State announces new global trade partnership

January 1, 2021

first_imgNEW GLOBAL TRADE PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEDPartners to Collaborate in Providing Trade AssistanceA new public/private partnership will provide international trade assistance to Vermont businesses, according to Kevin Dorn, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.”The Vermont Global Trade Partnership, consisting of a broadly based group of organizations and institutions that provide international trade programs and services has been formed under the leadership of the Vermont Department of Economic Development,” said Dorn. “As more and more Vermont businesses seek to expand markets, it is critical that seamless and coordinated assistance be readily available.”The partnership includes representatives from the twelve Regional Development Corporations, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Champlain College, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Vermont Congressional delegation. The Vermont World Trade Office Board of Directors will serve as advisors to the partnership.”This new model leverages the strength of a variety of international trade players,” said Mike Quinn, Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. “This partnership is in the same tradition as so many of the programs and services the department provides in areas including business expansion and recruitment, permit process assistance, workforce training and government contracting.”Dorn stated that one of the primary reasons for formalizing this new collaboration is the expectation of declining federal funding for the Vermont World Trade Office. VWTO has received approximately $900,000 in the last ten years, and funding will likely run out by January, 2005.”We need a new and sustainable model to make sure businesses get the help they need,” added Dorn. “As federal grants wind down, the governor has directed that we continue to invest state funds in support of international trade. We will do that by building capacity within the Department of Economic Development and work in a collaborative fashion with members of this partnership.”last_img read more

Q & A: New Digital Content Strategist talks Fly Fishing and Chuck Norris

December 30, 2020

first_imgA few weeks ago we welcomed Travis Hall to the BRO family as the new digital content strategist. Travis has written for the magazine in the past, but we’re happy to have him on a full-time basis. As we always try to do with new staffers, we threw a few questions his way with the BRO reader in mind.BRO: Where are you from originally?TH: I’m originally from southern Indiana. It’s the land of basketball, but it’s completely devoid of mountains, fly fishing, and good hiking trails, so I had to leave.BRO: What is your first memory of being outside?TH: Bobber fishing with my dad and my uncle. I think there was a catfish involved, and I think he was given a name.BRO: What is the worst mistake you ever made in the woods?TH: Not going to the woods enough.BRO: If Sasquatch and a hungry black bear got into a fight, who would win?TH: It would be a hell of a bout, and one that I would pay money to see, but in the end the black bear would take the cake.BRO: What’s your go-to backpacking grub?TH: Knor Pasta Sides and vacum sealed protein. Cheap, simple, and easy.BRO: Three things you can’t live without?TH: Mountains, craft beer, and bluegrass music.BRO: If you could take any famous person (dead or alive) fly-fishing for a day, who would it be and why?TH: John Gierach and Paul from a River Runs Through It. Oh, and maybe Norman McLean or Sir Izaak Walton.QAbioPhoto courtesy of Josh RobersonBRO: What songs/artists would we find on your Spotify playlist?TH: Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Zac Brown, and The Avett Brothers just to name a few. I’ve also developed a recent fondness for Sam Bush.BRO: Do you have any guilty pleasures?TH: Craft beer, but I don’t feel guilty about it.BRO: What is your favorite regional brew?TH: Holy City‘s Pecan Dream. It takes me back to the Low Country of Charleston, South Carolina, where I spent two years learning to drink beer on the beach.BRO: If you didn’t have to work for us as our Digital Content Specialist, how would you spend your days?TH: Maybe I’d be bumming around in Bozeman, Montana or living out of a van down by the Firehole River. Who knows.BRO: Best outdoor book you have read?TH: This is loaded question, but I’m going with Norman McLean’s A River Runs Through It. It introduced me to the art of fly fishing while I was growing up in a region where bass boats and bait casters were the norm.BRO: Who would win a corn hole match between Chuck Norris and Clint Eastwood?TH: Dirty Harry would dominate.last_img read more

How’s your culture of compliance?

December 17, 2020

first_img continue reading » As 2019 winds down, it might not be a bad idea to review whether your credit union promotes what the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) refers to as a “culture of compliance.”  Although it is not  a regulatory requirement to have a culture of compliance policy or program, it can play an important role in the implementation of a credit union’s compliance program.  I have reported on many Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) enforcement actions in NAFCU’s BSA Blast, where a consistent theme reflected that a weakness with a financial institution’s BSA/AML program indicated a poor culture of compliance, regardless of an institution’s size and business model.  A weak BSA/AML program can result in civil and criminal enforcement actions as many an institution has learned the hard way.FinCEN has issued advisory guidance, FIN-2014-A007, indicating an organization’s culture is critical to its compliance.  Policies, procedures and the compliance department are not the only components integral to a credit union’s BSA/AML compliance, according to FinCEN, this goes to the very core and culture of an organization.As outlined in the advisory, a credit union can strengthen its BSA/AML compliance culture by ensuring:“Its leadership is actively engaged with compliance; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Reimagining Retail: How Ron Koenigsberg Is Revitalizing Retail Shopping On Long Island

December 16, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ever since childhood when he’d watch his father survey buildings and construction sites, Ron Koenigsberg has had a passion for real estate.Now this highly regarded commercial real estate broker, based in Garden City, has found a new outlet for his passion—repurposing retail shopping centers across Long Island. As the president of American Investment Properties, one of the leading niche brokerage firms in the region, Koenigsberg is launching a new partnership, the Long Island Investment Group, to “implement what’s been bothering me,” he admits, since 2005. The revelation came to him when he was driving home about a decade ago and realized that even though he was one of the leading salesmen of shopping centers on the Island, he was still buying everything he needed online.“I’m saying to myself: ‘I need another business because I’m finished. Retail shopping centers are not going to make it,’” he recalls. “I think I was a little bit ahead of the curve.” Koenigsberg may have been right about that, but now the trend in retailing is much clearer, as the once-mighty giants in the retail mall world close up shop one by one.“People who sell goods in the brick and mortar stores are not making it,” says Koenigsberg. But that doesn’t mean it’s Armageddon for retailing, or, more importantly for someone like him, the end of commercial real estate as he and his real estate peers have known it.Instead, Keonigsberg bided his time and did his homework. He took a hard look at the Long Island landscape and saw something different—if only he could reconfigure it. He waited for his chance, and now that the economy is finally coming out of the Great Recession, he has the capital to make his move.“We’re able to buy shopping centers at or below replacement costs,” says Koenigsberg. “We see it as a great opportunity at this very moment to be purchasing Long Island retail centers.”He explains his modus operandi:“We’re purchasing properties that are suffering and using our strategy to re-engineer these [poorly performing] strip centers into high-demand, service-orientated tenants that provide services, not goods,” he says. Ron Koenigsberg, president of American Investment Properties, is launching a new partnership, the Long Island Investment Group, to revitalize retail shopping centers across Long Island.Koenigsberg finds the shopping centers that are losing their tenants, where the vacancy rates are high, that are mismanaged, and in serious need of an upgrade. Then he’ll dig deeper. Perhaps the partners no longer get along and want to sell the property, or the center is in an estate sale or a divorce proceeding. He checks out the locations and sees if he and his partners can maximize the value.Their acquisition criteria tend to be very specific at this point. They’re looking for shopping centers with about five to 10 stores of around 10,000-square feet each, relatively small compared to a regional mall. But they want the traffic to be 20,000 vehicles a day for the property to make the cut, and the center should have a ratio of 3.5 parking spaces to every 10,000-square feet of retail.“We’re going to walk before we run,” he says. “Eventually we’d like Long Island Investment Group to be a major player, but I think that’s a 10-year process.” One clear advantage Koenigsberg has with this strategy is that he doesn’t have to worry about rezoning these “tired” B- and C-grade properties. His group plans to take the shopping centers as they are, so he doesn’t have to worry about appearing before a local planning board, because he won’t need any variances. Once the site is 100-percent acquired, Koenigsberg and his partners in this venture will come in and fix up the site with their value-added upgrades, bring in new high-demand, service-oriented tenants that perform better than the current ones, and grow the net-operating income of the center over time.“If we are able to isolate that property in Great Neck, or Roslyn, or Merrick, or East Northport, where the demographics warrant it, we’d love to raise the rent $12 to $15 per square foot,” Koenigsberg says, “but realistically we understand that we’re buying properties all over Long Island and it may result in only a $4 to $6 bump.”For Koenigsberg, the ideal tenants bring in a lot of foot traffic. He cites urgent care centers where people seek treatment for minor medical needs, and cell phone providers where customers want their new products activated immediately. And, of course, he’s including decent food and drink establishments.“You can’t change the experience of going out to a restaurant,” he says. “You can’t get that online!”This new venture has barely begun, but Koenigsberg is confident it can succeed. “What we are is a dynamic, successful, decades-old brokerage firm that sees an opportunity in this marketplace and we’re going about doing it,” he says. “Now that the economy is finally coming out of recession, we can follow our passion.”last_img read more

The people of Rab presented the tourist season in Zagreb

November 18, 2020

first_imgAnd that the sun and the sea have not been enough for a long time, they are aware on the island of Rab and pay special attention to the development of various events, such as: Kantuna, Underwater Photo Marathon, Kanata and the Most Beautiful Advent in Rab to the Sand Sculpture Festival, Pumidorfest, Krumpirfest Samba Festival, etc .. all the way to the Rab Fair as a top event that develops from year to year. The island of Rab was one of the favorite destinations for tourists this season as well, so it achieved more than two million overnight stays. Representatives of the island expect excellent results in the upcoming season, and many tourists on the island, with clean sea, lots of sun, sports trails and famous Rab gastronomy, expect a variety of interesting destination events. “We are continuously working on the development of our events, which are increasingly becoming a motive for the arrival of tourists throughout the year. We really offer something for everyone, from cultural, entertainment and sports to gastronomic events, and I would especially like to emphasize the coming of age of Fjera, which will celebrate its 130th edition in this jubilee year, when we celebrate the 18th anniversary of tourism. I am also happy that this year we will have a number of investments in accommodation facilities, which ultimately means raising the quality of the destination itself, and thus further work on repositioning it. “, said Ivana Matušan, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Rab. Representatives of the Tourist Boards of Rab and Lopar announced today in Zagreb the tourist season on the island of Rab. On Rab, they see their opportunity in sports tourism. As of this year, the island of Rab bears the flattering title of European Sports Island, the first of its kind in history. Thus, in accordance with the development of sports tourism, an outdoor offer of content and sports events such as Rab island trail and 4 Island MTB are being developed. At the presentation in Zagreb, there was a real island atmosphere for which the Draški white masquerades, masquerades from Lopar and folk singers were responsible. They presented to the guests and citizens of Zagreb a part of the masquerade customs and carnival events on the island of Rab, as well as their guest offer. At this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism in Hvar, the most famous Rab event, Rabska Fjera, was declared the tourist event of the year, and in September the Tourist Board of Rab won the award for the greatest contribution to the development of nautical tourism in Croatia. “Just as the island of happiness is special among the Adriatic islands, so on Rab is the town of Lopar unique for its 22 sandy beaches. The most famous of them is Paradise Beach and if someone can’t find a beach for themselves in Lopar, then they can’t go anywhere on the Adriatic. We have something for everyone, from Robinson beaches to those for pets. In order to additionally brand our beaches, we have been organizing the famous Sand Sculpture Festival for years, which attracts more and more tourists from all over the world every year, and among other events we would highlight the Paradise Samba Festival, Lopar Night and Our Lady.. “, Pointed out Marin Mušćo, director of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Lopar. By the way, the people of Rab have a number of reasons to celebrate this year. last_img read more

Renovated Gold Coast house offers tranquil escape

September 28, 2020

first_img MORE NEWS: A pool that’s good for your health? Yes please! The outdoor areas are perfect for both entertaining and enjoying a book in the sun. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: To sell or to renovate?00:55 It’s brighter and much more open after the renovation. The renovation took about six months with nothing left untouched. MORE NEWS: ‘Showpiece’ trophy home sells in multimillion-dollar deal Manicured gardens offer a picturesque backdrop.Taking centre stage is the kitchen with a luxuriously large mint green, stone-topped island bench, subway feature tiles and a butler’s pantry. It is also connected to the laundry which provides a spot to hide the mess when guests are over. There is a living area either side of the kitchen — one is a cosy, chalet style with a gas fireplace and a view of the backyard’s waterfall, the other a more casual zone with a fireplace. A sunroom will make entertaining a breeze thanks to its outdoor kitchen with a barbecue and wood-fired oven. The main bedroom features a dressing room and ensuite, and two additional bedrooms are on the ground floor.Upstairs a second loft-style bedroom occupies the whole floor and offers an ensuite, balcony and study area. The family are selling to move onto their next project. “It’s going to be sad to leave this house — you wont find something like this again, but it’s time to move on and see what else I can create,” Ms Hodder said. Alex and Brian Phillis, of Alex Phillis Real Estate, are marketing the property with a price range between $2.5 million and $2.7 million. “When we bought it, it was very overgrown, it was like a jungle when you walked in,” Ms Hodder said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“You couldn’t see the ponds, you couldn’t see the waterfalls. “Everything inside was dark and dingy with walls everywhere and little rooms.” Ms Hodder said most of the renovation was done “on the fly” but there was always the aim of making it light, bright, pretty and calm. “We wanted to turn it into a Queenslander because it was a bit more federation style inside, so it was a real disappointment,” she said. “There was no connection between the outside of the house which was quite lovely, although it was a yellow colour, and the inside.“Now, it’s just glorious, beautiful and easy to live in. It makes us happy, we just love living here.” The internal renovation took about six months with nothing left untouched. The result was an open-plan design where each room flows effortlessly onto the next and all make the most of the property’s impressive gardens. High ceilings, full-length windows and glass doors ensure an abundance of light streams inside and maximise the garden vistas. Guests feel welcomed and relaxed from the moment they walk through the front gate. A renovation has breathed new life into the property at 4665 The Parkway, Hope Island.AN overwhelming sense of calmness and tranquillity is experienced the moment you step through the entry gate and over the foot bridge of this Sanctuary Cove house. The immaculately presented property, which has had new life breathed into it, will make you stop and say ‘wow’ at every turn. Before Leanne and Brenton Hodder worked their magic on the house it was tired, dark and not suited to the laid-back yet lavish lifestyle the Gold Coast is known for. The couple, who live there with their daughter Tahlee, 8, made it their mission to create the ultimate Coast home. The open floorplan flows seamlessly to integrate indoors and outdoors.last_img read more

England call-up for Rankin

September 21, 2020

first_imgEngland have added uncapped Irish seamer Boyd Rankin to their NatWest Series squad following injuries to Stuart Broad and Steven Finn. Broad and Finn were unavailable for the first one-day international against New Zealand at Lord’s, because of respective knee and shin niggles, and have also already been ruled out of Sunday’s second match in Southampton. England have already called up Jade Dernbach – initially as cover for Tim Bresnan, whose wife is due to give birth soon. Both Dernbach and Bresnan played against New Zealand. Rankin is a veteran of two World Cup campaigns with his native Ireland, but the 28-year-old Warwickshire seamer confirmed at the start of this year he plans to pursue his future international ambitions with England instead. He made his England Lions debut back in 2011 and was subsequently selected on the England Performance Programme. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Bruce rubbishes Fulham speculation

September 20, 2020

first_img Press Association Bruce could call both new boy Dame N’Doye and fellow striker Nikica Jelavic to his starting line-up for the visit of shot-shy Villa after both started on the bench against City. Jelavic is still struggling to shake off a long-term knee injury and Bruce is keen to protect his Croatian striker who he believes could make a big difference in the end-of-season run-in. Bruce said: “Only Jelavic would have come back playing within five weeks and arguably his attitude in trying to play has set him back a bit. “We’ve got to make sure he’s 100 per cent fit and healthy and that’s the reason I left him out on Saturday because two games in two days is too big an ask for him. “We’ve got to get his knee better but he trained very well and he is uppermost in my mind. A fit and healthy Jelavic is going to be crucial in the weeks ahead.” Bruce has grown used to hints of his impending departure from the KC Stadium having been strongly tipped to succeed Alan Pardew at Newcastle earlier this season. And just last week Bruce was fielding questions about his future in charge of the Tigers after a 3-0 home loss to Newcastle dumped them in the relegation zone. With his mind firmly on Tuesday night’s crucial home clash with Aston Villa, Bruce is determined to give short shrift to the latest suggestions and said they were disrespectful to current Cottagers boss Kit Symons. Bruce said: “I was getting the sack the day before, and then Fulham want me. “Unfortunately with the media today I can’t do anything about it. The biggest problem I’ve got with the whole thing is they’ve got a manager in situ at Fulham and I’ve got huge respect for Kit who is new to the job. “I can’t comment on it because if I comment on it it just fuels it even more, and as far as I’m concerned it’s rubbish journalism.” Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City has provided a timely confidence boost to the Tigers camp and Bruce knows the next month could shape the club’s top-flight future. Games against QPR, Stoke and Sunderland follow Villa and the Hull boss has demanded his players replicate their form against the big clubs in these crucial relegation scraps. “This cluster of games we have coming up are going to be crucial to us,” added Bruce. “We’ve got to show the resilience and attitude we had at Liverpool and Arsenal and Manchester City. “That’s where we were very good last year – we beat the teams around us and unfortunately this season we haven’t done that, and we have to address it over the next few weeks.” Hull boss Steve Bruce has ridiculed reports linking him with a summer move to Fulham. last_img read more

Ellsworth boys’ soccer team falls to Erskine in Class B regional championship

September 20, 2020

first_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — For a loss in the Class B Northern Maine boys’ soccer championship, the mood at Del Luce Stadium didn’t seem so glum after Ellsworth fell to Erskine 2-1 on Wednesday night.Perhaps Ellsworth’s disappointment was drowned out by the hundreds of Erskine fans celebrating, or maybe it was masked by the respect both teams demonstrated for each other after the game.Or maybe it was because, as 42nd-year Ellsworth coach Brian Higgins said, advancing to another regional championship was an unexpected feat for his young Eagles squad.“Our season was much better than people expected it would be,” Higgins said. “To get back to the final again and for our young kids to experience the medal round — that’s really great.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHiggins credited three under-recognized defenders, who weren’t in last year’s starting lineup, with keeping Ellsworth competitive after graduating 10 seniors this spring. That trio includes sophomore Jared Hamilton and first-year backs Trent Mahon — a junior who struggled with injuries his first two years — and Nick Bagley — a senior who split time with Ellsworth keeper Bruce St. Peter in goal before taking on a new full-time position.Erskine, the No. 10 seed, also exceeded expectations in the postseason — knocking off No. 7 Mount Desert Island, No. 2 Winslow, No. 3 Presque Isle and, finally, No. 1 Ellsworth.Ellsworth ended its season 13-3-1.Erskine (11-4) will play in its first-ever state championship on Saturday against the defending champion, Yarmouth, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.“Class B was a very, very tough league this year,” Higgins said. “Erskine was the best team we have played all year. We heard in the preseason that they were the team to beat, and it worked out like that.”Ellsworth’s strength all season has been scoring off set plays. But Erskine’s aggressive defense prevented the Eagles from ever capitalizing on Lukas Firestone’s flip throw-ins or Kyle Golding’s corner kicks.“We knew they were tough and they showed it today,” Higgins said. “They were very, very aggressive, won many 50-50 balls and defended our throw-ins and corner kicks very well.“And we got beat by their throw-ins.”Tristan Hubbard scored first for Erskine just four minutes into the game after redirecting a long throw-in from teammate Josh Reed into the net.Down 1-0 at halftime, Higgins said he told his Eagles that they were “in for a battle.”“‘We need to step it up and be a couple steps quicker,’” he told his team.“And, for the most part, I thought we did.”Ellsworth nearly tied the score several times in the first 24 minutes of the second half. But Luke Peabody pulled Erskine farther ahead when he broke loose and scored to give his team a 2-0 lead.With 12 minutes remaining, Ellsworth tasked junior forward Colby Clarke with taking a penalty kick — a role usually filled by senior midfielder Dagan Berenyi, who suffered a season-ending concussion in Saturday’s semifinal after colliding with Waterville’s goalie.“Dagan is our inspirational leader. We missed his aggressiveness and ‘don’t-give-up’ attitude today,” Higgins said. “But Colby stepped up.”Clarke gave Ellsworth hope when his shot landed in the left corner of the net. But the Eagles never were able to close the gap.“The best part of the whole game was the hard, fair play,” Higgins said. “There were no yellow cards. Our kids came off the field saying they were a great bunch of kids. That was really nice after the previous game.”When time expired, fans clad in blue flooded onto the field. Ellsworth and Erskine players exchanged praise and even some hugs during the awards ceremony.Afterward, Higgins grabbed the microphone and pointed out something both teams could celebrate.“Camden Hills isn’t here,” he said in jest of the powerhouse squad and Ellsworth’s longstanding rival, which got bumped up to Class A this season.The joke triggered laughter from both sides.Find more photos of this game here.PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

Daniel Agyei’s contract terminated

August 28, 2020

first_imgSouth African Premier Soccer League side Free State Stars have announced Ghana goalkeeper Daniel Agyei has been released.Ea Lla Koto have confirmed they reached a mutual agreement with the 24-year-old to cancel the two-year contract left on his deal.Even with the long-term injury to Burkina Faso international Daouda Diakite, the club consider him surplus to requirements.“He has left the club and I don’t know where he is now. We went our separate ways and gave him his clearance,” Free State Stars General Manager Rantsi Mokoena said.Agyei had been placed on the club’s transfer list at the end of last season after battling with injuries during his first season with Stars.last_img read more