late, scoring three times before the period ended — one goal coming shorthanded and another on the power play — to grab a 3-1 lead.Nelson scored twice in the second before ringing up two more goals in the third to take a commanding 7-1 lead with 15 minutes remaining to play in the game.Timothy Nichols, Nelson’s game star, and captain Aaron Dunlap each scored twice to lead the Leafs while Branden Chow, Rayce Miller and Matt MacDonald added singles.Austin Seaman had a career game finishing with four assists while Nelson’s leading scorer, Robson Cramer, had three helpers. Dunlap also finished with three points.last_img read more

Poyet keen on Chelsea job

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first_imgEx-Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet says he would love to return to Stamford Bridge as manager and would find it hard to resist any approach from the club.Poyet, currently in charge at Brighton, told Sky Sports News he would be tempted to leave if either of his former sides Chelsea and Tottenham wanted him.He admitted: “I would say we would have a problem – the chairman knows that.“I think these clubs that you played for, in my case Spurs and Chelsea, normally you are closer to them and it is easier because they know you.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Glenn Harsh, Nov. 12

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’re coming along, but we’re not done with harvest yet. The wet weather has delayed the corn harvest considerably. Luckily with tracks we can get in without too much damage. Sometimes it is a matter of where you can get the trucks and safely load them.We got 3.5 inches of rain about a week ago and we got 3.5 tenths on Thursday, which was enough to get it slimy on top and messy in the field. It was tough there for a while.The cover crops have helped with flotation and they are growing and are taking up water. They certainly have helped to alleviate some of the problems. We have been grateful to be growing those. And, we have some structure to the soil. It is not just mush at the top 6 or 8 inches and hard under that, so that soil structure plays a big part.We are at the exact same spot in harvest with soybeans we were at two weeks ago. We have a day and half of soybeans to go. It is spread out in several different small fields. We haven’t noticed any problems with the soybeans standing.There are some corn fields that have gone down. If it is dry you can get under them pretty well. If it is wet they don’t want to go through so well. We only have one field that has significant patches of downed corn in it and I have it halfway off. I am just waiting for a dry day so I can get it to run through.Corn quality looks good and yields are good. We ran some of our best fields first and our fields that are not as good are still 25 to 30 bushels above average and we are very pleased about that. We are moving on as fast as the weather will allow us.last_img read more

How to Build Age-Appropriate Processes

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first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Gritty Entrepreneurs#NYT#start#StartUp 101 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting bernard lunncenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This is one post/chapter in a serialized book called Startup 101. For the introduction and table of contents, please click here.If you have kids, you will often hear (or use) the phrase, “That is not age-appropriate behavior.” Young ventures need age-appropriate systems and processes, too. Too little process, and the venture descends into chaos. Too much process, and the venture becomes a slow-moving bureaucracy, and that is equally deadly. For example, having an accounts receivable process that was designed for a company with billions of dollars in sales is pointless when your venture is just starting out. So, how do you build age-appropriate systems and processes?5 TipsList all of your processes that need to be managed.Hire senior managers who have expertise that is age-appropriate.Understand all of the processes yourself, hands-on.Understand the Conscious-Competent expertise matrix.Understand the Capability Maturity model. Look at every process as a process.List All of Your Processes That Need to Be ManagedBegin with broad categories:Product: the process of building and improving the site.Sales and marketing: how you make money.Administration: finance, HR, operations.List all of the processes that you currently do. Describe them in simple but clear terms:What is the output or result?Who is responsible?How long does the process typically take?What are your metrics for judging success and failure?What often goes wrong?If you know your processes, this will not take long. If you don’t know them, well… you should.Hire Senior Managers Who Have Expertise That Is Age-AppropriateHire for 12 months out. Look for someone who can manage what you hope the business will be in 12 months and someone who has already managed at that scale.Why not hire someone who has experience at much larger companies? Because the processes they design for yours will tend to be too heavyweight, designed for companies with more operational depth. They will expect to be able to hire more people and spend more with vendors than your budget allows.If you hire by A-Team rules, you will be hiring for innate smarts and energy. So, people who fit that bill may be able to drive growth well beyond what their experience qualifies them for.Understand All of the Processes Yourself, Hands-OnLarge companies like getting their senior managers to work across multiple divisions, departments, and regions so that they understand what they are managing when they move into that corner office. Swiss hotel owners make sure they have performed all of the jobs in the company, no matter how menial; they cannot effectively manage the people who change bedsheets unless they have done it themselves.This is also how bootstrapped ventures work. The CEO/founder has to do everything at some stage, which better equips them to hire people to take over those jobs when the time comes.That is how almost all businesses work. But venture-funded companies are different. The infusion of external capital allows you to hire quickly, before you have had hands-on experience. This is why having a balanced founding team is critical, with two to three founding partners who between them understand all of the processes hands-on.Understand the Conscious-Competent Expertise MatrixUse this graph to evaluate yourself, anyone who works for you, or any process you have to manage. It is a quadrant with two axes:Competent to Incompetent on one axisConscious to Unconscious on the other.Unconscious-Competent is things you do so well that you can do them in your sleep. You may code like a demon, or know how to sell ice cream to Inuit. Perhaps you can optimize AdWords better than anyone on the planet. Whatever it is, you excel at it.The big danger with Unconscious-Competent is that the world changes, possibly devaluing your skills, without your even noticing. In 1939, Poland’s cavalry was the best in the world, but that did not help them when the German tanks and dive bombers arrived.Conscious-Incompetent is fine, too. That comes into play, for example, when you, the world’s greatest coder, have to pitch to a prospective investor. You know you’re lousy at it, and you know you have to learn just enough to get by and then hire someone later to do it better. Or if you’re the fellow who can sell ice cream to Inuit, you know you will have to get someone to write the code for what you are selling.Ideally, everyone on your team would be Conscious-Competent. You may be the best in world, but you still always look for ways to improve, and you acknowledge that macro-scale changes can devalue your skills.The one area you want to avoid like the plague is Unconscious-Incompetent. This is the person who thinks they know what they’re doing but really doesn’t.Understand the Capability Maturity ModelThe concept of age-appropriate processes has been defined in the Capability Maturity model (CMM). The model was designed specifically for software engineering but could be applied to any process. These days, when online marketing is so data-intensive, CMM is just as applicable to marketing.The model identifies five levels of maturity for an organization’s processes:Initial (chaotic, ad hoc, heroic): the starting point for using a new process.Repeatable (project management, process discipline): the process is used repeatedly.Defined (institutionalized): the process is defined or confirmed as a standard business process.Managed (quantified): process management and measurement takes place.Optimizing (process improvement): process management includes deliberate process optimization and improvement.To apply this model, you have to understand the difference between mission critical and core. For example, accounts receivable is mission critical: if you don’t get paid on time, you will go out of business. But it is not core, unless of course your product or service is to improve accounts receivable. Core is that one thing — and it really can be only one thing — that you do better than anyone else on the planet.Any process that is mission critical to your venture should be at least at Level 2 and should, as you grow, steadily progress to Level 5.If the process is core to your venture, you had better get it to Level 5 really fast. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

A Better Approach to Design/Build

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first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. The most ambitious project I’ve ever worked on is a spectacular, über-green home in the foothills west of Silicon Valley. The owners, Linda Yates and Paul Holland, contacted me in May 2006 to request that I brief their project team on LEED for Homes, then in its prepilot stage. Six years later, in November 2012, I had the pleasure of leading a tour of the house as part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild conference. I invited Fine Homebuilding editor Brian Pontolilo to tag along. Brian heard a lot that day about how an integrated process enabled us to achieve extremely high performance goals while building a very complicated house—without sacrificing sanity or our professional relationships. He asked me to share my insights here. Off on the wrong foot Not long after that initial conversation, I met with the project team at Hill-Glazier Architects (now HKS/Hill Glazier Studio) in Palo Alto. In attendance were architect Bob Glazier, a builder, a landscape architect, a lighting designer, and an interior designer. I delivered the requested spiel about LEED for Homes, responded to questions, and was out the door in 90 minutes.A few days later, Linda called to tell me they wanted their new home to be a model of sustainability—as green as possible in every conceivable aspect. She also wanted to reach for LEED Platinum. She asked me to arrange for expert guest lectures to help their team members—who had been selected for their design excellence rather than green expertise—achieve these goals. Recalling the set of plans I had seen in Hill-Glazier’s office, I realized that these goals would be extremely difficult to achieve with a design that was well downstream.“You don’t need… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

a month agoSNAPPED: Summer signing Kieran Tierney turns out for Arsenal U23s

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first_imgSNAPPED: Summer signing Kieran Tierney turns out for Arsenal U23sby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSummer signing Kieran Tierney has turned out for Arsenal’s Under-23s.The Scottish defender joined Arsenal in a £25m deal from Celtic but has been made to wait to take to the field after undergoing surgery last season.But Tierney played an hour as the Gunners’ youngsters faced off against their Wolves counterparts on Friday evening.He was joined in the Arsenal starting line-up by Hector Bellerin, who has been out of action since January.The right-back suffered a serious knee injury against Chelsea but has stepped up his comeback.Both players got a decent hour on the pitch with Bellerin looking the more comfortable of the pair.Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney in action against Wolves in Arsenal’s u23’s game.It’s good to have you back lads! #afcpic.twitter.com/MM0Lzl3Tkb— DailyAFC™ (@DailyAFC) September 20, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Syracuse Fans Took Out An Ad In Student Newspaper Chastising Administration For Botched Roosevelt Bouie Ceremony

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first_imgSyracuse basketball has picked up two huge victories over Louisville and Notre Dame in the last week, but they bookended a home loss to Pittsburgh that also featured an embarrassing botched jersey retirement ceremony. The school retired the jerseys of greats Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr, but misspelled Bouie’s name as “Bowie” on the jersey it gave the former Orange center. While Bouie was very understanding about the mishap, Syracuse fans, who are already smarting from the program’s self-imposed post-season ban, were not happy about the oversight, which many deemed disrespectful. Two Orange fans let their opinion be known by taking out an ad in today’s edition of The Daily Orange, Syracuse’s independent student newspaper:suangryadThe letter is addressed to Syracuse Athletics’ Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director and Chief Communications Officer Joe Giansante, who referred to the gaffe as a “Snickers’ commercial come to life.”“It was not something that — how can I say it — it wasn’t something that you’d think would need to be looked at beforehand,” Giansante said. “There were a lot of people surprised. It was an honest, human mistake. It was a Snickers’ commercial come to life.”Giansante declined to name the athletic department employee who was tasked with the jersey.“Look, it’s an error,” Giansante said. “An honest mistake. We’re a team. An error was made and everyone bears the brunt of that, not a specific individual.”Giansante repeatedly referenced “regret” and “honest mistake.”“It’s not something you want to happen,” Giansante said. “You regret it.”Syracuse plays at Duke on Saturday. A third big win for the Orange late in the season would probably help put smiles back on the faces of Syracuse fans disgruntled by recent events like this.last_img read more