Goddard College,The Goddard College Health Arts and Sciences Program and the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) are pleased to announce a new learning partnership. VCIH students can now apply their learning (and transfer credits at the undergraduate level) to their individualized program of study in Health Arts and Sciences. This is the only independent clinical herbalist training program in the country that can be applied towards completion of education at a regionally accredited institution.Health Arts and Sciences is a low residency BA and MA program. Students spend eight days each semester in residency at Goddard and otherwise study from home in partnership with their academic advisor. The Health Arts and Sciences vision, founded on the principle that personal and community health are two dimensions of the same whole, helps students develop their wisdom and skills to cultivate wellbeing within a matrix of social and ecological health.The Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, located in Montpelier, VT, brings clinical herbalism to community practice through the weaving of science, spirit and grassroots activism, providing one of the nation’s most extensive clinical training opportunities, grounded in deep connection with the plants and place.‘By drawing upon the practitioner training available from VCIH, in conjunction with the ongoing inquiry and broader scholarship facilitated in Health Arts & Sciences, students will become practitioner-scholars of Western herbal medicine and expand their focus beyond herbal medicine within the Health Arts and Sciences program,’ said Suzanne Richman, Program Director of the Health Arts and Sciences program.This collaboration offers students of both institutions new opportunities. VCIH students gain access to the rich, diverse learning community offered by Health Arts and Sciences, and they acquire a college degree, thereby expanding their scholarship and future career opportunities. Goddard students will also gain intensive technical training in Western clinical herbalism when they take part in the VCIH programs.To learn more about the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, visit www.vtherbcenter.org(link is external).To learn more about the Health Arts and Sciences Program at Goddard College, visit www.goddard.edu(link is external).
A fourth person has been indicted in the 2017 murder of a local MMA fighter.Aaron Rajman, reportedly known as the only local Orthodox Jewish MMA fighter, was shot and killed during a home invasion in July of 2013.On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Cameron Burgess-Clark on charges of first-degree murder and armed home invasion.He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and is being held without bond following a hearing Wednesday morning.It is unclear at this time what role the 25-year-old Riviera Beach man is alleged to have played in the fatal shooting of Rajman.In August of 2017, three suspects, including a 16-year-old old girl, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder and armed home invasion in connection to Rajman’s death.The suspects, Summer Church, Jace Swinton, and Roberto Ortizstole, reportedly broke into Rajman’s Boca Raton home and stole multiple items, including swords, marijuana, a scale, narcotics, and money.Rajman was fatally shot while the robbery was in progress after engaging in a physical confrontation with several men who entered his home around 10:30 p.m, according to PBSO.In July of this year, Church, who was 16 at the time of the killing, and Swinton, who was 18, plead guilty to second-degree murder and were sentenced to 10 years in prison and another ten years of probation.A trial has not yet been set for the case against Ortiz, who was 18 at the time of Rajman’s death.
The possible impeachment of President Trump moves to the House Judiciary Committee today.The Democratic-led panel will hold its first public hearing on impeachment. Four legal scholars are set to testify about whether Trump’s actions meet the Constitution’s impeachment standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”Democrats accuse Trump of abusing his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son for a questionable position he was given on an energy board under investigation for corruption in Ukraine. Democrats also accuse Trump of obstructing congressional investigations.Trump insists he has done nothing wrong and has labeled the impeachment investigation a hoax and a witch hunt.The Judiciary Committee will be responsible for drawing up articles of impeachment.
President Trump spoke to a group of young conservatives gathered at Turning Point USA’s annual Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach on Saturday.The commander-in-chief addressed House Democrats who voted last Wednesday to impeach him, saying, “Didn’t they look bad. They are violating the constitution, folks.”He continued, “[She says] let’s not submit it. It’s so unfair,” referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay submission of the articles of impeachment to the Senate, for fear there will not be a fair trial.The President then turned the audience’s attention to the economy, telling them it is proof of his success. “We’re in a battle for the survival of this nation,” he explained to them. “We have to win this election.”“I’m on the ballot this time,” Trump added, referring to the Republicans losing House of Representatives in the 2018 Midterm Elections. “We’re going to have record setting [voter turnout].”He also discussed “left-wing arsonists” attempting to derail the confirmation hearing of Justice Kavanaugh, his appointment of conservative judges, as well as the newly created Space Force.Mr. Trump arrived in town with the First Lady and their son, 13-year-old Barron, late Friday night. They are expected to remain here until January 5.
Firefighters responding to a call in Broward County ended up finding two bodies in a smoky home.Lauderhill Fire Rescue crews went to the home on Sunday afternoon. They noticed smoke inside the home, but no fire.The crews also saw someone who seemed to be passed out inside the home, so they forced their way in.They found a pot on the stove, which had apparently caused the smoke.A short time later, they also found the second body.Authorities have not released the names of the victims or any other details, as the investigation is ongoing.
Michael Gianforte, executive director of the Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority (TRWA), believes the legal battle between the authority and about half of its municipal customers can be settled amicably.The customers, however, have moved forward and are looking to take the authority to court, alleging overbilling.“Once in a while you have disagreements, you might have to get a third party to say who’s right and who’s wrong and then you get back to having a great relationship,” Gianforte said this week in response to the lawsuit filed by the towns.But attorney John Giunco Jr., representing the plaintiff towns, said his clients had sought to settle through negotiation. “Rather than respond to us, they chose to file a complaint,” Giunco said.Rumson, Red Bank, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls, Shrewsbury Township and Eatontown and the Eatontown Sewerage Authority filed suit in December against the authority, located in Monmouth Beach. The suit alleges that since 2006 the authority has overcharged them more than $1.1 million for treatment costs, double billed them $434,000 for unwarranted construction costs, and billed them for services they did not get and were not supposed to receive, according to the complaint filed in the Superior Court’s Chancery Division in Freehold.“There are a number of millions [of dollars] that are in question here,” Giunco contended. He said the crux of the suit “is about the proper allocation of those costs and revenues.”The sewerage authority was established in 1967, creating a two-tier level of service for its members. There are the participant municipalities of Fair Haven, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Shrewsbury Borough and West Long Branch and there are the customer municipalities that are the plaintiffs in the suit.Under the more than 40-year-old agreement, the authority provides wastewater collection services for the participating municipalities. The customer towns “are responsible for owning, constructing, operating and maintaining their own wastewater collections facilities” and then having it move on to the Monmouth Beach authority site for treatment, according to the court documents.Because the two types of customers receive differing levels of service, the intent of the agreement with the authority is “to apportion both the cost of construction, acquisition and financing of the project and the cost of operation of the System on a fair an equitable basis,” the complaint contends.“The Authority is continuing to overcharge Customer Municipalities in this manner, and Customer Municipalities are injured thereby,” the complaint said.The towns in the suit are seeking to “have the economics equalized,” Giunco said. They are looking to have the charges made to their accounts corrected and credits be given where entitled. The attorney said the towns want that “going forward the rates charged will be accurate.”The Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority had won a substantial lawsuit against the design engineer of a pumping station, claiming a defect in the design. The award was approximately $11 million, Giunco recalled. “The municipalities are entitled to it. That money should be redistributed and not held in the authority’s account,” he said.The authority has responded by filing a separate suit against Rumson for nonpayment of repairs to a sewer main. The authority’s participating towns have responded too, filing their own brief, arguing that the existing four-decade-old arrangement is an equitable and fair one.“We are an open book,” Gianforte said, insisting billing has always been documented, “calculated and distributed over the last 45 years in accordance with that contract.“It is very early in the process, very early,” Gianforte said, adding that he remained hopeful “and looks forward to resolving the issues.” By John Burton
The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) continued discharging its mandate of rehabilitating and developing grounds across the country by adding the Parika/Salem Community Ground to its list of beneficiaries.GBC Secretary Anand Sanasie turning the sod in the presence of Alvin Johnson, ECB Executive Member; Raywattie Autar, Vice Chairperson of the NDC; and GCB TDO Colin StuartThe GCB executives visited the ground on Thursday, as they partook in a sod-turning activity to signify the commencement of the development of the practice facility. Secretary of the GCB, Anand Sanasie, accompanied by Territorial Developmental Officer (TDO) Colin Stuart, commended the groundsmen as well as the members of the Parika NDC on the ongoing development at the ground.The facility, when fully completed, will be used by cricketers for practice as well as by the various clubs in the area. The Salem ground is also set to be the new home of the Essequibo Franchise team, with the entire programme being supervised by TDO Stuart.Sanasie further pointed out that the move to develop the ground is a necessary step towards enhancing the production, preparation and practice of talent emerging out of the Essequibo County. Essequibo veteran coach and manager Alvin Johnson extended gratitude to the GCB, on behalf of the Essequibo community, for the gesture, and hinted that within the next two months the facility will be up to standard.GCB executives and members of the ECB during the pitch assessment at the Salem groundAmong other ideas for the venue are plans to advertise on the concrete fence at a cost, which would bring in revenue to maintain the facility. Johnson further added that with the commitment of GCB, the facility will be equipped in a timely manner, and in return, the long-term commitment would be to ensure that the facility produces top class cricketers.The facility, when fully completed, will feature 2 all-weather practice pitches, which will be upgraded by the end of December 2018. The ground will also be enclosed with two practice net cages which will suffice for outdoor sessions.Meanwhile, the Salem ground is the second facility of its nature to be built in Essequibo, as the Anna Regina Hostel also has two turfs and two concrete practice net facilities.
0Shares0000Betway country manager Leon Kiptum announcing the winner who will watch live Harambee Stars take on Algeria in Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – With Kenya playing in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years, one lucky fun Stephen Oketch will get to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience after betting firm Betway gifted him with a fully paid trip to watch the opening match pitting Harambee stars and Algeria June 23 in Egypt.Oketch was the lucky winner of the Road to Egypt promotion, which ran from the March 4 to April 28. His prize is an all-expenses-paid trip for him and a partner to watch the Kenyan national team, the Harambee Stars, live in Egypt for their Cup of Nations match as they take on Algeria June 23 in their opening match.Out of the many Betway Kenya customers who participated in the promotion, Stephen Oketch emerged as the winner of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.In addition to watching the Harambee Stars take on the best teams in Africa, the six-day trip will include a visit to some of the most popular Egyptian tourist attractions including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and the Papyrus Institute.To be entered into the draw, players simply had to place a bet on any soccer event from the 4th of March to the 28th of April.Each bet would earn the player an entry into a weekly draw to win cash, smartphones, and Free Bets, as well as an entry into the grand prize draw to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Egypt to watch Kenya take on Africa’s best.“Betway Kenya is pleased to give Stephen and his partner this great and once in a lifetime opportunity to experience African football at its best. We take pride in giving our customers memorable sporting experiences such as this one through our various products.” Leon Kiptum, Betway Country Manager said.“We encourage more people to continue playing with us and stand a chance to win just like Stephen,” Kiptum added.As one of the most popular sports betting brands in the country, Betway Kenya has rewarded many of its registered customers with great giveaways through its various promotions such as 4-To-Score, in which Doreen Kanana was a winner this month. Betway would like to congratulate Stephen Oketch and wish him and his partner well on their trip.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseOhio is so blessed to have incredible advocates in every sector of agriculture and I’m very lucky to get the opportunity to work with many of them as a part of my job. I recently got to emcee the Ohio Pork Congress luncheon and had the chance to help highlight some of these fantastic Ohio Pork Rock Stars (and there are plenty to pick from).There were few bigger Ohio Pork Rock Stars in recent months than the now world-famous Bacon Vending Machine on the Ohio State University campus. It went international and was featured in USA Today, on ESPN and Fox News Network (among many other media outlets, including the prestigious Ohio Ag Net podcast). The incredible success of the Bacon Vending Machine was a group effort that included Meghann Winters, who had just started working at the Ohio Pork Council a couple of weeks before meteoric rise of world-renown for the Bacon Vending Machine. Meghann is still a student at Ohio State and before she started in her role with the Ohio Pork Council we had been talking about her being our intern at Ohio’s Country Journal. If she would have had that level of success interning for us, I think I’d probably be out of a job right now, so I want to thank the OPC for hiring Meghann and likely saving my job and congratulate Meghann for being an incredible Ohio Pork Rock Star right out of the gate in her career.Another Ohio Pork Rock Star worth highlighting is Gracee Workman from Fairfield County. I first met Gracee when her son played on the elementary school football team with my son. I helped coach that football team and got to meet this truly fantastic spokeswoman and ambassador for Ohio pork. Gracee is always showcasing her love of Ohio hogs on social media and, in February, she did a really fantastic interview on an Illinois-based podcast sharing about her story and work in the Ohio pork industry. I am really glad Gracee’s skills as an Ohio Pork Rock Star far exceed my abilities as a football coach.The Ohio Pork Council highlighted some additional Ohio Pork Rock Stars with the presentation of awards at the Ohio Pork Congress last week: Swine Manager of the Year Award: Nathan Isler, Prospect; Service Award winner Carl Link, Ft. Recovery; Friend of Ohio Pork Award winner Dr. Tony Forshey, Ohio State Veterinarian; Pork Promoter of the Year Award winner Hord Family Farms, Bucyrus; and Pork Industry Excellence Award winner Rick Fogle, Marion. “Every year we present these awards and we’re fortunate in the state of Ohio to have such deserving people. There are so many people the young folks in this industry can look up and strive to be like in the years to come and serve the industry in a tremendous way,” said Dave Shoup, president of the Ohio Pork Council. “None of these families or individuals do this for the award. They do it for the industry. That is what has made them what they are — humble people promoting pork, watching out for the best interest of the industry and trying to help the industry move forward to represent ourselves very well to the consumers.”Beyond the pork industry there are many similar rock stars in Ohio agriculture who have a passion for what they do and have found joy in their niche of the industry. That joy is the first step, I believe in becoming an Ohio Agricultural Rock Star.Find the joy wherever you are;Find the joy whatever you do.For your circumstance is not by chance,But part of the purpose for being you.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Sales Managers and Sales Leaders often complain about the lack of effectiveness of their effort to train their salespeople. They say, “We tried this training, and it didn’t work.” The very statement elucidates the likely reasons the training was not useful for them while working very well for others. Here is why sales training is doomed to fail and how to get a better result.It Is An Event And Not DevelopmentThe first and most common reason sales training fails is that you treat it as an event, not development. Development may include training, but training rarely includes development.Imagine a trainer provides four major concepts to a sales team over the course of a day. The trainer is expected to deliver the content to a relatively large group of people in a style that ensures each individual has perfect comprehension and retention. In that same time, the trainer will have to describe the strategies and tactics necessary to enable the people they’re training. The trainer will also need to provide an understanding of the nuances and when to make one choice over another.For their part, the participants are required to have perfect retention and the ability to execute what they learned, having seen and practiced precisely once in the course of a single day. Perfection is expecting too much of both the trainer and the people they are training.Development is different. It suggests a process that occurs over time, reinforcement, and continuous learning as people pursue new concepts, strategies, and tactics. Development also means working on the material, before and after training, including coaching to improve execution.Your training event should be only one part of the development process.Not Tied to Behavioral ChangeNo matter what the trainer is training, you will measure the results, and a behavioral change will determine those results. Training is about behavioral change no matter what you train.The best training in the world will not take if there is no follow up, if leadership isn’t engaged in the process, and if there is no accountability for changed behaviors. Some mistakenly believe understanding the concept is enough, that all is necessary is a transfer of knowledge. In no other endeavor would you find understanding the concept to be enough to make one competent in some new skill.Which of these might produce a better result? You can have the person trained to make the behavioral change necessary to generate their results, even though they have no understanding of the concept or why it works. Alternatively, instead, you can have a person leave the training with perfect, PH.d-like knowledge of the concepts, but without the behavioral change.Your training must focus on the necessary behavioral change you need to produce better results.Not Transformational In NatureWhen businesses make real change, they think in terms of transformation, massive, strategic shifts in what or how they do something. These initiative are announced with great fanfare, and they are the only thing leadership talks about for years. Companies involved in a transformation have projects, assignments, training, coaching, and new accountabilities. As one might expect, they have many meetings and reporting on the change.Rarely is sales training ever viewed as transformation. Instead, we assume salespeople know how to sell, and to the rest of the organization it looks like voodoo or black magic, some supernatural ability that some possess from birth. These companies train because they think they are supposed to.Viewing sales training as transformation provides a longer-term view of the acquisition of new skills and new approaches and new behaviors. It suggests that these outcomes are going to take the same kind of time and energy as any other transformation the business might pursue.You must think of your training in terms of transformation. There needs to be a present state that is different from a future state, and there must be a plan to produce that future state over time.The Content Is Not RelevantA lot of what is trained in sales comes from a time long gone. While many of the principles remain true over long periods, the strategies and tactics suffer from diminished effectiveness. Systems decades old are still taught and trained without so much as an update for the 21st Century. A Century now close to entering its third decade.None of these systems recognize the need to compel change, because that wasn’t an issue they were trying to solve. None of them define or suggest value creation as the heart of differentiation and effectiveness, and in fact, even if the words aren’t spoken. The questioning methodologies, mostly open-ended and close-ended questions were designed to tie-down prospects, not help them discover something about themselves. Consensus buying, a factor in the past, wasn’t nearly as tricky as it is now.Salespeople recognize their challenges. When what is taught isn’t relevant to the areas in which they need help, you can not expect either adoption or the necessary behavioral changes.The Competencies Are Not Easily Acquired or DevelopedThe competencies described above require a higher level of skill than what came before them. In the past, I have defined three levels of sales skills. The oldest set of skills includes commitment-gaining, prospecting, and storytelling, all of which have been around since forever. The second level of skills started as markets matured and include diagnosing, differentiating, and negotiation (something different in magnitude from haggling at the bazaar). Now, salespeople need business acumen, change management skills, and leadership.The difficulty acquiring the skills necessary to succeed point to how much more complex and demanding B2B sales has grown. It also explains why much training is not relevant now and is in massive need of an update.You Need Development and TransformationThe very best players in any sport start their career in grade school, as do the best dancers and artists. They are continually trained and coached in the behaviors over a long time. Imagine taking a young person of, say, 22 years of age and teaching them to play some sport and putting them on a field to play against people who have decades of development in that endeavor. Make them the quarterback of a professional team or the first chair violinist in an orchestra. How would they fare?These are some of the main reasons sales training is doomed to fail, and of course, you can eliminate all of these as a risk by ensuring you focus on development and behavior change enabled by a modern B2B approach.