WCAX icon’s final broadcast set for October 15th

first_imgLongtime news director Marselis Parsons will step away from the anchor desk for the final time on Thursday, October 15th. After 43 years of telling stories and reporting the news, Parsons will retire, ending four decades at WCAX-TV. WCAX which is family-owned and operated, is credited with coining the phrase “Vermont’s own,” and is widely known as Vermont’s broadcast news leader.“It’s been an honor to be allowed into so many homes every evening,” said Parsons, who is concluding 25 years as the 6 pm anchor.  As part of his job as news anchor, Parsons’ outreach to the public and the Vermont’s leaders has been continuous and extensive.Leading up to his final show, Marselis will share some of his favorite stories from over the years.“Vermont has seen a great deal of news, and change, over four decades.  Parsons has been the first to deliver to countless people information about tragedies and victories, fortune and ruin. We are looking forward to seeing Parsons’ picks,” said Anson Tebbetts who replaces Parsons as News Director.Parsons will still be part of the news team, occasionally contributing stories as a field reporter. Veteran reporter Darren Perron will take over Parsons’ duties in the anchor chair. Perron will co-anchor the 6, 10 and 11 pm news with Kristin Kelly.WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, VT and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.last_img read more

Vermont heating oil running about $2.70 a gallon

first_imgThe US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is scheduled to release its winter fuel outlook in Washington, DC, on October 13, 2010.While the EIA’s survey provides an overview for the country, it does not provide specific details of what’s happening in Vermont. For instance, the last EIA update in July suggested that oil would be over $3 a gallon heading into winter, which is not the case. The most recent survey from the Vermont Department of Public Service finds that fuel oil is averaging $2.70 a gallon, which on a BTU basis is price comparable to natural gas and wood pellets. Electric heat, on the other hand, costs nearly twice as much as oil heat, according to the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association.Oil heat consumers can save even more on winter heating costs, the VFDA states, by tuning up their heating systems now, as well as taking other simple steps to conserve energy.  Today’s oil furnaces are highly efficient, but an annual tune-up keeps existing equipment functioning at top performance. Properly maintained boilers and furnaces can operate at higher temperatures while burning less fuel— which can reduce heating bills by up to 10 percent.“Tuning up heating systems before winter is a great way for consumers to lower their heating costs, conserve energy, and help the environment,” said VFDA Executive Director Matt Cota.Most Vermont homes – over 139,000 (56 percent) – are still heated with oil. Data from the Energy Information Administration show that heating oil inventories are 17 percent above their five -year average. The majority of Vermont’s heating oil comes from the United States and Canada.Source: VFDA vermontfuel.com.last_img read more

Brazil, U.S. Armies Reach Cooperation Agreement

first_imgBy U.S. Army South August 15, 2017 com fim do governo da máfia pt acabou isolamento do Brasil e sua cumplicidade com países de esquerda e terroristas U.S. Army South and Brazilian Army delegates reached consensus on 43 agreed actions- (ATA), during army-to-army staff talks in Brasilia, Brazil, on July 29th. Months earlier, multiple work groups involving staffs from both countries preceded the three days of executive talks, which concluded with senior leaders from the two armies signing a bilateral engagement plan. As the Army Service Component Command for U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Army South conducts staff talks in South and Central America. U.S. Army Major General K.K. Chinn, the Army South commander, signed the agreement on behalf of U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General Mark A. Milley. “The staff talks are a great team building event that strengthens our relationships and trust, but more importantly, they help each of us to learn more about how we can work together to address emerging challenges in the region, hemisphere, and globally,” said Maj. Gen. Chinn during the opening ceremony. The general said he was confident the constructive dialogue would provide a strategic framework tied to a five-year vision of increased interoperability between the armies of the two nations. Brazilian Army Lieutenant General William A.F. Abrahao, deputy chief of staff, led his delegation on behalf of Brazilian Army General Eduardo Villas Boas, the chief of staff. Lt. Gen. Abrahao highlighted the historical relationship the partner nations have had since World War II when 25,000 Brazilians crossed the Atlantic to fight side-by-side with the United States. He also pointed out similarities. “We were born as colonies and expanded into the West to become continental countries. Our soldiers have the same values and seek the same objectives,” Lt. Gen. Abrahao said. Several ATAs focused on the military personnel exchange program with the United States, described by the Brazilians as “maybe the most important and oldest.” As South America’s largest country, both by land mass and population, Brazil sends nearly three times more military members to work alongside or attend academies than South America’s second largest country, neighboring Argentina. The staff talks generated eight new positions for Brazilian soldiers, including added liaison officer slots at several infantry and sustainment commands, a research laboratory, an NCO position to one of the U.S. Army’s eight centers of excellence, and instructors to military schools. While Brazil holds staff talks with 18 other nations, it was the first country with which Army South began staff talks in 1984. Others were added, and Army South currently holds staff talks with the armies of Colombia, Chile, Peru, and El Salvador, and has liaison officers working in its headquarters from each of those countries except the latter. A small group of delegates briefly broke away from the staff talks to visit Cyber Defense Command, co-located in the Brazilian Army headquarters. Considered a joint operation with the Army, Air Force, and Navy leadership, it was established in 2015 and activated in 2016, and plays a part in the country’s national defense strategy. “You can say cyber crosses every domain of war,” said Brazilian Army Major Walbery Nogueira, a cyber joint staff officer, during a briefing to the group. He said cyber is considered a new military capability, and while the Brazilian Army develops a cyber doctrine across the Ministry of Defense, “everyone works together to coordinate cyber mobilization of cyber capabilities.” On July 25th a handful of delegates visited the Brazilian Army’s Special Operations Command in Goiania, about 2.5 hours from the capital city, where staff talks were being held. There, Maj. Gen. Chinn and his staff spoke to Brazilian Army Colonel Rene Durao, the deputy commander of the command, who explained the unit’s inception decades ago. In 1956 Brazilian Army Major Gilberto Antonio Azevedo e Silva, an infantry paratrooper took what he learned from U.S. training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Benning, Georgia, and devised the first special operations course in which those involved were both students and instructors at the same time, he said. During a short discussion on the different sections within the command, army leaders from both countries agreed a subject matter expert exchange on CBRN — chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear — could prove beneficial to both armies. Col. Durao said his unit focuses on these exchanges because they are the best way to learn and improve and that these types of engagements helped with recent events like the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The visit concluded with the overview. After answering questions, delegates watched several dynamic demonstrations by the special operators, including a rapid-response action force securing a building and wind tunnel training by paratroopers.last_img read more

Members will exchange data for personalization

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Karen Postma Karen Postma is Vice President, Risk and Consumer Services at TMG. With 15-plus years in the payments industry and a 10-year tenure with TMG, Karen has helped further TMG’s … Web: www.tmg.global Details It’s no secret consumers are increasingly seeking out personalization. They demand experiences, products and promotional offers specifically tailored to their behaviors and preferences. For credit unions, the key lies in accumulating the data to provide this personalization.Although some consumers may be reluctant to share personal data with their credit unions, many are willing to engage in data sharing. Recent research by the Digital Banking Report found 63 percent of consumers are willing to share basic information with their financial institutions (FIs). In exchange, however, consumers want to be rewarded with personalized solutions and advice.Consumers are even open to paying for such personalization. The research also found one in five consumers are willing to pay their FIs to better understand their finances, goals and preferences.To gather the necessary data for those personalized offerings, credit unions need to utilize every available resource. These can include mobile apps, mobile browser activity, consumer profiles and in-branch mobile technology. Through a combination of these resources, credit unions can gather a more holistic understanding of their consumers.While data can be a valuable asset to credit unions as they work to personalize consumer experiences, it is also valuable to fraudsters. Putting consumer data to work goes hand-in-hand with protecting that data. Consumers need to know they’re not at risk for a data breach.Credit unions engaging in data gathering should have robust, up-to-date security measures in place to ensure consumer information is secure. These measures should include anti-virus software, firewalls, multi-factor authentication and annual Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance checks. Additionally, credit unions should educate their employees and consumers about best practices to keep data protected.Generally speaking, consumers will volunteer their data when the benefits to them are clear. They want their credit unions to offer up proactive solutions that help them achieve financial well-being and their financial goals. The responsibility lies with credit unions to fulfill these expectations.last_img read more

Direct banks may be good, but they’re not unbeatable

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Can traditional banks and credit unions compete with higher-paying online-only direct banks? New research from J.D. Power indicates that as strong as these newcomers have been so far, they are not invulnerable. And their weaknesses represent places where traditional player’s online efforts can be fortified. Some banking institutions have already begun pursuing blended strategies that may help them compete.With today’s fickle consumer, time can be an enemy for any financial provider.In J.D. Power’s “2019 Direct Banking Satisfaction Study,” direct banks score 866 satisfaction points out of 1,000, compared to 807 for traditional banks. However, from an expanded data set provided to The Financial Brand by Bob Neuhaus, VP of Global Financial Services, there’s an indication that initially high satisfaction with these high-tech competitors can erode over time. In fact, in several cases the rate of falloff in satisfaction between new direct banking consumers and those doing business for two years or more with their direct bank is striking.last_img read more

Auto-enrolment ‘awareness’ on the up despite scepticism on DC targets – report

first_imgResearch from the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) shows UK consumers’ awareness of its policy has strengthened a year into its launch.Support for the policy has grown, as 68% of those surveyed by the government-backed master trust said it was a good idea.Awareness among consumers was at 86%, as auto-enrolment enters a significant peak of staging within the coming months.Alongside consumers, the research, conducted in 2013, showed awareness among employers was also increasing. More than 90% of employers with between 100 and 999 employees were familiar with the policy, compared with 68% a year earlier.However, only 68% of those with between 50 and 99 employees followed suit, despite these firms staging in the next six months – although, this was higher than the 30% figure seen in 2012’s survey.The research also highlighted a lack of confidence in the current defined contribution (DC) pot structure.Only 33% thought setting a lump-sum target in their DC pot was an appropriate way to think about retirement, lending support to the outcome-based approach for DC.Almost three-quarters (73%) felt a fixed level of income was better suited, along with half who supported a percentage of their current income.Some 35% preferred the idea of a lifestyle expense-based target.Of the members who had been auto-enrolled, support was mixed.While the majority were undecided, only 28% said they had made the right decision.Less than one-quarter (24%) said remaining in their auto-enrolment scheme made them feel more comfortable about retirement provision.As opt-out rates came in lower than expected, the prime motivation for staying in the scheme was not losing employer contributions, cited by 50% of respondents.Some 43% said it was because they felt it was time to start saving for retirement.In line with this, the pension provider surveyed consumers on financial priorities.Saving for retirement was third, compared with seventh in 2011.While auto-enrolment will have contributed to this, it also followed a shift in the UK consumer mindset.Overall, two-thirds of employers found the staging of auto-enrolment more difficult than anticipated, as the majority struggled with the legalities.Adding to this, while 90% said they would seek advice in choosing a scheme, only half said they would be willing to pay.Tim Jones, chief executive at NEST, said the intermediary sector would be key in helping employers, given that nine out of 10 employers are expecting help.“Our research suggests there are gaps in their knowledge, experience and preparedness,” he added.last_img read more

Home of former Gold Coast Titans coach sells in million-dollar deal

first_imgMr Kearney said the Edwards’ were staying in the area but moving closer to the beach.“It’s been a great six months (for the Tugun market),” he said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“A lot of the high-end properties in the suburb have sold, which has been great for the area and values.” The Edwards’ sold to move closer to the beach. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:30Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNRL stars making moves in the property market01:31 The Tugun house at 16 Bob Barnard Drive belonged to former Gold Coast Titans’ strength and conditioning coach Sean Edwards.THE home of a former Gold Coast Titans coach has sold in a million-dollar deal. The Tugun property was owned by Sean Edwards who was once the Titans’ strength and conditioning coach.Mr Edwards and his wife Rebecca purchased the four-bedroom house at 16 Bob Barnard Drive for $1.055 million in 2015.They sold it last week for $1.25 million, just below the $1.275 million asking price. RELATED: Home of former Titans coach hits the market The property features panoramic views of the ocean and Hinterland, pool, entertainment deck and top-of-the-line fittings. “I think the thing we’re really going to miss is the massive kitchen,” Mr Edwards said when the property hit the market in August.“I’d say that’s the most distinguishing feature of the house.”center_img The four-bedroom property sold for $1.25 million. Views were a major selling point for the home.Base Property Group director Paul Kearney, who marketed the home, said a Brisbane family secured the keys. “I have been working with them for eight months trying to find their ideal home which eventuated,” he said.“They are excited to be moving into a substantial home with awesome views and everything that goes with it.” MORE NEWS: Restaurateur’s mansion dished upMORE NEWS: Why this beachfront paradise is on the market last_img read more

Tallebudgera new build is Qld’s most popular house

first_img Inside the LA-inspired mansion of Manpower star Billy Cross The modern industrial design is drawing attention online. A wide window in the master suite reveals a sea of green.Over-size windows and sliding doors offer a green vista at every opportunity.Soaring ceilings add to the sense of space in the open plan living areas with polished concrete creating a consistent palette throughout. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa6 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe 13m magnesium pool is heated for year-round use.A 13m heated magnesium pool allows for year-round swimming while bushwalking is an everyday option in the adjoining koala reserve. “The floor plan, attention to detail and choice of high quality finishes really stand out,” said Ray White agent Karyn O’Dea, who is marking the property.“The way in which they’ve combined nature into a practical, modern design is very appealing.”The property is open for inspection on Saturday, 19 September, 11.30am-12pm while expressions of interest close on September 21. MORE: Top 10 fastest selling Gold Coast suburbscenter_img Open plan living areas open onto a timber deck with a bush backdrop.Nestled on 4748 sqm, this newly built two-level residence at 15 Mary Bale Drive enjoys a north east aspect where the surrounding treescape can never be built out. Brisbane-based RC Designs teamed up with Empire Homes to deliver the modern industrial design, which was the most-viewed Queensland property on listings site realestate.com.au this week. Iconic trophy mansion sold via FaceTime tour 15 Mary Bale Dr, Tallebudgera.There’s a very good reason why leafy Tallebudgera is among the top suburbs online house hunters are honing in on.Less than 10 minutes after rinsing the sand off your feet at the beach, you can be stepping into the privacy of a peaceful bush setting. last_img read more

Batesville Man Arrested After High Speed Pursuit

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — A Batesville man was arrested on several charges after a high speed pursuit in Franklin and Dearborn Counties.Around 11:30 PM on Thursday, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was patrolling State Road 1, south of US 52, when deputies observed an SUV traveling northbound at a high rate of speed.Deputies clocked the vehicle traveling at a speed of 101 mph in a 55 mph zone.According to police, when deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver refused to stop and led deputies on a high speed pursuit.The driver came to a stop on US 52.When the deputy exited his vehicle, the driver put the SUV into reverse and rammed the police car, and then took off again.Officers with the Brookville Police Department joined the pursuit.The pursuit continued South on State Road 1 reaching speeds of 120 mph.The pursuit continued into Dearborn County where Indiana State Police Troopers and a Conservation Officer joined in the pursuit.Eventually the driver stopped in the middle of North Dearborn Road and was taken into custody.The driver was identified as William J Grote, 30, of Batesville and was arrested on the following charges:Battery on a police officer with a deadly weaponResisting law enforcementDriving under the influence of alcohol with a prior convictionCriminal recklessnessReckless drivingLeaving the scene of an accident.last_img read more

Barcelona keen on loan move for Arsenal defender

first_imgHowever, there may not be sufficient funds to fund a deal for the Gunners full-back, meaning that they may try to structure a deal that is initially a season-long loan arrangement.If this is rejected by the North London club, adds the report, then the Blaugrana may try to fund a straight-up transfer but are unlikely to be able to exceed €25m. Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?What’s Up With All The Female Remakes?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Now7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Read Also: Messi: Barcelona president harassed in first public outingBellerin has a contract in London until 2023 but it is said that he could consider a return to Spain, where he left the Camp Nou as a youth player in 2011 to join the Gunners.The 25-year-old has clocked up over 200 first-team appearances for the North London club and whilst he is still an important player for the side, they may consider his sale in order to fund investments of their own.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona chiefs are keen to table a loan offer to sign Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin this summer due to lack of funds at the Camp Nou, reports Marca.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… It is claimed that the Blaugrana’s plan is to sell Nelson Semedo – the only specialist right-back in the squad – and to replace him with Bellerin.last_img read more