Champlain Housing Trust Representatives Accept World Habitat Award at United Nations Ceremony in Angola

first_imgChamplain Housing Trust Representatives AcceptWorld Habitat Award at United Nations Ceremony in AngolaBURLINGTON, VT – Two representatives from the Champlain Housing Trust accepted a World Habitat Award today at UN-HABITAT’s global celebration of World Habitat Day in Luanda, Angola. The award, presented by the Building and Social Housing Foundation in conjunction with the UN agency, recognizes the Housing Trust’s permanently affordable housing programs as innovative, sustainable and transferable.”This is a significant achievement for all of who have worked hard to create housing opportunity for Vermonters and for everyone across the country that has advanced the community land trust model,” said Brenda Torpy, Champlain Housing Trust CEO. “We all know there is more work to do, but in this time of great financial upheaval in this country and around the globe, our model in Vermont is being recognized as durable, sustainable and one that other communities can emulate.”Torpy is accompanied on the trip to Angola by Richard Kemp, a Board member and a resident of Champlain Housing Trust housing. “I am honored to represent more than 2,100 CHT residents in accepting this award on their behalf,” he added. “This recognition also confirms that community-based organizations are the ones that really succeed.”The Champlain Housing Trust was selected as a winner by the Building and Social Housing Foundation, which has made the Awards in concert with UN-HABITAT each year for over 20 years. The Housing Trust was chosen for its innovative shared-equity homeownership program. The program creates homeownership opportunity where none existed before, and uses a one-time infusion of public and private funds to make a home affordable forever.Vermont’s Congressional delegation offered their congratulations to the Champlain Housing Trust on Monday.”When I was mayor of Burlington, I thought the concept of a community land trust made a whole lot of sense and could be very effective,” Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said. “I never thought it would be as enormously successful as it has been and a model emulated throughout the world, showing how to establish both home ownership and perpetually housing. In the face of the sub-prime mortgage and foreclosure crisis, the Champlain Housing Trust has proven to us that there is a better way.”Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) added, “Brenda and Richard are showing the world Champlain Housing Trust’s approach to combating the difficult socio-economic challenge of ensuring every human being has access to a safe, affordable home. The award is a great recognition. I hope the energy and creativity of Champlain Housing Trust’s delegation to Angola inspires communities across the world to embrace this proven model.””This international award is a testament to the incredibly effective work of the Champlain Housing Trust in creating affordable housing and working with local partners,” said Representative Peter Welch (D-VT). “The Trust is a leader in the world while they make us all proud with their service here at home.”The Champlain Housing Trust is a community land trust that supports strong, vital communities in northwest Vermont through the development and stewardship of permanently affordable homes and community assets. Over 2,100 families and individuals live in Housing Trust homes. For more information, contact Chris Donnelly at (802) 864-2644 or visit is external).last_img read more

All together now!

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Wringer Former watermelon farmer Brian Wringer wears several hats for iDiz Incorporated, including Web Projects Manager, Wordsmith, and Big Idea Guy. He builds better credit unions by day and weird old … Web: Details Your credit union’s culture, collaboration, and consistency aren’t things you can leave to chance. An intranet (an “internal” website accessible only to employees) is an important way to keep everyone in all locations pulling in the same direction.A well planned intranet is an important part of building and maintaining a credit union’s internal culture across many departments and locations. It has the power to communicate important objectives and priorities, preserve organizational knowledge, share resources, and to build a stronger shared culture.Unfortunately, way too many credit unions share information with a patchwork system of network hard drives, email, occasional all-staff meetings, break room posters and thumbtacks.Of course, you’ll always need all-staff meetings, email, and probably even break room posters.But an intranet is a fantastic way to keep everyone on the same page while they work, not by interrupting their work.And because it’s web-based, updating and using an intranet is as familiar as any other web-based tool or service.Intranet BasicsEvery credit union is different, but we’ve found the following are the essential elements of any credit union intranet:Communication and SharingThe most basic use for an intranet is to quickly communicate news, updates, current/upcoming events and marketing promotions. No matter where they are, everyone sees project and product updates, changes, reminders, and other day-to-day announcements like security reminders.It’s also important to share. Sharing news about each other, not just the work, helps strengthen the bonds between employees and gives everyone an important added support network. You can share galleries of photos or videos from CU-sponsored community events as well as baby pictures, weddings, birthdays, promotions, graduations, and other important events in your employees’ lives.Resources and DocumentsDocument management (or the ability to integrate with cloud-based systems such as Dropbox or SharePoint, if that’s what you prefer) is another essential part of every credit union intranet. This means making documents, forms, procedures, and other essential information easily and consistently available and searchable.You can reduce errors and frustration by making sure everyone is always working with the latest versions of things like:Printable and online operations formsHR forms and disclosuresCompliance forms and guidanceTraining and certification materialsOperations proceduresBranding manuals and resourcesEmergency and disaster preparedness documents and proceduresStaff and building directoriesFAQsAdded FeaturesOf course, the possibilities don’t end there. There are quite a few features that can be added to your intranet as it’s built or later on, such as:Custom branding to match your website, brand visuals, and marketing materialsOnline training and testing toolsOnline forms and e-signaturesSupport ticket system (for internal and member-facing problems)A regular blog, advice column, or even cartoon or photo of the day.Social and messaging tools to build community internally, and share team-building kudos. For example, you might choose to have your own internal “CUBook”, a forum, instant messaging, or even an employee-to-employee marketplace.Collaboration and project management tools such as calendars, visual task management tools, and file sharing“Gamification” elements to track and encourage sales and service goals, and give recognition and feedbackPolls and surveys to gather feedback from staffSafe reporting for dangerous behaviors, harassment, etc.A password-protected Board or Management portal to handle sensitive materials and discussionMake it YoursEvery credit union has its own unique brand and culture, and its own unique mix of ideas, needs and wants. So it’s important to actively manage your intranet; listen to feedback, encourage participation, be willing to experiment, and add capabilities when needed.If it’s a resource they can trust and that adds to their job satisfaction, your credit union’s intranet will soon be an indispensable part of everyone’s workday.last_img read more

Chekwel to open Uganda’s account on the Rio track at 5pm

first_img GoldJohn Akii-Bua 1972 Munich AthleticsMen’s 400 metre hurdles MedalNameGamesSportEvent Share on: WhatsApp  SilverEridadi Mukwanga 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s bantamweight  BronzeLeo Rwabwogo 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s flyweight  BronzeDavis Kamoga 1996 Atlanta AthleticsMen’s 400 metres  SilverJohn Mugabi 1980 Moscow BoxingMen’s welterweightcenter_img Sunday August 14Women’s marathon final 3.30pmNyakisi AderoMonday August 15 Men’s 3000m steeplechase round 1 – 4.25pmBenjamin Kiplagat and Jacob Araptany***Women 3000m Steeplechase final 5.15pmTuesday August 16 Women’s 5000m round 1 – 3.30pmJuliet Chekwel and Stella ChesangMen’s 1500m round 1 – 4-30pmRonald MusagalaWed August 17 Men’s 5000m round 1 – 4.05pmJacob Kiplimo, Phillip Kipyego and Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiWomen’s 800m round 1 – 4.55pmHalimah Nakaayi and Winnie NanyondoMen’s Steeplechase finalThursday August 18 Men’s 1500m semifinalWomen 800m semifinalFriday August 19 Women’s 5000m finalSaturday August 20 Men’s 1500m finalWomen’s 800m finalMen’s 5000m final 3.30pmJacob Kiplimo, Phillip Kipyego and Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiSunday August 21 Men’s Marathon final 3.30pmSolomon Mutai, Jackson Kiprop and Stephen Kiprotich Rest of team Uganda’s ScheduleFriday August 12Athletics 5pmJuliet Chekwel – Women’s 10000m final Saturday August 13Boxing 11.45pmMen’s flyweight  Round of 32Ronald Serugo vs  Narek Abgaryan (Armenia)Saturday August 13Athletics 4pmWomen’s 3000m Steeplechase Heat 1Peruth Chemutai10000m men final (3.00am Sunday Uganda time)Timothy Toroitich, Moses Kurong and Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei  GoldStephen Kiprotich 2012 London AthleticsMen’s marathon TodayAthletics 5pmJuliet Chekwel – Women’s 10000m final Saturday August 13Boxing 11.45pmMen’s flyweight  Round of 32Ronald Serugo vs  Narek Abgaryan (Armenia)Saturday August 13Athletics 4pmWomen’s 3000m Steeplechase Heat 1Peruth Chemutai10000m men final (3.00am Sunday Uganda time)Timothy Toroitich, Moses Kurong and Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiJuliet Chekwel will open Uganda’s account on the track today, with her performance key to setting the tone for 16 of her colleagues.At 26, Chekwel can be considered one of the seniors in a team that also has a 15-year-old Jacob Kiplimo, a 17 year old Peruth Chemutai and a 19-year-old Joshua CheptegeiShe owns the national record, having set 32:57.02 at the World Championships  in Moscow 2013 in finishing 16th,   32:20.95 at the World Championships in Beijing in 17th and 31:37.99 in April.Looking at the field, dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians with the best times of the year, Chekwel will have to run better than she has run before – that is lower than 31 minutes tonight to fight for a medal. Favourite for the race is Ethiopian Almaz Ayana who has a best time this year of 30:07.00.Chekwel becomes the 4th Ugandan in action in Rio, with light-heavy weight boxer Kennedy Katende and swimmers Jamila Lunkuse and Joshua Ekirikubinza Tibatemwa failing to go past the first hurdle.Uganda sent a team of 2 swimmers, 2 boxers and 17 athletes. It is the track athletes who have Uganda’s best hopes of a medal.No Ugandan woman has won an Olympic medal before.List of medalists  SilverLeo Rwabwogo 1972 Munich BoxingMen’s flyweightlast_img read more

Dodgers talk to Puig after his latest arrest

first_imgIn this June 16, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig watches from the in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have told outfielder Yasiel Puig the organization is “very disappointed” with his behavior in the wake of his second arrest this year for reckless driving.The team issued a statement Sunday that said Puig’s behavior “is a very serious issue to us.” The Dodgers said they would continue to educate the 23-year-old Cuban defector and strive to further develop his growth off the field.Puig was arrested Saturday in Naples, Fla., after the Florida Highway Patrol clocked him going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone.Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig lives in the Miami area during the offseason.In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50-mph zone. The charges were dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.Puig was an instant sensation with the Dodgers last season, batting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. He helped them reach the NL championship series, where they lost to St. Louis, and he was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award.Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million last season.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2016)–Under patient handling from Tiago Pereira, Atomic Rule rallied three-wide turning for home and outran favored Curlin Rules by 2 ¼ lengths in winning Friday’s $55,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Trained by Richard Baltas, who is in Kentucky, Atomic Rule covered a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:46.35.With Curlin Rules setting the early pace, Atomic Rule sat a close fourth at the rail into the Club House turn and stayed at the fence to the three sixteenths pole, when he eased out and easily outran Brazilian-bred Editore and the favorite.Off at 6-1 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Atomic Rule paid $14.00, $6.20 and $3.20.Claimed for $40,000 out of a second place finish at Del Mar Aug. 21, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Tribal Rule collected his 10th win from 33 lifetime starts. Owned by Paymaster Racing, LLC, he picked up $42,900 for the win, increasing his earnings to $270,440.Curlin Rules, who was headed by Editore a quarter mile from home, shook him off and proved second best, finishing a neck in front of Little Scotty. Off at 2-1 with Victor Espinoza, Curlin Rules paid $4.00 and $3.00.Little Scotty, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, prevailed by a head over a late closing Burger and Fries and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race, with the temporary rail at 30 feet, were 22.36, 46.37, 1:10.32 and 1:34.55.First post time on Saturday for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more