The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

first_imgIn this wave-making book, Cogan University Professor Stephen Greenblatt takes into account “On the Nature of Things,” an eerily modern poem by the ancient Roman writer Lucretius, which helped shape the great thinkers of the Renaissance, even if fewer than three copies of the poem were known to exist at the time.last_img

Marin Ireland Will Lead Kill Floor Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Tony nominee Marin Ireland and Nicholas L. Ashe will star in the world premiere of Abe Koogler’s Kill Floor. The Lincoln Center Theater production will begin off-Broadway performances on October 3 at the Claire Tow Theater. It will open officially on October 19 and is scheduled to run through November 15 at the Claire Tow Theater.Ireland earned a Tony nod for her performance in Reasons to Be Pretty; her additional credits include Big Knife and After Miss Julie on Broadway, Blasted and The Ruby Sunrise off-Broadway and The Slap and The Divide on screen. Ashe appeared off-Broadway previously in Manhattan Theatre Club’s Choir Boy.Kill Floor marks Koogler’s professional debut and follows Andy (Ireland), an ex-con who returns home to take a job at a slaughterhouse as she attempts reconciliation with her 15-year-old son (Ashe).The cast will also include Jeremy Bobb, Natalie Gold and Samuel H. Levine. The LCT3 production will feature sets by Daniel Zimmerman, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting by Ben Stanton and an original score and sound design by Brandon Wolcott.last_img read more

DEW Construction Corp Selected as CM for CVU High School Expansion and Renovation

first_imgDEW Construction Corp. has been selected as the Construction Manager for Chittenden South Supervisory Union’s Champlain Valley Union High School Addition and Renovation Project. Work on this project entails a 148,542 square foot renovation of the existing school including a new wood chip-fired heating system, and 63,000 square feet of new construction including space for classrooms, a new library/media center, gymnasium addition, and a new cafeteria and kitchen.DEW will begin preconstruction services immediately and construction is slated to begin next spring and be completed by summer 2005.Banwell Architects of Montpelier, Vermont is the Architect. Heading up the project for DEW are Mike Smith, Project Manger, Gary Gibson, Superintendent, Dave Stone, Assistant Superintendent and Scott Carter, Estimator.DEW Construction was founded in 1997. DEW Construction currently has 80 employees and provides construction services throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and upstate New York.last_img read more

New Company for New Construction

first_imgFounded on the basic principle that high quality work will put you as a leader in any industry. This company believes that preparing a home or business for its future occupant is no different. That’s just what this company will provide its customers. While specializing in preparing newly constructed or renovated homes for its future occupant, Inspection Ready does provide a long list of other services including Move-In, Move-Out cleaning, Window Cleaning and Commercial Cleaning as well.Most builders do not want to spend several hours a day cleaning up the job site when those hours could be spent building other homes or finishing other projects. With more than 12 years experience in the home improvement business, the founders of this company feel they understand what the customer is looking for.Inspection Ready was founded by Jeff Williams & Josip Martin. Located in Essex Junction Vermont, Inspection Ready is able to service Upstate New York and New Hampshire as well its home state. Jeff spent many years in the Army as part of the 82nd Airborne and the 10th Mountain Division before pursuing a career in retail management. Josip chose to expand his mind by going to college where he pursued a business degree. After college Josip also migrated into retail management. After working together as key leaders in their company for many years the two of them had formed a strong friendship. Josip left the company to pursue self employment as a private contractor and saw excellent success. With Jeff continuing to work up the corporate ladder and becoming a slave to his work he too decided it was time for a change. Born over a casual conversation, Inspection Ready expects to develope into a well established and highly respected company in the building community and strives to be Vermont’s premiere service when it comes to the new construction cleaning business.Through their hard work and dedication, Jeff and Josip are establishing a business relationship with their customers that will last a lifetime!last_img read more

Smithsonian Museum honors UVM’s John Todd, Eco-Machine

first_imgThe Smithsonian’s National Design Museum has selected an “Eco-Machine” created by John Todd, professor of ecological design at the University of Vermont, as one of the winners of its National Design Triennial.Built at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, in Rhinebeck, New York, Todd’s Eco-Machine is an advanced waste-water treatment system that mimics nature, using an integrated series of tanks filled with microbes, algae, plants and even fish to clean water and break down sludge.Part of the new exhibition, “Why Design Now?” Todd’s Eco-Machine, with 125 other winning projects, was selected by the curators as one “the most innovative, forward thinking designs at the center of contemporary culture in the previous three years.”The exhibition opens at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum http://www.cooperhewitt.org(link is external) in New York City, May 14, 2010 and will be on view through January 9, 2011.Todd’s Eco-Machine exemplifies the Smithsonian’s goal of “reflecting the connectedness of design practices and the need for international cooperation to solve the world’s problems.” Todd has created more than 80 Eco-Machines around the world over the last two decades, ranging from ones mounted on barges to remediate poisoned canals in China to one at a rest area on Interstate 89 in Vermont.Todd was given the award on behalf of his company, John Todd Ecological Design http://toddecological.com(link is external), along with Brad Clark, Laura Lesniewski and Steve McDowell.Begun in 2000, the Smithsonian’s National Design Triennial series presents the museum’s selection of the best “design solutions that promote environmental stewardship, social equity, accessibility and creative capital.” John Todd is research professor in UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. He has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Buckminster Fuller Award, for his pioneering work on ecological design. He is also the founder of Ocean Arks International, a non- profit research and education organization established in 1981.Source: UVM. 5.13.2010                                                                                                   ###last_img read more

Opinion: Fueled by ARRA, state spending kept growing

first_imgDuring Governor Kunin’s administration, state general fund spending grew rapidly, by 12%, 13.7%, and 17.2% in fiscal 1987, 1988, and 1989 respectively. In 1990, these spending excesses hit the wall of a national recession, leaving a $65 million deficit. Governor Snelling and Speaker Wright agreed to ‘temporary’ tax increases to bridge the budget crisis. Following Governor Snelling’s untimely death, Governor Dean pledged to follow Snelling’s plan of tight spending controls and sunsets of the temporary taxes.Governor Dean kept his pledge. From fiscal 1991 to 1994, state general fund spending grew meagerly, by less than a percent per year from $643.3 million to $656 million. For fiscal 1993, Dean signed a general fund budget that was cut by 2.15%. He understood that cycles of higher spending and taxes are a downward spiral, both fiscally and politically, and the fiscal house cleaning recessions force upon private enterprise and government provide the financial capacity for new and changing priorities.After the ‘temporary taxes’ sunset, Dean continued with tight budgets through the 1990s. With core budget increases around inflation or less, revenues generated by real economic growth funded the governor’s priorities such as Success by Six, Healthy Babies, expanded health insurance (VHAP) and housing and conservation programs. As the dot.com bubble economy ballooned, core spending did not and the extra revenues were directed toward one-time priorities. In 1999, for example, Dean directed $5.5 million to the conservation of the Northeast Kingdom’s Champion Lands, funded the purchase of Civil War era art for the State House, and sponsored integrated computer systems for designated agencies. Yet, ever the budget hawk, in 2000 Dean authorized a letter to Senator Spaulding, then the Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, declaring, ‘It appears as if the Committee’s budget might be as problematic as that of the House, causing the Governor to veto the budget bill in order to preserve the benefits of our sustainable spending policy.’Both Governor Dean and current legislative leaders had one-time funds to bridge recessionary budget gaps. Dean had the Snelling/Wright temporary tax increases ‘ today’s legislative leaders the ARRA funds. Governor Douglas presented the Legislature with budgets that followed a constrained spending path similar to Dean’s. But, with a supermajority, legislative leaders overrode a Douglas veto, a key factor in the unsustainable spending profiled above.Now the Legislature and new governor must do in one year what should have been done incrementally over the past three ‘ constrain spending to a sustainable level to avoid a $150 million deficit. If not up to the task, expect taxes to rise and political fortunes to fall as happened in the Kunin era. Tom Pelham was Finance Commissioner for Governor Dean and Tax Commissioner for Governor Douglas. Agency of Human Services All Funds                                            $1.608 billion        $1.945 billion           $336.3 million                      6.53%General Funds + ARRA Funds       $497.7 million       $609.9 million      $112.2 million                 7.01%‘All funds’ comprise revenues from all sources, including general, federal, transportation, and education, among others. General funds are broad based state taxes including income, sales, meals and rooms, and corporate. ARRA funds are temporary federal stimulus dollars granted to states to soften the recession, but will end after fiscal 2011.The truth is that state spending has grown robustly during this recession. Yet legislators, news reporters, editors, advocates, and bloggers routinely reference state budget cuts as fact. In a January 15 article, the Burlington Free Press quotes Martha Heath, House Appropriations Chair, as saying ‘Because this is our third or fourth year in a row making budget cuts, it just gets more and more difficult to find a way to cut the budget that won’t be painful to peopleâ ¦.’ Whether to cut the budget or raise taxes is certainly debatable, but providing the public with factual reference points as to whether the budget has already been cut is fundamental to an informed debate. In this regard, the media has failed the public. Total State Budget                           Fiscal 2008           Fiscal 2011          Budget Growth             Growth Rate All Funds                                            $4.544 billion        $5.203 billion          $658.9 million                      4.62% General Funds + ARRA Funds          $1.200 billion        $1.428 billion          $227.9 million                      5.96% by Tom Pelham. True or False? State budgets have been cut during the current recession, including deep cuts in human services. Your answer? Now, here’s the record.last_img read more

Board sets St. Pete retreat

first_img August 15, 2005 Regular News Board sets St. Pete retreat Board sets St. Pete retreat A ‘full discussion’ of Bar and section relations is planned A retreat to examine the relations between The Florida Bar and its sections and a variety of other ethical, advertising, and multijurisdictional practice issues will occupy the Bar Board of Governors at its August 26-27 meeting in St. Petersburg.The meeting will be the first in the Bar’s 2005-06 year, and the first in new President Alan Bookman’s administration. It will also be a joint meeting with the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors.It was Bookman’s decision to have a retreat after the August meeting, and to focus on section/Bar relations as the topic. The board recently, after about two years of study, revamped its financial relationship with sections to reduce Bar losses for supporting section activities. The new policies, approved in June, also encourage sections that operate efficiently, perform important functions, and conduct profitable CLE courses and in many cases are projected to boost sections revenues.“This will be an open and full discussion of the relationship between the Bar and the sections,” Bookman said in a letter inviting board members and section officials to the retreat. “We will talk about services the Bar provides, the needs of the sections, and other hot buttons.”The board will also consider policies relating to multijurisdictional practice rules recently approved by the Supreme Court. Those rules require that out-of-state attorneys coming into Florida to appear in trials or do arbitrations register with the Bar and pay a $250 fee per case.The approved rules did not address what to do with those funds, but the special committee that drafted the rules recommended that 10 percent go to the Clients’ Security Fund, and the remainder to the grievance program to help defray its extra costs of policing the MJP rules. A related decision will be whether to allow clients who use those out-of-state attorneys to file claims with the Clients’ Security Fund.On ethics and advertising matters, the board will hear an advertising appeal on what constitutes a testimonial (which is prohibited in lawyer ads) and whether a testimonial can be included in information provided at the request of a potential client.The board will also get its first appeal involving a law firm Web site. Under Bar rules, Web sites do not have to be submitted for Bar review, and are given greater latitude than other forms of advertising. The appeal involves a site which was voluntarily submitted for review, and involves questions about whether lawyers can say they specialize in certain areas, whether some language creates unjustified expectations, and the use of photographs.The board will also take a look at an issue referred by the Professional Ethics Committee. That came from the state’s Ethics Commission, which posed a question about whether a city attorney could represent a city councilman before the commission, an activity that appears to be prohibited in some instances by Ethics Opinion 77-30.The PEC said it could not answer the question because it did not come from a lawyer inquiring about his or her own prospective action, or from the board.The board will also make an appointment to the Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors, for an unexpired term that ends next June.last_img read more

THINK 17: The digital transformation journey has begun

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr That’s how Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos insists his company will remain at the top of its game – by treating every day like the first, capitalizing on the energy of new ideas, fresh minds and the intrapreneurial spirit.That’s not a typo.Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit, intrapreneurs are those who work in legacy organizations but think and act like entrepreneurs. Credit unions are filled to the rafters with intrapreneurs, and at THINK 17, we’re discovering these are the people who will become the new heroes of the movement.Over the last couple of days, audiences have learned digital transformation truly is a journey. It can’t happen overnight. Yet, as the THINK 17 speakers, panelists and journalists have taught us, there are shifts credit unions can make to ease that journey.Here are just a few of those shifts: continue reading »last_img read more

The secret to great marketing

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Details Hi, my name is Amanda and I am a credit union junkie.  “Hi, Amanda!” I believe that credit unions have the best brand story and the best value proposition of any industry.  According to this article by the Harvard Business Review, 64% of consumers have relationships with a particular brand because of shared values with that brand.What are the shared values of credit unions you may ask?  Here are the main points:Not-for-profit financial cooperativesDemocratically-controlled by volunteer boardsCommunity focusedCollaboration with other credit unionsDid you know that you have brand values even if you don’t know you do?  How your credit union makes organizational decisions, how it hires, how it fires, how it chooses to put (or not put) members first…those are all directed by a core set of beliefs that certain things are more important above all else.  We help people.  In all walks of life.  We help them stand taller by giving them access to credit when they don’t even want to face a financial institution for the embarrassment of being rejected for a loan or checking account.  We help people feel relief and happiness when they can more quickly go about their day because they know their local credit union has their back.  If we save them time on their banking errands (because that’s what we are – an errand), we have won. And, more importantly, we have helped our members win.  The second part of this important equation is brand experience.  If you are good at living your credit union’s personal values, your brand experience will be an extension of that.  An awesome brand experience doesn’t necessarily require a hefty budget. What it does require is human resources, and that is the best resource available to credit unions.  Our employees are what makes our credit unions so great. Rates are a benefit of membership, not the reason to do business with you.  Want your marketing to stand out and help your credit union shine? Focus on your why.  Focus on your story. Your brand values and brand experience will help you tell it. Because, at the center is your “why.”  last_img read more

WFW advises on FSRU BW Integrity financing

first_imgImage courtesy of BW LNGInternational law firm Watson Farley & Williams acted as advisor to Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and KfW- IPEX Bank in the $191.8m post-delivery financing of BW Group’s FSRU BW Integrity.The FSRU has a storage capacity in excess of 170,000 cubic meters and a peak regasification capacity of 750 million standard cubic feet per day and will serve Pakistan’s second LNG terminal at Port Qasim and is currently employed by PGP consortium, a subsidiary of Pakistan GasPort consortium.The FSRU will provide 600 million cubic feet per day of regasification to state-owned Pakistan LNG Terminals under a 15-year contract.The vessel was built by Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea for Singapore-based gas shipping giant BW Group.The floating storage and regasification unit will play a vital part of Pakistan’s plan to reduce the country’s gas deficit as well as aiming to yield large savings in annual foreign exchange, enhancing the country’s growth in economy, WFW said.last_img read more