The competitors for the biathlon are divided into 10 different divisions based on gender, involvement as a team or as an individual, and differentiation between varsity athletes and non-varsity participants to accommodate for the wide range of skill level, Novak said. The safety precautions set in place by RecSports, the Notre Dame Fire Department, and the Sailing Club include boats, lifeguards and medical personnel ready for emergencies, Novak said. “A lot of people know about the race and look forward to it every year,” RecSports program coordinator Tim Novak said. Junior Laura Philipp won the individual women’s division in 2008 and 2009. As the academic year begins, RecSports will host its annual biathlon Saturday morning to kick off a year of athletic events to provide refuge outside of class for active students on campus. Competitors will swim a half-mile in St. Joseph lake and then proceed to a two-mile trail around both campus lakes. Teams of two can split these sections of the race between the individuals. The feeling of confidence after completing the biathlon is valuable especially for new competitors, Novak said. Novak said the biathlon helps RecSports coordinators back into “the race mentality” after the less eventful summer season. “As a freshman, seeing information on the biathlon just made me realize that there were a lot of different RecSports events,” she said. “It opened me up to different athletic events on campus.” “The biathlon is an event to kick of our year and get people aware of our programs,” Novak said. “We especially use the biathlon to encourage people to compete in the Domer Run, which is much larger and reaches out to a larger number of people.” Philipp said she appreciated that the biathlon gives individuals a chance to race and compete outside of many of the team activities also hosted through RecSports. From the first biathlon in 1999, RecSports has continued to use the event to welcome the Notre Dame community back at the beginning of the academic year, Novak said. “This is really friendly towards all levels of ability,” Skube said. “I do not get a feeling that everyone is out to win it. … Everyone just wants to go out and have fun.” “We get a lot of encouraging feedback from people who did not think they would be able to complete it,” Novak said. “The swim is the more daunting task to most people.” “It is a pretty great event to open up the school year,” physical education faculty member Josh Skube said. “RecSports does a really nice job.” Students and other members of the Notre Dame community can participate in the Domer Run on Sept. 18 to benefit cancer awareness and research, according to the RecSports website. Skube won the individual men’s non-varsity division in 2009. He said that even though the event is well supported by the varsity swim team it is still open to competitors at all stages of experience. Novak said that any anxiety about competitors’ safety during the race has been thoroughly addressed by RecSports in its preparation. Free registration especially entices students and other members of the Notre Dame community to participate, he said. Registration for the biathlon is free and available online at recsports.nd.edu or at the St. Joseph Beach beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event. The race begins at 10:30 a.m. “The only real complaint we ever have is that the lake water is a little cold,” Novak said. “And we cannot really change that so I think we do alright.”
Consolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications recently donated a combined $11,250 to 11 Vermont nonprofit organizations in recognition of volunteer efforts by FairPoint employees.The FairPoint Volunteer Incentive Program recognizes employees’ contribution of time and talent to nonprofit organizations where they live and work. Under the program, FairPoint employees who volunteer at least 50 hours during the year can request that FairPoint reward the organization with a $750 grant. Employees may request funds on behalf of two separate organizations for a total of $1,500 each year.FairPoint employees and their favorite nonprofits include: · All Breed Rescue in South Burlington received $750 on behalf of FairPoint employee Debra Rocheleau of Colchester. · Barre Youth Sports Association received $3,000 on behalf of FairPoint employees Corey Gillander of South Barre; Corey Touchette of Barre; Lisa Lefebvre-Barr of Barre; and Marc Sancibrian of East Montpelier. · Burlington Amateur Hockey Association and Colchester Youth Baseball League each received $750 on behalf of FairPoint employee Conrad Ritchie of Colchester. · Christian Ministries in Essex received $750 on behalf of FairPoint employee George Hugo of Springfield. · Friends of Harwood Hockey in Waterbury received $1,500 on behalf of FairPoint employees Bradley Spaulding and Stephen Yandow, both of Waterbury. · Mad River Soccer Association in Waitsfield also received $750 on behalf of Yandow. · Nordic Spirit Soccer Club in Essex Junction received $750 on behalf of FairPoint employee Troy Cirillo of Colchester. · Salvation Army in Burlington received $750 on behalf of FairPoint employee Cynthia Provost of Essex Junction. · St. Michael’s College in Colchester received $750 on behalf of FairPoint employee Sandra Tumosa of South Burlington. · Vermont’s Camp Takumta in Waterbury received $750 on behalf of FairPoint employee Robert Lencke of Lake Elmore.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).Source: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (November 11, 2010) ‘ FairPoint
By JACK HOFFMAN. Do wealthy residents move if they are asked to pay more in taxes? Another reliable report’the fourth this year’says they do not. This latest was from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C. It was both a review of recent studies that show no or weak connections between taxes and people’s moving from state to state and an analysis of cases where data about taxes and migration have been misused. ‘This claim [about tax flight] is false,’ said Robert Tannenwald, former vice-president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and one of the co-authors of the report. ‘The effects of taxes on migration are, at most, small’so small that states that raise income taxes on the wealthiest households will see a substantial net gain in revenue.’There is good recent evidence to support Tannenwald:· ‘The Impact of Taxes on Migration in New England,’ by economist Jeffrey Thompson at the Political Economy Research Institute in Massachusetts, analyzed data from all 50 states and found that migration had a strong correlation with the availability of jobs and affordable housing and essentially no relationship to taxes.· ‘Millionaire Migration And State Taxation Of Top Incomes: Evidence From A Natural Experiment,’ by Cristobal Young of Stanford University and Charles Varner of Princeton University, found no difference in moving patterns between those people who were affected by New Jersey’s millionaires’ tax and those who were not.· The final report of Vermont’s own Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission found that, for at least the past 16 years, people moving to Vermont consistently have higher incomes than those who move out of the state each year.Gov. Jim Douglas liked to tell stories about Vermont taxes driving rich people out of the state. His successor reads from the same script. It’s a common myth, told again and again.But, as the results of these studies suggest, for most people decisions about where to live are not so simplistic. If they were, we’d all live in New Hampshire or Florida. In fact, what makes states attractive are the better schools, lower crime rates, better infrastructure, and quality of life that typically come with greater public investment. All those positives describe Vermont. If wealthier people are coming here, not fleeing, we must be doing something right.Gov. Peter Shumlin has said Congress should increase taxes on wealthy Americans to address our federal budget problems. But after the events of the last few weeks, it should be clear that that is unlikely to happen with this president or this Congress. So Vermont, and all of the other states, are left with the responsibility of paying for the necessary services that Congress refuses to fund. That means raising the taxes that Washington refuses to raise.Vermont has the resources. Thanks to Washington’s extension of the Bush tax cuts last December, the top 5 percent of Vermonters are saving $190 million on their federal taxes this year and a like amount next year. As Vermont prepares to enter the next budget cycle with the prospect of reduced federal funding, it is important that decisions about spending and taxes be grounded in reality, not myths.Jack Hoffman is a policy analyst for Public Assets Institute (www.publicassets.org(link is external)), a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Montpelier.
As Coal Prospects Decline, a Colorado Town Reconsiders Marijuana FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jack Healy for the New York Time:One mine here in the North Fork Valley has shut down amid a wave of coal bankruptcies and slowdowns, and another has announced that it will go dark. The closings added to a landscape of layoffs and economic woes concussing mining-dependent towns from West Virginia to Wyoming. And as Hotchkiss searches for a new economic lifeline, some people are asking: What about marijuana?“If we could get it legalized right now, we could create some jobs, and we need the tax revenue,” said Thomas Wills, a town trustee who runs a used-book store and supports allowing some marijuana stores. “Downtown’s not going to be all flashing green crosses and dancing marijuana leaves. You can make it as unobtrusive as you want.”Next month, Hotchkiss will vote on whether to undo its ban and welcome marijuana shops and the traffic and taxes that could come with them. With cannabis sales soaring to nearly $1 billion across Colorado, and big states such as California poised to embrace legalization, wary towns like Hotchkiss are looking at the economics of marijuana and starting to reconsider.“It’s an evolving discussion in a lot of communities,” said Kevin Bommer, deputy director of the Colorado Municipal League, which tracks local debates on the issue. Six Colorado towns are voting in April on whether to scrap their prohibitions on marijuana stores, and in January, another narrowly voted to lift a moratorium and approve wholesale marijuana growers.“There were a lot of questions and unknowns,” said Mayor Joel Benson of Buena Vista, a town in Colorado’s central mountains that allows medical marijuana and is weighing whether to allow recreational sales. “It was really just to give people time to wrestle with the ins and outs.”“People have been tightening the belt or just plain moving away,” said Robbie Winne, who runs the Rose, a secondhand clothing shop along Hotchkiss’s main street. She said she supported the marijuana plan as a way to entice more visitors, or at least capture some traffic as people passed through on their way to ski towns.Ms. Winne said that although pot was no panacea, at least it could perk up business and tax revenue. Colorado collected about $135 million in taxes and fees from marijuana sales last year, and small governments have taken in millions from local sales taxes. In the tiny town of DeBeque, near the Utah border, officials told Colorado Public Radio that they were considering using the tax money from marijuana to start a scholarship fund or repair streets, curbs and gutters.Full article: As Coal Prospects Decline, a Colorado Town Reconsiders Marijuana
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The 43rd running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run will take place Sunday, April 12, starting at 7:30 a.m. on the Washington Monument Grounds, Washington, D.C. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a consortium of 170 premier children’s hospitals across North America. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an alliance of premier children’s hospitals which treat 10 million critically ill children annually, regardless of their ability to pay.Founded in 1973 originally as a precursor training run for local runners planning to compete in the Boston Marathon, the race has evolved over the years into the annual “Runners’ Rite of Spring” for over 15,000 runners of all abilities from all 50 states. More than half of those 15,000 runners are already credit union members, and for the rest, this race is a wonderful introduction to the power of the credit union movement. Since credit unions became the title sponsors in 2002, over $7 million has been donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide. Every dollar raised by credit unions across the nation goes directly to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.This year’s efforts raised $525,852 and of that amount, nearly $100,000 was raised from runners, their families and friends. Credit Union Miracle Day is the charitable organization comprised of credit unions and affiliates dedicated to raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and to raising awareness of the credit union difference. They will be presenting a check for this amount on race morning. continue reading »
Your credit union has lots of great stories to tell. Getting those stories in the hands of journalists and influencers can be challenging.You may think journalists have email overload, just like everyone else. You are right, but consider this: according to a recent survey by PWR New Media, 88% of journalists say they want to hear from you via email.But here’s the caveat: they want more.Journalists and bloggers need easy to read, concise information, accompanied by shareable visuals, with access to background information and other graphics.What does this mean?It means in addition to your written press release, you should include one or more of the following:high resolution photos or downloadable imagesshareable infographictweetable pull quotes/appropriate Facebook postin-depth data or statistics that support your informationlinks to background or supporting informationb-roll or other appropriate videorelevant audio sound bitesNot convinced? Of the journalists surveyed, 77% said they would be more likely to cover a story if it included access to appropriate images.Here’s more:85% want relevant backgrounders, bios and supporting information78% want verbiage from news release46% want a link to relevant blog on topic41% want information about brand’s social media platforms so they can follow or viewWhile newsrooms are shrinking, reporters are expected to do more. Newspaper journalists write articles and produce short videos to post online. Reporters at radio stations must also include a print version of their story, complete with graphics. Television journalists are expected to write online content to post on websites, in addition to their traditional broadcast segment. Hunting down a headshot, video or background information isn’t something journalists have time to do.Your job as a communications professional is to make the media’s job as easy as possible. By providing a variety of elements with your press release, you are more likely to receive coverage and tell your credit union’s story. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Susan Dyer Susan is the Communications Director for the Heartland Credit Union Association, the trade association for credit unions in Kansas and Missouri. She has been a part of the marketing and … Web: HeartlandCUA.org Details
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Many countries and businesses are rushing to develop apps for contact-tracing.In addition to technology entrepreneurs, Back to Work includes local medical experts and state officials. Radisson hotels and food producer PRFoods are among the first companies that have started to test the passport.”We are seeking every solution to have our employees back to work and clients sleeping in our hotels again,” said Kaido Ojaperv, CEO of Radisson Blu Sky Hotel at Tallinn.Estonia, which has so far recorded 64 deaths due to COVID-19 and 1,791 infections, has started to ease the lockdown measures this month, and opened last week with Lithuania and Latvia the first “travel bubble” within the European Union. Estonia has started to test one of the world’s first digital immunity passports, created by a team including founders of global tech startups Transferwise and Bolt, seeking a safer return to workplaces following the coronavirus lockdown.A digital immunity passport collects testing data and enables people to share their immunity status with a third party, like an employer, using a temporary QR-code generated after digital authentication.”Digital immunity passport aims to diminish fears and stimulate societies all over the globe to move on with their lives amidst the pandemic,” said Taavet Hinrikus, founder of Transferwise and a member of Back to Work, the non-governmental organization developing the passport. Topics :
After weeks and weeks of hard work, the Maria Creek boat ramp upgrade and dredging scheme is almost done, reports the Kingston District Council (SA).In its latest update on the project, the Council said that the Maria Creek Boat Ramp facility is expected to reopen within the next couple of weeks.At the moment, excavators are now dredging the Maria Creek entrance to re-establish channel depth.“Another week or so working within the channel is expected followed by a final clean up of the boat ramp area and surrounds,” the Council said.If all goes according to schedule, the Maria Creek boat ramp could be reopened by mid-December.