A One-Day Introduction to Performance ExcellenceExplore and Learn About:· Strategic Planning: Where do you need to be in 2 years? – 5 years? – 10 years? Are all of your organization’s activities working to get you there? Learn how to align decisions, improvement efforts and daily operations to attain the strategic results you require.· Leadership: Effective leaders set the course and climate for the organization and inspire others to “make it happen.” Find out how to transition from stressed-out, reactive managing to energizing, proactive leadership.· Developing the Organization: Learn how the challenges of current and emerging business trends can be addressed through enhancing agility, innovation and individual and team empowerment. Find out how process and data management also play an important role in the success of high-performance organizations.· Improving Business Results: How do you know if your business results are good enough? How do similar companies compare? Learn how high performing organizations use the Baldrige template for constantly improving financial, customer and human resource business results.· The Vermont Award and Recognition Path: Motivate your organization and receive the recognition it deserves. Award winners include: Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom; Vermont Office of Child Support.Vermont Council for Quality 1 Main StreetWinooski, VT 05404Who Should AttendExecutives and senior leaders, quality team members, strategic decision makers and any Vermont organization participants who want to learn the foundations of performance excellence.FacilitatorsTim King, Partners in PerformanceMark Hunziker, The Baldrige NetworkWendy Steager, Vermont Council for QualityCostEarly Bird: $155.00 per person7 days or less prior to class: $175.00 per personVermont Manufacturers register for $100 through a partnership with the Vermont Training Program of the Department of Economic Development Materials and lunch will be provided. A 48-hour cancellation notice is required.One-Day Workshop DatesThurs., September 5Fri., December. 6The workshop time is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Please register me for “Raising the Bar: Thriving in the 21st Century”Select One: Thurs., Sept. 5Fri., Dec. 6Name: Title:Company/Organization:Address:Phone:Fax:E-Mail:Method of Payment:Check EnclosedCredit CardMC/VisaCredit Card #Exp. Date:Early Bird……$1557 days or less prior to class……$175 Manufacturers……$100Vermont Council for Quality One Main Street, Champlain Mill w Winooski, VT 05404Phone: (802) 655-1910 w Fax: (802) 655-1932Checks payable to Vermont Council for Quality must be included with this registration form.48 hr. cancellation notice required.
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Pray for us.” That was a statement shared with CU Times via email from WOCCU officials who have been in contact with one Puerto Rican credit union CEO.In an email exchange with Victor Miguel Corro, WOCCU’s vice president of member services, he shared a correspondence with Luis Lopez, CEO of Abraham Rosa Cooperativa in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico which is roughly 10 miles west of San Juan.Since Hurricane Maria struck the island a week ago, communication has been extremely difficult since the entire electricity grid and communications infrastructure was destroyed. WOCCU, CUNA, NCUA and other credit union organizations have had very little luck getting in touch with credit union officials on the island. Only until now have we started to learn some of the details of the destruction. continue reading »
A 62-year-old woman is reporting that she was forced to fight off an intruder who broke into her home after she opened her door during a fire alarm.The incident occurred Monday morning at an apartment in Fort Lauderdale.The victim, Alice Coleman, says she woke up that morning to a fire alarm and when she opened the door to see what was going on, a man appeared and tried to force his way inside of her apartment.“He was telling me, ‘No, mama. Everything gon’ be all right,’” Coleman told reporters. “‘Everything’s not going to be all right. I’m not your mama. I don’t know who you are. Get out of my house.’”Coleman says at that point she began fearing for her life and then bit the man on the arm.“I was able to bite him, and I didn’t even have my teeth in my mouth like now,” Coleman said. “My brother said, ‘How did you bite him?’ I said, ‘With the little teeth I got, I bit him!’ I felt some kind of danger. I sensed it, and I seen that look on his face. My life were in danger.”Coleman then ran out of the apartment but as she ran out, the suspect ran in and locked the door. That’s when Coleman says she ran to a neighbor’s home and contacted the police.When authorities arrived, they knocked on the door and the suspect, later identified as Fitzroy Morton, opened the door. Officials then immediately arrested him.Morton has since been taken to the Broward County jail where he has been denied bail for his three felony charges.
A popular segment of the Henry Hudson Trail in Atlantic Highlands that suffered serious damage due to flooding in Super Storm Sandy in 2012 is to undergo repairs to make it more resilient in the future. The path is used by pedestrians and bikers. Photo: Joseph SapiaBy Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The portion of the Henry Hudson Trail in Atlantic Highlands that was destroyed by 2012’s Super Storm Sandy storm surge should be fully reconstructed with a more sustainable design by the end of the year.Since the storm, the scenic 1-¼ mile walking, bicycling, and equestrian trail from Popamora Point at the Atlantic Highlands/Highlands border to Atlantic Highlands marina has remained open, but in what the park system describes as the “primitive condition” of compacted soil.The 14-foot high storm surge had eroded the toe of the bluff making passage difficult or even hazardous in some conditions. It washed away trail surfacing and decimated the wooden boardwalks, said Joseph Sardonia, supervising landscape architect for the Monmouth County Park System. “It was like toothpicks,” Sardonia said. “It was amazing.”The project is estimated to cost about $900,000 to $1 million. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse the Park System 80 percent of the cost, and the county and borough will split the remaining 20 percent, according to the Park System.Two women walk along the Henry Hudson Trail on the Highlands-Atlantic Highlands boundary. The trail is open, but the Monmouth County Park System considers its compacted dirt state as “primitive.” Photo: Joseph SapiaThe improvements to help the trail survive occasional flooding and storm surges include: diverting runoff to Sandy Hook Bay under the trail to protect against erosion, resurfacing the trail using both pavement and stone dust and rebuilding the walkway with prefabricated concrete, Sardonia said.The Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners hopes to award a contract to successful bidders in July, see work start after Labor Day and complete the project by the end of 2016.Trails will be closed to visitors during renovations, according to the Park System.Leo Cervantes, 46, who lives in Highlands and walks the affected part of the trail once or twice a week if he has time, looks forward to improving the trail.“I guess, if they do it the right way, it’ll last longer,” said Cervantes, who owns Chilangos Restaurant in Highlands.Catalina Giraldo, 30, of Highlands was walking the trail on a recent day with Cervantes and Julian Gaviria, 26, who was visiting from Colombia. Giraldo called the county project “positive.”It was Gaviria’s first time on the trail.“We woke up this morning, ‘Come on, Julian,’ because Cati and I walk it,” Cervantes said.The Henry Hudson Trail, which follows a combination of roads and unused railroad right-of-ways, travels from Sandy Hook to Freehold for about 28 miles.From Sandy Hook to Aberdeen, the trail also is known as the Bayshore Trail.The county hopes to extend the trail another 7-1/2 miles to Farmingdale. From Farmingdale, it could connect with the Edgar E. Felix Trail to Manasquan.
Girls struggle to score, boys play to draws at B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup tournaments in Kelowna and Aldergrove
Next up for the Selects is Cariboo/North at 1 p.m.Closer to the west coast, in Aldergrove, the boys scored goals but all managed to finish the day with draws.The U15 boys scored a 2-2 tie against South Metro Burnaby Vipers.The Selects meet Wiliams Lake Storm Friday at 3 p.m.The U16 team tied 1-1 against Comox Valley while the U18 squad finished in a 2-2 draw against North Delta.The U16s face Quesnel Friday at 11 a.m. while the 18-Reps play Prince George at 3 p.m.The top teams in each of the four-team pools — girl’s and boy’s — meet Sunday for the gold medal.The second-place team in each division play for the bronze.The remaining four teams drop to the consolation round. It was a tale of two different results for Nelson Youth Soccer teams Thursday at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup Tournaments.In Kelowna, all three girl’s teams — U13, U14 and U15 — had difficulty scoring during one-goal losses on Day one of the tournment.Both U13 and U14 squads lost 1-0 during very tightly-played first round games.The U13 Selects dropped a single-goal setback to Chilliwack. The Select play Williams Lake Friday at 3 p.m. needing a win to keep pace for the medal round.Meanwhile the U14 team also lost 1-0 to Sur-Del United of the Fraser Valley.The Reps face Northern rep Quesnel Friday, also at 3 p.m.The final team from Nelson in Kelowna, the U15 Selects were bounced 3-0 by CMFSC from the Lower Mainland.
There will be no Spengler Cup gold medal in Geoff Kinrade’s stocking this year.The Nelson Minor Hockey grad saw his Team Canada teammates fall 6-5 to HC Genève-Servette Skaters in semi final round action at the Spengler Cup Monday in Davos, Switzerland.Former NHLer Matthew Lombardi did most of the damage, scoring twice while adding a pair of assists to lead HC Genève-Servette to the victory.HC Genève-Servette now faces CSKA Moscow in the final after the Russian squad edged host Davos 5-4.HC Genève-Servette held period leads of 2-0 and 4-2, increasing the margin to 6-3 in the third before Team Canada rallied for two late goals.Arnaud Jacquemet, Inti Pestoni, Daniel Vukovic and Denis Hollenstein also scored for HC Genève-Servette. Alexandre Giroux, Jacob Micflikier, Jacob Micflikier, former Trail Smokie defenceman Travis Roche and Jason Williams replied for Team Canada, which out shot the winners 55-24 — including a 24-8 margin in the third period.Allen York and Matthew Hackett, the latter of the Rochester Americans, played goal for Team Canada. Hackett was added to the Team Canada roster after Chris Mason was injured.Kinrade, the second consecutive season the Nelson native has played for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, finished the game with an assist on the second period goal by Giroux.The Spengler Cup, originating in 1923, is an annual ice hockey tournament held in Davos, Switzerland and is considered the oldest invitational ice hockey tournament in the world.Team Canada consisted of players currently on European teams.Kinrade is a member of SC Bern of the of the Swiss Nationaliga and is a graduate of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Nelson Leafs.Roche, from Grand Cache, Alta., played for the Smokies in 1997-98 season.Roche, 35, is a teammate of Kinrade at SC Bern.
Dear Editor,My family and dozens of other residents of Atlantic Gardens were thoroughly harassed when they were caught up in total traffic chaos on the East Coast Demerara highway on Mother’s Day at about 09:30hrs, simply because the persons responsible for road works do not give two hoots about commuters’ safety and convenience.On Mother’s Day, my family had to travel from our Atlantic Gardens residence to attend a function at the Church of the Unification in Georgetown. They left in reasonable time to be punctual, but when they arrived at the turnoff into the highway, they were stunned to see unrestrained confusion and havoc in the traffic at the intersection.They found out that the brilliant builders and Guyanese engineers had decided that Mother’s Day morning was the best possible time for them to do a major excavation right in the middle of one of the most heavily traversed highways in Guyana on one of the biggest observances in the year.Furthermore, they did not think it was necessary to give the residents of Atlantic Gardens due notice in advance, and did not even see the need to put up a sign to let people know what they were doing. They casually went about their business while traffic built up all around, with frustrated commuters being clueless about where to pass.Remember, it was Mother’s Day. Anyone with a brain knows that Guyanese get out of their homes and do a lot on this day. There are countless activities and functions on Mother’s Day. Furthermore, many people go to churches and mandirs on Sundays. Sundays are big market days in some areas.So, you can imagine the chaos that occurred because of the road works that caught everyone by surprise on the East Coast highway that day. Traffic was backed up left, right and centre, with frustrated commuters not knowing how or when they would get out of the mess.Why didn’t they put up signs to alert people that they would have restricted entry to their communities because of excavation works? Why didn’t they inform the public of the time frame in which these works would take place? Someone could have also distributed fliers to that effect as people were entering Atlantic Gardens.I have a video of an old lady walking with a cane crossing the road works by balancing precariously on a piece of wood.My family was able to get out by crossing the muddy plank with their dress shoes. They were able to be on their way because someone on the road lent them a car to get to the event, and they arrived a bit late.I am very disappointed with this short-sighted approach by persons overseeing road works. This is slackness; it reflects contempt for the public.Let me point out to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, and the Government of Guyana, and the NDCs and REOs and whoever else has a stake in road works: when such work is being done, especially when it would disrupt a major thoroughfare or a bridge, entrance or exit to a highly populated area, signs have to be put up to alert the public.In many countries, except for grave emergencies, major public infrastructure works are never done during peak traffic hours.The people who are in charge of our road works have to get their act together, or there will be hell to pay.My advice to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is to create a protocol guidance for opening up bridges in areas where large numbers of people live. This is to prevent annoyance and complications when the works being done can become a major hindrance to traffic.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Sr
In response to a bombardment of requests from the private sector, and even senior public officials, the Public Security Ministry (PSM), in conjunction with the Guyana Police Force, on Thursday announced that the 2:00am curfew enforced against bars, night clubs and other places of entertainment would be placed on a pause.This is in keeping with the Spirit of Christmas, so as to allow for the staging of events and other festivities without limiting such occasions to a specific cut-off time, the PSM said in an advisory.This pause in the nationwide curfew is to take effect from today: Friday, December 22, 2017, and will last until Friday, January 12, 2018. From January 13, 2018, the aforementioned stipulated closing time will be back in effect.A similar arrangement was put in place to relax the curfew last Christmas, following calls from the Private Sector Commission.Meanwhile, the PSM has taken the opportunity to remind the public that all other laws — especially those prohibiting drinking and driving, and noise nuisance — will be thoroughly enforced, with heightened vehicular patrols and police presence stationed at popular party spots.Party-goers have been advised and admonished to get a designated driver and to ensure noise levels at partying spots are not excessive.Shortly after taking office in 2015, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had moved to implement a 2:00am nationwide curfew, debarring business entities and events from extending their nocturnal activities into the early hours of the following morning.This decision was met with much opposition, and in some cases it has even been disregarded. In fact citizens, and even high placed officials, were advancing the argument that such a move would have a negative effect on the development of the budding tourism industry in Guyana.Nevertheless, it is customary for the PSM to put special arrangements in place to halt this restriction during specific peak seasons, such as Christmas and Mashramani, among other local highlights throughout the year.
Corning >> The Cardinals went tumbling fast into the division 2 championship after beating No. 4 Gridley 3-0 Tuesday.The wind kept the ball constantly moving out of bounds but often in Corning’s favor. Ricky Guzman led the top-seeded Cardinals in shots with 8 on goal, keeping keeper Diego Ramos on his toes throughout the game. Scores were made by Saul Partida, Francisco Morfin and Julian Guzman, who made three shots on goal. Goalkeeper Joan Perez made nine saves, many just before …
Is plagiarism a form of intelligent design? We think of intelligent design in terms of God and creation, but in generic terms, I.D. only refers to purposeful, designed action by an agent – any agent, large or small, good or evil. A planned murder, for instance, can be an evil form of intelligent design. A forensic team can use design detection techniques to ferret out the evidence between death by murder over death by natural causes. In the same way, an attorney general can determine, using design detection techniques, whether an ad campaign broke copyright laws, and a professor can discern whether a student borrowed someone else’s material to write a term paper. The news is filled with dramatic announcements that Craig Venter’s lab has created an organism with the first “synthetic genome.” How should this achievement, dramatic and groundbreaking though it is, be understood?Live Science headlined the story, “First Live Organism with Synthetic Genome Created.” The word “created” was emphatic in the article; “the J. Craig Venter Institute says they have succeeded in creating the first living organism with a completely synthetic genome.” It almost sounds like the lab created something entirely new from scratch – “artificial life.” New Scientist even used religious overtones, dubbing it an “Immaculate Creation.” A closer look, though, shows that the “synthetic genome” still used the 4-letter code of a living bacterium, and used its own transcription and translation machinery. It would be a little like a programmer inserting a USB drive with a program into an existing computer; the computer has to have the operating system and software to recognize the code. This is a far cry from making a computer with its own code and operating system, like the terms “artificial life” and “completely synthetic genome” imply. Science Daily’s headline was a little more accurate, saying, “Scientists ‘Boot Up’ a Bacterial Cell With a Synthetic Genome,” but even then, Venter’s team relied on an operating system and coding system that was already defined.The Venter Institute found out some things about genomes by experience. Notably, they are not very forgiving. “Even a tiny inaccuracy could prevent the inert DNA from activating into a live bacterium, making accuracy paramount,” the Live Science article recounted. “At one point, a single base pair mistake set the entire program back three months.” The team also added panic code that would kill the organism if it left the lab, and took part in a bioethical review before the project. “It’s part of an ongoing process that we’ve been driving, trying to make sure that the science proceeds in an ethical fashion, that we’re being thoughtful about what we do and looking forward to the implications to the future,” Venter said.Unlike surreptitious plagiarizers, the Venter Institute proudly planted watermarks in their genome. “The researchers deliberately inserted four sequences of DNA that serve as watermarks so they could distinguish between the naturally occurring and synthetic bacteria,” Live Science reported. “The watermarks contain a code that translates DNA into English letters with punctuation, allowing the scientists to literally write messages with the genes.” So what did they write? The 46 researchers included their names, and the names of some famous scientists, “and a URL that anyone who deciphers the code can e-mail.”Geneticists keep walking right into the I.D. trap. Why don’t they acknowledge it? If an alien civilization discovered Venter’s genome, and read the names, would they be justified in making an inference to design? Of course. Then why would they be forced, according to the rules of the NCSE and the Darwin Party, to say that the explanation for the genetic code itself is blind chance and necessity? A message is a message. A function is a function. If the function of a URL is to allow a human to send an email, and the function of a signal transduction system is to send a hormone to a chromosome to stop or start transcription of a gene, what’s the difference? These are both examples of messages that carry out functions. Are we to assume that Venter’s lab found it worthwhile to plagiarize chaos? That would be like a professor giving a student an F for turning in a term paper that plagiarized gibberish.Another lesson from this story is to avoid news media hype. This is an incremental step, not a breakthrough. Geneticists have been doing genetic engineering for years, including genetic watermarking. Scientists have inserted genes for insulin in bacteria, and genes for spider silk in goats. Venter’s lab has taken existing genes from bacteria and performed some reverse engineering on it, then inserted it back into the hardware of a living cell. Any way you look at it, it’s intelligent design. Venter, your work owes nothing to the Darwin Party and its ideology. Get on board with the I.D. Movement and give credit where credit is due.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0