Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Technical College (Vermont Tech) has received a $4 million US Labor Department grant to provide training and education to prepare low- to middle-skilled Vermont workers to enter the workforce with better-paying jobs in industries relevant to Vermont’s growth. Training and education will focus on the advanced manufacturing industry.The US Department of Labor grant, awarded to Vermont Tech on Tuesday, is the only grant awarded in the nation that will serve an entire state. The grant will help support the Vermont Supported Training Education and Employment Partnership (VSTEEP), a comprehensive, statewide, public/private partnership focusing on building innovative and evidence-based practices, systems and protocols to remove barriers faced by working, low-income Vermonter families in accessing and succeeding in education and training to improve their job prospects and put them on a path to economic independence.Sens. Leahy and Sanders, and Rep. Welch wrote to the U.S. Labor Department in March in support of the Vermont Supported Training Education and Employment Partnership (VSTEEP). In a joint statement after the award they said, “Thanks to this $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Vermont families will have better access to the training and support they need to help them secure good-paying jobs to support their families. The partnership led by Vermont Technical College also acknowledges the essential role that affordable, high-quality childcare plays in propelling both families and businesses forward. We are pleased that these much-needed resources have made their way to Vermont to ensure working parents have the tools they need to build their careers for future economic success.” “Vermont Tech is proud to be a recipient of the working-families grant. We strive to be the source of competitive advantage for Vermont’s advanced manufacturing industry and these pathways and wrap-around services will increase the highly skilled workforce available to Vermont’s employers,” stated President Dan Smith of Vermont Tech. In addition, “we look forward to deepening our alignment with the Community College of Vermont. This partnership will increase access by non-traditional students and serve more Vermonters with a high quality education,” said President Smith.Vermont Tech will work closely with the Community College of Vermont (CCV) to create H-1B aligned career pathways. Participants will undertake customized individual assessments to identify training needs and skills deficiencies, as well as to identify barriers to successful education, training and employment. Curriculum will typically incorporate work with basic education, CCV’s Career Readiness Certificate Program (with a focus on manufacturing) and CCV’s nationally-recognized Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential. A new, innovative, accessible three-part Registered Apprenticeship featuring on-the-job training and a pathway to a Vermont Tech degree will be offered.“CCV is proud to partner with Vermont Tech to ensure more Vermonters have the training and skills they need for jobs in growing fields like advanced manufacturing,” said CCV President Joyce Judy. “Often, the highest barrier standing between unemployed or low-income workers and a good job is access to higher education and training. This grant will help prepare more students for promising careers and will bring more opportunities to Vermont families, and we are excited to contribute to this important initiative.”VSTEEP partners will assist participants in addressing child care issues and other barriers to training and employment through navigation services, direct assistance and leveraging all available federal, state and private resources. Partners include: Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL), Vermont’s Statewide Workforce Development Board (SWDB), Community College of Vermont (CCV), Vermont Adult Basic Education agencies, Vermont Adult Learning, GW Plastics, GE Aviation, Global Foundries, G.S. Precision, Vermont Child Development Division, Vermont Head Start State Collaboration Office, Vermont Head Start Association, Parent Child Centers, private care providers, Vermont Birth to Five, Child Care Resources, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children, and Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council. Strategic partners include: Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Permanent Fund, VocRehab Vermont, Vermont Works for Women, United Way of Chittenden County, Vermont Regional Planning Commissions, Vermont Regional Development Corporations, Reach Up, and Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity.On behalf of Vermont Tech, President Smith expressed his gratitude to the United States Congressional delegation from Vermont for their support in securing this grant.For more information about Vermont Tech’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development initiatives, contact email@example.com(link sends e-mail).The US Department of Labor’s recent press release(link is external) regarding this national initiative can be found on their website.About Vermont Tech – Vermont Tech is a leading public college with a mission of applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at five nursing campuses located throughout the state. Vermont Tech takes an optimistic, rooted and personal approach to education to support students in gaining the confidence and practical skills necessary to not only see their potential, but to experience it. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region. www.vtc.edu(link is external).
Vermont Business Magazine After months of working on a solution to a breast cancer screening impediment, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) wants all Vermont women to know that a state law passed in 2013, which eliminated out of pocket cost sharing for screening mammograms and any “call-back” mammograms, is now fully operational.Despite being state law for four years, some Vermont women were still being billed when they had to go back to the doctor’s office for a “call-back” or follow up mammogram. Approximately 10 percent of women who have screening mammograms are “called back” or asked to return to their provider for additional imaging. After a thorough analysis, in which ACS CAN worked with Vermont providers and Vermont insurance carriers, it was determined that the way call back mammograms were coded was the reason women continue to face bills for the follow-up imaging. After months of meetings and discussions, ACS CAN helped create a workgroup with members from the Vermont Healthcare Advocate’s Office, UVM Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center, the Vermont Association of Hospital and Health Systems, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, MVP, Cigna and the Department of Financial Regulation. The workgroup endeavored to create an updated system of coding and has begun a concentrated outreach effort to educate patients, clinicians and coders statewide.“There will be an estimated 530 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Vermont this year and 70 deaths,” said Bill Sherman, ACS CAN managing director of government relations. “In 2014, only 56 percent of Vermont women 40 years of age and older had mammograms. It is crucial for Vermont women to talk to their physicians and get their mammograms as recommended because early detection not only saves money but saves lives. Now that the law is totally functional, women will not be subject to out-of-pocket cost sharing for screening or follow-up imaging and, therefore, they will not face barriers to getting these lifesaving screenings.”“ACS CAN applauds the work done by leadership at the Department of Financial Regulation and the Healthcare Advocate’s Office, as well as our fellow advocates and Vermont insurance companies, to remedy this issue. This solution has the potential to provide all women with Vermont-based insurance access to zero-cost screening mammography,” continued Sherman.This law also applies to certain procedures related to colonoscopies.ACS CAN is the non-profit, non-partisan advocacy affiliate organization of the American Cancer Society, which is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage lawmakers, candidates and government officials to support laws and policies that will make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer. For more information, visit www.acscan.org(link is external). Source: MONTPELIER, VT –December 11, 2017 – American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Related On, the running shoe company built on patented Swiss technology, has re-engineered its Cloudrunner to ‘combine the best stability with a light and natural running feel.’“The re-engineered Cloudrunner brings the signature On feeling of running on clouds to a new level”, said Olivier Bernhard, the 6-time Ironman Champion and Co-Founder of On. “It offers a minimalist solution for high-impact runs, long training runs and off-road training where additional underfoot protection and stability is needed.”The Cloudrunner’s patented CloudTec system now features 15 enforced rubber ‘Cloud’ elements that ‘make concrete easy and transform heavy impact into a light, natural running sensation.’ The On Cloudrunner is also equipped with the all-new Speedboard to unleash the natural energy of runner’s feet. According to the company, it promotes an efficient running gait to maximize performance. The Speedboard is placed between the CloudTec sole and the foot. Its four functional layers set the specific impulse for the foot to move in a natural motion.The Cloudrunner, which weighs 9.5/11.1 oz (with weight based on US women’s size 7 and US men’s size 8.5), is immediately available for both men and women in Anthracite/Methyl, Tibetan Red/Limelight and Grey/Salmon for a suggested retail price of £125.The 2013 On collection includes the ultra-light Cloudracer, the popular Cloudsurfer, the female only all-white Cloudsurfer Prism Edition, the re-engineered Cloudrunner and the fun Cloudster.On – the Swiss sports start-up and run shoe specialist – has had a busy start to 2013. The brand won a prestigious Gold Award from the international sports goods convention, ISPO, for Best Performance Shoe. Meanwhile, following aglobal sponsorship deal recently signed with coaching and triathlon team powerhouse, teamTBB, On has also signed an endorsement agreement with XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson.www.on-running.com
Cassidy Turley announced that Rosenthal & Rosenthal, Inc., through its affiliate Broadway Tenth/Flagstaff, LLC, purchased a retail property leased to Whole Foods in Flagstaff, Ariz., for $11.69M The property is located at 320 S. Cambridge Ln. and is part of the Aspen Place at the Sawmill development.Executive Managing Directors Ryan Schubert and Michael Hackett with Cassidy Turley’s Retail Capital Markets Group represented the seller, Sawmill NF, LLC, an affiliate of The Aspen Group.“This investment represented an extremely unique opportunity for Broadway Tenth because of the high quality construction, freshly signed 20-year lease by Whole Foods and annual increases in the rental stream,” Hackett said.Built in 2010, the property is strategically located near Northern Arizona University and the center of Flagstaff at the corner of Butler Avenue and Lone Tree Road. Aspen Place at the Sawmill tenants include REI, Chico’s, Eddie Bauer, Flagstaff Jean Company, Wildflower Bread Company and Pita Jungle.
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Throwback to 2013: This article was written by Mr. Cleveland Sam for the special edition of the CARICOM View Magazine in observance of the 40th anniversary of the Caribbean Community The quotation from the speech delivered by the Right Honourable Errol Barrow, at the inaugural meeting of the Caribbean Examinations Council in 1973 is very instructive or perhaps even prophetic reflecting 40 years later. Sep 28, 2020 CXC Chairman Convenes Independent Review Team It Is Our CXC: Let Us Work Out A Solution – Amb.… There’s now a History Book on CXCTHE Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has chronicled its rich 40-year history in a book written by historian Professor Patrick Bryan… Titled A History of the Caribbean Examinations Council, 1973-2013, the publication details the evolution of the CXC and the contributions of regional leaders who, prior to Independence, fought for an…December 7, 2014In “CARICOM”‘I AM CARICOM’ Schools’ Campaign Launched in Barbados (Barbados Government Information Service) Fourth, fifth and sixth form students of the Alleyne School in Barbados now have a better understanding of the history of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and how it has evolved over the years. They were given a perspective at a ceremony to kick off the Barbados leg…February 14, 2020In “Barbados”CARICOM Institutions talk CSME Free Movement of PersonsThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat this week engaged regional institutions based in Barbados on the processes for Free Movement of persons under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Representatives from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), and the Caribbean Export Development Agency among others met…March 8, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Forty years later, the framers of the CXC project must be proud of the achievements it has accomplished in a relatively short time and the impact it has had on the Caribbean education landscape. This impact has gone much further than that originally intended by the framers: that is, to prepare syllabuses and set examinations based on those syllabuses and issue certificates and diplomas. Today, CXC offers a comprehensive suite of qualifications which caters to learners of differing ages, interests and abilities; training of teachers; technical services to Ministries of Education; statistical data processing services; Item Writing training, Psychometric training; provision of learning support materials. From offering five subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) at its first sitting in 1979, CXC now offers 35 subjects at CSEC; 46 Units at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE); more than 100 standards in the Caribbean Vocational Qualification; the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC); and the latest addition, the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA). During a given year, CXC trains hundreds of teachers across the 16 Participating Countries in a variety of areas. The Council conducts teacher orientation workshops, School-Based Assessment training, Item-Writing workshops and learning support resources development training. Additionally, the annual script-marking exercise is a huge training ground for thousands of the Region’s teachers. “When we meet as markers and we discuss, you realise the kinds of problems you get from your students, it is not peculiar to your territory, but is common throughout the Caribbean,” said Penelope Williams-Peters, a Guyanese teacher who teaches in the Turks and Caicos Islands and marks in Trinidad and Tobago. “You get a greater understanding as to how to deal with these problems, because you gain as you have one way, one method, but when you interact with one other, you tend to have more to put together and out of it cometh good.” The training aspect of the marking exercise is also appreciated by Michelle Saunders-Clavery, a Vincentian who lives and teaches in Trinidad and Tobago. “I have gained quite a lot from it,” the English teacher said. “The marking and the standardising, it teaches you a lot about what you look for when you come to mark students’ work. When you come here, you get a better idea about what to look for, what the examination is looking for and I think every teacher should get this experience.” Integration magic! One of CXC’s most important contributions to the Caribbean is its role in bringing the Region closer together in many more ways than one. From its inception, CXC has been a very inclusive organisation and much of its work is carried out by a multi-layered network of Caribbean resources, not just by the small staff at the Barbados and Jamaica offices. Statement by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Chairman,… “This new institution forges another link in the chain of Commonwealth Caribbean integration, a chain whose links have been increasing in number and in strength over the past ten years. It is, therefore, fitting that so early in the year 1973, which augurs well to be a year of challenge to the Caribbean Commonwealth and to its institutions that the Caribbean Examinations Council should begin to function.” The Right Honourable Errol Barrow, Prime Minister of Barbados. You may be interested in… Oct 6, 2020 Sep 28, 2020 The work of developing a syllabus for each subject CXC offers is carried out by a Subject Panel; the work of putting together an examination paper for each is carried out by an Examining Committee. The members comprising these committees come from different countries across the Caribbean and together produce work for the entire Region. But perhaps the single most significant contributor to regional integration in CXC’s cap is the annual marking exercise. This is the largest mobilisation and concentration of Caribbean people at any given time in the year. During three weeks in July, CXC mobilises almost 6,000 teachers from 17 countries. More than 2,500 of these teachers are moved from the 17 countries to Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. CXC recruits, transports, houses, feeds and pays these teachers. INTEGRATION MAGIC: CXC markers at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados The marking exercise is much more than marking examination scripts. It is a social, cultural and education mélange. And this is where the integration magic occurs! Imagine spending two weeks around the same table with eight people who teach the same subject in eight different schools in eight different countries. Then, think about eating lunch around a table with 10 people from five countries who teach at eight different schools and mark five different subjects. Add to this mix the social activities, tours and shopping trips that markers take part in and the Regional integration puzzle is complete. Lifelong friendships are formed, professional and social relationships are built and even a few marriages result. Dr. Merle Baker, a Trinidadian educator who marked CSEC from its inception in 1979, reflecting on her marking experiences at an event in Jamaica in 2009 spoke in glowing terms of the fun times. “We can now speak with authority about the beauty and natural wonders of those Caribbean destinations [marking centres]; the majestic elegance of the Kaieteur, Orinduik and Dunn’s River waterfalls, and the serenity of Harrison’s Cave, at CXC’s expense.” Dr. Baker, who was speaking on behalf of honourees for the 30th Anniversary of CSEC, reminisced on the cultural potpourri that is marking. “…We did not only learn about our countries, but we learned about each other, our similarities and differences. At the first [marking] tables there were examiners from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada, Bahamas, Guyana and Belize…an original CARICOM setting,” she emphasised, “which made intimate connections as friends and comrades, as the Guyanese then called themselves. We were united for two concentrated weeks on a consuming pressurized task and whilst thus engaged we were able to discuss politics, family, social and cultural issues, educational needs and sports.” Strongest bond Mrs. Marguerite Bowie, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Jamaica, noted in an interview for a CXC documentary, “I consider CXC one of the most enduring forces of integration in the Caribbean, because it brings together teachers from across the Caribbean to share.” The former Deputy Chair of CXC added, “It also exposes people to the different cultures.” Very often, CXC is compared with The University of the West Indies and West Indies Cricket as three forces of regional integration. However, the impact and reach of CXC is unmatched by any other regional institution. One person who is clear about this is Dr. the Honourable Tim Gopeesingh, current Minister of Education in Trinidad and Tobago. Speaking at the 2011 Opening Ceremony of Council and Presentation to Regional Top Awards at the Hyatt in Port-of-Spain, Minister Gopeesingh said that CXC creates the strongest bond among Caribbean people. “…Our Region and national societies have perhaps never viewed the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) as one very crucial, significant element of Regional unity, and I say tonight that the time has come for us to change this,” the Minister stated. “Far beyond ensuring that our Region’s top students know they are recognised and appreciated – you have subconsciously played a very major role in enhancing Caribbean unity…” The Trinidadian Education Minister posited that the common CXC examinations that Caribbean students write annually: CSEC and CAPE, are perhaps strongest existing Regional bond. Sir Kenneth Hall, OJ, ON, former Chair of CXC and a former Governor-General of Jamaica, reflected on CXC’s role in Regional integration. “There are few institutions in the Caribbean today that have had such a significant impact on the lives, the values, of the Caribbean people,” Sir Kenneth explained. “Every secondary school in the Caribbean is affected by and influenced by CXC.” More than every school, CXC has impacted every family in the Caribbean at one point in the last 40 years. To be more precise, “From the inception of the first examinations in 1979 to today, 6.2 million Caribbean persons from 19 territories have written CXC exams,” stated Dr Didacus Jules, Registrar of CXC in a recent article. As CXC implements its vision to assure the human resource competitiveness of the Caribbean, the accomplishments of CXC over the last 40 years have given CXC and the Region the ability to look to the future with confidence. CDB Approves Grant to Enhance Remote Learning for The UWI… Indeed, not only has CXC emerged as a vital link in the Regional integration movement; but it has also built a reputation as one of the most critical pillars in the Region’s education architecture. The advent of CXC, an indigenous examinations board, complemented what was taking place in the political sphere at the time around the world. Former colonies were asserting their political self-determination; it was time for the Caribbean to assert its educational sovereignty. The words of Prime Minister Barrow are again enlightening: “Our teachers will set examination papers for the testing of Caribbean pupils in what they themselves have taught. Our teachers will mark and assess the examination work done by Caribbean pupils and recommend pass or fail. The institution of this Council therefore gives the Caribbean teacher an opportunity to come of age – to take over fully the education of the young people of the Caribbean in the same way that the Caribbean Community is taking its economic destinies into its own hands.” Oct 5, 2020
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LNG World News Staff; Image: Kinder Morgan Gulf LNG Energy, a unit of Kinder Morgan, has filed draft resource reports as part of the U.S. FERC’s pre-filing environmental review of its proposed liquefaction terminal to be located at the Port of Pascagoula.The project includes the addition of liquefaction and export capabilities to GLE’s existing Gulf LNG terminal located in Jackson County, Mississippi.The terminal will retain its current capability to receive, store, regasify, and deliver natural gas into the interstate pipeline system, as originally constructed, thereby making the terminal bi-directional in terms of LNG import and export.The project will consist of two LNG trains with each train expected to have on average, a base LNG production capacity of approximately 5 million tonnes per annum.Gulf LNG Energy expects that, once in operation, the liquefaction capacity could exceed the total base level of 10 Mtpa by as much as 10 percent.The report can be found here.
Russian gas giant Gazprom has approved a new program for the disposal of non-core assets for the next three years.Over the period from 2013 through the first quarter of 2016, the company earned a total of RUB 45.2 billion ($705m) from selling non-core and inefficient assets, Gazprom said in a statement.Gazprom disposed of, inter alia, shares and stakes in various companies, non-business assets, and movable property, the company said.The company’s Board of Directors approved a new program for the disposal of these assets during another three-year period, from the second half of 2016 through the first half of 2019.
A detailed and enlightening report on the representation of parents in care proceedings was published this week by academics at Bristol University law school. The study, by Julia Pearce and Professor Judith Masson, provides an interesting insight into the pivotal role played by lawyers in the process and the pressures under which they work. Conducted in four court areas of England and Wales between 2008 and 2010, the study observed over 100 hearings, and included 16 case studies and 60 interviews with solicitors, barristers, judges and magistrates’ legal advisers. It notes the collaborative and consensual way that care cases tend to be dealt with by the small nucleus of lawyers who cover the majority of such cases. And reveals that the courts rely heavily on those lawyers involved. ‘It could be said that the progress of cases and often their outcome are effectively decided by the legal representatives rather than the court,’ the report said. This, it explained, occurs because judges do not feel sufficiently well prepared to make decisions, they trust the lawyers who appear before them and prefer that cases proceed by agreement. The profile of the solicitors involved in these cases shows there is a high level of specialisation: two thirds of the 46 solicitors interviewed for the study devoted 70% or more of their time to it. More than half of the solicitors interviewed were partners in their firms and the report showed the population of solicitors handling care cases appeared to be an aging one with few younger solicitors opting for this area. The researchers found large numbers of solicitors with 10 or more years’ experience, but few who were newly qualified. Of those qualified for 10 or more years, 60% had more than 20 years experience. While the level of experience is good, the demographic profile highlights an obvious concern for the future. Other troubling signs for the future were highlighted by the mood of some of the solicitors working on care matters. The study found the lawyers that work in this field were highly motivated by the sense of work they do and have a sense of public service and social justice, but were feeling ‘jaded and exhausted’ by the overwhelming workload pressure. It found that the excessive demands from rising case numbers following the Baby P case were overwhelming solicitors, tipping them into a state of ‘frustration and demoralisation’. In addition, the report found that solicitors representing parents in care cases were under ‘tremendous pressure’ due to continual changes and uncertainties in the legal aid regime, particularly following the move to fixed fees in 2007. It said that practices adopted when this work was better remunerated were not sustainable with the ‘substantially lower fees’ that followed the move to fixed fees in 2007. The report found that the failure of the Pubic Law Outline, introduced in 2008, to deliver shorter proceedings with fewer hearings left lawyers doing the same or more work on individual cases and taking more cases so that the work remained financially viable for their firms. ‘Firms and individual solicitors are adapting their practice, but workload pressures and financial constraints were placing them at breaking point,’ it said. And that is before you factor in further 10% fee cuts and a new fixed fee scheme that are to be brought in. One cannot help wondering how many of these dedicated, experienced and committed lawyers, who are already at ‘breaking point’, will be tipped over the edge by the cuts to come, and will simply stop doing the work because it is not financially viable. And if they stop doing the work that has such life-changing consequences to those involved, how many children and parents could have to live with the consequences of cheap, inexperienced representation?