The importance of guidance and counselling in adolescents’ life

first_imgGuidance and counselling in the modern age have become escalated needs because of a multiplicity of problems that the individual faces in important domains of life. The terms guidance and counselling are used interchangeably. Guidance is a broader term which includes counselling as one of its services. It means help or advice to deal with the complex problems linked with your work, education, personal relationship and making into easier ones. Guidance is regarded as a conceptualized programme of activities that offers a gateway out to the existing problems in the present era of complex scientific and technological developments. The aim of guidance and counselling is to assist behaviour change, enhance coping skills, promote decision making, improve the relationship and to facilitate users’ potential.Guidance and counselling help to recognize and understand about one’s talents and abilities, help to develop an optimistic outlook for removal of undesirable traits, it aids to develop resourcefulness and self-direction in adapting to changes in society. Guidance and counselling earn recognition through their services rendered in enhancing human happiness by being healthier, more productive, attain valuable lesson and also eliminate later stage problems. The major aim of guidance and counselling services is to encourage students’ academic, social, emotional and personal development. These are thus, an integral component of education as well. Guidance and counselling have become very imperative for young children and schools have a massive role in fetching out the best in children, as at today’s time young minds need guidance to polish their personality and also help to attend to the physical, social, psychological, educational and vocational needs of the school students who go a long way to remove impediments of learning.Adolescence is generally considered as a turbulent period and is often portrayed as a negative phase of life-a phase of storm and stress to be survived or endured. This stage is best defined as a critical period in relation to puberty and also considered as a revolution of a person’s life which starts with biological transformation and finished in adjusting with those challenges in the society. Adolescence means ‘to emerge’ to attain ‘identity’ and this way of attaining identity has to go long facing up with challenges as well as changes. During this period a variety of physiological, cognitive, emotional and social changes take place. Adolescence emerges from later childhood and merges into adulthood with sexual maturity, increased hormone levels, desire for more independence, the capacity to think abstractly, escalating interest in peers, distancing from parents due to relationship with peers or outside and the inauguration of a romantic relationship are characteristics of adolescence. These characteristics are like shifting from a child like to be adult-like. The tendency to make innovative discoveries is more frequent in adolescence as compare to childhood because in childhood scope of activity is restricted as a child has fear of guardians or afraid of going far whereas in adolescence they discover superior freedom. Additionally, there is a diverse number of conflicts that adolescents are faced with, such as making decisions about future adult role, identity formation and separating themselves from caregivers.Adolescents require explicit attention. Today, millions of children are addicted to drugs, engaged in various crimes, school dropout, delinquency, attempt suicide, suffer from anxieties and depressions. In spite of rising in literacy rates, the trend of opting the wrong decision or confusing is continuously increasing in children because of the lack of guidance services. At this stage of life, adolescents are packed with multifarious challenges and if these challenges are not resolved, they may go on to become a social misfit in later life. An adolescent on his own may also make use of trial-and-error approach and master the developmental tasks vital for the switch to ideal adulthood but in the practice, they used to waste their precious time that they might spend in learning and knowing further constructive activities and also it would deteriorate their self-confidence and motivation to acquire up tasks that have proved to be hard in doing it. They are not mature enough to critically evaluate baffling situation arising due to these changes around them. Many of these problems not only require remedial treatment but also prominently help from guidance and counselling profession to take preventive efforts. Thus, adolescence becomes challenging as well as a puzzling chapter of lifespan development for those who are facing and also for the parents and adults who are raising and nurturing their children. So to survive this period and get the direction of fulfilling their potential, adolescents require guidance and honest support.Adolescents confront problems which they cannot readily cope with the absence of assistance from their parents, teachers or professionals such as school counsellors. The academic achievement may be one of the determinants of adolescent mental health and as a result, can be associated with the adolescents’ need for guidance and counselling. A school counsellor’s role also becomes sensitive when the ultimate aim is students academic achievement.Teenagers have an important role in society. Today’s young people are the hope, future citizens and leaders of tomorrow; therefore it is necessary to develop aptitude, behaviour and action according to democratic ideals. In India adolescence has a good hold on the population. They will be controlling and running the world someday. Clearly, we need to better understand these challenges and find appropriate solutions. The principle of guidance and counselling in schools is to make progress in academic achievement, increase acquisitions and application of conflict resolution, promote affirmative study attitudes and behaviour and reduce school dropouts of the children. Even at institutions, adolescents have the stress of academic performance, selecting fields of specialization and career as well. Teachers as well as parents choose academic achievement as sole criteria to judge students’ performance. However, it can be a very hard period during which a great deal of understanding, patience and support is required. Modernization has given many positive effects as it is providing so many opportunities, but at the same time, it has remitted into multiple stressors in adolescents’ life. This stress leads to massive mental health problems. It is, therefore, very pertinent that students’ guidance and counselling needs must be known, so that, steps can be taken to make available required support services in this regard to them at an adequate level.last_img read more

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials: Cross-Country

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Jonathan ‘Jock’ Paget and his fellow New Zealand riders showed the way with their brilliant Cross Country riding at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, final leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™, and they now hold seven of the top 10 places.Paget is in first and second on Clifton Promise and Clifton Lush; last year’s winner Andrew Nicholson is third, fifth and eighth on Avebury, Nereo and Calico Joe; Jonelle Richards is sixth on The Deputy; and five-time Burghley winner Mark Todd gave a masterclass of horsemanship on his inexperienced new ride Oloa to rise eight places to 10th.Paget (on Clifton Lush) and Nicholson (on Calico Joe and Avebury) were the only riders to achieve the 11 minute 34 second optimum time; William Fox-Pitt (GBR), riding a New Zealand Thoroughbred, Parklane Hawk, was foot perfect and only two seconds over time. He is now in fourth place, on the same score as Nicholson on Avebury.Dual Olympic gold medallists Ingrid Klimke (GER) and FRH Butts Abraxxas dropped from second after Dressage to seventh after incurring 9.2 time penalties and Nicola Wilson (GBR) has maintained ninth place on Opposition Buzz.Paget had a strange day because he was held on the course with both horses while they were checked by officials for minor injuries. Clifton Lush had bumped his nose after pecking at the Elephant Trap [fence 6], which caused it to bleed, and Clifton Promise bit his tongue at some point on the middle of the course and had blood in his mouth. Neither horse was affected by the incidents.“It was a bit weird,” admitted Paget. “The hold definitely worked in my favour with Lush, but Promise [who finished just one second over the optimum time] was a little bit surprised to find himself going again.“The course was challenging even though I was riding two exceptional horses. The fences were big, angled and skinny and you were behind time when you got to the Land Rover Dairy Mount [fence 19].”Course Designer Mark Phillips (GBR) had set a true four-star test, which was acclaimed by riders, and Klimke said she considered her debut performance at Burghley to be one of the great achievements of her career.“It was as challenging as I expected,” she said. “I had a scary moment at the Trout Hatchery [fence 14] when we sat on the hedge after doing too big a jump over the fence before. But he is only a little horse and he did so many other good things.“The rest felt wonderful. It’s certainly the hardest course I have done with him. He goes like a little rabbit over the European courses but it’s been my dream to finish a real English course on him!”Nicholson, whose round on Avebury in the middle of the day was beautiful to watch, said: “The course wasn’t as big as in some years but it was cleverly done. You had to sit on your backside and ride right from the start rather than gliding around, and that is as it should be.”Describing the performances of his three horses, he said: “Calico Joe is fast and has lots of stamina but he isn’t a very big jump. I thought once that he wouldn’t progress beyond novice, so I’m very pleased with him.“Avebury felt pretty perfect, but it was a difficult course for Nereo because he tries to jump all the little mounds and undulations. However, he dealt with it very well and kept digging deeper.”Phillips said he felt his track had achieved the right statistics: there were 39 clear rounds and 46 of the 62 Cross Country starters completed.Andreas Dibowski (GER), equal fifth after Dressage, was the most high-profile departure from the leader board. He retired FRH Butts Leon after a run-out at an angled hedge at the influential Discovery Valley (fence 8).Oliver Townend (GBR), 10th after Dressage, was frustrated to have a run-out with Armada at the second triple brush at the Land Rover Dairy Farm (fence 19). “He didn’t clock what I was asking him to do,” said Townend. “There are no excuses. It’s just frustrating because he’s a class horse.”Another to have a disappointing day was Piggy French (GBR), who tipped off Westwood Mariner when he left a leg in the ditch at fence 8. Tom McEwen (GBR), riding Dry Old Party, clung on valiantly after being unshipped from the saddle at the Olympic Planet fence at 5, but eventually had to let go.Pascal Leroy (FRA) fell from Minos de Petra at this fence; Buck Davidson, the sole American rider, had a fall from Park Trader at Keeper’s Cottage (fence 20) where William Fox-Pitt retired Neuf des Coeurs because the horse had lost a shoe.Lucy Jackson was the only New Zealander to have a bad day; she found herself sitting on the hut at the Trout Hatchery when Willy Do stopped abruptly.Alex Postolowsky (GBR) is currently the highest placed of the candidates for the HSBC Training Bursary for the best CCI4* finisher; she is 39th on Islanmore Ginger after a slow but clear Cross Country round.Paget, currently third in the HSBC FEI Classics™, now has a fence in hand with Clifton Promise over himself on Clifton Lush. He also has a fence in hand over last year’s winners, Nicholson and Avebury.“Andrew is a hero of mine,” said Paget. “He has been very generous with his advice and without him I wouldn’t be here. Of course I’ll be trying to beat him tomorrow, but I really appreciate all he’s done for me.”Two of Paget’s compatriots have achieved the Burghley one-two before: Mark Todd on Wilton Fair and Charisma in 1987 and Blyth Tait on Chesterfield and Aspyring in 1998. More recently, William Fox-Pitt was first and second in 2008 on Tamarillo and Ballincoola. We are on the brink of seeing Eventing history made.Results after Cross Country1 Jock Paget/Clifton Promise (NZL) 36.7 + 0.4 = 37.12 Jock Paget/Clifton Lush (NZL) 42.0 + 0 = 42.03 Andrew Nicholson/Avebury (NZL) 42.3 + 0 = 42.34 William Fox-Pitt/Parklane Hawk (GBR) 41.5 + 0.8 = 42.35 Andrew Nicholson/Nereo (NZL) 41.3 + 2 = 43.36 Jonelle Richards/The Deputy (NZL) 46.2 + 1.2 = 47.47 Ingrid Klimke/FRH Butts Abraxxas (GER) 39.0 + 9.2 = 48.28 Andrew Nicholson/Calico Joe (GBR) 48.3 + 0 = 48.39 Nicola Wilson/Opposition Buzz (GBR) 43.3 + 7.6 = 50.910 Mark Todd/Oloa (NZL) 48.3 + 7.2 = 55.5Full results here. Tags: Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Jonathan Paget, Clifton Promise, Jonathan ‘Jock’ Paget, SIGN UP Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Amber Alert called off after missing baby found safe in Harlem

first_img(NYCEM) Jerome Pippins is pictured in this undated photo.(NEW YORK) — A baby allegedly abducted from her mother by her father Friday night at a New York City homeless shelter was found safe Saturday morning after a 10-hour search and a predawn Amber Alert, police said.The 8-month-old girl was found around 8 a.m. with her father in Harlem, according to the New York City Police Department.The father, identified as Jerome Pippins, 24, was taken into custody, police said. Charges are pending.As a precaution, the little girl was taken to a hospital to be examined, but police said she appeared unharmed.The girl, wearing a gray onesie with purple polka dots, was abducted about 10 p.m. Friday at a family homeless shelter in Queens. An Amber Alert for the girl had been issued around 4 a.m.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Industrial Hygienist

first_imgJob DescriptionReporting to the Assistant Director for Occupational Health andSafety, the Industrial Hygienist develops and implements industrialhygiene programs to address the evaluation and control of healthhazards for employees of Virginia Tech. Serves as subject matterexpert concerning chemical and particulate industrial hygieneevaluations and controls, and acts as a consultant to theuniversity community for related issues.Required Qualifications• A degree in industrial hygiene, safety engineering, or closelyrelated discipline or training and work experience equivalent to anadvanced degree.• Must be able to obtain Certified Industrial Hygiene Certificationwithin 3 years of employment• Experience working as an industrial hygienist.• Demonstrated knowledge of interpretations, technical principles,practices, and procedures used to comply with industrialhygiene-related OSHA regulations and industry standards.• Experience with respiratory protection regulations and fittesting protocols.• Working knowledge of a variety of sampling techniques includingasbestos/lead sampling and assessments. Experience developing andproviding employee training programs. Experience recommendingprocedural and/or resource changes to management.Preferred Qualifications• An advanced degree in Industrial Hygiene, Safety Engineering, orclosely related discipline.• Experience performing chemical, gas, and vapor monitoring,particulate monitoring, ventilation system evaluations, andtesting.• Certified Industrial Hygienist.• Licensed or able to obtain licensure as an asbestos inspector,asbestos management planner, and lead inspector/riskassessor.Appointment TypeRegularSalary Information$58,000 – $62,700Review DateApril 5, 2021Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkAbout Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Operations HR at [email protected] during regular businesshours at least 10 business days prior to the event.Advertised: February 25, 2021Applications close:last_img read more

Swatting the flies

first_imgYou can tell it’s summer: There are more flies and they can be a darned nuisance. They are part of a chain – the bit of the ‘circle of life’ that Disney tastefully doesn’t mention – that deals with decay and destruction.All businesses, and sometimes entire industries, have a life cycle. Those with long memories will be able to reel off the names of operators no longer in business.There are many reasons for their demise, including changing local economies and travel patterns, through to bad decisions, poor financial planning or a basic failure to be compliant.A quick SWOT analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for your business is something an outsider might do if you’re looking to sell your business, or an investor might consider if you’re looking to raise cash.The first two should be relatively easy to list, if you’re close to your business but open-minded enough to accept that not everything is perfect. Opportunities come in many forms and can often be less predictable, but threats?In this case it can depend as much on where you operate geographically, as on other factors. The London ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) means that you’ll either have to have Euro 6 coaches and minibuses in the capital from 2019, or pay a daily charge that could add around £6 per seat, per trip.For bus operators, the threat might come from back-door re-regulation via franchises.But our latest poll of operators reveals that direct political action, such as the ULEZ or Bus Services Bill, is not your greatest worry. A massive 43% responded that the ‘biggest threat to your business’ is a shortage of drivers. The ULEZ is cited by only 9% as the biggest threat, while Brexit (24%) and economic slowdown (17%) are the other major concerns.And the rest? It’s a lack of capital.Are these some of the threats to your business, or are you feeling more positive? Whatever the answer, please e-mail me and tell me what you think.This was a simple question, with a choice of five answers. If threats are like flies, then it’s likely that you’ve got more than one buzzing around your office at the moment. Time to get the fly swat out.Mel Holley, Editorlast_img read more

Group of MPs call for ZE bus funding to be advanced

first_imgA cross-party group of MPs that have bus manufacturing sites within their constituencies have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking that the £3bn he committed in February to funding investment in “at least 4,000 new zero-emission buses” is brought forward as quickly as possible.Robert Goodwill and John McNally each have Alexander Dennis sites in their constituencies, and Ian Paisley, who is the local MP for Wrightbus, say that unlocking the funding will be “a critical, potentially life-saving boost for the industry,” and one that will sustain and create thousands of jobs.“Buses are a vital pillar of local communities across the UK, particularly in rural and deprived areas,” the three MPs explain in their letter.“However, with regular travel significantly reduced and social distancing measures curtailing capacity, the impact of coronavirus COVID-19 threatens the future of the UK’s bus network. At worst, the current environment could put the industry at risk entirely and confront the government with the choice between nationalisation or seeing thousands of routes cut and jobs lost at manufacturing sites in our constituencies.”The MPs have called on the government to include both battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell-electric models in its zero-emission bus funding plans. They are asking for a “technology neutral” approach and a fair split between the two power sources.“As Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has noted, all three [of the largest] UK bus manufacturers make a hydrogen bus. We have stolen a march over international competitors in that technology,” the MPs continue.“Urgent action to support growth in the production of hydrogen buses, such as via 2,000 UK-made examples as part of the 4,000 [zero-emission buses] that you have pledged, will allow costs to decrease and export potential to increase, creating more jobs and economic growth.”last_img read more

Trump offers olive branch to Romney

first_imgHe followed up with, “The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!” They took no questions.There has been speculation that Romney could get a top job in Trump’s Cabinet, such as Secretary of State, but others have characterized such an appointment as a long shot.Romney was a leading voice in the Never Trump movement and in March delivered a searing condemnation of the billionaire candidate. “Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” Romney said. “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.”Now that Trump has won the presidency, Romney appears to have fallen in line with other Republicans who once fiercely warned against Trump but are now trying to find a way to work with the president-elect, especially since the GOP retained both chambers of Congress.“Mitt Romney called to congratulate me on the win. Very nice!” Trump tweeted on Nov. 13.Trump had a packed weekend planned in Bedminster, with meetings with Rudy Giuliani, Michelle Rhee, Kris Kobach, and Chris Christie, among others. President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday warmly greeted Mitt Romney to his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, appearing to soothe the raw relations between the two bitter rivals.Video footage showed the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate smiling and shaking hands with Trump and with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who has served as Trump’s bridge to establishment Republicans.Romney and Trump talked for roughly an hour and 20 minutes, and the two emerged to talk briefly with reporters. The former governor said they talked about “far-reaching” foreign policy issues. Trump simply said the meeting “went great.”center_img Christie has retained his role as an adviser to Trump despite having been ousted as the chief of Trump’s transition efforts, after Trump and his aides lost faith in him following the conviction of two former allies in the Bridgegate scandal and evidence of mismanagement in the transition process.Trump may also name another national security pick this weekend after naming three major appointments on Friday — Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, and Rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director.Despite the busy schedule, Trump found time to still lash out on Twitter after Pence was booed at a Broadway performance of “Hamilton” on Friday night.Actor Brandon Victor Dixon also called out Pence on stage. “We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir,” Dixon said. “But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf all of us.”Trump on Saturday morning fired off two tweets calling on the cast to apologize.“Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.This should not happen!” he wrote.last_img read more

Excuses index: How to bail on work to watch the race

first_img1. Tell your supervisor you’ll be taking all five of your lunch breaks for the week back-to-back at 1 p.m. ET. And if you’re looking for excuses that technically aren’t untrue, Steve Luvender has your back. 3. Claim you have jury duty. If your boss asks “What case?” do not yell “Ol’ Junebug vs. the World’s Fastest Half Mile! Wooooo!” While tempting, that’s a dead giveaway. • “I’m expecting a delivery to my house.”While your boss might expect a major appliance being delivered to your house within a five-hour window, maybe you’re actually having a pizza or two delivered to your house around the end of Stage 1 or so. Technically not lying. • “I’ve been arrested.”Sometimes you have to get really creative. It’s not a good idea to pull out the “I’ve been arrested” card frequently, lest you arouse suspicion of your co-workers, but it’s not lying if you’ve been arrested by the allure of NASCAR. • “I have an appointment.”An appointment with the TV at approximately 1 p.m. ET, that is. (But don’t tell your boss that part.) 4. Just find an empty bathroom stall and hang out in there and follow the race on social media. This common practice is known as “shwittering.” 5. Tell your boss you have someone who will fill in for you while you’re watching the race. When your replacement shows up, explain to your boss that Alex Bowman is very skilled at Microsoft Excel. Today’s race at Bristol (1 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) happens to fall during a workday. No worries. We’ve got you covered with a full index of ways to get out of your shift today, courtesy of @nascarcasm and Steve Luvender.center_img 6. Use the Jeff Gordon method. Say you’ve decided it’s time to retire, then just show up back to work the next day like it never happened. • “There’s been a family hardship.”Your family had to deal with you instead of watching the race yesterday afternoon. That might have been hard for them if they’re used to a few hours of peace and quiet. • “I’m having car problems.”The problem is that you couldn’t watch race cars zoom around Bristol’s high banks. Here’s how @nascarcasm suggests getting out of work: • “I’m sick.”Sick of not being able to watch the race while I’m working, that is. 2. Ask Landon Cassill how many retweets it will take for Landon to personally call your boss and inform him or her that you’ll be leaving around noon. RELATED: Read more Inside Groovelast_img read more

Why is Bruce Lisman spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ‘start a conversation’?

first_imgby Taylor Dobbs Campaign for Vermont became a player on the political scene in Vermont late last year ‘thanks to the largesse of a single wealthy individual and an aggressive local media advertising blitz.But eight months since a group of prominent conservatives founded the 501(c)(4) organization, its purpose remains unclear.What is Campaign for Vermont, and more to the point, what is the group trying to accomplish?Photo of Bruce Lisman by VTD/Josh LarkinThe founder of Campaign for Vermont, Bruce Lisman, says the organization doesnâ t adhere to a political point of view, but the group has pushed for fiscally conservative ideas outside the traditional Republican Party construct.Campaign for Vermont, through hyperlocal radio advertising, has indirectly criticized â Montpelier,’a.k.a. Democrats who hold the governorâ s office and the Statehouse, for â out-of-control’state spending. It has also chastised the executive and legislative branches for not being transparent enough about the way taxpayer dollars are used by state government.In a recent email missive to supporters, Lisman wrote that â Campaign for Vermont believes that higher property taxes, increased electric rates and a risky health care scheme will strangle a vibrant economy.âLisman, a native of Burlingtonâ s North End, and a former executive with Bear Stearns and J.P. Morgan, says he is trying to draw attention to the stateâ s financial future through a â campaign for a prosperous economy.âListen closely to GOP candidates such as Randy Brock, who is running for governor, and Wendy Wilton, who is making a bid for state treasurer, and familiar Campaign for Vermont themes emerge.After months of Campaign for Vermontâ s focus on â prosperity,’Brockâ s media consultant Robert Wickers said in a statement that â [a]s Vermonters learn more about Randy, and hear his positive message of economic growth and prosperity, this race will tighten.’Brock and Campaign for Vermont have also criticized the growth of the budget this year (an overall rate of 6.3 percent).In the groupâ s first radio advertisement, Lisman said, â Itâ s time to use modern technology to make Vermont state government totally transparent and accountable to every citizen.âIn the groupâ s first radio advertisement, Lisman said, â Itâ s time to use modern technology to make Vermont state government totally transparent and accountable to every citizen.âWilton, at her campaign launch for treasurer, echoed that sentiment: â Information is key, but itâ s the ease of that information thatâ s really important too. Because itâ s got to be readily available, youâ ve got to be able to see it and understand it, and it canâ t be in some really arcane spot within the stateâ s website where youâ d never find it even if you put it in a search function. Itâ s got to be somewhere where people can see it easily.âJake Perkinson, chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party, suggests that Campaign for Vermont might be a â launching pad’for a political candidate ‘most likely Lisman himself. Though he is the face of the organization ‘his portrait is on email messages and the website ‘Lisman has said repeatedly that he has no interest in running for office.Kevin Ellis, a communications strategist with KSE Partners and a supporter of Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin, says Campaign for Vermont is the Vermont GOPâ s ad hoc messaging machine, laying the electoral groundwork for Republican Party candidates this election cycle.Bruce Lisman, right, and Mary Alice McKenzie, at a daylong conference called “Crunch Time,” at Vermont Tiger’s fourth annual symposium in May 2010. VTD file photo/Anne GallowayHe also speculates that Lisman wants to be a kingmaker. Ellis says Campaign for Vermontâ s ubiquitous advertising could be a potential prelude to financing candidates in 2014 ‘in the event that Vermontâ s campaign finance limits are knocked down in the courts.â Sure, he may give money to candidates,’Ellis said. â But I think he is a millionaire from Wall Street who came to Vermont and wanted to be a player. Spending this money is the best and fastest way to do that. Spending this money makes him a political player, scares the heck out of Democrats and makes him the toast of the Burlington cocktail party circuit among Republicans. But that is a long, long way from playing on the varsity team against pros like Peter Shumlin, Bernie Sanders and Pat Leahy. To steal a phrase from David Plouffe, those guys play chess. Lisman is still playing checkers.âHitting the airwavesLisman, 65, is the mind and the money behind Campaign for Vermont, which has launched 19 radio, print and web advertising campaigns since Nov. 23, 2011 ‘all of which were paid for out of his own pocket. As of April 25, he had spent $194,343 on advertising alone, according to a lobbyist filing with the Secretary of Stateâ s office.With nearly ubiquitous radio spots playing up to six times per day on more than 10 stations statewide, the advertising blitz has drawn attention to Lisman from his detractors and supporters alike.Until Jan. 1 of this year, Campaign for Vermontâ s advertisements advocated broadly for transparency, â defining prosperity’and a vibrant economy. One ad series, for example, encouraged Vermonters to donate to the United Way during the holiday season. Though Campaign for Vermontâ s website, which included specific talking points was online at that point, the messages the radio ads promoted were not topical.As the legislative session began, so did the assaults on Democratic initiatives for alternative energy, Vermontâ s health care exchange plan, and the state budget. Campaign for Vermont launched two new radio ads, one criticizing Vermontâ s health care exchange ‘â Vermontâ s Act 48 will create an exchange with only one or two [health insurance] carriers. Thatâ s not choice,’Lisman says in the advertisement ‘and another calling for accurate and realistic analysis of renewable energy and its costs before the state moves forward.Lismanâ s biggest issue is the economy, especially with regard to state taxes and spending priorities, shortly followed by transparency. The former Wall Street executive wants the Legislature to give taxpayers estimates for proposed programs, so lawmakers and citizens alike can make decisions based on real cost analyses.Advertisements like this ‘most of which advocate for conservative economic policies ‘ran throughout the session. Eventually, Vermonters learned where Campaign for Vermont stood on specific topics: against the cloud computing tax, against the health care exchange and against the potential impact of high costs associated with renewable energy on consumers and businesses.Lismanâ s biggest issue is the economy, especially with regard to state taxes and spending priorities, shortly followed by transparency. The former Wall Street executive wants the Legislature to give taxpayers estimates for proposed programs, so lawmakers and citizens alike can make decisions based on real cost analyses.In an ad launched Feb. 7, Lisman encouraged Vermonters to ask four questions of their legislators on Town Meeting Day: â Are the policies they are considering based on facts and common sense? Will the policy lead to shared prosperity? Is the policy being developed in a non-partisan manner? And lastly, are they listening to you?’In a run of newspaper advertisements in 26 weeklies across the state the campaign reiterated the same message the week before Town Meeting Day.A screenshot of the Campaign for Vermont webpage where Lisman lays out the “Lisman Perspective.”Campaign for Vermont, Lisman says, is based on principles all Vermonters can agree on.â Can you tell me if there is something wrong with building a vibrant economy?’Lisman said in an interview. â Honestly?âThe answer, presumably, is no. But Lisman, his past and the views he promotes have made some Vermont politicos uneasy.A scrape with the DemocratsCampaign for Vermont came under fire from the Vermont Democratic Party after launching a Feb. 6 radio advertisement which they claimed was an attack ad advocating against the re-election of Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin ‘a candidate in an upcoming election.In a Feb. 21 letter to Attorney General William Sorrell, Jesse Bragg, then the executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party, alleged that Campaign for Vermont had spent more than $500 on the ad and hadnâ t registered with the Secretary of State as a political committee. Bragg claimed the advertisement â can only be viewed as furthering the purpose of opposing [Shumlinâ s] candidacy and/or influencing the outcome of the governorâ s election.âLisman argued the Campaign for Vermont was not a political committee, and the Vermont Attorney Generalâ s Office ultimately ruled in his favor, determining that the advertisement was compliant with all relevant laws. â The Attorney Generalâ s Office concluded that the ad addressed a policy issue that is currently pending in the Vermont Legislature and did not demonstrate that its purpose was to support or oppose a candidate for Vermont office,’Sorrellâ s office announced in a press release.Lisman argued the Campaign for Vermont was not a political committee, and the Vermont Attorney Generalâ s Office ultimately ruled in his favor, determining that the advertisement was compliant with all relevant laws.The issue was settled, but Lismanâ s group whose stated purpose was to put â progress ahead of partisanship’had driven a wedge between Republicans and Democrats.Jack Lindley, chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, said the complaint was â part of the arrogance of single-party power,’and called the charge â frivolous.’He commended Campaign for Vermont for its work.â Their thinking is pretty clear and their activities with regard to bringing in a better Vermont are well-intentioned and directly to the point,’Lindley said.Perkinson, the Vermont Democratic Party chair, had other thoughts about the groupâ s obligations under its 501(c)(4) IRS status.â They should be able to make those arguments,’he said, â but I donâ t think they should be able to cloak those in the name of education and social welfare for the common person when theyâ re anything but.âThe Democrats fear something bigger from Lisman et al. down the line. Perkinson says he thinks Campaign for Vermont is in the early stages of becoming a vehicle for electing Republican candidates.â In my estimation, either a stalking horse or â ¦ a launching pad for someone who wants to be involved in politics going forward,’he said.Such a move would be possible, depending on the outcome of a case pending in Vermont District Court, where the Vermont Right to Life Committee is suing Attorney General Sorrell over the criteria defining a political committee. Right to Life argues the financial reporting requirements triggered by spending $500 or more on ads relating to an election are too burdensome. The organizationâ s hope is to skirt the triggers as long as most of its spending is not on such ads.If the Vermont Right to Life Committee, which is represented by James Bopp, an attorney who has made fighting campaign finance limits in states across the country his personal quest, according to Seven Days, wins the case, the state would have to allow unlimited ‘and untraceable ‘spending by groups like Lismanâ s and KSEâ s Vermont Priorities.Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, the assistant attorney general defending the stateâ s interests, says itâ s possible the Vermont Right to Life decision would allow groups to spend unlimited amounts of money on election-based advertising as long as such ad expenditures were not the groupâ s â major purpose.âUnder IRS rules, a 501(c)(4) is a â social welfare organization,’but according to the IRS â [s]eeking legislation germane to the organizationâ s programs is a permissible means of attaining social welfare purposes. Thus, a section 501(c)(4) social welfare organization may further its exempt purposes through lobbying as its primary activity without jeopardizing its exempt status.’Launching ads for or against a candidate does not qualify as social welfare spending, but 501(c)(4)s are permitted to engage in political activity, â so long as that is not its primary activity.âIf the organizationâ s â major purpose’(Carnahan says that would likely be a function of where funds are dedicated) is not ads seeking to influence a Vermont state election, it would not be required to register with the Secretary of State as a political committee, even if it spent over the current $500 limit.â There wouldnâ t be any transparency, the public wouldnâ t know where the funds were coming from,’Carnahan said.Unlimited spending rules in North Carolina allowed a wealthy businessman, Art Pope, to finance a conservative takeover of the state legislature in 2010. ( is external))When asked whether he intended to cause a similar political sea change in Vermont, Lisman said no. He wants Campaign for Vermont to foster debate ‘not financially back candidates.â Is what weâ re doing for somebodyâ s personal gain, or is there something bigger, more important, to discuss?’Lisman said. â And I think itâ s the latter, and I think that because ‘and let me just be clear ‘I think this is a worthy effort that we should dedicate, in my case some money and time, and try to capture peopleâ s attention on some issues weâ re discussing.âThe spending spree on local advertisingMoney indeed. An April 25 filing with the Secretary of Stateâ s office gave the figure: $212,343. Lisman confirmed that all the money came from him, with $15,000 paid to lobbying firm Capital Connections, $3,000 in â other expenses,’and $194,343 paid out in advertising (Disclosure: Campaign for Vermont paid $5,382 for a sponsorship placement with in March 2012, and Lisman personally gave two $5,000 donations to the Vermont Journalism Trust in 2011.)In an effort to track the groupâ s spending across the state, VTDigger went to the offices of WDEV, WORK, WWFY, WSNO and WVMT where the stations disclosed advertisement spending by Campaign for Vermont. All radio advertisements were billed to Marianne Campbell, media director ofMcLaughlin & Associates, a New York firm that features on its website a Washington Times quote dubbing it one of the best Republican polling outfits.In a separate trip to WVTK in Middlebury, the station declined to give the information. When VTDigger asked Lisman to disclose the groupâ s spending on advertising with WVTK, he declined.Though the group has advocated heavily for transparency in its advertising, Lisman said its April 25 filing of lobbyist disclosure forms with the Secretary of State was enough. The forms report spending by and payments to lobbyists by category including advertising, telemarketing and other expenses.â Weâ ve disclosed the important things so that the public can see what weâ re doing, and the law didnâ t require us to do it,’he said.â These questions are of interest,’Lisman said, â but we choose not to disclose it, and itâ s for the radio stations to decide.âNeither Campaign for Vermont nor the radio stations it advertises with are legally required to disclose the ad spending information, and Campaign for Vermont, Lisman says, was not required to file lobbyist disclosure forms with the Secretary of State. The group filed, Lisman said in a press release, because â Campaign for Vermont believes in transparency and is disclosing, as promised to the public, our expenditures related to direct and indirect lobbying for the period January 1 to March 31, 2012.âLisman said he refused to disclose specific spending with certain radio stations because the â realm of detail’for such spending was too specific.â These questions are of interest,’Lisman said, â but we choose not to disclose it, and itâ s for the radio stations to decide.âAt WVMT, a conservative talk radio station where Campaign for Vermont spent $25,380, the group received roughly $2,000 in free advertising. Station owner and manager Paul Goldman said he donated the free advertising because of how much Campaign for Vermont had spent.From Willard Street to Wall StreetLisman was born and raised in Burlington, where he lived with his brother and their parents, Irving and Lily Lisman, on North Willard Street. Lisman fondly remembers his fatherâ s refrain about his home neighborhood: â My father always said â the best thing about the North End is leaving,’and we did,’Lisman said. When Lisman was still in elementary school, the family moved to the South End.Lisman graduated from Burlington High School and went on to UVM, where his mother worked as a secretary to earn discounted tuition for him and his brother.After graduation, Lisman moved to New York City and got a job as a file clerk at the financial firm Bear Stearns.â I didnâ t start in a management position or in a senior position,’Lisman said. â I started as a basic clerk, which is filing different colored pieces of paper from different-colored files. And the guy who transitioned me, which took probably less than 90 seconds to train me, I think he hung out for 10 minutes, said, â Try not to think too much, because when you do that, youâ re going to put the reds in the pink, and theyâ re really gonna get pissed at you.â âLisman climbed up through the ranks of the company, from clerk to trading assistant to junior analyst to analyst to director of research, and finally he became co-head of Global Equities.Bear Stearns folded as a result of the 2008 financial collapse, and its leadership faced criticism for reckless trading practices, but Lisman says the criticisms are baseless.â As the crisis took hold, you could see clearly it wasnâ t one company or one type of transaction or even one country that you could assign a central locus of where the crisis began,’Lisman said. â Thatâ s an absurd, simplistic, and probably ideologically oriented point of view. Thereâ s nothing out there that says that. People who say that are making a great leap. We were, as I look at it, a canary in the mineshaft.âLisman says his division had no part in the problems that brought Bear Stearns down.â Our business had nothing to do with the failure of the world,’he said. â It was, I wouldnâ t say plain vanilla, but we were large and profitable almost to the very end.âThe economic crash of 2008, as Lisman sees it, was the result of the world becoming too used to an extended period of financial growth.â It was wretched excess at the end of a very long economic cycle that made people too comfortable,’he said. â Public policy people comfortable that they could continue on, and banks and lenders thinking that things are great and theyâ re smarter than the next guy pursuing policies that had some wretched excess attached to it, too much greed, could still work. It didnâ t.âVermont in the new worldThe 2008 collapse changed the world, Lisman said, in ways many leaders are still failing to grasp. The new world Vermonters live in needs a renewed focus on economic prosperity, he says. In his return to Vermont, Lisman aims to give his home state a nudge in the right direction.After he left Bear Stearns, Lisman became head of global equities at J.P. Morgan before retiring in 2009 and coming back to Vermont full time. Lisman felt the need to reconnect with the state, so he spent 18 months touring Vermont, going to peopleâ s homes and talking to them about the issues they found important.â I had a set of rules. One is, I had a map and Iâ d mark every road I went on, but more importantly Iâ d visit people I didnâ t know,’he said. At the end of each meeting, Lisman says he asked his hosts who else would be interesting to talk with. â So I met with businesspeople, small entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, college presidents, people who ran restaurants, you name it. In all maybe 400 people in a period of 18 months.âOn his marathon meet and greet, Lisman came across Tom Pelham, retired deputy secretary of administration under Republican Gov. Jim Douglas and head of the Department of Finance and Management for Democrat Gov. Howard Dean. Campaign for Vermont, Lisman says, was born out of his first meeting with Pelham.â He gave me a tour of his house and only when we were sitting staring at each other across the living room did he say â So what do you want?’and I gave him my ideas and we shook hands and he became my first partner in Campaign for Vermont,’Lisman said.The group is based on Lismanâ s premise that the world has changed, and its leaders havenâ t caught up.â I thought, around us Washington wasnâ t getting it,’Lisman said. â I mean after the crisis, they werenâ t figuring out that something had changed, Europe certainly still hasnâ t gotten it â ¦ and I didnâ t think many of the states were getting it. Our state in particular wasnâ t getting it. They were marching to the same tune they had been. Maybe thatâ s right, but I thought we oughta find out if itâ s right.âCampaign for Vermont was incorporated Sept. 22, 2011, with Lisman, Pelham and Mary Alice McKenzie listed as officers.With over $200,000 in expenditures by April 25, some wonder how far Lisman will reach into his deep pockets to fund the campaign.Eric Davis, professor emeritus of political science at Middlebury College, says that based on how much he has spent so far, Lisman is on course to spend $1 million by the time elections roll around in November.Davis says he thinks that as much as Lisman preaches non-partisanship, Campaign for Vermont aligns with the right.â I would say that while Campaign for Vermont is not formally or organizationally affiliated with the Republican Party, but in terms of the issues,’the two groups see eye to eye.â [Lisman] would like to see Randy Brock elected for governor, but he cannot say in his commercials â vote for Brock’or â vote against Shumlin,â ‘because such an ad would trigger campaign finance laws.With the session over and Campaign for Vermontâ s three to six ads per month seeming to slow down, the groupâ s future seems unclear, even to Lisman.â Iâ ll be interested to see whether the group continues in the 2014 election cycle,’Davis says, â if Shumlin is re-elected and the Democrats still have a majority.âLisman says he put more money into Campaign for Vermont initially to gain recognition and make the group known, but making predictions based on those numbers would be a mistake.â I understand limitations, but remember we had to start bigger. Iâ m not sure you should extrapolate those kind of numbers anyway,’he said.One thing Lisman seems sure of is that Campaign for Vermont is here to stay.How we fund it or how we shape ourselves is largely a function of how we do, how successful we are,’Lisman said. â We could finish tomorrow if everybody agreed our themes are the themes to grab onto for the betterment of our citizens and considering the world around us.ââ We started last Thanksgiving,’he said. â Weâ re still here, and I anticipate this Thanksgiving weâ ll still be here and the Thanksgiving after that, I think weâ ll still be here. How we fund it or how we shape ourselves is largely a function of how we do, how successful we are. We could finish tomorrow if everybody agreed our themes are the themes to grab onto for the betterment of our citizens and considering the world around us.âLisman says he doesnâ t see that happening, so he plans on sticking with Campaign for Vermont. Funding is a different question, one he admittedly has no answer for.â How we do it from here Iâ m not prepared to say and Iâ m not sure I know, but weâ ll still be here,’Lisman said.Though those words were about Campaign for Vermont, they may resonate with many of the groupâ s critics who say Lisman has pointed to a lot of problems without naming solutions. Lisman says such criticism plays a vital role in democracy.â My heroes on a personal level,’Lisman said, â would be people who see something wrong and either raise their hand or say something. The first line of defense in a democracy are people ‘whether theyâ re sane or not ‘whoâ ll see something thatâ s wrong and do something about it. Unlike other places where things are grand injustices and no one is brave enough to stand up.âCampaign for Vermont is not necessarily saying the state is approaching these issues the wrong way, Lisman says, just that citizens and lawmakers alike should be aware of the costs and successes of all programs, and keep a critical eye out for failures.â We should at least start by saying â This doesnâ t look right.’This may ultimately be the best weâ ve got, but letâ s have a robust debate about it,’Lisman said.The ultimate goal, Lisman says, is to get people talking about Campaign for Vermontâ s central issues, all of which revolve around the stateâ s prosperity.â If there were a robust two-party system, I guess, they might have this debate and we wouldnâ t do this,’Lisman said. â But thereâ s no debate on big issues.âMay 30, 2012 vtdigger.orglast_img read more

TD Bank, community raise $2,329 to support the Montpelier Food Pantry

first_imgVermont Business Magazine As part of its “Bring Change” campaign, the TD Bank on Main Street hosted a community coin counting event that raised $2,329.84 for the Montpelier Food Pantry. Customers, neighbors and others all came to donate their spare change, which TD matched up to $2,000 in coins counted. When community member Paul brought in his saved coins amounting to $42.57, he commented, “When folks are in need the community rallies together. I’ve had this coin sitting around for some time and when I read in the paper that TD was doing this for the Montpelier Food Pantry it didn’t take me long to figure out this is the place to bring my change to help out my community.”TD Store Manager Ian Squirrell (L) and Kristen Andrews, executive director of the Montpelier Food Pantry at a community coin counting event that raised $2,329.84According to TD Bank Manager Ian Squirrell, “Two young children come in and donated $55 in change that they had been saving for some time. They heard about Bring Change on the radio and they told their parents, ‘Let’s go to the TD Bank and donate our change so people who have less than us can have food for the holidays!'”It’s not always easy to eat healthy, especially when you have limited access to food and a low income. Montpelier Food Pantry (MFP) confronts this cycle of injustice head on. MFP meets basic needs by providing free, high quality, nutrient dense food and prepared meals to individuals, families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. By providing cooking and nutrition education in addition to meals, MFP works to not just feed, but also uplift the vulnerable in the Montpelier area. This positivity is especially important during holidays like Thanksgiving.If you’d like to donate or to learn more about the organization, please visit: is external).About Bring Change:With 500 events planned through 2016, this program promises to raise more than $1 million in support of local organizations. To see a video recap of where the campaign is to date, please visit is external).  To learn more about the program, visit is external).Montepelier, VT (Friday, November 6, 2015) – TD Banklast_img read more