US News ranks Vermont Law School as best in nation

first_imgUS News & World Report again has ranked Vermont Law School’s environmental law program as the best in the nation. The 2011 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools appears on USNews.com on Thursday, April 15, and on newsstands on Tuesday, April 27.“I’m gratified at this recognition of the depth and breadth of our environmental curriculum, clinic and institutes,” said Associate Professor Marc Mihaly, director of the school’s Environmental Law Center (ELC). “Our success reflects the dedication of our environmental faculty and our wonderful community of students who over the years have populated key legal and policy positions in government, non-profits, law firms and corporations with a strong positive environmental direction.”Vermont Law School has placed first 13 times since the U.S. News environmental specialty rankings began in 1991, including the past two consecutive years, and has never placed lower than second. To develop its specialty rankings, U.S. News asked legal educators to identify the top programs.The ELC offers the largest and deepest selection of environmental law courses in the nation. The multidisciplinary program in law, policy, science and ethics attracts law and graduate students, lawyers, government officials, teachers, scientists and citizen activists. Since its creation in 1978, the ELC has trained people to be environmental leaders in government, nonprofits, corporations and private practice — locally, nationally, and internationally.The ELC administers the Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree program for lawyers and non-lawyers and the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law, a post-Juris Doctor degree for experienced attorneys who seek to specialize.Vermont Law School offers clinical, research and experiential environmental programs through the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, the Institute for Energy and the Environment, the Land Use Institute, the Environmental Tax Policy Institute, the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, and the Environmental Semester in Washington.The ELC’s Summer Session participants learn the legal and scientific underpinnings of environmental policy and explore major environmental issues with national experts in a collaborative setting. The Summer Session offers a broad curriculum, a Visiting Distinguished Environmental Scholars program and a lecture series that features summer faculty members, distinguished summer scholars and environmental summer media fellows speaking about current issues in their fields.“We’re very pleased that Vermont Law School has retained its number-one environmental ranking,” said Dean Jeff Shields. “The rankings also show that we do very well in other important areas of comparison, including our 13.5 student/faculty ratio and our 95.2% employment rate at nine months after graduation.”##Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is the nation’s top- ranked environmental law school, according to U.S. News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree for lawyers and nonlawyers, and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws (LLM)  in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).Source: Vermont Law School, South Royalton. 4.15.2010last_img read more

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Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Lexington, Virginia

first_imgYou will be hard-pressed to find a better getaway destination than Lexington, Virginia. With adjacent public lands like the Jefferson National Forest and Moore’s Creek State Forest, Lexington harbors opportunity for everything from hiking, camping, and fly-fishing to whitewater paddling and Blue Ridge biking. For fly fishing and whitewater head to the Goshen Pass of the Maury River. Virginia’s oldest state managed natural area, the Goshen Pass is carved by a three mile portion of the Maury, nearly all of which runs alongside route 39 where class III and IV rapids are commonplace during periods of normal flow. This portion of the Maury also boasts the river’s best trout habitat thanks to yearly stockings during the months of October, November, December, January, and February. Cudas_IB_0814_2Did you know? The seven-mile Chessie Nature Trail connects Lexington to the town of Beuna Vista, Virginia.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more

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Leaders know how to use their voices

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A growing body of research shows that when it comes to qualities like authority, leadership and charisma, voices matter. For example, researchers from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business analyzed the voices of 792 chief executives at major publicly held companies and found that male leaders with low voices made significantly more money, managed larger companies, and lasted significantly longer as heads of their respective firms.When it comes to leadership, it pays to think about the voice. Most of us treat the voice as something unalterable, like eye color or height. But the voice is an instrument in its own right, one that packs a powerful emotional punch. The business professionals I coach discover that learning to use the voice is no different from training for a 5K race. You can train your voice just like you can train your body. continue reading »last_img read more

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Gojek acquires point-of-sale start-up Moka

first_imgThe deal, which had reportedly been in discussions since last year, was worth US$130 million, sources familiar with the issue told Bloomberg.com. Gojek chief of corporate affairs Nila Marita declined to comment on the value of acquisition when contacted by The Jakarta Post.Moka co-founder and CEO Haryanto Tanjo said that, through the acquisition, the two companies could combine their services by using Moka’s point-of-sales system to accept food delivery orders from GoFood.“Being a part of Gojek’s ecosystem will give us access to its user networks and hopefully help our users to become successful in both online and offline business – an important survival and recovery aspect in times of pandemic,” he said.Moka will continue operating as part of Gojek’s ecosystem but will retain its independent entity. The start-up was established in 2014 and has 40,000 users in 200 cities across Indonesia. Its application offers programs ranging from bookkeeping and inventory to sales analysis. (eyc)Topics : Gojek has announced that it has acquired Indonesian payments start-up Moka to boost the digital operations of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), especially during the pandemic.Gojek co-CEO Andre Soelistyo said online businesses had better resilience than their offline counterparts during the COVID-19 pandemic as offline stores were highly dependent on the physical arrival of consumers.“We want to help more offline businesses go online through this collaboration with Moka,” he said in a written statement. “We want to help MSMEs to grow and be better equipped to face competition in the digital era.”last_img read more

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Two Men Arrested for Cocaine in Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisTwo men have been arrested for selling cocaine in the Alpena area. According to the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, a 21-year-old Alpena man, and a 43 year-old Hubbard Lake man were arrested on Friday July 7th.A two–month investigation led to the arrest when the H.U.N.T. Team noticed an increase of cocaine in the Alpena area. The 21-year-old and the 43-year-old were found with 4 ounces of cocaine packaged for delivery, along with cash.The two men were charged with delivery of cocaine, conspiracy to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver cocaine over 50 grams, and were lodged at the Alpena County Jail.Each man faces up to 20 years behind bars and possible fines ranging from $25,000 to $250,000.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Coke Bust, HUNT Team, Huron Undercover Narcotics TeamContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay Theatre Holds a ‘West Side Story’ One Weekend Only ConcertNext Grand Hotel Celebrates 130th Anniversary!last_img read more

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How the Reds’ Luis Castillo uses YouTube to help grow his confidence

first_imgMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNCastillo was born in Baní, about an hour southwest from Martinez’s hometown of Manoguayabo, and years ago he started watching old Martinez starts on YouTube as a part of his pregame preparation. Castillo wants to remind himself before every start to emulate the way Martinez carried himself on the mound.“[He] was always competing, never giving up no matter what the situation was,” Castillo told Sporting News. “I study his pitching a lot, and he seems to me like every time he came and pitched in the big leagues, year by year, he comes with more mound presence, more confidence in himself, so I tried to copy that.”Watching Martinez every five days helps to remind Castillo that every pitch, every inning and every batter is a battle he needs to win. Tucker Barnhart, who has caught most of Castillo’s starts not only this season but since he came up two seasons ago, saw right away the supreme mound presence Castillo had, even as a rookie.Barnhart made his debut with Cincinnati in 2014, when he was catching a staff of Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey. Guys who had been there, done that already. They had seen any sort of scenario possible on a baseball field and carried themselves accordingly. Surprisingly, Barnhart said, Castillo was the same way from the moment he came up.“For a guy that hasn’t been in those situations at all at the big league level to be able to just basically roll out of bed and be that way was really cool,” Barnhart said. “The one thing for me that’s always been extremely impressive about Luis is that nothing seems to really rattle him. That’s kind of stayed constant from the moment he got to the big leagues.“He just seems to say, ‘The hell with it, I’m going to get the next guy.’ It’s really impressive and it’s really fun to catch.”MLB DRAFT 2019: Complete, round-by-round resultsThis season, Castillo is using that confidence to put together a Cy Young-caliber season. Through his first 13 starts, he has a 2.38 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. His strikeout rate is way up from 2018 and his ERA way down, and this is without a significant change to his mechanics or approach. Castillo’s pitch mix is tweaked from last year, a change that’s also at least partially due to greater self-confidence.In 2018, Castillo used his changeup about 26 percent of the time, and so far this season he’s upped that to nearly 31 percent.“That has been my pitch since I came up,” Castillo said. “That’s my best pitch. And I just, I don’t know, I just feel better throwing it down in the zone or more often, and it’s been working fine.”His changeup has a slightly higher whiff rate this year, up to about 29 percent from 26.8 percent a season ago. And opposing hitters, who have never done well against Castillo’s best pitch — they batted just .198 against it in 2018 — are doing even worse than before. So far this season, they’re managing a meager .145.“It gives guys another thing they have to worry about. He’s been able to pitch up in the zone more than he has in the past,” Barnhart said. “Using it more in fastball counts, which makes it even more difficult for guys to pigeon-hole him into a fastball.”Castillo’s slider has gotten better and his command of his fastball has developed as well, Barnhart said. As a result, he’s been able to tweak how he uses his other pitches as well. For instance, he’s more comfortable working higher in the zone. In 2018, Castillo threw 62 pitches, or about 2.2 percent of the total he threw for the year, in the area just above the strike zone, according to Statcast. This year, that’s up to 6.6 percent. It’s still a relatively small difference, but it matters because it affects how hitters have to gameplan. They are less able to eliminate an area of the zone when he’s more willing to put his pitches there.“Last year, we were using the fastball up but not as much as this year,” Castillo said. “Having different spots in the zone where you can make your pitches better makes you better.”It’s also helped that Castillo has a full year of experience. He took some lumps in 2018, sure, but there’s a lot to be said for getting to run the course of a full season in the majors. Players get a chance to see more of what baseball might throw at them and learn how they have to respond. Succeeding at the highest level of any professional sport demands confidence. But sometimes, having it has to be preceded by success.Luis Castillo has always had it. Or, at least, he’s done a good job of coming across that way. His on-the-mound demeanor has impressed his teammates since he debuted with the Reds in late June 2017. To some extent, Castillo’s confidence has come from being very good at what he does, but he also attributes his mound demeanor to watching and learning from fellow Dominican and Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. “It helps a lot having the experience I had last year, pitching all year here in the big leagues, and it makes it easier for me because you can know more of who you’re facing,” Castillo said. “And that prepares you better to come this year and do the job that I’m doing.”Castillo will have some competition for the Cy Young in the National League — the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu has one of the strongest cases so far — but there’s no doubting his growth as a pitcher. Castillo is the ace of a staff that added veterans Sonny Gray and Tanner Roark to the mix, but it’s not just because of his performance. Castillo’s confidence, learned in part from watching Martinez on YouTube, carries weight with the other pitchers in Cincinnati. When asked where his strong sense of mound presence comes from, reliever Robert Stephenson couldn’t help but chime in from his locker.“Tell him because you’re nasty,” Stephenson said.last_img read more

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“Tell It Like It Tiz!” Author Talk

first_imgSubmitted by Timberland Regional Library“Tell It Like It Tiz!” is an anthology of comics and stories created by elders at the Marie Smith Center (MSC), an adult day center in North Portland, Oregon that serves seniors who are functionally or cognitively impaired. Portland writers and illustrators Nicole J. Georges and Marc Parker will read from and talk about the book at the Olympia Timberland Library from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 16.Georges and Parker, who have been volunteering to facilitate a weekly zine workshop at the MSC since 2006, produced three issues of Tell It Like It Tiz, the zine, now out of print. The anthology compiles these issues as well as over 60 pages of new material into one volume.The zine provides a voice for MSC participants by chronicling their experiences through comics and writing and is also intended to serve as a model for other adult day centers interested in blending storytelling and art therapy.An award-winning writer and illustrator, Georges has published the autobiographical comic, Invincible Summer, since 2000 and has toured the country extensively. Her work has been featured in many publications and her critically-acclaimed graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was published in 2013. Visit Georges’ website here.Parker has created numerous zines, including Azmacourt, Breakfast for Dinner, and Zine Crush. A youth worker as well as a writer and zine publisher, he is pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology. Visit Parker’s website here.The blog of the Marie Smith Center Zine, a collection of stories, interviews, comics, illustrations and advice from the senior citizens of the MSC can be found here.The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue. For more information, call the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit www.TRL.org. Facebook5Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Letter: Witness to Joy

first_imgserved as a Grand Marshal at Brookdale’s graduation ceremonies. It was pure joy.When my favorite poet Billy Collins came to Brookdale some years back, I interviewed him for Brookdale Television, and asked him how he became Poet Laureate. He said it’s a mystery: there’s no short list, you don’t know you’re being considered. You just get a phone call out of the blue from the Librarian of Congress. Then he added, with sly wit, “It’s a good reason to have a telephone.”I thought of that comment as I stood for a couple of hours behind and slightly to the side of President Maureen Murphy as she stood, indefatigably, and greeted hundreds of graduates, one by one, congratulating each, shaking his or her hand, and presenting the tiny vellum scroll tied with a red ribbon that informed them that their actual diplomas would be mailed to them over the summer.Being able to attend a Brookdale graduation – to be offered by your graduate one of the six prized tickets – seems to me today to be a good reason to have a child.Over my 28 years on the faculty, I have dutifully attended many graduations. I admit ruefully that at some point they became a bit ho-hum, always sort of the same, as you might expect. We professors sit in the first few rows, excited and happy for our students as they proceed up a ramp from stage left, keeping an eye out for those we may have had in class among the many we have not. When we spot one, we immediately recall our impressions of that particular student. Then the moment passes, and after the first few hundred, our eyes begin to glaze over a little and we briefly disappear into our own thoughts.But for me, (this) was entirely different – and wondrous. I stood behind a table laden with baskets full of scrolls. One by one, as in a slow-motion relay race, my job was to hand a scroll to my fellow Grand Marshal Gerry Monroy, who passed it off to President Murphy, who put it in the student’s hand. Though I could not see her face, I am certain she was grinning the whole time, because earlier, in the Warner Student Center, as those of us who would be on stage donned our robes and made small talk while we waited to line up, she said to me and Gerry, emphatically, “This is why we do what we do.” She may have said it twice. She was just beaming, brimming with anticipation.I wondered then why she seemed so over the top about it all: another graduation. But very soon I understood: those young adults (and a few not so young) striding confidently toward us, up that ramp, each one’s name having been announced to the multitudes who filled Collins Arena to the rafters, their families gathered in clumps like synonyms in a thesaurus, suddenly and briefly whooping and hollering like all getout for their own, wonderful, accomplished college graduate who was about to be greeted (sometimes hugged) and congratulated by the President of Brookdale Community College. It was joyous. That’s all I can tell you.By Tim Burke.Burke teaches English at Brookdale Community College.last_img read more

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Fair Haven Approves Dunkin’ Application; Resident Files Lawsuit

first_imgA lawsuit filed in county court in late July by nearby resident Andrew Reger challenges the ruling made by the defendant Fair Haven Zoning Board. Also named in the lawsuit is Fair Haven Retail, LLC, owner of the River Road Shopping Center. Cole also said she fears patrons will park on the opposite side of the road and run across to get to the shopping center, which can put them in danger of being struck by a vehicle. “It might be time for Fair Haven to figure out what it wants to be because we thought we were going to be a small town,” a biker-and walker-friendly area, she said. “But it seems at least some people, in particular the mayor, have a different plan in mind.” “Everybody who wanted to be heard was heard,” the mayor said. “The process worked and it worked well.” The planning board’s decision follows determinations by the zoning board and the zoning officer that the Dunkin’ establishment is a category-two restaurant, making it a permitted use in the borough’s B-1 zone. Objectors have argued it should be considered a category-three restaurant, or a drive-thru, which would deem it a non-permitted use in the zone. Much of the conversation that night centered on revised site plans for the shopping center to address traffic and safety concerns raised by board members and residents. One idea, presented by borough traffic engineer Betsy Dolan, was to turn the eastern driveway into a right-turn-only lane but it was ultimately rejected. By Allison Perrine The approval was delivered in a 7-2 vote at the Tuesday, Aug. 20 meeting. “No” votes were cast by planning board chair Todd Lehder and councilwoman Betsy Koch, planning board liaison. Others, like resident Tracy Cole, were unhappy with the outcome, citing traffic impact concerns. At one time the borough had an ordinance banning fast-food establishments in Fair Haven, but it went missing during a recodification process in 2002. The borough is now working on a new ordinance to specifically ban drive-thru restaurants. FAIR HAVEN – Months of debate came to a head as the borough planning board approved a Dunkin’ coffee chain in the River Road Shopping Center. “I think congestion on River Road may force commuters to seek alternate routes through the residential neighborhoods at the same time of day our kids are going to school on bikes and walking,” Cole said. When asked about his feelings on the planning board’s decision, Mayor Benjamin J. Lucarelli said he was pleased that the matter came to a conclusion and that the planning board did an excellent job of exercising a democratic process. last_img read more

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Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal on the verge of a break up

first_imgThe 27 year old is currently the longest serving player in the Gunners’ squad but that stat will end next summer. Ramsey will be an Arsenal player until 30th June, 2019, unless he is sold in January. He will also have an option to enter into a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from 1st January, 2019.Ramsey’s career with the Gunners has been one to remember despite having its ups and downs. The Welshman has scored 61 goals for the London side in 369 appearances since joining from his boyhood club of Cardiff City, including the winning goals in the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup finals.He was brought on as a substitute in the 84th minute against their Crabao Cup clash against Brentford on Wednesday. Arsenal face Watford next in the Premier League tomorrow at home, a fixture they will hope to win comfortably, despite Watford’s red hot form this season.Read full article here :http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45663651 Read also :Football: Barcelona’s rock Sergio Busquets extends his love affair with the clubEden Hazard to Real Madrid may finally become a reality this year AdvertisementAaron Ramsey’s days are numbered at the Emirates as the London-based club recently withdrew a four year deal contract from the Welshman. The contract agreement was drawn up and everything was agreed upon, only the final contract was left to be drawn up, before which Arsenal withdrew.Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal on the verge of a break upcenter_img Advertisementlast_img read more

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