People’s United Community Foundation campaign brings new classroom supplies to over 1,000 Vermont students

first_imgPublic schools throughout Vermont are receiving new classroom supplies just in time for the start of the new school year, thanks to a People’s United Community Foundation $100,000 grant to DonorsChoose.org.People’s United Community Foundation launched a matching campaign with DonorsChoose.org across the People’s United Bank footprint in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week in May. The funding inspired nearly 100 individuals over the course of three months to match $7,000 worth of classroom projects in Vermont. As a result, a total of 19 projects were funded, touching more than 1,000 students across the state.People’s United Community Foundation joined DonorsChoose.org as a matching program partner, supporting initiatives that improve the quality of education in low-to moderate-income school districts throughout the People’s United Bank footprint, from New York to Maine. Through the DonorsChoose.org website, teachers submitted project requests for materials and resources needed to enhance students’ learning experiences. The People’s United Community Foundation grant provided 50% of the costs for eligible classroom projects, with the remainder generously donated by individuals, bringing the total campaign impact in Vermont to $14,000.‘DonorsChoose.org is a wonderful resource for public school teachers who often pay for classroom materials out of their own pocket due to budget cuts and scarce spending,’ said Vincent Santilli, Executive Director of People’s United Community Foundation. ‘We are delighted with the outcome of the campaign and the number of students who will be starting off the school year with the classroom resources they need. We are also very thankful for the tremendous support from individual donors who helped make this possible.’‘Thanks to People’s United Community Foundation, over twenty thousand students across six states received learning materials essential to an excellent education,’ said Charles Best, Founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org. ‘We are incredibly grateful to People’s United Community Foundation for matching the donation of almost two thousand individuals who opened their wallet to give to a local classroom.’About the People’s United Community FoundationEstablished in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New York to Maine through a network of 418 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include community development, youth development, and affordable housing.About DonorsChoose.orgFounded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post request, and individuals can give directly to the ones that inspire them. To date, 152,000 public and charter school teachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $187 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn.- See more at: http://vtdigger.org/2013/09/11/peoples-united-community-foundation-campa(link is external)…last_img read more

26 year old killed in early morning crash off Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway

first_imgGrant McClure in a recent Facebook profile photo.Fairway police have identified the 26-year-old man killed early Sunday morning when his car hit two parked vehicles and two trees in the 5600 block of Norwood.Register to continuelast_img

LG Wraps Up LG Tech Tour

first_imgLG Business Solutions USA just wrapped up its 2019 coast-to-coast “LG TechTour” with a technology pop-up experience on New York’s Fifth Avenue that drew hundreds of attendees to experience the full array of LG business and partner solutions. At the day-long event, guests experienced the industry’s broadest assortment of digital signage displays along with a series of workshops and product presentations.“The LG TechTour is a self-contained innovation roadshow that demonstrates the full range of LG and our partners’ capabilities,” explained Garry Wicka, vice president of marketing, LG Business Solutions USA. “This year, over 1,400 business-to-business customers from coast to coast came together in unique environments to experience LG’s broad portfolio of digital signage displays, renewable energy systems, enterprise mobile solutions and more. And I think they had some fun, too, along the way.”See a video interview rAVe editor Sara Abrons did with Garry Wicka here:Every stop of the six-city tour featured distinct locations and specially-themed events. For example, the Dallas event was held in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, where LG highlighted its brand new Direct View LED screens and advanced LG OLED video walls, among other innovations. The event included a performance by the famous Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, an exclusive meet-and-greet with a former Dallas Cowboys all-star, and an on-field Punt, Pass & Kick competition for LG guests.In Chicago, customers had an immersive LG product experience at the American Airlines Conference Center adjacent to Wrigley Field. They had a meet-and-greet with Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, behind-the-scenes tours of the historic ballpark and were treated to such Windy City staples as Old Chicago Style hot dogs and Italian beef. The stop in San Jose, of course, included wine tastings from top vintners in nearby Napa Valley.“The LG TechTour redefines what a tradeshow can be,” Wicka explained. “We want the tour to deliver as much of a ‘wow-factor’ as the solutions we offer, and the 2019 tour set a new benchmark for doing just that.”See related  LG’s Cinematic Sound OLED Display Now Listed As Korean StandardFor the New York finale, Wicka said LG pulled out all of the stops, hosting the sold-out event in a hip loft space in midtown Manhattan on Fifth Avenue during New York Digital Signage Week. In addition to the keynotes, product showcases and breakout sessions, the day’s agenda featured craft beer tastings, coffee tastings, a live DJ and open bar, and a unique food experience provided by an array of purveyors.Each stop on the LG TechTour featured the industry’s broadest portfolio of commercial displays, led by the new Transparent LG OLED display, ideal for retail and museum applications. Other commercial display demonstrations included LG’s brand new Direct View LED displays, advanced video walls, unique digital white boards, impactful Ultra Stretch digital signage monitors and groundbreaking transparent color LED film displays. The New York event marked the unveiling of LG’s new 4K Ultra HD hotel TV, the first with high-performance NanoCell display technology.Of special interest to integrators and business owners alike, the tour features LG renewable energy solutions, led by LG’s flagship 60- and 72-cell LG NeON2 high-efficiency solar panels and LG’s new energy storage systems. In addition, enterprise mobile solutions highlighted in the LG TechTour brought LG smartphone advances to B2B customers. Unlocked versions of the brand new LG G8 ThinQ and popular LG V50 ThinQ 5G smartphones offer business customers flexibility, performance and cost savings.Looking ahead to 2020, Wicka said, “The 2019 tour will be hard to top, but our team is already working on a few ideas that will ensure that the LG TechTour remains the industry’s must-attend innovation roadshow that brings together partners, customers, prospects and LG representatives to learn about the new technologies and solutions that will change their businesses for the better.”Featured technology and service partners at the 2019 LG TechTour (which varied by location) included Agosto Skikit, Milestone/Chief, TSITouch, Hughes, IGEL America, Userful, Peerless, Barco, Datapath, Omnivex, TriplePlay, PingHD and Intuiface, among others.LG is here.last_img read more

FRP Committee supports PEC recommendations

first_img August 1, 2011 Regular News FRP Committee supports PEC recommendations The Bar’s Florida Registered Paralegal Committee has endorsed several recommendations made by the Board of Governors’ Program Evaluation Committee and approved by the board in May.The paralegal panel, which met during the Bar’s recent Annual Convention, liked the PECs recommendations, which would improve services for paralegals and raise their profile within the Bar.“I think the committee definitely was very happy to see the Board of Governors has recommended them,” said FRP Committee Chair Carin Gordon. “A lot of these are things the committee has been discussing and promoting for a while.”The PEC presented 11 recommendations to the governors at their May meeting, and the board approved all of them.Here are the board-approved PEC proposals that were reviewed by the committee:• The Bar’s online Career Center should be used as a resource for paralegals about job opportunities. The paralegal committee agreed and requested that a link to the Career Center should be included under the paralegal/legal assistant heading on the Bar’s homepage.• The Bar’s Annual Convention should be used as a way for paralegals to get low-cost CLE credits and as a venue for a paralegal reception. The paralegal committee endorsed the idea of having low-rate courses for paralegals and also suggested a discount registration cost should be considered. It also said that information about free courses on the Bar’s website and the availability of CLE DVDs should be added to paralegal FAQs on the website. As for a reception, the committee said paralegal organizations might sponsor such an event.• Links to various paralegal organizations, such as NALA and NFPA, should be included in the FRP home on the Bar’s website. The committee endorsed that idea, with members noting they had made that proposal before.The PEC also recommended that the FRP Committee review the CLE requirement for registered paralegals, which at 30 credits every three years is the same as for attorneys. The committee felt no change should be made in that standard.“I think their thought process was that we should reduce it [the CLE requirement], that it was too difficult for some people,” said committee member Karen McLead.“We were not in favor of that at all.”Gordon said the committee plans to review the recommendations again at its September meeting, adding, “We want to keep these as a focus of the committee and assist the Bar in moving these recommendations forward.”Other PEC suggestions approved by the board include making it easier to search for specific paralegals on the Bar’s website (similar to the Find-a-Lawyer function), improving knowledge about the FRP program for both lawyers and paralegals, and letting paralegals know about the benefits they qualify for under the Bar’s Members Benefits program.McLead said many of the recommendations from the PEC had been discussed by the FRP Committee earlier, but the panel had trouble getting them enacted.“Most of these we had made. As a whole, we were very in favor of it,” she said.Gordon said the board action will help the committee in its goal of “promoting the program and its benefits to paralegals and lawyers.”center_img FRP Committee supports PEC recommendationslast_img read more

Fuselier: Religion, Scapegoating, And Racism

first_imgBy BOB FUSELIERLos AlamosAn essay about religion and racism by an old, white man raised in the Christian faith and in the deep South before and during desegregation would seem to hold a good chance of coming across as an extreme example of white mansplaining. I hope it doesn’t.Scapegoating is a word we seldom use in our daily lives but is something we all fear and have feared from an early age. It requires a victim (a person or persons innocent of the crimes laid upon them) and a victimizer (a person or persons looking to place their sufferings on another).It is commonplace today to see people claim to be a victim, but it is a rare event to see someone claim to be a victimizer. We avoid it all cost, for we seem to know that a victimizer who stands alone can easily become the victim. Yet, none of us is free of the pull of the victimizing role. When we feel threatened, we can quickly feel the urge to rally as many as we can around us in opposition to someone we feel is vulnerable.One of the most common examples of scapegoating is something we all have tried. It carries an innocent name, gossip, but it can deliver a deadly blow of half-truths and innuendoes thrown in a victim’s direction. These stones of words can even be true, but they are never meant to offer truth. Their only purpose is to demonize someone to a level below contempt so that others feel no shame joining up with our lynch mob. Racism is just an extreme level of the scapegoating potential that is part of our human nature.As someone raised in a Christian tradition, I view the Bible as a collection of literary forms that tell the story of a people as they struggle with their collective choice between a God of vengeful anger who demands their devotion and sacrifice and, in return, deals out judgment and a God who sides with and becomes the sacrificial victim in order to reveal the answer to our thirst for sacrificial violence; that answer being a transcendent and incomprehensible love that is offered to all as Grace.The final act of this work of literature that was composed over centuries depicts a story of a divine being that takes on the human form of a Jewish laborer by the name of Jesus. This Jew takes comfort in living with the oppressed and marginalized, rebukes the sacrificial-loving ideology of his time, accepts the role of the victim himself, and dies the death of an innocent scapegoat.Whether you view the stories of Jesus through a Christian lens or not, a reading of the Gospels will show that Jesus preached an ideology that was counter to that of the religious-political powers that controlled his society. Yet he lived within their laws, breaking them on the rare occasion to make a point of their hypocrisy.Jesus spoke out often in defense of the marginalized and against scapegoating. Most all know of the parable of the good Samaritan. His defense of the adulterous women brought to him for condemnation speaks volumes against the scapegoating mechanism. His parable of the beam and the splinter and his directive to love our enemies points towards the cause and cure of our tendency to scapegoat.And then he gives us this warning: “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill, and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment…”Most of us in Western society, whether Christian or not, have heard of this directive in one form or another. But, until recently, I knew of no one who could explain the continuation of the last verse quoted above, “… and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa’, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.”Raqa? I knew it was Aramaic, the language spoken in the area of Israel 2000 years ago, but what is its significance? That question was answered for me a few years ago when my wife and I attended a conference on violence in Holland, Michigan.The conference was held at Hope College, which was founded by members of the Dutch Reformed Church in the mid 1800’s. The presentation was given by an Irishman, whose name I’ve forgotten but who was very involved in the Northern Ireland conflict known as The Troubles, and an ex-Catholic priest by the name of James Alison. Although I’m aware that these labels may evoke emotional responses in some, I’ve included them to highlight the diversity within the religious communities of those who brought this conference together.The Irishman, a Catholic, told the story of how he became aware of his role in the scapegoating mechanism when a minister from the Dutch Reformed Church visited him in Ireland during the conflict. As the Irishman explained to the minister his view of the conflict, an explanation that was not kind to the Protestants, the minister approached him, gave him a hug, and said, “You are part of the problem.” The Irishman talked at length of how difficult that was to hear, let alone process. But, because the message was delivered with kindness through love, his heart was opened to the Truth. He was eventually able to help bring peace to Northern Ireland.James Alison then presented Rene Girard’s concept of the scapegoating mechanism with a twist that included the passage about raqa quoted above. He began by explaining that it’s critical to recognize the importance of the inclusion of just one Aramaic word in the Greek translation of the original Aramaic text. The word raqa was then kept in its original Aramaic form when the Greek was later translated into English.Raqa carries a very dismissive meaning, something akin to you useless, valueless thing. Alison offered that the Aramaic word raqa was not translated because its original use was meant to signify an insult to a local person. He then noted that the Greek term for “you fool” was translated as “you fool”, suggesting that the original term for “you fool” was not translated as an Aramaic word because it was not originally meant to be directed to someone who spoke Aramaic. It was a foreign word in the original text and would have been used as an insult to a foreigner.The last piece of context that must be understood is the use of various terms denoting a concept of judgment: “liable to judgment”, “answerable to the Sanhedrin” and “liable to fiery Gehenna”.  Allison pointed out that these variations are equally critical in understanding the full message of the passage.According to Alison, “liable to judgment” is used to equate the severity of the consequences of murder and anger; the Hebrew God views them as equally harmful, which said a lot about the consequences of anger to the Jewish people of that time.The level of judgment bestowed upon he who uses “raqa” as an insult seems to come down a bit. The Sanhedrin was the high court of the Jewish people – think of the it as the Supreme Court for us Americans. Using raqa was bad; it was a major local offense, but not the same as murder.Then we’re back at a very high level of judgment signified by “fiery Gehenna”. Gehenna was more than just a nod towards the threat of eternal damnation. It was the valley in which the early Hebrew people offered their sons in a fiery sacrifice to appease their gods. Using the term for “you fool”, i.e., condemning someone from another culture, would not only lead the offender to experience a living hell, but could also lead the community to experience the violent consequences of the scapegoating, sacrificial system of the early Hebrew people.With that context understood, let me retranslate the passage.“You already know that murder is bad. But I tell you that anger is equally bad. It leads to labeling and cursing of others. When you curse and scapegoat your neighbor (using raqa), that’s bad. You’ll be taken to the highest court in our land in hopes that the damage can be mitigated. However, when you curse and scapegoat someone of another culture, all hell may break out for there is no human court that can mitigate the damage, and you will take us all back to the times of human sacrifice.”Alison’s interpretation of this passage will likely be challenged by those who disagree with its meaning. But I’ve heard of none better. The good news about having a 2000yr old passage warning of the dire consequences of racism is that we can rest assured that we didn’t invent it. But it’s here and growing in our society today, and I, for one, don’t want to return to the violent sacrificial systems that governed our earlier societies. I’ll be heeding the 2000yr old warning and doing my best to check any anger.last_img read more

British Land in £100m West End play

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Transactions defy expectations to top £40bn

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John Ferguson Promoted To OE Sales Director For Toyo Tire North America

first_imgLSI 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 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.  CYPRESS, Calif. – Toyo Tire North America OE Sales (TNOE) has promoted John Ferguson to director of sales. Ferguson has worked with TNOE since June 2012, first serving as a sales account manager. A graduate of The University of Findlay (Ohio), Ferguson has extensive sales experience with international organizations.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“John brings a solid track record to this position, and has been a valuable asset to our organization as we grow our business with domestic OE vehicle manufacturers including Ford, Dodge and Ram,” said James Hawk, president, Toyo Tire North America OE Sales.,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 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 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.last_img read more

Botswana begins work at float glass production plant

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Invitation to discuss CO2 as an automotive refrigerant

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