SIT Receives $50,000 Anonymous Gift for Scholarship for Women

first_imgSIT Receives $50,000 Anonymous Gift for Scholarship for WomenScholarship Honors Dr. Karen BlanchardBRATTLEBORO — An anonymous donor recently gave $50,000 to the School for International Training (SIT) to endow a new scholarship in honor of SIT Associate Professor Karen Blanchard. The Karen Stromgren Blanchard Scholarship for Women is designated for women who wish to undertake graduate or professional development work in SITs intercultural leadership program. The school offers a broad array of studies in nonprofit leadership and management, ranging from sustainable development to conflict transformation and international education.Blanchard, who earned her Ph.D. at the California Institute of Integral Studies, has taught at SIT since 1988. “It’s a very kind, sweet, humbling gift,” said Blanchard, “and it will be a great help to deserving women who want to participate in our programs.” Blanchard, who will be involved in the selection of scholarship recipients, said that women following in the footsteps of recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai will be top candidates. Maathai, an environmentalist and advocate for social change, is also a trustee of World Learning, SIT’s parent organization. Long before Wangari received the Nobel Prize, she was a grassroots activist who believed that change was possible, Blanchard said.”This gift is a wonderful testament to the impact Karen Blanchard is making on so many students who come to SIT for the unique education the school provides,” said Carol Bellamy, former director of UNICEF and new president of World Learning and SIT. “The generosity of this anonymous donor guarantees that Karen’s commitment to making a difference in the world will be realized for many years to come.For more information contact Ellen A. Holmes, VP for Development, at 802/258-3139 or email sends e-mail).Note: A digital photo to go with this press release can be requested from sends e-mail).- 30 –last_img read more

CCV to lease new building in downtown Rutland

first_imgOn Thursday, June 3, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved a resolution that authorizes the Community College of Vermont (CCV) to enter a lease agreement with DEW Construction Corporation of Williston, Vermont to design and build a new academic facility for CCV in Rutland.  The facility will be located on the corner of Wales and West Streets, and will be a 30,000 square foot building.  CCV will lease the facility from DEW, with occupancy scheduled for August 1, 2011.  The new building will replace CCV’s current location at 24 Evelyn Street, where CCV has leased 12,000 square feet of classroom and office space since 1999.CCV President Joyce Judy stated that “Rutland is CCV’s second largest location, and it is the fastest growing location in the college.”  CCV had 900 students enrolled in the Rutland area in the spring 2010 semester, which is a 58% increase in student enrollment in the past five years.“CCV is pleased to be able to remain in downtown Rutland,” said Dean of Administration Barbara Martin, who oversaw the development of the new lease agreement.  “We have enjoyed tremendous benefits through growing student enrollments in Rutland, with excellent faculty and staff and strong partnerships with area agencies and businesses.”In its current location, CCV brings over 400 potential customers per day – 900 per week – to downtown retailers.CCV in Rutland is offering 150 courses for its fall semester beginning September 7th, and registration for fall semester is now under way. The Community College of Vermont is a member of the Vermont State Colleges and has 12 learning centers statewide, serving 12,000 students each year. For more information, visit is external), call 802-786-6996 or stop by 24 Evelyn Street for more information.Source: CCV. 6.3.2010last_img read more

Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund to support farmers affected by Irene

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Agriculture has partnered with the Vermont Community Foundation to create the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund, which will assist Vermont farms that sustained damage from Tropical Storm Irene. The relief fund will pool contributions from donors and will make grants directly to farmers affected by the storm. ‘Following Tropical Storm Irene, the Agency of Agriculture received calls from many farmers seeking guidance about lost land, lost crops, and lost livestock, as well as calls from Vermonters interested in supporting farmers,’ said Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. ‘Until now, there was no designated fund to which we could direct callers. The Farm Disaster Relief Fund creates a vehicle where we can connect the resources of concerned donors to the needs of affected farmers who have suffered damages from tropical storm Irene.’  The Community Foundation and Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross will work together in consultation with local organizations to distribute the funds, which will be used by farmers to replace infrastructure as well as help cover losses sustained from the storm. Representatives from the Foundation and the Agency of Agriculture will meet within the coming week to further define the guidelines of the application process to the Relief Fund. ‘People across the country are interested in helping Vermont farmers. As we all know, many of these farmers lost everything,’ says the Vermont Community Foundation’s President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. ‘These resources will help them get through the next few months and allow them to begin to rebuild, restore, and get back on their feet.’ The Agency of Agriculture works to facilitate, support and encourage the growth and viability of Vermont agriculture while protecting the working landscape, human, animal and plant health and the environment. is external) for more information. The Vermont Community Foundation has been helping donors give to the causes and organizations they care about since 1986. We are Vermont’s largest and leading homegrown grantmaker. Together, our family of over 600 funds provides more than $10 million in grants per year. In addition, we help keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. Visit is external) or call 802-388-3355 for more information.last_img read more

FARC Leader Convicted of Archbishop’s Murder in Colombia

first_img A Colombian judge sentenced four leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group in absentia to 25 years in prison, including the group’s top-ranking leader, Timoleón Jiménez (Timochenko), for the murder of the archbishop of Cali, Isaías Duarte, almost a decade ago, that country’s Public Prosecutor’s Office announced. The four leaders of the FARC, Latin America’s oldest guerrilla group, were found guilty of the crime of aggravated homicide, for which they were sentenced to 25 years in prison and to pay around 543,000 dollars to the prelate’s family. In addition to Timochenko, those convicted are Luciano Marín Arango (Iván Márquez), Jorge Torres Victoria (Pablo Catatumbo), and Noel Mata Mata (Efraín Guzmán), who died in 2003 according to the FARC, but whose deaths the Colombian legal system has not been able to confirm. In his verdict, the judge reiterated the arrest warrants pending against those sentenced. Archbishop Duarte, who maintained a critical attitude toward the FARC, was murdered on March 16, 2002, in the Buen Pastor parish church in Cali, where armed men burst in as the prelate was finishing a group marriage ceremony for 105 couples. Timochenko, 52 years old, took supreme command of the FARC following the death of his predecessor, Alfonso Cano, in a military operation in November. By Dialogo January 17, 2012last_img read more

Peru-Ecuador Exchange Experiences on Hercules Aircraft

first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo September 13, 2018 In April and August 2018, the Ecuadorean and Peruvian air forces carried out two Hercules transport aircraft crew exchange exercises. The exchanges took place in April at Cotopaxi Air Base in Latacunga, a town in central Ecuador, and in August at Callao Air Base in Lima, Peru. The objective of the exercises was to improve both institutions’ operational capabilities in the use of the Hercules aircraft. Participants exchanged experiences to apply what was learned in their respective institution, and become multiplying forces. “It’s good to know what happened to others, so it won’t happen to us,” said Ecuadorean Air Force (FAE, in Spanish) Captain Christian Terán, who took part in the August exchange. “The operational exchange makes us both grow [and see] what we do and what they do.” Mutual learning The Peruvian delegation visited Ecuador to learn how their Ecuadorean counterparts used the Hercules aircraft, April 23rd-27th. Service members of the Peruvian Air Force (FAP, in Spanish) joined FAE’s 1111th Heavy Transport Squadron, which operates C-130 Hercules and L-100-30 Hercules. “I was very interested in the air systems and how they teach their courses, train their pilots, and apply Crew Resource Management,” FAP Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Begazo told Diálogo. “In Ecuador I learned about the references, capabilities, and how they organize the cargo based on its type; how they do it, how they get help, [and] the equipment they use. They are very methodical.” During a visit to Callao Air Base August 19th-22nd, the Ecuadorean delegation had a similar experience. Ecuadorean participants joined the Eighth Air Wing, the FAP transport unit that operates L-100-20 Hercules aircraft. During their visit, Ecuadorean service members took part in theoretical instruction on the ground with their Peruvian counterparts, reviewing the aircraft systems and load capacity, as well as performance, maximum takeoff weight, and fuel consumption, among other features. We analyzed FAP’s planning, especially emergency procedures,” FAE Captain Daniel Valencia told Diálogo. “There are slight differences from our [way of doing it], but we adopted them because they will help and complement us; we seek to take the best of each.” Ecuadorean service members also participated in air exercises and post-flight briefings, and learned about training and maintenance procedures of FAP aircraft. Main transport aircraft The Hercules is a medium-heavy transport aircraft made by U.S. manufacturer Lockheed Martin. With four turbo-prop engines, the aircraft is the main airlifter of many air forces in the world, and is used for military and humanitarian assistance operations. Its load capacity of more than 23,000 kilograms makes the aircraft ideal to transport personnel and cargo to remote areas or provide disaster relief. Several variants of the Hercules aircraft with specific characteristics exist. Crews who can familiarize themselves with different models enhance their capabilities, said FAP Lieutenant Colonel Elard Granda Alviar, who took part in several regional exchanges. Each region’s different geographic and climate characteristics, he added, influence aircraft performance and each air force’s operational competencies. Lt. Col. Granda knows first-hand about the Hercules’ performance in different environments. He flew a Hercules at Vice-Commodore Marambio Air Base in the Argentine Antarctica, where temperatures can drop as low as -40 °C. The experience taught him a lesson about the aircraft’s capacity in extreme weather conditions and the type of airstrips used in this environment. “I’ve learned that the aircraft is designed to be used under any condition,” Lt. Col. Granda told Diálogo. For his part, Lt. Col. Begazo highlighted the recent visit to Ecuador. “In addition to exchanging technical experiences and tapping their capabilities, we get to know the field,” he said. “If anything were to happen in Latacunga, having been there, we would know what to consider and how much load we can take in.” Exchanges between Peru and Ecuador were agreed upon at the 11th Chiefs of General Staff meeting between FAP and FAE, held June 26, 2017. These experience exchanges also fall within the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces to strengthen regional members’ capabilities. The exercises also contribute to improving cooperation and trust between the armed forces of countries in the region. “These exchanges help us strengthen bonds of friendship,” Capt. Valencia said. “If we can help them, we will do it gladly, just like they would.” The Peruvian and Ecuadorean delegations expect to continue exchanging experiences in combined events. “These exchanges should evolve gradually,” Capt. Valencia said. “Perhaps we’ll be able to share academic and operational courses. We will definitely have good results from these exchanges.”last_img read more

Plan ahead: 5 tips to prep for a natural disaster

first_img continue reading » Hurricane Matthew September is National Preparedness Month and the perfect time for credit unions to reflect on ways to prepare for when natural disasters strike.2017 was a record year for natural disasters in the United States and 2018 is following suit with the recent California wildfires and with hurricane season now upon us. While these events have devastating effects on the land and communities in their path, the impact can be minimized with the help of the right support structures.Credit unions have a long history of helping disaster victims, generously devoting time, resources and donations to helping members of their communities in need. Last year, when Tropical Storm Harvey devastated parts of Southeast Texas and Louisiana, CO-OP partnered with other industry organizations to create a support line for providing impacted members with access and branch information. CUAid, an organization which provides disaster relief donations for credit union members and employees (and which CO-OP is a proud donor), reports it has raised $2.8 million in contributions so far in 2017-2018.While credit unions have and will continue to be quick to respond when a disaster strikes, they must also be proactive prior to the event. The key to disaster preparation: have an effective plan.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Palembang officially revokes PSBB policy despite high number of COVID-19 cases

first_imgThe Palembang administration officially lifted the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Palembang, South Sumatra on Wednesday.The administration decided not to extend the policy despite a high number of COVID-19 cases in Palembang and South Sumatra. Based on data from the South Sumatra COVID-19 task force, the total number of COVID-19 patients in Palembang reached 938 on Tuesday. Of the said number, 38 have died, while 592 are still hospitalized. Palembang Police chief Sr. Com. Anom Setiyadi said PSBB in Palembang would not be extended based on a decision made during a Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda).Read also: COVID-19: Villagers forego traditional ‘lockdown’ for PSBB in S. Sumatra“Palembang’s status has been lowered to orange zone from red zone. So, the task force decided to revoke the restriction, but we will still maintain the health protocols,” Anom said on Wednesday as quoted by stated that the administration had also abolished sanctions for people who violated the rules during the PSBB period. In the post-PSBB phase, the Indonesian Military and the National Police personnel are only to educate those who violate the health protocols. He went on to say that implementation of health protocols was to be more strict in traditional markets, where people’s mobility was high but awareness about wearing face masks was low. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

UK regulators boost senior oversight teams

first_imgAt TPR, Hill will be tasked with ensuring that the regulator’s new “clearer, quicker and tougher” regulatory approach works effectively across the industry, as well as taking the lead on improving its use of data to monitor emerging risks.TPR chairman Mark Boyle said: “I am extremely pleased Jo has been appointed to this key role at TPR. Under our TPR Future programme, we have made great strides in developing and implementing a new, more proactive culture and approach to regulation and I am confident Jo will ensure our clearer, quicker and tougher strategy continues to have an impact.“The effective use of data in the early detection and mitigation of risks is crucial and through her wealth of experience and knowledge in this area, Jo will help maximise our effectiveness as we strive to make workplace pensions work for savers.”The appointment comes as TPR’s chief executive, Lesley Titcomb, prepares to step down in February after a four-year tenure.Separately, the FCA has named Sheldon Mills as its new director of competition, joining from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) where he is a senior director for mergers and state aid.Mills has worked at the CMA – previously the Office of Fair Trading – since 2010, overseeing the regulator’s approach to UK company mergers since 2014. Before joining the CMA he worked at London law firms including SJ Berwin, Jones Day and K&L Gates.He will join the FCA in November and will be responsible for promoting competition “in consumers’ interest”, the regulator said, as well as overseeing its activities to “enforce prohibitions on anti-competitive behaviour” within financial services. The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has hired an executive director of strategy and risk as it prepares to take on new powers granted by government.Jo Hill will join the regulator’s team in November from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK’s financial services watchdog.Hill is currently the FCA’s director of market intelligence, data and analysis. She has worked at the FCA since 2009 in a number of roles, including head of data and analysis and head of corporate strategy.She has also worked for the FCA’s predecessor, the Financial Services Authority.last_img read more

Acting National Disaster Management Coordinator advises public to stay away from Layou River

first_img Share 57 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Acting National Disaster Management Coordinator advises public to stay away from Layou River by: – July 29, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! In photo: Layou River flooding after the collapse of the Matthieu Dam yesterday.Mr. Don Corriette the Acting National Disaster Management Coordinator is advising persons who live on the banks of the Layou River to evacuate and seek higher ground.Mr. Corriette is appealing the general public; onlookers, sight-seers and residents of Layou, to stay away from the river as dangerous levels of water has built in the Matthieu Dam and there is a possiblility of flash flooding at anytime.Click here to listen to Mr. Corriette’s statement: Mr. Corriette is aksing for the cooperation of the Layou residents and the general public to ensure that there is no loss of life in the event that the Matthieu Dam collapses again.“We are soliciting the cooperation of the people down at Layou and along the Layou Valley to stay away from that river because it is predominantly in a flood stage. We have activity as reported by the SSU taking place up stream in the Matthieu Dam area that suggests that water is building again at the back of the plug and the soil and the material is already saturated which is not consolidated to the extent that it was before, therefore the possibility of it breaking loose is very, very high.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Greensburg Ranked On Safest Cities List

first_imgGREENSBURG – A new survey by Movoto Real Estate has named Greensburg the eleventh safest city in Indiana.Rankings were based on places in Indiana with a population of 10,000 or more, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The real estate group then gathered crime data reported to the FBI in 2012 and calculated crime rates per 100,000 residents.According to the website, Greensburg had 1,274 crimes per 100,000 residents in 2012. 990 were crimes against property and 284 were categorized as violent crime.The top 10 safest cities in Indiana were as follows:City of ZionsvilleCity of CarmelTown of FishersTown of St. JohnCity of JasperCity of Crown PointCity of WestfieldTown of BrownsburgTown of ChestertonTown of MunsterRanked number 11, Greensburg was the only Southeastern Indiana location included in the report of 62 Indiana cities.last_img read more