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Champlain College students work for state trade partnership

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College students Heather Littlefield, Anna Wisniewska, Alina Stanciu and Emily Howland have been working atthe Vermont Global Trade Partnership (VGTP) during the spring 2007 semester. These Champlain College students earned their internships through a competitive interview process.Vermont business people access a broad range of trade services through the VGTP, a state program which has established an office in the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business and Technology on the Champlain College campus. Champlain offers the only International Business program in the state of Vermont.Businesses can receive assistance with: reviewing trade regulations, tariffs and logistics, researching new markets, importing and exporting, product sourcing, trade missions, overseas trade shows, and networking opportunities.Additionally, student Emily Howland is doing a four-month internship in Shanghai, China. She is an intern at the Shanghai Small Enterprise Trade Development Center, promoting international business relationships. Howland is no stranger to China, having studied for four years in Beijing. She is a fluent speaker of the Chinese dialect of Mandarin. Howland is sharing her experience in China via a student blog.Prior to this spring internship, she has been continuing her role as lead research assistant for the Vermont Global Trade Partnership. In November, she accompanied a Vermont delegation on a trade mission to China and assisted as an interpreter. More recently, she organized Vermont’s participation in the American Education Fairs in Taiwan. She also hosted a tourism representative from China and toured her around Vermont.”I’m looking forward to getting experience in working in a Chinese office,” she said. “It’s a similar organization to where I work now — I’ll just see things from the other side.” Howland grew up in Richmond, Vt. and is a graduate of Mt. Mansfield Union High School.Littlefield, from Morrisville, Vt., is a graduate of People’s Academy. She is finishing her bachelor’s degree in International Business and she brings retail experience to the VGTP, including shipping and receiving responsibilities for textiles. With the VGTP, she performs research in areas that include sourcing and distributor searches, as well as regulatory market reports.Wisniewska is a native of Poland. She is a Business and Management major who also brings human resources and accounting knowledge to the internship.Stanciu is from Romania and she is an International Business student. Stanciu is helping the VGTP investigate new business opportunities in Romania and Bulgaria — which are new members of the European Union.last_img read more

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Split decision: In lacrosse hotbed, area recruits weigh options of athletic pursuits

first_img Comments Joe Fazio faced a tough decision. At West Genesee High School in Camillus, N.Y., Fazio was a two-sport athlete, dominating the field in both football and lacrosse. But it finally came time for him to make a choice about what sport he would pursue in college. ‘It was actually a long, drawn-out process for me,’ Fazio said. ‘It came down to ‘Do you want to play lacrosse or do you want to play football?” Despite receiving attention from football programs at Syracuse, Virginia, Connecticut and Georgia Tech, the all-state wide receiver ultimately chose Syracuse because of its powerhouse lacrosse program. Though he helped guide West Genesee to the state championship in football as a sophomore in 2007, the lure to play for SU head coach John Desko and compete for national titles was too much to pass up. ‘When you get a program like Syracuse that asked you to play for them,’ Fazio said, ‘it’s tough to turn it down.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text In recent years, Fazio’s situation has become a growing trend. Central New York is a breeding ground for top-tier lacrosse players, some of whom give up a chance to stay at home and play football for the opportunity to pursue collegiate lacrosse careers. For some, including Fazio, it comes down to playing for a winning program, whether it’s in football or lacrosse. Both sports represent a culture that is unique to Central New York. The longstanding roots both sports have in the area continue to have an effect on the football and men’s lacrosse teams at SU. In some areas of Central New York, especially near Onondaga Nation, lacrosse is still king. In others, football remains the No. 1 sport played among high school athletes. ‘It can go both ways, but in my town, lacrosse would be No. 1,’ said SU midfielder Josh Amidon, a native of Lafayette, N.Y., about 15 minutes south of Syracuse. Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida have the football culture. Central New York has lacrosse. Syracuse has been able to use the popularity of lacrosse in the area to its advantage. Desko remembers when local high school teams, with players he was recruiting, used to play their games at J.S. Coyne Stadium, just outside Manley Field House. That’s the advantage Desko has enjoyed with recruiting in the area. He has also benefited from recruiting dual-sport athletes, many of whom played football in high school. Players from the area, like Fazio, who opted not to pursue a college football career, use their athletic gifts on the lacrosse field instead. Or players like Jovan Miller, a senior on the Syracuse lacrosse team, who was offered a football scholarship to play at SU. But by the time he made his decision to come to Syracuse, the program was void of football scholarships. So he chose a sport at which he was equally talented. ‘Any time you are recruiting someone that is considering football also, athletically you’re barking up the right tree,’ Desko said. ‘Any time you can get a guy that is being looked at for Division I football and we’re looking at him for lacrosse, and he decides to play lacrosse, you’re pretty sure to get a very good athlete.’ Fazio said that because of the early-decision recruiting process, more area players are choosing to focus on a collegiate lacrosse career as sophomores and juniors in high school. By doing that, some of them are essentially taking themselves off the football recruiting radar. Fazio is an example of that. He was a standout on the gridiron, but once he committed to play lacrosse at SU, the football recruiting attention suddenly disappeared. That can have an effect on how Syracuse football recruits in the area. Though the Syracuse lacrosse team benefits largely from recruiting in its own backyard, Doug Marrone’s football team is just beginning to try to take advantage. Desko has 19 players from Central New York on his roster. Marrone has just nine. And that’s not because there haven’t been quality players coming from the area, either. Greg Paulus, the 2004 Gatorade High School Player of the Year went to Duke to play basketball. Mike Hart, a 2004 graduate of Onondaga High School in Syracuse, went on to become Michigan’s all-time leading rusher. In an effort to get the area’s top football prospects, one of the first things Marrone did when he arrived was put an emphasis on recruiting from the Syracuse area. ‘When we came in two years ago,’ said Greg Adkins, Marrone’s recruiting coordinator, ‘we basically made a commitment to recruit from the inside out. We were going to start with the close proximity of Syracuse University and work our way out. Anything within five hours from here was going to be a main in-state area.’ Adkins and Marrone realize it isn’t going to happen overnight, but one of their main recruiting priorities will be to get the top kids in the area, with much of the same success Desko has had over the years. A large part of that comes with winning, naturally. ‘The bottom line,’ Adkins said, ‘is that kids want to see teams that are winning.’ Adkins credits the increased success the football team has experienced on the field this season with some of the recruiting class that has already committed for next season. That class already includes six three-star recruits, according to Scout.com. The Orange (7-3, 4-2 Big East) secured bowl eligibility for the first time since 2004 last weekend with a win at Rutgers. At his weekly press conference Monday, Marrone emphasized that this is just the start of what he and his staff believe could be the return to the glory days of SU football. And Syracuse already has commitments from three Central New York football recruits for next season. It’ll surely take some time to get to Desko’s level, competing for national titles each year and receiving commitments from the region’s best. But it’s a start. Fazio admits he’s impressed by what he’s seen from Marrone and his squad this season and believes local dual-sport football and lacrosse players may have to do a double-take when mulling over which SU team to play for. Now there’s another sport to consider. ‘Definitely,’ Fazio said. ‘They definitely would have to strongly consider football now.’ aljohn@syr.edu Published on November 17, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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EURO2016: IT’S FRANCE, PORTUGAL FINAL

first_imgAntoine Griezmann scored both goals as France beat Germany 2-0 to reach the Euro 2016 final on home soil.The Atletico Madrid man gave Les Bleus the lead from the spot after Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger was adjudged to have handled inside the penalty area right on the stroke of half time.World champions Germany dominated proceedings for long spells but were soon stung again by Griezmann, who stabbed into an empty net after Manuel Neuer punched Paul Pogba’s cross into his path.France will now play Portugal, who beat Wales in the other last-four tie, in the showpiece final at the Stade de France on Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

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Fleet-footed Uganda She Pearls leave Botswana girls in tears

first_imgA Botswana player is consoled after she broke down in tears after defeat to UgandaUganda ?? 46 – Botswana ??  42Tuesday Uganda vs Cook Islands 10amBotswana vs JamaicaGabarone, Botswana| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER |  Uganda’s She Pearls overcome a false start and a partisan crowd to beat Botswana in a hard-fought Netball World Youth Cup game at the UB Indoor Sports Arena on Monday.Botswana, who started in command and took a 13-10 lead in the first quarter, were left stunned and in tears after the fleet-footed Ugandans fought back to snatch it by 4 baskets.The Ugandan girls took charge after the first half, leading 24-23 at half time, before stretching it to 36-33 in 3rd quarter and ending Botswana’s unbeaten run.Uganda next take on Cook Islands Tuesday, before battling group favourites Jamaica, who hammered Malaysia 70-22 Monday, and are also unbeaten.Botswana will have to be at their very best if they are to avoid a second straight defeat when they come up against JamaicaUgandan girls celebrate their victory over Botswana today.This is the first time the  International Netball Federation (INF) is holding an international event on the African continent.The Netball World Youth Cup is the pinnacle of netball competition for emerging players who are under 21 years of age and the INF has held an U21 international competition every four years since 1988.The tournament is featuring 9 days of netball, 70 games in total and 20 countries are competing from across the five INF regions.The African countries competing are Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. 2017Botswana 2009Rarotonga, Cook IslandsAustralia Pool C results & teamsJamaica     43    Cook Islands 41Botswana  72    Malaysia 26Cook Islands 41 Botswana 50Uganda     81    Malaysia 21Jamaica    70 Malaysia 22Uganda     46  Botswana 42BotswanaJamaicaCook IslandsMalaysiaUgandaVIDEO OF THE GAME 1996Toronto, CanadaAustralia 1988Canberra, AustraliaAustralia YearLocationWinnercenter_img Share on: WhatsApp 2005Fort Lauderdale, USANew Zealand 2013Glasgow, ScotlandNew Zealand 1992Suva, FijiNew Zealand 2000Cardiff, WalesAustralialast_img read more

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HOOP OF COLOUR SPRINGS 12-1 SURPRISE IN GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA ANA STAKES AS VAN DYKE GUIDES MOTION TRAINEE TO THREE QUARTER LENGTH VICTORY AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2015)–Attentive to a slow early pace, Hoop of Colour, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, wore down Three Hearts and Tyler Baze late to win Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita by three quarters of a length. Trained by Graham Motion, the Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. homebred covered 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:49.08.With longshot Rusty Slipper cutting out fractions of 25.19, 49.56 and 1:13.73, Three Hearts took command approaching the quarter pole and opened up a one length advantage on the winner while getting one mile in 1:37.43. From there, Van Dyke tracked the winner three-wide turning for home and gained the advantage well inside the sixteenth pole.“Today, right out of the gate, I was set up perfect,” said Van Dyke, who is now two for two aboard Hoop of Colour. “She broke well. The only other speed was Three Hearts and the other (Graham) Motion (trained) horse, Rusty Slipper. I got right behind Rusty Slipper and my horse threw her ears up and she was so relaxed. Near the half mile pole only two horses were in front of me, so I got out, stayed off Three Hearts’ hip and I had clear sailing from there.”A winner of a 1 ¼ miles turf allowance in her U.S. debut at Santa Anita Feb. 5, Hoop of Colour, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Distorted Humor who was two for four in England, was off at 12-1 in a field of nine older fillies and mares and paid $26.80, $13.80 and $10.00.A minor stakes winner in England last July, Hoop of Colour, who is out of the Unbridled mare Surya, got her first graded stakes win and improved her overall mark to 6-4-1-0. The winner’s take of $120,000 increased her earnings to $173,751.“She’s a really nice filly, and all (of her) family, three or four of them, have been graded stakes winners,” said Alice Clapham, assistant trainer to Motion. “She’s shown a lot of talent since she’s been here…I’m sure Graham will talk to the owners…We might run her back here that mile and a quarter turf race (Grade III, $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18) or she might go to Keeneland.”Three Hearts, a Team Valor International homebred filly by Hat Trick, had been idle since running a close third in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at Santa Anita Dec. 27, tracked Rusty Slipper early but couldn’t hold off the winner close home, finishing second, one length in front of Winning Rhythm. Off at 8-1, Three Hearts paid $10.60 and $7.20.Last into the Club House turn, Winning Rhythm saved ground to mid-stretch and angled out leaving the eighth pole under Victor Espinoza to run third, a half length in front of Testa Rossi. The longest shot in the field at 41-1, Winning Rhythm paid $13.20 to show.Ridden by Gary Stevens, 5-2 favorite Diversy Harbor, who came off a come from behind win in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes Feb. 16, lacked her customary late kick.“No pace,” said Stevens in explaining his filly’s subpar effort.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday. First post time is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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Lockify: How to Securely Send Information Without the Pain of PGP

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Product Reviews#security#web Related Posts Have you ever sent a credit card number, bank account info, password or other sensitive information by email and felt that familiar sense of apprehension as you clicked on the “Send” button? If you have, then it was for good cause. Information like this could be intercepted in any number of ways, from packet sniffing to someone other than your intended recipient on the other end accessing that email account. Lockify, a so-called Bit.ly or Twitter for secure communication, gives users a quick and simple way to send sensitive information over the Internet while making sure it gets where it needs to without being seen by anyone in-between.The company presented at the LAUNCH conference today and showed off the simple security solution, wowing the judges across the board. Sure, you could use something like PGP, but this requires both users on both ends to be clued-in on how to do that. To say the very least, that’s not common.Lockify breaks it down simply – enter a message to be encrypted and then set a level of security. You can ask a question you think only the person on the other end would know, require that person to log into Gmail (if they have a Gmail account) to authenticate or even authenticate using their phone. By entering their phone number, they will get an SMS with a code to open the encrypted message.After you set the encryption, you’re given a short URL. This URL can be sent as a link in chat, email or by Facebook message directly from the Lockify page. Beyond that, Lockify provides an API, so this service can be directly integrated into other services, making security simple for third-party integration.Lockify is currently launching in private beta, so you can sign up to try the service out by providing an email. The company says that it plans on going beyond the standard text-based messaging in the near future, with encrypted files. It also plans on releasing a “LockifyMe” feature for companies looking to receive encrypted information from their customers.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Pakistan: In the shadow of soldiers

first_imgSupporters at a rally held by Imran Khan in Islamabad. ReutersAlmost 15 years ago, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted in a dramatic military coup. In the vicious cycle of dj vu politics the country has become notorious for, that fear has returned to haunt Sharif. The generals, it,Supporters at a rally held by Imran Khan in Islamabad. ReutersAlmost 15 years ago, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted in a dramatic military coup. In the vicious cycle of dj vu politics the country has become notorious for, that fear has returned to haunt Sharif. The generals, it seems, are in the process of destabilising a thrice-elected prime minister, if not stage yet another coup and grab power.But this time around, their nefarious designs are not being executed by the men in uniform. Instead, it is being done through the muftis widely believed to be sponsored by General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi. Over the last few weeks, two groups of protesters have been camping out in the capital Islamabad demanding that Sharif should step down. Since August 14-Pakistan’s 68th independence day- tens of thousands of people, most of them youngsters, have descended on Islamabad to listen to the daily calls of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan for Sharif to resign.”You must get rid of these oppressors, otherwise they will keep humiliating you as slaves,” Khan, the former playboy who led Pakistan to its only cricket World Cup victory in 1992, appeals to his supporters gathered in front of Parliament House. As Khan takes a pause, the jubilant girls and boys shout, “Go Nawaz go”, and sing and dance to the tune of patriotic and Sufi songs. Shortly afterwards, and just a few yards away, firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri stands on a bullet-and-bomb-proof container to address a separate crowd. “We will not go home till these corrupt rulers step down,” he tells the crowd made up of followers of the Sufi branch of Islam.advertisementNawaz Sharif during a meeting with army chief General Raheel Sharif.To intensify pressure on him, the two opponents of Sharif have now merged their rallies and address the protesters from the same rostrum. This came after the parliament threw its weight behind Sharif and urged him to defy calls from Khan and Qadri. Khan has been complaining of massive vote rigging in last year’s elections in which his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf stood third behind Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League and Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party. But he hardened his position recently and started demanding the resignation of Sharif after his government failed to order a probe into the rigging allegations.Separately, Qadri has been demanding drastic reform of election rules to end what he says is the monopoly of a handful of families, including Sharif’s, on politics. He now also wants Sharif and his brother, Shahbaz, the chief minister of Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province and political nerve centre, to be shown the door after 14 of his supporters were killed in clashes with police in Lahore in June, just days before he returned from his adopted country, Canada. The crisis has paralysed the government. Since the unrest erupted, the embattled Sharif and his ministers have been running from pillar to post to save their 14-month government.Political stability is a rare commodity in Pakistan and the military has been in power for most of its 67-year history. Even when the generals were not in power, they meddled in policies to undermine civilian governments and maintain their sway on key security and foreign policies.Nawaz Sharif during a meeting with army chief General Raheel Sharif.This time too the army is the usual suspect and many Pakistanis believe the generals are manoeuvring the protesting leaders to check Sharif’s increasing efforts to assert civilian authority. Such doubts were reinforced when the estranged President of Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Javed Hashmi, revealed that Khan has been telling his top aides that the army and its powerful spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), are supporting him in his standoff with Sharif. “I don’t know who planned this (protest). Only the planners would know but the names of the army and ISI are being brought into disrepute,” Hashmi said on August 31. The army has denied the claim.The government initially asked the military to act as a facilitator to end the crisis but the army apparently backed off after the opposition slammed the government that such a role would once again formalise a role in politics for the generals. “We respect the army but we don’t like it to interfere in politics. It’s not their job,” said Zahid Khan, a lawmaker from the ethnic Pashtun nationalist Awami National Party.Despite the army’s denials, the criticism over its perceived role continues. “They could not have done it without the support of the (military) establishment,” says retired general Talat Masood. Moreover, the military’s reluctance to stop the protesters from provocative advances towards key government installations such as parliament and the prime minister’s house, has also raised questions about its impartiality in the crisis.advertisementThe latter march sparked clashes in which three people were killed and scores injured. In a further provocation on September 1, the protesters stormed the state broadcaster, PTV, and forced it off air for nearly an hour. They voluntarily vacated the buildings and started shouting “long live Pak army” when troops moved in. The incident was an eerie replay of the takeover of PTV by the troops on October 12, 1999, when the military toppled Sharif and General Pervez Musharraf took power.Instead of denouncing provocations by the protesters, the army warned the government against using force, drawing scathing criticism from the media. “It is as if the army is unaware- rather, unwilling-to acknowledge the constitutional scheme of things: it is the government that is supposed to give orders to the army, not the other way around,” Dawn said in a hard-hitting editorial on September 2. “Would the army allow even a handful of peaceful protesters to gather outside GHQ for a few hours?” the newspaper questioned.Observers say Sharif’s attempts to assert authority annoyed the generals, who orchestrated the crisis to check the expanding civilian clout. Sharif, who had crossed swords with army chiefs in his earlier stints in power as well, had handpicked General Raheel Sharif-no relation-as army chief in November. But friction developed within months.Sharif’s decision to put Musharraf on trial for treason didn’t go down well with the army chief, who wanted the former president, who toppled Sharif’s first government in 1999, to be let off after his indictment by a lower court. The military was also angered by Sharif’s efforts to assert his authority in the formulation of major foreign policy matters, which it has traditionally handled- Sharif visited India for Narendra Modi’s inauguration against the army’s advice-as well as his delay in approving a military offensive against the Taliban. Sharif’s government also upset the army by siding with Geo in its tiff with ISI chief Lt-General Zaheer-ul-Islam, who was accused by the media group in April of trying to get its main anchor, Hamid Mir, killed.Analysts say the crisis may fizzle out in the wake of parliament’s backing for Sharif and waning support for the protests. But it is certain to undermine the government. There are reports that the army had asked it to stop meddling in key security-related policies after the latter sought its help to wriggle out of this crisis.Sharif is on a weak wicket also because of his government’s poor performance. He won the elections after promising to overturn an economic meltdown and fix chronic energy crisis. His government got a $6.6 billion loan from the IMF to avert a balance of payments crisis but has so far been reluctant to introduce much-needed structural reforms such as broadening of the tax base to include big landlords. Sharif had promised to mitigate the acute power shortages but many areas still face 8-10 hour cuts daily, badly hurting the economy. His opponents also accuse him of promoting nepotism as at least 18 members of his extended family hold government positions in Punjab and at the Centre.advertisementThe government dismissed reports of the military pressuring it on security policies. “No such arrangement is being discussed,” Sharif’s close aide and minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said. Even if Sharif survives this round, analysts say he may face more such turmoil. “He is considerably weakened and its impact will be seen in all spheres. He can reclaim lost ground if he survives but let’s see if he can complete his term,” says Masood.To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more