Lash Joins IBEW Local 300 Staff

first_imgMatt Lash recently joined the staff of the South Burlington-based labor union as the director of marketing and business development. He comes to Local 300 after two years at the Barre Partnership, a nonprofit committed to revitalizing the Granite City’s downtown. A graduate of St. Michael’s College, Lash holds a bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communication with a minor in political science.”I am proud to come on board at Local 300. Given my interests, this opportunity is very intriguing to me both personally and professionally,” Lash said. “In addition to my appreciation for thriving businesses, I have always believed in fair compensation for a hard day’s work – a notion the IBEW is wholeheartedly devoted to.”Lash returned to his native Vermont in late 2005 after a stint in New York City, where he most recently worked for Sommerfield Communications, a full-service public relations firm there. Prior to that, he handled the marketing and communications efforts for the events division of Frost & Sullivan, a global growth-consulting firm in Manhattan.”Local 300 is moving in a direction patterned by the IBEW Code of Excellence, which stresses that our membership perform the highest quantity and quality of work, utilize skills and abilities to the maximum, and exercise safe and productive work practices,” said Business Manager George Clain. “Matt’s talents, particularly on the business and communications sides, will help advance these ideals and ensure that our union continues its solid relationship with the business community.”last_img read more

Seventh Generation breakthrough gets new USDA BioPreferred seal

first_imgSeventh Generation,Seventh Generation, a leading maker of non-toxic and renewable household and personal care products, has announced that a radical new reformulation of its best-selling laundry liquids has received one of the first ever USDA BioPreferred labels. The innovation responsible for this distinction is a brand new surfactant derived entirely from plant-based materials that’s been developed by the company and its partners at Rhodia, member of the Solvay group.As a result of this dramatic breakthrough in detergent technology, Seventh Generation’s new laundry detergent has become one of just a handful of products in the nation to be awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new BioPreferred seal, which certifies products that are entirely or significantly made from renewable agricultural ingredients and materials. The new labeling program is intended to help consumers make purchases that reduce dependence on petroleum, boost rural economies, and alleviate climate change.Seventh Generation’s new laundry detergent uses a groundbreaking new surfactant, a key ingredient in soil removal. Seventh Generation, together with Rhodia, has developed this unique surfactant by combining ethylene oxide derived from sugar cane and plant-derived lauryl alcohol. This surfactant contains no petroleum, has 100% renewable carbon and features outstanding detergent properties.”It’s hard to overstate just how big this is,” said Seventh Generation CEO John Replogle. “It’s a cleaning industry holy grail of sorts and something we’ve been working on for a long time. Thanks to this new chemistry, we’ve created a premium high performance laundry detergent and dramatically boosted the overall renewable content of our laundry liquid from 77% to 97%.””The development of this bio-based technology is a good example of Rhodia’s strategy to be the preferred partner of our customers to implement sustainable solutions without compromising performance,” said Oliver Hufer, Vice President, Home & Personal Care Market at Rhodia.The new all-natural, plant-derived surfactant will make its debut in Seventh Generation 2X Laundry Liquid, and will soon be available in a new industry-leading 4X formula that delivers excellent cleansing at the half the dosage of standard 2X formulas while cutting shipping and storage requirements in half. This upgraded formula also contains new enzymes that target a wider array of stains and appreciably boost the product’s already impressive cleaning power in both standard and HE machines. Finally, there is the packaging all this performance will come in: An innovative energy- and resource-saving bottle literally made from 100% post-con sumer recycled newspaper and cardboard that is fully recyclable, compostable, and quite simply the most sustainable product ever created by Seventh Generation.Company officials expect the new plant-based surfactant formula to premiere on store shelves in early November. Consumers should look for the BioPreferred label on select product packages, while noting that all Seventh Generation laundry detergents will feature the new surfactant early in 2012.ABOUT SEVENTH GENERATIONSeventh Generation is committed to being the most trusted brand of household and personal-care products for your living home. Our products are healthy solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home — and for the community and environment outside of it. Seventh Generation also offers baby products that are safe for your children and the planet. The company derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy that states, “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” Every time you use a Seventh Generation product you are making a difference by saving natural resources, reducing pollution, and making the world a better place for this and the next seven generations.For information on Seventh Generation cleaning, paper, baby and feminine personal care products, to find store locations, and explore the company’s website visit www.seventhgeneration.com(link is external). To read more about Seventh Generation’s corporate responsibility, visit the 2010 Corporate Consciousness Report.ABOUT RHODIARhodia, member of the Solvay group, is a specialty chemical company resolutely committed to sustainable development. As a leader in its businesses, the Group aims to improve its customers’ performance through the pursuit of operational excellence and its ability to innovate. Structured around 11 Global Business Units, Rhodia is the partner of major players in the automotive, electronics, flavors and fragrances, health, personal and home care markets, consumer goods and industrial markets. Rhodia employs around 14 000 people worldwide and generated sales of EUR 5.23 billion in 2010.Rhodia Novecare, one of the 11 Rhodia’s GBU, with net sales of about EUR 1.2 billion in 2010, provides high-performance products and solutions to a wide range of industries including cosmetics, detergents, agrochemicals, oil & gas, as well as coating and industrial applications. Thanks to a worldwide industrial footprint and global R&D and tech-support network, Rhodia Novecare holds leading positions in surfactants, amines, phosphorus derivatives, natural & synthetic polymers and monomers technologies, and eco-friendly solvents-based formulations. Rhodia Novecare has developed particular expertise to answer and anticipate customer needs in protection, surface modification, rheology, active delivery, improvement of formulations and processes and sustainable solutions. BURLINGTON, VT–(Marketwire – November 17, 2011) –last_img read more

Rock Climbing 101: Get a foothold on your first climb with our beginner’s guide to rock.

first_imgRock climbing is like forming a band in high school; everyone does it, but very few of us do it right. Typically, this is the way most of us begin climbing: You see some videos on Youtube or maybe watch Stallone’s Cliffhanger, get psyched about dyno moves, then convince some work buddy who claims to be “big into rock climbing” to take you out one Saturday afternoon. But said work buddy’s climbing experience is limited to hitting on chicks at the local climbing gym. He has to retie your knot three times before he says, “I think that’s right,” and you spend about 20 minutes stuck to the side of a sandstone route that’s way over your head wondering why anyone would risk their life just to make it to the top of a rock that you could probably summit on a hiking trail anyway. Once safely on the ground you swear you’ll never strap on a climbing harness again.There’s a better way to begin your rock climbing career. Follow this guide and learn about common mistakes, proper gear, training tips, and where to find beginner-friendly rock.ARE YOU TRAD OR SPORT?There is more than one way to send that rock. Here are the three most common forms of rock climbing.Top Rope: The rope is attached to a fixed anchor or temporary anchor at the top of the climb, allowing for a single point of contact above the climber. Top roping is usually the first form of climbing athletes explore. It’s single pitch only, so you remain relatively close to the ground, it requires a limited amount of gear, and because of the higher anchor position, a top roped climber never actually “falls” as long as the belayer is doing his/her job. There’s always tension on the rope so instead of falling several feet to a point of protection below the climber, you swing away from the rock staying at the same position.Sport Climbing: Permanent bolts are fixed to a given route allowing climbers to “clip in” as they progress up the wall. While sport climbing is very popular in Western states, bolted routes are few and far between in the Southeast. The Red River Gorge in Kentucky and Foster Falls in Tennessee are hotbeds of southern sport climbing.Traditional Climbing (“trad”): The most common form of climbing in the Southeast, trad climbers place their own temporary protection in the rock as they send a route. Climbers are equipped with a “rack” of gear which is placed in cracks and crevices throughout the climb to protect against falls. In multi-pitch trad climbs, one climber leads placing protection and the second climber follows removing the protection.TRAIN SMARTERClimbing is the best way to train for climbing, but how do you train for rock climbing when you can’t climb rock? Think muscle endurance. Pull-ups are good, but you need to train your entire body to withstand the demand of sending 80-foot long routes without rest. Forget the big plates in the weight room. Instead, do full body exercises like “cleans” and “burpees” that hinge on low weight at high reps. Work your core and don’t neglect your cardio and you’ll perform better on the rock than just knocking out a bunch of pull-ups.POSTURE PLEASEProper climbing posture can often feel awkward for beginners who want to hug the wall with every inch of their body. Instead of sticking to the rock like glue, adopt this basic climbing stance: “Keep your arms straight, your back arched and your hips pushed toward the rock, as if you’re leaning away from the rock with your upper body,” says Swis Stockton of Granite Arches. “This keeps the stress on your legs, which is the key to climbing endurance.” When you’re comfortable with the stance, work the wall with your legs, thinking about foot placement first and hand placement last. Maintain contact with your feet. If your feet are slipping off a hold, you’re putting too much pressure on your upper body (hugging the wall) and not enough on your lower body.last_img read more

Trauma Tuesday: What is Parkour?

first_imgHave you heard of Free Style Walking, Free-Running, or, otherwise known as Parkour? Looks like fun…Video by Michael SlaterVideo by Joel Fenton/Team JerichoVideo by ps3kidbroVideo by blastoids11last_img

Tropical Storm Isaac in Haiti, Nearly Three Years After the Earthquake

first_img Water, food, medicine, blankets and tents. Haiti lacked all of it at first, when chaos and surprise seized the people of Haiti during the earthquake that devastated the country in January 2010. Afterward, supplies were abundant. Aid arrived by the tons from every corner of the planet, but little by little it started to accumulate, because Haiti did not have official distribution channels or proper mechanisms in place to deliver the assistance. It did not have a contingency plan for emergencies. No one knew where they should be distributing the necessary products, and there was no organized manner to respond to the people still crying out for help. On August 25, 2012 everything was different. When Tropical Storm Isaac started to hit the Haitian coast, more than 14,000 people across the country, mainly in the western and eastern parts of the island, were already evacuated thanks to the Haitian government and its international partners, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which anticipated the possible damage. In the history of the country, this was the first preventive evacuation led by the Haitian government. The evacuees were already identified as members of vulnerable groups, such as refugees residing in camps, children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities, according to a statement from the Haitian government. These planned and organized evacuations were held throughout the day on August 24, a day before the storm made landfall. Additionally, many urgent evacuations were made during the night and early morning of August 25, while the weather conditions worsened. After the storm, a prompt and accurate damage assessment identified the most serious problems, and gave immediate assistance to people whose lives were at the greatest risk and required urgent attention. On August 26, the United Nations (UN) reported a toll of 19 deaths and 2,350 homes destroyed. Though these are not small, they are a stark contrast to the toll left by the earthquake of 2010, which took the lives of more than 200,000, and about 2.5 million homeless, according to figures from the UN. To assess Tropical Storm Isaac, the Haitian government and USAID used a team of experts in disaster response; all of which helped in the preparation of the storm, and are now determining the damages it caused, as well as where and what kind of humanitarian aid is needed. Preliminary reports indicate that the impact of the storm was more significant in Port-au-Prince and the southeastern departments of the country. From day one, humanitarian organizations were distributing emergency supplies to the needy, including water, food, personal hygiene packs, blankets, and plastic sheeting, among other items and necessities. The difference now is that all these resources were already in-country, ready to be used in incidents like this. Due in large part to the professional response and organization of the Haitian government before, during, and after Tropical Storm Isaac, countless and priceless lives have been saved. Lesson learned. By Dialogo August 30, 2012last_img read more

Colombian Air Force Bombs ELN Campsite

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo April 18, 2018 The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) bombed a campsite belonging to the illegal armed group National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish), killing 10 guerrillas and injuring three. The objective of the March 6, 2018 military offensive was to take down José Evaristo Gelvez Galvis, alias Cachaco, leader of an ELN group of 120 people involved in criminal activity in the Antioquia region. Colombian National Army and Police units participated in the mission, with the support of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and the Technical Investigative Corps of the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia. Intelligence operations allowed security forces to establish Cachaco’s presence at a house in the municipality of Cáceres, in Bajo Cauca, Antioquia. After FAC’s bombing maneuver, Army Special Forces took control on land. Troops from the Army’s Seventh Division participated in coordinating the operation, completed in less than four hours. “The objective of the operation was 13 guerrillas, and 13 were neutralized,” Army General Alberto José Mejía, general commander of the Colombian Military Forces, said during a press conference. “These exercises are activated at a moment’s notice; they demand we have groups on standby at launching bases and for FAC to be ready to apply force at any hour of the night.” Successful bombing The air maneuver was carried out with A-37 Dragonfly and A-29 Super Tucano combat aircraft. Additionally, UH-60L helicopters were decisive during the air offensive, and a FAC C-208B intelligence airplane coordinated the preliminary information. “It was a typical mission in terms of air power use, which respected all precepts, concepts, and protocols of International Humanitarian Law,” said General Carlos Eduardo Bueno Vargas, FAC general commander. “We used the air power required to neutralize the target, [with] a process of analysis and verification with additional reconnaissance flights to avoid collateral damage to the civilian population. The precision of the combat planes was excellent.” “After bombing the campsite, Army Special Forces disembarked at sites intelligence units identified. Using rappelling techniques, they took control of the area,” said General Ricardo Gómez Nieto, commander of the Army. “On land, there was fighting with the guerrillas, who were eventually neutralized. War material was seized at the site. The three wounded insurgents received immediate medical care.” Peace restored in the area The joint operation neutralized a criminal group whose actions caused great damage to the civilian population, members of security forces, and the country’s strategic infrastructure in the area over the past few years. “This [ELN] group was the reason for the huge displacement of residents from the Cáceres and Taraza municipalities in the past few years, and was behind the frequent attacks against electrical towers, which are part of the grid near Córdoba,” said Minister of Defense Luis Carlos Villegas. “With the impeccable military operation, the border region of Amalfi, Segovia, Cáceres, and Remedios, which ELN harmed, receives great news of peace.” Bajo Cauca is in the eastern part of Antioquia department, in the foothills of the Central Andes. About 250,000 people live in precarious conditions after years of displacement. Mining and agriculture are the main resources, but the largest part of the economy is informal. “Cachaco [spent] more than 25 years in this criminal structure,” explained Gen. Gómez Nieto. “He had a huge list of crimes and terror. He killed police officers, kidnapped civilians, extorted businessmen, and other crimes.” Authorities believed Cachaco was responsible for setting a public bus aflame in February 2018, between the municipalities of San Andrés de Cuerquia and Toledo, Antioquia, as well as a freight truck in the same region. He also killed a soldier in Valdivia, also in Antioquia, when the officer prevented guerrillas from setting an explosive on a bridge. Joining capacities As of the first week of April 2018, the Colombian Military Forces neutralized 195 ELN members—74 turned themselves in voluntarily, 87 were arrested, and 34 were killed during military operations. Citizen cooperation was decisive to gather intelligence. “In joining efforts, some work focuses on receiving intelligence tips, specialized teams that handle all the [data] collection methodologies, human sources, and real-time information,” said General Jorge Hernando Nieto Rojas, director of the National Police. “[We have] groups dedicated exclusively to this work that allows for precise results.” “The operation lets the population of Cáceres and Taraza know about the presence of security forces, achievements and major results not only against ELN, but also against the Gulf Clan,” Gen. Mejía said. “When all forces join together and we have the participation of the Police, we get results like this. I emphasize high-level intelligence from the National Army, compared with and backed by other agencies under a vision of fusion and integration that operations require to obtain authoritative intelligence.” For internal defense in the post-conflict stage, the Colombian Military Forces count on the strategic plan Victoria Plus. The Colombian Police use a similar plan called Communities in Peace. “The two plans are united, joined. They are connected vessels. This is the first time in history our campaigns are called both military and police. That means joint operations, never one without the other, which gives more effective and decisive results,” Gen. Mejía concluded. The offensive against ELN is ongoing. A new round of peace talks between the government and the top leadership of the terrorist organization began on April 2nd.last_img read more

Managing your credit union’s loan data

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Whether it’s part of a CECL preparedness conversation or part of a more proactive approach to risk management under existing regulatory expectations, the topic of “loan-level data” has repeatedly come up since the 2012 proposal from the FASB. As a result, at Sageworks, we have received many questions from our clients – banks and credit unions alike – about the steps to data preparedness.Credit unions face a distinct challenge in that, generally, borrower data for a credit union is stored in several different core processing or decisioning systems. These data silos make it all the harder for credit unions to begin data archiving. There are more sources from which to pull information and, probably, fewer IT resources that can focus on data management at a credit union.Sageworks helps our clients overcome this data challenge through a customized core integration (find out more about a Sageworks Core System Integration), but how can a credit union gather loan-level data?Limited MethodFor CECL specifically, it’s likely that a credit union will need several years of data (life of loan) to accommodate the forward-looking calculations. One way to capture this information is the Limited Method, in which the credit union uses data already stored in its core and decisioning system(s). Often these systems store data for up to 13 months, so look into your own core provider to see the limitations it may present. For this and the following methods, the credit union will likely have to have access to a report writer or know how to access core information. continue reading »last_img read more

Lion Air Group to resume domestic flights on Wednesday

first_imgLion Air Group will resume domestic flights on Wednesday with health protocols in place after a temporary flight suspension this month, a company representative has said.The company decided to restart its operations after the COVID-19 task force issued circular letter No. 7/2020 on the requirements for travel during the so-called “new normal” period, as the government looks to gradually relax restrictions and reopen businesses under health protocols.Read also: Lion Air Group cuts salaries, bonuses but says no layoffs in sight Danang reminded passengers to still adhere to health protocols such as using masks before the flight, during the boarding process and until they leave the airport, as well as maintaining physical distancing in the airport. They will also still be required to show their ID upon boarding.Read also: Airlines resume operation in state of loss amid COVID-19“Lion Air will continue to implement health protocols during our operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Danang said.In May, the Transportation Ministry suspended a flight operated by Lion Air Group full-service subsidiary Batik Air on the Jakarta-Denpasar, Bali, route as the airline was found to have violated the physical-distancing policy in its operation.The flight in question was more than half full, thus exceeding the maximum capacity allowed by government regulation.Topics : “Member companies of the Lion Air Group are planning to resume domestic flights on June 10, following the issuance of the circular letter. The new regulation has simplified the requirements for passengers to travel,” company spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro said on Monday in a press release.According to the new regulation, passengers only need to provide a letter proving the negative result of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or COVID-19 rapid test to travel. Rapid test result documents are valid for three days after the test is taken, while PCR tests are valid for seven days.In areas with no testing facilities available, passengers can present health certificates showing they are free from influenza-like symptoms issued by a hospital or community health center (Puskesmas), the letter states.Lion Air Group previously suspended all of its flights on June 5, as many passengers failed to provide the mandatory documents required for boarding, including identity cards, a doctor’s letter declaring them to be free of COVID-19 and an official letter of duty assignment.last_img read more

Dutch schemes must increase transparency on appointments, outsourcing

first_imgThe researchers noted that schemes have already applied a large number of the norms, including providing insight into costs, policy choices, risk management and board performance.However, pension funds hardly gave information on agreements with providers, remuneration policy or arrangements for whisteblowers, they said. The same went for the regular evaluation of actuary and accountant.Ecorys also found that the most annual reports were also not clear about the procedure for the appointment of trustees and members of the supervisory board, and lacked clarity about the role of the scheme’s board and other organs within the pension fund for appointments.In the opinion of the monitoring committee, most pension funds were inadequate in indicating the current diversity of representation, or how they intended to improve any imbalance.The researchers further noted that many pension funds failed to provide a clear definition of some standards, and also recommended including reports of, for example, their accountability organ and their compliance officer in their annual report.The code is meant to improve governance, and has legal been underpinned by legislation since 1 July 2014.The code has succeeded the principles for proper pension fund governance, which were formulated by the StAr in 2005.For more on pensions in the Netherlands, see the upcoming March issue of IPE Pension funds must provide more information about outsourcing and procedures for appointments in their annual report, the monitoring committee for the code for pension funds has indicated.In its first evaluation of the application of the code, which came into force in 2014 after a joint effort by the Pension Federation and the Labour Foundation (StAr), the committee also suggested that schemes should give more clarity on subjects such as the suitability of board members and diversity of representation.The committee has drawn its conclusions on the findings of research bureau Ecorys, which had checked 222 annual reports over 2013 for 34 of the 83 standards of the protocol.The committee’s zero measurement focused on whether and how pension funds are dealing with the themes, it said.last_img read more

10 police station chiefs reshuffled

first_imgILOILO – Some police stations orunits were being led by officers with ranks lower than what were required.Police Colonel Roland Vilela, director of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office(IPPO), thus ordered a reshuffling. Police units must be manned by officers commensurate with theirranks, stressed Vilela. * Police Major Gilbert Baldevarona – from IPPO headquarters toDueñas * Law enforcementoperations * Police Major Juvy Navales – from San Joaquin to San Enrique * Police Lieutenant Joebert Amado – from Cabatuan to San Miguel He expressed confident that the revamp would help realize theobjectives of the IPPO’s operational thrust “ILOILO” which stands for thefollowing: “We hope they will be more effectivein their new assignments,” said Vilela. * Police Lieutenant Alexander Lauron – now officer-in-charge ofMina vice Police Lieutenant Shiela Bito-onon who will compulsorily retire onJan. 1, 2020. * Localcommunist armed conflict’ end * Police Major Jojo Tabaloc – from San Miguel to Pavia * Police Major Niño Leonard Amar – from Pavia to Cabatuancenter_img * Police Captain Rene Del Castillo – from 2nd Iloilo ProvincialMobile Force Company to San Dionisio * Police Lieutenant George L Caño – from Batad to 2nd IloiloProvincial Mobile Force Company “Ayawko ng tamad na pulis. We have to workhard for the people kasi malaki na angating sahod,” said Vilela./PN * Optimizationof police operation * Police Major Fernand Limbungan – from Santa Barbara to Maasin * Illegaldrugs eradication Ten chiefs of police assumed new assignments. They were thefollowing: * Organize,mobilize and lead volunteers and seek the active participation of stakeholdersfor peace and development * Police Lieutenant Edgar Labiscase – from San Dionisio to Batad * Internalcleansing and disciplinelast_img read more