LAKE CHAMPLAIN REGIONAL CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 21 NEW MEMBERSBURLINGTON – The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased toannounce the following new members for the month of October:Analytical Services, Inc.; BD Insulation, Inc.; Boston Berkeley Group;Central Service Towing; Epik One; Executive Rentals VT.com; FE Hart FenceCompany, Inc.; Frances Marion Watson; Jay Peak Area Association; KeyDesigns, LLC; LaCarreta Mexican Restaurant; Mason Associates; MortgageMaster Inc. Vermont; Quizine; Red Bull North America, Inc.; Red Concrete;S.P. Larson, Inc.; Supercuts of Vermont dba White Mountain Group, LLC;Vermont Apartment Owners Associations, LLC; Vermont Council for Quality;Waterfront Catering GroupThe benefits of a Chamber membership speak for themselves, from healthinsurance to networking opportunities. For more information on joiningthe Chamber, contact Susan Boardman at 863-3489 ext. 211 or visitwww.vermont.org(link is external) to download a membership application today.The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is a non-profitorganization that seeks to promote and support the healthy environment andquality of life that makes the Lake Champlain Region of Vermont the idealplace to live, work, and do business.# # #
Hot Springs, North Carolina is the winner in the small town category of our Best Mountain Towns reader poll. Check out what this tiny hamlet has to offer the outdoor enthusiast.Read the full article on Hot Springs, and the rest of our Best Mountain Town poll winners here.Best Mountain Towns – Hot Springs from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.
By Dialogo January 17, 2012 Guatemala has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), suspended for 15 years, the head of the Vienna-based organization said on January 13. “Guatemala’s ratification of the CTBT is an important building block towards a world free of nuclear weapons,” said the executive secretary of the CTBT organization. “It underlines Guatemala’s commitment to outlaw nuclear testing and to enhance non-proliferation and disarmament worldwide.” Guatemala signed the treaty in 1999, and its Foreign Minister Rodas Melgar, ratified it at UN headquarters in New York late on January 12. The treaty, which bans nuclear explosions for either military or civilian purposes, has been signed by 182 countries and ratified by 156 states. The treaty will not take force until ratified by the United States, China, Egypt, Iran and Israel (which have signed but not ratified it) as well as North Korea, India and Pakistan (which have not signed it) — all countries with nuclear technology. In April 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama raised hopes when he said he would seek U.S. Senate ratification of the CTBT, but Washington, D.C. has since put the treaty on hold.
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Thank you for tuning in to episode 80 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.Over the last few months, there have been many important conversations in the credit union industry about the diverse needs of credit union members and employees. At the center of many of those conversations is Monica Davy, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at the NCUA. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Monica on this week’s episode to learn more about the work she and her team have been doing over the last four years at the NCUA, and how that work has uniquely positioned them to lead the diversity, equity, and inclusion conversation through not only a global pandemic, but also the death of George Floyd and the resulting social protests.Monica and I discuss organizational issues facing DEI, and some tactics that credit union leaders can use to ensure accountability from the top-down. We also chat about best practices for creating inclusive opportunities and safe spaces; the responsibility credit unions have to address issues of racial inequality in their communities; and the need to infuse diverse, innovative thinking into credit union board rooms. In the leadership and life hacks portion of our conversation, we learn about Monica’s time at the Internal Revenue Service, her transition to the NCUA, and what she finds most fulfilling about her current role. Monica and I also talk about the difference between mentors and sponsors, overcoming self-doubt, and the neighborhood dance parties she’s put on during quarantine. We discuss how spending time with her family has become more important, and having a clean house has become less. Monica also tells us about her son’s resilience and perseverance through various medical issues and why he is the first person she thinks of when she hears the word success. Monica outlines so many ideas and actionable steps for credit union throughout the episode that you won’t want to miss. Give it a listen! Find the full show notes on cuinsight.comSubscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Monica:[email protected] www.ncua.govLinkedIn | Facebook | TwitterShow notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! Check out all the outstanding work that Monica and her team at NCUA are doing here. Shout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: CUNA’s Governmental Affairs ConferenceShout-out: Chairman Rodney HoodShout-out: HumanideiShout-out: African-American Credit Union Coalition Shout-out: Renee SattiewhiteShout-out: Beth Tucker, Deputy Commission of the Internal Revenue ServiceAlbum mentioned: Greatest Hits by Luther VandrossBook mentioned: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngeloBook mentioned: Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesBook mentioned: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi CoatesBook mentioned: Becoming by Michelle ObamaShout-out: Monica’s sonFind NCUA’s Credit Union Diversity Self-Assessment here Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37 & 64), Chairman Rodney Hood, Renee SattiewhiteIn This Episode:[02:25] – Monica, welcome to the show![04:10] – Monica shares best practices that leaders credit unions can do to make sure that the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is happening for the long term.[06:46] – Monica speaks about how many of her black employees were not surprised by everything that has happened.[08:14] – She discusses the frozen middle and what it means.[09:57] – Monica shares ways that credit unions can create a safe space at work and how to make it ingrained in how you do business.[12:05] – Monica believes that credit unions have a unique opportunity to affect change with systemic racism.[13:66] – What challenges have you seen since COVID-19 hit?[15:48] – Monica discusses how the pandemic and racism will affect how members interact with credit unions.[18:24] – Do you have unconscious bias?[19:00] – Monica speaks about what credit unions need to do to stay relevant in the technology space.[20:40] – Monica shares what she will be proud to have accomplished a year from now.[24:29] – What was the inspiration to take the position with the NCUA?[26:20] – Monica speaks about how the inspiration has changed.[27:16] – You have to have all the answers is something that Monica believes is a leadership myth.[29:01] – Monica believes that the ability to make hard decisions is something that she has cultivated over the years.[31:02] – How have mentors impacted your career? What is the difference between a mentor and a sponsor?[32:44] – Monica shares a time when she felt self-doubt.[33:42] – Monica is an extrovert, and if money weren’t an issue, she would run a bed-and-breakfast because she loves to cook for people.[35:13] – What were you like in high school?[35:34] – Monica wanted to be a lawyer when she was a child.[37:04] – What is the best album of all time?[37:29] – What book do you think everyone should read?[38:26] – What has become more important, and what has become less important?[39:46] – Monica shares that her son is the person she thinks about when she hears the word success.[41:05] – Monica shares some final thoughts for the listeners.[42:40] – Thank you so much for being on the show today!
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 34-year-old West Babylon man was killed when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tractor trailer and overturned in East Farmingdale on Wednesday morning.Suffolk County police said Joshua Hoffman was driving a Saturn westbound on Route 109 when his vehicle struck an eastbound Mack Truck that was making a left onto Bi-County Boulevard at 5 a.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, 43-year-old William Gustafson of Lititz, Penn., was not injured.Motor Carrier Safety Section officers performed a safety check on the truck.First Squad detectives impounded the Saturn and are continuing the investigation.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsThe holiday season is special for a reason. People go out of their way to make their homes sparkle with strings of colorful lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees—and that’s just for starters. To get any home Hanukkah-ready, there’s an array of delightful decorating ideas at your fingertips. You can do a lot to bring the festive spirit to the forefront.It’s something that Alure Home Improvements’ interior designer Elizabeth Clemens knows well. Not only did she decorate Alure’s showroom, this custom kitchen and bath designer has specialized in holiday decorating for almost two decades.The principle is relatively straightforward in her eyes. You want the holiday décor to match the color palette of the interiors.For traditional homes, she recommends traditional Christmas colors like gold, red and green—and plenty of green garlands around the main entrance. She’d also put large green ornamental balls in the planters by the door, too, if there’s room.“You don’t want anything garish or something that will clash,” Clemens says. “You want to tie it into the theme.” If the doorknobs are gold or brushed nickel, then the colors should match the metals. The same goes with the bows and balls. “You don’t want them to clash with the furniture or the window treatments.” Kitsch and clutter are a no-no.As Clemens points out, blue, silver and white are the predominant colors used in decorating for the Jewish Festival of Lights. Of course, the centerpiece of this holiday is the menorah, so many people place it in the front window for all to see. Window decorations could include blue and white lights, the Star of David and dreidels.“One of my favorite decorating tips is purchasing cobalt blue stemware to set the table for when company comes,” says Clemens. “It makes a very elegant statement.”“Just pick a focal point,” she advises. “If you’re decorating the tree, make the tree the focal point. If you have a huge mantel, make that the focal point. If you have a larger foyer area, you wouldn’t have stuffed Santas in every corner—it just gets too much.”As for a Christmas decorating trend, she says, “Plaid is back big time!” Ribbons and little ornaments, all have a plaid theme for that traditional appearance.Home holidays decoration tips from Alure Home Improvements.She’s especially fond of the latest in LED lighting. “They’re doing a very warm LED light, which is very, very pleasing to the eye,” Clemens says, adding that these new lights not only last much longer than the traditional Christmas tree bulbs, they also come in colors. Plus, with the new technology you can change the patterns at will. You could have the reds and the greens alternately flash. The options are tantalizing.These days, pre-lit trees come wrapped in LED lights. All you have to do is assemble the sections—sometimes there are two or three—plug the chords in, and you’re done. Just add ornaments, and don’t forget the presents underneath. These trees also look a lot more realistic than artificial trees of old. Their branches have realistic tips at the ends and they’re bendable. On the other hand, they don’t exude that fresh pine scent, and they can be rather pricey than a natural fir.Another trend is the flocked tree, when the branches come sprayed with white powder that looks like snow has just fallen on them. Clemens says these kinds of artificial trees are popular for non-traditional Christmases that may have a woodland creature theme or a winter theme.“The flocked trees are great for that,” she says. “You don’t even have to put balls on them. It’s a very wintry look and the trees have minimal green underneath.”If your home or your living room has a mid-century modern style, something from the 1950s or 1960s—or that’s the look you’re going for—then she recommends adding tinsel to the tree.“If you wanted to be true to that time period, then tinsel would be cool,” she says. “Real trees look really good with tinsel and colored lights.”Clemens offers special holiday advice for families with young children. It starts with a traditional look with red and green balls.“As the children grow up and go to school, you can hang up their little art projects on the tree,” she says. “And you can collect ornaments from places you’ve visited. So, from far away, the tree looks beautiful with red and green ornaments on it, but as you approach it and look closer, there’s all these little treasures of places that you’ve been or little arts and crafts projects that your kids have done.”It’s a traditional pretty look but with a family memories hanging on every branch.By adding to the tree every year, Clemens says, the ornaments evoke sentiments like: “Oh, I remember when we went on this trip!” or “I remember when you were in kindergarten and you did this little craft for me!”“That’s a really nice way to go,” she says.Learn More About Alure Home ImprovementsFor homes celebrating the Festival of Lights, Clemens has a great suggestion.“Since the main focal point of Hanukkah is the menorah, why not make a table-scape centerpiece?” she says. “Purchase some blue and white organza, and grab some books you are not using. Place the stacked books in the center of the table, and drape the blue and white organza over them to hide them. Next, place the beautiful menorah in the center. Then add dreidels, gold coins, and small presents wrapped in blue and silver wrapping paper. My favorite new trick is to tuck small strings of fairy lights that are battery-operated through the beautiful display.”Too bad our homes only begin to look like the holidays once a year.
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Vindman is “retiring today after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited,” Pressman said. “LTC Vindman’s patriotism has cost him his career,” he said.”Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the president of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career.”These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it,” Pressman said. Topics : Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, tweeted her support for Vindman.”The President’s vindictiveness can’t erase the truth: history will remember Lt. Col. Vindman as an American patriot, who proved his heroism both on the battlefield when he earned a Purple Heart & in the House impeachment trial when he spoke truth to power,” she wrote.Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth — a combat veteran who is on the shortlist of candidates to be Joe Biden’s presidential running mate against Trump in the fall — said the resignation “puts the spotlight on Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s failure to protect a decorated combat Veteran against a vindictive Commander in Chief.”She said she would continue to block Senate confirmation of 1,123 senior US Armed Forces promotions until Esper could give a “transparent accounting” of the situation.House intelligence chief Adam Schiff released a letter he sent to Vindman thanking him for his service.”You should not have been subjected to bullying and retaliation from this President. You should not have had to choose between your oath of office and your career. You followed your patriotic and legal duty to tell the truth,” the Democrat wrote.Vindman was present during the July 25, 2019 phone call during which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into Biden.Subpoenaed by Congress to testify at the House impeachment hearings, the Ukrainian-born Vindman, who received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Iraq, said Trump’s actions were “improper.”That testimony helped build the case leading to Trump becoming only the third president ever impeached by Congress.Vindman’s twin brother, a lawyer on the National Security Council, was not called to publicly testify but was also forced out of his White House position in February.John Bolton, who served as Trump’s National Security Advisor when Vindman was at the White House, told MSNBC television that his performance had been “exceptional.””I think he merited promotion,” said Bolton, who recently published a tell-all book about his time in the Trump White House that is harshly critical of the president.”And I’m sure that Congress is going to be very interested over the coming weeks as to exactly what factored into his decision,” he said. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who provided damning impeachment evidence against President Donald Trump, retired from the US Army on Wednesday after being subjected to a campaign of “bullying, intimidation and retaliation,” his attorney said.Vindman, 45, was fired from his position on the National Security Council at the White House in February, two days after Trump was acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.He was up for promotion to full colonel, but his attorney, David Pressman, said in a statement that would clearly not be forthcoming.
RelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Danny Ings continued his red-hot form as he fired Southampton to a vital victory against Aston Villa. The forward’s brace inspired a 3-1 win which lifted the Saints out of the Premier League drop zone – and plunged Villa into it. Ings now has 12 goals in his last 13 outings and cashed in again against the wretched hosts at Villa Park. Jack Stephens also netted in the first half to give Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side a deserved third win in five games, despite Jack Grealish’s excellent late strike. Villa also lost John McGinn to an ankle injury at the start of a pivotal seven days which sees them now face Norwich and Watford – the two teams below them. They have won just once in their last nine top-flight outings, losing the last four, and now trail Southampton by three points. Dean Smith’s side were out-fought from the start and their afternoon started badly when McGinn was carried off after the midfielder landed awkwardly closing down Cedric Soares. Anwar El Ghazi wasted their best chance early on when he fired at Alex McCarthy after Matt Targett’s ball across goal evaded everyone. Wesley then turned wide after 19 minutes and Villa were made to pay two minutes later. Nathan Redmond chipped the ball forward and Shane Long scampered clear of a dawdling Bjorn Engels. His low shot was parried by Heaton into the path of Ings who could not miss from six yards. After losing McGinn it was a nightmare start for the hosts, which got worse after 31 minutes. Kortney Hause had already come close to turning into his own net but Heaton was beaten for a second time by a goal of real simplicity. Villa were awful at the back and this time Stephens got ahead of El Ghazi’s weak challenge to glance in James Ward-Prowse’s corner. The Saints were in complete control with Villa out out-manoeuvred in every department and offering little suggestion they could recover. McCarthy palmed over Frederic Guilbert’s speculative effort before the break but Southampton soon had the points in the bag. Just six minutes into the second half the hosts self-destructed again. Redmond’s cross should have been dealt with by Marvelous Nakamba but, instead, the midfielder prodded the ball straight to Ings who turned to sweep in from close range. Redmond hit the side netting and Ward-Prowse’s free kick was gathered by Heaton as Southampton chased a fourth but it was Villa who pulled a goal back with 15 minutes left. Trezeguet’s corner was only cleared to Grealish on the edge of the box and he took a touch before hitting an excellent half volley into the corner. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg missed the chance to add late gloss to victory when he sliced over with the goal at his mercy after Heaton parried Ings’ shot but the visitors rode out any pressure.Tags: Danny IngsRalph HassenhuttlRelegationSouthampton