Edwin Colodny receives Champlain College award

first_imgEdwin Colodny was awarded the 2004 Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award during the college’s 126th Commencement Ceremony. Each year the College singles out an individual from the community who displays exceptional personal and professional achievement, a strong record of community service, and dynamic leadership. In his remarks at Commencement, the chairman of Champlain’s board of trustees, William G. Post, Jr., described Colodny as a humble leader who has been a vital force in the economic, intellectual and artistic life of the area over the course of six decades.The Burlington native was president, CEO, and chairman of the board of US Airways, and chairman of the board of Comcast Corporation. He was on counsel in a high-powered Washington law firm and he was a sought-after corporate board member.He returned to Burlington three years ago to guide the University of Vermont through its fourth presidential transition in seven years. Colodny drove key initiatives forward aggressively and left the school a stronger place for his successor.After leaving UVM and retiring yet again, Colodny almost immediately stepped into another executive role, serving as interim CEO at Fletcher Allen Health Care during a challenging year in the history of the state’s largest hospital. Colodny serves on the boards of the Vermont Law School, Vermont Symphony, Vermont Mozart Festival, Shelburne Museum, and the New England Culinary Institute. He’s a member of the Rotary Club and he’s chairing the steering committee for Governor Douglas’s Clean and Clear Water Action Plan.“He’s just a guy who can’t say no,” says David Coates, who has worked with Colodny on a number of boards. “He has the ability to ask the right questions and in a way that’s not intimidating. As a result, he gets the right answer. And he has an amazing ability to analyze a very complicated matter and bring it down to a level that everyone can understand.”Theresa Albergini DiPalma, a friend and colleague at Fletcher Allen, says, “Ed’s a people person at the core of it all. He understands that so much in life is about relationships. He’s somebody who always has time to stop and talk.”Colodny’s love of the arts, reverence for education and affection for his hometown are essential parts of who is, Post noted. “That infuses his work with a special kind of energy and enthusiasm, and we, as a community, are fortunate to benefit from it.”last_img read more

Fairpoint gets written approval to buy Verizon’s Maine lines

first_imgFairpoint gets written approval to buy Verizon’s Maine linesMaine Public Utilities Commission on Friday, February 1, 2008, issued a written order approving FairPoints proposed acquisition of Verizons wireline business in Maine. The PUC had previously agreed to the deal and this latest move formalizes its ruling. It stated that it will reserve the right to re-visit its decision based on what the regulators in Vermont and New Hampshrie ultimately rule.In a joint release at the end of January, FairPoint Communications, Inc and Verizon said they expected transer of ownership of Verizon Communications’ 1.6 million landlines in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine for $2.7 billion to be done by February 29.The Vermont Public Service Department and the staff of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission in January agreed to the deal with conditions, such as on a de facto reduction of the price and on reducing the level of dividends FairPoint will be allowed to pay its shareholders (for updates, www.vermontbiz.com). The Federal Communications Commission also gave its approval in January.The regulators in both Vermont and New Hampshire still need to approve the deals, which are negotiated and approved separately. Meanwhile, Maine regulators already have approved a deal similar to those in Vermont and New Hampshire. Mains PUC, however, said it cold revisit its decision based on the structure of deal in the other two states.In addition to the key financial conditions in the amended stipulation in Maine and the key conditions in the settlement agreement with the Vermont Department of Public Service, FairPoint committed to additional conditions in New Hampshire which address capital expenditures, network and service quality improvement plans, broadband expansion and assurances of financial viability. The financial viability of FairPoint has been a concern of regulators and opponents of the deal, including the IBEW union. FairPoint will have to borrow upwards of $2 billion.The Vermont and New Hampshire agreements mimic the plan previously approved in Maine, which includes a steep reduction in FairPoint’s shareholder dividend (35 percent, resulting in a $50 million per year savings) and what is a de facto reduction in the price of the sale by $235.5 million. The financial moves were considered important in ensuring that FairPoint would be financially able to consummate the deal and live up to other provisions in the agreement, including extension of DSL service and other service and reliability guarantees.The deal also includes penalties up to $12.5 million if goals are not met. The Vermont agreement states that FairPoint must invest at least $40 million each year for the first three years and starting in 2009 spend at least $35 million to reduce debt. The entire deal still needs final approval by the Vermont Public Service Board, and by the regulatory body in New Hampshire.FairPoint has also agreed to make broadband Internet access available to all of its customers in at least half its exchanges by 2010.Even if FairPoint ultimately gains approval, discrepancies in the final rulings among the three states would have to be dealt with by each state’s regulatory board.last_img read more

Trail Mix | August 2017

first_img Mon Dieu The Yawpers 4:14 5:48 3:24 3:43 2:18 Down Andrew Belle Gotta Get Outta My Head A.J. Croce Nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, the town of Galax is a hot bed of old-time Americana and plays host to an annual fiddlers’ festival that draws thousands of enthusiasts from around the globe.Doug Williams, who makes up Wild Ponies with wife Telisha, grew up in this musical Appalachian town, and the duo returned to both familial and sonic roots to record their latest record, aptly entitled Galax.Recorded in a shed near the Williams’ family farm, with inspiration drawn from a 70 year old book of poems written by Doug’s grandfather, old time fiddle tunes, and iconic songwriters like Hazel Dickens, Galax aptly demonstrates Wild Ponies’ ability to branch old and new. Take a listen to “Mama Bird” and hear how Doug and Telisha put a contemporary spin on the old time legacy of the Appalachians.Popping up on this month’s mix is buzzworthy band The Accidentals. Tabbed by Yahoo Music a band to watch in 2017, The Accidentals have been drawing rave reviews while honing their live show over 1,000 plus shows. Check out “Memorial Day,” from the band’s new release Odyssey, this month.Trail Mix is always happy to welcome old friends. Returning to the mix with brand new music this month are  Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ben Rabb, Instant Empire, Ben Sollee, Paul Kelly, and Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons with Phil Wiggins.Keep digging into the August mix and check out great new tunes from Weatherboy, Andrew Belle, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, A.J. Croce, David Barbe, John Elderkin & ¡Moonbeams No Mas!, Avi Vincour, and The Sweetback Sisters.Lots of good stuff is also taking place on the Trail Mix blog this month. Stay tuned for chats with Claire Hawkins, Elliot Root, The Yawpers, and Tyler Childers.And if you hear something you really like on this month’s mix, get out there and buy the whole record. If one track is good, ten or twelve is better. The Fight Ben Rabb Memorial Day The Accidentals 2:35 Tell The Devil I’m Gettin’ There As Fast As I Can Ray Wylie Hubbard Mamma Bird Wild Ponies $1.79 David Barbe 4:00 4:11 August Claire Hawkins Audio PlayerDavid Barbe$1.79Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:24 3:58 Firewood And Candles Paul Kelly 2:56 I Should Have Been A Con Man Avi Vinocur 4:15 White House Road Tyler Childers 4:41 Hard Time Blues Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons With Phil Wiggins Gotta Get A-Goin Sweetback Sisters Song For David Bowie John Elderkin and ¡Moonbeams No Mas! 4:02 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Bright Flame Weatherboy 3:34 3:53 Don’t You Hear The Lambs A – Crying John Reischman & The Jaybirds Embed 3:19 Shapeshifting Instant Empire 4:00 Mechanical Advantage Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native 3:27 Lost Man Running Elliot Root 3:02 4:09last_img read more

Be your member’s favorite stalk…ahem, tracker!

first_imgI know what you did last summer.It’s funny to think how just a few years back, this was a terrifying proposition. “Oh no, our stalker knows!” Now, your stalker is any given friend who checked your Facebook profile. Or, more true to our topic…Facebook’s algorithms showed me your activities proactively. That hiking trip you took triggered markers that are similar between us. Facebook knew I would enjoy seeing your vacation photos.This is one direct application of Big Data. It’s a topic so complicated that I could spend an entire year of posts delving into the principles. But I won’t (you’re welcome!). Instead, I’m going to try to offer some examples so you can understand the opportunities it presents.By keeping a digital eye on everything I post, share, like, and comment upon, Facebook’s “Big Data” engine learns my preferences. Maybe I tend to Like many things one friend shares. That’s an easy conclusion; show me everything from that friend, because I’ll probably enjoy seeing it. What about that friend I haven’t spoken to in years, yet shares photos from Machu Picchu? Facebook knows I was there last year, so it’s likely I’ll be interested in seeing their adventure in the same place. More so, I always seem to share/comment on posts regarding ocean conservation. From what I say, Facebook knows I’m interested in environmental responsibility, so I’m going to see more of what friends say regarding this topic.These examples are rather pedestrian. See a pattern, follow to result. Yet Big Data gets interesting when it starts drawing conclusions. Facebook can determine your political stance, religious beliefs (intensity or lack thereof), income level, and other character traits with stunning accuracy. It can figure out your emotional state, both short and long-term. This is why you get those anti-depressant/counseling ads when you’re feeling your worst and wedding planning ads after you’ve been in a rewarding relationship. A popular example of this predictive capability was when a department store sent a woman a baby catalog before she even knew she was pregnant.Big Data isn’t just about having thousands of lines in a spreadsheet. It’s the ability to take all this data and gain valuable insights which can be put towards a better product/service offering. Like your member programs.Too many credit unions I speak to have little to no tracking, no matter the program. I’m not talking Artificial Intelligence level analysis, just a few numbers to know what’s happening. Are your initiatives successful with the members you had hoped? What percentage of website visits results in a loan application? How do you compare to other institutions in performance metrics? And so on.I’m a huge fan of data analysis because there is just so much information hidden within even the smallest datasets. Here’s an example from my business, starting with these data points:# of member prospects# unique visitors to website# of sales/loans# of members at credit unionFrom these four values, I can determine the following (with comparisons to all other credit unions for each):Sales ratioUnique visitors per 1,000 membersProspects per 1,000 membersProspect close rate on a rolling 60-day period (along with average close rate among all credit unions)Sales per 1,000 membersAnd I can generate even more on demandWith access to your basic member information, you can easily determine dozens of behaviors and trends. Take your auto loans. Do members living in a certain ZIP code prefer Toyotas? Or do some ZIP codes have higher used car purchase ratios? You may even find that members with last names shorter than 5 letters, who also have your credit card and a CD, buy vehicles with a 10% higher down payment average than other groups. How can your marketing team take advantage of this new information? Sure, that’s a silly dataset, but it shows how much you can dig into what you already have.Do all of your services meet the Big Data Test? Take the average member referral program. If you’re like the vast majority of credit unions, it requires a member and friend print out a PDF, fill it out by hand, then fax or bring it into a branch. Test results: Fail.At the end of the day, embracing the ideas of Big Data helps to maximize the connection with your members, thus, delivering a higher standard of service at the lowest effort and cost. And isn’t that the goal of your credit union? 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Detailslast_img read more

3 tips to build consumer trust on data security

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 2019, over 800 reported breaches impacted nearly 500 million accounts according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. In the first half of 2020 there have been 540 reported breaches impacting an estimated 160 million accounts. Consumers are distressingly familiar with data breach headlines and the potential for their personal information to be compromised, even as demand continues to grow for enhanced digital, online services. COVID-19 has only accelerated this digital adoption.BAI’s Banking Outlook reports that 83% of financial service organizations feel an increased sense of urgency to implement digital initiatives. COVID-19 has only served to increase this pressure as digital use increased at the onset of the pandemic in March and April. However, with an increase in digital banking, there’s heightened security concerns, including fraud attempts, technology failures, and user errors. According to 2020 BAI research, 38% of consumers across all generations report that their biggest frustration with digital banking remains the fear of fraud and security concerns.Trust is a critical component financial institutions need in order to provide a user experience that is secure, responsive, and easy to use. As more services move online, there are some practices institutions can put in place to help build consumer trust, while also putting practical, preventative protocols in place to help keep user data secure.center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

Brisbane rental vacancies continue to tighten in landlords’ market: SQM

first_imgRental vacancies fell nationally in August, according to SQM Research.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoNationally, vacancies fell slightly in August to 2.2 per cent.The country’s tightest residential market is Hobart, where the residential vacancy rate slipped to just 0.4 per cent last month — the lowest recorded for any capital since SQM started tracking the figures in 2005. Rental vacancies have tightened in Brisbane, according to SQM Research.RENTAL vacancies continued to tighten in Brisbane over the past month, improving conditions for landlords but spelling bad news for those struggling to buy into the market.Brisbane recorded a vacancy rate of 3.1 per cent for August — down from 3.3 per cent in July, according to the latest figures from consultancy SQM Research.The tightening vacancy rate comes despite Brisbane already suffering a glut of apartments. SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher.SQM managing director Louis Christopher said he expected dwelling completions to peak early next year and rents to rise at a faster pace than in 2017.“Overall the current rental market is a moderate landlord’s market,” he said. “There is nothing in our numbers to suggest the market is about to be hit with oversupply. “We now have mounting concerns for significant rental shortages in 2019 in Sydney and Melbourne.”Brisbane’s asking rent also rose during the month. The asking rent for a house in the city rose by 0.3 per cent in August to $446 a week, while the asking rent for a unit fell 0.3 per cent to $367.last_img read more

A luxury riverside home on the Sunshine Coast

first_imgRivalling many a luxury resort this incredible six-bedroom, four-bathroom home is surrounded by beautiful beaches, freshwater rivers and lakes.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAn ocean lover’s dream home01:38More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoSitting pretty on a 1180sqm corner block with 67m of canal frontage, this Pelican Waters property has gorgeous water views and gardens showcasing a variety of lush tropical plants, timber walkways, and water features. There’s an Instagram-worthy pool, 12-person spa, daybed and garden islands.6 Rainbow Lane, Pelican Waters took two years to build. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyInside, the timber and glass pivot doors, large stone pillars, the natural Egyptian stone and brush box timber floors lend the home a sense of grandeur.This expansive property has won several design awards and has been featured on TV shows such as Grand Designs Australia and Sunshine Coast Homes.There are large living, dining and bar areas plus a pretty outdoor terrace and teppanyaki cooking area.Who needs Bali? Picture: realestate.com.au/buyThe minimalist kitchen has sleek timber veneer cabinetry, backlit stone tops and a colourful aquarium.Although keen chefs will head for the second kitchen concealed by a flush door, as this is where all the mod-con appliances live.There’s a home study with pool and canal views plus a gym if you fancy a lunchtime workout. Gallery (10 images)The main living area has plenty of seating space, plus a bar. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyOn the upper level of the home there are five bedrooms including the master suite, complete with high exposed timber rafters, an ensuite, a timber veneer walk-in robe, bar area and a balcony boasting stunning canal views.The property is only a  30-minute drive from Sunshine Coast Airport.last_img read more

Portsmouth Special Ticket Train postponed to next Saturday September 17th, 2011

first_img 67 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNewsWCMF 2011 Portsmouth Special Ticket Train postponed to next Saturday September 17th, 2011 by: – September 9, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet September 9, 2011: Roseau, Dominica —- The Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) along with DIGICEL… the bigger, better, network was slated to create a buzz for fans and patrons of the World Creole Music Festival at Portsmouth this Saturday September 10, 2011. In light of Tropical Storm Maria coming close to our Northern shore we are rescheduling our activity to Saturday September 17th, 2011. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for this weekend. On behalf of DIGICEL and DFC, we encourages all our patrons be safe and do look forward to the SPECIAL TICKET TRAIN next Saturday. Press ReleaseDominica Festivals Committeelast_img read more

Serie A: 11 players catch coronavirus as doctors warn against training

first_img Loading… “Today in Italy there are still football clubs which are either shamefully irresponsible, or live on Mars, or lack a minimum of dignity,” the AIC wrote. On Saturday evening Italian authorities said 3,497 cases had been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 21,157. The death toll now stands at 1,441, up from 1,266 on Friday. Italy international Cutrone, 22, who joined Fiorentina on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers last January, took to Instagram to reassure fans on his condition. “Thanks to all of you for the support and your messages of affection,” the former AC Milan player said. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian ActressesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow Movie Serie A doctors have issued a joint warning advising against a return to club training after four more players on Saturday tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the tally in the Italian top flight to 11. Patrick Cutrone, on loan to Fiorentina from Wolves, has tested positive for coronavirus Fiorentina’s Patrick Cutrone and German Pezzella contracted the virus, the Tuscan club said, with Sampdoria’s Fabio Depaoli and Bartosz Bereszynski later confirming they had also been diagnosed. Serie A doctors said they had “strong concerns” and “unanimously advise not to resume training until a clear improvement” in the situation. Four Fiorentina team members were diagnosed with Serbia forward Dusan Vlahovic also testing positive on Friday, along with a club physiotherapist. Seven Sampdoria players have tested positive, including Italian midfielder Depaoli and Polish defender Bereszynski on Saturday, along with Juventus defender Daniele Rugani this week. Vlahovic, 20, revealed that he had not realised anything was wrong until he became feverish and his temperature rose to 39 degrees, and he went to hospital. “Anyway, I’m fine now,” he said on Instagram. “What to do now? Nothing, just rest. I just have to stay away from people.” Serie A as well as all sport in Italy has been suspended until April 3. But the Italian Players’ Association (AIC) on Saturday slammed a “paradoxical situation” whereby pressure was being put on players by some clubs to return to training. Read Also: Five more Serie A players test positive for coronavirus “I’m fine, and at this moment I stay at home following the protocol I received. I recommend you strictly observe the indications provided every day by the Institutions. #StrongerTogether #StayatHome Thank you, Patrick.” Argentine Pezzella said earlier on Instagram: “The symptoms disappeared and I am at home following the procedures indicated by my club’s medical staff. “This will certainly soon be just another story. Look after your health and that of those around you. Hugs.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Herrick, Werkmeister, Bond, Blowers land Lincoln County wins

first_imgBy Kelly Ninas NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (July 19) – Scoring Saturday night IMCA victories at Lincoln County Race­way were Bryan Herrick, Kyle Werkmeister, Kyle Bond and Charlie Blowers. Herrick started in the fifth row, gained the lead just after halfway and drove away with the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers.Nearly going without a caution, the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars put on a whale of show with lots of passing and side-by-side racing that finished with Werkmeister leading the final eight laps. After snaring the lead on the third circuit, Bond drove away from the rest of the field and cruised to the win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Bond started in the fifth row and it only took him three laps to get to the point.Blowers won the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact feature after grabbing the lead on the fifth lap and finishing strong.last_img read more