Group reflects on semester, sets goals

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) did end-of-semester housekeeping Wednesday night by discussing what has gone right so far and assessing goals that still need to be accomplished. The executives held individual meetings with the members of the Board and said its members agreed they had succeeded on several fronts: a good team atmosphere, successful commissioners and increased visibility on campus, student body president Rachael Chesley said. “These are things we virtually heard from everybody,” she said. “Most people commented on the foundation of a team. They feel as SGA, everyone is working together as a team.” At the beginning of the academic year, SGA commissioners and executives went on a retreat together to build camaraderie, Chesley said. The Board said this made commissioners more successful in their positions. Chesley said commissioners feel comfortable enough to really “take action” this year. The majority of the Board also said they have improved at “reaching out to the student body as a whole,” Laura Smith, student body vice president, said. “Everyone mentioned they feel SGA is much more visible this year through events taking place and also through emails and keeping the office open,” Chesley said. Kelly Lyons, president of the Class of 2011, said she has seen a huge shift since last year’s SGA. “Last year, I didn’t really know what SGA was or what it was a part of, but I feel like this year, that has changed a lot,” Lyons said. SGA then discussed changes that could be made and improvements that need to be implemented in the coming semester. Members said they need to improve communication between the Finance Committee — which reviews sponsorship requests from clubs and organizations on campus — and the larger board. “Everyone, overall, said they like how instead of spending the whole time on hearing sponsorships and voting who gets what in the larger meetings, we can deal with other things, but you also want to know where the money is going,” Chesley said. Starting next semester, there will be minute-long reports about how the money is spent, she said. Members also suggested a State of the Union address to let the campus community know what SGA is doing and to let “students know this is actually what we’ve been doing and we haven’t been hiding,” Emily Skirtich, chief of staff, said. Finally, the group discussed major projects they would like to see done in the spring. The Board wished to address the technology issues on campus, such as the lack of printers, the possibility of adding bike racks on campus, improving its recently launched website and completing the Le Mans Hall basement renovations, which when completed will be a common area for students. Chesley reminded the Board that the April 1 turnover date will approach quickly when the staff returns for the spring semester. “The projects that we pick, we need to jump on them right when we get back,” she said.last_img read more

Corrina, Corrina Musical in the Works; Will It Star Audra McDonald?

first_img View Comments Nelson made her feature film directing and screenwriting debut with Corrina, Corrina. She helmed I Am Sam and co-wrote Stepmom and The Story of Us. She is also the co-writer of the musical Alice By Heart alongside Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. Jessie Nelson, who will pen the book for the forthcoming Waitress musical at ART, has announced in her bio that she’s working on a musical adaptation of her 1994 film Corrina, Corrina alongside composer Alan Menken (Aladdin) and lyricist Brian Yorkey (If/Then), for six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald. A representative for McDonald has declined to comment. No casting, dates or additional information has been announced.center_img Set in 1959, Corrina, Corrina tells the story of Manny Singer, a widower who hires Corrina, a housekeeper and nanny, to care for his greiving daughter Molly. As Molly comes out of her shell, Corrina shows the family a whole new way of life. The 1994 movie starred Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta and Tina Majorino.last_img read more

Welch announces new legislation to create jobs for veterans

first_imgGranite Industries of Vermont Inc,At Granite Industries of Vermont, a business recognized for its commitment to the Vermont National Guard, Representative Peter Welch on Monday unveiled new legislation to encourage Vermont businesses to hire veterans.The Veterans Employment Tax Credit Act, which Welch will introduce in the U.S. House this week, would provide a $2,400 tax credit to businesses that hire veterans who have been unemployed for at least four weeks. A similar tax credit was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but lapsed at the close of 2010.‘As Vermont welcomes home the brave men and women of the Vermont Guard who served and sacrificed in Afghanistan last year, we must make sure they have everything they need to succeed in civilian life. Critical to that is ensuring they have good-paying jobs,’ Welch said. ‘Vermont business owners know that veterans often make the best employees. But in a tough economy, we should provide an extra incentive for businesses to employ those who have served our country.’Welch announced his new bill at Granite Industries in Barre, a business that received the Patriot Award from Vermont Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Owner Jeff Martell and employee Robert McCallum, who served with the Guard in a previous deployment to Iraq, spoke about the importance of hiring Vermont Guardsmen and women. Vermont ESGR Chairman Shawn Bryan and Vermont Secretary of Commerce Lawrence Miller also spoke.The VET Credit Act would expand the Work Opportunity Tax Credit to apply to those who have served active duty in the armed services or the National Guard for more than 180 days in the past five years. The WOTC currently provides a $2,400 tax credit to businesses that hire veterans with a service-connected disability.In testimony delivered to the Vermont Legislature in January, Adjutant General Michael Dubie said that 30 percent of the those returning from the recent Vermont Guard deployment to Afghanistan were unemployed.In addition to unveiling his VET Credit Act, Welch said at the press conference that he would cosponsor the Veterans Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) to provide a tax credit to businesses that hire veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Welch also used the opportunity to promote three upcoming career fairs the Vermont Guard is holding for veterans in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Labor and ESGR: · Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 ‘ Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, Essex Junction ‘ 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. · Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 ‘ Castleton State College, Castleton ‘ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.· Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 ‘ Lebanon College, Lebanon, NH ‘ Time TBDlast_img read more

First Wind cuts ribbon at Sheffield site, East Burke next week

first_imgBurke Mountain Ski Area,Governor Shumlin will be among several dignitaries to cut the ribbon at the First Wind, 40 megawatt Sheffield Wind project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom on Wednesday October 26 at 11 am. The Sheffield project is Vermont’s first utility-scale wind energy project. The project will generate enough power for more than 14,000 Vermont homes, or nearly half of the homes in the Northeast Kingdom.  The power generated by the project will be sold to Burlington Electric Department (BED), the Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc (VEC) and the Washington Electric Cooperative, Inc. (WEC) under power purchase agreements.Later on the same day in nearby East Burke, Burke Mountain Ski Area will celebrate its new wind turbine, manufactured by Barre-based Northern Power Systems. The Northwind 100 turbine at Burke is expected to produce close to 20 percent of the ski resort’s power needs. Governor Shumlin is slated to speak at both ribbon cutting events.  “Across the state, Vermonters embrace a clean energy future that creates local jobs, keeps Vermonters’ money working in our state, and creates a future for our children that we are proud of,” said Gabrielle Stebbins, executive director of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV). “Vermont leads the nation in many ways with our progressive approach to a clean energy economy, and this Wednesday we celebrate new, clean Vermont-made energy.” Burke Mountain Ski Area’s new wind turbine Grand Opening Ceremony will be held at the summit of Burke Mountain at 3:30 pm, October 26. The ski area is located at 223 Sherburne Lodge Road in East Burke.  About First Wind First Wind is an independent wind energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind projects in the United States.  Based in Boston, First Wind has wind projects in the Northeast, the West and in Hawaii, with the capacity to generate up to 695 megawatts of power and projects under construction with the capacity to generate up to an additional 181 megawatts.last_img read more

Data-related Lessons from…Estée Lauder?

first_imgMy first job was with Estée Lauder. Well, my first real job—the 40-hour-a-week, punch-a-time-card, wear-a-uniform kind of job. That’s right, a uniform complete with the mandatory 2.5-inch heels. (Yes, seriously.) Over the course of my career, I’ve had many jobs, but only a select few shaped me significantly. The Estée Lauder job was one of those.Imagine standing behind a cosmetics counter talking to a woman about her make-up routine and offering suggestions on how she can enhance (or minimize, in some cases) certain aspects of her appearance. Either way, at the end of the experience, you want her to walk away feeling good about herself, about you, and about whatever she (hopefully) purchased. That feeling captures what member experience means to me.When I first started working for Lauder at the age of 19, I would introduce myself using only my first name. Audra. Just Audra. I was corrected almost immediately (as I am not Cher) by an older woman in the company who said, “Always look someone in the eye, use your full name, and shake their hand firmly when introducing yourself.” It was another valuable lesson, one I’ve carried with me ever since.I learned quite a few lessons as an Estée Lauder rep, which, by the way, was an experience I loved. Next to bartending, it was one of the best jobs for learning how to interact with people on an intimate level and carry on conversations about personal products. Fast-forward a few years, and now I find myself marketing financial solutions that make people’s financial dreams a reality. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Renovation transformation you have to see to believe

first_img45 Stagpole st pre-renoOriginally built as a bank, the home includes a functioning safe which is currently used as an office, and makes for a great cyclone shelter.Mr Dahl said the couples’ intention had been to live in the house for years post-renovation but a change in circumstance has left this near-new home up for grabs at auction. 45 Stagpole St post-reno 45 Stagpole st pre-renoMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Dahl said it was the location that initially attracted them to the property seven years ago. “We started the renovation in 2012 and only finished it about six months ago,” Mr Dahl said. “It was a huge job, virtually the entire inside had to be stripped and relined.“The deck was a completely new addition as well as the shed and all the concreting around the outside.” The entertaining deck at 45 Stagpole St, post-reno. Amalfi Coast meets North Queensland THIS three-bedroom Queenslander in Townsville’s West End is unrecognisable from what it was in 2012. After a full renovation, owners Tony Dahl and Donna England have decided to put their hard work up for auction in what could be Townsville’s very own version of The Block.READ MORE Local builder puts his family home on the market The bathroom at 45 Stagpole St, post-reno. 45 Stagpole St pre-reno“It’s a beautiful house, it would be nice to just pick it up and take it with us,” Mr Dahl said. “Whoever buys it is going to have plenty of time to enjoy it.”The inner city home at 45 Stagpole St is open today at 12.30pm and will go to auction at 1pm. READ MORElast_img read more

COSCO Shipping Closes Another Dormant Business

first_imgCOSCO Shipping International (Singapore) has decided to formally dismiss its dormant subsidiary, Cos Knight Shipping.As informed, a resolution for the dissolution of the company incorporated in the Republic of Panama was presented to the business registry of Panama and Cos Knight Shipping has been dissolved.The move follows the scrapping of a vessel owned by Cos Knight Shipping, the Supramax bulk carrier Cos Knight.“The dissolution of Cos Knight Shipping is not expected to have any material impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of the company for the financial year ending December 31, 2017,” the company said, adding that none of the directors or controlling shareholders of the company has any interest in the dissolution of Cos Knight Shipping.COSCO Shipping International decided to shut down a number of dormant subsidiaries in 2017.In the first nine months of this year, the company sent six of its bulkers to the scrapyard, reducing its fleet to four Handymax carriers.Separately, COSCO Shipping International said it sent a formal offer document to the shareholders of Cogent Holdings Limited (CHL), a Singapore-based company specializing in logistics management services. COSCO intends to acquire all the issued shared in the capital of CHL.last_img read more

Nigeria: Otakikpo field partners ‘sanction’ phase two development

first_imgLekoil and Green Energy International have sanctioned Phase Two of the development plan of the Otakikpo field offshore Nigeria, but they are still working to close the project financing.The Otakikpo field, located in a coastal swamp location in OML 11, adjacent to the shoreline in the south-eastern part of the Niger Delta, is operated by Green Energy International Limited with Lekoil, as a financial and technical partner, holding a 40 percent interest.Production from the field in the first half of 2019 averaged 5,822 bopd gross with no downtime, compared to 2,042 bopd for the same period in 2018.Lekoil said on Monday that, following the sanction, the JV was in the process of finalizing heads of terms with “Anchor” engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning vendors for cost and schedule certainty to allow Standard Chartered Bank to close project financing as well as complete preparation for project execution.Also, Lekoil said that the Joint Venture has also renewed the Otakikpo Marginal Field license for twenty years, following the payment to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) the sum of $1 million for the license Renewal fee ($400,000 net to Lekoil).“After evaluating the existing infrastructure at Otakikpo, Schlumberger, in its role as non-financial, technical partner has assessed the capacity of the infrastructure to be capable of producing 10,000 bopd (4,000 bopd net to Lekoil Nigeria) and, with some debottlenecking, up to 12,000 bopd gross (4,800 bopd net to Lekoil Nigeria). Subject to closing of, inter alia, the project financing, the Joint Venture expects the first two wells of the phased development plan to bring production up to this level.  The Joint Venture anticipates adding this incremental production by year-end 2020,” Lekoil said,As previously reported, the JV in July signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with Schlumberger and a trading subsidiary of an unnamed “major international oil company that has been operating in Nigeria for more than half a century.”The MOU covers a comprehensive infrastructure sharing and drilling program around a group of marginal field assets in the OML11 offshore license. Under the terms of the MOU, the “Major Oil Company” will provide funding to the Joint Venture alongside the other funding partners, subject to completion of due diligence which is ongoing, entry into definitive documentation and final investment decision. The Joint Venture will seek to enter into an exclusive offtake agreement with the Major Oil Company for the sale of crude produced pursuant to this project, Lekoil said.“The consortium of GEIL, Lekoil, and Schlumberger will form a multidisciplinary project management team in which Schlumberger will act solely as a technical partner to provide oilfield services and project management services to assist in ramping up production and long-term field management. The project scope also involves the construction of a terminal for evacuation.  Financing discussions are progressing, with interest confirmed from key potential financing parties and further announcements will be made in due course,” Lekoil said.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Police officer may face lawsuit for assault

first_img Share Share 11120 Views   69 comments Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Police officer may face lawsuit for assault by: – May 29, 2012 Sharing is caring! Brian Mourillon seen bleeding and holding his head right after the incidentPolice officer Pelham Jno Baptiste may face criminal and civil charges by three citizens who claim that they were assaulted and battered by him.Twenty-two year old Brian Mourillon, Roy Massicot and Gregory Massicot of Vieille Case claim that a police officer assaulted them during the staging of the third Digicel Test Match at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium and they are seeking legal redress.Part of that unfortunate incident was inadvertently caught on camera by Sat Telecoms who was on the scene.The defendants were arrested and charged on April 26th, 2012 for offences including assault, battery and abusive language.The incident allegedly started at the Adam Sanford Stand when one of the defendants, Gregory Massicot was asked to “lean off” the railing and find a seat.The defendant claims that he did adhere to the request by the officer; however the officer subsequently returned and was minded to arrest him.His relative, Roy Massicot sought to inquire from the police as to the reason for issuing that arrest but was then accosted by him who claimed that Roy was obstructing him from executing his duties and “forcefully” removed from the stadium.Eye witness reports indicate that the men were heard arguing with the police after they were asked to be quiet several times.Brian Mourillon who can be seen receiving a blow to his head by the police officer in the three minute video was charged with assault, resisting arrest, obstruction and threats which he pleaded not guilty to when they appeared before Magistrate Candia Carette-George on May 10th, 2012.Roy Massicot was pleaded not guilty to obstruction of police while in the execution of his duties, assault and battery while Gregory Massicot pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest, escape from lawful custody, assault on police and abusive language.The matter has been adjourned to 14th August, 2012.Meanwhile, one of Brain Mourillon’s relative who brought a copy of the video to Dominica Vibes News expressed outrage over the incident.“Watch that video and tell me if you see Brian assaulting or threatening anybody” she asked.The police have declined to comment on the matter as they claim it is “under investigation”.[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/43049763[/vimeo]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Bale departure would be major blow – AVB

first_imgManager Andre Villas-Boas claimed Gareth Bale quitting Tottenham would have equal consequences to Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona after the Wales international earned his side a 2-1 win over Newcastle. Bale was in red-hot form at White Hart Lane, scoring both of Spurs’ goals as part of a scintillating one-man show which took his goals tally for the season to 19 for both club and country – comfortably his best ever return – and his form looks set to carry Spurs into the Champions League places at the end of the season. As a result of his continued brilliance, he has been linked with moves abroad for the last two seasons, and Villas-Bos said: “Obviously, we have spoken about that at length and are not going to go through it again. Most teams have to hang on to their best players, Barcelona losing Messi would be a disaster, Real Madrid losing Ronaldo would be a disaster so this is exactly the same.” Press Associationcenter_img He went on: “Teams are dependent on great organisation and also great individuals when they are able to express their football to the maximum.” It is often said that every player has his price but, in a league where buyout clauses do not exist, Villas-Boas does not expect his club to feel the need to cash in. “There isn’t a release clause in English football, it’s very difficult to negotiate with Tottenham as you know and we are not willing to let our best assets go. We can’t turn this into a debate every time a player does well,” he said. Yoan Gouffran grabbed Newcastle’s goal although he was later carried off following an innocuous challenge with Kyle Walker. The France international received oxygen on the pitch but Newcastle were later buoyed by the news that there had been no break. Magpies boss Alan Pardew admitted that was a concern after the game but the club released a statement confirming good news. It read: “Newcastle United are pleased to report that a precautionary X-ray has shown that Yoan Gouffran has not broken his right leg. The French forward was stretchered off during the second half of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, and Gouffran will be further assessed on Sunday by the club’s medical staff.” last_img read more