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Lyndon State College Ground Breaking

first_imgVermont Congressional Delegation to Take Part inLyndon State College Ground BreakingLyndon Center, Vt. – Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders along with Representative Peter Welsh will all take part in ground breaking for the new academic and student activity building at the college August 12 at noon. The ceremony will take place in front of the Vail Center, followed by a reception in the Vail Student Center.Space for student clubs and activities has been at a premium at Lyndon for a number of years, and, with growing enrollment recently, academic space has also been tight. This building project, approved by the Vermont State Colleges board of trustees last year, will provide instructional and faculty office space and space for academic programs that are increasing in size and technological complexity. Its multipurpose student activity space will meet a range of cultural, entertainment, academic and social needs for the Lyndon student body.In addition to student activities, three academic programs will move to the building when it opens next August – Meteorology, Exercise Science and Business Administration. Meteorology, an area where technological advances are made at a fast pace, will gain laboratory space, a new research area, updated equipment, a recording room for students to practice their broadcasting, an observation deck and space for the Lyndon Institute for Applied Meteorology, which sponsors research and educational programs online.Business Administration, which currently shares the Harvey Academic Center with Visual Arts and the Recreation Resource and Ski Resort Management Departments, will occupy the entire second floor of the new building. This new space will provide a professional business atmosphere in which students and the department can carry on their consultations with and presentations to area businesses with which they work, such as those involved in the iWOW (Incubator without Walls) program. iWOW businesses from the Newport/Derby area are working with Lyndon students and faculty to streamline their business models to position themselves in the most favorable competitive stance in regard to potential big box stores that may come to the area.Perhaps gaining the most from the move will be Exercise Science. This growing area, which in the past focused on physical education, now serves a growing number of students in a field of expanding opportunities. Along with the B.S. in physical education, Exercise Science now offers degrees in pre-professional athletic training, strength and conditioning/health and fitness, sports management, sports medicine and a self-designed program. This area has grown so fast that the college has been hard-pressed to find adequate appropriate space, and a few of the classes have been held for some time in a converted racquet ball court.Dean of Business Administration Dean Hamilton estimates construction costs at $10 million. The money comes from a Vermont State Colleges bond and will be repaid with student fees over the next 30 years. Even though Lyndon is part of Vermont’s public higher education system, state funding is too low to fund the improvement and growth which are necessary to offer Vermont students the education they deserve. Fund raising is also underway, and naming opportunities are available. Fund raising will provide all of the $1.5 to 3 million dollars needed to equip and furnish the building. For more information, contact Dean of Institutional Advancement Bob Whittaker at 626-6427.Follow signs for parking, which will in the faculty/staff lot by the baseball field while the main Vail lot is under construction.Architect for the project is Smith-Alvarez-Sienkiewycz of Burlington, and H.P. Cummings of Woodsville, N.H., will be construction manager. Cummings recently worked at LSC in the same capacity during the construction of the Rita Bole Complex. A reception will follow the ceremony in the student center on the second floor of Vail.last_img read more

Congressmen call on NRC to reconsider Vermont Yankee closed-door meeting

first_imgThe NRC today canceled a closed-door session to discuss Vermont Yankee and instead is inviting elected officials to attend an already-scheduled meeting in Brattleboro April 12. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) had called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reconsider its decision to hold a closed-door meeting with local, state and federal officials in Keene, NH, on April 14. Those interested in attending the meeting April 12 should be aware that the NRC might move the location to a larger venue.The Vermont delegation s letter follows. The NRC statement follows the letter:March 30, 2010The Honorable Gregory B. JaczkoChairmanU.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionWashington, D.C. 20555-0001Dear Chairman Jaczko:We write to follow up on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission s invitation to participate in a closed-door Government-to-Government meeting on April 14 in Keene, New Hampshire.We are committed to open and transparent government and to honoring both the letter and spirit of Vermont’s open meeting laws.  Avoiding Vermont s open meeting laws by holding this meeting in New Hampshire will only add to the growing public skepticism about the handling of oversight at Vermont Yankee, and could curtail participation from Vermont officials.While we recognize that the discussion of information relating to security considerations often requires confidential briefings, the discussion of broader issues surrounding this facility is of great interest to Vermonters and is a discussion that should be conducted in a public setting.We urge you to reconsider, and to hold the April 14 meeting in Vermont so that Vermont’s federal, state and local officials can fully participate. We look forward to hearing from you regarding this request.Sincerely,Patrick Leahy              Bernard Sanders                     Peter WelchU.S. Senator                U.S. Senator                            U.S. RepresentativeNRC statement on meeting for state, county and local officials regarding Vermont YankeeThe Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided that rather than hold a separate meeting with local officials on April 14 in Keene, NH, on issues at the nearby Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, it will invite those same local government representatives to join the NRC at a public open house on groundwater contamination on April 12th in Brattleboro, Vt. The agency is in the process of contacting the officials to inform them of the scheduling change.The open house will take place from 1 to 8 pm at the Brattleboro Ramada Inn and will offer both elected officials and members of the public the opportunity to hear directly from NRC staff members on issues of interest at Vermont Yankee.The NRC has a long history of outreach to both the general public and state, county and local officials with respect to its regulatory activities and oversight of nuclear power plant issues. This single, open meeting will further the goal of providing open and transparent government.Source: Vermont Congressional Delegation. WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010. NRC, March 31, 2010last_img read more

Help! I’m Dreading Bikini Season

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,Longer days and warmer temperatures mean that summer is just around the corner. Summer is absolutely my favorite time of year except for one small thing – bathing suits. While I love the feeling of paddling bare-armed or soaking up sun along the river’s edge, just the thought of putting on a bikini fills me with dread. So much so that it’s tempting to stay covered up all summer long.Any tips?Yours,Bikini Fearing Dear Bikini Fearing,When we expose ourselves after a winter of jeans and sweaters, it can be scary. Our eyes seem to almost search for every dimple, lump, wrinkle, and sag. And what we look for, of course we find.If the body image ideal we hold most sacred is that of a taunt teenager, we will inevitably be left disappointed. We do not have the ability to turn back the years before gravity, babies, and long stints in the office took their toll.The choice we do have is how we define the ideal body. We can look in the mirror and be disgusted by the cellulite that’s taken permanent residence on our upper thighs. Or, if we squint, perhaps we can see those same dimples as the mirror reflection of the gentle slopes of a mountain ridge we hold dear. I’ve started telling myself that I have my very view of the Blue Ridge etched onto my body, as if a tattoo artist had inked it there.And when I look at my rounded, soft stomach, I think of the gentle start it provided to my son’s life. I see gratitude in the curves, for nurturing and housing my little boy when he was becoming ready for this wonderful world.Every time I catch myself lamenting my “thick” or “big” legs, I remind myself how many hundreds of miles those legs have carried me. I think of how capable they’ve been in carrying me and a pack on some of the Great Walks in New Zealand. Or I think of how they pedaled my bike across the state of Wisconsin one summer.Even my stretch marks look beautiful these days. They remind me of the waves of the Atlantic that I so long to see every year around this time. My stretch marks are exactly the same shape as the ripples that fade into the horizon as I sit on the beach watching the last of the pastel-streaked sky on the long, lazy evenings of cherished family vacation.Bikini Fearing, it’s up to you to decide whether you want to see cellulite or mountain ridges, whether you want to see stretch marks or ocean waves. Look for the gratitude, and you’re sure to find it.Here’s to lathering up and soaking up the rays!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

Persecuted by Maduro: National Assembly Members

first_imgBy Dialogo September 17, 2019 Attacks against the members of the only democratically elected body in Venezuela have not let up since 2016, when the first session of the 6th Legislature opened.On August 12, through its Constituent National Assembly (ANC, in Spanish), the regime revoked the parliamentary immunity of four other opposition members for alleged crimes of “high treason, instigating insurrection, civil rebellion, conspiracy to commit a crime, usurpation of functions, public incitement to disobey the law, and hatred.” These members join the list of more than 100 lawmakers who have suffered human rights violations and have been prosecuted, imprisoned, or exiled.“The attacks will get more and more aggressive, not only against the National Assembly, but also against any target they [members of the regime] have drawn, either national or international,” Américo De Grazia, an AN lawmaker who has taken refuge at the Italian Embassy in Caracas since May 2019, told Diálogo.Gregory Weeks, a specialist in Latin American political affairs and professor in the Latin American Studies program at the University of North Carolina, said the government won’t stop harassing the parliament.“On this point, I don’t think Maduro has much incentive to stop,” Weeks told Diálogo. “The United States is exerting a lot of pressure […] and won’t lift sanctions. So, Maduro tells himself: ‘What’s the point?’ He might as well do what he wants.”On August 12, ANC President Diosdado Cabello announced the creation of a commission that will evaluate the date for parliamentary elections and the possibility of moving them forward. For Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó, moving the elections forward would be a “disaster.”“What if the regime today dares to – and they can – approve an irregular call for elections without any sort of conditions? They will drown in contradictions and isolation; they will drown in a disaster,” Guaidó told the press.Maduro does not recognize the AN, whose 122 opposition members (of a total of 167 elected) represent the so-called supermajority. Most opposition lawmakers have been victims of harassment, from threatening graffiti painted on their houses by pro-Maduro gangs to imprisonment, as in the case of Édgar Zambrano, the AN vice president who was kidnapped in May 2019, or Juan Requesens, who has been detained since August 2018 for the alleged drone attack against Maduro.Other members, such as De Grazia, sought refuge at embassies in Caracas: Marianela Magallanes López at the Italian Embassy; Richard José Blanco Delgado at the Argentine Embassy; Franco Manuel Casella at the Mexican Embassy; Leopoldo López at the Spanish Embassy; and Freddy Guevara and Roberto Henríquez at the Chilean Embassy.last_img read more

Mental performance is football’s next big thing, says Mark Bowden | Football News

first_img“If your brain is not performing to its best, which invariably it doesn’t unless you are just lucky and happen to be riding the crest of a wave, everything falls down. Often, players don’t realise why that is happening. They think they are just playing badly.“Think about it. All week is spent working on other aspects of the game. They work on the technical side, the physical side, the tactical side. But when they go out to play a game, there is only one thing that is going to impact their performance and that is their brain.“Exploiting how to make sure that brain of ours maximises performance will be the next big thing in football. It is happening already but that momentum will get bigger and bigger.” Liam Moore celebrates scoring Reading's first goal against MiddlesbroughImage:Moore celebrates scoring Reading’s first goal against Middlesbrough “Lots of players want to keep it confidential,” Bowden tells Sky Sports.“There is this alpha-male thing that says they should already be able to deal with it. Nothing could be further from the truth really. The good thing is that many players are massively starting to recognise that the most important factor in their performance is the brain.“Players are expected to perform like robots but a footballer’s brain is the same as anyone else’s brain. The only difference is that a footballer is under the microscope and the pressure that can impact their performance is far greater than most.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Exploiting how to make sure that brain of ours maximises performance will be the next big thing in football.Mark Bowden, mental performance consultant Mark Bowden, mental performance consultantImage:Mark Bowden is a mental performance consultant to many footballerscenter_img “I feel physically I have worked hard my whole career but never taken time to train my mind until now,” says Moore. “Choosing to get in touch with Mark and start working together was one of the best decisions I have made in my career. It has added another level to my game.”Moore believes that he now has “an understanding of how to handle anything” while Stoke defender Danny Batth credits Bowden with helping his “motivation, focus and intensity in training” and his “confidence and preparation” of his mind when the game comes around.They are just the ones prepared to go on record.- Advertisement – Bowden’s own path into the world of mental performance is a remarkable one. After completing a degree in psychology, he worked as a covert operative for the Serious Organised Crime Agency hunting down drug dealers in the London area.“We used to go after the big cartels in the capital,” he explains.It feels a world away from the life of a footballer but Bowden sees some similarities. “There was a real need to perform to a high level in a pressurised environment.”After studying psychotherapy, he began working with semi-professional footballers before helping a number of players at Plymouth Argyle, not far from his home in the South West.“My expertise is how a brain operates. I just chose football because I love it.”He soon discovered that this was uncharted territory.“My big surprise was that at League Two level, it wasn’t sorted out. Even at Premier League and Championship level, where most of my work is now, the brain is not catered for.“It is incredible really. I knew how important the brain was in performance but your assumption is that football is a multi-million-pound industry and is going to be invested up to your eyeballs in this area. I thought if I walked into any club, they would be saying they had a whole department who deal with this.“With everything that football has added on the physical side, the sports science, the blood checks, we are still missing that one thing, probably the most important thing, the brain.“As a business, this is so important for football. There is nothing that can have an impact like this on a business asset. A £10m signing could be worth £20m or could be worth nothing because of performance and that performance is all driven by the brain.“I almost feel like there are so many people that should have come before me in the field but that has not happened. It is bizarre.” Reading captain Liam Moore was instrumental in his team’s rise to the top of the Championship, helping the Royals to keep six clean sheets in their first seven games. He attributes that recent success in part to his work with a mental performance consultant.Moore is one of a growing number of players at the top end of the English game turning to Mark Bowden in the hope of exploiting football’s last great untapped resource. The brain.- Advertisement – Bowden believes that happens when a player is prepared to change their entire outlook – that means training the brain to deal differently with problems in all aspects of their lives.“The brain is a muscle. If you bench press every day, then you get stronger. If you bench press every couple of months, it won’t help you. So if you expect to be in the moment on a football pitch but for the majority of your life you are here, there and everywhere, you are not conditioning your brain for the football pitch. Be present on and off the pitch.”Although he is happy to have ongoing working relationships with clients, he cites the old proverb about teaching a man to fish for a lifetime rather than feeding him for a day.“I don’t work with players for years and years. I literally help them for two or three months and within that time, I can give them that understanding of how their brain works and what they need to do to give that control to the best parts of their brain to perform to their best.”Clubs are beginning to understand the significance of mental performance. “We are starting to see a shift now,” he says. There is some way to go. But Bowden regards it as inevitable.“This will change football and it will change the way that all teams operate,” he adds. “It has not happened yet but that is the exact reason why it will.“Because it should have happened years ago.” Football clubs do work with psychologists. But a lot of the time they work with academies rather than the first team and are there as a mental health resource if players are struggling.Bowden insists that he would refer any clients facing mental health issues such as anxiety or depression to those better qualified to deal with it. “I am all about performance.”And that is something most players want to improve.That became clear when Bowden released a book – Use Your Brain Raise Your Game: The Professional Footballer’s Guide to Peak Performance – and the response was immediate.“That has gone down really well,” he says. “Often my book goes from player to player. But the fact that a lot of players are getting their education from this book is surprising.“This change is being driven by players. They know how important this is.”But how exactly does Bowden help?Reacting better after making mistakes is just one way in which players are able to transform their performance on the pitch.“What most players do when they don’t realise what is going on in their brain is that they sabotage their own performance. When you have made a mistake, you will want to replay it in your mind over and over. It is a survival mechanism. But that is terrible for performance.“Even the players who have got to a brilliant level, they recognise that they have been doing this all their career – and at times it has been destroying their game throughout their career.“What should we do instead? There are loads of techniques that we can use but they will all revolve around focus. Being focused, being in the moment, is really important. When players are at their best, they are not thinking about what they did two minutes ago or what they are going to do in two minutes. They are there and they are living that moment.“All of a sudden, they have hardened themselves to it. They have got themselves to a position where they can bounce back from mistakes and use them as fuel to drive forward.”last_img read more

EasyJet cancels half of its lines to Croatia in September

first_imgThe following lines are canceled: Split Airport Zadar will have three lines of this company in September, while two will be canceled. It will trade the following: Of the 12 active lines of this company in August, there will be half as many in September, six of them. The company will continue to operate towards Dubrovnik on the following lines: Split – Amsterdam,Split – Basel,Split – Belfast (until September 26),Split – Bristol,Split – Geneva,Split – Glasgow,Split – London Gatwick,Split – London Luton,Split – Manchester. EasyJet will operate on three lines in September, while five of them will stop operating. It will trade the following: Dubrovnik – Amsterdam (last flight on August 30),Dubrovnik – Basel (last flight on August 30),Dubrovnik – Belfast (last flight on 30 August),Dubrovnik – London Stansted (last flight on August 30),Dubrovnik – Naples (last flight on August 29),Dubrovnik – Orly (last flight on August 30). Zračto the port of Zadar Pula Airport Pula – Bristol (until September 26),Pula – London Gatwick (until September 26),Pula – London Luton (until September 12). Split Airport will have the most flights of this company in September. The company plans to continue operating on as many as nine lines, while six will be discontinued. It will trade the following: The following lines are canceled: Zadar – London Gatwick (until September 12),Zadar – London Luton (until September 19).center_img In August, EasyJet operated on as many as 38 international routes to and from Croatia, from Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. From the beginning of September, the company will operate on 21 routes to these airports, while 19 lines will end operations for this year. Dubrovnik Airport The following lines are canceled: Split – London Stansted (last flight on 30 August),Split – Lyon (last flight on 30 August),Split – Milan (last flight on August 30),Split – Naples (last flight on August 28),Split – Paris CDG (last flight on August 29),Split – Orly (last flight on August 30). Pula – Amsterdam (last flight on August 26),Pula – London Southend (last flight on 30 August),Pula – Basel (last flight on August 29),Pula – Berlin (last flight on August 29),Pula – Liverpool (last flight on August 30). The following lines are canceled: Dubrovnik – Bristol (until September 27),Dubrovnik – Edinburgh (until September 26),Dubrovnik – Geneva (until September 26),Dubrovnik – London Gatwick,Dubrovnik – London Luton (until September 12),Dubrovnik – Manchester. Zadar – Amsterdam (last flight on August 30),Zadar – Basel (last flight on August 29),Zadar – Berlin (last flight on August 29). EasyJet, a well-known British low-cost airline, will not operate on 20 international routes to four Croatian airports in September. The company will suspend certain lines earlier than planned, solely due to weak demand, Croatian Aviation reports. In conclusion, EasyJet will operate on 21 international routes to four Croatian airports in September, while as many as 19 will stop operating by the end of August. Further reductions are also possible. Source: Croatian Aviation / Photo: EasyJetlast_img read more

European scheme tenders global convertible bond mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgThe final closing date for responses is 14 July, but further deadlines have yet to be confirmed.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email A European pension fund has tendered a $20m (€17.7m) global convertible bond mandate using IPE-Quest.The unnamed pension fund, based in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, is searching for an asset manager to offer a UCITS long/short global convertible fund, to be managed actively.The pension fund does not stipulate a minimum level of assets under management, nor is there a particular benchmark given in the search details.However, fund managers should state performance to the end of March, net of fees.last_img read more

Palm Beach property offers wide water frontage

first_img164 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. 164 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. 164 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. ON THE MARKET 164 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Melbourne businessman selling Coast sub-penthouse 164 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. 164 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.IT’S all about location, location, location at this Palm beach house.Featuring one of the widest stretches of water on sought-after Mallawa Drive, the northeast facing house offers direct ocean access through Burleigh Heads and your very own sandy beach. Agent: Brent Hodge and Jared Hodge, Ray White Coolangatta – Tweed HeadsFeatures: Waterfront deck, raked ceilings, parents’ retreat, pool, entertainer’s barArea: 812sq mAuction: February 2, 9amInspection: By appointment 164 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach.Tric de Lacy bought the property 11 years ago, drawn to the waterfront vista.“We initially rented on Mallawa Drive a few doors down when we first moved to the Coast,” she said.“I think it’s probably one of the widest waterways in the area.“It was always very relaxing going out and seeing dolphins, fish and stingrays.”Spread over an 812sq m block, the residence has plenty of space paired with a clever design to cater for a large family. MORE NEWS: Coast’s ‘secret garden’ There is open plan living leading to the kitchen, dining, lounge and bar while the waterfront deck and undercover terrace provides plenty of space to entertain.“The bar is the focal point and it’s quite a nice area to sit around and enjoy the water views,” she said.“You’ve got the doors to the undercover patio and you’ve got that feeling of being inside and outside.“The deck down by the water is also nice, especially on those summer nights – you can even see fireworks down on the beach from the deck.”There are four bedrooms including the parent’s retreat which has an ensuite, walk-in robe and private waterfront balcony.Other features include a pool, three-car garaged, raked ceilings and a VacuMaid.last_img read more

Sandia Labs updates free marine composite materials database

first_imgThe latest version of the United States Energy Department’s open-source marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) composite materials database has been released by Sandia National Laboratories.The update includes salt water performance data that was collected to examine the effects of salt water and biofouling on composite materials performance and how to mitigate corrosion with metal-carbon fiber composite interconnects in salt water, according to the Department of Energy.The materials research, funded by the department’s Water and Power Technologies Office (WPTO), aims to understand the fundamental materials and manufacturing science of composites by investigating structure design and components, environmental exposure issues, and costs associated with manufacturing, operations and maintenance, and reliability.WPTO has funded Sandia National Laboratories and its partner, Montana State University, to conduct extensive testing and analysis on wind turbine blades and materials for marine hydrokinetic (MHK) devices in support of the industry and research communities.The results of over 16,000 tests on 500 materials – since 1989 for wind, and more recently for water – have been compiled and published annually in a public database along with numerous technical publications analyzing the key trends and technical results of the tests.Supporting publications can be found at the Composite Technologies Research Group at Montana State University.last_img read more

South Hook, Dragon terminals expecting three LNG cargoes

first_imgIberica Knutsen; Image courtesy of Polskie LNGThe UK’s Port of Milford Haven, home of the South Hook and the Dragon LNG terminal, is expecting three LNG cargo deliveries in the next few days.According to the data by the Milford Haven Port Authority, the 138,000-cbm LNG carrier Iberica Knutsen will deliver a cargo on Thursday, November 28, to the South Hook LNG terminal from Sabine Pass in the United States. As for the vessel’s location, it is currently in the Celtic Sea offshore Ireland.Another cargo which will be delivered to South Hook will arrive on December 2, onboard the 155,000 cbm GasLog Savannah LNG carrier. Milford Haven data stated that the location from which the cargo will arrive was yet to be announced.It is worth noting that AIS data placed the vessel at Cove Point on November 19. The vessel is currently located in the North Atlantic Ocean.The Dragon LNG terminal is also awaiting the arrival of an LNG carrier. Namely, the Methane Nile Eagle LNG carrier will arrive from the Punta Europa Terminal in Equatorial Guinea.The 145,598-cbm LNG carrier will be arriving in the early morning of December 1. The vessel is currently located off the Portuguese island of Funchal.last_img read more

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