Call for Proposals: Business EXPO Seminars

first_imgCalling all Vermont businesses! The annual Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry Exposition (EXPO) is now accepting proposals for seminars, workshops, or panel presentations. The nineteenth annual EXPO is slated for May 21 and 22 2003, once again at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center.In response to business community requests, the EXPO Special Events Committee is pleased to offer Vermont businesses the opportunity to design a seminar or workshop, sharing their expertise with business professionals throughout the region. Businesses may propose a single topic presentation, or propose to organize and moderate a panel discussion on a particular topic. Presentations are to be one hour in length.Proposals must fall into the following broad theme categories:●Excellence: May include quality, best practices, workforce development and training programs, and corporate responsibility.●Innovation: May include technology topics, trends, balancing quality of life and work.●Entrepreneurship: May include small business development, thinking outside the box, basic business skills, and new business ventures.”EXPO is the state’s most high profile business-to-business venue,” noted Curtis Picard, EXPO Director. “Hosting your own hands-on self-designed workshop is a great way to showcase your knowledge and interact with attendees.” EXPO attendance continues to rise from year to year; in 2002, attendance was up 5% from 2001, to nearly 3,000 individuals.Presentation proposals must be received by the close of business on November 1, 2002. Applicants will receive notice by November 30 as to the status of their proposals. To download PDF files of the criteria for submission and an application form, visit www.vtexpo.com(link is external) and click on “EXPO 2003 Call for Presentations.”For questions or more information, please contact Delaney Meeting and Event Management at (802) 655-7769.last_img read more

Bar Leaders Conference set for July in Tallahassee

first_img Bar Leaders Conference set for July in Tallahassee Toyca D. Williams Special to the News Voluntary bar leaders will head to Florida’s capital to network and discuss the successes and challenges faced by attorneys who volunteer in their local bar associations.The 2004 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is set for July 23-24 in Tallahassee. As this year’s theme suggests, “Raising the Bar — A Capital Idea,” the annual workshop gives participants an opportunity to discuss voluntary bar association programs, share what works in their communities, and gather helpful tips to improve existing programs.The workshop topics include membership recruitment and retention, fundraising, and other sources of nondues revenue, association finances, pro bono outreach, membership profiling, trends in association communications, and more.The conference, which moves around the state, is being co-hosted by several bar associations in Florida’s Panhandle, including the Tallahassee and Escambia-Santa Rosa bars, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, Tallahassee Barristers Association, Florida Government Bar Association, The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, and the Florida Council of Bar Executives.“The Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is an essential tool to all new and rising leaders within their voluntary bar associations to learn about topics ranging from effective leadership, taxation and accounting do’s and don’ts, communication within and between various bar associations, successful Law Week activities, and conducting excellent programs for your members,” said Kathy Maus, chair of the event’s planning committee.Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince will serve as the keynote speaker. Justice Quince, the first African-American woman appointed to the Florida Supreme Court, will discuss how her voluntary bar involvement contributed to her success in the profession. Quince said voluntary bars provide support networks for lawyers with similar interests.“I cannot say enough about the value of voluntary bars,” Justice Quince said. “To me, they are the professional equivalent of our local places of worship, where we gather to remind ourselves what our lives are about, to support and nurture each other, to provide support for issues of interest to the entire Florida Bar, to remind ourselves of the values we share, and to promote our common good and our common objectives.”Justice Quince is currently involved in the National Bar Association and Tallahassee Women Lawyers. She is an active member of The Florida Bar’s Government Lawyers Section, the Criminal Law Section, and the Equal Opportunities Law Section. While living in Hillsborough County, Quince was a member of the George Edgecomb Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar, Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, and the Tampa Bay Inn of Court.In addition to Justice Quince, Second Circuit Chief Judge Charles A. Francis will provide an update on court funding, and Judge Terry P. Lewis of Tallahassee will share the highs in writing two novels.The planning committee hopes to provide a program for the whole family to enjoy, including a Friday night reception at the Wakulla Springs State Park, that features one of the world’s largest and deepest fresh water springs, surrounded by nearly 5,000 acres of pristine forest. A lawyers rock band, The Big Kahunas, will provide music.“You won’t find a more stimulating and informative program for voluntary bar leaders,” Maus said. “It provides an opportunity to network with other people who share the same interest to foster good will among the legal profession and their communities. Furthermore, our capital has something to offer to the entire family.”The registration fee for the conference is $85. The reception is an additional fee. In May, the registration brochure will be mailed to voluntary bar officers and posted on the voluntary bar news page of The Florida Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org. It will include a detailed schedule with workshop descriptions.For information about the conference or sponsorship opportunities, call the Bar’s Toyca Williams at (850) 561-54764 or e-mail, twilliams@flabar.org. Bar Leaders Conference set for July in Tallahassee April 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Career secrets you don’t learn in school

first_imgMillennials want to succeed in their careers. Ninety-one percent of millennials aspire to be a leader, according to a recent WorkplaceTrends.com survey.As the largest generation in the U.S.workforce now, even if leadership is a top priority, Generation Y still lacks one big thing: years of experience in the workplace that teach you how the corporate world runs.While millennials are the best-educated cohort of young adults in American history, WorkplaceTrends.com found that 43% of Generation Y said their weakest leadership skill is having industry experience.But that doesn’t have to hold you back on your climb to the top. Here are four secrets to career success you won’t learn in school. continue reading » 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

UK looks to Netherlands with defined ambition pension proposals

first_imgOf the four models proposed as a way of increasing certainty for DC members, the DWP said it would consult on a money-back guarantee system, the possibility of investment guarantees, a retirement income insurance model and a retirement income builder, based around systems in place in Continental Europe.“This model is similar in structure to the Dutch General Practitioners’ pension fund (SPH) and the mandatory ATP scheme in Denmark,” the paper notes.Under the model, contributions would be split between a return-seeking pool and one buying deferred annuities.The paper adds: “As a result, the individual has a degree of pre-retirement certainty over their retirement income and can always see some benefit for each additional year of contributions, as the guaranteed element increases.”The department notes that, for both the ATP-inspired approach and a CDC model, scale and “sufficient” inflow of new members will be key.“Given that we believe CDC schemes offer an alternative approach to risk sharing and have the potential to offer more certain outcomes than individual DC, we propose to explore further the changes to the legal framework that would be required to enable them to operate in the UK,” the paper says.It also concedes that, while some types of CDC could already be possible in the current regulatory environment, others may require the creation of a new regulatory vehicle.“Besides setting out the regulatory vehicle for these schemes, we will need to consider whether the framework should include other requirements to enable them to provide the high levels of governance that would be needed to protect member interests,” it continues.“For example,” the paper adds, “there may be a case for a more formal approval arrangement on set-up, possibly by requiring schemes to obtain a licence from a regulator, as well as being subject to regulatory oversight of their funding levels.”The proposals received a mixed response from industry, with Hymans Robertson noting that existing models already allowed for risk-sharing, which employers had failed to pursue.John Walbaum, partner at the consultany, added: “Employers have invested heavily in DC in recent years and are unlikely to return to defined benefit unless they are compelled to do so.”The National Association of Pension Funds was more positive in its assessment, with chief executive Joanne Segars saying the DA proposals heralded a major step towards the creation of sustainable DB and innovative DC.“They will help create a framework to enable the development of a genuine mixed economy of pension provision, where employers are free to provide pensions that are right for them and their employees,” she said.However, Segars also said that the timing of any DA legislation would be “critical” to allow employers sufficient time before the end of opting out in 2016, and warned that DA would not be of interest to all quarters.Barnett Waddingham partner Danny Wilding seconded Segars’s concerns about the looming end of contracting out.He added: ”If firms are to be able to offer one of the structures discussed in the consultation, then real priority needs to be placed on making sure the legal framework is in place.”Cardano’s head of innovation Stefan Lundbergh said it was important any collective model treat individuals fairly.“There is no single perfect solution, but the consultation shows there are models that work,” he said.He said the firm preferred the retirement income builder model, on which it provided the DWP with modeling.The consultation closes 19 December.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to DWP consultation ‘Reshaping workplace pensions for future generations’ The UK could look to develop collective risk-sharing models inspired by the Dutch collective defined contribution (CDC) or the Danish ATP model, according to the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP).Launching a six-week consultation on the shape of defined ambition (DA) in the UK, pensions minister Steve Webb said the time was “ripe for innovation” and called on the industry to “reshape pensions for the future”.The consultation paper also laid out a number of potential approaches to allow for greater risk-sharing and proposed several new defined benefit (DB) models, including a core DB with a flexible additional payout in the form of either conditional indexation or an additional payment.In allowing for greater risk-sharing among defined contribution (DC) funds, the department seemed inspired by both the Dutch and the Danish systems, noting their dominance of the Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index.last_img read more

European pension tracking service ‘to start within two years’

first_imgClaudia Wegner-Wahnschaffe, ETS’s project leader, said that the European tracking system would ultimately comprise three layers of information.  The European pension tracking service (ETS) for cross-border pensions could become operational in its most basic form within two years, according to officials involved in the project.At a conference on pensions communication in Belgium this week, Steven Janssen, director of Belgian social security data bank Sigedis – a partner in the ETS project – told IPE he expected that the Belgian and Dutch tracking systems could be connected within 18-24 months.A link with data banks in Denmark, Sweden and Norway could follow soon, according to Janssen.He said that the ETS would initially focus on first and second pillar pensions, providing information about whether cross-border workers – estimated at 3% of the employee population – have pension rights elsewhere, the providers involved, and the value of the entitlement. Source: Deutsche Institut für AltersvorsorgeHowever, it could take up to 12 years before the complete system was up and running in all EU member states, she added.Wegner-Wahnschaffe said the structure of the project organisation had to established and the issue of data security still had to be addressed.She said that the project would be presented to stakeholders in September, when “open working groups” would start, focusing on subjects such as IT and exchange with national tracking services.According to Sigedis’ Janssen, the main challenges faced by the ETS project were obtaining and standardising the information and exchanging data with pension registers in individual countries.He added that it was unlikely that the UK would feed data into the ETS as it was due to exit the EU, but data in the European system would remain available to UK users.The ETS project started last month, and is supported by the European Social Insurance Platform and the European Association for the Public Sector Pension Institutions.The system is likely to be based on Find Your Pension (FYP), the German cross-border tracking service for academics, which was launched in 2011 with the support of the German government.Wegner-Wahnschaffe, who is also project manager of FYP, said the German initiative had “facilitated and fostered professional mobility”.During a panel discussion at the conference, a majority of experts highlighted that the ETS should – at least initially – be kept simple, follow a step-by-step approach, and leave the provision of more detailed information to the local tracking services.The ETS should also take local system characteristics into account.Most panel members also rejected the introduction of a legal obligation for countries to participate in the European tracking system, and emphasised the importance of testing developed solutions.last_img read more

Equinor Reports New Oil Discovery in Johan Castberg Licence

first_imgEquinor and partners Eni and Petoro have completed the Skruis exploration well in the Johan Castberg licence, and confirmed a volume of 12-25 million recoverable barrels of oil in the well.“This is an important discovery. It helps to determine the size of the Johan Castberg resource base which is currently being developed. Securing resources near existing infrastructure is an important part of Equinor’s ambition and strategy on the Norwegian continental shelf,” said Nick Ashton, Equinor’s senior vice president, Exploration, Norway & UK.Skruis is the first operated exploration well drilled by Equinor this year in the Barents Sea.“The Skruis discovery confirms the potential in this part of the Barents Sea. Over the past couple of years, we have learned that exploration in the Barents Sea is challenging and takes patience. We still have three Equinor-operated wells and one partner-operated well left to drill in the Barents Sea. We also have a good portfolio for the next couple of years. Together with the wells we drilled in 2017, this will help clarify the potential in the remaining part of the Barents Sea,” said Ashton.The partners will now further consider tie-in of the discovery to Johan Castberg. The Johan Castberg field is planned for start-up in 2022 and currently has full capacity up to 2026-2027. The timing of a potential development of the Skruis discovery will be adjusted to this.“Through the Johan Castberg field development we open a new oil province in the Barents Sea, enabling us to tie in this type of small discoveries that will be highly attractive when the infrastructure is in place,” added Knut Gjertsen, project director for the Johan Castberg development.Recoverable reserves in Johan Castberg are estimated at between 450-650 million barrels. The volumes from Skruis and the Kayak discovery from 2017 are not included in this estimate.The exploration drilling in the Skruis (7220/5-3) well was started in September by the Songa Enabler drilling rig. Production license PL532 Johan Castberg is located some 100 kilometers north of the Snøhvit field, with first oil scheduled for 2022. Equinor has ongoing operations on the prospect Intrepid Eagle in PL615 in the Hoop area of the Barents Sea.last_img read more

Late arrival Cleveland is first to IMCA West Coast Nationals finish at Merced

first_imgMERCED, Calif. (Jan. 3) – Duane Cleveland opened his trailer Saturday morning for the first time since racing in Las Vegas two months ago and unloaded the car that won the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature on night two of the West Coast Nationals at Merced Speedway. “At seven this morning, I decided to race today and took the car out of its trailer and scaled it,” Cleveland said from victory lane. “I got to Merced just in time for the show.” The win paid $2,500 and put Cleveland on the ballot for September’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Cleveland took the lead early in the 30-lap feature after battling Oregon traveler Tom Berry Jr. Cleveland was never to be challenged for the rest of the distance. Berry, who had never before raced at Merced, held off Kellen Chadwick until the waning moments of the race. Chadwick took up the chase of Cleveland but time ran out before he could catch him. “It was a good time out there. The track was great,” Cleveland said. “The last time I won here I beat Chris Shannon. This time I won the trophy he donated.” Cleveland shared the spotlight with Fred Ryland, who brought home the Shannon Pump Company trophy and a $1,750 check for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Ryland proved untouchable in the 30-lapper. After a first circuit pileup eliminated several cars, Ryland worked his way to the lead on the 10th lap. Nick Spainhoward, who had been in the middle of the pileup, managed to come back to gain second place despite having a damaged car. Right after the pileup, racing resumed with Wayne Dotson and Rick Diaz of taking turns at running down Ryland. Dotson and Diaz tangled in the fourth turn, leaving the path to victory lane clear for Ryland’s next 20 laps. Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Duane Cleveland; 2. Kellen Chadwick; 3. Tom Berry Jr.; 4. Ryan McDaniel; 5. Troy Foulger; 6. Nick DeCarlo; 7. Alex Wilson; 8. Ethan Dotson; 9. Paul Stone; 10. Bill Egleston; 11. Jeremy Richey; 12. Bricen James; 13. John MacDougall; 14. Bryan Clark; 15. Jerry Movrich; 16. Cody Laney; 17. Chris Clark; 18. Collen Winebarger. Northern SportMods – 1. Fred Ryland; 2. Nick Spainhoward; 3. Neil Barcellos; 4. Megan Ponciano; 5. Josh Hensley; 6. Matt Mayo; 7. Al Johnson; 8. Wayne Dotson; 9. Rick Diaz; 10. Ryan Larimer; 11. Richard Mueller; 12. Alan Pace; 13. Jeremy Hoff; 14. Tim Elias; 15. Chris Ray; 16. Anthony Gulianni; 17. Keith Brown; 18. Bruce Nelson; 19. Chris Falkenberg.last_img read more

Area Football Friday Scores (10-4)

first_imgArea Football Friday ScoresWeek #7  (10-4)Greensburg  24     Batesville  18    East Central  69     Connersville  7Milan  48     Oldenburg  0Franklin County  33     South Dearborn  13     North Decatur  34     Eastern Greene  0South Decatur  18     Switz. County  6     Lawrenceburg  48     Rushville  18Traders Point Christian  48     Edinburgh  0Centerville  27     Union County  14     Floyd Central  55     Jennings County  24Jeffersonville  35     Madison  7last_img read more

Wenger in the dark over buy-out talk

first_img The Frenchman added: “You are only vulnerable if you want to sell and you need money. (However), that doesn’t concern me at all, that is down to the owners.” Kroenke pushed through his £430million-plus takeover in April 2011, and now holds 66.83% overall control. The Kroenke Sports Enterprise Group has a history of sustained involvement in all of his sports interests in the United States, which include NBA side Denver Nuggets and NHL outfit Colorado Avalanche as well as the Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids. Uzbek oil magnate Alisher Usmanov remains Arsenal’s second largest shareholder with 29.96%, but does not currently hold a seat on the board. Reports suggest if successful in a potential takeover, the consortium – said to be backed by funds from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – would be ready to work with Usmanov’s Red & White Holdings to help drive the Gunners back to the top of European football, vowing to slash ticket prices, and stop the sale of star players such as former captains Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas. Arsenal have not won a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup, during which period Wenger has long championed the club’s self-sustaining policy and the need for UEFA’s new Financial Fair Play regulations. Press Association Reports have emerged claiming a Middle East consortium are preparing a £1.5billion bid to buy out the Barclays Premier League club at around £20,000 a share. However, sources close to the Arsenal board on Sunday morning maintained there had been no approach, informal or otherwise, to the American owner, who remains “in it for the long term”. When asked about the rumours following Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham, which leaves Arsenal in real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification next season, Wenger said: “I don’t know anything about it, I heard it like you [in the newspapers].” center_img Manager Arsene Wenger has no knowledge of a potential takeover at Arsenal – but insists that is a concern only for owner Stan Kroenke and whether he wants to sell up.last_img read more

Mourinho confirms Fabregas interest

first_img Arsenal have an option to buy back the Spaniard as part of the deal that took him to the Nou Camp in 2011 but currently appear unlikely to do so, leaving the door open for their London rivals to move for the 27-year-old. And while Blues boss Mourinho did not confirm that a bid was imminent, he did admit that he was monitoring the situation closely. Press Association “We have some interest,” Mourinho told several national newspapers. “We have some interest. I have interest in analysing the situation. “I think it looks like he’s really interested in leaving Barcelona, and is very, very interested in coming back to England. This I think is clear. “After that it’s not something for us, or another team, for now. It’s not for now, or tomorrow, or for before the World Cup. “There is a process where he wants to leave, he wants to come to England because it’s the country where he wants to be, where he prefers to play. “We are interested in monitoring the situation.” If Fabregas were to arrive at Stamford Bridge, it would likely be as a replacement for Frank Lampard who announced last week he would not be returning this summer after 13 years and 211 goals in west London. The 35-year-old was a lynchpin during Mourinho’s first spell in charge at the club and the Portuguese insists the door is always open for the England international to return in some capacity. “It’s not the end of Frank’s career at Chelsea – it’s just a little break,” he said. Jose Mourinho has confirmed he is interested in bringing Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea with the midfielder seemingly on the brink of leaving Barcelona. “It’s the end of his career as a Chelsea player, but he will be back for many, many years because he’s one of the most important players in the club’s history. “You can’t imagine how difficult it was for him to leave. “I think only he knows because we spoke – not by phone, in person – but at the same time I can feel some happiness about the process because for sure he comes back to Chelsea one day. For sure. “Everybody wants it, (owner) Mr Abramovich – the number one, the most important person – wants very much Frank to be back, I want him to be back, the staff want him back, so he comes back for sure. “And the other thing is that he can come back the way he wants. “Mr Abramovich has left the door completely open for him on the understanding Frank can do anything he wants at this club. He can try things, feel where he is better suited, we can feel as a club where he can give us more, but he can come back when he wants and, to repeat Mr Abramovich’s words, the way he wants. “He can be a coach, he can start at the academy, he can start being my assistant at the same time because he is doing his coaching badges, or he can start in a different role. “He can decide in this moment whether he wants to start immediately in a coaching role, or if he wants to be an ambassador, representing the club in important places of our life – he can do what he wants.” last_img read more