Johnson State announces new faculty appointments

first_imgJohnson State College announces new faculty appointmentsJOHNSON – Johnson State College has announced the appointments of three faculty members.They include: Dr. Sharon Twigg, Assistant Professor in the JSC Writing/Literature Department.Dr. Twigg has a Ph.D in English (19th Century British Literature and Culture), from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006; a M.A. in English from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999; and a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire in 1992. Dr. Twigg taught writing and literature at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for two years before joining JSC this fall. She and her husband, George, live in Johnson.Dr. Julie Theoret, Associate Professor in the Mathematics Department.Dr. Theoret received two degrees from the University of Virginia: a Ph.D in Nonassociative Algebra in 1999; and a M.A. in Mathematics in 1997. She also has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Vermont in 1993. Prior to joining JSC this fall, she was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Lyndon State College for eight years, and also ran Lyndons secondary education program in mathematics. She lives in Jeffersonville. F. Reed BrownProfessor Brown has been a Visiting Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at JSC for two years, and has now been hired into a full-time, tenure-track position, beginning this fall. He has a M.A. in Fine Arts from Illinois State University, and a B.A. from the University of South Florida.Brown has an impressive background as an actor, director, choreographer and theater co-founder. Browns previous work in Vermont included several projects with Bread and Puppet Theater. He was co-founder of the Ozark Actors Theater (OAT), an Equity Theater at the University of Missouri – Rolla, where he appeared in ‘The Elephant Man’, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ ‘The Actor’s Nightmare,’ ‘ The Boys Next Door’,’ Lend Me a Tenor.’ ‘Smoke on the Mountain,’ ‘In White America,’ and ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’ In 14 years as artistic director at OAT, Brown directed and/or designed more than 60 productions. Brown also stage managed 11 seasons for the St. Louis Rep., the largest African-American theater company in the country, including ‘Sty of the Blind Pig,’ ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’,’ and ‘Godspell.’ Also in St. Louis, Brown directed ‘Corpus Christi’ at the St. Marcus, and for two years, choreographed the Disability Project for That Uppity Theatre Company. As an actor, Brown appeared in his one-man show, Vincent, in performances from Florida to Canada. He also appeared in ‘Coriolanis’ at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey, directed Liviu Ciulei; and as Hamlet in the US premiere of Heiner Muller’s ‘Hamletmachine’ with the Free Theater of Munich. In New York City, he appeared at La Mama ETC (Experimental Theater Club), Manhattan Ensemble, Divine Theatre, Theater for the New City, and Cortland Repertory Theatre. # # #last_img read more

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Vermont Yankee removes executive, tritium levels increase

first_imgAccording to an Associated Press report filed yesterday, Entergy Nuclear has removed a Vermont executive responsible for inaccurate statements made last spring under oath regarding the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The AP quotes Entergy CEO J Wayne Leopold that the executive was “permanently relieved of his duties in Vermont and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the full investigation.” The AP has identified the executive as Jay Thayer, a former plant manager who was brought back last year to help the Vernon plant get approval for a license extension. He was removed for the inaccurate statements regarding underground piping systems at the plant and then for not following up to correct those statements.  Last Wednesday, Governor Douglas called for management changes in light of the inaccurate information provided to Vermont regulators and legislators regarding the plant. The governor said he had lost faith in plant management. More than one Yankee official made inaccurate statements. Douglas also called for a halt in the process to relicense the plant because of that and the ongoing tritium leak, whose source has yet to be found.For his part, Thayer acknowledged in January that the statements were wrong and that he did not get back to regulators concerning the underground pipes. He also publicly apologized.In early January, the plant reported that the radioactive isotope tritium was found in a monitoring well at the site. It was subsequently learned that there were underground pipes carrying radioactive materials at the plant. An underground, cement trench was also found to contain tritium, cobalt-60 and zinc-65. Since then more monitoring wells have been dug.Last night, Vermont Yankee reported that one of the new wells that previously had been found to contain tritium, was now measuring tritium increased levels of 80,458 picocuries per liter. Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen that occurs naturally and is also a byproduct of nuclear plant operation. The Environmental Protection Agency has set safe drinking water levels of tritium at 20,000 picocuries per liter. A plant spokesman says that tritium has not been found in either drinking water wells nor in the adjacent Connecticut River.The Vernon plant is seeking approval from the state to relicense the plant another 20 years beyond 2012, when it is scheduled to be decommissioned. The Legislature must first approve the license extension before the Vermont Public Service Board ultimately rules on the case. Vermont Yankee owner Entergy is also seeking to spin the plant off, with five other older nuclear power plants, into a new company called Enexus.last_img read more

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Run a Trail Race: River Bound Race

first_imgAutumn arrives a little quicker when you are at elevation. The leaves change earlier and don’t last quite as long, the morning chill is a little cooler, and the threat of snow is slightly more imminent. Things are moving right along in the high country, and as the crisp mornings turn to crisp days, its easy to start looking ahead to waxing your boards and breaking out your favorite chili recipe. Do not be so quick to pack up that warm weather gear and watch the skies for flakes, there is still plenty of time to get out and hit the trail before Old Man Winter rears his head.If you can’t make it down to Chattanooga for one of the nation’s largest outdoor festivals, RiverRocks there are great trail running race options in the southern Blue Ridge. This weekend in Asheville is the River Bound race at the North Carolina Arboretum in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, which is itself inside the Pisgah National Forest. This trail run will loop through the 434-acre public garden just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in one of the most scenic races in the Southeast. Even if you are not running, take the time to head out to the Arboretum and cheer on the participants and take in the setting. You will not be disappointed either way.View Larger Maplast_img read more

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4 key stakeholders who should care about great statement design

first_imgAs a leading statement solutions vendor, we’ve had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of credit unions like yours as they prepare to embark on statement redesign projects. These organizations have recognized that they need to get their statements working for them by transforming them from lifeless transactional documents into personalized touchpoints complete with 1:1 messaging about everything from the next best offer to educational opportunities to local branch hours. Their next step is to assemble a team and start planning for a successful redesign process.These days, statement redesign projects require a cross-functional team to plan and execute, because the statement design process (and the positive effects of a redesign) will benefit multiple departments. To help you get ready for those all-important first discussions about your statements, we’ve drawn on our expertise to identify 4 key players who will likely be at the table, and the questions they are dying to ask. Read on and get ready for a successful statement redesign kickoff!Executive SponsorFor a project like statement redesign to go well, you need the buy-in of a senior leader who will champion the project, communicate the benefits to other executives, and remove roadblocks to success. Redesign champions can be found across your C-Suite; your CMO is a natural choice, but don’t overlook the possibility that a CEO focused on retention and engagement might also want involvement.Once identified, executive sponsors usually focus on big-picture, forward-looking questions, like:How do we meet increasing member expectations for personalized communications, not mass marketing? How does this imperative relate to transactional communication?How can best-in-class statements be leveraged as part of our member retention strategy?How do we move more members to cost-effective e-statements, and encourage them to turn off the paper?How do we get the most out of paper statements, to offset the rising cost of postage?If members continue to move towards reviewing the statements online and on mobile devices, how must we adjust our statement design to offer the best experience through these channels?MarketingYour marketing team is sure to be excited about your statement redesign project, and ready to champion it. After all, how often is this team handed a communication vehicle with an 85% open rate?Some questions that will likely be top of mind for marketing include:How can redesigned statements with 1:1 marketing zones be incorporated into our broader customer outreach strategy?What branding elements should be reflected in the new statements? Should we consider a logo refresh in conjunction with our statement update, and if so, where else will we need to roll out those changes?How can we test and refine our statement marketing messages to ensure the highest conversion rates?What sorts of non-sales campaigns can we run to drive loyalty and engagement? Invitations to local events? Opportunities to participate in charitable causes? Contests?Will the new statement cater to all channel preferences, including paper, computer, mobile? Will each version require additional investment to support and manage?OperationsYour operations team has historically been responsible for ensuring that statements make it out the door on the appropriate schedule, with a high degree of accuracy, every time. They may well have managed the relationship with your statements partner in the past, and will likely still be a key player today, event though the responsibility for customer communications and document design and delivery is now shared across multiple departments.Operations departments often engage in statement redesign projects with the following questions:What’s the maximum printing capacity of the proposed statement partner? If we grow, perhaps through a merger, will they still be able to support our statement needs?How will our statement provider ensure that e-notifications about statements reach our members consistently?What kinds of security and disaster recovery processes are in place at the vendor? How will they protect our sensitive statement data?Can we make “on-the-fly” changes to statements if needed? How does this look?What kinds of reporting can we expect from the vendor throughout the statement process? How can we keep a finger on the pulse of composition and fulfillment activities?Information Technology (IT)If your goal is to make your statements more than a transactional record, you’ll need to funnel more than transactional data to your statement provider. That’s where IT comes in – identifying what data will make 1:1 statement marketing possible, and how to get it where it needs to go.Your IT department is therefore likely to bring data-centric questions to the table during the statement redesign planning process:What data sources will need to be provided to the statement services vendor? Transactional data? CRM data?If I use the same vendor for statements and CRM, will it streamline the process of identifying the right offer and getting personalized 1:1 messages onto the statements?What pre-existing integrations does the vendor have to simplify data integration?What experience does the vendor have in custom-building data integrations? What does the timeline and project management process look like on these?How clean is the data we are trying to provide to our statement partner? Will it cause problems?How will the vendor ensure the safety and security of our data throughout the statement generation process?Don’t Go It Alone!You’ve put in the work to bring the right internal resources together to discuss your statements, and you’ve prepared yourself for the questions they are likely to ask. But don’t forget there’s a role here to be played by your statement partner or prospective partner. Here’s what an experienced vendor can bring to your meetings:The broader perspective of an an outside document solutions expertAn experienced vendor has seen many projects like yours through to completion, and is familiar with common roadblocks and how to avoid them. Guidance on success criteria, project plan, and prioritiesA vendor familiar with the credit union system can even put you in touch with clients whose circumstances mirrored yours, so they can share their success stories with you and provide some “been there, done that” advice.Insights into current and future customer communications technologiesA document solutions provider that continuously invests in the latest technology will be happy to share best practices for statement design, and help you predict where member expectations are headed next. Nobody wants to come to the end of a statement redesign to find their new documents already becoming dated! With the right mix of expertise, foresight, and technology, you can both achieve your immediate objectives and set yourself up with flexible statement solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of your members. And it all starts with those first planning meetings, where your vision of member engagement is synthesized with the technical realities of statement design and delivery. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Olga Zakharenkava Olga Zakharenkava is the VP, Demand Marketing at Doxim, a leading provider of cloud-based customer engagement solutions for credit unions and wealth management firms. Find out more at www.doxim.com Web: www.doxim.com Detailslast_img read more

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Plague Inc: The Cure Game Expansion Lets You Save the World from Global Pandemic, Free Till COVID-19 Is Under Control

first_imgThe developers have said that the game will be free for all players till the COVID-19 pandemic is under control for both Android and iOS users.“Games like Plague Inc: The Cure represent an incredibly important medium for education and public awareness that can be used to show the world the steps needed to address similar global health threats and their associated complexities,” added Hatchett.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Plague Inc., a strategy mobile game about infecting the world, has got a new mode called ‘The Cure’ and it is free to play till COVID-19 is under control. This game mode is completely opposite of what the base game offers as it involves saving the world from a global pandemic, instead of infecting it. The developers have worked with global experts for this expansion, which is the biggest one yet according to the team. Plague Inc. is available for free on the Google Play store and the App Store.The Cure is an expansion for Plague Inc. that was released back in 2012 and developed by Ndemic Creations. The game was originally based on the concept of ending human life by spreading a pathogen globally. It uses realistic simulations to make the experience more interesting and challenging. The Cure, on the other hand, is completely opposite to the original idea as it involves saving the world by stopping a deadly global pandemic. You will have to allocate resources, make facemasks compulsory, implement lockdowns, and try to develop a vaccine.- Advertisement –center_img Players will have to dispatch research teams around the world to find patient zero, monitor the speed at which the virus is spreading, and manage testing accordingly. They will have to use different means such as contact tracing, lockdowns, and border closures to limit the spread. Players will also have to make people comply with quarantine and lockdown rules, and implement policies to drive community support.The Cure has been developed with the help of experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).“From contact tracing to vaccine development and manufacturing, Plague Inc: The Cure encapsulates the complexities of a global pandemic response and highlights how crucial international collaboration is needed to address such a threat,” said Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Noho offices: media crowd mixes with the fashionistas

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SITC Decides to Build Containership Options

first_imgChinese shipping major SITC International Holdings Company Limited has decided to exercise options for the construction of two containerships at Jiangsu Yangzi Shipbuilding.The order comes on the back of a shipbuilding agreement signed on November 29, 2017, between SITC Shipowning and Jiangsu Tianchen Marine Import & Export for two new container vessels, which included options.SITC Shipowning, a SITC subsidiary, exercised the options for two 2,400 TEU ships on January 26 at an aggregate contract price of USD 50 million.The first of these is scheduled to be handed over by late February 2020, while the second vessel would join the fleet by late April 2020.The two ships ordered in November are set to be delivered in October and December 2019, respectively.SITC informed that the payment of the contract price will be made in instalments in accordance with the progress of the constructions.last_img read more

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FAO warn policy makers that no action is not an option where climate change is concerned

first_imgLocalNews FAO warn policy makers that no action is not an option where climate change is concerned by: – October 12, 2011 Sharing is caring! 82 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Image via: en.wikipedia.orgAn FAO representative in the Caribbean has warned policy makers that lack of action where climate change is concerned is not an option. Dr. Lystra Fletcher Paul says a no regret strategy must be implemented to address the issue of climate change. Dr Paul was speaking at a media briefing at the Fort Young Hotel for the Caribbean Week of Agriculture taking place this week. She says the Caribbean region is vulnerable to climate change. “When we look at the date over a number of years in terms of the rainfall, we are seeing it is quite clear that we are experiencing the effects of climate change. They include sea level rise, increases in temperature and reduction in rainfall over the periods. As a result of that we are vulnerable because we are a small island developing state with limited resources. Because of vulnerability, it will affect our viability. We need to send a message to the policy makers that if we do not act we will be in some serious trouble,” she said.She said there is also need to adopt a no regret strategy.“In other words we act as though it is going to happen as insurance in case it happens,” she said.Meantime, Dr. Paul says the use of water in agriculture is critical. She says an allocation Strategy for water in Agriculture is among policy options which could be used. “One of the main things is the whole issue of water allocation for agriculture. What happens in most of the country is there is water for domestic use, tourism, and manufacturing, everything else and if there’s any remaining it is allocated to agriculture. If we are serious about food security, we need to put water on the front burner,” she said. She said the allocation strategy for water for agriculture is very important.“Other issues that were important for the policy are pricing, capacity building-this is something that’s very important because our young people are not going into agriculture. We need to show them that they need to get involved. The importance of having an inter-sectoral approach is also very important,” she explained.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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2012/2013 budget to reflect unnecessary spending-PM Skerrit

first_img Tweet 6 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Roosevelt SkerritIn a recent interview with GIS news, Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit who is also the Minister for Finance revealed that the 2012/2013 budget report will contain priorities that are in the best interest of the country.The Prime Minister stated that the decline in the island’s income and the increase in expenditure is a matter which government must consider.“We are crafting a budget in an environment that is not very conducive to a number of things. As I indicated, there’s been a drop in revenue and there’s an increase in expenditure so we have to now try to balance these two to ensure that we do not spend more than we are in fact making. Therefore the Government has to look critically at what the priorities are for the 2012/2013 financial year.”The Prime Minister then mentioned that it is unrealistic to expect every concern to be dealt with in one year’s budget.“Like every year, there are citizens who expect to see every single thing addressed in a one year budget and we cannot expect that because we are mindful of the environment. Everybody around us is experiencing challenges; there are countries within Caricom which have IMF programmes. There are countries that have imposed additional taxes on their citizens, like in Antigua, Barbados and Jamaica. People are basically taxed on every single thing under the sun to generate some revenue. They’re not doing it because they don’t like or love their citizens, in most cases they have no other options towards addressing the particular problem they have.”The Prime Minister stated that citizens can expect to see continued moves by government to reduce unnecessary spending.“For the last couple years, I’ve been containing discretionary expenditure to ensure that the things that are not necessarily needed we do not need to get and put the resources in order of more important areas to assist the citizens of this country and you will see more of that oversight taking place in the weeks and months to come where there will be curtailing of expenditure.”Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit said that the date for the budget report will be announced within the next few days and the success of the new fiscal year will require the cooperation of all Dominicans.Government Information Service LocalNews 2012/2013 budget to reflect unnecessary spending-PM Skerrit by: – June 22, 2012last_img read more

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Imo Sports Comm Review Committee: Balogun lauds Ekeji’s appointment

first_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Dr. Patrick Ekeji and members of the 7-man committee “I have no doubt that Dr Ekeji will deploy his wealth of expertise and experience to do an excellent job of the mandate given to him and other members of the committee. His records are there for everybody to see when he was the Director General of the National Sports Commission. During his tenure, athletes’ welfare was given maximum priority.” Balogun said Chief Cosmas Iwu, Secretary to the Government of Imo State, while inaugurating the committee in his office on Monday, handed the Ekeji Committee the task of reviewing the laws setting up the sports commission to bring it in line with international best practices as well as looking into ways to improve Sports development in the state. The committee has already swung into action with visits to the various jobs done by the commission since its inception last year. Read AlsoBreaking: Edo Sports Festival postponed Following his appointment in 1993 as Director of Sports in Imo State, Ekeji was made the National Director of Sports at the National Sports Commission in December 1994, Director of Sports Development at the National Sports Commission, 2001, and Director-General, National Sports Commission in 2009, a post he retired from in 2013. Ekeji briefly coached the national football team in 1986. Veteran sports journalist, Tayo Balogun has commended the Imo State Government for appointing a former Nigeria international and retired Director General of the defunct National Sports Commission Dr Patrick Ekeji as the head of a seven-man committee that will review the Imo State Sports Commission. The committee which was inaugurated on Monday by the Secretary to the Imo State Government Chief Cosmas Iwu also has Mrs Chizotan Aretola as Secretary. Prof Ken Anugweje, Dr Godfrey Ogu, Mr Chuks Abara as well as a representative each from the Ministry of Justice and Office of the Secretary to the Government of Imo State. Balogun, a former vice chairman of the Lagos State Sports Council said any state that has a top-class sports administrator like Dr Ekeji and refuses to tap from his expertise was merely shortchanging itself. He expressed confidence that Dr Ekeji and the review committee will come up with recommendations that will restore Imo State to its pride of place not only in Nigeria’s sporting industry but in the entire world.Advertisement Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney PrincessesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Great Actors Who Will Always Be Defined By One Role7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more

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