City of Burlington to celebrate French heritage and culture March 24

first_imgThe City of Burlington and the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region (AFLCR) will host a special flag-raising event on March 24 in culmination of a series of French cultural events celebrating French month.  Mayor Bob Kiss will attend the event and welcome French Consul Général Christophe Guilhou, as well as other officials and community members.  The event will begin at 5 pm in Contois Auditorium, where a French ‘friendship’ flag will be formally presented to the City by Consul Général Guilhou.  Following this, a color guard of the Burlington Police and Fire Departments will perform a ceremonial flag-raising outside of City Hall on Church Street. The ceremony will also feature music by the Vermont-based Franco-American musical group Va-et-Vient. The event is free and open to the public. The flag to be raised is that of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (International Organization of French-speaking Nations), established in March of 1970 and numbering 75 member entities worldwide.  For more information about the AFLCR and its schedule of French Month events in Burlington, please go to the AFLCR website at: is external). At 6 pm following the flag-raising, Honorary French Consul for Vermont, Ernie Pomerleau, and the AFLCR will host a wine tasting at the BCA Center, 135 Church Street.  Attendees at the ‘5 From France’ wine tasting will sample wines from the Hexagon presented by oenologists Donald B. Macdonald III and Katrina Church.  French chef Robert Barral of Café Provence in Brandon VT will prepare sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, and the Queen City Hot Club quartet will perform.  Tickets for the wine tasting at $38/person are available from the Flynn Regional Box Office in person, at (802) 863-5966, or at is external).last_img read more

On the Blogs: Weakness Seen in BHP’s Bullishness on Coal

first_imgOn the Blogs: Weakness Seen in BHP’s Bullishness on Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Carleton English for Billiton (BHP) is playing the long game on coal but there may be reason to be skeptical about demand — even in emerging economies such as India and China — due to greater environmental pressures and the increasing viability of natural gas.“Against the backdrop of greater uncertainty in the outlook for thermal coal, we are confident that base demand in emerging economies will remain resilient for decades to come and our higher quality coals position us well in an increasingly carbon constrained world,” Mike Henry, BHP’s President Operations Minerals Australia, said in a statement released Tuesday.The bullish sentiment on coal was similar to comments made by Chief Commercial Officer Dean Dalla Vale in April 2014.“Coal is expected to remain the centerpiece of Asia’s energy portfolio into the foreseeable future, where coal is the cheapest and most readily available source of energy,” Dalla Valle said in a speech that was reported in The Wall Street Journal. In the same speech, Dalla Valle said India is “anticipated to be the most significant source of new demand.”According to BHP’s 2015 annual report, coal accounted for 13% of its annual revenue.Since Dalla Vale’s comments, shares of BHP are down 60% amid the broader decline across commodities and the weakening of the China growth story. Real Money chartist Bruce Kamich documented BHP’s decline on Tuesday.Representatives for BHP Billiton did not immediately respond to requests to comment.Demand for coal may exist for “decades,” but it may not make sense to characterize it as “resilient,” given the headwinds the commodity faces even in the developing world.“Experts think they might reach peak demand around 2020, but when more than half of China’s installed capacity is coal, they are too reliant to move to renewables anytime soon. Same goes for rest of the world basically,” Real Money Pro contributor Ben Cross said in an email Wednesday.Fellow Real Money Pro contributor Jim Collins also sounded cautious tones about the long-term growth of coal as the entrance of renewables may be slow, but may also become increasingly viable.“I think in the U.S. the shift away from coal — especially to natgas — is a permanent one,” Collins said in an email Tuesday. “China will always be a swing importer as the move to renewables will be slow there. India is in a similar situation.”Although India has been picked as the next emerging economy hotspot, the country has also stated its intent to be less reliant on imported coal and it has also shown interest in importing natural gas and using renewable energy sources, according to a 2015 report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Progress on those targets has been mixed for India but the stated intention to be self-sufficient does not bode well for BHP’s coal plans in the developing world.BHP Billiton’s Long Game on Coal Looks Weaklast_img read more

Tesla Drivers to Hold ‘Drive-In’ at Tesla’s Lab

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York About two dozen Tesla Motors electric car owners from the mid-Atlantic region plan to drive this weekend to the site of the planned Tesla Science Center (TSC) at Wardenclyffe, where they plan to raise awareness of Nikola Tesla, the visionary inventor whose technology helped lead to the creation of the most innovative electric car on the market today.From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, there will be a Wardenclyffe work session to clean up the grounds. It’s closed to the public and limited to the drivers and a small group of select volunteers. The building itself, home to Tesla’s storied last laboratory, is still off limits because of the toxic conditions inside that must be remediated in order for the science center to proceed.The cost of the project has been estimated at $30 million. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, recently donated $1 million to the science center and pledged to set up one of the company’s growing network of superchargers at Wardenclyffe for its electric cars.Starting at 1 p.m., the public is invited to attend the afternoon event, which will feature presentations by Jane Alcorn, TSC president, who will report on the latest developments for the Tesla Center, and Neil Baggett, TSC secretary, who will talk about Tesla and how his pioneering work continues to benefit people today.Jim Thompson, organizer of this Tesla Meets Tesla event, will explain why owners of the electric car, which uses AC motors based on Tesla’s 1888 invention, made the trip and their plans to help raise funds for TSC.Although the 187-foot Wardenclyffe tower was torn down a century ago, the octagonal base still stands, from which Tesla dreamed of providing electricity wirelessly to the world for free.In case of rain, the event will take place Sunday, Oct. 26. The proceedings will be streamed at and there will be an official Twitter feed too, @teslascience, for tweets of the day’s activities, images and announcements. Attendance is limited so to reserve tickets, contact For more information about Tesla Motors, visit: teslamotors.comlast_img read more

What to do when a lawyer is about to pop up and go “BOO!”

first_imgWebsite accessibility has become a big, scary topic lately in the credit union world. We’ve fielded so many calls and questions from credit unions that we’ve ended up writing multiple blog posts and a webinar on the topic.But with the right mindset, improving accessibility is actually an opportunity to make your site work better for everyone, not just people with disabilities. A better organized, more meaningful site is more useful and it’s more understandable to search engines. And what is good for Google is good for your website popping up more often in search results.Here are a few steps you can take right away, to help keep those legal demons away:Fill In Missing ALT TextEvery image on your website should have a short ALT attribute that describes the image (when you mouse over an image in most browsers, the ALT text pops up). It’s easy to add ALT text in any CMS, but sometimes ALT text gets forgotten as different people maintain a web site. Make sure the ALT text is actually correct and useful, or it could be flagged as irrelevant. And make sure it’s short and to the point.There are a couple of different ways to find images lurking on your site missing ALT text. One easy way is a free bit of desktop software called “Screaming Frog SEO Spider” (yes, really — just Google it). The free version can scan up to 500 URLs — plenty for most credit unions. It’ll show you missing ALT text, broken links, external links, and lots and lots of other useful info besides.Banish Invisible Text in ImagesNo matter how big the headline, type on a picture is only a picture of text. And the text is invisible to the text readers used by people with vision problems. It’s also not visible to search engines trying to make sense of your site.The right solution depends on your site and your CMS. For example, you might be able to make a nice effect by putting text over a background image, or even in a translucent box over the image. (Just make sure there’s plenty of contrast so the text is easy to read.) Of course, you may need to replace or edit your images as well.Vet Videos and Analyze AudioIf you use video or audio on your site, including Youtube, the information must be accessible to people who can’t see or hear. The best way to do this is with closed captioning, because it follows the action and includes useful descriptions of music and sounds, like “Spooky Music” and “Screaming”. You can even embed multiple languages.Of course, closed captioning can take a lot of time and/or money to do right, so you should at least include a transcript.Purge Pesky PDFsEven for people with no disabilities, PDFs are far less usable than web pages, so they should only be used when absolutely necessary. Simple text-based PDFs usually have decent accessibility, but complex layouts (where a software reader may not be able to follow the sequence of content), charts, or images in PDFs can be problematic. We recommend reviewing your use of PDFs, evaluating each PDF for usability (hint: the full version of Acrobat can help with this), and wherever possible moving the PDF content to a web page.Insist on AccessibilityTake a close look at the third-party services used on or from your site — from online banking to branch maps. Accessibility problems that could keep people from managing their money or doing transactions could be a much larger headache, so check with your vendors to make sure they’re addressing accessibility in their products.Build it InThink about accessibility every time you update your site. Accessibility should become a completely normal and everyday part of your plan to evaluate, improve, and maintain all aspects of your website.Get Professional HelpUnderstanding and evaluating accessibility is inevitably a technical topic that requires experience and judgement. Make sure you’re working with web developers and designers that understand your brand as well as the concepts of accessibility. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Wringer Former watermelon farmer Brian Wringer wears several hats for iDiz Incorporated, including Web Projects Manager, Wordsmith, and Big Idea Guy. He builds better credit unions by day and weird old … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Govt seeks to boost tourism in West Sumatra with new port, road

first_imgTopics : West Sumatra recorded a contraction of 33.24 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the accommodation sector as the province’s economy plunged by 4.91 percent yoy in the April-June period.The Jokowi administration is also developing a road to support the connectivity of the planned Tapang Bay Port to bolster not only the province’s tourism, but also its trade.The Transportation Ministry aimed to conclude by August the detailed engineering design of the port infrastructure as the government had completed the feasibility study and the master plan, said Ridwan.With regards to supporting infrastructure, the government has built 33.86 kilometers of the roads to connect the port. It has also built seven bridges of a total 13 planned.“We want to develop the coastal areas of West Sumatra, so they are not left behind other areas by constructing a road connecting Bunga Tanjung and the port location, as well as other infrastructure on the side of Tapang Bay Port,” said Ridwan.West Sumatra Deputy Governor Nasrul Abit said his office was preparing the necessary permits to expedite the development of the Marina Center and the infrastructure to support the Tapang Bay Port.“It is Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Ministre Luhut Pandjaitan’s idea via deputy Ridwan to develop the Marina Center in the estuary, which will connect to Mentawai Islands regency,” said Nasrul, a Gerindra party politician. “We are preparing all the permits. We are expecting everything to be processed as soon as possible.” The government plans to develop port infrastructure in Padang to spur tourism in West Sumatra, especially in the Mentawai Islands regency, an official has said.The planned Marina Center would not only serve as a port but also culinary center, said Ridwan Djamaluddin, the undersecretary of infrastructure and transportation coordination at the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister.The port, to be operated by state-owned PT Pelindo II, emerges as the government’s measure to offer sea transportation for tourists wanting to visit the Mentawai Islands regency, an aspiring destination for surfers. It will give tourists an additional option as the government also plans to develop an airport on the island.“There is a world-class tourist attraction in the Mentawai Islands regency. Thus, we need to prepare quality infrastructure, so when tourists want to visit the island, they have a good port here,” Ridwan was quoted in a statement as saying on Monday.The plan comes at a time when tourism in West Sumatra has almost ground to a halt. No foreign tourists came in through Minangkabau International Airport in Padang Pariaman regency in June, marking zero foreign arrivals for a third consecutive months as the industry was reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.But the occupancy rate of star-rated hotels in the province started to pick up by 9.87 percentage points to 21.14 percent in June from May, in part thanks to government officials on work trips.last_img read more

Matteo Guendouzi backed to shine for Arsenal for next 10 years by former Tottenham man Darren Bent

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi was thoroughly impressive in the north London derby (Picture: Visionhaus)Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi could be central to the team’s success for the next decade, believes former Tottenham striker Darren Bent.The 20-year-old has become an integral part of the Gunners’ midfield since his arrival from Lorient last year, starting all four Premier League games this season so far.His performances have earned him his first call-up to the senior France team during this international break and especially attracted plaudits after his display in the north London derby last weekend.Guendouzi’s assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal was one of the highlights of the game, while Bent was impressed with his influence and desire to control play at such a young age.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s playing like he’s someone who’s played for Arsenal for years,’ Bent told Football Insider.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s scary that he’s only 20, he could be in the Arsenal midfield for the next 10 years, he’s really good in that role.‘Even when he gives the ball away, he wants the ball all the time.‘He never shies away from that and that is a trait in a midfielder that you can’t teach, you can’t teach that.’Bent is not the only onlooker that has been impressed with the youngster, with another former Spurs man, Gary Lineker reacting to his call up to the France squad by tweeting: ‘Unsurprising. Enormously talented young footballer.’Unsurprising. Enormously talented young footballer. 👏🏻👏🏻— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 2, 2019 Phil HaighSaturday 7 Sep 2019 9:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link578Shares Matteo Guendouzi backed to shine for Arsenal for next 10 years by former Tottenham man Darren Bent Comment Stan Collymore also raved about the Frenchman, telling the Mirror: ‘I said last season that Matteo Guendouzi can go on and be whatever he wants to be in the Premier League.‘And his performance in the north London derby on Sunday only served to reaffirm that belief. He has the ability, the vision and the awareness.‘And if he stays at Arsenal and they build around him, putting someone with more discipline than Granit Xhaka and someone else who is physically bigger the Lucas Torreira alongside him, then we could see the growth of a superstar in front of our eyes.‘He really is that good.’MORE: Eddie Nketiah reveals Unai Emery wanted to keep him at Arsenal before Leeds United loanMORE: Why Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe has pulled out of Ivory Coast squad Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Barbados and Hong Kong sign air services agreement

first_imgLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Barbados and Hong Kong sign air services agreement by: Caribbean Media Corporation – July 11, 2015 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 48 Views   no discussions Share Barbados’ Ambassador to China, Dr. Chelston Brathwaite (right) and Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung signing the agreement in Hong Kong.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados and Hong Kong have inked an Air Services Agreement.The deal “provides the framework for the provision of international air services between Hong Kong and Barbados and opens new doors for cooperation in tourism and trade between the two countries”, according to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Barbados to the People’s Republic of China.He says the development also “represents another step in strengthening the relationship between Barbados and China”.Ambassador Brathwaite made the comments as he delivered remarks at the signing of the Air Services Agreement with Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).The Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, signed on behalf of his Government.The Agreement, which was signed in Hong Kong recently, will allow the governments of Barbados and Hong Kong to promote mutually beneficial economic and cultural initiatives.last_img read more

DASPA seeking to promote healthy living among employees

first_imgBusinessHealthLifestyleLocalNews DASPA seeking to promote healthy living among employees by: Dominica Vibes News – September 12, 2016 316 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! The Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA) is planning a health fair as part of initiatives to promote healthy living among its employees.This new campaign on health and wellness will focus on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are not passed from person to person. The 4 main types of non-communicable diseases are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes.Health Educator of the Ministry of Health, Mignon Shillingford Rolle revealed during the DASPA In Touch’ radio program on Thursday 8 September 2016 that non-communicable diseases are the most dormant health problem in Dominica and the most leading cause of death, illness and disability.Rolle said statistics indicate that the leading causes of death in Dominica from 2009 to 2013 are cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. “So the first one is cardio-vascular diseases, two diabetes, three hypertension, four cancer of the prostate and that’s for our men -the leading cause of cancers among men in Dominica, then we have five to seven heart disease, and heart failure, then we have chronic lower respiratory disease which is number eight, and nine and ten is cancer of the stomach and digestive organs, so what you will see all of these are non-communicable diseases,” Rolle informed.DASPA’s Human Resource Manager, Cynthia Talbert said the company found out, in monitoring its over four hundred employees’ activities, that medicals, lack of productivity and absenteeism costs close to a million dollars in loss of revenue on an annual basis and this is of concern to management.“We have decided that there needs to be a way we can try to address that issue, and we are embarking on partnerships with various organization and agencies,” Talbert said.These include the Ministry of Health, Dominica Cancer Society, Dominica Diabetes Association, Drug Prevention Unit, Jolly’s Pharmacy, and the Blood Bank among others “because these non-communicable diseases at DASPA is what is affecting us greatly and when we try to address these issues we want to look at how we can increase the level of productivity”.The health fair is scheduled for 10 October 2016 at the Woodbridge Bay Port and a number of companies and organizations have been invited to partner with DASPA.“We want to try to make it fun and not mandatory for the employees, but we want to see how we can have them in an all-inclusive way to try to participate in the different aspects of health information and awareness,” Talbert indicated.During the fair, employees will be exposed to information regarding food portions, food use, alcohol intake, cancer and how to live a healthy lifestyle among other pertinent subject areas.In addition, the decision to host the fair is also in keeping with International Health Regulations of 2005, DASPA’s Chief Executive Officer, Benoit Bardouille said.“As we know that DASPA is in involved in cargo operations, in trade, and movement of passengers and as a result of that we too have to be part and parcel of it”.“So from a health standpoint, we have to now seek ways and means in terms of ensuring that we can reduce some of the threats, the disease threats and other health risks that we have,” Bardouille stated.The World Health Organization statistics indicate that non-communicable diseases kill thirty-eight million people each year. Almost three quarters of NCD deaths, twenty-eight million, occur in low- and middle-income countries. Sharelast_img read more

Batesville School Board Appoints New Member

first_imgJeremy Raver (left) was appointed to the school board Monday. (Image: Facebook)BATESVILLE –The Batesville School Board appointed Jeremy Raver as its newest member Monday, following the resignation of Board President Chris Lowery in July.Lowery was selected as chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Southeast region last month resulting in his departure from the board.Raver graduated from Batesville High School in 1997,received an undergraduate from Purdue and a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University.He currently serves as a sales consultant at Batesville Casket Company.The Batesville resident calls the school board nomination a great recognition and ever greater responsibility.“It is a huge honor but also a responsibility of representing the taxpayers and the City of Batesville and surrounding areas,” Raver said. “I think the board definitely has challenges ahead of us to take the resources given and use them effectively making the school corporation as good as we can.”Raver is a committee member on the Batesville Community Education Foundation and is no stranger to local education as his children Kaylie and Landon, are students in the corporation. His wife Charrel, is a teacher at Greensburg Community Schools.“I look at my two small children I have and the over 2,000 students in our corporation it certainly comes with a significant amount of responsibility.”last_img read more