Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement Tuesday after President Donald Trump held a press conference where he blamed “both sides” for violence at a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia:”President Trump. You are embarrassing our country and the millions of Americans who fought and died to defeat Nazism. The violence in Charlottesville was not caused by the ‘alt-left,’ (whatever that may be). It was caused by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who are attempting to spread their hateful and racist ideology.”BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 15 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders Trump Defends Initial Remarks on Charlottesville; Again Blames ‘Both Sides'(link is external)New York Times
Marketing techniques and communication channels have changed dramatically through the years. But what hasn’t changed over time is the No. 1 question all marketing professionals need to be able to answer: Who you are talking to?Audience, audience, audience. No matter your role – business, sales, collections, consulting – you have to remember who’s on the other end of your message. And to really get their attention, you have to know their preferences.Technology has brought a wealth of advantages to marketing professionals, such as improved delivery speed and cost savings, as well as enhanced customization and messaging frequency. But not every audience embraces technology the same. While younger consumers and those who are tech-savvy may favor texts over voicemail, others – especially older age groups – may prefer an occasional phone call and appreciate a “thank you” email.Ageless adviceIt used to be that younger people sought out older generations to learn about everything, counting on their wisdom and life experiences for advice and guidance. But today, as technology advances and people develop skills at different ages, this education is moving both up and down the age spectrum.Older and younger generations equally have something to offer each other: Grandparents turn to grandkids for help setting up Facebook accounts and college students seek advice from experienced professionals about potential career fields. In my case, I had to learn to text if I wanted to get an answer from my kids. And in my workplace, younger employees will sometimes come to me looking for input about business and finance decisions. The need for education goes both ways.Given the daily responsibilities of your customers, combined with the hustle and bustle of today’s society and the many options for communicating, you’ll need to adjust your marketing efforts from time to time. Knowing your audience – as well as the information they want and their contact preferences – has never been more critical.Welcome changeNothing stays the same; and while not everyone greets change with open arms, most adjust over time. If your financial institution is hesitant to upgrade its marketing communication technologies, it’s time to reconsider. The truth is, people talk to each other and conduct business differently than they did 10 years ago … or five years ago … or even just a few months ago. The methods they use and prefer are constantly shifting. To stay competitive, you have to keep up.Yet, marketers must consider their audience’s reaction to communication changes and proceed with caution. Quite the conundrum. You may have customers who may want to hear from you every month; others may feel that’s too much. Some may still prefer a phone call now and then, while others might only want email notices and eStatements in lieu of paper documents. Financial institutions need a process to identify not only their target audiences, but their audiences’ communication comfort levels.Plain talkWhether we’re on the front line or planning promotions – as well as all member-facing credit union personnel – we need to be flexible in talking with people. That means knowing what to say and when to say it. And just as important, it means knowing when to stop talking.It takes a little listening … and maybe a little extra effort. But if someone unsubcribes from your newsletter, don’t just write them off as not interested. Make a note of it, and work to find another way to get your messages in front of them the way they want and will appreciate.Don’t let technology fool you into thinking everyone wants to communicate in 140 characters or less.Get to know – really know – your customers. Honor their communication preferences, treat them with respect, and you’ll create meaningful relationships that stand the test of time … and changing technology. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ron Daly Ron Daly is the president and CEO of Virtual StrongBox, a secure, end-to-end member engagement platform that can be integrated into various workflow processes to provide high-risk Enterprise IT firms … Web: www.virtualstrongbox.com Details
VA accreditation training CLE seminar set for Tampa VA accreditation training CLE seminar set for Tampa August 15, 2009 Regular News The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Military Affairs Committee will present a three-hour CLE seminar on veterans law on Saturday, September 12, at the Tampa Airport Marriott.Pulling together a faculty of experienced attorneys and veterans service officers, the committee offers Florida attorneys and others an opportunity to meet accreditation requirements recently promulgated by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to the federal CLE requirement, a three-hour elder law certification credit has also been approved.In 2006, a federal statute opened widely for the first time the opportunity for attorneys to provide representation to veterans having claims and causes before the Board of Veterans Appeals, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 2008, final rules were published in the Code of Federal Regulations and the accreditation process was opened to attorneys, including those in Florida.The Military Affairs Committee has taken the lead within the Bar and has worked to assemble a faculty having many years experience in both VA administrative and judicial adjudications. Jacksonville Judge James A. Ruth, committee chair, will introduce the program, which will include each of the subjects required for VA re-accreditation.Subjects include remarks on practice before the VA, disability compensation, claims processing, dependency and indemnity compensation, pensions, and judicial appeals of administrative decisions. Current federal requirements call for a CLE on these subjects within one year of VA general counsel accreditation and once every three years thereafter.This seminar is being held in conjunction with The Florida Bar’s General Meeting. Registration is now open. Seating is limited. If you have any questions, contact either the Bar’s Tracy Brim at (850) 561-3188 or seminar Chair Harold W. Youmans at (813) 671-8852.
Administrative Law Section visits schools October 15, 2016 Regular News Administrative Law Section visits schools The Florida Bar Administrative Law Section’s Law School Liaison Committee recently hosted a networking nosh at the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law. Section Chair Jowanna N. Oates, Law School Liaison Committee Chair Administrative Law Judge Lynne Quimby-Pennock, James Bush, Jamie L. Jackson, Julia Knight, Mohammad Sherif, and Julie Waldman shared with students their experiences with the practice of administrative law. The Administrative Law Section’s Law School Liaison Committee has similar events scheduled this fall at the Thomas Cooley School of Law and Barry University School of Law.
A full service commercial real estate development company, SimonCRE specializes in retail ground up development, redevelopment, and single tenant build-to-suits throughout the country. The firm actively seeks opportunities to produce and redevelop quality shopping centers and retail spaces that enhance the local business climate. Current clients include Dollar General, the nation’s largest independent Verizon Wireless dealer Moorehead Communications, and EZCorp with their EZPawn retail stores. To date, SimonCRE has been instrumental in the retail development and subsequent leasing of over two million square feet of commercial space in 26 states from Florida to Oregon. The organization has doubled its employee base since 2013 because of its tremendous growth. The addition of Carpenter will bolster the growth trend. At SimonCRE, Carpenter will specialize in sourcing new build-to-suit and shopping center opportunities.“Our business is predicated on developing and maintaining strong relationships. As we interweave those relationships with our primary business focus of innovative strategic direction, we deliver a personalized solution to each project and client,” says Simon. “Jeff is completely aligned with our business philosophy which makes him a great fit for our clients.” Commercial real estate developer SimonCRE announces the addition of partner Jeff Carpenter to the organization. With a strong background in retail development, leasing and finance, Carpenter will be involved with and add to the core business strengths of the firm. He brings additional expertise with single tenant build-to-suit and shopping center acquisition, which are explosive growth areas for SimonCRE. “We are proud to welcome Jeff to the team,” says Joshua Simon, president and founder of SimonCRE. “He is an esteemed colleague and friend bringing vast industry knowledge and invaluable experience to the company. His strong work ethic and values are evident in every project he takes on and will aid in our continued growth.” Prior to joining SimonCRE, Carpenter spent six years with Sandor Development leading its private equity arm, Sand Capital, in sourcing, underwriting and the acquisition of non-performing notes and lender owned commercial real estate. Carpenter began his career in commercial real estate at Phoenix Commercial Advisors, a commercial real estate brokerage specializing in retail tenant representation, project leasing, and investment sales.
East Hampton Town Justice Court is one of the busiest town courts in the state. Justices Steven Tekulsky and Lisa Rana alternate weeks on the bench, with each week having three calendared days: Monday sessions for civil matters and parking tickets, Wednesdays for vehicle and traffic violations, and Thursdays for criminal matters. They each preside over trials, and perform arraignments on various criminal charges, up to and including murder.It can be an unpleasant job. But there is one function that both judges look forward to: presiding over weddings.Last year, between the two of them, they presided over about 120 weddings, according to Katelyn Davis, the court clerk who schedules weddings at the courthouse. She should know: Tekulsky presided over the ceremony in Bridgehampton this past June during which the former Katelyn Anderson tied the knot with Michael Davis.The fee paid to the presiding judge is $100, cash. Tekulsky explained recently that tips are not allowed, nor is the cost of transportation, unless the ceremony is being conducted outside of the town.While weddings are performed at the courthouse, many couples prefer other locations. The Montauk Lighthouse is a popular site. Beaches in general are popular, as are restaurants and clubs such as Surf Lodge and Gurney’s Resort in Montauk, and East Hampton Point on Three Mile Harbor.Water-themed locations are a staple of East Hampton weddings. “I have had a few couples tie the knot on boats in Three Mile Harbor, and on local bays,” Rana said.She was asked if there was a particularly memorable wedding she had presided over. “One wedding I particularly remember was a same-sex couple who married shortly after they were legally able to do so in New York state, in 2011. They were an elderly couple. One person I believe was in his late 80s, the other in his 90s, and they had been together for over 60 years. They had so much love for one another, and it was an honor to marry them. That was, incidentally, the first same-sex marriage I officiated.”Both justices have performed a wedding ceremony in which one member of the couple, or more, were former defendants. “It’s a small town,” Rana added.There have been celebrity sightings over the years at the weddings both have presided over, but mostly as witnesses or friends of the couple tying the knot.To be married by an East Hampton Town justice, one must first get a marriage license from the town clerk’s office. Town Clerk Carole Brennan explained that couples need to bring either a passport or driver’s license, and certified copies of their birth certificates. If either of them is divorced, he or she needs to bring a certified copy of the divorce certificate. The fee for a license is $40. There is a 24-hour waiting period before the couple can bond in holy matrimony. They must act on the license within 60 days.Once the license is issued, it is just a short walk over to the courthouse, and the clerk’s window, license in hand. Davis explained that, unless the couple specifies one judge or the other, the wedding will be performed by whichever justice is scheduled to be on the bench on the date the couple requests.Both justices perform weddings in Spanish, as well as English.“I am glad I am able to perform weddings in Spanish,” Tekulsky said. “Marriage is a big commitment and, at the least, the bride and groom should understand what they are agreeing to.”“Weddings are definitely a happy time for couples, and it is a nice counter-balance to some of the harder issues we deal with in our local courts,” Rana email@example.com Share
Share Part III in a series on self-sufficiency, which includes vegetable and herb gardening, resources for newbies, taking care of animals, composting, pollinators, and more.Having a pet that poops breakfast may be the greatest investment in food security you can make, plus chickens provide compost for your garden, eat bugs and kitchen scraps, and are fun to watch. If you haven’t owned chickens, here’s some things to know right off the bat. First, you don’t need a rooster for your chickens to lay eggs. They lay about once every 24 hours or so, less in the winter, regardless of whether there’s a man around the house. Your neighbors will thank you for that bit of information. The best way to assure the “no rooster” clause is to buy pullets — the equivalent of teenage chickens that have been properly sexed, which sounds like a lot more fun than it actually is. But even then, you can sometimes end up with a “pullet surprise,” and I don’t mean the kind you get for writing an award-winning novel. (I’ve been waiting to use that pun forever.) Be aware, if you buy “straight run” baby chicks, it means you don’t know who will lay and who will crow.Independent/Bridget LeRoySecond, chickens are tasty. Not just to people, but to predators. So, if you decide to own chickens, no matter how carefully you coop them, prepare for some casualties — it is, unfortunately, part of farm life. Third, check your town code carefully. Some townships allow only three chickens, which is challenging, since most places only sell a minimum of half a dozen, but you could split an order with a neighbor. Once you have chickens though, you may find yourself a victim of what poultry hobbyists call “chicken math” — you’re never quite sure how many you have. Not inciting anarchy here, but if you don’t have a rooster and you keep your pen clean, and you have a large backyard, it’s unlikely the chicken police are going to come and haul you off to chicken jail. Sharing your henfruit with those on the other side of the fence will gain you some points, too. Fourth, do your research. Some breeds of chickens do better in hot weather, some in cool. Some tend to go broody (think false pregnancy), some don’t lay all winter, some are friendlier, some lay different color eggs (the chicken “mutt” called the Easter Egger is a popular breed). A fun quiz on what kind of chicken is right for you, with lots of information about breeds, can be found at www.mypetchicken.com. Fifth, buy locally if possible. Wayne Meyer of Long Island Poultry in Calverton is a great resource. “Business is booming,” he said. “We quadrupled our business in the past four weeks,” during what is usually a busy time anyway. When asked if there are any first-time chicken purchasers, he said, “Lots. We’re selling out daily.”Independent/Bridget LeRoyHis sage words of advice for anyone thinking about owning chickens? “Don’t impulse buy,” he said. “Make sure you are ready for the commitment.” More information can be found at www.longislandpoultry.net. A popular chicken blogger, Kathy Shea Mormino, manages www.the-chicken-chick.com, with ideas on everything from coop building and cleaning to feed and treats to medical issues. For answers and advice, plus other local resources, the Facebook page Long Island Homesteading Forum previously profiled in this series is full of local chicken owners who can share their firstname.lastname@example.org
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Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd. has managed to secure new shipbuilding orders of four 208,000 DWT bulk carriers with options for two identical vessels. Furthermore, there are thirteen options consisting of five 82,000 DWT bulk carriers, three 64,000 DWT bulk carriers and five 10,000TEU containerships converted into effective orders in September 2013.The total contract value of the above mentioned seventeen new contracts is approximately $871 million.The 17 new effective contracts are scheduled for deliveries from 2015 to 2016, and therefore will not have any significant impact on the earnings of the Group for the financial year ending 31 December 2013.In 3Q2013, the Group had secured a total of twenty five effective shipbuilding contracts with an aggregate value of $1.085 billion. Year to date, a total of fifty two shipbuilding contracts amounting to $ 2.096 billion have come to effect.As of the announcement day, the Group has a total of 28 options outstanding worth total of $ 1.36 billion entered into with its respective buyers, of which 11 options are for containerships worth $0.85 billion and 17 options are for multi-purpose bulk carriers worth $0.51 billion. [mappress]Press Release, October 1, 2013
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