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Revolution in Ukraine: Putting a price on reform

The IMF itself has yet to despatch a mission to meet Ukraine’s new leadership. But the speed with which money could reach Ukraine from the IMF may depend principally not on the IMF’s technical procedures, but on what reforms Ukraine’s interim government feels able or willing to commit itself to before snap presidential elections on 25 May.In the meantime, Ukrainians will have to hope that the bond markets remain willing to provide money at a lower cost and that the devaluation of the hryvnia in early February will help exporters. There is a third hope: paradoxically, in the last quarter of 2013, Ukraine’s output actually increased by 3.3%. Åslund attributes this to the protests, which, he argues, stifled the “cronyism” of Yanukovych’s associates. Political uncertainty may spook the markets, but may not always be bad for the economy. Also On POLITICO The lessons learned By Andrew Gardner New political battles By Toby Vogel Key players By European Voice Staff Where might a Russian backlash strike? By Andrew Gardner Quite how much money will be needed is an open question. Ukraine’s interim government is certainly not playing down the needs. The acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, said on Monday (24 February) that the economy was “heading into the abyss”, while the interim finance minister, Yuriy Kolobov, put a figure on the money needed to fill that hole – $35 billion (€25.5bn) over two years, more than twice the estimated (and now suspended) $15bn support that Yanukovych secured from Russia in December. This is a grim picture for a country that entered a recession in mid-2012.The economist Anders Åslund, a former economic adviser to the Ukrainian government, puts Ukraine’s total financing need for one year at $15bn (€11.0bn), of which the IMF could probably provide $10bn-$12bn (€7.3bn-€8.8bn).The EU’s institutions are not saying how much they could provide. The only official figure is €610 million in macrofinancial assistance; in the EU’s institutions, there is also a document – seen by European Voice in December – suggesting that the EU as a whole would be capable of providing Ukraine with long-term support valued at €19.1bn, the vast bulk of it through loans linked to an IMF emergency package.ResourcesThe EU is now seeking to mobilise the resources of its bank, the European Investment Bank (EIB), which at the height of last week’s bloodshed suspended its activities in Ukraine. In addition, Štefan Füle, the European commissioner for the neighbourhood, held talks with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on Monday (24 February).But it may be that the EU’s member states will end up as the critical sources of European backing.So far, a number of them, including the UK, Germany and Poland have emphasised their willingness to provide funding, but channelled through the IMF, which is another way of saying that money will be linked to far-reaching reforms. Ukraine’s political earthquake – and swift moves by the political elite to fill the vacuum opened up by the departure of President Viktor Yanukovych – brought an immediate financial dividend for the country, with the bond markets lowering the costs of borrowing for the Ukrainian government.The markets’ relief, though, was fed by the hope that Ukraine’s new leaders will reform the economy and by the expectation that the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Union, European governments, and the United States will act on their promises to help Ukraine find emergency funding.But even if those expectations are met, the markets face two major questions: Will there be enough money? And will it come in time? read more

Manafort trial day 8: Mueller team complains about scolding from judge

first_imgWASHINGTON — Prosecutors frustrated by repeated slapdowns from the judge at Paul Manafort’s trial made a formal written protest Thursday, complaining they were unfairly called out in front of the jury.U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis sharply dressed down prosecutors on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team Wednesday for allowing an expert witness from the Internal Revenue Service to remain in the courtroom while other witnesses were testifying. Typically, witnesses aren’t supposed to hear anyone else’s testimony in a trial so they don’t influence each other.In a written motion filed before court convened Thursday, Mueller’s team asked the judge to explain to the jury that the prosecution had done nothing wrong. Indeed, a transcript of the first day of the trial last week shows that prosecutor Uzo Asonye specifically asked that witnesses be excluded “with the exception of our expert and our [FBI] case agent.” The judge and the prosecutor went on to discuss Welch by name and his expertise. And the judge unmistakably approved the exception. Ellis has sometimes faulted defense attorneys, but that has been more rare. On the other hand, the prosecution has been doing most of the heavy lifting thus far as the government presents its case, with the defense’s opportunity to call witnesses expected next week. Also On POLITICO Manafort trial day 7: Gates wraps testimony amid more affair claims By Josh Gerstein and Darren Samuelsohn Manafort trial Day 6: Gates details tax and financial schemes By Josh Gerstein The judge’s slap at the prosecution over the expert witness issue is just the latest in a series of rebukes he’s delivered to Mueller’s squad in recent days over topics ranging from body language to excessive informality to efforts to introduce visual imagery of Manafort’s lavish lifestyle. The prickly exchanges have clearly begun to grate on the prosecution team, which has sometimes protested verbally in court, but did not formally lodge a written objection before Thursday.On Wednesday, Ellis scolded prosecutor Greg Andres for responding to the court’s questions with terms the judge considered too casual, like “yeah” or “yup.”“Be careful about that,” he told Andres. “This is not an informal proceeding.”Andres slipped up again moments later, offering a “yup” in response to another question from the judge.“I beg your pardon?” Ellis intoned, his irritation evident.“Yes, judge,” Andres answered.center_img “The Court mistakenly faulted the government for permitting IRS revenue agent Michael Welch, the government’s expert witness, to remain in the courtroom during the proceedings, when in fact on the first day of trial the Court had expressly granted the government’s motion to do so,” prosecutors complained in their motion. “The Court’s reprimand of government counsel suggested to the jury — incorrectly — that the government had acted improperly and in contravention of Court rules. This prejudice should be cured.”Ellis chastised Asonye in court on Wednesday moments after he called Welch to the stand. “It’s my clear recollection … that I wasn’t admitting experts,” Ellis said. “You need to ask specifically. You’re going to go ahead now, I’m going to permit that, but I want you to remember that.”Asonye responded that prosecutors would “check the transcript,” but it was their belief that they specifically asked for permission to allow expert witnesses like Welch to remain in the courtroom despite the usual prohibition.“Well, let me be clear: I don’t care what the transcript says,” Ellis snapped, before backing down a little. “Maybe I made a mistake. But I want you to remember don’t do that again. When I exclude witnesses, I mean everybody. Now, it may be that I didn’t make that clear.”The judge’s tone suggested he was disturbed by the prosecutors’ actions, although he eventually declared, “It’s not a big deal.”In their letter, Mueller’s team said that the judge’s action left a “negative impression” of them. “The Court’s sharp reprimand of government counsel in front of the jury on August 8 was … erroneous. And, while mistakes are a natural part of the trial process, the mistake here prejudiced the government,” Mueller’s team wrote, asking Ellis to tell jurors he was mistaken and the prosecution did nothing wrong.last_img read more

Listen To The Worst EDM Drops Ever

first_imgDance music these days is all about the drop. You move and shake while the music picks up, before going absolutely nuts as the bass kicks in. Its formulaic and boring when everything is so similar. In response, Reddit user mrdvno, a former DJ, set out to create some of the worst drops ever in parody. The results are pretty hilarious.You can see the complete collection at the user’s Soundcloud, which has since become wildly popular, with some drops getting over 200,000 views. We’ve also selected some of the best ones below for you to check out.last_img read more

Post Units and Organizations

first_imgIn all, Fort Knox has more than 30 units, commands and organizations and employs more than 20,000 Soldiers and civilian employees.FIRST ARMY DIVISION EASTThe First Army Division East was activated March 7, 2007, at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, as a multicomponent-sourced training organization tasked with providing readiness oversight, training and mobilization operations to U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard units from across 36 states, territories and the District of Columbia. Comprised of four combined arms training brigades and one multifunctional training brigade, First Army Division East — as part of First Army — provides the trained and ready reserve component forces necessary to meet the needs of combatant commanders around the world.The division and its subordinate units are uniquely staffed by active and reserve component Soldiers certified as observer coach/trainers, or OC/Ts, who assist, advise, coach, mentor, teach and provide collective training support to meet Department of the Army mandated training requirements. Training support is provided by all OC/Ts to all types of units including infantry, aviation, artillery, engineering, ordnance, logistics and supply, military police, medical support, military intelligence and air defense.By way of the Army’s Total Force Policy, the Associated Unit Program and the First Army Partnership Program, Division East’s mission as a force multiplier is met by the sustained partnerships its subordinate units cultivate with reserve component partners at the brigade, battalion and company levels.1ST THEATER SUSTAINMENT COMMANDThe 1st Theater Sustainment Command provides mission command and operational-level sustainment support to Army, joint, interagency and multinational forces; sets the theater; and conducts theater security cooperation within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in order to enable unified land operations in support of combatant commander directives.4TH CAVALRY BRIGADE, FIRST ARMY DIVISION EASTThe 4th Cavalry Brigade, First Army Division East is a multicomponent training brigade. The brigade consists of the headquarters and two active component battalions at Fort Knox and two reserve component battalions at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia. The brigade is made up of Soldiers from the active component, the Army Reserve, the Army National Guard and the Operation Warrior Trainer Program, from redeploying Army National Guard and Army Reserve units. The four subordinate battalions include a cavalry squadron, an artillery battalion and two combat service support battalions. Almost all military occupation specialties are represented in the brigade.Currently, the brigade trains provincial reconstruction teams deploying to Afghanistan. This mission is tremendously important for our nation. These teams are like no other unit in the DOD. They are led by an active-duty Navy or Air Force officer with an active Army sergeant major as the senior enlisted adviser. The staffs of the provincial reconstruction teams are made up of Navy or Air Force officers and NCOs and a U.S. Army Reserve civil affairs detachment. Each team also has a National Guard Security Force platoon attached to it to provide the capability to move around their province with organic security. The brigade conducts this mission while deployed to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, for four months at a time.The Saber Brigade conducts numerous and diverse missions as a part of the provincial reconstruction teams trainings. The mission includes organizing and training on individual training tasks, lanes training, collective unit lanes training, and observer and trainer mentor and unit mobilization assistor duties. Key individual training tasks include training and administering the warrior training tasks and theater-specific individual readiness training to ensure individual Soldier proficiency.19TH ENGINEER BATTALIONThe 19th Engineer Battalion was reactivated Oct. 16, 2005, at Fort Knox as a newly organized modular engineer battalion capable of commanding any type of engineer organization from Sappers to construction effects. The battalion has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2009-2010 and 2013-2014).Currently, the 19th Engineer Battalion consists of a headquarters and headquarters company and an organic forward support company. Also assigned to the 19th Engineer Battalion at Fort Knox are the 15th Engineer Company (Horizontal), 42nd Engineer Company (Clearance), 502nd Multi Role Bridge Company and the 541st Engineer Company (Sapper).The mission of the 19th Engineer Battalion is to increase the combat effectiveness of the support brigades or engineer brigades at corps and division level through mobility, countermobility, survivability and general engineering tasks. Additionally, the 19th performs combat missions in the role of infantry, when required, and participates in joint military operations.With more than 1,000 Soldiers, the 19th Engineer Battalion is the largest engineer battalion in the Army.HUMAN RESOURCES COMMANDThe U.S. Army Human Resources Command executes distribution, strategic talent management, personnel programs and services Army-wide in order to optimize total force personnel readiness and strengthen an agile and adaptive Army. HRC manages Soldier schooling, promotions, awards, records, transfers, appointments, benefits, retirement — one agency managing Soldiers’ entire careers from the day they enter basic training until retirement and beyond. HRC operates the Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center. HRC is the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and Army G1’s functional proponent for military personnel management and personnel systems, except for the judge advocate general and the chaplain branches. HRC also supports the director, Army National Guard and the chief, Army Reserve in their management of the Selected Reserve. The HRC commander is the commander of the Individual Ready Reserve, the Standby Reserve and the Retired Reserve. The HRC also provides oversight for the Military Postal Service Agency based in Arlington, Virginia. The adjutant general of the U.S. Army also provides oversight of the U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency and the Military Postal Service Agency based in Arlington, Virginia.RECRUITING COMMANDThe U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s mission is to recruit America’s best volunteers to enable the Army to win in a complex world. USAREC does this by training and developing a disciplined and effective recruiting force and developing the capabilities and obtaining the necessary resources to sustain and enhance recruiting accomplishment, “providing the strength” for America’s Army.The command is responsible for manning both the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, ensuring security and readiness for our nation. Recruiting operations are conducted throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and U.S. facilities in Europe and Asia. The USAREC headquarters provides command, control and staff support to the recruiting force.The officers, enlisted members and civilian employees of USAREC headquarters work in diverse areas such as personnel, administration, resource management and safety. Many work in specialized fields, such as market research and analysis, advertising and public affairs, and recruiting operations. The command also has its own inspector general, staff judge advocate and headquarters company.The command’s subordinate structure consists of five recruiting brigades and the Medical Recruiting Brigade. The Medical Recruiting Brigade and the 3rd Recruiting Brigade are also based at Fort Knox. Each recruiting brigade commands and controls up to eight recruiting battalions, giving USAREC 38 recruiting battalions, five medical recruiting battalions and the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Each recruiting battalion in turn commands the recruiting companies in its area, which provide support to the more than 1,300 recruiting stations in communities across America.Six recruiting companies have responsibility for recruiting in Kentucky, operating 16 recruiting centers staffed with more than 100 regular Army and Army Reserve recruiters.U.S. ARMY RECRUITING AND RETENTION COLLEGEThe Army’s Recruiting and Retention College is a multicomponent training directorate of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. The school consists of the Retention Department, the Recruiting Department, Proponent (79), and Training and Doctrine responsible for teaching and training nine 79 career management field courses at Fort Knox. The directorate is made up of Soldiers from the active component, the Army Reserve, the Army National Guard, GS special support staff and the office of the command psychologist.The mission is to “train and educate military and civilian leaders and develop complementary concepts, doctrine, organization, materiel and training across the spectrum of recruiting and retention to support requirements for America’s force of decisive action.”Its vision is “well-trained, disciplined and values-based professionals collectively known as the Army’s premiere training and learning institution that provides a 21st century, adaptive, collaborative and multi-echeloned education experience, and takes care of its personnel and Family members.”CADET COMMANDThe U.S. Army Cadet Command’s mission is to partner with universities to recruit, educate, develop, and inspire senior ROTC cadets in order to commission officers of character for the Total Army; and partner with high schools to conduct JROTC to develop citizens of character for a lifetime of commitment and service to our nation. In October 2010, Fort Knox became home to the U.S. Army Cadet Command headquarters, which oversees the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.Army ROTC is available at about 1,000 colleges and universities, including 274 host programs, nationwide. There are Army ROTC programs in every state in the nation as well as in the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. These programs are organized into eight brigades geographically dispersed throughout the nation. Total enrollment is more than 30,000. Army ROTC is responsible for producing about 70 percent of all officers entering the Army.In addition to the USACC headquarters, both 1st and 7th brigades are based at Fort Knox. Close associations are maintained with Army Reserve and National Guard units in every state. These units provide facilities, equipment and personnel to the programs in support of ROTC training missions. Each summer, USACC, with the support of Fort Knox, hosts ROTC cadet summer training. Cadet summer training brings more than 13,000 cadets and cadre to Fort Knox to conduct the Army’s largest recurring training event.ROTC began when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Defense Act of 1916. Since its inception, Army ROTC has commissioned more than 600,000 second lieutenants who join the active Army, the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. It is the largest commissioning source in the American military. In fact, nearly half of the current active-duty Army general officers were commissioned through ROTC.In addition to the senior ROTC programs offered at colleges and universities nationwide, USACC manages more than 1,700 Army Junior ROTC programs at high schools, with 316,000 cadets enrolled. Participation in these programs is voluntary, and their focus is to instill solid leadership and citizenship values in high school students. Curriculum and activities are centered on time management, study skills, financial stewardship and character development.JROTC has an enormously positive effect on our youth, helping young people from across the socio-economic spectrum. Cadets graduate from high school at a higher rate, have higher GPAs and get in trouble less frequently than their classmates. Although JROTC is a citizenship program, not a recruiting tool, JROTC graduates do enter the armed forces at a much higher rate than their peers.U.S. ARMY MARKETING AND ENGAGEMENT BRIGADEThe U.S. Army Marketing and Engagement Brigade influences the American people to join the Army by enhancing and conducting recruiting operations through direct engagements and demonstrating elite Army skills and exhibits in order to achieve the Army’s recruiting mission. On order, the brigade provides unique support to the operational and generating force. The brigade supports Army recruiters and ROTC programs at universities and in cities across the U.S. by generating high-quality leads, positive impressions and awareness of what it means to be a Soldier. In addition, the brigade enhances Army warfighting efforts through specialized training and research and development. The brigade serves as the higher headquarters for the U.S. Army Mission Support Battalion at Fort Knox, the U.S. Army Parachute Team, also known as the Golden Knights, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia. The USAMEB is part of TRADOC and operationally aligned under U.S. Army Recruiting Command.LOGISTICS READINESS CENTER — KNOXThe Army Sustainment Command Logistics Readiness Center — Knox, also serving as the garrison S4, is the sole logistics activity supporting the garrison commander on all logistics matters for installation operations and supported customers and activities on post.The center oversees mobilization, deployment, reconstitution and contingency planning in support of Army Force Generation to meet the training, sustainment and survivability needs of the Army.All areas of logistics are supported, including supply planning and operations, ammunition supply, hazardous material, asset management, food service, central issue facility, transportation of personnel and equipment, fleet management, equipment and material maintenance, as well as representing the command for logistics-related actions, services and contracts.last_img read more

National Life Group Foundation commits $100,000 to COTS

first_imgNational Life Group,Vermont Business Magazine A $100,000 grant to COTS(link is external) from the National Life Group Foundation(link is external) will support the state’s largest homeless agency as it redevelops its flagship building in Burlington and continues to expand its services. The Committee on Temporary Shelter’s construction project at 95 North Avenue(link is external) in Burlington will offer 14 affordable apartments when it’s completed, along with a new permanent home for the COTS Daystation program. COTS will also move its administrative offices and program space for family services and homelessness prevention back into the building.National Life made a presentation to COTS to support the 95 North Avenue project. Left to right are Beth Rusnock, president of the National Life Group Foundation; Rita Markley, COTS executive director; Ross Sneyd, National Life Group Foundation vice president; and Becky Holt, COTS development director.“We are extremely grateful for the work COTS does to prevent homelessness and to help so many families,” said Mehran Assadi, president and CEO of National Life Group(link is external). “We’re delighted to support the 95 North Avenue project because it will offer those families so much more in the years to come.”“Thank you to National Life Group for their generous investment in the work COTS does. Through their support of COTS and the 95 North Avenue project, National Life is helping create much-needed housing for people facing homelessness in our community, while helping many more families and individuals find a home or avert the crisis of homelessness through effective prevention,” said Rita Markley, COTS executive director.Assadi said COTS’ track record with projects such as the successful Canal Street Veterans Housing in Winooski – which created 16 transitional apartments for veterans and 12 permanent apartments – was one of the reasons the National Life Foundation was eager to support the project.National Life also agreed to become the title sponsor for COTS Walk, the largest fund-raiser for the agency. This year’s COTS Walk is May 1 in Burlington.About National LifeAt National Life(link is external), our story is simple: For more than 167 years we’ve worked hard to deliver on our promises to millions of people with our vision of providing peace of mind in times of need. It’s our cause, stemming from a deep passion to live our values to do good, be good and make good, every day. Learn more at NationalLife.com(link is external).About COTSCOTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter)(link is external) is the largest service provider for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Vermont. COTS offers emergency shelter, prevention assistance, support services, and transitional and permanent housing for those who are homeless and marginally housed.  COTS’ mission values the dignity of every human life; recognizes that housing is a fundamental human right; and acknowledges that permanent housing, not emergency shelters, is the solution to homelessness. www.cotsonline.org(link is external).last_img read more

People’s United Bank marks 175-year anniversary with $175K gift

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,Vermont Business Magazine People’s United Bank(link is external), NA a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), will celebrate its 175th anniversary on December 24th. To commence the celebration, the bank today announced a $175,000 grant from People’s United Community Foundation to Junior Achievement USA, who will use the funding for upcoming regional financial literacy and career-readiness programs for youth across six states that align with the People’s United footprint, including: CT, NY, MA, VT, NH, ME. This is the single largest one-time grant gifted by the Foundation to a non-profit organization since launching in 2007.Annually, the Foundation offers awards in support of programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents across its footprint with three core areas of focus that include: affordable housing, community and youth development. Since its inception the Foundation has granted nearly $26 millionto non-profits.People’s United is also conducting a companywide volunteer effort, challenging its employees to participate in 175 volunteer projects throughout the communities it serves. Special customer appreciation days and product promotions will also be a part of the celebration.”This important milestone has been achieved through the collaborative efforts of our employees and their focus on building lasting customer relationships, providing local expertise, returning value to our shareholders and having an impact on the communities where we live and work,” said Jack Barnes, President and CEO. “While we have significantly expanded our footprint over the years, we have never lost sight of our roots and the importance of these values which differentiate us as the bank of choice in the markets we serve.”It was in 1842 when the bank, originally named Bridgeport Savings Bank, accepted its first deposits—amassing $97 in its first week. Since established, People’s United has been a pioneer in regional banking, hiring what is believed to be the first female staff member employed by any bank in CT circa 1900, the first to offer telephone banking in 1976 and the first CT bank to successfully offer in-store banking seven days a week through our Stop & Shop relationship.”With humble beginnings, long-term customer value and trust have always been at the core of the Bank’s commitment. It’s that trust that has allowed People’s United to grow organically and through acquisitions of banks with similar cultures and strategic vision, from a small regional bank to a diversified financial services company,” added Barnes.Since 2007 when the People’s United name was established, it has more than tripled the size of its loan and deposit portfolios through organic growth and 12 strategic mergers and acquisitions.Today, People’s United has more than 5,500 employees and is a diversified financial services organization with a branch footprint of more than 400 across the Northeast, national businesses that span the country and subsidiaries specializing in equipment finance, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services as well as insurance services.About People’s United BankPeople’s United Bank(link is external), N.A. is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with $44 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of over 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.SOURCE BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Oct. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — People’s United Bank www.peoples.com(link is external)last_img read more

Stowe to open Friday

first_imgStowe Mountain Resort,Vermont Business Magazine Stowe Mountain Resort, now under ownership of the Vail Resorts, will open Friday. Vail announced today that many of its North American venues from East to West Coasts will open for the 2017-2018 ski season the same day, November 17. Canada’s Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s largest resort, will open for the season with three feet of base snow, while Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort will open summit-to-base skiing on the resort’s world-renowned Mt Mansfield. The Lake Tahoe Region’s Heavenly Mountain Resort will also open Friday.This Friday’s opening day lineup follows the opening of Colorado’s Breckenridge and Keystone Resorts, which began their ski seasons November 10. The two resorts have announced additional ski terrain will be available to guests for the coming weekend.Vail Resorts’ additional mountain resorts will open by Thanksgiving. Colorado’s Beaver Creek Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe region are slated to open Wednesday, November 22, followed by Colorado’s Vail Mountain, Utah’s Park City Mountain and Lake Tahoe’s Northstar California Resort’s on Thursday, November 23.”We’re thrilled to open our iconic mountain resorts in North America this week and into the Thanksgiving holiday for all of our guests,” said Pat Campbell, president of Vail Resorts’ Mountain Division. “Winter storms are forecast for each of our resort’s regions within the next week, which offer great natural snow combined with our state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities.”Epic Passes Available through Sunday, Nov. 19Sunday, Nov. 19 marks the final day to purchase a 2017-2018 Epic Pass, saving more than 40 percent compared to lift ticket window prices. Ski unlimited and unrestricted from opening day to closing day for only $899. The Epic Pass offers unlimited, unrestricted skiing and pays for itself in just over four days. Enjoy full access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; and Perisher in Australia for the 2018 season. The Epic Pass grants limited access to Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere in France; 4 Vallées in Switzerland; Arlberg in Austria and Skirama Dolomiti in Italy. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $469. Where will a pass take you this season? During the first 30 days alone, your pass unlocks special pass holder discounts on rentals and lodging, events, and weather updates so you know when and where the best snow is falling. Plus, it gets you all the powder days you could hope for. Follow Epic Pass on Facebook for updates throughout the season and look for #First30 news and information.Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 11 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe in Vermont; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com(link is external) and consumer website is www.snow.com(link is external). SOURCE: BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vail Resorts, Inc. www.vailresorts.com(link is external). Stowe Mountain Resort photo from April 2017.last_img read more

FAWL program looks at what it takes to become a judge

first_img January 1, 2007 Regular News FAWL program looks at what it takes to become a judge FAWL program looks at what it takes to become a judge The Florida Association for Women Lawyers, in cooperation with Miami-Dade FAWL, will sponsor a program addressing primary issues in a judicial campaign or appointment process.The CLE seminar will be held in conjunction with The Florida Bar’s Midyear Meeting at the downtown Miami Hyatt Regency January 19.Scheduled topics include: “Mapping Your Campaign Strategy,” “Avoiding Potholes: Ethics for Judicial Candidates,” “Navigating the State and Federal Appointment Process,” “Women in Judicial Elections: A Panel Discussion,” and “Choosing the Right Path: To Run or Not to Run.”Dr. Susan MacManus, of the University of South Florida’s Department of Government and International Affairs, will serve as the keynote luncheon speaker and a program panelist. Professor MacManus has served as the political analyst for WFLA-TV (NBC) and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, PBS, “BBC, C-SPAN, and National Public Radio.Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch and is set at $100 for FAWL members and $120 for nonmembers. Luncheon only tickets are available for the keynote at $40 for members and $45 for non-members. There is an increased registration fee for “at-the-door” attendees. A full registration brochure is available on the FAWL Web site at www.fawl.org/documents/MidyearBrochure.pdf or call the association office at (850) 894-0055.last_img read more

Murray & Guari work to prevent unsafe driving

first_imgMurray & Guari work to prevent unsafe driving STUDENTS AT ROYAL PALM HIGH SCHOOL recently learned about the perils of unsafe driving, including a “Battle of the Belts” program conducted by attorneys Scott Murray and Jason Guari. Students see who can buckle-up the fastest. To start, the team of four runs from a starting line to a four-door car. Team members get in, buckle up, and throw their hands in the air until a referee (Murray & Guari) shouts “Rotate!” Then they unbuckle, get out, rotate clockwise around the car to the next seat, and buckle-up again. They rotate twice more until they have been buckled in all four seats. The team with the fastest time after four “buckle-ups” is the winner. “We need to stress to these students that wearing a seat belt in any seat of the car can save a life,” said Murray. Pictured are Guari, left, Maureen Witkowski of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), center, Murray, right, along with student members of SADD. June 1, 2015 Regular Newslast_img read more

Gophers defeated by No. 3 Ohio State

first_imgMinnesota receiver Tyler Johnson tallied 119 receiving yards on eight catches. He fumbled one catch on the day.The Buckeyes completed 33-44 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns. They had no interceptions or fumbles. The Gophers’ defense held Ohio State to 92 rushing yards.“if you don’t stop the run the game’s going to be over before it starts,” Fleck told reporters.Gophers kicker Emmit Carpenter missed two field goals in the loss.Gophers defensive back Coney Durr was ejected in the second quarter after a late hit on Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Saturday’s victory marked the 10th victory in a row for Ohio State (7-0) over Minnesota. The Gophers will go on to play Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska next week in a search for their first Big Ten victory this season. “It’s a lot of growth really,” Johnson told reporters. “As a team I think we realized as well that we’re growing each game, each day in practice. It’s only up from here.” Gophers defeated by No. 3 Ohio StateThe Gophers went into the fourth quarter trailing by six points.Courtney DeutzJunior Tyler Johnson runs the ball on Saturday, Sept. 14 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Jack WarrickOctober 13, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAt halftime the Gophers were down 17-14, a score not many had expected with the Gophers taking on the No. 3 Buckeyes.But Ohio State ran out in the second half and did what Ohio State does, using its air attack to take a 30-14 victory over Minnesota (3-3, 0-3 Big Ten) in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.“They’re a really good football team. They’re well coached, a tremendous environment, but we just didn’t get it done,” head coach P.J. Fleck told reporters. “We’re going to get better. Halfway through the season, draw a line in the sand.”Minnesota got into Ohio State territory in the fourth quarter when the score was 23-14. Quarterback Zack Annexstad took a shot at the end zone, but it was intercepted by Ohio State’s Isaiah Pryor at the Ohio State two-yard line. Minnesota kicker Emmit Carpenter missed a 49-yard field goal with 5:46 left in the game.Ohio State scored a 27-yard receiving touchdown from receiver K.J. Hill with 2:15 left in the fourth quarter to bury the Gophers’ chances. Hill had a highlight-reel touchdown grab at the end of the second quarter for a 36-yard score and a 17-14 lead headed into half time.“We came in the locker room, we were fired up. We liked where we were at, we liked the way we were playing,” linebacker Blake Cashman told reporters. “This team we believe that it doesn’t matter who the opponent is, it doesn’t matter what the score board is, when we come out in the second half we expect to win.”Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim had two touchdowns in the first half to keep the game close after Ohio State (7-0) scored a field goal on its opening offensive drive after picking off a Annexstad pass deep in Ohio State’s own territory.Annexstad finished the first half throwing 9-12 for 110 yards and an interception. Ibrahim had 14 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. The Gophers didn’t score again after going into halftime trailing 17-14.last_img read more