Dillon Named New Deputy Secretary Of Commerce Agency

first_imgDillon Named New Deputy Secretary Of Agency of Commerce and CommunityDevelopmentMONTPELIER — Lu Ann Dillon of South Burlington has been appointedthe new Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and CommunityDevelopment. Dillon takes over the post from Dawn Terrill, who left inNovember to become Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation.Since 1994, Dillon has been the Senior Vice President of Bell & CompanyManagement Consultants in Easton, Maryland. As Bell’s lead consultant, shemanaged consulting projects for a variety of Fortune 50 companies,principally in the defense and aerospace industries. She also managedprojects at Bell’s hospital and utilities clients. Earlier in her career,Dillon founded LAD Ltd., a retail and wholesale men’s and women’sprofessional clothing business in downtown Burlington that she managedfrom 1983 to 1990. Dillon has taught retail management courses atChamplain College and was an instructor at both the University of Vermontand Northeastern University in Boston.”I love Vermont and the Deputy Secretary position offers me theopportunity to bring my private sector experience to state government,”Dillon said. “I look forward to serving the Agency and supporting economicdevelopment, tourism, marketing, community development and the otheressential areas under our umbrella.”Agency Secretary Kevin Dorn said that Dillon has significant practicalexperience in maintaining job vitality, a major focus of his Agency. Dornadded that because one of Dillon’s specialties is operational analysis,she will also be focusing on the internal management of the Agency. “We’revery lucky to have someone with Lu Ann’s abilities and experience be ableto step in right away and take on one of the more challenging positions instate government,” Dorn said.Dillon is a 1976 graduate of the University of Vermont and earned herMaster’s degree in education from Boston University in 1979. She currentlyserves on the University of Vermont Regional Advisory Board. A Vermontnative, Dillon grew up in Essex Junction and now lives in South Burlingtonwith her husband Tom Pierce, president of Pierce Communications Group. Shehas three adult stepchildren — Heather, Greg and Randy Pierce.The Agency of Commerce and Community Development is comprised of theDepartments of Economic Development, Tourism & Marketing, and Housing andCommunity Affairs. Vermont Life Magazine, the Vermont Downtown Program andthe Division for Historic Preservation are also part of the Agency.last_img read more

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BioTek Instruments announces establishment of Korean Office

first_imgBioTek Instruments,BioTek Instruments, Inc, continues their global expansion in the microplate-based technology market with the establishment of BioTek Korea. Managed by Mr Yunki Kyung, the new direct sales and service organization will focus on growing BioTek’s brand and expanding direct service and application support for our growing customer base in South Korea.BioTek Korea will be fully functional by July 1, 2011. BioTek’s long-time partner and distributor, DI Biotech, will work closely with BioTek Korea to ensure a seamless transition for the company’s existing and expanding customer base.”The establishment of BioTek Korea will allow BioTek to increase our investment of resources in this very important marketplace,” commented Briar Alpert, BioTek President and CEO. “In addition to providing incremental local service and application support, our customers in South Korea will have direct access to the company’s global scientific and applications resources. Ultimately, this will lead to enhanced customer satisfaction for our Korean customers.”BioTek Instruments, Inc., headquartered in Winooski, VT, USA, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of microplate instrumentation and software. BioTek instrumentation is used to aid in the advancement of life science research, facilitate the drug discovery process and to enable cost-effective quantification of disease relevant molecules in the clinic. www.biotek.com(link is external) March 1, 2011, WINOOSKI VT, USA ‘last_img read more

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New director reconsiders pending legal actions

first_imgAlthough much of the early talk about a Trump appointed Director of the CFPB has centered on the potential for regulatory relief, the place where we will see the quickest and most dramatic shift is in the use of enforcement actions. Let’s not forget that the CFPB has aggressively used its UDAP powers and enforcement authority to take legal actions against alleged wrong-doers. Acting Director Mulvaney is already decisively changing the Bureau’s use of these powers.Exhibit 1 is Nationwide Biweekly Administration, an Ohio-based company that transmits funds from consumers to their mortgage servicers. They have been sued by the Bureau over claims that it misrepresented the terms of its product, which enables consumers to make biweekly mortgage payments. The Bureau has now announcedthat it was no longer opposing a company’s request that the CFPB not be allowed to collect a $9 million judgment against it. The Bureau’s decision comes just days after it had filed a motion in opposition to the company’s request for a stay. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Win by…not losing

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I recently started reading articles from Psychology Today, and the information has been grand.Here’s the first gem I plucked: Winning at Life…by not Losing.The author noted a study and book that looked at amateur tennis, and how points are “won.”Simon Ramo was a prominent American physicist, engineer, and businessman. Later in his life when he wanted to improve his tennis game, he applied the same rigorous, evidence-based approach that led to his successful career.As a scientist and statistician, he gathered data by simply counting points won versus points lost. What he discovered is that in amateur tennis, the game’s outcome is determined by the player who makes the most mistakes. Thus, the best strategy to win in amateur tennis is to keep the ball in play, allowing the other player to make more errors. Occasionally, your opponent will hit a shot you can’t return. More frequently, however, he or she will hit it into the net or out-of-bounds, or fail to return it at all. continue reading »last_img read more

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Sussex split head coach role between Ian Salisbury and James Kirtley for 2021 season | Cricket News

first_img– Advertisement – James Kirtley (L) and Ian Salisbury will split the role of Sussex head coach in 2021 (credit: Sussex Cricket) Supernovas vs Velocity November 4, 2020, 1:50pmLive on James Kirtley (L) and Ian Salisbury will split the role of Sussex head coach in 2021 (credit: Sussex Cricket)
James Kirtley (L) and Ian Salisbury will split the role of Sussex head coach in 2021 (credit: Sussex Cricket)

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Vietnam, Thailand continue to battle avian flu

first_imgDec 29, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam and Thailand have continued to battle avian influenza in recent weeks, with a total of 19 outbreaks reported in a dozen provinces, according to health officials of the two countries.Vietnam has reported seven outbreaks in six provinces, while Thailand has reported 12 outbreaks in six provinces, according to information published by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).A total of 10,750 birds died of the disease or were killed in control efforts in Vietnam from Nov 25 through Dec 24, says a report by Dr. Bui Quang Anh, director of animal health in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The disease struck poultry flocks ranging from 125 to 4,900 birds, all in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam.”These infectious areas so far have been completely put under control,” Bui stated in a report published yesterday by Vietnam News, the state news agency. But he warned that Vietnam is at risk for more outbreaks because the weather is cooling and poultry transport and consumption are increasing.Thailand’s report to OIE said about 3,300 ducks, hens, and fighting cocks, 241 of which were sick, were destroyed from Dec 17 to 23 because of avian flu. The report by Dr. Yukol Limlamthong of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives did not specify the virus, but the disease was listed as highly pathogenic avian flu, implying that it was H5N1.The report said seven of the 12 outbreaks were in the northern province of Phitsanu Lok.Two more avian flu outbreaks in Vietnam were reported today by Xinhua, China’s state news agency. Quoting the local newspaper Labor, the report said 850 birds in the southern province of Ca Mau died or were culled because of the disease.Vietnam’s report to OIE lists the flu virus as an H5 type but does not identify the “N,” or neuraminidase, number. Vietnam and Thailand have lost millions of poultry while battling outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu for much of the past year. In addition, Vietnam has had 27 confirmed human cases of the illness, 20 of them fatal, and Thailand has had 17 human cases with 12 deaths.In other recent developments, about 9,000 ducks have been destroyed in South Korea because of an outbreak of suspected H5N2 avian flu, a milder strain than H5N1, according to a Dec 22 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.The ducks were on a farm in Gwangju, about 200 miles south of Seoul, the report said. The outbreak was detected Dec 1, but confirmatory test results on the virus were still awaited at the time of the report.South Korea battled outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu beginning late in 2003 but had no human cases. The AFP report said the government declared the disease under control in March 2004.See also:Vietnam’s report to OIEftp://ftp.oie.int/infos_san_archives/eng/2004/en_041224v17n52.pdfThailand’s report to OIEftp://ftp.oie.int/infos_san_archives/eng/2004/en_041224v17n52.pdflast_img read more

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The Greek Gelasakis Group has partnered with Carwiz International

first_img“From the moment we entered the market until today, we have nurtured our vision that the car rental industry is more than just transport, so we have found the ideal partner in the Gelasakis Group, which is based on business tourism. Thanks to the vision of the industry we nurture, but also to the mutual recognition of the importance of the rent-a-car industry entering the tourism sector, we have jointly successfully implemented a marketing strategy in the Greek market.”, Explained the marketing director, Barbara Mrkić. From the beginning of its business in 2017 until today, Carwiz rent a car has placed its franchise business in ten markets throughout Europe and the world. Thus, today, in addition to the Greek and domicile Croatian market, it is also present on the market of Turkey, Latvia, Cyprus, Morocco, St. Maarten, Albania, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. “When you add a powerful visual identity and a brand with a well-established marketing strategy to a detailed franchise business model, entering into a partnership becomes a logical sequence of events.Said Antonios Gelasakis, director of the Travel and Catering Department. With this business move, Gelasakis Group is among the first franchise partners of the Carwiz brand. “We are happy that our role in the development of global tourism is increasingly recognized by our foreign partners who with full confidence under our auspices, but more and more often independently, enter into negotiations and participate in important tourism events such as the upcoming WTM fair in London.”, Added Mrkić.center_img Gelasakis Group, whose basis is business travel, maritime services and catering, entered into a partnership with Carwiz International, a Croatian car rental company, earlier this year. By carefully planning and analyzing the car rental industry through the prism of tourism, the Gelasakis Group has realized the importance of integrating with a brand that offers car rental such as Carwiz. They decided to turn their idea into a project, and in order to successfully reduce business risks, they chose the franchise business model offered by Carwiz rent a car. Participating in the largest tourism fair in London, where these two brands, under the umbrella name Carwiz rent a car, will jointly present themselves to potential partners in early November this year, speaks of the importance of the role of the car rental industry in the development of global tourism.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Monday, July 1

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWriter needs more historical perspectiveThe recent exchanges initiated by James Van Dijk’s June 15 letter in which he called for the ending of “the Israeli experiment” were both interesting and revealing.It should be pointed out that every nation on Earth was founded as an “experiment,” including the “Dutch Experiment” performed by Mr. Van Dijk’s direct ancestors.Holland’s Director-General Willem Kieft of New Netherland (now New York state) ordered the massacres of hundreds of men, women and children of the Lenape and Manhattan tribes during “Kieft’s War” (1643-45); from 1596 to 1827, the Dutch West India Company, with full support by the Dutch government, sold at least 500,000 kidnapped Africans to the Dutch Guianas, the Dutch Caribbean Islands, Dutch Brazil, and the Dutch East Indies; Dutch authorities attacked, displaced and massacred the Khoikoi of South Africa, all to appropriate land and resources for Holland.Using Mr. Van Dijk’s historical lens, and merely substituting names, dates and locations, these events could easily be deemed “Dutch Zionism.”Holland was far from alone, however. Numberless crimes were committed by many European nations in Africa, Asia, India and the Americas during the Age of Imperialism.I can only hope that Mr. Van Dijk, who so roundly criticized his fellow Americans for their “lack of historical knowledge,” can learn to take a more global view of history before he puts pen to paper. He can then avoid projecting the darker attributes of all nations’ histories upon just one nation, in his case, the State of Israel.Neil YetwinSchenectadyProctors in over its head on ‘Hamilton’I have been a member and donor to Proctors at a fairly high level for almost 20 years. I have always been happy with Proctors’ treatment of me as a donor. However, after my experience on June 24 trying to buy tickets for “Hamilton,” I’m seriously considering not renewing my membership next year.I followed the instructions, but was kicked out of the queue at least eight times before it got to be my turn.We tried to call the box office, but got nothing but a busy signal.When I finally got on the website, most of the tickets were gone, and I wasn’t able to purchase the tickets I had selected,I was switched to alternate, inferior, seats. My wife checked other sites about 11:00 a.m. and found that tickets were already being offered by scalpers at prices of up to $1,885.I think Proctors’ intentions were good, but its execution had more holes in it than a sieve.Perhaps Proctors overreached its level of competence in booking “Hamilton,” when the producers placed complex restrictions on how it could market the show.Tom JewellGalwayMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Don’t join protests, Education Ministry says

first_imgThe Education and Culture Ministry’s Higher Education directorate general issued a circular on Friday calling on university students not to take part in protests related to the controversial Job Creation Law and asking university leaders to promote the newly passed law.“Considering the latest situation regarding the issuance of the Job Creation Law, we appeal to university students not to take part in any protest that could endanger the students’ health and safety during the pandemic,” the letter, signed by Higher Education director general Nizam, read.The letter also asked university leaders to help promote the content of the jobs law and encourage academic studies of the law. “Thoughts and aspirations from campuses should be conveyed to the government and the House in a polite manner,” the letter continued.Read also: Problems in jobs law not only about labor sector: What we know so farIt also instructed lecturers not to encourage their students to join or organize rallies and urged parents to ensure their children were carrying out at-home online studies.Nizam said the letter was to remind universities to ensure the health and safety of people on campus but said students who chose to take part in the protests would not be sanctioned. “Of course there will be no sanctions. Freedom of expression is guaranteed by the Constitution. However, as a young intellectual, it’s better and more elegant to do academic research than rally. It’s time to be different to make changes,” he said.Read also: Thousands arrested, over 100 injured in jobs law protestsLast year, then-Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy circulated a similar letter, advising students to not take part in additional rallies following the #reformasidikorupsi (reform corrupted) protests in September 2019. The Minister also advised teachers and parents to discourage students from participating in rallies.The House and the government passed the contentious Job Creation Law on Monday following a rushed deliberation that sparked public anger. Thousands of people, mostly university students and members of labor groups, took to the streets throughout the country from Tuesday to Thursday to protest the law.Topics :last_img read more

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This Brisbane house sold for less than a one-bedroom unit

first_imgThis Brisbane property sold for $200,000 less than the city’s median house price.YOU snooze, you lose.This two-bedroom cottage on 710sq m of land at 83 Blackwood Rd, Deagon was looking for “offers over $310,000” — and has just gone unconditional for $320,000 — a figure less than its most recent land valuation for rates assessment. The home has flaws, but the price can’t be beat.It’s also below the $330,000 asking price for this one-bedroom, 60sq m unit at 108 Albert Street, Brisbane — an apartment one-twelfth the size of the Deagon home’s land.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago For $10,000 more than Blackwood Rd, Deagon, you could have this tiny one-bedroom unit in the city.The Deagon property included a work shed and covered car accommodation, and there was potential to improve, according to Ray White sales consultant, Catherine O’Keeffe.“All the interest I had had been from renovators, which actually surprised me, because I thought most of the interest would be from people wanting to knock it down,” Ms O’Keeffe said.center_img The property provided for a large flat lot in a gentrifying street.Ms O’Keeffe said gentrification in Blackwood Rd, and more widely across Deagon, was well underway.“There are actually about five new houses in that street,” she said.“Deagon is an absolute cracker of a suburb. It’s got three train stations that you can walk to, so it doesn’t matter where you are in Deagon, you can walk to a train station,” Ms O’Keeffe said.“And the bikeway that goes right across Brisbane, it actually goes down Blackwood Rd.”Some buyers might have been turned off by the train line to the rear, but at just 15km from the CBD, this had to be one of the most affordable and commutable homes to hit the market in Brisbane this year.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or on Facebook at Kieran Clair — journolast_img read more

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