Vermont wins bid to host women’s world hockey tournament in 2012

first_imgAngela Ruggiero signs autographs following the announcement. Left to right: USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean, University of Vermont President Daniel Mark Fogel, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, U.S. Olympian Angela Ruggiero and University of Vermont Associate VP & Director of Athletics Robert Corran. University of Vermont,The University of Vermont and the city of Burlington have been selected to host the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship, as announced today by USA Hockey at a press conference this afternoon at the Waterman Building on the campus of UVM. Gutterson Fieldhouse will host all U.S. and Canada games, plus the playoff and medal rounds.Gutterson Fieldhouse- home to the UVM men’s and women’s NCAA Division I ice hockey programs – will serve as the primary venue and will host all U.S. and Canada games, as well as the playoff and medal rounds. Meanwhile, Cairns Arena, located in South Burlington, will serve as the secondary facility for the event. The eight-nation tournament, which will tentatively run from April 7-14, 2012, includes 22 games and features the top female hockey players in the world.”We’re fully confident that the eagerness and commitment shown by the University of Vermont and city of Burlington to host the IIHF World Women’s Championship will translate into an exceptional experience for the players and fans from around the world,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those in the New England region to see the best women’s players in the world up-close and in person.””We are thrilled to be serving as the host site for the IIHF World Women’s Championship and look forward with enthusiasm and excitement to working with USA Hockey, the greater Burlington community and the state of Vermont in preparing for this very special and world-wide celebration of women’s hockey,” said Robert Corran, associate vice president and director of athletics for UVM.Dignitaries at the event included Governor Peter Shumlin and UVM President Dan Fogel, as well as NHL and UVM hockey star Asron Miller, who played in the Olympics in 2006. Representing the US Women’s team was Anglea, who played in the first nationally televised women’s game between the US and Canada in 1997, also at Gutterson.The United States has earned gold medals in three of the last four world championships (2005, 2008, 2009), while capturing silver in the remaining nine years (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007). The title game has featured the U.S. and Canada every year of the tournament dating back to its inception in 1990.Coming off back-to-back gold medals at the most recent world championships in 2008 and 2009 (the IIHF World Women’s Championship was not held in 2010 due to the Olympic Winter Games), the U.S. will play for a third straight title at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship from April 16-25 in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland. The United States’ finish in that tournament will determine its seeding for the event in Burlington.A schedule and ticket packages for the 2012 IIHF World Women’s Championship will be available in May. For more information, visit USAHockey.com.Burlington was selected from a pool of finalists that also included Minneapolis; Rochester, N.Y.; and Hartford, Conn. … In 2012, the IIHF World Women’s Championship will be held in the U.S. for the third time in its 12-year history. Previously, Lake Placid, N.Y., put on the World Women’s Championship in 1994, followed by Minneapolis in 2001. The United States will be looking to secure its first IIHF Women’s World Championship title on home soil … IIHF World Women’s Championships have not been held in Olympic years (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) … In May 2007, the IIHF granted USA Hockey the rights to host three world championships, including the 2009 IIHF World Men’s U18 Championship (Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn.), the 2011 World Junior Championship (Buffalo, N.Y.) and the 2012 World Women’s Championship. Since then, USA Hockey was awarded the right to host the 2010 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship (Chicago), the 2015 IIHF World Men’s U18 Championship (site TBA), the 2017 IIHF World Women’s Championship (site TBA), the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship (site TBA) and the 2021 IIHF World Women’s Championship (site TBA) … U.S. teams have earned medals in each of the last three IIHF World Championships that have taken place in the United States (2009 IIHF World Men’s U18 Championship-gold, 2010 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship-silver, 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship-bronze) … Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey and a member of the IIHF Council, oversees all aspects of international competition for USA Hockey.  U.S. Olympian Angela Ruggiero answers questions after the announcement. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin talks to the media about the expected impact of hosting the international event. Dave Ogrean helps announce that the 2012 IIHF World Women’s Championship will be hosted in Burlington, Vt. Local hockey players and fans showed up at the University of Vermont for the announcement. Angela Ruggiero poses for a photo with some area hockey players. University of Vermont President Daniel Mark Fogel addresses the media and fans.USA Hockey January 19, 2011. Photos courtesy of USAHockey.comlast_img read more

World Bank says no to planned Kosovo coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享London South East:The World Bank said on Wednesday it would not support a planned 500-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Kosovo, the first major energy project in the Balkan country in more than two decades.Kosovo’s government had asked the Washington-based lender to provide it partial risk guarantees that would help unlock cheaper loans for the project.Asked by a Kosavar civil society representative during the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings in Bali if the bank would still back the project, its President Jim Yong Kim said the lender has made “a very firm decision” not to go forward with it.“Because we are required with our bylaws to go with the lowest cost option and renewables have now come below the cost of coal…so without question we are not going to do that,” he said during the meeting, broadcast live on the World Bank’s website.It is unclear how the government will now proceed with the project which environmentalists say could lock Kosovo into a future powered by lignite. Kosovo signed a deal in 2017 with London-listed power generator ContourGlobal to build the plant at a cost of around 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion).With around 14 billion tonnes of proven lignite reserves, the fifth largest in the world, the country is struggling with power shortages and the new plant was designed to help it meet around half of the country’s power demand. More: World Bank pulls out of Kosovo coal power plant project World Bank says no to planned Kosovo coal plantlast_img read more

Family missing while hiking near Blue Ridge Parkway found safe

first_imgThe Conservation Teacher of the Year grant recognizes and aids an outstanding teacher who uses Georgia’s native wildlife and habitats as the context for learning, DNR outreach coordinator Linda May said. The deadline to apply is August. 20, 2020. For more information visit georgiawildlife.com/TeachingConservationGrant.  Search crews located the family around noon on Tuesday. They suffered only minor injuries. The family told rescue crews their cell phones died Monday night. Fortunately, they carried a whistle, which helped searchers locate them.  A family who did not return from their hike on North Carolina’s Art Loeb Trail has been found safe, officials say. A mom, dad and child failed to return from their hike in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area on Monday. Search crews closed Black Balsam to search for the family who were reported missing by concerned family members around 8:45 p.m. Monday evening. Know a great conservation teacher in GA? Nominations for Conservation Teacher of the Year are open The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a $1,000 grant to a third-, forth- or fifth-grade teacher who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences, the agency said in a news release. Science specialists covering those grade levels are also encouraged to apply. Family missing while hiking near Blue Ridge Parkway found safe File this under things you don’t want to come across while running. A woman in St. Petersburg, Florida came upon a decomposing human head on the side of the road while she was out for a run on Tuesday. The runner told police she ran the same route on Sunday and didn’t see anything suspicious, leading authorities to believe the incident occurred within 48 hours of the gruesome discovery. “We are asking the public if they saw anything suspicious, to let us know,” St. Petersburg Policy Public Information Officer Yolanda Fernandez told CNN. “We’ve had a few tips come in and we’re tracking them down.” Woman out for a jog finds decomposing human headlast_img read more

Final Testimony Heard in Hempstead Clerk Misconduct Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaAn ex-employee of Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla continued to testify Tuesday regarding a request from Bonilla to hand over compromising photos of the employee’s ex-girlfriend to discredit her sexual harassment complaint.Alex Desidoro, the former Bonilla staffer, told the court on the seventh day of the clerk’s misconduct trial that Bonilla “requested photos more than once” with intent to “have something” on Desidoro’s ex-girlfriend and Bonilla’s accuser, Ariel Davis.Assistant District Attorney Jed Painter asked Desidoro if he ever offered to Bonilla give photographs of Davis, also an ex-employee in the clerk’s office. Desidoro declined that he did, testifying he “wouldn’t give them up in the first place.”Elissa Smith, another ex-employee of Bonilla’s who was transferred out of Bonilla’s office upon the sexual harassment claim filed by Davis, took the stand after Desidoro.She testified that she “was very uncomfortable in the office” and told Desidoro that he “needs to get out of the office” in a conversation regarding Bonilla’s alleged request for photos of Davis last summer.Smith also testified that Bonilla moved Davis out of his immediate office and into the department where she had previously worked as “punishment for coming in late.” She said that Davis’ transfer was a “downgrade” and that “every employee wanted to be in the executive office.”Charles Ribando, chief investigator for the Nassau district attorney’s office, and Investigator William Walsh also testified Tuesday.Ribando said that he sent Walsh and another investigator to arrest Bonilla outside of his home after interviewing Town of Hempstead employees and viewing video evidence of Bonilla touching Davis’ arm repeatedly.Walsh testified that Bonilla told him that he is a “touchy individual,” but that he never inappropriately touched Davis.Bonilla’s defense attorney, Adrian DiLuzio, referred to the case as a “legal conundrum” and said that it is “abundantly clear that nobody was investigating Davis to see if her complaint was credible.”Painter said that the evidence has “exceeded the level of proof” necessary, adding that “no one witness has to produce an entire case.”Judge Sharon Gianelli will hear closing arguments Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead before ruling on the case. Bonilla faces up to a year in jail, if convicted.last_img read more

Leading in crisis – lessons learned in the aftermath of the 1995 OKC bombing

first_imgOklahoma City National Memorial 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amy Downs In addition to being the CEO of Allegiance Credit Union, Amy also speaks on the importance of resisting complacency.  Amy survived the 1995 OKC bombing and later transformed her life … Details In a single moment everything changed at my credit union. At 9:01 a.m. on April 19, 1995 we existed to serve the federal employees in the Alfred P. Murrah building. At 9:03 a.m. the building was gone and 18 of our 33 employees had been killed with 5 others seriously injured. We learned firsthand about crisis management.With the uncertainly we all face right now, I want to share a few things we learned during our time of unbelievable crisis:Communicate daily with all your employees not just your top team. Over communicate. Let them know what you know and what you don’t know. Be transparent.   Look for emerging leaders. Natural leaders emerge during times of crisis. Watch who steps up. Notice who has expert power and others are looking to for answers. These may be your future leaders. Take care of your employees. Do everything possible to prevent employees from lost income. Be as flexible as you can with schedules. Encourage use of your Employee Assistance Program. Be compassionate with your team and create a safe space for employees to share their concerns.   Meet daily with your top team and listen to their input. Things are changing rapidly so your team needs to review the situation, make decisions, and plan strategy at least daily.   Look for opportunities. There are always unique opportunities arising from difficult times. Some credit unions are learning how to work from home, how to use technology to serve members in new ways, or how to improve their disaster preparedness plans. After the bombing, we had the opportunity to change our organizational structure, field of membership, name, location, etc.  Whether in business or your own personal life, we cannot always control what happens but we can always choose how we will respond. We’ve got this.last_img read more

Wasting too much ink on straw news

first_imgExcuse me, but could someone please calculate the millions of pounds of paper and ink used thus far for printing the so-called “news” about plastic straws, and hasten the time when something more important will replace the space used for reporting on that topic? The solution is simple:Let people who are concerned stop using them and keep big government out of it.Richard FelakNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehem Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

President, ministers’ medical test results won’t be revealed to public: Health minister

first_imgThe Health Ministry announced Tuesday that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, along with his aides in the Cabinet, had been tested for COVID-19 following the positive case of Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi. The test results, however, will not be revealed to the public.”We won’t declare the results because it’s a general [medical] check up,” the ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said, assuring that everyone was in “good condition”.Jokowi said separately on Monday that he and all members of his Cabinet had been tested for COVID-19 earlier that day, yet refused to disclose the results. “Please ask the health minister [Terawan Agus Putranto] for the results.”State Secretary Pratikno announced on March 14 evening that Budi had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been labeled as Case 76. Prior to testing positive, Budi had attended a Cabinet meeting led by Jokowi on March 11.The meeting’s other attendees included State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, Home Minister Tito Karnavian, Attorney General ST Burhanuddin, Indonesian Military commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis, as well as North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi and acting Medan mayor Akhyar Nasution, among others.Topics :last_img read more

Bank Indonesia buys $5.6b in govt bonds in burden-sharing scheme

first_imgBank Indonesia (BI) has bought Rp 82.1 trillion (US$5.64 billion) worth of government bonds in a private offering, marking the first transaction under the government’s burden-sharing agreement to fund the fiscal deficit resulting from the nation’s COVID-19 response.The deal was finalized on Thursday and was sold in maturities of five, six, seven and eight years, each worth Rp 20.52 trillion, according to a statement by the Finance Ministry.“This transaction is part of the burden-sharing scheme between the government and Bank Indonesia to finance the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and national economic recovery,” said the Finance Ministry’s financing and risk management director general Luky Alfirman in the statement. The government recently promised to accelerate stimulus spending with Finance Minister Sri Mulyani pledging to spend Rp 1.4 quadrillion in the second half of the year to bolster economic growth.Indonesia’s economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter, the first contraction since the aftermath of the 1998 Asian financial crisis, as household consumption, investment and government spending tumbled during large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed to curb the spread of the virus.The government now expects the economy to shrink by 0.4 percent at worst or grow by 1 percent at best this year.Read also: No global bonds in sight as Indonesia focuses on local debt marketTopics : The central bank and the government have agreed on a Rp 574.59 trillion debt monetization scheme, with the central bank pledging to buy Rp 397.5 trillion in bonds at a coupon rate corresponding to BI’s benchmark interest rate of 4 percent to fund health care and the social safety net. The central bank will then return the yield to the government in full on the day it is paid.“The private placement transaction was conducted by maintaining credible fiscal and monetary management, while also maintaining fiscal space and sustainability,” Luky added.The government is facing the daunting task of raising Rp 990 trillion in the second half this year to cover a fiscal deficit of 6.34 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion of the state budget to stimulate the economy and strengthen the country’s pandemic response, but the slow distribution of the funds because of red tape is expected to delay the impact on the economy.last_img read more

Damen DOP250 Busy in Westport

first_imgImage source: DamenThe Westport Marina dredging program in Washington, undertaken by a Damen DOP250 with cutter unit, is currently underway.The DOP250 and its cutter unit are powered by the hydraulic power pack. The DOP250 works at a dredging depth of -8m. It pumps the harbor sludge through a 250 mm floating pipe line over some 1100 m to a settling field.Image source: DamenThe job, which started in September, is carried out using a large excavator John Deere 470 equipped with a long-reach boom and stick, based on a pontoon.This pontoon can be repositioned in the marina easily as per the progress of the dredging job.At the back of the excavator, a Power Pack is mounted.Westport Marina is the home of Washington State’s largest charter fishing fleet. The harbor badly needed maintenance dredging as the last dredging work was undertaken some 39 years ago.As the marina is packed with jetties, the job has to be carried out in a controlled manner. The DOP250 is positioned between 2 berths maneuvering the excavator’s boom.This way the sediment built up over the last decades can be removed entirely.last_img read more

Suspected top Iloilo NPA rebel surrenders

first_imgHe thanked Tacsagon for facilitatingthe surrender. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel JoelBenedict Batara, commander of the Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion, citedTacsagon and the Tubungan local government for their commitment to thegovernment’s fight against insurgency. Citing intelligence information,Samson said the surrenderer joined the NPA in 2012 after he was charged withacts of lasciviousness. Pancito urged other local governmentofficials to help the police and military convince rebels to yield. He faces two charges – for acts oflasciviousness way back in 2012 and for murder in 2017. Tacaisan was the squad leader of SibatPlatoon, Southern Front Komiteng Rehiyon Panay, for eight years, said Samson. Tacaisan’s surrender on Feb. 22 wasfacilitated by Mayor Roquito Tacsagon. Philippine Army’s Captain CenonPancito III, spokesperson of the 3rd Infantry Division, said Tacaisan went bythe alias “Ka Dana” and was in their list of rebels operating in Tubungan andneighboring towns. Samson said Tacaisan admitted to beinga rebel but denied the two charges. ILOILO City – A suspected rankingofficial of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Iloilo province surrendered in BarangayZone 1, Tubungan town. Moncino Tacaisan, 49, of BarangayIgtuble, Tubungan had two standing arrest warrants, according to PoliceLieutenant Colonel Jose Romel Samson, Tubungan police chief. “Kungmagtulungan tayo, we can solveinsurgency problem ,” said Pancito.  Tubungan implements a reintegrationprogram to benefit former members of the NPA. “Project ROKIT” or ReintegrationOplan Kabalaka for Deserving Individuals in Tubungan provides rebel returnees withlivelihood and other reintegration assistance./PNlast_img read more