Vermont Business Roundtable Identifies Medallion Quality Public Schools for 2004

first_imgThe Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) announces the selection of twenty-seven Vermont public schools as the 2004 Medallion Quality Public Schools. Designed to recognize outstanding student academic achievement and overall school quality, the Medallion Program is in its 12th year of presenting awards in this highly selective process.Consistent with VBR’s long-standing commitment to support high academic standards, meaningful statewide assessment of student performance, and comprehensive reporting of results, the selection criteria for Medallion Quality Public Schools are based on a review of the statewide public school assessment results for all public schools in Vermont, as published by the Vermont Department of Education.”Each year the Medallion School review process highlights some fascinating examples of education being delivered in very creative and effective ways. This year is again noteworthy,” said Lisa Ventriss, president of the VBR. According to the 2002-2003 school year data, the following schools have achieved Medallion Quality Public School status for 2004: For grades K-4 or 5: Charleston Elementary School (West Charleston), Dothan Brook School (White River Junction), Dummerston School (East Dummerston), Ferrisburgh Central School (Ferrisburgh), Franklin Central School (Franklin), Marion W. Cross School (Norwich), Newfane Elementary School (Newfane), Stowe Elementary School (Stowe), Thetford Elementary School (Thetford), Underhill Central School (Underhill Center), Waitsfield School (Waitsfield), Warren Elementary School (Warren), and White River School (White River Junction);For grades 6-8: Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School (Essex Junction), Charleston Elementary School (West Charleston), Charlotte Central School (Charlotte), Essex Middle School (Essex Junction), Frederic Duclos Barstow Memorial School (Chittenden), Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School (South Burlington), Glover Community School (Glover), Putney Central School (Putney), Shelburne Community School (Shelburne), Stamford Elementary School (Stamford), Stowe Middle/High School (Stowe), and Westford Elementary School (Westford);For grades 9-12: Cabot School (Cabot), Champlain Valley Union High School (Hinesburg), Mt. Mansfield Union High School (Jericho), and Stowe Middle/High School (Stowe). It should be noted that Charleston Elementary School achieved Medallion Quality Public School status in both the elementary school grade level (K-4 or 5) and the middle school grade level (6-8). Likewise, Stowe Middle/High School achieved Medallion Quality Public School status in both the middle school grade level (6-8) and the high school grade level (9-12). “The Charleston staff is delighted to be recognized as a Medallion Quality Public School. These designations acknowledge the consistent effort and teamwork of our entire school: students and staff, and the enthusiastic support of the Charleston community for their school. Our children continue to make us proud,” said Linda Studer, principal of Charleston Elementary School. Further analysis of the data is conducted to determine those schools that perform in the top 15% of schools on all tests[1] given, in each grade level category (elementary, middle, and high school).[2] These schools are designated as Gold Medallion Public School finalists and undergo another level of review based on site visits by VBR judges and written submissions from the principals of each school. Upon completion of this process, the judges will identify one school from each category (elementary, middle, and high school) that best demonstrates overall excellence in education as the Gold Medallion Public School Award winners. This year, winning schools will each receive a framed 2004 Gold Medallion Public School Award certificate for display in their school, a check for $3,000 and a new IBM ThinkPad computer donated by IBM Microelectronics in Essex Junction. The Gold Medallion Award winners will be announced in early June. “IBM is pleased to be associated with the Vermont Business Roundtable’s Medallion Public School Award program. IBM’s contribution of an IBM ThinkPad computer to each of the winning schools is a way of recognizing the importance of high achievement in education to Vermont’s future,” said John O’Kane, Manager of Community Relations and Government Affairs for IBM. It is the vision of the Vermont Business Roundtable to make Vermont the best place in America to do business, be educated, and live life. We will achieve that vision through our members; CEOs developing solutions to important public policy issues through collaboration, research and analysis, and communications and advocacy.last_img read more

Merchants ranks 12th in nationwide survey of community banks

first_imgMichael R. Tuttle, President and CEO of Merchants Bank, today announced that Merchants Bancshares, Inc, the parent company of Merchants Bank, was ranked 12th among the “Top 200 Community Banks,” as published in the June 2010 issue of US Banker Magazine. US Banker Magazine publishes an annual ranking of community banks based on their three-year average return on equity. These top 200 are selected from the over 7,000 FDIC-insured banks in the category of under  $2 billion in total assets.“This ranking is a reflection of the great work our people do every day. We are especially proud that this ranking is based upon a three-year average return and therefore demonstrates our sustained commitment over time to strong financial performance,” commented Mr. Tuttle.Vermont Matters. Merchants Bank strives to fulfill its role as the state’s leading independent community bank through a wide range of initiatives. The bank supports organizations throughout Vermont in addressing essential needs, sustaining community programs, providing small business and job start capital, funding financial literacy education and delivering enrichment through local sports activities.Merchants Bank was established in 1849 in Burlington, Vermont. Its continuing mission is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that combines a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank delivers this commitment through a branch-based system that includes: 34 community bank offices and 42 ATMs throughout Vermont; local branch presidents and personal bankers dedicated to high-quality customer service; free online banking, phone banking, and electronic bill payment services; high-value depositing programs that feature Free Checking for Life®, Cash Rewards Checking, Rewards Checking for Business, business cash management, money market accounts, health savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Flexible CD, IRAs, and overdraft assurance; feature-rich loan programs including mortgages, home equity credit, vehicle loans, personal and small business loans and lines of credit; and merchant card processing.  Merchants Bank offers a strong set of commercial and government banking solutions, delivered by experienced banking officers in markets throughout the state; these teams provide customized financing for medium-to-large companies, non-profits, cities, towns and school districts. Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, provides investment management, financial planning and trustee services. Please visit www.mbvt.com(link is external) for access to Merchants Bank information, programs and services. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Source: Merchants. 7.1.2010last_img read more

Algeria planning to install 4GW of solar power capacity

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OilPrice.com:OPEC member Algeria plans to install up to US$3.6 billion worth of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to produce renewable electricity for export and for meeting increasing domestic power demand.The solar power facilities are expected to have a combined installed capacity of 4,000 megawatts (MW), the office of Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad said in a statement.The OPEC member, which generates most of its electricity from natural gas, plans to have those solar PV plants installed between 2020 and 2024, the prime minister’s office said. The project for the new solar power plants, called TAFOUK1, is part of the government’s plan to boost power generation from renewable energy sources.The whole project will require investments of between US$3.2 billion and US$3.6 billion, and is expected to create 56,000 jobs during the construction phase and 2,000 jobs during the operational stage, the government said.Apart from meeting growing domestic demand and positioning Algeria to export electricity, the new solar projects will help it preserve its oil and gas resources, the government said. In Algeria, the oil and gas industry is the backbone of the economy, accounting for 20 percent of GDP, and 85 percent of total exports, according to OPEC data.[Tsvetana Paraskova]More: OPEC producer Algeria aims to build $3.6B solar power projects Algeria planning to install 4GW of solar power capacitylast_img read more

Video: Fly Fishing Escatawba Farms

first_imgFly fishing for big rainbow trout at Escatawba Farms outside Covington, Virginia. Escatawba is private water and requires a rod fee, but as you can see the dry fly fishing can be excellent.Read the full story here.Escatawba from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.last_img

Costa Rica: Meeting Place For Drug Traffickers

first_imgBy Dialogo December 16, 2009 Costa Rica has become a meeting place where Colombian and Mexican drug cartels do business in tons of cocaine, the principal destination of which is the United States market, according to the director of the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ), Jorge Rojas. “Costa Rica has become a meeting place for Mexican and Colombian cartels. That is to say, Guatemalans no longer play an intermediary role,” Rojas told the daily La Nación, which published his statements. According to an article in the Costa Rican daily, based on reports by the Drug Control Police (PCD), since 2005 a total of sixty-one Mexican citizens have been apprehended for ties to drug-trafficking activities. During the same period, the authorities have seized 16.3 tons of cocaine belonging to Mexican criminal organizations, according to the PCD, which estimates that 80 % of the drugs that pass through Costa Rica are controlled by cartels from that country. “We should remember that we are talking about large criminal enterprises (the Mexican cartels), with structures that are highly efficient at administering resources,” the director of the Costa Rican Drug Institute, Mauricio Boraschi, declared to La Nación. The Costa Rican authorities fear that the cartels will be able to make alliances with individuals of few economic resources who live far from the cities, for the purpose of acquiring freedom of action in rural areas. Recently, a mysterious woman gave large sums of money to poor families living near the Costa Rican border with Nicaragua, and the authorities found traces of cocaine on the bills.last_img read more

Criminal Procedure rule amendment

first_imgThe Florida Bar’s Criminal Procedure Rules Committee has submitted to the Florida Supreme Court an out-of-cycle report proposing amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.172, Acceptance of Guilty or Nolo Contendere Pleas.The proposed amendments are in response to a request by the court asking the committee to consider the need for an amendment to rule 3.172(c), Determination of Voluntariness, that would address the need to inform defendants of the possible consequences of the Jimmy Ryce Act (sections 394.910-.931, Florida Statutes (2003)).The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposals, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml.An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before February 15, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Judge Thomas H. Bateman III, Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe Street, Room 365-C, Tallahassee, Florida 32301-1861, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s Administrative Order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (September 13, 2004). Please label envelope to avoid erasure. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 3.172, CASE NO. SC04-2255 RULE 3.172. ACCEPTANCE OF GUILTY OR NOLO CONTENDERE PLEA (a) [No change] (b) [No change] (c) Determination of Voluntariness. Except when a defendant is not present for a plea, pursuant to the provisions of rule 3.180(d), the trial judge should, when determining voluntariness, place the defendant under oath and shall address the defendant personally and shall determine that he or she understands: (1) the nature of the charge to which the plea is offered, the mandatory minimum penalty provided by law, if any, and the maximum possible penalty provided by law; (2) if the defendant is not represented by an attorney, that the defendant has the right to be represented by an attorney at every stage of the proceeding against him or her and, if necessary, one will be appointed to represent him or her; (3) that the defendant has the right to plead not guilty or to persist in that plea if it has already been made and that the defendant has the right to be tried by a jury and at that trial has the right to the assistance of counsel, the right to compel attendance of witnesses on his or her behalf, the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses against him or her, and the right not to be compelled to incriminate himself or herself; (4) that if the defendant pleads guilty, or nolo contendere without express reservation of the right to appeal, he or she gives up the right to appeal all matters relating to the judgment, including the issue of guilt or innocence, but does not impair the right to review by appropriate collateral attack; (5) that if the defendant pleads guilty or is adjudged guilty after a plea of nolo contendere there will not be a further trial of any kind, so that by pleading guilty or nolo contendere he or she waives the right to a trial; (6) that if the defendant pleads guilty or nolo contendere, the trial judge may ask the defendant questions about the offense to which he or she has pleaded, and if the defendant answers these questions under oath, on the record, and in the presence of counsel, the answers may later be used against him or her in a prosecution for perjury; (7) the complete terms of any plea agreement, including specifically all obligations the defendant will incur as a result; and (8) that if he or she pleads guilty or nolo contendere the trial judge must inform him or her that, if he or she is not a United States citizen, the plea may subject him or her to deportation pursuant to the laws and regulations governing the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. It shall not be necessary for the trial judge to inquire as to whether the defendant is a United States citizen, as this admonition shall be given to all defendants in all cases . ; and (9) that if the defendant pleads guilty or nolo contendere, and the offense to which the defendant is pleading is a sexually violent offense, or if the defendant has been previously convicted of a sexually violent offense, the plea may subject the defendant to involuntary civil commitment as a sexually violent offender upon completion of his or her sentence. (d) – (i) [No change] Committee Notes 1977 Adoption. [No change] 2004 Amendment. Rule 3.172(c)(9) added. See section 394.910, et seq., Fla. Stat.; and State v. Harris , 881 So.2d 1079 (Fla. 2004). Criminal Procedure rule amendment January 15, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Criminal procedure rule amendmentlast_img read more

Credit union action urged to support Data Security Act

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA is engaging state credit union leagues, credit unions and credit union members via an action alert to generate a strong show of support for the Data Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 2205).“The bill contains several provisions CUNA has advocated for, including more stringent data security standards for merchants, allowing credit unions to disclose and identify to member details of a data breach and ensures that one law will provide uniform protections across the country,” said Richard Gose, CUNA’s Chief Political Officer, encouraging credit union leaders to weigh in. “We need credit unions to reach out to their members of Congress, specifically those credit unions based in Financial Services Committee members’ districts, and voice your support for the bill and its provisions.”CUNA has also written in support of the bill to the House Financial Services Committee, which will mark it up today.Credit unions and their members can access CUNA’s grassroots action center, which will allow them to voice their support of the bill to their legislators.H.R. 2205 applies to entities that handle sensitive consumer data, but do not currently have a federal obligation to protect such data. continue reading »last_img read more

Algeria announces first confirmed case of coronavirus

first_imgThe disease reaches Algeria at a politically difficult moment, following a year of mass street protests that still occur twice a week.Tebboune was elected in December in a vote opposed by the protesters, whose demonstrations helped bring down his predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika.Topics : Algeria has reported its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus, an Italian man who arrived in the country on Feb. 17 and has been put into isolation.The case was announced by the health minister, and President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said on Twitter that he had ordered medical authorities to take maximum precautions. He urged Algerians to be careful what information they shared online.Northern Italy, home to many Algerians, has been the centre of an outbreak of the coronavirus with more than 280 cases and 11 deaths. Its Milan-based energy company, Eni, is also involved in projects in Algeria.last_img read more

New Zealand’s Ardern admits to cannabis use ‘a long time ago’

first_imgTopics : In the wide-ranging debate, both leaders were also asked if U.S. President Donald Trump was a dangerous influence on the world.Collins said Trump had done well recently on the peace deal between Israel and some Gulf nations.”Actually that’s better than war. He hasn’t been ready to rush into war,” said Collins.Ardern shot back saying: “It is a worry when the best thing you can say is we haven’t had war?”Ardern last month slammed Trump’s comments that New Zealand was experiencing a surge in COVID-19 as “patently wrong”.”The idea that we would be compared to the outbreak in the U.S. by President Trump, I totally reject that and I stand by my response,” said Ardern, whose brand of liberal, inclusive and compassionate leadership has led to some people labeling her “the anti-Trump”.New Zealand has had 25 coronavirus related deaths, among the lowest in the world, while fatalities in the United States have crossed 200,000.The comments came just hours after Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden battled fiercely in a chaotic and bad-tempered first debate marked by personal insults and Trump’s repeated interruptions. New Zealand’s ruling party leader Jacinda Ardern said she tried cannabis “a long time ago” when asked during a heated live debate on Wednesday ahead of the Oct 17 general election.Ardern, 40, is widely seen winning a second term in office on the back of her success in containing COVID-19 but her rival, conservative National Party leader Judith Collins, has been clawing back support.New Zealanders are also voting on two other issues – on legalizing recreational cannabis and euthanasia – topics that have split opinions in the country.center_img In the second election debate on Wednesday, when asked by the moderator if she has ever used cannabis, Ardern said: “Yes I did, a long time ago.”But she said she will only reveal which way she voted on the cannabis referendum after the election.”I made a clear decision that I want the public of New Zealand to decide this and I want this not to be about politics,” she said.Collins, however, said she has never used cannabis and would vote against it.last_img read more

Celtic respond to Arsenal’s opening offer for Kieran Tierney

first_imgAdvertisement Celtic value Arsenal transfer target Kieran Tierney at £25million (Picture: Getty)Celtic have rejected Arsenal’s audacious opening offer for Kieran Tierney.Unai Emery is hopeful of signing a new left-back this summer as he plans to revert to a back four next season. Nacho Monreal turns 34 in February, while Sead Kolasinac has impressed mainly in a wing-back role and has been linked with a summer move to Barcelona.The under-pressure Arsenal manager is reported to have instructed the Arsenal board to make a move for Tierney in the belief he would make a ‘significant improvement’ to the first team squad.Hampered by a restrictive budget, The Sun claims Arsenal have already seen an opening £15million offer, which included four players in part exchange, dismissed by the Scottish champions who value the player closer to the £25m mark.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal were prepared to let the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah move to Parkhead but will have to submit an improved cash bid if they are to land the 22-year-old who is contracted until 2023 and is currently recovering from a double hernia operation.Speaking about Arsenal’s interest in Tierney, as well as the speculation surrounding Olivier Ntcham, Celtic boss Neil Lennon said on Friday: ‘I would expect bids. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 22 Jun 2019 7:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares First-choice Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal turns 34 in February (Picture: Getty)‘We’re realistic and I’d be surprised if there weren’t any offers for them because they’re both extremely talented players.‘So I may have a decision to make, but there’s nothing for us to think about yet.‘For someone so young, Kieran already has vast experience – he’s played Champions League, Europa League, internationals and he’s won trophies.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Celtic respond to Arsenal’s opening offer for Kieran Tierney Comment Advertisementlast_img read more