$200,000 in historic preservation grants will leverage $1.7 million for projects

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced more than $200,000 in 19 matching grants to projects for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings across Vermont, including the Vermont History Center in Barre. The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of historic buildings with matching funding of up to $15,000 for a variety of capital repairs. Preserving Vermont s historic buildings and structures is an important effort, Governor Douglas said. These grants help leverage significant private investment in historical buildings, which serves not only to put people to work but maintains Vermont s character and enhances our tourism economy.At a ceremony at the Vermont History Center in Barre, the Governor presented a check for $12,843 to Vermont Historical Society Executive Director Mark Hudson that will be used to repair the tower roof and flashing at the Center. The Vermont Historical Society acquired the former Spaulding School in Barre in 2000, and renovated it into the Vermont History Center to house the group s library, collections and administrative offices. Hudson said the funds were an important part of the financing picture for the needed repairs to the Victorian-era brick building, constructed in 1891. Partnering with state government made it possible for us to make this investment in preserving the building now, when it can do the most good, Hudson said. This not only benefits current residents and visitors, but future generations of Vermonters as well.Buildings must be on the National Register of Historic Places or eligible for listing, and grant requests are reviewed by the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a group of volunteers appointed by the Governor whose members include experts in archeology, history, and architecture.In making decisions on funding, the Council prioritizes projects based on several criteria, including those most in critical need of repair. This year, there were 42 applications for grants and 19 were awarded totaling $204,353, for projects with a total construction value of $1.9 million.For more information, visit the Division for Historic Preservation site at: www.historicvermont.org(link is external).Source: 2.1.2010last_img read more

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Strategic cross-selling the USAA way

first_imgIf you spend any time at a credit union conference where member service and member loyalty are examined, a handful of companies come up for discussion as models to follow—AARP and USAA to name a couple. These companies—and many more—reliably earn the highest loyalty scores from their members. Why? How? They value their member relationships and strategically utilize members’ data to cross-sell, up-sell and up-serve.Industry data indicates that membership in credit unions is growing. But what about credit union wallet share? New members, often via a lending relationship, immediately add to the revenue stream, but loans pay off and members can be unpredictable. A new or existing member might never branch out in credit union product use unless the organization adopts a strategic cross-selling business model. Such a model should aim to grow wallet share with existing members (get higher marketing response rates) and new members (do measurably effective outbound and digital marketing).Here are three guidelines for expanding wallet share with new and existing members that will help your CU create the kind of continued and increased loyalty we champion. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Quel avenir pour Trump? L’entreprise familiale attend son retour.

first_img– Advertisement – L’entreprise nie toute malversation, mais elle pourrait rechigner à fournir aux enquêteurs de nouveaux contrats à passer au peigne fin. Eric Trump, qui dirige l’entreprise avec son frère Donald Jr., a dénoncé l’année dernière les enquêtes des Démocrates et des médias comme étant l’une des raisons principales de la suspension du projet d’ouverture d’une nouvelle chaîne d’hôtels.De telles enquêtes pourraient également donner une publicité négative à l’entreprise alors qu’elle cherche à se développer.Une nouvelle série de partenaires pourrait émerger maintenant que M. Trump n’est plus sous les projecteurs.- Advertisement – Ces quatre dernières années, Bobby R. Burchfield, un avocat de Washington, a servi de conseiller éthique pour la Trump Organization, passant en revue les contrats et partenaires potentiels. Ces examens ont rendu difficile la réussite de certains d’entre eux, alors que d’autres étaient dissuadés par le fait d’être sous le feu des projecteurs.Cette surveillance va maintenant se relâcher, ouvrant la voie à de nouveaux partenaires.Et avec plus de $300 millions de dettes à rembourser pour lesquelles le Président s’est porté personnellement garant, il y a urgence à trouver de nouveaux contrats pour la Trump Organization. Par ailleurs, une décision négative dans la bataille qui l’oppose au IRS, le service des impôts américain, concernant un audit, pourrait lui coûter plus de $100 millions, selon des informations du New York Times datant de septembre.Un pays divisé et la pandémie pourraient entraver un possible rebond.- Advertisement –center_img Certaines des propriétés les plus rentables de M. Trump se situent dans des fiefs démocrates comme New York et Chicago, où il reste extrêmement impopulaire. Et son club de Golf à Doral en Floride, qui lui rapporte le plus, subit de grosses pertes car bon nombre d’entreprises et organisations renoncent à y organiser leurs conférences en raison de l’aspect clivant de son personnage.Au cours de sa présidence, M. Trump a tenté de combler le vide, au moins en partie, par des événements organisés à ses propriétés par des groupes liés à lui et au parti Républicain. L’hôtel Trump International près de la Maison Blanche grouille souvent d’alliés du président.Il est difficile de savoir si cette clientèle va continuer à affluer, ou si les détracteurs de M. Trump reviendront dans ses propriétés une fois qu’il aura quitté le pouvoir. Par ailleurs, cette année a été dure pour l’industrie hôtelière en raison de la pandémie, tout comme pour l’immobilier commercial. Les deux secteurs sont centraux au portefeuille d’activités de M. Trump.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Former National striker Winston ‘Pat’ Britton passes on

first_imgTHE local football fraternity has once again plunged into mourning, following the passing of former national forward Winston ‘Pat’ Britton, who died yesterday at the Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.The former National player who is well known for being part of one of the most destructive teams ever assembled in Guyana, Sandbach Parker, is survived by his two children – Wayne and Abigail Britton – as well as grandchildren.In fact, Britton’s grandchildren (Wynton and Jada Britton) from his eldest child Wayne are football players.Britton, who was 75 years old at the time of his death, was known for his silky-smooth moves ‘upfront’, while having his way with the country’s top defenders at the time.More popularly known as Pat, Britton graced the football pitch with the likes of Winston Callender, Ovid Henry, George Green, Bruce Cadogan, Monty Hope, George Niles, Alvin Braithwaite, Gerald ‘Beef’ Francisco and Ken Gibbs just to name a few.“I know a lot about him as a player because we always have this discussion about who was better,” said Britton’s eldest son Wayne, who was also a football player.However, the attorney-at-law said while he was good on the field, “My Dad noted he wanted me to study. He wanted me to get more out of life than what he got from soccer. So as a schoolboy I played without my parents’ knowledge and made Pele and once I graduated I played with Beacon (under Gordon ‘Ultimate’ Braithwaite).”Wayne said his father was ‘big’ on his children having a good education, highlighting that his sister Abigail, is a doctor in the U.S.last_img read more

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Lars Lien – Luckbox… Prepare for a unique player in 2018!

first_img Related Articles Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Submit Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Aiming to launch in 2018, Luckbox (Luckbox.com) is the latest industry incumbent seeking to effectively bridge sports betting and esports dynamics.Luckbox CEO & Founder Lars Lien speaks to SBC on his company’s unique take on esports customer engagements, which it believes will help it deliver the industry’s best esports betting platform. Furthermore, Lien details his firm’s intriguing journey from its conception to its pending launch, and why Luckbox is betting big on building-out crypto utilities and functionalities.  ___________________SBC: Hi Lars, thanks for the interview. Can you detail to SBC readers your personal journey from working in the igaming sector to starting up your own esports betting platform?Lars Lien: Great question! Competitive gaming is deeply ingrained into who I am, being an obsessive gamer since childhood, organizing LANs, competing in StarCraft events across Europe, before landing a job at Sony Online Entertainment as Lead Game Master for EverQuest & Star Wars Galaxies.Having always been entrepreneurial and ambitious, all stars aligned when esports had entered an explosive growth phase and PokerStars offered me a very fair redundancy package as part of post-acquisition restructuring efforts. I knew I had to do this – combine passion with experience!From there I took an interim COO role at GosuGamers, one of the world’s largest esports media sites to learn the esports industry, before convincing former PokerStars colleague Mike Stevens to pivot his Luckbox project into esports.During this time, skin betting was exploding but exclusively done via unregulated and shady basement operations. We had already established a relationship with Lee Hills, an amazing licensing and regulatory affairs expert and quickly discovered it would be possible to create a viable structure for offering skin & cryptocurrency betting in a fully legal manner.Early last year, we took on board former GosuGamers executives Boris Mihov and Alexander Ivanov as VP of Product and CTO respectively. We had struggled getting traditional investors on board, but at this point Mike was getting heavily into cryptocurrency trading being an early bitcoin adopter, and it became clear our vision was a great fit for this market.We then ran a private presale of our token towards end of September, raising 483 BTC, setting the stage for the LuckCash Crowdsale taking place in February and allowing us to attract further top-tier talent such as Archie Watt (Head of Egaming @ KPMG) and Vadim Soloveychik (PokerStars Marketing Director) and many more… soSBC: From an esports consumer perspective, in terms of dedicated betting platforms, what do you feel players want, and what has been delivered by industry incumbents to date?LL: Most of the team at Luckbox love esports and we’ve also been sure to ask for constant input from esports fans in shaping our product. Esports fans, of course, want a safe and trustworthy platform but they also don’t like the idea of the traditional operators coming in and using them as a cash-cow want a genuine dedicated esports platform but with the same levels of quality that traditional operators offer football fans, for example.SBC: Esports betting is still treated as a niche market by the majority of betting operators. What factors need to be overcome or achieved for esports to make its transition within betting?LL: The big operators really need to invest in understanding esports, its depth and nuances. As you say, it’s treated in the most part as a niche market but the numbers speak for themselves. The total audience for 2016 was 370 million, with that expected to rise to 385 million. By 2020, it’s expected to reach 589 million, with revenue generated by esports expected to reach £1.1 billion.Generally, esports is becoming more professional and aware of its own value as time goes on. Betting will follow and operators will align their efforts with that value. That’s why we are confident Luckbox will be a success.SBC: As an esports enthusiast, what do you feel the betting industry does not understand with regards to esports, and how does this benefit your platform?Answer: It’s the deep understanding about the section as a whole and then the subtleties within each vertical. Typically, it looks like traditional operators have added esports as an afterthought to their offering in a way that they would never do with, say football, golf or cricket. They also fail to embrace the highly social aspect of esports. We think Luckbox will thrive because we will show our knowledge and passion for esports as well as inviting players to engage with each other on our platform. Building a community is key.SBC: Luckbox is unique in its funding structure, having raised its capital through Bitcoin. As founder of Luckbox, why did you choose this avenue for venture funding, above traditional formats?LL: Mike and I entered the crypto community a couple of years ago and became increasingly immersed as time went on and the more we learnt about crowdsales, the more it became clear that it was a good option for us. Luckbox is embrace crypto in that we’ll have our own token (LuckCash) and we’ll accept deposits in crypto and we knew this would appeal to potential contributors. Crowdsales have had a fairly bad press but there have been many success stories and we felt, with the credibility of our team and the product, we could stand out from the rest as a legitimate offering for people who wanted to support us.SBC: Furthermore, as founder of Luckbox, you have placed a firm emphasis on building Crypto utilities in the development of your platform. Why do you feel this is necessary and attractive for esports consumer engagement?LL: The benefits of crypto generally are also those that make it a great option for gambling operators – not just for esports. Being able to deposit in, for example, Bitcoin and Ethereum removes payment friction for a lot of players. It’s quicker and cheaper for the operator and these savings can be passed on to the consumer. Blockchain tech is secure and transparent, too. A big factor for us is being able to attract players from previously inaccessible markets, where gambling is legal but payment processing is difficult or impossible, for example, some parts of Asia and Latin America.SBC:  Finally, can you detail Luckbox’s short term and long term goals for the rest of 2018?LL: Our crowdsale takes place over the coming weeks and then we’ll spend the second quarter of the year continuing to develop the platform and building the team and infrastructure. We’re aiming for product launch in Q3 and, in later in 2018 will look to branch out in terms of licensing.___________Lars Lien – CEO & Founder – Luckbox.comlast_img read more

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Want to Do Well in Remaining Events to Break into Top 30: Lakshya Sen after Winning Dutch Open

first_imgNew Delhi: A maiden BWF World tour title pushing him closer to top 50, Dutch Open champion Lakshya Sen says he will look to put up a good show in the remainder of the season to break into the world’s top 30.The 18-year-old on Sunday clinched his maiden BWF World Tour title by winning the Dutch Open title, beating Yusuke Onodera of Japan 15-21 21-14 21-15 in the summit clash. “This is the biggest title of my career so far. I have reached quarters and a semi-finals in the past, so it is good to finally win a super 100 tournament. It will boost my ranking and give me a chance to play the super 500 tournaments,” Lakshya, who rose to world no 52 this week, told PTI.”At the beginning of the year, my target was to reach the top 50 and after this win I would be close to that. I still have few events left in the year. If I can do well there, I can go further up. Hope I can break into top 30 early next year.”Lakshya will play the Saarlorlux Open Super 100 (Oct 29-Nov 3) next, before participating in two International Challenge events at the Irish Open (November 13-16) and Scottish Open (Nov 21-24). He will also play the Syed Modi International Super 300 (Nov 26-Dec 1).It was an impressive week for the teen shuttler, who displayed superb temperament and skills to outwit his opponents.”The first round against Nhat (Nguyen) was tough, the second match was okay but again playing (Ygor) Coelho was difficult. I had played him before so I was ready for a big match,” said the 2018 Asian Junior Champion.”The finals was also a long match and I am happy how I performed overall in the week,” he said.Talking about the final, Lakshya said: “I had seen him play the semifinals against Li Shi Feng. So I watched his youtube videos and was prepared to play more rallies. I knew I have to run a bit against him.”In the first game, I made 2-3 errors in crucial stages. I was going too close to the line and made unforced errors. So in the second and third, I avoided that and decided not to take too many chances and be more patient and wait for him to make mistakes. It worked.”The Uttarakhand shuttler, who has claimed silver at Youth Olympics and bronze medal at World Junior Championships last year, has looked susceptible to injury, especially when he tries to push himself hard in training.”I think I have to constantly work on my fitness, strength and stamina. I am better in that aspect then before but I need to be keep working on that as in international badminton everyone is so fit and I need to be prepared for long matches,” Lakshya said.”It is important to find that balance in training as recovery is an important aspect of an athlete’s life. I need to be injury free and so I am focussing on my strength and stamina.”Lakshya also acknowledged the contribution of four-time All-England champion Morten Frost, who was by his courtside when he played the final at Almere.”Training with Frost has helped me a lot. He was at Bangalore for two weeks and even in the final, his inputs were of great help. He told me to be patient and just retrieve and go for the kill when there is a chance,” said Lakshya, who is currently in Europe playing in the Danish League for Aarhus club. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmintonBWFBWF World Tour titleDutch Open First Published: October 15, 2019, 6:22 PM ISTlast_img read more

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