Golden Boy accredited

first_imgGolden Boy is the first coach operator to achieve the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)’s Workshop Accreditation.Golden Boy, which conducts all its own maintenance as well as undertaking third-party work for other operators under its separate business GB Fleet Maintenance, has a five-bay workshop at its premises in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.The firm underwent a thorough two-day audit comprising 100 questions, conducted by compliance specialist Lloyd Morgan, to be awarded the accreditation.Designed and launched in 2014 by the CPT’s Engineering Committee with support from the Traffic Commissioners, the accreditation assesses coach and bus operators’ workshops, as well as dealer workshops, against a series of in-depth engineering compliance and health and safety-based procedures.Golden Boy is the second operator to achieve the accreditation, after Ipswich Buses (routeone, News, 25 February).Joint Managing Director Geraldine McIntyre tells routeone: “It helps with council tenders to have something like this – something that says we’ve been audited for quality, that we haven’t just signed up to a scheme with no checks.”“It’s another string to our bow,” says Paul Murdoch, Engineering Director. “It helps us to show our customers and potential customers what we’ve got, and what we can offer.”Bill Hiron, CPT President, presented the accreditation to Golden Boy. He says: “I offer my congratulations to the small team here who have worked tirelessly and meticulously over the years to ensure that Golden Boy Coaches is worthy of this industry status.“It’s a selling point for the operator, as it helps to show discerning customers that the company is serious about safety.”“That’s what it’s set out to do,” adds Stephen Smith, Operations Director of the CPT. “The accreditation is for CPT members who offer services to other operators, who can see it’s professionally audited and accredited. It’s reassurance that that CPT member takes their maintenance responsibility seriously. The vehicles are properly looked after, repaired and maintained.“There are quite a few operators considering whether to apply for the accreditation now. We hope that Golden Boy is the first of many coach companies to achieve it.”Click here to see the Golden Boy profilelast_img read more

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Vermont Secretary of State’s 2016 poster and essay contest deadline May 1

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Secretary of State’s Poster and Essay Contest is an annual event to promote awareness of Vermont history, the Vermont Constitution, and the importance of civics among students in Grades K-12. The program was started in 2000, making this its 16th year. The essay topics this year, for older students, focus on youth involvement in politics and governance and asks students to imagine creative ways in which we can encourage and increase their participation. The younger students, in keeping with tradition, are asked to create their own rendition of state symbols and posters by thinking about what Vermont means to them.Every year, we receive great submissions from students across the state. We then select winners in each category and invite their entire class to join us for a day in Montpelier where they tour the State House, the Vermont History Museum, and are recognized in an awards ceremony.We ask teachers to share this opportunity with their students and encourage them to participate. The deadline for submissions is May 1. We are excited to see what new and thoughtful submissions we receive this year from our talented Vermont students!More information about the contest, the class topics, and submission forms can be found attached with this press release and on our website.last_img read more

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Green Mountain College $200,000 First in Sustainability Scholarship essay deadline February 15

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Green Mountain College, the nation’s number-one college for sustainability-based education, reminds high school seniors that the essay deadline for its new First in Sustainability Scholarship Award is right around the corner. All essays must be submitted online and received by February 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm Pacific time. For students who are passionate about pursuing careers in social, economic and/or environmental sustainability, this is an opportunity to take full advantage of Green Mountain College’s premier curriculum.The winning student will receive free tuition, room, board and fees for all four years at the college—a total value of $200,000. “We are thrilled to enable a student who is passionate about a career in sustainability to get a head start at Green Mountain College,” said Robert (Bob) Allen, President of the institution. “As the #1 college for sustainability in the nation, we are empowering our students to make a meaningful impact for generations to come.”Any high school senior applying for admission to Green Mountain College’s class of 2021 is eligible for this scholarship. Applicants are required to submit an additional essay, describing what change they would like to make for a better and more sustainable world. The piece (up to 800 words) should address these two topics:This is what you would change.This is how an education at Green Mountain College will prepare you to make the change.One winner will be announced April 15, 2017.  The online application form can be found at greenmtn.edu/sustainabilityscholarship(link is external).Green Mountain College offers 22 academic majors and 32 additional minors and certificates, all built on its core sustainability focused general education curriculum. Students also gain extensive practical experience, an advantage when entering the “green jobs” market. Ninety-seven percent of graduates are employed or in graduate school and ninety-five percent of graduates are satisfied or very satisfied in their work.Green Mountain College offers rolling admissions. To apply for next year’s freshman class, visit discover.greenmtn.edu/applynow/inquiryform(link is external). For additional information about the scholarship, email Karen Martinsen Fleming at [email protected](link sends e-mail).About Green Mountain College – Purposeful, Personal, PracticalThe nation’s number-one college and curriculum for sustainability, Green Mountain College prepares students to build meaningful careers pursuing social, economic and environmental sustainability. The college’s holistic sustainability-based education, built on a core sustainability focused general education curriculum, enables students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in our rapidly changing world. The college also offers online master’s degree programs, and a three-year B.S. degree in partnership with The Killington Resort. For more information, visit www.greenmtn.edu(link is external).SOURCE POULTNEY, Vt., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Green Mountain College To apply, please visit greenmtn.edu/sustainabilityscholarship(link is external).last_img read more

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Emerging adults: Pay attention to a life stage, not a generation

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kayla Byers Kayla Byers joined brass Media, Inc in Fall 2011 as an Account & Customer Relations Manager, where she helps customers build more solid connections with young adults. She has been … Web: www.brassmedia.com Details “Emerging adulthood [ages 18-29] is the only period of life in which nothing is normative demographically.” Jeffrey Jensen ArnettIt’s true that the Millennial generation has a lot of distinct characteristics (coming of age during the recession and being social media/tech natives), yet many of the attributes of this generation have more to do with their stage of life than the year they were born.In 2000, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett proposed the idea of emerging adulthood, a stage of development between 18-29, when individuals have left adolescence and childhood, but haven’t yet taken on the responsibilities of full-fledged adulthood, like starting a family or owning a home.Arnett believes the social and economic changes in the last half century that led to the formation of an emerging adult stage aren’t going away, so we can expect that as future generations pass through their late teens and twenties, they will experience similar challenges with a similar approach to life.A 2012 Clark University study, led by Arnett, took a deeper look at how this life stage pans out.One notable trend is a shift in traditional markers used for considering yourself an adult:Only 4% of the respondents consider getting married the most important part of becoming an adult.Being financially independent ranked second highest at 30% (behind accepting responsibility for yourself: 36%).Nearly three-fourths (74%) of emerging adults stated that they would rather live on a tight budget than be financially dependent upon their parents.As a credit union, you are in a remarkable spot to help emerging adults make the decisions that they believe push them into adulthood. The Census Bureau just released data noting that the biggest age group in the American population is 22-year-olds (23-year-olds are second, followed by 21-year-olds). Are you targeting your help and content to this group?Don’t miss out on the chance to provide assistance to the largest population segment in the U.S. and who have clearly indicated that they want financial autonomy. Evaluate your current strategy and take stock on whether you have what you need to be a resource to emerging adults, no matter what year they were born in.last_img read more

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Gophers fall to Michigan after second-period slump

first_imgGophers fall to Michigan after second-period slumpThe Gophers were outshot 22-5 in the second period, and they gave up two unanswered goals in that frame.Jasmin KempSenior Tyler Sheehy looks to pass the puck on Friday, Feb. 1 at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Jack WarrickFebruary 2, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota was tied with Michigan 1-1 going into the second period, then things fell apart.Michigan pummeled Gophers goaltender Mat Robson with 19 shots, while Minnesota couldn’t get off a single one to start the second period. Finally, with just over 5:00 remaining in the period, Gophers freshman Sammy Walker shot and made contact with the goalie. But the damage had been done, and Michigan led 3-1 after two periods of play.“I’ve been pretty positive all year, and I’m not real positive right now. That was not a good game for us,” said Gophers head coach Bob Motzko. “Sometimes you have to have good old fashioned knee bend.”Minnesota gave up two goals while being outshot 22-5 in the second period. Though Brannon McManus responded with a goal in the third period, Michigan bit back with one of its own and Minnesota fell 4-2 in the first game of the weekend at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday.McManus scored in the third period on the power play, responding from the second period’s two goals to make it 3-2. Then, later in the period, Jack Ramsey shot what would be the equalizer just an inch too high; the puck rang out with a ding and fell into the netting near the Gophers’ student section. Michigan’s Nicholas Boka scored with 3:24 left in the game, and Minnesota couldn’t respond from the two-goal deficit.“That was a tough one to give up to get them to four because we put ourselves in a position at the end. We did have a push,” Motzko said.Minnesota scored first with less than five minutes played in the game when Rem Pitlick scored on the power play. It was a one-timer slap shot from Tommy Novak for a 1-0 lead at 15:25 on the clock in the first period. Minnesota leads the Big Ten in power play and penalty kill this season. It scores on 26 percent of power plays and allows a goal on just over 15 percent of penalty kills. The Gophers have scored a power play goal in each of the last six games, and they were 2-7 on Friday. They haven’t scored a regular five-on-five goal in the past two games. “Five-on-five, that’s important. It’s good that our special teams are working, but we need to be more effective 5-on-5,” Pitlick said. Michigan answered at 12:46 left in the first with a rebound goal from forward Will Lockwood to make it 1-1.Minnesota let Michigan take the lead in the second period when Michigan’s Garrett Van Wyhe scored with 11:58 on the clock in the second period. Gophers defenseman Robbie Stucker had the puck stolen from him behind the net, and Michigan converted on the mistake. Later in the second, Michigan’s Michael Pastujov scored to put his team up 3-1 with 5:26 left in the second. The Gophers didn’t get a shot until 5:07 left in the period, and they tallied five total in the period. On the other side, Michigan’s forwards barraged Robson with 22 in the second frame.“Obviously after the second we’re thinking we can still get back into it, so we’re trying to get some life back into our bench and keep going,” Novak said. McManus made it interesting late in the game to bring Minnesota’s deficit to one goal when he scored on the power play with 7:26 left in regulation. Pitlick took a shot point blank in front of the Michigan goalie, and McManus was there for a back door rebound. Michigan scored a short-handed goal right as Pitlick got out of the penalty box at 3:24 left in the third to make it 4-2, Michigan leading. It was a wrap-around goal that snuck through blocker side on Robson.Minnesota will play Michigan again on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the series finale at 3M Arena at Mariucci.“I think we’ve shown that we can pretty much play with anyone and lose to anyone,” Novak said. “So I think our guys still have some hope in the locker room, and we’re looking to turn it around right now.”last_img read more

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Most young adults keep in touch with potential ‘back burner’ partners — even if they’re not single

first_imgShare on Twitter Share “Back in my grad school days, I was single and looking to mingle. I’d meet people at the campus social hotspots, trade numbers, and store those numbers in my phone. Weeks and months later, there’d be the occasional text message from one to the other: “Hey stranger how r u?” It felt like the idea was to show some interest and attraction, but not so much for a full-on relationship. Thinking back on those days, I wondered what it might mean and whether I was alone (turns out I’m not). Thus was born the study of back burners.”The researchers surveyed 658 college students about their technological communication, relationship status and number of back burners.Most of the students — 72.9% — said they maintained communication with at least one back burner. Even among those in committed relationships, a little more than half — 55.6% — had back burners.“This particular study showed us that people do spend some effort to maintain back burner relationships using many of the same kinds of strategies they’ll use to keep their committed relationships going, e.g., sending messages of positivity, being open, and sending little notes of assurance. And, as you might expect, people who already have a committed partner do these things to a lesser extent than do singles,” Dibble told PsyPost.“Relatedly, more singles reported having at least one back burner than did those in committed relationships–but over half of the committeds still had at least one back burner. And perhaps more striking, when it comes to average numbers of back burners, committeds don’t differ from singles. This underscores findings from our earlier research showing that back burners seem to be common whether people are single or in a committed relationship.”Single students had about six back burners on average, compared to those in committed relationships who had about five on average.The research does have some limitations, particularly when it comes to the sample used.“The biggest caveat is that our data so far have come only from college student samples,” Dibble explained. “We might expect back burner activity to be most common among younger people, but it’s possible that people in longer-term relationships might do something similar, even if to a lesser extent. We’ve received anecdotal comments from married people who say they can name somebody else they’d likely end up with in case their spouse died. So we definitely want to explore this issue with older individuals and those in long-term relationships.”“We also don’t know much yet about what kinds of things people say to their back burners. We know that communication is required for a back burner to be a back burner (that’s what separates back burners from other romantic prospects that we’re just quietly attracted to). That is, we know that people will expend some effort to fan the embers and keep the back burner glowing (and, as you’d guess, single people “fan” harder than those in relationships do). But we don’t know what they say. This is interesting because what sort of message do you craft to keep someone close enough to maintain the attraction, but not so close as to spark into a full-flame relationship? What do these messages look like that keeps someone in sort of an in-between state?”“We also wonder how attached people become to their back burner relationships, as well as what it might mean to lose a back burner,” Dibble said. “Research shows, for example, that being left out of a computer-based ball-tossing game registers as actual pain in one’s brain. If a back burner becomes suddenly unavailable (e.g., Facebook status changes from “single” to “in a relationship”), does that register similarly on one’s physiology?”Previous research conducted by Dibble suggests that a person who has a number of back burners can still be committed to their current romantic relationship.“People have different feelings about this whole business of keeping in touch with back burners, and whether or not it harms our relationships. In fact, well-established theory led us to predict in an earlier study that the more back burners people have, the less committed they should be to their romantic partner,” he explained. “But this isn’t what happened. To our surprise, we found no association between these two things. What this means right now is, simply knowing that somebody has back burners doesn’t say anything about how committed they are to their partner. This research is still in its early stages, but we don’t see much yet that says we should sound the general alarm.”“It seems the repertoire of human romance goes well beyond dating and getting married in the traditional sense. Back burners aren’t new by any means (remember the “little black book”?), but researchers are beginning to study them only now. Being inherently neither good nor bad, back burners may be another aspect of human connection that serves the bigger goal of helping folks find someone special and develop satisfying relationships,” Dibble added.“Learning more about back burners through research can help us learn more about what are the real threats to our relationships and where we may not need to worry as much. Our goal as always is to help people learn to develop the kinds of relationships in which they can be happy and fulfilled!”The study, “Maintaining Relationship Alternatives Electronically: Positive Relationship Maintenance in Back Burner Relationships“, was co-authored by Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter and Michelle Drouin. Email Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn It is not uncommon for young adults to keep a “back burner” partner waiting in the wings. According to a new study, most young adults maintain communication with people they are romantically or sexually interested in, even when they’re in a steady relationship with someone else.The study was recently published in the journal Communication Research Reports.“I’ve always said research is me-search, so many of my research interests started as personal experiences that I wanted to learn more about,” remarked study author Jayson L. Dibble, an associate professor of communication at Hope College. Pinterestlast_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: Cholera in Haiti, Listeria kills two, MRSA variant

first_imgJun 3, 2011Cholera cases spike in Haiti’s capitalHaiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, is experience a surge of new cholera infections, according to aid groups working in the area. An official from Oxfam, an international confederation of 14 organizations, said yesterday that the impact of the disease on the city’s Carrefour area is currently worse than during the height of the country’s outbreak in November 2010. Mimy Muisa Kambere said in a statement that the area is registering 300 new cases a day, compared with 900 per week earlier in the outbreak. However, she added that the death rate is lower than before, because people are getting treatment faster.Jun 2 Oxfam statementIn a related development, the American Red Cross said today that it is reopening a treatment center in Carrefour to handle the spike in cholera cases in and around Port-au-Prince. In a statement, the group said it was stepping up other outbreak response efforts as Haiti enters its rainy season. It is deploying teams of health educators to cholera hot spots and is sending text messages to people in high-risk areas to notify them about treatment center locations and share cholera prevention tips.Two die of Listeria in DenverThree Listeria infections, two of them fatal, are being investigated in Denver, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced yesterday. Those who died were a man in his 30s and a woman in her 60s. All three cases involve people of Hispanic heritage, the CDPHE said. The source of the cases was unknown and under investigation. Alicia Cronquist, a CDPHE epidemiologist, urged the public to take precautions to avoid Listeria, including avoiding soft cheeses unless they are made with pasteurized milk, hot dogs and deli meats unless reheated to 165ºF, refrigerated pate or meat spreads, and refrigerated seafood. Those at high risk include people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and those older than 60, she noted. Colorado has only about 10 cases of listeriosis per year on average, the statement said.Research groups detail new MRSA variantTwo research groups have identified a new variant of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to two studies that appeared yesterday and today in different medical journals. One group reported finding the new type in patients in Irish hospitals, and their study appeared yesterday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, published by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Another group detected the strain’s emergence in human and cow populations in the United Kingdom and Denmark and detailed its results in Lancet Infectious Diseases. The new strain isn’t identified as MRSA by current lab tests, which has implications for clinical diagnosis and treatment. Irish and German researchers used high-throughput DNA microarray screening to identify the new strain, which belongs to a genetic lineage clonal complex seen only previously in cows and other animals, according to an ASM press release. While preparing their study for press, the researchers learned that a UK group had identified a bovine MRSA strain with a nearly identical genetic pattern that had emerged in both bovine and human populations in the United Kingdom and Denmark. They identified the MRSA strain in bulk milk, and they also found it when they looked for the strain in veterinary and human MRSA reference lab collections. They say the findings suggest that cows may be reservoirs for human MRSA.Jun 2 Antimicrob Agents Chemother abstractJun 3 Lancet Infect Dis abstractlast_img read more

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Nearly 500,000 illegal immigrants live in South Florida

first_imgNearly 500,000 illegal immigrants reside in South Florida,  making it the fifth-largest  metropolitan area with an undocumented population in the United States, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.About 450,000 illegal immigrants reside in the greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area, Pew found, based on 2014 estimates from government data. About 55,000 live in the city of Miami alone.President Donald J. Trump has promised to crack down on illegal immigration, signing an executive order last month to cut federal funding for cities and counties considered “sanctuaries” for the undocumented. To avoid the label, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez hastily agreed to hold inmates in local jails for federal immigration agents.South Florida trails other major urban centers that attract scores more of undocumented immigrants. Leading the list are New York and Los Angeles, with 1.2 million and 1 million, respectively. In third and fourth place are Houston (575,000) and Dallas (475,000).last_img read more

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Weems, Players Address Motzko Departure [VIDEO]

first_img Auto (360p) Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 1080p HD About Connatix V56892 “You know as a player someday you will leave the coach, but you don’t expect the coach to leave the player,” St. Cloud State junior forward Robby Jackson said Tuesday afternoon when discussing the departure of coach Bob Motzko.Motzko has left SCSU after 13 seasons to coach at the University of Minnesota.Athletic Director Heather Weems said that she was contacted by University of Minnesota AD Mark Coyle on Saturday and was told “there might be a conversation going on” before being told by Motzko himself Monday about the decision. About Connatix V56892center_img 360p 720p HD 1/1 Weems said she was told Monday “the decision had been made, and to prepare (herself).””This is an emotional decision for Bob,” Weems said. “He doesn’t just flip a switch on and off, this is a hard decision for him.”Motzko held a meeting with the team Monday afternoon to inform them of his decision.”Obviously, there had been a lot of speculation, so we had a feeling what the meeting was about,” freshman Blake Lizotte said.”We touched on the season at first,” Jackson said. “Then (Motzko) got into the meat of it, and it felt like a heart-to-heart.””It was an emotional day, especially for the (upperclassmen),” Lizotte said. “An emotional day for everybody, including Bob and his family.””There was a lot of silence, which was weird because usually we clap at the end of meetings,” Jackson said. “After Motzko and Weems left, no one knew what to do or how to handle it.””Coming fresh off the NCAA Tournament, which was emotional, and now adding this on top of it is emotionally draining as well,” Lizotte said.Weems says Motzko leaves a rich legacy behind at St. Cloud State.”He has truly cared about the student athletes, not only from a skill on ice perspective but from a human perspective,” Weems said. “As an alum, it’s been important that he came and served our university.””Certainly, his (on-ice) success as well,” Weems said.last_img read more

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Can Black Stars stop Muller machine?

first_imgGermany can qualify for the knock-out rounds on Saturday if they beat Ghana at the Estadio Castelao. Germany: Neuer; Boateng, Durm, Mertesacker, Howedes; Khedira, Lahm, Kroos; Ozil, Muller, Gotze. CEST “We didn’t deserve the first goal against us and, as for the game itself, we did possess and create a lot of chances,” he said. Ghana: Kwarasey; Opare, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah; Muntari, Rabiu; J. Ayew, Atsu, A. Ayew; Gyan. Sport EN Thomas Muller scored a hat-trick, with Mats Hummels getting the other. The defender is the only fitness doubt, saying: “The injury doesn’t feel like something which would end my World Cup. “Maybe it will cost me one game, or maybe none at all. It looked worse than it is.  “I do have my thigh heavily wrapped, but it’s going to be fine. It could have been worse.”center_img They thrashed Portugal 4-0 in the opening game, while their opponents lost 2-1 to the USA. Upd. at 21:27 Ghana cioach Kwesi Appiah admits his team need to be more clinical if they are to progress.  “Any loss of concentration can cost the team big time. I believe the first goal unsettled us a little bit but I never expected it to end this way.” 20/06/2014 Possible teams:  Ref: Sandro Ricci. “Unfortunately we could not take our chances and the US took their chances.last_img read more

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