Business icon Bruce Lisman to talk about Vermont’s economic vision May 13

first_imgIn the world of finance, “having skin in the game” means that a player has put his own assets at risk to make a deal produce a profit. What assets does Vermont bring to the economic table? After a distinguished career on Wall Street, Bruce Lisman has some powerful ideas to share about how his native state can become an economic powerhouse.Lisman will speak on “How Vermont can Become its Own Version of an Economic Powerhouse Without Abandoning its Values,” on Thursday, May 13, 2010, from 5-6:30pm at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center – Diamond Ballroom. There is no charge and reservations are not required. His talk is part of the Sheraton Economic Series 2010 presented by the Ethan Allen Institute.After a long and sparkling career in international finance, native Vermonter Bruce Lisman retired in 2009 as Chairman of the JP Morgan Chase Global Equity Division.He has served as a Director on the boards of Vermont’s National Life Group, Merchant Bancshares, the Shelburne Museum, American Forests, CVPS, and Pace University. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and has served as Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.last_img read more


1-800-PIT-BULL is for real

first_imgIn Rep. David Simmons’s crusade to restrict what he sees as bad lawyer advertising, the example he mentions over and over is the law firm using the phone number 1-800-PIT- BULL.It has become almost the apocryphal example of what many see as ads that provoke public hostility toward the profession and the legal system. So apocryphal, that attorney John Morgan, in a June 30 debate with Simmons in Orlando, questioned whether it was real.He offered to bet Simmons $1,000, with the loser contributing to the winner’s favorite charity, if Simmons could find a lawyer ad using the PIT BULL number.Hope Morgan’s checkbook was handy. Simmons noted all anyone has to do is dial the number and that the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel had written about the phone number. Although Simmons didn’t mention it, there is also a pending Bar grievance case against the firm, partly over the use of that phone number.A quick search on the Web also showed that the Miami Herald has also written about Pape & Chandler, P.A., of Ft. Lauderdale. And the firm’s Web site offers to sell T-shirts and hats with their pit bull logo and distinctive phone number.The ad has an interesting history with the Bar. The firm initially submitted a transcript of its TV ads, but not a videotape. The transcript noted that the ad would have an 800 number and logo, but didn’t said the logo would be a pit bull and that the number would be 1-800-PIT-BULL. The firm was given a preliminary approval of the ad, with the caveat that a final approval would not be given until the videotape was filed with the Bar, which it never was.That led to review by the local grievance committee after the ad was aired. That committee dismissed the case with a letter of advisement to the firm.But then the Bar’s Statewide Grievance Committee, which handles violation of the Bar’s ad rules, took up the case after former Bar President Tod Aronovitz, acting as an individual attorney, filed a complaint shortly before he took office in June 1992. Another Bar member also complained. Last September, the committee found probable cause and in February the case was referred to a referee. In May the firm filed affirmative defenses and asked that the charges be dismissed.According to Tony Boggs, the complaint alleges that the firm’s ad, including the use of the pit bull phone number improperly characterizes the firm’s legal services, can create unjustified expectations about the firm’s services, and could be misleading and manipulative.In its motion, the firm said the Bar is prohibited from acting by the initial grievance committee’s dismissal and letter, that the ad is protected by the First Amendment, and that the Bar’s actions do not follow rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court on lawyer advertising, among other reasons. August 1, 2004 Regular News 1-800-PIT-BULL is for realcenter_img 1-800-PITBULL is for reallast_img read more


NextGen Know-How: 6 strategies for becoming a persuasive speaker

first_imgStay focused and don’t overwhelm your audience with too much information.by: Laurie J. MaddalenaMany years ago, as I prepared for one of my first presentations as a leader, I remember filling each PowerPoint slide with information, ready to “wow” my audience. I don’t remember the outcome of that presentation, but I’m pretty sure my audience was glazed over as I went through and read each slide in detail. Although I have learned to be more concise and persuasive over the years, one of my biggest challenges as a speaker is to keep it simple and not overload my audience with too much information. I want to share so much value, that I often have to reel myself in when preparing a speech.If part of your job as a leader is giving presentations, here are six strategies for becoming a more persuasive speaker:Determine the type of presentation you are giving. Are you giving a motivational speech to your employees? Sharing the vision for the next year with the entire staff? Or are you providing a project update to the board of directors? Each of these presentations requires a different approach. If you are painting a vision or giving a motivational speech, you may want to rethink the PowerPoint (unless you use only one word per slide or use pictures to illustrate your points). If you are giving a more formal presentation, you can probably get away with using PowerPoint, but don’t overload your slides with too much data. Your audience might decide to take a nap. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


WhatsApp Starts Rolling Out Redesigned Storage Management Tool to Delete Junk Messages

first_imgInitial signs of the redesigned storage management tool were seen in June when WhatsApp was spotted adding specific options to delete large files as well as forwarded content. However, the Facebook-owned company was seen adding further updates to the ‘Storage Usage’ section in August. The redesigned storage management tool also reached WhatsApp beta for final testing in late September.Since WhatsApp isn’t limited to high-end or mid-range smartphones with more storage and is being used on even entry-level devices, the new update is likely to help resolve storage issues for the masses. It may also help the app retain its userbase as some users often complain that it results in performance issues on their phones — chiefly impacting their phones’ internal storage.In 2020, will WhatsApp get the killer feature that every Indian is waiting for? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – WhatsApp is rolling out a redesigned storage management tool to remove junk messages. This tool was spotted online earlier this year. The new storage management tool helps WhatsApp users easily identify, review, and bulk delete content to free up storage capacity on their phones. The tool also makes it easier to spot and delete unnecessary files that were forwarded or shared multiple times using the instant messaging app. The redesigned storage management tool rolling out for WhatsApp users worldwide this week will also offer various cleanup suggestions.How to use WhatsApp storage management toolOnce the tool is rolled out to your phone, you can access the redesigned storage management tool by going in Settings > Storage and data > Manage storage on WhatsApp.- Advertisement – For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Jagmeet Singh Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips.Morecenter_img Previously, WhatsApp was listing only chats under the ‘Storage Usage’ section through which users could free up some space on their phones. The new change, however, revamps that experience by providing an all-new interface with a dedicated bar to show how much storage is being consumed by WhatsApp media content, alongside other apps. There is also a dedicated option to view media files that are forwarded many times through the app. This helps to easily spot and clean up unnecessary forwarded files.The redesigned storage management tool also lists files that are larger than 5MB in size. Further, you’ll get the ability to sort files by size and preview them before deleting. The redesigning retains the existing chats list from where you can spot the threads that are consuming more storage.Additionally, WhatsApp has provided a way to notify users directly through a message on top of their chats when their storage space is almost full. Users can tap that message to quickly access the redesigned storage management tool.- Advertisement –last_img read more


Croatia received its edition of the popular game MONOPOLY

first_imgBeautiful Plitvice, magical Dubrovnik, special Rovinj, character Rijeka, sunny Hvar, baroque Varaždin, Roman Marsonia (Slavonski Brod)… These and many other locations from July 20, with a little luck, you can “buy” playing Monopoly Croatia, while doing well to entertain or give a game to someone as a souvenir – a memory of Croatia, say to your guests or as a business gift in the b2b segment.Every place and landmark on the Monopoly Croatia board was chosen by Croatian citizens, as well as other fans of this social game, who left their suggestions via e-mail and on the Monopoly Croatia Facebook page last year. In a period of only 30 days, more than 5,000 proposals for sights, islands and destinations that citizens wanted to see on the Monopoly Croatia board were received last year. “ Monopoly Croatia was a truly exciting project. People from Croatia all the way to Australia sent us suggestions of cities, natural beauties and sights that they wanted to see on the Monopoly Croatia game board. The production of the game could not have come at a better time, namely Croatia is recording an increasing number of foreign tourists coming from year to year. There is no better souvenir than the game Monopoly Croatia “, said Lazar Vukovic, CEO of Winning Moves UK for Southern and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.Monopoly is a great souvenir and memory of Croatia If you care about your guests and added value, then Monopoly Croatia can certainly be a great souvenir and reminder to visit our wonderful country. The story of Croatia or your accommodation will thus remain in focus throughout the year for your guests. Directly in their homes. Are there better promotions than that?Certainly how hotels can have a series of different board games available for their guests, especially if we are talking about a family-focused hotel, not to mention in a situation where the weather is bad and rainy. Ask yourself: What do you offer guests when it rains?Also, as well as the hosts in the family accommodation. Of course, you can always sell only bare space, ie accommodation that is the most basic equipment, but then do not get too nervous when the neighbor has a longer season.The best-selling game in the world Monopoly has been played by more than a billion people worldwide since 1935, and to date, this board game has sold more than 250 million copies, making it the best-selling board game in the world. Regional editions of the social game MONOPOLY have been produced for 17 years, and today a total of 111 countries have their own edition of the game Monopoly, which is published in 43 languages, and which Croatia has joined with this edition.last_img read more


Golkar to nominate Jokowi’s son-in-law for Medan mayoral election

first_img“We hope that Bobby’s electability will continue to increase,” said the House of Representatives Commission II chairman.Golkar will also use the survey results to determine its nominations for deputy regional head candidates.Ahmad said the party’s decision would also be based on its organizational mechanism and assured that Golkar would not ask for a so-called dowry from its candidates.“Golkar Party leaders have made a commitment not to ask for a dowry from regional candidate pairs.” The Golkar Party has joined the NasDem Party in announcing its support for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s son-in-law, Bobby Afif Nasution, as a candidate for the 2020 Medan mayoral election in North Sumatra in September.“We have long supported Bobby and were waiting for the right moment to nominate him,” Golkar deputy secretary-general Ahmad Doli Kurnia Tanjung told reporters after opening Golkar’s North Sumatra regional conference in Medan on Monday.Ahmad said Golkar will conduct a survey in early March to gauge the electability of all regional head candidates it plans to nominate for the upcoming elections in North Sumatra, including Bobby. Read also: NasDem to nominate Jokowi’s son-in-law as Medan mayoral candidateLast week, NasDem Party confirmed that it would also nominate Bobby for the 2020 Medan mayoral election.NasDem chairman Surya Paloh said the party decided to support Bobby as the President’s son-in-law had earned the top spot in the party’s recent internal survey.“We will give our utmost support to Bobby. He did well in our survey — too well, even,” Surya said on Thursday.Bobby registered with Golkar’s North Sumatra branch in December last year and with NasDem in January to run in the mayoral election. Aside from the two parties, Bobby has also registered with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).Read also: All in the family: Jokowi’s son-in-law registers with PDI-P for Medan mayoral raceBoth Golkar and NasDem, however, are unable to nominate Bobby for the Medan mayoral election separately because each has only gained four seats in the Medan Legislative Council.A political party is only eligible to nominate a candidate if it has a total of 10 seats in the legislative council, such as the PDI-P and Gerindra.Such a provision would require Golkar or NasDem to form a coalition with other parties to gain additional seats. (syk)Topics :last_img read more


Australia’s biggest states retain lockdown measures on Mother’s Day

first_imgAustralia’s two most populous states on Thursday refused to allow a one-day reprieve from strict limits on personal movement for Mother’s Day this weekend, even as the country’s rate of new coronavirus cases remains low.The premiers of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria said the states’ roughly 14 million residents, 56 percent of the country’s population, would have to stick to existing restrictions on movement on Mother’s Day, which is celebrated nationally on Sunday.”Whilst national cabinet is considering easing some restrictions from Friday in terms of the national guidelines, I doubt very much that NSW will be in a position to implement anything before Mother’s Day,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Thursday. “We will be able to visit them, two adults and children at any one time, and of course that can happen multiple times a day as long as everybody is careful.”NSW recently eased a stay-at-home order to allow social visits in groups of up to two, while some other states have also taken tentative steps to unwind lockdown measures, but most have kept restrictions broadly in place.Australia has confirmed just under 6,900 COVID-19 cases, including 97 deaths. Twenty new infections were reported across four states on Thursday, the bulk linked to an outbreak at a meat processing plant in Victoria. The rate could rise as other states and territories report during the day.The federal government has said it will discuss the possible relaxation of nationwide “social distancing” rules on Friday at a meeting of an emergency cabinet formed to deal with the crisis, which includes state leaders. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made increased testing and the downloading of a contact tracing smartphone app prerequisites for relaxing restrictions.About 700,000 of the country’s 25 million people have been tested for the virus. About 5.2 million people have downloaded the tracking app, Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Thursday, just half the government’s 10 million target.”The last thing we want to do is to ease off any of those restrictions without a sense of confidence that we are truly on top of this,” Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said, adding that he would not visit his mother on Sunday. “Nobody is enjoying these settings, I understand that.”In Tasmania state, Premier Peter Gutwein said “the best present that you can provide for your mother is to keep her safe”.Queensland state broke away to allow up to five adults to visit a private home on Sunday, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said other restrictions remained firmly in place.”You can’t go shopping, you can’t go to the beach, you can’t can’t go further in that community, it’s all about one household meeting with another household,” she said.center_img Topics :last_img read more


‘Treating customers fairly no longer enough’, says former IA chief

first_imgThe UK regulator’s proposals for the asset management industry are “raising the bar for fiduciary standards”, according to the former chief executive of the industry’s trade association.In a 208-page report published this morning, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) proposed a range of measures for asset managers to improve governance and value-for-money.Daniel Godfrey, who left the Investment Association (IA) last year, told IPE the FCA’s report had made it clear that “treating customers fairly is no longer enough” for asset managers.“It needs to be that asset managers always act in their clients’ best interests,” he said. This includes addressing practices that may be strictly within FCA rules but may not be providing the best outcome for investors.The FCA has proposed placing value-for-money requirements on existing fund boards to scrutinise costs and regularly review investment management agreements.But Godfrey said existing board members – very few of whom were independent, according to the FCA’s report – already had a wide range of responsibilities and might not have time to focus on the new rules.Instead, he recommended the creation of a single independent board within each asset manager with responsibility for fund governance.The regulator has also laid out four options for an “all-in fee” to incorporate all investment fund costs incurred by consumers.Godfrey highlighted the second option listed in the report, which would mean all costs within an asset manager’s control are laid out within the ongoing charges figure, with estimates for variable costs such as transaction costs.“This will make it much easier for consumers to compare – to get a much clearer sense of what a fund is trying to do and how much you’re going to pay,” he said. “You can then measure after the event whether you have got the value for money you were promised.“The asset management industry has always said it is different from banks and insurers because it is an agency business. The agent is the service you’re paying to act as your champion. There is no reason why it can’t make a profit from that role, but, once you’ve agreed a fee, you should stick to that.”During his tenure at the IA, Godfrey attempted to introduce a standardised template for illustrating costs clearly to investors – in part as a result of pressure from campaign groups.He left the IA after several member firms threatened to abandon it over disagreements regarding a renewed Statement of Principles.The FCA subsequently hired Godfrey on a short-term contract to feed in to its asset management review.Godfrey declined to comment on his input into the FCA’s review but made clear his support for its main proposals.“If a fund’s objectives are woolly, and it’s hard to get a handle on costs, it’s difficult for the investor,” Godfrey said.“If we can change this, it will make the industry more Darwinian. Then it becomes stronger, with better outcomes for consumers – and it also grows.”Regarding the regulator’s assessment that price competition among active managers was “weak”, Godfrey said: “What’s being challenged is the model of trying to beat the benchmark by 1-2% gross of fees. I don’t think it’s a death knell for active management but a chance to reinvigorate itself and become a force for better returns and better social and economic outcomes.”Since leaving the IA, Godfrey has taken up non-executive positions at Big Issue Invest and fintech start-up Digital Moneybox.In October, he co-founded The People’s Trust, a crowd-funded investment trust.last_img read more


Snowfall Causes A Few Accidents Tuesday

first_imgSnow on the rooftop of the WRBI studios Tuesday morning.Update 11/12 5:50 a.m.Last night’s snowfall will not go down in the history books, as most residents are waking up to see small amounts of snow accumulated overnight.The morning commute should not be impacted due to road conditions, but it is important to exercise safe driving habits.While Franklin and Ripley counties have no weather related accidents reported as of this morning, Decatur County have received  a few slide-offs reported on S.R. 46 and 421 North.WRBI will keep you up to date on the latest weather and traffic conditions.Original Story 11/11 4 p.m.Some of us may see snow for the first time this season late tonight and early Tuesday morning.With a strong artic front moving quickly through the region, the precipitation may begin with isolated rain showers, than turning into snow overnight.According to the National Weather Service, snow accumulations will generally be around an inch and are expected to primarily affect grassy surfaces. The combination of falling temperatures and wind gusts may result in reduced visibility and slick spots on untreated roads, bridges and overpasses.Motorists should plan for winter driving conditions tonight and early Tuesday morning. It is important to monitor speed, increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, and allow for extra time to reach your destination.Decatur County residents may see flurries before midnight, while the strongest chance of snow accumulation for the area between midnight and 3 a.m. Overnight temperatures will drop into the mid 20’s.Snow is possible before 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning with an afternoon high in the upper 30’s.last_img read more


Kasey Jodean McAdams

first_imgNeal’s Funeral Home306 S Walnut St.Osgood, Indiana 47037812-689-4262Let us pause to honor the passing of a little angel, Kasey Jodean McAdams, age 5 of Milan, who passed away Monday, January 11 at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati. Kasey, who was born on August 24, 2010, was the daughter of Roger and Ann Marie McAdams. Kasey is survived by her parents, as well as sisters Megan McAdams of Versailles and Kiersten McAdams of Osgood; brothers Anthony McAdams of Versailles and Shane McAdams of Osgood; and nephew Hayden McNeelan. Also surviving are grandparents Roger Sr. and Debbie McAdams of Milan; Ima Jo Moore of Versailles; Johnny Moore of Greensburg; and great grandmother Bonnie Walker of North Vernon. Kasey is also survived by one of her best friends, her kitten “Olaf.”Kasey was known for her smile and “to the point” attitude. She would let you know exactly where you stood and how she felt about it. She loved her Bengals and was quick to quote “Who-Dey.” She enjoyed collecting Shopkins and spending her time with family. She was known to her Grandma Ima as her little “Sugarbritches.” Kasey will be sadly missed by an entire community that has followed her throughout her journey.Visitation will be on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 3-6 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. A memorial service celebrating the life of Kasey will be held at 6 p.m. also at the funeral home. Because Kasey’s favorite color was purple, the family requests you to wear your favorite purple- colored clothes to honor Kasey. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials out to the family. Memorial envelopes will be available at the funeral home.last_img read more