Watch Charles Bradley’s Electrifying Performance On Last Night’s Conan

first_imgWhile most jam fans had their dials tuned to Jimmy Kimmel Live, those looking for a more soulful performance caught the Screaming Eagle himself, Charles Bradley, on Conan. Bradley just released the album Changes, powered by his iconic vocals and honest songwriting, and his performance featured a song from the new release: “Ain’t It A Sin.”Charles Bradley Overcomes Adversity, Emerging Triumphant On Newest LP ‘Changes’Bradley’s booming voice energizes his sharp stage presence, and its impossible not to get caught up in the moment. Do yourself a favor and watch “Ain’t It A Sin,” below:last_img

Parking committee offers final recommendations

first_imgUniversity Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves convened a parking committee in February 2016 made up of faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students. They analyzed four specific aspects of parking on campus: the on-campus shuttle service, surface lot parking, the possibility of a parking garage and the reserved parking pilot program.Final recommendations were submitted at the end of November and shared with students in an email Wednesday from Affleck-Graves. At first priority was the shuttle. The committee suggested changes such as combining the current routes into one route that accesses the majority of campus, investing in shuttle technology advancements, improving shuttle system visibility and continuing to use an outside vendor for shuttle services, instead of a University-owned shuttle service.The construction of a parking garage came in as the second priority and the committee suggested the University build a 1,000- to 1,200-car parking garage in the vicinity of Legends. This garage would be open to faculty, staff and students that would have to pay a daily or hourly rate. Overnight parking would not be permitted.As for surface lots, a proposal was made for a new paved surface lot in 2018 following the demolition of the O’Hara-Grace apartments. They also suggested a new paved surface lot on the green space east of Innovation Park. Increased technology and short-term parking were among topics discussed in regards to these surface lots.The committee also considered the possibility of a bike-sharing program but has not come up with any definitive plans other than to further explore the option. As for the reserved parking pilot program, the committee will gather more input from faculty and staff before making recommendations on the program.Tags: John Affleck-Graves, Parking Committee, Shuttle Serviceslast_img read more

Champlain Valley Urgent Care Announce the Opening of Their Second Location

first_imgDr. Timothy Fitzgerald and the staff of Champlain Valley Urgent Care announce the opening of their second location at 620 Hinesburg Road in South Burlington.Champlain Valley Urgent Care provides occupational medical services such as physicals, drug and alcohol testing, and work-related injury treatment to area businesses, as well as urgent care services to area residents and travelers.Champlain Valley Urgent Care is the areas only locally owned and operated Urgent Care/Occupational Health Clinic. Their services are offered 7 days a week at their Fayette Road location and will offer services Monday-Friday at their new Hinesburg Road office.last_img

GMP hit by phone glitch during windstorm

first_img A wind-blown tree lies across a power line in Williston. by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine. At the height of last Wednesday’s surprise windstorm, Green Mountain Power’s call center was hobbled by a coincidental telecommunications network problem that affected some 4,000 calls into the utility’s headquarters in Colchester. Customers calling in to report a power outage could hear GMP’s customer service representatives, but the reps could not hear the customers.‘Things were getting a little tense around here,’ said Brian Otley, who is in charge of Technical Operations for GMP. He said the call center was prepared for customer calls as the storm developed during the afternoon, but the first warning came in the form of raised voices in the call center. As calls started to come in around 6 pm to report outages, the reps first started talking loudly to customers. Because every rep was doing this, the noise level escalated.‘They could hear us, we could not hear them,’ Otley said.Because of the caller ID, reps started calling those customers back and quickly realized what the problem was. Otley said it only affected in-coming calls. By 7 pm GMP had set up a pre-recorded message telling the caller to leave his phone number and location.Otley said that because of the volume of calls, the response time escalated as the evening wore on. The issue was compounded because the network problem caused the interactive voice record to fail. Also, GMP could not simply switch over to its outside overflow call center because of interruption in service.By 10 pm the phones were working normally.The problem emanated from Level 3, at the telecom network provider’s Burlington facility. Level 3 is primarily a fiber optic telecommunications company. The actual cause of the situation has not been made public yet. GMP’s Dorothy Schnure said Level 3 reported that the network problem was unrelated to the storm. Eventually a report will be sent to the Vermont Public Service Department identifying the cause.The one-way phone problem affected other Burlington area customers as well, both commercial and residential. But the most profound impact was felt at GMP.‘We confirmed there were a number of other businesses in the Chittenden County area being affected by this,’ Otley said.Otley said GMP would get 3,000 customer calls in a typical week. The result of the communications problem was a ‘frustrating customer experience,’ he said.The normal protocol relies on incoming calls to track outages and, using an algorithm, identify to where repair crews must be dispatched. Despite the phone problem, GMP was able to restore power to all customers by Thursday afternoon. Repair work was not delayed by the communications glitch, Otley said. GMP then assisted Central Vermont Public Service and hard hit Vermont Electric Cooperative in restoring power to their customers.At the storm’s peak, 4,500 GMP customers and 12,500 VEC customers were without power, or about one-quarter of VEC’s total customer base. CVPS, the state’s largest utility, reported 32,000 customers lost power. CVPS completed its restoration efforts by Friday night and then spent the next two days also assisting VEC.The storm felled trees, power lines and many utility poles in Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille counties and knocked out power to some 50,000 Vermont customers.last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to make 7 million shares available in common stock offering

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) announced today that it plans to offer an aggregate of 7,100,000 shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. Certain stockholders also plan to offer an aggregate of 403,883 shares of common stock in the offering. The Company also plans to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,125,582 additional shares of common stock to cover overallotments, if any. BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as sole book-running manager of the offering.The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to repay outstanding debt under its credit facility and for general corporate purposes.The offering is being conducted as a public offering under the Company’s effective shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of the prospectus supplement and prospectus relating to these securities may be obtained by contacting: BofA Merrill Lynch, 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080, attention: Prospectus Department, email dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com(link sends e-mail).This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein, including the Company’s intention to complete the offering and the expected use of net proceeds, are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual events or results could differ materially from those stated here. These forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations as of the date of this press release and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including that the proposed offering is subject to market conditions and other factors. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments.GMCR-C WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 3, 2011last_img read more

Vermont Public Television launches two new Bennington County channels

first_imgVermont Public Television (VPT) president John King, along with state and federal officials, gathered at Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action on Friday, December 2, 2011 to launch VPT’s two new digital transmitters serving Bennington County.The new digital channels, 46 Pownal from Mt. Anthony and 30 Manchester from Mt. Equinox, bring new content and greater coverage to the area.Helping King do the honors were Brian Harwood, chair of VPT’s board of directors; Marie Leahy, VPT community council chair and a resident of Bennington; John Tracy, state director, office of Sen. Patrick Leahy; Sam Haskins, veterans policy advisor/outreach representative, office of Sen. Bernie Sanders; Patricia Menduni, community liaison, office of Rep. Peter Welch; State Rep. Alice M. Emmons of Springfield, chair of the House Institutions Committee; State Sen. Robert M. Hartwell of Bennington, chair of the Senate Institutions Committee; State Sen. Richard W. Sears Jr., of Bennington; and Rhonda Shippee, community programs director, USDA Rural Development.Aiming their remote controls at a giant TV screen shortly after 1 p.m., they tuned in channel 46 Pownal to find ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ on VPT HD, the main channel.  The expanded bandwidth of digital television allows VPT to air the additional channels VPT Create and VPT World.  The new transmitters bring these channels free for the first time to viewers who receive TV over the air.Before this, these viewers could receive only the VPT main channel in analog on 53 Pownal and 36 Manchester.  The analog channels will be turned off at the end of the month.Commenting on clips of VPT-produced stories from Bennington County the guests had screened, John King said, ‘We have many more stories to tell.’  He explained that it takes a myriad of transmitters, microwave hops and antennas on mountaintops to get those stories out statewide.He thanked the state and federal officials for their help in securing the funds that support the conversion of VPT to the digital format.  While there is still work to do on the project, King said the Bennington transmitter launch was ‘a milestone,’ because it completed VPT’s network of six digital transmitters around the state.King spoke of the greater coverage the transmitters bring to the area.  The new channels will reach thousands more households than the former transmitters, and VPT looks forward to hearing from viewers receiving its services for the first time.  Signals reach beyond Vermont into neighboring areas of Massachusetts and New York.A grant from the USDA Rural Digital program covered direct expenses for the new channels. The USDA funding ensures that rural America is not left behind by the digital transition by providing targeted assistance to rural public television stations.Vermont cable viewers are not affected by the change.  Satellite viewers receive just the main VPT channel, not VPT Create and VPT World.  They can use an antenna to tune to those channels. State and federal officials and John King, president of Vermont Public Television (at podium) aim remote controls at the screen to launch VPT’s new digital channels in Bennington County on Dec. 2.  Left to right: Sen. Richard W. Sears Jr. of Bennington; John Tracy, office of Sen. Patrick Leahy; Sam Haskins, office of Sen. Bernie Sanders; Patricia Menduni (partly hidden), office of Rep. Peter Welch; Rep. Alice M. Emmons of Springfield; Rhonda Shippee, USDA Rural Development; Sen. Robert M. Hartwell of Bennington; Brian Harwood, chair of VPT’s board of directors; and Marie Leahy, VPT community council chair.To find out more, get help with reception or see schedule information, viewers can visit www.vpt.org(link is external) Vermont Public Television 12.2.2011last_img read more

Ethics panel wants to define ‘of counsel’

first_img March 15, 2005 Regular News Ethics panel wants to define ‘of counsel’ Ethics panel wants to define ‘of counsel’center_img The Professional Ethics Committee is asking the Bar Board of Governors to draft a rule clarifying exactly what is meant when lawyers say they are “of counsel,” “affiliated with,” or “associated with” a law firm.The committee also approved two new proposed advisory opinions and modified an old one when it met in January at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting.The of counsel issue came up when the committee was asked whether two firms, which frequently cooperated in representing clients, were following Bar rules regarding disclosures made to clients about the division of fees. During the discussion, PEC members noted the two firms list each other as acting of counsel on firm letterhead.The committee ultimately voted 15-9 that the fee disclosures were ethical under Bar rules, but some members said they were troubled by the of counsel usage. They argued that only an individual attorney, not a firm, could be listed as of counsel. Other members, though, noted that ABA model rules and other states do allow firms to be of counsel.The committee eventually voted 16-9 to ask the Board of Governors to consider a rule change that defines the “of counsel” relationship. A friendly amendment was accepted that the change should also address the terms “affiliated with” and “associated with.”On other matters, the committee agreed to modify Ethics Opinion 00-2 on “safe harbor accounts.” Those are accounts which insurance companies seek to set up in the client’s name to deposit the proceeds from a personal injury case settlement or judgment. The opinion held those accounts violate Bar rules which require case proceeds to be deposited in the lawyer’s trust account.That allows the lawyer to pay third parties, such as doctors and hospitals, who have been promised payment from the proceeds by clients, and also to deduct the lawyer’s costs and fees, with the client getting the remainder.The revised opinion said the safe harbor accounts can be used, but only for proceeds that are not under dispute or owed to the lawyer or a third party.The committee also approved a final version of Proposed Advisory Opinion 04-1. That says when a defendant in a criminal case informs his or her lawyer that the defendant intends to commit perjury and refuses to be dissuaded, the attorney must inform the court of the client’s intent and seek permission to withdraw from the case. If the client commits perjury without prior warning to the lawyer, the lawyer must urge the client to correct the misstatements and, failing that, inform the court and then seek to withdraw.A final version of Proposed Advisory Opinion 04-2 also was approved by the committee. That inquiry involved a plaintiff’s attorney representing clients making a claim against a brokerage company. Part of the settlement agreement could limit the attorney’s ability to represent future clients against the company.The ethics opinion held to the extent the settlement would erect such a barrier, it would violate Bar rules. One problem is it could prevent clients from hiring the attorney of their choice, and it could also provide extra compensation for the present client as a buy off for the attorney not bringing any future cases, the opinion noted.Both new opinions and the revised opinions are reprinted in full in the March 1 News and comments must be postmarked by March 31.last_img read more

Meetings could be destroying your culture

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details Smart CEOs are as good at managing a credit union’s talent and leadership capacity as they are at managing its financial resources. They understand what it means to have a culture that engages their people, and where employees are enthusiastic to achieve their goals and objectives. Great CEOs ensure that the top leadership’s alignment on culture inspires them to model behaviors and take actions that increase employee engagement through effective strategic communication. Meetings, the primary times when employees gather together to effectively plan and collaboration, are a key target for leaders to analyze and then address ways to improve engagement. They can take many forms. For example, employees can be fired up and inspired in small group brainstorming sessions that help them to innovate and create. One-on-one conversations between a supervisor and an employee when done well and regularly, at least weekly, increases engagement by fostering understanding, and providing mentoring and coaching opportunities. Occasional management briefings and seminars disseminate strategic information through concise, clear, well-directed communication, and contribute to employee teambuilding. You would expect that most organizations would know the ins and outs of effective meeting management. These include always having an agenda, starting and ending on time, getting only the right people to attend and not a person more, and having every participant be clear about their personal action items when the meeting concludes. In summary: optimize participants, set an agenda, accomplish the points, and end ASAP. Yet, what appears as so simple actually is very challenging for too many organizations. Gallup reports that $37 billion in resources are wasted through ineffective meetings. This is a drag on both productivity and employee engagement. Of particular concern, Gallup describes how senior executives are often part of the problem. On average, senior executives spend over two days a week in meetings. What’s worse, they believe that their time was poorly used in two-thirds of them. Furthermore, MIT Sloan School found that for the most engaged employees – those with a strong desire to complete their work goals – job satisfaction decreased as the number of meetings attended increased. A strong case from Microsoft illustrates the MIT study. Microsoft traced a problem of significant employee dissatisfaction in one of its key engineering divisions to time wasted in large meetings. These gatherings, which management intended for “coordination”, crowded out time for productive thoughtful work, and the engineers had to make up time on weekends and evenings to achieve goals. The large meetings also reduced time available for smaller meetings focused on innovation and creative ideas, which enthused the engineers. Leadership sets the tone for an organization and is pivotal in determining your credit union’s culture. It’s time to take action when unproductive habits unwittingly permeate the leadership in an organization or a department. Any actions must be based on fact and analysis. A good place to start is with data collection that can uncover meeting behaviors that decrease engagement, which can be easily corrected through the proper education and training. Furthermore, understanding your most senior manager’s meeting patterns is a good jumping off point for a more in-depth analysis of your organization’s culture which is impacting upon productivity, creativity, engagement and results.  last_img read more

Centereach Man Sentenced for Killing Woman, 90

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Centereach man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison for beating his fiancé’s 90-year old grandmother to death four years ago.Robert Waters was convicted of second-degree murder in December at Suffolk County court.Prosecutors said the 24-year-old man fatally beat Florence Troiani after an argument with his fiancé on June 21, 2011.Judge Fernando Camacho rejected the defence attorney’s argument that Waters suffered a violent seizure brought on by his withdrawal from an anti-anxiety medication, or that Waters was acting under the influence of true emotional disturbance.His attorney reportedly plans to appeal the verdict.last_img

Village of Whitney Point asks residents to conserve water

first_imgThe village relies exclusively on groundwater and officials say while aquifer levels are good, they are trying to be proactive and avoid issues if the problem gets worse. They say they are monitoring water levels and if the situation worsens, they may have to issue a mandatory conservation order. WHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — Residents in the Village of Whitney Point are being asked to voluntarily conserve water this week due to a lack of rain in recent days. last_img