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Green Mountain United Way receives $41,000 donation from Northfield Savings Bank

first_imgGreen Mountain United Way received a donation of $40,978.56 from Northfield Savings Bank. This total represents the combination of Northfield Savings bank employee pledges, as well as NSB’s 100 percent matching gift. The donation increased 7 percent from last year, and employee participation increased 24 percent.Green Mountain United Way seeks to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another and to improve the overall quality of life in the communities they serve.About Northfield Savings BankNorthfield Savings Bank was founded in 1867 by a group of area citizens, and with assets of $588 million, is now one of Vermont’s largest providers of residential mortgages and commercial loans. Northfield was the first savings bank in Vermont to provide checking services, computerized statements and ATM’s, and remains a leader in combining sophisticated financial services with personalized customer service. NSB is also known for its role as a corporate citizen, proudly donating 10% of profits to Vermont community organizations. NSB has contributed more than $4.5 million over the last 10 years. An independent community bank, NSB employs approximately 143 people and operates 13 branches throughout Central Vermont and Chittenden County. Member FDIC.Source: Northfield, VT— February 4, 2010— Northfield Savings.last_img read more

Australia’s BHP to cut its own carbon emissions, push customers to follow suit

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:Australia’s biggest miner, BHP, will become the world’s first to set goals for its customers to cut greenhouse gas emissions, with an ambitious carbon pledge targeting shippers, steel mills and power plants.Under a decarbonisation plan, the first of its kind by a major miner, BHP chief Andrew Mackenzie unveiled a $500 million initiative to tackle its own emissions and emissions generated beyond its mine gates from the customers that use its products such as coal and iron ore.Although mining giants worldwide are striving to curb their direct greenhouse emissions, the industry has been reluctant to tackle the emissions caused by customers from the use of their resources – known as “Scope 3” emissions – which are much greater than those caused by miners’ operations.“These emissions are generated as customers transport, transform and use our products to serve the needs of billions of people,” Mr. Mackenzie said in London on Tuesday. “They are almost 40 times higher than the emissions from our own operations.”BHP’s move on Tuesday comes as the industry faces mounting pressure over climate-related risks from activist groups and institutional investors such as superannuation funds all around the world.“It’s a big move for such a major mining company,” said Tim Buckley of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a pro-renewable energy think tank. “You might be digging it up, but it’s not your coal plant that’s actually burning it – so this is acknowledging that the product they are producing is a major contributor to global carbon emissions.”More: BHP sets emissions cuts for customers in major carbon push Australia’s BHP to cut its own carbon emissions, push customers to follow suitlast_img read more

‘Leaders and Laggards’

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The EMV chip card is another step in the payments evolution.by: Ann Hayes Peterson“EMV is coming to the U.S.”That was the title of an article we published two years ago.And last summer—in the aftermath of high-profile, costly breaches at Target and other retailers—we wrote about data security and asked “Will EMV help?”In our magazine and on our website, the topic of EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) chip cards has been a constant.EMV represents the global chip standard. And by October 2015, if your credit unions’ cards aren’t EMV-enabled, you could be held liable for a greater share of fraudulent point-of-sale transactions, according to policies set by the major card companies.Most credit unions have been developing their EMV strategy for years. Others are taking a “wait-and-see” approach. And some merchants won’t be EMV-ready with point-of-sale (POS) equipment.That’s what you can expect during a “technology migration,” Dean Stewart points out in a new CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council white paper. Stewart is senior director of self-service product management for Diebold Inc., a CUNA Strategic Services alliance provider. continue reading »last_img read more

6 ways successful CFOs are smarter than you (so far)

first_imgWhen you look at how the CFO role has evolved in the past decade or so, you can’t help but think your predecessors had it easy. In the old days, the CFO’s thought processes might have gone something like this: Worry about emerging competition? That’s the development officer’s headache. Dazzle board members and investors? On the CEO’s shoulders, not yours. Plumb the depths of the collective psyche of your customer base? Best left up to the marketing team.That’s certainly not how things are now. Long gone are the days when being a CFO meant sitting in your office down the hall from the CEO and quietly counting your beans. Today, you had better know who else is selling beans, how they’re moving them to market, what they’re saying to sell more beans than your company, where everyone’s beans are coming from, what the government says about how you must handle your beans, and what technology is best for counting your beans.Modern CFOs — at least those who are highly successful — know how to focus on holistic growth, rather than just what the numbers tell them. If your background is in accounting or finance (as many CFOs’ are), it can be difficult to make that transition. How do you do it? That is the question we asked that lead to a the publication of a white paper called “The Evolution of the CFO: Six Habits Helping Today’s CFO and Shaping Future Finance Leaders“ as well as our upcoming webinar on April 13, 2016 called “Six Habits Helping Today’s Finance Leaders Stay Ahead“ that I will be hosting along with Joel Sweren, CFO, Freedom Bank of New Jersey and Guy Becker, VP of Finance & Operations for Deluxe Financial Services. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Utah Senate votes to decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults

first_imgThe Utah state Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday effectively to decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults, reducing penalties for a practice with deep religious roots in the predominantly Mormon state.The bill, which would treat the offense of plural marriage as a simple infraction on par with a parking ticket, now moves to the Utah House of Representatives, where it is likely to face greater resistance.The bill swiftly cleared the Republican-controlled Senate on a vote of 29-0 with little discussion. It also would make it easier for otherwise law-abiding polygamists to obtain access to critical services such as medical or mental health care, education or even employment without fear, she said.Opponents of decriminalization say the current law should not be changed because polygamy is inherently dangerous and harmful to women and children, particularly young girls, some of whom have been forced into marriages with older men. REMNANT OF PRE-STATEHOODPolygamy is a remnant of the early teachings of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members fled persecution over the practice to settle the Utah territory in 1847. The church disavowed polygamy in 1890 as a condition of Utah statehood, and today members of the faith found to be practicing plural marriage are excommunicated.Fundamentalist Mormons, said to number more than 30,000 across the western United States, believe they are adhering to the truest form of Mormon doctrine, which promises polygamists glorification in heaven.Utah’s history of felony punishment for polygamy has never halted its practice entirely but rather driven it to the fringes of society, creating a culture of fear that allows perpetrators to thrive, Henderson said.“The solution to the problem is increased societal integration, which can only come through decriminalizing otherwise law-abiding polygamists,” Henderson said during a preliminary debate on the bill last week.Critics, however, say the measure wrongly frames polygamy as a human rights issue.“Proponents of this bill attempt to piggyback on the success of the gay rights movement by promoting the narrative that this initiative is about consenting adults doing what they will,” the anti-polygamy group Sound Choices Coalition said in a statement. “This has nothing to do about consenting adults or gay rights. It’s all about weaponizing God.”In 2013, Kody Brown, patriarch of the polygamist family featured on the “Sister Wives” television reality show, challenged the law after being investigated for bigamy by Utah County prosecutors. No charges were filed.A federal judge struck down the anti-polygamy law as unconstitutional. But a federal appeals court reversed the ruling and the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case.Topics :center_img Under current law, polygamy – typically involving a man who cohabitates with and purports to marry more than one wife – is classified as a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.If the Senate bill becomes law, punishments for plural marriage would be limited to fines of up to $750 and community service.However, fraudulent bigamy – in which an individual obtains licenses to marry more than one spouse without their knowledge, or seeks to wed someone underage without her consent – remains a felony.The chief sponsor of the measure, Senator Deirdre Henderson, said the intent of the bill is not to legalize polygamy but to lower the penalties so those from polygamous communities who are victims of crimes can come forward without fear of being prosecuted themselves.last_img read more

Victorian property developer snaps up Gold Coast penthouse

first_imgMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago702/252 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.Mr DeLutis said he rated the Gold Coast as one of the best places in the country.“I’ve been coming to the Gold Coast since I was a kid. “Noosa is great and so is Byron Bay, but I think the Gold Coast is even better. “There’s just so much on offer, the restaurants and bars, it’s fantastic.” 702/252 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.He said the vendors invested almost $100,000 on improvements to the residence since buying it last year.The two-level 758sq m four-bedroom sky home offers views to the north and south of the Coast.It also has a rooftop terrace with a 15-metre lap pool and spa. Victorian property developer Colin DeLutis has splashed $5.25 million on a luxury penthouse on the Gold Coast.IT’S been a busy few weeks for Victorian property developer Colin DeLutis, dropping more than $70 million on property nationwide.Fresh from snapping up a shopping centre in regional Victoria for around $65 million, the CEO of DeGroup and former vice-president of the Carlton Football Club splashed $5.25 million on a luxury penthouse on the Gold Coast. Michelle and Colin DeLutis.The property on Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, last sold in January 2017 for $4.8 million and was once owned by former Coles boss John Fletcher, who paid $6.7 million for it in 2007.Mr DeLutis, whose family built their wealth by founding Westco Jeans before going into property development, said he had been eyeing off the residence since it was built in 2005.“I know the building well as I’ve looked at it extensively over the years,” Mr DeLutis said.“I own shopping centres and develop offices, car parks, hotels, townhouses and apartments and know value when I see it.“I was going to buy this off the plan but the price I thought was too high.” 702/252 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.He said he and wife Michelle planned to use the four-bedroom apartment as a holiday home and hoped to visit the Coast once a month.“I can’t wait to get up there and start using it,” he said.Tolemy Stevens, of Harcourts Coastal, negotiated the sale and said it showed the strength of the luxury property market on the Coast.“This property sold within 14 days of hitting the market and shows just how robust the luxury market and, in particular Mermaid Beach, currently is,” Mr Stevens said. “Hedges Ave continues to be renowned as one of the most sought-after streets in the state.”last_img read more

Equinor to award $380 million worth of contracts for inspection services

first_imgRevealing weaknesses According to Equinor, the main purpose of the inspection services is to keep all installations in good shape and prepare for safe, reliable and efficient operations.The services will reveal weaknesses in oil and gas installations onshore and offshore to prevent serious damages, and several technologies are applied such as ultrasound, radiography and drone inspection, the company explained.The agreements are designed to reward the suppliers for improvements in general and the use of new technology and digitalization specifically.Kjetil Hove, Equinor’s senior vice president for Operations Technology, said: “We are already applying advanced ultrasound methods to reduce radiation from the use of radiography. These are advanced technologies that we expect to be even further developed. It is also exciting to see that drones are to mature from being a niche product to becoming standard deliveries within these services. This will benefit our installations, as we will have better methods for inspecting areas at height.” Norwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has chosen suppliers for inspection services on all offshore installations on the Norwegian continental shelf and onshore plants in Norway.Photo: Marit Hommedal / EquinorThe frame agreements are scheduled to be signed in a short time, Equinor said on Friday.The agreements will be awarded to Aker Solutions, Axess, Oceaneering Asset Integrity, and IKM Operations, taking effect from January 1, 2020. The agreements have a fixed duration of six years plus two four-year options.The total value, including options, is estimated at just above NOK 3.5 billion ($380.3M), where the scope will employ around 300-400 people per year.“The agreements will ensure predictability for both Equinor and the suppliers. They form the basis for a strong long-term collaboration, allowing us to use new technologies, achieve continuous improvement and increase safety and value creation for all parties,” said Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor’s chief procurement officer (CPO).center_img Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Unlicensed gun puts man behind bars

first_imgSeized from Joel Paniqui of Barangay SanNicholas, Oton, Iloilo was a .45-caliber pistol with live bullets, a policereport showed. Paniqui wasnabbed after he failed to show the license ofthe gun. Paniqui was detained in the lockup cellof the Mandurriao police station, facing charges./PN Prior to his arrest, police spottedPaniqui with a firearm tucked in his pants around 1 a.m. on Monday. ILOILO City – For possessing anunlicensed firearm, a 39-year-old man was caught in Barangay Pali-Benedicto,Mandurriao district. last_img

MMH honors last and first births

first_imgBatesville, In. — Every January, special recognition is given to the first baby born at Margaret Mary Health in the new year. Thanks to H&R Block, the last baby of 2017 also received attention and giveaways. Born at 8:38 a.m. on Dec. 29, Elijah Wayne Cox was the last baby born at Margaret Mary in 2017 to parents Ashley Johnson and Matthew Cox, of Shelbyville. Delivered by Jeff Hatcher, MD, he weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. and was 20 inches long. For being the last baby of 2017, H&R Block gave Elijah a basket full of goodies. He was welcomed home by big brothers, Brycen, 6 and Colton, 20 months.Arriving at 7:47 a.m. on Jan. 2, Presley Wayne Speer became the first baby born at Margaret Mary in 2018. Delivered by Thomas Brown, MD, his parents are Jeffery and Chelsea Speer of Greensburg. He weighed 9 lbs., .6 oz. and was 20 inches long. For being the first baby of 2018, Margaret Mary presented Presley with a Babies “R” Us gift card. He was welcomed home by big brother, Cooper. 2.Parents – Matthew Cox and Ashley Johnson with Elijah and his big brothers.Last Baby of 2017 cutline: Margaret Mary’s last baby of 2017, Elijah Wayne Cox, is pictured with his parents, Matthew Cox and Ashley Johnson, Shelbyville, and big brothers Brycen and Colton.Parents – Jeffery and Chelsea Speer with son Presley.First Baby of 2018: Jeffery and Chelsea Speer of Greensburg welcomed their son, Presley Wayne, on January 2nd. Presley took home the honor of Margaret Mary’s first baby of 2018.last_img read more

EPL: Aubameyang double helps Arsenal edge Everton

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace was enough to see Arsenal past Everton in a 3-2 goal fest on Sunday that saw Andre Gomes make his return to competitive football after suffering a horror injury in November. Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring in the first minute of the game, netting an improvised overhead kick after Arsenal failed to deal with a well-delivered free kick. Arsenal’s teenage emergency left-back Bukayo Saka, who replaced the injured Sead Kolasinac in the opening minutes, delivered a superb cross shortly after that was volleyed in by striker Edward Nketiah to level the score. Aubameyang then put Arsenal ahead, showing his composure to finish a one-on-one past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, before Everton winger Richarlison made it 2-2 on the stroke of half time. Aubameyang added his second, Arsenal’s third, moments into the second half with a standing header from just outside the six-yard box. Gomes came off the bench on 59 minutes to make his first appearance in less than four months after sustaining a broken ankle in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season.Tags: ArsenalBukayo SakaDominic Calvert-LewinEvertonPierre-Emerick Aubameyanglast_img read more