‘Diversity and Inclusion Conference’ to explore social issue

first_imgMembers of the tri-campus community will join together Friday in conversation at the “2019 Diversity and Inclusion Conference” at the Morris Inn from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The conference is open to students, staff and faculty, and will explore ideas about race, gender, sexual orientation and identity.Eric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion, said the event offers a unique opportunity to participants.“I think this will be an excellent opportunity for students, faculty [and] staff to come together [and] engage in those conversations in a way that doesn’t usually happen on campus,” Love said.The event’s keynote speaker Robin DiAngelo is the author of the New York Times bestseller “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” According to the conference agenda, DiAngelo’s speech “Seeing the Racial Water” will examine how white people can “develop white racial literacy” to push for “greater racial equity.”Love, who is organizing the event, said DiAngelo’s speech has attracted interest from many faculty and staff who have held book clubs over the summer discussing her ideas. DiAngelo raises important critiques without pointing fingers, Love said.“I don’t think she attacks or blames white people,” Love said. “I think that she points out some patterns that oftentimes white people get uncomfortable when we talk about race or racism.”In the four years Love has worked at Notre Dame, the University became a far more inclusive environment, he said.“I think that every institution has work to do, and Notre Dame is no different,” Love said. “I do think we’ve come a long way in a very short period of time.”When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Love said Notre Dame needs to continue shifting its campus culture and becoming more open to differences across the board. The conference will devote a workshop specifically towards improving LGBTQ allyship. Love said LGBTQ inclusion aligns with Notre Dame’s Catholic values, despite the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex relationships and transgender identities.“We are a Catholic institution,” Love said. “We follow Catholic doctrine [and] Biblical teachings, but one of the major premises of Catholic doctrine is to treat each individual with human dignity and respect. You might not agree with everyone, you might not understand, and you may not endorse someone’s lifestyle or every choice that people make or who they are. But we have to treat each other with dignity and respect.”Love said Notre Dame administrators and student government officials have recently been pushing diversity and inclusion initiatives on many fronts, and he is hopeful this conference will be a step in the right direction.“I think that this conference helps really illustrate how seamless social Catholic teachings, the mission of Notre Dame and diversity and inclusion work really go together,” Love said. “It’s a natural fit.”Tags: Department of Diversity and Inclusion, gender, race, sexual orientationlast_img read more

Two-year Efficiency Vermont program aims to reduce energy consumption by 7.5 percent

first_imgEfficiency Vermont,Sixty of Vermont’s largest commercial, industrial, municipal, and institutional energy users have joined Efficiency Vermont’s Energy Leadership Challenge, a two-year effort to reduce energy use at participating organizations by 7.5 percent. The Energy Leadership Challenge is designed not only to reduce current energy use at some of Vermont’s largest facilities, but also for participants to commit to long-term energy planning that will result in further energy and operating cost reductions. Efficiency Vermont provides enhanced resources, both technical and financial, to help participants achieve their energy-reduction goals by June 30, 2013. For Vermont’s largest energy consumers, the Energy Leadership Challenge has the potential to save more than 28 million KWh, approximately 1.5 to 2.0 times greater than the average annual savings for this sector. Most of the participating organizations already have achieved significant energy savings by working with Efficiency Vermont. Their shared commitment to a 7.5 percent reduction requires them to go beyond the ‘low-hanging fruit’ of energy savings and take major steps to increase efficiencies that will help them reach the Energy Leadership Challenge goal. ‘These organizations are the leaders, the engines of our economy, and we’re proud to serve as energy consultants to help them run their facilities more efficiently,’ said Jim Merriam, director of Efficiency Vermont. ‘To help Vermont’s businesses stay competitive in a global marketplace, we created the Energy Leadership Challenge that inspires long-term energy planning and significant energy savings.’ According to a recent analysis commissioned by the Vermont Department of Public Service, every dollar spent on energy efficiency provides nearly $5.00 in benefits to Vermonters. These savings can be reinvested back into growing Vermont’s economy and helping Vermonters become more energy efficient. Following are short profiles of a few of the Energy Leadership Challenge participants. Vermed, Inc.Based in Bellows Falls, the manufacturer of high-quality medical sensors and electrodes has worked for years with Efficiency Vermont to reduce energy usage and costs at its 48,000 square foot facility. According to Vermed, it recently hit a five-year low for energy use in the same month that it produced and shipped a record number of products. Vermed’s electric bills are down 25-30 percent, saving the company $3,000 per month. ‘Efficiency Vermont helps us dig deep in the manufacturing process, and we really value their expertise,’ said Rich Kalich, chairman and CEO of Vermed. ‘They understand that the cost of power will continue to rise, so if you don’t invest in efficiency you’re actually losing money. Efficiency Vermont helps our business, and many others like ours around the state, be more competitive.’ National Life GroupWhen the National Life Group decided to participate in the Energy Leadership Challenge, it was already saving more than 1.3 million KWh and almost $200,000 annually thanks to previous lighting and other energy-efficiency projects. Headquartered in a 60-year-old building, National Life’s goal is to reduce its operational costs and lessen its environmental impact. The company is working with Efficiency Vermont on a comprehensive study that will provide a blueprint for future energy-efficiency savings and continuous improvement. Tim Shea, who manages the National Life Group facilities, recently took a field trip with Efficiency Vermont account manager Mike Leonard to an Albany-area business that had realized significant energy savings by eliminating overhead lighting. National Life plans to move forward with a similar project involving reduced overhead lighting, occupancy sensors, and daylight harvesting. Not having to upgrade the wiring in the ceiling of the circa 1950s building also will reduce costs. ‘National Life Group understands that Efficiency Vermont plays a key role for Vermont businesses as energy consultants,’ said Mike Leonard. ‘If that means a field trip to Albany to highlight how another business is saving energy, we hop in the car. By involving Efficiency Vermont early and often in the energy-efficiency discussions, National Life Group continues to maximize its energy and financial savings.’ Green Mountain CollegeGreen Mountain College has been one of Sierra Magazine’s ‘Coolest Schools’ (for environmental programming and operations) two years in a row. The school’s biomass plant produces 85 percent of its heat and 20 percent of the electricity it needs to run its Poultney operations. Efficiency Vermont has advised the school, providing technical and financial assistance, on many campus projects in recent years. Green Mountain College recently launched a dashboard that displays real-time electricity use in residence halls and keeps tabs on the energy produced by its new biomass facility. The display allows administrators ‘ and students ‘ to track and identify ways to save energy on campus. ‘Efficiency Vermont works with us as a partner, helping to design and implement projects to maximize energy efficiency on campus,’ said Paul Fonteyn, president of Green Mountain College. ‘In turn, this helps us achieve our goal of attracting academically-motivated students who want to pursue their education in a sustainable environment.’ University MallThe University Mall in South Burlington worked with Efficiency Vermont to upgrade lighting in its parking facilities, resulting in a 42 percent decrease in energy consumption in the first month after the installation. Ultimately, the energy-efficient LEDs in the parking garage could save 50 percent in electrical expenses. ‘We consider Efficiency Vermont an amazing resource for energy savings,’ said Jason Steward, property manager for Finard Properties. ‘We joined the Energy Leadership Challenge because Efficiency Vermont has always been extremely knowledgeable and helpful, acting as outside advisors on any energy-related project. We want to do more to reduce our energy costs and footprint.’ Barry Callebaut USA‘It’s all about getting better ‘ we cannot afford to slow down,’ said Marc Ladd, maintenance manager for Barry Callebaut USA. Ladd manages the company’s 150,000 square foot facility in St. Albans. Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, frequently shares its St. Albans energy-efficiency successes with colleagues in its plants across North America. Barry Callebaut has been working with Efficiency Vermont since 2005 on projects including lighting, heating and cooling, motors, and compressed air that save the company 1.5 million KWh per year and more than $117,000. ‘We’ve had a great experience with Efficiency Vermont and look forward to continuing our successes with the Energy Leadership Challenge,’ noted Ladd. ‘They understand our holistic approach to plant operations, helping us to improve our own processes that we can then share across the company.’ Basin Harbor Club‘Basin Harbor Club joined the Energy Leadership Challenge because we saw an opportunity to not only save a significant amount of energy and money, but also to show other Vermont businesses and our guests that we’re serious about our energy resources and energy efficiency,’ said Brian Goodyear, director of engineering and technical services. To date, the work with Efficiency Vermont at the Lake Champlain resort has largely focused on installing more efficient lighting that has resulted in lower energy bills. Goodyear and his team at Basin Harbor Club are currently looking at installing energy meters on specific buildings to identify opportunities for more savings as part of the Energy Leadership Challenge. ‘Increasingly, groups and associations staying at Basin Harbor Club ask us about our carbon footprint and energy stewardship, and our work with Efficiency Vermont helps demonstrate that we’re responsible stewards of Vermont’s natural resources,’ added Goodyear. The list of organizations that have taken on the Energy Leadership Challenge to date includes: ·         Barry Callebaut USA, Inc. (St. Albans)·         Basin Harbor Club (Vergennes)·         Bennington College (Bennington)·         Black River Produce (North Springfield)·         Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (Berlin)·         Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (Brattleboro)·         Brattleboro Retreat (Brattleboro)·         Bromley Mountain Ski Resort (Peru)·         Carris Reels, Inc. (Rutland)·         Castleton State College (Castleton)·         Central Vermont Medical Center (Barre)·         Dynapower Corporation (South Burlington)·         Energizer Battery Manufacturing Company (Bennington)·         Energizer Battery Manufacturing Company (St. Albans)·         Fairbanks Scales (St. Johnsbury)·         G.S. Precision, Inc. (Brattleboro)·         Gifford Medical Center (Randolph)·         Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Waterbury)·         Green Mountain College (Poultney)·         GW Plastics, Inc. (Bethel)·         Harbour Industries, Inc. (Shelburne)·         HEI Equinox LLC (Manchester)·         Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. (Milton)·         Imerys Talc America, Inc. (Ludlow)·         Killington Pico Ski Resort Partners LLC (Killington)·         King Arthur Flour (Norwich)·         Kurn Hattin Homes (Westminster)·         Landmark College (Putney)·         Lovejoy Tool (Springfield)·         Lucas Industries (North Springfield)·         Lyndon State College (Lyndonville)·         Mack Molding Company, Inc. (Arlington)·         Mack Molding Company, Inc. (Cavendish)·         Middlebury College (Middlebury)·         Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (Windsor)·         Mount Snow (West Dover)·         National Hanger, Inc. (North Bennington)·         National Life Group (Montpelier)·         Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (St. Johnsbury)·         Norwich University (Northfield)·         Okemo Mountain Resort (Ludlow)·         Preci-Manufacturing, Inc. (Winooski)·         Putney Paper Company, Inc. (Putney)·         Rock of Ages Corporation (Graniteville)·         Rock Tenn Company (Sheldon)·         Rutland Plywood Corporation (Rutland)·         Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland)·         Springfield Hospital (Springfield)·         Stratton Mountain Resort (Stratton)·         Swan Valley Cheese of Vermont (Swanton)·         Swenson Granite Company (Barre)·         The Orvis Company (Sunderland)·         The Vermont Country Store (Manchester Center)·         Town of Brattleboro (Brattleboro)·         University Mall (South Burlington)·         Vermed, Inc. (Bellows Falls)·         Vermont Circuits, Inc. (Brattleboro)·         Vermont State Buildings (Statewide Locations)·         Vermont Technical College (Randolph Center)·         Vishay Tansitor, Inc. (Bennington)·         Weidmann (St. Johnsbury) For more information on the Energy Leadership Challenge, visitwww.efficiencyvermont.com/challenge(link is external). Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) operates Efficiency Vermont under an appointment by the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visitwww.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external). December 8, 2011 ‘ Efficiency Vermontlast_img read more

Target recalls toddler boots for choking hazard

first_imgNo injuries have been reported, but the CPSC say parents should be cautious and keep the boots away from children. Officials explain the toggle on the boots can detach from the elastic lace used to tighten the boots. (CNN) — The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of a brand of boots for toddlers sold at Target stores due to a choking hazard. The boots from the Cat & Jack line were sold at Target’s nationwide in-store and online for both boys and girls. To get a full refund at any Target store, available for those who own the boots, call 800-440-0680 or visit target.com #Recall: @Target Cat & Jack ‘Himani” and “Jaren” toddler boots. The boot’s toggle can detach from the elastic lace; choking hazard. Get Refund. CONTACT: 800-440-0680 or https://t.co/MxlKzyn0Ub. Full recall notice: https://t.co/VYl5WhJ41K pic.twitter.com/ioqUaATTe7— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) November 4, 2020 The recall involved the “Himani” and “Jaren” boots. last_img read more

Arsenal provide Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette fitness updates before Newcastle clash

first_imgArsenal provide Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette fitness updates before Newcastle clash Advertisement Pepe is short of match sharpness after his exploits for the Ivory Coast (Picture: Getty)Manager Unai Emery had been cautiously optimistic that Lacazette would be back to face Newcastle, but both the French forward and Pepe are still doubts.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAn update on Arsenal’s official website on Friday morning confirmed that Lacazette ‘will continue to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match at Newcastle.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPepe, meanwhile, is ‘regaining full match fitness following his late return from the African Cup of Nations. Decision to be made on participation for Sunday.’Hector Bellerin will not be back in full training until October, while Rob Holding is back in training but will continue with ‘on-field rehabilitation.’ If Lacazette misses the Newcastle game, he should be back to face Burnley (Picture: Getty)Speaking earlier this week, Emery said of Lacazette: ‘Hopefully he could be available for the match against Newcastle. The doctors, they are optimistic. We are going to wait. The next days are going to be very important to see how he is going to progress with his injury.‘But I am really, really happy with other players also. If he is ready for Sunday, perfect. If he isn’t, then for the next.‘We need now to have a very competitive team, with the players ready forth next matches but above all to create a mentality to start strong and find our best performance in the next match.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Aug 2019 10:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kSharescenter_img Comment The Arsenal attackers may have to sit out their Premier League curtain-raiser (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette and summer signing Nicolas Pepe will both undergo late fitness tests to see if they can take part in Arsenal’s opening Premier League clash against Newcastle United.Pepe, a club-record £72million arrival from Lille, did not take part in the Gunners’ final pre-season match against Barcelona having returned to training late after the African Cup of Nations.Lacazette was also left behind as the rest of the squad travelled to Spain having suffered an ankle injury in the Gunners’ defeat to Lyon in the Emirates Cup a week earlier. Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf: Proposed Budget Cuts and Program Eliminations Will Harm Communities Across Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf: Proposed Budget Cuts and Program Eliminations Will Harm Communities Across Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter National Issues,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposed budget:“Thousands of Pennsylvanians rely on programs that are being eliminated or dramatically cut in President Trump’s budget proposal. Seniors receive food from meals on wheels efforts. Families across Pennsylvania get help paying for their heating bills through heating assistance. Workers rely on job training programs to help them get back on their feet. Students across Pennsylvania with disabilities get access to the education they need to succeed through federal funding.“All of these programs are facing elimination or massive cuts. It’s unacceptable.“Many communities will be harmed by indiscriminate cuts to housing programs, agriculture investments, and efforts to keep our land and water safe.“Here in Pennsylvania we have seen first-hand the consequences of budgets that indiscriminately cut programs. Our schools are still recovering from the cuts under the previous administration, as I have fought to increase education funding by $640 million. We still have work to do in Pennsylvania. That’s why I have made sure my budget puts Pennsylvania families first. Facing a difficult budget situation, I found $2 billion in savings and efficiencies, allowing for targeted investments in schools, job training, and programs that help Pennsylvania’s seniors. My budget proposal stands in stark contrast to the proposal from Washington that simply tries to cut its way out of its problem at the expense of families and seniors.”Governor Wolf is asking Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to carefully review the devastating cuts in this proposal and help stop them.center_img March 16, 2017last_img read more

Offshore WIND Edition 4 Out Now!

first_imgThe fourth and this year’s final edition of Offshore WIND is out now, and includes interviews with DONG Energy Netherlands, Siemens Gamesa, European Space Agency and Van Oord – making it an edition not to be missed.Offshore WIND Conference and Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference have a main focus in the magazine with speaker information, program details and specific interviews. Next to that, find out the latest on the Borssele tenders, grids and connections and hub ports in Denmark. The magazine also offers a guest column by DNV GL and an outlook on the US offshore wind market next to the offshore wind breezes and wind farm updates.To subscribe to the magazine head to www.offshorewindmagazine.comlast_img read more

Strange Oval giving cash, product certificates to top five drivers at 30 IMCA Modified specials

first_img“Jim and his team at Strange Oval have been great to work with and I know IMCA drivers feel the same way,” commented Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “Their program is truly one-of-a-kind and one that has not only been offering great purchasing incentives, but putting cash in racers’ pockets for years.” “We’ll be involved with IMCA for many years to come. Over the years we’ve come to know many of the competitors and have developed great relationships. IMCA has such a wide reach and so many tracks around the country have adopted their rules package because there’s great value and affordability,” said Strange Oval President Jim Kontje. “We strive to mirror this same philoso­phy with our products while incorporating innovative technology. IMCA is perfect for us.” Information about Strange Oval products is available at the www.strangeoval.com website, by calling 800 653-1099 and on Facebook. Located in Morton Grove, Ill., Strange Oval is in its sixth year of IMCA sponsorship and manufac­tures axles and drive plates.center_img MORTON GROVE, Ill. – Strange Oval’s racing heritage and drive for innovation pays off again this season for IMCA Modified special events drivers.  A top five finisher at each of 30 designated specials receives $50 in cash and a $50 product certifi­cate. All awards will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week after official race results are received and product certificates are redeemable through Performance Bodies.last_img read more

Former Township Trustee arrested on felony warrant

first_imgRush County, IN – A lengthy investigation by the Indiana State Police Special Investigations Section has led to a former trustee of Ripley Township, located in Rush County, being arrested on a multiple count felony warrant. The investigation and charges allege that former township trustee, Tara Hancock, age 36, misused and misappropriated public funds for the personal gain of herself and her husband. The investigation began last fall after a State Board of Accounts audit for Ripley Township, from between 2015 to 2018, found discrepancies in records totaling over $17,000, according to State Board of Accounts officials. The Indiana State Police Special Investigations Section was contacted and an investigation began. When that investigation was completed, it was turned over to the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office for their review.As a result of the joint investigation and prosecutor’s review, Tara Hancock was arrested at her home in Hancock County Friday morning on a warrant for allegations of four counts of Level 6 Felony Theft, one count of Level 6 Felony Official Misconduct by a Public Servant and one count of Level 6 Felony Ghost Employment.last_img read more

Officials: Florida Woman Dies in Gunfire Exchange with Deputies

first_imgA Florida woman was shot and killed Saturday after firing at sheriff deputies, authorities said.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said in a series of Twitter posts that the woman fled during an investigation in Port Richey.According to authorities, the woman fired a shot at the deputies, who then shot back, striking her once.The suspect was treated by emergency personnel and was pronounced deceased. No deputies were injured. The criminal investigation regarding the female is ongoing and will be conducted by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) June 27, 2020 The woman was pronounced dead at the scene after being treated by emergency personnel.None of the deputies were injured.The names of those involved have not been released.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation into the shooting.last_img read more

Area residents compete in Dead Run

first_imgThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder text ELLSWORTH — Below is a list of finishers in Saturday’s Dead Run and Headless Half-Mile, which were run Saturday.Dead Run Headless Half-Mile Stephen Grierson, 12 minutes, 39 secondsJon Bates, 12:39Andre Jacques, 14:27Anthony Crossman, 14:38Stanley Grierson, 15:03Thea Crowley, 15:10Spencer Grierson, 15:13Everett Stiles-Martin, 15:39Edith Dunham, 15:58Matthias Case, 17:41Arianna Stiles-Martin, 18:04Kris Garcia, 18:24Eliza Crowley, 18:43Jasper Rossney, 18:50Susan Brenner, 19:00Ken Weeks, 19:31Alexander Stanton, 20:17Emily Herwerden, 20:18Tamera Murphy, 20:36Scott Grierson, 21:43Melissa Nowell, 21:48Michele Wagstaff, 22:32Carrie Kutney, 22:41Leann Beal, 23:09Bobbie-Jo Thornton, 23:14Karen Bruck, 23:38Pamela Beam, 25:39Sara Spencer, 25:53Martha Farley, 27:43Maire Scanlon, 27:50Killian Scanlon, 30:27 Aiden Mitchell, 4:34Heather Brenner-Simpson, 4:43Nicola Thurber, 5:28Larkin Speed, 5:50Eva Beal, 6:05Lucy Chase, 6:16Michael Rossney, 6:54Leigha Pendleton, 7:46Jody Warren, 7:48Shannon Sawyer, 8:04Fiona Cleary, 13:44Richard Cleary, 13:45Elsie Flemings, 13:46last_img read more