Great California ShakeOut prompts earthquake safety discussion

first_imgHomeEarthGreat California ShakeOut prompts earthquake safety discussion Oct. 14, 2019 at 1:00 pmEarthEducationEnvironmentFeaturedNewsGreat California ShakeOut prompts earthquake safety discussionBrennon Dixson2 years agoearthquakeShake OutSMPrepared On the 30th anniversary of the destructive Loma Prieta Earthquake, which rocked the Bay Area in 1989, the state of California will hold its annual Great California ShakeOut in an effort to prepare Californians for future natural disasters.On Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10:17 a.m., participating cities, organizations and citizens across the state will participate in the 12th annual drill that aims to help residents practice their “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” skills.A natural catastrophe could strike at any time with very little warning, according to the city’s Chief Resilience Officer Lindsay Call, who spoke on earthquake safety at a recent community event hosted at the Santa Monica Public Library.Alongside Margaret Vinci from the Caltech Office of Earthquake Programs, Call discussed modern earthquake science, early warning technologies like ShakeAlert and the different programs in the city that help people prepare themselves for the next natural disaster.“We did a show and tell of different disaster kit items that people should have and we discussed CERT — our Community Emergency Response Team,” Call said, describing the program as a community-based group of volunteers who completed a training course taught by local public safety personnel and first responders. The training is a comprehensive program detailing the best ways to assist family, friends, neighbors and other members of your community during small or large scale disasters, according to the CERT website, and the next class is scheduled to be held on Jan. 25, Feb. 1, and Feb. 8. “So people are encouraged to register for that,” Call said, or they can join a group called, “S.M.O.A.I.D., which stands for Santa Monica Organizations Active in Disasters (and) is a coalition of businesses, nonprofits and community organizations working together before disaster events to create ways for the community to be prepared.” There’s also an organized group who helps during the response as well.“The reason we hosted the presentation at the main library was we just installed an early earthquake warning system,” Call said, so if it’s suspected that the vibrations from an earthquake will be large enough cause damage in Santa Monica, then an overhead page will go off in the library alerting patrons to stop, cover and hold on.There may be an opportunity test it out during the coming Great California Shakeout — an event Call strongly encouraged the community to participate in.“No matter if you’re in a household, a business or school, we encourage everyone to take an opportunity this Thursday at 10:17 (a.m.) to stop, take a look around and identify where you would be most safe after an earthquake. Most of the time that means dropping, covering and holding on to a sturdy table or desk,” Call said, adding, “We expect in the big one that shaking could last for 2 minutes so it’s important to consider the need to protect oneself from falling glass,” as well as the possible aftershocks, fires, transportation and utility disruptions that could arise should a strong quake strike the area.Many more resources and information about the Great California ShakeOut can be found online at shakeout.org/california, according to Call. The city is also encouraging the public to post pictures of the coming drill and use the hashtag “SMPrepared.”Tags :earthquakeShake OutSMPreparedshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentEarth Talk – Flying ShameCity Council to hear recommendations to prevent child abuse in youth programs as part of Uller investigationYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

Women’s U 17 EURO 2015: Skopje to host generation 1998

first_imgRelated Items:handball generation 1998, Skopje Recommended for you Expensive victory in Skopje – Accambray and Barachet injured! Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe first big competition for the women’s generation 1998, European Championship in Macedonia will be held from August 13 – 23 in the capital city of Skopje. Preliminary Groups have been drawn in Skopje last week.Group A: Sweden, Slovenia, Macedonia, Czech RepublicGroup B: Russia, Romania, Germany, SpainGroup C: Portugal, Croatia, France, NetherlandsGroup D: Denmark, Norway, Hungary, SlovakiaThe playing venues for the Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2015 are the Skopje arenas Jane Sandanski and the Boris Trajkovski. Veszprem beat Vardar after crazy finish in Skopje ShareTweetShareShareEmail Women’s U17 EURO 2015: Golden Danish girls!last_img read more

Wednesday Group Ride – Random New Bicycle Products & News

first_imgWelcome to the Wednesday Group Ride, a collection of small news bits from the overload of info coming into our offices. Stuff that we simply don’t have time to do a full story on but wanted to share anyway.State Bicycle Co. has added a Black Label Series, a 6061 aluminum track bike with a double butted, TIG welded frame and Essor full carbon fiber fork. It’s built up with a SRAM S100 crankset, flip-flop hub and house brand Pista drop bars. Retail for the complete bike is $759 with a choice of five frame colors.Lots more random bike stuff below… The Mudhugger comes out of the UK, where riding in foul weather is virtually guaranteed if you want sufficient trail time. Front and rear models attach to suspension frames with ease, with the front handling any wheel size and the rear units generally accommodating 26″ and 27.5″ tires or 29ers depending on model.Flexr Sports has developed an insulated water bottle with a disposable, biodegradable and BPA-free liner. Don’t like residual flavors or cleaning? Just pull out the liner and replace it. It also eliminates sloshing – the liner collapses on itself as you drink. The easy squeeze body and quick spout make it easy to gulp a lot, too.While we’re on disposables, Coghlan’s new Adhesive Signal Light is an LED blinky that’s hermetically sealed against moisture and dust, making it an ideal (but not reusable) emergency flasher. It’ll run 80 hours and can be seen up to a half mile away. Set it to fast or slow strobe, solid or off. It’s just 2″ tall and about as thick as a credit card and weighs next to nothing. Retail is just $5.99.The new Praxtour CTR takes indoor cycling to a new level of realism. Fans blow air across you, lending an air of movement while their onscreen workouts move at the pace you’re pedaling. Numerous videos of European classic road bike races are available. The entire bike rocks and tilts to simulate climbing and descending, also tied to the actual terrain in the videos. It’s all touch screen and self contained, too, just plug and play. You can even sync up and race your friends. Assuming, of course, you can each shell out the $6,000 asking price. Too much? They have less expensive systems that use your own bike and PC.Along those premium lines, the Buxum Tourmalet Bike Box could be the toughest bike case out there. With reinforced corners, all-aluminum construction and an internal anti-crush system protect your bike from the worst that baggage handlers can do. Solid yet adjustable fork and axle mounts hold your frame tightly in place with space all round it. Four steel twist latches close it tightly and can be locked. Weight is about 26.5lbs, keeping it in line with ABS plastic versions from other brands. There’s also the Ventoux (for larger bikes) and Galibier (for bikes with S&S Couplers). For now, shipping costs from Hong Kong bring the total for U.S. customers to about $1,050, but they’re looking for North American distribution soon.CloseoutBikes.com, which we reported on here, has changed names to Bike2020. As in 20/20 vision on the new-old-stock bike you want. Don’t remember what they do? Simple: They help bike shops sell through prior model year bikes, closeouts and other such remnant complete bikes by providing a quick, easy to search database that points you to a local bike shop.Got a few minutes to kill? Head over to Tracker Ride Epic and ride along (by playing a video game) for each stage of this year’s Absa Cape Epic. You can win prizes, or just track your favorite riders in the real race, in real time.For a video game like experience that won’t make you feel so sedentary, check out this tAlleyCat online competitive cycling app on Kickstarter. It’s in its final days and needs some funding help to get better. Video’s not so enchanting, but the tech seems really cool and pits you and your friends against each other virtually in real time.Tantalus Cycling is a startup triathlon brand launching with affordable deep carbon racing wheels. Named after Tantalus Road on Oahu, it’s the brainchild of Matt and Laura Radniecki. Sure, the wheels are using an existing design, but you can get a set of the Velox 8 (88mm deep) wheels built with Novatec hubs and cnSpoke aero spokes for just $850 as part of their Indiegogo campaign. There’s also a Velox 6 (60mm deep) on offer, with a limited number at $800. Or get a combo 6/8 front and rear. All are built with 20 spokes front and 24 rear, with matte or gloss carbon finish. Shimano/SRAM or Campy freehubs. They come with a 2-year warranty. Wheel rentals may be coming this summer, too.Think cargo bikes can’t be sexy? Butchers and Bicycles out of Copenhagen gives it a pretty good go with this incredibly well done commercial for a spectacular cargo trike. The trick (besides good cinematography and music) is the pivoting frame that makes speedy corning and hammering feel natural rather than scary as hell.last_img read more

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

first_imgby Taylor Dobbs vtdigger.org 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. (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/10/111010fa_fact_mayer(link 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 VTDigger.org 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

Briefly Noted: SMAC Clothing Exchange is happening today

first_imgScouts from the area have collected supplies to donate to the SMSD Department of Family Services and Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA Clothing Exchange. Photo credit Lynne Milum.SMAC Clothing Exchange is happening today. The Shawnee Mission Area Council’s Clothing Exchange is set for Wednesday. The exchange takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at the SM Early Childhood Center, 6701 W. 83rd St., Overland Park. Entry is at Door #7. Several groups and schools have donated hundreds of new pajamas, and each child within SMSD can receive five new pairs of socks and underwear per semester. Identification with proof of address will be needed to ensure that the Shawnee Mission community is being served.last_img read more

Barber, Nash continue growing process

first_imgBarber, Nash continue growing processAaron Barber and Simon Nash were hurt by poor third rounds this weekend. Matt PerkinsJuly 20, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintHUDSON, Wis. – In a field of players who all have their minds set on making it to the PGA Tour, two former Minnesota men’s golfers were content with making the cut during the weekend at the 2005 Scholarship America Showdown.Aaron Barber and Simon Nash took to Troy Burne Golf Club in pursuit of their first tour victory, and things looked good going into Saturday, with both golfers sitting tied for 20th at 3-under-par. But Saturday would be their undoing, as they both fell out of contention with tough third rounds in the Nationwide Tour event.But they both said it was the experience under their belts that got them this far. And both of their experiences this weekend can be tied to their years as Gophers.Barber’s opportunityBarber shot a second-round 67 on Friday after Thursday’s even-par 70. He said he felt good about his game going into the weekend at Troy Burne, a course former Gophers golfer and longtime PGA pro Tom Lehman helped design.But things went downhill for Barber on Saturday, and he finished with a 7-over round of 77.But Barber said the process he has been going through on the tour this year is similar to the process he once went through at Minnesota.“I didn’t even play my first two years there,” Barber said. “I mean, I couldn’t even break 80.”But Barber said he couldn’t say enough about what it did for him to have the support of his coaches and fellow teammates to stick with his game.In the end, Barber finished out his career with the Gophers as an All-American in 1996.Out of college, Barber first played on the Canadian Tour, and from there jumped to the PGA Tour in 2003. It was a jump that was only amplified by the fact that, in one of his first tournaments, he was paired with Annika Sorenstam.Barber said he is now trying to make the process of getting back to the PGA Tour less strenuous by taking his time, much like he did with the Gophers. “I owe everything I have to the opportunity I was given at Minnesota,” he said. “Everything.”Nash compiling resumeNash, a native of Australia, hasn’t played in many U.S. tournaments since graduating in 2003, but he is still trying to get his name out there. And it seemed like it worked through his first two rounds.After Friday’s round, Nash received praise from both his round partners and spectators – who mostly told him how fun it was to watch him. Gophers assistant coach Andrew Tank, who caddied for Nash, said Nash just has a pretty swing, and that’s why everyone loves watching him play.“He is a really solid ball striker,” Tank said. “The flight of his ball in the air is strong and straight. When he is on, he is a lot of fun to watch.”As the group following him got increasingly bigger Friday, Nash remained collected.Sitting at 1-over with just six holes left in Friday’s round and the projected cut at even, Nash birdied four consecutive holes and parred the last two to finish safely under the cut.“I got in a groove out there, and that always feels good,” Nash said. “This course is playing amazing, it’s beautiful.”Like Barber, Nash fell Saturday with a round of 74. But Nash said the pressure he dealt with late Friday was similar to the pressure surrounding the Gophers’ 2002 NCAA Championship run.Tank said seeing former Gophers come through in those situations is exactly what they’ve come to expect.“Our goal is to help those guys have the opportunities to be in those spots,” Tank said. “We want them to have that pressure, to play against some of the best competition around. We do that, we’ve done our job.”last_img read more

FBI: Purveyors Of Fraudulent Native American-style Goods And Products Sentenced In Federal Court In Albuquerque

first_imgFBI News:ALBUQUERQUE – Jawad Khalaf, 72, of Albuquerque, Nashat Khalaf, 73, of Gallup; Sterling Islands, Inc.; a wholesale jewelry business in Albuquerque and Al-Zuni Global Jewelry, Inc., a wholesale jewelry business in Gallup, were sentenced Thursday in Federal Court in Albuquerque,In April, the defendants pled guilty to misrepresentation of Indian-produced goods and services in an amount greater than $1,000 as part of a scheme to import Native American-style jewelry from the Philippines and sell it to customers in the United States as authentic.  Another defendant, Taha Shawar, 49, of Breckenridge, Colo., remains a fugitive.Jawad Khalaf and Nash Khalaf were sentenced to 2 years’ supervised release and Jawad Khalaf must also perform 100 hours of community service. Sterling Islands Inc. was sentenced to 5 years’ probation and 50 hours community service, while Al-Zuni Global Jewelers, Inc. was sentenced to 5 years’ probation and 20 hours community service. Collectively, the defendants will pay $300,000 to the Indian Arts and Crafts Board and forfeit their interests in $288,738.94 seized by investigators in the case.A grand jury returned an indictment on Dec. 19, 2018, charging these defendants and three other people with conspiracy, smuggling goods into the United States and misrepresentation of Indian-produced goods and products. The defendants admitted that on Oct. 28, 2015, they displayed and offered for sale miniature canteens at Al-Zuni Global Jewelry in Gallup.  These canteens were not actually Indian-produced but could have reasonably been mistaken for authentic Indian-produced canteens.“I want to express my appreciation for the hard work of the investigators and prosecutors who brought this case to conclusion,’ said John C. Anderson, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico. “It is the culmination of countless hours of diligent work and cooperation among our partnering law enforcement agencies on behalf of Native American artists and artisans. We stand ready to bring the power of the law to bear upon those seeking to profit from cultural theft.”“This U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-led investigation uncovered a transnational criminal scheme that defrauded U.S. consumers and Native American artists,” said Assistant Director of the Office of Law Enforcement Edward Grace. “I would like to thank our special agents for their exemplar investigative work as well as our state and federal partners, who because of their collaboration and dedication to duty, these defendants were sentenced yesterday.”“The Land of Enchantment’s identity and economy relies heavily on Indian art and culture,” said Meridith Stanton, director of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB), U.S. Department of the Interior. The IACB by statute is responsible for enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which includes criminal penalties for marketing counterfeit Indian art and craftwork, to protect the economic livelihoods of Indian artists and artisans.“Consumers must have confidence that the ‘Indian art’ they are purchasing in New Mexico is authentic, and not imported from factories in the Philippines,” Director Stanton said.  “At the same time, Indian artists and economies must be protected from unfair competition from counterfeit Indian art. Robust Indian Arts and Crafts Act enforcement ensures that Indian artistic traditions can be passed down from one generation to the next to preserve an important American treasure – authentic Indian art. The Board commends our colleagues at the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement for their extraordinary dedication, diligence, and commitment in working with us to combat the sale of counterfeit Indian art.”“The FBI hopes this case sends a loud and clear message that those who try to cheat Native Americans of their cultural heritage will be held accountable,” said James C. Langenberg, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office. “We will continue working closely with our partners to make sure our nation’s precious artistic resources are protected.”“These individuals conspired to exploit the rich culture and work of Indian artisans for their personal gain by selling counterfeit merchandise and passing it as genuine Indian art and craftwork,” said Erik P. Breitzke, acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) El Paso. “This sentence sends a powerful message to others who believe they can do the same and elude justice. HSI will continue to cooperate with our law enforcement partners to assist in protecting and preserving Native American cultural heritage.” “Yesterday’s sentencing marks a turning point in this case and provides some closure to those who were victimized by this unfair practice,” said Sonya K. Chavez, U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico. “This collaboration affirms law enforcement’s commitment to pursuing those who believe they can get away with fraud against our state and our unique cultural resources.”“The Department of Game and Fish is proud to have been an integral part of this multi-jurisdictional prosecution,” said New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Director Michael Sloane. “We take pride in both conserving wildlife and protecting the diverse cultures of New Mexico. We congratulate our partners on a job well done.”The Office of Law Enforcement for the Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service led the investigation of this case with assistance from the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathon M. Gerson, Sean J. Sullivan, Kristopher N. Houghton, and Stephen R. Kotz prosecuted the case.last_img read more

DURA Automotive Announces Nizar Trigui As Chief Technology Officer

first_imgBefore joining DURA, Trigui served for more than 20 years in advanced technology and product engineering leadership positions with Ford Motor Co. and affiliated brands in North America and Europe. Since 2007, he led the corporate sustainability strategy, developing and implementing strategic plans and enabling technologies for Ford products globally. His efforts yielded major improvements in the global product fleet’s environmental footprint, showroom competitiveness\ and brand-favorable perception. Trigui holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – DURA Automotive Systems has announced the appointment of Nizar Trigui as EVP and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Trigui, most recently serving as global chief engineer of sustainable mobility for Ford Motor Co., will lead all DURA new product development, advanced engineering and innovation activities. The newly created executive position reports directly to DURA CEO Lynn Tilton. “DURA’s commitment to investing in technological innovation as a means to create new market opportunities is unsurpassed,” said Trigui. “It is a rare opportunity to work with such a great executive, advanced manufacturing and technology team. I look forward to creating a bolstered innovation agenda that will serve our customers for the future.” AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “Creating a culture of innovation, in both product and process, that provides vision and competitive advantage to our customers will be the lifeblood of the new DURA organization,” said Tilton. “We are delighted that Mr. Trigui has joined our team as chief technology officer; in a world of rapidly-evolving technology, his extensive experience and insights will enhance execution of the bold initiatives set forth for the coming years by our executive leadership.”center_img DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. last_img read more

There is little to question

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