IBEW Local 300 Attends Graybar Trade Show

first_imgThe two-day event took place in Rutland and Williston Oct. 3-4 and was attended by an estimated 400 people. Graybar, a leading electrical supply shop with 250-plus locations throughout North America, organized the festivities. In addition to Local 300, over 45 vendors were on hand to exhibit their products.Local 300 representatives Jean Watkins and Matt Lash were both on site for the duration of the event to speak with attendees. On the final day, they were joined by IBEW member and journeyman electrician Amy James of Johnson, Vt. A steady stream of people stopped at the unions booth for information.”Graybar’s constituency got to see firsthand what many in the trades already know – the IBEW delivers productivity, profit and value,” said Business Manager George Clain. “Electrical contractors can benefit from partnering with this union, particularly through cost-effective access to highly-trained laborers. We were also proud to showcase the best-in-class wages and benefits our electricians receive, as well as the learning opportunities available for those interested in becoming an electrician.”Graybar Customer Appreciation Days is an annual initiative. For more information, contact Vermont Branch Manager Ken Hall at (802) 660-9900 or ken.hall@gbe.com(link sends e-mail).Based in South Burlington, the IBEW Local 300 serves 1,200-plus laborers throughout Vermont. The organization is part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and represents approximately 750,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because of its size and highly skilled constituency.For more information, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Matt Lash at (802) 864-5864, MLash@ibewlocal300.org(link sends e-mail) or www.ibewlocal300.org(link is external).last_img read more

CVEDC receives two USDA Rural Development grants

first_imgSource: CVEDC The Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation (CVEDC) was presented with two grants from the USDA Rural Development office on September 29th at a press conference held at the Shops at Millstone Hills in Websterville.“CVEDC is pleased to have written and been awarded these two grants on behalf of Central Vermont businesses. Our mission is to maintain and grow the economic vitality of our region and we believe that these two initiatives will contribute to that vitality”, said Executive Vice President, Sam Matthews.The two grants awarded to CVEDC, a non-profit regional development corporation will directly assist one Northfield business and one e-commerce business initiative with over 50 local artisans participating. Job retention, creation and expansion are at the forefront of the grant awards.Executive Vice President, Sam Matthews, and President Steve Gurin attended and accepted the grant awards from USDA Rural Development Acting Director, Rhonda Shippee, on behalf of the organization.Partnering with John Wall of Wall Goldfinger a Northfield furniture maker, a $50,000 RBOG (Rural Business Opportunity Grant) will assist the business with a feasibility and design study to develop and implement a new line of value-added wood products. CVEDC was one of four organizations in the State that received an RBOG. Nationally, $2.2 million was awarded to help 35 rural businesses, Native American tribes and economic development groups create and retain jobs.Wall Goldfinger will use 100% of this grant to design, develop, market and implement a new standardized product line of furniture, including new conference table lines that will incorporate the special custom solutions they have engineered and designed for their custom clients over the last 30 years.An RBEG (Rural Business Enterprise Grant) in the amount of $73,725.00 was awarded to CVEDC to partner with Greg Banse of 7th Pixel in Montpelier to create a Market Vermont website for artisan manufacturers. 7th Pixel is a web strategies, website design and development / consulting firm owned and operated by Greg Banse.The Market Vermont concept was the result of several e-commerce forums held by CVEDC and the VTSBDC this past year. Market Vermont will be an e-commerce engine for Central Vermont artisans to display products made in Vermont. 7th Pixel will manage the site and shopping cart as well as market the website.For more information on CVEDC or either of these projects, please contact the CVEDC office at 802-223-4654 or e-mail cvedc@sover.net(link sends e-mail)CVEDC is a non-profit, citizen-oriented organization whose objectives are to provide impetus for the region’s economic development activity by 1) Promoting Central Vermont and its resources to businesses contemplating new facilities, 2) assisting the area’s existing business planning expansion, 3) providing advisory service, education and information to small businesses, and 4) improving the infra-structure necessary for economic growth. Our primary goal is to create jobs for the citizens living in Central Vermont. CVEDC also offers the services of a Small Business Specialist from its affiliation with the Small Business Development Center. CVEDC is an equal opportunity employer.last_img read more

Rev. Todd Bishop Delivers Church Unleashed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s 9 a.m. on Easter Sunday, and a few hundred people are talking amongst themselves while a pair of enormous speakers pumps a raucous electronic drumbeat into the main room of Church Unleashed’s Commack campus — a not-so-typical-Sunday at a not-your-typical-church.While the smoke machines and colored lights are being tested, Rev. Todd Bishop, 45, who co-founded the congregation with his wife, Mary, in 2008, tells me in his office that he’s nervous, which is unusual for him.“There’s a lot of technical components,” he says, referring to the production he is about to pull off — an Easter spin on The Greatest Showman, with Bishop playing a priestly version of P.T. Barnum.The church is part of the Assemblies of God, under the Protestant umbrella, which touts more than 13,000 affiliated churches nationwide.A few dozen young volunteers adapted portions of the musical to mesh with Bishop’s Easter sermon. He is technically in costume from the waist up — wearing a red trench coat with gold lace and a top hat, resting his hands on a cane.His jeans are ripped at the knee and are part of his regular attire. Bishop, who was raised in Buffalo, says he felt disconnected from church as a child. His parents divorced when he was 2, and he is endearingly quick to reveal that, at times, he is still trying to please his absent father. The youngest of three boys, he says his relationship with God made him feel less alone.“I would literally be downstairs with my G.I. Joe guys, and be preachin’ to ’em,” he says with a laugh.Perched on top of a wooded hill in a residential neighborhood, with almost no front facing windows, the former site of Commack Jewish Center looks more like an abandoned warehouse from the outside. Nonetheless, people come from all over Long Island to hear Bishop preach.“When they walk in, they’re going to get an experience,” he says. “It’s gonna feel like they’re at a concert on a Friday night.”Liz Sartorio, a congregant and volunteer from Melville, says Church Unleashed is “the best-kept secret on Long Island.”Others describe it as a place to connect with other Christians — a close-knit community that is somewhat removed from the chaos of day jobs, schoolwork and traditional friendships.“It’s different than any other church I’ve ever been to, in my entire life. It’s more of a place — not only is it Bible-based — but it’s a place where you can find out who you are,” says Alex Coutrier, of Deer Park. “We’re all looking for something in life, we’re all looking to fulfill our purpose. And I feel like, here, I found out who I was.”The first church was planted in Hicksville 10 years ago. The second, in Commack, was formed two years ago, and the Bishops just announced a third, planned for Garden City. Not only is that growth unheard of for the area, but so too is the church’s popularity with young people.Part of the reason for that could be Bishop’s willingness to unpack current events occasionally during his sermons. After the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., forexample, he told the congregaion something to the effect of, “People have the right to bear arms, not arsenals.”The turnout is a testament to how much the sermons resonate with congregants.“People today are looking for spiritual leadership on some of these issues that they’re not getting,” he says.That sentiment resurfaces in his Easter opener — a pre-taped video monologue in character as “P.T. Bishop” — in which he speaks candidly about feeling inadequate, but assuring the audience that God will always satiate. The hopelessness of the times, his insecurity, his fear of failure — it is present in Bishop’s sermon, but he is sure to speak warmly to everyone, as if they’re all in on his little secret.“It’s a place to belong, much more than you have to believe,” he says of his creation. “Belief comes later.”last_img read more

4 ways to keep the grinch from stealing your good credit

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jeanne KellyDuring the holiday season, we’re ever at risk for fraud and identity theft as we head out-and-about and online to shop. Theft of your credit cards or identity can be devastating to your credit, not to mention your finances and emotional well-being. Not something we want to happen during this joyous time of year. Here are some great tips to remember as we break out our cards over the next few weeks.1. Shop Safe OnlineBe aware that just because you can shop in the comfort and safety of your home doesn’t mean you’re not at risk for identity or credit card theft. Stay safe online by entering your credit card number in as few places as possible by using payment services such as PayPal; shop at reputable websites with names you know and trust; and avoid clicking on links sent to you in email or banner ads that could take to you websites other than where you intended to go.2. Keep an Eye on Your CardsWhen you’re out shopping at a bricks-and-mortar store, keep an eye on your credit cards and make sure store clerks are not allowed to leave your sight with your cards in hand. Also, pick-pockets are common this time of year, so make sure to keep your valuables safe when you are in public.3. Check Your StatementsChecking your bank and credit card statements regularly – even as often as every day – is a great habit to start now, if you don’t already do it. This time of year, when you’re more likely to have increased activity on your accounts, it’s especially important to review them carefully and thoroughly. Get signed up for online access so you don’t have to wait for paper statements to arrive. If you see anything questionable, you can act on it right away and resolve any problems. You can also sign up for alerts to notify you whenever a purchase goes through. continue reading »last_img read more

This week: RNC convention kicks off, NAFCU representing credit unions

first_imgThe Republican National Convention kicks off today in Cleveland, and NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt, Senior Associate Director of Legislative Affairs Chad Adams and Associate Director of Political Affairs Meghan Brady are on site to make sure credit union issues are part of the conversation.Scheduled speakers for the week include House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Financial Services Subcommittee Chairman Sean Duffy, R-Wis., Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Michael McCaul, R-Texas. Duffy is among the speakers confirmed for NAFCU’s upcoming Congressional Caucus; read more here.“This election cycle is crucial for credit unions, and NAFCU is here to make sure the credit union voice is heard,” said Hunt.Next week, NAFCU Board Vice Chair Jeanne Kucey (CEO & President of JetStream Federal Credit Union) and NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler will be in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indian Premier League alternative awards: Benedict Bermange names his winners and losers | Cricket News

first_img Nasser Hussain reveals his team of the 2020 IPL, with Jofra Archer, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan among those to make the cut The Pandya brothers helped the batting line-up with Rohit Sharma leading the charge – as he did in this year’s final victory over Delhi Capitals.By now, we are all familiar with the winners of the Purple Cap (Kagiso Rabada with 30 wickets) and the Orange Cap (KL Rahul with 670 runs), but what about some of the other off-the-wall awards which could have been made. Let’s have a look… MS Dhoni’s woes with the bat were symptomatic of the problems for the Chennai Super Kings this summer. The three-times champions were eliminated from the playoff hunt before any other team, and Dhoni endured his worst campaign, scoring just 200 runs without a fifty.Biggest DisappointmentsGlenn Maxwell came into the tournament off the back of a successful white-ball tour of England. However, he failed to fire with either bat or ball in the IPL. His 13 matches brought just 108 runs at a strike rate of 101.88 and three wickets, which cost 56.33 runs apiece. Even more astonishing was the fact that he faced 106 deliveries without hitting a single six. All at a cost of £1.1m to the Kings XI Punjab. Mumbai Indians celebrated winning their fifth IPL title on Tuesday
Mumbai Indians celebrated winning their fifth IPL title on Tuesday

UK roundup: PPF 7800 index, Barclays DC consultancy

first_imgThe funding level of defined benefit (DB) pension plans in the UK has risen to nearly 94%, after the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) updated the data used to calculate deficits across the system.According to the PPF 7800 index for the end of October, the aggregate deficit fell to nearly £75bn (€90bn), down £9.4bn over readjusted figures for September.The index’s methodology was reassessed following the publication of the 2013 Purple Book earlier this month, resulting in the funding ratio for September being revised upwards by 2.2 percentage points to 92.9%, after the aggregate deficit fell by nearly £30bn.For the end of October, the funding level across the 6,150 pension funds – down by 166 on the previous dataset – reported a funding level of 93.8%, a significant improvement over the 83% reported for the same period last year. The PPF added that assets within the index now amounted to £1.1trn.“Over the month, scheme assets rose by 2.3%, and, over the year, there was an increase of 8.3%,” it said.It added that, while liabilities increased compared with the end of September, they fell by 4% year on year.In other news, Barclays has launched a defined contribution (DC) investment consultancy to complement a corporate pensions platform launched earlier this year.The service, provided by Barclays Corporate & Employer Solutions (BCES), will help trustees “create an investment solution that takes account of different and changing member needs”, according to a statement.The approach will enable investment in a number of pre-selected default strategies, while BCES will also profile the company’s workforce to assess the investment risk suitable for each workforce.Katharine Photiou, head of workplace savings at BCES, said: “Traditional retirement planning and DC investment strategies do not do enough to take account of an individual’s needs, or adapt to changing market conditions.”last_img read more

Finnish government submits bill on pension fund transparency, governance

first_imgPension providers will then have five months at the most to have an updated insider register in place, the ministry said.Under the new rules, boards of the pension insurance companies will have to establish a set of principles of corporate governance. Chief executives and board members will not be barred from sitting on the boards of other companies, the ministry said.However, the pension provider’s board will have to consider such involvement and the reasons why a membership on a board of an outside organisation is necessary, it said.Conflict of interest provisions for directors and chief executives of earnings-related pension providers will be stricter than those applying to limited liability companies, according to the new rules.Board members or chief executives will be unable to take part in negotiations of a deal if they are employees or members of a management body of another company involved in the deal.Significant business transactions by the company’s management and management’s inner circle, such as home purchases, should be considered by the company’s board, and these transactions must be made public, the ministry said.The proposed law also deals with reward systems at the pension insurers, stipulating they should serve the firm’s operations and objectives and be in its long-term interests.“Reward systems should not encourage excessive risk taking,” it said.The spotlight fell on pension fund governance in Finland late last year after a management scandal at the country’s largest pension fund, Keva.Merja Ailus, then the managing director, resigned following media accusations that, among other things, she had charged the institution for some personal expenses.Keva’s investigation concluded that its guidelines for fringe benefits were insufficient and that good corporate governance had not always been followed. New rules on transparency for private sector providers in Finland’s earnings-related pension system moved a step closer after the government submitted a bill to Parliament.The Ministry of Social Affairs and Heath said that, when passed, the new law would require pension insurance companies to hold an insider register of board members and their substitutes, chief executives and their deputies, auditors and employees able to influence the company’s investment decisions.Those on the register will be required to report their stock exchange holdings and business dealings.The new governance law is set to come into force by 1 January 2015.last_img read more

Retreat home in Springwood hits the market

first_imgJust half of the main bedroom … … and the other half, looking out on the property.“It’s just an escape for us parents,” she said.“One of us can sit on the lounge while the other one is having a bath, the bathroom is incredible.“It’s also nice to sit on the balcony and have a wine of an afternoon.” A tennis court for both the casual and the competitive players.“When we saw it we thought it had so much potential,” Mrs Waldren said.“There was a guesthouse too, so we put our son out there with his friends, and the five girls in the main house with us.” The ensuite is something you would expect from a luxury hotel.The master suite has jaw-dropping cathedral ceilings with exposed timber beams, polished timber floorboards, and enormous windows that follow the pitch of the roof. Inside the guesthouse.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The couple did two major renovations on the property, the first in 2011, and the second this year.The main bedroom is Mrs Waldren’s favourite space, and the couple configured it to best suit their needs. The amazing residence at 190 Dennis Rd, Springwood, is for sale.LOGAN’s best kept secret is out — there is an incredible oasis hidden in Springwood.With six children, Julie and Philip Waldren were looking for somewhere they could spread out when they stumbled on 190 Dennis Rd 10 years ago.center_img One of the living rooms at 190 Dennis Rd, Springwood.The residence has all the entertainment a big family could ever desire, with a games room, tennis court, pool and land to explore. There is a Bali hut for relaxing poolside.Tucked in the back of Springwood was a 4.3ha block and a house that would fit their family’s needs. The couple built a false wall in the bedroom to house this amazing walk-in wardrobe. The games room.“We have motorbikes and dune buggies,” she said“It’s great for someone who wants to give their family a great place to grow up.”Mrs Waldren said they will miss their hidden paradise, as they plan to downsize.“Nobody in Springwood even knows its here.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Employment Agency Established In Dominica

first_img Tweet Share Share LocalNews Employment Agency Established In Dominica by: – April 14, 2011 32 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Hon. Colin McIntyre, Minister for Trade & Employment. Photo credit: togetherwemust.comThe Government of Dominica through the Ministry of Trade and Employment, has succeeded in implementing and established an employment agency to assist the unemployed youth of the country.Minister for Trade, Hon. Colin Mc Intyre said the employment agency is aimed at partnering with the youth skills training program, the programs from the Ministry of Education to train our youth and to expose them to the expertise and skills required for the working world.He further stated that the program will provide paid internships to young people an opportunity to both gain experience and income which will assist them.News Reporter: Grace HendersonDominica Vibes Newslast_img read more