Vermont Captive Insurance Association to host world’s largest captive conference

first_imgVERMONT CAPTIVE INSURANCE ASSOCIATION TO HOLD LARGEST CAPTIVE INSURANCE CONFERENCE IN THE WORLD BURLINGTON, VERMONT — Captive insurance professionals from throughout the United States and around the world will gather in Burlington, Vermont for the world’s largest captive insurance conference, August 12 – 14, 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. The event is the 23rd Annual Conference hosted by the Vermont Captive Insurance Association.Though more than half of the US states now have captive insurance laws on their books, Vermont continues to be the premier domicile in the United States and the third largest in the world. Captive insurance is a specialized form of self insurance and among the close to 600 active captive insurance companies in Vermont, the State hosts the captive insurance companies of 44 of the Fortune 100 and 21 of the 30 companies that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The industry is also responsible for more than 1400 jobs (direct and indirect) for Vermonters.The conference, entitled “Solving the Risk Management Puzzle” will feature leading experts in the captive insurance world whose discussions will span from the most basic to the most complex trends and innovations in the captive insurance arena. According to VCIA President, Molly Lambert, “The world of captive insurance is in a constant state of change. Consequently, though the VCIA conference is in its 23rd year, the information presented is always fresh and intriguing. Solving the risk management puzzle has become even more complex over the years and the knowledge of the expert panelists assembled to offer solutions at the VCIA conference is without parallel. This is a “don’t miss” event for the serious captive insurance professional.”The conference keynote speaker is Will Shortz. Shortz has been the Puzzle Master for NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” for over twenty years and is the crossword editor of the New York Times. He is the world’s only enigmatologist – the only academically accredited puzzle master in the world. Shortz will lead an interactive, informative, brain-stimulating session.Known for its incomparable quality and substantive contributions to the professional development of those who attend, the VCIA Annual Conference will draw over 1300 attendees. Members of the press who will be writing or broadcasting information about the VCIA Annual Conference are invited at no charge to attend conference seminars as well as a scheduled press conference from 2:15 – 2:45 pm on August 13th in the Willsboro Room at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.2008 VCIA Conference Highlights:* On August 13th at 10am, opening remarks will be made by Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.* Conference Keynote Speaker Will Shortz, the New York Times and NPR’s Puzzle Master, will speak on August 13th at 11 am.* Over 1300 attendees from around the globe and over 100 industry exhibitors will be participating.* Eighteen educational seminars and roundtables, including an extended Captives 101 session will fill the three day conference schedule.* Evening receptions will be held at historic Shelburne Farms, the Sheraton Exhibit Hall and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center on the Burlington Waterfront.For further information or to arrange an interview with VCIA President Molly Lambert, please contact Elizabeth Halpern at 802.658.8242 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img read more

2015-16 NAFCU Board officers named

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU announced the newly elected and continuing members of its 2015-2016 Board of Directors during the association’s annual business meeting yesterday, which was held in conjunction with NAFCU’s 48th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Montreal.Reelected to serve as officers for the 2015-16 term were Ed Templeton, president and CEO of SRP Federal Credit Union in North Augusta, S.C., as chair; Richard Harris, president and CEO of Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union in La Canada, Calif., as vice chair; Jeanne Kucey, president and CEO of JetStream Federal Credit Union in Miami Lakes, Fla., as treasurer; and Debra Schwartz, president and CEO of Mission Federal Credit Union in San Diego, Calif., as secretary.Schwartz won reelection to an at-large post in this year’s board elections. Joining the board this year are Gary Easterling, president and CEO of United Federal Credit Union (St. Joseph, Mich.), who was elected as Region I director; and Robert Fisher, president and CEO of Grow Financial Federal Credit Union (Tampa, Fla.), who was elected as an at-large director. All three were elected to three-year terms.“I look forward to working with NAFCU’s officers and board members in continuing to help the association and its members grow by providing the best in federal advocacy, education and compliance assistance,” said Templeton. continue reading »last_img read more

Betty Dwenger

first_imgBetty Dwenger, 72 years old, of Lawrenceburg, IN passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 11, surrounded by her family. Betty grew up in Zanesville, OH and moved to Lawrenceburg after she met Joe at a nightclub in Cincinnati while visiting family. 43 years later, Joe was still the love of Betty’s life. She loved to spend time with family and would always put them before herself. She enjoyed being outside in her garden and tending to her flowers. She was an avid reader and would read the bible every night. Betty and Joe enjoyed playing cards on Saturday night and one of their favorite games was euchre. Betty also enjoyed playing cards with her grandson, Henry, and they spent the last few weekends of her life playing cards together. She had a special bond with Henry and enjoyed talking and drinking coffee with him. Betty enjoyed listening to Christian music and old country. She also loved dancing and looked forward to weddings when she could show off her moves. Betty was a member of Whitewater Crossing Christian Church.Betty will be deeply missed by husband Joe and five children Gayla (Larry) Sumner of Cincinnati, Roger of Lawrenceburg, Mark of Batesville, Jessica (Roger) Hernandez of St. Leon, Joey (Colleen) of Harrison, and daughter-in-law Darlene Dwenger of Reno, NV ; and her 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Frances Lee & Marvin Vorhees and her son Darryl Dwenger.Visitation for Betty will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 3:00-4:00 at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home with a memorial service at 4:00, immediately followed by burial at St. John the Baptist Cemetery All Saints Parish. To keep our families and community safe and per recommendations of the CDC, the visitation, service, and burial will only be open to immediate family members. The service at 4:00 will be streamed via Facebook Live so those not in attendance can participate. Memorials can be made to Loving Hearts Hospice. Please visit to sign the guestbook and offer online condolences.last_img read more

LA Lakers topped by Golden State Warriors in season finale

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“The start they got off to was really indicative of the joy Luke brought back to the team and to the daily routine and the energy in which they played,” Kerr said. “Then reality set in. You have to have talent in this league. Obviously, the Lakers haven’t had enough.”On Wednesday, second-year guard D’Angelo Russell missed his second consecutive game while grieving with family in Louisville, Ky. after his grandmother passed away on Sunday. Though the Lakers still featured plenty of offensive balance with Jordan Clarkson (17 points), Tyler Ennis (14 points, five assists), Larry Nance Jr. (13 points, 11 rebounds), Julius Randle (13 points) and Brandon Ingram (11 points), they didn’t have enough to stop Golden State’s fine-tuned offense.Walton went 39-4 as the Warriors’ interim head coach last season while Kerr recovered from a spinal leak stemmed from offseason back surgery. Kerr sees encouraging signs with how Walton developed and related to his young players, and credited Walton for the Lakers winning five of their last six games to close the season.“Luke is in it for the long haul. I would imagine the Lakers front office is in it for the long haul with Luke, too,” Kerr said. “They know what a special person he is and great person he is. So it’s a process. It’s going to take a while. But they made the right step this first year.”The Lakers’ front office has said similar things, including governor Jeanie Buss, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka. Walton described his daily conversations with Johnson and Pelinka as “awesome” and “open.” “Our main focus is finishing this season out with momentum, but it’s also a really important time for the franchise coming up in the next couple of months,” Walton said. “So they’re still getting things in place and organized for how they want things to happen with what they’re doing.”The Lakers might offer more clarity when they have exit meetings for players on Thursday. But the Lakers will not all the pieces to their offseason puzzle until they see if they retain their top three-protected first-round draft pick. They have a 46.9 percent chance of retaining it during the NBA draft lottery on May 16. Then, the Lakers will proceed with draft workouts in June and free agency in July.For now, a season that leaves them with an extensive to-do list is over. OAKLAND >> The season started with the Lakers hoping Luke Walton’s presence on the sideline would help his young players emulate what made the Golden State Warriors so great. Nearly six months later, the Lakers concluded the 2016-17 season with another reminder of how wide that gap remains.The Lakers fell to the Golden State Warriors 109-94 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena for all the expected reasons. Warriors forward Kevin Durant dominated in the post and from the perimeter to score a team-high 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting (5 for 7 from 3-point range). Though they shot only a combined 10 for 29 from the field, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson still combined for 32 points.So, the Lakers (26-56) cap the season missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, while Lakers coach Luke Walton views the Warriors (67-15) as the “best team in the league.” But after seeing Walton work as an assistant for the previous two seasons with Golden State, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Walton has “done an amazing job” in his first season as the Lakers’ coach.Kerr listed the familiar circumstances that led to what most expected would be another challenging season, including a young but unproven roster and the lack of a definitive star following Kobe Bryant’s retirement. Kerr then cited the Lakers’ 10-10 start that included an upset over Golden State, only to spiral amid injuries and inconsistent performances.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Zoo Miami Welcomes “Highly Endangered” Clouded Leopard Kittens

first_imgOn Feb. 26, the kittens were separated from their mother for their initial neonatal exam, from which the zoo determined the litter consisted of one female and one male kitten.“Since that time, the kittens have continued to develop well while remaining in seclusion with their mother,” according to Magill. The kittens were again separated for their initial vaccines and to observe their development.“Both offspring appear to be thriving and the mother continues to be attentive and nursing them on a regular basis,” says Magill.Zoo Miami is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic and is taking extra precautions to protect their animals.In addition to their regular care, the zoo is “stepping into disinfecting footbaths prior to entering any feline area” and will be wearing “masks and gloves while working in those areas.” Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill is ecstatic about the recent birth of two adorable clouded leopard kittens. He talked exclusively to the South Florida Morning Show about the adorable, “highly endangered” new additions to his zoo family.Magill says the kittens were born to mother Serai and father Rajasi on Feb. 11 — the second successful litter for both parents.Along with their announcement, the zoo shared several heartwarming photos of the fuzzy animals, showing off their large eyes and tiny tongues.Following their birth, the two kittens were placed in a den to be secluded with their mother as to “avoid any external stress and to allow proper bonding.”Zoo Miami is excited to announce the successful births of highly endangered clouded leopards. The two kittens were born on February 11th and have been secluded in a den with their mother since then to avoid any external stress and allow proper bonding. :@RonMagill— Zoo Miami (@zoomiami) April 7, 2020last_img read more

Ireland West Airport launch exclusive Donegal Daily Reader Offer

first_imgJust in time for spring getaways, Ireland West Airport Knock is presenting a new and exclusive offer on parking for Donegal Daily readers.Ireland West Airport offers over 1,500 accessible car parking spaces within minutes walk of the terminal at excellent rates.When you book your parking direct and online with Ireland West Airport you’re guaranteed the best price – with savings of up to 30% compared to the gate price. Enter Promo Code “DONEGALDAILY” to qualify for an additional 10% discount off the current cheapest online price for airport parking at Ireland West Airport.This offer is only valid for bookings made online up to midnight on Sunday 31st March and is available for travel at any stage up until 30th June 2019!For the best parking rates click here to prebook your parking online: Ryanair announces new flights from Knock to TenerifeIreland West Airport launch exclusive Donegal Daily Reader Offer was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car parking airport parkingIRELAND WEST AIRPORT KNOCKpromo codereader offerlast_img read more

Waymo’s going to Phoenix to work on Avis’ self-driving fleet

first_imgTags:#Alphabet#Apple#Autonomous#Avis#car rental#driverless#Google#Hertz#Self-Driving#Waymo Related Posts David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Waymo, the self-driving division inside of Alphabet, has partnered with car rental company Avis to manage its fleet of autonomous cars in Phoenix, Arizona.Avis will be responsible for cleaning the car, managing oil and tire changes, and performing regular safety inspections. It will not manage the specialized hardware, like Waymo’s Lidar sensors.See Also: Waymo picks ex-Tesla engineering chief to build them a driverless carWaymo expects to send the bulk of its 600 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Phoenix. The city will be the first place for members of the public to experience Waymo’s self-driving cars, having previously been tested by engineers and other Google employees.Previously, Waymo has had less than 200 cars on the road at any one time. The minivan expansion is a major point in the timeline for Alphabet’s car project, which is now focused on vehicles that can be mass produced.Even though the partnership is only for managing the self-driving fleet, pundits suspect that it could turn into a more fruitful agreement in the next few years. Avis owns Zipcar, an on-demand rental service that has around one million members, mostly in urban areas, according to Bloomberg.It is easy to see a time where Zipcar could offer self-driving options for customers, either by the hour or day. Waymo is already rumored to be in talks with Lyft about a similar arrangement, where it would use the ride-sharing service to offer self-driving options.Waymo is not the first to work with a car rental service for self-driving cars, Apple partnered with The Hertz Corporation to manage its three Lexus RX450h vehicles, according to the Chicago Tribune.Car rental services have taken a kicking from the stock market in the past year, as worries over autonomous cars plague the future of these companies. The agreements with Apple and Waymo suggest that there may be light at the end of the tunnel, as shown by the spikes in both companies stock after the announcement. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Feds have options to cut risk for Trans Mountain pipeline investors says

first_img“One of the ways to make sure there is more certainty is to look at possible financial arrangements that would help de-risk the project.”Pipeline builder Kinder Morgan has halted all non-essential spending on the project until it gets assurances from Ottawa that the issues will be resolved. The federal government has until May 31 to respond.Trudeau has put a lot of political eggs in the Trans Mountain basket, risking political capital among climate-change activists in search of middle ground that allows for pipeline construction alongside improved environmental safeguards.Trudeau, who is currently in Peru for the Summit of the Americas, was originally supposed to fly to Paris directly from Lima on Sunday for meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron. Instead, he’ll be back in the national capital in search of a resolution to anintractable and politically perilous dispute.Carr refused to discuss the specific financial options available, other than to say there are many of them on the table and they’re all being considered.One of those options, however, is to buy a stake in the pipeline, something Notley has already said Alberta would be willing to do Canada and Alberta could jointly buy the pipeline outright, or at least a significant stake in the project.Another option is to provide a guaranteed source of revenue for private investors if the pipeline completion date misses the target for when returns on their investments were supposed to start flowing. Carr was only prepared to say Sunday’s meeting between Trudeau and the premiers would be a chance for the various sides to share their positions and try and talk things out _ not necessarily a day when further action would be announced.That, said Sears, would be a bad political move.“If they come out of that meeting on Sunday and (Trudeau) says, ‘We’ve made good progress and I’m off to Paris,’ it will cost them severely,” he said.University of British Columbia politics professor Kathryn Harrison said she doesn’t know that there is a way for everyone to come out of Sunday’s meeting with a win.“They have drawn lines in the sand that are simply incompatible,” said Harrison.Trudeau and Carr have spent more than two years accusing the former Conservative government of themselves failing to build pipelines because they stacked the deck against environmental concerns, failing in the process to get the social license necessary to allow the projects to proceed.The Liberals introduced new review processes that accounted for things like the potential greenhouse gas emissions resulting from increased oil flows. The National Energy Board’s 2016 approval of Trans Mountain required monitoring and upstream emissions offsetsrelated to construction.But environmental concerns remain including the risk of higher emissions from increased oilsands production and the environmental impact of a spill. As a result, environmentalists who helped get Trudeau elected are now doubting his commitment to the cause.Harrison said Trudeau has staked a claim on being able to reconcile both interests, offering up the pipeline and the resulting ability to get resources to market _ as a quid pro quo toget provincial and stakeholder support for a carbon price and environmental investments.“That was the compromise and they got pretty far with it,” Harrison said, noting all provinces but Saskatchewan signed onto the climate change framework.“We’re at that point now where the trains are colliding. This is a moment of truth for Canada and a country that relies heavily on producing fossil fuels.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) The company had targeted May 31 as the make-or-break deadline to start construction if the pipeline was to hit those investment targets. That date is now the drop-dead date Kinder Morgan has given Canada to prove the company should have the confidence to move forward.Political strategist Robin Sears, a principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, said another option would be to increase spending on the environmental protection side, including on improved research into preventing and mitigating the impacts of a diluted bitumenspill.“The company has not done what it needs to have done to satisfy the people of B.C. they have taken the steps necessary to protect the environment,” said Sears.Sears said the Trudeau government has an oceans protection plan on paper, but hasn’t done much if anything to put it into action.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – Canada is considering several ways to reduce the financial risk for Kinder Morgan investors spooked by the uncertainty plaguing the planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Friday as a high-level, make-or-break meeting loomed on the horizon.The government is still examining its options, Carr said, but won’t commit to a course of action before Sunday, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jets home from Peru for a hastily organized meeting in Ottawa with British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.“What we’re now faced with is to find ways to make sure there is more certainty than there is now,” Carr said in an interview with The Canadian Press.last_img read more

Saudi Arabian crude oil imports to Canada easy to replace says energy

first_img“A rise in tensions puts Canadian bids to win major healthcare projects, education projects, transportation projects, on an increasingly shaky footing,” said Allam, a former Canadian diplomat and head of Allam Advisory Group.“What you’re seeing is that Riyadh’s hard line against Ottawa is going to result in substantial harm to the Canadian economy in general.”He said the recall of 12,000 to 15,000 Saudi students from Canada, and accompanying relatives, is going to remove as much as $2 billion in annual investment in the Canadian economy.The cancelling of flights between the two countries means Canada loses an important link not only with Saudi Arabia but with numerous Saudi allies such as the United Arab Emirates, which was quick to declare its support for the measures against Canada, he said. CALGARY, A.B. – Canada can easily replace the oil it imports from Saudi Arabia should relations with the Middle Eastern kingdom deteriorate to the point that trade in crude is halted, says an energy economist.But this week’s trade tension escalation means Canada will be on the sidelines as the Saudis try to diversify their economy away from its dependence on oil and gas, said Omar Allam, a Canadian consultant who specializes in advice on doing business in Saudi Arabia.Eastern Canadian refineries import about 75,000 to 80,000 barrels per day of Saudi Arabian crude, said Judith Dwarkin, chief economist with RS Energy Group in Calgary, on Tuesday. According to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Canada exported $1.45 billion worth of products to Saudi Arabia in 2017, with about half in the category of vehicles and equipment at $760 million.The federal office says Canada imported $2.6 billion worth of goods from Saudi Arabia, with $2.5 billion of that in mineral production.A handful of Canadian companies operate in Saudi Arabia and could potentially be affected by the ongoing trade battle.Precision Drilling Corp. of Calgary has about 900 employees working between Kuwait, where it has five active rigs, and Saudi Arabia, where three of its four rigs in the country are currently active, the company confirmed, without offering further comment.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says on its website it has had a 24-year relationship with Saudi Aramco, the national Saudi Arabian oil company, providing general engineering services for its oil and gas facilities.Armoured tanks and personnel carriers have been Canada’s biggest recent export to the kingdom. A London, Ont.-based firm called General Dynamics Land Systems signed a $15-billion deal with Saudi Arabia in 2014 to export its light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.By Dan HealingTHE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img That’s less than 10 per cent of total imports and amounts to a “drop in the bucket” compared with the United States, she said, which accounts for two-thirds of imports and could easily cover Saudi’s share thanks to growing domestic production.It is also dwarfed by the 3.5 million barrels per day of Canadian oil that Canada exports mainly to the U.S.“The Saudis, if they choose to supply less to Canada, will divert those barrels, possibly to China, and U.S. barrels that would have gone to China, but are uncompetitive under Chinese tariffs, come to Canada,” Dwarkin said.“Basically, the cupboard gets rearranged.”Saudi Arabia declared a freeze on new trade with Canada and recalled thousands of students attending Canadian universities following a tweet last week from Global Affairs Canada that expressed concerns about the arrest of activists in the kingdom.The Saudi foreign ministry has also ordered Canada’s ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country.last_img read more

Jail sentence handed down in 2016 Attempt Murder and Kidnapping Investigation

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – On Thursday, January 10, 2019, Brandon MacDonald, 32-years-old, and Robert Clarke, 34-years-old, pleaded guilty to charges in Supreme Court in Dawson Creek in relation to a 2016 investigation.MacDonald, a resident of Chetwynd entered a guilty plea to the following charges:Attempt Murder with a firearm (Section 239(1) (a.1) CCC)Kidnapping (Section 279(1)(1) CCC)Uttering Threats (Section 264.1(1) CCC)MacDonald was sentenced to just under 8 years with a lifetime firearm prohibition. Clarke, a resident of P.E.I. entered a guilty plea to Aggravated Assault (Sec 268(2) CCC) and was sentenced to 1.5 years in jail with a lifetime firearm prohibition.Clarke was arrested on February 23, 2017, in Nova Scotia.last_img read more