VT Agency of Transportation HR Chief Joins Criterion

first_imgCriterion announces that Rick Carey has joined the company as a senior consultant. Carey will concentrate on management coaching, advising on policy and procedure and management training seminars for the public sector.Carey holds SPHR certification and brings to Criterion three decades of experience in Human Resources administration within Vermonts Agency of Transportation. He most recently served as the agencys Human Resources Chief. In that position he was responsible for a staff that served the HR needs of 1,300 employees and provided expertise in many areas of management and career coaching.I am thrilled to add Rick to our team, says Dianne Kenney, founder of Criterion. Those who have worked with him know that Rick has exceptional skills in leading, motivating and managing individuals, as well as the ability to drive business results with innovative processes and cost-effective solutions.Criterion is Vermonts only consulting firm dedicated primarily to serving public sector entities. They specialize in business coaching, human resources strategy and management education. For more information call 802-280-3061 or visit www.criterion.biz(link is external).###last_img read more

In Memoriam

first_imgIn Memoriam April 1, 2004 Regular News James David Acosta, Tampa Admitted 1971; Died September 12, 2003 Lewis Ansbacher, Jacksonville Admitted 1951; Died February 7, 2004 Martin Bergman, Boynton Beach Admitted 1984; Died October 4, 2003 Charles W. Burke, St. Petersburg Admitted 1950; Died January 29, 2004 Thomas T. Cobb, Winter Park Admitted 1939; Died February 5, 2004 Tracy Gabos, Longwood Admitted 1990; Died July 23, 2003 Oakley Gentry, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1976; Died January 2, 2004 Robert Phillip Lilavois, Jr., Clearwater Admitted 1996; Died November 3, 2003 Andrew Wesley Lindsey, Dade City Admitted 1972; Died January 30, 2004 Scott Keith Lippman, Orlando Admitted 1991; Died February 22, 2004 Adalsinda Lomangino, Miami Admitted 1985; Died February 14, 2004 Daniel E. Murray, Miami Admitted 1949; Died February 28, 2004 Thomas Kyran Purcell, Jacksonville Admitted 1981; Died February 5, 2004 Suzanne Lynn Rossomondo, Tampa Admitted 1990; Died February 14, 2004 Jason Michael Savitz, Tallahassee Admitted 1999; Died February 18, 2004 Theodore Washburn Soule, Pensacola Admitted 1988; Died November 14, 2003 Alan Nelson Singer, Tampa Admitted 1980; Died October 10, 2003 Walter R. Talley, Bradenton Admitted 1953; Died December 23, 2003 John William Thornton, Miami Admitted 1956; Died November 21, 2003 W. Fred Turner, Panama City Admitted 1948; Died November 24, 2003 Frederic Brook Voght, Washington, D.C. Admitted 1971; Died September 16, 2003 John William Watson III, Miami Admitted 1955; Died September 26, 2002 Tom Whitaker II, Tampa Admitted 1957; Died December 10, 2003 Paul Wongrey, Inverness Admitted 1938; Died August 15, 2003 Eldon G. Wiggins, New Smyrna Beach Admitted 1949; Died December 24, 2002last_img read more

Search on for ‘Hand of God’ as CoA Passes the Buck in Prithvi Shaw Fiasco

first_imgNew Delhi: After the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Tufan Ghosh feigned ignorance on Thursday, it is the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) which has passed the buck in the Prithvi Shaw doping fiasco.Nobody seems to have an idea as to how the opener kept training at the NCA despite being handed a ban on July 16. The matter reminds one of the infamous ‘Hand of God’ incident wherein nobody was initially sure as to how Diego Maradona scored that famous goal in the 1986 World Cup game between Argentina and England.Two-Test old Shaw (19) has been banned from all forms of cricket for a period of eight months after failing a dope test.Speaking to IANS, a CoA member said that the committee was not in the loop on the technicalities at play regarding the issue and it would be unfair for them to comment on the matter since they weren’t aware of the process followed.“We are not aware of the technicalities that come with these matters. We don’t know the rules and we shouldn’t be commenting on something which we are not aware of. Not sure if we will discuss this in the next CoA meeting either,” the member said.The authorities have told IANS that the BCCI anti-doping manager, the legal team and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri had been aware of the proceedings from the word go.But when NCA COO Ghosh was asked if the BCCI CEO had passed him any message on Shaw’s positive test result, the COO refused to comment and said that BCCI authorities should be asked any question in this matter.Surprised by the turn of events, a BCCI functionary said that anti-doping classes are held regularly and for Shaw to consume the medicine and then call it an inadvertent mistake ‘doesn’t hold much ground’.“He is an international player and there are regular anti-doping classes that are held not just for the domestic players, but also for the international players,” the functionary said.Another point that has been ignored is that while the Indian Premier League was over by the time the full documentation report came to the BCCI — May 17 — the Mumbai T20 league started on May 14 and ended on May 26. Shaw should have ideally been stopped from participating in this tournament since the BCCI had by then received the entire report.But Shaw continued to play for North Mumbai Panthers. Not to forget the question on who allowed Shaw to continue training at the NCA even after being officially told about the doping violation on July 16. This too remains unanswered.Clearly the ‘Hand of God’ in this whole fiasco needs to be identified at the earliest because for now everyone seems to be happy to pass the buck. IANSAlso Read: BCCI Suspended India Opener Prithvi Shaw for a Doping Violationlast_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Blue Jays ‘not being offered top tier prospects’ for Marcus Stroman

first_img“I realized that it could possibly (have) been my last home start so definitely just wanted to show the crowd some love,” Stroman said about the game against Cleveland. “Because the last six, seven years that I’ve been a Blue Jay, it’s been unbelievable. I don’t know what’s going to happen here so I’m truly not trying to think about it, I’m just trying to take it day by day.”The Yankees, Phillies and Braves, among others, have been linked to potential deals for Stroman. MLB trade rumors: Giants unlikely to move Madison Bumgarner, could become buyers “Thought it could be my last outing here,” Stroman told The Star after the game. “I’ve always been emotional. I feel like I’ve had a pretty good tenure as a Blue Jay. Hopefully this will be my third year throwing 200 innings or more. I feel like I’ve pitched pretty well in the best division in baseball. There’s been no willingness from the front office to sign me, so I’ve just come to terms with it.”Stroman has received little run support and has a 6-11 record this season. But, he holds a 2.96 ERA and was named to his first All-Star team in early July. *real possibility— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) July 25, 2019As of Thursday, the team was “not being offered top tier prospects” for Stroman, according to Sportsnet.At the moment, the Blue Jays are not being offered top tier prospects for Marcus Stroman, according to a source. That could change prior to Wednesday.— Jamie Campbell (@SNETCampbell) July 25, 2019Stroman, who has spent his entire six-year career with the Blue Jays, has been at the center of trade rumors throughout the month. He allowed just one run and five hits over seven innings against the Indians on Wednesday in what could end up being his final start with Toronto if the team ultimately decides to send him elsewhere. Related News MLB trade rumors: Mets ‘fully intent on dealing’ Noah Syndergaard; Dodgers among teams interested The Blue Jays may end up holding onto Marcus Stroman.Toronto has told opposing teams it may not move the 28-year-old starter and could instead give him a contract extension, according to a report from SNY, which cites unidentified league sources. MLB trade rumors: Reds’ Yasiel Puig ‘strong candidate to be moved’ before deadlinelast_img read more

Traffic at Greenville Port ‘Picking Up’

first_imgTo be par with its regional and international counterparts, the National Port Authority (NPA) has begun to upgrade all of its sea port facilities across the country with the latest being the port of Greenville, Sinoe County. And it appears to be paying off.In terms of port traffic at the Greenville facility, the acting MD indicated that the traffic is gradually picking up. He disclosed that just within a month 30,000 cubic meters of logs were shipped through the port.“We expect the traffic to increase because there are lots of potential investors that have expressed interest in the port of Greenville,” he noted.Works completed at the Greenville Port include the construction of a concrete fence, which is for the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) around the facility, as well as the installation of CCTV cameras within the port. The CCTV room gives an aerial view of the entire port. The NPA also completed the renovation of a large warehouse for storage and the construction of a guest house.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dedicated these facilities last weekend when she paid a brief visit to the Sinoe port facility, which is officially known as the Ross Port of Greenville. The construction of the concrete fence, installation of the CCTV room, the guest house, warehouse and the two storey office space building were put at US$400K, NPA management said.President Sirleaf said that she was glad to see such transformation, which is the second largest next to the Freeport of Monrovia. She hoped that the NPA management will now turn its attention to the Port of Harper in Maryland County.“I’m glad these things are happening. We want to see this happening in all of our ports,” the president said.The NPA wants to ensure that all of its ports across the country meet international standards, NPA Acting Managing Director, David Williams, said.“All of these facilities, especially the CCTV and Concrete fencing, will make us meet some of these standards, but we are working assiduously to ensure that we meet all of the required standards so that we can attract more vessels into our ports,” MD Williams said.He indicated that the largest warehouse, which is going to be utilized by Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and Equatorial Palm Oil, two agricultural companies operating in the southeast, for the storage of their goods and products, specifically their seeds and fertilizers. “There are going to be other users of the facility as well. The NPA renovated other buildings that are going to be accessible to other investors,” he said.He disclosed that cargos do not come from other countries directly to the Port of Greenville, but rather cargos coming in through the facility are trans-shipped from the Port of Monrovia to Greenville. Facility for the guest house, the NPA Acting boss said is intended to host employees and dignitaries that might come to the facility.Meanwhile, MD Williams expressed happiness over the dedication of the facilities which he said the NPA has really been committed to in the short period of time that he has been at the helm of authority. “I’m very happy especially for the staff, who made this project a success,” he said.He lauded the project committee chair, Sekou Kolleh, who he said worked with other members diligently to ensure that all of the projects were completed within a very short time. “I’m very glad for the level of work that was done here in a very short time. We provided the leadership while Mr. Kolleh and his team executed the task,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NFL Week 1 picks: 49ers post upset; Raiders get fans more upset

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)The NFL is back, and so are my weekly picks. Let’s improve on last season’s record (166-90) by starting with these Week 1 locks:Falcons 31, Eagles 24: NFL researchers say defending Super Bowl champs are 42-9-1 to open their ensuing season. Make it 42-10-1. Line: Falcons +149ers 23, Vikings 20: It’s another Minneapolis Miracle, only this time the distracted Vikings are on the losing end of a late stunner. Jimmy …last_img

Raiders report card: Grading the 24-21 comeback upset of Steelers

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — The Raiders picked up their third win of the season Sunday in dramatic fashion, as Derek Carr hit Derek Carrier for a game-winning 6-yard touchdown on 4th-and-goal with 21 seconds remaining. Carrier’s first score of the season gave the Raiders a 23-21 lead and an eventual stunning upset of the AFC North-leading Steelers, who missed a chance to send the game to overtime as time expired when Chris …last_img

Earliest Bilaterian Fossil Claimed

first_imgMicroscopic etchings in rock alleged to be primitive bilaterian fossils have been reported by J.Y. Chen et al. in China.  (Bilateria are organisms displaying symmetry along one axis.)  The report, printed in the July 9 issue of Science,1 dates the fossils at 40-55 million years before the Cambrian.  Erik Stokstad in the same issue2 calls the claim controversial, because not all are convinced they are fossils.  They might be banded mineral crusts.  Chen’s team claims to see evidence of internal structure, including “what appear to be a mouth, pharynx, and gut; layers of mesodermal, endodermal, and ectodermal tissue; body cavities, called coeloms, on either side of the gut; and pits in the soft outer surface that might have contained sensory organs.”  If so, it means “that the genetic tool kit used to assemble more sophisticated body plans was present long before the Cambrian.”  Evolutionists, on the other hand, “had pictured a larger, more complicated beast,” says Stokstad, not oval blobs a fifth of a millimeter long.  Jerry Lipps (UC Berkeley) says that if these are bilaterian fossils, they help tone down the suddenness of the Cambrian explosion.1Jun-Yuan Chen, David J. Bottjer et al., “Small Bilaterian Fossils from 40 to 55 Million Years Before the Cambrian,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5681, 218-222, 9 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1099213].2Erik Stokstad, “Controversial Fossil Could Shed Light on Early Animals’ Blueprint,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5676, 1425, 4 June 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5676.1425a].In the new book The Case for a Creator, Lee Strobel said that if you represented the entire evolutionary history of life by 24 hours, the Cambrian explosion would last one second.  We are asked to believe that during that one second, most if not all of the major body plans appeared suddenly, without ancestors.  So if these alleged fossils are 55 million years earlier, it adds 11 seconds at most; how much does that help?  Bilateral symmetry is not a simple thing; it requires complex developmental processes from the zygote to the adult.  If all the alleged internal organs were present in this organism, it pushes the origin of a tremendous amount of complexity even farther back in their own time scale.  It does little more than resolve the Cambrian explosion into two explosions separated by only 11 seconds out of 24 hours.  Jonathan Wells has compared the assumed geologic history of earth to a football field, and says the Cambrian explosion represents one step on the 60-yard line.    It is not clear these incrustations are fossils.  But even if they are, where are all the intermediates linking them to trilobites, sponges, worms and all the other complex animals that appear abruptly in the fossil record?  J.Y. Chen appeared in the film documentary Icons of Evolution.  He said that the history of life represented an “inverted cone” shape, not a branching tree, as Darwin’s theory predicted.  It means that biodiversity was wide at the base and narrow at the top, the very opposite of the expected tree of life.  That is the second major problem with the Cambrian explosion.  To muffle the explosion, Darwinians need to find thousands of transitional forms, not one questionable entry.  They need hours, not 11 seconds.  To score a touchdown from the one yard line, they need a full-field run, not one footstep. (Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African trio en route to Mongolia

first_imgTeam South Africa and their ambulance,which will be donated to the people of UlanBator, Mongolia, at the end of the journey. Young South Africans Gene Arundel,Shannon Davis and Joanne Theron areracing in the Mongol Rally, which startedin London on 21 July.(Images: 1 000 Travelling Names)MEDIA CONTACTS• Joanne Theron1 000 Travelling Names and a Donkey+27 82 224 4217RELATED ARTICLES• SA comics team up for charity• SA woman conquers the Seven Summits• African adventure for local woman• Celebrities on sale for charityNosimilo RamelaA team of three determined South African women is crossing Europe in the epic 16 000km Mongol Rally from the UK to Mongolia to raise money for two charities, the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (CNCF) and the Pink Drive Campaign.Joanne Theron, Shannon Davis and Gene Arundel – all from Johannesburg – began their daring journey on 23 July 2011 in London with Ulan Bator, Mongolia, as their final destination.The trio is currently en route to Ukraine, having recently come through the Czech Republic and Poland.British adventurer Tom Morgan founded the Mongol Rally in 2004 with just six teams participating in the first year. The event is now in its eighth year and is described as more of an adventure for the participants and less of a traditional rally in the competitive sense.No prizes are awarded, but teams get the satisfaction of donating their vehicles to needy Mongolian causes – although the maximum engine size permitted is 1 200cc, exceptions are made for vehicles which will be of particular use in the high-altitude country, such as fire engines or ambulances.Supporters can track the route of their favourite team on the Mongol Rally website, and will be able to follow their fundraising progress too.South Africans can also follow the adventures of the local trio on the team blog, on the UTrackIT website, or via Facebook and Twitter.About 200 teams are driving in the 2011 event, which is organised by the League of Adventurists International Limited, a company started by Morgan.The teams come from Canada, South Africa, Germany, Australia, Spain, France, and Czech Republic. They will travel through up to 14 countries, depending on the route they choose, crossing four mountain ranges, and three deserts without any support vehicles.Making the drive worthwhileThe local team, called 1 000 Travelling Names And a Donkey – a reference to their asinine mascot – is using an ambulance as their mode of transport, which they will donate to the Mongolian people once they get to Ulan Bator.Teams from around the world participate in the event and each is tasked with raising a minimum of R11 000 (US$1 615), which is split between two charities.The official rally charity is the CNCF, which helps underprivileged people in Mongolia, while the other charity is the choice of the individual teams.The South African team’s chosen charity is a Johannesburg-based campaign for cancer called Pink Drive. “We chose this charity as a tribute to our teammate Gene’s mom who is currently fighting her second case of cancer,” said Theron.The team decided on the ambulance because “we felt that the donation of a vehicle that will save lives will make the long, difficult road ahead worth every kilometre.”Because of Mongolia’s poor economic status and lack of funds for public services, the need for emergency vehicles is high. A large number of Mongolian citizens live a traditional, nomadic lifestyle, which means they have to travel for a few days to get to a hospital. The creation of a national ambulance service is therefore a priority.Story behind the name“We wanted to take 1 000 people with us to Mongolia, but we couldn’t do that so we decided to take their names instead and put them on our ambulance,” said Arundel.The team’s goal is to collect R100 (US$15) from 1 000 generous people. The name of each donor is displayed on the ambulance.“We’re carrying their names on the journey to Mongolia, to be seen and honoured by those in need of this most appreciated donation. The more you donate, the bigger your name gets to appear on the ambulance,” said Davis.When it came to choosing a mascot, the ladies settled on Dan the donkey to lead them through their long trip.The team started off in London and travelled through France, Germany, the Czech Republic, and now Poland. Their next stop is Ukraine, followed by Russia, Kazakhstan, and Russia again before arriving in Mongolia. They are hoping to complete the journey in four weeks.Making a differenceTheron, a graphic designer, decided to take part in the Mongol Rally to step out of her ordinary daily life.“Mongolia is destined to be one of life’s most challenging and rewarding journeys,” she said before the start. “I am excited to see what the world has in store for us. I want to get out there and push every boundary the road ahead might throw in our way to slow us down. I believe that if we can do this, we can do anything.”Davis, a graphic-motion designer, wanted to take part in the rally to help raise money for cancer. “I have a number of people, very close to me, who have been, both directly and indirectly, affected by cancer. I would like to play a small role in beating this disease.”Davis said the rally is also a personal challenge for her. “I believe that if I can do this, I will be able to handle pretty much anything this life has to throw at me.”Arundel is a photographer currently living in London. She has seen her mother battle cancer and wanted to participate in the rally to raise money for the cause.“In June of 2010 my mother was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. To see someone who I love so much go through all the pain and emotional turmoil over the last year has not been easy. Taking part in the 2011 rally, with my primary focus being that of raising money for the fight against cancer, seems more necessary now than ever.”last_img read more

Education goes mobile with Vodacom

first_imgVodacom’s Mobile Education Programme will make use of mobile technology to improve the quality of teaching in schools. (Image: F T I Consulting) MEDIA CONTACTS • Esmé Goosen  Project Co-ordinator  Vodacom Foundation  +27 11 653 5277RELATED ARTICLES • Tackling SA’s education challenges • SA prioritises quality education • Budget big on education, jobs • SA businesses urged to adopt schoolsWilma den HartighVodacom’s new Mobile Education Programme, the first countrywide teacher-development initiative of its kind in South Africa, will make use of mobile technology to improve the quality of teaching in schools.The focus of the programme is to improve instruction in all subjects, with an emphasis on maths, maths literacy and physical science from grades 10 to 12 – which are considered the most challenging subjects for pupils in South Africa.The programme is a collaborative effort of the Department of Basic Education, Vodacom, Microsoft, digital content provider Mindset Learn and ICT skills developer Cisco.Together the project partners will ensure that schools, teachers, pupils and communities have access to ICT and the internet.At the launch in Midrand, Gauteng, on 18 October 2011, Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys said the project is one of the most ambitious and important projects yet to be spearheaded by the mobile telecommunications company.“It involves a significant investment in our youth, who are the future of our country, and is a critical component of our commitment to using mobiles for good,” he said.Improving education in SAThe project hopes to offer solutions to some of the biggest shortcomings in South Africa’s education system.The mobile education scheme has four components: the mobile education ICT resource centres, the web-based digital classroom education portal, the mobile education virtual private network and the mobile education training programme.Through the initiative, the project partners hope to upgrade the quality of instruction by ensuring that teachers throughout the country, in both rural and urban areas, have access to the highest quality teaching resources.Uys said the project will help level the playing field for rural schools that often don’t have access to the same quality of teaching material that urban schools have. “We are absolutely committed to helping government improve on the quality of education in our schools,” he said.The other goal is to use mobile technology to help the Department of Basic Education meet its objective of ensuring that a significant number of pupils have exposure to ICT.Mobile education centresVodacom and the Department of Basic Education have set up nine ICT resource centres, one in every province, each serving up to 200 schools.The nine centres are located in the following areas: Tshwane in Gauteng, Emalahleni in Mpumalanga, Worster in the Western Cape, Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal, Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape, Upington in the Northern Cape, Makhado in Limpopo, Ganyesa in North West province and Mangaung in the Free State.Uys said that six of the nine centres are already operational.These centres will be the hub of each district’s teacher-training programme where professional teacher-development training courses will take place. Training will focus on ICT literacy and the integration of digital content in the classroom.Each centre has a computer classroom, equipped with 50 terminals, and an internet café.“Technology and ICT can play such a big role in the country and the economy, and it starts with young children and giving them access to information,” Uys said at the launch.Vodacom digital classroomTo support the teacher training provided at the nine centres across the country, all teachers will have access to the digital classroom website. Here they can download web-based resources and teaching material presented in an accessible and attractive way.The website will also provide information on each of the nine centres, discussion forums where teachers and trainers can help each other resolve education-related problems, education news and links to local and international educational resources.In addition, teachers can access material on the site provided by the various technology partners of the project.Microsoft will be supplying the software and Microsoft certification for teachers. Cisco is providing computer technician certification and entrepreneurship training through its Cisco Networking Academy programme and Mindset Learn has made the South African educational curriculum content available throughout the programme.How does it work?Uys said that for the first time, cloud computing will be used to allow teachers to access vital content, teacher-aids and resources to help deliver quality education.Cloud computing uses a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server.All the ICT Resource Centres are connected through a virtual private network to Vodacom’s head office in Midrand. This connection serves as a pipeline of information, connecting the centres, participating schools and teachers to the internet and to teacher training resources.Prioritising teacher developmentIn a statement, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said that her department has given its full support to programme.At the launch Mohamed Surty, deputy minister of Basic Education, said that teacher development is a key component to improving education in South Africa.When visiting schools across the country, he had found that the main challenge was the teaching methods, not the ability of pupils.The department has found that the country has 10 000 under-qualified and 20 000 unqualified teachers in need of further education and training.“It has the support of my department and the nine provincial education departments and I am sure it will go a long way in addressing the ICT challenges we have in education,” Motshekga said.last_img read more