Vermont professionals honored with Champlain College alumni awards

first_imgOn September 29, the Robert A. Skiff Alumni Award went to Sarah Soule, the director of admissions and college counseling at Vermont Commons School; the C. Bader Brouilette Alumni Award to Marie Ambusk, financial reporting accountant/principal at GE Healthcare Integrated Information Technology Solutions; the Vermont Alumni Award to Tim Kavanagh of WCAX-TV and Late Night Saturday; the Roger A. Perry Alumni Award to Courtney McAuliffe of New England Kurn Hattin Homes; and the Presidents Alumni Award to Peter Bruhn and Peter Jewett, operators of GoTradingPost.com.Champlain College President David Finney and many Champlain alumni and friends participated in the celebration aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen.last_img

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Delayed Olympics will be a relief for sponsors in current chaos, experts say

first_imgThe decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until 2021 will be welcomed by the sponsors who pay hundreds of millions to be associated with the event, British advertising veteran Martin Sorrell has told AFP. The sponsors of the Tokyo Olympics must wait until next year for the Games to take place Faced with growing international pressure, the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday delayed the July 24-August 9 Games, a move never before seen in peacetime in the Olympics’ 124-year history. Sorrell – who founded advertising giant WPP and sits on the IOC’s Communications Commission – said delaying the Games was logical given the coronavirus pandemic and a resulting recession he compares only to that created by war. “The (local and international) sponsors would prefer next year in any case given the chaos that is going on at the moment,” he said in a phone interview. “So this works out for both sets of sponsors.” Sorrell, who left WPP in 2018, concedes there are hurdles to be overcome such as the availability of the venues and the timetable – the IOC has left the door open to a spring Olympics – but believes the “extremely competent” Japanese organisers would deal with those changes. But he foresaw the Games taking place in more propitious financial times. “People ask me if this recession is different to others. I say there has been nothing like it before – the only comparison is wartime,” he said. “I have experienced several in my life, such as the oil slump of the 80s, the dotcom in 2001 and 2008. “Nothing has been as quick as this. There will be a fallout for some but there will be a recovery. “Q2 (the second quarter) will be very difficult this year, Q3 less so and Q4 better, so there will be some signs of recovery by the time the Games come round.” – ‘Optimism and hope’ – Promoted Content7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia last year announced that the company had become a TOP sponsor of the OlympicsThe IOC’s former head of marketing, Michael Payne, dismisses the belief in some quarters that IOC chief Thomas Bach and the organisers’ ultimate decision was beholden to the wishes of their respective commercial partners.“Nothing could be further from the truth that the IOC decision-making process is driven by commercial partners,” the 62-year-old Irishman told AFP.“They would have been informed but not consulted.“However, the decision would have been 100% driven by sporting concerns.”Payne, who in nearly two decades at the IOC was widely credited with transforming its brand and finances by attracting vast sponsorship, said the IOC was less commercial than other sporting bodies.“The football leagues and Formula One are much more commercial entities even if the sums of money are much smaller,” he said.”(American broadcaster) NBC do not have a seat at the table when host cities are decided.”Becoming a so-called TOP (The Olympic Partner Programme established by the IOC in 1985), does not come cheap.The dozen current members, including Coca-Cola and General Electric, will have invested well over $100 million (91 million euros) each to become one of the main providers for the Tokyo Games.– ‘Unprecedented –The Games in 2021 can be an amazing celebration of humanity and triumph provided the coronavirus is a thing of the past, sports marketing consultant Terrence Burns saysTerrence Burns was an IOC marketing executive and is now executive vice-president of Global Sport for marketing and brand company Engine Shop, advising one of the TOP sponsors, insurance firm Allianz, on the strategic aspects of their IOC partnership.Burns, who since leaving the IOC has played a key role in five successful Olympic bid city campaigns, told AFP the postponement has caused little fuss because they will retain the 2020 Tokyo Games name despite being shifted into next year.“This is unprecedented for all sponsors whose rights either end, begin, or extend at the end of this quadrennial (2020) and into the next,” he said.“The key concepts to make this unique situation work are flexibility and fairness.“Fortunately, Olympic sponsorship agreements are precise and succinct as to the use of which Olympic intellectual property can be used where, how, and when… and by whom.”Burns said the IOC provided clarity and thereby reassurance to those whose contracts were due to come to an end in 2020.“The IOC has already stated that sponsors of the Tokyo Games whose rights were set to expire this year will be extended through the Games next year,” he said.Read Also: Messi gifts €1m to hospitals to combat coronavirus“Accommodations will need to be made in certain categories, but I personally do not see any issues that will prove difficult, let alone insurmountable.”Burns said he believed the Games next year would be unique in the emotional punch they could deliver as the world recovers from the pandemic.“The Olympics, at least to me, are as much about optimism and hope as they are about sport,” he said.“If the global crisis is contained and or is over by next year, I think the Games will provide for a unique and amazing celebration of humanity and triumph.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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Ganta Residents Strengthen Community Policing Amidst Water Poising Rumors

first_imgIn the wake of news of wells being poisoned by unknown persons, citizens of Ganta have begun strengthening community policing in collaboration with the Liberia National Police, Ganta Detail.According to Ganta Police Commander, Sgt. George Payne, the police, along with the community, will work hard to avoid harm coming to the community.Since last week Tuesday, he said, Police have begun regular patrols during the night hours from community to community with the assistance of community watch teams. The fear of the water poisoning intensified early Tuesday, 5th August 2014, in Ganta and its’ surrounding towns after a well was allegedly poisoned in a family compound belonging to  Immigration Officer, Maj. Alfred Yormie.Although the report is yet to   be verified as to whether the water was really poisoned, residents of the compound, and neighbors did notice that the well had been forced open and what appeared as a chemical-like powder was seen sprinkled around the well and in the yard, where the well is located.As of now visitation around Ganta night hours has become very difficult, because every community is on a watch to know who is moving around their community.“We are checking for any strange movement in our community,” said one of the community leaders.The news of poisoning water has caused alarm in the community, making citizens to be even more afraid of this than about of Ebola.Unconfirmed reports reaching the Daily Observer say that in Bahn, there was an alleged poisoning of a hand pump and materials like syringes and a glove were found under a nearby pump close to the Refugee Camp.And in Grand Gedeh, it was alleged that some groups of men were seen going  around in Zleh Town telling people that they have Ebola medicine to be placed in a well, but some of the men were immediately arrested and are currently under detention at the police station in Zwedru.“Yes, we see the Ebola, but I think water poisoning is the one that is killing people and they are putting the blame on  Ebola,” said Mr. Yormie.“If God had not been on our side to lead us to discover the poisoning of our well, we may all have been dead by now,” he added.Tension is said to be building  up across Nimba in the fight against Ebola and about well poisoning and the poisoning of food items such as candy, among others.It is alleged that the four persons who died in Kakata recently, died from poisoned candy, which was given to some kids by unknown persons.However, two persons had reportedly died from Ebola in Nimba, one in Ganta and the other and the other along the Ganta-Saclepea road, while brinh rushed to the clinic.The little child who died in Ganta and another relative  earlier tested positive of Ebola by the Ministry of Health (MOH) team, after their father died from Ebola almost a month ago.  But they did not  transfer them to the center until his death, while the relatives remain very serious.Residents are complaining of the slow response of the Ministry of Health workers in quickly relocating positive cases or expeditiously  removing the Ebola bodies.“Our lives are at risk in this country, because those claimed to be Ebola positive are still living in the same community with other people,” said Yeesah Karto.The body of the man who died while en route to the Saclepea Clinic is said to be lying on the main road close to the town call Yarsonnoh, since his demise on 6th August 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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