Virginia faces first time March Madness finalist Texas Tech

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTuelekZa/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The stage is set for Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball championship.The final will feature an unexpected matchup between No. 1 seed Virginia and No. 3 seed Texas Tech.The game will take place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis beginning at 9:20 p.m. ET.For more on both teams’ road to the final, watch the video below:Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund April 8, 2019 /Sports News – National Virginia faces first time March Madness finalist Texas Techcenter_img Written bylast_img

Ocean City Basketball Benefit at DiOrio’s Feb. 15

first_imgHave fun and give to a good cause at a benefit for Ocean City basketball. Come out to support the Ocean City Basketball Booster on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at DiOrio’s Circle Café in Somers Point.The booster scholarship benefit will feature wings, wine and camaraderie. An added attraction will be a 50/50 Chinese Auction. Tickets cost $25. For more information click on the link for the flyer.

Press release: Operation Brock – work to remove M20 contraflow complete

first_imgThe re-opened lanes are in addition to 459 miles of roadworks that Highways England is removing across the country to help people enjoy the bank holiday weekend.From 5am this morning (15 April 2019) three lanes had been restored at 70mph for coastbound traffic. Two lanes and a 50mph speed limit remain in place on the Londonbound carriageway in case Operation Brock needs to be activated again in the coming weeks.The contraflow was part of Operation Brock, the name for additional arrangements for managing traffic in Kent when there is disruption at the English Channel and which was stood down last week in the light of the reduced threat of disruption to services across the English Channel.Highways England special operations director Duncan Smith said: A steel barrier which was installed on the London bound carriageway to implement the contraflow between junction 8 and junction 9 will remain in place should Operation Brock be required again in the coming months.Operation Brock remains available for use as an alternative to the older Operation Stack, and offers significant improvements by keeping the M20 open to traffic in both directions.Operation Brock is the name for a package of measures aimed at helping to improve the resilience of the roads in Kent to the effects of cross-channel disruption. As well as the M20 contraflow it also includes Manston Airfield and the M26.Highways England has worked in close partnership with Kent Police, Kent County Council and the Department for Transport to ensure that each phase of Operation Brock could be deployed sequentially and scaled up or down to meet demand.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. I am pleased that we have been able to complete work to stand down the contraflow over the weekend and have these lanes reopened in time for the Monday morning peak. Completing this work now has added to the 99 per cent of Highways England’s road network that is roadworks-free this Easter. Operation Brock gives the people of Kent a scalable set of measures that helps them to live, work and travel around the county when there is disruption to services across the English Channel. The deployment of the contraflow on the M20 has been a prudent measure reflecting the threat of potential disruption. Scaling it back now is a sensible response to the changing outlook, and restores capacity on the motorway in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend. I would like to reiterate my thanks to drivers and residents in Kent for their patience while the contraflow was in place and for driving safely.last_img

EC investigates ADM-Cargill merger

first_imgThe European Commission has opened an ‘in-depth’ investigation into the merger of chocolate business Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Cargill, due to potential competition concerns in the supply of industrial chocolate in Germany and the UK.Cargill announced its acquisition of ADM late last year, but there has since been a preliminary investigation into this move, which found it could impact several smaller competitors for the supply of industrial chocolate.The Commission stated: “The Commission’s preliminary investigation showed potential competition concerns in the supply of industrial chocolate to customers in Germany and the UK. The Commission found that Cargill, ADM and Barry Callebaut are the main suppliers of industrial chocolate to customers in these markets.“The investigation also revealed that several smaller competitors for the supply of industrial chocolate have a more limited presence and do not pose a sufficient competitive constraint on the parties.”The Commission has until 8 July, to investigate the proposed acquisition in-depth, and determine whether these initial concerns are correct.Cargill said it would buy the international chocolate business of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) for $440m (£226.4m), in September last year.The transaction does not include the activities of ADM in semi-finished chocolate products, such as cocoa liquor, cocoa butter and cocoa powder – only industrial chocolate, as well as fat-based coatings and fillings.last_img

Absentee Ballot Count Changes Outcome Of One Local Race In Chautauqua County

first_imgImage by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.MAYVILLE – A record number of absentee ballots counted in Chautauqua County changed the projected outcome of only one local race.The Chautauqua County Board of Elections reported on Tuesday 10,750 absentee and affidavit ballots were accepted and counted, with only the outcome of one local race impacted.In the race for Fredonia Village Trustee, Democrat EvaDawn Bashaw is now projected to defeat Republican John Sedota, who received 1,374 votes in election night and early voting to Bashaw’s 1,224 votes.However, when counting absentee or affidavit ballots, Bashaw wins by 85 votes, 1,765 to 1,680. Despite winning the absentee vote total, the numbers weren’t enough for Democrat Christina Cardinale to catch up to Assemblyman Andy Goodell’s 34,000 election night votes.Between election night and early voting, Cardinale received 12,514 to Goodell’s 34,627. In absentee and affidavit votes, Cardinale received 5,325 to Goodell’s 4,961, not enough to win the race.The final total between the two was 39,588 to 17,839, with Goodell the projected winner.In the race for Chautauqua County Executive, both Democrat Richard Morrisroe and Republican PJ Wendel received similar numbers of absentee and affidavit votes.Morrisore received 5,454 absentee votes to Wendel’s 5,108. However, absentee combined with Morrissroe’s election night total did not reach Wendel’s final vote count of 38,389 to Morrisroe’s 18,580.Chautauqua County District Attorney Elect Jason Schmidt is still projected to win the race for DA.He received 3,873 absentee and affidavit votes to Swanson’s 6,394 absentee and affidavit votes.Schmidt had 29,925 votes from election night and early voting over Swanson’s 17,122 votes during that period. Overall, Schmidt beat Swanson with more than 10,000 votes, 33,798 to Swanson’s 23,516.The Board of Elections reminds residents results are still considered unofficial until oversea ballots return. Those ballots are due to arrive no later than next Monday, officials say.This year many communities saw an increase in absentee ballots because of the Coronavirus pandemic.A full breakdown of all the races in Chautauqua County is posted below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoThe ballot breakdown may also be viewed by clicking here. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

One Stop for a Variety of Free Vermont Travel Publications

first_imgCome one and all to Vermont this summer! The Vermont Chamber, along with the State of Vermont, Vermont Attractions and Vermont Farms Association partners, will help just about anyone plan a trip to Vermont. Like a kid in the scoop shop, every Vermont traveler will find their favorite flavor combination with the states best listings of lodging and activity resources.The 2005 Vermont Vacation Guide is a magazine, with articles, listings, a resource directory, and photos to inspire adventure and nurture the spirit. For a visitor looking for a place to stay, the Guide is a personal advisor, allowing them to match their travel preferences to the special lodging, dining and entertainment options that each Vermont region has to offer.The Vermont Country Inns and B&Bs guide showcases Vermont country inns and B&Bs. Vermonts special escape to intimate charm, personal attention, homemade gourmet cuisine, outstanding gardens and antiques, and royal hospitality is at hand. Dreams come true at Vermont country inns; delicious pleasures await visitors to Vermont B&Bs. Vermont Country Inns and B&Bs will put visitors in touch with the best in the state.The road to the finest entertainment begins with the Vermont Attractions Association Vermont Attractions Guide and Road Map. From ice cream or teddy bears to history or pottery, the Vermont Attractions Guide and Road Map is a map of the State of Vermont leading visitors of all ages to the best and brightest around. The Vermont Attractions Guide and Road Map will please the parent, child, artist, historian, farmer, adventurer, gardener, shopper, and food, beer and wine connoisseur in every traveler. For up-to-date attractions info and events, see also is external).The new Vermont Farms website ( is external)) and brochure showcase Vermonts agricultural heritage and farm-based economy. For a very special experience, visit or even stay overnight at Vermonts working farms that are open to the public.The Vacation Guide, the Vermont Country Inns and B&Bs guide, the Vermont Attractions Guide and Road Map, and the Vermont Farms brochure is available free of charge on the Vermont Chamber of Commerce website ( is external)), or by telephone at 1-800-VERMONT or (802) 223-3443.###last_img

McClaughry Awarded 2008 Pizzagalli Prize

first_imgMcClaughry Awarded 2008 Pizzagalli Prize Ethan Allen Institute President John McClaughry is the winner of the 2008 Pizzagalli Prize for “outstanding talent, vision, and commitment resulting in individual achievement in one’s chosen profession … having widespread impact on the public and our way of life.” Angelo Pizzagalli of the Pizzagalli Foundation presented the prize to McClaughry at the Ethan Allen Institute’s fifteenth anniversary celebration dinner at the Sheraton Burlington Wednesday evening, November 12, 2008. The prize carries a stipend of $10,000. At left is Institute Director and emcee Bill Sayre. In its citation, the award said “with tireless effort you have encouraged widespread debate of major governmental, social and public issues. In doing so, you have drawn upon your high intellect, broad knowledge, and personal commitment to the principles on which the United States was founded& individual initiative, personal responsibility, and the preservation of free enterprise and capitalism.” McClaughry founded the nonprofit, nonpartisan Vermont free market think tank in 1993 after leaving the Vermont Senate. The membership-supported organization has worked for fifteen years to educate Vermonters in the fundamentals of a free society through print and radio commentaries, public policy reports, voting record publications, conferences, state house roundtables, and other similar events. “I am truly honored and grateful to have been chosen as this years recipient of this prestigious award, made possible by the Pizzagalli Foundation,” McClaughry said. “The Pizzagalli family and their businesses have for years been an enormous economic and civic asset to our state. It’s my hope that improving Vermont’s economic climate will help many more such families and companies to succeed and contribute as the Pizzagallis have. That will continue to be an important part of the Institute’s mission into the future.” The Institute’s publications and events are available at its website, is external).#####last_img

Opinion: Rethinking Education Governance

first_imgby Lisa Ventriss, President, Vermont Business Roundtable In the winter of 2007 the Vermont Business Roundtable, along with the Vermont Superintendents Association, convened a group of business and education leaders around some simple goals: to develop mutual understanding and respect for our respective issues and priorities; to inform each other’s thinking with factual information and industry insight; and, to find common ground that could lay the foundation for policy recommendations. We recruited organizations that could bring balance and non-partisan independence to our discussions, and charged ourselves to provide ‘bold and long-term leadership’ on education reform efforts. Thus was born the Business-Education Alliance.Over the next 16 months, the Alliance embraced two major areas of focus: cost containment and governance. The members reached consensus on the vision and needs, and a majority (not all) of the members agreed with all the recommendations released in April 2008.  Key among the needs identified by the report was to create a clear and unified statewide vision and corresponding goals for all Vermont’s children that drives the work of the Governor, State Board of Education, Commissioner, educators, legislators, school boards, business community, state agencies, higher education and communities. However, it readily became apparent that the current governance structure was the primary barrier to addressing that need.The Executive Branch is accountable only tangentially through the appointment of the State Board of Education; therefore, there is no formal connection between the state education system and other functions or agencies of state government. This has resulted in limited accountability at the executive level and in significant cost shifts from various agencies to local education entities and the Education Fund with little or no transparency.The Legislature has enacted a myriad of disjointed mandates and policies, which have caused the Education Commissioner and local schools to expend limited resources on responses to an array of demands that are not related to any coherent vision.While the Education Commissioner is statutorily designated the steward for public education in Vermont, the current structure does not support that role. Unfortunately, there is no one position in the state that can clearly provide the enterprise-wide leadership needed for defining and implementing a transformational education initiative.The adverse consequences of these various levels of functioning and governance have only damaged the public’s trust in education. According to the Roundtable’s 2010 Pulse of Vermont: Quality of Life Survey, conducted by Saint Michael’s College, public support for additional investments in public schools is at the lowest recorded level since the studies began in 1990. Another question revealed that only 58% would rate their local public schools as being ‘very good’ or ‘good’. Clearly, some Vermonters feel that spending more on education will not translate into better outcomes.The Alliance report included two strong recommendations to address governance: first, restructure the purpose and membership of the State Board of Education to measure progress through defined goals, outcomes measures and expectations for performance; and, second, create a Governor-appointed Secretary of Education who would be a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and articulate the shared vision and goals through an inclusive process.House Bill 440 proposes to restructure the Department of Education and State Board of Education similar to the recommendations put forth by the Alliance. This bill is worthy of vigorous debate because the effort to transform our educational system requires a more unified, coherent approach; one that can optimize limited human and financial resources. The latest student achievement scores demand as much.In these times of lingering fiscal constraint, society continues to place increased demands on our schools to provide a myriad of social, health and human services while preparing our students for a productive future. If we are going to succeed, we need coordination from the top that runs all the way through and across state government. With the Governor’s strong interest in education, let us not squander the opportunity to demonstrate ‘bold and long-term’ leadership to the ultimate benefit of students and taxpayers alike.The Roundtable is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of 110 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employers, representing geographic diversity and all major sectors of the Vermont economy, with an aggregate economic impact of $135 billion and employing 15 percent of the state’s workforce. The Roundtable is committed to sustaining a sound economy and preserving Vermont’s unique quality of life by studying and making recommendations on statewide public policy issues.# # #last_img

The Future of Local Police in Brazil

first_imgBy Dialogo January 19, 2011 Ana, awesome. I am so happy your article was published. Congratulations! Hugs, Sebastian. It seems the State Police are on the right track. Despite the many things they still have to face, we have more hope now… From my own experience I hope some more changes are coming, like professional recognition, not necessarily through better salaries but through improved facilities for themselves and for the public. Workloads, even with less bizarre perks, everyone profits when the job and the professionals gain the respect of the citizens. Excellent in two ways: the content, with hope and originality and the beautiful and accurate writing. This project by the State Police interacts both in terms of context and situation with the current condition of Rio. With this project in place, the people of Rio have more reason to believe that the state is actually concerned about their daily lives. Congratulations, Bia. Keep it up. Kisses, Adair Very good. I hope this to be a model throughout Brazil. Congratulations to the Rio de Janeiro State Police. Its innovative efforts like those which actually mitigate the problems of security in the city. With stronger integration and trust between the population and the police, better results will be obtained as the help will be more effective. It is necessary to modernize the State Police and bring it closer to the people. Once more, thanks and congratulations! João Carlos Navarro This statistical report is totally disappointing, regarding the work the professional police do, the fight against crime is not accomplished through the internet, nor with visits to the victim’s homes by administrative police. I’d like to congratulate the Rio de Janeiro State Police for setting the example for other states by completing their efforts, which cannot be achieved without a competent specialized workforce, and there is no one better to serve as the center of that group than Ana Beatriz. Congratulations to all of you. I have already used this service and it works. I used this service recently and it is very good. Uncomplicated. Congratulations to the Police. In March 2010, the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro State inaugurated a new model for citizen service with the creation of “Comprehensive Citizen Services Precincts,” known as DEDIC (in Portuguese, Delegacias de Dedicação Integral ao Cidadão). Now, people can file a preliminary incident report online, from the comfort of their homes, and schedule a visit by police officers to their residence or any other more convenient location, such as bars, shopping malls, places of work, etc., or make an appointment to go to the police station to confirm the crime and have a final incident report issued. This innovation originated from current Police Chief Allan Turnowski’s concern is to seek more integration with neighborhood residents and speed up investigations. This is because one of the main obstacles to the management of the Civil Police in Brazil is the issue of “moonlighting” and their 24×72-hour schedule. In other words, after twenty-four hours at work, they have three full days off, making it close to impossible to give continuity to investigations. Currently, at the DEDICs, police officers work eight hours per day, totaling forty hours per week. According to Turnowski, the concept of good policing is not exclusively linked to good marksmanship, high-end weapons, or the best operational equipment, but to mastering and monitoring information received from citizens and circulating on the streets, since without information, the equipment available is of no use. “The Dedic Program model has been well received by the National Secretariat of Public Safety, and other Brazilian Civil Police departments are now visiting to observe it, starting a whole new discussion on nationally standardizing the operation of the service provided by the Civil Police. This would, of course, have to be adapted to the specifics of each police department, since not all of them have as good a computer system in place as the one in Rio,” said Turnowski in an interview to Diálogo. Implemented in eleven neighborhoods (Barra da Tijuca, Recreio, Tijuca, Ipanema, Taquara, Tanque, Copacabana, Leblon, Gávea, Icaraí-Niterói, and Campo Grande), the DEDIC program is already showing clear results, such as a 144% increase in the number of arrests between March and June 2010, when compared to the same period in 2009, and a 13.48% increase in the number of incident reports. Another innovation of the program is in the management area, with a new monitoring and evaluation system. The police Strategic Affairs Nucleus does a quarterly survey of all victims assisted by the DEDIC program, in order to find out how the program is doing. For the first report, 234 people were interviewed and gave their evaluation of matters that ranged from the quality read more

Client referral program best practices for the best outcome

first_imgGood news: You have decided to delve into the realm of referral marketing and launch a customer referral program for your e-commerce site. If you read the first blog of our two-part blog series dedicated to customer referral programs for e-commerce sites, you were enlightened on what referral marketing is, what a referral program looks like for an e-commerce business and how you can identify the program ROI to determine if a customer referral program will work for your e-commerce business. If you haven’t read the first blog, or are still uncertain, please check it out.Now it’s time to learn more about client referral program best practices so you can launch a program that thrills and excites new and existing customers. In the second blog of our two-part blog series, we will cover client referral program best practices, including common referral rewards, how to determine what will motivate your customers, what rewards will work best for your business and how to promote, monitor and optimize your customer referral program. continue reading » 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img