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University of Vermont,In its annual ratings, Kiplingers Personal Finance magazine has again ranked UVM among the top 100 best value public colleges in the country. UVM was ranked 63rd and 67th for in-state and out-of-state students, respectively. The magazine narrows its list from a field of nearly 600 public colleges and universities. To compile the list, Kiplingers initially sorts schools on quality measures, such as admissions rate, the test scores of incoming first-year students and four- and six-year graduation rates. It then adds cost data, including tuition, fees, room-and-board and financial aid, and re-ranks the schools.”The University of Vermont placed in the top 100 thanks to its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, a low sticker price and overall great value,” the magazine wrote.In addition to its overall rank, UVM came in 25th for its four-year graduation rate of 58 percent.UVMs overall positive trajectory in the annual Kiplingers rankings correlates with the many positive steps the university has taken in recent years, said Tom Sullivan, UVM president, developments he is committed to continuing.”While were happy to again be ranked among the top value publics, we wont rest on our laurels,” he said. “We intend to even further enhance academic quality and affordability at UVM in the coming years,” he said. “Those goals are my top priorities.”Two years ago, Kiplingers ranked UVM 73rd for in-state and 85th for out-of-state students. Last year it ranked 59th and 77th, respectively, in those categories. UVM 1.4.2012
GENDER-FREE BATHROOM BILL On Friday the House gave initial approval to H.333, a bill that requires single user public bathrooms to be identified as gender free. An amendment to exempt houses of worship from the bill was proposed but then, after considerable debate, withdrawn. The bill received initial approval on a 123-19 roll call vote. H.333 will be up for a final House vote on Tuesday. CONSUMER PROTECTION This week the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development voted out S.136, a consumer protection bill. The Senate-passed version of S.136 included provisions regarding residential construction contracts, home escrow account analysis, and fantasy sports. The House committee added language from a number of House bills. The full version the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development passed can be viewed here(link is external). The new sections of S.136 include: Automatic renewal provisions in consumer contractsAutomatic renewal of contracts applicable to existing contractsRetainage of payment for construction materialsCredit protection for vulnerable personsCredit report protections for minors Use of credit information for personal insuranceCredit card debt collection Through a special arrangement with VBM, Leonine Public Affairs (link is external)provides a summary of legislative activity in Montpelier for the week ending April 21. 2017.Leonine Public Affairs The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the state FY18 budget bill on Friday afternoon. The Senate Appropriations Committee transferred approximately $8 million of teacher retirement expenses from the General Fund to the Education Fund. This freed up $8 million of General Fund dollars to fund numerous items on the committee’s “wish list” including the Vermont State Colleges, early education, Medicaid rate increases for mental health and home and community based providers and retaining the “cold weather exemption” for the homeless, among other things. The Senate Appropriations Committee also used $4.2 million in proceeds from a recent Volkswagen court settlement to make one-time investments in a variety of areas.The Senate Finance Committee continues to work on the Senate’s version of the revenue package. Now the budget is finalized, the revenue bill should be completed by early next week. This will put the General Assembly on track to meet their goal of a May 6th adjournment as long as they don’t encounter any major stumbling blocks.The Senate approved a marijuana legalization bill today by a vote of 21-9. It is clear the Senate was interested in taking action after watching the House deliberate all session without moving a bill. It seems unlikely the House will vote on H.167, the bill containing the marijuana provision, this year. As passed the Senate, the bill sets up a retail market similar to a bill the Senate approved last year. In addition to establishing retail, H.167 would allow Vermonters to grow at home.Governor Scott celebrated his first 100 days in office and took the opportunity to highlight his administration’s success thus far. To review the governor’s “100 Days of Action” click here. DMV MISCELLANEOUS BILL The House gave preliminary approval on Friday to S.127, the DMV miscellaneous bill. The bill contains numerous DMV related provisions. Rep. Brian Keefe, R-Manchester, offered an amendment that has surfaced as a result of Vermont DMV recently adopting an Automated Inspection Program. The issue relates to vehicles not passing inspection due to failure of the on board diagnostic system portion of the inspection and not the safety-related portion of the inspection. The Keefe amendment passed by a vote of 127-11. The bill will be up for final approval on the House floor next week. The Keefe Amendment reads as follows:Sec. 27a. MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTIONS; EMISSIONS REPAIRS(a) As of March 20, 2017, the Department of Motor Vehicles has required all motor vehicle inspection stations to conduct inspections through an Automated Vehicle Inspection Program (AVIP). AVIP replaced a paper-based inspection program, and it requires inspection data to be collected and stored electronically.(b) Notwithstanding 10 V.S.A. § 567 and C.V.R. 14-050-022 (inspection of motor vehicles), any vehicle inspected in Vermont prior to May 1, 2018 that fails the on board diagnostic (OBD) system portion of the inspection, if applicable, and passes the safety-related portion shall pass inspection and receive an inspection sticker, even if the vehicle has been subject to a prior inspection under AVIP and has previously failed the OBD system portion. In such cases, the inspection station shall provide the vehicle owner an inspection report indicating that the vehicle passed the safety portion of the inspection but failed the OBD portion, and that the owner has a 12-month period from the date of the inspection to make OBD system-related repairs.TOP #VTPOLI TWEETS PAID FAMILY LEAVE On Thursday the House Ways and Means Committee voted out an amendment to S.196, a bill related to paid family leave. The amendment would create a state-run paid family leave system. The funding mechanism for the program would be a 0.141 percent payroll tax on all employees’ wages up to $150,000 with the option of an employer contribution on behalf of an employee. The bill was then referred to the House Appropriations Committee, where it will likely stay for the remainder of the year. The Ways and Means amendment can be read here(link is external). CHEMICAL REGULATION The House Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Committee significantly amended and passed S.103 this week. The bill establishes an interagency committee within the executive branch to review the use, storage and disposal of chemicals in Vermont. The House committee added language to the bill that significantly changes Act 188, the 2014 law that regulates the use of chemicals in children’s products. These changes include removing the authority of a stakeholder group to direct the Commissioner of Health on whether to ban chemicals and removes the requirement that the weight of scientific evidence be considered when banning chemicals. In a somewhat unusual procedural move, the committee decided to vote on the bill even though they are waiting to hear from the administration on the changes. Committee chairman David Deen, D-Westminster, said he will entertain a motion to reconsider the bill when the committee takes testimony from the administration on Tuesday of next week. The vote was 6-1-2.
M orris petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Kevin John Morris of St. Petersburg has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement. Morris was suspended from the practice of law for 91 days, effective November 19, 2016, for mishandling a client’s personal injury matter. Any person possessing knowledge as to the fitness or qualifications of Morris to resume the practice of law should contact Katrina S. Brown, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 4200 George J. Bean Parkway, Suite 2580, Tampa 33607, phone 813-875-9821, or send an email response to email@example.com, with “Morris Reinstatement” in the subject line. Morris petitions for reinstatement April 15, 2017 Regular News
DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. PENDLETON, Ind. – Remy International announced today that its board of directors has named John Weber chairman of the board. The board also appointed new independent members Karl Glassman and Charles “Chip” McClure.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementGlassman was designated as a Class II member of the board and McClure was designated as a Class III member. The board appointed Glassman and McClure to serve on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.Glassman brings valuable manufacturing experience and a global perspective to the Remy Board, having held senior executive positions with a diversified manufacturer like Leggett & Platt and serving on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers. McClure brings strong, global knowledge of the automotive industry, having previously held board and senior executive positions with Meritor Inc., Federal-Mogul and Detroit Diesel. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Penske Corp. and DTE Energy.Remy International’s President and CEO Jay Pittas stated, “We are delighted to have John serve as our board chairman. His familiarity with the business and industry experience will certainly serve Remy well. We also are very pleased to have two industry veterans in Karl and Chip join our board. The Nominating Committee actively sought out candidates to complement the current board composition, looking for proven expertise in global operations. Clearly, these appointments fit the desired profile and bring a wealth of experience to our company. I look forward to working with the board to set and execute our strategy and maximize shareholder value.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
Most definitely there is some buzz in the world of golf this week with Tiger launching his 2019 campaign in the Farmers Insurance Open on the west coast. However, on the east coast, in Orlando, the world’s largest golf trade show has been underway. I wish the PGA Merchandise Show was open to the public, because anyone who has ever played this wacky sport would be blown away by it all. Unfortunately, it’s not.To understand the magnitude of this PGA Merchandise Show, just imagine nearly 50,000 golf club professionals and buyers from around the world came to Orlando just to see all the latest and greatest products the golf world has to offer, and it’s all under one roof. Over 1000 vendors put their wares on display hoping to attract the club professionals’ and buyers’ attention.It’s interesting to look back at the origins of the show. Many, many years ago golf manufacturers would hire ex-pros to represent their products hoping for distribution directly into the clubs’ pro shops. It all got underway in the late 1940s and early ’50s and it was far from glamorous. It was definitely a humble beginning, to say the least. These reps would set up shop in the parking lot of a pro tournament next to where the players would park. There were no flashy booths, no over-the-top signage. Just some product in the trunk. Humble beginnings, to say the very least.However, it has definitely progressed and grown over the years. Now it is a full-fledged mega-production that is even covered by the Golf Channel and around 1000 other forms of media. To see every booth would require a walk of 13 miles. At the risk of stating the obvious, I did not see every booth, but I did manage to have a brief conversation with the great people from the East Hampton Golf Club, which was a lot of fun. There were a couple of products that caught my attention. For example, an ingenious new method of getting yourself around the course and a driver that brings some new technology to the table. Lynx Golf has a great new addition to its brand called the Prowler VT Switch Face Driver. After 10 years in production, it is now introducing the option to switch the face of the Prowler VT, which gives you loft options at your fingertips. Can you imagine a driver that allows you to change the face to the loft you might want to play on a different course or different wind conditions? It’s amazing. Lynx Golf, based in England, has also made a commitment to do its part to save the planet . . . it has eliminated any single-use plastic from its packaging. The second newly developed product to capture my attention is a replacement for your golf cart called a “Finn.” What is a Finn? Great question. That’s certainly what I wanted to know too. Well, a Finn is basically an on-course golf transporter that looks like and rides like a motorcycle but with an electric motor. The average time to play nine holes using a Finn is 30 minutes, and you will have a blast doing so.I also had a chance to spend some time with the hosts of all four majors in 2019, so here’s an update on the Masters, the PGA, the U.S. Open Championship, and the Open Championship. There is nothing new for the Masters. Everyone feels that, barring any further injuries, Tiger will be a huge factor. It is hard to believe the last time Tiger won at Augusta was in 2005.The PGA Championship has been moved to May and will be contested at Bethpage Black, often referred to as the most difficult public course in America. The U.S. Open Championship heads to Pebble Beach, and the big question here is whether Phil Mickelson will finally win a U.S. Open and complete his career Grand Slam. Phil could have an edge; his grandfather was one of the original caddies at Pebble Beach. And finally, the Open Championship will be held at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951. The excitement level for this year’s site, Royal Portrush, is already off the charts. Tickets are already sold out, and it promises to conclude the 2019 Majors season with a ton of glee and joy as only the Irish can firstname.lastname@example.org Share
Six London boroughs have joined together to slash almost £1.5m a year in legal fees. The London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA), which links lawyers from Harrow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Camden, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Kensington & Chelsea borough councils, aims to save £1.44m a year by using fewer private law firms, locums and barristers. The LBLA will share a new panel of just 16 law firms, far fewer than the combined total of firms used by the six councils previously. The panel is understood to include national firm Weightmans and south-west firms Ashfords and TLT. London firm Moon Beever will give specialist advice on debt recovery and insolvency and north-east firm Dickinson Dees will advise on pensions, private finance initiatives and public private partnerships. Hugh Peart, Harrow Council’s director of legal and governance services, said local authorities needed the best advice available, but also had a duty to get best value for council taxpayers. ‘I am confident the LBLA will do just that.’ Guy Goodman, chairman of the Solicitors in Local Government group, said: ‘Procuring external providers intelligently is good practice. It reduces external spend and frees up funds to strengthen in-house teams.’ The six councils will also collaborate over the procurement of ancillary legal services, such as online knowledge and case management systems, and reduce training costs by sharing resources and budgets.
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The two companies are in advanced negotiations and anticipate that the final agreements will be concluded by the end of the month. Consolidated annual revenues of the new business structure will be at least US$300m and the company says it will employ more than 1,500 people. STS focuses on international multimodal freight forwarding and customs brokerage services, typically for clients in the oil and gas, construction and automotive sectors, whilst RLS specialises in pan-Russian logistics for FMCG clients.
Crowley’s ocean class tug Ocean Wind towed the production deck, while invader class tug Pilot towing the barge Marmack 303, delivered the construction deck – in both cases the cargo was received at the sea buoy Cat Island Pass before being transported to Mississippi Canyon Block 725.”The Ocean Wind was particularly suitable for the Tubular Bells deck section tow out and lift due to its dynamic positioning capabilities,” explained Ocean Wind captain, Ward Davis. “The Ocean Wind was able to position and hold the barge alongside the SAIPEM 7000 semi-submersible crane and pipe-laying vessel with light tension on the tow wire while they prepared for and made the lift of the deck section,” added Davis.Tubular Bells is expected to begin production in 2014 and should peak in the range of 40,000 to 50,000 barrels of oil a day. www.crowley.com