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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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Demo Humvee Burns 70 Percent Less Fuel

first_img The Army is displaying a unique fuel-efficient concept tactical vehicle to senior leaders in the nation’s capital. The Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator, dubbed ‘FED Alpha,’ has a solar panel on its rear hatch that can recharge its electrical system. It also has a custom engine, transmission and a score of other features that dramatically increase its mileage per gallon compared to other Humvees. The vehicle has all the capabilities of an up-armored Humvee, but burns about 70 percent less fuel, said Steve Kramer, an engineer with the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Command, known as TARDEC, headquartered in Warren, Mich. Kramer has been involved in designing the FED Alpha for the past three years. TARDEC has been working with a British company on the testing phase of the vehicle at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland since July. The FED Alpha may never be mass produced as is, Kramer said, but added that he hopes many of the energy-saving features can be priced low enough to make it onto the next generation of tactical vehicles. “Hopefully the technology on here can get back into the force,” he said. The FED Alpha features a Cummins turbo-charged 200-horsepower 4-cylinder diesel engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and low-rolling resistance tires. The low-rolling tires alone provide an estimated 7 percent fuel reduction. While officials said that percentage may not sound like much, if applied to the Army’s entire tactical vehicle fleet, it would add up to about $45 million in fuel savings annually. The vehicle also has a gas pedal that provides the driver feedback if the vehicle exceeds the recommended fuel-efficiency speed. The pedal vibrates and provides force against the driver’s foot, but if it’s mission-essential to increase the speed, Kramer said the driver can punch through the feedback and continue the mission. The FED Alpha also has: • A high-efficiency 28-volt integrated starter-generator that enables electric accessories and 20 kW of onboard power for equipment • A lightweight aluminum structure, except for the armored cab and underbelly V-shaped blast shield • An improved driveline that uses a unique carrier and differential assembly, including non-geared hubs and isotropic super-finished gears to reduce friction The Aberdeen Test Center Roadway Simulator is validating the fuel economy of the vehicle. ATC is the world’s largest automotive test simulator and is designed to perform vehicle dynamics, powertrain performance, shock and vibration testing in a laboratory environment. It enables the FED Alpha to be tested in a controlled environment so small changes in fuel economy can be verified. ATC will test the FED Alpha in convoy operations, urban assault, cross-country trips and extended idle situations. By Dialogo October 25, 2011last_img read more

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Leaders in average loan balances (2Q18)

first_img continue reading » Helping members achieve home ownership in a high-priced urban market has helped IDB-IIC FCU($564.2M, Washington, DC) achieve measures of member engagement that put it among the top leaders in loan balances, according to data from Callahan & Associates.As of June 30, 2018, the District-based cooperative reported an average loan balance of $82,427, which placed it seventh by that measure among all 5,596 U.S. credit unions.The 10,873-member credit union is owned by members and employees of the Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corp., which provides financing and other support for development in Latin America. As for the credit union, it provides financing and support for members in our nation’s capital. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Fend off card fraud

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Fighting credit and debit card fraud is a shifting battle as would-be thieves regularly roll out novel schemes, but credit unions can look to new defenses from card issuers and processors built on sophisticated data analytics.For merchants who completed the EMV chip upgrade, card fraud at the point of purchase has declined 76% since 2015, which marked the liability shift to merchants not equipped to process chip card payments, says Doug Leighton, head of community accounts for CUES Supplier member Visa, based in San Francisco. Now credit unions must remain vigilant and look for fraud prevention and detection tools in the card-not-present environment, where the threat of fraud persists in e-commerce, online billing and mail order.“Generally, across our business, growth is happening in card-not-present transactions at roughly four times that of face-to-face growth rates,” he says. “Credit unions need to be talking to their network partners and processors to make sure that they are enabling the latest technologies to combat that fraud”—and, in the bargain, head off additional operational costs and member inconvenience.last_img read more

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Better together: A year in review

first_img This post is currently collecting data… What a year! From a pandemic to lockdowns around the world, 2020 has kept us on our toes. While this year has been full of unexpected challenges for individuals and businesses worldwide, it has also been full of valuable lessons. For companies, balancing a new remote workforce, employee health, and shifting consumer demands were just a few of the many uphill battles. For individuals, work-life balance, pandemic hardships, and quarantine were only a few of many challenges thrown their way.The bright side of it all is that we are going into 2021 even stronger than before and with a few lessons learned: technology keeps us connected, a successful business prioritizes its consumers and employees, and always expect the unexpected.How Adlumin Trailblazed Through UncertaintyAdlumin’s primary goal is to revolutionize how financial institutions of all sizes secure sensitive data. As the hectic year unfolded, Adlumin found ways to successfully strengthen that goal while reaching new heights along the way. This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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AHL pushes back 2020-21 season start date

first_img(WBNG) — The American Hockey League has announced the anticipated start of the 2020-21 season has been pushed to December 4, 2020. The revised date was approved by the league’s Board of Governors during its annual meeting today. The AHL’s press release says further details regarding the upcoming season schedule are still to be determined.center_img The official statement said the AHL will work with its member clubs to monitor developments and guidelines across the league’s 31 cities.last_img

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Trump has change of heart, Kaepernick ‘absolutely’ deserves a shot

first_img“There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag — NO KNEELING!” “If he has the playing ability. He started off great, and then he didn’t end up very great in terms of a player. He was terrific in his rookie year. I think he was very good in his second year. And then something happened. So his playing wasn’t up to snuff.”The answer is absolutely I would. As far as kneeling, I would love to see him get another shot.”Trump’s about-face comes as a wave of protests against police brutality and racism continued across the United States following the death of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.Just three weeks ago, Trump waded back into the anthem debate, tweeting that he believed players should stand during the song.   Topics : An eye on Kaepernick Trump’s latest comments come two days after commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged teams to sign Kaepernick.”If he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s gonna take a team to make that decision,” Goodell said. “But I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that.”Kaepernick has not commented on Goodell’s statement. Kaepernick filed a grievance with the NFL in 2017 alleging the owners conspired to keep him out of the league after he sparked a kneeling campaign to protest treatment of black Americans. In February 2019, he settled for an undisclosed amount of money. That same month, multiple US media outlets reported Kaepernick was in talks with the Alliance of American Football about a job but wanted a guaranteed $20 million per season. At the time, quarterbacks were making an average of $250,000 a year.Last November, Kaepernick balked at an NFL-arranged workout for all 32 teams and instead decided at the last minute to stage his own on an Atlanta-area high school field. The event was attended by scouts from eight teams but did not result in a job.Kaepernick has not played in the NFL in four years. In 12 games with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, he completed 59.2 percent of his passes, threw 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. A second-round draft pick in 2011, Kaepernick started 58 games over six seasons with the 49ers and passed for 12,271 yards with 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. During the 2012 season, he led San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII, a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.Also on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said they are keeping an eye on Kaepernick.”It would be crazy to not have him on your workout list,” Lynn said.Lynn added Kaepernick “fits the style of quarterback for the system that we’re going to be running. I’m very confident and happy with the three quarterbacks that I have but you can never have too many people waiting on the runway.”  Donald Trump is suddenly a fan of Colin Kaepernick. The American president said Wednesday he “absolutely” is in favor of giving the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback another chance in the NFL. The comment is in sharp contrast to his 2017 stance, when he told a political rally that players like Kaepernick who kneel during the US anthem are “sons of bitches” and should be expelled from the league.”If he deserves it, he should,” Trump told a Washington, DC television station when asked if Kaepernick should get another shot. last_img read more

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MMT appoints business development director

first_imgAs business development director, Wilson will continue to report to MMT’s CCO, Nils Ingvarson. However, he will work closer to MMT’s management team than before. Wilsom has had a key role in establishing MMT footprint in the renewable sector at the US East Coast. Marine surveying specialist MMT has promoted Phil Wilson to the role of business development director. Offshore WIND spoke with Phil Wilson at the first Offshore WIND Expertise Hub held during the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2016 in Amsterdam. “Phil has a large network, a really good drive, and he knows how to use his network to create new business. He was responsible for business development and sales of geomechanics and reservoir consulting services. center_img To remind, Wilson joined MMT in 2016 from Baker Hughes. “This new position better reflects the work Phil already has started and it will give him the authority to grow MMT’s business,” says P-O Sverlinger, CEO. Wilson is based at MMT’s UK office and has previously held the position of senior sales manager. He has also been a part of MMT’s activities in the Mediterranean and West Africa. In that role, Phil has also been involved in MMT’s business development in other geographical areas.last_img read more

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Sex sells but we’re paying the price

first_imgBrisbane Times – Wendy Squires 12 Jan 2013Amid the vacuous dross that spills from the silicone lips of celluloid stars,  sometimes – and it is a rarity – a relevant comment will make it to print. This happened recently when Irish actor and father of two teenage boys, Liam  Neeson, steered away from the usual promotional guff involving ”generous  co-stars”, ”visionary directors” and ”getting in character” to deliver an  unscripted and highly personal opinion. In Neeson’s case, one I passionately  agree with. ”I’d hate to be a kid now, because we’re all inundated with so much  information about sexuality coming at us from everywhere – the media, the  advertising billboards, just everywhere – and it must be so confusing for  them,” the 60-year-old told Ireland’s Catholic Herald. ”There’s a problem that, if you become overfamiliar with something, it moves  from the sacred to almost the profane. The act is very, very special, you know.  It’s full of mystery and wonder, and I’d hate us all to get to the stage where  we just treat it lightly, because it deserves more than that … but times have  changed since I was young, no doubt about it.”….As a father of 16 and 17-year-old sons, Neeson is right to despair. The art  of learning about sex through trust, time and tenderness has left the building,  it seems. And it’s not coming back for an encore any time soon. There are myriad reasons why sex has become so debased in society it has been  almost rendered an ablution, going from something magical to mechanical, from a  gift of love to subservient surrender. About now it’s my duty to raise my arm  and declare ”mea culpa” because, as a magazine writer and editor who has  commissioned and written innumerable ”how to satisfy him in bed” articles, I  have most definitely contributed to the problem. And I’m not proud of it. But it takes more than magazines to turn what should be a spiritual act into  a routine release, a sexier version of a  sneeze. I blame porn. I blame  advertising.  I blame Western religion. I blame the endemic rise of narcissism  as the norm. I blame the near extinction of respect and romance in society. Sex  sells may be a marketing truism, but the  cost is often self-esteem, safety and  sanity.http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/sex-sells-but-were-paying-the-price-20130111-2cl75.htmllast_img read more

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WLAX : SU earns most complete victory of season against Bearcats

first_imgWith 12:30 to go in the second half, backup Taylor Nims received a pass from fellow reserve Marley Ciferri. She turned her stick, whipping a behind-the-back goal into the net.The goal gave Syracuse an eye-popping 18-goal lead. It was that kind of day for the Orange, which completely dominated Cincinnati on Saturday in arguably its most complete game of the season.‘Solid effort from top to bottom today,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘Challenged the players not to play down and give their best effort and stay focused throughout the entire game, and they did everything we asked today.’Every player who dressed for the game played. And 13 scored for the Orange (7-7, 5-1 Big East) in its 20-3 thrashing of Cincinnati (2-13, 0-7) on Saturday in front of 508 inside the Carrier Dome. SU knew going into the game that Cincinnati wasn’t one of the better teams it would face this season. The Bearcats are at the bottom of the Big East and have never beaten the Orange in the program’s five years of existence.But unlike many teams that often overlook lesser opponents, the Orange didn’t look past the Bearcats. Instead, it scored a season high in goals while allowing a season low in a complete-game effort.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘You’re going to give 100 percent whenever you’re out there, and that’s what we always talk about every game,’ Gait said. ‘Not just taking it easy, not relaxing, but if you’re out there, play hard.’The Orange scored early and never let up. SU ran out to a 9-0 lead and led 12-1 at halftime. Even the lucky shots found their way into the goal for SU. A little more than four minutes into the game, attack Tee Ladouceur sent a shot at the goal. It bounced off Cincinnati goaltender Jen Walsh and into the net, giving Syracuse an early 2-0 lead.Later, Ladouceur passed to Sarah Holden as players from both teams crowded around the goal. When it looked like SU had missed its opportunity to score, Holden was able to poke the ball into the net on a sloppy but lucky play to put SU up 9-0.Ladouceur, a senior who had a game-high six points on Senior Day, emphasized it was the things Syracuse did right that won it the game — not what Cincinnati did wrong.‘Definitely, we came together,’ Ladouceur said. ‘After part of the Louisville game, we didn’t really do our best as an attacking unit, so that’s something that we worked toward today.’As impressive as the offense was, though, the defense was equally dominating. Cincinnati managed only nine shots in the game. The Syracuse goaltenders only had four saves, but that was a product of the SU defense. The Bearcats couldn’t get any shots off.The defense hounded Cincinnati all day, forcing 17 turnovers.‘It’s just a confidence builder for our defense,’ senior goaltender Liz Hogan said. ‘It’s good for our confidence.’Six minutes into the game, Hogan made a difficult save and passed it back to the SU offense. On her lone goal of the game, attack Michelle Tumolo stuck a laser into the right side of the net.With both sides of the ball working flawlessly for much of the game, anything Cincinnati tried didn’t work. It switched goaltenders, but Haley Marvine allowed six goals in relief. It tried to be physical, but picked up four yellow cards. It couldn’t keep up with SU.‘It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, you’re not going to take it easy or relax,’ Gait said. ‘It’s nice to see that the practice that they do pays off. It was well done by all.’The win was necessary for Syracuse’s push to the conference tournament — the Orange clinched a spot in the Big East tournament with the win. But it was also a confidence booster as the season winds down.It was the kind of game where everything seemed to go right for the Orange.‘Hopefully it’s a good game to build off of,’ Gait said. ‘You feel good, everybody feels happy, but you’ve got to stay focused and mentally tough.’rnmarcus@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on April 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.edulast_img read more