Vermont Council for Quality Presents 2004 Fall Quality Conference

first_imgColchester, VTThe Vermont Council for Quality, partnering with the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, will hold their 2004 Fall Quality Conference on September 27, 2004 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. The purpose of the conference is to bring together a cross section of Vermont organizations to discuss how to implement performance excellence and continuous improvement measures to enhance an organizations efficiency, profitability and success.The conference will include panelists from Manufacturing, Health Care, Small Business and Education to share their success stories and lessons learned. The afternoon will spotlight best practices in Balanced Scorecard, Outcome Based Planning, Action Planning, and Information and Knowledge Management.Mark Blazey, author of Insights to Performance Excellence will be the keynote speaker. Governor Jim Douglas and Commissioner Michael Quinn of the Vermont Department of Economic Development have both been invited to speak. Commissioner Quinn will speak on high performing Vermont organizations and their effect on the Vermont economy.Founded in 1996, the Vermont Council for Quality is a non-profit that helps Vermont organizations improve their performance and competitiveness. VCQs services include a comprehensive organizational assessment that identifies strengths and improvement opportunities and serves as the foundation for the Vermont Council for Quality Award process, which is based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria. In addition, VCQ provides education and training, and serves as a resource referral for information, knowledge and sharing of best practices within and between Vermont organizations.For more information, please visit our website at www.VermontQuality.org(link is external) or call us at (802) 655-1910.###last_img read more

Champlain Bridge arch scheduled to be lifted into place on Friday

first_imgChamplain Bridge, August 24, 2011, NYSDOT.NYSDOT expects the transport process to begin at sunrise on Thursday with lift work extending into the late afternoon or early evening that same day.  The arch will be floated from its construction site at Velez Marine in Port Henry to the bridge site over a two- to four-hour period.  The lift is expected to last between four and eight hours. The main navigational channel through the center span will be closed as the arch is floated into position, lifted into place and secured.  Marine traffic will be directed through an alternative navigational channel during this time period.   VTrans reminds the public that opportunities to view the arch lift from the Vermont side of the lake are limited. Due to safety concerns, viewers will not be allowed close to the construction site, by land or water. Viewers are welcome to watch the lift at locations along Route 125 on the Vermont side or from the New York side at The Crown Point State Historic Site or DEC campground. Viewers are also reminded that The Chimney Point State Historic Site is currently closed and is not available as a viewing site.  High traffic volumes are anticipated for the ferry and viewers will not be allowed to access the ferry landing area unless traveling on the ferry.The ferry connecting New York State to Vermont will remain open and operational at all times during the work.  However, higher than normal traffic levels near the bridge site may cause some highway traffic congestion. For those interested in viewing the process, on the New York side, the Department of Environmental Conservation campground, Crown Point State Historic Site and Essex County Visitors Center will be open to the public. Free parking is available at the historic site. The DEC campground will charge an entrance fee. However, parking is limited in these areas and no additional parking accommodations are available due to the need to keep New York Route 185, Vermont routes 17 and 125, and the ferry access roads passable at all times. The lift can also be viewed by visiting NYSDOT’s Lake Champlain Bridge webcam page at: https://www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge/bridgecam(link is external). The webcam takes periodic still shots of the construction site. The operation could be postponed or delayed due to excessive winds or lightning. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced plans to transport and lift into place the center arch span of the new Lake Champlain Bridge this Friday, August 26, weather permitting.  The public will be able to watch the transport and lift, but some marine and vehicle traffic restrictions will be in place. There will also be a webcam showing the event (see link below).‘The arch lift will provide clear and tangible evidence that we’re moving very close to reopening the Lake Champlain Bridge to the public,’ said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. ‘This is an exciting and historic moment for the people in the region who heavily depend on the bridge for their livelihoods. I would like to extend my appreciation to them for their patience as we move forward toward the final phase of the project.’ last_img read more

Low Commercial Vacancies Persist on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Commercial real estate vacancy rates on Long Island ended 2017 below the historical average for the region and little has changed so far this year, according to local realtors and data providers.Nassau/Suffolk industrial vacancies are still at 3.1 percent, office vacancies remain at 7.1 percent and retail vacancies have dropped from 4.4 percent to 4.3 percent, according to CoStar, a commercial real estate information provider. The most noticeable shift is in the retail sector, where brick-and-mortar stores are adapting to the rise in online shopping.“Retailers are closing their stores and doing much more business online,” says Ron Koenigsberg, a broker and president of Garden City-based commercial real estate company American Investment Properties. “They are increasingly purchasing and renting warehouse space to use as distribution centers.”Office space vacancy is “down significantly from the 19 percent it once was not that long ago,” says Mario Asaro, a broker and president of Melville-based commercial real estate company Investment One. On the other hand, retail vacancy rates “seem to be climbing due to e-commerce,” he says.“The malls will have to become entertainment and recreational-minded to attract shoppers,” Asaro predicts.Jeffrey Pliskin, CEO at Garden City-based Pliskin Realty And Development, notes that while he’s been busier, clients have been signing leases for smaller spaces.“They realize they don’t need as much,” Pliskin says.As for the industrial and office markets, Koenigsberg says he’s “expecting to see an increase in rental rates and a decrease in vacancy rates for both sectors.”Total commercial sales inventory seems to have increased within the past year, he adds.“Many of our clients were waiting to see how the political environment and tax reform would affect their investment properties,” he says. “Now that some of those questions have been answered, clients are making better informed decisions on whether they will like to sell their properties.”The “changing landscape” he’s seeing is “primarily because of the transition in the retail market,” he says. One strong positive is that there are “many new businesses buying properties” on LI, he says.Although Toys “R” Us is closing all its stores and Sears continues to close stores, other large players are expanding, he notes, pointing to Amazon-owned Whole Foods announcing that it’s moving forward with plans to open two more stores, in Garden City and Commack.last_img read more

CUNA, leagues bolster credit union presence with state policymakers in 2015

first_imgCUNA, state leagues and credit unions complemented legislative victories in 2015 with higher visibility at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and a successful defense against retailers’ data security campaign.CUNA, along with a coalition of state leagues, coordinated efforts to combat retailers’ efforts to organize a letter from state attorneys general urging faster chip-and-PIN implementation. CUNA and its coalition sent their own letter to the attorneys general urging them to refrain from signing the letter, and to withhold any support from retailers’ claims.The letter also reiterated that mandating the use of PIN technology would far from eliminate fraud or single-handedly secure the payments system. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Sidney Central School District teacher makes masks for local fire/EMS & hospitals

first_imgOnce Race had the materials she needed to make them she made a template and used a standard hole punch to attach them to frames. When it came time to make the straps for the masks she used cut up shirts that were scraps. “I’m glad that Mrs. Race could utilize her time and school district resources and help out first responders and health workers in our Sidney community.” In a statement the Superintendent of the school Eben Bullock said, According to the school’s website their high school technology teacher Christine Race, is making masks using a 3D printer. The masks are created by using overhead transparency sheets from teachers who donated them. SIDNEY (WBNG)- A Sidney Central School teacher is now making masks for hospitals, fire departments and EMS departments in our area. To learn more about the coronavirus click here. She said she would like to continue to make more masks. Two dozen masks went to the UHS in Sidney, one dozen went to the Sidney EMS, Sidney Center EMS and Oxford EMS.last_img read more

Avian flu outbreaks increasing in Vietnam

first_imgJan 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The number of avian influenza outbreaks among poultry in Vietnam has been growing quickly, according to reports from the region.The Vietnam Veterinary Department said outbreaks had been reported in 20 communes and 15 districts of seven cities and provinces, primarily in southern Vietnam, by Jan 9, according to a Voice of Vietnam news story posted online on that date.By yesterday, the same veterinary agency reported 54 outbreaks among poultry in 51 communes from 29 districts and 9 provinces between Jan 1 and 10, according to a story by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA). The provinces involved remain predominantly southern, mostly in the Mekong Delta.In addition, the number of culled poultry continues to climb. More than 103,000 infected poultry had been culled in the recent outbreaks, said a VNA report yesterday. Today the Bloomberg news service quoted authorities as saying that more than 114,000 birds had died or been culled since early December. More than 1,900 chickens and 1,500 ducks were culled yesterday alone in three Mekong Delta provinces, according to a Saigon Times Daily report cited by Bloomberg.The reports of spreading poultry outbreaks follow three human deaths attributed to H5N1 avian flu in the past 2 weeks and come amid reports of more suspected human cases. An 18-year-old woman from the southern province of Hau Giang who died Jan 10 is thought to be a victim of avian flu, according to reports yesterday from Agence France-Presse and other media outlets. Confirmatory tests are pending.A hospital director in Can Tho city said the 18-year-old had killed an infected chicken but did not eat it.In addition, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today that about 15 Vietnamese have been hospitalized with suspected cases of avian flu in recent weeks. The report included the four recent deaths in that total. The story said the newest suspected case is in a 35-year-old woman from the southern province of Tra Vinh who was hospitalized yesterday, 2 weeks after she killed and ate a sick chicken.last_img read more

Coronavirus edges Greece closer to e-governance

first_imgThe coronavirus crisis has forced Greece to take rapid steps to computerize its lumbering civil service and belatedly introduce e-governance in one of the EU’s worst digital laggards, experts say.After recording its first coronavirus death on March 12, Athens took unprecedented measures totally at odds with its previous love affair with paperwork and red tape.Diomidis Spinellis, head of the department of management science and technology at the Athens university of Economics, says that the COVID-19 crisis “accelerated” Greece’s digital turn — though critics say the country has a long way to go. Between March 23 and May 4, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed, Greeks were required to inform authorities when leaving their homes. A special SMS service was introduced for those unable to print a special form created by the government.Eventually, some 110 million messages were sent free of charge during this period, in an initiative praised by the OECD.The government also rolled out gov.gr, an online platform combining all public services and simplifying online access.Greece’s minister of digital governance Kyriakos Pierrakakis said the platform freed thousands of users — especially high-risk groups — from having to turn up at public services, as they were now able to sign documents digitally. Previously at civil services “physical attendance (by the public) was the norm and remote activity the exception,” Pierrakakis told AFP.’Archaic’In 2019, Greece was among the EU’s laggards in digital performance, ranking 25th in the Digital Economy and Society Index published by the European Commission.That same year, about 20 percent of the active population had no access to the internet, nearly double the EU average of 10 percent according to Eurostat figures.Nikos Smyrnaios, an associate professor of digital media at the university of Toulouse, said the 2010-2018 Greek debt crisis had already forced the country to overhaul its “archaic” civil service, but the process was often “haphazard.””Let’s hope the trend doesn’t come to a halt once we are out of this emergency,” said Spinellis. Not everything has gone according to plan.On May 11, the government faced criticism after large crowds gathered outside the main Athens offices of just-reopened state electricity company PPC to settle bills.Officials later insisted that customers had received ample warning that most transactions could be handled online or by telephone.Many users have lamented a lack of network bandwidth, while noting that their own homes could not be turned into office work areas at the flick of a switch when the lockdown was imposed in March.”We are celebrating the disappearance of the fax in 2020,” jeers Dimitris Tsingos, a tech entrepreneur and founder of the Hellenic startup association. ‘Hardly revolutionary'”There are efforts by the government but it’s hardly revolutionary… there is still a lot of work to be done,” he said.Diamanto Zafiraki, a 38-year-old economy ministry employee, has her personal laptop to work with, but has to share with her eight-year-old twins when it’s time for homework.”I don’t have a dedicated work area at home. I work from my kitchen, using equipment that is not made for this purpose,” she said.Zafiraki also frequently battles slow connection and software glitches.”This takes up a lot of my time and energy, and work with colleagues is much more difficult at a distance,” she says.With thousands of school pupils at home because of the lockdown, the process of education continued online mainly due to the initiative and persistence of the teachers themselves, says Thanasis Goumas, a senior member of the teachers’ association.”The education ministry gave neither guidelines nor equipment during this period,” Goumas told AFP.Goumas also notes that many school pupils don’t have a computer at home, or an internet connection.And there was uproar among teacher unions earlier this month when the education ministry announced that cameras would be set up in classes during teaching hours, to enable pupils not attending school to follow courses from home.”The government claims this helps distance learning, but (schools) are not reality shows. We are completely against this,” Goumas said, citing a possible violation of privacy rights.Topics :last_img read more

John Stones ready to talk to Mikel Arteta as Arsenal plot January transfer move

first_imgStones is looking to secure his place in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 team (Picture: Getty)Stones has badly struggled for form and fitness and the ex-Everton star has started just nine games in the Premier League this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta shares a good relationship with Stones from his time in the City dugout as Guardiola’s assistant and feels the England international would be a good fit at the Emirates.The Spaniard allowed young defender Konstantinos Mavropanos to join Nurnberg on loan earlier this week which has freed up a space in Arsenal’s squad for a new addition.Stones and Arteta share the same agency which Arsenal could use to their advantage should they press ahead with a bid to land the City defender. Arteta is desperate to sign a defender following Chambers’ injury (Picture: Getty)Arteta has confirmed that he’s looking to bolster his defensive options this winter and Jerome Boateng, Dayot Upamecano and Nathan Ake have all been linked as well as Stones.‘My obligation is to give my opinion on the things we can improve,’ the Spaniard said last week.‘Obviously we have a bad injury with Calum a few days ago that will change our plans at the back.More: 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 City‘The reality is we will not be able to do much. I’m more concerned about getting players back from injury and try to improve the players I have here, get everybody on board and understanding what we’re trying to do.‘And if something extra comes up and we think it is the right opportunity to improve what we have, then let’s do it.’Arsenal are also on the lookout for a new recruit in defensive midfield and Athletico Paranaense president Mario Celso Petraglia confirmed their interest in Bruno Guimaraes at the weekend.MORE: Atletico Madrid ready to offer Thomas Lemar to Arsenal in exchange for Alexandre Lacazette John Stones ready to talk to Mikel Arteta as Arsenal plot January transfer move Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 Jan 2020 12:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.5kShares Arsenal are lining up a move for Manchester City defender John Stones (Picture: Getty)Manchester City ace John Stones is reportedly ready to hold discussions with Mikel Arteta to join Arsenal this January.The 25-year-old has failed to win Pep Guardiola’s trust after a series of high-profile mistakes across his three-and-a-half-year stay at the Etihad and makeshift centre-back Fernandinho has overtaken him in the pecking order at the heart of City’s defence.Arsenal are on the hunt for defensive reinforcements after Calum Chambers was ruled out for the season with a serious knee injury and Arteta is keen to pursue either a temporary or a permanent move for Stones.According to The Sun, Stones would be interested in talking to the Gunners as he looks to secure regular game-time and nail down his place in England’s starting XI ahead of Euro 2020.ADVERTISEMENT Stones’ honours at Manchester City Premier League – 2017/18, 2018/19FA Cup – 2018/19EFL Cup – 2017/18FA Community Shield – 2018, 2019 Advertisement Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

OA Boys Soccer

first_imgCongratulations to Coach Ken Getz and the Oldenburg Academy Boys Soccer Team.  For the second straight year they are regional champions in 1A soccer.  Last week they defeated Indianapolis Lutheran 5-1 in their opening match, and then they defeated Centerville 4-2 for the championship.  This moves the Twisters record to 16-3-1 for this year.This weekend they will travel to Floyd Central High School to face the same Providence team that knocked them out of the semi-state last year.  The two schools met earlier this year with Providence winning 1-0.  This should be quite a match on Saturday on a neutral field for a chance to compete in the state finals.Good luck to the Twisters in their quest for a semi-state title!last_img

Thurston Chamber Announces 2016 Boss of the Year Honorees

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Thurston County Chamber of CommerceThe Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the seventh annual Boss of the Year honorees.  Co-sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, this award recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, and performance. Port of Olympia Executive Director Ed Galligan is one of the 2016 “Bosses of the Year”.The 2016 honorees are: Kevin Johnston, Capital Mall; Rozanne Garman, RHD Enterprises; and Ed Galligan, The Port of Olympia.Honorable mentions include: John Doan, City of Tumwater; Dr. Ricord Torgerson, Joint Animal Services of Thurston County; and Winfried Danke, CHOICE Regional Health Network. Over 40 bosses from non-profit organizations to state agencies to private sector companies were nominated by their employees.Again this year, Saint Martin’s University business students played an important role in the selection process by interviewing finalists and gathering data for the selection committee.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet with exceptional business leaders in the community and to also learn more about what truly defines leadership in the workplace,” says Richard Beer, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business.Johnston, Garman, and Galligan join a group of past honorees, including:Ron Bruchet, GHB InsuranceKevin Johnston is the general manager of the Capital Mall and one of the 2016 honorees for Boss of the Year. Photo courtesy: Kevin Johnston.Melissa Jenkins, The OlympianMeagan Darrow, TOGETHER!Steve Hall, the City of OlympiaDr. Yong Liu, State Department of AgricultureRae-Lynn Bidon, Olympia Orthopaedic AssociatesJoseph Di Santo, Panorama Heidi West, America’s Credit UnionDr. Terrence Hess, Foot & Ankle Surgical AssociatesSteve Brooks, Lacey Fire District 3Jessica Jensen, Jessica Jensen Law PSJoe Ingoglia, Boys & Girls Club of Thurston CountyMariella Cummings, Physicians of Southwest WashingtonRobert Coit, Thurston County Food BankMike Harbour, Intercity TransitMike Strub, LOTT Clean Water AllianceBruce Cramer, O Bee Credit UnionJohn Setterstrom, Lucky Eagle CasinoThe recognition event will take place on Wednesday, December 14 at the Hotel RL Olympia beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a lunch buffet and recognition program starting at noon.  To make a reservation to attend, register online at www.thurstonchamber.com.last_img read more